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The most amazing NICE and HEAVENLY treat EVER!!!

While we were in NICE, France my friend had us search the town for a special cookie I’d never heard of, a MACARON.  They come in many flavors and are so pretty as you can see in the picture above!!!  My very, very favorite was SEA SALT CARAMEL.  I also liked COCONUT!!  I cannot begin to describe how DELICIOUS these cookies are.  I WILL for sure attempt to make these myself!  Here is a good recipe I found on this BLOG: The Macaron Queen.  They were VERY pricey, but we didn’t really care.  We ended up going back for more.  I’ve never seen these in the states and I’m thinking I need to open up my own little shop!!!  They would easily beat an fancy pants CUPCAKE out there!!!  Here we are in front of the store.

I really liked NICE.  I want to go back and explore a lot more of FRANCE.  We walked the streets in the early morning and meandered by the most beautiful open market with fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables, and pastries.  I wanted to take pictures of everything!!  I was nicknamed the Japanese of the group with all the pictures I took!!  Check out a few of these:

It was so perfectly warm and beautiful.  We walked over to the beach and hiked up a trail that over looks the city and the ocean.

So my FOOD comment for the day is to FIND a macaron store and SAMPLE a few!!  I’ll make these as soon as possible.  I doubt they coincide well with my diet!!  Maybe that will be part of my REWARD around Oct. 20th!!  So WORTH IT!!!

Today is also my SWEET, SWEET Mommy’s birthday!!  I was looking through some old pictures and found this one I’d never seen before.

This explains why I’m such a good GARDENER!!!  What it really means to me is that my Mom always included me in everything she did.  She made me feel like she couldn’t get things done without me.  She’s the most calm and kind person I know.  I only know of one time she ever got mad at me in my WHOLE life!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

Moms are the Best!!!

Strict

And

Tough

7 days a week!!!

Monday Mezcla

Today is music day and I feel more like a mezcla day.  That’s a spanish word for mixture.  I’ll talk about a few random thoughts.  I came across two motivational websites I like.  They are muffintop-less.tumblr.com and livelifehappy.com.  Check them out.  Here is a thought from livelifehappy.

This next one is from the muffinlesstop site.  I want to try this ab workout AND add my own challenge to do 1000 situps!  I won’t do them back to back of course.  For the next two weeks I want to be super strict.  So, I’ll do this ab workout 3 times a week and then on another day I’ll try 1000 situps!

Killer Ab Workout:

  • 25 Stability ball crunches
  • 20 Leg lifts (with ball between legs)
  • 30 Regular Crunches (with heels on the ball, legs at 90 degrees)
  • 40 Bicycles
  • Plank to failure

Repeat twice!!

This is great, but we all know that ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN!!  So, I will follow the MTLC (muffintop-less challenge) along with my abs!  Here is the MORE important part of the equation!

Breakfast – 

1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal + 1 whole egg + 3 egg whites

OR low sugar cereal with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk  + 4 egg whites

Snack 1- 

Protein shake with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

OR 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese + small serving fruit

OR 1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt + small serving fruit

OR 1/2 serving nuts or nut butter + small serving fruit

Lunch – 

4 ounces of fish, chicken or ground turkey + 1 serving fibrous veggies + 1/2 cup brown rice (quinoa or 4oz yam/sweet potato or 1 slice whole wheat bread)

Snack 2- 

Same options as snack 1

Dinner – 

4 ounces of chicken, fish or ground turkey + 1 serving fibrous veggies

Post-workout (this is non-negotiable girls)- 

Protein shake with 1 cup almond milk or water (I like to blend mine with ice)

Sounds exciting!  I was o.k. with my weekly goals last week.  I had a terrible weekend though in the eating department.  Way too much birthday cake and MORE!  I could hit my head against the wall because I’m so dumb!

So, once again, I’m going to go for the I want to weigh 129 by SEPT 1ST!!!  Wish me luck!  This is also my “Get Ready for Europe Diet!!!!”  I haven’t really mentioned this, but my husband and I and a couple friends of ours are going to Europe!  This is NOT normal for us.  I went to Spain about 16 years ago and have not been back.  I lived there as a missionary for our church.  I have had the most hectic summer ever and have really kept my thoughts about our trip on the back burner, until now because it’s right around the corner!  I looked up our itinerary and found a few pictures of our first stop!  It’s a small village close to Barcelona.  We are pretty much getting off the plane and heading to this town.  Just reading the description of exploration almost took my breath away.  Hiking, overlooking mountains, valleys, waterfalls, wooded trails, streams, cobblestone streets, 500 year old stone houses, an authentic Catalan meal and pastries.  And that is DAY 1 of our trip.  Here are a few pictures I found MOST BEAUTIFUL!!

Mi Espana

LOVE LOVE!!

My music thoughts have been all over the place.  I went on a 12 mile trail run today with 3 of my friends in the early morning sunrise hours.  One of my favorite places to be is in nature.  So quiet and peaceful.  I wanted to lay down on the grass in a clearing by a lake and stay there all day.  I’d bring a book of course!  We had a great time!  It was tiring and I fell on my bed when I got home and just closed my eyes for about a half hour.

I did think of how grateful I am for my health and that I’m injury free at the moment.  I feel for my friends that trip up or over exert themselves and end up with pain!  I’ve been there and it never gets better.  It does make me appreciate my healthy days more!!

Sometimes we get down, sad, or simply grumpy.  Exercise will make you feel better, helping someone else, and a great song!!

Last but not least, a classic and calming Neil Diamond song!  Take care!