Posts tagged ‘ice cream’

September 6, 2011

Mini Me n’ Mini Post

Hellooooo! I wish I could share loads of fun pics from the weekend, but I actually didn’t take many. I wish I could tell you all about my healthy weekend, but I failed in that arena as well. Lastly, I wish I was still home, but it’s back to the daily grind. Oh well – at least I had fun!

So what do I have for you? Tidbits from yesterday and a promise for a more enlightening post in the (hopefully-near) future. I also have a blog recap. In case you missed it…

Yesterday, I hit the gym in the morning before Kev and I got started on our housework. I followed my September workout and did leg curls and leg extensions as a superset. I also completed 40 minutes of moderate cardio. Austin Powers (the one with Mini Me) was on television, so that made cardio a bit more enjoyable.

Mini Mesource

I tried to “healthify” my evening by making a grilled veggie wrap, which consisted of eggplant, zucchini, homemade hummus, kalamata olives, and a Flatout wrap. This was the third eggplant wrap I made this weekend. I think I should lay off for a while!

Sadly, I left it on the grill a little too long. It’s an ugly pic, but I’m not so sure eggplant wraps could ever look attractive.

Leia, on the other hand, is always pretty!

She and I relaxed on the couch before I took a break for yet another treat (ice cream n’ granola). Yeah… ending the indulgent weekend on a healthy note didn’t work out so well for me.

Do you have a hard time staying on track on the weekends?

If you stay on track, do you have any tips for me??? 🙂

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August 15, 2011

A Weekend of Pictures

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was too short, but it was good. I had a very relaxed Friday, but Saturday was a bit more eventful.

I worked out, baked, bought shoes, and enjoyed a date night with the mister. For my workout, I continued the Vacation Countdown plan from last week. I wish I were actually using it to count down to a vacation! I also did 45 very sweaty minutes of cardio on the stationary bike.

I felt a bit sore Sunday from all that leg work, but it wasn’t too bad. It’s good to feel the burn!

I’m glad I worked so hard at the gym, I needed to pre-burn Saturday’s snack. I know frozen yogurt is trendy right now, and while I don’t deny it’s yum-ness, I have to confess that I prefer good ole’ fashion ice cream.

This one’s got peanut butter and brownie bits inside. I couldn’t think of a better combo if I tried! Here’s a random fact about me, one of my favorite smells in the whole world is the smell of an ice cream parlor. I consider it a comfort smell; it brings back memories – and usually means I’m about to get ice cream!

Although they probably should have, the indulgences didn’t stop there. Kev and I had a great date night. With dinner, I enjoyed a Wolf Hill Brewing Co Trooper’s Alley IPA (say that five times fast) with my steak.

Sadly, the filet was over cooked and dry, but at least the beer was good! The restaurant got all their meat from local farms. Sweet.

We weren’t ready to end the night just yet, so we went for a nightcap at a different lounge/restaurant/bar/thing. I had a really awesome wine (not a great beer selection), and Kev got scotch. For the wine-o readers out there, I had a glass of Edge Cabernet Sauvignon 2007.

I detoxed a bit last night with a side salad and veggie wrap. The wrap had hummus, spinach, kalamata olives, grilled onion, and grilled red pepper.

Yes, it was as awesome as it looks! I think it even tasted better than my dry steak from Saturday, but don’t tell Kevin that. 😉

What was the best thing you did/drank/ate this weekend?

July 20, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday

Is it Friday yet???  No?!?  Okay, then it must be Wednesday at least.  You know what that means – it’s What I Ate Wednesday time.  Woohoo!

First, I want to share a little bit about What I Worked.  As I mentioned, I was in a funk Monday, but I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for action Tuesday morning.  My great workout helped power my good mood, and I bet it gave my metabolism quite a boost too.  I completed the ab work for my July workout, and I did this 45-minute elliptical routine.

Time (minutes) Resistance RPMs Cross-Ramp (optional)
0 – 3 3 145 – 150 10
3 – 5 5 160 – 165 10
5 – 10 6 160 – 165 10
10 – 11 6 150 – 160 7
11 – 12 8 145 – 150 7
12 – 13 10 135 – 145 7
13 – 14 12 120 – 135 7
14 – 15 14 110 – 120 (faster if you can!) 7
15 – 20 6 160 – 165 5
20 – 25 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 5
25 – 30 6 160 – 165 5
30 – 35 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 Repeat Minutes 10 – 15 5
35 – 40 6 160 – 165 5
40 – 45 7 – 2 (gradually decrease) 145 – 160 5

Work has been crazy this week.  I stayed late last night and will go in early today.  Sooooo, that means I had to skip my workout this morning.  Have no fear – body pump is here… or at least it will be come 6:15 tonight!

