Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WIAW #31: Monday's Meals

Halfway through the week already?  It's amazing how quickly time is going by!  Recently, I've started trying to get more chores done throughout the week, thanks to Joe's new clinic schedule.  He has a lot more free time, and when I come home and see him cleaning, it makes me want to clean, too.  I thought I'd not have as much free time to relax after work when I get right to the chores.  I've actually found that I feel I have MORE relaxing time now!  Score!  Good thing I have some cuddle buddies to spend it with.
I know the picture's dark, but I just had to share that Tequila and Kitty are finally starting to get along!  :)

Well, it's Wednesday, so you know what that means around here!

In today's WIAW, I'm sharing my food from Monday.  I usually share Tuesday's meals, but I wanted to share something a little different today!  Thanks to Jenn for hosting the link-up every week!  Head over to her blog, Peas and Crayons, to see what WIAW is all about (and visit other bloggers, too).


Since I didn't get to the grocery store yet this week, I was out of cereal.  I tried Erica's recipe for Cake Batter Overnight Oats, complete with sprinkles since I can eat sweets again!  I didn't have any vanilla Chobani, so I subbed in the only thing I had remotely close--cream cheese.  I enjoyed this recipe, but I imagine the yogurt would make it extra delicious!

Morning Snack

I had some roasted salted chickpeas from my NatureBox (review coming soon!) as well as an apple.  These chickpeas are the perfect healthy snack-the crunch and taste of a chip without all the fat!


We were out of salad fixings, but we did have a whole bell pepper!  I stuffed it with tuna like I've done recently, with the usual stuff on the side: veggie straws, carrots, and pineapple.

Afternoon Snack

Joe's grandparents sent me this Easter treat, and since I can now eat sweets, I figured I'd eat it for my afternoon snack.  Not very healthy, but it was tasty!

Pre-dinner Snack 
I went to the store after my workout and before dinner.  I was hungry and saw a movie-theater candy box of Bottle Caps.  I couldn't resist them and bought a box.  I had a few handfuls of these tasty little things before I made dinner.


Joe and a friend went out for wings, so I was on my own for dinner.  I wasn't very hungry due to the few handfuls of Bottle Caps, so I opted for a smoothie!  I made this smoothie with one banana, two handfuls of frozen strawberry halves, one scoop of protein powder, a handful of spinach, a spoonful of chia seeds, and some milk.  I had enough for two glasses, and it was a pretty tasty way to eat a late dinner!

I continued to eat Bottle Caps...until I finished the box.  Once I open those boxes, I just can't stop!  Especially after not eating sweets for a whole 40 days.

Good thing I went to BodyPump before dinner!  I went to my usual Monday night BodyPump class.  The instructor did a mix of releases, and I really liked the tracks we did, particularly the bicep track!  Those muscles are still sore today!

I'll end with this cute picture of Tequila playing with her shadow.  The "action shots" were a little dark, but she will paw at her shadow and kind of pounce at it.  She's hilarious!

Question for you: What candy can you just not stop eating?
Those boxes of Bottle Caps get me every time!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend and SBBC Week 5 Recap

Good morning, everyone!  It's time to begin another week.  Despite having a long weekend, I'd really like to have an extra weekend day.  I think four day work weeks would be much more productive!

Anyway, let's take a look at what Joe and I did for this Easter weekend.

Joe and I got up semi-early in order to drive to south Georgia to see his grandparents.  It was rainy and gross all day, which made for a dreary drive.  On the way up, Joe had a meeting with a potential employer!  The guy wound up having to reschedule, but we had a nice little pit stop at Waffle House and shopping in Beall's.  I got some new headphones that I'm excited about.
We made it to Joe's grandparents' house around 4, caught up for a little bit, then went to dinner at Cracker Barrel.  Afterward, Joe, his grandmother, and I went to a Newsong concert.  Newsong is a contemporary Christian band, and they sounded great live!  We had fun listening to music and praising God.

Once we got home from the concert, I was ready for bed.  In fact, I was too tired to even read my book before going to sleep!  Joe walked in to bed and found me asleep with the book on my chest and the light still on.

We had a slow-moving morning on Saturday.  I got up around 9, drank some coffee, and talked with Joe's grandparents/read until Joe got up.  His grandparents are such great people, and I always enjoy spending time with them!

Joe had to head back to his interview early Saturday afternoon, so we had an early lunch at Golden Corral.  I loaded up with a salad first, then lots of veggies on the second round.  It's possible to eat (semi) healthy at a buffet!  Joe's sister came in to town and met us for lunch before heading back to the house.

The afternoon was spent chatting, reading, and looking through old pictures, taking a walk with Katherine, and eating some more.  While looking at pictures, I found this one of Joe's dad and uncle.  Joe's dad is on the right, and he looks JUST like Joe's older brother in it!
Joe and I caught the Atlanta Braves baseball game on TV that evening.  We enjoyed watching our team on TV since we don't get them down in Florida!  After the game, I read some more before bed.  Had to get some sleep before Easter Sunday!

