Date Night: Cooking Class

Y’all I survived my first week of grad school!! I was absolutely exhausted after the week but am so happy about my decision to go back to school to become a Registered Dietitian. I wouldn’t be able to do this without my supportive husband so I thought I would share a fun date idea!

My husband and I typically don’t do gifts for our anniversary, we would rather do something fun together. For our first anniversary we saw “Book of Mormon,” for our second anniversary we went and got massages, for our third anniversary we were just happy that we were able to leave our 2.5 month old baby with my sister to go out to dinner for the night and for our fourth anniversary we decided to take a cooking class at Central Market.

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Central Market (for those of you that aren’t familiar with it) is an AMAZING grocery store. It is definitely my favorite place to stock up on groceries for the family. They have an amazing produce section, butcher, bakery, cheese, coffee and wine/beer section. They also have an area with already prepared foods that you can purchase and heat up at home. They also do cooking classes throughout the month. The class we signed up for was titled Hatch Steakhouse since it was during the Hatch Chile festival at Central Market (best 2 weeks to shop at Central Market).

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When we arrived at the class, they had a little appetizer of chips, salsa and queso out for everyone to enjoy, as well as water and tea. Once we started cooking, they began pouring the wine. We then began to learn some cooking skills. Not only do they teach you how to make all the recipes but they give you random tidbits of information regarding knife skills and why you sometimes mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately from each other.

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Learning how to cook

This class was JAM PACKED with so much different food. Strangely, my favorite thing wasn’t the steak or the potatoes it was this zucchini side dish we made (Calabacitas). We actually have made it at home twice now – really easy and delicious. As a future RD I’m always trying to get in some more veggies!

Both my husband and I would highly recommend these classes to anyone interested in doing one. It is a great date night – you get both food and entertainment! The classes typically start around 6:30 and end around 9:30. The food is definitely high quality and who knows, you may actually learn a recipe that you want to recreate at home. Cooking classes are also really fun to do as a Girls Night. The only negative (in my opinion) to these classes, is that some of the recipes really are so complex that I personally wouldn’t recreate them at home but it is probably nice for the “more advanced” home chefs to learn some more challenging recipes.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Marathon training starts in about two weeks!

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Houston Half Marathon Recap

I meant to publish this a couple weeks ago but with being sick and school starting this is a little delayed!

I officially started the Lukes Locker Half Marathon Training program a couple weeks ago and I am excited to start doing some speed and do some group training. My wonderful husband has basically agreed to take the baby every Saturday morning for the next few months (thanks babe!). For the first meeting, we just did a 5 mile time trial to get put in the correct group. I ran the whole thing with one of my great running buddies and we managed to keep it under an 8 min pace – it was a great reminder of how wonderful it is to run and talk with one of your BFFs!

 

I can’t wait to see how much I can improve after getting some good speed in and more miles! My goal will be to run around 3-4 days a week and get 2-3 days of cross fit in. This is much tougher now that school has started back up but luckily the baby loves the bob stroller so she won’t mind coming with!

Houston Half Marathon Recap

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Just after mile 11!

We got to Houston just in time to hit the expo up before it closed at 6pm Friday night. It was nice to get in and get our packets so we knew we had everything we needed for the race on Sunday morning! Unfortunately, I was a horrible blogger and took basically no photos the entire weekend! Race day morning, I woke up sick – I had felt it coming on Friday but thought maybe I would be able to fight it off, unfortunately that was not the case. Our hotel was so close to the starting corrals that we didn’t even walk over to the convention center to check our bags and hang out beforehand, instead we got to wake up and just walk over to our corral 35 minutes before the race started which was amazing. I definitely recommend staying at the Westin Downtown!

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Mom and I before the start!

Once we started, I was pretty much able to start running around an 8:10 pace, my goal was to start out around an 8-8:15 pace and try and hold that to the halfway point and then hopefully dip down after 8 miles or so. Due to being sick, that just didn’t happen, I pretty much held an 7:50-8 min pace the entire race and never was able to pick it up. A highlight of the race was seeing my baby girl around mile 11 cheering for me with her daddy! Overall the race was really uneventful and it was fun just being back out running a half marathon! I could definitely tell I hadn’t run the half marathon distance in a LONG time (longest training run was 11.5 miles) and that I haven’t done enough speed work to get that “next gear” in my legs but overall I would call it a success. I definitely can’t wait to race again without congestion but hopefully in the same perfect weather conditions. Race morning was one of those ideal mornings you pray for over and over again while training. AGAIN, I highly recommend this race to anyone thinking about it.

