Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {1/31}

Wow!! Is today really the last day of January? Doesn't it seem like we JUST had New Year's and now, we're getting ready to see what Punxsutawney Phil has to say about Winter. Fingers crossed that he predicts an early Spring, but with the way the last few weeks have gone, I'd be betting on 6 more weeks of winter. Whomp, whomp. 

Fun fact: My hometown is about 40 minutes from Punxsutawney. I visited my great aunt and uncle there many times and both of my kids have been to see Phil.

I'm so happy that I'm finally feeling like myself again. I had a great 5 mile run yesterdat and might try to get another run in later today after we get home from church!!

Here's what I have planned for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Oven Roasted Chicken
Monday - Pasta & Turkey Meatsauce
Tuesday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Wednesday - Grilled Shrimp
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Brinner
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - Rest
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - 21 DF Pilates Fix
Wednesday - 21 DF Upper Fix
Thursday - 21 Day Fix Lower Fix
Friday - 21 DF Plyo Fix
Saturday - 5.05 mile run

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Crockpot Balsamic Chicken Breasts

Good evening everyone!! It was a beautiful day in the Lowcountry today and was supposed to be almost 70 degrees! I'm not sure what the temperature actually made it up to, but man was a a gorgeous day! I'll take as many of these as Mother Nature will allow us!
(Photo credit: Donna Buford Spell)

I tried a new recipe last night and it was really good (and easy). I wasn't really planni to do a post about it, but it ended up being so good and I had a couple of people asking for the recipe, so I thought I would throw it up on this here blog for you all to try. (Please excuse the less than stellar iPhone pictures being used and thank you to Donna for giving me permission to use the above pic.) This recipe came from an informational packet that I got from Advocare. I'm not sure if they are the original source for it, so please forgive me if there is someone else that is due credit for it. Another bonus about this recipe is that it fits into the 10 Day Cleanse and the 24 Day Challenge. All clean ingredients! Yay!

Here's the recipe:

Crockpot Balsamic Chicken Breasts
Servings: 4

1 T. olive oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

4 chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise

1 t. salt

1 t. pepper

3 t. minced dried onion

2 t. dried basil

¾ c. balsamic vinegar

 

Add the oil and garlic to the bottom of the crockpot or slow cooker.  Mix dry seasonings together in a small bowl.  Sprinkle seasoning mixture over both sides of each piece of chicken and lay chicken in crockpot.  Pour balsamic vinegar over the breasts.  Cover and cook on low 3 – 3.5 hours or until chicken is no longer pink.



I'd love to know what you all think of this if you try it! So, please be sure to check back and leave a comment if you do!


I finally got a workout in today after taking 3 rest days. This illness has been kicking my bootay since Friday! With the exception of an issue going on with my eye, I think I might finally be on the mend! Headed to an opthamologist tomorrow to deal with the eye, so planning (and hoping) to be 100% very soon!!

I hope you all have a great rest of you week!

So long for today...
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {1/24}

Hey there!! I really meant to get another post up before today, but it was a crazy week (again). The last day of the cleanse phase was on Wednesday and I'm so happy to report that I was down 5 lbs and 6.5 inches! Woohoo!! I also peaked at the scale today and am only 1.2 lbs away from goal. This is the lowest I've been since before I had Camden. Can I still call it my baby weight if my baby is a toddler? I don't care, I'm doing it anyway!! Haha!! There's more good news, too! Because everyone is havig amazing results, Advocare has decided to have round 2 of the 2016 All In 24 Day Challenge and is offering it again to those that didn't jump in with the more than 128,000 of us that started on January 11th.
So, if you missed it the first time, here is your chance to feel just as incredible as the rest of us do! Contact me to order your challenge. 

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Lemon & Rosemary Roasted Chicken & Vegetables
Monday - Crockpot Balsamic Chicken
Tuesday - Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
Wednesday - Crockpot Roast Beef
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Chicken Stirfry
Saturday - Summer Spaghetti

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - Rest
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - 21 DF Cardio Fix
Wednesday - 21 DF Upper Fix
Thursday - 21 DF Lower Fix
Friday - 21 DF Dirty 30
Saturday - Rest

I didn't really mean to take that many rest days this past week. But between last weekend's camping and the strep I was diagnosed with this morning, sometimes you have to take it easy. 

I hope you all have a great week! I'll try to check back before next week's weekly plan post.

So long for today...


