Skipped Bootcamp, Baked Sweets

I always get a little excited when I am mixing a smoothie now that I have added spinach…..I can’t wait to see what horrific shade it will turn…..


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“Shade of Grey” Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop EAS Lean 15 Vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia

Despite the horrific shade of grey… was delicious!  I love when my meal represents the colors of the rainbow.  If you mix every color don’t you get black?  And isn’t grey pretty close to black? Just sayin!!!! Winking smile

I forgot Jeremy had a meeting this morning and I wouldn’t have help with the boys so getting to the  8am Bootcamp was pretty much a laughable aspiration.  We are going to go to the one on Saturday morning…….hopefully.  Once again, a lofty aspiration, but we are going to try our best!!!

While I was waiting on him to get back so we could do Bob’s workout together, I baked.

I baked some incredible muffins!  They are from the gorgeous girls at Tone-It-Up

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Jane’s On-The-Go Muffins

They are a low-fat oatmeal banana chip muffin.  Their recipe calls for carob chips but I didn’t have any nor do I know where to get any.   I know carob chips have half the calories of chocolate chips, but I used mini chocolate chips instead.  These are so delicious.  They would be very good without chocolate chips, with walnuts or with both!  I calculated the nutrition value for a few different variations.

With 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips:

161 calories, 33g carbs, 3g fat, 3g fiber, 0 cholesterol, 3g protein

Without chocolate chips:

114 calories, 27g carbs, 1g fat, 3g fiber, 0 cholesterol, 2g protein

With 1/2 cup walnuts:

147 calories, 28g carbs, 4g fat, 3g fibers, 0 cholesterol, 3g protein

I started out having just half, then I had to eat the other half immediately!



This is slowly but surely no longer the most intense workout ever.  Each time I am finding myself hanging in there longer and longer.  TODAY, I was able to hold the squat position for the entire time each time.  I may not have had my thighs parallel, but I wasn’t standing there with my hands on my hips cursing Bob to hell.  I still hate the runners lunge push-ups but I do them anyway.  They are just weird and awkward for me.  What is the point of those anyway?  Maybe if I knew that, I would enjoy them, well, maybe just not hate them.


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1 cup leftover broccoli, 1/4 cup chickpeas, 1/4 cup red kidney beans.

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Apple & 1/2 cup cantaloupe.

I ended up not eating the apple at lunch but ate it later for a snack along with some popcorn.


Pop Secret 100 calorie Pop.

They have the most awesome website!  They have  movie suggestions when you select your mood, occasion and who’s watching! FUN!

 I am off to make a grocery list!  On the menu for next week

So Long Food Rut!


Great Articles To Read Today!

12 Secrets to a Flawless Complexion – Daily Glow

How Your “Healthy Habits” Might Not Be So Healthy – Greatist

……and did you know my secret boyfriend Dr. Oz is now on Pinterest?

Check it out HERE.


Needing a Challenge

I woke up this morning…..famished!  I seriously could have eaten breakfast at 5am.  I had my coffee and that held me over for a few hours.

First, around 7am, I ate an orange along with my L-Carnitine/Raspberry Ketones.

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Then it looked like I was way ahead of schedule and would be able to make it to the gym super early. So at about 7:30 I ate a small breakfast of 1/2 a bagel thin with 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1/2 a banana and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

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I gave it about an hour to digest as I felt my motivation and energy level waning…..I went to bed way late last night because I was up reading Catching Fire.  I know better than this. All I wanted to do was go back to bed and or eat something else.  I was soooo hungry!  I decided I would have something else to eat and give it another hour before I dragged my lazy bum to the gym.

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8:30 – Dannon Traditional Greek yogurt in strawberry, 14 almonds, 1/4 cup Cinnamon Honey Bunches of Oats and 2 tbsp. homemade granola.  Finally….not hungry anymore.

After about an hour I finally made it to the gym.


Most of the time after two days of rest, it’s easy for me to go to workout.  I am ready for it.   I start to feel gross and lazy after two days.  But there are sometimes when it’s not easy at all.  If I didn’t know better, it would be the beginning of falling off the Healthy Living Wagon.  Something came to me this morning as I was begrudgingly putting on my running shoes.

