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Clean Eating…For The Most Part

Good afternoon!

For breakfast this morning, I tried out the new Jif Whips peanut butter.

It tasted just like regular peanut butter except it was more…fluffy. Can I use the word fluffy to describe peanut butter. Airy? It was more airy than regular peanut butter. Either way, it tasted good and had less calories and fat than regular peanut butter.

I had it on some toast with eggs whites and a clementine.


Yesterday, I took the kids to the library, and I picked up a couple of books.

The Eat-Clean Diet and Eat Clean Cookbook both by Tosca Reno.

I have mentioned before that I am trying to get back on track with my eating. I tried keeping a food journal again, but I just can’t seem to get back into the habit. I’ll write down a day or two and then I’ll stop. I think it’s because I was measuring out everything single little thing that I eat to keep track of the caloires.

I did keep a detailed food journal for over a year which helped me lose almost 30 pounds, and while I think it helps, I was maybe too consumed with doing it. I think it’s great to write out your basic meals, but I was measuring every single food item and it was becoming obsessive.

Tosca Reno points out in her book:

Calorie counting is not a part of Eating Clean. What I dislike most about calorie counting is that it destroys our relationship with food. We get obsessed with numbers instead of what our bodies are telling us.

While calorie counting did help me lose weight, I totally agree with this statement. Calorie counting was making me a bit obsessive, but I was losing weight and I thought that was the best way to do it.

So, I am trying something new. Instead of writing down everything I eat and counting every calorie, I am trying to focus more on eating clean and healthy foods. Eating foods that aren’t processed, avoiding sugars and refined foods, avoiding chemicals and trans fats.

Instead I am trying to focus on foods that don’t come in a box or package – healthy foods that you could grow in your own back yard. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, complex carbs, lots of water, etc.

There is a list of clean eating basics:

Now, I’m not jumping into this clean eating thing with both feet. Rather, I am dipping my toes in the water and trying to start out slow. I have been eating a lot of clean foods – oatmeal, salads, fruits, raw almonds, veggies and hummus, fish, brown rice fruit smoothies.

At the same time I am also eating foods that might not be considered “clean”- Clif bars, peanut butter, fruit flavored Greek yogurt. But I am eating these in moderation and think that’s it’s all about baby steps. I don’t eat chicken or beef, so instead fruit flavored Greek yogurt is a good source of protein for me. Yes, I could buy plain Greek yogurt and add my own fruit but I really love those Chobani Greek yogurts.

I am making sure to avoid foods that I know are especially not good for me – chips, fries, sugar cereals, cookies, candy, frozen pizza, frozen meals, waffles, etc.

Another good point of advice which I have heard everywhere (a healthy eating seminar, a nutritionist, the Biggest Loser program) is to always eat a complex carb and a lean protein together during snacks and meals. Protein is metabolized better with a complex carb.

Carbs give you energy while protein helps build muscles and keeps you fuller longer.

I always make sure to have a protein when I’m eating. If I have an apple, I make sure to have some almonds with it. Or, if I’m having toast for breakfast, I’ll have some egg whites along with it.

Protein + Carb

So, my goal is just to take baby steps in order to start eating better and healthier food. :)

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

After BodyPump, I had a Larabar and a clementine.

The Larabars are probably better than Clif bars because they have minimal and healthier ingredients, but I still love Clif bars. The peanut butter chocolate chip Larabar was awesome!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you try to eat clean and healthy foods?
  • What’s your favorite thing to eat?
  • Any workout today?




Filed under Breakfast, Fitness, Working Out

Lots of Food


Last night for dinner, I had Brussels sprouts with red onions and salmon belle mar.


I haven’t had Brussels sprouts in a while, so they were a nice change. And I love salmon belle mar. I buy it from Target and it’s salmon stuffed with a crab seafood filling. It’s so good.

Today’s Workout

  • 4.5 miles treadmill (6x 20 sec strides)

Today’s run was not the best. I blame it on the treadmill. I took more walk breaks than I can count. I still managed to complete 4.5 miles, and I did strides the last mile. I ran fast for 20 seconds with 45 seconds recovery at a jogging pace six times. By the time I was done, I was so sweaty it wouldn’t have made much difference if I had ran outside in the humidity.

