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!

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Veggie Bean Burritos and Vega Vibrancy Winner

Merry Christmas Eve’s Eve!

How we all doing this morning? I, for one, can’t believe how close Christmas is! It doesn’t really feel like it to me. See, I used up all of my vacay days on the cruise, so I’m working right up until noon on Christmas Eve (Christmas Day is a work holiday.)

I’m currently enjoying a delicious breakfast of a great big GREEN monster.

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1 frozen nanner, 1 c. almond milk, 2 cups of spinach, Smooth Operator PB, and some Vega Smoothie Infusion. Yummy and filling 🙂

So my decision to change my way of thinking helped out a ton today. I only got stressed out once, and it only lasted for about 5 minutes, so I’d say that’s progress in its fullest 😀 Work actually went fairly smoothly, and before I knew it, it was time for me to head on home! So headed home I did, and then headed straight to the gym, where I had a major cardio session. I couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to do at first (spin class or run, spin class or run.) I decided on running, and ran some intervals! However, technically it wasn’t intervals, because they weren’t timed intervals. For last nights run, I chose a different method:

I strapped on my Polar F6 HRM to monitor my HR, did a 5 minute brisk-paced walk for a warm up, and then:

  • Ran at 6.4 until my heart rate reached 160 – about 80% of my max HR
  • Kicked it up to 7.2, and ran at that speed until HR reached 170 – about 85% of my max HR
  • Backed it down to 6.4 until my HR recovered to 160
  • Sped up to 7.2 until my HR reached 85% again

I repeated that series until I completed 3.1 miles, and I was absolutely breathless by the time I was done. Actually, I think it was a wee bit rough on my cardiorespiratory system, but that’s what HIIT will do to ya! Gotta love those anaerobic workouts. After I did a 5 minute cool down, I did 10 more easy minutes on the elliptical, stretched it out, and called it a day. Speaking of stretching it out, make sure to stop by tomorrow morning for my go-to post-cardio/legs workout stretches!

Was out of the gym by 6:00, and then stopped at the store and found a couple unicorns!

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Still haven’t found the coveted Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride though :-/ I feel like I’m on a goose chase!!

When I got home, the husband let me know he was about to wither away if he didn’t get some dinna, so he and I decided to cook some veggie and bean burritos together! The recipe we followed was from Vive le Vegan!

We got to cooking the innards:

 

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Wrapped em up in his (whole wheat Chi Chi’s) and hers (Ezekiel) tortillas, and popped em in the hot box for about 15 minutes at 375º

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They turned out wonderfully! Hot and gooey on the inside, and crispy and warm on the outside. Then we proceeded to top them with mozzarella and an abundance of salsa:

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And devour. Mmm mmm good.

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Vega Bar Winner

And the winner of the Vega Vibrancy Bars is…………

Random Integer= #18, which is Kate!

Kate, please email me your address and I’ll have your Vega Bars shipped to you ASAP!

Everyone else – thank you SO much for participating 😀

Hope everyone has a fabulous day and Merry Christmas Eve’s Eve!

 

PS – for more giveaway fun, check out Averie’s Nutridel giveaway!

Sprout, Sprout, You’re Out

Hey, hey guys! Happy almost weekend! Is it going by pretty well for you? Quickly? Slowly? It’s going by pretty darn fast for me. Always seems to happen when you have tons to do before the weekend, doesn’t it?

Yesterday was kind of a random day. However, in the middle of the day of randomocity (apparently I feel like making up words today!) I got to warm my soul with one of these puppies:

 

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Mmm a tall, nonfat, no whip, half pumped, peppermint white chocolate mocha. Pure heaven – I’ve never had the peppermint flavor before, and it’s amazing. And in a holiday cup to boot!! Love those holiday cups. And apparently, by ordering it with half the amount of syrup pumps, I have officially joined the club of Starbucks snobs, according to the husband. According to him, if your order is ten words or longer, you=Starbucks Snob, haha! 🙂

After sipping this nectar of the gods in a holiday cup, my afternoon was smoooth sailing.

 

You might remember my friend, Missy’s new puppy, Arizona? Well poor AZ broke her paw last week, and she had to have surgery! Poor little pup is only two pounds, and she had to have paw surgery. Thankfully, she came out of it stupendously, but my friend said she could use a little company driving to the animal hospital (it’s about an hour and a half away) to get her and take her back. I said I’d totally go, as I’d want someone to be there for me if anything like this happened to little Niko.

