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08.14.10 – Life

Sorry for the lull…I’ve been enjoying life. How, you ask?

Well…

Garden

My garden is insane. I’m going to have to start making fresh tomato sauce because I’m up to my eyeballs in tomatoes. My cucumbers are STILL producing, along with my green beans (and I have 15 bags of green beans frozen already!). Apparently I’m pretty good at this whole growing-your-own-food-thing.

Smoothies

It took me awhile to get my groove with smoothies-for-breakfast, but once I removed the protein powder and replaced it with greek yogurt, I was well on my way. Smoothie, along with some cereal (Oatmeal Squares are my favorite for this purpose) for crunch and substance make a delicious and easily portable breakfast for me on workdays. Although, admittedly, I skip the spinach on days I have early meetings, etc — the green smoothies draw a little too much attention. 🙂

My two favorite smoothies at the moment:

1. Peach/banana smoothie

– 1 fresh, ripe peach (could use frozen)

– 1/2 – 1 banana, ripe (could use frozen)

– 5 ice cubes

– 1 container peach flavored Chobani yogurt

– splash of milk

– 2 handfuls of baby spinach (optional)

Blend it all up and transfer to a bottle for transport

2. Orange/Pinapple/Banana smoothie

– 1/2 cup-ish frozen pineapple chunks

– 1/2 fresh navel orange, peeled

– 1 container pineapple Chobani yogurt

–  5 ice cubes

– splash of milk

– 2 handfuls baby spinach (optional)

Blend it all up and transfer to a bottle for transport

Working It Out

This is the plan I’m currently following…I’ve done it for 2 weeks already, and will continue for another 2 weeks. Then, a “fun” week — and then —  a week’s rest/vacation. Woohoo!

M: Shoulders, Abs +20 minutes HIIT

T: Chest, Biceps + 15 minutes SS (Steady State)

W: Power Yoga + 35 minutes hills cardio

Th: Legs + 10 minutes easy cardio (I don’t want to tire my legs out on ‘Leg’ day)

F:  Back, Triceps + 20 minutes HIIT

S: Rest

S: Rest, or, gentle yoga flow


3 sets

Shoulders/Abs

Shoulders

1. Smith Machine Military Press – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2. One-Arm Dumbbell Lateral Raise – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Cable Front Raise – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

4. Reverse Pec-Deck Flye – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

Abs

Tri-set:

1. Exercise-Ball Crunch – 15 reps

2. Lying Leg Lift – 15 reps

3. Dumbbell Oblique Crunch – 15 reps

Chest/Biceps

Chest

1. Machine Chest Press – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2.  Cable Cross-over – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Exercise-Ball Push-Up – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

Biceps

1. Cable Curl – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2. Cable Hammer Curl – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Seated Alternating Dumbbell Curl – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

Legs

Legs

1. Leg Press – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2. Split Squat – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Leg Extension – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

4. Leg Curl – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

5. Exercise-Ball Hamstring Curl – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

6. Seated Calf Raise – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

Back/Triceps

Back

1. Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2. Standing One-Arm Cable Row – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Reverse-Grip Low Cable Row – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

Triceps

1. Pushdown – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

2. Cable Kickback – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps

3. Seated Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extension – 15 reps / 12 reps / 10 reps


Spending Time with the Best Pup Ever

Enter, Holly Doggle. The weather has been fantastic lately (even a preview of fall this week!!! So excited!!!) so I’ve been spending more time outside with her, walking her, playing with her, getting her together with the neighborhood dogs….all the things most people do with their children. LOL

Prepping for Babies

Okay, that might be a bit premature. But I did get the clear from my doctor for hubs and I to try whenever I’m ready, and I did finally, agonizingly, select a prenatal vitamin. I went with this one, which I bought at Target:

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It contains no iron, but the iron rips my stomach apart, AND my iron levels are really good right now. If I would get pregnant and need iron, I’d start it then. But there’s no reason now. Additionally,these gummies contain DHA. And, they taste delicious. 🙂

My doctor and I actually discussed that based on my diet, I probably didn’t need an all-encompassing prenatal multi. She told me I’d be fine just taking the folic acid supplement. But, I decided I wanted to take the DHA supplement, too, and the gummies were a better price selection than folic acid and DHA supplements bought individually. We’ll see how they work out.

