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Happy Thursday:)  I honestly can’t believe we’re only a night’s sleep away from Friday.  I am SO glad.  I’m just counting down the days until school is out – only 6 weeks and 1 day to go.

I received my Women’s Health magazine in the mail today, and it has some great stuff.  Women’s Health and Oxygen are my favorite magazines – I feel they are the most down-to-earth and real of all the fitness magazines.  This issue has Jillian Michaels on the cover and a great interview with her inside. It’s funny how when you need a certain kind of affirmation about something, it just keeps popping up everywhere. In her interview, Jillian gives some great tips on how to achieve success, so I thought I’d share them with you!

  • Define your goal and be specific:  you have to know exactly what you’re going after before you can go after it.
  • Believe in your ability:  A lot of times people don’t really believe they can accomplish their goals.  If you don’t believe in you, then who will?  This is the one I have the most trouble with.  At times I’ll feel so confident and self assured, like I could become the next Oprah if I wanted…other times I have trouble believing that I can make it through my next workout.  This is something I am really working on in my life right now.
  • Stay positive:  the minute you turn around to bash yourself, reverse it and give yourself a compliment.
  • Imagine your goal:  Visualization allows you to get comfortable with the idea of change.  I was just thinking about this today.  I took a few minutes to visualize my goals.  I pictured myself as I would be a year from now if I actually stepped out and tackled my goals.  I even envisioned what the blog post would look like when I recap everything I will have accomplished (obvs. I think of everything in terms of blog posts:)  This was really motivating for me.  I desperately want to live that story!
  • Get educated:  Studying up before pursuing your goal helps you make powerful choices that effect change.  Knowledge is power.
  • Don’t fear failure:  It is an integral part of success.  I fear failure all the time!  I think the big point here could even be – it’s okay to fear failure, as long as you don’t let that fear hold you back.  Conquer it!
  • Get feedback:  look for someone who’s educated in the goal you’re trying to achieve and seek out constructive criticism from him/her.

I think I’m going to type these up and post them where I can see them on a daily basis.  Keeping things like this in front of me helps me stay motivated and inspired!

Today was honestly pretty stressful.  Work was more stressful than usual (I won’t even go into that), and I got a call from my mom this morning, letting me know my grandpa had an accident.  He had climbed up on the roof of our lake cabin to clear off some limbs, and when he went to climb back down, one leg of the ladder sunk into the ground, causing him to fall from the roof level. Unfortunately, he cracked three ribs.  Fortunately, he didn’t have any other injuries.  I am so thankful to still have my two grandparents, and all the time I think about the possibility of something happening to them.  I don’t know how I would handle it.  Even this got me all worked up, and I just wanted to go visit him, not be at work!  I got to talk to him on the phone for awhile after work, though, and he seemed to be in pretty high spirits, considering.

For lunch, the parents at our school put together a luncheon for the teachers.  I knew right away (from past experience) that there would be nothing there for me, so I packed this

Overnight oats! 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup plain soy yogurt, 1/3 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, sprinkle of cinnamon, 1/2 chopped banana.  Let sit overnight.  Add toppings!  Almond butter to be specific.  Delish!  My coworkers give me the strangest looks sometimes;)

Here’s the rest of the day’s eats

Yes, that would be cheeseless pizza again.  Yes, I just had it last Saturday.  What can I say? I was having a serious hankering for it, and I was exhausted from the day.  What’s a girl to do?

I also am proud to say I worked out today, even though it was all I could do to keep my eyes open during the commute home.  I threw on my gym clothes and headed to the gym.  I cranked out a quick 2.5 miles on the treadmill, and followed it up with some ab work using the Bosu ball.  Yay!

  • What is your favorite fitness magazine?  Or would you rather read online articles/blogs instead?
  • What strategies do you have to help you stay motivated and inspired?
  • Chia Seeds Direct is having a sale on white chia seeds.  Get 10% off by using the code WCS.  Also, U.S. residents get free shipping.  What are ya waiting for??

Well, that’s it for today, folks!  Hope you all have a great Friday! G’night.

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where have you been?

Hey!  How is the end of your weekend treating ya?  I love Sundays, but I’m not too crazy about Sunday nights because I start feeling not too excited about the week ahead.  Do you ever feel bummed out on Sunday nights at the thought of starting the work week?  Or do you feel excited about the coming days?

Honestly, I don’t have a whole lot of exciting things for you tonight…sorry!  We have just had kind of a lax day.  I did snap a quick shadowy shot of breakfast

This bowl included 1/3 cup oats, 3/4 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp almond butter, a couple of spoonfuls of soy yogurt and homemade granola.  I’ll never tire of this combination – the toppings are where it’s at!  This granola is a homemade recipe that I created.  I’m on a misison to create the best clean granola I’ve ever had, and while this one wasn’t quite it, it was pretty close.  It was definitely tasty enough to sprinkle on for breakfast!  As soon as I hit it, I’ll let you guys know, but until then…onward and upward!!