Now that the workouts are out of the way, let’s get into the goodies.  This week I’ve been enjoying my three-part breakfast: pre-workout rice cake, 70-calories of protein shake after the workout, and oats with fruit once I finally get settled at work a couple hours later.  I’ve been loving breakfast lately because I splurged for cherries at the store.  Totally worth it!

bowl

I even threw some NuNaturals alcohol-free vanilla stevia into the oats.  Not bad.  I tried putting some in work coffee.  Very bad.  Sticking to tea from here on out…

Lunch is a salad with goddess dressing.  That sounds boring, but at least it’s pretty.  I also enjoy a few almonds on the side.

salad

Snack is half a bell pepper and homemade yummus (aka: hummus).  I had been wanting to make my own hummus for a while, and I finally did it.  Yay!  It was easy, but I don’t know that I’ll do it often.  Tahini isn’t cheap, so it’s not all that much cheaper to make it yourself – especially when you compare it to TJ’s low hummus prices.

hummus = yummus

Dinner has been great so far this week.  I had salsa chicken two nights and light dinner Monday night to make up for my funky mood.  Tonight will be baked chicken (no added fat in cooking), a mini baked sweet potato, and steamed broccoli.  Yum, yum, and more yum.

After dinner a few nights this week, I’ve snacked on cheesecake ice cream.  It’s sooooo good!  I felt hoodwinked after buying it though.  It’s labeled “naturally flavored,” but I’m not so sure anything in it is all that natural.  There are few FDA regulations on “natural” claims, yet I still don’t always read every package like I should.

cream de chemicals

At the store I thought this ice cream said “natural,” not “naturally flavored” (impulse buy?!?), but I still feel tricked.  The mile-long ingredients list includes HFCS, corn syrup, modified food starch, hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, and more.  I think I’m going to start calling it ice chemicals instead, but at least it’s yummy!

Be sure to check out Peas and Crayons’ WIAW blog hop to see all the other great eats!


What was the best thing you ate today?

Are there any ingredients you avoid, or do you buy what looks/tastes good?

July 18, 2011

I need another weekend…

This weekend wore me the heck out!  I’m tired.  I need coffee.  Okay, work coffee is bad.  I actually need chia tea.  Despite working really hard on the house yesterday (and not even finishing), I still got up and hit the gym bright and early this morning.  I bonded with the stair climber and worked on my arms, per my July workout.

Friday was fun.  Projects are always fun when you first start them… and when you add champagne and a good dinner at home.

Saturday was moderately productive as well – except for that trip out to the lake.

Sunday was hard!  I’ll spare you the complaining and will share dinner details instead.  I used the guardian angel of dinner (crock-pot) to cook dinner while I sanded and painted cabinets. 

Slow n’ Simple Salsa Chicken

I put a bell pepper, two jalapenos, half a tomato, and half an onion in the bottom.  I wish I had added corn and used an entire onion, or just two bell peppers.  I like veggies; what can I say?

vegness

Then I topped that with skin-on, bone-in (aka: more flavorful) chicken thighs.  Add 3/4 jar of salsa.  I used a yummy roasted-style of salsa with a good smokey flavor, but any would work.  Cook on high for 4-4.5 hours.

salsa

This produced a lot of liquid, so you will need a slotted spoon.  Take out your chicken thighs, and remove skins, bones, and extra fat.  Discard.  Use two forks to pull apart your chicken.  Place chicken on tortilla (or on rice or a salad – I think it’d be terrific on salad).  Fish out your veggies and place them on top of your pulled chicken.  flatout

Add more salsa, lettuce, or other toppings as desired.  (Cheese is recommended though I skipped it.)  I used the leftover shredded lettuce to make a black bean n’ salsa side salad.  This was a simple, yummy, very affordable dinner – just my style!

dinner

I might have also had two servings of strawberry cheesecake ice cream after painting…

ice cream

How was your weekend?  Do you ever need a break after your weekend?

June 14, 2011

WayFare Foods Winners!

My first giveaway has come to a close, and I have randomly selected four winners.  Yay!  Winners get one coupon for a free WayFare Foods spread/dip and a handful of other coupons for 35 cents off their WayFare Foods purchase.  Winners include:

Winners were selected randomly with this random number generator thingamabob.  Thanks to everyone for all your support, and congrats to the winners!  Be sure to check out their pages and Twitter feeds to congratulate them.

excel

Spreadsheet Tricks n' Random Number Generators

Oh, and just because there isn’t another giveaway going on right now doesn’t mean you can’t follow me anyway.  Find me @LoveSweatBeers!

Now, I bet you’re expecting a review of one of the products, right???  I’m sorry to disappoint, but that’s not going to happen, at least not today.  I tried to use my free spread/dip coupon, but the grocery store near me who used to carry the goods has quit ordering them.  I guess I could go online and order some, but that isn’t exactly in the budget.  You have to pay for expedited shipping and cold packs, plus I don’t think I’d be able to use my coupon.  ::insert sad face here::

What’s a girl to do when she has a sad face?  Why, eat ice cream and play with kitties of course!  Check out my ice cream from TJ’s.  It’s delicious, but it’s so small that I think I’m more hungry after I eat it!

cone

Good for Taste Buds - Bad for Bellies

Kitty love.  It never gets old.

jazz flute

Jazz Flute?

What’s your favorite cheese alternative?  Is it homemade or pre-packaged like WayFare’s goodies?

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