Pinky Promise!

Here’s the deal: 

Feb Pinky Promise Challenge!

Who is in?

My challenge goals:

1)  do Insanity and/or running 6 days per week
2)  eat a clean diet, avoid refined sugar
3)  read 10 pages personal developement book
4)  listen to 15 mins of personal development audio
5)  post my execise and diet on blog and boards – daily
6)  do something FUN everyday!

Remember, you get to make your rules this time around.  Focus on what YOU need to work on.

get off soda
floss your teeth daily
exercise 5 times per week
eat whole foods
drink your water

Everyone has their own demons to face – let’s beat them, learn new, healthy habits and kick those demons to the curb!

BE BOLD!  BE HAPPY!  BE HEALTHY! -this is my mantra for FEB!

I pinky promise you  that I will stick with my goals for all of Feb!

Change Now, Love Now, Live Now – Kris Carr!

Don’t wait for someone else to tell you what to do or to give you permission.  They won’t!

Smart nutrition, exercise and a positive lifestyle are the keys to health and happiness! Details on the message boards!

Will you pinky promise me?

all my taste is in my mouth

OR SO HE SAYS…….

Brian and I have disagreed in the past and I am usually right 😉

This time around it is over the office re-model.  I am trying to get our office organized.  I want a nice place that I want to work in, feel comfortable in and will make me more productive. I do my best work when in cute, comfy places!!!  So, I got the cabinets hung last weekend while Brian was out of town, the boys were so nice to help me out, and this week I told Brian I wanted bulletin boards put up.  Now, I didn’t want just any old corkboard bulletin board, I wanted something cute and a little nicer than that.  Brian told me he had just the thing left over from our old office.

Ugly blue burlap bulletin board is NOT what I had in mind….
So, off we went to the local hobby store (Hob Lob) to see what we could find.   They only had smaller ones and they were expensive, cute, but expensive.  Not what I was looking for.  So, Brian said why don’t we just cover the “ugly” one with fabric, with a roll of his eyes… he knows that he would HAVE to be involved.
Now, I am NOT a crafty person.  I would love to be a crafty person.  It isn’t in me.  I can’t sew, I can’t knit, I can’t paint, I can’t even put the bedazzler crystals on my own shirts, right…..  It just isn’t there for me as much I wish it was.
So, I thought surely I can cover this board in fabric.  How hard can it be?
We wandered through the store and found the right sized fabric.  I picked out the ones I liked, Brian said he could cut the board in 3 pieces to work like I want. 
Little did I know that I was in the furniture fabric section.  Thank goodness I saved 30%.  This is where Brian told me that we just spent way too much money on a free bulletion board….  AND he told me that all my taste was in my mouth…..  famous last words!
We got to work this morning being crafty…..
The staple gun is a wonderful invention!  Brian is working hard!
Just so you know, I didn’t know I was in the photos until Brian told me on the last one.But how cute is this fabric?

I love this one too!

He finally told me I was IN the photo!  Poser!

I love them all!

Looking good on the wall!

Not too shabby!  I think I have pretty good taste, thank you very much!

Discussion:  Are you a crafty person?  What do you do?

hot date tonight!

I have a hot date tonight!  I can NOT wait!

I’ll be joining my 3 bff’s today:

I’ve already taken advantage of the ibuprofen and the Vitamin D!  But tonight I get to soak in the tub with the epsom salts.

Since I started Insanity this week, my calves are shredded!  It hurts to walk, it hurts to go from sitting to standing, it hurts to squat  AND I have Madelyn today.  However, if I keep moving, I am pretty good!

I also have found that I hurt more the second day the most.  Then the pain begins to subside – YAY!

What are the best ways to deal with sore muscles:

1)  Ice – use ice packs to help with the inflammation

2)  anti-inflammatory meds  – like ibuprofen will also help with the soreness

3)  massage – get a foam roller and go to town.  This helps to release the lactic acid that builds up in the muscles.  It may be a bit painful to start, but it will help!

