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Snow, Sweat, and SUPER BOWL

We woke this morning to a glorious sight.

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Everything was covered in a white blanket of snow.  Icicles hung from the eaves of every building, and tree branches hung low, bowing under the weight of the freshly fallen snow and ice.  And all of this was against a backdrop of the bluest sky we’ve seen in weeks.

For the second day in a row, we woke early and made breakfast.  Today we had omelets and Ezekiel toast.  DSC01121 

 

Larry had a three egg omelet with spinach and mozzarella.  He also ate the leftover steak from last night’s dinner.

 

 

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I had an egg white omelet with spinach, mozzarella and a fair amount of freshly cracked pepper.  Oh, and two warm Morning Star sausage links. 

 

 

After eating breakfast, we went straight to the gym.  We rode silently down the road in amazement.  I could not stop staring out the window admiring the snow dusted woods along the highway. 

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I don’t think we even realized that we hadn’t spoken a single word during the entire trip until we pulled into the gym’s parking lot.    

But once we were there, we got right to business.  I love working out at the gym on Sunday mornings.  There is never a huge crowd, and we usually don’t have major plans on Sundays, so there is no need to rush.

Here’s our workout from today.  As you can tell we focused on shoulders and traps.

Followed by a 35 Minutes Walk/Run on Treadmill:

  • 5 minutes walking at incline 10% and 3.5 mph,
  • 5 minutes running at 0% incline and 6.0 mph,
  • 5 minutes walking at 15% incline and 3.5 mph,
  • 5 minutes running at 0% incline and 6.2 mph,
  • 5 minutes walking at 15% incline and 3.5 mph,
  • 5 minutes running at 0% incline and 6.5-7.5 mph,
  • 5 minutes walking at 15% incline and 3.5 mph,
  • 5 minute treadmill programmed cool down

We felt great after that intense workout!  We went home and the first thing I did was refuel!

I mixed leftover salad from last night with a few leftover baked tofu cubes and a smidge of Annie’s Goddess Dressing.  It was a fantastic combination!

DSC01123I then made a little dessert snack to go with it. 

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     1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese

+ 1/4 cup granola

+  sprinkle of cinnamon

= yummity-yum-yum!

I will definitely remember this for the future!

I felt pretty exhausted after our intense workout, so after I showered up, put on my cozy fleece pants, and blow dried my hair (for the first time in a week!), I curled up on the couch and continued reading Percy Jackson.  What can I say?  Children’s Literature is my forte! 😉

After a few hours of lounging on the couch, I did get up to make some super bowl snacks for our fantastically fabulous Super Bowl Party of 2 (plus 2 dogs!).  None of which was healthy 😉

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Baked Mushroom Poppers with a rosemary sour cream sauce, spinach dip, a sausage, cream cheese, and rotel tomato dip, and multi-grain corn chips.

Everything in moderation my friends.  Everything in moderation!

What is your favorite thing to do on a Sunday?   

And don’t forget!  It’s not too late to vote on your favorite Bridesmaid Dress for Beth’s Wedding!

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Bridesmaids Dresses and Salads Dressed

While Dallas lounged by the fire,

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and Larry tried to get Lucy to give kisses (She’s very particular about who she kisses.  He was trying to blow candy breath in her face, which usually works, but not tonight),

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I was making a masterpiece of a salad.

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Although our salad did not turn out as beautiful as the one above, I’m pretty confident that it tasted just about the same 🙂

I found this recipe in a Shape Magazine a few months back.  It was adapted from  the Beach House at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii (1 Ritz-Cartlon Drive, www.ritzcarlton.com).

I only made three changes to the recipe.  1) I used agave nectar instead of sugar in the dressing.  2) I marinated and grilled a portabella mushroom for me along with a steak for Larry.  3) I did not using dressing on the mushroom version of this salad, because the grilled mushroom was so juicy that it provided its own “dressing.”

Sesame steak salad

Serves: 4 (Serving size: 2 ½ cups salad mixture, 4 oz. steak)

Prep Time: 45 minutesCook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Nutrition Score per serving:

381 calories, 21 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 19 g carbs, 29 g protein, 3 g fiber, 88 mg calcium, 4 mg iron, 782 mg sodium

Ingredients

For marinade and steak

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon minced ginger

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1/2 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1 teaspoon thinly sliced green onion

1/8 teaspoon pepper

16-ounce flank steak

For dressing

1/4 cup water

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons lime juice

1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon chile flakes

1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic

2 tablespoons canola oil

For salad

8 cups baby spinach

3/4 cup diced papaya

1/4 cup julienned radicchio

1/4 cup julienned carrots

2 tablespoons daikon sprouts

2 tablespoons julienned red pepper

2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

1 tablespoon cilantro

Directions

In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, sugar, ginger, sesame oil, cilantro, garlic, green onion, and pepper. Put mixture and steak in a zip top plastic bag; refrigerate 45 minutes, turning once or twice.

