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Breakfast With A Side Of Compassion

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You are young, but don’t let any person treat you like you are not important.  Be an example to show believers how they should live.  Show them with the things you say, with the way you live, with your love, with your faith, and with your pure life.”

– 1 Timothy 4:12

2 Kashi blueberry waffles with frozen, microwaved blueberries ontop

Along with breakfast this morning, I read and responded to a beautiful little letter from one of my Compassion International sponsored children.  If you ask me, this little guy is going to be one heck of an artist if he chooses to be (:  He’s only in kindergarten and check out what he drew!

I hope his picture brightened your Tuesday morning up as much as it did mine! 


Bodacious Banana-Blueberry Overnight Oats

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There’s definitely something to be said for being prepared.  After a long day at work, afternoon at the gym, and night at class, the last thing I felt like doing was coming home to prepare my meals for the next day

…but boy, am I sure glad I did.  This bowl of Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats was well worth the effort.

Here’s what I used incase you’re interested 😉

  • 1/3 C. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Oat Bran
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. of chia seeds (plumping factor!)
  • 1/2 C. Almond Breeze
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 2 packets of Splenda
  • 1 handful of frozen blueberries
  • toppings: 1/2 banana sliced & 1 spoonful of pineapple Chobani

    Along with my breakfast, comes the verse of the day:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” – Philippians 2:1-2

God is good.  ALL the time.


Let’s Get Personal

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Breakfast: Kashi 7 grain waffle, 1/2 mashed banana, fat-free cottage cheese, cinnamon, & sugar-free syrup

Isn’t it cool how daily devotionals seem to be JUST what you need to hear sometimes?  I love how God does that.  It makes me feel like He’s really close (even though I know He always is). 

Lunch salad: shredded romaine, tomato, snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, & turkey breast lunchmeat, with homemade honey mustard on the side

Truth be told, I’ve been feeling a little defeated recently.  Things at home seem to be slipping downhill slowly, and I’m not sure how to deal with it.  I will be paying rent, starting next month, and I almost feel like I would rather be staying somewhere else (where I can shower when I want, workout when I want, & come/go as I please) if I’m going to be paying.  Not that I don’t love every single person in my family, but it can be frustrating when I get a lecture for spending all my time working out, for a streak left on the countertop after I clean something up, or for not closing my lips around my toothbrush when I brush my teeth.  Yes, this is a reality at 22 years-old

fresh watermelon snack

As much as I appreciate the fact that my parents put a roof over my head and would do anything for me if I asked, I can only handle so much micromanaging at this point in my life.  For the most part, I have my own schedule, but I feel like they don’t respect me at all as an adult.  In fact, I’ve been told that my job is “a joke”, I don’t “have any real responsibilities”, and I “am very dependant” on them.  I thought about things realistically, and I guess they’re right.  I feel like nothing I do, in their eyes is respectable.

snack #2: peanut flour paste & baby carrots

-I bought my own car & make payments every month
-I’m on my own car insurance plan & have monthly payments
-I’m paying my way through school (although, Poppa FF did pay for my first two books as a special treat)
-I am on my own cell phone plan which I pay monthly (both sisters and my grandparents are on my parents’)
-I work a full-time job & took full-time classese last semester so I could play college basketball
-I’m taking part-time classes over the summer

Dinner: grilled vegetables (squash, zucchini, peppers, onions, mushrooms) in Free Zesty Italian dressing, grilled chicken

My wonderful boyfriend was the one who brought most of these things to my attention when I was venting to him last night.  He is easily the only thing keeping me sane right now, and the parents are actually quite charming while he is around.

Dessert- strawberries mixed with vanilla Oikos greek yogurt

What would you do in my situation?  Are you a twenty some-thing living at home?  Do you pay rent? I’m not sure what to think or feel, so any opinion is welcomed (: 




Well Hey There, Summer.

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Verse of the Day:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” –Mark 12:30-31 

As with the transition from Fall to Winter, I feel like Spring has been skipped over (with the exception of the weeks of straight rain that we’ve had!).  There was no middle ground.  It went from torrential downpours to weather in the 90’s in a matter of hours, in my mind.  Welcome to Summer 2011, everyone.

