WIAW + Out of the Ordinary

by Jillian on February 29, 2012 · 16 comments

Today, I did some things that were really out of the ordinary.

1. After doing an upper body strength training workout, I gave this new rope toy at our gym a try.


Joe and each pulled down on the rope for 2 minutes, 2 times. It literally works your entire upper body and I felt it as soon as I stepped away. A new workout incorporation, for sure. (check out the creeps in the background)
I later followed up with 25 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical.
2. I dug out the the summer storage tupperware to get a bathing suit and sandals. Helllooooo California!


Ugh, excuse the dirty rug in our office. Oh and those gross foot marks that sandals always get. What’s with that?  I also packed sunscreen! Sun
3. I got a mani-pedi.
Knowing that I’d be wearing sandals was a good enough reason. My feet were helpless prior to this considering I give up pedis during the winter. I also decided on a gel shellac manicure because I knew I was going to come home and pack and probably mess up my nails tonight before I even got there it will last longer.
Okay, enough of that, let’s get down to business.

I won a Bear Naked Fit granola giveaway on Trading up Downtown from Tina and received the package last night. Obviously, I couldn’t wait to dig in to both.
I decided breakfast needed to include granola. So, I did what I always do. Make a smoothie bowl and decide what topping I’m in the mood for.

Green smoothie (1/2 an apple, 1/2 a banana, vanilla protein powder, almond milk, spinach, flax meal, cinnamon, ice, xanath gum to thicken), sunflower seed butter, and vanilla almond crunch granola. A winning combination. Joe agreed, seeing as though we finished almost half the bag this morning.




An egg sandwich with black bean sauce and pepperjack cheese on a whole wheat english muffin.


I have no words……

Lunch (or snack #2)

I feel like my snack & lunch should have been reversed, but hey, whatever works.


Apple cinnamon Chobani toped with the other half of the apple from breakfast, cinnamon, sliced almonds, and what do you know? More granola. I couldn’t help myself.




The last of my spicy sweet potato & brown rice with black bean sauce. Today, I topped it with avocado and greek yogurt.


Late Night Snack

To be decided……….

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren February 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

That bathing suit is so adorable! Where did you get it?


2 Jillian February 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Saks on super duper sale plus I had my discount at the time! It’s Badgley Mischka.


3 farrah February 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Wow, I’ve never seen a smoothie bowl! Gotta try that soon! Everything looks deliciously good for you!


4 Jillian February 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I think smoothies are just more fun to eat out of a bowl…and it makes them last longer! :)


5 StoriesAndSweetPotatoes February 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I want to play on that rope thing!


6 Jillian February 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

It’s so fun!


7 Mollie February 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm

great pictures of your eats! I just finished my dinner and snack and you still had my mouth watering! Yikes!


8 Sara @my less serious life February 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

wow your food looks amazing. that egg sandwich in particular made my heart skip a beat. yum!


9 Turtle-speed Runner February 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I don’t get the rope thing. You just pull it?! Super weird…


10 Jillian February 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm

You choose the resistance so it’s almost like you pulling yourself up a rope climb without your legs.


11 Julie March 1, 2012 at 12:12 am

All your meals look fantastic. I’ve been eating English muffin with eggs as well and the best ones is with the runny yolk.

Don’t let the numbers fool you – its been kind of cold lately! P.S. What will you be doing here?


12 Jillian March 2, 2012 at 12:52 am

You’re right! It’s chilly my first night here! I am going for a conference and to see my best friend who just got engaged! :)


13 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish March 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I’m completely intrigued by the rope toy! Could it be the key to making workouts super fun? Looks like it. :)

I’ve been thinking about getting a shellac manicure for a while now, but haven’t taken the plunge. Is it worth it?

And oh my gosh, that English muffin sandwich looks SO good. Nothing beats runny eggs! xoxo


14 Jillian March 2, 2012 at 12:52 am

I love the shellac manicure, but I don’t keep it on longer than one time because it kind of weakens your nails!


15 katie March 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Hello love!

I like that granola! I actually have just bought natures path love crunch granola and it is AMAZING!

Yay for a trip to Cali! Lucky!


16 kristen @ livinlifeinlouie March 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

SOOO jealous of your weather! although it isnt snowing here, it gets cold fast. We get excited when the high is in the 40s-50s haha


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