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Feeling Like a Blog of Crap

Sunday Late Afternoon

What a fun and tiring weekend I had! I had high hopes of jumping on here last night to do a little more posting and to hopefully find a blog theme with a little more pizazz than this lovely theme, but when The Prospect asked me to spend Sunday afternoon/evening with him, I was all about the “lazy Sunday with a cute guy” plan.

After a quick but butt-kicking strength workout, I showered and guzzled down a strawberry banana protein shake before heading over to The Prospect’s apartment. I honestly could drink one of those bad boys for 2 solid meals a day, it’s just THAT good, and this morning’s shake nearly sent me over the edge. The Prospect doesn’t entirely understand my love for the shake and is convinced I’m head-over-heels with it because it’s nearly identical to a milkshake. What a smart boy. 😉

After our intense protein shake discussion, we got cozy on the couch and cheered on our believed Patriots! One of our biggest issues, or his issue with me, is that I’m anti Tom Brady. As The Prospect puts it, I’m all about Peyton “Big Forehead” Manning, but I was more than happy to drool over adorable little Wes Welker and Stephen Gostkowski.

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Cute.

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And Cute.

After watching our boys win, we flipped through the channels and ended up switching back and forth between several movies before I had to head home to get ready for the work week.

Monday

Last night I didn’t get that good of a night’s sleep. I think that because I headed home around 9 last night which is usually when I’m crawling into bed, messed me up a little. I kept waking up throughout the night as well which left me wanting to hit snooze a 2nd time this morning, but I sucked it up and went for my workout.

Which was AMAZING. I was able to cover 4.5 miles, which don’t ask me how, because I’m not even sure how I squeezed that in. Must have been my ridiculously childish and dance crazy playlist I ran to.

I’m sorry, but Bieber, Carly Rae and PSY don’t exactly make for an easy run. All I wanted to do was dance while I ran! There were a lot of arm wiggles and fist pumps throughout Gangnam Style. I remember the first time my spin instructor played Gangnam Style in one of our classes and I was just having an awful day. I literally pouted throughout the entire song until she started fist-pumping. Those damn fist-pumps are more contagious than yawning!

I also threw in a little core work, and by little, I mean it. I was more interested in laying on the floor after my run than actually working out more, so I stuck to several moves.

  • 1 minute plank hold, :30 second side planks
  • 50 crunches
  • 50 heel touches
  • 10 leg circles, counterclockwise and clockwise

Easy peasy with a side of a strawberry banana protein shake.

Today’s lunch was a piece-of-cake meal I’ve been craving for a long time now (read: too lazy to make hard boiled eggs so I never made it).

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Egg & Avocado Open-Faced Sandwich!

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I brought 4 egg whites and half of an avocado to work with me today, and around lunch time, I cut and mixed it together before enjoying on a piece of Ezekiel bread. Since we’re honest with one another, I truthfully tried to fold the bread in half but I ended up with eggs and avocado all over my desk, which is why this sucker turned into an open-faced sandwich.

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I served the sandwich with a side of roasted veggies, which I prepped yesterday morning.

Into the mix went

  • 1 Summer Squash
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 lb. of Baby Carrots

I heavily sprayed Olive Oil Pam Spray and tossed salt and pepper into the mix before roasting the veggies for 45 minutes at 450 degrees.

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These veggies are a favorite for The Prospect and I, and we’ve recently become jealous when one of us makes a batch and doesn’t share.

My appetite has been off the walls today, so around quarter of 3 I microwaved a Chocolate Peanut Butter Quest Bar in the microwave for 30 seconds before topping it with 3 TBSP of PB2.  These bars do a great job of keeping my appetite at bay for hours, and since I had spinning at 5, I needed something filling to keep me in a good mood until 6:30.

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I know it looks like poop on poop, but it tasted like peanut butter on a brownie. If you haven’t tried Quest Bars yet, please do. You’ll love me.

Spinning was only alright. I wasn’t feeling good and wanted to pass out, but I survived and came home to polish off another container of roasted veggies and crackers dipped in peanut butter.

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Kip watched me intently the entire time I ate the peanut butter and I felt he deserved to lick the jar clean. Now it’s time to relax for the night and watch last week’s Grey’s Anatomy!

