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I Squeezed It In

by Courtney on May 21, 2012

Good news: I managed to squeeze in that workout this morning!

I knew my best chance of ever getting it done was while I was still at the gym this morning and not yet showered for the day. Once I finished up with my group class, I headed straight to the cardio equipment, in my regular work clothes, and busted out a quick, 30-minute workout:

  • 20 minutes HIIT (20 seconds @ 9.0mph / 40 seconds @ 6.0mph)
  • 10 minutes elliptical (alternating forward/backward every 2 minutes)

I tried to really push it with the HIIT since today’s workout had to be quick, and let me tell ya…I worked up quite a sweat! Workouts definitely do NOT have to take up an hour of your day – push yourself and you can have a quick, effective workout in no time.

The one downside to my sudden workout motivation was the fact that I hadn’t exactly planned on the whole sweat factor thing, so I felt a teensy bit bad for the few unfortunate bystanders that may have crossed paths with me while I completed my sweaty, post-workout grocery trip.

Luckily, that was a quick and easy grocery trip so as soon as I got home, I fueled up with a Caramel Peanut Simply Bar, which was leftover from my Blend Retreat swag bag.

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The nutrition stats aren’t bad, but the taste wasn’t my favorite. Ahh well.

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I’ve got to head back to work this afternoon for a meeting, so I made a quick smoothie bowl for today’s lunch. Doesn’t that lovely, dark green color just make your mouth water? Winking smile

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Today’s bowl included:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 7 strawberries
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior protein powder
  • 5 drops liquid vanilla stevia
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 4 ice cubes

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I topped the bowl with some cereal and called it lunch…and a delicious one at that!

**FYI: I’ve had many of you asking for some details about my grilled pizzas from last night

I usually just use a store-bought pizza dough (mine was from Price Chopper), let it sit out on the counter for about 30-40 minutes, roll it out (we usually make two because it’s easier when they’re smaller), and then place it directly on the grill grates (*make sure to spray the grates with cooking spray first BEFORE lighting it).

You’re probably not going to get perfectly round/square pizzas because once they hit the grates, that’s usually where they stay, but I’ve never had a problem with the dough falling through the grates – promise! You can also see some more details about how I make/season them in this post.

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Gotta jet back to work…catch ya’ll laterrrrr Smile

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1 Jolynn May 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I JUST tried those Simply Bars this week. I wasn’t a fan of that flavor either but the chocolate pb and lemon ones were pretty good!
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2 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life May 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I’m guilty of going to the supermarket a sweaty mess after working out, but sometimes you gotta! I love grilled pizza! It’s one of my favorite summer foods.
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3 Talia @ Bite Size Wellness May 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Always love a good smoothie bowl! Thanks for the recipe. Glad you got your workout in…I know my husband likes to take advantage of his workout time when he is about to head out after PT too.
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4 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List May 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

The Lemon Coconut Simply Bars are MUCH better!!! Try that flavor!
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5 Khushboo May 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Wow that’s an impressive amount of protein for 150 cals…too bad the taste didn’t live up! And nice going with the workout :)!
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6 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles May 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Mmmmm! That dark green color does make my mouth water ;) ….only because I know it is delicious. Otherwise, I’d wonder.
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7 Kristen @ notsodomesticated May 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I definitely want to try that grilled pizza … thanks for more details. :)
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8 Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie May 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Don’t worry, I have often subjected innocent bystanders to me being a sweaty mess after a workout. And I seriously can’t wait to grill a pizza!
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9 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance May 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Hopefully you just encouraged others to go to the gym when they saw you all sweaty at the grocery store!
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10 Sana May 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

After I leave the gym, I always see the same people who I worked out with at the grocery store!!
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11 Michelle@Peachy Palate May 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

When I can get back to running definitely going to be trying a few HIIT workouts, been loving the intervals on the elliptical! I’m always that sweaty girl in the store :)
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12 Lisa May 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I love green smoothies, even if they look ugly. Ugly foods taste better, its just a fact. I love HIIT, its my favourite style of working out. Its so great that you don’t need to be in the gym for a long time to get in an awesome workout
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13 Alyssa @ fit and fun in third May 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I’ll be honest… That green smoothie actually DOES make my mouth water. I usually have one once a day but we were away all weekend and I haven’t been food shopping in way too long, so I’m out of almond milk. Need to stock up ASAP!!!
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14 Carol @ Lucky Zucca May 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I (sadly) go to the grocery store sweaty all the time… You aren’t the only one! I’ll never forget one time when the cashier pointed out the giant sweat spot on the front of my shirt. She was being complimentary saying she wished she had one too so everyone knew how hard she worked out but I was still a little mortified!
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15 Katy May 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Running errands after a workout is the worst! I always feel so disgusting and salty.
FYI I made your Chicken Parm Burgers for dinner tonight and they were amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe :-)
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16 Hilary May 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Do you use whole or ground chia seeds in smoothies?

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17 Courtney May 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

Mine are just whole…I’m too lazy to grind them up, even though I’m sure they’d absorb better :)

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18 Meredith @ DareYouTo May 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

Ooh I’ve been wanting to try the Simply Bars. A friend asked for a healthy / safe ingredient bar for protein after workouts and after some research recommended that, but now I’m curious how he ended up liking the taste. I’ll have to investigate myself :)
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19 Carly May 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

I love how you know that there were 7 strawberries in your smoothies, haha it just cracks me up for some reason(: your green monsters always look so yummy!
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20 Sam @ Fit for My Fork May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Thanks for the details on the grilled pizza. I really want to try it!
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