WIAW #9: Regular Summer Eats

Happy Wednesday! I’m pretending today is Friday and it pretty much is for me since I am heading to North Carolina tomorrow to look at houses near Camp Lejeune. It’s not really going to be much of a vacation since I’ll be running around trying to see as many places as possible in 24 hours but I am a little excited to see the new place that we are going to be living in August. I’ve never been to this area of North Carolina before so I hope I like it!

Moving on, its time for What I Ate Wednesday! If you’re new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons and check it out:

Yesterday was a pretty normal day of eating for me. I’m still sticking to the low-glycemic diet but I have to say I haven’t really noticed any changes in my body composition. I lost about 3 pounds in the first 3 weeks but over the past week-and-a-half I’ve gained almost all of it back, even though I’ve continued tracking my calories and sticking to the same diet. I don’t know what’s up, but I’m going to stick with the program and hope it all comes together in the end.

Breakfast – 9 a.m.

Breakfast was a bowl of steel cut oats made with skim milk and egg whites for some extra protein and a big scoop of almond butter, blueberries and cinnamon. I’m pretty sure I could eat oatmeal for breakfast every single day (I already do) and never get sick of it. I was somehow hungry again about 2 hours after breakfast yesterday so I had a small bowl of Kashi GoLean with skim milk for a little snack but forgot to take a picture. It didn’t look very exciting anyways so you’re not missing anything 🙂

Lunch – 1:30 p.m.

We had some leftover chicken from Monday night’s dinner so I cut it up into small pieces and mixed in a tablespoon of Trader Joe’s hummus dressing and some avocado to make a chicken salad.

I made a sandwich on Ezekial bread with some spinach. Delicious!

And for my sweet tooth, a big handful of cherries.

Snack – 4 p.m.

My gym just started holding Olympic weightlifting class on Tuesday evenings, so I knew I would need a snack before two hours of CrossFit and had a banana with almond butter. The Olympic lifting class was focused more on technique than lifting heavy weight, so it wasn’t like I was doing two high-intensity workouts in a row, but it was still really tough! Probably because I suck so badly at Olympic lifts. Practice makes perfect though, so I’m going to try to go to the class every Tuesday and Thursday.

Dinner – 7 p.m.

I picked up some Mahi Mahi burgers at Trader Joe’s and they were really good! I cooked them on the stove rather than the grill but they still tasted great. I had mine on a whole wheat bun with peach mango salsa, spinach and avocado on top. Yum!

I made a chickpea salad on the side by combining 1.5 cups of chickpeas, 1 cup diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup diced cucumbers, 1/2 cup diced onions and 1/2 cup feta cheese. This made a huge bowl that served both me and Brian with enough for leftovers again tonight.

Dessert – 9:30 p.m.

A piece of this delicious sea salt chocolate, which I ate crumbled up into tiny pieces in a bowl of Greek yogurt with blueberries.

There you go, another What I Ate Wednesday!

Quickie No-Equipment Workout

While Debbie Downer was pouring buckets all over Brian’s family in Florida, we had a pretty big storm of our own here in Virginia Beach last night. The storm started in Richmond where it knocked down trees and produced a few tornadoes and then made its way down to us.  The wind was so bad that a few of Brian’s friends got the windows of their cars completely shattered by a big gust! Between the wind, lightning and the fact that I am a huge wuss when it comes to storms, leaving the safety of our hotel room to go to CrossFit last night was not an option.

Even though we were stuck inside, we still wanted to get a workout in, so Brian and I made up our own equipment-free WOD to do in our hotel room. Our gym was doing this WOD last night:

Establish 1 Rep Max for push press

then

4 rounds of:
20m prowler push
250m sprint
15 burpees

The only move from the workout that we could do in our hotel room was the burpees, so we threw in a few other moves working similar muscle groups from the gym WOD.

3 rounds of:
1 set of rotisserie chicken (1 minute plank-1 minute side plank-1 minute reverse plank-1 minute side plank on the other side)
20 sit ups
20 pushups
20 burpees

Talk about a core workout! By the third round, my abs, shoulders and triceps were killing me and I was huffing and puffing after the burpees. We warmed up for about 10 minutes with some dynamic stretching and the workout itself took Brian about 21 minutes to complete and I finished in about 23 minutes.

Even though we couldn’t make it to the gym, we definitely got out workouts in! No excuses!

Then we rewarded ourselves by collapsing into bed and watching the Bachelorette. (We showered first, don’t worry.) Emily is officially my favorite bachelorette of all time. I love how honest and sassy she is. Homegirl is all about sending the guys home right in the middle of a date! I actually think it’s great that she doesn’t want to unnecessarily waste their time or string them along.

