My Ideal Day of Food + Giveaway Winner

I want to congratulate Nicole at Fruit N’ Fitness for winning the Natural Vitality giveaway! Nicole, shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] so we can get you hooked up with your gift card Smile

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Today I want to do something a little bit out of the ordinary. I don’t want to talk about my favorite foods that I would indulge in every day if I had the chance. I don’t want to talk about what I feel like I “should” eat to lose weight or whatever,  blah blah blah. Today I want to tell you my perfect day of food for me to feel my best. These are foods I eat on a regular basis, and if I were working from home, you can bet this is what every single day would look like.

Breakfast, 9:00 am:

  • Starbucks “Blonde” roast coffee (black)

  • Chobani pear yogurt with strawberries, blueberries, banana, and Michigan locally grown granola

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  • Vitamins (L-Carnitine, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and sometimes a few gummy vitamins if I’m feeling frisky)

Lunch, 1:00 pm:

  • Whole-wheat flax wrap with roasted red pepper hummus, spinach, and tabbouleh with tomato and cucumber

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  • Parmesan garlic pop-chips

Snack, 4:00 pm:

  • Honeycrisp apple with almond butter

Dinner, 6:30 pm:

  • Steamed, seasoned broccoli

  • Garden veggie burger on a bagel thin with lettuce and ketchup
  • Fruit salad

Dessert, 8:00 pm:

  • Cabernet

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  • Dark chocolate peanut butter cup

You better believe that when I move out on my own this is going to be just about what you see day after day, so get used to it friends. My schedule is just so all over the place that I don’t have the ability to meal-plan like some of you can and do. I need some consistency back in my life; everything runs smoother when I don’t need to check my calendar 3+ times a day just to see where I need to go next!

I also just wanted to share this quote really quickly from Strala Yoga, which my love Tara Stiles is the owner of:

“Part of liking yourself is acting to change the things that aren’t good for you & believing that you can. Change your mind to change your life.”

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Do you work better on a schedule or just by going with the flow?

Spice Up Your Life, Week 8

I’m making up my own challenge today. That challenge is to admit 5 things to yourself that you’ve been trying to hide. You know when you just get that “gut feeling” about something or someone, but you don’t want to believe it? That has happened to me about quite a few things lately. Here’s my 5 confessions if you will:

  1. I really like hot yoga. I know there’s a lot of articles and research out there that tells you why it’s bad, but I just adore it. Yoga is one of my favorite things in the world to do, but I also like to feel like I’m getting a good workout in. When I was in college and practicing Baptiste hot yoga daily, I was the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. Unfortunately, there is no similar studio anywhere near where I currently live. It gave me a sense of clarity while still kicking my butt. Don’t get me wrong, I love practicing yoga at a regular temperature as well. My aunt is a phenomenal yoga teacher in Chicago and her classes make me feel on top of the world. But I have this terrible misconception in my head that “yoga isn’t a workout and I need to workout.” That’s ridiculous. I should do what I feel like and forget the rest. Since I’ve been doing TurboFire, my body has felt strong and confident, but I’m finding that I’m too tired later in the day to even do 30 minutes of yoga. Boooo. I miss it. Anyone have any suggestions on how to regain energy later in the day if I’ve already completed a workout in the morning?
  2. I am a loner. Now this isn’t as bad as it sounds. I have an amazing family and core group of friends. I seem to meet really awesome people in my daily life and really cherish the relationships I have. However, I like to be alone. I love silence. I love being able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, without being judged. Since Luke and I are moving in together, I’m going to need to learn to be with another person 24/7! Our work schedules are pretty opposite, so we actually won’t even be together that much during the week, but it will still definitely be an adjustment. It is definitely an adjustment that I am majorly looking forward to. Ideally, I will be able to work fully from home (except when I have clients to train) so I can get my alone time in during the day and be social with Luke and my friends at night. Fingers crossed I can make this happen sooner, rather than later! It will take time, but it will happen. 001002003
  3. Even though my brain says differently, in my heart I know that my body is healthy and strong. I figured this out the other morning when I was doing TurboFire in my basement in our dance studio. There’s mirrors surrounding the floor so you’re able to see every little movement. As I was watching myself jumping, twisting, squatting, and just sweating my butt off, I saw my body for how others do. I was happy with what I saw. However, the second I put my real clothes on and felt my jeans a little bit tight, I went right back to hating my image. I’ve been trying really hard to remember how wonderful and strong and beautiful exercise makes me feel. I may  not always feel like that, but I can try my hardest to bottle up that feeling and use it on my harder body image days.
  4. If I could, I would eat gummy bears all day every day. The other day I made a wonderful discovery. A local grocery store sells gummy bears BY FLAVOR. I kid you not, you can buy a whole tub of blue raspberry bears. Which I did. And a whole tub of watermelon bears. Which I also did. Oops. Luckily I was able to pass some off to Luke and the girls I nanny, but I’m still left with way too many for myself. Oh, who am I kidding. I will eat them all. Every last one. Pre-Easter candy? Sure, I’ll take it. 007
  5. I need to get out of Michigan. I have tried so hard to convince myself to like it here. The truth of the matter is that I just don’t. I’m bored here. It’s very depressing at times. The weather sucks 90% of the time. I’ve burned a lot of bridges here and just want a clean slate. I don’t want to move away forever (I don’t think at least), but I do want to get out for at least a year to experience a different part of the country. I feel like I have been so sheltered here my whole life that I don’t know what it’s like to truly build myself up from scratch. I understand how different and difficult it would be, but I think it’s something I need in order to appreciate the wonderful things that I already have in my life. I tend to take things for granted and think a big change would be just the reality check I need to show myself how good I truly do have it.

