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Free-soloing.


Maybe it’s because Colorado is experiencing some freakish weather right now.

Maybe it’s because I’m ashamed that I haven’t learned to rock climb yet.

Maybe it’s because I climbed the mountain in this video too long ago (not even 2 years!) and that was without being on the constant verge of a 1000 ft vertical drop.

For whatever reason, I’m obsessed with this gem of a clip about a female rock climber named Steph Davis. I think I’ve played it at least 10 times now:


Watch it. You’ll get dizzy, but it’ll be great. Trust me.

The Youtube channel it’s on is chock full of amazing feats of outdoor adventurers. I think it was just what I needed for a little kick in the butt to start the week!

On this manic Monday, I started with the (really) lazy girl’s version of overnight oats: about-an-hour oats πŸ™‚

1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/3 cup soy milk, cinnamon, apples

Meaning that I mixed these together, walked to my hour of student teaching at the high school, and then devoured them on the way back to campus. Not too shabby!

But as I arrived on campus, my mind (body? same thing) realized how early I had gotten up, and wanted caffeine.

I’ll say one thing: coffee is a powerful, powerful force.

Looks gigantic, but it just fits a "tall" size.

I stayed awake through class, but my heart would.not.stop.thumping afterwards. Can’t complain, though; I wasn’t really hungry, so I got ahead on some of the night’s reading and ended up munching a red bell pepper for lunch:

Strangely enough, it was enough!

Know what else is a powerful thing? Planning ahead. I knew I’d be starving after ballet and gym, so I pressed and marinated a block of tofu in balsamic vinegar & garlic powder before I left, popped the pieces in a 375 degree oven when I got home at 5:15, and took them out in time for 6:00 dance rehearsal in the form of a beautiful, fulfilling salad.

Complete with nutritional yeast, sauteed onions, and spinach.

Mmmm, portable goodness.

Now my reading’s all done, and it’s not even 9 pm yet. I could get used to this πŸ˜‰

It’s no free-soloing the Diamond face of Longs Peak, but it’s been a day of achievement.

What are you proud of doing today?

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Woohoo! Wednesday.


I’m high on endorphins, folks. Get excited, it’s gonna be a great day!

Today’s (morning) workout: WSU week 2

I love circuit training.

(An earlier pick to show youΒ  my awesome kicks. Oh, and the nice friend I’m on top of.)

Today’s breakfast: Green monster.

I love spinach.

Yesterday’s breakfast: Blood orange & greek yogurt.

Signs of talking with the boy toy too much: I prefer coy smiles over teethy ones.

Yesterday’s lunch: Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich & Pickles

(Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, red onions, & feta on savory pumpkin bread!)

Today’s agenda:

  • Gym
  • Class
  • Grad school fair (!)
  • Ballet
  • Rugby
  • Endless reading
  • Sleep

Some food in there, too. πŸ˜‰

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

What are you up to?



Back to School


It’s amazing how long it’s taken me to even partially recap Vegas. Scandalous clubbing pictures aside, all there’s left to show you is some eats from the journey home!

Though I was kind of still full from my pina colada earlier that day, I bought a cup of tortilla soup from the Wolfgang Puck Express in the airport, mostly because it included goat cheese.

In fact, I was quite disappointed when my gentle command of “You can keep plopping that on!” to the serving lady went unheard. Still, it was delicious!

I applaud Frontier Airlines for the free cookie, too πŸ™‚

I’m not too proud of my dining style during my Vegas “recovery day” at home. Meals were bland like this:

(I thought putting it next to the magazine would make my Daiya cheese & salsa tacos look less sad.)

And meals were random like this:

I wanted Shrimp Lo Mein. Badly.

Other bad choices: frosted flakes, cheese dip, tortilla chips, and way too much coconut ice cream.

But it’s ok, because my roomies came home eventually and made crepes!

Sauteed carrots, bell peppers, & onions + goat cheese. x3. plus another crepe with butter & sugar.

Now, despite our brief mishap with pulling floor tiles out..

We’re pretty much back to normal!

I started today with a green monster smoothie. The perfect way to kick off a detox, I do say!

spinach, 1/2 banana, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, almond milk, cinnamon

I actually blended it the night before and stuck it in the fridge overnight. Bad idea! It doesn’t taste the same when it’s not fresh, and I had to add some honey to sweeten it up.