Breakfasts during summer couldn’t get more refreshing than a cool, sweet protein shake.  This one consisted of a handful of baby spinach, some iced coffee, a Mocha Mint About Time protein packet, a handful of ice, a frozen banana, and some unsweet vanilla almond milk.

In honor of the weather changes, I’ve also changed the nail polish to a “barbie” color, as Julie would call it.

Hot pinkk with matching toes!

To me, bright colorful pinks, oranges, and yellows scream SUMMERTIME.

Snackage at the desk once I got to work was two slices of multi-grain light fiber one toast & forty spices hummus (only 50 calories a pop).



And as I mentioned yesterday, the perfect light lunch is necessary for these humid afternoons.

Shredded romaine, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, purple cabbage, and grilled chicken breast.

I felt kinda tropical once I added the peach-mango salsa (from Costco).

I enjoyed two brisk walks throughout the day (each about 20 minutes) with my girl friends at work. 

And I just had to show you my little pineapple air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror of my car.

Afternoon snacking took place around 3pm and was a classic favorite.

Gala apple + baby carrots dipped in peanut flour paste

Crisp, juicy apples are one of the many fruits that I crave when it’s hot out, along with cantaloupe and watermelon!

When I arrived home, I brewed some more iced coffee to replenish the stash I keep in the fridge.  This time, there was nothing more appropriate than Campfire S’mores roast by Cafteá.

 Can you guess what took place next?  As if I’m not totally predictable in my scheduling…

Is it just me, or do you wear less makeup when you’ve got a bit of color, too?  I tend to stay away from the “perfected face” look and go more natural in the warm months.  Funny faces in the gym mirror are obvious and necessary.

494 calories; max hr 164

Here’s what I did:

  • 10 min. on the dreadmill (warm up – intervals between 6-9mph)
  •  1 hr. on the Cross Ramp
  • Ab work (planks, crunches, v-ups, in-and-outs, etc)
  • Hip adductor/abductor machine (3 sets of 15 each)
  • 3 sets of 15 pushups

Thennn, Jarid showed up and we went to grab a bite to eat at Subway.

I got my go-to turkey sub on whole wheat with lettuce, tomato, mustard, green pepper, cucumber, and sweet peppers

Jarid got the chicken-bacon ranch with all kinds of stuffings.

After we dined at the park, we went back to the YMCA for a little walk around the development close-by.  It was a beautiful night ❤

I can’t believe it’s already Friday tomorrow!  Don’t you just love short work weeks?!

1. Do you have a “regular” sandwich that you ALWAYS opt for at places like Subway, or do you try something new each time? I’m a faithful turkey sandwich lover.

2. What is your favorite flavored coffee and who makes it? My all-time favorite summer flavor is Green Mountain brand Island Coconut coffee.



Life Is > Good.

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Verse of the Day:

“But since My servant Caleb has a different spirit and has followed Me completely, I will bring him into the land where he has gone, and his descendants will inherit it.” – Numbers 14:24

Things are finally starting to slow down.  I’m finding time to enjoy things that I look forward to the most…like breakfasts like these.

1/3 C. oat bran, 3/4 banana chunks, 1 egg white, sugar-free vanilla Torani, pinch of baking powder, and some water to thin the batter – microwaved for about 2 1/2 min. and smooshed down with some vanilla almond milk ❤

and lunch dates with the wonderful guy who brings me flowers like these

In fact, just yesterday, we took a stroll downtown during my lunch break to grab a bite to eat before his 2nd interview with a company where he is trying to get an accounting position.


Neato Burrito was our destination, and here’s what I ordered:

Burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, cucumber, and lettuce with salsa verde and garlic cilantro salsa plus fat-free sour cream on the side

I love that this place gives you a build-your-own option and that they offer brown rice vs. white, and fat-free vs. full fat. I love a little mexican flair every once in awhile.  The salsas are also homemade and fresh everyday ❤ The company wasn’t all bad either 😉

This snack would probably make Janetha gag, but it was yummy for me!  Just a little fat-free cottage cheese mixed with blueberries & peaches.

