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Get More Energy!

Last night I had a feeling the February 2011 issue of Fitness Magazine might be waiting in the mail box for me after I saw them post on Facebook that it was on sale this week and to my pleasant surprise I was correct!

After flipping through the entire magazine while my husband played the xBox next to me I settled in to read an article called Get More Energy! 

Which, caught my eye as I have been quite low on energy since after the Holiday’s.  =(  Due to various reasons listed below…….

  • Not eating as healthy as usual, more sugar/fat intake than normal.
  • Lack of exercise at the gym and less running.
  • Very busy at works towards the end of the year, plus some news that was a bit upsetting in the new year.
  • Stress on the home front.

It was a great article and I would love to share some of the Energy Boosting Tips I learned with you…….

  • Boost Your Brain
    • Instead of numbing your mind by watching the boob tube after work, stimulate it by “taking a walk” along a scenic trail – spending time in nature helps restore people’s energy and focus.
  • Avoid the Quick Fix
    • It is no surprise that the food on your plate can be the deciding factor between a sluggish and supercharged day!  But more often than not, you don’t need a total diet overhaul; “small adjustments” can go a long way towards optimizing your energy intake.
      • A small cappuccino, tea with honey and dark chocolate, all of which contain caffeine and sugar, are perfectly legitimate “Energy Band-Aids” when you need a lift in a hurry.
  • Stick to Your Workout
    • Get this: Expending energy on exercise actually creates more for you to use!  “Research shows that physically active people feel more energetic overall than sedentary people.”  They say it is likely that exercise stimulates neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, and this creates feelings of greater energy.
  • Listen Up
    • “Music makes you feel good mentally and physically.”  After people worked out to music, their mental performance improved, compared with exercising song-less.  Music gives you that extra motivation!
  • Quit Freaking Out
    • Little everyday stressors, like sitting in traffic, can cause a total energy meltdown.  Take a deep breath when little freaks out occur and try to calm your heart rate back to normal.
  • Tap Happy Vibes
    • When you’re feeling down, your energy tanks along with your spirits, leaving you sluggish.  On the flip side, “Happy people have higher energy”!  When we are happy we take charge, initiate conversations with people and carry out plans, instead of being passive responders to life events.  “Taking action energizes us”!

What great tips, huh!?!  And, even though I knew most of them or realized how true they are I have to admit I do not always follow them but plan to going forward as I needs more energy!!!


In other news, I finally started taking pictures of what I have been eating again……… take a look for your viewing pleasure.  =)

Breakfast (Tuesday)

Lunch (Tuesday)

Dinner (Tuesday)

Late Night Snack (Tuesday)

I have also gone outside for 3 mile runs after work on both Tuesday and Wednesday that lasted about 30+ minutes each. 

The weather was so nice both night and I was also lucky enough to have my daughter tag along on her new bike that she got for Christmas…….it was so nice to have her along.  =)

Florida Freeze

Florida Freeze

The rest of the country is not alone when it comes to freezing temperatures, as what they are calling the Florida Freeze struck us here in what is usually “sunny” Central Florida early this week.

Tuesday Morning Temps

We experienced freezing temperatures the past 2 nights (Monday & Tuesday) and 20+ degrees below average temperatures for this time of year as well during the beginning of the week.

7 Day Forecast

Luckily, as you can see above we will get back to “normal” by the end of the week and I might be able to run outside this week if I am lucky.


What is a girl to do when there is freezing temperatures outside and she doesn’t have the proper cold running gear in order to venture outside for a run????

She hits the gym that is!

And, that is exactly what I did after work on Monday night.

I had planned to doing a full training session that included abs, upper & lower body weight machines and then a quick 1 mile run

BUT, I didn’t have enough time as I had to stay at work late so I just hit the did a fast 3 mile run in 30 minutes

Now, mind you it has been ages since I did a “fast run” so it was a bit challenging…….yet at the same time easily done. 

Which, felt great! 

I ran most of the run at 5.8mph and finished at 8mph after upping .1mph each minute at the end.

In light, of the current weather conditions I will be skipping Tuesday’s  December’s Running Training Schedule run and will be hitting the gym again after work on Wednesday to hopefully do a full training session that I missed on Monday as well as another fast run.

Hopefully, I can return to running outside by the weekend!

In the mean time it is all GYM for me.

A girl has to make adjustments when things throw a curve ball into her scheduled. 

TAKE NOTE ~ This is one of the most important things I learned during my My “Weight Loss” Journey! and over the past year!  That you have to roll with the punches (changes) per say to your schedule (both in and out of the gym) and not let them thrown you off or at the door.  It is hard sometimes but you can do it.  Just get back as soon as you can or adapt to whatever comes your way.


In other news, I have been trying my hardest to not eat to many of these……..

