I am happy to say this day is over and a new one will begin tomorrow.  I am proud to say I made it through with grace and no binge eating peanut M&M’s or Honey Bunches of Oats. Thumbs up

It started out really great.  I got up bright and early with no problems.  I got myself ready for church & had breakfast.

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  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 scoops EAS Lean 15 Protein powder in Vanilla Crème
  • 1 cup Dole frozen Strawberries & Bananas
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed.

What a yummy smoothie!  I prefer mixed berries but I am out Thumbs down.  It was super thick for some reason so I added 1/2 cup more almond milk.

Then……..the boys got up.  You know, sometimes they are just sweet as sweet can be.  But then other times, well, they just aren’t.  This morning was one of those times.  We made it out the door with just barely enough time to get to church for the early service.  Since I wasn’t scheduled to volunteer in the nursery this morning, my plan was to stop in to see if they needed any help (of course they would) for either the first or the last service.  That plan was about to get the ax.

We all got in the car and then I saw the gas light.  I had forgotten that I needed to get gas.  I thought I would be getting out of the house again on Saturday afternoon but we never did so therefore I completely forgot.  Already late, I knew I had to stop for at least a little.  The last thing I needed was to be stranded on the side of the freeway.  As I was pulling into the gas station my children start screaming….”SPIDER!!!!  SPIDER!”  I never saw the spider, but for those bug hunting, bug killing boys to have been screaming like that, it must have been some spider.

I got out of the car, in heels, with the wind blowing my dress and hair every which way.  I am not sure I have ever mentioned how much I HATE to pump gas.  I hate it.  I hate touching the nozzle, I hate touching the pin pad, it gives me anxiety because I feel like someone is going to come up to me, I hate the way it smells.  I just hate it.  I did all the necessary steps, then took the nozzle off the pump and gas starts spewing out all over the concrete, all over my shoes, my dress.  I am just standing there, holding it as far away from myself as possible, completely paralyzed as to what to do.  After what seemed an eternity, it finally stopped.  I glanced up at the price screen thing and it had spewed out $1.68 worth of gas!  BLERGH……. I realized that this was a little battle, but I was going to win.  I took some deep breaths, said some prayers and calmly drove back home.  I would go home, change my clothes, wash my legs.  I would do the dishes, sweep the floor, and then I would leave a few minutes early for my class that started at 10am.  I.Was.GOING.To.Church.

Outfit #2

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Dress: Macy’s  (I bought this dress in 2009 for a wedding.  It was the only one I felt remotely comfortable in out of the 40 dresses I tried on for this wedding.)

Shoes: Ross

Bracelets:  Coach and a gift from a friend.


I also had on silver hoops.

Would ya’ll like a little before and after?

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October 2009                                      April 2012

Well, I made it to church, on time for class.  I had extra time to spare in between the class and the service.  I had some coffee and talked with some of the ladies that were in the class with me.  I felt complete peace.

While I was waiting for service to start I glanced at the handout they give us.  It said today’s message was over Joshua 1.  So I opened up to that scripture.

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Over the years this has been highlighted and re-highlighted, underlined and circled.  I don’t have the words to say how overwhelmed with love and peace I was in that moment.

It’s no secret that life is hard.  My life is hard, your life is hard.  But we aren’t alone in the battle.  The battle over the big stuff. The battle over the little annoying things like gas spewing all over your pretty shoes and kids screaming in the back seat because there is prehistoric spider back there.  The little stuff like boys fighting over who’s Lego part is who’s and purposefully seeking out to drive their loving and devoted mother to the psych hospital or to “See the Wizard” as it’s lovingly referred to in some lines of work.  Winking smile

I felt 100% refreshed after service and drove straight home.  Not stopping for donuts this week because,  A) we all know what that leads to….and B) because my children were acting like heathens and deserved no such treat.  They were even going to have to spend an hour in their rooms after church this afternoon, but I felt compelled to extend a touch of grace to them so I took back that punishment.  I had a banana and a Clif Kid Z-Bar in my bag and ate those on the way home.

Then when I got home I made lunch for the boys and myself.  I munched on some of their Goldfish Crackers while my soup was heating on the stove.

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Wolfgang Puck Chicken Noodle Soup.