I wore my Mizunos with the new SuperFeet inside. So far so good. They felt good while I was running.


I also wore my heart rate monitor and it picked up my heart rate for the first minute and then stopped. I’m not sure why it just quit finding my heart rate but it did, and I eventually just turned it off because it never picked my heart rate up again.

Also, during the first mile, I felt something sharp poking into my foot. I tried figuring out if it was the SuperFeet insoles but they’re not sharp. Finally, after the first mile, I took my shoe off and sure enough there was blood all over my sock.

I went into the bathroom to investigate and it looked like a piece of my nail came off and was slicing open the toe next to it. Great. I asked the front desk for a Band-Aid and cleaned my foot up. I got back on the treadmill and finished up the rest of my run.

Like I said, it wasn’t the best run today.


For lunch, I made a totally random salad.


My salad included: mixed baby lettuce, red onion, pears, blueberries, cranberries, almond slices, feta cheese, and poppy seed dressing.


I picked up a few items at the grocery store that I am excited about. First, I found this new Jif whipped peanut butter. I am a huge peanut butter fan and can’t wait to try this out.


It has 25% calories and fat than regular Jif peanut butter. It has 140 calories per two tablespoons. I think I’ll be making peanut butter French toast soon.

I also finally found Clif bar minis at the store!


I love regular Clif bars and Clif Builder bars but sometimes the full-size bar is too much for me. I’ve been looking everywhere for the Clif mini bars and finally found them at Meijer. Each bar has about 100 calories. I think these would be great before my long runs on the weekend.

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite thing to eat for dinner?
  • Favorite salad dressing? I always have a hard time finding a dressing at the store. I like Ken’s Vidalia onion dressing and Annie’s poppy seed dressing.
  • Are they any new food items you want to try out?


Filed under Dinner, Fitness, Lunch, Recipes, Running, Working Out


Good afternoon!

Today’s Workout

  • Trifecta Class – 60 minutes

This morning, I took the new Trifecta class at my gym – 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes strength, and 20 minutes abs. I personally liked how the class was set up, but the other ladies in the class thought there should be more cardio and less strength.

I think it’s because this class is replacing the Step & Tone class which is mostly cardio, so I see where they’re coming. Since, I take BodyPump three days a week, more cardio would benefit me, but I prefer strength training to cardio. If you asked me two years ago which I preferred my answer would have been completely different!

Even though we only did 20 minutes of cardio, it was a lot of jumping which I could immediately feel in my calves. When I got home, I put on my calf sleeves to help because I have 6 miles on the books for tomorrow!

I am ordering a couple of new compression items that I am excited about (is it weird to be excited about compression gear?!) – shorts and socks. I’ll talk more about them once I’ve gotten them and tried them out!

Post workout, I had my first ever Soy Joy bar.

It was really skinny, but delicious! It tasted a lot better than I expected. Not that I expected it to taste bad, I just liked it more than I thought I would.

After the gym, I went to Target to spend way too much money pick up a few things. Buying so many bars really starts to add up! I buy Clif Builder bars for Danny and me, Atkins bar, and kids’s Clif Z bars.

I don’t follow a low-carb diet, I just like the taste of the cranberry Atkins bars, and they have 10 grams of protein. And the Builder Bars are just plain delicious.

While I was at Target, Jaden’s school called to say that he wasn’t feeling well, and I had to go pick him up.

He doesn’t look too sick…

Jaden spent the first year of his life perfectly healthy. He never even got a fever until he was a little over a year old (I remember because we had dinner plans with Danny’s boss and had to cancel). Now, I feel like my poor child is sick all of the time.

He has allergies, fevers, stomach pain, breathing problems, ear infections, etc. I feel so bad for him, and we do everything we can for him, but he still gets sick a lot. He’s had his tonsils and adenoids out, he’s on breathing treatments and allergy medications, he gets allergy shots, he’s had initial tests for his stomach problems (which seem better lately), but as a parent it makes you feel helpless. Luckily, it’s nothing too serious which I guess is the positive part of the situation.