“Amanda, not working out is not an option for you.”

I don’t know where it came from, maybe it was divine, but it was one of those moments that just really lit the fire under me.  It’s really not an option for me.  I have to workout.  I have to workout for my mental health, for my physical health, for my kids, for my husband, for me.  I do LOVE working out, but I know that it would be so easy for me to just stop.  It’s not an option.  I can’t go back to living the way I was living over two years ago.

When I got there and got started I had a great workout.  Not surprisingly.  Isn’t that how it always happens?  As I was yet again running on the treadmill, I realized that I am getting very bored with my workouts lately.  Even though they have been really great, I don’t look forward to my gym workouts the way I used to. What I really wanted to do this morning was Bob’s workout because it has been such a challenge, or just SOMETHING new.  I even thought about taking Aidan to the park and doing something fun there.  But, part of working out for me is to be able to give myself a mental break & give my Mommy Brain a break.  A break from constant questions, constant re-directing, constant noise.  I started thinking I need a change and new challenge.  So I am going to step out of my comfort zone and start taking advantage of all the group exercise classes at my gym. Something that is funny to me is that I have a slight disdain for the group classes. When there are too many going on at once, I can not find a parking spot and sometimes we have to wait for a spot in the KidZone.  Well, if you can’t beat them, join them!   I have really been wanting to try a Spin Class.  They come out of that class drenched in sweat.  When Luke is out of school I am going to start going back to Bodypump.  I had to stop going because the classes are at 5 and 6 pm.  Which for me is too late.  I may get brave and try the Bootcamp.  I don't know smile  All I know is I have to do something to avoid complete burnout.

I felt pretty good after my workout but like I had completely phoned it in because I was bored.  I ran for the entire 30 min again, and then did two sets of my usual shoulder workout and 2 sets of 15 bicep curls, both with 8lb weights. Then I did 20 full push-ups.  I skipped all the other stuff I usually do because, you guessed it….bored.

My three breakfasts this morning did a great job of holding me over until almost 3pm!  I finally got hungry again and had an apple, & two pieces of the protein bread I made yesterday.

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Don’t you know peanut butter tastes better straight out of the jar?

I’m not sure what’s for dinner.  I think Morningstar Corndogs and Annie’s Mac-N-Cheese for Aidan.  Luke had a party after school complete with pizza and cookies, so fruit for him Winking smile

It was another bowl of roasted veggies & 1 cup of Archer Farms Coconut Cashew Basmati rice for me.


I need to find some more “New Recipes” for this week.  Hopefully I can actually find some instead of looking for hours only to have found nothing and be starving for cake!

Are you in a workout rut/weight loss rut too?  This may help.

Motivation Rut Busters – Fitness Magazine.

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.




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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!


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!


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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.


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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.

Pity Party for One?

One of the things I love about sharing on this blog is that I can share my victories as well as my struggles.  This weekend was a struggle.  From Friday afternoon all the way until this morning when I had my final pity party and decided I needed to snap out of it.  I am not proud to admit that I handled my issues this weekend by turning to food.  I thought I had gotten it out of my system Friday. Saturday was really great!  But by Sunday afternoon, I was making terrible food choices again.  Jeremy had to work so I anticipated Sunday being hard. I even made many plans to stay busy, but because of a grumpy 5 year old who missed the concept of Mother’s Day, I was unable to follow through with those plans.  I felt like I was treading water just to make it through the day.  Turning to food for comfort, numbing the pain and the pity I felt for myself.

peanut M&Ms


This morning I woke up with a refreshed sense of well-being but several hours into the day I found myself completely overwhelmed and in yet another pity party (tears and all).  It’s true what they say about tears, they are healing.  I took some deep breaths and decided right then, in the middle of my kitchen still in my pajamas and bathrobe….I AM NOT going to do this.  I began to dig deep and remember a few things I have learned over the years.

First of all I remembered who I AM rather than who I AM NOT.  I recited some of my own personal Power Thoughts.

I remembered that I am no longer this woman.


I am THIS woman

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Strong, disciplined, of sound mind, a child of God, happy, healthy and incredibly blessed.

