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What I Ate Wednesday # 29 – Ain’t Nobody Perfect


 So nice of you to drop by!
It’s about dang time I join my favorite link-up again,
brought to you be Jenn at Peas and Crayons
and hosted this week by Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets!
(Bonjour, ladies!)
I’m excited to be back in the WIAW game, so let’s get right to it!

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Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with skim milk, spinach, 1/2 a banana, and peanut butter after my core workout. Harcore on the Floor is no effing joke. This was a prime reward. For serious.

sweaty me & my shakeo

Snack: Ezekiel toast with avocado, a hard boiled egg, and a sprinkle of Frank’s Red Hot. AKA the best combination of foods on toast ever of all time.


Lunch: Em and I had matching lunches – which is my favorite kind of lunch!  I know I will still have the weekends for matching lunches with my little bug, but I’m really trying to make the most of this week with her!! She had chicken, sweet potato, and broccoli. I had the same – but my chicken had a wee bit of BBQ sauce, topped with cheddar and green onions. Today was a lunch bust, as I put her in her high chair and she lost her mind. She napped through lunch time. Sigh. Tomorrow is another day.

Em & Mommy lunch

Snack: If you read my meal plan in my last post, you’ll notice this snack was not included. Em was having a pretty nurse-heavy day yesterday and on those days, if I’m hungry, I’m not going to starve myself. I get what I call “the hungry shakes” if I don’t eat enough. Ya know – where you’re so hungry that your hands start shaking and ya get all light headed. Es no bueno! That was about to happen…soooo…insert extra snack.  Ezekiel toast with almond butter, 1/2 a banana, and honey AKA the other best combination of foods put on toast ever of all time. Plus decaf iced coffee with skim milk and a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Not gonna lie – the cocoa powder wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made. I still drank it, obvi, buuuuut I don’t think I’ll be doing that combo again anytime soon.

more toast

Snack Again: It was my last night working in the Kid’s Club at my gym, and I brought a snack and a big ol’ bottle of water to get me by. Yesterday was a bag of snap peas and carrots. Snap peas are my jam lately. I snack on them like it’s my job!

peas and carrots

Dinner: Since about January when I started working every Tuesday night our Tuesday’s officially became Taco Tuesday. It’s so quick to make when I get home after 7:00 PM and I’m starving and the hubs just plain loves tacos. I had pretty much always have a taco salad. This right here is a big bed of romaine, cherry tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, 3 ounces of turkey taco meat, 1 crumbled taco shell, and a tablespoon of cheddar cheese. Johnny left just a tiny little bit of meat left in the pan when he was done with his…so I may have eaten that too…in a taco shell…with some cheese…over the sink. #noshame


Snack: So after dinner I get Johnny’s food together for work for the following day – like the outstanding wife that I am – and I always make him two peanut butter sandwiches. On a good day, I can control myself and put the peanut butter away untouched. Yesterday was not a good day. I may have had a giant spoon full of peanut butter…sprinkled with chocolate chips. Okay  I may have had FOUR giant spoons of peanut butter sprinkled with chocolate chips. Ugh!  I can’t be perfect all the time…amiright? Peanut butter is my weakness. It’s a problem. And the first step to having a problem is admitting you have a problem, right? Or something like that.

pb spoon

Seriously though, I love peanut butter…and really should buy this shirt to express it. My birthday is pretty soon…hmmmm…RUN for Peanut Butter Tank

Peace out, girl scouts!

Meal Plan Monday

Hey dudes! I hope you had a nice Monday. 🙂

I know I did. I got a great workout in this AM, picked up my groceries, and spent some time meal planning.  I’ll get to that in a second, though, fiiiiiiiirst of all I’d like to mention how I think it’s quite amusing how in my last post, I shared with you what a typical day looks like for me. Well, that’s all going to be changing, because I’ve officially accepted a full-time position and I go back to work full-time for the first time since Em has been born a week from today! It’s safe to say that I am a pleasant combination of totally excited and terrified!

Excited by the new opportunity, the fabulous company I’m going to be working for, the work that I will be doing, and wearing more than just yoga pants all week. 😉

The terror is really just that someone who is NOT me will be taking care of my baby cakes. *YIKES*

I’ve met the daycare staff and they are lovely, wonderful women. I’m totally confident in their abilities. I just think the whole nursing-on-demand for 10 months and rarely taking a bottle will be a little rough for the first week. But I know she’s a tough little cookie and we’ll both power through it. Ultimately, I know that this is the right time and opportunity and that it’s what is best for me and my family. I plan to spend the next week snuggling my little munchkin butt as much as she can stand and trying to get into some semblance of a routine to try and make out transition easier. I’d love some tips from any working momma’s out there!

Anywho, as for my meal planning, the PiYo meal plan is fairly straight forward and makes a whole lot of sense to me. Although based on my weight I technically fall into the “Plan A,” because I’m still nursing I get to bump up the the second tier and follow the eating plan for “Plan B” which constitutes 1500-1799 calories a day and is broken down into 5 categories. Thank goodness for that. I am seriously an eating machine. Planning it out really helps to keep in check though. Knowing exactly what I’m going to eat in a day before I eat it is also particularly helpful what with having a baby and all. It means if she’s down for a nap I know precisely what I need to do for my lunch of snack and don’t need to dilly dally thinking about it.  I know that some people find meal planning boring and tedious, but I quite enjoy it. I, personally, have been using a spreadsheet in Google Docs to keep track of everything.  Below is my meal plan for the upcoming week.

