Currently: Cravings, Foods, & Workouts

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it’s Allison but the barista made a mean iced passion tea so I’ll let his little slip-up slide

Ryan:  How was meeting your momma?

Me:  Great – we walked around for a while but didn’t find any good linens and then chatted at Starbucks.

Ryan:  That sounds good!  Did you buy anything?

Me:  Maybe…

Ryan:  You did, I saw the Nordstrom bag!

Haha another example of how I am the least sneaky person.  I needed more probiotics and I haven’t had a Quest Bar for months and and I’ve wanted to buy a pair of TOMS for a while but know that I don’t need any more shoes…  But since I donated a couple bags of clothing and shoes during our move and my momma said that they’d be a good shoe for spring, summer, and fall, I thought they’d be a good “investment” ;)

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I’ve seen this survey floating around so I thought it would be fun to hop onto the bandwagon too…

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Hazelnut coffee with Silk Light Vanilla Soymilk, green grapes, and Cinnamon Vanilla French toast topped with plain Chobani + Grape Nuts + raisins + lightly salted peanuts.

2. How much water do you drink a day?

I don’t keep track but if I were to guess, probably about 100 ounces?  I’ve noticed that I drink more water when I’m at work becuase I keep a huge insulated cup on my desk…  It’s one of those out of sight, out of mind kinda things.

3. What is your current favorite workout?

I started my first round of Best Body Bootcamp a few weeks ago and I’m loving it!  I haven’t run at all since the ZOOMA Annapolis Half on June 1st – it’s kinda crazy to think that I went from running double digit miles to nada.

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4. How many calories do you eat a day?

Again, I don’t keep track – I did for a while years ago and it was exhausting.  I typically eat 3 “bigger” meals [breakfast, lunch, and dinner], a couple of snacks in between, and I always the end the day on a sweet note.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

The past couple of weeks I’ve been hooked on 3-Ingredient PB&J Trail Mix.  I’m also a big fan of fresh fruit, rice cakes with hummus or peanut butter, cereal or yogurt bowls, or protein bars if I’m on the go.  With the temperatures creeping up close to 100 degrees smoothies sound more and more appealing.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Fresh veggies, a piece of fruit, a sandwich, and some type of salty + sweet combo.  I’ve found that a good balance of fresh produce + healthy fats + protein + carbs keeps me the most satisfied.

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7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

My legs.  Holy heck, Tina‘s lower body workout this past week made my legs burn!

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

My arms, they’re weak and they show it.  “Sexy and I Know It” just popped into my head, oh LMFAO…

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

As long as I can remember, my dad always said that everything is “good” in moderation so I’ve never thought of any foods as entirely “bad,” with the exception of highly processed and artificial foods.  Most often my cravings are for sweets – ice cream has been a big craving lately.

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10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

Yup, every morning with my meds I take a women’s multivitamin, magnesium, and a probiotic.

11. How often do you eat out?

Whelp, we have at least a dozen restaurants less than 100 feet from our front door but we’ve only gotten takeout.  We’re trying to be a bit more frugal with our spending habits but that’s fine with me because I want to get back into the groove of cooking more often.

12. Do you eat fast food?

If you consider places like Chipotle, Panera, and Potbelly fast food, then yup.  Also, lately I’ve had a randomly intense craving for fried chicken and yesterday I spotted a brand spankin’ new Chik-fil-a so I may have to swing by there soon.

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

My momma and Ryan.  They’ve been by my side through my toughest times.

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14. Do you have a gym membership?

Nope, we ended our membership when we moved.  We couldn’t justify spending $100+/ month on a membership when we have access to a gym in our apartment complex and in my office.  I do miss going to classes though so I’m considering joining a cheapo gym that’s close by.

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

Early to bed and early to rise – I usually fall asleep around 9PM and wake up anytime between 4-6AM.

16. Do you have a “cheat”day?

The former teacher in me doesn’t like cheaters so this term irks me…  I try to eat healthfully most of the time but I also indulge in my cravings when they strike.  Life is too short for deprivation.

17. Do you drink alcohol?

I’ve cut back on drinking since being diagnosed with lupus and IBS because of how it makes my body ache the next day, but I still like to enjoy a glass of champagne or wine occasionally.

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18. Do you have a workout buddy?

Right now I’m sweating solo – I don’t mind it though becuase workouts are the one time that I can totally disconnect from the world around me.

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

Connecting with others who I can relate to and share similar interests.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

I ate breakfast – gotta break the fast!

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Question:  What is your favorite and least favorite body part to strength train?

Question:  What was the last healthy thing you did?

— Allison

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Happy for a Repeat Soon

This morning I woke up to something unexpected…  SNOW!

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I saw on the news that there was a chance of snow but the weatherman didn’t think that there would be any accumulation, predicting mostly rain.  Er, he was slightly right – we got about an inch out in the ‘burbs where we live and nada downtown where I work.  It’s mid-March, I thought spring had sprung?!

