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Posted Oct 02 2009 3:08pm

Happy Friday!

This morning I woke up and my house was pretty chilly so I decided to make some oats for breakfast. I didn’t want to make the mistake that I did last Friday- I ate a big bowl of oats before the Fat-Burn 45 class at the gym and almost threw it up! Remembering I had some steel cut oats in my freezer I decided to use them up today since they make a much smaller volume. I threw these ingredients into a saucepan:

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 3/4 cup Almond Dream
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup pure pumpkin
  • Cinnamon

And topped it with 2 tsp crunchy peanut butter:

IMG_6182

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love how chewy steel cut oats are but hate how small a portion you get! This bowl was delicious, however I wasn’t full! I decided on a date stuffed with Mighty Maple peanut butter before I left:

IMG_6191

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It takes some serious willpower to not eat 1000 of those!

It was a great class at the gym.. I had a lot of energy surprisingly! Afterwards I did some back and chest strength training. It included:

  1. Low row- 2 sets of 10 with 55 pounds, 1 set with 45 pounds
  2. Lat pull down- 2 sets of 10 with 55 pounds, 1 set with 45 pounds
  3. Wide grip pull up- 1 set of 5 with 40lbs assisted weight, 1 set of 4 with 50lbs assistance
  4. Chest fly machine- 2 sets of 10 with 40 lbs
  5. Underhand bent over row - 2 sets of 10 with 30lbs
  6. Chest Flys- 2 sets of 10 with 10lb dumbells
  7. Bent Over Row - 3 sets of 10 with 10lb dumbells

I think that’s it! When I came home I had some protein pudding- today’s version was 2/3 cup Fage 0% mixed with 1 packet of Spiru-tein Cookies and Cream protein powder:

IMG_6196

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve heard great things about that flavor but I have to say I wasn’t really a fan. It didn’t taste like cookies and cream at all! Oh well it repaired my muscles so I’m ok with that :D

Oh by the way- I did like the Peanut Butter Jelly Larabar. I didn’t think it tasted like a PB&J but it was still yummy. Nothing to rave about though!

The rest of the morning was spent unpacking, cleaning, and doing some laundry. I also stopped and did a 25 minute walk on the treadmill while reading the new Shape magazine and some random oblique work. Then I proceeded to make lunch! I decided to just use up whatever I found in the refrigerator and it ended up making a delicious lunch. First I sauteed a zucchini in Pam and then added about 2 1/2 oz of cooked lean ground turkey breast to the skillet and let the zucchini get soft and the meat warm. Meanwhile I steamed some broccoli and then threw everything together along with some romaine, shredded carrots, roasted green chili, 1/4 avocado, and Braggs Liquid Amino Acids.

IMG_6204

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was actually a really good combo! I followed that up with 1/4 cup Fage 0% mixed with 1/4 cup pure pumpkin, 1/2 peach, 1 tsp almond butter, cinnamon, and ginger.

IMG_6213

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yum! This afternoon I also snacked on a s lice of Alpine Valley Multigrain bread with 2 tsp Mighty Maple peanut butter and one diced prune:

IMG_6221

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight I’m babysitting 4 children from 5:30 until 11:30.. I don’t know if I’ll be able to stay up! ;) The mother said she’d order pizza for the kiddos but I’m packing my own dinner.. defrosted veggies with a crumbled up Boca Burger, cayenne pepper, and Braggs Amino Acids.

IMG_6216

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus a plain instant oatmeal packet, 1/2 cup of Trader Joes High Fiber cereal, and a Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Zero sweetener packet if I get hungry later on!

IMG_6214

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets hope I can stay up.. I’m such a grandma! :D

But before I go I wanted to address a question made my the lovely Jessica asked. She said, “April, do not hate me for this! I noticed that you said you stopped calorie counting, but I also noticed that you count your calories burned (or did in one post) – do you think you are substituting one for the other? I’m not trying to call you out on anything, and I realize the question sounds extremely bad! I admire your healthy eating and healthy living (you’ll get my note soon enough  :)  ) a great deal, and have learned about so many healthy foods from you (chia seeds! mm) not to mention gained fun workout ideas. But I had to ask.” 

No worries Jessica! I think it’s a great question! Well lets see.. I’ll start off by saying that I know how many calories I burn during certain workouts because of my heart rate monitor- it monitors my heart rate and also tells me calories and fat grams that I burned during my workouts. For a while (mainly after I received the monitor) I did become a little bit too focused on numbers. My goal was to burn 300 calories each workout, which sometimes led me to do long workouts that I didn’t need! When I realized what was happening I backed off of using it. Right now I use my heart rate monitor during my high intensity exercise days and I leave it at home on my light exercise days. I guess you could say I train my heart- I aim for a high heart rate on one day and then a lower one on the next. It’s helped me to stop focusing on numbers and focus more on how my body feels! However I do have to say that knowing the calories burned on those high intensity days can actually help me- a lot of those days I’m a lot hungrier and I’ll tell myself, “remember that darn workout this morning where you burned 400 calories? Eat more!” Plus it gives me a sort of sense of accomplishment after a sweaty workout!

I hope that answers your question Jessica! (And maybe other readers who never asked! :) )

Well I’m off to babysit! See you tomorrow!

