Posts tagged ‘link love’

September 13, 2011

Burning calories… then eating them all up again

I rocked the gym yesterday. Seriously. I owned that place. After a short warm up, I completed my regular leg workout. I followed that with 30 minutes of stair-steppin’. Let’s just say that stair climber now knows who’s boss.

I’m happy with the way I’ve been packing on muscle lately, but I’m always careful not to over-do it with legs. That’s the only part of me that can bulk; though I must admit, even my legs don’t actually bulk all that much. Too many days of heavy lifting and too many days of bike (spin class aside) and/or stair climber can have a huge impact. For that reason, I’ll probably complete the same leg workout next week with 3 sets of 12 reps for each exercise. I may also skip the stair climber. Don’t worry; I’ll be back at it the following week!

Pear

***Here’s a little tidbit of info – those with pear shapes should shy away from stair climbers and stationary bikes. These machines build the muscles you want to slim. The machines give many people a great rear view, but if you want to minimize any pear-ness, I’d limit stair climbing and stationary biking (spin class aside) to less than once per two weeks. I also happen to think stair machines with actual turning steps are the best steppers for lower body shaping.

I proceeded to consume loads of protein throughout the day. For my 1366 calories (a wee bit low, but not too much considering weekend splurges), I had 77 grams of protein. Sweeeeet. Sadly, my sodium was a bit high, but that’s okay every once in a while. This dinner helped with my muscle recovery.

local beef

Okay, that wasn’t my real dinner. I made this tenderloin roast last night, and that’s the entire roast. My dinner was more like this.

local beef n' spinach salad

Yeah, that’s a lunch plate, not a huge dinner plate. Can you believe that’s 3.5 oz of beef? No, a better question is, can you believe that’s a recommended “portion?” I know that 12-oz restaurant steaks are ridiculous, but I guess it takes a while to re-train your brain from those gargantuan servings.

To wrap up the post, I just haaaaaad to share some links I’m loving.

  1. Regarding the small plates… I love this Small Plate Movement. I recommend it to everyone!
  2. I enjoyed reading Runner’s World’s healthy approach to weight loss. No gimmicks here.
  3. I also can’t wait to try a few of Martha Stewart’s eggplant recipes, like this one or this one.

Have you heard of the Small Plate Movement? Do you follow “recommended” portions?

September 5, 2011

Labor Day Link Love

I’ve had a busy Labor Day weekend so far, and luckily it’s still not quite finished.  On Friday, Kev and I joined another couple for dinner at a nearby sushi place.  It was super yummy.  Then on Friday, we tailgated and watched some football.  The highlight was obviously hanging out with friends, but this was pretty good too…

Hooters has awesome fries and a really awesome buffalo chicken sandwich.  I managed to avoid all the tailgate munchies, so I “deserved” this.  Okay… no one “deserves” a bunch of hydrogenated oils, but it was finger-lickin’ good.

On Sunday, we went to the lake in the afternoon and a neighbor’s place in the evening.  I have no pics, but you can be sure that it wouldn’t have been Labor Day Weekend without football, boating, and grilling burgers in the ‘hood.  There were also a few beers thrown in the mix, which is no surprise!

To end my labors today (well… not really… I have a bunch of chores) I will leave you with some link love to enjoy.

What was the best thing you did this weekend? Mine was not going to work today
August 27, 2011

Unexpected

I have to workout, shower, get my hair done, and clean the house a bit for company, so this will be a short post. If you ask me, that’s too much to accomplish before 1o’clock in the afternoon!

I’ll start off by sharing my unexpected Friday. Nothing went as planned, but everything went relatively well. I planned to do easy cardio in the morning. Instead, I showed that stair climber who was boss and got ridiculously sweaty.

that's my do-you-believe-this-amount-of-sweat face

I planned to go out with friends, but instead, I didn’t. It was nice -not worth doing often- but nice. I planned to review a new ale for you, but I went with Spanish table wine instead of beer. It was dry, delicious, and cheap (maybe $7).

I planned to cook an Amy’s for-one frozen pizza, but instead of the for-one size, I found the larger one in my freezer. I planned to only eat 2/3, but I ate it all instead. It was pretty good, and it went great with the wine.

little plate, little wine glass, but lots of pizza

I’m such a planner that this rarely happens. Are you a planner? Or are most of your days full of the unexpected?

