Pre-vacay fitness prep!

Im sooo excited and OVERDUE for a vacay. Between my 10th graders and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I’m ready for a break. BUT, in order to fully allow myself to relax, I’ve been busting my BUTT [literally].
I’ve been going to spinning class this last week, WHY haven’t I been going my whole life!!? I’m so obsessed. And of course, my beloved barre class.

I’m currently in bed [in my workout clothes for the morning] so I have no excuses but to workout before work at 5am. It’s my last chance to bust ass before I leave earrrrrly Thursday morning!

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Black coffee & “the reader” !

Ah, is there anything better than Saturday morning?! I can NOT wait to drink my coffee [in bed] and catch up on ALL your posts! & comments :)) I thought about it all night while I was falling asleep.
Happy Saturday morning to you all, excited to see what you’ve all been blogging about!
Also, if you have any amazing bloggers that you recommend for me to read, comment below!!

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Resistance, in more ways than one. [also, Suja advice wanted!]

Tonight I went to my fav barre [cue resistance pun 1] class, this instructor is NO joke. I absolutely love the aftermath of a class w/ her but during the class, not so much.
After a Barre class I always treat myself to a Kombucha. I lovee nourishing my body and these babies do just the trick : )) [and its better than treating my EXTREMELY fatigued muscles to sugar] I’m glad I did too because I came home and my mom had ordered Chinese food……..[cue sudden urges and little self-constraint] but not so fast! I opted out and had a delicious Boca burger w/ avocado and laughing cow cheese on top! YUM.
PS I’m hearing soo much about Suja juices….I WANT them. But, I live in MN so not sure where to find them! HELP!!

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[SKINNYY] Buffalo Chicken Dip

Hope everyone had a wonderful Super Bowl Sunday.

My boyfriend is a HUGE buffalo wings fan. So, I made a dip that could satisfy us both :)

1 cup Chobani

4 oz fat-free cream cheese

2 cups of shredded chix

1 tsp of white wine vinegar

1/4 cup of hot sauce

1/2 cup of bleu cheese crumbles.

[mix well, throw in pot and heat on low for 30 min.]

He ate with chips, I ate with celery. YUMM.

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doctors orders: H2O & Seinfeld.

HAPPY FRIDAYY!

I had to leave work early yesterday because this horrible sickness has finally caught up to me :(

But, being sick is no excuse to slack or give in to temptations. So, for lunch (what I REALLY wanted was the leftover Chinese food in the fridge), I made a boca burger, topped w/ avocado, an egg (SSU), mustard, and a whole-grain bun w/ laughing cow cheese.

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& tea, of course.

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& watched Seinfeld ALLLL day.

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Then, at about 6, after laying around all day I felt like I needed to get up and sweat a bit. So I drugggg my butt to Barre class and pushed through.  There were a few times that I felt pretty light-headed and thought it wasn’t a good idea but I am very glad I did it.

After my workout, I went straight home and went back into bed and enjoyed a delicious Kombucha. AHHH. I’m feeling much better today, just in time for the weekend : ))

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[LOTSSS OF H2O!]

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[my nurse]

 

Time-saver smoothie tip & sugar alcohol.

If you’re anything like me, mornings are a bit rushed. I like everything in my life to be completely in order & night times are my time to get everything organized for the next day.  One easy trick is getting my smoothie prepared for the next day.  Then, in the morning all I do is put it on the blender and it’s ready for the car ride!

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[Monday nights smoothie: kale, blueberries, coconut water, chobani, pineapple, & some avocado.]
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[Last night’s smoothie: pom seeds, kale, mixed frozen berries, coconut water.]

I’m also loving these ThinkThin bars. They are FULL of protein, barely any sugar, & taste delicious.

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They DO contain sugar alcohol, instead of sugar, so I made sure to research about sugar alcohol before trusting the label. Here is what I found:

Sugar alcohol gets its name because of its molecular structure, which is a hybrid between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule. Biochemically speaking, sugar alcohols are structurally similar to sugar but are either poorly digested (e.g., maltitol), or poorly metabolized (e.g., erythritol).

 The downside of maltitol is its poor absorption. In high doses, it will cause a laxative effect (i.e., diarrhea). This isn’t a concern in protein bars with less than 20 grams, but down a couple of the bars with over 20 grams and you might spend the afternoon in the restroom; fortunately, most companies are listing sugar alcohols directly on the label.

 Furthermore, if you’re watching your weight, take comfort in the fact that maltitol causes minimal insulin secretion. This is important for maintaining blood sugar, which is a significant factor in controlling your body’s hunger.

 

Source: http://www.builtlean.com/2012/10/08/sugar-alcohol/

Thinsday Thursday!

Hope you are all having a fab morning! I started my morning off with some yoga (my students will appreciate my relaxed demeanor) and now am at my desk, drinking my morning coffee!

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If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE to plan & making my lunches the night before, is no exception. This is a boca burger w/ avocado on top, on a bed of spinach, a whole-grain bun & laughing cow cheese, and rasp/dark choco Chobani yogurt.  YUM.

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Quote I am LOVING right now. & me this am after yoga, freeeeezing here in MN.

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Hope you all have a HEALTHY/thin Thursday.

Balanced lunches!

I am obsessed w/ having everything planned out.  Lunch, is no exception. Everyday I eat lunch in the teachers lounge & I am definitely hungry by this time. I start my morning off with some coffee & a smoothie (usually fruit, spinach or kale, coconut milk, plain chobani, & always some other add-ins).

Here is a typical lunch for me:

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[boca burger, lettuce, laughing, multi-grain bun, coffee chobani w/ dark choco chips]

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[Treated myself w/ a sugar-free hazelnut latte w/ skim milk]

What do you all eat for lunch?! I need some variations. :))