Dr. Oz cleanse with my Ninja BL600

I must say this time has been MUCH easier than the first time so far. I think it’s because I knew what to expect.  I had planned on doing the cleanse without being quite as strict as I was last time.  I followed it to the T last time.  I decided I would still have a cup of coffee in the morning and I would tweak the drinks a little to suit my taste buds better.  I decided to use only spinach instead of the kale, and Kroger didn’t have frozen pineapple by itself so I got a mixture that had strawberries, mango and pineapple.

When I woke up this morning I found that I didn’t really need coffee so I had a cup of the detox tea right away.

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After that I made the Breakfast Drink

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I was really looking forward to using my new blender!!!!  Jeremy surprised me with it on Christmas Eve.  He knew I wanted to do the cleanse again after Christmas but my old blender went kaput after the last round.  Sweet thing….

It is the Ninja® Professional Blender & Single Serve BL660 and IT.IS.AWESOME.

It took a while to figure out how to use it.  I actually had to bust out the instructions. It took a while to get the hang of taking the top off but I found if you pull the handle backward while lifting it, it comes off.  Not easily but it will come off.

Man it is powerful!  Did I mention it is awesome?  It made making those shakes so easy!

Lunch Drink

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Once again I used just 2 celery stalks and about 1 cup of cucumber.  When I finished this I drank a cup of tea to warm up.

Dinner Drink

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I skipped my Snack drink because I was talking on the phone but I DID have that cup of coffee because my head was POUNDING!

It really took the edge off and I was able to finish out the day.  Jeremy wasn’t home to help me this time so I had make some compromises.  I am glad I did have that cup because we got a last minute showing request and I had to quickly get the house cleaned up and get the heck outta dodge!

Speaking of selling our house…..you won’t believe this one.

The reason we never got that offer this weekend was because Mr. Very Interested decided that after the second showing on Saturday, he thinks he may want a two story.  Ours is one.  Their agent told our agent that an offer was WRITTEN on Friday ready to present.  Really?  I mean MY GOSH!!!!!  For the LOVE OF PETE WHHHHYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!  The good news is this, the wife wants our house.  She doesn’t want a two story……she wants our house.  We ALL know that if Momma ain’t happy…..ain’t NOBODY happy.  I’d loved to have been a fly on their wall that afternoon.  So there is still a ray of hope there.  Please God make that man come to his senses!!!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I think that New Year’s Day is one of my top favorite holidays.  To me it is symbolic of a fresh start.  It renews my spirit with a sense of anything is possible.

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On January 1st 2010 I started a “diet” and through that year and into 2011 I lost 50 pounds and haven’t looked back.  It was such an amazing year for me.  I have grown so much since then.  I know so many people will be embarking on yet another “diet” and I would just like to encourage everyone that will be.  It is possible.  You are completely capable of it.  You are in control of your own life.

I would like to share some of the things that kept me personally motivated through that year.

1. “Treat” yourself without food.  For every 10 pounds I lost,  I rewarded myself.

  • Take a long hot bath with some special bath salts or bubble bath.  Listen to music, light candles, read a magazine.
  • Pedicure/Manicure
  • New clothes (about every ten pounds I needed new clothes anyway!)
  • Facial
  • Massage

2. Find other ways of coping with stress beside turning to food

  • read a magazine or book
  • take a long walk
  • listen to music
  • meditate
  • write

3. Change your mindset.

  • Envision yourself at a healthy weight.  What does your life look like? Focus on that like a hawk.  Create a vision board. Either in real life or on Pinterest!
  • Write down healthy mantras ex. “My stomach is not a wastebasket” “Shut up and Sweat” “I am one workout away from a good mood” One thing that I played over and over in my head was this “Would Jillian eat this?”
  • Realize that you were created for and worth more than a vicious cycle of defeat. You deserve the best that life has to offer.
  • I thought of the whole process as a project.  A challenge. It was one that only I was in control of.  It was one that I refused to fail at.

4. Renew your habits

  • If you always have something sweet after dinner, replace that habit with a peace of gum or a cup of herbal tea.
  • go to bed early
  • decide to only drink water
  • learn to say no and mean it.  “Would you like some cake?” “No…but thank you!”

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5. Find what motivates you and stick with it. These are the things that motivated me.