It was super yummy, a great healthy comfort food and most importantly not a box of Honey Bunches of Oats.

I had some protein bread with a tablespoon of PB also.

My kids did this for a while.

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I did various things around the house and also napped (I had been up since 5am people!)  for about an hour.

Later we went out to get some drinks and I got this too.

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Sometimes you just need a little sweetness in your life to make it through the day.  I am proud of myself for not getting the king sized bag of M&M’s that were staring me down.  No, I got the 150 calorie treat.  YAY ME!

I wasn’t hungry for dinner but this is what I made.

Garlic Chicken with Rice

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The boys LOVED it!  I tasted it and thought it was pretty good.  It was super easy, quick, and inexpensive. I did all the prep for it Saturday night and put it together when I got home from church.  I was going to have it ready for lunch but the chicken wasn’t thawed enough this morning.  I used 4 boneless chicken breasts instead of the bone-in chicken it calls for.  If I’d known they would love it so much,  I would have used more chicken. For leftovers I should have used 6-7 breasts.  There is a lot of rice left over so I can use that for another meal.

I am off to end this day right.  Hopefully I can get more than a few pages read in Catching Fire before my eyes seal shut.

Dessert for Dinner? Yes please!

After Luke got his hair cut last night (isn’t he handsome?) we went to Carino’s for dessert.

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Carino’s Italian Chocolate Cake (we shared of course)

This was my dinner last night.  I must say, eating dessert for dinner is the only way to go.  First of all, you are able to eat all the dessert instead of just a few bites because you are too full from dinner.  Secondly, you save calories by not eating dinner, only the dessert!  How’s that for some justification? Winking smile

I think I will be having dessert for dinner at least once a month.  I was in SUGAR COMA after this.  But wow, was it worth it.

My snacks yesterday afternoon included a Clif Kid Z- Bar and two pieces of protein bread with 1 tbsp. of peanut butter.

Today started early at 5am.  I was going to sleep in a little but our gym was having a “Family Fun” day so I wanted to be sure to get there earlier than I had planned.



I promise there is oatmeal under there!

After chores and getting ready we were off to see what all the fun was about.

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There were local businesses there with free stuff galore.

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My Cuties

Bounce Houses

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I SERIOUSLY need one of these for my back yard.

There were two of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders there, but Luke refused to go anywhere near them.  Winking smile

I MADE IT TO YOGA and it was glorious.

Minus the cramp I got doing this business….



When we got home we surveyed all of the goodies we got!

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The Elf Grahams and the Post Great Grains cereal were snacks from the gym and I also had an orange at home.  The cookies and cereal were delicious!


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White corn tortillas, the soy crumble/tomato mixture from the Skinny Mexican Pizza and 1 tablespoon of cheese on top of each taco.



Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread w/ 1 tsp of peanut butter on top of each.

I got our mess cleaned up and laid down on the couch to read Catching Fire then proceeded to take a coma nap for 2 hours. It’s been a long week.   My children are so freaking perfect?  Oh no, they get to play video games as long as they are quiet.  It’s bribery at it’s finest!  Mother of the Year right here!

I need to spend what’s left of the day getting our clothes and stuff ready for church tomorrow and also getting a crock pot meal prepped so I can just throw it together in the morning!

Hope all are having a beautiful Saturday!

Skinny Mexican Pizza

Dinner last night was inspired by a recipe in my Hungry Girl 200 under 200 cookbook called Spicy Tortilla Pizza Mexicali.


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Mexican Pizza (adapted from HG’s recipe)

Makes 7 servings

per serving:  180 calories, 19 carbs, 5g fiber, 6g fat, 14g protein


  • 7 white corn tortillas
  • 1 package Morningstar soy crumbles
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 tbsp. lower sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese blend.
  • Fat free sour cream (optional)


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Spray a skillet with non-stick spray.  Cook soy crumbles with juice from canned tomatoes and the taco seasoning over medium heat until heated thoroughly.  About 10-15 minutes.  Then add canned tomatoes, cook another few minutes until heated.

Meanwhile, bring a separate pan sprayed lightly with non-stick spray to medium heat on the stove.  Cook each tortilla in pan for a few minutes on each side until slightly firm.