Oh, and have I mentioned how much I love having a workout buddy?  Jarid and I have been hitting the gym together. 

We obviously do seperate cardio machines, but we keep each other motivated, doing ab workouts and playing basketball afterward.  And to think, I was totally opposed to workouts with others before…I liked doing my own thing.

It’s also that time again…when summery foods start to look more appealing than ever.  I took a vegetable peeler and made ribbons from a zucchini, diced up some tomato, and drizzled the entire thing in this Fat-Free Lime Basil Dressing.

And for a protein punch, a grilled chicken breast with light Ragu topping and fat-free mozzarella cheese.


Yeah, this three-day weekend coming up isn’t too shabby, either.  I’d say, life is greater than good right about now. 

What are you most looking forward to about Memorial Day weekend?  The boyfriend and I are going to see The Hangover Part II tonight, to Artsfest tomorrow,  and my family has a huge picnic on Monday that I can’t wait for!  The weather is supposedly going to be gorgeous, as well!

If you’re dying for some healthified recipes, check out Hungry-girl’s Memorial Day Survival Guide

Over and out.


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!


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!


Mix & Matcher.

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First off, thanks so much to all of your sweet comments on yesterday’s post about being a blessing…you have NO idea what kind of blessing you all have been in my life as well.  Thanks for being some of the best friends a girl could as for.

Today, an apple butter cottage cheese blizzard was on the menu for brekkie…you know, since they’re calling for snow and all 🙂

1 C. fiber select + 3/4 C. fat free cottage cheese + 1.5 tbsp. no sugar added apple butter + a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond breeze

I also had a little glass ramekin of about 3/4 C. frozen sweet red cherries which I microwaved until warm and juicy.

The vibrant color cheered me right up 🙂  As did this devotional

I really want to start STRIVING to grow closer to God this year.  That’s one of my biggest goals.  I always use my car ride to work worshipping Him, but I really lack in my scripture reading and just spending time with Him in general. 

Just a shot to show you how dismal I can become while I’m sitting at my desk at work…haha.  I sometimes feel as though I’m staring at my computer screen for hours…it’s a good thing I drink 203984209348 tons of water so that I’m constantly up and down to run to the restroom 🙂  It’s best for my sanity, believe me.

Lunchtime finally rolled around and I was excited to try one of the favorite foods in the blog world for the first time!

1/3 C. quinoa + steamed broccoli + canned mushrooms + 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast + 1/4 C. lima beans

YUM.  I certainly didn’t know how much I was missing out on without quinoa in my life.  It gave me a tonnn of energy and is a total superfood. 

After work and before the gym, I also had a blueberry Chobani

I always thought that I needed whole grains before a workout to give me some carby power, but this yogurt did the trick SO well!  I think since the fruit in it has some good carbs as well along with the cane sugar, it gave me a lil push!

Before practice, I had some time to burn…in the fitness center, all of the cross ramps and ellipticals were taken, so I opted for the bike.  At first, I attempted the stepper machine, but for some reason I couldn’t get it to work correctly.  I did a quick 20ish minutes and then some floor ab work.  I forgot my heart rate monitor, but I’m thinking I burned a total of about 800 calories, if not more between practice and the gym.  We were playing full court for about 40 minutes and running some tough drills, too.

I packed some chickpeas and baby carrots to munch on during the car ride home so that when I reached the kitchen, I wasn’t ready to chew my arm off.  Healthy snacks are ALWAYS a good idea for this girl…especially since my metabolism is totally rev’d up!

1/2 ww. light english muffin with 1 tbsp. forty spices hummus

I’m a little disappointed that my bball sneaks still haven’t arrived…the tracking system said they should’ve!

Dinner was pretty boring, to be honest.  I’m running low on veggies, so I just took all the ones I had in the fridge, plated them, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar…oh yeah, and I cooked up some onion…not much flavor, though…I was disappointed.

