Careful with the Hot Eggs

I got up early this morning despite going to bed late. That ALWAYS happens to me.  Ugh.  I guess I just am not meant to sleep in anymore! 😦

I decided to go do some cardio so threw on the gym clothes and headed to the gym for the elliptical machine.  I did about 44 mins and burned about 418 calories.  It felt good but I truly wasn’t feeling it.  You know some mornings you have all this energy and are ready to jump into your workout and other mornings it’s a total drag. This morning, it was a drag!

I headed back home and decided to do two slices of Ezekiel bread and egg whites.  It was SO good, HOWEVER I was so hungry I dug right in.  Well apparently the eggs were too hot (of course I guess, I started chomping ’em pretty much right out of the pan)!  So, I burn the roof of my mouth!  I hate that.  I mean I’m taking the kind of burn where you can feel that lil’ fragile skin dangling down with your tongue.  EWW!!!

Fortunately or unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped me from coming to Starbucks and drinking my hot coffee.  But every time I take a sip that tender lil’ area is not feeling to good.  Ugh.  Oh well.  Thank goodness our bodies heal!

Prayer

Speaking of healing, I am hearing some pretty disheartening news lately from friends regarding “junk” that’s going on in their marriages.  It is so sad to me. I mean these are great people.  You know they got something special and you don’t want to see them throw that away.   I feel like the spiritual warfare surrounding marriages is huge right now. Of course, Satan wants to tear down the first institution God created and wreak havoc on the family.

So, if you are a believer (and I hope you are) would you join me in prayer for marriages and families in general?  Thanks!

It’s so tough…the culture we are up against.  But we gotta keep fighting the good fight.  It’s worth it!

(Source)

Well…I’m off to church now!  Enjoy your Sunday everyone!  BE BLESSED!

Sunny Starbucks Afternoon

It’s a beautiful, sunny afternoon. I’m sitting in Starbucks drinking some fresh brewed decaf & eating a scrumptious dark chocolate square while attempting to do some reading on PR & the social web.

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What could be better?

Oh… I know! It’d be much better if I didn’t have to go back to work in 30 minutes! 😦

Better get to reading… Sitting in front if this big window is distracting me! 😉

Question of the Afternoon:

Do you have a favorite lunch time “escape from the office”?

So You Want To Date My Daughter?

Lunch & Afternoon

I’m suddenly getting very sleepy.  Perhaps it’s the clouds that are moving in.  I got enough rest last night, I went to bed early and even slept through my cardio.  I figured my body needed a rest… with boot camp and BodyBlade Tuesday night and boot camp last night, and boot camp and BodyBlade tonight… LOL.   Yeah!  Rest was needed.

I had a tasty lunch today, one of my favorites actually.  Often I bring a lunch to work, but today I went to Baja Fresh for their side of grilled chicken.  I always sneak in my own low-carb tortilla’s (don’t tell) so between that and their fresh salsa, it makes a very healthy and filling lunch!

Of course, I had to go to the Barnes and Noble after, since it right near Baja Fresh.  My daily “after lunch decaf and dark chocolate” made it a wonderful hour out!

So You Want To Date My Daughter?

No, I do not have a daughter!  In fact, I don’t have any kids at the moment… but God willing, some day I will.

A friend posted this on his Facebook page today, and I thought it was GREAT!  If ever I am blessed with a daughter, I would hope her father would be as bold and thoughtful as this man is in regards to protecting her.

1. You must love Jesus. I don’t care if you’re a “good Christian boy.” I was one of those too. So I know the tricks. I’m going to ask you specific, heart-testing questions about your spiritual affections, your daily devotional life, your idols, your disciplines, and the like. I’ll cut you a little bit of slack because you’re young and hormonal and your pre-frontal lobe isn’t fully developed yet, but I’ll be watching you like a hawk. I know you. I was you. You will think you can fool me, and you likely have fooled many other dads who didn’t pay much attention to their daughters’ suitors, but I will be on you like Bourne on that guy whose neck he broke. Which guy was that? Every guy. So love Jesus more than my daughter or go home.


