Apr 302011
1/2c oatmeal, apple, cinnamon, 1c milk, 1T cashew butter
Morning Snack
handful of nuts
big salad w/blue cheese, chicken, green peppers, mushrooms, lettuce, honey, ozark seasoning
slice of honey wheat bread
piece of cheese
Afternoon Snack
corn chips
pumpkin ravioli and white sauce
sausage crumbles
Late Snack
1/3c orange juice
banana w/sprinkle of honey and pecan meal
coffee/maple/cocoa/milk hot beverage
 Posted by at 8:21 PM

Today was a busy day.  It was almost 60 degrees and sunny.  That’s been a missing combination in North Eastern Ohio lately.  I started the day with a haircut.  It was nice and relaxing.

Then, the family and I headed to Holden Arboretum.  We had planned earlier in the week to do something outside on Saturday, based on the forecast.  We knew that our Botanical Gardens membership would give us free admission.  However, when we arrived, we quickly figured out it was Arbor Day and admission was free for everyone.


Here’s Nick enjoying the machines at the mobile sawmill and Sally enjoying her snack in the car as we headed home.


I spent the afternoon making whole wheat pumpkin ravioli.  I froze some and we had some for dinner.  It actually turned out quite well and I learned a lot from practice.

After dinner, we headed to the North Chagrin Reservation, specially the Duck Pond.  Nick and Sally enjoyed the frog and toad statues.  But, we saw many more geese than ducks.



It was an active and very nice day with the family.

Next up: cardio in the morning.

 Posted by at 8:08 PM

Today, I planned a cardio workout.  I got dressed for my standard elliptical workout, but also through my swimsuit into the bag.  Nick and Sally helped their dad take out the trash, while I finished getting ready.  We were all ready to go before 8am.  Usually, the kids and I don’t leave quite that early.  It takes 12 minutes to drive to the playroom and a few minutes to unload and get inside.  But, Kid Kare doesn’t open until 8:30am.  Today, we were all the way inside the J, downstairs and almost to the playroom at 8:22am.  Then, it dawned on me.  I could go to the 8:30am water aerobics class.  I took the kids to the locker room, got dressed, through clothes back on over my suit, dropped them at Kid Kare at 8:30 (maybe 8:28) and was in the water by 8:35.  In the past, Kid Kare was upstairs and the timing wasn’t practical.  Now, with the new space on the lower level (near all of the action), it was totally doable.

I was happy that the warm up had just begun.  I recognized many faces from around the J, and I also saw a few people from when I used to take the class (before kids).  Bobbie is the instructor and she is great.  She stays on land so you can see all of the moves and she wears a microphone.  I really appreciated all of the exercises since my knowledge in strength training has improved since I last took the class.  I liked pushing my self with the water resistance and I got a great workout.  Boy, have I missed the water.  I think I am going to add this to my Friday routine.  It especially fit after the Thursday afternoon BOSU Sculpt class soreness.

Next up: day with the family tomorrow (hopefully outside since we are expecting 65 and no rain!)

 Posted by at 9:47 PM
Apr 292011
1/2c oatmeal, 1c peaches, 1c milk, cinnamon, 1T cashew butter
Morning Snack
handful of nuts
tortilla w/banana, honey
sausage/cheese/sauce tortilla
Afternoon Snack
cheese stick
few CSA corn chips
peppers, onions, mushrooms, small bit of chicken/tomato
corn chips
(fajita style)
Late Snack
piece of honey wheat bread, drizzle of honey & cinnamon
 Posted by at 9:35 PM

The kids and I had a relaxing day at home.  We had lots of wind today and a “brown out” which basically meant that everything worked, but was dim.  We had full power by dinner time. WHEW.

I spent most of the day cooking.  I made dinner for a friend (and us) at the same time.  Sweet potato casserole, cornmeal crusted chicken tenders, and my favorite – Honey Whole Wheat rolls/bread.  It was busy for sure.

After nap time, we headed to the JCC so I could take the BOSU class.  Today was tough.  Some weeks I feel like my balance on the BOSU is better and other days it’s horrible.  Today, it was horrible.  I think a lot of it is dependent on how firm the BOSU is.  I’m not good at picking one out yet.

