I’m sure y’all know, I wake ridiculously early most days;
4:10am on three days to be exact. Two of those are work days and one is a 5:00am spin session. I try to wake up for the most part at 7:00am on non-early days but it can be tough.
Since I am still recovering from surgery, I allow my body whatever sleep it needs if I don’t have to be up at a certain time. Sometimes I’ll sleep in til 7:30am and other days it’s 11:30am.This Sunday will make eight weeks post-surgery. It’s crazy how just eight weeks ago I was in the ER for one of the most scariest times of my life. I am glad everything is much better and my workouts have been on schedule.
I have been sticking to 3-4 strength training sessions and 1 cardio day. Maybe in a couple of weeks I’ll make it 2 cardio days. I’m enjoying my new “macros.” I redesigned my macros and workout program for this week on and I can already tell the different in my energy level.
Every BODY is different; some people are ectomorphs, mesomorphs or endomorphs. I myself am a mesomorph and need to take in a bit more carbs then my protein and fats. Right now I am at about 220g Carbs, 130g Protein and 60g Fat. My calories average from 1,700-1,950. For the most part, I listen to my body but also try to stick to an eating schedule. And enjoying all things in moderation, of course. I made a little protein cake and added this pumpkin spice protein peanut butter goodness. It’s delicious and addicting. If you find it (I got it at Northshore Nutrition Corner), give it a try. One last work shift this week then the manfriend and I are getting ready for camping tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Question: Have you every had protein’d up nut butter from Nuts n’ More?
That means it’s time for a WIAW and as always, thanks Jenn for hosting! I’ll be sharing with you my eats from yesterday and also a sneak peak into my Tuesday by the hour. Now, lets get to it shall we?4:10am: Wake up for work. I always have everything packed and ready, so all I need to do is brush my teeth, get dressed, grab my food, coffee and GO!4:30am: Leave for work.
5:15am: After I open up the gym and set it up for members, I feast! For breakfast I had “proatmeal” mixed with chocolate protein powder, PB2, oats, nuts & seeds and topped blueberries and a smidge of peanut butter.6:00am: I prep stuff for work; this includes setting up and workout programs for clients and general upkeep of the gym.7:00am: Snack time!
9:00am: Since the gym is usually dead before yoga begins at 9:30am, I take a coffee break and read up on some blogs.
11:30am: Done for the day. Any clients are usually on the weekends, which makes those days a bit more exciting. Though, I am totally okay with a low-key day at work anytime.
12:00pm: I really needed a pair of jeans and I sweater so I ended up going to the mall after work. Check out this really pretty shirt, some shoes for walking through the park and the new Wild Madagascar Vanilla perfume from Bath & Body Works I picked up. 1:00pm: Got home, cleaned and made some lunch; chicken, broccoli, egg whites, tomatoes and 1/2 of a brown rice wrap!2:00pm: Second snack time.4:00pm: My Cellucor protein sample order came in the mail. The cinnamon swirl wasn’t too bad but my favorite is peanut butter marshmallow. 5:00pm: For the rest of the evening I watched Stephen King’s Storm of the Century and indulged on some chocolate and peanut butter protein truffles.Question: What was on your agenda this past Tuesday?
Good afternoon y’all :)
Even though I may be too “late” for #pancakeSunday, I though I’d share these with you anyway. I bought some PB2 this week and decided to make a variation of my protein pancakes with it.These pancakes have 17g of protein per serving, but if you’d like to bring it up to around 24g, you can just sub the PB2 for an extra tablespoon of protein powder. I used Genisoy natural soy protein shake powder for these, but your choice of protein powder would work too; vanilla or chocolate maybe?I can’t wait to get my sample of Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl to make these (but with plain oats). I’ll let you know when I make them. But for now, enjoy!PB2 Protein Pancakes (makes one serving)
- 1 Packet of Sugar-Free Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (or use 1/3 cup of plain instant oats)
- 1 Tbsp of PB2 (plain or try some chocolate)
- 1 Tbsp of Protein Powder
- 1/4 tsp of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Large Egg’s Egg White
- 3-4 Tbsps of Liquid (Use water, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, etc.)
- Dash of Sea Salt
- Toppings: Chia seeds, raspberries, maple syrup, etc!
Mix everything well into a small bowl, except for the egg white. What I like to do is let this sit overnight and then add the egg to the mixture in the morning before I cook it.
I find that it cooks better but if you are pressed for time, let it sit for at least 5-10minutes. After, take the pancake mixture and add in the egg white. Take a pan, spray it with non-stick cooking spray and turn the stove on to a low-medium heat.
Cook each side for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and top with what your heart desires!
Question: What’s your favorite kind of pancakes? Regular, chocolate chip or maybe pumpkin pancakes?!
Good morning and happy WIAW!
If you are new to this delicious food party, go check out all the details at Peas and Crayons. Thanks Jenn for hosting, enjoy! Now, let’s being the day with a pre-gym selfie, shall we? Check out my new pullover from Wal-Mart. I am absolutely in love. Oh and in case you didn’t notice from any of my previous pictures with workout clothes, my favorite color is grey. I also have a grey-white pullover too that I wore to the AAAI/ISMA conferece, but I’m really loving this one more. Plus it has thumbholes, well they both do. It’s just a bonus that needs to be addressed.Sunday afternoon, I went to the gym to knock out a cardio session before work. I made sure to prep and three of my meals.
I also picked up a Vega chocolate protein smoothie packet for post-workout fuel. I have been doing much better with keeping up with meal prepping. And cooking up delicious meals for lunch/dinner. Here is some ground chicken with broccoli and grape tomatoes seasoned with Mrs. Dash original. I ordered a Quest bar sampler from Quest Nutrition last week. They had a special for $3.98 and free shipping for two. So I got my current favs; Double Chocolate Chunk and Banana Nut Muffin.I like to have the banana nut muffin for breakfast or my usual oats, chia seeds and not-berries. I have plenty of apples from apple picking to enjoy. Coffee on the side, of course. As for other snacks [that are not Quest bars, apples, thinkThin bars or Chobani] berries, PB2 and a glass of light soy milk are some go to’s as well.For the rest of the evening I am going to relax and prepare for work but before I go, check out this moon from the other night. So beautiful! Question: Are you on top of your meal prepping game? Or do you like to just play it by ear?
Good morning everyone.
Yesterday the manfriend and I enjoyed a lovely day of apple picking, pumpkin carving and relaxation. We went to Brooksby Farm to go apple picking. This was my first time apple picking and I had a blast. Peach picking was my first picking of any. Before our adventure we ate some of their own apple cider dounts. My, oh my! My current favorite apples are golden delicious and I only found one good one. I just ate it for breakfast this morning and it was just right.We even found some apples growing oddly close together. As we kept wandering the farm (maybe a bit too far), we found a pumpkin patch and snagged one these bad boys for carving later. Before we left the farm, we hung out with this guy for a bit. Our stash.I looked for parks in the area because truthfully, I never explored Danvers for a park. I had been to parks in Salem, Rockport and Gloucester. We found Endicott Park, which was only five whole minutes from my house and it’s beautiful. We took our pumpkin and began the carve prep. Look familiar? None other then Jack Skellington himself as a tribute to Fall approach. We put a candle inside, lit it up and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Question: What’s your favorite thing about Fall? I love the pumpkins, the pumpkin EVERYTHING, temperature and the changing of the leaves.
“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 :)