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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.

 

Learn Something New Everyday

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G’ morning, ladies (& gentleman?) You know, I conside myself a fairly educated individual as far as health and nutrition, mainly because I read about it all the time.  I didn’t think I was going to get much out of the whole “Thrive In 30” program, to be totally honest.  Not because I know it ALL, but because I thought it was to teach people who don’t know the basics how to eat…you know, the typical “eat your fruits and vegetables” deal.

Then, I read yesterday’s lesson.  Sure, I knew that these foods were good for you, but what I didn’t know was that our pH levels were so pertinant to our overall bodily functions!

The good news?   You can incorporate all kinds of foods into your diet to enhance your pH levels Check it out:

Good thing I’m in love with most of these foods!  I eat them on a daily basis, actually (:

Here are some foods you’ll want to minimize in your diet:

One thing from this list that really stuck out at me, was whey protein!  Many of the other foods, I rarely eat, so they wouldn’t affect me too much, but I have at least one whey protein shake per day!  And PEANUT flour.  Daily need.  Oh yeah, and prescription drugs.  Levothyroxine for my thyroid function!  Yikes.

Anyway, now that I’m back from the weekend at the beach, here’s what I’ve doing & eating:

Basketball open gyms are a once-a-week occurance on Tuesday nights at my Alumni.  I love going back to play, and it’s cool that we can make it a family affair now, since my Dad is an assistant coach & my youngest sister will be a freshman!

I love that the sun doesn’t set until after 8pm this time of year.  Long, summer days are going to come to an end way too quickly for my taste ❤

On days that I don’t have basketball scheduled, you can find me at the YMCA slaving away on the elliptical.  I’ve been starting to run on the treadmill again at the beginning of my workout, just to do some intervals and get my heart rate up.  Then Jarid comes to meet me and we do abs together. 

We usually end with a nice little stroll around the neighborhood, which in my opinion is the perfect cool down. 

I don’t like to workout on a full stomach, so lately, I’ve been roasting veggies before I leave, refrigerating them, and then chowing down when I walk in the door.  This batch was zucchini, orange peppers, green beans, broccoli, and onions sprayed with PAM and roasted for about 35 min at 530º sprinkled with salt, pepper, and onion & herb Mrs. Dash.

One last thing that I can’t get enough of right now is VitaminWater Zero – Squeezed.  It’s like the perfect summertime drink.  Sweet lemonade ❤  I could sip on these ALL day…

Jarid is leaving me for the weekend.  I’m not sure what I’m going to occupy my time with…any suggestions?  I think a friend & I might go see a movie or something Saturday night…I’ll also be in attendance at the Phillies game tomorrow night! (:

Okay, Three Question Thursday:

1. What’s your favorite chain restaurant & what do you like to order there?
I’d have to go with Ruby Tuesday’s.  Bangin’ salad bar.

 2. What’s your go-to zero calorie drink of choice?
(see above :))

3. What’s your favorite workout these days? Sports?  Yoga? Running?

I’d have to go with basketball.

XO.

And This Is How It Went…

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Friday started with this,

proceeded to me getting girly,

to go here

in support of the  high school kids,

but mostly the cousins 🙂

who managed to pull off being the cutest oompa loompas in the world!

All this leading to Saturday…

So far, so good.  Breakfast started me off on the right foot.

I was the proud Momma of a new-to-me combo that I’ve decided to name Pineapple Upside Down Cake in a jar.

After I made an oatbran cake in the micorwave (1/3 C. oatbran, 2 egg whites, cinnamon, pineapple, and sugarfree vanilla syrup), I plopped it into a pumpkin butter jar and poured in a little light vanilla soymilk. Holy yum.

Just what I needed to fuel me through a yucky, rainy commute to my Speech Communications class at 9am. 

I didn’t let the weather, or my three hour class get me down…I made up for all the lack of gorgeousness in the weather with a plate full of nutrients for lunch when I got home!

And then I decided not to neglect my core, and got to work on the AB Ripper dvd.

