Hump Day Check-In

We’ve made it to hump day! Woo woo. How are you doing with your lose the fluff meals? I’m proud to say I have made it here with some delicious, healthy meals and good workouts. Let’s hope I can keep it up for the rest of the week! Here is a look at what my last 2 days of workouts and meals have looked like.

Monday:

4:30 AM wake up call to get to Soho to teach Spin. 

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I am fully aware that flavored coffee creamer isn’t very healthy, and I also don’t really care. I don’t dump 1/2 a cup in my coffee, but probably around 1-1.5 tbsp. I eyeball it but don’t go crazy. I’m not even a fan of hot coffee but it’s fast for me to make at home and it’s too cold in the mornings right now for me to handle iced coffee at 4:30 AM. That has to wait until 10:00 AM.

Workout: 1 mile treadmill run + taught 55 minute Spin class

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Breakfast:

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1/2 cup quick oats, 1 tsp brown sugar, cinnamon, banana topped with 1 tbsp coconut peanut butter and 1 tbsp Crofter’s organic raspberry jam.

Lunch:

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I made my turkey chili into vegetarian chili just by leaving out the turkey, adding an extra can of red kidney beans and a bunch of chopped up bell peppers. I actually did this just to save money and total calories. It’s still SO good without the meat! Topped with avocado, Frank’s hot sauce and some Fage 2% plain greek yogurt. I also had a 100 calorie bag of Popchips to dip in this. Favorite meal ever.

Snack 1:

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Snack 2:

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Dinner:

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This was so, so good! A can of tuna mixed with 1/2 a small avocado and sea salt, steamed plain broccoli, sweet potato chunks and ketchup/mustard to dip. It makes it all taste like a cheeseburger 😉

Tuesday:

I was off from both jobs for the first time in awhile! Would have loved to teach a class yesterday but no one needed a sub, so I slept in til almost 11 AM then had the same oats pictured above and coffee. I lounged around for awhile and then got hungry again around 1:30 and made this delicious pre-workout lunch.

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4 egg whites made flat, not scrambled, with some avocado pieces inside rolled up like a burrito, 4 pieces of turkey bacon, and whole wheat bread topped with Crofter’s raspberry jam. The salty-sweet combo of this lunch was the bombbbbbb.

Workout- 3 mile treadmill run + BodyPump class.

First BodyPump class in 5 months. Yikes. It was HARD, and I had to lower my weights a lot more than what I was up to in August before training for multiple half marathons took over my life. All that matters now is that I’m getting back into getting strong!

Dinner:

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It was so, so bitter cold yesterday. I came home from the gym and took a nice hot shower, then warmed up a bowl of my vegetarian chili topped with the usual suspects. Eaten in bed all cozied up is the ONLY good thing about winter.

Dessert:

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Keylime Chobani with 2 tsp Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips, 2 tsp coconut peanut butter and some fat-free Reddi Whip that I shouldn’t be eating because well, it’s dairy.

And the prize- homemade almond milk hot chocolate.

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No good way to photograph that but let me give you the recipe! I modified it just a little from this recipe.

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10-15 drops chocolate stevia or regular stevia, or desired sweetener
  • 2 tsp Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)

Pour all ingredients except chocolate chips into saucepan and heat on medium-heat, constantly stirring. I think I did this for about 4-5 minutes to get really hot but don’t let it come to a boil! The last 2 minutes or so I added in the chocolate chips so they would melt. I actually doubled the recipe so John could have some too and he liked it! That’s saying a lot since the boy lives on sugar. Top it with some fat-free Reddi Whip and it is the perfect winter night treat for less than 100 calories!

So there’s my last two days of workouts and food. I knew I would need a rest day after yesterday’s BodyPump class and it’s still too cold to run outside so I just slept in and am trying to stretch all day. The soreness is real, yo. Hoping to get in some running the next few days as the temperatures get warmer! I miss running outside so much. I don’t even know how I made it 3 miles yesterday on the treadmill, but I can tell you it involved stopping a few times to stretch out because it makes my hip so tight. Ugh.

What’s your hump day check in like?! Succeeding or having a little trouble? I feel like mid-week is when I start to feel like I’m a caged animal who hasn’t eaten treats in years. Stay strong!

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Amazing Turkey Chili

I mentioned recently that my food obsession lately has been turkey chili. I ate it every day for lunch before I was off for a week and then decided late Friday night to finally use the ingredients I bought at Trader Joe’s earlier to make my own and save some moolah. I based it off of this recipe but tweaked a few things so I will write out what I used below:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 pound 99% fat free ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped up
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (28 ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes– this kind is really sweet & my favorite!! They come peeled inside not crushed so you have to crush them up in the chili yourself
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 heaping tablespoons chili powder (i like it super spicy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

You just heat the oil in a large saucepan and then throw the turkey in to get it cooking. Cook it until it starts to brown then throw in the onion and cook for a few more minutes. After it was getting soft, I added in the liquids and all the seasonings. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for 30-40 minutes. I let it simmer a little longer so it would thicken up because I love thick chili!

I’m still new to cooking so I don’t know exactly how to figure out serving sizes? I put all the information into MyFitnessPal and said it made 6 servings (1 cup) so each serving is 200 calories. I have eaten 1.5 servings (1.5 cups) 3 times so far and still have 1.5 servings left- anyone want to do the math on that if 6 actual servings was correct?

Top it with some 2% plain greek yogurt and hot sauce if you want to burn your mouth off.

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Even better the next few days! If you make this let me know how you like it! 🙂

Other random delicious eats from my weekend:

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Chicken, onion & goat cheese omelet (SO GOOD), salad & potatoes at Le Grainne Cafe for brunch on Friday.

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Crazy strong french iced coffee with the beautiful soy swirl.

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Spinach, apple, pear and ginger juice. I rarely get these but I’ve been so sick the last week I just felt I needed some extra nutrients.

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Had to travel down to the Chobani in Soho to try their seasonal pumpkin creation! Plain greek yogurt, pumpkin butter, cranberries, walnuts and gingersnap pieces. Incredible.

What’s your favorite kind of chili? Turkey, beef, chicken or vegetarian?