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Weekend Recap

Black FRIDAY:

So we used to go out on Black Friday’s and shop and then I think we all got smart and thought why the heck would we want to put ourselves through all that just to save a few bucks (unless of course there was something really cool for really cheap), but my sister who was going to be in Idaho asked my mom and I to go to Costco for her to check out the sales on TV’s.  So we did.  And if I was going to go anywhere on Black Friday, I would want to go to Costco.  We got there 5 min before they opened (at 9am) and this was the line:

but when they opened the doors we were inside in less than a minute.  Turns out they didn’t have the TV my sister wanted, but it wasn’t all for nothing.  I found a Garmin watch I have been wanting for $75 off.  Merry Chirstmas to me!

(update: I tried to set-up the watch tonight and the bezels don’t work…of course they don’t!)

After the madness we stopped and grabbed breakfast at Einstein’s.  I freaking love bagels, just a PS in case you were wondering!

Breakfast: asiago cheese bagel w/RF CC and oj 13

Met up with Sherilynn and Cole at an indoor playground in Park City and then she wanted to go to Best Buy. She wanted to buy my mom a Wii, but the salesman talked her into an Xbox Kinect.  Then I was going to buy it and just take it with me when we left.  Then we found out for everything we wanted it was going to be like $500…uh yeah no.  Unfortunately for me, Cole was thirsty when we got there so I grabbed a water from the fridge with the sodas, he had one sip, so when we were finally ready to leave I remembered I had to pay for it.  It took me 20 min to buy 1 stupid bottle of water!  While I was waiting in line I snacked on a Twizzler’s pull-n-peel and red vines that I had in my purse from the movie, I learned it’s not a good idea for me to carry those around in my purse!  Came home and had leftovers for lunch.

I made Cole take a nap, because I really wanted to!  The rest of the day was lounging and snacking.  I stopped taking pictures (I think my phone actually died, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself).

SATURDAY:

Woke up ready for a workout.  I didn’t get one in on Friday (besides my timed burpees, which took all of 2min).  But of course as soon as I was about to get on the treadmill, Keller called.  I knew it would be awhile until I was able to get on so I grabbed some breakfast.

Breakfast: Honey Whole Wheat bagel w/RF CC and OJ  12

Then finally got on the treadmill and did my burpee, running intervals. 5 min run/5 burpees (doesn’t seem like a lot, but what I was trying to do was work on my form…I can’t go all the way down to the ground obviously so instead I’m doing push-ups…pathetic push-ups, but push-ups none the less!).  No pic, but drank the rest of my Muscle Milk from Wednesday post workout.

Mom, Cole, Sherilynn, and I headed down to Fashion Place to get some shopping/returning done.  We grabbed lunch at Cheesecake Factory.  I was dying to try the Skinnylicious mexican lettuce wraps that Carman and Lexy had already tried.  They were soooo good.  And with help from an app my sister told me about myfitnesspal, we figured out the wraps were 1 point per wrap!!!

So I didn’t feel guilty having bites of Cole’s pasta w/parmesan, a couple french fries, and bread.  After lunch we did some shopping and then headed back home.  While we were shopping Lexy sent me a picture of a t-shirt she saw…I laughed out loud!

We had to stop at Wal-Mart cause Cole needed a movie! He picked out Cars 2.  We came home and everyone watched it.  I slaved over dinner (I threw a turkey and spinach lasagna that I bought at Costco in the oven).  It was a hit, everyone loved it!  8 points/serving (lots of protein!).

 

SUNDAY:

I’m volunteering at the hospital here in Park City and today was my orientation.  It was basically just a tour of the hospital and signing up for our first days of training.  Not too exciting.

Breakfast: 1 egg, 2 whites, half bagel, and OJ  11

Came home and got organized a little.  Was starving by the time mom and Cole got home from church.  I couldn’t even make myself lunch I had to eat RIGHT NOW, so I popped a roll in the microwave and added butter and jam.  Oh so good.  Followed it up with a Chobani.

