Welcome to the Sunshine State!

FOOD

This week when I was still at home, I stuck to the quinoa and berry breakfast. I know I love it, I can make bunches in advance and take to work (which I did), and I sincerely don't mind eating the same thing every morning. A lot of the other recipes sound amazing, and when I have free time in the kitchen on the weekends, I plan on checking them out. For now, simple is good!

I'm traveling for work this week, so that's going to be a bit of a challenge. I'm staying in a condo with a full kitchen, so I stopped at the grocery last night. I picked up some Nature's Path Optimum Power Blueberry Cinnamon Flax oatmeal, bananas, and sea salt (butter less, of course) popcorn.

In my few meals out (I just got here yesterday), I've opted for salads mostly, and today also had some hummus with crispy flatbread.

I have all vendor-sponsored dinners this week, and there's not usually many healthy options. Whenever possible, I'll pre-eat a salad or something, just so I don't end up with anything I'll regret later.

FITNESS

I hit up the hotel gym this morning for a run. I really wanted to run outside in the warm Florida morning – but I didn't prepare to figuring out how to carry my hotel room card, phone, etc.

After my run, I did an ab sequence from FitOrbit.

I also walked an additional 8 miles by wandering around Busch Gardens in Tampa and Downtown Disney in Orlando. I love my FitBit and FitOrbit combination!

LIFE

Well, I'm out of town for the week. I'm in Orlando for a conference, and admittedly, 1-2 days of much needed R&R. I took off yesterday morning, had a direct flight here, and killed time in Downtown Disney until my condo was ready, around 2.

I had a wonderful dinner with my Aunt and Uncle who live in FL most of the year and back home in WI the rest.

Yesterday was also my son's first formal dance! Thankfully D took many pics since I wasn't there 😦

I fell asleep watching Shrek 3 on ABC family last night in my hotel – I was beat. Woke this morning, worked out, cleaned up, and headed out to check into the conference. From there, it was mostly driving as I went into Tampa to go to Busch Gardens. Honestly, I only stayed an hour. Ours in VA is much nicer and bigger. There weren't any places to just sit and relax and read – which is really what I wanted to do. So I went back to Orlando, grabbed a late lunch/early dinner, wandered around some more, then headed back to my room!

And now, it's only 7, and I'm ready for bed. It's going to be a long week, so I may as well get some while I can, right??

So I leave this some pics!

 

Realizing I Don’t HAVE To Do Everything Myself

I'm going to start outside of my normal format, just for a quick update. In an effort to not only stay on track with healthy eating and exercising, but also to remove all of the time of planning out of my hectic schedule, I have become a member of FitOrbit. I realized this past week when I finally verbalized how insane and overwhelming my schedule has become that it was time to take the guesswork out of healthy eating and exercising, and let someone ELSE plan for a change. It's tailored to me and my goals, and my personal trainer seems pretty cool thus far. Anyway, unless specified, the meals will be based off my meal plan (so I can't share the recipes). I will have my own meals in there as time permits, but will stay within the caloric and nutritional ranges of assigned meals. Anyway, since my go-lives will run through the end of July, I plan to stick with this until at least then – when I may have a bit more breathing room in my life. I'll write about my thoughts on them as an organization along the way…

FOOD

Breakfast yesterday was a quinoa and blueberry dish! It was really, really good, and the only change I made was to use frozen mixed berries instead of fresh blueberries. Not a big change, to be sure. This dish is a total keeper.

Lunch was also incredible. I had a southwestern pita, with pinto beans, daiya cheese, salsa, and romaine.

I did my own dinner, which was leftover tofu pineapple stir fry.

Breakfast this morning was some Irish oatmeal. It was tasty, but not as filling as the quinoa breakfast yesterday and I found myself hungry before lunch. That tends to happen with me when I eat oatmeal though.

I had black bean chili for lunch today – but I forgot to take a picture! Another yummy dish.

So far, and it's only been two days, here's what I like:

*the meals are created for me based on my dietary preferences and any fitness goals. That makes me very happy, so things I'm allergic to, like apples, or things I just won't eat, like meat, dairy, or nuts, are excluded.

