Friday, July 25, 2014


Thursday Recap:

Workout:  Tone it Up Kettlebell Workout + Cardio Kickboxing class 
Ummmmm....who thought this would be a good idea???  Oh...that's right: my own self-induced torture, as both were KILLERS in their own right.  Holy hell, I'm still feelin this combo!

8:30am:  Breakfast- Banana Smoothie  (post-kettlebell/pre-kickboxing class)

11:30am:  Snack- Iced Oatmeal Raisin Luna bar
I liked this flavor so much that I just housed another one as I typed thisJ

And after that, that's where the fun began as we headed off to the Jersey Shore last night to celebrate Nona's birthday!

We DID have a lunch of Chinese food (that was just WAY too unphotogenic for me to share...remind me never to get shrimp in lobster sauce again, K??),  but neither of us could resist the good smells of the ole boardwalk and just HAD to split a sausage sandwich with fresh lemonade...yum!

After that, we headed to the aquarium and then to my shock of all shocks:  Katie's new love for rides!!!

You MAY remember last year's EXTREMELY unsuccessful attempt...

...but this year, my girl gave Nona QUITE the birthday surprise and attacked all those rides with a furyJ

All capped off with the FREE Thursday night firework display right from Point Pleasant beach.  I mean, does it get better than that???

And since it was a "classic shore night," I DEFINITELY had to capped off the night with a CLASSIC shore treat!  I LOVEEEEE me some custard & jimmies!
Does anywhere else in the country call these Jimmies???  Even Scott, who grew up about 45 minutes north of here, never heard of it.  Psht!  Jimmies ALL. THE. WAY!

Well, that was a quick blog, but I had to try to get this up before I ran out the door again for some yoga and my THIRD attempt to take Katie blueberry pickingJ  Hope you guys have some great plans for the weekend!  

Have a great one!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hidden treasure....

Wednesday Recap:

9:30am:  Breakfast- Protein Pancake with peanut butter & maple

Morning Workout:  Power Yoga

1:00pm:  Lunch- Smoothie in a bowl
In the mix:

3:00pm:  Snack- 8 chocolate covered almonds

5:00pm:  Dinner- Basil Tomato Zucchini Soup with a 'hidden treasure'
I wish I could tell you this was made with fresh Jersey tomatoes...but we already used up our supply for the weekJ  Instead I sauteed a diced onion and 2 cloves of garlic before adding:

 The zucchini was a last minute addition since it was lingering in my fridge and I didn't want it to go bad, so I thought "Why not?"

Gave the soup lots more texture not to mention tons of nutrition.  I let the soup come to a boil and then lowered it to a simmer for about 30 minutes. 

I ladled the soup into the bowl, but not before adding the 'hidden treasure':  A blend of ricotta & grated cheese!  YUM!  
You could just add the ricotta and grated cheese to the soup, but I just love digging in and finding the little cold pocket of cheese.  

And even though soup wasn't SUPER appropriate for the end of July, Katie was happy to see it return to the menu and proclaimed "I LOVE SOUP!"J 

Evening Workout:  Body Jam
So fun last night...especially since I was THISCLOSE to skipping out.  

8:00pm:  Snack- Roasted Chickpeas & Cheese
Katie nearly ate my entire snack, bouncing around the house saying "I LOVE CHICKPEAS!"

Let's just say I ain't hatin on this stage where she's "LOVING" everything.  Don't even get me started about when she told me "I LOVE CHRISTMAS!"

Stick a fork in me.  I was DONE!

Well, today's a special day since it's Nona's birthday!  We still don't know how we're celebrating, but I'm sure it will involve TREATSJ

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Balance, balance, balance...

