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Vlog, plus tasty eats!

Well, the long weekend is gone…and a 5:00am wakeup call looms in my future!  My camera was no where to be found for the majority of the weekend, but I did record some tasty eats today!  Lunch used one of the homeade veggie burgers Kim and I whipped up on Friday…

Topped the patty with some Laughing Cow Light Swiss, and had a side of FRESH corn (the only way to eat it…straight off the cob!), some Stacys Whole Grain Pitas…and some Tabouli Salad!

And a fannnnntastic dinner, with a leftover half sandwich from “Which Wich” …….love this place!  My sammie of choice was a black bean patty, with a load of veggies and pesto!

Also broke free from my Veggie Booty chains this week, and switched up the flavor!  Sour Cream & Onion Booty this time 😉

Followed by an amazing mixture of dessert goodness.

Nothing like a bowl of choco-granola-almond-yum to end a long weekend!  Hope everyone had a good one!

PS, I am currently HATING the new Usher song “Oh My God“….anyone else with me?!

What “popular” song do you detest at the moment!?

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Veggie Burgers, 145 + Pounds Lost, Long Weekend!

Is it just me, or are people in automatic better moods once they know that the weekend is extended 24 hours???

This being Memorial Day Weekend, I can honestly say that last night I got what is probably my most amazing nights sleep evaaaaaah.  First, though….I had to make it through the day!

Started off with an early 3 mile run, and then off to the first official weigh-in for Eight To The Eights!  The group did SO amazing in their first week, and lost over 145 pounds!!!  Check out the leader board for week 1!

They were incredible.  Everyone combined lost over 145 pounds in one week!!!!!!  Also recorded their first set of video diaries.  Here is just one example from one of the teams:

You can check out all the video diaries, by checking the official FaceBook page “8 To The 8’s!”

Have I mentioned that I am absolutely on cloud 9 being able to help run this program?  Everything is going exactly as planned, and I could not have asked for a better group of contestants.  Awesome, awesome, awesome.  There does not even seem to be enough positive words to describe how doing this makes me feel.  Absolutely amazing.

After the incredible weigh-in, it was off to teach Spin (60 minutes of GaGa!) and then sip on a home made “Frappa-tyler” so that I can stop giving Starbucks $10 a day!

This bad boy had:

  • Vanilla Protein Powder
  • Chia Seeds
  • Ice
  • Almond Milk

The verdict…….move over Starbucks!  This cheap rendition did the trick!

Then…for once…it was time to have a Saturday evening OFF!  This special occasion definitely called for a celebration.  Home made veggie burgers anyone???

We got this recipe from our amazing co-worked, Terri!  With her permission, I will soon post the recipe!  Met Krucker at our local Ingles to grab the stuff!

And we got to work!

The recipe calls for an array of gorgeous veggies!

Which get combined with the main ingredient/binder….black eyed peas.

Kims cat, Sammy, decided to lounge around in the empty shopping bag!

Have I mentioned that this cat is the former fur-daughter of Emily?!?!?!

Back to the burgers….it was time to mix!

Once combined, it was time for the egg and bread crumbs.  We used Panko crumbs, which are a Japanese style bread crumb.  If you havent tried these, you need to!  They are more light and crispy than the normal ones.

Once everything was combined, it was time to patty out and cook.

What good is a new recipe without a taste test?!?  We had to make sure they were edible, right? 😉

Yum.

Yum.

YUM!!!!!!

You guys have got to make these little cuties.  I swear, I will never BUY veggie burgers again.  Best part it, they freeze wonderfully and all you have to do is reheat!  I will post the recipe asap.

After fun times with Kim, it was time to head to Jack’s for a fun dinner with friends!  This place is one of my favorites.  Totally eclectic and colorful.  Random things glued to the wall, and tables you can write on.  What more can you ask for?!?!

Oh….I know….loads of vegetarian options?!?!  Sah-weet.

I got the Veggie Wrap on Spinach, with a double order of steamed Brocc instead of the fries…

I will let the picture do the rest…

Prrrrrretty tasty.  I even had enough left to save for lunch the next day.  Score!

