Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Show and Tell

Hey, all.  Lots of sharing today.  Some pics, some websites, some recipe ideas, and some videos that will hopefully have you laughing your asses off.  First off, I dragged my tired ass out of bed at 5:30 this morning to get my muscular structure over with.  Confession: I had some coffee first.  But it tasted like balls and battery acid, so I only had a few sips.  I didn't feel like going downstairs to cue up the dvd player, so I decided to do just the leg workout in the comfort of the bedroom and would finish the arms and abs when I did cardio mid-morning.  I started on the left side this time, in hopes that I'd have a little more luck with evening out my reps.  I did have a little more luck.  But since it had been less than 10 hours since my last attempt, and since it was five-fucking-thirty in the morning, my muscles were basically telling me to go to hell.  I did the best I could, but my best fell far short of 40 reps.  The moment the baby girlfriend went down for her nap later in the morning, I got back down to business on finishing my TAM for the day.  The arms and abs were no problem, but cardio was a different story.  You know that scene from Superbad where Seth Rogan has been chasing Michael Cera and has that moment of, "He's a freak! *panting, panting* He's the fastest kid alive! *more panting*"  Yeah, that was me.  I wasn't puking up beer, but I was definitely out of breath and wanted to vomit.  I could only handle 20 minutes.  But I was okay with it since I hadn't done cardio in weeks.  I got cleaned up and made a salad for lunch.  It looked like this.

Kale (massaged with lemon juice so it wouldn't be so tough), spinach, cucumber, grape tomato, pineapple, and mint all tossed with a splosh of apple cider vinegar and EVOO and sprinkled with salt and pepper.  It was a little too acidic, so I drizzled about a teaspoon of raw honey over it.  I also added a few pumpkin seeds for texture. The result was really fresh and tasty.

For dinner, it was more salad... but this salad kicked lunchtime salad's ass.  I got the idea for it from a blogpost by my girl, ParkerShe found it on Loretta Urban's post.  Loretta's recipe was a spinach salad with panko breaded, baked buffalo chicken breast, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, carrots, and tomatoes with olive oil, and it looked fabulous!  My take was baby spinach with blueberries, sliced strawberries, chopped cucumber, crumbled Stilton, and Lightlife's meatless buffalo smartwings chopped up and all tossed with an easy, homemade raspberry yogurt vinaigrette.

You can't see the blueberries, because they're shy.  The salad was soooo good.  Spicy, salty, sweet, and crunchy.  It had that great chemistry between the creamy Stilton and the buffalo flavors.  I'm pretty sure those two in particular got it on on my tongue while the other ingredients sat and watched with big hard-ons, just waiting for a piece of the action.  Even Jake, with his soy phobia, loved it.  I'll post the recipe for the yogurt vinaigrette at the bottom.

I also want to mention a clothing website I saw recently on a blog.  It's www.everlane.com.  It's private, so you have to join and then get someone else to join in order to shop (sounds like a pyramid scheme, I know, but you won't go to jail).  But once you're in, you get amazingly high quality stuff for crazy affordable prices.  Their "perfect tee" would sell for $50 in stores, but they cut out the retail mark-up, so you get it for $15!  I shared the link on Facebook, but no one joined.  Boo.  I almost forgot about it, and then Jenny, of www.myfavoriteandmybest.com (the one who brought the website to my attention in the first place, and whom I adore so much that I kind of want to have her babies), posted this video review of the perfect tee she ordered.

After seeing this, and after watching it five more times because I laughed so hard, I thought, I want a shirt that makes me rub my boobs!!!  I think we ALL need a shirt like that, don't you?  And it's only $15 dollars!  But apparently I was Ever LAME and had no friends to help me get my foot in the door.  I told Jake that if he posted the link on his Facebook and got 50 people to join (which gets you free shipping for life), I'd fellaish him.  None of his friends joined, but Jake did, and his membership was enough that I could start shopping, and I got free shipping for the first 24 hours. (AND escaped a BJ. Woohoo!)  I ordered each of us a T-shirt, and they came a few days later.  This is us in our new shirts, after we calmed down and stopped feeling our boobs.

