Burnt Fur Stinks

In the morning before anyone gets up, I come to my spot at the dining room table and read, pray for strength, wisdom and grace to make it through the day, wake up, have some coffee.  Sometimes I like to light a candle and just bask in the peaceful loveliness of it all.  My cat……..likes to invade my space during this time.   It’s ok though, she doesn’t talk or ask for anything and her purr is quite relaxing as well.  This morning she caught her tail on fire.

I heard this WHOOSH sound and looked up to see her TAIL…..ON FIRE!  I don’t even know what happened after that but the next thing I knew there were bits of singed hair all over the table and the nastiest stench in the air.  Poor thing.  She was fine, didn’t even know what was going on and why her relaxed momma was all the sudden freaking out.  As she traveled from room to room her stench followed her and didn’t go away until well after I had lit every single candle and Scentsy lamp I own.  Good Morning Tuesday!

Breakfast

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1/2 Orowheat sandwich thin, 1 tbsp. JIF Natural PB, sprinkle of chia and cinnamon, 1/2 small banana

Workout

60 min. Spin

It was AWSOME today. I think I am finally getting the hang of the bike and the resistance. I had a lot of fun today and didn’t once feel woozy or feel like I needed to back off. I love the instructor on Tuesday.  She is very mind-body oriented and is always saying just the right thing at the right time to make you dig deeper into that zone when you just THINK you are giving it your all.  She made me dig deep out of that comfort zone.  She said something this morning that I think only I and one other person understood.  She was encouraging us to up the resistance & then she said,

“If you want to stay the same, stay the same, if you want to change, then change.”

Snack

Apple & 2 pieces of protein bread

Lunch

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1/2 cup cucumbers, 7 carrots, 1 cup cantaloupe, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/2 a serving of my tuna salad recipe

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Dannon Greek Yogurt in Key Lime with Cinnamon Teddy Grahams

Dinner & Dessert

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Morningstar Chik’n Patty, Alexia Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries, Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli.

This was the first time I have tried this broccoli.  I tried to find it on-line but I couldn’t.  The description on the bag says it’s seasoned with a parmesan cheese sauce and Tuscan inspired seasonings.  It was delicious!  Even Luke liked it and that boy doesn’t like anything but pizza & cake.

I have been looking and looking, “pinning”, book marking, and tearing out all sorts of recipes from my magazines.  This one from Spark Recipes was one that I thought sounded really good!  I had all the ingredients on hand so I gave it a go.  I warned everyone that they are “HEALTHY” brownies so don’t expect much.

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Chewy Cupcake Brownies from Spark Recipes.

They are good!  They don’t taste like real brownies but they are a nice treat for those who are watching their figure and would like a sweet treat.  I like recipes like this because they satisfy my sweet tooth without making me want to eat the whole pan or batch,  or the entire remaining bag of chocolate chips….Who me?  NEVER! In love

I substituted the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and added a packet of Starbucks VIA to the dry ingredients.  I don’t think either one made a difference in taste.  I will definitely be making these again.  I might try a glaze of some sort the next time.  They’d be good with a smear of PB too!

…and the boys weren’t too terribly disappointed! L even asked for one in his lunch tomorrow!

WIN!

Afternoon Happenings

This afternoon we had to go to Petco for some cat food.  We always love going there to see all the sweet little animals.  They had some kittens there today!  We would have a zoo if we could.  Jeremy even wants horses and cows someday.  Never gonna happen but…just sayin, we love animals around here.  Aidan is forever rescuing bugs and critters, I swear the child would bring in an armadillo of he had the chance!

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This came in the mail!  Oh HAPPY DAY!

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My friend Cheryl shared this on her Facebook page today and I just loved it.

Jeremy and I have definitely been through our fair share of trials.

Today was an all around great day!  Tomorrow is Luke’s next to last day of school, only a half day!  I am excited for him, I know he is ready.  He will be going to his dad’s house for the entire month of July this year so I am going to have to make the most of the few weeks we have before he goes.  Sad smile

I am hoping to MAYBE go to BootCamp in the morning but its at 8:15am and I am just not quite sure I will be able to make it that early.  I am certainly going to try!  Wish me luck!!

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!