26 June 2014

Quinoa Fish Tacos and Berry Salad

Quinoa Fish Tacos:

Ingredients:
Halibut/Tilapia/Flounder filets
Asparagus 
Red bell pepper
Chicken broth
Corn tortillas
Greek yogurt
Prepared salsa


Directions:
Put raw quinoa, chopped peppers and chopped asparagus in a pot on the stove but instead of using water to bring to a boil and cook it, use chicken broth. Cook the fish as instructed, or broil for about 3-5 minutes on each side.  Cover tortillas with a damp paper towel and put in the microwave.  Layer up your tortilla with quinoa mixture and fish then top with a dollop of greek yogurt and salsa!  Enjoy!!  





Berry Salad:

Ingredients:
Strawberries
Blueberries
Soft goat cheese
Walnuts
Spinach (or Garden blend)
Grilled chicken breast
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil

Directions:
Cook your chicken until no longer pink in the middle.  Layer Spinach, berries, cheese, and walnuts then put sliced chicken on top an drizzle with vinegar and olive oil! 


T25 Week One Grocery List

When you order T25 it comes with a great menu guide for you to follow if you want to see even more results!  I am trying out the recipes from the first week and so far so good!  I decided to post the menu and even made a grocery list to help you get started!  I will say that preparation is the key to success!  If you don't prepare and have everything you need on hand then you're more likely to grab something unhealthy on the go or reach for something quick, easy, and fattening from your pantry for lunch because you're too hungry to prepare something healthy!  I recommend making a weekly menu (or if you get T25 or another workout system it will come with one already made for you!) every Saturday or Sunday for the coming week and go to the store and getting all you need.  Then there is no question of what you're eating that day, you just pull out the ingredients and make it!




Here is the Grocery List you will need to complete the T25 Menu for Week 1!  I recommend getting the smallest package of these items because you wont need much of it!  If you can't find a certain vegetable or fruit, substitute it with a different one...no need to compare apples to oranges!  =)  I also didn't buy all the different kinds of deli meat, I just used low-sodium, lean, deli sliced turkey for all of the recipes.   

Grocery List:
Shakeology 
Banana
Cantaloupe
Finely grated grapefruit peel
Lemon wedges
Red or green grapes
Apple
1-2 Medium avocados
Cucumber
2 medium onions
Green onion
Red onion
1.5 cups mushrooms
Carrot
Celery
Potato
3 red potatoes
Red bell pepper
2 medium tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes
5 gloves garlic
Cilantro (5 sprigs)
Thyme (1 sprig)
Fresh dill sprig
Raw shredded cabbage
Fresh baby spinach
Romaine lettuce leaves
Fresh arugula
Strawberries
Raw lean top sirloin steak
Chicken breast, boneless/skinless
Raw cod/flounder
Raw halibut 
All natural almond butter
Corn tortillas
Whole-grain hamburger bun
Whole grain bread
Mayonnaise
Prepared mustard
Prepared pesto sauce
Balsamic vinegar
Reduced sodium soy sauce
Whole wheat crackers
1 can of drained solid white tuna, packed in water
1 can green beans
1 can drained artichoke hearts
Black olives
Fresh lime juice
Fresh lemon juice
Red win vinegar
Raw honey
Whole wheat couscous
Flaxseed 
Sea salt
Ground black pepper
Cayenne pepper
Dijon mustard
Ground cinnamon
Paprika
All purpose, salt free seasoning blend
Slivered almonds
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Quinoa
Low- sodium, lean turkey breast, deli sliced (10 slices)
Low-sodium, chicken breast, deli sliced (1 slice)
Low-sodium, lean roastbeef, deli sliced (4 slices)
Low-sodium, lean ham (1 oz.)
Firm tofu, drained, cut into cubes
Part skim mozzarella cheese
Swiss cheese
Soft goat cheese
Prepared salsa
Frozen raspberries
Frozen mixed berries
Veggie burger patty
3 Large eggs
Nonfat mil
Unsweetened almond milk
Coconut milk
100% Orange Juice
Nonfat plain yogurt
Nonfat vanilla yogurt 
Skim ricotta cheese
Water
Ice

THE PLAN: 

Day 1
Workout:  T25 Alpha Cardio

Breakfast:  Raspberry Protein Smoothie
1 cup non fat milk (unsweetened almond milk)
1/3 c fresh or frozen raspberries
1 scoop shakeology any flavor
1 tbsp flaxseeds
1 cup ice 
Blend!!!!!