4)  WATER – flush out the lactic acid build up.  Drink up!

5)  epsom salt baths – soak in the tub (don’t get the water too hot) and just relax.  Make it enjoyable, music, candles or a good book can help!  Sip on your water while you are in the tub!

6)  Stretching – stretching and yoga will help relieve the pain and soreness too!

7)  keep exercising – don’t skip your workouts just because you are sore,  once you get moving, the soreness will get better! You may want to take it a little easier on your body, but keep moving!

8)  therma-care wraps/heat pads – these can be helpful to increase blood flow to the muscles

These are just a few of the things I do to help ease the soreness.  I almost always get sore when starting a new program.  I kinda like it, I know that the workouts are working, but if it is too painful, take it easy for a few days.  You should still be able to function.  So, if it is more than that, please consult your Dr!

I am waiting on a new mircophone for my computer.  I am hoping it will be here today and when I get it, I’ll make a video that shows you how to use a foam roller!  I love mine.  It really helps!

I’ll be enjoying that soak in the tub tonight for sure!

Discussion:  Do you have a good remedy for muscle soreness?

turbofied Fit club!

Fit Club Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the week!  Tonight’s workout is TurboFire!!

LOVE this workout!

TurboFire is the intense new cardio conditioning program from fitness innovator Chalene Johnson. She’ll help you get leaner with exercises that burn up to 9x more fat and calories than regular cardio does. And with more than 20 smoking-hot music remixes, TurboFire will pick you up and push you past your limits.

Chalene’s New to Class option also gives you the breakdown on how to do each move with the right form.

So forget the excuses. Forget the gym. Now the hottest classes in Southern California come to you.

We are going to do Fire 30 and Stretch 10.   Can Not Wait!

Hope to see you there!

CJ Community Center – 7 PM

Oh yeah, by the way, It’s FREE!  Nothing to lose!  Come and have some fun while we get healthy together!

Never use it with BEAR feet!

So many random things to talk about today!

First of all, I got my herstyler and I am loving it.  My hair looks good (straight) and I have decided that I don’t think I’ll be giving up my “day” job to be a hairstylist.  HA!  Meredith and I tried to make the curls like they did, but it didn’t quite work out….  I need a lesson or two.  Lauren says she can help there.  Thank goodness!  I don’t think Meredith will be having me curl her hair again anytime soon.

I did love the instructions:

NEVER use the device with BEAR Feet!  LOVE IT!

Over the weekend, I committed to do a 5K in March.  As long as it isn’t scheduled when we are planning on going on vacay (Savannah GA, Baby!) then I will be running.  I am NOT a runner.  I don’t know what came over me, but I am going to do it!  So, to get in shape for it, I am doing Insanity and running.  I was in the best cardiovascular shape when I did Insanity last time.  Today was Day 2.  I did Plyo Cardio Circuit.  41 mins of pure hell.  But, I did it!  My calves will be screaming tomorrow and Wed.

Insanity is also the #1 rated infomercial.  Remember if you want to purchase it, go through my website, you’ll get a bonus workout you do not get from the infomercial!

I am going to try and follow the meal plan as closely as possible ( avoiding all the meat and dairy and subbing in tofu, beans and eggs, almond milk and daiya).  It’s hard when you don’t eat meat and dairy, but I’m going to do my best.  I’ll be blogging about my experience as much as I can and as much as you guys want to read about it!

Lauren, Kathie (Lauren’s mom) and I went to the bridal show yesterday.  This was my first visit to a bridal show!  I didn’t really know what to expect, we walked around, looked at all the booths and tasted more cupcakes.  I think a decision has been made on the cake!  It will be yummy!

Laren will be a beautiful bride!

Being a bride is tiring……

keep calm and eat a cupcake!

I LOVE this sign!

Lauren invited me to cake taste for the wedding (Yes, Nick and Lauren are getting married in Sept!!).  Of course, I had to go!!!  How could you turn down cake?

