I’m sorry to say I failed in 2 ways yesterday morning:
1. I didn’t experience with a new breakfast. I was in a rush to hit the road and toasted a cinnamon raisin Ezekiel muffin. Although I did top half with peanut butter rather than almond butter this time. Does that count as new?
2. I didn’t take a picture of it either.
But being gone for two weeks has it’s perks. A pile of packages awaiting my return!
Plus this guy in the freezer (thank you to my roommate for sticking it in there for me! :-D)
Holy moses, thank you to everyone who sent me packages in the past few weeks! You all will have to wait to see the goodies in those boxes 😉 Be prepared for a week of exciting surprises. Well…depends on what you view exciting.
Although I did I receive a letter from my grandma (which took mad deciphering trying to read her elegant cursive) and my true monthly mail excitement:
I long for shirtless men to grace my mailbox monthly.
I quickly fried up this corn tortilla filled with pepperjack cheese since I had to hurry to work. It has an actual name on the label, but since I took half out of the package, and left the rest in the package (with the label) at home, they will forever be called “cheese stuffed corn tortillas” in my book. Topped with some wholly guacamole.
Yes this was a very artistically beautifully done photograph, can’t ya tell? I also had a nectarine, and this weird pumpkin thing on the side that I scarfed down and didn’t take a picture of. I have one left so there will be another opportunity for it to make it’s blog appearance in the near future.
Work was work, and I got to experience feeding the baby actual food for the first time.
She actually wasn’t screaming her head off at all, she was just a bit fussy and at this moment threw her head back in such drama that it looks like screaming bloody murder was occurring. She was actually very giggly all afternoon 😀
This morning I had work at 7:00. Blah. Back to my old summer routine. Boy do I miss the past two week vacation at home – it was in my mind what summer is. Warm/hot weather, relaxing by the pool, sleeping in, getting a tan,
not caring about my appearance throwing my messy hair up into a bun, hanging out with my fun sisters…I want to go back….
I decided to try something I received in one of my packages for breakfast. Are you guys ready for Surprise Package #1?? Oooh sorry you’ll have to wait and see (have patience my friends) 😉
The base of my breakfast was Chobani yogurt, which I found at Whole Foods on sale for one dolla! I stocked up (although I wouldn’t mind winning some more). Topped with strawberries, white nectarine, and mystery cereal from surprise package #1.
I honestly can’t tell the difference between different Greek yogurt brands. Although maybe Chobani was a bit sweeter than Fage? More tart? I don’t know..you tell me! Mmmm that cereal was tasty! 😉
I then did a quick 15 minute ab sesh – I’ll probably do more later as well. That’s my key to ab work lately – 5 or 10 minutes here or there ads up to a full ab workout! A couple of you have wondered what I actually do for abs for that long (or when I do 25 or 30 minute sessions). I usually just do a bunch of:
- Bicycle crunches (sets of 50-60 and also 10 second holds on each side)
- Leg raises
- Flutter kicks
- Plank variations (side, front, on my elbow, higher up on my hand, leg raised and holding, leg lifts, twists, etc)
- The hundred
- Side crunches
- Those ones where you push your feet up to the ceiling (I obviously know technical terms)
- Side twists with weight (standing and sitting with feet up)
- Side bends (while standing) with weight
- Crunches with weight
I also like to do a lot of standing and balancing things such as standing on one leg and life your other leg behind you, lean forward with arms out in front and balance.
I’m also always looking for new ab moves (I get bored of these), so what are some of your favorites?
Breakfast didn’t hold me over as long as expected – I was starving 2 1/2 hours later! I decided to make an early lunch. I brought “easy to assemble into wrap formation” foods to work. Turkey + spinach + BBQ sauce + guacamole stuffed into a grilled Rudi’s spelt tortilla. Last minute I decided to cook up a few asparagus spears I found in their fridge and threw those in. My wrap came out very green!
We then went on a little outing to walk along the beach and then hit up Borders cafe – where I fully enjoyed reading all the magazines for free (well I did purchase a delicious iced coffee).
Something super exciting to me also happened while at the bookstore. I had an Operation Beautiful note sighting!!! I was casually browsing through Glamour magazine, when I turned the page and saw this beautiful sight:
Ahhhhh!! I stared at the page forever just smiling 😀 How cool!
I never was fully satisfied after my lunch, so while out, I also snacked on this apple flavored Heart Thrive Bar.
I’m really surprised how much I like the apple! I usually don’t like apple flavored things.
I came home from work starving (early lunch, early snack, and just a hungry hungry day in general!) and knew I couldn’t workout in this state, so I poured myself a small bowl of mystery cereal #2!!
I know, I know, you all are just dying to know what delicious cereals I’m eating, huh? 😉 And folks, this did not disappoint. I believe it may be one of my new favorite cereals!! All to come in the near future.
I then (drumrolls please) went for a run outside. My campus gym is closed for 3 weeks (oh the horror!!) for remodeling. At least the pool is open! But I need to do more than just swim for my workout since swimming gives me such an awful headache – I can’t do it everyday. What will I do without the
dread treadmill and stairmaster? Incorporate runs outside, I guess! I just find that running outside completely inflames my knee pain, while the treadmill doesn’t aggravate quite as much. We’ll see!
On the treadmill I’ve been doing 2-3 mile running intervals, with about 2-3 minutes of walking in between. But I’m considering treadmill runs very different from outside runs. Today, I decided to completely change it up, and rather than risk my knees, did 5 minute running intervals, with 1 minute walks. I kept this up for a total of 4.2 miles (41 minutes, 30 seconds).
Yes – my knees twinged during the run. It’s kind of a sharp, achy pain right in front. But the true test is how they’ll feel tomorrow and the day after. I immediately iced them, but unfortunately left both of my ice packs and my ice wrap (that velcros, so I can walk around) at home! Boooo…
I wasn’t too hungry right after, so I had a small dinner of a spinach salad with sauteed asparagus & onions:
And fried up this weird pumpkin thing I found at Whole Foods. It’s almost like a flaky tortilla-ish crust with a spicy pumpkin mixture inside. It was really good, and I definitely want to try the other flavors if I ever get the chance.
Of course I got hungry later in the night and…are you ready for it?
Deep chocolate peanut butter Vitatop, chocolate peanut butter froyo, some whipped cream & a drizzle of chocolate sauce. I know, right? 😉
I used to buy Vitamuffins 3 years ago, but this was the first Vitatop I’ve ever had. I’m pretty sure they’re the same thing, but it was ehhh. Maybe it was the texture with the froyo – but it was a bit dry to me. I think it’d be better topped with peanut butter or crumbled into yogurt (like I’ve seen on other blogs!). I have many more to experiment with!
Well this was quite the massive post. So to all of you who made it through – catch ya’ lataz!
Actually I’ll leave you with one thing: Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!! …… Can you tell what I’m watching on TV? 😉
Something pretty killer!
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