Long Run, Meal Prep and lots of food pics!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you are all doing well!

Let’s see where we last left off…

Friday

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My friend and I went to our Friday night of fun! Body Pump followed by Spin! So sweaty, so fun!

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Strawberries and Mint Choco Chip Arctic Zero to end the day.

Saturday

I woke up nice and early and headed into Central Park for a long run, a half marathon to be exact with the lovely Jen!!

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Snapped a pic on my walk to the Path- so pretty.

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I had the Chocolate Peanut Butter Detour bar on my walk to the park. I felt like I needed just a little something more than my Quest Bar and Apple before the run and it was delicious, definitely helped sustain me for the first part of our run.

NYRR was hosting a long training run with water, gatorade stations, and fun cheer leaders along the way! Jen and I have such an awesome time running together and we seriously needed each other on Saturday. Both of us had heavy legs (she is an amazing spin teacher!!) and the weather was just so humid so combined with our week of workouts it was a tough run. But we did it and had a great time!!!

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After our run I headed home and refueled:

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Zucchini Omelette with Laughing Cow Swiss, sweet potato and watermelon. For some reason I LOOOOVEEE watermelon after a long run.

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And you of course needed to see a picture of my lunch. Leftover BBQ Lentil Mix up over Broccoli.

Later on I headed to Astoria to hang out with my friends and say goodbye to my friend who is moving across the country. We had a fun time but it was sad to say goodbye to my friend!

Sunday

I went to my fav yoga class which was SO necessary after my long run! I felt like my yoga teacher knew what I needed. We did hamstring stretches and quad stretches to begin the class. It was like the class was being catered towards runners, it was awesome!

I then headed up to my parents for laundry, meal prep and the pool.

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This week’s meal: Sweet Potato “Nachos” on top is ground turkey, peppers, black beans, carrots, onion, celery, and the TJs cowboy caviar all mixed in!

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And you wanted to see a picture of my lunch that day. :-)

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After the pool my family had a clam bake!!! Sushi for an app, steamed clams, lobster, corn, and watermelon for dessert. My parents feed me very well ;-)

Monday

Arms & Shoulders & Core + Hour Long toughhh Spin Class, hence my face below:

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This class for some reason is always so tough. I just get so sweaty and it’s just hardddd to keep pushing but I do it!

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Overnight oats in the car after the gym before running errands.

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Later on I had the most amazing salad: arugula, carrots, tomatoes, beets, grilled chicken, avocado and cherries! If you have never put cherries on salad before, do it! I love mixing in fruit in my salads, it’s a nice sweet surprise!

So that’s the round-up! A ton of food and some great workouts. Looking forward to a week of fun workouts, sun and yes ::gasp:: I have to go into work to do some curriculum work!

Hope you all enjoy the week!!

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The 10 Fitness Things I could not live without

Happy Friday!

Before I get to my title a quick food/fitness update because otherwise this wouldn’t be my blog! :-)

Yesterday I woke up and got in almost 6 miles at a nice and easy pace:

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An easier pace = happier ankle. The compartment syndrome is more of an annoyance and flares up at random times. Sometimes it happens when I wear flip flops, last night it happened when I tried running to first in my kickball game. I guess it’s just something I am going to have to continue to watch and monitor.

After my run I went to the gym to stretch and foam roll and did back work. I will probably need to switch it up soon as this “plan” goes for 4 weeks and I think I am at that point now. I haven’t been super consistent with it as I take body pump 1-2 times a week and switch that out for one of these days.

I then had to head up by my parents house to go to the dentist and then surprisingly I got a pool day in!

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The weather had been cloudy but the sun ended up shining through later in the afternoon. I finished my second book of the summer: Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer. It was a perfect summer book! It just made me love summer and get a lot of nostalgic feelings of being by the beach. I am going to head to the library this morning to pick out another book. I loved that I didn’t go to the library with any plan in mind, I just browsed and turned out to get a good one!

I then came home and grabbed an iced coffee because I knew I had a kickball game at 10pm and would not make it out if I didn’t have some caffeine. I also had a Detour Smart Bar- the Apple Cinnamon to tie me over during Yoga on the Pier. It was delicious and it def held me over during yoga. I did browse the ingredients and nutrition facts more and I’m not sure if these are the cleanest bars but they are still very tasty. I will let you know how the peanut butter chocolate is. I didn’t get the blueberry or cranberry ones because of my silly allergy.

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I then headed to Yoga on the pier:

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Such a gorgeous night. I am truly in love with this view and being able to do yoga and just taking it all in makes me so happy. I am eating this all up and cherishing it for when winter time comes and I can look back and say at least I took total advantage of the outdoors this summer.

After yoga came home had dinner then met up with some friends before kickball. Had kickball and 10 and then even went out a little afterwards. I did take some sips of beer at both before and after hang outs but like I have said, drinking is just not my thing anymore. Hey, if I want a beer (like last week I tried a strawberry beer-yummmy) I will have one. Last night I really didn’t want the beer but had some sips just to socialize and be with everyone. Could I have not had any, sure, but having a little and socializing is part of the balance of it all. I live in a place where it is a big part of the social atmosphere which is absolutely fine, it just isn’t part of me anymore which is also absolutely fine.

