Just Put On Your Shoes & Go

I was a bottomless pit this morning!  I started out eating a couple handfuls of almonds while making the boys’ lunches.  I didn’t have time to make and eat my oatmeal before I had to get them to school so I thought I would eat those to tie me over.

When I got back I didn’t even take my shoes or coat off before making a bee-line for the kitchen to prep my oats.

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My usual oats with almond butter, Ideal brown sugar blend, chia seeds & cinnamon.  Even all that wasn’t enough.  I had more almonds and then about an hour later I had one of my homemade Larabars.  Finally, I was full and didn’t get hungry again until after 1 pm. I had planned on making a green smoothie for lunch but……

I had just gotten out of the shower and was about to dry my hair when I got a call for a showing at 2pm.  I almost declined it but knew I had plenty of time so I finished drying my hair, picked up the house quickly and drove down the street. Come to find out,  it was a second showing from one we had back in November.  I knew the agent’s  name was familiar.  Glad I didn’t decline!  Thankfully they were right on time and I was able to go back home at 2:15.

This evening we found ourselves in the car again waiting out two back to back showings.  I am not sure when this happened but I feel like I have finally let it go.  Really let it go.  This whole routine we do, getting the house ready, driving down the street, waiting it out, feels very, well, routine.  We’ve been doing it for so long that it’s just a part of our life now.  Almost like our home is some sort of local attraction.  I suppose it’s my mind’s way of coping.


This morning after my feast had settled I decided it was time for my run.  I checked the weather and saw this……

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Oh dear…..that’s cold.

I stalled and stalled.  I tried to weasel out of it by telling myself I’d go when Jeremy got home.  I folded some laundry.  I kept thinking I would do a video but running is so much better for my headspace.

The annoying little voice in my head kept saying,

“Just put on your shoes and go.”

Over and Over.

So I did.  I also put on a head warmer, gloves and a jacket.  You know what?  It wasn’t all that bad!

love the runvia

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And I felt so much better after.


I didn’t get to eat until after the boys got home and by then I was ravenous again so I snacked and snacked while I was making this for dinner…..

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Easy Parmesan Chicken

I over snacked on chips, salsa & hummus again…..so I wasn’t hungry by the time it was ready Thumbs down The boys loved it though!  Maybe I will have it tomorrow for lunch!

Tomorrow my goal is not only to eat better, but to eat something GREEN!


3rd time’s a charm

I slept in this morning until almost 7:30 and it was so lovely!  I had a 9 am spin class that I wanted to make so I quickly QUICKLY drank my coffee, got the boys ready, grabbed a banana and headed out the door.  It was, no surprise, great again.  There was a new teacher and I really liked her.  She was super laid back and had some kick butt music.  Music is the secret ingredient to a great workout for me.

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Aidan got a haircut yesterday.  He wanted his hair “like Daddy’s”.  So precious.

I had to go run some errands after the gym so I ate a new bar called a uber Bar by Lara Bar to hold me over until I could get home for lunch.

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When I got home I threw together some leftovers from last night along with 1/2 cup of chickpeas and red kidney beans.

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May lack of breakfast was apparent by my appetite at lunch.  After my veggie bowl I ate a Tone-It-Up muffin and a Chewy Brownie Cupcake smothered in PB Thumbs up

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The boys and I just chilled out and did some chores around the house the rest of the day until it was time for me to get started on my homemade pizza dough for the Healthified Pizza I made tonight.

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Healthified Fresh Mozzarella & Tomato Pizza

