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October 29, 2014

WIAW #70: I Heart Grits

Good morning! How is the week going for you so far?

Mine is just trucking along over here. Nothing crazy.

Today I will be covering an entire day of eats, which is in no way altered for the sake of this post. I’m also linking up for What I Ate Wednesday!

Everything I eat (usually on the Tuesday before) is listed with an end goal of inspiring you all to take a step back and look at what you are putting into your bodies.

Is what you’re eating helping you grow stronger or holding you back?

To me, food is fuel. Just like all of you, I have my cheat days/weeks, but I always re-check myself and get back into an overall healthy eating style. And, yes, that most certainly includes dessert.

My hopes of featuring these WIAW posts is for you to do the same! Let’s roll.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

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My Tuesday morning started with a good old fashioned breakfast.

eggs apple chicken snausage grits breakfast

Real eggs, Al Fresco sausage links and a side of grits with coffee.

real eggs grits and apple chicken sausage breakfast

I can’t believe how long it had been since I had eaten grits!

Please tell me you like them. Half the people I dine out for breakfast with up here don’t even know what they are. The Southerner in me drops my jaw every time I hear “What are grits?”.

They’re amazing. Plain, buttered, with or without cheese, alone or under something substantial, they’re really good. That’s all you need to know.

My breakfast did a great job of holding me over for hours. I felt hungry around Noon, but wanted to wait until after my workout to eat lunch.

I was in the groove of working on the computer, so I reached into the refrigerator and grabbed two of these No Bake Maple Syrup Energy Balls for a snack to power me through!

pure canadian maple syrup energy balls recipe

I need to make more of them. Like, now.

I had a personal training appointment at 2 p.m. and made the short drive over to Rock City Fitness for my afternoon workout.

Rock City Fitness outside

I briefly mentioned this in last week’s Friday Favorites, but I am currently reviewing their 30 Day training program. I have been loving the sessions and the offer couldn’t have come at a better time.

As I go through the Fitness Assessments, I am also getting to see a lot of the material I learned while studying for my CPT in person.

(By the way, I am hoping to finish my NASM Study Guide to share with you all later this afternoon!)

I completed a strength workout that targeted exercises to compliment my running training. I also went home with a list of exercises to help correct my left winged out scapula. Who knew I had that nonsense going on?

I’ll be sure to share more about that as the program goes on!

Directly after my workout, I went a couple doors down and tried something new at Quizno’s for lunch.

Quiznos Spicy Monterey Sandwich

Spicy Monterey Sandwich (no mayonnaise) with extra veggies on wheat.

I usually go with the Turkey Lite, but I wanted to mix it up. The Spicy Monterey was a great choice!

I got home and took Roadie for a walk before getting back on the computer. The weather has been so gorgeous lately… even though it was raining off and on, I wanted to be outside to enjoy the warmth.

I got back to work around 3:30 p.m. and pummeled through projects and updates on the back end of the blog until about 7:30 p.m.

I realized I was pretty hungry, and without much motivation to get too creative, I turned to an easy dinner for one ready in about ten minutes.

healthy dinner quinoa vegetables quorn chicken nuggets

Quorn Chik’n Nuggets (<- non-GMO!) with bean salad over quinoa.

It did the trick, but I was still wanting something to finish it off a few minutes later. When in doubt, chips and salsa it out, friends.

sweet potato gluten free chips and salsa

Finally feeling satisfied, I turned on the Halloween movie marathon and didn’t look back.

I was home alone at the time, so I distracted myself by turning all of the lights on and working on the computer. That seemed to (kind of) work.

Plus, the Halloween III movie is just weird. It has nothing to do with Michael Meyers and I can’t take it seriously. So I guess that helped.

I might have had a couple of sugary snacks too.

Yates cold apple cider

Yates apple cider over ice

rainbow sherbert dessert

More rainbow sherbert… (same pic as last week)


So there you have another entire day of my unfiltered eats.

This is just one of the many examples you can find exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar if you’re ever curious to see what another full day of meals and snacks looks like for me.