I thanked God for these,

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and their health and happiness.

Before I knew it, I began feeling less and less overwhelmed and sorry for myself.  The word of God is a double-edged sword.

I decided I would have a healthy breakfast

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

And then do the Most Intense Work Out Ever, which surprisingly, wasn’t as intense as it has been in the past.  Don’t get me wrong, I was a sweaty mess and cursing that cute little Southern boy by the end, but, it was easier, and I use that term lightly.

I then had a snack of a yummy apple and some protein bread while I was heating up some soup.

Wolfgang Puck Soup

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I got myself cleaned up, make-up and all, then left for a mani-pedi and a coffee from Starbucks.

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Do you like my new ring?  It was my Mother’s Day gift!  I am in-love with it!

I made this AMAZING casserole tonight for dinner.

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Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas from Iowa Girl Eats

I didn’t like the pico de gallo (it was store bought) so I picked it off.  This was so so good!  Another great recipe from an awesome site!  I haven’t calculated the nutrition facts but I will and then post those.

I am glad I am feeling like myself again.  I am glad I remembered why I started this healthy living thing over 2 years ago and how it has changed my life.  Healthy eating and exercise are my anti-depressants.  I am glad I remembered that I have power over my thoughts and sometimes happiness is a choice.  When you set your mind on positive things, your life becomes more positive.

Here are the positive things that happened this weekend…..

“Munchin with Mom” Friday

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My White Kidney Bean Extract came in!

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I have decided that I am going to add it to the L-Carnitine/Raspberry Ketone supplement, which interestingly seems to be working!

Birthday Party Saturday.  Aidan is going through a phase of not liking to take pictures Annoyed

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My sweet Mother’s Day Cards!

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Aidan is graduating from Pre-School tomorrow!  I know it will be a total tear fest!  I better go get some clothes ironed and get myself to bed!

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Finding Rhythm

As a new blogger I am trying different things (for lack of better terms) to “find my mojo” in the blogging world.  One is to find my rhythm.  I have said before that while I LOVE to share about fitness and nutrition, about my boys and life in general…it takes time and commitment.  Time away from my responsibilities, my other loves like my sweet boys, reading, quiet time, baking, cooking, working out.  Lately things seem to be a tad out of balance again.  I have spent the past two days catching up on things that have fallen by the wayside.…..So, in trying to find a new rhythm I am going to try posting in the afternoons instead of the mornings.  Mornings are …….chaotic.  Afternoons are……well less chaotic….for a few hours anyway.  So hopefully posting in the afternoons/evenings will work out better.  If not, I’ll try something else!

This evening,  I would like to catch up for yesterday and today and then hopefully by tomorrow I can start posting a little differently.



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Coffee, Oats


Not gonna lie here, it totally sucked.  I did 15 on the treadmill, trying desperately to get my heart rate up.  Even did some crazy intervals….no go.  Thumbs down  So I switched to the elliptical.  I was able to get a good burn on there but by that time I was just grumpy britches so I ended it at 15 mins.  I went over to the weights and had a much better time over there.

2 sets of 10 push-ups on toes

1 set of 10 push-ups in knees

2 sets of 25 bench dips

The shoulder part of my upper body workout

3 sets of 15 bicep curls w/ 8lb weights

Then I did my ab challenge and a stretch out.

Over all,  I think it was a good workout, but it didn’t FEEL like one.  I think I need to officially break up with my heart rate monitor.  We took a break a while ago but I think it needs to be official this time.  It’s ruining my workout mojo.  It was great while it lasted.  It REALLY helped me get over some humps and I would recommend the use of one to everyone,  but for me…’s time to go.  I really wanted that pink one too.  I’ll have to splurge on another fitness accessory instead….


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I made Hungry Girl’s White Pizza with Flatout flatbread.  It was SUPER yummy.  The only thing I didn’t like was that the bread didn’t get very crispy.   I could have rolled it up into a wrap, which would have been yummy as well, but not what I was going for.  I should have baked the bread for a while first to make it a little more crispy.

I had several snacks through the day.  An apple, orange, some protein bread, I think a of couple granola bars…..Snacky Day for sure.

