I hope your Thursday is going well. Mine is pretty swell so far.
I’ve been battling strange stomach pains lately. It’s happened a few times in the past week just after I eat breakfast. It happened really bad last Wednesday to the point where I really couldn’t do much all day. Well, yesterday it happened again but not quite as bad. I have to assume it’s something I’m eating but my breakfasts haven’t included anything new or abnormal.
Today I was really in the mood for a classic breakfast: eggs, toast, and turkey bacon.
On the days I’ve gotten sick, I’ve had egg whites topped with cheese, and a piece of peanut butter and banana toast. I’m nervous that it’s my peanut butter that has been making my stomach hurt, since that’s the main thing I omitted today. But peanut butter is supposed to help soothe upset stomachs so I’m all kinds of confused.
I hope these strange unpredictable pains don’t turn up anymore, but enough about my illnesses. I’m feeling fine today and am excited to complete the second day of a workout plan I started yesterday.
I found this plan on bodybuilding.com, which is usually my go-to when I’m looking for workout plan inspiration. I know how to build my own plan, but sometimes it’s more fun to find something new and exciting. I like that it balances weights with cardio pretty well, but I will most likely tweak some things to add some HIIT cardio here and there.
Today is a legs day which I always dread since I know I won’t be able to walk for the next day or two. Woo!
In other news…Mike and I carved pumpkins this weekend.
Yes, my pumpkin has the call letters of the TV station I work at. Good thing I like my job, right? Last year I did the NBC peacock which was a little cooler if you ask me.
It’s a little toasty for mid-October in Sioux Falls right now, but I’m still embracing the fall spirit and making one of my favorite Crockpot fall meals this evening: Crockpot Cream Cheese Chili
Alright, I’m off to the gym!
I have a peachy recipe to share this morning! Literally.
Mike and I visited the first South Dakota Peach Festival this weekend. Apparently these festivals are pretty popular everywhere outside the midwest, but this was our first experience at the event. They featured the world’s largest peach cobbler, and of course lots of peaches! All the peaches are brought in on trucks from Georgia, and are supposed to be some of the best around.
I ended up buying a bag for $8 that gives you the option of fitting as many peaches in it as possible. Now I have about 20 peaches that need to be eaten one way or another. Mike had a great idea last night – he told me to create different healthy recipes that feature these sweet fruits and share them! So I bring you the first installment of this peach saga, however long it may last.
I have been craving Quaker Peaches & Cream instant oatmeal for weeks. I loved the instant oatmeal packets growing up, and this was always my favorite flavor.
Since I’ve matured slightly since the age of ten, I decided to make a ‘grown-up’ version of my favorite oat flavor.
Peach & Blueberry Protein Oats:
- 1/3 cup dry oats
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 ripe peach, peeled and diced into cubes
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 tbs chopped pecans (optional)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Cook the oats according to directions. I typically just eye-ball how much water I’m adding to them.
- Once they’re cooked, stir in egg white, protein powder and cinnamon. Heat for 30 more seconds.
- Add peaches, blueberries and almond milk. Stir until nice and creamy.
- Top with chopped pecans or any other nuts!
This breakfast hit the spot. I’d like to try an overnight oats version as well. I feel like some greek yogurt would really add some good creaminess.
Sunday mornings call for a special breakfast. I was really craving a sweet potato breakfast scramble this morning, but groceries are running a little low right now. I settled for a version of protein pancakes that included oatmeal, egg whites, cottage cheese, and protein powder. The end result was nice and satisfying.
- 1/4 cup quick oats, or regular oats
- 1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
- 2-3 egg whites
- 1/2 scoop whey protein powder
- splash of milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- cinnamon and splenda to taste
- fruit, nut butter or syrup for topping
- Combine all ingredients except toppings in a medium bowl
- Spray cooking spray into medium skillet over medium high heat
- Pour half of mixture into pan
- Cook each side for about 3 minutes, lifting edges to prevent sticking
- Repeat with other half of mixture
- Top with anything you’d like!
I topped my pancakes with heated frozen blueberries and PB2.
Yum! The cottage cheese keeps protein pancakes nice and dense. It also prevents them from drying out which is big for me. These cakes are sitting nice in my belly right now. I’m planning on hitting the gym in an hour or so then off to the grocery store. I just love Sundays!
Also, last night Mike proposed the idea of running the Minneapolis Half Marathon with me in June! I always try talking him into doing races with me. The last one we ran together was the Turkey Day 5k in 2012.
