My First WIAW

I’m super excited to be a part of What I Ate Wednesday, created by this lovely lady!

This is going to be a very egg filled What I Ate Wednesday….you’ll have to excuse my boring-ness. Get ready for a picture show.

This is actually what I ate on Tuesday.

My weekday mornings ALWAYS start out with overnight oats in a jar and a cup of hazelnut coffee. When I first started clean eating, I took a smoothie every morning with me to work. Don’t get me wrong, I love smoothies – but I was usually hungry again two hours later.

Then I started seeing this thing that all the cool bloggers were obsessed with: overnight oats. My mom actually used to make these a few summers ago when I was living at home, and I thought she was cray.

Turns out both my mom and the cool bloggers were the ones who were right and I’m the cray one.

Overnight oats are not only delicious – they are like…super healthy. And they keep you perfectly full allllll morning, so you’re not being a bitch starving by the time lunch rolls around.

Some people hate overnight oats, some people grow to like them. I instantly loved overnights oat. Convert, right here.

I got my overnight oats recipe from Kath and Julie.

If I don’t have the ingredients to make my perfect overnight oats concoction I freak out. Truth.

You don’t have to make them in a jar. I just like to because then I can take breakfast to go (i.e. every morning, when I oversleep.)

I slice the banana, add 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup skim milk, and 1/3 cup low fat vanilla yogurt. Sometimes I do equal parts 1/2 cup of each when I’m feeling generous.

Last week I accidentally bought plain yogurt instead of vanilla yogurt and I did not enjoy my oats as much! I didn’t want to waste it, so I tried putting vanilla extract in the plain yogurt. The experiment failed. Thank gaaaawd I bought the right kind of yogurt this week.

I then add in about 2 teaspoons of chia seeds. Chia seeds are expensive (I think they’re like $13.99 at Whole Foods or something like that) but once you buy a pack they last forever.

The chia seeds really help the oats soak up the dairy. Actually, I don’t know exactly what they do, but you need ’em in overnight oats.

Pre-mixed.

Post-mixed

Once you have all of your ingredients in the jar, mix ’em up real nice. I add a berry or two on top for good measure. Seal the top, stick it in the fridge, and you’re good to go.

I add “peak protein” Bear Naked granola to the jar in the morning. If we want to talk about healthy living problems, my granola addiction would be the first on the list. I go through two or three of these bags a week. That’s $15- $20 bucks a week. On granola. Oy.

Looks gross, taste so good.

Let’s move on to lunch.

Eggs are so easy to throw on salad for protein, so I take hard boiled eggs to have at lunch every day.

Spinach salad with egg whites and an Italian dressing with an olive oil base.

I refuse to give up my diet coke. It’s like my crack. I used to have two a day, but I try to only have one a day – at lunch.

Obvi the best part of lunch: guac from Whole Foods and wheat pita chips.

And the best afternoon snack ever. It’s almost gone! (Yes, I did successfully eat an entire tub of Whole Foods guac in less than 24 hours. Not ashamed.)

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Dinner was another current fav – a breakfast burrito.

2 eggs, 2 egg whites.

Scrambled.

Added some shredded cheese….

And the rest of the guac…..

Some microwaved corn….

And the finished product!

So. good. May have to have this for dinner tomorrow, which would make it the third day in a row.

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Finally, my evening snack:

This stuff is all the rage right now, man.

Can’t wait to hear what all of you ate!

What is your favorite summer snack at the moment?

Listen to Your Body and QUIN-OH-AH

I would say that I was pretty good at listening to my body this weekend. Well, kind of.

After breakfast on Saturday, I headed to Crunch to whip out some quick miles before rushing over to my aunt’s pool party. I had a feeling going into it that it might not be the best idea to rush through a workout the day before my long run. A lot of runners probably run the day before their long runs, no big deal. But for my beginner-ass self, you can never be too careful. But I wanted to run anyway! And I wanted to run fast (for me) and did 2.5 miles in 26:34 on the treadmill.

It felt great to run fast, and since I was in a bit of a rush, I didn’t bother stretching for quite as long or quite as well as I usually do after a run.

I regretted that decision a few hours later.

My right hip was super sore by Saturday evening. Not your sore muscle after a workout sore, but something might be wrong sore. Definitely an achy feeling going on. I studied some google image hip flexor/IT band pics, but I couldn’t figure out which one was hurting, and if it was a big deal or not.

Eeeek! Sorry for the scary “Ken” picture! (source)

Or maybe it’s this that hurts:

Darn it, why didn’t I stretch?

I wanted to do 7 miles for my long run on Sunday morning. But even at 9:00pm on Saturday night, I knew it was going to be a no-go. I woke up Sunday hoping my hip would feel magically better. I put on my gym clothes, laced up my sneaks, and trotted around my apartment.

Nope. Not gonna happen.

I contemplated running anyway – part of me really wanted to. I’m sure I could have gritted my teeth, ran through it, and limped around for the rest of the week. I had to really remind myself that my new found love of “distance” running is only possible because I have been taking care of my body. Maybe I should listen to it.

I didn’t want to go to the gym and do weights or any other boring shit thing else because it would be too depressing. I wanted to be conquering my long run!

However, I was able to turn the day around rather quickly.

Skinny grande mocha frappuccino from Steal-your-bucks. No whip, skim milk.

Me + Christian Grey + Pool = Happiness. Grumpy mood solved.

I also took a picture of an actual page of the book that I was going to post. But then I was embarrassed of the words on the page.

