Category Archives: Cycling

Instant Motivation

I believe that music is instant motivation.  It can pick you up when you’re dragging during a workout.  It can cheer you up when you’ve had a bad day.  So I’m here to provide you with some “Instant Motivation” through music and quotes (I love quotes).

I’d love for you to comment and leave your favorite quote  🙂

Cycling Playlist 11/11/10

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“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”


“Age wrinkles the body, but quitting wrinkles the soul”

-Douglas MacArthur

“There is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

-Winnie the Pooh 😉


Instant motivation for a runner:

Signing up for a race….more news to come about this!




So what’s your favorite quote or favorite motivational workout song???


Shoes…OMG Shoes…

So, I won’t be that girl to show you the new heels I bought this weekend.  Nor will I be the girl to show you the new pair of Jeggings that I’m wearing (maybe I will…still on the fence about these).

Nope, I’m the girl to show you the new running shoes that I just got (for a steal!)


The new are on the left, the old on the right…see a little difference?


how about now?


Or now?  Yep those are the same exact shoes (different colors) just the pink ones are done-zo! I can’t believe how different they look, nor how different they feel.  When I got them, I almost thought I bought the wrong shoes!!

I believe that my old shoes may have had a hand in my IT Band issues.  I’m stretching now every night thanks to a plan from Runner’s World. Plus I’m foam rolling.

IT Band ReliefYou should be able to click the picture and make it bigger  (I couldn’t find it in the RW archives, but it was printed in RW April 2010)

Also, last week, I got myself a pair of cycling shoes.



I really recommend getting a pair if you’re a dedicated cycling class participant!  They have really changed my workout.  I bought them from Hodson’s Bay here in town (Lafayette, IN).  The staff was super nice and informative and even put my clips in for me.  Thanks!


Last, when I went to Chicago, I made Chris trek across town to find Lulu 🙂 I didn’t shop otherwise, because I was determined to splurge on something from Lululemon.

In case you don’t know what Lulu is, it’s an athletic apparel store specializing in yoga, dance, and running wear (or in their words “any sweaty pursuit”).  I’m usually a Nike fanatic, but Lulu is winning over my heart with their fashionable and female specific styling. 

My splurge:


The Define Jacket

This jacket was exactly what I was looking for.  A stylish and super comfy way to get myself to and from the gym, and also a great layering piece (which isn’t too heavy) for colder outdoor runs. 

I found that Lulu products run smaller (I usually wear an XS or S and I actually bought an 8 in the jacket-for extra room for layering)



I highly recommend Lulu products, but I also highly recommend going to a Lulu store.  The staff at the Michigan Ave store in Chicago was very friendly and helpful and willing to look for whatever I needed in the size I wanted.  Although I’ll have to do some buying from the internet, I’ll be making a trip every once in a while to my nearest store 🙂

Still on my wishlist though:


The Run Speed Short in Oasis Plaid…

Although the Run: Dash Tight is obviously more practical for this time of year

A girl can dream though.  😉



What workout gear has got you motivated to workout recently?

Do you love Lulu too?


My cycling playlist for tonight.

Cycling 11-9

It starts out with some more chill tunes, then speeds it up towards the end, so that the workout gains momentum and ends on a high note.  When I run again, this will be my new playlist. 

Run time: 52 minutes

Enjoy 🙂

Another Fall Day


The sun was shining through the trees as I left for the lab today.  I couldn’t resist…I had to take a picture 🙂


The pumpkin matches quite well with all the leaves that are falling.  I don’t want them to go too quickly though, it’s always so sad when the trees are bare.


“Hey leaves!  STAY…don’t LEEEAAVVVEEEE!” haha, sorry, I couldn’t resist!


It’s my first day back in fitness attire since I got sick (over a week!)  I hope that I still know how to move.  We shall see. . . .


I love to french braid my hair for workouts.  My hair is so thin and soft that it helps to keep all the little pieces off my face. 


My new rug came today too 🙂


What do you think?


Here’s the playlist for tonight’s class:

playlist 10-21

I’m in love with the new Kings of Leon Album…have you heard it?

