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Green Berets love WW cookies

Even Green Berets Love WW!!

Let me rephrase, Green Berets love WeightWatchers COOKIES!!  I made 3 dozen of the WW oatmeal cookies for Keller and his team…they were gone in less than 5 minutes.

Had a great day!  Started off with a pre-workout snack of 1/2 banana and 1 tsp PB- 1pt

Got on my spin bike with my iPod and put myself through an awesome workout +8.  Cruz was starving at the end of my workout (probably just watching me made him super hungry) so I had to think of something good and quick to have for a post-workout snack.  This was  the best I could come up with!

Chocolate milk is one of the best recovery drinks you can have after a workout.  It’s the perfect combination of carbs, protein, and fat.  It’s not my #1 choice since it’s 5pts, but it was better than having nothing. really need to go buy some protein!

Daddy requested another lunch with us, so we headed down to Salt Lake and met him at Cheesecake Factory.

Lunch: Skinnylicious Mexican Chicken Lettuce Wraps, 1 piece of brown bread, a few of Keller’s fries, 2 bites of Keller’s hamburger, and several bites of Cole’s mac and cheese (I figure I had about 1/2 cup) 12pts

Snacked on a few Haribo gummy bears 2pts

And 2 WW cookies- 5pts (no pic, 5 pts cause 1 of them was bigger then the usual serving size)

Dinner was a delicious Protein Pancake!!  6pts

Total points=31

Favorite thing of the day…lunch with my boys!

 

together again

A little distracted!

As I’m sure everyone assumed, I’ve been a little distracted lately with the homecoming of my hubby. So I’m going to do a quick recap cause I’m so tired my eyes are burning!

FRIDAY…

Busy day, tried to keep myself distracted so the day would go by faster.  Went to spin in the morning, had my usual pre workout snack (1/2 banana and 1 tsp PB)

Post workout: ran out of cottage cheese, so I had scrambled egg with whites and toast

Came home and got ready to go to a movie with my parents.  We saw One for the Money with Katherine Heigl, I wasn’t expecting it to be that great, but it was actually really entertaining.  Had a couple handfuls of popcorn in the movie.

Lunch: chicken gyro

Picked up Cole from school a little early cause he had belt testing at Taekwondo.  He is now an orange belt!

Went to Cafe Rio…again…with Heidi and Adam and family after.  Cole and I shared a steak salad…again!

SATURDAY…

Woke up pretty early with excitement and anticipation for the day.

Breakfast: Nature’s Path GF waffle w/PB

We got ready and headed down to Salt Lake around 9am cause I had to stop and get my car cleaned before we picked up Keller.  Then we headed to the airport.  This was Cole for about 15 minutes before Daddy arrived:

just staring at everyone coming down looking for Daddy.

He would not let Daddy put him down until we got to the car and even then it was a struggle.  This is what we call a stage 5 CLINGER!  😉

We headed out to do some errands and then grabbed lunch at Cheesecake Factory.  I had the Skinnylicious mexican chicken wraps, a couple bites of Cole’s mac and cheese…that is seriously like the best mac and cheese in the world…and some french fries.

We came home so Keller could take a shower and not smell like the Middle East and just hung out with my Dad and sister Michelle.  Cole’s cousins were over so he was distracted playing with them.

Snack: Great Harvest bran muffin (started with half, ended up eating the whole thing)

At night we went to Maxwell’s for dinner…so that means fries, pizza, and salad.  Luckily everyone was full by the end and we didn’t end of having our usual dessert the cookizza with ice cream that would have really set me over my limits for the day (like I wasn’t already there!).

SUNDAY…

Woke up starving so I had a slice of cinnamon toast before making Keller his requested protein pancake for breakfast.

Apparently 2 protein pancakes were not enough to satisfy Keller cause he moved on to leftover pizza at 9:30 in the morning!

Went to church.  Snacked on half a protein bar and some Trader Joe’s nuts and berries.

Came home and had leftovers for lunch.  It was like a leftover smorgasbord, mac and cheese, pizza, bran muffins, pretty much all the crap we ate the day before resurrected to eat again.  I also enjoyed one of my treats from Keller…a Coke Light from Dubai…so yummy!!

I was in charge of dinner and in honor of Keller’s homecoming made his favorite…steak…we also had salad, potatoes, and green beans with snap peas.

Oh and then some WW oatmeal cookies for dessert.

I was so full by the end of Sunday it hurt.  It felt like Christmas…this is not a holiday, this is not a holiday, this is not a holiday!