Sugar Cookies

However, I must admit I have had at least 3 every day since we made them on Sunday night.  Luckily, they are pretty small cookies so I don’t feel to bad for doing that and I also have been keeping my other Nightly Snacks at bay as well since the beginning of last week so that has helped the scale not be so scary in the mornings.  =O

What is your favorite holiday treat?

Sugar cookies are mine for sure!!!   

I have loved them since I was a kid.  After the first time I made them with my step-mom during one Christmas visit.  I could eat all of them in one sitting if I am not careful so I try to keep them hidden.

I also love many of the other holiday cookie classics and am a sucker for the Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha & Hot Chocolate.


That about covers things for now. 

Sorry I do not have any EATS pictures to share with you but I have been so busy lately that I am lucky I find time to eat let alone take pictures of what I am eating…….I am sure you understand as I am sure you are really busy too right now, such is the Holiday Season.

Operation Beautiful


Today, Caitlin @ HTP (Operation Beautiful) was on the Today Show to promote her newly released book and talk about “Operation Beautiful”, check out The Clip!!!  =)   

She did great and what an inspiration she is, love the positive energy she is spreading around the country………you go girl! 

I have yet to leave post-it of my own yet, despite the fact that I have been following her blog for almost a year now BUT I plan to leave the following one tonight on the “scale” at the gym as she has inspired me yet again, however this time she has inspired me to help spread the positive message she started with “Operational Beautiful”, thanks Caitlin!  

My 1st "Operation Beautiful" Post-It!

Leave a Post-It yourself at the gym, in the ladies restroom or anywhere……..I am sure you will feel great after! =) 


In other news I have been EATING a lot more “healthy” over the past few days and thought I should share it with you………. 

On TUESDAY I had blueberry oatmeal with fresh blueberries, a sliced banana and a scope of peanut butter for breakfast


Then I had another avocado black bean salad with extra veggies (carrot strips, corn, celery, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes) with lime vinaigrette dressing for lunch


Around 4pm I snacked on a apple and a scope of peanut butter.  

Afternoon Snack

I then hit the GYM after work for a quick 31 minute and 30 second 3 mile tempo run in which I ran a 10:30 minute mile.  

However, I was supposed to do the following per my 16-Week 15K Training Plan, but I did not have enough time to complete 4 miles as I had to pick up my daughter at 6pm and I didn’t get to the gym until 5:15.

4 miles @ 10:30

Upon my arrival home after my run and picking up my daughter I took a much-needed shower as I still sweat a ton despite running inside and only 3 miles.  =O  Than I got cracking on dinner so we could hopefully eat before 8pm for a change.  

We had fried pork chops, green bean salad (courtesy of my Mom-In-Law) and chunky applesauce for dinner.  Well, the hubs and little one also had white rice but I forgoed it myself…….trying to watch those bad carbs.  


On WEDNESDAY I had the following “healthy eats” and I really enjoyed breakfast which was another big slice of the crustless spinach mushroom quiche I made on Sunday with some juicy red grapes.


Lunch was a “easy go to lunch” of toasted high-fiber whole wheat bread with peanut butter and sliced banana on top as well as some veggies and ranch dressing for dipping on the side.


Around mid-afternoon I snacked on a lovely peach that I found in the fridge.

Afternoon Snack

It was really nice to not have to hit the GYM after work on Wednesday as I did on both Monday & Tuesday, however I still had lots of stops before I got home as I needed to do the following:

  • pick up my hubs pants at the dry cleaner
  • hit the grocery store for some last minute things
  • pick up my daughter at summer camp

And, then to my surprise when I got home the hubs decided to take us to dinner at Wendy’s as he was too hungry to wait for me to make dinner………..which I am not complaining about of course!

I had their signature Baja Salad of course, my favorite that I always get!


The rest of the evening was spent chatting and lounging with my hubs……..who ended up sick by night fall!  =(


While at the gym on Monday night I came across an article in my Fitness Magazine from May 2010 that I just had to share with you so I will be forgoing my prevously posted “20 Ways to Lose 200 Calories” tips in order to do that.


Introducing……….The NEW Superfoods:  10 lesser-known superfoods that will keep your body healthy and slim without costing you a fortune at the grocery store.

Superfoods are like superstars. Brad Pitt may steal the spotlight, but Gerard Butler works just as hard.

What does that have to do with your grocery cart?

Well, simply that it doesn’t have to be full of A-listers to be award winning. “People get fixated on the idea that it’s one particular type of fish, cooking oil, or nut that will change their health,” says FITNESS advisory board member Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, author of Dr. Moyad’s No BS Health Advice.

“They don’t realize that similar foods also have solid research and may cost less.” Give these 10 foods a chance to shine in your kitchen.






The superstar: Blueberries

They rose to fame after researchers discovered that they have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit.

