Monday, February 28, 2011

Weekend Recap: Food, food, food

This weekend was filled with Food! 
And fun... 

My friend Ryan had a video release party for his new single and played a short show on Friday night! There was a lot of great snacks to be had! I had a little of everything... 

He and the director of the video hand made giant feathers that hung from the ceiling of the art gallery, SpotArt in NorthEast Minneapolis. It was a wonderful event and the atmosphere was chill and I got to see a lot of my friends and spend time with the sweetheart! 

Sophisticated ladies out on the town!

Saturday morning I was up (bright?) but not early and headed to one of my favorite brunch spots in Minneapolis to meet Jen! It was a great breakfast meeting--we caught up with a little girl talk, we talked about public speaking and about branding. She's such a great friend to have! 

I had the Smoked Salmon Benedict: smoked salmon on savory scones with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and greens. So. Good. Unreal. 

Then, like a total sweetheart, my sweetheart drove me down to see my Mom (he was headed that way, but what a gesture!) I got to spend Saturday night and Sunday with my Mom! Just a lot of talking and a little shoe shopping: 

new black flats that bring out my Audrey Hepburn side... 

We hung out and even indulged on some..... 
Girl Scout Cookies! 

Thanks to my sweetheart, we all had some Samoas. I have to say, he made the weekend pretty sweet! LUCKILY, even after the drive down, the night with mom and the drive up, there were STILL some left when I got home. I am surprised and impressed.  

THIS is what having 10 min in Trader Joe's will supply me with: 

Not too shabby, but three of my veggies where packages and not bulk. With 10 minutes to remember everything and get in and out, the packaged veggies were just easier to comprehend and grab! 

Looking forward to another week of the seasoned Chickpeas on salad and with rice and the carrot ginger soup! Plus I am trying their 100% dried fruit bars and will report later this week! 

I felt like it was a full weekend of FOOD and shopping, the shoes, Trader Joes and one stop at Target is enough for me to pull the reins back!! On to the NEW week and a new start will all our goals and work! 

What is ONE goal you are going to accomplish this week? 
I have 2 writing projects I will finish before Thursday! 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Drink your water!!

Happy Friday! 

I have such an exciting day ahead of me, I am working and writing this morning, doing some organization and documentation for my clients, networking with an amazing trainer this afternoon and am going to a video release party with my sweetheart tonight!

I moved my desk and computer, INTO my closet so that when I am not writing or working, I can close the doors and my bedroom is more of a sanctuary for me, I am loving it so far!! I am tossing out my "desk" chair and using my crazy flower chair at my desk and then moving it to use as a reading chair when I hide away my work station. 

This was a HUGE organizational / purging success, if you remember my closet from the Great Purge of 2009 it was OVERFLOWING. Yay me! 

Water intake

Thanks to my awesome reader Mimi and her suggestion, I have a new idea and great way to aim for my water intake! It's an area that I am working on improving and Mimi said that she uses this method with her daughter.  

Take your basic run of the mill hair bands, how ever many you want  and wear them on your wrist. Then each time you finish your water bottle, you move a band from your wrist to your bottle. Not only can you count how many you have drank, but you can aim for a certain number! I was really ambitious the first day I did it, but made three out of the five! 

I am excited for the possibility of today and looking forward to the weekend! Here's to a good new habit of water intake and a productive, enjoyable afternoon! 

What are your weekend plans?? 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Running in circles: non treadmill runs

TGIT: Thank God It's TODAY!!! 

Happy Thursday, I am busy today with a lot of great projects and a night of teaching and training! Go Thursday! 

My city is beautiful! I am sure you feel the same way about where you live! I love the culture, the arts, the night life, the restaurants, all the great events and the lakes and parks!! Minneapolis Rocks.  

We are here: 

But sometimes it looks like this on the street where I live: 

And this:  

After getting 17 inches of snow in less than 24 hours this past Sunday, running conditions in Minneapolis are a bit challenging, again. I don't dig the treadmill even for shorter runs, my knee's are never happy and I get dreadfully bored and anxious. Do you ever feel that way?  I feel like a little hamster on a wheel, and when I am done I always feel like I could have worked even harder! I do it sometimes but I am not a fan. 

Still want to feel energized about running indoors and in the winter?? 

Non treadmill "runs":
I feel like in the winter especially I am running in circles with my running! A few weeks in a row, it's great conditions--cold I can handle, but more than a few inches of snow makes it a huge challenge! I end up NOT running, but doing other things instead. 

Sprints in boot camp
killers in the gym
running stairs
water jogging
elliptical trainer
running with resistance bands
weighted exercises on your lower body
running track--most gyms have them!

Nothing can replace hammering out some decent milage on flat ground and in my preference, outside. But even getting it in on a treadmill is doable, barring any injury, severe boredom or a plateau. Try the  alternatives above one day a week and see if you aren't feeling more energized with your indoor running and improving till spring has sprung! 

How much snow do you have where you live? Have you tried things like water jogging or sprints instead of a treadmill run?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Recipe: Eggplant pizza on Naan

Happy Wednesday! 
I am not doing a wordless Wednesday--how about a recipe so good, your left speechless! 