Let me just talk ad nauseam about this pizza crust.  The first time I made a yeast bread was about 3 1/2 years ago and I had help from my amazing mother-in-law who learned from the best of the best at making yeast breads, HER mother-in-law.  So, I was pretty much starting over. Thank goodness for Google and my Cooking Light Cookbook.  With the first packet of yeast,  I learned what 110 degree water really feels like but I will still use the new thermometer I bought just for this occasion next time. For the second packet of yeast I learned that just because the recipe doesn’t say to give the yeast sugar, it’s probably best to go ahead and add it. And for the third and final packet of yeast, when my yeast mixture finally bubbled after 8 minutes…. I learned that this is going to take a lot of practice and now I am obsessed with making yeast breads.  After I kneaded the dough for what probably wasn’t long enough and most likely added too much flour during the process, I put it in the window to rise.  I was exhilarated to see it had risen!  Then I put it in the fridge to rise some more (per the directions) for 2 hours.  When I took it out to bake, it had risen a bit more (YAY!) and I rolled it out onto the pizza sheet.  It seemed a bit tough but I didn’t really know what it was supposed to feel like.  When all was said and done, it was….meh.  A little dense, a little tough.  Not Pizza Hut by any means but then again it didn’t have a cup of oil in it either.  All in all I think it was a pretty good result and will try it again soon or look for some other recipes.   I used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour so I am pretty sure that had something to do with the texture.   The rest of the pizza besides the crust was wonderful.  It was also my first time working with fresh mozzarella and the tomato basil combo is one of my favorites.  I am glad I have some healthy food waiting for me over the next few days!

Question of the day…..

Are you a yeast bread making master?

I’d love any tips and tricks!

Nursing a Holiday Hangover

I was SO tired yesterday.  I am sure it was a combination of less than stellar eating, lack of exercise, Mrs. Murphy’s pending visitation and a lack of sleep.  I was really hungry all day too but I think I did a pretty good job of choosing the right foods and keeping in touch with my hunger levels.  I ended up getting so caught up in getting caught up, that I never did get a workout in.  I also felt like I really needed a day to chill out and do things for my soul & mind instead of my body.  Even though they tend to go hand in hand.  Hopefully my energy levels will increase through the week and I will start to feel more like myself again soon.

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Thanks Ryan, I needed to hear that.

I started the day with coffee and my oatmeal at about 8am and then I drank 3 24oz cups of water through the morning. That felt good. I could tell I was dehydrated. Then I got started on the house work that went by the wayside over the weekend.


@ about 11:30am

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Apple and string cheese


@ about 12:30pm

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Lots of mixed greens with strawberries, reduced-fat feta cheese, peanuts, 2 deviled eggs and fat-free raspberry vinaigrette.

Afternoon Snacks


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Carrot Cake Larabar

4:30 pm:

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1/2 a banana and 1/4 cup peanuts

We had 8 bananas that were ready to eat but I knew we wouldn’t eat all those in the next few days so I took 5 of them, cut them into pieces, put them in plastic baggies and put them in the freezer for smoothies or future baking.  I remember the first time I tried to freeze a banana.  I just put it in the freezer, peel and all and then when I took it out to use in a smoothie, I couldn’t peel it because the peel was frozen! I let it thaw but then it became a mushy mess of a banana. Live and learn.

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@about 6 pm

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Mixed Greens, Strawberries, Fat-Free Raspberry Vinaigrette, deviled eggs.

By dinner my appetite had finally settled down, but I did get hungry again a few hours later.

@ 8pm

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Archer Farms Simply Balanced Berry Blend Low-Fat Granola

I had a serving of this yummy cereal with a splash of almond milk and I was good the rest of the night thank goodness!

I am feeling TONS better this morning. I got a really good nights sleep and am ready to take on the day!  I am planning on a long cardio session at the gym this morning and then I have to complete the “grocery project” this afternoon. I wanted to try and wait until Friday to go but we are running out of everything!  You should see the creative lunch I put together for my children!

Side Note:

I have a love affair with my iPhone.  I don’t know how I ever lived without it and these are two things that are making my life better right now.


The clean comedy station on Pandora


and the photo app Pic Stitch.

It’s the simple things….

A Weird Saturday

Sleeping until 9:30am does not suit me well. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice and I am sure I needed it, but it was 5:30pm before I knew it! I got a lot of housework done thanks to my abundant energy. What I did not get done was a workout, Thumbs down but my entire house is spotless. I also did not take my little boy to the book store, but I ironed 3 of his shirts! I suppose those count for something! Mopping my floors alone is a good cardio workout! Seriously, I wore my heart rate monitor once and found I burned almost 200 calories in 30 just by mopping. So, just sayin….house work is WORK! And for the record, he is as much a homebody as I am so he wasn’t really interested in the bookstore anyway.

