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Weekend Happenings: Naked & Skyfall


cinnamon raisin pancakes topped with Chobani + peanut butter frosting + shredded unsweetened coconut

discovered the office gym during lunch

pink pedi

first time trying Naked Pizza = YUM!

artichokes + jalapenos + mushrooms + olives + roasted red peppers + spinach

snap, crackle, pop


turkey bacon, mushroom + spinach scramble topped with salsa, & Van’s waffles topped with banana + feta + pistachios + shredded unsweetened coconut

45 minutes spinning & 45 minutes TNT training

 kamut cereal + Banana Choco Chip VitaTop + banana + shredded unsweetened coconut + Silk Light Vanilla soymilk


cinnamon pancakes topped with cinnamon Chobani + peanut butter frosting + apple butter + fresh sweetened cranberries

ruby red grapefruit

Jame Bond Skyfall [it. was. awesome!]

such a sweepy buddy

Unpictured weekend happenings: watching Life As We Know It, a piping hot bowl of chocolate chip peanut butter banana oats for breakfast, a massage, a new iPhone, apartment cleaning, and grocery shopping…

…and tomorrow is a holiday [in honor of Veteran’s Day today].  In the morning I’m meeting a girlfriend for a walk but I’m not sure what Ryan and I will do in the afternoon.  Peanut Butter Cereal Brownies sound enticing 😉  Hip, hip, hooray for 3-day weekends!



Question:  Do you have a 3-day weekend?

Question:  Are you a Bond fan?  I am all about chicky flicky movies but I also enjoy a good action movie [with cute actors] now and then!



Filed under Charlie, Fashion, Fitness, Food, Friends, Holidays, TV & Movies

Recent Eats & October Foodie Penpal Treats

I’d like to say ghoulddd morning but Halloween has come and gone so it’s back to the plain old gooddd morning!  Before I catch y’all up on some of my recent eats and tasty Foodie Penpal treats, I want to fill y’all in on my latest [and possibly greatest] breakfast experiment…  Cereal pancakes!  Seriously, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, they are f.a.b.u.l.o.u.s. 🙂  Ever since I made the Grape Nuts pancakes earlier this week I’ve been inspired to try other cereals.

Yesterday I used TJ’s High Fiber Cereal…

toppings: cottage cheese + unsweetened coconut + dried dates + maple syrup

And today I used Whole Food’s Peanut Butter Balls…

toppings: plain Chobani sweetened with stevia + pistachios + apple butter + dried dates


I definitely will be making these again and getting a bit nuttier with the mix-ins and toppings!  Potential substitutions that I think would be tasty: half whole wheat flour + half peanut flour, adding crushed peanuts to the batter, topping them with a dollop of peanut butter, or even adding a touch of chocolate…

Moving onto some of my recent eats.  I’ve already shared some of them like these waffles and this post workout dinner, these Saturday morning pancakes, this birthday fro-yo treat, these marvelous eats, and these Grape Nuts pancakes, but I still have a few more…

Van’s waffles + cinnamon Chobani + homemade applesauce & a runny egg

chocolate mudslide ‘cakes + slivered almonds

cinnamon raisin oat pancakes + plain Chobani + slivered almonds

snacks: Luna protein bar, cereal yogurt bowl, grapefruit, & Chobani

roasted acorn squash *first time trying*

apple slices, veggie burger salad,  & mashed acorn squash + cottage cheese + cinnamon

mile high Teet turkey sandwich

baked sweet potato + cottage cheese + chocolate peanut butter + cinnamon

TJ’s Chicken & Veggie Dumplings

plain Chobani + stevia + peanut butter filled pretzels

pumpkin spice bran eggie cups + plain Chobani + frozen berries

And a few recent Whole Foods finds that I spotted and would like to try…

Last but not least, my October Foodie Penpal package…

This month I was paired up with Mary who was so kind to bake me a couple of pumpkin treats, as well as send me two of my favorites: chocolate and coffee!

Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean started Foodie Penpals in September of 2011 and over the past year participation has skyrocketed!  One of the coolest things about the program is that it’s open to both bloggers and non-bloggers, aka anyone and everyone can participate…  If you’re interested in joining, click here for more info.  Who knows, maybe we’ll get matched-up one time?!



Question:  Have you ever tried mixing cereal into your pancake batter?

Question:  What’s one of your tastiest recent eats?


Filed under Blogging, Food, Recipes

Felt the Burn

My problem isn’t getting to the gym, my problem is that I favor cardio > strength training.  Why?  Because no matter how many fitness articles I read, I still don’t know what the heck I’m doing when it comes to weights.  The bike, elliptical, and treadmill are easy: you set the incline and/or resistance and move your legs.  Weight machines are pretty easy too: you set the weight, complete 10-15 reps, and repeat 3 times.  Done and done.

My struggles are that when I’m on a weight machine [or are using free weights], I have no clue what weight I should use or if my form is correct.  Do I pull all the way down or just halfway?  Do I inhale or exhale?  How fast or slow should I be going?  There are so many factors!


With this in mind, Ryan and I signed up to try a strength training program at our gym two days this week.   Holy heck, Tuesday night we got our butts kicked for 45 minutes!  Our instructor started with a few ab exercises and then proceeded to take us through a circuit of strength training exercises, focusing on our shoulders and thighs [with 2 sets of lunges in between each set]…  We. felt. the. burn.

pardon my facial expression, this picture must be mid-adrenaline rush, ha!

Our instructor mentioned that we may feel sore later but that would be normal.  Wednesday morning I woke up feeling okay, a little sore in my shoulders but still had enough strength to make a stack of waffles 😉  Ryan woke up and didn’t want to move!

On Wednesday we were instructed to choose a routine from a cardio script; I chose to hop on the elliptical.  I typically do intervals on the elliptical, but only alternate between 2 levels and each interval lasts 4-8 minutes, just enough time to get lost in a magazine and lose track of what I’m at the gym to do, to sweat.  This routine doesn’t allow you to do that, it keeps you attentive because the intervals change every 2 minutes.  With a good playlist, the workout goes by super fast!

Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s a workout so try it maybe?


2-Minute Elliptical Ladder

0:00- 2:00  level 2 resistance

2:00- 4:00  level 4 resistance

4:00- 6:00 level 6 resistance

6:00- 8:00 level 8 resistance

8:00- 10:00 level 10 resistance

decrease resistance to 2 and repeat


*Repeat as many times as you’d like.  The ladder takes 10 minutes to complete.*

I did 4 ladders for a total of 40 minutes followed by a 5-minute cooldown.  With the little energy I had left, I did some medicine ball twists and Tina’s 8-Minute Plank ChallengeI. felt. the. burn.

When I got home I refueled with a gigantic [unpictured] kitchen sink salad, eggs topped with avocado, and crumpets with peanut butter.  Eggs and avocado is a winning combination- it’s packed with protein and healthy fats, it’s super simple, and it’s super satisfying!

Tonight we have training session #2 and assuming we can still sign our names at the end of the class, I have a feeling we’ll be signing up for the 13-week program that starts next week…  Bring. on. the. burn!

“It’s that first step—getting out the door—that’s the toughest. If you can do that, you’ve already won.”

~Mary J. Blige



Question:  What do you prefer, cardio or strength training?

Question:  Do you have a personal trainer or attend any group training classes?  Have you seen any improvements with your form or overall strength?


Filed under Fitness, Food, Health, Music