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Holding on and feeling strong

Posted Sep 28 2010 9:50pm

And we’re alive! The typhoon passed through last night, but we only experienced heavy rains and super, duper heavy winds (think the wind howling in an old scary movie type of winds). I’m almost certain the storm is gone because today has turned out to be a beautiful day. With the exception of the unbelievable winds we are still getting a little bit of here and there, the sun has been out, and judging just by the looks of the weather, I could swear it was still summer.

Were it not for the winds I would have totally went for a run today, but J said this kind of wind was really powerful and could be dangerous. Sadly, I stayed inside. Which was probably for the best because yesterday’s ST and kickboxing video sure did a number on me. I woke up so sore and stiff this morning I could barely move. I knew I wanted to get in some solid yoga today to stretch out my sore and tired muscles.

I did 40 minutes (twenty minutes of Gentle Hatha #1 and twenty of Hip Opening Flow) from YogaDownload.com. They were both really good for warming up my muscles and by the time I finished I felt limber and like a different woman. Check them out. They’re free!

inmyskinnyjeansI’ve said it time and time before, but I am not a big fan of strength training. Something about it almost always makes me dread it. But I’m so happy that I push myself to do it because it makes me strong. And today, for some reason, I am feeling so strong. Even though my whole body is sore I feel powerful and that is an awesome feeling.

You know what else is an awesome feeling? Fitting back into your skinny jeans that you’ve not been able to wear all summer because you were silly and decided that you were gonna eat anything that looked good. That feels good. And that, too, happened this morning.

It’s just been an amazing last few days, hasn’t it? I am truly blessed beyond what I deserve.

Okay, so now for the good stuff:

Breakfast:

100_3097Mandatory cup of tea, along with 1 package of instant Quaker banana bread oatmeal with 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tsp sunflower seeds, 1/2 a banana, and cinnamon added in.

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After my two yoga sessions I ate this to tide me over until lunch. I wish these bars were healthier because they taste so darn good! I added in a mandarin orange (mikan, if you find yourself in Japan) on the side.

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Lunch:

100_3113Spinach, lettuce, green onions, half a can of light tuna, a cheese wedge, and 20 grams of Craisins.

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And this guy, who I only ate about half of because he was huge and had some bad spots. :(

Had this between lunch and dinner:

100_3121Small strawberry 0% fat yogurt with 1/4 cup of granola

Dinner:

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It was sloppy joes night at the apartment, but we health-ied it up a bit by using ground chicken instead of beef. J admitted they tasted the exact same as the ones I made last time, even thought it was a different meat. I had some oven fries with mine (Can you believe Potatoes Be Gone Week has been over since Sunday and this is the first time I have had potatoes this week? Go Maria!) and they were delicious.

I love finding easy switches like this to make an already great recipe even better. Maybe I’ll do a video the next time we make sloppy joes and show you how easy they are. Anyone interested?

I’ve noticed lately that I don’t seem to be eating enough protein. I try. I really do, but always fall below the suggested range (and sometimes way below). I’m considering starting to supplement my diet with some protein powder. I used it this summer at home for after my runs and I liked it well enough. Any opinions or thoughts I should take into consideration?

Also, I made a grave mistake today and watched the first episode of Season 1 of Gossip Girl… and now I’m feeling interested. Oh noes!

J and I are going to give Modern Family a shot tonight as our entertainment. I saw a preview for it when I watched The Ugly Truth this summer and it looked funny.

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