Place tortillas on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray.

Put 1/3 cup of soy crumble/tomato mixture on each tortilla.

Top each pizza with 2 tbsp. of shredded cheese.

Bake in oven for about 5-6 minutes or until cheese is melted.

I topped my pizza with 1 tbsp. of fat- free sour cream which added 10 calories.

They were OMG good!

This morning I tried a new-to-me product in called Sunbutter

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I used 1/2 tablespoon in my oats this morning instead of regular peanut butter.  I loved it!  Its so delicious. I love nut butters of all kinds, almond butter, nutella, cashew butter, peanut butter.  It’s such a delicious way to get healthy fat into your diet.  Adding healthy fats to your meals helps you feel full and keeps your blood sugar steady.  They also rev up that metabolism helping you to burn fat.  The hard part is to not eat spoon full after spoon full! You know you are a health nut when a spoon full of nut butter = DESSERT!

My workout sans heart rate monitor was awesome once again.  SO glad that workout mojo is back!  I did my 55 Minute Elliptical Workout and added 5 extra minutes on level five for a longer cool down period.  I also have a new favorite workout song, Pitbull “Back in Time”, LOVES me some Pitbull!  I need to get a list together and just buy all the latest and greatest on ITunes. They never fail to light the fire under my britches just when I think I have run out of steam.


was another kitchen sink salad

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  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
  • 7 baby carrots chopped
  • 1 light string cheese stick chopped
  • 1 grilled chicken breast chopped
  • 2 tbsp. light balsamic vinaigrette.

This afternoon I am going to iron and iron and do some more ironing.  Hopefully catching up on some DVR’d shows!  Tonight I am going to take Luke for a haircut and then a dessert date!  YAY for dessert!  He hates getting his haircut but I figure I can ease the pain with some sweets.

I hope everyone has a GREAT Friday!!!!

Date Day!

Yesterday afternoon I made two batches of Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread & then proceeded to have two pieces at 4pm & two more at 6pm right before I left to go grocery shopping (instead of church, I am terrible.)

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Then at 8pm I ate “my dinner” on the way back from the grocery store.

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Only the best Luna Bar ever.

I was absolutely exhausted with a headache and just wanted to go to bed.  It had been a long loooooong day.


I woke up after a really hard night’s sleep still majorly sore, good thing today was rest day!


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Then Baby Daddy brought this pretty lady home.

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Tall Non-Fat Misto….2 Splendas

Today is Thursday and that means DATE DAY!

So I got myself dolled up, a rare sighting indeed!

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Dress: TJ Maxx (Be Bop, last year)

Accessories: Charming Charlie

Shoes: Target (this season)

Watch: Fossil

I must say that I think Spring and Summer are a much prettier season for dressing!  In the winter, the only thing I am concerned about is how many layers I am going to need.

First, we stopped by Ulta to sniff out some new perfumes, get some special lotion for Luke’s skin issues and pick up my free gift for spending too much money being such a loyal customer.

Then we “stopped in real quick” at Old Navy and I ended up buying a dress, a pair of shorts and two tops.  Oooopsie!  In all seriousness, I DO need new clothes, on the REAL.  I am honestly still catching up from having to get rid of pretty much every last item of clothing I used to own.  Even the ones I got mid-weight loss are now too big.  I can’t ‘”make them work” anymore.  Good problem to have I suppose. Winking smile

Our last stops were Barnes & Noble for book # 2 in a series Luke is reading and Jason’s Deli for Lunch.

This REALLY hit the spot!

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My salad had baby greens, peas, broccoli, cucumbers, baby carrots, trail mix, 1 crouton Winking smile, granola, a spicy nut mix and fat free honey mustard.  Good gracious I love me some kitchen sink salads!  On the side was some sort of rice dish that I didn’t care for.  Hummus, crackers, a ginger bread muffin and a cornbread muffin.  I ate all of the salad plate, the crackers with some of the hummus, & a bite of each muffin.  I also had a scoop of banana and chocolate pudding from the salad bar.  The best part of the meal was the frozen yogurt cone they offer at the end of the meal.  Deeeeelish!

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In my own personal Heaven! I want to go back right now for dinner!