I think the experience was a little traumatic for him after I whooped him. But I’m super excited he’s considering running the 1/2 marathon with me. Should be a blast!
- Do and your significant other run races together?
- Do you run at the same pace or let each other do their own thing?
So far, this weekend has been one of the best in a while. It started out on Thursday night with a DePaul Dance Team dinner/slumber party! One team member usually hosts the team dinners, and we usually do something simple like order pizza. We decided to have a potluck on Thursday, and let me tell you, there was an abundance of food.
Some of the star dishes included: homemade pizza rolls, pizza dip with garlic bread, greek yogurt pasta salad, and all the delicious fresh fruit people brought! My contributions were ham and cheese puff pastry roll-ups which I forgot to snap a picture of, and a white cheddar cranberry dip served with sliced baguettes.
YUM! The feast continued into the morning with a delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, coffee cake, butter braids, and more fruit.
It was a great night of eating and bonding. However, there was very little nutrition involved. I was feeling beyond horrible after breakfast, as if the night before wasn’t enough. I took a turn for the worst somewhere between the donut holes and butter braids. Not good! My friend Tessa and I decided we needed to do some serious cardio to make up for our indulgences. I proposed a long run, but the fresh snow on the ground kind of killed that idea. Tessa gets Spartan Race’s workout of the day sent to her phone every day. The particular workout from yesterday sounded like a great circuit, so we went for it!
Spartan Circuit Workout:
Perform each exercise 10 times, with no rest between exercises. Rest 2-3 minutes between circuits, repeat 3-5 times.
- 100 meter sprint
- 100 meter sprint
- jumping lunges
- 100 meter sprint
- pull-ups (assisted or non)
- 100 meter sprint
- 100 meter sprint
- bodyweight squats
- 100 meter sprint
- 30 crunches
Each circuit took us about 7-9 minutes. We were huffing and puffing by the end and feeling good! The burpees were definitely the toughest part for me, and Tessa said the pull-ups were the most challenging for her. We saved enough energy to round out the workout with 25 minutes on the elliptical.
The workout yesterday made me want to look into more similar circuit workouts. I have been shying away from them recently, but this one really got me engaged. Alright, I’m off to do my scheduled lower body workout for the day! I have a feeling some more intense cardio will be needed as well.
Welcome to my first blogging milestone! According to WordPress, 5 posts was my first goal. After today, I will officially be moving onto bigger and better things by completing my fifth post. Go me!
I’m home in Minneapolis for this Labor Day weekend. This is most likely the last time I will get to visit home before Thanksgiving, so I’m trying to make every minute count. I kicked off the weekend in a good way last night. My good friend from high school, Carly, is leaving for Spain tomorrow. Naturally, we had to hit up half-priced appetizers at Applebee’s to give her a proper farewell! Half-priced apps have always been a staple in our friendship. My boyfriend, Mike also joined us. I indulged in some traditional hot wings, which were right on the money.
Applebee’s has the best wings in the neighborhood. What can I say? I’m easy to please. We also split an order of nachos, which were a little disappointing if I do say so, myself. For some bizarre reason Applebee’s has made the decision to change their perfect classic nachos to chili cheese nachos.
Despite my disappointment in the unnecessary change, I ate about half the plate.
Since I “treated” myself to straight junk food last night, I needed a healthy, but satisfying meal this morning.
One of the best things about coming home is the change in food selection! I decided to whip up a breakfast pocket. My pocket consisted of the following:
- Brownberry 8 Grain Pocket Thin
- 4 egg whites
- 3 slices black forest ham
- 2 slices Kraft Singles fat free cheddar
- 1 Tbls sugar free blackberry jelly
I enjoyed some sliced zucchini from my Mom’s vegetable garden on the side. My Mom and Stepdad, Tom are not coffee drinkers, so I had to settle for a hot cup of green tea with my breakfast.
This is probably a good thing, since I’ve been drinking about 4 cups of coffee per day lately. I really need to cut back.
I’m really looking forward to this weekend. There are numerous fun-filled things on the agenda, including a haircut, camera shopping (so I can stop taking the crappy phone pictures), back-to-school shopping (yes, I am 5-years-old), visiting the Minnesota State Fair, and just spending some time with my Mom, Tom, and the DOGS!
These dogs eat everything. Seriously, they’ve eaten glass. They’re NUTS, but I love them.
Alright, off for a quick run before the festivities begin!