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Change it up!

I sure wish those Braves would have changed it up sooner.  Then perhaps they wouldn’t be preparing to make this Bobby Cox’s last game.. (Currently bottom of the 8th; down by 1 run)

I’m glad I changed it up in the breakfast department.

2% Plain Greek Yogurt + Strawberries + Chocolate Cheerios

I would usually grab the Nonfat yogurt before the 2%, but this was so much richer and yummier – with very little difference in fat content.

I am proud to be able to acknowledge that I need to change it up in the work department.  I may have to make a sacrifice, but I know that it will be in support of my husband and the future family that we want to have together. 

I found some amazing ways to change it up in my grocery cart this week!  For a while, I have been a devoted fan of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze.  Who knew Joe was holding out on me?


SO much better than Almond Breeze (but dear AB, you are still delicious).  TJ’s unsweetened vanilla almond milk was creamier and had a slightly stronger vanilla flavor.  That wasn’t my only new change-up from TJ’s.

Enter the jerky..

Oh my, my, my..  Jack Link’s lost the battle.  Hands down!  This stuff isn’t overly smoky, has a perfect level of saltiness and travels well – which explains the work desk picture. 

So we’ve got food changes, possible work changes.  All that’s left is to change it up at the gym.  I got a fun present in the mail to help me do that, courtesy of Paperback Swap.  (PS, I LOVE this site almost as much as the book that it afforded me)

I know that Janetha and Mama Pea have both had awesome success in BFL.  I am pretty sure that I am not meant to lose more weight, but I am still slightly dissatisfied with the tone in my body.  I zoomed through the book in about 2 hours and have implemented the program into my cardio and one round of weight training (concentrating on chest).  The goal for this week is to take “before” pictures and begin recording my BFL progress.

I can’t wait to see how my body reacts to how I have changed it up!

Have you changed it up recently?  I’d love to hear about it!


A funky day

It’s odd, but I had a day of no work yesterday, a job interview, 2 stellar workouts and I still feel as if I am in a funk that I can’t pinpoint.  Ever had one of those days?  The only thing I desire to do is to crawl back into bed and take a nap. Oh, a nap…

I am hoping that a good, warming breakfast of oats and yogurt will return me to my normal state. 

That’s a glob of raspberry preserves sitting on top of my custardy yumminess!

And that’s my Hawaiian Happiness MixMyGranola on top! (Muesli, dried papaya, dried mango and chia seeds)

I added a cup of sugar cookie hot tea to aid in de-funking.  So far, it’s working – with a little help from the DVR & last night’s Housewives.  If anything, my life will never be quite as crazy as those ladies! 

Perhaps a hot shower to rid myself of the serious DOMS I got from these workouts too.

Oddly enough, the only thing that is really hurting are my shoulders, but they did get most of the focus during workout #1.  I anticipate that other pains will surface throughout the day. 

Another cup of tea and a hot shower are next on the list and perhaps a little cleaning.  Here’s hoping that something works soon.  I’d like to be a bit more upbeat when I head to work tonight.  What do you do to get rid of blah feelings?


Germy Mess

I am a big ball of mucus and, for that reason, I am annoyed.  I don’t mean to be icky, but colds are just the worst, aren’t they?!  It’s a type of sickness where you still feel the need to get things accomplished but all you want to do is lay around and be useless.

So what’s a girl today in such a state of ickiness?  Search for comfort, of course!

There’s comfort in a bowl of custard oats with plump raspberries and blueberries:

There’s comfort in serving it alongside Greek Yogurt and granola: 


I am, by the way, loving this granola.  The banana and maple flavor is perfectly intense and it stays crunchy for a long time (so when I pack it for dinner and eat it 6 hours later, it still rocks my world)!  PLUS, the blueberries and bananas get perfectly soft. Check out these facts:


Upon making my second bowl of oats today, hubby wondered why I would consider 2 servings of oatmeal in 1 day.  “Well,” I replied, “it warms my tummy and that makes me feel better.” Do you find that breakfast makes you feel better?

My lunch was a second bowl of oats and were of the steel-cut variety. I topped these with sugar-free strawberry preserves.  Hit the spot!  I really like the TJ’s quick cooking brand.  They were uber creamy when I added a couple of egg whites!

Last night, at the onset of yucky feelings, I relied on breakfast for dinner for a bit of comfort.  Enter an egg white scramble with spinach and Morningstart Meal Starter Crumbles.  This was insanely delicious!

It isn’t much to look at but oh my..  I can’t wait to try this again!

I found a little more comfort in a good cup of hot chocolate this afternoon made with this bit of cocoa goodness:

And what is more comforting than a giant bowl of hot soup?  Even in my lazy state, I was able to throw a bunch of stuff into a crock pot and pray for tastiness.  The result was a Tex-Mex Chicken Soup that we both devoured and still had plenty left over!

