Archive for the ‘Reduce’ Category

Green Heart:
The muggy morning tempted us to hop in the car to get from point A (home) to point B (Thunderbird Coffee). However, in the spirit of Green Heart, we hopped on our bikes instead. Do I like arriving at a coffee house wet with sweat, wiping my face down with a napkin as I ask the barista about their specialty coffees? Not really. But it’s best to reduce when you can, and we could, so we did!

-60 minutes cycling (leisurely pace)
-ran 5 miles

Breakfast: A glass of fresh juice to start the day. Later, a hot mocha and a big ol’ cranberry muffin. Uh-oh.
Lunch: Whole grain toast topped with a tbs of crunchy peanut butter and drizzled with honey. Veggies? No where to be seen.
Dinner: Lucas made delicious chicken tacos…spelt tortillas with diced chicken, yellow and green onions, red peppers, and refried beans. I also had a side of brown rice mixed with olive oil, parsley and garlic.
Dessert: I need to bring back the Challenge. Lucas and I “shared” an alfajor, although I think I ate most of it.

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Heaven on earth


I had a great morning! Woke up at 8:30 (albeit reluctantly), biked a few blocks to the bus stop and took the #338 downtown to meet up with Jan, Peggy, and Ashley at Whole Foods! Good conversation over breakfast tacos ($1.79) and coffee ($1.59). Gotta love breakfast at WF! Afterwards, Peggy and I rode our bikes home. I’ve never been much of a cyclist, not even in a casual sense, but when I do make the effort to hop on that bici, it’s fun! And Green Heart approved!

Breakfast: Breakfast taco (spelt tortilla topped with scrambled eggs, a couple of strips of bacon, and cilantro)
Post breakfast: After my bike ride home, I finished off half of a medialuna filled with dulce de leche. Not a good idea, but there it was…looking all desirable with dulce de leche oozing out of its sides.
Lunch: An argula salad with grated carrots and cabbage, chopped cucumbers, and half of a hard-boiled eggs. Lucas and I also shared a square of his famous pizza from last night (see below).

So, this…

Was necessitated by this….

….and this…

Let’s talk about this a little more…

Lucas’s pizzas are, without a doubt, worthy of worship. Last night, he prepared five different types of thin-crust pizzas: arugula, basil & tomato, blue cheese (my favorite!!, onion, and provenzal (olive oil, parsley, garlic). Heaven on earth? Quite possibly.

Will I run or won’t I? If I do, it will be a 35 minute jog.

Green heart:
I took the bus to WF, and rode my bike back home.

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Grade A. Good night’s sleep. In bed at 9:45 and up at 6:45.

Breakfast: Lucas made me a glass of fresh juice (mostly carrots). I also whipped up a batch of oats-to-go and ate them at work.
Today’s oats:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 and 1/2 cup water
-3 tbs rolled oats
-1 tbs oat bran
-1 tbs ground flax seed
-2 tbs dried currants
-1 banana, sliced
-1 cup of carrot juice pulp
-2 tbs agave nectar
-a generous sprinkling of cinnamon

Recap from yesterday:

-50 minutes at gym (stretching, abs, arms, legs)
-4.5 mile run home (my first run in over a week. Felt good!)

Mid-afternoon snack: Granola bar
Pre-dinner: A handful of dried currants and a few forkfuls of leftover salad
Dinner: Spinach and mushroom quesadillas….spelt tortillas with spinach, mushrooms, and shredded cheese and Lucas’s homemade salsa. I had 6 triangles and a few swigs of beer.

Green heart:
I usually eat two meals at work, so naturally, I need napkins on a daily basis. But rather than use paper goods, I bring a cloth napkin from home. Reduce that paper waste!

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“What are you looking at?”….and sometimes “What a beautiful sunshiney day!” and still “zzzzzzz”

Breakfast: Lucas made me a delicious fruit juice (apples, oranges) with carrots. Later, I had a fabulous bowl of oatmeal:
-1/3 cup steel cut oats
-1 cup water
-1/3 cup soy milk
-2 tbs Ezekiel Original
-1 tbs ground sesame
-2 tbs plump raisins
-1 tbs crunchy peanut butter
-a generous sprinkling of cinnamon
-1 tbs agave nectar

Green heart:
We ordered a new set of checks from our bank, but in the address printed on the checks, the zip code is incorrect. I thought about calling the bank up to request a new set with the corrected zip code, but that would mean we’d have to toss the checks. A waste of paper. So I decided we could settle for just scratching out the one wrong digit in the zip code and writing the right one above it. Classy? No. Green heart? Yes!

