Fancy Food + Weekly Moves and Grooves

Thank you to everyone who recommended a bunch of podcasts on yesterday’s post! I’m looking forward to listening to all of them and perpetuating my dependence on technology to keep me from feeling lonely.

I love that podcasts can make me laugh out loud. I like laughing. 😀

Since I started my internship at 3pm yesterday, I had a little bit of extra free time in the morning to make some more “fancy” food. Fancy = takes more time.

Breakfast was Frrrreeeench tooooast (said in my pitiful, wannabe-hardy French accent). I dipped Dave’s Killer Bread in a mixture of: 1 egg, a splash of 2% milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then I plopped the battered bread into a skillet sizzling with butter.

DSC_1686

Served with a pool of peanut butter and bananas sautéed in a little more butter. Plus the last of a plain yogurt container with more cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia (yeah, I used it) and the sweetest of mangoes.

DSC_1687

For lunch, I had another English muffin sandwich with an egg, avocado, and goat cheese + salad + an unknown number of white cheddar Popcorners + a plum!

DSC_1688

Around 11AM I whipped out the crockpot and almost 6 lbs of boneless pork ribs, compliments of Costco. After practically sawing off the excess fat (I left plenty on, but I took off the 2 inch strips and chunks o’ fat), I seasoned the ribs with Bobby’s rib rub and then threw them into the crockpot with some garlic and onion.

8 hours later…

DSC_1689

Glamour shots.

DSC_1691

You can see my first taste of the ribs on Snapchat.

For dinner I served the ribs on microwave-steamed sweet potatoes with kale sautĂ©ed in avocado oil, salt, pepper, a little maple syrup, and spicy brown mustard (<— do this!). Plus a dollop of Greek yogurt because the ribs were kinda spicyyy.

DSC_1693

What a blesséd meal.

Since I haven’t shared my weekly moves and grooves in a couple weeks, I thought it was a good time to share again! Still keeping things pretty low impact/intensity and feeling great about it.

I’ve been working on gaining some flexibility and mobility back in some (all) of my tight joints with yoga and stretching. Physical therapy interning has me inspired to stay as mobile in my joints as possible!

weekly moves and grooves

  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: lower body barre
  • Sunday: 8 min abs
  • Monday: 60 min yoga
  • Tuesday: gymnastics warmup + handstands + lower body exercises
  • Wednesday: 3 mile walk
  • Thursday: 8 min abs + 60 min yoga

Hip hip hooray for Friday!

So tell me:

What did you eat for dinner last night?

Do you consider yourself flexible?

Advertisements

Snapchat, Podcasts, and Current Snack Addiction

Thinking-Out-Loud

1) I used to think Snapchat was the worst social media platform ever. Sending anyone photos that will be forever deleted (or so they say) after a few seconds seemed funny, but also very….dangerous? My fear was opening a snap and being like:

AHH - Oh my

[source]

2) But now Snapchat has this whole “My Story” phenomenon, and I don’t hate it. You don’t have to scroll through a feed to see what people are up to, and I find some people’s stories to be quite entertaining. Mine aren’t that cool, but if you want to follow me and see me livin’ life (in case you don’t see enough of that here), my username is alisonmty. Option two would be to scan this:

IMG_7056

3) Continuing on the theme of social media, what is the deal with accounts like this?

IMG_7057

Zero posts, not following anyone, over 19,000 followers. I don’t know, I just don’t.

4) Yes, I am continually doctoring my social media obsession. I did a pretty good job a few weeks ago by limiting my time on social media to about half an hour total every day. Then I fell off that bandwagon, but I should hop back on.

5) Okay one more thing regarding technology, but this seems more productive than social media. I’ve started listening to podcasts! What I mean by that is I’ve started listening to two podcasts— Girls Gone WOD (found out about them through Tina’s blog) and The Catholic Guy’s Show. They’re both funny, informative, and thought-provoking. Listening to podcasts is like being a passive listener to a really good conversation that fascinates you.

I would appreciate any podcast recommendations! (I do know about Serial.)

6) Popcorners are the most addicting snack in all the land. It’s like opening the door to Narnia when you open the bag.

DSC_1685 DSC_1681

times 5000

*Dad opens bag*

Me: Be careful, those are addicting.

*Dad chuckles*

*I go over to eat one…then two*

Me: They’re just so good!

*I go for another one*

Me: See, as soon as you open the bag…!

Dad: Yeah. Close it. Close it.

7) Sandwiches on English muffins have been rockin’ my world. Not because sandwiches between two pieces of regular bread aren’t fantastic, but when English muffins are BOGO, you hop on it and put yummy things inside.