They really are super comfy and soft, and they didn't get all stretched out five minutes after we put them on. Y'all need to join and getchu some.  Now if only Pinterest would invite me in.

Since I posted the T-shirt video of Jenny, I have to go ahead and share my other favorite of her videos.  It's TAMtastic.

Anyone who's done Tracy arms knows exactly how she feels.

Here's the recipe for the vinaigrette:

Raspberry Yogurt Vinaigrette
(These measurements are kind of approximate, because I was eyeballing everything.)
1/4 c lowfat raspberry yogurt, raspberry kefir, or plain yogurt sweetened to taste with raspberry jam
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp aged balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

I like to put all the ingredients in a mason jar (or any container w/ a tight lid) and shake away.  This will yield about a 1/3 cup of dressing, which was enough for our two salads. 

If you like it sweeter, add a little honey, agave, or stevia to taste.  You could also swap out any fruit flavored yogurt or jam for a different flavor.  I happened to have raspberry kefir, so that's what I used.  Strawberry would work well for this salad, too.  You could also forgo the fruit flavor altogether and go for honey or maple syrup w/ plain yogurt and have something that would be delicious on, say, a barbecue chicken salad or a vegetarian salad w/ black beans, corn, avocado, tomato, and peppers.  The possibilities are endless.  If you're not a dairy person, I've never tried or cooked with soy, almond, or coconut milk yogurts, but I'm sure they'd work just fine.


  1. first of all you are cute as a bug.
    second of all thank you for the shout outs. and third of all what in the fuck is a buffalo smartwing?!

    and why are you so fitness crazed right now??

    stop it. you are making the rest of us look like assholes.

    1. First of all, thank you. (I'm assuming you meant fuzzy caterpillar cute, not giant fucking Georgia cockroach cute?) Second of all, you are most welcome. Anyone who enjoys my blog (everyone with good taste) will completely shit themselves over yours, so of course I'm gonna point them in your direction. It's what any good little disciple would do. As for the smartwing, it's one of those terribly processed meat substitutes you get in the produce section, and it's doused in buffalo sauce. I'm not a vegetarian, but my cravings have been telling meat to fuck off this week. Next week I'll probably be eating baby lambs (as opposed to grown-up lambs?) to compensate.

      After re-reading the first paragraph of this post, I do sound like a fitness psycho. And an asshole. This isn't really the case (well I am KIND OF an asshole). I'm kind of doing a Tracy bootcamp right now (not her actual bootcamp), so for the next few weeks I'm trying to get in 45-60 mins of exercise 5-6 days a week. I'm sure by June I'll be back to slacking off, but I hope to keep up with it 4-5 days a week. Mostly so I can have wine and margaritas and baked goods and still zip my pants. I'd also like to start toning up all the extra skin on my torso/upper thighs. Seriously, there's enough there to make Buffalo Bill a pair of "skinny" jeans. A skin tuck would probably be easier, but I'd get the scars of Frankenstein as a souvenir. No thanks.

      I so appreciate you reading and commenting. I may have peed a little.

  2. Your salads rock sister! Yummy. Love the T-shirts. You guys are so hot! What a smoking couple - your guy looks way better outta the blankie, and you are so beautimus!
    I have posted that video of Jenny twice - she absolutely cracks me up and when I need a good ab workout I watch her talking about TAM. Awesome.

  3. Thanks! Salads are kind of a hobby for me. I love putting together different combinations that make in symphony (or an orgy) in your mouth. Thank you so much for the sweet compliments! My husband was very flattered that you thought he looked better NOT undercover. I think he feels a little like he knows you, because I talk about you constantly. But not in a stalker way. I don't have a Shan hair doll or anything ;) Yet. KIDDING.

    Your blog was the first place I ever saw Jenny's Tracy video, and I immediately googled her and started following her blog. So THANK YOU for introducing me! My life is better for it. My abs probably are, too!