Current Grocery Staples.

Good morning y’all!
I haven’t done a grocery haul in a while so today I am sharing some of my current kitchen staples. By no means do I eat 100% clean or 100% a certain way. I believe in an 80/20 balance and yes donuts are allowed.

After my weight loss, I found myself becoming a cardio addict, restricting certain foods and would go into binge mode. Though I had lost more then 80lbs, I was unhealthy. After over a year of being a binge eater, I found yoga.

Yoga helped me find that balance between mind, body and soul. I no longer felt the need to binge. I no longer felt the need to restrict foods from my diet. I simply ate when I was hungry, enjoyed cake and found my healthy balance.

Everything in moderation.


Pantry Items: 

  • Bagel Slims
  • Instant Oatmeal (Plain)
  • Special K Protein Cereal
  • Reduced-Fat Wheat Thins
  • Chia Seeds
  • Jasmine Rice (Minute)
  • Olive Oil
  • Teddie’s Chunky All Natural Peanut Butter
  • Reduced Sodium Black Beans
  • Sea Salt Popped Crisps
  • Luna Bars
  • Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate
  • Not Shown: Whole Wheat Pasta, Vanilla Protein Powder, Shakeology (Chocolate & Greenberry), Honey Braided Pretzel Twists, Raspberry Green Tea & Stevia.

Fridge, Freezer, etc.:

  • Ground Beef (90/10)
  • Morning Start Grillers Original Veggie Burgers
  • Garlic & Herb Cheese Wedges
  • Babybel Light Cheese
  • Red Seedless Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Frozen Mango Chunks
  • Frozen Berries
  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Greek Yogurt (Fage & Stonyfield)
  • [Light] Minute Maid Mango Passion Fruit Juice
  • Almond/ Coconut Milk Blend
  • Vanilla Soy Milk
  • Not Shown: Electrolyte Smart Water, Thin & Trim Turkey Breast, Fat-Free Milk, Light String Cheese, Light Butter Spread & Hummus.

If I had to choose 5 things I can’t NOT have in the house is oats, berries, Greek yogurt, Babybel cheese and peanut butter.

Question: What about you? What are some of your kitchen staples?

WIAW #126: Protein’d.

If I may say, I’ve been doing a pretty good job during the past few weeks getting my protein in; 120g+!

This my number one struggle during this pregnancy. I’ll have good weeks at 110g+ of protein, then others maybe 85g. My body feels good getting in at least 110g.

My muscles are working overtime to support and make baby. For this What I Ate Wednesday, I’ll be showing you some of my protein’d up eats. Enjoy!

Breakfast: Going back to oats; 1 packet of sugar-free maple & brown sugar instant oats (I need the added iron), 1/2 scoop of peanut butter marshmallow Cellucor whey, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries & 2 tsps crunchy peanut butter.Snack #1: I made this smoothie last week, but I am enjoying it again. It’s delicious and refreshing post-workout.It’s a Cherry, Cherry-nilla Smothie: 1/2 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 Chobani Simply 100 Black Cherry Container, 1/3 Cup of Pitted Cherries, 1/2 of a Frozen Banana, 6oz. of Water, Handful of Ice & Blend!

Lunch: Now that I am at officially on “maternity leave,” lunches are quick. I like to do veggie burgers with fruit and pretzels.Snack #2: I’ve been hooked on the Luna Chocolate Salted Caramel protein bars. Perfect for running errands. Dinner: Subway sandwich. You can’t go wrong with lots of turkey, veggies all toasted up.Night Munchies: I had a little bit of everything; Trader Joe’s popcorn, light Swiss cheese wedge, grapes & some reduced-fat Wheat Thins! I’m linking up with Jenn for WIAW. Thanks for hosting! Question: What’s YOUR favorite protein filled snack?

Thinking Out Loud #14: Bodybuilding = Motherhood

Good morning beautiful people <3Today is a gorgeous day in New England. It’s cool and sunny. I know it’s not going to last too long before 80 degree weather hits, so I am enjoying the moment.For today, I am sharing some thoughts – Thursday thoughts to be more specific.

The other day I was thinking about how bodybuilding prepared me for motherhood:

1. Bodybuilder’s Sleep = Baby’s Sleep: Both VERY important; one for muscle recovery, the other for brain development.
2. Counting Macros = Breastfeeding: Macros and Breast are best, but sometimes you can’t/ don’t want to anymore for what ever reason.
3. Society on Bodybuilding = Society on Motherhood: People will ALWAYS have something to say, tell you what you SHOULD be doing, how you’re doing it WRONG, etc.
4. 5 Weeks Out = 35 Weeks: Both have 5 Weeks left til the big day!
5. Bodybuilder Body = Post Baby Body: It takes time, work, dedication and most importantly, PATIENCE.

I know, I know, I am strange one but it was on my mind. What do you think fitness mamas?

Speaking of bodybuilding, I am continuing my “stock up” for after baby arrives. I found this organic vanilla Muscle Milk protein powder on sale at Target for $17.24. Not the best price per serving (about $1.44/serving) but I didn’t feel like making a giant order on since they have sweet deals. I do need new tires on my car first. There is always next time, right?

Fear not, I do have a new protein pancake recipe coming at ya next week. Stay tuned :)I don’t think Bun-Bun is not amused that I keep bugging her. She’s just too cute!Oh, in case you missed it, I am loving THIS 20-Min. HIIT workout.

It’s low-med impact (you can nix lunges and deadlifts for a lower impact), gets you heart pumpin’ and 2 rounds = 20mins. If you have more time, try THREE.Dark chocolate is always nice post-workout. ;)I am linking up with Amanda today over at Running With Spoons, go check her out and thanks for hosting.Question: What’s your current favorite of the follow:

Protein powder, protein bar, workout and/or breakfast?!

MIMM #32: Last “Single Lady” Adventures

Why hello!

Last Monday was my 27th marvelous birthday. For a Father’s Day/ birthday celebration, Patrick and I headed to New York for a marvelous little road trip. Our adventure landed us at a Yankee game. We enjoyed a fun muggy rain-delayed baseball game.It’s the last time I can really travel before Samantha comes and also my last birthday before being a mom and married!My mom had fun practicing Grandma with marvelous Bun-Bun.While I was a beach bum for a little bit.And my brother, Chris got me some birthday goodies – I’m stocking up for my hospital bag and post-baby!We had such a nice and relaxing time in New York, it was much needed!

When we arrived back, I came home to a marvelous package. This is my favorite Cellucor flavor.This week, the blog shall return to its regularly scheduled program.  Thanks Katie for hosting MIMM and hope everyone has a wonderful last week of June.

Question: Ever tried Cellucor whey protein?

What’s YOUR favorite protein powder?

Friday Favorites #1: Pregnancy Edition

Happy Friday my friends! (have you seen the new header?) :)

Or for me, it really isn’t “Friday” persay but, I do have a fun Friday Favorites post for y’all today – “the pregnancy edition.”

I decided to update y’all on EIGHT of my current favorite workouts, snacks, etc. during the Third Trimester.

Up until 27/28 weeks, I was doing spin 1-2x’s a week, yoga (1-2x’s) and strength training (1-2x’s).Now I do a lot more walking (3x’s a week), yoga (1-2x’s) and maybe one strength training routine or Barre class.

Favorite YouTube Yoga Quickie: Tone It Up’s Bikini Yoga.

Favorite YouTube Workout: During the second trimester, I was loving the Kettletoning from TIU. I still love it! I modify and skip most of the abs (and just repeat some of the arms/ lower body exercises in the video). I use a 10lbs Kettlebell and sometimes 5lb weights, if needed.Favorite Workout Quickie: My Kettlebell Torch routine!

Favorite Protein Bar: Luna Bars. I just love them and the extra bit of iron.Favorite Protein’d Snack: Greek yogurt. I’ve been in berry flavor mode ;)Favorite Sweet Snack: I’ve been on a plum and banana kick for quick sweet goodness.Favorite Healthy Fat: Chunky Peanut Butter. I’ve been in need of them chunks! Favorite Workout Bra: My D’s are currently loving this Danskin Now fitted bar in XL from Wal-Mart.  I’m linking up with Heather for Friday Favorites today. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!Question: What are some of your current favorites for one or two of the categories above?

WIAW #125: Day Off Eats!

Morning there! It’s been almost a month since my last What I Ate Wednesday post.

Why not bring one to you this week on eats on one of my days off? Let’s Go!

Breakfast: Literally 6 out of 7 days a week, I have cereal for breakfast; mix of Fiber One Honey Clusters, Kellogg’s Smart Start, chia seeds and blueberries.. Today I clearly has two breakfasts; this one is Special K Chocolate Almond, Fiber One Honey Clusters and seeds. #NoShame.Mid-Morning Snack: I tried this limited Chobani plum Greek Yogurt. It honestly tasted more like light cherry, but was still delicious.I had a real plum after to compensate for taste ;)Lunch: I really didn’t have lunch, but rather munched on a Quest bar and banana. Dinner: A simple, yet yummy Lean Cuisine Four Cheese pizza with grape tomatoes on the side. I topped with a sprinkle of pepper and reduced-fat Parmesan. Dessert: The fiancé went to get me some pistachio soft served. Couldn’t say no to that one!There you have it, some eats on my day off. I’m linking up with Jenn over at Peas and Crayons!Question: Ever have double breakfast days?

Have you tried Choabni’s limited edition flavors?

MIMM #30: #Cravings

Marvelous is organizing and doing fun DIY projects.Since we finally got our furniture all settled into the new place, it feels more like home.
Now it’s all about putting up fun pictures and decoration. Oh, hello! Maybe just take a cat nap?Marvelous is bagels and Subway. I use to hate Subway until I got pregnant! #Cravings.Still with the cereal cravings. #AllDayEveryDay!And enjoying marvelous drinks, like this one.This week? I am going to rest some more, I am so beat! Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead and thank you Katie, as always for hosting MIMM!

Question: Are you into DIY decorating or do you just get pieces that match and are all set?