Saturday, January 16, 2010

"We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are."

BREAKFAST

We had some bread lying around and I wanted to get rid of my egg whites and half a pear so french toast it was. Unfortunately this bread soaked up way more of the egg, apple sauce, cinnamon, vanilla concoction than I anticipated. A little soggy french toast never hurt anyone I suppose. I topped it with a half a pear and tbsp. of Skippy's crunchy PB for extra protein.

As I was packing up my rice krispies from last night I decided to have one. After some research I found out these 2X2 squares run only around 100 calories. Nice!

I'm off to get a work out in before I get ready to go out this evening with my friends. Pizza Hut pizza is lunch/dinner tonight.

"Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. "

BREAKFAST

My new favorite breakfast bowl combination that is making regular appearances...
2/3 cup Kashi Vive cereal
1/3 cup yogurt
1 small red delicious apple
2 tbsp. Skippy's Natural crunchy PB

I attempted to find Kashi Vive at Walmart today and it was not a successful trip. Instead, I ended up buying Kashi GoLean which seems to be similar. When I find Vive again I will be stocking up, no question it has become one of my favorites.
LUNCH

Soup:
Left over tomato soup with added broccoli, tomato, onion, and red pepper flakes
Sammie:
Arnold thins, toasted
Lettuce, tomato, onion
Laughing cow cheese

I was a bit too full after this meal, probably because I ate it too close to breakfast, but yet again I wanted to get something in my stomach before going into work. Working a schedule that begins at 5PM is terrible for my diet.
DINNER

"Hujass" salad:
Bed of romaine lettuce, celery, tomato, and onion 
1/2 pear
Morning Star chick'n patty
Walnuts
Raspberry vinaigrette 
I forgot I had feta cheese to top this with until I finished it and was super bummed!

After dinner I decided to make rice krispie treats for some friends tomorrow considering I have the things lying around, but haven't made them yet in fear that I would eat them all myself. Okay...I may have eaten some of what I made off of my spoon, but I didn't indulge in a treat just yet.


Who doesn't love this old classic? Marshmallows, butter, and cereal...how can you go wrong? I do want to try this with a cereal other than rice krispies though, but can't be sure that people will care much for them. 
SNACK/DESSERT

Making those rice krispy treats had me craving this more than the treats themselves. Rice krispies in 2% milk topped with 2 tbsp. sugar! Hehehe. It felt so good to eat this combination, almost as if I were a kid again sneaking table spoons of sugar onto my cereal when no one was looking.

I am officially finished with the driver's manual book, now it's review time! Originally I gave myself a two week span, but I am so ready to get this done and over with. For once I actually feel excited to drive. True I am still nervous, but the feeling is passing once I think of all the positives! Watch out everyone you may see me on the road soon enough. ;)

Netflix added Man V. Food to instant watch so I know what I'll be doing tonight!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself."

Last night I spent time with my friend Michelle instead and we played Wii for hours. Usually I don't care for Wii, but I enjoyed the game Just Dance. So silly, yet fun. I have yet to try out the fit fit though. By the way...I did have my twisted frosty with extra m&m's and I do not regret it one bit! My problem is indulging and feeling terribly guilty, but as time goes on I am learning to cope with that feeling and realize indulging on rarity will not hurt me.

I opted to wake up earlier than usual today and I did. Yay. I like having more free time to myself before going into work and I usually find myself rushing around. Well, not this time. 
BREAKFAST
 
Chocolate walnut oatmeal pancake!
Pancake:
1/3 cup Quaker oats
About 1/3 cup egg whites (The kind from the carton)
1 tbsp. unsweetened Hershey's cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tbsp. yogurt (In batter) 
1/8 cup walnuts, chopped
Topped with warm apples and yogurt 

This recipe is still slightly new to me and this pancake way by far the best one I have made. Originally I planned to make it with a banana, but as usual they were all gone.