I’ll try my best to recap the race tomorrow, but I’ve never done a race recap before so I’m so sure how it’ll turn out – bear with me.  Today I’m gonna let the pictures do the talking…  It was definitely a marvelous weekend and I’d be happy for a repeat soon :)

Thanks Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!

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Question:  What was marvelous about your weekend?

Question:  If you could go anywhere for the weekend, where would you go?

— Allison

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Berry Good Creamy Cinnamon Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Oats

That might be the longest post title I have ever created and ever read.  Oops!  Moving on…  I love to shop.  I love to window shop and peruse aisles looking for the latest and greatest.  And I love Trader Joe’s, so much so that we’re on a nickname basis, heyyy TJ’s heyyy ;)

shopping + fun finds+ TJ’s = grocery shopping greatness

I know not all y’all ladies [do I have any male readers? sorry Ry, you don't count] love to shop but let me try to persuade you that grocery shopping at TJ’s is an experience unlike anything else.  Don’t believe me?  Just check out their “About Us” tab on their website…

  • It started as a small chain of convenience stores called “Pronto Markets” before switching their name to Trader Joe’s in 1967
  • All of the employees rock Hawaiian shirts, which [I think] compliments the wood paneled walls
  • “Value” is a concept they take seriously by buying direct from suppliers [whenever possible], bargaining to get the best prices, and ultimately sharing the savings with us [the shoppers]…  In their words, “every penny we save is a penny you save”

Still don’t believe me?  I’ll let some pictures of my recent eats do the talking…

*products specific to TJ’s in bold*

Whole Wheat Tuscan Pane topped with Fat Free Cottage Cheese + pumpkin + Pumpkin Pie Spice + honey

plain Chobani + Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

Low Sodium Organic Creamy Tomato Soup + a runny egg & Reduced Carb Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas with Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole with Greek Yogurt

cranberry walnut parfait & sliced Cranberry Walnut Loaf topped with maple syrup

apples, Uncured Turkey Bacon, & cinnamon flax pancakes topped with cinnamon Chobani + cranberries + walnuts + maple syrup

turkey pepperoni, Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella String Cheese, rice cakes, & Healthy Bites

veggie filled salad with Frozen Artichoke Hearts

Blueberry Wheat Bran Muffin & pretzels

Pumpkin Pie Spice Belgian waffle topped with peanut butter frosting + warmed apples + raisins + cinnamon Fat Free Cottage Cheese

simple salad topped with Steamed Lentils

Semi-Homemade Cho Brownies with Peanut Butter Puffins using Brownie Truffle Baking Mix

Thanksgiving Sausage-Pear Stuffing using Sun Dried Tomato-Basil Chicken SausageWhole Wheat Tuscan Pane + mix of veggies + pears

Chicken Gyoza Potstickers

creamy cinnamon peanut butter oats topped with a Deep Chocolate VitaTop + Very Cherry Berry Blend

Whole Wheat Tuscan Pane sandwich with Horseradish Hummus + sprinkle of parm cheese + red Anjou pear

Cranberry Orange Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Pie Spice Belgian waffles fixings

One of my most favorite things about TJ’s is that they always feature new products, sometimes seasonal, other times just tasty new finds.  We buy most of our groceries at TJ’s since they also carry brand name products, but for things not available at TJ’s we’ll swing by Whole Foods or our local chain grocery store.  For some of our favorite TJ’s staples click here.

Yesterday [recap]…  #elf4Health 11/26 Day 1:  Go meatless today.

A few of you asked me on Instagram to share my berry good breakfast…

Berry Good Creamy Cinnamon Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Oats

1/3 cup oats

1 cup water

1 teaspoon stevia

a few heavy shakes of cinnamon

1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons peanut flour

1 Deep Chocolate VitaTop

frozen berries

1.  Combine oats + water + stevia + cinnamon.

2.  Cook in the microwave or stove until desired consistency.

3.  In a separate bowl, mix yogurt + peanut flour and add to oatmeal [makes for a yummy peanut butter pocket].

4.  Top with VitaTop crumbles and frozen berries.

5.  Enjoy!

*I added a splash of Silk Light Vanilla post-picture because warm oats + cold milk is tasty!*

Today…  #elf4Health 11/27 Day 2:  Send a card or handwritten note to a friend.

Tomorrow…  #elf4Health 11/28 Day 3:  Try a new workout today!

Question:  Would y’all like to see more frequent “TJ’s Featured Finds” kinda posts or a glimpse at our weekly groceries?  Call me a dork but I love reading other peoples posts about their favorite finds cause I always enjoy trying new things!  Product reviews?  Recipes using the products?  Share, share, share!

Question:  What’s your favorite TJ’s product?  If you don’t have a TJ’s near you or have never been [eek, tragedy], where do you typically grocery shop?

— Allison

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