Not Missing Much

Hey guys! Sorry for not getting a chance to check in with you all earlier…once again, I’ve been busy, busy, busy. I feel like I’ve barely had a chance to really chat with you all lately. Boooo.

But really, you haven’t been missing out on much. No super exciting meals, no big plans…just a lot of ordinary stuff. I’m still getting in some workouts (three so far this week, including a great 10-10-10 workout this morning), eating well a majority of the time, and enjoying treats (without regret) the rest of the time.

Last night Jay and I wound up having to meet with the guy for our taxes and by the time that meeting was over, I was pretty much done for the evening. Basically, let’s just say that taxes really blow this year and I’m sure the IRS will be throwing a party once they receive my check in the mail. Ooooof.

But anywho…I had a bunch going on at work today and wound up being away from my desk for a good majority of the day. Finally, around 1:30ish, I had a break and got the chance to sit down and have some lunch. Thanks to my lack of desire to prepare anything last night, lunch was one of my favorite throw together combos from back in the day

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Yogurt + fruit and veggies + hummus. I know it doesn’t really looks like much, but I had also previously been snacking on fruit and scones that we had in the office, so I was more than satisfied throughout the morning!

I did also have some snacks for the afternoon, just in case.

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I wound up leaving the banana, just because I was “fruited out” for the day, but I did snack on the chocolate chip granola bar. I actually got these in the mail a couple days ago from Sunbelt Bakery to try out, and they’re pretty tasty. I’ll have no problem finishing up the box. Winking smile

Tonight, Jay and I have plans to meet up with some friends at a new-to-us restaurant that I’m suuuuper psyched about trying. Word on the street is that they have some amazing tapas and delicious risotto, so I’m ready to bring my A-game to this meal!

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Alright friends, I’m off to go relax for a bit before heading out for the evening…it’s almost Fridayyyyy! Smile

Surprisingly Successful

Happy Monday to you all! How was the weekend? Do anything fun?

Well I know I already shared my Saturday with you all, but I don’t have quite as much to share for my Sunday. Jay and I did a few things around the house for the majority of the day, before heading over to my parents’ house for dinner.

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On the menu was roast beef from the rotisserie, baked sweet potatoes, sugar snap peas, corn, and mom’s scalloped potatoes.

Don’t let my plate fool you…I most definitely went for some of those ‘taters.

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Jay and I spent a few hours with mom and dad, chatting a ton about baby stuff and both of our upcoming trips (they’re headed to Florida with some friends next month). It’s always so nice to hang out with them. Smile

On our way back home, I was surprisingly successful in getting Jay to make a quick pit stop…

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Despite the fact that it was about 15 degrees out and the wind was blowing hard enough to take your breath away, I still wanted some fro yo. Usually, I have to put in some really good effort with pleading my case to make a trip for the good stuff, but he was more than happy to make the stop last night. Smile

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I got the same killer flavor as the last time we went to Dante’s and it was just as amazing as I remembered it being. Yummmmm.

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This morning, I slept until about 7:15 (no work today) and got my workout in for the day, which was a slightly extended version of my 10-10-10 Strength & Cardio Circuit. After that, it was breakfast tiiiiime.

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The food situation in our house right now is pretty sad. Since we’re leaving for Mexico tomorrow, we’ve been trying our best to just finish up what we already have. Thankfully, we still had some ingredients to make a delicious bowl of cereal.

Today’s bowl included Special K Oats & Honey cereal (only one kind today…can’t remember the last time that happened!, strawberries, bananas, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chia seeds, and a little almond butter drizzle.

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Soooooo good.

Today is going to be BUSY for us. We have a few last minute items to pick up from the store, clean up the house, take out our suitcases and start actually thinking about packing, and then I also still have a few posts to write up for later this week…I have three different giveaway posts for you guys while I’m away later this week, so be on the lookout!

But for now, I better get crack-alackin’ on this to-do list, because I have a feeling today is going to just FLY by. Catch ya later, gators!

Question for the Morning:

When it comes to packing, are you the plan-ahead type, or more last-minute?

10-10-10 Strength & Cardio Circuit

So I know I told you all this morning that I had a really fun workout to share…well, I’m not one to back down on my word!

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Back almost a year ago exactly, I ended up stumbling upon Brittany’s 10-10-10 Quick Interval Workout. Since then, it’s remained a good staple in our home, and has been kept in our pile of treadmill workouts downstairs. Jay also enjoys doing this one, and will occasionally modify it to his own needs.