When he was hospitalized for respiratory failure a couple of years a go, I let him order whatever he wanted from the hospital menu – he picked Fruit Loops and donuts:


Lunch this afternoon was an “anything that’s in the fridge salad.”

My salad had romaine lettuce, orange peppers, green peppers, cranberries, walnuts, and pears. I am in need of some more veggies in the house! I also had a Greek yogurt for some protein.

Have a great afternoon!

  • If you have kids, do they get sick a lot? Did you get sick a lot as a kid?
  • Cardio or Strength?
  • Do you wear any compression items?
  • Favorite protein/granola bar? There are so many good ones!



Filed under Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Chip Tasting Party Fun

Yesterday, we went to my grandparent’s house for a family game night and to try out the three new flavors of Lay’s potato chips.

Danny and me:

Sriracha, chicken & waffles, and cheesy garlic bread chips.

Surprisingly, my favorite flavor ended up being the one that I thought I would like the least – the chicken & waffle flavor!

I think I liked it because they tasted like maple syrup and were sweet. It sounds like an odd combo but all they tasted like was syrup. The cheesy garlic bread weren’t as good as I had hoped. I didn’t like the cheese flavor, but I’m also not a fan of cheese-its and cheese goldfish. And the sriracha were just way too spicy for my mild loving tasting buds.

It was a fun night visiting, playing games, and eating. Marlene baked awesome glazed donut cupcakes. Donuts are my #1 love in life.


Danny and I started out the day doing the plank-a-day challenge. I’m calling it day #3 (even though I missed day #1) since it’s March 3rd.

Plank Day #3

Danny: 1 minute 42 seconds

Heather: 2 minutes 33 seconds

Today’s plank was tough. I started to struggle around a minute and a half, but pushed through to get three seconds longer than yesterday! Doing this every day might be a little bit harder than I thought.

Today’s Workout

  • Stairmaster – 32 minutes, 134 floors
  • 1.11 miles treadmill

I headed to the gym late this morning to do a quick cardio workout. Post workout, I had a carrot cake Clif bar.

So good! I found these at Whole Foods last week, and also picked one up for my dad and Marlene. I have never seen the carrot cake flavor before and now I’m wishing that I would have bought more!

Have a good afternoon!

  • What was your plank time today?
  • Any workout? Rest day?
  • Favorite Clif bar?


Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

Weigh In Wednesday

I finally stepped on the scale this morning. I haven’t weighed myself since before Christmas because I was nervous about what the number would be. I’m glad that I joined the DietBet because I feel like I would have just continued to put off weighing myself because I didn’t want to see the number. And that’s how I ended up gaining the 30+ pounds that I recently lost – by not weighing myself.
I know that some people don’t agree with weighing themselves a lot, and go by how their clothes fit and such rather than placing your worth on a number on the scale. But for me personally, weighing myself a few times a week helps keep me accountable. If I don’t, my weight slowly starts to creep up.

I am happy (and surprised) to say that I weigh exactly what I did before Christmas! :) I know that I gained weight around the holidays, but this past week of eating right and sticking to my daily calorie count helped me lose a few pounds I think.

While I am happy that I weigh the same, I think it’s going to make the DietBet a little bit harder. I only weigh two pounds more than weight that I am unable to drop below. My weight has hit a plateau at a certain number for months that I can’t drop below, and the DietBet requires me to lose approximately 6 pounds, so that is going to be a very hard challenge.

Six pounds might not sound like a lot to lose in four weeks, but when I’ve only been able to lose two more pounds than I weight now, six pounds will be difficult. But I’m up for the challenge!

The other day I went to the grocery store and I came across this Special K protein water mix.

I drink one cup of coffee in the morning and the rest of the day I drink water. That’s it. I love water, but sometimes it gets a little boring. Since I’m always looking for ways to get in extra protein, I thought these protein drink mixes would kill two birds with one stone – extra protein and flavored water.

One packet has 30 calories and 5 grams of protein. I’m excited to try them out.

