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Monday Rundown

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Workout – nada.  my girls say that’s an abbreviation for nothing.  much like “agua” is an abbreviation for water.  hmmmm.  glorious rest day.  I enjoy my rest days more and more as I understand the whole training for a race thing.  rest days are in fact still training days, if you think about it.  your body does muscle building work on rest days.  they are very necessary.  enjoy the rest.  this rest day might have included a little bit of strength training.  in my home gym.  which is wherever the kids are.  it may have also included a planking session.  my madre (an abbreviation for “mom”) and I have a friendly plank competition going.  I did 4 minutes the other day.  she did 5.  I let her live in her planking victory for a few days.  today I did 5 minutes and 10 seconds.  I win.

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a few hours later, I did 6 minutes and 10 seconds.  just to ensure the victory was mine for awhile.  and because my husband was sitting there telling me not to stop at 5 minutes like I planned.  this is very normal behavior.  don’t be concerned.  so, this was very interesting.  holding a plank for over 5 minutes when every ounce of my being wanted to drop to the floor was VERY much like the feeling at the end of a marathon.  when everything hurts and I’m not sure I can pick up the pace and pull the strength out of somewhere to get to the finish to hit a goal time.  but the strength IS there.  It always is.  You’ve got to dig deep and find it.  So I held out another minute on the plank.  sorry mom.  you’ve got some work to do. 

little factoid – as of last September, the world record for holding plank position was 37 minutes.  she was 71 years old.  you can read about it HERE.

I have approximately 7 minutes to crank out this post – I’ve got icing and rolling on the brain.  all I’ve been able to think about all day is getting ice on my shins and rolling out my calves and my IT band and everything else that wants to be rolled.  but I thoroughly enjoy having a one sided conversation with all of you lovelies out there, and sharing in the shenanigans of my day.  and I really appreciate all of the thoughtful comments in response to my one sided conversations making me feel better about my shin splints and the slight amount of stress it is causing me, in the few weeks before my marathon.  It warms the cockles of my heart.  truly.  the cockles.  another word to be added to the list of words never to be spoken again.  right next to fartlek.  and colon.  done. 

I unleashed my frustration yesterday about how horrible I have been at planning out the week – specifically meals – more specifically dinners.  breakfasts and lunches are fairly easy.  dinners cause me angst.  sometimes.  I just want to have a little temper tantrum and refuse to plan anymore and refuse to cook anymore and refuse to think anymore.  but, today, instead of joining my 2 year old in one of the 5,687 tantrums he has daily – I chose to make a list and figure out some meals.  I think I did it.  I successfully made a little list, went grocery shopping today and got more than the 3 items needed to cover today’s meal.  that’s a mini success.  here’s what it looks like: (I will post recipes only if they turn out ok)

1. Salmon Burgers – staple in my home

2. Chicken chili – with or without the chicken, haven’t decided yet

3. Spinach bread – some sort of side salad or bean dish

4. Mushroom soup with poached eggs – so fancy

5. I lost my grocery list with dinners on it, and I’m sure I had another one.  I’ll remember at the end of the week with whatever is left in the fridge. 

here’s to a week with hopefully less than 8 trips to the store.

and I will share with you a new little snack I came up with….always looking for snacks…because it’s the meals in between the meals that really matter.

One of my favorite things is soggy cereal.  I don’t like cereal that stays crunchy the whole time.  I love cereal that can sit in (almond)milk, soak it up and get nice and soppy.  sounds delicious, doesn’t it.  things like raisin bran and shredded wheat are super conducive to soggy cereal snacks.

I found these two little gems at the store – as we all know I love things packed with protein and fiber, and lacking a crazy amount of added sugar. 

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I figured they might do well as a bowl of soggy cereal.  but could also be great for non soggy cereal lovers alike.  I apologize if that bowl of soggy goodness makes you want to vomit.  but It is a protein packed fiber lovin’ snack – here’s what went into it:

1/4 c. Ezekiel 4:9 cereal (there are lentils in that cereal!)

1/3 c. smart bran cereal

2/3 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 scoop chocolate plantfusion protein powder

a little dribble of almond extract

mix it all up and stick it in the fridge until it soggifies.  true word.  or gobble it up right away for a crunchy cereal snack.  I can’t give you the exact stats because I didn’t write them down – but rest assured, there is a decent amount of protein and fiber in that bowl.  You could get real crazy and add in some nut butter.  I dare you.

my 7 minutes of blogging are up.  the ice is waiting.  the foam roller is calling.  gonna be a fun night. 

xoxo!!

 

Soggy cereal lover, or keep it crunchy?

Almond Milk or regular milk?

Peanut butter or almond butter?

Do you do the cooking or does the significant other? mother? friend? sister? brother?

 

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Eat like a mother

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CT is completely confused and thinks it’s springtime.  this is not a problem until tomorrow when it decides it’s winter again and we have to deal with the cold.  makes me kind of grumpy.  I’m going to enjoy the nice weather today though.  I can handle that.  In celebration of this unseasonably warm day, I took the kids on a field trip to TJ Maxx.  I know you were getting concerned that I had not had a TJ’s trip in the past 5 days.  I did it for you guys. 

What DO you know.  I found a couple deals.  I put them all on together to save on pictures.  I think you will enjoy what you see.  I also think I’m not quite sure why this kind of fashion hasn’t caught on.  it is the perfect blend of athletic meets trendy.  I would call it athlendy.  I like to wear my leggings 24/7, but I also enjoy a pair of snappy leopard print wedges.  wardrobe staple.  glad they are now in my wardrobe.  I see no reason why I should have to decide between the two fashion genres and why I can’t enjoy them together.  no one has done this look yet.  watch for it.  

lucky brand cotton tee, another pair of black running leggings. never have too many. leopard print bcbg wedges. i’ve been eyeing those beauties – finally caught them on clearance. no one wears a size 10. i do.

