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Fashion Attempt #2 and Froyo

Yesterday, in my What I Ate Wednesday post, I showed you a picture of what I wore for the day.  In another attempt at being slightly fashionable, I went shopping, bought a new dress and matching boots.  What do you think?

Don’t worry – I’m not heading to the runway any time soon.  It just beats the boring black pants with a boring one-tone sweater.  I’ve really got to stop being so boring!!  🙂

So after another long day of meetings, I was excited to relieve a little stress on the track.  The weather was beautiful, so I set off with my headphones on.  I covered 4 miles.  Not running the whole way, not even really half way either, but enough that I was feeling pretty good.  And my mind was clear.

Breakfast casserole

For dinner, we used the leftover Johnsonville sausage patties that I told you about yesterday to make a Breakfast Casserole.  Ingredients:  egg, sausage, cheese and hashbrowns.  YUM!!  The kids devoured their portions!!

And after dinner, we wanted to surprise the kids with a little treat…  Frozen Yogurt, of course.  We decided to try a new place.  (Well, it’s not that new – I think it’s been there for a year, but we’ve never been there before.)  It’s called Koolioz.

Lucy sat and ate her own cup.

Sadly, though, it really wasn’t that good.  In fact, it was the worst of all the Fro-Yo’s I’ve ever had.  The texture was weird, and it varied between flavors.  Some were thick, others runny.  I think Menchie’s is still my fave.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite place to get Frozen Yogurt?  And what is your favorite flavor??

 

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What I Ate Wednesday – 10/10/12

The day started at 4:30am when my alarm went off.  I had to leave the house at 5:45am to be at a client’s office by 6:15am for employee meetings that started at 6:30am.  I am NOT a morning person.  You would think 75 minutes would be enough time to get ready while the chickens are still asleep.  But after hitting the snooze button a couple of times and taking a longer-than-normal shower in hopes that the water would wake me up (instead it put me to sleep), I was running a little behind.  So I quickly darted out the door with only my coffee in hand.  I did, however, manage to grab a banana and this protein shot, and shove them into my purse.

Unfortunately, though, I didn’t have time to eat them.  The meetings ran long and I had to quickly dash to another meeting right after this one.  I was almost too busy to think about food….  UNTIL …  my stomach started growling (very loudly) while I was conducting the 11am meeting.  I was afraid my stomach was louder than I was!

So embarassing!

As soon as the meetings were over, I quickly found the nearest Chick-Fil-A and ordered the Southwest Chargrilled Chicken Salad.  Ahh..  Finally.

I had a few minutes to catch up on things while I sat and ate.

So I notice other bloggers posting pictures of their wardrobes.  I’m not huge on fashion…  but I’m not a slob either.  I try to buy clothes I like without much regard for the current fashion trends.  If I like it, I wear it.

So this is my attempt at being fashionable.  Like the space boots?  lol

Anyways, by the time I got home, I was exhausted.  BUT, it was a gorgeous day so I still managed to get in a nice 45 minute walk in our hilly neighborhood, pushing my daughter in the stroller.  When I got home, I did a series of pushups and pullups (5 of each, for 5 rounds).

Dinner time.

I found this box of patties at Kroger.  They were on clearance and looked pretty good.  It even says right on the box ‘Better than your ordinary burger.’

It wasn’t.  It was weird.  It tasted like a breakfast sausage.  Don’t get me wrong – I love breakfast sausage.  But not on my burger.  So with the leftovers, we are going to chop them up and use them in a breakfast casserole tomorrow.

And finally, no hard day would be complete without a few bites of ice cream.  🙂  I also took a chance on this new product I found at Kroger.  Pumpkin Pie ice cream by Turkey Hill.  Oh my!  I am in LOVE with this new ice cream.  It doesn’t beat Blue Bell, but it comes VERY close!!  If you see this in your grocer’s freezer, I highly recommend you take a carton home with you!!

