Gym Goddess – Part III

Welcome to week III of the How to Become a Gym Goddess series (if you need to catch up, here are Week 1 and Week 2).

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Note: Check with a doctor before beginning a few fitness routine to avoid injuries.

 

Day 1:

15 minutes of intervals on the elliptical (30 seconds as fast as you can, 1 minute 30 seconds at a fast but manageable pace, repeat for 15 minutes)

100 walking lunges (each knee touching the ground is 1 – try to keep moving for the whole 100 even if you do have to slow down)

20 burpees as quickly as possible (How To – Do level II or III if possible, there are also other variations on burpees that we’ll try later one)

3 x 20 mountain climbers

Stretching

Day 2: CORE!!!

1o minutes of cardio, any machine, moderate pace

5 rounds of:

  • 1 minute plank
  • 30 frog crunchies
  • 30 squat jumps (bend knees, touch ground, jump up, clap at top, repeat)
  • 30 leg lifts
  • Row 100 meters as fast as possible

* Rest for under 1 minute between each round

10 minutes of cardio – Warm down

Stretching

Day 3: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) – Pick a machine and go-go-go

5 minute warm up

  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed
  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed

Repeat for 15 minutes of intervals

Switch machines and repeat for an additional 15 minutes

5 minute cool down (i.e. walking on a treadmill etc)

(Same) Weekend Mini Workout:

To be completed at any point Saturday or Sunday (***Bonus points if you get a workout buddy to join you and race!)

Sprint the length of the street, walk back to your starting point, 5 burpees (how to) – Repeat 10x

Starting w/ your feet together, jump as far as you can & repeat for the length of the street. To the end of the street and back to your starting point = 1, complete 5x

Results: This week wasn’t about change, it was about creating a consistent fitness routine and really trying to make time a couple of days a week to go to the gym even when you’re tired and/or busy. Squeezing in just a small workout can improve your mood and productivity, which is especially important as the holiday season is starting to gear up and your schedule will get more and more hectic.

How do you stay motivated for your workouts? Any tips that always work for you? I like to workout first thing in the morning because in addition to giving my metabolism a little burst, it sets a healthy tone for the day and encourages me to stay on track. I also have to have a great playlist to keep my workouts upbeat. My brother got me the Nano for Christmas last year which is great because it has a clip and it holds such a small number of songs that I update it at least once a week. As for long-term goals, I’ve found that it’s all about giving myself something to look forward to. Like, say, a weekend trip to the Lululemon on Union Square.  (Rachel agrees, clearly) Not only do the promise of Lulu’s keep me going, once I have them I’m doubly motivated to hit the gym because I can’t wait to show them off!

As your workouts are progressing and you’re beginning to feel (and see!) results, you should start thinking about your recovery time. We’ve talked about stretching and rest days to help you stay loose and prepare for your next workout, but your choice of foods immediately before and after a workout can also affect your performance (as, obviously, your food throughout the day can affect your fitness goals in general). Shape shares their tips here, Women’s Health shares their top fitness food picks here and fitness guru to the stars David Kirsch shares his post-workout recovery smoothie here. And if this topic interests you and you’re heading to a book store, definitely pick up any of Brendan Brazier’s Thrive books which discuss this in-depth.

Stay tuned for Week IV!

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Goodbye Leavenworth

 

I’d like to take a moment to lament & say au dieu to my beautiful Russian Hill apartment.

 

I adored that apartment’s period details, high ceilings and amazing light, as well as the building’s gorgeous facade.
 
But the time had come for me to say goodbye to the leg burning hills and find a new apartment. Somewhere flat. :)The cats were not quite as excited as me to move to North Beach though… The new building has none of the classic San Francisco characteristics that I’ve always looked for, it’s a squat, modern building with carpets and mirrored closets. So why did I make this move? The building is walking distance to work, is located in a great neighborhood and has a pool, gym and sliding glass doors in the living room that lead out to a courtyard.

But my favorite part? There’s space for all my very important goodies.

A giant walk in closet

With room for purses, shoes and my dresser in additional to all of my clothes

There’s room for the cats to play…
 
 
And there’s even enough closet space for my new roommate…
 
 
And what did I do to celebrate this move?
 
 
 
Bottomless mimosa brunch with one of my favorite people, of course.
 
Look out North Beach, here I come!
 
 
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Alterna-Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the few days a year that has a set menu, and while each family has their traditions, the basics are fairly common: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie…

What about mixing things up this year? You don’t have to go crazy or change every single memorable moment of Thanksigivings past, but you could add a new dish or two. Even one that’s – GASP – healthy?

Here are some delicious, easy recipes that you might be interested in adding to your traditional holiday table. Maybe you don’t even have to tell your guests that they’re low in the salt, fat, butter & sugar that Thanksgiving is known for. Maybe. That’s between you and your conscience.

