You Eat It, You Log It

22 Jan

Hello there! Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days but I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather but it’s back to the grind today!

For the past few days, I’ve been trying hard to log what I’ve been eating every day. When I was in my eating program at school, my dietician was always asking for my food journal when I went to see her and most of the time, it was never completely filled in. I was really bad about it because I felt like it took so much time. It did, however, make me feel better about my food intake on the days that I DID fill it out. Seeing as how I’ve been a bit anxious the past few weeks with my eating, I finally caved and figured I’d give it another go. (To read my post about my recovery, click HERE.)

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One Ingredient Ice Cream

18 Jan

As I was on Pinterest the other day browsing healthy food recipes, I keep coming across recipes for one ingredient ice cream. In my experience, this doesn’t exist. I am a big ice cream lover and even went so far as to ask my parents for an L.L. Bean Ice Cream ball for one of my birthdays so I could make my own ice cream. It was wonderful.

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Since trying to clean up my diet though, I’ve been avoiding ice cream like the plague. (Fun fact: I am a HUGE B & J Chunky Monkey fan) With the exception of one day at school when a friend needed some crying and ice cream time, I haven’t touched a pint in ages. I had people suggest trying frozen greek yogurt as a replacement but I’m not a fan of regular greek yogurt so I passed.

Enter one ingredient ice cream. Basically, after freezing bananas, you put them in a food processor or blender until the reach a smooth consistency. After that, you can add basically whatever flavors you want. According to a lot of other bloggers, you can add any other fruit such as blueberries or blackberries and their flavor covers up that of the bananas. Unfortunately, I didn’t exactly take the time to read the instructions so instead of freezing the bananas first, I blended them and then put them in the freezer. The ice cream was a bit hard to get out of the bowl but after a few 15 second rounds in the microwave, it scooped like regular ice cream.

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I added a bit of organic almond butter on top as well as a few salted almonds. Just as I was finishing putting everything together, my dad walked in and asked if he could have a bite of ice cream, not realizing that it wasn’t actually ice cream. He absolutely loved it! He said that he would grab a few bundles of bananas on his way home so I can show him how to make some too!

  • Would you ever try out this “ice cream”? What flavor would you make yours?
  • Have you found any other healthy substitutions for unhealthy cravings? Post them in the comments!

Running Gear Wish List

17 Jan

After reading Peanut Butter Finger’s post about her favorite workout gear, I started thinking about items that I would like to add to my arsenal of running gear. Don’t get my wrong…I love going out for a run without my iPhone and just listening to the sounds around me and concentrating on my breathing but having some new gear can definitely spice up a run. Here’s a list of some of the items I’ve been eyeing lately and may be adding to my closet before I gear up (fingers crossed) for my first half marathon this summer!

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Crock Pot Chicken Soup

16 Jan

As promised, here’s the crock pot chicken soup recipe! After running the grocery store yesterday morning, I threw everything into the crock pot, ran errands and returned home to a delicious smell that had invaded every inch of the house. It’s not exactly the fastest meal to put together but it is definitely worth it.

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Snow Day

16 Jan

Good morning everyone! I hope your Wednesday is going well! It was a snowy morning here in Massachusetts which made it hard to get out of bed but I wanted to get to the gym early….plus, I needed to work up the energy to clean off my car. Once that was done, I drove over to PF. Thankfully, even though the roads were bad, school was cancelled so town was quiet.

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Baby Beluga in the Deep Blue Sea

15 Jan

Good morning! As I said yesterday, here’s the second part to my weekend adventure with Mom. If you missed the first part, you can find it HERE.

After a late breakfast Sunday morning, Mom and I headed over to Mystic Aquarium which was right around the corner from our hotel. I hadn’t been since the fifth grade on a class field trip but I was beyond excited because I absolutely LOVE beluga whales. They’re just too cute!