Speaking of, I need to get that started!

Good reads:

Write Your Stress Away – Greatist …..I love to journal, puts so much into perspective.  Highly recommend.

Help with stress eating – Everyday Health……Guilty!  Here are some GREAT tips.

Yummy Healthy Enchilada Recipe! – Everyday Health…..who doesn’t love Mexican Food?

My Dr. Oz Experiment

I am going to fly through what I did for my workout and what I have eaten so far today so I can get to what I REALLY want to share.

Breakfast was the same as yesterday.

  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp. Jif natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. chia seed
  • sprinkle of cinnamon.

Despite the intense soreness I have from yesterday’s workout, my workout today, was AWESOME!  I left the heart rate monitor in the drawer this morning and I just had fun on the elliptical while reading Redbook and listening to “Today’s Hits” on Pandora.  It went by quickly and it felt really good.



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When I got home, a free Iced Oatmeal Clif Kid Z Bar greeted me in the mail. YUM! My favorite.

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Apple Thumbs up


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Return of the veggies!

  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 7 baby carrots, chopped
  • 1 serving Blue Diamond Whole Natural almonds
  • 1/4 reduced-fat shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp. light balsamic vinaigrette

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Dannon Greek Yogurt in Vanilla and 1/4 cup Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.

So what I really want to talk about is what I saw on Dr. Oz yesterday.  I love Dr. Oz.  I love that he is very holistic and approaches medical remedies with natural solutions as opposed to medicating the problem.  *Soap Box Alert*  I believe America is extremely over medicated and I think it’s because of greed.  Everyone makes money and everyone stays sick.  I believe that food is the best form of medication.

food is medicationvia

I believe that with lifestyle changes and getting all the crap out of your diet you can prevent and or cure pretty much all forms of disease and every day ailments.  Of course there are exceptions…..genetics plays a large part in many illnesses, but with all the chemicals in our food system, we are slowly poisoning ourselves.  Ok, off of soap box. That is why I love Dr. Oz.  He is an advocate for all that I believe.  He rocks my socks!

So yesterday I watched an episode that I had DVR’d.   He talked about five body types and their weighty problems.

  • Big Bottoms
  • Big Belly
  • Big on Top
  • Big Thighs   *DING DING DING*  my ears perked right up
  • Big All Over

It’s no secret that people store fat in different places.  For me it’s my thighs.  It did make me feel better that he said it is the hardest place to lose weight.  Even at 113 pounds, my thighs still jiggled & I still had cellulite, while the bones in my shoulders protruded, you could count my ribs and I had a faint image of a 4 pack in my stomach area.  I felt too thin and have since gained back a few pounds.  I feel great at this happy weight, but man do I wish I had thinner thighs. There I said it.  We all have body issues, it never ends.  It doesn’t help that I think I have the shortest legs on the planet.  It’s just the way God made me, I have accepted that.  But then……Dr. Oz came on and told me I might be able to so something about it!

Now I am not one to jump on a band wagon of a quick fix.  They don’t work.  If you want to be thin, it takes work and dedication.  Period.  I do believe that supplements can help you, but should never be relied on solely for weight loss. They are simply a “supplement”.   In my opinion, weight loss is mainly a matter of the mind, but that’s an entirely different post.  So on to what he talked about.

He talked about different supplements for the different body types that will specifically target the fat in that area.  You can click HERE to find your body type.  I will talk about the Big Thigh and Big All Over.

He said to try white kidney bean extract for big thighs.

Body Type: Big Thighs

Trying to lose fat on your thighs can be very frustrating since the fat on your thighs is not very metabolically active. Those with big thighs, like those with a big behind do best with a low-fat, high-protein diet to help boost their metabolism. –

Fat Buster: Liquid Lunch

Make a protein drink with a secret fat-busting ingredient: white kidney bean extract, shown to help prevent carbs from being broken down into sugars and converted into fat in your thighs. –  (source Dr. Oz website)

What?  An all natural carb blocker?  Yes Please!!!  I do love me some carbs.  Probably why I have big thighs.  I think I can lay off the carbs, not cut them out all together, but I can absolutely add more veggies and since I am no longer a vegetarian I can try more lean proteins.

