Saturday Errands and Down 10 lbs

I have a very important announcement… Cooper is finally back at doggy daycare!!! I took Cooper to the vet this morning after teaching warm gentle yoga and working my shoulders, chest and tri’s at the gym. They give him the thumbs up and removed his staples. They also said as long as doggy daycare was comfortable monitoring him he was okay to go play. We went straight there!

With Cooper taken care of I was determined to get some pesky items off my to-do list that had been hanging over me for months. First on the list was washing the car cover that stays on my backseat. Poor Cooper has been sitting on it unwashed for months meaning he was just sitting in his own dirt. (And as a vizsla, Cooper does not appreciate being dirty.) Next up I took my wedding dress to the the dry cleaners (7 months after my wedding). And, the last pesky item to check off my list was stopping by a wedding consignment store to get an idea as to what they think my original (unworn… it’s a long story) wedding dress could sell for. I’m thinking I’ll have better luck selling it online but at least I’ve started doing my research.

After those errands, I picked myself up some lunch from Panera. I needed it! I got a You Pick Two with Broccoli Cheddar Soup, a Modern Greek Salad, and a Sprouted Whole Grain Roll.

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With my belly full I decided to spend some time outside in the sun. The clouds came out after about 30 minutes but it was nice to at least get some sunshine in! Next up was a shower and then actually drying my hair (*gasp*). I honestly can’t remember the last time I took the time to dry my hair but it always looks so much better when I do (both the day of and the day [or two] after).

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I truly despise showering… I find it to be such a hassle… but I always feel so much better when I’m fresh and clean. One other thing I want to share before wrapping up this post is where I am in my fitness journey. I started A Girl and Her Vizsla (and stopped blogging over at Treats and Sneaks) because I wanted to write about whatever I wanted. Treats and Sneaks felt too health focused and I just wasn’t interested in health anymore. Of course, a handful of months later I’m back on the health train but this time things are VERY different. I’m paying attention to my body and what works for me, and I’ve thrown all “best practices” out the window. I drink Diet Coke and Crystal Light regularly. I count calories. I don’t focus on making sure I’m getting “superfoods” into my diet. I stay up late and stare at screens before bed. But here’s the thing… this is working for me. I’m officially down 10 lbs and I’ve never felt like I’m starving myself.

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As you can see, it’s been a rocky road of ups and downs… but mostly downs (aka losing weight so I mean that in a good way). I’ve been doing what’s manageable and what feels good for me. I really wish I had stopped trying to do what worked for everyone else a long time ago because I feel amazing.

Moving on, I’m going to run two more errands. It looks like it might rain but I’m going to see if I can find a car wash that’s open. I also need to run to a Target or Walmart to pick up a new shower curtain, some Scrubbing Bubbles and some wet Swiffer pads. Tomorrow will be a workout and cleaning day. I hope you’re having an awesome Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂 .

What Happened to Cooper?

I feel like I always say this but… it’s been too long!  It has been an exhausting couple of days.  If you follow me over at @agirlandhervizsla on Instagram you might have seen that Cooper got himself into some trouble this weekend.  It all started on Sunday morning.  Things started out good.  I had protein pancakes and coffee in my belly…

Protein Pancakes and Coffee

…but then I looked over at Cooper who was obsessively licking his paws and saw this…

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…and this.

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Ugh!!  He was very shaky and just overall not acting himself.  When I leaned down to get a closer look he kept trying to climb on me (same thing he does when he’s scared before bath time).  Off to the emergency vet we went!  After an initial look the vet tech told me it looked like road rash or like he had gotten his paws stuck in something (like a fence) while digging.  Digging didn’t really make sense.  I hadn’t seen any suspicious looking ares in the yard and Cooper isn’t much of a digger.  We don’t really take him on walks since we have the yard so he definitely didn’t drag his feet on asphalt.  Only later did I realize he probably fell or slid along the brick planters in the backyard.

Brick Planters in Backyard

(This is an old picture.)  These brick planters go far over to the right side of our yard and are about 3-4 feet tall on the back and right sides.  He loves to jump on and off of them.  My guess is that he wiped out at some point while playing.  Cooper is a trustworthy pup so we leave him outside for 5-10 minute intervals all the time so we just didn’t see it happen.  A few hours later Cooper had the cone of shame, shaved paws, and two staples in his right foot.

Cooper in Cone of Shame

Oh, and he was drugged out of his mind.

Cooper drugged out of his mind

We tried to make him as comfy as we could…

Cooper in Cone of Shame

…but that damn cone of shame was making it pretty difficult.