MONDAY…

Took Cole to school and then headed to the gym.  Keller got a temporary membership so we could workout at the same time.  I went to spin, he went to do whatever it is he does.  My usual pre and post workout foods.

Keller told me a couple weeks ago that I couldn’t go see any new movies so that we could see them together when he got back.  So we picked Man on a Ledge and went with mom and dad to see it.  Grabbed Great Harvest sandwiches on the way and ate them in the theater.  I shared my usual veggie sandwich with my mom.

We picked up Cole from school after the movie and headed home.  I did some yoga cause my back was killing me and I just felt really uncomfortable.  I’m not sure if it’s because I feel like I’m eating constantly since you know who got home, or if it’s just a finally experience pregnancy issues, but I have been super uncomfortable the last couple days.

Dinner: Mom made a recipe from my Real Simple magazine, a healthy alternative to chicken pot pie…I thought it was good, she put lots of veggies in it and I didn’t have to cook it so it was great!

TUESDAY…

The clinger work up at 6:30am again (he’s been doing this ever since Daddy got home, it’s killing me!).  We turned on the movie Real Steel and watched it while eating cereal for breakfast.  I started to get ready to go do some intervals on the treadmill when I heard my mom start it up before I got there.  So instead, we all got ready and headed to the gym.  I warmed up with a 10min jog on the treadmill and then Keller put me through a little circuit pyramid style workout, which means you do 10 reps, then 9, then 8, 7, etc all the way down to 1:

incline bench press, kettle bell sumo squats with a high pull, regular squats with an overhead press…then we did “sevens” 7 sets of:  7 reps bicep curl halfway up from bottom, then 7 halfway down from top, then 7 full curls.  Loved it!  Great workout!

Post workout…guess?

Got ready and headed down to Salt Lake for my feta echocardiogram.  Everything looks great!  We headed over to the mall after the Dr. appt to take some things back and grabbed lunch at one of my favorite restaurants Trio.

Lunch: flatbread with roasted tomatoes and goat cheese, salad, 1/2 veggie panini

I told Keller to smile and this is what he gave me.

Took the boys to Taekwondo and then headed over to Heidi and Adam’s.  It was Adam’s birthday so no Tuesdays with Heidi again today.  Adam requested his favorite chicken coconut curry with a Ding Dong cake for dessert.  It was all delicious.  I ate a little too many pita chips and hummus before dinner though!

Once again so full…haven’t counted points for 2 days, I blame Keller, even though I totally know it’s all my fault!  It’s ok, back on track tomorrow.  At least I still did my workouts!

 

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Married 16 Years AND Catching Up On Being Thankful! ;)

Yesterday, we celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary! It’s crazy to think of how much time has gone by and ALL the life we have lived in those years! Here we are back in 1995 at the age of 21 ready to take on the world together!

And here we are last night before going to dinner!!

Here we are at my heaviest weight…..  CRAZY!!!! (Click HERE to read my weight loss story or HERE to see me talk about it!)

I knew we would be going out to dinner, so I tried to keep my points low during the day to prepare for the feast!  Also- I worked out hard!  Haha!  I first ran 5 miles with the girls in the morning….. followed by 30 minutes of intense elliptical and 10 minutes of level 12 inclines. Torry surprised me at the gym when he stopped by to give me a kiss on his way out to work. Really turned on the charm yesterday morning…

Pre Work Out – 2pts

Went to my Weight Watchers meeting where I lost an AMAZING .2 lbs!  Yay- Maintained for another month.  I received my Lifetime Bravo sticker and felt a huge sigh of relief for surviving Halloween this year!  Seriously folks… only 2 more major holidays left for 2011!!!  😉 Zone Bar – 5pts

Came back home and had a yummy protein pancake – 5pts

2 Cups of veggies!  (1 cup spaghetti squash and 1 cup roasted veggies) – 0pts

Banana Soft Serve W/ Raspberries – 0pts

My mom came over to hang out with the boys while we went to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.

Started out with a piece or 2 (or 3) of bread….

My 3 pieces of the Avocado Egg Rolls!  (This is one of my favorite things to have there!) The sauce is what really “does” it for me…. 😉

After reading the Hungry Girl report on the new Skinnylicious Menu at Cheesecake Factory, I went with this for my main meal…

Mexican Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos

 
PER SERVING (entire order): 250 calories, 3g saturated fat, 1,017mg sodium, 14g carbs



“THE FIND OF THE DAY! Not only would this be a fun app to share with two buddies (there are 3 “tacos” per order), but it could also easily double as a main meal for one! The (gorgeous!) tacos are actually leaves of lettuce filled with chicken, veggies, avocado, roasted corn salsa, and a creamy sauce; plus, they’re served with another salsa on the side.”

