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WIAW #14

Hellooo! It’s What I Ate Wednesday! Let’s get to it 🙂 Also a big thanks to Jen for hosting the partayyy over at peasandcrayons.com every week!

breakfast: a tone it up protein pancake with blueberry green tea slim life yogi tea on the side

Recipe found here 😉

This recipe is from Toneitup.com, my most recent obsession. It is a fitness/food blog by two friends, Karena and Katrina, both certified Personal Trainers and have designed their own nutrition plan and workout videos (a lot are free on their youtube channel). I absolutely love them! I heard about them in a Self magazine a few months ago and just recently started checking out their blog. They are such an inspiration (check out Katrina’s body transformation), are so genuine and have really helped motivate me to work for that beach bod I’ve always wanted. You should check out their blog if you haven’t already! They post free workout videos, recipes, motivational quotes, weekly check-ins, etc. They also have a store where they sell cute tank tops, lunch boxes, stickers…andddd they just launched their line of Beach Babe bathing suits (SOO cute! Right now they don’t sell sizes separately, so when they do, I will be ordering one…or two!)

crazy cute

or this one! and they’re reversible!

lunch: a yummy salad from Pluto’s with spinach, garbonzos, kidney beans, cukes, broccoli, mango, strawberries and almonds. with whole wheat bread!

A day full of shopping ensued…

kristin and i decided to go out on a limb and try on lipstick at the MAC counter (i never wear lipstick!). i am wearing their matte lipstick called “ruby woo” and she is wearing “creme de nude.” i ended up buying the red!! i can see a makeup tutorial in the near future..

After shopping (I bought the red lipstick and some cute jean shorts from Urban Outfitters), Kristin and I rushed home because we wanted to make it to a workout class at our gym called Chizzled. I snacked on a few grapes before dashing out the door.

Chizzled was a great workout! We did lots of squats and pushups. I’m feelin in already and I love it! We both ran 1 mile on the treadmill afterwards but were too tired to do any more :p.

dinner: ezekiel wrap with hummus, half a homemade black bean burger (recipe being perfected!), cukes, home grown sprouts, red bell peps, avocado, spinach, and baby kale. with a pink lady apple on the side and lots of H2O!!

After din, I hung out with two friends from high school, Alexis and Sheeva but we were too busy catching up on each other’s lives that we didn’t end up following through with our plans of watching Project X and eating popcorn with chocolate chips (our faveee). Oh well! Missin the rest of the fab five though, Hannah and Jordan who need to come home!!!

Questions of the day:

What’s your favorite red lipstick? Or nude? I would love to try out some cheap drugstore brands too!

What was the best thing you ate today?

xoxo,

Kara

p.s. I also noticed that I ate vegan today completely unintentionally! Maybe I am a true vegan at heart…

father’s day!

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. School is finally over so I have more time to devote to the blog and I am excited about it! Although I will be attending summer school, I’m hoping to be able to blog more frequently and often!!!!! I missed you guys :)!

I had a great weekend spent with family. Father’s day was memorable and might just have to be repeated next year! My Nana Min came to visit all the way from Seattle, Washington so we took her on a hike near South Lake Tahoe to a scenic spot at Wood’s Lake.

Our day consisted of….

hangin with the best dad ever

the stylish cookie dog posing for the camera

eating my fave new chips, which are gluten free too!

preeeetty views

pictures with nana!

balancing on treacherous logs

a visit to Sorensen’s in Hope Valley for dinner!

relaxing in a hammock at Sorensen’s resort after a long day of hiking

devouring dinner… Chicken, corn-on-the-cob, dill potato salad, and green salad with an amazing basil vinaigrette

AND of course, dessert. Sorensen’s famous mixed berry cobbler!

it was a great day!!!

I LOVE YOU DAD!!!!

xoxo

Kara

spin workout!

