Friday, September 5, 2014

A good option in a sea of BAD...

Thursday Recap:

Morning Workout:  30 minutes dance + 1 minute planks + 2 sets of arm weights + 2 sets of squats

8:30am:  Breakfast- Perfect Fit pancake with peanut butter & syrup
Thankfully, yesterdays 'cake looked more like this oneJ

12:00pm:  Lunch- Jersey Mike's Turkey & Cheese sandwhich
I fully planned on having the 'in a tub' option at Jersey Mike's yesterday, which is where they make a "sandwich" with all of the filling ingredients, but ditch the bread and make it 'in a tub' for SIGNIFICANTLY less calories.  But by yesterday morning I was starting to feel that droopy-eyed/tired feeling I get after not having carbs for a couple days (just like I did last 'slimdown'), so I opted for SOME BREAD this time and nearly instantly perked up.  Smetimes a gal just needs some breadJ  Not to mention this rosemary Parmesan bread (since they were out of wheat) was a FABULOUS choiceJ hahahahaha  The sandwich and water still clocked in around 400 calories, so I ain't mad at that.

Besides, I got tons of working out from chasing Katie around the beach & teaching her how to play ski ball yesterday on an ABSURDLY gorgeous day on the Jersey shore.  $5 parking & free beach vs. the arm & a leg you spend exactly SEVEN DAYS prior (aka-pre Labor day) = SOOO worth a couple warm days in EARLY September.J

3:00pm:  Snack- 
And once we hit the boardwalk for a bit, I KNEW I needed some sort of pick-me-up for an afternoon snack, so I opted for a kids sized frozen yogurt from Kohr's with some rainbow sprinkles.  By my calculation, it clocked in at a VERY satisfying 120 calories and completely hit the spot.  
Not a bad option in the SEAAAA of BADDDDDDDD options  (oh, funnel cake, you WERE soveryclose to swaying me!)

6:00pm:  Dinner- Squash & Sausage 'stir fry'

This is such a quick & delicious meal...especially for the end up summer, when squash is a dime a dozen (even better, from a friend's garden!  Thanks, Jackie!!)

I simply sliced up the squash lengthwise and tossed it on the grill, along with 3 of these sausage links...

Once everything got a quick kiss of the grill, I brought them in and gave everything a dice...
...and tossed em in the bowl along with some torn fresh spinach, juice of 1 lemon, a couple tablespoons of capers, salt & pepper and a handful of Parmesan cheese (last time I also used kalamata olives, basil, chives and parsley for even MORE flavor, but was plum out of all of the above this time).  The heat from the sausage & squash wilts the spinach a bit and makes all of the flavors blend together perfect!

Quick, easy and SUPER healthy, give this one a try before all those summer veggies say sayonara!

Evening Workout:  Hatha Yoga
I was BEAT last night (even those sandwich carbs couldn't perk up a day spent running in the sand, surf & sun...NOT that I'm complaining about THAT, for sure), but I was NOT in the mood to push myself into any poses last night!  Oh well, that's what yoga's about...doing what you feeling like doing IN that momentJ

Alrighty...well, today is a GLOOMY one and I can't say I'm SUPEREXCITED to hit crazy, power yoga THIS morning either...but I'll just feel wrong if I skip it.  So off I go to get KILLED by my Friday teacher, who is the QUEEN of crazy, power, difficult moves.  We usually call the class "Ruth's torture factory" very Namaste, no??J  (but we LOVE you, Ruth!!)

Hope you guys have a great weekend and fingers crossed for a HUMIDITY BREAK in NJ!!!

(yes, that statement was THREE exclamation points worthyJ)

Have a great weekend!J

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