Cooper cone of shame

Cooper always starts the evening in his own bed, and then hops in bed with Josh and myself in the middle of the night.  He wasn’t allowed to jump up on the bed (nor could he sleep with us with the cone of shame) so he cried ALL night long.  Nonstop.  Just a continuous string of whining.  All that crying meant no sleeping and resulted in a breakfast of overnight oats (healthy) and a monster (not so healthy) on Monday morning.

Overnight Oats and Monster

I wound up back at home for an extended lunch on Monday and Cooper would not leave my side.

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Yes, vizslas are velcro dogs, but he was being particularly velco-y.

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Do you see his poor little chin?  That got knocked, too 😦 .  He’s doing a little better but there’s no doggy daycare and no sleeping with mom and dad until the staples come out and the cone of shame can be thrown out.  The vet told us on Sunday it would be 12-14 days… but Cooper has always been a quick healer so we’re hoping it will be even sooner than that.  Plus, he got himself into some extra trouble last night by (for the first time in his life) being mischievous.  He not only kicked all of my shoes out of the closet…

Cooper Looking Guilty

…(yes, he did all this with the cone of shame ON and was looking VERY guilty when I got home).  He also peed in the closet right onto my white bra.

Cooper Peed on my Bra

To his defense, I think he had kicked out all the shoes because he was trying to pee in the corner (where the bra happened to be), and there was also a terrible thunderstorm right before we got home.  Restless + thunder = PEE ON THINGS.  Cooper gets all the excuses and sympathies I have in me while there are office supplies in his paw.  I’ll be sure to share when he’s back to his regularly scheduled activities (aka bird hunting, doggy daycare attending, and bedtime cuddling).

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

Icon Meals Review – What I Liked, What I Didn’t, and What I’d Do Again

I was lazy and did not capture all my meals from yesterday so we’re skipping the usual What I Ate Wednesday/Full Day of Eating.  Instead, we’re going to talk Icon Meals.  I know they cater towards athletes and bodybuilders… and I’m just a Joe Shmoe (Jane Schmane?)… but have I mentioned I’m lazy?  I was getting tired of all the brain power it took to meal prep AND count macros.  How much oil did I put in that?  How many ounces of bell pepper went in my omelet?  Blah!  I wanted cooked foods I could plug and play with.

Icon Meals Arrived

I looked at two primary companies in my search for food delivery – Icon Meals and Bite Meals.  (Spoiler alert, I ordered Bite Meals for next week so I’ll be doing a review on that company, too.)  I decided to give Icon Meals a try first simply because they made it easy to order meats/veggies/grains by the pound which was a bit cheaper than buying the meals already put together.  I ordered broccoli, green beans, mashed sweet potato, cilantro brown rice, ground bison, roasted turkey breast, a breakfast meal, and a carrot cake cheesecake.  I was able to get it delivered on Saturday (instead of waiting for a delivery on Monday) for an extra $12.

Cooper checking out the Icon Meals

Icon Meals chooses to ship with dry ice so even though the food is shipped “fresh never frozen”… it comes in frozen (whomp whomp).

Icon Meals - how they're shipped

With that being said, everything thawed pretty nicely sitting in the refrigerator (no issues with freezer burn or ice fuzz).  The only big downside I saw to things having been frozen previously was that the veggies were a bit watery.

Icon Meals Sweet Potato

But, I just worked around it and the food still tasted great.  The mashed sweet potatoes (what you’re seeing above) were my absolute favorite along with the roasted turkey breast. Both were seasoned wonderfully and when combined with green beans and ketchup tasted just like Thanksgiving dinner as a child.  (Yes, I used ketchup on my Thanksgiving turkey as a child… it’s basically doing the same thing as your stupid cranberry sauce so back off.)  Anywho… delicious!

Icon Meals Thanksgiving Bowl Green Beans, Sweet Potato, Turkey, Ketchup

Moving on to the ground bison.  It smelled like dog food and looked weird but tasted surprisingly good.  I paired it with the cilantro brown rice and broccoli with a big ole’ pile of guac.  (Note, I did add Mrs. Dash seasonings to add extra flavor.)

Icon Meals Bison Burrito Bowl

Moving on to breakfast… meh.  The pancakes were good but the turkey bacon was chewy (I personally only like crispy bacon) and the eggs had been cooked, frozen, thawed, and then microwaved… they would’ve needed a miracle to taste delicious.  It was fine, but I don’t think I’d order any breakfast meals moving forward.

Icon Meals Breakfast

As for dessert, I decided to order a Carrot Cake Cheesecake off that week’s menu.  I’m not sure why I ordered this.  I don’t like cheesecake!!  But I do love carrot cake.  As I could’ve predicted, it was too rich for me… but it did taste like legit cheesecake.  I’m guessing if you like cheesecake, you’d like it!

