Sunday, September 27, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {9/27}

Good morning friends! I hope you're all having a great weekend! Ours has been absolutely wonderful full of lots of family and plenty of relaxing! I'm trying to be quiet and get this posted before the kiddos start to stir, so is better get right to it today.

Here's the plan for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Turkey Burgers
Monday - Grilled Italian Chicken
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Brinner 
Thursday - Crockpot Beef Roast
Friday - Chili Crescent Dogs
Saturday - Leftovers/Contingency Day

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - Rest (Unintentional)
Monday - Body Revolution - Cardio 2
Tuesday - PiYo Sweat
Wednesday - P90x3 - CVX
Thursday - P90x3 - Total Synergistics + 21DFX Hardcore Abs
Friday - 10.02 mile run
Saturday - 4.15 mile run

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

So long for today...

Friday, September 25, 2015

Power Balls

I have a confession to make. I've been holding out on you all. I've been enjoying these delicious little power balls lately and haven't shared the recipe with you. They're so good. They're really easy to make, too. I've tweaked the original recipe a little bit to make them even easier, and in my opinion, better.

I like to grab a couple of these to eat with my eggs in the morning or if I need an afternoon pick-me-up I'll eat a couple. I also like to eat one in the morning after my workout to hold me over until I get to eat breakfast. You can change up the recipe even more if you want to.

Here's the recipe:

Source: Elinor Harris
Points+: 2
Servings: 42

3 c. old fashioned oats
1/3 c. ground flaxseed
1/3 c. chia seeds or wheat germ
1/3 c. mini chocolate chips
1 c. natural peanut butter
1/2 c. honey

In large mixing bowl, combine oats, flaxseed, chia seeds (or wheat germ) and chocolate chips. Stir until mixed. In separate bowl, mix together peanut butter and honey. Stir together until smooth. Add this mixture to the oat mixture. Stir with a spoon, then with hands. Roll into balls and place in a cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet in the fridge for a couple of hours to allow the balls to firm up. Store in refridgerator. 

** I used my cookie scoop to measure the mixture, then loosely rolled them and placed on cookie sheet.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! The recipe makes a lot. I like to keep a smaller container in the fridge all the time so they're easy to just grab and go.

Have a great weekend everyone! We are definitely planning to. I'll check back in on Sunday with the weekly Meal Plan.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {9/20}

Happy Sunday to you! I hope the weekend is treating you well. We have been on the go so far. Today should be more relaxing though since we are headed out on the water. We have been so busy and the weather has been so hot this year, that we have hardly gone out, but hopefully, that will change in the next month or so.

We decided to book a camping trip in November, so that will be helping me to narrow down the half marathon choices. I still feel like I'm testing my body to see if it can make it through the training. Once I see how I feel, then I'll decide whether or not I want to register. I had my long run yesterday morning and my knees were killing me the rest of the day. I'm hoping that the new shoes I ordered, plus some custom inserts will help to ease my knee pain.

Here's the plan for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Hamburgers
Monday - Leftovers
Tuesday - Out to Dinner
Wednesday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Thursday - Crockpot Chili
Friday - Taco Fiesta Bubble-Up Casserole
Saturday - Crescent Chili Dogs

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 3.16 mile run
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - Body Revolution Workout 7
Wednesday - Body Revolution Workout 8
Thursday - Body Revolution Workout 7
Friday - Body Revolution Workout 8
Saturday - 9.02 mile run

I'm looking for advice on running shoes. What are your favorites brand and styles?

I hope you all have a great week!! 

So long for today...

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Fun {9/18}

Hey there and Happy Friday. It's not my Friday off from work, but I'm still determined to have a great day! I got up early and did my workout this morning and I have a laundry list of work waiting for me at the office, so without further adieu...

