Hi guys! And all of a sudden the week was halfway through. Thank goodness. If I wasn’t already excited and ready to head out of town across the country, the rain and dreary weather we’re getting right now in San Francisco would surely push me over the edge. Yesterday, the darkness and wind set in around 3 p.m. Not pretty, my friends.
So before we get started, I want to direct you to a guest post I did yesterday on My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries. The writer of that blog, another Ashley, was so kind to let me introduce myself to her readers and talk about something I know so well — fitness. Check out the post here: “Top five ways to stay active during the holiday season.” Many thanks going out to Ashley for letting me share my thoughts with her audience. If you’re not a blogger, you may be wondering why someone would do a guest post. Well, guest posts are a great way to connect with new readers and share your two cents in a new venue, while also helping out the host blogger if he/she is on a vacation, is busy or wants some fresh content from a different perspective and voice. Just another fun thing about the healthy-living blogging community, I’d say. And you know, we haven’t had any guest posts around here on A Lady Goes West yet (other than that one time my Mom wrote a post), but maybe we will one day.
“What I Ate Wednesday” and enjoying all the healthy stuff this week
Well, it’s about that time we look at pictures of food for “What I Ate Wednesday.” This is a chance for me to show you what a typical day of eating really looks like in my world. No two days are exactly the same, but many of my weekday meals are very similar. I tend to stick to a few staple food items, then rotate in and out as I find something new to love. And just so my slightly repetitive eating doesn’t get boring for you, I always throw in some commentary, related or unrelated to the food at hand. Today, I’m sharing all of my eats from yesterday, which was a pretty normal day.
I’m definitely enjoying my regular healthy meals this week, because I know next week will be a little bit up-in-the-air with the holidays. While I usually stick to a pretty clean breakfast, lunch and snacks while away, I like to enjoy all the good stuff at dinner, including dessert and wine every night. But for the next couple of days, it’s all business over here. Let’s get to it …
Pre-workout snack at 5:30 a.m.
Just a little tasty and protein-filled sustenance before I left in the wee dark hours to teach a BODYPUMP class.
Okay, true story: I hadn’t slept great on Monday night. I woke up super early, well before my alarm and just laid there. Because I couldn’t fall asleep, I finally got up and worked quietly on the computer for about an hour before I left to teach. Does that ever happen to you when you wake up and start thinking and then you can’t fall back asleep? I just couldn’t shut my mind off. I’m a pretty good sleeper most of the time, so let’s hope this is just a rare occurrence.
Breakfast at 8 a.m.
A staple breakfast for me including hot green tea and vanilla protein overnight oats topped with a banana.
Is it sad that I not only continue to eat the same foods and share them with you, but I also continue to use the same bowls and backgrounds? That’s a major blogging no-no right there. But I have to tell you, I keep it real around here. Because I live in a little city apartment with tiny cupboards, we only have room for one set of dinnerware and we only have one natural-lit spot to take photos, that’s all you get to see. But I swear I always take all new photos each week. Speaking of dinnerware, Dave and I got this set of black and dark red plates, bowls and mugs for our wedding more than two years ago, and it’s all holding up pretty well.
Lunch at 12:45 p.m.
Hey is that a new plate? Nope. Seriously though, not a day goes by that I don’t eat a sweet potato. Last week, there was one day in which I had two. It may be overkill. Because of my addiction to sweet potatoes, oats, bananas and some form of pasta regularly, I tend to have a pretty high carbohydrate consumption on a daily basis. No big deal though. I stopped tracking my food some time ago. All I know is that I like to eat carbs, and at least I’m choosing the healthy and complex kinds over the ones with empty calories.
Mid-afternoon snack at 4:30 p.m.
Some warm green tea and a Pumpkin Pie LARABAR, which tastes like dessert.
I arrived home at about 4:15 p.m. yesterday, freezing cold and damp on the bottom from the rainy streets. The first thing I needed was a hot mug of tea. And these little Pumpkin Pie Larabars? Totally new to me and totally delicious. I wish they were bigger though, because those little puppies are gone in about two bites.
Dinner at 8 p.m.
Dave was gone last night at a work function, so I ate this lovely meal at the computer, browsing the web. It was warm and filling and just what I needed on a cold and rainy night. And of course un-pictured, dinner was followed by my usual chugging of almond milk from the carton.
That’s everything I ate yesterday, outside of some vitamins and some water. I’m sticking to these healthy foods and getting in some extra hydration this week, because I’ve got a whole lot of indulgent eats in my future starting Saturday night when Dave and I arrive at my parent’s house in Florida. I can’t wait!
Go off and have a fabulous Wednesday! It’s my favorite night of the week in group fitness, and tonight I’m teaching my last double-header of BODYATTACK and BODYPUMP of 2014. I hope to see you back here tomorrow for something completely random. Bye, friends!
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More pictures of food
If you want to see more of these “What I Ate Wednesday” posts, here’s a look at some previous eating recaps:
- A full day of eating in pictures
- Another full day of my eats and drinks
- Real food isn’t always pretty
- Do you have a balanced dining out strategy?
- What I ate and drank all day
- Three meals, two snacks and a shake
- Food trucks and rest-day eating
- Plenty of protein at every meal
- Colorful fuel for a day of training
- Long days of training require a lot of food
- Making do on “What I Ate Wednesday”
- Healthy foods for a rest day
- Who doesn’t like pictures of food?
- A look at a full day of eating in pictures
- Snapshots from a day of delicious meals
- Pictures of food, because you like them
- Food pictures and the juice cleanse that wasn’t
- A look at what I really eat in a day
- What I ate in the Sunshine State
- My weekend eats and a little narrative
- Stories about food and yesterday’s meals
- A day of eating and some commentary
- Do you want to know what I ate yesterday?
- Healthy challenges and foods from my day
- Eating, napping and eating again
Questions of the day
Have you tried any new foods lately? How’s your week going? What’s the weather like where you live?