A Day In Vermont

Good morning and happy Easter weekend!

Now that lent is over we are back to our regularly scheduled program. To celebrate my commitment to no specialty coffee, doing yoga or meditating once a week and taking a social media [semi hiatus], I got a soy latte with toffee nut and added some sugar in the raw. So good, but pricey. It was nice to save money (and extra added sugar) and make my own protein mochas. So, where were we for this week? Why yes, my mom came to visit as it was her birthday.I took her on a day[cation] trip to Vermont.

Of course, Green Mountain coffee was involved for sure.
And lots of Cabot Cheese. For her lunch/ dinner we went to Vermont Pub and Brewery, which is her favorite place.Of course we ordered some samplers that included Forbidden Fruit and a Maple lager. We always get the angus brew burger. I got mines bunless with Swiss cheese. Mmmm!Lots of homework is all in order this week. My midterms are coming (my semesters are weird), yay me.I hope everyone enjoys their Easter weekend (if you celebrate) and happy birthday again to my moms.

May you stay youthful and beautiful as you always are. Xo.

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WIAW #96: Bodybuilding + thinkThin Bars

Good [What I Ate Wednes]Day! Thanks Jenn for hosting this lovely food party.wiawphotobuttonFor this week, I show you some eats where yours truly gets back into the body building game. You know back to Greek yogurt, chicken and eggs galore!

I also got this thinkThin high protein + fiber bar which I tried in the store. Man this and the Divine line are well simply divine. I don’t think I’ll go back to the regulars again. Unless they are on sale, of course. I am still mostly doing biking as my cardio. It definitely is less pressure in the lower back/ kidney area. I took my first spin class (and using the spin bike on my own) this past Friday and I feel in love. You will see more of me and spin in the future to come.Post workout or for my go-to snackage, my go to is some Greek, hemp/pumpkin seeds and peanut butter.Or a smoothie at work; almond milk, blueberries, spinach, banana, flax and vanilla protein.Always a protein mocha (with a side of Economic and Social Aspects of Food Industries or so) for the morning.Always chicken and green beans for meals. Sometimes I may go crazy and have brown rice, hummus or broccoli. And yes, I am eating peanut butter. Know what that means? Peanut allergy be gone, whoot!Question: Anyone with food allergies have any disappear or eve get worse?

WIAW #95: Hotel and New Apt Eats!

Happy [Early] WIAW. Thanks Jen for hosting!wiawphotobutton It’s safe to say that I am out of the hotel life and finally in a new apt. Being in a hotel for a couple of days is nice, but once it passes that and dirty laundry starts piling up, it isn’t fun at all.

Good thing they had unlimited coffee and a continental breakfast everyday so my breakfasts consisted of mochas (using this sugar-free swiss miss), oats and things.We ended up dining out a few times like a Panera. I had a turkey avocado BLT with garden veggie soup. So good!For work and pretty much most of my lunches looked like this but I alternated between chicken and the veggie burger; protein, veggies, almonds, nut butter, Balance dark chocolate crunch bar, protein mocha, Greek yogurt, fruit and oats (if I had an overnight shift).My first mini grocery trip consisted of lots of Greek yogurt and chicken. It’s time to get back into the Body Building swing as I am 110% recovered. Okay lie 99%; must know my limits!Some new dishes and Green Mountain Coffee was in order (not gluten-free!). And a little peach lambic to celebrate. First cooked meal in new apt; garlic hummus stuffed(ish) chicken with broccoli!First dessert; dark chocolate & almond butter mousse.Finally have a steady place with a year lease. It’s going to be a different change because I haven’t had a year lease or commitment since 2007. I’ve been a traveling gnome being in different places every 4-8months.

I am nervous but excited at the same time! It’s not the first choice town I wanted, but I am literally 5-10mins away from everything. Can’t complain there!

Question: How was your weekend? What’s your go to “item” or place when you celebrate events or such?

[LATE] WIAW #94: Java Anyone?

Happy [LATE] WIAW!

