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Changes and favorites

16 Jun

1. A new favorite song with a great message.

http://youtu.be/D-5GnZYxI4M

2. A new house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. An old favorite workout… SPIN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. A new found love for home improvement- via pinterest

http://pinterest.com/sugarlyspice

5. Joining Golds Gym Elite- I’m going back to my roots and taking fitness classes. In the next few weeks I hope to try zumba (for the first time!), yoga, and pilates

6. I’ll be starting an online TPT (teachers pay teachers) account for all my many teacher created items that will soon be for sale. If you know a teacher or are a teacher spread the word!

7. Actually keeping up with my blog. When we bought our home I became very overwhelmed quickly. I am going to make a conscious effort to post new recipes and ideas.

8. Fav new chicken recipe:

Stuffed Italian Chicken Breast

*4 Chicken breast- Butterflied but not cut in half.

*4 pieces canadian bacon

*Jar of pesto

*Mozzarella cheese-fat free

*Whole wheat bread crumbs

*1 egg-beaten

*Preheat oven to 375

*Spread pesto inside of chicken breast and place bacon and cheese inside.

*Brush outside with egg and drizzle with whole wheat bread crumbs

*Bake for 20 min. (depending on your oven) Serve with your fav veggies!

 Things to look forward to this week:

-Treadmill workouts

-How to properly weight lift.. at home or at the gym

Courtney

 

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Holiday yummies that won’t pack on a tummy!

16 Dec

So tonight was a first…

I decided to bake some brownies from scratch. These were not just any brownies… They were black bean brownies. Yes, you heard it right. And no, they were not gross. I actually would make these again in a heartbeat. Delicious. 🙂

Check out the recipe here

I also made some cowboy cookies… these are not at all healthy but I am giving them all away so its okay.  🙂 I did sample a bite… also yummy!

I’ve compiled a new workout! It’s pretty awesome… so get your booty up and get moving!

Warmin’ Winter Workout 

Dips (20)

Jump Squats (20)

Lunges- right and left (20 each leg)

Jump rope (60 sec) or jumping jacks (50)

Burpees (15)

Bicycle Crunches (40)

*** Repeat 4 times***

Bodyrock also posted some great workouts check them out here

Happy Friday tomorrow!

Serious workouts for the not so serious people

30 Nov

Hello friends. The week is flying by! All my teacher buddies and I are counting down the days till we are on VACATION! I’m still working on our home decorations and attempting some exciting ideas I posted about on Saturday’s post. So far none have been successful. Other exciting news:

Yes! They still have pumpkin items out at the grocery store…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though pudding is totally artificial.. it was a nice change. One I don’t think I would do again. But for 88 cents I say it was worth the chance.

 

 

Maybe it’s the holidays, cool weather, or the fact that I need another vacation but I have been so bored with our eating and workout routine. In hopes of changing things up, I have been working at trying some workout videos and changing up my typical menu. I’ll be posting some new recipes for you. For now, check out this super easy breakfast idea.

Oats and berries 

1 package original oatmeal

1/2 a banana

1/2 C of black berries or berries of your choice

1 T of honey

2/3 C almond milk

*Prepare oatmeal with almond milk as directed

*Chop up black berries and bananas and add to cooked oats

*Drizzle honey and stir to combine

*Indulge 🙂

 

Moving on! Well, I have created a killer circuit workout that may not be so intimidating to the non- workout enthusiasts. Try it out! You need a tabata timer (search apps on your smart phone) or search “gymboss” on amazon.

 

 

Serious Circuit 

*Set your timer to 8 rounds/20 sec-10 sec rest

Jumping Jacks

Jump Squats

Lunges, left and right alternating

Kettle Ball Swings

Push Ups

Mountain Climbers

Burpees

Crunches

*Complete the full tabata 3-4 times!*

Jon and I completed this workout on Sunday. Easy and effective!

That’s all for today! Adios!

WARNING: Pumpkin addiction ahead

21 Nov

Growing up I never liked the taste of pumpkin. It was one of those things I would happily say “no thank you” too regularly. However, I recently have come across some really yummy recipes that are super quick and easy and they feature pumpkin. I have become so addicted that it is a problem. Thankfully, they are healthy!

 Easy Easy pumpkin muffin tops

1 can of pumpkin pure *no pie filling!*

1 spice cake box

1. Preheat oven to 350

Mix the pumpkin and spice mixer

2. Bake for 10-12 min.

3. Eat!

Pumpkin Protein Pudding 

FIND IT at:http://www.eatcleandiet.com/the_kitchen_table/recipe/recipe.aspx?id=1751

 

 

It’s not getting cold in here!

