Winner Winner Beet Lunch

Good Morning!

First I’ll announce the winner of the Raw Crunch Bar giveaway!

And the winner is  The Empty Nut Jar! You left the 35th comment! Please email me at couchpotatoathlete@gmail.com with your name and address and I’ll get those Raw Crunch Bars shipped ASAP!

I got in a great workout last night, I did some FBB strength training and some TurboFire HIIT – I love when I feel my blood pumping!

Katie’s post really influenced my decision to do more strength/weight training. I love cardio, but I really want to be STRONG. Thanks Katie for the push in the right direction!

I made a really simple lunch today. My sister L made it for me when she was visiting last week. We picked out some lovely beets at the Farmers Market. I boiled them up, let them cool a bit and then peeled and sliced them. My hands didn’t get too pink from the beets:

I added some goat cheese and dressed the salad with this:

Who could not love Paul Newman dressing? Ok, who could not love anything with Paul Newman’s face on it? Then I sprinkled the salad with some walnuts, and ta da:

I’m going to add this to a bed of greens, but it looks so purty on its own!

Speaking of purty, check out what I got in the mail:

I’m pretty sure there will be a giveaway involved with this as well. Maybe Saturday?

I’m working on a series of posts about budgeting, specifically budgeting for food and meals. I’d like to use you all as research 🙂
1. About how much do you spend on food/restaurants each week? Is this just for you or for you + spouse/sig other/roommates/etc?
2. What dietary needs do you have? (example: we are a dairy free household)
3. Do you plan meals/snacks ahead of time or do you decide each day what to eat?
4. What is your favorite meal to make at home?

Have a great day!

Holly

Wise Yoda Is

Hi Readers!

I loved reading the comments about favorite treats! The brownies lasted through the night and got packed up for J to take to work. I love having a kitchen smell of chocolate though!

Breakfast today was the usual GM:

Almond milk, pb, whey protein, chia meal, ½ banana, handful of blueberries:

I’m having a great lunch: minestrone soup with a grilled chicken salad. So satisfying. I love soup/sandwich and soup/salad lunches. They really fill me up!

Tonight I have a million things to do, including finishing up my 10 mile/FBB/TurboFire training plan. Thanks everyone for the tips!

HEAB is hosting a give away on her blog (for a bottle of avocado oil!), check it out! She is hosting it for Jessica, who has a blog Give Away One Thing A Day, where she has daily giveaways, and the winner is then asked to pay it forward by giving away an item of their own. What a great idea!

A friend gave me some great motivational quotes today, and I thought I’d share them with you! (Thanks Kim!)

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.Will Rogers

You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.Edwin Louis Cole

And some more of my favorites:

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Albert Einstein

Do or do not…there is no try. – Yoda

(source)

That’s for you Jason.

Angela has a page with great quotes, check it out!

Question of the day: What is your favorite quote? I love motivational quotes, but funny movie quotes are fun too!

Have a great day,

Holly

The Missing Banana Truck

Hi Readers!

I am so happy to see that I am not the only one who goes to so many grocery stores on a weekly basis. (and I’m also glad to see that I’m not the only one who has had odd results from VOO – I should just stick with the original recipe!) Here is where I go for grocery supplies:

Cub Foods (regular grocery store): basic cooking things (sugar, salt, almond milk, eggs, some produce, snacks for J)

Trader Joes: more produce (sweet potatoes, bagged lettuce, etc), granola bars, vitamins, almond butter, peanut butter, jam, frozen meals (orange chicken, egg rolls, frozen veggies, frozen brown rice, frozen berries), soups, bread, clif bars, larabars, trail mix

Healthy Ways (local health food store): protein powder, larabars, chia seeds, chia meal, flaxseed

Target: paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc), trail mix packs (only Target has the certain brand I like!), bottled water

Our Target did get produce, but not much. I was a little disappointed when I got there – they had 1 aisle of produce: grapes, blueberries, raspberries, bagged lettuce/spinach and baby carrots. Eek. I didn’t even see bananas! Now, this was their first day with fresh groceries, so maybe the Banana Truck didn’t make it up to MN yet. I’m hopeful!

I’m still working on my training schedule, does anyone have any tips? The running plan is only 3 days per week of running, FBB strength plan is only 2 days per week and then I wanted to sprinkle in a few TurboFire workouts throughout the week.

What is your workout schedule like? Or do you like to go with the flow and decide each day?

Lunch was really good today, I had a bowl of this soup:

And a sandwich made with turkey, veggie cheese and green peppers on whole wheat.

Look how gooey the veggie cheese got!

Dinner was equally amazing. I made Paula Deen’s Baked Tilapia. You know what that means: BUTTER.

 Here is the tilapia before it went in the oven.

I also made brown rice and some steamed veggies.

Here’s my plate:

So good.

I have brownies in the oven.right.now. I made them for J to take to work – pray for me that I don’t eat them all as soon as they are done!

Question of the day: What is your favorite treat? I love brownies, cookies and ice cream. And pie. And cake. Ok I love them all but I’d have to pick brownies as my favorite. Especially when they are really gooey on the inside.

Have a great night!

Holly

First Attempt at VOO

Hi Readers!

Last night I decided it would be the perfect time to try out Angela’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Vegan Overnight Oats. I had to make a few changes, I omitted the raisins (didn’t have any) and I used chia meal instead of chia seeds (didn’t have any seeds!). I was hopeful that the recipe would still work.

Last night:

 I whipped them up, just like Angela suggested.

This morning:

 I thought they would solidify more (?)

In the glass with some maple syrup on top:

It seemed pretty thin:

 (those were all the chunks from the bottom)

It was ok. I think the chia seeds would give it a better texture than the chia meal. I am picking up more seeds today and will give this another shot. It smelled absolutely divine. And I ate it anyway! I will try again later this week.

I updated my blog roll last night – if I missed you, please let me know! I’d be happy to add you to the list. I love finding new blogs to read and learn from.

J and I recently signed up for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile Race in October. Our last race was a Half Marathon in July (before that it was our marathon!) and I’m excited for a shorter race. I am working on a training schedule that can incorporate running, TurboFire and strength training. I recently read this book (FBB for short) and will use the workouts in here as well:

I’ll do a more thorough review of this book later on today. I need to reread a few parts and get my schedule all figured out. I’d love to get some feedback on it as well. FBB is all about lifting weights (and not the pink “Barbie doll” weights). The author writes about how strength training is key in getting the body you want.

I’m ready for my TurboFire workout, then I am off to our beloved Target store, which recently added fresh groceries. I can’t wait to see what the store looks like! For now I shop at 3 different grocery stores and it would be great to only have 1 or 2. Cross your fingers that Target has everything I need!

Question of the day: Where do you shop for groceries? Do you have to go to a few different stores to get everything you need?

Enjoy your Sunday!

Holly