LUNCH
I attempted to make hummus today, but ti turns out it doesn't work well at all in a blender. Oh well, I smashed the rest of the chick peas with garlic, onion, chili powder, ground pepper, and salt. The mixture went into the refrigerator for about an hour before I decided to eat them over a bed of romaine, tomato, and broccoli.
 
DINNER

This feta cheese always taunts me when I walk in the store so I figured I would try it. Feta cheese may be my new favorite cheese. I found myself wanted to eat the entire container. Haha. I decided to have a sandwich and soup tonight and of course I used the feta!

Sammie:
Arnold Thin
Turkey lunchmeat
Lettuce, tomato, onion
Feta cheese!
I made sure to toast my sandwich and melt the feta on my turkey. Oh my god! Delicious.


A cup of Campbells' low sodium tomato soup with extra tomato and broccoli. I added in hot sauce for a nice kick. This meal was just what I was looking for.

For dessert I had an oatmeal raisin cookie, but I'm thinking I would have been more satisfied with a piece of chocolate. Tomorrow's breakfast will be a bowl of Kashi, apple, and PB no doubt...I have an enormous craving! I also bought banana's today and can't wait for them to rippen so I can try them in an oatmeal pancake.
Work out update:
I haven't been keeping up with 5 days a week, it's been rough. Lately it seems as if I have a lot going on emotionally and physically so I am not making my work out a number one priority at the time. It's a possibility that I have tendinitis so it's making a lot of movements difficult at the time. It hurts to even brush my teeth! =[ I do feel that I have been maintaining my measurements, if not losing. There will be another update soon.

On a good note; the snow seems to be melting! It's in the 40's! Yes, this is something to celebrate in my eyes. Okay I know it won't last, but I can dream. Off to study for my permit some more...I'm almost done.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Most obstacles are imaginary; the rest are only temporary."

BREAKFAST

The picture isn't fantastic I know, but it's a banana split for breakfast. Mmm. After browsing KERF's tribute to oatmeal I was inspired.
1 medium banana sliced in half (Had to break off the end for it to fit in the bowl)
Stuffed with 1/4 cup Bear Naked apple cinnamon granola
Topped with 1tbsp Skippy's Natural crunchy PB
All over a bed of 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
Sprinkled with cinnamon
Things to do today:
  • Get a good work out in
  • Make an eye appointment, I need a check up 
  • Finish studying chapter 3 and 4 in the driver's manual for my permit
  • Eat a yummy Wendy's chocolate m&m twisted frosty without guilt
  • Make something with the avocado I have
  • Spend time with Matt
  • Clean up my room...how does it get so messy?
  • Be positive and stay motivated!
  • Try going to bed at an earlier time
LUNCH/DINNER

Cell phone picture...
Sirloin steak
Wild rice
Green beans
Crescent roll
I didn't have gravy over my sirloin, but I added a dap to my plate to dip my roll into. Chipotle brown gravy as a matter of fact, it was good.

Turns out I am not doing well with my list of accomplishments. My avocado was bad. =[ I am not familiar with them and I suppose I bought it too ripe and it went bad quickly. Oh well. Silly me cut my finger while cutting the avocado in half and I didn't think it would ever stop bleeding. Ugh!


    "Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life."

    BREAKFAST

    A lovely bowl of oats with coffee.
    1/2 cup oats
    1/2 red delicious apple
    About 1/4 cup dried cherries
    1/2 tbsp. crunchy Skippy's PB
    Instant coffee mix
    I originally made overnight oats with the cherries and coffee, but heated it up and added the rest in the morning. Instant coffee isn't good as an actual beverage, but is a nice addition as a spice. Yes, coffee is a spice.
    LUNCH

     
    Sammie:
    Arnold Thins
    Turkey lunchmeat
    Romaine lettuce, tomato slice, onion
    Laughing cow cheese wedge
    Side:
    Nectarine
    1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
    Pistachio's
    SNACK
    I ate lunch after work today so it was around 3:30 or 4. I went to Matt's house and was still too stuffed so I passed on dinner, but around 9:30 my tummy was growling while we had a mini marathon of watching Are You Afraid of The Dark (Does anyone remember this show? A blast from the past!) so I pulled out a Kashi pumpkin granola bar. I stole one of his hot wing pretzel's and a few fries from Wendy's later on.
    DINNER

    Leftover baled turkey penne pasta with added broccoli
    Morningstar chick'n patty
    DESSERT
    1/2 of my apple from breakfast dipped in some yogurt and PB.