I’m going to be honest, I did my research and read it that some people have had some unpleasant side effects in the form of gas…..but whatever, it’s worth a shot….and I can experiment with different doses.

I am getting my hands on some White Kidney Bean Extract ASAP.

Maybe these, but I am still doing research as to which ones are the best.

Now the next thing he talked about was Raspberry ketone.

Body Type: Big All Over

Fat Buster: Raspberry Ketone Supplement

If you are trying to tackle fat all over or simply want to lose weight, consider raspberry ketone supplements.

Raspberry ketone, a natural compound found in red raspberries, helps your body to burn fat by breaking up fats within your cells. It contains the hormone adiponectin that boosts metabolism. The supplement is recommended because you’d have to eat 90 pounds of raspberries to get the same effect. Take 100mg of raspberry ketone at breakfast time. You can start to see results in just 5 days and more dramatic results over time. You can find it online and in health food stores for about $12. – (source Dr. Oz website)

Say WHAAAAT?  An all natural fat burner?  Holla!

I found several different types and am also still researching those.

I am cautiously excited, but I will definitely report my findings! Winking smile   Let me know if you decide to experiment!


Finding Rhythm

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

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



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Coffee, Oats


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

2 sets of 10 push-ups on toes

1 set of 10 push-ups in knees

2 sets of 25 bench dips

The shoulder part of my upper body workout

3 sets of 15 bicep curls w/ 8lb weights

Then I did my ab challenge and a stretch out.

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


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

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

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

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

Dinner was leftover baked ziti.

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



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

1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tsp. Jif natural peanut butter

1 tbsp. chia seed

sprinkle of cinnamon.




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


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

First was this

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The name of it made me laugh.

sexy beast

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

After my workout I drank this

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Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator

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

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

Lunch Part I

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Banana and 1 serving of Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds

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

Lunch Part 2

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

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Jamie’s bread + 1 tsp. PB.

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


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

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

Here are some interesting internet finds!

Take a Rest Day, or 2 – Greatist

Lose weight without losing your social life – Fitness Magazine.

I better go before my children burn the house down!

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

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

Perfect Weekend

I don’t know about where everyone else lives but where I live it was the MOST beautiful weekend.


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We are obsessed with these bluebonnets!

Saturday morning we went to the gym where I did 30 min on the treadmill and 20 on the elliptical.  I have been listening to Pandora while I workout lately and was telling Jeremy that they have been playing some of my favorite new songs right about the time I need it.  You know, when I am about to call it quits with the intervals and walk it out.  Then I said, but they haven’t played Boyfriend yet.  When I got myself all set up on the treadmill and turned on Pandora, guess what came on first thing?  YEEEEEES!  I knew it was going to be a great workout!  My other favorite new workout songs are, Wild One and Call Me Maybe.  It would just probably be the best day of my life if they played all three in a row.  Hey Amanda, it’s called ITUNES!

Next on the agenda was to go to The Vitamin Shoppe,  Home Depot to find flowers to plant in my flower beds and get Aidan’s haircut.

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They were having a “Health Expo” at the Vitamin Shoppe, which ended up just being a couple of tables set up with  free samples.  I got a bunch of stuff but I was MOST excited about the Vega products.  Anyone who reads regularly knows I love my smoothies.  I don’t always have time to eat a balanced meal and they are the closest I can get to one on the go.

Vega One is the most nutritious mix of ingredients I have ever seen next to Shakeology.  I was SUPER excited to have the opportunity to try it.

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  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • 1 packet Vega One

At first it was really good!  It may have had something to do with the fact that it was almost 2:30 pm and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet.  Then about 3/4 of the way through,  I took a sip and thought,  “What the heck am I drinking?”  I am not sure what it was.  Too sweet?  The texture was strange.  It may taste better mixed differently.  I was fascinated by the gorgeous shade of gray it was too!  I think it would be more palatable if I had used half the packet.  I have another packet in Berry, so I will try it again using half of that.  I am just so impressed with the ingredients, it’s almost as though I’ll suffer through the strangeness of it for the health benefits.

