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What is Paleo…Have You Tried it?

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I tried something new this morning.

I had seen Clare from Fitting it all In try these a couple of days ago, and love trying new things and I was running out of eggs  to make for breakfast so I made myself a bowl of Oatless Oats.

They were surprisingly simple to make and really tasty.  In the picture above, they are just plain, but when I ate them for breakfast this morning I topped them with a bit of peanut butter, strawberries, and blackberries…oh so good!  I will be promptly adding this little meal to my list of “regulars.”

How to Make Oatless “Oatmeal” (original recipe from Fitting it all In)


  • 1/3 mashed banana (I took a frozen banana and thawed in the microwave so it was nice and mushy)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • shake of cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax meal


Mash the banana in a bowl.  After the banana is mashed, combine all ingredients in the bowl until mixed will.  Then, simply place in a saucepan and heat until the texture of the mixture becomes creamy.  When you get that creamy texture, you are finished!  Simply place in a bowl and serve with your favorite toppings (nuts, nut butter, berries, fruit, or plain!)

**I made mine the night before and ate them cold in the morning…they were delish!  Highly recommended!

Why Oatless and What is Paleo?

Some of you are probably wondering why anyone would want to eat oats without the oats.  One huge reason is because the “Paleo” or “Paleolithic” diet cuts out all grains.

Now, I am very new to this whole Paleo way of eating (you may have heard of it referred to as the “caveman diet”), so I have been doing a lot of reading on it lately, and I find it very interesting!

Basically, anyone following the Paleo way of eating guidelines eats anything that would have been available to a caveman and nothing more.  So, grains really aren’t an option.  The main foods that are eaten following this lifestyle are:

  • Nuts
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meats, Eggs, and Fish

Things to avoid are sugar, legumes (beans), and basically anything that is processed and packaged, because that’s not what the cavemen ate!  There are many web sites outlining various details and health benefits of the diet.  To me, it all makes sense and sounds like a great plan to follow for some.  I completely believe that every person has different needs and will find a different eating plan and lifestyle that just works.  So, while I think that this whole “Paleo” thing is interesting, I don’t think it is something that I want to try full-out…but I will still sample a few of the Paleo recipes here and there!


Moving on from the Paleo diet…(that was a smooth transition…)

I made a DELICIOUS meal last night, and I can’t wait to share the recipe with you.  Unfortunately, all I can offer you right now is a little tease:


It was as delicious as it is pretty 😉


As for my workout today, this is my last Cardio Intervals class of the summer.  In honor of the last class, I will be doing another mixed bag workout much like last week.  Also, to show my class their appreciation I made them some little goodies.


The special gift is a colorful workout towel with some homemade “Luna” Bars.   Next week, I will be starting a new boot camp class!

Wedding Update!

It has been a while since I have posted anything about the wedding, but never fear…it is still on!  Brian and I are meeting with the reception venue contact tonight.  I can’t wait!

Question of the Morning:

  • Have you tried a Paleo recipe?  What is your favorite?

This is my first Paleo recipe, but I plan on trying more in the near future!

*PS.  One of my co-workers owns a photography business called EBT Photography.  Recently, he has been nominated to win the Wedding Industry Experts Best Indianapolis Photographer Award for 2012.  So, share the love and click this link to vote for his company!


Cravings All Over the Place

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After teaching my Saturday morning Body Pump class, Brian and I got all gussied up to head to a wedding of two of Brian’s childhood friends.


This was some dangerously delicious punch made by the groom’s mom.  It tasted like pineapple juice, but I have a sneaky feeling there was a little something secret hidden in there 😉


I love attending events in Brian’s hometown with his childhood friends because I am always meeting new people.  At Butler, Brian and I very much hung out with the same group of people.  I knew his friends and he knew mine, and on a lot of points…the crowds just mixed!  These new people are fun, welcoming, and they are becoming not-so-new anymore!


The couple was happy and I know they will have an amazing future together 🙂

Breakfast and Work Day Sunday

This morning, my taste buds and brain were all over the place.  I hope that is not a prediction of how productive my day is going to be!

Did I want sweet?  Always.  Did I want peanut butter?  Yes.  Did eggs sound good?  Of course!

In order to satisfy all of my cravings, I made a little breakfast sampler platter of sorts.  Some egg whites (with one whole egg) and spinach topped with salsa, apples topped with some almond milk and cinnamon, half of a whole wheat english muffin with a little dab of peanut butter.   YUM!


Now, it’s time to hit the grocery store (yay!), cook up some food for the week, get some computer work done, and hopefully have time to relax!

