Past Things: Pancakes, Coffee and Sweets

Starting the day off like this literally puts me in a happy place.And getting in a good training sesh.Since I have been training more, I haven’t been around the blog world much. But fear not, I am still around. Just need a little break from time to time.Still eating delicious meals. Still enjoying some “healthier” treats. Like a cut up dark chocolate protein bar, added raspberries, natural peanut butter and chia seeds. My, oh my!Or a warm chopped up peanut butter and chia protein muffin with blackberries.Haven’t checked out the recipe? Well get to it :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WIAW #100: Happy 100th WIAW to Me!

Whoa, will you look at that?!

It’s What I Ate Wednesday post number 100! Thank you Jenn as always for the awesome food party. This week I should you some great eat via Instagram. If you are not following me on IG, then maybe you should! I am also having a chocolate, coconut and things giveaway coming very soon to a blog near you. I know that made no sense, but it sounded cute right?wiawphotobutton Okay, let’s get to it. Breakfasts have still been the same; raspberries, oats, nut butter, chia seeds and a side of iced coffee. Yep, still the same.Speaking of raspberries, I tried the Quest white chocolate raspberry. My, oh my! I am in love. Now I don’t know which I like more; this one of the cookies and cream. The decisions.Clearly, I’ve been obsessed with berries these days. Oh and lots of Greek yogurt!My mom came to visit this weekend and I took her to Perfecto’s. Again, if you are in Massachusetts, definitely check it out. I got a salt caramel iced decaf and I mixed in some chocolate protein powder. Salted caramel mocha anyone? Training is on point. This time after getting sick a million more times, I think it’s safe to say I know what I must do and SHOULD NOT do. No excuses at all this time and that’s a promise. So loving my quad progress!Questions: How was your Memorial day weekend? Anyone tried the white chocolate raspberry Quest bar? What’s your favorite Greek yogurt brand?

Sweet Potato Blondies N’ Things

This week, my dad came and visited.

It was nice to just have a break and enjoy hanging out with my dad and brother. He loves crepes so I made him some for breakfast before his trip back. And guess what? I had my FINAL final on Friday. It feels so good to be done and I get a mini break until June 30th. Saturday morning I needed extra coffee; between waking up at 6:00am, my final, Friday night spin class and cleaning I needed a giant 32oz. size.I also went to a conference this week for the Northeast Section of Institute of Food Technologists. There were so many great food companies there from flavors, colors, extracts. Blue Diamond and Ocean Spray were there too. I got to eat a lot of delicious things from truffles, iced coffee samples, all natural fruit gummies and these delicious things!The ride back took almost two hours with traffic. Good think I brought this to munch on. So, so good, but dark chocolate and sea salt is still my favorite!Oh and y’all would be proud that I met my two times a week “fasted” cardio/ early works. I did spin at 6:00am one day and an early spin sesh this morning. Check out my leg muscles, they are getting pretty lean and muscular.

I’ve also been changing up my macros and making sure that I get proper nutrition! Check out this article about carbs at night. It is all a science and you have to find what works for you. What works for me, may not work for you and it depends 100% on your goals. Win, win! We are getting there; slowly but surly back on that routine grind and making sure to refuel post workout. Have a good Sunday! :)

I’m Addicted To Spin [+ Quick Bike HIIT]

I confess I have become addicted to spin class. If you are in the Northshore area of MA, definitely try to take a spin class from Rich at Workout World in Peabody or at the Peabody YMCA. He is amazing and gives you a kick butt (literally) and leg workout! I also just love to do the bike on my own for 30 minutes. I started doing the bike to relieve the pressure in my lower back/ kidney area. But now I think I am hooked and I feel amazing after a bike sesh.And now, here is the 30 minute HIIT that I promised y’all last week. All you need is a bike (or your choice cardio), some weights (not too heavy, but not to light either) and a timer!

I use the HIIT timer app on my phone. You target legs with the bike and squats, a little bit of back, shoulders, bi’s, traps and core! All you have to do is set your “bike/cardio” to 1 minutes and 15 seconds and the “weights” part to 45 seconds.