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This Halo Bar wasn’t a sample but it was on sale and I liked the packaging so I picked up two.  The other one was marshmallow.  I had a taste of the marshmallow and threw the rest away…..and then I tasted this one & then let Jeremy taste it.  He spit it out and I finished it only because I was still hungry and just wanted to get on with my day!  It wasn’t TERRIBLE…..but yeah.  I really love trying new products.  Sometimes you get some real winners, other times….not so much.

In better news,  found a lot of pretty flowers to plant this week!!!


I spent the morning at church going to service, a class and then I volunteered in the nursery.  We didn’t get out until almost 1:45 and then stopped by the grocery store.  That got us home at about 2:30.  My oatmeal at 7am did a great job of helping me power through the morning, but obviously I was pretty much starving by the time I got out of church.  I am not sure exactly what or how much I ate when I finally made it home.  I do know it included a donut, two pieces of protein bread with peanut butter and probably half a box of Honey Bunches of Oats.  No, there was no bowl, nor was there any milk.  Straight out of the box my friends. Because I’m classy like that!  Healthy Habit lesson #518:  Pack snacks to eat in between service, class and volunteering.  Go straight home after church, do not pass go and do not collect $200.  At home have something HEALTHY & BALANCED ready that you can take out and eat immediately.  One thing I did learn, if you do eat half a box of Honey Bunches of Oats at 2:30 pm, you will most definitely ruin your appetite for the delicious meal you would be making for dinner.  

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Weight Watchers Baked Turkey and Ziti Casserole

I didn’t eat a serving but I did taste my work.  It was SO good.  I am adding this to my go-to recipe section.  I am sure it will taste much better leftover (casseroles always do) and with a hungry tummy!

…..and now for 700 pictures of my kid.

After his haircut

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and before church Sunday.

I am obsessed with him too!

Looking back on last weeks goals:

  • Seriously stay away from the sweets.  On the REAL this time.  ~  Did much better!  Only a few treats this week.
  • Make working out a priority, everyday this week.   ~  worked out 5 days!
  • Do yoga one of those days.  ~  this is a really difficult one to accomplish.  I need to go to a class at my gym.
  • Drink at least 64 oz. of water each day. ~  CHECK!
  • Go to church Wednesday night.  ~ CHECK!
  • Meal plan for next week, trying at least two new recipes.  CHECK!
  • Sleep.  CHECK! I took several 30 min cat naps and slept at least 7 hours each night.

I am feeling so much better this Monday than last.  It makes such a huge difference when I follow these healthy habits.  My goals this week are the same.  I am really going to try to get to the yoga class at the gym.  I am pretty sure there is one tomorrow night and Thursday night.  I just pray life doesn’t get in the way of that goal!

Question of the day:

What do you do when you find yourself ravenous?  Do you eat half a box of Honey Bunches of Oats (or the equivalent) or do you take a step back, realize this isn’t an emergency and calmly prepare a healthy meal?

Recipes, workouts and a performance!

I wasn’t really hungry for breakfast at my usual time yesterday morning for two reasons.  First I slept in until 6:30 and also I had eaten dinner pretty late Thursday night.  I didn’t have time for my usual oats because I was wanting to get to the gym within the next hour or so.  Definitely not enough time to let those oats settle.  So I made something lighter.


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1/2 Thomas Whole Wheat Bagel Thin, 1 tbsp. JIF natural peanut butter, 1/2 small banana, & a sprinkle of cinnamon


My workout yesterday felt really good.  It was interesting to note my heart rate.  Normally when I run I have no problem getting it up into the zone it needs to be, even above.  But yesterday it was staying pretty low even though I kept turning up the speed.  This was going to be a perfect example of what the professionals mean when they say to change up your workouts if you have hit a weight loss plateau.  When you see that your weight loss has stalled, they always recommend changing up your workout.  Whether its to switch to a different cardio routine, increase the weight in your strength training, increase the speed, lengthen the duration, anything really.  Your body gets used to a certain exercise and adapts, therefore it doesn’t have to work as hard and in turn not burn as many calories.  This week I have been doing my runs outside.  It’s much easier to run on the treadmill (in my opinion) because it is essentially propelling you forward.  In an average hour long run I will burn over 500 calories, whether its on the treadmill or outside. Yesterday I only burned about 400 on the cardio alone.  I was going to run the whole time but was getting frustrated that I wasn’t able to get my heart rate up so I switched to the elliptical halfway through.  I haven’t done the elliptical in a long time because I never felt challenged enough.  Most of the time I wouldn’t even sweat. This was not the case yesterday.  I was working harder on it than I did in the 30 min I spent on the treadmill.  This was such a huge A-HA! moment for me.  I know you are supposed to change up your routine, but I have never actually experienced a time when it was so blatant.   This is also an example of how valuable a Heart Rate Monitor can be.  I would have never known what was going on if it weren’t for it.  And, no you can’t really trust the machine’s reading.  I use the Polar FT4 and highly recommend it.  I am hoping to get this one very soon!