1. Normal Weeks - We have hit a standstill with TC's garage this week. The doors weren't ordered until last week and they take a couple of weeks to come in, so there hasn't been any work happening on the garage this week. That means that we had a pretty normal week at our house. Our evenings were (more) relaxed. Although, with the school year comes homework in the evenings and that's never relaxing for me, especially as a parent. BUT, it's still part of "normal" for us and that's always a good thing!

2. Movie Night - Along with normal, comes some of our normal weekend activities. We are kicking off tonight with movie night! TC and I had a date night where we went to see the live action version of Cinderella. Addison tends to get scared with some movies, so we wanted to see if before she did. Well, it finally came out in video this past week. Thank you Amazon Prime for delivering it to us so we can have movie night tonight!

3. Fall in the South - Being from the North, Fall means cooler temps, blankets at Friday night football games and the beautiful changing leaves on the trees. That's definitely not the case in the South. Instead, it's slightly cooler temps, lower humidity, which makes the temperature seem lower and actually being able to go outside and have some fun. This past week, the slightly cooler temps arrived. Of course, it's supposed to be warmer this weekend, but one of the great things about Fall in the South is that you can still go out on the boat without dying of heat stroke and that's on the agenda for the weekend!

4. Pumpkin, Pumpkin, PUMPKIN!! - I love a good pumpkin recipe just as much as the next guy, but I feel like we're getting pumpkin overload this year. The recipes started showing up in August and haven't slowed down since!! But, I did enjoy some delicious Pumkpin Cake Roll last weekend!

5. Home Improvement - I think I'm finally done with the half-bath re-do. I touched up the paint in the vanity last weekend to make it look better. Now, I just need to find a pillar candle somewhere for te finishingg touch and it'll be done in very happy with the way it turned out and can't wait to share it with you.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I might try to get a recipe post up or you if I can get a chanc

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {9/13}

Happy Sunday friends!! I have fantastic news for you all!! The garage is done! Well, we still need doors and electricity, but those are minor things, right? In all honesty, I'm pretty impressed that it took less than 3 weeks to put up. That was 2.5 full weekends and evenings. Not too shabby in my opinion!! I know, you were all hoping for an update, right?! Lol! And here is a picture, too!!

I had a great week of workouts and a not so great week of eating. I was in a training class for two days. They have some pretty tempting snacks back there and always have delicious catered lunches! I resisted the Philly cheesesteaks the first day and had just baked chicken and green beans on the second day. But by the afternoon of both days, I was digging into the snacks. Brushing off the crumbs and moving on...Here is what I have planned for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup
Monday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Tuesday - Mini Tacos
Wednesday - Baked Swai
Thursday - Chicken Pilau
Friday - Pasta Bake
Saturday - Leftovers/Contingency Day

Fitness Recap:

Sunday - 3.57 mile run
Monday - 4 mile run
Tuesday - Body Revolution - Workout 6
Wednesday - Body Revolution - Workout 7
Thursday - Body Revolution - Workout 8
Friday - 5.25 mile run
Saturday - 8.52 mile run

I bumped up to the next level in Jillian's Body Revolution.  I was definitely feeling it the next couple of days. Especially in my arms. She gets a bit more mean in level 7 and throws some hand weights around!! Yikes!

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Friday Fun {9/11}

Haaaaappppyyyy Friday!! Or should I say, FRI-YAY!! I hope you all had a smooth week!! It went pretty quickly for me and isn't that what's really the most important? We made it to the weekend!! So let's get things going!!!

1. Happy Patriot Day to you. It's such a somber day of remembrance. I think we all will remember where we were when the news started coming in about the attacks. I was actually in relatively close proximity to the plane that went down in PA. I was working for a digital mapping company at the time and my job was to drive all of roads and make corrections and updates to our mapping database. It was a pretty interesting job. The county in which I was working was right beside Somerset county and I was right over the border. I kept hearing about it on the radio, but I didn't get to see any of the video until I got home that evening. Such a scary day for our country!

