Bounty of Fruit and Restful Weekends

Greetings!

What a lovely weekend it’s been here so far! I’ve gotten TONS done and managed to make it very relaxing along the way 🙂
Yesterday after Shane and I got back from playing volleyball, I turned into a cleaning fiend! I cleaned the entire main floor and boy did it need it.

After cleaning, I headed to the grocery store. The produce enticed me a little too much, and I went about $40 over the Running Around a Budget budget. However…the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies in my fridge are definitely worth it.

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While I was cooking dinner, we used part of the bounty to make a delicious fruity drink:

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5 nectarines + 1 T. stevia, + ice + rum = flash back to Hawaii: IMG_6770

And the only drink mix included REAL foods:

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Sooo good. I wished we had enough for just one more.

My dinner:

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Mashed sweet potato + veggie baked beans and steamed green beans. Such a delicious combo.

For Shane, I made him a healthy version of country fried steak using cube steak, whole wheat bread crumbs, and seasonings:

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He loved it! The gravy was a beef broth + milk + cremini mushrooms combo.

Shortly after digestion, we headed on down to the theatre room to watch Avatar. Shane had seen it in theatres, but I still hadn’t been able to watch it. Pretty awesome movie. We got it on BluRay and that with the big screen made the picture insanely sharp.

Movie snacks were puppy chow popcorn:

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Can’t beat this dessert.

This morning I woke up around 7:00 even though I wanted to sleep in, but the tummy was a-growling, so I made some oat bran:

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Aaaand then brought it back to bed with me:

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Breakfast in bed on a Sunday morning is one of the finer things in life if you ask me. This had 1/2 c. oat bran, 1 c. almond milk, 1 banana, Nunaturals stevia, flax, and PB.

After finishing up laundry and piddling around the house some more, I decided it was time for a run. It was mid fifties, so I geared up and headed outside for a quick and hilly 5 miler.

Stats were 5.2 miles in 47 minutes 15 seconds. Go me!

Even though it was only in the mid 50’s I wore a long sleeved Lulu shirt and was a sweat beast by the end. I was also a hungry beast and my muscles wanted nutrients fast.

A fast way to get nutrients? Blend them up and drink  slurp them!     

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Ezekiel granola is the best granola for smoothies. So crunchy!

 

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And later some guac I made with an avocado that was on its last leg:

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I was planning on doing a little strength training, but between Insanity and volleyball yesterday, I’m pretty sore. So I nixed it and did a little work instead. Since I have a new client starting this week, I had to print off some forms and think about training plans.  Then I was off to hit up Von Maur with Heidi!

I found a SUPER cute light yellow tank I really wanted:

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Dressing room picture, what!

When I got home, Shane and I were both getting hungry, so I got started on some dinner. Had a glass of pinot grigio while I did that:

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The end result was a delicious Asparagus Pamesan Risotto:

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Melt in your mouth umm-mazing.

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This dish was absolutely fantastic! I’ll make sure to post the recipe, which was adapted from one in this month’s CE magazine, in the "recipe tab" I’m creating next week. There. I said it. Now I have to do it (I’ve been putting it off for-ev-er!)

Now I’m watching The Blind Side with the hubski, which is turning out to be a really good movie as well. I’d recommend both this and Avatar. Sandra Bullock is very cool as a yuppie southern hard ass 🙂

Tomorrow is going to be a LONG one. I’m talking 14 hours of work straight between training job and planning job. Just gotta get through it. And try and have a good time along the way 😉

What’s the best movie you’ve seen in a while? I think the Blind Side is a little better than Avatar so far, but for different reasons.

Have a fabulous Monday everyone!

Quarter Life Changes

Heya friends! Thank you SO much for all the amazing and supportive comments on my half marathon! I was just beaming when I was reading through them. 🙂
I had the best tasting Ezekiel pizza ever tonight…

Mediterranean Ezekiel Pizza!

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First I toasted the tortilla in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes, and then spread a layer on a layer of hummus:

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topped with veggies – sun dried tomatoes, kalmalata olives, capers, spinach, artichokes and then popped it back in the oven for 5 more minutes:

Voila!

