I ♥ my running buddy

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Happy Friday everyone! Today was the loooonnnngggest day. I woke up while it was still dark out at 5:30 after not being able to fall asleep til about 1am. For some reason I still got up in time for a short run. As soon as I started to put my shoes on, Winston jumped all over me and laid on my feet. I always think it’s so sweet when he tries to keep me home with him. So I decided to take him with me. Jack Russells make awesome running buddies! We didn’t have time for much so we just took a quick stroll around the neighborhood.

But on about 4 hours of sleep, it didn’t feel quick. At all. Winnie had a great time though, and to thank me, proceeded to lick sweat off of my face

**Don’t judge my hair dyed face–Kara is an arteeeest and sometimes face paint happens, but it’s worth it and fades pretty quick :)**

Look at that face (Winston’s…not mine haha)! I love him. He makes me happier than I ever knew an animal could! After we got back, I made breakfast and lunch and was out the door by just after 7. I just got home about an hour ago. Of course I walked in and immediately had to catch up on Grey’s Anatomy. I went through several stages of tired today from not yet feeling the tired, to needing a nap, to grumpiness, to loopiness. Loopy was the most fun. I think my kiddos officially think I’m a nut job. Not that I disagree with that. Now I’m just back to total exhaustion. I think that means it’s bed time. I had a million things I wanted to write about, but I guess they will have to wait for an other time. Have a good night everyone! :)

Is it just me?

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Today my mom asked how I was doing and I answered “You know how when you’re really sleep deprived and it makes you overly emotionally responsive? Like, the smallest thing can make me laugh or cry or be overwhelmed by joy/sadness/anything. Except, I’m not really sleep deprived.” I actually *most of the time* don’t mind being super in tune with my emotions because it leads to things like the discovery I made today.

This morning I met Kara for Spin like every Thursday. Our fav teacher was back. We ended up starting almost 10 minutes late, but she promised to make up for it. By the time we reached the top of our big hill and I discovered gear 23 (Hello gear 23. Nice to meet you. This is the first time we’ve been acquainted. To be honest, you kind of suck. But, somehow I think I may see you again sometime anyway), I knew she wasn’t lying. Then it was time for sprints. She mentioned something about the first minute and the second minute, so silly me, I thought they sprint section would only last 2 minutes. Lies. All lies. And to be honest, I kind of thought I was going to die. I felt so certain that I couldn’t keep up and that I had burnt out too quickly again, but something sparked inside of me and I knew that I had two options.

1) Give up.

2) Push harder than I’ve ever pushed and leave everything I had in that room.

When you’re that tired there is no option 3. No middle ground. At least not for me. All or nothing. So I peddled and peddled and pushed harder and faster than I knew I had in me and all of the sudden all of the emotions I haven’t really had time to acknowledge or mentally digest just came up like emotional vomit and I felt like I was going to start crying, but I wasn’t sad. The only thing I could possibly relate it to is when I’ve been on stage and fully released over into what I was doing. I completely let go in that moment and found a lot of reality inside of myself.

Sorry to sound like a nut. The truth is I am a super emotionally driven person and I 100% believe in all this crap. No one can convince me otherwise. I should come with a warning “I’m emotional. Love me anyway.”

I left class, completely beat physically, but feeling amazing mentally.

Not amazing mileage wise, but not bad considering the lost time and killer hills.

After Spin, I finalllllyyy got my hurrrrr did! One of my besties is basically the most fantastic hair dresser on earth. Her name is Kara, but she is not the same Kara from spin. Hair Kara and I have been friends for something ridiculous like 12 or 13 years, and we have had some crazy times together. Ask me one day, and I will tell you all about our shenanigans! While my color sat, I definitely went over to Great Harvest for some lunch lookin like this

Classy, right? I’ll post pictures of the new color once I actually have time to style and make myself pretty.

