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I woke up this morning MUCH more ready to go than yesterday. I slept like a brick, probably due to lack of sleep the night before, and I accomplished quite a bit of Christmas shopping! Cyber Monday = me actually getting things done early… the way I LIKE it! I got a few things for my parents, my brother, and some good ideas for me and Scott’s one year anniversary that’s slowly creeping up!!! hehe Open-mouthed smile 

I had the other half of the cookies n Cream Luna Bar from yesterday, spread a little peanut butter on it, had a few grapes, and washed that down with a bit of milk.

pre spin

Workout:

3 x 12 Modified Pushups on a bar

3 x 12 assisted chin ups

3 x 12 assisted dips

3 x 12 glute machine

3 x 15 calf extensions

3 x 12 lat pull downs

3 x 12 tricep push downs

And I finished that up with 15 minutes of rowing and 15 minutes on the elliptical.

Totals for cardio: ~275 cals, 32 mins

I quickly showered, flew to work, and made me a homemade healthified egg mcmuffin! Whole wheat english muffin, two microwaved eggs, spinach, avocado slices (1/4 avocado), a slice of cheese, tomato slices (~3/4 of a roma tomato), and two slices of turkey. That protein powered breakfast + coffee/milk put me right to work!!

breakfast

(building it all up)

eggs

DONE!  Most deeeelicious breakfast!

So here comes the good and the bad…

Good: I was hardly at my desk today, and probably got TONS of exercise walking around frantically all day.  Me not being in front of a computer all day makes me MUCH more likely to enjoy a quiet evening Smile

Bad: I had breakfast at 7:45…. and didn’t get to eat lunch until 1:45. FAIL!  I was waiting all morning to receive some parts I designed yesterday, and when they came in, I had to immediately go do some “fit checks” on them and see if they were going to work.  I spent a good two hours looking everything over, and then when I was going to get some food, I passed a conference room and realized I was already 20 minutes late for a meeting… which was ABOUT the parts.  So, I had to sit in for another 40 minutes attempting to concentrate from lack of food Sad smile.  Epic Fail Food Day = me unhappy/cranky due to wavy blood sugar Annoyed.

And, we were supposed to do something right after the meeting, but I told my boss it’d have to wait because I was absolutely starving.  I grabbed a super fast lunch, and then had to get back to work..

Lunch was NOT turkey – but was instead a frozen dinner because I can’t cook anything yet. Our fridge is still packed with leftover Thanksgiving food and I wanted to wait until we eat it all before I shove more stuff on the shelves. I had an Ethnic Gourmet Vegetable Korma meal. Not the best thing on the menu for lunch, but it had a lot of veggies and it’s not bad for a frozen dinner.  While this was in the microwave, I inhaled nibbled on some baby carrots and an orange.

carrots

And then proceeded to get overly hot food in my stomach as fast as possible… which led to a burnt tongue and a small stomach ache from eating too quickly (again…)

lunch

Overall, a very very decent frozen dinner! I mean come on, look at the ingredient list:

VEGETABLE KORMA (WATER, CARROTS, SAUTEED ONIONS [ONIONS, CANOLA OIL], PEAS, POTATOES, CAULIFLOWER, GREEN BELL PEPPER, DICED TOMATOES [TOMATOES, TOMATO JUICE], SPICES, TOMATO PASTE, CANOLA OIL, RAISINS, GARLIC, CASHEW, SEA SALT, XANTHAN GUM), RICE PILAU (COOKED BROWN RICE [WATER, LONG GRAIN BROWN RICE], PEAS, SPICE, TURMERIC [FOR COLOR]).  Loaded with veggies, brown rice, and spices.  Definitely on my “I’d buy that again” list.

Work the rest of the day was just the same craziness… I left work, got home, and dug into a Rome apple and Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter the SECOND I stepped in the door. (And I’m now eating these while I’m writing this)

apples

There is nothing more comforting to me than apples and nut butter. mmmmmm Food coma = I can shrug off the bad day at work Smile.

Now all I have to do is not eat everything in the apartment before Scott comes home! He got a strange craving for crepes the other day, so I think we’re going to try and make some tonight!  It at least gets him cooking something in the kitchen that doesn’t come straight from a can!

