I love Saturday mornings. Even though it’s cold here, the sun is still shining. My coffee is brewed, the dog is walked, and I slept in past nine. I was going to do a spin class this morning, but I couldn’t get myself to wake up. That’s okay because I felt like running today anyways. I’ll fit that one in later today.
I know my blog has been pretty empty and boring lately, but I’ve been working on something that I hope will be ready to share in a week or so! It’ll be worth all the emptiness. I promise.
Last night, I had a great Valentines date with Jeremy. I’ll post about it later today. He is one special Valentine. I hope you all had a great Valentines day with the ones you love!
For breakfast this morning, I made an omelet, turkey sausage, a peanut butter english muffin, and avocado strips.
My omelet had 1/2 a large zucchini diced, 1/4 cup of GoVeggie Mozzarella cheese, garlic seasoning, 1 egg yolk and 4 egg whites.
@taralynnmcnitt ’s red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting topped with strawberry hearts for work today!
Home made coconut, oat, and flax granola bars with Chocate chips- no flour, oil, butter, sugar, or eggs #undressedskeleton
I love when it’s just me for dinner because I can throw whatever I want in a bowl and call it a salad. It’s an easy clean up, too. Although the salad in the picture is half eaten, I’ll tell you what is or was in it.
4-5 cups romaine lettuce, 2 tbsps light honey mustard dressing, 1/2 small avocado, 4 sliced baby potatoes (cooked, seasoned & cooled) croutons, tortilla strips, and 1 cup turkey sausage crumbles.
Now…what should i have for dessert?
As you all know, I’m a snacker. I snack all day long, but smartly!
One of my favorite morning snacks is flavored yogurt, organic coconut shreds, and fiber cereal! It’s a nice mixture of protein and fiber!
Monday morning shake: Protein grapefruit banana.
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 medium banana (better frozen), 1 serving vanilla protein powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 cup grapefruit slices, 1 packet Stevia.
Blend on high
Monday Afternoon Snacks: chicken breast chunks, baby carrots, celery, garlic roasted hummus, and an apple turnover Larabar.
Monday night post gym snack: Earth Balance creamy peanut butter with flaxseed over a rice cake.
Tuesday Morning Smoothie: Orange banana kale protein shake.
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 medium banana (better frozen), 1 serving vanilla protein powder, 1/2 orange, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 cup kale, 1 cup spinach, 1 packet Stevia.
Yesterday, I did one of Courtney Brown’s workouts from Runandbehappy.com. She has some awesome workouts for runners and strength training.
After doing her workout, I ran a couple miles at a light pace. 10-11 minute miles.
It was a nice surprise to see Jeremy cooking in the kitchen when I got home from the gym. He made salad, some kind of egg chicken scramble and some kind of pasta. I’m not sure how he made them, but they were really good. Guys are good at whipping random things up. My brother used to cook like that all the time at home. After dinner, I popped a large bowl of popcorn, added some dark chocolate chips, and relaxed while watching the Wire.
Good thing I went to bed early last night. I woke up at five to go to spin class. At first, spin class was hard. My butt was bruised and I could hardly walk. Now that I have done it several times, I don’t get the same pain. I’m getting better at it and the muscle in my legs are popping!
I’m not doing spin class to burn calories. Im attending spin class because it’ll make me a stronger runner. I was reading "Why Runner’s Need Spinning" by Laura Forman For Active.com and she said,
"When you choose an indoor cycling class over running on occasion, you reduce your risk of injury in two ways. First, you are substituting a high-impact with a no-impact workout, giving your joints a break from the wear and tear. Second, the muscles worked on the bike vary from those used while running. Strengthening different (weaker) muscles in your body will provide greater muscular balance, resulting in reduced chance of running-related injury." read more…
I still get knee pains and if I want to complete my half marathon, I need to take care of my knees and train properly. When I ran yesterday, I didn’t get any sharp pains while running, so hopefully this was the magic ingredient. I am also doing an IT Band exercise that Courtney gave me.
I’m the type of person that cannot workout on an empty stomach, so before class, I had a quest bar and half a large banana.
After spin class, I made a post workout breakfast.
I had one egg over easy, an english muffin with flaxseed peanut butter, a large honey crisp apple, and a cup of coffee mixed with unsweetened almond milk.
I’m finally taking a break from my project! Well, I did take an hour break to leave the country and come back. Say what? It’s true. I live about fifteen minutes from Canada. I can actually see it from my balcony. I have been pretty zoned in on work, but still need to catch up with my blog.
You’re probably wondering why there is a huge case of donuts on my blog. I have to be honest. I love donuts. I stopped at Tim Hortons for a morning coffee and ended up having a donut ball. Okay…you caught me. I had two donut balls. Sometimes I can’t resist the delicious glazed sugary carby donut. Plus, one little donut won’t kill me.