AM Snack:  Sweet Citrus Yogurt
1/2 c non fat plain yogurt with 2 tsp raw honey and 1 tsp finely grated grapefruit peel.

Lunch:  Chicken and spinach salad
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/4 medium cucumber, sliced
1/2 c sliced mushrooms
1 medium carrot, shredded
1 1/2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 oz cooked chicken breast, boneless skinless sliced.
Place spinach, cucumber, mushrooms, and carrot in a large bowl and serve with dressing and chicken.

PM Snack:  Turkey Goat Cheese and avocado roll
2 slices of low sodium nitrate free lean turkey breast, spread with 1 tbsp soft goat cheese, topped with 1/2 tsp chopped raw walnuts and 2 thin slices of avocado and rolled up.

Dinner: Grilled Fish Tacos with cabbage citrus slaw
6oz raw cod(flounder or fluke) washed and patted dry
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 (4 inch) corn tortillas
3/4 c shredded raw cabbage
6 springs of cilantro
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 dash cayenne pepper
1/4 medium avocado, cut into 6 slices

Preheat grill or broiler to high.
Grill or broil fish for 3 to 5 min on each side until flakes easily with a fork.  Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds.  Place tortillas on a serving plate, top with 1/3 fish, cabbage and cilantro.
Season with lime juice and cayenne, top with 2 avocado slices fold and serve!

Day 2
Workout:  T25 Alpha Speed 1.0

Breakfast:  Silky Almond Smoothie
1/2 c nonfat milk
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup water
1 scoop shakeology, any flavor
1 tbsp all natural almond butter
1 cup ice
Blend

Snack:
1 cup red or green grapes

Lunch:
Avocado Veggie Burger
1 veggie burger patty
1 whole grain hamburger bun
1/8 medium ripe avocado, mashed
1 tbsp prepared salsa- I like the black bean and corn salsa from Giant Eagle
1/4 medium apple sliced
Preheat grill or broiler. Grill patty on both sides for 3 to 4 minutes.  Place on bun with avocado, salsa and top of bun.
Serve with apples on the side.

PM Snack:
1 large hard boiled egg, cut in half, drizzled with 1/2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with 1 dash of ground black pepper.

Dinner: 

Chicken in foil
1 4oz chicken breast, boneless and skinless
Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 medium new potato, sliced
1/4 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 medium onion, chopped
1 fresh thyme sprig

Preheat oven to 375. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place potato slices on a piece of aluminum foil. Top with chicken, bell pepper, onion and thyme; fold foil over and seal edges securely to form a pouch.  Place on a bake sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle.

Day 3
Workout:  T25 Alpha Total Body Circuit

Breakfast:
Yogo Berry Blast Shakeology
1 cup water
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
1 scoop shakeology any flavor
1/2 c ice and blend

Am Snack:
Tropical quinoa snack:  1/3 c cooked quinoa topped with 2 tbsp coconut milk and 4 sliced medium strawberries.

Lunch:
2 large hard boiled eggs, cut in half, yolks removed and reserved.  4 tsp greek yogurt plain, 1 tsp mustard; 1 green onion finely chopped, sea salt and pepper to taste and paprika
Combine egg yolks, greek yogurt, mustard and green onion in bowl and mix til smooth.
Season with salt and pepper and fill eggs and enjoy

PM Snack
1 large whole grain wheat cracker (I used gluten free grain crackers) topped with 1/2 tsp prepared mustard; 1 slice of low sodium nitrate free chicken breast, and 1 slice of swiss cheese. ( I used gluten free whole grain crackers.)



Dinner:  Lemon Dill Halibut
1 6 oz raw halibut filet
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp lemon pepper
1 dash sea salt
1 fresh dill sprig, finely chopped
1/2 up whole wheat couscous, hot
lemon wedges for garnish

Preheat oven to 500 degrees
Brush both sides of halibut with oil.  Place on baking pan.  Sprinkle halibut with lemon pepper, salt and dill.
Bake for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until halibut flakes.
Serve with couscous.


