Peaceful, Easy Feeling

May 20, 2010 at 11:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’ve got a peaceful, easy feeling…and I know it won’t let me down…

The hippy in me loves that song.  It’s the same hippy in me that loves to garden, recycle and ride my bike to work. I definitely took advantage of two-wheeled transportation today.  Linzi‘s post about riding her Sea Breeze (love that!) to work reminded me I needed to follow suit.  It’s a beautiful day and I have been waiting for it to stop raining so I can take part in National Bike Month.  The month is almost over!  I was afraid foul weather would mean I couldn’t celebrate in all my Physio Fit bicycle glory.

Don’t worry — I totally did. 🙂  Biking to work 🙂 saved on gas 🙂 helped the Earth out 🙂 doubled as cross training for today.  Awesome!

Pre-cycle trip to the office, I was up bright and early after three snooze button pushes and enjoyed a Green Monster Smoothie for breakfast.  Look how foggy it was!  I felt like I was in Ireland.

Okay, okay.  A stretch, I know.  I was still in the Midwest.  A girl can pretend.

We were out of regular coffee beans this morning, so Sam fired up his espresso percolator and super charged our mornings with a little bit of the strong stuff.

I only had about a half a cup…twice.  So, okay, a full cup of espresso.  It’s fine, I am a coffee addict, I can handle it.  Here’s a fun tidbit: Sam is actually the reason I’m such a coffee drinker.  When we were getting to know each other in Spain, we couldn’t really hang out at each other’s host homes, so we’d meet for coffee after class.  We’d sit for hours, talking and laughing and doing homework (only sometimes…actually, hardly ever ;)), learning a little more about each other.  We even became regulars at this one shop, Esperandote.  They started on our orders when we walked in the door.  It was like a Spanish, caffeinated version of Cheers.  *sigh* Memories.

Lunch consisted of leftovers (tortellini with spinach/tomato “sauce”), cucumbers, grapes, the last of the farmer’s market strawberries *super sad face* and some mixed nuts to snack on later.

Nutritious and delicious.  I don’t think it’s just a coincidence those words rhyme, do you?

See you later tonight!  I’m meeting up with friends for a Young Professionals Happy Hour after work.  Dinner is already set and ready to be ateAte up! Stay tuned to see what I built for the ‘buds (taste buds, that is).

What’s that?

Adios!

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Fresh From the Farm

May 17, 2010 at 11:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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My Green Monster Smoothie took on a slightly different shade this morning.  Casting a taupe appearance, this baby was packing some serious fruit awesomeness.

Why the makeover?  Oh, because this smoothie included a healthy helping of farmer’s market strawberries.

My Green Monster had three big handfuls of spinach, a handful of sliced strawberries (fresh from the farm), a cup of soymilk, a scoop of protein powder, a tablespoon of ground flax seed and a frozen banana.  Tasty.

Our grocery shopping trip on Saturday included a stop first thing at the farmer’s market.  Strawberries are finally coming in, but you have to be at the market early to snag them.  Since Sam’s soccer game was just down the street, we managed to swoop in and score a quart.  They were a little pricey, but they taste so much better than grocery store strawberries.  In one quart, there was only one with a slight bruise and none of them looked like beasty berries.  We used half for a delicious dessert over the weekend…

…and the rest are kind of being rationed.  So good.

Pre-smoothie smorgasboard, I hit up a little yogAHHH.  I tried out a “new studio” — our basement!  Slowly but surely, that dark, creepy space is becoming a den for hanging out.  We affectionately call it “the man cave” because once complete, it will be Sam’s hideout.  He’s agreed to let me use it for yogAHHH so I can avoid being licked in the face by one monster or another every time I flow into cobra pose.  Those kisses were cute the first time — the 100th time, they were just wet and doggy-breath-y.  This morning, I stretched out to the soft hum of the dryer.  *sigh*  It’s the working woman’s yoga studio…multitasking and meditating all at once. 😉

I packed my lunch full of good, healthy fruits and veggies.  I’m feeling a little low on nutrients, I can’t describe it.  My body is craving fresh food.  Since I listen to my bod, I’ve got a Trader Joe’s Crunchy PB w/ reduced sugar grape jelly sandwich on all natural whole wheat bread, Golden Delicious apple, sliced cucumbers, cantaloupe, four o’clock yogurt (plain flavor) and some Cascadian Farms maple sugar granola for mixing in.  Excellent.  My tummy is happy.

Yesterday, I was bogged down by some thoughts.  You know the kind — they usually involve the future.  They usually don’t have a clear answer (because the future hasn’t happened yet).  They usually consume your mind space, unfairly affecting your mood.  Sam looked at me and said, “I think you need to run.”

Um, no way. That was my immediate thought.  All bogged down, how could I possibly run?  I felt heavy from my thoughts, I couldn’t possibly run under all that weight.

4.5 miles miles later in 43:00, I recognized Sam had the right idea.  Not only did 43 minutes uninterrupted minutes provide me with the time to sort through my thoughts, but I felt lighter, more content and confident about the future.

