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Shopping and Eating

**Catching up from the weekend? Friday I did “Hot Yoga” and Saturday I tried a Peanut Butter Coffee flavored beer!**

Shopping and Eating

The rest of our Sunday was spent shopping and eating.¬† Basically two of my favorite things to do on any given day ūüėČ

Our first stop was to a restaurant Andy and I have been curious to try out: Cork and Lenny’s. From the outside, it looked like a quaint little place.¬† But when we stepped inside we were both surprised at how large the place was. For one, it’s a full size deli, with all different kinds of meats, cheeses, and salads.¬† Then they also have a full service restaurant, serving breakfast (all day- love that!), lunch and dinner.¬† Since Andy and I had already had our breakfast, we were ready for some lunch.

Andy decided to try out one of their ginormous Overstuffed Sandwhiches: The Sammy Kay.  Check this sucker out:

The Sammy Kay

He ate the entire thing.¬† I’m always impressed with a man who can eat like a champ (plus I don’t feel as weird when I can eat just as much, if not more!)

Though the sandwiches looked tempting, I was in the mood for some chicken salad.¬† I’m a huge fan of chicken salads, tuna salads, and egg salads.¬† If they’re on the menu at restaurants there’s a good chance I will get it.¬†¬† This particular salad allowed me to choose two scoops of salad.¬† I went with a scoop of chicken salad¬†and a scoop of egg salad.¬†

Chicken Salad + Egg Salad Plate

To be honest, I was not impressed with the chicken salad, which was a bummer since I was craving it.¬† It was pretty bland.¬† I like more flavor elements in my chicken salad, such as pecans or grapes.¬† This just didn’t do it for me.¬† The egg salad was much better though, so I ate more of that.¬† I ended up taking the majority of my lunch home.¬† I think I’ll add more to the chicken to spice it up for my lunch or dinner tomorrow.¬†

Despite my bland chicken salad, I’d like to try this restaurant again.¬† They had so much on their menu.¬† Actually, Andy and I thought they had almost too much on their menu! It was just so much to look over.¬† Next time I’d like to try a sandwich or go for breakfast.¬†

Shopping

After lunch we headed over to TJ Maxx to “browse”.¬†

The Greatest Store on Earth!

Browsing for me means trying on numerous dresses in hopes for finding something that wows me.¬† I tried on a few dressed today, but none really “spoke” to me.

Hello from the dressing room!

Plus, some of them were $40.00 and that’s a lot of money for something you’re not totally impressed with.¬†

Orange Dress

I liked this color, but it had a funky fit up top.  I decided to pass on this one. 

Floral

¬†This dress was cute, but the fit wasn’t all that great. It bulged out a bit from the side and didn’t look¬†too flattering.¬† Can’t win em’ all I guess!

Luckily in another week or so TJ Maxx will have a slew of new clothes for me to “browse” through.¬† My next hunt is for cute dresses to wear to the three weddings I have this summer!

In the end, Andy and I walked away with just a couple of bottles of random pasta sauce and some Usher cologne, which I thought was pretty amusing since Andy doesn’t listen to that type of music! ¬†

After TJ Maxx, it was on to Whole Foods.  It was so convenient that all of the places we went today were in the same shopping center:

One Stop Shopping!

At Whole Foods we picked up some staples we needed for the week including:

  • Organic strawberries, blueberries, and apples
  • Pinapple
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Organic 1% milk
  • Organic light soy milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole — they make such great guacamole at Whole Foods!
  • Cereal

I also picked up a gift card for my dad for Father’s Day.¬† He also loves to shop there!

After our shopping trip, we were ready for a sweet¬†treat.¬† So we hit up McDonalds for $1.00 hot fudge sundaes.¬† Can’t beat that price!¬†

Sundaes on Sunday

 With all the eating and shopping we did, it was nap time.  We all zonked out on for about an hour, which felt amazing. 

I think that Sammy Kay got to him...!

The dogs also took time to nap…only they sleep on the bed not the couch.¬† Yeah, they pretty much own us!

They call this the "guest room", but we know better.

Now it’s time to finish my laundry (I feel like I am always doing this!) and relax for the evening with Andy.¬† Goodnight!

What's in a Number?

Good Morning!

There is a new addition to Andy’s family: His sister-in-law (also named Lindsay) had a baby last night! She had a little girl! I am going to see her today after work! Can’t wait!

She thought for sure she was having a boy (they didn’t want to know the sex before hand) and so I figured her intuition would be right so I was really surprised to find out it was a girl (I was secretly hoping for a girl though! I can’t wait to spoil her!)¬† They named her Clair.¬† I think that name is so cute! I’ll be sure to take some pictures of the new bundle of joy ūüôā

Simple Recipes

I have two simple, simple recipes to share with you all.  First, Tuna Salad, which is one of my favorites.

This made approximately 3 servings for me:

  • 2 5oz cans of chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 3 tablespoons light mayo (roughly measured)
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp (roughly measured) dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Mix all together until blended.  I had this tuna salad on a wrap and today I have it with 1/2 of a chopped yellow pepper and one chopped tomato for lunch.

