My Favorite Foods

How is everyone doing on this lovely Thursday morning? I am totally obsessed with the fact that there’s only 2 days until the weekend and that March is starting tomorrow. February wasn’t the best month for me, but I’m determined to turn it around in March and make it rock. I have a lot of fun stuff going on in March:

  • new families to babysit for
  • a 5th birthday party for a sweetheart I babysit
  • tons of personal training sessions already scheduled
  • running a St. Patty’s Day 5K
  • house sitting for a lady I workout with
  • not too many weekend plans yet, so lots of time to relax (fingers crossed!)

I also got a call from The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday letting me know that our show taping has been moved up a day. WOO! One day less to wait. So for anyone that cares, the episode I’ll be in the audience for is going to be airing on April 11th. No worries, I’m sure I’ll remind you a million and one times before then anyway.

This is going to drive me nuts. Yesterday on someone’s blog they did a WIAW, but a “What I WOULD Eat Wednesday.” I cannot remember for the life of me who’s blog it was! So if this was you, please let me know so I can give you proper credit. Anyway, they wrote about what foods they would eat if they knew nothing about nutrition, calories, protein, added sugars, etc. I thought this was a super fun idea, so here’s what I would eat if I had no knowledge or care for taking care of my body. Here are the foods that I would totally be indulging in on a regular basis.

  • Costco chocolate chunk muffins

  • Olive Garden white chocolate raspberry cheesecake

  • Margaritas x 1,000

  • Tostitos scoops, guacamole, and salsa x 1,000,000

  • Vegetable lo mein

  • Peach rings

  • Ben & Jerry’s cinnamon buns ice cream

  • Caesar salad

  • Trix cereal (but the kind with the fruit shapes, not those boring circles they use now)

  • Fruit salad

There’s probably more, but that’s what first came to mind. Are you kidding me? Apparently I would be 3,000 pounds if I didn’t care about health and fitness!

Since we’re already on the food topic, can I please just share with you my breakfast from yesterday? I had a bit of an unusual schedule yesterday, so Luke and I had time to sit down to a real breakfast together for the first time in probably like, ever. I got my Perfect Fit Protein packets in the mail a few days ago and decided to try out the protein pancake.

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The recipe is super simple:

  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tbs. almond milk
  • 1 packet perfect fit protein
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

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YUM. I topped mine with some cookie butter, the other half of my banana, and a sprinkle of Back to Nature granola with dark chocolate chunks. It’s rare for me to not finish my food, but I still had a couple bites left. It was SO filling.

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Black coffee and a mimosa (or 3) may or may not have been enjoyed on the side as well.

I also got an awesome workout in yesterday. I didn’t quite follow along with the Wednesday schedule for the 5 Day Warm-Up, since I was feeling like mixing it up.

  • 2 Tone It Up ab routines, 3x through each (took me about 45 minutes)
  • 15 minutes stretching

Since I completed an hour of cardio at the gym yesterday, I wasn’t feeling any more additional treadmill work today. I’ll hit it today!

Here’s the schedule for today (wow, this post is getting bullet-point crazy!):

  • leg/butt circuits at the gym + jazzercise class
  • training 2 clients
  • doctors appointment (boo……)
  • afternoon off to do some seriously needed work on the computer!

Not sure what the plans are for tonight, but hopefully spending some time with my little sister, since she was absolutely devastated she didn’t have a snow day yesterday. Poor kid.

What’s a food you would eat if you had no knowledge of nutrition?

Unusual Places

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how busy I deem my life to be. It’s really just not. I tend to “need” to make time for unnecessary activities, such as watching TV, exercising, catching up on reading blogs, and you’re going to laugh at this one, but doing my hair. I spend a lot of time doing things that don’t need to be done, when I could use that time wisely towards activities that actually matter. I also tend to rush through what I really do have to do in order to move on to the next time. In this process, I end up missing out on all the little things that are so beautiful in life. For example, the 4 year old I nanny for made all these pictures at school today and was so excited to show them to me. They’re obviously the work of a child and nothing super special, but to her, they’re just absolutely amazing. She is so proud of her work and obviously took a long time on them. It’s amazing to see her face light up when she talks about the simple snowman that she made on her paper. Also, the other day I was with the 2 year old at an outdoor mall. There were little seashells engraved into the sidewalk that she was absolutely fascinated with. I would never have noticed these if I was on my own, since I’m usually power-walking through the mall to get my shopping done as quickly as possible. In the words of some quote I heard forever ago that I’m sure you did too, “Take time to stop and smell the flowers.”

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I actually took that picture when I was in Italy!

 

Here are some of the unusual places that I have found beauty or love lately:

  • In all my friends I’ve been emailing lately. Whether they are blogging friends, friends from high school, or friends I have loved my whole life, I’ve been having some awesome conversations lately that just make my heart melt.
  • Driving to work listening to the radio each morning and hearing some of the funny, sad, sweet, or debatable issues that are brought up. Something about the fact that all the people calling in live in my area and all the diverse things going on here? I don’t know, I love it.
  • The positive response I’ve had from personal training clients. I have had nothing but good words so far. I’m obsessed.
  • The sick as a dog 2 year old I have cuddling on my chest right now. She may be coughing her brains out and getting snot all over me, but I just don’t care. She’s precious.
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    I think it’s really important to step back and think about all the beautiful things in your life, rather than what brings you down. What you focus on multiplies, so why not think about the good stuff? Seems like a good idea to me.

