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Ehh, Go Take a Hike.

When you have weather like this:

Hikes are mandatory.

In preperation for fun times outdoors with Maggie, I threw together a quick cold breakfast.  Tried out a new cereal plus a classic:

Does anyone else mix their cereal?!?! I can’t remember the last time I had an entire bowl of one brand/kind.  Sliced a nana, and poured the Almond Milk…good times.

Two thumbs up, all around!

As I was leaving this morning I had to deal with this.  I SWEAR this photo was completely un-touched by me, as in…she did this to herself.

She was looking at me like:

A) Yes, I am a dog in a blanket and propped up with a pillow.

B) Why do you care.

C) Go away now…….eye closing time needs to continue.

Tough life, eh?

With a snoozing boxer at home (and a snoozing pomeranian elsewhere in the house) it was time to meet Magz for a hiking adventure!

We were ready for action.

We were promised animals such as these:

There must be a steadily growing trend of Turtle Takers in my neck of the woods.  Sadly…the only “animals” we saw were stuffed and/or plastic.

(is anyone else humming the Jurassic Park Opening Theme….admit it…….you are.)

Regardless, the hike was yahhhhh-mazing.  It is a 6 mile trail….3 up, and 3 down.  The first 2.3 miles are easy breezy with a few rolling hills, and the last .7 is pure hill out-of-breath craziness.  Love!  Check out the scenery!

LIZARD!  Ok, I guess we did see animals.  I love how it is still keeping with the Jurassic Park theme which I know you are STILL humming.

We were stylin’ and profilin’, YO!

Before we knew it, we had reached the top!  There is a massive (and ancient) Fire Tower at the top of this hike that scares the ever-living-poo out of me.  Maggie thought she could get me up it, but alas…the Blogger Boy only made it to the second level before I tucked my tail, and reversed back to solid ground.

Maggie, however, was a total trooper…and took my camera ALL the way to the top!

I took her word for the view, as I watched from below.  😉

The pics turned out amazing, though!  So beautiful!

By this time, my hunger was ready for the picnic I had packed, so it was so long…Tower O’ Fire (and doom, in my case)

We headed back down the trail, and then it was lunch time!

Almond Butter and Jam sammies….Veggies (Orange Pepper, Asparagus, Broccoli) and Pine Nut Hummus….and BOOTY!  This time I decided to give the Veggie a break for a hot second, and went with New York Pizza!  Loveeeee.

Also sliced up a nice Starfruit for dessert!  Love these little guys.

On that note….it is time for a MUCH needed shower, and get ready for work tonight!

Have a great day bloggies, get out and enjoy that sunshine as much as you can!!!

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Booty-full Meeting

Well hello, Sunday.  I love you.

Bran Muffin, Oatmeal, Pecans.  I also snuck in my own pear.  😉   You would have thought I was smuggling cocaine in a balloon internally the way I was gocked at.

The oatmeal was so filling with the pear that I got to take the muffin later for lunch, holla!

Headed home for a while and answered some emails…keep them coming guys, I am loving reading the stories!  You guys are amazing!  Snacked on a mini-cup of my favorite cereal/Almond Milk combo for some pre-Spin fuel:

And assembled my lunch to eat @ the gym after Spin…

Pomegranate Greek God’s….leftover Bran Goodness Muffin, Apple, Banana, Almond Butter

Headed to spin, which was a bit more optimistic!  Still not back to my happy and ecstatic spin, but we are trying to form some sense of normality.

After spin I was staaaaarrrrving.  Did I mention I have homemade organic pumpkin butter at work?!?!?!  Thanks, Matt.

This mixed wondermously with my Almond Butter, and was smeared all over the bran muffin:

I swear to you, I could live strictly on fruit, carbs, and sugar.  I think I will patent that diet.  Anyone who is with me can pack up, and we can start some sort of cult in California.

After spin I tidied myself up, and helped Kim start to work on our big annual faculty meeting.  What happens when your Wellness Director is in charge of snacks?!?!  Organic JOY!

It was fruit and cheese tray galore!

And the best portion of the food:

It was Booty…as far as the eye could see!!!!  You did good Krucker, now back to peelin’ those Kiwi’s!

Before we could munch on the goodies we had to attend to some business…it was a rarity for all of the staff to get together.  As a “gym” we have our own staff, and then we are affiliated with all the local schools in the After School program…so needless to say, it was a packed house.  We went over plans for the new facility which will be partnered with the city for an aquatics center.  It is going to be super-swank.  I cannot wait!!!

We played an ice-breaker type of game where we all had stickers on our back with “characters” who we couldn’t see, and ask other people questions to determine our identity.  I had “Cher” on my back, and needless to say…everyone who could see it started dying in laughter.  It was quite the show.  I also had to give a brief presentation on the Strong Kids Campaign, and our next Spin-A-Thon that ties into it!  Needless to say, “Cher” didn’t have trouble in the group setting.

I also got a surprise when Charlie (the C.E.O.) presented me with my five year pin!!!!!

Lord I felt like I needed to some sort of Oscar speech!  hahaha

Enough of that, time for FOOD!

I decided to make these “healthy” snacks my dinner, so I loaded up:

Round One:

Annnnnnnd two:

Did I mention how overly obsessed I am with the Veggie Booty?!?!

Abby enjoys the White Cheddar.  😉

Since I “snacked” for dinner, I deserved a dessert, no?!?!

