Trying New Things

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I decided to try something new today!

Instead of eating all of my breakfast in one sitting, and all of my lunch in one sitting, I spaced everything out throughout the day:

  • 8am: 1/2 a cantaloupe
  • 10am: Mango Chobani Greek Yogurt (pretend that’s Chobani in the pic)
  • Noon: mixed greens salad
  • 2pm: string cheese
  • 3:30pm: Pink Lady apple

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I LOVED this schedule. It felt like every time I looked at the clock, it was time to eat – my dream come true! :D

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Honestly, I tried this out because lately I’ve been snacking more while preparing dinner, and I thought keeping a sustained blood sugar level throughout the day would help. It really did. I never got to the point of being too hungry and, as an added perk, it actually made the day go by faster because I had something to look forward to!

Do you prefer to spread your meals/snacks out throughout the day, or do you like to sit down to three square meals a day?

After work, with just the right amount of food in my belly, I hit the trail for a 4 mile run amongst the beautiful crabapple trees that are blooming all over the city. The sweet & flowery fragrance is all I smell when I step outside!

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I hauled on the first half, as I didn’t want to get passed by the older gentleman nipping at my heels, and brought it in easy on the second. I couldn’t be less competitive when it comes to organized sports (except flippy cup, obvi) but I HATE getting passed when I’m running!

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I zipped through this calisthenics routine x3 when I got home:

  • 15 jumping jacks
  • 15 push ups
  • 15 dips (I use the edge of a stair or the fireplace)
  • 25 squats
  • 25 sit ups

Fabu!

BTW – even though I just got back into yoga recently, I can already tell how it’s positively affecting my other fitness endeavors. For example, I remembered what my core yoga teacher said about engaging your entire body when in the plank pose, which translates to squeeze your buns, thighs and abs when doing pushups. Try doing a pushup when you’re not squeezing your muscles tight. Now try it with them tightened.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

It’s SO much easier, right?! :D

At any rate, in the spirit of trying new things, I tried something new from Trader Joe’s tonight and it was…not good. It was not good at all! Curry Chicken Jerky Tenders.

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I was SO jazzed when I spied these at TJ’s last weekend.

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I adore curry, and have really liked all the Trader Joe’s Indian-flavored dishes I’ve tried so far, but the day after I bought these babies I read some pretty terrible reviews online. Inedible! Little salt licks! What was TJ’s thinking?! They all seemed to say.

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Indeed, when I inspected the nutrition label a bit further, I found that 4 measly oz of chicken took up 35% of my DV of sodium. Eeeeek. 8O

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The good thing was the package came FULL of chicken tenders. I counted 14 in all. Definitely enough to feed a family of 4.

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The bad thing was that the reviews were true.

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These were terrible. Insanely salty!

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I thought maybe a bath in some vegetable broth and water might help.

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Maybe it’ll wash off some of the salt! I thought to myself.

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Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

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In addition to being extremely salty, the flavor was just not that great either! I had two bites and flicked the tenders off the mountain of goodness underneath.

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Freshly steamed broccoli,

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and brown basmati rice.

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Trader Joe’s redeemed themselves slightly with this one!

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Long, tender, delicate – and brown! I’ve never seen brown basmati before!

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Plus it came in a resalable package which I totally appreciate. All my rice bags are either precariously shut with an old twist tie, or spun shut then stored upside down so the top doesn’t come undone.

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You know what I mean. ;)

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Ok, it’s time for the grade:

Chicken Curry Tenders: 0. Inedible. I don’t know how TJ’s let this one slip!

Brown Basmati Rice: 10! Unique and delicious. Plus it comes in a super convenient package – whee!

And with that, I’m off to drink copious amounts of water. Just a few bites of that chicken has already given me a bit of a headache. Gross!

I’ll also need to dig around the kitchen to find something to fill me up..like maybe some of these babies…

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That is not an illusion – Ben and I have eaten nearly 3/4 of our container of Animal Crackers in less than a week. They are A-mazing!

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Sweet, but not too sweet. Although filled with many unidentifiable animals. What…is…this?!

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Goodnight!

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What’s the last new thing you tried?

The last new thing I tried was Noosa Yoghurt. I’m so glad I did too, because it tastes like cheesecake without all the fat & calories – FTW!

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