26 Oct

Well the time has come. Our fridge has finally hit the fan. After a year of fridge horror getting a “new” one that didn’t work, then buying a new one that didn’t fit and then resulting back to ole’ faithful. I believe our fridge is finally done-zo. On Tuesday, I noticed that many of the food items in there were not cold- cool but not cold. This morning I smelt something rancid (spoiled milk).  The stinky part is I just went to the grocery store and bought food for our meals for the week… so now we have to eat out and wait to see if the fridge is fixable or if we have to buckle down and buy one. I hate to purchase anything new for this house because it is only a temporary home till we find something we love. After looking at 30 homes i’m not sure when that will be. 🙂

I spent today doing house duties- mowing the lawn, cleaning, and laundry. I’m trying to have this weekend free so Jon and I can actually relax. We have a concert Friday and of course the UT game Saturday and my brother’s birthday lunch on Sunday. For the first time in a very long time I feel I am finally catching up on all the little things I never get to.

Unfortunately, with the poopy fridge I only made one meal this week. Here it is.. my famous spaghetti (Jon’s favorite)

This recipe was adopted from the Abs Diet- one of my go to healthy eating books.

Spaghetti Sauce

– 1lb extra lean ground turkey or beef (I usually use turkey)

-1 small-medium onion

-2 cans of italian diced tomatoes

-1 jar (no sugar added) tomato sauce, or organic works too- avoid over processed sugary sauces

-1 cup mushrooms

-1 cup spinach

-2 garlic cloves (minced)

-1 T italian seasoning

*combine turkey/beef and onion and brown.

*add tomatoes and garlic and cook for 1-2 min.

*add tomato sauce, spinach,mushrooms and seasoning and simmer for 5-10 min.

***NOTE: I highly recommend using a spaghetti portioned when making this type of dish… it will help cut down on unwanted extra carbs and keep the calorie and nutrition where you want it to be. This sauce is amazing on top of chicken (take out the ground meat) or in lasagna

Happy cooking!

Wine is good for the heart…right?

25 Oct

This past weekend, Jon and I went up to a wine festival with some friends and had great time! It was a Texas wine event that showcased wine from local winerys. We sampled lots of varieties and enjoyed many- and some not so much. The one thing I can say is I did not enjoy our food selection. Maybe i’m old fashioned but when I drink a nice glass of wine I would like some decent food. For lunch, I ate a brisket taco. Only I passed on the flour tortilla and simply ate the greasy meat. Yes, this was the best they had. That does not scream refined wine to me. However, the company overshadowed my upset tummy. We managed to have a wonderful day and really enjoyed being outside with the weather cooperating nicely.

Physical fitness and technology:

This past week, I have been addicted to my new iphone. I love it not only for its amazing techno features but also for all the helpful fitness tools. Some apps that I have discovered are:

islick

groupon

sparkrecipes

urbanspoon

grocerypal- amazing! gives you up to date sales at the grocery store

fooducate

workout trainer- has workout on your phone!

tabata timer

words with friends- soooooo addicting!

Protein obsession of the week: 

I absolutely love whey protein. It is so easy to use and can be a very tasty treat to add into your diet. Not to mention protein builds muscle- muscle burns more fat.. you get the idea. I recently discovered something called a “protein puff” and would like to share it with you- beware it is very addictive and super yummy!

Puffy Protein

1 scoop of your favorite whey protein (I use vanilla)

1 T almond butter

dash of cinnamon (optional)

Splash of milk, if you are technical its about 1/3 C

-Place all ingredients (minus milk) in a microwave safe bowl. Mix in the milk and begin to stir together until most of the lumps are out.

-Place in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat for 15 more seconds. The mixture should thicken up. If it doesn’t zap it for 10 second increments.

-Spread on your favorite toast or english muffin.

*options- add some pumpkin puree, top it with bananas or strawberries= yummy!

Workout of the week:

Treadmill easy interval workout:

                             

 1-3 min. /3 mph/1 elevation

3-4 min./4 mph/2 elevation

4-5 min./4 mph/3 elevation

5-6 min./5 mph/ 2 elevation

6-7 min./ 5 mph/4 elevation

7-8 min./3 mph/1 elevation

8-9 min./5 mph/1 elevation

9-10 min./6 mph/2 elevation

10-11 min. 3 mph/1 elevation

***repeat once***

                    

 Have a healthy/happy day!

Some reads for you:

Snacks- they do work!

http://www.oxygenmag.com/Nutrition/Articles/Boost%20Your%20Fat%20Burn.aspx#page-5

http://www.tressugar.com/90s-Girl-Halloween-Costumes-20077905?page=0,0,0

http://www.oxygenmag.com/Nutrition/Articles/Boost%20Your%20Fat%20Burn.aspx#page-5