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Baby M with Mommy’s Medal!

Thinner in 30 – Week 1

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a wonderful weekend! I had my first run with the Luke’s Locker Half Marathon training group and had some good times and good food with friends and family — perfect little weekend! My husband and I are obsessed with “Fixer Upper” on HGTV and watched 3 episodes on our DVR this weekend — seriously how cute are Chip and Joanna Gaines?! They just make me smile. Now on to the actual topic of this blog!

Mackenzie and I go visit my mom (she only lives 45 minutes away) on Mondays and on the first Monday of the New Year, I spotted this book at her house – Thinner in 30: Small Changes That Add Up Into Big Changes in Just 30 Days by Jenna Wolfe. Jenna Wolfe used to be the fitness correspondent on the Today Show and I have always admired how fit she is and how amazing she looked during and after her pregnancy! While browsing through the book and the daily tips, I was inspired to purchase the book for myself (thank you Amazon) and start participating with my mom to make these changes. I noticed that most of the tips are things I should be doing anyways and this will just help me re-add these healthy habits to my lifestyle (if I’m not doing them already). I thought it could be a fun blog series to review these tips on a weekly basis and let you know how I am doing! As an aspiring RD, I love to incorporate more healthy habits into my daily life.

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New Book!

Week 1:

Day 1Drink 20 sips of water when you wake up in the morning – Start rehydrating immediately when you wake up! I haven’t had any trouble with this habit.

Day 2Log your Food! — I have a love/hate relationship with food logging. I can get a bit obsessive with it and love seeing all my food add up for the day but I do think it is a beating to log my food. But as Jenna mentions in the book, it will make you think twice before putting something in your mouth. I did okay with this one – I logged 5.5 out of 7 days. It definitely is crazy how quickly calories can add up though!

Day 3 – Walk 10,000 Steps a Day — Obviously taking more steps burns more calories! This will encourage me to take the dog and baby on more walks throughout the week! Days I don’t run this is definitely a challenge. I have realized that errands like the grocery store, Costco and the mall definitely help get in a lot of steps.

Day 4 – Stop Eating Simple Carbs After 6:00 pm —  I was happy to read you can still eat the healthier carbs found in beans and grains! I would say overall I FAILED with this one but plan on stepping up my no simple carb game this week!

Day 5Pick Two Exercises and Do Them 50 Times Throughout the Day – I did pretty well with this one. This is just what I needed since these abs need a little bit (errr a lot a bit) of work! I decided to do 50 ab exercises and 25 pushups a day – I thought 50 pushups may be a bit too many to start with.

Day 6Redo How You Chew — Chew each bite 20 times before swallowing! FAIL – I will start doing this on Monday! I imagine this habit will help me make sure I stop eating when I’m actually full.

Day  7Adjust Your Expectations — Basically don’t expect to lose weight quickly and stay mentally tough with the program! I feel like I learned this lesson throughout the Whole Life Challenge. Patience Patience Patience is the key.

I would definitely recommend purchasing the book as there are great tips and explanations to go with each change. Jenna has exercises to go with Day 5 and really explains WHY she has included each of the steps that she has.

Anyone else doing some sort of get healthy program now that it is January? Any suggestions?

19 Weeks Wrap Up!

Greetings from the air! I am currently on my way back to Dallas after spending the weekend in Charlotte with my husband visiting one of my high school BFFs and her husband. It was a wonderful weekend that just makes your heart feel full. Reconnecting with an old friend right where you left off is the sign of a true friendship in my opinion. We had a great time eating our way through Charlotte and watching playoff football. So bummed about the Cowboys losing.

Spending time with one of my best friends!

Spending time with one of my best friends!

