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January 21, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday #78

Good morning! I hope the Hump Day has started on a great note for you. I have a lot to get around to on this little ‘ol laptop of mine today, so I’m going to dive right into yesterday’s eats for What I Ate Wednesday.

Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check it out!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

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Breakfast couldn’t have been easier. I poured a tall cup of coffee and scarfed down a bowl of Fiber One Cranberry Almond protein cereal. It was really good, and I had the same exact breakfast this morning too!

fiber one protein cereal and coffee

(Go Hogs!)

Scott talked me into running some errands with him before lunch that included picking up a new washer and dryer across town. We forgot our dolly at home, so it was a real adventure. At least I got to play (slash fear for my life of slipping) in the snow, right?

winter snowfall michigan

playing in the snow

I was hungry for lunch right when we returned. Scott left for work and I made a giant monster salad to last as side salads for a couple of days.

making a monster salad

Power greens, baby spinach, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, chick peas, black olives, and feta cheese.

I scooped out a plateful, then heated and cut up a veggie black bean burger for substance.

monster salad with veggies and garden black bean burger

It all tasted great with this cilantro dressing!

stonewall kitchen cilantro lime dressing

I went downstairs to work on the computer for a couple of hours and stopped for a coffee and clementine snack mid-afternoon. I didn’t get much sleep the night before, so I was draggggging.

clementines for snack with coffee

I had a video chat meeting around 3 and then drove up to the gym to put together a handful of workouts.

special k blueberry bliss snack bar

(I was grateful to find a Special K snack bar in my purse two hours in.)

I returned home around 8:30 p.m. ready to eat my arm. Per usual, Scott requested pasta so I compromised with my version of extreme veggie pasta.

making healthier pasta sauce

(About half of that glass of wine was happily consumed in the process.)

Scott got home with a trailer holding our new washer and dryer right after 9 p.m. He had impeccable timing and wanted to unload them right after I dished up dinner.

We successfully moved both pieces into our garage, but I’m pretty sure I got a hernia in the process.

I planned on completing a workout in the basement before dinner, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I’m going to give it a go after lunch and hope to share it with you all later this afternoon.

Dinner got heated up as soon as I walked into the door. My plate was considerably full, but I ate every last bite.

vegetable spaghetti with turkey meat sauce

Vegetable spaghetti noodles topped in marinara with Italian seasoned turkey sausage, tomatoes, spinach, onions, and crushed red pepper flakes.

It’s impressive/scary how much veggie pasta I can put down y’all.

Just like every other night, I grabbed a tall glass of dark chocolate almond milk before bed and went upstairs shortly after.

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

• Veggie noodles: yes or no?

• When is the last time you took an unintentional “rest” day?

January 7, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday #76

Good morning! Happy Hump Day!

In true mid-week fashion, I am here to share another What I Ate Wednesday post. Here, I document an entire day of my meals and snacks to hopefully make eating healthier more appealing. I realize that sometimes healthier recipes and foods don’t always look the best, but sometimes they do. You can always turn to Jenn for amazing, yummy looking food-spiration.

Let’s get right to it!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

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You might have gotten a glimpse at yesterday’s breakfast if you read my post on selecting a challenge word of the year.

eggs and turkey bacon breakfast with fruit and coffee

I paired two scrambled eggs with a couple of slices of turkey bacon, grapes, and used a milk frother with a sprinkle of cinnamon to jazz up my coffee. Sometimes it’s fun to be fancy like that.

I made a delicious green protein smoothie for an early lunch before Noon.

green smoothie recipe

I got the recipe from Kasey out of her book BODYpeace, co-written by Heather. You can read all about my review if you’re interested!

About an hour later, I was craving the apple chia jam I made the day before, also a recipe from the book. It tasted so fresh on my peanut butter and jam sandwich for lunch #2.

apple chia jam bodypeace recipe

Apple chia jam (I just subbed apple for the apricots) and organic peanut butter on whole wheat bread.

peanut butter and chia jam sandwich

I spent the entire afternoon plugging away on the computer blogging and going through emails. Fun things are coming up that I am exciting to share with you! (Sorry for being vague. I’m mostly talking about the new site launch.)

The day flew by as they tend to do. I went upstairs to get ready for the gym and grabbed a Special K snack bar on the way up for some energy.

special k snack bar

(That salted pretzel chocolate flavor – or any chocolate flavor, really is sooo good!)

I left right around sunset to arrive early enough to stretch before the 6 p.m. circuit class. Or, at least I tried to.

snow on the car

Does ice scraping count as a workout warm-up?

ice scraping off windshield

Welcome back, Winter! Only four more months to go… (gross).

I checked our mail box on the way out (not sure it’s warm enough to walk to these days), and enjoyed a crispy Braeburn apple for some healthy carbs and sugars while I sorted through it.

apple on the way to the gym

I still arrived at the gym early enough to get my stretches in. It’s crazy how much different my body feels after those few short minutes.

Class was great! We completed two three-round circuits of six strength training exercises each. It was at a nice a steady pace too, which was a good break from the “I think I’m going to vomit” cardio/HIIT circuit classes I usually take.

group fitness class at the gym

It’s been weird not being at the gym as much as I was last month! Now that I am done with the training program, I am slowly easing into covering classes and picking up new 1-on-1 clients. I’m excited (slash super nervous) about teaching my first class next week!

I started working on dinner as soon as I got home. I browned a package of Lean Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey, threw it in a pot with organic marinara sauce, and a sliced tomato before simmering the sauce while I went upstairs to take a shower.

veggie pasta with italian ground turkey

I quickly boiled a box of veggie rotini noodles and put two very generous dinner servings together for Scott and I topped in Parmesan cheese. I could have eaten more, too. I have a serious love/problem with pasta.

I grabbed two Lindor chocolates afterwards and called it a night about a couple hours later.

lindor truffles chocolates

I’ve been trying to work on getting to bed earlier. So far, I have been in bed before 11 p.m. every night this week. That’s a huge accomplishment… trust me. Hopefully it continues!

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So there you have another full day of eats for What I Ate Wednesday. I hope you find these posts somewhat helpful from time to time. That’s really why I have continued to put them together!

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

Question of the Morning

• Have you ever made your own jam before?

This was actually the first time I made jam at home, and I’m sure it’s quite different that regular jam (sans the chia seeds). I love that the only sweetener was honey (I used agave nectar) and that I can rest assured knowing that little jar is free of preservatives. It was so easy too! I’ll definitely be making more down the road.

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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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