The trick to eating something unhealthy is following it with something healthier. I couldn’t let two donut balls be my breakfast, so when I got home I made a green protein shake.
My protein shake had 1/2 Large banana, 1/2 apple, 1 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 cups ice, 1/2 packet True Lemon, and 1 scoop vanilla protein powder!
One of my favorite things to do while watching guilty television is walk the treadmill. I usually get my workout in during the day and walk the treadmills while Jeremy gets his workout in at night.
Jeremy has been eating really well lately. I’m proud of him! Every time he gets in his “health modes” he goes grocery shopping with me. I love it!
This week, I have been making lots of salads. They are super filling, easy, and have a variety of everything. This salad had avocado, craisins, croutons, tortilla strips, turkey, and spinach.
I don’t think the winter is going anywhere. It has snowed everyday for the past two weeks. It’s snowing as I speak. I can’t wait to go on vacation at the end of the month.
Grumps has been keeping me warm while I work!
Most people don’t like smoothies in the winter, but i love them. I think I’ve made about sixteen smoothies in the past week! Well…I know I have!
If you’ve read my blog before, you’re familiar with my popcorn toppings on salad. I love the extra crunch!
This meal was from Friday night. I’m not even sure what to call it. I’ll post the recipe here soon. But I threw together whatever we had left in the house for dinner. The sides are sweet potatoes and sweet sesame green beans.
This morning, I snacked on a cup of cereal, yogurt, and bananas! I still can’t move my foot very well so I took the day off from working out. I read that a jammed toe can take up to a couple days to heal with ice and elevation! Fingers crossed. The swelling and bruising has gone down, so that is a good sign.
Grumps was super lazy today, but that’s okay! It’s cold out and plus…it’s Sunday!
Hopefully you all had a fun weekend!
I have been glued to my computer for three days straight. Ive taken bathroom breaks, food breaks, and sleep breaks. Oh and I did Pinterest for like 20 minutes to get my fix. Once I start a project, I get hooked on it until it’s complete. This one is going to take about a week more to finish. I can’t WAIT to share it with you guys, it’s going to be a game changer. I’m finally calling it quits for tonight. My eyes are going to explode and my fingers are going to fall off if I don’t stop.
It’s actually a good time to sit around and work because I’m stuck with an injury. It’s a pretty embarrassing story. You know those over exaggerated falls on cartoons? The ones where they slip on something and fly into the air…well apparently those can happen in real life. I didn’t slip on a banana peel or anything like that. I slipped on a piece of paper! How does that happen? I leaped over a box in our spare bedroom and landed on the piece of paper with one foot . The paper slid with the carpet causing me to fly backwards onto my butt and my toe slammed against the door. I had a laugh/cry moment. I wished someone was there to see it because it was funny…although it was painful. The unfortunate part is that my toe is swollen, blue, and in pain. I’m sure it’ll be good in a couple of days.
I did manage to get up and make some dinner for myself tonight. I’ve been snacking on smoothies, energy bars, vegetables with hummus, yogurt, fruit, and cereal all day. And the reason Ive been eating so many salads lately is because they are fast and easy. I washed and chopped fresh lettuce and then added avocados, green beans, croutons, tortilla drips, craisins, and Teriyaki grilled chicken breast from Nino Salvaggio’s. For the dressing, I used Annie’s organic garlic roasted vinaigrette.
I make smoothies almost everyday and sometimes two. That is how I fit in as much protein and vegetables as I possibly can. I shove about 3-4 cups of spinach and kale into my smoothies. I’m not a huge fan of the taste, so I have a little trick to covering it up.
My first job was at a cafe back in high school. We had a smoothie menu, so I learned all the tricks to making an awesome smoothie! The smoothies were healthy until the fruit juice was added. The fruit juice was added to cover up the vegetable flavors and to add that extra wow factor. Most people don’t realize that the fruit juice is added. They just assume it’s the fruit that makes it sweet and sour.
Without juice, smoothies can be bland. Adding extra sugar and juice takes away the healthy factor, so I came up with a lighter alternative. Recently Crystal Light & True Lemon have been offering drink mixes made with all natural low calorie sweeteners like Stevia and Truvia. I have been adding a packet of the all natural drink mix to my morning smoothies. It’s incredible how satisfying they are after. You can’t taste a drop of the kale or spinach. If you are having a hard time with your smoothie flavors, give it a try!
Banana Kale Apple Protein Smoothie:
*1 1/2 Cups Ice, *2 Cups Kale, *2 Cups Water, *1 Packet All Natural Drink Mix, *1/2 Large Banana, *1/2 Small Apple, *1 Serving Vanilla Protein Powder!
Blend on high!