The rest of the day was spent napping, grading essays, going to visit some friends, working on some projects and watching Amazing Race.  Tonight they were in Singapore, which was so fun because Jon and I were just there about a year ago.  We saw some of the same places we had been – fun!  Here are some pics from our time there

They ate ice cream sandwiches exactly like this on the show tonight

China town

The contestants took an overnight train from Malaysia just like we did, and I swear we saw this same sign on TV when they got off the train.  It was definitely the same station.  Ah, memories:)

Have you been on any international vacations?  What has been your favorite place to visit?  Jon and I are planning an international vacation for this summer, and we are trying to decide where we want to go.  We’ve been to Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan.  Any suggestions on great destinations?  I’d love to hear about your favorite trip!!

Apologies for the lack of food pics tonight.  Hope you all have a great start to the week tomorrow!!

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exciting news

Jon and I are going shopping for a new camera next week!!  I am so stoked.  I have been taking all my blog pics with my iPhone, and it’s become so uninspiring.  I’m sure you feel the same way;)  We have wanted a new one for awhile, and since Jon’s side business has really taken off we’ve finally come to a point where we can get one.  Now the problem is just deciding which one to get.  Neither of us knows much about them, so we’re going to have to learn a lot…not only to buy it but to figure out how to use it!

Does anybody have an recommendations?  I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Canon Rebel, but aside from that I don’t have much to go on.  I’d love any suggestions you guys might have!

These past few days have been CRAZY.  On Saturday, my mom, step dad and sister came up to visit for the afternoon/evening.  I love hanging out with family.  My mom and I cooked dinner together while my stepdad and Jon went to Lowe’s to get a deadbolt for our front door.  Awhile later my sister got here, and we spent the rest of the night eating and just hanging out.  It is not often that my mom, sister and I all get to spend time together, and it was definitely the highlight of my week.  I wish we could do it more often.

Sunday also involved family, but was not nearly as pleasant.  My grandma recently found out she has pancreatic cancer, and her health is declining quite rapidly.  She doesn’t have much longer, so we drove to my hometown on Sunday, picked up my sister and went to visit her.  While I’m so glad we went, it was really hard to see her in the state that she’s in.  Needless to say these last couple of days have been a bit dismal feeling.

I do have some random pics of some eats from the last couple of days.  I promise that once we get our new camera (and figure out how to use it;) food pics will be much more exciting.  I can’t wait!

Regardless…

One of my favorites as of recent – stir fried carrots, zucchini, spinahc and brussels with soba noodles, doused in nutritional yeast obvs.

This is the kombucha that I brought home from Whole Foods when we went there on Valentine’s Day.  I saved it ever since then and finally broke it out after our 5 miler on Saturday.  It was totally worth the wait!!  Now I just need to figure out how to get another one…

This has become my current favorite way to eat oats – cooked in water and topped with soy yogurt on one side and almond butter on the other.  Sprinkled with a bit of Bob’s Red Mill cinnamon apple granola.  This is addicting.  I am so addicted to the combination of yogurt and granola.  I may have to add that to my challenge list.  haha! yeah right.

And last but not least, dinner tonight.  I kept it simple because Jon wasn’t home to eat with me, and I just didn’t feel like spending much time on dinner.

Avocado and hummus sandwiched between ezekiel bread.  Exactly what I was craving.  It totally hit the spot.  I love simple meals like this.  Obvs. this meal was lacking a bit in the veggie department, but I’m never low on veggies so I didn’t worry about it too much!

I hope everyone is having a great start to the week.  Only four more days and I’ll be on Spring Break when I get to spend every waking moment with the Mr.  It seems like a dream right now.

G’night!!

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weekend highlights…

…minus Valentine’s Day.  I’m saving it for the next post.  I think it deserves it’s very own:)

Saturday Jon and I got up and got to work cleaning the house.  It always takes forever to deep clean the entire house, but it’s so worth it because we both feel so great when it’s done!!  After that I packed up all of my school stuff, and we went up to his office to work.  Jon is in his busiest season at work, and my job in general is busy season because I’m a 1st year teacher.  So, we knew we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the rest of the weekend unless we knocked out some of our work.

Here are some food highlights from the weekend:

Lunch on Friday (because I took off to stay home and work) was a Joseph’s Protein pita filled with avocado, spinach, zucchini, squash, pickles and nutritional yeast.  I had it with a side of hummus for dipping and a sliced pear with sprinkled cinnamon!  So fresh and so delicious, yet so simple!

