Nixing Nighttime Snacking

Hey there bloggy friends! Happy hump day :D

I’m glad I’m not the only weirdo one who has had an emotional attachment with an inanimate object. Ya’ll feel me on having to “break up” with gyms, jobs, employees, etc. Le sigh.

Today is the first day of Lent, which is the period of “fasting” before Easter representing Jesus’ 40 day fast in the desert. Christians/Catholics who participate in Lent traditionally give up something during these 40 days as a symbol of this fast. I’m a Christian (not Catholic) but I feel like I’ve been putting my faith on the back burner a bit, and hopefully practicing this will help me put my faith higher on the priority list. Yikes…that’s the most I’ve talked about religion on the blog!

For Lent, I’m going to give of nighttime snacking. For me, nighttime snacking usually takes place about 1.5-2 hours after dinner, and is usually in the form of huge bowls of popcorn with carob chips or huge bowls of cereal and granola with coconut milk. And refills of whatever it is I’m snacking on.

 

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Dessert isn’t off limits – as long as it’s not mindless snacking and will make me feel kinda crappy afterward. AKA a piece of dark chocolate after dinner is A-OK:)

Did anyone else have an insanely busy day today? It was one of those days where I felt like I was unwillingly an energizer bunny. It was literally go, go, go from the ungodly hour of my waking. Care to hear about it? I thought so ;)

My alarm started yelling at me at 4:50, and about 5 minutes later, I stumbled out of bed and shoved a half of banana and Barney Butter for sustenance for my run ad weights sesh that was about to occur. That’s one thing about working out before work that’s a little difficult. It’s hard for me to eat SO early, but if I don’t, I fatigue fast. And the amount of time between waking and getting to the gym is only about 20 minutes, so there’s not much digestion time. But I work with what I’ve got, and it’s a heck of a lot better than working out after work :D

On my training plan was a simple 3 mile run, and then some leg work. I felt great during the run. I wasn’t sure because I had such a kick-butt interval run the day before, but the leggies felt as fresh as ever! But that only lasted until I dominated them with deep squats, bowler’s lunges, plie squats, calf raises, and stability ball roll outs. Ohhh yeah ;)

When I first started running a lot last year, I noticed my “bubble but” was quickly turning into a “flat butt.” I was already a couple months into running when I kicked up my lower body strength training to fight the flatness. This race season I’m kicking it into high gear! I looove running, but I don’t want it to take my booty away :D But I digress…

An hour and a half later, and a quickie shower, I made a mean bowl of yoatgurt:

 

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Oh so nasty-looking, but oh-so tasty. On the left side of the almond butter wall was the oat mixture: 1/2 c. of oats, 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. coffee, 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1/2 a banana, 1/2 packet of stevia. Talk about halfsies!! On the other side of the almond butter wall was homemade strained Greek yougurt with stevia and cinnamon. Swirly swirly and ya got yourself an amazing breakfast!

Got to work and realized I had forgotten about my 8:00 meeting with my boss! I only had about 15 minutes, and had just enough time to get the papers and reports I needed for the meeting together. Gah. First-thing-in-the-morning-meetings are scary. Good thing I was on time at least- and prepared in time :)

Work, work, work, and then it was lunchtime. Lunch was spent taking my friend Missy to pick up her pup, Arizona from the groomers. AZ looked SO cute! Missy’s car was at the shop, so I was happy to do her a favor and give me a ride. Bonus: she made me the Almond Butter cookies that’s recipe is in this month’s Clean Eating:

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Wait a second…there were four in there earlier today ;-)

Had some left over this for lunch when I got back to the office:

 

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Half a baked potato with black beans which were marinated in tamari, rice vinegar, and maple syrup. NOM!

Work, work, meeting, work, meeting, and I was finally outta there (NOT on time…) and on my way home. Note: how freakin’ AWESOME is it that it’s still light out at 6:00?! I’m loving it. Took advantage of the lightness, and walked the pup up and down the street before coming home to make a delicious pizza and soup dinner:

 

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Artichoke and roasted red pepper hummus pizza on an Ezekiel tortilla. Bliss in my mouth.

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Soup – of the TJ’s Organic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato variety.

