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Day 20

11 Jun

The Beach trip was a success! So much fun with the girls, amazing weather, and stories that we’ll talk about forever 🙂 (a G-rated recap will be posted soon!)

This morning came too quick though. My phone decided to die in the middle of the night and shut-down which isn’t a problem if I didn’t use it as my alarm clock. Luckily my internal clock went off at 6:16am, only a minute late-phew.

Cheesy, scrambly eggs with extra spinach! Strawberries as a side and I’m bummed I didn’t put more on my plate! So fresh and so clean, cleanjuicy, I’m pretty sure I devoured them in .2 seconds. Client at State’s gym before work; I’m going home Wednesday (yahoo!) so we’re packing training sessions into 2 days.

On the workout calendar for Monday and Tuesday:

  • Monday: Step & Cardio Circuits Yoga Stretch. I planned on taking cardio circuits after step but was worn-out and hungry! Another day CC..Yoga Stretch is so rejuvenating! I always feel so lively, limber, and loose afterwards.
  • Tuesday: A homemade weights sesh.

Another mayo-less chicken salad sandwich with TJ’s sweet potato crinkles and string cheese for lunch. I don’t plan on going to the grocery store since I’m heading home Wednesday- mission: clean out the refrigerator starts today!

A little afternoon pick-me-up:

Day 19

8 Jun

I bet you know what’s coming..

TGIF!

A beach trip is planned for the weekend to Wrightsville Beach; 2 days and 1 night with girlfriends makes for the perfect vacay :).

Lately I’ve been dreaming about food (scrambled eggs to be exact). Intrigued, I decided to research what your dreams tell you and to see if I can solve this delicious habit of mine. According to Dream Moods Dictionary, if you’re eating in your dreams,

To dream that you are eating alone signifies loss, loneliness, and depression. You may feel rejected, excluded, and cut off from social/family ties. Eating may be a replacement for companionship and provide a form of comfort. Alternatively, eating alone reflects independent needs. Also consider the pun, “what’s eating you up?” in reference to anxiety that you may be feeling.

To dream that you are eating with others signifies harmony, intimacy, merriness, prosperous undertakings, personal gain, and/or joyous spirits.

To dream that you are overeating or not eating enough signifies a lack of spirituality and fulfillment in your waking life. Food can represent love, friendship, ambition, sex or pleasure in your life. Thus, food is a metaphor to fulfill and gratify your hunger for love and desires. If you are refusing to eat, then it indicates that you want to be more independent and not rely on others so much. If you dream that you are a picky eater, then it indicates that you are holding back something. If you are currently dieting in your waking life, then the dream may serve to compensate for the sustenance that you are lacking.

To dream that someone clears away the food before you finish eating foretells that you will have problems and issues from those beneath you or dependent upon you.

Interesting, eh? Whether or not it’s true, I’m one of those people who constantly and annoyingly asks “why, why, why”!

Scrambled, cheesy eggs for breakfast! Toasted and buttered bagel and a banana. Off to work early so I can leave early and prepare for the beach!

 Body Sculpt today wasn’t my fave. I’ve taken this class with this instructor at a different time (60 minutes compared to 45 minutes) and it was the same workout. The transitions between the exercises, sets, pace weren’t told enough in advance,  we did more reps on the right side than the left (pet-peeve X 10), and more functional exercises could have been incorporated than the ones we did (a plie squat instead of standing abductions-my opinion). It was still a decent class though and took the work out for me to complete my own weights workout! I think next week I’ll schedule a homemade (if you will) toning sesh that I make-up just to keep my bod guessin’.

Step was taught by the instructor who recognized me from RFW (I like her)! It was very different and a little cray-cray though; it seemed rather dismantled and I couldn’t keep up with the routine. Maybe I wasn’t putting 100% but I’m still glad she taught it and I took it! There’s always something to learn.

Lunch followed! More chicken salad with tomato slices instead of cuckes! Sweet potato crinkles and string cheese to compliment. 

Have a safe and relaxing weekend!

Day 17

6 Jun

Is Wednesday the day of rain? Such a gloomy drive to work, especially when there’s not an accident in sight yet blinking red lights are everywhere from people slamming on their breaks..okay, I’m done.

I finally went to Trader Joe’s after work yesterday! There’s some things I prefer to buy there then at a regular grocery store; fruit and veggies are cheaper without sacrificing quality, nuts are inexpensive, and the cheese selection is huge! I love the Shredded Mexican blend in my scrambled eggs and have missed its gooeyness so much that I believe that’s the reason I couldn’t sleep last night..I was anticipating breakfast this morning :). Other things I purchased:

  • multigrain bread. really hardy and stands up to chicken salad without becoming soggy
  • grilled chicken breast for chicken salad
  • celery
  • raw, toasted almonds
  • sweet potato crinkle chips. a.m.a.z.e.b.a.l.l.s.
  • peanut butter-filled pretzels
  • (2) pizza al pollo asado. a mexican-style pizza with a corn masa crust, grilled chicken, refried beans, jack cheese, and tomatillo salsa. the flavors complement each-other, a little spicy, and so tender you can cut it with a fork- for $1.99!

$34? A synonym of a bargain shopper.

Body Sculpt & Balance review: we used a stability ball, heavy and medium dumbbells, a thera-band, and a mat. Basic strength training exercises but with a balance challenge at some point during the move; for example: squats with a knee lift, upper body work on the stability ball, single-leg curls, and closing your eye (very challenging-I recommend closing one at a time first!) I really love basic body sculpting classes. Maybe it’s because that’s my speciality but the exercises you can do in a toning class are limitless and it’s a chance as an instructor to educate your participants.

Step I.T. was great as usual! Loved the combinations the instructor put together; they were self-reversing, so both right and left sides were balanced out. The strength moves were the usuals.

Yoga Challenge was a challenge for my delts! Holy moly. I guess it didn’t help that both the instructor and I took Step I.T. beforehand because down-dog was super tough to hold for a breathlong periods of time. This wasn’t necessarily my favorite yoga class since it didn’t flow from one pose to another rather, it was how hard can we make a series. It’s good to change it up though so I’ll be attending this sporadically, but stick to yoga flow or stretch.

Lunch!  Mayo-less chicken salad with an apple and sweet potato crinkles. I was upset that I ate it so fast :(.

I received my group fitness class schedule for June; 1 Interval Training class, 2 Body Sculpt classes, and 1 Step I.T.; super pumped about all of them. I need to practice step..help me!

The rest of the day I’ll be observing Cycle & Sculpt and Aqua Kickboxing. Have a great hump day!

P.S. 1st freelance post was published!

Mayo-less Chicken Salad

17 Oct

I despise mayonnaise. The look, smell, sound of mayonnaise makes me ill. BUT, everything that’s made with mayonnaise looks appetizing! I got to thinking, what can I substitute in the recipes that call for mayonnaise?

Greek yogurt! It’s texture is similar to mayonnaise, but much healthier and appealing :).

Mayo-less Chicken Salad

  • 2c. shredded chicken breast (rotisserie chicken works wonders here!)
  • 1c. plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1T. Dijon mustard
  • 1T. lemon juice
  • 1T. balsamic vinegar (you can use white wine vinegar if you prefer)
  • 1t. honey
  • 1/2c. chopped celery
  • 1/2c. sweetened cranberries
  • 1/4c. slivered almonds
  • salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate. Dig in!

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When a recipe calls for mayonnaise, try subbing low-fat plain greek yogurt. You won’t even notice the difference, and the yogurt adds extra protein, healthy fat, and creaminess!