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Yoga On Demand

This morning started off with some high levels of frustration (continued from last night).  I am in the process of trying to migrate this blog over to wordpress.org (the full on hosted blogging platform), after I purchased my domain nam (.com) and chose a hosting server.  Does this sound like a complete nonsense to you? Me too! I feel like I’m literally trying to communicate in a different language.  It’s such a weird feeling, I always knew I was relatively computer-slow but now I know I am computer illiterate!

Computer issues are just so incredibly frustrating!


To try to ease some frustration (and since it’s still raining outside) I decided a little morning yoga might do the trick! Yoga is probably the only thing that I don’t have on DVD, so I turned to my old friend ‘on demand’ to search for a good yoga workout.

If you haven’t tried out ‘on demand’ for working out, I highly recommend it! Anything you’re looking for, you can find.  They even have quickie 10 minute workouts for specific body areas. Give it a try!

I decided on a 40 minute ‘yoga for all’ workout, and it did the trick! I definitely felt more relaxed, generally calm and well and truly streeettcchhed after the 40 minute cycle.  Success!


Today I was feeling eggy! I opted for a fried egg sandwich with muenster cheese and a little spread of strawberry jam.  I first saw the pairing of eggs and strawberry jam over at peanut butter fingers and thought “that’s crazy…and I like it!”.  And believe you me, it works! A little sweet, a little salty, a little melty, delicious!

Egg Sandwich!

I served it up on a toasted whole grain english muffin.  The cheese was melty, and the egg was runny…just the way I like it!

Runny delish!

I topped it off with half of one of my Pumpkin Muffins.  A good way to start my Saturday, even if someone was very obviously making eyes at my muffin!

Sneaky Annie!

Our plans for today are a little up in the air due to the craptastic weather, so I think we’ll be playing it by ear.

I hope you all have some great Saturday plans!!

If you have any experience moving a wordpress.com blog to wordpress.org, or with asmallorange.com feel free to help a girl out! 



Weekly Workout Wrap Up!

This afternoon, the dreariness continued.  It was officially a rainy day in the Bay!


Due to the rain, my run for the day was out of the cards.  I decided a workout DVD would be perfect for today!  I perused my vast collection of DVD’s and decided that an Insanity workout would do the trick nicely.


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I opted for Cardio Core and Balance today.  Nothing, and I mean nothing makes me sweat like Insanity does.  I love these workouts.  I would do the full Insanity course if I didn’t get bored so easily of doing the same thing, but nevertheless, I love popping one of these in to work up a really good sweat!

The Cardio Core and Balance routine included a lot of core work (bet you didn’t guess that from the title) and lots of air punching! Air punches are one of my favourite things to do in a workout, I love really crunching in my core and feeling like a crazed boxer woman! I usually have the most ridiculous face when I’m fake boxing, a mix between happiness and pain.  Anyone else??

Boxing Ridiculousness!

With my workout done for today, I thought it would be a good idea to start a Weekly Workout Wrap up on Fridays.

Here’s what my week looked like;

Saturday; 2.6 Mile run

Sunday; 3 Mile walk

Monday; 4.5 Mile run + 25 Push Ups + 50 Crunches

Tuesday; Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred level 3

Wednesday; 9 Minute Plank Workout + Scissor Crunches

Thursday; Off

Friday; Insanity!


Lunch today was a pretty simple affair!

I opted for a whole wheat tortilla topped with deli ham, muenster cheese and sliced red peppers.

Ham, cheese, puh lease!

I paired it with a couple of baby carrots and called it a day!

Widdle babies!

A simple, yet effective lunch!


Tonight I picked Chris up from the Caltrain station in Millbrae and we headed on down to Pacifica so Chris could buy a new stomp pad for his board.  We decided that since we were down there, we’d grab some dinner at one of our favourite places, The Surf Spot. I didn’t snap any photos because I decided to be offline for the evening’s meal but we enjoyed a charcuterie plate and some portobello spears followed by a delicious, delicious, delicious pizza! I also had a moscow mule (vodka with ginger beer) and Chris had the special margarita that was made with jalapeno simple syrup! Yum!