Tuna Salad

On the side I have some Greek Yogurt and an orange.

The next simple recipe to share is a chicken dish made in the crock pot.

I call it Tomato and Corn Chicken:

  • Raw Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 bag frozen corn
  • 1 can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • splash of chicken stock, about 1/4 cup to cover the chicken
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

Place everything in a crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours.¬† I’m using this tonight for chicken tacos! Yum!

Tomato and Corn Chicken

Super simple, right? That’s what I am all about!

What’s in a Number?

I know I’ve shared my weight on my blog because I don’t particularly care if people know.¬† It doesn’t define me.¬† It’s a number. I have also seen plenty of bloggers share their weight, which I don’t mind reading.¬† I’m just as curious as the next person!

However, I find it a problem when others begin to compare their own bodies to someone else.

The Comparison Game

We have NO idea what exactly someone’s particular body is made up of.¬† And what I mean by that is the percentage of body fat to lean mass.¬† This is more important than the actual number that the scale spits back at you.

The Scale...

Note: this is not my scale or weight

Take someone who has a lot of muscle mass (lean mass) and little body fat.¬† They may step on the scale and the number may appear higher then you would think. But it’s because they are made up of more lean mass than fat mass.¬† Lean mass is more dense and takes up less room.¬† So if someone has more lean mass than fat mass, they will weigh more on the scale.

A woman weighing 145 pounds with 18% fat will look much smaller than a woman at 145 pounds with 30% fat. They weigh the same, yet the composition is different. Because muscle is more dense than fat the person with less fat and more muscle will look smaller.

A BMI scale might actually place them in the “over weight” or “obese” category because it’s simply just comparing weight and height.¬† This is not an accurate picture of how healthy they are.¬† It’s important to know what exactly your body is made up of by getting your body fat tested

*Side note on BF% Tests: I recommend getting tested with skin calipers if you want something affordable and quick.¬† I wouldn’t trust the scales that tell you your BF%, many things can throw that off.¬† If you have access to other tests through your University, such as a DEXA scan or the Bod Pod, that’s even better and more accurate than skin calipers.

So when you see a blogger post their weight or read about a celebrity’s weight, stop playing the comparison game. We are all different and our bodies are all unique.¬† Our body composition is different.¬† Even if you see a blogger, celebrity, or have a friend who is your same height and your weight is different don’t worry about it!¬† One weight may be fine for someone’s body but be completely unattainable for someone else.

Question:

Have you had your body fat tested?

What’s in a Number?

Good Morning!

There is a new addition to Andy’s family: His sister-in-law (also named Lindsay) had a baby last night! She had a little girl! I am going to see her today after work! Can’t wait!

She thought for sure she was having a boy (they didn’t want to know the sex before hand) and so I figured her intuition would be right so I was really surprised to find out it was a girl (I was secretly hoping for a girl though! I can’t wait to spoil her!)¬† They named her Clair.¬† I think that name is so cute! I’ll be sure to take some pictures of the new bundle of joy ūüôā

Simple Recipes

I have two simple, simple recipes to share with you all.  First, Tuna Salad, which is one of my favorites.

This made approximately 3 servings for me:

  • 2 5oz cans of chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 3 tablespoons light mayo (roughly measured)
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp (roughly measured) dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Mix all together until blended.  I had this tuna salad on a wrap and today I have it with 1/2 of a chopped yellow pepper and one chopped tomato for lunch.

Tuna Salad

On the side I have some Greek Yogurt and an orange.

The next simple recipe to share is a chicken dish made in the crock pot.

I call it Tomato and Corn Chicken:

  • Raw Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 bag frozen corn
  • 1 can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • splash of chicken stock, about 1/4 cup to cover the chicken
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

Place everything in a crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours.¬† I’m using this tonight for chicken tacos! Yum!

Tomato and Corn Chicken

Super simple, right? That’s what I am all about!

What’s in a Number?

I know I’ve shared my weight on my blog because I don’t particularly care if people know.¬† It doesn’t define me.¬† It’s a number. I have also seen plenty of bloggers share their weight, which I don’t mind reading.¬† I’m just as curious as the next person!

However, I find it a problem when others begin to compare their own bodies to someone else.

The Comparison Game

We have NO idea what exactly someone’s particular body is made up of.¬† And what I mean by that is the percentage of body fat to lean mass.¬† This is more important than the actual number that the scale spits back at you.

The Scale...

Note: this is not my scale or weight

Take someone who has a lot of muscle mass (lean mass) and little body fat.¬† They may step on the scale and the number may appear higher then you would think. But it’s because they are made up of more lean mass than fat mass.¬† Lean mass is more dense and takes up less room.¬† So if someone has more lean mass than fat mass, they will weigh more on the scale.

A woman weighing 145 pounds with 18% fat will look much smaller than a woman at 145 pounds with 30% fat. They weigh the same, yet the composition is different. Because muscle is more dense than fat the person with less fat and more muscle will look smaller.

