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L-A-Z-Y!

I ain’t got no alibi, I’m lazy, yeah, yeah, I’m lazy!

This would be the cheer to promote how my last few days have gone.  I last worked out (before today) last Wednesday.  Between the sick kiddo and then, a couple days later, sick husband, add in a church function I was organizing and normal day-to-day stuff and I was spread a little thin.  I am sure if I had really tried I could have found an hour each day to workout, but I just didn’t.  And I’m struggling with my plan to pack my lunch & snacks the night before so that I don’t graze when I’m home.  I’m supposed to weigh in tomorrow and I can guarantee you I have gained weight this week. Probably also some uh…. “natural bloating” going on, too.

This morning, I read an inspirational post by one of the bloggers I follow and while I realize she is waaay younger than I without the responsibilities of a kid, husband, house, and full-time job, I was inspired to kick my bootay into gear today. Basically, she is giving herself 10 weeks (I think that’s when her summer vacation is over) to finish her weight loss transformation. I have 8 weeks until I will see all of my co-workers again and I know I won’t be done with my journey, but  I would love (vain as it is) to hear from them how good I look.

I can do this!  I need to start my weekly reflections on my goals again.  NO matter how boring I think it sounds to the handful of you that read my blog.  I started this for accountability, so I must do that again.  Let me just start with today, and then next week I’ll give you the run down of the week as a whole.

Since the hubby was down & out yesterday, today we had planned to celebrate Father’s Day.  But hubby decided to go to the doctor this morning instead.  I still made us a “special” Father’s Day breakfast.  We had cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs and watermelon… yumm-o!  I’m so glad I decided to make the scrambled eggs because in the past I would have eaten 2 cinnamon rolls, but the eggs really helped to fill me up, so while I wanted a second roll, I knew I wasn’t really hungry for it and didn’t indulge.

After hubby ate & took his good ol’ drugs from the doc (dx: bronchitis, poor guy) he zonked out.  So in a way it was his Father’s Day – an almost whole day to himself while the little guy & I went out running around.  We went and picked up my new running shoes!  These wide-width shoes are the same as what I had before, but fit sooo much better.  And I picked up some fancy (read: expensive) moisture wicking socks by Balega so that I don’t end up with blisters.

After the shoe store, we went out for lunch at Jason’s Deli. If you have kids & you have never been to Jason’s Deli, you need to go!  They have a lot of healthy options, an awesome salad bar and most of the produce appears to be organic.  I’m really not one of those crunchy mommas, but I’ve breastfed, done tried the cloth diaper thing and made my own babyfood.  I just like to know what I’m giving my kid is quality food, especially knowing that I have made some unhealthy choices that resulted in my current predicament. Anyway, back to the deli – so not only did my lil guy get a wholesome turkey & cheese “hamwich” (as he says) with organic carrots and organic apple juice, but after we ordered and I was looking around, I discovered that kids meals are only $.99 on Mondays during the summer – bonus!  I had a delicious Mediterranean wrap with olives, hummus, turkey, tomatoes and fresh fruit on the side (about 350 calories total)… soooo good!  (And friends that follow a gluten free lifestyle, they have a gluten free menu!)

The lil’ guy zonked out on the way home and if I hadn’t been driving, I would have taken his picture – so angelic. While he finished his nap at home, I got my new shoes on and headed to the gym. Nerves struck again, as I decided I was going to tackle the Couch to 5K plan again.  By the time my warm-up was complete my heart was hammering just because I was nervous about running!  I was really cautious not to push myself too much.  And it still wasn’t as easy as I thought it might be.  The plan calls for 1 minute of jogging with 90 seconds of walking, but I did more like 30 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking.  And I even walked right on through some of the jogging intervals. The next time I run I’ll try to make it 30 seconds for all intervals and then hopefully the third day I’ll be able to run closer to a minute.  But, I don’t want to push it.  My knee is a little achy this evening, so I hope it feels better tomorrow!

As I left the gym, I snapped a picture of the quote I posted earlier today. “Be better today than you were yesterday. Do better tomorrow than you did today.”  I was better today than yesterday and I know I can do better tomorrow than today. I have 8 weeks to do better than I have been and to make each day better than the one before.

Now I can’t say dinner was better… we had McDonald’s… however, in the past I would have chosen a quarter-pounder, but tonight I chose a grilled chicken sandwich. But I still ate fries – and it all fit within my calorie allotment for the day. Tomorrow I will do better than I did today!

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Gluten-free Granola Bars

I have been wanting to make my own granola bars for awhile: they look like a simple thing to do, I would know what was in them and I knew I’d be able to make way more than 6 for $3, which is what I end up spending on some of my favorites. So I scoured Pinterest for something yummy and healthy. The result was a gluten-free recipe with lots of nuts and dried fruits. I just made the recipe for the first time and I can’t wait for them to cool enough to eat! Trust me, I already licked the spoons! That little preview was amazing!

I pinned the recipe on my pinterest profile. Or you can find the original recipe published here. Here’s how I made mine:

Gluten-free Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten free)
1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup milled flax seed
1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup raisins (or any combo of dried fruit to make 1 cup)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (not that fake stuff that’s actually dressed up corn syrup)
4 tablespoons butter (I used Earth Balance soy free butter)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Mix together all dry ingredients (oats, seeds & nuts) on the baking sheet. Place the pan in the oven and toast the dry ingredients for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent them from burning. As soon as the ingredients are toasted, remove the pan from the oven.

While the dry ingredients are toasting, line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Next, place a small saucepan over medium-high heat and add in the brown sugar, honey, butter, cinnamon and salt. Bring the mixture to a strong boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Place the toasted ingredients in a large bowl, and stir in the dried fruit. Pour the honey-sugar mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until all the ingredients are moist and well combined.

Using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, scrape the mixture into the prepared baking pan, pressing down to evenly spread out the mixture. At this point I was ready to ditch the bars, grab a spoon and go to town! Set the baking sheet aside and let the bars cool for 2-3 hours until they are hardened.

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Once the bars are hard, remove them from the baking pan and turn the granola out onto a cutting board. Remove the parchment paper. Cut the granola into bars by pressing straight down with a long knife (don’t saw or they will crumble) – I cut mine into 24. The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature individually wrapped in plastic wrap for up to a week or in individual snack baggies.

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So I tried one… YUMMMMMMOOOO! And I’m looking forward to trying some variations, I’m thinking one with chocolate chips, one with peanut butter & banana chips, one with more almonds… Oooh the possibilities! What would you put in a granola bar?

Nutrition info per bar:
165 calories, 5.1 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 26 g carbs, 4.8 g protein

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