Icon Meals Carrot Cake Cheesecake

(Not a great picture but I wanted to include it anyway!)  Okay, so let’s round up my thoughts… the ground bison, roasted turkey breast and mashed sweet potato were extremely delicious and totally worth the purchase!!  The vegetables (broccoli and green beans) were kind of flavorless and watery.  They reminded me of what you get out of steamable microwave bags from the freezer section… so you might as well reduce costs and buy that.  The brown rice was good but nothing special.  Again, there’s lots of supermarket quick fixes for brown rice that are more cost effective.  The breakfast… skip it (unless you’re just ordering the pancakes because those were delicious!).  As for dessert, I think it changes weekly but from my one expeirence their desserts are pretty tasty (just don’t order cheesecake if you don’t like cheesecake 😉 ).

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room… the cost of overnight shipping.  So the cost of shipping was somewhere between $30 and $35 (plus the extra $12 for Saturday deliver).  If I lived near a pick up location I might be ordering the sweet potatoes, roasted turkey breast, ground bison and pancakes on a weekly basis… but Icon Meals just isn’t feasible for me because I can’t bring myself to justify the cost.  I would absolutely use it again though for a one-off situation… like if I’m coming back from vacation and want cooked food ready for me when I arrive home and won’t have time to meal prep before diving into the workweek.  But other than that, it’s definitely not a longterm and consistent purchase for me.

Feel free to leave comments below regarding Icon Meals below 🙂  I hope this post was helpful for anyone looking for some info on the company!

 

What I Ate Wednesday: Weird Combinations

Back to back blog posts?!  Don’t get use to it 😉 , but I wanted to pop in with a quick What I Ate Wednesday post.  I was trying out some new things today and they didn’t quite work in my favor.  Let’s get into it.

I started my day with Trader Joe’s frozen oatmeal.

Trader Joe's Frozen Oatmeal

This on its own was delicious but, in an effort to make it a high protein meal, I decided to add a scoop of Quest Peanut Butter protein powder and… blech.  It didn’t taste bad… but it made the oatmeal have a super weird and goopy texture… and I’m picky about texture.

Trader Joe's Frozen Oatmeal and Quest PB Protein Powder

I forced myself to eat it but was gagging towards the end so I threw out the last few bites.  I also had some iced coffee with 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Macros (including coffee add-ins):  305 calories | 15g carbs | 4g fat | 29g protein

As a snack mid-morning I had some fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Mixed Berries 2

Macros: 61 calories | 13g carbs | 0g fat | 1g protein

On the menu for lunch was brussels sprouts with ground turkey and marinara sauce.  I had already prepped the meal and weighed everything out.  It was simply waiting for me in the refrigerator at home.  Now, I’m not a lover of brussels sprouts but I’ll eat them on occasion because they’re green and they’re good for you.  These, however, were the grossest brussels sprouts I’ve ever tasted.  I’m thinking they were extra terrible because I sautéed them and didn’t roast them.  Either way, they were completely inedible so I opened up the MyFitnessPal app on my phone and started plugging away.  I knew I wanted to use something I had in the fridge/freezer at home that required minimal prep work and would be around the same macros.  And here’s the super weird combo I came  up with…

Protein Waffles and Turkey Meatballs

Yes, you’re seeing that correctly.  That is a picture of protein waffles alongside two meatballs with red sauce.  Both were (separately) delicious.  I made the waffles with 1 packet Quest Banana Cream Protein Powder, 1 egg, 1 tsp baking powder and some water.  I then topped them with 2 Tbsp sugar free maple syrup.  The meatballs were Trader Joe’s Frozen Turkey Meatballs topped with 1/2 cup Prego Light Smart Pasta Sauce.

Macros: 313 calories | 20g carbs | 9g fat | 40g protein

This weird combo kept me full for a few more hours.  Around 3:00pm I snacked on an apple (100 grams).  (I cut it earlier in the day so try not to be too grossed out by the brown tinge.)

Sliced Apples

Macros: 71 calories | 19g carbs | 0g fat | 0g protein

And closer to 5:00pm I had some Trader Joe’s Nonfat Strawberry Greek Yogurt.

Trader Joe's Strawberry Nonfat Greek Yogurt

Macros: 120 calories | 17g carbs | 0 g fat | 12g protein

After work I picked up Cooper from doggy daycare and got gas on my way home.  Then it was gym time.  Today was a full body workout along with 15 minutes of cardio.  The stairmaster felt like death for the 15 minutes I was on it but I felt great afterwards,

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I headed home and walked into a house that smelled amazing!!  (By amazing, I’m talking about the good food that was in progress, not that it was clean lemony fresh 😉 .)  Josh made us lamb patties with roasted veggies.  Also on my plate I had some tzatziki sauce, some siracha and a piece of Ezekiel toast.