Set it for 15 rounds; bike for 1 minute and 15 seconds and do three sets EACH of the 5 exercises below as many as you can in the 45 seconds. Got that? Now here we go!

Quick Bike HIIT:
Warm-up 2-5 minutes (after warm-up begin your timer!)
Do three sets of the following FIVE exercises!

  • Lateral Pulldown
  • Upright Row
  • Chest Flies
  • Torso Rotation
  • Weighted Squat

Cool down for 5 minutes and you’re done!

After yesterday’s spin class I mixed this packet of milk chocolate Muscletech protein powder with 1/4 cup of Fage Greek and mixed in some water/milk combo until it reached a thick chocolate pudding consistany. Oh man this was like the best tasting thing ever! It has 6 sources of high quality protein and is formulated for an 8-hour release of sustained energy. I also used some to mix in my “protein coffee. Mmmm!Getting them gains back!Question: What’s your favorite group exercise classes? What about your favorite workout?

Happy Cinqo de “Matthew”

Happy Birthday to my baby brother Matt!He is a whole two decades now. My, my how times flies. I feel old!For his birthday I took him to Fenway Park this past Sunday; BoSox versus Oakland A’s!It was a gloomy and chilly day, but it still turned out pretty nice.Loved the old fashion feel Fenway had.The day before we had some pre-birthday froyo. Peanut butter and coconut froyo with raspberries, almonds, granola and pb drizzle!Last night we went to PF Chang’s for dinner. Chicken lettuce wraps anyone?For the main course, I had Mongolian beef and he has ginger chicken. Both were delicious!Dessert? Salted caramel cake!Don’t mind the fuzzy picture, I just got excited. Hope you enjoyed your birthday Matty, love ya!

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?

WIAW #89: Mama Sweets Visits!

Happy, happy [early] WIAW!

This What I Ate Wednesday is going to show you some delicious eats from when my mom came to visit last week. I hadn’t seen here in over a month, so it was nice of her to visit during her winter break. Thanks Jenn for hosting this awesome food party. Enjoy!wiawphotobuttonBreakfast: I made her my original protein pancake but I was feeling very snacky that morning so I had some Greek yogurt, egg whites, bluberries and such. I think I may add this combo to my week once or twice!Speaking of snacks, I picked up a few things including a new water bottle (32 whole ounce one, whoa!) this garlic and herb Mrs. Dash.

 I am I in love with it!The first night she came, we went to dinner at the Franklin Cafe. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Gloucester.I always get the burger with Vermont cheddar cheese and green beans. Delish!We also went to a Chinese buffet for lunch one of the days in Salem. I still managed to eat on plan with lots of protein and veggies; just needed to chug extra water but it was done!I munched on this new dark chocolate by Ghiradelli, which let me tell you this is definitely my new favorite chocolate. It tasted like pure dark chocolate and cherry almond goodness. I don’t know I am just hooked! Of course froyo is always in order when my mom visits; I had peanut butter fro yo with raspberries, granola, pecans and a bit of pb drizzle.Question: Any chocolate bar recommendations? What’s your favorite? I love trying new brands and flavors, so hook a girl up ;)

This Is Where I Belong; Thank You!

This week I have been presented with love overload via Facebook and Instagram.

A couple of family members and a friend have come to me and shared how I inspired them. This means the world to me and I know that this is where I belong. These are people I barely talk to or just met and it’s amazing that little ole me inspired them. I am beyond flattered and thankful for all their [and your] support.

1: My Cousin Rosalie: I’m kinda excited….and thought I’d share with you since you’ve inspired me!
Me: Oh yes!!! whats going on?
R: So i went to the mall today and I always go for a large or when i try them on they don’t fit well..come to surprise 3 weeks does make a big difference even though its hard to see but i actually fit in a size medium was so excited!
OH YAY!!! OH MY MY that’s totally awesome I know you must feel pretty good!
R: The last time i got in to a medium was like 4yrs ago.
Me: Sweet, well congrats and you did it all on your own chicky!
R: Well with a little help from you and your story and pictures that motivation
Me: Aww I try and I am always am here if you need anything :)

2: @nutritiouslysweet: My fit inspiration :)

3: Role model: This may come as a shock but @nutritiouslysweet is the best cousin I could have ever asked for. Seeing how far you have come in the last five years is such an inspiration for me and I couldn’t be any prouder to have you as family.

