Weekend Adventures in Portland Oregon

We had such an amazing 3 day weekend in Portland, Oregon.  My dad lives there, so we we decided to pack up and take a road trip to see him and meet up with some of our friends who live there as well.

Saturday started off with a trip down to the Portland Saturday market.  It’s a huge street market and fair that features tons of booths with food, jewelry, clothing etc.  I had to pick up my favorite kombucha (Brew Dr. Kombucha) while I was there.  I tried the lemon ginger and my husband tried the citrus hops.  They were both yummy!  Then we went shopping which was a blast.  I love checking out new stores and boutiques that we don’t have in Idaho.  After shopping we were hungry and tired, so we stopped off for some pizza and ice cream.  I had a super yummy slice of pizza and a kale salad at a local pizza place called Pizzacato.  For dessert we were off to Salt and Straw for ice cream.    IMG_0828[1] If you have never been to Salt and Straw ice cream shop  in Portland you need to go.  I don’t eat ice cream often, due to my dairy intolerance, but I had to try a few of their new flavors.  They do offer a dairy free and gluten free option, but I took a chance on the real thing.  This month at Salt and Straw they are featuring fermented flavors, which sounds odd and some of the flavors were a bit odd.  I wasn’t going to try any of them, but my server suggested I try the sourdough with chocolate and strawberry.  Here is the description on the menu:  The ice cream is made of Sourdough, with all it’s fermented tartness and malty-ness, with a gentle smear of liquified chocolate and strawberry jam. The ice cream itself is as pleasantly sour as walking into a bakery at five in the morning thanks to a house fermented sourdough mom we’ve created specifically for this ice cream and candied sourdough “croutons”. Ribbons of jam and chocolate slowly drool from each scoop with the same tenacity that you’ll drool over each bite.  So I had to take a chance and try it.  It was sooooo good!  It may be my new favorite ice cream flavor.  And since I couldn’t decide between all the flavors, I had two!  I went for a scoop of the almond brittle with salted ganache.  It was sooooo good too! I was a bit worried about having tummy issues after eating all that dairy, but it turns out I was just fine. It was soooooo worth it.  Salt and Straw is our Portland tradition.  You do have to stand in line for a while, but we don’t mind!  

On Sunday the hubby and I decided to go out for a run.  We searched around for a good trail and found the Wildwood trail that started at the Portland Zoo and went up to the Pittock Mansion.  When you reach the top of the hilly run it has a spectacular view of the city.  The trail is approximately 7 miles total, unless you take a wrong turn and get a bit lost.  Our 7 mile run turned into a 10 mile run, which was mostly hills!  IMG_0829[1]

The weekend went fast, but it was a lot of fun.  Catching up with friends, spending quality time with family, and enjoying all the sites, tastes and shops in Portland.  I hope you all had an amazing weekend.  

Thursday 30 Boot Camp Workout

It’s almost Friday!!!!  I am so excited for a long weekend and the last week of school next week.  I really enjoy my summers spending time with my friends and family.  Summers are so much fun around our house.  So I am looking forward to kicking off summer June 2nd! This weekend we are going to Portland to visit my dad and hang out with some of our friends.  I love Portland.  I love to shop in Portland, eat ice cream at Salt and Straw and browse the books at Powell’s.  

Before the long weekend I wanted to get in a quick workout.  This is a 30 minute boot camp workout that can be done anywhere.  Grab some weights and set a timer for 30 minutes.  Try to complete as many rounds as possible.  You will be sweaty so don’t forget a towel and some water.  I hope you all have a great weekend.  Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday 30

Start this workout with a cardio warm up.  You can jog, bike, use the elliptical or row for 2-3 minutes.  If you don’t have access to any machines you can do a combination of jogging in place, jumping jacks, high knees, and butt kickers to get warmed up.

After the warm up, set your time for 30 minutes and complete each exercise for 30 seconds repeat 4-5 times until the 30 minutes is up.  Be sure to include a cool down and stretch following the workout.  

  • Burpee with a push up
  • Overhead Tricep Extensions with weights
  • Squat Jumps
  • Deadlifts
  • Burpees
  • Upright Rows
  • X Jumps*
  • Hamstring Curls on a fit ball*
  • Scissor Abs or Any Ab Exercise 

*Ball Leg Curl:  Start by laying on the floor with your feet resting on top of the ball.  Your ankles will be resting on top of the ball.  This is where you will start your curl.  Lift your hips into a glute bridge, roll the ball in as close as you can contracting your hamstrings.  Return to the starting position.  

