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In A Funk.

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I hate downer posts as much as the next blogger, but sometimes they just need to happen to get things off my chest.  Things are going so perfectly in some aspects…I get to hear from D at least once a day (typically), the team is preparing for our State Championship game this weekend, and the more I learn about Health & Nutrition through my school work, the more I love it.  Things at home are a different story.  I am 22-years old.  I like to come and go as I please, be able to sit down for a meal when I get home from practice, cook and bake when I feel like it, and have my own agenda in general.  Understandably so, my family also wants to be able to do those things, and since it is THEIR home, obviously they should be able to.  More often than not, this causes conflict if they get home and I’m in the kitchen.  I truly do my best to stay out of their way, but sometimes it’s inevitable that we will need to be in the kitchen at the same time.  I get very stressed out, because I can hear the sighs and eye-rolling as I’m preparing my food.  They just don’t understand why I refuse to make things easy on myself and eat like a “normal” person.    Lately, I feel as though everything I touch, say and do is a mistake.  I get so stressed out, while they stand there waiting me to finish up what I’m doing and get out of their way, that I usually end up rushing, spilling something, or just doing a crappy clean up job resulting in tears streaming down my cheeks and a night kept to myself reading in my bedroom.  I just need some elbow room…you know, just to be me?  I’ve been looking at apartments for awhile now, and I’m thinking it’s soon time.  I just want to finish up my Associates Degree and get my car paid off first, so I have some payments out of the way. 

Okay, therapy over – food time.

Breakfast looked a whole lot like an english muffin & peanut butter, huh?  Think again 🙂  It’s one of my infamous oatcakes cut in 1/2 with banana peanut flour paste.

(Oatcake: 1/3 C. old fashioned oats, 1/2 mashed banana, sugar-free vanilla Torani, cinnamon, 1 egg white, pinch baking powder all mixed together and microwaved for two minutes; Banana peanut flour paste: 1/4 C. peanut flour, other 1/2 mashed banana, pinch of salt, sugar-free vanilla Torani, and water to thin)

 I know that it takes more time and effort to create a lot of my meals, but I think it’s a lot of fun.  Blogging about it is even MORE fun.  This is one of the few things that I do purely for my enjoyment, and I’m sorry, but I’m not willing to give that up.

Lunch was a beastly taco salad!  Meatless and all.

(Chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow pepper, and onion with Quorn meatless crumbles mixed with Pace salsa and topped off with low-fat Cabot Greek yogurt and more salsa)

Throughout the day, I usually sip on numerous bottles of water.  I contribute to a water fund that provides a Crystal Springs water cooler in our office.  It’s only like $1/day and I DEFINITELY get my money’s worth.  I probably fill up at least 3 times. 

I always snack at my desk, since I know I want to have enough energy to get me through a two hour basketball practice with 1/2 hour of strength training/cardio beforehand.  Vitatops are great because I can just throw them in my bag!  They’re only 100 calories and provide a protein/fiber punch along with lots of vitamins & minerals and are low in fat…not to mention they’re one of my favorite versions of chocolate. 

Right before practice, I try to get some natural sugar in me so that I’m amped up and energetic.  Cherries are a great source of natural sugar and provide Vitamin C and fiber…also considered a SUPER FOOD for your joints!  Not to mention…it’s National Cherry MonthWhy not celebrate? 🙂

3 hrs, 4 min; 968 calories; avg. HR 111

I went straight from practice to my Nutrition class, where I was presenting a healthy dish that I created to share with the class.  Each of us was in one of three groups: Lipids (fats), Proteins, or Carbohydrates.  When I think of complex carbs, I think of grains immediately, so when I saw this recipe on J’s page, I knew I wanted to make it, adapted of course.

It tasted GREAT!  Thanks, J!  Your recipe was a hit.

 There were several other recipes that people brought, and at the end of the semester, we’re going to compile them into a cookbook!  Pretty cool, huh?!  I’ll be sure to share some of my faves with you!

Here was my plate, aka dinner:

(L-R: Broccoli Pesto and Fusilli Pasta, Maple Pumpkin Oat Muffins, Whole Wheat Garden Pizza, Mediterranean Couscous Salad, and in the middle is a Banana Blueberry Smoothie)

Since everything was just a sampling (not an actual serving, or even half for that matter), and I had just burned off about 920 calories, I also had an EAS chocolate protein shake and some celery sticks which I packed in my bag.

I didn’t get home until 10:30 PM from class, so I crashed pretty much immediately.  Of course, my stuff was strewn across my room.  I was exhausted and in no shape to reorganize.  Sorry, family.

XO.

The “L” Word.

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Valentine’s Day for me isn’t limited to the love for a significant other…I think we should all be celebrating the people we love in our lives.  Of course,  this post is a little behind, seeing as “the big day” was Monday, but I still feel like it needs to be said. 