I could go on and on with this list for days, but I’ll spare you all the details. I will tell you that I got a massage yesterday morning and it was truly the best one I’ve ever ha din my whole entire life. The lady was so nice and talkative and didn’t make me feel awkward at all, like I usually do. Plus she gave me a chocolate when I left. That was good. I spent the rest of the day working on the computer, doing yoga, finishing the first season of Girls (in less than 24 hours…..), and maybe drinking some wine. It was a solid day.

I also ate some pretty yummy things, including tiramisu coffee,

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pear Chobani with berries, banana, and roasted flaxseed,

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and Tone It Up inspired kale chips and guacamole.

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What are your 5 confessions?

Almond Butter Cookies, a’la Tara Stiles

Hello, hello! Today I want to share with you my favorite healthy cookie recipe, ever. Tara Stiles, aka my new obsession, posted this on her blog not too long ago. I tried it immediately and have been hooked ever since. I thought it was only fair to share it with all of you as well!

Almond Butter Jumble Cookies

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 2 tbsp. egg replacer and 6 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup

Mix together. Use your hands. Get messy. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. The end! SO easy and SO good. You can add/substitute cranberries, raisons, walnuts, peanuts, peanut butter, cocoa powder, coffee grounds, or basically anything else in the whole world that you like. Okay maybe not anything….

Check out her website for tons more awesome videos, recipes, and just good stuff.

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Speaking of good stuff….

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Yup. That was waiting for me when I got home last night. I was SO excited! As you can see, I snagged one before I could even take the picture. So far I’ve tried the raspberry/dark chocolate and the coffee/dark chocolate, and both are fantastic. I had a cup of coffee this morning, followed by the coffee flavor, and I was so darn happy all morning. Coffee yogurt is the way to go. I knew they would be, but it’s nice to have experienced these yummy lil things for myself now! Thanks Chobani! Smile

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Still speaking of good things? Yeah, we are.

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I am never buying things in stores anymore. Online shopping is the way to go. Getting mail is seriously so much fun. If you ever want to be pen pals or send each other goodies, I’m totally down Smile with tongue out

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Things are going well! Really, really well. I am busier than I ever have been in my entire life, but I’m really doing things I love. I have 2 more new personal training clients that I just adore. I got 2 new nutrition clients as well. I’m definitely happy that it’s Friday…this week needs to just go ahead and wind itself down. I do have an extremely busy weekend as well, but things just seem better on a Saturday; am I right?

Also, three of my shows ended this week (The Bachelor, Biggest Loser, and Pretty Little Liars)! That leaves me with 5 extra hours a week. Sure, I multi-task while watching these shows, but they are not going to be added to my to-do lists now. That’s kind of a sense of relief, but I’m also really sad they’re done. No worries, I still have 8 shows that I watch each week :x

What is your favorite TV show in the whole wide world?

Spice Up Your Life, Week 5

Last week I talked about conquering a fear. I was planning on running 6 miles without stopping. Did that happen? No. No way. Instead I ran 3 miles twice with a break in the middle for about 10 minutes of strength training. So I suppose I didn’t exactly succeed with that one, but I certainly pushed myself out of my comfort zone and did something I was terrified of. I really dislike running, but I want to love it. I don’t want to look like a dying animal after 2 miles anymore. I actually quite enjoy it outside, but don’t live in an area where it’s easy to do that. Frustration up the max.