Eggplant Pizza on Naan Bread.

Whole wheat naan bread
1/4 Cup Garlic Hummus
Egg plant
Red Pepper
 1 Cup Mozzarella
Olive oil

Sometimes I will get a frozen naan pizza from the co-op so I decided to make my own version of a pita pizza with it.  The naan actually came in whole wheat, regular or garlic, so I chose the whole wheat. Two pieces for the price of the single frozen pizza! 

Instead of a regular sauce I used Garlicy Hummus from Holy Land Deli--a Minnesota product! I LOVE everything that Holy Land makes and this is no exception, it's rich and creamy and delish. 

Slice up your eggplant, red peppers, onions and drizzle with olive oil, put the veggies under the broiler for 5-7 minutes. Spread the hummus evenly over the naan and then lay out your spinach and roasted veggies! 

Roasted egg plant is SO great! 

Cover with Cheese and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 min or until the cheese is golden brown and the edges of the naan are crisp! Low in calories, high in flavor and perfect for two servings or two people! 

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Have a wonderful hump day!! 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Loving what you don't love

Do you love every part of your past?

Let me restate that. 
Do you live in judgement of your past decisions and actions? 

If you do, chances are that judgement is linked to regret. 
And regret is just worry looking over it's shoulder instead of out ahead. 
Neither is good. 

Worry doesn't solve a problem, it doesn't change your circumstances, it doesn't add an hour to your day or life & it doesn't move you forward at all. 

Regret Doesn't change the past, it doesn't make you a stronger person, it doesn't mend relationships and it doesn't move you forward at all. 

Three plus years ago, I had a life filled with bad decisions, poor behavior and unbalanced actions. I spent much of my time living in regret and judgement over things I did and said, how I treated people and my general behavior. But it never did any good to move me forward, it did the opposite in that it kept me chained down to the past and to behaviors that I no longer took part in. 

It was three years of picking a scab that God kept trying to heal. Recently someone told me that until I got to a place where I can love all of who I am: past and present alike without judgement, I wouldn't really be able to be fully who I am. 

I completely see my life and self up to this point as being fully Mary with a not so great past, but a brilliant present and future. I know that all I have experienced and gone through taught me how to be who I am now, I was molded by my experience and I wouldn't change my path at all, or I wouldn't be the same person. BUT. Loving all of it? Not in a "oh I loved treating people poorly and lying to my loved ones" , but love in a true acceptance of all my faults and steps that brought me here, acceptance without judgement, a spirit of love. 

People do the best they can 
with what they have & know. 

We can't EVER judge someone's journey based on what we know, they may not have that insight or light yet. LIke a baby chicken, they need to break their own way out of the egg shell. If we don't allow them that process, they won't be ready for the next step, the next stage of life! They won't know how to fully step into who they are. They have their knowledge and light based on what they know then. We simply support. 

Did I do the best I could with the knowledge I had? Yes. When I gained more knowledge, did I alter my behavior, step forward and do something new? Yes. Can I look at lost Mary from 4-5-6 years ago and love her as she floudered through relationships and a drinking problem and shattered self esteem? Yes. I can love myself, and see that I did my best as I struggled against that egg shell, kicking and screaming, trying to break out and become who I am called to be.  

Here is what is true:
My path is not like your path, my journey is not your journey and it hasn't been the easiest, but it was mine. I needed to go through some dirt to see how I can shine! I had to feel the rain to see the rainbow. I had to stand alone to allow someone stand with me.  

I believed things about me that were false and once I realized they were false I tossed them aside, picked up the truth and placed it in my heart. I had to learn to trust what God said, I had to learn not to place so much weight in the world. I had to learn to forgive, learn to forgive again and then again. Then I had to learn to set it down and walk away. To examine situations, others, myself but not blame. I had to see what didn't work in order to know what would. 

What can I love? I can love myself, I can love who God is daily molding me to be through his gentle and patient hand. I can love that I he LOVES me enough to preserve me through all my lessons to bring me here to even start to mold me. 

He must see something: A lost little girl, dying for attention, acting out, dressing out, going out and doing things my own way even when no one approved or followed. I can love her, her unique spirit, her thirst and her drive. I am still unique, but now I show it in WHO I am not what I am, I just learned to express it in a way more true to my real self. 

 A lost little girl becomes hungry woman. Just consume and consume! Food, drink, dress, men--bring it on, let's have a little of everything and then a LOT of everything and when the excess starts to hang heavy on her...she just hides underneath it's darkness and secrecy. I can love her, even in her sadness there was strength. Never give up, never give in, never put that bottle down till you find the answer in it. If not this one, the next... I am strong now too, I just lift weights, lift others up in prayer and am a light in the darkness instead of hiding in it.  

When all the parties are over, the food unsatisfying, the possessions smothering, the effort to BE, DO, Deliver is just daunting... when doing the same thing over and over isn't working anymore except to exhaust and debilitate, then, broken and sobbing I love her too. She is raw, she is broken, she is at the end. 

Or is one end, just another beginning? 

