Green stuff + What I Ate Wednesday

Good morning! Just wanted you to know that this is the cardio workout I’ll be doing this morning…

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How was your St. Patrick’s Day? I participated in green-wearing three ways (besides being green and taking my recycling out to the curb):

1. Wore green to Pure Barre (yes, it’s green… mint green… whatever)

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Hey guys… just me sitting here creeping since I arrive everywhere 6 hours too early..

2. Green aminos with a green watch

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this stuff keeps me alive

3. Hulk gloves

I think my patients really appreciated me wearing these around today. It was hard to type up my notes though.

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Anywho, how great is this weather?? My Girls on the Run team was pretty stoked to be outside for the entire practice Monday (until they complained it was too hot…). I brought them bananas for our pre-practice snack, and they went bananas over them.

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what if all bananas came with these positive affirmations on them??

Brent and I also got out for a walk after work. So nice. And I found this bunny.

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THUMPER!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled What I Ate Wednesday!

Breakfast

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Protein pancake topped with cottage cheese & strawberries

Lunch

Thought it would be fun to show you what my lunch looks like packed up before I assemble it at work!

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1 slice Ezekiel bread topped with spinach, tuna salad, tomato slice + 1/2 avocado with TJ’s garlic salt. Side of grapes.

Kidding. I totally forgot to take a picture at lunch yesterday, so you get plastic bag pictures today.

Snacks

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Kroger brand protein bar. 89 cents, score.

Also had some hummus + baby carrots when I got home from work.

Dinner

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black bean quinoa burger on top of red sauce + zoodles, topped with mushrooms. Holyyyy yum.

Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!!

<3 Lady runners and spa lovers…check back in on Friday for a fun announcement and discount code!!

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What did you eat today?

Any St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Did you wear green to work?

Do you tend to arrive places too late or too early?

At My House Survey

Morning!! Here’s a picture of my nephew doing yoga to start your day:

Namaste from Otis

Hope your week is going great so far. I have some fun hump day plans with coworkers and my roommate after I get finished with Girls on the Run practice: SUSHI! Sushi and 5pm happy hour is just what I need before this supposed winter storm comes through (AGAIN??).

Here’s what my eats have looked like this week – another round of #WIAW !

What I Ate Wednesday

breakfast

Svelte cappuccino protein shake & banana

lunch

Made my own lettucewich!

2 Romaine leaves, 1 Laughing Cow garlic & herb wedge, 3 slices turkey, 1/2 avocado, tomato, a few cornichons (the cutest of tiny pickles), garlic salt + oregano

green juice (1/2 jar)

snacks

2 hard-boiled eggs

baby carrots & hummus, pear

dinner

Shredded chicken, roasted mushrooms, kale & green beans, pureed cauliflower

I probably ate 17,000 handfuls of Goldfish at work too. Darn you, artificially flavored cheese crackers!

I’ve seen this At My House survey around the blogosphere lately and thought it would be fun to include in today’s post! I love surveys and learning random things about other people – do you remember the surveys/quizzes that we used to send around on e-mail chains forever ago (most likely in Comic Sans MS font)? Yea, loved those.

At My House Survey

  • Household chore I actually enjoy…

Washing dishes. Like, actually hand washing them. Maybe it’s because they get to air dry for awhile, and I don’t have to think about putting them away (a chore I do NOT enjoy).

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so true.

On another dishes note, if rearranging/organizing dishes in the dishwasher counts, I’m a big fan. It’s one of my talents.

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  • Biggest house disaster…

The house that my roommates and I rent had the water heater die on us a couple weeks ago. THE HORROR. No showering there for 3 days, and it was right when my friend Parker came in town! The floor of my closet could be considered disastrous as well. I just don’t know where to put all the shoes!

  • Before company arrives, I hide…

The piles of papers I leave on my dresser. I really need a desk, people!

  • Most recent music download…

Sugar by Maroon 5. Still obsessed. I downloaded Spotify finally, so hopefully I will be branching out to some new music soon!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09R8_2nJtjg

  • The last thing I bought online…

J.Crew shorts for $20!!! This was a great deal I found at J.Crew Factory (I had a discount code too). My favorite white shorts are no longer wearable, and since they are the main (only) summer clothing staple I own, I needed to replace them.

  • I hate to shop for…

Clothing. Ugh, I know, I’m not a real female. I do love shopping for workout clothes, and I occasionally will be in the mood to hop into someplace fabulous like Anthropologie. But, otherwise, I just order clothes online when I need something (see J.Crew shorts above)!

