Backseat blogger

30 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Reflections

Hello, All!

Happy hump day  :)  Sometimes I enjoy the rain and today I welcome it with open arms.  I’m tired and I almost feel guilty when I’m tired/in a bad mood and the sun is shining… so, thanks rain for working with me here.

I have been thinking a ton and I feel as though the blog may need to take a back seat for a while.  I am going to try an experiment and write my thoughts, recipes and tips on the BAWS Facebook page.  Almost use that as a blog instead of having people clink on a link to take them here.  Even though it takes 1.5 seconds to do so, it is proven that people want to read information on the exact page they are at instead of taking that extra step.  Lazy, huh?!  Just kidding… once I read that tidbit, I sat back and thought about what I do… and sometimes, I do fall into that “I don’t feel like clinking the link, but it does seem interesting,” category.  Don’t you?

So, friends… while I do love writing to you, I am going to see where this experiment will take me.  If it flops, I will be back on the regular, but for now… check me out on the BAWS Gym facebook page.  Now, I do know myself pretty well and I have a feeling I am going to pop by once a week or so to check in…

xo.

Weekend recap and goals

28 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Reflections

Good morning!

I snapped not one picture this whole weekend.  I am a horrible blogger.  Sometimes you just don’t want to think about work when you don’t have to!

Friday night Mike and I stayed home.  We were going to check out Arcadia’s art show, but after a late start to our evening, we decided to stay in and work on our 1,000 pice jigsaw puzzle and drink wine.  Truthfully, I was very content.  Saturday morning was work as always.  I stayed after to get in a quick 2 miles on the elliptical.  I wanted to do something low key because I knew Mike and I would be on our feet a lot the rest of the day.  I proved my self right because we decided to head to the Glenside art festival in the afternoon (it was gorgeous by the way) and hung around there browsing and walking.  Truthfully, I wasn’t too impressed.  I feel as though any festival these days has the same kind of products no matter where you go.  One or two tents caught my eye, but not enough for us to spend a whole lot of time there.  We then drove to the Morris Arboretum because we wanted to keep enjoying the sunshine.  When we were told at the gate that admission was $16 each, our jaws dropped and we turned around.  $32 to walk in a PARK!!??  Oye.  We then chose to walk in the lush FREE Valley Green Park were I reminisced about my sister’s wedding and all the Tough Mudder training runs we had there.  Mike and I walked for about 2.5 hours and probably covered 5-6 miles.  Now, we were walking on the slower side and totally were the couple that held hands and made people want to puke.  Ha, whatever… it was rather relaxing and just what I needed.  Once it started to drizzle, we jumped in the car and visited my Grandparents house (my Mom was there too) before we went to dinner.  We enjoyed a glass of wine with the fam and then headed to the Pour House for some eats.  I treated myself to a glass of Blue Moon and a wedge salad with the dressing and cheese on the side.  You can control your calorie intake a lot better by doing that!  I also ate a couple mild wings.  All in all, it was a wonderful day!  Sunday was all about Spartan training and getting my feet wet with the popular show, Sons of Anarchy.  I have never watched the series before, but I was in a rather melancholy mood Sunday so I stayed in by myself and pulled a tv series marathon.  I am hooked! It is so so good!  But anyway, let me rewind and recap the Spartan workout:

I set the time for 40 minutes.   We had to complete as much as possible of the tasks given… if you complete all the tasks with time remaining, you have to keep running the track until time was up.  Run up Bear Blvd (death hill) and at the top, perform 100 flash push ups, 100 squats and 100 sit ups.  Then run over to the large grassy hill and sprint up and down it 3 times.  Afterwards, run towards the high school track, hit the bleachers for one full rotation and finish the workout by running the track.   I finished all the tasks and got on to the track at minute 20.  ”Are you kidding me?!” I thought.   “I have to run around in circles for 20 minutes?!”.  On any given day, 20 minutes wouldn’t seem bad, but immediately following everything else without one second of walking rest was mentally challenging.  I got through it though and when I look back at it, it was rather enjoyable!

