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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!

Good morning chocolate

Happy Turkey Day!!

Oh Thanksgiving how I love thee!  There is so much I am grateful for.  I’ll just list the important ones…my hubby, I missed him so much today.  This was the first Thanksgiving we haven’t spent together since we’ve been married.  My baby boy…let’s make that 2 baby boys.  My family (near and far), friends, health, husband’s job, and delicious leftover rolls ;).

WEDNESDAY Fire Bites:

Started the day off right with spin class +12

Pre-spin: 3

Post-spin: the store I was at didn’t have Muscle Milk Light so I drank just over half of this  4, and a green smoothie

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I had to go down to Salt Lake to take my final test for my CNA class so that I could be passed off to take my state test.  Then Cole and I went to see Arthur Christmas.

Snack before movie:  5

Snacks at the movie: popcorn, 2 red vines, and 1 twizzler  11

After the movie we met up with Aunt Sasa at our fav El Chubasco for our some shrimp tacos…but they were all out.  So we had to improvise.  It wasn’t the same.

Dinner: chicken tacos, 2 corn tortillas, pico, 1/3 of Cole’s quesadilla, and chips  13

TURKEY DAY Fire Bites:

Cole and I woke up early…excited for the holiday.  I made us some mint hot chocolate.

Was planning on going to the gym for a strength class at 9:30a, but decided it was more important to have a nice breakfast with my family.  Plus I know Keller would probably call to Skype while I was in the class.  We decided not to go with the traditional homemade buttermilk waffles and instead turned the healthy Protein Pancakes into Protein Waffles.  Soooo delicious and nutritious!

Went to get on the treadmill and do my burpee/running intervals and of course I literally press start on the treadmill and Keller calls.  So I jumped off and we got to Skype.  He was able to have a Thanksgiving meal and have the day off.  It was nice to be able to chat.  Didn’t have enough time to do my full workout so instead I knocked out my 47 burpees (missed yesterday cause I tried to do them after spin and my legs were jello). Then we went to the movies to see Hugo, great cinematography, but SLOW AND BORING as all get out.  That’s my personal opinion and the opinion of the 4-y-o who was bouncing from one lap to another cause he was so bored.  Snacked on some popcorn and 3 red vines.

Came home and had some carrots and light ranch dip while I started the 2 batches of rolls.  Our family was invited over to a friend’s of my parents for Thanksgiving dinner so all we were in charge of making was rolls, salad, and veggies.  My job was the rolls.  They turned out perfect!

We started off dinner with some delicious soup topped with apples and bleu cheese.

There were also bacon wrapped water chestnuts and shrimp for appetizers.  I was so hungry by the time we got there that I lost count of how any I ate!

And then the delicious dinner was served.  This was the only Thanksgiving I can remember that I only had one plate full of food.  I was seriously sooo stuffed, I was actually mad.  I have never only had 1 roll, that’s like so wrong!  Good thing there were leftovers so I can way some more tomorrow.

We played such a fun game after dinner.  Everyone wrote down a name of a person (famous or not) and put it in a basket. When all the names were in, someone reads off all the names twice.  Then you start going around the circle and you try to guess who wrote down which name.  The last person to be guessed wins.

And of course had to end the night with pie.  I’m not a huge pie lover, unless it’s french apple, but there was no french apple for me.  Probably a good thing!  So instead I had about 1/2 cup of the delicious cherry chocolate ice cream that I have grown to love so much over the last week and 2 bites of a very chocolately pie!

All in all a fabulous Thanksgiving.  So Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a good night

 

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

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! 😉

Cole and Mommy

Rise and Shout the Cougars were out…weekend recap

Busy weekend…

Friday started off with a wonderful hour of yoga.  It has been soooo long way to long since I’ve done yoga and I could tell.  I was so stiff and having troubles doing position that usually aren’t a problem.  My goal this next week is to wake up every day and do at least 10 minutes of yoga every morning.  Cole had school off due to a teacher training weekend so his cousins came up to grammy and papa’s house to play.  We went to the park, got ice cream, and watched Harry Potter.  At night we went out for dinner at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants up in Park City.  They have the best chips and delicious shrimp tacos.  Apparently everyone else in Park City had the same idea cause it was packed.  We had 5 adults and 5 kids trying to find a table in this tiny restaurant.  The kids were tired, it was hot, and it took forever to get our food then Cole was either dehydrated or just exhausted or a mixture of both, but almost barfed all over the place.  I had to cut in front of this little girl waiting for the bathroom so that he didn’t barf all over the restaurant.  So we went home and got him to bed, with a little 7up and some toast he was feeling much better.

Food for FRIDAY:

My sister brought the ingredients for us to try a Persian snack that friends of hers introduced her to.  It’s Persian bread with feta cheese, walnuts, and prunes.  I have to be honest, at first it didn’t sound so good, but it was actually delicious!

After the park, we took the kids to get an ice cream.

Dinner: shrimp tacos from El Chubasco

SATURDAY…spent most of the day at the BYU/Idaho State football game.  Tried to not go crazy on food today.  Started with a bowl of my favorite Nature’s Path flaxseed cereal.

Snack/Lunch: The fam decided to stop at Wendy’s before getting on the road to go to the game.  Luckily I brought an apple and a Balance Bar, cause I knew I wanted to save my calories for a treat at the game.

BFF’s

My phone did not work at all in the stadium so I didn’t get a pic of my treats…my favorite thing to get at BYU games is called a cougar tail, it’s basically a big A maple bar…I also needed some substance so I grabbed a chicken salad from Costa Vida (similar to Cafe Rio) tortilla, rice, chicken, lettuce, pico, dressing.  They were both soooo yummy!  And Cole had a great time at his first football game!

I’m not sure what my deal was, but I did not feel good at all on the way home.  I think it was a combination of nausea just from being in a car and having all that food in my stomach.  So I went straight to the treadmill when we got home.  Ran my intervals 45 min run 2min/walk 1.  Felt sooo much better after that!

Dinner: Chobani greek yogurt w/fruit

SUNDAY…I literally did nothing today, scratch that, I took my parents to the airport and then I did nothing.  Made some eggs w/turkey and toast for breakfast.  Cole wanted soup for lunch so we had some more of the Trader Joe’s butternut squash soup with  a muenster grilled cheese sandwich and some grapes.

We watched some movies and then took naps.  Snacked on some Twizzlers pull-n-peel, dang you Sherilynn, apple, and some tortilla chips.

Sherilynn was so nice and made dinner.  She made pasta w/fresh tomato and basil sauce and a delicious salad.  I’m being spoiled by people cooking for me!!

Been craving these since I got here.  So I decided to make them and get them out of my system.  Started with one, but by the time the night was over I’m pretty sure I had 4!

Had a moment of weakness, should have gone upstairs to made a healthy snack, instead I found whatever candy I could get my hands on and ate them.  Did not feel awesome after this binge!