Aidan and I planted some flowers and collected bugs…..*shiver*

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It’s a start!  Hopefully the Texas sun won’t annihilate them.

Dinner was leftover baked ziti.

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It was much better the second day!  Casseroles always are!



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I made my oats pretty much the same, just less of them.

1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tsp. Jif natural peanut butter

1 tbsp. chia seed

sprinkle of cinnamon.




It was hard, it was intense and once again my first thought was…


Today, I tried a few of the supplements I got over the weekend.

First was this

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The name of it made me laugh.

sexy beast

Beast Mode by Beast Sports Nutrition was good!  I liked it a lot.  I don’t think it gave me that edge they speak of during the workout, Bob was hard as ever (TWSS).  I was feeling a little sluggish before I drank it. Then I had a big burst of energy and my mind was much more alert about 30 min after drinking it.  The flavor was yummy and fruity!  The only thing that was weird and I will have to find out why this was but, I had this pins and needles feeling in my face, hands and legs for a few hours.  Not pleasant.

After my workout I drank this

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Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator

I was nervous since the last time I tried a Vega product, I was sadly disappointed.  But this was pretty good!  It was a bit grainy and earthy tasting but I poured it over ice and that made it better.  It reminded me of a V-8.  After today’s workout I was toast.  I drank this immediately after and it made me feel incredible!  I mopped the floors as well as vacuum plus a lot of other cleaning type stuff.  I did some mental tasks like ordering birth certificates,  finding coupons and recipes.  I haven’t felt the least bit tired physically or mentally today.  Both products seemed to have an appetite suppressing effect too.

I didn’t get hungry until around 1:30 so I grabbed a quick snack I could eat on the way to get Aidan from school.

Lunch Part I

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Banana and 1 serving of Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds

That seemed to kick start my appetite and I was hungry for “lunch” around 2:30 when we got back.

Lunch Part 2

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Turkey and Provolone Panini on a Thomas Whole Wheat Bagel Thin.

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Jamie’s bread + 1 tsp. PB.

Since I ate lunch pretty late I wasn’t very hungry for a big dinner.  I’d love to be able to eat most of my calories during the day then have a light dinner.  A new goal to work on I guess!


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Dannon Greek Yogurt with 1 serving of protein bread on top.

I am alarmed by the lack of vegetables in my diet the past several days.  I definitely need to work on that!

Here are some interesting internet finds!

Take a Rest Day, or 2 – Greatist

Lose weight without losing your social life – Fitness Magazine.

I better go before my children burn the house down!

…..but one last thing….I found this while cleaning my sweet Luke’s room this afternoon.

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We got him a little journal as one of his baptism gifts and this is what he is writing in it.   Not comics, or stories about beyblades or pokemons…..He is such a little thinker.  It’s hard to tell what’s going on in his mind most of the time as he is very introverted.  But times like this I am reminded that beneath that seemingly tough exterior is a soft vulnerable heart.  Precious boy.  God bless & keep Luke.

Would you like a Tornado with that?

Yesterday was scary.  Like, hiding in a bathroom scary.  More on that later.

It was Pajama Day at Pre-School

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He is just too much!

I didn’t have time to eat breakfast before I took Aidan to school so I ate when I got back.  Surprisingly, I was not craving oatmeal!

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I started to scramble up two egg whites. The yolk of one fell into the bowl so I scrambled up 1 egg white and 1 whole egg.  I put half the eggs on an Orowheat Sandwich Thin along with 1 slice of reduced-fat Colby Jack Cheese and 1 Morningstar Sausage Patty.  Then, I grilled it in my Panini maker.  On the side, I had the other sausage patty and the rest of the eggs.  This was SO delicious.  I am such a huge fan of bigger breakfasts.  I ate this a little later in the morning, around 9:30, and it really helped my hunger levels the rest of the day.

Even though I got superb nights sleep, and had 3 cups of coffee (not because I was tired but because I just love it), I found myself completely exhausted by 10am (probably a caffeine crash). I had gotten up as usual, had a great morning and then out of no where my energy plummeted.