Day 4
Workout:  T25 Alpha Ab Intervals

Breakfast:  Morning Delight Smoothie
1 cup 100% orange juice
1/3 medium banana, cut into chunks
1 scoop Shakeology any flavor
1 cup ice
Place in blender and blend

Am Snack
Cinnamon Ricotta berries
1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese topped with 1/4 cup fresh or frozen berries.  1 tsp slivered almonds, and 1 dash ground cinnamon.

Lunch:

4 oz raw lean top sirloin steak
2 cups fresh arugula
10 cherry tomatoes cut in half
1/2 c canned drained artichoke hearts
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Preheat grill or broiler to high
Grill or broil sirloin for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or to desired pinkness. Remove sirloin from heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
Place arugula, tomatoes, and artichokes in a large bowl. Drizzle with EVOO and vinegar, place sirloin on top and serve.

Snack:  Tuna and celery boat.  1 medium celery stalk filled with 2 oz drained solid white tuna and drizzled with 1 tsp fresh lemon juice and 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil.

Dinner: 
Roasted Tofu with Veggies
1 lb firm tofu, drained and cut into cubes
5 cloves garlic, chopped
12 oz green beans, trimmed
1 cup medium mushrooms, cut into quarters
1 medium onion, cut into chunks
3 medium red potatoes, cut into quarters.
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
all purpose seasoning blend, salt free.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Place tofu, garlic, green beans, mushrooms, onion, and potatoes in a glass baking dish; drizzle with oil and soy sauce.
Sprinkle with seasoning blend if desired and toss well
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring every 20 minutes.
One serving equals 1/4 of recipe.  Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Day 5

Workout:  T25 Alpha lower focus

Breakfast
Peanut Butter cup Shakeology
1/2 cup water
1/2 unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp all natural peanut butter
1 scoop Shakeology, any flavor
1/3 medium banana, cut into chunks
1/2 cup ice
Place all in blender and blend.

AM Snack
1/2 cantaloupe or 1 1/2 cups cubed honeydew or 1 1/2 cups cubed watermelon.

Lunch:

2 slices whole grain bread (I use gluten free grain bread)
2 tsp prepared pesto sauce
1/4 medium avocado, sliced
2 oz low sodium, nitrate free, lean turkey breast, deli sliced
1/4 medium cucumber, sliced
1 slice medium tomato
1 thin slice medium red tomato
2 romaine lettuce leaves, washed and patted dry
Top one slice of bread with pesto sauce, avocado, turkey, cucumber, tomato, onion, lettuce, and second slice of bread.

PM snack:
Tuna and celery boat.  1 medium celery stalk filled with 2 oz drained solid white tuna and drizzled with 1 tsp fresh lemon juice and 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil.

Dinner:
Chef Salad
2 cups romaine lettuce chopped
1 oz low sodium lean turkey breast chopped
1 oz lean ham chopped
1 oz mozzarella cheese
medium tomato chopped
1/8 medium avocado, diced
5 medium black olives
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Place all ingredients together and drizzle with dressing.

After you finish this Fast Track you would continue on with the Nutrition Guide that is provided for you!  Just make sure you're getting enough calories!  Don't forget to take before pictures and measurements so you can see how you've changed!  Good luck!   

CLICK HERE to order T25 to see even more results with this diet plan and to get the Nutrition Guide for more recipes!   





25 June 2014

T25- Roasted Tofu With Veggies

This meal scared me!  I have never had tofu before and I was a little freaked out!  My husband is a hunter and we eat REAL meat but I wanted to give everything in this T25 plan a shot so I was trying to keep an open mind!  

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb firm tofu, drained and cut into cube
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 12 oz green beans, trimmed
  • 1 cup medium mushrooms, cut into quarter
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 3 medium red potatoes, cut into quarters.
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • all purpose seasoning blend, salt free.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Place tofu, garlic, green beans, mushrooms, onion, and potatoes in a glass baking dish; drizzle with oil and soy sauce.
Sprinkle with seasoning blend if desired and toss well
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring every 20 minutes.
One serving equals 1/4 of recipe.  Refrigerate for up to 4 days.


I reluctantly bought the tofu and other ingredients and put it all together.  I actually prepared it the night before because I was cooking another meal that had some of the same veggies so it was easy to combine this meal and put it in the fridge overnight!  The next day I just popped it in the oven and it smelled so good while it was cooking!  When we took it out the kids and my hubby were all a little skeptical too.  All in all, I thought it was good!  I don't like the texture of tofu but everyone liked the flavor of the dish as a whole.  I was surprised by how filling it was too!  To be honest I would probably make this again using chicken...we're just meat eaters over here but give it a try yourself and tell me what you think!  =)


Ingredients.  Ready to go!