Hi friends! Hope you all had a wonderful and rejuvenating weekend 🙂

Lately, I’ve been on a making-up-my-own-cardio-spin-routines kick. It’s so fun! I either listen to a workout playlist from 8tracks.com (which I am obsessed with) or shuffle through my workout tunes on my iPod. Here is one I came up with for you guys to try out! It’s an hour long, fat-blasting, booty-burning workout that I promise you won’t regret! Let me know if you do it!!

Little Secrets – warm up @ 8 (or an easy/medium pace) with 70 rpm

Hit the Lights – maintain that warm up pace and then alternate an all-out sprint every other 30 seconds

Work Out – turn up the resistance so much that you must pedal out of the saddle; every other minute, lean forward with a flat back to burn that bootay!

Dancing with Avicii – sprint entire thing & catch your breath for a minute at the slow part of the song (2:00-3:00)

Marry the Night – run out of the saddle at 15 for 1:15, sit down and climb at 16 for 1:15, then sprint rest of the song at 10 (1:25)

Send Me on My Way – climb at 15

Something Good Can Work – sprint until 2 minutes have been up, then alternate pushing and pulling with one leg (pedal with only using the force from the right leg, do 20 rotations then switch legs and repeat until the end of the song)

Walking on a Dream – mountain sprints: climb in saddle at 14-16, do four pedal rotations in the saddle, then jump out of saddle and sprint out 4 rotations at the same resistance, alternate during the entire song

Dubsex – rest & drink some water, you’re almost done!!

Eyes on Fire – climb in saddle at 16, increase resistance by one every minute

Titanium – easy sprint entire way at 9

Lose Control – climb in saddle at 14 until the first chorus (~4o seconds), during each chorus do booty jumps out of the saddle: two pedal rotations standing up when she says “shake,” lean forward while holding abs in to work your butt at “wind,” stand up for “and roll” (each word gets 2 pedal rotations), sprint at 2:15 when the guy is rapping & go back to booty jumps or climbing in the saddle

We Found Love – at 10 sprint the chorus

Wild Heart – climb at 16, sprint in saddle at same resistance during chorus

Gotta Be You – warm down and stretch!

That last song is by my latest obsession, British boy-band cuties, One Direction! I think I may be seeing them live in June!!! I’m so excited, it seems to me boy-bands are making a comeback!

 

This lady cracks me up…I don’t think she could’ve described One Direction any better…hahah!

 

peace & love,

Kara

WIAW #9

Hi sweet thangs!

Hope you all had a fantabulous Wednesday!!!

Mine started out like this…

coconutty chocolate oatmeal

In the pot went 1/3 c oats, 1 cup water, 1/2 banana, 1 heaping T cocoa powder, 1 tsp coconut oil, and cinnamon. I proceeded to top it with unsweetened coconut shavings, strawberries and raw almonds.

purty food

Then I was off to zee gym to get some sweatin on! I made up this workout which was adapted from the Tone It Up girl’s Bikini Max Burn workout (love them btw, check them out if you haven’t!):

20 jumping jacks

10 burpees

20 walking lunges (a lung on each leg counts for one)

30 jumping jacks

20 burpees (OMG kill me)

30 walking lunges

5 minute cardio (I ran on the treadmill at speed 7 for all of these)

10 pushups (no girly ones!)

10 tricep dips

20 walking lunges

5 min cardio

20 second plank (go directly into the next thing without collapsing on the floor in between ;))

20 tummy tucks (bring knee to the outside of your chest to work your obliques, doing the same for the other side = one rep)

5 min cardio

20 bicycle crunches (each side counts for one)

5 min cardio

[insert relaxing yoga class taught by my momma]

After, I did the Itty Bitty Bikini Workout by the Tone It Up girls (found here) and ran for 5 minutes to finish up my awesome workout!

YAY for sweating.

That intense workout made this girl hungryyyy for lunch. I decided to make a “healthy tostada.”

whole wheat tortilla heated on the skillet + brown rice...

then a layer of each: black beans + sauteed celery, onion and carrots + sprouts & cucumber...

topped with chopped spinach, avocado, sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast!

