Posts Tagged ‘Cheat meals’

Halloween craft, Cheat meals, getting back in the gym, and oh don’t forget about the 3 GIVEAWAYS!!!!

Been an awesome couple of days! I got second place in the photo contest. I originally did not think I was going to get a prize, but they awarded me one too! To boot, I made like 10 more Facebook friends who are also as into fitness as I am. To me, that is a prize in itself! 🙂

Cardinals won last night, after a HUGE come back!!! that was awesome to see!!! I am stoked they won! Bring on the Giants!!! The Cards won on my birthday, Wednesday. Today is my husband Josh’s birthday, so how awesome they won again!

HAPPY 27th  BIRTHDAY to my gorgeous and perfect to me husband!!!!

Unfortunately he had to work today, but the past two days he has been off and we had wonderful family fun days!!! I saw the cutest craft on The Naptime Review! Julie had made a pumpkin candle holder. Looked so cute and super easy! I didn’t have orange tissue paper, so orginally I was going to use white and make a ghost, but of course, I couldn’t find my white tissue paper. I am in the process of packing up the house lol so I tend to forget where things are. 😉 I did find green streamers from Zoe’s birthday last year. Green means Frankenstein!!! Lol Which works out better for us because Zoe hadn’t learned the ASL Sign for Frankenstein yet. So I gathered all the materials I wanted to use and set Zoe up at the table.

Materials Used

  • Some sort of jar. I used an old Yankee candle that was burned up.
  • Green tissue paper. I used green streamers.
  • Black construction paper. I cut out hair, a mouth, a nose, and the back part of his eyes.
  • White construction paper just for the big part of his eyes. I originally had cut out ovals for the eyes, but ended up cutting them in half, because it looked better.
  • ModPodge
  • Sponge Brush
  • 2 Bottle caps
  • Silver marker to color the caps inside (optional)
  • Eager child

Zoe painted on the ModPodge and put the pieces of green paper on

It definitely got messy lol

Once she had all the green paper on, we smoothed it down and gave another good coat of ModPodge. Then, she was ready to start on the hair.

Once we got the hair lined up we put the face on and put yet another coat of ModPodge on

Zoe loves craft time lol She was singing our Haunted house song the whole time

The last thing we put on was the bottle caps. We put the ModPodge on the tops of them and put them on his neck upside down. Zoe showing the American Sign language sign for Frankenstein 🙂 Both fingers pointing to your neck where the bolts go.

It turned out pretty cute!

Zoe is very proud of her Frankenstein!

The past two days have been my rest days/cheat days. I really didn’t cheat a ton. I had a couple of Lindor Truffles. They gave out free vouchers on Facebook the other day for 6oz bags. I got 2 vouchers, but we only redeemed 1. I figured I was less likely to cheat that way lol. Last night Josh smoked Sausage egg balls. Oh my goodness good!!!! The sausage was the cheat, and we actually only put a thin layer around the eggs so we wouldn’t indulge too much. 😉

It was a ball of breakfast goodness lol

I do not feel guilty at all about my cheat days! I consider them refuel days. It is not bad to confuse your body with a treat every once in a while. Obviously, do not over indulge. These treats confuse our metabolisms and help us keep our sanity. Because I do not overindulge, I am very picky about what my cheats will be lol.

Today I am back in the gym and stoked about it! It is shoulder day, which is one of my favorites!!! Granted, there really isn’t a day I dislike in the gym lol. I am kind of an addict. 😉 My shoulders are finally starting to cap and my triceps have gotten way more defined.

I am hoping to get my BF% down a lot more this month so I can see even more definition. I have to say the Renegade Challenge has been HUGE for my arms, shoulders, chest, and core. WOW  A Challenge it is!!!

Do you have a Halloween craft to share? What is your favorite cheat day treat? What workout is your favorite?

Don’t forget I have 3 GIVEAWAYS going on so get entered to win! I have more lined up for next month, it is going to be exciting!!!!

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Sweating Pink on my Rest/Cheat days, discovering the benefits of CLA, and gearing up for an AMAZING October!!!

Every Thursday and Friday are our Family Fun/Rest/Cheat days. We have had a blast the past couple of days!!! Josh took us out to lunch yesterday at our favorite little hole in the wall cafe. As you can see, he cheated more than me lol. He had a Gyro with a side of onion rings. I opted for the Gyro salad, which is what I always get when we go there. It is SO big  and So tasty!!!  Zoe ALWAYS wants a donut lol. She deserves a little cheat meal once in a while too! She helped me eat my salad, which I can never finish. 😉

My major cheats between yesterday and today were 3 small slices of pizza, 2 energy drinks, 2 beers, a burger, and a few fries. I need to get better about not splurging too much on my cheats!

I do love my IPA’s lol

I am not going to beat myself up over cheat days. Those indulgences help me keep to my clean eating lifestyle. I can really feel a difference when I eat the junk, which in turn makes me want less. I don’t indulge on every meal. I do try to stick to my healthier options. 😉

We grabbed a few of these Raw Revolution bars at the grocery store to snack on and I thought they were awesome! Great little treat for all of us!

I was also SUPER excited to get my Sweat Pink package from the lovely ladies at www.FitApproach.com. I opened the mailbox to see the package and said YAY loud enough for my neighbor to hear me lol. She was like do you always get excited when you get the mail? Lol Only when I get packages! 😉

I thought it was pretty cool that they sent more than one set of pink laces! I decided that since I have had SO many people that help and inspire me along my journey, that I wanted to spread that love and help inspire and motivate others. I am sending some laces out to some pretty special ladies to help keep them motivated on their fitness adventure! I hope to get more soon, so I can send more!!!