* X-Jumps: Reach down between your legs in a wide squat jump position and jump off the floor into an x in the air.  If you need a modification alternating squats or jumping jacks will work as well.

Feel free to change or modify the workout to meet your needs.  

 

What The Hill?

I hope you are all having a great Sunday.  This has been a really fun weekend it started and ended with friends.  We met up with some friends on Saturday night for a date night.  It was a blast.  It started off with a trip to Boise Escape.  It’s one of those escape room places where you have 1 hour to solve the mystery and escape the room.  Unfortunately we did not escape in time. IMG_0796[1] It was pretty hard but very fun.  After that we went out to a sushi dinner which was very yummy.    It was a great date night with friends.  I enjoy starting my SuIMG_0794[1]nday’s with a long run. It’s nice to meet up with friends and chat while getting in a few miles.  Today’s run was a 7  mile hill run.  I am training for the Sawtooth Relay and The Spartan so I have to incorporate hill running into my weekly runs.  If you are like me and you have a love/hate relationship with hills here are a few tips to help you beat those hills, get stronger and faster.

  1.  Use proper form for hill running.  When running up hill use short strides, high knee drive, and a slight forward lean.  When running up hill you should be on the balls of your feet. 
  2. Pump your arms a little harder than you would on a flat run. 
  3. When running downhill lengthen your stride, keep an upright posture and engage your core muscles to help with stability. 
  4. To become a stronger hill runner you must run hills and add in hill repeats.
  5. Remember to strength train. Any strength training will increase the power in your legs which will make hill running easier and hill running will make your legs stronger as well. 

These are just a few tips and suggestions.  Feel free to comment with any other tips you have for me.  I have two hilly races coming up. 

Today in church my pastor Doug said “your attitude determines your altitude.”  This is totally true for hill running and life.  Hills are tough but if you change your attitude toward them they are like any other challenging situation. Tough while you are going through it but rewarding when  you conquer it. 

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After church and my run I got to spend some quality time with my BFF (we were BFF’s before it was even a thing) grabbing a cup of coffee and talking.  I love ending the weekend that way.  I hope you all have a great week.   

 

200 Burpee Workout

Happy Friday.  I hope everyone had an amazing week and is ready for the weekend.  One of my friends posted an image on Facebook that said “there is no tired like end of the year teacher tired,” so true!  When May hits I am exhausted.  So I am really looking forward to the summer and spending time with my family and traveling.  I am also looking forward to train for the Spartan Run in June.  I have to be honest though I am really nervous.  This is so out of my comfort zone.  However,  I know that if you cannot complete the obstacles then you can do burpees instead, so I figure I better start adding more burpees into my workouts.  Who doesn’t love burpees? They are a full body strength training and cardio workout all in one!  Here is a workout we did in my boot-camp class on Thursday.  They loved it!  Well at least they did at the end.  I hope you give it a try.  

200 Burpee Workout

Warm Up (complete each exercise in the warm up for 30 seconds)   

  • Jog
  • Jumping Jacks
  • But Kickers
  • High Knees
  • Squats Side to Side
  • Alternating Front Lunges
  • Standing Toe Touches
  • Arm Circles

200 Burpee Workout

  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 Side Lunges Right
  • 10 Side Lunges Left
  • 10 Side Burpees (legs kick out to the side)
  • 10 Bicep Curls
  • 10 Wide Burpees (feet stay wide when jumping back and up)
  • 10 Squats
  • 10 Burpees (add a push up if possible)
  • 10 Rows
  • 10 Burpees with 2 Plank Jacks

Complete this 4 times in 30 minutes.  Try to move quickly from one exercise to the next.  I suggest a heavier weight for the strength exercises since you are only completing 10 reps.  Feel free to add in some core strengthening following the workout if you have time.  

Always finish your workout with a cool down and stretch.  

200 Burpees

30 Minute Strength and Cardio Interval Workout

Hi guys!  I hope you had a great weekend and are having a great Monday!   We had a crazy week last week, so I am really looking forward to being a bit less busy.  We had a ton of school and sporting events and a concert. It was a lot of fun but I am looking forward to a less hectic week.  I am also counting down the days until the end of the school year.  Yes, teachers do the countdown just like the students!

