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I am beat.  Total Body was killlllller tonight.

Headed to my other gym after lunch to get some cardio in and teach my KidFit Class.  Typing out “my other gym” feels like I am somehow “cheating” on the YMCA.  haha.  I guess I could call it by it’s name, The Wellness Center…but the other gym just seems more dramatic.  😉

Tackled 45 minutes on the Elliptical, and then taught the KidFit class.  Wore them OUT!  One kid actually asked me if I had ever been in the army before, LOL…

Headed to my HOME gym 😉 at the YMCA and sipped on half of my protein masterpiece:

I was reading an article in Men’s Health recently that talked about how our body needs half it’s protein before a weight workout/class, and half after…so I thought I would give it a try.  It was hard only sipping on half…it tasted like straight up chocolate milk!  Bravo to my new protein powder!

Made it to the YMCA for Total Body…again, it was PACKED!  We ran out of everything tonight, and I think we had close to 40 people in there.  It was insane/glorious at the same time.  The moaning and groaning was at an all time high tonight, so job well done I would assume.  We were all sweaty messes.  Rushed out of the class starving and headed to Ingles…I was running dangerously low on produce….this, my friends, is my kind of shopping trip:

Quickly got to work on dinner, because I was on the verge of eating the carpet at this point.  I went for a BBQ theme…

I was also craving vegetables like whoa.  I think it’s amazing that when my body even goes a short time without vegetables…my cravings kick in.  Spritzed some Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potato Wedges, and Okra with some Organic Pam, and added some Red Pepper….sheet tray…375*….35 minutes…perfection every time!

Plated the Veggie-Q on a whole wheat pita pocket, and heated up some veggie baked beans….perfect dinner.

Everything is better with ketchup.

Dessert was in order and called for my favorite Edy’s FroYo, and a Chocolate Chip Dunker from Trader Joe’s

On that note, it is time for some Survivor on DVR…and bed.  Teaching Spin at 5:45am tomorrow…trying to get excited about it.  😉

What are some of your “go to” dinners??  Ones that are always in the back of your mind as good, simple recipes? Roasted veggies definitely tops my list.



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Millet Kind of Mornin’

Good morning bloggies!  I know, technically it is more like lunch time….but I just had a nice little nap session with the pups, so it seems morning-esque to yours truly!

Woke up at crack thirty this morning to teach Spin at my gym in Johnson City.  The class is finally picking up steam, and we had 9 people today which made me so happy!  It is so much easier to teach to a larger class versus a smaller one.

Came home thinking about breakfast, and decided to try my new bread I picked up at the Earth Fizz:


What exactly is millet, you ask??  Well…here ya go.

I toasted up some bread, topped one slice with Natural Peach Jam, and the other with AB and some millet granola…in keeping with the theme of course.

Also diced up a mango for fruit goodness.

It was good times!  That bread is so moist and yummy, it almost has a poundcake like consistency!  Bravo again, Fitnessista.  Her choices always rock my socks.

I also snacked on this post nap/coma:

Don’t be hatin’ on my Clifford cereal.

I also forgot to post dinner last night while at work!  *gasp* So here is a recap:

Nuked a sweet potato, then topped it with some veggie baked beans!

Easy.  Simple.  Delicious!  It was the perfect dinner to heat up at work!  Yum!

Well, one spin class down this morning…and now another to go at the YMCA!  Happy Wednesday bloggies!


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Avocado Pudding?! WHAT?!?!

I was just as confused as you guys are.  Keep reading to see the surprising results.

Well, I am walking somewhat better and not quite as old-man’ish…yet still with a limp enough to be questioned by ever member at the gym.  I chowed down on what is quickly becoming my favorite Clif after Yoga, and before Spin…

So good!  I hobbled my way to the YMCA to teach Spin.  I was surprised how “o.k.” the bike felt on my knee.  It really started bothering me towards the end, but on the whole…felt like an awesome class as usual!  We steamed up all the windows and wet the floor…so it was mission accomplished! 🙂

I went to Kroger after Spin class to get some dinner ideas.  I am completely OUT of groceries and have to go to Earth Fizz first thing tomorrow morning.

My old friend, organic Polenta!!!  If you are a fan of corn, or specifically corn bread…you have to give this healthier alternative a try.  Get the pre-cooked kind, and all you have to do is slice and brown it in a pan.  Also got some lovely veggie skewers, and some veggie baked beans.  This made for a completely random but very yummy dinner.

Once the Polenta had been browned on each side, and the veggies were golden…I plated and topped the corn cakes with beans!

Next was a dessert I have seen on the blogs, and have wanted to try forever.  Avocado Chocolate Pudding!

In my blender, I combined:

  • 1 Medium Diced Avocado
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 3 TBSP Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Truvia Packets

I skeptically blended it up, and expected the worst.

Oh.  My.  Goodness.   Holy guacamole, this stuff is fannnnntasmic.

I swear guys….you HAVE to try this.  Have to, have to, have to.

I would type longer, but I have this gloriousness waiting for me in the fridge.

Heres some random Avocado health benefits I found while searching for the recipe.  Quite frankly though, I will take any excuse to make chocolate pudding.


Happy Monday bloggies!  Earth Fare early tomorrow morning, can’t wait!


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