Fitness Friday

Happy Friday!

I am excited it’s Friday and I’m sure you are too!  Who isn’t even happy it’s Friday?

It is supposed to be soooo hot here this weekend.  Like 106 hot!  Sheesh!  Luckily, we will be in slightly cooler weather with highs of 95 in Healdsburg.  The last half marathon I did was in Healdsburg as well and it was beautiful.  The course will be some of the same route that we did on that race so I’m looking forward to running through vineyards and enjoying a nice cool morning.  Hopefully…

Since it’s Friday, it means it’s time for another Fitness Friday post!  Unfortunately, my fitness this week sucked.  Big time.  Our half marathon is on Sunday so we were taking it easy on the exercise front.  Here’s what my super lame workout week looked like;

Sunday – walk

Monday – 4 mile run

Tuesday – 15 minute Nike Ab workout

Wednesday – 4 mile run

Thursday – rest (had good intentions of working out but no time 🙁 )

Friday – mellow 2.5 mile run

Saturday – rest

Sunday – Our half marathon, 13.1 miles!

So since my week consisted of running, choosing a favorite workout won’t be that fun.  So instead I thought I’d so something a little different.  I saw this fun fitness survey a while back on Carrots ‘n’ cake and thought it’d be fun to do it as well!

Five Fitness Things I Can’t Live Without:

  • Running
  • My elliptical
  • Foam Roller
  • Aesics Running Shoes
  • Music while working out (iphone, ipod)

Most Embarrassing Song I Listen to While Working Out:

Hmmm… right now I’d have to say it’s Call Me Maybe by         I don’t know why it’s so catchy.

Favorite Pre-Workout Snack or Meal:

Half a banana with almond butter smeared on top.

On My Fitness Bucket List:

Try Cross Fit

Complete a Mud Run

Teach a fitness class someday…

Must Have Tech Tools:

  • iphone
  • iPhone apps – Nike trainer, tabata, my fitness pal, and mapmyrun
  • Treadmill?

Top Exercise Gear:

  • Nike capris
  • Aesics running shoes
  • Nike Running shorts

Motivational Mantras:

  • The Sky is the Limit
  • Sweat is fat crying 🙂
  • Just do it.

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Next Big Exercise Goal:

Fitmixer bootcamp beginning September 10th!  So excited!

Favorite Cardio Exercise:

  • Running
  • Elliptical
  • Spinning classes
  • Cardio/core classes
  • Insantiy

Favorite Strength Moves:

  • Squats
  • Plank
  • Burpees, love to hate them!
  • Squat, curl, press

I’d love to hear what a few of your responses are!

Anything fun planned for your weekend?  I am so ready for a super fun weekend with good friends.  Tonight we have a BBQ in the Vineyards for the hubby’s work then we take off early tomorrow morning for Healdsburg!  Looking forward to a weekend packed with running, wine tasting, and spending time with my besties!

Have a great Friday!

~Giselle

Home Sweet Home

Hola Amigos!

We are back from Cabo San Lucas Mexico!

We had a wonderful time but it’s always nice to come home, especially when you miss your little Love Nugget as much as I did 🙂 It was pretty hard to leave him and I went through a lot of mixed emotions about doing so.  Would he be okay, would I be okay, would he be mad at us, what will other people think of me as a mom?  The list goes on and on.  Then I came to the realization that while it is hard to leave him behind, it is healthy for the hubby and I to have a little vacation of our own.  Plus, he was home happy and as content as could be with his Nana.  She doesn’t get to see him all that often so it’s a treat for her to get to spend some time with her only grandchild.  Thanks Nani!

So… it’s been awhile!  I have to say it felt weird not logging onto the internet daily to catch up on the blog, Facebook, Pinterest, or reading all the blogs I follow.  We could have if we wanted to but we didn’t have much time to nor did we really want to.  A vacation is a vacation right?!?

The hubby and I bought into vacation program the year before we got married.  One of our home resorts is a fairly new place in San Jose Del Cabo called Cabo Azul.

View from our balcony 🙂

San Jose is just 20 minutes from Cabo San Lucas.  This is the 2nd time we’ve vacationed there and we love it!  They really spoil you there and despite the sweltering heat, it’s pretty darn nice.  This year we invited my cousin and her BF to join us since we have a 2 bedroom villa.

