Super Snacky

It’s so true what they say about needing a vacation from your vacation.  I was only gone for three days but when I got home I had 2 days of catching up to do.  Thursday was full of to-do’s like getting my hair, nails and toes done, laundry, cleaning, making a grocery list, and a menu for next week. Plus errands, errands and more errands….Friday had an epic grocery trip that took two hours…..Blerg….I was seriously exhausted after that. For real…I came home and took a nap! I intended on working out but yeah….that was a no-go.  We were out of EVERYTHING!  I am not exaggerating.  My children were eating RAISINS….they hate raisins….

Breakfast

Last week I made some pancakes out of my new cookbook! The recipe makes 18 pancakes so I put them in the freezer for later days.  I am so glad I did because I am not exactly sure what I would have eaten.  Maybe some dry oatmeal? PB out of the jar? Dry cereal?

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Apple Walnut Pancakes – Taste of Home

w/ 1 tbsp. peanut butter & a sprinkle of chia seeds.

I substituted the oil in this recipe with 2 tbsp. unsweetened apple sauce and used 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk instead of skim milk.  I recalculated the nutrition facts to be

per pancake:  84 calories, 12 carbs, 3 fat, 2 fiber, 3 protein.

These are really good.  I had them again this morning except with, 1 teaspoon Brummel & Brown butter, 2 tsp. sugar-free syrup and chia seeds.

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Then off I was to the grocery store.  I was super hungry by the time I finally made it home.  While I was figuring out what I wanted for lunch I had these…..

Snack/Lunch

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Gala apple, the juiciest best tasting peach ever and a Quaker School Days Best Berry granola bar.  SO YUM!

And then this.

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Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters Candy (Heaven)

So, after that, I wasn’t hungry anymore and all I wanted was to lay down for a nap.

….and hour later I had these

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2 tbsp. peanuts

…and then was craving some of this

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Jamie’s Bread

So I baked up a batch and was counting the seconds until it was ready to eat!

Dinner

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FlatOut flat bread (OMG I LOOOOOVE) , Morningstar California Turky Burger (LOVE this one too…it’s hard to find though), Sargento Thin sliced Colby Jack Cheese……..grilled in my Panini maker.

“Dessert”

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Royal dessert fail…..SmartOnes Desserts Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae.

I should have just picked up one of those little single servings of Ben & Jerry’s for this amount of calories.  It was horrible.   Oh well, live and learn!

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Today I am all caught up and it was back to business as usual.  I was able to get up at my usual time and make it to the gym.  I ran on the treadmill for 30 and then did some upper body work.  Later today we have some Father’s Day shopping to do and then I have a YUMMY dinner to make!

Here is some TRUTH for your Saturday!!!!

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Finally, a simple day…

Wow, it has been a long day!  I woke up bright and early at 5am thinking of 20 different reasons I should go back to bed.  But, I just put one foot in front of the other and went to get my coffee.

coffeevia

Right?

Breakfast

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Orange and my usual smoothie.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop EAS Lean 15 protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seed.

I got some frozen peaches today at the grocery store soooooo, hopefully a new smoothie concoction will arise!

Workout

I was still incredibly sore from my workout on Monday. I am not sure why. Maybe because I took 3 days off from working out, maybe because I pushed myself a little harder because it was easier this time around. I don’t know, but….it still hurts to sit, stand & walk….I knew a few things this morning.  1- the last thing I wanted to do was workout.  2- I knew working out today was not a choice because I am most likely only going to be able to get 3 workouts in this week, and today was one of them. 3- the best cure for sore muscles is to do the same workout you did that made you walk like Frankenstein in the first place.  4- I knew that if I went to the gym, I would definitely be phoning it in on the elliptical at a level 8 for the entire 30-45 min.  I needed someone to kick my tail.  Jeremy mentioned he wanted to try Bob’s workout so I knew immediately that’s what I wanted to do.   I have to admit, I was concerned about Jeremy’s well-being during this workout.  He can curl 55lb dumbbells and bench press 225….but the man can’t spend 10 min in the treadmill without looking like he is about to die.  I told him over and over…..please don’t over do it….set your weights down during the jump squats…..take a breather if you need to.  Well, I was very proud of him for getting through the entire workout AND doing pretty much all of it.  I can’t say the same for myself the first time I did it.  As for me, today was the first day I didn’t immediately regret the decision and feel like I was going to die half way through.  I even did the very last jump squats, something I have never been able to do before.  I am SO glad I did this workout again today.  When I started, I didn’t want to workout, I felt sluggish, sleepy, sore and a was having a little bit of exercise guilt for not wanting to workout.  Afterwards I felt revitalized, refreshed and tired but full of energy!  Plus I had worked some of the soreness out.  I am still sore but not as bad.  I am sure I will be sore again in the morning….I am not kidding you, it is no joke!

