Post Workout Glow

Jen over at Prior Fat Girl routinely puts up pictures of weight loss bloggers of their post-workout sweaty selves, so I just submitted that picture to her. 🙂

This sweat was a result of:

  • 12 minutes on the stationary bike at level 10 (3.25 miles)
  • Upper body weights: Bicep Curls, Tricep Dips, Rows, Chest Press
  • Running 5.6 mph at 2.5-3.5 incline for 42 minutes (~ 4 miles)

It was a great workout and I did the run really slow just to loosen up because I am hoping to be a speedster tomorrow at my 5k! Adding the incline makes it so much harder, and I rarely run on an incline so I always forget how much of a difference it makes.

I had half of this PURE bar before my workout, and half after. It was GOOD. It’s all organic and raw (nothing is cooked!) and the list of ingredients was so simple it made me smile.

After showering away my post workout glow ( 😉 ) I made dinner for my boyfriend and I and I did good! I made a salad with spinach, roasted peppers, and cucumbers, and then did baked potatoes with broiled salmon. I made a cucumber dill sauce that went with both the salmon and the potato and even the chef was impressed! =)

That is light sour cream, dill, shallots, cucumber, salt and pepper before I mixed it all together. And then:

This sauce was SO good. I will definitely be making it again!

This blurry picture does not do the meal justice, I swear. We devoured the plates within a few minutes (and used all of the cucumber dill sauce!). Nothing terribly exciting going on tonight because I have to get up early for the 5k tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Surprise Trader Joe’s Shopping Spree

I always love to see what other people buy in a trip at the grocery store (almost as much as getting a glimpse inside their fridge!) so I figured I would return the favor 😉

I ended up dropping my boyfriend off at work and there is a Trader Joe’s on the way home, so I decided to stop by. I didn’t want to go too crazy because I leave one week from today for Puerto Rico (!!!) but needed to grab a few things. I definitely ended up getting more things than I planned on, but that always happens so what can ya do.

Twas quite a successful shopping trip and here’s a picture of the goods!

  • Organic Fuji Apples
  • Organic Bananas
  • Idaho Potatoes
  • Clementines
  • Seedless Cucumber
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Fresh mint
  • Frozen whole kernel corn
  • Frozen edamame (shelled and in the pods)
  • Frozen maple and brown sugar steel cut oats
  • 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Soy cheese slices
  • Weetabix Cereal
  • Whole wheat pitas
  • 2 Luna Bars
  • 2 PURE bars
  • Miso Udon Noodle bowl
  • Fire roasted tomatoes
  • Roasted red and yellow peppers
  • 100 Calorie dark chocolate bars

All of this deliciousness came for just over $40! I’m not sure which I love more; Trader Joe’s or grocery shopping in general. I don’t know why but I love love love grocery shopping. I usually go 2-3 times a week and make the rounds to different grocery stores. I am a big bargain shopper so I like to get whats on sale and go to several stores for the specific products they carry cheaper than other places. I also love to look for new healthy things that I haven’t tried before (this time – the udon noodle bowl, soy cheese slices, and the Weetabix cereal) and look as it as more fun than a chore! I know there’s gotta be other people out there who enjoy it as much as I do……

After the shopping extravaganza, I was hungry again so I decided to make a smashed black bean pita. I first saw this idea on Healthy Tipping Point with kidney beans. You basically smash the beans with a fork or a spoon and they stick together a little bit more than just whole beans.

I used:

  • 1 whole wheat pita
  • 1/2 cup seasoned black beans, smashed
  • romaine lettuce
  • sprouts
  • roasted red and yellow peppers

I also had a small salad with the romaine, sprouts, and roasted peppers. Plus, a cup of seedless red grapes on the side:

And mandarin sparkling water:

I’ve been reading Skinny Bitch for the past few days and while the language is a bit over the top (and I consider myself pretty hard to offend!) a lot of the information is quite eye opening, especially about the USDA, EPA, and FDA. I’ll do a full review on the book once I’m finished with it, but once you get past the offensive language, there is a lot of disturbing information in there about the government and its regulation (or lack thereof) of what we put into our bodies, and their ties with the meat and dairy industry. It’s all pretty twisted!

