Random Mess

TGIF!

Oh how I have been anticipating the end of this week.

This week has been “one of those”. In other words, I’ve had two random tear sessions, pharmacy discount.com gotten a measly total of two workouts in, I’ve had the lower back pain of a 93-year-old grandmother, and more than likely failed another chemistry exam.

And to think I was Miss Science Club in high school…

Sometimes, I feel like I’ve really got a grip on life and other days I feel as though I can barely keep above water. Hopefully, the current I’ve been swimming against will wash me up on Seagrove’s sand with a cold drink, sunshine, and great company. Fingers crossed.

With that being said, I hope your week has been a hell of a lot better than mine and I hope you can appreciate the random mess of this post because that’s all I’ve got right now; a random mess.

EATS

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Toast never fails.

When I was at Michael’s craft store last week shopping for toga attire — which deserves a whole post of its own — I stumbled upon this Hello Kitty mug and gasped out loud. Actually, I stumbled upon a whole mini shrine/isle in the check out line of Hello Kitty and somehow managed to put blinders on and only grab this mug for five bucks. Score!

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One day, if I don’t turn into some form of a nut butter first, I will surely turn into roasted veggies + goat cheese + balsamic vinegar.

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Since I’m heading out of town for spring break I didn’t allow any sort of grocery shopping for the week. As a result, most of my meals this week have been makeshift and, well, random messes. This bowl of eggs, spinach, near spoiled ‘shrooms, and bran crackers attest to that.

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Meet the breakfast I’ve had the past four days in a row:

Greek yogurt + frozen blueberries (I had a coupon) + Kashi GoLean Crunch + Love Grown granola + white chocolate PB + chia seeds

Love Grown‘s Sweet Cranberry granola smells like heaven slapped you in the face when you open the bag. Stuff. Is. So. Good.

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A few days ago I had the strangest craving for bacon. I know I know…who doesn’t crave bacon?! Well, typically me with the exception of this past week. When I woke up from a dream about bacon on Wednesday morning I knew something had to be done. So after CrossFit I headed to Which Wich for a salad bowl with baaacon. They gave me turkey instead of chicken and forgot the feta cheese but they did not forget the bacon so all was well in the world.

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2 diced baby apples + TJ’s cookie butter + Kashi GoLean Crunch + dash of cinnamom

There is a bag of neglected extra tiny apples (I like ’em big!) in my frigde that have been staring at me every time I open the crisper drawer. Finally, I gave in and showed them some love. I diced up a couple and microwaved them along with some TJ’s cookie butter and then added some Kashi for texture. With the addition of some cinnamon, that little mug almost tasted like a slice of apple pie.

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*Very important* Side note: If you’ve never had Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter then you must try it. Next time you’re at TJ’s pick up a jar and you will not regret it, trust me (unless all signs of your willpower go out the window and you eat the whole jar in less than a week because it’s just that darn amazing). And there is no such excuse as “But I don’t live near a Trader Joes.” Yeah. Me either people. It’s called Amazon. Now get to it.

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Disregard my previous statement about the bowl of eggs attesting to my themed “Random Mess” week. This bowl is the prime exemplifier of “Random Mess”.

Sautéed beets + baby carrots + spinach + Green Wise veggie burger + shredded parmesan + beef broth + spices

This dinner might have failed in the looks department but it totally delivered taste wise. And nutritional wise!

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Here’s my breakfast again. All nice ‘n close up. Just because.

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Yet again, more proof that one day I will become a bowl of the picture above.

Side note numero duos: The great majority of all the meals I prepare for myself are eaten out of a bowl. This could be cause of one of two things, or both: 1) I like my food hot and I mean hot. If it’s not going to singe my taste buds with the first bite then it’s going to take a spin in the microwave. And bowls are great vessels for trapping heat. 2) My dad mixes all of his food. If there’s a poster child for peas + carrots + mashed potatoes then he’s it. It’s very possible I take after him in this aspect.

*The final* Side note: This post is full of italics so please note my enthusiasm/emphasizes on any and all italicized words.

Other meals of the week that escaped the food paparazzi include: falafel pita wrap, leftover Jim ‘N’ Nick’s coleslaw, turkey sammy, veggie wrap, the best orange of my life, mini Larabars (<— I spy Jillian Michaels :D), and a spoonful of cookie butter. Along with my craving for bacon I’ve also been all about anything wrapped in a pita/tortilla hence the wraps.

Geez, this post has turned into a long one!

Alright, I’m going to wrap things up (no pun intended) because I still have to finish packing, get myself clean, load my car up, and make it to Birmingham in time to meet my mom and her friend, Jill, for lunch at a local Greek restaurant. Hellooo baklava! 

Here’s to the weekend AND spring break! I’m going to try my very best to check in while I’m at the beach.

Do the body some good — and the mind. Especially the mind.

Having Confidence in My Abilities

Good evening friends.

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How has your Monday been? Mine is wrapping up quite well with an episode of The Biggest Loser, hot tea, and my mom’s company.

Oh, and this precious fur child.

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She’s just so darn cute.

After my long day yesterday, I was flat out exhausted so I got a solid nine hours of sleep last night. I swear that race made me feel hungover! Luckily, when I woke up I was craving a nutritious breakfast instead of an Advil.

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Greek yogurt + museli + Love Grown granola + banana slices + blueberries + chia seeds + splash unsweetened almond milk all packed in a leftover PB jar 

This breakfast is back yet again. Don’t be surprised if it makes a few more appearances throughout the week.

Since the parents are in town for a few days we ate out for lunch. No pictures but we went to Depalma’s Italian Cafe downtown — home of some of my favorite salads.

After lunch I did some reading for my classes before heading to the box.

Warm up

400 m run
20 pass throughs
10 push-ups
20 pass throughs
10 push-ups

Strength

Practice power cleans

WOD

AMRAP 15
5 power cleans @ 65 lbs
7 push-ups
9 air squats

Score

8 rounds + 3 reps

CrossFit has been such a refreshing boost of confidence. Not only am I proving that I can do things I didn’t believe possible; I’m not half bad at them, either!

With that being said…

“Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Without humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” -Norman Vincent Peale

This rings true for so so many aspects in my life. Hopefully this quote with give you motivation to be confident in your abilities, also.

As soon as I arrived home from CrossFit I whipped up some refuel.

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Scoop chocolate whey protein powder + coconut water + water all shook up

*Fast forward to dinner.*

You know what a nearly empty salad container means? No dishes and an easy clean up. Score!

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This salad was asking for roasted veggies so I complied.

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Ah and my favorite part of roasted Brussels sprouts.

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The little layers that fall off and get super crunchy. Mm mm mmm.

Almost ready to nom. Almost…

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Finally! Mom brought me some balsamic vinegar reduction — perfect on just about anything.

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Deeelicious.

Until next time.

Kick tomorrow in the ass with your humble and reasonable confidence!

😉