Leading With the Right Foot

Hey all!

I really like this coming home after work and having nothing to do thing πŸ™‚ Of course my calendar is slowly filling up again, but it’s nice to have a break after such a busy few months.

Tuesday

Back to work!

Breakfast wasn’t pretty but it was yummy! Rolled oats cooked via microwave with skim milk and a sprinkle of salt. Added a tablespoon of milled chia seed, banana and a drizzle of maple syrup afterwards. I’m used to heating up packets of oatmeal but not just plain oats. I think I can heat it for less time…I did a half cup of oats and just added enough milk to cover them. It flooded over and ended up being too thick. But hey it still tasted good!

I’m trying to be better about bringing my lunch from home (saves money and calories!) and so far it’s been working out. For lunch I mixed up half a pouch of Bumble Bee salmon (tastes/smells just like tuna to me) and a can of Bumble Bee tuna with a few tablespoons of greek yogurt, a table spoon of sweet relish and a few hefty dashes of celery seed. Simple but yummy!

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I ate it with some crackers. Also brought a big garden salad that included spinach, tomato, cucumbers and chicpeas. Plus some drizzles of my fav Brianna’s dressing. After I polished the crackers off I put the rest on top of the salad. Yum!

Ended with half of a yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie from Kahwa!

 

After work I got myself motivated to get my fit on. I printed out Courtney’s Walking Interval Treadmill workout and headed down to the gym. It was a doozy! Like she says you may want to adjust the pace according your height. I’m 5’3″ and have short legs so I def had to modify it. Anything 4.0 and up I knocked down a few notches to where it felt more like a brisk walk rather than an almost run. After that I did Gina’s leg burner, which I loved! I’d never down clock lunges or sumo burpees before so it was a nice change up.

For dinner we went to our go to Vietnamese place, Pho Quyen. I got my usual BBQ Beef on Rice Vermecili.

Mmm mmm good.

Then it was off to Total WineΒ since we were in dire need of restocking our supply! We’ve vowed never to buy wine from Publix again…every bottle we pick out is either skunked or just awful wine.

Crazy Dream

This may be totally random but I just have to share. Monday night I had a crazy and vivid dream. I can still remember the details! I dreamed I was pregnant and I was sitting around trying to figure out my due date. I then realized that it was in a few days and started FREAKING OUT because I was nowhere near ready. I ran to tell my mom about all the stuff we needed to do. I had never been to a doctor’s appointment and didn’t have baby clothes, furniture, etc. Nothing! Luckily I already know that dreaming of pregnant means your “giving birth to a new idea” or that something new is on the horizon. So that’s a good thing! But I wonder what the freaking out about not being ready was all about??

Today

Breakfast was a normal favorite…

Egg whites with chedder cheese, salt, pepper, paprika and herbs de provence. With a toasted english muffin and OJ πŸ™‚

I had a lunch meeting today at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. Not my favorite place, but I have found a few go to healthier options. I ended up with the Grilled Chicken wrap and a side garden salad with balsamic. They serve the wrap with mayo AND a side of ranch. Um, ew? It’s either one or the other for me but my goodness not both! I skipped the mayo and got the ranch, which I only used a little of.

For my workout today I did the Running Interval workout IGE recently posted plus the WOD that she got from Tina. I’m all about the blog support lately! Again I modified. My body cannot physically go up to a 9 or 10 pace. I changed all the 5s to 3s, the 8s to 6s, the 9s to 7s and the 10s to 8s. And I ended it after 20:45. It was a short and sweaty workout! The WOD was a bit of a challenge. I tried to talk myself into stopping after 5 rounds since I’m just getting back into working out after a long hiatus and I was feeling fatigued. But I found my energy and pushed through! You’ll always regret stopping, but you’ll never regret finishing πŸ™‚

The Chef is cooking up dinner now…flank steak he brought home from work mixed my leftover stir fry.

Thought of the Day

Workout for you and no one else. I thought about this while working out yesterday. About how I’ve gotten myself into a really good place in terms of body image. I workout and eat healthy for my overall health, not because I want to loose weight. Of course there are those days I look in the mirror and point out my “problem” areas, but anytime I do I immediatly tell myself that every body is different and I remind myself of all the good things my body does for me. I may never have six pack abs or completely get rid of my cellulite, but as long as I am working out and eatting healthy on a regular basis I know I will be happy πŸ™‚

How do you do your workouts? Do you go to a gym, make up your own or get them from blogs?

Any crazy dreams lately?

Mish Mash Tuna Salad

It sure has been a whirlwind since we got back from our trip. The day after we got back I pretty much got slapped in the face by reality. We had to finish some projects in my mom’s condo (she’s moving down to FL in a week!), finish planning an upcoming fundraiser, plus catching up on projects at my full time job.

Thankfully, I’ve had some time for some fun πŸ™‚

Like celebrating The Chef and mine’s 5 year anniversary. Our main celebration was obviously our trip to Portland, but we wanted to do a little something to celebrate on the actual day. So we brought caprese, liverwurst, Ritz crackers and wine to the beach. So fancy πŸ™‚

And going to downtown St. Pete’s Saturday Morning Market, which I hadn’t been to in forever.

It changed locations quite awhile ago and boy has it grown! There are so many more local food vendors, it was almost overwhelming. The Chef and I stopped going to the market because he never thought the produce looked as good as it could. But I think I have to bring him next time to change his mind. I also wish I had bought some extra cash with me so I could snatch up some local honey and meat from a local farm.

I ended up getting a savory crepe from the crepe stand. I’ve had them once before and love them. They’re made from buckwheat and this one was filled with chicken, goat cheese, sauteed onions, mushrooms and onions. Yum.

I also got to see American Stage’s production of August: Osage County. I have been wanting to see this play ever since I first heard about it a few years ago, so I was so happy to see it locally. It was LONG at about 4 hours but it actually flew by. I loved the play itself…everything I hoped it would be. I love me some dark comedies πŸ™‚ There were some actors I enjoyed more than others, but for the most part everyone had pretty fantastic performances.

Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not a cook. I’m very cautious in the kitchen. I’m always worried I’m going to mess something up. That’s why I love things that you can just throw in a bowl and mix up. Like tuna salad!

One weekend day I was found hungry and foodless…so I searched the pantry and fridge for something to whip up easily.

Here’s what came out of it.

To make a healthier tuna salad I used a half mayo and half greek yogurt mixture. Pretty much a tablespoon of each for each can of tuna. I used 3 cans of tuna total and it lasted for 3 meals. Then I basically went crazy with add ins πŸ™‚ Dijon mustard, siracha, celery seed, red pepper, sundried tomatoes and relish.

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It was fantastic! It even got The Chef’s approval πŸ™‚ Although, he did say it needed fresh celery. Guess the celery seed wasn’t enough of a substitute!