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Que the Brussel Sprout Burps

When I got out of work yesterday it was in the high 80’s, and the last thing I wanted to do was be in the gym for another 2 hours. The sunshine was calling my name, and since summer is nearing its end, I opted to hang outside instead, and catch a few rays.

Since I still wanted to be active AND enjoy the sun, I decided to take Kip out for a long walk. too bad this turned into the shortest walk of my life with a dog! 

Oh hey, just dancing with skipper

Kipper Dudes was a bad, bad boy and wouldn’t behave at all. He wouldn’t even let me walk him home so I was forced to make a phone call for a pick-up. After the pup was driven back home, I continued on my walk, until I was so annoyed with my shorts riding up my crotch that I looped it back home. #1 reason why I hate wearing shorts. No matter what I do, I cannot lose inches off of my inner thighs. I don’t want to live with crotch short syndrome foreva!

When I got home, I decided to bake brussel sprouts and brussel chips. These babies are one of my favorite veggies… yes, believe it or not!

B. Sprouts and Chips!

Only downfall with the b.sprouts is the nasty stank breath you’re left with. Brussel burps are the worst!

This morning’s run was a bitch. A rude bitch. After getting ready for my run, I face planted back onto my bed for about 27 seconds before I sucked it up and hit the pavement. I won’t sugarcoat it. I love running, but some mornings I just don’t want to run. Who wants to be up at 5:30 for a run? The old me would have laughed and laughed in the new me’s face. You’ve gotta be crazy girlfriend. Crazy is as crazy does though.

The run sucked. I managed to get 3.6 completed, which means I ran half a mile less than I did on Wednesday when I left the house at the exact same time. It’s crazy how the food I eat the day/night before affects my run the next morning. I might have enjoyed one too many peanut/almond butter fingers last night. We had a fresh watermelon so you can bet I tried a little pb smeared on the w.melon. Verdict, not worth it. I also sprayed watermelon juice on my white shirt. Win!

Morning Workout

  • 3.6 mile run, stretching
  • 50 crunches and 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 1 minute plank
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers

Can you tell I was a MAJOR slacker this morning? Fridays should be better than that.

 

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Excuse Me While I Lumberjack

This afternoon’s gym session was a toss-up between good and bad. Well not bad, just went in a different direction than I had planned.

I started off with a mile and a half run before jumping on the stair master and walking 10 minutes, which equaled 39 floors. What what! I had planned on going into the women’s gym to work on my abs and maybe just maybe get a quick 5 minute workout on the nordic trainer, but BOTH were taken. I’m not just talking about my special corner where I work da abs, but even the 2 mats in front of the room were being used. Grrrr!

Instead, I decided to complete a quick strength training circuit before heading back to work.

Afternoon Workout

  • 1.5 mile run
  • 10 minutes stair master, 39 floors
  • 3 sets of 13 lateral pull-downs, 55 lbs.
  • 3 sets of 13 back extension, 100 lbs.
  • 2 sets of 13 medicine ball lumberjack squats (1 set each side)
  • 2 sets of 13 medicine back lumberjack chops

To be honest, I’m not even sure if “lumberjack chops/squats” are even the correct terms, but several months ago I found the exercises in one of my workout magazines and recall the word lumberjack in it.

Here’s a brief rundown of my so-called lumberjack exercises:

Medicine Ball Lumberjack Squat: Stand as if you’re ready to squat, feet a little wider than hips, and hold a medicine ball at your waist. As you squat, bring the medicine ball to either your left or right side. Upon standing, swing the medicine ball to your opposite shoulder. So squat, medicine ball to your left foot, and upon standing, medicine ball swings above your right shoulder. Do all reps on one side and then repeat the other side.

Medicine Ball Lumberjack Chops: This is the same as the squat, but you’re just not squatting. Stand with feet wider than hips and hold medicine ball to one side at your hip. Bring the ball above your opposite shoulder, and complete all reps on that side before switching.

They’re awesome exercises for your shoulders, butt (if you squat) and your core. Plus, you feel pretty damn badass while you do it. 🙂

After my workout, I got back into work mode while I demolished leftovers from the other night. Grilled chicken, veggies and half a sweet potato.

How’s that for a Healthy Lunch?

Delish baby!

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Xanthan Gum Mystery

This morning I woke up with the same leg pain I had yesterday, but still battled through a 4.1 mile run. It’s amazing how many more miles I can cover by simply setting my alarm 5 minutes earlier.

The weather was my “perfect running weather.” It was a cross between a late summer/early fall morning. Not humid, not chilly, and not hot. Just perfect.

6 am Neighborhood Run

Last night I made a Steak & Mango Scramble for today, but wasn’t quite feeling it for breakfast, so I made my Green Smoothie to bring to work instead. In went my favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter protein, a few slices of frozen banana, a dash of cinnamon, a splash of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, water, ice and a dash of Xanthan Gum. It wasn’t bad, but I definitely couldn’t stomach finishing it. I’ll have to work on the perfect combo. I’ve only recently started using Xanthan Gum, so trying to make the perfect shake has been tricky. I’ve found it makes my shakes warm. Ick!

When lunch time came around, I was more than ready to tackle my Steak and Mango Scramble, and it HIT the spot!

Steak and Mango Scramble

  • 6-7 pieces of Steak
  • 1 egg and 2 egg whites
  • Handful of Spinach
  • Several mushrooms
  • Mango Salsa

Steak and Mango Scramble

Yum in my tum.

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A Difficult Right Leg

I was a little nervous for my lunch time workout, as my right leg has been bothering me all day. My hamstring and calf muscle both seemed tight, and it felt very awkward to walk. I was thinking I possible did something to it this morning, it’s been overused, or I didn’t stretch it enough this weekend.

