Running on fumes

So I have pretty much come to the conclusion that the reason I couldn’t sleep last night was because of these little gems.

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Dashing Dish: Healthy Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Exactly how many healthy cookies are you allowed to eat before they are no longer considered healthy?  I’m not sure, but I don’t think it’s very healthy to eat so many you go to bed with a stomach ache.  Sick smile

So I did end up going on that run and it was glorious! I think it was the new tunes and possibly the carb-loading I did last night.

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I was super hungry by the time I finished my run and showering.  This is what I have been eating for breakfast all week.

Egg beaters & turkey bacon with a laughing cow wedge spread on a sandwich thin.


We had some errands to run this morning.  One place was Lowes for the chair railing Jeremy is putting up.

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These boys are so bored anyplace other than outside, our house, or the pool. But they do a good job of entertaining themselves!

I also did some work on my new office

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…..and had some lunch.

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Nothing exciting, just a turkey sandwich.  I also had an apple that I ate before I decided to make a sandwich….

That brings me to something I wanted to write about.

One of the reasons I stopped blogging for a while was because I needed some time to figure out where I wanted to go with the blog.  I was conflicted about a lot of things and there were some things I wanted to change.  One thing was sharing everything I ate on here.  I want to model healthy eating habits and behaviors.  I also want to be honest about everything and show that I don’t eat perfect all the time and that I still struggle pretty much every week to stay on track.  But the way I eat isn’t how every one should eat.  Everyone is different.  What works for me may not necessarily work for another.  I also didn’t want to feed the comparison trap that plagues social media. I spent some time researching different styles and eating philosophies. There are some new and different things I have incorporated but mostly I found the old saying “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” to be true with me.  So…..I am back to the old routine that works for me.

All that being said I am not going to post every single bite I take or snack I eat unless it’s new and/or mind blowing.  Besides, pictures of apples and almonds gets old.  I pretty much eat the same stuff everyday in rotation so….yeah….snore fest!

So YEAH!  I am excited again about writing, I do love it.

and also….

chips and salsavia

And look, if I want to talk about I will.  If not well, I will just say I don’t want to talk about it! Annoyed


Not for the Faint

I am quickly realizing that I have serious OCD tendencies.  I have always known this but they are rearing their ugly little heads as of late…Jeremy does too by the way.  His psych exam for the PD even confirmed it!  He’s my lobster.  Anyway, I digress…..Ok, so not the kind where I open and close the door 20 times, but the kind where I obsessively think about things over and over and overrrrrrr. I never ever solve anything this way. I always kick myself in the butt though for wasting so much mind energy on these things.

Take this for example.  There is a particular house I am IN freaking LOVE with…..and I check the status of it like 20 times a day.  Has the price dropped?  Has it gone under contract?  Regardless of the fact that I would immediately get an email if either were the case……I still check it.  I have issues.  So the last few days I have really been working on not trying to control the situation.  If it’s meant to be it will be, if not, there is something better for us.  It’s all about trust in the one who’s really in control of my life here, and it isn’t me.

We listed our house officially on Saturday and Sunday morning as I am walking into church I get a phone call asking to approve an appointment for that afternoon.  I thought “Oh dear God already?  That was quick!”  I mistakenly got my hopes up that for some freakish reason we would sell the house that day.  Hey, it happened to my friend!  Sadly we didn’t hear anything back and I got a little sad.  Nor have we gotten anymore calls to see the house since.  Our realtor (Mike) uses a professional photographer and we are having to wait until tomorrow to have photos taken.  I know once those are up, (hopefully) I will have to be vacating the premises many times a day (hello Target) so people can look through my cabinets and closets.

I haven’t been able to workout for 2 weeks since I had the stiches put in.  Without that outlet, being able to focus on something else other than keeping my house spotless, I am sure my anxiety is super elevated which contributes to the OCDing over houses.  I am normally super laid back but lately I feel like a rabid dog!

Buying/Selling a house = not for the faint.

