Fall into Fitness Workout

Hey guys, how are you today?  Happy Thursday!  Also, happy fall eve!  Tomorrow is the official start of fall.  It is still pretty hot here in AZ, but I am all about the fall things anyways.  I am excited about fall adventures and have been enjoying iced pumpkin spice coffee for a couple of weeks now.

Today I wanted to share a quick workout with you.  I did this workout last weekend, and it was quick (about 15 minutes) but challenging.  So it is great if you are short on time.  You can also repeat it if you are looking for a longer workout.  You will need a set of dumbbells and a bench or step (I used the bottom step on my stairs).  To complete, warm up for few minutes first.  Then begin with the first circuit, the step up to bicep curl and froggers.  You will complete 12 of the step-up curls (first exercise), then 8 froggers (second exercise).  Then 10 of the first exercise, followed by 8 of the second exercise.  The last set is 8 of the first exercise followed by 8 of the second exercise.  This circuit is followed by a quick round of cardio (toe taps) before moving on to the next circuit (lunge with lateral lifts and release push-ups).  The format for the second and third circuits is the same as the first.  You will move through one circuit, then to the cardio burst, then onto the next circuit.

Fall into Fitness

As always, listen to your body and modify as needed.   Hope you enjoy!

Questions:  What are you most excited about this fall?  Do you have any favorite fall fitness activities?  I love going for jogs and hiking as the weather cools off.

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Day in the life

Happy hump day friends! Hope your day is off to a great start!

I always love day in the life posts.  It is interesting to see what other people’s lives are like and I feel like it allows you to get to know them better.  So today, I thought I would take you through a day in my life.  This was last Friday and is a fairly typical day for me.

4:00am Alarm goes off, I hit snooze.  When it buzzes again at 4:08 I get up and turn on the coffee.  I then lay in bed and catch up on social media and blogs for a bit.

4:30am Time to actually get up.  I pour a cup of coffee and add a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a scoop of collagen.  Then head to the bathroom to start getting ready for the day.


5:00am Mogs wakes up, so I let him out and wake up the hubs so he can start getting ready.  I take a break for meditation while he is in the shower.  This is my favorite time to meditate.  The house is quiet and I feel like it helps me set a positive tone for the day.

6:00am Off to teach Total Body.  I had a great group today and really enjoyed teaching class.  I am always amazed by how fun and energetic my early morning folks are.  Also, repped my alma mater.


7:00am Get ready super fast at the gym and then it’s off to work.  I love this dress, I found it at Ross for like $12.00 a couple years ago.


7:20am Work time and breakfast at my desk.  I am fortunate to have a very short commute between the gym and my office.  Also, I totally mangled that poor egg trying to peel it.


11:30 Take a break to do a 25-minute elliptical workout and read a bit.  My office has a gym in it, which is awesome!  I hadn’t had time to work out at lunch all week, but was able to squeeze in a little workout today.  I also enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected.  It reminds me a lot of Michael Crichton’s writing style.  So if you liked Jurassic Park, check it out.


12:00 Lunchtime!  I almost always eat at my desk but ended up sitting and eating with co-workers, which was a nice treat.  On the menu was leftover cauliflower fried rice with pork and a Kimchi potsticker.


12:50 Back to work.  It was a productive day and I felt good and focused after my little break.

2:00 Quick treat break, these were leftover from a function and were so delicious and chocolatey.


3:30-4:30 Leave work and pick up kiddos.  They are playing and having a good time, so we end up hanging out at school for a few minutes before heading home.

5:00 Baby dinner time.  I normally eat dinner with them but wasn’t feeling ready for a meal.  I snacked on some chips and salsa with them though.  I also tried to eat this yogurt, but only got a couple bites in before my little sidekicks took it over.


5:00-6:30pm Enjoyed a lovely relaxed evening with the babies.  The hubs had to work late, so the babies and I hung out, played and read some books.  We did have a bit of a baby crisis when Paw Patrol wouldn’t play but recovered pretty quickly.   Whenever they get upset about not being able to watch a show, in my mind I always think “in my day we had to wait till Saturday morning for our favorite cartoons.” It is crazy how quickly things change.