My bad, I got sidetracked, whoops! Any who, I must admit I think I have a coffee problem?Maybe? I mean I even have a protein mocha “post” workout. All decaf, no worries.I do have other things like some Steaz during overnights. Or this electrolyte berry packet from Vega for hot yoga. To be honest, I love Vega, but I did not like the taste of this product at all. Was so “medicine” like. I liked the hydrating effect but maybe I’ll mix in some light cranberry juice next time.But then I have some Greek with some coffee on the side.Question: Java anyone?

#UnpluggedTravels

This weekend I decided to unplug myself from social media; that means being on Facebook, checking Instagram, Snapchatting, blog reading and YouTube watching.

Why?

Well during yoga last week, the yoga instructor mentioned about disconnecting ourselves from social media and technology. While I couldn’t turn off my phone (for work/ personal purposes) I was logged off of all things and kept myself away.

I honestly can say I felt more relaxed as there are so many things going on, I feel like social media distracts me from my “problems.” I needed to just sit and be with myself and organize my thoughts.I went to New York to visit my family, get some health (which by the way, I feel 99.9% recovered!) things taken care of and switch cars with my dad. My car is basically “dying” so he’s going to try to fix it. My dad is pretty awesome for doing so and eventually when all things are right, I will work on getting a new car by the end of the year/ early next year. Thanks dad! Any who, I enjoyed the little things this weekend liked iced coffee.And lunch with the family.And Froyo with the moms; Peanut butter and praline frozen yogurt w/ blackberries, kiwi, almonds, granola and a peanut butter drizzle. Say what?!Making a smoothie for my mom and I post Zumba…Or maybe mommy taking taking care of me and baking some paleo cookies. So good!Now, it’s time to relax and prepare for next week’s new classes to begin!

Have a good week y’all :)

WIAW #93: Banana-Mocha Protein “Ice Cream”

Happy [early] WIAW everyone!

This week I show you some goodies and a few products I tried this past week. And also, yep you guessed it; a recipe! Thanks Jen for hosting this awesome food party, enjoy!

Celsius; Have you ever heard of them? “Celsius, burn more.” I wanted to see what the hype was about with this drink and surprisingly, it did nothing for me (even with 200mg of caffeine). But I do like that it has some vitamins plus tastes pretty good. I had one before my a.m yoga and it was a nice “pick me up” but nothing more.Post yoga, I had yogurt goodness; plain Greek with vanilla protein powder, chia, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I also had an orange and some almonds on the side.Since I was super eager to try them out, I ended up having two of the new Luna [GF] protein bars in one day. Whoops! First up is the lemon vanilla. Now my favorite is the cherry almond. I have to say it was pretty good as I didn’t think I was going to like the “white coating” but it had a nice lemon flavor with a hint of vanilla.But of the two, the chocolate coconut almond was my favorite. It reminded me of the Balance dark chocolate coconut bar and I would definitely buy it again. The reason I like the Luna’s is because they have a good source of B12 and iron. I need all the iron I can get!Onto an actual meal, my brother and I went to Friendly’s last Friday. They actually revamped their menu and I ended up getting their burger salad minus the cheese and bacon. I enjoyed it, but wished the burger was bigger. Then we ended at Orange Leaf for some froyo goodness; I had peanut butter, pistachio and classic tart with raspberries, granola, walnuts and a peanut butter drizzle. Mmmm!I had my one double last week and got to meal prepping; oats with vanilla protein and chia seeds, chicken with broccoli and green beans, Chobani’s simply 100 vanilla (my fav!), apples, almonds, protein mocha and my vitamins.Now, it’s a been a minute since my last recipe, but I was craving ice cream and thought I’d shared my craving with y’all! I wanted coffee, chocolate and ice cream all a the same time. I decided to just combine it all and see where it took me.

And here is where I landed; A banana and mocha infused protein “ice cream.” Yep, that is where I went and it was so good. No I didn’t have time for pictures because well, I was busy devouring it! So here is a little snap shot of it but I am sure if you blend the following together you will get the same delicious result.Banana-Mocha Protein “Ice Cream”  Ingredients (Serves One):

  • 1 Medium Banana, Chopped and Frozen
  • 1/4 cup Non-Dairy Milk
  • 2 Tbsps Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Coffee (I used Green Mountain Chocolate Cappuccino)
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup (*optional)
  • 1 tsp Maple Almond Butter (*optional)

Simply mix everything into a blender and blend away. Top with chia seeds, some nuts and extra Greek yogurt or eat as is!

