WIAW and A Vita-Coco Giveaway

I can not believe we are already half way through the second week of January.  Time flies! I can barely keep track of the day, let alone the date. But I do know it is What I Ate Wednesday – the perfect mid-week treat!
Thanks Jenn.

This week I was determined to make a change and stop the vicious cycle of snacking and eating sugary junk. I keep trying to do it, but I slip up and then give up. But not this week. This week, I am eating more small meals throughout the day, full of fiber and protein, so I stay full longer and reduce the urge to snack.

My Tuesday eats started with a cup of coffee. I truly enjoy starting my day with a big cup of joe.

I made some overnight oats after reading Julie‘s post on how to make them. I have attempted to make them a couple times and failed miserably. I thought I would give it one more try before I gave up, and it worked! They were really good. Surprisingly good.

In the mix: 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 almond milk, 1/4 cup Chobani. I put all this together the night before and let it sit. The next morning, I mixed it together and added some raspberries. It was so good, I made it again the next morning.

I had an apple for my mid-morning snack.

I had lunch and caught up on the news! I ate a whole wheat wrap with Alfresco Chicken Sausage, lettuce, cucumbers and mustard.

I had non-fat cottage cheese for a mid-afternoon snack. I like to add some black pepper to the cottage cheese for some extra flavor. Yum.

For dinner, I made some homemade 3 Bean Turkey Chili. Soups, stews and chili are so easy to make and the perfect lunch or dinner. One recipe makes up to 10 servings, you can’t beat that!

This chili was delicious, I could of had multiple bowls! I will post the recipe later this week. It was so quick and easy. It literally took less than 20 min. and will last me for several meals.

On top of eating better, I have also been exercising and incorporating strength training more.  I have also been following along with the Tone It Upchallenge. Part of their program requires you to get up, every morning and move for 30 minutes. Monday I went for a run and Tuesday I did yoga. The early morning exercise gets my blood flowing and keeps me going for the rest of the day.

It’s important to stay hydrated when working out so much. It keeps your metabolism going, helps flush out all the toxins that accumulate and moves the nutrients through our system.  I wrote about it earlier this week and Katedid a great write up about the many benefits of staying hydrated.

This leads me to my GIVEAWAYYYYY!!!

I have mentioned it before, but I love drinking Vita Cocococonut water. Vita Coco’s an all-natural, super-hydrating, fat-free, cholesterol-free, nutrient-packed, potassium-stacked, mega-electrolyte coconut water! Which is why, I want to give a lucky reader a case of Vita Coco coconut water!

That’s right folks, 12 16-oz cartons of coconut water! It is the perfect pre-workout, during workout, or post-workout drink!

So do you want to win your own case of Vita Coco coconut water!?

To enter leave a separate comment for each!

  1. Subscribe to my blog! Either through  RSS or email
  2. Follow me on Twitter @comfyconfident
  3. Tweet the following: “Win a case of @vitacoco coconut water from @comfyconfident. Click over to http://ow.ly/8ptjZ for more details.”
  4. Comment on this post and tell me your favorite time to drink Vita Coco.

Vita Coco does not know I am doing this giveaway, I simply wanted to share my favorite hydrating drink with all my readers!

The Giveaway ends Thursday January 19th and will be announce Friday morning.

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Necessary Hydration

Sometimes I tend to lose myself in sweets and salty treats. One of the best ways to get back on track is to hydrate. A lot of times I think I am hungry, when in reality I am thirsty. The other day I was feeling extra dehydrated so I stocked up on some of my favorite drinks to help me get back to normalcy. IMG_1717

The daily recommended water intake is half your body weight in ounces.  I find it easier to have one big bottle of water and refill it once, instead of refilling a glass multiple times a day. My go-to bottled water is Smart Water, not just because I love Jennifer Aniston but because Smart Water contains electrolytes (like sports drinks) so you get an added bonus with your water. IMG_1722

As much as I love Smart Water, I hate drinking out of plastic. Refilling and reusing water bottles can be dangerous to your health and the environment which is why I try to use a re-useable water bottle as much as I can. IMG_1721

Water gets old, real fast. I love adding Nuun to my drinks. All the flavors are delicious but Lemon-Lime is my favorite right now. Nuun comes in tubes, with tablets of that dissolve in your water (similar to Airborne if you are familiar with that). It is so easy to use, tastes great, is under 8 calories, has zero sugar and contains key electrolytes for training and recovery. I keep a pack of these at my desk at work just in case I want to add a little flavor to my water.

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And finally Vita Coco, the ultimate yogi’s drink. It is so refreshing and delicious. I feel like I am sitting on the beach when I drink it. It is my favorite beverage after a super hot Bikram yoga class. It brings me back to life! The sugar content is pretty high in these so I don’t recommend drinking them on a regular basis or as your sole form of hydration, but if you are in need of a thirst quencher, Vita Coco is a good choice!
Hydrate NaturallyIMG_1724I know, that was probably hydration over load, but I seriously drank all of this in one day trying to cleanse my body of all the super bad stuff clogging my system.   Dehydration can be dangerous and cause dizziness, headaches, and fatigue so make sure you drink up!