Cole wanted to have quiet time in his room cause he wanted to watch Cars 2 by himself.  It was funny!  We didn’t do much else the rest of the day just a movie, played some games, and snacked.

Mom made a delicious refrigerator soup…that’s what I call soup when you put everything in your fridge that you want to get rid of in a soup.  Basically it was a little but of chicken, turkey, potatoes, green beans, carrots, and who knows what else!  But it was delish!

We bought the Yoplait Smoothies at Costco for my dad, he wanted to have things that were healthy but easy for him to make and eat.  I had remembered them from one of the seasons of the Biggest Loser.  Oh my goodness they are so freaking good!!  3 points per serving (the Costco size has 2 servings per bag, the grocery stores probably just have 1).  Like oh my gosh where have these been all my life good!

MONDAY:

Love Mondays cause I get to go to SPIN!!  Today was a hard class.  She really pushed us or I really pushed myself, probably a bit of both.  Wanted to burn off some of the weekend crap.

Pre-workout: 3

Made myself do my burpees before I could have my protein pancake!

Post-workout: 5

Came home and helped clean my half of the house ;).  Got done and read an email from my hubby.  I’ve been missing him a lot.  We’ve been away from each other a lot, but never over the holidays and it seems harder.  I was complaining to him about how my body was hurting from all the frickin burpees.  He gave me some good advice and some unwanted advice.  I must have been especially emotional today, because a few little innocent sentences sent me into a self-loathing depression that made me want to go eat cookies!  Men just need to understand at all times what exact mood their wives are in so they know exactly how to respond and what to say!  Is that so much to ask?

Then Carman texts this picture of one of our heroes Jennifer Nicole Lee and that just did me in.  So after an hour texting session with the FLF girls and crying at the sandwich place, I felt better.

Lunch: veggie sandwich on Great Harvest bread (and sample cinnaburst bread)  10

Went to get my haircut and decided I needed some bangs back in my life.  I’ll most likely regret this decision!

Snacked on an apple on the way to pick up Cole.  Came home and my dad wanted to got to this BBQ place that he has been hearing about from his physical therapist.  It’s in Heber which is about a 20-25 minute drive from Park City.  When we got there, it was closed.  Even though their website said they’re open Monday-Sunday…they weren’t.  So we ended up driving back to Park City and eating at Squatter’s, a pub style restaurant.

Dinner: 3/4 turkey burger, about 10 sweet potato fries  12

And that’s all folks!  I’m excited for the next 4 weeks, my family decided to have a little weight-loss competition.  I’m a little bummed I can’t really participate, but instead of losing weight my goal is to maintain my current weight for 4 weeks.  I’m hoping it won’t be as hard as it might sound and don’t go all “pregnant women shouldn’t be trying to not gain weight”on me…trust me I’ve already gained more than necessary.  I can stand to take a month off of gaining!  Wish me luck!

Cole's medal

Clinicals, Yellow belts, Elvis tattoo’s, and Breaking Dawn

(WARNING: this is a long post…sorry I’m a procrastinator!)

Summing up the rest of the crazy week last week.  I finished up my last 2 classes and experienced my first and then last clinical.  What an experience!  I used to volunteer in a nursing home when I was growing up.  My mom and I were in a charity organization that went to the nursing home at least once a month.  Going back and working in one as a CNA is a WHOLE different experience.  I don’t know how else to describe it other than I was humbled.  As I was giving one lady a shower, she said to me, “I bet they don’t pay you enough to be here giving me a shower,” I laughed and said, “Actually I paid to be here giving you a shower”.  She thought that was the funniest thing she’d ever heard!  Then she tugged on her stomach and said “How do I get rid of this…I’ve tried sit-ups, maybe I should get a tummy tuck.” She’s like 75, I told her to have her daughter by her some spanx.  She liked that idea.  I interacted with a lot of funny personalities.  There was this married couple that shared a room and the wife kept ringing her call button.  The first time it was because she wanted something that would help her die, and the next time was because she wanted a new husband.  The third time was the husband wanting ear plugs.  Not all of my encounters were funny though.  Some were sad.  Life truly is full circle.  When we’re old we become childlike again, dependent on others to take care of us, however, it’s much harder.  Unlike children, the elderly have lived full lives and have knowledge of what they used to be able to do that they now cannot without help.  There’s a loss of dignity and self actualization.  For me it really put things into perspective in terms of the time wasted on worrying about silly things, letting things bother me that don’t really matter, or being unhappy when there is so much to be grateful for.  Life is short.

