I’ve been in my apartment building all day today. I left the actual apartment to go to the gym (it’s on a different floor in our building) but just thinking about the fact that I feel like I’ve been running around all day when in fact I didn’t even leave my building is a little funny to me. I have to say, though, today was a very nice day off… and one of the best things about long weekends, is that this will also be a 4-day week. Woo Hoo!
A few things I wanted to mention in today’s post…
1. Did you hear that the FDA published a warning about a possible salmonela contamination of peanut butter and peanut butter containing products? Read this article if you haven’t heard about this yet. I figured since most of my pb is from a while back (and I’ve already consumed quite a bit of the stuff and am, well, still alive) I’m good, but I’m not quite sure what to do about the brand new box of Peanut Butter Puffins I just bought last week. Should I return it?
2. I mentioned before that I receive newsletters from eBrandAid. I received an interesting article that you may also like. BrandAid summaries 7 worst junk ingredients to avoid, including Sodium Nitrate, Apartame (found in Equal), Acesulfame-K, artificial food colorings, MSG, Trans Fat, and Sodium Benzoate. Do you read food labels to make sure this junk isn’t in your food? Do you care?
3. I love the Biggest Loser show! I find it motivating at times, but I’ve also been guilty of eating ice cream and cookies while watching the show. The transformation of the people on the show is amazing, although I do think working out for 7-8 hours a day and eating the bare minimum is a little crazy. I guess it is a reality show, after all. Anyways, this year the Biggest Loser partnered with General Mills to launch the Pound for Pound program, which will donate 10 cents’ worth of food to a food bank in your area (based on your zip code) for every pound you lose. For those of you who are still trying to lose some weight, this could be a nice way to also give back a little… and maybe it will motivate you to work a little harder at the gym or pass up that cookie at the office. I registered since I would like to lose weight. Want to join me?
Ok, now that we’re done with “business” let’s get to today’s eats 😀
I am very (!) low on fruit at this point so today’s breakfast came about because my grape tomatoes were on their absolutely last legs. I made a delicious omelet made with 1 egg and 2 egg whites, grape tomatoes, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 black bean cake, 1/2 oz american cheese. On the side I had 1/2 of an english muffin which I burnt. Oops! 😳 And of course a large cup of coffee with skim milk and agave nectar.
The perfect bite!
I wanted to ease myself into working out today and referred to my trusty cable box for yoga suggestions. I tried the Yoga Fitness Fusion Plus – a 45 minute workout that seriously kicked my butt! I was sweating like crazy! My husband opened all the windows in the living room because I was dying and at some point I threw the tank top off of me because even that thin of a fabric was killing me (don’t worry, I was wearing a sports bra 😉 ) Seriously I felt like I was in a hot yoga studio! 😀 If you see this in your on-demand menu on your cable box, I highly recommend that you try this out. It was challenging but a lot of fun! Yoga workout stats:
- Duration: 0:45
- Calories burnt: 263
- Ave HR: 119, Max HR: 188
Oh and my workout inspired my husband to try yoga too! He realized it’s not a whimpy workout and will improve his flexibility. I’m super excited about this. We’re going to buy him a cheap yoga mat and try another workout from the cable box. He’s not ready for a yoga studio yet.
I was catching up on some blog reading after yoga and relaxing a bit. Time was flying by in the morning and when I realized it was almost 2 pm I made myself a little snack: 2 AK MAK sesame crackers (love love love these!!), 1 with smooth Barney Butter and 1 with chunky Barney Butter. I still can’t choose my favorite but I know I love BB that’s for sure! + an organic tangelo and yogi green tea.
Another yogi message for ya:
About 1 1/2 hours later I forced myself down to the gym. I knew I wanted to get a workout in, but I was starting to feel a little hungry (it was around 3:30 by then). I contemplated making lunch, digesting, then going, but sometimes if you just don’t do it, it doesn’t happen at all. So I grabbed my stuff and went downstairs. I knew that once I got there, it would be good… and I was right, my workout was great!
I did 5 minutes of the elliptical as warm-up, followed by a chest/shoulder/triceps/quads/rectus and abs routine from Jillian Michael’s Winning by Losing book. I love Jillian on the Biggest Loser btw! And then I did another 5 minutes on the elliptical as a cool down. I originally was going to do a run as well, but decided not to force it. It was a good workout already, no need to completely kill myself. There is always tomorrow for that! 😉 Workout stats:
- Duration: 1:07
- Calories burnt: 585
- Ave HR: 147 ; Max HR: 195
By the time I showered after the gym, it was nearly 6pm! Can I call that lunch? We still didn’t go grocery shopping so I used rice leftovers and everything else came from the freezer and pantry: shrimp, broccoli, water chestnuts and 1 last roasted red pepper. I added some Ponzo sauce to the mix. It actually came out very delicious!
And I enjoyed 2 sweet sloops for dessert. We love these things so much, they were our wedding favors!
Since lunch was super late and we have practically no food in the house, I used some leftover yogurt (a little over 1/4 cup) to make another yogurt combo. Sorry, you’re probably sick of seeing them by now! They are SO GOOD though and I mix up the toppings 😀 !
We have 1/2 small apple here, 2 dried figs (all that’s left), some pb puffins (older box), almonds, hazelnuts and Erin Baker’s double chocolate granola. It was light and delicious. I’ve never really had breakfast for dinner before, but now I see why people do it! :green:
Total calories for the day: 1347
*edited to add* I just had the Pringles Baked Wheat honey butter stix. These taste like sugar cookies. Yum
So make that 1437 calories for the day!