Daily Archives: November 8, 2012

Runny Egg Sandwich

I’m such a blonde. What happens when rain hits snow? It melts! I might have made the mistake of calling it slush earlier, oppstini. Instead of hopping over slush puddles on my walk to the gym, I hopped over rain puddles. Everywhere. The rain was even worse and more harsh on my walk back to work, but the workout was so good and left my muscles feeling sore.

I was craving cardio today, so I split it up between 3 cardio exercises:

  • 1.5 mile run
  • 10 minutes Elliptical
  • 10 minutes Vertical Elliptical with intervals

The vertical elliptical is easily my favorite piece of equipment at the gym. I had never seen or used one of these before joining Gold’s Gym this past summer, but it has became a staple in my workouts. When you switch the incline, you bring your legs up higher to your chest, and each incline works different areas.

There’s even a display of your legs that will light up depending on what area you’re working.

It’s awesome!

With 5 minutes left in my workout, my stomach started to growl, and I was tempted to ditch early because my lunch was the highlight meal of my day. I soldiered through the last 5 minutes while dreaming about this:

An egg and cheese sandwich. To. Die. For.

I haven’t had one of these sweet babies in what feels like a solid month, so it received a warm welcome in my tummy.

I made this last night before bed and reheated it in the microwave today. Of course it’s better eaten fresh, but it’s still just as good reheated.

For the base of the sandwich I used Flat Out Hungry Girl Whole Wheat with Flax Foldit.

I cooked two eggs and left them partially “easy” and loaded one egg with shredded cheese before sandwiching the two eggs together. This baby hit the spot!

After work I broke a monster sweat while I completed the Core Synergistic P90X workout. This is the 2nd time I’ve done it, and while I didn’t enjoy it the 1st time, I found that I really got into it tonight. My abs were burning and cursing through the core exercises.

My abs will be looking fierce on tomorrow night’s date. Errr, well, I mean my stomach will be flat? 😉

Look at how patient the little boy is while he waits to lick the Chobani yogurt container.

This is our nightly tradition. After I make my overnight oats he gets the container to lick and chew.

Time to go relax for this little lady!

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I’m a Vermonta, I Do What I Wanta!

Last night I overindulged a little too much around dinner time.

I started off with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana protein shake.

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop each of chocolate and vanilla protein
  • 1-1   ½ cups vanilla almond milk
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 TBSP PB2
  • Handful of mini ice cubes
  • 2 frozen banana slices

This one was extra peanut buttery and hit the spot.

That’s when the trouble started. I spied a ginormous sweet potato in the pantry so I decided to microwave it for meals and snacks for the rest of the week. Lately peanut butter smothered sweet potatoes have been popping up religiously on the blogging scene, so in honor of Peanut Butter Lovers Month, I decided to try one bite of the sweet potato with pb. One bite turned into half of the sweet potato with an unjustifiable amount of peanut butter.

Opps.

After a few scoops of Cool Whip (double oops), I tamed my sweet tooth and hopped on the treadmill and walked for 1.3 miles before cozying up on the couch while I caught up on Modern Family.

I called it an early night and slept from 9:30 pm until 5:25 am. Such a good night’s rest. When I woke up, we had snow!

As I mentioned yesterday, I only like the first snowfall and snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, so at this point, it can go away until December 24th.

My run was tough, but I was able to cover 3.8 miles before I focused on my core. Apparently Jake wasn’t happy that I was planking instead of petting him because in the middle of my plank, he lunged at me and wrapped his claws around my forearm. Considering I just cleaned his litter box last night, he’s GROUNDED!

Morning Workout

  • 3.8 mile run
  • 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 1 minute regular plank straight arm hold and 30 seconds left and right side plank holds
  • 50 scissors
  • 100s Abs
  • 50 lying down side foot touches

It felt great but I feel rather gross today. I’m kicking myself for last night’s feast! I have a date tomorrow night so I NEED to get my act together and focus on eating clean. There’s nothing worse than not feeling your best or attractive on a date.