Upon coming home I proceeded to immediately collapse, and not wake up until early this morning.  Can I just say how wonderful it is NOT to have to set an alarm, and just wake up whenever your body decides it’s hungry???

Lucky for me, I thwarted the hunger with a big stack of “spray-cakes”!

Who needs the mess and time of normal pancakes, when you can do this:

Which quickly turns into a plate of joy.

Spray-Cakes with Almond Butter and Agave Syrup drizzle…and a huge pear!

and then a couple hours later…when the hunger arrived again, I went for yogurt and cereal.

At which point, I headed to work.  I only teach Spin 1 out of every 4 Sundays….and apparently today was my day!  Whoops!  Thankfully I was already working, and just jetted up there for an impromptu, and sweaty, class!  NEVER exercise in a cotton shirt!  Yuck!

(wherever could this picture have been taken?!?!)  😉

Well bloggies, time to clean the YMC-izzle and then head home to celebrate a Monday of nothing to do!  I know I had said I was taking two off days, but the random Spin class messed that up.  I am, however, NOT working out tomorrow!  So there.  😉

What are your big plans for the long weekend?  Or whats left of it?

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Friday, in fast forward!

Hello bloggies!  How is everyones Friday treating them??  Mine has been amazing and semi chillaxed, if you can believe it!

Started off with my usual 5am wakeup call for our Eights To The Eights Boot Camp Circuit Class!  Check out a little montage I put together:

Amazing, right?!

Their first weigh-in is tomorrow to see how much they have lost in the first week, and I cannnnnnnot wait.  I am nervous, excited, and anxious, all at the same time!  I want to see some big numbers on those scales!

After Boot Camp it was off to KidFit.  There is nothing like the ground still being wet with dew, yet STILL making the kids run.  😉  What can I say, I love my job.

Breakfast was a basic, yet deeeeeelicious bowl of Chia-Oats.  This bowl had walnuts and almond butter to finish them off:

Lets just face facts.  I am addicted to oatmeal.  Sometimes I *dream* about what kind of oatmeal I will be making the next day.  Does that make my life sad?!?!?!?!

Following this oatmeal, which was obviously laced with sleeping medication, I lapsed into a 4 hour mini sleep session.  I did not even WAKE up until 2:00pm!!!!!  What got into me?!?!?  Now, I take naps with the best of them, and love every minute of them.  But 4 hours?!?!?!?!?!?!  Sheesh.

Lunch was quite possibly one of the most random meals I have ever created.

Started off with some pre-packaged (and diced…score!) zucchini and squash.  I browned those up in a pan, and added some fresh corn from the cob.  Needing some protein, I could only find eggs.  Egg Scramble it was!

Not too shabby!

Nice piece of double fiber bread, and some strawberries later…

(topped the Eggs with some Greek Yogurt)

Pretty good for a meal thrown together out of randomness, eh?

This was followed by the last of my precious dried pineapples.

On the way to work, I created a 60 minute ALL Lady GaGa CD for Spin.  Muhahahahahaha.  Needless to say I will be using it again in my 10:30 class. 😉

Dinner was quick, and eaten at work…

Veggie Wrap on wheat, chocked full of yumminess.

And that, my friends, is a Friday in flash forward!

Looking back on my egg inspired random lunch…..it leads me to ask:

What is your favorite random mess of a meal that you have prepared?

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Paddle Boats and Pancakes

That sums it up, right?!?!  😉

Now on with the food!  Bed is calling my name so I have to make it snappy!

Breakfast was unfortunately not caught on camera because I left my camera at work!  Needless to say it was a boring, yet nonetheless tasty, bowl of cereal.  Kashi Go Lean mixed with Organic Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

Since it was such a beautiful day, and I actually had a couple of free hours in between 5 classes (PHEW!) I decided to hit up our local park for some fun times with Maggie and her brother and sister!  Snackage was consumed en route!

It was an amazingly beautiful day!

Oh thats right people.  PADDLE BOATS!

Talk about a leg workout, shew!  Totally fun, though.

