New Shoes, Insanity, Crop Tops, and Good Food!

Hello Comrades!

I hope you all had a lovely past week. Mine was pretty eventful.

On Wednesday, I made the voyage to NJ in preparation for my return to Insanity the following day. I needed to buy new shoes and it was suggested that I go and get my feet fitted at Fleet Feet in Montclair. And what a wonderful suggestion it was!Image

The staff is super friendly and informative. I had my feet measured and tried on 3 different types of shoes in different sizes based on my foot shape. I ended up investing in this lovely pair:

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A much welcomed improvement from what I was previously using:

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I’m honestly embarrassed that it took me so long to get a new pair of sneakers, but I’m glad I have them now. No way I’ll be making that mistake again!

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When I did my first Insanity workout on Thursday, the positive impact my new shoes had on my workout was incredible. My old ones were much too small  and probably contributed greatly to pulling my calf. But, you live and you learn!

On Friday, I was in the mood for a healthy dessert, so I whipped these lovely apples up!

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Baked Apples with Blueberries and Granola

So simple: Set the oven to 400 degrees. Core and slice 3 apples. Drizzle with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, blueberries, and granola on top. Keep in the oven for about 30 minutes, and that’s it! Tasted like apple pie.

I liked this recipe so much that I made it for breakfast this morning, except I left out the granola, did one apple each for Mike and I, and we put it in with our oatmeal. Looked like this:

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Today, Mike and I went to Target to get some new pillows, salad bowls, and large mugs. While we were out, I went to Marshall’s just to try on some things. So many cute spring and summer stuff out! I had to resist purchasing a bunch. I don’t really have the money to buy things right now, but I also want to wait a little longer before investing in new clothes because I’m still in the process of losing. I now fit comfortably into size 8 pants (started at size 14 in November). Feels good to be in the single digits 🙂 Can’t believe I’m on my way to size 6! I did purchase this denim crop top that I plan on wearing when we are on the beach in May for the Hang Out Music Festival on the Alabama Gulf Shores. (I didn’t plan on posting this picture online, but Mike suggested that I should to show my progress)

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I held off on buying those denim and lace shorts though, for the previously mentioned reasons.

After Target and Marshall’s, we went to get us some fruits and veggies.

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Mike is chopping things up as I write this in preparation for roasted veggies and for an eggplant, tomato, pepper crock pot recipe that I will post about after we make it.

I’ll finish up for now with a highlight on some of my favorite meals from this past week. I’m also going to promise to write a post this week on why you should try new foods (I’m writing this here to ensure that I do it!)

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Roasted tomatoes, garlic, onion, carrots, zucchini with sauteed kale and spinach and some chopped Trader Joe’s sun dried tomato chicken sausage (It was one of the rare days that I was in the mood for a tiny bit of meat, but I would definitely eat this meal without the chicken sausage as well, or maybe substitute it with some Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs).

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Smoothie with banana, strawberry, pineapple, natural peanut butter, granola, soy milk. 1/4 cup cheerio’s and 1/4 cup multi grain o’s w/freeze dried raspberries and soy milk.

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One piece of whole wheat toast (Trader Joe’s low fat sprouted fiber bread), half with natural almond butter and strawberries, and half with natural peanut butter and banana.

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Dr. Praeger’s Veggie burger with sauteed brussel sprouts.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal

Hello there!

Not much to update on since my last post. Still spending most of my time working/interning. Can’t believe that tomorrow is the last day of my second week of Insanity. It’s flying by! March 6th (Day 63 of Insanity) will be here in no time!

I wanted to share an easy and delicious breakfast that I enjoy. It’s particularly good after a morning workout.

PB& J Oatmeal

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All you have to do is cook yourself a half a cup of oatmeal the way you normally would (I made mine with mostly water and a splash of soy milk)

In a saucepan, on low heat, throw in some chopped strawberries and blueberries. Drizzle honey on top. Stir berries until they become sauce-like. Around 5-10 minutes. Put on top of oatmeal. Add a spoon of peanut butter, chopped almonds, cinnamon and/or any toppings of your choosing.

My appetite has been fluctuating lately. Yesterday I was pretty hungry, so I had a larger dinner than I might have liked to. Today, I’ve barely had any appetite at all. I guess it’s a normal part of my body adjusting to its new diet. Just have to be aware and make sure I’m eating the proper amounts.

My brain is shot right now so can’t really think of anything else to write about. Gunna settle down and watch some Breaking Bad! Have a good week everyone!

Whole Wheat Brown Sugar Craisin Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Mike and I made these last night and there were delicious. They bake quickly as well.

As mentioned in a previous post, this is a recipe I found from A Dash of Sass’s blog, with some very minor tweaks.

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Whole Wheat Brown Sugar Craisin Almond Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup of Smart Balance or Earth Balance (or any butter/butter substitute of your choosing)
3 tbsp egg whites (or 1 egg’s worth of egg substitute)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tablespoon of skim milk (or soy milk or any milk you prefer)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Tiny bit of nutmeg
1 cup uncooked quick rolled oats
3/4 cup of craisins
3/4 cup chopped almonds

– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
– Mix together the sugars in a large bowl.
– Cream the sugars with the softened butter.
– Add in the egg, vanilla, and milk. Cream until smooth.
– In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add slowly to the wet mixture until incorporated.
– Once smooth, stir in the oats, craisins, and almonds.
– Using a teaspoon or a small ice cream/cookie scoop, drop rounded teaspoons about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or on foil coated with non-stick spray.
– Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges.

Hope you enjoy these as much as we did!