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My eats today were pretty standard awesome.

Breakfast:

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Layers!

Layers!

1/3 cup oatmeal, 1/3 banana, 1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese, cinnamon, 1 T grapenuts, 2 T Zoe’s Raisin Granola, 1 T drizzled White Chocolate Wonderful. It took me an hour to finish! So delicious and filling– and pretty. I love all the different textures going on. Totally my breakfast for right now.

Then my boyfriend and I went to the gym where I cranked out 75 minutes of cardio, clocking 551 calories burned. Woohoo bikini challenge 🙂 I love having my HRM, but it kept acting up on the treadmills- it would drop to 55-70, when it was really in the 140-160s. I have an F6 so it shouldn’t have cross-talk. Any ideas? I didn’t have this issue on any other machines, but it happened on 3 different treadmills (different models, even). It was really bizarre (and a little annoying).

What wasn’t annoying was my post-workout eat (which my boyfriend LOOOVES and my sister is going to try!!):

A Green Monster Smoothie Milkshake:

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It was so thick and milkshakey, I did what any true milkshake lover would do, I topped that bad boy with some whip cream:

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SO GOOD WITH WHIPPED CREAM!

In the mix: 2 cups spinach, 1 cup light plain soy milk, 1 scoop designer chocolate whey protein powder, 1 T flax seeds, 1/3 banana handfull each of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. I am so in love with this and it is so ridiculously filling.

I updated and revised my resumes today. It was relatively time consuming, but necessary. I have a job fair tomorrow and I know I need to step up my job-hunting in the next few months. WISH ME LUCK 🙂

Hope everyone had a glorious weekend. The weather here in the Bay Area has been perfect: low-70s and sunny. Mmmmm.

What is your perfect weather?

Daily Joy: Working out with my boy.

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As I mentioned in my last post I find it difficult to post everyday, as I have a crazy schedule right now (lots of travelling- two week spring breaks are the best!).  I am also in the middle of trying to figure out my life next year. I’m kinda really type-A and want to know everything early and to PLAN AHEAD and have all my ducks in a nice row long before I have to. For several reasons that isn’t possible right now, and I am learning the hard lesson of letting life unfold. So please pray for us that things work out 🙂 We need all the positive thoughts we can get!

Without further ado here are some Baking delights and some eats–

My sister sent me a package in the mail a week or so ago. I opened it and found a ziplock bag of mush. It was actually yeast! She had sent me Amish friendship bread, so for the next ten days, my little sack of yeast came with me as I mushed the bag every day and added to it, etc.

Finally, it was day 10 and time to make the friendship bread!

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There they are baking away- getting HUGE! I don’t have bread pans 😦 But I made muffins and mini muffins instead– here is how they turned out:

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Mini-muffins! YUM! The bread is cinnamon and sugary. Very unhealthy, but DIVINE 🙂 I hope some of you get some in the mail!

The next morning I had oatbran with skim milk and peanut butter. I am loving the PB drizzle- I heat the PB in the microwave to get a nice drizzle:

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Then, unexpectedly, I had to rush out of town, but I was able to grab this sucker on the way out the door:

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Perfect Foods Carob Chip. So delicious- even my boyfriend liked it!

Here are the stats (if you can see them):

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This deliciousness held me for awhile… mmmm…

Later I bought this:

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A POLAR F6 HRM! A POLAR F6 HRM! WHEEEEEEE!

I am loving this puppy. It’s interesting though- I have now done two workouts with it- a 4+ mile run and P90X Plyometrics, and for each I would have thought I burned a ton more calories than I did. I’m glad to have this as a “reality check” to how much I am burning and need to refuel. Plus, it definitely made me realize why I may have struggled dropping weight in the past and excelled at putting on the pounds- TOTALLY thinking I burn more than I do!

This morning for breakfast we were at my boyfriend’s parents’ house and his Mama made us Dutch babies for breakfast: dscn1508

I tried to get his Chocolate Lab in the pic who was hiding under the table hoping for a bite! We also had a side of fruit:

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I could only eat half the Dutch Baby (it’s essentially 3 eggs, flour, and milk- so heavy!) but all my fruit 🙂

Unsure what I’ll do for dinner- my appetite has been a bit off with stress and a sore throat. I’m thinking a stirfry sounds fabulous! Then we’re off to San Fran for a night out 🙂

Have a great Saturday night!

