Minnesota Eats

Last week I had tons of yummy eats while traveling for work with my co-worker, Ros.  For this trip, we were out in Minnesota about 20 minutes outside of Minneapolis.  Like I usually do on the first day on the road, Ros and I stopped at Target to stock up on snacks and breakfast to have on hand for the week!  I always ask for a fridge in my hotel room, and it definitely helps to have some healthier options to choose from instead of needing to use the vending machines.

Minnesota Snacks

Breakfasts

My breakfasts throughout the week included hard-boiled eggs (from continental breakfast), oatmeal (also from continental breakfast), and/or the yogurts you see above.

Minnesota Breakfast

Breakfast was always a quick grab and go, as I spent most of my early mornings in the gym instead of sitting down to leisurely eat.

Lunches

On the first day we stopped at The General Store for lunch.  I got a turkey sandwich with a side salad.  It was so beautiful out, so we sat outside to get some sun before heading to the office.

Minnesota: The General Store

For the majority of our other lunches, we found a natural foods store down the street from the office called Lakewinds.  I ordered a variety of their salads throughout the week.

The red pepper quinoa with broccoli and mushrooms…

Minnesota: Lakewinds Quinoa
A white bean salad that I topped with a piece of grilled salmon…

Minnesota: Lakewinds Bean Salad

And a couscous, spinach, and feta salad too.

Minnesota: Lakewinds Couscous salad

For lunch on Thursday, one of the groups was doing a “tailgating before the team-building” group lunch. Since I had splurged a bit on beers and apps the night before with my friend Sarah, I stuck with the salad, some deviled eggs, and some of my snacks that I brought with me.

Minnesota: Group Lunch

Dinners

Finally, our dinners were awesome!

Monday we ate at a place called Wildfire.  I ordered a Greek salad, the lemon pepper wood oven chicken, and a side of their autumn Brussels sprouts.

Minnesota: Wildfire

Tuesday was my favorite meal of the week.  One of our co-workers recommended a place called Barrio in Edina.  It was uh-maze-ing.  I got a glass of sangria, munched on some chips and guacamole, and ordered the grilled shrimp entree for my meal.  The shrimp was marinated with garlic, ancho, and chipotle chile and they were served with quinoa, avocado, cucumber, and salsa.  So good!

Minnesota: Barrio

On Wednesday I was so excited for dinner because I got to meet up with my friend Sarah from college!  Sarah and I danced on the Providence College Dance Company together, and she moved out to the Minnesota area about 9 months ago.  I couldn’t believe she was so close to my company’s office, but I was psyched to see her and catch up with a friendly face.  We could have talked ALL NIGHT about the things we’re doing and feeling so passionately about.  Dinner was at Maynard’s, and we split the bruschetta and I was boring and ordered a Cobb salad for my entrée.

Minnesota: Maynard's

Finally, on the last night Ros and I tried a restaurant called Crave.  Another for the win meal.  I got a glass of white wine, a really yummy Caprese salad for an appetizer, and a flounder entrée with orzo and artichokes and guacamole.

Minnesota: Crave

Minnesota: Crave 2

We certainly never go hungry while on the road!

Any readers live out in the Minnesota area?  Any recommendations for the next time I’ll be out that way?

P.S. To all my Fall Into Fitness readers, keep at this week!  You guys are doing great!

Get Sweaty in 45 Minutes!

Hey everyone!

Today’s been a pretty good day.

First of all, I stumbled upon this hysterical someecard:

I mean, I clearly am one for kick ass workouts, but you know what?  I hate burpees.  They are SO GOOD FOR YOU, but I hate them.  Is there anyone out there that actually LIKES doing them WHILE doing them?  Feeling good afterwards doesn’t count.  Jen, you’re the only one I can think of that might say yes to this.

Today’s Eats
(So far)

  • Same breakfast as yesterday (oatmeal with raisins and fruit), plus some scrambled eggs.
  • Morning snacks:  A mini box of Kashi and an apple
  • Lunch:  Massive salad from the salad bar at Jason’s Deli.  Loaded up my greens with red onion, tomatoes, cukes, peas, hard boiled egg, toasted almonds, and mushrooms.  I was craving a salad soooo bad for lunch today, so this really hit the spot.

I only had to be on site today for a half day – score!  Isn’t it funny that I feel like I have more free time while I’m on the road for work than I do when I’m at home?

Anyways, I got my workout done with right away.  Sue and I went back to Gold’s for another sweat sesh.  I always make sure to ask my co-workers how long they are planning to be at the gym for, so I can give myself enough time to fit in everything that I want to work.

I’ve gotten a lot of reader questions lately on how I manage to feel like I can get a good workout in while on the road, when you don’t necessarily have a lot of time.  I recommend planning ahead, being adamant to your coworkers that you can’t go to dinner until you workout (stick to your guns!), and thinking creatively.  Definitely try to get the most bang for your buck, in terms of time!

Get Sweaty In 45 Minutes

Today I worked up an awesome sweat in just 45 minutes and I was able to do ALL of the following:

First, a 15 minute cardio blast on the elliptical…

I guarantee you will feel sweatier doing this 15 minute cardio workout than you would doing steady state for a longer amount of time.  Intervals are your friend when you don’t have much time for a workout!!  They rev up that metabolism, bigtime.