Snack

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I started out with just one teaspoon of peanut butter which turned into 3 teaspoons….and then had a Gala apple.

Lunch

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Baked Sweet Potato with Best Life Buttery Spray, 1 tsp. Ideal Brown Sugar Blend, Van De Camps Parchment Bake Garlic Butter Tilapia, Annie’s PB&J granola bar

Afternoon Snack

I am not sure what possessed me to throw this together, but it was REALLY delicious.

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1 cup fresh strawberries, 1 cup watermelon, 2 tbsp. reduced-fat feta cheese.

a few hours later…..another PB&J granola bar

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Turkey and reduced-fat Swiss cheese with light Miracle Whip and Dijon mustard on a Thomas’ whole wheat bagel thin.

I didn’t get home from the grocery store until about 6:30 and arrived way too hungry.  It took me a while to settle on what I REALLY wanted….but this was perfect.  Can’t go wrong with a plain Jane sandwich! After dinner I had 1 cup of Honey Bunches of Oats dry.

I am really looking forward to tomorrow.  It’s Aidan’s last day of school.  They are having a picnic & Jeremy and I are having our last date for a while.  We are going to see The Avengers and I am not sure what else.  But that’s one of the things I love most about our dates, we can go anywhere.  Browse Barnes & Noble, have coffee or lunch and solve the world’s problems, have an entire conversation, reconnecting after the long week.  It’s the simple things I love the most.

An “Ordinary Day” Date

I felt it was a good idea to go to the grocery store yesterday with a little snack in my belly. Otherwise, I’m sure the M&M trail mix and Popchips would have ended up in my basket, a definite NO NO in this house. Because Mommy has food issues….my poor children. I hope to God that I am teaching them good eating habits and not dooming them to a life of healthy food rebellion.

My “snack” was in reality an early dinner because I was really hungry at the time and I also knew I would be gone for a while. Well past dinner time. A little 150 calorie snack was not going to keep me satisfied for the long haul.

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Dannon fat-free yogurt (I can’t find traditional anymore Thumbs down), 7 Blue Diamond natural almonds, 1/4 cup Honey Bunches of Oats, & 1 piece of cinnamon swirl protein bread.

When I got home from grocery shopping I was a little hungry so I toasted 1/2 a Thomas Whole Wheat Bagel Thin with 1 tbsp. Sunbutter. I also had a few handfuls of Great Grains Cereal in Banana Nut Crunch (just purchased from the store & I think may be my new favorite, just have to try to practice portion control) and ~ 10 peanuts.

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Today’s Breakfast

I was SUPER hungry this morning. Earlier than normal too.

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1/2 Thomas Whole Wheat Bagel Thin, 1 tbsp. Sunbutter, 1/2 large banana, sprinkle of cinnamon & Chobani 2% Strawberry Banana Greek Yogurt.

Thursday is our “Date Day”. We usually do something out of the ordinary but today we just enjoyed a normal day…..WITHOUT kids. Which is a “date” in itself. It was so nice to have a conversation with with no interruptions. A lot of time we just give up talking to each other because we can’t even finish a sentence. That’s why “Date Day” is so sacred to us! Next week is Aidan’s last week of school so we have just one more date left before the summer. Next year he will start Kindergarten which means we will have several opportunities to date. Looking way forward to that! Times they are a changin!

For our “date” today we went to the gym and I had yet ANOTHER fantastic workout. I really felt like I could have ran some more when I got home. I even suggested to Jeremy that we do Jillian (TWSS) but quickly dismissed that idea! I ran on the treadmill for 30 min, topping out at 6.0 mph again! (YAY!) and then did a version of my at-home upper body workout. I did the shoulder workout, 3 sets of 15 bicep curls w/ 8lb free weights then 3 sets of 25 bench dips.

Lunch

So yummy again!

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Apple, orange, leftover broccoli from yesterday, turkey and reduced fat Swiss cheese on a La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Soft Wrap pressed in my Panini Maker.

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I love these, they are so yummy. They have mild sweet and nutty taste that really complimented the turkey cheese combination.

I am finding myself having a daily Spark instead of a weekly Spark. It is making all the difference in my energy levels through the afternoon. Today my Spark lady gave me a sample of the pink lemonade. It was ok, but the mandarin orange is my favorite of them all.

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Snacks

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Archer Farms mini blueberry bagel with 1/2 wedge of Laughing Cow Strawberries & Cream Cheese, Clif Kid Z Bar.

While we were picking up Aidan from school I found these gorgeous wild flowers!

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There is a beautiful white butterfly right in the middle.

It’s the simple things…..

Tonight we have Willy Wonka performance to attend at a certain elementary school! Willy Wonka is one of my favorite favorite movies. Old and new.

“Hello Starshine! The Earth says HELLOOOOO!”

Have a lovely evening my friends!

