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Carman & Kristen

Trader Joe’s Almond Butter

Today I figured out a new snack combo that is gonna now forever gonna be an addiction and a problem having it in the house!!!!!

My friend Kristen -one of my sweet and awesome military friends who I love, adore and miss terribly – graciously gave me a jar of Trader Joe’s Creamy Almond Butter to try when I stopped by for a visit when we were in Baltimore for FitBloggin’.

*I love it when I have friends where – we can not talk on the phone for years but when we see each other again its like we can pick right up where we left off!!!  Love you girl!! :)

(man!! you can tell how exhausted I was at the end of our trip in Baltimore!! :) Kristen is one FIT HAWT mama!!)

 

What I figured out is when I pair this awesome almond butter with a serving of these sourdough pretzels that I found at Sam’s Club – it is a TO DIE FOR combo!!!!!!  Perfect blend of creamy, sweet, salty and hearty!! Seriously sooooo GOOD.

My MOST favorite thing about this almond butter besides the taste……the ingredient list:

How many things do you ever find in a JAR that has only 1 ingredient on the list????  Love that.

Thankfully now we have a Trader Joe’s near downtown Houston. I will have to add that place to my list to pick up awesome yummy stuff like this when I’m in that part of town.  :)

Do you shop at Trader Joe’s?? If so what are your favorite food finds there?? 

 

Wednesday Fire Bites:

Breakfast – yummy Vi Shake with the Chocolate mix in and my AM Vi-Pak

Snack – pretzels and almond butter  (TWICE today)  :/

Lunch – Quick and Easy  – spaghetti squash, 1/4 cup poblano alfredo sauce, browned & seasoned turkey patty, topped with pico de gallo

Snack – warm Nutra Cookie – seriouslyyyyy SO good!

Dinner – bites of King Ranch Chicken casserole on the way out the door to YW’s church meeting / banana in the car on the way

2nd dinner? when I got home :) – yummy strawberry Vi Shake

american flag

I am free…to eat cookies!

How fast can I blog?  It’s 10:47 and my computer says I have 44min left of battery, ready go…

It’s been a pretty laid back week.

Friday: I can’t even remember what I did, that was like a week ago and my brain barely remembers what I did yesterday!  I do remember it was weigh-in day and I lost 2.2lbs.

Saturday: went to an art party at my sister’s house and bought my first pieces of artwork, I’m officially a grown-up now!

Sunday: church

Monday:  Felt really sluggish and tired.  Did my workout and snacked a lot.  Pretty sure I’m missing like 6 food pics, maybe on purpose??  😉

 Tuesday:  P90X2 Plyocide, hung out at the pool, dipped Cruz in, Happy July 3rd? BBQ

Wednesday: Happy 4th of July!!  60min hot yoga, went to Mirror Lake with the fam, had a picnic, kids swam in the freezing cold lake, came home and had delicious pizza and vegged out in front of the tv, it was a blast!

Thursday:  Raining finally!!  We needed it desperately cause the state was pretty much on fire.  Did my P90X2 shoulders and arms, went to lunch with Sasa to her favorite El Chubasco, then she dragged me to 90min of hot yoga and I seriously thought I was going to die by the end.  I experimented with my Body by Vi Vi-Shape mix and added it to our protein pancake.  It literally tasted like I was eating cake!  Even my sister Sherilynn who is like ANTI my Body by Vi shake mix, for some unknown reason, said “mmm that smells like cake” then tasted it “crap that is GOOD”…HA!!!  It did get a little dry, next time I may experiment with the recipe.  I’ll keep you posted.

I also got a special surprise from my hubby!

Isn’t he sweet!!  Try not to barf on your computer!

Today: Rest day much needed, my body was screaming at me.  Also weigh-in day.  I wasn’t expecting a loss this week because I seriously had at least 20 cookies this week (weight watchers, but still!).  I was pleasantly surprised with a 1.8 pound loss.  My total weight-loss since 3/25 (the day Cruz was born) is 39.1 with 12.9 to go in order to reach my goal weight!!  I’ve lost 9.5 just in the time I’ve been switching out my post-workout shakes for my Body by Vi shakes, so I’m super excited to see how it continues over the next 60 days of my 90-day challenge.

As far as food today it was pretty standard…protein pancake, Vi-shake, snacked on some Trader Joe’s pretzels at the pool, 1/2 balance bar, and Chipotle take-out for dinner at a friends house.  Oh…and another cookie 😉 I’m obsessed!  But hey, I’m losing weight and eating cookies…what more could I ask for?????

