My Banana-Chocolate-Milk & Cookies Coffee Creation

Good Morning, Friends!

How’s this Wednesday treating you?  So far so good in my neck of the woods!

I started my day with some functional strength training.  I didn’t want to be at the gym when I first got there, but after a quick 5 minute warm-up on treadmill I was ready to kick some booty….and I did!

Then, I treated myself to the best protein shake I’ve ever created (at least in my opinion) to refuel myself.  

 Kim’s Banana-Chocolate-Milk & Cookies Coffee Creation:

  •  ½ cup Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Milk
  • 1 scp Chocolate Protein Powder (I used BSN Lean Dessert Chocolate Fudge)
  • ¼ Frozen Banana
  • Handful of Ice Cubes (guesstimating ½ cup)
  • San Marco Iced Milk & Cookies Flavored Coffee (I made this yesterday and had it iced and waiting for me this morning)

I always add my ingredients into my Magic Bullet in the same way.  First, I’ll put some liquid.  In this case it was the almond milk, but normally I use water.  Then, I throw in a scoop of protein powder, my frozen fruit and the ice.  Lastly, I top it off with some additional liquid (the iced coffee in this case).  I just eyeball the liquid I top it off with.  It probably ranges from ¼ – ½ cup.  I fill until the ice cubes start to separate from each other/float a little.  I don’t want to add to much liquid because I like my shakes nice and thick!

 Once I screw the Magic Bullet cap top on, I shake the container and then put it on the Magic Bullet base to blend.  This leads to a winning shake just about every time!     

 Let me tell ya, I was a very happy girl driving into work this morning, as I sipped my protein creation.  🙂

 The office seems quiet today, which usually means that something is brewing and random craziness will ensue in the near future.  Let’s hope that’s not the case!

 Fitness:

 In fitness news, workouts are going great!  The hardest part for me has been upping my macros to fit within my nutrition guidelines.  I wrote to my coach for check-in today and explained what’s going on in my head.  After two+ decades of being on a diet, my stomach has shrunk, but I also have many fears and I end up sabotaging myself (I am my own worst enemy at times).  I’m not going to allow myself to fall into the same patterns again.  Better to speak up now and work things out.  I asked if we could gradually increase macros instead of making such a big jump (in my eyes).  I’ll let you know what happens…

Whenever I start to doubt myself or want to veer off track I take a look at this girl right here. I know Naomi from a fitness site we used to frequent a few years ago and am so proud of her for her accomplishments!

 Daily Life:

 In other news, Rob will be going in for back surgery this week. 😦  My poor man has been in so much pain over the past few weeks.  It hurts my heart to see him struggling.  It’s minor surgery, but this is the third one he’ll be having on his back.  Please keep him in your thoughts.  I’ll keep you updated.

Oh, I just might have some positive news regarding a personal venture, by end of day.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!! I’m excited about the possibility, but don’t want to get my hopes up yet.  I literally did a happy dance last night when I figured something out.

That’s all for now, folks.  Time to get this thing called work done. :/  

Wishing you a Wonderful Wednesday!

 ❤

Kim

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Snowbound

Hey Guys!

I’m back at work today, unfortunately.  I’m just keeping in mind that tomorrow is already Friday, I have Monday off for Martin Luther King Day, and there’s a possibility of more snow on Tuesday (another snow day????).  Have to keep things positive, right? Right!

My morning started off with a few failed attempts of getting my car out of my parking spot.  I made sure to get out there yesterday, clean it off and move it out of the spot with thoughts that I wouldn’t have this problem today.  Things must have iced over last night, which created this morning’s issue.  Oh well.  I finally got it out, slowly made my way through the icy streets and got to work 5 minutes late.  No biggy. 🙂

So, what does one do when they are snowbound for the day?  I could have gotten comfy on my couch and watched tv or movies all day.  I could have snuggled up in my enormous reading chair and breezed through an entire book.  Nope, not me.  I decided I was going to be productive.  I pulled out some boxes I still have lingering around from my move 1 1/2 years ago.  They are filled with old fitness magazines and nutrition papers.  I got rid of a TON of stuff that I no longer need (nor do I know why I was holding onto it).  In the process of getting rid of the old, I decided to create something new in the form of an inspiration board.  Besides putting away my holiday decorations, blogging/catching up on blogs, cooking a yummy dinner, cleaning off my car & running to CVS (for a glue stick, of course), creating the inspiration board is what took up the majority of my day.  Afterward, I felt happy.  I hung the board where I will see it every night.  I made sure it’s in a spot that I will notice it whenever I am starting to have that binge feeling.  I’m breaking through the curse this time!  There will be slip-ups, I know, but I will get right back on track whenever they do happen.