Ground Lamb and Mixed Roasted Veggies

Macros: 605 calories | 28g carbs | 39g fat | 36g protein

To round out this post and my evening, I had 1/2 container of Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Halo Top

Macros: 180 calories | 32g carbs | 6g fat | 10g protein

TOTAL MACROS: 1655 calores | 170g carbs | 58g fat | 128g protein.

I was within 5g of all my macro goals 🙂 .  I hope your having a great Wednesday so far!

Memorial Day Weekend Recap

I hope everyone had a chance to relax and recharge this weekend.  Before we get into today’s post (a weekend recap), let me first say “thank you” to everyone who has served our country.  We honor you today and always.

Let’s start with Saturday!  I woke up and taught an 8:00am warm gentle yoga class.  We were out of coffee filters so I had to go coffee-less for the first part of the morning, but I made a stop at Starbucks after class.

Starbucks

And with coffee in hand, I was ready to go to Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe's Flowers

I got a bunch of new stuff but I haven’t had a chance to try it all.  I’ll post a grocery haul in the next week or two once I’ve gotten through everything 🙂 .

I don’t have anything else to share from Saturday because, for the first time in three weeks, I didn’t track macros… and I really didn’t want to document it.  I drank, I ate, and then I ate and drank some more.  It was a wonderful, fabulous “cheat” day.

I woke up on Sunday morning, naturally, not feeling my best, but I had to get up and moving as I was teaching another 8:00am warm gentle yoga class.  I didn’t have a workout scheduled but had energy to burn and post-cheat-day-motivation so I headed to the gym after class.  I did 45 sweaty minutes of cardio and tacked on some weightlifting at the end.

Seriously Sweaty Workout

It felt amazing to be moving and I burned a whopping 645 active calories (according to my AppleWatch).  I stayed on track with food throughout the day even with hotdogs and pasta salad on the menu.

Memorial Day Weekend Hotdogs

Moving on to Monday morning, I woke up wanting one thing,  a big bowl of fruit!  So I enjoyed watermelon, strawberries and blueberries.

Fruit and Coffee (and Cooper)

(Oh heyyyyy Coop Coop.)  My red and blue fruit bowl felt appropriate for Memorial Day 🙂 .  With my fruit I enjoyed an iced coffee.  I fit in some meal prep and laundry, as well as a round of golf with Josh throughout the afternoon.

And that’s where we’ll end this post.  But first… here is an adorable picture of Cooper because the title of this blog is a “a girl and her VIZSLA” after all.

Cooper on the couch

Until next time 🙂 .

Friday Favorites: Protein Waffles, Ice Cream, The Voice, and more!

Happy Friday!  And Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  My “big plans” for the weekend include teaching yoga, some gym time, some yoga related study time and definitely plenty of relaxation.  I’ve made the decision that I’m not going to be obsessive about my macros and might even take a whole day off from tracking.  We’ll just see how it goes!  Moving on to today’s post… today I’m checking in for a Friday Favorites.  Here it goes!

Protein Waffles!

All this time I’ve been trying to make protein waffles complicated.  WHY!?  I’ve been missing out on these beauties for too long!

Chocolate Protein Waffles

I was watching random videos on Amanda Bucci’s YouTube channel and she kept talking about how good these protein waffles were.  I didn’t quite believe something so simple could be so delicious but I decided to give it a try.  The ingredients are: a scoop of protein powder (30 grams, whey/casein blend), 1 egg, 1 tsp baking powder, and a little bit of water (somewhere between 2-4 Tbsp in my experience).

Protein Waffle Ingredients

Turn your waffle iron on high, be sure to spray with cooking spray, and then use the batter to make two delicious, fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside waffles.  I’ve been cooking mine for about a minute to a minute and a half.

Peanut Butter Protein Waffles with Banana

I can’t recommend them enough!

IIFYM Friendly Desserts

I am loving being on an “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM)/Flexible Diet plan.  I’ve been super consistent on this plan without being miserable.  One of the best parts of my IIFYM plan is that I can eat dessert.  WOOP WOOP!  A definite favorite are Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars

So far I’ve tried the mint chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough flavors and both really, truly taste like real deal ice cream (and I’m an ice cream snob).  Another current favorite is Halo Top ice cream.  I know everyone has been talking about Halo Top for a while but I was extremely hesitant.  For the high price tag I was afraid I was going to wind up with something like Arctic Zero (which doesn’t taste like ice cream at all in my opinion).  My sister finally convinced me and I picked up three different flavors during a 10:30pm grocery store visit last week.

