Jan 102014
 

Haaaaaaappy Friday, ‘yall! After a nice long break during the holidays, this week just seemed to drag on for me, so I could not be happier that the weekend is almost here. Fabio and I also don’t have anything we have to do, just a bunch of options that are open to us. I love that! I’m so excited to just see where the weekend takes us.

Anyway, here are a few things that made me smile this week!

Favorite Winter Running Gear

workoutpants

I’m really lucky that for Christmas I received a lot of cold-weather running gear from friends and family (they know me so well), and when the temperatures dropped way below normal this week I was SO happy to have it. My favorite new pieces include a new zip-up, earwarmer, and gloves, but my absolute FAVORITE are these running pants from Lululemon that my aunt CC got for me. They are incredibly flattering, comfortable, and warm and I definitely took advantage of them this week. This is my first pair of good-quality running pants and they make me wonder why I ever waste money on the cheaper versions from TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Target, etc. I think I might be hooked on Lululemon now. Someone please go protect my wallet.

Favorite Made-for-me Breakfast

breakfastsandwich

One night this week Fabio was reading through his most recent edition of Men’s Health magazine, and the next morning after our workout he was insistent upon making me breakfast. Well, ok!! I can’t say no to that! 😉 Apparently his magazine had included some breakfast sandwich ideas and he was excited to try them out. For my breakfast he made me one egg, one egg white, 1/4 an avocado, melted provolone cheese, and siracha sauce on a toasted sandwich thin. YUM!! I could get used to this!

Favorite Made-for-me Dinner

stirfry

Fabio has also been offering to make me dinner one night a week (usually Tuesdays) which is a great change of pace. It’s nice to know that when I leave work on Tuesday my workout is behind me, dinner will be taken care of, and I can just relax and do something for myself. Such a luxury!

This week I asked Fabio to use up some leftover pork that we had from the weekend and the broccoli that we had so it wouldn’t go bad, so he came up with this delicious stir fry. He made the sauce himself by mixing soy sauce with honey, ginger, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil. It was so cute because he used a recipe and had to ask me if we had every single ingredient (do we have onions? carrots? ginger? soy sauce? sesame oil? etc.) Haha! It was delicious and I made some quinoa to go under the stir fry. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next week!

Favorite Morning Surprise

starbucks

One morning this week when I came into work, my coworker Claire surprised me with a tall skinny peppermint mocha!! What a sweetie!!! She had heard that it was the last day Starbucks was serving their holiday drinks, so she picked one up for me and my other coworker Mary on her way into the office 🙂 What a great morning surprise!

Favorite New Breakfast Options

healthierofficebreakfast

Our HR department just started a wellness committee (which you better believe I am a member of) to start healthier initiatives around the office. We have a bunch of goals in mind like having free yoga once a week during lunch time, forming a team for a 5K walk/fun run, and having the option to have stand-up desks or exercises balls as chairs, but our first initiative was to have healthier breakfast options on Friday mornings. Every Friday my office provides bagels and donuts to employees, but I always choose to eat my normal breakfast at home since it’s a healthier option. Starting today, my office will be providing fruit, cereal, and milk (skim and 2%) on Friday mornings. So awesome!! This is such a great idea and I love that my office is trying to be a little more mindful of the options they provide.

Favorite Health & Fitness App

myfitnesspal

I used MyFitnessPal a few years ago when I was first beginning my journey to get healthy, but I hadn’t looked at the app in quite a while and figured not much had changed. Well, after hearing Tina rave about it last week, I decided to give it another try. I wound up eating a lot of junk over the holidays and wasn’t feeling my best, so I thought a little food tracking would help me get me back to normal. 

Well let me tell you guys, this app is so much better than I remembered! Tracking my food and workouts has been so easy and there is even a barcode feature that allows you to scan things you’re eating (and it actually has every product I’ve tried in its database, unlike  similar apps I have used). One reason I hate tracking foods is because I make a lot of homemade recipes and entering each ingredient can be a pain. However, when I made my sweet & spicy chili the other day for example, I just scanned the package of ground turkey, the cans of beans and tomatoes, and then added in the onion and garlic manually. So easy!!

Seeing everything I’ve been eating right there on one screen really helps to keep me accountable and stops me from eating “just one more Hershey kiss” or “just a small treat after dinner.” It also helps me watch my portion sizes which is so incredibly important. Anyway, after using this app for just one week I’m already back down to my normal size. Woohoo!

Definitely give this app a try!

Question of the day: What are you loving this week?

 Posted by on January 10, 2014

  3 Responses to “Favorite Things Friday!”

  1. Oh that’s cool about the scanning for the tracker. I would hate to manually type in everything!
    And I would LOVE a standing desk at work. But it will never happen. Our office is so small…and no one cares much about health and fitness here!

  2. It is pleasant to me that you treat calculation of calories kindly. But I like to leave small space for options – I plan a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner and I leave a little for having a snack. It helps not to pass to the unhealthy relations when you convulsively count everyone, even the smallest slice 😉

  3. I love all of your favorites!! I am not usually a calorie tracker person, but so many people have been raving about the MyFitnessPal app, I may have to try it out. It can never hurt to check on where you are. I just always hate when I make homemade recipes and don’t know exactly how much of anything there is! Also, your wellness initiative sounds awesome!! My old job used to be like that. Randomly someone would yell out “PLANK!” and everyone would get on the ground for a 1 min plank. haha. It was a great way to make wellness in the workplace fun! Keep up the awesome work in your office!

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