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This or That?

13 Oct

Helloooo from New York City!

Okay, so I’m not really blogging on my girls weekend in NYC.  I set this up to pop up while away.  I’m so high tech 😉

This survey has been floating around blogs for some time now and I couldn’t wait to get my fingers typing away at it.  I love surveys!  Take a look and feel free to play along in the comments below.

This or That?

  • Run or Work Out in the Heat and Humidity or the Freezing Cold?

If I have to choose, I guess I choose freezing cold.  I don’t like the idea of running and feeling like I’m breathing in a furnace.  The idea of running in “freezing cold” though makes my toes and nose shiver in fear.  The cold is coming…

  • Have Washboard Abs or Flat Abs?

Flat abs.

  • Dr. Oz or The Doctors?

Dr. Oz because I never saw The Doctors before.  It’s my default answer.  I really don’t think I care for watching either.

  • Cardio or Strength Workouts?

Cardio.  I like to move around a lot.  Strength is perfect for my lunch workouts though.

  • Cravings: Protein or Carbs?

Carbs.  Honestly, no contest.

Who can’t indulge in something like this at least once a week?

  • Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?

Jillian.  I would respond better and get better results from her hard core yelling.  I feel like I could always find an out with Bob.  Although I do like him a lot too!

  • Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

Frozen Yogurt.  It’s so refreshing and with all the new fro yo places popping up everywhere, the possibilities are endless!

  • Strength Training Upper Body or Lower Body?

Upper.  I prefer the upper body burn from the lower body.

  • Protein Powder or Food with Protein?

Food with protein, but protein smoothies are a close second!

  • Lunges or Squats?

Squats.  Lunges just suck.

  • Sweet or Salty?

Salty.  Too much sweet makes me feel sick instantly.  I’ll never pass on a little chocolate though.

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel. Love it.

  • Workout Attire: Cute or Comfy?

Both.  As long as it’s fitting and stays where it’s supposed to.  I can’t workout in baggy t-shirts.  They make me feel sluggish.

  • Body Pump or Heavy Lifting?

Body Pump!  I miss it so much.

  • Yoga or Pilates?

Pilates since I have only taken one real yoga class in my whole life.  I took pilates in college and loved it!

  • Favorite Fitness Brand?

I don’t have one since I shop the clearance rack for my workout attire.  As long as it meets the requirements for staying put on my body, I’m up for anything.

  • Running: Treadmill or Outdoors?

Outside for distance.  Treadmill for speed and high intensity work.  I can’t motivate myself enough outside to get my speed work out without the treadmill threatening me.

  • Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

Trader Joe’s by default.  I don’t typically shop at either, but Whole Foods is too far from where we live.

  • Summer or Winter Olympics?

Summer.  I love watching the swimming and diving.  Brings me back to many swim meets from years past.

  • Exercises Classes or Exercise Videos?

Classes.  I love the energy of being around other people with the loud music and pushing instructors.  I will do videos with my co-workers though.  Those can be just hysterical.

  • Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?

Steamed veggies.  Just cause it’s faster.

Meal Survey

9 Sep

Last night, Ed came home from work and was in the mood to make his own pasta sauce.  So, he got to work within minutes while our home filled with the smells of his homemade, impromptu sauce recipe.

Ed’s Homemade Sauce

It’s rare that we have white pasta anymore these days, but Ed opted to use the white rigatoni noodles to match with his special new sauce.

In the sauce we have lean ground beef, 1 can Muir Glen Organic tomato sauce, 1 can Muir Glen Organic tomato paste, 1 can diced tomatoes, minced fresh garlic,  chopped onions, brown sugar to taste.  These are all the ingredients I am aware of.

It was very tasty!  Sweeter then your traditional pasta sauces, but I wasn’t complaining.

After dinner, we cleaned up and headed to Wegmans for a little shopping.

We were really in need of some fresh items around here, so that was our main goal, plus a few treats.