Halo Top, Monster and Yasso Grocery Cart

As you can see it was a super healthy haul of zero calorie Monster, Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars and Halo Top ice cream 😛 .  So far I’ve had the Peanut Butter Cup, Birthday Cake, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors and all three were delicious.  I am amazed at how close it is to real ice cream for the amazing macros.  Another item I would definitely recommend!!

Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Pasta

If you remember from my Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul I had picked up some red lentil pasta to try.  Yet another item I would recommend!  If you eat it plain it taste just like lentils, but it adapts really well when combined with other ingredients.  I’ve tried it mixed with cauliflower, butter and mozzarella cheese; as well as with spinach, red sauce and colby jack cheese (pictured below).  I love that’s it’s not as decimating to my carb macros as other pastas and the texture is great (so long as you don’t overcook of course)!

Red Lentil Pasta, Red Sauce, Chicken and Cheese

Chris Blue Won The Vocie (and Miley Cyrus is coming back!)

I am a big fan of The Voice and was rooting for Chris Blue so I was so happy when he won this season.  To “celebrate”, I figured I’d share my favorite clip of him from this season.

So freaking good!!!  Also, Miley Cyrus is coming back next season!  I’m not a huge Miley Cyrus fan but she’s totally fun to watch as a coach.  Oh, and she killed it singing her newest single.

The Sun Has Come Out!

I feel like it’s been raining ALL week… because it pretty much has been.  The sun finally came out today and, man, does that feel good!  I took advantage of it during lunch and sat outside with the Coop Man while I ate my tacos from Chipotle (corn tortillas, chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, hot salsa and lettuce).

Chipotle Tacos and Cooper

I wrapped up at work early, headed to the gym for leg day, and then came home to get this post finalized and published.

Thanks for stopping by today!  What are some of your current favorites?

What I Ate Wednesday: making chips & queso fit your macros

Hello!  It’s been far too long since I last checked in with a full day of eating so that’s what today’s post is going to be.  These are my eats from yesterday.  Let’s jump right in!

I woke up knowing I had room for two eggs on a bagel thin for breakfast.  I was spraying cooking spray on the pan when I remembered I had meal prepped hardboiled eggs… SCORE!  I sliced my two hardboiled eggs in half and sprinkled some Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning on them (YUM!).  I also had a plain everything bagel thin. #everythingbageleverything 🙂

Everything Bagel Seasoning, Bagel Thin and Hardboiled Eggs

Breakfast macros: 243 calories | 19g carbs | 12g fat | 17g protein

Alongside my breakfast and throughout the morning I sipped on a big cup of coffee that had 1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1 Tbsp Silk Hazelnut Almond Creamer.

Coffee macros: 30 calories | 4 carbs | 1 fat | 1 protein

Moving on to lunch, I went with a high protein low carb lunch.  (This is where the title of this post comes into play 🙂 .)  I knew Josh and I were going to eat Moe’s for dinner and I knew I didn’t want to miss out on chips and queso.  I actually logged what I was going to eat at Moe’s in MyFitnessPal and then worked the rest of my day’s macros around it.  Of course, I did this the day before so it took some extra planning but so worth it!  I had ordered Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder and it was on my doorstep when I arrived home for lunch.  PERFECTION!

Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder

My smoothie consisted of  half of a medium banana (59 grams), 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, and a scoop (of course) of Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder.  I have to admit, even though I only used a cup, the spinach was funky in this smoothie.  I wouldn’t recommend it!  But the peanut butter protein powder was delicious 🙂

Lunch macros: 290 calories | 23g carbs | 4g fat | 43g protein

Sometime between 3:00pm and 4:00pm, I had 4 oz low sodium deli turkey and 120 grams strawberries as a mid-afternoon snack.

Turkey and Strawberries

Snack macros: 160 calories | 8g carbs | 1g fat | 24g protein

This snack got me through the end of my workday (which I wrapped up around 5:30pm).  From there I headed straight to the gym.  As prescribed by my online coach, today was a full body workout + cardio.  I always like to get my cardio out of the way first so I started with 20 minutes on the elliptical, worked on full body strength, and then wrapped up with some stretching.  Nothing beats pigeon!!!

Pigeon

On my way home from the gym I picked Moe’s and headed straight home to eat.  I got a junior burrito with rice, black beans, chicken, grilled peppers, raw onion, cilantro, lettuce, pickled jalapenos, and pico de gallo.  We also got queso and I measured out a 2 oz serving to eat with a 1 oz (28g) serving of tortilla chips.

Moe's for Dinner

Dinner macros: 769 calories | 97g carbs | 35g fat | 37g protein

It was super satisfying!  I actually said to Josh while we were eating how happy I was with flexible dieting/”if it fits your macros”.  I feel satisfied each and every day.  (Note, I have an online coach who helped me put together my macros).