Seriously so good. I wished I had a whole other one to devour, but that thing filled me up! The only downside was that it was hard to eat, I basically ate it like a salad and ripped off pieces of tortilla.

Next on the agenda: time to hunt for the perfect Christmas tree! My dad, sister and I had one of these on our way to the Christmas tree farm:

 

soo good. get these.

(source)

And once I was home, I whipped up a little snacky snack.

plain greek yog with cinnamon & walnuts and an apple for dippage!

Later came some oven drama…my oven at home is broken and won’t be fixed for 4 weeks!! Ahhh that means NO BAKING?! No christmas cookies?!! 😦 I will find a way…

And finally dinner! Made by moiii.

Mediterranean Quinoa

serves 4

Ingredients:

1 c quinoa (I used TJ’s red quinoa)

olive oil spray (or EVOO, we were out)

1/2 sweet onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, crushed

4 baby portobello mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

1 package savory tofu

1/2 c cherry tomatoes

3 big handfuls spinach

medium stalk fresh rosemary

handful of chopped basil

2 small heads broccoli

1/4 c sun-dried tomatoes

zest from 1/2 a lemon

juice from 1/2 lemon

1/8 tsp cayenne

1/2 c crazy feta or regular feta

1/4c toasted pine nuts

1/3 c kalamata olives, halved

whatcha need!

Directions:

Bring 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan, then let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the quinoa has fluffed up and there is barely any water left. Set to the side. Spray a large frying pan with olive oil spray and saute onions and garlic on medium-high heat until somewhat transparent. Add the mushrooms and tofu stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes or until the mushrooms look tender. Next, throw in the basil, rosemary leaves, handfuls of spinach and cherry tomatoes. Cover and let sit while you go on with the next step. With the saucepan of quinoa you set aside, add about 1/3 cup water plus the broccoli florets, cover and steam over medium heat until the broccoli is a bright green. Stir your sauteed veggies, watching until the tomatoes are soft and the spinach has wilted. Transfer the quinoa and broccoli into a bigger bowl. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, lemon zest, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, feta, pine nuts, olives and finally, when ready, the sauteed veggies. Mix it all up and serve!

the finished product! yummmy

Chocolate cravings ensued…

UM EWWWWW

Okay well, I have some explaining to do, but the result was DELICIOUS I SWEAR!

I’ve heard about chocolate pudding made with avocados in the blogging world but have never found the courage to try it! Tonight was the night. It was a success and a perfect way to satisfy a chocolate craving!

Chocolate Almond Pudding

serves 1-3 people (depending on how much chocolate goodness you’re craving! warning: it is very rich though)

Ingredients:

the meat of 1 ripe avocado

4 heaping T cocoa

1/2 t vanilla

1 T almond butter

4 T maple syrup or agave

couple shakes cinnamon

~1/2 c water (add in at the end if you’d like it to be less thick)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a food processor except for the water. If your pudding is too think, add the water in slowly. Keep blending until it’s completely smooth! This only takes a few minutes! Enjoy!

such a transformation!

topped with frozen blubes and mangoes!

The above was enjoyed while decorating the Christmas tree and dancing to Christmas music! Am I the only one who has memorized Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt (and plays it on repeat)?!

xoxox,

kara

 

 

 

WIAW + goin swimmin!

Hello lovelies!

We’re already halfway through the week, can you believe it?!

I don’t have class until 2 on Wednesdays, so I appreciated the 12 hours of sleep that awaited me! (I went to bed at 1 am…which is actually kinda early compared to how late I’ve been going to sleep lately. I tend to turn into a night owl when I’m off at college.) I got up at 1 pm, and in my defense, I needed it! I felt well rested and ready for the day. And I didn’t feel like I could fall asleep in any of my classes. Success.

