Monday, April 5, 2010


Hey Loves!!!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend and if you celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

We have soooo much to catch up on, I don’t even know where to start lol…I have been a cardio burning machine this weekend and I feel great! I am starting to think that my car being stolen might have been a blessing in disguise.

Eats and Workouts!


For Lunch I had a bowl of Peanut Butter Puffins with FF Milk and also a bowl of Kix with FF Milk…sometimes a bowl of cereal is all you need lol


I then walked to my mom’s house with my sister (my niece rode her bike) and burned 241 Calories.

For din din my mommy made a traditional Dominican Good Friday Meal which consisted of Bacalao, Bacalaitos, Fried Fish, White Rice, Avocado, and for dessert she made Habichuela Con Dulce with Milk Cookies…everything tasted delish!



Later in the evening we walked back home and I burned another 173 Calories.

I ended up walking around 5 miles and jogged another 2! Not bad =)



For Breakfast I made myself a yummy bowl of Kashi Oats with PB and a Banana and my usual Cafe con Leche. It seems like FOREVER since I had a bowl of oats!


Lunch was Green Monster made with Silk Light Chocolate Soy Milk, Peanut Butter, Banana, Spinach, Chocolate Light Muscle Milk and Splenda.


I got two new DVD’s in the mail and could not wait to use them; Personal Training with Jackie which I have done on Exercise TV and just HAD to get (fabulous workout) and Jillian’s Yoga Melt Down. Exercise TV only has level 1 of Yoga Meltdown, so I was really excited to try Level 2.


Level 2 was just as challenging as Level 1 and I loved it! Especially since she had my favorite Yoga Pose “The Wheel” included in it! She actually made us do Wheel Pushups which I used to always do in my Yoga class and missed doing. I ended up burning 164 Calories in 30 minutes.

For Din Din I made myself Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Mushroom in EVOO, Salt, and Garlic and paired it with 2 Whole Wheat breadsticks that I made with Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough, Garlic, and Grated Parm Cheese, and a side of Trader Joe’s Eggplant Garlic Spread for dipping. Have you ever made your own Breadsticks? or anything else with Trader Joe’s Dough??? I need some recipes…





This morning I woke up and ate a Banana


And then headed outside for a workout!

  • Walked 1 mile to the Park
  • Walked .5 Miles in the Park to the Track
  • Jogged 2 Miles around the Track
  • Jogged another .5 Miles in the Park

And JUST when I was about to stop I made a new friend; this older gentleman named Gene. He started talking to me about the different trails in the park and my upcoming race (details below) and before I knew it, he talked me into jogging another 1.3 miles on the Horse Trail which was so amazing! It’s one thing to run on a track or on the concrete part of the park but to jog in the woods is a whole different experience…I am so happy that I met this man because I wouldn't have had the courage to go in there alone, I probably would have gotten lost lol…by the way THANK GOD that this didn’t turn into a Law & Order episode! What was I thinking going into the trail with a stranger? Thankfully he was not a creep…and I made it home safe and sound. In total I walked/jogged around 6 miles and ended up burning 1278 Calories in 2 hours and 15 minutes (including 1 Mile back home and Foam Roller Stretch) AND I got to see HORSES! WIN WIN!

For Breakfast I refueled with a Green Monster; this time with Spinach, Banana, Strawberries, Light Chocolate Soy Milk, Chocolate Light Muscle Milk, Coffee, and Splenda


Every Family has their own Holiday Traditions and for Easter my family usually goes to see a family movie in the theater followed by Italian Food from Lenny’s. Today we went to go see Alice in Wonderland in 3D and I loved it! I think Johnny Depp is so amazing in everything he does…he dives into the role and BECOMES the character!

I snacked on a Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna Bar at the Movie Theater.


After the movie was done we picked up Linner. I had Calamari and Shrimp in Marinara Sauce and a side Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing


For dessert, I enjoyed a slice of Tiramisu yuuuuuums!

DSCN6073 (The picture does not do this dessert justice)

I successfully completed Lent! I did not have one single piece of meat or any Protein Cookie Dough!!!!! I think the fact that I dedicated this to my grandparents made it easier for me to resist the temptations. I am going to try to keep this going (not eating meat)…


Big Things Are Coming…

Remember when my car was stolen, I said “I woke up feeling hopeful because I was planning to do something very important that was supposed to change the course of my life but instead this happened and now I have to put that on pause”.

Well the big thing I was talking about was finally ordering my ACE Package so I can get my new Personal Training Certification. I was so upset that I had to put this on hold once again but with the help and advice from Jess, I decided to get a lower priced package…THANKS JESS!!!!!!! You have no idea how happy I was when the Fed Ex Driver dropped of my package!!!!!


I can not wait to start studying, I even cleaned out my study area lol


DSCN6041 (I have a slight shopping problem…hence all the shopping bags on my chair lol)



The best part of my desk are my “Hoops and Yoyo” Post It notes and their Panic Button that my friend Kim sent me…I love these two guys!


Race Details!

I signed up for another race in MAY! It is a 4 mile Road and Trail Race at the park that I run at…I can’t wait! I have a little over a month to train for it, so hopefully my body behaves and I don’t get any more injuries!

