Thursday, September 15, 2011

My three year old is so appropriate

The alarm went off, I got up.  It was really hard today but I did it.  At the gym I attempted to do gpp:

Three rounds of:

1 min hollow rock (count reps down + back =1)
1 min hanging side ups  (count reps R + L = 1)
1 min weighted situps (close body) 15/20 (count reps)
1 min weighted back extensions 7/12 (count reps)
1 min reverse burpee 15/20 (count reps)


My tailbone is rubbed raw from some abs earlier this week so I wasn't able to do all of it.  I did one full round and then skipped the weighted sit ups and reverse burpees for the sake of my bum.  :-)  Then I whipped out the TRX and worked back and biceps.  My workout was kind of all over the place this morning so I don't have exact reps/sets.  On the TRX I did:

Back rows
Bicep curls
One armed bicep curls
Y deltoid fly
Hamstring curls
Bicycle crunches
Oblique crunches
*I threw in a couple of lat pulldowns, dumbbell bicep curls, and biceps curls on the pulley.  Then it was off to cardio for a good 45 minutes on the stairmaster.  Barf.

When I walked in the door I was starving!  I mixed up a quick protein shake in my blender bottle of just protein and water.  I added a side of egg whites and salsa with blueberries to top it off.  I was still hungry.  ***I am pretty sure I ate my body weight in dark chocolate chips and almonds after breakfast.  Not positive...but pretty sure.

I then had the fun opportunity of getting my three year old to do her "homework."  If she does her homework she gets a treat from her teacher.  But her homework is optional.  However, older sissy does it so she must too!  I told her too try and write her name on the top.  I wrote it for her first and then told her to try.  There was a big funny frog on her worksheet stealing her attention.

Mom: "Ok, write an O."
Olive: "Ok, I gunna write it on the froggies bee-jay."  (we say VJ in our house for you know what).
Mom: "Uh, I don't think your teacher will like that...just write it on the line."
Olive: "No...the beejay!  Ok, the line."

When we were filling out her preschool form it asked to state any concerns or things the teacher should know about.  I wrote, " Olive sometimes says things that are inappropriate.  Please let me know if this happens."  So far at school we are good but things like this happen at home all the time.  I laugh.  All. the. time.!  Can't wait for the day when she tells her teacher she is going to write her "O" on some amphibians VJ.  Fabulous.  She turned it in.  She got her treat + a smiley.  All is well.

Lunch is undocumented but my mom graciously let me eat the rest of her salad while at her house.  Lettuce, sunflower seeds, celery, peppers, cashews, and who knows what else.  It had some sort of Asian dressing and was excellent. 

After my sugar coma from this morning and after stealing a bite of my five years olds, and one year olds donuts....a protein shake was a good enough snack.

I have never used kale in my shakes but I know that it is excellent for you.  Here's the problem, it looks like it belongs at the aquarium in a fish tank, and it smells like a fish tank.  Really.  Smell it.  But then you see the benefits:

*high in fiber
*lowers your risk for bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate cancer
*lowers cholesterol
*high in antioxidants
*has anti-inflammatory nutrients
*cardiovascular support
*One portion of kale has only 36 calories and it provides a massive 192% of your daily vitamin A needs.
*A daily portion of kale provides an amazing 89% of your daily vitamin C requirement.
And the list goes on.  Seriously, it's good stuff.  So I put the plant that belongs in a fish bowl into my blender and whipped up a shake.

Here is my huge shake with the peach eating monsters in the background begging to have some.  They never know what secret vegetable is hidden in there.  They love those shakes.

The Verdict:  It was excellent.  I was shocked.  I was really scared to taste it thinking I might gag but I couldn't taste fish poo at all.  It was just like spinach and full of great stuff.  My huge shake had around 265 calories and about 39 grams of protein!

Dinner was a turkey tenderloin with sweet potatoe and a salad.  The dressing was balsamic, and jalapeno yogurt dip.  I had trail mix for dessert to top it off.