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan & Fitness Recap {1/17}

Hey there! This is going to be a quick post, so please bear with me. We are having a great time camping this weekend! We're definitely not letting a little bit of rain bring us down! I'm feeling strong, still sticking to my 10 Day Cleanse meal plan and doing great!
 I will admit, I got pretty hangry yesterday afternoon/evening when we got back from shopping, but everyone survived :-)

Here's what I have planned for this week.:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Pork Chops
Monday - Crockpot Balsamic Chicken
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Turkey Chili
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled Shrimp
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

Fitness Recap:

Sunday - Body By Amy Tabata
Monday - 21 DF Total Body Cardio
Tuesday - 21 DF Upper Fix
Wednesday - 21 DF Lower Fix
Thursday - 21 DF Yoga Fix
Friday - 21 DF Plyo Fix
Saturday - 3.15 mile run

I hope you all have a great week! 

So long for today!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WIAW on the Advocare Cleanse

Hey there! I thought I would do a quick recap of what I've been eating so far on the 10 Day Cleanse. I'm on to day 3 and feeling so great! It's amazing how much better you feel once you start getting all of the processed foods out and the good stuff in! 
Every morning starts off with my Catalyst and Spark before my morning workout.

Then, I take my probiotics after I drop Addison off at school.  

Breakfast:
I've had the same thing for breakfast the last 2 days. I made some egg cups with ground turkey, peppers and onions and a salt free all-purpose seasoning that I mixed up. I added some steel cut oatmeal made with unsweetened almond/coconut milk and some cinnamon along with my Fiber drink.

Morning Snacks:
For my snacks both days, I had the hard-boiled eggs that I prepped. Monday I added some pineapple to the eggs.

Tuesday, I had some mixed fruit with my hard-boiled eggs.

Lunch:
Lunch was the same for both days. I ate the grilled chicken breast that I made over the weekend along with half of a sweet potato and some asparagus that I had roasted as well.

Afternoon Snacks:
My afternoon snacks were completely different (are you shocked?!):
Monday, I had an apple with some natural (no sugar added) peanut butter sprinkled with some unsweetened coconut.

On Tuesday, I had a Gingerbread AdvoBar (My favorite) with a clementine. Quick and easy!

Dinner:
Dinner Monday was a typical Monday meal for us. Grilled turkey patties, brown rice and broccoli.

On Tuesday, I made some Salsa Chicken in the slow cooker with some no salt added black beans. So easy and delicious. Bonus that the kids like it, too!

I also blended half of a frozen banana with a bit of unsweetened almond/coconut milk for a little something sweet after dinner.

Every night, I take my herbal cleanse tablets before I go to bed with a glass of water to end my day. (I keep forgetting to take a picture of these.)

I'm loving this ALL IN 24 Day Challenge and can't wait to see my results at the end. I had to do a little extra planning with our camping trip coming up this weekend.

In my opinion, the key is to keep it simple. Don't overthink things. Meals and snacks can be pretty easy as long as you plan them out. That is the biggest thing. MEAL PREP and MEAL PLANNING!!! If you get these two things down, your challenge will be easy peasy!


I hope you're all having a great week!

So long for today...

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {1/10ish}

Hey there! Happy Monday! We had such a busy weekend, I'm just now getting time to get this post up. We were on-the-go both Saturday and Sunday. I almost had an impromptu trip to Orlando, but decided it just wouldn't work for me. Maybe next year!! Saturday was spent going to Trader Joes to get some foods for the challenge that started TODAY!! I also made a trip to a couple of other favorite stores that were nearby as well. Sunday was spent at Church, then helping some friends/family move. We seem to constantly on-the-go these days. We decided to go camping for MLK weekend a few weeks ago and after the last couple of weeks, I'm really looking forward to it!! It's going to be nice to get away. Plus, there's going to be a lot of shopping going on, too! Even better!! Haha!
TC is gearing up for the College National Championship game tonight. Go Tigers!! Plus, it's my short week at work. So, I'm hoping its a quick week!

Here's what I have planned for this week:

Menu Plan:

Sunday - Out to eat
Monday - Grilled Turkey Patties
Tuesday - Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Wednesday - Low Cal Jambalaya
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - White Bean Chicken Chili
Saturday - Grilled Chicken

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 21 Day Fix Extreme - Cardio Fix Extreme
Monday - Yoga Meltdown - Level 1
Tuesday - Fitness Blender - Tank Top Arms
Wednesday - Fitness Blender - 32 Minute Home Cardio Workout
Thursday - TIU Total Body Tone Up + Fitness Blender Belly Fat Burner HIIT
Friday - Fitness Blender - Brutal Butt & Thigh Workout + 10 Minute Butt & Thigh Workout
Saturday - 3.58 mile run

I hope you all have a great week! I have another post that I'm working on to share with you all. Plus, I might share a day of my 10 Day Cleanse meals & snacks with you.

