Brinner

I was abandoned yesterday by Daniel. He was spending time with friends in Topeka so I was left to fend for myself. I didn’t eat much yesterday but the calories added up fast!

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Lunch Panera Pick 2 w/ corn chowder & chicken salad sandwich 560
Dinner Waffle’s with strawberries and syrup 180
Snack Tortilla w/ 1/2  almond butter and honey & 1/2 cheese wedge 330
Total 1240

I didn’t cook anything the whole day! My room mate left behind some frozen waffles that were pretty tasty (thanks April!) so I heated those up and added some strawberries on top and a little sugar free syrup (only 20 calories per 1/4 cup!).

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It was fast and easy, just how I like it!

I failed to workout again. I get so lazy when Daniel isn’t around to make me. How do you get motivated to work out? Any tips and tricks? I’ve heard people say they wear their workout attire to bed so in the morning they’re already dressed for it and don’t have an excuse. That would be a good idea except wearing a sports bra to bed doesn’t sound that appealing.

I know I owe you all a weigh-in so I’ll be sure to get that tomorrow. My scale I’ve been using at home hasn’t been working very well lately though. It keeps saying error 1. I don’t think I have the manual anymore either.

Well for those of you who have been sticking to your workouts, here’s the next installment in the Five Day Workout Plan:

Health My Lifestyle's 5 Day Workout Plan Day 4

For an extra challenge use 15 lb weights for bench press, 15 lbs for bent row, 20 lbs for 1 arm row, and 10 lb weights for military press.

Bent Row – Bend knees slightly and bend forward with back straight. Arms hang down towards floor with palms facing towards torso grasping weights. Pull weights toward upper torso. Return to starting position.

Military Press – Standing straight, hold weights at shoulder level with palms facing outward. Extend arms, lifting weights above head. Return to starting position.

Front/Side Raises – Standing straight, hold weights next to body. Lift weights forward extending arms out up to should level with palms facing down. Lower to starting position, then lift weights again but this time directly out from sides. Return to starting position.

Have fun! =)

Blue Moose

Is there such a thing as a blue moose? So says the Blue Moose Bar & Grill I went to last night. We were celebrating Daniel’s mother’s birthday. I’ve never heard of it before but there are a few of them located in Kansas. Pretty much everything on the menu sounded good to me! I ended up splitting an order of the Mahi Fish Tacos and the Greek Pizza with Daniel. I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture of the tacos! They were beautiful and delicious but you’ll just have to trust me on that one. I did manage to snap a photo of the sides it came with: black beans and chipotle rice.

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The fish tacos were in the “lighter menu” that included dishes under 600 calories. I can’t say the same for the pizza but it was worth every bite. It was topped with creamy artichoke sauce, fresh baby spinach, kalamata olives, red onions, artichokes, mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, mozzarella, provolone, and feta cheese. I love making pizzas at home and I think this one could be doable. The hardest thing would be finding creamy artichoke sauce but I bet there’s recipe out there for it!

After Blue Moose we went to Sheridan’s for some frozen custard. Daniel and I split the Brett’s Caramel Pecan concrete. Satisfying!

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Good thing we share it because it was a lot!

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Lunch Fresh Spinach salad 150
Snack Planter’s Trail mix 150
Dinner Mahi Fish Taco with rice and black beans 295
Half Greek pizza 12” 444
Frozen custard 300
Drink Pucker & Sprite 100
 Total 1609

Yikes. The pizza and frozen custard were probably not the best choices. I also didn’t work out yesterday. I was still staining those chairs! Sanding is taking forever because I keep seeing lighter spots where the stain isn’t absorbing so I sand it down more. The evil Poly Shade blend is so hard to sand off! I did accomplish something though. We finished reupholstering the stools!

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Bar Stools Before

Bar Stools after

Bar Stools after

I was totally down with the light beige color but one of the stools had little black spots all over that would not come off (we bought the stools second hand for $30 together!). We tried using a stain remover but ended up making it worse (the stain remover left an outline where it was applied). We decided it’d be better to just change the fabric. While we were at it we also bought new foam padding for them. Now our tushies have another cushy place to sit!

Even though I didn’t workout yesterday I’m giving you the next installment of the Five Day Workout Plan.

Health My Lifestyle's Five Day Workout Plan Day 3

To make it more challenging use the 30 lb bar resting on your shoulders for squats, 30 lb bar for deadlifts, 20 lb bar for high pulls, and 10 lb for lunges.

These exercises target a lot of the lower body. Definitely do a good stretch afterwards!

