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Happy Friday!!!

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone had a fantastic week!

 I came home today to an amazing package from the Sunbutter Gods!

I’ve been dying to try this stuff for so long

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I obviously went straight for the CRUNCH….my fave! 🙂 I couldn’t resist, I dove right in…

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It’s wonderful! SO hard for me to not devour this by the spoonful–I can’t wait to try it with some actual food and not just by finger! hehe

Look what I bought The Boo today

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Pretty huh? lol I think it’s so funny that the more black a plantain gets, the more sweet and  ripe it actually is–so you basically buy a yellow one and wait for it to look rotten! So I think this one actually has a fewww more days to look even more disgusting, YUM! 🙂

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I had a Green Smoothie that totally hit the spot today before the gym–here’s a little pre-blend, pre-banana shot and the yummy result

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I love going to the gym on Friday…it’s completely dead, so I love trying new things and I pretty much just goof off the whole time. I did get in 10 min. on the EVIL Stair Master and another 10 on a 7.5 Treadmill Incline. After that I tried some new machines and then headed down to the weight room with all the muscle men and tried to do some curls with 15 lbs…..

Ummmm not sure that was a great idea, I see soreness in my future, but you have to start somewhere right? Right! We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

For Dessert I made a little yummy mix

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Newman’s Own Organics Mixed Berries, 2 Spelt Pretzels and a few Almonds

Now I think it’s time to celebrate the weekend with some wine! 🙂

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It’s almost weekend time YAY!

I seriously don’t know what I ever did before I discovered Hummus–I mean I really only started eating it a few months ago. Before that I had tried it a few times but since I was too busy eating other things (junk), I didn’t give hummus a second thought. NOW I have to have it in my fridge at all times because I’ve learned that you can put it on juuuuust about anything–OK maybe not everything ,but pretty close!

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Lunch today was something I just threw together since I’m running low on groceries–but I had turkey and I had hummus, so I put them together for a simple but oh so delicious lunch! I had an amazingly juicy peach with it but it didn’t make the picture!  Another one of my GO TOS!

OMG has anyone ever tried Betty Lou’s Nut Butter Balls? If you haven’t then you MUST try them!

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This is the Cashew Pecan flavor w/ Beta Glucan which gives a major boost to the immune system, helps the digestive system and has many other health benefits as well. It was deeeeeeeelicious!

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They have everything from Vegan, Organic, Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Kosher snacks, all loaded with protein, energy and phytosterols–you’ll definitely be seeing more of these from me, it was the perfect pre-workout snack! Aside from their yummy bites, Betty Lou’s also has some low glycemic designer protein shakes that I had The Boo try out tonight.

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He mixed it with 10 ounces of Skim Milk and loved it because he said it reminded him of chocolate milk–what could be better than that?

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This was before he shook it up so it kind of looks scary and bubbly but according to him it was very tasty! The cool part is that it’s Lactose, Gluten, Sugar, and Hormone Free before you add the milk so you could mix it with water, which the package says is preferred, and you’re good to go!

Today at the gym I did

  • 20 min Treadmill Incline
  • 10 min Eliptical w/Resistance
  • Legs
  • Abs
  • 3×10 Bicep Curls
  • 3×10 Tricep Kickbacks

Quick and easy trip!

Definitelytime for bed! Gooooooooodnight!

I Love Veggies!

Happy Humpday! 🙂 YAY! Sooo close to the weekend!

I’ve been in a bit of a food slump lately. I wake up every morning at 4:30, eat a quick breakfast, get ready and I’m at work for 9 hours–not to mention the 30-45 minute commute I make. By the time I get home I don’t have much time to prepare food so I can digest in time to go to the gym, so I find myself making a lot of the same things, hence the constant Veggie repeat. It’s quick…it’s easy…and once again it was my dinner

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Gotta love em! Since I’ve officially made summer squash and zucchini a staple in my diet, I looked up a few assuring facts about them-

  • Great source of Vitamin C & Potassium
  • Full of anti-oxidants
  • Promote Good Heart Health

The list goes on and on! I was definitely surprised and happy to read that research shows zucchini’s improve metabolism and help in preventing lung cancer. Ummm WOW! I have no idea if this is true or not but being an ex-smoker and all, I’ve decided that the zucchini is here to STAY!

