• French Bread is Heaven

    January 3, 2009

    I swear, I must have lived in France in my last life! I have a weird obsession/love for French bread as well as stinky cheese, wine, chocolate, and small dogs… and of course, my husband! 😀 Anyway, lunch was a wonderful smoked turkey and smoked Gruyere cheese sandwich on toasted French bread with sun-dried tomato hummus. This sandwich was 100% holy yum!!!

    On the side, I had some cucumber sticks and grape tomatoes with a scoop of homemade sun-dried tomato hummus

    Of course, I wanted something sweet to eat after finishing lunch. I cut a whole wheat wrap into 3 triangles and topped them with carrot cake jam, Barney Butter, and raisins…

    … and then I rolled them up. These sweet bites definitely hit the spot! 


    After running some errands at Old Navy and Best Buy this morning, I hit the gym for a run on the treadmill, followed by some upper body strength training.

    A (Not Boring) Treadmill Workout:

    Total time: 45 minutes 

    • Walk at 4.0 at 7.5 incline for 4 minutes
    • Jog at 6.5 at 1.0 incline for 5 minutes
    • Repeat walk + jog 2 times
    • Jog at 6.5 at 2.0 incline for 3 minutes
    • Run at 7.0 at 1.0 incline for 3 minutes
    • Sprint at 8.0 at 1.0 include for 1 minute
    • Jog at 6.0 at 1.0 incline for 1 minute
    • Sprint at 8.0 at 1.0 incline for 1 minute
    • Run at 7.0 at 1.0 incline for 1 minute
    • Jog at 6.5 at 1.0 incline for 3 minutes
    • Walk (cool down) for 5 minutes  

    Run Stats:

    • Distance: 4.84 miles
    • Time: 45: 01
    • Pace: 9:17 min/mile
    • Calories: 475

    After running, I did a strength training workout from Health magazine (December 2008) called Back Fat Be Gone, which definitely got my shoulders and upper back workin‘! I bet I will be sore tomorrow! :mrgreen:

    Say hello to gorgeous shoulders and a defined upper back with these moves, based on the exercises group-fitness instructor Randy B. Washington teaches in his Top It Off class at Crunch Miami. The trick to this übereffective routine: repetitions done at a fat-burning pace with few or no breaks in between. Do this 12-minute routine 3 times a week for 3 weeks and you’ll be ready for that strapless holiday dress.

    Before the gym, I snacked on a clementine

    I’m off to get ready for date night, which is actually starting with an afternoon coffee at a cafe and some walking around downtown. I bought a cute new top from Old Navy this morning, which I am excited to wear for our date. (P.S. Old Navy is having a 60% off sale!! Check it out!)

    Enjoy your Saturday evening, bloggies! 

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    { 24 comments… read them below or add one }

    Melissa January 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Sounds like a great Saturday!! Have fun on your date! : )


    sirenjess January 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Have fun on your date.


    VeggieGirl January 3, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Lovin’ the hummus and sweet treat!!

    Hooray for date night!! Enjoy 🙂


    Andrea (Andrea's Eats) January 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Tina. That lunch looks very good. I also love good crusty french bread, good wine and cheese! Yummo! Now I want all of the above.


    Erica January 3, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I want to eat lunch at your house tomorrow, ok? Everything looks awesome. My kind of lunch for sure.

    Have fun on date night 😉


    Kelly Turner January 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    oh date night!

    I LOVE french bread- it doesnt get much better than french bread and spinach and artichoke dip. my arteries disagree- but who needs them anyway?

    Kelly Turner


    bobbi January 3, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    mmm love that idea of the tortilla desert! I will have to check out Old Navy.


    Shelby January 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I agree with the title.


    Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Love your sammie!

    Have a fun date night!


    Danielle January 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    What a great idea for a snack I can’t wait to try it!


    Mara January 3, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Have a great night!


    Megan January 3, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    oh man, that carrot cake jam just seems soooo amazing! such a yummy day you had 🙂


    K January 3, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Oh – enjoy date night!!

    Love the lunch dessert rolls 🙂


    Amira January 3, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    carrot cake jam? well that’s probably the coolest thing I’ve ever heard of. Great workout, it doesn’t seem boring cause of all the change and my treadmill workouts always become so monotonous I’m gonna have to give this one a whizz, have a great date night


    Meg January 3, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Enjoy date night! I definitely need to find some of that carrot cake jam!


    carolinebee January 3, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    OMG that burnt/blackened toasty part of the bread is the best part! Have a great night!


    Lindsey (Mrs. LC) January 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I love Old Navy! I got a giftcard for Christmas and totally hit it up the 26th – love the current clearance and sale selections!!


    Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 4, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Love the little sweet bites, and I’m still so curious about this carrot cake jam. Sounds divine. Thanks for the treadmill workout as I love doing intervals. Makes the time go by so fast, and I enjoy my time on the treadmill so much more.


    Andrea [bella eats] January 4, 2009 at 9:59 am

    LOVE french bread…I so want to learn how to make it from scratch! And those sweet little bites are genius!


    Elina January 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    What an excellent workout!! I am going to copy it very soon 🙂


    Kim January 6, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Love the treadmill workout, I’m going to have to do this soon to cure my treadmill boredom. Thanks!


    Emily July 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I did this treadmill workout this morning and it was awesome! I modified it to 5.0 miles, and it was the perfect balance because it was reasonable and yet challenging. Thanks!


    Leah April 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Looks like some great good!


    Erica November 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I did this run today and absolutely loved it! Thanks Tina 🙂


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