Now we’re planning on having a nice relaxing night.

I hope you’re all having an awesome Friday evening!


What did your weekly workout look like? DId you manage to get in a day or two? Let me know! We’re all in this together! 






Rock N Roll?

Work today brought me another dose of wisdom courtesy of Charlie Brown.  I swear, you can learn so much from children’s books.  If you haven’t read one in a while, I highly suggest picking one up, flipping through the pages and having your mind blown!

Go on, try it!

Today, I stumbled upon this little gem…

Charlie Brown Goes to School

Amen, Charlie Brown! It just so happened that a few minutes after reading this, I stumbled upon this…

SF Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon!

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Was it a sign?? The Rock N Roll Half Marathon is coming to San Francisco! I’ve heard lots of good things about the Rock N Roll series and it sounds like a fun way to start!  It’s not until April 7th so that would give me almost a full 5 months to get ready.  I’m definitely going to see how I go next week in my first ever 5K and if I even like the whole race experience, but I’m keeping this in the back of my mind.  I hear you loud and clear Charlie Brown!

Message for today…try something new!


Lunch today was another delicious helping of last night’s lentil soup.  I love having leftovers, especially leftovers that taste even better the next day.  Best!

Lentil Soup 2.0!

Bonus Workout…

I love Wednesdays because I always get a little bonus exercise in.  Wednesday is music class day for the little ones which means I get in a hilly 3 mile walk with a double stroller and two kids who are continuously getting bigger and heavier! Pushing a double stroller uphill is no joke.  After the plank workout this morning, my arms were seriously sore!

Another little extra bonus was that it was a beautiful afternoon and I got to walk the kids home in the famous California ‘glow’.  If you haven’t experienced California in the fall/autumn, you are missing out!

California dreaming..

Now I am back home and about to start thinking about what to wear tonight because Chris and I have a special date night planned!

We have been saving up our cash back rewards from our credit cards to go out for a fancy shmancy dinner, and tonight’s the night. Woop Woop!

I hope you all have some nice plans for your Wednesday night!



The Wonderful World of Chia!

Good morning world, Happy Hump Day!


After waking up on the wrong side of the bed this morning (sorry Chris!)  I was thinking about having today as a no workout day.  I just wasn’t feeling a whole lot of motivation and was being a grump, but then my usual mantra ‘Just do something, anything‘ ran through my head.

Since I wasn’t feeling up for a big workout, I decided to work on my core.  I headed over to Tina at Carrots N’ Cake to see if I could get some workout inspiration.  Well, I definitely found it in the form of a 9 minute plank workout.  Now 9 minutes doesn’t sound like much of a workout, but let me tell you…9 minutes of plank related exercised is haaaarrrrd! My abs and my arms were well and truly feeling the burn after 9 minutes! Phew!

I finished off my workout with 25 scissor crunches and 50 jumping jacks, just for good measure.

This workout wasn’t long, and didn’t leave me a sweaty mess but I’m sure it helped boost my metabolism for the day and more importantly, put me in a good mood.  Ahhh exercise, you do it every time!


The other day, I picked up my first packet of Chia Seeds.  I know I’m very late to the Chia party, but  I was excited to see just what the fuss is about.  Now, at the mention of Chia, are you picturing this?

Chia Dude!

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Well, you’d be right! They are one in the same, except now the nutritional benefits of Chia seeds have really come into light.  If you want to read about the goodness of Chia seeds, you can see a great article by Christina Pirello at Huffington Post here.

