Rainy Days and Jack Johnson Pancakes

Yesterday was one of those days where I just wanted to stay in bed all day long, curled up under a big fluffy blanket with a chick flick marathon. I was exhausted, tired, and achy, and the pouring rain and snow didn’t help my spirits.

I wasn’t in the mood at all for my lunch time workout, and I considered taking the Body Pump class at 5:30, but instead, I sucked it up and went on my lunch hour because I knew the workout would feel good, even if I did have to sprint in the downpour to get to the gym!

I’m so happy I went because I honestly had a heart-pumping workout. I started with a 1.5 mile run. I was only going to go for a mile, but I got caught up in my Fall Out Boy playlist that I just kept going. Hello high school flashback!

After my run, I completed my Weekend Leg Burner workout, and by the end of my 4th round of forward and backwards barbell lunges across the fitness room, I was drenched in sweat.


Even though I got a great workout in, I was still craving a boat load of chocolate and an indulgent dinner, so I went for my Jack Johnson Pancakes.


I altered the recipe a little, and instead of 2 eggs, I made it with 1 egg and 1 egg white, and doubled the chocolate chip amount. It was definitely necessary. These pancakes were fluffier then the other night’s batch, so with 1 egg and 1 egg white is the way to go. Such a filling and healthy dinner!


I spent the rest of the night playing and cuddling with Lanie bug, while watching CSI:NY and Grey’s Anatomy. This whole house/puppy sitting thing has really allowed me to catch up on the months of shows I’m behind on!


 I’ve definitely felt off today, I think my lack of veggies and clean eating is catching up to me, so I’ve made it a point to try to bring some balance back into my life.

I started my morning with a 4 mile run, and downed a protein shake to feed my muscles. I haven’t had a major appetite at all today, so it was a struggle to enjoy my apple and pb.


 I started getting a tension headache around lunch time, which I knew was a result of a lack of food. I forced myself to eat, even if I wasn’t overly hungry. I enjoyed a 1 egg and 3 egg white microwave scramble with my fav kind of veggies ever. Mixed veggies always reminds me of 4-year-old food. Can’t live without it.

I’m taking another group exercise class this afternoon and refuse to walk out, even if the teacher sucks. I’ll be taking a Body Blast class at 4:30, followed by half of the Zumba class at 5:30. I’m so nervous for the Body Blast class that I might shart myself! I watched a clip on YouTube of what it entails, and holy crap, I might have to log roll everywhere tomorrow!

Laters baby!

Post Shoveling Soreness

I’m not sure what was going through my mind when I decided to shovel part of my neighbor’s driveway yesterday, but today I’m completely hating myself for doing a good deed. My lower back is on fiahhhh! Actually, my entire body is hurting, and I probably could have gotten away with not doing a strength workout prior to the shoveling, but oh well!

In the past week, I’ve only worked 2 half days, so waking up to an alarm this morning was extremely confusing. I forgot how many times I typically hit snooze and I ended up with roughly 5 minutes less time to workout. It might not seem like a lot, but it was the difference between my typical 4 mile runs and the 3.6 I had time for this morning.

Morning Workout

• 3.6 mile run
• 4 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• 50 heel touchers
• 50 crunches
• 1 minute plank hold and 30 second holds on both sides
• 2 sets of leg circles – 10 clockwise and 10 counterclockwise
• 25 bicycle crunches each side (total 50)
• Stretching

I wanted to break free of my core workout rut, and included several of the new moves Heather threw my way last week. The leg circles are a killer and highly recommended!!


I’m still out of frozen strawberries and the grocery store didn’t have any in stock yesterday, so I had to play around with the frozen fruit I had on hand. I enjoyed a protein shake with vanilla protein powder, almond milk, ½ frozen banana, 3 frozen peach slices and a spoonful of PB2 since it was a little bland.

I didn’t finished it since it wasn’t the best, but I did enjoy a Chobani Strawberry Banana yogurt bowl several hours later at work with PB2, chia seeds and oats. SO GOOD!