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Lady Luck

14 Jan

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mom and I took advantage of her rare weekend off to finally celebrate our December birthdays with a trip down to Mystic, Connecticut. I had been to this quiet seaside town when I was younger to visit their aquarium but hadn’t been back since. Friday night, after Mom got home from work, we drove down and grabbed some dinner before settling in for the night. She had quiet a weekend planned for us. Continue reading

Drink Up!

9 Jan

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great day!  Today started out with a quick breakfast of banana yogurt with oats before tackling a long to do list which I got halfway through before deciding it was time to take a gym break.

Workout

As was scheduled in my Slim and Sculpt program, I had an interval day which consisted of one minute of running followed by a minute of fast walking for a total of fifteen minutes. It was definitely a harder workout than I expected when I was first reviewing it. The speeds were definitely a bit higher than I usually run when I do a distance run and the walking portions were still at 4.5 mph which kept my heart rate up. Thankfully, one of my favorite running songs came on near the end of my run to get me through the last few intervals.

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I was certainly a hot mess once I got off the treadmill but I felt accomplished. I followed up my run with a quick ab workout and a BIG bottle of water in keeping with my resolution to drink more water. Speaking of which… Continue reading

Pumpkin Banana Yogurt

6 Jan

Hey there! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday so far! After getting up a bit later than I had planned, Dad and I headed over to Barnes and Noble to grab some coffees and catchup in the cafe like we do most weekend mornings. I wasn’t hungry for breakfast yet so instead, I opted for some unsalted almonds and a green tea which was AMAZING. It had coconut, ginger and lemon flavors in it which at first made me a bit hesitant to try it but I was sold after my first taste. Absolutely amazing.

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After running a few errands to the grocery store, pharmacy and Target, we made it back to the house where my hunger finally set in. I was craving something sweet so I whipped up one of my favorite snacks from college…Pumpkin Banana Yogurt! I use to bring with me to my morning Astronomy class. I even had my professor ask what it was because he could smell it from the front of the class one morning. It super simple to whip up and filling once you add in some oats or granola.

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After mushing up a whole banana, I add some vanilla yogurt, which this morning happened to be a Light Activia that was left in the fridge and add some pumpkin spice. Don’t have pumpkin spice? Chances are you have all the stuff to make it….I use to use this recipe before I ended up just buying some. Add as much as you want, toss in some granola or rolled oats (my preference) and you’re good to go! Hope you guys enjoy and have a wonderful rest of the day! I am off to the gym to fit in a bit of cardio before I start some hardcore cleaning!

Cousins Shopping Day

4 Jan

Let me start this post by saying if you haven’t been to a Disney Store, please do yourself a favor and go. The minute you walk into the store you can’t help but smile and your day just seems a bit better…or at least that’s how I felt yesterday after my first visit. After getting a few gift cards at our family Christmas party, my cousin and I set out to the mall to pick up some new things. Although we didn’t have much luck with the shopping, we mad a point to stop at the Disney Store before leaving. My heart INSTANTLY melted. I felt like a little kid again. I was instantly drawn to all the Monsters, Inc. stuff because it is one of my favorite movies. I mean, how cute is this coffee mug?

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Lunch

It was hard to stop myself from spending money. After wandering around for a bit and finding more things that I will be adding to my Christmas and birthday lists next year, we stopped by a Chinese food place for a late lunch. We were absolutely famished by the time we arrived and as always, the food hit the spot. We both decided to order the beef and broccoli which was delicious.

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We hit a few more stops before both heading home to take much needed naps.

Workout

My workout for the night was a bit frustrating if I do say so myself. Although I like the gym that I go to, it’s on the smaller side so with all of the people who joined for part of their New Year Resolutions, it’s a tight squeeze. Thankfully, my workout was rather short. It was also the start of my second week of the Slim and Sculpt Program (mentioned here). After a quick five minute warm up on the treadmill, I hit the weights doing squats, dead lifts,  bench presses and rows leaving me VERY sore, but feeling accomplished this morning! Hopefully this second week of the program will be even better than last week!

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Hope you all have a great morning! Look out for another post later on today!

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