Insight for the week: My yoga teacher Gwen at Tadasana Yoga in Park City gave us a great analogy about freedom.  If you think of a flag pole and the American flag, the symbol of our freedom, the pole is the stability that gives the flag the freedom to wave.  So think about that and put it in your own life.  We have the ability to give ourselves freedom.  The more stable we are in our lives, the more freedom we have.  So many things can interrupt our stability so we have to work hard to overcome them so that ultimately we can be free.  I also like to think of it as if I am stable in keeping within my daily allotted Weight Watchers points, I am free to eat cookies!!  Ha, ok maybe that’s a little reaching, but hey it seemed to work this week 😉

 

Just Do It Even If You Suck

“Do Your Best and Forget the Rest”

The title of my post is Tony Horton’s (of P90X2) favorite saying.  I’ve had a couple friends texting me this week upset with themselves for bad food choices, or lack of motivation to exercise, etc.  We’ve all gone through this.  It happens at the beginning of our process, the intimidation of what seems like a huge feat to overcome.  It happens in the middle with plateaus or falling off the wagon.  And it happens at the end when trying to maintain and maybe we fall back into our old habits because we’ve become a little too relaxed in our efforts.  No matter where you are in your process just “do your best and forget the rest.”  Get on that scale on weigh-in day, own it, and move on!  Give yourself more credit because you are stronger than you think!

Speaking of P90X2…I started Phase 2 on Monday and holy crap, this crap is hard!  So after attempting to do pull-ups on my husband’s TRX bands for almost the entire first video, I got on my computer and ordered a pull-up bar and assist band.  I figure I’ve committed to completing this program, I better do it correctly!

Monday Fire Bites: 1 tsp PB (1), Body by Vi green greek smoothie (random sideways picture, too lazy to fix it) (3), chicken and raspberry salad (5), balance bar (5), Protein Pancake and another BBV smoothie (7).

Workout: Chest, Back, Balance and Ab Ripper

Tuesday I spent most of the day working on favors for my friend Taryn’s baby shower (pic in the bottom right hand corner).  I got the idea off Pinterest, but personalized it for Taryn.  She grew up in Chicago and loves Garrett’s popcorn, so since I don’t live in Chicago I got the next best thing, Costco’s version!!  It’s cheese popcorn mixed with caramel popcorn…gross you say???  TRY IT…only then will you be a believer!!

Tuesday FB’s: 1/2 banana and 1tsp PB (1), Body by Vi green greek smoothie (3), turkey and cheese melt w/veggies and FF ranch dip (8), steak fajita, 6 chips, guac, fruit, and a jicama, cucumber, mango salad (10 guesstimate), 1/2 tres leeches cake and 1/2 a homemade churro (6?)

Workout: Plyocide

Woke up Wednesday with a really sore back.  During my warm-up Tuesday in Plyocide I tweaked it when doing a twist move.  So I was kind of concerned about going to yoga, not sure if it would hurt or help.  I decided to go and just be really careful in the poses.  I felt really good during the class and my teacher told me to put ice on it as soon as I got home because the muscles would be inflamed from all the blood pumping during the class.  I’m not sure if it was the yoga or the ice or a combo of the both, but the pain was totally gone by the end of the day!!

Wednesday FB’s: 2 tsp PB(2), Body by Vi green greek smoothie (3), Mint Cookie Balance Bar (5), Trader Joe’s nuts and cranberries (6), BBQ’d chicken w/green beans and leftover pasta (10), Starburst Jelly Beans (4) and 2 Red Vines (2)

Workout: 75min Hot Yoga

Nothing too exciting happened today, I took a picture of my home gym that I’ve turned my parents family room into.  I got my pull-up bar and assist band today, however not only can I not find a doorway in my parents house that it will work in, my mother will not let me even if I could find one.  I think her specific words were…”over my dead body”…hello mother, phase 2 is only 3 more weeks and I need it!!  Waaaaaa…maybe I’ll have to do that video when she’s not home 😉  I also found out today that we finally have a house!  I’m very excited to get back to Austin, but sad to leave my family and friends in Utah.  It will be nice to have my own space again and feel like a grown-up!

Thursday FB’s: 1 tsp PB (1), BBVGGS (see above if you don’t know what that stands for!) (3), strawberry chicken salad (5), 2 Red Vines (2), peach, flank steak w/caprese salad, brown rice, and green beans (10)

Workout: Shoulders and Arms and Ab Ripper

*Numbers in () are WW Points Plus

 

Cruz

There aren’t enough hours in the day!

Anyone else feeling totally overwhelmed?  I know us FLF girls are.  I’m personally giving up precious minutes of sleep to do this post because I felt it was a little ridiculous that it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted.  So with a pile of unfolded laundry pushed over onto my husband’s side of the bed (who is not here), I will try to make this short and quick so I can try and get some sleep before my baby, who refuses to be sleep trained, wakes me up to feed him!

So where have I been the last month (23 days to be exact)? Uh, nowhere.  But, I did have my brother, his wife, and their 2 daughters staying with us for 2 1/2 weeks, so I blame them for me being too distracted to post.  It was so fun having them here.  Here are some highlights from their trip:

My niece was baptized in my sister Michelle’s pool.

It was such a cool and intimate family experience to have that I hope to also be able to do for my boys!

There was lots of eating out, so my brother could get all his Utah food fixes.

Went on a few hikes to burn off all the food we were eating.

Cole graduated from Preschool.

I finished my first phase of P90X2 and made my niece join in for one of my workouts.

