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5 Minute Morning Workout & An Awesome Surprise Snack

22 Aug

What a whirlwind week! I’ve been getting a lot of feedback that you guys are loving the 5 and 10 minute workouts, so here’s another one that will wake up your mind & body. No fancy gym clothes or gym equipment required. There is one requirement, however. That you do these routines FIRST THING IN THE MORNING after you wake up. Take that morning coffee and put it to good use. Because when you get home after a long day of work, you’re not going to want to workout. You’re going to want to sit on the couch. And I don’t blame you!

5 Minute Morning Blast For Any Size Booty (yes, yours included)

Minute 1: Jog back & forth in your living room, wall to wall. Everyone’s got a living room (or at least a room). Pick a spot on the wall to look at as you jog to each side.

Minute 2: Stand facing a wall and place your hands against it. Lift up your left leg behind you as high as you can (squeeze your butt at the top), then bring it down. Now your right leg. Switch legs for the full minute. Don’t worry if your leg doesn’t come up too high! Just go with the flow & do what your body can do.

Minute 3: Squat in place. Count 2 seconds down & 2 seconds up for the minute. Tips on form: Stand feet shoulder-width apart, toes facing forward. Push your heels into the ground, and when you squat, make sure your knees don’t go past your toes. Pretend you’re about to sit into a chair. It’s okay if you can’t get low–just go with the flow! And you can hold on to a wall next to you for balance if you need to.

Minute 4: repeat minute 1

Minute 5: Wall sit. Stand with your back against the wall, and slide down into a sitting position as if you were in a chair, thighs parallel to the floor. Now, hold it! Engage your abs & your legs. Hold, hold, hold! Note: do NOT do this exercise if you have high blood pressure.

Alternate Minute 5: Jump jacks while holding two soup cans (soup cans = home-made dumbbells!).

I really urge you to give this a shot. It’s 5 minutes. Everyone has 5 minutes. You will feel energized & proud. You deserve that feeling, my friend :) .

So, what have I been up to the past week?

Well, I’ve met with my Fit Steady fitness coach Alex twice. I’m documenting that on the Fit Steady blog, so you can check it out there if you want to follow!

I’ve also accidentally stumbled upon a great snack I have to share with you: frozen blueberries. Dave and I threw these in the freezer because we were leaving for NYC and didn’t want them to go bad. Yesterday I wanted some fruit, but we were all out of anything that resembled a fruit or veggie (of course because we suck at going grocery shopping consistently). I grabbed the frozen bluebs, and lo & behold, they are awesome as a snack! You can sit there and pop in your mouth mindlessly as you work. (Yes, I’m totally guilty of that, & sometimes eating just makes me more productive. You too? Or just me?)

fast healthy snack

Before I go, one more thing. This is what happens when I do work for an hour at home without looking up. Sancho attacks.

 If you try the 5 minute workout tomorrow morning, or eat some frozen bluebs, let a girl know :)

“A 5 minute pantry lunch” or “I’ve been eating really weird things”

27 Jul

We are officially out of food in this house. The few remaining perishable items have been some very random vegetables, and dill. I’ve been making the best of it and eating like a forager instead of taking an hour to run to the store and grocery shop. Why? Because an hour seems like SO much time to take out of the middle of the day…and at the end of the day… who wants to run errands?

So, I’ve been mixing together some really weird concoctions like only a forager would. When Sancho saw the first batch, this was his reaction: I’d rather eat an awesome stick than whatever is in that bowl, you evil, evil woman.

Back away from the stick…

I present to you my odd creation that actually tasted kinda good, in 3 different variations. It’s kinda like a tuna casserole, only not baked. Imagine you were in a frat house, and you opened the fridge only to find condiments in the doors in the shelf, one container of leftover plain pasta (in my case, a ton of leftover quinoa), a random bunch of dill, and uno lone pepper in the vegetable drawer.

From the pantry I pulled:

1 can o’ tuna

salt & pep

From the fridge I pulled:


3/4 cup leftover quinoa

1 tsp mayo made with olive oil

2 tsp capers from a random jar of capers

Optional variables over 3 different days of trying to make it interesting:

1/2 a pepper

1/3 can of beans



It tastes pretty good, I swear! The secret is the dill and the capers. Let a little of the pickling juice from the capers get all up in that mixture, and you’ll see what I’m sayin’. I feel like I discovered electricity. Only in the form of tune mixed with capers. Clearly, I’m on the path to rocket science.

Sancho, drop the stick.

The key to life is finding the beauty in everything around you.

11 Jul

Did you ever read a book where the author just nails it, line after line? I’ve been reading a book called “Let The Great World Spin” by Colum McCann for about a month now (I usually read 2-3 books at once; book ADD), and I love the way he writes. I have a thing for little lines of beauty. Beauty in the sense of the language, the truth captured, and the way it makes me think. Do you underline in your books?

Here are some of the quotes I’ve captured over the past weeks:

“But life must pass through difficulty in order to achieve any modicum of beauty, he said.”

“He wanted the promotion, yes, but even that couldn’t stifle the feeling that he had taken whatever idealism he once had and stuffed it inside a cheap black robe, and now, when he went searching, he couldn’t even find it inside the darkest slits.”

“There are rocks deep enough in this earth that no matter what the rupture, they will never see the surface. There is, I think, a fear of love. There is a fear of love.”

“There’s only one thing that moves at the speed of light and that’s cold hard cash.”

“They told me Corrigan smashed all the bones in his chest when he hit the steering wheel. I thought, well at least in heaven his Spanish chick’ll be able to reach in and grab his heart.”

“They say boys always want to be the first with girls, and girls always want to be the last with boys.”

“If you think of the world without people, it’s about the most perfect thing there ever is. It’s all balanced and shit. But then come the people, and they fuck it up.”

“My mother and father, up from Missouri, hugged me. They were old and ruined and held each other’s hands as if they were just one piece.”

“There are years accumulated in a sound.”

Think about that last one. Is there a song that comes on the radio, and you just must change the channel because you don’t want to think about whatever it’s reminding you of? Or a song that immediately brings you back to your childhood and makes you smile to yourself in the car?

Onto today :)

This morning I did a 20 minute oldie but goodie bodyrock workout called “Sexy Supremacy.” I haven’t done a workout over 12 minutes in a while, and it went by just as quickly. I’m so glad to be exercising again. I was in a pretty bad slump for the two weeks before, and nothing was exciting me at all about the idea of being active. In fact, the thought of exercising even depressed me. I was anti-activity. Couchasaurus. Weird, right? Or can you relate? Taking that first step back after a long break is always the hardest. Always. But it’s worth it.

Breakfast was a fruit smoothie. It came out like a tall glass of amazing.

In the blender:

- 1 frozen banana (frozen in two pieces to make it easier for the blender to handle)

- a bunch of frozen strawberry slices

- 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

- 1/3 cup of water

- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (Jay Robb brand)

Sancho slept right through the blending process. What a sleep monster. He’s also a book-eating monster. Scroll back up. Notice the ragged top left corner of my book? Mm hmm.

Mmm hmm.

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