FIRE BITES THURS-MON

THURSDAY:

Pre-spin class +12: 3pts

I had the nazi teacher again…I’m starting to like her more and more.  I feel like I get a better workout with her cause she’s so strict on watching your form.  And I feel like it makes me better in my other classes when she’s not the teacher cause I’m always thinking of the things she says.

Breakfast: 5

Cole and I had a day out to play.  We grabbed some lunch at Great Harvest.

Lunch: taste tester of some cinnamon bread, 1/2 veggie sandwich and 3/4 of Cole’s snicker doodle 14pts

Snack: orange and pretzels 3pts

Dinner: Stopped by Whole Foods after Taekwondo cause I’ve been craving chicken dumplings and cucumber/avocado sushi (brown rice) and some shrimp (had 4 of the sushi, 5 dumplings and about 2OZ shrimp) 9pts

FRIDAY

My first clinical day…

Breakfast: Kashi whole wheat frozen waffle and peanut butter sandwich  7pts

Snack: Balance Bar 5pts (no pic)

Lunch: here’s a pic of everything I brought, I ended up eating the other half of my veggie sandwich from Thursday and some carrots  7pts

Snack: pretzels  3pts

Cole had testing to advance to the next Taekwondo belt.  He was awesome and even got a medal from his teacher for being so quick to advance.

He chopped that board in half with his bare hand…watch out Jackie Chan!

We celebrated at Cafe Rio with friends after.

Dinner: 1/2 steak salad, chips and queso, and a mint limeade  21pts

Dessert: needed something sweet so I had some Mango sorbet and 1/2C of some delicious cherry chocolate ice cream  6pts

SATURDAY:

Clinical Day 2…exhaustion sets in.

I was checking under activities on WW and I found elder care…who knew?…so for 3 hrs, I got +14 activity points (even though my shifts were 8hrs, I guesstimated that for about 3 I was walking patients back and forth and physically being active with them)…I knew there was a reason I was sooo tired after each shift.  It’s hard work!

Breakfast: Nature’s Path Flax Plus  4pts (no pic)

Snack: Balance Bar and apple 5pts (no pic)

Lunch: pb&j sandwich and carrots 8pts

I had to ask one of the worker’s passing out the food if I could take a picture of her tattoo…this is for my father-in-law who is an Elvis impersonator…Randy, I think you should totally get one of these!

Snack: more Trader Joe’s pretzels 3pts

Snack: Mom bought a sticky bun at Great Harvest and put it in front of me…big mistake…9pts (no pic)

Dinner: 1.5 slice of pizza from Maxwell’s and shared a strawberry spinach salad w/mom and dad 10pts (no pic)

SUNDAY:

Breakfast: the usual  5pts

Snack at church: leftover pretzels and some nerds from the librarian’s candy stash  3pts

Lunch: Cole and I finished off my Cafe Rio salad from Friday  7pts

Finally got a much need nap!

Snack: Chobani  3pts, while making carmel to put on top of a cake my mom made

Dinner:  My sister and brother-in-law made us dinner…it was sooo good…steak, veggies w/dip, bread, fruit  10pts

Snack:  while watching the last Harry Potter w/the fam, 1 powdered doughnut, 1 licorice, 1/3C of ice cream  6pts

MONDAY:

Good morning…why don’t you have some snow!?!