Almond Crusted Swai

We’re back at it again, using up our frozen fish!  This recipe calls for Tilapia but I think any white fish would be delicious with this recipe. Daniel found it at allrecipes.com. It makes enough for 8 fish fillets but we reduced the ingredients down for two.

What you need (for 2):

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup ground almond
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 (6 oz) fish fillets
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • lemon juice

Directions (modified from original):

  1. Beat egg with lemon pepper and garlic salt until blended. In a separate dish, stir together ground almonds with 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Dust the flour over the fish fillets and shake off excess. Dip fish in egg, then press into the almond mixture.
  2. Pour olive oil in large skillet just enough to cover basin of pan completely. Place over medium-high heat. Cook fish in oil until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium, and sprinkle fish with remaining parmesan cheese, cover and continue cooking until cheese has melted (5 minutes).
  3. Place fish onto serving dish and squirt a little lemon juice on top.

These turned out great and were nice and crispy on the outside! We served them with a side of green beans.

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With the original recipe, each fillet is 424 calories. But that’s cooking with butter! We cooked with olive oil so I’m assuming that makes it a little healthier.

Here’s the rest of what I consumed yesterday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Snack Fruit smoothie 180
Wheat thins 120
Pistacios & cashews (small handful) 60
Lunch Fresh Spinach salad 150
Dinner Almond crusted Swai 424
Green beans 50
Dessert Dark chocolate Toblerone (1 piece) 40
Total 1194

Woohoo! I actually stayed under my calories! AND I worked out hard core yesterday. I did the second day of the Five Day Workout.

Health My Lifestyle's 5 Day Workout Plan Day 2

For those of you who don’t know what exercises are associated with those names (I had no idea what they were at first) here’s a description for the less common:

Thrusts – Use a bar bell, medicine ball, or free weights. Rest them on your hips while laying on back, feet flat on the floor, knees bent. Lift hips as far as you can and then return to staring position.

Trumpy twists – Sit on the floor or bench, back straight, knees bent in front of you with feet lift off floor. Hold weight in front of your chest and twist torso to the side. Return to center and twist to opposite position.

1 Arm Row – Use a flat bench and place right leg on top of bench and right hand so the your upper body is parallel to the floor. Hold weight in left hand, palm facing torso. Pull weight straight up to the side of your chest keeping arm close to side. Contract back muscles to pull up the weight. Lower the weight straight down to starting position.

Reverse Fly – Stand in a squatting position, hold weights straight out in front of you with arms slight bend, palms facing each other. Move the weights out away from each other, squeezing shoulder blades together. Arms should be parallel to floor. Return to starting position.

Back Extensions – Lie on stomach with chin resting on floor, hand behind your head. Lift upper body as far off the floor as possible. Return to start.

For an extra challenge increase the weights. Try using a 20lb bar for the thrusts, 15 lbs for bench press, and 20 lbs for 1 arm row.

After doing those exercises I went on a 2.5 miles run in the heat with Daniel. I almost didn’t think I’d make it up the hills. But I did! Now I need to go continue this hard core workout trend!

Pass Your Plate

Yesterday started off pretty good with my usual cereal, almond milk, and smoothie. For lunch I had a MorningStar burger with 2 slices of whole wheat bread. I’m not vegetarian but I’m not much of a carnivore. These burgers taste better to me than hamburgers and they’re healthier! Winning.

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I enjoyed it with a side of leftover rice and stir fry veggies.

Then dinner went down hill.  Daniel and I met up with our friends Robert and Amy. We went to this bar that has endless $5 pasta on wednesday nights. They only had two options: red or white pasta. I went with the red first because it’s typically healthier than cream sauces. Well, I don’t know how you can screw up red sauce, but they did. It was spicy (which I’m ok with usually) but it was more like spicy salsa than a red sauce. Not pleasing. I didn’t eat much of it.

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Literally a few more bites after this photo and I was over it. I ordered the alfredo white sauce next. It was MUCH better. So much creamy buttery goodness. I knew it was bad, but it felt so good.

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So here’s that calorie break down:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Snack Fruit smoothie 180
Veggie burger w/ bread ketchup + mustard 270
Lunch Rice stir fry 90
Dinner Alredo & red sauce pasta 660
2 6oz glasses of sangria 195
2 pieces of toast w/ apricot preserves 230
Total 1795

Shameful! Definitely should not have eaten that much pasta. I also could have done without the sangria for sure. It wasn’t even good sangria, but it was $1. I also have a problem when it comes to stopping when I’m full. I’m fine at home where I can easily put the food away so I don’t eat more, but in a restaurant I have to wait for the server to come take it or bring a t0-go box, so I’m just sitting there with food staring at me. So I ended up eating most of the alfredo, especially since I kept nibbling on it after I was full. I finally passed my plate over to Daniel to finish it for me when there was a few bites left.

