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Random Recap!

Hello bloggies!  Time for a random weekend recap (plus some!)

What better way to get things rolling than half price sushi?!?!  This made an excellent preview for the weekend Friday night!

Dynamite Roll (shrimp, crab) x 2 plus a Veggie Roll

Personal note to self.  I ALWAYS get two dynamite rolls and never eat both of them.  I then take it to go, and throw it away the next day.  STOP DOING THAT!

Ok, moving on.

Lets talk about random fact #4,563 of mine….I ❤ salvage grocery stores.  These stores somehow get their little hands on items that are close to going out of date, and sell them at ridiculously low prices.  The point of this story is that on rare occasions, you find GEMS like this…

BARNEY BUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Check out the price… (get the jealous hat on)

$1.25?!?!?!  Yes, please.

With this star ingredient, it was time to prepare some overnight oats for an extra early 5:45am Spin class the next day…

Theres just something about the PB/Jelly combo that makes me want to go back to elementary school…

This could quite possibly be my favorite way to make oatmeal!

Equal parts oatmeal/skim milk…plus toppings.  Stick it in the fridge, and then enjoy the next morning!  Overnight oats = success.

When I grabbed the oatmeal out the door I also baggied up a scoop of protein for the day.  Ever since I went meat free last year, I have become super dependent on my protein powders/supplements.  Even though I have incorporated meat back into my diet, I still do not get as much protein as I should…which is why powders are always nice to have in a pinch!  Current flavor…

Cookies & Cream!  Mmmmm…     (protein shakes make awesome snacks.  They taste great AND fill me up, which is always a nice combination.)

With it being a close friends BDay, I knew an edible gift was a must.  Stopped by my fay-voh-rite place and picked up a dozen bday donuts….look how cute!

Though it was hard, I managed to save all these for the birthday girl….and the blogger boy went without the donuts.  Sad day.

They smelled as good as they looked.

This was also apparently the weekend of delicious breakfast treats!  Saturday I had two tough classes back to back…so I powered up at Panera!

Power breakfast sandwich with bacon instead of ham…small OJ, and a wonddddddderful coffee.  I had forgotten how amazing Panera coffee is.


Between Friday morning and Sunday I had taught 4 classes and taken 2!  It was a Group Exercise mini-marathon weekend!  🙂  Gotta love those.

Today also marked the first day of the Foot RX/Wellness Center 5k training day!  This is where Group Ex instructors from my other gym get together and do an 8 week training program building people up for a 5k!  It is SO awesome working with new runners, and this is a great chance to meet some awesome new running folks.  If anyone is in the area, and wants to attend the training program come on down!  It is free, as long as you register for the race!  We have a variety of groups, from folks who have never ran before in their life, all the way to people who are running 8:00 and under miles!  We meet at the Wellness Center in JC on Sundays at 2:00pm!

Considering I slept until 11am this morning (!!!) I combined breakfast/lunch with a stop at the Cracker Barrel!  It has been FAR to long since the Barrel and I have spent some quality time together…   😉  I was stoked to see a new menu item.

Six Grain – N Granola pancakes?!?!?!  I looked no further.

These babies were loaded with granola, raisins, and almonds!


Well friends, another weekend comes to an end.  I am moving into my new house this week…so it is bye-bye apartment.  I will be munching on some random foods because I am putting off a huge grocery store trip until I come back!  What a pain!

How was everyones weekend?




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Top ‘o The Mornin’

Good morning bloggies!  How goes it?

I want to first rewind just a bit to last night when I was in a complete haze as to what I was going to make for dinner.  I am in a weird place right now where I desperately need groceries, but going out of town this weekend (LADY GAGA ANYONE?!?!?) is causing me to keep putting it off.

Thus, I had to dig around in the kitchen to find something, which turned into a major comfort food kinda night.

Chicken Corn Chowder…..and…..wait for it, wait for itttt…..

Toasted cheese sammie.  Check out this cheesy goodness….

