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lots of veggies, overcoming fear and more exciting news!!

Exciting things going on here at the CSM house!  But before I get to that, let’s see some eats, shall we?

The last two days have actually been almost identical up until lunch.  If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?!

Green monsters for breakfast, of course.  For the last two days, I have actually managed to get up and get a workout in before work – shocking, I know.  I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been pleasant or easy getting up at 4:45 am, but it has been so worth it.  To make it quick, I’ve been doing Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred.  I started off with level two, and it totally kicked my butt!  If you have never tried her workouts, you should definitely give them a go – they’re the only workout I’ve ever found that really pushes me with minimal equipment (just hand weights) and minimal time.  Sometimes I really want to punch her in the face, though.  If you’ve done it, you know what I’m sayin’.

Jon and I have also added in a 3 mile run the past two days after work as well.  I miss having really great workouts so much.  Ever since starting my new job last August and my hour commute, my workouts have really suffered.  But with the end of school fast approaching, I’m starting to get antsy to get back into it, and I figure I can push myself to do anything for four weeks.  So, double workouts it is!

Anyway, back to the point.  After a tough workout, I’ve been wanting nothing but green smoothies for breakfast…so refreshing and energizing!  You guys have all seen my smoothies a million times, though, so no pics today.

Lunch for the past two days has been salads!

salad numero uno = spring mix, corn, black beans, chick peas, chia seeds, chopped carrots, avocado and balsamic vinegar

salad numero dos = spring mix, corn, black beans, avocado, chia seeds, balsamic vinegar and…….egg.  Yes, egg.

I’ve made a tentative decision to start incorporating an occasional egg into my diet.  I’m honestly not sure how it’s going to go.  In my salad it was just fine, but when I tried to eat a plain boiled on yesterday for a snack, I got a little queasy.  Honestly, I’ve just been looking for new ways to incorporate protein into my diet.  I don’t believe I need a lot of protein, but I do try to have a protein source at most of my mini meals throughout the day.  Since switching to a mostly vegan diet, my complete protein sources for on-the-go meals and snacks (I pack most of my food everyday) have been based on nuts, nut butter and beans.  I just have been wishing for another option, and I feel like organic, free range eggs are a decent choice. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start eating many animal products anytime soon, but as long as the chickens are raised appropriately, I don’t have an ethical problem with eating eggs.

So, anyway, you may see the occasional egg on here in the future.  Just FYI:)  Even though it was a bit challenging to down the boiled egg on Tuesday, the healthy fat and protein sure held me over for a looong time. shrug.  But if they don’t become a bit more appetizing soon, I’ll def. be nixing them.

Onto dinner from last night.  As you will probably notice, I have been craving veggies.  So, I roasted some parsnips, brussels, sweet potatoes and tempeh.  With a side of natural ketchup for dipping:)

And tonight – same story.  Except I switched it up by having roasted kale chips, roasted squash and a slice of Ezekiel toast with Sabra spinach and artichoke hummus.  I sprinkled nutritional yeast, ground red pepper and garlic powder over the veggies.  Perfect.  It totally hit the spot.

I’m currently finishing off half a soy yogurt with a sprinkle of granola and frozen cherries for dessert!

Okay, now onto the exciting news.  I have officially ordered my materials through ACE to become a certified personal trainer!

I’m am stoked.  I’ve been considering it for months now, but fear has been holding me back.  Well, I’m not going to let fear rule my life anymore, so I’m going for it.  I felt so empowered last night as I clicked “submit order.”  I was watching a video of Kris Carr the other day.  She was being interviewed by Oprah, and she said “many people wait around for someone to give them permission to live.  Well, no one is going to give you that, you just have to go for it.”  I’ve been struggling with overcoming fear all my life, and especially lately I’ve been praying that God would give me the strength to overcome fear and not let it hold me back from doing what I’m passionate about.  I’ve decided I’m going to stop waiting around for that “permission” and just go after what I want.

So, I’ll definitely be spending a lot of time studying in the coming months, but I’m so excited about all that I’m going to learn and I’m looking forward to sharing some of it through CSM as well.

