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November 19, 2014

WIAW #71: Back on the Train

Good morning! I thought it would be good to hop back on the What I Ate Wednesday train today. I took an unintentional break from it for a couple of weeks, and knowing a lot of you enjoy reading them, I will make sure to play along every so often.

Below you will see an entire day of my unfiltered eats. In no way do I change what I eat just for the sake of documenting it. I don’t ever count my calories, but I do take into account how much activity I am planning on doing that day and plan my meals and snacks accordingly.

Yesterday turned out to be a rest day for me. I had training and then ran outside in the cold on Monday, and I will be going to my last training class as soon as I publish this post! I woke up feeling very out of it with a terrible cough (thanks, Scott), so I took that as a sign to rest and pulled out a good half hour of stretching and foam rolling instead.

Here’s what the rest of my Tuesday looked like!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

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Breakfast started with my latest (warm) go-to.

eggs chicken sausage and toast with cherry apple butter

Organic scrambled eggs, Al Fresco chicken sausage links, and cherry apple butter spread on wheat toast.

That kept me full while I stayed glued to the computer until about 11 a.m.

I was hungry, but settled on eating a couple of clementines as a snack instead.


I just love those little cuties.

Still not satisfied, I got out a serving of strawberry Greek yogurt and topped it with hemp heart seeds. I really like the added texture!

greek yogurt with hemp heart seeds

(I also refilled that mason jar of water continuously throughout the day.)

My appetite was raging by 1 p.m., so I dug into the fridge and found plenty of my vegetable pasta salad from the weekend for lunch.

vegetable pasta healthy

I kept trucking along on the computer and didn’t stop for hours. It’s crazy how I can blink and then entire afternoon passes by.

I took a break around 5:30 p.m. to take Roadie for a walk down to the mailbox and back. It’s only about a quarter mile each way, but with temperatures in the teens and aggressive winds, that fifteen minute walk seemed dramatically longer.

walking roadie in the snow

We got back inside and unthawed for a bit before I started dinner. Scott requested some kind of pasta as he often does. He wasn’t going to be home for a couple more hours, so I started with the sauce and let it simmer. I also brought out the corn chips and salsa to snack on and tie me over for a while. (I know, shocking.) (Not really.)

blue corn chips with salsa

First, all the veggies…

adding vegetables to marinara sauce

Then marinara sauce, chicken and spices.

Scott ended up being a lot later than expected, so I made myself a dinner plate and kept his warm for him to enjoy later.

gluten free pasta with chicken and veggies

Gluten free spaghetti with marinara sauce, pulled chicken, spinach, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and topped in Parmesan cheese.

Still feeling under the weather, I drew myself a hot bath, got into some sweats, and called it a night. I can’t remember the last time I even went upstairs and climbed into bed before 11 p.m. It was really  nice!

Scott and I chatted for a while when he made it home from an event, but I was more than content in my warm and comfy bed. No dessert this time!

All right. I’ve got to get going. I’ll be back later this afternoon and hope you all have a wonderful Hump Day!


So there you have another full day of 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 complete 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

When is the last time you listened to your body and took an unintentional “rest” day?

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!

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