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A Missed Holiday

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Good Afternoon!

I realized this morning that I missed a holiday yesterday…National Chocolate Chip Day, which would have been a great excuse to bake up some cookies.

Because I missed this holiday, I immediately wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss another yummy food related holiday.  So, I googled “National Food Days” and I found the jackpot.  According to this website everyday is dedicated to some food item.

I was planning on writing special days in my calendar, but I didn’t realize that it would be such daunting task.  I don’t even know what some of the foods are that are being celebrated, but literally there is a special food for every day.

It just goes to show that there is always a reason to celebrate 😉


This morning after teaching yoga sculpt and a 4 mile run, I attempted to make some protein pancakes again.  This time I omitted the protein powder completely.

I am still not ready to share the recipe yet, because I need Brian to taste them.  Whenever I make something new, Brian usually has a pretty big say as to whether or not the recipe is a success.  I tend to like things that can taste a bit too “healthy” for the normal taste bud.  Where Brian is not picky, but he just likes things to taste “good.”  Thankfully he will try almost anything I make 🙂  It usually works out in his favor.

If you are wondering what is on top of the cakes, I mixed 1 Tbsp of Pb2 Chocolate with 2 Tbsp of Greek Yogurt and a little bit of water.  It was a tasty pancake topping, if you ask me!


I then spent the majority of the morning working on Body Pump (I have to be ready to teach a full class soon and make a video!) and applying for full time jobs…the next thing I knew it was time for my midday meal.

Tuna salad made with a little Greek yogurt and cottage cheese mixed with carrots, onions, celery, garlic salt, and pepper over a bed of lettuce.  On the side:  celery sticks (my fav!) and cold baked sweet potato (from yesterday) with a little bit of ketchup.

The perfect fuel to get me through the afternoon.

Of Possible Interest:

Freestyle vs. Choreographed

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Good afternoon friends!

Today’s lunch used up some sweet potato that was on it’s last leg.  I couldn’t let it go to waste, but it was super simple to cook up.

Baked Sweet Potato

  1. First rinse off the sweet potato and cut it into whatever shapes you want.  I opted for rounds, but you do sticks, or a mixture of both!
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Place the sweet potato on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle the sweet potato with your desired seasoning (seasoned salt, salt and pepper, garlic salt, cinnamon, etc)
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping them over at the halfway point.
  6. Once they are done, you can enjoy them immediately as “sweet potato fries” and dip them in your favorite dip (honey mustard, ketchup, ranch…) you can also enjoy them warm in your salad (like I did today) or you can even store them in the fridge for a snack or for  meal at a later date.

I enjoyed my baked sweet potato on top of a bed of greens with tomato, onion, celery, bell pepper, baked tofu, and balsamic vinegar.  Tasty if you ask me!

Planning My Workout Class

I spent the majority of my morning planning out a new-to-me class that I am teaching tomorrow called Yoga Sculpt.  This is a vinyasa based yoga class that incorporates strength training into traditional yoga poses to improve mind-body balance, body composition, and overall fitness.  I was given an outline to follow as far as what needs to be included in the class, but then it was my job to fill in the blanks.

I typed up my lesson plan, but unfortunately there isn’t a library of stick men in yoga poses, so I had to draw those little guys out.  That task is a lot harder than you think…how would you draw a stickman doing bicep curls in tree pose?

It was fun planning this class out for me, but it definitely took me a little bit to get into the mode.  I feel like I have been Body Pumping it out so much lately along with teaching the spinning classes that I used on the cruise ship that I haven’t really had to think up a group fitness class.  After I got into the groove, though, it was just like riding a bike and the exercise ideas began to flow like water.

There are two basic formats of group fitness:  Pre-Choreographed (like Les Mills and Zumba) and Freestyle (which are things like boot camp, core classes, circuit training, etc).  I can honestly say that I truly enjoy both formats.  I feel like there is definitely a time and a place for each option and, for me, it is good to keep both formats in my repertoire.

Question of the Afternoon:

  • If you attend group fitness classes, do you prefer pre-choreographed or freestyle?  Did you even know there was a difference?


Easter Weekend Recap

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Good Monday morning, friends!


This weekend was packed full of fun, baking, family, and food.  It was great!  Here is a recap of Saturday evening and Sunday day.