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Sunday already?

Looks like today is going to be another beautiful day!

Comparable to the weather outside

Breakfast: Lucas made me a fresh juice of carrots, oranges, and ginger. Absolutely delicious. The ginger gives it some kick!

Recap of Yesterday:
Check mark for everything on yesterday’s agenda!
-bike ride to Mount Bonnell (the ride there had a few hills, but it wasn’t too bad. The neighborhoods are beautiful and the street is shaded by large trees, it’s a pleasant ride. We made it to Mount Bonnell it no time–maybe 15-20 minutes! It was cool and sunny, we perched ourselves on a couple of rocks and enjoyed the incredible view of the turquoise river below. This place is one of the many reasons of why I love living in Austin).
-run 30 minutes in neighborhood hills (I was dragging on the run, I felt really slow and heavy and the hills were killing me, but I’m glad I did it. I was seriously debating it as it was sandwiched between the bike ride and the soccer game).
-soccer game (We won! The bonus was that it was great soccer weather, not cold, not hot, no wind!)
-attend a friend’s photography exhibit at Studio 2 Gallery (she wasn’t there, but we saw her  photos. And yea for the man that walks around with the little tray offering wine)
-dinner at The Clay Pit (word to the wise: make a reservation! I don’t know what I was thinking–of course there would be a wait! We waited at least an hour and 15 minutes. The food and service was good overall, but nothing really stood out).

-30-40 minute easy-paced bike ride (break in between)
-30 minute run in the neighborhood hills
-outdoor soccer game (I played half a game, maybe a little more? 40 minutes total at least)

Green heart:
My soccer game was in southeast Austin, about a 25 minute drive from where we live in northwest Austin. Rather than drive all the way home to shower, then drive back down to South Austin for the exhibit, I planned ahead to pack stuff for showering and changing and did so at a Gold’s Gym location in South Austin. I saved time & money and reduced emissions!

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Look what I found this morning!

Awwwww!Thanks, Lucas!

What’s in the bag you ask?

Yes! No more microwaving at work! Sweet! Sooooo excited about this surprise gift!

What wasn’t in the bag and isn’t a surprise, but is equally exciting? This baby:

This is THE camera of choice of food bloggers everywhere! Eeek! I can’t wait until it arrives in the mail. 🙂

Moving on now….

Breakfast: Mi amor made me a fresh orange/apple juice. Later, I had Ezekiel toast with peanut butter & honey.

It’s been a great day so far!…An added bonus: I was thisclose to missing my bus. We were on our way to the bus stop when we spotted the bus in front of us. Lucas pulled some Nascar moves, made it in front of the bus, and I waved my hand frantically out the window—and the driver stopped! He was really nice. He said he was wondering where I was!

Green heart:
At work and at home, I use a cloth napkin. This cuts down significantly on unneccessary paper waste.

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Mid-morning snack: 6 dried California figs
Lunch: Salad greens mixed with Happy Rice

With my good night’s sleep, I’ve been zipping right through work. It’s already 2:00! Yea!

Green heart:
In the kitchen at work, there is either no sponge at the sink or a nasty sponge. For a long time, I used  paper towels to clean my dishes. Finally, I got smart and bought a sponge for work. To keep it from becoming a nasty little community sponge, I store it in a little bowl behind my computer monitor.  A great way to cut down on paper waste!

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El vino did flow

If you can tell me what character from what t.v. show said that, I will send you a treat! You will be my hero if you know!

How does linguini with meat sauce sound to you? Yeah, that’s what I thought. It sounds pretty darn good.

Afternoon snack: Tangerine & a couple of dried Cali figs
Dinner: Linguini with meat sauce, by Lucas. And a glass of wine.
Dessert: We were thinking Amy’s Mexican Vanilla, but we’re too stuffed. I’m sure I’ll manage some chocolate before bedtime. I now have a gourmet stash! Yipee!

Note: Ever since we saw Food Inc. (oh, the horror!), we’ve  been buying grass-fed beef or beef that comes from reputable ranches (i.e. Niman Ranch). If you haven’t seen Food Inc, I highly recommend it! 🙂

Note: Yes, I did manage the chocolate, before I even finished this post. Scharffen Berger Extra Rich Milk Chocolate.