(Breakfast: overnight oats – 1/3 C. oats, 1/2 mashed banana, 1/2 sliced banana, 1/4 C. peanut flour, in an almost empty apple butter jar, drizzled with 1/2 C. unsweet almond milk)

I’m happy for all of you who have found their perfect match and the opportunity to celebrate with them, but for those of you who didn’t, realize that there are SO many people in your lives that love you more than words can say.  I, for one, feel blessed to have such a supportive, tight-knit family.  My family doesn’t just consist of blood relatives.  

Friends of the family, teammates, co-workers, and classmates are all considered my brothers and sisters as well.  I think its important to LOVE PEOPLE. 

The world is much too cold of a place not to… even more importantly, to love strangers and people who treat us badly or take advantage of us…I mean, isn’t it easy to love the people who love us?  Anyone can do that…God challenges us to love our enemies and those people who persecute us.  I think it’s God’s will for us to constantly be showing ALL of the people around us His love…after all,

“We love because He first loved us” [1 John 4:19] 

So, enjoy your flowers and chocolate – or in my case, flowers & sugar-free jello 🙂

But I say, we make an effort to love people year-round.

XO.

We Are The Champions, My Friendsss <3

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Of course I was a bundle of nerves the entire day.  I had to wait for 4pm (gametime) to roll around so I could get it all out of my system.  The only thing that calmed me was a song that I listened to on the way to church, thanks to Mr. Matthew West for his encouragement…to be honest, I don’t even remember what song it was.

I’m in breakfast groove with peanut butter banana oatmeal1/4 C. peanut flour, 1/3 C. oats, 1 mashed banana.

  Here’s a nice little shot of me on my way to church…half asleep.  Just kidding!   I know you all asked for shots of my entire outfits, because you want to see what my fasion taste is like, but I simply didn’t have time this morning…Sorry!

Don’t mind my fuzzy jacket.  I think it needs dry cleaned pretty badly…

Anyway, on to more exciting things…like what our message was on Sunday morning.  It was all about loving people and being unselfish on a daily basis.  Thinking of everyone around us and their needs over our own

Since our game was at 2pm, we had to be there at 1pm to get our jerseys and warm up.  I packed lunch to eat on the way so I wasn’t playing on an empty stomach.

(Peanut flour paste: 1/4 C. peanut flour + sugar free vanilla Torani + pinch of salt & water to thin, with sugar free strawberry jam on 2 slices Arnold 10 grain bread, celery and carrots that actually went uneaten, and cherries that were also saved for later)

I couldn’t eat too much because I was so nervous, so I just stuck with my PB&J 🙂

 The game felt like it was here and gone in a flash!  We were down by TEN POINTS at half-time.  The team totally came out on fire in the second half and I got to play the entire game, not coming out one time!  It was all tied up in the fourth quarter and they fouled me on a drive to the basket.  I made a foul shot, putting us up by 1 point.  There was 17 seconds left on the clock, it was our ball, and coach called a play that we had run in practice, where someone sets a screen for me, and I take a long pass from our point guard down the entire length of the court…It worked!  I got to shoot a layup at the buzzer and we won by 3 points!

Afterwards, there was an awards ceremony where we were presented with our trophy.  Coach received “Coach of the Year“, which she totally deserved, and I was surprisingly awarded the Eastern Conference Most Valuable Player🙂 God deserves all the glory, of course.  He gives us things and can take them away in an instant.

(1 chopped apple + butternut squash sprinkled with cinnamon & splenda, then microwaved until soft; along with a huge salad of lettuce & baby spinach with chopped yellow pepper, tomato, and cucumbers; peach balsamic glaze for dressing)

I figured a celebratory dinner was in order.  When I got home, I showered and packed something to take to my cousin’s house.  She was having a pizza party for her daughter, whose birthday is on Valentine’s Day! 

After counting up my bumps, bruises, and scratches from the game (it was VERY physical), I headed out to my lil’ cousin’s birthday party.

  She was born on Valentine’s Day!  I’m a little disappointed with the quality of these pictures!  They don’t do justice to the beauty of these bruises.  They were all such gorgeous shades of purples and blues 🙂  haha. 

When it was over and I got home, I admired this stunning sunset view from our deck.  The little sister and I were on our own for the night because my parents were celebrating Valentine’s Day early and staying over at a cozy cabin somewhere.  I was glad they did.  They NEVER go and do things just the two of them, and I think it’s important that they get time to themselves.  Besides, it was nice having the chance to hang out and take care of Morgs.

