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What's in Today's Bag

This is today’s Breakfast and Lunch bag.  Chobani Pineapple Yogurt and Kashi Blossoms cereal with an apple.

For lunch I had a smoked turkey and cheese sandwich on an English muffin. I also had some grapes, pretzels, and a mozzarella cheese stick. For my mid day snack I had a hard-boiled egg.

So much to do and so much to read lately, I am an avid Healthy Living Blog reader, I get so many amazing recipes and workout ideas it sometimes consumes me. I found myself catching up with some blogs last night and lost all tract of time, but I walked away with some great recipes and a few new circuits I want to try. I guess I’ll add them to my to-do list.

My workout today was a 45 minutes elliptical workout, I kept a great pace and increased the incline every 10 minutes. I felt strong, sometimes I get sore after a big leg workout like I did yesterday, but I really only felt the burn the first few minutes than it went away.

Today is one of my favorite workouts, ARMS. So I did a quick 10 minute circuit from my Body by Bethenny DVD.

This is a mini set.  Do 2 sets of 12 using 5 pound weights.

  • Side Shoulder Raises
  • Bicep Curls
  • Hinged Rows

Repeat Set

  • Front Raises
  • Tricep Kickbacks
  • Overhead Presses

Repeat Set

It’s just enough to get you heart pumping. I took a quick water break than went right into the Lean Arm Pyramid.

Lean Arms Pyramid

  • 10 Push-ups (can be on knees!)
  • 20 Dips (on edge of chair or bench)
  • 30 Bicep Curls (light weights or water bottles)
  • 40 Seconds Plank on hands
  • 50 Tone It Up Tummy Tucks
  • 40 Seconds Plank on hands
  • 30 Bicep Curls (light weights or water bottles)
  • 20 Dips (on edge of chair or bench)
  • 10 Push-ups (can be on knees!)
I Love this workout so much, I started this circuit two weeks ago and I can already feel my arms getting stronger. The planks and the push ups are getting easier and I find my core is getting a bit more stable when doing the planks, not as much shaking and asking my husband if the 40 seconds are up!

Tonight’s dinner was a fast favorite, Quorn Meatless & Soy-Free Chik’n Patties with a 1/2 of Avocado. We also had a Side Salad and Sweet Potato Fries. It hit the spot. I could not believe how Happy the Avocado made me, it was ripe, smooth and perfect.

The Avocado stole the show tonight.

So glad I have an easy week ahead, the weather has been weird here, cold one day, then it warms up, then it turns bitter cold again. I’ve had several friends come down with colds and sinus infections, so I’m glad I don’t have much running around to do this week. I’m hoping to stay as healthy as I can.

The only stop I made today was to my local bread store for a bread run!


Our lake is frozen solid and it looks like I better get my Ice Skates out. I see a weekend skate coming up in my near future.

Have a great night, stay healthy and don’t forget to plan your next workout.

Check ya later

Question: Does anyone have a favorite workout they have been doing?

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Happy Saturday. I slept in this morning, which happens to be one of my most favorite things to do. I took my time getting out of bed. With the weather being so cold and the furnace running what seems like non stop, my throat and skin feels dry so I thought I’d make a nice thick breakfast smoothie.

Making a fast filling smoothie is so easy with the Oster Smoothie Maker. You just have to add the liquids first and then layer the fruit and ice cubes and the smoothies come out perfect.

I always have cut up bananas and berries frozen year round, so I can whip up a smoothie on a whim. When a banana is ripe and not going to be eaten all you have to do is peel, slice and bag, then you have it on hand when you need it. I do the same thing with berries.

Breakfast Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 banana, peeled, cut into chunks (mine were frozen prior)
  • 6 medium strawberries, cut into chunks (mine were frozen prior)
  • 1 cup skim milk or soy/almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1  ice-cube


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Serve.
Did some boring housework and laundry, although I really wanted to read magazines and download new music to my GoGear so I could have some new tunes to listen to while I work out.
My cardio today was a 30 minute elliptical workout.  I alternated incline and resistance every 3 to 5 minutes, it ended up being a very sweaty and fast workout. Then I did the Lean Arm Pyramid Circuit, I am in love with this workout, it really is challenging.

Lean Arms Pyramid

  • 10 Push-ups (can be on knees!)
  • 20 Dips (on edge of chair or bench)
  • 30 Bicep Curls (light weights or water bottles)
  • 40 Seconds Plank on hands 50 Tone It Up Tummy Tucks!
  • 40 Seconds Plank on hands 30 Bicep Curls (light weights or water bottles)
  • 20 Dips (on edge of chair or bench) 10 Push-ups (can be on knees!)

Next thing you know 3 hours had passed and it was time for lunch, I had one thing on my mind a crunchy panini.

To make I used 2 slices of sourdough bread and I spread hummus on one of the slices, then layered on 8 thin slices of oven roasted turkey breast and a slice of deli cheese. I also had some roasted red pepper slices so I tossed them on too. I spray each slice of  bread with canola oil and grill on my panini maker for about 6 minutes. They were delicious with a side of kettle chips.

My husband and I watched the Paranormal 2 DVD I received from Netflix while eating lunch, it is a very scary movie, I saw the first movie and could not wait to see this one. Well it did not disappoint.

For a snack I had this;

Yummy Skinny Cow

Not sure why I’m wanting ice-cold food when its freezing out, but I went with it.

Dinner was too easy, it was all my leftovers. I was not too hungry but I like to eat every 3-4 hours and thought I’d eat what I could and Jeff would eat the rest.

Leftover tortellini with meatless meat ball, and a quarter slice of a quesadilla, I ended up eating it all, I guess I was hungry after all.

So to finish the night, I did a few more chores and made this yummy Saturday Sipper.

Saturday Sipper Ingredients

So easy to make:

3 Ounces of Diet Ocean Spray Juice Drink

3/4 Ounces of Vodka

Squeeze of Lime or Lemon

Lime or Lemon Garnish

Shake ingredients, except for garnish, until cold, in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into chilled glass, Garnish and sip away.

This Cosmo Saturday Sipper is only 50 calories!

I have a Hot Date. A Cosmo to sip and Bridesmaids DVD

Two movies in one day, now that’s what I’m talking about.

Have a good night and I’ll check ya later.

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