In a nutshell that was my weekend….

On a different topic, I decided to set some goals for myself … for this week.  Sometimes I think it is good to break up larger chunks of time into smaller pieces so your not so overwhelmed.

1.  Eat a lot of produce

2.  Bake a healthy protein snack

3.  Prepare a healthy dinner to divide into portions so it’s ready when I’m starving at night when I get home from work

4.  Get in at least 4 great workouts.  One is already under my belt!

5.  Clean, clean, clean my apartment

Join me and set some goals for yourself!

 

29 Random questions

24 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Reflections

*Before I say hi, I just haaaave to give a shout out to Joanne who successfully completed a double under on her FIRST try!  Wow!  Then she strung a couple together. Eeeeeek!  Can’t wait to keep working with her*

Hi ;)

I came across questions that blog authors are answering and since I don’t have a whole lot to talk about, I decided to answer them.  Why not… I like reading people’s answers and I can’t be the only person out there.. so here you go!

1. What are you wearing?

A BAWS sweatshirt and Lululemon wunder unders

2. Ever been in love?

Mmmmmmhhhmmmmm!  ;)

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Ugh totally.  It wrecked me for a couple years.  Sucked big time.

4. How tall are you?

5 feet, 4 inches.  I think I am a smudge smaller, but I round up because I’d love to be 5’6 or 5’7!

5. How much do you weigh?

135-ish pounds.  Depending on how many carbs I eat, I fluctuate about 2-3 pounds.

6. Any tattoos?

Yes… I’m not sure how to answer this quickly.  I have one on each wrist, then I had one on my hip and got it covered up.  So 4?  3?  However you want to answer it.

7.  Any piercings?

Yes, 3 in my ears.  I use to have my belly button and nose pierced but I retired them when I turned 20.

8. Favorite song?

Supernova by Oasis.  Explanation for it, but I’m going to keep that one to myself.

9. Quality you’d look for in a partner?

Loyal, funny, smart, goal oriented, healthy.  I think I just turned it into a plural question :)

10.  Favorite quote?

“The definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.”

11. Favorite actor?

Oh I don’t know.  I never was good at picking one.  Christian Bale is great.  So is Matthew McConaughey.

12. Loud music or soft?

It depends.  Loud when I’m working out, soft when I’m hanging out.  I typically never have music on when I am doing something I have to concentrate on.

13. Where do you go when you’re sad?

My bed.   I think I went to the gym a couple times, but I usually like to be alone.

14.  How long does it take for you to get ready in the morning?

20 minutes.  If I take a shower and blow dry my hair, 45 minutes.  If I am going to a party and don’t have an outfit picked out ahead of time, 3 hours… like seriously.   My room will look like a bomb hit it!

15. Every been in a physical fight?

Yes with my sister.  But I don’t even know if that counts.

16. Turn on?

Showing a sweet side, but also has total confidence

17.  Turn off?

Arrogance, lying

18.  Fears?

Heights, being trapped, aliens, ghosts,  failing in life, not being happy

19.  Last thing that made you cry?

About 2 weeks ago something happened at work and it made me cry.

20. Last time you said you loved someone?

When I left my Mom a voicemail this morning.

21. Meaning behind your YouTube name?

I don’t know if I still have one, but it was for BAWS.

22. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

Boyfriend.

23. Favorite food?

Ice cream, chocolate, peanut butter, burgers, pizza

24.  Place you want to visit?

Greece, New Zealand, Switzerland, Australia, Turks and Caicos

25.  Do you have a crush?

I seriously have a crush on my boyfriend

26. Last time you kissed someone?

This morning.

27. Last time you were insulted?

Tuesday afternoon by lack of words actually.

28.  Favorite piece of jewelry?

I am not a huge jewelry person, but I’d have to say the earrings I always wear and the Guess watch I own because it matches everything.

