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Well the walking belt on my treadmill has taken a hit, it has been wearing out for sometime now, but I have been ignoring it, and didn’t realize how damaged it really was. This treadmill is an older model, but the motor works great so I found a replacement belt online and I ordered it, and should expect it in about 3-5 working days. So I will be getting all my cardio via my elliptical rider until then.

Wearing my headphones and rock’in out while power walking, I didn’t really hear the warning noises it was giving off, until the noise got louder than my music.

The last hint was this terrible burning smell that started.

So I jumped off the treadmill and got on my elliptical rider and did a 40 minute resistance workout.

To be honest I’m really getting in a good rhythm on the elliptical lately. Since I started to challenge my self to adding resistance, I cannot believe how fast the workouts have been going by. Plus I can tell my legs have gotten stronger.

After my cardio I got on some circuit training,  I did the following .


  • 20 Squats
  • 30 Lunges
  • 40 Toe Touches (head forward, legs straight, bend down & touch your toes)
  • 50 Second wall sit (sit up against a wall, legs at 90 degrees and hold it!)
  • 100 Seconds Jumping Jacks
  • 50 Second Wall Sit
  • 40 Toe Touches
  • 30 Lunges
  • 20 Squats


  • 10 Standing Knee Raises
  • 20 Tummy Tucks
  • 30 Second Plank Jacks (on your hands in a plan, jack your legs out & in)
  • 40 Crunches
  • 50 Bicycle Crunches
  • 40 Crunches
  • 30 Second Plank Jacks (on your hands in a plan, jack your legs out & in)
  • 20 Tummy Tucks
  • 10 Standing Knee Raises
Today I made a Saturday morning favorite, Eggtastic English Muffin.

Using my Pampered Chef measuring/storage jars I microwaved the first egg for a total of 2 minutes, but the problem is if you’re not careful the egg will explode in the microwave, so after 30 seconds I stop the cooking and let it rest and poke the egg. Then continue until it looks firm. The second egg only took a minute and 30 seconds to cook, so the cooking time’s do vary and you really have to watch the egg the entire cook time.

It was eggtastic.

Hope you enjoy your Saturday.

Question of the day: How do you like your eggs?

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Ever have a day when everything you ate was very random and very delicious. I had a day like that today.

Peanut butter on an English muffin with Chia seeds. I really wish I had a banana to top this breakfast off, but I was fresh out. So I had an apple instead.

Lobster bisque soup and a whole wheat roll from Zoup.

I had a half of a bag of Red Skinned potatoes left from a previous meal and was not sure what to make, so I started to cut them up and looked in the fridge for what to add, and that’s when I saw the broccoli and the left over 1/2 can of black beans so I thought why not.  Here’s how it came together.

Chop up the potato.

Mix with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper and roast on 450 degrees for 45 minutes.

At the same time I had broccoli roasting with the potatoes on the bottom rack but cut the time down to 25 minutes. About the last 5 minutes I added the broccoli back and also added 1/2 can of black beans.

As soon as it came out of the oven, I topped with a handful of shredded cheese and served. Now that’s a Hot Potato.

We also had a soft shrimp taco with guacamole. I didn’t plan out today’s meals, they just happened. I normally don’t do that I like to plan out my week’s meal ahead of time, but yesterday, when I got home from the Red Wings Game, I had household chores to do and didn’t get a chance to work on a plan, but I’m really happy with today’s menu, I ended up using some leftover ingredients. So it worked out well.

My elliptical workout took me about 36 minutes. I worked on my resistance levels. I did 2-3 minutes at a high resistance, then backed down for 2-3 minutes. I also raised the incline every 6 minutes. When I reached the max incline I worked my way back down. The last 3 minutes I went backwards on the elliptical, it really targets the glutes and the hamstrings.

Today was my leg workout day, so I did the Lean Leg Pyramid Circuit. I really love this workout.


  • 20 Squats
  • 30 Lunges
  • 40 Toe touches (head forward, legs straight, bend down & touch your toes)
  • 50 Second wall sit (sit up against a wall, legs at 90 degrees and hold)
  • 100 Seconds jumping jacks
  • 50 Second wall sit
  • 40 Toe touches
  • 30 Lunges
  • 20 Squats

Dessert was perfect.

Question of the Day? What’s your favorite topping on a hot potato?

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So thankful that it’s Finally Friday. I have been without a stove for over a week. My new stove is being delivered on Saturday, and I cannot wait. I am so glad I made this dish on Superbowl Sunday, because it saved me. This Guinness Venison Stew served as our leftovers all the way though Wednesday. I have a rice cooker from Pampered Chef that you use in the microwave, so I made a few cups of that and added it to the stew and dinner was done. I just cannot get over how much stew came from 3 pounds of venison.