  5 Primary Veg  2 Secondary Veg & Grains 2 Fresh Fruit 4 Healthy Fats 5 Lean Protein
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Breakfast Shakeology, skim milk Shakeology, skim milk Shakeology, skim milk chocolate protein,
skim milk,

greek yogurt
2 eggs 2 eggs, 2 chicken sausages
blueberries blueberries banana banana cheddar cheese, avocado cheddar cheese
almond butter almond butter almond butter oatmeal Ezekiel toast (2x) potatoes
spinach spinach peanut butter spinach peppers, onions, spinach
Snack string cheese Ezekiel toast (1x) hard boiled egg (2x) grapes grapes grapes
hard boiled egg, chicken sausage avocado
hard boiled egg
Lunch turkey meatballs chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken
broccoli broccoli broccoli avocado black beans avocado
ww pasta sweet potato sweet potato spinach, peppers, tomatoes romaine, peppers, onions, tomatoes spinach, peppers, tomatoes
Snack chicken peas, carrots hummus hummus chocolate protein,
skim milk
chocolate protein,
skim milk
peas, carrots peas, carrots banana banana
peanut butter peanut butter
spinach spinach
Dinner bbq chicken turkey taco meat chicken asian turkey pepperoni grilled chicken
baked potato romaine, tomatoes, carrots,
peppers, onions, salsa
peppers lettucce, peppers, scallion, snow peas cauliflower, tomatoes grilled peppers and zucchini
cheddar cheese cheddar cheese quinoa edamame, brown rice mozzarella mozzarella
romaine, tomatoes, carrots,
peppers, onions
pesto, mozzarella
Snack banana greek yogurt grapes greek yogurt
peanut butter banana peanut butter
Workout Sweat Hardcore to the Floor Buns Drench Strength Intervals Sweat
TOTALS 5 5 5 5 5 5
  2 2 2 2 2 2
  2 2 2 2 2 2
  4 4 4 4 4 4
  5 5 5 5 5 5

It may seem daunting, but it’s really not. Especially since I eat so many of the same things on different days, I can just copy and paste and calculate.

I plan to go more into detail about PiYo and my experience with it when I finish the program. The week will finish up the first month – I’m down 3 pounds since I started and I definitely notice that I feel stronger doing certain things – particularly triceps push-ups!

That about wraps it up for me tonight, though, with all of the thunder outside it’s about time I shut it down.

Chocolate for Breakfast, Please & Thank You

Well hello there!!

What’s it been? 7 months? Yikes!

The hiatus was definitely necessary. Not because I DON’T enjoy blogging.
But because I DO enjoy being a Mom!!
Time has gone by so, insanely fast it’s hard for me to believe!

mom and em

At 10 months old, my sweet little Emma Bear has finally almost fallen into a routine!


This means a few things:

  1. With naps a part of the every day I have more me time – for things like exercise and blogging;
  2. Without being latched onto me 24/7, I am finally starting to have the time to experiment with new recipes instead of just making the same old all the time;
  3. Sleeping through the night may not be a thing yet, but we’re getting close! A well rested Mom and Baby are a much happier pair!

There are soooooo many different directions I feel like I could take this post. I could talk about the attempted face-lift I’m giving the blog. (It’s still a work in progress – so please forgive the ever changing layouts as of late. I’ll find something I like soon, I’m sure. You’ll also notice a name change! Twenty-Something & Starving has become Mommy Runs for Food! I’ll explain that later, too!) I could discuss with you adventures in breastfeeding and un-planned bed-sharing. I could talk about my latest workout routine, PiYo, and my conversion to being a team beachbody believer. But for today, I think I will stick with the classic quick and easy recipe!

In a perfect world I would eat chocolate every single day without consequence. (The same goes for peanut butter – but I’ll save that for another day.) There may have even been a time not too long ago when I did, in fact, eat chocolate every day. Ooopsies! Now that I’m really back on board the health train, I limit my chocolate intake to a few days a week and mostly have it in the form of protein, Shakeology, and dark chocolate on occasion. So having chocolate for breakfast is kind of my jam!

Now that it’s finally not freezing outside, overnight oats are a staple breakfast for me. At night, once I put Em down to bed, I usually have some decaf tea and get my hubby’s lunch together for the following day. While my water is coming to a boil, it’s soooo easy to just throw some ingredients into a jar and have breakfast ready and waiting for me in the morning. I’ve been experimenting with a few different recipes for overnight oats – but these ones may be my new favorite. Packed with protein and tons of chocolate flavor for a sweet addict like me – waking up has never tasted so good so fast.

Toasted Almond Chocolate Overnight Oats

In a mason jar or container with a lid, mix the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup oats (I used steel cut, but rolled would be great, too!)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Set in the refrigerator and breakfast is waiting for you in the morning!

Serve topped with 1/2 of a sliced banana, a few chocolate chips, and some toasted slivered almonds!


toasted almond chocolate overnight oats