6:30-7:30pm Baby bedtime, the little miss goes to sleep pretty quick.  My little dude needs plenty of books and stories to help him get settled in.

7:30-8:00ish Retuck a little dude into bed another 5 times. While wishing I had eaten dinner earlier as I am now starving.

8:00 Dinner and Netflix time

9:30pm Off to bed.
Overall, this is a pretty normal looking Friday for me.  I usually eat dinner earlier though.  I had also planned on having a friend and her newborn over in the evening, but with the babies having been sick that week, we thought it best to reschedule.

Are you an early morning person? Do you typically take a break for meals or eat at your desk/on the go/while doing other stuff?  I know it would be good for me to take a real meal break, but I almost never do.

Hope you have a great day!

Veggie Blueberry Muffins

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Happy Tuesday!  How has your week started out?  No complaints over here.  Monday was a busy day, but a good one.  I was up bright and early to teach my class. I know I have mentioned it before, but I love the folks that come to my class.  I have a great group of regulars who are so fun and upbeat.  They also go out of their way to say hi to new folks and make them feel welcome, they are the best.

Today I am sharing my veggie blueberry muffin recipe.  It took a few tries to get these how I wanted them, but they have quickly become a household favorite.  They are fruity and comforting, with a healthy dose of veggies.  I have been enjoying them warm with a little butter, but the kids love them straight from the fridge.

Veggie Blueberry Muffins

Makes about 18 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded (about 1.5 cups total shredded veggies)
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oat flour (don’t have oat flour?  No problem, just run old-fashioned oats through the food processor until ground).
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used vanilla flavored)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, I like the frozen wild blueberries, which are a little smaller)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350.  Spray muffin pans.  Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add eggs, applesauce, almond milk, and honey to dry ingredients. Stir in zucchini and carrots.  Gently fold in blueberries.  Bake for about 25 minutes.

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What is your favorite kind of muffin?  I don’t know that I have met a muffin I didn’t like, but I am especially partial to blueberry.

Hope you have a great day!

Weekend recap

Hey, friends! How is it already Monday! I feel like this weekend just blew by.

How was your weekend? We had a pretty good one. On Saturday I was up early for some errands and then off to teach my class.  After class, I came home to get the dude and I ready for our theater date, which was definitely a highlight of the weekend.  We went to see the Broadway touring version of The Little Mermaid.  The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie as a kid and it was so fun to share this experience with my little guy.


He absolutely loved the first act, got a bit antsy during intermission and then slept through the entire second act (he missed his nap because of the start time).  Which was fine, because I got to snuggle him in close and reminisce while watching the rest of the show.

I also got a bonus workout in, because I then carried my 40 some pound dude a block to our car.

After the show, we went to my moms to pick up the little miss and have dinner, before heading home for the evening.  Saturday evening was pretty uneventful.  The hubs worked so I watched some old 30 Rock episodes on Netflix and did a little baking.  I finally got the veggie blueberry muffins I have been working on how I wanted them, so recipe later this week.


Sunday morning, my in-laws watched the kids for a couple of hours so the hubs could help me with some picture stuff and we could enjoy a quick breakfast date.  The weather was beautiful, not too warm and clear skies, so perfect for taking pictures outside. We stumbled across this lovely little group of sunbathers. It’s hard to tell, but there were like 5 or 6 of them on the log and more in the water.


We then went for breakfast.  I usually eat a little something pretty early but hadn’t today, so I was starving by the time we sat down.  We went to Poco and Mom’s, which is an old favorite of ours specializing in New Mexico style Mexican food.  The lunch menu was speaking to me, so I got machaca tostadas with beans and fruit instead of rice. You guys, this was so much food.  It ended up being my breakfast, as well as the kids and I’s lunch.

The hubs’ breakfast sopapilla and hash browns were also huge, but he gave it a good home.


After breakfast, we made a quick Target run before picking up the kids and heading home.  The rest of Sunday was nice and relaxed.  We played with the kiddos and tag teamed chores. I also struck a deal with my three-year-old that if he put his toys away, I would let him vacuum the rug.  It was a truly wonderful parenting moment.