What Are Your Sunday Plans?

  • Relaxing or Getting Things Knocked Off the To-Do List??

For me?  Hopefully both!


Finally Perfect Protein Pancakes and Erin’s Wedding

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This morning started out with a good Sunday morning breakfast…pancakes! With a little protein punch for some added staying power.

I have seriously been trying to create delicious protein pancakes for about 2 months.  They always come out too yogurt-y tasting, with no flavor, a weird consistency, or just somehow not right at all.  Well, today I did it…after two months of experimenting (and finally receiving my favorite protein powder in the mail!!) I came up with the most tasty protein pancake recipe yet!

Perfect Protein Pancakes

This recipe makes about 16 pancakes, so it is perfect for making on a Sunday so that you can save the rest for later in the week when you have less time!


  • 2 cups of oat flour (or oats processed in a blender or food processor)
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 servings of Sunwarrior protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2-2 cups water (just add a little bit at a time until you reach the desired consistency)


Heat a skillet on medium heat, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined.  Once the skillet is hot, pour 1/4 cup portions of the batter onto the pan to cook for about 1-2 minutes per side.

I topped mine with 1 tbsp almond butter and 1/4 cup blueberries…but you can top yours however you want!

Nutrition per pancake…3 pancakes makes one serving:  

Calories:  67  Fat:  1g  Carbs:  14.5g  Protein:  7g

Erin’s Wedding

This past Friday, a life friend of Brian and a sorority sister of mine (Erin) got married!!  Here are some pictures of the wedding.  Everything about the weekend was elegant, beautiful, and so much fun.

Congratulations Erin and Matt!! Have fun in Cancun!!

I was asking the waitress what this was (the vegetarian option) and I thought she said veggies with the mother of the cheese….she actually said “mozzarella cheese”!!

Now, Brian and I are off to the gym, church, then the grocery.

What are your Sunday plans to help prepare for the week?

An Australian Skirt

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Today, I wore a very special skirt. the thing that makes it so special is that Brian’s aunt made it for me.  In 3 days!

While traveling on the cruise, one of my favorite spots that we stopped was Sydney, Australia.  

On our last trip to Sydney, I walked around for a while by myself waiting to meet up with a friend who lives in Sydney.  There just happened to be a market with a ton of arts, crafts, hand made goods, and tasty looking food.  I couldn’t resist when the first booth I saw was full of beautiful patterned skirts (much like the one that I am wearing from Brian’s Aunt).  The woman’s stall was called Gigi’s Fairy Fashion’s , and as we started chatting we instantly hit it off.  She had me trying on skirts over my shorts, putting on belts, and holding up shoes…and then I saw the one.  The perfect skirt for me.

I don’t know what came over me because I am usually very frugal with my money.  The skirt cost $165….but I didn’t care.  It was the perfect skirt to wear with a tank top, boots, heels, a sweater, cardigan, anything…and the fabric was gorgeous…so I bought it!

I am wearing the skirt!

Gigi (of Gigi’s Fairy Fashion’s) told me that she hand makes each of the pieces that she sells, and she started by making these pieces for her daughters.  Eventually, her daughters’ friends wanted these wonderful skirts, and in 1996 Gigi was making enough skirts to start a business!  I don’t regret purchasing the skirt one single bit, and now I am glad that I have two!!

Thanks Aunt Erin 🙂

After work today, I stopped at the gas station and picked myself up a little treat…

When I start chewing gum…I can get pretty addicted and I had gone all week without it, so I decided today was the day to break down and chomp!

Special Night

Tonight is a very special night for two reasons:

  1. Erin is having her rehearsal dinner because she gets married tomorrow!!

This next year is going to fly, but I can hardly wait to marry my best friend.

Just after I said yes!

I want you to tell me about the biggest impulse buy you have ever made…did you feel guilty about??

Tori and Kegan are Married!

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Yesterday started off nice and early with a breakfast date with Brian’s mom.  We headed to a little breakfast restaurant called Le Peep.  It is a simply little restaurant with a happy team of waiters giving the restaurant a very welcoming feel.

To start my day, I ordered a yogurt and fruit parfait with some egg whites on the side for extra protein.  I had to teach a spinning class afterwards and knew that I needed the extra energy boost.

After breakfast, spinning, and doing a little shopping, it was time to get ready for the big event of the evening…Tori and Kegan’s wedding!

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect.  It was beautifully sunny, and very warm so no jacket was needed for me!

The ceremony was held at the state house.  I had never been to the state house, but I knew that they had a lot of rules in regard to decorating for events, so I wasn’t quite sure what Tori and Kegan were going to do for their ceremony.