Anyway, we took off right after work and headed to go get the invalid dog. When picked her up, she was a little groggy, but looked adorable as always…

Niko had heard word that AZ was on the fritz, so she made sure to get her a get-well soon care package for me to take to her:

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Arizona and Niko loved the pumpkin carob treats I made for them on Halloween SO much, we just had to get her some of these.

Thankfully, Arizone pulled out of surgery just fine, and has a new hot pink cast to remember it by:

 

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How freakin’ adorable is she?!

All of this talk about Arizona’s surgery makes me seriously consider getting pet insurance. I would die if anything happened to Niko, let alone cost an arm and a leg to fix. I’m going to suggest to the husband we get the animal kids pet insurance for Christmas.

On the way there, I busted into one of the Vega Whole Food Vibrancy bars that I received from Vega on Wednesday night!

 

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I was super pumped, because of all the goodness that goes into these bars. Look at that nutritiousness!

 

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The main ingredient in these bars are sprouts, which are powerhouses in the realm of nutritious foods. According to Vega, the sprouting process converts complex carbs into simple carbs, protein into amino acids, and fat into fatty acids. This basically means our bodies don’t have to use up its enzymes for digestion. The bars also have a substantial amount of protein – 10 grams which obviously come from plant-based protein – like sprouted buckwheat, hemp, almonds, brown rice, and pea protein. And with all of those ingredients listed, you can only correctly assume that you’ll be getting a good chunk of your daily fiber in there, too.

Now for the important part 😉 – the taste!

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Well, I had initially prepared myself for it to taste very…green. I mean, the main ingredients are sprouts? How good can that be in bar-form? Well, pretty good, actually! These sprouts are definitely not out! I tried the original flavor here, and it might have been because I prepared myself for the worst, but I was very pleasantly surprised with the taste! And the bar was very filling, but didn’t have that oh man this is so filling, how am I going to choke this down filling-feeling. Know what I mean? 😉

I can’t wait to try the other flavors!

Got home around 7 and heated up some leftovers, and came downstairs to a poor husband with an ocular migraine. I’ve never had a migraine, so I can’t empathize, but poor thing didn’t look so great. So he went to the dark bedroom, and I eeked in a little bit of study time while catching up on Glee.

Oh, Finn, thank God you’re in your 20’s in real life, or I’d feel like a huge pedophile…

 

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Yep…I’ve got myself a Finn crush!

Now I’ve gotta catch up on some of your blogs while sipping this delicious coffee, and hit the road for work! Today was actually supposed to be my Friday, but since I now have to take another day off later in December for the ACE exam, I decided to go in on Friday too. Boo 😦 Oh well..short day, short day 😀

If you have a pet, do you have pet insurance for them? Why or why not?

If you don’t have a pet, how far in advance before a trip do you start packing? I got out my suitcase a while ago, but just really started packing this week.

Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone!

I’m BEET!

Hey everyone! I woke up a wee bit late this morning, so this post is going to be rather speedy.

Last night for dinner, I dreamed up some wild combinations in my head. Some came from recipes mixed in with my own ingredients, and some came purely from my brain. Scary, huh? 😉

The stars in the show of dinner:

  • squash
  • red beans
  • golden beets
  • brussells sprouts

These stars scared the husband a little too much, so I ended up cooking him one of his faves – chicken and noodles in the slow cooker.

Jicama was also going to star last night, but then I figured I was getting a little ahead of myself, and I ixnayed it until tonight or tomorrow.

Anyway, I was doing about a million things at once for this dinner, since there were so many elements, but I started with the beets and the squash.

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I sliced up the acorn squashie, and cut the stems off of the beats, and popped them in the oven for 50 minutes at 375º. At this point, I knew I’d need a little help with dinner, and luckily, help was available:

 

IMG_2415 While the beets and squash were cooking, I got started on the sauces:

– a sweet and spicy dark brown sauce for the squash and beans (which I adpated from ED & BV)

– a sweet and spicy sauce + almond butter for the sprouts

– a savory caper sauce for the beets (adapted from one of  this months Clean Eating recipes)

Next, I sauteed up the beets in said sauce, and then it was about time for everything to be done! Somehow I had perfect timing. This nevah happens! And surprisingly, everything turned out excellently!

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Actually, the brussell sprouts were a little too crunchy, so I stuck em in the microwave with a couple tpbs of water, and then they turned out excellently.

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After dinner, I finally got to tear into the mystery box that was taunting me the whole time I was cooking!

IMG_2420 I was like a pirate looking for her buried treasure

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Found it!

