MIMM: The beginning of fall

Today’s MIMM is significant – it’s the first of a new season [of my life]. I’ve looked forward to the fall after a crazy summer of parties, making friends, and miscellaneous adventures. It’s not all going away, but it’ll be calmer.

I updated to the MARVELOUS iOS 7. I like it. 🙂

My weekend kicked off with MARVELOUS pole dancing class on Friday night. I could climb the pole, even for a little bit. The only awkward part was the “free dance” during the last 5 minutes of class when everyone seemed to have something prepared.

Saturday morning, I met up with Rebecca for a MARVELOUS hike.

Turnbull Canyon was just down the road from her and we could see all the way to the ocean and parts of Downtown L.A.

Part of the hike gives a view of Rose Hills, a extravagant… cemetery?

The hike was an easy 3.5 miles and ended with a tagged up water tower.

I went to The Hat for the first time. I had no idea what it was, and when it was mentioned, I thought they were wanting to buy a real hat…

I got the pastrami sandwich on wheat, ate half and saved the rest.

Saturday night, I finally ventured to Newport Beach and the MARVELOUS SOL Cocina. I cannot believe this was my first time. Their drinks were fresh and really good – I had a farm fresh margarita (pictured) and a vanilla bean infused pineapple martini. I also shared a MARVELOUS hot & raw tropical ceviche that came with sweet potato chips… because wow, how could I resist??!

This was my outfit of the night. I committed to buying this dress and figure I should wear it more. It’s a tough one to pull off with the stripes though.

First MARVELOUS day of fall was quite sunny here:

First stop, the swap meet for some nail polish strips.

Then MARVELOUS Sunday morning yoga and an attempt at pumpkin oatmeal protein pancakes. I came out with just one pancake intact though.

I went to the World Market because I wanted some fall inspiration and chocolate.

I’ve baked a bit more lately and force have my students try them. I made garbanzo bean blondies from Chocolate Covered Katie/Kitchen Queen Eats Clean‘s challenge on Facebook. The batter was thick but came out good. I still like these tofu brownies better.

I also made Elana’s Pantry’s Paleo bread that the Fitnessista was raving about. This was easy to make and delicious!

Sunday Funday concluded with doing my cousin and my nails. We used those MARVELOUS nail polish strips. My pattern choice doesn’t look as nice… I hope these are better for my nails than gel nails.

And “Dexter.” Goodbye friend. 😦

What are you looking forward to this fall? Have you made your fall bucket list?

Winded (LiveFit Week 5 Recap)

Wind speeds hit 30 mph and I was almost blown away as I carried some flat boxes.

Without an alarm, I was up at 8 A.M. It took me an hour to get out of bed for a simple breakfast: 1/2 c cottage cheese with strawberries and 1/2 banana.

Then I went to the Japanese market and Mother’s Market before I got hungry again. I decided to head home to make Joy the Baker’s whole wheat honey and goat cheese drop biscuits.

I picked up beef for “lunch” and made a faux pho.

Mom and I also perused Costco. It was packed!

We all sat around the house till I started baking more and preparing meals for the next few days.

I made Dr. Oz’s peanut butter oatmeal cookies, without sugar!

I have a couple of long days coming up so I made yogurt-marinated chicken, hard boiled eggs, and cooked up veggie sausage.

After yesterday’s workout, I needed a rest day. I wasn’t feeling extremely well, probably because of the weather. The weather didn’t get tons better but at least no rain. Sunshine and walking around made me feel better.

LiveFit Week 5 Recap
Tomorrow begins LiveFit Day 36. 5 weeks down! Wow. I’m amazed everyday at how long I’ve held on. I’m pretty good at completing workouts though.

Adding cardio was scary the first couple of days. I did TurboKick on Monday and the elliptical on Tuesday but changed it up with the stairs climber and running. I split cardio between the two to keep it interesting. Surprisingly, I enjoyed running! What?

I felt sore all week. This was the same as last time, but the soreness subsided on repeat weeks.

I liked working out in the afternoon for leg day when I can. I just needed some coffee to get me pumped.

Workouts ended up being longer, but I’m okay with that. I liked sweating it out but being limited to 30 minutes.

Part of my enjoyment was because I tried a new gym. Unfortunately, I will not be using it this week. The gym was great especially for shoulders and chest and arms. I prefer my usual gym for legs because though I like loading machines, it’s A LOT of work. I’m also excited to see the A.M. gym regulars. Though the crowd and fewer machines is not so awesome.

Tomorrow is back day and I’ll remember to do pull-ups later then TurboKick. After 2 years of TurboKick, I have to admit that I like not doing it as much. Some of my pain has been alleviated.

I would like to get in some yoga, especially on Sundays. Because of this video. Amazing body, amazing practice.

And then I got sucked into “Celebrity Apprentice.” Woops.

How do you deal with windy days?
Does your body know when seasons start changing?