2. You will install X3Watch or Covenant Eyes on your computer and mobile devices and have your regular reports sent to me.


3. I will talk to your dad and tell him I will hold him responsible if you don’t treat my daughter like a lady. If he thinks I’m a crazy person, you fail the test and won’t get to date her. If he understands what I’m saying, that bodes well for you.


4. You will pay for everything. Oh, sure, every now and then my daughter can buy you a Coke or something and a gift on your birthday and at Christmas. But you pay for meals, movies, outings, whatever else. Don’t have a job? I’m sorry, why I am talking to you again?


5. You will accept my Facebook friend request.


6. If it looks like you need a belt to hold your pants up, I will assume you don’t have a job. See #4.


7. Young people dating are putting their best face forward, so if you appear impatient, ill-tempered, or ill-mannered, I know you will gradually become more so over time. I will have no jerks dating my daughters.


8. If I am not your pastor, I will talk to the man who is. If your pastor is a woman, why I am talking to you, again?


9. You don’t love my daughter. You have no idea what love is. You like her and you might love her someday. That’s an okay start with me, so put the seatbelt on the mushy gushy stuff. Don’t profess your undying love, quote stupid love song lyrics to her, tell her you’d die for her, or feed her any other boneheaded lines that are way out of your depth as a horny little idiot. A lady’s heart is a fragile thing. If you play with hers, I will show you yours.


10. If you ever find yourself alone with my daughter, don’t panic. Just correct the situation immediately. If I ever catch you trying to get alone with my daughter, that would be the time to panic.


11. It may sound like I’m joking in threatening you harm, and while I might not physically hurt you if you offend my daughter or violate her honor, when I am addressing the issue with you, you will not be laughing.


12. You may think all this sounds very legalistic. That’s fine. You can be one of the many antinomians not dating my daughter.

Good Stuff huh?! 😉  If you want to read more about the author/father check him out here.

Now… what about something like this for the 30-somethings men out there who STILL do not ‘get it’!

Off to boot camp… !  Have a great night!

Fitness Fuel

Today flew by! I’m happy to be out of work & enjoying some coffee shop time before boot camp.

I’ve been thinking about pre-workout fuel. I want to be sure I’m eating enough throughout the day & the right things just prior to some intense boot camping.

I already had my yummy mid-morning meal of cottage cheese & Kashi Go Lean Crunch.

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If you stir it up a bit it makes the kashi “less crunchy”. I’m sure my co-workers appreciate me taking the time to stir! 😉
Although I still feel like you can hear me crunching a mile away..

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Lunch today was my left over stir-fry! I even have a bit left for tomorrow’s lunch. Gosh, I guess I can really stretch that stuff out. Talk about getting your $10 worth!

After eating lunch at my desk, I went to my dentist appointment then ran to Starbucks. That was a nice, relaxing part of the day. As I mentioned before, I just love the remodel they did…

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A nice tall cup of decaf… Ahh…

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Now I’m at Panera (don’t hate) just chilling before boot camp and BodyBlade.

Guess if I’m taking up a table, and using their wifi, I better actually buy something. Hmm… Darn, guess I’ll just have to get another coffee. Oh well…. 😉

Here lies my baggie of “energy burst” to consume before class…

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… a little bit of Bear Naked Fit granola & some dried cherries. Hope it does the trick!

Question of the day:

What do you eat as fuel before your intense workout?

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A Ticket and a Fender Bender

I’m gonna say Happy Saturday!

Although, my Saturday has not been too “happy” thus far.

I got into a minor “fender bender” this morning. I actually rear-ended a friend who was starting to turn then stopped when he decided to let a car go and “wait for me.” Last I knew, he had turned and so I was looking at traffic to my left (for my turn) and inching my way out when BAM! It was a kind gesture for him to wait, no doubt, it just did not end well. 😦 Thankfully, we are both fine and it was minor. But I JUST got my car back from the transmission repair, and now this.