I had tickets to the Bob Birthday bash, thanks to a friend from work who scored me a ticket.

 

IT was rather ugly outside (still?!), and the line to get in was a mile long, but totally worth the wait.

 Any other Thompson Square fans out there?!

At some point this weekend, I also made an awesome frozen treat discovery at the grocery store!

The ingredients were impressive,

The nutrition facts were decent, and they were all around delicioussss.  Anyone who likes coconut, I recommend they check out the organic, frozen section of their grocery store 🙂

Is it terrible that on Sunday morning, I allowed the fact that I had a 1PM basketball get-together to dictate which church I went to?   I hope that doesn’t count as idol-atry. Haha.

I played with the guys for a solid two hours and had a crazyy calorie burn: 1001!

Reward? This vegfest (purple cabbage, snap pea, cucumber salad with apple cider vinegar + splenda for dressing and peanut flour paste with baby carrot dippers) for dinner accompanied by a mint chocolate chip green monster 🙂

3/4 C. unsweet vanilla almond breeze, shizzz ton of baby spinach, lots-o-ice, 1 heaping tbsp. Hershey’s special dark unsweet cocoa powder, sugar free vanilla syrup, 1 scoop vanilla supercharge whey protein, pinch of xanthan gum, and peppermint extract

 Let’s end on that note, shall we?

🙂

Sorry posting has been irregular!  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  School and work together keep me pretty busy, so I as much as I miss all of you, I’ve GOT to make them my priority right now.

Tell me about your weekend?!

XO,

Back To The Gym!

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“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20

It feels so good to be back amongst others while working out.  Yeah, I can probably get a decent work out in on my stationary bike with the help of some P90X in the comfort of my own basement, but I realized last night that I really enjoy the time out of the house!  Not to mention, I missed the hip flexor machine and the elliptical!  I’ve been going to the gym after work for the past two days after going on Saturday morning and loving it. 

Before I left last night, I ate one of these Sunny Hemp granola bars that the company sent me:

Granola, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and raisins!

I also made myself a mini green monster with some frozen fruit blend (peaches, cantaloupe, honeydew, & grapes), spinach, and diet v8.I was in such a hurry to make it to they gym that I totally forgot to snap a photo. 

I got out of the gym around 6:45PM after doing this workout:

  • an hour on the elliptical at levels 7&9
  • 3 sets of 25 to each side sit-ups holding 10lbs. on this incline bench:

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  • 3 sets of 20 with 85lb. on the hip abductor machine:

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  • 3 sets of 20 with 100lbs. on the hip aductor machine:

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  • A few sets of 1 min. planks
  • 3 sets of 15 lat pull downs with 45lbs.

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When I got home from the gym, I packed my lunch & made some dinner.  I like to do it all at once to prevent multiple clean up sessions.

lunch spread:

like our new placemats?

We’ve got a Light Flat Out with Sonoma Jack’s Cheese wedge for splenda combo, a big old tub of veggies, and some Easter eggs!  Dye included and all! 🙂  I made some homemade honey mustard sauce for the eggs and veggie dipping at lunch.  All it takes is some French’s mustard + SF Log Cabin syrup

In the veggie tub we’ve got cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, cauliflower, and yellow & orange peppers slices!

innards!

Then I got to work on dinner!

I threw together a hugh j@$$ salad to eat with a baked microwaved sweet potato & a blueberry Chobani.  After making lunch, I didn’t feel like “cooking” anything.  I was just ready to eat!

shredded lettuce, carrots, tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, grapes, and snap peas!

Chobs.

I got my shower and then set out my breakfast for the morning to maximize sleeping time 🙂

Can’t get enough of this Muscle Milk Light!

Thank you, Easter bunny! 🙂

Then I watched Biggest Loser and worked on my OpenSky shop, where the the Handful Bra is now available!

Also, Mr. Wonderful called last night so I got to talk to him before bed 🙂  We may end up going to a worship & coffee event in Ship this weekend together, which I’m kind of excited about.

Hope you all have an excellent Hump Day!