Hello! Hope your week is going by quickly and smoothly – I am pleasantly surprised that it is already Wednesday. The last couple of days have flown by! I’m back today with another food and exercise recap from yesterday. These posts are not only fun for me to write, but a good reminder of how the choices I make affect how I feel throughout the day.
I started my day out with my favorite lemon/apple cider vinegar/cayenne pepper/water drink. It took me about 1.5 hours to drink the whole thing, so I sipped on that throughout the morning at work until I got hungry and decided to make actual food. We bought some perfect looking pears at the grocery store over the weekend, so I chopped one of those up and mixed it in some oatmeal with a big scoop of peanut butter and a ton of cinnamon. This is one of my favorite breakfasts ever and keeps me full for so long – I don’t know how I keep forgetting about it all the time! Pears also seem to be one of the only fruits that I can find in Michigan year-long that are always good.
Thanks to some meal prep over the weekend, I already had a big salad prepared for lunch with tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, sharp white cheddar cheese, and focaccia croutons (from Costco!). For dressing, I just used olive oil and balsamic. I also had a coconut flavored La Croix.
Since I am trying really hard to not have coffee every day, I was absolutely exhausted after lunch time yesterday. I really thought about making myself a cup of coffee since I knew it would help out big time, but I somehow resisted and had some spicy pistachios instead that I try to always keep in one of my desk drawers at work. A little while after that I had a Kevita Ginger Kombucha that was delicious and really gave me the burst of energy that I needed. Chris and I have been buying them from Costco in multi-packs. I have about two a week and am really noticing a difference in how my stomach feels on a regular basis – in a really good way.
We had plans to go to the gym when Chris got home from work so I didn’t want to eat too much before my workout, so I just snacked on some sour cream and onion Pop Chips when I got home from work.
I did about 15 minutes of total body bodyweight exercises before work this morning, but my main workout happened at the end of the day. It wasn’t long, but I got a good sweat in and felt way better than when I was walking into the gym before. I started out with 10 minutes on the treadmill, alternating between jogging at 6.4 mph and incline walking at 4.0 mph and 8.0 incline. After that I headed over to the free-weight area and grabbed a spot on the TRX rack. I went through the following circuit 2x (it took about 15 minutes):
- 10 TRX lunges/side with 10# dumbbells
- 20 single-arm kettlebell swings
- 8 single-leg bent-over flys/side with 5# dumbbells
- 20 alternating curtsy lunges with 10# dumbbells
- 15 side lowers to a single-arm row/side with 10# dumbbells
- 10 boat pose chest presses with 10# dumbbells
- 30 Russian twists with 10# dumbbell
I finished with a 5 minute walk/slow jog on the treadmill. Should have stretched after, but oh well. We were too hungry to come home and get dinner started.
Dinner came together very quickly thanks to prepping everything right after work. I chopped up/marinated three different things:
- Broccoli – mixed with olive oil, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, and garlic powder
- Sweet potatoes – mixed with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, garlic/herb mixture, and cayenne pepper
- Two tilapia filets – marinated in olive oil, salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash garlic blend, and cayenne pepper
I let the food sit in the oil/spices while we went to workout and just had to bake them all when we got home! The sweet potatoes went in the oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes and then I added in the broccoli and tilapia with them for 20 more minutes. Chris and I like our veggies pretty crisp (and even a little burnt sometimes), so we always cook things a little longer and a little hotter than they probably need to be.
With dinner, I had a glass of chardonnay, too. It turned out great! We like this dinner a lot and make something very similar (if not identical) to it 1-2 days a week.
We have caved at Kroger for the last month or so and have been keeping our freezer fully stocked with freeze pops…..we cannot get enough. I know they are terrible for you and literally just ice and sugar, but I don’t care one bit. They are too good. I had another glass of wine and two freeze pops after dinner. We are lucky that Chris likes all the flavors I don’t (red, orange, and purple – what is wrong with him?!?!?), so I get the good ones (blue, pink, green, and yellow) all to myself.
I would say that this is a pretty standard day of eating for me. Except maybe adding in a few cups of coffee in the morning and a little more snacking throughout the day. I wasn’t feeling great throughout most of the day, but am proud that I somehow made mostly healthy choices and listened to my body….for once, haha.
Have a wonderful Wednesday 🙂
What is your favorite thing you ate yesterday? Do you eat a lot of the same things over and over again or do you mix it up a lot? Do you plan out your meals for the day or just wing it when you get hungry?