Monthly Archives: February 2013

Operation Cookie Drop

I know after yesterday’s post many of you are curious as to how “operation cookie” drop went.  Well…It was a smashing success!!  Only 2 people swore at me when they saw me dropping off the cookies, and then swore at me a bit more while they were eating the cookies.  I consider that a major success (I know what you are thinking…no I don’t feel guilty, and yes I notice the hypocrisy), and I didn’t eat a single Girl Scout cookie. I even got a bit carried away with the whole “running from Girl Scouts” theme, and told my classes that the Girl Scouts were chasing us while we were doing our sprints in Spinning, and they were trying to make us eat their cookies.  Everyone laughed at this quite a bit, and it helped keep their minds off of all the sprints I was making them do in our Killer Ladders class.

I do have one small problem on the cookie front still…I have to go back to the grocery store tomorrow afternoon to get some more fresh produce and milk.  However, I have my fail safe plan all ready for execution.  This time I will go out the other exit where the Girl Scouts are not at.  How is that for pure genius!?!  Don’t you wish you had my brains?  Although, heaven help me if they are at both exits next time.  Those girls can be pretty crafty little buggers.  After all, they get merit badges for crafts!

The American Heiress

Now to go from cookies to our book club meeting.  We read the The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.  Most of our group found the book a bit predictable, monotonous, and farfetched.  If you are reading this Ms. Goodwin, I’m so sorry.  I don’t like writing anything negative about books.  I read this book last summer, and I found it to be a nice light read.  We then discussed the fashion, food, and culture of the late 1800s, which is the time period the book was set in.

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Our hosts made the theme for the evening “indulgence,” so while we were discussing the book, we ate some gorgeous and delicious chocolate covered strawberries.  Fruit and chocolate?…I don’t see how this can be bad!  Then, after our discussion we had chocolates, specialty cheeses, designer crackers, and chocolate cake from heaven.  There were also magazine door prizes to go along with the whole fashion theme in the book and tourist magazines for England.  Sorry I don’t have more pictures for you of the wonderful food, but I had to leave early when my son and husband called saying they were stuck in the snow.

The Dovekeepers

Next month we are reading The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman.  Now, I’ll be honest.  I started this book last year, got stuck and set it down on page 82, and I haven’t picked it back up since.  Has anyone read this book?  Opinions?

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY I have going on for an autographed copy of The Fault in our Stars by John Green!  I could not put this book down once I started it!!

Workout Wednesday 2

It is Workout Wednesday time!  This is a quick 15 minute workout that you can literally do anywhere!  All you need is your own body!  If you are unsure of how to do one of the exercises, there are links to examples on my Exercise Glossary page.  Remember to stretch when you are done!
15 Minute Burner

Running from Little Girls

Before I tell you about my totally horrifying grocery store story, I would like to tell you a little flaw I have….I have NO self control when it comes to dessert.  There, it is out in the open.  I feel much better having told you this.  I’m one of those people who love their desserts, and it is a bit of a problem.  Lets say there’s a plate of cookies in the house; I will eat a few and feel guilty.  Then, to make matters worse, I feel like I have to get rid of them quickly which in turn makes me eat even more (I do save some for my son).  The theory being that if I eat them now then I cannot eat them later.  Sound theory huh…more like moronic, but this is what I do.  This is why I do not make or buy large amounts of desserts.  If I do, I buy a serving for each of us, or if I make something I will take the rest to the neighbors.

On with my horrific story…

Yesterday, I went grocery shopping to get the items for our meal plan for the week.  Upon entering the store I saw them.  They were right there at the entrance waiting for me…knowing my weakness…cute little smiles plastered across their faces…GIRL SCOUTS!  Oh the horror!  It was all I could do not to turn tail and run, but we needed our groceries.  With their cute little smiles they asked me if I would like to buy some cookies.  My response, “I have to grocery shop first.”  FIRST!?!  What was I thinking saying “first”?  Now I have to deal with them when I leave.  I have no spine when it comes to Thin Mints and saying “no” to these sweet girls who are just trying to make money for their troop.

As I’m grocery shopping I come up with my escape plan to get out of the store without buying the cookies I know I will eat in less than 2 days.  My Plan:

  1. Find a group of people leaving the grocery store at the same time as me.
  2. Blend in with said group.
  3. Make my escape while the other grocers are blocking the Girl Scouts’ view of me.

With my plan in place I looked to blend in with a group after paying for my groceries, and here came a group of 3 grocers.  My plan was going to work perfectly!  I merged in with them, and made my way towards the exit.  The first grocer on my right broke off to buy cookies.  This was fine.  I still was safely hidden behind the 2 other grocers.  Then, the unthinkable happened.  Both of the women grocers that I was hiding behind made a U-turn!!  What!?!  This was not going according to my plans!  This brought me to a dead stop as I watched the women literally turn tail and run…and I do mean run, from the Girl Scouts towards the exit on the other side of the grocery store.  Then I remembered…there was another exit.  Why the hell didn’t I think of that!?!

