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Sunshine is my anti-drug.

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I’m not sure about you guys, but this weather is rockin’ my socks off.  Seriously, no matter how crappy the day in the office is, when I step outside into those rays, all is right with the world.

These little words of encouragement from the Bible are pretty uplifting too 😉

Verse of the Day:

“For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!”- Romans 5:10

Last night was the same routine that has been going down for the past few days.  I got changed & went for something gourmet to fuel my workout at the gym:  

 

Granola Gourmet Berry Bar!

Plus, a Green Monster comprised of these ingredients:

Diet V8 Splash, frozen mixed fruit, & spinach

I was completely out of fresh baby spinach, and I found a box of frozen Giant brand chopped spinach in our freezer!  It works GREAT in green monsters and I highly recommend  it!  Not to mention, it’s WAY cheaper than fresh & will have a much longer shelf life

Green Monsta lovin'

I was soooo energized after this drink.  I think the mix of complex carbs from the fruit & granola bar were working already!  I did an hour (8ish miles) on the elliptical at resistance level 7 and then 9 for the last 20 minutes.  After the cardio, I did some hanging oblique exercises & lower back machine work.  I also did the hip abductor and hip adductor machines each at 100lbs. for 3 sets of 25 reps.

I stopped at the grocery store on my way home to pick up some fresh veggies & Clear Splash water.  I had loaded up on ridiculous amounts of produce.  What can I say, I love my veggies!  I grabbed two bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, broccoli & cauliflower, snap peas, and shredded lettuce.  PLUS two bags of California blend (carrots, broccoli & cauliflower) frozen veggies.  I snagged two ripe looking Gala apples as well, one of which I chomped on during the drive home.  I was jamming out to this awesome album by Sidewalk Prophets, which I’m completely in love with.

 BUY THIS NOW! It just might change your life 😉

Anyway, I got home and made some dinner.  Again, I was craving my beta carotene, and again, it was glorious. 

Sweet Tater.

Oompa loompas better watch out.

+PLUS loads of greens & proteins [I wanted to rhyme :D]:

Cukes, tomato, orange pepper, shredded lettuce, turk, raspberry balsamic vinegar.

Don’t you just love my Zak Designs bowl?  It’s MASSIVE and I love it to make hugh jasses, even though it’s technically a mixing bowl 🙂

Note to self * BUY MORE OF THIS STUFF:

Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar

Leonardo Roberto's Gourmet Blends!

Uhhmazzzing on salads.  Turkey salads, even more so.  I was sad to use it all up!  But that just means you guys will soon be getting to read about it in the review!  The Pomegranate is magnificent as well.

Anywho.  Here’s another shot of this lip-smakin’ salad:

Nom, nom.

After this, I decided to make my lunch so I could let my stomach settle a tad to make room for dessert.

Sorry for the lameness in the sameness of each lunch.  I’m trying to eat up these protein packed egg whites that we have left over from Easter!  Hope you’re not getting too sick of seeing them because look how many more we’ve got in the fridge!  No one else wanted to take them home [CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?], but you can bet your bottom dollar, I did!! Kind worked out since they were all at our house for the hunt anyway.

Don't worry, only 4 more cartons to go! 🙂 HA.

Sooooo here’s lunch:

Egg whites, veggies, & flat out with cheese.

I’m not gonna lie, it’s not getting old for me!  I look forward to lunchtime, knowing that’s what is waiting for me in my little pink lunch tote 😀  Ittttt’s the little things.

The yellow sloosh in the egg white tub is another honey mustard dressing home concoction of these two ingredients:

French's & Log Cabin SF.

Whatever would I do without my trusty Log Cabin?!

I figured I also better prep my breakie since the kitchen was already a mess from the veggie chopping, dressing mixing, and flat out packing. 

Cake batter Optimum Nutrition protein powder + Fiber One.

This protein powder is seriously yummy.  It really does taste like a rich, creamy, buttery cake batter mix.  In the morning, I just add some water, 4 ice cubes, and blend!  Then I dump my Fiber One in the blender cup and eat it like a typical bowl of cereal.  Making sure I get some of the shake by itself to savor the yumminess.  It only racks up to about 200 calories, but it’s packed with 25g protein, 30g fiber, and 2g fat!  Keeps me full til lunch!