Everything was absolutely beautiful.  There were rose petals lining the aisle, and the beauty of the building was enough decoration on it’s own.

Because the state house was downtown and the reception was downtown most people walked from one location to the next.  We made a sign so that everyone attending the wedding could follow us as we led the way through downtown Indy to get to the reception.  We called it the Boover Bash (because of Tori’s request).  Boover combines Bertsch (Tori’s last name) and Hoover (Kegan’s last name).  How clever!

Before heading out to the reception, we waited outside the state house to send Tori and Kegan away in a horse drawn carriage.  So romantic.

Once we arrived at the reception venue, it was time for cocktail hour to begin.  The tables were not available for seating yet, but of course I had to take a peak at the decorations 😉

Little appetizers were served, and I think the bruschetta was the best.  The toast was very crisp, and the bruschetta was cold.  The flavors and textures blended together perfectly.

Tori and Kegan provided sunglasses with their names and wedding date as party favors.

And in the women’s bathroom there were flip-flops, so all of the girls could kick off their heels and hit the dance floor.  You better believe I took advantage of that!

Instead of having a full cake, they had a ton of little cupcakes from a local cupcake bakery called the Flying Cupcake.  There is a Flying Cupcake located right by Butler, so we were all familiar with their decadent, famous Red Velvet Elvis cupcake.

The wedding party sporting their shades

Dinner was served and was absolutely delicious.  We began the meal with a salad.

But the main course is where the real action happened.  I opted for the vegetarian meal and was completely happy with that decision.  The eggplant parmesan was delicious and filling.

After dinner it was time to cut the cake, Tori and Kegan were kind and didn’t make a big cake mess on the other’s face.

 Since we were seated right by the cupcakes, our entire table had been eyeing them since we walked in the door and couldn’t wait to have our share.

I snagged a mini red velvet and a regular “What’s Up Doc” (carrot cake) to share with Brian.  Delish!

 Tori and Kegan had their first dance to “Crazy Love” sung by their amazing wedding band.

 And the rest of the night was spent dancing on the dance floor.  The music was a live band the entire night called My Yellow Rickshaw and they were so great!  They all had great personalities and speaking voices as well as a great repertoire of popular current music.  It was such a fun night.  The head of the band played the fiddle and ended the night with a personal favorite of mine….The Devil Went Down to Georgia.

It was perfect in every single way.  I am so happy for Tori and Kegan to finally start their lives together as husband and wife!

Wedding Night Eve

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So, I guess I should have told you what I will be doing in my new “adult” job.  My official title is Outside Sales Manager.  I am working for a local hotel franchise, and will have a team of two under me.  The exact day-to-day is a little bit unknown to me, simply because I haven’t done it yet and there will be a lot of training at the beginning, but I think that a huge portion of my job will be meeting with representatives from businesses who are in need of hotel rooms for business travel situations and making them happy.   Sounds like something I can handle 😉  The great part is that I will still be teaching my fitness classes.

Last night, no one showed up to the spinning class that I was subbing for…so I decided to go shopping.  Or at least attempt to go shopping.  I was really in the mood for some new shoes or something, but nothing jumped out at me saying “buy me!”, so I went home empty handed and got dressed and ready to head out to Tastings, a little wine bar in Indianapolis.

It was a pretty chill night because today, two of our great friends are getting married!  We wanted to save any sort of shenanigans for the actual wedding…  I can’t wait for tonight 🙂


As we were taking a picture of the girls, Brian said we looked too posed…so he asked us to laugh about something.

We opted for funny faces instead.

It was a great evening spent with great friends, relaxing and low key.  Tonight will be a different story 😉  Let the celebration begin!

Should We Use A Travel Agent?

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Last night, Brian and I attended a presentation on honeymoon destinations put on by a local travel agent, EZ Travel Pad.

Now, Brian and I honestly had never even considered using a travel agent to figure out our honeymoon until I went to a bridal show a couple of weeks ago with my mom and met the man who owned this company.

If you have ever been to a bridal show, then you know that there are travel agents galore as soon as you walk into the door, and I never even give them a second look.  I always thought that by going through a travel agent things would be more expensive because I was paying the agent for his services in addition to paying for my trip, and I like the research aspect of finding the activities and excursions that I would like to do once I am on the vacation.  So, in my mind, there was no reason for me to ever speak with a travel agent.

