Motivation Monday

Running behind today, so this is short and to the point, mainly for my own accountability, but I’m also including a yummy recipe below my weekly stats!

 Monday 8/8: Lunch plans today, so I went downstairs after work and ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes (5.8-6.0 mph). Better than nothing I guess!

Tuesday 8/9: 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph) and a 45 minute “Tight N’ Tone” class (LOTS of squats and lunges, plus some biceps, triceps and core exercises)

Wednesday 8/10: Walked outside along the river for an hour because I was so sore from yesterday’s shenanigans

Thursday 8/11: 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by a 45 minute “Total Body Training” class (full body strength training in a circuit setting)

Friday 8/12: 1 hour walk downtown

Saturday 8/13: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class (endurance day…aye, aye, aye)

Sunday 8/14: Was going to let this be an “off day” but then decided to take a 35 minute walk around the neighborhood that evening while Matt was putting Asher Wade down, which allowed me to witness a beautiful sunset and a beautiful night sky…

Also wanted to post a recipe for my new obsession…protein waffles! I recently bought a fancy new Belgian waffle make.  Like, one of those that you see at the breakfast buffets in hotels.  I’ve been using a cheap one I bought from Walmart, but really wanted to step my waffle game up, so I bought a pretty nice Cuisinart one after coming across a Zulily deal.  Anyways, I’ve started experimenting with adding protein powder to my waffle mix in an effort to hit my macro goals (which consists of a 40/25/35 protein/fat/carb ratio and is VERY hard for me to hit).  These protein waffles give me that ideal ratio though, so at least I start the day off headed in the right direction;)  Here’s the recipe that I’ve been following, after some trial and error:

Protein Waffles

 7 egg whites (I use about 1/2 cup of the liquid egg whites)

1 tsp. stevia

2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I use Vega plant based protein)

½ cup oats, ground into flour (or you can buy oat flour at most natural foods stores, which I sometimes do)

Fresh blueberries, banana slices and almond butter or low sugar syrup for toppings

 Heat waffle iron (turn it a little higher than normal to get it good and crispy on the outside and set on the inside)

Beat egg whites for at least a minute until good and frothy

Grind oats in blender if you haven’t already

Add oat flour, stevia and protein powder to egg whites and mix until well combined

Pour approximately ¾ cup batter into waffle maker, depending on the size of your waffle maker (mine came with a special cup to make sure I always use the correct amount)

Cook 5-6 minutes, or whenever your waffle maker “beeps”

Serve with desired toppings (I love to heat some almond or cashew butter and drizzle it over my waffle and top with sliced banana)

 *I also keep Flap Jacked Protein Pancake Mix on hand (purchased from Vitamin Shop), which is really good, and nice when you’re in a hurry.

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