The understudy: Strawberries

These berries are another exceptional pick. They’re bursting with antioxidants; one 53-calorie cup has more vitamin C than a navel orange. Good news, since research shows that ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C found in strawberries, may help reduce blood pressure and control levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Strawberries may also speed up your recovery after a long run or a tough kickboxing class, because they contain anthocyanins, natural pain relievers. “Consistently including these berries in your diet may mean you have less muscle pain and soreness after grueling workouts,” Dr. Moyad says. Beauty bonus: “They contain malic acid, which can act as a natural tooth whitener,” says Keri Glassman, RD, author of The O2 Diet.

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Putting Yourself First

Guess it is only fitting that we are almost into this weekend when I finally post about last weekend, especially these days (this month) as I have been so BUSY at home and work that I feel like I don’t even have enough time to think let alone type a post.  

However, even though I do not see my current busy schedule slowing down anytime soon I promise to keep on top of my posts the best I can……..hense why I am typing at my laptop at home (that I had to kick my step-son off) at my dinning table at 10pm at night.  Lucky, me I finally got my laptop to work after months of issues.  And, just in case you were wondering the reason my schedule is so busy these days is because of the following: 

  • At the beginning of the month we moved into a bigger home so that my step-son could come and live with us.  He is visiting now and hopes to be residing with us within the next few months.  So the move kept me busy for a while and now with my step-son in town we have a house full which has kept me even busier at home, but in a good way of course.
  • I took a vacation mid-month (Family Reunion) that put me a bit behind schedule on things at home and work, but I feel caught back up from that now after getting a bunch of chores (cleaning, shopping, etc.) over the weekend.
  • Then there is work!  Things have been crazy busy at work the past few weeks as I had several big projects and reports due by the end of the month.  And, next month doesn’t show any signs of slowing down either as I have a class to take for a new license I need for work and a new assignment I am supposed to take over as well.  All this is good, just keeps me chained to my desk pretty much most of the day these days.  But, you got to do what you got to do to move up………..

Now, I want to point out that none of the above is going to keep me from my TRAINING PLANS!  I will continue them as planned and try to keep on track the best I can.  I firmly believe that nothing should allow me to stray from them if at all possible.  Because no matter how busy life gets it is important still strive towards your goals in life, to take care of yourself and do what makes you happy!  

As my mom always said “you have to take care of yourself first in order to be able to take care of others (children, spouses, family, friends, etc.) and be a productive “happy” member of society (employee, volunteer, etc.).  Some may take that statement as selfishness, but it is not by any means.  It basically means that you have to make sure you are happy & healthy before you can properly take care or help others and be a good member of society.  I know any counselor or  psychologist would say the same.  How could you if you weren’t happy and healthy yourself!?!?  I know from experience this to be true because when I didn’t do this I was not the best mom, daughter, sibling, friend, employee…….I could be!  Because I was NOT happy & healthy! 

Of course this was difficult for me to do.  It took time.  And, I know many women that struggle to do this themselves, because let’s face it many of us were raised to put “others” before ourselves and it is very big in our society for us to be the care takers, most of the time at the expense of ourselves! 

Do you struggle to put yourself first!?!?! 


To my own surprise I actually remembered to take pictures of everything I ate this past weekend as you can see below.  

SATURDAY, 6/26/20 



Dinner for the whole family!

Dinner for me!

SUNDAY, 6/27/10 

Breakfast (Pre Run)

Breakfast (Post Run)1

Breakfast (Post Run)2


Breakfast (Post Run)3 Breakfast (Post Run)4

And, yes they were as GOOD as they looks!  =)   


My BFF came over for lunch on Sunday and I made the above for us.  The sandwich was yummy, but I wasn’t too happy with the salad though it looks really good. 

I made chicken enchiladas (my mom’s recipe) for dinner on Sunday but in my stress of getting the dish right I completely forgot to take pictures.  I promise to next time.  Luckily, my hubby liked it so it will be made again.  =) 


In other news I hit the GYM on Tuesday, 6/29/10 and did the following:

Ab Exercises      

  • Russian Twist (2 sets of 20)
  • Seated leg tuck off bench (2 sets of 20)
  • Stability ball crunch (2 sets of 20)
  • Superman Variations (2 sets of 20)
  • Toe touch (2 sets of 20)

Toning Training Plan   

Day 7:  Weights (Legs)

16-Week 15K Training Plan

3 miles @ 12:00

I must admit that I was supposed to do a 4 mile “easy run” per my 16-Week 15K Training Plan, however I just was not up for it after Sunday’s 6 mile (TONS OF SWEAT) run and my leg routine prior to my run so I only did 3 miles and will either do the 4 miles on Thursday or Sunday.


Hey, this question came to me the other day while at the gym! 

How many days have you worked out so far this year!?!?!

72 is my number!  Which, isn’t to bad considering I only hit the gym and pavement 2-3 days a week……=)

Blown Away


Not by the music as shown above (just couldn’t resist this picture, I love it), but by the WIND on this “finally starting to get nicer weather” weekend as we were graced with upper 60’s, clear & sunny skies and what they called gentle winds here in Central Florida this weekend!  =)  

However, I wouldn’t call them that if you were outside running as they didn’t feel “gentle” by any means………=O  Luckily, my morning runs were still very nice despite this fact.  Just much SLOWER then I would have prefered, but you can’t control “Mother Nature”!  