After my hair appt, I worked and had a super productive/challenging/amazing rehearsal. I am having such a blast working on this show and it is totally challenging my brain to think, focus, and teach in new ways. I’m so happy, and I wouldn’t turn down a single thing I’m doing right now for all the days off in the world! But I have to admit, I miss Steve and I miss these cutie patooties!

This morning, I went to grab something from my car and Winston followed me and jumped in the back seat. I guess he’s sick of me leaving all the time and he wanted to come. So cute.

After rehearsal, I stopped by my mom’s where I was poured wine and treated like a queen for an hour. My family has been super sensitive to my crazy schedule and made me feel like a million bucks the small amount of time I got to spend with them!

Tomorrow I work from 7:30am-8:30pm and it’s midnight and I can’t sleep. Yikes. Buuuutttt, I have the Phoenix blogger meet up on Saturday to look forward to! Sooo excited (and I have to admit, a little nervous)! If you live in Phoenix and you’re not already on the list, you should come tooooo! I can’t wait to meet everyone :)

Ok. Must. Try. To. Sleep.

Goodnight friends.

PS: Question of the day: Have you ever had an emotional response during a work out? Does what I expressed make sense, or do you kind of think I’m a freak? :)

Flip flop fail

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Who would have thought that getting done at 8 would actually make Wednesdays my early day? They are one of my favorite days because I get to come home and eat dinner with Steve and every week he has food waiting for me when I walk in the door. Love that. Love him!

This morning I went and did some lifting before yoga with Kara, but silly me, I wasn’t thinking and thought “Oh, I’m going to yoga, I can wear flip flops!”

Then proceeded to feel super embarrassed in the weight room in my flip flops, then to make matters worse some man came up to me and told me to be careful because dropping a weight on my foot would be bad. Yes, I have lifted before, but thanks for the advice haha. Oy.

By the time we got to yoga, my arms felt like jello and it made class super challenging, but I was glad to feel jello-y after spending most of my time on cardio lately. By the time class was over, I was starving and excited to actually have an hour and a half before work–I LOVE having time to cook for myself, and surprisingly find things like chopping veggies to be relaxing and therapeutic. I guess I’m a freak :) Holy huge salad, I guess after a work out eyes > stomach.

Or not…because I ate the entire thing. Apparently eyes understand stomach.

Between jobs, the most amazing thing happened! Rush hour traffic yielded just for me! I got to Mesa so early that I had time to buy myself a treat!

Yummm. Don’t let them tell you they can’t make a chai frapp with the light base, just ask for it with the regular light coffee base, and it is soooo delicious. It totally picked me up mid day :) Then I came home to take out from Pita Jungle!!! Pita Jungle is def one of my favorite restaurants and Steve picked up a glazed chicken lavosh pizza and broiled chicken salad for us to share! I jumped right on it :)

Alright, off to spend a little time with Stevie and get all my prep work done for tomorrow.

PS: Tomorrow, I FINALLY get to get my hurrrrrr did! Whoot! Three inches of gray is not cute on a 26 year old. Thank you genetics. I’m so stoked to get all prettified :)

Not getting “What I always got”

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Hello everyone! I am definitely starting to feel exhaustion setting in. Today it took me a good 10 minutes to figure out what day it was. But it ended on a good note with a great rehearsal. I’m feeling really good about the work I’ve been doing on Aladdin. I love my team and I love my kiddos.

The day also started out on an awesome note in Spin class. I don’t know what got into the instructor, but she was out for blood today in the best way possible! At the beginning of class she started coming around to check out our cadence and gears. She always says our flat road should be between gear 6-10. The last 2 weeks or so I’ve been keeping mine at 9. She looked at a few people’s and made them bump it up, but then looked at mine and just said “Yup.” I guess that means I’m where I should be? Haha. Then at the end of class she made us all bump up our flat road one gear–oy! Class was intense and definitely kicked my butt, and at the end she was talking about pushing yourself. She said “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.” So true. I am the only one who can push myself. The only one who knows how much I have to give.