    Let me be honest with you with my craving...for the past two days I have been craving a Wendy's chocolate m&m twisted frosty and must fulfill it before I eat everything in site. I turned one down two days in a row, but nothing will satisfy the craving. If I can get it made in a small cup I will, if not I am afraid of the outcome. It is what it is. I must find an avocado recipe tomorrow or I will end up pitching the one I bought and I hate wasting food. Top priority. ;) Studying for my permit test is my actual priority right now. I broke it down into a 2 week period to make sure I will indeed pass. This is something I need to do for everyone, not just myself. That thought alone is keeping me motivated. Staying motivated and positive is coming along well.

    Hope everyone is having a good week so far!


    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    "The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation. "

    The past few days I haven't been focusing on blogging as much because I haven't been in the best of moods. Some times I need to truly focus on what is going on in my life or what I would like to be going on in my life. After much frustration I am beginning to work things through. Step by step with everything I am becoming a better person. =]

    JANUARY 10th
    BREAKFAST

    This is the same as my dinner the night before, haha. For some reason my body responds to this combination like no other I have tried thus far. I was tempted to eat it later in the day, but I refrained.
    LUNCH
    Silly me forgot to photograph this wonderful experience! Matt and I tried out Panera Bread for the first time and both of us found it impressive. I went with a two for deal. Fuji apple chicken salad and french onion soup. My salad contained a bed of leafy greens, grilled chicken, apple chips, pecans, red onions, tomato, and an apple vinaigrette. The french onion soup was also delicious, I skipped out on the croutons and went with a french baguette. Matt had the Italian combo sandwich with a side of chips. Both of us agree that we must go there more often. Hands down, I would try everything on the menu. If it wasn't aware that I am a big soup, salad, and sandwich person...now you know.
    DINNER

    For some reason I have been craving breakfast combination at all times of the day recently.
    2/3 cup yogurt
    1 gala apple (They need used up because we buy so many!)
    1 homemade oatmeal raisin cookie
    1/2 tbsp. crunchy PB

    TODAY--JANUARY 11th.
    BREAKFAST
    This morning I had the above combination, minus the cookie and a pear instead of an apple. I was in a rush, half asleep, and obviously was a bad blogger and neglected a picture again. =[
    LUNCH


    I packed this lunch to take with me today, again in kind of a hurry.
    Sammie:
    Arnold Thin
    Turkey lunchmeat
    Lettuce, tomato, pear slices
    Laughing cow cheese
    Side of pear slices
    DINNER


    My friend Michelle decided to go to Eat N Park after our long shopping trip today. I decided to stick with the salad bar after much debate over sugary breakfast foods.

    Cup of chilli and side of corn bread
    Salad:
    Mix of greens
    Carrots
    Broccoli
    Cauliflower
    Cherry tomatoes
    Radishes
    Chick peas
    Sunflower seeds
    Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
    For dessert I had three yummy slices of cantaloupe (My favorite fruit! I can't resist it when it's ripe and juicy.)

    Sorry for the lack of posting, but everyone knows to be truly healthy we must focus on our lives as a whole. Tomorrow after work I am determined to find a good homemade hummus recipe. Any suggestions?

    Sunday, January 10, 2010

    "Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."

