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"I have always loved running… it is something you could do by yourself and under your own power. You can go in any direction, fast or slow… fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage in your lungs." ~Jesse Owens


Good morning! I managed to get to bed by 11:00 last night (damn, you ‘America’s Got Talent’!), which was only 45 minutes off of goal. Honestly, I can’t get to bed much earlier of work nights because Future Husband doesn’t get home from the Clinic until 9:30 (poor thing). So, I consider 7.5 hours of sleep pretty good. 🙂


Here’s the fun breakfast I intended to make yesterday (but was too sleepy to remember!)…


This morning, I made a PROTEIN-PACKED Chocolate Skinny Monkey Shake.  I don’t normally "do" liquid breakfasts because I don’t feel like my mind and stomach understands the calories of a shake as well as an oatmeal breakfast. 


But hopefully, this shake incorporates enough fat and protein to (hopefully) keep me full for several hours:


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup NF plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread from Archer Farms (aka Target)
  • 2 scoops (60 calories; 18 grams of protein) of ImmunPlex Bio Active Whey Protein Vanilla Flavor
  • 1 ripe banana


I prefer my smoothies to be over ice, not blended with ice.  Maybe my blender is just really lame, but it doesn’t seem to crush up the ice as it should.


And for under 400 calories, this bad boy has more than 30 grams of protein (woot woot!).


While watching the rest of Project Runway this morning, I did some floor exercises:


  • 100 bicycle crunches
  • 25 push ups
  • 3 1-minute planks


Better than nothing! 🙂 I’ve got a crammed day at work, so I got to get kicking.  Anyone else have some FILLING smoothie recipes?



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