I get to go to bed now in fresh clean sheets.  My fav!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I had such a productive morning.  My days do not seem very productive with my one year old tornado running all over house, but this morning was great.  Here is what I got done by 10:00 am.
*A two hour workout
*Hubby's lunch made/packed
*Kindergartner ready and off to school
*Showered and got ready myself (I even did my hair)
*Cleaned three bathrooms!
*Fed three year old and one year old breakfast
*Got them dressed and their hair done
*And of course made me an awesome shake

I love mornings when I get lots done!  It rarely happens but when it does my day goes so much better.

Last night I finally got my hair cut and colored.  I am in love with the color!  You can't tell too well from the picture but it sparkles and shines in the sunlight. Promise.  

It is just a little darker than my natural color and has some red in it.  I love redheads but since I can't pull it off I just go for a tad of red.  And I love it every time.

OK..for today's workout:  I did two rounds of GPP.


For time:
1 mile run
100 burpees
200 high sumos 15/25
500 rope jumps
1 mile run

Then this:

5 rounds for time:
20 situps
20 sideups R
20 sideups L
20 back ext
20 DB biceps curls 15/20
20 OH triceps ext 15/25
20 lunge steps
20 KB swings 25/35
400 m run

Those freaking burpees just about killed me.  I was not about to cardio after those two workouts.  I had about twenty five minutes left till I had to leave so I hurried and worked my triceps.  I felt like I hadn't focused on just them for a little while.  I felt so good walking out that gym door.  That  combined with my awesome productiveness (it is a word, I googled) I knew it was going to be a fabulous day!

My shake this morning was coconut water, glutamine, spinach, and chocolate protein.  And of course ice!  To make it like ice cream.

This is attempting to get in the car and get our booties to gymnastics for my three year old.  She is pretty awesome and has some great moves.  Look at that form.  :)  The little guy is always running everywhere at a hundred miles per hour.  That little man wears me right out.  I finally rounded them up and into the car.  It is no easy task.

This is my snack I grabbed for on the go.  Always be prepared.  Ya know, my post from last week taught me that.  My body needs its fuel to function!

For lunch I had the usual egg white, salsa, spinach, breakfast burrito.  On one of these of course.

But then my sweet tooth came knocking so I ate a spoonful of cookie dough.  Delightful. 

My next snack was more of dessert but that is just the way I roll.  A Kashi Cookie smothered in peanut butter.  I got carbs and protein in one snack...I'm totally good.  Am I right?  No?

Dinner was delicious and I ate vegetables tonight instead of cold cereal.  Go me!  Peas, chicken, walnuts, and roasted zucchini over a bed of spinach.  Sprinkle a little balsamic on a viola!  It hit the spot. 

Off to bed!  Bring on the 4:45 alarm clock. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A little better of a day.....

Today started out much better with a great workout.  I skipped gpp and made up my own thing for back and biceps.  Here is what I did:

15 minute warm up on the StairMaster

Lat pull downs 15
Standing lat pull downs with pulleys/rope 15
Seated row 15
One minute fast sprint
*repeat three times

Squats 15
Barbell bicep curls 20
Standing row 15
One minute fast sprint
*repeat three times

Back extensions 20
Lunges-holding a 25 pd. plate overhead 20
Dumbbell bicep curls 15
*repeat three times

Ball crunches with pulley 20
Leg raises 15
Ab crunch on lat pull down machine 15
*repeat three times

I finished off with 10 more minutes on the stairclimber and five minutes rowing.  It felt so great to get a good workout in.  When you feel so good leaving the gym it makes the waking up at 4:45 thing a tad bit easier.....but not much.  :)

*After the gym I had a protein shake with spinach, strawberries, and vanilla protein. 

Two hours later I opted for my new favorite oatmeal.  I call it honey nut oatmeal.  Oatmeal with a little almond butter, pecans, and honey.  I want this for every meal these days.

