MIMM: 3-Day Weekend

Return of oatmeal protein pancakes, the best thing ever. I microwaved some frozen berries on top.

*I subbed Greek yogurt for cottage cheese since it wasn’t available.

Add some strawberries and you get this:

I have such a hard time digesting protein that I often need a boost from plant enzymes or just a lesser protein meal.

I do pretty good on protein most days. The next night I ate the same thing with chicken.

I relaxed by reading a few “healthy living” magazines. I used to love reading magazines but haven’t had interest in them in years.

Interesting stats from Shape Magazine.

1. Wow. Lift more. Life heavy. Just do it.
2. Change your life. Don’t diet.
3. I don’t believe in love at first sight? Do you?

ArchetypeMe says,

Yep. I’m glad I’m not an “athlete” first because I sure am competitive. On Saturday’s boot camp class, I was adamant about not lifting lighter than any of the women or men.

I am more than my body – I’m caring and creative too. 🙂

When I got home from work, my NatureBox arrived. There was a little something for everyone in the family. I liked the chocolate ginger trail mix.

Saturday was National Popcorn Day. To end my night, I had a snack of kettle style popcorn with a twist.

I slept in on Sunday before yoga. I forced my cousin to walk me there and we walked back separately.

I finally painted my nails. They were bare for a week and looked disgusting.

Followed by a ride to the beach to see the sunset. Om.

My students have finals this week so my schedule is a little out of wack but also a welcomed change.

Has anyone tried Trader Joe’s pineapple & papaya enzyme? I’m considering it after some positive and negative reviews.
What’s the most interesting stat you’ve seen lately?
How’s the weather where you’re living? Its been sunny here so we’re taking advantage!

Sunday cycling adventure

I woke up early. 7AM, which I guess in the blogger world isn’t so early but it’s early for a single girl with a job that starts later in the day. Anyhow, I didn’t get out of the house till 8AM and had Blogilates’ protein pancakes once again! I had to go out of my way to buy a banana this morning until I had a chance to head to Trader Joe’s.

And once again, I had the pancakes with some PB & J, or well Nutella since my cousin had a jar. I ate outside and fed the dog a little goat cheese. He absolutely love goat cheese.

I rode out to the beach. The ride south was tough. My eyes were stinging from the sunscreen and the sun was pretty high in the sky already! I definitely rode slower than last week.

Today’s sights included a man with two parrots on his shower, just walking around. There was also a school on the left side of the path and on the right, on the beach, was a playground and basketball courts. Fancy.

More people sat on their beach side porches this week so I peered in as I rode by. Gorgeous home especially past the first pier in Newport and towards Balboa. I didn’t make it all the way to the end of the Balboa Peninsula, but it was starting to look like a ton of houses.

I also saw the instructor I spoke of yesterday, Jamie! She was on her run in Newport Beach when I stopped and walked over to Seaside Bakery for the insides of a jalapeno ham and cheese croissant (yeah, I only eat the ham and cheese and only the bits of croissant with cheese on it!). What a co-in-ki-dink!

The ride back was even worse! It was good at first since my eyes stopped stinging, but then the wind came and I was riding super leisurely. 18 miles down for the day.

Maybe I’ll go north next week.

Thankfully, the way home was easy and I stopped by Trader Joe’s for bananas and peanut butter Puffins! They’re so much bigger than the original and cinnamon Puffins! They’re also a lot airier.

Lucky for me there was a Big 5 Sporting Goods right next door and they had a HUGE selection of women’s lifting gloves. The pair I got was $12.99 but on sale for $9.

I’m glad I didn’t order the white Valeo ones online because those were kind of odd looking in person.

(image from Amazon)

Showered now, I’m going to relax. I’ll read more of Firefly Lane, which is surprisingly easy to read and not some frilly Nicholas Sparks romance (I read those too and have been told the best book is his biography), and rent some 49 cent movies from Blockbuster (Sundays only!).

I have to get home early tonight! We’re meeting my cousin’s boyfriend and having family dinner.

Riding to the south side

Yesterday ended up being an off day. I went to get my family dim sum at our favorite place, Ten Ten Seafood in Artesia. BEST PINEAPPLE BUNS EVER!

I tried to make up for it today with Zumba in the AM, but I got there at 8:30, which was too late apparently for a 9AM class. Not only was the class full, there was a long waiting list. As I struggled to adjust the upright bike and ride a couple of minutes, I decided that I wanted to go on my long-awaited adventure: biking on the Pacific Coast.

I started by getting dropped off on Main Street Huntington Beach and proceeded to find the bike trail on the north side of the pier’s parking lot. I rode the trail south all the way to the Newport Beach Pier where I got off my bike and walked for a very short time.

Scenes (and scents) from the beach

  • Man on a unicycle
  • Man stationed in the parking lot with his keyboard, singing not so great
  • Family’s RV parked path-side with rugs on the concrete
  • Woman watching TV in front of her RV?!
  • Smell of marijuana as I passed a path-side house in Newport
  • Surfers with dirty, sandy feet
  • Reclining bikes?
  • Fishermen on the Santa Ana River
  • Dog peeing in the sand 😦
  • Joggers and bicyclists sharing the road, lots of them
  • Very large man on a small bicycle
  • Fishy smell of the ocean over in Newport

The fishiness and remembering the peeing dog as well as the fact that I was sticky and oily because I hadn’t washed my hair yet made me race home. Kind of.

I rode back to the Huntington Beach Pier and then to Trader Joe’s and then Sprouts where my mom picked me up. I was okay physically, but a tad hungry. I started my ride at 9:15AM or so and finished up at 12:30!

Breakfast was Shakeology mixed in a food container because I couldn’t find my shaker. Lunch ended up being a cooling 1/2 cup of Fage 0% yogurt with a tablespoon of warmed Creamy Reese’s PB and a serving of original Puffins!

It was a nice, relaxing ride and I hope to do it more often. Next time, I may want to head more south into Balboa and Crystal Cove.

Crystal Cove, in particular, was popular in high school and I never went. I drove by it last weekend and thought it was gorgeous. Maybe I can run if my knees permit since I do have to start training for a 5K at some point. Yes, just a measly little 5K over here. 🙂

Till then, some Theraflu – working in schools again – and “Your Highness,” which my cousin picked from the redbox last night.

(image from Movie Cultists)