I feel like I am usually pretty good about pushing and giving my best, especially in a class situation or when I enjoy what I’m doing, but I know there are definitely times when I let myself off the hook. I let myself feel uncomfortable–to a point. It’s nice to be reminded that it’s all up to me, and I am in control over what I get out of my work outs, and really my life in general. I was pretty proud of what I accomplished in class today :)

After class, Kara and I were both super sweaty and totally beat but in the best way possible!

Notice the hot sweat stain on my under boob. Talk about not being cute after a work out :)

The rest of the day was pretty much a blur, but I did want to share that I added almond extract to a smoothie I made and it made a HUGE difference. So freaking delicious. I love extracts! Alright, I just have to keep my eyes open for 20 more minutes so I can work more, then I can go to bed! Good night, all!

Ari + Whole Foods = ♥

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Happy Monday everyone! Today is actually my easy day! Subbing a ballet class, teaching an acting class, and one voice lesson. I’ll take it! I actually get to see mi hermano tonight!! We’re going out to dinner. I feel like I haven’t seen him or Cindy (his mom–yes, my family is confusing.) in forever. I’m also excited because for the first time ever, we are performing together for his piano recital! We compromised by picking a song by each of our favs–Turning Tables by Adele and Paradise by Coldplay. I have no idea when we will have time to practice, but I just love creating music with him, and it’s so nice to get a chance to sing!

Last night, Steve and I went on one of my favorite errands–to Whole Foods! YAY! Did you know some things are actually super cheap at Whole Foods? Rolled oats in the bulk section for 69 cents a pound! We totally stocked up on oats for about $2. Also, whole wheat pastry flour for about $1.20 a pound. On the other hands, I might have to break up with chia seeds. $10 a lb just seems so ridiculous to me! I know they’re good for you, but are they really that beneficial nutritionally to be worth $10?! I mean if I want to add extra fiber, can’t I just use ground flaxseed meal for 1/4 the price? Thoughts?

Also not cheap, in an attempt to work on my food packing issue, I jumped back to my 19 year old self and actually bought packaged food.

Only when you’re attempting to be healthy with boxed food, it is NOT cheap. I miss the day of a box of macaroni for 99 cents. The mac and cheese cups and the noodles only require hot water and a microwave and both have decent amounts of protein. I also bought out the bar section

I really try not to do the bar thing all too often, but I hate not having an easy protein fix ready to grab when I need it, so I stocked up. Plus they were on “sale.” I hate when you get something on sale, but it is still overpriced. Oy. I can’t help it, I’m Jewish :)

After some wise words from the smartest person I know (my mama!) I have realized that I really just need to invest in a lunch box with some ice packs and go back to making easy to go meals for the week like I did this summer. I love my mom. She always has the smartest advice. Also, before I bugged her to read mine, I don’t think she had ever read a blog in her life and now she calls me and says “So I read on the blog…” I’m a lucky girl to have parents who support everything I do and are just wonderful :)

While at WF, I also picked up my fav grain sweetened chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. We were completely out, and this girl likes to spontaneously bake! And lastly, I also spent too much money on these gems

Why is it that anything with butter in the title is always delicious? Nut butter, honey butter, butter butter, pumpkin butter, fig butter. It’s never a let down. TJ’s was out of my fig butter on my last trip, and I used up the very last of my figgy goodness by making oats in a fig butter jar this weekend. Oats in a jar–not just for nut butters. It was delish. So anyway, I spent more money than I should have buying this new kind at Whole Foods. It better be spectacular!

In other news, my Garmin arrived on Friday! Whoot!! It’s pretty :) So this morning I had to take it out for a little test run. I was surprised by how annoying it was at first to have it making my wrist all sweaty, but definitely worth it to track my pace. I feel like I was a little too focused on checking it out and I wish I would have focused more on actual running, but happy to see my pace average around a 10 min mile. I still have to set it up to track my pace for each mile and to pause when I stop. I stopped at the water fountain twice and stopped for a minute or so to stretch at one point. I wasn’t feeling fantastic this morning, so I kept it pretty short. I’m still trying to figure out what to eat right before I go out so that my tummy doesn’t hurt. So distracting! Plus, for some reason it just felt extra hot today. Anyway, not 100% happy with what I pulled out this morning, but it could be worse.

