Sunday, January 31, 2010

Take This, Blog Rut!

Good morning :) Thanks for all your comments yesterday about my blog rut. Another thing I love about blogging (there is an endless list) is that I can say pretty much anything no matter how ridiculous and at least 10 people will be like "yeah that happens to me too" haha. It's wonderful.

I have stuff to say today, so hopefully I won't delete it after!

First of all, my friend and I decided to go to a new spin class this morning. I knew it was going to be a challenge because the teacher is really popular and I've noticed the teachers that are harder tend to be more popular (which I suppose is good right?). Wellll...challenge might be an understatement. The first challenge was getting to class at 7:15 on a Sunday. Now, I admit I'm usually up then, but something about having to get there just makes things more difficult. I kept waking up last night and checking the time, I hate how I do that...Anyway, point is, the class was supposed to be an hour, and usually the hour classes barely last 50 minutes. Not this one! I was on that bike for 75 minutes. Whew! That may not sound like a lot to you, but I would be happy with a 45 minute class any day. It was definitely a hard class too and she wouldn't let us sit back on our bike and "recover" even if it was time to get some water. Needless to say I was dripping and dead by the end of class, but it felt good after my lackluster workout yesterday.

Speaking of yesterday, I was in kind of a grumpy mood (if you couldn't tell by my post). I wouldn't say I ever completely snapped out of it, but I did do a couple of things to make myself happier. The first was to make some oatmeal apple muffins. I used to make these all the time and for some reason I haven't been lately. I was hoping I could eat them as a dessert instead of the insane amounts of ice cream I have been eating. Last night I ate it with a little bit of Trader Joe's Cranberry Apple Butter, yum.

Oatmeal Apple Muffins
*Makes 6 Muffins
1 cup apple, peeled and shredded
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Old Fashioned oats
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. milk (I used soy milk)
1 tbsp. canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used greek)
3 tbsp. egg whites

Mix all the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, then pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Spray muffin tray with Pam for Baking. Divide batter into 6 sections of a muffin tray. Bake on 375 for about 10-15 minutes (this really depends on the oven, so I just check it with a toothpick).

Each muffin has about 150 calories, 3 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein, and 11 grams of sugar. A great snack or dessert :)

After my muffin baking fun, Eric and I met up with my friend Katie for some delicious dinner at a Golf Club my Dad belongs to. My favorite thing about the food at this place is how healthy it is. The bread comes with a delicious hummus that I have been trying to convince Eric to try to replicate.

I ordered grilled salmon and it was pretty much amazing.

I left there feeling like one of my friend's had just cooked me a delicious and healthy dinner, I love that! Do you have any restaurants where you leave feeling that way?

I've got a pretty long to do list today, which includes spending a lot of time coloring. My kiddos at work are working on their first multiple page stories. I am trying to do one at the same time so that they can see how I am doing my "best work." Whenever I do a really nice picture, I see their effort go way up, so I suppose it's worth the time. Plus coloring is kind of therapeutic. In case you are wondering, my story is about how I lost my teddy bear. I've implied to the kids that it was when I was "younger", but in fact, I was 18 haha. What? That's younger than I am now!

Hope everyone has a nice Sunday!


  1. That salmon and tatey looks gorgeous!

    If i know that I have to be up early for something (other that usual work) I am awake constantly through the night checking the time.

    I may have to give those muffins a try - sound delish :o)

  2. ah baking always lifts my spirits :) those muffins look great!

  3. Nothing better then starting a weekend day off with a good, hard workout!! I am about to head out on a run here.

    That's hilarious about the colouring. Love it. Have a good Sunday :D

  4. I cannot believe you are up that early on Sundays! I need to be a little more motivated to get stuff done on Sundays. Since everything is closed here I have this habit of not even getting dressed on Sundays. I usually skype with my best friend and get work done, but those things never inspire me to hop out of bed too early!

    a 75 minute long spinning class sounds KILLER! Absolutely insanely hard. I hope the tunes were good!

  5. That dinner looks so delicious (and healthy!) I can feel that way from time to time leaving Not Your Average Joe's. Depends on how much of the bread I ate.

    I wish my work involved coloring. Sometimes I do get to color in some plan drawings.

  6. I am glad you are in a better mood today! :)

  7. glad you're feeling more chipper!

  8. Oh my god I want that Salmon again so badddd. It was especially amazing this weekend.

  9. Just found your blog. Your Oatmeal Apple muffins look yummy. You should check out my daughter's blog site Katie "Fit to Wed" She is getting married in March!! I'm glad your feeling better today!! Have a great week. :)

  10. Sometimes I will color while sitting on the couch at night for no other purpose than I feel like it.. :)

  11. I already know I am going to be crabby tomorrow. I know I should have a positive attitude, but I just hate the first business day of the month!! So I will have to treat myself to somethign fun in the morning since I know it will be a long/stressful day...

    Hope the rest of your Sunday is great! Oh, and I am going to be in Phoenix Feb 26-28, so a very short trip! Can't wait, though! Too bad we won't be there the same weekend!

  12. Oh looks sooo good. I just drooled over all of that

  13. Those muffins sound delicious. Thanks for the recipe! I love oatmeal in muffins.

  14. Hi there,
    I too believe that coloring can be therapeutic. I'm hoping to do some more of myself in the future (maybe not for school though). I don't know about you, but I often resent having to prep stuff (and correct stuff) at home on the weekend. Maybe I'm a little jealous of those who can just leave their work at work and enjoy their entire weekend. :)
    -Pigtailed Teacher

  15. I've been feeling blah lately too. I'm glad I'm not alone. We can blame it on the weather since we live in the same state :)

    The salmon looks delicious. I'm sorry you didn't feel satisfied though. I tend to feel that way whenever I go out to eat. I always think I could've made it better at home somehow.
    Have a good week!

  16. Hey Kelly! Let me answer you question in a simple way, before my not-so simple post is published soon :)

    Gluten is a protein that people are allergic to. It's found in wheat, barley, oats, and rye.

    I don't eat wheat NOT because of the gluten (protein) but because of the fructans (chains of fructose, which is a carbohydrate).

    SO, if a food says "Gluten Free" it IS wheat free, BUT if a food says, "Wheat Free", it may NOT be gluten free (it could have oats, barley, or rye!).

    More to come :)