Funny, how this post is also about cake after yesterday’s cake disaster post……   Maybe I just have cake on the brain.

The cake was wonderful and the irony of it all is that we all loved the LEMON cake.  It didn’t taste anything like my cake, thank goodness…

She didn’t make a decision YET.  We are going to a bridal show on Sunday to taste even more.  I may have to do an extra workout to make up for all the cake I’ve been eating lately.

Since Brian is out of town hunting, I went out with friends.  I mean, I can’t sit around and cry all day long because he is gone…   I try to keep that to a minimum.

We had a lot of fun:

the girls

Brian wasn’t there, so I did my here we are in Memphis shot with Allen and Danny!



Today I am re-organizing the office and then lunch and a movie with a girlfriend and then home to just chill out.  Wish me luck on the office!

ugliest cake ever????

I tend to think that I am a pretty good cook, baker or whatever you want to call it.  I make it and it usually tastes darned good.

That was NOT the case for Chase’s birthday.  I missed the mark BIG TIME.  Not only was the cake I made, the UGLIEST cake ever (no lie… just wait, you’ll see….), but I didn’t make enough food to feed the starving army.

For the kids’ birthdays, they get to pick whatever they want me to make them for the meal and the cake of their choice.

Chase chose a roast beef ring.  It’s not healthy, but one of his favorites.  I got the roast beef, the croissants, the swiss cheese and the onions.  I put it all together, looked at it and wondered if it would be enough, made another half.  Added a big salad, had to get something healthy in them, It wasn’t enough.  Jake looked at me and told me that was a great appetizer, but where was the rest of it…..  just a reminder of my day all over again….

 For the last few years, each boy has picked a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and cherry pie filling poured over the top.  It’s yummy, easy and I have that one down.

Chase decided to go a different route this time and wanted a lemon cake.  I get online and found a HEALTHIER option and decide to roll with it. I’m feeling so good about it, excited to try a new recipe however….

Something went wrong, VERY WRONG…….

The cakes didn’t rise correctly, they had hard edges, they weighed a TON!  But, Brian tasted it and said it was really yummy.  I went with it…..  BIG MISTAKE.

I made the lemon curd to go between the layers.  It didn’t set up correctly, was a little runny, I put too much on it, it caused the top layer to slide all over the bottom layer, it ran out the sides…..  a TOTAL MESS!

Still I rolled with it, I’m beginning to question my judgment here…

So, I made the frosting.  It tasted good, looked good, no problems here that I can see.  I start putting it on the cake.  UH, Houston….  we have a problem.

The icing wouldn’t go on anywhere the lemon curd was.  I mean really, it was just falling off.  So, I now have a flat cake that weighs 20 lbs, with lemon curd all around the sides and frosting somewhat on top, but not really on the sides.  WHAT THE HECK????

I wasn’t going to take a picture, but decided to at the last minute.  This really doesn’t do it justice 🙂

I bundled up Miss Madelyn and Brian and we took off for the store and a box cake mix.  Oh hell, let’s just get the frosting and the cherry pie filling too.. But, since we are being different, let’s go for a different flavor…..

The funniest part of all is that the cake tasted good. Chase preferred it over the box cake, the other kids did not prefer it… I don’t blame them,  I felt like a rock was sitting in my gut all night long. Another lapse in judgment on my part…..

Happy Birthday Chase, next year I’ll stick with the chocolate cake…..  or maybe I’ll find a HEALTHIER version……

How did I miss getting a photo with Brian P?  We get to do it all again in 10 days…..  We have TOTAL Birthday domination in January!

Another Moritz Birthday!

It’s the 19th, that means it is Chase’s birthday!  I can not believe that he is 26.  I know I just said that about Jake too and I’ll be saying it again in 10 days when it’s Nick’s birthday too! Just be ready for it!

Happy Birthday Chase!!!