Tag Archives: Wedding

“And coffee the drink of the gods…”

19 Oct

Those of you who have been following for some time probably know my not so secret addiction… coffee. I started drinking some version of sugar, cream and coffee as a little girl when I visited my grandparents which has since progressed to at least two cups a day, usually more. These days I don’t use any sugar but, heck, we even took wedding pictures at a favorite coffee shop and I don’t think anyone other than our photographer was surprised by the request.

Erica Loeks Photography

Erica Loeks Photography

Erica Loeks Photography

Erica Loeks Photography

And, like any good addict, anytime a new article comes out with benefits of coffee I hold to it like Maia (our Cane Corso) to her favorite squirrel toy. Today’s article even states it makes you a better athlete– I think most of us already knew it can boost a workout. For the win:

11 Reasons You Should Drink Coffee Everyday

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Active Fall Date Ideas

23 Sep

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since hubby and I got married!

ImageImage(Erica Loeks Photography)

We’ve decided for our anniversary we’re going to stay around D.C. Since moving back hubby has barely been home and we want to be able to actually enjoy the area we live in. Plus, it saves some money on hotel and gas etc.

My physical therapist finally said I can start running intervals and building my time up that way (so working toward 20 min of 1 min jogging, 2 min walking for now). So that’s super exciting and it encouraged me to try to find some active date ideas for our anniversary weekend. Now, I still can’t do anything like rock climbing or a 5k run so some of these are more active than others…

1. Corn maze- get outside and try to run (or walk) through a corn maze! Plus you have to work together to get out πŸ˜‰

2. Apple picking- same idea, just get outside and move around!

3. Bike tour through the city, or just rent bikes and make your own tour!

4. Rent a canoe or kayak and go enjoy the fall colors out on the water– find a river or lake around you and go enjoy the fall colors

5. Hike- we have the Blue Ridge Mountains pretty close by and I have the optimistic idea that in another month I may actually be able to start hiking again

What active fall date ideas do you have? Is there something you do every year or something new you’re trying this year?

Happy Fall!

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Back… for real this time!

2 Jan

Happy New Year!! This year I really want to work on finding the balance between my fitness goals and everyday life. I’m hopefully getting into the hospital out here soon and cooking for two has been an adjustment so, time to balance it all out again.

Which, in part, starts with blogging. We finally got internet up and running at our house! It’s slow for now but it works. I have so many recipes I’ve been making and things I want to post about but instead of looking back, I’m just going to start from now.

I made a ham and sweet potato soup for dinner tonight that turned out well. Here they have the Benimo potatoes so… it was bright purple but really tasty and used the rest of our Christmas ham and the bone we had frozen. I have a shoot on Saturday so kept it simple… water, ham, potatoes, pepper (white and black), cinnamon, onions, and garlic. I made the broth first with the ham bone and spices, 1/2 onion, and 2 cloves of garlic. Then I drained it and used the broth to boil the potatoes, chopped up ham, and extra cinnamon. Took some time to boil everything down etc. but was very simple to make πŸ™‚ I did forget to take a picture, out of practice but next time we make the potatoes I’ll make sure to post it if you haven’t seen a benimo potato before.

Other than that I made the Jamie Eason Cinnamon Bread today. I added in a pinch of nutmeg this time into the batter and I really like it. Hubby even said he’d eat the bread instead of a normal cinnamon roll so I consider it a win.

Lastly, I promised I would post the Jamie Eason Chocolate Bars again. This time I subbed in some almond meal with my GF flour… they were even better! It added just a touch more sweetness but was still totally clean. I just did 1/4 C almond meal and then the rest Namaste GF flour.

Okay, that’s all the recipes for the post! I had also said I’d post a wedding picture so, still waiting on the CD of the professional ones but here’s one our friends took. Married life has been great so far πŸ™‚

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Hello Again!

13 Nov

Oh man… what a month! The wedding was everything I could have asked for, the honeymoon was even better, and now I have moved to Japan! I have no car, we don’t really have a house yet, and… well, a lot of other unknowns but we’re here and I am trying to start a routine of some kind until we get more settled in.

We went to France for the honeymoon, it was wonderful! Ate lots of fondue (an easy gluten free option), had great (and some not so great) wine, and just toured around. Stayed active so I didn’t feel too bad about the food (and it was all SO fresh!) but I was ready to get back into a better diet by the time we got home.

