Monday, January 9, 2012

Get Movin...

Soooo...Sunday started with 2 pans on the stove...and do you know what that means???

CREPES for breakfast!! 

After two attempts, I must say I'm getting the hang of this crepe business.  (Follow my tips here)  Possibly could help that one of my pans is the perfect size and all I have to do is add the batter, swirl, flip & I get near perfect-o crepes!  (No 'fancy crepe pans' here!)

I use 2 pans to make quicker work, especially because crepes get cold SUPER quick!  I held the chill off by throwing them in the toaster oven while I cooked up the rest... 

Once all of the crepes were ready...we smeared them with our 'filling choice' of the day:  a mix of cream cheese, brown sugar & vanilla....yum!!!!

And I must show you my crepes verses Scott's!  Maybe if I'm the crepe cooking master of the house, he certainly is the crepe rolling expertJ hahahahhaha.... 

The rest of the day was spent straightening up around the house and taking Penny for an afternoon walk.  Which was when we learned just how unseasonably nice it was outside.  I was about 2 seconds away from stripping off my coat!  Now, I'm a WINTER girl and loveeeeeeed the weekly snows that got dumped on us LAST year.  HOWEVER, yesterdays spring-like weather did make us crave something we haven't had in a WHILE:  SALAD NIGHT!  And far be it from me to complain when we actually both are CRAVING an extra healthy dinnerJ

It's been far too long since our cutting board has been so colorful! 

My salad has been one I had been thinking about whipping up all week because it combines all of the ingredients that have a great source of DHA & Omega 3's.  First, I whipped up a quick dressing with:
  • Olive oil (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teasp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teasp. dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper 

Made only more amazing by my luscious olive oil right from ItalySiggghhhhh...why didn't I pack an extra suitcase JUST to bring home bottles of this gold?? 

I mixed the dressing with...
  • 1/2 can of crab meat
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 handful walnuts, chopped & toasted
  • 1/2 diced mango
Regardless, this salad tasted super fresh and lightly decadent.  But, for myself (and anyone expecting...wink, winkJ) the DHA combo of crab, walnuts & arugula plus the healthy fats from the olive oil & avocado make for a pretty tasty way to get in all of the 'good stuff'J

Speaking's a sneak peek of me at 8 months alongJ

Scott's salad looked equally as awesome...he was REALLY happy to delve into his taco salad with all the good trimmings:
  • Ground turkey with taco seasoning
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Red Pepper
  • Carrots
  • Avocado
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Croutons
  • Cheddar Cheese 
We both said:  Not too shabby for what we just had lying around the house!  Try that the next time you have a random bin of veggies and see what kind of green beauties you can make.

But it wasn't all greens & DHA in our houseJ Don't be crazy.  hhehhehehee....for dessert, we cracked open this little box... 
A friend (HI KRISTEN!!!) had told me about Maine's Wicked Whoopies and I decided to place an order for Scott for Christmas.  The best part was that you can order a variety pack and pick as many unique flavors as you want!!  A dozen is a lot more fun when it comes in chocolate dipped, mocha, chocolate chip & maple....mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

So, out of all of the flavors, I was surprised when Scott walked up with this: 

hehehehe...although we both lovvvveeeddd the vanilla bean & whipped cream PACKED cake.  Soo good (thanks, Kristen!)

So that brings us to today, which means it's back to "Motivational Monday" Workout schedule!  I was bummed because after a KILLER "Week before Christmas" where I had done TONS of yoga and even a 3 mile "Walk Away the Pounds" on Christmas Eve....the week AFTER Christmas??  Not so much going on.  And ya know what I felt like??? CRAP!  TOTAL CRAP.  So come last Monday I dove 2 feet back in and got myself back to work (AND NO MORE COOKIES...well, at least 2 rather than 10 of them!!) and after just a few days I felt back to my ole self.  Here's what it looked like:

Monday:  1+ hour Beginners Power Yoga Class 

Wednesday:  1+ hour Power Yoga Class

Friday:  45 minute walk + 1 round of weights

Saturday:  25 minute "Body Slimming Yoga"

Sunday:  45 minute walk + 1 round of weights

I'm pretty proud of still 'cranking out this schedule' because I remember when I FIRST found out I was pregnant, I cried wondering how long I was going to still be able to do yoga (this was when I thought you woke up at 3 months and had a huge bellyJ).  So I will say that I'm VERY PROUD that I can still power through a POWER YOGA class at 8 months along.  I'm VERY aware of my limitations and make modifications when I need to (obviously anything on my stomach & twists are OUT!), but I was told by my doctor that yoga is completely safe the whole time.  That's all I need to hear to kill any excuses I may have had.  Plus, I can honestly say that you ALWAYS feel 120% BETTER when you get that workout in.  Don't get me wrong...we all need a break now & then.  But I definitely know when I need a break vs. when I'm being lazy...and when I skip out just for lazy-sake??  MISERABLE.  Hope you guys can find an exercise that you REALLY love to it kickboxing, running, walking.  Whatever makes you get off your butt and get movin, is a GREAT thing in my book!

Soon will be my next challenge:  Fitting in exercise with a new babyJ I know it won't be easy...but I'm determined to try!! probably heard enough from me today!  Hope you have a good (and motivatedJ) Monday!

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