My lunch yesterday was more of the same

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Romaine lettuce, baby carrots, blueberries, chickpeas, almonds, strawberries, reduced fat feta cheese and light balsamic vinaigrette.


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Larabar in blueberry muffin.

Here’s a shocker, I wasn’t crazy about it! It didn’t really taste like blueberry. Bummer.

After I got all the housework done, I felt a strong need to do some baking.

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Jamie Eason’s Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread


Homemade Larabar Bites

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I got the idea for these from one of my favorite blogs called Peanut Butter Fingers.

I used that basic recipe and made a few changes.

12 pitted dates

1/2 cup raw unsalted peanuts

1/3 cup oats

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tbsp. water

I put everything into my food processor and let it whirl until a paste formed. Then I rolled them into balls and refrigerated them. They strangely taste like those oatmeal chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies.


One Ginormous Homemade Larabar

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I used the recipe found here for the Peanut Butter and Jam Bars.


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My first and most likely last attempt at homemade cinnamon raisin peanut butter.

It was a sad sad outcome. I didn’t even put raisins in.

I used the recipe found here.

It tastes pretty good but I will stick to buying my all natural peanut butter. Some things aren’t worth the trouble!

So instead of working out, I baked for 2 hours. Hey, at least I have some yummy & healthy treats for after I DO workout!

Dinner was basically me tasting all my goodies. I ruined my appetite for anything else. I’m telling you, Larabars are legit! They keep you full and satiated for hours!

This morning I have a class at church and then service. I do plan on making up my workout from yesterday, it’s going to take some extra effort because working out has no place in my Sunday, but, I need to make it happen. Then this afternoon Aidan FINALLY gets to play some soccer. I PRAY it doesn’t rain. Spring Soccer? Maybe not the brightest idea I’ve ever had.

Do find yourself eating even though you aren’t hungry? This may help…..

Why do I eat when I am not hungry? – Greatist

Finding Balance

Let me start by saying how GLORIOUS Date Day was.

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I don’t think there is much else I’d rather do than watch The Big Bang Theory, in my sweats, reading a magazine next to my sweetie. And that is what we did for 3 hours yesterday! It was perfect.

Around noon I got hungry so I made a salad that was so pretty, it looked like a rainbow.

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Romaine Lettuce, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, baby carrots, cucumbers, walnuts, fat-free feta cheese, whole wheat pita with fat free balsamic vinaigrette. Lovely.

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The perfect bite.

While we were eating, a fire truck drove down our street with it’s sirens on. We went outside to see where it was going and found that it was neither cold nor rainy outside! As a matter of fact, it was quite warm. Confused smile We walked back to the kitchen and saw a huge gust of wind blow through the back yard. Jeremy opened the door and it was at least another 10 degrees cooler. Then another fire truck drove down our street so we went back out the front to see what was the deal and it was even colder! Texas, you are bi-polar, that is for sure!



But my oh my how I love thee! She is one crazy broad!

At first I thought I might be ready to get out and go somewhere, but after that gust of wind blew straight through to my soul, that thought quickly diminished. Thumbs down

Jeremy went to pick up Aidan and I started to feel a little blue. I think I was having a little case of the SADs. Sad smile I didn’t want to workout. I didn’t want to go anywhere. I didn’t want to nap. I didn’t want to do….anything. My mind started to wonder to what might be in the pantry. I was a little hungry so I had two pieces of Jamie’s Pumpkin Bread. Then I wondered around. I don’t know what I did exactly. Laundry? Dishes? Who knows, but I am pretty sure I looked like this


Poor me, I am so sad Sad smile

So a little while later I had this

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You know what else? I am not even going to try anymore. It’s futile.

And seriously, I didn’t want anything else after it. They is my magic bars! (said a la Forest Gump)

Then I moped around a little bit more….not hungry at all but wondering what I had in my baking cabinet that I could make to make me feel better. Then like someone had slapped me. I said to myself:

“No, No, No, you are NOT going there today!”

I got myself dressed

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Shirt: Target

Vest: American Eagle

Jeans: Gap

Boots: Gift from my mother-in-law

I decided I would take the afternoon to go pamper myself a little, instead of beat myself up with food and negative self-talk. I was also feeling some exercise guilt for not “feeling” like working out.

