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Spring Starts NOW!!

Sayonara Winter, and hello Spring!!! Today is the first day of Spring and I could not be more excited about it, y’all!!!

To celebrate, this morning I headed out for a nice two mile walk/jog around my neighborhood. It was actually a bit chilly when I started out(50 degrees) but I warmed up a couple minutes into it and really enjoyed the slightly cooler temps, especially with the sun shining down on me.

You know what else made my run enjoyable?

My new IPhone 5!!!

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Yesterday I found out I was eligible for an upgrade and boy was it needed. My last piece of crap phone,  the Samsung Infuse was irritating me on a daily basis. It was constantly freezing and frustrating me so I was pleased to get rid of it. Of course, I am a cheap-o as I have mentioned many times before so I figured I would just get the free upgrade(IPhone 4) or the 4s if I was really convinced by the salesperson.

I went to Best Buy to upgrade and they have a phone trade-in policy. I was able to trade my old phone in and get a $105 credit towards a new IPhone. Now, that is what I am talking about, people!! Long story short(ish), I ended up with the IPhone 5 and couldn’t be happier with it!! I also ended up with an $80 case to protect it because this momma can’t afford to purchase a new one before her two years are up. Ha!!

Back to that whole workout thing now!! After my run, I came home and did a quick upper body workout. It may have been quick but it killed. There was really no rhyme or reason to it but it kind of looked like this:

  • bicep curl to shoulder pess
  • overhead tricep extension
  • triple scoops(these kill, for real!!!)
  • salt and peppers(another killer!!)
  • tricep kickbacks
  • pushups

I did about a minute of each exercise without rest and then went back through and did a few more randomly. Cause I am like that….kind of random, ya know 😉

After working out I was S-T-A-R-V-I-N-G!! I should mention that it was almost 10am by this time and all I had consumed thus far was a cup of coffee. Bad girl.

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I whipped up a quick breakfast of Ezekiel raisin toast with some natural peanut butter and a cup of Oikos Banana Creme Yogurt. Delicious and filling. Sort of. It will at least hold me over until lunch time which will be happening in oh….about 45 minutes!!

Now however, it is time for me to get cleaned up because I have some errands to run. Between my little Liam having his 5th birthday party this weekend and Easter next weekend, I have some major party planning to get finished up.

Questions?

How are you celebrating the first day of Spring?  Is the weather warming up in your neck of the woods?

What type of Smart Phone do you have? Do you spend a lot of time on your phone?

I do. Too much actually and I am working on that.

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What I Ate Wednesday #16

Welcome to another week of What I Ate Wednesday!!

Normally I am a gal who likes a little variety in her life(meals especially) but judging from yesterdays food, you wouldn’t know it!! What can I say, if I am eating the same thing multiple times per day, it must be good!! That, or I am running low on groceries!! I can say that my pantry is pretty well socked right now so yep, I was just digging the food!!

I am loving the WIAW theme for the month of October for two reasons!!

  1. It is all about the fun and healthy Halloween treats(of which I ate lots yesterday!!)
  2. PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness

My mom is a Breast Cancer survivor so I am always happy to see awareness brought to the cause!! So many of us have been or will be affected by Breast Cancer and I feel it is so important to be educated about the disease as well as helping to find a cure and care for those who have it!! Thanks, Jenn!!!

Okie Dokie, let’s get to talking about yesterdays meals!!

WIAW #15

Breakfast– If you checked out my blog yesterday, then you already know about the slice of goodness that was breakfast. Spinach, onion and feta crust-less quiche. So delicious!!

Snack #1- The skinny chocolate chip pumpkin cookies that I made on Monday didn’t stand a chance around me yesterday. I tried to keep them hidden….out of site out of mind but yeah, it didn’t work so well. I went ahead and helped myself to two of them for my morning snack.

Lunch– I had one piece of quiche leftover after breakfast and I felt bad letting it sit in the fridge all by its lonesome……Soooooo, I ate it!!! I added a piece of Ezekiel bread topped with peanut butter and jelly and had a more than acceptable “breakfast for lunch” meal!!