It was their first time in Cabo San Lucas and I think they were a little surprised with the heat and humidity but overall had a fun time.
Who wouldn’t with this view!
Our villa has a complete kitchen too so right after checking in we headed to the grocery store to stock up on supplies.  It was a little pricey…
Just kidding!  That’s in Pesos!  Even by the end of the trip we still couldn’t get rid of that initial shock factor when you hear your drink is 200 pesos.  Which is really like $15.
Every morning I would wake up and go sit on the balcony enjoying my coffee and the view.
Then I would head to the gym where I would sweat… a lot!
After a shower and some b-fast, we would get ready for the days adventures.
One day we went to San Jose to explore the authentic little town.  We stopped into a little restaurant and had some chips, salsa and cerveza while laughing at some Mexican humor 🙂
Funny!
We also popped into a local tequila shop to do some tasting and make a purchase.  It’s fun to bring back tequila from Mexico and on this trip we invested in our own tequila barrel.
It’s pretty cool because when it’s empty you can fill it up with another tequila, whiskey or even vodka!  Plus, the shop owner did the engraving right there while we waited and played around in the shop.
I know we’re silly but they had so many interesting tequila bottles who could resist?
At night we would go out to enjoy some of the local cuisine at recommended restaurants.  Lots of yummy food!  I love me some Mexican food, but after a few meals, I was craving something fresh and healthy.  Luckily, another cousin of mine who lives in Cabo just opened a restaurant that is similar to Chipotle.  So one night we headed down to Cabo to visit with her and enjoy some “healthier” food 🙂
If you go to Cabo San Lucas make sure to stop into my cousin Bethany’s restaurat called Burrito Surf for some yummy food!
One day we indulged in the amazing spa at the resort which was the most relaxing massage I’d had in a while 🙂  Not only was the massage great, but the time spent at the spa was just what we needed.
I wish we had a picture of the boys in their robes relaxing in the spa but we missed out on seeing them.  We kept laughing though just thinking about their experience sitting in the hot tub, relaxing on the loungers, detoxing in the steam room….  After when they filled us in on the details, we were cracking up!  They kept asking “Mr. Jose,” when the girl (us) were coming to join them.  Too funny!
One of the most touristy things to do in Cabo is go out on a boat to look at the Arch.
We didn’t do this last time but we received a free sunset cruise from our resort so we decided to do it.  Even though, every time I’ve stepped foot on a boat in the ocean, I’ve gotten sea sick.  I thought I could suck it up and I had some of the patches left over from our cruise so I planned to use one.  However, after putting it on I started to feel sick so I removed it and took a Dramamine instead.  While I didn’t get as sick as I’ve gotten in the past, it still happened.  Luckily for me, it didn’t hit me until we had only an hour left on our cruise.  Unfortunately for my poor cousin, it hit her soon after we took off.  We still managed to take a few pictures and enjoy the cruise as much as we could 🙂
All in all we had a really fun time on our trip and will be heading back in the future for sure!  I think the next time we’ll take the Love Nugget along as well 🙂
Now, back to laundry.   That’s one of the things I hate the most about coming home from a long vacation 🙁

Mimosa???? Yes please!

We had a great Sunday over here!

My cousin and one of my dear friends came over for brunch.  I made mini egg fritattas and “tried” to make a new muffin recipe.

 

The muffins didn’t turn out, but luckily my wonderful cousin brought a scone mix that I threw together.  It’s always a bummer when something you cook doesn’t turn out.  Oh well!  We also had some yummy fruit and mimosa’s!    The love nugget ate an omelet and some sweet potatoes while we enjoyed our food.  Perfect brunch for a nice sunny Sunday morning.

I made two different kinds of fritattas today.  One had sautéed zucchini, green onions, jerusalum artichokes, red bell peppers and cheddar cheese.  The other had sautéed asparagus, mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese.  Both were yummy!

Mini Frittatas

3 whole eggs and 8 egg whites

2 tbsp milk or non dairy milk

1-2 cups of sautéed vegetables such as zucchini, onions, bell peppers, asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli etc.

1 cup of grated cheddar cheese or 1 cup of crumbled goat cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly spray muffin tins with cooking spray.  Add sautéed veggies evenly into muffin tins and top with cheese.  In a bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, milk, salt and pepper.   Pour eggs evenly over vegetables and bake for 25-30 minutes.

After everyone left we cleaned up, did some meal planning for the week, made the hubby some granola bars and made a batch of  wheat thins.  I found some cute little cookie cutters the other day at Hobby Lobby so I used them to cut out some wheat thins for the love nugget.  Cute!

The hubby said this batch turned out a little better than the last batch.  Pretty close to real wheat thins!

 

I tried out a new granola bar recipe for the hubby and it turned out to be good!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Granola Bars 

3/4 cup raw Almonds

3/4 cup raw walnuts

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

3 pitted chopped dates

1/3 cup agave nectar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Put almonds and walnuts into the food processor and pulse until chopped but chunky.  Add in dates and pulse a few more times.  Pour nut and date mixture into a mixing bowl and add in the rest of the ingredients.  Mix well then pour into a parchment lined loaf baking dish.  Press evenly and pop into the fridge for at least an hour to set.  Slice then wrap individually and keep refrigerated.

When the hubby got home from snowboarding we took the fam to the dog park.  Home just in time for the love nugget’s dinner and bath.   He and I both have been loving steamed baby carrots so we had a lot of those tonight 🙂

For dinner I had left over cauliflower pizza and the hubby had beef burgers.  Pretty low key night.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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