 

IMG_2422 Since I won Katy and Michelle’s Vegan for a Day challenge, Vega sent me some goodies! Whoop Whoop!

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Clarabelle found some goodies herself.

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Gotta go! Have a fabulous day everyone!

Talla-Vega Nights

Happy Friday! Woo hoo!! The weekend is heaah again. I have a fairly low key weekend planned. It’s the hubski’s birthday weekend, and since we don’t have a free weekend for the rest of the year, he wants to spend some QT at the homefront. I’m sure it will involve lots of Mexican food and movies, though! Yay for relaxing birthday weekends!

Remember my his and hers spaghetti and meat sauce I made the other night from ‘>Eat, Drink, & be Vegan? Well yesterday’s menu was pretty much leftover city. Pretty boring. But I decided to put some pizzazz in this meal o’ leftoverness by switching it up a lil’ bit. I used the same pest sauce, but instead of using the cold whole wheat spaghetti I had stuck in the fridge, I sliced and diced a zucchini and carrot for some veggie pasta!

 

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Mmm! It turned out SO good. With more veggies (the roasted ones from Wednesday night) on the side.

 

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And because my hungry beast of a stomach wouldn’t be able to stay full and happy throughout class on that meal alone, I added a little somethin’ somethin’ on the side:

 

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Ezekiel Raisin Cinnamon toast with my newfound lover: cream cheese pumpkin spread. Seriously, it takes all I’ve got in me to not just grab a spoon and go to town on this deliciousness straight from the container! haha.

 

Vega Review

A few weeks ago, the folks at VEGA sent me a few different flavors of their whole food optimizer powder, and a couple of their new sports drink powders, Vega Sport

Vega is is great if you are looking for a cleaner protein powder, as I was, because it’s plant based whole foods. Those whole foods are also raw and alkalinizing (cleansing) by balancing our body’s pH. Their products also energizes without using caffeine or any other stimulant. Pretty impressive stats, no?

The first one I tried was the vanilla chai flavor.

 

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I’m not sure what I was expecting, but whew was this flavor overpowering!! I think I might Tahave just not expected such an intense flavor, but it kind of turned me off, unfortunately. But, if you love, love, love vanilla chai, you just might love this flavor.

The next one I tried was the berry flavor:

 

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This one was more my style. It was still more intense than the berry flavor for Amazing Grass, but I was getting the feeling their flavors are stronger overall.  

I have to say, the chocolate flavor was my favorite. You know I never mind an intense chocolate flavor!!

 

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I’ll most likely purchase this one at some point in time.

And finally, I tried the original:

 

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I was actually quite pleased with this flavor too. The original taste wasn’t overwhelming or too intense – haha. It didn’t really taste like grass at all! Plus, it gave my smoothie a nice consistency (as noted above!)

I tried one of the Vega Sports before a 5 mile run one day. The ingredient list on this stuff looks very powerful and promising!

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I wasn’t really sure how to make it. With the other packets, I just added it to my smoothies, so I just followed the directions on the back:

 

 

So that’s what I did! And it turned out…a little funky looking. I really didn’t want to try it.

 

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But I did.

 

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How do you think it fared? Blech! It tastes like the lemon flavor of Theraflu. So unless you like the taste of that – and not hot like the Theraflu is made – than you’d probably agree that this taste isn’t worth the extra boost. Oh well. I like bananas for pre-run snacks anyway 😀

Al in all, I would definitely buy some Vega products – especially the chocolate and original flavored whole food optimizer. It’s great to find a protein powder that’s from plant-based whole foods!

 

So the plan for today is to work until 10:30, then hit up the grocery stores for some goodies, run 5 miles, bake birthday goodies with said goodies, and then finally tackle the laundry that’s been taunting me every day when I walk into the closet. It’s scary. I usually just run away… mahah

 

Back on Track Check in:

I got in all of my fruits and veggies, but didn’t end up doing pre-work yoga. I need to prepare better at night to have time to do this, and I didn’t do that so much. Plus, I still need to call a friend I haven’t talked to in a while. Niko has been getting her walks though! How are you doing? Noticing any differences?  I think I might start checking in on Mondays, because this every day stuff is getting a little annoying. Accountability is great, but only for so much.

Also, I’m going to be announcing the winner of my Halloween Giveaway in a post later today, so if you entered, be sure to check it! I didn’t publicize the giveaway very much at all, so if you replied with a number, make sure to check in – you have a very good shot!!

 

Ciao everyone and have a wonderful Friday!!