My serving had about 10g of protein. It depends on what you use for your protein and milk but I used Top Nutrition’s Chocolate Ice Cream protein, unsweetened soy for the milk and added the almond butter.

Question: Have you tried any of the new Luna bars or the Celsius energy drinks? Are a banana “ice cream” fan?

The End of Body Building!?

It’s another post out of the usual WIAW...

Time to update you about everything now that I ended up in the ER; again. So I told you last week that I had been sick for a few weeks and just started to get back into body building right? Right. But I also mentioned I knew I had some type of infection just didn’t know what. I thought it was related to my kidneys, since I had a problem with them a lot last year.

On top of me over working and over using my body with workouts (plus other things) it lead me to not be able to work for two months last year or workout much. It was a tough transition but once summer/fall came, I was happy to get back into the swing of things. Turns out it was related to that condition and the doctor at the ER said if I had waited a couple more weeks to seek medical attention, it would not have been good at all. I won’t go into detail but hearing those words is scary and is definitely a wake up call.

As my friend always tells me “stop having 8ohour days.” It’s true, I have to stop over doing it. I should know better because my body is weak as is with all my “sicknesses” but I try not to let that stop me. But for once, for sure I need to learn my limits. I am not allowed to do any strenuous activity for two weeks. I’m going back to work Wednesday and won’t be lifting at all either.

What now? Well I am just going to be doing yoga (no power) and using the bike just to keep the legs stretched. Going to also change up my macros as well; lowing the protein intake and upping the carbs a bit. There you have it that’s my update! For now I am going to take a step back from body building. Once the two weeks is up (after April 5th) I will figure out what I want to do again in terms of workouts.

Since I will have more free time this week, I am thinking a new truffle or protein recipe is in order. Stay tuned for that and here is what my past few nights consisted of; reading, hot packs, lots of water and cinnamon candles. Ahh, relaxation.Have a good Sunday and week ahead!

Fall Ahead, Spring BACK!

I know, I wrote that backwards… 

And I know I am not suppose to be writing, but I need to get this a few matters my chest. For lent, my main (of the four) goal was to not buy any specialty coffees. I am proud to say that I have not, but I still buy regular. I maybe spend $4.00 a week on coffee now as oppose to $15.00+! Not too shabby, eh?

The others; I have still be on Instagram once a week and still either yoga or sauna for relaxation. It was more for my piece of mind and to get me away from social media and I feel like I have more time to take care of my things. It seems to be that since December, things have been getting better. Up until the past two week, things just went a bit downhill.

I won’t go into detail of things but lets just say it deals with my future. I can say that I haven’t been sticking with bodybuilding that much and it hurts my gains. I have been sick for two weeks and still have a horrible cough that just won’t go away. I know I have some infection and I will be going to the doctors soon. But I don’t think I look to shabby for not really gymin’ as much for the past two weeks.Don’t mind the workman socks, haha. I am very bloated in the tummy, have a lot of pain (lower back) and fatigue. Hopefully I can figure out what is causing me to feel this weighed down and horrible day in and day out. We all go through this “shit” phase. Maybe some more then others.

I know that my close friends call me the “walking bad luck.” I really am for myself, but for others they always get lucky around me. I think these things just make who I am and I have grown a lot in the past year from all the craziness that has happened.

Since being sick, I totally forgot my lease was expiring and that I needed to find a place! That’s been a struggle, but I did find a place and hopefully it all checks out. Please cross your fingers! Also, my car is dying and pretty soon it’s new car shopping time. I am afraid to have this expense in the future but it would not serve me any good if I had no car. The perks of being an adult.

In just three months I am going to be 26. Now I am not having a quaterlife crisis, but I a definitely not where I expected myself to be and I think I am finally coming to terms with that. I know that by the time I turn 28, I want to be in the exact place I am envisioning for myself. Two of my favorite numbers, 2 and 8, so I better do them justice.