 Snack #2– Remember how I said my meals were really repetitive today. Yeahhhh, that includes snacks as well.

Dinner- Alright, I finally changed it up at dinner time!!! While I enjoyed every bite I ate earlier in the day, my taste buds were more than ready for some variety. Grilled chicken breasts, quinoa with corn and peas and green beans. It was simple and it was G-O-O-D!!

I love grilling nights!! Mostly because it means that Lance is handling the cooking of the meat which is far from my favorite thing to do. Minimal mess in the kitchen is pretty nice, too!!!

I would love to say that my eating ended with that meal but that would be a big fat LIE!!! Like I tell my kids, it is always better to tell the truth….

Truth: I had ONE more pumpkin cookie after dinner.  Someone hide the darn cookies because obviously I cannot have just one……or two. Five people, I had FIVE!!!!!

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I have to wish a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my extra special best friend, Stephenie!! The type of friendship we have is hard to come by but I am lucky enough to be gifted with it everyday. I only wish I could be in Baton Rouge to celebrate with her. I love you, my friend!!!

Do you know someone who had been affected by Breast Cancer?

What was the best thing you ate yesterday?

Do you have a long distance best friend? How often do you keep in touch?

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WIAW #14 + Practicing Patience

Hey, hey, hey!!! Another Wednesday has arrived!! You obviously cannot tell through a computer screen but I am doing my half way through the week happy dance right now ;-).

Let’s get this dance party started and dive right into what I ate yesterday!!

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WIAW #14


Breakfast: A couple pieces of Ezekiel toast topped with peanut butter, Simply Fruit Strawberry and a sprinkle of chia seeds. It was quick, easy and tasty. Just how I like my meals early in the morning 🙂

Snack: A 100 calorie pack of almonds and some unpictured veggie straws from Trader Joe’s.

Lunch: This was definitely my most favorite and filling meal of the day. I normally don’t take much time to put lunch together but since there wasn’t anything pressing going on, I decided to spend a little extra time in the kitchen. When I say extra time, it probably only took 15-20 minutes total but like I said, for lunch I am usually a grab and go girl!

Veggie Pizza topped with zucchini, spinach, carrots and onion. I also used a tiny bit of muenster cheese along with feta to make it extra special. My only regret is that I didn’t make myself two of them!! Oh well, I had the super delicious veggies on the side to leave me feeling nice and satisfied!!

Snack #2: Banana, peanut butter and a little bit of shredded coconut took care of the afternoon sweet craving I was having. I have found that lately when I am having a craving, if I go with more of a natural sweet food vs a packaged sweet food my craving is taken care of more quickly. I swear, most of the time junk food just leaves me wanting more of it.

Snack #3: I knew I wouldn’t be eating dinner until after 7pm tonight so I decided it would be smart to put something in my belly before taking Camryn to cheer practice. I decided on some Triscuits and Trader Joes Hummus. Wow….Trader Joes makes some darn good hummus!! Lance and I both think we like it even more than Sabra and we REALLY like that brand. I have also had a slight obsession with Triscuits lately. I love them plain, with peanut butter, cheese, cottage cheese or dipped into hummus. So good!

Dinner: It was a cereal for dinner kind of night at my house, at least for me. I really have no clue what Lance and the boy had because I told Lance they would have to fend for themselves tonight. I am assuming they managed just fine because I didn’t hear any complaints about hunger when I got home. Good boys…..I knew they could do it!! 😉

Fall into Good Habits

At the beginning of the month, I decided to join in the September theme of “What I Ate Wednesday” by coming up with some health habits that I would like to “Fall into”.

I chose to work on the habits of getting

  • 7 or more hours of sleep per night
  • 8 or more cups of water per day

I have to say, following through with these up to this point has been pretty easy. I haven’t been perfect but being aware has made a big difference in committing myself. Tuesday for instance, I  only managed to drink 6 cups of water and Saturday I only got about 5 hours of sleep due to staying up late and reading. Other than those couple of slip ups I have been pretty proud of myself!!