Not to mention, last night I got a I got ticket for running a red light. The light turned yellow, and I felt like I couldn’t slam on my breaks fast enough. I noticed it was red as I went under, and then sure enough, there came the flashing lights behind me.

Do you ever just feel like it is not your weekend? I mean, seriously… when things rain, they pour.

The ticket, I deserved. What’s funny is, I was on my way home from a wonderful Good Friday service. I heard an awesome message on the law, and how Christ fulfilled the requirements of the law when He died on the cross. The temple curtain, which separated the Holy of Holies, the most HOLY Place, from the rest of the temple was torn. All of the sacrifices that were required to cover for sin have been completed. We no longer need to offer blood of animals as sacrifice for our sin.

After hearing such an awesome message on the forgiveness of our sins, as I was waiting for the officer to come back to my car, I thought will this officer have mercy on me and not give me a ticket? I deserved it, it’s true. I ran the red light. I cannot deny that. But would he offer me grace, give me a warning, let me go on my way? No, he did not. He chose to give me the correct “punishment” for my actions.

You know, how gracious and loving is the Lord. That He decided to “cover” the penalty of our sin. Instead of giving us what we deserve, He put ALL of our sin (lies, murder, theft, lust, anger etc) onto His son, and crucified Him on the cross so that we could be free from our sin. We no longer have to pay the price.

I was am not happy about the ticket; but honestly, it made me even more grateful this Easter weekend for a Savior, who unlike the officer, has shown me undeserved mercy and grace.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

Workout

This morning I did 50 minutes on the elliptical machine. I didn’t obviously make it to boot camp, so I’m glad I worked out extra hard on the elliptical. It said I burned 525 calories – Nice!

It’s probably good I didn’t do boot camp this morning anyway, after yesterday’s Body Blade class.

Let me tell you, we all were expecting to “get off easy” yesterday morning with Body Blade. We are used to boot camp. I mean come on, that is the HARD stuff right? Wiggling around a lil blade, that’s easy! UM… No!

He had us whipping these blades, out to the side, up over our heads, behind our backs, on our stomachs, in squat position… WHILE DOING SIT UPS!!! It was crazy (I think he’s crazy) 😉

Seriously though, it was a GREAT workout! I definitely feel it in my shoulders, back, arms, etc.; exactly where I need it. I loved it! In fact, most of us in the class did. SO… they will be adding Body Blade class to the weekly schedule! Yay!

I am all for mixing up the workouts! This is gonna be great!

First Body Blade class

Good Friday and Good Coffee

Matthew 27:28-37 KJV

“And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

I am SO thankful for the cross of Christ. My heart is overflowing with Joy this morning, that the GOD of this Universe, the creator of ALL things, sent His son, to die on a cross, as punishment for MY sin, so that I can be SAVED!!!

I don’t know about you, but that brings me tremendous PEACE today. No matter what you are going through (in this life, you will have trouble) remember this is not the end. Life on earth is not the “end all” and death does not have the victory. You know why? Because Jesus dying on the cross is not the end of the story… in THREE days, He ROSE from the dead! He returned to Heaven to be with the Father, but because of Him… we too do not have to face death without hope. He promises in His word that if we put our trust in Him, we too will have EVERLASTING life!

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Do you believe that today? If you don’t, I encourage you to seek Him out. He says, “if you seek me, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

One thing is for sure in this life… we will ALL die. You can eat right, exercise, take your vitamins 😉 … etc, BUT we all will have a day when our time will end. Our hearts will take their final beat. In that moment, you will stand before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. At that time, He will determine your fate. Did you know Him? Did you trust in Him for the forgiveness of your sins?

It is a FREE gift, you don’t have to DO anything. Just put your hope and trust in Him. IT is simple!

Will you invest in your eternal future? Will you be sure of your eternity? I pray that you will know Him today!

Workout

I got up at 4:45 this morning (even though I didn’t have to; I didn’t even set my alarm – I am off work today). I headed to the fitness center and did 50 minutes on the elliptical. I got 8 miles in and burned 470 calories. It felt awesome! 🙂

I enjoyed a special treat this morning with my oats. COFFEE! But not just any coffee… heathy, organic coffee!