29. What’s next in life for you?

I am going to focus on growing BAWS, hopefully a sparkly thing on my finger(!), and hopefully in the next couple years… a house.  I have a lot to look forward to and I feel very blessed.

 

 

Uggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  I am so tired.

The past two days, Mike’s work schedule looked like this.  7am-4pm Tuesday, 8pm-2am Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, 7am-4pm Wednesday.  How does this affect me?  It really shouldn’t… at all, but I am a complete baby.  We live in an old apartment building were there are a ton of creaky noises, you can hear the people living below and next to you (we have some interesting neighbors) and… and…  it is just plain scary to me at night when he isn’t there.  I have the hardest time shutting my mind off from freaking every time I hear a noise.  I am totally to blame for this because I love to watch scary movies and they haunt me all the time when I am alone at night.  Serial killers, robbers, ghosts…. oye!  Yea, so I got less than 4 hours of sleep last night.  And this is like sitting up in bed, eyes wide open dodging my head in every direction I hear a noise.  Yeahhh.  But it could be worse.  I could be working like a dog non-stop like Mike has been.  Anyway….

One thing I am totally pumped about is an article that my BF put on her Facebook page.  Athletic jeans will be hitting the shelves!!  BAH!  Do you know how many times I have said they need to make jeans for curvy/athletic people?!  I have always had the toughest time finding pants for myself.  Check it out…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/22/barbell-apparel-denim-jeans-for-athletes_n_5192767.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063 

Would you like to see something a little nuts….
kj

That’s my main BAWS couple, Kelly and Joe.  They are insane and not afraid to try anything… obvi.  They give me heart attacks when they try stuff like this.  More often than not they succeed, but this time they caught it on camera.  Love them.

Last night I held the Strength and Conditioning Class and Spartan training.  I loved both workouts so much, I am going to share them with you.  Maybe you can do it at your gym, home or heck… come in and join us!!

2 Rounds: 1 minute of each exercise: 1 minutes rest at the end of one full round

KB American swings

KB left arm press

KB right arm press

KB left arm russian swing

KB right arm russian swing

KB Sumo deadlift high pull

KB goblet squat

KB left arm snatch

KB right arm snatch

KB ab swing

Then the second workout was:

AMRAP 20 minutes:

One 500 meter run then

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Thursters

Burpees

Pull ups

The AMRAP was originally for 25 mites, but by 10 minutes in, they looked like they were dying (rightfully so).  I used my better judgement and sliced off the last 5 minutes.  I think it was a good call.

They ended with a tough series of abs.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!  I am off to meet with my accountant and get a run in.

 

 

Heyheyhey!

Beautiful Tuesday morning, huh?!

Remember I said that we would probably get some ham and Easter treats from Mike’s Mom?  Well, we did!  We received our fav chocolates… a huge Nestle crunch bunny and Reeses peanut butter eggs  ;)  I’m in heaven.   We also got a bunch of honey baked ham that was just fantastic.  It was packed with so much flavor.  We decided to make the ham last a lot longer by making a Ham and Creamy Potato Soup!  I made it up and I have to pat myself on the back for this one! I am sure many of you have leftovers as well.  If you are sick of eating ham straight up, I suggest you make this.  It is actually good for your figure too… a lot of times the word “creamy” means “stick to your hips”…. but not this soup!

Ham and Creamy Potato Soup!

This soup is the perfect balance between hearty and light.  You feel satisfied after eating it, but not full.  The ham adds a nice hearty flavor to the dish while the potatoes mild down your palate.  The celery and carrots offer a nice crunchy texture which is needed because I am a texture gal.  The seasonings surprised my tongue with a little kick, but I think it added some nice spice.  We both enjoyed it a lot.  It is definitely a soup we will make again, especially since it isn’t bad for your waistline!

creamy ham soup

 

Ingredients:

-2 to 3 cups diced ham (didn’t measure, it’s a guesstimate)

-  4 rustic potatoes

-2 tbsp olive oil

-3 large carrots

-3 stalk of celery

-1/2 yellow onion

- a couple dashes of McCormicks steak seasoning (you can really play around with the seasonings)

-2 8oz cans of creamy mushroom soup

-12oz of beef broth (you can use chicken or veggies as well)

If it is too thick for your liking, add 8oz of water.