Panizzle it was for a split decision scone.  One was blueberry…the other orange…split those baby in half and you get the best of both worlds:

Does anyone else “save” their favorite bite for last?!  Check out this glorious, icing topped final yumminess:

Yummmmmmm.  Massive amounts of caffeine were also involved.

What. A. Weekend.  Never thought I would say this, but looking forward to Monday.  It is so awful losing a close friend…but I am excited to have things go back to somewhat normal.  Again, thanks for all the thoughts and well wishes…you guys are amazing.

Heres a nice end to the weekend!  Look what came in the mail today!

I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!  I am officially AFAA certified.  I am not going to lie, that written test was KILLER so I am ecstatic I do not have to re-take it.

My excitement upon opening this letter can be correctly demonstrated as follows:

Alright…Panera is literally closing us out, so I am wrapping this up…later bloggies, have an awesome night!!  ❤

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Smellin’ up the place…

Ok…I have a confession.  I have a small obsession with steamed veggies.

When, in a workplace…and in my case, a gym…people have a tendency to FREAK out when I steam veggies.  They see me heading toward the microwave, and the disgruntleness begins.

“WHAT is that SAH-MEEEEEEEUHHHLL?!?!?!?!?!?!”

Get over it people, it is Broccoli for goodness sakes.  Geez.  The flack I get for healthy eating.  That being said…here was my dinner.  Leftover Tomy Thai with an entire bag of Steamed Veggie goodness.

Which quickly turned into…

That’s how you roll people.

On the animal front, I have successfully saved and introduced another person to the Endangered Species Chocolate:

I totally made Christie save a Sea Turtle (Dark Chocolate/Blueberries)

Teri, how you have never tried these is beyond me.  If they don’t sell them near you TELL me and I will gladly send you some.  This goes to any reader out there who doesn’t have access.  EAT CHOCOLATE AND SAVE AN ANIMAL?!?!?!  What more reason do you need?!

As for my personal contribution to the animal world…I saved a Zebra for dessert, and also killed a pear in the process.

My theory on fruit (especially Apples/Pears) is that people tend to waste alot by only eating to what they consider to be “the core”.  Can I just say that tonight I ate this entire apple.  Literally, the entire fruit.  Stem and all.  So there.  😉  (The stem was tiny and almost non-existent…so pick your jaws off the floor, of course…they may hit the floor again once you see the close up Zebra goodness) :

Is there anything better than good dark chocolate?

OH, I brought in a large bag of New York Pizza Booty tonight to work….you know it’s good when the CEO eats half the bag.

….and some other staff…

Love the Booty!

This one has nutritional yeast IN it…score.

Well, time to close down the YMCA and head home so I can attempt some sleep before my 5:45am spin class.  I made a new CD, can’t wait for it’s debut!  😉  Night night, bloggies.

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Leaaaaaavin’, on a jet plane…..

don’t know when I’ll be back again.

Ok…I lied, I will totally be back Sunday.

Woke up to this, this morning:

Dearest Winter, 

I hate you with the fire of forty suns.  I curse you daily, and if you interfere with my flight to Florida, we are going to have issues.

Sincerely, 

Blogger Boy

SERIOUSLY I AM OVER THE SNOW!  Ugh.

Didn’t get a chance to update last night, but here was the dinner that I was working on from the last post:

I had made the veggie filling (mushrooms, zucchini, onions, spinach) before work and assembled it there with a whole wheat pita and some veggies/hummus.  Also added some natural provolone.  A little cheese never hurts, eh?

After dinner I had my favorite Easter candy of all time.  Now, I do not buy nor recommend buying things like this often.  This, however, falls into the category of “if you want it, eat it”.  Plus, it was the “mini” bag…and who can resist these:

Best. Candy. Ever.     I savored every egg.

Finished up work, and then headed to Wal*Mizzle to buy some of those tiny 3oz containers to take my shampoo, etc on the plane.  There was a woman in front of us (with of course, one lane being open in the ENTIRE STORE) who honest to goodness had an Encyclopedia Brittanica-esque book FULL of competitor ads.  She was price matching EVERY.  ITEM.  IN.  HER.  BUGGY.  I swear we were in line for 45 minutes, waiting on the woman to argue that “KROGER HAS TIDE ON SALE AND IT IS .30 CENTS CHEAPER!!!!!!! RAWR!!!!!”  I think the people behind us were beginning to plot her death, which was sure to be not only painful…but slow.  Do you guys price match groceries, or even frequent Wal*Mart?  It was seriously ridonkulous.

Headed home and started packing/freaking out for Florida.  I get big time plane anxiety, and mine is already starting to form.  It’s like that little feeling in your stomach right as you go down the gigantic hill on a roller coaster, and it will just gets worse as it gets closer to boarding time.  It’s only an hour flight though, which is what I have to keep reminding myself of.  I think that I have a fear of flying because there is a total lack of control.  As silly as it is, I feel like I am in control of my car.  This whole scenario is out of my hands completely.  What do you think about flying?

Breakfast this morning was spent with my favorite guy, Mr. Quaker.

I picked this up recently and figured it would be the perfect addition to some oats!

These oats had this yummy mix…plus the usual.  Heaping amount of flax, Almond Milk, Almond Butter, and a Truvia.

It was pretty much joyful.  

Well, off to pack/prepare for FLORIDA!  I cannot believe I leave in like 6 hours!!!  Eek!  Florida peeps, how is the weather in Tampa???

PS, how am I supposed to leave these faces?!

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