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Delish.
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So it’s day two after the half marathon and I’m still feeling pretty great! My quads are definitely sore, but honestly my biggest pain point in the injury I endured when falling down the stairs getting ready for the race:

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That left a mark! haha. If anything it’s a good story?
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Quarter Life Changes

OK. So I’ve talked about it enough, now it’s time to finally share with you all the exciting things that have been going on in my life!

1. I signed up for a Group Fitness certification preparation class! It’s 6 classes, each 4-5 hours long between the months of June and July. I plan on getting certified and start teaching in July. I think I’d like to teach some sort of lifting class, step class, or kick boxing class.

2. I’m starting a new training plan! No…not a triathlon 😉 My first sand volleyball game is this Wednesday and I know it’s just for fun, but I want to train for the game again! I played up until my second year in college, and have missed it so. So three to four days out of the week, I’ll be working out with the husband doing plyo (we did the Insanity Fit Test this morning…holy sweat, blood, and tears.) I’ll still be running, as I have a 9 miler in June, but the focus will be mainly on being able to jump higher, get off the ground faster, and move easily in all planes of motion 🙂

 

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3. I QUIT MY JOB at the big insurance company! I put my (three week) notice in on Friday. Training and working at the office has proved to be too much, and I’d like to dedicate more time into my training business.

IMG_5511So for the past few months, the husband and I have been making some smart financial decisions by sacrificing our lifestyle just a wee bit, cutting spending (Running Around on a Budget, anyone?) and adding to our savings. We have also worked super hard to become essentially debt free besides the cars and the house. So it’s changed the lifestyle just a wee bit, but hopefully the business will just keep growing and growing. I’ll also be starting to work staff at the gym part time. My first day doing that is this Saturday.
I’m super excited for this new journey and you guys have been nothing but supportive and hugely amazing. You instill confidence in me every day with the comments you leave and I really, really appreciate it. It just makes me absolutely value the sense of community in the blog world.

 

I guess I kind of consider the changes going on part of my quarter life crisis  evolvement. If I weren’t to take the risk to pursue this, I know myself and know I would regret it completely. I know I’d look back one day, probably sitting in a cubicle saying, I wonder where I’d be if I pursued my personal training business. The conditions are right for taking it: I’m young (25)  with no kids yet, financially stable, and Shane (and my family!) is incredibly supportive. Hopefully it’s the right decision 🙂

 

What risks have you taken in life that forced you to sacrifice something to take the risk? Besides this, the last risk I’ve taken was a couple years ago. At the end of 2008, I declined my contract at the big insurance company as my previous position (org support specialist) to get a promotion to my current position (project planner.) It wasn’t a sure deal that I’d get the job, but I wanted it so bad and worked for it so hard, that for me it was worth it. I was jobless for one week and then on the last possible day they could call me to extend the position to me, they did. I could not believe it. It’s been great working there, but there has been so many not-for-the-good changes happening this year. I won’t go into detail, because I don’t know who all reads this blog, but it got messy and just very discouraging for me. So glad I’ve found something that drives my passion.

Turning Point Twelve

Hey all! Happy Saturday! Figured I’d stop in for a quickie Saturday post.

It’s been a great weekend so far! After work last night, Shane and I headed to the dog park with Niko, and then to grab some groceries. Sticking to my Running Around (on) a Budget challenge, I succeeded in spending less than $50 per week.

 

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Worth it when you think of it as getting an extra $100-$150 income each week.

When we got home, it was grillin’ time!

IMG_6464Veggie burger w/ avocado + ketchup, texas toast, steamed brussels sprouts, spinach and shroom salad.

 

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Mmm…salty and peppery.

After we finished eating, we had a few friends over for a beer and some company. Niko also had one of her BFF’s over:

 

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Aww, Niko and Arizona. Zoni ate all of Niko’s food 🙂 hehe

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Niko didn’t mind!