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Feeling Like a Blob of Crap

Sunday Late Afternoon

What a fun and tiring weekend I had! I had high hopes of jumping on here last night to do a little more posting and to hopefully find a blog theme with a little more pizazz than this lovely theme, but when The Prospect asked me to spend Sunday afternoon/evening with him, I was all about the “lazy Sunday with a cute guy” plan.

After a quick butt-kicking strength workout, I showered and guzzled down a strawberry banana protein shake before heading over to The Prospect’s apartment. I honestly could drink one of those bad boys for 2 solid meals a day, it’s just THAT good, and this morning’s shake nearly sent me over the edge. The Prospect doesn’t entirely understand my love for the shake and is convinced I’m head-over-heels with it because it’s nearly identical to a milkshake. What a smart boy. 😉

After our intense protein shake discussion, we got cozy on the couch and cheered on our believed Patriots! One of our biggest issues, or his issue with me, is that I’m anti Tom Brady. As The Prospect puts it, I’m all about Peyton “Big Forehead” Manning, but I was more than happy to drool over adorable little Wes Welker and Stephen Gostkowski.

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Cute.

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And cute.

After watching our boys win, we flipped through the channels and ended up switching back and forth between several movies before I had to head home to get ready for the work week.

Monday

Last night I didn’t get that good of a night’s sleep. I think that because I headed home around 9 last night which is usually when I’m crawling into bed, messed me up a little. I kept waking up throughout the night as well which left me wanting to hit snooze a 2nd time this morning, but I sucked it up and went for my workout.

Which was AMAZING. I was able to cover 4.5 miles, which don’t ask me how, because I’m not even sure how I squeezed that in. Must have been my ridiculously childish and dance crazy playlist I ran to.

I’m sorry, but Bieber, Carly Rae and PSY doesn’t exactly make for an easy run. All I wanted to do was dance while I ran! There were a lot of arm wiggles and fist pumps throughout Gangnam Style. I remember the first time my spin instructor played Gangnam Style in one of our classes was an already awful day for me. I literally pouted throughout the entire song until she started fist-pumping. Those damn fist-pumps are more contagious than yawning!

I also threw in a little core work, and by little, I mean it. I was more interested in laying on the floor after my run than actually working out more, so I stuck to several moves.

• 1 minute plank hold, :30 second side planks
• 50 crunches
• 50 heel touches
• 10 leg circles, counterclockwise and clockwise

Easy peasy with a side of a strawberry banana protein shake.

Today’s lunch was a piece-of-cake meal I’ve been craving for a long time now (read: too lazy to make hard boiled eggs so I never made it).

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Egg & Avocado Open-Faced Sandwich!

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I brought 4 egg whites and half of an avocado to work with me today, and around lunch time, I cut and mixed it together before enjoying on a piece of Ezekiel bread. Since we’re honest with one another, I truthfully tried to fold the bread in half but I ended up with eggs and avocado all over my desk, which is why this sucker turned into an open-faced sandwich.

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I served the sandwich with a side of roasted veggies, which I prepped yesterday morning.

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Into the mix went:

• 1 Summer Squash
• 1 Zucchini
• 2 Roma Tomatoes
• 1 lb. of Baby Carrots

Instead of using olive oil, I heavily sprayed Olive Oil Pam Spray and tossed salt and pepper into the mix before roasting the veggies for 45 minutes at 450 degrees.

These veggies are a favorite for The Prospect and I, and we’ve recently become jealous when one of us makes a batch and doesn’t share. Eventually we will probably stab one another for the last veggie.

My appetite has been off the walls today(and consequently I’ve felt like a blob of crap) so around quarter of 3 I microwaved a Chocolate Peanut Butter Quest Bar in the microwave for 30 seconds before topping it with 3 TBSP of PB2. These bars do a great job of keeping my appetite at bay for hours, and since I have spinning at 5, I needed something filling to keep me in a good mood until 6:30.

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I know it looks like poop on poop, but it tasted like peanut butter on a brownie. If you haven’t tried Quest Bars yet, please do. You’ll love me.

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My Body is Telling Me “More Veggies!”

