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A Very Green Day

It was nice to get back to the gym this morning. I felt kind of icky about all of the sugar I ate yesterday. Post-cake consumption, I ended up snacking on some Nilla Wafers, too – sugar does that to you! It keeps you coming back for more. So, I was happy to work that ickiness off this morning.

I came back and had what was easily the… earthiest smoothie I’ve had yet.

I enjoyed it, for sure, but it is definitely not the smoothie I’d recommend to the people who are skeptical about my use of spinach in smoothies. This was the first time I could actually taste the spinach. So, this is a smoothie for those of you that already embrace the use of spinach in smoothies.

It tasted like an extremely healthy way to start the day! 🙂

Honeydew Smoothie

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • big handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1 scoop Greens & Whey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsb nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1 cup honeydew melon

On top:

  • ~2/3 tbs warmed coconut butter
  • handful Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax

I continued the green theme at lunch today with a broccoli slaw salad. Same deal as the other day except I added red peppers and swapped out the goddess dressing for feta dressing.

I then followed it with my very last (sadface) homemade granola bar!

It was a baby one. Sadly, though, it was past its prime.

Guess I’ll just have to make more!

In a while, though. I need a new baking project. Any requests for a KWHification?

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Balance

In boot camp this morning, we worked a bit on our balance. Somehow, I managed to do a V-sit with a band around my feet, using said band to do rows.

Yea, I don’t know how I did it, either. I didn’t, however, last as long as I would have liked to. New goal!

The concept of balance has stayed with me all day.

I started the day knowing that lunch was going to be decadent. In celebration of the three-day weekend, my office kindly hosted another food truck lunch (and I actually got to eat it this time, unlike at the 4th of July event!). We had both a BBQ truck and an ice cream truck, and because they are both highly buzzed-about trucks in LA, I knew I was going to want to sample both.

To me, living a healthy lifestyle and leading a healthy living blog does not mean I have to be perfect all the time (and trust me, I’m far from it); instead, it means I strive to strike a balance in my life.

I certainly have my fair share of drinks. I skip workouts when I know don’t feel up to them (this goes both ways, too; sometimes I don’t listen to my body and end up injuring myself). I indulge in french fries or cupcakes when I decide that’s what I really want.

If I ate and acted this way all the time, I couldn’t claim to have a healthy lifestyle.

But I don’t. I pick and choose my moments.

I’d say that 95% of the time, I make the healthy choice. I do this because it makes me feel good and it makes me happy. There are definitely times when the choice is tough, but that I ultimately choose the healthy choice because I know it will be worth it later. For instance, I skipped out on a dinner I really wanted to attend this week because I knew that staying out late would conflict with a long run I really needed to do in order to feel prepared for next week’s 10K. Had I missed the run and ended up feeling under-prepared next week as a result, I would have been kicking myself for having attended this dinner. There are also times, though, that I feel as though making the “healthy” choice would be a deprivation. In those instances, I end up feeling kind of frustrated, and I don’t ever want to resent my own choices. So, sometimes when I go to a party, or when I’m at a nice restaurant, or when my office hosts a food truck lunch, I decide to indulge.

Sometimes I overindulge, and I end up regretting that. Like I said, I’m not perfect.

Today, however, is a perfect example of balance (if I do say so myself), and I’m pretty proud of myself for it.

At the gym this morning, knowing I wasn’t going to have the cleanest day of eating, I worked hard in class and on the elliptical and added an extra ten minutes to my time on the elliptical Now, those ten minutes aren’t going to do much, but they’re a good way to add a little extra to the healthy side of the scale without stressing my body out too much before the long run I have scheduled for tomorrow.

I then came home to a perfectly healthy and light start to my day of eating.

Pluot Smoothie

Into the mix went:

  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 pluot, peeled and sliced

On top:

  • 2/3 tbs coconut butter (it would not drizzle! hmmph)
  • handful Go Lean Crunch! Honey Almond Flax

This was really light and surprisingly voluminous! I think the water-based aspect of the pluot really made a difference.

When the food truck lunch came around, I indulged, but I did not overindulge. I know that some people in the office ended up spending the afternoon feeling bloated and full. I, however, felt… pretty good! In fact, I felt really happy about what I’d eaten and the fact that I’d gotten to enjoy yummy and out-of-the-ordinary food without feeling consequences (like I did on Wednesday after those Vietnamese tofu tacos…).

The choices on the BBQ food truck were as follows:

I had originally planned on just getting three tofu tacos, but the “spicy” description scared me off. I ended up getting two chicken tacos and one tofu taco. People were raving about the short rib sliders, but I heard they were pretty heavy and I just knew those would make me feel sick.