After I was finished baking and preparing all of my Easter day goodies on Saturday afternoon, Brian and I headed out for a little bike ride around town and picked up a Red Box movie to watch later in the evening.

While on the bike ride, we rode by a fire department.  Brian pointed out his grandfather’s name on a memorial to firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.  That’s pretty cool to have a family member on a piece of the city’s history like that.

We then came home, and I whipped up a quick meal of a tossed salad, baked sweet potato medallions, and baked cod.  Seriously, this meal was delicious and it came together in about 20 minutes.  No time at all.

We then popped in our movie for the evening…Paranormal Activity 3.  That movie is super scary!  We both saw the first Paranormal Activity in theaters but hadn’t seen the second.  I had heard that the third was the best, so we decided to give it a try!  The movie was good, but Brian and I found that throughout most of the movie we each had one eye closed…luckily we could huddle nice and close to each other to stay “safe!”  I love scary movies…but I do get very scared during them!!



On Sunday, I woke up bright and early to put the finishing touches on the Easter decor before Brian and I headed to church.


They look like little carrots!

Each year, I make some sort of special dessert for Easter, and this year my special treat was flower cupcakes!

I found these little gems by searching the web, and I used this how-to guide to figure out how to make them.  They turned out great 🙂  Half of the cupcakes were strawberry and half were lemon.  So springy!

Flower Cupcake How-To

I saw a couple of ideas on pinterest that inspired me to put jelly beans in the bottom of this flower vase.  It was actually harder than I thought because I had to figure out a way to put water in the bottom without melting the jelly beans…I put a little shot glass in the bottom with water in it, put the flower in it, and then covered the glass with aluminum foil.  Then I dumped the jelly beans over the top!

After church, Mom, Dad, and Brenna came over for Easter Brunch.  Mom made carrot bread, banana bread, and oatmeal muffins.

Brenna brought the most creative dish according to my vote.  She brought Apple Nachos!  They were apple slices topped with coconut, peanut butter, chocolate chips, walnuts, and dried cranberries.  They were so delicious!  She found the idea on pinterest 😉

We then had some fruit salad with delicious fruit dip from Mom.

I made a raspberry french toast bake that I based off of this recipe.  I changed a couple of things, but the idea is still the same.  It was delicious!

I also made a savory spinach quiche with an oat crust based on a combination of this recipe and this recipe.

Mom also brought a special drink…homemade sangria!  This was delicious.  Needless to say we had plenty of leftovers of everything!  Except the sangria 😉

Every year, we color Easter eggs and do a little Easter egg hunt around the house. Mom…I mean the Easter bunny is usually the one to hide the eggs, but since Brian and I were hosting the party this year, we didn’t have a chance to actually color the eggs, but we did hide some plastic eggs with little treats in them!  I made sure that Brian and I were able to participate in the hunt, so I hid half of the eggs and Brian hid half of the eggs.  We had a great time finding all of the eggs…except there are two missing!  Luckily they weren’t real…otherwise they would start to smell if we never found them!

Dad had to head to work before we thought to take a group picture.  After Dad headed out, the rest of us walked downtown to look at a couple of cute little shops, and head to the movie theater.

We have been planning this for a while and anxiously awaiting….The Hunger Games!  The movie was so great.  Even though we have all read the book and knew what was going to happen, we still found ourselves glued to the front of our seats anxiously awaiting the next scene.  I can’t wait for movie number two! (Brian and I are still reading that book).

We shared popcorn...Brian had a diet coke, but I brought my water 🙂

After the movie, we walked back to the apartment and it was time for Mom and Brenna to head home.  It was a perfect way to spend Easter!


I then headed out to run 5 miles.  I am trying to focus on speed, but this was the longest run that I have done in a couple of weeks, so I just ran without focusing on pushing my speed too much.  I ended up completing the 5 miles with just over a 9 minute pace…not too bad if you ask me!  I can only improve from there 🙂  And most importantly…it felt good!



This morning, it wasn’t super cold so I wasn’t in the mood for hot oatmeal, and I didn’t prepare any overnight oats last night, so I opted for a smoothie!

Strawberry Protein Smoothie:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 scoop pea protein powder
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
  • 1 handful spinach
  • splash of water
  • 3 ice cubes

It was delicious and gave me perfect fuel for the day!


I hope you all had an amazing weekend and have a great start to the week 🙂

What treats did you make for Easter if you celebrated this weekend?  What are some of your favorite traditions?