A Day in the Life

As you know I’ve been following Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer from bodybuilding.com. The program is completely free and I’ve loved it so far.  I’m only on day three but I can tell my body is appreciating all the healthy foods I’ve been feeding it. After indulging over the long weekend I’m really happy to be back to more nutritious foods. The average woman gains 3-5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. I’m bound and determined NOT to be that women.  Hop on the bandwagon with me and you don’t have to be her either.

Before I get to my usual What I Ate Wednesday I want to share my breakfast recipe with you. I found it on bodybuilding.com and it was super scrumptious. Everyone in my family gave these pancakes great reviews.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

From www.Bodybuilding.com

Calories: 64
Fat: 1.3 grams
Carbs: 9.5 grams
Protein: 3.5 grams
Sugar: 0 grams

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat griddle to medium heat.
  2. Mix oat flour, Splenda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg in a bowl.
  3. Wisk egg whites and pumpkin. Mix in Almond Breeze (I also added 1 tsp. vanilla here).
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  5. Spray griddle with non-stick butter spray.
  6. Scoop batter with a 1/4 cup measuring cup onto griddle. Cook 3-5 minutes on a side.

Makes 16 pancakes.

For today’s What I Ate Wednesday I am going to give you a glimpse into my day-to-day life. This is from yesterday. Here it goes:

 

We woke up and Dax helped me make some pancakes and eggs for our breakfast.

8 AM Breakfast:

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2 pumpkin pancakes with almond butter and 5 egg whites cooked with salsa.

After breakfast we kissed Daddy goodbye and I realized I only had 10 minutes to get myself and my two kids dressed and out the door to head to the gym. I only reserved a spot for my kids from 9-10 and I didn’t want to be late and cut into my workout time. I managed to get everyone ready but didn’t realize Everett was missing shoes until I had already left the house. Luckily my diaper bag is a bottomless pit and I just so happened to have an extra pair of shoes in there!

I only got 10 minutes into my workout when a worker found me and let me know Everett needed a diaper change. :-/ I was in my own little world so she had to tap me on the shoulder and wave her arms in my face to get my attention! I was just starting to get into my groove so it was a bummer to have to stop. Being a mom is a 24/7 job and kids don’t always pick the best times to need something. Such is life! After finished up at the gym, we headed home for a snack.

10:30 AM Snack:

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Chocolate protein shake made with 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop whey protein, 1tbsp. cocoa powder, 1/2 banana, and ice.

After snack the boys played while I got ready, blogged, and responded to emails. After reading a few books and doing 5 million puzzles with my kids it was 12:00 and time to feed them lunch. I made them PB&J on whole wheat bread with a side of applesauce. Everett decided he didn’t want his sandwich and was begging me for cheese. He is just beginning to talk so when he pointed to the fridge and said, “chsssss” I couldn’t resist.

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What can I say, the boy REALLY loves his cheese.

I started prepping my lunch while the kids were eating. They both went down for naps at 1. This is mommy time and I enjoyed my lunch while listening to Christmas music.

1:15 PM Lunch:

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Taco salad with spring mix lettuce, chicken, salsa, guacamole, homemade baked tortilla strips, and a squeeze of lime.

After lunch I relaxed for a few minutes before heading into the kitchen to clean. I was in such a rush to get to the gym in the morning that I hadn’t even cleaned up breakfast. Needless to say, it was a really big mess. The boys both woke up around 2:30 and had snacks. We ready more books, did more puzzles, watched Mickey Mouse, and played with endless amounts of cars, trucks, and trains. I also made some pumpkin protein bars while Mickey Mouse was on.

4:45 PM Snack:

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An apple and two Pumpkin Protein Bars (not pictured).

Daddy surprised us by getting home early so we could go pick out our Christmas tree. We found a great tree and got it all set up on our car when we realized we didn’t have a tree stand. The tree lot didn’t sell them so we headed to Walmart. What do you know? Walmart doesn’t have tree stands either. But since we were there anyway we picked up some goldfish crackers, teddy grahams, and beef jerky. All my boys were getting hungry (Kelly included)so they ate some really nutritious??? snacks. We drove to the other side of town to go to Home Depot where we finally found a tree stand. Success!

By the time we got home and set up the tree it was time for the boys to go to bed. They were a bit sad we didn’t get to decorate it so we let them put the star on the top!

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After PJ’s, brushing teeth, reading stories, singing songs, and prayers this kids were in bed and it was time for me to EAT. I had planned on making chicken and sweet potatoes but since everyone else already ate I nixed the idea. I didn’t feel like cooking for just 1 person.