Sides (my FAVORITE part of Thanksgiving):

Baked Butternut Squash w/ Cranberries from Eat, Live, Run

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Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad from OhSheGlows

Savory Pumpkin Quinoa from The Wannabe Chef

High Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes from OhSheGlows

Carmelized Brussels Sprouts from Eat, Live, Run

Cornbread Dressing with Tempeh Bacon, Cherries and Portobello Mushrooms from Peas and Thank You

Entrees:

Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf from OhSheGlows

Sprouted Grain Stuffing with Field Roast Sausage from Peas and Thank You

Mushroom-and-Spinach Lasagna  from Rachel Wilkerson.

Pumpkin Chili from Rachel Wilkerson

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Seitan log from Hungry Hungry Hippie

Desserts:

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Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake (5 ingredients) from Blisstree

Pumpkin Pudding & Chocolate Mousse Parfait from Choosing Raw

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Pudding from Choosing Raw

Pumpkin Gingerbread w/ Spiced Buttercream from OhSheGlows

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Eat, Live, Run

If you’d like to brush up on your cooking basics, head over to The Wannabe Chef for instructions & tutorials, from dicing an onion to dairy-free mashed potatoes to making your own ice cream and bread. Or check out the Huffington Post’s take on a Vegan Thanksgiving here and Vital Juice’s Skinny Thanksgiving Side Dishes here.

 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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Style File: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Miranda Kerr

Recently Victoria’s Secret models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Miranda Kerr both stepped out in slim black pants, a loose, hippie-licious cream blouse, and pointy-toed heels. What’s great about this outfit is that its chic and put together, but simple and easy to recreate on your own.
Enjoy a breakdown of the two similar outfits, both parfait pour this fall!
Whether you want to go for a relaxed, bohemian silhouette, an eye-catching patterned blouse, or keep your top casual you can find a way to get this look to work for your own personal style.
For pants that are a similar styles to those pictured above you could either go for nighttime glam like Rosie and try out some faux leather pants, or daytime chic like Miranda and try out some ankle-length leggings or slim denim pants.

And what brings both of these looks together? The sleek and dramatic patent leather pointy-toe pumps that both ladies chose when they put together their outfits.

Depending on what time of day you’re rocking this look or where you’re headed, I would adjust the accessories accordingly.
To mimic Miranda’s relaxed and low-key style for a day of errands you could try adding a pashmina (large scarf) and some killer shades to the basics that you already put together above.
If you’re planning a night out on the town or have a girls night out coming up you can channel Rosie’s bombshell take on this look and dress your outfit up with a flashy clutch, blingy cocktail ring, and bright red lips.
What do you think of these looks? Do you enjoy the well-chosen basics that these ladies picked out and the individual way that they each made the look their own?
You can also check out past MCLV Style File looks below:
 
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Restaurant Review: The Plant Cafe @ Pier 3

I had the pleasure of eating dinner at the Pier 3 location of the Plant Cafe a few weeks ago. While I love the two informal cafe locations, downtown near my office and in the marina, this is only the second time that I’ve eaten at the sitdown restaurant on the water.

My colleague Caitlyn and I ventured over after work to partake. And partake we did!

Ginger quinoa bowl

Cornmeal encrusted tempeh

This was a delicious, quick meal and I highly recommend this restaurant, and chain, to anyone who visits San Francisco. The Plant Cafe uses 100% organic and local products: Our mission is to promote the wellbeing of people and planet, and provide an avenue to support healthy choices and sustainable practices. So not only is it a good choice for quality, great tasting food, you’re also helping the environment and local farmers.

Pros:

If you follow a plant-based diet, are an omni or suffer from food allergies this is a great choice because there are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and meat & seafood options. Its rare, even in an incredibly healthy city like San Francisco, to find a restaurant with such a diverse menu. They also have killer fresh juices and a good California wine list.

There’s a beautiful outdoor deck available with a view of the water or you can sit in the sleek, modern interior. The location is also very conveniently located on the Embarcadero just a few minutes from the Ferry Building.

While this is a lovely restaurant with great atmosphere, it’s also a great place for a quick meal. The service is swift and accommodating and the waiters are very knowledgeable and helpful.

Cons:

As is frequently the case with organic/eco restaurants, the prices can be a bit steep. The sides, salads & appetizers are well priced and for the most part range between $4 – $16, while the main dishes can run as high as $30. However I should mention that the vegetable-based options are definitely on the lower side of the price range, the duck, salmon and oysters are the more expensive items.

And unfortunately, as with virtually all San Francisco restaurants, there is no parking lot for the Plant Cafe. There’s a lot w/ an attendant across the street and Embarcadero has street parking on the other side if you can snag it.

I hope you’ll try this out if you get a chance!

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