Thinking Out Loud #46

You know what time it is!

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Thank goodnessssss this week is almost over. Night after night of no sleep is kicking my booty, and while I may not sleep any better on the weekend, at least I won’t have to use too much brain power! Alright I’m feeling all sorts of random today, so let’s get to it!

1. My nuggets are coming back today! Unfortunately it is another short trip, but any time I get with them is better than no time!

IMG_9397We took them to the zoo the last time they were here, and while the heat was outrageous, the nuggets had a ton of fun looking at all the animals! I, of course, had a ton of fun snapping as many pictures of them as I possibly could.

Although apparently my zoo doesn’t have any pandas, which is highly depressing for me, since panda bears are pretty much my favorite animal. Behind unicorns, butterflies and owls, of course.

2. My cheat meal this past weekend was one of my all time favorite foods – Homemade Mac and Cheese. There is literally no healthy ingredient in this dish. White pasta, full fat cheese, and a block of Velveeta. Yep, processed is the name of the cheat game!

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Even better? I had this plate x2. Because when I splurge I go hard. Also, this happened roughly 2 hours after playing a 90 minute soccer game in 90 degree heat. I call it post game carb loading. It’s vital to the recovery process in case you were wondering.

3. Little Bear has been quite the snuggly bug as of late. Typically she snuggles with me on the couch, but very rarely does she hop up on the bed with me, unless it’s almost morning time and she needs to take a trip to the potty! Recently she’s been snuggling into my side in the wee hours of the morning [about 1am] and staying put until my alarm goes off. I don’t mind one bit though, because this face melts my heart.

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Side note, she’s going to be 6 this year [we got her a month after our wedding!], and I’m already stressing out about her getting old and dying on me one day. I literally cannot imagine my life without my baby girl!

4. Please tell me you guys went and got this recipe. It’s literally so simple to make [and ridiculously tasty] that it would be a shame to miss it!

Coconut Fudge Truffles

I’ve made two batches in the past week. Just trying to get in my dose of healthy fats, you know? I also just realized that I have been riding that coconut lovin’ train lately! What with my coconut flour brownies and now these coconut fudge truffles, I must be feeling that tropical flava!

5. Speaking of flavor, the time has arrived for all things lemon. Thankfully my mom has a lemon tree [that she literally never takes fruit off!] so I have an abundance of lemons at my disposal. I know a lot of people do the warm water + lemon thing first thing in the mornings [I do too occasionally!], but I prefer my lemons drowned in icy cold water all day long. IMG_9664   
And when it gets really hot, I love a mixture of half fizzy water, half purified water, lemon and some stevia for sweetness. It’s like a healthy, fizzy lemonade! I know a lot of people do the cucumber/lemon combo, but would you hate me if I told you I don’t like cucumber? Like, at all. Which makes sense since I hate pickles. I’m an equal hater I suppose.

6. This week’s Pinspiration is something that I’ve really let resonate with me lately.

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There are changes on the horizon for Ninja and I. Nothing is 100% confirmed and we still don’t have a set date as to when it’s all happening, but there are some big things happening in our lives that has led us both to be apprehensive, nervous and anxious lately.

But then I remember that God can see far ahead of what I can. He knows my future, He sees the path I am going to take, and if I am faithful and dedicated to Him, He will never let me fall short. I take such comfort in knowing that God has already laid out my path, and even though it may be very different from what I’ve imagined for myself, I know that God will not steer me wrong. Every plan He has is for glory and this journey He has blessed me with has been one beautiful [and sometimes painful] step after another.

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What I’m Currently Eating #4

And here we are again!

How are you guys recovering from your St. Patty’s Day celebrations? Even though I am Irish [red hair and freckles can’t hide it] I unfortunately don’t like traditional St. Patty’s Day food! Or beer for that matter [which makes me really wonder if I am truly Irish!]. But I did celebrate in my own little way, with a few green foods throughout the day to celebrate. I also took a sip or two of kombucha, which reminds me of beer, so that totally counts, right?

