Free Ice Cream

After spending about three hours studying at Starbucks this afternoon, I finally made my way home. Right before I left, I got a text message from Jay asking if I’d be able to stop and pick up a quick pick lotto ticket for tonight’s lotto drawing (hey, a dollar and a dream, right?) so I stopped at a local Stewart’s shop to pick one up.

While I was in there and paying for my slim chance at becoming a millionaire, I happened to notice that they were giving away free mini samples of ice cream…sign me UP!

Considering the fact that I love anything free AND I love their ice cream, I was psyched as it was; but then I realized that it wasn’t just any ice cream. Oh no. They were giving away samples of their new Pumpkin Pie flavored ice cream which is mixed with big chunks of graham cracker crust. Oh man, it’s amazing. If you live near a Stewart’s, you need to get this, stat.

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(In case you’re wondering, yes, the ice cream did drip right into my lap. Woops.)

Dinner

I was in the mood for absolutely nothing for dinner tonight. It’s very rare that this happens, but when it does, I just hate it. Nothing sounded appealing, and I really didn’t feel like cooking anything. So I was rather proud of the fact that I actually took the time to put together a salad, when all I really wanted to do was dive head first into my bag of pumpkin spice bagels. Winking smile

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I made a simple veggie salad, topped with a MorningStar Farms veggie burger.

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On the side, I snacked on a serving of baked tortilla scoops with a heavy helping of pineapple peach salsa. I actually picked this up a couple weeks ago while at Target but just dug into it tonight. It’s been over a year since I last had this stuff- I can’t believe I had forgotten about it for so long!

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While we were eating dinner, my mother-in-law stopped in quick to drop off some goodies that she picked up for us while shopping at our favorite outlets today.

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I’d say she knows us pretty darn well, wouldn’t you?

I can’t wait to dig into these!

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Giveaway Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway. The winner of the chocolate covered dates giveaway IS…

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I think it’s just about time to go grab a couple chocolate covered dates, slip into my cozies, and get ready for my favorite Wednesday night comedies (The Middle & Modern Family)!

(P.S. – I know I promised you a cupcake recipe…it’s still coming, I just a bit delayed. It will be up tomorrow – I pinky promise!) Open-mouthed smile

Question for the Evening:

Do you play the lotto? Have you ever won anything?

I Know I’m Not Alone

I have been on the GO all afternoon!

I had quite a few things that needed taking care of this afternoon, but luckily, I knew this ahead of time and ventured out well prepared.

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I packed myself a “Monday Usual” which is pretty much the same lunch that I used to eat every.single.day. I’m glad I’ve since ventured into more exciting choices! Winking smile

But even still, since I really like spacing out my lunch throughout the afternoon, I love combining a bunch of different things that can be eaten at different times. It just works for me.

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One of my adventures this afternoon brought me success in my quest to find some new weights. I stopped into Dick’s and first spotted these which, I’ll admit, are so nice and colorful.

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But then I spotted these and realized that they were a few bucks cheaper than the pretty ones, so I saved a few pennies by going with the ugly ones.

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Hey, I don’t care what the weights look like…I just care about what they make my muscles look like. Winking smile

And hopefully, with my selection of heavy-duty 10 pounders, I’ll start making some progress!

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(If you are one of the ones who can curl 20 pounders with ease, feel free to giggle at my lack of muscle strength. It’s okay.)

I also tried scoping out the sneakers, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for, and after about 5 minutes of nobody coming over to attempt to help, I threw in the towel. At least I found half of what I’m looking for…?

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My last stop of the afternoon has brought me to one of my favorite study spots…

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Honestly, I’ve been having some difficulty concentrating and/or focusing while studying at home the past few days, so when Jay suggested last night that I try studying at Starbucks again, I realized he was onto something.

Of course, I’m sipping on a delicious iced coffee while I’m here; and yes, that’s a venti. I debated for about 0.2 seconds on getting a grande just for the mere sake of hiding the fact that I’m a coffee fiend, but then I realized a) I am a coffee fiend so who cares, and b) I know I’m not alone on this one! Winking smile

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Now, it’s time to spend some quality time with my textbook and flash cards.

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Wish me luck!

Questions for the Afternoon:

What size do you normally order when ordering a beverage out somewhere?

What items are you willing to spend a little extra on for their looks and/or a particular brand?

I Made An Exception

Yesterday afternoon while I was grocery shopping, I came across a very exciting little item. I first saw Monica mention these, and then Shayla teased me with them. So when I saw them sitting on the shelf yesterday at my grocery store, I had no choice but to bring ‘em home with me…

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Thomas’ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice bagels! AND they were on sale. WOOP!

So I’m sure you’re not surprised when I tell you that I had one for breakfast this morning, right? Winking smile

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I lightly toasted my bagel and topped it with a peanut butter-pumpkin mixture (about 1 tbsp of each) and some banana slices.

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Honestly, I try not to buy bagels too often because I just can’t control myself with them (for this same reason, I should probably stop buying ice cream, but I still can’t seem to do that…); I would probably eat one at every meal if I could.

But since I prefer not to end up in a carb coma everyday, I usually end up buying some form of bagel or sandwich thins instead. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some bagel thins every now and then, but you can’t tell me that they’re anywhere close to being just as good as the real deal.

I mean, the fluff factor is the best part!

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So since these pumpkin spice bagels are all limited edition and whatnot, I made an exception. And I will enjoy every single one of them…carbs, fluff and all. Smile

I’ll also tell you that they go perfectly with a delicious mug of homemade pumpkin spice coffee.

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And are delicious fuel for a post workout session.

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Workout

Today’s workout brought me to Day 10 (wow, already?!?) of the new challenge. The only workout on tap for today was yoga, so I ended up doing the same combo of yoga and HIIT on the treadmill that I did last week. It felt so good to stretch today; definitely perfect timing!

**Side Note: I’ve had a few of you get in touch with me to tell me that you’re also following along with the challenge. That is SO awesome, so props to you!

One of the questions I’ve been getting is regarding the recovery workouts: *If you are doing the challenge through an On Demand channel, the recovery workouts are actually the original, 20-minute 10lb. Slimdown workouts.

Alrighty folks, gotta jet! Have a GREAT Wednesday! Smile

Questions for the Morning:

WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE…

Bagels –OR- bagel thins?

Lightly toasted bagels/bread –OR- heavily toasted bagels/bread?

Peanut butter as a topping –OR- butter and jam as a topping?