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August 20, 2014

WIAW #62: All the Colors

Hello, hello! How’s your Hump Day going?

Hopefully yours is a little more sunnier and warmer than ours.

rainy afternoon in michigan 2

I’m not complaining though. When I was flying home from CA on Sunday my phone informed me that it was 108 degrees in Phoenix during my layover. Yowza! I guess the grass is always greener until you get there, right?

Anyways, if you are new around here (welcome!), Wednesdays are usually filled with a lot of  pictures of food.

I choose to participate in What I Ate Wednesdays to hopefully inspire you to try something new and add a little more color to your plates. Jenn started the link up lightyears ago and it continues to spread across the healthy living blog world like wildfire!

Almost every week, I take snapshots of my Tuesday eats from the time I awake to the time I turn in for bed and share them with you on Wednesday.

I continue to receive great feedback, so as long as you all still enjoy reading them, I will keep the WIAW party going! Let’s get to it!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Breakfast came later than usual, since I seem to have been bitten by the sleepy bug.

I really can’t get enough of it lately, so I’m slowly trying to trick my body into waking up earlier by going to bed earlier. I’ll keep you posted on how that’s going.

oatmeal breakfast with goji berries

(Nature’s Path flax oatmeal and coffee with almond milk and Stevia.) 

Trying something new, I threw a handful of goji and blueberries on top.

oatmeal breakfast with berries

Love them!

I worked on the computer for the rest of the morning and didn’t even realize it was lunch time until about 2 p.m. Ready for something substantial, I went to the refrigerator and put together a loaded turkey and veggie wrap.

turkey and veggie wrap for lunch

A whole wheat tortilla filled with spinach, tomatoes, pickles, cilantro, diced Havarti dill cheese and Cajun seasoned turkey meat.

I often buy spiced deli meat and cheese to replace the need for a dressing or mayonnaise. You should try it!

healthy lunch with turkey wrap

(Wrapped up and sided with strawberries.)

About an hour later, I wanted a snack and grabbed one of my standards.

Raspberry Greek yogurt healthy snack

Raspberry Chobani Greek yogurt topped in Bear Naked Fit granola.

I powered through a ton of emails and projects on the computer for the remainder of the day and finally shut down around 7 p.m. I had big plans of taking Roadie out for a run outside, but the weather had other ones.

I guess you could say he was okay with it.

Roadie making himself at home on pillows

You’d think I put those on the floor just for him or something. I didn’t.

He just claimed them as I was making the bed that morning and I didn’t have the heart to move ‘em.

roadie on pillows

I really can’t handle that mug sometimes.

Knowing I still wanted to get a workout in, I went down to the basement and turned to an old at-home HIIT workout to break a sweat.

30 Min. At-Home HIIT Workout

(See the full workout with video demonstrations!)

at home HIIT workout with Polar

Just as annoying/awesome as I remember.

Directly after a shower, I went right to the refrigerator again and put together the definition of a monster salad for dinner.

monster salad for dinner with corn and beans

Anything and everything, get in my belly.

quinoa burger and beans on salad

Spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, red and green peppers, chick peas, navy beans, and corn, topped in a Qrunch quinoa burger, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and grounded black pepper.

The combination with the beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, and greens was quite good! I rounded off my hunger with a couple of small handfuls of Reduced-Fat Wheat Thins dipped in hummus (predictable)…

wheat thins and hummus

And finished off the night with a serving of SmartPop with a tall glass of unsweetened almond milk for dessert.

popcorn and almond milk.jpg

Scott thinks that combination is weird, but I love it.

I guess that’s it for now! I’m planning on putting a couple of reader requested posts together and hope to roll one out later this afternoon.

See ya then!

Question of the Day

• What is one strange but good food combo you have enjoyed lately?


• 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.

July 30, 2014

They’re Kind of Like Children

One of this afternoon’s highlights involved a lot of veggies for lunch.

Monster veggie and bean salad jpg

Spinach, spring mix, cucumbers, red, yellow and green peppers, chick peas, black olives, sprouts, Parmesan cheese, and ground pepper drizzled in oil and vinegar.

Monster veggie and bean salad close up jpg

Another included this crazy guy tearing into a new toy out of my hands before I could even get the groceries out of my car.

Roadie playing with toy funny jpg

He absolutely kills me.

Backing up to this morning, I spent the majority of it at Starbucks after I dropped Scott off at work. After blogging, I needed to do an email overhaul and study, and knew getting out of the house would be the only way that would happen.

Working at starbucks jpg

I ordered a skinny vanilla late and an egg white, spinach, and feta wrap for breakfast. It’s so darn tasty, but looks pretty undesirable when I try to take a photo of it, so I decided to leave it in the sleeve this time. You’re welcome.

After a couple of hours, I packed up my things and ran some errands. The first stop was to make a return to Wal-mart (they will seriously return anything…), followed by a trip to PetsMart to get Roadie a new tag.

Roadie dog tag jpg

Apparently, he lost his while we were gone. He’s such a nut.

I also restocked in dental treats for him and the girls, since we all know how those pet teeth cleanings go…

Greenies dental treats for cats and dogs jpg

After a trip to the grocery store, I came home to quickly put everything away before needing to get back out the door with Cali for an appointment at the vets.

Cali at vets jpg

I swear if it’s not one animal with issues, it’s another. She’ll be okay, but we have had some trouble with her using the litter box over the past couple of months. I thought it was behavioral until she started walking and acting weird the last couple of days, and as it turns out she has a bladder infection.

Poor girl. She’s at the vets right now getting some other tests done and I will be leaving to pick her up as soon as I publish this.

All of this animal stuff got me thinking… they’re kind of like children. People constantly ask us when we are going to have kids, and on some level I feel like we already do. Three furry ones.

Aspen, Cali and Roadie are all very needy and have had a past full of health issues. I feel like we are getting to know our vets office too well, and it gets me worried to think of how it will be to juggle them and children one day. Not counting the incessant need for attention all three of them seem to have, their bills make me want to get a job outside of the house sooner than later.

How do those of you with children and needy pets do it? Are there special money trees and extra hands out there that I don’t know about? Because I truly applaud you.

Anyways, there’s your answer… in case you were wondering about our timing for future family planning.

One day soon when we figure out how to kick the spontaneity and travel habit, we will revisit the thought. Maybe. For now, these guys feel like our children and keep us plenty busy.

Time to get back to the vets, then grab this one and head out for a run!

New toy for roadie jpg

After playtime, of course.

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