My prediction for her future fiance: Sean.

I love Jef, but I just don’t see them together. Chris showed his crazy side last night and it wasn’t pretty. And Arie just seems kind of boring and is a little too PDA-crazy for my taste. I’m rooting for Sean all the way. I also kind of have a thing for blondes…

Yup, that one.

Have a good one!

Bachelorette fans: who is your favorite contestant??

 

Born to Run and Cute Workout Clothes

I have a confession: I don’t really like to shop. I like clothes and dressing up just as much as the next girl, but I’m really not that into fashion. Shopping is fun for me for about 20 minutes, but after that I get sick of the whole getting undressed and dressed again process  and all of the clothes just sort of become one big blur. About three times a year I decide that I hate everything I own and go on a shopping spree during which I vow to put some effort into my outfits and become fashionable, but this phase only lasts about a week and then I’m back in jeans, tanks and flip flops. Usually rotating between about 2 pairs of each that I wear 99% of the time.

There is one exception to this rule, however, and that is shopping for workout clothes. While I only last a short while at the mall, I could spend hours trying on every single item in Lululemon. Maybe shopping for workout clothes is just easier? I’m not really sure why, but I would rather go to the Sports Authority than Saks almost any day.

One reason that I love workout clothes is that you can get away with wearing insanely bright colors. The two pairs of sneakers that I have right now are bright purple/yellow and bright turquoise/lime green, and I am fully convinced that either pair matches perfectly with  turquoise shorts and a hot pink shirt.

My affinity for bright colors led to this fantastic purchase earlier today:

The cutest running skirt I’ve ever seen. It totally clashes with the hideous hotel comforter but please just try to look past that.

I went to Dick’s for a new water bottle earlier today and walked with a new pair of sneakers and this skirt. Whoops.

I couldn’t resist though. This little beauty practically smiled at me from the rack as soon as I walked in the store. It even has hot pink shorts underneath! Cute AND functional.

Unfortunately, I’m not really doing any much running these days so this skirt is going to be seeing most of its action at CrossFit. I’ve never seen anyone do CrossFit in a running skirt before, but that doesn’t mean you can’t, right? I practiced a few squats and the skirt moved comfortably with them so I’ve decided I’m good to go.

I also got a new pair of sneakers which I’ve been meaning to do for a while since I’m going on almost a year with my current pair. I’ve been told that minimalist shoes are the best for weightlifting/running/plyometric workouts like CrossFit (our coach lifts in Chuck Taylors) and been on the fence about them until listening to Born to Run on tape while driving from Connecticut to Virginia last week.

I know I’m way behind on this one since everyone else read this like a year ago, but if you haven’t read it yet I highly recommend. Not only is it a great story, but the author also makes some great points about the benefits of minimalist/barefoot running. His argument that many running injuries are caused because our foot muscles are so weakened by corrective running shoes with loads of cushioning made a lot of sense to me.

I tried on a few pairs of sneakers at a running store last weekend and wasn’t crazy about any of them, but these New Balance 730s felt perfect on my feet as soon as I put them on. They are very lightweight with just a slight heel drop (I think its 3mm) and some cushioning underfoot. Usually runners are advised to gradually transition from corrective running shoes to minimalist shoes, but since I’m only running a few sprint intervals at CrossFit once or twice a week I think I’ll be okay.

The best part of these new shoes? They fulfill my lifelong dream of matching with Brian. He bought the New Balance Minimus Zeros last weekend which are almost identical to the 730s.

His and hers matching sneakers. I’m dying of cuteness overload right now.

Even though I’m bursting with excitement I’m going to try to keep my new shoes a secret as long as possible because Brian is going to kill me when he finds out. He said he would be so embarrassed if I copied his shoes, but I think he secretly likes when I do annoying things like this. His life would be so boring without me.

I can’t wait to wear my new gear tomorrow! I’m going to rock the brand new white sneaks and the new skirt. I have no shame.

What do you think of running skirts??
Love ’em. I don’t know why I don’t own like 10 of these already.

Have you tried minimalist running shoes? 

Have you read Born to Run? Did you like it?
Yes and now I want to run away to Mexico and join the Tarahumara and cure all of my running injuries like Christopher McDougall and Caballo Blanco.

WIAW #8: Back in Action

Hello! I took a little break from blogging over the past week, but I’m back! We’re back home (a.k.a. the hotel) in Virginia Beach and I’m so happy to be back with the hubby after almost 3 weeks apart. Now we are starting to look for our next home in Camp Lejeune, N.C. I’m a little surprised at how few rentals I’m finding in that area, but it is a tad way more rural than the other places I’ve lived – Boston, Sarasota, D.C. and Alexandria – so i guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. If anyone is familiar with the Jacksonville area and knows of good places to live, let me know!