    My laptop is FINALLY fixed! Countless hours of my mother trying to fix it and we ended up taking the easy root and reformatting it. Where do these worms come from? I may never know, but it feels nice to have a clean slate on my computer.
    FRIDAY
    BREAKFAST

    3/4 cup yogurt
    1 medium banana, sliced
    2 homemade oatmeal raisin vegan cookies
    "LUNCH"
     
    I was determined to find a recipe to use up some ground turkey and whole wheat penne I had so after some intensive searching I came up with this recipe...

    Baked Turkey Penne Pasta:  
    14 oz. whole wheat penne pasta
    1lb. ground turkey
    2 jars preferred tomato/spaghetti sauce  (24-32 ounces, I like mine extra saucy)

    Onion and green pepper to taste
    Seasonings: basil, oregano, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes
    1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (I was unfortunately out!)
    Heavy sprinkling of parmesan cheese


    Brown turkey in pan with onion and green pepper along with seasonings. While turkey is browning cook pasta according to directions and preheat oven to 350 degrees. When turkey is browned pour in spaghetti/tomato sauce and cook until heated thoroughly. Drain pasta and add to pan. Spray vegetable spray in 3 qt. Pyrex dish and pour in half of pasta mixture. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese on top and layer the rest of pasta. Top mixture with rest of mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
     

    My portion along with a slice of bread and a simple salad dressed with balsamic vinegar. 
    SNACKS  
    Of course having homemade cookies in your house makes you a huge cookie monster. Nom, nom, nom. I had one before having my light "dinner".

    Yes, I used my Christmas mug with the hot cocoa my coworker gave me topped with a mound of lite whipped cream. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the full cup because the flavor wasn't doing it for me. Snicker doodle hot chocolate is a no go.
    DINNER

    1/2 cup yogurt
    Small apple
    Homemade oatmeal raisin vegan cookie
    After feeling so stuffed I went with something light and sweet. I have an addiction to yogurt and apples, sorry they appear so frequently.

    TODAY JANUARY 9
    BREAKFAST

    Eggs:
    1/2 cup egg whites
    Green pepper and onion
    2 pinches turmeric powder  

    Topped with Chi Chi's salsa
    Slice of toast from last nights dinner
    1 medium orange

    LUNCH
    I neglected to photograph this one...I had a bowl of baked penne leftover's and a side of steamed broccoli. I feel as if these left overs will last forever. My Dad really enjoyed the dish, but my Mom was too in her world of "I need some fat in my dish". My efforts in making my parents see there are healthier options isn't extremely successful. At times I suppose I try to shove it down their throat so to speak, but it's all from my experience with food. Of course we all get a little out of hand and crave unhealthy foods, but I want them to realize baby steps will be rewarding.
    DINNER

    If this were anymore delicious I may have shed a tear of joy. 
    1 cup Kashi Vive cereal  
    1/2 cup yogurt
    1 medium gala apple
    2 tbsp. Skippy's Natural chunky peanut butter
    Cinnamon to taste
      
    Yet another steal at Big Lots...the Kashi cereal. This was my first time trying this cereal and when I saw 1 1/4 cups is only 170 calories I was sold. I only went with 1 cup because other wise I would be too full. The vanilla flavor doesn't shine through strongly, but it still gave enough flavor so that it wasn't plain. There were maybe three or four different types of cereal in the box, variety is always good for me in a cereal. One thing I did notice is that the cereal got a little more soggy than others that I have used with yogurt, but I was still fine with it because I know I take a long time to eat and that sort of thing happens. Yet again, the peanut butter shined! Usually I don't crave peanut butter, especially chunky, but my tastes change more than I can keep up with anymore. 

    There is so much more I could say, but I am thinking this post is long enough for today. I skipped a work out yesterday out of blah feelings, so I need to jump at the opportunity!

    Saturday, January 9, 2010

    Computer trouble

    Hey guys, just letting you know that I didn't abandon my blog. Currently I am having some computer trouble and will possibly be back tonight for an update. I made some yummy baked whole wheat penne pasta with turkey last night that's getting me through my day. We can't forget about the cookies I made the other night either. ;) I'm a real cookie monster.