So that was it – What I Ate Wednesday!  I can’t wait to see what everyone else ate too.

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Random Thoughts

Over the last couple of days, I’ve had a lot of random thoughts that I wanted to share with you all.  So I thought it was time for a completely random post!  Sometimes the thoughts in my head are all over the board, so I guess it’s only fitting that the Blog is too!  🙂

1)  Ok – remember that Carb challenge we had at work?  Well, it’s over.  I had to pay $24 into the pot when it was all said and done.  I pretty much cheated every weekend.  Two people tied for first place.  I believe they only had 10 cheat days each.  They each received a $94 prize.  That’s a lot of money that was paid into the pot!  But wait – there’s more!  There was also a prize to the person who was voted ‘Most Supportive Teammate.’  Guess what?!?  That was ME!  I totally wasn’t expecting that.  I won $62  But I will say that I love motivating and inspiring others to achieve their fitness goals.  I love cheering on my friends.

2)  I am so excited about this!  I was contacted by a representative for a new fitness tracker website/ app called Slim Kicker.  They want me to test out the new product, which will be similar to a Fit Bit, and then blog about it.  Sure!  I love the concept.  It takes your diet and fitness goals and turns them into a game!  You can connect with friends for that accountability feature, and the best part is that as you reach your goals and “level up”, you can win prizes!  Now that is some motivation right there.  My user name is katiedaisy921 if anyone wants to buddy up.  I am excited to start using it.  I will let you know how I like it.

3)  I know I sound like a broken record on this one, BUT – we are restarting P90x.  Today is Day 1.  And it will work in conjunction with another Challenge!  My Beachbody coach posted a “Get Lean for Halloween” Challenge.  It’s actually a 90-day challenge to take us through the end of the year, with prizes at each 30-day interval.  So that was motivation for me.  90 days til the end of the year.  Let’s start P90x now.  I want to finish it this time!  Of course, I may be completely crazy trying to do this at my busiest time of the year.  Then again, it may be when I need it the most!

4)  And to follow up a thought about fitness, it’s only fitting that I talk about ice cream!  🙂  Remember that Blue Bell ice cream contest that I told you about where you get to pick the old flavor to bring back?  Mine didn’t win.  Caramel Turtle Cheesecake won.  They say it will be available early next year.

5)  Recent stats show 92 posts since June!  Over 2,300 page views, and growing everyday!  Thanks, guys!  I’m so glad you read my Blog.  Sometimes I feel like Barney Stinson on ‘How I Met Your Mother’, always talking about his blog but none of his friends read it.  LOL  I love that show!!

6) Even after I posted the September calendar for FatMumSlim’s photoaday challenge, I don’t think I actually took one photo all month!  #epicfail  So here is the October calendar, and I am going to try really hard to participate this time.

fatmumslim photo challenge

#fmsphotoaday

I think that’s all the randomness I have for today.  So excited that it’s Saturday.  The hubby took the son to a festival this morning, so I am trying to get some things done this morning.  I’ve already made a looooooong list!  Blogging, running, cleaning, baking, shopping.  Not sure if I can get it all done or not.  I still have my daughter here with me and since she’s 2, she’s not a whole lot of help.  But at least she’s darn cute!  🙂

Hope everyone has a WONDERFUL weekend!  Later.

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What I Ate Wednesday – 9-26-12

Peas and Crayons

Once again, thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for the fun linkup.  I look forward to this every week!!  This is the last Wednesday in September.  Gasp!  Can you believe October will be here next week?!?  ….And then it will be Thanksgiving before we know it ….. and then Christmas shortly after that…. and then a brand new year!!!  Oh my!!  Let the 4th quarter panic attacks begin.

Deep Breath.

It will be okay.

Baby Steps.