Somehow I feel like sometimes my stretching goes out the door when I’m busy and rushing around. I tend to place my cardio and strength training as a higher priority than stretching when crammed for time, and I need to work on this better. Even though it’s an area I need to work on, I have become a much better stretcher than I used to be. It’s one of my favorite and most relaxing things to do.  I could stay in child’s pose for hours and be content.

I loved my gym hair, had to document before I got sweaty 🙂

I surprised myself during my workout and found that once I put my body into motion, it was fine.

Lunch Time Workout

  • 1.5 mile run
  • 2 sets of 25 medicine ball sit-ups
  • 20 medicine ball side sit-ups
  • Stretching
  • 12 minutes Nordic Machines.. I was only going to do 10 but at 9:40 an energetic song came on.. could NOT stop!

For lunch I had a turkey, spinach, alfalfa sprouts and mustard sandwich with a banana. My workout really brought about my hunger!

Apparently I wasn’t satisfied enough because I was still ravenous! I knew I had the perfect mid-afternoon snack. An apple and a packet of Justin’s Almond Butter. Delicious! I didn’t use all of the almond butter up, was trying to be good, but I was still hungry and it was staring me down so I spooned out the rest. Every. Last.Speck.

Fuji Apple with Justin’s Almond Butter. Yum!

 

S.A.T.I.S.F.A.C.T.I.O.N.

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Clean Eating After a Fun Weekend

After going to bed early last night and NOT being able to fall asleep, I woke up exhausted, but miraculously had an amazing 3.5 mile run. I definitely didn’t feel light thanks to yesterdays chocolate fondue attack, but I felt invincible.

After my run, I did a few core exercises before getting ready for work.

Morning Workout

  • 3.5 mile run, post-run stretching
  • 2 sets of 50 crunches & side-to-side crunches
  • 25 reverse crunches
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 2 sets of 13 squats with overhead press, 8 lb. dumbbells
  • 15 push-ups

This morning I was excited to be back to my clean eating routine. Monday’s breakfast was my Veggie Scramble. So delicious and filling!

Veggie Scramble

Around noon I snacked on a Chobani plain yogurt with delicious mix-ins including, blueberries, blackberries and a nut mix.

Nutty & Fruity Chobani

A sweet and salty combo!

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Scramble Yo Eggs

This morning I was more than exhausted. I think my legs are asking for a day off from running, but I just don’t like the idea of that. I’m thinking maybe today I won’t go for a run after work and give the legs a break. Since all fitness classes were cancelled tonight because of the Cigna 5K Race, I decided to sign up for the lunch time spin class. Boot camp was a no-go on Tuesday so I’ve been wanting to take a class before  next week.

Morning Workout

  • 3.1 mile run, post- run stretching
  • 50 crunches and 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 25 reverse crunches
  • 2 sets of 13 standing side crunches with 8 lb. dumbbells
  • 15 stair push-ups

I was absolutely famished by the time 8:50 rolled around and didn’t want to wait an hour until my normal breakfast time, so I dug into this amazing concoction I put together last night.

I revamped yesterday’s breakfast by adding in grilled chicken, and boy was it better! It tasted so similar to Lo-Mein, I think it’s because instead of whisking the eggs together before putting the egg mixture in the pan, I cracked the eggs into it and then scrambled it all with the other ingredients. So amazing!

Chicken Veggie Scramble

  • Cut up grilled chicken
  • 1 egg and 2 egg whites
  • Handful of spinach
  • Spaghetti squash
  • ¼ cup diced sweet potatoes from yesterday

Healthy Breakfast

See you after spin class!

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You Crazy Paleos!

Yesterday I did a lot of research on eating Paleo, and I have to admit, I quickly became intrigued in the Paleo lifestyle. After scouring blogs for recipes, advice, and the benefits associated with eating clean, I decided I was going to give it a go with a few tweaks.

Since I’m obsessed with my Chobani, that is one thing I refuse to give up. No way, can’t take the ooey goodness of the ‘bani away from me.

Gimme That Chobani!

I also don’t plan on stressing too much if I’m out-of-town or at an event and I’m not able to eat strictly Paleo. Of course I will do my best to stick to the guidelines, but it’s not worth stressing over something that you might not be able to control. Although, I am one of those people who always packs safety snacks in case I get hungry. I’ve been known to randomly pull a banana out of my purse. 😛

You can also bet that I plan on having a few more vanilla soft serves with rainbow jimmies before summer is over. Sue me.

Since I started today with a healthy mindset, and knew I wasn’t allowed to eat my go-to breakfast of Quaker’s Banana Bread oatmeal (sad), I made this delicious breakfast after my morning workout instead. I decided to revamp my typical scrambled eggs with sweet potatoes, spinach, and some of the leftover spaghetti squash I had in my fridge.

It’s a Sweet Potato Morning

I have to say, this was absolutely delicious and the sweet potatoes stole the show. Next time I plan on adding a little more cinnamon to the potatoes. This might just be a breakfast staple.

Sweet Potato Scramble

  • Half a sweet potato, diced
  • 1 egg and 2 egg whites
  • Spinach, as much as you want
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Cinnamon

1. Peel the skin off of the sweet potato, poke holes with a knife in the potato, and microwave for 7 minutes

2. Spray a pan and while letting it warm up, cut your sweet potato in half, dice into cubes and sprinkle a little cinnamon on the cubes

3. When warm, let your sweet potatoes cook for a minute, then add your egg mixture, spinach and spaghetti squash

4. When it looks perfect, gobble it up!

 Last but not least, my morning workout!

Morning Workout

  • 3 mile run – DEATH
  • Stretching
  • 50 crunches, 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 25 reverse crunches
  • 2 sets of 13 squats with shoulder press, 8 lb. dumbbells

That was it! Short but effective.

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