Happy Hump Day kids! I ended up going to bed too late last night, so I am dragging today. Oy. It’s days like this, I understand why people drink coffee.

Citrucel on the way to work – 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast – 8:45 a.m.

I made a smoothie today since I knew I had a lot going on at work this morning….I left the spinach out so I could take it to meetings and not get stared at. LOL

Strawberry/Orange/Banana Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 orange slices
  • 10 fresh strawberries
  • 5 ice cubes
  • Splash of milk
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Blended to deliciousness. I only got to eat half before I left for my meeting, but I was full so I left the remainder in the freezer.

Snack – 10:45 a.m.

I wanted a granola bar, hardcore. Yum. Kashi Honey Almond Flax was consumed.

Lunch – 12:15 p.m.

So, I’m pretty proud of my lunch. I took some inspiration from Tina, and her NuVal Trading Up philosophy, and re-created a salad I’d had at our Farmer’s Market.

The original Greek Salad was:

  • iceberg/romaine lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • oregano
  • rice pilaf (made with white rice and tomato juice)
  • feta cheese
  • oil and vinegar dressing (red wine vinegar and vegetable oil)

Problem with it was it had such a lack of protein, it really didn’t stay with me. I kept saying “I wish I could get a chicken breast on it” – so I made my own!

Here’s my “traded up” version:

  • romaine and spinach
  • organic tomatoes
  • organic cucumber
  • oregano
  • rice pilaf (made with brown rice and low sodium tomato juice…quinoa would be fabulous)
  • reduced fat feta cheese
  • oil and vinegar dressing (made with red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil)
  • grilled chicken breast



(Okay, so it travelled to work in my lunch bag and basically got ‘tossed’ in the process. Still!)

I actually had two containers of this salad…it wouldn’t fit in my container once I mixed it. LOL


Snack – 3:30 p.m.

Another granola bar! LOL Kashi dark chocolate coconut this time, while on the run.


So…as I went to leave work I discovered my car was acting weird. Drove the two blocks to the gym, got out – yep, flat tire. There’s a screw jammed in it. UGH.

Called Dave and told him he needed to change my tire at the gym, but it put me in a bad mood and my workout sucked as a result…

Exercise – 4:45 p.m.

Was supposed to do HIIT today, but I was grouchy, hot, tired, and mad about my car, so I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, moderate pace.

Abs work:

Decline Bench Crunches 3×12

Russian Twists with 8 lb. Medicine ball 3×12

Planks 3×60 seconds

Side Planks 3 (each side)x30 seconds  — I’m bad at these!!

55m @ the gym (hotter than Hades, too. I complained today.) = 360 calories burned

Dave changed my tire (I’m completely capable, but when they air-gun the lugnuts on I can’t get them off!) and now I’m cruising around on my spare. Gonna drop off my tire in the a.m. and hopefully they can repair it. I just bought those tires in September!

Drank the remainder of my breakfast smoothie on my way home from the gym…I froze it solid at work, and since today was a short work-out, it was the perfect temp for drinking by the time I headed back to the car. I left it in my insulated lunch box while I was in the gym, though, because it was deathly hot here today, and my smoothie had milk in it. 🙂

Watered the garden and walked the doggle when I got home.

Dinner – 7:30 p.m.

Baked salmon with lemon, Annie’s mac and cheese, and steamed cauliflower. Dave isn’t allowed to have husks/shells/hulls/etc for a medical procedure, so I had to replace the rice in this meal with mac and cheese.

I’m certainly not complaining!


Hoping to sit down a little earlier tonight…last night it was 10pm! Too late!!

I’m posting this at 10pm, so I’ve already failed. LOL

I really need to work a 6-hour work day. That would be perfect. 🙂 I’d even be willing to negotiate to 7!

Some Cool Links

Arsenic in Your Protein? – Crazy…article here, list of proteins tested, here.

5 Reasons Your Healthy Lifestyle Isn’t Working – This was a good article. I’m probably guilty of some of these. LOL

3 Misconceptions About Meditation

Fiber in Your Diet

Dr. Oz’s B.E.A.C.H. Diet – I normally think Oz is a bit quacky, but these are good points

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