I ended up going to bed fairly early, because I had a BIG morning ahead of me – a 12 mile run!

Pre-run breakfast:

 

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I’m happy to report it was a WONDERFUL run!! The past two long runs have been very, very difficult, and I’ve had to stop and walk several times. Well, today, I took my own advice about getting through a tough run, and I didn’t have to take one walking break! My average pace was 9:41, and I finished in 1:55:51.

Some pretty pictures along the way:

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I think this long run is a turning point in my training. I’m gonna dominate that half marathon (in two weeks!!)

I immediately showered and refueled:

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And then was off to train a couple clients. By then end of that, I was BEAT.

A Kombucha was in order, obviously.

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(and a Fat Tire was in order for the hubski, apparently ;))

Spent some time in the backyard just chattin’ it up:

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Then got to baking some birthday goodies!

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Pecan, cranberry, coconut, chocolate clusters from Vive le Vegan.

I checked, and they weren’t poisonous.

 

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And finally just got done rolling around on the ground and watching Big Band Theory:

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I swoon for you, oh foam roller. Shane makes fun of the sounds & faces I make while using this contraption LOL

Well I gotta get off of the computer. We have two birthday parties to go to tonight, and I gotta go get ready! Should be a great time 😀

How did you spend your Saturday?

Shopping On a Budget – How’d I Do?

Howdy! Enjoying your weekends? I sure am 😀

Before I start, I want to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to mi madre! My mom is not only a wonderful, loving, nurturing, caring, and generous mother, but also my best friend! See you soon, mom!

So, last week’s long run was on Easter, the week’s before was on my birthday, and this week’s is on my mom’s birthday! I like to think it’s a celebration of sorts, apparently. Today I’m repeating the 11 miler. Last week, my hip really started to ache on me on the last mile. Plus, I had to take a few walking breaks from miles 9-11. I figured I’d do 11 again instead of moving on to 12 today.

Pre-run fuelage:

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Can’t go wrong with this combo! Coffee, banana + Vanilla AB, millet toast + peanut butter and banana.

So yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day! After I cleaned the house a little, I headed to the gym to train three clients! I also met the “new” trainer. I say “new” because she was there last year, left for a while, and then came back. I had no clue she was coming back… I trained through lunch, so I packed a little something to snack on:

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I ended up skipping the trail mix and only ate this:

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My training appointments went well, and then I was off to the store to test out Running Around on a Budget.

So, how’d I do?

Well I chose the right store…

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I got these groceries:

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Bananas, chocolate Cheerios (had to try ‘em!) Kashi heart to heat, Morning Star meatless balls, two big bags of spinach, baby bella mushrooms, an onion, oranges, a cuke, organic eggs, veggie baked beans, Sabra    IMG_6397

Ranch, chunky Campbell’s soup, and milk (all for Shane,) Natural PB, Arnold’s bread, and Flat Out wraps.

I kinda  had a running tally in my head while shopping, but I was still anxious as the cashier was swiping my items. Did I make it under $50?!

Dun, dun, dun, dunnnn!

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I passed! haha 🙂 Although I didn’t manage to take any coupons or compare prices, I still made my under $50 mark.

After getting home from the store, the hubski was antsy to get outside! So we brought Niko to the dog park:

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And then played a little frisbee golf:

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But it was super windy, so we kinda sucked it up.

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Discouraged and hungry, we came home, worked a little on quick books, and then fired up the grill.

My plate:

 

 

IMG_6405 Roasted veggies, sweet potato with black beans and my trifecta sauce, kale chips with nooch.

 

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Nomtastic!

Well I gotta get a move on. Banking about 1:45 for my long run, then it’s off to my parents’ house for my mom’s bday celebrations!! 🙂

Have you ever played frisbee/disc golf before? Shane and I used to play ALL the time. We love it! But not so much when it’s super windy out.

