Our Garden and A New Package

Who’s doing the HappY FridaY DancE?

THIS GIRL! ūüôā

I’ve got a half day of work planned, followed by a nice easy hike (hopefully the weather cooperates with me this time) and then a Whole Foods donut to celebrate a good week.

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those aren’t the donuts I got, but don’t they look GOOD? Must make them.

I’ve been even more strict than I anticipated with the¬†“no gluten, no processed goods” diet this week, and am feeling GREAT. ¬† ¬†Sure,¬†it’s only been a week so I can’t know anything specifically at this point, but what I do know is I feel good and am planning on keeping as much gluten as possible out of my diet for the time being.

Now, with that said, yes I picked up a small cake donut from Whole Foods, and no I do not believe it is gluten free.  I plan to eat it slow and use it as a test to see how my little body reacts.    My honest hope is that I do NOT have a serious intolerance, but that my body just functions better eating more real, whole foods and less gluten.  We will see :).

Yesterday

I started the morning with a 15-20 minute self guided¬†yoga practice, solely hoping to hold stretches and work out the kinks from my sore muscles. ¬† It worked ūüôā Lots of forward folding, side stretching, and deep breathing, perfect for first thing in the morning.

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I was missin’ Mom and Dad a bit, so I spent my afternoon lunch break walking the park near my office and chatting with my main man, Daddio. ¬†Notice the clouds in that picture? ¬†Not 30 minutes before I headed out the skies opened up with a HUGE thunder storm. ¬†Welcome to Denver!

Core Power

I had to be into work early yesterday for a special program, which meant I also got to leave early (YAY).  The timing was perfect because it opened up a 430 Hot Power Fusion class at Core Power.

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Unfortunately, I had run out of my free week so I took the plunge and picked up an (expensive) 10 class package.  I spent the 60 minute classes trying to keep the sweat from burning my eyes and loved every detoxing second of it :).  Totally worth the investment.

I got home early, so showered and then enjoyed the evening on our back patio, rehydrating like a pro

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Ok, at least there was water included….

Until my hunger finally hit around 730.  On the menu, Chicken kabobs and salads with feta and edemame.

Dinner

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The salads were simple greens and tomatoes from the garden, mushrooms, and the edamame and feta mix from Sprouts. YUM.

Zach also grilled up some DELICIOUS chicken that totally hit the spot.

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All together now.

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Mmmmmm….making me hungry and it’s not even 930! ¬†Notice the doggy tail in the bottom right corner of that picture? ¬†Fail, Gus!

More Office episodes and gluten free cookies wrapped up the evening. ¬† I think I fell asleep on the couch by 10 PM last night. ¬†Man I’m exciting.

Zach’s Garden

And because my family is far away and love to see the progress that we’ve done on the house (don’t worry, I’m planning ¬†a little house tour next week), here are some pictures of the garden I wanted to share with everyone. ¬†So proud of the hubby :).

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The main view of our largest garden area.  Our goodies include lots of lettuce, raspberries, carrots, onions, tomatoes, etc.

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Close up shot of the lettuce

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Close up shot of our raspberry plant

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And Zach’s newest creation, a new garden bed that Zach built, painted and set up totally from scratch.

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A larger view, and of course, gratuitous picture of my fur lady.

Just a quick tour of the garden.  Who knew the boy had such a green thumb?

Do you have a green thumb?  Do you like to garden?

Who Forgot To Mention Hot Yoga Is Hot

Can I just speak to how much I love you all? ¬†Honestly, I knew I missed you but the response I have gotten has brought me darn near tears multiple times since posting yesterday. ¬†YOU ARE AMAZING! ūüôā

For any of you who haven’t spent much time in Denver, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. ¬†Denver is Sunny.

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Nine days out of 10, you’re going to have the sun shining for a good chunk of your afternoon.

 Yesterday was NOT a Sunny Denver Day.

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Yup, July 30th and I was wearing a sweater and long pants yesterday.  No wonder everyone is struggling with the beloved Summer colds.  Whomp whomp.

It rained relentlessly morning, afternoon and night. ¬†Monsoon rain, with cloud overhang that I’m used to seeing in the Midwest, not Colorado. ¬† It was the topic of conversation for everyone at work and out and about. ¬†Us Coloradan’s aren’t used to weather like this!

Make The Best Of It

All I wanted to do yesterday was crawl back in bed and curl up with a good book.  I had running on the agenda, but in the end, I was inspired by something much more weather friendly.  Hey, a hot room sounded PERFECT.