I was able to get in a super quick and sweaty at home workout during nap time, followed by some much-needed stretching.  I don’t know if it was from carrying my dude so far the day before or what, but my back and shoulders were super tight.

I was also excited to finally receive my Fabfitfun box this weekend.  I say finally because I expected it to arrive at the very beginning of the month.  This is the third one I have received and I am really loving all the goodies.  I have discovered some new favorite beauty products from these boxes and it is such a good value (this one is retail value of close to $400)!  I was especially excited about this gym bag.  I love this bag!  Also, my old gym bag was threadbare in spots and the lining was flaking off on things, so it was definitely time for a new one.


If you are interested in trying out Fabfitfun, here is my referral link.  If you use it, you get $10.00 off and I get a credit.  Once you join, you will also have your own referral link to use.  Let me know if you decide to give it a try.

What did you do this weekend?  Do you like lunch/dinner foods for breakfast?  I love all the traditional breakfast foods, but if we go to a Mexican restaurant for breakfast I will almost always order off the lunch menu.

Hope you have a great day!

Yeah for Friday! Favorites from the week

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You guys, we made it to Friday!!!!! How are you today? Did you have a good week?  It’s been high and lows over here. My little guy is feeling better (thank you for your well wishes), but we are all a bit worn out and ready for the weekend.

It has also been a reflective week for me.  I have been sticking to my goal of meditating 5 minutes a day, which I have been enjoying.  I have also been trying to be more mindful and in tune with what my body is telling me.  This week that has meant resting a bit more than usual and enjoying some gentle yoga.  Aside from teaching my class, I did get in a couple shorter cardio sessions as well, and one sweaty Orangetheory last night.  Which definitely helped me de-stress a bit.

Now, on to some favorites for the week!  This week I have been enjoying some Blue Apron meals.  With all the chaos between weird schedules and babies getting sick this week, it was nice to have everything for dinner all ready to go.  The salmon with udon noodles was my favorite of the three.

I also was able to enjoy lunch with an old friend this weekend.  I hadn’t seen her in a while and it was nice to catch up.  We went to Corner Bakery, which I always love.  I got my usual salad but went with soup instead of a sandwich this time.  It was pretty good, but I think I prefer the sandwiches I’ve tried.  The salad was as delicious as ever.


My mom also gifted me these awesome wine glasses this week.  I am totally enamored with them and am loving my growing Dia de los Muertos collection.

I was also pretty excited about getting a new bag of Vega for pretty much free!  I had shared my Amazon Nutrition & Wellness Sample Box I ordered a few weeks ago and bought this with the credit from that sample box.

Around the internets, I really enjoyed Maureen’s library post.  It really drove home to me how cost saving the library can be.  I frequent my community library, and will definitely continue to do so.

I shared this Mommy Owl meme on Instagram earlier this week, but it is still cracking me up.  So, so relatable.

This weekend I am looking forward to a special momma-son outing with my dude.  We are going to see The Little Mermaid musical.  I am SO excited, I was a huge Little Mermaid fan when I was little.  I think the hubs and I are also going to try to squeeze in a little day date, which will be nice.

Now your turn.  What is one of your favorites from the week?  Any plans for the weekend?

Hope you have a great weekend!

A long Wednesday + Lightened up Ranger Cookies

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Hey, friends! Happy Friday eve! How’s your week going?  Mine was chugging right along until yesterday.  Wednesday was a bit of a day!  Now in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t really anything all that bad, and there are lots of really big things happening right now, so I hate to sound whiny.  But it was a bit of a rough one yesterday.  Work was super busy, and right as it was wrapping up for the day I got a call that my dude had a high fever. So we then spent the afternoon in the doctor’s office.  Just me, a sick dude and an into everything little miss.  It looks like the little guy just has another cold, so fingers crossed he is feeling better asap and the babies get a break from the bugs for a while.