I’m really glad that I bought it already. I read some race recaps this morning from other blogs that were really inspirational to me and really hammered in why I want to some day run a marathon.

The highlight of my weekend

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I have a confession. Working this much definitely makes me want to drink more. Earlier this week after setting one of the biggest numbers in the show, I felt exhausted and came home, went straight to the fridge and grabbed a pumpkin ale. Then Friday night, I called Steve on my way home and asked if he wanted to get out of the house. We ended up at the Santan Brewery, each had a beer and called it a night. Then last night we had dinner plans with Jason after I got out of rehearsal. First we met up at hise house and I got to see my favorite niece Nico!

Nico, look at the camera!

I was tired from rehearsal and wanted iced coffee in a bad way. We stopped at a Starbucks that closed at 6pm. It was 6:01. Honestly, FML. So we popped into this old 50s-esque shop that claimed to serve coffee. All I saw on the menu was burgers and ice cream. Both things I loved, but we already had a dinner spot in mind. On the plus side, it was connected to this super cute vintage shop where Steve got to be artsy with the camera.

Finally, we went to a different Starbucks (I have a Starbucks problem), I got my iced coffee and we were off to dinner. We had decided to go to The Main Ingredient, a super cute restaurant downtown with fun outdoor seating. It used to be a house and is right on the corner of an old neighborhood. There was this super cool water fixture in the side yard area. We thought it was neat :)

The second I picked up the menu, I noticed this baby

White chocolate ale? Are you kidding me?! It might be my favorite beer ever. It is sweet, but still bubbly and not super heavy. Steve was supposed to share with me (it was 22 oz!), but then he took like three sips and gave me the rest. Yeah, thanks for that :)

Jason ordered one too. We were both pretty impressed. For dinner, I got a roasted veggie and goat cheese sandwich on focaccia bread. They give you a choice between salad or chips. I ALWAYS choose salad. I don’t know what came over me, but I ordered mine with chips!

Then ended up eating a total of about 4 chips haha. I guess I just wanted the option. But honestly, my sandwich and my beer were so delicious that I was set! Then, we migrated over to Four Peaks because I had never been there and they just recently came out with their seasonal Pumpkin Porter!

Jas and I got the pumpkin (duhhh—SOOOO good!, but white chocolate ale was better!) and Steve got some fruity beer. He cracks me up with his drinks. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him order a wine cooler if it was an option :)

On the way there, we had a natural disaster experience when we got stuck in a sudden 90 second dust storm. There were winds of what must have been very high mileage and rain and dust, and then in 90 seconds, it was back to being 95 degrees and still. Oh Phoenix. Once we got seated, it was like we were all 16 again or something. We were being totally immature, but cracking ourselves and each other up. I haven’t laughed that hard in such a long time. Jason seriously has one of the best senses of humor of anyone I have ever met. We always find the same things hilarious and laugh when no one else does. We saw Scary Movie 2 together about 7 times and laughed so hard every single time. Plus Steve always knows how to make me laugh. Jason gave us a fascinating demonstraion of how to smell and taste your beer which Steve captured perfectly on camera.

Then I had a surprise run in with my friends Kelsey, Marisa and Liz. I love those ladies and I hadn’t seen them in forever! It was such a nice surprise! We ended the night by meeting Bethany for frozen yogurt at Yo Love after a navigation experience that was so funny I could never fully explain. Seriously, I just spent the entire night laughing my face off. I really really love my friends!

Skinnified Sunday: Maple Bacon Pancakes

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Hi everyone! Man, the weekend seems like a total blur. Today was day 7 of my 33 straight work days. Craziness is beginning to set in especially considering Fiddler officially began today with the audition workshop. Only 26 days left :) Needless to say, not a lot of cooking has been going on in my kitchen, well at least not a lot of exciting cooking, but I did manage to pull out something quick and delicious yesterday morning that filled my sweet and salty craving!