After packing lunch & breakfast, I knew exactly what I wanted for dessert.  My breakfast was making me crave it!  Soooo I whipped up a Cake Batter Protein Shake!

Not much for the camera, but sooo delish.

After this, I showered and relaxed watching NCIS with my Momma & Pops for the rest of the night.  I was in bed by about 10PM, and it ’twas a great day.

It’s already Thursday, guys!  The weekend is only a day away!  Have a goodie! Oh, and don’t you dare win these Larabars, because I am keeping my fingers crossed that I’m the lucky recipient! 😉 PLUS Vitatops are having a giveaway on Katie’s blog!

The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow..

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It was a b-e-a-utiful day yesterday, with a high of 80º!  Today is supposed to be just as warm but with a little less sunshine.  I heard a last minute forecast that we’re supposed to have scattered thunderstorms.   Oh well!  Beats snow, right?!  🙂

The verse of the day today comes from 1 John:

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

– 1 John 3:16

When I got home yesterday, I made myself a protein cake a la Janetha.  This was my FIRST successful cake!  The others flopped miserably.  Guess you just have to have the magic touch!

 

Carrot protein cake with cream cheese frosting?

Isn’t it stunning?  I used Dixie Diners’ Carrot Cake Muffin Mix (2 Tbsp.), Optimum Nutrition Cake Batter Protein (3/4 scoop), 1 egg white, and some cinnamon & splenda.  Then for the icing, I melted a Sonoma Jack’s cheese wedge with some splenda and spread it ontop.

It made perfect pre-workout fuel.  I changed out of my work clothing and hit the gym.  I wanted something low impact, so I opted for an hour on the elliptical [600 calories].  Then I went to the weight room to do a little ab & back work.  I stopped at the grocery store on the way home so I’d have veggies to pack for my lunch! 

I was hungry for dinner when I got home and decided on some sugar snap peas with a protein shake & a sweet tater.  While I was waiting for my steamfresh veggies to be finished in the microwave, I snacked on a few sourdough pretzels dipped in this Vermont Co. Store pure raw honey. 

heavenly!

OMG.  Try this combo.  Honey dipped pretzel.  Sweet & salty perfection.

Before I knew it, my meal came together:

Mashed sweet tater with SF syrup & cinnamon.

Steamed sugar snap peas.

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For the protein shake, I used Optimum Nutrition Oats & Whey Chocolate protein powder and it turned out fantastically thick & rich.  It really blended well with the strawberry flavor!  I may or may not have had a spoonful of Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert.  You really can’t beat the stats though!  It’s Walmart brand.  It has 70 calories per 1/2 C. along with 5g protein & 4g fiber!  🙂  What more can you ask for when it comes to ice cream?  The taste is awesome too.   It reminds me of the Pillsbury canned vanilla frosting!

After this feast, I packed my lunch.

Plain Greek Yogurt w/ SF Syrup, Fiber One for topping, and a big tub of veggies!

In the veggie tub we’ve got a few all-stars including yellow pepper, cucumbers, tomatoes, & carrots.

 

Nom, nom.

The greek yogurt + cereal combo keeps me full for eeeeeever since it’s got so much protein and fiber. 

The flavors remind me so much of french toast!

So there you have it.  Happy Tuesday, ya’ll! There’s an awesome giveaway over at Teri’s blog for some Bob’s Red Mill products!  It’s only for the next FIVE days, so make sure you get to check it out!

Talk to you soon 🙂

Already Hump Day?!

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 Where did the first two weekdays go?! I’m not complaining, that’s for sure!

Verse of the Day:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”- Romans 6:23

I love starting my days off with Bible verses.  It helps me keep my outlook somewhat positive the rest of the day.  No matter what happens or goes wrong, we can find comfort in the fact that we’re not going to be on this Earth forever.  It’s hard to keep things in perspective sometimes because the world tells us that THIS is life, but in the scheme of things, this is only the beginning 🙂

Drizzled with sugar free honey & sprinkled with cinnamon.

Last night upon my arrival home from work, I made myself a sweet potato baked in the microwave for some complex carbs to fuel my bike workout.  I also had a banana for a snack.

I'm loving the natural lighting!

