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Where Have I Been?

Hey people!

Sorry for the lack of updates over the past few days. It's been hectic!


Saturday, I played in a daytime volleyball tournament, which challenged me and caused me to burn tons of calories. My fitbit was happy; I walked about 20,000 steps that day!

Tournaments are always a weird healthy eating day for me. In this tournament, we were in a 5-team pool, which meant that we played 4 regular matches before the playoffs. Since I'm hungry ALL. THE. TIME. you would think that I would be hungry during and in between volleyball games. You would think. WRONG!

For some strange reason, I have never really been able to get hungry at volleyball tournaments. On a rare occasion, I would half-assedly graze, but not really. I mostly just sip my water and stretch in between games (though, sometimes it seems that the only thing being stretch is my big mouth). This is not healthy, and I advocate this for absolutely no one -- myself included. It's really important to give your body fuel, especially on long days like this past Saturday. My energy level was miraculously maintained through the duration of the tournament, but I've started researching ways to address this issue of mine. I will have a post coming to you soon about this one! ;-)

They don't look like much, but MMMMM!
On Sunday, my body was SO SORE! I literally crawled to the bathroom when I woke up, because my quads and calves were just not feeling that whole standing thing. I can't blame them! The Saturday tournament started around 8:45 a.m., and I didn't leave until about 7:30 p.m.!

I had to work on Sunday, which was an added bummer. I don't know how I managed to stay on my feet for those 5 hours, but I did. Can't say I was happy with that decision...

Sunday night: Time to get down in the kitchen! I was so excited to get to try out one of my Christmas gifts: the Hungry Girl To The Max! cookbook. I made the Hungry Girl Clubhouse Chicken Quesadillas for The Boyfriend and myself. I quadrupled the recipe, since just about all (if not all) of the recipes are for just one person, that way we could take the extra servings for lunch. I made some changes (e.g. using turkey bacon instead of whatever bacon it is other people eat, red peppers instead of green peppers, and habanero lime tortillas from Trader Joe's). Those quesadillas were so good! I hadn't made quesadillas in forever, but I was so glad I did! They were so good, and so low calorie!

Because I knew that wasn't going to be enough, I also roasted some Brussels sprouts (my favorite vegetable) and tomatoes. Here's a quick and easy recipe I basically just threw together. Note: I used absolutely no science to put this together, but if you like sprouts, it's legit.

Lex's Roasted Tomato and Brussels Sprouts
Ingredients:
  • Brussels sprouts (I used a bag of pre-washed sprouts from Trader Joe's)
  • Tomato (I used a Roma tomato, but it doesn't matter all that much)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and Black Pepper 


  1. Preheat over to 350.
  2. Boil a pot of water for the sprouts.
  3. Cut the end off the sprouts and cut in half, lengthwise.
  4. Place the sprouts in boiling water, and blanch for about 2-3 minutes. (This will help it maintain its color. There are some other scientific reasons for doing this, but you really don't care about that.)
  5. Dice the tomato.
  6. Place tomato and sprouts in a foil-lined baking pan. 
  7. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and black pepper.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes (depends on how tender you like your sprouts).
  9. Remove from oven. Voila! You're done! Enjoy!
How do you like your sprouts? What do you use to stay fueled on long, fitness-filled days?

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