Also in line with prepping for babies, hubs and I are working on refinancing our home. It’ll cut $50,000 off the life of the loan. That’s huge!!! But it also means paperwork, and appraisers, and all that schtuff that takes time in my evening.

And finally, regarding babies, we’ve been hardcore shopping for a new vehicle. My 2006 Cobalt SS coupe isn’t exactly a family car, so we’re actively seeking a new Rav-4 or Escape…leaning towards the Rav-4, and now we just need to decide if we look for a deal on a 2010, or, go with a brand new 2011. We will see!

What have you been up to lately??

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Good morning all! I don’t know that today (Tuesday) was any more magnificent than any other Tuesday…I just really really love alliteration in my blog titles. 🙂

I am in a good mood though, so let’s focus on the good!

Citrucel on the way to work – 7:45 a.m.
Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.

Green monster! This is the best one I’ve made. I think the freshly-frozen banana and the in-season blueberries did it.

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My green monsters always fill my large blender bottle + ½ – ¾ of my small blender bottle. What the heck? I brought my large one to work for breakfast, and will ask DH to pull my small one out of the freezer at lunchtime so I can eat it as my post workout snack. Probably should’ve brought them both, but I had too many bottles to carry at that point!

In the mix:
*  ¾ c. milk
*  ¼ c water
*  2 heaping cups baby spinach
*  1 frozen banana
*  ½ c. fresh blueberries
*  8 ice cubes
*  ½ c. oats

I’ve been making my monsters at night, freezing them, and then placing them in the fridge before I go to bed. It saves me a ton of time in the morning 🙂

Those of you that do the green monster thang….does it ever fit in your travel bottle?? If so…what kind of bottle do you use? LOL

Snack – 10:30 a.m.
Kashi Dark Chocolate/Cherry 🙂

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Lunch – 12:00 p.m.
Fresh sliced ham, slice of turkey breast, slice of provolone, and leaf lettuce on whole grain bread, veggies (peppers, tomatoes, carrots), and some pretzel sticks

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Snack – 3:45 p.m.
New Clif flavor (for me) – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut! I ate half 😉

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Exercise – 4:45 p.m.
I started Gina’s SSU 2010 yesterday with a strength day. It went really well – but doing my strength before my cardio kicks my bootay. I climbed on the elliptical after my 5 minute stair mill warm up and 30 minutes of weights and I’m not gonna lie — I was TIRED. I’ve done it before but I always give it up because it’s so hard. LOL

Thank goodness the plan only called for moderate activity!!

I feel good today (not sore) so that’s a plus.

Today’s schedule calls for speed. I’d have loved to do her Option #1, but it’s so stinking humid and hot here, and I’m a pansy, that I knew it would result in a crappy workout. Plus it was running…and…well….this left hip and I are at odds as to whether running is actually GOOD for us. 🙂

Option #2 was out due to scheduling at the gym (spin class) so I went with Option #3 – with a twist.

Gina’s plan recommends 30 minutes of SWEATY cardio.

Well, okay.

The best cardio I get is interval training.

So I decided to go with 20 minutes of intervals on the stationary bikel + 5 minute water / keep-heart-from-leaping-out-of-chest break + a mix of the following from option 1:

*  Walking lunges for 30 seconds
*  Bench Push-ups for 30 seconds
*  Tricep Dips for 30 seconds
*  High knee skips for 45 seconds
*  Squats for 45 seconds
*  Butt kicks for 45 seconds

Run through the drills twice 🙂

Finished up with some stretching for my back, hamstrings, and hips (desk work tightens me up every day!)
50m @ the gym = 342 calories burned

Headed home to slurp down the rest of my green monster from this morning, walk the doggle, water the garden (and harvest mini peppers! ROCK!), and make dinner

Dinner – 8:00 p.m.
Late dinner tonight – hubs had an evening meeting for work.

We had spiced roasted chicken (which I had to keep an eye on because – oops – I neglected to purchase meat with skin/bone!), macaroni and cheese, and cauliflower.

I also tried my hand at making some corn fritters with the leftover corn from Sunday. I’m not much of a corn person, but hubs loves them in ‘fritter form’ 🙂

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It’s June already! How’d that happen?? LOL

Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.