It’s time for another round of WICE and I swear each week just get’s better and better. Or maybe that’s just because I’m the one who actually eats the food. Either way, here are a few things that I’m currently eating!

Currently Eating….Pancakes. Oh it’s been a while friends, but my love for pancakes has risen from the ashes [or you know, I just happened to run out of rolled oats]

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I know this plate may not look like much, but holy cow did it leave me full for hours. Even my beloved oats don’t have that staying power usually, so I was pleasantly surprised by this batch of pancakes! Of course the huge gob of Jif Whip’s underneath it all may have had something to do with it…

Currently Eating….Snack Plates. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed one of my beloved snack plates, but they are back in full force!

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Fat, carbs, protein and some fruit or veggie on each plate. I’d say that’s a [mostly] well rounded meal! My appetite in the afternoons has actually been pretty pathetic lately, so I haven’t been interested in big, heavy meals. When I have been hungry however, I’ve found myself completely unable to decide on what to eat, hence the snack plates!

Also, with the heat kicking back up, I have a feeling that my desire to cook is going to go down, down, down. In other words, be prepared to see a lot more snack plates on the blog!

Currently Eating…. Protein Froyo [still!]. Oh my beloved creations how I adore thee.

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I’m fairly certain I could stare at these pictures all day long with a puddle of drool beneath me. On days that I don’t do a snack plate for a meal, I’ve found myself busting out my Vita for a protein froyo creation. And yes, Reddi Whip and Nu Naturals chocolate sauce are always a must when creating a protein froyo. Not only do they make them pretty, but they make them extra tasty! Plus, I like to get a squirt in my mouth of Reddi Whip. No shame.

Currently Eating….Yogurt Messes. Quick, easy to throw together, and nutritious!

Goji Berry Granolaplain Greek yogurt topped with Goji Berry Superfood Granola

I go through phases with yogurt, probably because of my issue with textures. Sometimes I adore it, other times it makes me gag [quite the extremes, huh?]. I go back and forth with Greek yogurt, because while yes, it is better nutritionally for you than regular plain yogurt [hellooo protein!] the thickness of it kind of gets me sometimes. It’s like a yogurt trying to be a pudding? Which you would think I would be ok with since I adore pudding, but it actually kind of freaks me out.

But alas, this new granola of mine [recipe soon!] has me eating yogurt every day now. I’ve managed to fix the thickness of the Greek yogurt by thinning it out some with almond milk, which helps keep the gag reflux under control [TMI?].

So there are just a few of my current foods that I’m eating! I’m of course still hammering down the Annie’s bunnies, but I figured you could only see so many pictures of desecrated bunnies before you start to get upset with me.

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What are you currently eating?

Coconut Fudge Truffles

Packed with superfoods like coconut oil, raw cacao and local honey, these raw truffles are delicious, naturally sweetened and simple to make!

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Sometimes you just hit a recipe right on the head, and not only does it take you completely by surprise, but it also pleases your taste buds. That my friends, is exactly what happened with these truffles.

I created this recipe for SuperFoodLiving.com, but I couldn’t let it go without sharing with you lovely people as well! Because this recipe is a winner. A tried and true, fudge packed winner.

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I think my favorite part about this recipe is the fact that it can be sliced into squares for a delectable fudge instead of being rolled into truffles. Personally I’m more of a pop a ball in my mouth kind of gal [head out of the gutters!], but how fun would it be to pass out some raw, healthy fudge for the holidays? You can for sure guarantee that is what I will be doing this year!

And in case you don’t believe me about the fudge quality, just take a peak at this….coconuttruffles3
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Actually, it kind of reminds me of a hardened ganache. Anyone ever have a ganache frosted cake? I’m fairly certain that this ganache fudge truffle creation can easily be poured on top of a cake to set and harden into a ganache frosting. Or even better, smoothed into the middle of a cake for a ganache layer. Oh man, now my taste buds are getting carried away….