Meanwhile, to make dressing, heat water and sugar on the stove until reaches a simmer. Remove from heat and whisk in lime juice, oyster sauce, lemon juice, chile flakes, and garlic. Whisk in oil; set aside.

Preheat grill or grill pan. Grill steak for 2 minutes per side for medium rare.

In a large bowl, combine spinach, papaya, radicchio, carrots, daikon sprouts, red pepper, peanuts, mint, and cilantro. Toss with dressing. Place 2 1/2 cups of salad mixture onto four plates. Slice steak thinly on the diagonal and divide the slices evenly between each salad. (Source)

It was simply amazing!

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This is my mushroom version.

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The cilantro, mint leaf, and radicchio make the salad so flavorful, that you don’t even need a dressing!

Speaking of Dressing!

I need to pick a Bridesmaids Dress for my friend Beth’s wedding in June.

As you can see, Beth is incredibly beautiful and fashionable.  I do not want to let her down.

So, I’m asking for your help.  I’ve narrowed the picks down to two dresses.

Dress 1

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Dress 2

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Larry has cast his vote.  Let’s see what your vote is!

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Blogging-101

Sometime back in October or November, I stumbled into the world of health, fitness, and food blogging.  Instantly I was hooked.  I no longer had to wait each month for a new Shape Magazine to come in the mail (although I still do!  you know about the mail lady and me!).  This information was available to me at my finger tips daily. 

I found a few blogs that became favorites, and I kept going back for more.  I found personal trainers and certified nutritionists who were willing to share this information with  me each and every day.  This world, that is still new to me, has enriched my life in so many ways. 

I’ve learned so much about nutrition, eating clean, and about being a vegetarian.  I’ve learned new recipes and have tried new workouts.  I’ve read reviews for workout DVDs, almond butter, books, and more.

Most importantly blogging has enriched my life by providing me the opportunity to share and to be creative.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am still learning about the blogging world and how it works, but I thought I’d put together a few tips for people who are even newer to this world than me.

#1 Blog Roll

As I mentioned earlier, I found a few favorite blogs that I read every day.  In the beginning there were only two that I read regularly: The Fitnessista and Oh She Glows.  However, occasionally these girls would comment about other blogs that they read.  I also noticed that many of the girls seemed to “know” each other.  I had found a community of like-minded girls striving for common goals.   

I then started visiting these other blogs and clicking on their blog rolls.  A blog roll is a list of blogs that the blogger recommends or follows.  Each day I tried to visit a new blog by clicking on one of the links in someone’s blog roll.  Quickly, I learned that there are hundreds of sites dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle!  You can not imagine how much I have learned! 

A new blog that I just found, and can not get enough of, is Peas and Thank You!  This is written by a woman who has changed her lifestyle to lead a better example for her two adorable daughters.  At this time in my life, when the possibility of children is on the horizon (a few years, mom!), it is wonderful to find such an amazing role model for myself!  Oh, and did I mention that every time I read her posts I laugh my tush off! 

So, if you enjoy reading my very mediocre blog, please visit some of the links listed in my blog roll!  You will find many talented women sharing a wealth of information! 

#2 Subscriptions

If you find blogs that you enjoy reading, you can subscribe to receive updates as they are made.  You can do this two ways (that I know of!).  You can subscribe to receive email updates each time a blogger makes a post.  Most blogs have a subscribe button in the sidebar.   

Another way to receive updates is through an RSS feed.  When you subscribe to an RRS feed, it is added to a Common Feed List. Updated information from the feed is automatically downloaded to your computer and can be viewed in Internet Explorer and other programs.  On Happy Heart, Happy Mind I have links for both the posts and comments feeds available in the sidebar. I will say, however, the RSS feeds are not quite as pretty.   😉

Another way to keep up with your favorite blogs, is to create a Health Blog Folder under your favorites.

 

#3 Comments

There is nothing more exciting for me than to open my blog and to see that I have comments!  To me this means that there are people out there reading what I have written and they want to talk about it! 

When I first starting reading blogs I never left comments.  I’m not exactly sure why.  Part of me was afraid that someone might think that what I had to say was stupid.  Another part of me was afraid that my inbox would soon fill with SPAM and other nonsense.  However, after starting a blog, I realized that this is not the case.  By leaving a comment you are in no way committing to receive any kind of email or SPAM.  It is simply a comment.

One of the reasons I began this blog was to start a conversation about both mental and physical health.  Please feel free to leave comments any time!  I would love to hear your thoughts, comments, or suggestions!  Is there anything you would like for me to write about more often?  Less often? 

#4 Contests!

This is something I have just discovered!  Many bloggers sponsor giveaways of their favorite products.  I’ve seen givewaways for Lululemon, nut butter, tea, soups, socks, sports bags, recipe books, the works!  I’ve yet to actually win one, but that doesn’t stop me from trying!  Keep checking your favorite blogs for new giveaways…  Right now there is a tea giveaway at Confessions of a Health Nut.