Unpictured, because you’ve seen my Red Berry cereal, milk, and banana a thousand times. I’d originally planned a smoothie for breakfast today, but it just didn’t sound good this morning…so this was plan B.

Snack – 10:45 a.m.

Half a snack bag of puffins. I don’t know that I was hungry, just…snacky.

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Lunch – 12:00 p.m.

Tuna salad (1 small can tuna, celery, onion, salt/pepper, greek yogurt) with whole wheat crackers and side salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pepper, broccoli, cauliflower) and red wine vinaigrette

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Snack 1 – 2:00 p.m.

Unpictured string cheese. I’m starving and daydreaming of chocolate (if we’re being honest) but I know it’s b/c I need more protein today. GAH! Once you’ve had it, you realize how you miss it. LOL

Snack 23:45 p.m.

Natural PB schmeared on a Kashi granola bar (peanut flavored, ironically enough).

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Exercise

Still working on the same full-body circuit. Kind of makes for boring posting, I guess. But I’m working on increasing my strength on this particular program for now, rather than doing different moves all the time. I needed a little mindless consistency here and there. 🙂

15 minute warm-up on the stair mill (pre-set intervals at level 10)

Full body circuit, 3 times through. I’m working on a Google Document to track my weights increases, but the link above shows you the basic layout of the workout.

Gentle stretching when it was all said and done – I need to re-incorporate serious stretching. My hamstrings and hips are all tightened up again. It’s all that desk-job-ness.

1h15m @ the gym (hotter than Hades again today, which seriously slows down my workout AND increases my rest time) = 600 calories burned. Crazy!

Headed home and chugged 8 oz. of this deliciousness:

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Watered my garden (everything is surviving/growing, except no sign of my carrots. Hmm…) and walked the Holly Doggle.

Dinner

Spicy honey chicken and foil packet potatoes (both grilled by Dave), steamed broccoli. I suppose I could’ve had him grill the broccoli too, but I didn’t want to blow his mind. Hehe

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Dessert

One of my chocolate chip cookies I baked yesterday. Nom.

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Six-Month Review of Goals

I’m not gonna lie – I’m sucking at my New Years goals. Time to buckle down or re-evaluate I guess!

  • Try 30 days with no white sugar: Considering I had a chocolate chip cookie for dessert, I’m guessing I’m not doing well on this one. 🙂
  • Try 30 days with no white flour: See said cookie, again. LOL I’ve limited how much of it I’m eating (side from gorging myself on pasta salad for Memorial Day) but I still haven’t cut it completely. A big reason is I hate the prospect of making separate meals for Dave and I. And he won’t eat any whole grain pastas I’ve tried to pass off on him. Well, aside from Smart Taste. Which is still white flour.
  • Start a health blog to better keep track of my workouts, healthy eats, and other items that don’t really belong on my cooking blog:  This part is working. I need to find time to make an exercise page, though.
  • Strive for 1-2 vegetarian lunches per week: Hm. I’d say not doing well here. I’ve tried to eat more protein each day, and I just have trouble finding vegetarian protein sources I enjoy. I eat beans occasionally, but can’t stomach the texture of tofu…what else is there?
  • Include at least one fish and/or vegetarian dinner in each week’s meal plan: We’ve been doing really well with the fish aspect – not so good with the vegetarian. Again, because I’m not sure what to make that will still give me awesome protein, and, because Dave will veto a lack of meat, and I don’t want to make 2 meals.
  • Expand my use of the gym — try yoga and spinning classes at the YMCA: I haven’t done either of these. Sad. They changed the schedule for yoga to a night I’m unavailable. BUT, they opened a yoga studio down the street from the gym that I could logistically use. You can pay by class, so there’s no excuse there. I’m just shy about trying new things. Spinning also hasn’t happened. Why? I’ve no idea. LOL Shy again I guess! I’ve actually never BEEN on a spin bike, so that might be it as well. Oh, and the classes fill up days in advance, so no luck getting a small class. heh
  • Continue to work on strengthening/stretching my hip flexors, lower back, and core: I did really well with this initially, but in the last month or so I’ve stopped almost entirely. Back in the saddle.
  • Use C25K to get back into running again: Not doing this…I don’t think running is going to be for me. I just have too much trouble with my hip, and without abandoning all my other fitness pursuits and focusing solely on my running and my hip, I don’t know if it’s feasible. I’m just not ready to give up my lifting for that, yet.