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So seriously guys….Coconut Fudge Truffles. Tastes like ganache, thick like fudge, all rolled into one easy to grab little nugget of deliciousness.

Get the recipe. Buy the ingredients. And make these truffles.

You won’t be disappointed!

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Fudge or truffles?

FitBit: Stop Saying Can’t

Happy Friday the 13th!

Anyone else notice we have THREE Friday the 13ths this year? Pretty crazy if you ask me!

So lately I’ve been thinking of all that my body does for me. I know I’ve touched on this in the past, but after throwing my back out this past weekend [stupid, dumb, idiotic, egotistical move], I’ve taken the time to really reflect on my body this week.

My perspective used to be all about what my body couldn’t do.

  • It couldn’t fit into size 5 jeans
  • It couldn’t compete with other women’s bodies
  • It couldn’t run far or fast
  • It couldn’t lose those last 10lbs

I was so wrapped up in all the negative things and focused on all the things that I thought my body couldn’t do, that I completely missed out on all of the things my body can do.

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Which is where my mindset has really changed today because I’m not focused so much on what my body can’t do anymore.

Sure, I would love it if I could do more unassisted pull-ups or squat heavier, but not being able to do those things doesn’t define my journey or halt my progress. And that’s the difference – I don’t let the things that my body is currently unable to do dictate the way I feel about it’s potential.

Just because my body can’t do certain things now doesn’t mean it won’t ever be able to do them. Isn’t that what hard work, effort, and sweat is all about anyway? If it was easy then would there really even be a point? Not to me there wouldn’t.

Achievements should be a struggle. When you reach your goals you should be buckled over, on the brink of collapsing, with a huge grin on your face. And that doesn’t just fit for gym scenarios.

So don’t get in the way of your own progress by doubting yourself. Stop saying can’t…start saying hasn’t yet achieved.

You’ll reach your goals [whatever they may be] quicker, I promise.

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What do you need to stop saying can’t about?

What I’m Currently Eating #3

Hello friends :)

It’s time for another round of WICE and I’ve got some tasty [if not a tad bit out there] foods to share with you guys! My eats have been on point as of late if I do say so myself, but this bipolar weather we’ve been having is really starting to mess me up. Remember that salad I was craving non-stop? Well now the weather has switched back to being chilly, so my craving for raw salads has vanished. Seriously it was 85 degrees Sunday and now it’s 70 degrees and breezy. Which pretty much means that when I go grocery shopping I now have to buy food for both kinds of weather, because who wants to eat soup when it’s 80 out and who wants a salad when it’s raining?!

Currently Eating….Annie’s Bunnies on toast. I know, I know, but before you judge me, just look at how yummy this looks!

IMG_9485 Ezekiel bread topped with peanut butter & annie’s bunnies with a side of berries

This is what happens when you do cardio on an empty stomach. Seriously, how do people do that “fasted cardio” crap? My body was like “nope, not happy with this!” So I repaid my poor, abused body for it’s hard work with this little treat. I have no excuse other than the fact the bunnies were right next to my nut butters [because I tend to dip them into different jars for a snack….].

Currently Eating….Protein Froyo. Like I said above, it was in the 80s this weekend, which meant my post-soccer game recovery meal was none other than my tried and true protein froyo!

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It’s so beautiful, I die.

A buy one get one free sale had me all up in these Chocolate Annie’s Bunnies! Because what’s better than one box of Annie’s? [clearly, two!] I added spiralina and cocoa powder to this one, so it was a chocolatey, algae filled treat. Gosh I missed my protein froyo creations. Opie did too, given the fact that she had her nose glued to the floor as I spilt little drops on to the floor. Hey, algae is good for dogs too! Although the 10 Hershey kisses she nabbed the other day aren’t so much….

Currently Sipping….Kombucha. I finally gave in to the peer pressure. Only like two years behind the trend!

