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A Week With No Chobani Yogurt?!

Last night I was fast asleep by 9:15, and I only know that because the last text I received was at 9:12. I looked at it, decided I’d respond in the morning, and fell into a deep coma.

Unfortunately, I woke up feeling like total crap. Not sick wise, I’m actually feeling better, but body wise, not so lovely.

I’m blaming this on eating junk last night, aka the chocolate chip cookies I received in my Love with Food box earlier this week. SO good, especially since I washed down each bite with almond milk, straight from the container. 😉

I’m actually kicking myself because I gained on the morning that I had my dreaded 1 year weigh in for my yearly physical.

Since my appointment was at 8:15 this morning, I had about 20 extra minutes to play with, which allowed me to hit snooze an extra time 😉 and to get a longer run in.

Morning Workout

  • 4.5 mile run
  • 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 2 minute plank hold
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 2 sets of 13 standing dumbbell side crunches
  • LOTS of stretching

My legs have been extremely tight the past several days, so I focused more on stretching then on core work. Hammis need love too!

I’m one of those freaks who actually enjoys going to the dentist and doctors. My doctor is pretty kickass. She’s a marathon runner, places quite frequently, and is a health nut. It’s comforting to have a doctor that is in shape, knows proper nutrition, and is easy to shoot the shit with. My appointments with her actually last a lot longer than the average visit because we get caught up talking about running, races, running gear, and about our family and work.

I had several topics I wanted to discuss with her, including my bloating and a proper meal plan. I’ve visited several websites that offer meal plans based on your weight goals, and many of them have told me I need to INCREASE my calorie intake in order to lose weight. This absolutely terrifies me because I eat a lot, but when we discussed this, she told me I should join SparkPeople so that I can see where my food is falling; carbs, protein, fat, and to see where I need to alter my eating choices.

When I got to work, I talked with Jen about this and she recommend that I download the iPhone app, MyFitnessPal. Needless to say, I joined both right when I sat down, and have had fun analyzing my food choices and checking out my pie charts with my current intake and recommended intake.

A shocker came with my Raspberry Mango Overnight Oats. I wasn’t expecting to see that my bowl contains roughly 440-470 calories!


Holy crappo! So worth it though! Sadly I probably won’t be able to enjoy too many of these bowls for a bit while I play around with the foods I eat to see what works and what doesnt. This bowl felt like my last meal!

The only comforting thing I can say about this is that I’ve always followed the mantra, eat like a king at breakfast, a queen at lunch and a beggar at dinner. There are so many variations on this mantra, but this is what my brother taught me, and I love that I can be a queen at one point during my day. 😉

In regards to the bloating I’ve been dealing with, she recommended several websites to me and to play around with my foods. Take turns cutting out dairy and flour for several days to a week to see how my body reacts, and then reintroduce them for similar results. Excuse me, no Chobani? Not happening.

While I might have gained, I left the appointment feeling very confident and thankful that I have a doctor who is constantly trying to get me to my healthiest.


Lunch came as a fun surprise from my boss, who decided to treat us to lunch at Fratello’s for surviving our hectic work week. How did she know I forgot to pack a lunch?! 😉

I chose the Portabella Salad which is, Mesclun greens topped with grilled portabella mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers, topped with feta cheese and homemade croutons.  I opted out of the croutons, which prompted a bashing from the ladies in my department, and added grilled chicken with the Colavita Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar dressing on the side.

How could I pass up a salad with portabella mushrooms, artichoke hearts AND feta cheese?

This sucker weighed a ton and I had absolutely no idea where to start. My favorite parts were the artichoke hearts, grilled chicken and feta cheese crumbles. I didn’t even need my dressing, as the artichoke hearts were very-well marinated.

I didn’t even make a dent in it at lunch, so I’m stoked to be able to have this for dinner tonight… and for the rest of the week. This baby could feed an army!

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Terrific Thursday

Happy Terrific Thursday!

I’m so extremely excited to report that I’m down 1.7 pounds from last Thursday, and my jeans are feeling loser in the hips! Given the fact that my weigh-in day fell the morning after Halloween seriously freaked me out, so when I was expecting to see the numbers go up and instead they drastically fell, I nearly convulsed on the scale.

Thank you, thank you Tony Horton for kicking my ass into gear. It’s true what they say; you can’t expect to receive results if you continually do the same thing. By adding the P90X workouts to my running schedule, I’ve been able to not only get stronger and defined arms and shoulders, I also feel a lot better too!

I had been discouraged because I was sticking to the P90X schedule to a T (well, unless you forget about the fact that I don’t enjoy and refuse to do the yoga workout… hey no one’s perfect!) and wasn’t seeing results. I’m sure I was enjoying a few too many licks of peanut butter or “treating myself” for working out like a “beast” as I’ve been referred. So to see amazing results like that has put the biggest smile on my face. After rereading this, I remembered that Rome wasn’t built in a day, so your body won’t change overnight either.

Before I touch upon this morning’s workout and breakfast, I NEED to discuss this unbeknownst AMAZING piece of candy I tried last night for the first time.

Snickers Peanut Butter Squared. Excuse me? Oh my god.


Goodness I need to paint my nails!

I’m a big Snickers fan to begin with, but to throw in a smear of peanut butter in between the peanuty chocoately caramel goodness was too much… in a good way.

Move aside Almond Joy, Peanut Butter M&Ms, White Chocolate Kit Kat bars, there’s a new favorite in town.

I’m drooling over my computer, wishing that I had a bowl full of the Snickers PB Squared candies right now! Instead I’ll treat you to a bowl of my power breakfast.

If you missed last night’s post, you’ll know that we had only 15 trick-or-treaters. Total buzz kill. With a bowl full of candy leftovers, I forced them to leave the house. My coworkers had similar ideas too because when I walked into the kitchen at 8 this morning, there was a freezer bag full of Snickers & Reese’s PB Cups. Looks like someone else doesn’t have candy willpower.

By 10 am when I went in to grab my bowl of overnight oats, all of the Reese’s were gone. I knew the vultures were going to pick those suckers out quickly! Even the trick-or-treaters always always always go for the Reese’s. There are plenty of peanut butter lovers out there, I love it!

This morning’s workout was a toughy but a goodie. I was up until about 11:30 last night talking with Florida’s Most Eligible Bachelor, and I don’t think I fell asleep until around midnight, so 5 ½ hours instead of my typical 7 ½ hours of sleep kind of knocked me on my side.

Morning Workout
• 3.5 mile run
• 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• 1 minute regular plank and :30 second plank holds on both sides
• 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
• 100’s Abs
• 3 sets of 50 crunches; regular, left and right side
• 30 heaven touches… or toe touches if you don’t speak Allie
• Stretching

I’m feeeeeeeling good peanut butter babies. Plus it’s almost Friday!

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