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Oats, Monsters, and MusKle Burnin’

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Can  you believe how quickly this week has flown by???

Today I started the day with these creamy babies!

apple oatmeal

Cinnamon Apple Oats

  • 1 apple sliced and cubed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 Tbsp organic PB
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • handful of raisins

Stir ingredients together.  Heat in microwave for 3 minutes.  Stir and Enjoy!

I’ve been loving breakfast cakes so much lately that I’ve forgotten how delicious and filling real oats can be.  I think I’ll have some more tomorrow 🙂

I also made a Green Monster


I drank the serving shown here with breakfast, and saved the rest for an afternoon snack.  These shakes give me so much energy in the morning.  I wanted to see if they could give me the same boost in the afternoon when I hit a major energy lull. 

And guess what?  It worked!  I didn’t come home from work ravenous and ready to eat through the entire kitchen.

One downside was that I had to store it in the mini-fridge in the classroom.  It semi-melted, and the banana seemed to get sweeter throughout the day.  Next time I  may reduce the amount of banana I use.  I also received some very odd looks from my students and colleagues.  “What is that?!?!!?”  they wanted to know!  I think the color just takes some getting used to. 

After some tutoring fun at the library, I raced home to get started with my P90X adventure!

After watching the “How to Bring It” introduction video, I discovered there was a P90X Lean Phase I could follow.  This plan uses the same videos, but the sequence of videos include more cardio and muscle toning, rather than muscle building.  Perfect!

Today I did the Core Synergistics Video.  It was a killer workout!  It wasn’t so hard that I couldn’t do it, and I definitely felt a burn.  According to my heart rate monitor, I burned over 1,000 calories!  I’m not sure how accurate that is, but hey, even if it was 700-800 calories, I’m happy!

I’m super stoked to follow this plan.  I’ve never really followed a workout “plan.”  I usually do cardio and strength training 3-7 days a week, but there is no true rhyme or reason to what I do other than to stay in shape.  I’m hoping that this plan will help me reach a new level of fit!

I’m starting to sound like a P90X commercial, huh?  Well, I’m not.  And I’m not going to bore you with incessant chatter every day about the workouts. 

However, I do think it’s important to try new things to keep you excited about working out, and to keep your workouts interesting.  I also think it is important to try new exercises that take you out of your comfort zone.  Tons of push-ups and pull ups for an hour at a time definitely take me out of my comfort zone, but it’s exciting to see if I can do it!  I’m also excited to see the results of this hard work!

I have a challenge for you!

Try something this week that takes you out of your comfort zone.  That may be going for a long walk through the neighborhood, or running a distance you’ve never reached before.  Maybe it is taking a yoga class at the gym, or lifting free weights on the “men’s” side of the gym.  Whatever it is, try it out, and see how it makes you feel.

You may find that it was exactly what you needed to get you pumped about working out again!  I know you will be surprised by what your body is capable of doing!

What will you try?

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." – Sir Winston Churchill


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Not Your Normal Arts and Crafts

Today I did something I have NEVER done before in my entire life.  (Well, not that I remember anyway.  I may have done this as a very small child.)

For the fifth official snow day of 2010, I had an Arts and Crafts Day (Source)

No, not the type with cotton balls, popsicle sticks, and fuzzy balls.  (Although, that may have been just as fun!)


I did…. 

wait for it…



Over the past two years, my sister-in-law and mother-in-law have given me various scrapbooking supplies. 

I have a nifty bag,DSC01140

 cool pens,DSC01142

super sharp scissors,  DSC01143





a photo cutter,            DSC01141


stickers, and more!  DSC01144

I even have a cool computer program that allows you to play with cool fonts for journaling and labels.

However, (confession time!) I have only scrapbooked onceEmbarrassed  I did three mediocre pages masterpieces, and messed up one (I glued it on the wrong side of the paper, so now it faces in the wrong direction). 

I have a fear of not being good enough. 

I have seen some pretty awesome scrapbooks in my life.  My sister-in-law, for one, does an AMAZING job!  She meticulously crafts the perfect pages to capture memories of everything from napping with dogs to weddings.  My friend, Ashley, creates true masterpieces full of color and energy.  And my mom’s friend, Dawn, well she could put us all to shame. 

On occasion,  I’ve pulled out the supplies and played around with pages, but I was afraid to make anything permanent.  My pages couldn’t possibly turn out well, and what if I cut the picture and totally messed it up, losing a piece of the memory it captured. 

Today I decided to push away all of that fear and anxiety, and JUST DO IT!

And you know what?  It was fun.  It was relaxing.  And it was exhilarating! 

For two complete hours today I was totally focused.  I was quiet.  And I had no emphatic thoughts racing through my mind.  My mind was simply calm.

On her post today, Caitlin, of Healthy Tipping Point, posted a Reader’s Question.  This reader was feeling  insecure about trying new activities at the gym, and wanted to know how Caitlin managed to keep a positive attitude as she was learning to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. 

When I read this post I related it to the way I used to feel (and occasionally still do) when lifting weights alone at the gym.  It took me a while to learn that everyone was not looking at me, and that they were not judging me.  The more I lifted on my own, the better I got, and the more confident I felt.

While reading this post did not cause me to pull out my scrapbooking supplies and get crafting (I randomly did this on my own), I can now reflect on how these two scenarios are remarkably relevant. 

I was afraid to scrapbook because I was afraid that people would look at what I had done and judge me.  Just as I was afraid, at first, to share this blog with friends, family, and the public. 

However, how can we ever get better at something, or become confident with our abilities, if we do not step out of comfort zone and give it a try.

My scrapbook pages today weren’t perfect.  I’m sure there are a ka-zillion and one ways I could have made the pages more colorful and creative.  But they are a true reflection of my own style, and of my own capabilities at this time.  It may take weeks, months, or even years for me to feel confident as a true “scrapbooker.”  But hey, I’m still in the learning process! 

Is there something you have been wanting to try, but are worried about stepping out of your comfort zone?

This revelation leads very well into the topic for my next post.  Check back later for more!

And just to get you thinking, here’s a thought to ponder:



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