Week in Review

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Happy Monday folks!  Linking up with Clean Eats, Fast Feets for another weekly review.  I’m not sure I “accomplished” a whole lot but I did a lot–that counts, right?  It’s a cold one here but thankfully the rain has stopped.  Is there anything worse than cold AND rain?  Like for two days straight??  So glad to see the sunshine yesterday!

It’s been a busy week–with lots of food.  My kiddo put his back out and so we made a trip to the doctor last week (nothing but a muscle strain) and finished the day off with Olive Garden.  Haven’t been there in years.  Rarely eat pasta–not for any reason in particular but I can find numerous other things to fill my carb macros with!  But I ate pasta.  In cream sauce.  It was divine.  My scale thought otherwise the next day LOL.  Ah well.  The boy is better.

Boy also participated in his first Air Force Color Guard Event so I found myself at a basketball game Friday night.  Been a loooooooooooong time since I’ve been to a high school basketball game.  As a cheerleader throughout my school years I found myself a bit more excited to watch them than anything else ha!  But why do they still make them wear those God awful polyester uniforms?????  Haven’t we evolved people?  Anyhooooooo–beyond proud of my kid.  I didn’t realize all the additional stuff they get to wear aside from the uniform I see him wear and I was all but jumping up and down but contained myself very well on the outside because, well, teenagers.  They get embarrassed so easily.  He said his heart was beating out of his chest and he thought everyone could see it–I assured him we could not.  Such a great experience.

I started a new training program and I am LOVING it!  So glad I decided to make the investment in one of the programs offered by John Meadows at mountaindogdiet.com.  He puts out a ton of great information and I’ve used his training programs before a few years back.  Excellent!  He also has a YouTube channel with great videos.  I got Omega Sentinel.  Highly recommend!

Got my hair did.  Went dark again.  Just seemed fitting with the weather.  LOL just kidding.  It’s dark but just because I like it that way.  This month anyway.

I actually ALMOST caught up at work on Friday.  That just means this next week will be crazy AF.

Went to a Christmas party.  Like fancy.  Dress, heels, make-up–the whole shebang!  Was actually kinda fun to get dressed up and amazing to see friends I haven’t seen in forever.  I didn’t drink but had a bit of a hangover on Sunday…I may or may not have tried every flavor of the cupcakes they had for dessert 😀  They were mine cupcakes OK!

Sunday I started making Buckeyes for my cookie swap this week.  One of my absolute favorite activities this time of year and I’ve been doing the one at work for…maybe 11 years?  So much fun.  I was craving buckeyes.  My mom used to make them all the time when I was a kid and it’s no secret I am a lover of all things chocolate and peanut butter!  I put a little spin on them…a batch of “kinda” healthier, I used four different types of peanut butter and then of course mom’s recipe which only requires like a pound of powdered sugar 😉  Have a few more batches to get to but taste testing will start tonight.  Stay tuned!  Hoping to share some recipes if they are good–at least I know my mom’s are good–AND I put a secret ingredient in hers—SHHHHHH.

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And then I had a salad and some protein.  Because balance.

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Lots of exciting things this week too.  I love the holidays!  So tell me about your week!

LJ

Banana Power Muffins

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Chock full of good for you ingredients and still taste great–when I can get my teenager to eat one I know I did ok!

1 cup Greek yogurt–I used plain, non-fat–you could use any

3tbsp unsweetened cashew milk–or whatever milk you have on hand

2-3 medium bananas mooshed up 🙂

2 tbsp. coconut oil

1 egg

95g oats

80g oat flour–pretty sure any flour will work

6tbsp flax seeds/meal–I just put mine in the Magic Bullet

100g dark chocolate chips–I love this brand

Mix dry ingredients.  Add wet ingredients and bake ~20 min @350

Macros:

Calories: 216

Fat: 10

Carb: 24

Fiber: 6

Protein: 6

Week In Review

Gooood morning!  It’s Monday!  Linking up with Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  I missed last week so it’s been a while!

How was your Turkey Day?  Has it been that long since we’ve chatted????????? I guess last week was a busy one because now it’s DECEMBER!  How did that happen?  I’m thankful our weather has been rather nice still but the weatherman says prepare…it’s coming!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–reverse dieting is hard!  I’ve had a few bumps in the road…translation: Thanksgiving was awesome 😉  For some unknown reason some people gain, then lose once they get back on the horse.  Well I got right back on but still haven’t gotten back to where I was, despite my 100% consistency!  Sigh…..I need to take progress photos this week–missed last week and the week before I could already see my lines disappearing 😦  It’s part of the process, I know.  Can someone send me a memo on that so I don’t forget?  I’m still doing better than I was last year at this point so there’s the silver lining!

My son and I traveled to Tennessee for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful–from the weather, traffic, time spent with family, food–an excellent time!  I was a little said there was no leftover turkey and cranberry sandwiches at my house 😦  My mom did send us home with some pumpkin pie though!