2. I've been trying to help Fall along by having my skinny chai lattes again. It could be that it's just part of my morning routine while I'm driving Addison to school. Or, it could just be that I like them. Either way, I'm hoping that by drinking them, Fall might come a little bit quicker. Ha!

3. We have a roof (or almost half of one) on the building. Hopefully, things will go smoothly over the weekend and all of the actual structure will be finished up. Then we will have the doors and electric to do and it will be done! Yay!! I'm soooo looking forward to that day! We absolutely couldn't have done this without my dad. He has been here working on this. And my mom has been right here, too helping to pick up the slack with the kiddos. I'm so thankful to them both. And the rest of my family (brother-in-law, uncle, sister and aunt) has pitched right in along with TC's cousin. I'm so thankful for all of the wonderful people we have in our lives helping us. It's during something like this that you see who you can really count on. People always say they'll come help you out, but you find out who is sincere and has your back when it comes down to actually doing the work!

4. My half marathon training is still going well. I still haven't signed up for a race yet and don't even k ow which one I'm hoping to do yet. Im still testing my body to make sure my knees (and everything else for that matter) will hold out! It's actually pretty exciting for me. Once I passed the 6.2 mile mark, every long run I do is the longest run I've ever done!

5. I've signed up for the Tone It Up Fall Challenge. I downloaded the Charity Miles app to go along with it. For every mile you log with the app, a donation will be made to the charity if your choice. I figured since I was doing all this running anyway, why not help a charity out along the way? Sounds like a win-win to me!

6. These two! They're so sweet with each other. It absolutely makes my heart so happy and full to watch them with each other. I hope they are always this close!

Ok, let's end it with that! I hope you all have a great weekend!

So long for today...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WIAW {9/9}

Hey there! I wanted to do another WIAW post for you, but have been busy with a few different things. I thought about it some more and figured it's better late than never, right?!

I've been trying really hard to stay on track. The weekend was kind of a bust, but I buckled down again once the weekend was over. I'm still doing great with my exercise and here are most of my food choices from yesterday:

I started with my daily Spark and a non-fat Chai Latte, which isn't pictured.

Breakfast was eggs, oatmeal and some grapes along with my green tea:

I snacked on some tropical mixed fruit in the morning:

Lunch was a chicken chile lime burger with cracker chips and some homemade lowfat coleslaw:

I had a pretty rough night the night before which typically makes me pretty snacky. I fought this with some gum and some Slam. Definitely helped me through the afternoon! I also had some almonds with watermelon: 

Dinner was crockpot meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli:

I consider it a huge NSV that I was able to gift my snackiness all day. Usually, I give in and eat anything I can get my hands on!!

Thanks so much to Jenn for hosting this week!

So long for today...

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {9/6}

Happy long weekend Sunday everyone!! I love when I'm working on my menu plan and I know that I have an extra day to my weekend. Definitely helps to brighten my mood! It's been a pretty good weekend around here. Construction is still full speed ahead on the garage. They started putting the siding up today. Yay!! Starting to look more like a garage and less like and erecto set!!

I'm still trying to clean out the pantry and freezer, so a lot of these things are out of there. I love to grocery shop (is that weird) and end up getting things that look good to me. I bring them home and throw them in the freezer or pantry and then forget about them. So now, it's time to try all of these new ideas (or leftovers of past meals) out!

Here's the plan for this week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Hamburgers
Monday - Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters
Tuesday - Crockpot Meatloaf
Wednesday - Freezer Chicken Soup
Thursday - Freezer Chicken Pilau
Friday - Grilled London Broil
Saturday - Grilled Pizza

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - Body Revolution - Cardio Workout 2
Monday - Rest
Tuesday -  Body Revolution - Workout 6
Wednesday - Body Revolution - Workout 5
Thursday - Rest
Friday - Body Revolution - Workout 6
Saturday - 8 mile run

I was fighting and then ended up with a cold and nasty cough all week, so I took an extra rest day to get a little more sleep and beat it, but it didn't work. In all honesty, I probably should have taken a rest day Saturday or at least made it a shorter run, but I didn't. Sometimes, you just need to listen to your body! You live and learn, right?

