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Energy Crash

Yesterday morning started off on a great note.  Corey and I managed to drag our butts out of bed at 6:30AM, and we headed out the door for a 3-mile run.

We cut our new route a little short this time, because a) Corey’s knee was bothering him and b) I was dying.  What can I say- sometimes I can power through the pain, and other times I feel like laying down in traffic would be a better option.

I will say this: I don’t know how runners in Florida can manage to run outside at any other time than early in the morning.  It has been so hot lately!  My car has read “100 degrees” for the last 3 days, and it’s brutal.

Breakfast

A big, creamy yogurt bowl sounded great after a sweaty run.

I filled a small bowl with a cup of Fage 0% Plain Greek Yogurt, and topped it with sliced strawberries and banana, walnuts and a drizzle of honey.

Lunch

For lunch, I was in the mood for a veggie-filled salad.

I topped chopped Romaine lettuce with a chopped plum tomato, raw broccoli florets, a chopped eggwhite, and half of an avocado.  I also drizzled a little Organicville Sesame Goddess dressing over top.  I’ve decided that a little avocado on a salad makes a world of difference in the flavor/texture department.  Love it!

Energy Crash

As soon as I got to my class, I felt like something was wrong.  Even though I got 8 hours of sleep the night before, and I ate two filling meals before class, I had a sudden energy crash!  I could not keep my eyes open for the life of me.  I know Anatomy and Physiology isn’t the most titillating subject for some people, but it’s never bored me to the point of falling asleep, so that’s why I was confused as to what was going on with me.  I even contemplated leaving during our break so I could go home and sleep!

I think the fact that I didn’t have carbs in my breakfast or lunch may have had something to do with it.  I will be testing this theory today!

Dinner

I was pretty hungry when I got home, so Corey and I quickly got to work on dinner.  We marinated some salmon fillets in teriyaki and cilantro and threw them on the grill.  We also grilled some zucchini slices, mushrooms, and sliced bell peppers.

 

How do you cope with a mid-afternoon energy crash?

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Grill Pasta

Happy Friday Eve, everyone!

This week has flown by, which makes me extra happy, since I am wearily counting down the days until I am done with this hellish class!  4 more weeks, for those who want to count down with me 🙂 .

Workouts

On Tuesday, I did a solid cardio session, starting out on the treadmill with 30 minutes of running intervals, followed by 15 minutes on the elliptical.

I have been seriously missing strength training in my routine!  I inadvertently took a week-long break from weights, so I was excited to get to a BodyPump class yesterday.  It felt good to be back, and I am definitely feelin’ it today!  After class, I did 15 minutes on the elliptical before heading home.

Breakfasts

Look out, smoothies– I have a new go-to breakfast! At least for this week.

I’ve been making lots of oats!  I’ve switched from my usual packets of flavored oatmeal to using “old fashioned oats”, cooking a serving (1/2 cup) with either water or almond milk in the microwave, and then stirring in some flava!  The “flavor” part has been in the form of peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, honey, or all three!

I love oats because they keep you full for a longer period of time, which has been great, since I now have less opportunities to eat throughout the day during the week.

Lunches

Go-to breakfasts have been followed by go-to lunches lately.  It’s actually starting to get a tad on the boring side, but I’ve found that this routine is helping power me through my looong class, so I’m going with it.  Enter: Salad with Ginger Dressing.

Romaine lettuce, bell pepper strips, and a serving of Naturally Fresh Ginger Dressing.  On the side, I enjoyed a Granny Smith apple and a spoonful of peanut butter.

Dinners

On Tuesday, Corey and I went to Dexter’s for “$1 Burger Night”.  Nope, you didn’t read that wrong.  It literally is $1 for a burger.  Can’t beat that!  I ordered mine with bleu cheese and mushrooms.

Last night, we concocted a little something I’m referring to as “Grill Pasta”.  I’ve found that grilling food takes it to a whole different level.  I would much rather eat grilled vegetables than steamed, and I would much rather have chicken cooked on the grill than in the oven or a skillet.  Corey grilled some vegetables and chicken, and I got busy making a simple sauce.  We tossed everything together and sprinkled with parmesan cheese, and it was just delicious.

