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I don’t leave home without my GoSqueeze Applesauce, SunButter Packets and some Sweet Potato Chips! Matter of fact I’m heading out-of-town tomorrow for a quick trip and always bring tons more food than I need.

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So I asked as your prize entry to tell me: “What’s Your Favorite Healthy Travel Food/Snack!” I loved all the comments, I really think I have some great snacks in mind now for my trip! Thank you all for entering. Stay tuned for another giveaway I have coming up soon from Stubb’s.

Now on to today’s post!

So I decided something….No excuses. I’ve waited all winter to hit the Farm Trail. So I planned a walk before work and thought to my self I’m walking the trail regardless of the condition. We had a long stretch of rain and I know how flooded the trail gets in the low areas, but I was packed and had the No Excuse Attitude. So when I arrived at work, I grabbed my co-worker Decal and hit the trail.

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My co-worker is laid back, she really did not care how dirty she got. She was just happy to be out walking with me. We have a hose hooked up outside our office so I knew we could get hosed off after our walk. Again, No Excuses.

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It was actually really fun to not care how dirty we got. I simply just enjoyed my walk. I figured everything would rinse clean afterwords. Life is too short to worry about getting a little muddy. Plus I had a change of cloths and I knew my shoes would dry out overnight.

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After my walk and we were both cleaned up, I had my favorite snack at my desk. Decal got a bone and went back outside to lay in the sun! It was a great way to start our day.

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I was also excited to put my Fitbit to the test. I have been wearing it for a while now, but this was first time back on the trail. I was really excited to see how far my trail walk was. I love this little Bit that keeps track of my Fit.

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Having a day time desk job, I do not get many steps in. I am tied to my desk and computer during the day. So having the Fitbit really gave my new appreciation and motivation for my before work and after work walks/workouts.

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Taking my breakfast to work with me is something I do everyday. Today was a typical breakfast, Chobani pineapple yogurt with Kashi Berry Blossoms cereal sprinkled with chia and hemp seeds. It’s a favorite of mine and I do eat it often. I also had a sliced apple that I munched on throughout the morning.

My lunch was fresh and crunchy. I had sliced cucumber, hummus, and sprout’s on a whole wheat pita.

Working longer hours than I am use to has really showed me how easy I normally have it fitting in my daily workouts. When I get out of work at my usual quitting time I have plenty of time to get home, workout and get dinner ready. Then I always have quality time to spend with my husband and my fury little boys.

So I plan on Finding Time and Using It to do an office/desk type exercise.  So today on my lunch break, I  tried this workout. I had the office to myself so that allowed me to complete this with no interruption. People do come in and out my office through out the day, but It’s usually quiet around lunch time. I got lucky today, no one came in. So now when I get home from work tonight I can get right on my treadmill workout.

I found this at http://www.enjoyyourhealthylife.com/2012/01/09/no-equipment-needed-workout/

I have been eating the same breakfast and lunches for a couple of weeks now, I purchased a bunch of  Chobani yogurt containers and little hummus containers while they were on sale and I have a limited amount of time to use them before the expiration date.  I enjoy these foods so the repetition is not a problem for me, but I normally do like to mix things up so I make sure I’m getting enough protein and vitamins in my meals. Fueling my body and mind are what I try to do when planning meals.

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My treadmill workout today was a 60 minute walk. I needed a good stretch that only walking provides me. My hamstrings have been so tight lately. I think it’s from the toe touches in the Lean Leg Pyramid circuit. I try to stretch out the best I can prior to any workout, but have still found myself really sore 2 and 3 days after doing this leg workout. I’m going to omit the toe touches next time the workout. I want to see if I still feel sore. I think I need to concentrate on doing better stretches. I normally don’t get sore so it has to be from not stretching enough.

One thing that drives me crazy when I work out is all this hair I have, so I always tie it up and get it off my neck and shoulders.

Tonight I’m making Roasted Brussels Sprouts to have with the leftover Tofu Spinach Lasagna I made yesterday. I also had enough filling leftover from the crock pot chicken tacos to make one for my husband and one for me, so it ended up being leftover Tuesday here tonight.

Roasting brussel sprouts is so easy, trimmed and sliced in half, toss with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and salt and pepper, bake on 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

I think I’m gonna relax and watch CSI Miami. I love me some Horatio. Have a good night.

Question of the day: Do you ever get tired of eating the same breakfast?

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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.

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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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