Even though today is a rest day for the weight room, I still get my run in. I was excited to get my sweat on in my new gear! 😉

 

It was a great run and Zoe LOVES my new pink laces! I am gonna have to get some for her shoes lol. She is a Sweat Pink girl too!!!

Fastest Two year old in the City!!!

Thanks to an awesome girlfriend of mine, I scored a free bottle of Tone Clinical from Complete Nutrition! It is basically CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) with Green Tea.

I was pretty stoked once I realized what Tone Clinical was! There are a ton of benefits to taking CLA!

  • Enhances immune system
  • Lowers insulin resistance
  • Lowers Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  • Enhances muscle growth
  • Decreases abdominal fat
  • Increases metabolic rate
  • Reduces food-induced allergic reactions

And with the added Green Tea, I am stoked to try these! Green Tea has all it’s own benefits! (Some of which are debated, so if you ingest Green Tea for medicinal uses, do your research, or seek a professional’s help)

  • Weight Loss
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Reducing the risks of certain cancers
  • Improves Cholesterol
  • Said to delay the deterioration of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s 
  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Reduces high Blood Pressure
  • Aids in depression
  • Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial
  • And is suppose to be great for your skin. Promoting anti aging


I will take this specific CLA for 30 days and give you all a review on what I think about it. October is approaching quick, so I hope you all are ready for some giveaway fun! I have set up a giveaway page, since I will have quite a few !!! I am excited about the giveaways I have planned! I am giving away some truly awesome stuff from some phenomenal companies!!! You definitely are NOT gonna want to miss out!!!

I have my October goal list made up and am stoked for the October Renegade Challenge!!! I am not totally sure where I stand on all of my September goals. We still have 2 days to get there girls, let’s really kick some booty!!!!

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!!!! Don’t forget to check out the Affiliate of the month, Quest Nutrition! They are running some AMAZING deals on their protein bars!!! Buy the best protein bar on the market, QuestBar.

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Turning my OOPS moment into a good thing!!!

So I am new to the blogging world and I apparently didn’t do my research, I found out that my WordPress blog, can not have any affiliates. OOPS!!! Lol I will have this blog redirected tomorrow to one that can. 🙂 As of yesterday, I took on Two new affiliates! Vitacost and they everything under the sun from Chia seeds to Zinc And Quest Nutrition!  I am very excited about it!!! Quest has “Clean” Protein bars, which we LOVE and they are still tasty! We got a sample shipment in yesterday, so we could try them out before agreeing to anything. 😉

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   There are several flavors to choose from. What really perked my interest about them, was the fact that they are 20G of protein, Gluten free, No sugar alcohols, No added sugar, No Soy Protein, No Glycerine, and just absolutely No Junk ingredients! They are pretty plain looking when you open the package, but for what they lack in looks, I think they make up for in taste! We read to heat them up for 15 seconds in the microwave to get a cookie like flavor. We tried the Chocolate Brownie and the Apple Pie first.

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     Again, they tasted better than they looked lol. The Chocolate Brownie was okay. I won’t lie and say it was phenomenal. On a scale from one to ten, I would give it a 5 I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. I am not a huge chocolate fan, I actually rarely touch the stuff. However, Josh is a HUGE chocolate fan and he agreed that it was just okay. His actual words were “For being a “clean” protein bar, it was good.” The Apple Pie bar blew us away! it was delicious!!! I wish I had a whole box of just them!!! WOW!!! I was seriously sold after one bite! (I LOVE Apple Pie lol) The biggest selling point to me is that I have an on the go snack that I am comfortable giving my family! Zoe loved them both! She thought they were candy, so that works great for us lol. Links to both places will be on my new site to check out, hopefully tomorrow!!!!!

    I decided to have a “Thank you for reading” Giveaway! It will start on September 1st. One lucky reader can win a prize pack with 2 Quest Bars (Peanut Butter Supreme and Strawberry Cheesecake), 3 of the new Dentyne Ice Split2Fit packs (Peppermint, Spearmint, and Arctic Chill) I am a BzzAgent and I want a lucky reader to try those as well. Gum is actually my only vice. It is by no means clean, but I chew it when I workout or when I have a sweet tooth. And last, but not least, a 10G bag of Brother’s All Natural Fuji Apple Crisps!

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       Again, I will wait till I get this switched over to the new site, so please continue to follow me when I make the big move!!!! I will have a re-direct link. 🙂

     Today was family fun day, which consisted of hitting the grocery store for some Quinoa, touring Costco, hitting the largest local liquor store for Josh’s special Autumn craft beers, a lovely Mediterranean lunch, and a trip to the mall for some nice window shopping.

      We having been looking for new places to eat lunch on family fun days. We try to find low cost places with semi healthy choices. Typically I make Josh’s days off my cheat days. Today we found a place called Mario’s Donuts & Cafe. I know it has “Healthy” written all over it lol. 😉 We went in and they have a good size Mediterranean menu! Josh was super excited to get a Gyro lol. That was his cheat meal, a Gyro and beer battered onion rings. Zoe chose a donut :-/ Lol not a huge surprise that a 2yr old chose that for her cheat meal. I chose a Gyro salad. It was HUGE and Oh my goodness, tasty!!! I only got a picture of my meal, because the elderly man sitting by us looked a little weirded out since I had my camera out lol.

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       So we give Mario’s 2 thumbs up and we will definitely be back there next week!!!! Overall, a fabulous family fun day!

     We have been trying to teach Zoe how to use the camera. She keeps taking self portraits. I am fine with that, because I can never have enough pics of my babygirl 😉 I thought I would end with those today, so enjoy!

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    What fun things do you do with your family? What is your go to cheat meal? Do you have a vice that you just can’t quit? Do all natural protein bars interest you? I love hearing back from you all so please comment away!!!

                                                Hope everyone has a beautiful day!!!!!! 🙂

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