Prepared and ready for dinner the next day!

It really was tasty!  

Be A Coach

I became a coach because I loved the Beachbody workouts and knew that I wanted to use them and would love to help other people get in shape by using them too!  After I signed up I reached out and asked if others wanted to join me in my workouts, lots of people did!  I started 3 Challenge Groups and loved hearing about how people were feeling better and loosing weight!  I was feeling amazing too!  I had more energy not only with my kids but I found myself keeping up with my chores around the house much better!  No more laying on the coach and thinking about all I needed to do, I was doing it all!  Working out and Shakeology has truly changed my body and the overall way I feel for the better!  

I would love for you to become a coach and feel the satisfaction I am feeling!  It doesn't mean you have to be in the best shape of your life!  All it means is that you're committing yourself to workout with Beachbody products and try to get others to do the same!  It's a health revolution and you're a part of it!  =)   Feel free to ask me ANY questions!  

Joining Beachbody is the best decision I've ever made!  I'm making money and doing something that I am so passionate about!  What could be better?! 




Chicken in Foil

Another recipe from the T25 menu and it was delicious!  The recipe is for one person so I tripled it because I was fixing it for my hubby and kids too!  This made the timing a little different because when I took it out after 18 minutes my chicken wasn't cooked and veggies were still hard.  I put it back in and just kept checking it until the chicken was done.  It was very tender and everyone enjoyed it!  Hope you like it!

Ingredients:
  • 1 4oz chicken breast, boneless and skinless
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium new potato, sliced
  • 1/4 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place potato slices on a piece of aluminum foil. Top with chicken, bell pepper, onion and thyme; fold foil over and seal edges securely to form a pouch.  Place on a bake sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle.

 Raw and ready to go in the oven!

 All done and ready to dish out!

YUMMY!!

21 June 2014

Turkey Pesto Crackers

I have a new obsession with Pesto!  It really is so good!  I was really hungry yesterday but it was too early to have a full meal but I didn't just want grapes...I told you, I was HUNGRY!  =)  So I put these together and it was really good and with some water it was just what I needed to hold me over until dinner!  ENJOY!

Ingredients:
Already prepared Pesto (mine is Basil Pesto)
Multigrain crackers (I used Gluten free crackers)
1 slice of Swiss cheese
1-2 slices of low sodium deli turkey

Spread the Pesto on your cracker, layer the rest up and enjoy! You could also add tomato and or avocado to make it even better!  =)

 I really need to figure out how to flip pictures in blogger!  Anyone know how?!  =)


T25 Week 3

So I just finished T25 Week 3!  I've got to say I am LOVING the workouts!  I missed a few days at the end of week 2 because we went camping so I will admit that getting back into in on Monday of this week was hard but I ignored the voice in my head saying, "I don't want to do this" and found the motivation again!  There is nothing better than fitting in a workout that's only 25 minutes in the morning before my day gets going!  My routine of T25 and Shakeology has made me so much more energetic, I love it!  I've had energy throughout the day to not only entertain my 3 kids and run the music/dancing this week at VBS but I've also stayed on top of our house chores and have been cleaning like a mad woman!  I love the boost and it's true that working out is like a drug and the endorphins help make you happy!  =)  I'm feeling wonderful!


As for the workouts: some have gotten really easy and some are still super hard!

For me the Cardio and Speed 1.0 are much easier and I 100% "Nailed It"!  Total Body Circuit was the hardest for me in Week 1 but I'm getting much better at it and it's a lot easier than it used to be but I still HATE push ups!  =)  Lower Focus is another one that's middle of the road for me.  I remember it being easier in week 1 (which is wierd!) but this week when I did it I thought it was really hard but stuck with it!  Ab Intervals is HARD but it burns so good!!  =)  There are some moves that I still can't do because my back arches and I don't want to hurt myself but I do a slight modification for it and otherwise love it! The best part for me is truly the 25 minutes!  There is no excuse for me to not squeeze that into my day and I love that I get such a good workout in such a short period of time!  I highly recommend this workout to anyone trying to loose weight or just get healthy!  It works!!  I do recommend KEEPING TO THE SCHEDULE!  If you try to just pop in a DVD here and there it will be very hard and you could get discouraged.  Stick to the schedule that they have planned out for you and you will see that they get easier and easier and your body gets stronger and stronger!  It's an amazing feeling to nail a workout that used to be a struggle for you so stick with it!!  



