WIAW–Rainbow Day

I hope you’re all having a good week so far! I’ve only got 2 full days and then tomorrow night I’m off to Charleston for my friend’s wedding! Since I’ve got a million things to do, let’s move on to this week’s WIAW! Today’s food is from Monday (per usual…). I was ridiculously hungry all day but managed to get in some colorful meals!

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I woke up early and was already hungry, so I grabbed half a banana and some almonds before heading to the gym to do an upper body workout for Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp.

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When I got back I had some coffee…

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And then my breakfast, which was (shockingly) a sweet potato with 2 over easy eggs and sriracha (no avocado, this was a recycled photo).

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I headed to school and after class I was starving, so I had oatmeal with nuts from Starbucks while I did a little work.

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When I got home I was already hungry again, so I had lunch #2: sautéed peppers, carrots, zucchini and 1 Trader Joe’s chicken sausage.

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A little later I had a bowl of protein ice cream!

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After my physical therapy appointment I got back hungry so I threw together another quick meal (shockingly similar looking to lunch…). Sautéed peppers, carrots, spinach and 2 Trader Joe’s chicken sausages.

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For dessert I made an interesting chocolate mousse concoction… It was pretty good but not amazing: cocoa powder, stevia, almond extract, and 1.5 T of almond flour. I also had a handful of walnuts! So good.

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What are your repeat meals recently?

Any interesting desserts out there?

WIAW–School and PT

Hey everyone, happy Wednesday!

Before we get onto this week’s WIAW, I wanted to let you all know how my IT band is doing. I’ve been seeing a physical therapist but so far I’ve seen zero improvement. I have been running, about 4-5 miles a week, so I decided yesterday morning (after a pathetic half mile) that I would take off a full two weeks of running. I really hope this helps. I’ve taken off a week at a time, but clearly that didn’t do much. I never thought I’d be the type of person that wanted to cry because she COULDN’T run! Crazy how life changes…

But anyway, enough of that, on to today’s WIAW, which comes from Monday of this week! If you are new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons to find out what it’s all about.

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Breakfast was a repeat of… the last 6 weeks or so. Haha, this is my current favorite breakfast. It’s filling, it’s good and its really easy and quick to make! 2 over easy eggs on a microwaved sweet potato with 1/4 avocado and sriracha sauce!

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After breakfast I got some work done and then headed to school for my only class of the day. After class I headed to the El (train/subway in Chicago) and went back to Lincoln Park for my PT appointment. I had an hour to kill so I grabbed lunch from a grocery store salad bar. I forgot to take a picture… but it was lettuce, hearts of palm, corn, peas, and red pepper, then I topped it all with some cottage cheese.

Here’s what it looked like:

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Pretty, right?

I also had one of these:

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After my appointment I headed to Starbucks to finish some essays for an application. I was there for a while so I grabbed a coffee, a KIND bar and their fruit cup.

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Once I finished up, I headed to the gym and did 20 minutes of cardio, followed by about 40 minutes of full body weights. After the gym I stopped at Trader Joe’s to get some groceries and then back home for dinner.

I had some leftover veggies from the Whole Foods hot bar, so I warmed those up and had them along with a microwave muffin that I made (1 T coconut flour, 1 T almond Flour, 1/2 T Flax, 2 egg whites, 2 T coconut milk, baking powder, stevia and vanilla). It was pretty good!

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Since my dinner was lacking protein, I also had some protein ice cream (okay, okay, I planned it that way). I made plain protein ice cream and added 1/2 Cup frozen blueberries.

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An hour and a half later I had an evening snack of… PROTEIN ICE CREAM! Haha, are you shocked? It’s a good thing my ice tray only has the capacity for enough ice cubes for two of ice cream… This time I added about 3/4 cup frozen strawberries. I was feeling fruity!

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What is your favorite evening snack?

What flavor ice cream should I make next?

WIAW–Clean Out The Fridge

Hellooooooooo from Kansas City! My flight yesterday went very smoothly and I am home with my family! Well… with my parents since my older brother isn’t coming home for Thanksgiving and my younger brother moved into his own apartment!

Anyway, I’m sure you all have traveling and cooking to get back to, so let’s get on to What I Ate Wednesday! If you are new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about and find other participating blogs!

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This week’s WIAW is from Monday, and shows my attempt to clean everything out of my fridge before I left! I decided to sleep in on Monday and do my workout later, so breakfast was a sweet potato, two eggs and some sliced bell peppers (sriracha added after photo).

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Then I was off to class! For snacks, I had a Health Warrior Chia Bar, which I’m loving right now…

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And then a banana on the way home! I knew I was going to make lunch when I got home but my stomach was growling and I just couldn’t wait a whole hour!

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For lunch, I cut up two chicken sausages from Trader Joe’s and sauteed them with spinach and eggplant.

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And a Dark Chocolate Hersey’s Kiss for dessert!

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After lunch I read a few blogs, and then went to run some errands. One of them brought me near my froyo place, so I stopped in! When she checked off my sheet, I saw I hadn’t been in for weeks!!! Blasphemy! (for new readers, I won a year of free froyo!).

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After errands, I stopped by my brother and sister-in-law’s to see this gorgeous face!

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After hanging out with her a while and then taking her to the park, it was time for the gym! However I was feeling a little hungry so I snagged a brown rice cake (thanks lauren…!) and topped it with some salsa. I only ended up eating about half because it was more filling than I expected.