Who knows?  Maybe there’ll be a giveaway on Happy Heart, Happy Mind one day!

So, there you have!  4 tidbits of info about blogs you may, or may not, have known. 

I’m off to make a salad that is seriously out of this world.  Here’s a sneak peak of the mushrooms and the meat (for Larry, of course!) that have been marinating since last night!  Check back later for the recipe!

  

Do you have a favorite blog?  If so, what makes you want to continue visiting a blog on a regular basis?  Is it the style of writing?  The information shared?  The Photography?

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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???Veggie Quiz???

As you could probably tell from my post yesterday, I was pretty exhausted.  After work I tutored for an hour then braved the grocery store, which took another hour and a half!downsized_0204001822

Let me tell, ya!  There is nothing like going to the grocery store in the south on the Thursday before a big snow storm and the Super Bowl!  I think I stood in line at checkout for 35 minutes!  I really needed groceries, not because of a snow storm, but because I was seriously out of food!

However grueling the trip may have been, I am excited about my veggie purchases.  Any you don’t recognize?

There’s radicchio, daikon sprouts, ginger root, shitake mushrooms,  and regular ol’ veggies, like Brussels sprouts, red peppers, cilantro, green onions, etc. 

(Total ADD moment here, but who is Brussel and why does he get sprouts named after him???  Anyone know???) 

Look for these bad babies to be used this week in some super yum-o-licious recipes!

Before going vegetarian, I ate the usual veggies like carrots, broccoli, potatoes, bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, and lettuce, but when almost your entire diet consists of plant products, you learn about a whole new world of veggie deliciousness!  Don’t you just love all of the colors!? 

Speaking of recipes, here are some that I promised you 2 days ago!

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For dinner Wednesday night, I had leftover orange ginger baked tofu, roasted red potatoes, garlic greens, and a big ol’ square of cornbread. 

I baked the tofu at 350 degrees in a marinade of 1 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar, 1/4 cup tamari, 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp graded fresh ginger, 3 cloves of minced garlic, and 3 tbsp minced red onion.  Yum!  This marinade would also be great on fish or chicken.

Roasted red potatoes are one of my favorite foods!  I simply clean and quarter the potatoes.  Toss them in a bowl, drizzle olive oil and seasoning on them.  Stir to evenly coat.  Then roast in the oven on 425 until cooked through, turning occasionally.  Double yum! 

And get this!  One red potato has a whopping 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 12% of your daily nutrition value of iron, and 63% of DNV of vitamin C. 

The garlic greens are a new fav of mine!  They are so easy to make, and so incredibly good for you.  Greens are full of calcium, iron, and vitamins C and E.  Simply take 2 bunches of dark leafy greens (these were spinach greens) and sauté them with 3 cloves of garlic in about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.    

And the corn bread…  well, t’was not so “clean,” but it sure was yummy!  It was just a plain box of Jiffy mix that I cleaned up juuuust a bit by using only egg whites and soy milk.  Hey, what can I say?  It served as dessert, too!

Today I am going to rest up!  I went to the gym super early this morning, because I could not fall back to sleep after the announcement that school was cancelled once again.  This workout was a doozie, and my muscles are aching.  Man, I love being able to work out again!

I’m off to put on some comfy clothes, and to curl up on the couch with The Lightening Thief.  (Thanks, Meg!)

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Scratch and Sniff Breakfast

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This morning I made Angela’s 3-Minute Breakfast Carrot Cake and it was divine!  I topped it with Greek yogurt and raisins.     

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Today is a BIG day for me! 

At yesterday’s podiatrist appointment, Doc told me (drum roll, please!)…

I CAN RUN!

Doc took some x-rays, and said that everything has healed beautifully!  I can go back to normal activities, which include running, Body Combat, yoga, walking the dogs, spinning, P90X, if I so wish, etc., etc., etc. 

I can not tell you how happy this makes me! 

He said it may be a little painful at first, because everything is so stiff, but he said to push through it, ice it, and get moving!    

So, this afternoon around 5 PM, I will be hitting up AMFAMFIT, and doing 45 minutes of cardio, and 45 minutes of lifting back and biceps with Larry. 

(Check out my new Fitness Log here!)

For lunch today, I’m planning on having leftover Spinach, Leek and White Bean Soup

Tonight for dinner I think I’ll make baked salmon for Larry, left over baked tofu for me, roasted red potatoes, and garlic greens (recipes to come).

I better get started on those report card comments now.  I highly doubt we will have four snow days in a row!  Wasn’t that one of my New Years Resolutions?  To be proactive and get things done???  Woops!  A few snow days, and I completely lose all senses!  🙂

Have you ever suffered an injury that prevented you from working out?  How did you get back into your normal routine?          

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!! 

 

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