Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What I Ate Wednesday- 2/3 edition

Hello again blog friends!
Now that I'm back to posting we shall resume Wednesdays full of food.  
(To my family- yes, this means you must wait to eat until food has been properly photographed)

Katie & I went to Sam's Club on Sunday and sampled a few dips.  This Raspberry Chipotle one was our favorite.  We dip tortilla chips in it.  So stinking good.

I also grabbed one of those salads in a bag.  This one is Buffalo Ranch and my current favorite.  
This probably means I'm going to keep serving it until the rest of my family is sick to death of it 
and I'm the only one left eating it.

We came home from our journey to find that Ken had started smoking ribs.  This process takes a good 4-5 hours so we only get them on the weekend and we get super excited about it.

This is the before shot...

and this is what they look like after smoking...

Delicous! I prefer mine dry rubbed.  Sometimes I dip in a little ranch. 
(I truly think so many foods are better with ranch)  Ken dips his in barbecue sauce.

What's been delicious in your house lately?

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Wrapping up Christmastime- Family, Food & the Puppy

I'm back! I know, I'm as shocked as you are.
But I'm really going to try to keep up the blog! I miss talking to you guys!

Since it's been awhile- how was your Christmas?

Our was filled with family, fun, food, & music.

I made some Ninjabread men for Christmastime.  
Please, take it easy on the decorating- I tried.

Our Ruger had a nail-bed tumor removed which sort of cramped his style over the holidays.

The sweet Vet techs even gave him a festive bandage at one point, but he remained unimpressed with the idea of having the foot covered.  At one point he managed to get the bandage completely off while wearing the soft cone.  I have no idea how he managed this feat.

But, his poor little toe got infected and he had to wear the big, hard cone of shame.  
I might still have bruises on my shins from it.

Thankfully, the biopsy showed that the tumor was not cancer and Ruger now has a clean bill of health! Yay!  I'm so glad to have my buddy running errands with me again.

What was the best part of your Holiday Season?

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Can You Hear Me Now?

Hi friends!

So, an alarming thing happened to me yesterday.  Ken came home from work and said, "I checked your blog today.  Why haven't you written anything since September?".  I was stunned.  I truly didn't realize it had been that long.  I kept thinking that I would blog when I had something to say and then I would forget about it.

So, here I am.  I suppose we've got a lot of catching up to do, so let's get started.

Let's start with the races I didn't tell you about at the end of 2015.  

October 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Her Times 5K.  I have only missed the first year because I wasn't a runner back then.  The second HT5K was the first time I set out to run (rather than walk) a 5K.  
I only told Ken & the girls what I was up to, and I went out there alone.  
I didn't want to have to tell too many people if I failed.  

These days the Her Times 5K is a family affair and we often run into people we know at the start or the finish.  Friends, I must tell you that it's a lot more fun these days.  I'll never be a rock star of a runner, but I'll sing the praises of the women in this race to anyone who will listen.

This race happened to be the last one my BRF/Sis-in-law, Kristina ran with me.  You see, she's carrying my littlest niece who should be making her arrival very soon & the baby decided mama needed to knock it off with all the running.

That's Kristina's oldest daughter, Makayla, wearing her very first race number.  She's walking with my youngest, Mandy, and she had a great time.  At only 5 years old, she was the youngest race finisher!

We also headed out for my favorite holiday tradition, our local Turkey Trot, 
on Thanksgiving morning. 

The observant among you will notice that my BRF is pictured.  She walked this race because the baby is not completely the boss of her.  Did you also notice that there's no snow? And that we're not terribly bundled up? 

Grandma Glo likes nice Turkey Trot weather, but Kristina and I prefer the years with sleet and snow.  
We feel a lot more badass running in lousy weather.  
It gives us more in terms of bragging rights later on when people ask us about it at dinner.

We don't have any races scheduled in the near future.  I've been doing a lot of weight lifting (more on that soon) and to be honest, we're not into super cold, icy races.

What does your fitness routine look like right now?
Do you take friends & family to races, 
or would you rather go solo?

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Learning to Jump Rope- finally!

Hey friends! Today was Day 1 Week 2 of Jamie Eason's's LiveFit Trainer, Phase 3. I finished her 12-week "From Flat to All That" program & this is what I'm up to now! 

Jamie incorporates cardio intervals into weight training all the time and she loves jumping rope!