Then almost killed her by making her a post-workout protein shake with SOY protein that she is apparently allergic to, no bueno!

They left to go back home on Father’s Day, boo, we’ll miss you!  Missed Daddy on Father’s Day, but got to spend the day with Papa.

Monday my Mom, Cole, Cruz, and I left for a trip to Disneyland.  We stopped in Vegas on the way down and stayed at The Trump Hotel again.  Cole had a blast in the bath tub!  I also started my 90-day challenge with the Body by Vi shakes with Lexy and Carman.  Since I was going out of town, I packed my shaker cup and shake powder and did the best I could.  My mom and I were really good with our food choices, as you’ll see in the pictures below, we really only had “junk food” once.  We packed healthy snacks like apples, bananas, carrots, celery, nuts, and Balance Bars.  When we ate out we choose chicken salads, Chipotle burrito bowls, veggies and hummus, egg white omelets, etc.  I brought my yoga mat, but was only able to do it Monday night after we got to the hotel.  The other days were too jam packed, but I’m pretty sure I burned a few calories walking all over Disneyland for 2 days!

We drove to Anaheim on Tuesday and checked into the Disneyland Hotel.  We gave Cole the choice of either going to the pool or going to the park and he chose the pool (he didn’t realize until the next day the choice he really made!).

We woke up early Wednesday to try to get into the park early to ride the Radiator Springs Racers ride in the new Cars Land.  We didn’t make it early enough and ended up going in with everyone else.  It didn’t matter though because Mommy was smart enough to go into the single rider line which was half the wait time as the regular line and we still ended up being able to ride together.  We met up with my friend Sarah and her cute boy Calum.  Sarah’s husband Cameron works as a manager in Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land, so they know Disneyland in and out.  It was awesome to have her as our tour guide because we ended up going on tons of rides I wouldn’t have even thought to go on.  Plus she took us to the best places to eat so it was seriously like the best day.  We ended up staying out late to see the World of Color Water Show and just when I thought Cole was going to totally lose it with exhaustion he surprised me with a second wind and we didn’t get back to the hotel until 11pm.

Thursday morning I woke up early (with Cruz) and was waiting like a little kid for Cole to get up so we could go back to the park.  We rode a few more rides and then drove out to my Uncle Tom’s to get our teeth cleaned.  We stayed the night in Vegas again.

Drove home Friday, so glad to be home.  Talk about a long freaking week.  But oh was it soooo much fun and I’m so glad we were able to do it.  Headed straight for my Magic Bullet for a Green Vi Smoothie!

In case you were wondering, this is pretty much where Cruz was the entire trip…

I weighed myself on Saturday obviously because I couldn’t on my usual Friday.  I lost another 1.6 pounds for a total weight loss of 35 pounds in the last 3 months.  I’m super happy with my progress and I’m going to keep on keeping on!!

This weekend was chill and my menu’s consisted of Vi shakes, Balance Bars, Trader Joe’s nuts and cranberries mix, a chicken gyro in a Flatout bread, some WW oatmeal cookies, and delicious mahi mahi with mango salsa (I’ll post the recipe tomorrow).  I also got to go to hot yoga on Saturday and wore my heart rate monitor to see how many calories I burn.  It was over 700!!

It seems like the craziness never ends.  There is always something to be done.  I’m learning that I really have to prioritize what needs to be done and what can be put aside in order to not completely lose it.  I’m excited to keep on my 90 day challenge with the Body by Vi shakes and start Phase 2 of P90X2 tomorrow.  I will also be embarking on the adventure of finding a house in Austin and moving back within the next month.  Oh joy!  The fun never ends!

 

Chicken Fajitas

Just menus

Doing some catching up.  Feeling good this week and saying on track.

Monday…

Pre-workout: 1tsp PB and 1/2 banana-1pt

Went on my spin bike for 50 minutes. +10

Post-spin: Fage greek yogurt and protein pancake-9pts

Spent the day blogging and getting little things done.

Lunch: Balance Bar-5pts

Afternoon Snack: Green Smoothie and Trader Joe’s pretzels-3pts

Made fajitas for dinner tonight and used the Flat Out flatbread as a tortilla and added tzatziki in place of sour cream.  So delicious!

Dinner: 7pts

Snack: 2 Red Vines-2pts (no pic)

Total points: 27

Tuesday…

Pre-workout: same as Monday 1tsp PB and 1/2 banana-1pt

Workout: 20 minutes inclines on the treadmill, upper body TRX workout +5

Post-workout: Balance Bar-5pts (grabbed it on the way out the door to take Cole to the rec center, I really need to go buy protein!!)

Took Cole to play and got some errands done.  Finally bought some much needed protein!!

Lunch: Protein Pancake and Green Greek Smoothie-7pts

Took Cole to swim lessons.  I was so exhausted!  I had to break down and have a crystal light energy so I could function.

Snack: Trader Joe’s pretzels and nuts-6pts

Dinner: leftover fajita (see Monday pic) 7pts

Snack: 4 Red Vines and an apple-4pts

Total points: 30