I did have something really scary happen this week that I got through, so thank goodness for that. I tend to get myself worked up over things for nothing; definitely need to work on that!

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Goal for this week:

53. Tell Someone to Screw Off.

Well that’s not very nice, now is it?! I do think it’s essential once in a while (okay, at least once a day) though. I guess what I think ya’ll should do this week is to do what YOU want. Not what you think you should or what others think you should, but what you feel deep down in your heart is right for you in that moment. We get too caught up in “society” and the norms that we forget about what is really important to us.

So I challenge you to say no. I have a huge problem with that, so this week is gonna be difficult for me. Any time anyone tries to make plans with me, I say yes. I make time. I make time for anything and everything and leave no time for myself. So if someone asks me to go to coffee and all I really want is to stay home and watch the season finale of The Bachelor? No. If I’m asked to babysit and I already had plans that I don’t want to cancel? No. If I’m “supposed” to run my errands, get my cleaning done, and play catch-up and all I really want is to take a nap? No. I’m exhausting myself and I know it.

We need to all work on not being so nice! I know that sounds terrible, but it’s true. I have been listening to the Jillian Michaels podcasts continuously since I discovered them. She stresses in every single one to find the underlying problem that is causing you discomfort or unhappiness and get rid of it. Nip the problem in the source and fix it right there, rather than trying to take baby steps to figure out what’s bugging you. No. You know what the issues is. We usually just don’t want to admit it. She stresses to want to change. You have to have a reason for what you’re doing (or not doing) to succeed. I swear, I am in love with that woman. She’s brilliant. She says stuff we all already know, but never think of in a moment of conflict.

Okay, so this has turned into a total rant. Oops. Back to the challenge: telling someone no. Here’s what I’m going to do this week:

  • not making conversation just for the sake of making conversation and ending up being really awkward
  • no commitments other than what is already on my calendar for the week
  • giving myself 2 full hours to call potential PT clients
  • spending at least one night with Luke with no technology

I need to learn to say no in like, every aspect of my life. I feel like a child!

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On a random note, I got the Whole Foods salad bar TWICE this week. I am so darn happy about that lil fact right there. However, my wallet is not. Oh well. I want to live inside Whole Foods and people watch and drink their wine all day long please.

On another random note, I had a lemon Chobani for the first time yesterday. My new favorite flavor, by far. Even better when you add banana, berries, and roasted flaxseed. Yum yum yum.

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On an even more random note, this is totally me this week.

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Kay bye! <3

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Are you going to tell someone no this week?!

Annoyances vs. Wonderful Things

That’s the best title I could come up with. Bear with me. It has really been prevalent to me lately that whenever I have something great happen, there’s always some little bitty thing that goes and messes it up. Usually I’m able to find humor in these things, since they’re not typically large enough to screw up my happy moment completely. These are truly all examples of things that happened over the weekend. I kid you not. I did not make one of these things up.

I ran a 5k without stopping. Now that seems like nothing for most of you runners, but it’s big for me. I did it outside around my subdivision and just kept pushing myself to make it to the next mailbox and then the next one and so on….before I knew it I glanced at my watch and it said I had gone 1.95 miles. Then I knew I could finish the darn thing without stopping.

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But then, I got chased by a dog. No joke friends. When I was probably at like mile 2.4, I saw a huge barking golden retriever a few houses away. I ignored it and smiled because it was cute and I’m a sucker thinking it had an invisible fence like most dogs do nowadays. It sure didn’t. Chased me for a good .1 mile. Just wanted to play, but I was not about to stop because I was determined at this point! It only made me run faster, so thank you random dog. And yes, I shooed it back into the direction of its’ home so its’ not out running wild. No worries.

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I got some extra cash this weekend. Three weekend babysitting jobs and two personal training sessions have left my wallet very happy. I had a great time with all of it, too, so the money doesn’t even really mean anything to me. Just an added bonus.

I looked at my ever-growing list of things to buy. Including:

  • k-cups
  • a new lunchbox/cooler bag for my newly starting food prep
  • a juicer
  • perfect fit protein powder
  • kettlebell and heavier weights
  • random things for my LA trip next month

I know those are random things, but they’re needed for me. So there goes my cash. However, they will all end up being fun purchases, so I’m not mad. I’m usually extremely good at saving money, so it’s really hard for me to buy things that aren’t absolutely “essential.”

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The banana flavor of Chobani. Oh my goodness gracious. There are real pieces of banana puree in there. I am amazed.