Of course, at this point I’m wide open, and 4 of the sweetest girls were asking me if I, “…would like to buy any cookies.”  At this point I threw in the towel, put up my surrender flag, and bought those damn cookies.  I beat the hell out of a guy who tried to mug me once, but I cannot say no to girls selling cookies.  I’ve got major issues.

Therefore, with my cookies bought, I formed a new plan.  Leave the dangerous cookies in the trunk of my car, and drop them off at work tomorrow for all my coworkers.  I’ll let ya know how it goes.

Am I the only one with this problem?

Reading Month Giveaway!!

I had such a great weekend!  We had some amazing weekend weather here in North Dakota on Saturday, and I was living up every second of it.  Saturday was crystal clear, no wind, and 34 degrees, so it felt more like it was in the upper 40s.  Since, it was relatively warm for North Dakota, I decided to spend as much time outside as I could.

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First up were dog walks for the furbutts!  It has been over 2 months since we have been able to go for a walk with the dogs, so the minute I grabbed the leash there was a mad rush for the door to see who would be first in line to go for a walk.  Lady and I headed out for a nice fast paced 2 mile walk.  Then, Tilly drug me out of the house, down the front steps and down the road.  Sweet little Tilly forgot how to “heal”, and we spent our 2 miles remembering our training.  By this point I had shed my winter coat and was down to a light long sleeved shirt.  Next up was Hank.  Hank doesn’t go slower than a 6 minute mile, and the roads were still slick with snow, so I took him out to a field next to our house to run.  He had a blast and pointed 2 pheasants and a grouse.

Next up was a snowball fight with my son!  For a 7 year old, he has amazing aim and can form a snowball faster than I can!  Sorry for not having a picture to share with you.  We had quite the epic battle going on, and the dogs were taking his side!  I got tackled down by Hank while trying to retreat for cover!  Hank is my dog too…talk about a traitor!

The Fault in Our Stars

Sunday was a relaxing day.  I got up and started reading the greatest book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green .  I became engrossed from the first page, and I was quite upset when I had to set it down to drive to work and teach a Spinning class.  I always love teaching my classes, and look forward to teaching, but I really wanted to continue reading.  As a matter of fact, I’m trying to type as fast as I can here so that I can get back to reading.  Green’s style of writing and story line just pull you in.

Autographed Copy

Which brings me to the GIVEAWAY!!  February is Right-to-Read month, and since I’m a big fan of reading (see Must Read Before You Die and Good Read Suggestions ) I want to encourage you to read too.  Right now you can enter to win a free AUTOGRAPHED copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green!!!  How awesome is that!?!  I’m a total dork, so I get really excited about signed copies, and I hope you do to.  Target is always selling autographed copies, and when I saw the autographed copies of The Fault in Our Stars I knew I had to grab one to giveaway.  Entries close at 11:59pm on February 21st.  I’ll announce the winner in Friday, the 22nds, post.  You can earn 5 entries towards the Gievaway, and here is how you earn them, make sure you leave a comment below for each entry you made:

On the Menu

Here is our menu for the upcoming week.  What’s on your menu…anything new?

Monday:  Crock Pot Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin from C+C Marriage Factory is an easy meal that I have made several times.  My son loves it too, so it is always popping up on our menus.  I’ll also make some roasted root veggies to go with the meal.

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Tuesday: When I make my Healthy Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot soup I make a ton for the freezer too.  I’ll pull some out to thaw in the morning to go along with Panini sandwiches for dinner.

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner!!  My son has been requesting a breakfast for dinner night, so I figured Thursday would be perfect, since I have such a busy schedule that day.

Soba-noodles

Friday: Soba Noodles with Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce is my one new recipe “pin” to try this week.  It looks like this one will be a winner!

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Saturday:  Purim is on Saturday, so you can bet that there will be some sugary baking going on.  I’ll make some apricot and blueberry Hamantaschen.  Hamantashen are a buttery fruit filled pastry that is quite yummy!

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Sunday:  Pineapple and Shrimp Fried Quinoa from Closet Cooking.  This is also a new “pin” recipe!  Two new recipes in one week…I rock!! 

Saturday Shares

It is FINALLY the weekend!!  Woohoo!!!  Time to sleep in folks!  Once you get settled in with your cup of coffee and the sleep out of your eyes, I hope you enjoy all the shares I have for you today.

Spring-Challenge

Run to the Finish is hosting a Spring Bootie Buster Challenge for the first this year!!  The Won!challenge will run from March 4th to April 21st.  You know I already signed up for it!  Plus ALL PARTICIPANTS will be receiving a pair of Lock Laces!!  I did the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge, loved it, and took away so much from it.  Not to mention some totally awesome Oakley workout clothing that I won (see picture to right).  I highly encourage you to join me in the Spring Challenge.  You will find yourself more motivated than ever to stay healthy and fit.  When you sign up put down that From Florida to North Dakota sent ya!

Check out these recipes for homemade gummy bears without all the chemicals.  Taralynn has come up with several gummy recipes that I’m dying to try out myself.

The picture really says it all, but what it doesn’t say is that these Strawberry Baked Doughnuts only have 1 tablespoon of butter in the whole recipe and no oil!  Mary Quite Contrary Bakes has a winner here!

