Back to the Old

Happy [Marvelous In My] Monday & New Years Eve!!

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When I went to write this post this morning, I couldn’t help but remember back to the first few days of my blog. I remembered how happy it made me to share workouts with you, and what I may have been cooking or baking that day. I feel as if ever since I was diagnosed with “HA”, I kind of let that become the main focus of my blog. I changed writing about what I originally started this page for, to strictly how I wish I could produce, how I wish my health would be back to normal. But you know what, I miss the “old me”. The girl who motivated people to try new workouts, or new recipes.

So some may ask where that leaves me today… Well, I still plan on sharing my thoughts on all topics (even if it’s not health or fitness related), but I will also be going back to posts with workouts & recipes for you as well. . I mean it’s all about balance, and being true to MYSELF right?

Now, it’s time to spoil you! I mean it is Marvelous In My Monday [hosted by the beautiful & shining star Katie at Healthy Diva Eats] Not only do I have a recipe to share, I also have an awesome strength training circuit for you to try =)

Gingerbread Oreo Blondies-Adapted from food.com

**Please note: These treats may be delicious, but they are FAR from healthy. Sometimes you just have to indulge in a yummy treat =)

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 20 Gingerbread Oreos

Directions:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
  • In a small pan, melt the butter over medium low heat on the stove.
  • In large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, vegetable oil and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the butterscotch chips.
  • Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Press the Oreos on top of the batter. Pour the rest of the batter over the Oreos and spread as evenly as possible. The batter will be thick and sticky (I also crushed more oreos on top).
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.

&& now the workout I mentioned above.

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[**I want to note that even though I’m sharing workouts with you, my workouts haven’t changed. I am still following my doctor’s orders by strictly walking**]

&& that is all I have for you today. I truly hope you enjoyed today’s post. I’d love to hear feedback and thoughts from you! Have the most wonderful day, and please remain safe throughout the evening into the early morning. 

  • Any NYE plans?
  • Do you cook a particular meal on New Years Day?
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Happy Anniversary Baby [a day late]

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life, my best friend—my husband.

Four years ago today I became your wife. I never knew what LOVE was until you walked into my life years ago baby. Since then, my life has been flowing like a river. We have had uncountable moments of pure joy, happiness and laughter. I thank God every day for you Joshua. I thank you for being the man and husband you are. You are so caring, loving and supportive of me no matter the circumstance. You forgive me when I’ve done wrong, and have loved me when I felt alone. I love that no matter the argument were in, we never go to bed mad or upset. I love that we’ve grown together and have become the perfect team. You have and continue to bless my life in more ways than one. Every morning when I wake up to your face, and every night when I fall asleep in your arms, makes the whole day perfect. Joshua, you are my rock & that’ll never change.

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Almost two years ago I made this video for you while you were deployed baby, and since then my love for you has only grown deeper & deeper. Let’s continue to live our life the way we want, and embrace all we can. I love you so much baby, forever & ever I promise ❤

**Please know that our anniversary was on December 27, 2008. For some reason or another, this post never went public**

Merry Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve!!

When I sat down to write this post, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to say. I debated on writing about how lovely my weekend was. How Joshua & I had a wonderful date last night filled with delicious food & love. It wasn’t until I read this article that I knew exactly what to publish.

So today, Christmas Eve, I want to keep this post simple, yet beautiful & give y’all a little tip/suggestion for the holiday:

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Now please, go enjoy every second of the day with your love ones ❤

Video Chat & Awards

Tis’ today to go quick so Joshua can be home. 

The morning that went from bad to great. I went to make my beloved pancakes for breakfast, and what do you know… were out of gas (could it be that I left the stove top on for about 4 hours last night? whoops). What’s a girl to do right?? Well, I mixed 8 egg whites, 1 scoop of cinnamon bun protein powder, 1 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 cup water. Put 1/4 cup of the mixture @ a time into the microwave, and made 4 microwavable “cakes” and topped all with peanut butter and syrup. So good! I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty excited to try out different protein powders in the mix… once I purchase more eggs =)

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Last night Joshua & I were suppose to attend a Christmas Party for the owners of my gym, however… we never did make it. I had gotten the worst cramps, and just didn’t feel like moving off the couch. Oh well, it happens. My Friday wasn’t completely filled with cramps though. Lucie @ Fit Swiss Chick & I had our planned video chat! Can I just tell you, she is ADORABLE & I’m completely jealous of her accent. If you don’t already follow her blog, please do. Besides being a sweetheart, she shares awesome recipes & takes you throughout her everyday life.

