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Heat Wave

Up here in the northeast, we are expected to see temperatures in the 90’s and even 100 this week! It’s crazy! All I want to do is eat smoothies in this weather, which is why last night’s dinner consisted of just that.

I see you checkin' out my new placemat

Banana Blackberry Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • a few ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • a handful of blackberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior
  • pizzelles (italian waffle cookies) whip and sprinkles to top it off!

I consider this dinner and dessert since I added on some toppings! 🙂 There’s also some hidden strawberries cut up at the bottom of the bowl. It definitely hit the spot after a long day at work!

Today

I repeated Saturday’s upper body workout this morning because it felt so good last week. I modified it a little because I am short on time compared to the weekends, but I left the gym feeling like I did an hour of cardio! I did finish up with 20 minutes on the elliptical, but the strength training had me sweating already.

After enjoying last night’s smoothie so much, I decided to go with the frozen banana theme again this morning. I basically made last night’s smoothie without the blackberries and headed to work.

This weather is not helping me be productive at work. I just want to be swimming or at the beach getting some color!

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Oatmeal

Yesterday after work I met up with Claire one last time before she headed back to California. We were sitting in Bryant Park when our 3rd roommate from college walks by. We could not believe the 3 of us, well 4 (Elliott), would run into each other at such a random place and time! Claire just so happened to be visiting, and I just so happened to be meeting up with her, and Lanna just so happened to be walking out of work and through the park. We were all kind of in awe and also so excited to see each other again. The three of us haven’t been together in years. We lived in a small apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan during college with Claire’s little Elliott!

Claire, Lanna, and I (above), talked for about 30 minutes until we all had to go our own ways. At that point, I was starvin’ marvin’ so I headed back to the dirty Jerz, stopped at Joe’s restaurant to see what was going on, and then headed to Garden of Eden to pick up a quick dinner because I couldn’t bear the thought of cooking while my tummy was growling that much. I ended up bringing home a turkey burger and brussel sprouts from the hot bar and added my own cheese, ketchup, and Nayonaise. I scarfed it down immediately.

I also picked up this:

I give this four thumbs up (I’ll have to use my toes). It’s all natural and only 30 calories per serving compared to 70 for regular hummus. Obviously the “kid approved” part caught my eye. My love for pizza and hummus is combined at last. Some turkey burger bites were dipped in this. I then washed it all down with this enormous ooey gooey cookie that Claire gave me from Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side.

Ummmm! That thing was the size of three cookies combined. The picture is about 1/4 of it, because I was so nice as to leave Joe a bite.

Today

Joe and I woke up around 8:30 and headed to the gym. I had intentions of getting up earlier because I have so much to get done today. Oh well. Joe had me do a new upper body routine and by the time I was done I was sweaty, sore and shaking.

Shoulders (7.5 lb dumbbell per arm for all, 1 min rest between all 4)

  • Military Presses: 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds in between
  • Front Shoulder Raises: 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds
  • Side Shoulder Raises: 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds
  • Sitting Flys (5 lb dumbbells): 3 sets of 15-20 reps, 10 seconds
Back (55 lbs. on machine, 1 min rest between each exercise)
 
  • Lat Pull Downs (behind head): 8 sets, 18-25 reps, 10 seconds in between
  • Close Grip Front Lat Pull Downs: 6 sets, 15-25 reps, 10 seconds
Chest (10 lb. dumbbell per arm)
 
  • Laying on Incline Flys: 6 sets, 15-20 reps, 10 seconds in between

After that I did tricep raises (behind head) and bicep curls as I normally do, but I was already feeling it in my shoulder, back, and chest! I completed 25 minutes on the elliptical and an ab workout as well.

As soon as we got home we were both starving. I cooked us up both some protein oatmeal. I made mine this way:

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds (they make it nice and fluffy)
  • 1 banana, cut into pieces
  • cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • drop of honey
  • peanut butter
  • drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop Vanilla SunWarrior protein powder

Bring the oats, milk, salt, and chia seeds to a boil. Add in cinnamon, vanilla extract, and honey as you prefer (to taste). Add in half of the banana slices and whip it up. Add in the protein powder when it’s pretty much fully cooked. You might need to add some water if it gets too thick. Drop in a bowl and top with remaining banana slices and drizzle peanut butter all over!

After fueling up, I was then determined to start knocking stuff off of my to-do list. I started with laundry, which was 90% gym clothes. It’s amazing how much laundry accumulates in one week. I guess both of us wear like 3 outfits a day though. It felt like forever to fold it all!

Monster pile

Next up was the grocery store.

Lots of goodies! ..and a PB cup for cheat day Sunday!

I like to prep as soon as I get home to get it over with. I marinated chicken to grill later for lunch next week, chopped up bananas to freeze for smoothies, and cut into the watermelon.

A few bites were consumed.

Still on my list: more laundry, a mani/pedi, TJMaxx (for some odds and ends, such as bowls and place mats to make prettier picture for you guys!), get a gift for a bridal shower tomorrow, and take my bridesmaids dress to get fixed (thinking 6pm on Saturday is too late for that, Monday it is). Ohhhh chores! Currently, blogging and organizing my life over a smoothie bowl. Catch ya later.

Sprinkle Massacre!

Sugar Intake

Happy Friday! I always feel so productive on Friday and I figured out why. First, let’s cover my workout and breakfast (x2). Yeah, that’s right.

Workout

Today is leg day again! I feel like I just got over my extremely sore glutes and hammies.

  • 20 minute ab workout
  • 32 minutes on the treadmill: 3.5 miles
  • 6 sets of 10-15 reps assisted squats: 50 lbs
  • 6 sets of 12-18 reps deadlifts:
  • seated (machine) calves raises: 5 sets of 20 reps at 20 lbs.
  • hip adduction machine: 4 sets of 20 reps at 100 lbs.
  • leg curls: 4 sets of 15 at 20 lbs.

Time to eat! I am starting to like my new habit of waiting until I leave for work to make my smoothie (in my new cup!). It makes my car ride more enjoyable.

This morning’s mixture was extra thick and took longer than usual to finish during my commute.

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • a few peices of frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 heaping scoop of vanilla SunWarrior protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder
  • a handful of spinach

For some reason it was extremely thick, no qualms here! Maybe it was just the ice/milk to powder ratio.

My second breakfast that I usually eat about two hours after my smoothie when I get to work, and is usually a Vitatop, was extra special today too! Last night I decided to mix up some overnight oats in a jar in a recently devoured jar of PB.

In the mix went:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior
  • 1/2 fresh banana, mashed
  • sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup of almond milk (or enough to mix it up)

This morning I added some more milk to soften it up and 1 tbsp. chia seeds because I totally forgot last night!

I finished it and practically licked the jar clean while I was having my productive morning at work. I think that I get a lot done on Fridays because I have less stress. Friday is just an overall carefree day and knowing that the weekend is only a few hours away gives me that extra push to complete all my work. I guess it is a good thing.

Sugar Intake

I feel like lately, between treats at work,

Cookie cake for my co-workers promotion to another area

..and all of the fruit (strawberries, bananas), sweeteners (agave, honey, and stevia) that I use for my smoothies, I have been consuming so much sugar. I eat nanners like they are going out of style! Joe brought home 4 bunches that were extra from his restaurant, which are pictured in the background below. Bad news, but more to freeze for smoothies! Last night I was craving ice cream so I went and bought my favorite substitute, Arctic Zero.

 
This stuff is amazing. Check out the stats:
 

Of course there is organic cane sugar in it, along with all other natural ingredients like xanath for thickening. But of course, I topped it with nanners, whip, and sprinks.

This clearly added to my sugar intake. I decided to do a little research on fruit sugars, specifically bananas.

Bananas (source)

  • You don’t need to eat bananas for the potassium! (Although it is present in bananas, potassium is the predominant nutrient among most all fruits and vegetables.)
  • Bananas are high in sugar, so they should not be eaten if you have blood sugar problems.
  • Don’t eat bananas on an empty stomach; combining them with a bit of protein will help to normalize the insulin response caused by the sugar in the banana.
  • Green-tipped bananas are better for your health than over-ripe bananas.
  • On a side note: Because bananas are so popular, rainforests are often destroyed to make way for banana plantations.

Wel it’s a good thing I pretty much only eat them with protein (shakes, PB, etc) and that I contribute to rainforest distinction. Great.