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So to my title, the 10 fitness things I could not live without. Janae posted this on her blog this week and I thought it sounded fun!

1. My NYSC Membership- this has changed my fitness life so much these past few months. I have so much more equipment, I can try any gym that is convenient for me, and I have been able to try lots of different classes!

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2. My Garmin- this has been so helpful in tracking my running progress, pace, and reflecting on all the runs I have done.

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3. My Spi Belt- This has been a life saver, I carry my id/debit card/insurance, money, cell phone, keys, gum, or even fuel in this thing! Plus I got it for free with my credit to my local running store.

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4. My iPod Shuffle- Although I have recently discovered my love of running without music, this has been a great motivator during some tough runs and even helped me get through my two half-marathons. I love how tiny it is so it doesn’t get in the way at all.

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5. Quest Bars- These have been such a great way to help fuel me for all my workouts. I love the small ingredient list and the high amount of protein in them. Yes they can be pricey but there are some parts of fitness that just are.

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6. My foam roller/The Stick: I am putting these both together because they serve the same purpose and I try to use them as often as I can. I can sometimes get lazy and not want to use them but I remind myself how important it is to stretch/foam roll/stick to help prevent injury and to be kind to my muscles.

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7. Pro-Compression Socks. I live in these for long runs and wear them to recover especially when I am having some pain.

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8. Long Run Fuel- Gus and Nuun. I am learning the importance of fueling you body during long workouts and I have seen such a difference when properly fueled. I am able to go stronger and longer with Gus and Nuun.

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9.  Brooks Sneakers. Now this is my only second pair of real running shoes. Last summer I was wearing 5 year old puma sneakers to race in! Ahhh! I am not 100% I have found my shoe- I mean I do LOVE these but I don’t feel I have enough shoe experience to make much comparisons. However these have gotten me through the Brooklyn half and my Queens 10k PR and my Run of the Champions PR, so I gotta give them credit! #runhappy is my favorite part about Brooks.

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10. This view. I found my love of running with this view. I never tire of it and I feel blessed to have such a great life every time I run here. It keeps me motivated and makes me appreciate my ability to have such a great life.

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What 10 fitness things can you not live without? Please comment, I would love to hear from my readers!! :-) 

 

 

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I do a lot of lounging in the summer

Hellllo friends! Hope you have been enjoying the great weather this week (if you are having great weather where you are ;-) )

Sunday

So we got the couch in my apartment! I guess all that lifting and body pump pays off!

I then went out to a BBQ restaurant with the fam and I of course snapped a picture of everything #bloggerproblems

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To start a salad and a potato wrapped in bacon with a yummy sauce. Then a big ol’ pile of pulled BBQ turkey and Bourbon root vegetables.

I then informed my family it was National Ice Cream Day so we obvi had to celebrate:

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Chocolate fro-yo and reese’s peanut butter cups. This isn’t like fro-yo, fro-yo but it was perfect for National Ice Cream Day. I seriously cannot have ice cream without reese’s.

Monday

Shoulders, arms and core plus spin!

 

I then headed to TJs and did meal prep on Monday:

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This week’s meal: pulled chicken with bbq sauce (I think the BBQ restaurant gave me the inspiration), lentils, carrots, celery, onions and peppers all sauteed together.

I then used my left over pulled turkey from the BBQ place on my salad:

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I then got a nice day in at the pool!

Later on I finally had the Greek Salad (no pic) that I have been craving with my friend (hiiiii- I know she reads this ;-) ). It totally hit the spot and was so fun to catch up with my BFF!

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Got in an outfit pic ;-)

Tuesday

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Started the day with a 6 mile run with my very speedy friend. We had to make a pit stop half way through hence the 11:02 pace, but really it was in the 10s! You should see this girl run up a hill- I had to catch up to her! We had so much fun though and it is always better to run with someone than to run alone! Thank goodness I have discovered this!

Later on I lounged by the pier and enjoyed this pretty salad:

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The yellow is mango pieces!

I then headed to an eye doctor appointment that was well over due.

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I kept it classy by wearing sneakers with my regular outfit. I feel like ever since I have become a runner my feet are more sensitive to flip-flops and not form fitting shoes.

I now have a higher prescription and I’m going to head to Warby Parker in the city to get some affordable glasses. I hope I like them!

Have you ever had your eyes dilated? I have not and it wasn’t fun afterwards. My eyes were super sensitive to light for a couple hours and I couldn’t see things up close (like my iPhone). They gave me these super cool looking shades to wear while driving:

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Haha I looked so cool.

After that I had some time to kill before tutoring so I stopped in GNC to get these:

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Smart Detour Bars- I have seen them all over instagram so decided to give them a shot, they have 10g of protein and seem like a good substitute for my Kashi bars that have 7g of protein. I haven’t had one yet but I will let you know how they are!

Today

I always begin my day with either a real breakfast or if I’m going for a run/workout, I have a Quest Bar and an apple. (Yes, it is an expensive habit but YOLO).  Today I tried a new to me flavor and I liked it.