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Do you remember when literally every food blogger had this stuff showcased in their posts? I was all for trying it until someone told me it tasted like alcohol. Bleh!

But then this stuff popped up as buy one get one free at Sprouts, so I figured what the heck? Bestie and I have a girl’s day planned soon, so I told her I would pick us up a bottle to share while we watched our chick flicks and binged on cheese. I decided to try this stuff out with Sissy this weekend and let’s just say, Bestie’s reaction is going to be hilarious if it’s anything remotely close to mine.

I just about gagged and spit this stuff into my little nugget’s face.

Sissy thought it was tasty, but the alcohol after taste was so strong to me! But now I have an open bottle of kombucha in my fridge that I really don’t want to go to waste, so I’ve been taking small sips of it every time I open the fridge.

Warn a girl next time friends! Are you all just faking your love for this stuff or do you really dig it?

Currently Eating….Egg Quesadillas. Eggs, egg whites, cheese & spinach all loaded up into a wheat wrap. Yes please!

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In preparation for Sissy’s arrival last week I picked up a few things from Costco. One of the things I grabbed were some low carb wheat wraps, since I figured we could use them for a variety of different things. Except I forgot that my sister gave up gluten for a bit to try to figure out her joint flare ups. So now I have a zillion low carb wheat wraps. What’s a girl to do? Use them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Other than the obvious tortilla pizzas and burritos, I’ve been really enjoying these egg & veggie quesadillas. It’s hard for me to give up my morning oatmeal and nut butter but if anything could steal that spot in my heart it would be these egg quesadillas! Although I’m fairly sure it’s because of the amount of cheese I use….

Currently Eating….Grapes and Cheddar Bunnies. That buy one get one free sale got me good friends.

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So yes, I not only got Chocolate Annie’s Bunnies but I also got Cheddar Annie’s Bunnies in that buy one get one free sale. That means four boxes of bunnies. Although in my defense, I bought them knowing full well that Sissy and her nuggets were going to be here. Although Big T only had one handful and now my sister and her nuggets are back at home.

Of course that wasn’t my plan! No, it totally wasn’t my plan at all…..

Currently Eating….Coconut Fudge Truffles. Oh. My. Word. Or actually, there are no words!

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I can’t quite pass this recipe on to you yet since I created it for my freelance gig, but get your tummy’s ready for this delicious treat! I’ve pretty much gone into a healthy fats coma with how many of these suckers I’ve been popping into my mouth lately.

At least I didn’t coat them in smashed Chocolate Annie’s, right? ;)

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What are you currently eating this week?
Any kombucha fans out there?

Coconut Flour Fudge Brownies

A dense, fudgy brownie made with coconut flour that will make you wonder why you ever made brownies from a box!

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And just like that, another Monday is upon us [with a time change, no less!].

My weekend with Sissy and my nuggets was great, but unfortunately it went by quickly and now its back to normal life! This trip was really more of a tease with them only staying for a few days, but they will be back in a few weeks for a longer stay, so I’m looking forward to that!

I suppose I should move on to the star of this post, huh? ;)

Coconut flour and I have a very special kind of relationship. I wouldn’t call it love/hate, but it definitely is a sometimes strained relationship. I have no issues using it raw, but when it comes to baking? Well, that’s where the trouble comes in. For example, I added milk to this recipe about 4 times until I thought it had the right consistency and even then it was pretty thick!

Regardless, these came out exactly how I wanted them too, so I can’t complain too much!

Coconut Flour Fudge Brownies
Makes 12 brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup stevia for baking [honey tastes great too!]
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Preheat oven to 375. Mix together all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and egg. Slowly incorporate the egg mixture into the dry – mixture will be pretty thick! In a small box, microwave the chocolate chips and coconut oil until melted. Mix well until all the chocolate chips are completely melted, then stir into the brownie batter. Smooth batter in a well oiled 8×8 baking dish. Bake 28-30 minutes. LET COOL before slicing. The brownies will set up more as they cool!