I ended the night with some ice creammmm.  Because that’s the best way to end any night, right? 🙂 

It still amazes me that cookies and cream Arctic Zero manages to pack in 16g of fat-free, whey protein for just 150 caloriesUh-Ma-Zing.  Not so amazing? The price.  Oh well, you win some, you lose some, right?  Nothing wrong with splurging every now and then.

On to States on Saturday in Western PA vs. Potomac State CollegeWish us luck!

And before you go, check out this awesome Vitatop giveaway at Oats & Spice!

XO.

Saturday Stats

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Breakfast of champions for a game day!

(1/4 C. peanut flour, pinch of salt, mashed banana, 1/3 C. raw oats, sugar free vanilla Torani to taste)

If it’s not broken, why fix it? 🙂

I had Speech Communications in the morning from 9:00-11:50 and then I ventured home to make some lunch.  Tip-off was at 4PM, so I wanted to get a nice, balanced lunch in before I left for the gym!

(Grilled chicken sammie on Arnold 10 grain bread with 1 tbsp. Cedar’s garlic lovers hummus, reduced sugar ketchup, lettuce & tomato)

On the side, I had about 1/2 of this container of steamed snap peas.  Dontcha love the vibrant green?!  My droid takes some great snapshots sometimes!

I left the house much earlier than I needed to for my game because I wanted to get my passport taken care of and my parking ticket paid.  

Unfortunately, the passport center was closed, but I did manage to hand in my $14 ticket!  I’m not really sure how I earned this, either…  It was a day that I came in to work later because I had the sniffles.

My normal spot had been taken, so I snagged another one that I had seen cars parked in before.  Apparently, they were illegal, too!  On a positive note, I paid it in time, so they couldn’t tack on an $11 fee.

After paying, I headed straight for the gym.  The two teams that played before our game, the 2nd and 3rd seed teams started at 2PM and I wanted to be prepared to play either of them the next day, so I went to watch.

Since we were 1st seed, everyone in the Conference came to our court to play, which was really cool.  Also, we each got “support the cure” t’s to wear instead of our oversided warm ups, along with pink laces to replace the ones on our sneaks.

4PM rolled around rather quickly, and the game started out a little bit slow.  We took a few minutes to get warmed up, but in the second half we really played tough.   It is so neat to see your team get pumped up and come together to win a big game!  Nothing like it in the world.

Feb. 12th- For the second time in the history of the Women’s Basketball program, HACC is host to the EPCC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which they earned with being the first place team in the EPCC Conference for Women’s Basketball, with an overall season record of 14-1. MIchele Kieff was named Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year for the 2010-11 season.

The first seeded HACC Lady Hawks secured their spot in the 2011 EPCC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game, with a tough win over fourth seed Lehigh Carbon CC Cougars on Saturday, February 12th. The Lady Hawks were tied 33-33 at halftime with the Cougars, as they both fought for a win in their first round game of the EPCC Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Lady Hawks regrouped at halftime, and came back full steam ahead, pulling ahead of the Cougars, to finish the game 80-56. Sami Cox lead the team with 25 points on the scoreboard, and was assisted by Lakisha Lemon with 12 points. Ashlan Clark, Julie Shumate, and Eryn Spangler each contributed 10 points to the final score.

The Lady Hawks advance to the Championship Game, which is scheduled for Sunday, February 13th at 2:00 pm at the Evans Center Gymnasium on the HACC-Harrisburg Campus. They are slated to play CC of Philadelphia, who defeated Montgomery CCC 51-43 earlier in the day to advance. 

I love the look on this man’s face!  HA.

After the game, we decided some Chinese buffet was in order for dinner.

Momma FF

Plate #1 – the whitest celery I could find, steamed shrimp & cocktail sauce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and imitation crab (white rice omitted because it was hard and nasty)

Plate #2– The place we went to had a “build-your-own” section, which was obviously what I went for.  They even cook it at your request!  I got mine steamed and then added some low sodium soy sauce.  It was SO good.  Imagine this x2.  Steamed broccoli, snap peas, onion, mushroom, bean sprouts, and chicken!  Perfection.

Last, I had some fruit including orange slices and cantaloupe.

Oh yeah, and then there was ice cream 🙂

Reduced fat, no sugar added vanilla.  ❤

I couldn’t have imagined this day going any more perfectly.  Stay tuned for the championship post next!

On a more fun note, check out this sweetheart’s giveaway of some Peeled goodies!

XOXO.

First Day Alone.

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Pretty soon, you’re going to be tired of seeing the same old combination for breakfast.  I’ll apologize ahead of time, because I just can’t foresee anything looking more appealing to me in the morning than this combination.

(1/3 C. oats, 1 mashed banana, sugar-free vanilla Torani, cinnamon, pinch of salt, and 1/4 C. peanut flour)

The thing is, I learned something.  You MUST add a hint of salt to the peanut butter mix.  It takes things to a whole new level, which makes sense, since the best peanut butters I’ve ever tasted have a little added salt.  I used my Nutrasalt, which was the perfect addition.