Why do I keep taking headless pictures in this dirty mirror?  for some reason it happens to be the only full length mirror in the house and we never adjusted it higher for the tall drink of water that I am. so we get headless shots.  simple really.  

surprise. not JUST another pair of black leggings. we've got some snazzy blue to jazz 'em up. good times.

 

I know. I will never be a foot model. I have accepted that. it was only a matter of time before you realized I wasn't perfect and beautiful. i've got veins. big veins.

 

darling. bcbg. just darling.

 
 
 I’m sure you didn’t doubt that I would in fact make myself another green smoothie for lunch.  I did.  just like I said I would. I put a little more spinach in this one and no protein powder, so it was pretty green.  but I still couldn’t taste the green!  fantastic.  getting so many veggies today, I can’t stand it.  
 

I do have a face! lacking mascara and eyeliner. I feel naked without mascara. i've been exposed.

 

I even had a sweet potato with the green goodness.  put it in saran wrap and popped it in the microwave for 5 min.  sweet potato done.  if a plastic wrapped potato in the microwave isn’t a recipe for cancer, don’t know what is.  but I’m hoping the goodness of the sweet potato out-weighs the badness of the plastic in the microwave.  fingers crossed.  I think microwaves are just weird.  but so convenient.  that’s why I still use it. 

so appetizing, hmmm? but so easy to make.

 
My body is so happy that I’m not finishing off the pot of Annie’s mac and cheese that I made the kids for lunch.  I find that I get into this downward spiral of not actually making a healthy meal for myself and instead eating the crust of my kids sandwiches and cold macaroni.  not good.  I end up eating like a mother – leftovers from the kids.  bad habit. I’m trying to make more a point of making myself a nutritious and delicious meal while I’m making the kids their lunch, or even better – right before.  so that I’m not starving and eating all of their food.   I need to remember to make my nutrition a priority as well.  moms often go with the I didn’t have time to eat or I finished off my kids food so I’m all set or I forgot to eat excuse.  I’m sure even non-mom’s do that.  not sure whose kids they’re ripping off, but I’m sure those are some excuses of a poor diet for any old sam.  of which I’m guilty.  no longer.  gonna have me some microwaved sweet potatoes and green smoothies.  this week.  we’ll see about next week. 
 
Any good shopping deals lately?
 
Are you guilty of snacking all morning and calling it a meal?  or finishing off your kids food?
 
How do you feel about the heels with the athletic wear?  yay or nay? 😉

All about Green

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Workout –  hit up the gym this morning.  4 easy treadmill miles.  20 minute strength circuit.  I left Jillian behind today and made  up my own super fantastic circuit this morning.  I’m sure Jillian would be proud. I pick 4 or 5 exercises out of the recesses of my brain.  not really the recesses, more like the ones that are front and center and pop out the fastest.  I repeat them 3 or 4 times or until I get really bored.  day 2 of sticking to the less is more plan.  see you next week marathon training.  job done. 

Little green monster has been harrassing me and screaming in my face ever since I walked back in the door.  I haven’t figured out what to do with him yet.  so I just keep feeding him sugar and hoping he will crash eventually. 

pretty sure he can scale a flat wall

he is part monkey. 

I went to the grocery store yesterday and actually had a LIST and dinners planned out for the week.  mind blowing.  I don’t know what happened to me.  there is actually a possibility that I won’t have to go to the store 12 times this week.  I might have gotten my act together yesterday.  still TBD.  to be determined. 

This blog – Oh She Glows – is quickly becoming one of my favorites to pull recipes and ideas from.  That’s where 3 of my dinner meals came from this week.  Last night I made this 15 minute creamy avocado pasta.  I’m not going to say any thing more about it other than – go make it.  go make it.  now.  the only other thing I will say about it is if you don’t like sprouted grain pasta or ancient grain pasta, use something else.  like barilla plus.  other than that – go make it.  of course I doubled it.  I double everything.  so good.  and so green. 

I used sprouted grain Ezekiel pasta. wouldn't do it again. and my food pictures have not improved. don't expect them to. ever.

I have a couple more recipes lined up from her and one from Food Network.  then I’m banking on leftovers and a couple nights of spontaneous plans that get me off the dinner hook and through the week.  I will share as the week goes on.   

To keep the green thing going, I thought I’d try a green smoothie this morning for breakfast.  I know I’m like 10 years behind on this one – but Oh My Goodness!!!  It was good!!!  Spinach and everything. 

counter full of life. look at all that healthiness. whoa.

 

almond milk. flax. spinach. frozen raspberries. protein powder. ice. was going to do p.b., but that might have been overkill.

I think I’m going to have to make this one again today.  and for breakfast every morning until I can’t stand to look at my blender anymore.  yum. 

And here’s a little trick my daughter did this morning – little nifty spiffy pants that she is.  magic.  she made it stand up all by itself.  we are so proud of her.  and her many accomplishments.   

tell me that's not impressive. I might be easily amused.

Upward and onward with this day.  It is supposed to be in the 50’s here?!?!  That might force me outside for another little run later.  but probably not because I have 3 kidlings that need tending to.  good thought though. 

Talk to me people!

Do you like to make green smoothies?  What is your favorite smoothie recipe?

Where do you get your dinner inspirations from?

Happy Tuesday friends!!!:-)