I went to get my hair trimmed. Thank goodness my girl was there!

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Then I got my nails did.

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much better.

I gabbed on the phone with my best friend

Browsed Barnes & Noble

Found some drink coasters finally at World Market

and then came home.

I felt 100 times better. I also had a lot of time to clear my head of some things that had been bothering me. Why was I feeling this intense exercise guilt? I wrote last week about feeling burnt out, and out of balance. Yesterday I thought about how I could make my workouts more balanced. At the beginning of the year I wanted to place more emphasis on strength training so I decided to change my workouts from an hour of cardio M-F to M-W-F 30 min cardio/30 min strength training. Tues-Thurs cardio days. That was really working for me for a while but lately it seems to have really put me in a rut. I am exhausted by Thursday, and that day’s workout becomes a chore. I never want exercise to feel like a chore. It’s not. It’s something I am privileged to do. I think I was feeling exercise guilt because I had planned on working out but didn’t want to. For the last two years I have learned to “Shut Up and Sweat”. But what I realized while I was out is that I don’t have to work like that anymore. It’s such a huge adjustment shifting from actively dieting, to just maintaining and trying to stay healthy and balanced. Of course I am tired by Thursday. I was working out M-F and resting on Saturday and Sundays. Now I am going make a Rest Day of Thursdays. I will most likely turn that day into my Treat Day too since Jeremy and I USUALLY go somewhere to eat. I never feel guilty for not working out on Saturday or Sunday because I have scheduled those days not to workout. By Monday I am so ready to work out. Well duh, you have just taken two days to rest your body! I also feel that I am not eating enough to sustain my energy for the intense workouts, and that may be a factor. I was “on a diet” for so long, shifting is difficult. I have lost 3 pounds in the last few weeks and I am not looking to lose anymore weight. I am actually trying to work on my strength and muscle tone. I hope that by having a rest day in the middle of the week I can refuel my body with not only rest but extra calories. Healthy calories! At least I’ll try to make them healthy.

I made Gina’s Arugula Salad again last night. I had quite a bit of the ingredients left from last week to make at least two more salads, so that was on the menu for this week

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I added some walnuts on top.

Aidan loves it!

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So that was my “date day”. Even though I was feeling a little down, by the end of the day all that had passed and I was feeling refreshed!

Of interest: Beat Exercise Boredom – Fitness Magazine

Everything is Done!

I am feeling so so much better.  I have slept GREAT the past two nights, been eating right, drinking plenty of water and getting caught up on everything that has been put on the back burner for a few weeks now.  I feel like things are balanced again and this break was exactly what my recent case of burn out needed.  Party smile

After the laundry was put away, Aidan and I went outside to pull some weeds in my flower bed.  Well, I pulled weeds, Aidan squished grub worms.  I told him they were bad because they ate my flowers, he said he was “getting them” for me.  Ahhh, boys, so sweet.  Dealing with the weeds in my flower bed was one of the things that just kept nagging me but I never could find the time to get out there to do it.  It only took about a half hour to do, but sometimes half a minute is too much!  I would have liked to have gone to get a haircut and a manicure/pedicure (also on my to-do list) but I don’t think there’s enough candy in the world to bribe two little boys to sit in a beauty salon for 2 hours.  Thumbs down

I was really hungry this afternoon and had two pretty substantial snacks

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Apple, Dannon Greek Yogurt in Vanilla, Jamie’s Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread on top.

A couple of hours later I had this…..

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Larabar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

At least it was a snack, which is what its supposed to be, instead of my “meal”.  Baby Steps.

I got the menu planning, coupon clipping and grocery list making done for the week. Usually I do this on Tuesday nights but I think putting it off until then (like I have the last two weeks) has been the beginning of me being sleep deprived the rest of the week from staying up late to do it. When I start my “grocery shopping project”, I always go through and see what I already have and go from there.  It was easy this week because we still have a lot of things from last week and I can make some of the same meals again plus we have some leftovers that I had put in the freezer. Thumbs up

Tonight I made spaghetti for the boys but I really wanted some more of Gina’s salad and the veggies I roasted earlier today.