I also found this to be interesting. Bananas can affect your mood. I mean, I know that bananas make me happy! But so does peanut butter, and cake, and chocolate. I think bananas get a bad rep because of the carb content, too, but at the end of the day it is a peice of fruit and it’s only 100 calories. It’s better than eating a bag of candy!

Anyway, obviously natural sugars are better for you than artificial sweeteners and your body processes them differently. Sugar is still sugar, though. In leui of my sugar concerns, I opted out of Dunkin Donuts free donut day offer and got my usual starbucks coffee instead.

It’s Friiiday Friday Friiiday! Does anyone else listen to Madison on Alt Nation? Cracks me up….

Inspiration

In the past two months that I have been blogging, the though of quitting has crossed my mind. I’m not going to lie, it is a lot harder than it looks. My job is extremely demanding at times and leaves me to either post a quick, meaningless post, or not post at all. All I think about is writing on here all day long and it makes me sad to not be able to execute all of my ideas on my blog.

This week at work in particular has been a rough one. This morning, I read Julie’s post. I have to say that ever since starting this blog, I have had small thoughts of changing careers. I am interested in social media, jobs in health, fitness, writing, etc. I feel like a whole new door opened up for me and I don’t know exactly where this might take me, but I do know that quitting is not going to get me anywhere! When I really enjoy something, I can’t just give up due to uncontrollable circumstances. I’ll say that this new passion has definitely caused me to dream of doing what Julie has taken a chance at. Obviously, it is way to early for that, but that was just the right inspiration that I needed this week.

Breakfast

Shhh..don’t tell anyone, but I read Julie’s post while sitting in traffic this morning and sipping on this:

I found an insulated cup for my smoothies so I can enjoy them on my morning drive, instead of woofing them down right after the gym before getting in the shower. This particular smoothie included a mixture of SunWarrior, spinach, blackberries, frozen bananas, and almond milk.

Since I missed a day, I’ll also share this concoction from last night’s dinner.

See how sprinkles make everything look pretty? 🙂

I mixed in the blender:

  • 1 1/2 scoops SunWarrior vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • a few ice cubes
  • pinch xanath to thicken

In the bowl I chopped up some strawberries (clearly unseen as they are sunk to the bottom of the bowl) and added whip, sprinkles, and some almond butter.

Fashion

A quick note that I want to cover is that I know I am missing the fashion element on this blog. I know that my intentions were to cover a healthy lifestyle including fitness and food. I also wanted to incorporate fashion because it is also a passion of mine. I have clearly been lacking because of time, but I do have some ideas floating around. On Tuesday, after having a long, stressful, non-blogging day at work, I asked Joe to take a picture of me. You’ll have to excuse his poor photography skills.

I was excited about some new purchases and intend to eventually have a seperate fashion experience on here!

  • Maroon/cream striped top:  J. Crew
  • Salmon pants: Zara
  • Nude Sandals: Charles David
  • Scarf: Limited (from like 5 years ago?)
  • Nude Belt: J Crew
  • Sunburn: Beach on Sunday

…and my pudgy looking face: the heat? Ew, haha….

I hope you can all hang on for this ride with me because I have so many ideas! Now, I am off to finish some things at work and meet Claire for dinner because she is in town for the week! Yay!

Broccoli and Shrimp Bulgur Wheat

I will leave you with a recipe before I take off to the beach until Monday night. It’s clearly my lunch all next week hence the tupperware. I knew I would be gone this weekend and have a super busy work week, so I wanted to get my lunch out of the way. I cooked this up and separated in tupperware so it’s ready to go!

Broccoli and Shrimp Bulgur Wheat

  • 1 large bag of fresh broccoli, chopped in medium size pieces
  • 1 lb. small shrimp (I used frozen already cooked, but any will work)
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup bulgur wheat (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt (I use truffle salt because I love it)
  • 2 tbsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley (fresh chopped would probably be better!)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Add bulgur wheat and water to a large pot and let it come to a boil. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until cooked. Add in olive oil as needed, parmesan, salt, pepper, parsley and parmesan cheese. You can add less or more, it is really to taste. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the mixture. If it seems dry, more lemons or olive oil will do the trick. After mixing it all up, add the shrimp and broccoli and stir. 

Super easy, healthy, protein/veggie/fiber packed lunch! I did take a few bites before storing it away.