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  • Favorite family ritual/tradition…

Christmas Eve, hands down. I love when our family gets together, has a couple cocktails at the house and then heads to dinner at our favorite Italian spot in Memphis on Christmas Eve. We have done this for so long, it always makes me feel so happy just thinking about it! We then usually drive around and look at Christmas lights afterward. I love this night’s tradition!

  • I sleep in…

In the winter, a long sleeve t-shirt. In the summer, a short sleeve t-shirt. :)

  • I have a style crush on…

Jennifer Aniston. Casual but put-together.

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And dressed-up… simple and classy! Love her.

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  • I’m currently reading…

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. So great so far. It’s about a man living with a spinal cord injury and a woman who is hired to work with him… it’s emotional, funny at times and has kept me intrigued so far!

  • How did I ever live without…

Trader Joe’s. I didn’t have one in Memphis, so it’s been a real treat having one so close by in Nashville. I love everything about it, and I actually look forward to grocery shopping now!

Your turn!!

Answer any of these survey questions!!:

 

What’s a household chore you actually enjoy?

Most recent music download?

What do you hate to shop for?

Style crush?

chocolate fro-yo with peanut butter sauce. yes.

Gooood morning! I have a special treat for you today. It’s going to be a quick post focusing on food (perfection, right?). I made some excellent frozen yogurt last night (which you know if you follow me on Twitter), and my friend Gina was asking for the recipe, so I thought it would be kind of me to share the love. First, I’ll tell you about my eats for this week!

What I Ate Wednesday

breakfast

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Blueberries and blackberries in a bag, egg whites + Laughing Cow wedge + 1/2 avocado

This is what it looks like all mushed-up. Sorry for the dark picture… I refuse to turn the lights on at work in the morning.

Despite the ugly picture, this egg white combo is delicious. What I do is spray a glass tupperware (you could also use a coffee mug) with Pam, then pour liquid egg whites in, add a Laughing Cow garlic & herb cheese wedge, cook in microwave for about 2 minutes. Once the egg white is fluffy, I add 1/2 an avocado and mash it all together. Easy and portable for those of us who eat breakfast (in the dark) at work.

lunch

TJ’s low carb whole wheat tortilla wrap, hummus, spinach/kale, tomatoes & cucumber with a gigantic apple on the side

snacks

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sunflower butter + banana. I break up the banana into pieces so I can dip it. It’s no queso and chips, but I love any snack that involves dippage (GO AWAY, squiggly red line, that IS a word!)

Svelte cappuccino protein shake

I found these protein shakes at Costco after seeing them on Jennifer’s blog. Great find! They are filling and do taste like cappuccino.

dinner

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taco salad with salsa chicken leftovers for the win! (I totally typed “wine” at first instead of “win”… hmmm)

Okay, let’s get to the good stuff. While watching The Bachelor Monday night, I whipped up some awesome frozen yogurt and added a peanut butter sauce. And it’s all HEALTHY. Chris’ relationships with these girls on the show, however, are not healthy. So it all balances out.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

– 3 frozen bananas

– Cocoa powder

– Unsweetened vanilla almond milk

– Chocolate flavored protein powder of your choice (I used Designer Whey)

– 1 packet Truvia sweetener

– PB2

– Unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Directions:

1. In a blender, blend together 3 frozen bananas, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 scoop protein powder, Truvia packet and enough almond milk to get everything going (it’s going to have the consistency of a thick smoothie)

2. Pour mixture into two separate bowls and pop them in the freezer for about an hour

3. For the peanut butter sauce, mix 3 tbsp PB2 with enough almond milk to make a thick (but drizzle-able) sauce – just add the milk a little at a time while stirring. You can’t really mess it up!

4. Pour peanut butter topping over both bowls of fro yo, then add coconut and a pinch of cocoa powder to make it pretty :)

You can add other toppings like granola, nuts, etc! Go crazy!

Order PB2 here. It’s available at many grocery stores now, too. If you haven’t been introduced to PB2 yet, welcome to your new, awesome life.

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—>Tip for freezing bananas: when banana is ripe, peel it (do not freeze them in their peels! It doesn’t work!) and wrap in aluminum foil. Freezer it.

Hope you get to try this recipe! It’s pretty delicious. Now, if it would just get a liiiiittle warmer outside, I could fully appreciate this cold dessert! Hope you’re having a great week – I’ll be back on Friday with some Friday Favorites.

