Wow, it’s extremely hard to believe that I haven’t participated in a WIAW since August 10th. What the heck happened? Well, I’m back for the day but not with nearly as nice of pictures to go along with it! Next week will be better!
I wrote way back then that I was in the middle of my third week of working… I’m now coming up on 6 whole months. Crazy, right? I was really busy at work today. Well it’s actually been crazy ever since I got back from the Disney 1/2 Marathon last week – I guess I deserve the busyness for skipping out of work for three (work) days right after the holidays!
I started out this morning the same as I do every day… with a tablespoon of chia mixed in V8 V-Fusion A?ai Mixed Berry and a (couple of) cups of coffee with my current favorite mix in, chocolate milk, frothed with the Aerolatte. Mmm, I love coffee :). Drinking some chia in the morning really helps me stay hydrated throughout the day, as well as provide some additional protein + fiber for the morning! The coffee is merely a necessity at this point… I wouldn’t want to be around me without it haha.
For breakfast I ate steel-cut oats, made the easiest way ever. 1/4c steel-cut oats + 1 cup water, cooked on the stove the night before. Bring to a boil and cook for just two minutes, and then cover and let sit overnight. The next morning all you have to do is reheat! So simple and I much prefer the texture of the steel-cut oats to rolled. I mixed in some flaxseed and put a big scoop of Smucker’s Natural Chunky peanut butter on top :).
I ended up making it through the whole morning without a snack, even though I was hungry – there just wasn’t time! So I made up for it at lunch by having a salad (with a hidden scoop of hummus), some cottage cheese and Udi’s Millet-Chia Ancient Grains Bread – this is by far the best GF bread on the market!
Pretty much immediately following that I had some Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzels and string cheese. I don’t know what it is about it, but this is one of my favorite combinations ever! Definitely brings me back to my childhood :).
A few hours later I ate this Mint Chocolate Luna Protein bar – I am more than slightly obsessed with these bars. Full of protein and they taste like a candy bar?! The Mint Chocolate flavor is definitely one of my favorites.
I left work a little later than usual, but was able to make dinner in no time! Sweet Sister put it all together the night before so all I had to do was put it in the oven to warm up and then eat! It ended up being perfect because I was able to shovel (seriously snow, you decide to snow for the first time last week, and it’s already the second downpour in 5 days?!) while it was warming up. Then I quickly ate and was off to my first massage! I ate too quickly and forgot a picture… but this is what was left after we ate – it’s a “baked ziti” dish with gluten free pasta, spaghetti squash, mushrooms, mini turkey pepperoni’s and some sliced string cheese on top. It looks a little interesting, but it was delicious and filling!
The massage was definitely my favorite thing of the day! I had never gotten one before, but Sister gifted me one for Christmas. It was so nice to be in a heated room and on a heated bed for an hour when it’s so cold and snowy outside! It was also really nice to get my muscles relaxed after the 1/2 marathon, I somehow manage never to stretch enough after running and am always tight. Massages might need to happen more in my lifetime… hmmm. And to top it all off I now smell like a coconut haha. The masseuse also had a dish of Dove Dark Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Chocolates – I had never had these before but they’re delicious! When I got home I continued to help shovel off the driveway – I guess that ended up being my workout for the day, darn snow!
Hope you all enjoyed my semi-return to WIAW – I’ll try my best to remember next week and have my food be a bit more colorful! Happy Wednesday!