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Hey y’all! I’m back from Oregon and will be here for the next few months 🙂

I got back yesterday to not one, but TWO packages!

First one:

SO MUCH YUM

SO MUCH YUM

Zoe’s Sampler pack!

Box 2:

Inside this box:

VitaBrownie, VitaTops, VitaMuffins oh my!

VitaBrownie, VitaTops, VitaMuffins oh my!

In the box: VitaBrownies, VitaTops (Chocolate Fig, Triple Chocolate, Deep Chocolate, PB Chocolate) and Chocolate VitaMuffins.

That should last me a while! YUM!

This morning I tried to recreate my delicious breakfast I had at my grandmas:

Beautiful to behold, Delish to eat

Beautiful to behold, Delish to eat

1/3 cup oats, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, cinnamin, sprinkle of Kashi grape-nut-esque cereal, sprinkle of Zoe Cinnamin Raisin granola, drizzle of Maple PB.

SO YUM. And FYI- Zoe’s granola is AWESOME!!! Can’t wait to try the other flavors!

I needed to go to the gym, but I was lacking energy, so I had my FAVORITE pre-workout kick:

FRS low-cal Orange Concentrate

FRS low-cal Orange Concentrate

You mix 2-oz concentrate with 6-oz water, and it’s delicious and nutritious. I can definitely tell when I drink this before a workout- gives me a great energy boost. It has some caffeine, and B-vitamins. Love it.

Ran 5 miles in 41:14 on the treadmill. Glad to knock it out. I came home and am going to go hiking with a friend so I made a delicious Green Monster Smoothie Shake:

Better N' Beer

Better N' Beer

Sorry it’s sideways. My computer lied to me and said it was the right way. Let’s pretend it’s correct.

The texture was unbelievable- I ate it with a spoon!

Can you see how thick it is??

Can you see how thick it is??

Like a milkshake- so wonderful.

In the mix:

1 cup light soymilk, 1 scoop Chocolate Whey Protein Powder, 1 T Flax, 1.5 Cups Spinach, handfulls of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries.

I finished off my lunch with a pice of light bread with White Chocolate Wonderful PB. Yum 🙂

Have a great day!

Question of the Day:

If you have a blog, how long does it take you each day? I find that it can take me a while!

Daily Joy: Biking to the gym with the sun warming me.

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Hello Bloggie world!

I’m currently in Medford, Oregon visiting/taking care of my 89-years-young grandmother. I have sporadic internet access and not a ton of time, so I’ll resume posting tomorrow or Thursday. I already have 83 postings to read in my Google Reader! Yikes! I’ll try to read them all, but commenting may be at an all time low for now 😦 Sorry. But y’all are amazing and I love you all.

Quick thoughts-

  1. I will post the recipe to Pork and Apple Pie– it’s a keeper, especially for the men in your lives.
  2. I find Perfect Foods bars in Whole Foods- they are refrigerated. When I get back to Cali-ali I’ll post more specifics on them and their stats.
  3. I had an amazing bowl of oats this morning at the buffet and my grandmother’s assisted living dining room: oats, cottage cheese, cinnamon, granola, grape nuts, drizzled with peanut butter and a side of egg whites. I ate 2 hours ago and I’m still SO FULL (usually unheard of). I wish I had a picture, but I’m not sure that would be cool- and I really want to be cool 😉
  4. Had Cabbage and Spatzel soup last night for dinner- was so good. There was a spice in there I just could NOT figure out. I am determined to figure it out.
  5. Worked out in the fitness center here last night at 9:30 pm. I never work out at night, but my boyfriend wanted to, and it was actually a great way to end the day. I think the trick is to have a buddy and a super convenient location, otherwise I would definitely talk myself out of it. I did a tough 40 minutes on the elliptical incline 9, level 12. My heart was pounding! The fitness center also has cool weight machines that are air compressed to determine how much weight you lift. So neat and scientifically advanced- hehehe.

Take care everyone!

Here is an old picture of my grandmother and me-

Love

Love

Question: Do you work out at night ever? Does it keep you awake or help you sleep?

Daily Joy: Being able to hug my grandmother.

