Feeling the Mondays

Well happy Monday, friends. I wish I could tell you I had a fantastic Monday, but I’d be lying. We all have off days, and whether it was the weather, my sore hamstrings, getting up early for BodyPump this morning, or something else, today was not my day. Plus, my haircut lady, Tiffany/Renee, was sick and had to reschedule.

To make matters worse, I had a nasty orange for lunch. You know the kind…hard, dry, and lacking any sweetness. It was depressing as all hell (slight Catcher in the Rye allusion?).

My stomach was eating itself by the time I got home (all because I didn’t eat my fruit for lunch) and I spent the last ten minutes of my drive home plotting out what I’d eat. Wait – this happens almost every day. In the end, I consumed lots of crackers with hummus, red grapes, and a cookie dough bite.

Moose and Frankie both ran around the house like crazy people when I walked in the door and demanded (telepathically) while I ate my mini-meal that a trip to the dog park was non-negotiable. I made them pose for me before we left but they got bored waiting for me waiting for a good shot.

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The temperature dropped here in Wisconsin, and I had to wear long sleeves, my puffy vest, gloves, and a scarf. We’ve been spoiled. I had a difficult time getting Frankie into the park (rain must be coming), and after five minutes of coaxing and taking him off the leash, he finally followed Moose and I into the park. Because of the rain earlier today, the dog park was pretty empty but it wasn’t wet. We did two quick laps, which improved my mood a little.

I don’t want to sound whiny or complain anymore, so we’ll say goodnight now and hope for a better, more positive day tomorrow. Let’s hope getting up at 4:45am to run five miles on a treadmill is the way for me to start out and make Tuesday terrific.

P.S. Can you tell I am ready for Spring Break? Four more days, baby.

Valentine’s Day is Today

In case you missed the memo, today is Valentine’s Day. I am not one to dress up according to the holidays, so unlike about two-thirds of the staff at my school, I did not wear red or pink. I am not a anti-VD (Valentine’s Day, not venereal disease, but I am anti that too), it is just that Brody and I are not big Valentine’s Day people. He sent flowers to my school (roses, lilies, and carnations – beautiful), and I got him a card and Kit Kat bars (one-third of which are the white chocolate kind – his favorite).

I have NOT been feeling my workouts lately, especially the 5:30am ones. I keep telling myself “You never regret a workout,” my mantra to get my butt out of bed, but I am worried that is going to stop working. Once the weather warms up and the sun comes up a little earlier, running outside in the morning will be easier. Should I switch up my workouts? Start working out after work? Tomorrow is my rest day, so maybe after a day off I will feel rejuvenated.

On my drive home, I tried a new-to-me Larabar – Ginger Snap. I like ginger flavored things but was not a fan of this flavor.

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If you cannot tell, that is my thumb in the downward direction. Luckily, I found a box of eight Larabars for sale at Target for $6.80! I know the peanut butter and chocolate flavors will restore my love of these perfect snacks.

Today I shipped my box of goodies to my foodie penpal, Mariza. Of course I cannot tell you what I sent her; you will just have to wait for her post at the end of the month! I received my package this weekend from my foodie penpal already and have been enjoying it every since. Thanks again Carrie!

Speaking of tonight, Brody had a workout “date” with a couple guy friends and a meeting right after. My romantic evening included the dog park with my friend Jena, Target, a massive salad, dishes, laundry, wine and chocolate, and The Biggest Loser.

Hope everyone had a wonderful day! And if you didn’t get a chance to play the video on Google’s homepage, check it out.

Snack Attack

I am a big snacker, and it is from my mother. Growing up, she snacked between meals. Unlike the laugh I use when I am annoyed with my husband that is identical to the one she used with my dad, this learned habit does not bother me. It is healthy to snack between meals, especially if your meals are further than five hours apart.

As a teacher, my schedule, and lunch, changes each semester. During first semester, I ate lunch at 10:45am, but now I eat at a more normal lunch time of 12:40pm. My breakfast is consumed around 7pm on my drive to work. For me, over five hours between meals is a long time, and no matter how much I eat or how protein-filled my breakfast is, my stomach begins growling by 11am. I need to start eating a small (and VERY quick) snack mid-morning. This got me thinking about all of my favorite snacks that are healthy, satisfying, and do not set me back 300 or more calories (Mr. Cereal, I am looking at you in particular).

Granola bars
In a pinch, I will turn to a granola bar. We always have them in the house, everything from Special K bars to Nature Valley crunch bars. Some granola bars have lots of ingredients with words I cannot pronounce (Fiber One bars) while others have short and recognizable ingredients (Larabars). The lack of protein in most granola bars is my biggest concern though.

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This is the granola bar I ate after school before BodyPump.

Hard boiled eggs
When eaten in private (because some people may be offended by the odor) eggs are fantastic quick snacks. It is easy to boil half a dozen for the week; I put the water and eggs in the pot at the same time and then turn on the burner with a cover. After the water starts to boil, turn the burner off, keep the lid on, and set the timer for ten minutes. At the buzzer, drain the water and fill the pot with ice and cold water. This trick makes peeling the eggs easy-peasy. One egg has only around 70 calories, depending n the size, and 12.6 grams of protein.

Nuts
I am cheap and therefore do not always have nuts in the house. However, like eggs, they are high in protein and the fats keep you satisfied. Also like eggs, they can be eaten quickly and discretely. My favorite nuts are walnuts, pecans, and roasted almonds.

String cheese
Yet another high-protein packed snack to the rescue. Most of the time, because I need to shove the food into my face between classes, I do not have the chance to savor the cheese and eat it as it should be eaten. Like nuts, cheese has the protein and fat to hold off my stomach music for another two hours. It is also portion controlled which I appreciate.

Red Velvet Cupcakes
Oops! How did these get here? While these are definitely not a great snack, they are a sweet treat for a baby shower…like the one I am attending tomorrow for a colleague who is having a baby girl in March.

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http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/02/skinny-red-velvet-cupcakes.html
I purposefully took this photo with all of my dirty dishes in the background. I am not ashamed of leaving them there until tomorrow night.

I missed one step in the directions and accidentally added both the baking powder and baking soda at the same time instead of mixing the vinegar and baking soda in at the end. I sampled one just to make sure they were okay. They were :)
*note: I love the recipes on Gina’s blog. I have made multiple recipes and am always happy.

Question: What is your favorite healthy snack? Favorite not so healthy snack?