Archive | August, 2013

Blueberry Mug Muffin

30 Aug

As I’ve gotten older I’ve taken notice of the friends I’ve had over the years.  I guess if I had to, I could group my friends into categories.  There are my casual friends, the ones I say hello and goodbye to, and maybe grab a coffee with. My work acquaintances that I trust and that know about my kids.  These friends are important to me and I care about them, and vice versa but they’re not my TRUE friends.  To me, a true friend is someone who you may not see for months or even years  but when you meet up, you pick up right where you left off.  True friends are always there if and when you need them.  True Friends know that life gets busy and they don’t hold it against you for not being able to get together as often as you’d  like.  True friends are the ones you can talk to about anything and they’ll give you their honest opinion even if it’s not the answer you were hoping to hear.

Last night I had dinner with a wonderful friend of mine.  She’s the type of person that just tells it like it is. No sugar-coating and no holding back.  I love that about her.  We had some good laughs.

By 8pm the restaurant lights dimmed and the music started blaring.  We couldn’t hear a thing.  We decided to finish our meal and head next door to the “Family Friendly Restaurant” and ate super calorie loaded desserts and sipped on decaf coffee.  You know you’re getting old when………….

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Oh yes I’ll be working out tomorrow times 2.  I haven’t had a funnel cake in YEARS!

BLUEBERRY MUG MUFFIN

Okay so this recipe is super easy.  Don’t ever say that you don’t have time for breakfast again.  This literally takes 2 minutes.  This is a great breakfast packed full of protein and a great way to start your day.

  •  A little less than a quarter cup of quick oats
  • 1 egg
  • Handful of blueberries
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar or Stevia (or less) depending on how sweet you want it.

Mix it all up in a coffee mug.  Place in microwave for 1 min.  If the muffin top does not look firm, place back in for another 20-30 seconds.

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Once ready, flip mug over on a plate.  Serve with fresh berries and Greek Yogurt.

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ENJOY YOUR LONG WEEKEND 🙂

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

29 Aug

Wednesday was bitter sweet.  My baby sister went back to school.  I won’t see her until Thanksgiving. Poor little A was so upset.  She cried all night.

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And today is also my niece’s first birthday.  WOW I can’t get over how quickly this year has gone by.

Happy Birthday Princess!

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This morning’s smoothie is one of my favs.  So refreshing and the kids love it too.

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 2 cups water

Blend until smooth.

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Better Butt Park Workout

28 Aug
So one thing you may not know about me is that I get embarrassed rather easily and when I’m embarrassed I  turn beet red.
Last night after dropping off my daughter at gymnastics and my son at a sleep over, hubby and I went to the pharmacy to pick up a few things.  After browsing the cosmetics I met up with my husband at the cash.  He was carrying a box of night time diapers for my daughter and I cracked a joke saying “oh you found your diapers”.  As we were putting our stuff down on the counter he had a rather large pack of Batteries.  I asked him what all the batteries were for.  Now before I tell you what he said, please imagine a long line up of people behind us.  So, Hubby turns to me and says “they’re for all your vibrators”.  OKAY, that was my cue to put my head down and scurry out of the store.  Luckily everyone in line was able to take a joke and the poor cashier was shaking because she was trying to hold back the laughter.  I turned 50 shades of RED.  I could have killed him.

I did this circuit the other day and my bum is still sore.  I gotta say that I love when my rear is hurting because let’s face it, as women this normally is our trouble zone.   Don’t be afraid to use weights when you’re doing your squats, lunges, or step ups.  This is what’s going to make that bottom perky and firm. You don’t want a flat bum do you?

The equipment you’ll need for this workout is a Kettlebell or Dumbell, TRX or the bar at the park, a bench or chair and a Medicine ball.

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Circuit 1:

  • Hip Thrusters with back row:  With your hips down and arms extended raise hips/butt and squeeze glutes.  Proceed to do a back row.  Lower back down and repeat.

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  • Walking Kettlebell threaded lunges:  With the Kettlebell in your left hand lunge forward with your right leg and pass the kettlebell underneath  your right leg to the other hand. Then lunge forward your left leg and pass the kettlebell underneath to your left hand.  Perform 40 reps.
  • Decline Push Ups:  WIth your feet up on a bench and core engaged, do 20 pushupsIMG_0339

Circuit 2

  • Kettlebell Swing:  Remember Hip Drive and full hip extension at the top of the swing

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  • Tricep DIps:  This exercise targets the back of your arms.  Keep your elbows pointed behind you and bend your arms so they are at 90 degrees
  • Narrow grip pull ups:  Don’t worry if you can’t do 10 pull ups in a row.  I can’t!  I will use the ground to assist me by pushing off and also using my arms to pull myself up.

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Circuit 3

  • Wall Balls:  Keep feet shoulder width apart.  When squatting down keep weight in heels.  Aim to lower the crease of your hips below your knees.  Drive through your heels on the way up using hip action to throw the ball up against the wall.

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  • Bicep Curls:  Keep elbows close to the side of your body.  Don’t flare them out.
  • TRX Rear Delt Fly:  Lean back on a 45 degree angle.  Keep core tight.  Pull handles apart as if you are opening double doors, squeezing the shoulder blades together.  Return to start position under control.

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Enjoy this workout!

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