Monday, March 18, 2013

New-to-me from Trader Joe’s

by Meghann on March 18, 2013

Happy Monday!!

How was everyone’s weekend?

I’m happy to report after a fun and exhausting weekend of hanging out with my sister and running a half marathon, I was in bed by the glorious time of 8:30 last night. It. Was. Wonderful.

It also took the sting out a bit when my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning. Ouch.

I had CrossFit to get to!



The hip mobility we worked on in warm up was WONDERFUL and exactly what I needed. I’m terrible when it comes to stretching and hip mobility work. I need to get better at it because it feels so good when I take the time to do it. I know I need it, I just need to remember to do it.


A 1RM back squat! Finally! I’ve been waiting on this!

I haven’t done a 1RM back squat since I started CrossFit back in October and I really wanted to see what I could do. Unfortunately I didn’t want to push my legs too hard after my half marathon yesterday, so I didn’t really give it all I had. I ended up maxing at 130, but I felt like I could have kept going if I’d given myself the chance.


  • 8 goblet squats (I used 53# kettlebell)
  • 200m run
  • 8 evil wheels
  • AMRAP in 12min

This was brutal. I ended up doing a little more than 4 rounds. Surprisingly the goblet squats felt better as the time went on, but still hurt. It was a great mix of power and speed.


After CrossFit I had exactly one hour to get home, get ready, and head right back out the door on my way to work.

That gives me time to:

  1. shower
  2. take Maddie out
  3. make lunch
  4. pack lunch
  5. make breakfast
  6. eat breakfast (today’s pick was yogurt, fruit, and nuts)
  7. check email/ read blogs
  8. get dressed
  9. do hair/make up
  10. head out the door


Today’s outfit of the day – shirt: Loft (40% off sale price – SCORE!), necklace: Target, pants: Old Navy

Today’s packed lunch featured veggies, crackers, hard boiled eggs (my sister reminded me this weekend how easy and delicious hard boiled eggs are!), and edamame hummus.


The edamame hummus was a Trader Joe’s find from Sunday. I’d never had edamame hummus before and couldn’t believe what I’d been missing out on! I’m sad I only bought one container, this stuff would have been worth stocking up on!

Speaking of Trader Joe’s finds… I have another one. I also picked up these Peanut Butter & Oat Bars on Sunday.


I bought them because the photo on the box reminded of Clif Z Bars. Sure enough, as soon as I opened the package it looked like a peanut butter z bar was sitting in front of me.


It tasted like it too, only for about a 1/3 of the price. I used to LOVE z bars, but haven’t had one in a couple of years. Finding the Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter & Oats bars was definitely a throw back treat.

Two more Trader Joe finds that were new to me:

whole wheat pizza dough


Trader Joe’s marinated grilled eggplant and zucchini.


One went on top of the other. (I bet you’ll never guess which one)


Whole wheat pizza with eggplant, zucchini, ham, ricotta cheese, and dried basil served with arugula.


Eh. Wasn’t that impressed with Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough. I think Publix pizza dough is better, the Trader Joe’s stuff was a little bland and boring for my taste. However, I did enjoy the re-heated eggplant and zucchini, I bet those items would be great sandwich additions as well.

There were three Peanut Butter Monster Cookies leftover from Saturday’s ice cream cookie sandwich fest on the counter this afternoon and one of them was staring me down after dinner.


Cookies are extra delicious with vanilla ice cream, right? 😉

Today was a good Monday. It was busy, but productive – how you want every day to be in my opinion.

I might not be going to bed at 8:30 tonight, but I’ll take 10.

Good Night!

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