Well recently, I also re-discovered the workout, but since me and “sprinting” aren’t really pals these days, I decided to make my own version of it to better suits my own workout needs and desires. (*If you are up for some sprinting, definitely give Brittany’s a try!)

The Basics:

  • The workout should ALWAYS start and end with a 5 minute warm up and cool down. No ifs, ands, or buts about it!
  • Each set is repeated three times. So, for example, set 1 would look like this: 1 minute speed walk –> 1st set of each exercise –> 1 minute speed walk –> 2nd set of each exercise –> 1 minute speed walk –> 3rd set of each exercise. You would then move on to set 2.
  • Set 1 = lower body
  • Set 2 = biceps & trieps
  • Set 3 = shoulders
  • You may want more than one set of dumbbells, depending on what your strengths are.

The entire workout should take you between 35-40 minutes to complete; this morning, it took me 38 minutes.

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Most of the exercises should be self-explanatory, such as the lower body exercises, but here’s a few references for you, for the others, just in case. :)

For Biceps and Triceps:

Tricep Kickbacks (try not to let dumbbells come back past your hips on the way back down in order to keep the tension on the muscle)

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Hammer curls (but done standing; palms face in, rather than up like with a typical bicep curl)

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For Shoulders:(3 of my favorite moves from my 7 Moves for Shredded Shoulders workout)

Front Raises - Standing, hold dumbbells in front of you with your palms facing your legs. Keep your elbows and knees slightly bent as you raise your arms straight in front of you to shoulder level. Slowly return to the starting position.

Overhead Press - Stand holding dumbbells in each hand. Bring the dumbbells up to level with your shoulders, palms facing away from you. Press the dumbbells upward so that your arms are fully extended. Slowly return to the starting position, keeping dumbbells to level with your shoulders.

Shoulder Rotations – Standing, hold dumbbells with arms together in front of body, bent at elbows, forearms waist high, palms up (like you’re holding a tray). Rotate forearms out to side, keeping elbows bent and palms up. Slowly return to the starting position.

Have fun with this one! Trust me…the changing up of the exercises with the treadmill makes the time FLY by!

10-10-10 Strength & Cardio Circuit

So I know I told you all this morning that I had a really fun workout to share…well, I’m not one to back down on my word!

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Back almost a year ago exactly, I ended up stumbling upon Brittany’s 10-10-10 Quick Interval Workout. Since then, it’s remained a good staple in our home, and has been kept in our pile of treadmill workouts downstairs. Jay also enjoys doing this one, and will occasionally modify it to his own needs.

Well recently, I also re-discovered the workout, but since me and “sprinting” aren’t really pals these days, I decided to make my own version of it to better suits my own workout needs and desires. (*If you are up for some sprinting, definitely give Brittany’s a try!)

The Basics:

  • The workout should ALWAYS start and end with a 5 minute warm up and cool down. No ifs, ands, or buts about it!
  • Each set is repeated three times. So, for example, set 1 would look like this: 1 minute speed walk –> 1st set of each exercise –> 1 minute speed walk –> 2nd set of each exercise –> 1 minute speed walk –> 3rd set of each exercise. You would then move on to set 2.
  • Set 1 = lower body
  • Set 2 = biceps & trieps
  • Set 3 = shoulders
  • You may want more than one set of dumbbells, depending on what your strengths are.

The entire workout should take you between 35-40 minutes to complete; this morning, it took me 38 minutes.

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Most of the exercises should be self-explanatory, such as the lower body exercises, but here’s a few references for you, for the others, just in case. :)

For Biceps and Triceps:

Tricep Kickbacks (try not to let dumbbells come back past your hips on the way back down in order to keep the tension on the muscle)

tricep extension

Hammer curls (but done standing; palms face in, rather than up like with a typical bicep curl)

hammer curl

For Shoulders:(3 of my favorite moves from my 7 Moves for Shredded Shoulders workout)

Front Raises - Standing, hold dumbbells in front of you with your palms facing your legs. Keep your elbows and knees slightly bent as you raise your arms straight in front of you to shoulder level. Slowly return to the starting position.

Overhead Press - Stand holding dumbbells in each hand. Bring the dumbbells up to level with your shoulders, palms facing away from you. Press the dumbbells upward so that your arms are fully extended. Slowly return to the starting position, keeping dumbbells to level with your shoulders.