And a side of corn cakes…..

I really took time to enjoy this dinner – it was so ooo OOO  good!

After we ate, we walked and talked around the Galleria….  over all, it was a perfect night. With Torry gone so much of the time traveling for work, it feels like rare opportunities when we get time with just the two of us.  I really enjoyed being with him. He is my number 1 thing I am THANKFUL for!

 

I realized I am behind on our BEING THANKFUL Challenge!!! Since today is 11-11-11….. I will be catching up by listing 11 reasons I am Thankful!

So, like I said above…..

1. My husband, Torry is number one! So happy and thankful to share my life with him!

2. My boys!  They are the BEST and I feel like the luckiest mom in the world. They are at a really fun age right now. If only time could stand still!

3. My extended family- always keeping life fun and interesting!!  It has been really great to see how all of our relationships have grown over the years!

4. My faith – I am a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints and I have really come to appreciate the gospel teachings I have received throughout my life. They truly are something I have come to rely on.  Heavenly Father loves each one of his children and has a plan for them. I feel so much comfort from the gospel message.

5. Friends- I have had several very close friends in my life and I love them all! It is refreshing to be accepted and loved by a close friend.

6. Running!!!  Seriously grateful for my love of running…. whether on a solo run, training for a marathon, running with a group, etc….  There is something special about this sport.

7. Weight Watchers- It changed my life!  I was finally able to shed over 50 unwanted pounds!  I could never be more grateful!

8. New Running Shoes!  Oh wait, is that part of #6? It really is one of my favorite things in life!

9. Having 2 new cars after driving “beaters” for years!

10. THIS BLOG!  It has been so fun to work with Carman and Cyndi on this project together!  It keeps us accountable and it’s a fun place to share our life with you!

11. This awesome scarf that Cyndi brought be from Europe! I texted her this pic to make sure I was wearing it correctly… and she gave me her official stamp of approval!  Always a good thing! :)

Backing up to Wednesday’s Fire Bites……….

Protein Pancake – 5 pts

Did the Jillian Michael’s 30 DAY SHRED Level 1 Work Out, followed by 20 minutes of elliptical and 20 minutes of inclines!

Whey Protein Fruit Smoothie – 2 pts

1 cup spaghetti squash, 1 cup roasted veggies, 1/4 cup alfredo sauce – 2 pts

Fiber One Bar – 4 pts

Cream Of Wheat – 3 pts

Tons of errands with the kids, so dinner was out of the grocery store…. Power Bar – 6 pts (Tasted like Candy!  So good!)

And a serving of these – 3 pts

When I finally got home after a long day…. I had a snack cup of sugar free pudding…. 2 pts

Okay—- I’m up to date!  Heading out to the gym to get this Friday started!!!  Hope you have a wonderful day!!

 

Mommy and Cole

Decisions, decisions

I have been thinking a lot about decisions lately.  I don’t know why now, I make decisions everyday, but for some reason I’ve been more aware of them lately.  This week I decided lots to things.  Whether or not I was going to get out of bed, whether or not to go to the gym, what to eat, what not to eat, etc etc everyday we make tons of decisions.  And although most of our decisions may seem small and insignificant, every decision has an outcome.  Speaking of what I decided to eat, here are my Fire Bites from this weekend:

Friday-

Yay another spin class day, this time I had a super fantastic gel padded seat.  I don’t know if it’s the pregnancy or what, but spin has been super uncomfortable lately.  BUT I’m glad I decided to go to this class, cause I felt great the rest of the day.

Pre-workout: toast and pb  5pts

Post-workout: one of Cole’s low fat chocolate milks (no pic)  4pts

Lunch: Chicken gyro, super delicious!  8pts

Snack: Chobani and cashew clusters  5pts

Dinner: 2 slices garden delight Papa John’s pizza and a green smoothie  10pts

SATURDAY-

Breakfast: eggo and pb  5pts

My cousin’s son was getting baptized so we headed down to Provo in a winter snow storm.  Cole was super excited to see the baptism.  He kept asking if he could get baptized.  Only 4 and already he’s made an important decision!! 😉

After the baptism we headed to the hospital to see my dad.  Stopped by the Cheesecake Factory for some lunch on the way. We were starving…that is not good when going to the Cheesecake Factory.  Mom ordered these before we got our meals…not a good idea when you’re hungry and lacking will power.  I decided I would eat them and that I would dip them in ranch!  This was of course after some bread and butter.