For breakfast?….lunch…okay, BRUNCH I had:

plain greek yogurt with cinnamon, chopped up organic fuji apple (omg love), and a crumbled up flavor and fiber bar! peach detox tea on the side because it's simply delicious, anddd i feel like my body could use a detox from this weekend.

cinnamon raisin flava! i used to get these all the time in high school and i loved them, so when i saw them at nugget it was an instinctive purchase!

nutrition facts! and did you know that you would have to eat 3 kashi tlc chewy granola bars to equal how much fiber is in this baby?! plus it's pretty low in calorie...only 130! eating 3 kashi bars would be 3 times 140...i don't feel like doing the math..but that's A LOT! the only downfall to these are that they're more pricey than kashi.

daily inspiration from my yogi tea! "our thoughts are forming the world." wow that's deep.

Then I went to class from 2-4, planned on working out, but I think I tweaked my back running the other day so I decided to go swim laps in our apartment complex’s pool! Swimming is the best exercise for those who have injuries…and it burns up calories in no time!

But first, I had a bite to eat.

stir fried veggies & quinoa in sesame oil and braggs liquid aminos.

Then it was swimmin time! I haven’t swam in soooo long, I’m ashamed. I’ve been on a swim team ever since I was 8, and literally lived in the water. It felt so good to get back into it! My wonderful and hilarious friend, Kirsten, joined me. We had a bit of a problem of chatting too much in between sets…but we’ll work on that ;).

some synchronize swimming caught on camera. lovesya creeper amy!

Moving on…

When I came home from class earlier, I tenderized some chicken (put it in a ziploc and hit it with the bottom of a frying pan..what poor college students do when they can’t afford a meat tenderizer), seasoned it with s&p, and marinated it for about 3 hours.

before mixing it all together.

Basil & Parmesan Marinade

inspired by How Sweet It Is

 

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thawed

1/4 c olive oil

2 T balsamic vinegar

1 T dried basil

1 t dried mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 T parmesan cheese (I used TJ’s shaved parmesan but any kind will work)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a large ziploc bag and refrigerate for 2-24 hours. Once you’re ready to cook, preheat your oven to 350 and set a skillet coated in olive oil to medium heat and cook chicken for 3 minutes on each side. The chicken should not be completely cooked all the way through. Place chicken in an oven safe dish and bake for about 10 minutes, or until it is no longer pink on the inside.

half a chicken breast (holyyyy yumm) and some sauteed broccoli - with earth balance and s&p!

I later had an unpictured banana with almond butter as a study snack and now I’m sippin on some Good Earth tea! What a day of delicious and homemade eats!

Kisses,

Kara

 

 

studyin hiatus!

HOLAAAA!

So happy the first round of midterms are over! Celebrations ensued..

blow tha whistle.

the loves of my life.

There was some running, dancing, and Insanity workout video doing…

my new kicks ordered from nordys!

Don’t forget cooking, baking, and most importantly…. eating!

chef amy

chef elana

mmm cookie dough balls before going in the oven

fluffy sugar cookies with chocolate chips, pb chips & sprinkles! made by elana and amy as a study snack.

caramelized pecan banana bread - recipe coming!

oatmeal made with 1/2 c oats, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, ~1/4 c milk (coconut), ~1/4 c water, and a couple generous shakes of cinnamon. cooked for 2 minutes in the micro, with strawberries, coconut butter and cacao bliss on top! <-- i couldn't finish it all, it was too rich! next time i'm just going to use either coconut butter or cacao bliss.

bluberry, banana & spinach smoothie with cacao nibs and chia seeds on top!

OOOOH! And I got some samples in the mail! I seriously LOVE getting mail, I used to get so excited when I was younger and got a letter in the mail (I still do!) If you want to make me really happy, send me something in the mail ;).

purchases from iHerb! sunwarrior vanilla protein powder, liquid vanilla stevia, and stevia baking blend.

nativas naturals sent me these to try!

trail mix with mulberries (first time trying them! they are the golden pine cone looking things), goji berries, raw cashews, goldenberries and cacao nibs. this is a unique mix and a little different from your usual trail mix, but it grew on me and i'm definitely going to buy this again!

power snacks - little squares of on-the-go deliciousness. made with dates, chia seeds, sesame seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds, cacao, goji, maca, lucuma, and camu-camu powder. all of which are superfoods and natural!

cacao nibs! yummm! not as sweet as chocolate chips, but healthier 😉 perfect for sprinkling on yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, etc.