Lunch was a glorious reunion with two standbys: tofu and veggies.

Coconut tofu, mushrooms, water chesnuts, & spinach, sauteed in coconut oil & balsamic vinegar

I took a nap in this same sunny spot following lunch!

I had a loooong afternoon at ballet and then in the gym trying out a new routine (Fitnessista’s 2011 WSU!), so I came home in dire need of protein. I looked for the greek yogurt

But I made the mistake of having one of my male roommates pick it out at the store, and he got the “traditional” variety that has not a lot of protein and lots more fat. I don’t know if I’ll get around to eating this, since protein is such a huge part of why I eat greek yogurt!

 

I opted for more tofu and an orange instead.

I packed dinner to eat while doing reading later on! Making to-go meals is kind of fun.

Sauteed carrots, snap peas, mushrooms, & goat cheese with olive oil & balsamic vinegar

See? Detox. It’s on.

I leave you with photos of another rugby 21st birthday party!

(February is full of them, and I’m not complaining!)

The birthday girl making good choices.

More maturity.

Cake.

Shots. (the resulting face)

^And me, somewhere in the center of it all πŸ™‚

I hope everyone had a good Presidents’ Day! Did y’all get the day off, and if so, how did you spend it?

Still class for me (although I did just get a break, so I can’t complain!); the only sign of the holiday was that my ballet teacher was decked out in American flag pictures and colors πŸ™‚




Warm Up


Yesterday: -5 degrees

Today: -1 degrees

Tomorrow: 15 degrees. Woooooah!

Obviously, the process of getting to and from class without freezing solid, let alone doing my work, has delayed my actions in the blogworld lately! I’ve been disciplining myself with 7 am rugby weights in the gym and hours of reading on life after death, but the blog post consistency has suffered. No worries, I’m back! Here’s a glimpse into what the past few days have entailed.

Breakfasts:

YIAJ: Yogurt in jar! Of peanut butter, that is. Plain greek yogurt with banana, cinnamon and peanut butter.

The same!

Green monster smoothie with spinach, avocado, chocolate protein powder, greek yogurt, coconut milk, & cinnamon.

Plain greek yogurt, 2 clementines, cinnamon, & granola

Green monster smoothie with spinach, avocado, chocolate protein powder & coconut milk

Fashion break!

(that’s the “bring it, impending cold front” face)

Cristin, I’ve rocked the peacock earrings twice this week!

sweaters + sweater dresses = winter survival

Lunches:

(caution: they’re all the same dang thing! gotta use up the produce)

Variations on a theme: spinach with red bell pepper, with nutritional yeast and tempeh. It’s too easy NOT to make everyday.

Apartment shenanigans break!Bro love on the broken futon.

Those are my scarves.Oh…and that’s a large knife…

Dinners:

Malibu Veggie pizza from Old Chicago (mmm!)

Grilled cheeses (on whole wheat bread) and tomato soup

Homemade bread with flaxseed

School-made garden salad with organic caesar dressing

So as you see, life in the cold could be worse. We’ve even got sunshine!

But still lots of snow.

That’s Colorado for ya!

I’m dreaming of another green monster for tomorrow:

And yet another smile over the fact that I’ve been eating Greek Gods greek yogurt and studying greek gods and the afterlife at the same time!

Night!

Question: Have you been affected by a crazy weather front lately? My family’s been going crazy on the East Coast, but we just got hit out west too! I can’t wait for the return of the 50s on Friday!


Do, a deer, a female deer


“Let’s start at the very beginning; a very good place to start.”

I’m pretty sure Julie Andrews (ahem, Maria) was singing that song at a picnic lunch, therefore most likely already caffeinated with “tea, a drink with jam and bread,” this morning I was practically singing, because I woke up at 7:30 am. That’s the earliest I’ve been up in quite a while! Falling asleep at 10 pm has its benefits.

Some Fitnessista-adapted, Snackface-influenced “cookie dough” cereal.

1/3 cup rolled oats twirled with a scoop of peanut butter, 1 banana, cinnamon, and soy milk.

Not that interesting, but it sat well for a soon-after workout.