Request Denied….

So my abundant energy yesterday took a complete nose dive around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  I was counting the minutes until Jeremy finally made it home.  I was so tired that I was laying in bed by the time he got home and didn’t even have enough energy to get onto my children who were completely taking advantage of the fact that Mommy was collapsed in the bed.

“Aidan, go brush your teeth.”

“No.”

“Luke have you put lotion on? And please go put some socks on your feet, I mopped today”

request denied…..

“Boys please stay in your rooms until Daddy gets home, don’t talk to each other and please stop fighting.”

5 min later I hear them fighting…..in the living room.  Whatever, I didn’t even care anymore.  Been there before?

Jeremy walked through that door not a minute too soon.  He was so sweet and brought home some ice cream, but I was too exhausted to eat it!  Thumbs down I was dead to the world by 8pm.

I slept well last night and felt really good this morning.  I am still feeling really good which is surprising because normally I am worthless by 2pm.  Which got me thinking.  I had a really incredible workout yesterday.  Not only did I run, but I came home and did level 2 of 30 Day Shred, THEN I mopped our floors.  But by 3…..forget it.  It was literally like when your cold medicine has worn off.  It was sudden, I was driving home from the grocery store and it hit me.

This morning I had another incredible run.  I ran for 30 min increasing the speed every 5 minutes.  I did walk for 5 min in between but finished like I was some sort of machine at 5.8 for 2 min and then 6 mph for 2 min, which is fast for these stubby legs.  I really surprised myself.   I was definitely in “the zone”.  I did some ab work afterwards and then some stretching.  When I got home I felt like running another couple of miles or doing a DVD.  But I had to start on some other things so I didn’t have the time.  For some reason I decided to look up L-Carnitine which is the other supplement in the raspberry ketone I am taking.  I found that one of the benefits of a carnitine supplement is that it has been shown to reduce fatigue.   I am wondering if it has anything to do with the way I have felt during my workouts.  I took one this morning with breakfast and my morning vitamins and I also took one with lunch instead of dinner (like I did last night).  I am feeling great!  I did just drink some Spark,  so I am sure that has something to do with it too.  But it’s something to note!  I decided on the TopSecret formula after a woman at GNC recommended the L-Carnitine alone.  She had some good results in fat loss with it.  I have heard of L-Carnitine but have never been one for supplements so I never paid much attention to the uses of it.

WEB MD – Benefits of L-Carnitine

What’s funny is the above article says it is “likely ineffective for improving athletic ability. There is no evidence that taking L-carnitine supplements will improve exercise performance or endurance, even in trained athletes.”

Well, I am here to tell you now….it seems to be workin for me…..Winking smile  But then again, I could just be having a good couple of days!

So far I am liking the supplement.  I should be getting my kidney bean extract sometime soon.  I am still deciding if I want to start taking it as well.  I think I will wait until I am finished with the ketones so I don’t contaminate the experiment Winking smile

My eats and treat so far today are:

Breakfast

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Another Smoothie.  I have been craving them in the morning.  I think because it’s not as chilly and they seem to settle faster enabling me to get to the gym earlier.  Even though I LOVE this combo, I need to come up with a new one.  Today’s smoothie was exceptional and super thick.  I almost had to eat it with a spoon.

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop EAS Lean 15
  • 1 tablespoon chia
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 small frozen banana

Post Workout Snack

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Fuji Apple, Cara Cara orange, Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread

Lunch

Was SO delicious!

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Van De Camps Parchment Bake Tilapia in Lemon Pepper, Archer Farms broccoli in a 4 cheese sauce.

I love the Parchment bake so much.  It is so quick and easy to make.  It only takes 20 minutes to bake, there is ZERO mess to clean up and it is delicious!

Treat

The ice cream Jeremy brought home last night that I was too tired to eat.

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Skinny Cow Chocolate Fudge Brownie

I have to get started on the meal planning and grocery list now so I can go grocery shopping later this evening while Jeremy takes the boys to church.

Speaking of grocery shopping….I stumbled upon this this afternoon!

Avoid Grocery Store Aisles – Greatist

I do tend to stick to the perimeter,  but the stores are really getting good about stocking shelves with more natural products.  I also think many manufacturers are catching onto the idea of producing more natural products.

Lastly, something to make you giggle….or at least smile….and please excuse the language in the first part….but unfortunately, it’s the truth. Annoyed

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I am Zen

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How many of you can identify with this?  I know I can.

Sometimes life gets a little crazy and sometimes you just need to unplug and decompress.  I think it is essential, especially for mothers and wives, to do this.  We spend so much time   …..most  of our time…..ok pretty much every waking moment taking care of everyone else, we forget we need to be taken care of too.  Our spirits need to be filled, our bodies need rest and relaxation, and our minds need to be turned off.

So for two days I did just that.  It was LOVELY & I feel 1000% better.

