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December 31, 2012

Food, Gym and Snow Discoveries

Good Morning and Happy New Year’s Eve!  Any crazy plans out there?

I have yet to blog about how Christmas went once we got home from Chicago, and figured some of you might be a little “over” seeing people holding gifts in front of a tree.  It is almost a week later.

Thanks to a few calls via Skype, Scott and I finally got to open our Christmas presents last Thursday night.  I will share some of the highlights with you… if it is requested.  Let’s just say someone finally got the hint from my Gift Ideas for Winter Runners post and I am a very happy (and warm) girl!

Three pairs of e-tip gloves, an extremely warm beanie and an insulated running jacket came just in the nick of time.  Last week marked my first official drive across town in the snow!

driving in snow

I did it!

It was a nervous start, since the streets in my subdivision had not been touched after a recent snowfall.  Once I got out of my neighborhood, I realized the roads were cleared and my confidence level went from a 2 to about a 9 in not time.  Taking it extra slow, pumping my brakes, and allowing an extra ten minutes to warm up my car has been key.

The timing of my confidence could not have been better, either.  My mom flew in Thursday afternoon to come stay with us for a long weekend, and I was in charge of most of the driving.

I have really enjoyed having her here, especially since this was my first holiday season sans parents.  She came on a busy weekend, however, with practices and two Pistons home games in the books.  Knowing this ahead of time, she understood my busyness and hung with me and my usual game day routine like a champ!


Friday morning started around 7:30 a.m. and it was nice to have someone else up and at ‘em early.  Scott is a bit of a night owl, so I usually spend my mornings on the computer, with the exception of making breakfast in the kitchen.

Being quite the oatmeal fans, both my mom and I were craving something healthy and substantial.  We made a batch of regular rolled oats and threw in a few dried cranberries, slivered almonds and a drizzle of agave nectar just for fun.

healthy breakfast

The combination was fantastic!

cranberry almond oatmea

We sided it with a slice of whole wheat toast topped in homemade apple butter.  This spread tasted extra delicious, coming straight from my step-mother’s kitchen!

homemeade apple butter


(Did you happen to catch my reflection in the spoon? What a creep!) ;)

Breakfast went down with a large cup of what is left of my Mocha Mint Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and kept us warm, until an unexpected adventure surfaced.

escape cat

Aspen (our grey cat) is certainly a curious one.  Every time we open the front or back door she is there.  I am talking an appearance in like five seconds – tops.

She did the same thing at our condo in Florida, but it has gotten worse ever since we inherited a backyard. Oh, and about that white stuff… apparently is not just intriguing to us.  It looks as though all of our pets are wanting to explore!

The funny part is that this was me trying to get her after she had been out for about ten minutes meowing on the porch.  Not to come in, but just to meow and discover what is around her.  Eventually, she jumped off the wood and that is when I had to go fetch her.

They are crazy I tell you!

New Gym Discovery

While waiting for our breakfast to digest, I took my mom around on a few errands then eventually made it to the gym.

If any of you have read the About page, you might have an idea where my love for living a healthy, fit lifestyle came from.  Most likely, this lady right here.


Since I promised not to share photos of her in the gym, I settled for her agreeing to sport the latest gift from Drink Chia.  Shout out to my favorite DC crew down in Florida!

While my mom hopped on the elliptical, it was time for me to kill a decent amount of miles on the treadmill.  It has been a while since I have completed a long distance run, so I started back on the trend by completing 5 miles in 45 minutes.  At a 9:00 pace, I’ll take it.

Trying not to go too crazy before having to perform later on, I did a quick arm workout with free weights, a few sets of weighted lunges and a few sets of plank holds.

I reconnected with my mom in the stretching area, and on our way back downstairs she asked me if I ever used the stretching machines. Ummm…. those have been here this entire time?

stretching machine at gym

These are machines specifically made to stretch you out after a hard workout.  Most of the suggested positions are ones I do anyways on my own after running.

Being able to hold yourself up and use the extra body weight for resistance does wonders!

stretching on stretching machine

 Thanks mom, for that awesome new find!


Lunch came quick after we had both acquired quite an appetite.  We found exactly what we were looking for in the cafe at our gym, and it was the perfect post-workout fuel.

My mom ordered a a salmon sandwich and I ordered a chicken, vegetable and hummus wrap.  Both came with a small side salad with their house vinaigrette dressing.

post workout lunch at gym

We got home just in time for me to shower and get ready to leave for the game.  Man, NBA game days seem to just fly by!

pistons dancers

I will be sure to recap the rest of our weekend, since it was full of more fun (and holiday inspired) discoveries.

Have a great day and rest of your 2012!

December 11, 2012

Hill Climber Elliptical Workout

Good Morning! It’s a chilly one up here in Michigan.

I found it humorous not really when my friends informed me of the 70-80°F weather in Florida yesterday.  Awesome.

I seem to be slowly adjusting to the cold, but I have to say that I do miss that “brisk fall chill” during a run outside.  I can not think of a time where we had a “chill” here.  It is just straight up cold.

So what does that mean for you?  A lot of indoor cardio workouts are comin’!  Here is a great one I completed after a Fitness Pilates class at the gym yesterday.  This time, I have the incline set at 10, and the resistance varies every few minutes to resemble a hill climb.

*Please note: There are instructions to pedal backwards halfway through the workout.  This is to target a different set of muscles, but is completely optional.  As always, every exercise machine varies in settings, so feel free to modify levels as needed.

30 Minute Hill Climber Elliptical Workout

Andddd, I am pretty sure that is why I woke up with sore legs this morning.  It was a good one!

On my way out from the gym, I grabbed a “B Meyer” Lemon Drink Chia from my bag to rehydrate.  I find them so very refreshing!

Drink Chia B Meyer Lemon

Right after getting home, I took Roadie for his afternoon walk and ate it. I literally fell and ate it on the pavement, and I almost wish I had a picture to show you.  Almost.

Maybe I had a case of jello legs?  Yeah… that’s it… jello legs.  We’ll forget it was really just me being a klutz and slipping on ice.

In from the walk, I was pretty hungry for a late lunch.  On the menu was leftovers, and I enjoyed a few cut up peppers and cucumbers dipped in Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus while I heated up my lunch.

Hummus and vegetables

I could seriously eat an entire vegetable and hummus party tray.  If you ever have me over and serve something remotely similar to this, I would advise you to prepare extras. ;)

Soon after, I dug into a hearty helping of Lean Hamburger Noodle Casserole.

Lean Hamburger Noodle Casserole

It was extra satisfying on a very “brisk winter cold” afternoon.

Today is a busy one as I prepare tonight’s Detroit Pistons game.  It will be my fifth halftime performance, and it is with Naughty by Nature!

Big plans to do some online Christmas shopping and finally clean out and organize my closet before then… who’s jealous?

Similar Cardio Workouts

30 Minute Interval Elliptical Workout

2 Minute Change-Ups Treadmill Workout

31 Minute 5K Treadmill Workout

6, 7, 8 Treadmill Interval Workout


Question of the Day

• What do you like to do to change up your cardio routine?

I am a huge fan of interval workouts.  Some might view having to change settings during a workout as annoying, but I look forward to having something to do.  They make a half hour of cardio go by in a flash!

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