Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #48

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you're all having a safe and happy weekend. We didn't goc camping this weekend, but we definitely haven't been sitting around doing nothing either. Yesterday morning, we took Addison to Lowes for a Build and Grow Workshop. These things are so much fun for the kids.
We brought my niece home with us and spent the day at the house cleaning. My sister and the rest of her family came over yesterday afternoon so my sister could help me with some landscaping. I'm not a huge fan of gardening/landscaping and she is, but she isn't a fan of cooking, so it works out! She came and helped me clean up the landscaping and I cooked them dinner. Winner, winner, steak dinner! Although I did get stung by a wasp...twice. So I'm not sure how well it worked out for me. But the house definitely has more curb appeal! 
I just got back from my 3 mile run/walk. I ended up walking the last mile, but I got it done! I'm thinking some yoga tonight might help to loosen me up. We are headed up to NC to an amusement park and will be camping up there next weekend and will be getting ready for that this week. So here is what we have planned for the week:

Sunday - Salad Bar!!
Monday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Tuesday - Taco Turkey Patties
Wednesday - Crockpot Beef Roast
Thursday - French Dip Cupcakes
Friday - Pork Chops
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

Sunday - 3 mile walk/run + Yoga Meltdown
Monday - Ripped in 30 
Tuesday - Ripped in 30
Wednesday - Yoga Meltdown
Thursday - Ripped in 30 or Zumba
Friday - 3 mile run
Saturday - Rest/Walking

Hope you all have a great week!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIA/Weigh-In Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!!! Halfway there everyone!! So, I am buckling down and trying my hardest to stay OP this week. One way I'm trying to do this is by sending pictures of everything I eat to a friend of mine (Thanks Tracy!). Yes, it probably seems kind of ridiculous to people, but I'm really determined to stay OP. I really want to finally hit my goal. I have set so many goals and haven't hit even one of them. I just want to finally reach it. I think I'm going to go ahead and not do a date deadline, just want to eventually hit my goal weight. Does that make sense? So I did have my WI yesterday morning. I lost .4 pounds. While that isn't a huge loss, it's still a loss and I'm very happy with that!! Have you been joining in on the Weekly Food & Fitness Plans? They're a great way to stay motivated and to find some new meal ideas. I'm loving them and I hope you are, too!

Anyway, so since I'm sending pictures of my food for my friend, I thought I would do a WIAW post and share them with you...

Breakfast was vanilla Greek yogurt with blueberries and cinnamon crunch cereal.

For a snack, I had a bagel thin and some pineapple.

Lunch was a lobster tail and baked potato with some salad and cherries on the side. I've never had lobster for lunch before, but BiLo was having a 3 day sale and steaming them for free. Can't beat that!!

For another snack, I had some unpictured watermelon and some frozen banana softserve with some PB2 mixed in.

Dinner was crockpot beef fajitas and some faux-fried cabbage on the side.

Dessert was a WW vanilla fudge swirl cone.

I went for a run and needed another snack afterwards, so I had some cinnamon burst cheerios with 1% milk.

All in all, not a bad day in my opinion. How are you all staying healthy this Summer?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Life Lately

Good morning everyone! I hope you all survived another Monday. On to Tuesday and the rest of the week! I know I've been hit or miss with my posts lately, so I thought I would do an update for you all with what's been going on.

One of the big things that has been happening is that we put our house on the market to sell. We've been slowly working on taking care of the little things to get it ready. It's those things that you keep saying that you'll get to them someday, but never do...until you want to sell your house. That's when all of those little things turn into big "must-do" items. I think we've gotten everything taken care of and have it ready to go. Now, we just have to find someone to but it!

We've been camping...A LOT...lately. We've spent all or part of the past 4 weekends camping at our employee recreation area that we have on the lake. TC's brother bought a camper a couple of weeks ago and had been wanting to go camping with us. Then TC's sister and her fiance bought a camper about a month ago and wanted to go camping. Then last week, TC's parent bought a camper! His whole family has campers and the whole lot of us were out there. We all had such a good time. It's so fun to go camping with the big group.

Over the weekend, I had my longest run in a couple of years. I set out Friday to run 3 miles, but was feeling so good, it turned into a 4.16 mile run. On Saturday, since I had felt so great for my run on Friday, I decided to try for 4 miles again. Well, I was still feeing great, so that run turned into a 5.35 mile run. I think that might be the longest I have run since I did the bridge run in March of 2012. I'd love to get some more of my "long runs" in more often, but it's hard when you have two little ones at home, so we'll have to see about that one.

I'm trying to keep everything on track for my food. I get pretty frustrated with myself when I do well for a few days and then I completely blow it on the weekends. Since we will be at home this weekend, hopefully I can stay on track this time.

I hope you all have a great week. I might do a WIA/Weigh-In Wednesday for you all tomorrow.

So long for today...

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #47

Good morning and happy Sunday! I hope you're all having a great weekend. Ours is another busy one. We were trying to remember the last time that we just stayed at home and relaxed and we can't remember. Maybe back in April? Maybe someday soon (maybe). I'm writing this in the car as we are headed down to my sister's house for the day. Kady had a sleepover at our house last night, so we are taking her home. We are going to swim and hang out doing sister/cousin stuff while the guys do "guy stuff."