After breakfast, I got the house picked up from the morning rush and laid down on the couch in complete bliss as I relished the absolute quiet of the house.  I thought, “Ahhhhh, I can sleep as long as I want.”  I reflected on a time not so long ago when I hadn’t slept in days/weeks.  I would find myself sitting or standing there rocking my crying baby, as I, myself was also crying.  Him for whatever reason, me from utter exhaustion.  When I say I am exhausted now, I really shouldn’t use that term.  Ever.  I am just a little tired.  Back in Aidan’s infant days I would day dream about a day that I could sleep anytime I needed to.  I was in bliss yesterday as I had realized that day had come.

Even though I could have slept for hours, I didn’t.  I didn’t want to sleep my special day away.  I took a 20 min power nap to take the edge off and then got up to deal with Bob.  I regret saying I was going to show him who was boss because he was the one owning me yesterday.  I went into it with complete confidence because I did so much better last week.  Yesterday,  I was dying.  I managed to finish it the best I could.  I can say I didn’t phone it in at any point, but it was brutal.  I couldn’t even finish the last squat jumps.  I just stood there, hands on my hips, slouched in defeat saying out loud “You’re killing me.”

So all the while I am doing this workout, the tornado sirens are going off and my phone is blowing up.  I am trying to concentrate on not dying and am being distracted by why in the world the sirens would be going off as well as my phone.  While I am doing lunge #32094, it’s getting darker and darker.  I notice the wind is picking up.  I quickly go over to my phone and Jeremy had sent me about 4 texts saying,  “Um HELLO?!?!  There is a tornado in  -“my city”- and you aren’t answering.  Please tell me you are ok.”  I quickly replied,  “Yes” and I got back to my lunges.  #DEDICATED.  Honestly I only had a little bit left.  When I was done, I had about 20 minutes before I had to leave to get Aidan from school.  I turned on the T.V. to see what all the hub-bub was about and well, well, well, what d’ya know….TORNADOS all around me!!!!  Let the freak out commence.  I start thinking a million things. “Do I go pick up Aidan?  What about Luke?  Should I leave? Should I call the schools?”  I put my big girl panties on and left.

I was pretty much starving at that point but didn’t have time to really make anything, so I grabbed my trusty Kashi bar

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I’m not going to lie….I was terrified.  I had worn my heart rate monitor out of curiosity as to exactly how hard the workout was & I hadn’t taken it off before I left.  I looked down to check the time & it was reading my heart rate as 109!  This was 20 min later, in the car….When I got to the school, everyone was in the bathroom!  It was so sad.  I felt so sorry for the teachers and the kids.  They were all confused. Confused smile  I asked Aidan why he was hiding in the bathroom and he said “I don’t know?”  His teacher said, “We didn’t go into any details.”  When we left the sirens were still going off and the radio was talking all about these tornados.  At one point, they were reporting one close to where we were driving but it was far enough away that I couldn’t see anything.  Meanwhile, little A is asking me all these questions I don’t have the answers to.  “Mommy, why are you driving so fast? Mommy, why is it so dark? Mommy, is a tornado going to come get us? Mommy where’s Luke & Daddy? Are they safe? What if a tornado gets our house and rips off our roof, where are we going to live?”  All I kept saying was “We are going to be ok, we just need to get home, quickly.”  I don’t know who I was trying to convince of that.  As we were driving back home the sky was turning dark gray, lightening and thunder everywhere. Just as we were pulling into our garage it started to pour down rain and hail.  I immediately went into the bathroom and hid for about 20 min.  Then I had the bright idea of watching the news.  Thankfully the really bad stuff was to the northwest of us.  I couldn’t call out so I had no idea what was going on at Luke’s school, but after an hour Jeremy was finally able to find out that we were in the clear and the school would be releasing the students at regular time.  Whew…..scary stuff!

During the excitement I had a snack.  I was too freaked out and I also didn’t want to make a commitment to a meal if my roof was about to blow off.

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Apple & 1 serving of almonds.

A few hours later after everything settled down I had this

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Strawberry and Banana Protein Smoothie

1 cup Dole Frozen Fruit – Strawberry Banana Blend

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tbsp. chia seed

1 scoop vanilla whey protein

~ This made a REALLY good smoothie.  One of the best I’ve made. ~


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1/2 an Orowheat Sandwich Thin w/ 1 tsp. JIF natural peanut butter.