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    "People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."

    BREAKFAST

    Another oatmeal pancake has made its way into my week, a chocolate pancake at that. Yum. I am slightly obsessed. 
    Pancake:  
    1/3 cup oats
    1/2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa 
    1/4-1/3 cup egg whites, the kind from the carton
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    Cinnamon to taste
    Topping:
    1/4 cup vanilla yogurt, which I will use less of next time...it was smothered
    4 whole raw pecans
    1/2 banana

    Last night I stumbled upon Eat Me Delicious where I have discovered a great selection of decadent baked goods I want to whip together, but I will save myself the suffering and wait until a party occurs to stuff my face make these lovely goods as a treat for everyone to enjoy. Peanut butter squares with milk chocolate and oats, marshmallow crunch brownie bars, and oreo crunch brownies. OH MY! The blog is based on vegetarian cooking and baked goods most of which look delicious. Although I am not vegetarian, I do not eat a lot of meat and enjoy exploring recipes that are vegetarian and vegan.
    LUNCH
    Again, this is "dinner" as my lunch. 

    Italian sausage is delicious, probably because it's not exactly good for you. We don't have this very often at my house and I love it when we do. When I was younger I despised Italian sausage, was I crazy? Italian sausage packs a mass amount of flavor alone. It looks kind of gross cooking though? Oh well!

    Simple salad with tbsp. balsamic vinagrette dressing. Only 5 calories! 
    1/2 baked sweet potato with 2 tbsp. Chi Chi's salsa.
    And of course, Italian sausage.

    This evening I will be tackling my disaster of a room. Boy have I been a bit lazy these past couple of weeks or what! I blame it on this Pennsylvania weather. The highs for this week are in the low-mid twenties with snow every day. Is it Spring yet? Better yet, is it summer?

    VEGAN COOKIES
    Alright, so I didn't very much done tonight aside from a good ab exercise and cookie baking. I got the recipe from allrecipes.com and within the hour I was baking them. Instead of eggs and butter I used apple sauce and although it gives the cookies a drier and tougher texture than a normal cookie, it's healthier and still tastes great. Next time I will be using more apple sauce though so they aren't as dry. I had two of these, one fresh out of the oven before my workout and one after. Tomorrow's breakfast? Cookies! A note: My mother actually liked these! Considering they weren't made as a normal cookie I was very surprised by this.

    1 cup oats
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1 tsp. nutmeg
    3/4 cup apple sauce (preferably unsweetened)
    1/2 cup raisins of choice
    1/2 cup walnuts or other nut of choice
    Makes: 24 small cookies


    Preheat oven to 350. Spray baking sheet with vegetable spray.
    Mix ingredients in medium bowl. 
    Drop rounded teaspoon fulls onto baking sheet. 
    Bake for 10-14 minutes.
    Allow cookies to cool slightly before removing from pan.
    DINNER

    Sammie:
    Arnold Thin
    Morning Star veggie chick'n patty
    Lettuce, onion
    Sauce:
    1 tbsp. fat-free miracle whip
    Unknown amount of hot sauce
    Chili powder
    Red pepper flakes
    Side of carrots and celery

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    "Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present."


    1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
    1/4 cup Bear Naked apple cinnamon granola 
    1 medium apple
    I added a dollop of peanut butter today and oh my I want PB in my messes ever day! I wish I added more, but I wasn't sure if I would like it or not...who was I kidding?
    AFTER WORK OUT SNACK 

    Half of an orange from yesterday. Need that vitamin C!

    I managed not to skip a work out today. After reading The Chic Life's post about squashing work out excuses I told myself "I can do this! Do the best you can! It will pay off!" My work out plan is a bit too challenging for me, but I stick with as much of it as I can do. My abs are sore, but it will pay off and I will only get stronger.