  • Fitness magazines and websites.  I recommend Women’s Health & Fitness Magazine
  • Watching The Biggest Loser. A new season starts on January 6th!!!!  With Jillian returning!!!! I am SO excited about that!!!
  • Thinking about my overall health.  How eating right and exercising is making my heart stronger.  Envisioning my legs getting stronger, my lungs healthier and more elastic. Lowering my cholesterol.  How good it would feel to go to the dr for my yearly exam and not have that horrid anxiety about stepping on the scale.
  • Being an example to my family.
  • Finding great workout music and making awesome playlists.

6.  Finally and possibly one of the most important things is DO NOT give up.

You will have days that you slip up on your diet.  This usually occurred about once a month for me.  I allowed myself to have a “treat day” once a month.  On this day I let myself eat anything I wanted without counting Points. (I used the Weight Watcher’s program)   It really renewed my determination and honestly helped keep me sane!  I think it’s very important that you have days like this every once in a while.  Be careful they don’t turn into “treat weeks”. Smile  Here is a GREAT little article about why having a cheat day is important!  I found it to be very accurate in my experience.

You will have times when working out is just not an option.  Whether its because of your schedule, an illness or injury, or you just are plain too tired.  But honestly, in my experience exercise was only about 10% of the equation.

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It’s all about what food you are putting in your body. Think about the behavior and habits that got you to where you are and don’t do them anymore.  If you want to change, then you have to change.

Goals, not resolutions…

I don’t really set resolutions but I do like to set goals or things that I would like to accomplish in the coming year.

My first goal is to sell this house!  We definitely did not think it would take this long but over the past few months I have learned SO much.  There have been so many many things that I needed to see about myself that I never would have if our wish was granted in an instant.  I am so thankful for these last few months and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  I am so looking forward to the blessing that will follow these trials.

After we sell the house, move into our new one & get settled, I am going to get my personal training certification! My original plan was to begin in January.  Well, I can’t very well do that when we could have an offer on our house any day now.  Then our lives would be turned upside down and I would be a mess.  One thing at a time is my motto. 

In the fall I am planning on going back to school!  I want to get certified as a registered dietician.  My long term goal is to have my own personal training and nutrition counseling business.  I’d like to help others focus on improving their over all health in a holistic natural way. 

There are some other personal goals I would like to work on spiritually and emotionally.

Some fun things:

  • Do one Pinterest craft project per week.  Silly I know….but for real there is some brilliant stuff on there!
  • Do Yoga with Aidan. 
  • Go on a date with Luke at least twice a month.  We never get “just us” time and he really enjoys it.  So do I!

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I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.  Good luck with your goals!  You can and WILL do it!

Sites you may enjoy!

4 tips to keeping your New Year’s resolutions – Real Simple

Success Stories – Fitness Magazine

This and That….

I made a newish shake Monday night! It was delicious. These shakes are so perfect for nights when I am not really hungry but know I need something.

I call this one Chocolate Banana Protein Shake.  I’m so original.

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1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese

1 scoop MRM vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp. ground flax seed

1/2 frozen banana

1 1/2  tbsp. cocoa

cinnamon & Splenda (to taste)

1/2 – 1 cup water

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My breakfast Tuesday morning before (what seemed like) a marathon run.

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Nothing new or exciting….sandwich thin, PB, 1/2 a banana, cinnamon and my vitamins.

Have a lookie-loo at what happened Tuesday night!!!!

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Aidan ate, without any fussing or complaining, what I made for him! I had made another Skinny Chicken Spaghetti Casserole that afternoon and set aside some chicken for him. Then I made him frozen peas with salt, pepper and butter (which I guess he liked THAT day….no, that minute) and some quinoa cooked in chicken broth. He is asking for it again tonight so I am thankful for that!

Today was a much needed rest day.  I think with all the running I have been doing I have angered an old strain that haunts me every now and then.  I slept like poo-poo-ca-ca last night.  Every time I moved or tried to turn over, that strain said “Hey YOU! Still here!” I finally hobbled my way into the kitchen at 4 am for some Aleve.  After I had been up a while the pain finally started to subside and I was able to carry on with my plans for the rest of the day.

I had the Beth Moore Bible Study this morning and I decided it best to find the time for breakfast so I didn’t come home hangry again.  My new favorite recipe blog, Dashing Dish, posted a new protein shake called French Toast.  It sounded perfect this morning!