I am not a person that sweats a lot!  My face will turn red after a run and have some sweat on my sports bra but that's about the most sweat that ever comes off of me, workouts alone at the gym never really left me sweaty.  BUT T25...I SWEAT!!  This Friday was a double day of Total Body Circuit and Ab Intervals and I was literally dripping sweat onto my mat as I held my planks during Abs!  It amazes me because that has NEVER happened to me before!



19 June 2014

PiYo is HERE!!

I am so excited our newest workout, PiYo!  It is a combination of the best moves from Pilates and Yoga that you're going to love!  If you don't like the extreme workouts like P90X and Insanity where you are doing bootcamp style drills and jumping all over the place, this is the workout for you!  Every program is tested before it's put out on the market and our test groups had amazing results!  I'm starting a Challenge Group on July 14th if you want to join us, let me know!



Here is a video on the program and right now you can save $70 if you buy a Challenge Pack!  I am so excited about this program!  =)  Will you join me??




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18 June 2014

Steak Salad and Turkey Vegetable Sandwich

So I'm continuing with the 5 day fast track recipes form T25 and have had some more keepers!

First was the Artichoke Steak Salad which I was a little nervous about because I don't think I've ever had artichokes unless they were in a spinach artichoke dip and that doesn't really count, haha!  =)  I really liked this salad though!  It's light enough to have for lunch but filling enough to be a substantial dinner too! Let me know if you try it!



Ingredients:

  • 4oz. raw lean steak (I actually used already cooked steak from the frozen section which obviously isn't as tasty as a fresh cooked steak but it worked!)
  • Arugula or Spinach Mixed Greens Mix
  • 10 cherry tomatoes sliced 
  • 1/2 can of artichokes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
Directions:
Cook your steak on the grill or skillet until it's reached your desired level of  "pinkness". Then mix everything together and drizzle the oil and vinegar on it.   




The next recipe I tried was the Turkey Vegetable Sandwich and it was soooo good!!  I have never bought Pesto before and unless I had it unknowingly at a restaurant I don't think I've ever had it but it was to die for! Oh. So. Good.




Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread (I used gluten free grain bread)
  • 1/4 sliced cucumber
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • 1/4 sliced avocado 
  • lean, low sodium deli meat.  (I used turkey)
  • 2 tsp. of ready made Pesto (mine was a basil pesto...YUM!)
Directions:
After you spread the bread with Pesto, layer on everything you've sliced up and enjoy!  I'm already craving this for lunch again tomorrow!! =) 

Pin it if you plan on making it and let me know which one was your favorite!! =)

 

17 June 2014

Grilled Fish Tacos With Cabbage Citrus Slaw

Yesterday was my first day to attempt the T25 Menu Guide and wow does it make a difference to have all your meals planned out!  T25 (and most other Beachbody Workouts) come with a detailed menu plan for you to follow to increase your results and it is so helpful!  I recommend going to the store on Saturday or Sunday to get everything you'll need for the coming week so that you're prepared!  Preparation is KEY in your success!

Ingredients
6 oz raw code or flounder (I used halibut)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
3 corn tortillas
3/4 raw cabbage
6 fresh cilantro sprigs
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 dash cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 avocado, cut into 6 slices

Directions:
  • Preheat oven or grill
  • Grill or broil fish for 3-5 minutes on each side unless otherwise indicated on the bag of fish.  (I bought halibut and it said to cook it for 15-20 minutes at 350)
  • Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Place tortillas on a serving plate.  Top each tortilla with 1/3 fish, cabbage, and cilantro.
  • Season with lime juice and cayenne (if desired)
  • Top each tortilla with 2 avocado slices; fold and serve
**Side Note: I seasoned my fish by rubbing the lime juice, salt, cayenne and I added paprika on it before I cooked it!  Then once I added everything in my tortilla I put a little bit more lime juice on it)**

 The fish before it went into the oven!

 A picture of the ingredients I used (I only needed 1 avocado!)



