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July 30, 2014

WIAW #59: Listening To My Body and Appetite

Hello! Today I am jumping back onto the What I Ate Wednesday train and have a whole day of eats to share. Except… don’t get too excited this time.

Yesterday was the definition of random in the food department. I almost didn’t put this post together, but decided to do it anyways because that is what they are really all about isn’t it? Not planning one hundred percent of the time?

So yeah. Here you go. My Tuesday filled with absolutely zero planning and trying to roll with it.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

I didn’t end up eating breakfast until I was out the door and on my way to an appearance with HOOPER. With two seconds to spare, I grabbed a tall to-go cup of coffee and a chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar.

Larabar and coffee for breakfast jpg

It wasn’t much, but it did the job of holding me over until lunch.

Oh… lunch. Let’s talk about that.

HOOPER the Fireman jpg

While HOOPER was busy shooting a video at a fire station, I had the task of ordering enough pizzas for everyone then playing delivery girl.

Working a HOOPER video jpg

I made sure to sneak in some veggies on one of them, which actually turned out to be a fireman favorite on top of the pepperoni. Muwahahaha.

Hungry howies supreme pizza jpg

After I snapped this photo, I also picked up another slice of plain cheese for good measure and finished it off with two small cinnamon dessert sticks.

It had been ages since I even looked at those, so I don’t even feel bad about it.

We finished up the shoot a couple of hours later and I’m excited to see the final product. Here’s a little sneak peek, in case you missed it!

Shooting a fireman video with HOOPER jpg

Crazy horse.

I didn’t get home until after 4 p.m. so I went over to the computer for a minute and enjoyed a granny smith apple for a snack.

Granny smith apple jpg

Scott got home from work right before 6 p.m., and I felt like I might have needed something with a little substance before we left, but I just wasn’t hungry. So I waited.

Off to Fitness Pilates we went, which turned out to be my last class for a while. My membership at our gym expires today, so it’s time for me to branch out and check out some barre studios.

Fitness pilates lifetime fitness jpg

After I get my CPT certification, I hope to get back into teaching group fitness classes again, and I’m just not sure where exactly I want to be. I love, love the intimate feel of a studio, but would also miss access to a big gym if I didn’t have one for other types of workouts and classes.

It will all come together when it’s supposed to, I suppose.

As we wrapped up our goodbyes, Scott and I both wanted dinner, quickly. He was craving chips so I knew the perfect solution for all. Chipotle! Predictably, I ordered the salad and topped it with all-the-things.

Chipotle salad with chicken and guacamole jpg

This one included brown rice, black beans, chicken, medium salsa, corn salsa, and some sprinkled cheese. No need for dressing!

On the side, I finally ordered chips and guacamole. Seriously… why in the world had I never tried the guac before? It was incredible, and after expressing my enthusiasm via Instagram, a lot of you couldn’t believe it either. If you have never tried the guacamole at Chipotle, do yourself a favor and go… right now.

It’s so fresh and addicting in the best way!

We got home a little after 9 p.m. and spent the rest of the night laying low with a side of SmartPop and almond milk.

popcorn and almond milk.jpg

I guess I should have been studying but… eh. I kind of stink at that right now. Today starts a new schedule and motivation, promise!

As I a typing this up and looking back on my day of eats, I guess they weren’t all that bad. Pizza isn’t too normal for me, but other than that my appetite has just been kind of off lately. I’m less snack-y, which makes me wonder if the vacation messed up my normal metabolism and eating habits.

For now, I’m just trying to listen to my body and give it what it wants, when it wants it. Always in moderation, of course.

Now I’m off for a day of running around with a trip to the vets. Ahh! I’ll fill you all in later, if I can get back to the computer. Have a great Wednesday!

Question of the Day

• Are you typically a snacker?

Usually my WIAW posts are filled with snacks. There’s always one between all of the major meals, and sometimes even two. I’ve always been one to carry snacks around with me and nibble on them throughout the day. I have heard it’s better to eat smaller, more often, so I’ve never questioned it. Hopefully my body balances itself back out to what it’s used to sooner than later!


• 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 9, 2014

WIAW #57: I Tend To Do That

Hi friends! I hope you have all had a great Hump Day.

Today proved to be eventful, as I spent the early morning and majority of the afternoon working an outside event at Belle Isle with HOOPER and the Pistons Entertainment teams. I might just share more stories tomorrow!

As expected, a full day in the sun left me zonked, so I’m currently sipping on coffee #2 for the day. I tend to do that from time to time.

Getting right to it, I’m here to share a full day of my eats and participate in another week of What I Ate Wednesday!

