Bare Floors? Clean it Up!

Afternoon! Hope your Wednesdays are going swimmingly!

It sounds like the majority of us tend to live life on the wild side when it comes to eating foods past their expiration. One of these days, I’m sure at least I will learn the hard way 😉 Dodged a bullet yesterday, though!

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I recently discovered a life changing tool and I feel the need to share with you guys.

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Did you guys know about the “bare floors” setting on your vacuum?!

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Was I just deprived of this button as a kid?

Did my mom just feel the need to use a broom and dust pan growing up?

So long Swiffing the same area twice and three times!

Sayonara broom and dust pan!

Since I’ve discovered the bare floors setting, I vaccuum the entire main floor – even the wood floors! And the great thing is that if you have tile floors, the vacuum is able to pick up all the dirt and dust in the grout – when my usual swiffing is not.

After vacuuming, I just go over it again with the Swiffer to get under the hard to reach places.

 

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Wa-La. 😀

Since you guys now probably either think I am a domestic genius or a complete buffoon, let’s move on to lunch.

Foreshadowing in this morning’s post probably could have told you that lunch was on the go today. But I packed up this lunch in less than 5 minutes. It can be super easy and quick to eat lunch on the run – and not run through a drive through!

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Mah main meal:

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Homemade veggie burgers with feta and hummus atop a bed of greens.

My side meal:

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Plain Oikos yogurt with pumpkin puree and pumpkin butter mixed in

My dessert meal:

 

IMG_0295chocolate covered banana crack!! chips!!

And some almonds for my pre-training, pre-workout snack.

Easy peasy and packed in 5 minutes 😀

Gotta go! Work is calling! And it’s a busy week for this planner at the BIC 8)

Have a fantastic Wednesday night, friends!!

What Juice Enthusiasts Won’t Tell You

You know those articles in magazines that boast diet tricks you’ve never heard of?

“What your doctor hasn’t told you about weight loss!!”

Or – birthing websites that tell you all the gory details about childbirth/after birth – “What new mom’s won’t tell anyone about giving birth”

You know the ones.

Well, I’m here to tell you another kind of truth.

What Juice Enthusiasts Won’t Tell you About Juicing

 

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Why I only juice on the weekends…

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I’d show you the beet red (literally) spots on my floor from carrying the juicer from the counter to the sink, but I thought to grab a towel before the camera for this one 😉

Why I still juice on the weekends…

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Mmm:)

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

What do you make that’s an absolute pain to clean up?

Amping Up the Veggie Power

Evening:)

How’s everyone’s weekend rounding out? Nothing to complain about over here! I was actually surprised at how fine I felt yesterday after the half marathon. I tried to nap…but was a little antsy. So I did some laundry, walked Niko, hit up some grocery stores, and then we had some friends over to play bags and drink some beer. Probably not the best way to recover, but luckily I still feel fine today 🙂 Plus. it was a lot of fun 🙂 And it sounds cheesy, but I’m still basking in that half marathon glooowww 🙂 Today I have some soreness in my calves and quads, but that’s it.

Today started out with a deeelicious breakfast:

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It was a banana, cream cheese tofutti, and maple syrup wrap in an Ezekiel tortilla and grilled in a pan on the stove. OMG. So good. I’m definitely going to make this again with some Paige-ified tweaks.
I had a client to train afterwards, and then headed out to run some errands – Pet Co, Dick’s, and Target. Nice lil’ Sunday morning 🙂

When I came back, I cleaned my little heart out! Got a lot done…finally.

Lunch!

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I’m trying to make up for my lack of veggies yesterday. This smoothie contained frozen banana, kale, spinach, protein powder, and almond milk. Plus an Ezekiel muffin with some spectacular almond butter:

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picked this gem up at the expo on Friday night. It about knocked my head off…not gonna lie!

Snackie:

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I spent a couple hours looking at fitness videos and demos on Youtube, cleaned a bit, rolled on some foam, and then it was dinna time!
Amping up the veggie power yet again!

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Sprouts n’ Sparagus

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Sweet tater fries

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Homemade vegetarian baked beans.

IMG_6631I saw that the canned version I had in the pantry contained HFCS, so I opened a can a beans and went to town on making my own sauce:

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‘Twas a bit thick though, so I’m going to give it another go before I post the recipe. That reminds me…I really need to get working on that recipe tab. I promise it will get done soon.
After dinner the hubski and I watched a couple 24 episodes while he worked and I folded laundry… oh, and then I made us some puppy chow popcorn!