But don’t Amy and I look cute? Our bellies are full of delicious pasta. Time for a food coma.

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Sure, I over ate a lot yesterday. But you can’t let one bad day get in the way of progress. I’m slowly learning that. I used to think “crap I just ate pizza, might as well have dessert and go all out.” And then the continuous infamous phrase “my diet starts tomorrow.” I was in this cycle, telling myself that I can have this one unhealthy thing now because tomorrow I’ll eat better. But of course that never happened. I kept filling my body with lots of sugars and carbs and less actual nutrients. Yeah, I was craving a donut after my pasta (who doesn’t?) but I knew I was over my calories by then. Indulging is fine, over indulging is not so fine. So today is a new start and a new chance to make better decisions!

Alright now on to my strength workout yesterday. I chose to use my 5 lb weights instead of the medicine ball to make movements easier. This workout I did a lot last summer when I joined a gym during my internship. They helped me formulate a 5 day/week strengthening plan. I did the first day of exercises yesterday. Each day had various exercises so that through the course of a week you target all the main muscles on your body (arms, backs, abs, legs, etc).

Health My Lifestyle's 5 Day Workout Plan Day 1

My arms and legs are sore today! If you want more of a challenge I recommend upping the weights. 5lbs is just all I have on hand. If you’re a gym goer, try using the 20 lb bar for the squat & press, 30 lb bar for the deadlift row, and 10 lbs for the lunges. You will definitely feel a burn! Enjoy =)

Swai Hello There

Yesterday I was finally able to get back on track.  And lots of cooking was involved! And by that I mean Daniel did lots of cooking! As it should be.

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Snack Fruit smoothie 220
3 sushi rolls 132
Lunch Whole Grain Elbows & Vodka Sauce 280
Dinner Breaded lemon pepper swai 276
Spinach salad 120
Rice & veggies 140
Total 1338

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For my protein I either use greek yogurt or I add Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Shake Mix. It’s a mouthful. I have the french vanilla flavor I believe. For 2 scoops it has 9g of protein. Not bad!

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I don’t know how it happened, but we have a lot of pasta.  Daniel decided we needed vodka sauce to go with it. We used the Superior Selections brand of Vodka sauce since it had less calories per serving. I wasn’t really sure what vodka sauce tasted like but it’s delicious! There is vodka listed in the ingredients but you can’t taste it (at least I couldn’t). It’s basically a creamier version of regular pasta sauce. If you haven’t tried it, just do it! You won’t regret it.

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It was so good I had to go back for a second bowl. Daniel added orange peppers, spinach, cucumber, and basil to it to round it out and make it more filling.

For dinner we started off with a nice fresh salad.  On top of a bed of spinach we added cucumber slices, strawberries, granola, feta, and drizzled a little light raspberry vinaigrette. It’s actually a recreation of the amazing salad I had with my friends the other day at a local bistro. So simple and tasty!

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For the main course we had bought a big pack of swai fillets that we needed to use up before we move at the end of the month. That’s right, I’m moving! But just down the street. My room mate recently moved to Las Vegas (jealous) so Daniel and I found a one bedroom. The building is only a year old and reasonably priced. And you can’t beat a close location to campus. So our meals are basically going to be random stuff in our fridge/pantry so we have less stuff when we move.

So for the swai, Daniel found this recipe to try. We altered it a bit to better suit our tastes. We also only used 2 swai fillets because, well, there’s only two of us. So we cut everything in half.

Here’s what we added:

  • .5 Tbsp butter
  • 2 swai fillets
  • 1.5 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • .5 cup Panko bread crumbs (makes it crispier)
  • Lemon pepper
  • Lemon juice

We followed the directions except we mixed in the lemon pepper with Panko bread crumbs. We probably added a tablespoon. I like a lot of lemon pepper. When the fish were done baking we drizzled the lemon juice on top.

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For the side dish, Daniel heated up some leftover brown rice we had previously cooked and added orange pepper and cucumber with a blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and teriyaki sauce. Saweet!

This was all relatively simple assuming you already have these things on hand. I love making dishes from what we have. I don’t feel like I’m super skilled in the culinary arts (baking is more my thing, you know, with that whole Bakery Science degree) but I enjoy seeing (and tasting) what concoctions Daniel comes up with in the kitchen. It’s giving me more confidence to put different things together to make something delicious.