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Can we take just a moment to truly appreciate the fudgy texture in these? I mean really, if these were any fudgier [that’s totally not a word] then I would have to actually classify these brownies as fudge!

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Also in case you couldn’t tell, I’m seriously enjoying my new camera.

I wasn’t patient enough when it came to slicing these brownies, hence the crumbly looking mess. I’m serious when I tell you to let them cool. I know it can be hard when your kitchen smells like heaven and you’ve got a pan full of chocolate that you just want to shove your face into, but be patient friends. Unless of course crumbly brownies is your thing, then by all means, slice away prematurely!

I’ve got all sorts of ideas for this recipe base now. Mint brownies are coming and you better believe that frosted brownies are in the works! Because the only thing I love more than chocolate is a good hunk of frosting.

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What kind of brownie do you prefer, light and fluffy or dense and fudgy? [hint: there isn’t a wrong answer!]

What I’m Currently Eating #2

Happy Wednesday friends :)

I’m particularly happy this hump day because Sissy and my nuggets arrived last night, which means I may be slightly absent from the blog world this week. Since they are only going to be staying 4 days this trip, I’m pretty much giving up any and all activity that doesn’t include them so that I can get plenty of sissy and nugget time. Spoiler alert: there’s no such thing as too much time with them!

Currently Eating…Bunnies drowned in peanut butter. I know, I really do have no shame. Poor little bunnies.

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But seriously, have you ever added crumbled chocolate Annie’s bunnies to your oatmeal? Cause you should.

I came upon this epiphany upon buying four two boxes of bunnies this week [buy one get one free deals get me every time]. I was putting away the groceries while simultaneously whipping up some oatmeal [because I’m a crazy talented multi-tasker] and thought, why don’t I toss some crumpled up bunnies on top? Life = changed.

Currently Eating Drinking…Spirulina Smoothies. Upon writing this article, I decided to start adding spirulina into my diet because it’s just too freaking amazing not to.

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Nothing more refreshing than some pond scum, you know what I mean?

I’ve been trying to have one smoothie a day, which hasn’t been hard now that my body is in crave all the fruit in the world mode. Is there an easier way to consume a mass amount of fruit besides blending it all into one drink? I say NO. Plus, smoothies make me feel better about my absurd consumption of chocolate bunnies [see above].

Currently Eating…Spinach, Berry & Feta Salads. Oh my goodness guys I can not get enough of this salad!

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I’ve been mixing the greens up with both spinach and romaine, which I think is probably my two favorite salad greens. I love that romaine adds a little crunch and you can’t argue with the power boost from spinach. Also, I’ve come to the realization that I rarely eat salads without fruit in them. Weird? Probably, but at least it gets me eating salads!

Currently Eating…froyo by the pound. This is what happens when you ask your husband to bring you home froyo.

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I’m fairly sure this is roughly 3lbs of froyo. It’s definitely close. But hey, at least the husband tossed some fruit on top for good measure. Got to make sure I’m getting in those antioxidants.

Currently Eating…Saucy Balls. Get your mind out of the gutter you heathens.

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Do you ever create a recipe and then ask yourself “what the heck did I just make?” Well that’s basically what happened here. These were an asian-ish, sweet and tangy turkey meatball that I literally have no idea where it came from. They were tasty, but definitely not something that can be classified one way or another. Whatever, toss some broccoli in that bowl and I’m a happy camper!

So that’s some of what I’ve currently been eating! Nothing too exciting, unless you count all of it ;)

Gosh I love food.

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What are you currently eating?

February In Review

Where my fellow leprechauns at?! [throw it up gingers!]

Can you believe it’s March? I have a feeling that almost every one of these “in review” posts are going to begin something like this. I just really can’t believe how quickly this year is already flying by. Someone press the pause button so I can catch a breather!

Either way, let’s recap my February!

Food

I got a bit thrown off track this month because of my birthday, so my recipe making sort of took a back seat unfortunately. I did however, manage to finally share two versions of my protein cheesecake with you guys!