 Heat a large pot on medium high with 2 tbsp oil.  Add in chopped onions, celery and carrots and saute them.  While the veggies are cooking, peel the potatoes and cut them into bite sized chunks.  Sauté until onions are opaque then add the seasonings.  Stir veggies and take pot off the burner.  Boil water for the potatoes and and then place them in boiling water until they are fork tender.  While the potatoes are cooking, dice up ham and add it into the pot with the veggies.  Pour in the cream of mushroom soup, broth and water (if you want to add water).  Once the potatoes are done boiling, strain them and place into the large pot with all the other ingredients.  Mix well and serve!
Enjoy!

Weekend Recap

21 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Hey there!

This weekend was packed with so many great things!  I hope (if you celebrated) your Easter was relaxing and filled with enjoyment.

Friday night, Mike and I got a call from my sister asking if we’d like to accompany her and my nieces to a Friendly’s dinner.  We decided, “why not”.  I ordered the chicken quesadillas off the menu because I thought that would be my best bet… anything greasy really makes my stomach flip.  I was going to order a salad but the only ones that peaked my interest had fried chicken on it.  So, I was hoping the quesadillas would somewhat mimic the ones I make at home, but none such luck.  It was a crispy drippy greasy tortilla with a pound of cheese oozing out and about 1 ounce of chopped chicken was found in the whole thing.  Ew.  I ate 1/2 of it and then had a stomach ache the rest of the night.  The company was wonderful though and I also ate all the whipped cream off my sister’s sundae :)  Funny thing… after the girls ate ice cream, Willow got very very rambunctious.  She was acting like such a goof that whenever my sister tried to reprimand her, she would make this pirate face (one eye squinted closed) and stick her tongue out at Jess.  My sister had to put her head down in the middle of trying to control Willow because she was laughing so hard.  It was hysterical!  Needless to say, Willow won that night.

Saturday I worked and worked out with my Dad.  I did:

1/2 mile run

5 rounds of:

5 squat cleans with a press, 3 tire flips, 5 straight hanging leg raises, 10 ring rows

1/2 mile run

It was a good one!  Afterwards I went with my Mom to the KOP Mall and did some wedding registry shopping.  Have you ever been to West Elm before?  It’s a great store… all house accessories, furniture and kitchen items.  It is also not too pricey, which is always a plus.  Of course we hit up LuLuLemon!  It was time for some new work clothes and I have to thank Pam for helping me with that!  Before we left the mall, we stopped at a Pinkberry kiosk and split a chocolate mint cookie yogurt… no toppings.  It didn’t need it at all!  Ohhhh my goodness… it was probably the best frozen yogurt I have ever had!  All in all, it was a successful trip and I got to spend the day with my Mom ;)  Saturday night I had the pleasure of hanging out with my cousin’s wives and my sister.  One of the couple’s just bought a new house and we decided to go over there with flowers, pizza and wine to congratulate them!  A girl’s night is always fun… we gabbed, drank champagne/red wine, ate salads and tomato pie and laughed the night away.

Sunday morning, Easter, Mike and I woke up around 9:15am because we had Spartan training at 11.  Spartan training was not the easiest.

penny

Thankfully, the day was gorgeous and I think that helped A LOT when I was struggling mentally.  We started our workout with a warm up that lead us down a huge paved path into the woods and finished with a very long and windy uphill grass path.  We were suppose to go at a slower pace to warm up, but by the time we were halfway up the “warm up” hill, we were all just trying to fling our bodies up it however we could.  I got some remarks about how that wasn’t a warm up… it was more like a workout!  I kinda agree.   Anyway, we then did some body weight strength movements and then it was time for the real meat of the workout.  For thirty minutes, we had to run up and down this gigantic grassy hill.  Down and up the hill is one rotation.  Within the one roation, we could walk a 1/4 of it.  The other 3/4 of it, we had to run.  Can I tell you that this was a very mentally challenging workout for me.  I am way better when it comes to strength training than I am running.  Within the 30 minutes, I got up and down the hill 3.5  times.  Does that give you a little bit of an idea as to how large the mountain hill is? Holy crap… I am glad we all got through it.  I have to give the MVP award to Katie Barrett because she lapped all of us!  She is a hell of a runner!

