Spinning

In my quest to switch up my workouts and lighten up a bit on the running, I took my first spin class in years. I always have this fear of being the only newbie in a class and am especially nervous in spin because I’m short and afraid I won’t set the seat low enough, etc. But I decided to give it a go yesterday at lunch. The class wasn’t too crowded which probably means it wasn’t that great of an instructor because the lunch-time spin sessions are usually completely booked. I managed to keep up with the class just fine although she would say to tighten up the resistance or pull it back but I never knew just how much resistance I should be feeling. I guess it’s all relative to what people are comfortable with. Overall, I definitely sweat but no more than my usual workouts. And today I’m not sore which isn’t a good thing because I never bike and would think a spin class should make me sore.

For dinner last night it was leftovers. I had 1 low-carb tortilla left and so I made a little quesadilla with some artichoke hearts, leftover black beans, tomato and feta. Came out pretty good but definitely not enough to fill me up.

So after eating that I finished the rest of the artichoke, tomato and black beans with the feta on top. I have been in such a snacking at night mood so I later had some Kashi cereal with fat free milk.

Today I’d like to get in another lunchtime eliptical workout and then tomorrow run 6 miles in the park. It’s supposed to be 88! Happy Friday all.

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How to make something bad taste good

I like fish but salmon is definitely not my fave. For years I had a fear of it after eating some when I was younger and (coincidently) throwing up that night. But being that it’s cheap here on the East Coast and easy to make, I figured out a way to cook it up and actually really enjoy it. I took the piece and cut it into 4 smaller segments so that it would fit nicely in my steamer.

I steamed for a few minutes, flipped the pieces over, then steamed some more. All done! (You can tell by the color change.

To make the sauce (the key ingredient to making the dish yummy), I took a can of diced tomatoes and heated it up. Then I drained a can of black beans and heated that up. I plated my fish (so Top Chef of me) and then put some of the tomato and black bean mix on top.

Then the pièce de résistance: Crumbled Feta.

As a side I made asparagus. Also not one of my favorite veggies and I love veggies. I took the bunch and cut off the ends. A trick to know where to cut is to snap one of the stalks and wherever it naturally breaks is where you cut all them off. I layed them out on a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle olive oil, salt, pepper and dried roserary. Put in a pre-heated oven at 425 for about 10 minutes (turning/shaking once) and voila.

Before:

After:

Later on I had a green monster which I haven’t made in quite awhile. I forgot how they fill me up and then keep me from snacking!

Today’s food & fitness:
Chobani blueberry & coffee/skim/3 splendas
Banana
More tuna salad/beans/tomatoes on WW
Leftover asparagus
Cucumber slices and baby carrots

2 mile run on treadmill (19:35)
10 minutes on stairmaster thingy

Happy Wednesday!

Too tired to cook

Last night I got home from the grocery store wet from the rain and with my arms on fire from carrying the bags two avenues. Grocery shopping is the only time I miss living in LA. I was just not in the mood to cook so I settled on an Amy’s microwavable tofu dish and a veggie patty on an Arnold sandwich thin. Oh and two glasses of red wine.

Today’s lineup:
1 pomegranate chobani for breakfast with a grande non-fat latte.
My low-fat tuna mix on 2 slices WW toast with carrots and cucumber

Tonight I plan to steam salmon and then canned diced tomatoes, black beans and feta on top with a side of asparagus and a green monster for dessert.

Lunch-time workout was a success. Did 30 minutes on the elliptical, burned 300 calories, and pushed myself more than I usually on that thing. Also did 2 sets of 10 reps, 10 lbs of shoulder press, bicep curl and upright row (I think) with free weights. To finish it off I used the foam roller. I’ve been using it under my calves but today tried laying on it on my side and working on my hip/butt muscle that always hurts. It hit the spot, literally and figuratively. It hurt like hell but felt good.

Case of the Monday’s

Way back when before most of you followed my blog I wrote about this guy. Well he was at the gym today and I seriously wanted to say, Dude what is your deal? Being energetic on the treadmill is one thing but banging the machine, clapping your hands, and doing weird dances is so not OK.

Meanwhile, I did 2.5 miles, 100 crunches, and stretched out a bit. Still gaining weight like there’s no tomorrow. Seriously wtf?

Sometimes it’s nice to go slow

I’ve been super slacking on posting every day, I know! Nothing to report from Friday other than I was so tired (out until 1:30am on a Thursday, don’t judge) and busy at work. Had sushi for dinner and went to bed at 9. Saturday was wonderful though. I woke up to a text from my best friend C saying, “Let me know when you run in the park I might go with you.” I jumped at the chance. I’ve never been one to have a running buddy and C is certainly not a runner but I figured it would be nice to have company, it’s not like I’m training for anything and I should be taking it easy on my limbs anyway. So we went out there and I told her we’d do the 4 mile loop but we didn’t have to run the whole thing. It’s weird to be on the trainer end of it but it was also nice to somewhat pay it forward to someone who wants to run a little bit more and doesn’t think it’s necesarily possible. I wish I brought my camera because it was lovely in Central Park. So we ended up running the first mile in 10:41, walking the second, running the third in 11:52 and then walking most of the fourth before I said let’s sprint this last part. She kept saying I could run ahead and that she was sorry she was slowing me down but the 4 miles were enjoyable and a nice change of pace from my usual Saturday’s where I push myself and feel exhausted everywhere. And I’m proud of C for what she did and wanting to do more next time!