French Toast Protein Shake

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It was pretty good.  I think I put too much ice so it wasn’t blending well.  That made me have to add more water.  The result was a bit watered down.  I will go easy on the ice next time.  I can tell it would have tasted amazing without so much ice!

The study this morning was….life changing.  I can’t explain the feeling I have when I leave these studies.  I was once again… moved.  Even to tears a few times.  I felt as though she was speaking directly to me at points.

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When I got home I wasn’t super hungry, I had some fruit and a petite scone from the study.  What I was though, was sleeeeeeeepy.  I took a little cat-nap before it was time to leave for a doctor appointment.  One of the things I needed was to get a referral for a dermatologist.  As soon as I got home I called to make an appointment with the dermatologist and she was able to get me in tomorrow morning! I was so surprised but took it because I knew it might be a month before I could get in.

My eating has been so random today.  A Luna bar, almonds, protein bread, peanut butter, goldfish, a latte.  I am not sure what I will have for dinner.  I am not really in the mood or hungry for anything.  I am just tired.  I should just go to bed right now!

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This thought is random and semi out of place.  I was surprised to find myself a bit anxious about the weigh-in they do at the doctor’s office.  It doesn’t matter what you go in for, they want you to step on that ever lovin’ scale! Every.Single.Time.  Why was I anxious? I don’t know. Last year when I went, it was 5 lbs. off….and not in my favor.  I guess I was taken by surprise last time and this time I was worried that it would read something way different than what I am used to seeing. I mean, am I the only woman who takes of her jewelry, sweater, shoes, anything I can and still be appropriate, before getting on that horrible thing?  Is this psycho or what?  It just goes to show that when you reach your goal weight….some things don’t change.   Good news though….it read less than what I am used to seeing!

Wish me luck tomorrow at the dermatologist!  I wonder if they will want to weigh me…..Annoyed

What I love about….

Luke:

He makes little gems like this.

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Target:

They give away Starbucks K-Cups

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The Rain:

That rainbows follow it.

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I am SO grateful for my new BFF, my bodybugg.  I was incredibly hungry all day on Saturday.  Like every two hours hungry.  I knew it was coming at some point since last week seemed to be the one week out of the month that I am not ravenous.  I didn’t get the workout done on Saturday like I had planned so I didn’t have the extra calories to play with like I usually do. That’s where my new best friend came into play.  Since the Bodybugg measures calories burned, I was able to see how many calories I had burned at any given time and eat appropriately.  Without it….Saturday would have been a disaster.  Instead I remained in control the entire day.  I even ended up with a good size deficit and my hard work all week didn’t end up in the toilet.  Bodybugg fan for life!

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Saturday afternoon I made a recipe form the latest issue of Taste of Home’s Healthy Cooking magazine.

It’s Pizza Pasta!

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The guys ate it all weekend!  Minus Aidan…..that’s a blog post in itself…. He has become quite the picky eater and that is an understatement.  Frustration doesn’t even cover the feelings I have when I try to get him to eat.  I am forced to go against every belief I have when it comes to feeding my children…..I am becoming a short order cook and I hate that.  But the child is skin and bones and has lost weight he didn’t have to lose.  I have resorted to letting him eat peanut butter out of the jar because its fun for him…..and one of the only things he will eat voluntarily.  I am on the search for every tip, trick and recipe I can find for picky eaters, as well as encouragement that this too shall pass.

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I was sad to see the weekend go but was ready to get back to my beloved routine.

Breakfast:

Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt, 14 almonds and cinnamon.

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I jogged for an hour in the park this morning.  It was lovely as usual!

My new favorite thing to have after a long workout is Vitamin Water.  It makes me feel so much better.

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I also had an apple and some almonds a little later after a long shower.

Lunch was so yummy today!

Orowheat Sandwich Thin with ham, guacamole, and provolone cheese pressed in my Panini maker, carrots and more guacamole!

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I better start meal planning for next week.  I am hoping to have Aidan search recipes with me.  Maybe, if I am lucky and he can sit still for 2 minutes, we will find something!

Good Luck to ME!

Finally Friday

It’s been a long week friend.  I am glad it’s Friday.  I get to SLEEP IN tomorrow!  Whatever that means!  I pray the boys will have the same thing in mind.  It’s supposed to be rainy all day so hopefully the dark clouds will trick them into thinking it’s still night-night!  One can only hope.

Dinner last night was a delicious comforting bowl of Progresso Light Italian-Style Soup.

