my gym pet peeves.

Hey urybody!!!!

Hope your Thursday is a flyin’ by and then before we know it Friday will be upon us!!!

Shall we start with my annoyance during spin class last night..well there were two things that annoyed me so lets roll through both…

numero uno. people should not wear sports bras with no shirts while at the gym. like seriously i really don’t care if you have the most ripped 6 pack in the whole history of the world, just don’t do it. it is obnoxious, showy, and kind of just makes me wanna smack you for being so cocky. and like seriously sometimes at the gym i get insanely sweaty, but i never just whip off my shirt haha maybe if it were like some extreme situation and i felt like i was going to pass out from being so hot and sweaty i would..but i am pretty sure that would NEVER happen because the gym is air conditioned homies!! gah just had to vent that one out.

numero dos. the spin instructor who teaches the 5:30 class i usually go to after work has been playing the same freaking cd for the past 3 weeks!!! like we do the same drills to the same music and i am literally about to go insane! like whip out a new cd homeboy…after all it is your job to teach spin aka you are getting paid to do it…so in my opinion not prepping new music for class is sort of like not doing half your job….anyone else feel me on this?! like i can see maybe every few weeks replaying a playlist…but not 3 weeks straight! that is approximately 6 spin classes i have gone to and heard the same music!!!

haha ok wow apparently i had a lot of anger built up inside of me today..glad i could get it all out! and please people comment and tell me i am not crazy for feeling this way about these things…or tell me i am crazy and then i will just get over it haha but either way, let me know your opinions!

Alrighty, so after spin last night I came home and was craving salmon and veggies! I had bought these frozen salmon patties a while back and figured they would still be good because I had frozen them…um yikes when cooked the salmon def tasted like it had freezer burn and was super dried out! i even tried topping it with some orange marmalade to help moisten it up..but no success! I ate like 3/4 of it and then just enjoyed my roasted zucchini and squash that i had made!

wednesday dinner

Then, this morning I got up early and got my workout on…

thursday workout

I actually have been pushing myself distance wise when I run because I want to do a half marathon soon, so today I felt like I really got a lot of bang for my buck aka worked hard for it being so early! haha

I expanded a little on this workout and ended up getting in almost an hour of running, with only 10 minutes of that being walking on an incline!

workout 2

And yes, that would be my handwriting…in case you were wondering what it looked like, which i am sure you were!

Then, breakfast was another smoothie! I am just loving my portable smoothie maker clearly!This smoothie had greek yogurt, almond milk, spinach, frozen mango, fresh strawberry, & 1/2 of a banana..topped once again with some homemade granola goodness!

thursday breakfast

Then, during my lunch break I hit up Nordy Rack once again…I just browsed the store yesterday and took in what I saw, then today I went back and got a couple of things that I decided I really did like! It’s always a good plan to sleep on it before buying clothes, at least for me it is! Keeps me from making impulse buys!

When I got back I was greeted with freshly baked cookies!!!

cookie

Yum, I devoured half of this before lunch and the other half after!

Lunch for me was a super yummy kale salad…

thursday lunch 1

It had strawberries, carrots, celery, feta, dried cherries, cinnamon almonds, and a honey/apple cider vinegar dressing…sooo good & fresh :)

Alrighty, I am off to finish up my last hour at work and then hit the grocery store before going to my little sister’s play tonight! Hope you all enjoy your evenings and I will see you back here tomorrow!

we all just want to be happy.

 

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Happy Thursday everyone! There is nothing I love more than some quality quotes!

I feel like lately things have been crazy and busy and confusing and time feels like it is flying by…and at the end of every day I feel like all I really want is to be loved and accepted by others.

For so many years during my eating disorder I was so wrapped up in myself, that I lost so many connections with my friends and family. I was wrapped up in a web of lies and I had no idea who I even was anymore.

But now, for the first time in what feels like forever, I finally am coming to accept myself and know myself. I know what I like, and things I want to do, and I am setting goals for myself and am truly excited for the future…whatever it may bring. Sure, it is a scary concept that I don’t know so much of what my life has in store for me…but all I can do is take things one day at a time.

That whole “one day at a time” thing was something my grandma always said, and I have a little prayer card where she wrote that on it… and there is something about seeing her handwriting and thinking of her that has made me really take this quote to heart.