So as you might have guessed my weekend began with a lovely early morning (9am) 35+ minute 3+ mile run on Saturday, 3/6/10.   

After returning home I took a quick shower and then headed out to the grocery store, stopping at Dunkin Donuts on the way to pick myself up a quick breakfast and medium “hazelnut” coffee.  I tried out there new veggie egg white breakfast flatbread sandwich that was topped with cheese.   


To my surprise, it was very good and I will definitely have one again in the future if I am running late like this morning!   

I got home just before 1pm from the grocery store despite getting there early this morning (just after 11am) as I spent extra time surveying all their sales for the day that included some of the following:   

  • Aunt Jemima’s Frozen Pancakes (BOGO)
  • Baby Back Pork Spare Ribs ($2.29lb)
  • Kellogg’s Breakfast Cereals (50% Off, Saturday & Sunday Only)
  • Quaker Instant Oatmeal (BOGO)
  • Quaker Granola Bars (BOGO)

For those of you that aren’t familiar with my local grocery store, Publix, they are well-known for doing BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) sales every week and I LOVE THEM!    

The extra time spent while grocery shopping today was well rewarded as I ended up saving a total of $37.01, that included the following savings:   

  • $5.00 Competitors Coupon
  • $1.75 Vendor Coupons
  • $30.26 Publix Special Price Savings

So as you can see sometimes a little extra time spent browsing the sales flyers, collecting coupons, planning out your shopping list and looking at the sales posted at the grocery store can pay off BIG TIME!  =)  

On to lunch, which was no surprise for a Saturday.  I had a big southwest chicken salad.   


It wasn’t as good as usual because I was all out of  cherry tomatoes and did buy any at the store as they were a little pricey this week.  They always add a little sweetness so with them missing the salad just did not taste the same or as good…….=(  

The rest of my day was spent doing laundry, going to Target to get a gift my daughter’s friends whose Birthday Party she was attending this evening and then getting my daughter ready for the party.  

Once she was dropped off I went home to spend some quality time with my hubby during the 3+ hours we had “alone”.  We hung around the house for a bit.  Than we ventured out to eat dinner and ended up at Sonic as my husband just couldn’t stand to eat at any of the other fast food joints and we did not have enough time or $$$ to eat out at a restaurant. 

We each had a hamburger and onion rings. 



We both enjoyed everything to our surprise as our last visit to Sonic did not go so well…… I guess not eating at someplace for almost a year can do that and the fact that I LOVE “real” onion rings helps! 


On to Sunday, 3/7/10

My day started early again, just before 8am as my daughter woke us thinking she saw a “flee” on our dog.  It ended up being a black piece of something???   

I guess I could have went back to bed but the dog was then antsy to go outside so I did that and after that I was pretty much awake at that point so I started on my long list of things that needed to get done today that included the following (but not limited to these of course): 

  • House Cleaning (bathrooms & dusting)
  • Laundry (whites, reds/pinks & towels)
  • 3+ Mile Run in 35+ mintues
  • Make Red Chicken for dinner later in the week!
  • Start & Eat Dinner (Baby Back Ribs)
  • Prep Lunches & Snacks for the week!

 While performing all the above throughout the day I ate the following: 


This was purchased yesterday at the 50% OFF all Kellogg’s Cereal event at my grocery store and I can’t tell you enough how much I love this cereal and I HIGHLY recommend anyone else to try it! 


I wanted a spinach & mushroom omelet for breakfast this morning but I didn’t have enough time to make it before my run so decided to have it for lunch instead.  IT WAS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS!  =)


They (RIBS) were good as always!  I love pork of any kind……pork chops, ribs, pulled pork, etc.

My bed came early tonight as it was a very full & tiring day, YAWN!



50 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day


23. Check the number of servings in a dish. The calorie count on the menu for Shrimp Fried Rice may say 350 calories per serving, but what’s set in front of you may actually contain 4 servings. Split it with three friends, and save 1,050 calories.


24. Beware the healthy-food trap. People let their guard down when the menu is full of healthy fare, underestimating calories by as much as 35%, research by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab shows. You’re also more likely to order drinks, sides, and desserts with up to 131% more calories when you have a healthy entrée. Skip caloric sides—a cookie, chips—to save 500-plus calories.

Rain or Shine

Well my weekend is best summoned up in three little words…..Rain or Shine!  And, that also pretty much covers how the weather was for the weekend as well.   


We pretty much had RAIN off & on all day on Saturday, 2/27/10!   