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When school started we changed up our eating schedule to accommodate the famished children that come home in the foulest of moods.  To be honest, I am famished by 4 pm too.  Instead of eating dinner at the traditional dinner time, we eat it after school and then have a snack later on in the evening if we get hungry again.  Most times they don’t or they get hungry for a little something right before bed.  It has been working out so well.  They relax for about 30 minutes then eat dinner. Afterward, I clean up the kitchen while Luke does his homework and Aidan plays.  So by 6 pm we are relaxing and enjoying the evening instead of just getting dinner on the table.  Rushing through it so that I can get them started on their bedtime routine while cleaning dinner dishes.  <—–impossible.  Another advantage is that they aren’t snack, snack, snacking every 30 minutes because 1) they haven’t eaten since 11am and 2) They are much happier having had a full meal because they come home HANGRY!

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I also am not snack, snack, snacking my way to dinner and ending up not hungry for dinner but still unsatisfied because I haven’t had the ritual of dinner.  It’s a win-win.

So…..later in the evening I had a little treat of a Chia Tea Latte and a Luna bar.

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A few hours later I was hungry again and had an apple, a few almonds and a piece of Jamie’s cinnamon bread.

The Bodybugg looked good again yesterday!  Even though my workout was a bust, I stayed active enough the rest of the day to make up for it I think.

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Today’s breakfast was the same as yesterday. Nature’s Own Bagel Thin and peanut butter…..I actually sat down for 2.5 seconds to enjoy it! Winking smile  Better than on the run.

The weather in Dallas was dreary dreary dreary.  One of those morning I would have loved to have snuggled back down in the bed and listened to the rain.

Instead I went to the gym and did an upper body workout.  It was a nice compromise.  Even though weight lifting isn’t easy, it is easier than running for an hour when all you want to do is crawl back in bed!

I printed a workout from Bodybuilding.com that I found a few months ago.  It’s a fat loss training program and I REALLY like it.  It has an upper body workout, a lower body workout and then a total body.  I like separating the strength training this way because I think it works well with my body type.  Since I tend to put on muscle pretty quickly and being as short as I am I don’t like to spend too much time on it, but I know it’s essential.  I skipped the air bikes and did 20 minutes on the elliptical instead of the Stairmaster.

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After my workout I had my ever trusty Luna Bar.

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Lunch was a Blueberry Banana Protein Shake

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Today’s Shake Had:

1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 scoop MRM protein powder
1 cup water
lots of crushed ice
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp. sugar-free vanilla pudding mix.

100% delicious!

After talking to my dear friend for 2 hours….I went to pick up my sweet baby girl from the salon.

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It’s tough being a diva.

What’s funny is that she’s not really a diva.  She’s a total tomboy.  The groomer was not happy when I reminded her not to put bows in her hair.  I said “For real….I can’t explain how much we both hate them!”

After school the guys ate yummy delicious greasy pizza from Little Caesars and I had a French bread pepperoni pizza from Lean cuisine!

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It’s ok though, I had a cookie afterwards.

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Kashi Cookie

Sorry there is no lovely picture because I am sure we have all seen a lean cuisine pizza but honestly I was so hungry I forgot until it was half gone….and the cookie, I was just too excited about having a cookie.

Sadly, the cookie wasn’t very good.  I am surprised because I love Kashi foods.  Especially the dark chocolate oatmeal cookies.  Strangely enough it started to taste good about four bites into it.  I think the flavor of the cookie didn’t agree with the spicy pizza I had just eaten.  I will just have to try it again!

We are planning to watch Snow White and the Huntsman tonight but what I really want to do is watch my DVR’d X Factors!!!  We’ll see who wins! The odds are not in my favor….I am out numbered ya know!

New & Old Faves + a plea from me

Things are back to normal around here finally. I am so glad. I thrive on a routine and schedule and so do my kids. I have found it really remarkable that all last week while the boys were away, I didn’t need a nap or feel the slightest bit tired at any point. Yesterday by 2 pm, I crashed and burned. It may have had something to do with the fact that I got a solid 8-9 hours of sleep every night last week and then Sunday night I was up every hour with a small child who wouldn’t stay in his bed. Could it also have had something to do with the fact that BOTH children were up at 5 am with me? Even though I could really use a nap right now, I am so delighted to hear them playing with army guys in Luke’s room right now. I know for a fact that the break was so good for my mental and physical health. I have found myself calm and assertive instead of screaming with a headache and frazzled nerves. THANK YOU MIMI AND PAPA for taking them for an entire week so I could re-charge!