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These Blueberry Yogurt Cookies by La Fuji Mama look yummy and healthy.  This recipe uses Greek yogurt and NO butter or oil!

Glowing Science - Rainbow Eruptions

I’m a big fan of things that glow, so of course I pinned this fun kid project as soon as I saw it.  Glowing a Jeweled Rose has a great project for you and your kids with the Glowing Rainbow Eruptions.  If you have a black light it is even cooler!

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I am a follower of the Food Babe, and I am so thankful for all the research she does to help keep the rest of us informed about what is actually in our foods and drinks.  One post I point people to is the Low Calorie Beverages Will Kill You Before They Solve Obesity article.  Please read it.  It will open your eyes to a lot of ingredients that are in your beverages and foods.  What did you think after reading her article?

15-Full-Body-Circuit

Itz Linz has a great full body workout that consists of 10 exercises with 15 reps each.  The above pic is only part of the workout, and to get the rest of it you have to go to Linz’s blog and fall in love with her #15 Full Body Circuit Workout!!  I’ve done this workout several times myself.

Valentines Bootie Lovin’

Happy Valentines Day everyone!  Don’t you love the quote above.  It came from Body Building’s website.  I think it sums up how I feel about Valentine’s day and health.  Sometimes you just have to indulge and have fun!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and feeling loved. I’ll be sharing my love with others while teaching my Spinning classes today and making special goodies for my husband and son.  Our playlist for Spinning today (see below) has songs about love and about how love sucks.  I figured I would make everyone happy this way.  Click here to view the full profile for the class I will teach.

  • Forget You    3:44    Cee Lo Green
  • Angel    5:08    Aerosmith
  • I’m a Believer    3:03    Smash Mouth
  • You Give Love a Bad Name    3:44    Bon Jovi
  • I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)   7:41    Meat Loaf
  • My Life Would Suck Without You    3:32    Kelly Clarkson
  • More Than a Feeling    4:45    Boston
  • Hot N Cold    3:40    Katy Perry
  • I Will Survive    3:18    Gloria Gaynor
  • I Like Your Smile    4:22
  • Take Me Home Tonight    3:31    Eddie Money  I
  • nternational Love (feat. Chris Brown)    3:47    Pitbull
  • I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You    3:26    UB40
  • Glory of Love    4:21
  • Kiss From A Rose    4:48    Seal
  • Killing Me Softly With His Song    4:59    The Fugees

It seems that no matter what some of us will have a depressing Valentines Day, while others are having the most romantic day ever.  I hope you fall into the most romantic day ever category.  Sadly, these days I find it romantic if my husband unloads the dishwasher.

What is the most romantic Valentines Day you have ever had?

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I found this little saying on Pinterest a few months ago, and I had to share it with you.  I know it is a bit crude, but it is just too funny not to share.  Plus it is very true.Devil

Since my mind is in the gutter today, I might as well go all the way and just stick with butts.  When I think of a body part to go along with Valentine’s Day I think of butts. Don’t ask me why, I just do. Chalk it up to me living in North Dakota for a few years. It really is getting to me.  Therefore, today’s workout is all about getting that tight bootie!

Here is a butt workout that will help you get that rock solid and round bootie!  Remember to stretch when you are done!
Bootie Lovin Workout 2

Back in North Dakota

Well folks, I’m back in freezing cold North Dakota.  I got home at 2 am on Monday morning.  A blizzard in Minnesota delayed my flights, but thankfully, I didn’t have any cancelations to deal with.

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Leaving Florida and coming back to North Dakota is always hard for me.  Every time I say good-bye to my friends and drive off to the airport I always start tearing up.  All those times I’m always thinking that I just cannot handle going back to North Dakota and my life there.  This time things were different.

As I was pulling away from my friend Kim’s house I didn’t break down in tears like I usually do (honestly happens every time).  Instead, I started thinking about my friends and coworkers at the gym.  I was actually looking forward to going back to North Dakota to see them and get back to teaching Spinning.  Plus I wanted to share what I learned about aerial yoga with them.

When I got up Tuesday morning I was so excited to go to work and see everyone, and sure enough they were all there welcoming me back with smiles and questions about my trip.  I cannot thank everyone I work with enough.  I think Rita said it the best when I was talking to her about this while working out…”We are all here for each other and we are each other’s support system.”

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So a special thank you to Andrea, Rita, Margel, Sandy, Alina, Joyce, my wonderful students, so many others that I work with at the Y, and even Leo (I know the man will smile one of these days).  You have made North Dakota…dare I say it…start feeling like a home to me.  Y’all have given me more than I can every give you in return.

Workout Wednesday 2

Alright, enough of me being sentimental and time for Workout Wednesday.  Today I have the treadmill workout I did on Tuesday.  I was pretty tired from all of my traveling yesterday and I didn’t want to run or jog before teaching my cycling class.  Instead, I walked on the treadmill with some fun hills thrown it to burn some fat off of my bootie.  I hope you have as much fun on these hills as I did.
30 Minute Treadmill Butt Buster