New Accomplishment, New Gadgets, & A New Dinner

WOW! Well today was definitely an exciting day for Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life…

I was Freshly Pressed!

Just in case you’re wondering, “Courtney, what the heck are you talking about?” –

Each weekday, WordPress.com (which is where I host my blog) selects about ten new blog posts for the Freshly Pressed section of the WordPress.com homepage. These posts represent how WordPress can be used to entertain, enlighten, or inspire.

Pretty cool, right? Especially considering there’s well over 300,000 blogs on WordPress! 😯 Being “Freshly Pressed” has made my post on the Twinkie Diet rather interesting to read…I’ve had SO MANY great comments about it so far. Who would have thought it’d be such a hot topic! Have you weighed in yet?? 😉

Alright, let’s back it up here…

Breakfast

A couple lightly toasted pieces of my Farmer’s Market whole wheat bread,

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which I spread with some fabulous toppings: one half got a simple PB + banana treatment, but the OTHE got a little PB + a smear of pumpkin cream cheese + banana. It was phenomenal. This combo will be happening again. YUM! 😛

Also enjoyed was some wonderful Caramel Macchiato coffee…I’m only a few pots worth away from being OUT of this stuff. Then it’s on to the Christmas Blend!

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No photos ended up being taken of lunch today. It was a rather busy afternoon which consisted of about 10 minutes to shovel everything in. (Major bummer when that happens). But luckily, I was still able to taste at least a little of the delicious pumpkin oats that I packed up with me. Pumpkin oats are good at any time of day if you ask me. 😉

Workout

After work today, I headed home to test out the NEW TREADMILL! :mrgreen:

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This thing is pretty bad-ass. 😉

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For those of you who asked yesterday, Jay and I did a lot of researching before we finally decided on a winner. We bought the NordicTrack C 900 from Sears, which so far totally rocks.

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Some of my favorite features:

  • It has 20 built-in workout programs to choose from, (5 high intensity, 5 speed, 5 incline or 5 calorie-burn workouts)
  • 1-Touch Speed & Incline buttons (so no more wrestling with the up/down arrows!) 😀
  • It’s iFit Live compatible which seems REALLY awesome, but I have to look into it a little more…unfortunately, there’s an extra cost to it (I think around $200?) But hey, Christmas is right around the corner! 😉

My first encounter with this monster machine turned out to be fab-o: 4.2 miles in 43 minutes, with the last 10 minutes between a 4.5-3.5mph walking pace. WOOT WOOT!

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After finishing up my run, I headed upstairs to do a little yoga from Exercise on Demand. Today’s choice: ELLE Make Better Yoga. It was definitely a change of pace from the video I had been doing, but I actually really enjoyed it. I felt so long and lean after!

Dinner

My cravings were all over the place with dinner tonight, but I knew I was in need of some veggies and whole grains (I guess all that reading about Twinkies earlier did me in) 😉

I started by roasting up some zucchini & yellow squash…just a little spray of PAM, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Super easy!

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Then I ended up making a “Tuna & Rice” salad of sorts, which really came together rather nicely.IMG_6202

I cooked up 1 cup of rice, mixed it with 1 can of tuna, and then just started adding whatever I could get my hands on: diced tomatoes, pepper, onion, sweet vidalia onion relish, about 1-2 tbsp sour cream, salt, chili powder, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and cumin.

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A little random I suppose, but I really liked it! Better yet, I don’t think I ate even half of what this made, so I have leftovers all set for tomorrow. LOVE that.

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About halfway through eating this, I decided that the salad would be delicious if I scooped it up with some tortilla chips…

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So I got them. And it was delicious. I definitely did a little damage to this bag. 😉

Now it’s time to go get comfy on the couch and watch a little One Tree Hill!

Question for the Evening:

What’s the last “throw everything together” meal you made that was a hit (or miss!)?

A Spontaneous Start

This morning was a first!

Today was the first time I’ve ever gotten up before my alarm on a weekday, and decided to do some yoga when it wasn’t already planned. 😯

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That never happens! As you know, I’m a total snoozer, so getting up is not always an easy task. However, when I woke up about 30 minutes before my alarm was set to go off this morning, I found myself with an overwhelming urge to do yoga. So I did…and it was great!

Just a quick trip to the good ‘ol boob tube (<—this phrase has made me laugh my entire life…I love it) and I was all set with my 10lb. Slimdown YOGA video. Nothing crazy, but considering I was planning an “off” day, I’m pretty pleased. 🙂

Wanna know what else I’m pretty pleased about??

Today’s breakfast:

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Blueberry Banana Muffin Overnight Oats!

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In the bowl:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 mashed, super ripe banana
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • almond butter (about 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 crumbled banana muffin

I know what you’re thinking… “Banana muffin?!? Wait, where’s the recipe Courtney?!?”

Don’t worry, the recipe will be comin’ your way very soon. 😉

While enjoying my oats this morning, my spoon also ended up making its way into another delicious goody that’s been hanging out in the fridge…

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Mom’s Homemade Applesauce! It was always one of my favorites growing up, and I love how it’s pink! Mmmm, so so good. 🙂

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Now I’ve got myself an amazing mug of Caramel Macchiato flavored coffee…and I’m ready to tackle my day!

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Hey, we may even see some sunshine here in Upstate today 😯 – things are lookin’ up!

Question for the Morning:

Do you ever have spontaneous workouts?

Waffle Sandwiches Are Heaven

Monday Morning.

Has never been one of my favorite parts to the week, but I try my best to stay open minded to it. Usually, starting it off with a great workout is one way to battle those Monday Morning Blues.

Too bad Monday morning’s workout never happened today… 😳

After three hits of the snooze button, I finally threw in the towel. Some mornings I know I’m just being lazy, and I’ll force myself to roll out of bed; once I’m out of bed, I’m fine. Today, however, was one of the those days when sleep prevailed. I could feel that my body actually needed the extra sleep, so I embraced it, and thoroughly enjoyed my extra 45 minutes of sleep. 🙂 Maybe I’ll have time to squeeze in something this afternoon, but I’m not going to beat myself up for it.

Breakfast

Monday morning also calls for something special at breakfast, wouldn’t you say? So on today’s menu: An amazing Waffle Sandwich!

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I lightly toasted 2 Van’s Lite waffles, spread with about 1 tbsp maple peanut butter, 3 tbsp pumpkin, and some sliced banana.

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Then I drizzled the top with a teeny bit of light maple syrup & a sprinkling of cinnamon.

I’m pretty tempted to call this heaven. 🙂

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I also have my mug of coffee ready to go, but with a NEW flavor: Caramel Macchiato. I picked it up last Friday at The Fresh Market, and I must say, it’s definitely  another winner!

Alrighty folks, I’m out the door – hope you all have a great start to your week! 🙂

Question for the Morning:

How do you handle a missed workout? Do you feel guilty?