Hi friends. It’s funny, today was not a crazy work day, but it’s 8:30 pm and I feel totally wiped. I started this morning by doing some upper body weights with Kara before heading into spin class. I did 2 supersets
Bicep concentration curl (15 lbs, 3 sets of 12)
3 point shoulder lift–I don’t remember the exact name, just that it was for shoulders and my trainer at the time said something about 3 point. I remember that because I smartly remakrd “Oh then I should just use 3 lb weights!” (5 lb each hand, 3 sets of 10)
Pushups (3 sets of 15)
Dips (3 sets of 15)
It looks like so little all typed out, but I have sucked big time at my strength training lately and I was feeling it! Then of course spin almost killed me. It seems like every single time I am a good little spin student and push myself to up my flat road, the next class she is telling us whatever we did last time, we need to push it up one higher. The forever student in me wants to raise my hand and ask “But excuse me, what if I raised my flat road last week? Do I raise it again already?
Please hold my hand every step of the way and give me all of the answers.” Instead I gave myself a little pep talk that went something like this
“Look, quit b****ing out, and raise your flat road whether you just raised it or not! You want to look good naked!”
So apparently my new flat road is gear 11. That simultaneously sucks and is awesome. I mean I feel awesome that my flat road was 7 and now supposedly it’s 11, but let’s be honest–11 might as well be a hill!!!! It is freaking hard!! And when we go up from there?!?! At the top of the steepest hill today, the last time Linda told us to add a gear, I just looked at Kara and said “Are you Fing kidding me?!” But I love it. Every second. When sweat drips into my eyes and I feel like my legs can pedal no more, I am so happy to be there in the class and not completely suck.
After class I got an other delicious pepperminty iced coffee from The Bux. Grande iced coffee, 3 pumps SF vanilla, 1 pump SF peppermint, soy milk, light ice. Perfection. Then I came home and made some cinnamon apple oats. Steve mentioned the other day about eating one of those oatmeal packets (gross) in the cinnamon apple flavor and ever since I have had it on the brain! I used
- 1/3 cup slow cooking oats
- 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- gaala apple, cored and diced
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- lots of cinnamon
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbs raisins
- 1 tbs ish PB & Co cinnamon raisin swirl
I cooked it all together on the stove over medium heat, except the raisins (which I added in almost at the end) and the PB which went right on top. It was so yummmmmy,
Tonight, we had plans to go to the state fair. We were supposed to go Saturday, but things came up and our plans changed to today. Well, we drove all the way there in rush hour only to discover the fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Fail. Booooooo. We figured we were all together (my dad, Hermano, Steve and me) so we might as well do something and headed for dinner at True Foods. I love love love True Foods. Steve took more pictures of the crazy fam
Then asked me to pose for a picture, but I was not looking cute so I definitely was not in the mood. He made a puppy dog face so I acted like a 5 year old, stood where he told me and scowled at him. Karma. I ended up looking crazy evil in the photo!
Scarrrrrrryyyy!!! But perfect for Halloween! PS: My shirt says “Coffee makes me happy.” So fitting.
After dinner, we went to Yogurtology for some fro yo. Seriously, if you live in Phoenix, you must go there. They have the best yogurt, hands down. Get the oatmeal cookie flavor and you will not be disappointed. I got 6 oz of oatmeal cookie with about 1/2 tbs of nutella on top. Best combo ever. Except…..
They were out of spoons. I had to use a big metal topping spoon haha. But I got my yogurt for free, so I don’t mind! Free always tastes better! I would eat it with a spatula as long as I don’t have to pay! Wow–is it politically incorrect to make fun of my Jewishness on the internet? In person it always seems so harmless because every just knows I’m Jewish so I’m allowed to make fun of myself. Here it feels so taboo, like someone will get the wrong idea and think I’m an anti Semite! I love my people, and all of our quirks and stereotypes!
Now I’m watching some Biggest Loser and gonna head to bed early because I have an early training run with Kara tomorrow am! Goodnight all!
A-way to dominate in spin class & at the weights! Progress my friend!!!
B-I want that coffee stay.
C-flavored packaged oatmeal=so nasty and fake like. Hmmm, thank goodness of trained taste buds that would rather take the time to make a delicious version using whole, unpackaged foods.
D-Yogurt.In My Mouth. NOW!!!! Okay, thanks
Ari @ Ari's Menu says
Hahaha thanks girl! They are officially releasing the sf peppermint and sf mocha I think Nov 4! The sf peppermint is seriously so amazing!!
I splurged today and tried your coffee but with 1 squirt of the regular peppermint since it wasn’t out yet. Maybe I should ask them and see if they will sneak some into my cup. So Delicous!
And now, again, I want froyo.
Andrea Sheridan says
I love you Ari! And I miss you girl! I have loved reading your blog and am so excited to try some of your recipes! You have also inspired me to try Chia seeds sometime in the near future. I had never hear of them until you talked about them in your blog about your skinified pumpkin pancakes. They sound awesome! You are an inspiration! Keep it up girl!
Ari @ Ari's Menu says
Thanks girl!! Love and miss you!! Chia seeds have no taste and get all puffy in liquid. They are filled with fiber to help keep you full! Come visit me and I will make you all sorts of recipes!! 🙂