Chia Seeds

So, I knew I wanted my breakfast to centre around these teeny tiny seeds.  I thought about sprinkling them on top of a toasted english muffin, but then I decided that I really wanted to see what these bad boys can do! I have heard a lot about their amazing thickening powers (due to their high fibre content) and remembered that Julie uses Chia Seeds in a lot of her overnight oats (which always look delicious), so I decided to follow suit.  Of course, I didn’t have overnight so I had to settle on 30 minute oats!

Today I opted for the Chobani greek yogurt Blueberry flavour…

Blueberry Chobani

Another winner!

I combined the yogurt with the rest of my ingredients in a bowl;

2/3 Cup of Rolled Oats

2 Tbs Chia Seeds

1/2 Cup of Almond Milk

Ready for the fridge!

It was covered and popped in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

When it came out of the fridge, I topped it with some fresh raspberries.

Overnight oats!

They were delicious and so thick! The Chia seeds really made a difference.  Every now and then I would crunch on a seed and it had a very subtle nutty flavour, delicious!

I was a happy girl…

Oh…hi Annie girl!

As of this morning, I am definitely a fan of Chia seeds and excited to see what else I can incorporate them into.  And a little added dietary fibre and omega 3 into my day doesn’t go astray.

Well, time to get to work!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!



Married Moment!

Hi everyone out there! I hope your Tuesday is going swimmingly. Mine sure is!


Lunch today was a packed lunch courtesy of dinner last night.  I gave myself a little extra time before heading off to work to whip up a nice healthy lunch to enjoy with the kiddies.

Steak salad.

Steak salad…oxymoron?? I paired the left over chunks slices of steak with some baby spinach, baby carrots and sliced red peppers.  I dressed it all with a little bit of balsamic vinegar.  It was nutritious and delicious! Bonus!

I also made sure to pack one of my peanut butter energy bites to get me through the afternoon.  It worked a treat! I’m not sure how I ever lived without these babies.  Energy and taste galore!!

Today was another gorgeous day in the city, so I made sure to spend some good time outside with the kiddies.  Clear blue skies and cold weather calls for one thing…fur!

Fur day!

Love wearing my cozy jackets.  I’m just going to put it out there…’it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’!! (Yes I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but a girl can dream!).

In amongst all the loving I was laying on San Francisco today, something exciting/funny/creepy happened.  Chris and I had a full-blown ‘married moment’.  We had the exact same thought at the exact same time!! We were texting back and forward to see what we should do this weekend (yes, we live for the weekends).  And then this happened…

Married moment!

It really happened! We’re meant to be! Orrr we’re both just really craving a trip to Santa Cruz, one or the other.  Needless to say, I was pretty excited about it.


I got home from work close to 5 today which is about an hour past my usual mental workout cut off  time but I was really feeling the motivation today! Since it was already getting dark outside, it was the perfect time for a workout DVD.  So, I spent half an hour with my girl Jillian Michaels.

Hey Jillian! Wanna hang out?? 

I did Jillian’s ’30 Day Shred’ and opted to go all out with level 3.  It felt great to do this workout, it’s quick but it’s sweaty and hard!! As usual, the jump squats and rock star jumps nearly left me in a sweaty pile on the ground but I pushed through and finished it up.  I love that you can just pop a DVD in the machine and get a good workout, ahh technology!

I don’t know about you all, but I’m a sweaty beast.  I’m off to shower before Chris comes home and decides there will be no more married moments because he married an animal.  Just kidding! He loves me no matter how much I look and/or smell like a troll, true love!

I’m also working on some dinner using these things…


What could it be?? Swing by later on to find out!





4.5 Miles!

Work was pretty straight forward today.  Actually, come to think of it, the kids were especially cute so it was a good old day! And work flew by which is always nice.

I got home after picking up some dry cleaning, took the dog out for a quick walk and then started to get a bit peckish! I turned to the fridge and snacked on one of these bad boys…

Peanut Butter Energy Bites!

Annndd then another one.  I am loving these quick and easy Peanut Butter Energy Bites and they were even more delicious today after spending the whole night in the fridge.  Yum!

