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a journey to healthy balance

Breaking the Blog Fast January 31, 2011

Hey y’all! Guess what? Blog fast ends tonight! So, obviously I can’t re-read ALL of your lovely posts from the 10th, even though I wish that I could. Will you please leave a comment and let me know which posts are your favorite or that you really want me to read? I’m excited to get back to y’all…I’ve missed youuuuuuuuu!

It’s been a while since I’ve had oats, I can’t believe it! This morning, it was back to the basics…with red chai tea.

In the mix:

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats (the Trader Joe’s ones are better than Quaker…better flavor and texture), water, almond milk, greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • sprinkle of sea salt and cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pure maple extract
  • 1/2 smashed nanner
  • toppings: blueberries, a few raw soaked almonds, drizzle of honey (a yummy new addition), peanut flour banana sauce, sexy spice šŸ˜‰

Workout: 45-minute RPM, BodyPump, BodyFlow

Lunch: a slice of leftover Amy’s Roasted Vegetable Pizza with no cheese, salad BEAST (organic mixed greens, 2 pieces of celery, tabouli, hummus, 7 baby carrots, a leftover chicken tender from last night), …

…and a pear for dessert šŸ˜‰

After a lot of studying, a snack…a small organic fuji apple with 2 tbsp Naturally More, and a chocolate berry smoothie.

Berry Chocolate Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop chocolateĀ protein powder
  • a few blueberries
  • 5 sliced strawberries
  • a little ice
  • cacao nibs to garnish

A little more studying, taught a Zumba class for my Club 59 ladies, a shower hehe, and then some dinna!

I am the luckiest girl in the world to have a Mom who buys mahiĀ mahi for dinner šŸ˜‰ (I love you, Mom!)

…a hunk of mahiĀ mahiĀ cooked stovetopĀ with a little EVOO, a squirt of lemon juice, a little basil, and 1/2 cup plain brown rice, and some steamed brussels sprouts (I think they are officially my favorite veggie šŸ˜‰ ) YUMMY!!!! This is the most “comfortable” meal I’ve had in a while, and it felt nice to just enjoy it without thinking about every little ingredient.

And dessert…orange and 2 squares of 100% cocoa chocolate.

Has anyone tried the new blueberry muffin Larabar? I can’t find them anywhere.Ā Also, I only have 2 Larabars left for snacks. Anybody seen them on sale anywhere? Leave me those comments! I can’t wait to get to readin’ tomorrow…


Out of the Office December 19, 2010

Hey y’all! Has anyone else been watching football? šŸ™‚

Just FYI: I’ll be away until Wednesday, but I’ll should have some really fun posts when I return.

My family was craving Mexican tonight for dinner, so we went to a little local place that we frequent. I had the PolloĀ Fiesta Salad (lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, onions) with fajita veggies and about a Tbsp of guac. My sister doesn’t like it, so she graciously gives me hers. We’re a good dining pair šŸ˜‰ and menus are just a suggestion, right?

We drove around our little community after dinner for about an hour looking at everyone’s Christmas lights. When we got home, guess what time it was…dessert time! hehe You know my philosophy that every meal deserves dessert.

Chocolate Peppermint coffee from the December Blogger Exchange gift from Clare.


Biscotti from one of my girlfriends. I am asking for the recipe because it was a-ma-zing!!!!! I’ve randomly been wanting to try it recently. WOW!


a little greek yogurt, Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter, and creme filling from this morning, and a piece of 100% Ghirardelli dark chocolate (I heard this week that as long as you eat more than 70% dark chocolate, it’s good for you). It was the perfect balance of texture, crunch, and sweetness….yummy!

I can’t get enough of that cute little cup and spoon. Have y’all noticed that small dishes help you eat less? I try to always use an appetizer-sized plate when I eat at home.

More Christmas traditions…my sisterĀ Ā ElfieĀ ALWAYS puts her creative touch on the bows that go on our presents. She’s an artist really.

And with that, I bid you goodnight and sweet dreams. I’ll see y’allĀ in a few days! I’ll miss y’all!