I also tried to whip up some egg white french toast pancakes (5 eggwhites, sugar free vanilla torani, and cinnamon), but you can see how that turned out…total fail…I realized as they were cooking that I forgot to whip in some baking powder. 

One success I DID have at dinner was this awesome Cherry Cordial Protein Shake.

1/2 C. frozen sweet dark cherries, 1 scoop scivation chocolate whey powder, 1/2 C. unsweet vanilla almond breeze, 1 tbsp. unsweet cocoa powder

Things that escaped my camera:

  • other 1/2 of my lite ww english muffin with ff s.berry cream cheese
  • a finger swipe of chocolate almond butter
  • a few sugar free jelly bellys
  • 1/4 avocado eaten straight up
  • spoonful of fat free ricotta cheese with sugar free boysenberry jam

I like allowing myself to mix and match foods.  I rarely have an actual meal that goes together.  Sometimes it’s nice to have a sit down meal all at once, but I’m more satisfied when I hit each and every craving.

What about you?  Do you enjoy more of a sit down, meal of things that all work together to create a meal, or do you like a little of this and a little of that?




Make Me A Blessing.

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I woke up today and went through the same routine that I do every single other work day.  It’s almost obsessive compulsive(?) , I think.  I’ve got it down to a science and give myself the exact amount of time that I always need, which probably isn’t good, considering, if one mishap occurs, I’m in trouble.

Breakfast today was pretty basic…other than the Pina Colada Protein shake, of course 😉

Just a simple Thomas Lite Whole Grain english muffin sprinkled with cinnamon and sprayed with ICBINB.

At work, I had an apple for a mid-morning snack around 10am while I was reading my devotional. 

SDO- Dancing Apple


It got me to thinking…I’m SO blessed.  I should be blessing others more often.  God has given me a stable job, an amazing family, and the ability to go back to school and do something I love.  I think it’s time I start being more appreciative on a DAILY basis. 

 I mean, somedays the only interaction God and I have is a simple “hello” or a quick prayer request for a friend.  What kind of relationship is that?  No wonder I feel like I’m in a spiritual rut!  I love when I feel totally on fire in my relationship with Him.  How can I keep the flame burning!?   I want to be a blessing in others’ lives.

Lunch rolled around and it was time to break out my leftover Ruby Tuesday’s salad 🙂  In the magic orange bowl, we’ve got baby spinach, cukes, carrots, broccoli, peas, chickpeas, zucchini slices, and some beets.

All assembled:

I topped the bowl with 1/2 C. fat free cottage cheese and a dressing made from beet juice and 1.5 tbsp. of fat free vidalia onion dressing.

Nom, nom, nom.

I knew I’d need some carbs in me before practice, so around 3 PM I ate this snack:

Another Thomas Lite english muffin with fat free cream cheese and sugar free boysenberry preserves 🙂

Practice was pretty laid back today.  We didn’t get to play much since not many girls were there..  Sorry for the shotty lighting in the HR monitor picture.  It was taken while I was waiting after practice for my physical to be done.    210 max hr, 579 calories.

They only did the basics…checked my blood pressure, heart, lungs, etc.  The nurse said that my blood pressure was a little low, but that it was okay being that I’m an athlete and a health conscious person.

On my way home, I called my buddies at the Great Wall and ordered up my fave chinese dish for dinner!  Betcha can’t guess! 😉

Steamed shrimp and vegetables with lite garlic sauce.

Mmmm. Crisp, yet tender steamed vegetables like broccoli, green beans, carrots, green peppers, and baby corn are like total comfort food to me…especially when I don’t have to make them myself!

After dinner, I realized my meal was lacking in the whole grains department.  I would’ve ordered brown rice to go with it, but the Great Wall doesn’t have it. 

I had yet another lite english muffin dipped in fat free strawberry cream cheese…I still don’t understand how they’re only 100 calories.  So fluffy and perfect!  That makes 3 in one day! Haha.  Now if only I could get some fat free pineapple or fat free pumpkin cream cheese!

