Monthly Archives: September 2011

Monday Monday

Hello all!

I hope everyone is having a good start to the week.

My Monday off consisted of

A kind of failed attempt at protein pancakes. I’m in love with the flavor but need to work on the texture (recipe coming when I’ve worked out the kinks)

House cleaning – kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms all got hit.

Strength training at the gym.

Taking this one on a park adventure. She’s not a pup anymore and totally tired herself out so she’s currently snoring away at 4 pm like an old lady.

Now I’m watching the premiere episode of Ellen (woo!) and waiting for my lovebug to get out of class so we can meet up with some friends for dinner and a concert.

Hopefully it’s not too late of a night, this party animal has a core conditioning class at the a**crack of dawn 5am tomorrow.

Have a lovely evening!

Anyone have a protein pancake recipe to share?


Sunday Funday



I’m loving the way the Ravens looked on the field today! (35-7 against the Steelers!!!) Next up Tennessee Titans!

Started the day with a super filling egg/egg white scamble with the last hunk of Grain Goodness

Delicious 🙂

Ended up at Borders and picked up this book which should hopefully be a helpful read as I navigate the blogging/social media world.

Just some light reading

Ate some always delicious orange chicken with steamed rice while watching the Ravens own the Steelers and drinking some zesty Gruner Veltliner and a couple of hard apple ciders.

Now for the weekly wrap up:

Got one strength session and one yoga class in this week as far as fitness goes and stuck to some clean eats for the most part (without any pictures … I’m researching new cameras for a B-day present to myself :D) It’s really hard (but definitely worth the effort I need to put in) to keep on track with my health and fitness goals while working the crazy hours required from my job.

For the next week I plan to stick to my clean eating (with more pictures), catch up on sleep, and incorporate vitamins/supplements (which should hopefully help with my recent lack of energy).

Fitness plan of attack for the week!

Monday: NROLW1A

Tuesday: Core Conditioning at the Y

Wednesday: NROLW1B

Thursday: Yoga at the Y

Friday: NROLW1A

Saturday: Cycle at the Y

Sunday: Yoga at home

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Next up for Sunday football Cowboys vs Jets!

I want to try and keep the blog a happy place but let’s all take time to remember the victims and heroes of 9/11. Ten years later and we will always remember.

Who else is savoring victories with their favorite NFL teams?

Back in Action


Has it really been 4 days since my last post? I guess time flies when you have pink eye/work 12 hour shifts are having fun.

I was quarantined on Thursday for a little case of conjunctivitis… but that’s all cleared up so I’ve been at work for the past couple of days selling wine to the masses.

I’ve got a couple adventures planned for the day then I’ll have a weekly wrap up post later tonight.

In the meantime I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday!



Good morning all!

I had an awesome time stretching it out in yesterday’s yoga class. It was an all levels class so the instructor demonstrated varying levels for several poses making me feel really in charge of my practice. I listened to my body and focused more on stretching my hips and hamstrings.

It was a late night last night – I just couldn’t seem to fall asleep and then had some trouble staying asleep.

With poor sleep and a full day ahead of me I opted to make a hearty breakfast and pack some healthy snacks/meals for the day instead of getting in my 2nd weights session of the week.

A repeat but sooo good

A saute of 1egg, 2 egg whites, kale with a chunk of grain goodness smeared with apricot preserves.

I know that I’ll have time (and hopefully energy) to lift before a spin class tomorrow so I don’t feel guilty about rescheduling. I used to be pretty rigid about sticking to my workout plan in college; come hell or high water I would get to that gym if I had planned a workout that day.

With a job scheduled around shifts and varying hours (hello midnight  or later bedtime…) I know that my workout plan is always a work in progress and I shouldn’t beat myself up for shuffling around my gym times. I should be proud of my intentions and efforts.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

Are you super strict about sticking to a workout/training plan or do you allow for some flexibility?

Labor Day Feast and Yoga Love

Good Morning!

Hope everyone had a restful holiday and is ready to tackle the week.

My family and I ended up with an amazing fajita feast with all the trimmings.

Fajita goodness 🙂

Grilled flank steak with grilled veggies and home made guac and home made rice and beans

Even though I was crazy full after that plate, I went out to Frisco’s tap house here in Columbia to meet a few friends.