This week is another relatively easy week since I have tomorrow off for the holiday, but I’m looking forward to my weeks going back to normal. Last week I felt like I didn’t complete a training workout in its entirety. With all the running around, dates, and family time, I realized that my strength workouts were bits and pieces of previous training workouts. It’s not a bad thing, but I’m excited for more structured strength workouts!

I completely failed with my veggie intake yesterday, but today is jam packed with the good stuff. I have 3 servings of veggies for today’s work day, and tonight Mark and I are going to be making dinner together. The menu includes pork loin (I accidentally typed lion first… pork lion, yum!) and veggies.

Since my gym closes at 2 today, I’ll be taking an early lunch to swing by for a light session of some form of exercise before date night begins with Mark!

We debated going out for dinner and then relaxing at his place after, but knowing how busy restaurants would be, we didn’t feel like having dinner at 4:30 or 9:00 pm, so we’ll be ringing in the New Year with our first home cooked meal together and movies all night. Talk about the perfect night in! J

Do you have any fun New Year’s Eve plans? Do you typically like staying in or going out?

I’ve never done the bar scene for NYE and really never want to, and last year I went to several house parties with friends, but staying in with loved ones is more my scene. I’m such a homebody!

Peppermint Fro-Ro Date

Last night Lindsay and I met up for our bi-weeklyish “fro-yo for dinner” date. We emailed throughout the morning dreaming and talking about fro-ro.Catch that slip up? I actually typed that without looking and couldn’t stop laughing when I said it out loud, so for laughs, the typo is totally staying.

I mentioned that I was hoping they’d have several holiday themed flavors, especially peppermint, so I was thrilled when we walked in and they had Candy Cane yogurt! They also had Eggnog, but that just disgusted me, so I stuck with half Candy Cane and half California Tart. A winning combo! I was hoping for graham cracker toppings but had no luck, so I stuck with a few Oreo crumbles, and then played it safe with my fav, rainbow jimmies!


After talking for about 20 minutes, we called it a wrap and each finished up our evenings full of laundry, cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping. We’re fun girls!


I headed next door into the grocery store to pick up a grapefruit since I was so depressed without one yesterday morning, and an avocado for a little healthy fat to include in today and Friday’s meals.

After prepping food I hopped on the treadmill for a quick 1-mile walk while I read my new book, What Happens at Christmas, which unknowingly to me, is set in 1886. Total fail! Not the type of romance I want in a book. I’m giving it a shot, who knows, maybe I’ll like it. In fact, yesterday Jaime and I were just discussing books and how she’s reading a classic, East of Eden. I mentioned I wanted to read a classic too, and I know this one isn’t necessarily a classic, but I should get a little credit since it takes place so damn long ago!



This morning I enjoyed THE juiciest grapefruit, along with a peanut butter protein shake, and enjoyed a clean egg scramble later in the morning. Into my scramble went 1 egg and 2 egg whites, half of an avocado, a handful of spinach, and a spoonful of pineapple salsa.


This scramble was so good and the addition of pineapple salsa really added a nice touch. Yum!

Morning Workout

  • 4.1 mile run
  • 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 1 minute plank hold
  • 50 heel touchers
  • 50 scissors
  • 50 crunches and 50 side-to- side crunches
  • 30 toe touches
  • Stretching

Not a bad morning workout, although my legs started to feel a little heavy at times, but it might just be overuse.

This afternoon I have a fun workout full of Smith Machine squats, lunges, and arm work. I’m continuing on my goal to eat as clean as possible today. I do so well during the day, but after dinner, all hell breaks loose. I think I might have to save my Chobani bowls for a nighttime dessert.

Do you guys have any tips on eating healthy at night or healthy treats you enjoy after dinner?

This girl needs help!

Double Digits December

Happy double digits December!


I cannot believe that it is already December 10th. This month and year has flown by way too quickly. It seems like so much has happened so far this year:

Last night I cozied up by the fire with the tree in the background while I watched a holiday favorite, 12 Men of Christmas.


If you love Josh Hopkins from Cougar Town and are a fan of yearly calendars with half-naked men, then you’ll love this one. Just watch it with your girls and not your man. 😉


This morning I woke up and had an amazing run, despite last night’s workout which was full of squats on the Smith Machine and elevated lunges.