I worked-out Wednesday morning on the treadmill and then did some abs and stretching.

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I finally started Catching Fire Wednesday afternoon.

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I ironed.  This is relaxing for me…I never have time make time for ironing and it stresses me out.  I have many summer clothes that I can’t wear unless I iron them…so I am stuck with wash and wear stuff over and over.  It makes me sad when I go into my closet and see so much potential for cute outfits but I can’t wear any of it because I lack ironing discipline. So I ironed for two hours on Wednesday night and watched about 5 DVR’d  Joyce Meyer shows.  I record these but never get to actually sit and watch them.

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It was heavenly Winking smile

I also listened to about 5 or 6 of her podcasts while getting ready for my date with Prince Charming on Thursday.

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I got pretty for my Prince.

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  • Shirt: Polo (It’s a youth size that I found at a children’s consignment shop when I was selling Aidan’s clothes to them)  I love it.  I rarely wear it though. Why?  Ironing.
  • Cami: Old Navy
  • Jeans: American Eagle
  • Shoes: TOMS
  • Accessories: Watch- Fossil, Bracelets- Coach and a gift from a friend.

We both thought this was funny.

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Clif MoJo bar.  It was delicious by the way!

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We had our Starbucks and then walked around the mall.  He wanted to take me ice skating because I keep saying like every week…..I want to go ice skating!  But wouldn’t you know, this would be the week I wouldn’t feel up to it!

So instead we had a long….looooooooong heart to heart and ate copious amounts of chocolate.

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On a Dessert for Lunch Date at Carino’s!  I think I have started a new trend.

He also got the best thing ever for this picky girl who can’t seem to find a new perfume.

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Sephora Fragrance Sampler for Her.

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This is brilliant.  You buy the box of 10 of their favorite fragrance samples.  Wear them, test them out, decide which one you like & return the gift voucher in the box for a full size bottle.  When we got home I had all 3 boys sitting on the bed with me smelling perfumes and getting their opinion.  It was adorable.  Today I am wearing the one we all liked the best, Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola.  It smells really lovely at first, but then the scent fades quickly.  Perfect example of why it’s good try it out first.

We picked up little A from school and went to get Jeremy’s hair cut and more sweets.  Copious I said.

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Later that afternoon I got the grocery shopping done.

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Truth

By Thursday night I was Zen.

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I slept like a rock last night, probably because I had another case of insomnia Wednesday night.  I found myself asleep sitting up in bed after trying to read just one chapter of Catching Fire.

Breakfast

My new favorite.

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.Chobani 2% Greek Yogurt, 1/2 an Orowheat Sandwich Thin, 1 tbsp. Sunbutter, 1/2 small banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Workout

I did 30 minutes on the treadmill and 20 on the elliptical.  It felt really good and I got super sweaty.  I downloaded some new music from Itunes and I am pretty sure that had everything to do with it.  Music is essential for cardio.  It’s a non-negotiable for me.  These people who work out with no music are bionic or something.

  • Titanium (feat. Sia) – David Guetta & Sia
  • Give Your Heart a Break – Demi Lovato
  • Back in Time – Pitbull
  • Wild Ones (feat. Sia) – Flo Rida
  • Boyfriend – Justin Bieber (don’t judge me)
  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

I am looking FORWARD to my sweat session tomorrow!

Lunch

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  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 7 chopped baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup chopped red and green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2 tbsp. light balsamic vinaigrette.

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

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Spark

Dinner

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A Granny Smith Apple the size of my face and a Cara Cara orange.

A little later, I had a serving of Blue Diamond natural almonds and the other half of the small banana from this morning.

I wasn’t hungry really at dinner time and now it’s after 9pm and wouldn’t you know my tummy us rumbling!  I am about to have 1/2 a Sandwich Thin with some PB.

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I have not nor do I plan on reading the naughty little novel that is taking the women of this country by storm, but I thought this was hilarious!

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The first person I thought of when I saw this was my BFF Cheryl, who told me ALL about it!

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Questions

  • What do YOU do to unplug and decompress?
  • Have you read Shades of Grey?  What did you think about it?

OF NOTE:  My Raspberry Ketone has been ordered and is on its way!

Getting Ready For Some Guests!

We spent yesterday getting ready for some special guests today!  My In-Loves!!!!  I hate to call them “In-Law’s” because it has such a negative connotation. So I call them my in-loves!  They are coming in town for Aidan’s LAST soccer game tomorrow.

Yesterday we got the house spic & span, house-guest ready and also went to the grocery store for some last minute items.  I am planning on making the delicious Chicken Tortilla Crock Pot Soup I made a few weeks ago, for dinner tonight.  I hope they like it!  After grocery shopping we stopped by Schlotzsky’s for lunch.