Or… yesterday, which would technically be What I Ate Tuesday.

Whatever works.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Breakfast came after dropping Scott’s Jeep off to get looked at. It was doing some kind of shifting nonsense that was scary, but I’m happy to report everything is back to being a-okay today.

On the way over to Scott’s office, we stopped into Crates Coffee House for the first time and I treated myself to a Crates Mocha which had magical ingredients like white chocolate, swirls of caramel, (<- already amazing) steamed skim milk and espresso.

breakfast at crates coffee house

I also ordered an Quaker Real Medley Apple Walnut Oatmeal. Not too shabby for something warm and filling to grab in a pinch!

I made it back home with enough time to work for a little bit before lunch and then came upstairs and decided to create a salad out of my normal ten ingredients bubble.

salad with quinoa and beans

Fresh spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, black beans, feta, and quinoa drizzled in grapeseed oil.

It was good, but seemed to be missing a little bit of flavor. I think next time I’ll season the quinoa and add balsamic vinegar to the mix. Loved the addition of the quinoa, nonetheless.

That held me for about an hour before I wanted a snack. I’ve been loving these gluten free peanut butter and jelly sandwich bars Van’s sent me!

van's gluten free peanut butter sandwich bars

Apparently, the pup wanted a piece of the action as well. (What’s new.)

Later in the afternoon, I wrapped up my projects for the day and took Roadie on another long walk around the neighborhood. I have a feeling he’s going to be pretty spoiled with time outside if this nice weather keeps up.

We wandered around for about 2.20 miles and ran into a fun surprise at our neighborhood “lake” on the way home.

neighborhood lake

Do you remember when I mentioned that we have plastic swans sitting about that had me fooled as real animals for the longest time? Ha.

Well, I’ve been seeing another species of bird this summer and I can confidently say that they are no kind of plastic. Check ‘em out!

baby geese

Goose babies! So squishy… I wanttt one!

I put Roadie back inside, grabbed a pair of leggings and gym clothes for Scott and met him at work to pick up his Jeep. From there, we both sat in a traffic for a while and eventually made it to the gym to take our favorite Tuesday night group fitness class.

I ate a crunchy braeburn apple on the way!

braeburn apple

We actually arrived twenty-five minutes early, which gave me at least fifteen minutes to do something before class. Since I already went on a walk I deemed that my cardio and moved on to a stretching machine I haven’t visited in quite some time.

precor stretching machine

Have you ever seen these before? They have pictures of stretching positions with instructions and I went through every single one.

I followed that up with another five or so minutes of foam rolling and headed into class feeling extra ready!

using the foam roller at the gym

(Umm… sorry about the cat hair. It’s inevitable.)

Scott and I claimed our spots fifteen minutes before class started, and I’m so glad we did. The room filled up quick!

group fitness equipment

This Fitness Pilates class was taught by the best (Hi Val!) who always knows how to give us a challenge. Both Scott and I agreed that either we’re out of shape or… her classes aren’t getting any easier.

Not letting us get fully comfortable and always changing up the exercises is what keeps us coming back so much!

Still getting over a little bit of the sickness that consumed me over the weekend, I wanted to go to bed as quickly as possible when I got home.

But first, dinner. I ate considerably light throughout the day, so I didn’t realize how much my body wanted to skip a salad and eat a real “meal” until late in the day. I tend to do that. (Whoops.)

Since it was later than normal, I wanted to keep my choice of pasta on the healthier side. I opted to grab Garden Delight Vegetable Penne pasta and threw some extra substance into the spicy marinara sauce.

adding veggies to spaghetti sauce

(spinach, banana peppers, tomatoes + Al Fresco chicken meatballs)

I also seasoned it with extra oregano, basil leaves and red pepper flakes! Everything turned out great, and I barely convinced myself to snap a photo before I faceplanted into it.

chicken meatballs al fresco

Combinations similar to this plate have been happening very frequently around here!

After dinner, we made a run to the arena to get ready for today’s event. We returned around 11 p.m. which gave me just enough time to grab a tall (unpictured) glass of dark chocolate almond milk and get into bed.

Nice little Tuesday!

Questions of the Day

• What do you add to your pasta sauce to make more nutritious?

• Favorite snack of the summer?

Besides these chicken meatballs, I love cooking with ground turkey and adding as many vegetables to my sauce as I can get away with! If I’m just cooking for the two of us, I prefer to make my sauce with a kick, since both Scott and I enjoy spicy dishes. My favorite snack this summer has to be fresh fruit or pretzels dipped into hummus!


• 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.

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