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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


Getting Back to My Old Healthy Habits – Cause They Work!!

*Warning – this is a *keeping it real*  kinda post. :)

I have been thinking lately that I needed to get back into the habit of blogging and checking in here daily again like we used to because it seems to be one of the last pieces of the puzzle of keeping me on track and accountable. Its the whole reason Lexy, Cyndi and I started this blog 20 months ago was because we needed and wanted to have accountability and the support. We can attest to the case studies out there that say you are MUCH more successful when you have a buddy or accountability partner. We are definitely living proof. :) Just yesterday we were checking in with each other via text and all 3 agreed that we need to get back to it. Hopefully in the process, those that read our blog can relate in some way as we continue to blog about our healthy living journey. There truly never is a finish line.

We are now starting week 3 of our back to school routine and I feel like I am still having to plug along and force myself into my routines daily. (3 weeks+ seems to always be the frustrating magic number when making changes) My summer self wants to just chillax while my kids are gone to school and not worry about my chores and to-do list….so I am still on the uphill battle with getting my new routine down.

I think everything from this summer is finally catching up with me emotionally.  I have had lots of new changes that I think I am subconsciously still processing and didn’t realize it. I have literally had changes in almost every area of my life over the course of 3 short months- new job, new church family, relationships with family and friends, workout schedule, stress on completing this Tough Mudder, back to school school routine, etc. Throw that in with ‘a little’ pms and you have a nice little formula for mental craziness in trying to process it all.   It has been too easy for my brain to go here –

…..with the exception of ‘I’m too skinny’ and ‘I’m too good’……seriously who thinks that??! :)

I am such an extrovert that when I get like this mentally – I think that I half hope the people around me will pull me out of it. What I am coming to realize is that I am the ONLY one who can pull myself out of funks like this and break down these walls. What is so cool about that is when it is ME using my inner strength to break down these walls…..it becomes empowering because then I recognize how strong I am and value the strength that I forget I have.


I love this diagram because I truly believe that we need to visit each of these four areas or rooms, daily. I have found what helps me is to have several different things I can switch to focus on or think about when I’m frustrated in a certain area of my life.  When I’m frustrated in one area….like my physical activity level not being where I want to be or not doing all that great on my eating habits….I can change my focus that day on my mental and spiritual health and listen to a motivational talk or I can relax and do yoga to relax my body and mind…..or I can spend quality time with my kids…..or my spend time talking to my awesome husband and explain to him how I’m feeling. (He always helps me think logically again) :) Relying on these things help me ‘get out of my own way’ and keep me from going into ‘self destruction mode’…..as my husband likes to call it.  :)

Do you feed all four of these areas in your life every day?? 



I took snapshots of my dietSNAPS day so you can see how I track my day in my app. I try to eat consistently every 3 hours. Today was a different story and a fluky day only because of 2 hard workouts  – I am always more hungry, hungrier…??……when I have a hard workout.



Vi- shake with almond/coconut milk and ice






Vi Shake with frozen strawberries and an Orange and Banana health flavor mix ins


Protein waffle – I use our favorite recipe but I am now adding 1-2 scoops of the Vi-shake mix and I think it is AWESOME and better than ever!!!!


power nap :)


Weight Watcher Chicken Fried Rice recipe 

*not pictured confessional – Devyn made cookies to take to a couple of families for Family Home Evening treats (hence the reason why our dinner was so late).  I did lick the spoon and eat a bite (or two) of cookie dough :)


Keep Calm & Cowgirl Up

Return of the Routine

It is mid-week of the first week back to school and the new 4am wake up call is starting to catch up with me!! I found myself having to dragggggg my hinney outta bed this morning.  I am having to take a power nap each afternoon to get through the rest of the evening. I am normally not a nap person – I always feel guilty because I have such a scroll list of things to get done, but I almost cannot function by dinner time and since I’m single momming it this week I have way less patience with my kids if I don’t get a power nap in.

Yesterday I had 2 thoughts about the pains of getting back into a routine. I LOVE a daily routine and schedule because my life flows so much better and is much more peaceful. Its the PAINFUL process of getting back in the groove that will sometimes leave us wondering ‘what the heck am I doing?!’  It is no doubt a painful process and my first thought to myself was  ‘You just have to put your head down and push through it’. We HAVE to force ourselves to push through it  – to change – because we know what’s on the other side.  My second thought is my favorite, especially when I’m so tired or frustrated,  the 4am alarm is kicking my butt,  I’m fighting the cranky kids, and having to constantly remind them of what they need to be doing next………..

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Nuff said!! :)

Oh – and my last favorite reminder is:

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I came across this awesome article called Return of the Routine with tips on getting back into a routine. Here are 5 steps suggested:

I was so happy to see that number 1 is REST!!! I am glad that I am allowing myself more time to rest and just taking baby steps with what I still have to do for work, organize my house, blogging, cleaning and just all my to-do’s. :) We have to take baby steps (like my favorite FlyLady routines) or we will get too overwhelmed too quickly.

I love this quote and it really put it in perspective for me –

“Rest, Mama. Rest a little longer than you need to. Still that nervous tick which makes you get up to clean the closet, or order the books, or put away shoes left out in the hall. Instead, when you awake each morning this week, notice the dance of green leaves outside your window, the small sounds of your children over breakfast, the rope of muscle cascading down your husband’s forearm, the warmth of a chuckle deep in his throat, and the feel of your bare feet on the floor. Savor your first cup like you have all the time of a lifetime. Let the flavor of your fresh fruit charge your senses. Listen to the music around you. Can you feel it? This is the sweetness of home.”

I love reminders like these to always be paying attention to our surroundings – especially in our homes. When we don’t we miss soooo many of the little things from our children. I know I am guilty of that. Its something I work on daily because with each passing day I have to remind myself that my children only have one childhood…..and these children in my house ‘won’t be like this for long’ (one of my favorite country songs!)  Will try not to cry now!!! :)


Tuesday’s Fire Bites: 
Workout – too short of  a track run 
Breakfast – green Vi-shake on the way to take my daughter to Seminary
Snack – Zone bar
2nd Snack – Nutra Cookie
Lunch – Zip & Steamed (love these bags!!) tilapia with my favorite Old Bay seasonings and a side of butternut squash fries
Snack – banana
Dinner – green Vi-shake 
Dessert after a YW leadership meeting at church – lemonade pie (gotta work on that willpower cause I seems to have none right now!! :)) 
Late Snack -fried eggs
*been SUPER snackie still! :( 


Wednesday’s Fire Bites:
Breakfast – Blueberry and frozen banana Vi-shake 
Snack – Nutra cookie and apples with cinnamon
Lunch- Strawberry Cheesecake Vi-shake
Snack -Nutra cookie
Dinner not pictured – Pancakes in pajamas at our YW activity night :) 
Snack – When we got home Gabe started making his own shake so I blended it up for him and we split it :) 


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The World’s Best Olive Oil and Balsamic

I thought I’d do a quick update on how the Paleo diet is going.  I’ll admit…I’m hungry and a little tired, but feeling better every day I continue to stay strong! I’m trying to get into a routine so that I don’t sit around wondering what I should eat.  In the mornings I have a greek Vi shake within an hour of waking up and before my workouts.  Today after my spin class I made a delicious Vi shape pancake soooooo good.  I posted the recipe HERE.  I cook up extra food at dinner to have as lunch or snacks throughout the day and also bought a bunch of Larabar’s for a quick grab and go.  So far so good.  One week down, five more to go! Looking forward to my cheat meal!!!