Not having to meal plan during the busiest work week I have ever had, made it possible for me to work longer hours, get home, workout and still have a good dinner. Nothing like a good pot of stew, chili or soup to help out in that department. This got me thinking about a recipe that I love, but have not made yet this winter, White Chicken Chili. I think I found a recipe to make this weekend.

Tonight I plan on doing a 30 minute interval training workout on the Elliptical, followed up with the Lean Leg Pyramid. If your looking for a great work out, check out the Tone It Up Girls.

Today I combined and sorted my growing to-do list. I’m feeling a bit of stress about it. Normally I am on top of things, but the past two weeks have been a really big challenge for me. I am working more hours to cover my bosses vacation, so losing those extra 3 hours everyday has really put me behind.

Working the extra hours has been great in the fact that my paycheck will be bigger than it normally is, but I love my normal schedule because I have more time to do things. I’ll be the first to admit it, my schedule is normally stress free. I do work everyday at a desk job, but my hours are flexible. That leaves me time for working out, planning and cooking meals, shopping and keeping up my home. I also do not have kids, so my time is my time, and when my husband gets home from work, my workout’s are typically already done and dinner is just about ready, which then leaves my evenings open for spending time with him and relaxing.

My schedule will be getting back to normal on Tuesday of next week. I am so glad that this is something I rarely have to do.

Weird to say that this is what I have been craving today.

Today's Craving

Normally I don’t have cravings for beverages, but today I can’t get enough H2o. A friend once told me to listen to my body, that my body was trying to speak to me. She gave me this advice a few years back when I was constantly getting sick. Every time I turned around I was getting a sinus infection, a cold, or worse I kept getting really congested.


Well I took that advice and started listening. I didn’t hear anything at first, but then again I was taking this advice literally. Then it hit me one day what it meant, and then it happened. I had a little scratch in my throat, and I acted on it. I had a few cups of green tea with honey and lemon, and wouldn’t you know it that little scratch went away. The next time I heard my body, I acted on it with a positive and healthy solution and it never developed into anything.

Now I hear my body. I feel the signals its throwing at me. I then took it a step further and I started to take vitamins, drinking more water, doing calming exercises and stretching. Listening to my body just became second nature.

So as my schedule has been thrown out of whack the past few weeks, I have tried to keep my ears open, and my Vitamin C on hand.

Can you hear what your body is saying to you?

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So last night we had a family style fried chicken and roasted pork dinner with all the side dishes at Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn. Frankenmuth is Known for its love of Christmas and Chicken. This was my works end of year party that we have in January. I really wanted to snap a bunch of photos to show the platters of food, but the lighting was so low and dim that none of the pictures I attempted turned out. Our party was at a very popular tourist spot, the town is historic and has lots of really cute shops. It’s also popular for the year round Christmas store that’s right next store to it called Bronners, they have the most amazing Christmas decorations lit year round.

To get the ball rolling today, after a really big meal last night, I thought why not try a different breakfast than I normally eat. Well it’s not really that different, but I don’t normally eat them during the week.

Chocolate Chip Protein Pumpkin Cookies.

I add protein powder to 99 percent of my baked breakfast items, and I also use puree of pumpkin. I just love the flavor and I really like the health benefits from pumpkin and the protein.  I always have these on hand in the freezer, can you see a pattern with me and how I love to use my freezer. Well the reason behind that is I like to be prepared and always have food available that I love.  Plus these freeze so well.

Here’s the recipe for theses little nuggets.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies (bonus: high in protein!)


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (or spice cake works too)
  • 1 large can pumpkin
  • 2 Tb vanilla
  • 2 Tb cinnamon + 1 Tb nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • Chia seeds (2 Tb) and protein powder (1 small scoop) <–optional, but please add for protein
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (I used half a bag of semi-sweet and half a bag of milk chocolate)
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Mix all of the above ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Add chia seeds and protein powder if desired.
  • If the batter is too thick, add 1 Tb water or if it is too wet, add 1/8 cup extra oats.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18 minutes.
  • Cool and enjoy!

These cookies are soft, moist, have chocolate chips in them, and delicious. And SO easy to whip up. Plus a healthy dose of protein.

As always my daily apple.

So today’s bag looks like this.

Packed and Ready to Go

I always workout when I get home from work, I really do prefer it to working out in the morning, I like to sleep as long as I can. I really feel like I have more energy to do a solid workout after working all day then I do when I first wake up, I know it’s a different thought pattern than most people’s, but it works for me so I do it.