I am swallowing hard just looking at it!  Trust me, it was beyond delicious.

Making the traditional “grilled cheese” in the oven is an easy way eliminate alot of the butter and extra calories/grease.  Just spritz the bread with a bit of butter spray, and bake @ 350* until nice and toasty….mmmm….

Pretty good combo for a thrown together dinner, eh?


Now, lets fast forward time back to this morning, where it was a Dunkin Donuts kind of morning.  As some of you know, my fellow workout enthusiast Ginny and I are blogging about trying every item on the DD menu.  We only have *one* bite, we swear!

That being said, I am pretty sure we are the only ones who BRING our breakfast to a donut shop. 🙂

Clifford Crunch ( 😀 ), Strawberries, and Greek Yogurt!

If you have not tried Greek Yogurt yet, give it a try.  It is a thickened yogurt with a slightly more tart taste.  Also, it is packed with protein!

I like to combine the cereal with the Yogurt!  (gotta have some DD coffee, too!)

Had two lovely dates this morning!

Only my Ginny would bring a SALAD to Dunkin Donuts at 7am.  🙂  I love it.

Courtney was there too!  No salad for her, though.

We also savored our BITE of Donut.  Mmmmm….

Vanilla Cream…..Mmmmmm.  Life is too short not to have a bite of a donut.  Come on people.

Well, time for the day to officially begin!  Work, work, and more work!  Teaching Spin AND Total Body HIIT tonight…should be killer, I have an awesome new Back Track to use!

And just because I am curious…

Whats your favorite comfort food?




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French Breakfast…ala Bob!

Good morning blog world….how is everyone?

Technically it is not morning time, but Sundays are my ONLY lazy-ish day of the week so I tend to embrace the “morning” feeling all day long.  Stay in those comfy clothes…..sip some great coffee….whatever you need to do to get ya in the mood.

Normally Sunday morning breakfast is a pre-planned trip to the Barrel, aka Cracker Barrel….however, today we went with something a bit different…

The Bob!!!

I was very impressed with their “healthy” options, even for breakfast!  Crepe anyone?!?!

I ended up picking off all the toppings from the crepe, and putting it in the oatmeal.

I must admit, in the Bob VS. Barrel throw-down……Bob came out victorious today!!!

There was also plenty of the brown stuff to keep me awake:

Delicious!  Has anyone eaten at Bob Evvans??  What do you think?


Rewinding a bit to last night…when I got off work, it was time to meet Emily, Russel, Christie, and Phil for dinner at a small little place downtown…

This place was super nice, but was majorly lacking on the veggie options.

It was the typical sports bar-esque place….so I had to poke around the menu a while to find something that wasn’t covered/contained/sprinkled with meat.

They did have SWEET POTATO FRIESSSSSSSS...which makes me happy, and almost forgave them for the lack of vegetarian fare.  Ended up with the fries, and a house salad.

The salad was actually really impressive, with lots of veggie representatives.  😉

And the fries, as always, never dissapoint.

Someone may have helped me eat them.

After dinner, we hit up Starbizzle for a little coffee lurv.

Where Emily proceeded to use my laptop as a portable boom box.

Did I mention how GINORMOUS my laptop is.  *sigh*  I love it, but good grief.

Also, I finally broke down and purchased a gift card to the Starbizz.  After months of illegally using Kim’s login/password to get online while in the store…I decided it was time I bought one of my own.  Bonus….it is a key chain!!!  Why do I feel like the $20.00 I put on that will be gone in the literal blink of an eye?

If you don’t have a registered card, you need to get one asap.  You get free refills (score)….free schtuff on your birthday (score’er)…….free drink after every fifteen (score’er’er)……annnnd free wi-fi (scorest.)

Oh mini vanilla scone, how I love you.


Well, off to enjoy the rest of Sunday.  Running program to coach @ 3:30….dinner with Heather…and then I am introducing my friend Patrick to the movie “28 Days Later” which is the best zombie movie EVAH!!!