While on the topic of food, I wanted to recognize that National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is this week, and that my heart goes out to those who personally are affected or loved ones are affected by any of these disorders; I pray that you will come to find peace with your body and within your mind, and I wish I could give you a big hug.

Here are a couple posts I’ve read this week by amazing women (who co-wrote the book Body Peace) that were very touching if you are interested (and if it will not spark any harmful feelings/thoughts within you – please take care of yourself!):

NEDA Week: A Lesson In BELLYpeace from Heather’s blog

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week & Why It Hits Home from Kasey’s blog

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PB2 fan?

Thoughts on The Bachelor this week? Not really, but so ready to see these girls duke it out on The Women Tell All next week… always a good time!

What’s your favorite go-to protein snack?

de-icing + what i ate wednesday

WELL. This is what we’ve been dealing with so far this week

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As pretty as the snow is… okay, it’s actually mostly ice. Eek! Not the best to drive on, but someone’s gotta go save lives (not really, I’m sure my patients would LOVE a day off of therapy). I was jealous of all the kids sledding down the hills! I remember sledding down my neighbors’ driveways on my parents’ baking sheets back in the day (that made me sound 80 years old). Only took me about 30 minutes to defrost my windshield before work. This stuff my mom gave me could barely make a dent in the ice blocks on my windows. Way too much work. Kudos to you, northerners.

I almost just sprayed this in my coffee so I could call in sick to work…

All of this “wintry mix” turned into brown slush though… gross. I need to go someplace with pretty snow! Denver trip anyone??

By the way, anyone book a trip there for FitBloggin’ 15 yet? I’ve been browsing/stalking past attendee’s posts about it, and it looks like SO much fun. And looks like there are quite a few awesome bloggers signed up already – I MUST MEET ALL OF YOU.

Oh and on their website, it says their attendees are “a melting pot of fit-minded people”… I want to be in that pot! I think it needs to be the blogging conference I cross off my 30 before 30 list!

What I Ate Wednesday, #WIAW

breakfast

prepping my oatmeal: 1/4c old fashioned oats, 1/2c Designer Whey vanilla, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, cinnamon

This breakfast has kept me SO full this week, it’s awesome! I love the addition and texture of the hemp seeds. I added about 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk to this and left them in the fridge overnight before microwaving in the morning.

lunch

lettuce wraps – roasted turkey, red pepper hummus, 1/2 avocado, tomato. String cheese & a pear on the side.

snacks

SkinnyGirl popcorn… duh.

dinner

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spinach, kale, zucchini, butternut squash, shaved brussels, tempeh and an egg!

OH! Happy Ash Wednesday! Here’s a great post by Jennifer all about Ash Wednesday. I was raised Catholic, and while I usually attend Methodist church these days, I’m all for some Lenten action. I’m not really a believer in “giving something up” for Lent (I find that this usually just turns into a 40-day diet which kind of misses the purpose – but hey, do what works for you!). I usually try to do something during Lent instead. This year, I am going to complete the devotional 40 Days with Jesus during this time.

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I really enjoyed Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling, so I’m excited to read this devotional!

 

—>I LOVED this post by Heather about decision fatigue. This is so true. I tend to keep the same types of meals in rotation from week to week, and this explains the benefits of that! She lends a few more examples of how to combat brain fatigue and to save your brain energy for other things!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and STAY WARM!

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Doing anything for Lent?

 

Surviving the snow? Did you have to go to work?

 

What did you eat for breakfast today?

How I Organized My Recipes Online

Hellooo friends! How’s your week going so far? I have some good eats to share with you today along with a solution to organizing online recipes! Let’s get to the eats first (these are from Monday… Tuesday was buried in M&M’s and Sweethearts candy, oops!). You can see all of my Sunday prep in action… most exciting day of your life, right??

 

What I Ate Wednesday #WIAW

breakfast

protein pancake topped with low fat cottage cheese & strawberries, green tea

lunch

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spinach, quinoa, veggie burger, shredded carrots, Laughing Cow wedge, 1/2 avocado – all heated up and mashed together

snacks

Zone bar – love this flavor

way too many handfuls of this stuff

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Fuji apple slices with almond butter

dinner

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spaghetti squash, roasted kale, roasted zucchini, tomato sauce, 2 turkey meatballs

one two bags of the good stuff (for The Bachelor… I’m not even going to start on this week’s episode…)

I got to meet my cousin’s baby yesterday!! He’s so tiiiiny.