I ate 1/2 of the mix at home and saved 1/2 for when I got to work…kind of glad I did since the lighting is so much better 🙂

I got a text from D with a timestamp of 7:43AM:

“Hey gorgeous, I’m at the airport, all settled in to wait.  I’ll text when I get to my connection. 🙂  Thanks for coming over last night”

It’s amazing what kind of comfort a text message can provide.  A little while later, around 10:30, I got a message from him again letting me know he made it to Charlotte.

4 meatless Quorn meatballs, 1 tbsp. Cedar’s garlic lovers hummus, & light ragu.  The huge side salad had a base of steamed kale, sliced yellow peppers, snap peas, and cherry tomatoes and peach balsamic glaze for dressing

Digging into lunch around 12PM was the only thing keeping me sane.  While in Germany, D won’t be able to use his phone, so communication will be limited.  He will, however have his computer.  I’m hoping for a Skype date this weekend…I’d like to see him on Valentine’s Day, but I don’t know how that will work, if at all, since the time difference is six hours.

1 slice Arnold 10 grain bread + 1 sonoma jack’s light pepperjack cheese wedge & sugar free apricot jam

Work dragged on as usual, and by the time 4PM rolled around, I was more than ready to get my butt in gear to hit the gym. 

Exercise is such a release for me, so I was really looking forward to meeting up with a girl on my team in the fitness center before practice at 5PM.

Dethawed, frozen pineapple pre-gym was necessary for a little natural sugar boost.  I also picked up some cherries walking back to my car from work since I go right past the farmers’ market.

Just as I finished up my 20 minute quickie on the Cross Ramp, my phone lit up…not that I was staring at it the entire time…:)  At 4:45PM, I got a text that read:

“Hey baby, I’m gonna get on the plane to Germany in a minute.  I’ll talk to you as soon as I can, honey.  I miss you already! Good luck this week with your games!”

My heart totally melted and I felt a sense of total peace after I said a prayer asking God to keep him safe.  He just has a way with me… I don’t know how else to describe it.

By the time practice was over, I’m pretty sure I had the whole team saying a prayer for his trip 🙂  Oh yeah, and I had burned 870 calories.  As soon as I got home, I was craving something cool and refreshing.

(1 handful frozen spinach, 2/3 C. almond breeze, 3/4 C. canned pumpkin, sugar-free vanilla Torani, 1 scoop vanilla whey)

You see, dinners for me consist of a mish-mosh of different cravings.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  While my veggies were roasting in the oven, I nuked a little cheesecake oat muffin.

(1/3 C. oats, 1 tbsp. fat-free cream cheese +1 tsp. peanut flour+sugar-free vanilla Torani)

I actually ate a spoonful of fat-free chocolate fro-yo with this and it was like chocolate cheesecake!  It held me over quite nicely until the rest of my meal was ready to eat!  One thing I realized, is that I can really make a mess in the kitchen.  I re-use as many dishes as I can while I’m preparing things, but I ended up with a lot of clean-up!

Totally worth it, though, am I right?!

2 Parsnips, green beans, baby bella mushrooms, sliced zucchini, and broccoli with a little dipping trio on the side of light ragu, Cedar’s cucumber & garlic Tzatziki, and Cedar’s garlic lovers hummus

A good old veggie roast was just what the doctor ordered to replenish my body …in fact, a food baby was born.

Don’t worry, though, there’s still room for dessert…especially on my first night alone :-/  Chocolate was definitely in order.

Now that I was aware of how vital salt is in my peanut butter creations with peanut flour, I couldn’t wait to try out some more.  It makes a WORLD of difference, I’m telling you.

I made little peanut butter/chocolate sammies, which were divinee ❤  Check out the little flax seeds in the chocolate!  Outstanding.  Newtree Belgian Biscuit chocolate + Peanut flour paste (made the same way as in my breakfast bowl) is my favorite dessert.  It even overrides Arctic Zero ice cream.

I think my first night on my own wasn’t too bad.  I was happy with the way we left things.  We had an awesome night together before he left.  I completely adore his family and cannot wait to visit them again…oh yeah…and to visit him!  Only a couple of months and I’ll be on a plane to Denmark!

Thanks so much for all of your supportive comments and prayers for D.  I appreciate them more than you can imagine!  Blog friends are best friends, and I love each and every one of you 🙂

XOXO.

Rubber-Band Faith.

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Absolutely LOVED the analogy in the devotional this morning…how true, right?!

Breakfast was a repeat.  I can’t seem to crave anything in the morning other than Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Banana Oats anymore.  That’s quite a mouthful, huh?