Last week was a busy one at work.  We are preparing to interview interns for next year and it’s been a little hectic.  This week will be no different.  We did have a quiet weekend at home which is always nice after being out of town.  I baked a cake, made a new recipe (both requested by my son).  They were both…6 out of 10s LOL.  He is currently obsessed with BuzzFeed tasty and watching videos.  The cake looked amazing but the taste just wasn’t there–and why they call it a Loaded Dr. Pepper I have no idea–it tastes nothing like Dr. Pepper and you only use 1/2 cup.  The second recipe was empanadas.  They were ok.  No pictures of that as they were gone kinda quick!  I also made some fantastic healthy muffins…

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I will share the recipe this week.

So a lot of baking/cooking which is what I do when I am procrastinating doing other things ha!  I also watched a Netflix series–13 Reasons Why.  I never watch TV and I’m not sure why I chose this but they way it was written I just kept watching–and it’s short–like my attention span!

I made an exceptional amount of appearances at the gym < go me!

I also tried a whole bunch of new snacks over the last two weeks.  Maybe I will do a  WIAW.

I know I’m looking forward to a whole lot in December–parties, cookie swaps, going home and just the holiday feel in general!  We have decided no to put a tree up since we will be leaving on the 19th…I’m both relieved and sad.  I did however pull out a wreath and snowman because I can’t be a total scrooge!  Hope you are all off to a wonderful start to December as well!

LJ

Week In Review

IG Post Pixistock 3It’s a new week!  YAY!

Last week started off with my son’s birthday–16!  Nah I don’t feel old (insert huuuuuuuuuge eye roll).  He basically got cash & gift cards because what else do teenage boys want?  I paid a ridiculous amount of money for a “gaming” mouse because apparently a regular computer mouse is just not good enough.  I was in a heated battle with Logitech–their customer service SUCKS but the mouse arrived unharmed.

We delayed dinner until Thursday and then hit up our favorite restaurant, Luigi’s.  Their steaks are amazing and so is the risotto!  We then turned dessert into “eat all the leftover Halloween candy”.  Not my wisest decision of the week.

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So…a little off the consistent track I had been doing so well on, I redirected on Friday and had a great leg workout.  Only to be derailed again on Saturday.  DAMN!  Girls night out–need I say more?  First drink I’ve had in 4+months.  I am officially a lightweight.  And Pecan Pie M&Ms are the shit!

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Since Friday was a holiday, I did however catch up on the laundry nightmare which has already showed its ugly face again this morning when I looked in the basket but I ignored it 🙂  I cleaned my Jeep.  Then it rained this morning.  HA!  It was actually the inside that needed it more than the outside so I’m not mad.  Kolby did drop a tomato out of his sub yesterday and I told him when we stopped he was going to find it and he was going to eat it!  It’s still under the seat :\

I am mad at Starbucks though!  My password for my app all of the sudden doesn’t work.  But the password (to the same account) works on my desktop when I log in.  Just got off the phone with customer service and she couldn’t fix it either.  I GOT REWARDS TO USE PEOPLE!  In reality I need to cool it with the coffee lately.  I still make my coffee at home in the morning but my afternoon/weekend trips out have increased.

I attempted to visit the new Publix on Saturday for opening day.  I left.  Felt like black Friday.  I returned Sunday night and had a MUCH better experience.  They have lots of goodies I’ve not been able to find anywhere before–I’m EXCITED!  Yes, I love grocery stores.

I meal prepped like a mad woman yesterday.  Made a new chicken cauliflower buffalo dip that I am in love with.  Some muffins that are meh (translation=add peanut butter), some sad looking waffles, and lots of proteins and veggies!

So it looks like I didn’t do much in the past week at all except hang out with my kid for his birthday, eat, get some much needed girl time, eat, and do a few chores—I call that a GREAT week!  Don’t forget to head over to Clean Eats, Fast Feets and find out what everyone is up to there!

How was your week?

LJ

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

mufI guess you could call these Apple Pumpkin muffins. I can’t decide if they are more apple…or pumpkin. Either way, they are pretty tasty and full of good for you stuff! They even got rave reviews over at my local MaxMuscle!

I added a little MaxPro Elite Pumpkin Spice protein.  Not too much as I was worried they would be dry and no body likes a dry muffin—MOIST is what we want 😀  But I did want to give them a bit of a protein boost.

Let me know if you try them (or any variation–you could leave the protein out if you want) and be sure to #consistentfitnesslife on Instagram<<that’s me come give me a follow!

Makes 12

40g Oat Flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

24g coconut flour (I use Let’s Do Organic)

110g Truvia baking blend (Truvia)

21g Organic chia seeds (Chia seeds)

6 tbsp. Muscle Egg Pumpkin Spice liquid egg whites (you could use regular)

212g pure pumpkin (I use good ole Libby’s–not pie filling)

1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk (any milk would work)

1 medium apple, chopped

1 serving MaxPro Elite Pumpkin Spice protein

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately then combine and bake!  Mine made 12 and I baked for about 18min. @375.