I went to a BodyCombat class at the gym; I hadn’t in years! One word: ENERGY.

I love how the class never seems to stop; I love the ear-exploding volume of the techno music; I love the way roundhouse kicks remind me of my childhood Tang Soo Do training. I love being surrounded by really tough-looking women.

Most of all, I love being completely drenched in sweat.

(Without the immediate onset of pain.)

I was completely energized when I fled the gym to get back home; I was delayed by a train crossing and a neglected need for gas, but eventually, my sister and I were on our way to a distant land:

A 4.5 hour gymnastics clinic for her. Hehe.

In the car, we had your typical sister-to-sister chat: boys, drinking, school, the usual. It was past noon by this time and a lengthy drive, so I chomped on some almonds in the car and she ate her typical pb&j.

I dropped her off like a good soccer mom chaffeur for the day and drove on to explore my surroundings.

I didn’t find downtown Wallingford, or downtown Yalesville, but 1o miles down Rte. 68 I was in Cheshire and passing a nice little complex of shops. Stepping out of my car, I contemplated walking around a little bit.

Ok, fine, I just walked into the first cafe I saw. It was cold, and this was cute.

Gourmet salads?! Done.

I got the Little Red Roasted Salad, which had mixed greens, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, carrots, candied almonds, and blue cheese.

I didn’t eat most of the blue cheese (not a fan) and I still don’t love paying $8.25 for a salad, but it was a nice little place.

In fact, the owner saw the book I was carrying…

(It tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s rise to power and his use of rugby to unite South Africa; if you’ve seen the movie Invictus, this is the book it’s inspired by)

….and she told me that she’d been to New Zealand and watched an All-Blacks game! The New Zealand All-Blacks are probably the most well-known (and scariest) mens rugby team in the world. I need to see one of their games in my lifetime, if only to witness their performance of the Haka.

Anyway, that book kept me occupied for a few hours in the cafe. Could you blame me? It was cozy!

I only like orange when it's covering a wall.

And the art was precisely the style I adore!

Organized yet edgy, with lots of color.

I had an apple at some point.

And I couldn’t leave without a latte:

(note: Erica, please accept that you have a milk sensitivity. Just because a cafe has no soy milk, that’s no reason to forget that skim will screw you up)

Return to soccer mom gym sister land:

What’s my true calling? Oprah, work your magic.

On the drive home, my mom called my sister with stellar, out-of-this-world amazing news.

MY SISTER GOT INTO COLLEGE!

It’s not her first choice, but it’s a great school, and it’s somewhere. A huge weight has been lifted off all of our shoulders.

And so the planned Mexican dinner with Dad became a celebration!

Chips and salsa, obvi.

Salad (I ate around the cheese. The herb dressing was superb!)

Asteco (Soup of the Gods): This was okeydoke. Lots of chickpeas and white beans in semi-spicey broth.

And it wouldn’t be a dinner out if I didn’t eat all the veggies off of my sister’s plate, which was the salmon fajitas.

The rest of the night included a rendevous with friends, violent card games, late-night shenanigans at Denny’s, and plenty of sexual innuendo.

Now I’m ready to go back to “do,” if you will. Auf wiedersehen and have a fabulous Sunday!

Question: What’s your favorite musical? Sound of Music is up there, but South Pacific will always be my favorite.

 


Sore After Slumber


I woke up this morning to incredibly sore trapezius muscles and another sore throat. The throat part was disappointing (it only happens after I sleep!) but the feeling of my tired muscles was much-missed. It made BodyFlow, the easier yoga fusion class at the gym, a more meaningful practice.

As did the lovely lunch date that was set for after class.

Ever since I got back from study abroad in Jordan, I’ve been toying (ok, seriously considering) with the idea of becoming a Registered Dietician (RD). I can’t think of a career that would make me happier; when I was abroad, it became joltingly apparent that my top priority is living a healthy, active lifestyle. Such a large part of my healthy lifestyle is nutrition. I think about food so much, it needs to be my career! So this morning I had lunch with an older lady at the gym who has been an esteemed dietician for many years.

She gave me some exclusive ADA (American Dietics Association) articles:

Olive oil, figs, dates, olives, tomatoes…am I back in Jordan again?

