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June 15, 2011

WIAW

It’s that time of the week! What I ate (wore and did) Wednesday 🙂

This morning I woke up ready for a run… I checked the weather and it was only 55 degrees! I threw on a long sleeve shirt to keep me warm. Redskins represent!

I look way to excited for 6am! (Please excuse the mess, I’m packing)

Today wasn’t just any normal run though… Today I did something I’ve NEVER done. I hit the pavement sans iPod. My iPod was charged but I wanted to clear my mind so I tried running without entertainment. It worked! I  knocked out my 4 miles in 32 minutes. Go me 🙂 I also came home and did a 10 minute ab video On Demand. I forget what it was called but the trainer sure was handsome!

The reason I wanted to clear my mind this morning was because today marks 3 years of my Uncle Chuck passing away and I knew my morning could get rough. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and passed away about a year later. It’s definitely been one of the hardest things my family has EVER had to deal with.

So this mornings run was for you ❤ Missing you everyday.

After my workout I had breakfast… and it wasn’t cereal for once!

I headed into work around 10:30 so the girls and I headed straight over to my Aunt’s house. My grandma wanted to plant flowers in memory of my Uncle and I didn’t want to miss it – Plus, the girls love these types of activities! My brothers, cousins, aunts and grandma all attended and ordered pizza for lunch. I however had already packed my lunch and am not one to waste food.

Definitely not as fun as pizza…But still delicious 🙂

When lunch was finished we all went out back to get our gardening on.

 

Putting the soil down and breaking it up

 

 Smile

Dig the hole

Plant the flower

Add more soil to the top

Water the plant

Voila. In between planting the girls also took some breaks to do some trampoline jumping. Someone may have jumped on someones face… But it was nothing a little ice cream couldn’t fix!

Naps were taken by the girls. I enjoyed a snack or two while catching up on blogs.

I got home around 615 and immediately ate dinner. I like to eat early!

Meh. Just so-so. You know what comes after dinner right? My favorite time of the day.

By the way – Thanks for all of your recommendations on the cookie name… I think I’ll go with Shanna’s – Breakfast Cookies!

I may have had one more after taking a picture of those two above…

But shhh…let’s keep that our secret 😉

Last but not least here are the details for my outfit today

Outfit:

  • Dress – H&M (new purchase)
  • Belt – H&M (new purchase) – close-up below
  • Necklaces – Black circle – White House Black Market – Gold Feather – Forever 21 (close-up below)
  • Bracelet – H&M (new purchase) – close-up below
  • Gold Flip Flops – Old Navy
  • Starfish Earrings – J.Crew (close-up below)
  • Watch – Michael Kors

 

QUESTIONS: Do you run with an ipod or listen to your feet hit the pavement?

April 27, 2011

Motivated

Helllllo world 🙂 Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my pictures from Easter weekend and all of your motivation tips!

I think all of the positive vibes you guys sent me really got me going yesterday morning. I woke up at 6 – went for a quick 3.5 mile run, did an arm & a buns workout and ate healthy all day.. I also had another quick workout before dinner that included 15 minutes on the elliptical and a legs and abs circuit. I already feel SO much better. Isn’t it crazy how getting off track can make you feel so blah? I’m thankful for all of you to keep me in check 🙂

BrittFit left a comment that hit home with me because I used to say this to myself ALL the time. “I’ve never regretted a workout”. It’s so true… The hardest part is getting to the gym – Once you are there its easy breezy. Well, kind of! I was thinking of things I usually do to motivate myself to get back in the gym/eating healthy routine and here is what I came up with.

1.) Make a new playlist on my ipod — Music determines how hard I work out… If I have a good playlist I will run and run and RUN.

2.) Break up your workouts — If 60 minutes of cardio is intimidating do 30 minutes when you wake up and 30 minutes after work. Chances are you will push yourself a lot harder in those 30 minutes than you would in the 60.

3.) Create a plan — Plan your meals, plan your workouts and plan your grocery list. A plan always helps you stay on track!

4.) Take a new class — Sometimes doing the same thing over and over will drive you crazy. Sign up for a yoga, pilates, bootcamp or a spin class. I guarantee it will push you to get back into your routine.

5.) Change your scenery — If you spent all winter in the gym, head outside for a run, find a trail to hike, bike your neighborhood or Rollerblade around a park. 

So now that I’m back on track I’m ready to show you some healthy recipes 🙂

1.) Protein Pancake

2.) Orange flavored Cranberry & Feta Chicken Burgers

Both are so easy and quick that we should rename me Rachel Ray!

Protein Pancake

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 2 tbs vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs flaxseed
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 frozen strawberries, defrosted
Directions
  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl
  • Heat a skillet on medium high and spray with olive oil cooking spray
  • Pour batter into skillet as one big pancake
  • Cook for 3 minutes on each side (or until browned)
  • Eat up!
  • Add some agave if necessary but this pancake is pretty sweet without it 🙂

You could certainly use fresh strawberries but I think the defrosted frozen strawberries really give it that sweet flavor where syrup is unnecessary. This might be my new favorite breakfast! If I workout in the morning I would probably add a scoop of vanilla protein powder 🙂

One of the perks of working as a nanny is that I have full use of a kitchen ALL day. So for lunch I made these chicken burgers for the girls and I… They were delicious!

Orange Flavored Cranberry & Feta Chicken Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb ground chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup orange flavored dried cranberries
  • 1/6 cup feta cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Directions
  • Combine ground chicken breast, cranberries, cheese and egg white in bowl.
  • Shape into 3 patties
  • Heat 1 tbsp of Olive Oil in skillet
  • Add patties and brown on each side for 5-6 minutes or until fully cooked
Bleh – hate to look at raw meat but wanted to show you them being cooked.

Serve warm on a whole wheat bun with lettuce

The girls asked me if I would make these EVERY day… That can be arranged 🙂

Here’s to making it another healthy day! Happy Wednesday everyone.

QUESTIONS: What new healthy recipes should I make this week? Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner options needed 🙂