I can’t stress about the future (too much haha) because I don’t really know what it has in store. However, I do know what my goals are, and I know that if I work each day towards those goals and towards being the person I want to be…well then the future shouldn’t really be that scary!

I think the main thing I struggle with now is having the acceptance of others. I try and make  my own decisions on a daily basis, yet so much of my happiness is based on having the approval of my friends, family, coworkers, etc. I don’t really know what the solution to this is…I try basically to follow my instincts and do what feels right to me…yet at the end of the day I thrive on the love of others, so maybe life is just a little give and take?

You make your own decisions, surround yourself with people who support you, and hope that in the end things will have a way of working out.

breakfast foods for every meal!!!

hi everyone….so other than the fact that i am currently in the midst of a froyo obsession (lets not talk about how i got it twice last night…oops!), i am also on a breakfast food kick! apparently my body is telling me to eat toast and oatmeal and yogurt and fruit and peanut butter and bananas for every stinkin’ meal! haha i seriously have been living off of these foods and oh ya also craving red meat like a mother too! haha cravings are so weird!!!

anyways, for lunch yesterday i had an ezequial sprouted whole grain english muffin topped with loads on sunbutter and a sliced banana…

tuesday lunch

Yum, so good and filling!!!

Then, last night i headed over to a sports bar with my bessttieeee and we watched all the hockey playoff games while enjoying dinna! i got a santa fe salad, which was a bed of romaine topped with avo, carne asada, bell peppers, corn, tomato, and a yummy cilantro vinaigrette dressing! It was amazing and super cheap for how much you got!!

Oh and my froyo sessions happened 1…after i got home from work and before i went to dinner and then 2….when i got home from dinner and before i went to bed. lets just say i gave into my craving and have to have more self restraint from now on!!!

On to today…got up early to go to the gym, then decided to sleep in and go in the afternoon! haha maybe all that frozen yogurt made me lethargic or something…but ya spin is on the agenda tonight!!

For breakfast today i made myself a berry smoothie (yogurt, almondmilk, spinach, protein powder, & frozen berries), then topped it with homemade granola..so good!

wednesday breakfast

Lunch was eaten en route to Nordstrom Rack on my lunch break, so i did not snap a pic..but it was overnight berry oats…haha basically just rolled oats, greek yogurt, almond milk, chia seeds, sunbutter, frozen berries/cherries, and topped with another dollop of greek yogurt this morning!

haha soooo, hopefully i won’t cave to breakfast foods or froyo for dinner tonight! I am thinking of maybe doing salmon and sweet potato/broccoli combo..we shall see!

Hope everyone enjoys their hump day and the start of May!!! Look out for my post tomorrow on some upcoming races I am doing!!

Adios amigos :)

muffins, pizza. & cupcakes…oh my!

Greetings earthlings!

Yes I am a weirdo…and yes it has been a day full of goodies…hence the following selfie!

selfie

I have been trying not to go hog wild with the sweets and junk food today…but yikes..it is super hard to avoid office goodies and I am not going to lie..I have definitely been picking at scones & muffins all day, and now a little frosting from a cupcake! Sheesh…eating healthy would be a lot easier without temptations being through at ya from everywhere! But it has been nice to snack on some things that I don’t typically have! Hey, I try not to restrict myself when I really am craving something. Which means that all day long I have trying sit it out, and if my craving is still there 30 minutes later then i typically let myself have a small piece of whatever it is I want!

Today, is also my little sister’s b-day!!!

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Homegirl is 15 years old and I seriously can’t believe it! It seems like only yesterday she was running around in her diaper singing “Bye Bye Birdie” songs into a hairbrush! Wait a minute, that was only yesterday…haha just kidding! Lame joke, but whatevs! I am so blessed to have her as a sister and she has seriously been through so much in her 15 years! She was in and out of the hospital a few years back, ended up having Ulcerative Colitis and thus surgery where she had her entire large intestine removed!!! She is such a little trooper though and her perseverance through all of the hard times is what gives me strength each and every day!

We will be going out to a family dinner later tonight and I am going to take her shopping Sunday, so she is getting in plenty of celebrating time!

Anyways, now on to some of my recent life happenings…lunch yesterday looked something like this…

tuesday salad

 

A salad full of veggies! It had cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, celery, feta cheese, mixed greens, dried cherries, and some of my couscous salad that I also had last week!

