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The Morning Off.

Good Morning? How is everyone’s Thursday?

Mine has been wonderful so far because my second class was cancelled which means I am already home and done with campus for the day. Lucky me…..sort of. I have tons of school work to do today including a paper for an English class and reading (almost an entire book). The first few weeks of school seem so sluggish and hard. I haven’t felt productive yet. I guess that’s the senior in me.

First Breakfast/Snack

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lara Bar on the way to school. Really good flavor.


Second Breakfast- 2 scrambled egg whites with Cabot 75% reduced fat cheese. DELISH. I love Cabot because they provide the 1 ounce serving size measurements on the package. I’m always guaranteed to eat one serving without having to guesstimate! Very helpful, Cabot.

I also had a Tam-X-Ico’s  Lo-Carb tortilla…only 5 grams of net carbs. And tasty, too.

This is how I typically eat…a plate among stacks of books.

That’s just how students roll.


Plans for the day:

Nap, Homework, Meeting, Gym (cardio day), More Homework, Dinner….maybe a movie with Rachel??

Exercise Mantra of the day:

True, so true! Especially for turtle runners.

Do something active for yourself today. Positivity is contagious!


Filed under breakfast

Cheesy Shrimp and Quinoa

I was not a morning person today.

I had an 8 AM and I was planning on getting up early to go to the gym before class……


With only 2 classes on Tuesday I decided to work out in the afternoon. I had plenty of time to get in an upper body workout and half a spin class. My legs still feel like Jell-O.

I am calling this workout “The Bench and Bar Workout” because I only used one bar and one bench the whole time. I didn’t have to run around trying to find dumbbells or go into the other room to find a machine. Simple, yet effective.

I used a 35 lb. bar and the bench to do 3 sets of 12 reps on each move:

  • Chest Press
  • Tricep Dip (bodyweight)
  • Bicep Curl
  • Wide Grip Bent Over Row
  • Under-hand Bent Over Row
  • Shoulder Press

Beside the Bench, I also did a few planks and crunches.


Dinner tonight was amazing! Last week, I found this recipe from Little Yellow Kitchen for a remake on shrimp and grits! The recipe replaces grits with quinoa making the health factor a lot higher.


The quinoa was creamy, garlicky and cheesy and provided a lovely little bed for the sautéed kale and shrimp. This will certainly be made again.

Cheesy Shrimp and Quinoa

  • 1 lb. shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. powdered garlic
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 small bunch of kale, chopped
  • 2 cups of water or broth
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup quinoa

Bring water and quinoa up to a boil. Lower the heat, simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Stir in cheese and milk. Add in powdered garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

In a pan, add the olive oil. Sautee the shrimp for until pink (3-4 min). Add in the minced garlic, green onions and lemon juice. Sautee another 2 or 3 minutes. Set shrimp aside on a plate.

In the same pan, add the chopped kale. Sautee until slightly tender.

Serve the kale and shrimp over the quinoa.


Filed under dinner, workout