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Best. Nachos. Ever.

Yep, those are what are currently cooking up in my crock pot.  This morning before breakfast I decided some slow cooking nachos were gonna be just what the doctor ordered after a long day at work, and teaching class tonight.

(please excuse the DIRTINESS of the Crock Pot!  She wasnt washed very well after her last use on the outside!  Sigh.  I’m a boy, cut me some slack.)

A couple of weeks ago when I got my new crock pot, I immediately called Emily for some inspiration.  She is my go to gal when it comes to recipes.  She gave me a super easy recipe for Chicken Nachos…and the best part was…3 ingredients!  Chicken was the star of the show…

Boneless/Skinless Chicken breasts went in, along with a small jar of Rotel, and a container of salsa..

(this is where I deviated slightly.  Emily had suggested I use black beans…but I didnt have any.  I simply substituted the Rotel because frankly, I had some handy!  I have made the nachos before, and the beans are fantastic in it!)

Added that plus the salsa…and had a hot tub full of yum.

Before I left for the day, had a quick breakfast with my favorite new cereal combination!

See the Keurig popping his little head up in the pic?  I will be blogging about him soon.  He and I are dear, dear friends.

Something about the warm weather.  I consistently wake up craving cold cereal!  Bananas in my cereal have pretty much become a staple in my cereal.  I need to switch back to blueberries next grocery round! (mental note)

Soooo, as the nachos stewed at home I headed for work.  Lunch today was at another local favorite

Today I tried a new item on the menu, because…who can turn down fun items such as these:

I got the grilled variety, and a heaping helping of broccoli! 😀

These bad boys were great!  The slaw and spicey tarter sauce made a great combination.

Fish Tacos make this blogger boy extremely happy…

I clearly hated it…right?

Didnt your mama ever tell you to clean your plate???  😛

When coming back to work I had surprises!  Who doesn’t like surprises???  Especially when they are of the edible variety!

What can I say, the girl KNOWS me!  Needless to say I have been snacking on these bad boys all.day.long.

Mmmmmmm, I ❤ PB Bumpers.  Maybe a bit too much. 🙂

Well…almost time for class bloggies!  I am teaching Total Body tonight, and it is muscle burnout time!  Gotta plan and get it done.  Can’t wait for my nachos tonight!  Take it easy!







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Circuit & OIAJ!

So what do you do when you teach a class with a constantly changing class that expects something different each week?

Circuit Class!

A Circuit Class uses “stations” set up in a large space where the participants slowly make their way through each one at a designated time interval.  This particular class had 9 stations, which they would be at for 1 minute each.  In between each station, participants would do 30 seconds of HIGH intensity cardio.  These short bursts of cardio spike the heart rate briefly, getting that extra calorie burn.  Once the participants go through the circuit completely, I did a 7 minute ab section in the middle….then they did the circuit again.  Fun times!

Action clip…

This type of class allows a variety of exercises, including strength based…cardio…abs, or a combination of two or three!  This class had 9 stations:

  • Chest Flys on Inverted Risers
  • Lunges with Overhead Press on Tubing
  • Tricep Pushups
  • Agility Cone Drills (Suicides/Sprints)
  • Corkscrew Abs
  • Step Jumps
  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Squats (Taken slightly deeper)
  • Bicep Curls (Lower/Upper/Full Range)

We also hit abs in the middle with crunches, planks, oblique twists, etc.  Anything to get those abs burning!

Sweaty good times! 🙂

My light nights at the YMCA teaching classes usually mean dinner pulled together quick!  Thats when my bestest pal oatmeal always comes into play. 😉

Oats In A Jar!  The dangerously low level of PB hanging around in this jar was just begging to be turned into the perfect container for my oats!

(notice Steph trying to sneak her way into the blog world…)

Last year for Lent (which coincidentally is now!) I gave up ALL meat….and actually ended up going completely vegetarian for almost 8 months!  It was an awesome experience, and although I have slowly started integrating meat back into my diet…I could easily go vegetarian with meals like these.  As I incorporated more weight training into my workouts, meat was necessary…and I love it on occasion (chicken/turkey etc.) however I could leave it just as easy!

Oaty/Peanut Buttery goodness. *drool*

Since oats and group ex. have been the two main focus points of this blog…I have 2 questions….

  • Whats your FAVORITE Group Ex class?  Why?
  • Whats you FAVORITE way to make oats?

Have a great hump day everyone!  Zumba tonight…..gonna SHAKE it out!  Hopefully getting some good video clips for you guys!


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Earth Feezy, Fo Reezy!

Well good morning bloggies!  Yes, I know…it is not technically morning, but just roll with it.

This morning I woke up earrrrly and headed to Johnson City to meet Kim and Emily for a workout sesh.  We were supposed to meet at 6:30…but that roughly turns into to 6:40 in Tyler Land.  By the time I got there, the beasts had already began.

I had a lazy day.  It is technically my only “rest” day of the week…so I just did about 35 minutes on random cardio machines…and some tricep exercises in the free weight room, aka “Man Cave”

After the gym, we all decided Starbucks was required.  Loving the new Dark Cherry Mocha!  (Non-Fat, of course!)

I was starving!  Thank you for teasing me, Starbizzle.

I was able to resist the pastry temptations…and headed to my happy place.

I love coming early, because I have free reign of the place, and can totally go into Grandpa mode and stalk each and every aisle with no time limits!  Sample time!

Try Me?!?!  Don’t mind if I do.

I made my way to the bar aisle, and as I quietly snuck over to the baby department to grab my banana puffs (thats right people, LAUGH it up…Tyler eats baby food)…I got to talking to a super nice employee about shopping in general and the blog!  She seemed so excited!  I hope you are reading _________!!!!! (insert name here. 😉 )

In no time I had a buggy full.

Yes….that’s 3 bags of Veggie Booty.  bwahahahaha

Also, look at all the trail mix!  How is an oatmeal loving fool such as myself supposed to choose just one topper?!?!?!

Finally made it to the checkout, and then headed home.

Got everything I needed except for the Greek Yogurt and Produce…which I will pick up at Wal*Mizzle tonight or tomorrow morning.

It was then time for some oatmeal, dag-gone it.  It was the classic chia-based:

  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 2 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 1 Truvia Packet
  • (Nuke for 2.5 minutes)

When it was done I sprinkled some unsweetened coconut, and drizzled some Almond Butter on top….

The coconut toally made these oats!  Tasted like warm-gooey coconut macaroons!!!!

Speaking of macaroons, does anyone have a simple and delicious macaroon recipe out there?!  This coconut really got me craving them!

Well, time to chow down…and catch up on my other blog pals.  Have a great one guys!


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