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He is just perfect. I will be available to babysit at all times. I don’t think Macaroni was too happy about the attention being off of him…

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yes, a corgi named Macaroni. You’re welcome.

Onto some organizational matters…

One of the goals on my 30 before 30 list was to make a recipe binder. I have a few recipes ripped out of magazines, but my main issue was organizing recipes I find on blogs (where I get most of my recipes). I didn’t really want to keep an actual recipe binder or take the time to print out/write down online recipes. I thought about using Pinterest, but I just don’t use it regularly, and I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for very quickly.

I use Bloglovin’ to keep up with new posts from my favorite bloggers, and I’ll hit the heart button to save them if something catches my eye (this goes for recipes, workouts, playlists, DIY ideas, anything!). I had my “liked” blog posts still saved from 2012 on, so it was time to do something about it!

There are several awesome recipe organizers out there, but I needed something that I could save quickly and find quickly when I’m meal planning for the week. I came across Evernote which turned out to be exactly what I was looking for! There is an app for your phone, too, that will sync up all of your notes you save.

Here’s what I did (and I’m sure there are easier ways to save recipes, but this has worked best for me):

1. Create an Evernote account and install the Web Clipper (also install the app on your phone if you want to have your notes/make notes on the go)

2. Create Notebooks for anything you may want to save. My notebooks are:

    • Recipes
    • Workouts
    • Blog Stuff
    • Ideas
    • Music

3. When you find a recipe you want to save, click on the Web Clipper (the little elephant head in the top right corner of your browser page). This little menu will pop up:

Seriously, how amazing does this recipe look from Eating Bird Food? Brittany’s recipes are overtaking my Evernotes  :)

4. You now have the choice of how to save it. You can just clip the entire article, or what I usually do is take a screen shot of exactly what I want to capture. If the full recipe does not fit in the screen like this one, I will screen shot the picture of the food and then copy and paste the recipe into the Evernote. Or you can just save the whole article and not be so crazy like me.

5. Once the recipe is clipped, You can then choose which notebook to save the clipped article in and choose tags for it (in the same little black menu box that pops up). You can go back into your Evernote account and rename the title if you want. You can see all of your notebooks and tags on the left hand side of the screen.

6. Best part: the tags. This was a huge draw for me to use Evernote. Now, if I’m looking for a certain type of recipe (or workout), I can just search the tags (I usually do this in the app when I’m meal planning). Some tag examples for recipes: breakfast, Sunday prep, protein, sides, smoothies, dips, slow cooker etc. You can put multiple tags on each recipe.

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Here’s a sample from my Workout notebook with “circuits” tagged. I can’t wait to try this one from Julie!

So there is a brief run-down of what I’ve been doing to organize my recipes. There are a ton of features on Evernote that I haven’t used or discovered yet, but it has already helped me SO much.

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

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What do you use to organize recipes?

Is anyone else in a Valentine’s candy sugar coma already like me?

my first Girls on the Run practice!

Good morning! I wanted to start your Wednesday off with my favorite commercial from the Super Bowl:

http://youtu.be/v4fnetWne98

Screaming goats get me every time.

I had my first-ever Girls on the Run practice on Monday. I was a little nervous about leading the practice (let’s be real, I’m more used to being around 80-year-olds… I find that I relate to them quite well), but this group of girls were GREAT. Quite a few of them even participated in the fall season last year, so they caught on to the activities and lessons rather quickly. Plus, GOTR provides all the materials you need, and the curriculum book walks you through every lesson step by step!

It was too cold on Monday to run outside (it snowed Monday morning!), but let me tell you, these girls LOVED running through the hallways of their school during practice. I guess I would think that would be pretty cool too, since you aren’t allowed to do that during normal school hours… #rebels. This age group is hilarious… they said the craziest stuff and had me entertained the whole time! For example, we came up with a word that means “gather up in a circle and be quiet” (in a nice voice, I promise). They came up with “unihorse”… say whaaa?!

I told them I had no idea what that was, and one girl said, “It’s a cross between a unicorn and a horse, duh!” Dang. Should’ve known. The girls really were adorable and so sweet. I think it’s going to be a great season :) Oh, and they loved my organic Kashi bars I brought for them as a snack… they GET ME.