Enough about that, it’s What I Ate Wednesday! If you’re new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons and check it out:

Breakfast – 9 a.m.

Oats in an almost empty almond butter jar made with steel cut oats, skim milk, liquid egg whites and blueberries. Yum! My favorite part of oats in a jar? Less dishes to clean! When you don’t have a dishwasher and have to wash all of your dishes by hand, one less dirty dish makes a world of difference.

Lunch – 1 p.m.

I went to a yoga class at noon yesterday and was starving when I got home so I threw this lunch together in about 30 seconds. I made a wrap on a whole wheat tortilla with spinach, turkey, tomatoes and avocado.

I also had some leftover brussels sprouts on the side. Sad fact: steamed/sauteed brussels sprouts are nowhere near as good as roasted brussels sprouts. I can’t wait to have an oven again!

Snack – 4 p.m.

A big, delicious Fuji apple.

Dinner – 7 p.m.

Thank goodness we had leftover steak in the fridge for that meat loving carnivore I live with, because I accidentally bought chicken flavored veggie burgers instead of real chicken burgers. Whoops! I mean, I thought the box said chicken, although upon closer inspection i realized it actually read “chick’n.” Big difference. These were Morningstar Farms Chick’n Grillers, which I thought I would hate because I usually don’t like veggie products that try to taste like meat, but these actually weren’t bad. Especially when topped with a crapload of tomato and avocado. Lesson learned!

Dessert – 9 p.m.

After dinner I had some really tasty cherries and a few handfuls of chocolate chips. These cherries are sweet and crunchy, which is not always the case.

There you go, my eats from yesterday. Enjoy your day!

Healthier Blueberry Pancakes

Hello there! I’ve been sort of M.I.A. from the blog lately – my CT vacation has been a little busier than I had anticipated! So far I’ve:

– Spent lots of time with the fam and these cute pups:

Lily, left, is a black toy poodle. She also goes by Dilly, Dillface and lil sausage. Porkchop, right, is a bichon. He enjoys long walks and peeing on the carpet.

– Put down the dystopian-themed YA literature for five seconds and finally read the book my husband has been trying to convince me to read for years, Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn (his favorite author). And I actually liked it.

– Found a great CrossFit gym and been going four or five days a week

– Bought a new car! Hello VW Tiguan. I am not a car person at all, but I think this car is really cute. Hopefully I won’t get made fun of anymore for having a “mom car,” which happened a lot when I drove a Subaru Forester.

– Met my June goal of getting 30 minutes per day of outdoor physical activity

– Stuck to my low G.I. diet and exercise plan…mostly. I haven’t missed a workout and I’d say I’ve stuck to the nutrition part of the plan about 90% of the time. Of course, there have been a few days where I’ve strayed a little bit, because sometimes, you just want a cookie. I am down 2.3 pounds in two weeks though, which is right on track with my goal of 7 pounds in 7 weeks.

This has been a great trip home and I will be a little sad to leave on Friday. Those sad feelings won’t last long thought because I’m so excited to see my handsome husband!

Ok I think that’s enough rambling, maybe I’ll get to the actual topic of this post now – pancakes!

I woke up feeling a little under the weather this morning and wanted a breakfast that tasted like comfort food, but was still (relatively) healthy. My aunt had been telling us in church on Sunday about how she had made blueberry pancakes that morning, and ever since then I’d been craving them, so I whipped up a batch this morning.

I loosely followed a basic pancake recipe, just adding blueberries and substituting egg whites for eggs and whole wheat flour for white flour:

Healthier Blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients:
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 egg white
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup blueberries

Warning: do not attempt to cook when extremely sleep deprived. I was up most of the night last night and my exhausted, crazy self accidentally dumped way too much salt in the pancake batter. I wasn’t originally going to add sugar, but I kind of had to in order to balance of the salt. Cooking in a zombie state also caused me to burn about half the pancakes, but luckily I got a few good ones.

This recipe made six pancakes – three of which I had to toss because they were so burned. Whoops. I snacked on one pancake while I was cooking and then had another topped with almond butter and strawberries.

These pancakes weren’t as fluffy as I would have liked and probably would have tasted better without the added salt, but when you’re running on four hours of sleep you take what you can get.

I’m off to attempt to be productive even though I really just want to go back to bed 🙂 Have a good one!

WIAW #7: Sensible Snacking

This month’s WIAW theme is all about sensible snacking which is perfect for someone like me who tends to tends to use summer time as an excuse to eat ice cream every single day. If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, visit Peas and Crayons and check it out.

Without further ado, here’s what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast – 9 a.m.

