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What’s Up This Weekend?!

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It’s Friday!

 

I just love the start of the weekend, even if I don’t have anything special going on.  Everyone just seems a little happier, a little less stressed, and a little more relaxed about things.

 

I started off my Friday morning with a super duper sweaty workout, literally super sweaty.  I did the Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs workout.  Seriously, I was sweatin’.  I quickly cooled off when I took Bella on a walk this morning.  This weather is totally tripping me up.  I can literally see my breath in the morning, but by lunchtime I can wear shorts outside!

 

Breakfast

I really wanted something that was going to last for breakfast today because I have to work a long shift at work.  Another bowl of buckwheat.

I  mixed a really old and mushy banana into the oats before cooking them, so when they were done cooking they were super creamy and banana flavored!  I also mixed in vanilla extract and a tablespoon of peanut butter.  Mmmmm so delish!  I also had a side of chocolate glazed donut flavored coffee!! Bella’s family has a Keurig (I really enjoyed it last time too!) and they have all sorts of fun coffee flavors 🙂

 

Question of the day:

What are your plans for the weekend?!  Anything fall themed???  

Smoothie Overflow

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Good Morning and Happy Hump Day!

Once again, I began my morning with another Insanity workout.  And once again I was suuuuper sweaty once I was finished!  After showering and getting ready for the morning I made myself another smoothie, but this time it was in a bowl!  AND I topped it with a 1/4 cup of Cranberry Nutty Granola.  It was yummy, but for some reason it was sooo melty and dripped over the edge of the bowl!  A LOT!!

It's so melty, it's dripping on my chin!

In today’s smoothie I put:

  • 1/2 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/2 Packet of Swiss Miss Diet Cocoa
  • 1 Handful of Spinach
  • A Splash of Vanilla
  • 2 Packets of Splenda
  • A Pinch of Xanthum Gum
  • Water and 3 Ice Cubes for volume

No one ever cried over spilled SMOOTHIE!

When I started thinking about my morning routine this morning, it reminded me of an episode of Oprah where she talked about personalities.  She believes that once we are around the age of 6, the personality is fully developed and essentially we just learn more information and gain more knowledge as we go through life and make decisions according to our knowledge.  I thought about my morning routine now, and my morning routine then.

One woman show!

Then:
Wake up bright and early before the sun with dad to watch the morning news, drink (extremely watered down) coffee, and do mousercise  before starting my day!
Working out with Disney characters!
Now:
Wake up, do my morning workout, watch the morning news while eating breakfast (and sometimes drinking coffee).
Isn’t it strange how much we remain the same as we were in our youth??  As I’m growing older, I am finding it more important to go back to those childhood roots and remember to lighten up, have fun, and do what makes me happy!  After all, we can all get a little uptight and stressed about the small things sometimes when we really just need to relax and smell the roses 🙂
Sites that may be of interest:
Summer Vegetable Side Dishes
Yoga Poses to Reduce Headaches

Starting the Week off Insane!!

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Good Morning!!!!

This morning I slept in a little bit because I was up late last night picking Brian up!  He has been in Colorado for the past two weeks as a staff member on a trip that his high school takes every summer.  It sure feels good to have him back!

My workout this morning was the “Max Interval Circuit” in the Insanity workout series, and boy was I sweatin’ by the end!  It felt great! But sometimes I do feel a little “insane” while I am sweating my booty off!

After Insanity, I got right in the shower, which sometimes right after a sweaty workout isn’t that great of an idea.  I got out of the shower and I still felt like I was sweating!  Then I blew my hair dry….and I was still sweating!  So, for breakfast I decided to have something to cool me off…A SMOOTHIE!  Honestly, I have a smoothie probably about every morning 🙂  I just love them so much!

Unblended Smoothie...Spinach?!?!

In today’s breakfast shake I put:

  • 1/2 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Blackberries
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze
  • 1 Handful of Spinach
  • 1 Tbs of Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • A Pinch of Xanthum Gum
  • A Splash of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Packets of Splenda
  • 3 Ice Cubes and a little water for volume

Wait....where did the Spinach go???

Now, you are probably thinking…”WHAT!? SPINACH?!” but you CANNOT taste it!  I know…it’s insane! Xanthum gum is a gluten free thickener and natural carbohydrate that makes the smoothie a little bit thicker and creamier rather than icy, which is how I prefer my smoothies.  I have been making smoothies for breakfast forever!  But I have taken a few tricks like the spinach and xanthum gum from Julie.

A smoothie a day keeps the doctor away....right??!

Now, when it comes to vanilla extract my family does not use just any vanilla.  No, we get ours in liter bottles from Mexico!!! It’s hard to explain, but once you try it you will know the difference.  My grandparents LOVE to travel, so whenever they go down South they pick up a couple of bottles!  Gotta have our vanilla fix…
Not your average vanilla!
Here are some sites that you may be interested in!
Fro Yo Survival Tips
Top Protein Rich Foods
A Move to Tone Your Triceps
Happy Monday!!