Running Around (on) a Budget

Welcome to the weekend! Ooooh yeah! 😉

So far I’ve spent this sunny, brisk morning walking Niko and getting into a cleaning frenzy for my cardio! I was going to run my long run today (11 miles again) but I have to train three clients starting mid-morning, so I figured I’d leave it to tomorrow morning. Plus, Lord knows housework has been neglected the past few weeks, so why not turn it into some fun? 45 minutes of housework cardio, annnnd go! However, my tummy’s starting to rumble, so I foresee an oatmeal break in my future…

Yesterday I started my Friday out with a nice little trip to the gym after a solid 7 hours of sleep. I felt like I had plenty of energy on the treadmill when I ran 3.5 miles at an (almost) 5k pace. I could have kept on going, but I wanted to get in some upperbody weights, too:

Inverted pushups on stability ball – 2×10

Incline dumbbell chest press – 15 lbs – 2×12

Triceps dips – 2×10 (oof)

Just a quickie weight session – took about 20 minutes.

Once home and showered, I was almost out of oats (the horror!!) so I decided to make another mongo green monster:

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Except I was out of spinach (the horror x’s 2!) Never fret, a fruit smoothie’s a sure bet.

Ice, 1 frozen banana, ½ c. frozen blueberries, 1 scoop of Jay Robb brown rice pp, maca, water, flaxmeal, coconut butter.

Topped with Ezekiel granola.

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I love using this granola because it’s SO crunchy. Even when it sinks below the top of the smoothie.    

This smoothie kept me full for quite some time, but eventually da tum was in need of some grub:

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I tried out this Split Pea soup for lunch. I was a little hesitant, because split pea soup can either be amazing or atrocious. I took a look at the ingredients, and still wasn’t sure I’d like it…

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But luckily, this version was amazing!

Other random eats included:

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Most of this bad boy, a plumb, and some trail mix.

After work, I trained a client and hurried home to get picked up to go to Bunco. It feels like I never stop…

Typically the food at Bunco is pretty unhealthy and not veg-friendly, so I made a quickie dinner:

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brock, cuke, shroom, cado w/ a big ol’ dollop of hummus

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Millet w/ tofutti (which is good, but the ingredients list is a little scary) and Quorn meatless nuggets.

Bunco was a blast, regardless. And girlfriends + wine + laughter= a good night – exhausted or not! And even better? I won!

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Big money, baby 😉 mhahah

Running Around (on) a Budget

Shane and I have been trying to cut costs pretty much all around. The other night, my analyst of a husband created a big spreadsheet depicting all of our bills, expenses, incomes, etc.

It really helped to have it all laid out all organized with categories. 

Basically, I need to find a cheaper hair salon, and I need to quit buy so much expensive food. I currently spend around $500-$700 on groceries every month. And in our situation right now (which I’ll reveal on the blog soon, I promise – it’s good, not bad!!) we need to cut costs.

I’ll deal with the hair salon sitch later, but for now, my goal is to slash our grocery bill by $500. This means spending a mere $200 on groceries per month, or $50 per week. I can do this. It might mean no more fancy pants Coconut milks, Kombucha’s (however I will spend extra money on kombuchas – like the bunco money I won. I just really believe in the healing power of Kombucha,) Barney Butters or goat’s milk ice cream, but I can do it. Basically I have to rule out two of my favorite stores (Naturally Yours and Fresh Market) and only go to them when I NEED an ingredient for something, like spelt flour for baking, for example.

So to put it in writing, and make it official…

In order to spend less at the food stores, I’m going to:

  • Shop at cheaper/bulk stores (as much as it pains me) like Wal-Mart, Sam’s, and Aldi’s.
  • Look for coupons – but only for things I need.
  • Take a list, and stick to the list
  • Compare prices
  • Buy store-brand when it’s a better deal
  • Buy in bulk when it comes to things like frozen goods, cereal, and of course – spinach.

Today’s my first go at it, actually. After training clients, I’m heading to the store, with a $50 limit. I’ll report back how it goes 😉

But for now, enjoy this wonderful Saturday, everyone!

How do you cut costs in the grocery stores? Or do you shop without a budget (like I used to)? It’s gonna be hard, but totally doable.