After I biked off about 500 calories, I did a little ab work and took a break to eat dinner with the family.  My Dad made chili, so I figured I’d make my own version 🙂

Broccoli slaw, light ragu, & fat free cottage cheese.

Not exactly the most photogenic meal, but it’s beautifully colorful!  The taste of this dish reminds me of the sweet lasagna that my Aunt Sandy used to make when we came to her house.  It was AWESOME. 

Close up.

You’d be surprised how well the textures come together, too.  The process is pretty quick to make.  Just steam the bag of broccoli slaw in the microwave, combine 1/2 C. Light Ragu with 1/2 C. fat free cottage cheese, and pour over the slaw when finished steaming.  It’s really yummy because the cheese gets a lil’ bit melty.  Kind of the way it does in stuffed shells!

I also had a Flat Out Light wrap with Sonoma Jack’s cheese & Splenda to round out my meal and add some whole grains.

Flat out.

These Flat Outs are so doughy!  I can’t get enough.

After dinner, I packed my lunch for today

Strawberry Oikos with Fiber One topping and broccoli slaw with Sonoma Jack's and mustard.

The broccoli slaw may look nasty to you, but I promise it’s good!  I steam the broccoli slaw, mash in a cheese wedge, mix in a little mustard, top with salt, pepper, & a little bit of minced garlic.  Holy flavorful.  If you’re a savory fan, you should try it!

Nom, nom.

After the lunch packing was finished, I showered up and brewed some more coffee for refrigeration and iced coffee making.  For my dessert last night, I had an apple with cinnamon & raspberry peanut butter, topped with some more Fiber One! YUM.  Sorry it went unpictured.  It was down the hatch before I could snap a photo 😉

Make sure you check out Jen’s first giveaway of some cool workout tools!

Perfect Timing.

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Unfortunately, the title of this post is intended to be taken in the most sarcastic way  possible.  I’ve got a date Saturday night and am supposed to be going out with some friends tomorrow night, and wouldn’t you know it…I start breaking out like you wouldn’t believe.  UGH.  What that heck.  I feel like I’m growing three horns right now.  It makes me wish I could just hide away from the world until it’s all gone. 

Now that I’ve vented about my skin situation, here’s your verse of the day 🙂

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”- Joshua 1:9

Next up:  Recap from last night…So, I got home from work and started the typical routine…biking & facebooking…Then I had the brilliant idea to start watching “What Not To Wear” online!  I love that show, and watching the clips made time on the stationary bike completely fly by!

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600 calories down, thanks to Stacy & Clinton!

After the first hour, I took a break to make this for refueling.

Sweet potato mash with sugar free syrup & cinnamon.

 

I love those microwavable sweet potatoes.  They come out perfect evertime and don’t cost as much (energy wise) to heat up the oven for baking one. 

When I was finished biking, I decided on a turkey wrap with veggies & salsa.

nom, nom.

After my shower, I was still craving veggies, so I made some veggie soup with the bella.

Step one: steam veggies (whole bag!) in the microwave & add salt, pepper, 1/2 mini can of sliced mushrooms, garlic salt, & minced onion.

Getting down to business.

Step 2:  Blend in bella until smooth (you can leave some veggie chunks if  you prefer!)

Bella, doing her thangg. 🙂

Step 3: Ignore the fact that it reminds you of baby poop, visually, and enjoy!

Almost done!

Mmmmm. This is definitely a comfort food for me. 

Dessert was a plain greek yogurt + diet hot chocolate + fiber one.  AKA, a S’MORE in bowl form! I have a photo, but for some reason I can’t get it to upload correctly.  It’ll be edited to add later, I promise 😉

After dinner, I packed my lunch to avoid cleaning up two messes.  Today I’ll be enjoying some buffalo chicken salad (1/2 can white meat chicken + 1/3 C. ff cottage cheese + Texas Pete hot sauce + 1/2 tsp. ranch seasoning)

Not the most appealing at a glance, but boy is it tasty!

This stuff is AWESOME, btw.

Texas Pete.

I also packed a light 100 calorie english muffin to spread the buffalo chicken salad onto and a big container of veggies, too!

Orange pepper, sugar snap peas, broccoli & carrots (on the bottom).

After all that was finished, I sat down to watch 300 with my Dad until it was time to pass out!

Hope you all had a fun night and a great Thursday!