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Gym Admit One, Please.

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In gearing up for for this weekend at the Women of Faith Conference, here’s a little Mandisa to start off the morning 😉

“I was so helpless, where did the light go?
I had no hope left, deep down in my soul.
I was watching, I was waiting, I was praying
I was staying down on my knees, that’s right where you found me
My deliverer, You rescued me
From all that held me captive
My deliverer, You set me free
Now I’m alive and I can live
So every moment I will give you praise, my Deliverer
There’s no pretending, I can’t do it myself
I’m so dependent, Lord, I need your help
I’ll be watching, I’ll be waiting, I’ll be praying
I’ll be staying down on my knees
That’s right where you’ll find me…”

2 Lite Van’s Waffles with Pomegranate Chobani & sugar free syrup

I feel like a real slacker lately.  Tuesday, I had all good intentions of going to the gym after work and staying there until about 5:30 before showering and heading to class at 6PM.  I was thoroughly disappointed when I reached the entrance to the gym on campus, reached for my student ID, which you need for admittance, and came up empty handed.

Samiwich, salad, & Annie’s fat free mango vinaigrette

Although I had been to the gym just about every other day in the summertime, I couldn’t very well ask the polite desk clerk to make an exception just for me.  It would be rather selfish and egotistical to do so. 

Original Brat Han’s Italian Chicken Sausage + lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard

 I played it cool until I got outside when I began frantically searching for my ID.  I knew I had to have it somewhere…that somewhere ended up being my night stand at home.  Dragging my feet while walking away, I chose to stop moping and use my time for something productive…like snack shopping for the Conference this weekend.

Iceberg lettuce, broccoli, roasted red pepper, cukes, peas, tomato, celery, and carrots

There was no reason to freak out, but I missed exercising…since I had been away all weekend at State College, I hadn’t gotten any good cardio (other than the walking we did).  Plus, I was looking forward to using my HR monitor for the first time in the gym to find out how much “work” I had actually been doing all this time.  I find it hard to believe that the calories burned was accurate on the machines at the gym such as the Cross Ramp.

Wei of Chocolate “Inner Delight” 70% Cacao Chocolate

Grocery shopping definitely lifted my spirits, as per usual.  I just love wandering aimlessly through the aisles, checking nutritional labels, and seeing what is new on the market to try.  I was surely stared at a few times for my seemingly obsessive compulsive label reading, but you’ll have that.  A few things that I DEFINITELY knew I wanted were cocoa roasted almonds, apples, string cheese, and Chobani.  I always end up coming home with MUCH more than I planned on 🙂  Anyone else have these issues?

1 ear of sweet corn

One benefit of missing out on gym time?  The ability to actually sit in my car and enjoy my dinner before class.  Most of the time, I’m scurrying from one event to the next and have to wolf it down quicker than I can taste it.  Is it weird how much I enjoyed this COLD ear of sweet corn? Haha.

1 soy tempeh sandwich on a light whole grain english muffin with sugar free apricot jam & goat cheese

Which led me to my next discovery.  I am NOT a fan of raw, un-seasoned tempeh.  The jam and goat cheese barely made this edible.  Anyone have other suggestions on how to make it?  I’ve got a pack sitting in my refrigerator right now and no idea what to do with it, but THIS was a gross combination.  Do not try it. Ha.

Tomato topped with Cucumber Garlic Cedar’s Tzatziki Dip for dipping the carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, and cucumber fries

Thank the LORD I had these goodies to wash that down with.  Class time flew by, as it usually does when my History professor teaches.  As I mentioned before, he is such an animated man.  I dare you to TRY to fall asleep in his class.  It’s impossible.  He keeps you in awe, fascinated with his experience and story telling that you won’t know whether you’re entrapped within a  Fairy Tale or listening to a History lecture.

Slacking isn’t so bad sometimes, no?  Another thing that made me feel better this morning, was a chance at winning another one of Julie’s awesome givewaways.  What’s on the radar today?  Dried MEAT.  Check it out!




7 responses »

  1. DiningAndDishing

    I was just going to say how GOOD that sammie combo sounded – sorry it was a disappointment! I like tempeh in stir fries. Cooking it up with a little sauce might help you enjoy it a bit more!

    – Beth @

  2. i’m suuch a food store monster haha i could browse for hours and hours! i wiiish i had more time for that these days! now i’m just in and out liek a crazed woman getting only the things on my list. i guess it helps save money haha

  3. Not slacking at all! think of it as a little blessing in disguise and a needed breakfrom the gym 🙂 now you’ll be sure to have your ID with you! <33 glad your enjoying class!

  4. Ohhh Vans 🙂 What would we all do without you?

    I agree, grocery shopping is always something that lifts my spirits. More so than shoe shopping 😉

  5. Hello Pretty Lady!
    You are my twin. I’m convinced. I spent days on end reading labels; I even made my own “calorie count comparison” book, and compared generic store brands from one to the other (ex. whole foods low fat muffin mix, to trader Joe’s etc). Don’t stress about the gym. It happens, and whenever I freak out or feel guilty about missing a workout, I immediately realize that is disordered and try to get my priorities straight. Gym shouldn’t cause anxiety, nor should it be a crutch, addiction or dependence. Of course, I go daily and LOVE IT. It’s like second nature- I rarely even think about it. It’s just what I do! I can totally relate! So frustrating.

    Have an AMAZING time at the conference! I am so excited for you! Tell me all about it when you get back! I should have emailed this to you.. sorry! Got excited!
    Love you like a best friend/sister!

  6. trying to follow you on twitter but cant find your name


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