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Thirsty Thursday.

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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 freckledfoodielove@gmail.com 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. 

#1. The boy and I bought a Living Social coupon to try out some Latin food at Arepa City in Harrisburg.  Unfortunately, they wouldn’t accept our voucher since we ordered it to go…

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.

#3. Winter break is officially over and Spring 2012 semester has begun.  our team’s first game in the 2nd half of our season, although it was a non-conference game, was a little rough. 

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)

Practices have been getting increasingly more intense, too, in order to prepare for games.  After all, you play the way you practice, right?    

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.

Speaking of groceries, though… 

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.

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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 😉

XO.

 

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!

 

XO.