That that don't kill me, can only make me stronger. I need you to hurry up now, cause I can't wait much longer. Kanye West, Stronger

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Spaghetti Squash Two Ways

Spaghetti Squash Frittata

This recipe was inspired by the macaroni frittata I saw in Self years and years ago and always looked good, despite this fact: I hated eggs until last year. Absolutely hated. I finally have learned to like egg whites in frittata form, and occasionally omelet form, but the texture sometimes gets to me.

This is a pretty delicious frittata and easy too, high protein, low-fat, low-cal:

4 egg whites, and one egg (I keep reading the yolk has good stuff, so I threw one in)
1 1/2 cups spaghetti squash
1/2 onion chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
oregano, parsley (dried)
1/3 chopped green pepper
handful halved grape tomatoes
1/3 cup Parmesan (grated for best melting quality)
salt, pepper
cold pressed olive oil spray

Basically I just sauteed the garlic and onion in cooking spray with some salt to soften. Then added it to all the other ingredients and whisked everything except the cheese together and threw it in the oven for 30 minutes, I then topped it with parm and cooked another 5-10 minutes.

4 large servings.

Spaghetti Squash with Tri-Colored Peppers, Spinach and Onion

Looks like capellini right? So delish and SO fast!

1 1/2 cup cooked spaghetti squash strands

3/4 cup frozen spinach (nuked)

1/3 onion

3 slices each, yellow, orange and red pepper

oregano and basil (dried)

salt, pepper

parm and mozzarella cheese (grated)

I had cooked the squash for an hour at 425 over the weekend, separated the strands and stuck them in gladware.

I then sauteed the peppers and onions with oregano and basil, I added the spinach and warmed through, tossed the veggies with the squash, sprinkled it with cheese and added salt and pepper to taste.

Friday, October 24, 2008

In case you missed it

I have moved to!


Saturday, October 11, 2008

I'm Moving!

Well, it is not where I had hoped it would be, but I am moving to my new site Fitness NYC at

204 posts at Blogger, and it has been fun! Hopefully, I will be able to find moments here and there to make the wordpress blog as great as I envision it. But please bear with me and please check out the new site. My first post is in honor of the greatest blogger in the blog-o-sphere, Veggiegirl!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Playlist of the Week-Gonna Make it!

You're Gonna Make it After All Songs

Some motivational songs-plus a few of my current favs since this is a short one.

It's My Life-Jon Bon Jovi
I'mma Shine-Young Bloodz
Fame-theme song
I'll Be There For You-The Rembrandts
Keeps Getting Better-Christina Aguilera
Running Back to You-Vanessa Williams
Walkin on Sunshine-Aly and AJ
Gonna Get Through This-Daniel Bedingfield

What I am listening to now:

Minute by Minute-Girl Talk
Sour Cherry-The Kills
Untouched-The Virgins

You can now check out my "Gossip Girl, OC, Hills Workout Playlist" in the iTunes Music store at:

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Tale of Two Races

Sorry sorry sorry for being so so so MIA! I have actually had responsibility at work, plus a full class load, and I just accepted the world's most perfect internship--that happens to require that I give up a full weekend day every weekend from now until June, plus lots of friends in town, trying to help friend find apartments, and become mary kay get the idea.

