I’m sitting out on the back patio with my two side-kicks Stihly and Rogue as I type this and it is SO FREAKING NICE!!! My car said 94 degrees at around 4 PM… it’s now 6:30 and feels like heaven. Even though I am being eaten alive by mosquitos, I don’t even care!
I planned on taking full advantage of this weather but accidently slept in a littttle late this morning and didn’t go into work until 1:30ish… but got alot of laundry done with the help of some coffee, which always feels nice! SO, I am going to go on a little jog here in a little bit even though I already did my HIIT cardio today!
This weekend’s workouts were a little on the lighter/lazy side.. Saturday included a 3 mile walk with Stihl in the morning, then 20 minutes of pushing it on the elliptical and legs later on. Sunday was a 2 mile run and abs, so nothing crazy. Me and this girl had some skinny margs Saturday night @ a Mexican restaurant on the lake that has an outdoor bar! I swear I’m still physically paying for them, even though I only had 2. It was alot of fun and worth it, though!
Anywho, so on to the things you’re probably reading this for 😉
On the Music Scene:
I used to HAVE to have music on when I worked out… whether it be during cardio or while lifting weights. But, after Jimmey and I started running together last year, I quit listening to my iPod and discovered I am just fine without it, which is a nice feeling! However, during HIIT sessions on the treadmill, I definitely need something to perk me up… which is why i am SO happy to announce I found the best station on Pandora:
LATIN WORKOUT RADIO!!!
I have a weird/strange love with Mariachi/Latino music… like you know, the kind they play at Mexican restaurants?! And that salsa dancers get down to?? It just makes me so happy and I think about sunshine, stucco houses, palm trees, everything that makes me happy! Obviously yes, this is probably not normal. What kind of person gets their jollies thinking about STUCCO houses? Well my dream home (in my head) is made out of stucco, so that’s why 🙂 But I promise the music on this station is so up-beat it for sure pumps you up big time! Also, alot of people (myself included) listen to some hip-hop during their workouts. I used to listen to WAY more than I do now… now I only have probably 3 hip-hop songs on my iPod and want to slap myself for loving Lil Wayne, etc back in high school. Such an embarrassment. But the good thing about some of this Latin Workout Radio music is you can’t understand the words! Therefore, even if they’re singing about what most American rap singers “sing” about… slapping women, selling dope, etc, you won’t even realize it! You’ll just enjoy the beat and it’ll carry you along your way on your run 🙂
For those of you who aren’t so much in love with Latin music, here are my other go-to songs if I need a little kick while I’m running:
My personal favorites would have to be:
1) Lean into the Fall- Mona
2.) Lying from You- Linkin Park [this song makes me feel like I can run forever! lol]
3.) Sex Type Thing- Stone Temple Pilots
4.) Vindicated- Dashboard Confessional [hasn’t been added to the list yet!]
5.) Little Things- Bush
Oh and 6) Burning Bright- Shinedown [also not added yet!]
Here are some foodie products i am OBSESSED with right now!!
* Zevia Soda– I’ve gotten it in Cream Soda, Root Berry, Black Cherry, & Grapefruit Citrus- love every one of them!! They are zero calories and sweetened with stevia (all natural sweetener!) These satisfy me whenever I have a sweet tooth!
*Tabouli– love this stuff mixed with chicken , cucumber, chopped tomatoes, & 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
*PB2... my obsession. Surprisingly, I still have half the jar left after a week! My favorite way to eat it is still dipping frozen bananas in the pb2 and eating it that way!
*Bolthouse Farms Olive Oil Vinaigrette in Tropical Mango… i am in LOVE with this dressing!! It’s all natural and the best part: only 30 calories for 2 tablespoons! Most dressings are loaded with fat and calories, but not this one. And the mango taste is incredible.
I don’t usually go to Whole Foods because I know I can’t be paying an arm & a leg for produce/baking products, but I went in today to buy some Nutritional Yeast, which I’ve seen alot of other food bloggers talk about, and I got it! I also needed some soy milk for my Blonde Coffee… and then, I found THIS:
AHI TUNA BURGERS!!! Sara at Nourish & Flourish has been talking about tuna for like, the last three weeks, and every time I read about it on her blog-which is one of my absolute favorites- might I add- I get the biggest cravings ever!! It is tied with chicken for my favorite protein source… One of these burgers only as 110 calories and 17 grams of protein! I got the Mediterranean style burgers, but they also had Teriyaki Style as well! I have already grilled 2 of them up for late-ish dinner surprise for Jimbo when he comes home from mountain bike riding on the trails! I had a little nibble and they are bomb.com!
A Book I’m Loving:
I bought this at Sun Dog Books in Seaside while we were on vacation. Honestly, it’s hard for me to get into books. I don’t like books that everyone & their grandma seem to be reading…and it’s hard for me to get into fiction books. I usually prefer non-fiction or self-improvement books… and this one is neither. It’s a collection of letters written to an advice columnist who goes by “Dear Sugar.” The stories/letters range from topics of cheating spouses & how to forgive, abusive family members, worry over ever finding love again, etc. And yes, that may sound depressing, but they’re really not exactly… The way “Sugar” answers her readers is so empathetic and brilliant… I am loving this book. I’ve cried like 3 times so far!
Now on to another new obsession: THIS SALAD/Wonderful mess of healthiness!
Let’s call this…
Spicy Orange Chicken with Mandarin Oranges & Veggies
[as you can tell, I use the crock pot recipe I posted here… it tastes amazing with this salad/mix, but you could use regular grilled chicken or even smoked salmon- that would taste amazing!]
In the big ole bowl:
– Spicy orange soy chicken breast
-avocado [probably 2 tbsp of it]
-Reduced-sugar Heinz ketchup squeezed all over
– 6 little mandarin oranges
-Bolthouse Farms Tropical Mango dressing
This is heaven in your mouth!! I didn’t have any Tabouli on hand this day, but I added it yesterday to this meal and it’s fantastico!!
Well that sure was a long post!
Only one week til school starts back up… so enjoy the last week of summer!