*I can star meals that I really enjoy so my trainer knows it's ok to give me that meal again.

*I can comment on a meal also, so she can take my feedback into consideration when making my next set of meals.

*I can swap out what I'm assigned based on what I want, what I have on hand, or what's easiest for me. That's what I did today at lunch!

*I can indicate “restaurant meal” and enter a name and zip code, and it will pop up with known menu items that are healthy. That's a neat feature.

*I get a grocery list, which makes it easier for me when I'm shopping.

What I don't like:

*I don't find the nutritional content provided robust enough. I personally like to track calories, fat, carbs, fiber, sugar, and protein. FitOrbit does not display fiber and sugar – so I have to research and calculate that myself.

FITNESS

Okay, so no FitOrbit update here, other than I filled out a profile of my specific goals when it comes to fitness (strength training that won't bore me to death, etc), and the days I have free to work out. I'm then matched to a trainer – an actual real life person – and we email and work together to find workouts that I will do. So for example, I have a treadmill, a bike trainer, small dumbbells, a balance ball, and exercise bands. That's it for personal equipment. She's still able to create circuit training for me on weekdays when I very much need to work out at home – and then maybe something more complicated that requires a gym on the weekends when I have the freedom to go. I really like that personalized attention.

Aside from that, I'm sticking to my running training plan, so even though it wasn't a FitOrbit workout day yesterday, I still went running. And it was a good run too! I was really tired yesterday and not sure I had it in me, but sure enough, it was exactly what I needed.

Today is an off day. Mid week is my toughest time, so a resting humpday is a good thing!

LIFE

While busy, yesterday and today have been good ones. I got home around 8:30 last night, but had a hard time winding myself down to sleep. Same thing happened on Monday – I was up until 1 am just trying to fall asleep! I hate it when that happens (which for me, comes in waves, but I tend to not sleep that well).

Today I had early meetings, but then a big break between a presentation at an executive work group, and a dinner meeting on the other end of town. I know I could be doing something else, but doing a quick blog post seemed like a good idea!

So that's it for now – I leave you with pictures of casserole kitties, morning school drop off, and a “monkey” on my back!

 

Monday Madness Not So Maddening

FOOD

Apparently I had a bigger appetite than normal this morning! I'm guessing it has to do with not eating much for 4 days, so instead of my normal morning smoothie, I opted for leftover from dinner last night. It was a tempeh dish with quinoa pasta, vegan cheese sauce, corn, and peas. The recipe was from Appetite for Reduction. I don't cook from this one very often, but there's a few gems I've found in it for sure.

Lunch was a BAS! An entire head of romaine lettuce, a cup or so of shredded iceberg, onion, bell pepper, tomato, and beets. Very filling, but was nice to get some greens in.

Dinner was a family favorite! Happy Herbivore's sweet and sour tofu. All in all, an amazing vegan food day!

FITNESS

D and I both woke up a little sore today from yoga yesterday! It's that pleasant kind of sore though. D talked about it several times since class yesterday – even tweeting about them! I'm hoping this is a budding love of yoga for him.

So, if you're in the Hampton Roads area – check out The Yoga Nook! They just opened this past weekend, and I'm so excited they're in the yoga-desert (as in not really any options) of Chesapeake. I think we have a target rich environment here!

We met the two owners, who seem very nice, and I sincerely hope they do well (and get to a bigger schedule…like 6 am hint hint). That's entirely self serving on my part though – I desperately want a consistent practice, but my schedule is so crazy, that it's pretty impossible right now.

On to today's workout though. Yes, I ran! Without stomach cramps sending me running for the bathroom (TMI, sorry!). It was a steady 3 miler, and I felt great all day afterwards. Woo hoo!

LIFE

Well for a Monday, it wasn't too terrible. I had meetings until 5:30pm, but none started at the dumb early hours. I'm trying to keep my schedule as light as possible this week since I'll be out in Florida all of next week. With go-lives coming up soon, I don't want to lose any of the forward momentum we have!