Favorite Weekend Breakfast

Ahh, Saturday. Definitely my favorite day of the week because tomorrow is the weekend, too! Besides not having to work, one of my favorite things about the weekends is having more time to make breakfast and not having to eat it at my desk. I’m not usually that hungry when I first wake up, so I have a cup of coffee while I think about what to make.

Today, I was craving an egg white scramble so I looked in the fridge to see what I had to throw in there. I found some onions, spinach, and fresh pico de gallo. I sauteed the onion first in a little olive oil nonstick spray and then added the spinach. I don’t think it’ll ever cease to amaze me how much spinach cooks down. It went from this:

To this:

in no time! I added in the egg whites after and then topped it with the pico de gallo on the plate:

Toasted a whole wheat Thomas Bagel Thin on the side:

Overall, a delicious, easy and satisfying breakfast!

On the agenda for the rest of the day:

  • Pick up my race packet for the Love the Run You’re With 5k tomorrow!
  • Work out
  • RELAX
  • Laundry, cleaning, and other exciting household chores

My favorite kind of Saturday! Hope you are all enjoying yours, too! 🙂

Summer Rolls

Ever since reading on Ash is Fit about her Summer Rolls, I have been CRAVING them. So, today, I decided to run out and get all the ingredients to make them for dinner!  After the trip to the grocery store, I did a quick workout. I have a 5k coming up on Sunday called “Love the Run You’re With.” It was supposed to be on Valentine’s Day, but got postponed because of the snow. I wanted to do a test run to see how fast I could comfortably go on the treadmill and 5k loop is one of the options on the machine in my gym. I started out at 6.4mph for the first .5 miles or so, then upped it to 6.7mph for the next 2 miles, then upped it to between 7.0 and 7.5 for the last mile, finishing the 5k in 27min48seconds. I was really happy to see that time because my fastest 5k to date has been 28min 35seconds, so that is almost a minute faster! I will be so excited to finish the 5k in under 28 minutes on Sunday, so wish me luck! I also did 15 minutes on the elliptical after running on the treadmill for good measure.

Making summer rolls is really fun and hands-on! It’s helpful to get all your ingredients ready to go before you start doing the rolls because the rice paper is kind of difficult to work with. Here is my spread:

Cilantro, red bell pepper, bean sprouts, shrimp, and cucumbers. These are the wrappers I used:

The rice wrappers are crispy and almost plastic-like straight out of the package. You have to soak them in hot water for 20-30 seconds, then carefully take them out of the water, lay them flat, put your ingredients in the center and try to wrap it up. Even though I’ve made these before, it took a few tries to get it right because the paper can be tricky!

Ta-da! All together now…

When you get these in Vietnamese restaurants, they are usually made with rice noodles, not bean sprouts, but I decided to lighten them up and not use the noodles. They are very low calorie made like this and still delicious and pretty to look at! Definitely something I’ll be making again. I have three to bring for lunch tomorrow, and I put together a little dipping sauce for them with soy sauce, agave nectar, and fish sauce (kind of like dumpling sauce). Yum!

Couscous Salad

Happy Hump Day everyone! 🙂

Yesterday turned out to be a good, productive day. I had a baked sweet potato with black beans and pineapple salsa (from Trader Joe’s) for lunch with a salad on the side. The sweet potato black bean combo is delicious; you have to try it if you haven’t before. I had a sliced red bell pepper on the side.

After work, I did a workout of 2.75 miles on the treadmill (26 minutes), 26 minutes on the elliptical, and upper body weights (back, chest, biceps, triceps).

