Breaking the Silence

I feel like I’ve been ignoring my blog this week unintentionally.  Why do I feel so busy lately?  I really feel like I probably have too much on my plate right now between work, my nephew, helping out with an exchange student agency for 2 high school exchange students they have in my area, making an effort to cook healthy meals at home every day, and of course working out.  I was on call Wednesday night, so that made it impossible to really do anything that day.  Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week I’m obligated to have my nephew Skype with his mother who decided to move out of the state, so that takes up time I’d normally dedicate to going to the gym.

But I have been keeping up with my meals and workouts this week, despite my radio silence.  Yesterday I ran 2 miles on my treadmill at home between making/eating dinner and monitoring the Skype visit.

imageI had a pretty good week this week as far as meals go. Yesterday was really cold and it snowed all day long so I stayed in my office for lunch and ate some of my leftover stir fry from the night before, and for dinner I made grilled pork chops.  I’ve been snacking at work from my little fruit bowl, which really helps out in the mid morning and mid afternoon between meals.  Much better than anything I’d find in the break room vending machine!

Tonight I really hope to have a chance to go to the gym.  It’ll be the first time since Sunday when I attended that yoga class!  That’s just too long.  😦  I feel like I just get such a better workout at the gym than I do at home.  Maybe I just work a lot harder at the gym.

Oh yeah, and one more thing.  This is my 100th Post on this blog!!  Surely that’s a reason for celebration?

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Treadmill, Yoga Class, and Turkey Stir Fry

I just got home from the gym today.  My oh my, how my shins are aching today.  I did some interval training on the treadmill before I did an hour yoga class.  It’s been a really long time since I’ve done yoga.  I was surprised at myself with how much I didn’t like it as much as I was expecting to.  It was just too slow paced for me… relaxing, yes, but I felt like I could have gotten a lot more done in that hour.  I still plan to do today’s Blogilates Bombshell Booty workout after I put my nephew to bed around 8:00 p.m.  I always look forward to booty day.  🙂

food log 1-18-15This morning I had my cream of wheat for breakfast with a glass of milk.  It’s so easy to make, and it’s a good hot breakfast that keeps me full for a while.  Plus, my nephew loves the stuff!

For lunch we went to On the Border where I ate the lunch portion of grilled-chicken fajitas with black beans (instead of refried).  They were delicious!

Tonight we made a sort of stir-fry with ground turkey browned with minced garlic and diced yellow onion, and then added a scrambled egg, fresh broccoli, carrots, bell pepper, zucchini, black beans, and garnished with some fresh avocado and cilantro.  It was amazing!  It had sort of a Mexican food flavor, or “Tex-Mex” as we call it down here in Texas.  🙂  Sprinkle a little juice of a lime wedge, and voila!

Pilates, Run, Eat, Rest, Repeat

We made it to another weekend.  It’s Saturday, and what a busy week it seems like it’s been!  I have a long weekend this weekend with our Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, which works out well, because today I’ve been going non-stop so far.  I’ve just now had a chance to sit down, relax, and type up a post for the day.  I might need another day this weekend just to rest and relax!

1-16-15 nike-fitbitSo, as promised, I did get a bit of a workout in yesterday since I already used up my rest day earlier this week.  I did a 2 mile run yesterday evening after I got home from work and ate my dinner.  It felt pretty good.  I also nearly got my 10,000 steps in on my fitbit yesterday, with a total of 44 very active minutes.  All in all, it was a good day, and really this has been a pretty good week.

1-16-15 food logYesterday was a good day as far as meals go, too.  Every Friday, everyone who works in my unit meets for breakfast.  We call it “team-building.”  We met at a place here in Lubbock called Market Street, where you can get just about anything you want for breakfast.  It’s a grocery store with a really nice deli/hot food bar, a bakery, a coffee shop, an Italian kitchen… you can even get fresh hand-made sushi there, and hand-tossed salads made right in front of you with almost any salad ingredient you can think of (more on this later).  Normally, I’d get something like a breakfast burrito with fried potatoes, breakfast sausage, sauteed bell peppers, and cheese, or a breakfast plate with scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, and bacon.  But not this time!  Nope, I made my healthy choice and went with a cup of steel cut oatmeal with a little bit of brown sugar and some pecans, along with a banana on the side.

I ended up working through lunch yesterday with something I really had to get done before the day was over, so I had to get some type of fast-food I could get quickly and bring back to the office.  I opted for a Subway 6 inch Italian BMT on flat-bread with some Baked Lay’s potato chips.  And of course, dinner was another super-yummy delicious stir-fry.  I could eat stir-fry every single day, I swear.  It’s so good.  I eat one at least twice a week!!

1-17-15 food logTonight, I’m not entirely sure what I’ll have for dinner, because I’m going to a dinner party at some friends’ house.  They’ve all been on health-food kicks lately, too, so normally I wouldn’t be too worried about it, but the wife is pregnant right now, so it could go either way!!  We shall see.  For breakfast today I made a bowl of cream-of-wheat, and for lunch I got a Texas Toss Salad from Market Street before doing my grocery shopping.  Best salad ever!  It’s got grilled chicken, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, black beans, avocado, and some tortilla chip strips.  Amazing!

I’ll probably be going to the gym here in about an hour or so to get a good workout in for the day.  Today is Fat-Burn Focus on the Blogilates workout calendar, so I’ll probably skip those workout videos today and just push myself with some treadmill cardio, and of course get in my #30DayFlatAbs Challenge.  I’m up to 42 reps of each of the 5 moves now.  It’s getting intense!