Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Recap...

Kicking off the summer with...

Strawberry-basil chicken burgers...

Strawberry pickin'...

Girl's nights/mini-baby showers, which led to Katie's favorite gift:  ALL THE TISSUE PAPER...
(this went on for an hour)

Family weddings...<3 p="">

Parade watching... 

A too-tired to cook Memorial Day trip to The Pour House for good ole short rib cheese fries & pork nachos... 

...and a "Sweet Cheese" burgers (topped with blue cheese, cheddar & maple-mustard) ...

...and of course, ICE CREAM...

...as only the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (now in Philadelphia) can do, with an "American Gangster" (vanilla cone coated in chocolate covered pretzels & a chocolate dip + dulce de leche)... 

In short:  I'm exhausted & ready for a salad.  Hope you guys had a fabulous long weekend and are set for the week ahead.  Have a good Tuesday!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bringin back the carbs;)

Thursday Recap:

Workout:  2 rounds arms & squats with 8 pounds

I cut the avocado to half this time around and I LOVEEED the flavor.  It wasn't as creamy as the original version, but I loved the combo flavor of mango + mint.  SOOO GOOD!

Snack:  Luna Bar

Lunch:  "Breakfast Tacos" 
TOO GOODJ  In full disclosure-I just had these AGAIN for breakfastJ  CAN'T STOP!

Snack:  Granola bar
Not crazy over having granola bars for BOTH snacks, but I was craving chocolate yesterday afternoon and this was as close to a healthy dose of it as I could find in my house at the momentJ

 Dinner:  Tone it up Turmeric "Skewers" + couscous + spinach
Scott & I are LOVING these quick 'stir-fry' meals cause they are not only healthy, but SUPER quick.  TIU recommended the turmeric, soy sauce, green onion marinated chicken as skewers, but we instead tossed it in a pot with a diced onion, some cooked couscous & spinach and let it all cook together about 10 minutes.  A uniquely flavored + healthy meal in mere moments = A-OK with us!

ps-I've been feeling A LOT better since adding healthy carbs into my dinners.  I was surprised not having them past 3pm had such an affect on me since I certainly didn't cut them out the rest of the day (and, in fact, was eating MORE of them throughout the day than usual).  But after a week & a half or so of cutting back, I was barely able to hold my head up after lunch.   So (healthy) CARBS with DINNER again it is!  I may try again IN A FEW MONTHS (since cutting them at night apparently puts your body in fat-burning mode), but for this moment, a few pounds I could potentially loose from those carbs are SOOOOOOOO not worth being even MORE exhausted thought out the day,  So yeah...that was my little carb updateJ

ANYWAY!  I should have PLENTY of my fill of carbs after THIS weekend since it's Memorial Day!  Crazy!  Hope you guys enjoy every moment!J

Thursday, May 21, 2015

By request...

 Wednesday Recap:

Breakfast:  Flax & Almond Meal Pancake with peanut butter & maple + 1 cup strawberries

Snack:  Luna Bar

Workout:  Power Yoga Class
Everyone in my classes have beens so sweet and surprised I'm still hangin in.  I tell em I'M still shocked myself what I can still do aka-haven't fallen over yetJ hahahahahhahaha

Lunch- 1 SMALL Fast Food cheeseburger
By the time I chatted with some peeps and left the gym, I was pretty ready for lunch and a few-days craving for a cheeseburger seemed like the perfect for a quick lunch (so I was more interested than eating than taking a photo by the time I got homeJ)  And since what I wanted was one SMALL burger (no fries), my little splurge clocked in at 270 calories!  Not a healthy/everyday lunch, but certainly not a break in the calorie bank.  It was just enough, I savored every bite and had no guilt since I had just what I wanted and stopped when I was done.  Weeeeeeee!

Dinner:  Whole Wheat Spaghetti 
The small burger somehow kept me full all afternoon, long enough to take Katie to play at the mall playground and to a make-up dance class.  And when we were on our way from class, she had one request:  SPAGHETTI.  And since Katie isn't usually much of a 'dinner person.' we were OK with granting her request, even if it was a bit off the Bikini SeriesJ...

She even photoed her dinner for you, blog-styleJ

Brought to you from our take-home desserts from Kim's in the Mix.  And even though I kept bouncing back & forth between all of the amazing choices, my first instinct won out with my final pick of Wedding Cake....
Kim's somehow makes a basic vanilla/vanilla cake PHENOMENAL.  Vanilla flavor to the hilt.  LOVE.

And I managed to sneak a quick bite of Scott's Blueberry praline pound cake before he devoured the rest.  The pound cake was vanilla and dense layered with a bright center of tangy berries & crunchy praline...JUST. SO. GOOD.
The only bummer about treat night?  It was Survivor Final night too...BOO!  We always hate when Survivor's overJ  I guess Wednesday treat night will now be a night of catching up on "Ridiculousness,"  "Impractical Jokers," & "Inside Amy Schumer" nightJ 

Anywaysss....have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Morning tacos...

Tuesday Recap:

Workout:  2 sets arms & squats with 8 pounds

Breakfast:  2 corn tortillas + 1 cup of black beans + 1/2 avocado + 2 tablespoons salsa
LOVE THIS BREAKFAST!  Like morning tacosJ

Snack:  Strawberries + 1/4 cup coconut cashews 
I thought the stats on the cashews were going to be ghastly compared to regular 'shews.  But it was really the difference of about 5 calories & 5 grams of sugar.  Who knew??  So I didn't mind swapping them up for a little something 'extra' here & there.

Lunch:  Leftover Strawberry Kale salad + 1 cup of pineapple 
And leftover kale salad is the BEST kinda kale salad because it has time EXTRA time for the tough leaves to break down in the dressing.  Not to mention:  a QUICK & easy lunch.

Snack:  1 bowl Frosted Flakes  
Brought to you by pregnancy, NOT the Bikini SeriesJ  Kept it to one small bowl, so I'm fine with itJ

Dinner:  Greek Chicken Meatballs + 1/2 cup whole wheat couscous + cucumbers + feta/yogurt dip
Scott SAVED dinner last night when I just did NOT have it in me to make dinner last night (I'm blaming increasing humidity & DEcreasing ability to breathJ).  Thankfully, these whipped up pretty quick.  Oregano & garlic spiced meatballs + feta & dill non-fat yogurt dip to cover all the goods, this one felt well-rounded & filling. 


Well, thankfully it should be MUCH easier to breath today since the humidity AND temps dropped overnight.  If it could just stay like THIS until JULY, that'd be great.  ThanksJ

Have a great Wednesday!

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