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I hit the gym today and did 5.5 miles on the elliptical, which told me I burnt 750 calories. I was feeling weaker today and did not end up doing my small strength training portion of my workout. So to avoid injury and making myself run down – I called it quits after the 5.5 mile workout. I then stopped at the food store to get some really cheap marinade (special on Lawry’s marinades – only $1.00 a piece at Albertson’s!!). I also picked up some of the Sugar Free Flavor for my coffee – it’s not coconut, but it’s Sugar Free Hazelnut Flavor – and I think it was a great buy! It sweetens my coffee with just a bit, and after a 1/4 cup of Vanilla Almond Milk, it brings my morning cup of joe down from 100 calories to 30-40 calories a cup. Much more manageable!! So obviously, I made a cup after I got back from the gym.

I ate a very unique dinner tonight (for me). I took some extra firm tofu and crumbled it up, marinated it in some Lawry’s Hawaiian dressing with frozen peas and the leftover remains of the asparagus stir fry I had in the freezer. Super healthy and the tofu was actually great! It was filling, and tasty. I polished off a oatmeal chocolate chip soft cookie I made the other night. But I was craving some PEANUT BUTTER!

Oh yum yum! I am ALL about food that is better for you but tastes oh so decadent! I love peanut butter and cookies, especially oatmeal cookies. So here is my recipe for tasty (and better for you peanut butter cookies!)

Ingredients:


1 and 1/4 cup rolled oats
Less that 1/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of all natural apple sauce
5 teaspoons of whole wheat flour
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
a few chocolate chips

For this recipes I combine all the ingredients (EXCEPT the chocolate chips) and mixed them until they form a dough. I then measure a tablespoon scoop of the dough and place on a cookie sheet. Put one chocolate chips on each piece of dough. Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 – 12 minutes. Enjoy!

How could you not eat this!??! Make some right now ūüôā And averaging about 80 calories a cookie – that’s a pretty sweet cookie.

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This afternoon’s snack, which I did not snap a picture of, was one larger banana and small braeburn apple. Both were tasty, and I feel pretty good right now but I know I will need to eat something before I hit the gym today. If I don’t, I might rip someone’s head off from lack of food.

I also finished off a few bites of carrots, my stomach seems to be burning through the fruit and veggies I am putting in my stomach today. I always like to fuel up before the gym too, or then I am just hungry and sluggish. I am going to eat a Quaker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip chewy bar about 15 minutes before I leave for the gym.

Today’s gym workout will be elliptical, my hip is feeling a little wonky. So I will aim for 5 miles or more. I will also being doing a little bit of strength training to wrap up my workout. Here’s the plan:

Friday Workout:
+ Ellipticial Trainer for 5 miles (burn about 700 calories)
+ 3 sets of 15 reps: chest pull downs @ 20-25 lbs
+ 3 sets of 15 reps: back extensions
+ 2 sets of 20 reps: oblique crunches with 12 lbs
+ 3 sets of 20 reps: chest glides with 7-8 lbs

I am going to take is easy on my legs today. I usually do adductor and abductor, but my right hip isn’t super happy right now. So I will stick to a few easy things and work some leg work in this weekend.

Time to finish the day strong!

So I know I took a break from blogging. But I am back, and living my life a whole different way. For lent I had to decided workout every day, or be active in some way. And I have started to incorporate more veggies, and fruit in my life. I realized that I am a HUGE emotional eater. I use it for comfort, celebration, and about every other mood I might be feeling.

Growing up, I had sweets around all the time. We, as a family, overate. And it’s a nasty habit I have taken with my into the beginning part of adulthood. I have realized this and am taking the steps to make sure I do not continue this bothersome habit. I have never “struggled” with weight, I just carry around a few extra pounds that I know my body doesn’t need to survive.

So something I was giving to Jesus for lent has helped me start the life change that I always wanted. I am eating healthier foods, counting most of my calories to see where I am at, and exercising (and pushing myself! Instead of just going through the motions). I’ve realized how unhealthy our lifestyles can be here in America. We eat, and don’t move – everyday. I want to break the mold and be healthy. I want to feel energized and strong. Feed my body with good stuff, but allow myself to indulge as well.

After much research, I’ve discovered it’s a pretty simple equation. Exercise and portion control to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My upcoming nuptials are less than 4 months away and I want to be toned and feeling good about how much clothes fit and how I look.

I found I am constantly surrounded by women who are on “diets”, complaining that they are fat, and yet they don’t do anything about it. I am trying to change that frame of mind where if you are unhappy about something – change it! And we all have the tools to be healthy…and happy.

Enough of my rambling! Started my day off right with some Overnight Oats with PB (my daily addiction). No day is complete for me without peanut butter.

Overnight Oats with Flaxseed
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup vanilla Almond milk
1/8 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1.5 tbsp peanut butter

Put first 4 ingredients in tuperware overnight. In the morning, scoop a big scoop o’ peanut butter right on top and enjoy! I dug into mine because I was craving it so bad this morning! I had it with an Almond Joy Almond Milk french roast coffee. Usually the Overnight Oats look like this (this one complete with chocolate chips – optional):

I do not know how some people can work 4 ten-hour work days every week. Godspeed to ya if you do! I am so happy this week is coming to a close. I need to great organized. I am still nursing my coffee from earlier and am about half way done with my Nalgene.

