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September 17, 2014

WIAW #65: Seriously Snack-y

Hi there! Today I am jumping right into the eats for What I Ate Wednesday. Per usual, I go through an entire day of my meals and snacks on any given Tuesday to share with you on Wednesday.

The point is to show you that eating a (mostly) balanced diet isn’t something you have to do a ton of meal prepping and planning on the weekends for. I have never been one who puts too much thought into what I will be eating the following week, so I hope these posts help those of you who are similar in that regard.

This week, however, my appetite has grown into something serious. When this happens, I’m not sure if working at home is a blessing or a curse. I can’t get out of the kitchen!

Here’s what my plates looked like yesterday…

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

wiaw fall into good habits button

Breakfast was enjoyed at Starbucks following an early morning barre class!

starbucks chi tea latte and spinach feta wrap

Grande (non-fat, no whip) chai tea latte + spinach and feta egg wrap.

I stuck around the coffee shop for a few hours, took Roadie for a semi-long walk when I got home, then grabbed a peach for a mid-morning snack.

peach for a snack

I was getting hungry for lunch right before noon, so I searched our pantry for something easy. I found a can of Amy’s No Chicken Noodle Soup and made it a little more traditional by adding my own rotisserie chicken to it.

amy's chicken noodle soup with chicken

It was good!

My appetite started flaring up again about an hour later, so I searched around the refrigerator and came up with a super random (but yummy) snack plate.

hard boiled eggs cottage cheese and pickles snack

Hard boiled eggs, low-fat cottage cheese, and dill pickle spears.

That, along with a handful of pumpkin seeds an hour or so later, held me over through the afternoon.

pumpkin seeds for a snack

I started closing down the computer around 5:30 p.m., but then got word that Scott wouldn’t be home for at least another hour. Knowing this gave me a craving for cereal, so I poured myself a bowl to tie me over.

quaker oat squares with blueberries

Quaker Oat Squares cereal with organic skim milk + fresh blueberries.

My appetite is seriously snack-y this week!

About an hour and a half later, dinner was served. Attempting to use up everything that was about to spoil in our refrigerator, I settled on starting with a side salad…

healthy side salad

Spinach, spring mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, black olives, shredded cheddar cheese, and ground pepper with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

… and finishing with a health(ier) loaded baked potato.

baked potato with ground turkey and turkey bacon

Baked potato topped in shredded cheddar cheese, ground turkey, corn, and turkey bacon.

I only ended up eating half of it. I guess the bowl of cereal beforehand really did me in!

I was going to skip dessert all together last night, but that was before Scott made us a couple of Ghirardelli hot chocolates with marshmallows. I mean, how can you really say no to that?

hot chocolate and marshmallows

I grabbed the baby one in the back and called it a night.


And that does it for this week’s edition of WIAW! I am looking forward to an afternoon training run (and taking advantage of this beautiful weather while it’s here!) and plan to keep studying my face off before something (possibly) exciting tonight.

How vague am I? Ha! Sorry. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but Scott might be able to get us a couple of last minute tickets to a concert I am dying to get to. That’s all I’m going to say for now…

I hope you are having a great Hump Day!

Question of the Day

• Are you a big or frequent snacker?


• If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

• Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar.

September 16, 2014

Xtend Barre Studio

This morning started on a happy note for me!

Xtend Barre class

A couple of months ago, I noticed a new barre studio pop up relatively close to us and just the sight of one gave me the biggest smile. Long time readers might remember my visit to an Xtend barre class at a Pilates studio back when I first moved up to Michigan.

I thoroughly enjoyed that class, but wasn’t keen on the distance required to get there, especially in the dead of winter. For that reason alone, I never attended regularly and became ridiculously excited when I found out that a free-standing studio opened just ten minutes away from me!

For the first time since teaching classes in 2012, I got myself out of bed and made it to the barre for a 6:30 a.m. class. Getting up that early is always a challenge for me, but once I get there I absolutely love it.

Xtend barre pilates and dance

The Xtend barre workout is very similar to the style I taught back in Orlando. We started with a warm-up in the center that involved a light set of dumbbells (my shoulders died), then completed a series of cardio, arm and core strengthening exercises.

I don’t think my arms were quite ready for the warm-up series. Even though my weights were only 3 pounds each, they seemed heavy after a few minutes time and I eventually set them on the floor and finished without any weight at all. Eh, you live and you learn!

We spent the rest of the class at the barre and went through the standard set-up of thigh, leg, and seat exercises. Everything gave me a challenge with the encouragement of trying to balance without using my hands and had the advanced option of adding a relevé.

There was a continuous music track of different upbeat songs playing at all times which kept us moving quickly from exercise to exercise. I barely stopped for water breaks!

In my opinion, the majority of the class is spent sculpting the limbs: arms and legs. If you do the exercises with correct form, however, the majority of them can also work your core and some can tone the booty.

With ten minutes to go, I was wondering if we were going to get to abs. As soon as the thought crossed my mind, we killed the next five or so minutes using a yoga strap around the barre and finished with a series of bodyweight crunches, pulses, and plank holds.

The class came to a close with dimmed lights and a slow track to cool us down, which is always my favorite way to end a workout.

Xtend barre decoration

I ended up purchasing a 5-class package, but have a feeling I will be returning pretty frequently once my gym membership expires again. I look forward to trying out the different styles of barre fusions and definitely want to make it back for their jazz choreography class.

I loved the ambiance of the studio!


I decided to take the early class so that my best friend, Alex, could take it with me before work. She also loved it and joined me for a quick recovery breakfast at Starbucks afterwards.

starbucks chi tea latte and spinach feta wrap

I mixed it up this time with a non-fat Chai Tea Latte, but got the same old (but tasty!) spinach feta egg white wrap for substance.

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I’m currently blogging from the coffee shop and plan on spending the next couple of hours glued to my chair to study. I tend to focus much better here than at home with the every day distractions from the pets and such.

Pug pumpkin spice latte

Ha! I couldn’t resist sharing this guy a friend sent me last night. Too cute!

I hope that you have a great start to the day. See you later on this afternoon!

Question of the Morning

• Are you more of a coffee or tea person?

I will always be a coffee person through and through, but that mostly applies in the mornings. If I am looking for a pick-me-up or even just a hot beverage to sip on in the afternoons, I usually gravitate towards hot herbal tea or a chai tea latte instead. I love it all!

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I am not a registered dietician, nutritionist, or certified fitness professional. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.

I do NOT post everything I eat. All content I post on this blog stems from my personal experience and knowledge, and I recommend consulting a doctor or health professional before making changes to your diet or fitness routine.

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