Thank You Chris Powell

Good morning! Welcome back to this lovely thing we call Monday. Did everyone have a great weekend?? I’ll tell ya…I mean, my weekends almost always seem to whiz right by, but this weekend in particular seemed extra quick. So much going on!

So Jay and I stayed up late (by my standards) last night to watch the whole episode of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. I really enjoy this show because I love getting to watch the contestants continue to make progress over the course of a full year, and see just how far they’ve come…

Alright, well actually? I really just like watching the show for the opening introduction when Chris Powell is jumping rope and boxing shirtless.


Okay okay, I’m kidding. Sort of. I like to watch him, but I really do like watching the show too. Winking smile

During last night’s episode, Chris gave one of his fitness tips on how we (the viewers) should get up and moving during the commercial breaks. I’m typically too lazy to ever even bother, but I was apparently feeling a little spunky last night, so I forced Jay to do some exercises with me. We both did four commercial breaks of 15 crunches, 15 push ups, and 15 squats, and while it may not seem like much, it definitely adds up!

So Chris Powell, if for some odd reason you have to be reading this, thank you so much for getting my butt moving last night and giving me two hours worth of inspiring, quality TV eye candy.


Despite a later bed time, I knew I have a busy day ahead of me today, so I made sure to be up early enough to get my workout taken care of. Today’s plan consisted of:

I have no idea if it’s because of how I slept or what, but my shoulders were screamin’ during that yoga workout. In fact, they’re STILL super sore. I think I need a good, quality neck massage…Jay? Chris Powell? Winking smile


Tooooootally delicious breakfast happenin’ today.


I whipped up a basic batch of oatmeal this morning and layered it into my empty jar of Justin’s honey peanut butter. I say layered, because I actually took the time to add some granola in between…check this out.


A layer in the middle + a layer on top was absolute perfection. I always get so bummed once I eat all the granola off the top and then still have at least half a jar/bowl of oats (or yogurt) left.


The same thing goes for ice cream cones with sprinkles. Jay and I always say that there needs to be a way to somehow get the sprinkles right in the ice cream. That way you still get to love them the whole time, and not just for the first five minutes of licking them all off so you don’t spill them down the front of your shirt.

Gotta jet…time to head to work!

Question for the Morning:

Do you ever get up and moving during commercial breaks while watching TV?


  1. says

    I don’t have cable, but when I did, I used to do some sets of tri-dips off the coffee table and situps with my feet tucked under the couch. It’s a great way to get a little burst of movement without making yourself go to the gym!

  2. says

    Shameful to say but the only reason I get up during commercial breaks is to refill my mug of tea, get a snack or use the bathroom! Your breakfast looks so delicious, especially that peanut butter flavor! With self-serve fro yo, I’ve started adding the toppings in the middle and on top so I am “topped up” all the way through!
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  3. Antonia says

    Oh my goodness! I tried that Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter this past weekend at Starbucks and absolutely fell in love with it! What store around here carries it?? I was at Shop-Rite yesterday and couldn’t find it. Such a coincidence that I was looking for it and it appears on your blog today! :)

    • Courtney says

      I actually ordered mine off of (if you use my coupon code, SAZ564, you can get $5.00 off your order and they have free shipping!). I know I’ve seen Justin’s at The Fresh Market in Latham, but I don’t remember if they had the honey PB.

  4. says

    I love Justin’s peanut butter! The oatmeal layered in the jar looks so GOOD, especially with the granola. YUM!

    I need to remember to be active during commercial breaks but honestly, I DVR just about everything so I usually just fast forward through them. I can see how the little extra workouts thrown in would add up though!!
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  5. says

    I fell asleep during last night’s episode.. I was soo tired! I love the idea of getting up and doing something during the commercial breaks especially with that show because it’s 2 hours!
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  6. says

    I always hate it when my toppings suddenly disappear when I’m eating ice cream. That’s why I love the ice cream places that mix your toppings into the ice cream like Cold Stone and Marble Slab Creamery. I also love going to froyo places, piling on the toppings, then mixing them evenly throughout.
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  7. Nicole says

    Cold Stone Creamery rolls the ice cream and jimmies together so they are throughout the whole thing! Must try! Delish!

    • Courtney says

      Yes! I do love me some Cold Stone, but I want a way for them to be swirled through the soft serve on a cone 😉

  8. says

    It’s crazy that you mention the sprinkles inside the ice cream thing because i was just saying this EXACT same thing the other day! It’s ridiculous how they are only on top of the ice cream!! I have actually gotten a blizzard with sprinkles mixed in, which helps solve this problem but it’s not the same since there’s no cone involved….:-)
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  9. Alana says

    If you’re getting a cup, ask ice cream servers to put the toppings on the bottom before the ice cream. Sure, they’ll give you a weird look but it’s sooo worth it :)

  10. says

    You know…you always know just how to get me moving! I now know how I can fit in some more exercise because I know only take 30 minus of lunch due to daycare summer hours and it has all but killed my lunch time exercise!!!!
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  11. Courtney says

    I never do anything during the commercials because by the time I sit down to watch tv I’m zapped for the day. It’s my little bit of down time before heading to bed. Whenever I order a cone with sprinkles I always ask for an additional dish of sprinkles. That way I can keep dipping my cone in it as needed!

  12. Nicole says

    What if you were to keep a little bowl of sprinkles on the side to dip your cone or spoon over your ice cream as you went along…?

    Side car of sprinkles?? Yes please! :)

  13. says

    Oh man, now I feel like I should have watched Extreme Makeover. Instead I opted for DVR’d episodes of the new 90210 (which is a horrible show but I’m sucked in and have to know what happens). I sometimes try to foam roll or do my physical therapy exercises during commercials but the couch is just so much more comfortable so it doesn’t always happen.
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  14. says

    Sometimes- it depends on the show. If it’s really a good show and I don’t want to miss a second of it, then I stay put on the couch the entire hour. If it’s something like the Bachelor/ette or a different reality TV show (Wipeout), then I get up during commercial breaks and just walk around the house.

  15. says

    I did the Powell challenge last night too and it did get tiring towards the end. That and I realized I should not lay down, it’s way more tempting to skip the commercial exercises.
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