I have some good news!!! TODAY…..I got the stiches out & steri-strips in!  Fun times!  Annoyed The other good news is that she said I could wait to have those other two spots biopsied at my normal 4-6 month check up.  The 3rd good news is that she cleared me to start running again!!!  Jillian & her plyometric torture will have to wait a while but running is ok’d!  I found it interesting that the skin is only at about 15% strength right now.  I still have to be careful and keep the area bandaged for further healing and reducing scarring.  I keep thinking I am very lucky this wasn’t in a visible area because it’s really not pretty!  SUNSCREEN my friends!  SUNSCREEN!

I would like to publicly thank my amazing husband for holding my hand through both processes.  The man deals with the most gruesome of situations like a champ, but felt slightly faint seeing his bride get cut up!  Sweet thing.  What a man!

Skin Cancer = not for the faint

I haven’t really eaten anything new and exciting lately except for two new shakes.  Aidan is still being a complete brat about anything that isn’t peanut butter, honey and bread or Chick-Fil-A so I am just over trying new recipes right now.  He threw a tantrum on Sunday because Luke and I wanted to go to Sweet Tomatoes and he didn’t.

“Chick-Fil-A isn’t open on Sunday Aidan James!  We are going to SWEET TOMATOES!”

When we got there he ate two bites of pizza bread and two bites of ice cream.. *EYEROLL* Steaming mad

So my shakes…..

This one was Dashing Dish inspired

“Lemon Cream Pie Protein Shake”

I used her base and added 2 tbsp. sugar free lemon pudding mix, & vanilla (to taste).   I also added 1 tbsp. chia seed.  I loved this one!

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This morning I made her Caramel Apple Pie Protein Shake

It was so spot on!  Delish!

I used Walden Farms Caramel Syrup instead of caramel extract because I couldn’t find it.  This was a GREAT substitution.  I was going to use sugar free caramel syrup but I saw that there were 90 calories in 2 tbsp. and there was no way that was going to happen.

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So my boys… boys, my boys……

Luke's $ Ring

We have discovered Luke’s hidden talent.  Yes, that is a dollar bill folded into a ring! You want to know what he did with this?  It went into the offering tray the next day!

We won’t talk about how I witnessed him ALMOST getting hit by a car while he was riding his bike and crossing the street without looking (<—–knows better) while I was walking Trixie and Aidan was riding his bike in front of me.  No, we won’t talk about the complete come apart I had out in public in our neighborhood.  You know the kind where you are so freaked out that they are in trouble out of love and fear? He isn’t allowed to ride his bike ever again (<—- blatant lie).

raising kids = not for the faint

This would be Aidan’s report card…..

Aidan's 1st Report Card

Yes, my kindergartener. I don’t even know how to begin to explain it. It took two cups of coffee to get through and I’m still having to go back to it to make sure I understand what it’s saying.  He is doing great and even exceeded expectations in the Social and Emotional evaluation!  Way to Go A.J.!!!!  I must mention that while Luke’s wasn’t quite as spectacular of a presentation, he did make straight A’s!

I am really looking forward to getting a little bit of a jog in tomorrow.  I am sure it will be more of a walk but at least it will be a little something!  Slow and Steady!

Defeated by Trail Mix

My obsession with Dashing Dish protein shakes continues.

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This was a chocolate maple & butterscotch shake.  Her Peanut Butter Maple protein shake is my favorite but I am out of PB2 so I substituted chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla.

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese

1 tbsp. sugar free butterscotch pudding

maple extract



1/2 cup water

The extract and Splenda I just added to taste.

Wowzers….so good.  I am telling you Katie Farrell… are a genius.


My breakfast yesterday morning was a hot mess.

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Dannon Greek yogurt, almonds, cinnamon, 1/2 an overly ripe banana and 1 tsp. chia seeds.

After I hurried the boys to school I got ready for my dermatologist appointment.

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While it wasn’t a blasty blast, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. They didn’t weigh me thank goodness. That in itself made it bearable.