Then, I went out to a little street fair dealio last night with some friends and we enjoyed some tacos & cheese fries, followed by a froyo run on my way home! The street fair was super cute and right by the beach…there were live bands, fresh fruits/veggies for sale, and tons of cute jewelry/candles/clothes/shoes/etc. that you could buy too! Super fun and I will for sure be going back a lot this summer!

My day today started with a nice gym sesh where I logged 5 miles in 56 minutes! Lots and lots of hill climbs and running on an incline, which was tough!!! I was sweating up a storm by the end!! I also did about 20 minutes of arms to round out my workout! Then, I grabbed a green juice on my way to work…

wednesday green juice

Also, picked up the scones and muffins to bring in for everyone at the office…and then enjoyed a small piece of scone before devouring some yummy oatmeal topped w/ candied walnuts & blackberries…

wednesday breakfast

For a snack I had some…

apple snack

w/ a large spoonfull of sunbutter…and then for lunch I made myself a huge plate of salad and opted out on the pizza! I would have indulged, but I know tonight will be a big dinner with the family, so I didn’t want to have a huge/heavy lunch!

Finally, I also got some nice flowers today because apparently it is administrative appreciation day…who knew?! Anywhoooooo, one of my fellow coworkers brought in beautiful lavender plants and it really is brightening up my desk! I may have to make sure to always keep something green in the office, because it definitely adds some spice to my boring desk!

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Alright everyone! Time to finish up my work day…it seriously feels like Thursday though…so I am dying!!! Hope you all have nice Wednesdays!!! And to close a quick look at my 5 favorites of the day!

 

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1. This cake! Gah..I love the white w/ the pop of color!!! So cute!

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2. This beautiful building I happened to see yesterday when i was walking to the library    during my lunch break! I didn’t even know it was right around the block from my office and the architecture was so, so pretty!

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3. This beautiful snack/appetizer platter! I love precut veggies like this..and give me some of that nice dip!!! Looks so fresh and yummy!

cookies!

4. On another note….I also love me some hot, gooey chocolate chip cookies! Especially if they are served with some vanilla ice cream..Hagen Daaz to be exact!!! Sooo flippin’ good! Probs my fave dessert!

dream house

5. THIS HOUSE IS MY DREAM HOUSE!!! Gah, the white exterior, stone walkway, wrap around porch, lots of windows..I could do on and on..basically I am in love and now have plans to one day (when I am a billionaire) to build myself an exact replica!

 

peace out homies! talk to you all tomorrow :)

livin’ the froyo lyfeeee.

hi everyone!!

Time to recap my weekend and the start of my week!

Well, we can start by saying that I have in fact had frozen yogurt 4 times in the past week! I am on this new boat where I basically want it every night and then I have to limit myself because I will go broke if I keep it up at the rate I am going! But, anyways..my like only picture this weakened was one of froyooo!!!!

yogurtland

I believe this mix had peanut butter, banana, and vanilla froyo..mixed with strawberries, cookie dough bites, cheesecake bites, and my new fave topping….fruity pebbles!! Seriously guys…they even go good on the more chocolaty flavors!

Um, basically this weekend I spent Friday night with some yogurtland and a movie w/ friends.

Then Saturday I hit the gym for 25 minutes of spin and some ab work. Then, I volunteered at my little brother’s school fair because my parents couldn’t go to the shift they signed up for…aren’t I such a good daughter?! I sold ride tickets and the 3 hours actually ended up going by fairly quickly!

Then, Saturday afternoon I got some lunch with the mom and seesters…then I went on a late afternoon run and did about 4 miles. However, it was late in the afternoon and HOT outside and I was still full from lunch and didn’t do a scenic route…so run kinda sucked! But, I did finish it up at the baseball field where my little bro had a game and so I got to watch him play for about an hour, which was nice! I love sitting in the park and watching baseball games, so relaxing! Especially after such a bad run!

Saturday night I had plans to go to dinner and movie, but my friend canceled last minute…so I threw on my sweats, got me some froyo and started watching Downtown Abbey! I am officially hooked on the show…and it is only getting better with each episode!

Sunday morning I met up with a friend for breakfast where I got the best French Toast eva!!!! I talked about it before, but it is basically a baguette filled w/ mascarpone cheese and topped with whipped cream and berries!! SOOOO good!

