I woke up yesterday morning to the sound of rain drops outside my bedroom window.  I love having my window open pretty much all the time in the spring and summer.  I have a down comforter on my bed and it’s super chilly in the room, but I am toasty poasty.  I gave into the fact that it’s raining and I probably wouldn’t be able to get my pre-work walk in.  But then I moved the curtains, saw it was just sprinkling and I told myself “you aren’t going to melt.”  I literally said those words out loud as self-motivation to get up, and do what I knew I needed to do.  It was actually 55 degrees and I was actually pretty sweaty with my rain coat on by the time I got back.  Just a quick 25 minutes, but it really helps add steps to my day.  It’s just a subtle reminder that every day I have a choice to make me healthier or not.  It’s kind of as simple as that.

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When I got back home I showered, put my makeup on and was out of the house in 20 minutes since my gym back and food was already packed for the day.  Since I’ve started the 30 day protein challenge, I was trying to think of different things to eat for breakfast.  When I was at the store I saw that small boneless pork chops were on sale for $1.39 a pound so I picked up a package.  Each one raw is about 4 ounces.  I cooked it about 3/4 of the way through at home, put it in a container, let it cool, then stuck it in my bag o food.  Once at work, a quick minute in the microwave was all it needed.  On the side I had an egg white and spinach omelet with Cabot cheese pepper jack cheese melted on top (that I heated up in the toaster oven) and some fruit.  Super filling and delish – this plate came in at 496 calories, 28 fat, 19 carbs, 2 fiber and 39 grams of protein.

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I had to run an errand for work at lunch and decided to walk my old stomping grounds near my old office – they have sidewalks throughout the whole office complex which is nice to walk on and not have to worry about traffic.  Just left my work clothes on and slipped on my gym shoes and got another 35 minute walk in at lunch.  By lunch time the rain had gone away and it was a gorgeous 65 degrees – and just a tad windy!  I was listening to my iTunes station “pop workout” and one of my favorite songs came on – actually Hannah and I both love not only the song but the music video too

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When I got back to the office, I heated up my shrimp stir fry with frozen veggies and rice.  I only bought the frozen veggies because I had a coupon for a free bag, but half of the veggies tasted like ass – the sugar snap peas were tasteless, and I should know better to just chop up my own veggies, but I am frugal and was thinking “free food!”  Of course, my friend sriracha was invited to lunch too – duh.

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By the time I left for the gym after work, I already had close to 13,000 steps!  I had strength on the menu, and have now moved up to 15 pound dumbbells for 5 sets of 10 reps each on the incline press – ballers.  I’ll be a swimsuit model before I know it!  Ha.  After strength, then 10 minutes of abs on the ball, I finished with a 2.5 mile walk at 5% incline.  My bangs have been driving me crazy lately getting in my face, so I bought this headband and I love it – it’s just a cheap one from Wal-mart, but I like that it stayed in place throughout the whole workout.

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My workout was a bit longer yesterday so I didn’t get home until close to 7, but dinner was quick and easy.  I made a quick mac n cheese with unsweetened almond milk and cheddar cheese, and added chopped Italian sausage and baby spinach.  Hannah was my sous chef and made chopped salads on the side for us.  Dinner comes in at 625 calories, 35 fat, 45 carbs, 4 fiber and 31 protein.  I was really hungry!

And check out my steps!  Now that I know it’s possible to get 20,000 steps in a normal course of a work day, I kind of want to do it every day if I can.  Still have 6 days until my final DietBet WI – not sure if I’ll join another, or just keep on doing what I am doing.  I did see that there are DietBet’s that are longer term, where the pot is bigger but you have like six months to lose 10% of your body weight.  I guess I’ll just wait and see!

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Alright, off to get those steps in – make it a great day!