  • 1/3 C. old-fashioned oats
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/4 C. peanut flour
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 pack of raisins

Kid you not, I could eat this everyday, all day 🙂 

I realized when I got to work that I felt totally achy and beat up.  I’m not sure if it was because of the game the night before or what, but my neck, back, and shoulders were killing me.  I got a dead-leg in the game, and every time I took a step on my walk to my building, I felt a throbbing pain…I know, I know…stop being a baby, Sami 🙂

I dined at my desk for lunch, and incorporated some supplies that I picked up at the grocery store before my game yesterday.

(2 slices 10 grain Arnold bread with 1 Quorn chicken cutlet, steamed kale, and 1 tbsp. Light Zesty Italian dressing with a tub of veggies on the side including snap peas and cherry tomatoes)

I think I may be getting a cold or have some type of viral thing, because not only am I freezing and achy, the soreness in my neck also hurts where my glands are, making it hard to swallow.

I decided that my best bet was to pump up my Vitamin C intake like it’s my job!

Or maybe I just used that as an excuse to snack like a maniac at my desk throughout the day 🙂  What can I say?! I wanted to be properly fueled for my game!  Hehe.

Somewhere in between, I ate this amazing bowl of deconstructed CHERRY CHEESECAKE made healthy – aka, Cabot Low-fat Plain Greek yogurt mixed with sugar-free vanilla Torani syrup and then topped with sugar-free cherry pie filling and fiber one crunchy cereal.

Do yourself a favor and go try this immediately.

The game was a non-conference one, so it wouldn’t affect our top seed position if we lost.  That didn’t change the fact that we wanted to kick some butt! The first half was a bit rough…I think we were worn down from the game the night before because we laid it all on the line.   We managed to pull off a WIN, though!  The final score was 79-59.

After my game, I had Nutrition class! I’m so lucky to have an understanding professor who allowed me to go to my game and come to class a little late.

 We talked about carbohydrate makeup, digestion, fat soluble and water soluble nutrients, and food allergies. 

  1. glucose + glucose = maltose
  2. glucose + fructose = sucrose
  3. galactose + glucose = lactose

Eat food –> Digest to food to nutrients in the GI tract –>Absorb into circulation –> Deliver nutrients to cells

On our break during class, I ate dinner.

1 bag broccoli slaw steamed and topped with 3/4 C. light Ragu & 2 tbsp. Cedar’s garlic lovers hummus blended in

Deep chocolate Vitatop

Plus, I had needed some protein, so I supplemented with an EAS Carb Control drink for just 110 calories and 17g protein.

When I got home, dessert consisted a few chunks of my fave chocolate bar.

I packed up all my stuff for the next day and hit the bed early.  Tonight will be the last time I see D for awhile…his flight leaves tomorrow morning at 8am…Please keep him in your prayers!  I’d love to see him off at the airport, but I don’t want to intrude on family time, so I think I’ll say my goodbye tonight…:-/

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Question: What is something you recommend for the blog?  What would you like to see more of?

XO.

Dippy.

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I found myself belting out this song on my way to work today 🙂  Whether it was because I got a full 9 hours of sleep last night (after being deprived for the past three nights), or the fact that I was juiced up on a bangin’ breakfast, I don’t know, but here it is…

“You are strength in my weakness and you are the refuge I seek,
You are everything in my time of need, You are everything,
You are everything I need”

-Kutless

Yesterday, however was a different story.  There was no belting…I had NO energy.  As I’ve mentioned on the blog before, I really enjoy two part breakfasts.  Getting the best of both worlds is always a WIN in my book.

(1/3 C. oats, 1 mashed banana, 1/4 C. peanut flour, sugar-free vanilla Torani)

That’s not all!  I went to bed last night without much in my belly, mainly because I was too tired to put any effort into a well rounded meal.  Since I had already burned a good 800 calories (probably more, but that’s I have on record from my HR monitor), I couldn’t stay full for long.  There were many mini meals eaten throughout the day to keep my metabolism pumpin’.

Breakfast part II was a handful of Quaker caramel corn cakes dipped in Honey-nana Kids’ Chobani! 

Mmm.

 Being a walking zombie is no fun…let alone trying to get through a 2 hour basketball practice feeling like one.

(2 slices Arnold 10grain bread with 1 egg+1white and Forty Spice Hummus)

 It helped a little bit that I was properly fueled, though, for sure.  If I learned anything today, it’s the fact that the “dippy” part of the egg is highly UNDERRATED.  I know a lot of people get grossed out because it’s gooey and slimy, but the yolk taste MADE this sammie…it’s also got a lot of nutrients!

(Romaine shreds, broccoli, cucumbers, orange pepper, shroomies and Mardona cherry balsamic glaze)

And you know I had to have some greens on the side.