Pre-spin + 12: toast w/pb  5pts

Post-spin: Muscle Milk  4pts

Breakfast: the usual protein pancake w/green smoothie  5pts

Snack: Leftover sushi 4 pieces, 1 dumpling and then some lavash w/hummus  9pts

Dinner: rotisserie chicken, salad and snap peas, and 1/3C rice  5pts

Finally got to go see Breaking Dawn with my mom and sisters…this was the lobby when I walked in (that’s my sister…and no one else)

And this was the theater 30 min. early (that’s my mom…and no one else!)…a total of probably 10 people were there but the time the movie started…I love Park City!

Snack: 2 handfuls of popcorn, 1 pull-n-peel, 3 red vines, 2 WW oatmeal cookies  13pts

Lead by Example

Are you a leader or a follower?

The title of my post is meant to inspire ME!  I like Lexy, need an INTERVENTION!  Last week I had a thought about how many times in my life I’ve been a leader and how many times I’ve been a follower.  In the eating world, I have always been at my heaviest when I’ve been a follower.  By follower I mean, someone suggests going out to eat and even though I brought a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and just ate it, I still go out to eat lunch 30 minutes later.  Or just being easily swayed into indulging.  By being a leader I mean two different things.  You can be a leader for good, like when I’ve done my detox diets or stayed strong to my WW points with skinny results and have inspired others to do the same.  OR the opposite when I want to eat my feelings and encourage others to fall off the healthy path with me cause cookies are sooooo good.  I think leaders can also be enablers both for good and bad. Encouraging someone to stick with the healthy habits or helping them feel better about not wanting to.  Ultimately we need to decided are we leaders? or followers?

The reason I’ve been thinking about this is because my dad has finally decided to join WW!  I’m so excited for him.  (and jealous cause he gets like 58 points/day)  I hear myself telling him, Dad this isn’t a quick fix lose it fast diet.  This is a lifestyle change and a process that if done right will be slow and steady.  I want to be an example for him.  I feel like we are doing this together and even though I’m not on the losing path right now, I want stay strong for him.  So I will try to be more of a leader (the good kind).  Of course I understand I am human and will have my days, but for my dad this isn’t just losing some weight this could literally help prolong his life.

Ok on to fire bites…

MONDAY:  I had class today from 8a-4p, picked up Cole, came home, went to a hospital volunteer orientation, came home, got Cole in bed, had dinner, went to bed myself!

Breakfast:  Nature’s Path Flax Plus Cereal 1 1/2 cups (I never count milk, cause I always drain it out of each bite, I’m weird I know!) 6pts

Snack: Yoplait yogurt 3pts (ran out of Chobani)

1st Lunch: PB&J sandwich on wheat bread 8pts

2nd Lunch: Kneader’s turkey and avocado panini (ate half, 8 chips, and the pickle) 11pts

Snack: apple

Came home to a really fun surprise from my hubby.  Flowers from my favorite florist ROOTS. (PS lavender roses are my favorite)

Snack: Lavash and hummus 8pts

Not sure if I was just feeling happy after the flowers or because Cole and I started watching Harry Potter, but all of a sudden felt like I should eat candy.  8pts later I cursed this bag of Cole’s TOT candy and told him to go hide it from me.  I found it on the counter in the kitchen!

Dinner: Turkey Lettuce Cups (will post recipe soon) 1/2C of turkey mix 4pts

TUESDAY:  Got a great workout in today!!  On Saturday I had to make up ALL my burpees from Courtney’s 100 day Burpee Challenge, so that was 66.  I decided I would space them out while running on the treadmill so I ran for 2 min, jumped off did 10 burpees, ran for 2 min, 10 more burpees, etc for 30 min.  I was dead after only 30 minutes of this because it was non-stop workout.  So Tuesday I made up for sat-tues and did 54 burpees with 3 min running intervals this time.  I really need to stop missing my burpees, but it does make for a really good workout!

