Thursday, August 28, 2008

Can't Get Enough

I just can't get enough Barney Butter!!! (I know, I'm a freak.) I woke up seriously craving it... and all I knew is that I wanted a lot of it! I made myself a DELICIOUS grilled Barney Butter wrap with raisins, almond slices, and ground flaxseed meal.

1 whole wheat wrap
2 tbsp Barney Butter (or peanut butter)
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp sliced almonds
1 tsp ground flaxseed meal

I used our panini press to grill-up the wrap. It melted the Barney Butter just right-- delightfully gooey! :)

I sliced the wrap into small triangles and ate them with my fingers. This would be an amazing on-the-go snack if you made it ahead of time. Once the Barney Butter cooled, I think the mini-triangles would travel very well.

I popped into Starbucks for an iced coffee this morning, and on my walk into work, I stopped in the courtyard to take a pic. It's a gorgeous day in Boston again!

Anna's Taqueria

My veggie quesadilla from Anna's was fantastic, as usual! I got mine made with lots and lots of veggies and salsa. I love Anna's wraps and how they are prepared-- they're soft, but a little crispy and kind of greasy. Probably not the healthiest wrap, but all of the veggies inside make up for it, right? :)

Look at how huge this thing is!

I cut my quesadilla in half, and ate one half for dinner and saved the other for lunch today. I'm definitely looking forward to eating it in a few hours!

Veggies goodness...

Trivia was fun last night, but we didn't do nearly as well as we usually do-- I think we placed 5th or 6th. We got stumped on a few of the questions-- some were really tough! At the bar, I drank a Miller Lite.

**Forgot to add: After the bar, I munched on 2 Skinny Cookies while checking my email.

Question of the Day

Have you ever worked with a fitness/personal trainer? If so, how was your experience?


sweetpotato said...

Yum!! I bet that would have been AWESOME with chocolate chips added too.

I've worked with a personal trainer once..when I had a free session at a new gym. It turned out that the person they had set me up with was actually someone I had graduated highschool with! At first it was awkward, but he was a pretty good personal trainer and worked me hard. It was worth it, and I would go again if it was free!

christie i. said...

I have never worked with a personal trainer but have thought long and hard about it. I found one I like but she is $$$ so I am floundering on the money issue.

Anonymous said...

I went to school for exercise science so I know the importance I proper training and having that guidance... I think it is great for learning and motivation but it is important to do your research and get a trainer that is qualified and did not just get a weekend certification because it can be dangerous if you put all your trust in them.

VeggieGirl said...

I work with a personal trainer right now, actually, and will continue to do so. He's incredible, and helps me to build up muscle/work on flexibility (which I need, as a dancer).

VeggieGirl said...

P.S. - LOOOOOOVE the Barney Butter Wrap!!

Anonymous said...

I read your blog every day, but the Barney Butter promotion is getting old.

Lisa said...

I was slightly traumatized by a personal trainer haha. I had one of those free sessions also when i joined the gym and he just over worked me and i was sooooo sore like could barely move and never did the excercises again (and I'm one of those people that likes being a little sore) I think now i'm a little weary of trainers but i'm thinking about giving one another shot. I think you just have to find the right one i guess right? One that gives you a good workout without killing you haha.

PS Tina i did the eliptical interval excercise you posted the other week, thanks so much because it kept me entertained and i felt like i got a better workout

Lauren said...

Been reading for awhile - great blog! I need a panini press! I was up in Boston a few times and had the pleasure of tasting Anna's burritos. So delicious!! Wish they had it down here in Baltimore.

I have worked out with a personal trainer and loved it! I am pretty consistent with my cardio, but they helped me see the value in consistent lifting and also pushing myself, which is something I struggle with. It helped me lower my body fat % and also drop a pant size. I would do it all the time, if money was no object, as it can be expensive.

Anonymous said...

Tina, your wrap sounds delicious. The raisins must add an amazing punch of sweetness.

I have worked with personal trainers in the past. The problem I have faced is that some don’t have experience with metabolic issues or eating disorders. So sometimes might recommend you exercise even more or increase the intensity of your workouts while not recommending you increase your calorie intake.

That’s why I try to stick to my own intuition- exercise for my own enjoyment and health, and rely on trainers/tutorials as guides so I can figure out what’s right for me. Because no one knows my body like I do!

ttfn300 said...

so is barney butter better than other pb's??? i'd crave it, too! and melting it in the panini *swoon*

never done the personal trainer thing, but i'm not adverse to it just a poor student :)

Tami said...

i want to try this barney butter, i went to the website but the shipping was $7 more than the product itself.

i meet with a trainer for 6 session/$300 she was wonderful. she emailed me my workouts within a day of our sessions, very encouraging, i had a great experience.

Krista said...

I have worked with a trainer and I LOVED it! I have no problem doing cardio, but I really need motivation with weights and such. That's where I found the trainer the most beneficial. I was actually gonna discuss a trainer on my blog today because mine moved on and now I have no one! Very sad!

CourtneyS said...

I've never met with a trainer, though I think about trying it from time to time. I'm not thrilled with the trainers I've observed at my gym. They're either very inexperienced or SO over the top. I swear some of them think they're Bob/Jillian from the Biggest Loser! All the shouting is annoying when you're trying to work out. That said, I've always worked out solo so I think it's just my preference. I'm sure my technique/routine could use some work!

Samantha said...

Hi Tina,

Love your blog! What kind of Tortilla did you use/recommend?

I am currently working with a personal trainer and love it! Although expensive I think it is worth the splurge. He challenges me in ways I could never do on my own.

Ali said...

I need to try this Barney Butter- is it available at Whole Foods??

