Dismissed

Today was a great day!  Despite having an icky stomach and horrible headache for three days now, I am grateful today.

I had my court appointment for my “red light” ticket.  I was really nervous about going to court.  Though I heard it was not big deal, I have never gone before, well besides when I was in school and I went to “report” on various cases.  I had never gone on behalf of myself.  I didn’t know what to expect.

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I have a friend whose father is a retired police officer.  She told him about my situation, and he said he would call the courthouse to put in a good word for me.  He called yesterday, and she told me that I would be speaking with a certain guy and that her dad said I should touch base with him.  When I got to the counter, I asked to speak with that person and they did not know who he was.  The guy had never heard of him.  I was thinking Uh Oh, I’m sunk.  But then I thought, oh well…I’ll just go in there and explain to the magistrate  how I misjudged the light (the truth), and that I would like to have the offense lowered as to not get points (I have a clean record, and was told by many, this would help).

So I left the counter and went and sat in the waiting area for the Magistrate to call me in.  Well, it felt like I was waiting forever.  I was talking with another guy there who seemed to be a pro at fighting speeding tickets, lol.  He was giving me a bit of the run-down.  He said I may get called in to see the Prosecutor first.  I was a lil freaked by that, but he said that was a “good thing” and that you could explain your case.  Often it was the prosecutor he said that would let you off, or lower your offense.

As I was sitting there, a coworker walked in.  Now that was funny, what are the chances that me and a coworker had the very same court times for our tickets. LOL.  That was humorous.

I got the call into the Prosecutor’s office, and he told me he received a call about me yesterday and that today was my lucky day.  He then asked me how lucky I wanted to be.  I, of course, told him VERY LUCKY!!!  🙂 He said, “Ok, I’m going to dismiss your ticket.”  I thought, really??  I was, and am, incredibly grateful!!  I don’t really consider it luck though, I consider it answered prayer.

This prosecutor showed me GRACE!  I deserved the ticket, I did.  But he let me off.  WHEW…thank the Lord.  Now I do not have points, and I did not owe a thing.  God is gracious, even when we are undeserving!!

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Workout

I made my way to BodyBlade tonight, even though I wasn’t feeling so hot.  It was ok, cuz BodyBlade is a lot lower key than boot camp.  It was a good workout, just what my arms needed actually. 🙂

After that, I stopped by Planet Fitness to check them out.  A friend and I are considering going there in the mornings before work.  This means, I would be doing more of my workouts in the mornings versus evenings.  This would free up some of my evenings for me, which would be good.  However, I’d still have to go to boot camp and BodyBlade sometimes, cuz I just love those classes!

Carrot Cake Protein Bars

I just made a batch of carrot cake protein bars.  Oh man, is it smelling good in here!!  I probably shouldn’t dig in because I already had two of my chocolate ones a couple of hours ago.  Bummer.  Somehow you think cuz they are healthy, and protein you can justify eating the whole pan. LOL.

Gosh, I’ll be good I guess.  I’ll just dream about them as my morning snack tomorrow.  The way it smells in here though, I think my mouth is going to water all night! 😉

Oh, and I will post the recipe soon.

Goodnight all!

The Fact of the Matter

Forget everything I said in my last post about “staying on track” during vacation.  That was NOT the case.  The fact of the matter is – I Ate!  And I ate a LOT!!!

I did pretty well in the mornings.  My breakfast was greek yogurt with protein powder mixed in and a little trail mix on top.

 BUT…I also ate things like pizza (HUGE pizza)…

Desserts…

 BBQ pulled pork…

And chocolate…

 That’s what you’re supposed to do on vacation though right? Eat? 😉

Let’s just say tonight my first time back at boot camp since the trip was absolutely BRUTAL!!!  I cannot believe what taking a week off, and eating whatever the crap ya want (literally) will do to ya!  I definitely paid for it.

Oh well.

It was a wonderful vacation and I miss it already!

Now…back to reality.  Eating good.  Exercise.  Oh and work.  We mustn’t forget work!!!  😦

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day holiday and that you were able to enjoy the freedoms we’ve been incredibly blessed with in this country!!

Where has the time gone?

Hello All.  Happy sunny Monday to everyone!

I have really let the ball drop on my blogging.  I have been SO VERY BUSY!!!  I am going to try to be more consistent again.

I hope all of the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with the family, celebrating my beautiful mom. 🙂

Workouts

My workouts have been going pretty well.  I haven’t gotten up early lately to work out before work. 😦 I need to get to it again, but have been up late doing some work and getting up that extra hour would kill me. LOL.

I have been consistently going to boot camp and BodyBlade.  I am really loving BodyBlade.  It’s definitely not as hard as boot camp, but you can tell it’s working some wonders on the arms! 😉

Eating

So, a friend and I are doing a plan our trainer gave us.  It involves a LOT of eating (good… I like eating!).   I actually started this plan back in August, but after about 6 mos or so was not as strict with it.  So… due to the fact that summer is rolling around soon, my friend and I decided to get more committed to our “eating right” again.