Breakfast: Protein Pancake and Green Smoothie  5pts

Cole and I went to the Rec center and he found some friends to play with while I worked on my flash cards.  We came home and made lunch.

Lunch: Turkey and reduced-fat cheese sandwich grilled (no butter) w/carrots and light ranch  6pts

Snack: Chobani w/2 cashew clusters  6pts (found out Black Cherry flavor Chobani is 4pts, while most others are 3, lame!)

Went to the Dr. for my 20 week check-up.  Baby’s heart is strong and all is well.  Not too excited about the weight I’m putting on, but not surprised.  Will be working hard to gain the absolute minimum over the course of the next 20 weeks!

Snack: Trader Joe’s pretzels and a Coke Zero  3pts

Dinner: 1 cup Turkey Lettuce Cups  8pts

Snack: apple w/peanut butter

Finally had a great day, low points, good workout, no candy, felt great today!!  And if you look back I actually ate a lot of food for being the lowest point day in awhile!

WEDNESDAY: class again 8a-4p…running late so I had to grab breakfast and lunch out.  Tried to do my best.

Breakfast: honey whole wheat bagel w/RF CC 8pts

Snacks: grapes

Lunch: Cafe Rio steak salad (rice, tortilla, steak, lettuce, salsa, dressing…ate half)  12 pts

Snack: orange

Dinner: Left over smorgasbord…pork, veggies, half of my leftover half Cafe Rio (Cole ate the other half) 11pts??

 

Impacted Bowl Syndrome

Back to school…

I’m going to make this a quick post to recap my week.  I spent the week in a CNA (certified nursing assistant) training every day M-F from 8am-6pm.  The training was 30 minutes away from my house so really it was 7:15am-6:45pm.  So pretty much all day everyday.  My breakfasts, morning snacks, and afternoon snacks were mostly the same.  I tried to do the best I could.  Monday was by far my best day.  I was able to workout 2 nights during the week and then on Saturday.  I was so exhausted every night, I ended up going to bed at like 9 every night.  I found myself getting very bored sitting for 10 hours every day and boredom for me leads to snacking.  Another issue was that I would eat breakfast at 7:30am and then wouldn’t have lunch until 12:45 almost 1pm and then I would be so hungry that I would eat a huge lunch.  I ate out every day for lunch and tried to find low point options (Chipotle, Pei Wei, etc), but a couple days I found out after the fact that my lunch ended up being insanely high in points.  All in all it was a rough week and I want to do much better this week.  I have another busy week, 2 days of class 8a-4p, and 2 days of clinicals 6a-3p.  I’m just going to do my best.  I will be packing my lunches so hopefully that will help and the days won’t be as long so I’ll have more time to workout.

Breakfasts: Nature’s Path frozen waffle w/pb and banana

Morning Snacks:  Chobani w/cashew clusters

Lunches: varied (Chipotle burrito bowl, Pei Wei chicken teriyaki bowl- forgot to ask for my chicken “stock velveted” meaning they don’t batter it and fry it , veggie burger-did not eat one of those fries!)

 

Afternoon snack: usually had an apple every afternoon for snack

Dinners: varied…(protein pancake and green smoothie Monday night after 40 minute intervals on the treadmill…the best dinner of the week! 2 nights of Cafe Rio, not a good idea!)

Friday night’s dinner…chicken gyro w/greek salad (did not eat the rice)

Saturday night, sick of all the eating out I made pizza’s out of the Flatout bread…super yummy!

Main problem of the week…CANDY!!

Finally on Thursday I brought the rest of the Halloween candy we had in the house to class…took a pic to prove it (you can just barely see candy on other people’s desks), it was a Target bag about 3/4 full…it was gone before lunch!  My evil plan worked!

I mean what else are you going to do while sitting and watching a Power Point presentation on impacted bowl syndrome!

mmmm yummy! 😉

Best part of the week…for Cole…was getting a present from Daddy!

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! 😉