Rise and Shine

I get up pretty damn early to go to the gym everyday. 5:26am wake up call. My morning routine goes as follows:

  • Wake up at 5:26am to sweet tunes streaming from my iPod dock
  • 5:27am: I think to myself “Oh, but I want to sleep. All I want to do is sleeeeep.”
  • 5:30am: I think to myself “OK, I know I want to sleep, but I this is my gym alarm. I should go to the gym.”
  • 5:35am: I think to myself “Does sleeping in feel good? Yes. Does it make me feel like rock star? No. Does going to the gym feel good? Yes. Does it make me feel like a rock star? Yes.” Decision made.
  • 5:35am-6:20am: Sip on coffee, check e-mail/facebook, look at Pinterest Fitness page for inspiration, and listen to pump-up music on Spotify (recently it’s been Killers or Maroon 5, ya dig?)
  • 6:20am: scramble to throw on clothes, sneakers, fill my water bottle, grab my gym bag, and out the door.

By 6:35am I’m working out. Sure, if I could get my booty in gear quicker I could sleep in more, but I like my routine. 🙂

Today was a great day at the gym. 30min on the arc trainer — killin’ it to the sounds of Rihanna, Pitbull, and Katy Perry. My cardio playlist is one big guilty pleasure that I just love boppin’ to!

Cardio was followed by weight training.. my favorite! Today was arms and it felt so goooood.

I go to Planet Fitness because it’s close to home and cheap. It gets the job done, but because of it’s reputation for being a lunk-free zone (lunk being your typical muscle-bearing, water gallon totting, weight dropping dude) — there’s not a lot of eye candy sight-seeing to be had. There is one cute guy though, we’ll call him gym guy. We apparently go by the same AM schedule because I see him there quite often — including today. One day I’ll talk to him. He’ll tell me how impressed he is by my confidence with free weights, I’ll tell him how great I imagine he looks without a shirt on, and we’ll fall madly in love.

Kidding. But he is good to look at. 😉


Breakfast this morning was inspired by two peaches that were 1 day away from the trash can.

This picture does not do the peach situation justice — these suckers were awfully wrinkly and sad looking. The original plan was to make a smoothie w/ two peaches plus some other goodness.



But peaches are deceptive. They’re all small in the palm of your hand… but start chopping them up and an endless pile of peachy goodness appears. Obviously too much for one smoothie, so I froze half for tomorrow and then got to work on today’s creation.


Clockwise from the peaches:   peaches + frozen banana + frozen strawberry/mango/pineapple + 0% plain chobani + coconut oil + Trader Joe’s Super Red Powder


Equals =


Deeeeeeliciousness. In my favorite smoothie-approved cup.

What’s the in Super Red powder, you ask.

It’s basically a whole bunch of awesomeness pulverized into powder. It helps take the edge off the plain greek yogurt (surprisingly with all the fruit, the sourness of plain yogurt is still too strong for my liking).
Then I went to work for 8.5 hours. Boring. But I did snap a shot of my lunch:

I could put a farmer’s market out of business with the produce I tear through in a week. This salad included: spring mix + red pepper + red onion + carrots + edamame + Cabot 50% reduced fat cheddar + craisins + slivered almonds + Ken’s Lite Balsamic Dressing. It was delightful.

Work snacks included: almonds, Kashi crackers, baby carrots, and a 90 calorie fiber one bar. (not a big fan of fiber one products, but when sweet cravings hit, you’ll go for anything!)


After work I went for a grocery haul. Picked up the following:


  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Baby carrots
  • Slivered carrots
  • Red bell pepper
  • Broccoli crowns


  • Kashi goLean cereal
  • Kashi Pumpkin Flax granola bars
  • Kashi Chocolate Chunk cookies
  • Whole wheat mini pitas


  • Chobani 0% plain
  • Organic skim milk
  • 50% reduced fat Cabot cheddar
  • Cage-free eggs


  • Hummus x 2
  • Peanut butter
  • Coffee

My grocery bills are kinda ridiculous. But I don’t buy shoes, I buy produce. Fair trade, right?

By the time I was home and groceries were put away, I was starving. I had dinner on my mind all day. It starred this guy:


I found this a few grocery trips back and had yet to try it. The ingredients: water, brown rice, wheat, quinoa, barley oats, sunflower oil, soy lecithin, salt. Cook time: 1 minute. Perfect weeknight grain dish, if you ask me.

And it was an excellent companion to the rest of my dinner:


Grain medley, kale chips, and a wild-caught salmon burger. It totally hit the spot.


Now I’m off to enjoy a glass of cold milk & a Kashi cookie, followed by studying for a few hours.



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