Lunch:

For lunch today I had a big ole salad with mixed greens, 2 egg whites, cucumber, red onion, and green pepper.

IMG_2097 Dressing was spicy brown mustard and balsamic vinaigrette with some S&P IMG_2096

I snacked on a Fuji Apple and cottage cheese

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I am about to go grab some Vita Coco and head off to yoga!

Have a good night! xo

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Get Moving Monday Morning

Bed is the most amazing thing in the world. I absolutely love laying in bed, wrapped tight under the covers. Lately, I have loved it more so than usual. It sucks me in, and no matter what I do, I can not get out.

Picture[This is a recycled pic from xmas morning – my  mom and sisters all in bed together! so warm and cozy]

There are multiple factors in play here. First, it is cold, why would I ever want to get out of my warm bed to be freezing cold. Second, it is dark out. I hate getting out of bed when it is still dark out. It makes it exponentially harder. Third, I am exhausted. I have been burning the candle on both ends lately, and it is catching up to me.

So, instead of getting out of bed at 6am like I had planned, I rolled out around 7:15am. I was determined to stick to my plan of going for a 30 min BootyCall as Tone It Up girls call it. In doing this, it meant my whole day was getting pushed back a little – my breakfast was going to be later, my blog post was going to be later and I was going to start my real-job a little later.  But, I had to do get outside, get my blood flowing and rev my metabolism. I bundled up with layers, leggings, a hat and mittens and went for a 30 min jog outside. It was amazzzzzzzzing. I haven’t run in a long time because my knee has been bugging me. Today my knee felt fine, I ran slow but it felt great to sweat and get moving first thing in the morning.

When I got back to the house, I had an email from the Tone it Up girls! I joined their Toned in 2012 challenge in the beginning of the year and each day they send a challenge out. Today was Challenge #7 Your Lean Legs Pyramid. I did it right away. If I put it off, I most likely would end up not doing it.

  • 20 squats
  • 30 lunges
  • 40 toe touches (head forward, legs straight, bend down & touch your toes)
  • 50 second wall sit (sit up against a wall, legs at 90 degrees & hold it!)
  • 90 second jumping jacks
  • 50 second wall sit
  • 40 toe touches
  • 30 lunges
  • 20 squats

The extra workout was a nice touch to my morning!

After my morning workout it was time for breakfast.
I made an egg white omelet with spinach and onion.

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I wish eggs photographed better, because they taste oh-so-good.

Now I have to work… awww I am so behind.

Tonight, I plan to do some more catch-up with everything in my life, including grocery shopping, blogging, and yoga!

Have a Great Monday! xo

Question: What are your plans for today?

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Just the Way You Are

LOVE!
Driving to Vermont last night, I was listening to Delilah on the radio. It is such a funny show but I truly enjoy it! I am such a sucker for romance and every song expressed emotion and passion about love, relationships and personal experiences.
LOVE!
It is an amazing thing.
Gives me chills
Makes me smile
LOVE!

Here are two of my favorite love song/moments.
I want them to be my own!

1. Only the greatest quotes from the greatest love movie of all time:

 

“Well, that’s what we do, we fight… you tell me when I am being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell you when you are a pain in the ass. Which you are, 99% of the time. I’m not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a 2 second rebound rate, then you’re back doing the next pain in the ass thing.
So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, for ever, you and me, every day. Will you do something for me, please? Just picture your life for me? 30 years from now, 40 years from now? What’s it look like? If it’s with him, go. Go! I lost you once, I think I can do it again. If I thought that’s what you really wanted. But don’t you take the easy way out.” —Noah (Ryan Gosling) to Allie (Rachel McAdams)

Truly, nothing beats The Notebook.
Except maybe Bruno Mar’s lyrics!

2. This song just makes me happy! Bruno Mars Just The Way You Are

Oh, her eyes, her eyes
Make the stars look like they’re not shinin’
Her hair, her hair
Falls perfectly without her trying
She’s so beautiful
And I tell her everyday

I know, I know
When I compliment her she won’t believe me
And it’s so, it’s so
Sad to think that she don’t see what I see
But everytime she asks me “Do I look okay? ”
I say

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

Her lips, her lips
I could kiss them all day if she’d let me
Her laugh, her laugh
She hates but I think it’s so sexy
She’s so beautiful
And I tell her everyday

Oh you know, you know, you know
I’d never ask you to change
If perfect’s what you’re searching for
Then just stay the same
So don’t even bother asking if you look okay
You know I’ll say

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

Girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

Question:
What song puts a smile on your face?
What is your favorite love movie?

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