April 23, 2014
by Brittney
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{WIAW} My First Two-A-Day

Happy Wednesday! As I’m typing this, I realized I totally forgot to post a recap of my past week on the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge yesterday. Oops. I’m still going strong on the challenge though, and loving trying out all the new recipes! I’ll be back next week with a full recap and another one of my favorite recipes from the past two weeks.

This weeks’ WIAW is actually a What I Ate on Monday – the day I did my first ever (unplanned) double workout as an adult. Not quite as intense as the two-a-days I did in high school for volleyball, but it definitely warranted me taking Tuesday off from working out :) .

Workout 1
I stuck to the Tone it Up schedule on this one and started my morning with 40 minutes of cardio by doing the HIIT The Beach workout from the Beach Babe DVD followed by the arm workout on the DVD. It was actually only my second time doing the DVD, but both workouts were great!
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Breakfast
Pictured above – a berry kale protein smoothie for day 21 of my smoothie challenge.

Snack
Watermelon, almonds and pita chips.

Lunch
My favorite Trader Joe’s Salad – the Field Fresh Chopped.
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Snack
Cinnabon protein smoothie and lots of water.
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Workout 2
My boyfriend asked if I wanted to go on  run in the Presidio since it was so nice out, and I decided I’d rather move Tuesday’s planned run up a day and sleep in a little on Tuesday instead. We headed to the Presidio for a little over 2 miles of views from the forest to the coast to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. So pretty – we’re definitely heading back to this trail!
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Dinner
After our run, we picked up dinner from a local spot. Mine was an Asian-glazed salmon bowl with quinoa, ginger dressing and veggies.
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Do you ever do two-a-days?
What sport did you play in high school?

April 18, 2014
by Brittney
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{Workout Recap} April 12 – 18

Happy Friday! I’m especially looking forward to this weekend because I’m heading up to Sonoma tomorrow morning for a mini wine tasting and relaxing vacation with my boyfriend. I’m excited for some sunshine, wine, and great food! But first, time to recap my week in workouts.

Saturday and Sunday
Off.

Monday
30 minute foggy morning run with some toning breaks.
Tone it Up Something Blue
Tuesday
HIIT the Beach from the first Tone it Up Beach Babe DVD and the TIU Santorini Bikini workout.
Tone it Up Beach Babe DVD
Wednesday
Stair workout with my coworker! I forgot to take pics, but we went to the Lyon St. steps and saw a beautiful sunset!

Thursday
3 miles hilly run. I wanted to change up my running route, and found myself going through one of SF’s hilliest neighborhoods. Great views though!
Tone It Up Stair Circuit
Friday
No workout yet…I’m leaning towards a walk to the nail salon for a manicure or just relaxing. My legs are sooore from the stairs and hills!

April 16, 2014
by Brittney
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{WIAW} Chocolate Covered Matzah Always Wins

Hello and Happy Passover for those that celebrate! While I don’t technically celebrate Passover, I usually join friends for a Seder and love all the delicious food that comes with Jewish holidays. This WIAW is actually a What I Ate Monday – I went to a Passover Seder last night and knew I wouldn’t want to to type up a blog post after getting home late. Lucky for me, my boyfriend’s mom sent us chocolate toffee covered matzah in the mail, so I got to start enjoying the deliciousness a day early! :)

Workout
Rewinding a bit to the start of the day, I woke up early for the ‘Something Blue’ cardio workout from Tone It Up. It was a combo of jogging, short sprints, and lunges/wall sits/tricep dips. It left my legs and glutes pretty sore by the end of the day.
Tone It Up Something Blue Cardio
Breakfast
Day 14 of my 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge. This morning’s smoothie was a mix of kale, pineapple, an orange, and avocado. I love adding avocados to smoothies, so this smoothie was a winner.
30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge
Snack
Apple and peanut butter.
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Lunch
Turkey avocado wrap. I tried out the Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese wedges for the first time and wasn’t impressed. They tasted kind of artificial to me and I actually threw the rest of the cheese wedges away cause I knew I wouldn’t eat them.
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Snack
Veggies + hummus. I also had some dried fruit.
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Dinner
Chicken and maple – balsamic brussels sprouts. Maple syrup makes everything taste good.
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Dessert!
It may not be the prettiest picture, but chocolate toffee matzah is the best!
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What was the best thing you ate today? Mine’s pretty obvious – chocolate toffee matzah :)