For my workout yesterday I ran 2.5 miles! Up hills! And it was HOT! That has to 300 calories burned. I was so hot and tired by the end that I thought I was going to pass out. I chugged so much water when I got home. I also made sure to stretch thoroughly afterwards. Today, I avoided the heat with a nice but challenging strengthening work out. I’ll give you the deets tomorrow!

Roses are Red

When I came back sunday night from the boating trip Daniel had a little surprise for me….

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He’s always so sweet surprising me with flowers. Even when I was in Germany for a couple weeks with my family he ordered flowers to be sent to me.  I was shocked! I love having fresh flowers around. They brighten my day.  I just wanted to let you all know how lucky I am =)

Ok, now to business: FOOD!

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 120
Skim 80
Snack 1 tortilla 101
Lunch Salad bar 324
Drink Soy iced white choc. Raspberry mocha 360
Dinner Tempura vegetables 270
1 sushi 44
Total 1299

My mocha was as many calories as a meal! I typically just drink chai lattes but I was craving something sweet. And in case you’re wondering, the newly weds had a lovely time on their mini-moon!  It was great catching up with them and hanging with my friends again. Yesterday was also mine and Daniel’s First Date Anniversary so after coffee with everyone we went back to where the magic happened at this delicious sushi restaurant called Green Tea. We split an order of the tempura vegetables and the diamond roll.

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The tempura had cucumber, sweet potato, mushrooms, broccoli, and onion. After eating that I was so full I only had one piece of the sushi. The rest we ate today! The diamond roll has asparagus, spicy salmon, cream cheese, scallion, and chili sauce.  Amazing!

Ok I really need to buckle down. I have been going over my calorie intake for probably a week (or more)!!! I also have been failing to incorporate exercise. Yesterday, Daniel and I took a walk around the park but that doesn’t take much effort. Don’t worry though, I worked out today! I’ll give the details tomorrow.

As for the rest of my day I plan to finally get more progress done on my chairs. I’m going to attempt to return that 2-in-1 stain and get something more suitable for my needs. Who knew DIY was so much work. Pinterest makes it look so easy.

I’m on a Boat!

And it’s going fast and I’ve got a nautical themed pashmina afghan! Ok I don’t have either of those but I was on a boat! Unfortunately we had some technical difficulties and the boat was over heating, meaning we couldn’t go fast. And at one point we couldn’t go at all! The boat wouldn’t start. Luckily, we had a jetski that could tow the boat back to the dock. It was a slow process but fun nonetheless!  In the meantime, while the boat was stationary in the water, we swam, tubed, and drove the jetski around.

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From left to right: Dhithya, Sushu, me, Heather

We had so much fun and plan to make this a yearly expedition, assuming we all can get away from school and jobs.  Here we are chillin’ on the back of the boat while it’s being tugged in by Heather’s father.

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Yesterday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 120
Skim 80
Snack Carrots 25
Lunch Turkey slices 130
Veggies 40
Snack Bbq potato chips 310
Drink Raspberry Wheat Shock Top 179
Dinner Chicken & veggie kabobs 205
Veggie stir fry 75
Rice 100
Toast w/ strawberry jam 70
Total 1334

Boating trips = over eating. When there are chips around me I just can’t stop! We had an awesome meal with the kabobs and rice. We also stir fried the extra veggies that wouldn’t fit on the kabobs. Best idea ever. We just added a tiny bit of teriyaki sauce for flavor.

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Weekends apparently are my break days because I always have so much going on that I don’t find time to workout. It was definitely fun relaxing and hanging out with so many friends though.

I hope you all are having a fabulous monday! I’m off to drink coffee and chill in the park with these same lovely ladies and the newly wed couple! Yep, they took a mini-moon (short honeymoon) and are back already.

High School Reunion

So yesterday was absolutely fabulous. As you know, a good friend was married yesterday.  Afterwards, my friends and I met at a local bistro for lunch.  I had this amazing fresh spinach and fruit salad with vinaigrette. There was granola and feta in it. Yum!

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Later that night we headed to Dhithya’s house for the sleep over.  Crazy side story, but Dhithya’s family lives in the house I grew up in. No lie! My parents decided it was time to move and it just so happened that at that same time Dhithya’s family was looking for a different place too! She ended up having my old room (with my pastel yellow walls and all) and it has been awesome being able to go back over there.  That was 10 years ago! But back to the party. So her mom is an amazing cook and feeds me well every time I come over.  I can’t properly give the names of everything but we had potatoes, yellow and white rice, and vegetables. Be jealous.

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It was so much fun catching up with all those ladies. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pics from yesterday but I’ll post pictures tomorrow of the lake adventures! 