I made a lovely Green Smoothie today

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  • Spinach
  • Oats
  • Almond Milk
  • Frozen Banana
  • White Chocolate Peanut Butter (yumm)

Before we went to the gym tonight I did about 10 minutes of abs and did tricep kickbacks with my 8 weights.  At the gym I did:

  • 10 min. Eliptical w/Resisitance
  • 20 min Treadmill Incline 7 (ouch)
  • 3×10 Bicep Curls 10 LBS
  • 3×10 Triceps 10 LBS
  • 3×10 Deadlifts w/10 LB Bicep Curl

I’ve never done an incline of 7 on the treadmill before–it was kinda fun being up that high, but I could definitely feel the difference and I worked up a good sweat!

When I got home I was feeling a little creative and happened to have a Red Bell Pepper that I didn’t want to go to waste so I created a little snack

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I don’t quite know what to call it yet so it is what it is…Spinach, Red Bell Pepper & hummus! It was delicious AND nutrtious as the peppers are another veggie full of disease fighting anti-oxidants and a bunch of vitamins and minerals! Plus I thought it looked pretty! 🙂

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After my little snack I had a great cookie for dessert from Country Choice Organic. They’re made from pure organic ingredients! Ugh, it was so soft and melted in my mouth–I’m not a fan of had cookies, this was perfect!

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Is there anyone else that has a weird schedule and a difficult time fitting everything in? What are some quick meals you like to whip up? Do you also have a GO TO like my quick & easy veggies?

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Hope everyone had a fabulous Monday! 🙂

I had a serious case of the munchies today! I’m SO not allowed to keep almonds in my desk drawer at work anymore–I can go days and days without eating them, but it only takes 1 look sometimes and I could devour the whole can. I didn’t…but I definitely could have! I think I’ll start taking them in little individual servings from now on.

Lunch today was yummy–turkey and mixed veggies

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This weekend I got an AWESOME package from Cherrybrook Kitchen

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“The sweet solution for food allergies.” All of their products are Peanut Free-Dairy Free-Egg Free-Nut Free.

I decided last night I’d try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix–I can never get enough cookies and they were calling my name! I didn’t want to make the whole box because I was pretty sure a lot of them would end up going to waste so I ended up just using half of the box and adjusting the ingredients which wasn’t hard, all I had to add was

  • Organic Smart Balance
  • Water

See…not hard at all which is just the way I like it!

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I set the oven at 375 and plopped some dough on the pan to bake for 8-10 minutes

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I said it was simple BUT for some reason they came out a BIT wattery–I still had hope they’d turn out great!

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Ok, so they didn’t come out looking thick and fluffy–they looked more like chocolate chip pancakes really. But they DID turn out to be delicious…and very light! lol

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I can’t wait to try the other mixes!

Today was a quick trip to the gym because we had to get to the grocery store as well so I did:

  • 15 min Eliptical on resistence 8
  • 5 min run on Treadmill
  • 10 min Stair Master

It was quick but sweaty so I was happy!

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This was Green Smoothie today. As you can see it was not so green–I ran out of bananas and used some mixed frozen berries.

  • Almond Milk
  • Berries
  • Oats
  • Spinach

Sounds like it’d be good, right? Well it tasted kind of how it looked, if you know what I mean,  so I got through half and dumped it. Luckily we made the trip to the store so I’ll have yummy banana tomorrow!

Off to bed I go! Have a great night! 🙂

Today is a GREAT day! 6 months NO SMOKING! Ah I really can’t believe how fast time has gone by—the 1st week was pretty rough and I honestly didn’t know if I’d get this far. But now I can say that I DON’T miss it one little bit and I couldn’t be happier about making the decision to quit! The only thing that got me through the 1st month was exercise—every time I felt the urge to smoke I’d get up and DO something, something active, something that made me realize how good it felt to BREATHE! 6 months later I love this new active, healthy lifestyle and I feel confident in saying that I’ll never smoke again.

This was a big weekend—6 months no smoking and yesterday The Boo and I celebrated our 2 year ANNIVERSARY! :)Love ya BOO! We had an aaaaamazing dinner at Brigantine Restaurant in Poway, I had Broiled Scallop and Shrimp Skewers with a double order of veggies

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I obviously hated it…

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HA Just Kidding–it was so DELICIOUS! Went very well with my glass of Riesling 🙂

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The Boo had an amazing Seafood Combo that he pretty much devoured as well

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Before dinner the waiter brought out a HUGE basket of bread which is my weekness–I really could eat bread all day long! So we both had a small piece and asked the waiter to take the basket so we didn’t fill up before the food came out.

