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I’m still alive

I’M BACK!  I think this has been the longest span between posts!  My life was in a slight upheaval with being in charge of the elementary school play.  Elementary is what you’d think it should be, but this was like mini-broadway!!  I had a fantastic time doing it and I feel it was a great success especially when my 6th grader told me he had the best time and loved it so much!!!!  That right there is why I did the whole thing!  I’d love to post a million pictures but I don’t know if parents would like me sharing their kids cute faces all over the internet, so here are a couple!  Me and my kids and two of my besties that helped me so much with the play!

photo 1 photo 2We’ve been working on this for the past 10 weeks, but we really started in December with auditions.  It was similar to a marathon, but much harder (: and I don’t feel like I’m in the best shape of my life either.  The last two weeks I didn’t even have a desire to exercise and I was eating WAY out of whack.  SO……here is my healthy rant for the day!!!  I’m happy to say that my desire to exercise is back 110% and my eating goals are back on after a short break.  I wrote down a few things I’m going to stick to for….GOOD (:

To get back on track I’m doing a 4 day fast.  I’ve done this silly thing before.

Day 1: Water only

Day 2: Water and energy drink only

Day 3: Day 1,2, and 5 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables

Day 4: Day 1, 2, 3, and 24 g protein

I like feeling back in control of my eating and the few pounds I lose aren’t bad either.  After that I’m going to eat healthy minus grains for the rest of the month.  I have a week long trip that I’m determined to stay strict on.  I’ll give myself a 24 hour window to eat whatever I want (:  It’ll probably be on the last day of my trip.

I have a week of workouts to share too!!  I’ve had this on my computer for weeks and finally I’m going to give it a try!!

0001XmI mentioned in my last post about the best day to weigh yourself.  Well, it’s Wednesday.  So, that will be my weigh in day now (:  All of a sudden I have too many things to do.  I’ll be back sooner than later…I promise!!  Make it a great day!!  Work Hard Always!!!  Oh!!  I haven’t taken many pictures over the last few weeks, but here are me and my ski buddies.  I forgot my helmet this day!  I wish I still had 2 weeks left of good skiing, but I’m afraid 70 degree days don’t do much for the quality of snow!

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Time to get serious!

OK!  First post of the NEW YEAR!!!  Yes, the buzz is around me!  Exercise more, eat better, lose weight.  I’m on board.  I debated about which diet to try…my brain is in constant motion pertaining to health and fitness.  South Beach? Burst Cycle Diet? Whole 30? Vegan?  The list could continue forever.  I get a little crazy when I follow a plan and always seem to fall off the wagon when it’s over.  For this month and next, I’m eating clean and healthy.  That’s it.  Very low sugar.  3 things I’m working on:

  • More Protein
  • A gallon of water a day
  • Less carbs

PROTEIN: I quickly googled the top 10 protein sources.  Put them on your shopping list!

  • Turkey or Chicken breast
  • Fish (Tuna, Salmon, Halibut)
  • Cheese (non-fat mozzarella, cottage cheese
  • Pork Loin
  • Lean Beef
  • Tofu
  • Beans (soy beans, kidney, black, white beans)
  • Eggs (especially egg whites)
  • Yogurt or Milk
  • Nuts and Seeds (Pumpkin, almonds, peanuts)

thWATER:  Super important.  Everywhere and in every diet or weight loss plan, MORE WATER is recommended.  I think the majority of people get busy and forget to drink, me included.  I’ll be filling up my water bottle several times each day!

th-1LESS CARBS:  What does that mean?  Nothing new, but a proven fact.  Less carbs=lose weight.  I should say BETTER CARBS.  I’m going to aim for 2 carb servings a day for awhile.  This includes oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta.  Eliminate WHITE FLOUR and WHITE SUGAR and you got it down!

th-2My exercise plan is simple right now.  6 days a week as usual.  I’m going to up my running and cardio and or course lift weights 4 times a week.  I’m still working on my 4 day a week workouts.  I’ll have to post them next time!!  LOVE LOVE lifting weights, eating healthy, and then seeing results!!!  Keep at it!!  Work Hard!  And surround yourself with uplifting people who are on board with you as well!!

I’ll end with a SWEET SWEET song!!  I just took on the job of directing our elementary school play, Aladdin Jr., and I’m in heaven each day watching the kids sing and dance!  My little 2nd graders are going to sing this song as a pre-show.  Let’s go fly a kite.  This version is from the movie Saving Mr. Banks.  Such a GREAT movie!  Listening to it always makes me happy.  Love Mary Poppins!  Have a great day!



Meals, Moves, and a Movie!

Hello!  I’m back from a very memorable vacation.  School was out last Friday.  Monday we headed down to St. George for the 1st annual GIRL TRIP!  I took these 4 cuties:

securedownload-1We had the BEST time with an array of activities and emotions.  I’ll sum up the trip in a few words: Taylor Swift, laughing, crying, dancing, swimming, food, ice cream, movies, hiking, picture taking, boy craziness, heat, and adventure!!  We definitely bonded and would love to do this all over again!  As much as I love St. George for the blessed heat and beautiful red rocks, I love coming home and seeing the green trees and my flowers blooming like crazy.  Here are a few pics:

securedownload securedownload-2 securedownload-2My favorite outing was to a new place that’s really an old place!  About 15 miles outside of St. George is a natural springs pool in a city called Veyo.  I love to find hidden local favorites!  This place is an oasis!  We drove off the main road and then down a hill into a canyon of green trees, black rock, and a creek.  The bluest and clearest pool was situated underneath the trees and rocks.  A zip line was above us connecting two rock mountains.  I was told they drain the water and refill it every day.  It was the perfect cool temperature when it’s 100 degrees outside!  Definitely a new stop we’re going to have to hit on our future St. George trips!  We spent about 3 hours there and worked hard on our tans!  I was also told the BEST pie shop is close by too.  I’ll have to scout that one out next time.

