May 22, 2012

A Taste For Skinny Workout Schedule: Week of May 20

Let’s recap last week. Basically, I killed it. Went to the gym everyday or for a bike ride. The only change I made was lifting instead of sprints on Friday. My main reason for that was knowing that the weather was going to be gorgeous on Saturday, so I knew it wouldn’t contain any weights. I did my new leg workout twice, but didn’t try any new cardio. One thing at a time I guess! As for biking in the city, it is almost as scary as I thought it would be!! I was sweating within 2 minutes, because I was so stressed. I enjoyed it, but really had to focus since there are cars, pedestrians, other bikers, etc. out there. Monday night we met our friends at dinner and Saturday we took a nice long ride and went on the lake path for part of it. The lake path is a little too busy for me until you get further north, but it will all take a little getting used to. The most amazing part of biking is realizing how quickly you can get anywhere in the city. I definitely want to start biking places instead of taking the bus/el. Let’s move on to this week!

Sunday: Weights & cardio (I did my leg workout and walked on an incline wearing a weighted vest. The weighted vest is a pretty awesome way to burn a few more calories.)

Monday: Body strength (done)

Tuesday: Spin Off (I ended up skipping the gym this morning, because I had a stressful Monday and needed a little extra rest.)

Wednesday: Body strength

Thursday: Spin

Friday-Monday: Off since I’m going home for the holiday weekend. I’m definitely going to try and get a few walks in and make healthy decision 85% of the time. I haven’t been home since December, so I have to hit up my fav restaurants and summer ice cream spots.

May 16, 2012

Cleansing: Yay or Nay?

So I did my third cleanse last week. I’ve always had mixed feelings about the whole cleansing thing. I’ve heard about celebrities doing cleanses before big events, seen people do a juice cleanse for the new year, and I’ve even seen people do the lemon/honey/cayenne pepper cleanse. I always thought it was so silly, but I try not to judge anymore since I really believe that one can do whatever they want if it works for them.

Let’s rewind to why I did my first cleanse. I was killing it last year with meeting my goals, but I started to get worried after my birthday (Nov. 27) since I knew December was going to be tough with a weekend in NYC to eat, holiday parties, etc. I realized that I only had a span of 3 days where I didn’t have something going on, so I wanted to take advantage of it and be healthy. I wasn’t trying to lose 10 pounds in 3 days. All I wanted was to feel healthy and in control, because we all know how out of control we get during the holidays. I had Jared do some research and we decided to do 90% raw, fish for a good lean source of protein, and avoiding dairy, meat, and processed foods. A typical day is as follows:

6am: Juice (carrot, celery, apple, beet, ginger, kale)
9am: 2 tbsp Justin’s nut butter and celery (nut butter to keep my calorie intake up)
12pm: Juice and small meal (approximately 100 calories of tuna salad)
3pm: 2 tbsp Justin’s nut butter and celery
5pm: Juice
7pm: Dinner (large portion of vegetarian chili)
8pm: Dessert (1/2 brownie from Raw)

Below is a pic of the vegetarian chili (beans, corn, beets, broccoli, cilantro, zucchini, kale)

I knew I wouldn’t be able to stick with only juice since I just love eating way too much, so we picked something that was doable for me. Surprisingly, the juice is extremely filling and I’m able to do a normal workout just fine. I find myself a little hungry on the first day, but after that it’s super easy. The hardest part is telling people why you won’t go out for dinner or have that free cookie at work. Ok I lied, it’s also hard to give up my daily desserts (sugar free pudding, single piece of dark chocolate), so Jared was nice enough to check out Raw, a raw foods place in the market near us. I’ve had their tiramisu, brownie, and lemon bar. You’d be surprised how tasty they are. I’m going to recreate the lemon bar sometime soon.

So there you have it. I say yay to the cleanse! I did a 3 day cleanse in December, 5 day cleanse in January, and another 5 day cleanse last week. I find that it’s helpful every few months just to get me back on track.

May 14, 2012

A Taste For Skinny Workout Schedule: Week of May 13

I’ve got a busy week of plans aka eating out with Jared and friends (3 dinners, 1 lunch so far), so I’ve scheduled a workout everyday this week. My typical week includes 5-6 workouts and only classes, but lately I’ve been wanting to switch things up. Jared ran me through a painful awesome new leg workout on Saturday, so I’m going to incorporate that into my weekly workouts. I’m also in the process of adding different cardio into my routine, because I’ve been doing a lot of spin lately. I try to change things up before I get really tired of doing something, otherwise I’ll want to start taking days off.

Sunday: Cardio on my own (walked on the treadmill at an incline, tried out a new elliptical-like machine)

Monday: Body strength (done) & first bike ride of the season (excited and very nervous!!!)

Tuesday: Spin & leg workout

Wednesday: Body strength

Thursday: Spin

Friday: Spin & sprint

Saturday: Bike ride outside or spin & body strength

We have dinner plans tonight with Matt and Diana, and we just decided to ride our bikes to the restaurant since it’s such a gorgeous night. I’m super nervous since this is my first bike ride in the city of Chicago! Off we go, I hope I’m not stressed out the whole time!

