Friday Fitness roundup…

So I have been toying with the idea of doing a weekly summary of my workouts.  How serendipitous is it that one of the last assignments from blogging 101 is to create a regular feature for my blog?  So here is the first of many to come.  I’ll be doing a Friday-Thursday schedule which is also how I track my food intake.

Friday, January 23:  Rest day

Saturday, January 24:  1 hour of weight training* and 30 min on the elliptical

Sunday, January 25:  1 hour of zumba

Monday, January 26:  30 mins of jogging (Couch to 5k, week 1, day 1.  I’m not really following the program, but I find the first few days of it good for my interval training on the treadmill.)

Tuesday, January 27:  1 hour of sledding in the snow!!

Wednesday, January 28:  1 hour of zumba

Thursday, January 29:  Rest day (Okay, I had planned on jogging again, but way too much to do at work.)

*I started New Rules of Lifting in late November, but am considering switching to Strong Lifts 5×5.

Wait, what? My house is burning down?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Burning Down the House.”

Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab?

I used to have a standard answer for questions like this.  Pictures were always on the top of the list, but my most important ones are in the cloud now.  I can say the same for my important personal documents (thanks to evernote).  All that said, my list has changed significantly.

  1. Jewelry – Not necessarily the expensive ones or my favorites, but the important pieces that belonged to my grandparents and great-grandparents.
  2. Something of my son’s choosing.  No questions asked.
  3. Cards and letters from family/friends over the years.  (This is a good reminder to scan these and save them to the cloud too.)
  4. My phone!  Yes, I sheepishly admit that I just can’t live without it.
  5. My wallet.  It’s just such a pain to replace everything.

High Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I’ve been seeing many variations of this recipe.  I’ve combined a few that I have found and also tried to reduce the calories some while keeping the protein as high as possible.  Overall, a great success!

cookie dough 2

(Please excuse the poor picture quality.  This is my first recipe and I haven’t taken food pictures before with the purpose of sharing here.  I obviously need some practice!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 15-oz. can of chickpeas
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of your favorite nut butter (I used 1/4 cup almond butter to cut back on calories.  Add more for more intense flavor.)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup of sweetener depending on your tastes (I used honey, but you can use a combination of honey, maple syrup and agave syrup.)
  • A few tablespoons of non-dairy milk only if mixture is too thick (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark mini chocolate chips or sweet cacoa nibs

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except non-dairy milk and chips in food processor and blend until smooth.  Add non-dairy milk if needed.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  3. Place in the refrigerator or freezer until cold.

Thinking of warmer days and lunchtime walks…

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/stressed-at-work-try-a-lunchtime-walk/

Seeing this article a few days ago about the benefits of lunchtime walks has me dreaming of springtime already.  (Although the snow today is very pretty!) I don’t get a chance often to take time for lunch.  I can be found eating at my desk, eating during meetings or just skipping lunch altogether – none of these are healthy. However, I have been known to make the check-in meetings with my individual team members walking meetings.  These are best for brainstorming new ideas or working out issues with projects.

Solos walks are also great to just clear my head.  There is something about walking through the busy streets of Manhattan that help me focus.  A very different kind of meditation.  It relieves my stress and I am often able to find a solution to the issues that have been weighing on my mind.

A moment in time…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Moment in Time.”

The last photo taken was that of my almost 9-year old son discovering something new and to him, one of the most amazing things ever!  Fun Dip!!  Where has this been his whole life and why have I been holding out on him?  It was still in his Halloween candy stash.  (All the chocolate is gone, but I don’t allow other types of candy often.)  He asked for a treat yesterday and I let him pick what he wanted of what was left.  I taught him the proper way of enjoying (digging into) the fun dip.  He was in HEAVEN!

I primarily buy organic food, including treats so the fact that this was in the house was a bit of a fluke to begin with and the fact that I let him eat it surprised my son.  I don’t post pictures of him, but let me say it was one of pure joy.

fun dip

Re-springing My Step…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Re-springing Your Step.”

Today’s daily prompt:  Tell us about the last experience you had that left you feeling fresh, energized, and rejuvenated. What was it that had such a positive effect on you?

I don’t know why I’ve found this prompt so difficult at first.  Perhaps just my way of over-thinking most things instead of being able to break them down into their simpler forms.  I’m not able to pinpoint an exact experience, but the times I feel refreshed and energized are after a long workout.  Four-years ago I discovered zumba and it is my go to workout.  I get a high from doing two classes in a row.  It is exhilarating to feed off the energy of those around me and get lost in the music.  I do other workouts too (lifting, running, etc.), but this is where I feel most rejuvenated.

Never give up…

Perseverance.

Mind over body.

In the words of Dory, “Just keep swimming.”

That is what I learned from reading this story about a man who fell off of his boat miles from shore and saved himself by swimming back, thinking of his family and what was important to him.  It is stories like this that makes some my daily problems seem trivial.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/12/us/konrad-long-swim/

Passport arrived…

Woo hoo!  I’ve only been putting off renewing my passport for a few years.  I’m not even sure when it had expired, but I decided now was the time to take care of it.  And, it was quick!  I sent in my application in mid-Dec and already received it back in the mail.  It was faster than some of the rush services.

Not that I have any trips planned, but I now feel free to pick up and go somewhere exciting at the last minute.  I have a long bucket list of places that I want to go.  I’ve seen much of the U.S. but very few places in the world.  One of my regrets is not travelling more in my early 20s when I could have done it relatively inexpensively by staying youth hostels, etc.  Time for me to prioritize my top 5 list and start looking for some good travel deals.

Dear Dream Reader…

I have to admit, I haven’t really thought much about you, my dream reader.  I imagine that you would be here for a few different reasons.  Are you following my crazy fitness and food adventures; trudging along with me in the daily grind; or looking to grow, learn and be the best person you can be.  I hope that I can help to provide some guidance along the way or at least just a few laughs. I want us to be better people together.  And, maybe that means I don’t always have to be in the first row, I can learn that I don’t always have to be perfect.

xoxo, Beth