Hi Friends 😀
Sorry I have been MIA for a few days- just kind of needed a little break & this weekend has been SLAMMED packed. Let’s go back to Friday night:
Craig & I had Date night! We decided to go to the mall first- so he could get some clothes before we leave for vacation- he only goes twice a year- before vacation & during Christmas time- haha!! Told ya, he’s predictable 😉 Banana Republic was having a sale- 20% off the ENTIRE store- sale & regular priced items. I thinking of Julie when I walked in, because I know she loves Banana 🙂
After shopping, we headed to Elephant Bar for dinner. I didn’t bring my camera, but I’ll tell ya what we got..& show ya some pictures from the site.
We started with some Spring Rolls- the non- fried kind- they are SO good.
I also tried one of their seasonal drinks- it was a type of Pear martini- delish!!
And for my main course I got the seared Ahi Tuna. That is one of my favorite foods!! I LOVE tuna. I never used to eat it, but then I actually tried it & found a new favorite.
It was a GREAT meal! Elephant Bar is one of my favorite restaurants- I just love the decorations & layout of the restaurant.
One our way back home, we decided we just HAD to stop & get our favorite- Simply Frozen Yogurt 😀 I tried two new flavors- Sugar Free Strawberry & Watermelon (Dairy Free)- I swirled them together & then added sprinkles & Fruity Pebbles- it was quite a colorful combination.
I now have a new favorite..the WATERMELON frozen yogurt!! It was so good, & since I’m obsessed with watermelon, it was LOVE at first bite.
After we ate that & watched some tv, I headed to bed- I was one tired little girl.
On Saturday morning I got up & made us some Protein Pancakes to fuel us for our workout!!
Into the mix went: (this is for 2 people)
-2 scoops chocolate oatmeal protein powder
-1/2 cup low fat ricotta cheese
-1 banana, mashed up
-1 tbsp. Dark Chocolate dreams peanut butter
Now, MIX MIX MIX- & make sure the banana gets all nice & smooshed up.
For my workout, I did a Chest/ Back/ Lats/ Shoulders routine:
|Flat Bench Press||3 x 10||45lb. Barbell + 10lb. Each side|
|Arnold Press||3 x 12||10lb. DB each hand|
|Standing Lateral Raises||3 x 12 each||7.5lb. DB each hand|
|DB Chest Press||3 x 12||15lb. DB each hand|
|Laying DB Flyes||3 x 12||7.5lb. DB each hand|
|DB Seated Press||3 x 12||15lb. DB each hand|
|DB Rear Delt Row (one arm)||3x 12 each||15lb. DB|
|Reverse flyes||3 x 12||7.5lb. DB each hand|
|Hyper Back Extensions||3 x 12||holding 25lb. Weight|
|Seated Rows||3 x 12||60lb.|
|Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns||3 x 12||50lb.|
|Pec Dec- regular||3 x 12||40lb.|
|Reverse Grip Pulldowns||3 x 12||50lb.|
|Reverse Pec Decs||3 x 12||30lb.|
|Pelvic Raises- Weighted||3 x 12||12lb. Bar|
|Weighted bosu ball crunches||3 x 25||30lb. Behind head|
After the weight workout, I did 10 minutes of SPRINT intervals- starting at 1 min @ 6.0 then 30 sec. @ 9.0- & then do this until you reach 10 min.
Cool down with walking @ 3.5.
Total time: 1 hour, 6 minutes, total calories: 382, Max HR: 218, Avg HR: 127
After our gym time, we headed out to the pool to lay out for about 2 hours- as Craig would say, ‘we’re getting our base ready’ for our vacation to the beach!! 😀
We came back in, took showers & then got ready to hit some stores for more shopping for C!! But first, we figured we really needed to eat something, since it was like 3pm- so, we decided on smoothies from Planet Smoothie. I got the Grape Ape for my smoothie. – here’s what it is.
grape juice, strawberries – & energy blast
For our shopping, we went to Old Navy & Kohls. Let me tell ya what OTHER store was ALSO 20% the entire thing– OLD NAVY!! YES 😀 Now I didn’t buy ANYTHING on Friday, but I did pick up a few shirts & pants for work. & only stuff for work, so I was proud of myself for that.
On our way home, we grabbed subs from Publix- I got a turkey sub on whole wheat with lettuce, tomatos, banana peppers, oregano, green peppers & fat free italian dressing. Delish!!
While watching it, we enjoyed some cheddar cheese popcorn- which C definitely dominated. I actually didn’t really care for it- more like oily- not cheesy- yuck to me.
I had high hopes that it would be nice & cheesy b/c I LOVE cheese popcorn, but it was a let down 😦 Oh well, we tried.
Nowwwww, I’m finally caught up 😀 On to today-
For breakfast today, I made little baby biscuits with eggs for C & egg whites with peppers & onions for me & some turkey sausage for both of us..along with coffee!!
After breakfast, we headed to Sports Authority to get Craig some new stuff for his golfing. Picked up some new golf shoes & a new golf bag- & you know what I found before we went? A 25% off coupon for any single item (from www.retailmenot.com– the BEST coupon & coupon code site EVERRRRR) – so I printed out two & we just paid for the items separately. Smart thinkin’, huh?! 😉 I just LOVE my coupons- hey, it’s like FREE $$$!!
Then we headed to look @ a few more SUVs before deciding what was best.
After looking at them for a few hours, we headed home to grab some lunch & so that I could check on insurance prices for the new vehicle.
For lunch, I made us some wraps on Flat Out wraps (only 100 calories a wrap & OH so delicious!)
After eating lunch & getting the quotes, I decided to make the move & get the SUV I have been wanting 😀 I really LOVE it. I’m really happy with my decision- spent a lot of time looking around, found the perfect one & my insurance even went down!! (quite a bit actually) So I definitely think it was worth it. And I’m not going to be spending much more in gas, if any at all, since my car was a V6 before anyways.
I got then vehicle & then headed home to make dinner for Craig & I. I decided on Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf that I found on Erin’s Food Files.
Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
adapted from Biggest Loser Cookbook, as seen on Lobster & Fishsticks
Olive oil spray
2/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup fat free milk
1/3 cup hot sauce, plus more to sprinkle on top
1 lb extra-lean ground chicken breast
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup shredded carrot (I didn’t have any on hand, so I just increased the celery & onion)
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crumbled reduced fat blue cheese
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly mist a 9” x 5” x 3” nonstick loaf pan with olive oil spray.
Combine oats and milk in a medium size mixing bowl. Mix well. Let stand for 3 minutes or until oats are softened.
Stir in hot sauce until well mixed. Add chicken, celery, carrots, onion, egg whites, and salt. With fork, mix ingredients well.
Add blue cheese and gently mix.
Transfer mixture to pan and spread so that top is flat. Sprinkle on a couple shakes of hot sauce and spread evenly. Bake 35 to 40 mins or until chicken is no longer pink. Cut into 8 slices. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts: 263 calories per serving, 35g protein, 14g carbohydrates, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 74mg sodium (Note: 2 slices = 1 serving.)
On the side I made some homemade mashed potatos & peas.
Here’s a HINT for making homemade mashed potatos– Add like a TEASPOON or 2 of sugar- it gives them just a LITTLE sweetness- SO good.
and dinner is served…
AHHHHH finally caught up 😀 I feel so much better!!
I hope you have all had a FANTASTIC week- I cannot wait to catch up on my blog reading tonight & tomorrow.
Just finished watching Big Brother, & I have to say, Britney is growing on me! I’m really liking her! If you watch it- who’s your favorite???? Please share 😀