Which caused a great hunger…which needed to be satisfied with PIZZAAAAAA!  Mellow Mushroom pizza, to be exact!

Jerk Tofu and Broccoli = WIN!

The salad was pretty baller as well ,although simple!

After lunch it was time for my LAST KidFit until the fall (sadness!) and a killer Total Body HIIT class!  I have been doing a 5 minute plank segment where we do a frontal plank, two side planks, and a reverse planks.  FUN times, I promise.  😀

Dinner was something quick and delicious, pancakes!

One was a simple crushed walnut one, while the other was filled with Chilean Raisins.  Both topped with my Trader Joe’s Agave Maple Syrup blend!

And that, my friends, is how to end a very hectic day on a good note.  😉

…Night!

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Coffee = My New BFF

Seriously, I feel like the only thing getting me through these past few days has been my BFF from the Starbizz!

Can you believe I didn’t even get to blog yesterday?!?!?!  Depression.

Seriously, these weeks have been keeping me verrrrry busy, but I love it!  It’s a good trade off!  Yesterdays breakfast was a delicious batch of overnight oats that I scarfed down in between my 6am Spin and my 7:45am KidFit class!

Oat-A-Licious Overnight Oats:

  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 3/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Handful (or seven) Chilean Raisins
  • 1 Handful (or fourteen) Dried Banana
  • 3 TBSP Chopped Walnuts
  • 2 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 2 TBSP Sunflower Seed Butter

Stir those bad boys up, and refrigerate overnight….no cooking, no hassle, no problem!  Overnight oats are always my standard “on the run” breakfast!  If you have never tried them, you are missing out!!  😉

After Spin and KidFit…it was time for Circuit Class.  I have still been using moves inspired by the “Insanity” DVDs and I am completely in L.O.V.E with that program!  Plyometrics plus intense cardio plus weights!  Who could ask for more?!?!  I just wish I had the time/energy to DO them everyday on my own.  Thats sort of tough at the moment.  😉

We killed it in Circuit Class, and then it was time to plan my CD for Express Spin.  Glee recently did a Lady GaGa inspired episode…check out their awesome cover of Bad Romance!  So I found it fitting to do an entire CD of GaGa!!!!  We were hot, sweaty, messes.  I think Lady would be proud.

At this point I had about 2.5 seconds to throw together a quick lunch.  The star of the show:

I felt so Greek as I paired this with a whole wheat Pita…celery, and some Almond Butter for dippage!

Note to self: Buy this salad….ALOT.  It was so yummy on the Pita!

Yesterday was also quite eventful because it was our first official “Boot Camp” with the Eight To The Eights contestants!  We did a 90 minute Boot Camp in which I had the contestants for 30 minutes….Ginny had them for 30…and Kim had them for 30.  During my time, I had them doing biceps, chest, shoulders, cardio, and abs!  We got it all on film, but here is a fun 10:00 to enjoy!  They killed it!

I am so amazingly proud of these people.  In just one week I can see a noticeable difference in how they look, and I cannot WAIT until their first weigh in Saturday to see how much they have lost in their first week!  I am expecting some big numbers!!!  We shall see!

For dinner, I had been invited to lunch with my third graders who I had done my Student Teaching with last semester.  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE them?!?!  Seriously, they are the best…including my amazing mentor teacher in that classroom!  Since I couldnt eat at the time and then come teach Boot Camp, I got mine to go, and had it for dinner!  Mixed Veggies…and what seemed like a mountain of rice!

And literally, passed out after eating.

5 classes yesterday, 4 more today.  Is it Saturday yet?!?!?!  Seriously…I love working out as much as the next guy….but this is getting cahhhh-razy!  😉  Oh well, gives me more of an excuse to eat.  Again, DO AS I SAY…not as I do.  Working out this much is NOT good, and trust me….every opportunity I get, I am teaching rather than taking.  I am showing and not doing.

That being said…off to teach the kiddos!

Have a great day bloggies!

I will Vlog at some point today.  Thank you for all the sweet comments about the Vlog!  I love doing it, so it will for sure be a standard thing around these parts from here on out.  I guess I didn’t realize how Southern my accent was until NON Southern people took notice.  😉

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Accidental Naps.

