Posts tagged ‘positive’

March 21, 2011

Challenges, “Cheese” and Chucky <3

Happy Monday! I know those two words don’t go together.. But I’m trying to be positive people – Plus, Monday is now O.V.E.R. :)

I’ve been a baddd blogger – Only posted two times in the past 14 days :/ It’s been rough getting back into my routine since I got back from vacation. But I think today is just what I needed and I am starting to feel back to normal!

Yesterday I ran a 5k for Colon Cancer in Memory of my Uncle Chuck in Washington DC with my entire family. He lost his battle almost 3 years ago and we’ve made an effort to support this cause as much as possible since then. This is probably the only time you wont hear me complain about waking up at 6am on a Sunday Morning to run in 35 degree weather.

I finished the 3.1 miles in 28 minutes! Last year it took me 34 minutes so that is a PR :) I also stopped to talk to someone so I’m thinking I added an extra minute onto my time. I placed 197th out of 3000 so I’m happy with it. The person who crossed the finish line first finished in 14:43 – insane!

Team Schwink <3 Miss you Uncle Chuck

Friday night was spent with some of my favorite girls – We headed out to Blue Agave for dinner and visited a few bars after. I thought the food was a little overrated but the sangria was delicious! I rarely go out anymore but when i saw that the temperature hit 78 degrees I was ready for a fun night out. Mission accomplished :)

I’m finally unpacked, eating healthy and back to the gym will return to the gym tomorrow!

I haven’t shown a full days eats in FOREVER so here it goes..

Breakfast: Blue Green Machine

I am officially addicted to adding spinach to my smoothies now! I know I’m a little late to jump on the bandwagon with this but I’m glad I finally did – If you have slacked even longer than I have, don’t wait any longer..

Blue Green Machine

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 5 ice cubes
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 heaping spoonful of  brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp nunaturals stevia baking blend with fiber

Directions

  • Blend everything together and enjoy in your favorite glass with a straw

I love that you can only taste fruit in this smoothie because let’s be honest…slurping up a leaf doesn’t sound extremely appetizing! This is definitely a breakfast that will wake you up. You can never go wrong with extra energy on a Monday morning :)

Lunch: Dippy Egg, Muenster Cheese and Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Thin

Julie turned me on to Cinnamon raisin bagel thins.. But I decided I didn’t like them with just cream cheese so when I mentioned that to her she told me I  had to have one with melted cheese… Obviously if cheese is involved I’m in! Julie’s a genius… These are perfect and only about 200 calories

Is it just me or does breakfast food taste 100x better than usual when you have it for lunch or dinner??

I was excited to see that my blog had over 6,000 hits on Saturday – That’s another PR! I think I owe it all to Angela for posting my S’mores Dairy Free Vegan Ice Cream Recipe. Angela always has amazing looking recipes and pictures that make my mouth water. The most recent one I bookmarked was her butternut squash mac n cheeze. I made this tonight and it is to.die.for.

Did I mention it was healthy?

Butternut Squash Mac N Cheeze – 2 ways – Oh she Glows

I promise to be back on my healthy eating, fitness and blogging routine tomorrow. Have a good night :)

QUESTIONS: How many push ups can you do in a row? 11! What is your favorite comfort food? ice cream, pizza, and mac & cheese – all things that include dairy which I’m allergic to…awesome.

January 26, 2011

Operation NICE

I stumbled upon this website today (thanks to Self Magazine) and it really caught my attention. The website is called Operation Nice and it simply encourages people to be proactively nice. There are a lot of positive upbeat stories about how an act of kindness affected them and “assignments” for you to do every couple of days.

Wouldn’t it be great if EVERYONE in the world was nice? I can’t stand when I go to the grocery store or the MVA and someone miserable/rude checks me out. If you hate your job that much find a new one…and if you’re in that bad of a mood go home and take time to yourself, don’t try to bring me down too :)! Monday was “Pay a compliment day” – since I was too busy celebrating “National Peanut Butter Day” I missed it… So I am going to do it today! My goal is to compliment 5 people today – I am kind of shy so this will be a step out of my comfort zone but I am up for the challenge! I’ll let you know how it goes :) If you want to try it too and can’t think of anything nice to say (which I’m SURE you guys can!!), just head to this website for a list full of compliments.

Yesterday’s eats were simple – but every single one tasted SO good. I don’t know if I was starving by the time I finally ate them or if they were really that good but I was a happy girl come bed time :)

Breakfast – PB&J Oats

1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp Better n Peanut Butter, 1 tsp Sugar free Strawberry preserves and a handful of blueberries

Lunch: Apple & Avocado Spinach Salad

1 apple, 1/2 of an avocado, 1 1/2 cups of spinach – Balsamic Vinaigrette

Snack: Home made Protein Granola Bar

Dinner: Buffalo Chicken, pepper jack cheese and spinach Panini

Dessert: Vegan Chocolate Chips – I swear…after this bag is done I’m not buying these!!! For 2 weeks, maybe :) I left my Peanut Butter at work… this could be a good or bad thing. Good that I wasn’t able to mix my chocolate chips in and scoop them out and bad if this snow keeps up and I cannot get my peanut butter fix today.

Buffalo Chicken Panini

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of natural chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1/2 block of pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • Bread of choice (I used a wheat sandwich thin for myself – white for the 16-year-old)
  • 1 cup Franks red hot buffalo sauce
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Marinate the tenderloins in the buffalo sauce for 30 minutes. Spray skillet with Olive Oil cooking spray and heat on medium high. Saute tenderloins for 8 minutes or until cooked throughly.

Transfer to plate.

Turn on Panini maker on low (200 degrees or so) and start stacking your sandwich. Sprinkle cheese on one slice of bread, add 1 1/2 – 2 buffalo tenderloins and top with spinach. Top with other slice of bread and place on panini grill…

Cook for about 3 minutes.

Inhale. Easy and delicious, no better combo than that…besides choc and peanut butter and maybe pancakes with bacon – but you get my point.

I should’ve never used the Breville Panini Maker because now I need one…and I don’t have $180 for one. Sigh.

Workout for the day was a Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown video. My back was still sore so I decided to take it easy…but this video was everything BUT easy. I think I’m ready to get in a good run today!

I’m going to a girls night out on Saturday in DC (finallllly, much-needed) with some of my best friends and I need a cute dress to wear so I was going to take the girls to the mall but it’s icy so I’m going to have to look online. I found this one…

Thoughts? It may be too “wedding”ish.

Also yesterday at the grocery store I got a HUGE bag of twix and an even bigger bag of Valentines M&Ms – I want to make a fun dessert out of them…Any ideas/requests?

I’m going to post a new challenge tomorrow that seems like a lot of fun!

Happy Hump Day!

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.  ~John Wooden