I made sure that morning to pack a trusty friend so I wouldn’t be famished my the time I got home for a healthy lunch.  I had to run some errands after the appointment and knew I would need something to tie me over.  I also knew I would need some “comfort food”.  Luna bars are the best healthy comfort food!  To me they are like a candy bar without having to deal with the crummy sugar shock.

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Dear Luna Bars, I love you.

I spent way too long lingering in the grocery store.  1) because I didn’t have a list (big no-no for me) and 2) because I was hungry…..(also a no-no)  I ended up getting a bag of trail mix (the kind with M&M’s) to eat on the way home. What was I thinking?  Oh that’s right, I wasn’t….  When I pulled into my garage I looked down at the bag and realized it was empty.  Please tell me I am not the only one who does this.  I didn’t worry about it though….added the entire 6 servings to my calorie tracker and was shocked to see……..

960 calories!

But thanks to my bodybugg keeping track of calories burned,  I worked that surplus off by cleaning my entire house.  It really needed it anyway.  What better motivation to clean your house than realizing you have eaten 3/4 of a days calories in 15 minutes.  The sad part is that the trail mix wasn’t even that good.

“Desperation breeds Defeat” – Lysa Terkeurst.

The good news about the trail mix is that it kept me satisfied the rest of the day until almost 8pm!  That’s when I had some carrots, laughing cow cheese and a yogurt parfait.


  My child told me the other day “Mom, you are a clean freak”.  I am the kind of woman who wants appliances for gifts. I know…..twisted.  I seriously asked for a vacuum cleaner for my birthday….I was going to ask for one for Christmas but….I guess Jeremy was tired of hearing me whine about our old one.

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I really hated my old one.  (<—–understatement)

I am not ashamed to admit that as soon as Hunky Mc Hunkerton put it together for me, I vacuumed every carpeted surface there is in this house. I was gitty with pleasure at seeing all the junk it sucked up out of my carpet!!!!  Aidan couldn’t WAIT to use the pet attachment on the furniture.  A child after my own heart! Am I the only woman who gets excited about stuff like this?

I am not sure what is in store for today.  I really need to get a menu made for next week, a grocery list typed up and coupons printed out.  With Aidan’s sudden picky eater syndrome I have been extremely discouraged when planning meals for my family.  You never know from day to day what he is going to like.  Some days he likes one thing and the next day it’s the most horrific food he has ever been presented with.  Last night he had a complete meltdown over Boca Burgers.  He likes Boca burgers….or so I thought.  I am convinced this is a battle of wills on some levels.  Hopefully my choices for next week will go over well….and or he will have moved out of this phase of life.  One can only hope!

I read this article this morning and thought it extremely appropriate!

Can’t Stop Eating M&M’s

On one hand I feel validated, on the other it solidifies my need to stay as far away from those little bastards as possible!

peanut M&Ms


I intended to have another nice long run in the park this morning.  I even downloaded a new playlist, made sure to eat my “long run breakfast”, and left the housework for later…..What I was not intending to have was a cramp in my side that lasted 3 miles. Thumbs down

Let’s talk about the good stuff first….

Dinner last night was yummmmm.  I didn’t get hungry until late and when I did, I didn’t want what I had made the guys for dinner.  Fish, broccoli, and rice.  So I whipped up another Dashing Dish inspired protein shake.

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Whoa Momma was it good!  I couldn’t keep my kids away from me!

Nutella & Banana Protein Shake

1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 scoop MRM protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
2 tbsp. Nutella
1/2 cup water
many shakes of cinnamon

Even though I didn’t workout yesterday my Bodybugg Stats were good!

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I am steadily making my way back down to my happy weight.  Over the summer my weight fluctuated up and down a lot but I gained a few pounds that need to pack up their bags and get the heck outta dodge!


So back to this morning….BLERGH

It was a busy morning and I didn’t get to eat breakfast until after I had walked Aidan to school and taken care of a few things that needed my immediate attention.  So about 20 minutes before I left I scarfed down this…

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Nature’s Own Cinnamon Raisin Bagel w/ 1 tbsp. Natural Peanut Butter.