Today’s workout was a fun one. It was a mix of strength training and cardio intervals.  It was challenging, but then I looked up and the 30 minutes was over. Plus we got to incorporate our planks in to it as well.  This workout could easily be done at home or at the gym.

  • Materials Needed
  • Yoga Mat (optional)
  • Dumbbells
  • Water
  • Towel

You will perform each exercise in the list for 30 seconds completing it as many times as you can in 30 minutes.  Feel free to add in additional core work and be sure to cool down and stretch following the workout.

30 Minute

Banana Oat Protein Pancakes Recipe

Hi guys, I hope you are having a great week.  I am totally looking forward to the weekend.  I made the best pancakes today in my Vitamix blender.  I basically just threw in a bunch of ingredients hoping it would turn out ok and it was delicious!  These were very filling too.  I would say it makes about 2 servings but today I was extra hungry after my workout so I gobbled all of these up with some peanut butter on top.  I was not hungry at all until lunch.  Now, it does make about 4 pancakes, so you do not have to eat them all like I did!  Unfortunately I didn’t have time this morning to take a pic of them but I am planning to make more this weekend and keep them in the fridge for the week. 

 

Banana Oat Protein Pancakes
Serves 1
Gluten Free Protein Pancakes
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Cook Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Ripe Banana
  2. 1/2 Cup Egg Whites
  3. 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  4. 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Oatmeal
  5. 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  6. 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until the mixture is smooth. Pour onto a griddle or pan and cook until golden brown over medium to low heat. These can burn easy so be sure to watch them closely.
Notes
  1. Top with Greek yogurt and berries or your favorite nut butter and a drizzle of honey (optional).
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Day 10 Planks and Tanks Check In

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend and Mother’s Day.  Tomorrow will be day 10 of the planks and tanks 30 day workout! How is everyone doing on the challenge? If you haven’t joined in on the planks and tanks (tops) challenge you should!  Day 10 through 20 we will start increasing the time for each exercise.  Feel free to increase the time more if you feel you need that extra challenge!  Or if you need to decrease the time or modify your plank and drop to your knees that is fine too!  The plank is one of the best exercises we can do to strengthen our core! Why not add in some arms too.  You wont find just planks in the next 10 days of the workout. Here is a link to the entire workout: http://4livingthewrightway.com/2016/05/01/planks-and-tanks-30-day-workout/ 

The video below will show you the next set of exercises.  Have  a great week!   

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

Today was a great day.  It started out with an amazing hill run in the Boise foothills with some awesome friends.  I love starting my day with a run and today was a great one.  The hubby made me a yummy post run cup of coffee and breakfast and my daughters made me some hand made cards.  It was a great day.  I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I think it is so important to surround ourselves, especially us moms with other inspiring women.  Today I felt inspired by so many moms, including mine who inspires me everyday.  Have an amazing week!  Keep up the good work with the plank challenge!!!!  This weeks pictures will be up soon. 

 

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Quick, Healthy and Easy Breakfast Ideas

breakfast ideasHappy Friday everyone.  I am definitely looking forward to the weekend and of course Mother’s Day.  One of my favorite meals of the day is breakfast!  Most of the time I work out super early in the morning so I am starving by breakfast time.  If you need some inspiration or want to change  your typical breakfast I thought I would share some of my favorite breakfast meals and recipes with you.  I am in no way a chef!  I like to watch cooking shows, but I don’t consider myself a gourmet cook.  These are some of my favorite breakfast recipes that I make and from around the web that are not only healthy but quick and delicious as well.  Check them out!  Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!!!!!

3 Ingredient Pancakes

There are a lot of recipes for these out there.  I personally like to mix 1 ripe banana, 2 eggs or egg whites, 2 tablespoons of coconut flour and cinnamon.  I cook them long and slow in some coconut oil spray.  The seem to do better for me on a lower heat for a longer amount of time.  Top them off with some nut butter, Greek yogurt, or fresh fruit and you have a yummy breakfast.  You can easily make a double batch of these and keep them in the fridge for the week.