The one on the left is the tofu taco and those two on the right are the chicken tacos. Thank goodness I ended up ordering two chicken and one tofu, because I was entirely unimpressed by the tofu taco. I ended up eating the two chicken tacos and tossing the tofu. After all, I had to save room for ice cream! 🙂

From co-worker reviews, I heard the cookie and ice cream combo was pretty awesome, so I wanted to get a taste of what everyone else was so enjoying. However, I knew I didn’t need the two cookies on an ice cream sandwich in order to grasp this concept, so I ordered a scoop of the ice cream in a cup with one cookie on top (another trick I picked up from co-workers).

The combination was of coffee-toffee ice cream (a flavor combination I love) and a snickerdoodle cookie.

It. Was. Awesome.

Overall, this was an entirely enjoyable food truck lunch. Plus, I got a sweet t-shirt (thanks, Sue!).

And, by the time 4:30 rolled around, I was totally ready for my Coffee Bean Friday picking: a regular, iced, no sugar added Vanilla Soy Latte.

Happy Friday, everyone!

10K Training Day 33

5 minutes elliptical warmup

45 minutes boot camp

45 minutes elliptical (40 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

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Running is Taking Over

Okay, seriously? This was awesome. I can’t believe I haven’t talked about this yet.

And now I’m basically just listening to it/ watching it every so often on repeat. I mean, Jorge Garcia was in it! And Joel McHale! What’s not to love?

I wish it were on iTunes.

Anyway, you came here for the food, right?

For dinner last night, I sauteed up an Asian Vegetable Medley (from TJ’s, of course) with some teriyaki tofu (also from TJ’s)…

And it was good, but about three bites in, I realized I just wasn’t really in the mood.

I honestly just wanted ice cream.

Good thing I had just picked up some TJ’s tart frozen yogurt!

I swear, they are not paying me. I just love them. Dearly.

I topped a pretty decently sized bowl of the fro-yo with some carob chips and Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls. This was my first time trying this cereal and I am a big fan! It tastes really similar to Life, which used to be one of my favorite cereals.

It wasn’t the most conventional dinner, but it hit the spot… and really, that’s all I cared about at the time.

I broke out the cereal again this morning for breakfast, this time to top a big SIAB!

I’m a big fan of the cereal, but I think I like a heartier cereal atop my SIABs.

This smoothie was very similar to that tropical smoothie I made once upon a time.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

On top:

  • drizzle warmed coconut butter (~1/2 tbs – I’m almost out!)
  • handful Shredded Spoonfuls

This was a really thick smoothie! In retrospect, with all of the frozen fruit, I probably could have lost the greek yogurt and just added a little more almond milk. But, hey, I had no problem with it being thick – it was like having frozen yogurt for breakfast. No problem with that!

It was also very refreshing to consume after this morning’s 4 mile run. 🙂

Actually, the run was slightly (but really, only slightly) longer than 4 miles, simply because I was into my music and the run and forgot to check how far I’d run. How’s that for a good sign?

Speaking of running, I think I’ve decided to run a half marathon, probably in 2011 so that I can properly train. I think I’ve also decided to run a 10K on my birthday…? Actually, I haven’t decided about the birthday 10K yet. I’m just thinking about it. Thoughts? It sounds like a very cool race. Its a Christmas-themed race and I’d get to run with “Santa!”

I really, really love Christmas.

That would also make for three 10Ks in 2010, given that I’m also signing up for one on Thanksgiving. I think that would make me feel pretty good about myself.

10K Training Day 30

5 minute warm-up on elliptical

4.15 mile run @ 5.0 on treadmill for 50 minutes + 5 minute cool down

I have fun baking plans tonight!

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Sometimes, You Should Just Sleep

I have been listening to David Archuletta’s version of “Ave Maria” on repeat.

But, um, let’s move on as if you didn’t read that, because that’s really embarrassing.

I woke up this morning at 6:00 and went to the gym. I shouldn’t have.

There are some days when you wake up and don’t feel like going to the gym but know you should push through anyway and go. I was hoping this morning would be one of those mornings, but it wasn’t. Honestly, I should have listened to my instincts and gone back to sleep. I didn’t even get home last night until almost midnight and then, only about half an hour after falling asleep, there was some crazy loud power outage situation in my neighborhood that woke me up and freaked me the heck out. I get really scared really easily, and Mamito was out last night, thus leaving me in a big, echoey apartment all by myself. I immediately pictured myself in a horror movie situation and had a hard time getting back to sleep. I don’t think I fell back asleep until at least 1:45am.

For the record, this is why I don’t watch scary movies.