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It’s all gone Sad smile However, I still have my typical peach, blueberry, and strawberry variety pack of a million I get from Costco, plus the random pear, blood orange, and lemon flavors I picked up at the grocery store.

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Quite a few little play-dates with friends this week! As I talked about in my post yesterday, I’ve really lost contact with a lot of people who I used to be very close with in my life. I’m trying this whole “socializing” thing out again, and I’m actually super pumped.

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I’ve had opportunities to babysit during these times. I really just need to learn to say no sometimes. If I already have plans made with friends, I do not need to cancel them every time if I am asked to babysit. I am allowed to say no, and I’m constantly reminding myself of this.

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There’s only one more episode of The Bachelor before the finale! I am so excited for the finale episode. I always settle in with my bottle of wine and smile the entire time I think.

The Bachelor is almost over Sad smile However, I’ll have some more free time, which is always desperately needed. Is it pathetic that I consider watching this show something that I need to do?

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I had the weirdest, best dream I’ve ever had. Now you guys totally can’t judge me on this one. Just go with the flow. I never remember my dreams, so you know it’s something fantastic when I do. Long story short, I dreamed that Jillian Michaels told me she loved me! She was in my bedroom telling me how she wanted me to come to LA to be there with her and her kids and wanted to take me to Punta Cana with her and her family. We talked for like, ever in my room and then we flew to LA together. There were a ton more details, but I’m ridiculously too embarrassed to type them out, haha! I think this happened because I was thinking about vacationing with families I nanny for before I fell asleep last night, and I guess it’s kinda similar? So Jillian, if you ever read this, I love you more. And I will come live in your home and be the best roommate in the world<3

It makes me sad every time I look at her, because I want her body. Goodness, that woman is a machine. My new mantra is WWJD: What Would Jillian Do? Not even kidding. This is implemented immediately.

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Onto a new topic. As you all are reading this, bright and early on a Monday morning, I’m at the gym (hopefully) completing my workout and starting with this whole “work out at the same time every day” thing. I’m hoping this gives me some consistency and peace. It will also give me some much needed free time to relax and play catch-up in the evenings. Hopefully this routine will work out and make things a bit easier for me! Fingers crossed.

I usually post a quote on Mondays, and today I’m giving you one that I found on Kate’s blog. I fell in love with it and want to read it every single morning.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

What’s the strangest and/or best dream that you can remember?

First Vlog!

Oh goodness, please don’t make fun of me:

Yes, I realize the video is like the crappiest quality ever, but hey; it’s my first shot. next time will be better! Plus, it’ll be worth a good laugh down the road when I really figure out how to do good videos and I look back on this.

 

And now in case you care at all, I’ll tell you about my workout this morning. I knew I wanted to do cardio, since my whole body feels like I got hit by a truck from using my new foam roller for the first time last night. Posting about it on twitter was about all I could handle for an hour when I woke up this morning before I finally got out of bed. Here’s a breakdown of what I did:

5 minutes: standing stretches

30 minutes: 3.2 miles on the elliptical at resistance 6, and alternating between going forward and backward every 5 minutes (I feel like I get a better workout this way, since I can really feel it working different parts of my legs)

20 minutes: 1.9 miles on the treadmill, at incline 1, and walking at 4.4 for 1 minute and jogging at 6.6 for 2 minutes

5 minutes: seated stretches

I didn’t want to do anything too crazy today, since I really want to take another shot at that foam roller tonight while watching the game. I feel it like crazy, especially in my hamstrings. I didn’t realize how tight my whole body was before! It definitely helps me to release that pent-up energy, but I think it will take some time before I stop feeling horrible the next morning. I know it will pay off eventually!

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Breakfast

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Clockwise, it’s blueberry Chobani, 1/2 tbs. roasted flax seeds, banana, strawberries, and KIND blueberry vanilla cluster granola.

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Yum.

Snack

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A Gala apple and 1 tbs. cookie butter with some green tea. I seriously just cannot get enough of that stuff.

Lunch

Luke and I went to a local pub called Boston’s. I got their individual whole-wheat Florentine pizza, which had sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, spinach, basil, onion, and plenty of garlic on it. SO GOOD. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I have some leftovers so if I remember I’ll snap a picture before I finish those up later tonight :p This is a pic from their website.

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Still no clue what’s going on tonight for dinner/snacks, but I’ll be sure to fill you in on it tomorrow!

 

Have a great time tonight, whatever you’re doing, and stay safe <3

 

Do you feel weird taking pictures of your food at restaurants?