Every step I took was my way of trying to be who I was, to find where I should fit, to create my joy!  All I worked so hard at, all that has went well, all that has not. My dreams that won't die, HOPE and JOY that can NOT be quenched. Resilience, strength, drive, thirst, all quiet, but still there as I sat down three years ago with a blank paper in front of me. 

Can I love my past, accept it as my path without judgement and fully move forward? I think yes. Life is rich and BEAUTIFUL. The imperfections that sting and surprise are the marbled fat, the flavor in the cut cooked to order. I can't wish things different in my past because then I wouldn't be here today and I wouldn't trade to day for a million dollars. 

I can't look back and want to erase those struggles that made me who I am, fast forward into some strangers "perfect" life. I like myself, I like my life, I don't want to be a different, perfected version of myself, I want to be who God has called me to be and is showing me daily--created in his image and set apart as colorful and unique just as I am.  I can love all of who I am and where I have been and all with gentle eyes, NOT regret. I will savor all that has brought me to today and all that will tip me over the next twilight to tomorrow. 

As they say on Twitter. That is all. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Butter and Biking

Happy Monday! It's been a whirlwind of a weekend--and I have some fun news! 
I got a new commuter bike! 

She is Sylvia the seven speed Bianchi and she was custom built by Brent at Recovery Bike Shop in Minneapolis! It's a great shop, it's where I bought my Trek road bike I never named.  

The weather has been so nice here in Minneapolis and the roads clearing a little that I thought I was in the clear to start bike commuting again after taking January off due to extreme cold and ice build up. Wrong! What was I thinking! We were SLAMMED with snow yesterday and I attempted to ride home in it! 

Wow, welcome back snow! 
My friend Jenna and I love to go out for breakfast and we went to the best little neighborhood coffee shop called Butter. and each had biscuits and gravy with an egg! There is nothing like having REAL food made from scratch!  I am not a big biscuits and gravy girl, but I had a craving for it! The biscuits were fluffy and falling apart and the whole ensemble steaming when it came out!  Delightful...

The winner was... 
The rest of the weekend was spent working & hitting up Jenna's Celebrity birthday party--we went as??? J-Lo and Marc Anthony! It was SO much fun! Caution, the pics are a little hot, hot, hot! My sweetheart as Marc Anthony is more handsome than the real thing! 

And yes, I added padding to the bootay. So did the birthday girl who was dressed as Jenny McCarthy! I have to say, I kind of liked having the more curvy derrière... it was fun and it was a nice reminder that you can be curvy and fit--the real J-Lo certainly is!!  

yes, padding, yes lots of it! 

Lower body workout! 
I hit the gym after work today again! I am loving the fact that I am telling myself that I am making TIME for my own fitness regardless. At least three times a week, I am weight training or running outside of the classes I teach! I am especially loving my lower body routine! 

Leg Press machine
Ab/Adductor machines
Contra-lateral one leg bends w/weight
Alternating Lunges w/weight
Step ups w/weight
Bench squats w/weight
goblet squats 
Bulgarian split squats and 
straight leg dead lifts

Do you bike year round even in the winter regardless of what that's like for you? Do you bike commute or just bike for fitness and fun?? 

Have a wonderful Monday! Make it GREAT! 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday night fun: Clothing swap!

Friday night! 

Last night was a fun and mellow girls night in! A few of us got together for a clothing swap and all around chatting about life and clothes and men. So much fun! We had pizza and salad, not THE healthiest things, but for a girls night? Please...we did great, we didn't even polish off a whole large pie!  

Everyone DUG right into the clothes though! There were all different sizes and shapes and styles. We had a great time talking about what to wear for what body shape and even color selection. If you have questions on what to wear like I do (straight hips, carrying weight in my middle!) check out Sally's blog at Already Pretty--she is a wonderful resource to use. After all, as we exercise, tone up, lose weight and change our lifestyles our bodies change too and we may need a little guidance on how to look best in our new shape!  

Alyssa wanted to wear all the accessories all at one time-- we weren't sure if that was the way to go or not, but it was fun to watch! 

 She found this SUPER cute top that compliments her shape AND matches her new purse, so that is a score! 

Nita snagged a bunch of cute stuff and we just had a great time assessing the goods on each other. No one seemed to know how to pull of this flower headband! SO cute, but not quite right on anyone... 

I ended up shopping in my OWN stuff I wanted to give away...I think this outfit is a total score, but the girls weren't quite sure. I snuck it back into my closet for a bright spring day anyway. I will let the month of May weigh in on how fabulous it is! 


The big donation pile! I LOVE doing clothing swaps, because everyone can have a chance to get a few new things in exchange for something they don't wear or that doesn't fit them! It's even cheaper than a thrift store and it's a great excuse to hang out, have pizza and play dress up! Being social and being productive!! 

Weekend Plans
I taught back to back kettle bell classes this morning and am looking forward to getting a run in this afternoon, a longer one, but slower pace. I have been tired lately, so I am going to just take it easy and enjoy! Tonight I am heading to a birthday party where people are going to dress up as celebrities! 
I think my sweetheart and I are going to try to be a celebrity couple, but which one? 

 J-Lo may require some extra padding....

VOTE and let me know which one you think we should tackle! 
Have a great weekend!! 

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