Hilly Workout

Another day, another workout!

This morning I headed to the gym for a cardio session split between the treadmill and the elliptical. My 30 minutes on the treadmill was spent completing a hilly interval workout.

Hilly Treadmill Workout

It wasn’t a killer workout like this totally hardcore workout, but it got me sweatin’ and that’s all I was looking for!

I rounded out my workout with 20 minutes on the elliptical.


After my workout and a quick one-mile walk with Sadie, I was ready for breakfast.

Ryan and I have plans to go out of town Thursday night so I wanted to use up some of the produce in our fridge this morning. What better way to use some wilted spinach than in a green monster smoothie!?

Pouring the Good Stuff

In the mix:

  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 extra large handful spinach
  • 8 frozen strawberries
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1/2 packet NesCafe Taster’s Choice instant coffee
  • 2 pinches xanthan gum (for thickening)

Green, Ugly and Delicious

As always, my green monster looked like butthole, but tasted fantastic.


This smoothie reminded me a lot of my favorite mocha green monster smoothie, with the addition of strawberries instead of a frozen banana. It’s worth a try!

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  1. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries says

    I wanted to do a hilly workout so badly today! Legs were too sore ๐Ÿ™ maybe I’ll copy this later in the week! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. says

    I hope Ryan rocks the flip flops with his tux for the wedding ๐Ÿ˜‰

    A banana cookie sammie?? YUM.

    You will like Water for Elephants, I loved it. They are making a movie starring Robert Pattinson (I don’t see him as that character at ALL)


      • Lauren says

        Avacado shakes are AMAZING. My boyfriend introduced me to it…I was grossed out at first but they are sooo yummy. I use one avacado, about a cup of skim milk, a little splenda, a scoop of vanilla protein powder and ice. i’m sure you could get more creative but even just like that it’s fab!!


  3. MarzBar says

    Do you just throw all the ingredients in your blender? Bc I love smoothies and I usually get them at the juice bar by my job bc I dont have a juicer. I thought maybe for things like spinach I might need one? Maybe not?


  4. says

    Green smoothies are the best! And almost always look horrible. ๐Ÿ™‚ I usually add romaine, kale, and a scoop of Amazing Grass for extra nutrients, and you can’t even taste them! Just makes it look extra ugly! lol ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Claire says

    Love the blog – you inspired me to start my own! I’m sorry if you answered this before, but what time do you start work in the morning? To have time for such great workouts AND walks with Sadie and time to make breakfast, you must hit the gym super duper early!



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