The Plan – You eat every 3 hours – This is intended to keep your metabolism going.  You are eating a TON of protein (your weight, in grams of protein) per day.

Here’s kinda how a typical day works:

  • 5:30 am – protein & complex carb
  • 8:30 am – protein & complex carb
  • 11:30 am – protein & complex carb
  • 2:30 pm – protein & veggie
  • 5:30 pm – protein & veggie
  • 7:30 or 8:30 – protein & veggie

You don’t want to eat anything two hours before bed.  You also get a CHEAT DAY!! 🙂  YAY!!!!

Sometimes it’s hard to stick to the every 3 hours, there’s days when you just simply cannot eat at your “allotted time.” That’s okay… but for the most part, you stick with the plan to keep the fire burnin’.

For me, this involves a lot of egg whites!  I hope my friends will tell me if I start bawking like a chicken! 😉

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The meals are very simple to plan (seriously think egg whites and whole grain toast or turkey sausage and a sweet potato), and easy to do…

It can get a little boring, but oh well.  It really is a healthy and clean way to eat.

So…

Questions of the Day:

  • If you are a mom, how was your Mother’s Day?
  • Do you follow some type of “eating plan” and if so, what is it?

 

 

 

Flax Bar

I came across my new favorite snack!  I was visiting The Better Health Store on Saturday (they have coupons for 15% off on Saturdays).

They had some samples there for an amazing and healthy, snack bar.  It’s called Flax Bar, it’s by Live Smart.

The chocolate one is my favorite! 😉

This bar is full of the good stuff (all ingredients you can pronounce).   It’s made with organic flax & oats.  It is vegan and wheat free.  It has up to 100% of daily omega-3 fatty acids.   AND… very low in calories!

I also LOVE the fact that it’s made in the USA, and only about 20 miles from me! 😉

 Last night’s workout

Last night’s workout was quite the challenge.  It was a “free night” at our gym.  We had a full house.  It was fun, we were doing some photos and such for the website.

First I did the boot camp class, which seemed harder than normal (maybe because I ate a semi-big dinner beforehand), and then BodyBlade.

It was fun to see new people give it all a whirl.   Some of us “regulars” were actually doing a bit of whining because they kicked our butt extra hard (probably for the photos – ha)!  All I can say is, my photo better look good or it ain’t goin’ on no website! 😉

I hope you all are having a fabulous Tuesday!

Kale Chips

The guy at Panera just gave me a free coffee!  How nice of him!  🙂

I don’t know why I torture myself by coming to Panera.  The aroma of fresh baked bread and cookies is killing me right now!

How was your weekend?

Trail Walk

Last night I enjoyed a nice trail walk with my dad.  I love living in a spot where I can walk right from home to a walking trail.  My dad came by, and we hoofed it. We “speed walked” for about 55 minutes at about 4.5 mph!  It was a lil’ windy and cool, but highly enjoyable.

My dad is a great walking partner.  I really love our deep conversations about the bible.  Last night we were talking a lot about the connections between the Old and the New Testament.  Amazing, just amazing.  And it just blows my mind how detailed God is – in everything!

For example, we talked about how Jesus was born and wrapped in swaddling clothes.  Well, swaddling clothes of course is what they would bury the dead in.  It’s what Jesus was wrapped in when buried in the tomb. SO, what a connection  showing all again, He was “born to die.”  He was wrapped in swaddling clothes (clothes for the dead) as a little newborn baby.

God is just so amazing how He connects all the details. Wow…

Along our journey, we marveled at God’s creation.  We kept running into bunnies.  They were so cute.  This lil’ guy was like the sixth one we saw!

Kale Chips

After our walk, I went home and jumped into my “comfys” and settled in the kitchen to make some kale chips.  My friend had given me some earlier in the day, and gosh they were delicious!  I cannot believe how simple to make either.  Perhaps you all have tried them and I am way behind the “kale craze,” however if you haven’t, give them a try!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh organic kale
  • Olive Oil (in spritzer)
  • Seasoning salt
  • Sea salt

Directions:

Rinse the kale and dry off.  Break apart from the stem.  Lay out the “leaves” on a cookie sheet.  Spray/spritz with some olive oil.  Sprinkle with sea salt and seasoning salt.

Ta Da!  Nice crispy kale chips! 🙂

So delicious!

I put them in a bowl with my 94% fat free microwave popcorn and had a yummy evening snack!

Totally satisfied my salt cravings! 🙂

Off to do some reading before boot camp.  Picked up a new book from the Library – Inbound Marketing (New Rules of Social Media Series).  Anyone read it?  I’ll let ya know how it is…

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia

Happy Friday!