Shoulder Rotations – Standing, hold dumbbells with arms together in front of body, bent at elbows, forearms waist high, palms up (like you’re holding a tray). Rotate forearms out to side, keeping elbows bent and palms up. Slowly return to the starting position.

Have fun with this one! Trust me…the changing up of the exercises with the treadmill makes the time FLY by!

10-20-30-40-50 Ab Workout

I’ve got a great ab workout for you all today!

Sooo, about that To-Do List from today…

  • Two clients at work
  • Meeting with a head pastry chef(!) <—more info to come! TONS of fun!
  • Picking up baking supplies
  • Baking some goodies
  • Attempting to figure out something for dinner(?)
  • Some decision making
  • Hopefully grabbing a little extra Vitamin D

Five out of seven ain’t so bad, even though I was really hoping to get some of that Vitamin D. BUT, I  did realize what else I was forgetting…my workout!

Shortly before that happened though, I was in need of something for lunch. The sun was shining, the weather was warm, and a craving for a smoothie bowl hit hard.

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Today’s creation was my favorite Strawberry Almond Smoothie, bowl style, topped with some Kashi Go Lean Crunch and granola.

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I think someone was upset that I wasn’t sharing…

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Sorry, bud. Smoothies aren’t for kitties.

Workout

Once that digested, it was time for a workout. I took yesterday off, thanks to some super sore muscles, courtesy of BodyPump. Today, however, I was back in the game! I wound up doing a variation of Brittany’s 10-10-10 Quick Interval Workout (same format, just switched up some of the moves), followed up with a quick and fun little ab workout.

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What To Do: Do 2-3 sets of the following exercises.

  • 10 sets of 10-second planks (resting knees for 3 seconds in between)
  • 20 floor leg lifts
  • 30 stability ball crunches
  • 40 side plank hip raises with dumbbell curl under side (20 per side)
  • 50 bicycle crunches

My entire core was on fiyah after that one. Winking smile

Post-workout snack…

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A piece of whole wheat toast with PB + PB (peanut butter + pumpkin butter). Simple, yet so delicious.

Dinner

After finishing up a little bit of baking this afternoon, it was finally time for dinner. I took some chicken out of the freezer earlier and marinated it in some Italian dressing, so Jay took care of cooking that up while I put together a couple salads.

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Nothin’ like a salad full of fresh veggies and a little cheese, am I right?

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I had Jay cook up my chicken with a little cheese, which I was planning on eating plain…

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But then this happened…

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And it was a fabulous decision. Smile

Now it’s about time to go relax and hang out with the boys…have a good night everyone!

And if you’re local, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a Bountiful Bread Cake!

An Acquired Taste

So apparently I’m all about scouring some awesome blogs for workout ideas this week? Yesterday, I incorporated Tina’s upper body workout (which has my arms way more sore than I had anticipated!) and today, I tried out a new workout from Brittany.

I was skimming through and found a workout of Brittany’s called the 10-10-10 Quick Interval Workout. I honestly didn’t know what I was in the mood to do today, but as soon as I saw this, it totally appealed to me. It was pretty fun to switch back and forth between the treadmill sprints and the weight exercises, and I loved that it was all done in less than 30 minutes.

I followed up that interval workout with a few moves to focus on the ‘ol abs:

Post-workout, I made myself a protein shake made with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior protein powder, 2 tsp chia seeds, and a few drops of cocoa bean liquid stevia.

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It was tasty but I will admit – drinking chia seeds is definitely an acquired taste. Especially if you’re a texture person (aka, my husband).

Lunch

A couple hours later, the tummy was ready to be fed again.

Ya know, sometimes breakfast is just too good to only be enjoyed in the morning…am I right?

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This morning, I was actually really cravings cereal AND eggs, but cereal ended up winning me over. Luckily, since I knew I’d be home this afternoon, I decided to just postpone my eggs until lunchtime.

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I put together an incredibly savory and delicious egg and cheese sandwich, made with 1/2 cup Egg Beaters (in my microwave egg cooker), provolone cheese, turkey bacon, fresh spinach, and a smear of hummus on a toasted whole wheat English muffin.

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On the side, I added some carrot sticks and grape tomatoes for munching. Smile

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A little later this afternoon I have a meeting about work, which should hopefully give me a better idea of what I’ll be looking at for a schedule. I have no idea what to expect, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough!

Oh yeah, and I still need to get my act together and finish those darn cupcakes. Winking smile