I am trying to track my food differently now – with the times. I will try to take pictures when I can, I just haven’t been as focused on that as I should be. For the rest of the day I will be snapping pictures.

My sweetheart stopped by my work today to say hello. He then ran some errands for me because he is the best! We are going to play one of the best games for the Wii. I asked for it for Christmas and my honey never disappoints. This game is FUN and makes you sweat a little. For those days when you don’t feel like exercising…this is perfect! It’s called Just Dance 2¬†and¬†I adore it. You can have fun and burn a few calories. It’s fun, gets you moving, and is an easy “exercise” to do on your off days. There is also a “Just Sweat” setting, where you have a goal of a certain number of songs per day to reach a certain number of “sweat” points a week. Check it out! It’s worth it!

11:20am: Ate my PB&J for lunch

I made my fiancee’s favorite burrito recipe – I really suck at taking pictures (even with my phone) – I had high hopes a took the picture below to start. Then I got a phone call from my mom and it was downhill from there. I have a¬†¬†digital camera, so I guess I could break that out. I’ve been using my phone camera to track my food. So far…not so good. Missed dinner pictures last night (I was famished after my quick workout! – it wasn’t great, but it was something), and breakfast again this moring. So I need to get¬†in the habit of that to track my food. So this picture is the start of the burritos¬†– onions cooking away. I’ll have to leave the rest to your imagination. I ate one burrito (about 7 months ago, I would’ve had two). For breakfast this morning, had the same overnight oats as yesterday (which chocolate chips and peanut butter) – with my coconut coffee! I am drinking water too, I feel super dehydrated.

Work is stressful. I work with a not so happy coworker (How to deal with a crabby coworker). Packing tonight – flight early tomorrow morning!! I must be at the airport at 5:10am. My sweetie is dropping me off uber-early! Trying on the jeans my friend gave me tonight, hoping to be able to do a fashion show and pack some of these cute jeans up! Wedding dress shoping – t-minus two days AAH! ūüôā Last ten hour day…lots of meetings but off on an adventure tomorrow. Need to get back into a great exercise routine I had. Ten hour work weeks and trips out of state for Wedding Dress shopping are not condusive to that!

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I am really horrible about taking pictures of my lunch. Igot ravenous and just ate it all! It was leftover Broccoli Cheddar soup from last night and half of a roll (easy and not too cool to look at). So the best I can do now is my afternoon snack. I am starting off the afternoon with a mug of organic green tea, water, and a homemade “trail mix” of sorts. In the mix, tropic mix of dried fruit and nuts, a palmful of peanuts, pita chips, and sourdough pretzel bits. It’s pretty good and I am sure it will last me the whole afternoon.¬†I am vegetarian, so I know finding some easy, protein snacks it difficult sometimes. I tend to load up on the carbs. I had been incorporating a lot more veggies, but all the veggies and fresh fruit are gone – and since I am leaving Friday and returned Monday – no sense in getting more right now.

Fingers crossed when I get home tonight, my dryer will respond to some things my dad and blogs have said. If not…dryer hunting online for some good deals.

Burrito’s tonight! And the 30 minute circuit workout I said was going to do last night…yea, that’s happening tonight. ūüėõ

It’s lunch time! On the menu today is another banana the size of Florida and a PB&J. Quick and easy. I ate the banana and only half of the sandwhich – and for some reason I can’t finish the other half. I think I will save it for a little bit later!

I also need to start drinking more water – some times water just doesn’t sound great. But I know for health benefits, I should drink more. I have a tendency to drink just enough…and then I feel super dehydrated for the next day. Goal: drink two water bottles a day (that’s 8 glasses, the daily recommended amount).

Ok, so now I am finishing the other half of the sandwhich. ūüėÄ

My fiance got stellar scores on his Praxis test! I am going to take him out to dinner to celebrate tonight. He really exercised¬†his brain, so¬†he did an amazing job (as I expected)!¬†It’s just a matter of finding something yummy and cost-effective for dinner tonight. I am thinking soup and sandwhich (yum!) – but knowing my fiance – he’ll probably want pizza (which is a-ok with me ūüėČ ).

Speaking of exercise, I am finding my motivation is nill today. I am exhausted. And it’s only Tuesday.¬†I will probably do a circuit that I do sometimes when I am in trying to squeeze something but don’t have the ideal amount of time or energy. You don’t need a gym or any equipment – just some music, 30 minutes, and a tiny bit of motivation.

It’s a ten-minute circuit that I do three times:

1. Butt kicks – 1 and 1/2 minutes
2. Squats Р1 and 1/2 minutes
3. Lunges Р1 and 1/2 minutes
4. Reverse crunches or toe reaches Р30 seconds
5. Leg lowers with oblique crunch Р30 seconds
6. Flutter kicks or cross over crunch Р1 minute
7. Push-ups Р30 seconds
8. Lotus pose Р30 seconds
9. Donkey Kicks Р30 seconds
10. Jumping Jacks Р1 minute
11. Skaters Р1 minute

Drinking some green tea – ready to finish off the day strong!

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