Back in the day, one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant was pancakes with over medium eggs and bacon that I would put on top and cover the whole thing with maple syrup. I LOVE sweet and salty combinations! Salted caramel mocha? The vain of my existence right now. There is no way to make that drink healthy. I’ve been through it in my head 100 times. But this breakfast totally did the trick. Not to mention is was ready in about 15 minutes.

Maple Bacon Pancakes

  • 2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of butter
  • 6 slices of bacon, sliced horizontally and then diced

My swaps:

  • 1/2 recipe (-temptation)
  • Whole wheat pastry flour for all purpose flour (+protein, +fiber)
  • Red fat buttermilk for regular (-fat, -calories)
  • Brown sugar and Splenda for sugar (I think I forgot to half the sugar part so honestly calorie and sugar wise it was the same as the original, but I would probably do it that way again and I prefer brown sugar to regular)
  • Egg whites for whole eggs (-fat, -calories, -cholesterol)
  • Cooking spray for butter (-fat, -calories, -saturated fat)
  • Center cut or turkey bacon for regular (-fat, -calories, – saturated fat)
  • + 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (+protein)
  • + vanilla extract (+yum)
  • + maple extract (+yum)

Skinnified Maple Bacon Pancakes

yield 3 servings

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • dash salt
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp splenda
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup red fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract
  • 3 slices center cut or turkey bacon, diced

Optional toppings:

  • Syrup (I always use sf maple syrup)
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Granola
  • Butter
  • Nuts
  • Chia seeds (I wish I would have added these during the cooking! I forgot :( )

Directions:

1) Cook bacon in a sprayed nonstick pan. Transfer to paper towel to cool.

2) Combine dry ingredients.

3) Add wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix!

4) Let stand for 10 minutes, then fold in bacon.

5) Cook on sprayed non stick pan until bottom is golden brown and top begins to bubble.

6) Flip, and cook until bottom is golden brown.

7) Top, serve and enjoy!

 

It’s weird–I like my desserts small so I an eat more than one, but I love to just eat one big pancake.

I’ve really improved on my pancake flipping skillz!

Steve topped his with sf syrup and light whipped butter

I topped mine with non fat vanilla Greek yogurt and low fat vanilla almond granola–so good!

 

What do you pack?

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Good morning everyone!! Well, it’s Saturday which should be really exciting, except for the fast that my last day off was this past Sunday and my next day off is October 22nd. What did I sign up for again?? Oh yeah, when asked to work on two shows this fall for a theatre I love and a theatre I’ve been dying to work with, I said HELL YEAH! Not regretting it, but realizing that sanity will shortly become a thing of the past :) Yes, I am kind of a workaholic.

So my question to all you wise people out there, is what the heck do you eat when you’re gone for 6-8 hours straight with no access to a fridge?! I’ve been living off this

I mean, those trail mix bars are delicious, as is the lemon zest Luna bar, and I love me some frosted mini wheats (these ones have fruit inside–YUM!) and fiber cereal, but it does not cut it at dinner. Last time my schedule was like this was during the dark carb-less days so I was essentially living off sugar free low carb protein bars and beef jerky. It was pretty disgusting. I need help because I am not someone who does hungry well–I get GRUMPY! And when you work with kids, that is especially bad. What foods travel well with no fridge?

On the plus side, before I left for my day yesterday, I had time to prep this delicious salad

And even more amazing, I had a legit 45 min break to come home and eat it! Filled with chicken, red fat feta, cherry tomatoes, red, yellow and orange bell peppers, carrots, romaine and a homemade honey mustard. It was the best thing I’ve eaten in a few days…until this morning! Stay tuned for BACON PANCAKES!!!

 

I ♥ Oats in a Jar!