Arent they the best???  The ones where you have some time to kill, and you casually lie down thinking “I am just going to rest my eyes” (does anyone, including yourself, ever believe when that is sad?!?!) and then boom….you wake up 2 hours later.

I lurv them.

Today started with an extra early 5:45am Total Body HIIT which turned into half strength half circuit class, which I love!  Sweat was pouring!  Finished up with that and headed to the YMCA sponsored Summer Camp where I will be doing 1 hour workout classes with them everyday!  Sweet!

Today was their first day and they did amazing.  We did a circuit routine, and also added in some relay races!  Fun times!

Breakfast was a delicious waffle combination that started out with what is quickly becoming my favorite frozen waffle!

I also decided to make a mixture for the top that included half almond butter, and half agave/maple syrup!  So yummy!

I also made a little yogurt bowl with a new-to-me kind of yogurt:

…along with a new-to-me granola, and some chia seeds!  The waffles were topped with the “sauce” and then a nice nana to round things out!

After breakfast, the “accidental” nap occured…then it was off to Sahib for an Organic Indian Buffet with Magz!  Complete with Vlog cam!  😉

Check out the goodies!

And the BEST part….Chocolate FOUNTAINNNNNNNN!

Sooooo flippin’ good!

Also had time to squeeze in a trip to the Earth Feezy, where I was reunited with my BFF.

And now, if you will excuse me….I have a Biggest Loser party to attend with the rockstars from the “Eight To The Eights” program!  Check out how we have dominated the YMCA! 😉

How about that?!?!?!  Pretty sweet, huh?

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Hello, Vlog World!

Well, I have made the jump into the “vlog” (video blog) world!  I decided that since I getting the chance to use the Flip HD Camera for Eight To The Eights, that I can finally get around to vlogging!  Plus, I can talk alot faster than I can type! 😉

Whaddya think?!?!

Moving onto a quick recap of the past two days!

Yesterday was the first challenge for our Eight To The Eights contestants, a one mile run.  It was AMAZING.  Be sure to check the Eight’s blog for all the information/pictures/videos.  The photo finish for the winning team must NOT be missed!

We took over Panera Bread last night after the race!

Pretty groovy, huh?

So that, in all its craziness, was last night.

This morning, an empty jar meant “oats in a jar” but an epic fail occured when my camera battery died.  Managed to snap a shot of the jar though.  Use your creative minds to imagine the oatmeal-gloriousness that filled this empty void:

After breakfast, and re-charging the camera battery…it was time to head to Weight Watchers!  The local chapter here contacted me and wanted me to speak to their amazing ladies participating in the program!  They were amazing.

It was such a great experience!  Sharing stories, triumphs, failures…all with health and well being as the common goal!  Awesome stuff.

There was also a class or three on todays agenda, so I was again…running around like crazy, which is just par for the course in my life!

Lunch was at the new Olive Garden they had just built.  (I know, how sad is it that we are JUST now getting an Oliva Garden)

You know I had to start with the bread of joy.

And a nice warm bowl of the veggie soup!

For the entree, I was sad to see a major lack of both healthy options, and a MAJOR lack of vegeterian options.  This is when you have to get up close and personal with the waiter…and have them make something special.  9 times out of 10 they do not mind, and will be happy to accomodate special requests.  Look what came out!

Whole wheat pasta, with steamed broccoli and asparagus…tossed in a  Venetian Apricot sauce!  YUM!

See, it pays to ask for special requests…just remember to be extra nice to your waiter/waitress.  😉

Dinner was pretty random, and was inspired by leftover “chicken” salad!

“Mock” Chicken Salad sandwich, with steamed broccoli, natural cheddar…Stacy’s Whole Grain Pita Chips, and come carrots!

And that being said…I am ready to collapse.

5:45am class….7:45am class….9:30am class…then the Eight To The Eights “Biggest Loser” finale party, ALL on the agenda tomorrow.  Most of which starts at the butt crack of dawn.

Night Bloggies!

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