A (Blog)Year’s End Giveaway

So I was talking to the hubski last night, and we were asking how each other were. In my reply, I mentioned that my stress level has never been lower. Four weeks ago, I would have told him my chest literally ached from stress. Four weeks ago, I was working a 40+ hr job AND doing most of the training and work I’m doing now. My chest hasn’t hurt since I stopped the madness. Plus, I’m probably way less of a grouch now. It’s WONDERFUL having the time to clean, write, and READ blogs. 🙂 Ahh…

Like today, there’s been a few mishaps. I’ve had a couple no-show clients, and will be working tonight a little more than usual, there’s been some messes, but it doesn’t phase me. Unphasable!

Actually, no. I’m pretty phased…in a good way…by this awesome waffle I made for breakfast!

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Still a novice at waffle making, I wasn’t sure what to use for toppings. But then I remembered this little guy was hiding in my breakfast drawer:

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THEN I got the idea to mix it with some Greek yogurt, as I’ve seen some of you rave about Greek yogurt on waffles…

IMG_7525And I went to waffle heaven.

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First iced coffee of the year!

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I chilled what was left of the *early* morning French Press coffee, and used that, plus some half and half, and a lot of ice.

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Trained a client, ran some errands, got some things for this weekend’s festivities (my BFF Jessica’s wedding parties!! 😀 ) and came back for a green monster.

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Or two. Can ya tell this batch involved blueberries? 🙂

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Wait, why am I posting in the afternoon?

OH, that’s right…I promised you guys a sweet giveaway!

In honor of my 1 year blogiversary coming up (July 4th) I’ll be doing a few giveaways for you guys. I can’t believe it’s almost been one year since I started blogging and it’s been WAY more amazing than I thought it’d be. I’ve talked about it before, but the sense of community, support, and fun has been incredible. Thank you!!

NuNaturals has been generous enough to offer FOUR readers some delicious NuNaturals Stevia products 🙂

NuNaturals sent me a package of Stevia products to sample back in May, and since then it’s become my favorite brand of stevia and the only stevia brand I use anymore. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness, without that weird, bitter kick of an after taste.

The FOUR winners will recieve

  • One box of NuStevia™ White Stevia Powder, 50 ct. box
  • One bottle of Vanilla Stevia Liquid (2 oz)

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below saying your favorite food/beverage to add sweetener to is. For me, that’s easy – oatmeal! Since I don’t sweeten my coffee anymore, oats are most common food for me to add a sweetener to.

 

And for everyone, NuNaturals has offered a special discount promotional15% off of any participant’s future web order placed through their website by entering: BLG710 when you check out.

 

This giveaway (and discount promotion) is only offered to US residents (sorry 😦 )

I’m off to work and train a few clients – See you tomorrow! 🙂

Healthy Living Time Machine

Gooood morning!

Wow, it’s only 7:30, and I’ve been awake for three hours. Woot! Too bad I got about the same amount of sleep to boot. (Ha, I’m a poet.)

So this post is going to go down a little different. Switching things up a bit. Let’s play the backwards game! I’m going to tell you about my eats, exercise, and enjoyments going backwards in time. Kind of like a healthy living blog time machiiiiiine 😉

Just a minute ago, I had breakfast outside on the back porch with Niko in my sweaty running clothes:

 

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Seriously, is there a way to make overnight oats look any uglier?

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Nope, not even by sprinkling on feta cheese crumbled coconut butter on top. So. freaking. delicious, though. 1/3 c. oats, maca, stevia, sea salt, PB, greek yogurt, almond milk, Jay Robb, carob powder, and cocoa nibs.

I had actually planned on having hot oats for breakfast this morning, but after my client this morning at 5:00 a.m. (who beat out my 5:15 client for having the earliest session 😉 I don’t mind at all though!) I noticed the beast known as my appetite hadn’t reared its ugly beautiful head yet. I knew I only had a small window of time before it came, so I jumped at the chance of getting in an easy three mile run. And a hot and sweaty post-run Paige does not = an appetite for hot oats. Cold oats it was!

3.1 mile run: 29:09, and to break it down (wicka wicka!): 9:42, 9:26, 9:10.

I think my appetite held off so well because right before I went to bed, I had a bowl of chocolate Cheerios + almond milk:

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Going back even further in time, before waking up at 4:30, I slept for about four hours. You see, I had a sand volleyball game on the other side of town last night that lasted until about 10:00. And we lost. No words, but I was very angry. See ya undefeated record!

A couple hours before the game of volley, I made some dinner. Being able to say, “make dinner” just makes me smile. For a couple months there, the hubski was on his own, and my meals were either frozen, salads, or soups. It’s a pleasure to be able to have time to cook again.

Veggie Chili!

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This veggie chili was more than simple to make, though. In a sauce pan, I let some onion and garlic sweat it out. Then a mix of half black beans, half pinto beans, joined them, and then soon after, some diced tomatoes. Simmer down, folks.

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Stick Stickly, anyone? Write to me, Stick Stickly, PO Box 9-6-3, New York City, New York State. 1-0-1-0-8. Anyone? lol OK, I digress…

After a few minutes of simmering down (folks), I added 1 tsp of ww flour, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and sea salt and cooked on low. After about 10-15 minutes, I added hot sauce, and voila!

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Where I come from in the Mid West, we eat peanut butter sandwiches with our chili!

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Mmm. Totally compliments the spiciness of the chili.

The hours before dinner were spent wrapped up in a blanket in the basement watching 24. I knew I wouldn’t have time to watch it later on, but I had it get it in some how! We’re only on season three, but it’s getting INTENSE! I also got some work done and made a couple training plans throughout the afternoon.

Lunch was leftovers, in wrap form. The best way to eat leftovers, in my opinion.

I took the tofu I made for dinner Tuesday night, put it in a ww Flat Out wrap, drizzled on a little mustard, and added romaine and spinach:

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And on the side, some snow peas:

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IMG_7075And on the other side, a Vega Shake & Go Smoothie:  

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Vega sent me this bag of smoothie mix to try out. The stats are amazing, per usual with Vega products:

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And I love the fact that it’s 100% vegan and mostly raw.

I tried the Vanilla Almondilla flavor:

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The taste? Spot on for deliciousness! I am typically wary of plant-based smoothie powders, but this one tasted great. The almond flavor was very strong, though, so you have to like the taste of almond/almond extract to enjoy this (which I do, and did!) Now I just wish I could try the other flavors! Other flavors available are berry, tropical, and chocolate.

Lunch was a little on the calorie-heavy side, but I needed the cals to fuel the workout I’d just finished. After my 11:00 training appointment, I warmed up a little and then ran a 4 mile interval run. I don’t think I could have sweat anymore during that run. The gym was so warm! ‘Twas a great run, though.

Another nice thing about not working full time? Mid morning naps. Before my 11:00 training sesh, I took a nap with Regis and Kelly Niko and Clarabelle. I’ve been having early morning clients lately, and it feels SO, SO good to be able to catch up on sleep.

Speaking of catching up on sleep, I’m gonna catch up on your lovely blogs, shower my stinky bod and try to log a couple extra hours before continuing on with my day 🙂

Hope you all have a fabulous Thursday. Weekend’s almost here 😀

 

How good are you at napping? Are you able to fall asleep immediately, or does it turn into an hour long of *trying* to nap? I’m usually the latter. I’m hoping to change that, though!