My point in telling you this is to remind you, just like Sam reminded me, that exercise is NOT just for your physical wellbeing.  When exercise is part of your daily routine and makes up a good part of the balance in your life — a few days without it really can have an effect on you.

Do you feel a difference in your mood when you don’t exercise?  How does it affect you?

P.S.  If you’re looking for a little time-killer this Monday, check out Be in the Game.  The folks over at there passed along their website to me so I could let you know about it.  Part of the Become.com shopping website, they offer reviews of products (some blogger written, some company rep written) and give you a glimpse into several products for an active lifestyle.  Happy clicking!

Greenie Weenie

April 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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HELLO!  I feel like I should say good morning, but it’s actually afternoon.  Do you ever feel like “good morning” packs more of a happy punch than “good afternoon”?  Afternoon seems more like a formality.  GOOD DAY!

I feel great and I think it’s because I’ve had an awesome day so far.  So much has happened and I still have a ton on my agenda.  Let’s get to it! 🙂

After a super solid night’s sleep (10 hours!) I  got up and did a workout from Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.  I had worked my way up to Level 2 while training for the half marathon, but it’s been a while since I kicked my own butt with Jillian’s help, so I took it down a notch to Level 1.  Still a good workout!  I was sweating and felt energized when it was over.

I prefer to do workouts like that on an empty stomach, so once I was done, I made a beeline for the kitchen.  GREEN MONSTER TIME!  To my shock and sadness, we were out of peanut butter.  Duh.  I used the jar for breakfast yesterday, you’d think I wouldn’t have been so surprised ;).  After shedding a tear, I decided to take my monster in a different direction and make it chocolate-y.

Into the blender went:

🙂 One cup light plain soymilk

🙂 One frozen banana

🙂 One tablespoon of ground flaxseed (I still need that healthy fat even if I don’t have the pb!)

🙂 Handfuls of spinach

🙂 One spoonful of Nestle Nesquik (I tried to find our cocoa powder but came up short — I would have rather used the powder, but the Nesquik works).

It was pretty tasty!  Not overpoweringly chocolatey, but still good.  Kind of like a chocolate banana milkshake.  I need to consult the Green Monster Movement website for more ideas — I should expand my monster horizons!

Post-breakfast, I hopped on the trusty PhysioFit (my hand-me-down bike) and met my friend Kelly for a ride to the farmer’s market.  I was so excited!  I haven’t seen Kelly in a while and I haven’t been to the farmer’s market since the weather warmed, so this was a welcome field trip.

We biked and chatted the whole way there — Kelly was glad for the company because she’s in training for a bike race in June.  I was excited for the exercise!  I feel like I haven’t been that active this week…something about not running all those miles, I guess.

The bike path in our town is incredible, you see so much of the county and with spring officially here, it was a beautiful ride.

Finally, after about an hour, we had ridden more than 11 miles and made it to our destination!

First things first, I needed some coffee!

I love that the coffee kart makes sure you know you have a choice between “organic sugar” and “sucralose chemical sweetener”.  What can I say, I live in a very “enlightened” town. 😉   I also love that the coffee kart is a “drive thru”.  How does that work if the building is not only a drive thru but also drive-able?  Can you get a cup of joe at a red light?  Tricky, very tricky ;).

Next up, we made a lap of the booths and decided what to buy.

Kelly got some of the delicious asiago bread the local pizza place makes (it’s so good and the quality ingredients really show in the flavor!).  I snacked on the bread samples at the table.  The booth owners probably thought, “okay, lady, stop!  Get away from the bread! Carb hog.”  I  then shopped for produce and settled on red and green lettuce and spinach.

It is always awesome to support local farmers and buy food I know was grown using practices I appreciate.  I must confess, I don’t always buy organic, I can’t always convince myself that organic is more important than cheapy price, but I try.  Today, I felt good about what I was buying.

After a little more browsing and some hummus purchasing, we set out for home.

When all was said and done, we biked 24.6 miles.  I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT.  That’s a heck of a long way.  My rear end feels like someone took a meat tenderizer to it and my thighs have not felt this kind of a burn in a looooooong time, but it is awesome.  I felt very greenie weenie for a) drinking my Green Monster b) riding my bike instead of driving and c) buying local, organic produce from the farmer’s market.  How very hippy chic of Kelly and me.

Granola, anyone?

We were so tired and exhilarated from our ride, we both got into her car and then realized we were still wearing our super cool bike helmets.  Ha!

I just finished up a delicious (and much anticipated) lunch of an egg sandwich on natural whole wheat bread with hummus (yuuuuuuum).

Next up, a trip to Civilization.

Where?

Well, we’ve covered that I live in a pretty rural part of the Midwest (see the picture of the farm above for further proof — hah!), so serious shopping must be done several miles away — like an hour of driving.

Just what’s got me driving this far for shopping?

VACATION, BABY!  I’m going swimsuit shopping, thanks to a gift card from my MIL and I’m on the hunt for some cute vacation clothes.

Wish me luck!  This might be the first time I’m exciting about swim suit shopping, but that could all change once I get on a two piece under the harsh florescent dressing room lighting.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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