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Welcome to What I’m Doing Wednesday.  I may have jinxed myself last week when I bragged about blogging everyday, because it’s gone downhill fast ever since.  I’m still here though!  Just trying to figure out how exactly to fit blogging into a busy schedule without compromising studying and friend time! [Any tips?!]

Routine is my middle name, in fact, it should be my first name.  Being a stickler for routines ended me up in a bad spot, so this semester I’m focusing on straying from said routine.  There are some benefits to having a routine-like waking up at a consistent time every morning, making sure to eat, etc-but revolving my life around routine is not an option anymore.  So YES I’d like to get in a “routine” of blogging to be able to write evrrrrry day. But as long as I’m under the financial coverage of my parents, school has to come first.  I don’t want to set up a routine to ensure a post everyday because I KNOW it’ll be broken tomorrow.  This is yet another baby step in being spontaneous!

This basically summarizes my mornings…slurping down a cookie dough smoothie (1/3 cup oats, 1 scoop protein powder, cinnamon, 1 tsp chia seeds, frozen banana, dark chocolate pb, 2/3 cup almond milk) every morning.  When I get hooked on something, I get really hooked.

But this happens first and foremost.  Coffee God.  Getting up early and getting to sit in the stillness of the morning and spending time with the Creator, whoooop!  Having a hot cup of coffee doesn’t suck either, especially now that the weather is chillay!

And then I get my workout on.  Yes, I feel mighty awkward posting this picture, but tan muscles…here I come.

Class. Eat. Class. Eat. Class. Repeat.

red bell pepper & spinach tuna boats (mixed with cottage cheese), extra tuna mixed with corn, almond butter toast

blueberry & peach smoothie with kashi berry crunch

vanilla chobani with frozen blueberries, kashi berry, almond butter

lots of sweet potatas with whatever i can find thrown on top! scrump-delly-umptious

And then I do things like Water Zumba-only a great workout for the tummy [from laughing].  I have a new respect for the elderly who do water aerobics on a regular basis…moving in water is TOUGH.

Attend meeting after meeting:

Go to concerts and go [country] dancing:

Which might I add, probably isn’t what you think.

And in the midst of it, I forget to take pictures.  Except for when I eat some more:

I just got my Swanson products in the mail (SCORE) so I’m on the lookout for yum recipes using wheat bran/coconut oil/pumpkin seeds/rice protein/kamut puffs all in one.  Review coming asap!


Have you ever tried Aqua Zumba?  Or any water aerobics?
How do you fit blogging into your daily schedule?  I could read and write blogs for hourssssss, there is no self control when it comes to my computer.



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We can’t all be Adam Richman

The best way to refuel:

Maybe not the right way, but the best way.  But it gave me a major stomachache, which can only mean one thing: I need to eat more froyo so my body can get used to the copious amounts of sugar.

The right way to refuel:

Sitting on the porch with a blackberry/banana/vanilla smoothie bowl, the sound of the ocean rushing pool water, and my Bible.

Exercise in my life used to be a way to burn all of the calories that I put into my body.  In a nutshell, refueling was out of the question.  Now that I know how important it is for my body’s repair and restoration, I almost fear not refueling properly.

So it drives me a little cray cray when my dad-who runs marathons-comes home after a run to refuel with one Poptart.  Okay, first off, even looking at that silver wrapper makes me want to gag. In order to “lose weight” he believes that ONLY the amount of calories he puts into his body matters.  According to him, as long as you stay under the calorie ceiling, you’ll lose weight. Even if that means eating one 1500 calorie burger for an entire day.

Adam Richman - Foodie idol right thur

Instead of eating balanced meals every few hours, he eats not-so-healthy foods in small amounts to restrict calories.  I feel like I’m looking in a mirror sometimes-he is adapting the same habits that I had during my worst days.

How do you convince a 50-year old man who thinks he knows everything that that is the wrong way to refuel and the wrong way to treat his body? And is that even my place to say anything?  After all, I’m not a registered dietician of any sorts.  Everything I know is based off of what works for my body.  Any time I try to encourage a healthier food relationship, it escalates into an argument.