Workout 

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I made it back to Core Power Yoga for the first time since moving to Denver, and let me tell you.  All my instagram followers, you forgot to tell or remind me how challenging these classes are. I was DRIPPING buckets midway through class.  Talk about a detox.

There is nothing like the post run endorphin high, but man that class felt good.  60 minutes of a C2 class had this lady smilin ear to ear, and ready to EAT!

Good Eats

My gut has been all kinds of cranky this past week, so I’ve been drinking tons of juices and smoothies to get me through the mornings/afternoons. ¬†And yesterday was one of those days.

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At least they’re delicious!

My eats during the day have been mostly liquid to appease my gut, but dinners are still chewable ;).  And healthy!

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Yesterday’s dinner started off with a cucumber, squash and tomato salad dressed simply with olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and fresh basil. ¬†YUM!

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Zach and I ran out of greens earlier in the week and stumbled upon this meal. ¬†No real recipe, we just used the mandolin slicer to pickle slice the veggies (one small cucumber and one small squash), added a few fresh tomatoes from the garden, and threw enough dressing to cover the mix. ¬†I recommend letting it sit in the fridge and marinate a bit if possible, but trust me it’s fresh either way!

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Also on the menu were homemade¬†grilled falafel burgers and a side of Trader Joe’s pretzel bread.

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All together now!

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With a side of kambucha to wash it all down ūüôā

Fresh, healthy and delicious! ¬†Let me know if you guys are interested in the falafel recipe, I’d be happy to share!

Zach and I spent the rest of the evening finishing up the final season of Dexter (we gave up cable and got Netflix.  Best.Decision.Ever).

I may or may not have enjoyed a Whole Foods vegan cookie and a glass of wine while we waited up for Zach’s mom and sister to make it into Denver.

That’s right! ¬†Family in town for the weekend! ¬†We’re heading up to Breckenridge tomorrow afternoon to enjoy my favorite part of Colorado in the Summer! ¬†Let’s hope the weather straightens it’s act up.

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I leave you with a picture of our very happy furball. ¬†We bought her a new scratch pad which she became attached to IMMEDIATELY. ¬† We may or may not have entertained ourselves for a little while watching her go crazy on some cat nip. ¬†Don’t judge. ¬†It was one AM and we were all slap happy!

Have you ever done hot yoga?  Did you sweat yourself off your mat?

Falafel recipe?

Tips for an angry gut?

Plans for the weekend?

Cardio and Workout ADD

Good Morning and Happy Glorious Saturday!

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Gus and I just got back from a nice long walk.  The weather was PERFECT for a light jacket and closed toed shoes.  Beautiful, sunny with a nice breeze.  Sometimes I love Spring.

This long walk was the end of my random work out ADD this morning.

Workout of the Day

I slept in until the unheard of hour of 9 AM this morning.  I have no clue what got into me, but I am OK with it.  Extra sleep = extra happy Ashley.

I drank down a quick glass of Nuun and ate a few chunks of granola before heading down to the gym — for some kind of work out (I really had no idea what to do because we had PLANNED to go skiing but last minute Zach changed his mind).

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I started the work out with an easy mile on the treadmill watching She’s All That. ¬†My legs said PLEASE NO after yesterday’s hard work — so I called it quits at one and moved over to the weights.

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I did a hodgepodge of:

  • incline sit ups
  • bridges
  • push ups
  • bicep curls (20 lbs)
  • overhead triceps (12 lbs)
  • leg press (50 lbs)
  • weighted punches (3 lbs)
  • plank rotations

And then moved onto the bike where I listened to an NPR podcast for 15 minutes and zoned out

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I can definitely tell my legs are getting stronger on the bike — which is awesome.

I then moved BACK to the weights for another 10-15 minutes.

Then did a minute hard run, and hit the stairs

Not the stair stepper, but the stairs in my building (thankfully nobody came down in the 10-12 minutes I was in there).  I did our 4.5 stories 10 times and then headed home, where I did another plank and then walked the pup.

Weird, right? ¬†It was one of those mornings I really wish I still had my heart rate monitor because I’d be very curious how high my heart rate got/how steady it stayed.

I will likely do some random strength moves because the BLUES are playing the hometown Av’s so we actually get to watch it on TV. ¬†I normally get bored during commercial and intermission so I’ll probably continue with the work out ADD.

Anybody else every have work outs like this? ¬†Any recommendations for other things I can do when I’m feeling ADD?