During this pregnancy I am hoping to maintain my fitness and complete a couple half marathons. I figured I can keep my blog updated with what I have been doing in case anyone is interested in “pregnant running/fitness.” I am currently 19 weeks pregnant (will be halfway this week – CRAZY!) and have been feeling pretty good the past few weeks! The first trimester definitely was a bit rough with just having no energy and a little nausea but overall I am a lucky woman and didn’t deal with too many issues. I was able to continue to run and crossfit. I think its so fun “running with my baby.”

My fitness goals are:
* Complete the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday!
* Complete my first trail half marathon at 29 weeks pregnant — if for some reason my body doesn’t allow this, that will be fine but I am excited to train and attempt to complete this even if it means some walking. My mom and I are both planning on doing this — Grasslands Half Marathon.
* Continue to run 3-4 times a week and go to Crossfit 3 times a week.

19 Weeks Workouts:

Monday — CrossFit and ran a mile afterwards
Tuesday — 6 miles of hills! This run was a little rough but with a little walking I made it through!
Wednesday — CrossFit in the morning and then a WINDY 4 mile run with my mom — we were hoping to do trails but since they were muddy that was not an option for us.
Thursday — CrossFit — tons of rowing!
Friday — Almost 5 miles
Saturday — Day Off
Sunday — Elliptical

I was planning on getting in a longer run on Saturday but I ended up sleeping in and not having time for it. At this point I am just going to enjoy sleeping in while I can — my husband and I definitely know those days are numbered!

Since I failed to take any workout photos this week - I'll end this with a pic of my pup :-) Thanks Robyn!

Since I failed to take any workout photos this week – I’ll end this with a pic of my pup 🙂 Thanks Robyn!

Are you still friends with anyone from high school?
What was the last weekend trip you took?

San Francisco and Napa Vacation Part 1

EEEK! It’s been way too long since I last posted — summer school took up a lot more time than I had originally anticipated. It also didn’t help my marathon training progress but that is a post for another day! I want to get this post up about our SF and Napa vacation before I forget all the details! This trip is one of my favorite trips that my husband and I have been on – I highly recommend this trip to all people that enjoy eating and drinking wine 🙂

When I decided to quit my job and go back to school, my husband and I decided to take a vacation during my week and a half of downtime. We had tried to go to San Francisco/Napa back over New Year’s at the start of 2013 but it ended up being a little bit of a disaster of a trip. The moment we landed in San Francisco, my husband started feeling sick but “toughed it out” (his words, not mine) to go out that evening for NYE and then go exploring on New Year’s Day. Unfortunately, after a dinner in China Town that evening, he got TERRIBLE food poisoning so we had to cancel our wine tour and hang out at the hotel all day. When we returned from the trip (after flight delays of course), we got to our car and the battery was dead, and then finally made it home and it was 42* in our house because our heat had went out! Needless to say, we needed to go back!

We left on Wednesday and landed in San Francisco that evening and headed straight to the Westin St. Francis — we absolutely loved this hotel! Great location, great service and our room was really nice w/a great view. Once we got checked in and changed, we headed over to Harris’ – The San Francisco SteakHouse. We were really excited for this dinner as my husband has really been wanting to take me to a nice steakhouse. Unfortunately, the food was horrible! We had a great time together but the only part of my meal I enjoyed was my salad. My steak (along with my husband’s) very poorly cooked and the quality of meat was not up to par. Overall it was a very disappointing experience food wise — the service was great but for the price we paid for our dinner, it definitely was NOT worth it. 

Thursday, we slept in and got in a quick workout and then walked to go get some breakfast. We had a really great breakfast and the most amazing lattes!

Beautiful, Delicious Latte

Beautiful, Delicious Latte


After breakfast, we walked over to the San Francisco Giants Stadium, we got so lucky that the Giants were playing a day game on Thursday! They were playing the Cardinals, we got really great seats using http://www.seatgeek.com — and really enjoyed ourselves. It was a gorgeous day and it is so crazy how the ballpark is right on the water!

Gorgeous Ballpark

Gorgeous Ballpark

The crowd was great and even though beers cost $10.25 each, we loved it ha. I really enjoy baseball games and checking out other ballparks but it definitely isn’t as fun as watching my Mariners. 