Check it out if you get a chance.  Great music to chill out to 🙂


Looking for an easy breezy Friday meal?  Who likes to spend a lot of the time in the kitchen on a Friday after work when there’s fun things to do!?


Slow Apricot Chick

  • 4 Large Chicken Breasts
  • 1 jar of apricot preserves
  • 1 packet of dry onion soup mix

Put the chicken in the slow cooker.  Mix the preserves and onion soup mix together.  Spoon on top of chicken.  Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.  Serve over whole grain wild rice and with a veggie of choice!  Now that’s easy brreeezzzy … 


I love sugar snap peas.  Getting your veggies frozen is great deal!  Cheaper than fresh and lasts longer.  Plus you don’t risk losing your vitamins in the veggie over the days it sits in the fridge.

Want to make your dinner even easier? 


Invite Uncle Ben to dinner :)  I love these packets.  Great for 2 to 3 people and ready in 90 seconds…what more could you ask for?


Have a wonderful Thursday night and Friday!  T G I F


PS:  I know today’s post was quite the mish mosh of ideas, but that’s what runs through my head :) 


Sorry that I haven’t blogged in over 24 hours.  I hope no one went crazy 😉

It’s been crazy busy this week, finishing up my first lab rotation, writing papers, and working on a grant…phew!

And for your information the countdown till I’m with my family is 45 hours (when this post will be up).


By the way how are you doing with the Self Love Challenge???  I’m going to tell you what made me most happy today:

  • Teaching cycling and cuddling with my kitty Charlie

(so that was two things..oops!)


Anyways, I have a few things to share with you.  A workout playlist and a yummy recipe.  Food and Fitness, is there anything better?

First the recipe:

Quinoa Stirfry


Serves 4


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 bag frozen snow peas
  • 1/2 cup cut raw carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped (fine) red onion
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 brick extra firm tofu (could be omitted or chicken added)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper (I added more!)
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  1. Cook quinoa: bring quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil in a sauce pan.  Reduce to simmer and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed. 
  2. Cut tofu into 1/2 inch cubes.  Squeeze dry with paper towels.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet at medium heat.  Fry tofu on both sides for 5 minutes.  Add 1 Tbsp of the soy sauce after the first flip.
  4. Add veggies and seasonings.  Cook for another 5 – 8 minutes stirring frequently.
  5. Add quinoa, almonds, and rest of the soy sauce.  Stir together.
  6. Plate and top with more almonds.
  7. ENJOY!


Fun Fact about QUINOA:  it’s pronounces keen-wah.  Originally from the South American Andes, it was referred to as the “mother grain”.  It has only really been grown in the US for a short period of time (mid-1980s). It has a fluffy consistency and a mild nutty flavor.  Quinoa is noted for its high amount of protein (8g per 1 cup cooked serving) and also it’s a good source of Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc and Magnesium. Great addition to any diet!



Onto the Playlist:

Girl Power – 10/5 Cycling Class – 52 minutes

10_5 Playlist

Great if you want to rock out to all your girls 🙂


See ya’ll tomorrow.


Quote to Leave you With:

"…if you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you’re trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart  will allow you to float equally between everyone." – Mitch Albom

^Please, Please, Please take the time to let this quote sink in.  Mitch Albom’s books and quotes are some of my most favorite.

mmm granola!

You’ll never guess what happened to me today…try to guess.



Seeeee told you that you wouldn’t be able to guess.  I’ll tell you anyways.  I got a ticket for a traffic violation.  First one.  First black mark.  Guess what I did.  Guess!  Yep, can’t guess can ya?  I crossed the street.  Yep!  That’s right people I jaywalked.  Also known as reckless pedestrian crossing.  Definitely appealing this. 

So what do I do to calm my nerves and stop myself from breathing fire down on the “police” officer???  I bake 🙂

Say hello to my homemade granola bars:

Drool Inducing Granola Bars

DSC00741So, lately I’ve been really conscious about eating “whole” foods – those that have the least amount of processing.  I have done a good job getting rid of a lot of the unnatural foods, and I’ve felt a lot better since getting rid of that junk, however the amount of granola bars that I go through is disgusting.  Now I know that I don’t have to buy the granola bars full of preservatives, I can whip them up at home! (inspired by Ina Garten, who I think is the best thing since sliced bread!)