The kid's were off today for President's Day, so it's been a low-key day in general. I managed to get more done than I typically do on a weekday, and am excited that I'm not only able to take the time to blog, but I think I'll be going to bed at a reasonable hour too!

So woo hoo – hope you guys had a good Monday also.

 

Not Enough Hours In My Day

FOOD

Most of my meals this week have been quick and easy. Soup, salads, smoothies, juice, and Pho (twice!!).

Mango Matcha Shake
Soup and Salad
replacing my emergency chocolate in my office desk
Ginny, the photobomber

I picked up a nasty stomach bug for a few days, so my diet has been mostly liquid since Thursday evening – when I could keep anything down.

FITNESS

This has mostly been a disappointing fitness week. The schedule from hell (5am – midnight every day) and the stomach bug kept me from doing much. I did try running Friday – which I regretted almost immediately.

On the sunnier side, D went to yoga with me today! A new studio opened right down the road yesterday, and since D has been promising me for TEN years that he’ll do it with me, I pretty much gave him no choice in accompanying me.

We went to the 11am class, and it was awesome. The music was great (modern and relaxing), the instructor/owner was wonderful, and the small group of 5 of us was a nice change from my usual packed hot yoga classes (not that I’m giving up hot yoga, but non-hot is nice too!). We were moving into standing split pose when I said (out loud) that “I hate this one”. I really didn’t mean to say that out loud…but alas. Everyone laughed – which is nice too. One negative thing for me about the hot yoga studio I frequent is they’re very serious. Once you step in the room, no talking, no smiling, certainly no laughing. Trust me – AC and I got yelled at one day for talking before class. It was nice to break some tension with the class giggles.

D loved it. He commented afterwards that he needed a nap and that areas of his body he’s used to aching constantly didn’t actually ache. He’s up for going again, and that alone makes me thrilled.

LIFE

Okay, so it’s been CRAZY. I have what is probably the biggest project of my career going live at the end of next month (and rolling through mid-July). So, it’s been…to be frank…balls to the wall for months, and just getting more demanding. It’s the nature of the type of work I do, and by and large I thrive off the chaos, but trying to keep everything organized and be ready to go is starting to wear on everyone involved. Meetings start at 7am, and often don’t end until after 6 – sometimes later. And since we’re in meetings all day, we need to work sometime…so no one has free evenings either. It’s certainly not just me – it’s my whole team and many people who are involved in some capacity.

I’m not complaining – I absolutely love what I do. It’s rewarding, and fast paced, and fun…I guess I’m trying to explain my sporadic posting. I’m finding it hard to do anything other than work. Everything takes a back seat – and that’s the one thing I hate. It’s not all the time, and there’s light at the end of the tunnel (that I hope to the heavens isn’t an oncoming train), but it’s been rough. D is doing everything at home because I’m never around. I miss the kids, I don’t work out like I want, and unless I make all my meals for the week on Sunday’s (which I haven’t been), it’s been a lot of salad bars and quick fixes – which isn’t how I like to eat. So yeah….I need more hours in the day to do and be everything that I want.

Okay, so that’s enough of that! It’s a new week, and while it promises to be just as busy as weeks past, I know it’ll still be a good one!

Hope yours is too 🙂

On a fun note, this week was my husband’s birthday and valentine’s day.  It was low-key – went to see the Lego Movie at the Cinema Cafe on Thursday, and Friday I had major stomach flu, so nothing fun and romantic at all – though we don’t need a day or two a year to remind us of that.  We’re quite honestly like that all the time!

M had a play this weekend – Little Women – and he has a ring dance next weekend!  It will be his first formal dance ever, so I can’t wait to see him in his snazzy tux.

Pic of Ginny….we think she’s saying “so tired of this paparazzi constantly taking my picture”.

BUSTED
my little one LOVES the snow.  Silly girl…

No Sense Crying Over Moldy Chocolate

FOOD

When one doesn't blog for 10 days, it seems silly (and relatively impossible) to document everything eaten in that time frame! I will do my best in a montage of pictures, but rest assured, it's pretty Crissie-typical fare. Smoothies, soups, salads, a vegan pizza, taco-related things, tofu pot-pie, etc.

