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Good afternoon my little bloggin’ buddies.

It’s Friiiiiiiddddaaaaaaayyyyyy!  Anyone else excited?!?!

My day started in typical Friday fashion, with the horrific noise of the alarm clock @ 5:00am.  *shutter*

Look, even blog boys can have bad hair days!

Pardon the disgusting mirror and/or the bags under my eyes.  It was 5am, ok?!?!?!  😉

We.  Kicked.  Butt.  This.  Morning.

Full spin class + new CD (with Bieber lovin’) yielded a sweat factory!  It was seriously one of the most intense CD’s ever, I think because there were alot of standing sprints, thanks to Paramore.  They are always good for a sprint song, whenever you need one…….or eleven.  😉

Also, can I just say that I was so thankful to have spin this morning, because my legs are sooooooore.  That rarely ever happens, but working out lower body yesterday morning, then KILLING it last night in HIIT provided me with the worlds tightest hamstrings, and some achey quads.  Spin did the trick though.

Munched on this en route to the gym…but honestly, didn’t even make it to the front door it was gone so fast.

Maranatha Dark Chocolate Spread (aka FROSTING, right Ashlei?!)  Which was smeared on an Omega 3 waffle:


Had a nice sweat session at the gym, then headed back and was extremely lazy with the pups.  Oatmeal was in order, and was the classic chia standby!  This time I spiced things up by adding some dried kiwi.

I’m telling you.  Nuke a banana for two minutes in the microwave, THEN cook it in the oats.  Whomg.  Seriously yah-mazing.  Makes it so thick and creamy!

I went to my second meeting today about doing a “Biggest Loser” style program that our city is doing this year.  It will tie in with one of our biggest races, The “Crazy 8’s” 8K, and will take place eight weeks prior to the race.  I get to be the trainer for the teams!!!  I am so excited.  Never in a million years did I think I would ever be a “trainer”!!!  Especially when I was tipping the ole scales at 318!!!!  Hopefully I can motivate some people into changing their lifestyle!  I will have more info very soon, and will even be creating a seperate blog for program, which has officially been named “Eight to the Eight’s”  We start the application process soon, and are meeting with local tv/radio/newspaper to start advertising.  It’s going to be very exciting!!!!

After that meeting I met the Padre for lunch at Salsaritas:

Everyday there is a “special” and today it was pizza!

How can I resist a Friday-themed meal?!?!  C’mon.

Started with a whole grain tortilla:

Then added a mountain of glee which included:

  • Refried Bean Base
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Black Beans
  • Cheese
  • Zucchini/Onions/Squash

I was able to somehow resist the chips.  Barely!  😉

Needed a buzz to keep me going….it was the standard venti iced coffee with skim mizzie.

Also, at Target I saw an entire BIN of my favorite candy.  I had to restrain myself so I wouldn’t just start opening/eating all of these directly in the middle of the store:

This was like an alcoholic being taken to a booze themed Amusement Park!

Picked up a new and tasty cereal from Target which was quickly munched on for snackage:

Made a simple little parfait with caramel Oikos, and some strawberries:

Cinnamon, anyone?!?! haha

That being said…..time to go enjoy some Friday goodness.  Have a great one!!!!!

Indian feast tonight with Maggie!  So stoked, I have missed that little gal.  I have my marching orders from Fitnessita to try a lentil or chickpea dish….I also spotted one last time that was cauliflower based that I might try.  Any other Indian suggestions?!?!

Guys.  There are only *2* days left to win free Endangered Species Chocolate!!!!  Get your entry in there!!!  Closes Sunday @ midnight.

PS I think I have literally become a Middle Schooler again.  With both the Justin Bieber love going on, and my new found obsession:

I am ready for braces, awkward dates, and roller skating to 90’s music.  What can I say, I am embracing my inner tween.



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It’s Monday, Monday.  😉

I hope everyone is off to a swimming start this Monday morning!  This started me off on the right track:

Hot Chocolate Oats!