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Sunday night I made a new recipe from my Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

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New Favorite Recipe:

Taste of Home Baked Tilapia

This was incredible. THIS COOKBOOK is simply the best.

Old favorite breakfasts:

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These were my breakfasts the last two days

Above: 1/2 sandwich thin with 1 tbsp. JIF natural peanut butter (yesterday morning)

Below: 1 tbsp. Justin’s Maple Almond Butter on a banana (this morning)

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Microwave the banana and nut butter for 30 seconds for a warm delicious breakfast or snack.

Old favorite post work out snack:

Dannon 0% Greek Yogurt in Blueberry w/ 2 tbsp. homemade granola

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I had this yesterday after the gym along with an apple

New Favorite Meal:

This was dinner last night and most likely I will have it again tonight. I am not a fan of a heavy dinner so I REALLY like having this low calorie/nutrient rich smoothie.

Healthy Smoothie:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ~ 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 scoop EAS Lean 15 Protein Powder in Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds

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Old favorite workout:

Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.

Over our vacation last week I decided to take an extended break from my workouts. Meaning I didn’t workout for 7 days. The break was nice. Very nice, but I was more than ready to get back in the gym Monday morning. Much to my surprise…I was not able to do what I had been able to do the week before! Imagine that. My heart rate was crazy high so I had to keep it slow and steady. I broke a sweat after just 10 min of jogging at 5.0 mph. I guess it was a good reminder of my humble beginnings. Yesterday and today I have been easing back into my old workout routine by breaking it up a little. Yesterday I jog/walked on the treadmill in the morning for 30 min and then in the afternoon I did level 2 of Shred. Today all the treadmills were taken so I had to use the elliptical machine. Thumbs down I just did 30 minutes on that and then when I got home I popped in Shred again. Aidan loves to workout with me. I have a secret prayer that we will be running buddies someday!

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and listen…if my 5 yr. old can do it….SO.CAN.YOU!

Today’s lunch was YUM! Maybe a new favorite.

I put a Morningstar Asian veggie patty on a FlatOut flat bread and grilled it in my Panini Maker, along side some strawberries and baby carrots.

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……and THEN these came!!!!

NEW FAVORITE!

We found these at the Allen Outlet last week but they didn’t have my size. So we ordered them and they came today!

Nike Women’s Flex Trainer

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super light and comfortable.

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they came with hot pink laces that I will be putting in ASAP.

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Nothing better than a new pair of running shoes!!! I do love my K-Swiss Tubes, but it was high time for a new pair! The tubes will retire to my running shoe graveyard.

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I wanted to share a really great post that I read on another healthy living blog that I love.

“You Can’t Out Exercise A Bad Diet”

She hit the nail on the head with this post. I couldn’t agree more with everything she said.

Now it’s time for me to get on my soapbox. I try not to give advice on here, only what I have experienced personally. Everyone is different and different things work for different people.

I see time and time again people jump head first into a fad diet (think low or no carb), excluding entire food groups. Start an intense workout regime like P90X or Insanity when they haven’t so much as walked a full mile in ten years. They expect their lives and bodies to change over night or they believe they have found a miracle! I know there are a lot of exceptions but I think 9 times out of 10 they have set themselves up for failure, defeat, gaining more weight, feeling hopeless or unworthy.

I have done the same thing. I have done it all. Adkins, South Beach, Hydroxycut, Xenedrine, Weight Watchers, starvation….. I have learned one thing. I must do everyday what I know I can do for the rest of my life. Can I live with no bread? Can I do 2-3 hours of a workout 5-6 days a week? I could, but would I want to? It isn’t sustainable. I have seen time and time again (myself included) people start out sprinting on Monday, but then peter out by Friday because they are burned out already. And rightly so!

Then there is the diet situation. You can’t out train a bad diet. You can workout all you want but if you don’t change your diet, cut waaay back on drinking (or better yet, quit all together), quit smoking, quit staying up all night….working out isn’t going to do a thing for you. DIET & Exercise. When I lost the first 30 lbs., I wasn’t working out at all. It wasn’t until I hit a plateau that I started working out. It’s been said, 80% diet 10% exercise and 10% genetics. This is the absolute truth.