We went up into the Alps (Chamonix, Mont Blanc) for a couple days and I have to say, I went on the hardest hike I think I’ve ever done. It was also the highest hike I’ve done to date (2317 meters at the top, lots of switchbacks)… and so worth it. The view from the top was awesome and I had a huge sense of accomplishment. Maybe misplaced, I’m sure people who hike all the time would laugh at it but hey, I was proud of myself. Here’s the view from the top… we had not been prepared for the snow so we ended up taking a tram back down.

Oh, and here’s me… running to the top because I was cold and really wanted hot chocolate:

 

Anyway, I got up with hubby this morning (his first day back at work) and made eggs and turkey bacon; I guess so far so good on the eating healthy out here? πŸ˜‰ We’re house sitting for a friend so today I’m planning on taking their two dogs out, they both pull a lot so we’ll see how long the walk actually lasts, and then trying to find the gym on the base. I also plan on cooking a lot until I get settled in with a job here so hopefully that means new recipes for you guys too.

Heads up/apology

20 Oct

Just wanted to post quickly. Future hubby gets home today (YYYAAAYYY) which kicks off a crazy pre-wedding week, followed by the wedding, our honeymoon, and moving to Japan. So I want to apologize now for the fact that I will be very MIA over the next month. I’ll do my best to update but no promises. πŸ™‚

I will def. pick back up consistently once we’re settled in Okinawa with lots of pictures from our adventures!

Side lunges and high heels!

15 Oct

My physical therapist has said that basically anything that doesn’t hurt I’m cleared to do… and if it does hurt, stop and try again a few days later. So we’re working into side lunges and even, apparently, working my way back into wearing heels so I can keep the shoes I bought for the wedding! Guys, I realize that might not seem big to you but trust me, I spent way too long trying to find the “perfect” shoes.

This morning I had physical therapy and then just did a quick ab workout but I wanted to post yesterday’s since it was a leg focused workout.

25 squats– the last set I had to not go as low, I’m trying to listen to my body and back off when it starts to hurt

10 split lunges/leg

*2 sets

20 calf raises

10 side lunges/leg

20 sumo squats

*2 sets

20 hamstring bridges

20 leg lifts

15 dead lifts to bicep curl

*3 sets

20 lateral shoulder raises

20 front shoulder raises

20 Russian Twists/side

*3 set, changing the oblique exercise each time

As I go through things and when I’m in PT, it is definitely getting stronger but the dynamic movements (pushing through a lunge etc) are still very challenging. Keep sending good thoughts my way please πŸ™‚ Future hubby gets home this weekend!

Something I’m trying to remember with this injury:

Apple Spiced Pork

11 Oct

Yesterday I got side-tracked by the inspiring bloggers post so today I’m writing about the spiced apple pork from Tuesday night. First of all, it’s delicious.

Here’s the original link: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spiced-pork-tenderloin-with-sauted-apples-10000002012820/

Here’s what I did:

  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pork tenderloin- center cut/lean cut (cut into strips)
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 thinly sliced unpeeled Gala apples (I think I used basically 2 medium apples)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  1. Β Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 5 ingredients; coat pork. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook pork until almost done (about 3-5 min/side).
  2. In second pan, melt butter and swirl to coat. Add apple slices, shallots, and thyme; sautΓ© until apple starts to brown. Add apple cider and pork to pan. Lower the heat and cook until pork is done, stirring occasionally so apples don’t burn

Plus, here’s my workout from today:

PT lunges and deep squats (all just slow, controlled, trying to stretch my range of motion)

1 min balancing/foot

Then…

15 bicep curls

15 skull crushers

20 lateral shoulder raises

20 slow crunches (2 counts up, 2 counts down)

*3 sets

20 Resistance Band Rows

15 chest presses

20 oblique crunches/side (on the last set I did Russian Twists instead)

*3 sets

Finished up with some fine muscle drills from physical therapy and am now icing… had to stay at home so I wasn’t tempted to push farther than I should. I’ve said it before: I’m not used to being this good after an injury. It’s frustrating feeling held back but trying to remind myself (and have friends remind me…) that I’d much rather be able to dance at the wedding and hike on the honeymoon than get a 20 min bike/cardio in today.
Turkey Chili tonight! One of my favorite fall recipes πŸ™‚ What are some of your favorite clean recipes for cold weather?