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December 17, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday #74

Hello! Is it Wednesday already? Shoot. Christmas will be here before we know it next week. Ready or not… have fun at the post office! Speaking of the holidays, I want to wish a very Happy Hanukkah to everyone who is currently celebrating!

If you are somewhat new to the blog, you might be wondering what the heck WIAW means. Well, it’s Wednesday. (Almost) every Wednesday, I link up with Jenn (the creator of WIAW) and take the morning to cover an entire day of my eats.

I have received questions on how often I eat, what I eat, why I eat it, and so on. To answer them, I cover the same day (Tuesday) every week for WIAW, and don’t change what I eat or how much I eat for the sake of documenting it. Some weeks I am on point with my goals of eating the rainbow, while others I barely put forth any effort into my meals and grab what’s convenient. Even so, it’s generally healthy(ish).

The goal is to get you on board with snacking frequently (again… maybe not so much this week… ha) and trying more nutritious foods. Eating healthy is anything but dieting. It’s a lifestyle I have come to not only live but love.

I think y’all can too! Let’s dive right into yesterday’s eats, shall we?

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday


I wanted to try something new for breakfast…

healthy breakfast toast and greek yogurt

Two slices of whole wheat toast smeared in apple butter with a 5.3 oz cup of pumpkin spice Greek yogurt with coffee.

(Too full for a mid-morning snack today.)

Work at the gym, then return home for lunch.

healthy salad with black bean gardenburger

Spring mix greens with tomatoes, red peppers, carrots, chick peas, black olives, black pepper feta cheese, topped in a black bean veggie burger and drizzled in balsamic vinegar.

I worked on the computer for a couple of hours, and then took a break to send some packages out at the post office.

(Oh, I can’t wait to go back again today… *sense the sarcasm*)

I grabbed another pouch of baby food (flavored adult applesauce to-go) to eat on the way for a snack!

meijer baby food healthy snack

Apple & carrot baby food. I swear, the fruity flavors taste delicious. They’re pure fruit and veggies people, c’mon.

I ran errands after the post office and returned when it was dark. Not wanting to go outside and run, I made up a cardio-focused HIIT workout I completed inside. It requires zero equipment and 25 minutes of your time.

at home hiit workout with cardio

I plan to share the details this afternoon!

I hurried upstairs to shower just so I could get back downstairs and cook dinner. I was hangry! Scott requests pasta a lot during the week, so I have learned how to make it lighter and include more of the food pyramid. Basically, add any veggies that make sense to the sauce, add a protein, and stick to veggie, wheat, or gluten-free noodles.

adding ingredients to make pasta healthier

vegetable pasta with shrimp

Veggie penne noodles with organic garlic marinara sauce, red peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and baby shrimp topped with fresh Parmesan.

Every now and then I’ll revert back to regular angel hair pasta, but I’m fortunate that he usually enjoys the veggie noodles as well.

We spent the rest of the night catching up on The Voice while I wrapped presents and finally got to the finale. I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t watched yet… so I’ll just say my favorite got 3rd place. They were all so good. This was probably one of the most talented seasons yet!

I also made an impressive dent into this coconut milk ice cream for dessert.

SO delicious dairy free coconut milk ice cream

So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Mint Chip Ice Cream 

It lives up to the name, my friends. I chugged a tall glass of dark chocolate almond milk before bed, which you can assume I do just about every night. So good!


So there you have another week of another day of meals around here. I probably could have done a better job at snacking, but that would involve more planning on my part.  (Ideally, I should have had another snack like a banana or apple, and some kind of protein bar or shake after my workout.)

Oh well… maybe next week!

Feel free to explore the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar, click over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty other WIAW posts, and link your own.

See you back later with that HIIT workout!

Question of the Morning

What have your eating habits been like lately?

(Do you usually stay on track during the holidays or are you one to try every holiday baked good and dessert put in front of you? *Guilty*)

December 1, 2014

Personal Training Wardrobe (& News!)

Some of you might have picked up on a little teaser at the end of this morning’s post. That was intentional… I’ve got some great news to share!

Since getting my certification in personal training through NASM, I have been on the hunt for a job (or jobs) in the fitness industry. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go or what exactly I wanted to be doing, but I knew I felt the most at home in front of a class and/or working in small group training environments.

I was open to the idea of working one-on-one with clients, but I wasn’t quite confident enough in my experience to look for jobs in personal training just yet. After searching and talking to management at gyms both big and small, I have come to realize that maybe a smaller, intimate setting is what suits me best.

I recently got an offer to train clients at a personal training facility. At first, I wasn’t sure personal training is what I was looking for, but after sitting on it for a couple of weeks, I have realized that it’s absolutely perfect for me.

My main drive to work in the fitness industry is to help others get active and achieve their goals. I love the environment and mission of this facility, and the ownership is completely on board to train me to teach small group, semi-private training, and one-on-one personal training.

I have the option to teach other types of classes like barre, spinning, or Zumba at other facilities, and I also have the opportunity to develop into web-based coaching and online personal training! I’ll still have enough time to check in with you all on the blog and work from home as well.

(Stay posted, as I could potentially offer my training services to you guys!)

I’m really excited to begin working with clients, and will be ready to do so in just a few weeks. I started training and filling out paperwork this morning!

Starting a Personal Training Wardrobe

While I was getting dressed this morning, I realized that ninety percent of my workout attire is leggings and bright colored. I love each and every piece I have acquired over the years, but I was in a bit of a pickle trying to pick out what to wear to my first day at the gym.

Neon party leggings and a tight pink zip-up don’t exactly scream “personal trainer”… ya know? As soon as I left the gym this afternoon, I was on a mission to start my new black and grey professional fitness wardrobe.

I made my first stop at Target, hoping to find some staples in the C9 by Champion line. I was pumped to find the lightweight puffer vest (the same one I shared last month) to throw over my shirts too!

target c9 by champion active gear

C9 Women’s Woven Pant, C9 Duo Dry Max Semi-Fitted top, C9 Puffer Vest

(FYI: the C9 woven pant is currently buy one get one 60% off online!)

I was hoping to run into some extended holiday weekend sales, and that is exactly what I found at Old Navy. They’ve got a great active line!

old navy active zip up jackets

Compression TunicHalf-Zip Pullover and 2 for $10 mesh athletic socks

(By the way, Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic is offering 40% off online orders today using the promo code CYBER!)

My next stop was at Tropical smoothie for an Island Green smoothie. This time I requested them to leave out the added sugar.

tropical smoothie island green smoothie

(Thanks for the suggestion, Rachel!)

Needing at least a couple pairs of pants (not leggings) for the weeks ahead, I stopped at Marshalls next. I found a great pair of Reebok pants and a Nike Dri Fit long sleeve shirt at a steal.

Nike Dri Fit shirt and Reebok active pants from Marshalls

I think I’m off to a great start and now feel comfortable walking into the rest of my training days this week.


As soon as I got home, I put together a salad using the rest of our turkey leftovers. Even after the green smoothie, my body was craving veggies!

salad with turkey noodles and veggies

Spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, veggie noodles, black olives, carrots, feta cheese & turkey topped in black pepper and drizzled in balsamic vinegar.

All right. Now I’m off to finish a couple projects and catch up on some blog work before my small group study tonight.

See you in the morning with (an attempt at) a fun fashion post!

*Please Note: Some affiliate links are included in this post. I always genuinely appreciate your support! <3

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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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