I am super excited about a product I was just contacted to review from a home décor/kitchen supply website called CSN Stores. They have all sorts of goodies, from blenders to barstools – there were tons of gadgets and knickknacks to browse through. I ultimately decided on a stovetop skillet, because I don’t have a pan big enough for pancakes – and I’m really looking forward to rolling out my breakfasts in mass amounts now. Stay tuned for a review in the near future.

Speaking of breakfast, I really love having multiple. I get up early, and usually work out in the AM, and I’m always most ravenous in la mañana, so I think it’s an okay thing. Correction, I think it’s a fabulous thing.

Breakfast #1

Coffee and one of the Vegan Energy Bars that I made yesterday. After an hour walk, and some house cleaning, I was ready for Breakfast #2.

Tofu, 2 eggs, roasted red cabbage and peas

Then it was off to church for the rest of the morning. Surprisingly, I was famished when we returned home, and I was craving more of that roasted red cabbage.

Cabbage, avocado, shredded carrot, salsa, olives

I went for another walk after lunch while on the phone with my best friend. Then I meal planned for the week, and ate some dinner so as to avoid going to the grocery store on an empty stomach.

½ sweet potato, ¼ cup refried beans, garlic powder, chili powder

Yum, yum, yum.

Okay, switching gears a bit, I wanted to tell you guys about something cool that my school district is doing.

Mrs. Unger, what’s that black thing on your shoe?

Well, that black thing on my shoe is called a Ped. My school district is having a contest see which school is the healthiest. While I think that is a relatively vague term, I’m all for the concept. All teachers who want to participate are given a ped to wear on his or her shoe that counts all the steps that are taken in a day. Each time we walk by a computer in our school’s office, our data is exported to a website where we can track out movement for the day. The website also encourages us to try new exercises, provides fun food challenges, and graphs trends in our “healthy” behavior. The district encourages us to walk at least 5,000 steps a day, but as a teacher – that’s a cinch. I have usually walked 5,000 by 3 o’clock. Therefore, I have made it my personal goal to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. Sometimes I am way over (my long run days), but generally, 10,000 is a challenge. If I take an extra walk at lunchtime, or after dinner (in combination with my daily workouts) – I usually hit that number. I just wanted to let you guys know because I think it’s a really cool thing that our school district is doing to promote exercise. The kids also think it’s really exciting…they encourage me to walk around the classroom and play hopscotch with them at recess so I can get more steps (their words). Pretty cool, right?

Alrighty, time to prepare for another week…30 days left!!

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