Well, yesterday wasn't such a great food day in the calorie deparment, but it was a GREAT exercise day.  Here's hoping the 2 of them balance each others least a littleJ

Tuesday Recap:

A quick FULL BODY muscle workout with just enough core & stretch from the yoga made this a dynamic duo yesterday morning.  (to be honest, I only got to sneak in the yoga because Katie slept in a bit...def wasn't in my original plan, but a good example of do what you can WHEN you can!)  I loveeeeed the Bikini body routine, especially the arm set while holding in bridge.  Great way to get your arms, legs & butt done all in one shot!  TRY OUT THIS WORKOUT!  You'll love it...especially because it goes very quicklyJ

9:00am:  Breakfast- Oats in a Jar
I know.  Nothin like HOT OATS in JULY, right??  But that workout left me FAMISHED and that empty Almond Butter jar was just eyeing me from the counterJ  

12:00pm:  Lunch- Brooklyn Pizza from Rosa's
DEFINITELY not in my original plan of NEVEREATINGAGAIN, but after a morning at Pump it up and a visit with Nona, Katie's request of 'PIZZA!' was too hard for Nona to pass upJ  Hahahahaha...even harder to pass up??  The BEST Brooklyn pie in the area!  Thin crust piled with CHUNKY tomatoes, grated cheese, mozzarella and spices, this is certainly Rosa's STAR pizza.  If you've never had it, you are missing out BIG TIME.

Evening Workout:  Zumba
My friend Jenna teaches ONE. AWESOME. CLASS!  SOOOOOOOOOO much fun!!!

6:00pm:  Dinner- Sushi from Kenji Fusion
And I left the house not hungry in the SLIGHTEST after my pizza lunch and after meeting up with my gals and chatting for awhile, I ended up eating sushi like I was being led to the electric chair!  It's just sooooooooooooooo darn good!  Kenji makes the best I've ever had and it never fails to be showstopping in presentation & flavor.

So OK, today's blog is 2 more of Jersey's finest...with, hopefully, enough calorie burn to at least SOMEWHAT balance it all outJ  Sigh...some week's ya gotta just do your best when you can and ENJOY LIFE the rest of the timeJ hahahahahahahah

Have a great Wednesday!J

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sneaking bites...

Monday Recap:

9:30am:  Breakfast- Peach & Laughing Cow

Workout:  Cardio Kickboxing
Killlllller class, but this class gives me a MASSIVE endorphin rush when it's over.  I think it's from it being over and me not being dead on the floorJ  It's THAT tough, but a GREATTTTTTTTTT workout!

11:30am:  Snack- Almond & Coconut KIND Bar

Which I had on a trip back to Terhune since yesterday was the PERFECT day to go blueberry, of COURSE, THIS happened:
And with the mercury jackin UP, there's NO WAY I'll be attempting this one todayJ

At least Katie didn't mind since she got to visit her favs againJ

2:00pm:  Lunch- Turkey Lettuce Wraps 
This is one of my old reliable when I'm trying to have a healthier weekJ  Sliced, nonfat turkey breast, light Laughing Cow cheese (yes, moreJ) in lettuce wraps.  Cole slaw mix, broccoli slaw or even shredded carrots are a great addition here too.

3:00pm:  Snack #2- Slim down smoothie

That salad looks massive...and that was before I added the cubed mozzarella cheese!

I knew it wouldn't be long before we had this took only 7 days till I was DYING for it againJ 

And here's a little 'parenting thought':  Katie has been OBSESSED with helping me cook and as soon as she hears me getting started, she pulls 'her chair' right over to 'her spot' on the counter and rolls up her sleeve to help.  Not only that, but she lovvvvvvvesss to 'taste test' as we go.  THIS has become the EASIEST way for me to get her to eat & try different vegetables.  Strap her at the table and put a plate in front of her?  She's not as interested.  But her "involved" and thinking she's 'sneaking bites?'  She'll house a whole salad without  even realizing it.  Not to mention when she requested a snack of avocado & mozzarella, I knew I had done something right in the world of her knowing what's goodJ hahahahahahahah

Well, that's all the workouts I got in yesterday since Scott got home late & I didn't have a chance to run out for my usual yoga.  Ridiculousness & The Carbonara Effect were not too shabby of a 'second place.' 

Have a great Tuesday!J
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