So, to start off Thirsty Thursday, and no, I don’t mean I’m going out binge drinking tonight, I’ll announce a winner…as I sit here and chug my Pepsi Max, shamlessly. See, I tried to give blood this morning, but after the woman dug around trying to tap into my vein for about 5 minutes, I called it quits. My reward for the pain? A zero calorie, artificially sweetened form of caffeine… 46mg per serving, to be exact. Don’t worry, the rest of the day, I’ll be chugging water at my desk…you know, during the amount of time that I’m not spending running from work to class and back again around 11am. Yipeeeee.
Anyway, the winner of the It Works giveaway is Josie Chow! Congratulations, Josie! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize as soon as possible. I can’t wait for you to be a believer!
Next? A few random things that I’ve been up to the past few days.
Jarid picked the Chicken Guisado Arepa slider – “slow cooked chicken breast in tomato sauce” and the Grilled Tenderloin Skewer, but I was a nice girlfriend and also shared the side of black beans that I ordered
to accompany my Ensalada de Palmito – “hearts of palm, avocado & tomato over spring mix with balsamic”. The black beans were excellent, actually. When we go back for our “sit in” meal to use up the voucher, I’m getting the SAME thing.
#2. I’ve got some new artwork from my little guy in Nicaragua to decorate my cubicle.
I’m sure you guys know by now that I’m a huge advocate of Compassion International. I wish I could show off Isaac’s progressing pictures over the years, but I don’t feel it’s right to violate his privacy that way. He really is adorable and his letters just melt my heart.
This team from Hagerstown, MD was pretty good, but we could’ve hung with them, had we been on our game. The first round, we only lost by 6 points.
Something I’ve found to help me maintain a high energy level throughout the 40 minutes of high intensity cardio of the game, are these FRS low calorie, peach-mango drinks.
Not only do they taste awesome, but they’re made of great ingredients, which is important in my book…for just 25 calories.
Ingredients: Water, white grape juice concentrate, orange juice concentrate, Inulin, Citric Acid, Natural Orange Flavor, Quercetin, Ascorbic Acid, Gum Arabic, locust bean gum, Green Tea Extract, alpha tocopheryl acetate (Vit E), Sucralose, Caffeine, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Natural Lemon Flavor, Beta Carotene (for color), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (B2), B12 (Cyanocobalamin)
Yep, it’s a little blurry, but this monitor definitely read 1015 calories burned in 1 hour and 58 minutes.
I’ve been getting some good workouts in at home, too. Thankfully, the amazing Toshiba Thrive that Jarid got me for Christmas has been coming in handy when I need something to preoccupy me on the elliptical in the basement.
Bruce Almighty, anyone? I ususally do Insane Abs DVD, bike on the stationary, and then elliptical for the lenghth of either a movie or one of my favorite TV shows (Extreme Makeover Home Edition, One Tree Hill, Biggest Loser).
Or until I feel like that 🙂
#4. For my Grandma’s birthday, we got family pictures taken and framed. I never realized that the photography studio at JCPenney, where my cousin works and got a great discount, was such a decent place for pictures.
Not too shabby, right? Jarid was a good sport, held my purse, and made goofy faces at me through the class to ensure a genuine smile 😉
#5. I think I’ll be ordering Annie’s Lite Honey Mustard dressing from iherb.com for the rest of my life…or until the grocery stores in my area start stocking it on shelves.
Here’s a recent trip and all my findings:
Let’s see what we’ve got here: Sonoma Jacks Light Pepperjack cheese wedges, spaghetti squash, red, yellow, & orange bell peppers, parsnips, pre-cut summer squash & zucchini, frozen vegetables, fat free cottage cheese, unsweet almond milk, bananas, and canned beans.
I think the majority of my money spent per month goes toward groceries…what better thing to spend money on than something healthy & nutritious, though, right?
Oh yeah…I mean, other than fun outings with this handsome guy.
He’s usually a total gentleman, though and insists on paying for everything. Every now and then, I get sneaky and manage to pull out my wallet first 😉 I must say, though…I can always count on him to take good care of me. This is honestly the happiest I have ever been…and it’s pretty apparent to everyone in my life.
Whether it’s taking over a random photobooth in the mall, going to Wegman’s for an after church lunch & shopping,
or simply a night cuddled up on the couch reading to each other from our daily devotional book. I feel SO blessed to have him.
Right now, we’re reading, “Love is a verb” by: Gary Chapman. It’s perfect for everyday, because it’s a series of short stories. We typically each read one and call it quits for the night, since we’re so busy and want to soak up relaxation time on weeknights. My cousin & her husband (another Jared), gave it to us for Christmas.
So, here are a few questions for Thursday:
1- What are some GREAT books on your t0-read list?
2- What’s your favorite “date night” with your significant other?
3- Favorite salad dressing?
If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go chug some H20 now…after all, it is Thirsty Thursday 😉