None of my family members have overly good eating habits yet if I try to encourage healthier eating, smarter grocery shopping, an active lifestyle, it seems to have the opposite effect.  I want to have a career encouraging kids to eat healthier and be more active, however that will look.  But if I can’t even convince my own family of the benefits and the energy a healthy lifestyle can bring, how in the world could I convince kids I don’t even know to do such a thing?

I know how stubborn I was back in the day about food, where nothing anyone said could change my mind.  I was stuck in my ways and any lectures went in one ear and out the other.  I don’t want my family to be another statistic in the rising epidemics of obesity, diabetes, cancer, etc.  Yet stubbornness seems to be the main obstacle.

Forcing a healthier lifestyle is impossible.  A person has to desire that to make the necessary changes in his or her own life.  So how do you encourage that when there is no desire?  

QuestionDo any of your family members live an unhealthy lifestyle in terms of food or exercise?
What is the best way to encourage healthier food habits without shoving it down someone’s throat? 



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WIAW Noobie

So this be my first ever WIAW.  I successfully kept camera in hand as much as possible so I didn’t miss out on any foodies.

But first, I have to share the wondrous workout I did this morning.  Strength training leaves me feeling SO much better than doing cardio, and I fall harder for it every MWF that I do it.  I started with a HIIT on the cross trainer.

Elliptical HIIT #2
1:30 Resistance @ 4, Incline @ 10
:30  Resistance @ 15, Incline @ 10
1:30 Resistance @ 4, Incline @ 10
:30 Resistance @ 10 (sprint), Incline @ 10
Until you get to 20 minutes. 

Full Body Circuit

2 x 12:
leg press + bicep curls
squat with 3 pulses
lat pulldown

50 russian twists
30 jumping jacks
10 incline crunches
10 stability ball rollouts

2 x 12:
alternating lunges w/weights
chest press w/skullcrusher
plie squat with leg lift, holding med ball out
alternating cable row

50 russian twists
30 jumping jacks
10 side dips each side
10 stability ball rollouts

2 x 12:
wall squat with bicep curls
bent over row w/tricep kickback
hamstring curl machine
tricep pushdown


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Vanilla Latte Oats

Hot & sweaty oatmeal for a sweaty girl.  Usually I’m fungry and nearly eating grass on my way home from the gym, but today I channelled my inner patience and cooked these oats stovetop-the wait was worth the while.  1/3 cup oats with almond milk and water (more liquid = more oats) with 1 Tbsp instant coffee.  After cooked, I added half a scoop of protein powder, 1 Tbsp vanilla Chobani, topped with Chia seeds and White Chocolate Dreams PB.  Winnaa winna oatmeal dinna.

A mid-morning bike ride left me needing a mid-morning snackypoo:

Have I ever heard of an Envy apple? No.  But they were on sale, and not to mention the best flippin apple I’ve ever had in my entire life.

Lunch was sushi out with my momma.  If I could live in Japan, I would in a heartbeat.  Sushi every meal does not sound bad what. so. ever.

2 pieces of tuna - handroll with salmon, avocado, lettuce, and rice

A day off from work means a day on in the kitchen.  Besides the ever-famous Cafe Americano, Chai Tea Lattes top the charts for my coffee addiction.  I love bread, I love coffee chai, so why not combine the two?  Plus…I ran out of apple cake, so my only option was to make another loaf of sumthin sumthin.

Chai Tea Latte Bread

Apple Butter Granola

I have a granola tapeworm in my stomach.

CocoChoco Strawberry Smoothie

1/2 cup plain Fage, 3/4 cup unsweetened choc almond milk, 1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder, 1 cup strawburries, coconut extract, and stevia for sweetness.