After dinner we went to our favorite Self Serve Frozen Yogurt joint in Carmel Mountain–Frutti Tutti=HEAVEN! Such a great night, can’t wait to spend many many more years with The Boo!

Guess what I’m making tonight….VEGAN cookies! 🙂 Stay Tuned…

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Hope everyone has had an amazing week–I’m so happy tomorrow is Friday! 🙂

This morning when I got out of bed and was SO sore that I could barely move, is when I realized I need to switch up my workout routines more often. I used to do those OnDemand workouts ALL the time before I joined the gym, but last night was the first time I’d done one in a while…and I did 2! So my goal is to try and switch things up a bit, whether it be at the gym or not, I need to get every muscle moving so this doesn’t happen again!

Since I wasn’t feeling too good I of course needed some comfort food for breakfast to make me feel better! 🙂

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  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • cinammon
  • 1 Spoon Almond Butter

It was delish!

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I got through my amazing bowl of oats and decided I should probably start getting ready for work since I’d be moving at a VERY slow pace!

I made it through the day and actually started to feel a lot better once I was stretched out!

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My Green Smoothie was delicious as usual, especially since I added some Amazing Grass SuperFood in it and put it in my nifty little Amazing Grass cup. LOVE that thing! 🙂

Dinner tonight was SO good!

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Those are slivered Almonds that went on TOP of a piece of Sole and on the side of my USUAL veggies of course!

The Boo gave me the bag with the leftover Almond slivers which is like the equivalent of licking the bowl for me so I was a happy girl!

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I got a package today from the wonderful people at Deep River Snacks

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Their kettle-cooked potato chips are all natural, gluten free, kosher certified, and contain NO trans fat. I can’t wait to try them, THANKS Deep River Snacks!

Tonight’s workout was FUN–I did a cardio video OnDemand with Kendel (love him) and then I did some abs and leg excercises while watching an episode of Regis & Kelly that I DVRed. Yep that’s right…I DVR Regis & Kelly!

Still wearing the Body Bugg and still loving it!

Gooooooodnight!

I <3 My Body Bugg!

This thing is AAAAmazing!

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I wore it to work again today which pretty much = NO calorie burning since I sit at a desk all day. I want it to be completely accurate though so I’m wearing it everywhere…..for now! I really don’t even notice I’m wearing it till I get the occasional strange look or a coworker questioning why I have it on. I feel like I should make up some really cool story about why it is that I’m wearing this strange contraption around my arm–they’d probably find it way more interesting than the truth! 🙂

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Look at this beauty! Twas a very delicious Green Smoothie that I made today!

  • Almond Milk
  • Water
  • Oats
  • TONS of Spinach
  • Frozen Banana
  • Flaxseed

I was worried that the water might water it down too much but it didn’t at all and came out really good–I was excited that it actually filled up the whole cup!

Today’s workout was a TOTAL success! Wearing the Body Bugg is making me so much more aware of I’m doing and eating–it pretty much pumped me up for my trip to the gym! There I did:

  • 15 min. on a Crazy Incline
  • 6-7 min. running
  • 10 min. Eliptical on Full Resistance

On the Cable Machine (I think that’s what it’s called) I did:

  • 3×10 Bicep Curls
  • 3×10 Triceps
  • 3×10 Shoulders

Free Weights with 8 LBS I did:

  • 15 Deadlifts w/ Hammer Curl
  • 15 Tricep Kickbacks
  • 20 Lunges w/ Bicep Curl (each side)

I was on a MISSION–to see how this thing really worked! However, when I got home I plugged the Bugg in and still had more calories to burn, so I decided to do some of my favorite excercises OnDemand in my living room of course!

  • 10 min. Bootylicious Buns HAHA
  • 14 min. Abs

It kind of sounds like a lot but the scary part is (if it’s completely accurate) that I still had some calories to burn and some more calories to eat! I mean I do sit for 9 hours out of the day at work, so during that time I’m getting no physical activity and it’s tough at times to fit everything in. That’s why I think this will help me for sure!

It’ll also show me how to properly fuel by body for the amount of exercise I do end up getting throughout the day. I’m SOOO glad I have the appointment w/my Coach next week. I’ll update more when she tells me what I’m doing wrong! LOL

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