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It was the apple pie which I normally don’t like apple pie but this was pretty good. It had mini apple chunks in it and a cinnamon taste to it. I would order this again.

Then I headed into the city for a Body Pump class. I was just not in the mood to do a “lift work out” and wanted to have some fun so I decided why not take a Body Pump instead! I also did some core work and decided to try my hand at this, a leg raise station:

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For some reason I thought I wouldn’t be able to do this but I totally did! I have been afraid to try my hand at it but I’m glad I did. I did 3 sets of 15 leg raises!

Enjoyed some overnight oats by a park by this gym (it was all the way on the Upper West Side)

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I then lounged again by the pier and read and enjoyed the beautiful day. I really do a ton of lounging in the summer but I am trying to tell myself that it is good for my body and my soul. ;-)

Even though I laid in the sun all day (did a lot of reading) I am so exhausted for some reason. I think I will be having an early bed time tonight.

How did you celebrate National Ice Cream Day?

Have you ever had your eyes dilated? 

Have you ever bought glasses from Warby Parker? 

 

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Run of the Champions 5k PR!

Before I get to my exciting I title I of course have to recap all of the events leading up to it! :-)

Friday:

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Yummy Strawberry/Banana/Oat/PB/Greek Yogurt Smoothie to start the day.

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Quest Bar/Apple at the pier before heading into the city for a fun Body Pump! I am obsessed with that class.

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Big salad after Body Pump: Arugula, Carrots, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Avocado, Quinoa, Beets and Grilled Chicken with a Sweet Potato on the side.

Friday night fun:

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Andrea runs on Dunkin especially before babysitting ;-)

Saturday:

Planned rest day. I hadn’t had a rest day for awhile so due to some fun things planned I thought it would be a good day for rest!

My friends and I went to Central Park for a picnic. We bought food at Whole Foods (hello $16 salad- there was a piece of grilled pineapple in there aka heavy) and then lounged in the park for awhile. It was fun to catch up and the weather was perfect picnic weather.

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After that I walked to the NYRR office to pick up my bib and shirt:

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Came home and was cravinggggg apples with nut butter and raisins? Weirdest craving ever.

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Almond Butter and Cinnamon Raisin PB.

Dessert-you must try this:

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Choc. PB Arctic Zero, I had like one serving left, mixed with my homemade banana ice cream and strawberries. I was craving fro-yo but the idea of leaving my apartment was not happening so this was def the next best thing!

Sunday

This morning I woke up nice and late (6:15 am) haha that is very late for me for a race. I was so excited that the race was like a 15 minute car ride (if that) away from me, at Met Life Stadium!

My parents met up with me before the race. Although it was a 5k, not too long for spectators, I asked them to come just because it seemed like it would be a really cool experience to see me run on the field. They also were having a Health & Fitness Expo after so I knew it would be a fun and cool time!

Some pics before the race:

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After we walked around a bit I left them by the finish line and headed to my corral. Did you see I moved up to the Orange corral because of the Queens 10k! So exciting!

Since I knew it was 3 miles I decided to just start running fast. Def at my “interval” or “rep” pace. I knew it because I was breathing hard and not feeling super happy. My coach explained when we are using up the VO2 you start to feel a little agitated, everyone around you is annoying, which I kind of felt. I was trying to be positive but I was breathing harddddd. After mile 1 I saw I did an 8:29 mile. HOLLA, so I kept on trucking. I def didn’t have negative splits, but my avg. pace was 8:59, all sub 9 splits and I finished in 27:53! Towards the finish line I almost thought I was going to puke, thank goodness I didn’t! I have to be honest- not a fan of the 5k. 10k, 15k, half, sign me up- 5k: way. too. fast.

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Blurry pic toward the finish line (this was cool running on the field).

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Post-race pic!

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Loved that my mom and dad came!! :-)

After the race we walked around the expo for a bit. My mom and I both won 2 free weeks the Hackensack UMC Health & Fitness Gym. I see this on my way up to Bergen County and drool over the gym every time I drive by. They have 3 pools, including a salt water pool. A zillion classes (so many Les Mills classes- not just bodypump ). I am planning to start my two weeks VERY soon! I know they will want me to join after which I won’t be able to because it’s just not convenient for me, however it will be like a fun gym vacation for two weeks!

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After the expo we grabbed breakfast at an okay diner, nothing to write home about.

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Spinach & Feta Omelette and Chocolate Milk ;-)

When I got home I still had so much energy so I decided to go for a little recovery run just to enjoy the fresh air at an easy pace, 3.77 miles at 11:29 pace!

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I then decided to finally try my Vega Protein Powder:

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Powder, Water, Strawberries, & Mango. It was OK, would never spend the money on a tub of this stuff. Filled me up for sure, kinda gave me a tummy ache,  but still tasted a little chalky. I think if it was a little colder it would have been better but whatevs, now I see what they hype is isn’t all about.

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I am now relaxing on my balcony waiting for my sister and bf to get here with our new couch. Wish us luck on carrying it up to my apartment!

Hope you all had an awesome weekend!

