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Or not…

I had a really stressful day at work and then I had to go out to West County Mall to get my dress fixed. Also at West County Mall — Chik-Fil-a. So I had that for dinner. It wasn’t healthy, but it was de-lici-ous. Tomorrow’s another day right?

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Baby Steps

Even though it’s Monday, two little baby steps today:

1) My coworker commented that I eat really healthy while I was enjoying a greek yogurt with Quaker Oatmeal Squares. While this isn’t entirely true – I don’t ever work with her, so she was basing this on lunch and a few snacks – it was positive motivation. I actually don’t really like greek yogurt, but I know it has a lot of protein and is less sugary than those delicious, desserty Yoplaits.

2) The client I’m working at is literally across the street from my gym. I really had no excuse not to go, so I did a half hour of elliptical after work (getting off at 5:30 helped). I hadn’t been in so long that I was afraid my keycard wouldn’t work. It did. I’ll be at this client for two weeks, so I should be getting in some good workouts.

Also, thanks to my good friend LEH for the blog shout-out. Glad I’m such an inspiration to you! bhahaha ūüėČ

 

Peanut Butter Icing

It’s been a stressful week at work, and I am so happy it’s the weekend (even though I have to work tomorrow). Tomorrow is my very good friend‘s golden birthday (26 on the 26th!), and we’re having a potluck at ITap. International Tap House only serves beer. That’s it. No food, no liquor, and no non-alcohol beverages. Should be challenging to not drink tomorrow. Anyway, they’re cool with people bringing in food, since they don’t sell it, so we’re having a potluck.

I volunteered to bring cupcakes. I was originally going to do yellow cake with chocolate icing, but then I decided that chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing would be amazing. I realize others have already thought of this, but I’d never really put this combination together.

Since I’m working all day tomorrow, I decided to make the cupcakes and icing tonight and frost them tomorrow. This was my first time ever making icing and I was slightly nervous.¬†¬†I found this recipe online but followed the modifications found in the first comment.

This super healthy recipe calls for 1 cup peanut butter (the recipe recommends a brand name), 1 stick of butter, 2 cups confectioners (powered) sugar, and 2 tbsp of cream. I wasn’t sure what this meant, so I went with whipping cream. I have no idea what to do with the rest that carton.

I mixed the butter and the PB (both at room temperature) with my hand mixer and then slowly added in the sugar. The cream was kind of an after-thought but it does make it less sticky.

It looks like sweet potatoes here but it’s not that orange in person. The chocolate cupcakes were just a box mix – nothing special there. If I’m feeling fancy tomorrow I may get some mini Reese’s cups to put on top, but that might be too sweet. Overall, I’d say my first attempt at icing was a success! Can’t wait to try them tomorrow!

Happy birthday, Bobby!

 

Progress

Tonight was the first Friday I’d been home before 6pm in 4 weeks! During busy season, we usually work until 8pm (or later) Monday through Thursday and then leave at 5 on Fridays. We also work some on Saturdays (and Sundays). However, I’ve been out of town the past month, first in Texas and then in Southwest Missouri, so I haven’t been getting home until 8 or later.

With all my new-found free time, I finally bought something I’ve been talking about for a long time:

New trainers! These are the Nike Free TR and like advertised, are super flexible. My old shoes (Nike Shox) were giving me Achilles tendon trouble whenever I did any side-to-side work, since they were really made for running. Plus I got them senior year in college (2007), so I think I’ve gotten my money’s worth! Hopefully they will motivate me to work out more. I’m planning on (re)starting Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred tomorrow.

When I got home from shoe shopping, I was really craving stir fry so I improvised with some stuff we already had and came up with this:

I used Uncle Ben’s Garden Vegetable Ready Rice, Birdseye Steamfresh Asian Medley and 2 scrambled eggs. It was satisfying and healthier than takeout. And super easy! [The plates are a kitschy “blue onion” pattern my parents got as a wedding gift from my Dad’s parent’s best friends. At least they were free!]

Today is the 10 day mark of my Lenten resolution, and not drinking hasn’t been too bad. I survived my first true test at trivia last Sunday without issue or awkwardness. Of course, we had something else to keep us occupied. I don’t feel too much healthier, but it is nice to wake up hangover-free! 30 days to go!

On eating healthy

One of my “be better” goals is to improve my eating. I’m not going to lie, this one is f-in hard. Why is everything bad for you so delicious? And so much information is out there about the best ways to eat, it’s hard to know which way to turn. However, Michael¬†Pollan’s advice in In Defense of Food seems fairly reasonable,

Eat food. Not much. Mostly plants.

Easier said than done, Michael. I’ve been out of town for the past month and eating well when you’re out of town is next to impossible. Especially when you’re in the middle of nowhere North Texas and the healthiest restaurant is a cream-sauce-laden Italian restaurant. Needless to say, this goal has been slow going.

What I’ve been doing so far:

  • Bringing healthier snacks to work (apples, oatmeal squares, Kashi¬†bars)
  • Cook more at home
  • Substitute “real” food for processed food: Pita bread for pita chips

Poor eating is a real problem in America. Sure, people love their fast food, but I believe the major drivers of poor eating is poverty, food deserts, and lack of nutritional education. Healthy food is a lot more expensive than delicious processed food. And getting more expensive. I am very privileged to have the means to eat better, so what’s really stopping me?