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!

Those Things I Love.

Following your dreams is sometimes really, really hard to do. There are a lot of setbacks and it can really get you down, not to mention can take a long time to really get to. So sometimes you have to focus on what else makes you happy. Even if it’s superficial things. For me those superficial things are coffee and shopping. Coffee makes me happy in a HUGE way and I realize that may be kind of weird but I am more than just an addict. It makes me happy so I spend money on it that I figure into my budget, and only go to places that have rewards for what you buy. I justify it that way so I am at least getting a free drink every now and then 😉  I don’t have much money to shop because I prefer to save what I can these days, but sometimes you just have to #treatyoself. A little. Right?!

My favorite mug, great quote and filled with the good stuff
My favorite mug, great quote and filled with the good stuff

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My new favorite drink you MUST try, especially if you like bubble tea. This tastes just like it but about 1/10th of the calories and totally customizable. I saw this all over Instagram this week. Order a 1/2 black iced coffee and 1/2 black iced tea (unsweetened) plus whatever milk you want. Add your own splenda or stevia on the side, gulp down. I’m so happy about this discovery because not only is bubble tea too caloric, they never have soy or almond milk so the dairy murders me. Wooooop!

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THE comfiest and softest shirt ever from the Gap, their Gapfit line. I got it in a large so it would be loose fitting even though it’s meant to be a bottom layer workout shirt. I wasn’t intending to run in it, but today was so cold I needed more than just a tank top under my Lululemon running jacket. Got this baby on sale for $12.99 a few weekends ago. I also got it in navy blue and gray stripes. Available here!

And these were an impulse purchase on my lunch break today. Well, technically I have been shopping around for a good pair of dressy yet casual booties like these.

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They miraculously had one pair left at the store and in my size. For the minute I walked around in them, they were comfortable. Let’s see how they do at my work holiday party Friday night. I’m definitely returning the watch I wrote about yesterday so this is also how I try to be mindful about shopping. I wouldn’t have bought these if I was keeping the watch, but technically now I spent less money. Mind tricks?

And the one place in the world that can always cheer me up and shower me with inspiration and thankfulness is Central Park. 4.25 glorious sunrise miles around this beauty this morning.

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What superficial things make you happy?

Are you a shopper or a saver? What things do you indulge in when shopping? I am much more a shoes/accessories gal than clothes.

CLICK Protein Espresso Giveaway!

If you’re close with me, one thing you know about me is that I’m a coffee fiend. Iced coffee with soy milk, to be exact. It’s an every day necessity for me and it’s become less about the caffeine effect (let’s be honest, after years of drinking coffee it doesn’t exactly work like the first time 😉 and more about the amazing taste. When I heard about CLICK, the protein powder that actually contains espresso, I died a little. It had to be too good to be true right? I had seen it all over Skinny Runner’s blog and figured she wouldn’t lie about such a thing (girl likes her coffee too, and I trust her cause she ain’t afraid to use some artificially flavored creamer in hers! haha)  Luckily the great people at CLICK sent me some to try myself. I picked out a container of the mocha flavor, and they sent along a shaker bottle and a packet each of vanilla latte and mocha decaf.

I dug into the vanilla latte packet on my way to see the Jillian Michaels tour and mixed it with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk, about 1.25 cups worth.

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Tasted awfully naughty, like it would have a whole ton of sugar and not a lot of protein. Turns out the packet (equivalent to 2 scoops out of the full size container) has 120 calories, 6 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein! Depending on what kind of milk you use you can have a great post-workout drink that could have 20+ grams of protein plus the pick-me-up delivered from caffeine!

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See? Me with coffee = happy! Even in gross Long Island Rail Road bathrooms.

The mocha is delicious and definitely tastes like a sinful drink you’d get at the Bux! Fortunately for you you can save a lot of calories and sugar by using CLICK, not to mention money. One of my favorite ways to use the mocha flavor is actually not in the form of a drink! I introduce to you, mocha banana oatmeal.

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This is my usual oat base (1/3 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 cup wheat bran, banana) with 1 scoop of the mocha CLICK. SO AMAZING! With melty cherry chocolate peanut butter on top? Dessert for breakfast ya’ll!

Last but not least, I tried the packet of decaf mocha as an afternoon snack. I don’t drink coffee after noon-ish anymore because it tends to give me a killer headache, so I love that decaf is an option when you want the protein and espresso taste without the caffeine boost. Tasted just like the regular mocha!

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In the spirit of keeping it real let me add this: if you are a super “clean” eater, you probably won’t like that CLICK has a lot of ingredients in it. I don’t mind because everything else I eat tends to be pretty clean, and I do what I wanna do yo!

And because I love ya’ll and want you to experience the yummy-ness that is CLICK, I will be picking a winner to receive their own choice of flavor and a shaker bottle!

To enter, leave me a comment telling me what your favorite way to drink coffee is!

For additional entries:  

Go to Facebook and “like” CLICK’s page and leave a comment on their page telling them you are entering my giveaway (Artificially Balanced blog) and leave me a comment telling me you did! http://www.facebook.com/drinkclick

Follow CLICK on twitter: https://twitter.com/drinkclick and tweet about my giveaway! Come back and leave another comment telling me you did!

Also be sure to visit CLICK’s webpage. They have a great sample kit so you can try the flavors before committing to a full canister!

Contest will close Thursday May 23rd at 11:00 AM.

NOTE: You do not have to be a blogger yourself to comment and win! I appreciate and love all feedback so if you’re a reader and not a blogger, I’d love to see your comments on my posts! 🙂