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Labor Day!

So long for today...

Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Fun {9/4}

1. First and foremost, I want to start off by saying Happy Fri-yay everyone!!! Here's to a nice long Labor Day weekend!! 

2. This was another doozie of a week. It really wasn't even the whole week. Wednesday just flat out sucked for us. Yes, they're all first world problems, but just stick with me. First, the Dish went out (I know, major First world problem!!), so we had to meet the repair man that morning. Then, I got a call from the school nurse that Addison's throat had gotten worse during the day and I went and picked her up. Thankfully, Mimi came to the rescue and met me at my office after I picked her up and she took her up to their house for the afternoon. During lunch, TC realized the battery in the lawn mower had died and had to buy a new one. Our upstairs A/C wasn't cooling, so we had someone come out to take care of that. And to top the day off, Addison ended up with a 102.6 degree temp. I took her to urgent care and she tested positive for strep. By the end of the day, this mama was just done!

Moving on...

3. Who else is so ready for Fall? I know we are already into September, but I haven't gotten out any of my Fall/Pumpkin themed stuff. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the Labor Day holiday holding me back? Who know. Maybe I'll break out some stuff over the weekend. These 90+ degree days keep telling me that Fall isn't quite here yet.

4. Construction on the building is going a little slower than we would like. It turns out, the contractor that poured the foundation didn't set the 18 inch bolts correctly, so the guys are having to make all kinds of adjustments to make up for it. Hopefully, the worst is over and things will pick up. Of course, since I said that, they'll probably find another issue today. Fingers crossed they don't!!

5. On a good note, my half marathon training is going pretty well. I'm not using any kind of formal plan. I just keep increasing my mileage each week and follow-up the next day with a recovery run. I still haven't registered for a race or even decided which one I want to do yet. But that will be decided soon :-)

6. Can I just say how awesome FitBit is? TC started having problems with his Charge last week. After a few emails back and forth, they're sending out a new one free of charge. Now THAT is excellent customer service!!

7. I think we might finally be finishing up our half bath project. We hit a snag with the vanity top special order we placed over a month ago. It's been a long road, but our second one is in and as long as this one doesn't have a crack in it, we should be good to go!! I'll post some before and afters of the project. I'm pretty happy with the way it's turned out.

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Labor Day weekend!!

So long for today...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Baked Zucchini Chips

Well, here we are! We made it through Monday. Our Monday started out pretty nasty with a ton of rain. I think I heard somewhere that downtown Charleston got over 6 inches of rain. I guess there were some "King Tides" that were making the flooding even worse than normal. No thank you! I do live in the Lowcountry, but I live in the higher region of that Lowcountry.

One of my favorite snacks lately has been these zucchini chips. I normally make mine at work in the microwave, but this baked version is just as good. It just takes a little bit of time. I like to pair this with some plain Greek yogurt with some ranch dressing powder mixed in. Such a yummy snack and only 1 pp 1/3 c of the dip. I love it!

Here's the recipe for the chips:


Source: Table for Two
Points+: 0
Servings: 1

1 large zucchini
olive oil spray

Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

Using a mandolin, thinly slice the zucchini. Remove the excess moisture from the zucchini by placing on a paper towel and placing another paper towel on top. Place the zucchini on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Spray with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt.

Bake in oven for approximately 2 hours, or until the chips are golden brown. Allow to cool on a baking sheet. These can be stored in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

These are so easy! The hardest part is havig the patience not to open the oven to check on them! I did switch my baking sheets halfway through to help them to bake more evenly.

Please leave me a comment below to let me know if you'd be interested in the microwave version, too! I hope you all have a great day today! 

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