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Change it up!

Friday thought day!  Lots of randomness in this post.  First off, hair color and cut!  Next week I need a change.  I’m liking the long hair look, but I need to cut my bangs and get a new color.  I found a few examples I might try.  Some people have told me I resemble these girls.  Very nice compliment that I don’t quite see!  I love Shania’s curls in this one.

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Another color choice I need to make is my front door.  Today I had a group of friends over for lunch.  We just painted the outside of our house a beautiful dark gray blue color with a white trim.  Everyone thought it looked great!  Our plain white door is in need of a make over too.  Here are my thoughts for the door!!  I’m leaning towards the orange!

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Next change needs to be in the exercise and eating department.  I think I’m working out too much.  I have a few ailments bugging me and at least one of them could be exercise related.  I hate taking time off exercise, but next week I might CHILL and only go on a few walks ):  The trail was beautiful this morning.  I’m in awe every time I run it.  I could never get sick of it.  I picked a small bouquet of flowers as I ran down this morning!  So sweet *

Take time to PICK the flowers!

Take time to PICK the flowers!

The diet part of the life is getting dull so I’m going to crank it up a notch.  The Les Mills exercise program I follow has a 21 day diet challenge I’m going to try.  It’s stricter on the carbs and I need to fix that part up a lot.  I’ll post about it on Monday.  Till then, I’m going to eat many things that aren’t good for me this Sunday!  My fitness pal and I are getting together with our families to go up the canyon and make smores.  We also have a big list of other goodies to indulge on too!  Oh! Oh!….before I fall too far off the wagon I have to say I did a crazy thing last night.  My girl’s and I had a girl date and we stopped at the grocery store for a few things.  I walked by the peaches and nectarine section and started drooling from the sweet smell.  So yummy!  All I wanted for my treat that night was a perfectly ripe and juicy nectarine.  Heavenly!!  We got a small bag and ate them up on the way home!!  I need to buy more!!!

nectarinesLast but not least.  QUOTE of the DAY!!  Moments are by far and away better than things!!!


Stick to a plan this summer

fed5e226d618cedaf30f6a1e40a692a6I need a pretty place right now!  This is beautiful!!  I’m lucky however because I live in a beautiful place too.  I told my family yesterday that it could be June every month of the year and I would never get sick of it!!  I love everything about summer!!!  Today marks the official 1st day of summer for my kids.  We’ve got a plan for each one of them!!  My 2 oldest boys play football.  I’m going to take them to the track 3 times a week and whip them into shape!!  My little 10 yr. old was with me this morning and I almost had him in tears!!  Not on purpose, I was being very kind (:  They’ll love it!!  Anyhow, we have the typical job chart along with reading and piano etc.  My oldest son wants to play guitar now too!  Always something new.  Today I ran a pitiful run and then went to the gym to do the WOD.   This was a great workout!  I’m going to post it here to see if my brain can recall it!!


400 m run

2 X

10 pushups

10 situps

15 air squats


100 jump squats

100 walking lunges

75 high sumos

75 push ups

50 burpees

20 pull ups

It took about 20 minutes and I was sweating!  My legs are still shaking and it’s been 3 hours.  ENJOY!!!!

Update on the healthy challenge of mine!!!  I need to kick it in gear all week.  I was UP? today!!!  134.  GEEZ.  How do I fluctuate 4 pounds in 3 days?  Anyway, I’ll be strict eating girl and weigh every day this week!  Father’s Day will be a break day!!  I am looking forward to that.  I have discovered it is not hard for me to eat healthy 6 days a week.  SUNDAY is what does me in!  Too much time on my hands!!

Song of the day today is MY WISH!!  I love this (: song!!

9 weeks to red hot!

Nothing will change your eating habits more than a 4 day vacation!!  We met up with our friends this weekend for a very fun and relaxing weekend.  Our kids had a great time together too.  The weather was beautiful!!  It was so nice to be outside swimming, hiking, and playing at the park.  We ate out way to much, ate in way too much, and indulged in a whole lot too much of Sugary treats.  What a perfect time my friend and I had coming up with a plan that neither of us will cheat on for 9 weeks!!!!!  I’m a challenge-goal girl that has a hard time sticking with the program (:  With my commitment to my friend, I’ll follow it this time to a T!!  I’ve also decided against the body-building contest.  Instead, I will invent my own workout and diet to get my body better looking than a body builder anyway!  This chick looks like something to strive for!  Holy abs!

tumblr_m5whfzqDgv1qclf26o1_500Another funny thing I tell my friends is that if they ever see me running in booty shorts they will know I’m o.k. with my body!!  That’ll be an indicator if I’ve reached my goal!  Here is an example:

Nike-2quot-Tempo-Boyshorts-Womens-Running-Shorts-519835_659_AOK…down to business!  What am I actually going to do for 9 weeks?  My friend and I will weigh ourselves once a week.  We’re taking measurements this week and then at the end.  I even talked her into the hydro-static weighing to measure our body fat before and after.  I recently tested mine and I was at 19%.  I’m shooting for 16% and weighing between 125-128 lbs. by July 27th.  At the beginning of each week we’re going to share menu ideas.  She’s a great cook and I’m sure we’ll come up with many tasty dishes that I’ll be sharing.  Here are the bullet points of what we will do:

  • Don’t eat anything that has more than 6 g. of sugar.  (That doesn’t mean for the whole day, just whatever one thing you are eating).
  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water.
  • Weight workouts at least 4 days a week
  • No white sugar or white flour

A few other suggestions are eating more plant based foods and protein.  We both love salmon and tofu and we’ll eat a lot of that.  TONS of vegetables and fruit too.  I’m going to try to eat a vegetable every time I eat something.  Also, eat every 3 hours and stop eating for the day at 7:30 p.m.  We are giving ourselves 2 days off, which will be Father’s Day and the 4th of July!!  I’m very excited to get back in shape.  I really do fall out of shape, especially when my body is not feeling 100% (still having aching ribs), but I will go slow and do what I can do.  Here was my breakfast for today:

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Coming up at 11:00 a.m., I’ll be having 2 celery sticks with peanut butter!

Here are a few pictures from the trip.

2013-05-25_20-42-43_2 2013-05-25_20-58-44_367 2013-05-25_20-32-26_781All is well!  Day 1 of any diet is awesome!  I’ll be posting several weight workouts soon!!  I want to make them “easy to do at home” workouts!!  Stay tuned and remember:

d63b12fa1568182447c0bd8924df6d2dP.S.  I purchased 3 Taylor Swift tickets for the concert this Saturday!  I surprised my daughter with them on her birthday!  I can’t wait!!

Savor each day!

The LONG Thanksgiving weekend has come to an end…thank goodness!  Hopefully everyone has the house all decorated and beautiful for the Christmas season.  We only have ONE month!  I want to SAVOR each day and make the most of the short season, the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!!  I’ve mentioned before and my kids sense it as well (thanks to my husband) that I DON’T LIKE CHRISTMAS!!!  That is NOT true!!!  I have to love Christmas because I am a Christmas baby!  I came home from the hospital on Christmas Eve.  I love Christmas!  I have a few annoyances with the season, but OVERALL it is WONDERFUL!  Here is my small list of LOVES of Christmas!!!

  • Christmas Lights
  • Holiday Music
  • Christmas Stories
  • Gift Giving
  • Treat Sharing
  • Jesus Remembering

It is a hectic time of year not just because of the holiday, but because we officially closed on our new home!  It’s straining on me physically and mentally to wrap up life in our old neighborhood and to get started remodeling on the new home.  It will be fun and I’ll post lots of before, during, and after photos!  Yes I do have a life other than thinking about what I eat and when I’ll get my workout in!  This blog is definitely a FITNESS blog but one of the MOST IMPORTANT aspects of a FIT LIFE is BALANCE!!

It’s Monday!  First of the week when everyone wants to go to the gym and eat right.  One way to keep focused on eating healthy is a fun eating challenge!!  My friend invited me to follow one called EAT TO LIVE.  I ordered the book but it hasn’t arrived yet.  I researched a little on the internet, but mostly it is eating WHOLE foods and…no DAIRY or MEAT!!  I’m sure the phrase FAD DIET comes to mind with that one!  In ALL honesty though this has been the easiest diet for me to follow.  We do have a few alterations.  We can have yogurt.  The healthiest one is plain greek yogurt.  Mostly, it’s TONS of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains!  For my MENU day, here is a sampling of what I’ve been eating lately:

BREAKFAST: Oatmeal with flax, protein powder, berries, cinnamon, unsweetened coconut, almond milk, and a few almonds OR a Banana, peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, spinach smoothie (I have one of these EVERY day.  I love them!)

LUNCH: Salad (a huge one) with black beans and a little low fat poppy seed dressing.

SNACKS: fruit, cashews, protein balls, yogurt and berries, popcorn.

DINNER: Veges with sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa, or a big bowl of soup.

I will never say that I don’t crave sugar, but you do stop thinking about it.  Good food tastes so much better when you’re not eating sugar and processed foods.  It’s been great!  I’ve lost 3 pounds and I have TONS of energy (minus the 2 days around Thanksgiving when I ate everything in site).

Our challenge is to see who can go the LONGEST!!!  HA HA!  I will WIN!  We have 1 day off a month.  During December we get 3 days off with all the holidays.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress.  I’m sure people think I’m crazy.  I know, I think vegetarians are crazy too!  After the challenge I think I’ll go back to eggs and fish once a week, but really I think it’s healthier to eat this WAY!!  Here is a photo from my dinner tonight.  Very simple STIR FRY!  Lots of veges (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, red pepper, green onion, yellow squash, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts).  I made chicken for the husband and kids and we ate it over brown rice.  SO YUMMY!!

AND for your happy MUSIC day, here are a couple of “MY” songs!!

And the beautiful voice of Michael Buble!