8 PM Dinner:

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I don’t like to eat too much deli meat because of the preservatives and high sodium but I made an exception tonight. I had 6 oz. deli turkey, 2 celery stalks, and a slice of Ezekiel toast with peanut butter and sugar free jelly.

I ate dinner while watching an episode of Sister Wives. Why is that show so addicting? It is just so fascinating to see how a polygamist family lives.


What is the best thing you’ve had for breakfast lately?

Are you usually alert during your workouts or do you tend to zone out?

-I almost always zone out but I try to be more aware during my outdoor runs. Safety first!

Have you put up Holiday decorations yet?

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Jogging Stroller and Snacks

My running partner (baby Everett) and I did 6.4 miles with this very nice, but not running approved stroller.

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It was 34 degrees when we went out this morning and I was SO worried Ev would be cold. I bundled him in his beanie, footed PJ’s and a warm jacket on top of that. He went into the stroller which I outfitted with a JJ Cole Bundle Me. I also draped a blanket along with my puffy north face jacket over the top of the whole thing. I checked on him several times during the run and he was snoozing away the whole time. When we got home and I took him out of the stroller his skin was clammy and warm!  Pretty sure he was just fine, if anything he was too hot. Smile

My good friend was reading my blog and saw that I don’t have a running stroller. She happens to have one that is not currently being used and so kindly offered to let me use it for a while! Thanks Melanie. I picked this baby up today and I can’t wait to take it for a spin!

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Here is a photo of my running partner. He has recently gotten really into the train table which is great because Dax has not been playing with it as much. It is better when they play with separate things. They are currently in a full out brawl over a turtle pillow pet! Oh the important things in life.

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Hey Mom I thought you might want to know, Everett Michael cut his first molar today! He has 9 teeth now and I’m really hoping he starts sleeping better.

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Dax is currently obsessed with sweat pants or comfy pants as he calls them. Everyday when he gets home from preschool he takes his shoes and pants off and then asks me to put on his “comfy pants.” I can’t say I blame him, I usually want to wear my comfy pants all day too!

I remembered today why I never paint my finger nails. It has been less than 48 hours and 7 of 10 fingernails look horrible.

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I got hungry before I started this post so I decided to bust out my new Roasted Pine Nut Hummus.  It gets a 9 out of 10 in my book. It has TONS of flavor so a little goes a long way. I downed an entire bell pepper and dipped every piece in some of this deliciousness! I’m the only one in our house who eats hummus and I’m sure I’ll have no problem topping this baby off all on my own.

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What is your favorite snack right now?

It’s Football Season and a Pumpkin Recipe

Fall is quite possibly my favorite season of the year.  I love to see the leaves change colors, another excuse to bake with pumpkin, scarves and boots AND the start of football season!

My husband is a die-hard San Diego Chargers fan and last night was their season opening game against the Oakland Raiders. We were so excited to put the kids to bed and sit down together to watch the game with our chips and guacamole. Hubby enjoyed his guac with traditional tortilla chips while I decided to bake my own, healthier version. Simply cut up an Ezekiel tortilla, spray it with a little olive oil and salt and bake at 450*F for 5-7 min. Perfectly crunchy and awesome for dipping.

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We watched the first half of the game together until it got too late for me and I decided to call it a night. At half time the Chargers were up by 4 and I was happy to hear this morning they managed to beat those heathen Raiders!

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This photo took us about 17 tries with the self timer…our heads are cut off but its good enough!

Lunch was awesome today. An egg salad sandwich made with plain Greek yogurt instead of Mayo and a big salad sprinkled with almonds and pistachios with Sesame Ginger dressing. Totally hit the spot.

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Since I’m so excited about the beginning of Fall I thought I would share my awesome Pumpkin Muffin recipe. It’s 98% healthy and 100% delicious! Even my picky kids will eat them.

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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Yields: 12 muffins

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  1. Preheat oven to 325*F
  2. In a large bowl beat oil, applesauce, and honey
  3. Add eggs, mix well
  4. Stir in pumpkin and vanilla, then flour, salt and spices
  5. Add baking soda to hot water, stir, then add to batter
  6. Pour into greased muffin tin or cupcake liners
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes until toothpick in center comes out clean

pumpkin muffins collage

What are your favorite things about Fall?

Am I the only one who can never seem to get it right with my camera self timer?

Do you have an awesome pumpkin recipe? SHARE!