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Good morning! Happy Super Hero Thursday! As soon as I get ready for work, I will be putting on my super man t shirt :) This morning was spin, as usual (almost every Tuesday and Thursday unless something crazy happens!). When Kara and I got there, we were surprised to see a man we’d never seen before setting up the instructor station. I was immediately super bummed because 1) I absolutely love our Thursday teacher. Not only is her class good, but she is hilarious! She was the one that used “I want to look good naked!” as a motivational quote. I love laughing through a hard sweaty work out. And 2) Do you remember when we took from a different bodyworks teacher?!?! I immediately wanted to be lame and not take the class, but I told myself I was going to at least go in with a good attitude. Honestly, I need to get over myself because new doesn’t mean bad, but this girl likes stability (yet somehow chose a career in theatre? I’m an oxy moron) and does not do well with change.

Well within 5 minutes, this man–who must have been about 60!–was cracking me up! I changed my tune and had one of the most fun classes ever. The music selection totally made me laugh. It would go from good pop, to teenage pop (a la Katy Perry) to country, to oldies. I even spent part of the ride quietly singing along to myself and wishing that my amazing friend Heather was there to sing along with me because she totally would have! This teacher was totally different than anyone I’ve taken from before and it was nice to shake things up a little. The ride was super speedy, and it was the first time I felt like I not only kept up, but at times pushed a little farther than was asked. I love feeling like I have the motivation to push myself, and feeling strong enough to go above what a teacher asks for! I ended up making 20 miles in 48 minutes and finishing with just under 25.

My seat cover is making a big difference, although I still find it slipping around on there. What’s a girl gotta do to get her seat cover tight enough? Maybe I just shake my butt around too much and it can’t handle it :)

After the gym, I came home for probably my very favorite breakfast ever. I totally look forward to it–I can’t wait to finish a peanut butter jar so that I can have OATS IN A JAR!!! My favorite discovery from entering the healthy living blog world! Whoever started this trend, you are a genius! And not just any jar, a special, amazing, delicious jar of White Chocolate Wonderful!

In the mix: oats, almond milk, chia seeds, blueberries, mushy banana, raisins, sugar free maple syrup, and the 2nd star ingredient (obviously the PB remains are the star!) coconut extract! It makes such an unbelievable difference! My fav thing about oats in a jar? You get a delicious taste of perfectly warm and gooey peanut butter (or whatever nut butter) in every bite!

Enjoyed with iced coffee

 

But you know what? Ever since I started getting pumpkin spice in my iced coffee, my regular old sf caramel just isn’t as exciting anymore, and I don’t need all those extra sugars in the pumpkin flavor every day! I’m going to have to really cut out the pumpkin until I enjoy my regular coffee as much as I used to and use the pumpkin as a special treat.

So, as I was peddling my little heart out, I was thinking “Why can’t eating healthy be as easy as exercising?” I mean I think I eat pretty healthy most of the time, and exercise is by no means easy, but I definitely have a MUCH easier time with the fitness portion of healthy living than the food. I just really like to eat. I don’t enjoy eating things that are horrible for me, but I like to eat things like nut butter and bread and cheese and I like to eat a lot. I also HATE feeling deprived or unsatisfied with my meals. Which leads me to my question of the day…
If you had your choice and one option would give you your absolute perfect body you’ve always dreamed of, would you choose

A) Eating super healthy and never having to work out?

or

B) Eating whatever you wanted and working your booty off at the gym/outside/however you like to?

 

My answer is without a doubt B! B B B B B!!!! If only life were that simple :)

Apple & Goat Cheese Sandwich

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So yesterday I made the most delicious lunch ever, and ate it so fast that a camera was the last thing from my mind, but sometimes when I create something I absolutely love, I will make it like 11 days in a row until I’m sick of it and never want it ever again. So, obviously, today I recreated yesterday’s sandwich

Apple & Goat Cheese Sandwich

  • 2 slices cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread
  • 1 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tbs fig butter
  • 1/2 apple, thinly sliced
  • light drizzle balsamic vinegar
  • 1 leaf romaine lettuce

Directions:

1) Place bread on foiled baking sheet and place in the oven on burn broil to crisp.

