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Sweat, Soccer and Nostalgia

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This was me yesterday. 😉

Well,  not really, but sort of.  I took a LesMills BodyCombat class at the gym and it kicked my butt!

The whole class lasted 53 minutes and the entire time my lungs were screaming, my muscles were burning, and I had such a good time!

My heart rate monitor said I burned 946 calories, which I think is an over estimation, but only by about 100-200 calories.  The instructor said that she burned 750 calories, and she was an itty bitty thing.  It wouldn’t surprise me if I actually burned close to 800 calories! 

Last summer I took 2 BodyCombat classes a week and it helped me to get in amazing shape.  Once school started, it became more difficult to attend the scheduled times, so I kind of gave up going.  I’m thinking that after the endorphin high of yesterday’s class I will once again try and go at least once or twice a week for a  high energy, high paced class.

After BodyCombat I watched the USA –vs- Ghana World Cup game.

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It made me miss soccer terribly.  I haven’t played since I broke my sesamoid in a game last spring.  My foot really hasn’t been the same since.  I am able to run and take kickboxing classes and the like, but I think actually kicking a ball would be rather difficult.  Not only would it be a little painful, but I think I would be a little afraid every time I went for the ball!

However, the desire is so strong I may have to buy a ball and try kicking it around to see how it goes.  Who knows, maybe I could play Fall Ball with a little practice.

After the horribly disappointing game, Larry came home from bringing home the bacon, and we headed to West Point, VA for a couples shower in honor of our friends Beau and Gen who are getting married next weekend!

It was a summer soirée complete with a crab feast

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and a meticulously crafted sea turtle cake.

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Isn’t this cake amazing!!!!  The party host humbly made this cake the night before in the comfort of her kitchen!!!   

No one wanted to cut into this masterpiece, but eventually someone couldn’t resist the temptation of a delicious dessert and grabbed a piece.

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The crab feast portion of this party was the biggest temptation for me since giving up meat.

Growing up, my Pop-Pop would hold crab feasts at his house a few times each summer.  He would go into DC to get a few bushels.  Then my brothers and I would watch with our mouths watering as he pulled each crab out, threw them into a pot of boiling water, and cooked them to perfection.

We would spend hours picking crabs and running around the yard in our bare feet with Patsy Cline and Hank Sr. records playing in the background.

As much as I wanted to sit down and start crab picking last night, I just couldn’t do it.  It was an incredibly nostalgic moment for me, but I stuck with the meat free fare instead and I am rather proud of myself for it! 🙂

Today will be a pretty laid back Sunday.  Larry and I are planning on going to the gym for a quick lift followed by a little pool time.  I can’t wait to spend a few hours reading my new book.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  Stay cool!!!

~Jen

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A Lazy Sunday

Remember those old college Sundays, when after a weekend full of parties and fun, you lounged around in your PJs all day watching chick flicks, eating Pizza Hut single pan pizzas, and guzzling any non-alcoholic beverages you could get your hands on for hydration???

Well, those lazy Sundays have long been a thing of the past for me.  That is until today minus the personal pan pizza 🙂

Today I have lounged around watching Time Traveler’s Wife, working out, and reading.  It has been so wonderful.  I really needed a day to just rest and relax without any outings or long to-do lists.  It’s been way too long

Here’s a great post about the importance of giving yourself one day of rest

Larry and I woke up pretty early considering we had a late night last night.  And by late, I mean just a little past midnight.  We’re getting old 😉

I don’t have many pictures from last night, because I forgot to take some!!!!  I got the camera out and then laid it down and never picked it back up :(  I did get some pics of the food table and some cheesy Dollar Tree decorations.

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Did you spot the Gone in 60 Seconds Punch in the background????

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I did not even manage to get a picture of the bride and groom :(  Guess I’ll just have to throw them another party, so I can take some pictures!

Today I skipped breakfast (oops!) and ate an early lunch…  party leftovers.

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Reheated vegetarian baked beans, a MorningStar Spicy Black Bean Burger topped with tomato and avocado slices, and some pasta salad. 

I then did 3 circuits of the Yvonne Strahovski workout from Shape Magazine.  It took me exactly an hour to do the strength moves with five minutes of cardio between.  For cardio, I did 1 minute of running in place, 1 minute of jumping jacks, 1 minute of high knees, 1 minute of jab, cross, hook, uppercuts, and 1 minute of front and side kicks.  I really love this workout.  It works your whole body and you work up a sweat without having to run in place on a treadmill.  Oh, and you can watch TV while you do it, so time really flies!!!  🙂

Tonight for dinner, Larry and I are making a Martin’s run to the salad bar.  We both feel that we may have overindulged a little too much last night 🙂

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you feel rested and rejuvenated for the week ahead. 

~Jen

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Breakfast of Champions

Hello!  Happy Saturday! 

I hope you had a wonderful Friday night, and that you’ve taken some time to rest, relax and rejuvenate on this lovely Saturday.

This morning I woke up and watched Thursday’s Season Finale of Grey’s Anatomy.  It was crazy intense!  Anyone else catch it??? 

After a gripping two hours, I was in the mood for some breakfast.  But I wasn’t in the mood for eggs, or cereal, or oatmeal.  I wanted something filling, but light. 

I did a little food blogging research and decided on Protein Pancakes. 