Today’s Workout

  • 2.64 miles, treadmill

I had limited time at the gym this morning because we had to go to a doctor appointment, so I tried to make the best of my time by doing a HIIT workout. I walked at 4.0 for one minute and ran at 7.1 for one minute for a total of 30 minutes. I wasn’t able to go to BodyPump this morning, but I hope to go to yoga tonight.

I wore my new Mizunos to run:

For an afternoon snack, I had a Clif bar that I found in my purse from when we went to the museum.

Sorry I ate your Clif bar, Danny.

I stopped at Target this afternoon, and was excited to find these mini Clif Builder bars with 140 calories and 10 grams of protein.

I really like the Builder bars, but rarely eat them because a full size bar has 270 calories which is a little bit too much for one bar for me.

Later this afternoon, I’m going to bring my brother home from the hospital. He is finally being released today. And even though he’s still in a decent amount of pain, it’ll be nice for him to be at home.

I just have to share these pictures of my niece because she is so funny. As soon as Danny gets home from work, she wants him to pick her up so that she can hug her reflection in the mirror.

After she hugs herself in the mirror a few times, she goes and gets the picture of herself and hugs that too! It’s so darn cute and funny!

Have a great day!

Questions of the day:

  • Do you weigh yourself often? Not at all?
  • What do you usually rink during the day?
  • Do you eat granola/protein bars?
  • Any workout today?


Filed under Fitness, Fun, Working Out

Whole Foods Shopping Trip

Holy smokes, Whole Foods is expensive. We left there last night with two bags of groceries and it was $83.82! And those bags are only half full!

There are some things at Whole Foods that I really like and will pay a little bit more for, but I could never shop there on a regular basis or for a full shopping trip.

I didn’t have a plan in mind when we went to Whole Foods, and I kind of wished I did, but I just kind of winged it. Since I did have a gift card, I bought some of the more expensive things that I wanted to try but don’t normally buy.

I’m really looking forward to trying Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bite-lettes. I told Danny that I was buying wholesome junk food and he thought that I was kidding until he saw the package when we got home.

They look yummy, but I’m also worried to try them because the serving size is two bite-lettes, and I’m afraid that I might want four bite-lettes…or six. We’ll see how it goes. I think they’ll be a sweet, yet wholesome, dessert.

I didn’t really pick up anything too exciting. I did get the infamous blogger chia seeds though. I saw these on Dr. Oz a while back, so I figured if everybody’s eating them then I should too. Chia seeds are actually really good for you. They have antioxidants, omega fatty acids, fiber, and protein.

Ch…ch…chia. Danny asked me if I’m going to grow grass in  my stomach.

I also bought:

  • Bars! Danny loves the Builder bars, the kids love the Z bars, and I picked up a chocolate covered strawberry thinkThin bar that I’m dying to try.
  •  Fuji apple crisps <— so good! And only 39 calories a bag.
  • Fruit – Pineapple, pear, peach
  • Cheddar burgers (for the boys).
  • Garlic dill salmon (for me).
  • A lemon poppy-seed muffin for Jaden <—- These muffins are awesome! My favorite muffin by far.
  • Assorted cookies for Jacob
  • Eggs
  • Chicken scallopini <— For Danny, but it looks so yummy
  • Broccoli cheddar twice baked potato

And whatever else I forgot to mention. Oh yeah, I also stopped at the salad bar before we left to make a salad to eat on the way home. I love Whole Foods salad/hot bar.


Of course, I had to use the chia seeds in my breakfast this morning. I heard they’re a great oatmeal thickener, so last night I mixed up:

  • container of plain Greek yogurt (usually I use strawberry, but I didn’t have any)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of honey (for sweetener, since I was out of fruit Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup Quaker oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

I mixed it all up and let it since overnight in the fridge, then I topped it with sliced strawberries.

It was super thick when I took it out of the fridge, so I added a small splash of almond milk and stirred it up. I was a little nervous because I have never made overnight oats with plain Greek yogurt, but it was really good. When I added the strawberries, it didn’t taste any different from my normal overnight oats.

I’m off to yoga this morning. Have a wonderful Saturday!

Questions of the day:

  • Is there an expensive food that you love but will splurge on?
  • Have you tried chia seeds?
  • Favorite salad topping?


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