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A Welcome Break

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Good Morning Friends!

Right after work last night, I made a pretty impromptu trip up to Fort Wayne for a family thing that happened last minute.  I got home around 10 and jumped right into bed…let’s just say I was tired.

Mom and I are headed to Michigan at around 7am, which really didn’t leave me much time to complete a morning workout.  Because I had already planned on completing a 9 mile run on my usual day off, Sunday, I welcomed the extra hour of sleep this morning and I am sure that my body is welcoming the rest!

Breakfast

Is it just me, or does everyone take a peek in the cupboards and the fridge to see what kind of food Mom and Dad have on hand first thing after arriving home??

Well, before hopping in bed, I peeked in the cupboard and saw Coco Wheats, peanut butter, and egg whites.  I knew EXACTLY what I was having this morning.

Protein packed Coco Wheats!

I prepped the Coco Wheats in a similar method to oatmeal that I occasionally make with egg whites.  Then, I added a dollop of peanut butter and called it good to go!

Drop Dead Healthy

A couple of weeks ago, I asked for book suggestions before heading to Florida on vacation.  After receiving several suggestions, I finally decided to read Drop Dead Healthy. I am not finished with the book yet, but so far I love everything about it!

I am still fairly close to the beginning, but something that A.J. mentioned that really got me thinking is mindfulness.  

If you are unfamiliar with this book, it covers a two year span of A.J. Jacobs’ life in which he attempts to be the healthiest man alive.  He tries various exercise plans, eating styles, goes to several specialists to learn about what is going on in his body and creates a 53 page list of things he needs to improve on.

He mentions mindfulness, because for the first time ever he is thinking about what happens in his body as he breathes and thinks, he is thinking about how is body is digesting the food he puts into it and how it absorbs the nutrients.  He is thinking and aware of everything.

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While I would consider myself to be a pretty mindful person when it comes to my body and my health, there are times when I catch myself not thinking and just doing.

Now, I am not quite sure where I am going with this, but the whole idea of being aware of the body and being mindful just got me thinking.  Maybe it got you thinking too??

I can’t wait to read some more of this book!

Well, friends I am off for now.  Have a great Wednesday!

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What to Read While Laying on the Beach (or by the Pool)

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TGIF!

That is all that I can say…well, I guess I can say a little more 😉  I am so thankful that it is Friday, because that means that Brian comes home tonight.  He has been traveling for the past 10 days with his mom and Aunt to visit some of their family in London and Ireland.  He has had an amazing time, and I have loved hearing his stories…but I will be glad to have him home!

Breakfast

This morning was started with a super chocolatey smoothie that was super huge…I had a hard time finishing it!

 

Super Huge Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie:

  • 2/3 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder of choice (I chose Sunwarrior)
  • 1/2 cup cold coffee
  • 2 stevia packets
  • 1 large tsp of raw cacao (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • ice until it gets to be the right consistency (mine took about 6 cubes)

Simply put it all in the blender and voila!  Breakfast is served.

Reading Recommendations

Tomorrow evening, my family (Brian included) is driving down to Florida for my younger brother’s graduation.  I still have not packed a single thing, or made my packing list…oops!  But I have been thinking about what I would like to read while on the trip.   For me, it is a always a bit difficult for me to find a book that I truly get into…but once I get into a book, I can’t put it down.

Some of my recent favorites have been:

  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  • Accidentally Overweight by Dr. Libby Weaver
  • The Hundred Year Lie by Randall Fitzgerald

That being said, I am looking for a great book to take on the trip with me that I will be able to finish on the trip…because if I bring it home, I won’t pick be able to pick it up again until next summer! (ok maybe I’m exaggerating slightly)

I really like thriller, romance, self-help, informative, health related….

What are some of your summer reading suggestions???