This morning, we rallied our motivation and got to the gym first thing. Recently it’s been tough to get up at 5:15 AM like we typically do, so that we can get to the gym before Ryan has to go to work. I really like getting my workout done in the morning. Then you just feel awesome for the rest of the day.
I used to have a protein shake in the morning before I workout, but it always seemed to feel like a rock in my stomach, or a gallon of liquid, so I don’t have anything besides water when I work out this early. I know there are all sorts of opinions regarding pre/post workout nutrition, but since I am not competing, my philosophy is that I get a better workout when I don’t eat beforehand, versus if I ate beforehad and had tummy issues/cramps, so I’m cool with it.
I was so excited today for breakfast because I have really been wanting an egg. My previous doctor had me avoiding them because he thought I might have an allergy to the whites, but my new doc tested me for an egg allergy and I am all clear. Woohoo. He said to buy the new Zealand kind because they are the best. I am not sure exactly why yet. I didn’t get a chance to ask. I am guessing because they are the most humane/cleanest, but I need to do a little reasearch.
Today’s b-fast consisted of:
1/2 cup (40g) Trader Joe’s multi-grain hot cereal mix…
…1/4 banana mixed in and cooked with the oatmeal, 1/4 banana on top (I like the sweetness the banana adds to the oats when it cooks, but I also like it on top), cinnamon, stevia, and a drizzle of maple syrup… like an 1/8 of a tsp. A little goes a long way.
One egg, pan fried in a little cooking spray.
Snickerdoodle flavored coffee with milk and stevia.
After breakfast, I worked for a while, then I took a break to eat some lunch and make this… Elf Yourself It’s me, my Mom, my sisters, and Ryan. Funniest thing ever. I like Ryan’s face the best.
For lunch I threw together a salad:
- spinach plus spring mix
- red peppers
- leftover lamb tenderloin, heated
- leftover acorn squash, heated
- Creamy Bolthouse Yogurt Ranch Dressing
I really like this dressing, it’s one of my favorites when it comes to low-fat ranch options, although to be honest I really like making my own dressings the best. This was a HUGE salad… this is a large dinner plate, to give you an idea of size.
And… then I worked some more, then…
Sometimes when I am writing these journals, I feel like I am this Common Squirrel from Twitter.
work, work, work work, work…. eat… work, work, work… run… eat…. work…
Haha. Sometimes on Twitter I see updates from this little guy and it always brightens my day.
For a snack, I had a 1/2 cup of full-fat Fage Greek yogurt and a small pear.
This was my first time having full-fat Greek yogurt and wow was it filling. It has more fat and more calories (obviously) so I can understand, but I guess I didn’t expect it to be THAT filling. I have switched over to full-fat dairy and eating whole eggs rather than egg whites because the alternative doctor that I am seeing suggested it, as he thinks my body needs the fats. So, I’ve reduced my portion sizes to fit my caloric needs. I probably could have even gone with less than 1/2 a cup for this snack.
A little later I walked to the gym because I needed to get some reading done. Funny, I know, but sometimes I feel like I would rather be walking at 3.5 on the treadmill then laying down, getting sleepy as I read. I also walked to the Post Office, since it is on my way.
For dinner I made baked Mahi Mahi with a side of baked sweet potatoes and asparagus. Fish… is not my specialty yet. I’ve made a few good dishes (Parmesan and Cashew Crusted Barramundi) but for the most part fish tastes fishy to me… Ryan said he thought it was good, but I could taste the fishiness of it. I prefer fish in a restaurant, like Cedar Plank Salmon or sushi… The only time I can get fish to taste good is if I “bread” it with something like nuts, wheat germ, coconut, etc.
Dessert = the usual (vanilla protein powder plus almond butter). Here is a little before (on the right) and after (left), once you add water.
Also, I made hazelnut butter in my food processor for the first time. It’s not really buttery tho…
We just used the nuts and a little sea salt. Still tastes good, just a little dry. Any tips?
Check out more from my Countdown to Christmas with 25 Days of Clean Eating Challenge.
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