So I am going to get off my tangent now and just pray that if you are serious about getting in shape and getting healthy, you will take a look at the entire picture. Look at what needs to change, what you are willing to change for a lifetime and start there. Start by just going for a walk, then a jog….start by weaning yourself off soft drinks or for crying out loud quit stopping at fast food joints, better yet, quit eating out all together. Most would be floored at the calorie bombs these places serve up. Horrific. Educate yourself on what you are putting in your body & get real & honest with yourself.

I guess it’s about time

that I finally post something!  It’s been a full summer thus far but I think it will be slowing down here in the next week or so.  Luke is going to be going to his dad’s for the month of July beginning Friday so it will be just me and Little A most of the time after that.

Last week the boys went to stay with Jeremy’s parents for the week.  On Monday we met at Chili’s, had lunch (I got a cup of the Chicken Enchilada Soup, so YUM) and then we drove back to Dallas…..alone.  It was so quiet that it was just plain weird.

We had planned to get some things done Monday afternoon when we got back into town but I was so tired by the end of the drive and had a headache from reading in the car.  All I wanted to do was lay down.  So I DID!  It was glorious!

Tuesday

Tuesday we got to go somewhere that I had been wanting to go for a really long time.  The last time I went to the Allen Outlets was a few years ago and I only got to go into one store.  Jeremy and I made a day of it and got there first thing!  We shopped around a while, finding nothing and getting hungry so over lunch I devised a plan of attack!

I circled and labeled all the stores I really wanted to go to and when we got back we started on one side and worked our way to the other.

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FINALLY,  I found the first of many purchases at Kenneth Cole.  I love the tagline on their shopping bag….Everyone Needs an Outlet.  Yes, and shopping is one of mine!  Thank goodness for Jeremy’s sake I am a bargain shopper.

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I couldn’t believe I found these, they look almost exactly like my ones from Target!  These are better because my Target ones don’t have the braid over the ankle and my heel slips off the back when I walk.  These feel much better made although I have a blister on my big toe now.  It’s ok…they are cute enough to endure the pain!  Winking smile

We had lunch at Mimi’s Café.

Tomato Basil Soup & Fresh Turkey Sandwich

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Would you like some turkey and bread with your lettuce?

I asked for no tomato and mustard instead of mayo….I guess they heard no tomato sub lettuce, no mayo sub lettuce.  Either way it was really good!  I ate half the soup and half the sandwich and it was a perfect portion for me.  I hate the huge portion sizes they serve at restaurants.  It’s so hard to leave half on my plate even though I KNOW that even just half is usually too much.  I think every time…..such a waste, there are people starving.

Wednesday

Reality of Love

I think the original name was “I Want to Marry Ryan Banks” but I guess they changed it at some point.  Good move, I want to marry Ryan Banks is cheese.

Reality of Love

I LOVED this movie!  I love it so much I want to buy it!  It was adorable and honestly, who doesn’t love Bradley Cooper?  If you don’t, you should see someone.  I want to watch it again.

Thursday

We went to breakfast at La Madeline.

I ordered the Breakfast Sampler.

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Fruit Salade (no, I didn’t misspell), Mini Chocolate Croissant, Oatmeal with brown sugar and toasted almonds

This was REALLY good.  I ate half the oatmeal,  half the croissant and all of the fruit.  It was perfect and filling.

Then we caught the matinee of Snow White and the Huntsman.

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Love, love, loved.  It was freakin loooooong but I had no clue.  This says a lot because I have the attention span of a 5 yr. old.  I think Kristen Stewart did a great job.  Clearly she has had some acting lessons since her Twilight days.  Charlize stole the show for me though.  Evil Queen indeed!

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I had on a cute top under this jacket….but since I get cold if its 85 degrees and there is a breeze, I turned into a fashion DON’T before our movie.  Good thing we were in a dark theater.

We decided on lunch at the Chick-Fil-A in the mall.  It was 2 pm and I was getting hangry.  So I figured it would be a good idea to get something quick.

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We found a sunny spot to thaw out under and enjoyed lunch.  I got my usual side salad with fat free honey mustard.  I added all the sunflower seeds and croutons.  This time I decided to add my fruit cup on top instead of eating it separately.  I didn’t like it as much…I don’t like the honey mustard on my fruit.  I think I will do this next time but change my dressing to the vinaigrette.