April 14, 2014
by Brittney
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{30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge} Week 2

14 days of green smoothies – check! Today is the end of week 2 of the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge. Even though all the smoothies in the picture below look exactly the same, they’re actually all different, and all delicious. On Saturday I even ordered a green smoothie with my breakfast at The Plant Cafe Organic, a local restaurant with delicious food. The smoothie was okay, but I honestly like the ones I’ve been making better. My boyfriend (who has tried most of the smoothies I’ve made) also agreed. Plus one for Simple Green Smoothies!
Simple Green Smoothies
I’d say my smoothie rut has been broken :)

One thing I really liked about the recipes this week was that they included coconut water. I normally never drink coconut water (I kind of want to gag when I drink it plain), but I gave it a shot in a few smoothie recipes and it was actually really good! One of my favorite recipes from this week was the Tropi-Kale – I modified it slightly and by taking out the spinach and adding protein powder for a little staying power.
Simple Green Smoothies 30 Day Challenge
Tropical Kale
Modified from Simple Green Smoothies
(serves 1)

Ingredients:
1 cup coconut water
1 cup kale, fresh
1/2 banana
1 cup pineapple, frozen
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

Put everything into a blender, coconut water first, and blend until smooth.

What are your favorite smoothie bases? I always use water or almond milk, so I’m glad I branched out a little with coconut water!

April 11, 2014
by Brittney
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{Workout Recap} April 5 – 11

Weekly Workout Recap time. I didn’t do nearly as much as I wanted to this (a combination of being crazily busy at work + not sleeping well + taking advantage of Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day and cookies and pizza at work then not wanting to workout), but I did go to yoga twice, which felt great since I hadn’t been in awhile. Hoping to stick to my workout schedule next week! And eat less desserts.

Saturday
Barry’s Bootcamp again, this time with my coworker, Natalie. Hills on hills and a great core workout. And we met Barry!
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Sunday
Power yoga! I was sooore from Barry’s and last week’s workouts, so I was looking forward to stretching it out. Unfortunately, I signed up a for a Level 2 class accidentally, and it was HARD. People doing headstands and crazy poses everywhere hard. Let’s just say I made lots of modifications :)
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Monday
30 minute sunrise run. I’m loving how much lighter it is in the mornings now!
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Tuesday
30ish minute run that felt so hard…and I realized when that little badge popped up why :)  I also tried out the Bridal Babe Workout from Tone It Up. They have the weirdest workout moves, but you really feel them after.
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Wednesday
Off.
Thursday
Off.
Friday
Early morning yoga class. Followed by an early morning dentist appointment. So much accomplished by 9am!

How did you workout this week?

 

April 6, 2014
by Brittney
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{30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge} Week One

It’s official – I’ve drinken a green smoothie every day since last Tuesday AND they’ve all been new recipes! I’m one of those people that finds something they like, eats/drinks it every day, then doesn’t eat it again for months (this used to drive my mom absolutely crazy when I was a kid), so this is a pretty big accomplishment.