Oats with skim milk, diced apples, cinnamon, one egg white and slice almonds. It’s finally cooled off a little bit here so it was nice to be able to eat a bowl of oatmeal without sweating through my pjs. I’ve tried the whole cold overnight oats thing but I just can’t enjoy a bowl of cold oatmeal, it tastes weird to me.

Lunch – 1 p.m.

The weather was actually pretty chilly yesterday – my thin Virginia blood can’t handle New England weather even in June – so I wanted something hot for lunch. I made a pita pizza with tomato sauce, spinach, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and black olives. This lunch really hit the spot. I swear, you can never go wrong with pizza.

Snack – 3 p.m.

As delicious as my pita pizza was, it was a little small for a lunch and didn’t do a good job of holding me over so I was hungry again about an hour later. With the cold, crummy weather yesterday was a perfect day to do some baking. I made a batch of muffins based off of a recipe for Low GI Diet Apple Bran Muffins that I found on Sparkpeople.com.

I was a little skeptical of a recipe from a diet book, but these actually turned out really good! They were nice and moist with lots of apple chunks. I had two of them for an afternoon snack. Recipe coming your way tomorrow!

Dinner – 7 p.m.

My house was leftover city last night which was awesome because I looove me some leftovers. I couldn’t decide between my mom’s cooking and Chinese food so I had a little of both: salmon, roasted brussels sprouts and shrimp and asparagus stir-fry.

After dinner my brain completely forgot that it was What I Ate Wednesday day and I snarfed down a bowl of Greek yogurt with chocolate chips without taking a picture. If you haven’t tried this dessert, I highly recommend it. Some people think it sounds weird but the tart taste of the yogurt and the sweetness of the chocolate chips are perfect together.

There you go, what I ate yesterday!

June Goals

Holy cow! I can’t believe it’s June already! The past month literally flew by for me.

I’m a little behind since it’s already June 4, but it’s never too late to set some personal goals. First, let’s see how I did on my goals for May, shall we?

1. Drink more water
Check! I’m back to getting at least 64 ounces a day, although it’s usually close to 100 ounces, and I am feeling so much better. I think I am just one of those people who needs to drink a lot of water. If I don’t drink anything for more than an hour, I get a serious case of dry throat and the hypochondriac inside me starts thinking that I have a sore throat and am getting sick. So, I will keep on chugging water!

2. Run a road race
Done! The Equi-Kids 5k was a great time and it felt good to be running with a big bunch of people once again. Plus, I got to see some cute dogs and hang out with my cutie patootie husband. I haven’t seen him in a week because he is doing military training and I am really starting to miss his cute butt face. Here is some photographic proof of our little accomplishment and an excuse for me to look at Bri-Bri for a sec. 🙂

3. Reduce my sugar intake
This one is debatable. I’m not going to lie, I was still making bi-weekly trips to get fro-yo and feeling compelled to order dessert on date nights up until about a week ago, so I failed at this goal for most of May. However, since starting a low-glycemic index diet a week ago I have managed to cut down on the sugar quite a bit. I’m still not as low as the recommended amount that MyFitnessPal is giving me, which is 30 grams per day for a 1600 calorie a day diet, so this is one that I am going to keep working on.

June Goals
1. Get outside more

Since I’ve been at my parents’ house I’ve been taking our dogs on daily walks and am loving the extra time outside. My goal is to keep this up when I go back to Virginia Beach and am dog-less again, so my goal for June is to get 30 minutes of physical activity outdoors each day. This could be a walk with the pups, run on the beach, stretching outdoors or even outlet shopping.

2. Go to bed earlier
Since I started working from home my sleep schedule has gotten way out of whack. I went from waking up at 5 or 6 a.m. each day to sleeping until 9 or 10 a.m. I hate waking up late and feeling like I’ve lost my day and I don’t even really like staying up late that much unless I am out doing something fun. My goal for the month of June is to hit the hay by 11 p.m. and be up 7:30 each morning. That will give me a solid 8.5 hours of sleep and make me feel like less of a lazy bum.

3. See Newsies on Broadway!
This MUST happen while I am home. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Newsies is a Disney movie that came out in 1992 starring a teenage Christian Bale as the absolutely adorable “Cowboy” as well as a slew of other ’90s child stars. I may or may not have watched this movie at least once a week in 8th grade. I may or may not have done a history project on the Newsboy strike of 1899 (it was a real historical event, people). I may or may not still own the soundtrack. I am most definitely still in love with Christian Bale because of this movie. Sorry, Brian, but until you are willing to costume up in a newsboy cap and sing and dance to the brilliant work of Kenny Ortega, you can’t compare.

There you have it, my goals for the month of June. Wish me luck!

What are your goals this month??? Any other Newsies fans out there???