Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thankful Thursday {6/25}

It's been a very long time since I did a Thankful Thursday post, so since we have so much going on, why not go ahead and do one?

1. In yesterday's post, I told you that I had something big going on. Well, I am so happy to share with you all that I sold my townhouse yesterday. We had the closing at 11:00. While, I didn't feel like it was ever going to fall through, I still like to keep pretty tight-lipped about stuff like that until it's over. No need to tempt fate, right? So needless to say, I am so very thankful to have this burden lifted off my shoulders! This will be the first time since September that we haven't had to be paying two mortgages each month! Hallelujah!!

2. I am thankful for Weight Watchers. I self destructed the last few days of the 21 Day Fix Extreme. I absolutely love the program, but I don't think the Summer is te best time for me to do it. We have way too much going on with unexpected events happening, so I need something that will work with this busy lifestyle. Weight Watchers to the rescue!

3. I am thankful for a husband that supports my crazy ideas and things I sign him up for. I am on an advisory council for a local children's center. Every year, we have a big dinner as a fundraiser for the shelter. For the second year in a row, my husband has agreed to make a for hole set to be auctioned off at the dinner. While I know he enjoys projects like that, he probably doesn't like working on them in 100 degree heat and starting them 3 days before the event :-) But don't they look great?!

I am thankful for a lot more things, but right now, I have to cut my lunch break short in order to keep going on this huge mountain of work that I have in order to keep the job that I am thankful for!

I hope you all have a great Thursday!

So long for today...

WIAW {6/24}

Haaaaapy Wednesday everyone!  I have had two on-plan days in a row this week and I'm feeling the momentum going for me. So, I thought why not get in a WIAW post for you? It's been way too long since I've done one anyway. 

I have an early/busy day today with something big (for me) going on later. I don't want to jinx it, but I promise to share the news with you. It's not vlog related in any way, but it's a huge weight that will (hopefully) be lifted off my shoulders. Ok, enough vague posting. Let's get to the important stuff...the FOOD!!

I went back to my yummy yogurt parfait. It's been a while since I had one of these. I'm a little tired of my morning eggs and thought this would be a nice change. (3 points+)

My morning snack was 1 egg + 1 egg white with some super sweet cantaloupe (2 points+).

Lunch was a new chicken salad recipe that I tried out. It uses greek yogurt, so I was a little skeptical, but it was really good. I'll share the recipe with you all later. Added in some cracker chips and cherries as well. (5 points+)

My afternoon snack was some almonds and watermelon. I've been crazy busy at work lately, so it's nice to have healthy snacks like almonds to just grab when I need them. (2 points+)

We had Mexican Monday this week with some turkey tacos. I added some light ranch to my taco and cooked some unpictured broccoli on the side. So yummy!! (8 points+)

I pulled out another oldie but goodie for dessert with one of my mini cones from WeightWatchers. So good! Definitely hits the spot in this heat wave that we're having! (2 points+)

I also had my morning Spark for 1 point+. I absolutely love stuff! 

Total points for the day were about 23. I also may have had a couple of pieces of hard candy in the office. Sometimes, I can't resist!! So, I figure that would take me up to my 26.

I hope you all have a great Wednesday. I'm close to getting my 21 Day Fix posts together. So, be on the lookout for those soon!

So long for today...
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {6/21}

Good morning friends!! First, I want to wish a very Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! I hope you all have a wonderful day!!

Now, let's get down to business. I've been away for an unintentional break. But we had so much going on. You know how I get when things are crazy around our house and the blog is the first thing to go. We are actually headed back from a weekend away in North Carolina as I write this. The last week and a half have included me wrapping up my real estate training classes, Addison having oral surgery, to be quickly followed by her getting strep throat the next day, me getting strep throat, I'm super swamped at work right now and don't see a light until about mid-August and then this long weekend to Carowinds in North Carolina. I'm hoping the worst is over and we can finally get this Summer going!! We have a few more long weekends planned and a trip to PA later in the Summer, so it looks like we will be busy straight through until school starts (and even after that!!).

We had so much fun this weekend. Camden went on his first roller coaster (and LOVED it), we got to see some family and were able to make up for the lousy weekend we had last week.

So, let's see what meals we have planned for this week, shall we?

Sunday - Dinner Out
Monday - Tacos
Tuesday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Wednesday - Big Mac Attack
Thursday - Crockpot Chicken Parmesan
Friday - Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

I'm not even going to bother with a fitness recap. Between our weekend away and being sick, my workouts were pretty sparse. Hoping to correct that for this week.

I hope you all have a great week. I'm trying a couple of new recipes this week and will try to post a new recipe for you if I can sneak it in.

So long for today...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Spaghetti

Well, I told you I would be posting this recipe soon! And to be honest, I'm just as surprised as you are that I'm getting it up this quickly. I've been commuting to my real estate training for the last week or so. I'm not supposed to be here until 9:00, but I head down the road after I drop the kids off at 7:00. It's usually only a 45 minute commute, but you never know what you might hit on the way, so I like to give myself a little bit of extra time. Since I had some extra time this morning, I figured why not go ahead and get this recipe up on the blog.

I saw this recipe posted on Food, Fitness and Family a couple of weeks ago. I honestly didn't think that I would make it until I realized that I needed a recipe yesterday and I already had most of the ingredients on hand. Plus, I needed something that would work with the 21 Day Fix Extreme and a light bulb came on in my head. I went back and looked at this recipe and decided to give it a try. I'm really glad that I did, too! It was really good and so incredibly easy! TC and the kids weren't too thrilled about the zucchini and yellow squash in it, but as far as I'm concerned, they can just pick them out. They're still getting in veggies with the sauce. If you're looking for a quick and delicious recipe to try, I definitely recommend adding this one to your menu plan for next week! I used a recipe for some turkey meatballs (which I will be posting the recipe for at a later time), but the recipe calls for chicken. So, just use what you prefer :-)


Source: Food, Fitness & Family
Servings: 6 - 8
Points+: 8

1 box whole grain spaghetti
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium yellow squash, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 1/2 c. tomato sauce
1 t. oregano
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 c. diced tomatoes
2 cooked chicken breasts, sliced
Shredded parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and veggies, salt & pepper and cook until veggies are tender. Add sauce, tomatoes and spices and heat until sauce is warm.

Serve with chicken (or meatballs) and top with shredded parmesan cheese.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {6/7ish}

Good morning friends! I promise, I'll be better about posting regularly soon! This is ANOTHER crazy week for me. I have something going on every day this week. Seriously, crazy. I realize there are some people that have this as their normal life, but not this small town girl! I'm ready for our semi-normal life again. Hopefully, we will get it back after Friday and we can get this Summer started!

I know, I've been a complete failure at posting my daily recaps for my 21 Day Fix, which is still going very well. But I'm thinking that maybe weekly recaps would be better. This would probably be best since most of my breakfasts, lunches and snacks are pretty similar. So, I'm going to work on getting those done for you. Today is Day 15 and starts my 3rd week. So far, still so good!

So here is what I have planned for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Out to Dinner
Monday - Grilled Swai
Tuesday - Spaghetti and (Fix-Friendly) Turkey Meatballs
Wednesday - Grilled Rotisserie Chicken
Thursday - Grilled Shrimp
Friday - Chicken Noodle Soup (Yes, I do realize it is Summer, but due to some oral surgery, we need soft foods for dinner)
Saturday - Leftover/Contingency Day

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - Dirty 30 Extreme + Hardcore Abs
Monday - Full Body Cardio Extreme + Yoga Fix Extreme
Tuesday - Plyo Fix Extreme + Hardcore Abs
Wednesday - Upper Fix Extreme
Thursday - Pilates Fix Extreme
Friday - Lower Fix Extreme
Saturday - 3 mile run + Dirty 30 Extreme

I tried to up my workouts last week to try to boost my results. The scale isn't really dropping like I had hoped, but I'm still seeing the results in the mirror and in my clothes. Loving that NSV (Non-Scale Victory!)

I hope you have a great week!

So long for today...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Life Lately {6/4}

Happy Thursday everyone! I'm sorry I've been MIA this week. As usual, life is hectic. I'm actually writing this post during a break for a real estate training that I'm participating in for the next week and a half. I am still sticking with my 21 Day Fix Extreme. Life has been a little stressful lately and in full honestly, I did eat some candy that wasn't "fix approved" Tuesday. All in all though, I think I'm still doing pretty well. Normally, I would have blown all of my weekly points, but I was able to keep it relatively under control. In my mind, that's pretty huge!

Today is Addison's last day of school. I can hardly believe it. This school year has gone by so fast and I can't believe that my little girl will be a first grader in a matter of hours!! We are getting ready for her dance recital this weekend. It's bringing back so many great memories from my years dancing as a child.

We are gearing up for a really busy summer of camping and traveling. We are going to be busy having so much fun and I know I will be writing a post before I know if about how fast the summer has gone by!

Here is what we have been eating and plan to have for the rest of the week and my fitness recap:

Sunday - Grilled Turkey Burgers
Monday - Crockpot Beef Roast
Tuesday - Crockpot Chili
Wednesday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Thursday - Beef Fajitas
Friday - Grilled Chicken
Saturday - Leftovers/Contingency Day

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - Family Bike Ride
Tuesday - 21 DFX Plyo Fix Extreme
Wednesday - 21 DFX Upper Fix Extreme
Thursday - 21 DFX Lower Fix Extreme
Friday - 21 DFX Pilates Fix Extreme
Saturday - 21 DFX Cardio Fix Extreme

I hope you have a great week! I am still hoping to do a daily recap of my 21 Day Fix Extreme for you, they'll just be spaced out here and there.

So long for today...