Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Challenge - Day 5

Mission:  Post what you can live without.

Road Ragers

Don't flick me off because I'm doing the allowed mph in the fast lane.  It's not even called the fast lane, it's the passing lane.  So if you see me in the left lane passing someone, and I'm not going fast enough for you're liking...then 'F' off.

If I get in front of you in a lane...don't speed up to ride my ass, then cut over to the next lane just to cut back in front of me and cut me off.  In Phoenix, we're allowed to carry concealed weapons...and we have several...

If you're riding my tail, don't roll down the window and call me a 'woman driver' as you pass me, because I suddenly put on the brakes...

If you're a snow bird visiting from out of town in the winter months, don't drive 20mph on the freeways OR the side streets.  If I honk at you, it's for a reason.  Cops WILL pull someone over who's going too slow, so don't  curse at me as I pass you.

Don't yell at me if you don't like my gas guzzler.  I will turn this truck around and drive over your little Smart car crushing it till they need a torch to cut you out...

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Mommies Aren't Sissies!

I'm finally posting my Cafe Press shop!  Go check it out! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Challenge ~ Day 4

Mission: Post something you can't live without, because you've tried.


To save money every month, I bought myself an iced tea maker to make my iced coffee, and iced green tea like Starbucks.  (They use Tazo tea, btw.)  I even talked to a manager at Starbucks on what the best way to make iced coffee is.  I don't know what it is.  Homemade isn't the same as Starbucks.  It's soooo easy just to glide right through the drive through. 

Especially in Phoenix where they have the new Trenta size.  It's 32oz.

AND  cake pops... velvet whoopie pies.

They are BOTH on my no-fun diet.

Doke's and Rocks

"Mom, I've got 2 doke's for you."


"When does a cow get a sticker on it's butt?"


"Whennnnn....the ladybug eats the poop!  hahaha."

Rolling eyes, "That's so funny baby."

"What does the dog and the cat and the duck and the dog do when they jump off the bridge?"

"I don't know honey, what?"

"Whennnnnn....the butterfly and the toilet paper and the rock scratches the butt!  hahahahaha!"

Aubrie's really been into telling joke's lately.  She get's it from the HBO show 'I Spy', who's joke's aren't any better, they just make sense.  "What has twenty tails and twenty heads?  Twenty pennies!"  

Aubrie's jokes usually involve poop, pee or butts.  Even though we try to tell her those are bathroom words, hubby and I secretly crack up.  I mean where does she get these things?  They're usually just ramblings of things she's looking at.  


"Yes sweet cheecks?"

"I wanna rock out!"

There's my girl.

I know, your impressed by my mad-skills...again....

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring Challenge ~ Day 3

Mission:  Post something you ate today.  Was it worth the Calories?

Ok, so I went to Costco today, and there were a TON of samples, which I don't normally eat because it all sounds gross sometimes.  But today there was a guest vendor with CARAMEL APPLES.  Now I never really liked caramel apples because of the stickiness in my teeth.  But I could not get over what kinds they had.  They had ones with nuts, ones with m&m's, pretzels, chocolate chips and get this...POP ROCKS!  I was like, really? How disgusting does that sound?  A pop-rock caramel dipped apple?  It was a slumber-party's dream.

OK.  So this is NOT what I ate today.

We all know I'm on a no-fun diet.  So when I show you one of my meals it's going to look VERY un-appetizing.  I don't know how many calories it was, because I don't count calories.  I just had to put a picture of the apples up though so you would be impressed by something.

This was my second meal, after my workout at around 11:30.  It took me a long time to adjust to actually cook early in the morning.  It's my carbs, 1 cup of brown rice (which is a butt-load if you're not used to eating that much.) My fats, almonds, and my protein, shrimp and a whey protein shake.

I know, I know, you're jealous at my mad-skills for putting a plate together.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wednesday Blog Hops

Its Hump Day!

Blogging Hints Catch a Wave Wednesday

The Gym ~ Week 2

Well I did it...I signed with Kimberly Elliot for personal training.  You may recall from my first 'Gym' post that she was the one who got me in shape to begin with.  I got back in touch with her, had a training session with her, and signed up.

I was so scared when I went to see her.  I was embarrased at how much I regressed.  But the first thing she did was gave me a big hug and asked me how I was.  There was absolutely NO judgement. 

What she DID tell me was that when you're on the road of fitness, your journey never ends.  You don't all of a sudden wake up and scream "I did it!"  It is a continuous journey of better yourself, and I just hit a bump.  I can't however start back up where I left off.  My body physically isn't there.  But it is NOT a setback.  Just a fork in the road that's setting me on a different path.

It's so nice hearing it from your trainer.

SOOOOO... Here's the plan....

I'm going to train with her twice a week
I'll get gym 'Homework'
I'll get a meal plan

So for now I'm supposed to eat normal.  She even told me to have a cheat here and there.  She wants a blank canvas, and that's what I'll be.  BUT because last week I did my protein detox, I'm right on track for eating clean, which is what I've done.  Even though there's a cupcake shop in town that won Cupcake Wars.

