the good kind of hulksmash

Hey swagsters!

I hope you’re all having a case-of-the-Mondays-free Monday. I know I am! When I woke up this morning, it was the first time I’d felt “normal” and on top of my game since last Friday! I had such a fun weekend, but man did it require some recovery time! I finally slept really well last night. When I woke up this morning, I had these massive pillow marks all over my face. I joked on twitter this morning that it looked like I was the Phantom of the Opera when he takes his mask off!

I was feeling so good this morning, I decided to tackle ZWOW 23 again. And in case you didn’t know, that means I decided I was up for doing 100 burpees and 200 squats. That’s what I’m saying, y’all. I was feeling GOOD this morning. It’s one of those workouts that leaves me feeling so energetic, that when I was finished, I was approaching hulksmash energy levels. I was really looking forward to seeing if my time had improved from the first time I did this workout, however, I was so amped up afterwards that I literally didn’t remember to turn my stop watch off until I was half way through my breakfast. #jennyfail Regardless, I pushed myself so hard and every time I do this workout, I am filled with pride. I must be one strong mamma-jamma to be able to do 100 burpees!

I’m working in a couple of hours, so we’ll see if I decide a p.m. workout is necessary. Since I am a server and my job requires so much energy, I don’t usually do two workouts on days I work. However, if my energy continues to ride this high, I might as well capitalize on it!

I’m also really excited because the place I work for has begun a company-wide wellness challenge. It’s a really cool thing that is meant to inspire us all to live healthy, happier lives. You join teams and earn points by completing weekly goals that you set for yourselves, quizzes about health and mini challenges, like getting up and doing 10 lunges, or even just smiling for 30 seconds. It’s great because it focuses not only on fitness, but on overall wellness. There’s other perks like reductions on our insurance premiums next year (super exciting!) and there’s also cash prizes for the teams that earn the most points throughout the challenge. Markus (my boyfriend) and I ended up each joining separate teams. I was kinda bummed at first, but then I realized that this could actually make for a fun little competition between the two of us. So it’s game on in our house now!

Moving onto my favorite part of my posts: the foodporn. Today I am really feeling nice, light meals. After my weekend out, followed by Vegan Pizza Day (and leftovers the day after!),  I was really feeling lean, clean and green for lunch today. So when it was that time (and let me tell you, after 100 burpees, that time comes quickly…), I knew it had to be a salad. And then this baby was born:

Roasted Chickpea Salad

I roasted half a cup of chickpeas sprinkled in nutritional yeast until they were nice and crispy. Then I topped them on a simple salad of mixed greens, broccoli, carrots, cashews and a little bit of Amy’s Lite Goddess dressing. This salad is the perfect example of my food philosophy: keep it simple! It doesn’t have to take a long time in the kitchen to make something delicious and nutritious. In addition to that, I just don’t believe in long ingredients lists. Don’t get me wrong, I love spices, but I also love letting food taste like what it really is. After all, I want to be loved for who I am, why shouldn’t my broccoli get the same treatment? 😉

Not pictured is the half a sweet potato I also roasted and enjoyed. Am I the only person who eats their sweet potatoes a little on the odd side? I like to eat the meat of the potato separate from the skin. I just think they are two totally delicious culinary experiences and I want to enjoy them both!

That’s all I’ve got for now. There’s laundry calling my name and I’ll have to prep dinner to bring to work with me tonight, too!

Does your employer offer any incentives for improving your health and wellness?

Are you as obsessed with the flavor of sweet potato peels as I am?


6 thoughts on “the good kind of hulksmash

  1. that’s so cool that your workplace is doing that fitness challenge! i bet your teammates are glad they have you on their team. will you be busting out ZWOW group workouts with them? they better watch out!
    that roasted chickpea salad looks amazing. i’ve only had them roasted once, after heather visited and showed my mom and i how EASY it was. i could just eat them by the handful. in fact, i did. literally packed them in a ziploc for one of my work snacks the next day.
    you are NOT weird for eating the sweet tater like that. i am more apt to eat a white potato but last night i had the skin sep from the “innards”. it’s essential to me! i also smother the skin in salsa.

    • i’m so excited about the fitness challenge too! i’m actually working on a post about it right now! i think it would be awesome to try group workouts with my team. my gm is on my team and to see him doing a zwow would probably be the most entertaining thing i’ve seen so far this year. hehehe.

      roasted chickpeas are out of this world! i actually wanted to make sure that i didn’t eat the ENTIRE can of chickpeas so i purposely only roasted enough for one salad. they are addicting! they kind of remind me of popcorn… i’m actually making that salad again today for either lunch or dinner, not sure yet, all i know is it HAS to happen again. i think i found a new staple in my life!

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