Aside from cooking this, today I managed to go to the gym and complete an upper body workout, go to the grocery store, do laundry, and pack. I’m off to Joe’s parents beach house in NJ! I hope you all have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!

Us at the beach last year (he stole my sunglasses)

Accomplished

I think every company that offers Summer Friday’s should change it to SummerFallWinterSpring Friday’s. I need to get out at 1pm every week so I can accomplish as much as I did today. I came home and got a lot done around the house that I usually do on Saturday, which means I have a real weekend without chores!

I really contemplated just skipping the gym today. When I got out of work it was beautiful out, hot even. I felt like just relaxing, but I realized that the reason I had no energy was because I didn’t work out this morning. As soon as I got home, I changed and headed out so that I wouldn’t sit down and feel even more sluggish. I’m extremely happy that I ended up going because I had an awesome leg workout and a super sweaty cardio session.

I needed a protein fix when I got home, since I didn’t have my normal shake for breakfast. I made a berrylicious concoction.

Can you spot my sock? Oops! 😉 I cut up strawberries and filled the bottom of the bowl with them. I threw in some blackberries and a scoop of whip too! I blended up my smoothie and topped it off.

  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 1/2 scoops vanilla Sun Warrior
  • splash vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • handful frozen strawberries
  • pinch xanath gum

 

I hopped in the shower and started my to-do list. I had so much energy! I did a few loads of laundry, changed the sheets, unloaded the dishwasher and reloaded, folded laundry, did my nails, made my grocery list, cleaned the bathroom sink, toilet, kitchen sink, etc. Now all I have to do tomorrow is one more load of darks, hang curtains (psshh, we’ll see…they’ve been waiting around for me since February), grocery shop, and pack for the beach! 

After all of that, I was craving something else to eat. I felt like I needed another protein fix and what better way to get it than eggs and cheese!? I also wanted to try my new alternative bagels.

 

They don’t carry these anywhere near me and I have been trying to get my hands on them forever. The website charges obscene shipping but I found a tiny distributor that shipped for cheaper and didn’t require as large of a purchase. I wanted to make sure I liked them, first! I mean, it’s a bagel, what’s not to like? But, you know, just incase! 🙂 They are packed with fiber and protein at only 110 calories.

I made eggs the quick way–in a bowl in the microwave. It always makes a perfect little puff! I toasted the bagel with a slice of muenster cheese and topped it with ketchup and s&p.

Monster Sammy...Rawr! Okay...it's just the picture...

Perfect BFD (breakfast for dinner). Of course, ketchup squirted out during my first bite.

 

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it, but came to a realization at the end. I can never enjoy egg sandwiches to their full potential. I feel like I have to scarf them down because they are so messy that once you put them down, it’s over. It still hit the spot!

Now, I need to catch up on DVR from last week! I still haven’t watched the Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice season finales. Whaaaat? I know, crazy!

Vacation Mode

This morning I could not stop snoozing for anything. It was like fresh baked goods. “Just one more… Okay, one more I swear that’s it”.. and by the time I knew it I had cut out half my workout in my head. I decided that I couldn’t do that and instead I’d just enjoy sleeping in and hit the gym after work. After all, today is the first summer Friday so I’m out at 1:00!

Lat night, Joe put the air conditioning in our room so that may have been why both of us had so much trouble getting out of our cozy bed this morning. That, and the fact that “Limitless” with Brad Cooper kept us up. I fell asleep before the end but it was really good up until that point.

Because I had some extra time this morning, I made a big bowl of oatmeal to keep me full all morning.

I mixed in:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (makes it nice and fluffy!)
  • a few shakes of cinnamon
  • stevia packet
  • 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana whipped in at the end

I topped it with natural crunchy PB. Chocolate, PB, and banana might be the best combo ever.

I also made coffee in the French press. Hey, I’ll save the $3 Starbucks coffee one day if I can.

Don't cry over spilled coffee

I ended up having to take it to go for my pleasantly quick car ride this morning.

I guess everyone is already in vacation mode and took a long weekend. There wasn’t a stitch of traffic. I love how Thursday night comes and I already feel that weekend high. Then, Fridays at work consist of a lot of cube huddle ups discussing weekend plans. Joe and I intend to head down to his parents shore house Sunday and Monday. I can’t wait to be on the beach and grilling food.

Do you have any fun Memorial Day weekend plans?