putting Cole to work

A new year, a new trimester, and a new title?

Happy New Year…a week late I know.  I’ve been in hibernation for the past week studying for my state CNA exam.  I took both the skills and written parts today.  In the skills part you have to demonstrate vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood pressure) and then a set of 5 CNA skills.  The written part is 100 multiple choice questions.  Unfortunately, they don’t give you your results right away, they mail them to you.  I’m pretty sure I passed both parts so as of next week I’m going to start signing my name:

Cyndi Hinson C.N.A. (ps I’m totally joking!)

It does feel good to have that done and out of the way.  Now onto my other 9 prerequisites…ugh.  I’m hoping to get 2 or 3 done before the baby comes…ha…I know…like that’s going to happen when my husband is coming home in 22 days and I’m now in the 3rd trimester.  I’m aiming high though.

I know you don’t want to see a week of food pictures, nor do I want to sit here and post them all so I’ll sum the week up with a few highlights.  I felt really good this week.  The crap is out of the house and I’m back on track.  Cole offered to help during the New Year’s Eve clean-up party!

There’s nothing like a clean house and a crap free kitchen to start the New Year off right.

I did spin Monday and Wednesday and then the Buns and Guns class on Thursday.  I received a very nice compliment from one of my spin teachers who was amazed that I’m due in March and still going to spin.  At Buns and Guns I was feeling really good and probably did more than I should have but was able to do almost the entire class (some modified moves).  And then one of my moms friends thought I was due in May (not March) and told me I looked great.  So I had a nice boost in self-esteem this week.  On an unrelated, but still important note, I noticed that on the 2 days I didn’t work out, Tuesday and today, I was more tired throughout the day as compared to the other days.  I think next week I’ll add in some yoga on my days off just to help ease the soreness and increase my energy levels.

My food this week was pretty consistent.  On the days I worked out I had a banana and peanut butter or almond butter for a pre-workout and then a protein pancake and green smoothie after my workouts.

On the days I didn’t workout, breakfast was a Nature’s Path gluten-free waffle with peanut butter and a banana.

Snacks consisted of pretzels, cheese, Trader Joe’s nuts and cranberries, and Balance Bars.

On Monday mom made a delicious healthy dinner that was much needed!  Chicken, caprese style salad, grilled veggies, and orzo.

My after dinner snack were these almond butter cookies from Trader Joe’s that were sooooo good!

Tuesday after Buns and Guns Cole and I went to the Rec Center and then he begged me to go to Kneader’s for lunch.  He loves their chicken noodle soup (cause the kid seriously is a soup nazi!).  I had my usual tuna sandwich with a side of fruit.

That night I was studied while Cole was at Taekwondo and snacked on a frozen yogurt from Red Mango.  I had a small original tart flavor with pineapple and blueberries.

and then picked up Chipotle for dinner.

Wednesday night Sherilynn, Cole and I went to El Chubasco for dinner…I had shrimp tacos, they did not agree with me, enough said.

Thursday Cole and cousin J had their very first ski lesson.  It was so cute to watch them, their ski’s are super tiny.  It was a warm day and the lack of snow is seriously pathetic, but they didn’t care and had a great time!

Made an open-faced turkey and reduced fat cheese sandwich with avocado for lunch.

Dinner was pork loin with a balsamic cherry sauce, snap peas, and french bread.

My niece Hazel just turned 7 and had a tea party.  She sent my mom home with leftover for me.  I had a cucumber sandwich and one of the cookies.

Tonight we went out to Red Rock Brewery after seeing Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (yawn).  I had my favorite tuna sandwich in a pita with a side salad, about 6 steak fries, and bites of garlic bread and spaghetti (Cole was playing games on my phone so all I got a pic of was my salad).

And then Cole and I split a McDonald’s M&M McFlurry for dessert.


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