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

Have a great Hump Day and I’ll see ya back later!

October 22, 2014

WIAW #69: Fall Inspired Eats

Hello! And another big THANK YOU going out to all of you who took the time to fill out the reader survey yesterday. I will share some of the results later, but for now I will start with something that actually surprised me.

The majority of you all love What I Ate Wednesdays!

I have been curious to see whether WIAW posts are something you all enjoy reading. According to click history, a lot of you like reading them, so I have kept them up almost every week.

I have been wondering, however, how often I should feature them.

Do you like seeing them on a weekly basis? Just every now and then? Or would you prefer me to just drop the entire day of eat recaps and include more food into my every day posts?

Feel free to let me know your preferences in the comments section!

For now, I will continue to play and link up with the best of ‘em. Thanks for hosting another week, Jenn!

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What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

My Tuesday was filled with a lot of (unintentional) fall inspired eats.

Breakfast started with something new Scott brought home that I had to try: pumpkin spice oatmeal.

instant pumpkin spice oatmeal breakfast

Quaker Oat Instant Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal topped with pumpkin.

I don’t usually eat instant oatmeal, but I couldn’t resist this specific flavor. It was pretty good, friends.

I felt full and happy for the remainder of the morning, then cut up a golden delicious apple for a snack right before lunchtime.

golden delicious apple snack

I had a 1 p.m. appointment to check out a new gym in our area (more on that coming soon!) so I figured I should eat lunch before I left.

Without much time to prepare anything, I heated up leftover butternut squash soup. It’s perfect soup weather!

trader joes butternut squash soup

Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Soup topped in pumpkin seeds.

I got home from running errands a few hours later and dove into a box of flavored brown rice crackers and hummus. I was hungry.

healthy snack triscuits and hummus

Sea Salt & Black Pepper Triscuits with Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

I also had the last one of my chocolate chip banana muffins.

chocolate banana muffin recipe

I worked on the computer for the rest of the afternoon and took Roadie for a walk around 7:30 p.m. As soon as we got outside, I went right back in and put on my winter coat for the first time this season.

heather in winter coat and leggings

It was so cold and windy! Seriously? Not ready.

I wanted to create a workout to do right there in the living room when we got back inside. I originally wanted to run a couple of miles outside, but I wasn’t feeling the motivation to fight the wind. Not that day.

Instead, I combined cardio and fat burning moves into a 20 minute plyometric workout. I’ll be sure to share the details this afternoon!

living room workout at home

I actually completed the workout in my living room while I started cooking dinner. (Ha!) Multi-tasting at it’s finest, no?

I cooked the peas and boiled the noodles while I was throwing myself around the room, all the while checking on them in-between circuits. As soon as I finished the workout, I heated up pre-cooked chicken and turkey bacon and threw everything together.

chicken pasta healthy dinner recipe

Ronzoni Garden Delight rotinni noodles, peas, chicken, and turkey bacon, tossed in (extra virgin oil oil) “butter” spray and parmesan cheese.

Mine was the bigger plate, obviously.

Scott had a late lunch and wasn’t too hungry. I was.

chicken turkey bacon pasta with light sauce

It was great dinner and took all of twenty minutes to put together!

We spent the remainder of our evening catching up on The Voice. I’m already loving the talent and judging panel this season!

Scott also may have suggested ice cream and he ever so kindly scooped me a generous serving of rainbow sherbet for dessert.

rainbow sherbert dessert


So there you have it… another entire day of my unfiltered eats. This is just one of the many examples you can find exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar if you’re ever curious to see what another full day of meals and snacks looks like for me.

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


Question of the Morning

• What are your favorite ingredients and (healthier) sauces for pasta?

I am in need of some new pasta inspiration. Scott likes me to make noodles a couple of times a week, and I don’t want to get tired of regular old marinara too quickly. I will probably try a pesto again soon, but would love to hear what you like to eat at home!

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Although I am a certified personal trainer, the workouts I post are what work best for me and might not be the right type of exercises for you.

I am not a registered dietician and 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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