Then my lunch came…I ate almost half of my Pasta Da Vinci (the lunch portion size not the size shown below), it’s penne pasta with mushrooms and chicken in a red wine sauce.  And then I ate half of one of Cole’s sliders…I decided next time I go to Cheesecake Factory I will share just the sliders with him because I was seriously stuffed after all that food!!

After my 20 pt or so lunch we headed to the hospital to see my dad.  He’s having a harder time recovering from this knee replacement surgery than he did the last time and it’s really bothering him.  He was supposed to go home Saturday, but had a fever and low red blood cell count so they kept him another night.  Sherilynn, Cole, and I headed up the canyon and I crashed for a nap.  I made Cole have “quiet time” but it wasn’t very quiet when he was knocking on the wall (we share a wall between our rooms) every so often to see if I was awake.

That evening, my other sister Michelle invited me to a women’s “salon” as they called it, put on by the Mormon Women Project. Here is what the website says about the Mormon Women Project:

” This digital library will show that among the 7 million women currently members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is stunning diversity and strength that may not always be recognized. The MWP is particularly interested in highlighting the righteous choices women make in all circumstances and locations. It celebrates women who have made deliberate choices — with the help of the Spirit and personal revelation — to overcome personal trials, magnify motherhood, contribute to communities outside their homes, or be converted to the Gospel.

To an audience inside the Church, their stories support making personal choices with God’s help that often stand apart from the pressures of Mormon culture. To an audience outside the Church, their stories show the immense strength and wisdom of our people.”

It was very cool and seemed to focus on the topic of decisions. The keynote speaker Emma Lou Thayne, author and poet, wrote the lyrics to the hymn “Where Can I Turn for Peace?“.  Click on the link to hear the MoTab (Mormon Tabernacle Choir) singing this beautiful hymn.  We had the incredible opportunity to hear it sung by Metropolitan Opera singer Ariel Bybee. What was also cool was the story behind the lyrics to the song and the trials Emma Lou was facing at the time.  I came away from that conference feeling like every woman is in control of her own life by the decisions we make every day.  Some decisions are forced upon us, some are easier made than others, but it’s the decisions we make and the process we take making those decisions which shape our lives.

And of course they had some lovely hors d’oeuvres.

SUNDAY-

Breakfast: cereal 5pts

Snacks at church: for some reason I am always starving at church!  mini pack of craisins 3pts, 2 pb crackers 2pts

Lunch:  leftover from the Bombay House, curry chicken over rice  12pts?

I tried to get Cole to take a nap mostly cause I really wanted to, but it was a no go.  Instead we drove down to the hospital to see my dad again and brought some dinner from one of my favorite Salt Lake restaurants Trio.  I brought a bunch of things and we all shared.

Dinner:  flatbread w/white bean and pesto spread

Mixed green salad with spring mix, grapes, walnuts, gorgonzola (tried not to eat any) and balsamic dressing.

Then I got a chicken breast and a steak dinner that had veggies and potatoes and I ended up eating most of the steak with my salad.

Cole needed a treat after his dinner and so he and grammy went in search of one.  They came back with some Twizzlers Nibs for me, which I love.  I started with half the package and then eventually ate the whole thing!

All in all a very productive and insightful weekend.  I could go on and on about the decision topic, but I think you get my drift.  Tomorrow I start week long classes and by Friday I’ll be a CNA (certified nursing assistant).  It’s one of the things I have to complete in order to apply for Nursing school.  I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.  I’m just glad I have you all to be accountable to so that I don’t back out of my decision! 😉

so sick of being on the road…weekend

Why is it that even when you feel gross from things you have eaten, it doesn’t always stop you from continuing on to eat the crap.  I just want to get home and be able to cook my own meals.  I don’t know how people who have to travel all the time do it.  I’m feeling like all my strength is lost, kind of like what’s the point?  I’m pregnant, I’m not going to be losing weight, so it doesn’t matter!  But I’m wrong…I can change this.  I will change this.  I control what goes in my mouth.  I control my choices.

I think I’m going to follow Lexy by taking one day at a time this next week.  I’m going to have a plan, not only with food, but with my workouts.  This week I will show that it is possible to make healthy choices even when it’s not that easy! Ok venting over.

So yesterday we went into Nashville to check it out.

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