  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Almond Milk
  • 1 TBSP Cocoa Powder
  • 1.5 TBSP Chia Seeds

Nuked that bad boy for 2.5 minutes, and then topped with a sliced nana…some dried fruit (powerberry blend):

It was a chocolate dream come true!

Perfect jump start!

Also, look who has taken over the living room:

It was most certainly a rarity to fit them all in one photo.  I swear, the life of a dog is like my dream come true.  They eat, sleep, and repeat.

It was then off to the YMCA for Express Sculpt which I think is also building a nice little following, which is always nice!  The more the merrier!  It is tough fitting all muscle groups into a 30 minute session…today went something along these lines:

  • Squats with heavy bar on shoulders.  Various counts.  Lots of low pulses and holds
  • Chest Press with squat weight on the bar.  Various counts.  Lots of “up 6, down 2” and vice versa.
  • Lateral lying leg raises (classic Jane Fonda style)
  • And yep, I was wearing a similar outfit.
  • Walking Lunges with bar held on shoulders -or- in Overhead Press Position
  • No weight, shoulder “circles” with fists in ball.  Arms are held out to the side, with small circles.  We did 100, then reversed for 100, then reversed for 100 more.  O-U-C-H.
  • Abs/Cooldown

It was niiiiiiice and sweaty.  Just the way we like it!

Headed home for some lunch inspiration and of course, found some fruit and carbs.  😉

I wanted a classic fruit and cereal bowl…but I was out of Greek Yogurt (that has to be fixed, asap).  Instead, I took some fat free cottage cheese, Polaner Strawberry Jam, and Almond Butter…and made the “sauce”

Have I mentioned how much I love, love, loooove my little personal blender???  It’s perfect for single serving things like this.  It also makes a mean Green Monster, and Protein Drinks/Smoothies!  Blended the sauce, then added the kiwi and nectarine:

Next, the cereal…and mixed the madness together!

Again, it is meals like these that make me convinced that I am:

A) Obsessed with carbs/fruit/sugar

B) Happy.  😉

I am bringing a bag of broccoli the size of Rhode Island to snack on later….so I can still get my veggie on.  Plus, I think there may be a veggie pizza in my immediate future tonight….hmmmmm…

Well…one class down, and two to go.  Gotta jet off to do some High Schooler fitness (hmmmm, I think I will make them sprint today muhahahahaha) and then teach spin @ 5:30!  Love me some Monday night spinnage!  (not to be confused with spinach…hardy har har.)



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Surprise Run!

Well, today was interesting to say the least.  A seemingly peaceful nap with the pups…woke up, got ready for spin…headed outside…started my car.  Started my car.  ………..tried to start my car.  I was out of gas!!!! I had 20 minutes to get to the YMCA and needless to say panic mode was setting in instantly.  I called Kim in a panic, and she started to come get me, when I realized there was a gas station about half a mile from my house.  I took off into a FULL OUT sprint towards the gas station.  It was hilarious.  Got to the gas station, feeling like I was on some cracked out challenge on “The Amazing Race”.  Running BACK to my house with the gas can proved hilarious, as I was trying to run at my fastest speed while not spilling the gas all over myself.  Got back, gassed up the car…and SPED like a maniac to the gym.  I swear I was going 80 the entire way, and a 15 minute drive turned into a 8 minute NASA-like speed show.  I was darting in and out of traffic like there was an asteroid heading directly for Earth.

I MADE IT.  Barely, but I made it.  Oh the things I do for spin.  Sheesh.  I don’t think I even exhaled until class was over!

When I got home I needed a fun lunch to calm my nerves.  😉

It was waffle time!  I added some Golden Kiwis (which were a bit too ripe today, boo!)

I made a quick topping that was a mixture of some Polaner Natural Peach Jame and some Almond Butter…

A) Car Trouble stresses me out

B) We eat with our eyes first

Which meant it was time for a Waffle Face.  😉  Threw in a banana mouth, and some dark chocolate facial features…

Sorry Sam, but chocolate is bad for dogs.  😉

After the STRESS of running out of gas (fail), having to RUN to the gas station (EPIC fail), spilling half of it running back/being 5 minutes late for spin (EPIC-EST FAIL!), this lunch was able to de-stress me nicely.

