Daily Archive: January 9, 2013

A Mile a Day…

Posted by Nicole

Today has been a pretty good day so far. My morning started with some apples and carrots + PB and a small bowl of oatmeal, and then I headed to Day 3 of dance team hell week. Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration. Our 3 hour practices are actually pretty fun!

After practice today, I went to Subway with three of my team buddies because we had buy one get one free 6″ sandwich coupons. I got a veggie delight on wheat and it hit.the.spot (something I rarely would say about Subway). A giant 32 oz. lite lemonade on the side was perfectly refreshing.

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The rest of my day was filled with sitting around, watching Rules of Engagement on Netflix, snacking, taking a random 2 hour nap (oops), and finally heading to the gym to run.

WORKOUTS! I haven’t talked about those in a while!

Since January 1st, I wanted to try and run at least one mile a day. I’m good at tricking myself into “just doing something for 10 minutes,” and once I’m at the gym, I end up doing more. Does that make sense?

Anyways, January workouts thus far:

Tuesday, January 1

  • PM: 9 mile hike with my mom and David (ran 6 of the miles)

Wednesday, January 2

  • AM: 2 mile run, cable chest flies, tricep pull downs, cable crossovers, lateral cable rows
  • PM: 3 hr dance practice

Thursday, January 3

  • AM: 3.1 mile run, 4 mile incline walk
  • PM: danced at basketball game vs. Stanford

Friday, January 4

  • PM: 2 mile run, 1 mile incline walk, arms/oblique dips

Saturday, January 5

  • AM: 4 mile run
  • PM: danced at basketball game vs. Cal

Sunday, January 6

  • PM: 2 mile run (really had to force myself to do this)

Monday, January 7

  • AM: 3 hr dance practice
  • PM: 1.6 mile run

Tuesday, January 8

  • AM: 2 hr dance practice
  • PM: broke my streak!!! I was feeling pretty worn down from the night before…..

Wednesday, January 9

  • AM: 3 hr dance practice
  • PM: 3.5 mile run

And I just finished up this little bowl of broccoli and mushrooms sautéed with fresh garlic and with some panang curry sauce for flavor. Kind of random, but it did the trick. I need to get used to eating more meals at my apartment because all the dining out is costing me too much money$$$$$.

broccoli mushrooms curry

Tomorrow (Thursday) is the last day of “hell week” and I have some exciting plans for the rest of the day. After practice, I’m driving with dance friends down to San Diego for Hip Hop Night at the House of Blues. I think our practices this week have been preparing us to bust a MOVE.

More about that later!

– Nicole

Note: I realize that running a mile a day is not smart because rest days are important and also when you run every day, it’s easy to lose motivation. ALSO, days off make you miss running, and running every day ruins that idea. This is sort of working for me because I’m not currently training for a race (other than the looming Rock ‘n Roll Pasadena Half Marathon on Feb. 17, but I’m just running that for fun).

Question: How do you motivate yourself to get a workout in most days?

WIAW 1/9: Roast Prosciutto-Wrapped Fish

Posted by Lauren

Hey! I’ve got another WIAW post here and I would like to welcome anybody who clicked over from Jenn’s link-up. My younger sister, Nicole, and I blog together about food, friends, family, dancing, running, and now we’ll add skiing to the list. We used to ride motorcycles, but that’s a thing of the past.

scs motorcycle dad

Thanks for stopping by! :) K, let’s get on to the food…

Last night I had a fabulous dinner prepared by Cindy aka my high school bff Natalie’s mom. This is the third monthly dinner (one, two) and I must tell you that Sarah and I are very spoiled!

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When we arrived at Cindy’s house, she was in the middle of searing the prosciutto-wrapped cod fillets. Oh, the aroma! So bacon-like! Cindy used this NY Times recipe, which I’ve copied below for posterity purposes. If you’re a carnivorous fish-lover, I would definnnnnnitely recommend you try this.

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Roast Prosciutto-Wrapped Cod
Yield 4 servings – From Mark Bittman of NY Times

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, more or less
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 4- to 6-ounce thick fillets of cod, or halibut or other white-fleshed fish
  • 2 or 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 2 tablespoons butter, or more oil
  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. In a small food processor, combine herbs with pine nuts, enough olive oil to make a thick paste, and salt and pepper. (Alternatively, chop everything fine and combine in a bowl.)
  2. Season fillets with salt and pepper. Lay two slices of prosciutto on a board, slightly overlapping like fish scales. Smear prosciutto with a layer of herb mixture, then lay fish in center and wrap it up.
  3. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes; add butter. When foam subsides, cook fish for a minute on each side, then roast until tender, 5 to 10 minutes depending on thickness. Fillets are done when a thin-bladed knife will pass through their thickest point with little resistance. Serve.

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We started out with a side salad – arugula, apples, grated cheese, light vinaigrette.

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Sarah and Cindy looking beautiful.

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We had some pretty fancy asparagus on the side, but the real highlight was the cod/prosciutto/pesto combination. WOWZA. What else should be wrapped in prosciutto?? Macaroni and cheese, pork loin, scallops, pears… so many possibilities!

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For dessert, we had chocolate chip cake, one of Cindy’s classic family recipes. I ate way more than my fair share of this bad boy and even got to take home some leftovers! After dinner, Cindy, Sarah, and I watched the first episode of the Bachelor (along with every other American female it seems) and I totally enjoyed their added commentary. We had Crazy Girl, Drunk Girl, Blog Girl, Mean Girl, Emotional Girl, Seems Nice Girl…. I’m looking forward to this season!

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Cindy’s chocolate chip cake reminded me so much of Kyle’s mom’s recipe for sour cream coffee cake, but with a few chocolate chips mixed in and layered on top. In fact, I ended up eating the leftover cake for breakfast along with an apple! #balance #?

For lunch, I assembled yet another Taco Tuesday salad…. typical.

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I had a few peanut M&M’s from the work candy bowl throughout the day, but I didn’t go crazy, thankfully. Around 3 PM I broke into my Nutrigrain bar stash for a strawberry pick-me-up. Extra points to anyone that can guess the # of ingredients in one of these.

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For dinner I heated up my already prepared chicken and veggies. It’s pretty bland, but the hot sauce helps.

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After my workout I had a bag of popcorn and some greek yogurt. The end!

Have you ever driven a motorcycle? Been a passenger?
What did you have for dinner? Ever try prosciutto and seafood together?

-Lauren