So, yea, I really shouldn’t have gone to the gym. I went, though, and while I went through the motions, that’s really all I did. I just phoned it in. Oh, well. Lesson learned. And I really can’t wait to go to sleep tonight. I’ve been in a really bummed out mood all day and I am looking forward to a good night’s sleep for many reasons.

I came back from the gym this morning and threw a peachy keen smoothie together, changing up the protein powder. It’s amazing how much that one substitution changed the texture and color of the smoothie!

Just in case you didn’t feel like clicking…

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1 scoop Greens & Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 peach, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt

On top:

  • drizzle (yay!) coconut butter (~3/4 tbs)
  • handful Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax (love this stuff)

This kept me going pretty much all morning, but I have to say that I didn’t really want it this morning. I had eggs for breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday because I just haven’t been craving or enjoying sweet things in the morning (blasphemy!) for the past few days, and have instead been craving salt.

I even more than halved the amount of sweetener in my coffee this morning and found I much preferred it that way.

Weird, right? Maybe I’ve overloaded my body with sweet stuff since bringing sugar back into my diet.

Lunch today was awesome. I am really just a sucker for doughy bread and melted cheese.

It was just a simple turkey and cheddar sandwich on multigrain bread, but I put the bread, meat and cheese in the broiler for a few minutes to give it an extra-special something and then threw some fresh baby spinach on top. I had some carrot sticks on the side and was good to go.

I had packed this Farmer’s Market pluot for dessert…

…but then, my friend Michelle gave me this.

And, I mean, really, who am I to turn down a gift?

In all seriousness, though, this was one of the most incredible cupcakes I have ever had. No exaggeration. The cupcake was chocolatey and rich without being dense, and the vanilla bean frosting was absolutely packed with flavor.

And the best part?

If you look really closely, you can see that there’s a little dot of chocolate ganache in the center of the cupcake, right under that insanely good vanilla bean frosting.

Oh. My. Goodness.

Oh, and yes, I eat the bottom of the cupcake first. KWH fun fact of the day.

10K Training Day 29

5 minutes elliptical

45 minutes boot camp (CrossFit style)

35 minutes elliptical (30 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

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Reset Button

Running has become my reset button.

Yesterday sucked. No doubt about that. And, at first, I dealt with it in the wrong way.

With this:

and this:

(well, I didn’t eat all of it)…

Not my best coping techniques. But hey, it could be worse, right? My saving grace here is that they were consumed while I was out with Dianne and Mamito, who both certainly lifted my spirits.

Running, though? Now, that’s a perfect coping technique.

I woke up feeling kind of guilty about last night’s decisions and as though I would prefer to just stay in bed. I’m glad I didn’t, though, because four miles later, I was a brand new person. Hallelujah.

This run felt fan-freaking-tastic. I wasn’t looking at the clock or at my mileage. I wasn’t counting down. I was just running and enjoying those minutes to myself, allowing myself to think thoroughly and rationally about the things that have been dragging me down. Running makes for good “me time.” It allows me to clear my head.

I also realized this morning how very capable I am of running this upcoming 10K. I have felt this whole time like I might be kidding myself – I mean, I run a 12 minute mile!  I realized, though, as I finished my four miles this morning, that I could easily knock out two more. Well, maybe not “easily” – sure, it would tire me out – but I could definitely do it. That’s a long way from where I used to be, friends. A long, long way.

Speaking of 10Ks… I’m signing up for another one! I just found out this morning about a new 10K on Thanksgiving Day. I had been looking for Turkey Day races but didn’t want to travel too far, and this one is super close! Perfect. I’m actually really excited for this one. Perhaps more so than the one coming up in a couple of weeks. I like how low-key it sounds like it’s going to be.

In related but unrelated news, I have a confession: I downloaded Katy Perry’s new CD last night. Even worse? I like it. It was a perfect running soundtrack this morning, which was great because it kept me completely entertained. It also lasted almost exactly the length of my run. I don’t know if that says more about the short length of her CD or the slow speed of my running, but either way – ridiculous!

After the gym this morning, I came back and made a new smoothie! Whaaat??!

Change can be a good thing.

Peachy Keen Smoothie

(that’s my favorite color combination, bee-tee-dubs)

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 peach, peeled & sliced
  • 1/3 frozen banana (just for the creamy factor, not the taste)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbs nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 scoop Jay Robb’s Vanilla Whey Protein Powder

On top:

  • ~2/3 tbs coconut butter (I can’t say drizzled because it would not drizzle this morning! grr)
  • handful Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax

Yummm.

Somebody take this song away from me.

10K Training Day 25

5 min elliptical warm-up

4 mile run on treadmill @ 5.0 for 48 min + 5 min cool down

Woohoo!