Somehow, at this bridal show, my mom ended up talking to this man’s wife, and she brought a lot of clarity to the situation.  By going through EZ Travel Pad:

  • there is no additional fee
  • he has actually been to the places that I want to go
  • there are some resorts where you can experience the culture of the community you are in, and there are some where that is difficult to achieve, but he knows which resorts are which
  • he has a relationship with the resorts and may be able to get us discounts because of that

When his wife was explaining all of this to my mom and I, I knew that I needed to find out more!  So, last night was just a night where he presented a wide variety of information appealing to many different audience members to help educate us about what our options are and hopefully bring some clarity as to what we actually want to do and where we may want to go for our honeymoon.

Brian and I made the decision to use EZ Travel Pad, however, we don’t need to start worrying about booking anything for a couple of months still.  So we can still take some time to decide the details of our honeymoon without having to jump into a decision we may regret.

I am not sure that every travel agent is like this, I only know that this is how EZ Travel Pad runs his company, but if you are in the market for honeymoon shopping I would definitely recommend taking a look at some local travel agents to see what they can do for you!


Question of the Morning:

  • Have you ever worked with a travel agent for travel plans???

Wedding Season Kickoff

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Today is the start of WEDDING SEASON!

Brian and I, along with his Mom, will be heading to our reception venue later this afternoon to check out a wedding set-up for a wedding the size of ours.  I am excited to see it all set-up, it has been about a year since I have been inside of the venue, so it will be good to refresh my memory.

After crashing that wedding, we will all get changed and dressed up and ready to attend Brian’s cousin’s wedding.  The engagement party at their house was fantastic, so I can hardly wait to see what the actual wedding will be like.


Last night, I prepped myself a batch of overnight oats in a jar of nearly empty peanut butter, and I am so glad that I did because nothing hot seemed appetizing to me at all when I woke up this morning.  I tend to get cold very easily, and for me when I am cold I am very uncomfortable.  I would rather be hot than cold any day.  So, when I sleep, I often sleep with sweat pants and a sweat shirt, or multiple layers and then I pile up a ton of blankets on me.  Even though I enjoy being warm, sometimes, I wake up in the morning burning up because of all the thick layers…today was one of those mornings, and I was so thankful to have a cold breakfast waiting for me.

Oats, Plant Fusion protein, vanilla extract, cinnamon, a little bit of peanut butter on the bottom, and some chopped apple…yumm!

Now, it’s time to practice Body Pump before my fourth team teaching session this morning, run 3 miles, and figure out what to wear to this wedding.

Have a great Saturday!

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Bridal Weekend

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Coming into this weekend, I didn’t realize how bridal it would be.


Yesterday, Brian and some of our friends headed to Richmond, IN for a couples shower for our friends, Tori and Kegan, who are getting married in one month.  I can’t believe the big day is almost here!


Brian was very focused while trying to GPS the destination because we were running slightly late….

But we ended up getting there about 10 minutes early!  The night was spent at one of her relatives restaurants.

The appetizer’s served were all of Tori’s favorites.  There were veggies and dip, bruschetta, muscles, stuffed muscles, and shrimp.

Of course there was dessert.  A set of chocolate golf clubs for Kegan and a chocolate high heel for Tori.  Very appropriate.

This high heel is solid chocolate!

Her sister made some cupcakes too!

Tori cutting the cake

And taking a BIG bite out of her chocolate heel.

Caitlin and I 🙂

Each table had delicious smelling candles that we were able to take with us.  Lindsey and Kate were determined to find the best scent 😉

All the ladies

At the end of the night, they were packaging up the leftovers, but left all of the veggies!  I naturally asked if I could have some and they said to take as much as I wanted! 🙂  Yay for me…Brian was sad that it wasn’t any of the fun stuff like cake 😦


All in all the night was great, and it was so special to be able to see where Tori is from and meet her family 🙂  I can’t wait until their wedding day!


This morning, I woke up and was ready to run.  I pounded out 5 miles at about a 9 min pace.  I sure felt pretty great about that!

Today, I plan on preparing food for the week, and clipping some coupons.  Gotta love getting the Sunday paper!

My mom and I are also headed to the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show for the day.  She has never been to anything like this before, and wanted to do a little mother daughter bonding.  I have only been to one before, and that was with my sister about 6 months ago.  It should be a blast!  Hopefully we will get lots of great ideas…and free goodies 😉

Have a great Sunday!

One Year

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One year ago today, I was proposed to by the most wonderful man EVER.  It was a complete surprise, it was everything I had ever dreamed of, and I can’t believe that we have been engaged for an entire year!  How time flies.

photos by Caroline Grace Photography


I am so happy to be back at home with him, and I can’t wait to really dive into the entire wedding planning process!  He is my best friend, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of our lives take us 🙂