“CPC” – My Three Staples

“CPC” aka My THREE Staples; Chocolate, peanut butter and coffee :)

Who says you can’t start you day with a quick dark chocolate mousse topped with blueberries and peanut butter? Whoever is crazy for sure. I also had some almond amaretto Teeccino caffeine-free herbal coffee to pair along. I tried their vanilla nut before but this flavor was delicious. Definitely a new favorite.After, I picked up a few snacks for work and for the manfriend. He loves the thinkThin lean protein and fiber line. I just love anything peanut butter related.I may have had some more Teeccino during my overnight shift.And might have picked up a Starbucks soy latte with toffee nut (1 pump) and sugar-free vanilla (2 pumps). Best combo ever. I also redeemed my free food item and got a spinach and feta wrap for the post overnight munchies.Like I mentioned before, I am trying to limit my caffeine intake and Teeccino is perfect for that. Yesterday the only caffeine source was the latte which contains about 75mg. It wasn’t easy the first week but now that it’s been about two weeks, I don’t really have any withdrawal symptoms like I did in the beginning.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good cup of coffee, just happens to be decaf now. On a side note, decaf is more acidic so be careful if you have acid/ bile reflux like I do. Taking a daily macrobiotic helps tremendously.

Happy Sunday everyone :)

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Luck of the Frog [+"Crepe" Recipe]

It’s Friday, Friday!Or in my case, it’s my “Sunday night” as I am currently working the overnight. Remember how I said my work schedule was a bit stressful? I spoke to my this week boss and I managed to fix it to eliminate the majority of the stress.

The other night I saw a little frog hopping outside my apartment while I was heading up the stairs. In can y’all don’t know I love frogs. For me they are a sign of good luck.

When I went to check the mail right after, I received a letter I have been needing very much and it came at the perfect time. The man upstairs is watching out for me in more ways then one.

My brother Matty began another semester of college. It’s hard not to feel part mom when your little brother is your roommate. I have seen him grow from a shy kid in December to a more responsible young man today. I have a feeling we will be seeing the next Bill Gates graduate soon.

I also went to my six week post-op doctor’s appointment and guess what? I am very healthy and the lifestyle changes I made are paying off. What were some of those changes I was recommend?

  1. A daily vitamin and omega 3’s (for my eyes) was needed.
  2. It was also recommended that I lay off bodybuilding. Bodybuilding just wasn’t a good fit for my body and made some things worse including my back, nutritional issues (due to my deficiencies), etc.
  3. Limit caffeine. I had about 450mg per day and it was just doing more harm. So I limited it to less then 200mg. It hasn’t been easy but now I can have less then 100mg and be okay. I mostly stick to decaf but if I am out and about, I’ll grab a small iced soy latte at Starbucks where one shot of espresso has 75mg of caffeine.
  4. Sleep? Self explanatory. It is needed.
  5. Overworking? Same as above. Now that my boss allowed me to change my schedule a bit, I can sleep better. Never been happier to get sleep.

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Now on to this “crepe” recipe. This may look weird and it isn’t exactly a recipe saver, but I was craving a pancake and decided to whip up something with what I had on hand.

So I made a gluten-free almond butter & chocolate chia protein crepe with blueberries and a sugar-free chocolate fudge sauce from a few things. That’s a tongue twister there ain’t it?

As for the macros? 25g Carbs/ 20g Protein/ 8g Fat on average. Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Almond Butter & Chocolate Chia Protein Crepes

  1. 1/4 Cup Oats
  2. 1/2 Tbsp Almond Butter
  3. 1 tsp of Chia Seeds
  4. 3 oz. Plain Greek Yogurt
  5. 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  6. 2 Packets of Stevia
  7. 2 Tbsps of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  8. 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (or Chocolate Protein Powder)
  9. 1 Egg White
  10. Dash of Sea Salt
  11. 2 tsps of Baking Powder

Put all the ingredients in a blender, blend and cook like a crepe/ skinny pancake. Place some almond butter and extra berries inside, roll up then top however your heart desires. The sugar-free chocolate sauce that I made was just 1/2 Tbsp of cocoa powder and 1 Tbsp sugarfree maple syrup. Dig in and eat!

Question: What’s a recipe you made out of random things in your house? What was it and was it good?


WIAW #108: Current Eats

Happy Wednesday everyone!

It’s time for another WIAW post. If you are new to the WIAW party, don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons for the delicious details. Enjoy!In case you missed it, last week I did a post on my currently fitness routine and eating. Let’s take you through today’s eats.

Breakfast starts with a little bit of protein and carbs.

We have chocolate “proatmeal;” chocolate protein powder, oats, chia seeds, almond milk, blueberries and a little bit of that peanut butter goodness.Mid-morning fruit; raspberries!After work, I came home and munched on most of this 2% Fage. For lunch, I had a second helping of “proatmeal.” This time with blackberries and the rest of the 2% Fage Greek yogurt added to the mix. Normally I have chicken, veggies and quinoa but today I was feeling oatmeal-y.Pre-dinner snackage? Banana nut muffin Questie!For dinner I had [leftover] grilled chicken, black beans and broccoli. It’s been quite some time that I had black beans and they were delicious as I remembered.The leftovers came from the manfriend’s family. They made dinner and invited me over this week and it was such a nice evening with them.And for dessert? This baby that I found at the supermarket. Best tasting thing! I swear to you it tasted like pumpkin pie filling. #PumpkinEVERYTHING! Question: Have you spotted the pumpkin spice Chobani Greek Yogurt?


Halibut State Point Park

This Labor Day weekend, the manfriend and I went to Halibut State Point Park to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. This was my first week back to working fulltime after not having worked since mid July due to my surgery. It was a bit stressful, but hopefully this week I can get back to it better. Going from zero work days to five is a big jump! Baby steps though, right?

He picked me up from work on Sunday and brought me a bunches of goodies. I swear, he knows me so well.Halibut State Point Park is one big quarry.With lots o’ rocks, of course.We also went to downtown Rockport. And enjoyed some icecream. You know what I got? Pumpkin of course. #pumpkinEVERYTHING! And also went to grab some grub at the Ninety-Nine.No day begins or ends without some delicious coffee. Pumpkin spice anyone?Now that I had a little relaxing weekend, I am ready to tackle this work week.  Hope everyone had a great weekend! Question: What’s your favorite “pumpkin’d” treat? I am going to have to go with pumpkin lattes, icecream and fudge. Yeah.


The Journey In Between: Day #15

On August 15th, I “restarted” my health journey. And guess what? Today is day 15! Kinda cool right? *Excusesmynerdness*

Where are we at now? Leg progress is on point!

One of the key things I was trying to focus on was building my quads. I have pretty good shoulders and abs, well that area is always a work in progress.But my lower body and back have been my main focus this year and I am happy that surgery didn’t take away too much of my progress. I am back to pre-surgery weight and body. Now it’s a matter of building again. I started a little bit of my body building program this week but I didn’t spin twice this week like I wanted to (only did one session).Picked up some of protein staples for my meals. I also eat/ have ground turkey, protein powder, brown rice, quinoa, oats, peanut butter chia seeds, and veggies just to name a few extras not shown. Lots o’ snacks too. And when I can splurge? Quest bars.Breakfasts are usually a protein bar and berries or oats. Depending on my workout for that day, I will eat more carbs if it’s back or leg day.

For other days I stick to mostly protein sources for breakfast. I find that this works for me on my more intense strength training workout days (which just happen to be back and legs) I make sure to eat extra fuel. If I know I am going to attend a spin session later, I will have a nice bowl of oats for breakfast and maybe some extra brown rice with my lunch.

Lunches and dinners pretty much consist of a protein and veggie, sometimes good carb sometimes none (again, depending on my training day). I am feeling good and learning to take every training day one at a time. If my body isn’t up for it, I won’t train.

I use to think it was the end of the world if I didn’t workout but I learned that in order to be healthy for what life throws at you, you must be able take care of yourself first. Hope everyone has a happy and healthy Labor Day weekend. Any plans? I’ll be hanging out in Rockport tomorrow with the manfriend!


Life In Pictures #1: Coffee Much?

Happy Friday y’all!

Or in my case, it’s my Saturday. All my days tend to get mixed together. Any who, hope everyone is doing well. Today we will be doing a blog link up with Lina via Fit, Fed and Happy.

What is “Life in Pictures?”

Well you take random photos throughout the week, put as little text in the post as possible and make your own guesses as to what happened that week. Sometimes I have pictures left over or just don’t know what to say for them. It’s a win, win I think. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do!August 25th, 10:00am: Last outfit in the NYC.12:30pm: Last view of Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY.August 26th, 5:00am: First day at a new job.August 27th, 1:00pm: Workout done; alittle legs, bi’s and tri’s!4:00pm: Alittle protein snackage.August 28th, 9:00pm: New Target coffee find. Pumpkin spice anyone? 11:45pm: Overnight workflow + more coffee.August 29th: 6:30am: Breakfast or dinner post overnight?11:30am: Brunch with the broski.6:00pm: Time for errands!

And that’s a wrap! Hope everyone enjoyed my random pictures from this week. Don’t forget to check out Linda’s linkup!

I hope everyone has an awesome labor day weekend :)


#TravelingGnome: Part III

I must admit; I love to travel.

Whether it’s one hour or six hours away. I love it all. My brother and I went to New Hampshire Saturday night to pick up the manfriend to go to New York. I had an Uno’s coupon and had the herb rubbed chicken with broccoli and roasted veggies. Also lots of coffee in hand.  Sunday we relaxed in the a.m, had breakfast then my brother, dad and the manfriend went to a Yankee game courtesy of his sister.Pretty nice view.It was a great time with him and the men of the family.The next day we engaged in some “catch and release fishing.”  We went to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx…And enjoyed a lovely afternoon.A trip is never complete without some froyo!I had a wonderful time in New York with the manfriend and the family.

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Later this week I will post a day of eats for you to see what I am currently eating to fit my macrosGet ready for the third update in my “Journey in Between” series. 

Also if you haven’t, check out my YouTube vlog of randomness, a healthy “margherita pizza,” post–surgery stuff and the cycling certification!

I hope everyone is having a great week :)


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