I hope you had a less stressful day than I did!  I think I might just go think up something slightly different for food tomorrow than the usual stuff SmileSmile

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I can’t even begin to explain how difficult it was to get out of bed with the EARLY am alarm Sad smile.  This weekend was much too wonderful and I HATED knowing I had to get back to work.  On top of that, I only got about 5 hours of sleep because I stayed up finishing Room.  My brain spent the rest of the night trying to analyze and take in the whole story…But, I managed to get out of bed anyways, and I’m not sure there’s a better way to get in the work mood than to break an intense sweat right before…

I had a half a banana, some orange juice, and half a Cookies ‘n Cream Luna bar before spin this morning.

breakkie

 

Workout: Power Intervals

Warm up

Stage 1: @ 75 rpm

2 mins then increase resistance

1:30 then increase and stand

1 min then increase (still standing)

30 sec then increase (still standing)

15 sec  (still standing)

Sit, then repeat all segments a total of 4x, no rests in between each segment starts at higher resistance than previous one

3 min recovery

Stage 2: @ 75 rpm and a higher resistance than Stage 1 started at

75 sec then increase resistance

60 sec then increase and stand

45 sec then increase (still standing)

30 sec then increase (still standing)

15 sec  (still standing)

Sit, then repeat all segments a total of 3x, no rests in between each segment starts at higher resistance than previous one

Cool down

Totals: ~500 cals, 15.1 miles, 55:43 time

For as sluggish as I felt during class this morning, I was pretty impressed with my overall stats today. It’s SO hard to make myself get up on a Monday morning, but boy is it worth it to start the week off like that… especially with Thanksgiving right behind me Smile

I got to work and sat down with some coffee + milk, the other half of the banana, and a PB&J with Flaxseed that I had packed last night.  I just bought some new bread, Rudi’s 7-Grain with Flax, and I wanted to try it out at some point today.  It’s LOADED with seeds, different grains, and is slightly smaller than the usual slice of bread I buy, but it literally held me over for about 3.5 hours (and tastes delicious)!!  When I made this last night, I spread peanut butter on both slices of bread before I put the jelly on… which makes an overnight sandwich NOT soggy when you eat it the next day Smile.

pbj

break 2

I was so busy this morning that I didn’t have a mid-morning snack Surprised smile… but I realized that I wasn’t terribly hungry. The sandwich held me for a looong time today… but it did make me have a slightly earlier lunch:

lunch

Side salad: spinach, cucumber, sesame seeds, and Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette… and apple (because most days aren’t complete without an apple OR peanut butter!), and a turkey, cheese, and Dijon mustard wrap on a whole wheat tortilla.

It was about… oh.. 25 degrees outside around lunchtime so I bundled up like a sissy school girl braved the cold and took a short (but really really fast) 20 minute walk.  I then came back with an intensely bright red face, marched STRAIGHT into the break room, and made myself some Tazo Tea!  It. Was. Freaking. COLD!

tea

Work stayed busy all day Sad smile.. but a few hours later I was able to take a break sneak away and cram some food down my face before a meeting.  I munched on FSTG Olive chips, salsa, and some hummus.  I bought some salsa a few weeks ago, and it got buried in the back of the pantry.. fail.  I LOVE chips and salsa and haven’t had it in ages!!  this was devoured in less than 3 minutes because of my meeting, which became a stomach ache due to eating it too fast.  Fail again!

chips n salsa

And as I’m writing this, I’m actually STARVING!  I think I ate a bit too light today, so I’m guessing tonight’s dinner is going to be quite… huge!! To start that dinner, I’m breaking all the rules of food and eating dessert FIRST Smile.

cookies

A teeny “slice” of pumpkin pie, and some pieces of cookies that Brittany was kind enough to bring over from her holiday baking frenzy: Bacon Chocolate Chip, Toffee Snickerdoodles, and Pumpkin Pie Pillows.  To size these up, the little Toffee Snickerdoodle cookie was only about 1.5” in diameter Smile.  But, omygoodness delicious!  Now I need some dinner to offset the oncoming sugar rush!

I’m planning on some Christmas shopping tonight too – definitely need to hit up some Cyber Monday Deals here (books, games, movies!?!). 

 

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