However, that didn’t stop me from getting out there and running of course.  I had my doubts at first, however luckily for me it wasn’t a hard rain and it also wasn’t to windy so that helped.  It was pretty chilly, but I dressed in layers so that helped.  So despite the not so great weather conditions a 3 Mile Run  in 30+ Minutes was completed around 10am in the morning and to my surprise it was a VERY GOOD run, which was nice after Thursday’s not so great run!  =)   

Upon returning home I couldn’t wait to eat as it was so late in the morning and I had not had breakfast yet so I headed straight for the kitchen and ate a nice size bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites with 1% Milk and a glass of orange juice.   



This is the 1st time I have tried the “Little Bites” and all I can say is they are so much easier to eat then their other sizes, so I highly recommend you trying them.   

After I scarfed down my breakfast I headed for a much-needed “warm” shower and then headed to the grocery store after putting in a load of laundry.   


An hour+ later I was back home and unloading the groceries “quickly” as we (my husband, daughter & myself) had plans to meet my Mother-In-Law for lunch and then some shopping.   

I hate to admit it but I had a cheeseburger again today for lunch.  =O    



Typically, I never plan on having them twice in a row like I did this time, however sometimes it goes that way and I just roll with it and try to keep my eats for the rest of the day as clean as possible.   

 We headed to the following stores after lunch:   

  • Target
  • Pay Less Shoes
  • Ross

My daughter found a few pairs of shoes that she just loved, but one was too expensive and the other was too big.  I found some shirts I liked but I am afraid funds are a bit tight with rent being due next week so I didn’t get any of them.  I did buy a poster board for a project my daughter has to do tomorrow and a birthday card & bag for a birthday party my daughter will be attending next Saturday.  I spent a whopping $5.36!  =O   

We got home just before it started to get dark outside.  Since we had lunch so late we weren’t hungry for dinner until after 8pm so I just whipped up some “salads” for us.  I had a strawberry walnut spinach salad with raspberry walnut dressing and the hubby had a italian chicken salad.   


Hubby's Dinner

We then watched The Toy that we DVR’D earlier in the week.   


It was just as funny as I remembered back in 1982, however there were many parts of the movie that I did not remember at all……..seeing as I was “5 years old” at the time.  Like, that the Ku Klux Klan was in the movie!  At the time I had no idea who they were of course.    


On to Sunday, 2/28/10 and let the sun SHINE begin!   


Even though the sun was shining brightly early on I managed to sleep in until 9am on this fine morning, which was fine with me as I rarely get to sleep in so I am happy when it does happen every blue moon.   

After walking the dog around the entire block due to the amazing to too cold sun shine cloudless sky weather I made a big breakfast for myself.  The little one had cereal, the hubby had a bagel and I had two pieces of toasted Publix breakfast bread, scrambled eggs, melon and a glass of orange juice.   


The rest of my morning went a little different then it usually does as instead of cleaning the house I helped my daughter with a project that is due next week for Black History Month.  I managed to do a few loads of laundry though while doing so and then we headed out to help at a Girl Scout Cookie booth for a few hours.   

We got home just before 2pm and I made spaghetti for lunch, though I also made strawberry spinach walnut salad as well.   



While making the salad for myself I told my husband he might like it also as it didn’t have anything in it that he didn’t like (cheese or creamy dressing) and to my surprise he asked if he could have a small one.    


He then proceeded to tell me how when he was a little boy he watched Popeye the movie with Robin Williams that he wanted to try spinach in a can like he ate and despite his mom telling him that he wouldn’t like it he insisited she get it for him.  He tried it soon after they got home from the store and of course “hated” the green mush that was inside the can and has yet to try spinach of any kind again!  So I am very happy to report that he LOVED the salad and will be eating it, thus ending his 30+ year spinach strike……..”I eats my spinach!”   

The rest of the afternoon was spent doing the following:  

  • Laundry
  • Helping my daughter finish her project.
  • 30+ Min. 3 Mile Run in the sun SHINE!  =)

I typically do not run on Sunday’s, however with the weather being SO NICE I couldn’t resist it………especially after driving home earlier from the Girl Scout Cookie booth and seeing lots of runners outside!  It was a nice run but very windy so that kind of made it not as enjoyable as it might have been otherwise.  BUT, hey I logged 12 miles this week so that is good! 

A shower, more laundry, dinner & desert prep and then dinner followed my run.  We had steak, cabbage and loaded sweet potoates.  Everything was really good….though the steaks took a bit on the grill as it was chilly outside. 


The dessert I whipped up (literally) before dinner followed dinner pretty quickly as it was getting late and I had been craving it since I bought it earlier in the day.  I made homemade cook & serve chocolate pudding.  =) 


IT WAS SO GOOD………thick, creamy, chocolatly & still a bit warm!  =)  A perfect way to end a very nice weekend. 



50 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day 


11. Make a swap. Use 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt instead of 1 cup heavy cream in a favorite baking recipe. Save 684 calories. 