Jim and myself in front of AT&T park

Jim and myself in front of AT&T park

After the game, we headed back to the hotel and relaxed for a bit before heading off to Bourbon and Branch which is a Speakeasy. We had to have a reservation and a password to get into the Speakeasy and they had a set of “rules” to follow which included no cameras so I couldn’t get any pictures of the DELICIOUS cocktails we had. Both of us really enjoyed this and then went and had a great Italian meal afterwards!

Waiting outside Bourbon and Branch

Waiting outside Bourbon and Branch

Friday was our last day in San Francisco, we woke up (late due to me) and went running over the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately, it was incredibly foggy but it was still beautiful and a fun touristy thing to do while getting in a run!

Golden Gate Bridge Running

Golden Gate Bridge Running

After our run, we wanted to revisit this place where we had a really incredible breakfast on our last trip to San Francisco — the Taylor Street Coffee Shop. It was just as incredible as we remembered! The millionaire bacon is so delicious – sweet and savory all at the same time. I had swedish pancakes and fruit and my husband had the fisherman’s hash (we split the bacon) both were paired with freshly squeezed orange juice. It was the perfect meal before getting in the car and heading to Napa!

Millionaire bacon & fruit plate

Millionaire bacon & fruit plate


Jim's fisherman's hash

Jim’s fisherman’s hash


Posing with my pancakes

Posing with my pancakes

Next up a post about Napa — hopefully it won’t be a month before I post it!

What is one of your favorite vacations you have been on?
What is your favorite thing to do on vacation?

Weekend Wrap Up and Becoming a RD!

I hope everyone had a good weekend! Here is my weekend in pictures!

Coffee and Doughnuts with the Husband to start off Friday

Coffee and Doughnuts with the Husband to start off Friday

Party on the Lawn at the Blake Shelton Concert with my Mom and Sister.

Party on the Lawn at the Blake Shelton Concert with my Mom and Sister.

Run in the rain in my Oiselle Gear! Distance shorts, Flyte tank & Oiselle baseball cap!

Run in the rain in my Oiselle Gear! Distance shorts, Flyte tank & Oiselle baseball cap!

Pretty Latte on a Rainy Day

Pretty Latte on a Rainy Day

Meeting our Friends' new pup!

Meeting our Friends’ new pup!

The pup rickin' out in some beats.

The pup rickin’ out in some beats.


Now my latest news….

I recently decided to quit my job in the technology industry and to go back to school to become a Registered Dietitian! It is a huge change and will require a lot of science classes! I graduated with a degree in Business back in 2007 and haven’t been in class since! I have about a year’s worth of prerequisites to take and I couldn’t be more excited (definitely nervous) to get started on this journey. I will start by taking a few classes this summer and then will continue to take classes in the fall. If all goes according to plan, I should finish my prerequisites next summer and hopefully will start grad school in September of 2015! I also need to take the GRE.

I am so lucky I have the support and encouragement from my husband to start this journey. He understands I may not have as much free time as I do now as I will definitely need to study and concentrate on doing everything I can to get accepted into graduate school. It is also amazing having the support of so many of my friends and family to pursue this goal — I thought everyone may think I’m crazy! Instead everyone is supportive and interested in hearing how I am going to accomplish my goal, knowing I have the support of my husband, friends and family makes this process so much easier.

Why a Registered Dietitian?
I am constantly reading about fad diets and different foods and trying new recipes at home. I realized that something I spend a lot of my free time doing (and really enjoying learning about) could become my career if I wanted to take a risk and go back to school right before turning 30! I have a huge passion for food and am very interested at how changing your diet can affect your health in so many different ways besides weight loss/gain. I think it will be interesting to learn WHY certain foods are good to eat to fuel your body from an athletic standpoint and it will also be interesting to learn how to help people by creating meal plans and understanding what they go through emotionally. I have always wanted to be super passionate about my career and feel that this will be a step in the right direction.

I am a little nervous about being the “old lady” in school (especially in community college where I will be taking my prereqs), but in the long run almost 30 isn’t that old! My last day at my job is on Friday and then my husband and I are going on a little vacation and then I’ll have a few days before I start classes!

Have you ever made a major career change?
Any advice on my journey to becoming an RD?
Did you take a GRE prep course?
How was your weekend?!