After breakfast, I hit up Target with the parentals…then got lunch with mom and sister again! Finally, I napped and then drove up to LA to meet up with some college friends who were doing a little healthy living party. They did a presentation on this awesome vitamin called Juice Plus, which basically is the pressed nutrients of tons of fruits and veggies all in one small capsule! Super cool and I am definitely going to be giving this a whirl!

Alright…now on to Monday! My day started with this…

monday breakfast

blackberries, banana, strawberries, coconut, all over greek yogurt! Yum!

Then, progressed to this…

monday lunch

Sunbutter, Strawberry Jelly, Banana Sammy…with side of berries!

Also, not pictured were some animal cookies..the pink and white ones aka the best  cookie ever!!!

Finally, my day ended with this…

monday dinner

Chicken/Apple Sausage, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Taters, Carrots, Celery, Mushroom, Onion, topped w/ hummus…yummmalicious! and full of veggies!

My produce was about to go bad…so I simply sautéed a ton of veggies up, then added the sausage and hummus for a yummy fridge cleaning dinna!

I went to spin class last night…but I was kind of feeling weird and had some stomach cramps, so I cut class a little early and stretched out before heading home! Sometimes you just have to listen to your body and my body was telling me to take a chill pill last night!

This morning I woke up early and hit the gym..I got in 5 miles in 55 minutes incorporating some incline walking and building speed as workout went on!

tuesday workout

I also did about 15 minutes of abs and am thinking of trying to do a little arm workout later..maybe try and come up with a 10 minute mini workout…but we will see!

Breakfast this morning was some overnight oats topped w/ banana, kiwi, blackberries, & coconut!

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Yum! And so far it is doing a good job of keeping me full an satisfied!

I have plans to go to a street fair and grab din with some friends tonight…so I will try and snap some pics so I can show you them tomorrow!!! Hope everyone had a nice weekend and is having a good week so far! I will talk to you all soon :)

Pray for Boston.

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I know all of you have heard about the tragedy that occurred in Boston, and seeing the awful images on the TV and computer last night and this morning is what really brought this home for me.

Another tragic loss of life, in an occurrence that is becoming all too prevalent in today’s society. I started thinking about how many recent tragedies and mindless killings have occurred and I literally felt sick to my stomach. How is anyone supposed to feel safe when these things keep happening again and again! And to think that recently many of the victims have been children, people’s little babies, who are senselessly killed because of the selfishness of one person. It saddens me, yet it also makes me aware of how little my problems are in the scheme of things.

So, remember the next time you are having a bad day or getting frustrated, remember all those who have lost their lives for no purpose at all. And say a prayer for those lost and their families, pray instead of getting so consumed by the small annoyance that is causing you grief.

 

Alright, now on to a lighter topic of my recent eats and workouts…

We can start with my gym sesh yesterday afternoon…

monday workout

I wanted to go to 55 minutes, and had enough energy to keep going, but I knew I had some meal prep to do for dinner and I wanted to get in some abs before I left the gym, so I stopped at 51 minutes, happy to have gotten over 4.5 miles in!

I finished up gym time with about 20 minutes of ab work and stretching on the mat!

Dinner last night was couscous topped with sundried tomatoes, steamed broccoli, homemade meatballs, shaved parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil.

monday dinner

For the meatballs I used 96% lean ground beef, 1 egg, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, and a mix of the following seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, Lawry’s seasoned salt, and paprika. For 1 package of ground beef this recipe yields 9 medium sized meatballs..baked at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes..or until they are no longer pink in the middle.

The rest of the prep was simple…I boiled 1 & 1/4 cup couscous/quinoa mixture with 1 & 3/4 cup water for about 20 minutes..I scooped a large portion into a bowl for my dinner last night and then I prepped a couscous salad for lunch today with the rest…I will give you the recipe on that later!

Then, I chopped up some broccoli to steam, added my sundried tomatoes,cheese, and olive oil to the couscous mixture and topped with 2.5 meatballs.

This meal was very delicious, simple, and filling! I will definitely be making this meal again!

Dessert was a few pieces of dark chocolate, and also as a side note..I had some trail mix & chocolate milk as a post-gym, pre-dinner snack. I think due to the fact that I am generally pretty hungry after the gym and need a snack before dinner. I think I’m going to make my normal afternoon snack smaller and then have a snack after the gym as well! So…probably piece of fruit or some veggies before gym and then some trail mix, apple w/ pb, carrots & hummus, etc. post-gym.