Since today’s post was short, I’ve put together a few extra links of good stuff.

If you haven’t entered my delicious giveaway, go do it! Good luck!

August 13, 2011

Super Lazy Saturday

It’s Saturday, and I’m feeling lazy as ever.  It’s 7:45, and I’m still in my pajamas.  Luckily they’re my favorite pajamas, and I’m getting a little kitty lovin’ while blogging.  It was a rainy morning, and even though the rain stopped, I still can’t seem to get my butt to the gym. Yeah, I’ll get there, must maybe about 30 minutes later than anticipated.

I want to thank everyone for you open-minded comments on yesterday’s post.  The vegetarian/ vegan/ pescetarian/ whatevertarian debate hits close to home for a lot of us, and I’m happy you accept me for being a human garbage disposal.  Seriously – I eat (and generally enjoy) just about everything.

In case you too are having a lazy Saturday, here are some links to keep you busy… well, busy doing basically nothing, that is.

Lastly, I wanted to share a book with you all.  I finished The Poacher’s Son yesterday.  It was a fast and very entertaining read.  I thoroughly recommend it.

The Poacher's Son

Have a good weekend!

July 17, 2011

Reading the Sunday Paper… or Sunday Blogs

I know I don’t post on Sundays, but I want to share some info and a little link love.

Info: I worked hard on the house yesterday, and I made it to the lake for the afternoon.  A Paulaner Hefe came along with me.  That, in my opinion, is the epitome of wheat beer.  It is still brewed to the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity laws of 1516, and it’s good!  (Kev hates it, but no one asked him.)

paulaner

Today I woke up not wanting to work out at all.  I haven’t wanted to skip a run that badly in a loooong time.  After laying in bed, wasting time, procrastinating, and trying to get some sort of motivation, I finally got up.  I got up and put on my running gear.  I ran.  It was horrible.  It was a very difficult run, even though I didn’t go far.  At mile 2, I got a cramp and needed to walk a little.  In the end, I finished exactly 3 miles in 25:35, including that walk time.  I guess that isn’t so bad after all!  As one of my favorite workout mantras goes: You never regret a workout.  Too true.  I rewarded myself with a smoothie in a bowl.  It has raspberries, spinach, banana, skim milk, and all-natural, vanilla, soy protein.  Yum!

smoothie

 

Link Love: Here are a few posts and articles that have made me smile lately.  I hope you enjoy!

Corey at Learning Patience posted a great-looking recipe for cinnamon lentil soup.  I can’t wait to try it!  Martha Stewart recommends freezing wine you don’t finish for cooking purposes, and I have some in my freezer right now.  Yes, I’m sorry to break the news – there’s no excuse to finish the bottle every time.

Travel & Leisure posted a link to the best beer cities.  I figured Nashville and Charleston would be lower, but I also thought Boston and Chicago would be higher.  I totally see how they chose the Portlands.

charleston

Charleston 2010 - No Beer Here!

I really enjoyed Tina’s post at Faith, Fitness, and Fun about the annoying comments people make.  What are comments you hate?  I don’t particularly like it when people make comments about how I must enjoy working out.  Let’s get this straight.  Working out is no picnic for me.  I like the feeling I get afterwards, but I would much rather sleep in during the week or watch tv at night.  It’s called dedication – not joy.

I also really enjoyed Brittany’s post about extreme couponing.  I’m glad someone agrees with me.  Great – you got an amazing deal on junk food.  Good for you.  Too bad you had to buy 10 boxes.  Don’t get me wrong. I love a good deal, and I cut coupons.  But even I have my limits.  My mema had a great point: if you weren’t going to buy it when it wasn’t on sale, it’s not a deal to buy it when it is.

Lastly, enjoy this pic from Beer Runner, originally from the London Daily Telegraph

Best Beer Runner Photo Ever

I hope you enjoyed the link love.  More importantly, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

May 19, 2011

Muffin Madness

Today’s update is another three-part post.  Yet again, I’ll be brief.  First, I’ll mention news from this morning.  Next, I’ll jump to last night’s muffins.  Finally, I’ll wrap up with a wee bit of link love.

