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I’m excited to say that the views on my blog have officially hit above 50! For just starting less than a month ago, I feel like this is a good start. Please, please feel free to leave some comments/feedback on what you think, what you’d be interested on seeing posts on or have questions about! I’m going to start doing daily questions, or at least every couple days to keep things interesting. 🙂
So, to rewind a bit: I started this morning off with a bowl of 1/4 cup steel cut oats, a medium banana, a tbsp(ish) of Teddie’s natural peanut butter, some goji berries and almond milk. For more detailed directions, check out Jenna’s Eat Live Run blog under her FAQ’s section. But to sum it up, I took out the portion of oats, added a little almond milk, microwaved with the banana for a minute and a half and stirred in the peanut butter and a little agave. YUMmmmy. Not even the healthy-and-I-kinda-pretend-I-like-it yummy, the actually-healthy-and-delicious-breakfast goodness that will be repeated many more mornings to come.
After breakfast and a shower, I headed off to work at 8am and was there until 3ish. At work, I knawed on one of my new granola bars, this one being a RAW REVOLUTION Raspberry & Chocolate Bar. I will admit I was scared it would taste like a cliff-bar-gone-wrong, but it tasted more like a crunchy chocolaty raspberry rice crispy bar. The best part was that the steel cut oats kept me full even when I started to munch on the granola bar, but I figured I’d break lunch up into two parts to keep up my energy.
So, I ate the raw granola bar around 11 and then proceeded to have a small salad with a little bit of sliced apples, chevre and avocado on a mesclun/spinach mix for the other half of my lunch around 1pm.
I didn’t manage to get a picture of the raw granola bar, but I did manage to sneak a quick pick of this yummy pick-me-up mini salad.
After work a few hours later, I rushed home to get ready for the gym. To give myself a little energy before my weights/cardio day, I munched on a small piece of multigrain toast (that I keep frozen in my freezer) with a tablespoon of light cream cheese on top. The spin, however, was that I added 1/8 of a teaspoon of Spirulina to the cream cheese and stirred it before spreading it on top of the toast. It looks sketchy and weird, but I feel TEN TIMES better now than I did once I got out of work. I’m assuming that the superfood/gym combo may have contributed. 🙂
So again, excuse the gross-looking color. In a way it reminds me of sugar-cookies-gone-wrong…very wrong…
…but surprisingly it tasted just like normal cream cheese! I will definitely be trying this combo again soon.
Thenn, once at the gym I did 35 minutes of cardio on the elliptical and rocked out to some tunes, then did:
- tricep kickbacks (3 sets x 12 reps, 10lbs)
- bicep curls (3 sets x 12 reps, 10 lbs)
- dumbell chest press (3 sets x 12 reps, 10 lbs)
- medicine ball twist (3 sets x 12 reps, 10 lb weight)
- good mornings (3 sets x 12 reps, 10 lb weight)
I went light on my legs today, only because they are still half dead from my Jillian Michaels/hill climbing/first time running in a while trio this week. They’ll be fine until next time…I might even do some yoga tonight. Total burn? About 450 calories.
Once back at my apartment, I made a light dinner of a mesclun/spinach mix salad topped with a little chevre, tortilla strips for color and goddess dressing. On the side I had a Morning Star (110 calorie) mushroom veggie burger with a little cheddar cheese, Mrs. Dash, garlic powder and pepper for seasoning. I also had a few bites (couldn’t resist) of my delicious Spinach, Artichoke, Chicken pasta creation from last night (pasta not pictured).
For dessert I’m going to have a piece of dark chocolate, some Yogi Immune Support Tea (my favorite) and a serving of pumpkin yogurt (which I tried yesterday) with a little cinnamon, cool whip lite and granola. I’ll probably catch up on my favorite blogs (Fitnessista, Eat Live Run, The Fit Bride, Graduate Meghann, and (newly) Bites of the Apple), watch some tv, read and relax. I suggest checking them out if you haven’t already.
Hope you all enjoyed the pictures. Overall, it was a pretty healthy day and I’m feeling TEN times better than I have in a long, long time. There’s something completely soulful about exercising and cooking foods that fuel your body with healthy energy. The key? Balance and moderation, moderation, moderation.
Have a great night! <3, Jenna
Question of the day/week: Do you like to have something sweet after a meal? If so, what are your favorite treats to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way?