 

 

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The Rain is Finally Gone!

Happy Friday! It’s so funny when I say things like that in the summer because it never really matters if it’s hump day, Friday, Monday, I’m just enjoying lifeeeee.

So when we last spoke I was supposed to have a 5k Tuesday Night. So after the gym in the morning I ran some errands buying these:

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We are working on our apartment because my old roommate moved out and she had a lot of our furniture. I found these Adirondack chairs at Lowes for $17! Now I can enjoy my balcony!!

Other than that I tried to relax a little and hydrate for the 5k.

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Reading on the balc.

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Enjoyed a big and yummy salad.

I even made banana ice cream to kill time! My mom had given me some overripe bananas. So I sliced them the day before and kept them in a container in the freezer the night before. The next day I put the slices in the blender added some milk and water and blended it all up!

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It was SO creamy and delicious freshly made. I have been storing it in the freezer and eating each night “straight out of the carton.”

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Finally at around 5:30 I started to get ready for the 5k:

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I was alllll ready to go.

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Pre-race selfie.

And the weather had been iffy alllll day. It was sooooo humid and there had been a few monsoons/thunderstorms throughout the day. Around 6, the sun started to come out so my friend and I headed to the pier where the race was. I even used a porta-potti, did some dynamic stretching and was all ready to race! Then it started pouring and lightning and thundering so they cancelled the race. I was so bummed that they didn’t even have a rain date.

So my friend and I ran to a restaurant in the pouring rain for “post-race food.”

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Veggie Burger and Fries- delicious!

Wednesday morning I woke up veryyy early (5am) to get to a 6:15am Spin Class! The bikes at the uptown gym are live strong bikes and they have a tracker with your cadence, etc. This was my first time taking Spin there and I was excited to try a new type of bike. However mine didn’t work and I didn’t really know this until we started the ride so that wasn’t fun. The girl did an “80 ride” so rather than focusing on our resistance the whole time we worked on keeping our rpms at 80. She would do check ins for people who didn’t have a working tracker. She also played house music the whole time which was okay. But sometimes I like to sing along to a song to keep me motivated. Even though we didn’t change the resistance much I was sweatingggg so it must have been a good workout! After that it was back day and core work.

I then headed home for a day of pampering!

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Mani/Pedi

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Finalllllly after way too long color change and haircut. I told my hair dresser I wanted to keep my length but do something different so she said let’s try red. I have been very blonde and dark brunette so I said why not!

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I am loving it! It’s not red, red, it’s got a nice tint of red!

Thursday I planned on going for my long run but the night before my ankle was bothering me and I wasn’t sure if I should go. So I decided to sign up for a 6:15 Shred class and see how it felt in the morning. I woke up with no pain and decided to go for the Long Run and cancel the class.

So. Glad. I. Ran.

It was such a beautiful day. No humidity. Gorgeous.

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11 miles. Boom. For some reason everything just feels more right with the world after a long run.

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I tried the Tropical Fruit Nuun on my run and it was sooo good, wayyy better than the watermelon flavor. The watermelon has a little mediciney taste and this did not at all. I also had the peanut butter Gu, OMG literally tasted like peanut butter. It totally sped me up a little after that mid-run treat!

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Have I mentioned that I def recommend the Nathan Water Belt that I got for $20. It is not awkward, holds the perfect about of water/nuun water in each bottle and has a great place to stash all your belongings:

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Refuel on the balc:

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Then I baked some healthy chocolate chip cookies  to bring over to my friend’s house. She was making me lunch and I wanted to bring something!

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We had an awesome time catching up, I hadn’t seen her in so long so we had plenty to talk about! She has a pool so we enjoyed lunch and dessert outside, went swimming and hung out in the sun!

After that I came home ate dinner quickly then headed to the Pier for free yoga outside with a friend.

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It was a great way to end the day especially after a long run. I feel so blessed every time I get to enjoy and take in this view of NYC. It’s just gorgeous!

Today I am heading to a noonish time body pump and then babysitting later on. Tomorrow is a planned rest day and Sunday is the Giant’s Stadium 5k!

Have a great weekend everyone! 

 

 

 

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More Native American Food and Bad Yoga

Hope everyone is doing well! I have a feeling it is going to storm a lot tonight. The air is like soup.

Sunday

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I started the day with yoga and about 20 minutes of necessary foam rolling. I didn’t take normal yoga class that I take in Hoboken. I took it at a new to me NYSC up by my parents and when I got to the class I knew it wasn’t going to be like my normal yoga class with Hope in Hoboken (like come on you have to be an awesome yoga teacher when your name is Hope.) :-)

First, they didn’t have yoga mats, just regular mats. When I showed up everyone seemed to know each other and they were super chit chatty, not zen, like the class I go to. The teacher showed up literally when it was supposed to start and she just seemed like a hot mess. We immediately went into the “practice” and she wasn’t using any yoga terminology. She was yelling, yes yelling, put your butt up in the airrrrr, rather than downward dog. I tried my best to breathe and close my eyes as much as I could so I could find some Zen. Now I know to not take that class again.