I got back home and showered and we decided to take advantage of the great weather and enjoy the day. It’s a nice feeling to come back from a run and get ready and go rather than feel like I need my bed to recover! Here I am ready to head out.

Yep, that’s Kelly and Brandon on my TV in the background.

We headed down to Union Square and walked through the Farmer’s Market. I wanted to buy every flower they had!

We were only starting our day so I didn’t get anything. We had a delicious lunch at Pipa where I had a mushroom burger. So good. Then it was time to shop! I ended up scoring J Crew jeans on sale and a sweater on sale. Somehow the pants were perfect length (and they’re skinny jeans which I love) so of course I’m thinking they must be meant as capris. Buy whatev, one girl’s capris are another’s perfect full-length pants.

After shopping we decided to get a glass of wine and some meat and cheese. My first after the week of being a vegetarian. I later had a terrible stomach ache, coincidence? This pic is definitely better than if I had remembered to take one of us pre-run.

Cheers to a great Saturday!

The good news is tomorrow’s Friday

Today I’m a busy bee at work and I’m just looking forward to the weekend. I’ve got nothing planned, woohoo! So yesterday I went to the doc for a yearly physical and I’m interested in getting the results back. I’ve been so tired lately where I cannot stay awake past 8 or 9pm but then I wake up in the middle of the night and toss and turn. It’s such a vicious cycle. There could be a lot of different causes for this so they’re checking my thyroid and vitamin levels but it could also be a result of mt allergies. Did you know the biggest symptom of allergies is fatigue? Makes sense. We sniff and such all night and don’t realize that’s waking us up. I got a refill on my nose spray and took the recommendation of my doctor to get a saline solution or netty pot. I bought Salt Air. Let’s see how it works. Snorting liquid up one nostril and having it come out the other freaks me out but let’s just see what happens.

I also bought two new books. Yes, I’m already in the middle of Twilight: New Moon but I couldn’t resist. I got Intuitive Eating (thanks to Fit & Forty Something‘s rec) as well as Bright Lights, Big Ass because it just looked funny. Perhaps these will be my Hawaii beach reads. Oh yes, let me rub it in your faces again. I’m going to Hawaii May 8th.

This morning I got up for another 6am run and I’m a little concerned about what’s going on with the lower half of my body. I could only do 2.25 miles because my ankles and shins hurt and just felt strained. Should this worry me? Am I running too much? Am I just being a baby? I love my Garmin but the only thing that annoys me is trying to get a satellite in NYC. I’d love to step out of my bldg and go but I can’t get it to work until I’m at the water on the East River or by the reservoir in the park. This means the early part of my run doesn’t count so I end up walking and jogging because hey if my Garmin can’t count it, I’m not going to do it.

Happy Earth Day!

Switching it up

I tend to go through food phases and after last week decided I really need to switch up my daily lunch routine. I scoured the internet for easy and healthy ideas and came up with this Tuscan-Style Tuna Salad. I haven’t made tuna salad in a while and liked this one because it has no mayo and includes white beans. I love me some beans. Recipe calls for:
2 6-ounce cans chunk light tuna, drained
1 15-ounce can small white beans, such as cannellini or great northern, rinsed
10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
4 scallions, trimmed and sliced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Easy enough. I made it Monday night and yesterday (and today I’ll have it as well) enjoyed it with an Arnold 7-grain sandwich thin and some Pacific Organic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup that I get at Costco.

As you all know, I’ve been frustrated with the whole weight thing. I decided not to renew WW (my subscription ended and I hadn’t followed it anyway) but stumbled upon a site called MyFitnessPal.com that I’m trying. Granted it’s only the 2nd day and usually I give up calorie counting easily. I imput all my food and exercise yesterday and basically my stats came up that with the 3 mile run I did in the morning, my daily goal was 1,495 calories, 205 grams carbs, 49 grams fat. I ended up over my calories by 131, over carbs by 24g and under fat by 9 grams. Not awful. It did give me the message when I completed the entry that “If every day were like today…   You’d weigh 125.0 lbs in 5 weeks.” (That’s a 5-lb loss). I’ll take it. Speaking of my run yesterday, when I got back to my apt I did some lunges and I’m not sure if that’s the cause but my inner thighs are ridiculously sore today.

For dinner I cooked up a tofu veggie stir fry. I have to say I’m not a picky eater and like most things I make but this one could’ve been a little better. Definitely needed some color. I sautéed chopped broccoli in some EVOO and then added soy sauce and vegitable stock. I then added this great baby bok choy. Look how perty.


I added the chopped choy and bean sprouts and scallions to the mix. I may have also finished (aka licked) the container of hummus I had left while I was cooking.

So I cooked everything up and added a block of diced tofu.

Since I wanted to have leftovers and also thought I could use some starch, I tried out a Gardenburger Veggie Medley patty to have on the side. Yes, these two meals don’t go but whatevs.

Home from work eating a healthy meal, reading Self, with Millionaire Matchmaker on in the background. Does it get any better?

I also decided I’m going to be a vegetarian this week in honor of Earth Day. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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