Jake and I are having a really low key valentine’s day this year. Last year we hit up Miami but we have a bunch of exciting stuff coming up in the next month and that stuff is all sort of expensive too! But hey, a girl can dream.
1. A top from the Breathe collection from Athleta. These looks comfy and they don’t have any seams, so no chafing! Yes!
2. A travel mug. My favorite mug just broke and I need something to keep my tea hot on my commute to work.
3. I recently lost my favorite pair of gloves. I’d love a replacement.
4. Sleeping in and a cuddle with the cat and my favorite guy.
What do you want for Valentine’s Day?
Bronco’s Spirit Day at my school.
Bananagrams. I won!
Weekend breakfasts are the best.
Viatenamese food with friends on Saturday night, followed by brewery action.
Superbowl Party Beer Pong and flip cup.
The refined sugars.
My Bronco whoopie pies. I totally didn’t make any of the desserts I through out their to the blog but I did make barbacoa. So good!
Sad faces following the Bronco’s loss.
On Friday night Jake had the great idea of making a Greek themed dinner. We recently nerded out watching some Mark Bittman (food God) videos on the New York Times and there were a couple that focused on rustic Greek dishes. Yum.
We started by making Tzatiki using Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream. Here is a question for you people of the internet. Why isn’t Tzatiki like hummus or bean dip? It is so good I want to bathe in it yet people don’t regularly use the stuff. Thoughts on this?
We made this rustic egg scramble which was good but Jake didn’t follow the recipe because he is a mint hater and in my opinion the mint is CENTRAL to this recipe. Still, very delicious and could have been made better by using mint (duh), fancier tomatoes, and organic eggs (which I can really taste the difference in).
We followed that up with a Greek salad. This was a disappointment. Jake bought these amazing fancy olives and after we got done eating them he thought making a dressing using the olive juice would make a good base for the salad. Wrong. This was not good. It was super intense. Like drinking a REALLY strong dirty martini.
This post makes it sound like Jake is a klutz in the kitchen but he usually nails it! It was a mix of successes and some future fixer uppers.
I’m so pumped to be in Denver as the Broncos head to the Super Bowl. We’re going to a party that is sure to be amazing. I’m signed up to bring an appetizer and a dessert. The thing is I want to healthify my treats. Help me pick out a recipe below.
Appetizers: Because the party is not at our apartment, I don’t feel great about waltzing in and needing to use their oven when they have a large crowd over. Instead, I’m thinking the crockpot is the way to go.
1. Smokey Bacon Chili
3. Sweet and Spicy Nuts
Let’s move on to the fun stuff…the desserts.
1. Peppered Peanut Brittle
2. Chocolate covered Strawberry footballs. How cute are these?
3. Flourless Chocolate Cake with a Kick of Cayenne
Help! Which appetizer and dessert should I make?
It has been a pretty mild winter in Denver so far. Today is was 60 degrees! But I know much of the country is freezing right now. Let’s take a minute to dream up a warm fitness related (obviously) getaway.
1. How about some Crossfit on the beach and amazing paleo meals? Destino retreats offers a Mexico vacation that includes 2 workouts a day, including three fantastic meat and veggie based meals
2. Sometimes you just need a Zen moment and time to thaw out from the stress of life. Escape the tourist crush of Mexico and go to Guatemala. Rolling Medows specilizes in yoga retreats. This one is on the shores of Lake Atitlan, supposedly the most beautiful lake in the world.
3. I’ve always wanted to try surfing. This is a women’s only surf retreat that caters to begginers. It’s also in Hawaii–nothing wrong with that. Oh, and you get a personal chef to make you yummy healthy food. Sign me up.
4. We are daydreaming, right? So this retreat is MUCHO expensive but it is fun to think about…Let’s all meet up in Kenya for a Wildfitness retreat. It offers boxing classes, running classes, and swims. Most importantly, you get a deep tissue massage every day! Waahh? This is my dream.
Which one would you choose? I think Mexico sounds good to me right now!
I’ve been a little off lately. I’m trying to get all my paperwork together to get my Colorado teaching license but man, I’m getting the run around from all corners. I’ve been stuck up at night running over all the emails I need to send and paperwork I need to fill out. Last night I felt so overwhelmed I didn’t workout. But that’s wrong! Working out makes you happier and reduces anxiety. So today, I put my workout clothes on and hit the gym.
I just happened to grab all blue stuff out of my closet. Here is a you’ve got the blues workout. It is guaranteed to make you feel better at the end.