DSC_1677

goat cheese and turkey meatloaf

DSC_1679

avocado, goat cheese, two eggs

8) After a hot and humid weekend, the weather eased up beautifully yesterday! My morning walk was crisp and pleasant.

IMG_7053

9) “25 Things Girls Put On Instagram That Annoy All Women”. Okay, going back to Instagram for a quick sec because I just found this. Although I definitely don’t agree with some of the things on this list, I do find the post hilarious. “Bathroom selfies: Oh well your house is just lovely, laundry on the floor and all.”

10) I promise there’s more in my brain than social media and petty first world problems. Those things just keep it lighthearted around here. 🙂 Hope you all have a splendid day!

So tell me:

Do you use Snapchat?

Your current snack addiction?

Do you listen to podcasts? Have any favorites?

What annoys you on Instagram? Chances are, if someone’s posts are annoying me, I’m not following the person. That being said, I’m not a fan of random selfies with an emoji as a caption. I’m fine with selfies in general (meaningful caption, with friends, at a cool place, etc.), but the emoji caption is just…alrighty then. There you are.

Dancers Fueled By Popcorners {MIMM #26}

Hi there!

The weather forecast said there would be a 100% chance of snow last night, and it was 100% wrong. It’s not like we needed another snow day though, so I’m strangely a-okay with going to school today. I also just don’t want the roads to get all clogged up again. I may or may not have driven {slowly} into mini glaciers three times in the past week.

Screen Shot 2014-03-02 at 9.19.35 PM

0 inches.

Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely weekend, whatever the weather! Mine was pretty darn marvelous. And it’s not just because Joseph Gordon Levitt and Emma Watson were on stage together at the Oscars last night. Or because Ellen was the hostess!

MiMM

Joining Katie‘s marvelous Monday linkup!

Friday

I was pretty much a veg at home after school on Friday besides trying out a bunch of these awesome (and not-so-awesome) pushup variations. In the evening, I did some “MC Hammering” (in the words of Arman) at my school’s talent show. Noooo, I didn’t shuffle across the stage in flashy, super-low-crotch pants. I was a co-emcee with three other students, and we basically introduced people and told corny jokes. It was a fun time!

My favorite corny joke: What did the baby corn say to the mama corn?


Where’s POPcorn?!

You’re smiling. It’s ok.

Throughout the evening, I was fueled by a smoothie that I had for dinner. I was inspired by Amanda’s breakfast for dinner, so I tried out her oatmeal cookie dough smoothie with spinach/kale for some extra veggie power!

DSC_7709

I had to use a spatula to get every bit of goodness out of the blender 😉

DSC_7710

And since I eat Greek yogurt with everything and I was craving that creamy tanginess…

DSC_7712

Spoon➔ dip in Greek yogurt➔ dip in smoothie➔ put in mouth➔ repeat.

I highly recommend this smoothie! So thick and satisfying.

Oh, and here’s more proof of my love for Greek yogurt:

photo 1

Plop. (No calculators were harmed during this snack time.)

Saturday

Another long day at dance from 11 AM-4 PM, and then Mass afterwards. We did have a Groupon for our favorite Japanense restaurant though. 😀 Our reason for celebration was an early Mardi Gras and a farewell to my mom who is leaving for Florida soon. Let’s face it though— we would have gone even if it weren’t for those reasons.

photo 3 photo 2 photo 1

This was green tea gelato. Can you hear the angels singing?

Sunday

Sunday started off earlier than usual with a Sunday school staff meeting at 8:30 AM.

photo 1

I couldn’t roll out of bed at the last minute though because I had to get dolled up for the dance company photo shoot! We each get a headshot, and then there are a bunch of group photos taken. I’m also vice president of company, and officers (president, VP, etc.) get additional photos with each other and by themselves in different dance poses.

photo 3

Dance director making sure we’re camera-ready!

photo 4

My friend Livv aka Beyonce.

Some people may think that dancers are extremely cautious of their diets, but this company likes to EAT. It’s not always “real food” either. Like these Popcorners that I could not stop eating:

photo 2

Put one in your mouth and never turn back.

For our weekly brunches we also usually have foods such as bagels, pretzel crisps, cereal, fruit, muffins, and granola bars. Dancers need ’em carbs for four hours of dance!

That pretty much sums up my weekend: corny jokes, corny chips, and green stuff. 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

So tell me:

Do you like having breakfast for dinner?

What is your favorite kind of chip?

Three things you did this weekend!