Since Mike and I both told our parents we were going to stay in for Easter, we decided to take our time getting showered and unwinding from the killer workout.  We made chocolate chip Belgian waffles for our Easter lunch and watched shows on Netflix.  Afterwards, I was so so tired, I decided to nap while Mike finished up watching the season finale of The Walking Dead.  He has been trying to watch it, so this was his perfect opportunity.  I woke up with him next to me so I guess he decided to nap as well.  We got up and started to play around with our 1,000 piece puzzle we are trying to put together.  It is hard!  We waited until our stomachs told us we were hungry and we headed out for sushi around 7:30pm.  We got two special rolls and then two normal-ish rolls.  So good!

sushi

We came home and concluded our relaxing Easter Sunday with an Episode of Breaking Bad.

This weekend was pretty heavy on the less nutrient packed meals…  I mean I did have frozen yogurt, pizza, quesadillas, wine and waffles, but I am certain that I  balanced everything out with crazy hard workouts from Fri, Sat and Sun… and I did have plenty of fruits and veggies packed in there!  Balance, baby!  I want to share with you an analogy I presented to Mike about eating “bad” foods all the time:

Smoking is bad for you because it turns your lungs black, it can give you cancer, respiratory problems and lead to death.  Eating greasy and sugary foods all the time will clog your arteries, make you heavy, give you diabetes and also lead to death.  Many people are not educated enough when it comes to nutrition… maybe let them in on this analogy.  It may help.

Have a great monday, guys!  Zumba and FightFit tonight!!

Easter and Burpees

18 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Hi!

To just to clear the air… Mike did tell his Mom about Easter yesterday, but just like my Mom, they still extended the invitation.  I have a feeling we are going to have food baskets of left overs waiting for us on Monday.  So lucky to have them :)

Yesterday I had a longer lunch break than usual.  I headed over to my Mom’s house because my sister, nieces, Mom and Mom-mom were all there.  My Mom-mom brought Easter baskets over for the girls and to watch them eat the pink marshmallow peeps made us all crack up.  Willow got her food everywhere and Whitney shoved it in her mouth and swallowed it in 2.5 seconds flat. (I told her to smile and she gave me a wonky face)

momom

It made me think about when I was younger.  I use to love Easter… my parents made it so fun!  We would wake up and wait on the top of the steps for my parents to get their camera ready down stairs and to brew the coffee.  Once they were ready (it’s the worst as an anxious kid to wait!), we would slowly come down the step while they took pictures of us.  The only thing visible … or should I say any trace of “the bunny” was a plate we left for him that had half nibbled carrot nub remains.  It made it so real that he actually came.  We then had to find all the dyed eggs.  My sister and I would dye one egg in the wackiest colors… that would be the special egg and it was always the best when you found that one.  After we found the eggs, we would go on a hunt for our baskets.  Now, you’d think that we would come across our baskets while looking for the eggs, but no way!  Those baskets were hidden so well.  My parents always had to play “hot-cold” with us because sometimes it would take forever (or what it would seem like) to find them.  Once we targeted the basket, my Dad would usually have to lift us up to help get it down from some high-up hiding spot.  Or we’d have to squeeze in between furniture, etc.  We were allowed just a couple pieces of candy and then it was time for church/breakfast.  We would always conclude Easter with a huge family get together… ham was expected to be served… so good… and laughs between my cousins were always a part of our day.  Memories :)