Friday afternoon I headed to the coffee shop to have a change of scenery while I graded.  I took along an AB banana roll up – a Joseph’s pita (should there be a limit on these things?) smeared with almond butter and sliced banana, all rolled up!  Transportable and tasty!

This was today’s snack on the way home from work.  It was the most beautiful apple I’ve ever eaten.  I picked this baby up from a certain store that Jon took me to on Valentine’s Day.  That’s just a little teaser for tomorrow’s V-day post.  I also had a certain kind of nut butter smeared on it that I’ve been wanting to try for ages.  It may also have come from this certain store.

Apologies for the picture quality…this bowl was so much better than it looks.  I often borrow a camera that takes beautiful pictures from Jon’s work, but lately I haven’t had it so the iPhone has had to suffice.  boo.

And finally, tonight’s dinner.  I was having a serious craving for a giant bowl of veggies, and that’s exactly what I got.  A little too big perhaps:)  I tossed together cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, squash, onions, carrots, mushrooms and spinach.  I sprayed it a few times with Braggs, and dumped in a small handful of raw cashews.  I also added a few pieces of Tempeh that I picked up the other day as well (more to come on that).  This was the second time I’ve ever had Tempeh, and the first time I made it I did not care for it at all!  I’m so glad I gave it a second chance, though.  It was really good in this stir fry with just a bit of Braggs sprayed on.  I’ll definitely be highlighting it again in the future once I decide on another way to cook it.

Well, that’s it for the highlights.  Unfortunately, I have got to go do some serious grading.  Blah.  I’ll be back tomorrow, though, with a fun post on what we did and where we went for Valentine’s Day!  Hope everyone is having a great President’s Day!

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Pumpkin Protein Waffles

Happy Saturday blog friends! How is the weekend going so far?  Mine is going way too fast.  Today, Jon and I went to OKC so I could go to a baby shower for my friend.  He dropped me off and went to hang out at Barnes and Noble, and I got to hang out with my girlfriends from college!  It was so nice to see them…it had been way too long.

Since I didn’t get a post up yesterday, I want to catch up by highlighting a couple of meals from the last 2 days.

First up is this:

I finally got my Jay Robb!  I’ve been wanting to try this protein powder for so long, and it finally came in the mail.  The morning after I got it, I decided to try it in my green monster.  That was one of the main reasons why I wanted to order it.  So, into the blender went:

1 cup soymilk
2 big handfuls of spinach
1/2 a banana
chia seeds
2 tbsp Jay Robb

Okay, I have to admit that I didn’t love Jay Robb.  I know, I know. It sounds crazy, but I really didn’t like it much.

Pros
24 grams of protein
short ingredient list- whole grain sprouted brown rice protein, natural flavor, stevia
eco-friendly packaging

Cons
a bit chalky
expensive if you have to order it online
flavor seems off

I just did not like the way this protein powder tasted.  I very rarely sweeten things these days, so I think that may have something to do with it.  If you are a person who really likes stevia or uses it a lot, you may like the taste of Jay Robb much better.  I’m not much of a fan, though.  I was a very sad girl, missing my usual green monster all the way to work.

Now, let’s move on from to the more positive side of things.  I vowed to never use this protein powder in my morning smoothie again, BUT that doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to use it in other things.  And with that I present to you my crazy good breakfast from this morning…

Check out the thickness!

Pumpkin Protein Waffles

1 cup oats
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 heaping tablespoon of Jay Robb

adapted from original recipe from onefitfoodie.com

I threw all the ingredients into the blender and switched it on for about a minute.  Then,  I poured it into the waffle maker and let it cook for the normal amount of time (until the light went off). The batter was so thick I had to scrape it out of the blender with a spatula.  I wondered how the thickness would affect the final product, but it just made it thick and hearty!  The pumpkin flavor was subtle and it mixed so well with the almond butter and banana.  Also, I didn’t miss syrup at all!  The texture of the banana was enough to counter any dryness.  Basically, this was just a warm, thick, soft plate of heaven!   I topped mine with almond butter and sliced banana, but there are endless possibilities!  It was so, so good!  And it held me over for a good four hours or so.  You’ve got to try this recipe.  It will definitely be a good way to still use the Jay Robb because I couldn’t even taste it in the waffles, but it added some much needed protein.

And I’ll leave you with a picture of dinner tonight from Pei Wei.  Pei Wei is one of my favorite restaurants to eat out at.  It’s pretty clean if you choose the right thing, and it’s so delicious!  I ordered the Spicy Korean with vegetables and tofu and brown rice.

I ate about half of this and brought the rest home for leftovers.  The only negative about this meal is the high sodium content, but it’s certainly worth it on occasion!!  Otherwise, the nutrition stats are pretty good.

I hope everyone has a wonderful night!  Until tomorrow…

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