I ran the White Rose 5 Miler on Saturday! I LOVE this 5 mile race and did it in 2010 and 2011. I was a little nervous since I haven’t been running as much as I should, and I’ve had a sinus infection. It went very well and I actually think it was almost the same exact time as my 2010 race! I’ll have to compare once the official times are up.
Perfect weather (I didn’t wear the sweatshirt in my before race pic) and I wore my prescription sunglasses I’ll post more about the race once I get my race pics from my Dad! I had a great time and I really want to do another race soon. I taught BODYPUMP yesterday afternoon with some soreee legs but I was fine. I’ve been stretching my hamstrings a lot. I’ve been wearing my compression socks!
I also made an awesome dinner last night and wanted to share. It was SO easy but tasted so good. I’ve never cooked scallops before because they intimidate me. This risotto was very good and it came with a seasoning packet to add to the rice. I found it in the organic aisle. For the scallops, I added vegan butter to a very hot hot pan. I dried the scallops with a paper towel, added salt and pepper and put them in the pan. 3 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the other. Perfect!
Hi everyone! Happy Memorial Day weekend! Saturday morning I had two friends come over to do BODYPUMP 85 at my house. I taught the whole thing with no mistakes and my one friend had never done pump before and she really liked it! I still had to look at the cool down notes though. My other friend has done classes at the gym and has the at home kit like me.
We always talk about our favorite pump instructors from the dvds and her favorite is the very pretty Jericho. I told her I don’t have long flowing red locks to leave down for the workout Jericho is all over everything Les Mills lately and I opened up my new BP 86 DVD I got the other day and she was inside too!
Since I passed my initial training, I can now get all the new releases and the new 86 just came out this week. I am trying not to look at it too much. I don’t want to get confused because I still need to tape my full 85 and submit it to Les Mills to be officially certified! I’m hoping to get that done in two weeks
My hamstrings were pretty sore from teaching my friends yesterday, so I decided to do an easy 1.5 miles on my treadmill to loosen up my legs, then I did the ab tracks from both 85 and 86 (kinda disappointed with 86 abs..) and practiced the 85 cool down again. I almost have it memorized but I just think it is in a strange order. Then I did my 20 BodyFlow DVD from my Pump kit.
Last night we went to Bonefish Grill for the first time with Colby’s brother and it was amazing! We are seafood fans and this restaurant was great! We shared their bang bang shrimp appetizer and I had a really good house salad.
Then I had their salmon special with goat cheese, spinach, artichoke hearts and lemon basil sauce. I substituted the potatoes for their quinoa salad with tomatoes and edamame. Everything was really good and I would definitely go back!
We also went to see Hangover 3, which was good but never as funny as the 1st movie. Hope you are having a good weekend! I am co-teaching pump again tomorrow morning
As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I crave these oats! When I first started reading running and healthy living blogs, I couldn’t understand how these bloggers ate cold oats soaked in yogurt! Now I crave them and it is my favorite way to eat a big breakfast. Don’t let the small bowl fool you! If you are watching calories, you could easily get to 500+ calories in this tiny bowl… or else that is just me because I put so much peanut butter on top! Here is my favorite mix…
- 1/2 serving of So Delicious Blueberry Coconut Milk Yogurt
- 1/4-1/2 cup Silk Almond Milk
- 1 serving oats (usually 1/2 cup)
- Tbsp Chia Seeds
Mix that up at night (I usually make two at a time because I split the yogurt container) and stick it in the fridge! In the morning I add…
- Banana (or sometimes blueberries or strawberries)
- Way too much White Chocolate Wonderful – Peanut Butter & Co (cheaper at Target) This is my absolute favorite PB
My Favorite Smoothie
I am blessed with a beautiful Vitamix blender and I use it daily. It is great for hot soups in the winter, sauces for dinner, chopping veggies and of course, smoothies! Above are the ingredients I use, except I forgot to take a picture of my huge container of fresh spinach.
Here is my favorite variation and this is the order I put it into the Vitamix…
- 1 cup vanilla or original almond or light chocolate soy milk (depends if I want extra chocolate)
- Powder mixes (Usually 1 scoop chocolate vega protein, but I’ll add a scoop of Colby’s chocolate Recoverite if I just did a crazy workout or run)
- Chia seeds and PB2
- Tons and tons of spinach… seriously like 2 and 1/2 cups
- Frozen berries (usually strawberries because they taste so good in this smoothie!)
The frozen berries and banana weigh down the spinach. I feel like everything blends the best in this order.
Not the prettiest color, but it is delicious!!
Sometimes at night I want something sweet. Lately, I have been dipping fresh strawberries into dark chocolate for a treat. They are so good and it is just enough chocolate for me.
I put some Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips (my favorite) into a small glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. When you take them out, they won’t look much different, but mix them around with a spoon for a minute and they will slowly start to melt. Then, put them into the microwave again for 30 seconds. Take them out and mix, mix, mix! It should turn into a smooth melted chocolate. If you are doing a larger batch, try another 30 seconds. By only putting them in the microwave for a short time, you won’t burn the chocolate! Nothing is worse than ruining perfectly good chocolate!!
I wash the strawberries and dry them well. If they are wet, the water will ruin the chocolate. Dip the strawberries and place them on a parchment paper-covered plate. Stick them in the freezer for a few minutes and they will be ready to eat!
Or eat most of the melted chocolate straight out of the bowl before they even make it onto the strawberries like me