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Gym Habits and Free Samples

Last night, I came home to find that my free sample of Power Bar ProteinPlus Bites had finally come. I think I filled out the request like 2 months ago and totally forgot about them, until I spotted them in a Wawa two weeks ago at the beach. I get an e-mail from All You daily with links to free stuff.

I opened it only to be disappointed by the Fudge Brownie. Clearly, these people do not know my obsession with peanut butter, which is the other flavor. Okay, I guess I can’t expect them to know that.

They redeemed themselves by giving me a coupon to go buy the peanut butter. That was their plan all along, I bet.

Maybe I should have added another ball or two to this picture.

I wanted to make something with them so I figured I would just cut up some pieces and top off a smoothie.

Turns out they are much better enjoyed plain and simple. With peanut butter.

Moving on to gym habits. The other day at the gym, I was running on a treadmill and a girl placed her ipod, water, etc. on a treadmill two down from me which just so happened to be the end treadmill. Now,this chick always goes on this particular treadmill. When someone gets off, I see her sprinting to go get it. The problem is, she puts her stuff down and leaves for a good 30 minutes. I am not kidding. So, back to the other day, a guy came and moved her stuff to the treadmill in between us and starts running. About 15 minutes later, I see her walking towards us with a stink eye. I decided not to remove my right earplug to hear what she had to say to him because her hand and face motions were funny enough. I couldn’t believe that the dude got off and just walked away, didn’t even get on another treadmill!

I came home and told Joe about it because he always tells me about her and I thought it was so funny that I had witnessed it first hand today. We then started discussing habits. Both of us tend to always goto the end or corner treadmills. I don’t know why, but I always choose the last in a row and I don’t like to run in between two people, unless there is none left and I have no choice. The only thing is, it’s never the same treadmill. I rarely use the same treadmill two days in a row. I know everyone has different habits, but I’m not sure how I feel about “saving” a treadmill.

Today, I did my 45 minute 5-4-3-2-1 interval routine, which left me super sweaty in this 95 degree weather!

I made a smoothie for my ride to work, but I was craving a bagel for my mid-morning snack so I took a sweet wheat Alternative Bagel out of the freezer for work. I brought some peanut butter and my new apple spread find from this weekends grocery store trip.

All it contains is apples and apple cider. It seemed like a good combo with PB.

Indeed it was.

I’m off to enjoy this little peanut butter cup treat brought in from a co-worker, and get back to work.

Do you have any weird gym habits? How do you feel about people saving machines at the gym?

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!

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

I was on a mission after work to find buttons for my trench coat. I have had the coat for years and I love it but all of the buttons are loose or have already fallen off. I decided to goto M&J Trimmings in midtown and pick out some new tortoise shell buttons to go with my trench. I dropped it off at the tailors on my way home and cannot wait to pick it back up on Friday! It is going to be a rainy week here so it stinks that I won’t have it.

Anyway, I was craving a smoothie for dinner tonight since I had a big lunch. I got the idea to make a strawberry shortcake smoothie.

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

I blended it up and topped it with a dollop of cool whip, a sliced strawberry, chia seeds, and flax meal. Of course I added a leftover chocolate covered strawberry from this weekend, just because!

The wheat germ and cinnamon gave it a dough-ey taste, but next time I think I’ll try it with oats. I needed some nut butter in my life so I also had some spoonfuls of this:

I stopped at Target after work on Friday and while I was browsing the food aisles I came across their Archer Farms brand almond butter for only $3.99! That’s so cheap for almond butter and it’s all natural. The only ingredient is roasted almonds.

Tomorrow

I have a foot doctor appointment before work to get my orthotics refurbished. I’m pretty sure they’re on their last limb.

I don’t even think I can count the amount of miles I ran on these things in the past year considering I run almost 20 a week. I have just been to lazy to take them– and it’s free too! I hope it doesn’t take too long so I don’t have to run without them that long. I have them because of the way my feet hit the ground near my toes (like the ball of my foot sort of). The tendons get inflamed and I had to have cortisone shots a few times before getting these orthotics. They are lifesavers!

I have a phone date with one of my best friend’s Claire now. She moved out to California (hense the late date –9:30pm) two years ago and I miss her so much! We graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology together (see below). She is coming to visit in two weeks so I’m sure you’ll be reading about it on here.

Fall 09 after Margarita's and Mexican, our fave!

Goodnight! 🙂

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Thank goodness I was feeling much better this morning. My nose was stuffy but my head wasn’t a balloon anymore. I was able to get up and complete my favorite upper body workout, that I will post for you guys soon. I also did 25 minutes on the ellytipcal.

I made myself what I call a Vitamin C Antioxidant smoothie after my workout. Perfect for getting over my sickness!

No time for smoothie bowls = drink right out of the glass.

It consisted of:

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Tropicana trop 50 orange juice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Slurp! …and yes that is a beer glass. Joe has many as he is in the restaurant/bar business.

Now for my post title. On my way to work I hit traffic and it took me an hour to get to the parking garage that normally takes me 15 minutes. Then, I got on the wrong train because the doors were closing, and the train I take is normally on that track and I noticed after we started moving. Then, when I got off at the next stop to transfer, all trains were suspended! I waited for the bus that never came, and then decided to take a different train to the city, and had to then transfer to the subway. It took me 2 and a 1/2 hours to get to work this morning, so now I am drowning in work after being off yesterday and late today. Phew! That’s my sad story for the day. It reminded me of the movie “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”. If you haven’t seen it, you should! It’s funny — when it’s not happening to you!

Do you have a rough commute to work or school? How do you hold your composure when everything seems to go wrong?

Feel the Burn

Last night, we went to Joe’s uncle’s for dinner. He makes the best homemade pizza! He also made quail and  pasta with seafood. Dessert was carrot cake that Joe’s mom made, along with my nutella cookies. Needless to say, I stuffed myself until my belly hurt! Only on Sunday’s! 🙂

The weirdest thing happened yesterday. I went to park my car and it wouldn’t let me put it in park! It would only stay in drive or neutral! So I had to leave the keys in over night until I figured out what I was going to do. This morning, it magically worked again and went into Park. Very odd! At least it works now and I didn’t have to shell out any money to fix it!

I felt the burn during my workout this morning….heartburn that is! After last night’s food fest, what else should I have expected? I still completed my usual ab routine with 50 minutes of cardio that included intervals of incline walking, jogging, and 20 minutes on the elliptical.

When I got home from the gym I couldn’t resist but to make a smoothie with these monster strawberries.

Whats with the monsta fruit lately?

Lunch

I brought turkey and Nayonaise on a whole wheat thin with my broccoli slaw that I have been on a kick with.

I also managed to purchase this Morgan Ashleigh necklace on Hautelook!

Work was really weird today. My boss’s boss announced that she is leaving the company. I didn’t realize how much I liked working under her until today. She is great at what she does and she is so funny! I wonder who will replace her? Oh well, life goes on.

I knew that Joe was going to close the restaurant tonight so I had planned to just make myself a smoothie, prep lunch, and prep dinner for tomorrow since he has off! I can’t wait to be able to cook for him; I rarely get to! I made a chocolate spinach smoothie and had a few nutella, whip, & sprinkle scoops! My peanut butter substitute. Only one more week! I hope someone buys me the biggest peanut butter filled bunny EVER for Easter!

Sprinkle Massacre time

Now it’s time to get to bed! Early run tomorrow!