Vanilla Protein Cheesecake

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The original protein cheesecake, I think the plain vanilla flavor will always hold the #1 spot in my heart. It really does remind me of my beloved cheesecake dessert, but it packs a ton of protein with barely any fat. Of course when it’s plain vanilla, I get to dress it up more!

Chocolate Peppermint Protein Cheesecake

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My second flavor of protein cheesecake that I tried, this one definitely was an all around winner! The mint from the peppermint chips was just subtle enough to not be too overpowering, and combined with the chocolate made for one tasty treat.

I’m hoping that March will bring about more opportunities to get in my kitchen and create some tasty treats! And hopefully some real food too, seeing as how I didn’t share any of those recipes with you in February. But hey, February is the month of chocolate anyway, right?

Fitness

My fitness was off the charts in February! I’ve still be struggling with my rest day goal so far this year, but I have been toning down my workouts a lot when I am feeling the need to take a step back. The workouts I shared with you guys though? 100% booty kickers.

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This circuit is killer on the shoulders, and will definitely leave you unable to wash your hair for the day! Just remember to choose a light weight since this is such a heavy repetition workout, but don’t worry, you’ll feel it after the 1st set!

Incline Intervals & Strength

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If you don’t like to sweat and feel the burn, then this workout is definitely not one you should try. This workout will challenge you mentally and physically, and is one that I will continue to do when I need a workout to kick my booty!

10 Fitness Trends of 2015

Then of course I shared my article with you guys about the fitness trends for 2015! It was a super fun article to write, as well as really eye-opening. Being a fitness lover, it’s always fun to see how the trends change from year to year!

Leggings

crazyleggingsThen of course there was the Great Legging Purchase of 2015. I spoiled myself this year for my birthday by treating myself to some new fitness gear, and boy did I get a bit out of hand with the leggings! True story, I wore black leggings last week and Bestie gave me a funny look upon seeing them. I’m fairly certain she didn’t even know I owned a pair of “normal” leggings….

Also, let me give ya’ll a little tip when it comes to leggings. GO TO MARSHALLS! Seriously, I was amazed by their selection. Sure it might not be huge name-brand stuff, but I’ve never had an issue with finding a pair that fits me just right. Of course if it’s plain black leggings you’re looking for, then you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.

Current Obsessions

February was definitely the month of obsessions for me! The month started out pretty hot in terms of temperatures, which means my body is already ready for the lighter spring and summer foods. Unless of course you’re referring to oatmeal….

Oatmeal

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Is there such a thing as oatmeal anonymous? Because holy moly do I need it. I made pancakes for breakfast Saturday but other than that, I literally can’t remember the last time I had a breakfast that wasn’t oatmeal. It’s actually the only reason why I’m dreading summer, because I know I don’t like overnight oats as much and I don’t find sweating while eating breakfast too appealing.

I may just sweat right through the summer with my beloved oats though if this obsession continues!

Ken’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette

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I was tasked with bringing the salad to Ninja and I’s church group the other night and I found this beauty while browsing the isles in Target. I know a lot of people like to stick to brands that they know, but this stuff just caught my eye immediately and I had to try it.

Best. Decision. Ever.

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I’ve been using it as the perfect pairing with this salad and guys it is perfection. Granted it could use some chicken to bump up the protein, but I see this salad as a meal or side dish for many days in my future! So if you have a Target near by [or have seen this brand!], snatch this stuff up!

Ezekiel Bread

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Fun fact: I’ve actually never even tried Ezekiel bread until this loaf!

Because I’m ridiculously cheap when it comes to spending money on myself, I don’t buy bread that costs $5 a loaf. I’m not shaming those of you who do, because I can see that this stuff is worth it, but I have a limited budget and like to spend my money on other things [like Jif Whips!]. But when I saw this sucker on sale for half off, I just couldn’t say no! And now that I finally see what all the hype is about, I think I may have screwed myself….