Seriously, any time that I feel that I want to give up, eat off plan or not do my workouts, I look to these posts for motivation. All of you that also support the blog or just my journey are my personal inspiration and motivation and I thank you for that!I make sure to stay on track any and everywhere!Even if it’s always snowing and I just want to eat pancakes all day.Hey at least I always get to wear my boots; my fav winter item!Happy weekend my friends and thank you again! Xo.

Work Hard, WorkOUT Harder

I have been kicking it up a million notches this week.

When I first started to restart my journey pre-challenge, I got up to 168lbs in early November. There is just something about the holidays that makes me want to get fit. For the past four years of end of the year holidays, I have lost weight. I tend to gain weight, if I ever do, around March- April. I don’t know why, that is just me.

One thing I wanted to mention [and it may be TMI!] is that I stopped taking my birth control. I haven been taking it since I was 17 due to my horribly irregular periods. I use to get them about twice a month but the pills helps to maintain one a month.

Hence explaining some of my health issues and increased anemia back then. It’s been a week and so far I notice that I have a bit more energy and my breasts are not as “swollen.” I think this means it’s time for a new birth control pill? But any who, I am happy with how this here Sabrina is looking and I am proud of her to the T!My friend/ trainer has been kicking my ass [and teach me a ton], but I love it. For once, someone gets to push me around, instead of me pushing around my clients. Now I know why they “love/hate me” during a session. Pay back right?

Post yoga or before work, I enjoy a cup of espresso or just coffee with soy milk. Seriously this honey latte from Pleasent St. Tea CO. is bomb!Eats have been nice and clean. Mostly for dinner I don’t have a “starchy carb” like rice or red roasted potatoes. I stick to veggies and I honestly never thought I would get to that point where I crave a bowl of veggies. I am quite impressed with myself.

I’ve been making sure to keep up with my meal planning or at least having foods I can go to in the case that I forget to bring something or cook one day.Still eating a ton of figs and protein pancakes. It’s been established; I have a problem.

  • Pre-Challenge SW: 168lbs (11/1)
  • Challenge SW: 164lbs (11/13)
  • CW: 159.8lbs (12/13)

This means I am down 4.2lbs from the challenge and 8.2lbs from my highest this year! #happydance! And no worries… selfie overloads are only on challenge update posts ;)

Question: Favorite kind of coffee flavor and/or style? Or no coffee at all? The honey cinnamon latte is on my top favorites but I love Green Mountain coffee and Starbucks Lattes!

WIAW #79: Protein Goodness!

I really couldn’t think of a title for this WIAW.

But all these meals are protein and healthy deliciousness. Except for the sweets; maybe. If you are new to the WIAW party, head on over to Peas and Crayons for the deets. Enjoy!Even though it’s technically still fall… it doesn’t feel like it. But I love the little brrr in the downtown Gloucester air. And technically eating at 3:00am has to count as breakfast right? I had me some pear Chobani, a string cheese and some almonds. Protein goodness! But on the occasion that I do have a real breakfast, I do the protein pancake with mostly flax seeds. So delicious and filling. I am still obsessed with my chicken and veggies. Sometimes it’s sugar snap peas and sugar snap pears. Or maybe it’s sugar snap peas and roasted red potatoes. Clearly I am not a fan of making changes. But I do use difference herbs and spices so it may not look different but it sure does taste so.I had this delicious honey cinnamon coffee. Oh my gosh, it was to die for! For my cheat days (two), I usually have some sugar-free pecan crowns from Russell Stover. They are so good with some almond butter! Or one of the days, I made a trail mix at Whole Foods and also got a Lake Champlain dark chocolate caramel candy. Man, I was in h-eaven!Or I this day when I had pure fig bliss. I know, I know… I am ADDICTED! I also dyed my hair a smidge lighter this weekend to brighten it up. It probably isn’t too noticeable, but I can tell it brightens up my face and I love having a hint of glowy-ness.Excuse the awkward hand position. Any who question for ya… what’s your favorite brand of chocolates or types of chocolate or do you even LIKE chocolate at all?!