IMAG0991-1-1Last week I was nominated for more awards from five different ladies. I cannot tell you enough how much the nominations mean to me. Kat @ Katalyst HealthAshlee @ His N Hers-Happy N HealthyNikki @ Road to Less Cake and Renee @ Fit For Motherhood all nominated me for The Liebster Award. I’ve actually already been nominated before, but I did want to make sure I acknowledged all four in today’s post. So, girls.. Thank You! All four of you are wonderful, strong & kind women. Continue shining & being who you are <3.

&& the third nomination was from the beautiful & honest Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia. Maria nominated me for an award I’ve actually never heard of before, The Reality Blog Award. 

realGuidelines in accepting the award:

  • Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back to them.
  • Answer the 5 questions presented.
  • Nominate up to 20 blogs for the award and notify them on their blogs.
  • Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Here’s the list of 5 questions:

  • If you could change one thing what would you change? If I could change one thing, it would be how social media affects your body image. No matter where you look; magazines, billboards and television, you see pictures of women with so-called “perfect” bodies. Teenage girls feel that if you have their body, you’ll be “liked” and paid more attention too. So what happens… they begin damaging their bodies in more ways the one to get that “look”. It’s a shame, and I wish more than anything these young women would see the beauty that others around them do ❤
  • If you could repeat an age, what would it be? If I could repeat an age, I wouldn’t. I’m very content with where I am in life today. Every year I’ve been alive, I’ve made mistakes and incredible memories. Without those years, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.
  • What one thing really scares you? One thing that really scares me is FAILURE. I try not to let fears take over my life, but no one can honestly say fears don’t pop into their head from time to time. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does… all I can think about is “What if I don’t succeed at school? What if Joshua looses his job, and we don’t have the amount of money in our savings that I want. What if I never get back to the healthy size where I can have a child? So yes these fears may exist, but what I have realized is, if you let them take over your life.. they will, but if you look past them & think positive, you’ll be happier & less stressed.
  • What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?  One dream I have yet to complete would be learning a new language. Joshua & I have always wanted to learn German. Hopefully within the year, we’ll be able to speak a bit, and maybe even learn Arabic as well.
  • If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be? If I could be someone else for one day, it’d be Reese Witherspoon. Shes one, if not my favorite actress. I love  how she’s simple, beautiful, honest, caring & funny all at the same time.

&& for 20 bloggers whom I’m suppose to pick.. well that’s not happening. I pick all of you! Each of you ladies (& the few men out there), put a smile on my face day in & day out. You all deserve to be recognized. xoxo

  • Pick 1 out of the 5 questions & answer (or as many as you’d like)
  • Favorite actress & actor? Reese Witherspoon/Denzel Washington & Will Smith

Friday Favorites #1

TGIF!! Has anyone else felt this week drugged by? I’m not sure if it has to do with Christmas coming up, but my gosh, I didn’t think today would ever come. Now all I have to do is get through today & tomorrow before Joshua has off work.  #icandothis

For a little while now I’ve been seeing many bloggers doing “Friday Favorites” posts, I kept telling myself, “Oh I’ll participate next week”.. well if you haven’t noticed, it never happened. So today I’m finally participating. Better late then never right? =)

Favorite Night: Our date night yesterday evening. We went to a new-to-us restaurant called Waffle & Steak. It was an incredible night filled with laughter, & never-ending conversation ❤

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Favorite Drink: Pumpkin Smoothie: In the mix: 1 cup milk, 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop cinnamon bun protein powder, ice

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Favorite Purchase: I actually have two. 1. The room reservation we made @ the Hilton for our four-year wedding anniversary next week. 2. The most amazing dog feeder for Roxy.

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Favorite Passage: One that Sloane tagged me in on twitter last week. I read it every.single.morning ❤ (Thank you hunnie).