Forgot my camera so no pictures but I enjoyed my first pumpkin beer of the season 😀 Southern Tier’s Pumpking is like pumpkin pie in a glass (or goblet which it was served in last night) And then shared an orange cranberry bread pudding served with cranberry compote and creme anglaise. I wasn’t too big on the texture of this bread pudding (way too thick) but I loved the compote and how it reminded me of Thanksgiving.

Now I’m up and at ’em with a tasty bowl oats to fuel me through my first yoga class in …. I don’t even know how long.

TJ’s steel cut oats

organic skim milk


Fuji apple

cinnamon sprinkle

I’m doing the work thing tonight so I’ll get at you in the morning. Have a wonderful day!

Anyone else loving the pumpkin flavors for fall? Cannot wait for it to be socially acceptable to make pumpkin pie or my favorite pumpkin swirl cheesecake.

Black Bean Brownies

You read that title correctly; there are black beans in these brownies. With all of the savory cookout fare, here is a little something sweet to end the meal. I personally am a fan of rich thick fudgy style of brownies and these hit all of those notes.

I found the recipe in an old copy of Women’s Running and thought I would play around in the kitchen today.

Love all of the girl power inspiration!

Rocco DiSpirito’s Healthy Fudge Brownies

These brownies are so deliciously decadent no one will notice the extra dose of protein and fiber from the black beans. Warm it up and add some tasty vanilla ice cream. (I made some tweaks to the original recipe and noted those in red)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 25 minutes

15 oz canned black beans

1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder

1tsp espresso powder (used about 1 oz of coffee leftover from this morning)

3/4 c liquid egg substitute

3 Tbs whole wheat pastry flour (used whole wheat AP flour)

3/4 c agave nectar (used local honey)

1 Tbs unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

Also added cinnamon and pecans

Preheat oven to 350 F and spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray

Drain and rinse black beans

Combine the beans, cocoa powder, espresso powder, egg, and flour in food processor

Process until smooth, scraping down the bowl half way thorugh

Add agave, butter, and vanilla (sprinkled in some cinnamon too)

Process until all ingredients are combined

Pour batter into baking dish (garnished with chopped pecans, but any nut will do)

Bake for 10 minutes turn dish then bake for another 10 minutes

Turn oven down to 300F and bake for another 5 minutes

When you do the toothpick test it shouldn’t come out clean, but instead with a little bit of batter still clinging

Let the brownie cool completely in the pan

Cut into 12 squares and enjoy!

Nutrition stats (as original recipe) 110 Kcal 1.5 g Fat 24 g Carb 3g Fiber 4 g Protein (wow!)

Overall recipe success! I probably would have used espresso powder because I didn’t really get a lot of coffee flavor just using coffee. My family was understandably wary of a beloved taco component somehow making its way into the brownie batter but they were fans. Fudgy black bean brownies for the win! Now if only I had some ice cream..

Move it Monday

Hello all!

Holy crowded gym Batman! I guess everyone’s trying to get their sweat on before Labor Day festivities.

I did another weightlifting session from the NROL4W. As a gym newbie I usually stuck with the ellipitical and weight machines not even thinking about stepping into the free weights area. After reading this book I felt like I knew the why and how to change my body.

The writers for the NROL4W layout an easy to follow plan to get you into lifting (and lifting heavy) with confidence. Divided into stages, alternating between a workout A and workout B, you can choose to lift either 2 or 3 times a week depending on your schedule. I enjoy that I can push myself with weights but not feel so wiped out that I can’t incorporate running and spinning.

Workout plan for the week includes

Tuesday – Yoga

Wednesday – NROL1B

Thursday – Spin

Friday – NROL1A

Saturday – Spin

Breakfast was not the prettiest but a tasty mix of kale, zucchini, 1 egg, and 2 egg whites smothered in ketchup 🙂

Now I’m off to cook & bake up a storm for some Labor Day feasting!

Any fans of the NROL4W program? Any other fitness books worth checking out?


Sorry for being MIA the last couple of days. It’s been a marathon couple of days at work. I’m proud that I was able to get 2 decent gym sessions in not too proud of this weekend’s eats :/ (too many late night fried foods)

Back tomorrow with an insanely fudgey (somehow good for you) brownie and some deets about the NROL4W workout plan I’m following.

Happy Sunday!