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.

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!!

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thursday breakfast 2

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!

Staying On Track the Healthy Way

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Hey everybody! So, today has been a good day so far and I wanted to write a little about my journey trying to regain my identity during my recovery from my eating disorder. But first let me fill you in on my workout/dinner/& breakfast!

Workout last night went better than expected! I was feeling kind of crumby as I posted yesterday, but then I had a bagel think & cream cheese, lots of water, and got ready for a hard workout! When I got to the gym I was able to do my 50 min. workout, even going harder than I had planned at some points! I also did my ab routine and saved the squats for today because I was getting tired at that point. I typically get bored at the gym after like an hour, but can make myself stay for like an hour and fifteen or twenty minutes but that’s tops!

week 3 monday workout

After the gym I showered and then prepared myself a super yummy quinoa caprese bowl! I basically took some leftover cooked quinoa and added in fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic, mixing everything together for a super yummy dish!

I also snacked on some dark chocolate covered power berries from Trader Joes and some peanut butter/berries while preparing my lunch for today!

Breakfast this morning was a Special K Yogurt Parfait…

week 3 tuesday breakfast

Which was a contained of Trader Joe’s Mango flavored greek yogurt, topped with a scoop of Fage 0% Plain greek yogurt, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and some Vanilla Almond Special K cereal for some crunch! I have been trying to branch out and try some different breakfast options, because for the past few weeks I have been all about overnight oats!! haha anyways tomorrow I am thinking of trying out a bagel or oatmeal, so we will see if I can come up with a new fave breakfast option! If anyone has suggestions that are portable or easy to make using just a microwave and/or a toaster oven..let me know!!

Snack this morning was a banana, chocolate chip chewy bar, and vitamin water zero…just in case you were curious as to what my snacks are at work haha

Ok, now to the meat of this post…identity and how to be yourself in a world so full of judgment!

For me, during my years with an eating disorder I became a weird and different version of myself. Since I was consistently isolating myself, lying, and hiding away, I lost all sense of the person I was and the person I wanted to be. I let go of all of my morals and everything that was important to me. I was lying to my friends and family, so therefore they learned to not trust me and eventually even they did not care to be around me. I was hurting myself and then lying to make it seem like things were better than they really were. In all honesty I have never been more fragile, afraid, lonely, and confused as I was during those years.

However, as I have progressed in my recovery I have become more comfortable with the person that I am! I feel like I now know more about my positive and negative character traits and have tried to work on my negative ones to make myself a better person all around. I know I can be impatient, judgmental, a control freak, and sometimes insecure, but the more I try to stay aware of those characteristics, the more likely I am to catch myself when I start to display them.

I now try to be myself and have learnt that if others don’t like who I am, then tough luck for them! I am now more selective about who I am friends with because I have realized that there are only a few people who will really be there for me when the goings get tough! And I would way rather surround myself with people who make me feel good about myself, rather than have tons of people who don’t give a crap about me!

I have come to see that I want to be a person who lives a healthy life and is responsible and fun to be around. I try to help out others as much as I can and do kind things for no reason or without being asked. I try to keep a positive outlook on life and realize that no matter what happens there is always another day and another way to make things better!

If anyone is struggling with finding their identity or want to better themselves I would suggest making a list of qualities you admire in other people and then using that as a guide for yourself. But also remember that you are who you are and sometimes you have to find ways to make your personality work for you. Never be afraid to be who you are because the people who don’t like you are better off not in your life anyways!!

In conclusion, take a second to think about this quote…it really helps me in times when I am feeling down…

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Enjoy and I will be back later with lunch and today’s workout agenda 🙂