I don’t even remember what else I accomplished at work.  Honestly, everything is so hazy from exhaustion…and to think at this point, my day wasn’t even close to over yet.

Before practice, I had some Chocolate & Banana Nut Cheerios mixed (1/2 C. of each).  Sure there’s a bit of sugar in the ingredients, but I love dry cereal…I figure if that’s the worst thing I eat during the day, I’m doing alright 😉

I also munched on some frozen grapes…because everyone knows the cure to tiredness is sugar, right!?

Turns out I had enough left in me to put out 738 calories at practice!  I did a little bit of ab work with my friend, Steph in the gym beforehand, too.  *Mental note: trying to take a snapshot of your heart rate monitor while you’re in your car leaving the parking lot will get you a few funny glances.

(Handful frozen spinach, 3/4 C. Almond Breeze, 1/8C. peanut flour, sugar-free Vanilla Torani)

When I got home, I just wanted to crash…but I knew I’d hate myself in the morning if I didn’t eat anything for dinner, and soon my appetite caught up to me, giving me all the motivation I needed to throw some things together.

I roasted parsnips, yellow pepper, butternut squash, and baby bellas at 420° for 17 minutes (all except the bnut was sprinkled with Nutrasalt & pepper.  Bnut was splenda & cinnamon) with reduced sugar ketchup for dipping.

Dessert was after cleanup (meaning my shower & dishes).

(1/4 C. peanut flour, 1/3 C. oats, 1/4 C. Udi’s cranberry granola, sugar free vanilla Torani to taste, cinnamon, 1/4 C. fat free cottage cheese)

It seriously tasted like peanut butter cheesecake!  ❤  NOM.

Lots of you are asking me about what I will do with the TJ’s peanut flour being discontinued…Truth be told, I live no where near a Trader Joe’s, unfortunately, and have been ordering mine online from Southern Grace Farms!  Check it out!  I’ve found these to be the best prices with shipping taken into account. 

What do YOU do with your peanut flour?  I like to use mine for peanut flour pancakes and peanut paste!  I have yet to try baking with it, but I can’t wait to experiment!

Any exciting plans this weekend?  I will be spending most of my time with D, hopefully!  Class and practice on Saturday and church & Superbowl on Sunday! Who are you cheering for?! My Daddy is a STEELERS fanatic, so I will be in black & gold!

XO.

Fresh or Stale?

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Breakfast : Black Raspberry Cheesecake Oats

(1/2 C. oats, 1/4 C. fat free cottage cheese, 1 tbsp. sugar free blackraspberry preserves, sugar free vanilla Torani microwaved until warm)

Just as my workouts sometimes need to stay fresh and enthusiastic, so does my relationship with my Savior.  It’s easy to just go through the motions and do what you feel you “have” to do, but are we really getting much out of it?  If we fully believe in His word, then we know that He is our strength.  Keeping that thought in the forefront of our minds will make us WANT to draw closer to Him and it should excite us!

I tried to stay focused at work, but I was so enthralled by all the neat stuff we’re going to be doing in my Nutrition class.  I had the first one on Tuesday night, and I’ve been exploring the book every chance I get to take a break at work.

For any of you dieticians or health fielders out there, we started out pretty basic with kcals vs. calories, the different components of foods (carbs, proteins, fats), and basic health knowledge.

I’m really getting excited about the class, now!  Finally, I get to take a course that I’m totally interested in from beginning.  No more algebra and history, although, both of those ended up being way more interesting that I could’ve bargained for.

Anwho, back to the eats.  Around noon I practically skipped to the office refrigerator because I was excited about my lunch.

Diced cucumber & tomatoes, a bed of steamed kale with 1/2 C. brown rice, a grilled chicken breast, and some cucumber garlic Cedar’s Tzatziki for dressing.

Totally delish and wholesome.  I picked up a few more of my books at the campus bookstore after the 1/2 mile walk back to my car after work.  I also sold back my books from last semester for a total of $91.00!  Not too shabby.

There was snackage before practice, too.

1/4 C. fat free cottage cheese, 1/4 C. canned pumpking, + splenda & cinnamon

A tiny, baby naner.

and some healthy fats for good measure 🙂

I hate when I get 1/2 way through a practice and feel like I’ve got nothin’ left to give, so I’ve been making sure I’m properly fueled in order to run up and down the floor like the energizer bunny.

752 calories burned, max hr 165.

I didn’t have a great practice, but I’ve come to realize that not EVERYONE is going to be stellar.  The important thing is to push through and not expect perfection from yourself.  You’re GOING to have off days.  It’s inevitable.

Annnd we all know the greatest perk to working out is reeeeeefueling, right?  Dinner was served when I got home. 

 I had 1/2 of this Dr. McDougall’s Lentil soup box while I was waiting for my veggies to roast in the oven.

