The last two days, it’s been all about fitness here on A Lady Goes West. And while that’s a big part of my life, I don’t want to bore those of you who would like to hear about something else. Therefore, other than telling you that I’m teaching a special double-header of classes tonight featuring the new Les Mills group fitness releases (BODYATTACK 87 and BODYPUMP 92), I’m going to jump right into another topic and then share my food. And yes, I will definitely be reviewing both of those new releases on the blog, after I teach them a few times and get some member feedback.
Learning some tips from Apple personal training
So yesterday, I had a personal training session, but it wasn’t the kind of personal training that I’m used to. You see, I had a one-on-one 30-minute appointment with a friendly gal named Katie at the big Apple store in downtown San Francisco. For my birthday in December, Dave bought me a fancy new MacBook Air, and he also bought me a year of Apple lessons. Why would someone need Apple lessons? Well, there are all sorts of interesting things you can learn to do, like make and edit videos, optimize your file storage and create things with all the Mac-based programs, like Keynote, GarageBand, Numbers, iMovie, etc. You can even learn tips on working better on your iPhone.
The second floor of the San Francisco Apple store has tons of large desk spaces set up just for personal and group training sessions. I met my trainer right here at this well-labeled table, with someone else’s session taking place just across from us.
My 30-minute session yesterday was under the category of “Getting Started on your Mac,” and it was a good chance for me to ask basic questions about how to work faster on my Mac. Because I switched from a PC, I definitely had a little learning curve as far as functionality. Yesterday, I picked up some quick keyboard shortcuts, figured out how to do a few cool scrolling tricks on the mouse touch-pad and set up my mailbox a bit better, so I don’t have to rely on web-based Gmail. I brought my computer, and my Apple trainer answered my questions by telling me how to do what I wanted right there on my laptop. She never took the reigns, and talked me through it all, which is a great way to learn. I definitely felt like it was a worthwhile way to spend my time, and I plan to go back. You can choose to go to a personal training session, group training session or open training on a particular topic, so I’m returning on Friday for a 90-minute group training session, in which I’m hoping to learn even more tips on efficiency. Maybe I’ll even get some good video editing tricks at a future session that I can showcase right here on A Lady Goes West? Let’s hope!
I mention this training session, because I had no idea such thing existed, until of course, Dave gifted the one year of lessons to me. I figured someone else out there may benefit from the knowledge too, in case you need a little help. And honestly, I think the price is very reasonable: It is $99 for a year of unlimited access to sessions. To register for a session, you find your Apple store of choice online, and check out the availability for One-to-One. Easy as pie. If you’re in need of some usability assistance on your Apple device, give it a go.
Now it’s time for “What I Ate Wednesday”
Okay guys, because it’s Wednesday, let’s get to the food. Each week, I like to share pictures of every single thing I ate during the course of one day. These recaps are usually from a healthy weekday, and that’s what we’ve got below. After all the fun of the holidays and my last holiday party on Sunday night, I was ready to dive into clean eats on Monday morning. This is everything I ate on Monday, with some mindless chatter to fill in the holes. Please enjoy.
Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
A hearty helping of vanilla protein overnight oats, topped with a banana and cinnamon. Hot green tea sweetened with stevia and almond milk on the side.
So I have a banana slicer, which I use to cut up my bananas at breakfast (shown above), and sadly, it’s on its last leg. Dave had been insistent that I buy it back when we lived in Orlando around the time we were registering for wedding gifts almost three years ago. I wasn’t sure I needed it, but it is so easy to use and efficient, that I’ve actually run it to the ground. I’ll definitely want to buy a new one once my current one officially gives out.
Lunch at noon
On New Year’s Eve this year, Dave and I made a bunch of food at home and stayed in, rather than braving the streets of San Francisco. One of the things I made for us, in addition to some fun nibblies, was roasted cauliflower for dipping. It was so tasty and easy, that I repeated that process this week to have some extra veggies as sides. One big head of cauliflower roasts up to about three small servings. Sooo yummy.
Snack at 4 p.m.
The holiday season may be over, but I still found some Pumpkin Chobani in the store this weekend. That, along with a coconut water and some peanuts from my last flight made up this mid-afternoon snack.
Yes, Dave and I usually fly Southwest so we can rack up loyalty points. And because the friendly flight-attendants walk around more than once on long flights to offer snacks, I always say yes, whether I am hungry or not. I pick up a variety of foods each time, knowing that either Dave or I will want to eat it some time, in the air or on the ground. And this snack above shows that it’s a gift that keeps on giving. I’ve still got one mini bag of roasted peanuts left.
Post-class protein at 6:30 p.m.
So I said I was done talking about fitness, but I have spent a lot of time learning choreography over the past few days, so it’s worth mentioning again in the recap of this day of eating. I get better and quicker at learning whole classes with every release, and since I’ve been teaching BODYPUMP for so many years, I can memorize that program in a flash. However, when I have more than one class to launch at a time, things get a little more complicated. Hopefully tonight will go well.
Dinner at 8:30 p.m.
Reason number 999 that I’m excited to be moving into a bigger apartment at the end of the month? Cooking food. See that turkey burger up there? It smoked up our entire place, even with all the windows open. Dave was working at a basketball game, so I was all by myself trying to fan the scented air out of the little window cracks before our smoke alarm went off. So fun. Our place still smells like turkey burgers. And although I like to eat them, I don’t like to smell them a day later.
And with that, let’s close this out. As you can see, I’m actively trying to add a little variety into my meals this week, and this day of eating sure had some new items and a lot of color. Eat the rainbow, my friends.
One month of unlimited online workouts giveaway
In case you missed it, there’s still time to enter to win a free month of unlimited online workouts via the Gigabody fitness library, which I reviewed yesterday. The giveaway ends Saturday night, so act now.
I hope you guys have a great Wednesday. Don’t get into too much trouble, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.
More pictures of food
Each week, “What I Ate Wednesday” is hosted by Peas and Crayons for bloggers to showcase their eats to the world. If you want to see more food recaps, check out some of my posts from the past here:
- A full day of eating in pictures
- Another full day of my eats and drinks
- Real food isn’t always pretty
- Do you have a balanced dining out strategy?
- What I ate and drank all day
- Three meals, two snacks and a shake
- Food trucks and rest-day eating
- Plenty of protein at every meal
- Colorful fuel for a day of training
- Long days of training require a lot of food
- Making do on “What I Ate Wednesday”
- Healthy foods for a rest day
- Who doesn’t like pictures of food?
- A look at a full day of eating in pictures
- Snapshots from a day of delicious meals
- Pictures of food, because you like them
- Food pictures and the juice cleanse that wasn’t
- A look at what I really eat in a day
- What I ate in the Sunshine State
- My weekend eats and a little narrative
- Stories about food and yesterday’s meals
- A day of eating and some commentary
- Do you want to know what I ate yesterday?
- Healthy challenges and foods from my day
- Eating, napping and eating again
- Filling up on healthy food before the holiday
- A perfect birthday at home and my eats
- Top blog posts, reader stats and my food
Questions of the day
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately? Are you a Mac or PC user? Do you have any cool Mac shortcuts to share with me? What’s your favorite kitchen tool?