Lunch was a tuna chicken salad with a side of veggies and a pear.  I also snacked on some crackers as well.  I was at my sisters house the rest of the afternoon and was starving by three thirty.  She let me have some string cheese and cottage cheese with tomatoes out of her garden.  Garden tomatoes are soooo much better than store bought.  Am I right?  Then I was craving chocolate of course but all she had was knock off oreos.  Not the best...but I had to settle.  I had two and they hit the spot.

Dinner came and I could not fathom eating another vegetable for some reason.  So I opted for Kashi Crunch with some raw oats, bananas, and raisins.  I topped it off with a pumpkin protein muffin and some chocolate almonds.  Hooray for a dinner of carbs!

Am I the only one who sometimes get sick of vegetables?

Lets talk about yesterday....

The day started off wrong.  I couldn't get my lazy bum out of bed at 5:00 am to go to the gym.  So that is where it all started.  I had a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and then did something I really hate....I pushed two toddlers in a stroller on a run.  Why is running with a stroller so much harder.  I think you should be able to go three miles and tell people you went six.  Sheesh!  It was tough.  I only went three miles but did quite a bit of incline so it was a killer.  I didn't get to any weights yesterday and was bummed.  That's why I like to think, "I can do better tomorrow."

 I got home and whipped up a quick vanilla shake.  Almond milk and water, ice, and one and a half scoops of protein.  Not bad...but it gets worse.

I had a healthy snack/meal a little while later.  I kept thinking..."why am I so starving today?"  I know...your thinking its not that much food but in the afternoon I just kept on snacking!

My not so healthy but very yummy snack a little while later.  :)  My blog is called protein and chocolate for a reason...I pretty much eat those to things every day.  

I know this snack looks healthy, and it was for the most part.  But, I then proceeded to eat another muffin.  I made these awesome protein pumpkin muffins.  I keep seeing pumpkin recipes all over and had to make something.  These were excellent and I will post the recipe soon.  

Yum....I had some crackers and dip, a half a peanut butter sandwich, and another muffin before dinner.  Really?  I just could not wait a half hour.  We went to see my grandma who is in a home and they had a big bbq for all the residents and their families.  I had bbq chicken, a big fat roll, and a little ice cream.  Thankfully I didn't eat after dinner.  My appetite was on a roll yesterday!  On days like these I just tell myself that my body just needed fuel.  And then I am Ok with it.

Ps...I probably ate twice this much, that is just what I actually remember eating.  Who knows about the stuff I was eating and not thinking about.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Healthy naan bread

I cannot get this lame picture to rotate.  Sorry!  Naan bread is an Indian bread that we bake on the grill.  I used this recipe but altered it to make it healthier.  Here is my revised version.  It makes a lot and was soooooo good.

2 1/2 tsp. active yeast
1 cup water
2 Tbs. truvia
1 Tbs. agave nectar
3 Tbs. milk
1 beaten egg white
2 Tbs. kosher salt
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups oat flour
2 tsp. pressed, minced, or crushed garlic

Here is the baking instructions according to

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
  2. Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  3. During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.
  4. At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. ( I skipped the steps with butter) Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.

Chocolate protien banana muffins

These muffins are a great snack and a great treat.  The best part is my kids loved them too.  I didn't feel bad about handing these out as snacks.  Here's the recipe:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup mashed bananas (I used two large bananas)
2 scoops chocolate whey protein
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

*Mix this all together really well.  I just threw it all in and mixed it up.  Spray 12 muffin tins with and set oven to 350. 

I chopped up 30 chocolate chips with two Tbs of raw oats and sprinkled it on top.  You can use a chopper or food processor.

Ready to go in the oven!  These babies have about 145 calories in each one and seven grams of protein.  Ya know, just in case you were wondering.

These were really good.  I will definitely be making them again.