I rounded out my evening hanging on the couch with this handsome fella.

Cooper sleeping 2

And I also watched the season finale of The Voice while munching on a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Yasso Greek Yogurt Bar.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Yasso Greek Yogurt Bar

I’m basically sitting in the dark and was too lazy to get up and turn lights on for a good quality picture so just roll with it 🙂 .  It truly tastes like legit chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream!!

Dessert macros: 100 calories | 17g carbs | 3f fat | 5g protein

TOTAL MACROS FOR THE DAY: 1591 calories | 168g carbs | 56g fat | 127g protein

Questions…

  • Do you track your macros?
  • What are your favorite indulgences and how do you fit them into your diet?

Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul!

Happy Saturday!!  I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a good start.  My morning started by sleeping in…until 9:00am!  That was late for me as I typically attend (or teach) an 8:00am yoga class on weekend mornings.  I wasn’t teaching this morning and was feeling behind on sleep so I set an alarm last night but told myself I would just see how I felt in the morning.  I felt tired!!!  So I kept sleeping and I am so glad I did.  After waking up I did some light cleaning around the house before whipping up a smoothie.  I bought a variety pack of Quest protein powder off Amazon and was trying the Banana Creme flavor.

Quest Banana Cream Protein Powder

I blended up the protein powder with 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 medium banana and 5 ice cubes.  The verdict…. YUM!  I drank my smoothie and cup of coffee on my way to Trader Joe’s which brings us to the real reason of today’s post… TRADER JOE’S GROCERY HAUL!  Here’s what I got…

FROZEN

Trader Joe's Haul - Frozen

  • Pizzas
  • Mandarin Orange Chicken
  • BBQ Teriyaki Chicken
  • Vegetable Fried Rice

Everyone loves the Trader Joe’s frozen aisle!  I got good ole’ “cheat” foods and here’s why… they are way easier to track (calories/macros) than eating out and sometimes you just need that “cheat” (or indulgence).

REFRIGERATED 

Trader Joe's Haul - Refrigerated

  • Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • Pre-made Tzatziki
  • Light Whipped Cream Cheese

PRODUCE

Trader Joe's Haul - Produce

Alllllll the broccoli and cauliflower 😛 .  Josh and I do not like to cut broccoli… we’re lazy… what else can I say… so we buy mass amounts of chopped broccoli and cauliflower to roast for meal prep.

Trader Joe's Haul - Produce 2

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Spring Mix
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Baby Carrots
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Parsley

Produce is so much cheaper at Trader Joe’s than our normal grocery store so I like to stock up when I go.

Trader Joe's Haul - Produce 3

  • Jalapeno
  • Blueberries
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash

Trader Joe's Haul - Produce 4

  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Potatoes
  • Limes

PANTRY

Trader Joe's Haul - Pantry

  • Canned Black Beans
  • Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Hot Sauce
  • Red Lentil Pasta

Okay, there are two items in this picture I am so incredibly excited about.  First, is the Everything but the Bagel Seasoning.  I’ve seen this stuff all over Instagram and YouTube and was dying to try it.  It was actually my reason for going to Trader Joe’s today.  I was a little afraid it might have gotten so popular they’d be out so I was beyond thrilled it was in stock.  Second, is the red lentil pasta.  This is another health food item I’ve seen all over social media as it’s a lower carb pasta option.  My normal grocery store didn’t have it and I wasn’t expecting Trader Joe’s to have it either.  Just in case I love it and can’t find it elsewhere, I decided to grab two bags.  I’ll be sure to let you know what I think later this week as it’s part of my meal prep.  I’ve already tried out the seasoning on a piece of Ezekiel toast with 1 Tbsp light cream cheese.

Cooper is a begger - late night snack

It was amazing.  To wrap up this grocery haul, the last two pantry items I got were…

Trader Joe's Haul Pantry 2

  • Joe’s O’s
  • Whole Wheat Everything Bagel Thins

On my way home from Trader Joe’s I picked up Chipotle.

Chipotle Salad

I relaxed for a bit after lunch and by 3:00pm I was bored (and procrastinating… I was not feeling all the cleaning and laundry I needed to do) so I decided to go to the gym.

Stairmaster

Gym time wasn’t in my plan from my online coach but a little extra fitness can’t t hurt 🙂 .  I did 15 minutes on the stairmaster, completed an arm focused strength workout, and then followed up with 10 minutes of incline walking and plenty of foam rolling.  Since it was in the middle of the day on a Saturday the gym wasn’t as packed which was really nice.  As a post-workout snack and to hold me over before dinner I had half of a Lenny & Larry’s cookie.