Here’s a picture of my board and some of my favorite statements on it:

Before I could actually finish my board, I needed a glue stick.  Of course, getting the glue stick forced me to go outside and clean off my car.  Here are some pictures of the winter wonderland that surrounded me.

Almost as high as the dumpster!

All the water draining off

Finally heading inside...

It was quite beautiful and the pictures really don’t do my surroundings justice.

After returning home from my little CVS adventure, I was just finishing my inspiration board  when a spell of dizziness set on.  I realized it had been quite awhile since I had last eaten and it was time for dinner.  While cleaning out my boxes, I found old recipes I had torn from various magazines.  A recipe for Chicken Florentine from the December 2009 issue of Oxygen magazine caught my eye.  Not only did it look yummy, but I just happened to have all the necessary ingredients.  I piled it all on top of a bed of CarbaNada noodles.  Mmm Mmm Good!  This is definitely what’s for dinner tonight.  I will post the recipe later on this evening.

Clearly, I must have hated it.  😉

Well, I guess it’s about time for this girly to get back to work, even though I’d much rather not! Wishing you a great day!

Kim

A Weight Has Been Lifted

Happy Friday, Peeps!

Are you doing the Friday happy dance yet?  It turns out that yesterday ended up being my Friday.  My office can be pretty lax and with the snowy weather hitting us today I was told that I didn’t have to go in.  I most definitely didn’t argue about that. Snow day for me!  That’s the 2nd one in two weeks!! 🙂  Unlike my last job, my coworkers who have power are very understanding and down to earth.  As long as we get our work done they don’t mind us taking a longer break, coming in a little late or leaving early.  I can see them cracking down if people started to take advantage of it, but no one does and it just works for us.

As I mentioned in a more recent post, life has been very rollercoaster like for me.  My lows have been extreme lows lately.  I cry myself to sleep hugging my teddy bear (my first stuffed animal).  Unfortunately, I have more of these nights than not lately and I didn’t know what was going on with me.   A little over a month ago I started seeing my therapist again.  Last night I had a major break through.  I can’t even tell you the feeling of relief I have.  I feel like a weight that I’ve carried on my shoulders for almost 30 years has been lifted.

I’m a pretty shy and passive person.  I’ve always tried to take the path of least resistance, hoping to make everyone’s lives easier.  After a few sessions with my therapist, a lot of reflective thought and some deep conversations with my boyfriend I realized that for most of my life I’ve felt disregarded and not good enough.  I always felt like I was working to gain approval, especially from my dad.  I felt that my opinion, likes, feelings just didn’t matter.  There were times that I would be in the middle of a conversation, someone would interrupt on a completely different topic, focus would be brought to them and it was like I had never been speaking at all.  So, instead of making my opinion/feelings known to others I started to just hold things inside.  After I mentioned this to my therapist she told me, “because you suppressed your voice your eating disorder became your voice.”  As soon as she made that statement it all clicked.  I’m not upset at anyone for the way things were handled in the past, but I am so (SO) relieved to know how I got to the point that I’m at today.  Now, I FINALLY feel like I can move forward.  I feel like this eating disorder won’t be eating at my livelihood anymore.  Sure, there are going to be slip-ups.  I just need to learn how to cope with situations better and make my voice heard, because I AM IMPORTANT and DESERVE IT

So, my friends, I’m now going to cozy up with a mug of tea and a good book.  I drove down to Long Island this morning so that I wouldn’t have to deal with the snow later on.  My boyfriend is still at work and I’m thinking I might whip up a special dinner for when he arrives home.

Wishing you a speedy work day and a wonderful weekend!

Kim