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Not Feeling the Hunger

Another missed day of training. I swear, I’m getting more sleep, but I feel so much more lethargic without my workouts. I’m definitely not fully healed yet, but I’m going back to the gym tomorrow to see how much I can get away with.

Like I said yesterday, though, I’m much less hungry without my morning workouts. I wasn’t really feeling anything more than a light snack yesterday afternoon. I was also tied to my desk, so a trip to the kitchen to peruse my options wasn’t on the table. Per usual, Lauren came to my rescue (what would I do without her?) by bringing me a fresh bowl of fruit.

Is she great, or what?

I made a stop at Lauren’s last night after leaving work late, as she and I had some things to discuss. For perhaps the first time ever over at her house, no alcohol was consumed. I simply wasn’t craving it after this past weekend’s overindulgence. 😉

As a result, I got home pretty late last night. I toyed between the ideas of not having dinner at all or throwing something quick and random together. I probably could have gotten away with not eating, but I don’t like skipping meals. I feel like it throws me off.

I ended up throwing together another Green Giant frozen vegetable medley and about 1/4 cup cooked lentils (the TJ’s seasoned version).

It sure wasn’t pretty, but it took five minutes and was satisfying without filling me up right before going to bed.

Breakfast this morning looks a lot like yesterday’s but had some frozen mango and almond milk in it. I love mango in smoothies! It adds a tartness, which I think improves the quality of a smoothie. Sometimes, the banana alone makes for a too-sweet smoothie in my book. I may have sugar back in my diet, but I still prefer when most things are on the less-sweet side.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop Greens & Whey
  • ~1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/8 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt

On top:

  • ~2/3 tbs drizzle warmed coconut butter
  • handful Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax

So yummy and so very thick!

(TWSS)

(Sorry, Mom and Dad. And Grandma and Grandpa. And… everyone else.)

10K Training Day 23

Injury rest day #4 (!!!)

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Another Rest Day

I mean seriously, how does one even pull a hip flexor? I honestly can’t even think of or remember what I could have done to manage this. Maybe I should stop drinking beer.

Sadly, this minor injury means I missed yet another day of training this morning, thus giving me three consecutive rest days. No bueno! My training schedule was already shortened, so I’m really not thrilled about missing more days. However, I’ll grudgingly admit that it may be for the best, as I fell asleep at 9:15 last night and still managed to hit the snooze button until 7:30 this morning. I never hit the snooze button, so I guess I still needed to catch up on that sleep that I missed over the weekend. 😉

Hopefully (seriously, please cross your fingers for me), I’ll be back in action tomorrow.

I still managed to start my day off with a SIAB (it’s been a few days, friends).

This was an extra special SIAB because I finally had some spinach again! Three cheers for green smoothies!

This was a return to the Jamba-esque smoothie.

Into the mix went:

  • 3 ice cubes
  • handful fresh baby spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop (1/2 serving) Greens & Whey (Yayyy to this return as well!)

On top:

  • drizzle (~3/4 tbs today) warmed coconut butter
  • handful Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax (Yet another return. This morning was awesome.)

Today at work is a little bit different, as I am covering someone else’s desk today and tomorrow. This means I temporarily have my own office. Well, my own that I’m borrowing. You know what I mean.

I’m big time, guys. For two days, anyway.

Maybe it was the change of scenery, or maybe I’m just in a good mood for a Monday, but this morning actually surprised me by flying by. It was lunchtime before I knew it and I got to enjoy my leftovers from yesterday’s pizza.

This was a source of great jealousy from my co-workers as I reheated it in the kitchen’s toaster oven. Oh, well. 😉

I mean, just look at it up close!

You can’t really blame them for their jealousy. 🙂

Sorry for the exposure in these photos. The light in “my” office is not great.

Given that it is an extremely rare day that I miss a workout before work, I can totally notice the difference in my hunger level on the days that I do work out versus the ones that I don’t. I am so much less snacky today than usual and probably could have even done with smaller meals. Good to know. But I’ll take the workouts over eating less any day. I miss my endorphins! Though, actually, my fun weekend has me in a good enough mood on its own. 🙂

In completely separate news, I did something today that I’ve been toying with for a long time: I untagged the majority of pictures of me on facebook. What that really means is that I untagged almost all of the “before weight loss” pictures (except for a choice few that were so close to my heart that I couldn’t let them go). I’ve been thinking about doing this for months now and finally decided that I want the image of me out there to be of who I am today. Untagging the pictures doesn’t mean that I don’t love the memories they represent or who I was in them; it’s just a choice in what I’m broadcasting on the internet.

What would you do in this situation? Or, if you’ve chosen to do this type of thing, or chosen not to, why?

10K Training Day 22

Rest day. 😦 Boo.

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