Today was my first full day back at work since Thursday, December 20th! Thursday, Friday and Monday I took half days to spend time with my family and the prospect, so easing back into the work week after the holidays wasn’t too painful. Let me tell ya, I was seriously dreading a full day of work, more so because the holidays and vacation are over. Take out the tissues. 😦

I do have to admit that although it’s sad to say goodbye to the holiday spirit, I am beyond excited to get back into my daily routine of lunch time workouts and more structured meals. I’m beyond ecstatic that cookies and desserts won’t be popping out at every corner.

After having a difficult run yesterday, I was hoping it was a fluke and that this morning’s run would be easier and not as painful. While it wasn’t as bad, it still wasn’t my best, and I think I know why. My body felt lethargic and heavy, aka it was screaming for more veggie love.

Ever since our NYE dinner, I’ve been craving roasted veggies and grabbed ingredients during yesterday’s errand run to prepare tonight. To be honest, I was going to prepare them last night, but only had time to prep chicken breasts since I made seeing Mark a priority over roasting veggies. I had veggies in the freezer at work so I knew I could get away with preparing the veggies tonight.

Morning Workout

I mentioned I was excited to get back into my workout routine as I’ve realized during the last week and a half, my strength workouts have been seriously lacking! Today I told myself that I was going to complete the Pure Hell workout from last week’s training session, you know, the workout that almost made me puke.

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I’m Calling BS on Those Numbers

After my 4 mile run, I tackled several of the core exercises so that I wouldn’t be pressed for time during my lunch workout.

  • 4 mile run
  • 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 2 sets of 10 burpees
  • 2 sets of 10 leg circles – clockwise and counterclockwise
  • 50 crunches
  • 2 sets of 50 bike crunches
  • Stretching

Breakfast

I’ve been so sad lately since I ran out of frozen strawberries, but worry no more, I grabbed a new bag yesterday and was finally able to drool over my Strawberry Banana Protein Shake again.

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Seriously, after my first sip I was going crazy. You’d think Patrick Dempsey had just pinched my butt and kissed me passionately. That damn good! 😉

Before my lunch time workout, I snacked on an apple, roughly 12ish almonds and the Apple Cinnamon Chobani bowl that Ryan picked up but never ate.

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I added ½ a tbsp. of chia seeds, raw oats and PB2 to the bowl and loved every bite of it! I typically have several snacks in between my breakfast and workout, and save my lunch for after, although now that I mostly do strength training on my lunch hours, I could get away with having lunch beforehand since cardio isn’t involved as much.

Lunch Time Workout

Prior to tackling the Pure Hell Total Body workout, I busted out a quick mile on the treadmill before heading into the vacant class room to complete my strength workout.

  • Jump Overs Pulsing Squats, 2 sets of (8-6-4-2-1)
  • Squat Jump to Shoulder Press 12.5 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • Summo Squat to Upright Row with 25 lbs plate, 2 sets of 15
  • Back Row on Bench, 15 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • Reverse Back Flys on DB Bench, 5 lbs, 2 sets of 15
  • Step-Ups, 10 lbs, 2 sets of 15 each leg
  • Isolated Back Lunge on Steps 2 sets of 20 each leg
  • Sit-Ups on Bench, Arms Extended Up, 5 lbs, 2 sets of 10
  • Reverse Crunches, 2 sets of 20

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The workout wasn’t as vigorous and puke worthy as it was with Heather, but I left a sweaty beast and felt strong.


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I was more than ready for lunch by the time I cleaned up, and I enjoyed an Amy’s All-American Veggie Burger with Green Giant Garden Vegetable Medley.

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I’ve been addicted to Amy’s Veggie Burger’s lately, especially when loaded with ketchup and mustard! I’m really only a sweet potato fan so I left roughly 60% of the potatoes and focused on the sugar snap peas.

Dinner

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Last night before heading to Mark’s apartment for a lazy night in, I cooked up 2 abnormally large chicken breasts on the stove top.

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I also roasted a mix of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in a mix of olive oil, salt and pepper, and had planned on enjoying a clean and healthy dinner of chicken and roasted veggies.

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I really haven’t had too much of an appetite since lunch, so I snacked on several leftover baby carrots and a little pb, one of my favorite ways to eat peanut butter!

Exhaustion is kicking in so it looks like it’s time for me to curl up with a book and read the night away! Hope everyone survived being back at work!

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