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Hope everyone is enjoying a fantastic Saturday!

Here is the pic of Pork & Apple Pie:

Tastes way better than it sounds or looks

Tastes way better than it sounds or looks

Last night while my boy ate Pork and Apple Pie, he asked if I would bike with him to the gym, work out, and bike back. Of course I agreed! So this morning I munched on two of these:

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Then we hit the sidewalk. We biked about 43:30, got to my apartment (which is right by the gym). At this point I was HUNGRY so I had a snack-

Half of this

Half of this

1/2 0% Greek Yogurt + 1/2 scoop chocolate whey protein powder

1/2 0% Greek Yogurt + 1/2 scoop chocolate whey protein powder

I love my protein powder, greek yogurt combo- like chocolate pudding- except protein-alicious!

Then we walked half mile to the gym, did 30 minutes of weights, 30 minutes of elliptical, walked a half mile back. By this time we were REALLY hungry, so I made us a green monster! HE LOVED IT!!

He almost finished it before I could snap a pic

He almost finished it before I could snap a pic

In the mix: cup spinach, 2 T Dark Chocolate Dreams, 1 scoop Chocolate Whey Protein powder, 1 cup light plain soy milk, 1/2 banana, 3 strawberries, 1/4 cup blue berries, 1 T flax seeds. He had about 3/4 and I had the rest and some golean with soy milk (not pictured) and the other half of my greek yogurt with protein powder. We then headed back and made it home in about 38 minutes. We had no idea how far we biked, so I plugged it in mapmyrun.com and it turned out to be 14.4 miles! Holy cow. So much fun 🙂

I snacked on this bar:

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I love it!! It tasted like peanut butter!!! So full of good fats and protein and I can read all the ingredients. I think it’s love. Definitely a meal replacement, but a worthy one. The boy snacked on Pork & Apple Pie (I snuck some too), then my hunger came screaming back and I had some Quaker WeightControl Maple & Brown Sugar oatmeal.

Halfway through- you can see evidence on the side of the bowl

Halfway through- you can see evidence on the side of the bowl

Sigh. I love that stuff. I haven’t had it in months, but I found a packet I had left over here, and it’s such a wonderful and filling snack!

In a little bit I’m heading to a natural yogurt place for “appetizers” with one of my friends 🙂 They sell Zico and I’m psyched to try one!

What is your favorite post-workout treat? Mine would have to be a green monster!

Daily Joy: Biking down a tree lined street with the spring air and soft sun with my boyfriend right next to me.

What was your joy today?

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Okay, regular post…. GO!

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In the mix: 1/2 cup oat bran, scoop Designer Whey Chocolate protein, 1/4 banana, 1/2 T Maple PB

So good, so filling, and a delicious way to start Friday.So y’all, my workout on Tuesday has totally killed my body. Every, I mean EVERY, muscle aches, from my tummy, to my neck, to my legs. Holy cow. Note to self: NEVER DO 7 MILES OF SPRINT INTERVALS AGAIN. I somehow managed to slowly bike to the gym to do a SLOOOOOOW 4 miles with just four uphills at a quicker (i.e. my usual) pace. I did it, it felt great, although my knee was a little rickety 😦 When I got back, all I wanted in the world was a delicious, nutricious, green monster:

Just turn your head to the left...

Just turn your head to the left...

In the mix: cup frozen spinach, cup light plain soy milk, scoop designer chocolate protein, 1/2 banana, 1 T flax seeds. DELICIOUS! Sorry it’s sideways, I’m too lazy to fix it – spring break has gotten to my head. hehehe.

I had a busy day of doing… nothing 🙂 Love spring break! I am reading People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks and am really enjoying it! It is so nice to read for fun. Also today one of my former first graders called me to see where I was and to tell me she was working hard in 2nd grade. It really made my day to have her call me.  She asked if I was being a good student and I said, “Yes, but I have so much reading!” She says, “Tell me about it!” HAHA so amazing. I miss my babies (i.e. students) so much, but I’m not sure the classroom is where I belong right now… we’ll see.

Tonight for my boy I made him some Pork and Apple Pie- it’s a delicious and filling recipe that we love. He grew up eating it. I’ll take pics and add them tomorrow- it takes a while to cook. By the time it’s out I’ll be tired of already blogging twice in one night.