In my cart we have,

  • Wegmans Bagged Garden Salad
  • Fresh Mushrooms
  • Roasted Garlic Hummas
  • Whole Grain Wheat Thins
  • 3 Oranges
  • Green Grapes
  • Baby Carrots (Free with $10 purchase)
  • Bananas
  • Wegmans Cereal (Free with $10 purchase)
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese ($1 off $5 cheese purchase, original price $5.04, coupon price $4.04)

We spent $19 on the above purchase which was much more then I wanted to spend today, but when I shop with Ed, he is quite convincing of items we “need”.  (Wheat Thins, hummus)  He did cook a good dinner, so I budged this time 😉

After dinner, I spent some time out with a dear friend for the evening before calling it a night.

Meal Survey

I love filling out survey’s and have to limit myself to not posting a survey everyday.  There are just so many fun ones out there.  I came across this one on Paige’s website and decided to post it for a fun Sunday post.

Breakfast Questions!

1. Favorite cereal as a child?

Golden Grahams.

We never had these around much, but they were always a hit for my taste buds when we did.  I can taste them now.


2. Coffee or Tea? With milk or without?

Tea, green, iced, hot, no milk, no sugar.

I am a Tea Lovvaaaa!  Although since my work schedule changed last year (wake up at 5AM and work 9.5 hour shifts), I will include a mug of coffee with Vanilla Almond Milk with my breakfast on occasion.

3. The one food you eat most often at breakfast?

Bananas!  I eat them on the side, in my oats, in my smoothies and in cold cereal.

Warm Oats with Fresh Raspberries and a Banana

Funny part about this question, is when I was a kid, I ate a banana split and that night came down with the stomach flu (you know how that goes).  I didn’t eat bananas for at least 2 years after that.

I think I’ve more than made up for those two years.

Lunch Questions!

1. Sandwiches are generally considered a “lunch food.” If you had to choose between a grilled cheese and a peanut butter and jelly, which would you pick?

Grilled Cheese.  I prefer a warm(er) lunch over a cold sandwich any day.

Ed is also allergic to peanuts.  So, Sun Butter has taken the place of my peanut butter fix and I haven’t looked back.

2. You can only put four ingredients in your salad (not including greens); what do you throw in the mix? Additionally, which greens and dressing do you pick?

Only four?!?  Chicken on salad is always a winner.  Some kind of shredded cheese (feta would be encouraged).  Carrots.  Dried fruit, such as cranberries or blueberries.

Dressing – Balsamic

Greens – Spring Mix, Spinach or Romaine

3. One food you can’t live without at lunch?

Yogurt.  I always have yogurt in my lunch bag at work.  Preferably Chobani or Yoplait.

Dinner Questions!

1. It’s the end of the day. You’re tired, hungry, and your fridge is empty. If a fast food (from a chain) is your only option, where do you go and what do you order?

This is a really hard question because I am not a chain restaurant person…at….all.  We try to avoid chains of any kind and find unique and local restaurants.  Pizza Hut would probably be the go to choice though.

Or Taco Bell…Fourth meal?

2. TV/computer on or off while you’re eating?

Preferably off…but Ed and I have opposite schedules most days and we currently don’t have a kitchen table.  So, we eat at our coffee table which sometimes turns into watching a rerun of the Big Bang Theory or Modern Family while eating.

3. The one food you eat most often at dinner?

One?  One ‘type’ of food is vegetables.  I always incorporate a vegetable (fresh, frozen, or canned) into our meals.  It’s my motherly instincts coming out.

Yes, Ed does get the “don’t forget to eat your vegetables” lecture at dinner time.  I’m not proud.

Dessert Questions!

Choose between these two American desserts: cheesecake or apple pie?

It really depends on the meal, but I would have to say cheesecake.  We currently have a Cheesecake Factory gift card in our date night box and it has been whispering “Key Lime Cheesecake” every time I look through it.

Needless to say, if Key Lime Pie was an option for this question, there would be no contest.