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and a roll.

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I cleaned the kitchen, folded more laundry, helped pick up the boy’s rooms, and now I am happily getting myself into bed at a very reasonable hour!  I am looking forward to getting up early and getting my Mommy’s Day Out started!

Next time, check the weather report genius.

This was Luke last night at Aidan’s practice

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And this was me

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One of the things I love so much about Texas is the weather! Annoyed

I went outside right before we left and felt like a t-shirt and a windbreaker were appropriate.  Wow, was I wrong.  I think the with the wind and the setting sun, the temperature must have dropped at least 20 degrees!  We were freeeeezing! At one point I was stuck like glue to Luke just trying to get some sense of warmth.  And trust me, you would have thought I was trying to put a tiara on him.  Next time, I will be sure to check the weather beforehand.

Aidan clearly didn’t notice

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Yesterday started pretty normal.  We usually go to the first service on Sunday, but I  felt like we all needed a little extra sleep.  Saturday night I decided that we would go to the last service instead.  I slept in til 7 and had my usual routine.  Coffee, breakfast, chores. Every time I write that I think of the Jersey Shore.  GTL: gym, tan, laundry.  Though I have never seen an episode I think that is just ridiculously funny.  I digress….


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1/2 Orowheat Sandwich thin, 1/2 tbsp. all-natural peanut butter, sprinkle of chia seeds, 1/2 of a small banana, Dannon Greek Yogurt in black cherry w/ sprinkle of chia seeds.

Ready for Church

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I had a lot more going on than I usually do for some reason.

Dress ~ Target

Belt ~ from another shirt that is too big but the belt is stretchy

Tights ~ ??? Vera Wang? Kohl’s?

Boots ~ Airwalk Payless (years ago)

Accessories ~ Watch: Fossil. Cuff: Got it at our church book store. Earrings, Charming Charlie


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Turkey and Provolone Panini on an Orowheat Sandwich Thin, baby carrots, apple, strawberries, and Cuties.


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Larabar in Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

I’m not going to lie, it’s taking a lot of self control to not eat 2-3 of these at a time since I found that awesome deal.

When we got home from practice I defrosted with this

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Black Bean Burrito Bake

I am thankful that I got in bed by 8:30 last night and was out cold by 9.  Good thing because the Insomnia Fairy visited between 1-3 am.  AnnoyedThumbs down

Oh Happy Day!

I found myself super tired yesterday evening around 5:30, all I wanted to do was to get in the bed.  I guess the adrenaline rush from the little fender-bender yesterday had worn off and I crashed.  No pun intended Winking smile.  I hadn’t planned anything for dinner. It was going to be a “cereal night” because we were out of everything and I desperately needed to go to the grocery store.  I couldn’t really pin point anything I wanted.  I had a handful of peanuts, a few bites of granola, and a of couple almonds before I went to my default choice of Honey Bunches of Oats.  Can’t go wrong with that!  A few hours later I had a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar.  Not a nutritiously stellar dinner, but I was satisfied and that’s all that matters.

I slept in about 30 minutes this morning. I couldn’t pull myself away from the warm man sleeping next to me.  But alas, his alarm went off and we both had to face the day Thumbs down.

I didn’t get my quiet time in this morning because Aidan got up with us and Jeremy and I were catching up from the week. Other than that, it was routine as usual.


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~ 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats

~ 1/2 cup Silk unsweetened almond milk
~ 1/2 tbsp. all natural peanut butter
~ 1 tsp. chia seeds~ 1/2 small banana
~ 1 packet Truvia

Microwave the oats and the almond milk for 1:30-2:00 min stirring often to prevent boiling over.  Stir in extras.

….same but different Winking smile

My workout this morning consisted of 30 minutes on the elliptical, which was pretty intense.  I was having a hard time getting my heart rate up so I kept having to increase the resistance.  After that, I intended to do the same lower body workout that I did last week, but my legs were really tired for some reason (5 mile run perhaps?). So I just did the exercises that would work the large muscle groups.

Post workout snack

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I ended up eating just the almonds and ate the banana after the grocery trip.