After dinner, I went back to get ready for my shower and realized that my webcam had finally come in the mail!

I immediately downloaded Skype to my laptop and played with it for awhile. 

A little later, I munched on some sugar free Jelly Bellys as a snack…

And by “some”, I mean the whole package minus the black licorice ones. ICK.  It’s okay though.  Jelly Belly’s are fat free and only 160 calories in a bag.

Just before bed, I had some cocoa roasted almonds and some frozen cherries with lowfat milk as well.  Fat and carbs help me drift to dreamland quickly.  🙂

How can I be a blessing in your life?  Any prayer requests out there?


Salad Momma.

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Breakfast was another success, thanks to Quaker 🙂  I think I can officially consider them one of my favorite companies.

1/3 C. old fashioned oats, 1 egg white, sugar free vanilla Torani, 1/2 smashed banana, and 1/4 C. frozen bloobs

After microwaving the oatty cake until it was cooked though, I put the bloobs in and microwaved again until they were thawed. 

Next, I added the icing which was made from 1/2 scoop vanilla Optimum Nutrition protein powder and thinned with water.

It was a breakfast fit for a queen!  Like a mix betweena a blueberry and banana muffin!

The warm oats warmed me to the bone, just before heading out to face the cold walk to work.  Luckily, my little sis is a sweetheart and starts my car for me everyday before she gets picked up for school.  My Dad says it’s best that the engine has some time to warm up when it’s this cold outside.

Coffee doesn’t hurt either 😉

Work isn’t bad.  Not much else to say about it though.  It’s not very “exciting” work.  Lots of paperwork and processing since I’m in human resources.

Two slices of Arnold’s 10 grain bread; One with forty spices hummus, sliced turkey, tomato, and alfalfa sprouts; One with 1 tbsp. fat free cream cheese, a smear of fat free ricotta cheese, and no sugar added apple butter.  On the side, a can of cut green beans.

I mostly just look forward to lunchtime and 4PM when I get to leave and head to the gym.

This snack bag fueled me through a 2 and 1/2 hour workout!  It contained a 100 calorie pack of cocoa roasted almonds, 1/2 banana, and some dried, unsweetened apple rings from Oh Nuts!

Practice is back to the original time (5PM-7PM), so I’ve got a whole hour to waste in the fitness room before it starts.  I just did 20 minutes light cardio on the Cross Ramp and then some ab work on the floor mats.  The end result, practice included?  1012 calories burned, 180 max hr.

1/3 C. oats + 1 egg white + sugar free vanilla Torani + cinnamon microwaved for 2 min. until cooked and topped with 1 tsp. fat free cream cheese & sugar free boysenberry jam

That little beauty was consumed upon my arrival home until I had time to throw together a beastly dinner salad which was inspired by my love for Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar.

Get ready for this massive list of ingredients cause it’s comin’ atcha…annnnnd go:

Baby spinach, broccoli, raw zucchini fries, sliced beets, diced cukes, baby carrots (halved), canned sweet peas, fat free cottage cheese, chickpeas, and dressed up in some Fat Free Vidalia Onion dressing with beet juice.

Yes, I was quite a proud salad momma 🙂  With some NewTree chocolate for good measure.

Dessert came in liquid form and was slurped out of this adorable tall glass that we picked up on our many adventures across the country.  This one in particular came from the Old Spaghetti Factory out in Kansas where my sisters’ basketball team was playing in a National Tournament.

It may not look like much, but this PROTEIN PINA COLADA put me over the edge into an “uncomfortably full” feeling. 

3/4 scoop vanilla Optimum Nutrition protein, 1/2 C. canned crushed pineapple in juice, 1/3 C. fat free milk, 3 ice cubes, 2 tbsp. unsweetened coconut, and 1 butt of a banana.

It was amaaaaaazing.  Super creamy and frothy.

I facebooked and video chatted for the first time last night!  My friend, Kirk sent me an invitation to download the “Tango” app on my droid.  It’s SWEEET.  Try it out!

Have you ever used video chat or Skype?  What do you thinK?  Pro’s, con’s?