After the cardio I cooled down with some core work and stretching


Post Workout Snack

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I had to finish up at home since we had run out of time for Aidan to be in the Kidzone at the gym.



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This salad had everything but the kitchen sink in it!


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protein bread + 1 teaspoon peanut butter

Last night we had a very important performance to attend!

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Aidan is in the Giraffes Class

I had never heard “Bushel and a Peck” so in order to help him learn it I had to look the song up on Youtube.  I have been singing this song for a solid week.  I bet you a million dollars you will too.

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I was so proud of him!  I am pretty certain he sang the loudest.

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Aidan and Maddie

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This kid……


Oh how I love Hungry Girl.  She uses mostly sugar-free/fat free/majorly processed diet foods which I really try to stay away from, but she does have many recipes that don’t.  If there is something that the recipe calls for, an ingredient I’d rather not eat, I will just make a substitution.  The recipe I used last night came from her 200 under 200 cookbook.  I love this cookbook.  I have used so many recipes from it.  Last night I made her Crispy White Pizza.  It was DELICIOUS!!!!  I am definitely making this many more times this week. This is a gem of a cookbook!

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Hungry Girl’s Crispy White Pizza

Have a wonderful and healthy weekend my friends!

Here is something to make you laugh!  I saw it on one of my favorite blogs Peanut Butter Fingers.

50 people you wish you knew in real life

and one last thing……


doesn't want your advice

Every child needs this shirt.  Many sizes available!

Pinkberry <3

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Sweet Sweet pinkberry, we meet again. 

Salted Caramel, brownie bites, toasted almonds and cinnamon streusel.

I find it somewhat sad that this was the best part of my day yesterday.  Sad, or it shows just how fantastically terrifically amazing this stuff is.  I am reminded of that episode of Seinfeld…..

Yesterday was a super relaxing day.  The closest thing I got to exercise was walking around the Container Store for an hour and half  Winking smile.   I had hoped to do some yoga but trying to do yoga in a house full of boys is counter productive.  So I settled on falling asleep on Luke’s bed for an hour.  What?…..the point was to relax… I did also put away all my goodies from the Container Store.  Well, all my stuff IN or ON the goodies I got from the Container Store.  I never knew a Lazy Susan could give me so much peace. 

My breakfast was oats, of course, lunch was pinkberry, snack was an apple, orange, and two pieces of protein bread.  Something about pinkberry I have noticed is that I am not hungry after I have eaten it.  I am not sure why, but it seems different than the other fro-yos I have had.  With all the others I am hungry 30 min later.  It does seem much creamier and more rich so it quite possibly could have everything to do with the quality of ingredients they use.  I don’t know?  Something to ponder.


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

Baby carrots, fruit bowl w/ half a sliced banana, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup grapes, 1/2 cup pineapple.

After dinner I had a piece of protein bread for “dessert”.

I am so glad that my energy level is returning and my appetite is settling down.  I found it funny that AFTER my week with Mrs. Murphy, I stumbled upon these articles.  I suppose the information will be helpful next time.  I just hope I can remember to read them over again.

What to eat for an easier period – Fitness Magazine

Why Junk Food Makes You Miserable – Shape Magazine

Control Overeating- Fitness Magazine

Conquer food cravings- Shape Magazine.   <—–I have read this one before but it was a good reminder and also made me think about why I may have been feeling so crummy last week.

I hope everyone has a lovely Friday!!!!

A Day to Remember

April 18th 2012 will be a day my little family will always remember.  It was a glorious and beautiful Spring day.