 Not the most photogenic appetizer in the world, but it sure is delicious.  Probably my favorite soup in the world, actually.  At 115 calories, 7g protein, and 8g fiber, you can’t argue with the stats either!  If you want to really up the nutrition, you can get the low sodium version…but I’ll warn you, I’ve tried it.  Not even a contender.  I convinced myself that I just sweated a whole bunch at practice, so I could use a little extra sodium. 

 Before I knew it, the oven timer was going off and I had a veggie feast on my hands.  I love the “rainbow on my plate” kind of thing 🙂  Red (bell pepper), orange (butternut squash), yellow (squash), green (zucchini), and ummm white (parsnips)?  Okay, you get the point. 

All seasoned with some NutraSalt Seasalt and pepper.  I used light ragu on the side as a dipper, but ended up eating it more like soup at the end.  The veggies were great all on their own! 

 After dinner, I logged onto my Health class’s website (since it’s a virtual course) and finished up some assignments.  Before too long, I knew it was time for dessert

(1/2 C. old fashioned oats, sugar free vanilla Torani, cinnamon, and 1/3 C. egg whites topped with fat free cream cheese & sugar free black raspberry jam)

Since I hadn’t really had any whole grains with dinner, I knew I wanted an oatcake to hit my sweet tooth.

What’s your favorite post dinner snack?  I like to have carbs before bed most nights because they help me sleep!  I also had a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond breeze with some cinnamon to wash down my dessert!

XOXO.

Pure In Heart.

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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
-Matthew 5:8

As I read todays verse, I couldn’t help but be relieved at what God was saying to me.  I also thought about the fact that for those who have impure motives, this verse may be a bit frightening.  Regardless of the outcome, God knows our intentions and our hearts.  Sometimes I do things with good intentions and end up screwing up pretty badly.   

1 scoop Scivation chocolate whey protein, 1 C. fiber select cereal, 3 ice cubes, 3/4 C. unsweet vanilla almond breeze

After all, we’re all human.  Things never work out exactly as we plan them. 

Work today was super slow.  I spent most of the day stressing about when I would have time to finish up Christmas shopping.  You know, it probably gets on God’s nerves that we spend so much of this special time of year fretting over things that Christmas isn’t even about.

Chopped romaine, cucumber, yellow pepper, carrots, and fat free balsamic vinaigrette.

Rather than focusing on the birth of our Savior, we’re too wrapped up in the commercialism of Christmas time.  The gifts, the decorations, the parties, and the food.

Cinnamon/splenda chickpeas + sweet potato slices

Don’t get me wrong, I love the family get-togethers, gift giving, cookie baking, and Christmas parties just as much as the next girl.  I’m simply stating that I need to reevaluate my priorities.  I’m not saying it’s wrong to participate in such activities, either!  For some people, though, it all causes an unnecessary amount of stress and thus, we lose sight of the reason for the season.

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Pre-gym snack = Justin’s maple almond butter (THE BEST!) + bananer

 Enough of the heavy stuff, I suppose.  Now, onto the fun part of my day…BASKETBALL practice…after a quick 10 min. warm up on the Cross Ramp and some ab work on the mats.

We don’t have another game until Jan. 8th, so practice everyday is only about an hour and 1/2 instead of two.  But as you can see, I’m still getting a mega cardio workout.  I forgot to hit “stop”, so naturally it’s showing you that I worked out for 4 hours.  Not the case.  Haha…Two total.

The most famous lazy girl dinner EVER on my blog…Broccoli slaw steamed in the microwave, light ragu, fat free cottage cheese, and garlic lovers Tribe hummus ❤ You don’t have to tell me, I know it looks gross, but it tastes just like lasagna! 

Next up, I roasted 1/2 of a small butternut squash sprinkled with paprika, salt, pepper, and chili powder.  I made a little pot of vanilla icing for dippage.  I swear, it was just like Pillsbury, but super healthy.  Just some plain Fage 0% yogurt with sugar free vanilla syrup & cinnamon!

Next, I packed my lunch for the next day, cleaned up the kitchen, and did some things around the house.  I unloaded my gym bag from practice and repacked all my clothes to do the same thing all over again the next day.

 

Around 8PM, I finally sat my butt down to watch “The Singoff” finale! I hadn’t gotten to see all of the episodes, but I knew that my favorite was Committed.  They are a contemporary christian group that had voices like angels.

The other group was great as well, but they weren’t my favorite.  I snuggled up to watch the show with a warm bowl of oats for dessert.