I have a PT right now and I love her. She has helped me see the benefits of weightlifting so much more. Although I am enjoying it, I have not seen any results and have been doing it for about three weeks now. I know that I need to clean up my diet a bit but I wish it all came you know about when you should see physical results???
All in all though, I really feel the benefits of it!
Great blog, keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Yum. Those veggies look fab. What brand is your panini press?

*Erica* said...

I have never worked with a personal trainer, but I would love to! If nothing else, just to get a routine down.

Allison said...

I have worked out with trainer's in the past and am working with one now. I think it is great. I initally loved it because I was so uncomfortable in the weights section of my gym (a very large golds). Working out with the trainer introduced me to all the machines and various free weight exercises that I could do on my own and not feel like a moron amoungst the men. Now, I am comfortable enough to work by myslef, but the trainer pushes me to work harder and to mix things up.

Erin said...

Your breakfast wrap looks so good!

I had a trainer for about 4 months (3X per week)about 3 years ago. It was good, although in retrospect I would not have done it for so long. I learned everything I needed to know by the 2 month point. I would never have had myself lift weights as heavy as he made me do! I lost about 10 pounds, but more than that I was a lot more toned. I was annoyed when he tried to give me nutritional advice though - I am pretty sure that I knew more than him, and that was not his area of expertise!

newcitygirl said...

Wow you are on a wrap kick lately! Haha, they look sooo good though, especially the PB one... I need try it ASAP!

Tina said...


I used a Joseph's Flax, Oat bran & Whole Wheat tortilla for my breakfast.


Barney Butter is available at Whole Foods, but only in certain states. Here's a list of retail locations:
You can also purchase BB directly through the website.


Our panini press is the Cuisinart Griddler. Ours came from Crate & Barrel.

RhodeyGirl/Irbas/Sabrina said...

I work out with an amazzzzing trainer 1x/week, and never miss a week. I am pretty knowledgeable about lifting and have great form and can vary it up as I like, but there is just something about having a trainer put you through a crazy workout. I think it's like the teaching vs. being taught think? When I teach dance I barely sweat, but when i am in someone else's class I just work that much harder or something.

Here's why I love training:
1. it keeps me on a good schedule, i never miss it, even though i only og one time a week
2. she is very knowledgeable about injuries (as in, preventing them)
3. she changes up the workout every single time so that my body is always surprised and i am always pushing myself.
4. her workouts are HARD and make me nicely sore

I think 1x/week is enough if you are thinking about doing it since you are so motivated and such. it is a nice change from working out alone and I have definitely seen positive results. I can do many sets of pushups now, my abs show (which they never did before), and my endurance has improved tremendously.

ashley said...

I just hired one! She's well qualified and really understands me and my needs. It's very pricey, but I'm going with the lowest amount of appointments. I think it's a worthwhile investment!

Anonymous said...

That wrap looks yummy!!!

I worked with a PT when I signed up for the gym back in May this year. He was great. If I had the $$ I would probably continue to work with him occasionally for motivation and to change up my routines.


Caroline said...

I have worked out with two personal trainers. I have had great experience with both...I only quit one because I moved out of town. Both worked great for me...pushed me when I needed to be pushed and both became like a therapist...I mena that in a good way. You work out with them 2 or 3 times a week and they know all about you. I enjoyed that part of the work out too. It wasnt all hard work and became a little bit of a social outing too!

Unfortunately, at this time I am not using a trainer. I had changed jobs...and the income changed too. That is the hardest part is the cost. However, isnt your health worth it? Once I re-establish my salary to a level that I feel comfortable, I would go back in a heart beat. Luckily< I have been keeping very motivated in the past few months...took a weight lifting class and running class at the Jr college and had a great coach. Also, I have been keeping up with some of these blogs like yours that keep me motivated to live a healthy life!

And this weekend I will get me some Barney Butter...I just have to try. I was a little concerned that it had other ingredients besides almonds...palm oil or cane sugar or something. I am currently loving TJ's brand and it is simply roasted peanuts.

Thanks for the great read every day!

Andrea said...

I worked out with a trainer for almost all of 2007. At first I went once a week for about 3 months and lost 4% body fat. But, I think that mainly had to do with counting calories and exercising for the first time ever. I then went every two to three weeks, to make it more affordable (unless you're training for something specific, I don't really see the value of going every week). It was nice because I learned how to correctly use the weights so that I got the most out of every move. She also was able to point out imbalances in my body and give me stretches and exercises to do and to avoid - something you can't learn from a magazine. I felt that after a year I was able to move on workout without her and if I need a "refresher" I can always just buy one session. If you can afford it, it's worth it and stretching out the time between visits help too.

p.s. I think most of us understand that you're in love with Barney Butter and you just want to shout it from on top of a mountain. But you don't have a mountain. You have a computer and a blog. Why do people got to hate on love?

Lori said...

I've been on both sides - a personal trainer myself (not for a few years though) and I've hired one before too.

I think they are great to help you reach a goal, to get you started or add some motivation. I could probably use one for motivation every now and then, but the price keeps me from it. I'm pretty good at motivating myself and would rather save the money for other things.

Anonymous said...

That wrap sounds like one of those breakfast/lunch/dinner yummies - good any time of the day or night :-) I'm home early today for the long weekend, so I think I'll have this for lunch! The raisins for sweetness especially would be great, covered with the oozy PB.

Yes, I work with a trainer 2 or 3 times a week. He is really amazing and I've seen such a concrete improvement in not just the strength training, but the carry-over into my tri-training too. My biking has improved a lot. What I like is that he keeps things varied, hitting the key muscle groups but in a balanced, different way each session. That way it's not the same old routine. We also do plyometrics and other non-weight exercises. I'd never have thought of all these. He's also good at pushing me beyond the comfort zone, but making sure above all that I stay safe. I come away feeling sore, but in that good-sore way where I know its banking on progress.