Confession: I have NEVER been able to jump rope and it has always bugged me. So I bought a jump rope & spent Saturday afternoon practicing. Now when the plan says "1 minute jump rope" I CAN DO IT!

So, how did I finally get the rhythm of the rope at age 42?

First, I bought  this Buddy Lee Jump Ropes Hyperformance Cross Speed Jump Rope (<---that's an affiliate link.  If you click on it and order, I earn a little bit of cash from Amazon at no additional cost to you.  Thanks!)  It comes in black but of course I ordered the pink one.  I feel like I sweat better with snazzy equipment. You do your thing.

I had no idea that there were fancy jump ropes, but believe me when I say that this thing is way better than the one you had when you were chanting on the playground.  If jumping was hard for you (like me), you might just need better equipment.  The first thing you do when you open the package is size it especially for yourself and then tell the kids to leave it alone. This toy belongs to mama.

Next, I signed up for Sara Solomon's Learn to Jump Rope videos.  They are free and come directly to your inbox.  Right now I can only do the bounce step, but I'm seeing fancy tricks in my future!

It was a lot of work, but totally worth the satisfaction of calling Katie to the basement and saying, "Look what I learned! I've always wanted to do this!"

I jumped again in my workout this morning. I was so proud that I bought myself a Cafe Americano at Starbucks to celebrate.

Can you jump rope?
Is there something you've always wished you could do?

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Monday, September 21, 2015

It's Balance Week with BOSU!

This weeks #BosuStrongChallenge is happening all over social media and I AM IN! This week my friends at FitApproach and Bosu Fitness have challenged us to show off our balance (and our creativity) in our fitness.

Mandy is a pro when it comes to balance.

You can join the fun by answering the daily prompts (below) and use the hashtags #BosuStrong #FitFamily #sweatpink and tag @BOSU_Fitness (Instagram) @BosuFitness (Twitter)@FitApproach.  The more you participate, the better your chances of winning a Bosu of your own!


Monday, 9/21: Happy Monday sweaties, this week we’re all about that balance. Let’s see you stand on one leg - ready, set, GO! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

Tuesday, 9/22: We want to see you #dropitlikeasquat...on your BOSU or perhaps one leg? #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: It’s time for #treetuesday! Show us your best tree pose. @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

Wednesday, 9/23: Let’s lunge it out sweaties! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Thursday, 9/24: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body balance  move! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really challenged your balance (feel free to get creative!) #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Friday, 9/25: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Let’s forearm plank it out y’all! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bulu Box Review & a Coupon Code for You!

**This Bulu Box was sent to me at no charge in exchange for my honest review.  I received this opportunity because of my relationship with FitApproach.  All of the opinions here are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.**

Hey there friends!  I'm just swinging by today to tell you about my Bulu Box.  
It arrived in an orange box which was pretty cool from the outside.

But, when it arrived at the house someone hijacked my review...

She's lucky she's cute.  People at Bulu Box... if you need her to be your new spokesperson just let me know.  This girl needs to pay for college.

Bulu Box is a subscription box.  You pay a fee to have this cute little box of samples delivered to your house on a regular basis.  Every month you get to sample 4-5 supplements, healthy snacks, and weight loss products.  If you like them, the Bulu Box site is the place to go to purchase full size products.

So, what did I get?

My box contained 2 servings of Quest Protein Powder in Vanilla Milkshake.  Full disclosure: I had already received a sample when I last ordered Quest bars so I already knew it was delicious!

The box also contained a Runa tea bag, Movit Energy Gummies, a packet containing 2 gardenia cambogia supplements (to support weight loss), and a little jar of Anti-Itch cream.  I haven't tried any of those particular samples just yet, but they look promising.

If you'd like to try a Bulu Box you can use the code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dear Mom Friends, Please Stop

Dear Mom friends,

Please stop apologizing when you brag about your kids. 
You are raising them. If you don't think they're awesome, who will?

Please stop calling yourself "mean" when you are disciplining them or teaching them to be responsible. 
That's just good parenting. 

Please remove the word "just" from your vocabulary. As in, "I'm JUST a Mom." 
You should wear your own awesomeness proudly. 
This is how you show your kids how to wear their own confidence.

And in case nobody told you today- you're doing a great job. 
You have a nice smile, and a cute butt.    

May the force be with us all.      


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