My 15 minutes on the elliptical was followed by a bunch of random strength moves & cardio interval stuff that I made up as I went along because well, I just didn’t feel like planning it out ahead of time.  I set myself up a little station with a mat, a set of 12.5 pound weights, a step with 3 risers on each side, and a stability ball.  Then got down to business.

Some strength stuff that I banged out in 20 minutes…

Seriously, just go go go without stopping between moves!  Less rest time = higher intensity.  (Of course, if your body is telling you to slow down — honor it.  This is just what works for me).

A little lower body + cardio interval…

  • Leg work with the right foot on the step:  8 slow lunges, 8 fast lunges, 8 pulses.  Then turn to face the left so your right foot is still on the step, and do 8 slow squats, 8 fast squats, and 8 pulses.  Then turn to face the back, so your right foot is still on the step but behind you now, and do 8 slow lunges, 8 fast lunges, and 8 pulses.
  • 1 minute of run ups on the step, right foot lead
  • Same leg work but with the left foot on the step
  • 1 minute of run ups on the step, left food lead

A little chest + another cardio interval + glutes…

  • 10 stacked feet decline pushups (feet on step)
  • Glute work:  Kneeling glute press with extended leg – 20 slow / 20 fast, kneeling glute press with bent knee – 10 slow / 10 fast, kneeling glute press with extended leg to side – 20 slow / 20 fast, swing leg around to side of body and hold 10 seconds. 
  • 30 seconds of run ups, right foot lead, this time straddling the step
  • 10 stacked feet decline pushups (feet on step, other foot on top this time)
  • Repeat glute work with opposite leg. 
  • 30 seconds of run ups, left foot lead, straddling step

And then this ab set for 10…

Finished up with 5 minutes of stretching.

Seems like a ton for just 45 minutes of exercise, right?!

What are your favorite ways to work your body in a short amount of time?

Off to dinner!  Last night in Oklahoma, and I have a super-duper early flight home tomorrow morning.  So it won’t feel so super-duper then, or when I’m doing homework on the way home instead of reading The Hunger Games, but it sure will feel nice when I land in Boston at 1 in the afternoon.

Enjoy the rest of your night!

Greetings from Oklahoma!

Phew, it’s been a long day…

My alarm went off at 6:45, I snoozed until 7:00, showered and got ready, and was out the door at 8:00 for the airport.  Now I know this is hard to believe, but I am one of those people who hates feeling rushed and likes to take my time at the airport.  I always arrive early but today was a bit much.  I walked into the American Airlines gate at 8:30 and was checked in, through security, had snacks purchased, and was sitting at the gate by 8:53.  Shoot.  There was just nobody in line when I was going through!  Quite nice, but then I did have to wait awhile at the gate.

That’s okay, it gave me plenty of time to pee, organize my snacks, check to make sure everything was in its right place, chat with coworkers, and pee again before boarding the plane.  Healthy travel tip — extra time is good because it allows you to really weigh your options with what food places are available in your terminal.

Today’s stops for me included:

  • Hudson News where I purchased a Peanut Butter Clif Bar, a Cranberry Almond KIND Bar, unsalted cashews, a regular water, and a vitamin water.
  • UFood Grill for a banana and a green apple
  • Starbucks for a skinny vanilla latte

All my snacks, ready to go!

And a little caffeine:

Today was kind of a long travel day (Boston to Chicago and then a two-hour wait before Chicago to Oklahoma City) but it didn’t feel long at all thanks to some awesome reading material:

I will admit to being so pathetic that I was looking forward to this week’s travel week for a day where I could read for pleasure and not feel guilty about it.  I haven’t read for fun in AGES.  Last night’s errands included a trip to Target to buy the first book in the series, and I flew through it today!  I read 228 pages during my first flight, and was so antsy to finish it up during the second.  Luckily I had a yummy salad at O’Hare to distract me during the wait (spinach, gold raisins, sliced apples, walnuts, tomatoes, and cucumbers).  But seriously, I made so much random chit-chat about The Hunger Games today – the flight attendant high-fived me for a good choice and asked me if I finished the book on the way out, the woman in front of me was telling me how she saw the movie with her daughters over the weekend, and the guy next to me was reading book two so we chatted about it for a bit as well.  So funny!  Definitely lived up to surpassed expectations and now I think I need to go buy the other two in the series for the trip home?

Hunger Games / Fitness Humor:

Love it.

So back to the trip.  Oklahoma City is actually quite nice!  Our hotel is fancy (The Renaissance) and within walking distance to a bunch of bars and restaurants in downtown Bricktown.  And there’s this nice little water area too, which was cool to walk around especially since it stayed in the 70’s tonight!  We ate dinner at this place called Jazmoz Bourbon Street Cafe, where I ordered grilled salmon with asparagus and summer squash.  Yummy!  Sorry, no pic — I’m traveling with new people who aren’t used to my food picture weirdness yet.  I also enjoyed one Sam Summer, but that’s it, just one!  It is a Monday after all!  We sat outside to enjoy the nice weather and some live music.

Not too shabby of a travel day.  No workout for me today, my body is super sore after my fitness filled weekend, but I promise to share an on the road workout tomorrow!  I’ll miss Two A Day Tuesday for sure, but know all my peeps are in good hands with Miss Ashley.

Ever traveled somewhere you didn’t think would be that exciting, and turns out it wasn’t so bad?  How do you like to eat healthy at the airport?  Have you read The Hunger Games yet?  Ever read a whole book in one day (or in a couple hours?!)

Time to faceplant in my huge comfy king size hotel bed!