These small healthy habits that I have been working towards have also opened my eyes to other areas in my life that may need a little extra work. After evaluating some areas of my life, I have decided on another habit, or goal may be a better word, to work on in the month of September. Patience. Ugh! I have a feeling this one is going to be a real test for me. I hate to admit it because I want to be patient person but I think I may be one of the most impatient people I know. In some ways, I don’t mind it so much because it means I get stuff done! However, more often than not my lack of patience is definitely not working in my favor.

Many times, I am quite impatient with my children and this causes me to be pushy towards them and I won’t lie(even though I hate admitting it) I also lose my temper and become the dreaded mom that yells. Yep, people….I am far from perfect in the parenting department.

While I think it is important for children to learn time management, I also need to let them stop and experience life around them without constantly rushing. If my daughter is having a hard time with her homework, I need to not become frustrated and just allow her the time to work through the problem. If my son wants to run around the yard trying to catch a grasshopper before we head out to run errands, I should let him take that extra minute or two. Goodness, life goes by SO quickly and I don’t want to be that person who rushed their way through it, forgetting to stop and enjoy the moments in life that truly matter.

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I really don’t have a great plan on how to work at becoming more patient other than just being aware that it a behavior that needs to be corrected. I guess I just have to find some patience when it comes to being a more patient person……..

If anyone has a good technique or exercise that might be of help, I would love to hear what it is!!

Do you like to dance? Will you do it in public or just at home?

What is one personality trait you feel you could work to improve?

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Taco Tuesday….On a Monday!!

Good morning!!!

I am feeling full of energy this morning, despite the crick in my neck that just doesn’t want to go away. It is a touch better but turning my head is still quite the obstacle.

I am guessing that my workout last night didn’t do much to help but hey, I needed that workout and it was totally worth keeping the crick in my neck!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 2 mile run- Really hard. Must start running more often!!!
  • 20 squats, 20 shoulder presses, 10 burpees, 20 bicep curls

My run was pretty pokey but I haven’t been running consistently in quite a while. My legs and my lungs ached but I only left myself stop for one walk break(on a very steep hill). During the run I got a little irritated at myself when I heard my time on my Nike plus so I had to remind myself that it wasn’t important. I was out there getting it done and THAT is what mattered!!

As you can see, last nights workout was a little different than the other 5 Factor workouts that I had been doing.

Here’s the deal: While I totally support the idea of shorter workouts being effective, I have decided that I want to do them in my own way. I was a bit bored last week, keeping to the prescribed workouts. I have no doubt I would have seen results strictly following the 5 Factor plan BUT I have decided to modify the plan to make it desirable to me. Working out should be something that I look forward to (at least most the time.) I will continue with workouts that range in time from 25-45 minutes but will incorporate my own circuit and lifting schedule so that it is more enjoyable!

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Dinner

Last nights dinner was a big plate of taco salad!!

This was SO, SO good!!! I haven’t had it in quite a while but it is going back into regular rotation. Of course, next time I will have to save it for Tuesday. A few months ago, we had “Taco Tuesday” every week and the kids really looked forward to it.  Last night when I told my daughter what we were having she said, “But mom, it isn’t even Tuesday”!!

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This Morning

Part of the reason for my energy this morning, besides the awesome cup of coffee I had was the power walk I got in bright and early. After dropping my daughter off at school, I came home, laced up the sneakers, got the boy in the jogging stroller and off we went.

It was a brisk 64 degrees this morning and I loved it!! I have the hardest time keeping my workouts indoors during the Fall. I get a bit giddy knowing I get to head outside, enjoy beautiful weather and bask in the “Fall-like” smell in the air. Is it just me, or does anyone else know the smell I am speaking of? I can’t really describe it but it is like a natural uplifting drug!!

Speaking of Fall, I think we found the most festive house in the neighborhood!

I bet this will be the house to hit up come Halloween night!!!

Breakfast

When we got home, I decided to fuel up with some peanut butter and jelly Ezekiel toast, topped with chia seeds.

Yum!!

Do you decorate for the Holidays? Inside or out? I have a wreath on my door and a few Fall items on the mantle but I definitely keep it simple….until Christmas!!

Have you ever tried Chia seeds? What is your favorite way to use them?

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