I chose the pick two with half a smoked turkey sandwich & the

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Cranberry, Apple, Pecan & Chicken Salad

“Fresh mixed field greens, goat cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, apple wedges, red onion, garlic focaccia croutons and grilled chicken strips. Served with a side of hot flat bread and dressing of your choice.” –Schlotzsky’s website

It was a good thing I was super hungry because this was a lot more than I had hoped for!  I ate half of the half sandwich and all of the salad.  It was delicious! I shared the flat bread with Jeremy, but I wish I hadn’t because it was tasty too!

Later that afternoon, Aidan and I shared some jelly beans (so much for that detox) on the couch while watching cartoons. My lack of sleep from the night before kicked in and I fell asleep for about and hour.  Interesting fact: I saw on Dr. Oz that you should nap between 1pm & 4pm but for only 30 min if you want a pick-me-up.  Any longer and your brain will be in too relaxed of a state. You will wake up feeling more tired than when you laid down for the nap in the first place!  Indeed!  I woke up feeling super drowsy and drunk. Thumbs down

Snack

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Cara Cara orange & Fuji Apple

Dinner

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Completely packaged and ready in 20 minutes!

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I have never cooked fish before and have no interest in doing so at this point.  I was really happy to see that all I had to do was put these packages in a baking dish for 20 min.

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Birdseye Steamed Asparagus, 1/2 cup Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Rice, 1/2 a Van de Kamp’s Parchment Bake fillet.

There were only two fillets in the box so Aidan and I shared.  Wow.  We ALL loved it.  I was so impressed.  I am not a huge fish fan but am really trying to be.  I am so glad I stumbled upon this!  Thumbs upThumbs up This would make a great lunch too!

The asparagus didn’t turn out well.  I just can’t seem to get the hang of it.  I thought I couldn’t fail with the steamer bag but I did.  Confused smile

Take 2

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I steamed up some broccoli and had another 1/2 cup of rice.

Dinner preparation was full of small mishaps.  I destroyed the asparagus.  The Uncle Ben’s rice bag exploded in the microwave, sending brown rice all over the inside of the microwave.  I bit into a piece of broccoli and immediately spit it out onto my plate like I was raised by heathens.  It was still frozen!  Jeremy had taken the carousel from the microwave out to wash, so I think the broccoli didn’t cook evenly.  Only about half of it was hot enough to eat.  Thumbs down  Needless to say I didn’t get enough to eat at dinner and found myself hungry a few hours later.

I had some of “the boys’” cereal.

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Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Crunch.

This was a perfect bedtime snack, sweet, low calorie and filling.


On the agenda for today: Workout, get crock pot meal together,  & spend some good quality time with my loved ones.

I hope everyone has a terrific weekend!!!

Questions of the day?

What are your weekend plans?

What is the last “new food” item you tried that you were pleasantly pleased with?

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Running Mojo is Back

I was feeling 110% better yesterday thank goodness!  I got up easily and didn’t really get tired until later in the afternoon around 5 which is saying something since come 2pm I am usually worthless….

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My day started out normal, coffee, oatmeal, did some chores, got the boys ready for school.  All with minimal drama and trauma!  I may or may not have threatened to confiscate their favorite toys if I heard another argument.  What?  Girl’s gotta survive!

After I dropped Aidan off,  I went straight to the gym.  I was in the mood for a long run on the treadmill.  I have had a lot on my mind lately and the rhythm of running just always seems to help me sort things out. The gym was empty and my favorite treadmill was available!   I am pleasantly surprised that these great runs are becoming more and more frequent.  I think the treadmill and I may be becoming friends again.  For a while I couldn’t even spend 5 minutes on it without wanting to stick a fork in my eye.  It was probably due to the seasonal overcrowding.

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This is a good thing because soon it will be so hot, I won’t have the option of running outside unless I plan on running before the sun comes up.

The workout looked like this:

Min        Speed

0-5        4.3 walk

5-10      5.4

10-15    5.6

15-20    5.8

20-25    6.0

25-30    4.3 walk

30-35    5.6

35-40    5.8

40-45    4.3 walk

45-50    5.2

50-55    5.4

55-60    4.3  cool down slowing every one minute.

By the end I had completed 5.02 miles!  Holla!  I’m so slow.

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I felt so incredible when I was finished.  I stretched out for a while and then couldn’t get home fast enough to eat some lunch.

Lunch was…….interesting.  We were out of everything so I had to get creative.  I was out of apples and nuts, my usual appetizer, so I ate a Larabar, undocumented because it was gone in about 2.5 seconds.

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The last of the roasted sweet potatoes (not even a cup), 1 cup mixed berries, deviled egg and chicken salad on half (only had half left) of an Orowheat Sandwich Thin.

I made the chicken salad with canned chicken, 1 boiled egg white, 1 tbsp. relish, 1 tbsp. Miracle Whip Light, mustard, salt and pepper.