May 9, 2012

Holla, I’m back!

It’s been 8 months since I last blogged. It seriously feels like yesterday since I think to myself “oh that would be a good blog post” at least a couple times a week. The real reason why I stopped blogging is because my goals/blogging/healthy living were taking over my life. I became too obsessive and wasn’t treating my goal as a lifestyle. To remind you, my goal is to lose 9 pounds or 9 inches. I am happy to tell you that I am 0.8 inches away from it as of a couple weeks ago! I only lost a couple pounds, which means I gained muscle. Yes, it’s been almost a year since I made this goal, but it was all about a lifestyle change, not killing myself to reach it in an unrealistic timeline and beating myself up. I also need you to know that I have had TONS of fun in the last few months as well. I had lots of birthday celebrations including my own in the fall, followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, a 2 week vacation, St Patty’s Day, Baconfest (oh yes, I said baconfest) and many other eating/drinking related activities.

So here we go. I’m ready to get this blog started again!

September 20, 2011

napa part 3

Last Napa post I promise! Writing these just makes me want to go back so bad.


On Saturday we started off our day right – Kara’s Cupcakes for breakfast and a quick walk through the farmer’s market at Oxbow Market.

After cupcakes we headed to brunch at Auberge Du Soleil. I’m pretty sure Auberge has the best views in Napa. It was so quiet and peaceful. Let’s not forget why we were there though – to eat some brunch! They serve a 5 course brunch, so Jared and I made sure we ordered different things so we could share.

Rise & Shine: We both chose a bloody mary, but neither of us finished them. They were good, but not amazing and we wanted to have room for everything. We didn’t realize dessert was included.

Easing In: Muffins, house-made pastries, and artisanal breads with butter and a lemon spread.

Beginnings: I ordered the Beet & Burrata salad and Jared had the corn soup. Both were excellent, but the soup was a little more special.

Sustenance: I went with the Shrimp Risotto and Jared had the Duck Hash & Eggs. Again, both were good, but I have to admit Jared had the better orders for once. Typically, I always choose the best dishes.

Dessert: I had the Blackberry Tart and Corn Ice Cream and Jared had some kind of peach dessert. I definitely had the winning dessert, but luckily Jared liked his as well. It had bourbon in it and definitely tasted like it too.

After brunch we headed back to our hotel to relax before it was time to meet up with our friends Dave and Michelle. They arrived around 3:30, so where else would we take them besides the Oxbow Market? Jared and I ended up getting a bottle of red zinfandel and Dave and Michelle got white wine flights. We relaxed outside with our wine and good conversation. Next stop was the wine store at Bottega. We shared a bottle of red and hungout until it was time for our dinner reservation at Ad Hoc. Ad Hoc is Thomas Keller’s more casual restaurant. He is also the chef and owner of French Laundry, which is on our list for the next trip! Ad Hoc serves a 4 course family style menu that changes each day. I was very nervous about this mostly because of the desserts. I had been watching the menu for a couple weeks before our dinner and saw lots of carrot cake, strawberry shortcake, etc. and I just prefer to end my meals with chocolate. We got lucky and had an amazing menu. I’m sure everything tastes good from Thomas Keller, but I love being super excited about a few dishes. We didn’t snap any pics, but here’s the menu:

Course 1: Endive and Mizuna Salad with haogen melons, cherry tomatoes, shaved cipollini onions, tondo balsamic vinaigrette

Course 2: Grilled Beef Short Ribs with garden squash, charred sweet onions, fingerling potatoes, peppered beef jus

Course 3: Heublumen (cheese) mushroom conserva, puff pastry

Course 4: Peanut Butter Bars with concord grape sorbet


Sunday was our last day in Napa. That afternoon we headed to San Francisco, but not before one last stop at the market. We ended up sharing an oyster po’ boy from Hog Island Oyster Company, a pizza from Ca’ Momi, I needed one more cupcake, and then we finished with some Three Twins Ice Cream. It was an excellent lunch!

San Francisco

I’ll be quick about San Fran. We only had a day and a half there, so we spent most of it checking out a few neighborhoods recommended by friends just to see what the city was about. We were able to meet up with a few of those friends for dinner at Zare at Fly Trap, which was a really great time. I hadn’t seen my friend Kim in over a year so it was great to catch up. Jared and I also went to Frances for dinner, which was amazing. Below are a few pics we snapped of the food.
Applewood Smoked Bacon Beignets – Maple Creme Fraiche and Chive

White Corn Soup – Ancho Chili Creme Fraiche, Lime Scented Sea Salt

Grilled Peach Salad – O’Henry Peaches, Stracciatella Cheese, Wild Arugula

Trottoloni Pasta – Chanterelle Mushrooms, House Panchetta & Fiore Sardo Pecorino

Chocolate Almond Clafoutis – Caramelized banana, Burnt Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Overall, it was a great vacation. I wish we could have spent a couple more days in Napa, but now we know for next time!