Choose between these two foreign desserts: tiramisu (Italy) or flan (Spain)?

Tiramisu.  Ed and I split a tiramisu on one of our first dates together.  When we see it on a menu, we always try to save room for dessert to recreate the memory.

Ice cream: cone or cup?

Cup!  I’m way to messy of an eater and a slow eater at that.  I’m a melting mess when I have a cone.

Plus, I think of cones as “wasted calories”.  In the words of Ali Vincent, “If you can’t taste it, don’t waste it.”

Feel free to leave your answers about these meal questions in the comments section! 

Also, the Recipes and Workouts pages were updated today 🙂

Simple Things: A to Z

11 Aug

Happy Saturday!

Blogging is hard work, but we’re getting there.  I’m still figuring out which direction I’m going to go here, but I’m very excited.

Let’s get to know each other a little better, shall we.

The Simple Things: A to Z

A – Apple Season.  It’s getting closer!

B – Banana Blueberry Yogurt Muffins < (Look, two “B” words!) Made them today and the yogurt made them so fluffy.  Yum!

Banana Bread and Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

C – Cruising.  Part of our honeymoon included a seven day trip on Carnival cruises.  We LOVED cruising our first trip and hope to do more soon.

D – Dancing.  Put me with the right group and it’s going to be a fun night.  No wallflowers.

E – Edward.  My loving, supportive, hardworking and goofy husband.  Every day I get to fall in love with him more and I have to admit, it’s pretty awesome!

F – Fish.  We are the proud parents of a 26 gallon fresh water tank of fish.  It was my husband’s 30th birthday wish and although I do not particularly always have the patience for it, it brings him so much joy to take care of.  Proud Papa!

G – Grandma.  The sweetest and most gentle person I know.

H – House Hunting.  Although we have decided since MD may not be a permanent residence in the nearer future, it’s still fun to look!

I – IKEA.  Love it.  No need for much explanation.  It’s a warehouse of fun and ideas every single time.

J – Jello Pudding Pops.  I remember them as a kid and would love to get my hands on one again.  Better then store bought.

K – Kara.  My very beautiful and incredibly unique little sister.  I envy her free spirit and it warms my heart to see her transform into an adult.

L – Local cuisine.  Chain restaurants out, local food in.

M – Master’s degree.  I am currently studying for my graduate degree in Instructional Design for Online Learning and my husband is studying for his graduate degree in Health Management. There is a whole lot of studying going on around here.

N – Nutella.  I tried it and I was hooked.

O – Once Upon a Time.  Probably the most addicting show for me these days.  I love it.

P – Philippines. My husband’s extended family still lives in the Philippines and his brother and sister just went on a month visit this past summer.  Future trip?

Q – Quiet time.

R – Running.  It started with a 5K, then a 10 miler, soon to be 10K and January we’ll make it the ½ Marathon.  Who would of thought a devote swimmer turned runner.  “Not this girl!”

S – Sweet Potato Hash.  In other words, breakfast this morning.  Boy, was this yummy and a necessary and healthy breakfast for the future.  Yum!

Sweet Potato Hash with a “Dippy” Egg

T – Travel.  Can’t get enough.  My goal is to visit all 50 states before I die and it will be written so in my obituary.

U – Upcoming adventures.  My husband and I love new activities.  Yesterday, we sat and looked at our “1000 Places to See before You Die” book and the wheels and our head were turning.

V – Ventnor City, NJ.  We spent a long weekend there for Ed’s 30th.  We had such a fun time!

W – Weddings.  We were summer lovin’ at three different weddings this summer.  I love celebrating with new married friends.

X – …”X-Tra” Creamy Peanut Butter.  Okay, I had to cheat, but it’s not a bad thing.

Y – Yoga.  I need to do this at least once a week.  My body will thank me.

Z – Zumba.  I used to love it, but haven’t been to a “good” class since I moved.  It’s all in who the instructor is sometimes that makes it so fun!

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