The big snack of the day, dun dun dun…

I see cottage cheese messes all up in the bloggy world and I’ve honestly been too scared to try them.  Conquering my fear of mixing something sweet into cottage cheese was the best decision I’ve made.  I added some peanut butter au naturale and cinnamon, and LOVED THIS.

I ruined my dinner appetite, so I just had some grilled veggies and a fruit bowl, and nowwww about to go devour my last piece of apple cake.  Remind me to double the recipe next time.

Enjoy the noche! 

What’s the best cottage cheese mix-in?


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Eating More (Apple Cake) ?

Good EVENING!  Why do I have no life and choose to sit around watching ABC News and baking healthy treats on a beautiful Saturday night?  I will never understand my thought process…or maybe it’s this adorbz face that is making me stay home.

Ahhhhh I can’t get over the beauty of a rest day.  Working the morning shifts means I get off at 2:00 and have the rest of the day to do…nothing!  It’s so nice to have a clean-slate day to be a total bum productive citizen.

I noticed a few days ago that my head was exploding mid-day.  every. single day.  First I chalked it up to maybe a lack of sleep (yeah right I sleep like a baby), dehydration, allergies, whatever else.  So I got more sleep, rested more during the day, and drank more water.  No change.  WebMD=heaven for hypochondriacs.  One of the only things that matched my “symptoms” was hypoglycemia but cmon, if I don’t get enough sugar from apple cake, nutella cookies and the sort, then I atleast get it from the massive amounts of fruit I shove down my throat on a daily basis.

Then I was blog stalking and came across Run With Spoons and voila, a post about hunger being a possible demon behind the headaches, moodiness, and tiredness.  Hunger?  Honestly, in my mind I think I eat a TON.  So I started jottin down what I eat, when I eat, when the headaches come, when I’m fatigued beyond function, etc etc.  And I realized I really don’t eat that much.  As I increase my exercise load, I def don’t purposely increase my caloric intake because ‘that wouldn’t help me lose weight.’  Psh.

So eating more is on my agenda.  More food?!  Okay, this kind of scares me.  And every time that I went to snack today, I had to convince myself that it was best for my body.  It’s trial & error, but hopefully this works for my body and doesn’t take over my mind!


After bumming around for a few hours watching My Strange Addictions (yet again, loser status!) on TLC, I cranked open the blenda for some smoothie action.

Leftover sweet potatoes from last night are better lukewarm anyways.  It was about a half cup of sweet potatoes, half a banana, 1/2 cup plain greekyo, 1/4 cup almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, agave (for extra sweetness), and ice ice ice.

Laziness can only last so long, and experimenting in the kitchen was a must.  Gotta take advantage of open schedules before school starts again.

Recipe tomorrow!  Don’t turn up your nose at my weird freaky food cravings.

After a walk with this crazy child, it was dinnertime, yet hunger was nowhere to be found.  I really need to stop eating dessert before dinnertime.  Where are parents when you need them?

I typically eat dinner even if I’m not hungry, because I don’t want to binge late at night.  But I also don’t want to eat when I’m not hungry.  Such a predicament-any suggestions?

I kept dinner light so I could load up on excess apple cake for the real meal.   I seared a raw tuna steak rubbed with a Caribbean jerk seasoning and sea salt, sauteed red pepper slices, cucumber, and onion, and laid it all over some expired fresh spinach.  Mustard has been MIA the past few days and I have not been a happy girl.

Spicy Honey-Lime Mustard Vinaigrette

1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar (or balsamic)
2 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp honey
dash of nutmeg
3 drops of lime juice

This made the plate.  When doesn’t mustard make a plate?

Enjoy your Saturday night-hopefully you’re doing something exciting for me!

Do you tend to eat at certain times, even when you’re not hungry?  Or just eat whenever your body decides it’s time?
Weird smoothie combinations? 




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Crawling Outta That Hole

Why hello hello! Hope you’re feeling refreshed and alive this morning!

Can I just show you the delicious meal that I was privileged to eat last night?  Thanks to my parentals having a small partay, good food was a give-in and convinced me to stay home to nab some.