While I was uploading pics from Vegas from my boyfriend’s camera, I found these gems (i.e. me doing something he finds hilarious)

Ready for Dinner!

Ready for Dinner!

This was one night- I was SO hungry I didn’t even take off my backpack when cooking up dinner… and yes, it was kale… yum.

I forgot my hand weights

I forgot my hand weights

I was doing Jillian’s Level 2 at his place and forgot my 3lb weights. The weights on the floor are 25 lbs each!! Yikes!! He kept laughing at me, but no worries y’all, I stayed focused 🙂

What is something that you do that your close friends/family/s.o. think is hilarious?

At the end of each post I want to write a Daily Joy. When my father was ill he told us to try to find the joy in each day. I want to keep doing that. So, at the end of each blog I will write my daily joy.

Daily Joy: Lying on the couch with the spring sun coming in my window reading a good book (and my student calling me:) )

What was your joy today?

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Viva las Vegas

Okay, as requested here is a sampling of my trip!

After doing half of P90x Synergistics and a quick 4-mile run, my boyfriend and our close friend (and an amazing, intelligent, and hilarious guy) left on Sunday and headed to Vegas. I really wish I hadn’t put my camera in the trunk as the geography was gorgeous. We drove from the Bay Area down to Vegas so we saw lush rolling green mountains, an ENORMOUS resevoir that was beautiful, and then desert full of cacti. We got in, checked into the Monte Carlo and began walking around. My boyfriend put a dollar in a slot machine, pulled it twice and kept losing. I pulled it and we won! I immediately hit “Cash Out” and walked away with a voucher for $1.25. A 25% increase in our money! hehehe 🙂 We saw a fountain show at the Bellagio, to Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to The Moon, which I loved. We walked around the Bellagio, which has stunning Dave Chihuly everywhere, a wonderful garden, and a chocolate fountain. Again, I was lame and forgot my camera (and it’s a large Nikon D40 so not that easy to walk around with). We also wandered around Ceasar’s Palace and made dinner reservations at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill for the next night!

The next day our friend Tommy and I went on a fast 3 mile run (22 minutes!) down the strip before we explored. I would recommend going before 9 am, because we did quite a bit of dodging and weaving! I gobbled down some Starbucks oatmeal and we were off! First we booked tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere after our dinner. I was so excited.

Here are some pics of our day walking around (We walked 6 miles!)

Strip towards Bellagio and Paris

Strip towards Bellagio and Paris

Strip back towards Monte Carlo and New York, New York

Strip back towards Monte Carlo and New York, New York

Paris

Paris

Paris Again

Paris Again

With the Boy at Bellagio

With the Boy at Bellagio

You can call me PB and Joe Lewis

You can call me PB and Joe Lewis

This is right outside the Mesa Grill in Ceasar’s Palace! You can see in 🙂

My boyfriend kicked his booty

My boyfriend kicked his booty

Outside Ceasar's Palace- See any resemblance?

Outside Ceasar's Palace- See any resemblance?

Wax Blue Man Group in Venetian

Wax Blue Man Group in Venetian

Being Dorky in the Venetian

Being Dorky in the Venetian

The Venetian was SO COOL

The Venetian was SO COOL

Group shot!

Group shot!

Boys and gelato

Boys and gelato

Eating gelato on the steps!

Eating gelato on the steps!

After the Venetian we explored Paris and headed back to swim a bit and go to dinner and the show. Dinner was DIVINE- it made me understand what it means to eat quality v. quantity. I was so satiated with just a bit because the food was so wonderful it made anything else seem like a waste of time. Haha. Cirque was fabulous as well- the flexibility and strength of the performers was stunning. It was also such a funny show:) We tried to go dancing, but it was a bit ridiculous trying to get in, so we went to New York, New York instead and enjoyed an amazing show at a bar of Dueling Pianos. We played a bit of blackjack then hit the sack.

All in all it was a great trip. Not much gambling, but I love any place you can explore by foot. I would return in a heartbeat for the shows and good food.

Whew long post- well, lots of pics. I hope the captions show- if the don’t let me know and I’ll fix it! I’m off to do some in-house Bikram (my muscles ache and are so tired from yesterday!) and other errands. Have a great day!

What is your favorite place to visit?

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