Things I’m Loving

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I’m loving protein pancakes for breakfast.  I’ve been mixing the banana,egg white, protein powder mixture ahead of time and keeping it in the fridge to make in the morning.  Chocolate is delicious! Picture is from my Instagram.

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The healthy dinners I’ve been making at night.  I’ve been getting better at really planning ahead and this one was my favorite.  Black bean burgers (recipe here) and brussel sprouts.  I’m SO in love with brussel sprouts lately!

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My first attempt at protein cookie dough balls.  They started off very dry and were falling apart, but after I put them in the fridge they were great.  I want to try a different recipe and see what I like the best.  They taste great and I’ve been pinning recipes on my Pinterest board found here.

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Orange banana vanilla smoothies!  1 orange, half a banana, vanilla protein and vanilla almond milk.

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Loving that I didn’t completely freak out over this.  I must not have put the lid on the whole way and I turned it up too much, hit start and the lid blew off.  Hot tomato soup everywhere! I was okay and most of the soup survived.  My favorite tomato soup recipe found here.

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I’ve been setting my alarm 30 minutes earlier every weekday to workout.  Nothing crazy, but yoga or some of the Tone It Up videos that aren’t going to get me too crazy sweaty!  I shower, but hate to wash my hair in the mornings!

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I keep my yoga mat, 5 lb weights and iPad in my bedroom so I just roll out of bed and workout right there.  Colby has been getting up early in the morning to swim or ride his bike trainer to train for his Ironman.  I bought the Tone It Up Beach Babe 2 DVD and I love the 9 workouts.  I got the digital copy, so it is on my iPad and there is a mixture of 20, 30 and 40 minute workouts. The one HIIT intense 40 min. workout is tough and I did it yesterday for the first time.  I really liked it, but I’m not sure I could get myself to do it in the morning!

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I was going to run a 5K race yesterday, but it snowed and I didn’t want to risk falling.  I ran a quick 2 miles Thursday afternoon outside before teaching BODYPUMP.  I forget how great it feels to run outside… because the weather has been so bad lately!!

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Last thing, I love that my hair is getting longer and I can do more with it!  I cut it above the shoulder a year ago and I didn’t realize how long it would take to grow back out!  I liked it short (I’m a long hair girl!) but I felt like I could only keep it straight.  I love playing with different size curling irons and I’m really happy with my medium length hair!

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