How about I just show you What I Ate today!  🙂

Of course, I started out with my usual cup of coffee.  I love coffee.

kale protein shake

Yeah, I’m predictable …  I had the usual kale shake for breakfast.  But oh wait, it wasn’t kale today – it was Spinach!  Ah, see – I’m shaking things up!  🙂

And notice the University of Tennessee cup ….  GO VOLS!!!  🙂

morning snack

Morning snack.  I love raw veggies.

For lunch, I headed out for a few errands and ran by Trader Joe’s to grab some produce.  I love Trader Joe’s.  (Apparently there is a ‘love’ theme here).

sushi

before

They have a tiny little deli section where there are all kinds of different salads, wraps and other things that were all very reasonably priced.  And also very fast.  I’ll have to remember that for another day.  The buffalo chicken wrap looked awesome.  But I’ve been craving sushi for a while now.  In fact, I told my hubby I wanted sushi on my birthday weekend, but we just couldn’t fit it into all the other fun.

sushi

after

I couldn’t eat too much.  It really filled me up.  And that tiny little white packet full of wasabi was awesome.  It was exactly the right amount of heat, which for me is a lot!  If my nose doesn’t hurt while I’m eating sushi and wasabi, then somebody didn’t make it right!  The hotter the better!

About 3:30pm, my sweet tooth wanted a treat:

It says it’s infused with spicy red chili.  Hmm.  Well, if it is, I can’t taste it.  Although it could be that my taste buds were burned off with that wasabi earlier.  (kidding)

After work, I had to give blood for cancer research!  No, really!  How cool is that?!?

I am proud to participate in a 20-year cancer research study by the American Cancer Society.  The study is still open all across the country.  I heard they were looking for a total of 300,000 to participate.  If you want to know more about how you can help, click this link.

After taking my measurements and giving blood, I headed over to the Duck Duck Goose consignment sale to pick up my check and my unsold stuff.

From looking at the load I put back in my car, you would have thought I didn’t sell a thing.  The pile looked the same as what I took in there.  My husband was not too thrilled about carting all that unsold stuff back down into the basement.  BUT, I actually sold $202!  (Then you take out their 30% cut and my $15 participation fee), and my check was for $126.  That’s cool.  I’ll take it.  I only spent $84 at the sale, so I call that a WIN!

By the time I got home, it was 7pm and I was STARVING!!!

But guess what?!?  Hubby had dinner waiting on me!!! How sweet is that?!?

fajitas

Homemade fajitas.  Chicken, onions, peppers, cheese, broccoli slaw, avocado and hot sauce!  YUM!!!  He did such a good job.

After dinner, we took the kids for a walk around the neighborhood, just to get everyone’s wiggles out.  My son didn’t have a very good day at school yesterday.  So we used the time to talk about his actions.

When the kids went to bed, the hubs and I plopped down on the couch and watched the latest episode of ‘Parenthood’.  Do you watch this show?  I used to love it, but my goodness, it’s gotten deep.  Every episode is a tear jerker.  The writers need to bring a little joy and happiness to this family or they are going to lose me.

I needed a little sweet fix.

I saw this flavor at the grocery store and couldn’t resist buying it.  I was hoping it would be as good as Blue Bell’s Red Velvet Cake.  (Read my review HERE)  It was NOT!  In fact, it couldn’t hold a candle to Blue Bell.  Sadly though, you can’t find Blue Bell’s Red Velvet Cake right now.  (One can only hope they will bring it back for the holidays).

I guess it’s a good thing that I didn’t like it very much.  It meant that I didn’t eat very much.

So there you have it.  That’s What I Ate Wednesday!  🙂

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My Favorite Vice

I love eating real food.  Produce, nuts, meat.  I would say I eat healthy 90% of the time.  If I decide to splurge, then it’s only on something that I deem worthy.  Boxed cookies and packaged snack cakes just don’t do it for me.  I don’t think Oreos or Little Debbies are worth the fat or calories.  Unless, of course, they are IN ice cream!!  Cookies and cream ice cream, yes please!  Or Oatmeal Cream Pie by Ben & Jerry’s??  Definitely!