Lenny & Larry's Cookie

I had the Double Chocolate cookie and it was SO good.  It had the consistency of a brownie and, surprisingly to me, that half cookie really filled me up.  (Like the Quest protein powder I mentioned earlier, I bought a variety pack of Lenny & Larry’s cookies to try out.)  After that I finally had the energy to do some of the cleaning that needed to get done.  And, of course, as soon as I changed the sheets… Cooper was on the bed.

Cooper on clean sheets

I imagine he’s trying to get his smell back where it belongs 🙂 .  For dinner, we had fish tacos using cod.  We’re not a big fish household but decided to give it a try.  It was tasty!  To keep things simple for tracking macros, I just coated my slaw with some of (my favorite) Bolthouse ranch dressing.  Weird… but it worked!

Fish Tacos

Lastly, as my late night snack I had the toast with cream cheese and everything seasoning blend mentioned earlier in this post.  And, there you have it!!  A full day of eating AND a grocery haul all in one post 🙂

Catch you later!

(Mostly) Healthy Costco Haul

Who else out there loves Costco?!  Josh and I headed to Costco this Saturday to stock up on (mostly) healthy items.  Now, if for some reason you’ve been living under a rock and are new to Costco, let me explain.  It’s a big store with all the things.  Got it?  Good!  Now, you have to be strategic when you go to Costco.  It can feel like going to battle if you go anywhere close to lunch time (11am – 2pm).  Don’t do it!!  Either go right when they open, or wait until after 4:00pm.  This is very important to have a successful Costco trip (aka, one where you don’t want to kill everyone and actually get to look at all the things).  Okay, now that we’ve talked about the strategy of getting there, let’s talk about what all Josh and I got this visit.

Stocking up at Costco

Frozen

Frozen Costco Buys

Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches make mornings super simple.  They are definitely high in  sodium but other than that they’re pretty clean (and cheaper than stopping for an Egg McMuffin).  We got the whole grain, turkey sausage, egg whites and cheese sammies.

I kept throwing produce away so I just made the decision to buy it frozen and thaw as needed.  The berries will also be great in smoothies!

The riced cauliflower was a new item for me but something I am excited to try.  It came with 4 frozen packets (about 3.5 cups per packet).  You can simply cook from frozen.  (PS… if you live in the midwest, check your refrigerated section for a bag of cauliflower rice.  My sister lives in Texas and is able to get it not frozen.  She then just portions it into ziplocs and freezes.)

Personal Care

Personal Care Costco Buys

Toothbrushes are just a good thing to have in the house.  Otherwise, I would never change out my toothbrush.

The nasal sprays are a necessity!!  We use to buy Flonase but the primary ingredient is the same and, of course, Costco’s version is so much cheaper.  I can’t survive spring (or petty much any other season) without this stuff.

I go crazy if I can’t clean my ears with a q-tip when I get out of the shower and I was running extremely low.  These will last forever and I like the idea of not running out anytime soon.  And, again, I’d go crazy without them.  Crazy me is no good.

Ibuprofen was another item we were running low on and really need on hand, especially during allergy season!

Do I even need to explain the deodorant?

We go through a ton of sunscreen in the summer because we are at the golf course almost every weekend.  I love the sunscreen spray (and hate sunscreen lotion).  Having spray on hand means no excuses not to apply before leaving the house.

Kitchen Necessities 

Kitchen Necessities Costco Buys

Josh and I knew we were going to do some intense meal prep this weekend and we’ve been running low on containers (a few inevitably get thrown away over time).  This was a new-to-us item from Costco but I’m super happy with the purchase.  They’re actually more durable than the ones we bought on Amazon forever ago, and they’re a little deeper which is nice.

Aluminum pans are the best things ever!!  They make clean up on busy weeknights so easy.

Aluminum foil also makes clean up really easy when using full sheet pans.  Just don’t forget to spray it with cooking spray!

Refrigerated 

Regridgerated Costco Buys

We buy broccoli from Costco every time we go.  It’s so much cheaper than buying pre-chopped broccoli from a store and it’s our go-to vegetable of choice with most meals.

I have a hard time hitting my protein macros (but no problem hitting my fat macros) so Fage nonfat Greek yogurt was a must.

A big bag of mini Babybel cheeses is one of those items we buy once every few months  (This bag stays good through the end of August.)  We also buy a big container of crumbled feta cheese from Costco every few months.

Buying a big bag of green beans from Costco is, like broccoli, so much cheaper than the grocery store.  It’s also another go-to veggie for us.

