Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pears Atop Pancake

Oh boy, one more day until the weekend! It can't come soon enough. My work week has been insane and stressful! I hate being stressed, and do not deal with it well. I'm planning to do some yoga tonight at home, so hopefully, it will ease some of my tension... and I'm sure a glass of wine afterwards won't hurt either!

Before my workout this morning, I ate a mini olive oil muffin and drank a big glass of water. (I was parched when I woke up!) My workout was 15 minutes of free weights (shoulders), followed by a 3.5 mile run on the treadmill.

Breakfast was an oatmeal pancake (totally in love with these!) with warmed pear slices and sugar-free maple syrup. Delish!!! (I just nuked the pear chunks in the microwave for 60 seconds.)


From above...

I am drinking a mug of hazelnut coffee in the office now, which has organic half and half and a 1/2 packet of Stevia. I'm liking Stevia so far, I think. It's very sweet, but almost has a bitter aftertaste. The taste is pretty different than that of Splenda. Ideally, I'd like to illuminate all artificial sweeteners from my diet, but so far it has been pretty difficuly. Lately, I've been putting a 1/2 pack of Stevia in my coffee, so at least some progress is better than none, right?


Oatmeal pankcake: 150
1 pear (large): 115
1/8 sugar-free maple syrup: 15
1 tbsp ground flax seed: 30
Coffee w/ H&H: 40
1 Adora disk: 30
Breakfast total: 380

15 Comments:

Kristen said...

That pancake looks so good--especially with the maple syrup and pears. Yum. :-)

When you go yoga at home, do you use a workout video? I'm looking for a good at-home yoga video, but the selections I've tried so far have either been too easy or too, um, spiritual, I guess. I just want a good, challenging yoga workout that will leave me feeling strong as well as relaxed by the end. Any suggestions?

Cara said...

wow that meal looks great! I almost made cinnamon apple pancakes last night for dinner but think I might wait till the weekend. And now that you mention pears in pancakes I am craving that! haha

Tina said...

Kristen,

Yep, I use a DVD at home. The DVD that I like in particular is Rodney Yee's "Power Yoga - Total Body Workout." Here's a link to it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Power-Yoga-Total-Body-Workout/dp/B0000A2ZQE
It's a little "spiritual" in the beginning and at the end, but the rest of the time, you are constantly moving and changing positions. It's about an hour workout.

Also, I use Comcast's On-Demand for shorter yoga workouts.

Romina said...

I think Stevia's a big improvement on Splenda. At least it's not artificial. =) It sounds like you're making great progress on cutting down on sweeteners. I find that I don't even need to add sugar to most things anymore, and now added sugar just tastes too sweet!

Kristen said...

Thanks. I'll check the Rodney Yee video out using Netflix and see how I like it. :-)

ccameron75 said...

Tina, I wanted to get your opinion on something. I have 2 kids and the only time I have to workout is after 7pm. We own an elipitcal trainer, so I do that 3 nights a week for 45 minutes with about 30 min. of strength training. On the weekends, if the weather permits, I do 3.2 mile run. At times I do walk during my 1 hour lunch break. I just wanted to make sure that I overloading on the same thing. Hope you know what I mean. Something must be working, I have gone from a size 14 to a size 6 and below my first pregnancy weight. Thanks for all your help and great tips!

Jill said...

Two questions.

First, you pancakes look so good! What proportions of oats, etc do you use? Do you use pumpkin?

Second, how did you learn how to do free weights etc?Thanks and hopefully next week will be less stressful.

Tina said...

ccameron75,

It sounds like you are doing a great job, especially with 2 kids! If you want to mix it up a little, you could try doing intervals on the elliptical or when walking or on your weekend run. (I love doing "telephone pole intervals!" You base your intervals off how often you pass a telephone pole... so I would jog between 2 poles then sprint to the 3rd, then repeat for the rest of my run. It's a nice change.)

Jill,

Here's the link to Kath's Oatmeal Pancake recipe: http://www.katheats.com/?page_id=289
Sometimes I add canned pumpkin to the recipe-- about 1/4 cup.

I first learned about free weights in high school when I was on the track team. Just last year though, I signed up for a new gym that offered 2 free sessions with a personal trainer. The trainer taught me a number of new things about lifting and balance (and the importance of stretching, which I skip a lot! So bad!) Scheduling a session with a trainer would be a good way to learn about free weights.

Kelly L. said...

Love the blog! You are an excellent example of balancing life, good food, treats, and healthy eating. VERY REALISTIC! I was just wondering though: you said you want to give up artificial sugars and ingredients but sugar free syrup is chock full of this. Just curious! I'm trying to do the same but I still find myself finishing off some of the products in my pantry (like lower sugar quaker apple cinnaom oatmeal)

Kelly L. said...

Love the blog! You are an excellent example of balancing life, good food, treats, and healthy eating. VERY REALISTIC! I was just wondering though: you said you want to give up artificial sugars and ingredients but sugar free syrup is chock full of this. Just curious! I'm trying to do the same but I still find myself finishing off some of the products in my pantry (like lower sugar quaker apple cinnaom oatmeal)

Elizabeth said...

I love your blog too! Your habits resemble mine and I like how you incorporate meeting friends for drinks or dinner every now and again (I mean, that's real life right?). Your blog is very articulate, "real" and you seem to be achieving a great healthy balance in life. Kudos to you & thanks for the blog!

Bev said...

Where do you get sugar free maple syrup? i've looked but no luck

Tina said...

Kelly,

I'd have to say that sugar-free maple syrup is my true vice... as well as baked goods! :) I don't have sugar-free maple syrup everyday, but I was in the habit of having 1-2 packets (sometimes more!) of Splenda each day. Eventually, I will cut out the "fake" maple syrup from my diet. I've slowly started to use less. I used to use 1/4 cup, now it's just 1/8 cup. It's all about progress, right? :)

Bev,

I buy my sugar-free maple syrup from Stop & Shop. I've also seen it at Shaws too.

Kelly said...

Tina,

I completly agree. I am trying to cut out artificial sweetners but I still use them occasionally. I have come leaps and bounds from my 5 diet cokes a day!! I doubt a little SF syrup is going to hurt ya. I just had to ask!

Bev said...

I guess I'll stick to the real maple syrup and use less