I made the original version of these ranger cookies for my little guy the last time he was sick.  The originals are delicious (recipe here) and I would highly recommend them.  It is an old Better Homes and Garden recipe.  While delicious, they are pretty full of butter and sugar, which is fine, but we ate them much quicker than I like to admit.  Given how quickly we blew through them, I wanted to come up with a lighter version.  I subbed out butter/oil for unsweetened applesauce and cut the sugar in half.  This resulted in a softer cookie.  But still, with all the delicious flavors we loved from the original recipe.

Lightened up Ranger Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Directions: Preheat oven to 375.  Lightly spray baking pan.  Add all ingredients in a bowl except oats, coconut, and dried cranberries.  Mix until well incorporated.  Once well mixed add in remaining ingredients (oats, coconut, and cranberries) and gently fold in.  Place scoops of dough on the baking pan, allowing about two inches of space between each cookie.  Back for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.

Question:  What is your favorite cookie?  Do you prefer crispy or soft?  I love chocolate chip with pecans, and like my cookies with crispy edges and a soft center.

Hope you have a great day!

Tips for the time challenged – Eating more veggies 

Happy Wednesday friends!  How is your week going?  I feel like this week has just been flying by in comparison to last week.  It is funny how a short week can drag like that and a normal week can zip on by.

Today I thought I would share some of the techniques I use to get in more veggies.  I don’t generally have a problem eating my vegetables, but I sometimes (usually) am short on time to do lots of preparing or to make more intricate recipes.  Today’s post includes ideas related to preparation and shopping, as well as little adds to meals.  The focus is really on how to get extra veggies in with minimal time or effort.

Prep in advance, or buy prepared.  If I have the time, I greatly prefer to buy whole veggies and cut them up for the week on Sunday while I am cooking dinner (multitasking for the win!).  I think they taste better and it’s usually cheaper to buy whole produce than pre-cut.  That being said, I love baby carrots and pre-cut veggies when I am in a rush.  I am also a huge fan of coleslaw or broccoli slaw mixes to use in quick dishes like my Weeknight Egg Roll in a Bowl.  I also like to buy salad stuff each week and depending on time will prepare salad mix in advance, or buy bagged salad mix.


Frozen is your friend.  I love frozen veggies!  I pretty much always have frozen riced cauliflower on hand.  The whole family loves cauliflower fried rice, and I will sometimes just throw a handful of it in a smoothie.  It adds a nice creaminess but is less sweet than a banana, so I find it balances sweeter protein powders nicely.

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Go vegetarian from time to time.  I am not a vegetarian, but I do try to plan at least a couple of vegetarian dinners each week.  I find that I will add more veggies to my dish if there is no meat, even if it’s not a typically veggie heavy meal (like pasta, for example). Speaking of pasta, there are plenty of veggie filled ravioli out there (spinach and cheese, butternut squash, etc).  Ravioli are a favorite weeknight meal around here.  They are almost no prep and come together in less than 15 minutes.  Our favorites are spinach and cheese with marinara, or butternut squash ravioli (available in the fall and winter – Costco carries a delicious one) with a little olive oil and Italian seasoning.  I will usually throw some spinach or zucchini in as well to up the vegetable content of the meal.

Add to smoothies and sauces. Fresh or frozen, it is easy to add veggies to smoothies and sauces.  I pretty much always add a handful of frozen spinach or riced cauliflower when I am making smoothies.  I also love throwing a handful of greens into pasta sauces. Frozen works great, but I also find this to be a great way to use up that last handful of fresh spinach or kale sitting in the fridge.  If you happen to have some shredded carrot or zucchini lying around, it can be easily added to sauces as well.

Add a handful of salad to pretty much anything. Now you can have an actual salad, either as a meal or side.  Which is always a quick and easy meal choice.  But, I have also found that a handful of green goes great with lots of things not really salad related.  I love throwing a handful of salad greens on my enchiladas or casseroles.  Try it, it’s delicious.

Make extra when you have time. When you do have the time to cook, make some veggie heavy dishes that are freezer friendly, so you have them when you are on a time crunch.  I love veggie heavy frittatas so when I have time to make one, I always make two, so I have one to pull out of the freezer later.

Are you pretty good about getting your veggies in?  Any tips or super quick veggie recipes?

Hope you have a great day!