Morning friends! How’s your day going? <3
Thank you so much for all of your feedback on the new blog design!! Cody worked extremely hard on it, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Most of the response was extremely positive, but people said they were offended by the picture on the left. While we were designing the blog, I really looked to 3 other blogs for their design, as they’re blogs I aspire to be like in terms of community and quality posts:
(Giuliana is my style idol)
These are all HUGE blogs- but hey, if you’re going to have a goal, go big 🙂 In the first two (which are more workout and nutrition-focused, like my little blog), they have background side images of the authors, in sports bras. I’m not one to skip around on the blog in a sports bra, which is why I rolled with a tank top, but some readers said they still didn’t like it. The pic isn’t set in stone and can always change, so NBD.
So last night, I was welcomed home by the smell of burning plastic.
Apparently one of the lids from my bento lunch box slipped into the bottom part of the dishwasher, where it was burned by the hot coils. There is no smell like that of burning plastic- stinky stuff!! (and yes, I had to Google to see if it was toxic.) So I opened all of the doors, turned on the fans, lit a candle and made a beautifully aromatic dinner to replace the heinous stench.
While I cooked, I enjoyed a sliced of goat cheese, while Bella dreamed and wished in the background:
(I had to give her a little piece)
In a large pot on medium, I sautéed 1/2 onion, 1/2 container of organic mushrooms and about 8 chopped stalks of asparagus for about 7 minutes:
-sea salt and pepper
-cayenne, garlic, thyme
After they were soft and cooked, I added in half a bag of frozen organic spinach, and cooked for an additional 5 minutes.
Next, a can of organic kidney beans (rinsed and drains) and made a sauce in the corner of the pot before stirring into the vegetables:
-2 T Dijon mustard
-2 T nutritional yeast
-1 T hummus
-splash of balsamic
-almond milk to thin it out
I enjoyed the stir-fry stew creation on top of some red quinoa with fresh basil:
It was DELICIOUS. Very filling and fresh- I love when random ingredients come together to make something glorious 🙂 By the time I sat down to eat, the burning plastic smell was gone 😉
After dinner, I went to walk on base for a little while with a book, and then happened to show up at my mom’s house for gluten-free night.
(My bro is in culinary school and Monday is his gluten-free class)
On the menu: double chocolate chip cookies and carrot cake, still warm…
(don’t let the pic fool ya. I started off with a tiny piece of carrot cake and then washed it down with a huge piece. These things happen sometimes haha)
I die. So good. There is nothing like fresh gluten-free goodies, still warm from the oven 😉
This morning I’m off to b-fast with my brother and nana and then getting started on my wicked to-do list.
Enjoy your day!
Something to do: Spring Cardio Workout!
For this one, hit up your favorite piece of cardio equipment- bike, elliptical, treadmill, stairmaster, etc. You’ll be doing a series of hill and speed intervals- make sure to check with a doc before making any fitness or nutrition changes. As always, if it hurts, don’t do it! Feel free to modify to suit your needs.
*Make sure to start off with some incline or resistance (2.5% is my fave for treadmills)
|0:00-5:00||Warm up||Walk/Jog – easy speed|
|5:00-7:00||Hill- maintain your speed (jog, faster cadence on the bike)||Add 1.0% incline/resistance every 20 seconds|
|7:00-8:00||Recover||Jog/run comfortably (or speed walk)|
|8:00-10:00||Speed||Increase your speed every 20 seconds until you are at a full out sprint|
|10:00-11:00||Recover||Jog/run comfortably (or speed walk)|
|11:00-15:00||Steady state||Pick up your pace a little and maintain a steady state for 4 minutes- you can do it!|
|15:00-17:00||Hill- maintain your speed (jog, faster cadence on the bike)||Add 1.0% incline/resistance every 20 seconds|
|17:00-18:00||Recover||Jog/run comfortably (or speed walk)|
|18:00-20:00||Speed||Increase your speed every 20 seconds until you are at a full out sprint|
|20:00-21:00||Recover||Jog/run comfortably (or speed walk)|
|21:00-25:00||Steady state||Pick up your pace a little and maintain a steady state for 4 minutes- you can do it!|
|25:00-30:00||Cool down||Jog comfortably (or walk) and every minute, bring down your pace until your heart rate comes down. Stretch.|
Let me know if you give it a try!!