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drizzle

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and stir and add nooch. Recipe to come soooon on not-there-yet- recipe tab 😉

Well it’s getting pretty late now, and I’m pretty sure my bod needs a wee bit more rest to aid in its recovery. I’m going to go make like Niko and chillax:

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What a great weekend all in all 🙂

I’m also pretty excited for tomorrow morning (what?! excited for a Monday?!) because Shane is going to give working out before work with me a try. We have a kick-booty work out planned, and I’m pretty pumped to have another workout partner. He usually works out after work, so hopefully he doesn’t mind the a.m. sweat session!

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So tomorrow night I will be posting a few life changes, one of them being pretty major. Exciting and crazy things going on in life right now. I know I’ve been alluding to them for quite a while, but I finally get to share them I can’t wait to share with you all!
Have a maahh-velous Monday, all!

Do you try to compensate your fruits and veggies the day after not having many at all? I’m pretty sure my body craved them today, but I was also very conscious of my lack of vegetables, so I’m sure it was a mental thing too. But I think I got em all in today 😉

Running Around (on) a Budget

Welcome to the weekend! Ooooh yeah! 😉

So far I’ve spent this sunny, brisk morning walking Niko and getting into a cleaning frenzy for my cardio! I was going to run my long run today (11 miles again) but I have to train three clients starting mid-morning, so I figured I’d leave it to tomorrow morning. Plus, Lord knows housework has been neglected the past few weeks, so why not turn it into some fun? 45 minutes of housework cardio, annnnd go! However, my tummy’s starting to rumble, so I foresee an oatmeal break in my future…

Yesterday I started my Friday out with a nice little trip to the gym after a solid 7 hours of sleep. I felt like I had plenty of energy on the treadmill when I ran 3.5 miles at an (almost) 5k pace. I could have kept on going, but I wanted to get in some upperbody weights, too:

Inverted pushups on stability ball – 2×10

Incline dumbbell chest press – 15 lbs – 2×12

Triceps dips – 2×10 (oof)

Just a quickie weight session – took about 20 minutes.

Once home and showered, I was almost out of oats (the horror!!) so I decided to make another mongo green monster:

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Except I was out of spinach (the horror x’s 2!) Never fret, a fruit smoothie’s a sure bet.

Ice, 1 frozen banana, ½ c. frozen blueberries, 1 scoop of Jay Robb brown rice pp, maca, water, flaxmeal, coconut butter.

Topped with Ezekiel granola.

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I love using this granola because it’s SO crunchy. Even when it sinks below the top of the smoothie.    

This smoothie kept me full for quite some time, but eventually da tum was in need of some grub:

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I tried out this Split Pea soup for lunch. I was a little hesitant, because split pea soup can either be amazing or atrocious. I took a look at the ingredients, and still wasn’t sure I’d like it…

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But luckily, this version was amazing!

Other random eats included:

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Most of this bad boy, a plumb, and some trail mix.

After work, I trained a client and hurried home to get picked up to go to Bunco. It feels like I never stop…

Typically the food at Bunco is pretty unhealthy and not veg-friendly, so I made a quickie dinner:

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brock, cuke, shroom, cado w/ a big ol’ dollop of hummus

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Millet w/ tofutti (which is good, but the ingredients list is a little scary) and Quorn meatless nuggets.

Bunco was a blast, regardless. And girlfriends + wine + laughter= a good night – exhausted or not! And even better? I won!

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Big money, baby 😉 mhahah

Running Around (on) a Budget

Shane and I have been trying to cut costs pretty much all around. The other night, my analyst of a husband created a big spreadsheet depicting all of our bills, expenses, incomes, etc.

It really helped to have it all laid out all organized with categories. 

Basically, I need to find a cheaper hair salon, and I need to quit buy so much expensive food. I currently spend around $500-$700 on groceries every month. And in our situation right now (which I’ll reveal on the blog soon, I promise – it’s good, not bad!!) we need to cut costs.

I’ll deal with the hair salon sitch later, but for now, my goal is to slash our grocery bill by $500. This means spending a mere $200 on groceries per month, or $50 per week. I can do this. It might mean no more fancy pants Coconut milks, Kombucha’s (however I will spend extra money on kombuchas – like the bunco money I won. I just really believe in the healing power of Kombucha,) Barney Butters or goat’s milk ice cream, but I can do it. Basically I have to rule out two of my favorite stores (Naturally Yours and Fresh Market) and only go to them when I NEED an ingredient for something, like spelt flour for baking, for example.