For my workout today, I did a 60 minute treadmill walk on an incline, it gets me stretched out after a long day of sitting at my desk. I always mix up my treadmill workouts, but changing pace or turning around and walking backward to target different muscles. Then I hit it hard with the Lean Leg Pyramid and the Lean Ab Pyramid. I like to push myself a bit more on Mondays, it helps to set the tone for the week.


•10 Standing Knee Raises

•20 Tummy Tucks

•30 Second Plank Jacks (on your hands in a plan, jack your legs out & in)

•40 Crunches

•50 bicycle crunches

•40 Crunches

•30 Second Plank Jacks (on your hands in a plan, jack your legs out & in)

•20 Tummy Tucks

•10 Standing Knee Raises

With it being Monday, I always go Meatless for dinner. Tofu has made its way to having top billings on Meatless Mondays, and today will follow suit.

Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips

Yield: 2-3 servings

Inspired by Oh She Glows


  • 1 package firm or extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or other milk)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder (for a kick of heat)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

1. Press or drain tofu

2. Then whisk together the milk and cornstarch in a shallow dish. In another bowl, mix together the panko, breadcrumbs, salt, and spices.     Set aside. Preheat oven to 400F and grease baking sheet with oil.

3. Slice tofu into 8-9 strips, lengthwise, depending on how thick you want it. Dip the tofu strip into the milk mixture and then into the panko/breadcrumb mixture. Coat both sides entirely and then place on baking sheet. Repeat with the rest.

4. Bake tofu on middle rack at 400F. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the tofu, and then bake for another 15-20 minutes until crispy.

Use a little Frank’s Red Hot Sauce for a little spicy flavor. I Served with a side of Near East Whole Grain brown rice and broccoli, this is one healthy meal.  Finished off with a bowl of fresh strawberries.

Now I’m off to do some dishes and catch up on some Top Chef episodes I have on my DVR.

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Today I’m really excited, almost giddy. Starting this blog has really got my creative juices flowing.  My mind is running over ideas, recipes, photos, and things I want to post and discuss, even though I feel like I’m fumbling through it. It’s like that with everything I guess, being unfamiliar with the set-up, possibilities and the language of a new program.

I love Mondays, to me it’s like starting fresh, don’t get me wrong weekends rule no doubt about it, I love sleeping in and hanging out in my pj’s all day if I want,  but I also need and crave the structure that the work week holds for me.

Elliptical, in my cramped Laundry Room

After work I got home and did 45 minutes on the elliptical, then went right into my new favorite workout. I’m kinda obsessed with it, and you can do it anywhere. I found it on http://www.toneitup.com it’s a site you must visit, they have tons of circuits and workout ideas, they also have a Bikini Blast Program you can follow and they give motivation, support and videos of their workouts.


Do this in your living room, at the gym, in school, at the office

  • 20 Squats
  • 30 Lunges
  • 40 Toe touches (head forward, legs straight, bend down & touch your toes)
  • 50 Second wall sit (sit up against a wall, legs at 90 degrees and hold it!)
  • 100 Seconds jumping jacks
  • 50 Second wall sit
  • 40 Toe touches
  • 30 Lunges
  • 20 Squats
The first time I did this I wished I would have stretched out better, I had really sore hamstrings for a few days, but I loved it. I also added a set of 10 Burpess, also loving.
Today is also Meatless Monday, which happens to be my favorite meal right now. Soy-Lime Roasted Tofu with Roasted Broccoli and Asian Thai Noodles, I’m so glad my husband loves any and all foods because I make this a lot.
You take this; and press out the water

Nasoya Tofu

The Tofu Press is amazing, it rids the tofu of all the excess water it’s packed in, so you can marinate it and really get the flavor to absorb in the tofu, I also use it to press out the water in spinach after I thaw it.

Tofu Press

Flavor with this;

Marinate for 1-4 hours

and then eat.

Meatless Monday - Dinner is Done

Soy-Lime Roasted Tofu


  • 1 14-ounce package extra-firm, water-packed tofu, drained
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil


  1. Pat tofu dry. Combine soy sauce, lime juice and oil in a medium shallow dish. Add the tofu block. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour or up to 4 hours, gently stirring once or twice.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. Remove the tofu from the marinade (discard marinade). Slice into long slices and place on a large baking sheet, making sure the slices are not touching. Roast, gently turning halfway through, until golden brown, about 20 minutes

Beverage of Choice

I roast the broccoli on 425°F  for 20 minutes, I add a little canola oil and shake on a favorite spice, today I use the following;

Nori and Seaweed

I found these at Whole Foods and I use them on lots of  foods like you would any other spice.

Tuesdays Breakfast and Lunch Bag

I have a tuna wrap in the tinfoil, which I’ll unwrap and add the lettuce I have bagged up when I’m ready to eat!

Packed and ready to go

Happy Monday and I’ll check ya later!

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