Archive for March 4, 2011


Never heard of a haystack? Well, it’s amazing. Not just because it tastes good, but it’s fast and easy to make. Plus, the kids love it and it can be easily customized to please even the pickiest eaters.

Breakfast – Chocolate Shakeology made with 4oz water, 8oz Blue Diamond Original almond milk, a little vanilla extract, some cinnamon and a couple ice cubes

AM Snack – 3 slices turkey bacon, 2 mandarin oranges

Lunch – 2 slices whole grain white bread, 6 extra-thin slices turkey, a little yellow mustard and 4 dill pickle slices (Yes, I know I said I was going to start using the meal planner to change things up, but I actually wrote that the morning after which was the same day I was eating this), 1 small Fuji apple

PM Snack – P90X Wildberry protein bar

Dinner – Haystacks! 1 1/2oz Fritos (you can use something healthier, but it’s not the same), 1c refried beans, 2c shredded iceberg lettuce (same thing as with the Fritos), 1 diced Roma tomato ($2.49/lb!! it’s just wrong), 5 sliced black olives, 2Tbs light sour cream, 2Tbs packaged guacmole (not my first choice by any means, but there were no ripe avocados at the store) 2Tbs salsa, 1oz shredded Mexican cheese blend

There are so many variations on this. Some people like to use chili instead of refried beans. Some people add Spanish rice. I prefer diced avocado when possible, then fresh guacamole, then store-bought as a last resort. I also love diced onions or green onions, but I’m the only one so I didn’t bother. Cilantro is good, too. Don’t like sour cream? My husband likes ranch dressing on his. So many options. You just have to use your imagination.

Dessert – 6oz Yoplait Light Key Lime Pie right after dinner, then later I had 6 mini Peppermint Patties

Total calories – 2191, Protein – 100 grams, Carbs – 305 grams, Fat – 76 grams, Fiber – 42 grams

Protein 17%, Carbs 53%, Fat 30%

Total calories burned – 3419, deficit of 1228 🙂

No, I’m not describing my workout, although it would qualify. I’m talking about a good laugh. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried, people were telling you to breathe and you used ab muscles you forgot were there? If you don’t remember then it’s time to do something about it! I believe we are all capable of experiencing the pure joy that comes from a good laugh. Babies certainly know how to do it. Check out this one. Even if you’ve already seen it, it never gets old. I think it’s one of my favorite videos of all time because it always makes me laugh. Breathe, baby, breathe!

Today, one of my friends joined me for my walk. See? Here’s proof. 🙂

As we walked, we talked and laughed. I think we may have done more laughing than talking which probably made us burn even more calories and there’s nothing wrong with that! Every once in a while I’d remember that I was supposed to be taking pictures.

I love seeing signs that Spring is just around the corner.

I love Spring because it’s like all of nature hits the reset button, just like a good laugh. You know that feeling, when you finally settle down, let out a big sigh and wipe the tears from your eyes, still grinning ear to ear. It’s like a huge weight is lifted and you can keep going, no matter what you’re dealing with. Like you can breathe again.

The best kind of laughter comes from a heart filled with love. Sure, we can laugh at others and it may feel good for a second or two, but deep down we know it’s not right and the joy is tainted. There are plenty of things to find humor in without bringing other people down. Sometimes my kids say the most hilarious things and we all have a good laugh and there’s nothing more freeing than being able to laugh at yourself. Somewhere along the way many of us became reserved, unable to just let loose, but if we can recapture the pure, bold, unashamed joy of a baby who’s delighted by the simplest things each new day will feel like we’ve hit the reset button. As adults living stressful lives, who couldn’t use that?

Instead of focussing on the negatives, I hope today we can look for some joy. And like I said before, we always find what we’re looking for…one way or the other. 😉

I looked at the list before starting this one. One particular move caught my attention…Single-Leg Sumo Squats. I was scared. Turns out I didn’t need to be, but it is the most effective move I’ve ever done for targeting the inner thigh…WOW!

Sumo Squat – 25lbs/8 reps

Single-Arm Row – 25lbs/8 reps

Chest Fly – 17.5lbs/8 reps

Bowler Lunge (single best outer thigh/hip move) – 25lbs/8 reps + 3 extreme

Double-Arm Bent-Over Row – 25lbs/6 reps + 3 extreme

Bench Press – 25lbs/8 reps + 3 extreme

Single-Leg Sumo Squat – 20lbs/8 reps + 3 extreme

Reverse-Grip Bent-Over Row – 20lbs/6 reps + 3 extreme

Long-Arm Pullover (love this one!) – 20lbs/6 reps + 3 extreme

For those not familiar with this program, weight amounts are for each hand with the exception of the long-arm pullover. So for, say, the bench press it’s like doing 50lbs if you were at a gym on a machine or 35lbs for the chest fly. 🙂