Eating Beautifully

by fitforthesoul in , , ,


Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope "hump day" is treating you alright because I know how many people tend to dread it.  And if you're a teacher or working in the education field, happy summer! Today was the last day of school for the kids that Greg and I get see every week through the MAD Club.  I had some business to take care of so I went to see them today while they were having a grand ole' party after school.  I have to admit that I was getting really emotional inside, and tomorrow is their graduation day so we will be going there bright and early.  :D

I hope you're sitting down as you read this and that you don't lose your appetite, because...

Aaahhhhhhh!  This nasty little critter was in our office room this morning!  Oh my goodness, was it big enough to cause me to jump like a little girl.  It was big, fat, and super quick.  Greg wasn't in at the time, so I decided to go to great measures and kill that spider.  I'm still not sure what kind of spider it was, but I do know that it was smart because it kept trying to hide from me.

*shivers*

After a 10 minute ordeal of swatting it high up on the wall and duking it out with him [or her], I finally calmed down and let my adrenaline rush subside.  You should have seen me, I was grunting and yelling loud like a man while batting it down.

*Phew*  I think I'll go ahead and delete this picture from my computer now, thank you very much.

Jenn has been hosting a really cool and creative WIAW, and as you can see it has to do with sensible snacking and eating "beautifully", as I like to call it. ;)

Breakfast

Today's breakfast was a delicious and hot bowl of steel cut oats.  I haven't been eating oatmeal as often as I used to, and I figure that it's due to the changes with marriage and all.

This bowl contained oats, soy milk, water, flax seeds, cottage cheese, and banana.  We've been out of peanut butter for almost a week now, so I was more than happy to use our new Earth Balance PB as the topping, along with dark sea salt chocolate, strawberries, greek yogurt, and Love Grown cranberry pecan granola.

Yayyy!  :P  I finally got to try Love Grown because they are now being sold in some stores like Sprouts.  If you haven't tried their goodies before make sure to check out your local store.

And Gloria Jean's hazelnut coffee on the side.

Lunch

I loved today's meal because it was packed with nutrients, flavor, and color.  It really hit the spot.

I made myself a bowl of salad and it had spinach, tomatoes, strawberries, shredded mozzarella, avocado, pastrami slices and a drizzle of lemon juice.  Of course, I had to have some crunch to go with it so I ate corn tortilla chips and pita chips with Oasis hummus and salsa.

Then I had some Yerba Mate early in the day because it's one of the "things I do" whenever I get the chance.  After all, I love to reminisce of my Argentinean roots. :) It's also really good for digestion and aids in going to the you-know-what.

Post Workout Snack

After today's workout, I was pretty hungry so I chugged down a Green Monster protein smoothie as I drove to see the kids.  I've been using the Magic Bullet for my smoothies and it is so convenient!  All I needed to do was to throw in some protein powder, soy milk, ice cubes, spinach, cherries, peanut butter, and chia seeds.

Since lately I've been going to the gym mostly for running, spinning, and body weight interval circuits, today I decided to tackle Leah Sarago's download routines.

It's been a few weeks since I've done any of her videos so it was a lot harder than I expected!  Perhaps it has to do with the fact that spinning does something different to my leg muscles?  Whatever the case may be, my muscles felt stretched and almost like they were burning.

Are you ready for vanity? :P

[Ah, sorry for the terrible lighting!  It's really hard to take photos of myself with the DSLR]

Of course I had just finished doing Leah's leg and upper body workouts, but I have to point out that they really do work!  Whenever I do her workouts I end up stronger and my muscles feel harder.  It may be that I do a ton of different types of exercises, but I think I'm the type to gain muscle rather quickly.  Sometimes I think too quick, especially considering the fact that I'm petite and only 5'1"!

Okay I feel really awkward showing you that picture.  Judge not, though!  You know you've done that at least once in your life too! :P

Any crazy bug stories??

How has your sensible eating (or snacking) been lately?

What are your favorite things to throw in a smoothie?

Do you tend to gain muscle quickly or slowly?

Have a blessed day y'all!

Love,

Ellie <33