12. Make mine a mini. Check out menus for small versions of great desserts, so you can dodge calo­ries and end your meal on a sweet note. P.F. Chang’s Great Wall of Chocolate (designed for one diner!) is 1,440 calories. The Mini Great Wall? A chocolatey yet svelte 150 calories. You’ll save 1,290-calories. 


Can’t Stop Eating….

…….CARBS on this Tuesday, 2/23/10

And, I am un-happy to say that it isn’t because I was hungry but rather because my work day was SLOW and the thought of eating just kept coming to my mind.  So of course I would then venture to the kitchen and do what you may ask???  


Luckily, I was able to keep my CARB eating semi-healthy as the only bad carbs I had were a few handfuls of those darn M&M’s I hid on Friday but keep finding & remembering about. 


Check out all my CARB HEAVY EATS for the day! 



Late Afternoon Snack




So as you can see lots of CARBS were eaten today, however at least I ended my eats with a nice healthy bowl of hamburger veggie soup that is loaded with “9 vegetables” a/k/a “good carbs”!  =) 

Do you ever have days were your body just seems to be craving CARBS??? 

Oh and let’s not forget today was a GYM day! 

I did the following toning (Iron Pumping Challenge) & running wise:

  • Sit Ups
    • Bicycles
      • 3 sets of 50 reps
    • flutter kicks
      • 3 sets of 25 reps
    • frog crunches
      • 3 sets of 25 reps
    • knees up crunches
      • 3 sets of 25 reps
    • oblique v-ups
      • 3 sets of 10 reps each side
  • Shoulder, Chest & Triceps 
    • Bench Dips
      • 3 sets of 10 reps
    • Lateral Raise
      • 3 sets of 10 reps
    • Overhead Press
      • 3 sets of 15 reps
    • Overhead Cable Triceps Extension
      • Missed (Machine Broken)
    • Plank
      • 3, 1 minute poses
    • Stability Ball Leg Lift
      • 3 sets of 5 leg lifts each side
    • Stability Ball Push Ups
      • 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Treadmill
    • 3 Mile Run
      • 30:40 minutes
        • Mile 1 – 5.7 to 5.8mph
        • Mile 2 – 5.8 to 5.9mph
        • Mile 3 – 5.9 to 6.0mph (last 2 minutes 6.2 to 7.5mph)



 50 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day

3. Don’t eat in front of the TV. You’ll eat up to 288 calories more, according to research from the University of Massachusetts. Instead, eat at the table, and trade 1 hour of TV for a casual walk. Together, that’s 527 calories burned.


4. Get in tune with your tummy. Pay attention to how full you feel, and put down your fork when you’re satisfied. Listen to your body’s cues—instead of looking at whether the plate is clean—and save up to 500 calories a day.

Pasta Anyone!?!

Yes, please………I will have some!  =) 

Here is a little secret of mine…….I LOVE PASTA (& BREAD)!!! 


However, during my 100+ Pound Weight Loss Journey I stayed away from them as much as possible as I followed a “Low Carb” diet in the beginning and even though I stopped dieting around the middle of my journey that way of eating pretty much stuck with me throughout the rest of my 4+ year journey….and through today! 

I found through the years that I have a difficult time saying “NO” to carbs (pasta, breads, baked goods, etc.) and found it was best for me to stay away from them as much as possible, especially in the beginning.  

Throughout the years however I learned that I could eat carbs but that I just needed to do it in two ways

  • Eat “Healthy/Good” Carbs
    • Whole-grain cereals
    • Whole-grain wheat bread
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Whole-grain rice
    • Oatmeal
    • Dried Beans
    • Whole-wheat pasta
  • Eat “Bad Carbs” in MODERATION!!!

This approached helped me a great deal during the last part of my journey and today as well!  I do not feel deprived this way and benefit from eating healthy (good) carbs that are not only good for me but also taste really good!  I now prefer whole-grain/wheat breads & pasta’s over their white counter parts, eat fruits & veggies on a daily basis and oatmeal almost every other day. 

What is your take on Low Carb vs. Healthy (Good) Carb eating!?!?! 


Onto my EATS for this fine Thursday, 2/18/10! 


Late Morning Snack


The above, Baked Ziti, was YUMMY and courtesy of my mother-in-law and the reason I posted about “pasta” today….I swear I could eat twice as much as I ate above!  =O 

Afternoon Snack



I almost didn’t make it to the gym tonight as my mom had to work late and couldn’t pick up my daughter, however I was able to get out of work a bit early so I was able to hit the gym for about an hour…….so I was in a mad rush to get everything done and I “almost” made it!  =) 

Here is what I did Iron Pumping Challenge wise on Day 2 (Thursday) of Week #5 and Running wise as well: 