…and yes, it was a gross as it looks.

I mentioned the last time I tried this canned chicken I did not like it at all.  I thought it just needed to be cold.  Even though this was a little better, I’m still not a fan.  I ended up using a few spoonful’s and dumping the rest down the garbage disposal.

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I put sweet potatoes on top and that made it more palatable.  Strange combination but it worked!

I never never recommend eating something you don’t love.  If it’s not good, don’t eat it.  I really didn’t have many options yesterday, so that is why I ate the nasty chicken salad.

When I had finished lunch I sat down to start the “Grocery Project”.  I was able make a menu and a grocery list in just a few hours!  You can do wondrous things when you are completely focused and uninterrupted.  I read somewhere that it takes a full 15 minutes to refocus on a task after being interrupted.  I can say that is some truth!

I was hungry, really hungry, just a few hours later so I ate a Kashi Bar (not pictured) and 1/4 cup of Archer Farms Berry Blend low-fat granola.  photo 3

After picking up little A, we picked up some cat food from Petco and then went grocery shopping.  Aidan fell asleep with his head resting on his arms over the handle of the basket.  Why didn’t I take a picture?  His little nap made for a very pleasant trip.

By the time the grocery shopping was done…..2 hrs later…..I was hungry…..again.  BLERG.  On the way home, I ate one of the Blueberry Muffin Larabars that I had just bought.  After putting all the groceries away I sat down for a formal snack.

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Dannon Greek Yogurt in Vanilla with 1/4 cup of the granola cereal.

I also drank 20 oz of water.

Finally…..I wasn’t hungry anymore, at least for a few hours!

Dinner

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Morningstar Black Bean Burger, Alexia Waffle Cut Sweet Potato Fries, and frozen peas.

Yum, yum, yum!

After dinner I had Tootsie Roll and 2 jelly beans.  I really tried not to have them since I am trying to “detox” from my sugar binge over the weekend, but I REALLY wanted that Tootsie Roll.  I blame it on Mrs. Murphy.  The good news is that I didn’t want anything more. I was satisfied with just a little taste instead of it setting me off and feeling like I wanted to devour the entire bag of jelly beans like a mad woman…..Maybe the “detoxes” are beginning to take less time.  Normally I have to give it at least a week before I stop craving massive amounts of sweets after every meal.

I was exhausted really tired by the end of the day, so I got the kitchen cleaned up and pretty much went straight to bed.  Jeremy got home and took care of the rest of the evening’s duties and I was crashed out by 9pm!  HALLELUJIA!

I am hoping to have another great run today & get some errands ran.  There may be also be a mani-pedi in my immediate future.  One can dream!

A Good Good Friday

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Good morning friends!  I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter weekend.  I love Easter.  I love what it represents, I love all the beautiful pastels and pretty clothes.  I love the feeling of renewal that it brings.  What I love MOST is that I can now wear white!  Yes, I am ashamed to admit that I scoff at those who wear white all year round.  Do they not know the rule?  No white after Labor day until Easter?!? I know, I am awful.

I am going to have to make this a quick post as I slept in until almost 7:30am and I have to get my day started a.s.a.p.

Breakfast yesterday, was my oats at about 8am.  I like to note the time, because it is interesting to me how long it takes to get hungry again after eating different types of food.  The oats made a HUGE difference yesterday.  I could really feel the difference all day.  While I didn’t really feel like going to the gym, I didn’t feel like working out at all, I ended up have a really great run on the treadmill.  I lasted an entire hour.  I did some intervals, some slow jogging, some sprints.  I did what felt right.  I knew I needed to spend an hour so I didn’t push myself too hard but I stayed steady.  Slowing when I got tired, speeding up when I felt recovered.

When I got home at about 12:45pm, I wasn’t really hungry yet so I snacked.

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Apple and a Carrot Cake Larabar

I did finally get hungry about an hour later

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Orowheat Sandwich Thin Panini w/ turkey and Sargento reduced-fat Pepper Jack Cheese & BBQ Popchips

I got super tired around 3pm so I had a Spark

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When Jeremy got home from his extra job we went to Target for some groceries to make Easter Dinner & we all got new pairs of shoes!  The boys got flip flops and I got a pair of sandals. That’s another thing I love about Easter, new shoes!  Afterwards we picked them up a pizza for Pizza Night.

Dinner

I made a salad around 6pm.

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Baby Spinach, baby carrots, honey roasted peanuts, a slice of pepper jack cheese (diced), grapes and light vinaigrette.

I also cut a tiny sliver off a regular slice of pizza.  Oh my word it is so good.  I could totally go overboard.  I remember when I would scarf down 3-4 slices.  *YIKES*  Even though I was hungry, I wasn’t ravenous.  It’s all about the oats!

After dinner we dyed Easter Eggs!