So I've added back in the carbs.  Complex carbs are the good carbs.

Complex Carbohydrates (That I personally eat, you may find more.)
  • Brown rice
  • Sprouted grain bread like Ezekial (Found at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joes...etc) I like the English Muffins the best.  You can also find tortillas.  The bread is best toasted
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Oatmeal (NOT the instant pre-packaged kind)  I buy bulk.
So I'm adding them in with my proteins that I posted here.

According to my body weight, hell no I'm not posting that...yet, I'm to eat 5 meals a day.  In each of those meals, I'm supposed to eat:

35 grams OR 5 oz prepared Proteins
30 grams OR 1 cup prepared Carbs
Unlimited Veggies

This is the diet I've done before, so I already know what meals I like.  I'll post some recipes later.

As far as the training session goes....

It was just as I expected.  I was able to do things I thought I couldn't, and not do things that I thought I could.  We worked on my legs and core.

  • Warm up on the elliptical, then circuts of...
  • Jump Squats
  • Step ups on a step with at least 7 risers each side
  • TRX One-legged squats
  • 40 degree leg press
  • Crunches on a ball, regular and oblique twists
  • Weighted lunges, forward then cross over the back leg.
  • I also had to do a core excercise where I had to take a large pole, bolted into the floor, which weighed about 20lbs, with another 10lb weight on top of that, do a squat and then push up the weighted pole with one hand.  It sounds wierd, I can't explain it, and I don't know what it's called.  Anyway, it sucked.  I kept loosing my balance which means my core is off. Sigh.

It doesn't sound like much, but I'm doing three sets, each with 10-12 reps in each set, each side.

I see Kimberly again tomorrow!  Can't wait!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Challenge ~ Day 2

Mission:  Post something you don't like about yourself

Well, shit...

I could go on and on about what I don't like about myself.  I'm not charitable enough, I don't call my family, enough, my boobs...

But instead of getting depressed about my more 'important' faults, I'm going to focus on what first came to mind...

My sweet tooth.

I have absolutely NO will power when it comes to walking past a pastry, with creamy filling (any kind), frosting (any kind), powdered sugar, or sprinkles.

I'm serious. I LOVE sprinkles.  I think I'll open a cupcake store and call it Sprinkles.  Oh wait...

My main problem is at night.  After everyone's asleep, I just get these cravings for anything sweet.  I can't carry this stuff in the house because I WILL eat IT!  Hubby just doesn't understand this obsession I have.  He acknowledges that it is a real problem.

Good news though.  When I diet and excersise like I'm 'supposed' to, I have no desire to eat these things, or even have them in the house.  So now that I'm back on my fitness journey, hopefully it will go away!

Tuesday Blog Hops

Busy Mom's Tips Tuesday Blog Hop

Blogger Bust!

OK, so you may have noticed a change...In my attempt to design a great blog, I noticed that my background has been subtly moving to the right on me.  I have no idea how this is happening, and I have no idea how to stop it.  So while I'm attempting to fix this problem...My blog will be bland and dull...

This is soooo frustrating, especially when I'm supposed to be computer-design savvy!

If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate the help, as I peruse forums and tutorials!!!

Spring Challenge - Day 1

Mission:  Post a picture of yourself and mention something you like about yourself.

I guess what I really like about myself is my ability to be social.  Wherever I go, I'm always striking up a conversation with someone.  I'm always saying  'Hi' to strangers as I walk past them at the mall or somewhere else.  I'm the first in line for a party or small get together.

Give me a reason to put on my sequenced pants and platform shoes, give me a drink and point me to the center of attention!!! 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review - Sparkling Ice

When I first started on my fitness journey, one of the hardest things to give up was my caffeine free diet soda.  One of my trainers told me that if it was the carbonation I missed, then to mix seltzer with juice.  However now that I'm more fit, I want to omit the sugar from the juice.  I came across these in Costco one day, when they were being sampled.

From the first sip I was hooked!! I tasted the Black Raspberry (which is still my favorite), and it was like I was drinking a desert! 

Get this, NO sugar, ZERO calories! And ESSENTIAL VITAMINS and ANTIOXIDANTS!  Check out these awesome Nutrition Facts:

  • Sparkling ICE is an excellent source of B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants.
  • B-Vitamins are known to play an important role in helping your body obtain energy from food. They may also be important for normal appetite, healthy skin, good vision, a healthy nervous system and red blood cell formation. Vitamin D is widely known to play a significant role in overall health – in particular bone strength.
  • Sparkling Ice also contains Green Tea Extract, which is known to have powerful levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that protect your body’s cells from harmful molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are a by-product of your body’s normal processes, and are also thought to be caused by pollutants and other environmental exposure.
  • Sparkling ICE – Light & Refreshing, Zero Calories, Gluten Free, Caffeine Free, Sweetened with Splenda.
 I absolutely LOVE Sparkling Ice!  Aubrie does too!  It is her first carbonated drink!

Click here to find out where you can get some!

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