Homemade hot spinach & mozzarella dip with wheat thins, and some Cheddar Cheese pretzels.  I forgot how addicting wheat thins are.  I also forgot how much I love mozzarella, since I haven’t had any since returning from Italy.

A Black Bean burger with loads of mustard and onions, a side of Asian Cabbage Salad, and some fresh veggies smothered in ahem, the spinach dip.  That stuff was calling my name all night.

And a side of fresh, huge strawberries.  Why do strawberries taste so much better when someone else cuts them for you?!

You know ‘those days’ when all you want to do is crawl in a hole and naturally you revert back to old habits?  You know those triggers that usually make that happen?  Okay, yesterday was one of ‘those days’.  But there was no trigger.  I had a really good day overall, yet when dinnertime rolled around I was going crazy trying to restrict my food intake.  I ended up eating only half of everything on my plate because I felt like punishing myself.

Pre-party I was also looking forward to some fresh chocolate cake for dessert.  BUT when dessert time arrived, ummm I passed on the cake.  I’m still mad at myself, because I was craving it, and I knew it wouldn’t do anything to my body to have one slice.  Yet I chose to eat a bag of 100-cal kettle corn and a few pieces of dark chocolate instead.  I told myself I didn’t deserve the cake, and it would reverse the work I accomplished from my workout yesterday morning.

I don’t have any idea what made me go from feeling almost completely healed to falling back in that dark place again.  Of course it still happens every once in a while…I don’t know if I’ll ever be completely healed where my relationship with food will be perfect.  But I have experienced grace and healing.  I know what’s on the other side of the tunnel, so it becomes easier and easier to pick myself back up (or let God pick me back up actually) and keep on moving forward.  Dwelling over ‘The Return of the Old Habits’ isn’t going to heal me whatsoever, so my only option is to keep. looking. ahead.  Praying. Trusting. Recovering.

Today I’ve been given a new day, which is another chance to keep the recovery process going.  SO I treated myself to a summer smoothie and two-ya hear me-TWO Bamango Muffins.  Two muffins, oh my!? I thought the day would never come.  Punishment for that won’t be on my agenda today, because I want to work on my heart and who i am instead of my body.  YAY for a new mindset!

So thankful for Photobooth, otherwise breakfast pics would be few and far between

In the mix went half of a frozen banana, 8 frozen strawberries, half of a frozen mango, a scoop of Vanilla Whey Protein (finally found a kind I like!), cinnamon, 1/8 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, and a dash of coconut extract.  Creamy, summery, and most importantly cold.

I owe two Italy recaps today…hopefully I can whip those out before a long day at work.  Blaaaahh.  Enjoy the Tuesday!



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Back to the GYM

I woke up this morning feeling no less than a cereal bowl.  Shocker, I know.  But it wasn’t just a one bowl kind of day…today was one of those days where you leave the box out and have no choice but to go back for seconds.  I kept it simple and chocolatey with Special K Chocolatey Delights.


Gotta get that sweet tooth fired up bright and early!

After a week away from my beloved gym, it welcomed me with open arms this morning.  My body is still feeling so-so, so I didn’t push it too hard.

I started with an interval workout I love because it incorporates speed and hills.  I added some extra walking because woozy was all up in my head.

Easing Back Into It

Time Incline Speed
0-2 0 4.0
2-3 1 6.5
3-4 2 6.5
4-5 3 6.5
5-6 2 6.5
6-7 1 6.5
7-8 0 7.0
8-9 0 7.5
9-10 0 8.0
10-11 0 7.5
11-12 0 7.0
12-17 7 4.0

Repeat once.

 I finished with 20 minutes on the elliptical at an easy pace and then did some ab work.  My goal for tomorrow is to complete a toughie full body workout, because my muscles are basically crying as they deteriorate.

 Never has a smoothie sounded so good as it did this morning.  The whole spinach-in-a-smoothie thing I just cannot seem to get used to, so I combined an overripe banana, 2 Tbsp crunchy peanut butter, ½ cup almond milk, and ¼ cup raw oats.

