Monday, November 25, 2013

A Great Spin to the Week!

WOW! I love today already!! I have the whole week off and do not want to waste a second of it!! I was up and moving early this morning. B had to be up at 6:30am and being the amazing wife I am, set the alarm and woke him up, it took some extra nudging this morning. I think all of the country is being hit with a cold spell. Down here in Sugar Land it was a balmy 38 degrees and pouring this morning! I was happy when I could crawl deep under the covers after waking him up! Thank you Thanksgiving break!!

I put on my carpi's, long yoga pants, tank top, fleece-lined jacket and UGGs and headed out the door at 8:30 to make it to Spin at 9:00. Yup, it was COLD!

I know for some people 41 is nothing... For us in Southern Texas this is day-stopping FREEZING!!! It was rainy and messy but I made it to Spin just in time...
Now, I know they have spin classes at my gym, but at this Spin Studio the class is AMAZING!!! They have one big spin room, awesome bikes and the best, best, best instructors with GREAT taste in music. The classes are only 55 minutes long and I always leave there pumped and excited for my next class. Yes, I love it that much!
When I got home this morning I was pumped and ready to tackle some chores! The first of which was starting dinner. My mom was never a good cook and the only thing she taught me how to make well were Ruben Sandwiches and grilled cheeses (I make a MEAN grilled cheese!). So part of my blog has been about me improving my culinary skills. I know using a crock pot is a no-brainer, but I am still a rookie. This is what I am making for tonight,

I popped in some chicken and this packet and turned the crock pot to low. Dinner should be ready around 6 o'clock tonight! I will have to let yall know!! I hope everyone is having a fabulous start to your Thanksgiving week!

What is your favorite crock-pot recipe?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Taking The Stairs

      Today marks one full week 'sans' exercise due to doctors orders to lay low for 5 to 7 days (nothing major just some tests). So I was MORE than ready to hit that gym this afternoon! My initial plan was to get up at 5am and get on the treadmill for an ease-back-into-it run. Well, that buzzer came and left. And after pushing snooze five to seven times it was time to get up and get in the shower. That's okay, I will get another chance to get in a run tomorrow. I do LOVE a morning run.

      When I got to the gym today I decided to do the StairMaster for a warm up. I ended up staying at work a little later than planned so I only had about 10 minutes to do the stairs. I don't know about anyone else, but the StairMaster is my Achilles heel of exercise. I immediately get my heart rate up and begin huffing and puffing. Even at my fittest, the stairs kicked my butt. My husband always makes fun of me because I sound like the most out of shape person trying to catch my breathe going up a flight of stairs and I have ALWAYS been like that. Today was no exception. Even though I didn't have a very long warm up, it definitely got my heart rate up!

You can tell from the blurriness that I was trying to catch my breathe after my short 8 minute climb! But it felt great (once I was done!)
This was on the cool down, I mostly stayed at level 6. I also got in a great full body workout with some free weights!

Lets hope 5am comes with a sweet jog on the treadmill tomorrow morning :)


What cardio machine gets your heart pumping?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Farmers Market Finds

Oh my GOODNESS! I cannot believe I have let so much time lapse between my last psot and now! I have missed it soooo much!!! This blog has become such a healthy way for me to express myself and help to motivate me to exercise and lead a healthier lifestyle. I hope to not let it get away from me again.

Farmers Market Finds! I don't know about you, but I LOVE our local Farmers Market. It began as a temporary selling spot for a few yummy veggies and has exploded to sell all kinds of treats and goodies! Check out our finds from this past Saturday!
I am especially excited to make something with the homemade breads! They smell AMAZE! I have also found a new love I never knew existed before... Sweet Potatoes! Oh sweet fix, where have you been all my life!! These delectable delights should encourage some tasty treats this week for sure!! I am slightly sad with our local Farmers Market though, I have been several times with hopes of finding some fresh fruits... But, alas, they NEVER seem to offer any. I know the time of year isn't exactly fruit harvesting time, but I guess as long as the temperatures stay in the mid to upper 80's I still want fruity fun!

I have been off of the wagon work-out-wise for the past week due to a jam packed work schedule, but things are calming back down and I am ready to hop back on again!! Hope everyone has a fantastic night!!


What is your favorite Farmers Market find?