Anyway, last night’s Pilates class was great.  It was a little smaller due to it being Holy Thursday, but that didn’t stop me from pushing it hard!  We ended the class with some nice long stretches which is always a plus.  This morning I have an itch to do a high intensity interval workout including some sprints and burpees.  I haven’t done anything that truly works my lungs since last Sunday so I think it’s time.  I also have an itch to get in some burpees.  I never usually do, but last night at the Strength and Conditioning Class, my cousin told me about his brother.  You see my cousin Josh is in a band that tours around the world and he has a very tight schedule.  Sometimes he doesn’t have time to leave work and get to the gym or sometimes he is stuck on their tour bus for days.  His solution to keep himself mentally and physically fit when there isn’t a gym around is burpees.  Jeremy told me that Josh does burpees every single day.  I just saw Josh at Jeremy’s wedding and he looked so fit and amazing.  Thinking about it, you use all your muscles to perform a burpee and you only need your body… so he is making a good choice!

If you want to join me today… here is my workout:

5 x 30 second sprints; 30 seconds active recovery in between (meaning walk)

Then:

10 burpees

15 kb swings (if you don’t have kbs, perform 15 starbursts)

20 pull ups (if you don’t have a pull up bar, do db rows)

25 mountain climbers

30 bridges with a chest press

10 burpees

15 push ups

20 side lunges

25 shoulder presses

30 supermans

Make sure to always warm up and cool down!

Have a great Easter, guys!  RememberSpartans… we are still training in Pennypack on Easter morning at 11.  Put your running shoes on!!

2048

17 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Uncategorized

fridge

How good is that?!  I am hoping that made you chuckle on this Thursday morning.  And be a little chipper… tomorrow is Friday!

Yesterday I had the loooongest day in history at BAWS.  I put in a 12 hour day.  Now to some people that is no big deal and they do it often.  I can swing it and I can hang with long hours, but for some reason yesterday ticked by so so slowly.  It wasn’t like I wasn’t busy either.  I felt like every 5 minutes was a half hour.  Umpf!  I did something that I never EVER do too.  Around 4:30 I had an hour break and was getting hungry.  I had packed food for myself, but nothing that I packed was appealing to me.  Not in the least.  I went down to the corner and I got myself a soft pretzel with spicy mustard.  In a way I think I did it to kill some break boredom… ven though it only took up 10 minutes.  Note to remember:  Never kill boredom with food!

pretzel

It was amazing tasting though!  The trick is to go to the pretzel factory about 20 minutes before they close.  They will give you double the pretzels for the normal price :)  But make sure you have people to share them with because this morning the other ones were rock hard…. and you don’t want to eat more than one in one sitting to prevent them from going bad!

Last night I got home form work around 8 and sat my tush down to play a numbers game with Mike.  2048.  Have you ever played?  It is the most addicting game on the planet.  We figured out the trick to it all and after playing for over an hour we finally won.  Well, Mike was playing and I was behind him shouting out strategies.  At one point he says, “Honey, calm down.”  Haaa!  I didn’t realize I was getting so revved over a stupid numbers game.  Exercise for the mind is just as important for you as exercise for the body!  Work that brain and head over to 2048.  You’ll love it.

This morning I woke up needing serious nutrients.  I blended up a smoothie that contained fresh strawberries, spinach, almond milk, chocolate protein powder and ice.  I guzzled it down and finished off with a rice cake with nut butter on it.

smoothie

I’m so not a photographer.

I am debating a mid-day run.  I think it depends on how windy it is, but you better believe we have a date for pilates tonight!  Don’t stand me up ;)  Tata.

Easter ideas

16 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Reflections

Hey there!

Interesting thing… I have typed up 705 posts for BAWS’s blog thus far.  Pretty cool!

So, do you have any Easter plans yet?  I had a conversation a couple weeks ago with Mike that sounded like this…

“So, how would your parent’s feel if we told them we are staying home for Easter?”  -Me

“You want to stay in?” -Mike

“Yeah, I’m whopped and if we can have one full day of rest (besides Spartan), I’d loooooove that.”  -Me

“Awesome!!  They will be fine with it.”-Mike

“Cool, my parents are good with it too.  Make sure you cover the bases and let them know our non-plan, plans.”-Me

Fast forward two weeks later and my phone rings.

