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What Ruins My Day

You know those days where one bad things happens in the morning and it seems to spiral for the remainder of the day? Today is one of those days for me, but I wouldn’t have suspected it because the early early part of my morning was the complete opposite!

I woke up earlier than normal. By that I mean after 3 snoozes instead of like, 5. You see, I’m an avid snoozer, so I set my alarm about 45 minutes before I actually have to get up. Some would argue that that’s not a good sleep habit, but it works for me. It’s all mental. I need that “ahh I have another half hour to sleep” feeling to really start my day.

So anyway, I got my butt to the gym with running on my mind. I was determined to do 7 miles again. I did a quick floor abdominal workout and hopped on the tready to get down to business. I did a 4-3-2-1 running interval workout.

  • 2 minute warmup
  • 4 minutes at 6.5
  • 3 minutes at 7.0
  • 2 minutes at 7.5
  • 1 minute at 8.0

I repeated the 10 minute interval 6 times, with some random extra sprints arond 30 minutes and the end of the hour. I ended with a 5 minute cooldown.

When I don’t know what I am going to wear that day, it’s usually not a good thing. Somehow today I found an outfit quick that I was happy with!

  • Crochet Top: Sam & Lavi
  • Capris: Vince
  • Sandals: Tory Burch

    Closeup

I made myself a protein smoothie with almond milk, dark cocoa powder, strawberries, and spinach and headed out the door.

That was the end my good morning. WHAT RUINS MY DAY? TRAFFIC!

I can express my anger towards it, but I would prefer to keep things positive on here. It took me almost double the time to get to work today. I am a rebel and check my twitter and blogs while waiting in it. It makes the wait a little better. All I wanted to do was get to work and eat my overnight oats in a jar. I added blueberries this time!

Yes, I stopped for a coffee even though I was late.

It has been a whirlwind day at work ever since I walked in flustered from my traffic and lateness. I am just now eating lunch at 3:00! I guess you’ll have these kinds of days.

Anyone in the NYC area that is going to Healthy Living Summit? Seeking carpoolers and roomies! 🙂 I have my car!

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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….

Busy Bee

Today is a super busy day for me as I am in market with a vendor all day long. They feed us…free lunch and lots of cookies. I can’t complain about that. I prepped for  my long day and I’m feeling ready. I did a full upper body workout. I made my OIAJ (yes, we already went through another jar of PB) last night to have for breakfast. I subbed Vanilla SunWarrior protein powder this time and didn’t add PB2.

I’m rockin’ my new skirt from Zara.

…and my favorite Kara Ross necklace from Gilt Groupe.

Catch ya’ll later….