Good Morning!

I’m up and at em this morn. Just finished breakfast (pics later). Goal for today, check out the Polar F7 watches and of course workout. I really want to workout at the beach on Saturday morns and attack the dreaded STAIRS! (Pics later). 

Does anyone have a heart monitoring watch?

Today’s Doctor Visit and My Awesome Weekend!

Phew!! I went to the Orthopedic Surgeon today to get a diagnoses for my shoulder pain. The doctor tried to narrow it down to tendonitis in both shoulders, however, he is also requesting an additional neck MRI to see if there are further complications. He gave me 2 cortisone shots in both shoulders OUCH!!!!! I tried to relax after the visit by going to see a movie “Marvel Avengers”. Movie therapy usually relaxes me, but it didn’t seem to work. I’m home now and my right shoulder is aching like a toothache. I think this may mean another day off from work if I’m not better. Wow! I’m so glad when this subsides. I really want to be better by summer.

Now to my awesome weekend! I started it off on Friday night by picking up the nieces and coaching them through a vegan sprinkled donut recipe. Vegan donuts are a much healthier alternative to regular donuts. Great fun! A great math lesson also using estimation with measurements. My nieces are so smart. They said that they didn’t need my help LOL!

Vegan Sprinkle Donut:

On Saturday afternoon, I picked up the nieces and we went to Costco to meet the author of the vegan cookbook, Chloe’s Kitchen.

We told her all about our new vegan cooking adventures and visiting vegan restaurants. She was so nice and really down to earth.

The nieces and Chloe:

After meeting Chloe, we did some shopping for fruit and a pizza to snack on for lunch.

Yummy Watermelon:

Lunch:

We ended our glorious evening with watching DVDs and Netflix. I couldn’t ask for a better weekend.

Grocery Shopping

I ended a long day at work by shopping at Ralphs for a few items. I stocked up on oranges and vegetables. I’m really loving corn on the cob right now.

I’ve been eating a lot of laughing cow cheese. I scored this new flavor today:

I can’t wait to slather it on a toasted whole wheat bagel.

I picked up some POM Cranberry Juice. It tasted pretty good! I know it’s super healthy for me. Chalk full of antioxidants.

I’ve been indulging in the breakfast of the champions lately, greek yogurt and whole grain snacks.

Healthy dinner choice tonight! Loved it. Oven roasted corn and a garden salad (romaine lettuce, tomatoes, green onion, cucumbers, cilantro) and oil and vinegar dressing.

Questions:

l. What do you love to pick up at the grocery store?

2. What did you have for dinner?

I’m Backkkk!

This weekend was a ton of fun with my nieces. We went to Universal Studios Hollywood and then ended the night with watching The Hunger Games at AMC CityWalk.

Morning Breakfast with the nieces involved a stop at Jamba Juice. I had a smoothie “Orange Dream Machine” and I shared a spinach, egg and cheese wrap with older niece. My younger niece had a cup of steel cut oatmeal with apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. She loved it even though it doesn’t look like it in the picture.

My nieces love to take pictures when we are out. Universal Studios was a blast! My nieces took a photo with the Austin Powers Performers.

I had several vegetarian choices at Universal Studios. So happy! I like to purchase the all you can eat band for 30 bucks and spend the day grazing. You always get an entree, side order and dessert.
I choose veggie pizza for my first meal and yummy raspberry jello for dessert. I scooped off the whip cream it was delicious but too sweet.

The Hunger Games was pretty good. My nieces loved it. My older niece read the first book in the ninth grade so she was totally into the film.

I’m still looking forward to purchasing a bike to include in my cross training program. I’ll have it by summer I’m sure.

This morning’s breakfast:

I ate pretty healthy today. So happy!

Questions:

What did you do this weekend?

Motivation

It takes a lot of effort, time and sometimes money to motivate myself to exercise, eat clean, go to work, step out of my comfort zone, etc. I just watched an incredible movie on Netflix, entitled “Running the Sahara”. This movie captured the many facets of pushing past one’s limits, braving extreme elements, and enduring pain and overcoming fears. I was brought to tears at many times in the movie as I thought about how I would handle similar situations in my life. This documentary is a must see!