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (use whatever nuts you like)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 TBSP light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (I eye balled it)
  • 1 cup of Fiber One Original cereal ground up in the food processor
  • raisins and dried cranberries (use as much as you want, start at 1/2 cup each)

Heat oven to 350.  Mix oats and nuts onto a baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes (you’ll start to smell the oats).


Mix together the coconut, Fiber One Cereal, and dried fruit.


So easy to grind up the Fiber One cereal.  “Hungry Girl” was right!  This will add more fiber to your granola bars, which is very good for you (putting my nutritionist hat on).

In a small sauce pan, bring the vanilla, brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, and honey to a boil.  Boil for 1 minute and take off heat.


I could have licked it right out of the pan, but good for my tummy it was way too hot.

Stir together the baked oats and nuts with the coconut mixture.  Then add the contents from the sauce pan and stir.  In a lined 13×9 pan (I lined with foil, very easy to lift out), place oat mixture and press down.  Bake for 20 minutes at 300(notice different temp than above).


Let cool for a few hours and slice.


Soooo yummy! (They need to molded sometimes, so don’t worry if they’re not perfect, they’re hopefully going down the hatch soon)

They’d make great powerbars before a cycling class.  😉

Speaking of cycling, here’s the playlist from Tuesday’s Class:

  • Pride – U2
  • Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
  • The Club is Alive – JLS
  • God is a DJ – Pink
  • Love like Woe – The Ready Set
  • Uprising – Muse
  • Put Your Hands On Me – Joss Stone
  • American Idiot – Green Day
  • OMG – Usher
  • Love Left to Lose – Sons of Sylvia
  • Gettin’ Over You – David Guetta
  • Beautiful Dangerous – Slash
  • Freak Out – Avril
  • Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons (I’m kind of obsessed with the entire album)

Well keep on rockin’ everyone!  I’m off to teach Power Yoga 🙂

Lean and Green

So how did everyone do with the Self Love Challenge #1???  Keep it up!  If you had a tough time, that’s ok!  Change takes a little while, so keep working on it.  🙂


I finally got an antibiotic, so hopefully I’ll be feeling better before I head home next weekend!!! Yes NEXT WEEKEND!!! I can’t wait.  I miss my family and my home soooo much. 

Not only did I take my antibiotic…I took my vitamins like a champ and ate very well!



Breakfast consisted of a lot of coffee, and an amazing peanut butter toast, topped with banana and raisins.  So many of my favorite things.  Also, if you’re looking for a new bread selection from the supermarket, I recommend Nature’s Pride.  My favorite is the Nutty Oat.

I taught cycling tonight also!  I love my group of girls, they really help energize me after long draining days in grad school.



Made a yummy healthy salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, and yellow bell pepper.  Followed by……


MORE ACORN SQUASH!!!! Oh how I love acorn squash.  I need to go to the farmer’s market and get more ASAP because I’m all out 😦 .

Now it’s off to watch the Biggest Loser!!

^one of my favorite contestants!

Jillian and Bob went over healthy weight loss with the contestants tonight.  Some of the main points:

  1. You NEED to eat for weight loss.
  2. It’s all about calories in vs. calories out – so eat well but make sure you take in less than you expend (don’t go below 1200 calories a day and try not to go above a 1000 calorie deficit.  Your body may go into a starvation mode, which will inhibit your weight loss)
  3. Make your choices lean and green.  Make your meat choices lean: lean chicken, lean turkey, sirloin, lean pork.  And choose lots of vegetables and fruits. 
  4. Eat whole foods.  The less processing the better.

I’m glad that Bob and Jillian are advocating healthy choices such as these.  At least they aren’t buying into the media and promoting different fad diets (ie: Zone, Atkins, South Beach).

Have a wonderful evening everyone!


Charlie has been very active lately.  I have a feeling that the toy I got him had catnip in it.  Need to read the label!!!!  Till next time, I have a crazy kitty 🙂