For dinner, I made a couscous salad. I love making couscous salad because it’s light, delicious, and you can make it with pretty much anything you have around the house. Last night, I used a cucumber (seeds removed and chopped), a chopped red bell pepper, a can of chickpeas, couscous, the juice of one lemon, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

Here’s a picture of all the ingredients, minus the couscous. I ended up adding some shrimp on top for protein and had roasted cauliflower on the side, and put 1 tsp olive oil on each the couscous and the cauliflower. Other variations I have made with the couscous salad have included using kidney beans or another type of beans in place of the chickpeas, and using spinach, tomatoes, and a variety of other veggies. I also have tossed olive oil through the salad, and pretty much any way you do it it turns out great!

And now for a slight update on the Beck Diet Solution book. I have started going through it, and honestly it is really speaking to me. It talks all about the differences in the way a lot of people who struggle with their weight v. naturally thin people think, and literally everything they say about people who struggle with their weight is something I experience. It says naturally thin people don’t panic when they’re hungry, they say “It’s OK. Lunch will be in a few hours.” and then do something else. To me, that is crazy! When I think I might get hungry, I start to freak out. It also says it’s going to help me to learn to differentiate between physical hunger and the desire to eat, which before starting this book, I hadn’t given too much thought to.

The basic idea of the book is that there are six weeks of exercises, and you do a new one each day. Day One included making an Advantages Response Card where you list all the reasons why you want to lose weight.

That’s a picture of mine. You have to commit to reading it at least twice a day, and set a reminder system somehow so you don’t forget. I put a task in my outlook daily in the morning for me to read it, and then am just leaving it up to myself to remember to read it again later in the day. The next day involved choosing two diets, Plan A and Plan B. I am obviously going with Weight Watchers, and Plan B for me will be the Simply Filling Technique (which I have been toying with the idea of switching over to lately anyways). Day three involves committing to only eating while sitting down.

So, I’m obviously still in the beginning stages of this book, but I think it’s going to be pretty eye opening. Even if I don’t fully follow through with everything in it, I can already tell that it’s making a difference in the way that I’m thinking, and I’m looking forward to getting deeper into the book and trying out some more of the exercises.

For those of you who have gone through this book before, have you stuck to it to a T and followed each of the tasks day by day, or have you just read it and allowed it to open your eyes a bit and been more flexible with the tasks than Dr. Beck suggests?

Hope you are all having a great Wednesday so far!

Pescatarian

I realize I never really addressed this on this blog, just on my freewebs page, but for Lent, I decided to give up all meat, with the exception of fish. I am not a very religious person, but I have toyed with the idea of going vegetarian for some time. A lot of the meals that I eat are vegetarian as it, and I usually only have meat at most once a day, and usually less frequently than that. So, I’d been thinking for a while that giving up meat for Lent could be a great test to see if I can do it and how it makes me feel. I had a super indulgent weekend before Lent began, so I actually began a week ago today (one day early). I have to say I am feeling really good and think I should be able to stick with this pretty easily for at least the full 40 days. I am excited because it’s going to force me to venture out a bit more with dinners with my boyfriend, because he has a little bit higher demand for “meat like” things than I do. I’ve made Spicy Lentil Tacos before which he loves, but I want to take advantage of this time to try some new recipes and get some new staples into my diet. I am not sure exactly where this will lead, and whether I will go back to eating meat once Lent is done, but I’m enjoying it for now!

Eats for today so far:

Fage 0% greek yogurt, an XL Toasted Almond coffee from Dunkin Donuts with skim milk, and a banana. I love yogurt for breakfast and prefer greek to regular, but this is my first time having the Fage because I found it yesterday on sale at the grocery store. I must say, it was goooooood. Plus I knocked 4 of my GHG’s out because I have my multivitamin with water after eating breakfast! 😉

Weekend Recap

I got home from work Friday with a package waiting for me…

The HG mish-mash pack of Vitamuffins & brownies. Before this I had only tried the chocolate ones that my grocery store sometimes carries in the freezer section, so this was an exciting delivery. So far I’ve tried the triple chocolate chunk vitatop as an afternoon snack and it was AWESOME. I toasted it so the chocolate chips got all melty.. yum.

