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Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! This week is going by way too fast. 4 days and a (early) wake up until the MARATHON!!!! All this waiting and anticipation and build up is just killing me. Every morning I wake up and just want to go run the marathon without all this hoopla! Oh well, it will come soon enough, let’s just hope I can do it and not let myself and everyone down! Sometimes I wish I just ran my first marathon in secret…

Okay, okay, no more worrying. Time to move on because today is Wednesday and that means another What I Ate Wednesday! If you are new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about and check out the other blogs that are participating!

I love the theme for this month: WIAW goes pink for breast cancer awareness month! Plus, who doesn’t love pink? Sadly my eats are from September so they don’t match the theme too well… I’ll have to find some pink or spooky food for next week!

  
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This week instead of showing you my meals all from one day, I’m going to show you a bunch of new meals I’ve been eating. As I mentioned last week, I’ve been following a nutrition plan that Annette set up for me. So far it’s been going well, but I have to say I completely fell off the bandwagon over the weekend. I had a really hard time keeping up with it with things like book club, getting foods from Whole Foods, and my long run thrown in there. Back on track this week, but I did have a rough weekend with it.

I have, however, been enjoying a lot of these meals. Most are WAY more food that I’m used to eating for breakfast or lunch, but that’s the point. I used to eat most of my calories at night, I’d eat less earlier in the day to “save” calories. No wonder I ate so much at night!

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Let’s start with some breakfasts. Of course she included some of my delicious Apple Pie Oats, but told me to up the 1/3 cup oats to 1/2 cup oats and to be sure I include Almond Butter (like I would ever skimp on nut butter…).

Another breakfast was a berry/spinach protein smoothie with 2 pieces of Udi’s bread and 2 T of nut butter. It seemed so decadent to use so much nut butter, I used a packet of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter! Delicious.



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One of my favorite breakfasts was an omelet! I never make myself omelets so this was fun! It was supposed to have eggplant, but the one I got had gone bad so I included carrots. It also had 3 eggs, spinach and feta cheese. I had it with some salsa and an orange on the side.

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It was so good. Like so good.

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Another part of my plan is to have 3 snacks, one mid-morning, one in the afternoon and one at night. One of my favorites was a banana/spinach smoothie, with some PB2 sauce! I added extra ice to amp up the volume.

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Other snacks included a Kind bar and 1oz cheese, popcorn and a handful of almonds, protein muffins with nut butter, protein ice cream and toast, Kind bar and carrots, toast with hardboiled egg and tomato slices… the list goes on and on!

One of my favorite lunches has been bean soup! This time I had it with a piece of bread with cheese and tomato. I found this black bean soup by Annie’s and it is AMAZING. Seriously, go buy it.

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I also had a grilled cheese sandwich that was to die for. I cannot remember the last time I had a grilled cheese sandwich! I highly recommend making one for yourself asap.

This lunch below was a turkey sandwich with an apple and a hardboiled egg with salt. Classic and delicious.

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Dinners have also been pretty good, one of my favorites being chicken and veggie pizza on a rice tortilla (with a side salad). Similar to what I’ve done before, but with the chicken added for more protein and more cheese!

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Last night dinner was chicken fajitas! I had some leftover green and red pepper so it turned out perfectly. This is one of those meals I’d never think to make for myself, but I’m so glad I did, it tasted good and it was fun! (and took about 10 minutes to make since I’d bought pre-roasted chicken from Trader Joes…)

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Another delicious one was a bean burrito! It included plenty of beans, cheese and salsa and I wrapped it in a rice tortilla, and then wrapped that in foil to keep it together while I ate. That one also had a side salads. These side salads are great ways to get in your extra veggies!

I usually end up having protein ice cream for dessert.

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It’s usually listed somewhere as a snack for the day but it’s hard to make in the middle of the day and definitely not transportable, so I often switch it with whatever the evening snack was. The key, as Annette told me, is to just make sure I have some carbs before bed to help fuel my morning run/workout!

This plan definitely has a huge increase in my carbs! I used to only get carbs from sweet potatoes, or whenever I’d have oats for breakfast. Now I have them in every meal and many snacks, and I don’t think I’ve ever gone through loaves of bread so quickly!

And as I said on my last WIAW post, this nutrition plan is geared towards me, my lifestyle, my dietary restrictions, and my marathon training! If you want a personalized plan, be sure to consult a nutritionist, or Annette!

 

What is your favorite sandwich to make?

Do you eat a lot of carbs?



 

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