Morning Workout

  • 3.8 mile run
  • 4 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 1 minute plank hold
  • 50 heel touchers
  • 30 toe touches
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 30 second wall sit
  • 50 twisted crunches
  • Stretching


Breakfast was a feast. Seriously not sure where my appetite came from since I stuffed face last night during movie time, but my stomach required a lot of nourishment.


Along with half of a grapefruit, I enjoyed a green mustache courtesy of the spinach in my chocolate protein shake.


Then I had one of my Momma’s mini Pumpkin muffins that she made yesterday, along with a Chobani Mango power bowl, which included chia seeds, flaxseeds and raw oats.


My Mom actually told me I couldn’t take credit, buttttttt I will say that these are the EXACT same pumpkin muffins I made, except she went for the minis. Now she’s trying to steal my thunder! 😉

I also enjoyed an undocumented banana dipped into PB2 before enjoying grilled chicken and half of a baked sweet potato.


This afternoon I have personal training session #4 with Heather so I’ll be skipping my lunch time workout like I typically do on Mondays. I’m thinking it’s going to be a killer leg day, but that’s just my intuition speaking.

Alright, time to get back to work and get psyched for tonight’s workout! Hope everyone’s having a great Monday.

Trader Joe’s, Sex Toys and Long-Lost Friends


Saturday was a busy little day. It felt like I didn’t have a minute of free time where I could just sit down and relax.

After my workout, I tagged along with my momma while she got her haircut before we swung over for a shopping spree at Trader Joe’s. I believe it’s the first TJ’s in New Hampshire, and it recently opened, so we were excited to check it out.

I loved the set-up of the produce, although the center aisles were very compact and I had to wait in line to select my Fuji apples. It didn’t help that we went on a Saturday afternoon, as we felt like the entire city of Nashua was shopping with us.

I even came across Brussels Sprouts on a stick! I couldn’t not take a picture with this little big guy. It was so cute and something I had never seen before. I guess I always thought that Brussels Sprouts just came in a bag. 😉

After seeing Roasted Seaweed on many blogger’s pages, I was excited when I came across snack size bags for $.99! I grabbed one and ripped into once we were driving home to test them out.

My first bite resulted in tiny seaweed flakes on my shirt, and the post-bite left a slimy feeling in my mouth. I powered through about half of the pouch before I couldn’t do it anymore. The seaweed was a little too salty and “weird” for me. Overall I’m happy that I gave them a shot, but I would much rather snack on baked sweet potatoes with PB2.

After my sweet potato and peanut butter fix, I ventured over to the gym for a quick cardio workout that included a 1 mile run, 15 minutes on the vertical elliptical and weights.

When I got into my car after my workout, I looked out the side mirror and had a beautiful and breathless view. I couldn’t have parked any more perfect. I felt like I was in a photoshopped moment.

After showering, I enjoyed a powerbowl for dinner, which included Chobani Vanilla yogurt, chia seeds, fresh strawberries, flax-seed, finely diced walnuts and raw oatmeal.

My powerbowl hit the spot and left me feeling nice and full before I headed up North to my friend Chris’ Sex Toy party put on my Athena’s. I’ve been to one of these parties years ago, and just like the first time, I went more so for the company. Chris and I used to work together last year, and I hadn’t seen her since the end of January when I left that job, so I was really excited to spend time with her and catch up.

I ended up being the last one to leave, and stayed a good hour and a half after her friends left. We talked about our ex’s and got into the juicy details of how we both lost who we thought were the “loves of our lives,” we discussed work and also just life and our past coworkers. It was so good to see Chris and we’re both making sure we get together more often!

I arrived home around 9:30 and at that point, I was DEAD tired. I felt so guilty because I had about 4 friends who were texting me but I was so exhausted that by 10:20 I passed out, leaving 4 conversations hanging.

First Date Success. Corpsman Hopkins Passed the Test

Last night I really didn’t want to go on my date. I mean really really really didn’t want to. I always enjoy talking and getting to know a guy and get excited for our date, but then when the day of the date comes around I instantly don’t want to go.