Last week, I started the Simple Green Smoothies 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge – they send you five new recipes a week, and you incorporate a green smoothie into your diet every day. I’ve generally been drinking mine as a first breakfast with added protein powder, then having a non-liquid breakfast a little later.
Simple Green Smoothies
That’s a lot of green and purple smoothie goodness! There were a few great recipes this week, but the one I made on Sunday was a definite favorite. I tweaked the Simple Green Smoothies recipe slightly (their recipe called for soaking almonds overnight, and that’s just not something I would do on a regular basis for a smoothie).
Green Smoothie
Berry Almond Protein Bash
Modified from Simple Green Smoothies
(serves 2)

Ingredients:
2 cups spinach, fresh
2 cups almond milk
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
1 banana
2 Tbsp. almond butter

Put everything into the blender, almond milk first, and blend until smooth. Before I got my Vitamix, I used to put almond milk and my greens in, blend them first, then add everything else so I wouldn’t get as many non-blended green pieces. Also, make sure some of your fruit is frozen for a cold smoothie. I used frozen strawberries and blueberries. Enjoy!
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April 6, 2014
by Brittney
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{Blogger Lovin’} The Liebster Award

Yesterday, Lauren from Lauren Lives Healthy (fellow Bay Area blogger and Tone It Up girl), nominated me for the Liebster Award! It’s not really an award so much as a way to recognize and acknowledge smaller blogs, and learn more about the bloggers behind them.

Basically, you answer a set of 10 questions then pass the award on to other small blogs. Check out my answers to Lauren’s questions below!
Liebster-Award

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose to live and why?
Right where I am! I love living in San Francisco. It’s a beautiful city and has tons of things to do and restaurants to try (I’m actually going to a new-to-me restaurant tonight called Range. Can’t wait for some delicious food and fancy cocktails!). I got lucky and most of my good friends from college ended up here, and I’ve also made a lot of new amazing friends since moving here four years ago. I also love being close to Napa, Sonoma, and Tahoe, and being a quick flight from my family and friends in Southern California. And, it doesn’t snow. What more could you need?
Land's End San Francisco

What’s your favorite website right now?
It’s a toss up between Pinterest (for recipe inspiration mainly) and Twitter (my main source of news). I also just made a Sweets ‘n’ Greens Twitter and a Sweets ‘N’ Greens Pinterest – let me know in the comments if you’re a blogger with a Pinterest or Twitter, I’d love to follow you!

Could you ever go a month without your phone/Internet?
I think I could! With one caveat – I’d have to be traveling and not in the US. Usually when I travel outside of the US, I turn my phone off and don’t go online unless absolutely necessary. The longest I’ve been phone-less for while traveling has been about two and a half weeks, so I could probably go another week and a half :)

What’s your all-time favorite meal?
Sushi. I could never become a vegetarian solely because I love sushi so much.

What is your favorite quote and by whom?
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Roosevelt. I’m all about quotes focused on the idea that if you want something enough, you can do it.

If money were no object, what would you do all day?
Travel! I love exploring new places, either far away (that’s me and Rick in Thailand a few summers ago) or fun, local weekend trips.
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What’s been the biggest challenge since you started blogging?
Finding the time to sit down and post! Some of my favorite blogs are ones that recap bloggers’ meals and workouts daily (which is slightly nosy now that I think about it), but I’d love to post more frequently.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be and why?
Cook! I love cooking now and am actually pretty good at it as long as I have some sort of recipe as a guide. But I would love to take classes at a cooking school and become a truly great, no recipes needed cook. One day!

What’s your favorite way to unwind?
Depending on how I’m feeling, there’s two – one is going on an easy jog with pretty views, and the second is cooking dinner with Rick or with friends (with a glass of wine :) ).

Describe your personal style in 3 words.
Classic and low-key.

Now it’s my turn to nominate some other great bloggers that I’ve come across and keep the award going!

Kara from Kara Chooses Happy

Brittany from Barr and Table

and Nicole from Foodie Loves Fitness

Looking forward to learning more about you all! Here are my questions for you (stealing some that I really liked from Lauren!):

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What’s your favorite post you’ve written?
  3. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be and why?
  4. What was the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
  5. What’s your favorite form of exercise?
  6. If you could pick any other city to live in, where would it be?
  7. What’s your all-time favorite meal?
  8. What goal are you currently working towards – blog or life related?
  9. What is the best book that you’ve read in the past year?
  10. What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

 

April 4, 2014
by Brittney
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{Workout Recap} March 29 – April 4

So happy it’s Friday again! I’ve had a pretty packed week with book club, dinner with friends, and puppy-sitting and cupcake making, so I’m looking forward to relaxing a little this weekend.