Word of advice,  never “scarf down” your food, it’s unbecoming. Winking smile

So 20 min later I am trotting along the trail and my side cramps up like crazy….We have all had cramps before whilst working out right?  I usually can just run them off, breathe through it, whatever.  This lasted then entire 3 miles until I gave up and went home.  It started on my left side then moved it’s way to the middle.  I stopped, massaged the area, jogged a little while, it started up again.  I breathed deeply, tried to twist from side to side as I jogged.  I stopped and stretched some more.  Jogged along, it started again.  Then just when I thought I had gotten rid of it, it started on my right side.  I couldn’t even jog anymore, I had to walk it hurt so bad.  I usually jog 15 min down the trail, 15 back to the start, 15 down, 15 back and I am done.  By the time I got back to the start the first time, I was over it and went home. Sad day.

I really needed to get a lot done today so I suppose the extra time was good.  At least I got out there and got some exercise in, even if it wasn’t what I had wanted to do.  Annoyed

When I got home I tended to the housework I had left,  made 27 billion appointments for all of us & had a little snack

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Jamie Eason’s cinnamon protein bread and some Greek yogurt.

I should mention I tried doing her LiveFit program over the summer.  NOT for me.  I wish I could have stuck it out but I am a cardio QUEEN and not being able to do any cardio left me down right depressed.  Also, I could never eat that much food.  I really did give it an all out effort though, and I gained some much needed muscle.  I learned that I need to do more strength training and have since incorporated 2-3 days a week doing that.  In fact that’s my workout for tomorrow.  One of her upper body workouts plus some cardio of course! The lower body workout is a KILLER! Leaves me all shaky and wobbly.  I do adore Jamie Eason.

I am off to fold some laundry and go get the kiddos from school.  Wish me luck, the little one comes home in the foulest of moods.

I’ll show him this and he will be nicer.


A few hot minutes

Testing, testing…do I remember how to do this?  It has been a few hot (literally, I live in Dallas, remember?) minutes since I last blogged.  It was a whirlwind of a summer.  The break was so nice but if you know me….you know I love a schedule.  The lack of one left me in a bit of a funk for a little while.  I found myself sleeping in later and later….not going to the gym…..eating out of boredom.  It was too hot to do anything.  Aidan is such a homebody that when we did go out somewhere all he wanted to do was come home!  I can understand that.  The gym was crowded beyond belief every single day. It was such a chore to go and TRY to get Aidan a spot in the KidZone.  There was a 30 minute wait one morning.   I feel like we did everything and nothing at the same time.  The days seemed to blend seamlessly……..But ALAS! school is back in session and we are all thankful for that!  And by we, I mean ME!

We are getting up at the crack of dawn again, and getting our day started right.

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Aidan loves to get up with me (5am) but that just can’t happen. I have to have at least 2 cups of coffee and 2 hours before I want to see anyone but my cat. So he is really trying to wait until his alarm goes off at 7am. It’s an act of congress I am telling you. I need to start some sort of reward system.

Speaking of Aidan getting up….he has to get up because my sweet little baby is a KINDERGARTENER now!!!

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1st day of school!

Waiting in the car because it was pouring down rain.  He wasn’t nervous or apprehensive at all until this point!

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Picking out his locker.  The 1st one of course.

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With his sweet teacher.

I didn’t expect to start crying my eyes out beginning at 7:30am but I did.  I didn’t stop until almost noon when I had to say to myself “Ok, Amanda…..get it together!” I would have taken more pictures of the first day but I was doing well to get these few.  It was not a good day.  I listened to the Lullaby Station on Pandora all day.  Why?  I don’t know, because it made me feel all ooey gooey over my kids and sometimes you just have to feel your feelings ok?

The second day was much better.

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It was not raining this morning and we were able to walk to school.

Luke is a big 5th grader now!