A BMI scale might actually place them in the “over weight” or “obese” category because it’s simply just comparing weight and height.¬† This is not an accurate picture of how healthy they are.¬† It’s important to know what exactly your body is made up of by getting your body fat tested

*Side note on BF% Tests: I recommend getting tested with skin calipers if you want something affordable and quick.¬† I wouldn’t trust the scales that tell you your BF%, many things can throw that off.¬† If you have access to other tests through your University, such as a DEXA scan or the Bod Pod, that’s even better and more accurate than skin calipers.

So when you see a blogger post their weight or read about a celebrity’s weight, stop playing the comparison game. We are all different and our bodies are all unique.¬† Our body composition is different.¬† Even if you see a blogger, celebrity, or have a friend who is your same height and your weight is different don’t worry about it!¬† One weight may be fine for someone’s body but be completely unattainable for someone else.

Question:

Have you had your body fat tested?

What I Eat for a Week Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks

Today started out with a 6am wake up call.¬† I got out of bed and was out the door in 20 minutes on my way to work.¬† I make sure to have everything in order the night before ( I also shower at night) so that I don’t need to do much in the morning before I leave for work.¬† My commute is about 35 minutes and I try and use every minute I can to get some extra sleep!

I didn’t eat breakfast right away because I was heading into work early to run on the treadmill.¬† If I don’t have more than an hour and a half before a run, I will run without food.¬†¬† I need to take a good while to digest my food before I exercise.

Workout

Before I ran, I stretched for 20 minutes.  I pay particular attention to my hips because they are very tight.  I do a combination of static stretching, where I hold a stretch for 15+ seconds, and dynamic stretching, where I add movement.  For example, I do leg swings and walking lunges.  I use these exercise to stretch the muscles and also warm them up.

Some of my favorite stretches are pigeon pose and high lunge.  This really stretches out my hips and hip flexors.

Pigeon Pose

High Lunge

After I stretched, I ran 3 miles on the treadmill.  Today I started out at a light jog (5.0 mph) and gradually increased my speed every 1/2 mile to 6.0 mph.  I added in a couple bursts of higher speed (6.5-7.5 mph) here and there as well.   It was a nice run!

Breakfast

I packed my breakfast last night to take to work today.  I am having the same breakfast I had yesterday (Kashi + Bumpers Cereal), minus the blueberries and with 2% milk rather than 1%.  I also have my coffee with low fat half and half.

Mixed Cereal + Banana

As soon as I publish this post, I’m going to chow down!

Lunch & Snacks

Lunch today was also packed last night.¬† Today’s lunch includes left over Mexican Potato Frittata and an orange.

As for snacks I packed a string cheese, some pita chips and salsa, and a Greek yogurt. I love me some variety!

Lunch + Snacks

Lunch box (That is salsa is in the sour cream container)

Now it’s time to get back to work!¬† Stay tuned for Day 3’s Topic in the 30-Day Challenge later today.¬† I am also having dinner at PF Changs with my old boss tonight.¬† I love that place!

Question:

If you’ve been to PF Changs what are your favorite dishes there?¬† If you have not been there, what would you like to try?

What I eat for a Week Day 1: Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks

Today starts my blog series What I Eat for a Week!¬† I’m going to try my best to capture each meal¬†and snack that I eat for a week.¬† It’s going to be a challenge as I don’t always take my camera with me, but I’m up for it!

Breakfast

Today I woke up at 8am.¬† I don’t work until 11am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so I get to sleep in a bit.¬† Tuesdays and Thursdays I am up at 6am.

After I woke up I put some coffee on, fed the dogs and got ready for the day.  I also packed my lunch and snacks for the day and sat down for some breakfast while watching Regis and Kelly.

Today’s breakfast included:

  • Three different kinds of cereal (I’m the cereal mixing queen!)
  • 1% milk
  • 1 banana
  • blueberries
  • Coffee with low fat half and half

Cereal + Coffee

Kashi and Bumpers

This bowl of cereal holds me over until lunch time, which is 2pm on my late work days.

Lunch

For lunch I packed some leftover breaded chicken that Andy had made Monday night.  I added some pearl barley that I had in the fridge for some added nutrients and fiber.  I plan on topping the chicken with some homemade salsa I made on Sunday.

Chicken + Barley

The salsa was made with:

  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 tomatoes
  • lots of garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • cilantro

I blended everything in a food processor.¬† I love homemade salsa!¬† It’s a great topper for chicken and of course is great with tortilla chips!

Snacks

When I pack my lunch I also pack some snacks.¬† I don’t always eat them all, but I like to pack variety so that I can pick and choose during the day.

Today I packed:

  • 1 orange
  • Greek yogurt
  • String cheese + tortilla to make a quesadilla
  • Slice of zucchini bread I made on Sunday (recipe from here)

Yogurt + Orange

String Cheese + Tortilla

Zucchini Bread

A little play time

Before I went to work, I made sure to spend some quality time with the dogs.¬† Today we played in the back yard in the snow.¬† Lately they’ve been obsessed with their boomerang toy:

Boo and Sophia

Fighting for the boomerang!

Put the camera down and chase me!

Off to work!  Catch ya later today!

Question:

Do you mix cereals?