Do you workout to deal with stress? How do you deal with the blues?
Today was our last day in our awesome cabin in Estes Park. We took advantage of the cabin and lingered right up until checkout at 10 am. It felt amazing to sleep in. We didn’t even eat a big breakfast because we were still full from our HUGE bbq dinner last night.
After packing up, we went back to Rocky Mountain National Park. Whoa. It was windy and cold today. Yesterday we got pretty hot and had to take off most of our layers. Not the case today.
We hiked to a series of lakes and we had fun stopping at each lake and slipping around.
At the last lake, Emerald Lake, people even hiked in with a hockey goal post and started playing hockey.
We couldn’t stay and linger long at the end of this hike. It was just too cold and windy. We hoofed it back and totaled probably 5 miles today. As soon as I got to the car, I downed a gluten free Macro bar.
These were on sale at Sprouts so I gave it a try. It had a consistency of a power bar. Not the best. Still, I was so hungry I didn’t really care.
This weekend was just what we needed. What did you do this weekend?
One of the things that is so awesome about living in Denver is that every weekend seems like a vacation. Lately, we’ve had to stay in Denver to take care of some business around town (more on that soon) but for Christmas I got Jake (and let’s get real…myself) a weekend in an Estes Park cabin for some snowshoeing fun.
Yesterday, we took off to cash in on Christmas. We stopped at a Panera Bread on the way to the cabin. I got tomato soup and a Thai Chicken Salad. Jake ate my baguette.
The soup totally hit the spot. As soon as we got to the cabin we jumped into the hot tub. Jake took a beer in and I took a kombucha in. I think that sums up our relationship pretty well.
After relaxing in the hot tub, I fell fast asleep. We woke up this morning eager to hit the trail. It was so nice out today. Highs in the park were around 34 degrees. I started the hike bundled up but 15 minutes in I was just hiking in a long sleeve shirt.
We tried to measure how much snow was out there but it was WAY deeper than our trekking poles could reach.
Snowshoeing might be the best way to see Rocky Mountain Park. In the summer it is pretty packed but this was magical. We only shared the trail with a couple of cross country skiers.
We hiked for about 5 hours and when we got back to the car we were both starving and totally exhausted (in a good way). Snowshoeing burns a ton of calories. I used this online calculator and it came up with us burning about 2,000 calories today! I can’t wait to pig out on some BBQ tonight!
Last night I headed out with teacher friends to Beauty Bar in Denver. We’ve gone out there one time before and it is such a cool place. On Thursdays they have a deal where you can get one martini and a manicure for $10. Then, they get a DJ that plays motown. Amazing.
I started out the night with one of these bad boys. It’s called the Buff and Shine and has Grapefruit vodka and Champagne. So tasty.
We gossiped and drank and then hit the dance floor.
I love dancing and in my exercise obsessed brain as I’m shakin’ my groove thang, I’m also noting that it is such a great workout.
I headed out around 10:30 pm. I was proud of myself because I totally squeezed a workout in before hitting the town, a healthy dinner, and biked to and from the bar. Even though I indulged a bit with the two martini’s, I think it all evened out!
Confession. I love pull ups. All of them. In the crossfit world, there are about a billion articles about the benefits of kipping vs. strict pullups vs butterfly pullups. Check out this video to see the difference between the three.
The way I see it they all have different goals. Kipping and butterfly pullups are for speed and also cardiovascular fitness. They tire the lungs just as much as the arms.
Of course this movement has it drawbacks too. It takes a lot of shoulder mobility and frankly, it’s just a hard movement to learn, taking a ton of coordination.
While strict pull ups build muscular strength in the arms, back, and core.
So there aren’t many drawbacks to strict pullups. They are so easy to scale if you use bands. While it does take a long time to build the muscles needed to do strict pullups, especially in women, it is easy to see gains. Give it a month and you’ll be able to do more strict pullups using a band or you might be able to use a smaller band. Many people think that before doing kipping pullups you should see make sure you can do a strict pullup first.
Butterfly pullups? These things cray-cray. You can do these the super fast. They also smoke your shoulder muscles. With these, you have to be super careful. Unless you are a competitive crossfit athlete I don’t think these are really necessary to add to your workout scheme. These can really hurt your shoulders (nerd alert: when you tire the shoulder, the rotator cuff has trouble stabilizing the joint and bam. It hurts) and also are just super hard to learn.
I do more strict pullups these days than kipping but I love them both. Butterfly I’m probably leaving to the pros.