Monday, February 8, 2010

Being a Winner/Family Fun/Meal Plan

Hope everyone if off to a good week. It’s amazing how my outlook on Mondays have changed in the past few months. My husband and I use to torture each other on Sundays making little comments like…. “you know what tomorrow is…Urgh”. That is me no longer. I love Mondays. You get a fresh start every week !!!! So let’s make this week better than the last!

To start my week off right my girl at KatDoesDiets notified me that I am the winner of her latest giveaway! I was excited to learn that any day I will be receiving the “Hungry Girl Chew The Right Thing” Recipe Cards. I am so excited about winning this giveaway. I just recently heard about “Hungry Girl” from other bloggers and have been wanting to give it a try……. Now I get too! Thanks again Kat, and for the rest of you go check out Kat’s blog. She is very uplifting and you may have a chance to win from one of her giveaways too!

Well now it’s time for me to give you a recap of my weekend boys and girls. On Saturday morning I woke up early for a Saturday. I had a little bit of a headache and to be honest with you, all I wanted was to cuddle my hubby a little longer and get a few more hours of sleep in. I laid there for a second but then my bladder was awake and there is no ignoring her in the morning. So once I got my first morning relief I tried laying back in bed, but then my mind was awake. So my mind reminded me that Bill had to go work later in the day and even though I feel like I have a small tennis ball attached to the back of my head the best way to ignore the pain is to get up and start moving….. so I did. I wanted to start doing some chores in the house but Bill, the baby, and the dogs were still sleeping. So I headed for the gym at 5:45 a.m.

Once I got there and on the elliptical it was 6. I got my book out and boy was it good! I got suckered into it and before I knew it I had went 30 minutes. I was at such a good part in the book I didn’t want to stop so I just hit “quick start” on the machine and went another HOUR! Don’t let the part about me reading fool ya, I was still listening to my tunes and I got a GREAT workout. My hair was plastered to my head (and for ya’ll that know my hair that’s no easy task), and my shirt was a darker shade of pink. For others sake I was glad that no one got on the equipment next to me by the end because my "Bath and Body Works" quit working, I was a pool of sweat…………… but I loved it! Once I got off the elliptical I went and hit a few of the weight machines, and then went home. The rest of the morning was pretty busy.

Bill and I made an omelet and shared it together. We used egg whites, fresh spinach, mushrooms and pepper. That sucker was huge, but so yummy after a good workout.

Once we cleaned up from breakfast Bill had to go to work so I decided to do my chores. I dusted (and the crowd boo’s), gathered the trash, did a few loads of laundry and of course entertained my little man. When Evan was down for his nap I took the dogs outside to bathe them, but our back yard is so muddy after the weather we been having. I figured once I got them in the garage I would clean their feet……… wrong. Brutice managed to push the door to the kitchen open so I had them playing keep away (from me) through the dinning and kitchen area……………. It was such a mess! I had mud all over my white floors. So though I did not plan on mopping the floors they got done this weekend too.

Later in the afternoon my brother Nathan, his wife Jessica, Selah (my niece), and my mom all came over. Earlier in the week I was telling Jess about how fun spinning is and how much I think she would enjoy it. So since I have a spinning bike they came over and all gave it a try.
It was really fun getting to hang out with them. Nate and Jess both gave the spinning bike a try and I think they really liked the workout they got from it. While Jessica and I visited (while she was still on the bike), Nathan tried my EA Active game for the Wii…… from the “sound” of it he got a really good workout. My big brother is such a ball of energy! I was cracking up cause he was letting that game know who was boss. Trust me when Nathan is excited about something you can’t help but be excited too! It was a really great visit! Jessica kicked butt on the spinning bike and I am hoping to convince her on going with me sometime to a class at the gym….. I know she will love it! Later my grandma and my aunt Suzanne came over too, it was a little party (= What I really enjoyed about spending time with everyone was we were talking about health & fitness. This new way of life is really becoming a passion and I was so excited to share that with my family. It was so cool to hear their ideas and changes that they are making. Jess and I were exchanging ideas that the family can do together and stay active!

Later that evening Bill and I ate from Masa Sushi. I had a vegetable roll! Yum I love that stuff (=
Before I went to bed I did a thirty minute abs routine to target my lower and upper abs and oblique.

Sunday morning Bill, Evan and I took the dogs for a family run. We went 3.5 miles and was able to run the 3 miles straight. Man it feels so cool to actually be running. I can’t even describe how good it feels to be able to do this now. There are times that I really have to focus on my breathing but it gets a little easier every time! The last bit of the run I wouldn’t say we walked, it was more like a tug of war match with the dogs. They saw some ducks that they wanted to play with, so I got pulled a bit. Once we got home and washed up we went to the grocery store.

We got a lot of good stuff to make for our lunches and dinner for the week. I have been a veg-a-holic lately. Purple cabbage was the veggie of the week last week but I am wanting to learn new ways to prepare eggplant and artichokes. For eggplant all we know to do is fry it, so that’s not going towork. Please peeps if you got any ideas on how to prepare either eggplant or artichokes I would appreciate it?!?!?!?!

Later that evening my hubby cooked while I did and hour workout on my spinning bike. I put Evan in his play pen next to me, it was like having my own personal cheerleader!!

So now brings us to today….. Monday. I didn’t go to the gym this morning but I did walk the dogs and I had some cleaning I had to do before work.
For Breakfast I ate a bowl of Kashi Go lean Crunch with some blackberries & raspberries.

I also packed the following to take to work today. For Lunch I have some honeydew melon,
& a turkey sandwich on rye bread with low fat mozzarella cheese (dry).

For a Snack I packed some hummus and red bell pepper. For those of you out there that love hummus, I am loving this brand and flavor (SABRA -Supremely Spicy Hummus).
I like a little kick of spice with my food, so this flavor is perfect. I can’t wait to have my snack today!!!!

Well everyone I hope you are having a great day!!!!


  1. You are doing so amazing! So glad you have such great family support. and your eating was spot on! Def going to try the hummus!

  2. Thumbs up on your workout!

    I've never tried Hummus, although it looks really good! I'll have to keep my eye out.

  3. woah! I had no idea so much was humanly possible! Sounds like a lot of fun, and rewarding work. Except the dirty paws part. Boo.

  4. I agree with you on the Mondays thing, especially day since I took the day off! I have decided day after Super Bowl is a national holiday.

  5. Thanks for the shout out! Sounds like you had a great workout Saturday. BTW your grocery pic made me hungry, mmmm.

  6. You go girl, you just made me smile the whole time I read that. I am so proud of you.

  7. keep up the good work! Random cabbage fun