For the FIRST TIME EVER, I made this bowl on the stovetop.  Beth (SO GLAD YOU’RE BACK!) darling, you were SO right…TOTALLY creamier and more volumnous than the microwave method!  It contained 1/2 C. old fashioned oats, 3/4 C. unsweet almond breeze, and 1 C. water, sugar free vanilla syrup, & cinnamon.  I let it simmer for about ten minutes and then refrigerated it for a little bit to avoid scalding the roof of my mouth.  Mmmmmmmmm.

I also had two squares from this chocolate bar before hitting the pillow!  Chocolate is the best way to end ANY night 🙂

What’s your favorite oatmeal combination?  I know many of you love toppings like nut butters, coconut, sugar free jam, cocoa powder…any weird combinations that you can’t get enough of?!

XO.

 

Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover.

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Maker of heaven, giver of life
You are my strength, my song in the night
My refuge, my shelter
Now and forevermore
My help comes from the Lord

When I’m broken, scarred by sin
Death gives way to life again
When I suffer, when I’m bound
In You I’m free, in You I’m found

Some of the most delicious breakfasts come in the ugliest forms.  I wish I knew how to beautify my oats the way Kath does, but so far, I’m content to just enjoy the taste.

1/3 C. rolled oats, 1/2 C. water, 1/3 C. lowfat milk, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 1 tbsp. sf vanilla Torani, 1/2 sliced peach, 1 egg white, a sprinkle of baking powder, & 3/4 scoop Vanilla Chai Amazing Meal.  Sugar free Log Cabin syrup drizzled ontop with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

I microwaved this tupperware container of glorious oats in the microwave for about 2 minutes on power level 7.  You have no idea how hard it was to wait until I got to work to break into the dish.  I think the key to successful oats is to add a hint & pinch of SEVERAL ingredients.  It was like a warm, sweet peach custard dessert.

My boss and I ran out around 12PM to grab some lunch from Simply Turkey.  I wasn’t allowed to pay, because it was my “birthday treat“.  Thanks Bosssssss 🙂  Speaking of boss, that’s what I ordered.  The BOSS salad-you choose whateverrrrrr toppings you want.  I chose baby spinach & spring mix as my base topped with peppers, tomato, carrots, cukes, broccoli, and chickpeas with Fat Free Tomato-Basil dressing on the side and a slice of multi-grain bread to round out the meal.  I LOVE seedy, grainy bread like that!

On the way home, I stopped at a local produce (self-serve) stand.

ALLL this for about $6=WIN.  HUGE zucchini

& sweet onion,

 

summer squash, cucumber, yellow cherry tomatoes, 3 sweet white peaches, & a red bell pepper.  The price was SO right 😉  I planned on putting them to good use for dinner.

When I got home from work, it was SO nice not to have a schedule.  After snacking on the above juicy ‘loup and some chocolate in Vitatop form.

I picked up the little seester from basketball pratice and headed home for a little Insanity action.  I am a HUGE fan of Cardio Abs.  It was a quick, yet totally effective workout.  It works ALL angles of your abs: obliques, lower abs, and upper all in about 15 minutes.  Then I hit the bike & the books.

I used the time on the stationary bike to take advantage and get ahead in class by reading The Rising Tide by Jeff ShaaraAnyone read this book?  So far it’s pretty enticing.  I love an author who knows how to use his adjectives, making it easier to feel part of the story.  I’m not one for war novels, but since it’s required, I guess I’ll deal 😉

I got hungry while biking so I took a rest to make some dinner, utilizing the goodies that I purchased earlier.

It came together quite nicely in the end.  I didn’t have lettuce/spinach for salad base, so I got creative and took a vegetable peeler to the zucchini for some long, curly strings to base the rest on.  I diced up the red pepper, cucumber, and some onion with a few cherry tomatoes in the mix and for protein, I put some sliced grilled chicken on the top.  The dressing is some hummustard (patented by heabs 😉

Afterward, I still had some reading to do, so I headed back to the basement for some extra biking & reading.

Turns out 40 minutes of reading and biking doesn’t get you all that far.  Oh well! 

A little while later, I snacked on some Finlandia Reduced Fat Swiss

Sometimes I just crave dairy like its no one’s business. 

Then I decided to brew some coffeee for refrigerating.  Although, I’m thinking we’re nearing the end of iced coffee season! 

 

Since I’m avoiding diet soda at all costs, I’ve gotta get my caffeine some way!!

Next, I showered and ate dessert

aka a Peanut Butter Chocolate Vitatop.

Annnndd that’s all folks!!  The boyyy comes home from school this weekendd and we are going rock n’ bowling with the “surrogates” 🙂  I can’t wait!  Also in the mix is going to be hiking & a family birthday party.

Any exciting weekend plans, bloggies?

Stay tuned & happy Friday!!!  Be sure to enter Evan’s CSN Stores giveaway! AND wish a Happy Two Year Blogiversary to Holly while entering her contest!

 

XOXO.