The end result!  =)

Verdict: We WILL be making these again!  It was so easy (which I love because frankly I don't like to cook!), it was tasty and filled us up!  The hubby said he thought it was a little plain but overall he liked it.  I think he thought it was plain because we're used to our food being thrown in a casserole or smothered with some kind of creamy sauce am I right!?  We're headed in the right direction!  This was a success in our book!  =)  I hope you enjoy!  Let me know if you try it!  

CLICK HERE if you're interested in the T25 Program! 

 

16 June 2014

Gluten Free Ranch Pork Chops

I LOVE this recipe!  It's easy, the whole family likes it, and when paired with some yummy vegetables it makes for a healthy meal!

Ingredients:

  1. Gluten Free Cream of Chicken
  2. 1 packet of Ranch Dip Seasoning
  3. Boneless Pork Chops
Combine it all in the crockpot and let it cook on high for 4 hours if they're frozen (I would do a little less if they're already thawed out) and you're finished!  So easy isn't it?!  I try to have pork chops in our freezer at all times and this is my easy go to recipe when I don't have anything planned for dinner!  I like to pair it with brown rice and asparagus or broccoli!  Bon Appetit!  =)









P.S.  I don't know why it wont let me rotate these pictures around, sorry about that!

P.S.S. I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of the meal once it was complete and actually looked appetizing...oh well! =)  You'll just have to trust me!


(I modified recipe found at www.livinglaughingloving.com)

15 June 2014

Garner State Park

Garner State Park is a family tradition...my husband has been going since he was a kid and when we started dating back in High School I started going with them, and now that we have a family of our own we all still go every year!  This is the first year for me to go as a Beachbody Coach though and I was determined to get my workouts in because I have 3 Challenge Groups going on after all...if I was expecting them to stick with the schedule I had to do it too, right!?  I tried setting up a TV outside and was literally going to do T25 in our tent but I couldn't get the DVD player to work.  I was kind of relived because I would have felt a little ridiculous! ;) Instead I opted for exercise in the good ole outdoors! 

Friday I went on a beautiful morning run!  The weather was perfect and the hills were such a nice change of scenery!  =)  


The rest of the time was spent swimming in the river, playing put put golf, throwing washers, reading, and just hanging out and visiting with family and friends!  One of the highlights of our trip is always the amazing hike up Ole' Baldy Mountain!  =)  My son Keaton has been hiking with us since he was a baby! He would ride in a carrier on my husbands back through the mountains of Colorado and then once he was about 3 he started hiking with us!  He never complained about it being long or tough, he loved to come along with us!  He still loves it to this day and was so excited to join us!  


Isn't she beautiful!?!  Here is what we climbed to the top of!

My boys!

Getting closer to the top!



Once you make it to the top it's tradition to find a rock and throw it in the pile where other "Power Rocks" have accumulated!  So all 3 of us added a rock to the top of the mountain before heading back down!  =)

Kyle got a BIG rock!

Throwing it on the pile!

 Keaton's Rock!

 My Rock!

Victorious! =)

 My little golfers!

Kids in a candy-store!


Until Next Year...

12 June 2014

Keep Going


As we start nearing the end of our second week of the T25 Challenge Group I think this is such a great reminder!  Often people start a workout or diet with a lot of determination and then after the fist week or two they start to slack and lose confidence if they don't start seeing results.  It takes time so be patient and it will happen!!  KEEP GOING!!  =)

11 June 2014

Did You Know...



I always have loved breakfast and working out from home has been so much easier for me! I used to go to the gym but these are just a few of the problems that would keep me from going: 

  1. Lugging 3 kids up there was hard (especially when they don't want to go to the childcare and are in tears). 
  2. Germs...Nothing like a hand,foot,mouth breakout in the toddler room so your kid gets sick!
  3. If the kids are sick I can't bring them to the gym therefore, no workout for Mommy!
  4. It took up the whole morning to drive there-workout-drive back.
  5. Classes weren't always offered during a time that worked for my schedule so I would often stress trying to make it up there in time for class or stress by rearranging my schedule just to make that 10AM class when I really needed it to be at 9AM!
 It turned into a hassle and working out should NOT be a hassle! It should be a part of your daily routine that you enjoy! I love doing my 25 minutes workout at home right after I wake up, it has saved me so much time!  Do you need to work on a schedule so you can fit in a daily workout?  Start today!  You can do it!! =)

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