This morning I read one of Julie’s older posts about feeling guilty for eating the same meal over and over again and posting it on the blog. Julie mentions how she feels like she should be switching her meals up for her blog but then realized that it’s not right to change her eating habits solely for her blog. I’ve felt the exact same way with always eating my Raspberry Mango Overnight Oats, but you know what, it’s what I want, it’s the best combo that fills me up for work and I love it.

Back when I lived in Vermont we used to say, “I’m a Vermonta, I do what I wanta!” Well, I might not live in Vermont anymore, but I’m still gonna do what I wanta! So stew over that while I enjoy my bowl of oats.

Back to me feeling like a lard ass today. I had high hopes of getting in a sweaty cardio session on my lunch, but I’m bummed because it’s sleeting/raining out right now. I’m thinking the 3 minute walk through slush will be worth it in the end though! I really wish we had an enclosed catwalk leading from our building to our parking lot, but since we don’t, it’s a good thing I keep a pair of old Nikes in my office for those walks in inclement weather.

Time to go brave the elements! Catch you guys later on. 🙂

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Happy Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

Happy Peanut Butter Lovers Month, which means it’s the happiest time of the year! 😉

In honor of Peanut Butter Lovers Month, I thought it’d be fun to give my fellow PB lovers a quick PB 101 lesson before blabbing on about my favorite ways to enjoy peanut butter!

Take a seat kids, it’s about to get intense!

Peanut Butter 101:

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter
  • The world’s largest peanut butter factory churns out 250,000 jars of peanut butter a day <– I need to work THERE!
  • 60% of consumers prefer creamy over crunchy
  • Americans spend over $800 million on peanut butter a year
  • The peanut is not a nut, but a legume
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school – INSANE!

For more fun facts, click here!

Enough with the learning, let’s talk about the best ways to eat peanut butter!

Here’s a few of my favorite ways to scarf down a jar of pb:

#1 Peanut Butter Dipped Grapes

Oh I’m sorry, you’ve never tried this? Freak. SO good, and I mean SOOOOO good! Fork a purple grape, dunk it in your favorite peanut butter and pop that sucker in your mouth. Continue on until either you run out of grapes or peanut butter. At that point, run back out to the grocery store for seconds.

#2 Peanut Butter Dipped Pretzels

Oh my god. If you’ve ever been suckered into the peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets that you can find at stores, you’ll like this even more. Not only can you control the amount of peanut butter to drench your pretzel in, but your peanut butter is also fresh and creamy. Dip away!

#3 Peanut Butter Spoons or Fingers

When a craving hits, a craving hits. Sometimes there’s not enough time to even consider putting peanut butter on fruit or toast or in a shake.

#4 Peanut Butter Toast

Oh so heavenly when the peanut butter drips down the sides of your bread and onto your fingers and you have to lick your fingers so you don’t waste a drop of peanut butter. Oh sorry, got a little carried away.

#5 Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwich

Hello childhood. No explanation needed here.

#6 PB Smeared Banana

I just joined this cult several weeks ago, since I always went for the pb grapes but with the latest addition of PB2 in my pantry, this has been a new go-to snack. You can have fun with this treat depending on how you want to eat it. You can go classy and cut up banana slices and smear the pb on top of each slice, you can cut the banana lengthwise and make a pb banana sandwich, or do like me and just top the banana with pb after each bite. I know how to get it done.

#7 Peanut Butter Apple Slices

Another childhood favorite, just make sure you overdose each slice with peanut butter. It’s necessary.

Oh shit, this month is also National Good Nutrition Month so try not to go through too many jars of peanut butter. And that time I mentioned loading on hunks of peanut butter, errr try to control yourself and use the recommended serving size.

One last fun one. November also hosts National Raisin Bread Month, so go grab some raisin bread and top it with a healthy amount of peanut butter.

There. How’s that for covering 3 national so and so months in one meal.

What are your favorite ways to enjoy peanut butter?

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