Simply put, I’m tired of always going on first dates. It’s exhausting. There’s only so many times you can keep telling a new stranger the same exact things.

I sucked it up and went. Want to know a little secret? I had the time of my life. I was a little worried when he walked into the restaurant based on his mannerisms, but he turned out to be extremely funny, sweet and playful.

Jordan and I went to T-Bones, mainly because their menu left me drooling all day yesterday, and then we went to THE sketchiest pool hall ever. I even think there could have been a gang or drug fest hidden in a corner there.

It only made it more entertaining for us, but after an hour of pool (it costs $10 an hour, crazy!), we decided to call it a night.

Jordan is a corpsman in the Coast Guard so unfortunately he’ll be heading out to VA for 3 weeks on Monday, but luckily with the holidays coming in full force, I’ll be occupied so the 3 weeks to see him again will fly by. Oh that’s right, we both enjoyed each other’s time so much that we are dying to see each other again.

My girlfriends and I have always given guys nicknames. So one of my ex’s, the night we met him at the bar, he had a black shirt on, so instead of referring to him as Matt, we’d always call him Black Shirt with one another.

Jordan I’m still debating on the nickname. Corpsman is one option, but when ever I think of the name Jordan, I automatically think of Heidi Montag’s ex-boyfriend, Jordan, from The Hills.

Then again, Corpsman also looked like Josh Hopkins from one of my favorite shows, Cougar Town.

I could always call him Corpsman Hopkins? I’ll let the girls weigh in on this one.


This morning I woke up bright and early to get in a good workout before spending the day with my momma.

I completed a hodgepodge run and P90X workout which looked like this:

  • 2.3 mile run
  • 10 minutes P90X Chest/Shoulder/Tri
  • .7 mile run
  • 10 minutes Chest/Shoulder/Tri
  • .5 mile run
  • 5 minutes Chest/Shoulder/Tri
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 1 minute plank hold
  • 30 toe touches

I wanted to mix the run and strength training up to confuse my muscles and get the maximum burn possible. It worked!

After my workout I was famished, so I whipped up 2 dippy eggs and placed them over a Pumpkin Spice Eggo.

Get in mah belly!

Breakfast was so good but it definitely didn’t hit the spot, so I’m going to have to grab a piece of fruit to tide me over for a little bit longer.

Now I’m off with my momma to head up to Nashua for her haircut and then we’re hitting up the Trader Joe’s and the Merrimack Outlets around there after for a lot of fun shopping! I haven’t been to a Trader Joe’s since living in Los Angeles so I’m extremely excited to spend hundred of dollars there and eat all their yummy food!

Hope you guys are having a great start to your weekend!

I Kicked the Midnight Snack Habit!

I don’t know what’s been going on but for the past week I have constantly been waking up to a headache and it’s getting old to be frank.  It just sits there quietly but noticeable at the back of my head. No amount of Ibuprofen will kick it either.

I swear I’m a medical mystery, there’s always something that’s screwy with me.

Again I was out COLD last night. I put my phone away at 9:40 and slept through the entire night. It’s really insane how things play out, because if you remember, I used to always wake up in the middle of the night around 3 am and have a snack, which more times than not included peanut butter. In abundance. I discussed it on the blog because I wanted to bring it to light and hold myself accountable for my actions. I noticed that it was one of the biggest reasons in me not being able to tone up.

I used to go to bed KNOWING and TELLING myself that I’d have a snack in the middle of the night. That’s how ingrained those snacks had become in my life and mind. I wanted to kick the habit so I started counting the days that I went without a midnight snack and reported the next morning on my blog.

Well guys, I’m happy to say that I no longer go to bed telling myself I’ll be up at 3 am to eat, nor do I have to tell myself not to snack during the night. Just like eating in the middle of the night was a habit, my new habit this past month has been no midnight snacks. The thought no longer even crosses my mind when I get to sleep. Not only do I wake up feeling healthier and more energized, but I also fall asleep faster and sleep through the night.

Sometimes changing habits take time and effort, but patience is key. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Progress and change takes time, and with determination and faith, you will get there!