So as you can see – not doing well. LOL Any advice on the items above? I’m considering I need new goals….

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It’s Thursday, people! Thursday = nearing the long weekend. Woohoo!!!

We’re having peeps over Saturday for a cookout, and we’re headed to another cookout Sunday…but I’m hopin’ Monday = relaxation for moi. Foods are probably not going to be anywhere near as awesome as they should be. A lot of hamburgers and hot dogs to choose from in my future.

No life-altering events from last night’s workout. It was our first 90-degree/humid day of the season and it was hawt in the gym. Holy crap. I normally struggle to keep my heart rate up while I’m lifting (even with no rest) but yesterday I actually had trouble bringing it down. I ended up with significantly longer rest periods between sets. Oh well. Still got the job done. 🙂

Good Changes

I’ve been in a remarkably good mood this week – despite my monthly female friend being on my doorstep. I’ve changed a few things, and I’m not sure if it can be attributed to one thing, or a combination of all.

A). I’ve significantly increased my consumption of greens. Especially spinach, because I have a ginormous bag of it at home, and have been supplementing with my farmer’s market “Green Drinks” (spinach, orange, apple, ginger, mint, parsley, ice). I’m really loving the market Green Drink…may have to re-create at home, as it’s $5 a pop. Holy crap.

B). I’ve made a conscious and focused effort to incorporate more protein into my life. I am, by nature, a “carbs” girl. When I’m hungry, I reach for cereal, granola, fruit, crackers, and the like. I’ve been tracking and trying to keep my protein level higher. I really feel I wasn’t eating enough of it previously – especially based on my lifting schedule.

C). I’ve decreased my workouts. I’m still working out 4-5 days a week, but I’m not going balls-to-the-wall for 1h15m+ every.single.day. I was working to complete exhaustion previously, but then I’d go home and walk the dog, water the garden, make dinner, make food for the next day, etc – so I was exhausted and never got any down time. Made me pretty damn cranky. 🙂 Instead, I’m working out at more like an hour per day. I’ve cut down my cardio significantly. I’m not sure if that will end up being good for me or not, but on my lifting days I’m only doing enough cardio to get warmed up, and moving on. Non-lift days, I’m doing HIIT for 20 minutes. I don’t know that burning 500 calories-ish (rather than the 700/800 I was doing previously) per workout is going to benefit my waistline….but it’s benefitting my mental health. I guess I just need to find a way to balance my food around that workout goal. That’s the tough part.

Struggles

  1. Protein. I am having serious problems getting enough protein each day and enjoying it. Dairy tends to do a number to me in mass quantities, so I’m trying to limit my intake from that source. Tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey…they’re great for my lunches or dinners, but those meals were never a problem to begin with. Breakfast and snacks…that’s where I have trouble with protein. Any recommendations? I can do eggs a few times a week, but not daily…I get sick of them. I’ve been doing a cheese stick or protein bar for my snacks, and it’s helped…but you know what protein bars are like. It’s hard to find a good one with decent stats and a lack of unpronounceable words. I don’t do tofu, nuts only in moderation….and I’m still struggling to find a protein powder I don’t think tastes (or smells…GOD, what makes whey protein powder SMELL LIKE THAT?) like ass.

Apparently my phone decided to eat my pictures today. Oh well!

 

Citrucel on the way to work – 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.

My breakfast is straight out of the blog-o-sphere today.

Green monster

  • 2 c. spinach
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (EAS brand. GOD its gross.)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Handful of ice cubes (4?)

Tina’s 3-Minute Oatmeal Raisin Date Cookie

I wanted one of these, but realized we were out of raisins. But we had dates! Good enough!

  • ¼ c. oats
  • 1/8 c. egg white (Tina recommends liquid egg whites, but I just took ½ an egg white from a real egg)
  • 2 tsp. Brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp raisins (or two dates, chopped, in my case)
  • Cinnamon to taste

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and flatten down into a cookie shape. Microwave for 45 seconds, let cool slightly, and remove from bowl. Eat!