    I did say that I would take my measurements and weight today for my challenge, so here it is:
    Smallest part of waist: 27 inches
    Waist at belly button: 33.5 inches
    Hips: 35.5 inches
    Weight this morning: 119.8
    I'm not concerned with my weight anymore I am mainly concerned with my waist to hip ratio. When I lose around 2 inches off of my waist I will look much healthier and toned. Also, I have come to realize that I do have a pear shape. Pear is a good shape and I must learn to embrace the curves that comes along with it. 
    LUNCH 

    Okay, this was more of dinner because I ate it when my parents had dinner. I wake up late what can I say? I am a little embarassed by this one, but I have become an extreme fan of bowl messes. They had sloppy joes, maccaroni and cheese, and peas. My equivalent is 1/4 cup sloppy joe, 1/2 cup Kraft mac n cheese, and about a 1/2 cup of peas. Does this sound gross? I don't care. =]
    DINNER
    I took a light approach for dinner and had to feed my peanut butter and banana craving I've been having all day.


    Arnold thin
    1 tbsp. Skippy's Natural creamy PB
    1/2 banana
    Cinnamon
    Side of...

    6 Seneca Gingerbread Apple Chips
    Only $1 at Big Lots! Normally we buy the cinnamon, but these taste almost the same to me. Only 140 calories for 12 chips and they aren't doused in grease. Seneca has a wide variety of apple chips and also carry sweet potato chips, which I have yet to come across. Pick them up if you happen to spot them.


    I wanted to talk to you about NuVal if you haven't heard of it yet. NuVal is nutritional value listed along with the price of items. They take calories, fat, carbs, etc. into consideration when giving a rating from 1-100. The higher the number, the better for you. Simple, right? Unfortunately only a select few stores have this for their customers. If you would like you may suggest stores near you where you would like to see NuVal. Many people are not educated in nutrition, even those of us who think we are may be surprised by their scores. Having NuVal can take out a lot of guess work plus lead the busy and slightly lazy into a healthier life style. Although they do not have wide selection of grocery items listed with their scores on the website they do have some and update frequently. Do you think this is a good idea or should people rely more on their own nutritional education?
     

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010

    "If there is no struggle, there is no progress. "

    BREAKFAST
    Oatmeal pancakes! Recipe courtesy of Kath Eats Real Food.

    How I made my lovely pancake:
    1/4 cup Quaker oats
    2 egg white
    1/4 tsp. baking soda
    Vanilla extract
    Cinnamon
    I topped it with a medium warm apple, 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt, and walnuts. Delicious! Thanks again Kath for providing a new way to eat my oats.

    I also had a cup of this Celestial tea. If you haven't tried this flavor yet I suggest doing so. If nothing else, boil this in a pot instead of lighting a candle. Hah.
    LUNCH 

    Okay, lunch wasn't anything special at all. I just put together the quickest thing I could think of.
    Salad:
    Romaine lettuce
    1/2 cup re-fried beans (Left over)
    Tomato, onion, and jalapeno "salsa"
    Sprinkled with sharp cheddar cheese 
    Dash of chili powder for spice

    I also had half of an unphotographed orange a bit later.
    DINNER

    This was left over from my parents dinner, minus the fries.I haven't had a real hamburger in months! Oh, it was delicious. (This is also on a small plate, it makes everything look huge. I didn't have room for my fries either.)

    Hamburger:
    Lean ground sirloin burger
    Arnold Thin
    Lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles
    Mustard
    Side of white corn

    Fries:
    1/2 medium sweet potato
    Season salt
    Vegetable spray
    I microwaved the potato for about 1:30 to make it tender ans sliced into strips.
    Heated the oven to 450, although I think 400 may do the trick.
    Sprayed my baking sheet with vegetable spray.
    Arranged fries on baking sheet and sprinkled with season salt and spray a coat of vegetable spray.
    Cooked for around 10 minutes.