I spent a little time sitting around doing a bit more organising.  I can’t get over how much more space we have in and around the coffee table since disposing of all of my wedding stuff.  It’s like a breath of fresh air!  Perhaps this means I need a new project, hmmmm.



I knew if I was going to get a workout in, it was going to have to happen soon!  It was such an absolutely beautiful day outside that heading to the gym or doing an at-home workout just wasn’t going to cut it.  I decided to lace up my new runners and hit the pavement!  I am not usually an afternoon runner.  When I do go, it’s usually first thing in the morning so I wasn’t really sure how I would go with a full day’s food sitting in my belly.  Well, those energy bites must have really done the trick because I ended up running 4.5 miles in 40 minutes! Yes 4.5 miles is a walk in the park for some, but for me that’s the longest distance I have ever run!! I was SO excited! I felt strong and great and while it was definitely tough, I had enough juice in the tank to sprint my street back to the apartment.  Yay!

Having this view didn’t hurt either…

Beautiful SF!

Man it was a beautiful day today.  I was also listening to a particularly funny episode of This American Life podcast that kept me well and truly distracted!

I rounded off the workout with a quick 50 crunches, 25 push ups and a lot of nice stretching.  Was I a sweaty mess? Yup!


Sweaty disaster but feeling good!

I am now waiting for Chris to get home while working on some dinner.  Steak is on the menu for tonight and I’m working on a little sweet potato side dish.  *Correction* I was working on a sweet potato side dish but now it appears I bought yams instead.  I’ll never understand the difference! Ohh the challenges of living in a different country.  We’ll have to see how it comes out.

Enjoy your night everyone!



Pancake Saturday!

Good weekend morning to you all!

I hope everyone had a nice Friday night out there.  Chris and I grabbed some nice Japanese from a place around the corner.  I had a spicy udon noodle bowl while sipping on a spicy ginger limeade (lemon, lime and cayenne pepper).  Can you tell I was trying to open up the old sinuses? Well, it kinda worked, hooray!



This morning started off with a nice run.  It was a chilly morning here in San Francisco (chilly but sunny clear skies, perfect almost winter day!) so I decided it would be a good chance to try out my new things from yesterday! I suited up, laced up and headed out with the intention of just going until I felt uncomfortable (still not feeling quite up to scratch).

Ready to run…

I ended up doing about 2.7 miles (my run keeper stopped working after 1 mile).  I actually felt surprisingly good and strong which was nice, although by the end my sinuses were pounding almost out of my head.  More cayenne!

When I got to my turn around point at AT&T park, there was a lot of commotion and police cars around.  I looked around and started to see people in all kinds of crazy costumes! I was thinking ‘what in the worllldddd?’ and then I saw this…

Red Bull Flugtag!

Then I had one of those “ohhhhhh” moments when I remembered that the Red Bull Flugtag is in town today! How exciting!! Their first flight is at 1pm today, so I think it will definitely be worth a look.  Judging by the look of some of the contraptions, they definitely will not be flying which will make for some awesome spectating!

I was so so happy with my new Mizuno Wave Inspire 8’s.  They were lightweight but had enough support around my ankles which I really need.  Stoked with those bad boys.


When I returned from my run, I was in the mood for one thing and one thing only for breakfast today.  Pancake Saturday! It’s all about balance right??

I used some Bob’s Red Mill Wholegrain Buttermilk Pancake Mix  and set Chris and I up with a nice pancake station.

Pancake Saturday!

While I usually opt for the standard butter and syrup pancake topper, I like to have options! My favourite for today was the nutella/sliced banana topping.  Yummmm delish!


Now that the dishes are done and the pancakes are sitting happily in my belly, I’m off to shower because I smell like a foot.  Plans for today include some flugtag watching and a farewell for our buddy Pete out at the beach.

Happy Saturday everyone!