A Fun Memorial Day Weekend + Crazy Life

May 27, 2014 in Adventures, Exercise, Family Life

I have been a VERY busy, busy girl!

We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with Kev’s family up in Oregon.  I actually enjoy the 6 hour drive up there.  It’s nice to “unplug” from the world for a bit and just get away with some of my favorite people for a while.

Traveling to Oregon with the fam

I also loaded us up with a bunch of healthy snacks for the drive…

Healthy snacks for trip to Oregon

I packed some Skinny Pop popcorn, grapes, string cheese, strawberries, carrot sticks, yogurt, Babybel cheese, fruit leather and nuts.  Everything tasted great!

I also decided to make a couple homemade treats for the drive too…

Treats for trip to Oregon

I made our favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies and decided to try a new recipe for Peanut Butter Bars.  The bars were pretty good and tasted a lot like Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.  Yum.

The kids always want to buy candy and treats every time we stop for gas, so I decided to bring the homemade treats instead.  I think homemade treats are A LOT better than candy and it saves a bunch of money too.  Yay!

Nobody complained about it either.  Woo hoo.


I just have to say that Kev’s parent’s house is thee perfect “Grandparent House.”  Seriously.

Kev’s mom is an AMAZING cook and she fed us lots of homemade bread, french toast (with the homemade bread!), whole wheat waffles (the best ever!), homemade jam, homemade pie, etc. etc. etc.

Yes, she’s pretty amazing.  The kids also enjoyed playing games with their grandma…

Grandma playing games with Ben and Jake

Relaxing and watching movies

The kiddos watching a movie at Grandmas

And swimming with their cousins…

The fam swimming 2

The fam swimming

We also had a BBQ at Kev’s brother’s house on Saturday.

The fam with our Memorial Day food

Here’s my plate full of yummy food (steak, lettuce, tomatoes, pickle, apples, beans, watermelon and Kev’s mom’s potato salad)…

My yummy Memorial Day food


We had a wonderful weekend and even though there was always lots of incredible food around, I tried to exercise some self restraint too.  I pretty much just tried “a little bit of everything” all weekend long, but didn’t pig out on anything.

I think I did okay.

However, for some reason my body decided to blow up like a giant marshmallow!  It was pretty crazy.  I think the long car ride, excess heat and indulgent food might have had something to do with it.

When we got home last night, my legs and feet were SO HUGE!  I plopped down on my bed and propped my feet up for a while and it felt heavenly.

I even took a picture because I’m sure you all love seeing pictures of feet, especially bloated pregnant feet. :-)

Mega poofy feet after our trip

Yikes.  That is so not cute and I totally have cankles.

We had a fun trip, but it’s always good to come home too.


I had a CRAZY day today though!  I spent my morning and part of my afternoon at the zoo with my son’s Kindergarten class.  It was fun, but super hot (90 degrees!)

I made myself some Oats in a Jar as I ran out the door this morning…

Oats in a Jar on the way to the zoo

I made my Chocolate Chip Cookie oats version and it totally hit the spot!

We had lunch at the zoo (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grapes and string cheese) and it was awesome too.

Later on, I made my kids French Toast for dinner with some of the homemade bread Kev’s mom sent us home with.  I made myself some scrambled eggs and snagged one small piece of french toast (topped with sugar free syrup) as I ran out the door to head to the gym.

Eggs and french toast on the way to the gym

I went to a wonderful Muscle Works class that I loved so much!  After a long, hot, tiring day I REALLY didn’t feel like going to the gym…at all.  But, I was so glad I got ‘er done anyway.

Me after my workout at the gym

Oh, and yes, I totally sported a t-shirt at the gym tonight.  I decided my bloated marshmallow body didn’t need to be poured into a tank top.  I felt like a frump, but I didn’t care.  I got my workout in and headed home.  Check.

When I got home, I made myself a Peanut Butter banana Protein Shake and put my feet up on the couch.  It was so nice to chill for a bit…

Protein shake after the gym

Now, I need to get my bum into bed.  I am a very tired lady.

I’m happy that I don’t have a whole lot going on tomorrow.  I’m hoping to catch up with laundry and the rest of my life!

I hope you all have a great night.  G ‘Night!

Questions For You Guys…

  • What did you do for Memorial Day?
  • What’s your favorite BBQ food?
  • What’s your favorite healthy travel snack?
  • Summer heat; love it or hate it??
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November 28, 2011 in Exercise, Nutrition

Hey guys,

Sorry for the blog post hiatus.

We were out of town visiting Kev’s family for the long weekend.

I intended to do a blog post or 2 while we were gone, but the internet connection was slower than cold tar…seriously.
It was making me batty, so I decided to just wait ’til I got home.


So, here I am once again….

I learned a lot this past week.

Of course, I thought I would share…

K, so as we were preparing to leave on our little trip, I was DETERMINED to eat as healthily as possible while we were gone.

I knew it was going to be tough for several reasons:

  1. It was Thanksgiving weekend….’nuf said.
  2. Kev’s mom is an AMAZING cook and I love to eat all of her food….namely pies, homemade bread, french toast on her homemade bread, etc.!!!  Dang.
  3. When I’m on vacation, I get in the “I can eat whatever I want ‘cuz I’m on vacation” mode.