    I've never had baked sweet potato fries and of course will be eating them more often. Yes I do like my fries more on the burnt side, just like my eggs. 

    I am still feeling my work out from yesterday and am worried that if I continue tonight I may strain my muscles too much. Being a beginner with exercise I can't be sure if the soreness is alright to work through or if I may injure my muscles. Research will be at hand. I also need to take my measurements tomorrow morning before I forget so that I can track my progress.  

    Did I mention that I got my email from Food Buzz last night about becoming a publisher?! Tomorrow I will be filling out my contract and sending it in. Blogging has been a key element in my life the past couple of months and I am determined and excited about giving inspiration to others as well as keeping my self motivated on this journey.If you haven't checked out Food Buzz click my link under my about me. The website has tons of yummy recipes and great foodies.

    Alright, see you tomorrow guys! I'm off to find more great recipes to try.

    "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."

    I had an extreme craving again for pancakes this morning, but time did not allow for such a craving so I opted for the usual oats with cocoa. (I will be making those pancakes tomorrow!) Never will I get tired of eating in the morning, or lunch, or dinner. Ever. 
    BREAKFAST

    1/2 cup oats
    1 medium gala apple
    1 tbsp cocoa
    A nice glob of yogurt

    I took a nice mini trip to the store today, mainly to get some produce. Who would have thought I'd come home with more than apples and bananas? Picked up some plump oranges and nectarines this time around. The last time I had a nectarine was most likely over 5 years ago I'd bet! Why don't I eat these tasty suckers on the regular? But like I have said before, most of the produce in the store is poor quality so I stick with what I know. Romaine lettuce is my new choice of lettuce, I've always been an iceberg girl. (Terrible, I know.) Iceberg lacks so much flavor! Romaine is a nice combination between iceberg and a more leafy lettuce. Never will I be making my salads from iceberg out of choice again.
    LUNCH

    Bed of Romaine lettuce and celery
    1 small apple
    1 Morning Star Chick'n Patty
    Topped with yogurt and cinnamon, of course!

    Yay for something different! So yummy, but I wish I added in walnuts. This was much more appealing to the taste buds than it sounds, trust me. First time trying the Morning Star Chick'n patty and I haven't been disappointed with a product from them yet. Honestly, I was almost convinced it was indeed chicken. Haha. The breading was nice and crispy, not soggy at all. I've been trying like crazy to get rid of my quart of yogurt before it expires so I figured why not use it as dressing?  
    SNACK

    1 nectarine
    1/8 cup walnuts
    3 tbsp. frozen light cool whip (I'm being naughty and using cool whip for "dessert" fruits.)
    DINNER

    Don't you love my "dishware"? ;)
    1 big ladle of my Moms chilli
    1 Arnold Thin with 1/2 laughing cow cheese wedge

    FINALLY STARTED A WORK OUT CHALLENGE PLAN!
    This is an ab challenge based off of Oh She Glow's Whittle My Middle II and 10 Minute Solution Yoga's Ab work out. Also use shape and womens health mag as references. Just as Whittle My Middle I will be doing this exercise 5 times a week for 30days and may add in the 10 Minute Solution buns and thighs work out every now and then. I did the work out today and it was a bit challenging, but my goal is to improve and tone up my tummy either way. 

    Front plank: 60-90 seconds. 
    Side plank: 60 seconds.
    Torso twists: 10-20 reps.
    Plank ups: 10-20 reps. (I'm determined to finish the challenge able to lift my legs)
    Low boat extension: 20
    Rock N Raise: 20
    Double crunch: 30. 
    (10 forward, 10 left side, 10 right side)
    Side leg lifts: 20.
    Rock N Raise: 20. (2 reps of 10) 
    Double crunch: 30.
    Hyper back extension: 20. (2 reps of 10) 
    Bridge pose extension: 10-20.
    Sliding mermaid: 20.
    Butterfly stretch: 60-90 seconds.