(What are the odds that the current issue would have Islamic cuisine as its cover story? Talk about one stage of life leading to another.)

Yoga in elementary schools? How awesome would that be?

We talked for a while about her experience on different dietetic councils, including work in hospitals, public health departments, and schools. Everything sounds fabulous! Having a career with the main goal to help people live their best lives is very important to me. The only thing standing in my way is my inexperience/lack of enthusiasm for science. Regardless, working in nutrition is definitely my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

This lady is putting me in contacts with lots of professionals around the state that will help guide me towards that goal. Until then, I’m going to concentrate on finishing my undergraduate degree in religion, minoring in education. It all fits together, I swear! πŸ™‚

I was too busy listening and talking to order anything more than a cup of seafood chowder:

I should know better than to order chowder now, but when I heard seafood I couldn’t resist. Even though I mostly fished out the seafood and veggies, cream = unhappy digestion. And heartburn. Lesson learned?

Chill time at home was spent discovering the sport of Kabaddi, which looks a lot like rugby amongst 5 people and no ball. Apparently it’s a popular sport in India and parts of Asia, and Canadians like it too.Β  I’m still trying to figure it out, but I sent the link to my rugby captain suggesting that we play it sometime for fun! Watch a video and see for yourself.

Looks badass to me.

What also makes me happy? Iranian women playing rugby, hijabs and all.

And huge amounts of kale (with goat cheese & almonds) accompanied with leftover madras curry with shrimp over couscous.

Sweet potato fries round out this happy day.

Sprayed with cooking spray, some salt, and baked for 20 minutes at 400 fantastic degrees of farenheit.

I’m off to take a warm bath to soak my sore muscles.

Question: What’s your favorite sport?


Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever


That’s the mantra I was chanting in my head at the dentist today.

Usually, I’m like a teacher’s pet when it comes to teeth cleanings. I’ve never had a cavity, and after a few especially unpleasant unusually torturous years of braces, I’ve learned to take care of my teeth. But when I was living in Jordan, floss was hard to find and very expensive. So…yeah…it didn’t happen. Never again! My molars are still ringing with pain from that more-intense-than-usual scrubdown.

Today was painful. But the more important matter of the day wasn’t:

RUGBY WEIGHT TRAINING!

I already have calluses forming on my palms. And I love it.

I woke up to go to CoreYoga with Mom this morning not feeling the best; however, I flashed forward to how great I always feel after class, and got the motivation to roll out of bed. Exercise really can be a miracle cure! My headache is (mostly) gone, and the cold is disappearing. That’s not to say the Emergen-C consumption is going away anytime soon, though!

So that I wouldn’t feel too worn out, I headed to the gym around 4 PM; that way, my muscles could rest a bit from their AM sculpting sesh. I promise to post the actual workout plan soon, but essentially, 3 days a week consist of cardio in the morning and weights in the afternoon. I warmed up for 12 minutes on the treadmill at 6.0 MPH, did a bit of dynamic stretching, and got started. AMAZING what your muscle memory can do; I felt like I had just been doing power cleansΒ  yesterday! I did 3 circuits of all the prescribed exercises, some extra ab work, cool down and a stretch. The entire session can make an hour fly by, but I was easing back into it, so I took a little longer.

Then I came home to make…

Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta! This is a recipe I found on Callie’s blog, and it’s pretty darn good. Wanna watch?

Boil the cauliflower and whole wheat penne:

Blend two pieces of whole wheat bread with canola oil, salt n peppa:

Drain the pasta and cauliflower:

Put that back in the pot and add greek yogurt, soy milk, and shredded cheese:

Put the pasta mixture in a pan, top with breadcrumbs and more cheese, and bake at 400 F for about 15 minutes:

Break random things in your kitchen (a magnet? really? I amaze myself):

And voila! Cheesy, healthier comfort food that the whole family (particularly my sister, the picky yet cauliflower-loving gymnast) can enjoy:Me, on the other hand? All I wanted was the green monster I couldn’t drink over the weekend. No worries, I think it made a new friend.

In the mix: a few handfuls of kale, a cup of frozen mango chunks, 1/2 an avocado, 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder, soy milk, ginger, and some Fiber One cereal on top.

Question: What mantra comes to your mind when you’re in a painful situation?

 


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