Grill Pasta

Servings: 3-4

Ingredients:

1/2 box whole wheat spaghetti

2 cups chopped broccoli florets

1 large Vidalia onion

4 chicken cutlets

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes

1/2 cup white wine

1 tablespoon Smart Balance

3 garlic cloves, diced

1 pinch red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon dried chives

Directions:

Slice the onion in half.  Chop one half, and slice the other half into wedges.  Place the onion wedges and broccoli in tinfoil, spray with non-stick spray, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Prepare the chicken for grilling, any way you like.  Place vegetables and chicken on the grill until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.

Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain.

In a skillet over medium heat, spray with nonstick spray and add the chopped onion.  After 2 minutes, add the garlic.  Add the Smart Balance and then the white wine.  Add the sundried tomatoes and other spices.  Cook for about 2-3 minutes and remove from heat.  Add the hot pasta to the sauce.  Cut the grilled chicken into bite-size pieces, and add that and the grilled vegetables to the pasta and toss everything together.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.

You could add any grilled vegetables and meat you like to this dish, and it would still be great- and the best part- it’s ready in minutes!

NFL Draft Party

Contrary to popular belief, I did not actually fall off the face of the earth after Wednesday’s post.

However, I haven’t stopped moving since then, and I am cherishing this long-awaited time on the couch.  I have lots to catch you up on, but this post is dedicated to Friday night- also known as the coolest night ever.

As you may already know from my About Me page, Corey played football for the University of Central Florida, where we both went to college.  He was a 4-year starter, played tight end, and had an amazing career.  Unfortunately, he suffered not one, but two, season-ending injuries; his junior year was a broken ankle, and his senior year was the most devastating- a torn ACL.  He played too many plays to be eligible for a medical red shirt, and his football career was ended very prematurely.

Poster of Corey on the front of the UCF Arena

Us after a UCF game

When I first got to UCF as a freshman, my roommate and best friend, Katie, had already been living there over the summer.  Being the social butterfly that she is, she was proud to announce that she had already befriended all of the football players on our dormatory hallway.

I will never forget the first night when I arrived at school, and the first thing Katie said to me was, “Don’t worry, there’s this guy named Jah that lives on our hallway- he’s basically the biggest human I’ve ever seen, and if we’re really nice to him, he might take out our trash for us!”  Little did I know our friendship with Jah would lead me to my future husband 🙂 .

Corey lived with Jah for 3 years in the dorms, along with another teammate, Mike. The three of them have been great friends ever since.

Jah has had a great football career at UCF, but his time on the football field is only just beginning.

On Friday night, Corey’s parents hosted an NFL Draft watch party for Jah, who was expected to be drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round.  We invited a bunch of our friends over, and had a great time eating, drinking and anxiously awaiting the golden phone call.

Corey assumed his favorite role- Grill Master:

His mom rounded out the grilled burgers and hot dogs with french fries, salad, and an assortment of desserts.

I filled my plate with an extra-burnt hot dog, just the way I like it, and some french fries.

And an Orange Blossom Pilsner, of course.

The 2nd round of the draft had ended, and that’s when everyone’s nerves kicked in.  Next thing we knew, Jah bolted out of the room and into the office to answer his phone.  THIS WAS IT!

At the same time Jah was on the phone, everyone else was in the living room and erupted in celebration when this popped up on the TV screen:

Jah Reid to the BALTIMORE RAVENS!

As soon as he came back into the room, the celebrating began.  Jah did the honors of popping champagne:

Mike gave a short and sweet toast, telling Jah how proud we all are of him.

We took lots of pictures.

Jah and his girlfriend Sarah

Roomies

And my favorite picture, Jah with his teammates and the girlfriends:

Then, it was time to par-tay.

We moved the celebration down by UCF to Knight Library.  We drank and danced the night away and had a great time.

The only picture I have since my camera died!

Corey and I both agreed that this was one of the most memorable experiences we’ve had, and it is certainly something we will never forget.  We are so happy for Jah- if there is anyone who deserves something this great, it is definitely him.  We can’t wait to cheer him on as newfound Ravens fans!

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