Meats

Meat Costco Buys

We love the packaged boneless skinless chicken breasts!  They come in sealed packages with two split breasts per pack.  This makes them super easy to freeze as it’s already all portioned out.

Josh and I agree that Costco has better prime strip steaks than even our nicest grocery stores.  They are delicious and tender every single time.  We ate two on Saturday night and froze the other two to use later on.  This was definitely an expensive buy but totally worth it for a nice at home dinner.

The ground turkey is similar to the chicken.  It comes in four 1.7 lb (ish) packages.  This is another super easy item to freeze.  (I do want to make a note that this is dark meat so the fat content is high.)

Beverages

Beverage Costco Buys

Hate on me all you want… but I’ve started drinking Diet Coke again.  After a LONG strike, I’ve come back to my love ❤ 🙂 .  Listen, with me dieting and counting macros and working out, I need some zero calorie drinks.  And, I love Diet Coke!  AND I’m not really drinking booze at all (which is a huge change) and Diet Coke is my reward.  Love it or hate it, soda is way cheaper from Costco.

To keep me from drinking 37 Diet Cokes per day, we also buy La Croix flavored sparking waters.  We buy two 24 packs at least every other week.  We’re slightly obsessed.  The grapefruit flavor is the BEST!

For Cooper 

Dog Costco Buys

We buy Cooper’s dog food from Costco.  He ain’t boujee when it comes to food so we can get away with it 😉 .  We also buy bully sticks from Costco.  If you don’t know what a bully stick is… feel free to Google it… but you may just want to stay in the dark on that one .  They stink like crazy but Cooper loves them and it’s much better than rawhide bones.  They can be $12-15 per bully stick anywhere else (even online at sites like Chewy) but Costco sells a whole pack of them (12 inch bully sticks) for… okay, I’m not sure exactly how much but I think it’s about $35-40 for a pack of 12.  Either way, it’s a good deal.

Cooper chewing bully stick

Last Random Item

Other Costco Buys 1

I totally forgot to take a picture of this with the personal care section, but gum is something we always buy from Costco as well.  Gum is ALWAYS a necessity.

And that wraps up this Costco Haul.  Thanks for stopping by 🙂 .

What are your favorite items to buy at Costco?

Friday Favorites {getting back on track}

Pretty much since the beginning of 2016 (during the time I was planning my wedding, moving back to Greensboro, and then chillin’ as a newlywed) I have paid ZERO attention to my health and fitness.  This past week I became really motivated to get back on track.  I joined back up at a gym and have been working out late at night or after work.  Here are some of my favorites from the past week related to getting back on track.

The Gym!  I haven’t been a member of a gym in over a year and it has felt so good to be back.  As I mentioned in last weekend’s post, my gym has a women’s only area which is awesome.  It’s much quieter and less intimidating for when you’re just getting back into things.  I’m also loving using the wide variety of weight machines… they’re dummy proof and I feel like I push myself more than I would just picking up a pair of dumbbells.

women's only section at the gym

MyFitnessPal.  I decided that I needed to get serious about tracking what I eat… and to eat foods I wouldn’t feel terrible tracking.  I’ve been tracking my food 100% since Monday.  Yesterday was a super indulgent day (aka ALL THE CHINESE FOOD… and a beer), but other than that my calories have been reasonable and I feel great!  Pretty soon I’ll be tracking macros, too, and I know using MyFitnessPal will continue to be a super handy tool.  Here are my totals from today… so far… dessert might happen.

MyFitnessPal Nutrition Screenshot

I caved… (in a good way)… and invested in an Online Personal Trainer.  Okay, so a personal trainer at a gym is not in my budget… and I just don’t want someone standing over me while I workout.  That’s my quiet time, my alone time, my me time… I don’t want that interrupted!  But I do want some guidance and an online personal trainer was in the budget.  (Truthfully) I did very little research.  I simply went with an online personal trainer I’ve been watching on YouTube for a while – Lynette Marie.  I really love her YouTube channel and following her on Instagram so I figured I’d give it a try.  (BONUS FAV: two of my other favorite YouTubers are Cambria Joy and Nikki Phillippi.)    Lynette  is going to help me put together a plan that fits me and I’m super excited!

Late night workouts.  In May I’m teaching yoga Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:30pm – 8:30pm.  This week I decided to give later workouts a shot.  After wrapping up teaching, I headed to the gym to workout from about 9:15pm – 10:00pm.  I definitely stay up way later than normal on those nights but I’ve been loving the quiet(er) gym time and time to myself at night.  It’s working for me thus far so I plan to keep that in my schedule.

Me at the gym

And that wraps up this week’s Friday Favorites!  Cooper and I are at the same level right now….. ready for all the sleepies 🙂

Cooper sleeping

See you later!