I meant to take pictures Friday night, but I’m still getting used to this so I forgot! My friend Amber came over and we worked out. I did 4.55 miles on the treadmill in 42 mins, biked for 12 minutes to warm up, and then did a lot of stretching afterwards. For dinner we had corn tortillas with vegetarian refried beans, reduced fat mozzarella cheese, lettuce, salsa, and light sour cream… plus some baked blue corn chips on the side with salsa, and the HG margaritas. They are seriously so delicious it’s hard to tell them from the real thing, and you can do them frozen or on the rocks. We had them on the rocks… mmm!

Saturday I woke up early to hit the gym and did 12 minutes on the bike then played around with the weights. I was the only person in the gym, which is the first time that’s EVER happened, so I got to try out some different things and not feel embarrassed. I used the weight machine where you can hook up different handles to, and tried out some different arm and upper body weights… not sure exactly what I did but felt sore the next day so I think it worked. 🙂 After that I did 26 minutes on the elliptical, and then whipped up a quick breakfast. I did egg whites with veggie sausage crumbles, cauliflower, and spinach. I also toasted an arnold thin and doused the scramble in hot sauce. yum.

After that, my boyfriend and I drove to my parents house in NJ. It’s about 3 hours from DC and the boyfriend is a chef so they wanted him to cook dinner, and that he did! It was incredible… He made a marinade of tomatillos (green tomatoes), red onions, red peppers, cilantro, parsley, oregano, the juice of 4 limes, olive oil, and some red wine vinegar. We marinated the mahi mahi in that for a few hours and then played Scrabble. I won! woot.

We also got some oysters and the chef shucked them and then put some of the leftover marinade on them and served them on the half shell for an appetizer.

Voila.. delicious!

For the main course, we had the mahi mahi baked with little neck clams and I’m an idiot and forgot to take a picture. We served the fish with tostones, which is where you take plantains, sautee them in olive oil, and then smash them, and sautee them again in more olive oil. Not the HEALTHIEST, but delicious.

There’s roasted tomatillos, red onions, and red peppers in the middle of the plate as well. We drank plenty of wine and then we played a Foodie Trivia game my parents had bought my boyfriend for his birthday back in December, and shockingly, the chef won..

Sunday we went bowling before saying goodbye and I had so much fun! I’ve recently rediscovered my love for bowling, I think largely because I’m not THAT bad anymore. I got a 111 but was beaten by both my dad and the boyfriend. oh well. We drove home and ordered Thai for dinner, and then watched Big Love, which is getting super intense!

Back to work today which is way less fun than the weekends, and I had nonfat greek yogurt for breakfast with fiber one, and then two mini bananas for a snack. They were SO cute and I wanted to take a picture but my phone wasn’t having it. For lunch I had a baked sweet potato with black beans and pineapple salsa, one of my go-to easy lunches. I had the vitatop with 1 small plum and half an apple for afternoon snacks, and then came home and ate a quick fiber one bar before heading to the grocery store. We were running low on everything so it was necessary. I made a quick egg white scramble as a pre workout snack because I was starving, and then ran for 4.4 miles in 42 minutes and did some ab work. After the workout I had a cup of skim milk and a random salad with iceberg lettuce, veggie refried beans, reduced fat mozz, and salsa. I also had two corn tortillas with the salad and will have a healthy choice ice cream sandwich for dessert in a little bit.. Gonna wind down and watch some TV… hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Guess what I just bought…

The Beck Diet Solution!

I’ve been hearing good things about this book for a while because it focuses on changing how you THINK about food, not just what you eat. I’ve clearly been struggling with this since I repeatedly go through a cycle of self sabotage and then working my butt off to make up for the damage done, rather than just moving forward from where I am.. The best part? I found this in the Bargain Books section at Border’s for $2.99!

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