Let’s take a gander at my food diary from Saturday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn flakes 120
  Skim milk 80
Dessert Cake donut 200
Lunch Spinach and fresh fruit 300
Dinner Pasta and sauce 310
Snack Banana & honey 120
2nd Dinner AMAZING Indian Cuisine 230
Total   1360

That’s right, a SECOND dinner. I mean, dinner is always good, so why not capitalize on it when you can? Plus, all my friends know I can’t pass up free food, especially Indian. Mhmm! 

I also didn’t work out at all yesterday. I fail! I’ve always had trouble incorporating workouts into my day when they’re so jam packed like this. I suppose I could have woken up early before the wedding to workout but I was already getting up at 8am just to get ready and that’s early enough. HA! I must sound so lazy. And truth be told, I am. Seriously, I love sleep way too much and will not compromise it for working out. Which, is probably why I don’t lose weight very fast. To optimize on weight-loss I know I should schedule specific times to workout and stick to it. I need to plan ahead more. I’ll get on that. I definitely plan to have a good workout tomorrow! I promise!

Sorry for the delay on this post, by the way. I was continuing the reunion at the lake today! It was SO much fun boating, jet skiing, and tubing… until I got home and realize I got BURNED. My whole back is lobster red. Totally worth it though.  Time to shower off the smell of lake now!

Donuts!

Guess what I’m up to today! Let’s see, it’s a saturday, it’s the summer…. a wedding! Yep. A dear friend from high school was married today.  I loved how non-traditional it was, they had donuts instead of cake! Check it out:

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Maple on chocolate and lavender with coconut topping.  You may be surprised but I only ate one donut! Yeah, I’m hardcore (just kidding, I totally have no self control usually). I think it’s because I ate breakfast before attending this morning’s wedding.

Speaking of breakfast, check out what I ate yesterday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast almond milk 30
corn flakes 100
Snack smoothie 155
Lunch rice and veggies 140
Snack Cliff Bar 190
watermelon 45
Dinner Chinese 325
Snack Cheese dip 120
tortilla chips 250
Drink Sangria 150
Total 1505

Ok, this was my worse day so far.  I was doing fine until the cheese dip! I shouldn’t have had so much of it and tortilla chips add calories fast. It’s just so good! I went over to my lovely friend Corey’s place for game night and catching up and her friend Sam had brought it over. I had two bowls of it…

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 I also probably shouldn’t have had the left over chinese food either. It never fills me up for long but it’s just so tasty. That big piece of lemon chicken was calling my name.

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I did, however, go for a run with Daniel yesterday for over two miles! I really should start doing three. It’s just so hard when it’s hot outside. Any suggestions on how to overcome the heat? Sucking it up might do the trick haha.

Well I have a bunch of friends in town for the wedding so I’m excited to hang out with them some more tonight! Now, it’s off to attempt more staining… then I hopefully get to over eat on Indian food at my friend Dhithya’s house. We’re having a sleep over tonight, I’m so stoked! It feels like high school and I love it.

 

No Short Cuts

This never happens but yesterday I was so caught up with re-staining my chairs I forgot to eat lunch! I did have a few snacks though. In case you’re considering doing some staining of your own, don’t use a 2-in-1 stain + poly! We’re definitely newbies because we didn’t shake up the can very well so it wasn’t very dark, then today we stir it thoroughly and now it’s super dark and thick and looks like tar. We’re gonna have to re-sand and buy some actual stain and polyurethane. Not happy =(

Here’s yesterdays meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast skim milk 85
corn flakes 100
Snack smoothie 180
wheat thins 140
apple sauce 50
Dinner Chinese food 713
Dessert 2 bites of ice cream 30
Total 1298

I went on a 2 mile run around the K-State campus and then did some strength exercises.  I did crunches and then some arm exercises with my 5 pound weights as well as 20 modified pushups. I’m not quite to the point where I can do pushups in proper form yet. After my workout I gulped up one of my fruit smoothies!

For the smoothie I added:

A single serving of greek yogurt
1 banana
5 strawberries
1/2 cup frozen fruit (grapes, blueberries, strawberries, mango)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 orange juice
A handful of fresh spinach

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My smoothie calorie amount changes everyday because I just throw a random amount in the blender every time and I also share it with Daniel.  Just so you know.

Since I’m doing all my staining in my mom’s garage she offered to buy chinese food for dinner and you know I can’t pass on free food! It was good, but not the healthiest option.  And yes, I ate everything on that plate!

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Now excuse me while I go back to Home Depot for the 4th time in a week. Yep, I suck at DIY projects. Hopefully the finished product looks better than what it is right now. I’ll share photos later of the process when it’s finally done (probably next week). Wish me luck!