There is one exercise that I need to ask about.  It involves lightly tapping your one foot on the ground when your other food it planted on the middle of the BOSU.  I can’t seem to lightly tap and it is going to cause planter fasciitis if I don’t figure out a good subsitute until I am better at the exercise.  I’ve had several bouts of planter fasciitis and I hope that I am not getting another.  My right food is sore tonight.

Overall, I had a great workout.  I did some of the exercises on the ground when the BOSU was too much and I’m ok with that.  I like that I am comfortable modifying the exercises to my level as needed.

Next up: cardio in the AM

 Posted by at 9:24 PM
1/2c oatmeal, 1c milk, 1c peaches, 1T cashew butter, cinnamon
Morning Snack
tortilla w/honey and banana
salad w/blue cheese, lettuce (2 kinds), green pepper, mushroom, wheat berries, chicken breast, drizzle of honey
Afternoon Snack
hot of the over honey whole wheat dinner roll
cornmeal crusted chicken tenders
fingerling potatoes
2 dinner rolls
 Posted by at 9:20 PM

I planned a cardio workout today and that plan was put into action.  I completed 30 solid high intensity minutes on the elliptical.  My legs feel great, but my arms are sore from yesterday.

Since I had a shorter workout today, I took a few minutes to clean out my purse before I picked up the kids from Kid Kare.  I found 2 lonely jelly beans in the bottom of my purse.  I’ve been trying to not eat refined sugar or white flour since Monday, so, I tossed the jelly beans in the nearest trash can.  Spiced jelly beans are superb, but these were not in my plan.  It was a nice victory.

After we left the JCC, the kids and I dodged the rain drops and made a trip to Whole Foods.  Nick was disappointed because the waterfall wasn’t working.  We picked up a few items like bananas because they were actually yellow, mesa marina corn meal for corn tortillas and pepitas black bean burger recipe.

Next up: BOSU sculpt class tomorrow afternoon

 Posted by at 7:42 PM
Apr 272011
1/2c oatmeal, 1c milk, 1c peaches, cinnamon, 1T cashew butter
Morning Snack
5 cubes of cheese
1/2 whole grain tortilla
1c of filling (mostly veggies with some chicken breast)
splash of cheddar
salad w/1T blue cheese, 3T wheat berries, lettuce, peppers, mushrooms, drizzle of honey
Afternoon Snack
4 more cheese cubes
1 whole wheat home made tortilla
Late Snack
homemade tortilla w/drizzle of honey and cinnamon
 Posted by at 7:35 PM

I had my trainer workout with Chelsea today.  It’s been a week since I did weight training and 3 weeks since I trained with her.  After my long weekend off and spinning yesterday, I was tired today.  I got a good night sleep, but my body was tired.  Also, it was finally hot today.  It was already 60 degrees when we left for the JCC and the workout room was much hotter than normal as a result.

I warmed up on the elliptical for 20 minutes and almost emptied my water bottle.  I don’t ever have to refill after only 20 minutes.

The workout:

  • Lunge and Press: 10 lbs (the second half was plain lunges… tired)
  • Pliet Squat: 20 lbs (about 20)
  • Cross Body Woodchop: 10 lb ball (20 on each side)
  • Abdominal ball–>knee touch: 8 lb ball (1 minute)
  • Chest Press: 15 lbs DB (2 sets of 10-15)
  • Shoulder Press: 8 lbs DB (2 sets of 10-15)
  • Plank (minimal, I was really weak today)
  • Bicep Curl: 12 lbs (1 set of 15 against the wall to isolate the muscle)
  • Tricep Dips (I try, but can’t really do these, so we used a 15lb dumbbell and did a different triceps exercise.

When I finished with Chelsea, I did 3 sets of 10 back extensions with a 10lb plate and then stretched.  I feel pretty good now, but I am guessing I’ll be sore in the morning.

Next up: cardio workout (probably elliptical)

 Posted by at 7:48 PM
1/2c oatmeal, 1c peaches (canned with 100% apple juice from last summer), 1 heaping T of home made cashew butter, cinnamon
Morning Snack
2 slices of cheese :-( not prepared to shop hungry
cottage cheese (about 2/3c) with more peaches
Afternoon Snack
1/2 Bison burger, 1c cooked carrots, 1T blue cheese
2 whole wheat tortilla w/ ground chicken breast, lots of peppers, mushrooms and onions along with tomato and fajita seasoning, splash of cheddar
1c corn
 Posted by at 7:48 PM