Do you find that fear sometimes holds you back from taking risks or trying something new?
If you’re vegan, what kinds of things do you eat for a quick protein fix?

Well, I’m off to bed, so I can meet back up with Jillian bright and early!  Hope you all are having a great week so far!

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two for the price of one (but not really;)

Hey hey everyone!

I am loving the weather right now!  It’s that perfect temperature where there is a slight breeze, but the sun is warm enough that you can ditch the jacket and cruise with the windows down.  Ahhh.

I started off this morning with this beauty

Cheers!  These were my drinks for the morning.  I always take this water bottle (BPA free!) with me to work and fill it up throughout the day.  I’ve actually been slacking a bit on my water consumption, and I think it may be to blame for the headaches I’ve been getting.  Gotta hydrate!

Lunch was nice and simple – 2 brown rice cakes with 1.5 tbsp almond butter.  I also had an unpictured 1/2 banana on the side.

By 4 hours later I was famished!  I couldn’t tear into my yogurt with almonds and cranberries fast enough! I definitely let myself get too hungry.  Do you ever get to the point where you are shaky from being hungry?  Not a good place to be…take my word for it.  My snack was just enough to fuel me for a good weight training workout.  I did 6 different leg machines today plus some planks.  I love planks – they are seriously addicting.  I can just feel my core getting tighter and stronger.

After hanging with Jon for a little bit, I started not one, but two dinners; he was craving Mexican casserole, which might as well be called ground turkey casserole because that’s the main ingredient.  This is a meal my mom has made for years and it’s a favorite of our family.  I haven’t had it since before I became a vegetarian almost a year and a half ago.  Crazy!

I have to be honest and say that I really don’t enjoy cooking meat.  In fact, the other night in the grocery store, I found myself avoiding the meat department and sending Jon off on his own to get his goods.  I’ll do anything for my husband, so I always gracefully “handle” his meat, touching it as litle as possible of course.  I’m not trying to be dramatic…it’s just the longer I go without eating it, the less appealing it is.  Make sense?

Anyway, here is my meal

In the works…

buckwheat (soba) noodles…

Veggies!!  asparagus, squash, carrots, bell pepper, and the star of the show: mushrooms.  I also added some chick peas for protein and some garlic powder, ground red pepper and bragg’s for flavor and spice:)

In the end I topped if all off with a bit of nutritional yeast.  Perfect.

A little while later we ran over Jon dragged me to Orange Leaf to get some yogurt.  Excuse the poor quality photo – I’m still learning how to use my DSLR.

Dairy free pinapple yogurt, cocoa covered almonds, a few choco chips, kiwi and strawberries!

Heather is encouraging everyone to take part in GE’s campaign “Pledge for Better Health.”  If you haven’t stopped by there to pledge, you should!  I think it’s a great idea.  I pledged to increase my workouts to 6 times a week – not just to look better, but primarily for better health.  Too often I get so focused on outward appearance in relation to working out, and while there is nothing wrong with that, I want to get my focus back to health!  I’m going to be posting more of my workouts on the little bloggie to help keep myself accountable.

What is your primary motivation to workout?  Or is it a combination of things?  Do you find yourself more focused on how your body will look or how it will feel?

Hope you have a fantastic night!!!

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sunday eats

Don’t forget to enter my chia seed giveaway!  There aren’t many entries so far, so you have a great chance of winning!

Today has been a great day!  We got up and went for another 3 mile run this morning, which felt great.  I think I finally got my mojo back.  I like it:)  Plus, I randomly decided to read our marathon race recap (we’re coming up on the 1 year anniversary!), which of course made me want to go out and run one tomorrow.  haha.

Breakfast this morning was 1/3 cup of oats cooked in 3/4 cup water, 1/3 cup soy yogurt, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter and some strawberries.  Yum!

Unfortunately our run went a little long this morning (and we got a late start…oops!), so by the time we got ready for church we were about 20 minutes late.  We just decided to download one of our pastor’s sermons and listen to it at home instead – dress and all!