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After my workout, I headed home and showered and then made some dinner! It will look very familiar…. This time I sautéed two chicken sausages with eggplant and bell peppers! Haha thrilling, but delicious.

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I ended the evening with some strawberry protein ice cream. Perfection.

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Do you eat weird meals to clear out your fridge before traveling?

Are you a snacker or do you prefer just three big meals?

WIAW–First Last Day of School!

Haha, now that’s an oxymoron for you: First Last day of school! I (currently) have zero intention of going back to school after I finish law school at the end of the year, so Monday was my very last first day of school! Haha sorry no picture of my outfit, I wore shorts and a plain shirt… I only had one class to go to. Anyway, I thought I’d share with you my eats from Monday! If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about!

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I started off my day with a workout at the gym where I did 15 min on the elliptical and then I did this ab circuit and this upper body strength circuit from Peanut Butter Fingers! I love Julie’s workouts when I’m looking to mix things up!

Then, by the time I’d showered, meandered around, found something to wear, I realized I had… oh wait 15 min to make breakfast, eat it and get my butt out the door! Oops! I made Tina’s 2 Ingredient pancake (no photo), however mine looked nothing like hers… haha it was so big I could not for the life of me flip it with my little spatula! I had to flip it in 3 parts. So I just smothered it in some almond butter and called it a day!

I headed downtown for class and then afterwards I did some much needed shopping. I gained back a little weight over the spring and avoided buying new jeans. I’ve realized I’m at a healthy weight (although I don’t weigh myself anymore) so I just needed to get some jeans. I found a good (and inexpensive) pair at H&M and also got a cute striped top at Old Navy! Successful.

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(this was the face I made when I sent this photo to my friend, to whom 2 hours earlier I had been complaining that Forever 21 had too many shirts with horizontal stripes and I don’t look good in horizontal stripes…)

In the middle of shopping my hunger struck, so I stopped and sat at an area outside an office building with trees and benches and enjoyed my lunch. It was 1/2 of an avocado, 1 tomato and a ton of shrimp mixed up with dill, salt and pepper, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. So good!

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I also munched on this KIND bar throughout the afternoon:

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By the time I got home I was pretty hungry but knew the dinner I’d planned would take some time to make, so I sliced up a bell pepper and ate it with a mixture of applesauce and PB2… I don’t recommend this mix. I wish I’d had some hummus! I also sipped on a chia kombucha drink that I’d bought this weekend.

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For dinner I’d made a meatloaf! The recipe was from paleomg. My loaf was made with beef (the original recipe called for ground chicken, but the beef was sold in exactly 1 lb packages and I figured it would be fine). I also didn’t have any basil so I left that out. The cooking time took a little longer, but it turned out well! I served it over some “zucchini noodles” with marinara sauce and nutritional yeast.

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For dessert I had chocolate protein ice cream with some PB2 and maple syrup on top.

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A little later I was feeling hungry/snacky so I had a BIG bowl of popcorn. And yes, some of it’s burnt… these things happen.

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Where do you shop for clothes?

How do you flip a giant pancake?!!? I need help…

Thursday Thoughts

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! I hope you are all having a good week, only two days left until the weekend! I’m excited for today (okay, to get through today) because I get to see this amazing woman tonight! I’m sure you could have guessed it; today is another round of Thursday Thoughts! I have a lot of interesting ones this week, and only the last is pinterest inspired!


1. When I was at Trader Joe’s on Saturday I saw that they are FINALLY carrying Chia seeds! The bag was actually pretty small, so I’m not sure if it’s really that good of a deal, but it’s a great way for those of you who haven’t tried Chia seeds to get them without spending $13 on a larger bag.

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2. I miss waking up to this:

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3. I have been obsessed with protein ice cream and making various flavors. This one had PB2 powder and cocoa powder in it – BEST FLAVOR YET! Soooo good! Definitely tasted both the peanut butter and the chocolate! I also learned from Laura that you can use water instead of milk and it turns out the same (and is CHEAPER! I was going through milk too fast!)

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4. Last Friday there was NO ONE in my office. Seriously. One person out of the 12 lawyer section I work in was there… So I made a standing desk for a while. It was good entertainment.

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5. I am obsessed with this book. It finally became available at the library and I cannot stop reading it!!!! Seriously, what is this annoying place I have to go to during the day called an “internship” when I should be reading non-stop!?!?

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6. I discovered this site thanks to this lady and lost about an hour of my life. Sooooo worth it. Love Kristen Wiig.

7. Molly loves to “hunt” bunnies. By “hunt” I mean stare at them intently for 10 minutes. I gave up trying to pull her away and just sat down next to her.

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8. Zucchini oatmeal rocks. I made my regular apple pie oats, but instead of putting in chopped apple, I put in zucchini! It’s best to grate the zucchini, but I had spiralized my zucchini to make zucchini pasta but discovered the zucchini was a bit too old for that and didn’t hold a good pasta shape. So I put it in my oatmeal and added in some walnuts as well! Zucchini Bread Oats!

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9. You all are amazing. Seriously. The comments and e-mails that I get from readers mean the world to me. I made this blog to connect to anyone who might relate to me and parts of my life, but I had no idea how many women would appreciate my writing.

Since you all make me feel so much better during a difficult time, I want to make you all feel better today with some great pinterest finds. Mostly stolen from Ashley and Annette

Just laugh!



Always be thankful




What is your favorite thing to wake up to?


Do you stand or sit at work?