I modified The Fitnessista’s recipe for Perfect Protein Pancakes.  And because I’ve decided to cut back on my dairy consumption, I decided to replace an egg white with Angela’s Vegan Egg White

Ingredients:

-1/2 scoop protein

-1 chia seed vegan egg white

-1/4 C almond milk

-2 T whole wheat flour

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp vanilla

-1/2 tsp packed brown sugar

This breakfast was super easy and quick.

First, I made the “egg white.”  I was a little skeptical, but I must say this is ah-mazing! 

I took 1 tsp of chia seeds and soaked them in 1/8 cup of water.  After about 3 minutes, they were seriously the consistency of an egg white!  I couldn’t believe it!

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I mean look at this!  Chia seeds are my new favorite super food.

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I then mixed all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.

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Once the pan was good and hot, I added the batter and did some fancy unpictured flipping 😉

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I topped them with a little Earth Balance, maple syrup, and sliced strawberries.

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Who said the Breakfast of Champions had to be Wheaties???  These kept me full for more than 4 hours today!

Well, I’m off to do Yvonne Strahovski’s workout from Shape magazine and finish getting ready for the party. 

Have a great night!

~Jen

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Shake Your Tail Feather!

Hip, hip hurray for Friday!!!! 

Here’s a sneak peak of tomorrow’s Luau for Beau and Gen’s engagement party.  Te-hehehe! 

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Lucy’s such a good sport!

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Here she is shakin’ her tail feather! 😉

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I just couldn’t resist getting Lucy her very own grass skirt and lei for a buck at the Dollar Tree.  And yes she will be dressed for the festivities tomorrow! 🙂

As a matter of fact, if you are throwing a party any time soon, I highly recommend going to the Dollar Tree!  They have so many cute decorations. 

Where I am going to put all of these decorations when the party is over, I have no idea.

I don’t want to give away all of the surprises for tomorrow, but here’s a little preview:

Super cute wooden signs (Can anyone spot Lucy running away in utter disgust at her wardrobe torture???)

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Festive votive holders

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Totally realistic tiki torches (Larry is also a good sport! ;))

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Vibrant serving bowls and leis

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All from the Dollar Tree.  Who knew!

Tonight I’m doing a little pre-cleaning & food prepping.  Then I plan on catching up on the last few weeks of Grey’s Anatomy.  Sounds like I missed an exciting and excruciatingly unbearable episode last night!

Peace!

~Jen

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Gone in 60 Seconds Punch

Good morning!  Sorry for being MIA the past few days. 

Here’s an itinerary of yesterday’s events:

6:00 AM- Alarm goes off and I roll out of bed grumbling only slightly

7:30 AM- Mama Bush arrives to pick me up

7:35 AM- We load cooler, groceries, and serving platters into car

9:30 AM- We arrive at Staunton Starbucks to meet Beth

10:00 AM- I get fitted for my absolutely beautiful bridesmaid’s dress

11:00 AM- Drive to Beth’s wedding site

11:05 AM- Step out of  car directly into massive cow patty

11:06 AM- Wipe cow poo off shoe and foot with baby wipe

11:10 AM- Stare in awe at the astounding beauty of the wedding site for Beth’s June wedding

12:00 PM- Lunch at the Pampered Palette

1:30 PM- Arrive at Beth’s mom’s house to prepare for Bridal Shower

2:30 PM- Scoop a flaming piece of toast from bottom of oven without getting burnt! 🙂

2:31 PM- Turn around and burn arm on hot pan someone is holding behind me 😉

2:45 PM- Make amazing punch that didn’t last 60 seconds once the party started

3:00-6:00 PM- Bridal Shower

6:00-8:30 Ride home

8:30 PM- Eat inhale egg sandwich

9:00 PM- Fall asleep while watching Episode 1 of Gilmore Girls

Sarah’s Gone in 60 Seconds Party Punch

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This punch is an absolute must have for your next shindig!  I had two cups 🙂

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The blushing bride to be

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The Food

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The desserts

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The presents

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Opening Presents

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Bridesmaids minus one

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Be-u-ti-ful!  🙂

~Jen

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Babies, Onesies, and Diaper Cakes

Yesterday I hosted my first ever baby shower.  I wanted desperately to make it a truly wonderful occasion for the mom-to-be.  She is one of the most thoughtful, caring, and spectacular friends a girl could ever have.  She has put together countless showers, including my own bridal shower, and always does so with such grace and poise. 

Though I may lack her same grace and poise, I think all in all it turned out rather nice.

There was a diaper cake that I can NOT take credit for.  My friend Gen (who is incredibly talented and artistic) put this masterpiece together.

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There was food galore  (This was taken half way through stuffing our bellies full.  Note the homemade hummus in the center! 🙂 ),

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Games,

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How many TP squares around do you think mamma is???  Hint: not very many! 

and plenty of presents for mamma and her soon to be bundle of joy!

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Putting together a shower is a lot of work and takes a lot of time.  Thank goodness Mama Bush and Beth were there to help me!  This experience was amazingly rewarding, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend, and that you found time to enjoy the beautiful weather with your family and loved ones. 🙂

Larry, the dogs, and I spent the entire day together, and it was wonderful! More on that tomorrow after my first ever 9 mile run!!!  This seems to be the week of first evers, huh?  🙂

~Jen

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