Macros: 88calories, 1g fat, 15g carbs, 2g fiber and 5g protein

P.S. I was supposed to remember to include measurements other than grams for those of you who don’t use grams or don’t weigh (it is the most accurate way but not everyone tracks macros or has a food scale).  I forgot–I’m sorry–next time!

 

Week In Review

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So let’s do this backwards.  At the end of the week I received word that the article I wrote for a local magazine, Women’s View, had been published!!!!!!  Just a small article mostly about the importance of nutrition but nonetheless, it’s out there and I’ve already had people stop me and mention it!  Huge thank you to Bill Porter at MaxMuscle for making this possible!  Also thank you to Rico Allende Photography and Sean Nelson Photo!  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about nutrition or training–I’d love to help!

I started this past week off hopefully planning a trip.  My son’s school is planning a trip to Italy and Greece in the summer of 2018 and parents are invited.  SHOCKINGLY, my son said he wouldn’t want to go without me!  However, we’ve been discussing some other options and may hold off until the summer 2019 school trip which is England, France and Spain and I’d definitely do that too.  I want him to have experiences and memories so I’m willing to sacrifice and spend on those things rather than material things.  We did book our trip to Vermont in December which he is very excited about and all I can think is brrrrrrrrr I’m probably going to die LOL.  Possibly a road trip to Tennessee for Thanksgiving too!

We spent our Saturday downtown at the Veteran’s Day Parade which Kolby marched in.  So proud of those kids–they do a great job.  Love the community support and participation too.

We also made a trip to Cold Stone.  Kolby’s birthday is Tuesday and it’s a yearly tradition.  Only because we don’t have a Ben & Jerry’s close by.  I’ve always been super impressed but this time…meh.  My cup wasn’t even full–I know oink oink 😀 and the bits of candy–like two–okay maybe three…It was still good and he was happy which makes me happy.

Not a lot to report but still a good week–how was your week?  Be sure to check out Ave–I mean Meghan–over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets–I really do love me some Ave though!

Thinking Out Loud

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Hello it’s Thursday!  YAY!  And two more days until my cell phone bill rolls.  GUYS.  My son and I used all of our high-speed data (first time ever).  I think it was my fault.  I noticed my Wi-Fi was off.  Yikes.  My son text me and said we can never do this again.  He said Jesus probably has a better data plan!  I almost spit my coffee out!!!!!!

Speaking of coffee…I just returned from my beloved Starbucks because I just couldn’t resist going outside!  Beautiful 77 and sunny.  Am I old because I always talk about the weather LOL?  Meh.  I don’t care.  Sunshine makes me happy and I’m kinda old! 😀  The trees are finally changing and I just turned my air off ha! #summerforever

You know what else makes me happy?  Grocery shopping.  I love new grocery stores.  I actually look for them when I travel!  Anyone else?  Like drive up and pick up my groceries someone else shopped for?  Hell no!  I’d probably spend less money though.  I’m getting excited–we have a Publix opening in like another week and a Sprouts in January!  CAN NOT WAIT!

I had an article published in a local magazine here that came out yesterday.  I haven’t seen it yet but folks at the gym have.  You know awkwardly pointing at me and telling me they saw it.  Great way to make new friends, right LOL.  I need to find a copy.

So I’m four weeks into my reverse diet and holding steady with my weight and sloooooooooooooowly increasing my calories.  This shit is hard.  I wanted to eat all the Halloween candy!  Did you have any trick or treaters?  I had a handful.  I LOVE Halloween and all the little kids but I have to say I closed my door 20 min. early–some kids need a few lessons in manners!  Seriously, I understand random things come out of little ones mouths but…….anyhoo.  Oh yeah–reverse diet LOL.  I’m also on my own–no more coach.  I’m one of those people who NEED accountability and I think I’ve mentioned before this is when I screw it up.  So far so good.  But let’s be real–I have no one to blame but myself if I don’t do it right.  #toughlove  Anyone else in this boat with me?  I do feel stronger in the gym.  There’s a positive!  And it’s all about being CONSISTENT!

I’m also four weeks into my collagen experiment.  Not sure if you saw my first post but I’m doing a trial for my local MaxMuscle and sponsor on SKULPT.  Check it out–looks like they have 10% off right now too!  It recommends 12 weeks so I picked up another bottle today.  It may be my sticking to my diet and this may be contributing to managing my fat and lean mass.  I’m hoping the next four weeks I look 10 years younger too as it also claims to be anti-aging!  It also helps meet my protein macros–with no fat and no carbs.

So tell me your thoughts on this Thursday and be sure to visit Amanda over at Running With Spoons for all the other randomness!

LJ