It was pretty good!  My co-worker seemed to think it was gross looking. But you’ll have that. 🙂

I only ate half of it..I was full.

That breakfast took me 2 hours to eat. Geeze!

Lunch12:15 p.m.

Two slices whole grain with ham-off-the-bone slices (delicious) and mozzarella cheese. With an apple. 🙂

 

Snack – 3:30 p.m.

Unpictured string cheese

½ a crunchy peanut butter clif bar (it was okay but not life-altering like the clif mojo I had yesterday)

 

Exercise

Hotter than Hades in the gym again today! Not good on interval day! LOL

HIIT for 20 minutes + 10 minutes steady state stop-my-heart-from-jumping-out-of-my-throat J

I did rounds on the stationary bike today. I tend to not use it much because it never feels like it ‘fits’ me. No matter of adjustment changes that for some reason.

Abs work:

  • Jackknife (again!!) 3×10
  • Lying Leg Raise (side to side) 3×12
  • Planks 3×60 sec (30 sec rest between)

50m @ the gym = 384 calories burned

Headed home, ate the other half of my clif bar and walked my little Holly Doggle for a bit. I think we only walked 20 minutes…it was way hot today, even for my little bundle of energy

Watered my garden (growwwwwwww….) and then made dinner

Dinner

Spaghetti (Smart Taste….DH will eat it, versus the whole wheat), meat sauce, and salad (leaf lettuce, cucumber, tomato, two kinds of peppers, carrots with red wine vinegar dressing)

Evening

Hoping to sit down before 10pm (which was last night!!) I’ve already failed at this 🙂

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Whew. This week is FIERCE – and it’s only Tuesday!

 

Let’s rewind:

Monday

Breakfast

Red Berry…I’m super boring for breakfast 🙂

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Lunch

Smoked chicken, lettuce, tomato on whole grain, with red peppers and carrots (and pirates booty!)

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Snack

Kashi granola bar

Exercise

None. I spent my evening listening to a college class give presentations on a topic I gave them as a class project from my job. Three hours of powerpoint, people.

Oy.

Dinner

Uber-late. Like, 9:30 pm 😦

Re-heated venison steak, broccoli, and pasta tossed with olive oil

 

Monday was an incredibly LONG day.

Tuesday

Breakfast

Some of my free Cascadian Farm cereals mixed together – Cinnamon Crunch and Oat and Honey granola. Eaten in two shifts, because of a meeting.

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Lunch

½ a whole wheat Italian sub, enjoyed outside with co-workers. Delish.

Snack

Tangelo

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Exercise

Same layout as last week to work on strength gains after The Plague:

20 minutes steady state cardio (treadmill hills)

2 circuits, 20 seconds rest between each exercise:

Back Squats – empty barbell (45 lbs)

Hamstring Curls – 60 lbs

Leg Extensions – 65 lbs

Pull Downs – 75 lbs

Bench Press – 55 lbs

Shoulder Press – 12.5 lb dummbells

Barbell Bicep Curl – 35 lbs

Tricep Pulldown – 55 lbs

Hyperextension – body weight. Our gym doesn’t have the proper bench for this, so I did mine on a stability ball

Rollups – body weight

Bicycle Crunches – body weight

Decline Bench Curls

 

HRM says 550 calories burned in 1h10m

 

Im enjoying the fast circuits because it gets me out of the gym faster to enjoy these nice evenings. LOL

 

Came home with intentions of walking the pup, but ended up just letting her run her little legs off with the neighbor dog while I walked out the area for my garden so DH could rototill.

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Dinner

New recipe! 🙂

Chicken Fried Rice. I normally stay away from Chinese-at-home…it’s never very good. But this was a handy way to use up leftovers and it was delicious!

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Evening

DH rototilled some land for me to plant a small garden, and I (kind of in hindsight and probably a little late) decided maybe I should start my tomatoes and green bean plants inside…so I stopped at Lowes and got some stuff to pre-plant 🙂 My original plan was just to toss the seeds in and see what grew. LOL

Also ordered and sent my mom and grandma their Mother’s Day presents (hand lotion samplers from Crabtree & Evelyn!)! I hope they like them!