I started getting hungry for lunch a few hours later, and I just couldn’t decide on anything.  This happens to me quite often – I just can’t decide on a meal so I end up just eating something random.  It hit the spot though, and held me over for a couple of hours.

I went with baked sweet potato rounds, seasoned with ground red pepper (of course!), garlic powder and Mrs. Dash salt free seasoning.  I also mixed up some humnut sauce (1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast + 1 tbsp hummus + water) for dipping and a some protein.

Later I snacked on an ezekiel english muffin with a slather of natural peanut butter to get me through until dinner.

I can never resist hot carbs with nut butter!

Today was a little low on veggies, but a Chipolte salad came through and saved the day for dinner.  I forgot to grab the camera on the way out the door, sorry!  My salad was stock full of romaine, fajita veggies, black beans, pico, salsa verde and guacamole!  If you have a Chipolte near you, you must try this salad.  The veggie tacos are awesome as well!

I’m off to finish watching Amazing Race and then hit the sack!  Have a great Monday!

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basic pasta sauce

Don’t forget to enter my chia seed giveaway that is going on – only 6 more days!

Happy weekend everyone!  How has your Saturday gone?  I love Satudays, and this one has not disappointed.

Jon and I slept in this morning, and then got up and headed out to our favorite running spot.  We have a small “lake” out north of town that has a 3.1 mile asphalt path all the way around it.  We actually did most of our marathon training out there last year.  Anytime we mention to someone that we once ran around it over 6 times they think we’re crazy.  And we probably are.

Anyways, we only made it around once today.  The wind was blowing about 30 miles per hour, and coming off the lake it was chilly!  But I have to say it felt great.  I have been having a hard time getting motivated for running lately, and I think I needed a good, solid, happy run to cure me!

We didn’t get going until about 11am, so I decided I need a little carb boost for energy.  I popped about 5 of these little guys

High in carbs and all the sugars are natural.  No added sugar for this girl!

A couple hours later we decided to hit up Panera for lunch.  Since it was about 1′clock and I’d had almost nothing to eat all day (so abnormal for me!), I upped the ante a bit and went for a pick two: half a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich (hold the feta please!) and a cup of black bean soup.  Against my initial better judgment I also had a whole grain baguette.  I guess my body needed the carbs!

After lunch I spent a little extra time at Panera getting some grading done while Jon went home to work on some design projects.  I have to say that grading is by far my least favorite part of teaching.  Getting through those essays was brutal today, and I still have half of them left!  Guess I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow afternoon:(

One afternoon of grading, a Starbucks soy latte, and some Lost watching later, we decided to cook up some dinner.  Tonight was another “eatin’ cheap” creation.  Very simple – “Basic Pasta Sauce.”

Ingredients:

1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
3-5 button mushrooms, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
minced garlic
italian seasoning
oregano

Add chopped onion and garlic to skillet and cook until onion starts to get soft.  Next, add diced tomatoes, both cans of tomato sauce, chopped mushrooms, 1 tbsp italian seasoning and 1 tbsp oregano.  Mix together, then cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

While this is not a ground-breaking recipe, I love it because it is so fast, easy, cheap and it pleases the palate.  Leaving the meat out of the sauce reduces cost, and bulking it up with veggies is great for taste and satiety! If cooking only for myself, I would have added some chopped squash and zucchini, but Jon isn’t a fan so we stuck with mushrooms and onions.

Jon poured his sauce over whole wheat spaghetti, and I went with bulgur as my base.  Often times I’ll sub in bulgur for spaghetti because it has fewer calories and has 8 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per 1 cup serving.

I also had a side salad of mixed greens, chopped carrots, cucumber, onions and chia seeds with balsamic poured over the top along with garlic bread – aka ezekiel toast with Earth Balance vegan butter, garlic powder and nutritional yeast.

This piece of toast x 3.

This meal really filled me up with all the volume foods and veggies!

We are off to rent a movie we’ve been wanting to see called Brothers.  Has anyone seen it?  What movies have you guys seen lately that you loved?  I’m always up for suggestions!

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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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