We don't have anything planned for this week, so hopefully we will get caught up on things this week. I'm still studying to take my real estate license exam. I've sent my application in and have the approval to take it. Now it's just a matter of getting the knowledge back into my head for the test. Lol. Here's the plan for the week:

Sunday - Dinner at my sister's house
Monday - Easy Garlic Chicken
Tuesday - Crockpot Beef Fajitas
Wednesday - Turkey Lasagna Cupcakes
Thursday - Grilled Hamburgers
Friday - Leftover
Saturday - Grilled Steaks

Sunday - 3 mile run (hopefully)
Monday - Ripped in 30
Tuesday - Ripped in 30
Wednesday - Yoga Meltdown
Thursday - Ripped in 30
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 3 mile run

I hope you all have a great week. Be on the lookout for another new recipe.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Philly Cheese Steak Queso Dip + Weigh-in Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you're all safe this morning after all of the storms went through yesterday and last night. We had three storms throughout the day yesterday. The two that went through last night were pretty rough. We actually had one of the shutters ripped off of the front of the house. Luckily, we're all safe though.

I had my weigh-in yesterday morning. While I didn't gain, I also didn't lose. But I'm pretty sure I know the reason for that. I had done really well during the week and I even did well Saturday during the day, but once evening hit, it all went downhill from there. Sunday was just a continuation, too. I got every one of my planned workouts in, too. And I was very happy about that, but I guess it wasn't enough. One of the reasons was this dip. I needed to make a finger food for a function we were having at church. I searched all my recipes and Pinterest and finally decided on this one. I had never made it before, but judging by the ingredients, it couldn't be all bad! It isn't very WW-friendly, but when you have some points to spare, I highly recomment making this one. Here's the recipe:

Philly Cheese Steak Queso Dip
Servings: 12
Points+: 6
Adapted from: Inside BruCrew Life

1/2 cup diced red and green peppers
1/4 cup diced onions
1 cup finely chopped deli roast beef (7 oz.)
1 can diced green chilis (4 oz.)
1 pound 2% milk Velveeta, cubed (16 oz.)
1/4 cup milk
baguettes or chips

Spray medium skillet with non-stick cooking spray and saute the onions and peppers until tender. Add the roast beef and green chilis and stir until heated through. Set aside.

In microwave safe bowl, combine milk and Velveeta cubes. Microwave on high for a couple of minutes. Stir every 45 seconds - 1 minutes and cook until melted and creamy. Stir in the beef mixture. The original recipe calls for baguetts or chips, but I just cubed up a loaf of French bread and it worked perfectly!

Last night, I did Ripped in 30 - Level 2. I had bumped up to level 2 on Monday. I was feeling it yesterday and am feeling it even more today. I'm planning to do Yoga Meltdown tonight and hopefully it will help to stretch everything out. Hope you all have great day!

So long for today...

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #46

Good morning everyone! I had this post written out yesterday morning, but didn't have very good service, since we were camping agin and I didn't post it. I was planning to post it later in the day, but the day got away from me. So here it is now. I hope you all had a great weekend. We ended up going camping again and probably will again next weekend, too. I've been doing really well with my food and fitness this past week and I was still doing well with it up until Saturday evening. We have come up with this absolutely delicious campfire pie recipe using Nutella. It's so, so good! I promise I share it with you sometime...just not today :-)

We don't have any big plans for this coming week, just trying to keep the house clean and ready to show. If anyone else has tried to sell their house with young kids, you know how big of a task this is! 

Here is the plan for the week:

Sunday - Dinner at my sister's
Monday - Ranch Chicken Tacos
Tuesday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesday - Grilled Pork Chops
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Easy Garlic Chicken
Saturday - Yogurt Chicken

Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - Ripped in 30
Tuesday - Ripped in 30
Wednesday - Yoga Meltdown
Thursday - Rest
Friday - 3 mile run
Saturday - 3 mile run

I might bump up to Level 2 of Ripped in 30 this week. I've been doing level 1 for a while now and think it might be time. Hope my muscles can take it!

I hope you all have a fantastic week!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday

Haaaaaapy Hump Day everyone! I hope the week is going well for you! It seems to be dragging on for me, but it's a long week at work for me. I'll get by though :-)

I wanted to spend this WIAW by talking about one specific thing that I've been eating lately. I got my spiralizer a few weeks ago and have fallen in love with it. I know there are a ton of different things that I can do with it, but the only thing that I have spiralized so far is some zucchini. This is what I bought it for though, so I think I'm doing ok. My new favorite lunch is spiralized zucchini with some marinara (and maybe some RF Parmesan cheese) with chicken breast.
I know it isn't the prettiest thing, but it's ok. It's so easy and so, so good! I just spiralize the zucchini sprinkle with some garlic salt and italian seasoning and pop it into the microwave for a couple of minutes until its a little tender. Then I add the marina and heat for another few seconds. Add the warmed chicken on top, and voila! Lunch is served! I've had it for the past 3 days for lunch and now I need to buy some more zucchini. Luckily, I will be stopping by Publix today, so I'm planning to pick some up while I'm there.

Sorry for the short post, but I have a ton of stuff to do today and need to get busy. I hope you all have a great rest of your week and I'll try to check back soon with you.

So long for today...

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