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Bless his sweet heart.  5th grade is proving to be a lot more of a challenge than he expected, but he is doing great and adjusting well.  He is playing the violin this year!  So far we are only plucking the strings so no ear plugs required as of now!

Someone had her 6th 29th birthday!!!

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I love getting older.  I really do.  Each year I am more and more grateful for my beautiful life.  I am so blessed beyond measure that I just have to shake myself sometimes to believe it.  I feel better at 35 than I have ever felt in my life.  I took a real age quiz on my birthday and it said my real age is 23!  Well, how about that!

One of my birthday presents was a Bodybugg!  If you aren’t familiar with it you can read up on it HERE.

This was my readout from yesterday.

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I wish that everyday could be like this, but they aren’t.  I jogged in the morning for over an hour and then did housework all day long.  I had gotten behind on it over the weekend.  Add to that walking to and from school, plus an extra trip because Trixie pooped on the sidewalk at the school and of course I didn’t bring a bag.  So I ran home, grabbed a bag, ran back, picked it up, ran back home.  Embarrassed much?  I was mortified because I just KNEW every parent saw what happened and was going to tell the principle and she was going to announce it over the load speakers!   Anyway….about the Bodybugg…..I LOVE IT!  I love all things fitness related and this is just over the top awesome.  It is kind of a bummer that I have to wear it all the time on my arm.  I really don’t know why they made it that way.  I mean for real….It makes me look like I am being monitored by the police or something.  Why didn’t they do a chest strap?  I am sure there is a very good logical reason, but I can’t for the life of me figure that out.  Maybe it is for advertisement?  Who knows.  I don’t care though.  I love it and wear it all the time now.  I do take it off at night and times when I am not really concerned with my “performance”.  It took a while to learn how it works.  I am still learning how to use it.  The operating system isn’t very user friendly but thank goodness I know a super smart man who can figure anything out.  Mainly because he has the patience of Job.  I, on the other hand; was ready to send it back the second day I had it!

Also for OUR birthdays (Jeremy’s is one week to the day after mine!) we had a little over night stay in Dallas.  We stayed at The Adolphus.

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It is a beautiful hotel!!!

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This sofa couch thing was on our floor….I could have sat there all day.

Went shopping at the Northpark Mall….well ok we WALKED around the Northpark Mall.  Then we saw The Words.  OH MY WORD it was good.  And not just because Bradley Cooper is in it.


What? ….just sayin!

We went to the Dallas Farmers Market….interesting….and I can’t wait to go back!

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We also walked over to the area where JFK was shot almost 50 years ago!

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Thanks so much to Jeremy’s momma for coming down so we could getaway!!!


So this morning I wanted to go for another long run jog in the park.  Having Aidan in school now means I can!  The weather is so wonderful in the mornings now. Just thinking about running on the treadmill makes me want to stick a fork in my eye!

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Ahhhh, therapy.

For breakfast before my jog, I had a Nature’s Own Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Thin with 1 tbsp. of Jif Natural Peanut Butter and my daily vitamins.

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After my jog I had a protein shake.

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I have been enjoying these shakes all summer.  I ran across a new blog that I am totally obsessed with now.  Dashing Dish.  She has AMAZING recipes and I have tried just about every single one of her protein shakes.  Life changing.

My shake today had these ingredients in it.

  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese
  • Lots of ice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 packets stevia
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1.5 tbsp. Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • a few drops coconut extract
  • a few drops almond extract
  • a few shakes of cinnamon.


A few hours later it was lunch time.

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Gala apple and a Panini made with a sandwich thin, 1 tbsp. Wholly Guacamole, 5 slices of turkey pepperoni and 1 slice provolone cheese.  This is my new favorite sandwich!  I had one yesterday, and will probably have it again tomorrow!

It feels good to get back to blogging!  I need to thank my sweet best friend Cheryl for the email this morning that lit the fire under my britches!!!  Love you friend!

Of interest:

Talk to your self to stay motivated – Greatist