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Daily Archives: December 7, 2012

It should be FUNDAY Friday and  I’m glad it’s the weekend but I work 12 hours, boo. Maybe I’ll get off early 😉

Breakfast today:

I made overnight oats but I tried a new recipe and I wasn’t a fan 😦  I’ll stick to my normal Overnight oats. It keep me full for hours!

So instead, on my way to work at 7 am I had an apple.  When I got to work  at about 8:30 I had a banana with peanut butter. ( I stole this photo, I forgot to take a pic)

Peanut butter usually gives me energy and keeps me feeling full longer!

I also had 2 chocolate covered pretzels. This is what they do to me at work! MODERATION: I only had two!

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Protein Shake- Beverly International chocolate flavor

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Snacks for me usually include some type of protein shake or bar. I try to get a protein bar that has less than 10 grams of sugar. Some other smart snacks in my meal planning include:

  • apple with peanut butter
  • celery with peanut butter
  • Protein bars that I like:  Kind bars +protein, Luna bars (specifically blueberry)
  • Trail mix, almonds, or cashews
  • Veggies with humus
  • Mini Baby-bell cheese

Here are some more fun facts for Friday:

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Other Fun Health Facts:

  • Jumping rope is a great way to burn calories
  • Most of the fiber in fruit is in the peel
  • Spaghetti Squash can be used in place of pasta
  • Oatmeal with fruit is a good source of fiber
  • Most restaurant entrees are actually 2 servings
  • Potatoes and broccoli have just as much potassium as bananas if not more!

One other thing I’ve been meaning to try is Kale Chips. Here is a great recipe!

Roasted Kale Chips 

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One small bunch of kale
3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider vinegar
sea salt to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut away inner ribs from each kale leaf and discard, then tear the kale leaves into same-size pieces. Wash torn kale pieces and spin dry in a salad spinner or dry with paper towels until they’re very dry.
Mix oil, vinegar and salt together in a small bowl then pour the mixture into large Ziploc bag (or use a bowl if you don’t mind getting your hands oily.) Add the kale pieces to the bag and distribute the mixture evenly on the kale until all pieces are evenly coated.

Arrange kale leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet, then roast until they are mostly crisp, about 20-25 minutes. These are great if you’re craving something crispy, but they’re not a dip-able chip.

Have a good Friday!

Photo: Some tough love this morning! Just go do it!

For Breakfast I had Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal:

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  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp Nikki’s coconut butter ( I used macadamia nut cookie)

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Place all ingredients into a small sauce pan on the stove. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. You can add more liquid if you like. Mine came out perfectly. I added more chunky peanut butter on top (of course).

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The perfect bite!

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Off to the gym.

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Workout of the day: CHEST

Bench press ( this is what I stink at the most)- I can only do a max of 65 lbs- 8 reps

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Incline Chest Press with dumbbells 3 sets of 10- I used 25 lb dumbbells

*Push yourself*

Chest Flys- 3 sets of 10

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Yes that’s me…so serious

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Cable Chest Press 3 sets of 10

Decline Press with Dumbbells

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Chest Press machine

After the gym we went to “Healthy Alternative” Food Mart.


I went to get chia seeds, and paleo bread. I ended up getting some other things too.

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I love cereal!

Snack: perfect for after my workout- 10 grams of protein

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Lunch: Panera with my sis. I ordered half a salad and sandwich but they gave me a whole sandwich!

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I ended up eating the whole sandwich and half the salad- I wasn’t a fan of the salad today. I should have stuck to my usual, but oh well. I usually get the Fuji apple chicken salad which is amazing!  It was still a good lunch! I saved the apple for later.

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Rachel got a pastry so of course I had a bite!

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Also look what I got in the mail. I won these!

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So I tried the sharp original and had a bowl of blueberry almond flax cereal with almond milk for my snack.

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My meal planning got switched around slightly this week due to pizza night for the “24 Days of Togetherness” so we had  pot roast for dinner. I am used a new paleo recipe! I also added 4 red potatoes cut into chunks.

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Last night was  “Game Night” for the “24 Days of Togetherness”

For dessert I had a buckeye (or two, shh don’t tell Eric) I got him these for St. Nick’s Day, and a glass of red Moscato!


I am so excited for the weekend! Til then…

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