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Some-days you just wake up and know it’s going to be a good day. Today was one of those days, nothing amazing happened, it was just a good day.

Here’s whats in today’s bag.  For breakfast I have a Chobani pineapple yogurt that I mix with Kashi Go-Lean Crisp Cereal and a Fuji apple. For lunch, I have hummus and sprouts that I stuff  into whole wheat pita. I also have some pretzels and a mozzarella cheese stick.  Around 3 pm I like to have a snack so I always have a hard-boiled egg. I’m kinda bummed that I forgot to cut up a cucumber for my hummus sprout pita. That would have given it a good crunch.

When I got home from work I was greeted by these two crazy kids.

They know that when I get home from work, they get to eat, so I usually get a major greeting then they proceed to throw themselves at me, letting me know that they are hungry. If I ask them if there hungry they answer back with barks and whinny sounds. They also bounce around a bit to really let me know just how hungry they are.  I like to hang out with them as they eat, I have noticed that if I leave the room they just inhale the food. So I usually just do some stretching while they eat.  After they ate I grabbed my gear and we head up to my spare bedroom where my treadmill is and I got my walk on.

I love to walk and tonight’s Treadmill walk was Fantastic. I did 60 minutes on an incline. My normal routine on the treadmill is easy, I just walk at a fast pace and listen to great music on an incline. I usually do 10 minutes forward, then slow it down a bit and do 4 minutes backwards to target different muscles, I do this until I’ve completed 60 minutes. In the winter I rely on my treadmill, but in the Spring, Summer and Fall, I walk outdoors on trails. There’s nothing like a great walk outdoors.

Walking...

Most of the cardio I do is low impact workouts. I use the treadmill to walk, I use an elliptical machine to mimic running, I do throw in a few sets of jumping jacks, that’s about as high impact as I get.

Over the years of experimenting with different forms of exercise and always wanting to join in on friends runs and races, I tried running. I always wanted to like it as much as they did, but I couldn’t find the joy. I finally realized that I don’t enjoy running at all, I don’t like the way it makes me feel, it wipes me right out. I experienced pain in my knee and hip joints and I always seemed to be thinking about when it was going to end. I don’t do that with walking, I enjoy it, time fly’s by. I always feel energized and happy after a good walk. I keep my heart rate up and adjust my pace to ensure I’m getting a good heart healthy workout. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking running, I’m just admitting I’m not built for it, so I do what I love, I walk. I know there are runners out there that feel the same way about running as I do about walking.  So I think you should find what you love and what works for you and do it often.

Here are some of my favorite Walking Quotes:

  • A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
  • One step at a time is good walking.
  • All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
Dinner did not require a recipe, I free styled this one, I just added what I wanted to pasta.
Linguine pasta with imitation crab, green olives and clams. I added a jar of pasta sauce and sprinkled Nutritional yeast on top. For the sides I had Dr. Praegers spinach shapes and a slice of garlic cheese toast. Sometimes the best meals are the one’s tossed together.
I really love these Seafood Snackers, they are great cold on salads and they are great on a hot meal like the pasta dish. Or I just eat them as a snack.
Nutritional Yeast, have you heard of it? I have been using it for a few months. I tried it to add more protein and B complex vitamins to my diet.
Here’s the deal on Nutritional Yeast:

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, usually Saccharomyces cerevisiae.[1] Nutritional yeast is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses for a period of 7 days and then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging it. This is commercially available in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder similar in texture to cornmeal, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It is popular with vegans and vegetarians and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment.[2]

Nutritional Yeast Flakes

It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium and is free of sugardairy, and gluten. Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12. When fortified, the vitamin B12 is produced separately (commonly Cyanocobalamin) and then added to the yeast because yeasts are fungi, whereas B12 is synthesized only by bacteria.[3][4][5]

Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of parmesan cheese. Another popular use is as a topping for popcorn. It can also be used in mashed and fried potatoes, as well as put into scrambled tofu or eggs. Some movie theaters offer it along with salt or cayenne pepper as a popcorn condiment.

I found it in the bulk aisle at Whole Foods, I love the flavor and I sprinkle it on eggs, pasta and tofu dishes. I once made a lite version of Mac and Cheese and used that instead of the cheese, it was good, not as creamy as real cheese but I was experimenting with it.