Ice cream is my favorite vice.  There was a time when my husband and I used to sit down on the couch with two spoons and a carton of ice cream.  Yes, I said CARTON!  It was nothing for us to knock out a half gallon in two nights.  Thankfully, we don’t do that anymore.  But I still love ice cream.  I try not to buy it very frequently because if it’s in the freezer, there’s a good chance I’ll eat it.

My hubby and I disagree on which flavors are best.  He likes them kept simple – a nice flavor with no chunks and no swirls.  Me, on the other hand, I love the chunks and swirls.  The more, the better!  And one company that KNOWS chunks and swirls is Blue Bell.  They have surely beaten out Breyer’s and Mayfield to make it to my #1 favorite brand.  The only problem is, unless it’s on sale, it’s rather expensive.  I usually wait til Kroger is having a 4-day sale before I buy any Blue Bell, but when they do, I stock up!!

blue bell ice cream red velvet cake

Best flavor EVER!

The only problem with Blue Bell is they have monthly rotational flavors.  If you find a flavor you love, there’s a good chance it won’t be there next time you go to the grocery store.  That’s exactly what happened with Red Velvet Cake.  It was a rotational flavor earlier this year.  I only got one carton of it and then I never saw it again (which, truth be told, is probably a good thing)!!

Anyway, I got their email newsletter yesterday.  They are running a promotion right now called ‘Cranking Back the Clock’ where you get to vote on the flavor they bring back!  Unfortunately Red Velvet Cake was not on the list.  But there were 27 other options to choose from.  How does one choose between flavors like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Peanut Brittle, Carrot Cake and S’mores??

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Flavorful brown sugar pineapple ice cream blended with pineapple chunks, maraschino cherries, vanilla wafers, and a praline sauce swirl

Peanut Brittle – Smooth, creamy vanilla ice cream with chunks of crunchy peanut brittle and a rich praline sauce swirl

Carrot Cake – Cream cheese coated pecans and bits of carrot  cake are blended into a brown sugar-cinnamon ice cream

S’mores – Smooth milk chocolate ice cream with marshmallow creme swirl and pieces of milk chocolate coated graham crackers

Oh. My. Word.

If you want to vote, you must register first.  www.bluebell.com

You can vote once per day between now and August 31st.  (As of right now, Caramel Turtle Cheesecake is in the lead with 10% of the vote).  Each week the 6 flavors receiving the lowest votes will be eliminated.

Oh, and guess what?  You can also print a $1.00 off coupon too!  I love you, Blue Bell.

(Just to clear the air, I am not affiliated in any way with Blue Bell.  I do not work for them.  They did not pay me to post this.  But if they wanted to pay me in free ice cream, I would not turn them down.)  🙂

 

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Yeah, I’m a Slacker…

And not just with my blog postings (no posts in 3 days), but also with my workouts too (no workouts in 3 days either).

After my confessional post on Saturday, I did have a fabulous run.  4.2 miles at a hilly park. It felt great.  I meant to blog about it afterwards but the pics I took on my phone didn’t turn out so well. I think my sweaty hands made the lens fog up.  Ha!

But then all the good my run did was undone by Girls Night Out on Saturday night. We gorged on sushi and margaritas, neither of which are low carb. And we stayed out way too late, which then derailed any exercise efforts on Sunday.  Double Slacker!  But it was worth it – we had a blast.

Fast forward to Monday and I’m still recovering from the night out.  (I’m getting old!)  Hubby and I talked about doing the Chest & Back DVD (P90X), but that’s all it was – just talk.  Slackers!  Instead, we sat on the couch and watched the DVR’d finale of The Bachelorette.  (Don’t laugh – you know you watched it too).  🙂

Oh, but I have to tell you about these ice cream bars I found!!  Only 5 net carbs.  But how do they taste, you ask?  They are AMAZING!!!  You must get you some!!

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