Finally, on to breakfast this morning! Started with some green juice & a banana before I got to work and then once at work I had an egg sandwich & some yogurt w/ berries.

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To make this take 1 toasted whole wheat sandwich thin, top with the yoke of 1 hard boiled egg, and 1 slice of American cheese, zap in microwave for about 20 seconds and enjoy!

tuesday breakfast 1

Yum, this breakfast has definitely kept me full! Which is always a plus when I am at work and don’t have much time to snack if I do get hungry before lunch!

Alright, I will be back later with lunch and afternoon workout plan. Also, I would like to talk about over working out, taking rest days, why we workout, and a few other topics along those lines! Hope everyone has a nice morning and takes a moment to count their blessings and pray for those who are suffering due to the Boston tragedy.

trying to stick to a meal plan…day 1

Hi everyone!

So last Friday I decided to make myself a meal plan and see if I could stick to it for an entire week!!! I am usually one to buy a bunch of groceries and then make stuff according to what I have, but this week I actually made a grocery list based off of preplanned meals!

I want to see how closely I can stick to it..so that will be my challenge for the week! I will let you know each day how I do….and sort of see what meals I like/ don’t like and what meals keep me full and that sort of thing, so that I can make sure that each day I am really getting the most out of my meals and snacks!

So, grocery store list for the week looked like this:

Produce: apples, bananas, berries, broccoli, mushrooms, edamame, carrots, celery, cucumber, salad mix, mango, bok choy

Dairy: string cheese, feta cheese,  laughing cow wedges, vanilla almond milk, 0% plain greek yogurt, chocolate milk, precooked & peeled hard boiled eggs

Meat: lean ground beef, chicken breasts (i ended up getting these frozen strips that you just have to microwave to cook)

Snacks: sunbutter, banana chips, kale chips, trail mix, dark chocolate, roasted coconut chips

Extras: shredded coconut, sparkling water, sparkling limeade, couscous/quinoa mixture, 2 premade salads

I got everything on my list and created this wonderful stir-fry dinner on Friday night…

friday dinner

I prechopped all my veggies (mushrooms, edamame, celery, carrots, broccoli, boy choy) and marinated them in TJs soyaki sauce.

I then microwaved about 6 small pieces of chicken and then added some soy sauce on top.

Fianlly, I sauteed my veggies up and added the chicken at the very end..letting it all simmer for about 5 minutes. When it was done, I poured it all in a bowl and topped with some sesame seeds..super yummy, filling, and healthy! I will most likely be making this dish one night this week! Great way to clean out veggies at the end of the week as well!!

Friday night I headed out to a country western bar with my friend and we had tons of fun shooting pool, dancing, and even riding the mechanical bull!

friday night
Us posing in front of this huge monster truck that was parked out front of the bar…we like to keep things super classy as I am sure you can tell!

 

Saturday morning started with some toast spread with sunbutter and topped with banana, then I headed out towards the marina in order to embark on my long run of the week! I was able to run 6 miles in 54 minutes, putting my pace at about a 9 min. mile, which I was super happy about!

Lunch was had with my momma while we were out running errands and we stopped at Souplantation in order to take advantage of the salad bar and huge soup selection!

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My salad was topped with cucumber, peas, corn, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, tomato, raisins, sunflower seeds, onion, carrots, and some oil/vinegar combo…

Soup was a bowl of the fire roasted veggie and another bowl of chicken noodle..yum!

saturday lunch

After lunch I went to a friends rugby game and then came home and lounged around for the rest of the evening!

My sister and I ended up getting huge frozen yogurts for dinner and it was quite satisfying to be a little unhealthy and have dessert for dinner!!!

Finally, Sunday I actually slept in! Which never happens!!! So, it felt awesome to be able to lie in bed and relax! I woke up and made myself some whipped banana oatmeal…then it was off to church and the grocery store with the familia!

Once we got home I did some meal prep..chopping up fruit and veggies for the week in order to make things easier on myself when cooking this week!

Then, it was off to LA where I was meeting some friends from UCLA for an early dinner!

It was so great catching up with them and we went to this super cute restaurant called Blue Plate where I got the worlds best salad!!!