“Hello?”-Me

“Hi, honey!  It’s handsome’s mother.  Are you coming over for dinner on Easter?  I’m getting a huge ham.” -Mike’s Mom

“Ummmm… …”-Me  Ugh, that was the worst.  I “yelled” at him immediately…

“MIIIIIIIIKKKKEE!  Call your Mother!!”-Me

Does that sound like a similar convo you guys have with your families around holidays?  I love both our families to pieces, but sometimes, I just want to relax.  My world has been crazy lately and Mike and I have been two ships passing in the night.  I’d love to have some one-on-one time with him!  I don’t think to this day he has cleared the air with his Mother….

Since we are on the topic of Easter, did you make any Easter baskets yet?  If you are making them for your kids and haven’t gotten to making them yet, I have a couple suggestions.  Yesterday on Facebook, I posed this recipe to make at home.

Homemade Inside-Out peanut butter cups

cups

http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2014/4/14/5-ingredient-inside-out-peanut-butter-cups.html

Also, here is an easy and healthy cadbury creme egg recipe that caught my eye!

egg

http://healthyindulgences.net/2009/04/healthy-homemade-creme-eggs-move-over-cadbury/

One other recipe that I think most adults will enjoy (it is also paleo!)… Homemade almond joy bars!

bars

http://www.elanaspantry.com/chocolate-almond-joy-bars/

Other ideas you can put in their baskets:

Coloring books, reading books, jump ropes, sunglasses, hats, stickers, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, crayons, flip flops, etc.  I know my nieces would go nuts over any of them.  Of course, you may have to put one bag of starburst jelly beans in there!  I would try to deviate from as much candy as possible.  Maybe two treats, but I think kids are just loaded up on sugar these days.  I love that my sister gives the girls fruit most times when they say they want a snack.  They love it!  Also, try to keep them active through the gifts you give them… that way, they will actually want to go to bed at night!  Plus, their little hearts and lungs will be happy.

If you are making something for a family member or friend, you may want to have:

Lip balms, coffee mug, nail polish, gift certificates, a candle,  a little bracelet or cocktail ring, workout socks, spring scented lotion,  Justin’s Peanut butter cups, etc.

For a male:

A hat of his fav sports team, cologne, deodorant, candy, movie tickets, a 6 pack of craft beer, art supplies, DVDs, etc

It is always fun to surprise someone with a little gift… especially if they had no idea it was coming!  Well, hence the surprise.  Ha…

Have a great day my friends!

Workouts

15 Apr 2014 In: Exercise, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Hey hey!

What a crappy day, huh?  I am on my break and dreading taking my shower because I know when I go to blow dry my hair, it is going to be a frizz ball and I will be dripping sweat.  Then the sweat beads will start above my lip when I am trying to put my make up on.  Ugh, you know what I’m talking about!

I started my day off right with the most delicious and refreshing breakfast.

soup

 

I made Mike a chocolate berry bomb smoothie and saved about 1/4 for myself.  I then took about 2.5oz of plain greek yogurt and poured the smoothie on top.  I sliced a couple strawberries up and added a tbsp of nut butter on the side.  It was so good and exactly what I was craving.  Many people ask me what my favorite nut butters are.  I love love love Barney Butter made from almonds (you can find it at whole foods or online) and Sunflower butter made from sunflower seeds.

I trained a couple clients and then got in a great, quick workout:

4 Rounds:

5 Bear complexes- 1 clean, 1 front squat, 1 push press, 1 back squat

10 Bicep Curls

10 Tricep kickbacks

50 jump ropes

Then I played on the rings with some gymnastic moves.

I usually workout with the Spartan team, but tonight they have some puzzles to solve.  Since I know all the answers, I will just sit back and coach… which is just as fun ;)

Gotta jet… I have a couple more clients to get to!

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