Tomorrow is literally going to be insane.  I am teaching Spin twice….subbing a Sculpt class, teaching my KidFit class (once to High Schoolers…once to Elementary), AND going on the local news to talk about Eight To The Eight’s.

NERVOUS WRECK.  I have neverrrrrr been on the news, I hope I don’t freeze up and start drooling or something.


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A.M. Workouts and Chocolate Oats

I have slowly gotten into the best habit of working out in the morning.  My stance on morning stuff is usually grouchy and/or half asleep, but since I teach two early classes (Spin on Wed, Fri) throughout the week, I have slowly started my other workouts in the mornings as well.  With a chaotic class schedule of teaching at two gyms…getting my own “personal” workout is tough.  Sometimes you just need a good solo workout for both mental and physical well being.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore teaching classes and wouldnt have it any other way.  Sometimes, though, I just want to grind it out either in the weight room, or on the elliptical with my ipod BLARING, and in my own little world.  Any instructors out there feel like this?!

That being said, I had an awesome one this a.m.!  Did some lower body weights and 45 minutes on the elliptical.  With good friends (Kim, Emily) by my side…it made it go by instantly!  We then had an A.D.D. lower body workout that included weighted squats, step-up’s, calf raises, leg extensions, hip/leg raises, jump-up’s!  Good times, I tell you.

Needed breakfast asap when I got back to the casa, and assembled the troops for battle.

Chocolate oat time, home slices.  Gotta love the dueling Nut Butters:

They made a perfect match.  “Eboooooony, and Ivvvvvoooorrrrrrrryyyyyuh!”

Look at that molten, melty, nut butter goodness!  Ahhhhh!

The Protein Powder in these oats is what gives it the initial chocolate kick.

I also got to use a new purchase (and new bff):

Coffee Grinder FTW!

When we were in Georgia last week and at my beloved Fresh Market, I picked up some of my favorite coffee evah, Chocolate Cherry Kiss.  Ground it up, and used my “green” French Press to make a hot cup-o-joe (or nine.) 😉

Oh Florida, how I miss thee.  Thank you for letting me feel as if I were there, one cup of coffee at a time.  Dang…that sounded like some sort of Hallmark commercial.  Fail!

Since I am currently experiencing a major coffee high, my goal is to become super productive.  Total Body HIIT is tonight, so I am going to plan some new moves for that, as well as work on a new Spin CD-izzle.  Here are some new tunes I am going to try out:

Any suggestions?!?!?!

Endangered Species Chocolate Giveaway is still going strong!  Enter here for your chance to win a ton of free choco-goodness.  They emailed me, and are LOVING the responses so far!  Keep them coming guys!  Voting ends Sunday at midnight!  Get creative!


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Sunshine. I heart you.

Another day in beautiful Augusta, GA!

Woke up this morning, and headed down for a fruit/carb overload…which is such my style it’s not even funny!

Round one…..ding, ding, ding!

Annnnnnd two.

With a belly full of fruit and pastry goodness….it was time for a nice walk in the beauuuuutimous weather of Georgia!

I wanted to run SO badly that it was not even funny.  I have one more week of no running to go, via the Physical Therapist.  Darn you, bum knee!  I will say…since I have taken off running, and been doing my strength/isolation exercises for the hip…no knee pain!  So maybe it is working it’s magic after all.  We saw some amazing scenery!

After a nice walk, it was time for some YMCA sponsored shenanigans at their local Y.

Best part of warm weather?!?!?!

Iced. Coffee. Wonderland.

Oh Venti Iced Coffee with Skim Milk….how I have missed thee.


Fresh Market/Earth Fare=happier.

Where my favorite.coffee.EVER. was found, and bought.  This brings back memories from dear Florida!!!

And we still have Earth Fare…Mall Madness…and PF Changs to go!  There also may be some ice cream in pajamas involved (see my last post), hey…I will do just about anything for free ice cream.  Lucky for them I don’t sleep in the nude….jus’ sayin’.

