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Hey friends!

Todays What I Ate Wednesday post is going to be short and sweet, and not a full day of eats, but instead a mishmash of recent eats.  My life is getting crazy again :(  Why!!

Alright..Let’s start out with breaki!

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I am loving this new coffee mug I got from Marshalls!

image9These blueberry muffins have turned into a daily thing. I enjoyed one along side some scrambled egg whites.

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This is the TOTAL healthy and super simple comfort food.  It’s way too good for how simple it is to make.  In a crock pot went chicken breasts, carrots, onions, diced sweet potatoes, and chicken broth. The sweet potato kind of disintegrates into the mix in a way, giving it this sweet and savory flavor, if that makes sense.  SO good….Thank god…because I cut my finger making it.

Paleo Fried RiceSay hello to Paleo Fried Rice.  I used this recipe from NomNomPaleo, and added chicken on top.  Everyone asks me, does the cauliflower really taste like fried rice?  My answer…you don’t really get the taste of cauliflower or rice.  You do get the consistency of rice though, and all the flavors of fried rice. I loved it and will definitely be making it again soon!

That’s all I have for today!  Thank you Jenn for hosting! I’ll be back tomorrow with a bootcamp-style workout!

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Sometimes Our Thoughts are Our own Worst Enemy

How to Not Hate Mondays + Meal Plan for the Week

Good morning!  Today I’m trying to change my thinking from this…

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Mondays don’t suck. Okay sometimes they do, but not always!  It’s all in the way you think about it!  Something I first really grasped in a Positive Psychology course was that our thoughts control our attitude.  I’ve been working on really embracing that idea since taking that class, and I have to say, there is definitely truth to that.

Sometimes Our Thoughts are Our own Worst Enemy

So today, I’m applying that concept to my view of Mondays.  This week sucks extra hard, because the semester is starting this week too.  Now I’ll have work (teaching dance), classes, online classes, and teaching a strength and conditioning class for the next several months.  What better time to start this change in thought than this week!

From now on, I will think of Mondays as setting the tone for the week, setting goals for the week, a new chance to really kick ass at eating healthy, hitting it hard in the gym, and feeling good about myself for the accomplishments I’ll be making along the way.

Let’s get our shit together and make this week a great one and make each one from here on out better than the last.  Something I do that helps tremendously with the eating healthy for the week part is food prepping and planning.  I like to cut up fresh veggies and fruits for snacks or salads throughout the week to help me from veering off track when I come home starving and the first morsel of food in site is a package of Oreos setting on the counter. I also meal plan dinners for the week which I usually post about. This week’s meal plan is as follows…

Monday: Sesame Garlic Beef Stir-fry

Tuesday: Tuna Steaks and a sesame cucumber salad

Wednesday:  Baked Cod + spiralized veggies with a roasted red pepper sauce

Thursday:  Chicken, Carrots, Sweet Potato, and Onion with some chicken broth in the slow cooker

Friday: Leftovers or out

I also like to plan my workouts for the week – just a general idea of what I’ll be doing each day – and write it in my planner.

picstitch-8It helps if you have a cute planner you like to use with fun colored pens, FYI.  So here’s to a great week ahead, and making Mondays suck a little less!  Have a great day!

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Friday Favorites #2 + Simple, Clean Salad Dressing Recipe

Happy Friday!  Another work week has come and gone, and I’m here again to share some of my faves from the week!

Friday FavoritesBut first…a quick recap of yesterday, or shall I say today since I am writing this on Thursday for Friday.  So right now I am sitting in Starbucks writing up this post, which is one of my favorites for today…

1. Working at Starbucks

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I don’t know what it is but there’s just something about doing my work at Starbucks, with some kind of coffee drink – right now it’s a triple nonfat grande cappuccino –  surrounded by other coffee-lovers doing the same thing.  I’m also a coffee addict so every time I hear the espresso machine or the milk steamer, I get a little bit of a rush.

At this point in my day, I’ve taken a spin class and did an ab workout at the gym earlier this morning, came home for a quick lunch, and then went to take a Strength and Conditioning class that I will be soon be teaching. I just went so I could see how my bossman wanted the class run.

Another favorite…

2.  Fivesse Gym Bag

I first saw these bags from Fivesse at the Idea World Expo, and fell in love.  I held off getting one for a while because of the price, but then I found them for a little cheaper on different website.  I think it was eBags.com.

image6This bag is perfect for me because I tend to just shove everything in my gym bag with no organization whatsoever.  This bag has separate compartments for just about everything you bring with you to the gym – your sunglasses, cell phone, dirty laundry, shoes, keys, jewelry and headphones. I’ve been trying really hard to use these compartments for what they’re meant for.

3. Kale

Yes, really!  For a while I was eating kale a lot, like a year and a half ago.  And then I just got tired of it I guess, and haven’t had it much since then.  As a part of the new year, I’ve been trying to get back in the habit of eating only whole foods and minimal junk.  And along with that, I’ve been trying to eat more kale again!

I had it this week in a smoothie..

image4last week in an amazing salad

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I’m still looking for more great kale recipes, so if you have any, throw them my way!

4. This Essie nail colorimage2I think it’s perfect for Winter.  I’m usually skeptical about going so bright, but I like this one!

5.  Lemons

I’ve been loving using lemons lately, mostly in my water.  Something I’ve been focusing on getting better at this week is drinking more water from now on.  I definitely don’t drink enough.  Coffee? Yes – I overdose on that sh*t, but water not so much.  Putting lemon in my water and my water in a pretty mason jar cup makes water taste so much better!

I’ve also been using it to make a really simple but delicious salad dressing.  It doesn’t seem much different from my usual balsamic vinegar and olive oil, but it really does give my salads a new fresh taste.

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 Simple Salad Dressing (one serving)

– Juice from one lemon wedge

– 1 small garlic clove, crushed

– 1 tsp olive oil

– 2 tsp balsamic vinegar

– sea salt and ground pepper to taste

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I’m signing off to relax the rest of my evening. I’m beat!

What are some of your favorites from the week? What have you been loving lately?

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