Shane and I are on the 5th episode of 24 now, and we’re so addicted! I’m gonna get a little laundry done and then probably go watch yet another epi :D

Hope you all have
a great rest of your Wednesday and a fabulous Thursday!

Are you participating in Lent? If so, how are you participating?

Whatcha lookin’ forward to tomorrow? I’m looking forward to yoga!! It was such an awesome session last week and I can’t wait to go again :D Oh! I know something YOU can look forward to tomorrow…I’ll be having a GIVEAWAY!! I’ll try to have the giveaway post up tomorrow after breakfast, but if not, then tomorrow night fo sho :)

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Comments

  1. Oh, that pizza! The combination of veggies and hummus sounds delicious and the pictures are making me drool.
    I can totally relate to the unwilling Energizer Bunny status… I love getting a lot accomplished, but those days take endurance!
    Tomorrow, we have a show with a guy from Phish that sold out like 2 minutes after going on sale. And though it’s one guy, he has a crew of 30+ people. Work is gonna be crawling with hippies and groovy kids. Should be interesting!

  2. Best of luck on nixing nighttime snacking. That’s actually related to my Lenten observation, which is to avoid eating mindlessly – which either occurs at night or sometimes in the mornings for me.

  3. WOW that pizza looks great!
    good luck w. lent girl!
    i am adding stuff-like extra praying and bible reading :)

  4. Hey,
    I am very interested in doing the yoga at the workout company but I don’t know what time it is… Can you let me know??
    Thanks!! :)

  5. cant wait for the giveaway!
    lent. nothing formal.
    this: Artichoke and roasted red pepper hummus pizza on an Ezekiel tortilla. Bliss in my mouth.’
    oh hell yeah girl, I bet!

    enjoy yoga!!!!!!!

  6. Our church doesn’t really focus on giving things up for Lent, so I tend not to either. I still try to remember to put effort into building my faith and remembering all the sacrifices Jesus made for us. Just nothing formally given up ;)

    Looking forward to the giveaway!

  7. I’m going to try to extend that no-complaining-February idea you had through lent, but night time snacking or random eating are good ones too.
    If you like to run but want to keep that booty, just keep hills to a minimum.

  8. those artichokes look delish! I’ve never tried putting them on a pizza before, good idea!

    You are a brave soul giving up nighttime snacking. I could’t do it! That’s when i eat all my goodies for the day like huge scoops of ice cream and chocolate! my fav food groups :)

  9. I am not Catholic but I think Lent is fun because it challenges you to improve yourself. I am choosing to improve myself by NOT cursing as much! I have a piggy bank and everytime I drop a ‘bomb’ I have to pay it a quarter. At the end of 6 weeks I am hoping there is less than $2 in there!!!

  10. OK, I could not give up nighttime snacking! Not only would I not fit the “snackface” rep, but I’d be hungry. My appetite is seriously ON at night. I give you mayj props for giving this up a go!

    I also adore the fight the flat thang. I’ve been trying to up my squats and lunges, too! Does this mean you’ll be posting pics of your bootay anytime soon? Kidding!

    Is tomorrow Thursday (today) or Friday? Welp, Thursday I’m stoked to turn in two big projects and finally sleeeep! Then Friday I’m pumped to see Shutter Island!

  11. I have no boo-tay to speak of so I definitely do plenty of lunges and even old school donkey kicks!

  12. YUMILICIOUS everything looks fantastttttic!!

    Girl runnign will NOT take your bootayyy away, if anything it will help keep it nice and perky :) just sayin’

    the giveaway sounds aweeesome!

  13. I am participating in Lent – the Mister and I are actually giving up something pretty major – it’ll be a challenge, for sure! I just posted about it yesterday – you should check it out!

    Best of luck with your commitment – you’ll do great!

  14. I love your nighttime snacking Lent commitment! I never can think of something good to give up. Maybe I will join you on this one, although it sounds tough!

  15. I always forget to make pizzas with my tortillas! Yours looks so good! And hummus on it….brilliant.
    I was raised Catholic but I converted to Judaism right before I got married 7 years ago so no Lent for me. :)

  16. I’m so behind on my google reader and am just now catching up on your blog. I had to comment that those almond butter cookies from CE look sooo good! I think I’m going to have to make them next weekend :)

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