It was arugula, goat cheese, butternut squash, roasted red peppers, and sunflower seeds..it was the perfect light salad full of delicious flavors!

For dessert we split the blueberry bread pudding and that was delicious as well! Dinner was awesome..great food, great people, and just a great way to spend my Sunday evening!

Alright, finally to end my post I am going to share some of my fave pics from the week! Enjoy everyone :)

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lemon loaf

summer pic

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why can’t i make decisions?!

hello all!

so quickie post cause i have like 5 minutes before i have to finish up at work!!!

soooo…dinner from last night was super yummy!

what was in it? 1 chicken/apple sausage link, 4 mini bell peppers,1/2 c. shredded brussel sprouts (from trader joes), 6 mini zucchinis chopped into pieces….sauté everything in 1 tbsp. coconut oil and top with cheese! I used Brie and it was to die for….

tuesday dinner

I will post lunch from today tomorrow haha

And I seriously can’t make up my mind about spin or running today?! Why is this so tough??? I think I may flip a coin…seriously though. I am officially a weirdo!

Peace out everyone..talk to you all tomorrow!!

i have the BEST MOM ever!

Do you ever have those days where you realized how truly blessed you are?! Today was definitely one of those days for me because I shared some quality time with my madre!

My mom has always been a superb mom…from the time I was little I have always loved spending time with her and our one-on-one time (though rare) is seriously always the best! We have a pretty open relationship, especially after going through all my issues these past few years and so our convos are generally open, honest, and heartfelt.

We also love to joke around, so we always are laughing when we are together! And today was no exception!

Momma had the week off because she is a teacher and the school is on spring break, hence my entire family got to sleep in, go on bike rides, eat yummy food, watch crap tv, lay out, and RELAX while I was stuck slaving away at work! Can you tell I’m a tad bitter haha Anyways, my mom came to my work to pick me up and we got  lunch at a cute little place called Beachwood BBQ. They have the most delicious foods and we ended up splitting a ginormous salad that had goat cheese, dried blueberries, butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, and a vanilla infused vinaigrette that was to die for!

We also got 3 side dishes to split as well..you can do this thing where you pick 3 of their sides and you get little mini versions of them! SO BOMB! We got the smoked asparagus, maple glazed carrots, and vanilla walnut yams and they were all delicioso!

I should have taken pics, but I didn’t! Boo, I need to get better at whippin’ out the cam!

Anywho, on to my recent eats and workouts…

Last night I was in charge of the troops (aka my little brother and sister), so I whipped up some of my homemade mac n’cheese!

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Mac N’ Cheese Recipe:

  1. Boil water, then add noodles (i used 1/2 box of shell pasta)
  2. Once noodles are cooked (about 10-15 min.), drain and pour into a baking dish
  3. Next add 2 scoops sour cream, 2 large scoops cottage cheese, 1 cup parmesan cheese, 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese and stir everything up (these measurments are versatile, so just make sure you use enough of each ingredient to get all the pasta coated in the cheesy mixture)
  4. Finally, top with bread crumbs & more shredded cheese
  5. Pop in the oven and bake until everything is melty (about 15 min.)

Yum! This dish is good when you need to feed a lot of people quickly! Also, is very versatile…so other seasonings and maybe some veggies could be added to mix things up a little :)

On the side I roasted some veggies (precut mix from Trader Joes) that I topped with olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika….and cut up a fresh pineapple to enjoy as well!

Such a kid friendly and delicious meal..plus plenty of leftovers for tonight!

This morning I did my now “usual” spin class and we did some hill work that seriously kicked my butt! I finished up with some light dumbbell work and am thinking of taking a nice easy walk this afternoon after work since it is SO nice out!

Breakfast was overnight oats..my classic mix with dried cherries, apple, strawberry, cinnamon, and honey on top!

friday breakfast

Ah and I forgot to post yesterday’s lunch…so here it is!

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Pre made salad from Trader Joes..I am loving the premade stuff…makes packing a lunch that much easier!

And also a side of veggies…

thursday lunch

I am trying to up my vegetable intake because all I currently eat is fruit, fruit, and more fruit! So trying to swap some snacks with veggies to get more servings in!

Anyways, hope everyone has a nice weekend and I will catch up with you Monday :)

how i eat (primarily) unprocessed foods!