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I also made some cupcakes.  They have a cream cheese frosting that you have to frost right before eating.  There are 24 of them so I didn’t frost and decorate them all.  I decorated two for Jeremy and I (Aidan wasn’t interested) and then immediately ate them.  Taking a  picture was an afterthought!  I will definitely be sure to capture them tomorrow!  They were delectable!

I have to note what Aidan said about the cupcakes.  I swear this child teaches me so many things.  He has been better than therapy at times.

Me: “A.J. you want to try a cupcake?”

A: “Sure!” ~takes a bite~ “Mmmm good!”

Me: “Do you want one of your own?”

A: “ummm, no, they are good, but no thank you!”

How precious and polite.  I need to remember that.  “These are good, but no thank you!”

Well, I am off to get ready for a soccer game, a picnic and a birthday party!  I hope everyone has a blessed Easter!

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Hello Bob, we meet again

Yesterday, my morning started at 4:20 am when I woke up with a bloody nose……GOOD MORNING ALLERGIES!  *eyeroll*  I tried to go back to sleep but to no avail.  I got up to find that my coffee maker (Jeremy) forgot to get the coffee ready the night before.

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He makes MUCH better coffee than I do and all I can manage in the morning is to push the ON button.  I started to get a pot going when he came in and took over.  Knocking a cup of water all over the floor in the process……We both just started laughing.  Hey, it was our Friday, nothing was going to bug us.

Breakfast was my yummy yummy oatmeal and then it was time to get the boys ready for school.  When I got back from dropping A off at school, it was time to spend some time with Bob.

Hello Bob, we meet again.

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This picture cracks me up.

It was a little, and I stress LITTLE, easier than last week.  It didn’t take me 30 minutes of laying on the floor before I could get up again & I was able to fully function the rest of the day.  I was able do almost all of the reps this time, but I seriously felt like I was going to fall over at some points.  I am REALLY excited to add this into my weekly rotation.

Lunch

I didn’t have a lot of time to eat so I made something quick.

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Dannon Vanilla Greek Yogurt, 1/4 cup Cinnamon Honey Bunches of Oats, 14 almonds and an apple.

I went to pick up little A and then made a quick grocery trip.  Luckily, this week didn’t require a detailed grocery project; we just needed a few things.

When I got home, I needed to bake something.  But first I needed a snack…..or two.

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Kashi Bar

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Strawberry Honey Bunches of Oats w/ unsweetened almond milk.

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 Hershey’s Air Delight – I had two little pieces of LUKE’s candy bar…I was so proud of my self restraint.

I started by baking a batch of Jamie’s Bread.

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and then I realized that my ingredients for the Healthy Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins were going to go bad so I made up a batch of those too.

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In this batch I used 1/8 cup Xylitol Brown Sugar Blend, the rest regular brown sugar, and substituted the oil for unsweetened applesauce.  I also remembered to put the wheat germ in it this time.  I added 2 tbsp. of water because the batter was a little thick, and the consistency turned out really moist.

They are really good again, but have a slightly different taste.  Although I have never used wheat germ before, I suspect this is what I am tasting.

Dinner was yummy yummy leftovers.  I baked some more corn tortillas and served the casserole over them.

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 Dessert

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I set out a couple of muffins to eat right away and then stored the rest in THE BACK of the freezer for a rainy day.  They may be healthier, but they sure aren’t calorie free!

I am not as sore as I was last week after Bob’s workout, but I am sore, so I am planning an easy 45-60 min elliptical workout today. I have about three magazines I need to read.  Who ever said that you aren’t working hard enough if you can still read a magazine, clearly has never done the elliptical on level 10 for 30 min….just sayin!

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Of note:   I am starting to think that my lack of appetite is not a lack at all.  I think it is actually a normal appetite. This is something I have never really experienced.  All of my life I have had a hunger for something more, a need, and I have filled those holes in my life with comforting foods. During my dieting phase, I was always either constantly slightly hungry, or stuffed. Never just satisfied and comfortable. I am starting to connect the dots with all of the small changes I have been making to my diet and in my behaviors. I was MUCH less hungry yesterday than I was Monday. On Monday, my breakfast was a sorry excuse for one and I paid for it later. Yesterday, I had a big breakfast, with a tablespoon of chia seed and my appetite was back to normal. It has been a real challenge for me to adjust to maintaining. The weight loss was easy in comparison. Maintaining it is the real challenge. I feel like I have just now taken the training wheels off and am on my own.  Breaking free from calorie counting and constantly weighing myself, to just focusing on honoring my hunger, respecting my fullness and making healthy food choices; the right combinations at the right times. It is still a challenge for me to not loosely add up how many calories I have eaten. I do it because it makes me feel safe and in control. I feel like I am learning to trust myself for the first time. It’s going to take a while, but little by little we will get there.