Organo Gold

As I’ve mentioned before, I was told by the cardiologist that I have to go “Caffeine Free.” I’ve been doing decaf for a little over a year now. I’m always looking to try some great tasting varieties of coffee.

A kind reader offered to send me a sample of some organic Gandoerma coffee. This coffee is actually made from the Gandoerma mushroom.

The website states:

  • Ganoderma Lucidum is believed to provide the following health benefits:
  • Increases energy & vigour
  • Boosts stamina
  • Oxygenates the body
  • Acts as a natural detoxifier
  • Increases mental focus
  • Supports the immune system
  • Provides over 150 all natural antioxidants to fight free radicals

… and much more!

Wow, sounds like some awesome health benefits to me! If that’s really what it does, I’ll take it!

As I opened the little packet and poured it into my cup, I noticed the aroma. Smelled pretty good I thought. I added the hot water, and watched it bubble a bit (I like bubbles in my coffee). I stirred it up and took a sip. Not bad!

I noticed right away it had the “dark roast” flavor. I could tell it was a little more than “just coffee” in my cup, but not in a bad way. There was a slight bitterness to the taste, but not any more than a dark roast coffee would typically have.

I’ve been purposely drinking my coffee black lately (as to avoid extra calories with cream and sugar) and so I didn’t add a thing to this.

Overall I would say it does have a pretty unique taste, but was ultimately enjoyable. I am looking forward to trying my second cup, and seeing if this is something I might be interested in.

I will put its claims of “boosting stamina” to the test in about an hour when I hit up my first Body Blade class. 😉

If you are interested checking this healthy coffee for yourself, visit at www.wisecoffee.ca.

Have a great morning, I am off to Body Blade!

Sunday Morning

Good Morning!

I just had a little photo shoot. I am sitting in the local coffee shop and I looked up out the window and saw my dad, standing on the street, getting pictures of the downtown. I got up, tried banging on the window; of course he didn’t hear me. I went outside and flagged him down. He then snapped a few shots of me out there. Maybe if they are good, I’ll post them.

I should post more of his pictures actually. They are awesome. My dad has taken up photography as a hobby, and his work is amazing.

Workout

I got up this morning and headed for the gym (after my Shakeology/spinach smoothie).

I jumped on the elliptical and programmed in a custom interval workout. I set it for 30 minutes, doing 30 seconds of sprinting at maximum heart rate followed by 90 seconds of rest. It wasn’t too hard actually, and the time went by super fast. I think I may have to kick it up a bit next time.

I followed the elliptical training with 10 minutes on the bike. I set the bike at level 4 and kept my heart rate up to about 80%.

Overall, it was a great workout and I was drenched in sweat at the end. Mission accomplished. 😉

Waiting on the Lord

After my workout I watched Charles Stanley, like I try to do every Sunday morning as I get ready for church. This morning it felt like he was talking directly to me.

There are a few things in my life that I have been waiting on the Lord for. Things that I have been waiting for for a loooong time! Things that often leave me heavy-hearted and confused and sometimes wondering, has the Lord forgotten about me?

This morning, Charles reminded me of the truth in my situation.

The truth is, God’s timing is perfect. He is sovereign and in control, and His time-table is not our time-table. He desires to give good things to His children, and He wants to give us His best. He PROMISES to give us His Best IF we wait on Him.

We are often tempted to jump ahead of His plan when we feel like we’ve waited too long, and we just cannot stand it any longer. But jumping ahead of His timing compromises His perfect plan for our life. Though we may have gotten what we thought we wanted, it will surely bring us disappointment if it wasn’t from Him.

Psalm 37:44 says, “Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed. “

It brings me joy to know that my waiting is not in vain. The Lord knows exactly where I am at, what my desires are, and what is BEST for me. If I feel like I cannot wait any longer; He will give me strength.

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

As you go about your Sunday, and if you are waiting on God for something in your life as I am, remember His truth. Remember He cares. He knows your hearts desires, and if you put your hope in Him, and wait for His best, He WILL bless you.