I’ve also noticed that my peanut butter addiction has dramactically decreased as well, which I am so pleased about. Instead of having 2 or 3 times the recommended serving, I now either stick to the recommended serving, or even less! Don’t worry, I’ll never stop eating peanut butter, because that wouldn’t be fun and then I’d have to change my blog name. Not happening! 😉

This morning’s workout was a good one, and I expected it to be since I’m using my lunch to get my pearly whites cleaned!

Morning Workout

  • 3.8 mile run
  • 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 1:43 plank hold – I beat Monday’s time by 8 seconds in Tina’s 4-Week Challenge
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 50 crunches & 50 side-to-side crunches
  • 20 toe touches
  • 30 heel touchers

I used to do heel touchers in college but completely forgot about them until my coworker told me she did them at R.I.P.P.E.D the other night. These babies seriously work your obliques and you’ll feel the burning pain in no time. It hurts so good!

This morning since I was all out of my Chobani Mango, I grabbed the Strawberry Banana yogurt bowl I had left and put a spin on my usual bowl of overnight oats.

In this mix I threw frozen blueberries and raspberries and then sprinkled in ground flax seed and PB2. Holy heavens this was so good! I loved the creamy peanut butter taste that the PB2 adds. I swear whenever I have a Strawberry Banana bowl I NEED that PB2 in there. Pure (healthy) comfort food.

A little before my dentist appointment I got really hungry, so I snacked on an apple, 1 piece of my California Roll that I brought for lunch, and then a bowl of a chopped hard boiled egg and half of an avocado. This time I added salsa to the mix.

Seriously this was ten times better than the egg and avocado mashup I enjoyed Wednesday. You’d think with everything I’ve eaten so far, and yes I enjoyed a chocolate peanut butter banana protein shake after my morning workout, that I wouldn’t be ravenous. All I can account it to is an increase in my metabolism due to the strength training that P90X has thrown into my daily routine.

After getting a “very good” at my 6-month cleaning, I rewarded myself with the last 3 California Rolls and a banana dipped in PB2 powder. If you have PB2, you have to try dipping the banana in the powder. Of course it tastes better when you smear the banana with the prepared PB2, but you get enough of the peanut butter taste with each bite and you use less PB2. Double win! 🙂

I’m buzzing out of work an hour early today at 4 to get in a quick workout before my date. Crossing my fingers, I hate first dates! Ahhhh!

Runny Egg Sandwich

I’m such a blonde. What happens when rain hits snow? It melts! I might have made the mistake of calling it slush earlier, oppstini. Instead of hopping over slush puddles on my walk to the gym, I hopped over rain puddles. Everywhere. The rain was even worse and more harsh on my walk back to work, but the workout was so good and left my muscles feeling sore.

I was craving cardio today, so I split it up between 3 cardio exercises:

  • 1.5 mile run
  • 10 minutes Elliptical
  • 10 minutes Vertical Elliptical with intervals

The vertical elliptical is easily my favorite piece of equipment at the gym. I had never seen or used one of these before joining Gold’s Gym this past summer, but it has became a staple in my workouts. When you switch the incline, you bring your legs up higher to your chest, and each incline works different areas.

There’s even a display of your legs that will light up depending on what area you’re working.

It’s awesome!

With 5 minutes left in my workout, my stomach started to growl, and I was tempted to ditch early because my lunch was the highlight meal of my day. I soldiered through the last 5 minutes while dreaming about this:

An egg and cheese sandwich. To. Die. For.

I haven’t had one of these sweet babies in what feels like a solid month, so it received a warm welcome in my tummy.

I made this last night before bed and reheated it in the microwave today. Of course it’s better eaten fresh, but it’s still just as good reheated.

For the base of the sandwich I used Flat Out Hungry Girl Whole Wheat with Flax Foldit.

I cooked two eggs and left them partially “easy” and loaded one egg with shredded cheese before sandwiching the two eggs together. This baby hit the spot!

After work I broke a monster sweat while I completed the Core Synergistic P90X workout. This is the 2nd time I’ve done it, and while I didn’t enjoy it the 1st time, I found that I really got into it tonight. My abs were burning and cursing through the core exercises.