Easter morning was a relaxed one, getting ready before leaving for church at 10:30.  We attended a great service, with lots of music and a great sermon.  I always enjoy the church Joe's grandparents go to!

We followed church with a local lunch buffet, where two of Joe's cousins joined us.  We had a great meal--both delicious food and great company!  After lunch, we all headed back to the house for some pictures.
me, cousin Sarah, SIL Katherine
The cousins: Kellis, Sarah, Joe< and Katherine
Me and Joe
The cousins and the grandparents
me, Joe, and Katherine
After our photo shoot, it was time for us to get ready to go.  Joe and I headed to Gainesville to visit his other grandparents.  His grandfather was in the hospital, so we spent about an hour with them.  Then, it was time to get back home!

Tequila came back home to us shortly after (she was staying with a friend who dropped her off).  Looks like she was pretty happy to be home!
It may have just been the raw hide we gave her :)

Just like last week, I'm linking up with Amanda, Krysten, and Ericka for the #bestfoot link-up!
The week of workouts started strong, but I let things get in the way of exercise after that.
Monday-3 mile run + BodyPump class (30 + 60 minutes = 9 points)
Loved my coordinated Ellie outfit for Monday's run/workout
Tuesday-Bikram yoga class (90 minutes=9 points)
Wednesday-lazy day
Thursday-lazy day
Friday-travel/rest day
Saturday-30 minute walk with Katherine (3 points)
Sunday-travel/rest day

Activity Points: 21
Water Points: 4/7 days
Freggie Points: 4/7 days
Total Points for the Week: 29 (+10 bonus points for an avoiding-one-overindulgence challenge)
Total Points for the Challenge: 167

My goal for this week is to survive the Lake Minneola Half Marathon!  I've done a poor job at following my training plan.  My goals for this race will reflect that, and I will share those later in the week.

Question for you: How did you spend this Easter weekend? What are your fitness/health related goals this week?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

Happy Easter!  Christ has risen!
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Two things really struck me at church this morning.  First, we sang "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," an Easter hymn classic, and one of the verses really struck me.  Here are the lyrics:

"Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!"

It never really crossed my mind that without Jesus dying for us and being raised from the dead, we would not have victory over death in Him.  I am so thankful today (and everyday) that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus to give us eternal life (John 3:16).  Praise Him!

Another thing that stuck out to me (along the same lines) is something the preacher said during his sermon.  He mentioned a recent Time Magazine article about Google trying to solve the problem of death.  Well, no need, Google!  Jesus already took care of that!  His resurrection gave us all victory over death, as we now have eternal life.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter celebration!  Let's try to be an Easter people throughout the year, not waiting until this day to remember what Jesus did for us over 2000 years ago.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stream of Consciousness Saturday 4

Hey, everyone!  I hope you are having a great Easter weekend so far.  We are enjoying spending some time with Joe's family, despite the fact that it's been raining and dreary yesterday and today.

My mind is bouncing all over the place today, and so I thought it's a perfect time for another Stream of Consciousness Saturday post!  I seem to do these about once a month and just talk about whatever happens to come to my mind.

1. I don't know what it is, but I have been really in to iced coffee this week.  Between Wendy's on Sunday and DD throughout the week, it's becoming a trend around here!
Maybe it's me making up for the sweets I'm not able to eat...(one more day!)

2.  I received my first NatureBox (<---referral in="" link="" mail="" on="" p="" the="" thursday="">
I decided to receive 5 surprise snacks, and I've gotta say, the ones I've tried so far are fantastic!  I'm going to do a full review once I try everything, but an early favorite are the Honey Macadamia Pretzel Pops.  Yummy!
Use my referral link to receive $10 off your NatureBox (I get $10 off, too).

3.  The Lake Minneola Half Marathon is next Saturday, and I'm freaking out a little.  I didn't do a very good job of sticking to my training plan, other than strength training 1x a week, a short run 1x a week, and bikram yoga 1-2x a week.  Sometimes I'd do more, but I don't really feel prepared for this race.  More to come on what I'm planning on doing!

4.  Having a puppy is so much fun!  Tequila is so much fun to play with, and I am definitely missing her this weekend so far.  She's in good hands, though, so I'm not worried about her too much.

5. Joe had a job interview yesterday, and it went pretty well!  I'm excited for him that he's getting closer to being finished with school and getting out in to the working world.  I'm definitely in prayer for him over where God will have him work, and we'd love to have your prayers, too!

6. For some reason, I've been feeling really busy yet out-of-it this week.  I feel like I've done so much, but at the same time done nothing at all.  I'm hoping this coming week will be more productive and I'll be more motivated to do stuff.

That's about all I can come up with at this time (and my computer battery is about to die)!  Check out past SOCS posts:
SOCS March
SOCS February
SOCS January
Have a fantastic Easter weekend!  Let's celebrate the Lord's death and resurrection to save the world!

Question for you: Tell me something random about your week/day/life.