Headed to work complete with snacks for the evening!

I also brought dinner from home which I started making early.  It was my first experience with Tempeh!  Time for a wrap!

It was also my first experience with these Whole Spelt wraps…super yummy!!!

Started by spreading some of Amy’s re-fried beans on the wrap…

I then browned up the tempeh and layered it across (there may have been a TRACE of red pepper flakes as well.  😉  )

I topped with lettuce and natural cheese…and wrapped that sucka UP!

Once I was at work, and hangry, I paired it with some new hummus chips, and carrots:


Well, time to close the YMCA down and head home.  Have an awesome rest of the night bloggies…I am coffee shopping tomorrow for my new French Press!!  Can’t wait!  Still looking for suggestions, hint hint.  Something flavored perhaps?!


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What a Sunday!

Hello bloggies!  What a day I have had.  Sorry it took so long to blog, but Maggie and I headed to Knoxville for the day!

My day started off amazing with my favorite breakfast spot:

If this doesn’t entice you, then little will…

The grub wasn’t half bad, either.  😉

Had to jump start with the coffee buzz.  Moved onto something a wee bit more substantial.

Bran Muffin, Sliced Nana, and my precious oatmeal!  Topped with a truckload of pecans.

Perfect start for the day.

I got ready, packed all my healthy snacks…and headed to meet Maggie.  We were Knoxville bound for Alice In Wonderland, IMAX style!

Chowed down on an apple and some grapes.  Also busted out my new Nalgene with my sticker from Florida!

We made it to the theater with little time to spare!

Going to the movies meant two things today:

A) 3D glasses

B) sneaking in lots of yummy movie treats.

The LAST (sadness) of my dried Kiwi, a new Raw bar (honestly….wasn’t a fan), and two cuties!

Movie was great.  It was so amazing getting that IMAX experience.  I think they could have shown two hours worth of grass growing in 3D and I would have been happy.  The screen was giganourmous.  Oh yes, it’s a word.

We met our friend Jessica in Knoxville, and her boyfriend and amazingly cute son that Maggie and I instantly adopted.  We became Aunt and Uncle for the day.  The fun kind of Aunt and Uncle that loads the kid up on sugar, lets them do as they please, then drops them off with the parents as a crazed wild lunatic.  Parenting.  Isn’t it fun?!

We went to another Hibachi place for dinner (I am two for two on those this weekend!)

Started with a salad with ginger dressing, and the classic soup!

Maggie and I both got the “Hibachi Vegetables” and boy…they didn’t skimp up on the veggies!

Here was my portion, that was large enough to feed the entire TABLE.

Check out all the yummy veggies!

Needless to say I have enough leftovers for several fun meals in the next few days.  😉

Also, there was an EARTH FARE in this shopping complex.  You know we had to stop.

A simple grain that has taken the blog world caught my eyes…and was on sale.  I decided it was time to give it a go.

Ch, Ch, Ch, Chia!

What do you bloggers do with Chia?  I know oatmeal, of which I will be trying first thing in the a.m., but what are some other good Chia inspired recipes?!?

Maggie and I continued assuming our role of fun Aunt/Uncle…

And got my favorite dessert ever.  Vegan.  Carrot.  Cake.  Joyness.

Drool-WORTHY!!!!!!!!!!!  Moist and delicious.  How they make it Vegan I will never know, as it always just tastes like the most glorious cake you could ever imagine.

While I need groceries badly, I just picked up some fun items…the bulk of my shopping will be done at MY Earth Feezy tomorrow!

I haven’t saved a zebra yet!!!  I swear these Endangered Species chocolates are more addicting than Beanie Babies, and way more edible.  😉  Also got two of my most favorite bars….Raw Choco-Coconut.  Hands down the best bars EVER!  And the Chia.

Ok guys, what do I need to be doing with these?!?!  I know there are tons of ideas out there.  Lets hear em!

Also check back tomorrow when I will announce the winner of the OIKOS Greek Yogurt prize pack!


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