After that I ate my overnight oats that I brought with me because I wanted to run to the Trader Joes that was by the gym after.

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Sometimes I worry that I am too over planned and too over prepared but then I just have to say, that is me, I feel more calm when I have a plan and know what is going on. Guess that Type A personality is just me and it’s alllll good. ;-)

Since I know I have two 5ks this week I wanted to have some pasta with my meal this week for good carbs. Normally I have brown rice and quinoa pasta but I decided to try this whole wheat pasta which actually has 8g of protein in it.

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My Sicilian grandmother is probably rolling over in her grave knowing that I am eating whole wheat pasta but I promise grandma I will not have it with sauce! I am using it to carbo-load! ;-) 

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I made turkey “muffins.” I have made them before, it’s just ground turkey, zucchini, a sauteed onion, some flour and and egg. Bake at 450 for about 40-45 minutes in a big muffin tin. On the side I have roasted brussel sprouts and broccoli. I had it tonight and it is delicious!

After all that cooking I re-fueled with a random lunch. Broccoli, squash, tuna, and raisins with a sweet potato on the side.

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Later on I headed to the pool even though it was cloudy and I finished The Fault in Our Stars! I am sadly proud that I finished a book in one week. I actually went to the library today to get another book! Goal is to finish it in a week again!! Anyway- I def recommend The Fault, it was soooo good and I cried a few times. Now I need to see the movie.

I then came home to a 5 star meal made by my dad. He literally went to like 10 stores and cooked for 2 days straight to make this Native American meal. Cooking is a hobby of his (and it is becoming mine!) and he did an amazing job!

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He re-created the side dish on the right with the accurate ingredients this time. Roasted corn, blue potatoes, hominy, corn smut, pancetta, cactus, butternut squash, and sage. The main course was steak with mushrooms on top, green beans with two sauces. The white sauce is roasted corn chowder and the red is bean with chorizo. It was legit 5 star. No need to go out to dinner when you have my dad!

Dessert:

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Watermelon and prickly pear. This was my first time having prickly pear and I liked it!

Monday (today)

I woke up early to head to the gym for Shoulders & Arms and core then a very intense spin class. Maybe it was the heat and humidity today but it was a tough one today.

My friend and I were going to head to the pool but with the crappy weather we decided to re-schedule.

I then came back to Hoboken and headed to the Library and the health food store so I could get some coconut water to hydrate for the 5k tomorrow night. Now I can’t buy one thing in a health food store, so I came back with coconut water, Arctic Zero (new flavor), a packet of vega protein powder- I have been wanting to try this stuff and I saw a packet so I went for it, and of course why not some more Quest bars to have on hand.

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Will keep you posted on how I like it!

I picked up my swag bag for the 5k tomorrow night:

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It came with a “mystery gift card.” You could go in the store and find out how much it was worth. I got a $10 one so decided to buy some Gus and Nuun. Pretty sweet deal!

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Will let you know how the Tropical Nuun is and the Peanut Butter Gu!

I will update you on how the 5k goes tomorrow night! Hoping for no rain!!

Do you wear spin shoes to spin? If so, what brand/where did you get them?

Favorite Nuun or Gu or both flavor? 

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Energy Bites Recipe + more!

Happy Saturday Night! You can tell I am partying it up big time, blogging on a Saturday night ;-) I am actually “away” for the weekend up by my parents to enjoy the pool and feel like a mini-get-a-way from Hoboken.

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This was my Friday Morning. Pro-compression socks, coffee, ice on the ankle and magazines. I am living the life!

After lounging for a little I decided to experiment by making “energy bites/balls.” I see so many  recipes all over the internet and decided to make some with the ingredients I had on hand. A lot of recipes call for wheat germ which I didn’t have so I made some switches. Now I would say they taste delicious and are great to have a quick bite after or before a workout, however these have to be stored in the freezer otherwise they kind of are falling apart. I’ll share my recipe, but just know that there are definitely better recipes out there. I will def experiment again!

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Combine:

  • 1/4 cup chopped up raisins
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp chopped salted almonds
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tbsps of melted honey (I feel like this was too much and that is why they aren’t staying together)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsps. of Peanut Butter & Co. Honey Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp of almond flour (I put this in at the end when I felt like it was too melty)

Combine all in a bowl and keep in the fridge for an hour, then take out and make them in small balls. Like I said, my recipe, you have to store in the freezer. I had one after my Friday night workout and it was a great hold over for the train ride home!

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After making my energy bites, I got my free slurpee with my friend and we enjoyed them with our lunch in the sun by the pier.

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They didn’t have Pina Colada so I got a Mango one!

Later on I headed into the city to meet up with my friend for a fun and crazy Friday night workout. We took Body Pump then Spin! I worked up quiteeeee a sweat! I made sure to have an egg in between the workouts just so I wouldn’t die haha. I had fun working out really hard on a Friday night. It felt so invigorating!! We had a really great time and we are hoping to continue to do it on Fridays when we can! My how I have changed in a year. I never would have seen me go to “happy hour” at a gym last year!

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Body Pump

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Spin!