My eating schedule was way off so I ended up having the smoothie and the sandwich thin around 4:30 and that kept me full for the rest of the evening.

I spent the evening getting our schedules organized for April,


looking for Easter recipes, and shoes……Winking smile.  I was thankful to have some Black Bean Burritos stored away in the freezer so the boys had that for dinner.  After baths and stories we ALL got into bed at a decent hour.  I don’t know about them but I was exhausted very tired.



Magnificent Monday

Monday was oodles better than the weekend.



Yes, I realize the above picture is uber-cheese, but my 5 yr. old likes it and that is all I really care about.

I got a great nights sleep and woke up ready to get back into our regular routine.  After a breakfast of yummy oats, and morning chores, we headed out to the gym.

I had a really REALLY great workout again.  It seems since I have added a rest day in on Thursdays, I have had much more energy and my workouts have been a lot less torturous.  Yesterday, I did 50 min. on the treadmill and then my abs challenge, except I ran at a faster pace for a longer amount of time and I added 5 extra reps to the abs challenge.  Instead of 25 on each exercise, I did 30.  Thumbs up

My treadmill work looked like this

Min          Speed

0-5          4.3: warm-up walk

5-10        5.4

10-15      5.6

15-20      5.8

20-25      6.0

25-30      4.3: recovery walk

30-35      5.6

35-40      5.8

40-45      6.0

45-50      Cool down: 4.3 slowing every one minute.

I felt so great after this run; I wish they were all this way.

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Side note:  “Crazy Gym Guy”  who had been taking up all the space the last few weeks, was not there yesterday…..or so I thought.  I was doing my ab stuff over in a completely different area by some windows, and guess who sets up shop right next to me?  I can’t win. 

I swear this is him

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On the REAL!


Post Work-Out Snack

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1/2 banana, Kashi Bar


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1/2 cup Rolands Black Bean Quinoa, 1 cup Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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1 cup baby spinach, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 tbsp. reduced fat feta cheese, 1 serving Blue Diamond Roasted Almonds, & little less than 1 tbsp. light vinaigrette.

After lunch I decided my hair needed a little TLC, so I gave it a hot olive oil treatment.  I measured about 1/4 cup of olive oil and heated it in the microwave for 15 seconds. I then wet my hair and put the olive oil all throughout my hair starting at the ends, working my way to the roots.  I twisted it up in a bun on top of my head, then wrapped and tied a plastic bag over the top.  In case you are having a hard time visualizing this image….here ya go

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I’m sexy and I know it!

Then I jumped in the shower, washing my hair last.

Snack time!


Apple and light string cheese.

Luke came home from being away over weekend, with a really awesome attitude problem so he spent the afternoon in his room “thinking about how he wanted to act”.  Thumbs up I think he FINALLY came out and apologized on his own around 6pm!  At least he apologized and had a great demeanor from then on.



Sort of a repeat of lunch, smaller salad.  The salad had a few grapes instead of blueberries, left off the almonds, added a few carrots.

Aidan has school today so I am going to work on showing Bob who’s boss around here! This is a workout you have to do in privacy, lest people be stealing your oxygen!

I can’t BELIEVE I am about to admit this but…….I am in love with this.


For a minute I thought JT had something new!

Questions of the Day:

What song are you completely ashamed to admit you L-O-V-E?

Are there any “Crazy Gym Guys”, or girls,  where you workout?

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.



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.


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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Red heart

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!



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.

Spring Fever?

I am not exactly sure what got into me yesterday.  I don’t think it was Spring Fever because that’s when all you want to do is get outside and play.  Maybe it was my own version of Spring Fever since I am a little different than most women in the fact that I REALLY love to clean.  Not so much in an OCD way, ok, maybe a little, but in a way that I just like things clean and tidy.  Never mind that I can’t leave the house if it’s a mess, that’s normal right?