Tex Mex Chicken Soup

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 cups (1 box) low-sodium chicken broth

1 can black beans (Trader Joe’s!), drained and rinsed

1 can of whole kernel corn (Trader Joe’s – it stayed super crispy!), drained and rinsed

1 can diced tomatoes

1 small onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

1-2 Tbsp. salt

Throw the ingredients in the pot.  Set on low for 6-8 hours.  After 3 hours, shred the cooked chicken and add back to the pot.  Serve with tortilla chips or shredded cheese (optional).  Love at first bite!

What do you find comfort in when you don’t feel well?  Luckily, I didn’t have to work today and was able to spend time with my  hubby – that’s the best comfort of all!

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Working for the weekend

Happy Valentine’s Day!  It was a good one for me with fun moments with hubby scrunched into my work time – I worked yesterday and today and had pet-sitting duties on top of that.  I can’t complain too much, though.. look at this face!

Work activities included a men’s bball game (which we won!) and a day-long cheering event full of scantily clad toddlers (no, I’m not kidding), tweens and teens, along with their awful, rude mothers!  It was not a pleasant way to begin my Valentine’s.  Luckily, hubby was waiting to ease my tension when I got home and I had a beautiful bouquet waiting for me full of carnations and baby roses.  Smelled as lovely as it looked..

I was super excited to give Steve his gift (more like a gift for us both, I cannot lie).  I got him a Blu Ray player along with the newest Harry Potter on Blu Ray.  Squee!!  Post-present exchange, he shocked me by ordering a new television for us!  Double squee!!

Our V-day date was spent at Uno’s, which was surprisingly unfilled.  I figured we’d have at least a 30-minute wait, but we were seated right away.  Good vibes.. good vibes.  I ordered a salad that I have not gotten before:

Shreds of Napa and green cabbage, carrots, lime-marinated grilled chicken breast, crispy tortilla strips and field greens are tossed in a soy-ginger vinaigrette then sprinkled with cilantro and sesame seeds. (as described by the menu)

I had the tortilla strips removed and the dressing on the side.  It was easily one of my top 5 salads of all time!  The lime marinade made the chicken super yummy!  I will return for this one.


Other weekend eats included some awesomeness – Friday night spaghetti (Newman’s Own Sockarooni Sauce + ground turkey).  Mine was served over Tofu Shirataki Noodles with creminis and spinach.

Notice those bread wedges?  I got a little creative with my broiler – toasted up a Sun-dried Tomato Flat Out wrap with salt and garlic powder.  Hubby’s had some bubbly cheddar on top.


Perfect accompaniment to spaghetti!  Other weekend eats included a fab lunch –  2 Morningstar Farms Grillers Chick’n patties with some steamed asian-style veggies.  The condiments were yellow mustard and REDUCED SUGAR ketchup.  I love that I was able to find this stuff!  How do you like the ketchup/mustard artwork?

Sunday’s breakfast was a warming bowl o’ oats with blueberries, 0% Fage with some MixMyGranola thrown in. 

It was a good pick-me-up before dealing with the cheerleaders.

I’m so glad that I got to spend (part of) today with the love of my life, especially since today is our first married V-day.  I am eager to spend the next 50 with him too!

Did you do anything out of the ordinary today or just veg out?  Personally, I’m looking forward to my veg out on Tuesday and my early morning workout tomorrow!


the feel-good formula

The good thing about  my job (despite the long shifts) is that I have a lot of time to read.  Whats even better is that, working at a gym, I dont feel guilty about reading Oxygen magazine, AKA my fitness Bible. I like to hang on to my back issues and reread them.  We forget the article information so quickly, don’t we?

During my last shift, I pulled out my October 09 issue and came across a Letter from the Editor about a “Feel-Good Formula” or what makes her feel her best.  I got to thinking about what makes me feel my best.  More importantly, am I incorporating these things into my routine?  What’s makes up my feel-good formula?

1. Time with my Husband – I am a newlywed, of course!  Unfortunately, I don’t get this as much as I want (and I’ve said it so many times…) due to my working hours.  We spend 1 night together during the week and most of the weekends together.  I suppose I can’t complain too much, since many of my friends have hubby’s who are on deployment.  When it’s an aspect of my life that I can change, however, I start to seek ways to do so.  New job hunt much?

2. Time with my family –  I am super lucky!  My parents and my in-laws live 20 minutes away.  My mom & I are adamant about having 1 afternoon together for lunch or shopping each week and I couldn’t be happier about that.  As an only child, I am extremely close to my parents.  I am also lucky to work (at my other part-time gig) with my Dad.

3. Time for me – This is an encompassing theme that would include my dedication to my health (workouts, healthy eating) and completing some of my favorite activities (dancing, scrapbooking, shopping, crafts).  I gave up dancing about a year ago (and that’s a whole other story), but still having my giant scrapbook center at home, though it hasn’t been used as much as I’d like to –

I still get to shop with my mom on occasion and I get crafty when I can.