So cling to His Word… and do not lose hope – “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

I am off to church…

BE BLESSED ! 🙂

Going Green

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve decided to go green… with SPINACH that is! 😉

This morning I got up at 5:00 a.m.  Figures, I never can sleep in, even on weekends my body wakes up early.  It doesn’t matter what time I go to bed, it wakes me up the usual weekday time. Ugh.  I decided to make the best of it, so thought I’d go get some cardio in this morning before bootcamp.  I needed some extra energy so I made my FAVORITE shake! 

I absolutely love Shakeology; the chocolate version! 🙂 For my morning shakes, I use:

  • half scoop Shakeology
  • half cup of almond milk
  • hand full of spinach
  • about 5 ice cubes
  • water

Ta da! You have a delicious green, healthy shake!

Cardio

I went to the fitness center and did 35 mins of elliptical.  It felt good to “sweat it out” this morning!  I’m hoping I can sweat out my sick germs.  Ya think??  So 5.85 miles, and 350 burned calories later… I was hungry for something substantial.  I turned to my “go to” protein pancake recipe.  This recipe is also SUPER easy.  And this morning, I added a ‘green twist.’  That’s right… you guessed it, Spinach!!

Breakfast

Green Protein Pancakes:

  • 1/3 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • handful of spinach

Throw all the ingredients in a blender, and blend on medium.  Pour in your skillet and you are good to go.  This recipe makes 4-5 pancakes.

Great way to start a beautiful, St. Patty’s Day morning!  What could make it any better?

COFFEE

Had to come to Starbucks of course. What is a Saturday morning without the usual trip to the coffee shop! 😉

Now, to get some reading in before bootcamp!

Enjoy your Saturday!

Questions of the morning:

Do you actually care about St. Patrick’s Day, and if you do… what are you doing to celebrate?

What is your favorite spinach recipe?

 

 

Coffee In Hand

Another gorgeous day in the D. Woot Woot! Thankfully, the day at work flew by!  It feels awesome now to be sitting outside at Panera, watching all the people hang out in the park across the street.  I’m trying so hard not to go in and get another coffee.  I have bootcamp in an hour, and I’m thinking another cup may not be such a good idea. I should be downing the water!

This morning I stopped at Biggby on my way to work. Usually I try to save money and make my coffee when I get to work, but this morning I wasn’t feeling it. I wanted a coffee in hand for my ride in. Almost $3 later and with a plain coffee with some sugar-free Irish cream syrup, I had a bit of regret. Not that the coffee wasn’t good, but man… $3! I could have made some yummy flavored coffee at work for free. Really, I guess it’s not so bad if it was just the one drink a day, but the problem for me is that I’ve already had a second coffee stop today and will probably make more; it all adds up. Oh well, sometimes you just gotta do it. Drives to work are made so much better with coffee. 😉

I’ve been contemplating waking up a half an hour early to start getting some cardio in in the mornings before work. The stinky part is I start work at 7am so that extra half hour would have me waking up at 4:30 a.m. Ugh, I cannot imagine. However, I notice when I do work out first thing in the morning, I get more energy for the day, and just have an overall “well being” mood. Think I should do it? That may require getting in bed by 8:30 p.m. though. IMPOSSIBLE!

Lunch today was Baja Fresh.  It works well with my “special diet.” I always order a side of grilled chicken (yes, you can just order it as a side) and then I bring my own low carb tortillas Their salsa is phenomenal. And, you have a complete filling lunch for about 320 calories (if you don’t eat the tortilla chips).

Speaking of calories, I am really loving the MY FITNESS PAL app on my iPhone. If you haven’t downloaded it, give it a whirl. It’s free. It is an easy way to document your food intake and track your caloric and nutritional values. It’s super easy to use; most of the foods are in the “search menu” and if not, you could add them. There’s also a scanner so you can just scan the barcodes on your packages. You can create meals, recipes, etc. I can’t say enough good things about this app if you are watching what you eat.

Question for the day:

Do you have a coffee budget, and if so, what is it?