Memorial Day

Memorial Day was on a Monday this year, which meant no work for Dad! Instead, we took advantage of this beautiful day!

I had worked a 12 the night before and so Dad picked me up abit after 2pm. We headed to the park for some basketball! I’ve played basketball since third grade, and although I am far from an All Star, I love it!

It was a beautiful day, full of fun and laughter! Dad and I even managed to work up a bit of a sweat! After a few drills on the court, we each hydrated ourselves with a bottle of water, and drove around the city, exploring the nicer areas of the city and admiring the Brandywine River.  I figure that such a nice day, called for some further exploring and Daddy-Daughter time. I took Dad to what I had previously called The Secret Garden. Dad loved it! The last time I was there it was beautiful. This time, the flowers were in bloom, making the scene even more majestic. To further relay the essence of Spring time, baby bunnies were out to play! We finished our day with a trip to the grocery store and a snack.

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I picked up the Chobani Flip Vanilla Golden Crunch, vanilla Greek yogurt with corn flakes, oats, and pralines (the pralines are what sold me on this) . I have never been a fan of vanilla yogurt, but this was the best I’ve ever had. I added some extra crunch with some Multigrain Cheerios, and we finished our snacks with Watermelon.

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Speaking of Chobani, I finally tried some of the Chobani bites flavors. As much as I love fresh figs, I have not found a single fig yogurt that I have enjoyed, the Chobani bite Fig with Orange Zest is included. Although I coud differentiate the texture of the fig, I did not get much flavor from the fig or the zest, and was rather disappointed. On a higher note the Chobani bite Caramel with Pineapple Chunks was awesome! It was sweet with big chunks of pineapple evenly distributed in the cup, and is prefect for a guitless treat!

In other food news:

Over the course of the last blog-less weeks, I cooked Barry dinner! He had never eaten eggplant before, so I made him my favorite stir-fry and ampted it up with some chicken breast.

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I also made a super yummy and refreshing shake! I had always heard of the lemon and raspberry combination. I had a handful of raspberries that I wanted to use up and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to experiment. This tart, berry bursting shake filled me up, woke me up, and was over all a winner!

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1/3- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries

1/2 Tbsp sugar free Raspberry Torani syrup

1 Tbsp sugar free, fat free Lemon pudding mix

1/8 xanthum

water

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Another night, I knew  was going to be relatively sedentary at work, since I knew I would be working the 1:1. I opted for a protein dinner in the form of eggs. Yes, liquid egg substitute, like Egg Beaters, can be microwaved. I used 1/2 cup, and tossed it with a large handful of broccoli slaw, 2 Tbsp of shredded fat free cheddar cheese, and some hot sauce! I microwaved this baby, giving it a stir ever y 30 to 45 second or so until it was fully coked. Everyone kept entering the break room asking what smelled so good. They were so surprised when I told them it was eggs!

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I also Have been seriously utilizing Greek yogurt and cucumber. I salmon and dill salad, much like the Dill Chicken salas, but this time, added a chopped dill pickle and fat free Thousand Island dressing. I ate this at work over spring mix and sliced bell pepper. I have really been digging bell peppers lately. Not only do they have low glycemic index, but the also are very filling!

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serves 2

1 6oz plain non fat Greek yogurt

1 md cucumber, peeled and deseeded, chopped

1 tsp chopped or minced garlic

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2 dill pickles chopped

a pinch of salt and pepper

1 5oz can salmon

Well, I guess that was a nice foodie recap of the last few weeks, plus it helped pass time on this not-so-busy night shift!

Speaking of foodie recaps, there are two things I must share with you. SmartOnes has oatmeal now! I’m a huge stickler for breakfast, and am I firm believer in this jump starting your metabolism, and setting you up for a productive day. The oatmeal comes in 3 classics flavors: Apples and Cinnamon, Maple and Brown Sugar, and Peaches and Cream. Also, KIND has released a few new flavors as well: Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Chili Almond! I haven’t seen either products on shelves yet, but keep your eyes peeled, and comment with your opions on the new products!

Black and Gold

I was hoping to get some sleep after work, but instead, I made a trip to Wholefoods, made some Garlic and Cauliflower soup, and took a quick 45 minute nap. This nap is what powered me for the remainder of the day.

Every year, my girlfriend’s sorority host a Black & Gold Party. Each girl brings two dates. Its a way for the new inductees to meet other people. I’m a date every year.

This year was different, though. It was like I was back! I drank a little, I celebrated my friends birthday with some cake and nachos (without a panic attack), I socialized and laughed and danced, and reunited with some old friends. (And I had my first Bobbie hoagie since recovering!)

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Birthday Boy!

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The Bobbie

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Birthday Shot

So much cheese!

So much cheese!

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My crew of friends make the same cake for everyone’s birthday. Why? Because its that good! Its called the “Better than Sex” cake. I’m trying to figure out a way to make it a little healthier, but heres the jist:

Bake a Devil’s Food cake according to package instructions. While still hot, remove from oven and poke holes in the top with a fork or chop stick. Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over top. Drizzle with caramel topping and cover with cool whip. Lastly, top the cake with chopped Heath Bars.

WP_001371I crashed at my girlfriend’s apartment and woke up early to head to campus, making a pit stop at 7-Eleven for some much needed coffee. I could feel some anxiety starting to set in as I thought about all the calories I had consumed last night. Immediately, as I arrived on campus, I headed toward the gym and had one of the best, and sweatiest workouts I’ve had in ages! I completes Julie’s Make Your Face Sweat Treadmill Workout . She was not kidding when she said “sweat.” I know I have a good workout when my shirt is wet from sweat! Minutes 32 to 40 really intimidated me but I pushed forward. I needed to adjust this just slightly. Every so often during those ten minutes or so, I dropped back down to 4.0 speed to catch my breath a bit (for about 30 seconds), but enough to still keep my heart rate up. Even with the modifications, I managed to run 3.88 miles an burn around 500 calories! SWEET!

After this, I asked the girl at the gym to make me a circuit, explaining that I just wanted to burn today! With a few modifications to her set-up, this is what was completed.

10 reps Chest Press 25lbs 2 sets
10 reps Lat Pull Down 40lbs 2 sets
10 reps Tricep Extensions 10lbs 2 sets
10 reps Row 40lb 2 sets
1 min High Plank
10 reps Weighted Squats 5lb in each hand 2 sets
8 each leg Lunges with Bicep Curls 5lb in each hand 1 set
10 and 10 reps Calf Raises (alternate 10 normal pace and 10 fast) 3 sets
1 min High Plank
15 each leg Bird Dog Crunch* 1 set
25 reps Double Crunch 1 set
25 reps Bicycle Crunch 1 set
1 min Modified Plank

* While returning to starting position touch elbow to knee to form a crunch

** I attached two links in case you were unsure about the form of these exercises

I finished with ten minutes on the elliptical. After a shower, I grabbed my laptop from the car, enjoyed a protein and fiber fix in the form of Chobani Flip Vanilla Golden Crunch topped with ground flax and hit the library to watch a lecture before class.

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