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I got my 5 mile run in and stopped to smell the roses bluebonnets along the way.  Then I did the Tone it Up Girls Lean Arms Pyramid and a long stretching session.

Tone It Up

My breakfast, snack and lunch were the exact same as Tuesday.  I’ll spare the documentation….ya seen one bowl of oatmeal, apple, orange, protein bar, and smoothie, ya seen ‘em all!

I received two coupons for a free Zone Perfect Bar in the mail so I picked them up while grocery shopping yesterday.  My smoothie kept me satiated for quite a while but I was getting hungry again.   I knew I wasn’t going to be able to eat dinner until well after 7:30 maybe even 8pm.  This little bar was perfect.  I ate it on the way home from the store, around 4:45, and I was surprised that it held me over all the way until I was able to eat dinner.  It was really tasty.  It really tasted like a candy bar to me, except not addictively sweet and hyper-palatable.  The Zone Diet works by having you eat a balance of carbs-fat-protein so that you decrease cellular inflammation, which it says is why we are fat.  It claims that by eating this “perfect” equation you will not get hungry for hours.   While I don’t endorse the diet by any means, I do endorse these little bars!  Yummmmm.  The bars claim to have the perfect carbs-fat-protein ratio making it the perfect “Zone” mini-meal.   It WAS the perfect mini-meal!    It kept my hunger at bay for several hours.  This would not be the case if I had chosen a Larabar or a Luna Bar.  I would have been ravenous within two hours.  photo 1 (3)

Zone Perfect Chocolate Caramel Cluster

We were off to church pretty much as soon as I got home and got the groceries put away.  It was a big night.

There are moments in my life that I will remember forever. I will always have a vivid image of those moments. The moment I felt the warmth of my first son born after he was delivered.  The first moment I laid eyes on the 19 year old kid I’d spend the rest of my life with, hanging up cell phone accessories in Circuit City.  The moment in the Bellagio Chapel when he promised me he would never leave me, for better or for worse. The hard moments. The moment Jeremy sat at the edge of our bed and told me his brother had been killed.  The moment I watched my 2 week old baby boy being wheeled through the double doors of the hospital for surgery.

And this moment

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On April 18th 2012 my son Luke accepted Jesus into his heart and was baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The story on how this came to be can only be described as a total God thing.  There are times in our lives when we just rely on pure faith that the Lord is working for our good.  You don’t always feel it, it’s not always tangible, it’s not always this ooey gooey feeling of peace and love and joy.  Most of the time it’s like “Um, hello???? God, are you even there?  Can’t you see I need a little help?”  But then…..there are moments when He reveals Himself in such a magnificent way, you can’t believe you ever doubted his presence.  Times when He works in your life specifically to strengthen your faith.

He knows my name


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Times you are reminded that He is sovereign.

We stopped by our favorite, Chick-Fil-A, for dinner and I got something I have never tried before.

The Chargrilled & Fruit Salad

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This was SO yummy!  I am pretty sure this will be my new usual.  I used the Berry Vinaigrette, and it was good, but next time I will get the fat free honey mustard I normally have.

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I ate all the yummy stuff off and left the nutritious stuff like a 5 yr. old. What? I was full!

Today is DATE DAY!   I We have a few things planned.  Starbucks. The Container Store, for those items I can’t stop thinking about.  Lifeway & B&N for a baptism gift for Luke.  Lunch, not sure where & of course, Pinkberry.  Maybe I will be able to dragggggggg Jeremy into Ulta for some Mother’s Day help and to pick up a free gift with the coupon they sent me because I spent too much money a certain dollar amount in there over the last few months.

“There is no such thing as natural beauty” – Truvy

Steel Magnolias

Betcha couldn’t have guessed this is my favorite movie of ALL TIME.  I have watched it hundreds if not thousands of times (<—— Blatant lie) and will never ever tire of it.  It’s the only movie I can quote word for word and also use the dialogue from pretty much daily……However, I either turn it off or fast forward right before Shelby collapses on the back porch.  I just can’t take it.  I will sob every.single.time.

Questions of the day:

What moments (good or bad) are ingrained in your life?

What movie can you quote line for line?