Eating healthy is a priority for me, I really try to eat as clean as I can, there are many amazing options out there now. I find so many really healthy frozen options by some great organic/healthy food companies. We all have days that we cannot find the time to make a great meal from scratch. Finding a great product or a healthy brand is easier than ever. So many companies realize that we want good food so they make it. I find great deals in the Health Food Section at my grocery store, plus I clip coupons and there are some great sites on the internet where you can get organic/health food coupons.  I got to http://www.organicdeals.com. They have all the printable coupon sites on the right hand side of the page. Resources are out there for us to take advantage of, so clip away to save and to eat healthy.

Question of the day: Do you take walk’s? Have you ever used Nutritional Yeast? 

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My work party is this evening. My boss likes to do the party in January after the holidays. It always seem to work better than during the busy holiday season. She always has really good drawings for prizes, and cute gift bags. One year I won an  Apple shuffle. So I am looking forward to what she has this year. Plus it’s always a really great meal.

This morning I almost made another smoothie, but changed my mind after I pulled out my frozen stash.

Frozen and Ready

If I can say one bad thing about bananas its that they don’t freeze as pretty as they really are, but they sure do taste good blended.

Bananas and Peaches

I opted for a bowl of fresh strawberries with yogurt and granola.

Look at all that crunch, and I love the dried raspberries in it, they really have a ton of flavor, and then being mixed with Chobani pineapple yogurt, I was so glad I changed my mind. My Kroger was running a 10 for 10 on Chobani. How can you pass up a deal like that.

Now that looks refreshing.

I also drank lots and lot of this. I have been so dry this week, my skin, my throat, even my cuticle’s are dry. I know I need to get a humidifier and get it going as soon as possible. I plan on doing some research on it this week. I did do a quick search on it and found this.

How a humidifier works and the benefits of running one in your home.

Winter is the season for humidifier’s in most areas of the country. Whether you use gas or electric heat, the air from your furnace will not only keep you warm, it will dry out the air in your home. The humidifier works, by sending small molecules of moisture into the air, that can help keep you healthier.
Well that’s all I needed to read and I was sold, but I want to look at brands and models to see what would work best for us.
There are not many days that go by that I don’t eat something with hummus on it, I have been an official addict for many, many years.
So for a light lunch I had a hummus sprout whole wheat pita with a side of grapes and Wheat thins. I also had a piece of string cheese and another glass of lemon water.

Hummus and Sprouts on Whole Wheat Pita

With us having my work party tonight and the dinner being family style, I wanted to leave plenty of room for a big meal.

Projects, projects, projects. Sometimes I laugh at all the craft projects I want to do, but this one is going to be fun. I love to sew and I am making a beach sarong from some material I found on the clearance rack at a fabric store. It’s my favorite color orange and it has palm trees on it. I can’t wait to get it going. I’m using a sarong that I already have as my pattern.

I have a trip planned to go to Miami to spend sometime with my best friend. She moved to Miami 3 years ago for a work opportunity. She has an amazing live there now, she lives in a beautiful high-rise apartment, she boats, she beaches it and she now loves to fish. She really enjoys everything Miami has to offer. I visited her in 2010 and had a great time, I did not get to see her in 2011, but I made a promise that I will never let a year pass without seeing her.

Workout Recap for the week:

Monday

Elliptical
Time: 45 minutes. With Lean Leg Pyramid and 10 Burpees

Tuesday

Treadmill Walk
Time: 60 minutes. With Lean Arm Pyramid, Leg Press 4 Set with 12 Reps,  and 10 Burpess

Wednesday

DVD Workout No More Trouble Zone, Jillian Michael’s
Time: 45 min.

Thursday

Elliptical
Time: 45 minutes. With 10 Burpees

Friday

5,4,3,2,1 Circuit
Time: 30 minutes. With 10 Burpees

Saturday

Elliptical
Time: 45 minutes. With Lean Arm Pyramid

Sunday

Rest Day

Really liked the way the weeks workout made me feel, I was not too sore, except of the ab portion in the No more Trouble Zone DVD, that was killer.

So I’m off to get ready for my work party.

Check ya later.

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