finally there’s a cook in the kitchen!

hey there, how’s your night going?¬† ūüôā

spin class was crazy fun tonight!¬† i came home still pumped from the energy and whipped up a super simple soup and salad combo that totally hit the spot. one of my 1 year goals is to cook healthy meals 5x a week. i gave a due date of october 2011.¬† this is a goal i have to actively work on every day because i’ve been known to play the “i’m beat” card and grab delicious take out for dinner. and i’ve¬†certaintly made my fair share of lunch break trips to jamba juice ūüėČ

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here was dinner- made in 10 minutes flat!

yum!

tomato

arugula salad with walnuts, flax seeds and basil olive oil

i’m off to snack on some fresh organic strawberries i picked up at trader joe’s (which may or may not be accompanied by a little whipped cream ūüėČ )

have a great night!

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*friday favorites*

happy friday beautiful people!

its hot and humid here so Hubby P and i started the day off with a 6am run to try and beat the heat. it didn’t work… it was¬†a sweaty 2.5 miles!¬† but it did feel amazing to be done with my workout by 7am. one of my monthly goals for july was to increase my training runs to 3x a week in order to accomplish my bigger 1 year goal of rockin’ out a half marathon (which is DECEMBER 4th!).¬† so far, its looking good that i’ll get to check that goal off my list ūüôā¬† after completing this goal, i think i’m going to make milage goals for the following months- i’d like to add 2 miles to my long runs by the end of every month so i’m always striving to increase my base.

anyway, on to FRIDAY FAVORITES!

here’s some things i’ve been diggin’ lately:

a fun and flirty read

 
 

pink bubbly

kittylove

running!

sipping wine

 
what are some of your favorite things this week?
 
‚ô•peace out‚ô•

21 day vegan kickstart success!

i¬†am so happy to announce that today is officially the end of the 21 day vegan kickstart. i found this kickstart through a tweet from kris¬†carr¬†and decided to jump on the bandwagon as one of my overall goals for myself is to adopt a vegan diet. at first i thought this was going to be so hard. give up cheese, my occasional bagel egg sandwich and my beloved quesadillas? i¬†couldn’t imagine a life without them! but now, 21 days later, i’m¬†feeling fresh and craving-free. being vegan eliminated my desire for “quick” eats and grabbing take out that i¬†knew wasn’t the best for me. and even though i¬†indulged moderately, i¬†still really wanted to be in control of my diet and food. plus, with a vegan diet – i win, the animals win and the earth wins. score.

i¬†strayed a bit from the exact kickstart, but i¬†definitely used the recipes for the first 7-10 days. they were easy and didn’t require ingredients i¬†had never heard of. that’s always a bonus as i’m¬†nowhere close to being mistaken for a chef. i¬†had some fun, got creative and really ate like a queen. overall, i¬†give the experience two thumbs up. and here’s the best part. and if i¬†had a third thumb i’d raise it for this reason as well¬†– my anxiety is at an all time low. i’m¬†nervous by nature (which is probably how my panic got so out of control way back when) and i always tend to feel twinges every now and again. but this vegan diet has really squashed those feelings. it’s kind of unbelievable. the food i’m¬†eating is whole, unprocessed, veggie-rific¬†and clean… and my body is really diggin’ it!

here’s some recent eats

egg(less) salad sandwich

 

tofu thai

 

breakfast scramble

 
i’ve¬†also started to incorporate some ideas from alicia¬†silverstone’s the kind diet¬†
she talks a lot about having whole grains make an appearance at each meal. so i¬†grabbed whole wheat cous¬†cous, barley and my recent obsession… quinoa.
 
i get creative with my quinoa
 

toasting it up

 

toss in some broth

 

20 simmering minutes later its ready to fluff

 add some rosemary herbed pecans, dried cranberries and parsley

and you've got dinner!

