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Happy Friday everyone! Whew, thank goodness it’s the weekend 😉 I can’t wait to get it started!

You are probably wondering about the title of this post.

After yesterday’s short bursts of walking challenge that led to me completing 99 minutes of walking in one day, I wondered how well I could do that with other aspects of fitness.

So today…I tried squats.

But first, for breakfast, I had a smoothie made with skim milk, a banana and a packet of this Jay Robb whey protein powder:

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When I bought this, I had wanted to get the brown rice protein because I had seen it recommended by so many other bloggers, like Jess, but my Whole Foods only had this and the egg white protein.

Here’s how it looked after the blend!

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I was not that impressed…this tasted mostly like banana and not very chocolatey at all – not like Carnation Instant Breakfast. Man, I wish this tasted like that or that CIB didn’t contain Splenda. Bummer.

Anyway, it still filled me up and got me going for the day. I just won’t buy that again. Not when I’m expecting chocolate anyway.

While I was in the shower, I did 10 squats. Then when I was brushing my teeth, I did 10 more!

Mid morning at work, I snacked on some Fage 2% with almond butter. Seriously good. Maybe better with peanut butter, but certainly not bad 😉

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I also went back to drinking my coffee black today. I ran out of creamer a while ago and I’m coming down to the end of my milk stash with no plans to replace it (except for maybe some rice milk, I like to alternate). So I had it straight up, which is just fine by me. I’m one of those who likes the taste of coffee 🙂

At work, I set a goal – every time I go to the bathroom, I would do 10 squats. We have a semi-private restroom at work, so this was no problem. And since I drink water all day long, don’t you know, I did 60 squats at work!

For lunch, I had a smorgasbord of a chik’n patty with spicy mustard, carrots and cucumbers with cilantro hummus and a La Croix.

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I also walked some today. I walked over a mile from the car, took both of my 15 minute breaks and got out for 30 minutes again at lunch time.

Mid afternoon, I drank some chamomile tea and ate a cheese snack.

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But then I got hungry again, like majorly, so I took my second break and walked to the bookstore for a snack.

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The choices were limited of course, but I got this bar because it only has 6 grams of sugar and contains 4g fiber and 6 protein! I also tried a new drink:

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SoBe Lifewater 0 – Acai fruit punch. I think I’ve tried almost all of these now and this one if MY FAVORITE! I loved it. But I don’t want to drink these too much because, naturally sweetened or not, I don’t want my body to get hooked on sweet-tasting stuff again. But it worked for today.

On the way back to my car this afternoon, I took a longer way to the lot, which had me walk about a mile and a half.

So, in total, I’ve walked 101 minutes and so far, I’ve done 90 squats. I never changed my clothes, I never walked into a gym. I feel great! I’m going to do 10 more before the night is over…might as well hit an even 100 🙂

For dinner, Josh and I went to Shane’s Rib Shack, which we had been to before when my family was in town from Texas. I got pretty much the same thing, only my sides were different.

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Chopped BBQ chicken with potato salad and green beans. It was good, especially for someone who doesn’t love BBQ, but I’m completely satisfied. I gave Josh my Texas toast.

I didn’t do it this time but Josh said something about me photographing his food to show how differently we eat from each other. Would you want to see that every once in a while? It would be interesting for some of you I’m sure. We are VERY different 🙂

Well, I’d better go, we’re about to watch “I Love You, Man” which Courtney has declared a classic. She and I have similar tastes, so I trust her. Hope you all have fun, good night!

p.s. I’m eating ice cream soon, just so you know 😉 Once it’s outta my house though, it’s on hiatus.

Greetings from New Jersey

Oh my gosh, I have missed you guys! How are you? We have been struggling with the internet connection at our hotel, we’re supposed to have it in our room but its not working so we’ve been having to come down to the cafe and this has been my first chance to get away!

The trip wasn’t too bad, I think it was a total of 12 hours once we got here after stopping for breakfast, lunch and to use the restroom a couple of times. It was a bit cramped at times, I think next time we drive, we’ll want to ride in a bigger vehicle. But since we’re with my in-laws and they are paying for our travel and hotel, we can’t really complain 😉

Before leaving the house on Saturday morning, I made a quick protein shake to hold me over for a few hours before we stopped to actually eat.

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I think the strawberry powder tasted pretty good but it was  4 in the morning so its hard to say really, haha. We stopped around 7 for breakfast and I was glad I had brought some backups. We were limited on the road to fast food, which this time was McDonald’s. I do love the fruit & yogurt parfait and their coffee is pretty good, so I got that and tried one of my new Odwalla bars.

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This Odwalla Superfood bar was just okay; it had some flavor but its green color sort of put me off (even though I like green monsters) and I prefer my ars to be fruity, nutty or sweet and it was none of the above. I don’t think I would get this one again. Plus it didn’t hold me over as long as I’d hoped. But at least I got some vitamins out of it 🙂

Oh, and McDonald’s has Nature Valley granola! This must be new or not at the ones at home…

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A few hours after breakfast, I was starving again, so I had some almonds to hold me over…

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We stopped for lunch at Subway somewhere in either West Virginia or Maryland, I can’t remember, haha. I got the grilled chicken on flatbread with american cheese, veggies and mustard. Plus I tried their chili. This lunch ruled and held me forever!

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We arrived in New Jersey last night and then went immediately to my husband’s aunt and uncle’s house for dinner. It was the first time I’d met them but they were seriously the best hosts ever. And after a long day of traveling, seeing this meal really warmed my stomach and my heart. It was almost all of my favorite foods: turkey, sweet potato, bread, peas & mushrooms, and a mixed greens salad with balsamic.

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This filled me up nicely and I was comfortable and content. A few hours later dessert and tea were served. I had a small slice of this cake, which was drizzle with chocolate icing and refrigerated so it was almost like a shell. It was very tasty. Also, my aunt & uncle in law are tea lovers like me (yay) so I had some of their African red Rooibus tea 🙂

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Unfortunately, I have to go again but hopefully tonight or in the morning I can post everything we’ve had today. We went to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast (don’t worry I didn’t eat donuts, haha), Jive Turkey for lunch and are headed to Katz’ for dinner tonight. Needless to say, there has been no need for snacks today. I haven’t had any fruit yet though so I may eat a piece before dinner or for dessert.

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully I’ll be back soon. Hope all is well with my friends back home and my blog friends as well 🙂