  • Sit Ups
    • Seated Leg Tucks Off Bench
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Stability Ball Crunch
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Straight Leg Pullover Crunch
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Toe Touch Crunch
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Weighted V-Sit Twist
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
  • Legs, Back & Biceps 
    • 21s
      • 2 sets of 21 reps w/10 pound dumbbell
    • Hammer Curl
      • 2 sets of 20 reps w/10 pound dumbbell
    • Hamstring Curl
      • Skipped, ran out of time!
    • Lat Pull Down
      • 2 sets of 20 reps @ 60 pounds
    • Leg Extension
      • Skipped, ran out of time!
    • Lunge & Lift
      • 2 set of 10 reps 
    • Stability Ball Back Extension
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Stability Ball Ys & Ts
      • Ys & Ts
        • 2 sets each of 10 reps each
    • Step Ups
      • Skipped, ran out of time!
  • Treadmill 
    • 3 Mile Run
      • 30:45 minutes
        • Mile 1 – 5.7mph
        • Mile 2 – 5.8mph
        • Mile 3 – 5.9mph (5 min.) & 6mph (5min.)




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Girl Scout Cookies


The “Girl Scout Cookie” Giveaway Winners will be announced Friday, 2/19/10 in the afternoon!!!  =) 

Long & Busy….

………3 Day Weekend!!! 

It was a VERY GOOD one however as I got “a lot” done and spent some quality time with my friends & family as well!  =) 

However, I was a little off as far as Breakfasts were concerned as I pretty much didn’t eat any breakfast all weekend long……….=O…….I was just so busy from morning to-night that they slipped my mind or I didn’t have time for them! 

Let me take you through the long weekend, day by day, starting with Saturday, 2/13/10

I tried to head out for my scheduled morning run early, however that did not happen for various reasons and I didn’t hit the pavement until just after 10:30a.m. 

Once I was on the road (sidewalk) all bundled up as it was COLD & BREEZY outside I did an easy paced 3 Mile Run in about 35 minutes, not sure exactly as I didn’t have my watch so I just guessed.  Despite the cold wind trying to blow me down and the heavy layers I had on it turned out to be a very nice run. 

Upon my return home I took a shower and headed out to the following places: 

  • Panera Bread
    • I met up with my BF Amy and had myself a toasted whole-grain bagel with low-fat hazelnut cream cheese and a large hazelnut coffee (sorry to picture, forgot camera).  Guess this could of been counted as breakfast but it was eaten after noon so I didn’t????
  • Farmer’s Market
    • We then headed to the local famer’s market by us and I bought a TON of fresh veggies to use in my Hamburger Veggie Soup that I would be making over the weekend sometime.
  • Girl Scout Troop Leaders  House
    • Picked up “Girl Scout Cookies”, 104 boxes in all!!!
  • Publix
    • Grocery shopping, of course…….=)

Once I was back home and had everything put away I got cracking on some lunch, which was a regular Saturday lunch occurrence around my parts………a southwest chicken salad (surprise, surprise)!  =) 


The rest of my afternoon was filled with the dreaded LAUNDRY, luckily I finished a lot so it won’t run into the rest of my long weekend. 

We then ventured out to do some shopping late afternoon and in light of being out late we decided to grab dinner at Five Guys, which is one of my favorite places to eat as their hamburger & fries are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! 

I had a little cheeseburger and some fries.  =) 


Can’t really remember what we did the rest of the night but I think the TV & the couch were involved. 

On to Sunday, 2/14/10……a/k/a Valentines Day


I gave my daughter a HUGE card and a heart cake for special occasion and she loved both…..couldn’t believe how big the card was.   

I also got my hubby lot of CHOCOLATE. 

I was up pretty early this morning, 8am, as I had a lot to do again today: 

  • Clean House
  • Publix (again, Deli was just to busy yesterday to wait)
  • Wal-Mart
  • Laundry (last of it)

As stated above I missed breakfast pretty much the entire weekend, however I feel it necessary to admit that I did eat a BUNCH of “Girl Scout” cookies upon my return home and after getting a Hazelnut Coffee at Dunkin Donuts.  


Below are some pictures of the damage I caused this morning, though I did eat some on Saturday & Monday as well to the tune of the following amounts in all over the past 3 Days

  • 1 sleeve of Thin Mints
  • 1/2 a sleeve of Shortbreads

Shortbreads & Thin Mints

  • 2/3 a box of Carmel Delites

Carmel Delites

  • 1/2 a box of Peanut Butter Patties

Peanut Butter Patties

  • 3 Lemonades

YIKES, RIGHT!?!?!  =O 

Well, I told myself I could eat whatever cookies I wanted over the long weekend and I did just that…….of course I ate a bit more than I planned to or should have but they were REALLY GOOD and officially out of my house now as I gave the rest away! 

In light of this “Cooking Eating Spree” I gained some weight…….=(…….but scarfices just have to be made, sometimes!  Though not very often! 

Later in the afternoon I visited my Mother-In-Law’s house and helped her with some stuff and in turn she fed us her famous Pot Roast for dinner


I do remember bed time coming early on Sunday as I was exhausted. 