So, I decided to PLAN, take control, and be healthy.

I packed tons of healthy snacks in our handy dandy little cooler.

Fruit, veggies, protein shakes, protein bars, string cheese, kettle corn, cocoa roasted almonds, a dark chocolate bar (for emergencies) and water! YUM!

My “plan” was to eat these snacks during the 6 hour drive and also while we were staying up there for 4 days.
I figured I could just eat “a little” of Kev’s mom’s awesome cooking and supplement with my healthy snacks.
Sounds like a good plan, eh?

Well, it worked like a charm for the first 2 days and then I went downhill FAST the last 2 days!

I did really well on Thanksgiving.
I loaded up on the turkey and veggies and then had just a little of the potatoes and stuffing.

I did OD on the sweet potatoes just a little, however.

I also had one small slice of Pumpkin Pie…it was Thanksgiving after all.

I thought I did well.
I didn’t stuff myself and I definitely could have gone back for more…
But, I did not.

But, sadly the rest of the weekend I partook of plenty of chocolate cake, more pumpkin pie and peanut M&Ms.

Then, on the drive home I was a huge slacker!

I think I knew I was going to “shape up” when I got home, so I wanted to live it up until then!
BTW, that is NOT a good way to think!!!

I enjoyed more peanut M&Ms, a few small cookies and a donut!


I did.

But, I gotta tell you I felt SO SICK those last few days and still even today!


Just another reminder to me that my body LIKES good food and DOESN’T LIKE crappy food.
Although my mouth and taste-buds would tend to disagree.


So, today I started back with my clean eating and it feels like a detox.

It feels so good!

I know this time of year is so tough to eat well, but I’m determined to do it!!!

I started off today with a yummy breakfast…

A bowl of oatmeal and a side of egg whites!

I just took a 1/2 C. Oatmeal and mixed in 1/2 of a Granny Smith apple….Covered it with water and cooked it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
After it came out, I stirred in 1 T. of flaxseed, 1 T. of vanilla protein powder and sprinkled it all with sugar free apple cider mix.

I wouldn’t consider the apple cider mix exactly healthy (artificial sweeteners and things), but it is very tasty and I only used a little bit.

I also cooked up 4 egg whites and topped them with a little low sugar ketchup.

Very yummy and very filling.

I ate well the rest of the day and I feel really really good.

I must say though that I went to my fav Bootcamp class tonight and I didn’t feel as strong as I usually do and I felt a little chubbier.

Go figure.

I am a firm believer that what you eat directly (and quickly) affects your body for better or worse!

So, I’m gonna be good!


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Healthy Travel Snacks

July 14, 2011 in Nutrition

We just got back from camping up at Bear Lake my some of my family.  We had a great time hanging out, lounging by the lake, touring Minnetonka Cave, and just enjoying the great outdoors.


While we were gone, I realized it is VERY hard to eat well and have a “plan” while traveling.   I didn’t eat terribly, but I could have eaten A LOT better!  It was hard because there was a lot of candy, chips, chocolate, s’mores, etc. around and they are all very yummy.  It is very easy to allow yourself to just eat “a few” and then end up eating “a LOT!”

I realized I usually “fall off the wagon” while on vacation because of one (or several) of the following reasons:

  • I’m not at home and don’t have access to all of my “usual” foods
  • Because I’m away from home, I tend to rely on convenience foods or fast food.
  • We stop at gas stations along the way and peruse the candy aisles!
  • I am in “vacation mode” and want to live it up!
  • When I’m in “vacation mode” it doesn’t seem like eating junk “counts” (but it does!)
  • I’m bored while driving in the car and want to munch on something yummy to keep it exciting! ;-)

There are plenty of other reasons too!  It is hard to eat well while traveling, but if you PLAN ahead, you can stay ON the wagon!  Here are some “Healthy Eating Travel Tips”:

  • Pack a small cooler full of healthy snacks to munch on while traveling
  • Bring your own lunch/dinner in the car with you (saves on $$ too!)
  • When you arrive at your destination, make a quick trip to the local grocery store to stock up on healthy food
  • If you do stop at a restaurant/fast food, make healthy choices:
    • Choose grilled (not fried)
    • Get a hamburger or sandwich wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun
    • “hold” the sauce or ask for it on the side
    • Order a salad (lite dressing on the side)
    • Don’t eat fries (dang!)
    • If possible, read the nutritional information online or in the restaurant before ordering
  • Buy a healthy snack at the gas station instead of candy/pop/chips, etc.
  • Drink TONS of water
  • Since you are on vacation, I think it’s okay to allow yourself one treat per day.  Enjoy that one treat, savour it, then don’t eat any more!

Here are some Healthy Travel Snack ideas:

  • Beef Jerky
  • Fruit (bananas, strawberries, grapes, apples, oranges, etc.
  • Cut up veggies (carrots, celery, peppers, etc.)
  • String Cheese
  • Healthy Meal replacement bars/snack bars/granola bars
  • Healthy Trail Mix
  • Nuts
  • Yogurt
  • Dried Fruit

If you are COMMITTED to eating healthy and PLAN AHEAD, you can be successful while traveling!!

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