Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WIAW Amazing Microwave Chocolate Cake

Happy hump day WIAW! Thank goodness there are only 2 days left until the weekend! I was actually pretty good at keeping track of my eats today...until the end of the day that is when I was starving and devoured my whole dinner before taking pictures.
For breakfast lately I've been alternating between Oatmeal Minus The Oats and my favorite Overnight Oats.  This morning I went with my cinnamon overnight oats.
Mid morning I scarfed a mini KIND bar to hold me over until lunch. For lunches lately I've been obsessed with salads, all kind of salads. This on was filled with spinach, edamame, carrots, broccoli, snap peas, black beans, craisins, blue cheese and a some fried egg whites on top. I had no hard boiled eggs so I went with the next big thing.
Right before volleyball I ate a chopped up apple with cottage cheese and almond butter.
I thought this would hold me over for a while, but I was hungry again in a couple of hours. We had a double header at volleyball and thank God one of our friends made popsicles to bring.  I was starting to get HANGRY.  That is never pretty.
When I got home from volleyball I scarfed dinner without a second thought. It was just a boring half turkey sandwich with pepper jack cheese, avocado, onions, spinach and tomatoes.  I also had a bunch of grapes.  Instead I will intertain you with our dinner from last night,  Hawaiian Turkey Burgers.
Pretty much a regular turkey burger with provalone cheese and a grilled pineapple ring on top. I had sauteed kale and black beans on the side.
Dessert was AMAZING. I'm not sure what website I found this on, but I jotted down the recipe to try.  It is a single serving microwave brownie.
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp liquid egg whites
3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 tsp maple syrup or honey
Mix all ingredients well. Microwave on high for 3.5 minutes. SO GOOD!!
I split mine in half. I had the other half last night.  A drizzle of peanut butter makes everything better.  The recipe, without the peanut butter is right around 100 calories.  It's super rich, so if you aren't a fan of dark chocolate you might want to add some more sweetener.
My legs are finally feeling better today!! I ran 5 miles yesterday and was dead when I finished. I got home and stretched and foam rolled which I think helped a lot. I have 3 miles to run tomorrow along with an upper body and abs workout.  Have a good rest of the week everyone!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Beach, Birthday and a Wedding

My week of birthday celebrations is coming to an end....yes I get an entire week haha.  I got home Thursday from work, the day before my birthday, with flowers waiting for me :)  It was the perfect start to my long weekend. I took Friday off because we were going to our friend's wedding at the beach that night, and because I think it's no fun to work on your birthday.  Since I had off, I decided to move my long run to Friday morning. My body woke me up at 5:25am. Yikes. So I went with it, and went to the park to run 10 miles. I started my morning with a half a bagel with almond butter and craisins on top. Then I was off!
Me after my 10! I finished with a 10:04 pace and felt really good. I felt so much better than my 10 mile run last weekend. I got home, showered up and got to packing for the beach!

I made myself a high protein recovery meal of "oatmeal minus the oats."  I've been eating a lot of this lately and have found that I like it cold better than hot.

In an almost empty peanut butter jar. 

In the mix:
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup egg whites
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp ground flax
several shakes cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
handfull of craisins

Heat on the stove until it starts to thicken up and then enjoy.  I usually make mine the night before and stick it in the fridge to have the next morning.

After stuffing my face we were off! We drove 2 hours, checked into our hotel and then headed over to the beach for the wedding.
Janice walking down the aisle with her brother.

After the ceremony we went to Irish Eyes for the reception.  We ate some really good food and enjoyed the views of the marina.
I may have taken the nautical theme too far, but I loved my dress lol. 

Matt and I were both pretty tired that night, so we went to bed early and saved the bars for Saturday night. Saturday morning we woke up to a cloudy day.  The morning was chilly and windy, but by noon the sun was coming out and we got a couple of hours in at the beach before heading out to Jamfest at a local bar.

Jamfest at The Bottle And Cork
Holy crowdedness.  That place was packed! I almost got smooshed trying to get to the bathroom.

The lead singer got on the roof for one of the songs!

Later that night we met up with a bunch of friends for dinner, then went back to the bars.  I was proud of my usually early to bed self.  I made it to 1:30am!!

Sunday we got some time in at the beach, and then went home :(  Even though we were tired, Matt and I both wanted to get a strength workout in before we crashed.  I decided to do this Medacine Ball Workout from Blonde Ponytail:
I used a 10lb medacine ball and my inner thighs and arms are killing me today!

I was so depressed going to work this morning and then I walked into my office and saw this:
My birthday cubical.  Work flew by, thank goodness, and I went for a quick run after work.  3 miles went by quickly and I finished in 28.42!

When I got home I did a quick crossfit style workout to finish off. 
3 rounds as quickly as possible
25 dips
25 crunches
25 pushups
25 russian twists

Time to go make my breakfast/lunch for tomorrow.