Personal

You guys, I was spoiled this birthday by Ninja [though I’m fairly sure it was out of guilt!]. My husband bought himself a Harley last year and I know he has been itching to buy me something “big” to even it out [though I have no idea where that came from, since I told him I didn’t mind!]. Anyway, regardless of if my new camera was a guilt present or not, it’s been pretty freaking fantasticular [yep, just made that word up – fantastic + spectacular!].

New Camera

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I’ve been having so much fun with this baby, although I have to admit that I’m still in the “easy” shoot mode. Maybe I will venture out one day, but it’s been fun just seeing what this baby can do! Speaking of babies, my nephews are coming this week, so you better believe I have this camera charged up and ready to go!

Until then though, I’ve been entertaining myself with these two furbabies….puppies2Jax & Opie

And in case you were wondering, these pictures pretty much capture the essence of each of these pups. Jax is our goofball, completely and utterly incapable of being ferocious or intimidating. Opie is a mommy’s girl, and she is either always under my feet or in my lap.

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I know I didn’t talk about it on the blog this time, but with February being National Eating Disorders Awareness Month, I definitely took the time to reflect and consider the impact that my ED has made on my life. Although I consider myself to be fully recovered and flourishing, I can’t help but feel a pull towards my fellow ED soldiers during this month in particular [both men & women!]. The truth is we have a common link, a shared battle that only those who have suffered and gone through can really comprehend, and I am whole heartedly in favor of us always sticking together and supporting each other, even when we have recovered and moved on with our lives.

Because if we don’t lend a hand and help pull those who are still in the midst of their ED’s through the sludge they are wading, then what’s the point of what we went through to begin with? Was it only for our personal gain and knowledge? Was it all only to better ourselves, or grow personally, or gain strength?

I truly believe that God has chosen each one of us to fight, to overcome and to pass on that fighting spirit to the next soldier. I believe 100% that we are not meant to keep this battle behind closed doors or pushed under a rug. I know it can be uncomfortable to talk about or embarrassing to show weakness, but is victory embarrassing? Is fighting a war and winning not worthy of being shared?

I encourage all of you [ED soldiers as well as anyone else!] to stand up. Stand up not only for the disease we have battled, suffered through, and overcome, but to be that pillar of strength for someone else who is not yet steady on their legs. Reach out a hand to pull them up, heck get down on your knees and heft them over your shoulders if need be. But let us not hide behind a stigma anymore of “recovered” or not, because I say, once a soldier always a soldier.

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Tell me about your February!

FitBit: Incline Intervals & Strength

Oh boy, do I have a workout for you.

Alternate titles for this workout could be “I’m going to puke” or even “I might pass out.”  Yes friends, this is one of those workouts [which disturbingly enough, tend to be my favorite].

When I jotted this beast down at work it looked innocent enough. In fact there wasn’t any incline at all when I first made it, but the longer I stared at it the more of a challenge I wanted [seriously, someone needs to tighten that loose screw in my head!]. I knew I wanted a tough cardio challenge seeing as how it was cardio day, but I was also crunched for time and wanted more than just another treadmill workout.

Oh, I was also in a really bad mood, and wanted to get out all that aggression, frustration and anger I had pent up. It was just one those days where my head wouldn’t stop hurting, my tummy was giving me issues and I had like 3 hours of sleep. So instead of taking a nap like most normal people would, I decided to torture myself instead.

Clearly, I have issues.

Regardless, this workout was a test, mentally and physically. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wanted to quit halfway through. I was down to 12 reps, the incline was at 4.5% and my body was just not having any of it. That incline? Looks innocent but is actually 1% of torture with each new go around.

Oh and I made this workout pink & red with obnoxious hearts because this is the last Friday in February and I somehow managed to miss out on all the pink and red this month. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

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I used my 20lb kettlebell for this workout, but any dumbbell will work. Just remember, that incline run is going to hammer you, so don’t try to be all macho and go for heavy weight. You’ll be dead within two rounds if you go that route. And I use the term run very loosely, because on that last circuit at 7.5% incline I was “running” at 5.0 speed. Yep, I’m certified turtle speed over here.

