Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Already Buff

Last night when The Boy came home from work, I was already in bed sleeping trying to fall asleep.  Despite not having seen me in daylight all day, he told me that I already looked super buff.

That's why I love him.

And, as I alluded to, I had trouble falling asleep again last night, and while I think I finally managed to doze off around 11:00, I was up at midnight having to go potty.  I think my body is starting to adjust to the water consumption since I only had to pee once in the middle of the night, but I'd prefer to have to get up zero times.

So, again, 4:15 came super early.  In case you were wondering, here's what Grand Avenue, one of Des Moines' busier streets, looks like before the crack of dawn:

In addition, on my two-and-a-half mile ride to the gym, I saw a total of eight cars, one of which was a semi unloading goods at a breakfast joint.  (Mom, aren't you glad you don't have to do inventory at 4 a.m.?)

We started the morning with some extras (jumping jacks, walking plank, sit-ups, and other things I don't remember since I was so dang tired), and then today was an upper-body strength workout.  While we will normally do three sets of 16 reps of each exercise, today we only did two sets because we were focusing on technique.  Still, my chest, back, shoulders, triceps, and biceps are feeling it.

For breakfast, I had the same thing that I did on Sunday:

Two eggs scrambled with green pepper and Louisiana Hot Sauce, a piece of toast, and a piece of provolone cheese.
Again, I had Metamucil on the side because you know what I want?

Can you believe that was a legit advertisement?  Sex sells, I tell ya.

For my morning snack, I had a tried-and-true standby:

Cottage cheese with avocado, tomato, cucumber, and black pepper.  Looks scrumptious, doesn't it?
Clearly I ate this at my desk.  If you can guess what book I am teaching, you win a huge prize package my admiration.

For lunch, I had quite the decadent meal:

It looks pitiful, doesn't it?  First, there is absolutely zero presentation (Bethenny - and The Boy's favorite, Gordon Ramsay - would be so upset).  Second, it doesn't even look like a real meal (which I guess is a bit related to the first issue, huh?).

Anyway, it wasn't as bad as it looked: three ounces of maple-glazed turkey breast (yum), one piece of not-so-toasty toast, a half cup of grapes, and about half a cucumber.

My afternoon snack was, again, my favorite: Wheat Thins and pepper Jack cheese.  For real: eat this now.  I apologize for the lack of photo documentation there, but it looked exactly the same as it did yesterday.

I had an appointment after school, and when I got home at 5:00, immediately started food prep for tomorrow's line-up.  Then, I whipped up some amazing dinner.  A few weeks ago, BFF and I headed to Trader Joe's for one of our regular shopping trips, and I grabbed something new:

Marinated White Fish - Vera Cruz
All I had to do was unwrap the package and dump everything into an oven-safe dish.  There are also directions on the package for the microwave and stovetop.  No excuses, people.

And at only 180 calories for half of the package, you can't go wrong.  (It has 22 grams of protein and only four carbs.  Um, yes please!)

I also heated up some Uncle Ben's Ready Rice (Whole Grain Brown) and broccoli florets for the easiest dinner ever:

For my evening snack, I'm going to have two pieces of string cheese.  I'm sure it won't be nearly as delicious as last night's snack, as I mentioned on my Facebook page (that you should TOTALLY LIKE).  Last night I mixed two scoops of Arbonne's protein powder with one cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, and it tasted like liquid cookie dough.

I want to eat it for every meal.

Please cross your fingers that I can actually sleep tonight.  I am officially running on "E" today.


  1. Is the book A Thousand Splendid Suns? Sadly, I have not read that book but it has been on my TBR list for a very long time.

    Your lunches look good! I need to quit being so lazy and grabbing a Lean Cuisine daily. They're just so easy!

    Fingers crossed you get plenty of good sleep tonight and NO potty breaks!

    1. It's The Kite Runner. :) A Thousand Splendid Suns is sooooooo good!

      Lunches are only easy because I pre-plan the heck out of 'em. Seriously -- without a meal plan, I'd be LOST.

  2. The book is...The Kite Runner!

  3. I was also going to say Kite Runner. I love that book.

    1. Me too! So far my kiddos love it, too!