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My hip felt better today, so all day at work I geared up for my long run.

But my the end of the day, I still just wasn’t feelin’ it. My hip definitely still ached just sitting down and standing. I didn’t want to do my long run when I wasn’t feeling my best. I promise I won’t be a long run procrastinator forever; always finding an excuse not to run – but I really am trying to listen to my body, and I have to be true to myself.

Yes, it was lame. But better safe than sorry, so really, no apologies.

Instead I indulged in my ONE trip to Whole Foods this week. I then proceeded to eat approximately half of a tub of guacamole while watching the greatest show of all time, The Bachelorette.

Please.

Please tell me that you were dying on the couch laughing uncontrollably during this scene.

Nate: “Oh my gosh, Is this QUIN-OH-AH?:

Emily: “It looks like it.”

Nate: “It IS quin-oh-ah. Do you guys like quin-oh-ah?”

Emily: “Mmhmm.”

Jon: “I’ve never had it.”

Nate: “It’s uhhh…. a very good fiber.”

At least someone else made a fool of themselves by thinking they were the shit expert on quinoa while pronouncing it incorrectly.

At least I didn’t do it on national television.

Yoga tomorrow, and finally my long run on Wednesday!

Sweating Cab Sav

Good Morning!

I slept in nice and late. Glorious.

Last night’s dinner was a clean one:

Whole wheat pasta with shrimp, spinach, onions, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Since I didn’t have my spinach for lunch, I had to get my greens for the day in somewhere.

Table for two!

The wine was not clean. But it was good!

I actually was a little too supportive of the wine last night. I think I’m going to be sweating cab sav on my run. Don’t look at me.

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Breakfast this morning at noon was a classic.

Vans whole grain waffles with chocolate peanut butter, banana cookies, and strawberries slices.

When I was little, my mom used to call sliced bananas banana cookies so I would actually eat them.

I still call them banana cookies so I will actually eat them.

And a whole bunch of black coffee in my fav over sized thrift store mug.

My wine headache feels better already!

Now I’m off to cut up my big ass BFF watermelon for my aunt’s birthday pool party this afternoon.

After I let my tum rest from breakfast, I’m gonna get my gym on. Just a baby workout today!

The First Step

I’m so excited because…….

I just signed up for my very first race!!!!

Damn, I must be getting serious about this running thing.

I signed up for the Purple Stride D.C. 5K! Now I really gotta get running. I have no idea what to expect, but now I’ll actually be able to do a race recap. Ha.

The race is on June 16th, and I just found out I have to move six giant filing cabinets (and all of the files) at work the day before the race. Do you think that will eff with my muscles too much? I hope not.

I am super pumped to get to pick out a race outfit, and PR…..since I have yet to even establish a R. Sweet!

I’m not worried about the length of the race, since I know I can run 3.1 miles no problem – but I’m worried about my time! Since I’m a new runner (that’s my excuse, OK?) I’m slow as shit. I run like 10 or 11 minute miles. Everyone talks about race adrenaline though, so I’m going to try try try to make it in 30 minutes or less on race day.

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I started the day off with my typical overnight oats in a jar and a cup of Hazelnut coffee. I seriously look forward to both of them every morning.

I have the same overnight oat mixture every morning. (Hey, I’m still Chicken Nugget Girl, alright?)

I’ll fill you in on my exact overnight oats recipe next week on What I Ate Wednesday. The suspense is killing you, I know.

For lunch, I felt pretty blah. I could not bring myself to eat my usual spinach salad for lunch. I just was not feeling it. I ate my afternoon snack for lunch instead! So rebellious.

chocolate covered cherries > spinach

It was the first time trying this flavor, and it was delish. It actually tasted like chocolate covered cherries. Mmmmm.

I also had a lovely ripe Georgia peach from Whole foods.

Speaking of Whole Foods, I have a confession to make.

I have a problem.

I have a Whole Foods addiction.

When I started eating clean, I started shopping at Whole Foods more often. Yes, it’s expensive, but the produce is so much better and there are so many more healthy options to choose from. I would go once a week and load up on all of my healthy goodies for the week.

Lately, I’ve been going two or three times a week – buying a few things here and there, probably equaling the amount of groceries that I would get when I used to go once a week. Maybe a few more items, meaning a bit more $$$.

Guess how many times I’ve been to Whole Foods this week? Guess.

Four.

Four times. And it’s only Friday. That means I went to Whole Foods every day this week except Memorial Day.

I am currently scared to look at my bank account. Don’t make me do it.

Next week, I am only allowing myself to go ONCE. Yikes.

But oh well, this afternoon’s Whole Foods trip brought someone special into my life. I met a new BFF who even rode home with me.

Huh? A passenger?

Until I eat him.

I really need to take a chill pill on the whole Whole Foods thing. But at least the first step is admitting I have a problem, right?

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As soon as I got home I started munching on my new favorite snack. Pretzels and chocolate peanut butter. Yes, you heard me. CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER. It has just the right amount of sugar and protein. Lolz.

Heaven.

God’s gift to the world.

Today is a rest day – which I’m surprisingly glad for. I did my Sarah Ivanhoe yoga DVD last night along with an On Demand five-minute ab blast, and my abs are actually kind of sore today. After five minutes. Sad.

But I’m going to be healthy-ish this weekend (as I always say on Friday afternoon….). I’m going to try to get a short workout in tomorrow and my long run (7 miles, eeeeeek!) on Sunday.

Happy Friday!