…and then this happened

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Jeremy made me do it…..but really, it was inevitable.

I didn’t eat it ALL…..just about 3/4!  It was REALLY good, but as expected not as life changing as I had imagined.  I could totally make this at home and in fact, have made something like this before with plain M&M’s, granola, raisins, and some sort of cereal.

That night I got to watch the week’s episode of Dallas!!!  I am so excited to have a new show to watch!!!  I never really get attached to a series because I never have time to watch them.  But this is appointment television for me!  Scandalous!  I vaguely remember the show from when I was little, but I want to buy the original series and watch all of them!!!

Friday

I can’t really remember what we did Friday, but I DO remember dinner!

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Crunchy Onion Barbecue Chicken w/ Alexia Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries.

I can’t even begin to tell you how good this was.  I have yet a THIRD go-to recipe from my new cookbook!

Friday evening we watched this movie.

In Time

In Time

Great storyline, just waaaaaaay toooooo long.  I fell asleep but was rudely awoken several times by sounds of gunshots. Thumbs down  I’d recommend it, just know it’s really long.

I just remembered what I did Friday. Confused smile DUH!  Jeremy worked his extra job so I had the day to myself!  I slept in late, cleaned the house a little and then went to exchange some things from Ulta & Target.  By Friday I was REALLY missing the boys.  I was honestly sort of depressed.  It’s funny because when I said goodbye to them on Monday, I thought….gee I am not sure 5 days will be long enough.  Clearly….. I needed a break.  By Thursday I was getting pretty bummed and by Friday I was just depressed.  I really missed my little boys.  It was so incredibly quiet Friday morning.  The energy they give off is tangible.

Saturday

Finally FINALLY it was time to go get them!  The drive there seemed endless.  We met again in Abilene and ate lunch a Chili’s.  I had the chicken enchilada soup again!  So YUM!!!!

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The best mom/mimi in the world and her boys!

I am so glad they are back.  We all slept late this morning and had a great day today!  Fussing, complaining, fighting and all!  It was music to my ears. Tomorrow is back to reality and a regular schedule.  I hope the treadmill doesn’t kill me after a week of ignoring it!

A Civil War and a Great Wolf Adventure

I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t prepared for the summer break. I didn’t know I needed to be. My children love each other. Or so I thought. Last week was like a civil war around here. Do any of you know how mentally exhausting it is to be a peacemaker? I didn’t, but I do now! Thankfully Jeremy is on vacation now and the boys will be going to Mimi and Papa’s house next week. Vacation! Couldn’t have come at a better time. I love my kids more than anything but…..sometimes, a sistah needs a break!

On to happier times…..

Monday-Wednesday the past week we took our little family to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Tx.

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We stayed in a Wolf Den

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This picture in not mine, it was taken from the website. But this is what it looked like. The boys were in heaven in that little den. I guess I could have climbed up on the counter for a shot? Next time for sure!

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Enjoyed a beautiful view from our room. That’s the Gaylord Texan in the distance.

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Slid down these slides not nearly enough.

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Got splashed by this thing that howls and sprays water every 15-20 minutes.

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Mom and Dad attempted to work on their tan while wearing SPF 50,

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and watching the boys swim their little hearts out.

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They made me laugh with these goggles

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The first night we ate at Fuddruckers. I was absolutely starving by this point and forgot to take a picture. So I took one of what was left. This would be the pattern over the next few days. I got the turkey burger and fries. I divided the meal in two, ate half and boxed up the rest. Which I never ended up eating. Thumbs down

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There were cuddles with the little one,

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….and the big boy was attached at my hip the entire time.

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Ice cream at the Bear Paw Sweets & Eats.

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the little one was attached to Daddy’s hip the entire time.

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I am not quite sure why he has started with this all of the sudden…Confused smile

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The Iron Horse Fitness Room in the hotel was really great. I was so excited to use their fancy treadmill! We all worked out Tuesday morning and on Wednesday morning I got up super early to work off those ice cream cones. Yes….THOSE…as in plural. As in two to be precise!

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There was a small crisis that my brilliant son averted.

“Jeremy….I left my running shoes by the front door yesterday morning….”

“Mommy, you can wear my shoes!”

“Oh my gosh….Luke you are brilliant! I CAN wear your shoes.”

They were a little big believe it or not, but they did the job!