I ran 2.8 miles today with my running buddy.  I kept it slow so as not to injure myself before Saturday.  I also did my abdominal workout before hitting the shower.  Today I decided to wear my LND that we discussed the other day, and due to the majority vote, I went for nude pumps.

Thanks for the Style Advice!

On to the kitchen catastrophe experience…  I don’t bake for a reason.  The main reason? I eat dough.  Actually, I eat lots of dough.  I managed to keep that to a minimum this time, but I still made a mess of my kitchen and poorly followed directions.  Here is the recipe, which I adapted from Eating Bird Food.

Choco-Nana Muffins (I doubled the recipe)

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup sucanat
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg, and 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° Make sure all ingredients are cool.
  2. Line muffin tin with liners or coat well with cooking spray
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well
  4. Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  6. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 of the way full and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.

Chocolate n' Nanner

I mixed the dry ingredients, but I added too much baking soda.  Whoops!  Also, I had to try the chocolate chips before putting them in the muffins.  I say “try,” but I’ve never actually had a bad chocolate chip – especially a bad chocolate chip on the end of a banana.  Speaking of bananas, don’t send your hubby to the store the day before baking for brown bananas.  You’ll end up with bright yellow ones.  I put them in a brown paper bag overnight to help them ripen, but that did nothing.  I just had to throw them in the food processor.  I should have taken a picture of their bright yellowness (Yup, I said “yellowness”).

I then mixed the ingredients with my Dr. Weil mixer.  I am convinced everything I bake is healthy because Dr. Weil’s name is on my mixer.  The original directions say not to “over mix,” but I’m not sure how much is over mixing.  I probably over-mixed the crap out of these things.

Integration

Fill your muffin cups and bake.  At least they smelled good!

Mmm... raw goodness

They look cute too.  They even did that little crack thing on the top.  Woohoo!

Cuties!

Is that a roasting pan?  Yes.  This is what non-bakers who do not own cooling pans use.  Sue me.

What? You haven't had roast muffins?

The verdict?  A little dry, and a little bland.  (I love my muffins super spongey.)  Overall, edible.  Score one for Tiff!

Okay, maybe a little...

As stated, I’m ending with a little link love.  It’s about women liking beer.  Healthy women too!  Hungry Meets Healthy mentions an RJ Rockers beer.  I haven’t tried this one, but I love their brown ale.  I have to wonder though because this blogger lives in South Cackilacky, but she paid $7 for a pint of RJ Rockers, which is a SC brew.  Don’t pay that; it’s too much.  Moving on… this is a post by Eating Bird Food.  She mentions loving some lavender ale.  I’ve never tried lavender, but it’s now on my list!

May 17, 2011

Spreading Link Love

Yes, I actually went to the gym last night.  I don’t like to be negative, but it was hooorrrrible!  It was packed, people were rude, ladies were letting their lovely lady lumps out all over the place, and I saw more bad form than a kindergarten ballet recital.  Yes, it was that bad.

Moving on… today started out well, and it’s still going strong!

I had a great treadmill run this morning.  I did three miles at 7 mph with hills.  I started at a zero incline and increased it 0.5% per minute until I got to 8 minutes, and then I did it all over again.  Sweat sweaty sweaty.  This workout was hard but manageable.  It should set me up well for an easy run Thursday and my race Saturday.  Yuppers, I said race.  I’ll be doing a 5k, and I’m starting to get both nervous and excited. 

tea

My Cuppa' Tea

Other good things:

    1. Rocking the Nude Pumps Again
    2. We get Panera breakfast at work today.  Mmm… sugar-laden calorie-bomb muffin…
    3. Earl Gray tea on a rainy day
muffin

Muffin = 6 Miles on Treadmill with Intervals

Here is a little link love.  Some of it is beer focused due to Craft Beer Week that is going on now.  Will you be celebrating craft beer week, and if so, how so?

* I purchased a LND when I went shopping Saturday.  Check out this link, and let me know how I should accessorize.  Should I go with nude pumps (again) or navy kitten heels?  Too much  navy, or perfect pairing?

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