2) Spread fig butter over one slice.

3) Drizzle second slice with balsamic vinegar, and top with goat cheese.

4) Stick back in the oven until cheese is softened.

4) Top with apple slices and lettuce.

5) Enjoy!

I enjoyed my sandwich with some yogurt which was delicious, but not nearly as exciting. Then, Steve and I got some quality time in with our children!

Winnie always looks so sad in pictures. Cheer up, Win!

Notice Clem’s flipped back ear.

I guess we tired them out? I love when they hang out together just by themselves! It must be like when parents see their siblings love each other. :)

Confession: Sometimes if I only take/post pictures of one of the dogs, I start to feel guilty like I’m picking favorites and everyone will think I love one more than the other. I also feel guilty if I pay more attention to one of them, because then the other one gets sad and sulks. Does anyone else have this problem? Or do I worry way too much about the feelings of puppies?

Fall TV Guilty Pleasures

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Good morning friends! So there is a very good chance that this will make me sound like a loser with no life, but I am so glad Fall tv is back!! Last night I got some work done, and then ate my dessert (fro yo of course) while sitting on the couch with the puppies watching Biggest Loser. It felt like the biggest oxy moron. I have a lot of issues with a lot of what they do on the show, but I am a sucker for weight loss tv. I can’t help it. But, I will say that I already miss Jillian. Did you know that I met her???

 

 

That was last years GoDaddy holiday party. I told her she was an inspiration, and I was basically star struck. I had to kind of hunt her down because the famous people had their own private area, but my dreams came true and I met her. I wanted to ask her for a work out, but Steve threatened to call off our engagement die of embarrassment disown me asked me nicely not to.

Today I had yoga on the schedule, but Kara had to cover a shift at the bux, and I still thought about going it alone, but it’s not til 11 which is so inconvenient because I like to be done with my work out by then, so I woke up and went for a run. Of course none of my phone devices wanted to cooperate (is it time to buy the Garmin yet?!), so I just went on time and made a nice loop through the neighborhood for 33 minutes. When I got home I drove said loop in my car and used MapMyRun to input the loop to double check. Ironically, it was 3.1–perfect for getting ready for my 5K coming up! 33 minutes is not the stellar time I would have liked and have me second guessing the accuracy of last weekend’s 30 minutes, but I’ll take it, and I feel pretty confident that it is correct. Both my car and the website said so!

Side note: I just googled myself to get a link to put in, and the Arby’s menu came up instead. I think my food is a lot better.

Ok, back to my run. Again, the first 2 miles felt great and passed pretty quickly, but mile #3 still makes me wonder why I would ever want to run to begin with. But that’s okay, because I still remember the first time I ran .25 mi without stopping, and that being an accomplishment. And today was only the 4th time I’ve run the distance, so it should be hard. I came home a sweaty thirsty mess.

Honestly, someone needs to teach me how to take cute post work out pictures, because this is not cute, but it is what I look like when I’m a sweaty mess :) Winston and Clementine immediately proceeded to try to lick the sweat off of my legs. Why are dogs so weird?

Gross, Winston. They also do the same thing when I get out of the shower, but that seems much less gross to me. Although, I don’t prefer my freshly cleaned skin to be covered in dog saliva. Oh the joys of being a pet owner :)

After Winston and Clementine tried to bathe me themselves, I took it as a cue to get my butt in the shower, then made some oatmeal and caught up on last night’s Glee! I absolutely loved the season premiere. I laughed, I cried, I felt embarrassed for feeling so emotional over Glee of all things, but I have to be honest, about 1/2 of my teaching work is classes inspired by Glee. It has really sparked something in our society, and as a girl trying to make a living using a BFA in Musical Theatre, it has provided a lot of opportunities and opened a lot of doors. So when Kurt and Rachel cry in the car over their fears of not being good enough and how scary it is to pursue your dream when there will always be someone better than you, I kind of feel okay crying a little too. Because it is scary. But honestly, the more performing arts and shows like Glee become a part of our pop culture, the better chance we stand of survival as artists. So, sappy and silly as it sounds, I’m really grateful to Glee and what it has done for my field, and I love it apologetically, even when the writing is bad and the material is totes inappropes for its target audience. And even though I kind of hate the sound of Rachel’s voice. And even if I wasn’t in theatre, Jane Lynch would absolutely make it for me.