I am having to plan a little more ahead for practice days, though! I think I had about 4 bags packed (gym bag with work clothes, lunch, change of clothes for after work, and a backpack with all my GOTR supplies). Good thing I Sunday prepped my food per usual to make things easier – make 5 almond butter sandwiches, wrap in saran, done. Here’s what else I’m eating this week!

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What I Ate Wednesday, #WIAW

breakfast

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baby coffee! oatmeal, chia seeds, vanilla whey, blueberries all soaked overnight in unsweetened vanilla almond milk

lunch

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peel apart AB sandwich (TJ’s bread) and make 2 open-faced AB + banana sandwiches, and an apple

snacks

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sorry, patients and coworkers for the egg smell. this one has a mouth.. hello!

still going strong on these protein bars from Costco… they really help keep me full (which is no easy task)

dinner

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salad of leftovers: broccoli slaw, shredded carrot, cucumbers, feta and soy ginger dressing (and my Christmas pj pants)

my butternut squash chili, YUM!

2 things to discuss:

1. I’m with Ashley S. on this season of The Bachelor…

I. Feel. Nothing. Turns out she’s not so crazy after all. (KIDDING. She’s bat sh*t).

And Kelsey.

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She needs to go. She’s freaking me out more than Ashley S. did.

2. Did no one else see this coming, really??

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You go, Bruce Jenner. You’re still the most normal one in the family. Minus Kloe… I’m pretty sure she and I would be best friends.

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What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial? (You can “pass” and instead say, “when Missy Elliott came out of nowhere”)

 

What’s your favorite snack to eat during the day?

 

Which Kardashian would you be and why? Scott Disick is a valid answer.

Dailey Method + Amazeballs

Happy Wednesday! I am still in the process of recovering from my half marathon, so obviously I needed to take some more days off of work :) This morning I’m doing some easy cardio to give my legs a break, then I’ll be off to a continuing education class to sit for 8 hours and have my legs tighten up all over again. I’m almost positive I ripped my quads in half between running on Sunday and taking a Dailey Method class yesterday. And I’ve already been looking for another half marathon to run… we are a sick bunch, we runners. I do have the Hot Chocolate 15k coming up in a few weeks, so that should hold me over until I go on my summer running hiatus.

I took the day off work yesterday to get my life back in order (somewhat) after getting back in town Monday. Therefore, I was in full-time blogger fantasy mode typing up my post at Starbucks. So great.

I had a free guest pass for a class at The Dailey Method (thank you, random Uber driver who was handing them out. I’m sorry for aggressively grabbing it from you out of excitement), so I decided to take advantage of my day off and take the 6am Dailey Express class. I have a twisted idea of what a day off should look like. Luckily, I had another twisted friend who also ran the New Orleans half on Sunday too that showed up for class (she works there and encouraged me to try a class), so we were both cringing together during the thigh work (I probably had the most awful look on my face when the instructor said “thigh dancing” – I think I came out of the position about 100 times during the exercise).

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GOOD MORNING!!

I took the Dailey Express class which is the 45-minute version of their usual hour-long Dailey Barre classes. The class was somewhat similar to other barre classes I’ve taken, but I should probably try the hour-long Dailey Barre class to get a better idea of what it’s about! The class, like other barre studios, focuses on smaller-range movements and high repetitions for toning while using light hand weights and your own body positioning as resistance (ie, the hip tuck).

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What to wear: Comfortable tank or tee, leggings or crops and sticky socks (I wore the enemy PureBarre sock, but everyone seemed okay with it). They do have socks you can purchase at the studio too.

How long do I endure the pain: 45-minute Express class or 60-minute Dailey Barre class

Equipment: light hand weights (2- or 3-lb are what most were using in the class – I grabbed the 2lb for today), a strap (for stretching or certain exercise modifications), a mat (the instructor brings these around to you during class when it’s time to use them), and a ball (we didn’t use the evil-looking green ball today… probably a good thing since my legs were dying from the race), towel (they provide towels for us sweaty folk to use during class)

Pros:

  • I felt the burn. You really get a total body workout! I was definitely shaking on the ab portion. You complete several different blocks of exercises focusing on certain muscle groups, and some parts, working multiple muscles at once like holding a plie squat while doing weights (and so much core work – I think we held planks for 2 minutes at the beginning of class). I also liked how core work and arm work was interspersed throughout the workout; for example, after doing a leg section near the middle of class, we performed pushups (how are my arms even sore after that half marathon?!)
  • Music. The playlist was awesome and kept me energized throughout the 45-minute class. The music wasn’t too loud either; I hate it when they blast the music and you can’t hear the instructor!
  • The instructor was friendly, welcoming and hands-on during the class. She was walking around correcting form, which is so important (for injury prevention AND to make sure you’re getting the most out of the exercise).
  • Stretching! After each section, we would stretch the muscle group we just worked. This is normal for a barre class, but I felt that we held the stretches longer in this class. It felt so good to stretch, and holding stretches longer (at least 30 seconds) truly helps with flexibility. Other barre classes sometimes fly through the stretching portion which doesn’t help lengthen the muscle much.
  • Fans. This sounds silly, but I really appreciated having ceiling fans in the studio. It made the temperature of the class much more bearable; I find that sometimes those little studios get hot and cramped-feeling when they are crowded and, although I love a good sweat, that’s not always the most comfortable or enjoyable environment!
  • The studio was bright and inviting, and they have a good-sized bathroom with nice amenities: they have lockers and showers available (with full-sized towels).

C-curve position. This one was a bitch. (source)

Cons:

  • $$$. Like most studio workouts, it comes with a price. It costs $25 for a single class. They have deals for new clients ($100 for first month unlimited), new moms and brides-to-be.
  • I would say it was not as difficult as other barre classes that I’ve taken, but since I took the Express class, I know that it did not incorporate all the exercises or maybe not as many holds/repetitions as a full class would provide.

Overall, I had a good experience at The Dailey Method. I think I enjoy the PureBarre technique more, but it was fun to switch it up! I probably will not purchase a class package without trying a full class first though.

After ripping up the quads, I headed straight for Starbucks to get some work done and get things organized! Starbucks started off my day of eats on a great note, and now I will share those eats with you!

 

What I Ate Wednesday #WIAW

breakfast

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grande blonde roast, spinach feta wrap (look at me, I’m a blogger at Starbucks!!)

lunch

 

 my fave! minus the dipping sauce. I used liquid aminos instead.

snacks

 

TJ’s spinach yogurt kale dip + Inner Peas :)

 

OMG SO GOOD

dinner

 

Veggie plate: roasted kale, roasted shaved brussel sprouts, Trader Joe’s chopped veggie mix, roasted cherry tomatoes, quinoa, edamame, light feta and TJ’s sesame ginger dressing

I also finished off the evening with a mini bag of Skinny Girl lime + sea salt popcorn while watching Pretty Little Liars :)

Monday’s dinner

I have to share my dinner I had Monday after I got back from New Orleans. Brent and I went on a date to Panera, because I have been dying to try their new Broth Bowls. THEY ARE AMAZING. I tried the Soba Noodle bowl, and Brent had the Lentil Quinoa bowl.

Soba Noodle bowl with edamame

Lentil Quinoa bowl with cage-free egg

You could choose the protein added to the bowl: either chicken or edamame in the Soba bowl and either chicken or an egg (the ever-baffling question)  in the Lentil bowl. They were both delicious and under 400 calories (well, add in the bread and not so much). Perfect for returning to the cold, cloudy Nashville tundra (it was snowing when I got back, ah!). I will definitely be ordering this again!

Amazeballs!

I made myself some Amazeballs to eat as snacks the rest of the week. I did a spin-off of Gina’s amazeballs recipe and came up with this! Delicious and great staying power with the protein.

**Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Amazeballs**

Ingredients:

Old fashioned oats, chocolate flavor protein powder, chia seeds, freeze-dried banana slices, almond butter, unsweetened shredded coconut, cinnamon, sea salt

1. Add dry ingredients to bowl: 1 tbsp oats, 4 tbsp protein, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 4 tbsp crushed-up freeze-dried bananas, 1 tbsp shredded coconut, pinch sea salt, 1 tsp cinnamon

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2. Next, add 4 tbsp almond butter (drippy)

3. I mixed the ingredients with my hands (since this chef is without a food processor)

4. Roll into balls! AMAZEBALLS! I made six with this batch.

5. Refrigerate for at least one hour before enjoying :)

Oh, and I finally got my hair cut. The self-made ombre continues to grow out, yay! I feel so much better getting it trimmed… it had been way too long.

 

Let’s cross our fingers that my legs don’t fall off at the gym this morning! Have a lovely Wednesday!

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Ever tried The Dailey Method? Favorite barre class?

Have you ordered a broth bowl yet? No? Go to Panera NOW.

What workout is leaving you sore today?