6:0o AM – BEEP, BEEP, BEEP
Time to take my thyroid medication! Back to sleep.
7:00 AM – BEEP, BEEP, BEEP
I drag my butt out of bed, rubbing my eyes, and trying to make my way to the bathroom where I’m able to put my contacts in, strap on my heart rate monitor, and adjust my heart rate watch to my wrist. I head to the spare bedroom, where I’ve got allll my shoes stashed, and reach for my silver ballet crocs. Believe it or not, they make for some super comfy workout shoes.
7:15AM – I’m working up a sweat on our new elliptical. Most likely, watching a previously missed episode of The Bachelor on my laptop through Hulu.com and trying my best not to wake Jarid up with my outbursts at the chicks on the show who obviously can’t be competitive for the guy without resorting to petty drama.
UGH. Please, Tierra. Just go away.
And Selma… please, do us a favor and put those things away before you give yourself a black eye trying to hike with Sean. I don’t get it… you’re willing to show off the girls like that on national TV, but you won’t kiss the guy on camera? Makes a TON of sense *note the sarcasm*
By this time, I’m fed up with watching and need a break from the elliptical (and the show) … it’s probably about 7:35AM and I hop on the stationary bike for some speed pedaling :) If Colleen, the donor of this bicycle from my senior year in HS (2006), is reading this, the bike is still alive– even without the use of the digital display — so, thank you for contributing to my little workout space!
To pass the time on the bike, I’ve either got re-runs of Boy Meets World on TV
or playing Scramble with Friends on my iphone. SO addicted.
If you haven’t already, you need to try this game. After I catch up on all these games, I usually move to the floor area to do some abs… but recently, I rediscovered my long lost AB CIRCLE!
See those two little black padded things? You put your knees there, face the handlebars, and swing yourself side to side using your oblique muscles. I am LOVING it. According to my heart rate monitor, it keeps my heart rate just as high as if I were on the elliptical. Plus, I can totally feel the crunch in my sides, which is awesome, because that area is tough to target!
By the time all is said and done, around 8AM, I’m heading upstairs to hop in the shower before getting ready for the work day.
Typically, Jarid comes down while I’m on the bike and gives me a kiss good morning… my favorite part of the workout <3
After I clean up a bit, I make myself my daily protein, green shake, pack up my oatmeal or toast for consumption at the office, brush my teeth, do my hair & makeup, and start my car.
This is my FAVORITE peanut butter vanilla protein shake recipe, for those of you who are wondering what gives this drink its color. In the blender, in this order, goes:
- 5 ice cubes
- 1 small banana (torn into chunks)
- 1 cup of water
- 1.5 handfuls of baby spinach (you can’t even taste it!)
blend, blend, blend
- 1/2 scoop pure matters vanilla pea protein
- 1/8 C. peanut flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
blend, blend, blend
Across the bridge I go! I’ve got to say… my 7 minute commute is awesome. Traffic is rarely an issue, and when it is, it barely makes me late, if at all.
I can literally leave my house at 8:45AM and be in my office by 9:00AM.
This includes the walk from my parking garage across the street to my building, up 3 flights of stairs, and down a long hallway.
Some days, when I’m feeling ambitious, I do stair workouts on my morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks. We get 15 minute breaks at 10am and 2pm, and then either a 1/2 hour or whole hour for lunch breaks.
Speaking of lunch breaks, at the office, I’ve learned that variety is key. I get bored with packed lunches unless I keep them interesting. I’m not sure how I used to manage just eating a turkey sandwich and celery everyday when I first started working full-time.
Seems kind of lame when you can have kale salad, steamed shrimp, and avocado-tomato basil hummus sandwiches instead, huh?
It’s important that I pack enough to keep me full until 5pm, because I hate feeling like I’m starving by the time I get home from work. I always make sure to pack more than I think I’ll need… JUST in case the hunger beast strikes ;)
In fact, I really enjoy coming home and taking my time to make something delicious for dinner… you know… something noteworthy. Helloooo gorgeous.
I can’t take the credit for the recipe… it was something I found on Pinterest…
Skillet Sesame Chicken by Jessica at How Sweet Eats
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoons pepper
- 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
- 2-3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- brown rice and green beans
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a bowl, whisk together chicken stock, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, garlic cloves, soy sauce and vinegar. Set aside.
Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Toss chicken with salt, pepper and flour. Add olive oil and 1 tablespoon sesame oil to skillet, and once hot, add chicken in a single layer. Cook until seared and golden on one side, then flip and cook until golden again, about 2-3 minutes. Pour chicken stock mixture over top and toss to coat, then turn off heat. Place skillet in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and cover with sesame seeds. Serve with veggie of your choice and brown rice.
Jarid and I were pretty impressed with this meal, as was Momma Cox :)
If you love chinese takeout, but don’t love the greasy, high cal options they offer, make this. You won’t be disappointed.