     

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    Here’s some food pictures for you today! I don’t take and/or post these as often as I would like, so I’ll try to get back into it more.

    Breakfast: mango Naked juice, whole wheat sandwich thin toasted with butter, and a pear

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    Snack: fruit salad

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    Lunch: grilled cheese (yes, with ketchup) and an un-pictures salad with romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, orange peppers, celery, and broccoli

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    Snack: vanilla bean frozen yogurt with dark chocolate m&m’s

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    Don’t know what dinner is going to be yet. I’m heading to the gym after work to train a client and get in a workout of my own in the form of a jazzercise class. I have lots of client training plans to work on tonight, since I have 5 sessions with new people coming up in the next week! Whew. I’m making good progress on the Spice Up Your Life challenge. Last night I went through my books and found the ones I want to donate to our local library, and the night before that I worked on getting my recipes and workouts in order which feels GREAT. Tonight the goal is to throw out stuff from my bathroom cabinets that I don’t use anymore. That will be quite a task.

     

    What is something beautiful from your day today?

    A (Sick) Day in the Life

    Let’s just make it simple and re-cap today so far in pictures.

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    Literally woke up to a white sky and didn’t realize how sick I was until I tried to sit up and see if it was snowing yet or not.

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    I’m very lucky to have a sweet boyfriend who brings me tea when I’m sick just because he’s a good guy <3 I started off the day with that, a ton of water, some PT research, and my morning talk shows.

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    Then around 11 am I finally felt like I could get out of bed to eat something, except I had no appetite, so a smoothie it was.

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    Srawberry Banana Orange Smoothie

    4 oz. orange juice
    1 container strawberry Chobani
    1 banana
    4 strawberries
    1 scoop brown rice protein powder
    2 pineapple juice ice cubes
    4 regular ice cubes

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    It’s always better in a pretty glass.

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    After watching a little bit of this…..

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    ….anyone recognize it? :p I was ready for a light lunch around 1:30. This is some BBQ pop chips, baby carrots, roasted red pepper hummus, and new to me hummus chips.

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    I just realized that looks like a TON of chips, but it’s on a really small plate. I swear! Those hummus chips were amazing. My mom picked some up for me at Costco yesterday, and I’m addicted. 30 chips for only 130 calories, and they’re great for scooping up hummus. Super simple ingredient list, too!

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    I needed a little dessert after that, so I had a small bowl of raspberry rhubarb crumble also from Costco! And get this: it’s healthy. It’s literally only made with raspberries, rhubarb, and granola. I swear it tastes better than it looks.

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    And then I happened to look outside and saw snow. A lot of snow. Encouraged me even more to not leave the house at all today.

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    Another reason I’m not leaving the house? This is what I look like. And I’m comfy as I can be and have no intentions of changing, thank you very much.

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    I have done a few productive things today. I did some light stretching, cleaned my room and bathroom, and have been working on training plans and am actually making some good progress.

    The rest of the afternoon is going to be filled with this..

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    …and this.

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    Tell me something exciting so I’m not so bored with my own life!

    Funny, Yet Sucky

    Alright, I’m about to go on a bit of a rant.

    I told myself last night that this week was going to be a total “clean eating week.” Wanna know how I started off? PERFECT.

    - greek yogurt with banana, almonds, and oats
    - kashi bar and apple
    - panera garden vegetable soup
    - celery and carrot sticks
    - whole wheat angel hair pasta with broccoli, carrots, feta, and balsamic

    Sounds perfect, right? Wrong. Because you want to know what ended up happening mid-afternoon? The girls I nanny for wanted to make cookies. That’s what happened. Wanna take a wild guess who ended up eating way too much cookie dough? This girl right here. Wanna know who may or may not have also eaten 2 cookies (they were small :p)? Me. That’s right. I didn’t feel bad after, but I feel so unbelievably sick right now that I cannot even explain it. I totally know that’s why, because when I even think about that little episode I get nauseous (spelling?).

    I guess my lesson learned is quite humorous, because as I was telling the girls not to eat the cookie dough, I was stuffing my face with it. I was telling them, “You’re gonna get a bellyache!” as I was completely contradicting myself. In other words, do what I say, not what I do. Great quote.

    So this sucks! Apparentely my body rejects sugar. I always kinda knew that, but this experiment was a great one to confirm my theory. I’ve never had a day (that I can remember) where I ate completely clean and one particular thing ruined my appetite….and stomach! I’m queasy just thinking about sugar. Like, I cannot even stand the thought of it. Maybe this episode will be good for me. Maybe I’ll remember this feeling next time and be like, “Allison. Dude. Quit it. Have a carrot.” Probably not, but a girl can dream, right?

    All I want to do right now is make myself a big bowl of fruit and some whole wheat crackers to go along with my marathon night of The Bachelor + Biggest Loser + How I Met Your Mother. Some Cabernet may make its’ way into the mix as well….never said I was perfect.

    I truly apologize for the depressing post and lack of pictures. Tomorrow is a new day<3

    Any foods that completely turn you off? Also, are you as sick of Tierra on The Bachelor as I am?!?! Grrrrrrr.