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Favorite Workout: An awesome Vinyasa Yoga Challenge. Thank you Tribesports. With only being able to participate in low-intensity workouts, this was perfect. Each time I finished, I felt so alive, so refreshed. 

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&& that’s it for today. Time to take Roxy for a walk, clean up the house & eventually start getting ready for a Christmas Party this evening. Have an amazing weekend ❤ 

  • Are you celebrating Christmas w/ family or friends this weekend?
  • How many batches of cookies have you made this year? 

Thankful Thursday #7

Happy Thursday! How was everyone’s Wednesday? Did you link up with Jenn at Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday? No? Well you should definitely start, or at least head over to her page & see what others are eating. I always find myself being amazed with new ideas from other bloggers.

Since all I did was share my Tuesday’s meals with you, I thought I’d at least fill you in on what I did yesterday… which trust me, wasn’t too much. Woke up, had my morning pancakes, went to the gym to walk on the treadmill, got talk time for my husband (minutes on his cell phone), cleaned, and then waited for Joshua to get home. We had tuna melts for dinner & watched How I Met Your Mother. So as you can tell, it was a very low-key day. Tonight we’ll be heading out to dinner (part of our 24 Days of Togetherness). I’m pretty excited.. and maybe (can’t make any promises), I’ll take some pictures of our evening out <3.

&& on to today. Well y’all already know that it’s Thankful Thursday. I don’t think I have to really say too much more…

1Today I’m Thankful for… Food and Energy. Food enables the cells in our bodies to perform their necessary functions. It’s what produces energy. Without energy, you wouldn’t able to survive. There would be no more breathing or heart beats.

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& when you think about it, you need energy to not only do day-to-day tasks, but you also need energy when you talk, or when you move.

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You can relate food and energy to a toy and batteries. Just like the toy won’t operate without correct size batteries, our bodies won’t live without food.

So yes, this may be another bizarre Thankful Thursday post, but I’m simple, and I truly do believe that so many people take little but big things like this for granted.

&& now I’m off to enjoy the day with Joshua. He just surprised me! Rain out here usually means no work =)

  • Do you participate in any campaigns that other bloggers put on throughout the week? If so, which ones?
  • Favorite breakfast if you’ve eaten this week?

What I Ate Wednesday

Good Morning! I don’t have too much to say today, so instead of wasting your time w/ useless information, let’s get today’s post underway shall well =)

As every Wednesday, I link up with Jenn at Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday. So without further ado here are some of my meals from yesterday.

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Meal #1: Pancakes as usual. Made with Heart Smart Bisquick mix, and topped with apples, cinnamon and maple syrup

IMAG0961-1-1 IMAG0962-1-1Meal #2: Smoothie. in the mix: 2 bananas, 1 scoop chocolate peanut butter protein powder, and 1 cup milk

IMAG0965-1-1Meal #3: [No Photo] Salad made with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheese, tuna, brussel sprouts, salsa, & slice of toast and clementine on side

Meal #4: Same afternoon snack as last week. Yogurt (that I froze for an hour), grapes & 2 tbsp. peanut butter

IMAG0968-1-1Meal #5: Wrap. Made with a peppernickle wrap, vegan sausage, tomato, cucumber, cheese, and salsa. On the side was more tomatoes & cucumber plus cauliflower

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Meal #6: Ha Ha, I already know what y’all are thinking… what in the world is that! After dinner I wasn’t too hungry, but knew I needed to eat something before bed. I honestly didn’t have a slight idea on what I wanted. I knew I wanted an apple, and peanut butter, and well than I wanted cheese. So I put together this strange combo . Apple made into a sandwich. In the middle was peanut butter, cheese & whip cream. Weird..yes! Gross… surprisingly no =)

IMAG0974-1-1& there you have it. For some reason, I wasn’t too hungry at all yesterday. I honestly had to force myself to eat after Meal #1 & 2. Fingers crossed today’s the complete opposite, and I turn back into a mean eating machine (haha).

  • Strangest thing you’ve eaten recently?
  • Do you cook yourself & your family different meals? Sometimes I do, like last night for an example. I made Joshua nachos instead of a wrap.