And, it was Monday, 2/15/10….a/k/a President’s Day

You might of guess this day was BUSY as well and started early at 8am again, as I needed to get a jump start on this day if it was going to go as planned. 

  • I ran 3 milesTrying to make up for all the cookies I ate….=O
  • Ironed my daughter’s hair, that is naturally curly but she wanted to see what it looked like flat.  It took over an hour but looked good & much longer.
  • Met up with my sister & niece at Chevy’s for lunch and also dropped off the Girl Scout Cookies she ordered to her.  Of course I left my camera at home… surprise there I am sure……..but just in case you are wondering I had chicken fajitas for lunch and they were YUMMY!


  • Then I dropped off the Girl Scout Cookies my parents ordered to them.
  • Back home around 2pm.
  • Made my Hamburger Veggie Soup, which takes a lot of “prep work” but is totally worth it in the end as the soup has 9 Vegetables in all in it, is full of flavor and makes 24 cups in all!

Hamburger Veggie Soup (Prep1)

Hamburger Veggie Soup (Prep2)

Hamburger Veggie Soup!!!

  • Dinner followed my soup making!  The hubby grilled ribeye steak and I made corn on the cob, aspargus & loaded sweet potoates for the sides.  IT WAS AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS!  =)


  • Oh and I almost forgot……my hubby trimmed (3+ inches) worth of hair off my daughters long ironed locks while I was making my soup and she looks really cute, I will try to get a picture soon to share!  



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Spring In The Winter!

The weather was AMAZING over the weekend!  =)

Warm & breezy in the low to mid 70’s during the day and cool & breezy in the low to mid 60’s at night

So let me take you through my weekend……. 

Saturday, 1/23/10 

I slept in until 9:30a.m. when my husband finally woke me up.  I have not been getting much sleep lately, waking up a lot during the night, so the extra sleep was needed. 

Once I finally made it downstairs I made myself a pre-run breakfast that included a toasted whole-grain waffle with peanut butter, a sliced banana and a little syrup on top


About an hour+ later I headed outside from my run, in which I ran 3 miles in just under 35 minutes.  I usually do longer runs on Saturday mornings, however in light of my knee hurting on long runs recently and my up coming 5K Race on 2/6/10 I decided to do just a 3 mile run.  Since I typically do not run as fast outside on the pavement as I do on the treadmill I finished slower than I would have liked but not as slow as I had thought I might.  Next Saturday I plan to try to do it closer to 30 minutes and the same on Race Day! 


Upon my return home I showered and headed straight to the grocery store as we were in great need of FOOD!  =O  

***Stay tuned for a future post called Meal Planning & Shopping 101,  in which I take you through exactly how I plan my healthy meals and then shop for them on a very limited budget! 

Once I was back home about an hour+ later I whipped up lunch for everyone and had my favorite go to BBQ Chicken Salad, which is always good & very filling at the same time! 


The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing, doing a bit of laundry and running to Walmart for a few things I forgot at the grocery store.  I then made dinner, which was an old favorite of ours that I haven’t made in awhile……homemade Salisbury Steak with brown rice & broccoli on the side. 


Here is the recipe link below that I found at 

There wasn’t much on TV so we decided to rent District 9 and I must admit I was not excited about seeing this movie at all, but it ended up not being too bad and had a good message. 


The husband didn’t like it too much though as he kept dosing off during the movie and then right before it ended he was passed out cold. 

On to……… 

Sunday, 1/24/10 

I slept in again until 9am today!  =O 

Wow, I guess I really needed some Zzzzzz’s badly! 

After waking, later than I had hoped, I quickly got to cleaning the house….doing the following: 

  • bathrooms
  • dusting
  • vacuuming

Then I finished up some laundry, ran to Publix for some eggs that I wanted to use to make breakfast with this morning and then came home and made my very late breakfast at 11am, that consisted of a veggie omelet with a toasted piece of Publix breakfast bread and melon on the side. 


Some laundry called my attention after breakfast, then I ran some errands with the family and stopped to have lunch with them at Wendy’s.  

I had the Taco Salad, YUMMY! 


After lunch we went home and  got dinner prep-work done, read a little bit and headed over to visit my mother-in-law for a few hours while dinner was in the oven. 

A few hours later we were back home and dinner was done, don’t you just love one pot dinners!  =) 

We dinned on London Broil w/potatoes and some of my mother-in-laws green bean salad she sent home with us. 


*I forgot to take a picture of my plate before I started eating, so you only get to see the above picture of the London Broil after I took it out of the oven.

Some quality time with my hubby followed dinner and then bed!



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Choose brown over white so you’re getting whole-grain benefits—and make it your starchy side dish of choice. Unlike potatoes and pasta, it doesn’t produce gas as your body breaks it down. (Translation: No bloating.)




Subjects who got 40 percent of their daily calories from protein shed more belly fat than those whose share was only 15 percent, a Skidmore College study says. Choose lean cuts, like sirloin or tenderloin.