Still after reading this article, I began to feel imbalanced, as if my formula wasn’t being properly applied.  Between work, financial stress and medical issues, I haven’t been able to keep things in order.  I get my workouts in, I eat right and I take advantage of what time I do have with my husband and family.  Physically, I feel amazing.  Mentally?  Not as much.  I feel as if I am lacking the opportunities to really integrate my formula.  So what’s a girl to do?

Other than finding a new job with regular hours, I have no answers.  I suppose it’s just a wait and see..

(On a side note, upon previewing this entry, I noticed that the program removes all apostrophes from my typing.  Odd.)

In any case, the job hunt continues, as do my workouts and healthy cooking!  Check out this weeks gangbusters workouts:

Tuesday – Chest & Tris with 30 minutes of elliptical intervals and a 15-minute bike cooldown.

  1. Cable Crossover superset with Cable Tricep Pressdown
  2. Jog for 5 minutes
  3. DB Chest Press superset with Bench Dips
  4. Jog for 5 minutes
  5. Incline Chest Press superset with Tricep Kickback

Wednesday – Back and Legs with 37 minutes of elliptical intervals and 15 minutes of biking

  1. Bentover DB Row superset with Ballerina Plie Squats
  2. Jog 5 minutes
  3. Lat Pulldown superset with Reverse Lunges
  4. Jog 5 minutes
  5. Incline Prone Row superset with Calf Raises
  6. Jog 5 minutes

Thursday – Whole body circuit with 15 minutes of elliptical intervals, 10 minutes of hills and 20 minutes of biking

  1. Circuit 1  – Squat with Bicep Curl, Chest Press with Skull Crushers & Bench Hopovers (3 sets of each in sequence with no rest)
  2. Circuit 2 – Step-ups with Glute Squeeze, Bench Dips & High Knees (3 sets of each in sequence with no rest)
  3. Circuit 3 – Ballerina Plie Squat, Deadlift with Row and Jumping Jacks (3 sets of each in sequence with no rest)

Friday – Happy rest day for me!!

Saturday – Shoulders with 10 minutes of elliptical intervals, 25 minutes of elliptical hills and 15 minutes of biking

  1. Lateral DB raise
  2. Upright Row
  3. Arnold Press
  4. Front Raise
  5. Jog for 5 minutes
  6. Bent-over Lateral Raise
  7. High Knees for 30 secs

(Each exercise done for 3 sets)

Holy moly.. my calorie count for this week is over 4,900!  This was a week of phenomenal workouts!  I love incorporating short bursts of cardio into my weight training to keep my heart rate elevated.

The food this week was also phenomenal!  I failed at capturing some meals (after all, I have a lot of repeats!), but did manage to make my hubby a new dinner and use a fun gadget that’s been sitting in the cabinet since moving day!

Oats with Frozen Blueberries + Plain 0% Fage with my own MixMyGranola creation (muesli, dried blueberries, dried strawberries & pomegranate powder)

I can’t believe I have ignored this thing for so long.  This sucker makes amazing popcorn with NO oil or butter necessary! 


I used mine to make some amazing cinnamon sugar popcorn.  My popcorn obsession has a new form of satisfaction!

I also made Steve some yummy, healthified Chili Mac this week and it couldn’t have been easier to make!

Heidi’s Healthy Chili Mac

1 lb. ground turkey

1 box elbow macaroni (I LOVE Barilla Plus!)

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 can corn

1 can diced tomatoes

1 C chicken stock

3 Tbsp. Chili Powder

1/2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper

1 Tbsp. Cumin

  1. Cook turkey onion and garlic until no longer pink.  Drain.  Meanwhile, boil water for macaroni.
  2. Add corn, tomatoes, stock and spices plus salt to taste. 
  3. Cook macaroni until al dente. Drain well.
  4. Stir cooked macaroni into turkey mixture and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve with shredded cheese (optional)


Steve had his with cheese.  I had mine without macaroni over some steamed spaghetti squash.  Oh my…

The week that I face promises to be insane levels of busy!  I am watching 2 dogs that I have watched many times before, but I have to shuttle them back and forth to daycare/training.  On top of my odd work schedule, it should be fun to fit my workouts in!  At least these pups are a small part of my feel-good formula 🙂

What’s your feel-good formula?

Hi Ya’ll!

Hiya! I'm Heidi, a 28-year-old "retired" student living in Virginia. I am a newlywed and currently on the hunt for a full-time job that will use either my Biology or Secondary Education degree. In the meantime, I work in retail and at an event venue part-time. When I'm not working, I love to kill hours at the gym, scrapbook, and act as a domesticated diva to keep my hubby happy!