As usual, I caved into a little bit of vacation food!  I was good for two of the days and not so good on the last two days.  Let’s just say the road trip home involved diet coke, kettle corn, ice cream, and Mc Donald’s.  I thought I was getting the flu as I went to bed last night!  New goal for me will be to have NO TREATS until my son’s 16th birthday which is in 19 days!  It will make his special day all the better!  I should say MY day all the better.  I’m more excited for him than he is!  To keep me motivated, I’m going to try a few recipe ideas from my favorite healthy Instagram friends.  Look them up!!

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I love them!  They post delicious healthy food and amazing workouts!  Summer is actually the hardest time for me to stay on the healthy eating wagon.  Weird of course!  It doesn’t help when I get an email from my sister that says, “I just wanted to announce to everybody that I booked my plane tickets!  Everyone plan on going off your diets and eating all the yummy treats in town!”  Yes, this sugar fettish of mine is inherited!

Another way for me to stay FIT minded is to mix up my workouts!  Next week I’m going to try a new weight and cardio schedule.

Monday and Thursday-Chest, back, lats, and legs.

Tuesday and Friday-Tricep, bicep, abs, and legs.

Wednesday and Saturday-Traps, shoulders, abs.

Sounds like I’m going to die!  I’ll throw in running and Zumba too (:  My weeks are pretty choppy this summer with camps, Ragnar, and friend trips.  I think next week is my only full week of relative calmness for awhile.  I’ll let you know how this goes at the end of next week!

Also, here’s an ab workout I pinned on Pinterest last week that everyone keeps repinning.  I haven’t tried it, but I will!


Lastly, a movie to see!  I took the girls to MALEFICENT on our trip.  New favorite movie!  It wasn’t what I expected.  I’m not an Angelina Jolie fan and she was phenomenal.  I need to see it again!  When I love a movie, I want to go see it again with everyone I know who hasn’t seen it.  My boys saw it at home too and loved it just as much!  Worth the money!

Maleficent fan made poster Peter GilbertWell, I need to get busy!  Next on my list is getting my son ready for a high adventure camp, planning a girl’s camp, and helping my daughter with her student’s dance recital!  Make it a GREAT day.  Be (:


B4 workout, outfit, and reality

I know I’m so creative with the name of my workout.  A couple friends and I met at the gym this week and I put them through this blissfully fun workout that includes Bells, Burpees, Back, and Biceps.  Super tough!  Give it a try!

First, alternate Kettlebell and burpees.  Start with 20 kettlebell swings to 1 burpee, then go down a kettlebell swing and up a burpee.  Keep going until you’ve completely reversed the exercises.  Make sense?  19 kettlebell swings-2 burpees, 18 kettlebell swings-3 burpees, etc!!!

THEN, we went over to the weights and did the following:


Bent over barbell row

Lat Pulldown

Single leg deadlift


Single arm dumbbell row

Alternating bicep curl

Incline bicep curl


Arnold Press

Barbell curl

I think I’ll take a few pics. of us in action next time (:  I did take a shot of me in one of my favorite running outfits that I won’t be wearing for too much longer.  All week long our temperatures have been in the high sixties.  I escaped several times for a quick 3 mile run to feel the sun on my face and the leaves beneath my feet.  LOVED IT!!

photo-39 photo-39This outfit is brought to you by Lululemon.  My shoes are Nike Vomero.

OK!  Next, I thought I’d give you the reality of my workouts this week.  A few posts ago I wrote down my workouts for the week!  This is what I wanted to do:

MONDAY: 6 mile tempo run.  Legs.

TUESDAY: My full body workout.  3 mile interval run.  Body Attack

WEDNESDAY: Back and Bi’s  Zumba

THURSDAY: 4 mile tempo run.  Body Combat.  Shoulders

FRIDAY: Chest and Tri’s  Spin.

SATURDAY:  Long Run 8-12 miles.


MONDAY: 6 mile tempo run.  Legs.  1/2 of ZUMBA

TUESDAY: My full body workout.  3 mile run.

WEDNESDAY: My B4 workout.  3 mile run.

THURSDAY: 8 mile run.  A few very week shoulder exercises.

FRIDAY: 3 mile interval run on treadmill, abs, tris and chest.

SATURDAY: Run to the gym.  Body Combat.  Run home.  I’d like to do legs and shoulders too.  We’ll see (:

Well, I need to finish up for the day.  This has been a back to back to back busy week.  I have a few personal training directions I’m pondering that I’ll throw out there next week.  Have a healthy eating weekend.  I will be ON all weekend.  This is where I would like to be if I could calm down for 2 seconds.  *Heavenly* (: