Feeling Better Already

You guys…we aren’t even three full days into April and already I’m feeling so much better from working on my April Goals.

Seriously, I felt bunk after getting back from Arkansas. I ate more butter and cheese during that weeklong trip than I had in months and months. And my body didn’t take too kindly to it either. This morning was the first morning that I woke up and felt good. No bloating. No constipation (TMI). No fatigue. No headache. I’m feeling like I’m on the right path for sure.

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Today was also the first real workout I’ve had in over a week and a half! Sure, I did some farm walking (and donkey petting) in Arkansas and even took the dogs on a 3 mile hike for Hula’s birthday, but today I actually put on a sports bra and got my sweat on. It felt so good. I did the Love Your Body Kettlebell routine from Tone It Up. And speaking of TIU…they’ve announced this year’s bikini series starts April 13. I can’t wait! You should sign up today.

I’ve also finally been eating the way my body prefers I eat. I’m telling you…my gut was wrecked all through my trip and up until this morning (I’ve been home since Monday!). It took avoiding dairy, lots of digestion juice (water with lemon and ginger) and plenty of produce, beans and grains (aka ALL THE FIBER) to get me back to normal.

So OMG what do plant-based people (aka vegans) even eat?? Don’t you just sit around munching heads of lettuce or what.  Au contraire mon frere. I’ve been eating good.

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mint chocolate overnight oats

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mango cashew smoothie from deliciously ella (you MUST freeze mango & banana or it’s gross, otherwise it’s my current favorite green smoothie)

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tropical daydream oatmeal…holla if you want the recipe

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ginger chickpea scallion wrap

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roasted broccoli salad with chickpeas and apple

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hummus and avocado toast

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Tone It Up 3 Ingredient cookie plus chocolate chips

And you can’t say “oh no wonder you’re feeling better all that food is so healthy” cause there’s also been copious amounts of oreos (yes they’re vegan), diet dr pepper and even Chinese food yesterday. It’s totally the dairy that’s been sabotaging my bathroom habits. RIP Pizza (for now at least).

Tomorrow starts my first preceptor day for school. I’m in a state of excited panic to be in the ICU. Wish me luck and happy weekend!

Good Eats

If you’ve tried to reach my site in the last 24 hours and had issues, I apologize. Things got all messed up through godaddy and they told me just to “wait up to 24 hours” for it to resolve.

But if you’re reading this…looks like things are fixed.

I know I said before that it would be boring for you if I just posted pictures of everything that goes into my mouth…but yesterday was a particularly tasty day so here I am doing just that.

Breakfast

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banana chia muffins crumbled and warmed then topped with crunchy peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, strawberries, 1/2 banana, coconut butter and cinnamon

I’m working my way off dairy and these muffins are the last holdout (they’re made using greek yogurt). dairy just does not agree with my gut and I’m sorry for being crude but pooping > cheese any day

Lunch

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BBQ Black Bean & Pineapple Pizza made on a whole wheat tortilla. (Recycled picture) Recipe through Meal Mentor

Snacks

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Iced coffee and “Sinless Samoa” (link coming soon)

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Apple Jack Smoothie

Dinner

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Kung Pao Tofu

Ok, so here was the highlight of the day. Hubby and I were walking out the door to go pick up Chinese food but when I tried to call in our order they informed me they were out of tofu! I had Kung Pao Tofu on the brain and couldn’t shake it. So I whipped up a super simple at home version that saved me on cash, calories and bloating for sure.

I mixed together freezer brown rice with a carrot/pea mix and topped it with crispy tofu and a sauce I threw together made of sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and ground pepper. I garnished with peanuts that I fished out of a mixed nut can. 🙂 It was SO SO good. Hit the spot and will be a favorite from now on out.

Dessert

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Samoa Ice Cream!

Banana soft serve blended with cacao powder and another sinless samoa pulsed in. topped with flacked coconut, dark chocolate chips and a pinch of sea salt

Friday (not Thursday)

I’ve been thinking all day about getting a Thursday post up…and then I realized it’s Friday. This whole unemployed thing has really thrown me for a loop as far as the space/time continuum goes. I never have any idea what day it is.

Anyway…some great things happened today! I finally got my grade for the MedSurg final I took last week (I took it a week early)…98.9% Gotta love when the teacher comments on your grade “Nice job, highest in the class” 🙂 Finished out that class with a 98%, not too shabby.

I also got a callback for a second interview for the Critical Care Nurse Residency Program I’ve applied for! The interview is in front of a panel of six people, eek! It’s not till April 6th so I have plenty of time to get nervous.

Lastly, I’ve created a “Weekly Workouts” Page (you’ll find it on the menu bar up top) to track my exercise each week. Instead of uploading a post every Sunday, I’ll just update the page every day with my workouts. Just in case you’re interested.

Onto the eats!! Still rocking Whole Foods March.

Breakfast

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Plain oats topped with strawberries, 1/2 banana, chocolate chips and homemade coconut butter

Lunch

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BBQ Black Bean & Pineapple Pizza on a whole wheat tortilla

(Un-pictured) Snacks

Banana Chia Muffin with crunchy PB and a shakeology after my second workout of the day

Dinner

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Hello my name is Shelley and I am a volume eater. Leftover goat cheese and spicy marinara dip with gluten free pita (from dinner last night…I WILL eventually create a vegan version) plus spicy hummus and veggies For dessert was my new favorite combo…fruit & lemon! Sliced strawberries and 1/2 banana with lemon juice squeezed on top, it really brightens the flavors well.