Yesterday’s boot camp and BodyBlade classes were brutal.  I made it through boot camp ok, but gosh my arms were so tired for BodyBlade.  That’s a good thing though, since my arms are what I really want to focus on toning!

 Morning Cardio & Breakfast

 I got up this morning and just did some light cardio. My legs were pretty sore from the three boot camps (3 days in a row mind you) this week, so I wanted to get some blood flowing to them for recovery, without pushing too much resistance.

I ended up doing the elliptical on level two for 33 minutes, and that seemed good enough!

I went back home and couldn’t wait to dig into my overnight oats. This morning I added chia seeds for some extra “Omega-3 punch”.

 Have you jumped on the “chia bandwagon”?

Chia Seeds are full of amazing health benefits!  Check out these stats…

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Chia seeds are said to:

  • Boost energy
  • Balance your blood sugar
  • Help clean your intestinal tract (high in fiber)
  • Aid in weight loss (the fiber keeps you fuller longer)
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Lower blood pressure

… and much more!

I am going to be doing more baking with these amazing seeds!  Can’t wait to try them in my muffins! 😉

Questions of the Morning:

  • Do you cook/bake with chia seeds?
  • What is your favorite chia seed recipe?

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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Day Dreaming

Happy Friday!

I made it through boot camp last night followed by BodyBlade. Thank goodness yesterday’s boot camp was all legs (glutes and saddlebags – Ha!). However, BodyBlade was arms of course. Seeing as my arms killed from Wednesday night’s boot camp, it was a little rough to say the least. And today, my forearm is killing me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a forearm hurt so bad. It is crazy! : (

I literally cannot lift my Brita water pitcher with my right arm in order to pour my water. No joke – It’s bad!!!

Can someone pour my water please?

5 Things NOT to eat before bed

This morning I heard on the radio some of the worst things you can eat before bed. Their list was comprised of:

  1. Ice Cream (of course, full of sugar and fat)
  2. Pasta (turns to fat – you are not burning it off)
  3. Candy Bar (who eats a candy bar before bed?)
  4. Celery (this is a weird one – I guess it is a diuretic so it keeps you up and running to the bathroom all night?!?)
  5. Coffee (obvious reasons)

Well, now that I know what to avoid, I am good to go right!? Or should I say, “good to sleep?”

Reminisce

Today I’ve been reminiscing about way way waaaaay back in… February (I know, usually when you Reminisce you go back years huh?) 😉

Today I am only going back two months… dreaming of my Bahamas vacation.

Gorgeous ocean views…

Window next to dinner table

Palm trees and shopping…

Nassau

Good times with good friends…

Atlantis…

Relaxing waterfalls

Healthy Food Dessert…


Oh to be back on the ship.. crusin’ the ocean… not a care in the world! (Other than, did I literally just eat all that??) 😉 It is so fun to daydream about the places you have been.

Questions of the day:

What is the guilty treat you find yourself ashamedly eating before bed?

What are you daydreaming about today?

A Push-Up, A Press and a Russian Twist

I slept in a bit this morning and opted out of cardio.  I figured I needed the rest, after last night’s boot camp.

Got to say, the class last night was a good one.  There wasn’t as many of us there (which is sometimes nice), so we got to make suggestions for what we wanted to do.

We did a variety of moves, a lot of upper body and core, which I like.  My favorites of the ones we did last night were the dumbbell push-up row, the squat press and the Russian twist (I think these are the trainer’s favorite too; we always do these). 🙂

Push-up Row

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Squat Press

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Russian Twist

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Tonight I have another boot camp class followed by Body Blade. I am a little sore from last night, but not too bad. I hope I am not “pushing it” by doing these classes back to back (two days in a row).  I know the body needs to rest for adequate recovery.  I will be sure to eat a ton of protein today! 😉

Questions of the day:

What are your favorite “moves” at the gym?

Do you always allow a day or two of rest between strength training?

The Great Cookie Mystery

Cookie Mystery

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I got an email forwarded to me today about a lady who paid $250 for a Neiman Marcus cookie recipe.  Supposedly she asked the waitress for the recipe, and the waitress told her it was “two fifty”. The lady, of course, thought it was only $2.50 so she told the waitress to add it to her bill.   When she got her credit card statement later in the mail, she then saw the charge for $250.  She tried to fight Neiman Marcus on this, and they would not refund her money due to her already “seeing” the recipe.  Because she was so mad that they “over charged her” she wants to get this recipe out to everyone in the world with an email address.

Well, I am assuming this is not a true story.   I looked into it, and according to snopes, this email is False.

However, the cookie recipe did look yummy, so regardless of where it came from (it is a mystery), I thought I would share it with you all today.

Supposed Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

2 cups butter
24 oz chocolate chips
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. soda
1 ts p. salt
2 cups sugar
18 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
5 cups blended oatmeal
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream
the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with
flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies

Happy Baking!  Let me know if you try this!

Off to boot camp…