So far my only plans are going to First Fridays in Oakland with friends, a Barry’s Bootcamp workout Saturday morning, and dinner and drinks Saturday night. Just the way I like my weekends – fun plans with a little downtime mixed in. Anyway, on to the workouts!

Saturday & Sunday
Rest days – hanging out at home in San Diego.

Monday
Foggy 4.5 mile morning run, followed by a Tone It Up Ab routine.
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Tuesday
Nike Training Club class.
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Wednesday
Tone it Up’s Jump Your Heart Out workout (it was great – definitely recommend it!) and the Summer Sizzle Routine.
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Thursday
Incline sprints / walk on the treadmill for 2.3 miles, plus 1 mile of running to and from the gym.
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Friday
Off. Going out with friends after work today, and stayed up wayyy too late last night making these delicious cupcakes with a friend last night…so no workout for me. I have a feeling Barry’s Bootcamp tomorrow will make up for that :)
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April 2, 2014
by Brittney
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{WIAW} Smoothie Challenge Day 1

Hello from rainy San Francisco!  Usually I’m not a fan of the rain, but yesterday and today there’s been thunderstorms, which is pretty cool. As a native Californian, the only other time I’ve been in a thunderstorm has been visiting family on the East Coast, so I kind of welcome the weather change. Minus the fact that my shoes/socks/feet got soaked walking to my car this afternoon :(

Anyway, onto Tuesday’s workout and eats!

Workout
My back was randomly hurting some on Monday, but I decided to try my usual Tuesday AM Nike Training Club class anyway (well, not so usual since I haven’t gone in a few weeks…oops!), and just modify if anything hurt. Luckily, only a few parts of the class felt weird, so I just sat those parts out. Even with the modifications, I still left feeling nice and sweaty!
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Breakfast
Day one of the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. I’ve been in a bit of a smoothie rut, so I signed up for Simple Green Smoothies’ challenge to discover some new smoothie combos. Day 1 was a Simple Peach smoothie. It was good but not amazing. I’m excited to try the rest of the weeks’ recipes!
Green Smoothie Challenge
Snack
Banana Oat Protein Pancakes, topped with peanut butter.
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Lunch
Turkey and avocado in a Flat Out Wrap (forgot to take a pic). I saw the Flat Out Wraps in my grocery store and decided to try them out after seeing them on blogs/Instagram. They’re really good! Next I want to try out a Flat Out Wrap pizza.
Snack
Greek yogurt and granola, and veggies and hummus.
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Dinner
Mediterranean-y Greek yogurt marinated chicken with a Greek salad. The went to book club and had a little of everything on the table and some wine :) Great Tuesday!
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April 1, 2014
by Brittney
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{Challenge Time} 30 Days, 30 Green Smoothies

When it comes to smoothies, I tend to make the same ones on repeat (i.e. my Kale Lemonade Smoothie, ALL the time). I also would much prefer to drink my veggies than eat them, so unless I have some sort of green juice or smoothie during the day, chances are I’m lacking in the veggie department.

A few weeks ago I saw on the Simple Green Smoothies Instagram that they’re doing a 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge in April.  Each week, they send 5 different smoothie recipes and a shopping list. Since I’m in a smoothie rut, I figured why not try it out?
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They sent over the first five recipes this weekend, and they look pretty basic – no crazy ingredients, weird fruits, or extra steps. I’ll likely test out some of my own smoothies and add in protein powder to some as I go, but I’ll be checking back in each week with my favorite smoothie recipe from the week.  Here’s this morning’s smoothie – the Simple Peach with vanilla protein powder added. Day 1 = done!
Green Smoothie Challenge