Right after the gym we went to the grocery store.  Aidan and I play a little game called “How Fast Can We Get Out Of Here?”.  Depending on the amount of things we need, I will set a time and the goal is…..you guessed it, to see how fast we can get out of there.  Today we made it out 5 minutes under our goal!  Holla!  I love a full pantry and refrigerator, but man do I hate grocery shopping.  I try to streamline it with a grocery list that I type up in word.  It has all the items listed in order to follow how the store is set up.  Also, I keep my coupons in order the same way.  OCD much?  Hey, it comes in handy sometimes.

We went home to drop off the groceries, then I had to go to Target for some other items.  While I was there I picked up my needed items and then browsed for a while.  Usually that spells trouble, but today I found the clearance section and got some awesome deals!

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I have a serious addiction to really like Larabars, a lot.  But they are very pricey.  Between $1.20 and $1.50 per bar. I get them only when they are on sale. One of these packages was $5.60 and the other was $4. I am set for a week several weeks! Thumbs up The Annie’s Mac-n-Cheese was on sale for $3.60.  I love when I find good-for-you foods on sale.  Oh Happy Day!

When I got home from Target I was a little hungry so I had the other half of the banana, but really didn’t feel like anything else.  I showered, talked to a friend, and THEN 3 hours later…..I was finally hungry.

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Tuna fish salad on an Orowheat Sandwich Thin, baby carrots, grapes and strawberries.

Mandi’s Tuna Salad: makes 2 servings

~ Canned Tuna
~ 1 tbsp. Light Miracle Whip
~ squeeze of mustard
~ 1 tbsp. relish
~ salt and pepper to taste

This intuitive eating thing is taking time to get used to.

Right now this is what’s going on.


Luke and Daddy are in a serious match. Aidan is thinks he is involved too.

Hopefully the last part of my day will be as lovely as the first part.

Fridays are Mondays around here

I slept an extra hour (until 6am) this morning expecting it to be a slow day with plenty of time to get everything done. Wrong. When am I ever going to learn that in order to keep up with these boys, I have to get a good two hour head start?  Probably never.

I had my coffee and my usual breakfast.  Did the morning chores.  I don’t know if it’s just me but I go to bed with a clean house and by 8am it’s a disaster again.  I spend a good hour doing my “chores” in the morning and usually an hour in the afternoon just tidying up.  I have found that if I do a little each day, keeping everything clean on a daily basis, I don’t have to spend a WHOLE day on it.  Plus it keeps me sane.  I think God blessed me with slight OCD because He knew I was going to be living with three boys!  Sometimes I am not sure if I am teaching them to be civilized gentlemen or if it’s going to backfire and they will live like hobos when they leave the nest.  Lord, I PRAY for their future wives!

My workout was all cardio today.  I did 30 min on the treadmill and 30 on the elliptical followed by a good stretch out.  I was super sore from my leg workout on Wednesday and Jillian never fails to make me sore in places I forgot I had.  It was nice to just zone out.  I have been feeling a little stressed out lately with my schedule being all bonked, so a long cardio session was just what I needed.

I went to the gym feeling hungry again, so I was sure to bring a post workout snack since I had a quick errand to run afterwards.  That Larabar didn’t know what hit it!  I demolished it before I thought to take a picture!

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I am so glad I brought it because that quick errand turned into an hour errand, plus an aggravating phone call and I didn’t get to eat lunch until almost 2pm. I was Hangry.

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Turkey & Swiss Panini, 1/2 an apple, baby carrots.

I finally got to shower and then do round two of chores.  I wanted a NAP! But thank goodness for this life saver –

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Spark Energy Drink

I got a second wind just in time for Luke to be home from school, let the bickering ensue…..they had to be separated today.  But  Daddy got home early from his part-time gig so I had some back up!

I had a snack

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Luke left for his dad’s house for the weekend, and we ran to Academy for some soccer gear.  Surprise!  First practice is Saturday ( re: aggravating phone call ).

We picked up a Pizza for the boys and I made my own healthy version

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Whole Wheat Pita, Pizza Sauce, Morningstar Breakfast Sausage, Fat Free Mozzarella Cheese

To say the least I am worn out.  My “relaxing catch up” day was full of unexpected challenges.  Grace was in full effect today.