Three Hikes this Week!

It was so spring-like here in Boulder this week (not to rub it in..)!  Today was the coolest day at 50 degrees, and in Vermont I would have been out in my flip flops and a t-shirt, but instead we took a rest day from the trails.

I’m not sure who was more excited to be out hiking, me or Beta!  I’m pretty positive Monday was her first hike ever, and she did great!  We hiked up the Dakota Ridge Trail, which I’ve done about 20 times, but never the full thing during the day.  There were a few people hiking, but not too many which made it so much fun! 🙂

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I love Dakota Ridge because it’s a few miles round trip, not super strenuous, but the stairs get your heart beating!  The views are very impressive each way, and at the end you overlook Boulder *which is much prettier in the summer I think*. Such a great view of the flatirons. My heart melts every time.  We did this trail both Monday and Wednesday!

On Tuesday we hit up the Mesa Trail at NCAR for a few miles.  There was hardly anyone on that trail which was nice as well!  Still icy in parts (thank goodness for good hiking shoes) but I didn’t fall! I can’t wait to get out and do this more in the summer!  NCAR is one of the most beautiful places to hike in Boulder, in my opinion.

Getting out there on the trails made my heart a little bigger. I always love getting in winter hikes! My goal for the year is 40 hikes- only 37 more to go 😉

I hope everyone has a great Friday!

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

Happy Monday!

We had such a great weekend seeing friends, watching Harry Potter movies, and going for walks! Yesterday we did about 3.5 miles and it knocked Beta o.u.t. 🙂  There are SO many beautiful trails for dogs out here, and a few so close to our apartment! We’ll be hitting up here lots in the future!

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A few of you had asked about this cauliflower recipe I had made a while ago and I decided to share!  I found the link via pinterest (of course) and was intrigued because we have been doing a lot with sriracha lately.  It was easy and so hard to stop- I think I had more than half the plate (I do that to poor Chris too often).  It wasn’t overly spicy which is better for me, and I think the maple syrup gave it just the right sweetness.  I also love the consistency of baked cauliflower.

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The only problem I had was while roasting the vegetables it caused so much smoke. We had to take our fire alarm off the ceiling while we baked this because it went off every time we opened the oven.  It makes us so nervous when we roast things with maple syrup, which we do quite often because of our New England roots.  Does anyone have any experience with this or tips?  I’d LOVE to know!

Hope everyone has a marvelous day, and to my east coast friends- stay warm and enjoy the snow 🙂

Stir-fry; A Rolfs Staple

Happy Friday!!!

Although we’ve had quite the week adjusting to having Beta in the house, we have had great success with crate training- I was able to leave today for 6 minutes outside and she didn’t really bark or whine or PEE! Yay!  Knock on wood!

I have found out (on accident) some of her likes and dislikes this week.  For example:

Likes

  • Brussel Sprouts (my girl!)
  • Hummus
  • Cabbage

Dislikes

  • Kale
  • The Lumineers

It’s kind of weird, but it’s the truth.  She’s our little weirdo.

Last night was really the first night I really got to cook this week.  I’ve been craving Chinese food for a week now, so I whipped up what I had to make this Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry.  I did alter it a little bit but it was SO delicious and definitely hit the spot so I had to share.  I did not have scallions or hoisin, and used only one chicken breast and lots of extra broccoli. I prefer more broccoli and little meat in my stir fry.  I also topped it with chow mein noodles because well, chow mein noodles.

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I made so much we have leftovers for tonight!  Which is good because we are off to our first Puppy Behaviors class tonight! Wish us luck!

Beta!

I haven’t been keeping up like I originally wanted because WE ADOPTED A PUPPY! AHHH!

These last couple days have been awesome but challenging for sure.  We have been trying to form stability and a schedule, which is tough for us because we’ve always been able to do what we please.  The eating well and exercising hasn’t been going as well as I would like, but I’m a-ok with the sacrifice 🙂

We originally were just going to look at the Humane Society, but when this was her first reaction to us how could we not scoop her up and bring her home?!

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Beta is a straight up mutt; we think terrier, dachshund, maybe whippet.  She’s a little over a year old & only weighs about 15 pounds.  We always wanted a smaller pup since we live in an apartment, and one of my favorite things about her is that she will always look like a puppy.  It’s so hard to say no to that face.

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So I’m sorry (not really) for the onslaught of ridiculously adorable puppy pics to follow.  We are in love and based on how loving she is to us and how excited she gets when Chris gets home from work I’d say she is also enjoying this new life 🙂

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Thai Chicken Salad

I’m just going to cut right to the chase and introduce you to my new favorite lunch: this Healthy Thai Chicken Salad is absolutely amazing. It’s easy to whip up, healthy, and delicious!! Packed full of protein! I could go on and on, but I’ll stop with this: I get way too excited whenever I have the opportunity to make my own salad dressing.

Today I gobbled this up and I still have some leftover for lunch tomorrow 🙂

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Exercise

Today I started as always with my ab workout, and then onto the Dirty 30 21 Day Fix DVD.  It’s been a while and I have a feeling I’ll be hurting a little tomorrow.  After that I convinced myself to go for a run even though the wind was whipping through our neighborhood. I was just going to bang out a quick mile but once I got going I decided to go for two. My first mile was great (I think the wind was guiding me) at a 9:43 pace, and on the way back I lost a little steam and had to fight the last 1/4 mile head on against the wind, bringing my 2nd mile time to a little over 10:00.  All-in-all very successful and I’m glad I went out and pushed myself.

What’s this? Another blog?

Alright, let’s give this another shot, shall we?

I sure do hope this blog is a little more successful than the last, because this time I’m doing this for myself.  I need to hold myself accountable for the food I eat, the exercise I do, and have a place to show off the Rocky Mountains of course!

And I guess if a few of my friends read it, that wouldn’t hurt!  I hope that I help people find new recipes and be encouraged to be motivated (and yell at me if I slack off)!

Food

Breakfast – I try to always start my days with a little Shakeology.  I love the chocolate flavor, 1 1/2 tsp of PB2, almond milk, and ice.  Lately I’ve been drinking it in a mason jar & let my Boulderite soul shine through. I also bought a pack of (what seems like) a million straws so I need to use them up somehow.

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Lunch– for the last couple days I’ve been craving a fresh cucumber sandwich, so today I whipped one up with pesto and a little light mayo on wheat bread.  We had some leftover brussel sprouts so I made a side of that as well.

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Exercise

For the last 8 months I’ve been starting my day with 21 Day Fix 10 Minute Ab workout.  This is a workout made up of 11 different exercises, 20 reps each, for 2 circuits.  It’s super quick and pretty intense. Even after months I still feel my muscles working.  I’ve also been forming a little “two pack” that I am way too proud of.

Also, for the last year I’ve been doing the 21 Day Fix dvd’s pretty regularly.  Today I did pilates; one of my favorites.  I tend to get bored during exercise DVD’s but these 30 minute videos are intense and the perfect amount of time.  Next month the 21 Day Fix Extreme comes out- I’m excited and nervous to get my ass kicked!

I’ve also been starting to get back into running as the BolderBoulder is only a few months away.  Today was beautiful and sunny, and in 2 miles I only had to dodge about 1/4 mile of ice/snow/mud, while maintaining a 10:00 pace.  I’m hoping to keep this pace for the 10k in May.  I’ve never been a very fast runner, but hey, I’m lucky I’m running, so time doesn’t really matter.