It’s not easy in this world on your own, not to mention I am like half sister and half mother to my brother that lives with me. This is the first time he is truly on his own and for me I guess I could say the same for myself.

Life is a never ending journey and somehow things will all work out in the end.

-Xo, Sabrina

WIAW#92: Counting My Macros!

Hello everyone and happy What I At Wednesday courtesy of Peas and Crayons!For this week, I want to get talking on my macros; you know carbs, proteins and fats. I also like to count my fiber and sugar intake as well because I always find that I have to watch those as well. For this WIAW, I am going to show you a few of my meal/ snack combos and show you how I meet and what exactly are my macro requirements!

My goal is to lose about 10lbs, build muscles, lean out and stay healthy! Through calculating my on Bodybuilding.com and My Fitness Pal (which I just converted from Lose It), not to mention trial and error, I have found the best macros from yours truly;

Calories: Goal=1790
Fat: Goal=50g
Carbs: Goal=170
Protein: Goal=[140]-160g

For my breakfasts now, I like to use about 1/3 of my daily carb intake. I usually make a double (or 1.5) serving of protein pancakes to keep me full for the morning with a smidge of almond butter and sugar-free maple.Here are two samples of “meals 4,5 and 6″ that I take for work;And another; under the Chobani above is oats w/ chia seeds.Here is one of my “lower carb” days.Always on top of my meal prepping.My mom came to visit this past weekend and there were some dine outs, but I stayed on top of my game. At Olive Garden I got their Rosemary Chicken and swapped the mash potatoes for broccoli. No Excuses!Question: Do you count your macros? Do you use a food/ exercise tracker like My Fitness Pal or Lose It?

WIAW #91: Nutritiously Sweet Finds & Buys!

Happy [early] What I Ate Wednesday y’all!

Last/ this week I have been focusing on reducing my sugar. On a good day I consume 80g of sugar, including fruit. I’d like to keep it at 60g and I have manged to get it under 70 at least! Head on over to Peas and Crayons if you are new to the WIAW party, head on over to Peas and Crayons for all the food goodness!This week’s breakfasts have been fruit and nut type platters; this one is Chobani Simply 100 (7g of sugar), drop of sugar-free maple, hardboiled egg, almonds and an apple.Snacks? Sometimes a bit more Greek and trail mix. But a protein mocha to get me up! I got this Top Secret chocolate ice cream protein powder from BodyBuilding.com. Between the sale, a promo code I had and shipping, I paid around $18.00! It’s tastes amazing, is low in sugar, has some fiber and I love that it has digestive enzymes as well. I need those.My package also came with a 1.M.R Vortex in fruit punch pre-workout sample. I have to say I am not a fan of most pre-workouts, except for Jack3d, but this one gave me a nice little bit of energy and tasted delicious. I will keep it in the back of my mind for the future.One of my quick grocery pick ups; got chicken breasts on super sale, green beans, eggs, Greek yogurt (I’ve been doing plain more often now and adding a bit of Stevia or sugarfree maple), oranges, apples. Ya know the “usual suspects.”Check this out, I only paid $0.70 reduced price for this almond and cashew hazelnut biscotti coffee creamer by MimicCreme. A Tbsp is 25 calories and 3g of sugar. This thing is sweet and makes my coffee taste like heaven. It’s gluten-free, vegan and uses natural ingredients!And another quickie.Mmmm. Almond buttah! Dinners and lunches? Well you know they are always the same; I am still in a Mrs. Dash garlic and herb on chicken and green beans kick. It’s just so delicious and simple. I am sure I will get tired of it soon. Or not… Maybe.For desserts? If I have a nasty chocolate craving, I will go for a Kind dark chocolate and sea salt. Hits the spot every time. And you remember the AAAI/ISMA conference I went to last summer? I signed up to be one of the few to try out ASICS new line of training sneakers and guess what? I was one of the few to try out the Ayami Intent. These kicks are super comfy and awesome. Definitely go check them out! Thank you so much ASICS!Question: What are some of YOUR favorites in terms of one or more of the following; protein powders, almonds butters, bar or sneakers/ workout gear?!