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Energetic Friday

It’s amazing what a good night of sleep can do for you! I probably got about 10 hours of sleep and my body didn’t hurt when I woke up for the first time all week. I felt achy and stressed all week with lots going on at work.

Anyway, I purposely got that much sleep because I have to stay up until midnight this evening for work.

I started my morning with Chobani strawberry yogurt topped with strawberries and blueberries.

greek yogurt with berries, Starbucks caramel coffee

While at Target last week, I picked up the Starbucks caramel flavored coffee. It is really good! I honestly have a love/hate relationship with flavored coffee and this flavor impressed me. It reminds me most of a caramel frappucino (without all of the calories associated with said drink). Caramel frappucinos used to be my go to drink at Starbucks, so anything that is similar to it without the fat and calories is ok by me.

Starbucks caramel coffee

After watching the morning shows for a bit including a story on how a proper night of sleep at 8 hours plus helped a bunch of women lose weight (how timely), I finally got ready for the gym.

I was in a really cheery and energetic mood this morning, so I went with my new yellow Danskin Active top and my sassy sweaty bands headband. I even dared to take the picture below without makeup on. 20 something year old me would have never done that, but now that I am nearly 31, I don’t care what people think of my makeup less face anymore.

yellow Danskin active shirt, sweaty bands headband

At the gym, I was in an even better mood when I found that someone left behind an old issue of Whole Living magazine, which is becoming one of my favs. I read that while biking for 18 minutes, I lifted a full circuit of weights, did some free weights, abs and the elliptical for 16 minutes. I love great workouts like the one I had today.

I’m cooking up some tofu topped with Penzey’s mural of flavor spice (which is my favorite of Penzey’s spices), so I better run and check to make sure my tofu doesn’t burn. I want to bring a healthy dinner to work so I feel good for my event tonight. That should ensure I stay in a good mood as well. 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great start to your weekend!

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Getting over the hump

Happy hump day! Only two more days and it’s the weekend. Is it wrong that I am already thinking about the weekend? It kind of stinks that I have to work on Sunday afternoon, but I’ll make the most of my Friday night and Saturday then.

Breakfast–plain old boring Cheerios and coffee. I didn’t feel like anything else.

cheerios, coffee

Snack at work was Nescafe instant coffee that I got free samples of through Thunderfap.com or one of those sites. I also had an Aldi trail mix bar. This bar is a bit sweet for me. I think I better look at the ingredients before buying again too.

nescafe taster's choice

millville trail mix bar

Lunch was a whole wheat tortilla with refried beans, shredded cheddar cheese and of course, Frank’s Red Hot sauce. I also had a strawberry Chobani yogurt and added fresh blueberries to it. Dessert was a toffee Moser Roth chocolate bar from Aldi.

tortilla w/refried beans, strawberry Chobani, blueberries, chocolate

I meditated when I got home from work. Today, I practiced without my husband and I did well. I started out better than I did in the middle with controlling my thoughts. Don’t worry–I won’t talk about my meditation every day. I may just blog about any affects I have noticed from it over time.

Dinner was a banana with some nutella and breakfast taquitos. Blame my husband who buys those and was making them–I couldn’t resist the quick meal tonight.

breakfast taquitos

banana nutella

I was going to go to the gym tonight, but decided I could really use a rest day to relax my body and also do dishes, organize coupons and read my book. I also had planned on (finally) leaving work early and then 3:30 hit and multiple e-mails came in that demanded my immediate attention. I wanted to go to Zumba, but that didn’t happen because getting out of work once again affected my workout schedule. And I wonder why I am counting down the days till the weekend.

When I was organizing my coupons, I realized I really need to find a good (cute) coupon organizer. Using the envelope system isn’t working so well right now. I think I am going to keep searching on Etsy.

So, it’s the part of the evening where Bill Bryson’s book is calling my name. Hope I don’t fall asleep while reading because I feel super tired right now.

hot coccoa and Bill Bryson At Home

Night!

Review of Gardein Tuscan Breasts

It was “Friday” for me today since we have a three day weekend with New Years Eve tomorrow. I thought it would be an easy day at the office, but I volunteered to step away from my peaceful desk and help out in the public arena. It’s funny because my job title has public in it, but I rarely work with the public face to face! For two straight hours, I helped answer questions, shuffle people from one line to the next, etc. It was fun and the time flew. My workplace has been busy all week, which is wonderful to see, so I wanted our guests to have a positive experience despite the crowds. Helping out was rewarding, but it also made me appreciate my quiet desk, more or less because I am not used to standing in one place like that anymore. My body ached at the end!

This is where yoga class tonight came in to save the day! I just got home from there and I feel so much more relaxed and less achy. We did a couple of new poses tonight and always like trying new things in fitness classes, so that was cool. We concentrated on lots of twists, which our teacher said was good for our backs and digestive systems. This was perfect for me and especially for the day I had.

At yoga, I also got to try out my new GAIAM yoga socks that Craig got me for Christmas!

GAIAM yoga socks

GAIAM yoga socks

They worked really well. The room wasn’t as cold tonight. Despite that, I loved that my feet were warm and the grippers on the bottom helped me stay more stable, especially in certain positions. When I put them on, it was hard to separate my toes, but then I sort of forced them into their spaces and it was fine.

Rewind to earlier today.

Breakfast

Coffee (in my “I Do” mug in honor of Jenny) and Kashi Go Crisp! cereal.

coffee and Kashi Go Crisp! cereal

Lunch

I had an Arnold’s Thin sandwich with provolone cheese and sweet peppers on top. I added Frank’s Red Hot sauce and Chipolte mayo. Other lunch items included two clementines (I am trying to use them up), a strawberry Chobani yogurt, and baby carrots.

lunch 12-30-10

After work, I went to Whole Foods to use up a bunch of coupons for free or discounted items. It was packed there like it was at my work. Must be the New Years eve rush. Among other things, I picked up three different Gardein items, which I had never tried before this evening. I asked Gardein if I could sample some of their products and they graciously sent me some coupons.

Gardein tuscan breasts

Dinner

Craig made the rice and microwaved the Tuscan Breasts from Gardein.

Here is the packaging it came in, which included the tomato basil sauce.

gardein packaging

We both enjoyed the meal, but I loved the flavor and texture more than Craig. I would definitely buy the Tuscan Breasts again.

Gardein tuscan breast, rice, milk

gardein tuscan breast back

I eat a mostly vegetarian diet and even though I like the flavor of chicken, I don’t necessarily like eating animals, nor does eating meat always agree with my stomach. I like that one of these tuscan breasts has 21 grams of protein because I definitely know that I need more protein in my diet.

tuscan breast gardein

After Craig left the table, Karma joined me. It seemed that he wanted some Gardein too!

Karma at dinner table

Dessert before yoga class was toffee Moser Roth chocolate.

Moser Roth toffee chocolate

Time to start a book I picked up at the library tonight, My Spiritual Journey by The Dalai Lama. I’ll share more on this tomorrow, but one of my goals for life in general is to read more books. I love reading, but have been slacking lately on reading books. I got hooked on the Stieg Larsson books a couple of months ago, but since then, I haven’t been as “hooked” on reading. Maybe I should blame my addiction to reading healthy living blogs? 🙂

What was the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?