After my “happy hour” I headed home had dinner and later for dessert…

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Strawberries, PB & Choc Arctic Zero and one of my Energy Bites. Yummy Combo! After that I passssssed out from exhaustion!

This morning I woke up early on my own and was actually pretty hungry when I woke up. I knew I wanted to get a long run in so I had my usual Quest Bar and apple but decided I may need a little more since I had worked out a lot the night before. I remembered that I had bought a Honey Stinger Waffle and decided to try it out (and to kind of test if I wanted before a half or something).

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Now I have to say, these taste freaking amazing! It felt like I was eating a really yummy cookie. I don’t think I will continue to buy them because I can always have a Kashi Bar if I need a little more before a race/long run. All the ingredients were organic but they were basically what you would use for a cookie recipe. Just because it has organic on it doesn’t make it healthier. I think the Kashi bars have better ingredients (chia, almonds, flax, etc.)

I also experimented with a Honey Stinger Organic Vanilla flavored (sorry no picture) Gu and I enjoyed the taste. I like the Salted Caramel Gus better, but I didn’t mind this flavor. Again, the ingredients on this are organic but I don’t know if there is much of a difference between regular Gus.

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10 miles at my easy pace. Some splits were longer than others because my ankle was acting up a little. But all in all it was a gorgeous run and my farthest run without any music! I brought my iPod but never felt the need to turn it on! Just enjoyed the beautiful weather!

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This came up on my Mile Post Quote of the Day App and I truly love it. There is nothing wrong with therapy (I’ve gone and loved it) but running is just a little cheaper ;-)

I then relaxed my worked out legs by the pool:

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Still not done but hopefully will be finished with it this weekend!

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Because why not take a selfie before going out to dinner?

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My mom wanted to go to this Diner and I wanted Greek food. She won. But I am glad she did because I got the best of both worlds. This amazinggg salad: arugula, almonds, feta, grilled chicken, cucumbers and watermelon with a feta dressing. It was SOOO good. Since I still wanted Greek food I got a side of grape leaves to help fulfill the craving. You can still make healthy choices when eating out and it tastes great!!!

Afterwards we got frozen yogurt (not fro-yo) from an Ice Cream place with my fav candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on top!

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I am looking forward to yoga, food shopping/meal prep, and hopefully the pool (as long as it doesn’t rain) tomorrow! Is it okay to count yoga as part of your rest day? I feel like it’s an hour of good stretching?

This week I have two 5ks one on Tuesday night in Hoboken and on Sunday the 20th in Giant’s Stadium! I’m not sure which one I will try and really “race.” I am thinking the Giant’s Stadium one because it’s a NYRR, however it might be fun to just run it and take cool pictures! We will see??

What do you do on “rest days”? 

What toppings do you get on your fro-yo/ice cream?

 

 

 

 

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Bar Review (no, not that bar!)

Hello friends!

Today’s post I have been working on collecting my thoughts and reviews for a few months, so this whole post is dedicated to bars! No… not the drinking bar. The protein/granola bar! All opinions are my own- just doing this for fun and to share my thoughts on all the bars I have been to ahem tried ;-)

 

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 Kind’s Almond and Coconut.

I really enjoy Kind bars because they don’t have many ingredients and they are ingredients that I recognize. I had this bar after a Hot Yoga class before heading to do some weight lifting and it was great fuel in between workouts. There isn’t a huge amount of protein in them but the combination of almond and coconut held me over between workouts.

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 Kind’s Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate with 7g of protein

I have had this bar a few times before a long run. I like that it has 7 g of protein and the dark chocolate and peanut butter combo is a winner. It held me through 6-9 mile runs so it is a good one. Another plus are the natural ingredients.

 

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Luna’s Chocolate Dipped Coconut and Chocolate Peppermint Stick

The coconut bar is delicious. These are the mini’s (they gave them out at the women’s half expo) but I have had the regular size which had 9 g of protein. I have had this before long runs as well which held me over pretty good. I like the chocolate coconut combination. However there are a lot of ingredients listed on these bars. The mini ones are a great mini “pick me up” or nighttime snack. The Chocolate Peppermint stick was a nice treat for more of “holiday time.”

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 Quest’s Cookies and Cream

Out of all the bars in my review this is one of my favorites (hello two pictures haha). I LOVE these before a long run! I had this before my first Half and along with Gatorade throughout the half, this definitely sustained me. I recommend drinking with a good amount of water and make sure to let it digest about a half hour-hour before working out or going for a run. With 21 g of protein, pretty recognizable ingredients, and the taste is SO good! I always like to savor every bite!

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 Quest’s Coconut Cashew

This is a runner up in the Quest Bar Category for me. The flavor is great and I really enjoy the coconut/cashew combination. I have had these before some weight lifting sessions and it really has kept me fueled for the whole workout!

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Quest’s Double Chocolate Chunk

This is a more disappointing bar for me. It was actually the first Quest Bar I tried and wasn’t sure about the world of protein bars. I felt like it tasted fake and processed. Glad I gave other flavors a try though!