In any case today I ran Grete's Gallop Half Marathon. I ran this race last year and it was definitively, the worst race of my life. I stopped several time and wanted to cry a few times! I had never had this happen, but the humidity was around 90% and it was HOT and miserable.
This year was a very different story. This morning it was COLD! Well, around 48 degrees when I left the apartment. I was wearing long black yoga pants, huge sweatshirt pants, my OBAMAthoner dri fit tee over a long sleeve waffle t-shirt, and a retro nylon nike jacket, and a scarf for good measure. I am ridiculous! I checked everything in baggage except my Obamathoner shirt, yoga pants, and fuel belt.
Miles 1-2-awful, I was stiff and my feet were sore from doing extensive walking around the city in heels yesterday, but that wore off after a bit.
Miles 3-4 kind of awful, but not too bad. I was really regretting going out last night, but I hadn't seen one of my very best friends in months, and we had rescheduled like five times. So I had one small glass of wine and a few hours of great conversation.
Miles 5-6- finally hitting my stride, not feeling super energetic, but at least I was no longer seriously concerned that I was going to suffer for 8 more miles.
Miles 6-7-Flying high! At around halfway I started to feel euphoric. I was running a very steady pace and generally joyful. I knew I could finish no question.
Miles 8-11-still rocking it but I felt my first rain drop around mile 6. By mile 8 it was definitely raining...but at least no one had spit on me, like I thought with the initial drop. Nevertheless, I was kind of cold. However, the rain made me run faster and stronger. I wanted to finish before a downpour could start. Of course, it wasn't like I could do five miles in 15 minutes, so I knew I might have to be uncomfortable for around 50 minutes. Fortunately the rain stayed very very light.
Mile 11-13.1-my ipod ran out of gas. I took the time to try and focus and run with my arms. I was annoyed because my playlist was awesome and the battery was supposedly full charged! Luckily, it didn't really effect my run, even if it was less fun in silence. I continued running strong and got my best time ever for a half 2:10:15. Last year, I got 2:25:45, so clearly today was much better.
I finished feeling awesome! So good, that really want to run a marathon this fall, but I need to start putting school first. I recently had an honest reflection about my future career, and I have been putting my social life and my job and time wasting activities first, and those really can not be my priorities. I can excel academically, but I have to work incredibly hard to do it. I have always been jealous of those who can do no work and get 4.0s. So for now academia must come before my beloved friends; my beloved, therapeutic blogging; before my current job and job search; and before running marathons. However, I will still blog a few times a week with new ideas, workout and deals.
However, this race marks my 9th Road Runner Race this season....which means, I AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFY FOR the ING NYC MARATHON 2009! Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!
This post is getting long, but I wanted to mention a couple cool things.
First, I got my fabulous tee, pictured above at Jack Rabbit Sports. Where I have been 3 times this week, first buying my new amphipod, and then some shot blocks, and then the OBAMAthoner tee. It is really my very favorite store, the staff are so cool! Plus, 10% off every time I go!
Second, the Jack Rabbit Sports Indoor Tri Series is starting, sign up! It's so cool!
Thirdly, did everyone see that Kelly Ripa is once again talking about Physique 57 in a magazine? I love it but three covers? Shape, Fitness, and now Shape again.
A fabulous reader let me know that in addition to the video of Kelly at P57 on the Physique 57 website, Marie Clarie also has a few clips straight from P57 founder Tanya Becker. She also mentioned that there is a new dvd with a similar workout called the Tracy Anderson Mat Workout based on Gwen Paltrow's and Madonna's workouts. It could be worth checking out.
All right off to clean and study study study! xoxo
Please excuse any errors. I was typing really fast.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Playlist of the Week: Guilty Pleasures

This list is a combination of songs from my favorite guilty pleasure shows: The OC, Gossip Girls, and the Hills. It could also be called the SoCali playlist or the Josh Schwartz playlist I guess.

While I was never really that into the OC. I loved that Schwartz was so into the music. I loved the many soundtracks and listening to the producer commentary on the music. Plus, it introduced me to so many bands and songs that I would have never heard of, the Dandy Warhols, Jem, Spoon, Rooney. They are just not played on the top 40 stations.

The same team that did the music for the OC, does Gossip Girl and Grey's. I also added some songs from the Hills because MTV also tries to promote new bands on its shows.

It took me a while to edit this list, so there are a lot of great songs that may not be included for one of the following reasons:

-Many of my favorite OC and Grey's songs (Dice, To be Alone with You) are really paced for cardio, so I omitted those and picked the best workout songs.

- I did hit a roadblock because it a lot of the songs aren't available on itunes, so I also omitted those. But if you are interested in these newer bands, all the songs played on Gossip Girl and the Hills are available online with a touch of googling. You can also hear more about the method of selecting GG music here. Bands that were played on all the shows included: The Kills, The Virgins and the Pierces...Vampire Weekend is pretty hot now too.

-I already had it listed on my Music to Keep You Moving list or another Playlist of the Week. A lot of the really mainstream popular ones I figured you had already heard.

Okay here it is, please enjoy!

Shut up and let me go-ting tings
Just Dance-Lady Gaga
I Fell in Love with the DJ-Che Nelle
Crazy Bitch-Buckcherry
Untouched-The Veronicas
Hook and Line-The Kills
Nice Sweet Sexy by DIFX ft.Imperio & Cru
Here It Goes Again-OK GO
Candy Store-Miss Eighty 6
Rich Girls-The Virgins
Knock Knock-Lyrics Born
Fernando Panda-The Virgins
Bittersweet World-Ashlee Simpson
Diamond Boy Hipster-Washington Social Club
Beautiful Love-The Afters
I Just Wanna Live-Good Charlotte
Damaged-Danity Kane
We Used to Be Friends-Dandy Warhols
Whoa Oh-The Sickest Kids
As-Har Mar Superstar
Let It Go-Kari Kimmel
Passion-Kreesha Turner
Rock Star-Prima J
Jezebel-two hours traffic
Sexy Mistake-The Chalets