Not all my meals were wonderful, as noted Friday night. JC, AC, D and I went out for the evening – art gallery, dinner, and drinks. Art gallery – fun. Drinks – always good. Dinner – sucked. Turns out the restaurant we went to (and had been to many times) is closing mid-March. They had nothing for me to eat – they were actually OUT of rice and pasta. So crazy. So…I was given a plate of green beans, asparagus, and sliced tomato. It wasn't awful, but certainly not a filling meal either.

I'm attaching here a recipe for one of my fav tofu snacks, on request. These are awesome just to snack on, but are equally good on sammiches or in wraps.

Crissie's Baked Tofu Snack

Ingredients

*1 block tofu pressed and sliced

*1/4 cup OJ

*1 tbsp mirin

*1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

*2 garlic cloves, minced

*1/2 tbsp minced ginger

*a couple shakes of cayenne pepper

Directions

*combine all the ingredients except the tofu into a marinade.

*place tofu slices in a shallow dish so they don't overlap, and pour the marinade over it.

*Let marinade as long as possible, flipping the tofu slices half way. I usually like to do this overnight if making on a week night, or all day if a weekend.

*Bake at 375 in the same dish for 40 minutes.

FITNESS

Well, it's been a very active 10 days, so that's good!

I will admit that all of my runs have been on the treadmill – even after the snow thawed. I just really hate winter.

I will also admit that I almost fell off my treadmill…twice…when the urge to dance struck at the wrong time. That's what I get for downloading the new Crystal Method album I guess 🙂

I've also been doing some workout DVD's, yoga (of course), and even hit up a new (to me) class at the gym. Kettlebells. I've heard plenty about them, but figured I'd check it out for myself. The class is so popular, I had to get there early enough to get a ticket.

So here's my summary – I wasn't impressed. I took the 15 minute technique class before, and was hoping for a tough strength training workout. Instead, this was…I think…meant to be a cardio workout. But here everyone is throwing these bells around while doing lunges, squats, etc – and all I kept thinking was how everyone was going to get injured. The moves didn't seem safe, and I don't think I'll be hitting that class up again. Apparently being ticket #13 was NOT my lucky number!

LIFE

In a word, busy. I've had some overwhelming moments in the past two weeks – where I think I felt like I was on the verge of cracking. Nearly crying at my keyboard at work when I discovered my chocolate coconut milk yogurt was moldy was my first clue. I don't want sweet food often, but Tuesday was a rough day, and finding my healthy chocolate yogurt inedible left me nearly hysteric. Thankfully I had backup chocolate in my desk drawer.

My days nearly all week started at 530 am and didn't end until midnight. In a word, I've been just simply exhausted.

Thankfully this weekend was planned with some fun things, and it's been just what I needed. It started Friday night with AC and JC. We went to a small glass exhibit opening, then went to dinner and out for a few drinks.

D took this pic of me while I was looking at some of the art!

Saturday was a basketball game! I've only been to one game before – last March at a conference. It was amazing, but I realize a totally unrealistic experience. It was New Orleans v. the LA Lakers…in a box with unlimited food and alcohol…and Robert DeNiro was at the game! Last night's game was a college ball game here, but it was still fun. I didn't understand some of what was going on, and at times it moved too fast for me to figure stuff out. The ref's seemed to have been bribed by the other team, we watched several rambunctious fans get ejected during the second half, and all the ref's were escorted immediately off the court surrounded by security as soon as the game ended. I'm not sure if any of that is normal, but it certainly made for an interesting evening. Oh, and we lost, so that was a bummer. We were lucky to have VIP tickets from a co-worker who couldn't be at the game, so that was really cool.

Today was work and cooking to get prepped for the week! Two soups, stuff for salads, trail mix, and, of course, cookies.

So here's to a new week which is sure to be as crazy as the last…but I will do my best to not have moldy chocolate, so it should turn out okay!