Messes Mom

I could not get my house clean enough.  For some reason EVERYTHING was filthy!  I cleaned both bathrooms, swept & mopped all the floors, did laundry, & cleaned the boys rooms.  Even though I really wanted to reorganized my cabinets, I finally had to make myself stop around 3:30 so I could call my sweet friend and socialize for a while.  While we were on the phone we talked about all the things we need to clean in hour houses. Confused smile  I think the two of us were separated at birth.


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1/2 an Orowheat Sandwich Thin, 1/2 tbsp. of natural peanut butter, 1/2 of a small banana, & chia seeds. Small bowl of Cinnamon Honey Bunches of Oats w/ unsweetened almond milk.

I was sort of annoyed with breakfast yesterday.  I drank a bunch of water after I had my coffee which left me feeling pretty full, so I wasn’t hungry for breakfast like I usually am. Oats didn’t sound very good so I made this instead.  I was still hungry after the above so I had another bowl of cereal.  I still wasn’t satisfied but I had to go workout in about an hour so I had to just deal with it.  I was really hungry all day yesterday and I think this was why. Annoyed  Note to self:  Eat your oats in the morning, you’ll thank yourself later.


I wasn’t really feeling the gym yesterday for some reason.  But as soon as I got there, I got a renewed burst of energy.  Thankfully, it hasn’t been as crowded lately as it has been since January.  I can now find a parking spot as well as my choice of treadmills.  For the last 3 months I wasn’t able to find a parking spot and I have been forced to run on the very middle treadmill which makes me feel trapped and distracted.  Not to mention people have been inclined to come talk to me in the middle of sprints and Pitbull telling me to shake it.

I had no clue what I wanted to do for my workout.  I started out on the treadmill for 30 min.

Min           Speed

0-5           warm-up 4.3

5-10         5.2

10-15       5.4

15-20       5.6

20-25       5.8

25-30       4.3 cool down.

Then I did the elliptical for 25 min.

Min           Level

0-5          8

5-15       10

15-20     12

20-25      5 cool down

I thought I might go over and do some shoulders and abs but Crazy Little Man was taking up all the space again.  Annoyed I think I should talk to the staff about putting up a “funny” gym rules sign next to the basic one they have now.

Rule # 1

Don’t talk to anyone who is wearing headphones, sweating like a pig and running at a pace of more than 5.0 mph. 

Rule # 2

Stand with your arms extended out to your sides.  That’s how much space you are allowed to take up. 

I kid, but seriously dude!

I went home and did the Tone It Up workout again.

Tone It Up Arms

This time I was able to use 8lb free weights for both sets of bicep curls. Thumbs up

While I was prepping lunch I ate some fruit.

Apple and some Cuties

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Rolling on the floor laughing Hi Aidan!


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Canned chicken, 2 tsp. Miracle Whip Light, grapes (halved), chopped almonds, & 1 tsp. relish.

1/2 cup Roland Quinoa

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Lunch was disappointing too.  I was a vegetarian for two years and I am still super picky about the meat I eat.  The only meat I like to eat right now is turkey or fish but I venture out  with chicken every now and then.  I am not sure what it was I didn’t like about this.  Maybe it needed to be cold, maybe I just don’t like chicken?  Either way, it wasn’t good.  The quinoa was yummy though.  After this I had some blueberry muffins and was over full.  Thumbs down It’s so important to eat what you like, otherwise you will just end up overeating trying to satisfy your appetite.  If what you really want is a cookie, don’t try to satisfy the craving with a bowl of grapes.  I promise it doesn’t work.  1 cup of grapes is 50 calories.  Find a cookie or a small chocolate treat worth the same amount and you will feel so much better.  Otherwise, you will eat 4 cups of grapes and then 2 Snickers bars.  Just eat the cookie!  What I really wanted for lunch was a peanut butter sandwich.  But in the spirit of balanced meals, I had the chicken and quinoa instead.  Then I ended up eating too many muffins trying to get that craving under control.  I should have just had the peanut butter sandwich.  Annoyed


Now dinner…DINNER was outstanding!

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Southwest Black Bean Casserole from Pinch of Yum.

I used 1lb of ground chicken and I wasn’t sure what she meant by red peppers.  Red bell pepper? Red Chile Pepper?  So I used both.  This was OMG good.

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I baked some white corn tortillas in the oven at 425 degrees for ~ 8 min.

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…..served them with some salsa

This would have been really good with or without the chicken on top.  I would love to serve this on tortillas or over tortilla chips as nachos.  I am so happy we have leftovers for tonight!

Luke has his STAAR testing today.  Wish him luck!!!  Aidan has school and I am going to do Bob’s workout again.  Hopefully it won’t be quite as debilitating as it was last week!

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My appetite was still M.I.A for the most part of the day yesterday. Breakfast was the usual.  I did TRY to make a new kind of oatmeal.  The recipe was for Pumpkin Spice Oats, but I misread the recipe and got it all kinds of wrong.


With as much baking as I do, you’d think I would have known that 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg was a smidge too much.  As I was putting it in the pot I even thought, “This seems like a lot of nutmeg.”  I can see now why I read 1/2 tsp. each for the spices.  For as many successes as I have had, I have had twice as many failures!  I am going to try try again soon.  Thumbs up

Now let’s discuss this workout

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Bob Harper: Ultimate Cardio Body

I got this DVD several months ago when I read a review of it on Fit Bottomed Girls as being one their top favorite fitness DVDs.  I did it once, and never got it out again. Yesterday morning, I remembered why.

“He pushes you, but does it with that cute-boy charm and those baby-blues that make you smile, laugh and keep going for the full sweaty hour. “ – Jenn from Fit Bottomed Girls.  I couldn’t agree more.

I was in the mood for a really intense workout so I skipped the gym and popped that bad boy in the DVD player.  I knew it was intense but had forgotten exactly how intense.  My legs were on fire by minute 6.

Bob Harper: Ultimate Cardio Body


I didn’t think anything could ever be more challenging than Jillian’s Banish Fat Boost Metabolism.

Banish Fat


This used to be my “I-want-my-butt-kicked workout.”

What I love most about Bob’s video is that the people in it were sweatier than I was.  At one point the guy in the video(Joe) stops. Bob goes over and makes him keep going.  The looks on their faces as they were doing squat # 5,000 was enough to make you feel sorry for them.  Knowing that they were working just as hard as I was made me stay focused and motivated.  Just when I thought he was going to show a little mercy and have us cool down, we started doing one-legged hops that were sort of fun, in a painful sort of way.  Bob is just so darn adorable with that Southern accent, that I was actually smiling in the end.  When the workout was actually, over I could barely move.

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Me for about 30 min afterwards


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Sweaty & Red Faced = A good workout.

I was toast. This morning I can hardly get up or down & I’m hobblin’ ’round like an old lady!  It’s been a long time since I have been pushed out of my comfort zone and it felt so good to push beyond what was comfortable.

Comfort Zonevia

I had to get something in my tummy a.s.a.p. so I grabbed half a banana and a handful of almonds. I inhaled it so quickly that I forgot to take a picture.  My arms were so fatigued I could barely peel the banana.  Toast.

When I recovered (i.e laying on the floor for 30 min looking at Pinterest Funnies) and got showered up, the only thing that sounded appetizing was a smoothie.

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Yummy Berry Protein Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 scoop protein powder (chocolate or vanilla, I used chocolate in this one)

1 tbsp. Chia Seeds

Later that afternoon, I went grocery shopping and my appetite seemed to be coming back.  I found this on sale at Target for $.89 so I thought I’d give it a try!

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Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple

It was REALLY tasty.

We did get to have a soccer game last night that was a total blasty blast!  Those little guys are so adorable!!! By the time the game was over my appetite was back to normal.  I couldn’t wait to get home and eat!!!  Since it was late, the boys had some leftovers and sandwiches.  I had some yummy tacos!

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White corn tortillas, guacamole, fat free refried beans, reduced fat shredded cheese and salsa.

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The last piece of Jamie’s Bread with PB on top.

I also had some peanuts while I was deciding what I wanted to eat and I made another taco with beans and cheese. I could have eaten more but restrained myself.  Winking smile

I am SO glad today is a rest day.  We are going to go see 21 Jump Street, L has a dentist appointment this afternoon and I am going to try out a new recipe for Double Strawberry Cream Cheese Filled Muffins.  Don’t worry, they are healthy!

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