Thanks for all the awesome samples Nativas Naturals!

It’s big/ little week for the new girls in my sorority, so I’m off to deliver my little her present for today (a candy message board)! She won’t find out it’s me until the end of this week. Secrets shhh!

Lovesya

Kara

WIAT!

Hey guys!

Sorry I decided not to do WIAW because my eats yesterday consisted of asian stir fry with tofu and fro yo…and i think a piece of toast thrown in there somewhere. That is all, it was quite boring.

So instead I’ve decided to do a What I Ate Thursday! Hope that’s okay with y’all ;).

I got up this morning at 8. Looked outside, it was raining. I like the rain, but not when you have to bike to class. BLEH.

I tried to persuade myself to ditch class and go back to sleep because I was soooo tired (I went to bed at 2 am, remind me to never do that again when I have early class) and sitting in class completely drenched sounded awful.

Then I thought about the samples of About Time protein powder that I received, and I jumped out of bed in excitement. Seriously, who gets excited over protein powder? That’s right, I do.

vanilla it is!

100% natural ingredients, 1 scoop is 103 calories with 25 g of protein! it's made with stevia too!

What to make? What to make?! I decided in a hurry (already missed the bus, soaking wet biking was my only other choice) on Cookie Dough in a Bowl!

You want the recipe? Okay fiiiiiine.

Cookie Dough in a Bowl

adapted from The Fitnessista

serves 1

Ingredients:

1/3 c oats

1/2 scoop protein powder (I used About Time Vanilla <– SO good!)

a few shakes of cinnamon

a splash of vanilla extract

half a smooshed banana (or sweetner like stevia, honey, agave)

1-2 tbsp nut butter of choice (I totally forgot this today! GRR)

milk (any kind will work, I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk) or you could use yogurt

toppings (the possibilities are endless: fresh fruit, more peanut butter, nuts, seeds, coconut, dried cranberries, chocolate chips…the more creative, the better!)

Directions:

Mix first 5 ingredients in a bowl and then add milk until consistency resembles cookie dough. Add desired toppings!

cookie dough in a bowl with strawberries and chia seeds

Well, I made it to class. I lucked out, it was only sprinkling on my way to and from campus. Woot woot!

For a mid-morning snack I enjoyed this lil guy.

lululululuunaaa bar lovin

chocolate dipped coconut. sooo pweettty. soo deliciouss.

Then my momma came to visit and we went to Cafe Bernardo! Mmmm I will definitely be going back there. They have theeee best breakfast burrito but this was the first time I’ve been there for lunch!

salad sampler. perfect for indecisive people like me!

Clockwise from the right: mixed greens, cucumber & cherry tomato salad, and thai chicken noodle salad. They were each so unique I really couldn’t tell you which was my favorite. But then again, I’ve never met a salad I didn’t like.

After some veggin out and getting homework done, I had a few pieces of my new fave, FROZEN MANGO.

my crack.

I worked out (did a HIIT workout on the treadmill for 20 minutes, and a HIIT workout on the stationary bike for another 20 minutes). Laid down and cried, and then did a mini arms and abs set. Like really mini. It was 20 tricep dips, 20 pushups (non girly), and 2 one minute planks.

Dinna timeee!

the goods.

I sauteed some spinach and TJ’s Asian Stir Fry mix in some sesame oil and Bragg’s liquid aminos.

I had salmon marinating in TJ’s Island Soyaki sauce overnight so I popped that into the oven with some chopped up fresh ginger (chopped is a lie, they were more like big chunks…we don’t have a grater so I had to make do) at 350 for about 25 minutes.

such a good dinner! i was proud of myself. notice the huge chunks of ginger? i hate that word. chunks. ew.

Mmmm such a good day of eats! Now I’m off to relax some more and chat with the roomies.

Until next timeee! Hope you had a fantastical day 🙂

Muah,

Kara