Recipes, workouts and a performance!

I wasn’t really hungry for breakfast at my usual time yesterday morning for two reasons.  First I slept in until 6:30 and also I had eaten dinner pretty late Thursday night.  I didn’t have time for my usual oats because I was wanting to get to the gym within the next hour or so.  Definitely not enough time to let those oats settle.  So I made something lighter.


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1/2 Thomas Whole Wheat Bagel Thin, 1 tbsp. JIF natural peanut butter, 1/2 small banana, & a sprinkle of cinnamon


My workout yesterday felt really good.  It was interesting to note my heart rate.  Normally when I run I have no problem getting it up into the zone it needs to be, even above.  But yesterday it was staying pretty low even though I kept turning up the speed.  This was going to be a perfect example of what the professionals mean when they say to change up your workouts if you have hit a weight loss plateau.  When you see that your weight loss has stalled, they always recommend changing up your workout.  Whether its to switch to a different cardio routine, increase the weight in your strength training, increase the speed, lengthen the duration, anything really.  Your body gets used to a certain exercise and adapts, therefore it doesn’t have to work as hard and in turn not burn as many calories.  This week I have been doing my runs outside.  It’s much easier to run on the treadmill (in my opinion) because it is essentially propelling you forward.  In an average hour long run I will burn over 500 calories, whether its on the treadmill or outside. Yesterday I only burned about 400 on the cardio alone.  I was going to run the whole time but was getting frustrated that I wasn’t able to get my heart rate up so I switched to the elliptical halfway through.  I haven’t done the elliptical in a long time because I never felt challenged enough.  Most of the time I wouldn’t even sweat. This was not the case yesterday.  I was working harder on it than I did in the 30 min I spent on the treadmill.  This was such a huge A-HA! moment for me.  I know you are supposed to change up your routine, but I have never actually experienced a time when it was so blatant.   This is also an example of how valuable a Heart Rate Monitor can be.  I would have never known what was going on if it weren’t for it.  And, no you can’t really trust the machine’s reading.  I use the Polar FT4 and highly recommend it.  I am hoping to get this one very soon!


After the cardio I cooled down with some core work and stretching


Post Workout Snack

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I had to finish up at home since we had run out of time for Aidan to be in the Kidzone at the gym.



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This salad had everything but the kitchen sink in it!


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protein bread + 1 teaspoon peanut butter

Last night we had a very important performance to attend!

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Aidan is in the Giraffes Class

I had never heard “Bushel and a Peck” so in order to help him learn it I had to look the song up on Youtube.  I have been singing this song for a solid week.  I bet you a million dollars you will too.

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I was so proud of him!  I am pretty certain he sang the loudest.

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Aidan and Maddie

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This kid……


Oh how I love Hungry Girl.  She uses mostly sugar-free/fat free/majorly processed diet foods which I really try to stay away from, but she does have many recipes that don’t.  If there is something that the recipe calls for, an ingredient I’d rather not eat, I will just make a substitution.  The recipe I used last night came from her 200 under 200 cookbook.  I love this cookbook.  I have used so many recipes from it.  Last night I made her Crispy White Pizza.  It was DELICIOUS!!!!  I am definitely making this many more times this week. This is a gem of a cookbook!

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Hungry Girl’s Crispy White Pizza

Have a wonderful and healthy weekend my friends!

Here is something to make you laugh!  I saw it on one of my favorite blogs Peanut Butter Fingers.

50 people you wish you knew in real life

and one last thing……


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