So to put it in writing, and make it official…

In order to spend less at the food stores, I’m going to:

  • Shop at cheaper/bulk stores (as much as it pains me) like Wal-Mart, Sam’s, and Aldi’s.
  • Look for coupons – but only for things I need.
  • Take a list, and stick to the list
  • Compare prices
  • Buy store-brand when it’s a better deal
  • Buy in bulk when it comes to things like frozen goods, cereal, and of course – spinach.

Today’s my first go at it, actually. After training clients, I’m heading to the store, with a $50 limit. I’ll report back how it goes 😉

But for now, enjoy this wonderful Saturday, everyone!

How do you cut costs in the grocery stores? Or do you shop without a budget (like I used to)? It’s gonna be hard, but totally doable.

Panera lunch switch up!

At the last minute, my friend asked if I wanted to go to Panera for lunch, and I can never decline Panera, so I had to go! So, maybe the PB and banana sandwich will be a late afternoon snack.

Instead, I’m eating a Fuji Apple Chicken salad with a whole grain baguette:

It’s yum-city with apples, pecans, chicken, feta and tomatos!

I decided that today my after-work task of the day is going to be cleaning the laundry room and pulling weeds. The poor laundry room gets neglected and sometimes doubles as a dumping ground. I don’t know how it gets so messsy so quick! I’m not one to save all of my laundry for one day – I mean why should laundry deserves its own day? But there’s more than dirty clothes in there. It’s also where we store all the cleaning supplies, and other odds and ends, so I guess it could be the equivelent of a junk drawer haha.

Today after work I decided I’m going to try out a green monster. Check it out, on Angela’s website. I’m thinking spinach, strawberries, bananas, and some vanilla protein powder. We’ll see how it goes…it’s my first one!

Also on her website is Summer Glow Boot Camp – check it out. It’s about doing something healthy every day!

Well, this is a short post, but this salad is waiting to be devoured! muahaha 🙂

Zen closet

My closet is zen again! Or at least as zen as it can get – haha. I straightened everything first, then picked up everything off the floor that wasn’t supposed to be there. Then it was time to dust and vacuum. Viola – clean closet!It just feels so much better to declutter. It’s definitely a stress reducer in my opinion. Also, this closet is very special to me. Shane built it for me. We were sharing a closet before in our bedroom, and he knew how much I wanted a walk in closet, so when he built the home theatre in the basement, he used his new skills to build this. Who knew a tech-y guy could be so handy! He did a wonderful job…

After cleaning, I took Niko for a nice relaxing walk. It’s so nice out tonight. Perfect temperature and clear skies…this definitely helped me to de-stress! Plus, she gets her exercise 🙂

When we got back, I started on dinner: maple pecan chicken, apricot brown rice, and asparagus with poppy seed dressing. It wasn’t bad for my first shot at this ‘concoction!’

With a little glass of vino. Hubski stepped in right as I was snapping!


Then somehow this leftover piece of cherry pie appeared in front of me. I didn’t eat the whole thing, but man I could have!

It hit the spot! It was leftover from Sunday’s Shinanigans.

Well it’s nearing 9:00, and that means hubski and I have a date with tripple D! (Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives)

Good night!

Hectic day!

It was a hectic day at work. I guess a four day weekend=mounds of email the next Monday morning! I think I’ll find a way to de-stress tonight. Maybe I’ll take Niko for a walk or do some yoga. Do you have any healthy de-stressing tips?

My day started off great! I pounded out a quick 30 minute run (about 3.2 miles, 348 cals burned according to handy dandy Polar F6 HRM).

This week I decided I’m going to make the effort to wake up and workout before work each day. Then, during the hour I usually spend working out after work, I’m going to pick a task that usually gets pushed to the back burner to conquer. (For me, this means waking up at 4:30. Ouch.)
Today’s task: cleaning my closet. Now, I’m not talking about a full on go through all of my clothes and sort, I just want to get it nice and straightened and clean. This room and the laundry room are the two ‘messy’ rooms of the house.

Now, I’m a little embarrassed to do this, but here’s a before picture:

For tonight’s post, I’ll post the after 🙂 There, I said it, so now I have to get it done! haha…

After my run this morning I made a quick breakfast – almond butter and bananas on a whole wheat English muffin. Yum!

I ate it at work, around 7, but then had a little snack of Puffins around 10. NOM

I had to run errands at lunch, so I made a quick salad at the cafeteria at work with spinach, broccoli, cheese, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, cottage cheese, and a tomato. Now that’s a salad!

An oops! snackie after lunch:

And of course I sipped on my Klean Kanteen all day long.

I was starved when I got home, so I made some cottage cheese and strawberries to tide me over until dinner.

Now it’s time to conquer that closet!

What tasks do you need to conquer that always get pushed to the back burner?