A PR and Sweatshirts

Good afternoon!

This morning I did a 30 minute strength training session, and then set a new PR for two circuits that I like to do. They’re both a series of squats and burpees and things like that and I like to try them every once in a while to see if I can improve my time. I beat both of my old records by about 1 minute, so it’s probably going to be a good day in general for me 🙂

Another highlight has been these strawberries. Mmmm.

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Is anyone else having a really hard time not spending all of their money on the new running stuff at Lululemon? Please tell me I’m not the only one. I need to hire someone to repeatedly tell me that I don’t need 5 sweatshirts, because thats the number that I want to buy. One for yoga, one for running, one for cycling, one for rest days, and one just because it has thumb holes. I have a problem.

I’m trying to distract myself with paleo cookies. It’s not working.

Ok, well it lasted for a little while.

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Recipe to come tomorrow!

Speaking of tomorrow, school starts tomorrow.

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 I’m super excited to have 3 gyms, a pool, and lots of running area at my disposal. I’m also kind of excited for my Exercise Science course this semester.

Clearly I’ve got my priorities in line.

The real challenge is going to be finding enough food to last me through a whole day at college until I finally get to go home to a good meal.

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Thankfully I’ve had some practice in this area and I think with enough meal prep, I’ll be able to go through my classes without my stomach making whale noises.

But for now, It’s movie time on my last night of summer vacation.

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The Great Gatsby has always been my favorite book. I know a lot of fans of the book didn’t like the movie, but I think it’s pretty great.

Now where’s my jar of peanut butter….

Question of the day:

How many sweatshirts/jackets do you have for athletic purposes?

I have an old hand-me-down North Face. My years of withdrawal are probably what are sparking my sudden obsession. I knew it wasn’t my fault!

Back to School – Meals and Tri training

Having a really awesome weekend just makes Monday that much harder. I got to go on 2 bike rides, eat a lot of peanut butter, and celebrate my birthday. I didn’t even mind that I had to work because, um, hello– 2 bike rides.

I also did a lot of online shopping (my fav kind of shopping– no eye contact with sales people who want to pressure you into giving them more commission by emptying your wallet. Also, no trying things on.)

Hopefully it will all arrive this week so I can give you guys some reviews – I ordered a jacket from Lululemon, a grey running/ yoga tank (also from Lulu,) and tri shorts and a jersey from REI since they’re having a massive sale for Labor Day.

Also, I signed up for a Sprint Tri! I only have a couple weeks left until the race so heres my training plan for the week to try to get ready in time:

Monday: Triceps Workout

Tuesday: Lower Body Circuit; Run a few miles; maybe bike

Wednesday: Treadmill 4 miles of intervals; weights

Thursday: Rip and Ride (I think that means spin class…. Ill find out soon I guess!); Swim 20 minutes

Friday: Maybe pull out an old p90x DVD for old times sake

Saturday: 15 mile Bike ride; Run; Bike 15 more miles

Sunday: Yoga

I have no idea when I’m going to be around this week with school starting again and everything, so meals are a little nuts. I do have a few things that I really want to make though:

  • Gluten Free Meatballs
  • Spicy Turkey Burgers
  • Mashed Cauliflower (how have I not tried this phenomenon yet??)
  • Coconut Almond Butter cookies (this is going to be an experiment)
  • Mixed Berry Tarts with Almond Crust (another experiment, if I have time)
  • Mango Smoothie (that frozen mango is still sittin in the freezer)
  • More Energy Bar Bites

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And the rest is probably going to be salad with Sabra hummus and carrot sticks (my go to when Im busy.)

Question of the day:

How was your weekend?

Any big races coming up?

Homemade Almond Butter Recipe

Good morning!

I started my day off with some Plyometric exercises- 45 minutes of jump squats, burpees, and stuff like that. Then I stretched for 20 minutes because I was SORE after all of yesterdays rowing/running/bicep curling. Everything hurt.

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I’m not working today so I have a long list of housework to do and being able to move is key!

Afterwards, I spent some time reading and drinking coffee at the big window in my kitchen, while I ate my breakfast of grapes and a protein bar. It felt good to just relax for an hour.

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Not long after, it was time for second breakfast! I made some eggs with kale and then some homemade almond butter to have on the side.

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I’ve been going crazy about almond butter since I first made it a few days ok and it was definitely time to make more-a lot more.

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I did the math and figured out that a jar of almond butter costs me about $2.50 to make-  That is SUPER CHEAP for almond butter (have you seen those jars that are $25??) I rarely find natural peanut butter that’s that cheap. Plus, it only takes about 15 minutes to make.

Since it so cost-effective, I don’t feel guilty using a big scoop of this in anything- whether it’s a smoothie, granola, or just eating it out of the jar.

Homemade Roasted Almond Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of Almonds. Or more, if you want. It’s your party.
  • Salt (to taste)

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  • Lay your almonds out on a non-stick pan and sprinkle with a tsp of salt if you’d like.
  • Roast in oven for 10-15 minutes, remembering to stir every few minutes so that the almonds don’t burn.
  • Let cool for a few minutes after you take them out of the oven.
  • Push the almonds and salt into a food processor and let it grind on high for 2-5 minutes. Mine takes about 3 to get super creamy. At first it will just look like almond dust but after a few seconds it starts to stick together in a ball and before long it’s delightfully creamy. You’ll probably have to stop and scrape the sides a few times before it gets there.
  • Scrape into an old nut butter jar- remove the label to increase the homemade-esque feeling.
  • Enjoy a shmear with some fresh blueberries.

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And now you’ve just opened yourself up to a wide world of recipes containing almond butter- I’ll work on assembling a list for you!

In the meantime you can go bask in the knowledge that you are just as crafty as Martha Stewart.

Question of the day:

What are your top 3 favorite nut butters?

I love my homemade almond butter, Teddy Chunky Peanut Butter, and Whole Foods Market 365 Peanut Butter.