Gym-45 minutes of strength training (upper body & lower body)

Green heart:
This is the stack of paper that I keep at work to reuse. I save every little sheet of paper that crosses my desk (the luckies get a second life!)

Unless I have to print an official document, everything I print goes onto a paper that was once printed on before.

For example:
This flyer for a study abroad program in Mexico….

……has been reincarnated as a Facilities Use Request!! Thrilling!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Looks like everyone and their dog decided to join a gym for their New Year’s resolution! The gym was packed tonight. Granted, it was gym rush hour, but still. Lots of peeps. Good for them!

-40 minutes on the treadmill: 5 minute warm-up jog, 30 minutes at 7.5 to 8 mph, and 5 minute cool down jog/walk.
-5-10 minutes of ab/core work: 3 x 20 on the ball, 3 x 30 second face down planks

Afternoon snack: Slice of banana bread and a cup of green tea
Post-workout snack: 2 dates and 2 figs. I should have had an apple–didn’t get much fresh fruit today.
Dinner: Quibebe. I should have had a salad, too. Nothing green today.
Dessert: 3 assorted chocolates. I wasn’t really even craving sweets. But I knew the box of choco was there. So…

Quibebe recipe:

1) Cut a medium-sized butternut squash into large cubes (pumpkin is ok too). Place cubes into a large pot, fill with water until it covers the squash half-way. Heat on medium heat until tender.
2) Remove from heat. Scrape out the squash “meat”
3) In a large pot, sautee 1 chopped onion until tender and golden. Add a bit of salt.
4) Add squash to the sauteed onions. Optional: you can puree the squash before adding it to the onions for a creamier texture.
5) Heat over low fire. Stir occassionally until mixture is relatively smooth.
6) Optional: add 2 cups of corn. You can used canned corn kernels, frozen corn kernels (prepare first as directed), or fresh corn kernels. Stir, then season to taste with ground pepper and cayenne pepper
7) Add 1.5 cups of grated cheese. Mozarrella works well, but be sure it’s not “fresh” mozarella. It should be a low-moisture mozarella. 8) Mix well. Let cheese melt a bit, or a lot if you like it nice and creamy.
9) Continue to heat over low fire until mixture, mixing occassionally. Add a handful of chopped green onion. Salt to taste.
10) Heat over low fire 10-15 minutes more. Serve hot. (It’s good at any temp really!)

Lucas makes this dish. It’s one of my faves.

Green heart:
It was cold and dark by the time I got to the bus stop after my gym workout. Lucas offered to pick me up, but I turned his sweet offer down. The bus was going towards home, what’s a little wait? (Plus, why waste my hubby’s time?)

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You know what they say: if Monday is a good day, the rest of the week will be great!

Do they really say that? I don’t know. But let’s hope so.

Yes, today was a good day. I got up early (5:50!), did some writing in my “morning pages”, used my culinary creativity to whip up a new oatmeal dish for breakfast, caught up on stuff at work and, if I may say so myself, was quite productive, which I suppose, is what they pay me to be anyway. The gym was calling my name, and for once I didn’t pretend to not hear him. I could go on, but you get the idea. It was a good day.

Mid-morning snack: A sweet tangerine curbed my hunger.
Lunch: Leftover bowtie pasta tossed in arugula-tomato sauce. (Texturally it was a paste, but “paste” sounds so ick). I’m trying to cut down my microwave use at work, so I took my tupperware out of the fridge early and let it sit awhile; I ate the pasta at semi-room temperature. Still tasty!
Mid-afternoon snack: A thick slice of homemade banana bread, followed by a big apple, and later…string cheese
And now: Ooooh, it gets better and better. A glass of red wine to keep me company while I blog. Ain’t that sweet?

Gym. 55 minutes plus warm-up, cool-down.
-5 minute warm-up (walked from work to gym.  So lucky to have it nearby!)
-30 minutes stretching and ab/core work:
*3 x 20 crunches on medicine ball
*3 x 15 row crunches
*3 x 25 second planks, on all sides
*3 x 12 back lifts
*3 x 12 side lefts, each side
-25 minutes legs
focus on quads, glutes, hip flexors, and hamstrings
-3 minutes cooling stretch
-5 minute cool down (walked back to work)

Green heart:
Check it out. Free. Bus. Pass. Thank you ACC for the Green Pass!

I’ll be back later for the dinner post. I know you’re on pins and needles!

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