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Hi Friends πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€ 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.

mmmmm froyo!!

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

sorry kind of blurry

the ingredients

Now, MIX MIX MIX- & make sure the banana gets all nice & smooshed up.

the batter

Now cook them on the stove or griddle- on medium- for about a minute each side, then flip.

Saturday breakfast- topped with sugar free syrup

For my workout, I did a Chest/ Back/ Lats/ Shoulders routine:

Exercise Reps Weight
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!! πŸ˜€

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 Apeβ„’
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 πŸ˜€ 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!!

mmmm mmmm- 1/2 sub

I also had some Jalapeno chips that Craig picked out.

Later that night we watched the movie, The Crazies.

It was actually really good, if you like scary movies.

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 πŸ˜€ 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!!

baby biscuits

egg whites w/ ketchup, turkey sausage & biscuit with SF orange marmalade

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?! πŸ˜‰ 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!)

flat out wrap with turkey, lettuce, tomato, hummus & 1/2 piece laughing cow cheese

After eating lunch & getting the quotes, I decided to make the move & get the SUV I have been wanting πŸ˜€ 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.Β 

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.

Β Stir in hot sauce until well mixed. Add chicken, celery, carrots, onion, egg whites, and salt. With fork, mix ingredients well.

Frank's Hot Sauce- only the BEST!

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.

baked & ready for eatin'!

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 aΒ 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…

my plate

AHHHHH finally caught up πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜€

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  1. Wow, Holly!
    Such delicious eats!
    IΒ΄m jealous πŸ˜€

  2. what a weekend filled with amazing eats! that meatloaf sounds AWEESOME! I ❀ anything buffalo!! and that workout- so hardcore girl!

  3. Sounds like a full weekend! I am still on the fence with BB this season. Just not sure. I need to be rooting for the AR gals though…

  4. I am checking out that retailmenot site! It sounds great. I love deals.

    All that food looks delicious. Sounds like a really good weekend.

    And I used to LOVE scary movies but suddenly they creep me out too much. I wonder if I would like The Crazies though if it isn’t all gore.

    • It is AWESOME!! I always check to see if there are any coupon codes or coupons if I’m going to get clothes or whatever- I’m amazed @ some of the coupons they have on there!!
      It’s actually a good movie & not too gorey at all. (maybe just one scene- when they are in the ‘hospital’ type room- you’ll know what I’m talking about if you see it)

  5. Sounds like a great weekend!
    I love scary movies, but haven’t seen The Crazies yet…it’s on my list though!
    LOVE retailmenot – it’s awesome!

  6. A grape ape smoothie sounds reallllly good!

    Well don’t you know I liked Annie and bam she’s done!

  7. Elephant Bar looks so amazing. We’re going there when I come visit. I realize that this is the first time I’ve mentioned it, but I assure you it’s for the company and not for the ridiculously good looking Elephant Bar food. Hahaha

    Also, I’ve never heard of oatmeal whey. MUST INVESTIGATe.

  8. I went and saw crazies in the theater with my friend during the spring semester and I didnt sleep that night because it freaked me out so much.
    It also sounds like you had an amazing shopping trip. What kind of SUV did you get??

  9. I AM the biggest sucker for pancakes!! LOVE these!

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