Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Random Rambles of beauty

Hello my gorgeous friends. I hope you're all having a wonderful Wednesday. Today was a bit busy and rough at work but I MADE IT! JUST BARELY I TELL YOU! The veins were a poppin and there was a lot of tongue biting goin on! ;)

Let's move right along into a random topic. I like to do this from time to time. Gotta keep it interesting right? SPICE THINGS UP A BIT!

I was checking myself out in the mirror this morning. Grabbing at my face and my neck. Inspecting my porous crevices. Yanking at my gut and arms and what not. You know what I'm talking about ladies. We ALL do it. I kept investigating my TINY yet visible eye wrinkles (EEK) and permanent laugh lines. Pinching my bits and pieces. I did this for a good 10 minutes before slathering on moisturizer, getting dressed and painting my face on. Why do we do this? This ritualistic, self worth evaluation? I get carded ALL the time. Clearly people think I'm way younger than I truly am. (LOVE IT) Please don't let me know if you disagree with their perception... HA! Sure, I could use to lose some more weight (which I'm obviously working on) but I think I look GOOD for someone who'll be 33 in less than two weeks! (OMG)

Sadly, a lot of women don't share my views and feel insufficient. I used to be that way but somehow grew to love and accept myself. I'm eating right and working out to be healthy and to feel good. It's not purely for the physical transformation. I won't lie though, having a smaller ass is nice too.

Where am I going with all of this? A blogger I read regularly, Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point has started the most brilliant movement. Operation Beautiful is so simple yet so amazing. Please check it out **HERE**. ;)

(Here is a snipped from her lovely site) - The mission of Operation Beautiful is to post anonymous notes in public places for other women to find. The point is that WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL. You are enough... just the way you are!

I just HAD to share all this with you. Random ramble session is now over. Thanks for listening.

BREAKFAST (meal #1) at 9:15am.
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 wheat bran
  • 1 tbs flax
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs unsweetened dark cocoa
  • 1 tbs Acai powder from Navitas Naturals
  • dash pumpkin pie spice
  • dash salt
  • Splenda to taste
  • 2 tbs PB2
  • 1 tbs sugar free peach preserves

I swooned with my decadent bowl buddy for a solid 30 minutes. For reasons beyond me I ate it super slow today. I usually INHALE my food. This was a rarity!

I spent the rest of the morning working my tired brain to pieces. So many emails, so little time.

LUNCH (meal #2) at 12:30pm.

I don't know what I was thinking when I packed my lunch last night. The amount of food I had spread out before me was MASSIVE! I packed the last of the leftover sweet and sour veggies from the other day...

and a HUGE salad!
The salad contained the following.
  • Romaine
  • Sweet butter lettuce
  • Green & Orange bell pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Asian veggie burger (Morning Star Farms)
  • Drizzle of Spray Butter
I ate all of the veggies and maybe half of my salad (I picked the burger off the top of course!) and then sadly had to toss the rest. WAY TOO MUCH FOOD! :-O

The rest of the afternoon was spent in a hazy work coma. Before I knew it, my usual break time had come and gone and I never even left the building. This was probably wise because I would've ended up staying late to get everything done. Busy-Busy!

I was so busy that I almost worked through snack time. THE HORROR! Can you imagine missing snack time? So scary! I need to be more careful!

SNACK (meal #3) at 4:30pm.

The usual Mix of Oikos, Fuji apple and a drizzle of granola. It just never gets old!

I BARELY escaped the office on time today. Basically I forced myself to just walk away. The work will all be here tomorrow. No need to worry about that. It will be waiting for me.... silently.... lurking and slithering in the dark....


Bicep Curls (Barbell)
40lb x 12
35lb x 15 (2 sets)
Tricep Pulldown with Rope Grip (cable)
70lb x 15
70lb x 12
60lb x 14
See Saw Press (Dumbbell)
12.5lb x 15 (3 sets)
Hammer Curls (Dumbbell)
15lb x 15 (2 sets)
12.5lb x 15
Skull Crushers (Barbell)
20lb x 15 (3 sets)
Military Press (Barbell)
20lb x 15 (3 sets)
21's (Barbell)
20lb (3 sets)
Concentration Curls (Dumbell)
12.5 lb x 15
10lb x 15 (2 sets)
21's (Barbell)
25lb (2 sets)
Elliptical Cross Trainer, 30 minutes, 2.61 miles, 370 calories burned
1 min. - level 5
2 min. - level 6
3 min. - level 7
4 min. - level 8
5 min. - level 9
6 min. - level 10
7 min. - level 11
8 min. - level 12
9 min. - level 13
10 min. - level 14
11 min. - level 5
12 min. - level 6
13 min. - level 7
14 min. - level 8
15 min. - level 9
16 min. - level 10
17 min. - level 11
18 min. - level 12
19 min. - level 13
20 min. - level 14
21 min. - level 14
22 min. - level 13
23 min. - level 12
24 min. - level 11
25 min. - level 10
26 min. - level 9
27 min. - level 8
28 min. - level 7
29 min. - level 6
30 min. - level 5

Work stress fueled me through a GREAT workout. HA! I was feeling pumped and pushed it hard.

SNACK (meal #4) at 7:15pm.

I recovered my tender little arms with a cool, protein packed smoothie.
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 of frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 tbs Acai powder from Navitas Naturals
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • Dash cinnamon (because WHY not?)

This was a tasty blend! The color was NOT appealing but the flavor was very good!

DINNER (meal #5) at 9:30pm.

I have two words for you. Chocolate Pancakes! I was dreaming about them ALL day long today. It's been WEEKS (several long agonizing weeks) since I've indulged in their deliciousness and I could resist them no longer. Of course I made the healthy version! The best of both worlds!

Into my trusty little blender went the following.
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
  • 1/4 unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs unsweetened dark cocoa
  • dash pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 packets Splenda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
Blended till smooth and creamy. This was enough to make 4 regular size pancakes. I heated up my largest frying pan, sprayed it with Pam and delicately poured my little round cakes of love. I cooked each side for about 2-3 minutes. I topped them with the last smidgen of PB2 that I had left (I WEEP OPENLY IN DESPAIR), Kaia Foods cocoa mole sunflower seeds, 1 tbs of coconut flakes and a drizzle of Smucker's sugar free blueberry syrup.

I took my first bite and gasped. Yeah, it was THAT good! Pat on the back Ildie. Pat on the back!

I think I'll end my night with a delicious cup of my new favorite coconut chai black tea (Zhena's Gypsy Tea) with a splash of sugar free cream. Divine!

Alright my lovelies. Time to unwind before I'm forced to return to florescent paradise (work) tomorrow. Have a great night!



Karin said...

Breakfast for dinner! LOVE! Your pancakes look too good to be true! I almost jumped into my screen. Soooo droolworthy :).

I love Operation Beautiful too but post way too many post-its! Should change that ;).

Katie ♥ said...

Wow those panckaes look amazing!!! I am going to have to try that!!!! I love how you post everything you put in your meals and your recipes!!!!

Operation Beautiful is wonderful!!

I hope you got some sleep girl!!!



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