Damn it’s after midnight…have a great night (or morning) loves!!!

“All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.”
T.E. Lawrence



  1. You are doing so awesome lately Mari! I'm so proud of you!

    I love hoops and yoyo! How funny. Small world, man!

  2. personal training cert?!! girl! let me know if you have any Q...I am ACSM certified! very excited for you!

    all your eats look delicious :) what a great weekend!

    I always get scared running on long roads or trails by myself, my mom always tells me to run in DAYLIGHT in populated areas, and I have always listened to her LOL ya never know!!


  3. I am so excited for you and everything you've got going on right now. I would love to do a trail race sometime, I need to look into that ;-)

  4. I am so, so, so excited for you!!

  5. Good job with all the running! It's been perfect weather for doing so. Good luck with the personal training, that sounds awesome!

  6. Good job with all the running! It's been perfect weather for doing so. Good luck with the personal training, that sounds awesome!

  7. Good job with all the running! It's been perfect weather for doing so. Good luck with the personal training, that sounds awesome!

  8. There is so much good news in this post! I wish I were dominican. All of the food looks amazing.

    Score for the personal training certificate! I may just have to hire you to get my butt into better shape.

    1278 calories?!?!? I can only burn that many after running a half marathon! You are crazy. So proud of you. SO insanely proud.

  9. I wish my family were Dominican. Lol. I love allll your eats, as always. Today especially :)

    CONGRATS on getting through Lent- proud of you! Have you made the permanent switch to protein cakes instead of dough? Or is dough back in your life for good?

    SOOOOOO exciting about the training! I am...looking into PT training *shhhhhh*. I really want to get certified but have no idea how to go about it in the UK and coming up with a zillion different sites when i google- so complicated finding a reputable course.//random tangent

    So exciting about the race! But watch those strangers in the park, woman!!!!!

  10. You are a calorie burning machine! And I do the horse trails (walking) with Mickey. Shes a great running partner if you ever want to borrow her!
    Im jumping back into 5 k training this week too. Im so in love with your positive attitude and its rubbing off on me!
    I miss working out with you!

    goodness you are just a little ray of sunshine!!!!! i love it! what a FUN easter!! and DELISH eats as always of COURSE! love you girl! your comment MADE MY DAY

  12. Very exciting news! I'm so excited for you! I'm loving the crazy runs- although you talked to strangers!

    And love all the TJ's loot. That eggplant spread is Mike's favorite- he eats it with a spoon!

  13. Yay so glad you got your personal training package! And congrats on signing up for a new race! A trail race sounds cool!

  14. Your study area cleans up niiiiiice!!! I'm so excited for you!!!

  15. Looks like you had a pretty great weekend.
    I agree, Johnny Depp was great and is great. He can do any kind of role and excel at it.
    As for the certification, i think that is just so awesome. Once again, you make me proud to call you my friend. As you just continue to do great things and inspire others.......

  16. The personal training sounds awesome! THe dominician meal looks amazing, I'd love to try it!

  17. First off congrats on making it through lent! Secondly, you are welcome! Anytime!

  18. Your place cleans up nicely! Glad we didn't have a CSI case after that jog. I'm way too trusting too. I guess I just like to give people the benefit of the doubt!

  19. Way to go girl with everything! You're doing AWESOME.

    SO happy for you!
    <3 jess

  20. I love tiramisu too! Those bread stickks looked good, how could you just stop at two? LOL!

    Glad you had such a good weekend getting in lots of walks and runs.

  21. OMG I adore Hoops and Yoyo. And 6 miles---you go girl!!! And Lol@ about your running story with a complete stranger, Im happy you didn't turn into a Law and Order episode :)

    So I grew up in South FL and had numerous amts of Cuban food but never Dominican food. Do you know any hot single men who could cook that and deliver to me? Thanks!!

  22. Now I feel properly caught up with you! Btw, u've been super productive lately ... something I'm falling behind in, must admit :p

  23. I am so glad to hear you are doing well and that life is moving on in a positive direction.

  24. You had a fun-filled busy weekend!! Oh Italian food, I miss you! That's super cool that you are going to become ACE certified. I would love to do that at some point in my life. Have a great week, sorry I've been kind of MIA on blog reading :)

  25. SO many things to be proud of! The success of Lent, your ACE certificate (very cool) and a new race! Congrats to you Mari. You are on your way to some very big accomplishments ahead. I wish you all the luck with studying and training for that race. Good for you!

    Glad you had a lovely Easter. Have a great Tuesday!

  26. I'm glad so many good things are happening for you! They can only continue happening!

  27. Hey, thanks for your explanation of the "blob" Ha, ha. I wasn't going to call it that, but since you did...LOL! Cookie dough protein powder sounds wonderful...heck cookie dough sounds good just by itself. I think I'd love to try to find myself some. What brand is it? Maybe I can order it online or stop by a GNC.

    You probably just get yours down the street with living in NY.

    Have a great day!

  28. OMG I missed the hoops and yoyo thingt...I SOOOOOOOOOOOO love them!!!!

    look at this race mari!!

    oh and thanks for the quote.
    “All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.”
    T.E. Lawrence


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