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Kashi’s Honey Almond Flax 

Kashi’s Honey Almond Flax is my go-to have in my bag granola bar. It has 7 grams of protein which isn’t a lot compared to Quest bars but it’s good to have on hand. I like the taste of these and are always good in a pinch!

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Quest’s Banana Nut Muffin

I really liked the Banana Nut Muffin flavor. It wasn’t a bold flavor but just the right amount to taste like a banana nut muffin.

 

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Quest’s Vanilla Almond Crunch

I really enjoyed the flavor of the Vanilla Almond Crunch. Again, not a bold in your face flavor but yummy.

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Quest’s Lemon Cream Pie

The lemon Quest bar was also really delicious. I liked the hint of lemon but not too bold of a flavor. The color of the bar was the same as the Vanilla Almond Crunch which I thought was interesting.

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Quest’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

The chocolate chip cookie dough is def one of my favorites, it even may be more of a favorite than the cookies and cream. It was SO delicious and tasted just like cookie dough!

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Quest’s Chocolate Peanut Butter 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Quest Bar was SO good! Tasted more chocolatey with a nice hint of peanut butter. I am a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter (Reese’s is my favorite candy) and this did not disappoint!

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Power Bar’s Chocolate Chip Mint Cookie

They gave these out at the Brooklyn Half at the finish line and I could not stomach a protein bar. (I did scarf down the bagel and banana though haha). I didn’t love this, it kind of tasted like chemical fakeness. Probably not something I would buy on my own.

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Quest’s Strawberry Cheesecake

Quest’s Strawberry Cheesecake, I liked this one! I can’t eat real cheesecake because my tummy doesn’t allow it but this was a nice substitute I guess haha. I liked the strawberry flavor!

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Quest’s Cinnamon Roll

Quest Cinnamon Roll- is up there as one of my favorites! It was the perfect taste of cinnamon, not too sweet. Just delicious!

I hope this information was helpful! I think bars are such a great snack before or after a workout or just when you need something to tie you over between your next meal!

 

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I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador!

Hello friends!

Before I get to my eats/workouts updates let’s chat about my title! I read so many amazing fitness/running/healthy eating blogs and I noticed that many of the blogs I read the girls are Sweat Pink Ambassadors. I decided to check out their website and I loved their message. Promoting a positive and healthy attitude toward living a healthier and happier lifestyle through fitness! That is what I am all about so I decided to apply a few weeks ago. I hadn’t heard back so I figured that I didn’t get in but woke up to the surprising email! I am so excited! I have my “badge” on the side of my blog- click on it to find more about their site and their message! They have some awesome opportunities to try out various exercise classes so I am hoping to get more involved soon!

Now to my update!

Wednesday

I woke up nice and early because I knew I had things to get done for the rest of the day. I have been starting my day with coffee, a quest bar, and an apple and then have been eating my regular breakfast after the gym. It is weird but good to switch up my routine a bit! I can get very regimented at times and I think having the summer to shake things up is good for my mind, body and soul. :-)

I headed to the gym for a nice leg day  plus a few of my own leg day exercises that I keep up with for running along with core work and some stretching. I had decided to go to the uptown gym just for a change of scenery. It is so much nicer than the downtown one so while I have the time this summer I plan on going there more when I can. It is about a half an hour walk so I decided to bring my breakfast with me so I could eat it by the water afterwards instead of having to walk so far and then eat lol. Girls gotta refuel after a long workout!!

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I took a gym selfie because I wanted to show those booty shorts again haha I still feel a tiny bit self conscious when I first put them on but then, I’m like girlllll stop it, you work hard! :-) That was my view as I ate my breakfast. I have always been a summer girl but running has made me an outdoor girl. I hate being inside especially with summer weather so I will do anything to be outside and if that means eating breakfast with a pretty view then sign me up!

Oh- and those overnight oats were amazing!

Recipe: half cup rolled oats, about a tablespoon of chia seeds, a handful (or little less) of raisins, and then drop little bits of the amazing-can’t-stop-eating-jar-will-be-done-soon Cinnamon Raisin Peanut butter all over the rolled oats. I am a big eyeballer when it comes to most cooking (except baking) but I just put little drops all around so when you add in a serving size of Fage greek yogurt and a splash of milk all the peanut butter is spread throughout your overnight oats. Mix it all together then stick in the fridge overnight. It was SO delicious and if you use the Fage greek yogurt you have 20 g of protein in them! Not a bad deal!

After that I headed up to my parents to lounge by the pool before going to tutor!

Oh and my friend got me this adorable water mug for hot or cold drinks so I decided to put some strawberries in my water and oh my goodness I am so happy I did that!

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It reminded me of the amazing vacation I took with my sister to Miami when we stayed at the Fontainebleau (when I thought I was a baller and spent my money left & right while living at home ;-) ). They had all these water jugs by the pool and on the beach and they had different fruits infused like coconut or strawberries or oranges, even the gym had water with cucumber. Ahhh take me back to that vacation pleaseeee. 