 

Have a good Wednesday everyone!

PB&J Oatmeal & Garmin Talk

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Hello, friends! After a weekend of, for whatever reason, feeling like my eating was all out of whack, I have been putting a lot of thought into my meals yesterday and today. One of my favorite things in life is when I feel like I consistently eat food that is great for my body and great for my soul-healthy, satisfying, and delicious. Yesterday, and today so far have been just that! In fact, my oatmeal this morning may have been the best oatmeal I’ve ever made. I usually don’t take pictures of meals unless I’m making a full on recipe (somehow I feel like simple things like oatmeal would bore people?), and Steve is here to take amazing pictures with his fancy camera. But today was so yummy, that I made an exception. You know, no matter how delicious oatmeal is, it never looks appetizing to me in photos.

See what I mean? Somehow Kath’s oatmeal always looks like it was painted to be that pretty. Oh well, this oatmeal tasted fantastic.

PB & J Oatmeal

yield one hungry person!

  • 1/3 cup slow cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • cinnamon to taste
  • drizzle sugar free maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract–the winning ingredient!
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 tbs any nut butter (I used PB & Co White Chocolate Wonderful–YUM!)
  • 1/2 tbs fig butter
  • 1/2 tbs 100% fruit blackberry spread (or spread of your choice)

Directions:

1) Heat all ingredients, except nut butter and fruit spreads, on stove top until oatmeal is cooked. **IMO, cooking the banana in with the oatmeal the entire time makes the oatmeal taste like banana bread–YUM!**

2) Put fruit spreads at the bottom of the bowl.

3)  Top with oatmeal.

4) Top with nut butter.

The fruit on the bottom gives you a treat waiting for you as you get towards the bottom!

This was the perfect post spin breakfast! Speaking of spin, guess who totally rocked it out in class today?!

That’d be ME! I love the feeling after I give my all to a great work out! Which leads me to my next topic…

Yesterday morning, I went for a run, but my usual run tracker on my phone couldn’t find a gps signal so I had to use a different one. I had been using the Run Keeper ap, but this time used the Sports Tracker. Well the numbers were totally off. I mean I know about how fast I run on a treadmill and have NEVER considered anything below 5 mph even a light job. It’s a hard sweaty power walk, but I can’t run at that pace, and if you recall from last weekend, my device told me I ran 3.1 in 29:59, although who knows how accurate that one was at this point :( Anyway, today after 37 minutes, it told me I went 2.7 miles. Ugghhhh. I don’t feel like it’s right, but the inaccuracy is really frustrating. So I have a decision to make. Do I spend a good chunk of change (remember, this girl works in theatre where the money is scarce) on this baby?

Right now it’s on sale on amazon.com for about $140. The Garmin 305 was my spin teacher’s recommendation that will keep track of my heart rate in classes, during any work out and will track my mileage on runs. I really want to improve my running, so I feel like it would be a good investment, not to mention I’ve wanted a HR monitor for a long time. Just hard to spend the money. I as also thinking of buying the ease into 10k ap on my phone by the same guy as C25K. I would really love for my next race after this 5K to be a half marathon, but I know before that happens I need to get comfortable with the 10k distance.

I would love any thoughts/recommendations/opinions on the Garmin, and/or improving running distance in general. It is NOT my forte, but it’s something I enjoy that I want to improve on.

Alright, off to job #2 for the day, then my house becomes the Disney Channel as I work on Aladdin choreography! Have a great day everyone!