My abs will be looking fierce on tomorrow night’s date. Errr, well, I mean my stomach will be flat? 😉

Look at how patient the little boy is while he waits to lick the Chobani yogurt container.

This is our nightly tradition. After I make my overnight oats he gets the container to lick and chew.

Time to go relax for this little lady!

A Tree Through My Brother’s Window

While Sandy raged throughout the East Coast, I had Gone Girl and my furball son to keep me safe. A boyfriend would have been better, but sadly there are no prospects on the horizon. Well there is one hunk, who I’d like a chance with.

If he doesn’t work, do you think I can lure handsome hunks in with some Halloween candy?

My friends from near and far all sent texts making sure I was okay.


I love B. He was my roomie in Los Angeles, and also the man who made me walk 4 miles on my birthday for my sushi dinner. Ass Sweetheart.


B.Mays is my girl from Iowa. How’d a New Hampshire chick find a solid friend in Iowa? It’s all thanks to being team members for Dashboard Confessional’s street team 3 years ago. Yes, we were cool.

Some of my other street team favs include Anthony, Lindsay and Shauna. Love you my little munchkins!

While we didn’t get hit too badly, aside from flooding and downed trees, last night I received word that a tree went through my brother and sister-in-laws bedroom window! And to think I was there this past weekend.



The former Mayor lives across the street from them so luckily he offered his help to Ryan and Chelsey. The police came and told them to move everything out of their living room, which is right below their bedroom on the first floor. This is because when the tree is cut into pieces and removed, remnants and limbs might go through the living room windows as well.

I’m thankful Ry, Chels and little bitty Henrique are safe. Remember the other night how I said I’d consider moving to Harrisburg when I relocate? HA!

All things aside, I woke up to a house with power, which meant I was able to get my run in.

Morning Workout

• 3.5 mile run
• 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• :30 second plank holds, regular and both sides
• 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
• 50 crunches & 50 side-to-side crunches
• 2 sets of 100s Abs
• Stretching

I had a quick make-out sesh with my bowl of Raspberry Mango Overnight Oats. This is the most committed I’ve ever been in a relationship. I kid. Speaking of relationships, today marks my 6-month anniversary with my current firm. THAT’S IT?!

Back to this work relationship thing my career.

Sticky Granola Bars & Planko X Sweat

You know when you eat something that is deliciously amazing and then realize that it was made with incredibly dirt nasty ingredients and you get sick to your stomach?

I lived that moment today when I snacked on a granola bar before working out. I wasn’t all too hungry but I wanted something small with staying power to get me through my workout before lunch.

I reached for the Cascadian Farm organic Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar that Jen grabbed for me this past weekend and went to town.

The first bite and I was in love! It should be renamed to the Incredible Chewy Granola Bar, since that’s exactly what it was. There were so many chocolate chips jammed into the sample sized bar! Pure heaven.

Then I turned the bar over on accident and was disgusted.

Look at all that dried syrup, oil and sugar just screaming for attention.


Now I know why it was stuck in the wrapper and then stuck to my hand.

So I had a little fun in mocking how unhealthy the granola bar is.


Before I saw the bottom of the bar, I had convinced myself upon the first bite that I’d be buying a box of these. Now, I don’t think that’ll be happening. Just because a product is labeled “organic” does not by any means consider it healthy.

It was sooooo good though! Almost as good as that fro-yo. 😉

My afternoon run left me feeling amazing. The 2 miles flew by and the only time I had to stop was to wipe the sweat out of my eyes, off my forehead, cheeks, and mouth. Ladies and gentlemen, I sweat pretty.

I finished my run with 15 minutes on the vertical elliptical before heading back to shower and enjoy my garbage scramble. I haven’t enjoyed one of those lovely scrambles in an earth shattering few days so it enjoyed a nice welcome back fiesta!

My weekend has begun! Since I’ll have a busy weekend, I switched today and tomorrows P90X workouts and just completed Plank X.

Check out that P90X sweat. Ya baby!!

Time to go do laundry, hit the mall to grab some suspenders and glasses for this weekend, and pack my little heart away!