Last two orders of business this evening: make Susan’s protein waffles (I’m not ashamed to admit I tried on Sunday, and got distracted and forgot to spray the waffle maker…resulting in me and a hard spatula scraping protein waffle off the entire waffle maker for HOURS) and hit publish on this blog post!

(Susan’s waffles didn’t happen – DH was out until 8:30, we just ate dinner, and I’m EXHAUSTED. Maybe tomorrow!)

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That’s my theme today: thirsty and ravenous.

Oh, and also still super-sore with DOMS. I guess that’s what I get for 5 days off and then hopping right back in.

Heh

Today was supposed to be upper body lifting + HIIT, but I’m bumping it to tomorrow and making today walk-the-dog-and-do-yoga day. 🙂 Maybe if I stretch it all out I’ll be able to walk like a 28 year old woman tomorrow (instead of the 80 year old woman I am today. Haha)

So, there’s a lot of food today. I purposefully marked every single thing I ate, because this is what it looks like when I have an insatiable day. They don’t happen often, but when they do –  look out.

Breakfast

Same as Monday: egg beaters, 1 slice turkey bacon, whole wheat bagel thin, grapes on the side

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Snacks

Notice the S. Lots of snacks.

Fruit leather

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String cheese

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6 jelly beans

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Lunch

Sweet potato + quick chili (I just browned off some lean ground turkey, added red kidney beans + some of the starchy juice from the can, + tomato sauce +chili seasoning and let it simmer for 20 minutes).  I know – it’s 90 degrees today and I’m eating chili – but I was hungry for it 🙂

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Lunch actually stopped the insatiable munchies. Hurray!

Snacks

Kashi granola bar – didn’t need much as I wasn’t doing much!

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Exercise

I wanted to do an on-demand yoga sequence today, but my on demand was being stupid and wouldn’t load it. Sad. 😦

I did a 30 minute yoga flow (basic, since i’m so sore) from Exercise TV online (I buy ones I like from on demand!) and walked Holly for 25 minutes.

We took it pretty easy because it was VERY hot today.

Dinner

Ham from easter (we brought home a 10 lb ham. I seriously need to slice it down and freeze it!!), annie’s macaroni and cheese, and garlic green beans (green beans steamed, then sautéed lightly in olive oil and garlic)

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(I don’t know why that picture looks like I ate the whole box of macaroni and cheese myself, but I promise I didn’t!

Evening

It was so nice having some time this evening. After work, I stopped at Old Navy to check out capris and shorts (I need some new ones badly).

I ended up with 2 new pairs of shorts and a pair of jeans. I need jeans badly, but hardly anyone makes 32.5/33” inseam. I ended up having to get the long ones at Old Navy…we’ll see if they shrink. If not, I may have to hem them. I hate hemming jeans!

After dinner I got my stuff ready for tomorrow, and then got a chance to just hang out and relax. That is incredibly rare during the week. Normally I’m moving, moving, moving from 6:30 am  – 9:00 pm every day. Burnout is always there. 😦 But I’ve tried to condense my schedule as much as possible without having to get my butt out of bed before 6:30 am hehe

The evenings are just full of dinner, dishes, packing food for the next day, packing gym clothes, and figuring out work outfits. Plus blogging and reading email!

Oh, and know how I’m so hungry today? I seriously considered making these this evening. They looked so good. LOL

Gardening

I was thinking of gardening this summer. It’ll probably cost me more time/heartache/annoyance than just buying my produce at the farmer’s market, but it might be fun. I grew up on a farm, but have never grown anything where I live now, and the soil is very clay-ey here. And I’m not sure how much time I have to devote to it.

Solution? Square foot gardening. 🙂

DH agreed to build me a box this weekend…then I’ll just need filler (soil and such), seeds, and some warm weather with no frosts!

Before I considered doing a “box garden” I was thinking of:

  • Strawberries
  • Green beans
  • Sweet peppers
  • Broccoli

But now I’m trying to decide if I should stick with that or change it up. I know you can get a few strawberry plants in per square, but broccoli usually takes a whole square for 1 plant, and I don’t know about peppers and green beans.

I know there’s a book everyone recommends but I’ve kind of waited until the last minute on it…so I’m flying by the seat of my pants 🙂

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