Later on after dinner I got that sweet tooth craving so I decided to have some dates but didn’t have any coconut butter left (I had only bought a little package just to see if I liked it) however I had some coconut flakes left from baking so I decided to put them on it and it was great! (Not as amazing as dates with coconut butter- not coconut peanut butter- big difference) But it did the trick:

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Today

I decided to wake up without an alarm. I slept until about 7:30 which was pretty good for me. I then woke up had my pre-workout breakfast and coff then headed out the door for a run. The weather was great, not too hot, and a really nice breeze. I think I ran 3-4 miles at my easy pace, my Garmin was not working though! The time was going but it stopped counting the mileage at 0.06. I hope it’s not broken, I just got it in October so I will be super bummed if that is the case. My ankle bothered me a tiny bit, I could have been going a little too fast or it was just irritated from speed work on Tuesday. I just gotta watch my form and pace.

I then headed to the Gym following my run for stretching and core work then back day . It’s so funny all this “body building stuff” started for me in January literally just to build my core and muscle because my Physical Therapist told me I wouldn’t be able to run if I didn’t build my core. I did it for running but didn’t know I would actually truly enjoy lifting weights. I like seeing my progress in how much heavier of weights I can lift and I do see a huge difference in my body because of it. I never had any intention of finding another sport (yes I think weight lifting is a sport :) ) to enjoy but I really really do love it!

After the gym I came home ate breakfast and did some things around the apartment.

Some nut butter “porn” ;-)

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Almond butter and cinnamon raisin peanut butter (let’s see how many times I will mention this stuff in a week).

It was kind of cloudy this morning but then after noon time the sun started to shine through  so I decided to pack up my lunch and head to the pier for some sun and reading!

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How cute is the Vera Bradley bag? My friend got it for me for my birthday (along with the water container)!

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Strawberry water, a yummy salad and The Fault in our Stars. Awesome afternoon! I was only one chapter 2 when I got there and I am now on Chapter 12. It is such a good book and easy read! I want to see the movie after this!

Tomorrow I am hoping to get out to the pier earlier and bring along my free slurpee! Don’t forget that tomorrow is 7/11 everyone, gotta get your free slurpee! I am taking my favvv body pump tomorrow afternoon followed by a spin class because I have a girl crush on the instructor! She is so nice and motivating! I’m gonna have to pack some snacks for in between the two classes and right after but I think I will be able to handle them back to back (I hope!). She always invites everyone to take it after so she must not think it’s too crazy to take spin after body pump!

This weekend is looking to be pretty quiet! I am hoping to get a long run in on Saturday and yoga on Sunday other than that I think I will be lounging by the pool and taking in the sun. :-)

What flavor slurpee will you be getting?  I usually like Pina Colada but if there is something mangoey I may try that!

Any book recommendations for after The Fault in Our Stars? 

 

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Native American Side Dish (and more)

Hello friends, hope you are holding up in this heat!

Monday

I headed to the gym (the one up by where I work) for shoulders and arms then took a very intense but awesome spin class. The woman had us do squats on the bike and really pushed us to ride “through the sand” as she said. She got off the bike for a few songs and would come over to different people and really help push them by giving them counts and dancing along. I really enjoyed the class! I did a little core work on the stability ball, which I totally felt today!

After that I did some food shopping and Monday meal prep since I couldn’t do it on the weekend.

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This week’s meal is TJs apple chicken sausage, peppers and onions and sweet potatoes! I may try my hand at making homemade tortillas to turn this into a quesadilla.

After that I relaxed by the pool then came home to a delicious dinner cooked by my Dad. He had been traveling to Arizona and bought a Native American cookbook and decided to try out one of the side dishes.

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Ingredients (let’s see if I can remember): corn, purple potatoes, peppers, pickled cactus, sage, pancetta, and butternut squash. I think there were a few ingredients we couldn’t find but holy amazingness. I totally stole leftovers to have this week ;-)

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He also grilled up some yummy turkey burgers and I added some fresh veggies on the side!

Tuesday

Woke up nice and early to beat the heat for Speed Work!

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2.5 mile warm up run at an easy pace. At the track: 5 x 4 minutes at tempo pace. 2.5 mile cool down run at easy pace.

After that a delicious breakfast!

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I made The Cookie ChRUNicles berry and quinoa mix just to have more carbs to re-fuel. I couldn’t add the blueberries (allergy) and instead of honey I used my new peanut butter honey mixed in. I paired this with butternut squash, two hard boiled eggs, and a banana with the holy amazingness cinnamon raisin peanut butter (I can’t get over how good this stuff is).

I then did some cleaning and organizing as my old roommate moved out and a new one moved in, so I am trying to get the place all nice and clean and organized!

After cleaning up a storm I refueled with a big ol’ delish salad (with the Native American dish on the side):

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Later on I visited with my godson (who is sickies :-( ) and his mommy (one of my best friends) and now I am relaxing until my kickball game. I secretly wish it would rain so it would be cancelled, but I don’t think I’m going to get lucky this week.

What is your favorite nut butter? I don’t know if I can answer this question.

What do you put on your big ol’ salad? Arugula, shredded carrots, TJs grilled chicken, raisins, tomatoes, chick peas, and avocado with balsamic dressing and a sweet potato on the side!

 

 

 

 

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