Hey everyone! Before I get into the meat of this post, let me tell you a bit about my evening yesterday and then my workout and breakfast today!

So, last night my family and I went to a HOCKEY GAME! Seriously, if you have never been to a hockey game, you need to go!!! They are so lively and action packed..never a dull moment! I tend to get bored when watching football and baseball, but with hockey the action literally never stops!!!

Anways, here is a pic of my sister and I making “duck faces”, while en route to the ducks game!

hockey game pic

The game was awesome, Anaheim Ducks played the Dallas Stars and our ducks won 5-2!

Anyways, dinner was not the healthiest because it was game food haha but it sure was delicious! I had a hotdog w/ relish, mustard, and onions. Also, had a handful of peanuts, lots & lots of delicious popcorn (think movie theater style), a few Sour Patch Kids, and some hot chocolate…this is kind of ironic considering today I want to talk about how I cut out most unprocessed foods from my diet, but hey every once in a while you gotta give in and indulge a little ;)

Anyways, I was exhausted by the time we got home last night and fell asleep almost as soon as my head hit the pillow!! I thought about snoozing my alarm when it went off at 4:45 this morning, but decided to bite the bullet and get up for my morning workout! I didn’t know how in the mood I would be to run, but I decided to give it a go and actually had tons of energy! The run went by quickly and though when i post my workout it is going to look a tad confusing, in reality it is basically 5 min. incline walk followed by 10 minutes of 1 min. jog/1 min. sprint switch offs (repeat that 2x), then 5 min. recovery walk, 14 min. of increasing incline jogging, and 1 min. cool down..easy peasy!

SPRINTS N HILLS TRADMILL WORKOUT

thursday workout

So, ya like I said it looks confusing when written out, but it was an awesome workout and let me get in a lot of mileage in not too long of time!

I am trying to up my mileage in hopes of doing a 10K at some point this summer, so I think I am going to try an outdoor run by the ocean this weekend and hopefully get in over 5 miles!

Ok, next on the list is breakfast today..started with a banana and 1/2 a granola bar when I got home from the gym…then once at work I had…oats in a jar!!

thursday breakfast 1

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Don’t you love how I captured my meal at different stages of being eaten! haha Anyways,  I did like 1/4 cup rolled oats, dash of vanilla coconut milk, 2 scoops plain greek yogurt, 1 spoonful cocoa, and then topped it this morning with more coconut milk, strawberries/blackberries/blueberries, & a scoop more peanut butter..yum!

Ok…now on to my topic of getting rid of processed foods in your diet. I actually happened to end up doing this by mistake and mainly just by keeping my diet made up mostly of fruits & veggies. Most of my meals center around some concoction of fruits or vegetables and then in the morning I add yogurt/oatmeal/whole grain toast/or nut butter to round out the meal.

Lunch and dinner tend to be more veggie based and usually are a salad or sauteed veggies topped with some type of protein. For lunch I like to add various mixtures of nuts/dried fruit/fresh fruit/chopped veggies/chicken/turkey/tuna/salmon/& a vinegar or oil based dressing.

Dinner tend to be a ton of veggies sauteed in coconut oil and then topped with cheese/& or meat..when i am eating rice or pasta I usually try to get a whole grain version (think whole grain pasta, quinoa, brown rice, etc.) and not too much sauce & salt added on top.

For me, once I started stalking up on fruits and veggies my meals came to center on those items and I stopped needing crackers/chips/croutons/lots of dressing/frozen meals/etc.

I also stick to plain greek yogurt/organic milk/rolled oats (not instant) and most of my breakfast options are pretty basic and fresh.

Once I started making my meals with less processed foods I found that my cravings for coffee and soda also decreased as well!

My diet now feels more rounded out and I am happy to say that the things I do eat fill me up and keep me focused/energized/& strong!

Of course like I said earlier I do indulge every once in a while in snack type foods, but even then I have found that the less I have them the better they taste when I do have them here and there!

Hopefully this helps with anyone trying to get more healthy meals in and let me know if you have any questions!

 

What type of unprocessed meals are your favorite?

Any type of fish with a nice roasted or sautéed veggie side!

Any snack foods that you could NEVER give up, despite how crappy them may be for you!?

Peanut M&Ms, Cheese-Its, & Microwave Popcorn are my guilty pleasures fo’ sho!