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cruisin’ in style

I’m bloggin’ from the road today as Jon and I head to my hometown to spend some time with my mom.  We slept in this morning, and I woke up with a smile on my face!  I love love love waking up to sunlight coming in through the window, and it happens far too seldom.

Our Mini Cooper is getting serviced right now, and it just so happens that the dealership was fresh out of “service car” minis, so…..they gave us a BMW for the weekend.  We don’t mind a bit.  I could get used to this;)

As soon as we got up and got around we headed to the lake to get in a quick three miles.  It was super windy, but the temperature was perfect!  We followed it up with the first two circuits of Jillian’s level two shred workout.  We totally stuck with our two workouts every day this week – Jillian in the morning and 3 miles in the evening.  We did take a rest day on Friday.

Before our run I ate half an Ezekiel English muffin with a bit of almond butter.  Considering our entire workout didn’t end until almost noon, it was not enough fuel!  By the end of Jillian, I was famished!

it almost missed the camera…oops!

I quickly threw some tempeh in a pan with a couple squirts of Bragg’s.  After heating it through, I added it to a whole wheat pita along with some Sabra pine nut hummus, spinach, onions and pickles.  Also, some grapes on the side.

After lunch we spent some time cleaning up the house and then I settled in to do some blog surfing grading.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get near as much done as I needed to before we had to get packed up and head out!

Oh, I also snacked on some soy yogurt with frozen cherries, sliced almonds and granola…and we grabbed a soy latte on our way out of town.

I just want to say thanks for all the sweet comments and encouragement from you guys regarding my personal trainer certification.  It made me feel so affirmed about my decision.  You all are the best!  I can’t wait to share with you as I go through the process.  It’s so exciting to me to master something new.  I’m also realizing that I am a much better student now that I’ve been a teacher.  Totally didn’t’ expect that, but I feel like I just understand the learning process better now.  Good thing ‘cause I’ll need all the help I can get!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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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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