Overnight Oats:  This is one of my favorite recipes.  I love a lot of the recipes on her blog!  Overnight Oatshttp://www.oatmealwithafork.com/2013/09/02/peanut-butter-cookie-dough-overnight-oats-dairy-free/

 

 

Kodiak Cakes:  This is a pre-mixed box pancake mix.  While I usually try to make my own pancake mix this is a convenient option.  This is a pretty clean mix.  100% whole grain wheat and oat flour and they have 7 grams of protein per serving.  I just saw that they have new flavors coming out:  Chocolate, Crunchy Peanut Butter and a Gluten Free Option.  I can’t wait to try the peanut butter!  I buy a giant box of this at Costco! http://www.kodiakcakes.com/mixes/

Eggs and Avocado Toast:  Super simple and quick.  Eggs cooked however you like with some toast topped with a dollop of mashed avocado, sea salt, and cracked pepper.  If you like spice, you can sprinkle a bit of hot sauce on top too.  My fave!

Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls:  You can’t go wrong with a smoothie. Here is one of my favorite recipes:

Maca Superfood Powder

 

Breakfast Burrito:  My hubby makes these for our daughters and they are easy to store in the refrigerator for a quick healthy breakfast.  He likes to make them using egg whites or whole eggs, turkey sausage, cheese and veggies.  You can customize these any way you like and they will be delicious.

Baked Oatmeal:  I love oatmeal in general but to make it easier and quicker I whip up a batch of baked oatmeal and eat it throughout the week.  This is my favorite recipe.  Sorry I don’t have a picture I ate it too fast before taking a photo!

Apple Blueberry Baked Protein Oatmeal

⅓ cup        Egg whites

½ cup       Unsweetened applesauce

2 ¼ cup    Unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 scoop     Protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)

1 tsp         Vanilla extract

4 cups      Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats

1 cup        Blueberries

Liquid Stevia to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk the egg whites, applesauce, almond milk, protein powder and vanilla extract until combined.  If you choose to use stevia whisk that in as well.  Stir in oats until well combined.  Fold in blueberries gently.  Spread mixture into baking dish and bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes until set.  Store in the refrigerator or freeze individual portions for a quick and easy breakfast.

201 Calories    3.6 grams fat    33.5 grams of carbs  9.1 grams of protein *these numbers are approximate, I entered them in to myfitness pal.

I hope you all have a great weekend.  If you have a breakfast you love please feel free to comment and share.  I am always looking for new yummy ideas.

 

Spring Clean Your Workout Routine

Spring Clean Your Workout Routine Have you ever felt like you were in a workout routine rut?  I know I have.  Just like spring cleaning your house (which I need to do badly) I think it is important to spring clean our workout routines as well.   Being a group fitness instructor for the past 20 years, I know the importance of changing up routines.  To keep my participants engaged and coming back to my class I am always looking for new ideas and ways to change things up. However, we can get stuck in a rut.  We get accustomed to certain things and just stick to our day-to-day routines and never change.  Here are some signs that you may need to spring clean your workout routine.

  1. You hit a plateau or stop getting desired results.
  2. You are bored with your current workouts.
  3. You keep getting injuries or are always sore.
  4. Working out becomes a chore and not as enjoyable as it has been in the past.
  5. Your workout is not longer challenging.

If you feel like you need to change things up, here are a few tips and suggestions to start fresh this spring and change-up your workout routine.

  1. Set a goal like a 5k or a new race.  In the past I have done a triathlon to change things up and it was a fun and new challenge.  I am currently starting to train for a Spartan which is going to be a lot of fun as  well.
  2. Find a personal trainer or a workout partner who can motivate and push you.
  3. Try a new fitness class.  Recently I have been trying out Orangetheory and Hot Yoga.  So much fun and challenging.
  4. Get outside!  If you have been logging tons of miles on the treadmill or indoor cycling, move your workout outdoors.
  5. Re-evaluate your goals.  I feel that setting goals can help you stay focused and motivated.
  6. Create a new playlist! For my classes I change my music each day.  Getting some new music or even adding music to your workout can really be motivating.  Nothing gets me going like a little Salt N Peppa during my run!
  7. When strength training.  Remember to change your sets, reps, and/or weights if you have been using the same size weights and the same reps for more than a month you are due for a change.

One of my favorite poster quotes on my classroom walls is this:

If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten!