Home made

14 Jun

Today was a great day!  It’s Monday which is a bit of a downer but I finally set my mind on going to Phoenix…..in the summertime-eek! One of my friends is turning 30 and having a party for the big event. I was going to go but got bogged down with bills and was bummed about it. I was thinking about it on Friday and suck eff it. I will just work a bunch of OT to afford the trip and suck it up. Plus, flights to the desert aren’t bad in the middle of summertime and it will be nice to see everyone. And I am surprising her, so that just makes it extra fun! I will only be gone Friday through Sunday but it will be a nice little trip to look forward to!

I started the morning off with an egg white and avocado wrap

This morning was super busy but not too busy where I was wanting to scream and pull out my hair like Friday. We like that.

For lunch I had a turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat with a baby spinach side salad topped with onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini and avocado with Kraft Light Three Cheese Ranch. I love this dressing but I think only with chicken bites or wings as opposed to on a salad. I really wasn’t diggin it today and wanted something a little lighter.

This afternoon, I searched for different dumbbell and kettlebell exercises and got a little ego boost from the new girl on our team. I am forever talking about food and the stuff I make and she was begging me to give her some ideas since she is looking for new stuff to make her family. I love it! It’s like a little project for me to work on for her. Plus, I am always going on and on about my husband (Trader Joe’s) and she is putting together a list of stuff she wants me to get for her since I live so close. Meal planning and food shopping? Can I please do this for a living? I am kinda over moving millions of dollars each day.

Speaking of making your own food, I finished The Art of Eating In Today by Cathy Erway. It’s the story of a twenty something girl (and blogger!) living in NYC and tries to eat all of her meals at home for two years (exclusing special occasions and work related lunches). I really enjoyed this book, how she taught herself to cook different things such as bread, risotto and even menudo with tripe (which I tried when I lived in Phoenix and don’t think I will ever try again once I found out what tripe was). She talks about the history of restaurants, the implications that come from eating out (to both your wallet and waistline) and has some of her recipes in there. If you’re a foodie, I highly recommending reading this book or checking out her website Not Eating Out in New York

And is it wrong that when I go to NYC next month, I want to break out of my running hiatus, go balls out (not literally LOL) and go running all crazy like Phoebe in Friends??

For dinner, I made thin crust pizza on Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough with sun-dried tomatoes, salami, turkey pepperoni, mushrooms, onions and provolone cheese. Instead of marinara, I lightly brushed the dough with the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes which was a thin, tasty base.

And I may have been really engrossed with Family Guy and kinda forgot it was cooking. It worked out fine though, I like it crispy!!

I’ve had the Crunch Cardio Sculpt DVD that I got through Netflix sitting in my living room for the past week and finally popped it in

I was really impressed with the workout. And coming from a girl who hates DVD workouts, that says a lot. I used my eight and ten lbb dumbbells and there was a lot og squatting and lunging along with bicep curls, lateral raises,tricep dips, crunches, shoulder presses and more. It definitely got my heart a’ beating but once I was really getting into it, it was over. It was only a 30 minute workout and for once, I was in the mood for something longer. Other than that once complaint, I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.

Decent calorie burn of 270, not bad but again, was looking for something more. All I can say is I am already feeling it in my triceps and quads.

And how did I miss that my 30th and half birthday was yesterday? I am officially leaning towards 31 now, good thing I still have the maturity and sense of humor of a 13 year old instead.

14 Responses to “Home made”

  1. Jenna June 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    Haha I loved that episode of Friends…and your pizza looks DIVINE!

  2. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl June 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    Your pizza looks amazing! I’m going to try to find that book! It sounds very interesting and I’m on the look out for a new book!

    How nice of you to go to surprise your friend! I’m sure you are going to have a blast!!

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness June 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    That Friends episode is definitely in my top 5 of all episodes! And have often had the urge to run the same way on the trail when no one is looking… :p

    And I love ranch dressing. But definitely enjoy it more with things that are non-salad…

  4. eatmovelove June 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    Your comments really make my day…thank you so much for that. It means alot. AND I LOVE your posts – oh my God – PIZZA!!! Too funny about Family Guy ;)…I too can get carried away by Stewies’ rants hah!! I love your spirit – living life and going away for the weekend for friends – that’s LIFE right?! LIVING!! And NYC …oh one of these days…

  5. genesis June 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    lol…i always forget that im baking something. ive finally trained myself to put a timer on that is really LOUD and IRRITATING.

    your friend is gonna freak when you show up. you totally deserve a long weekend vacay.

  6. dianacheung June 14, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    i love it when peeps ask me for meal advice too!!! Makes me think that I’m loved! haha jk. BTW I’m jealous….you have a tj NEAR by…you don’t have whole foods though right?

    • simplyshaka June 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

      Right, it sucks. I want to live in a place with both again. You only the WF right? If so and you ever want anything from TJ’s you let me know 🙂

  7. Angela @ A Healthy Fit June 15, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    OMG! Pheobe running is the best ever. My aunt and I use to run around like that, it was so fun!!! Have a great trip, try to stay cool!

  8. christina June 15, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    i”ve got to get that book!! your pizza looks soooooooooooooo good. i want it!

  9. Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident. June 15, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Thanks for the book mention- it sounds awesome! And you reminded me that I need some more avocados, STAT!

  10. Monique June 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    wait, did i read that right? it was your birthday??? CRAZY girl! why you no tell me!?

    I made pizza over the weekend although I have been trying to clean up my photo drive.. you might see it next week LOL

    I am going ot be in NYC when you are here. there is NO WAY i can NOT see you! yay! woo hoo!

    Hows my stinky linky?

  11. Katherine: What About Summer? June 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    I’ve never thought of avocado for breakfast. I’m thinking about it right now

    I’ve had too many mental comments to actually remember all of them reading this post. Sorry! my brain is a fizz

  12. thehungryscholar June 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    I added you to my blogroll finally!

    I love that episode of friends. I hope I don’t run like that.

  13. Mari June 15, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    Sooooo did we decided what we are going to do when you get here????? I can’t wait to hang out =)

    Chickie check out Jackie Warner’s new dvd…you will love it!

    BTW thanks for making me crave meat! that pizza looks DAMN good!

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