So long for today...

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {1/3}

Hey there! It's a sad day for me, as this is the last day of my Christmas break. These last (almost) 2 weeks have been so nice for me. I enjoyed spending the extra time with my kids and hope they feel the same way :-) The break was filled with many friends, much family and way too much food. I'm so ready to get back on track! Even though the challenge doesn't start until next Monday, I'm hoping to get "warmed up" and ready this week so I can really go ALL IN!!

This week will be a little bit of everything as I try to use a lot of what we already have around the house, but also get some foods in that aren't cleanse "friendly." Yes, the idea of the challenge is to create healthy habits that you can use for your daily eating. But I'm a firm believer of the 80/20 rule. So, I want to have some dishes that include some ingredients may fall into that 20 area :-)

Here's what I have planned:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled London Broil
Monday - Grilled Shrimp
Tuesday - Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
Wednesday - Balsamic Beef Roast
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled Hamburgers
Saturday - Chicken Fajita Bake

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 3.5 mile run
Monday - TIU Bikini Body & Holiday Hustle
Tuesday - TIU Love Your Body Hiit & Strength
Wednesday - TIU Hump Day Hiit, Cardio Booty & Movie Night Workout
Thursday - 3.1 mile run
Friday - 4 mile walk
Saturday - Fitness Blender Fat Burning Cardio

I really liked trying all of the different workouts this past week.  I'm still not sure which program I'll do during the challenge, but guess I need to figure it out soon, since it's about a week away!  

I hope you all have a splendid Sunday!!

So long for today...

2016 House to Home Projects

Good morning everyone! I hope you've all had a safe and happy New Year's holiday and are having a great weekend. Don't forget, there are only 3 days left to join the biggest ALL IN Challenge to help you to become the healthier you!! You definitely don't want to pass this one up!! There are ways to get discounts and I can customize a program for you no matter what your budget! Email me at southliveyankee@gmail.com to find out how!

We are headed out of town to see family, so I thought I would take the time to do a quick post.


Looking ahead (and around the house) I'd love to come up with some home improvement projects to tackle this year. I just want to come up with a few semi-big(ish) projects that we may (or may not) have been wanting to do since we've moved into the house. As home owners, I don't think you are ever done with your to-do list. It's all part of making your house your home, at least it is to me. So, now that we have sold all of our houses except for the one we are currently living in, I feel like we can start paying more attention and spending some more money on our family home.

Here are the projects that is like to see completed this year:

1. New carpet in the formal living and dining room. This carpet is in pretty bad shape and has been since we purchased the house. It hasn't been a top priority since we only recently started using the formal livig room and don't use the dining room as much as we should. We have painted the walls in both rooms and ordered a new couch for the living room. It should be here in 3-4 weeks and I.can't.wait! It's a sectional with recliners on each end. It's going to make the room so cozy. I'm so excited for it! While it would probably be better to get the carpet installed before the couch arrives, I just don't think that's possible since our final payment is due on our upcoming cruise within 10 days. So....it's going to be an eventually purchase :-)

2. Another project I'd love to get done this year is to have a microwave installed over our stove. I've always loved the convenience of this feature, plus, since we don't have an abundance of counter space in the kitchen, it would be nice to have that extra real estate on the counter! This is a pretty complex project since we will have to redesign the cabinets in order to have room for the microwave. So, looks like I'll have to be making my dad lots of dinners to butter him up to help with this one! Haha!

3. Our final project will be to work on the guest bath room. The fixtures need to be updated in the shower and I'd like to personalize it a bit more. The current fixtures are brass and we've recently had trouble with the shower. Since we use this as the kids bathroom and give them baths, it hasn't been a big issue. But we've recently had some overnight guests and it would be nice to have an (easily) working shower for them. I also did a screenshot of a cute shelf (in above picture) I would love to make (myself) and hang in there as well.

So, there is my list of home improvement projects for the coming year. I hope to have a few side projects along the way, too. But these are our GOAL projects for the year. I'll be sure to update you on the progress!

I hope you all have a great rest of your weekend!

So long for today...