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JUST DO IT!

I woke up so sore this morning from yesterday’s workout- mainly the addition of lunges, which I haven’t done in a while.  We had planned to go running this morning, but my soreness seemed to serve as a good enough excuse for both of us to skip our morning workout.  As usual, I’m regretting it now.  But let’s talk about breakfast first:

Breakfast:

Nothing too exciting here, just a quick and filling bowl of Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal:

I really wish I had some fresh strawberries or banana to throw on top, but…I didn’t.  I’ll add it to the grocery list.  For a little extra sweetness, I added a drizzle of sugar-free maple syrup on top.

Maple-y Oats

I like this oatmeal because it’s low in sugar, comes in a variety of flavors, and it comes in individual packets, which is important for portioning.

I spent the morning pouring my blood, sweat and tears (mainly just tears) into a buttload of chemistry homework and quizzes, to prepare for two MORE quizzes that I had to drive to the school to go take in the Testing Center.  So rude that they make us do that.

At least I had this pup by my side to cheer me up:

"Cheer up, Mom! I's a COCKATOO!"

Lunch

Lunch today was especially delicious, thanks to some leftover BBQ chicken from last night.  I topped the rest of the Eat Smart Asian Salad Kit with the leftover chicken, which I warmed in the microwave.  I topped that with the leftover packet of “crunchies”, and the rest of the Asian dressing packet.

I then mixed and cut everything a million times, until the result was my very own Asian Chicken Chopped Salad:

Chop Chop

I have a thing about salads- I’ll sit at a restaurant for a good 10 minutes after my salad comes, cutting and mixing until I have a chopped salad in front of me.  It’s pretty obnoxious, but I really like to get bites of everything at once! 🙂

I also had a small OIKOS Greek Caramel Yogurt on the side:

Yummy Yogurt

Only 110 calories in that baby, and it tastes like dessert.

Strange Fact About Me: Generally speaking, I will eat most types of fruit.  However, I have a strange phobia of the following fruity situations:

  • different kinds of fruits touching, with the exception of strawberry and banana, which were made for each other
  • CHUNKS of fruit in yogurt, or anything, for that matter
  • fruit salad

And most notably…

  • APPLE JUICE and APPLE SAUCE

Just typing those words made me gag. Not kidding.

It is for these reasons that you will absolutely never see a post from me where I am eating yogurt with fruit in it, fruit-flavored yogurt, weird fruit smoothie concoctions, or any recipe that contains the aforementioned apple products.

Let’s get back to my previous comment about missing my workout.  Missing workouts is just not worth the mental agony I cause myself for the rest of the day.  I need to remember that waking up and just getting it done is the best feeling in the world, and the perfect start to my day.  Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers wrote a post about “inspirational workout mantras“, and the one that she came up with for herself has really helped me out- “I have never regretted a workout.” It’s so true!  Being sore sucks, but it’s better to just suck it up and power through the pain, can I get an AMEN?! I’m planning to skip my night class tonight, because I am sick of driving and my brain is dead from this week, so I think I’ll get a workout in later today.

Do you have a workout mantra, or something you say to yourself that keeps you going in the gym?

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Loser, Loser Chicken Dinner?

After my afternoon class, I came home for a short break and made some lunch.  Once again, I ended up compiling a random assortment of things.  I added a few slices of chopped Golden Delicious apple to a bowl of broccoli slaw and topped it with 1 1/2 tablespoons of Makoto Ginger Dressing.

The apple added sweetness to the salad that went well with the dressing.  I also had a handful of almonds paired with a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb Cheese:

"Have you laughed today?"

I would like to point out that those commercials really bother me.  No, lady, I’m not laughing just because I’m eating a wedge of cheese.  Moving on…

I feel bad that Corey has been getting left with the task of making dinner during the week because I don’t get home until so late.  Since I had some down time, I decided to be helpful and cook part of our dinner ahead of time, and then stick it in the fridge for later.  I grilled up two Publix Ready-to-Cook chicken breasts we bought this week.

I forgot that everytime I use the grill pan, someone gets verrrry upset…

Smokey the Dog

It took me forever to find her! She was hiding under the desk in our office.

Dinner

When I got home from class, I decided to make the rest of our dinner as simple as possible.  This meant using up my favorite go-to items in the freezer.  I microwaved two sides along with my pre-cooked chicken, and dinner was ready in 8 minutes flat.

I love frozen veggies.  Especially the ones that come in some sort of sauce but are still low calorie!  I also had a small glass of Chardonnay.  Too small.

Unfortunately, as soon as I took one bite of the chicken, I suddenly remembered why I vowed to never buy that particular Ready-to-Cook item again!  It’s like putting a cube of salt in your mouth!  The ingredients claim that they are lemon and garlic marinated, but all I tasted was salt.  Naturally, I still ate every bite, but it wasn’t very good.  And now my sweet tooth is kicked into high gear!

I’m off to go finish watching Glee that I have recorded, and then I need to get started on studying for my first Microbiology lab practical tomorrow.  Scary!

What is your favorite go-to frozen food item?

Hummus- Nature’s Gift. Recipe: Hummus and Tomato Wrap

I can fully remember my first encounter with hummus.  I was about 9-years-old, and one of my mom’s best friends was on a health-nut kick.  One of her newest discoveries was hummus.  Because her new diet seemed so weird to me as a fat little kid who ate nothing but Happy Meals and Ho-Ho’s, I was immediately disgusted by the stuff.  Now, however, I’m singing a whole different tune about my friend, the garbanzo bean.  Because I’m really not big on meat (no, I’m not a vegetarian, but I might as well be, because sometimes meat really just grosses me out) hummus has become one of my favorite meat-replacements.  The brand I usually eat is Sabra, and it comes in a variety of different flavors that would all be great for this wrap.  Try them all and figure out which one is your favorite!  As nice as it is to have already-made products, my goal is to one day find the mythical Tahini (most important ingredient when making hummus, it’s sesame seed paste) at the grocery store and finally make my OWN hummus! This is a little recipe for a healthy, filling lunch that I make when I’m really busy or just about to run out the door.  It can also be a great mid-day snack! It comes in at roughly 200 calories.

Hummus and Tomato Wrap


Servings: 1

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon Sabra Classic Hummus

1 6-inch Whole Wheat tortilla

1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts

3 tomato slices

1 tablespoon reduced-fat Feta cheese

salt and pepper

Balsamic vinegar for drizzling

Directions:

Lay tortilla on a plate.  Spread with hummus.  Lay tomato slices down the middle.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place alfalfa sprouts on top of tomatoes, sprinkle with feta cheese, and drizzle with Balsamic vinegar.  Fold sides towards the middle, like a soft taco, and cut into 2 halves.

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