Today I babysat 3 of my friend's children for a few hours so she could get some uninterrupted painting done at their new house. They were coming over soon after breakfast so I knew I need to make time for exercise before they came, in case I was too tired that afternoon after watching 5 kids! I squeezed some Tone It Up in right before they came. Then with the exercise accomplished, we had a really fun day. It ended up being far easier watching 5 kids than I expected (it helps when they aren't toddlers and babies anymore ;) ). We ended the afternoon playing in the sprinkler before they went home. Five kids shrieking as they ran through the water. Summertime memories in the making. :) Here is what I ate today:
For breakfast, I knew I needed some protein after exercising and I needed a quick breakfast before the kids came over. I decided to reheat a Gluten Free Flaxseed Waffle that I had made the day before. (Here is the link for the recipe: Gluten Free and Dairy Free Flaxseed Waffles.) And instead of topping it only with maple syrup, I spread it with natural peanut butter then drizzled a little maple syrup over top. I don't know why I never thought about trying that before. It was delicious!
After making lunch for all the kids, I reheated some vegetables from the previous evening's dinner. I had green and yellow beans with carrots with a side of baked yam, smashed and topped with a little butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Then to round out my meal with some good fats and protein (and the all important food group- chocolate!), I had a Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan KIND bar. My husband and I both really like KIND bars. They are a satisfying and healthy snack or addition to an on-the-go meal.
After my friend's kids went home, I took some time to sit down and relax with popcorn that I popped on my stovetop and with a cold glass of iced tea mixed with lemonade. Then I sat outside and read. I read far longer than I meant to. It's just so hard to put down a good book! Currently I am reading Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)'s latest book, "The Silkworm". I am really enjoying the book so far. Rowling/Galbraith is such a talented writer. She is someone I respect so much and admire. I wish I could be a fraction of the writer that she is. Her books are so engaging and they draw you into the world she created in the books. Her latest book is no different. It is captivating and intriguing. I'm enjoying trying to figure out the mystery before Cormoran Strike does. Have you read the books in her Cormoran Strike series?
By 4:30 my kids were exhausted from the busy day and asking about dinner so I sadly had to set my book aside and start making dinner. Tonight I made tacos with natural oven baked fries and broccoli. It was worth setting my book down for. ;) For the tacos, I mix up my own seasoning of spices. You can find that recipe here: Taco Seasoning.
Before bed I was hungry and craving something sweet. I decided on a bowl of cherries. They were so sweet and juicy. The perfect bedtime snack- sweet, tasty and not heavy in my stomach. Plus, did you know that cherries have melatonin in them? Melatonin occurs naturally in our bodies and aids in regulating our sleep. This naturally occurring melatonin in cherries makes them an even more perfect snack before bedtime.
How I exercised today:
I decided to pick 2 Tone It Up videos that would target different areas of my body. The first one was the BIKINI SERIES ☀ Inner & Outer Thighs Routine! This 13:22 minute routine works the thighs in so many ways. It is a great workout. Here is the link: http://youtu.be/TaW3Pl2LCc4
Then I did the 12:47 minute Bikini Abs Routine! BIKINI SERIES ☀. My abs really felt worked by this video. You can find that video here: http://youtu.be/h9wbX1vKKck
Both of these videos were really good at targeting the specific area they are intended for. I plan to repeat these routine many times in the future.