Good beginning of a new year

Hi bloggies!

New Year’s Day was kind of weird, food wise.  I woke up to a very messy, post-party apartment.  The weather was nasty so I just wanted to stay in my house clothes and do a whole lot of nothing.  I did make a delicious breakfast: a yogurt parfait, my favorite! 😆

mango yogurt parfait

This is about 1/2 of a mango, 3/4 cup of TJ’s nonfat European style yogurt, a handful of Kashi Golean cereal and 2/3 of the TJ’s nutty trek mix.  Soo good!  There was also a large cup of coffee with skim milk and 1 tsp of agave nectar, of course!

Then the munchies hit a little bit.  It was just dreary and some of the food we didn’t put away last night was still on the table.  I grabbed a few small pita chips (unphotographed) and this cookie:

rollup cookie

It had a date filling.  Multiply this picture by 2 and then another similar one with the cherry filling. 😳

I proceeded doing a whole lot of Food Network watching.  It was fun to just relax with my husband (he was even watching the shows with me!) but I was feeling a little guilty about not exercising.  The couch was just oh so comfy!

Eventually I got hungry watching other people make/eat delicious food, so I made a buffalo chicken dip sandwich with some baby carrots on the side.  No calorie counting today, but I was still trying to be reasonable with my eating and not overeat for no reason (that’s no way of starting the year!).  This dip isn’t so bad for you – I made it with boiled/then shredded chicken, reduced fat cream cheese, 2% shredded cheese and low fat ranch dressing.  Don’t get me wrong, this is no health food, but still – not that bad. 

buffalo chicken dip on english muffin with baby carrots

buffalo chicken dip sandwich closeup

And for dessert, I had a sweet sloop.  Ok, I had 2 sweet sloops 😛

sweet sloop

And a little later I was hungry again, so I had an apple:


And then I wanted more food!  Since I wanted it to be satisfying physically and mentally, I made a nice cup of tea and made one of my favorite snacks: a banana/nut butter wrap.  I used some Dark Chocolate Dreams pb mixed with plain chunky pb, 1/2 banana on a TJ’s low carb wrap.  This was then topped with some berry fruit spread after I decided it still needed a little something :)  I should have just had it with Barney Butter… I don’t know why I fight it sometimes 😀

assembling banana/pb wrap

banana/pb wrap

See what I mean about weird eating?  Very very snacky today…

At around 8pm, I still haven’t gone to the gym!  I knew I’d feel 2000% better if I did, so I put away my laptop, put on some gym clothes, grabbed my new toy HRM and went downstairs to the gym in my apartment building.  Oh, I grabbed the 3s and 5s treadmill workout printout.  I was actually excited to get off my butt and move a little!

So here is what I did today: 45 min 3s and 5s workout (like last time, I increased my speed by 0.3 mph and ran the recovery intervals at 6.3 mph instead of walking) = 5.15 miles + 30 min ET + 15 min stationary bike = 8.15 HBBC points.  Here are my stats (now that I have my lovely HRM I can share them with you :) )

  • Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Calories burnt: 879 (amazing!)
  • Maximum HR: 174, Average HR: 154

Going back a few days since I haven’t posted my workouts since last Saturday (there were only 2 of them… yeah yeah I was bad again!) here is a quick recap since we’re counting HBBC points here.

Sun: 45 min circuit training (one of the workouts from Jillian Michael’s Winning by Losing book) + 15 min ET = 4 points

Tue: 15 min abs (0.5 points), 30 minute bootcamp class (2 points), 10 min stretching (0.33 points), 45 min pilates (3 points), 0.75 mile run (0.75 points) = 6.58 ~ 6.6

So total HBBC points for the entire challenge are 77.55.  I would still really love to get to 100, but I’m not sure if it’s possible.  I really enjoy challenging myself so I’ll definitely do my best to try to squeeze in a little extra exercise over the next 3 days so I can get there!

SO HAPPY I went to the gym after all.  I had an amazing workout and to think that I almost missed it!

Anyways, it was past 10pm when I got back so I just had another snack instead of dinner.  I kept it simple but delicious: sweet cherries + crackers with a laughing cow wedge.

cherries and crackers

Yay, the workout definitely turned this day around!  Hopefully you enjoyed your New Year’s Day, whatever you did!

Oh, and I decided to take tomorrow off so I can extend this lovely weekend feeling.  I wanted to start the new year on the right foot, but since I did a little too much relaxing today, tomorrow I will try to be more productive (although relaxing is still very much on the agenda!) 😀  That means definitely a blog post tomorrow since I’ll have plenty of time on my hands… and of course another (longer) workout!

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