I toasted a piece of whole wheat bread and topped it with avocado and leftover tilapia and called it lunch.  And I thought I’d never eat fish again…


And there you have it for the most random lunch ever.  Not planning meals ahead of time is a new thing for me.  I can’t say I do it often because I still have such a need for control, but it is so freeing when I can do it without worry.  😀

The best part of my day: receiving this bad boy in the mail!

You know where I’ll be the rest of the day!

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Homemade Tomato Sauce

I definitely had an itch for the kitch(en) this morning.  Cooking is my passion, yet I have nobody to cook for and I hate wasting food all the time.  Can a school cafeteria please hire me please?

Last week at a farmer’s market (on the side of a road in the middle of nowhere-sketchy?) my dad and I picked up some fresh cherry tomatoes.  As well as an 8-ball squash, some yellow squash, and my favorite-sweet potatoes!  Homegrown really are better than store-bought.  I’m officially on that bandwagon.

So what to do with expiring squash and tomatoes and an appetite for Italian food?  Make homemade tomato sauce, of course!  I pretty much threw this together in my head while in the shower, and it turned out so beautifully.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Serves 2
1 Tbsp EVOO
1 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup yellow squash, chopped
2 Tbsp tomato sauce/marinara sauce (I used Ragu-yes I realize this is semi-cheating)
1 Tbsp bread crumbs
1 8-Ball squash (this isn’t necessary, this is just what I filled with the sauce)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 bay leaf
dash of cumin
1/4 tsp pepper

The necessary ingredients

Cut the 8-ball squash in half

Let soak in boiling water for 15 minutes

Chop veggies

Saute garlic and onion in 1 Tbsp EVOO

When onion is translucent and garlic is browned, add celery and yellow squash

Add tomatoes, spices, and bay leaf. Also, add tomato paste/prepped marinara sauce

Mash everything together. Cover and let simmer 15 minutes.

While sauce is simmering, scoop out seeds from squash halves. It's like carving a pumpkin in summertime 🙂

Post-simmering. Simmer until all liquid from tomatoes is absorbed. Mix in 1 Tbsp bread crumbs.

Stuff yo squash.

Cover with fresh cheese of your choice-I did one with goat cheese and mozzarella and one with just mozzarella.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes; broil on high for 3 minutes or until cheese browns.



Snacky time after my workout this morning was a fresh berry smoothie.  My family is taking advantage hardcore of berry season and I’m loving it.  In the mix went a handful of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, with a container of honey almond yogurt (Target brand).  It was so filling and so summery!

For lunch I had half of my 8-ball squash.  The sauce was too die for.  Seriously.  The squash I could’ve done without.  I’ll stick to butternut and spaghetti, please and thank you.  I paired it with saltines and lots of Caramel Corn Quaker Mini Rice Cakes.

Dinner tonight was eaten at work.  Normally I prefer to pack a dinner so I won’t be tempted by the pizza store and all the other fast food restaurants around town, but today I just wasn’t feeling it.  I knew I probably wouldn’t be too hungry come dinner-time since my appetite isn’t back in full swing yet, so I figured I would come back home during my break to prep something quick.

When I was faced with the dilemma: eat Chinese food with my co-workers or go home to my comfort zone and eat what I wanted and control the calories.  I chose to eat Chinese because I knew that would be the harder thing to do, yet the necessary thing.  I chose a “light & healthy options” dish called Buddha’s Delight, and was severely disappointed.  Chinese food has never let me down before tonight!  It was basically water chestnuts, snap peas, carrots, mushrooms, and cabbage…not too much flavor and way too watery.  Thankfully I packed in the carbs in the form of steamed rice.  Why is that stuff so addicting?  I belong in China.

I came home to a bag of kettle corn sprinkled with cinnamon and sea salt, and now I’m ready to hit the pillow because I’m a total grandma.


Have a good night!

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