My day has been pretty peaceful. I got up this morning in a baking mood. I whipped up a new recipe from one of my current favorite cookbooks.

Whole Wheat Baking Powder Biscuits and Fresh Juice:

Fro-Yo always makes Saturday a good day.

I love toppings on everything.

What are your favorite toppings?
-potatoes (butter, sour cream, chives)
-chilli (cheese, onions, tomatoes)
-Fro Yo (cookies, granola, almonds, mini chocolate chips)

Hello Weekend!

It’s been a couple of days since I last made a post. Just so busy at work. Well, the weekend is here and I’m ready to blog the weekend. I’ve had some great food for breakfast and lunch this past week.

Jamba Juice

Fro-Yo with yummy toppings (granola, almond slivers, coconut cookies, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup)

I can’t wait to get started on my new homework assignment. I’ll be studying the Eat Clean Diet info on vegetarian lifestyle. This is going to be great!

I’ll post the pictures of the new recipes that I try!

Great Run Tonight!

I feel myself building stamina and endurance as I train for my next 5K race. I had a conversation with a friend of mine on beginning a walking/running program. She told me that she visited her nutritionist and found out that interval training was the best for losing body fat quickly. Tonight’s run involved intervals of walking and running. I walked at a speed of 3.4 for 1 minute and I ran at a speed of 4.5 for 1 minute. My next run will be even longer. I’m ready for the challenge.
A coworker and I were talking about adding cycling to our fitness routine. I think that may be my next purchase. I will have to research the best bike to buy of course. I guess I’ll ride the bike in my neighborhood because I don’t want to attach a bike rack to my car. Well, this post will be short and sweet. Goodnight all!

A Peaceful Sunday

I’ve had a really good day today. I’ve had a lot of time to speak to a lot of good friends on the phone and catch up on the latest news. I plan to take a run this evening in my gym downstairs.

I will knockout another 2 miles to prepare me for my 5K in the summer. I need to download the Gymboss Interval App on my iPhone

I usually watch tv and listen to my iTunes as I run. I also like to read Runner’s magazine. The latest issue has a Guide for Beginning Runners which was pretty good.

What’s playing on my iPhone as I run? (Top 6)

l. Make it Rain – Travis Porter
2. S&M – Rihanna
3. Foe Life – Mac 10
4. Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone – Ciara
5. Just Fine – Mary J. Blige
6. Love on Top – Beyonce

Questions:

l. What race are you training for?
2. Where do you normally run/walk?
3. What’s your favorite magazine?
4. What artist is a “must have” on your iPod?

Trip to Northeast Los Angeles for Dinner

I decided to get out of the house today and take a drive to Highland Park (East LA) to try out some vegan tacos.  The family owned business, Plant Food For People (PFFP), has created an awesome  Vegan “carnita” taco made from jack fruit. Each taco can be ordered with 2 toppings.  I chose tomatillo salsa and nela cole slaw on one and Chipotle mayo and pico de gallo on the other.  Superb!  The texture and taste of the jack fruit is identical to meat.  I’m definitely going back.  They also made homemade pinto beans!  The price is excellent $2.00 per taco.  What a deal!Image

What a deal!!!!!!

Excellent Menu!

Something smells delicious!

Im up this morning looking at recipes in the “Fork Over Knives” book.  I watched the movie on Netflix this morn and I’m convinced that the vegetarian lifestyle is a right move for me.  I selected the Cinnamon and Raisin Rolled Oats Recipe.  I adapted it a little because I’m so used to the way Mom made oatmeal when I was a lil girl.

Cinnamon, Raisin and Apple Rolled Oats

l l/2 cups of water

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 organic apple peeled, cored and diced

1/4 cup golden raisins

dash of salt

dash of cinnamon

Boil all ingredients in a pot and stir occasionally for about 10 mins.

Pour into a bowl and top with 1/2 tbs of Vegan butter,  1 tbs Splenda Brown Sugar