But I conquered this workout, even though halfway through I was certain it was going to murder me. No better feeling than being able to push past those boundaries of “I can’t!” that you’ve set in your mind. Because you can!

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How are you being fit today?

What I’m Currently Eating #1

Hump dayyyyy!

Sorry, I’m that obnoxious person who will never get over that saying.

Wednesdays are typically reserved for WIAW fun, but seeing as how the lovely Jenn had to shut it down due to some spoil sports, Wednesdays are going to look a little different from now on. Since Wednesdays are really the only day when I share all my meals with you, I want to make sure that I keep that in tact even without a link-up. So I guess these posts will be more of a “What I’m Currently Eating” sort of thing :)

Let’s do it!

Currently eating….oatmeal. So much oatmeal. Oatmeal for breakfast, oatmeal for snack, oatmeal for…well, you get it.

IMG_9206 cinnamon oats topped with bloobs, chocolate PB and regular PB

IMG_9193 egg whites oats topped with berries & peanut butter

I’ve been eating so much oatmeal that even my big Sissy has started to point it out. “Oatmeal at 11am?” Yes, oatmeal at 11am because I didn’t get to have it for breakfast and I am severely depressed without my daily bowl of oats. Also, oatmeal means nut butter and in some cases, two different kinds of nut butter. Because on days like Monday, two is definitely better than one!

Currently eating….sandwiches. I found a ridiculously good deal on Ezekiel bread this week [50% off!], which means that I’ve been having a sandwich pretty much on a daily basis. Current favorite? Egggggssss

eggcheese egg & provolone cheese on Ezekiel bread

Let me just tell you, 2 eggs + 1 slice of cheese =  epic amounts of protein. I devoured this sandwich before my game on Sunday and it held me over for the entire game. Typically I finish a game starving, but there were no signs of tummy rumblings at the end of this week’s game! Most definitely going to have to keep this combination in mind for future pre-game meals.

Currently eating….tortilla pizzas. I’m not sure if it’s from lack of proper food in my fridge or a touch of creativity finally hitting my brain, but lately I’ve been making all sorts of tortilla pizzas!

tortillapizza wheat tortilla, salsa, cheese, spinach, broccoli and black beans

Tortilla pizza done Mexican style! In all honestly I had planned on using hummus as a sauce only to find that I was out of it [how does one let themself run out of hummus?!], so I opted for just a touch of salsa instead. It was actually a pretty good idea if I do say so! Another topping I’ve been using on my tortilla pizzas? Scrambled eggs. Seriously, can’t get enough of those things, which is quite unfortunate considering how dang expensive they are….

Currently eating….coconut flour protein truffles. Wow, what a mouthful. Quite the tasty mouthful though!

IMG_9234 Look, I even took a bite to show you how big my front teeth are!

No actually I took a bite and then went “oops, should probably snap a picture for the blog!” Anyone else do that? Or am I the only heifer that has a tough time waiting to snap a picture before diving in?

Side note – thumbholes have taken over my life. I now have 4 jackets with thumbholes. It barely even gets cold enough to wear jackets out here in LA [face palm].

Currently eating…fruit. I thought I had a few months until the fruit cravings hit, but apparently they’ve come early this year!

IMG_9229 red grapes

IMG_9238 
raspberries

This summer is going to be bad for my wallet. I can already feel the desire to eat berries by the package rising up within my taste buds. Also, have you seen that pin on Pinterest where the raspberries are stuffed with a single chocolate [or white chocolate] chip? Because I’m thinking that’s going to be my new favorite snack. And favorite dessert. And maybe even side dish.

So there you have it, what I’m currently eating![WICE doesn’t have the same ring as WIAW]

And in case you were wondering, yes I did use my new, shiny camera for most of these pictures. I’m quite enjoying it thus far :)

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