totally easy.¬† and kinda delish.¬† of course, a vegan greek salad made it’s way onto the plate too. who knows how this stuff happens ūüėČ

i’m¬†feeling this diet and i¬†think i’m¬†gonna stick with it. and i’m¬†freakin’ excited to cross that goal off my list! i¬†did it! is there a special vegan handshake or chest bump i should be aware of?¬†

over the weekend, hubby p and i¬†celebrated our pup’s birthday. i still have to upload the photos, but here he is¬†enjoying one of his many birthday treats

that stick doesn't stand a chance

how was your weekend? anything fun happening for this week??

post-holiday happenings

hello, hello lovelies!

for anyone celebrating holidays this week, i hope you had a wonderful one!

we spent some time with the fam and i got to see my beautiful baby nephew. he’s getting so big!

i¬†took advantage of my extra time off these past couple of days to kind of go over my goals. i¬†have a very¬†(very) rough draft idea of things i’d¬†like to accomplish and i¬†almost have an idea of when i’d¬†like to accomplish them by. the problem is, i¬†am hesitant to write them down and commit. i’ve¬†always been a little flakey when it came to goals. there were millions of them i’d like to do, but rarely took the steps needed to get to there.¬†

i’ve¬†realized that, while i’m¬†at no shortage of goals and aspirations, i¬†definitely am at a shortage¬†of ways¬†to get there and stay motivated. especially for those long-term goals.

here are some big goals of mine:

open a yoga studio

visit all 50 states

ski in switzerland

take a trip to london

run a marathon

write a book

continue to experiment with holistic health and healing modalities

these, of course, are just a glance and not in any particular order. however, most of them can be broken down into steps to make reaching each of these goals do-able. so while i’m¬†still in the process of putting my goals in month and year order, i’ve¬†also started to break them down into manageable¬†steps. and the two steps i’ve¬†taken so far are going to get me closer to optimum health and a marathon. a couple of days ago i¬†began a 21-day vegan kick-start¬†program. i¬†don’t know if i’ll¬†continue after the 21 days or if i’ll¬†completely transition¬†to the lifestyle, but for now, this process will get me closer to my goal of complete health. as i¬†used to share with you over at Anxiety to Zen, food played a big role in my recovery and healing. i¬†was constantly eating spicy foods or caffeinated foods that caused anxious symptoms like stomach-aches¬†or pounding heart. through diet modification i¬†was able to really help myself overcome a lot of issues. and the second thing i’ve¬†done is researched a half marathon to do by the end of this year. i¬†have a base of 3 miles right now and would adore running some 10ks¬†this summer with the ultimate goal of a half in december. i¬†found one i’d¬†like to do and will share details as the time gets closer, but what better way to train for a marathon than train for smaller distances and work your way up?¬† so the first step was finding a half that i’d¬†have sufficient time to train for because i’m¬†not a naturally gifted runner. i¬†turn a sexy shade of red and huff and puff my way through my mileage. but every step¬†i¬†take is one step closer to my goal. and hey, no one said i¬†had to look like a beauty queen at the finish line. i just have to make it TO the finish line.

i’m happy to say my official half marathon training began yesterday with a 3 mile loop and some interval work at the end. and today is the 3rd day of being a vegan vixen ūüôā

and i¬†must say… i¬†have more energy and i’m feeling pretty good.

and i’ve totally been eating like a queen

homemade vegan rice pudding

PB Cup smoothie

homemade vegan chocolate mousse with strawberries

and for when i want to have a little fun

spicy buffalo wings and blue cheese- all vegan!

we have a vegan italian restaurant by us where i can stock up on all my little guilty pleasures- like these and pizza!

i must say, so far so good!

i’m¬†learning to take each day at a time and stay present in the little steps that work me towards my big goals. making them more manageable¬†makes them seem more obtainable and it feels good to know i’m sticking to something.

i’m¬†also treating my goals like i¬†treat my practice. one day at a time. i may fall off the wagon or miss a day of training or forget a step needed to get ahead, but it’s all ok. it’s not always just about the finish, it’s gotta be about the journey as well.

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