Happy Friday!

This morning I woke up and my house was pretty chilly so I decided to make some oats for breakfast. I didn’t want to make the mistake that I did last Friday- I ate a big bowl of oats before the Fat-Burn 45 class at the gym and almost threw it up! Remembering I had some steel cut oats in my freezer I decided to use them up today since they make a much smaller volume. I threw these ingredients into a saucepan:

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 3/4 cup Almond Dream
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup pure pumpkin
  • Cinnamon

And topped it with 2 tsp crunchy peanut butter:

IMG_6182

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love how chewy steel cut oats are but hate how small a portion you get! This bowl was delicious, however I wasn’t full! I decided on a date stuffed with Mighty Maple peanut butter before I left:

IMG_6191

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It takes some serious willpower to not eat 1000 of those!

It was a great class at the gym.. I had a lot of energy surprisingly! Afterwards I did some back and chest strength training. It included:

  1. Low row- 2 sets of 10 with 55 pounds, 1 set with 45 pounds
  2. Lat pull down- 2 sets of 10 with 55 pounds, 1 set with 45 pounds
  3. Wide grip pull up- 1 set of 5 with 40lbs assisted weight, 1 set of 4 with 50lbs assistance
  4. Chest fly machine- 2 sets of 10 with 40 lbs
  5. Underhand bent over row - 2 sets of 10 with 30lbs
  6. Chest Flys- 2 sets of 10 with 10lb dumbells
  7. Bent Over Row - 3 sets of 10 with 10lb dumbells

I think that’s it! When I came home I had some protein pudding- today’s version was 2/3 cup Fage 0% mixed with 1 packet of Spiru-tein Cookies and Cream protein powder:

IMG_6196

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve heard great things about that flavor but I have to say I wasn’t really a fan. It didn’t taste like cookies and cream at all! Oh well it repaired my muscles so I’m ok with that :D

Oh by the way- I did like the Peanut Butter Jelly Larabar. I didn’t think it tasted like a PB&J but it was still yummy. Nothing to rave about though!

The rest of the morning was spent unpacking, cleaning, and doing some laundry. I also stopped and did a 25 minute walk on the treadmill while reading the new Shape magazine and some random oblique work. Then I proceeded to make lunch! I decided to just use up whatever I found in the refrigerator and it ended up making a delicious lunch. First I sauteed a zucchini in Pam and then added about 2 1/2 oz of cooked lean ground turkey breast to the skillet and let the zucchini get soft and the meat warm. Meanwhile I steamed some broccoli and then threw everything together along with some romaine, shredded carrots, roasted green chili, 1/4 avocado, and Braggs Liquid Amino Acids.

IMG_6204

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was actually a really good combo! I followed that up with 1/4 cup Fage 0% mixed with 1/4 cup pure pumpkin, 1/2 peach, 1 tsp almond butter, cinnamon, and ginger.

IMG_6213

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yum! This afternoon I also snacked on a s lice of Alpine Valley Multigrain bread with 2 tsp Mighty Maple peanut butter and one diced prune:

IMG_6221

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight I’m babysitting 4 children from 5:30 until 11:30.. I don’t know if I’ll be able to stay up! ;) The mother said she’d order pizza for the kiddos but I’m packing my own dinner.. defrosted veggies with a crumbled up Boca Burger, cayenne pepper, and Braggs Amino Acids.

IMG_6216

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus a plain instant oatmeal packet, 1/2 cup of Trader Joes High Fiber cereal, and a Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Zero sweetener packet if I get hungry later on!

IMG_6214

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets hope I can stay up.. I’m such a grandma! :D

But before I go I wanted to address a question made my the lovely Jessica asked. She said, “April, do not hate me for this! I noticed that you said you stopped calorie counting, but I also noticed that you count your calories burned (or did in one post) – do you think you are substituting one for the other? I’m not trying to call you out on anything, and I realize the question sounds extremely bad! I admire your healthy eating and healthy living (you’ll get my note soon enough  :)  ) a great deal, and have learned about so many healthy foods from you (chia seeds! mm) not to mention gained fun workout ideas. But I had to ask.” 

No worries Jessica! I think it’s a great question! Well lets see.. I’ll start off by saying that I know how many calories I burn during certain workouts because of my heart rate monitor- it monitors my heart rate and also tells me calories and fat grams that I burned during my workouts. For a while (mainly after I received the monitor) I did become a little bit too focused on numbers. My goal was to burn 300 calories each workout, which sometimes led me to do long workouts that I didn’t need! When I realized what was happening I backed off of using it. Right now I use my heart rate monitor during my high intensity exercise days and I leave it at home on my light exercise days. I guess you could say I train my heart- I aim for a high heart rate on one day and then a lower one on the next. It’s helped me to stop focusing on numbers and focus more on how my body feels! However I do have to say that knowing the calories burned on those high intensity days can actually help me- a lot of those days I’m a lot hungrier and I’ll tell myself, “remember that darn workout this morning where you burned 400 calories? Eat more!” Plus it gives me a sort of sense of accomplishment after a sweaty workout!

I hope that answers your question Jessica! (And maybe other readers who never asked! :) )

Well I’m off to babysit! See you tomorrow!

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