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In order to still eat healthy while on vacation, we always pretty much pack our entire pantry…We also went to the grocery store to stock up on cold foods that we kept in the refrigerator in the room. Minus the Fuddruckers and breakfast Wednesday morning we snacked all day and had cereal and sandwiches for our other meals.

This is also a good idea if you are the type who is not inclined to spend a small fortune on food.

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Aidan and I enjoyed our “Waterpark Picnics”

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Not wanting to wait a few minutes before swimming….he decided to ignore us.

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There is a game called MagiQuest.

They love it. They actually were able to finish the game this time! The last time we went, it was for only one night and they didn’t get nearly enough MagiQuest time.

The game is described as this….

“With a magic wand in-hand, you’ll explore an enchanted kingdom and join in the ultimate adventure as you enchant objects, befriend a pixie, learn from an ancient wizard, battle a goblin and outwit a dragon. We guarantee this live-action adventure game is unlike any other you’ve ever played. You’re sure to become legendary when the getaway you planned becomes epic.” – Great Wolf

It is like Zelda except its in real life! Super cool. They have these wands that you point at different objects through the entire hotel. The objects talk to you and do all kinds of cool stuff. That’s all they wanted to do….

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I always poke fun at them (Jeremy included) for being video game nerds….

This is my impression of them!

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Aidan was exhausted one evening so while Luke and Jeremy played the game, we went back and pretended to swim in the ocean with our “Snerkle”

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I indulged in my own personal guilty pleasures!

Over-priced coffee and gossip magazines? Yes please!

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Wednesday morning we went to I-Hop for breakfast. I got the Simple and Fit Whole Wheat French Toast. Once again I was starving and Luke said “MOMMY! You forgot to take a picture!”….soooo once again this is what was left.

Our first visit to Great Wolf was for Luke’s 9th birthday.

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Trust me, I was mortified when I saw that my child had his mouth on the bears nose. Mortified.

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It was such a great time and we are going to (God willing) make this a yearly trip for as long as we can! I don’t think the boys will EVER out grow it.

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!!

7th Anniversary!

Yesterday was my 7th wedding anniversary with the most incredible man I have ever known.

Breakfast

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Nutrigrain Honey Oat Waffle, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, sprinkle of cinnamon, 1 orange

Workout

I was SO excited to go to the gym yesterday morning.  I made it to my first Spin Class!  I loved it.  I was very much out of my comfort zone.  I had no idea what to do with that bike.  It was unlike any other bike I have ever been on.  The instructor was awesome; showing me how to use it but I still have some learning to do.  At first I had the gear too easy, then it was too hard.  I felt like I was going to pass out at one point!  But I got the hang of it by the end and I am looking forward to going back!

Snack/Lunch

When I got home I intended on having a snack, showering and then having a real lunch.

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Gala Apple & 14 alomonds

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2 pieces of Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread w/ 2 teaspoons peanut butter

I was so hungry I ended up eating all of the above and wasn’t hungry for lunch.

I spent the afternoon preparing a surprise for Jeremy.

With the boys sufficiently bribed with Chick-Fil-A and candy as well as threatened with no Pizza Friday or videos games if they interrupted us…..

We had our

7th Anniversary Dinner!

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Candles…check.  Wine…..check…..Jeremy’s favorite dinner…. check.

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One Prince Charming…..check!

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The ugliest cookie dough truffles you’ve ever seen…..CHECK!

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It was perfect.

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I was starving again this morning.  I had a huge breakfast which I guess was good because I didn’t have another opportunity to eat until almost 4pm.

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Orange, Dannon Key Lime Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup homemade granola, Nutrigrain Honey Oat Waffle with 1 tbsp. peanut butter & cinnamon.

Workout

Bob.

Dare I say it was much easier?  Getting better!

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Luke had his End of Year Awards today!  Proud of my baby!

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“Lunch”

I didn’t have time today to eat lunch, but honestly I wasn’t really all that hungry.  I did have a Spark & a granola bar before we left for the awards.

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La Tortilla Factory Honey Oat Mini tortilla w/ turkey and reduced-fat Colby jack cheese.

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an Apple, and 2 Cookie Dough Truffles.

I am incredibly exhausted just sitting here.  Jeremy had to go to a meeting at work this afternoon so when he gets home, I am hoping I can go to bed super early tonight.  Like 7 pm early!  9-10 hours of sleep sounds gloriously divine!