Happy Saturday bloggers!

PS…I have no Mystery Box Picture to update/tease you with (it will be revealed on Monday!) so here is your clue:

10% can really add up.


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Mini-Vacation Madness.

I am currently in my mad state of packing/throwing things into my suitcase…it’s mini vacation time!

Kim, Christie, and I are heading to Augusta Georgia later today for some YMCA sponsored shenanigans for the weekend.

Ooh, here was dinner last night.  It was Maggie’s birthday, so we went to the stir fry!

I went with the Racha…LIGHT sauce, and brown rice.  (add broccoli.)

They also brought out the crunchy rectangles of death.

I may have had one or thirty.

It was then time for CAKE!  Jessica made Maggie a Vegan Carrot Cake that we are all obsessed with via Earth Fare.  She actually got the recipe from Whole Foods:

Click here for the recipe.

I could have eaten the entire conglomeration.  We wanted to, and did, sing to an ever embarrassed birthday girl:

Here was my little slice -o- heaven.

Yum.  There may have been more involved that didn’t make it to picture form.  What can I say, I love me some carrot cake.  Great times, I tell you!


Fast forward to crack thirty this morning when I woke up for 5:45am spin class!  Had a rockin’ group today and definitely had some carrot cake to burn off.  We had an awesome sweat sesh thanks to Lady GaGa.  😉

Breakfast was in order afterwards, when I met the Padre at my favorite spot.

It was the obvious choice!

Yummy as usual!

Well, time to pack and panic.  I love these little pre-vacation freakout sessions.  Why can’t I ever be on time or organized for ANYTHING?!?!  I will literally be throwing things into the suitcase as we are pulling out of the driveway.  Bad TYLER….BAD!

I am so stoked because I am meeting up with Ashlei later to have my first Indian Food!!!!  So excited for lunch and to catch up on her latest Florida trip!

Here is another little preview of the mystery box.  Should be getting semi-guessable now.  I covered up the majority of the logo with the bow….but what is that word????  Hmmmmm…. 😉


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Breakfast Buzz.

Nothing like a 5:00am wakeup call to jump start a day, hmm?  Massive amounts of caffeine were most certainly in order.

I drudged my way to the gym and taught Spin…great class!  Kim and Emily came, and we had 7 people, which means the little class is finally picking up steam.  I am so grateful.  It is so odd teaching at the YMCA and having packed houses for each class, and then going to my other gym and having no one!  I have complete faith though that it is still a new class, and I just need to THREATEN people with their lives until we start packing the house out there as well.  😉

After Spin, Emily and I went to Starbizzle where I tried the new Dark Cherry Mocha.  Let me just tell you…this bad boy was fantastic.  When we were in Florida a couple of weeks ago for the Gasparilla Half Marathon, we stayed with Kim’s family and picked up some “Chocolate Cherry Kiss” coffee from Fresh Market and had it while we were down there.  It made the entire house smell wonderfully, so I was instantly reminded of it this morning!  Cherry goodness, I tell you.  This, but no whipped cream…and 2% milk.

Headed home for an oatmeal masterpiece!!!  It was the classic, with some added Chia goodness.

Yep…I am an Almond Butter drizzler.  I know that Julie had some trouble with the drizzle by heating her nut butter up, scorching it!  I keep my Trader Joe’s creamy unsalted Almond Butter in the fridge…and it still remains at a drizzle consistency at all times…check it out:

Which is the perfect topping for some Chia oats!  Along with a fantabulistic chocolate trail mix:

I cannot get over how the Chia adds a completely different texture to the oats, I love it!

Also, while at Starbizzle this morning, I picked up a EARTH-friendly coffee press!

Ok, I now have a press.  What I need from YOU is coffee suggestions!!!!!  What should I buy?!?  What are your favorite coffee blends?

I leave you with some puppy love from this morning:

I think it is time to join these 40 lb heating pads for a nice nap.  Express Spin Class @ 12:15…can’t wait!


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