Little Kids, Big Messes

Rainstorms make for an interesting morning when you have two little boys you need to get to school.  Tuesday mornings are very carefully orchestrated in my house, so when a little obstacle like rain enters the picture, well, things can get quite tense around here.  Fortunately they were both very cooperative and helpful so that made things very pleasant.  Yesterday, I had to make sure Aidan was “extra fancy” because it was picture day!

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We were working on our smile, he was over it.

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I told him “Just be yourself A.J.!”

Sweet boy.

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Then I was off to work on my fitness.  Tuesdays I normally do an hour of cardio.  But today I changed things up a bit.  I did 30 min on the treadmill, keeping it pretty slow because  I thought I had another 30 min to do over on the elliptical.  It went by super fast & before I knew it I had been on there for 20 minutes.  At some point during the last 10 min I decided I was going to do the 30 min of cardio and then finish up my upper body workout from Monday.  The gym was empty so I had plenty of space to work this time. Thumbs up

Tricep Dips   4 sets of 25          bodyweight

Push-ups  (knees)    1 set of 20,  2 sets of 10

Then I did 2 sets of the shoulder work from my upper body workout.  The first set I used 8 lb. free weights and the second set I used 5 lbs.

Oh my heavens, my arms were jelly.  I could barely buckle my seat belt!

By the time I left the gym the skies were turning blue!  That totally made my day.

When I got home, I was shocked to find exactly how messy we had left things.  It was like the old days when there was a party and everyone may or may not have been drinking a few too many cocktails.  When you wake up the next morning to survey the damage & think  “What in the world happened in here?”.  Towels everywhere, clothes strewn about, dishes all over the place.  “What is the sticky mess all over the floor?”  It never ceases to amaze me that I go to bed with a tidy house and by 8am I have to spend at least an hour getting it straightened up again.

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Before I got started on the damage I had a snack

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Jamie’s Cinnamon Protein Bread and an apple

I added a little smear of natural peanut butter on top.

Surprisingly, this held me over for several hours.  I was able to get the messes cleaned up, do some laundry, and start the “grocery project” for this week.  Time flew by and it was time to go pick up little A.  Mommy’s Day Out is never what it implies…..Confused smile. I knew I was going to need a little extra mental focus and energy later in the afternoon,  so I made a Spark and was out the door.

When I got home I still wasn’t hungry but I tried to eat a few things hoping it would ignite somewhat of an appetite.  Thumbs down

Over the course of the afternoon….

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I had what was left of this Chobani yogurt.  I got it for the boys but they didn’t like it so we wrapped it up for later.  I added a small amount (~ 1 tsp.?) of PB, and 2 tbsp. of homemade granola,

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a handful of nuts &

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a white corn tortilla w/ guacamole, fat free re-fried beans, reduced fat shredded cheese and salsa.

I am not sure what’s going on with my appetite.  I have noticed that since I have been working on eating intuitively, I have days like this.  It’s usually after Mrs. Murphy; after a period of an insatiable appetite, and has a lot to do with whether or not I have been sleeping enough.  It makes me feel so much more in control when I am in tune with my body and its needs from day to day.  Instead of following a strict calorie counting program, I have learned to really get to know my body, trust it, and treat it a lot better.  We are all born intuitive eaters, but somewhere a long the way, food rules were enforced & emotions were traumatized.  Leading us to over-eat or under-eat and head straight to food for comfort.

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L came home from school & he wanted to see if he could do something……

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I’m not gonna lie, I was scared!

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I tried a little snack again

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Clif Kids Z-Bar S’mores

My little furry friend and I spent the next few hours or so going through the kitchen and house making a grocery list, making a menu & clipping coupons.

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 Dinner

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Turkey Burger on Nature’s Own Whole Wheat Bun with shredded cheese (we are out of sliced cheese) and mixed greens, Alexia Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries, and Archer Farms Olive Oil & Herb California Blend.

Even though I still wasn’t hungry, I made myself eat all of this, especially since I skipped dinner Monday night.  I have learned that under-eating eventually leads to over-eating in later days.  I also don’t want it to affect my workouts.  I think my body may just be trying to balance out.  My weight was up a few pounds yesterday morning.  Even though I really don’t pay much attention to the number, it does help me understand what might be going on from day to day.  I have noticed that if my weight is up a little, my appetite is a little less over the next few days.  If my weight is gets down past a certain number, my appetite is out of control.  I am such a nerd to find this stuff fascinating! Just kidding

After dinner I spent the rest of the evening finishing up my “Grocery Project”.

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Finally finished at 9:45pm!!!! Thank goodness for Spark!  Note to self: do yourself a favor and really try to get this done on Monday.

On the agenda for today – workout, grocery shopping Thumbs down (I really wish I could have gotten it done yesterday), & a soccer game (if the fields aren’t too muddy).  It’s going to be a GREAT DAY and remember…..

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