Because we can always use some good music.

First off, thank you all SO much for your support on my last post. Every comment I received seriously made my day. I can’t even begin to say how much you all mean to me. You are amazing!

I have been finding downloading a bunch of new songs lately and I figured, Hey! Want not share it with some of my fav peeps (you all)!

Oh, Tonight by: Josh Abbott Band

Touch by: Josh Abbott Band

Little Miss by: Sugarland

Kiss Me in the Dark by: Randy Rogers Band

Love in a College Town

Crazy One More Time by: Kip Moore

Every Time I Hear Your Name by: Keith Anderson

Goodbyes Made You Mine by: JT Hodges

Get Your Shine On by: Florida Georgia Line

You Promised by: Brantley Gilbert

Fall Into Me by: Brantley Gilbert

Come Over by: Kenny Chesney

8 Second Ride by: Jake Owen

What’s your favorite songs at the moment? 

Well, I did it…

I’ve talked about fear foods before, and most all of them contain fats. Avocados, nuts, nut butters, coconut, oil, butter, ice cream, cheese, etc.

-Avocados (Eaten on a daily basis)
-Nuts (I flippin’ love me a handful of walnuts)
-Nut Butters (Peanut butter=my life)
-Coconut (Love adding this to fro yo)
-Oil (Always roast my veggies with it)

Now onto the last three: butter, ice cream, and cheese. All dairy products with fat. They scare the s*#@ out of me, to be quite honest. But I did something I never thought I would do…I ate those foods.

Butter
We went to dinner at Whole Foods one night and of course, we did some shopping afterwards. I usually buy Earth Balance coconut spread for my butter but then I saw this Organic Valley butter. My eyes drifted to the bakery case and I saw a cranberry pecan roll. The butter went into my cart, followed by the roll. Later on, I ate that roll AND the butter. And let me tell you something, it was delicious. Delicious, as in, butter is too good not to pass up on a freshly baked roll. Delicious, as in, butter isn’t gonna kill me so bring it on.

Ice Cream
Three Twins Ice Cream was on sale at Whole Foods so my mom got the Mint Confetti flavor. When we got home, I tried a spoonful and man oh man. It was awesome. So I grabbed a bowl, and said, “Eff you ED.” Ice cream will be back, for sure.

Cheese
Ususally, when I make my egg scrambles, I add avocado for some sort of fat. But when I made it the other day, I realized part way through that there was no avocados left (which should be a crime). So I went with another plan in order to get some sort of fat: string cheese. I cut it up and added it to the scramble so it got all melty. Tasted uhhhmazing.

I don’t even know what to say to all this. To be honest, I’m speechless. If you would have asked me a year ago, heck a couple months ago, if I would eat these foods, the answer would one big NO. But everything in my life at this point is going really well. I’m happy. I didn’t feel the need to throw up or exercise those foods that I ate and that’s saying a lot for how far I’ve come.

Am I scared for the future? Heck yes I am. I have no idea what Texas holds for me. I am going into the new school year a much different person than last year. I’m more aware of who I am as a person. I don’t feel the need to make anybody happy, but myself. And looking back, I couldn’t have said that a couple of months ago. I don’t care how many roadblocks I have to run into in order to reach that happiness, but I will do it. Some day, some how. But for now, I’m good with where I’m at.

it’s WIAW ya’ll

Guess what! I haven’t had work these past 3 days. I guess I should be a bit mad because I’m missing out on making money. But not gonna lie, it feels nice to relax! So this week’s WIAW is from home :)

I woke up this morning and headed straight to the gym. I basically wanted to get there before all the high schoolers/hooligans woke up. And it was perfect because I was surrounded by lots of retired people. My crew right there. I did some back/bicep work then headed to the stairs outside for some cardio. Well part way through the stairs I felt  shin splints coming on so I called it a day. This followed up…

Breakfast
Protein pancakes with greek yogurt, chia seeds, blueberries, and strawberries

Lunch

Salad with tomatoes, avocado, and sesame ginger vinagrette, toasted Ezekial wrap dipped in avocado, and a peach

I had some glorious summer work to do so I spent a lot of the day at the kitchen table on Pinterest doing homework. The Abnormal Psych class isn’t bad but oh my goodness. I can’t stand the English class. English has always been my least favorite subject and it will forever be like that.

Snack

Protein shake: coffee, ice, almond milk, and chocolate Vega

It was good at first. But then it tasted like grass. Blah. So I only drank half.

Snack (let’s try this again)

Peach and walnuts. Much better :)

Dinner

Use your imagination for this one: chicken, roasted carrots, and quinoa salad.

Now for some exciting news….

 I’m going to a Toby Keith/Brantley Gilbery concert! I’m beyond stoked. It’s gonna be my last hurrah before heading off to Texas :)

Okay now onto some pins as of recently. I’m feeling a good laugh, what about you?

And on that note, I’m off to the beach!

What’s you favorite and least favorite subject?
Do you try and get to the gym before all the youngsters get there?
Who’s your favorite country artist?  

seven things sunday…errr monday?

1. I am working on doing an unassisted pull up still. So yesterday at the park, I did some negative pull ups. Holy cow. Those bad boys made me sore! I definitely recommend doing them. Fo sho.

2. I had pancakes for dinner tonight. Man, I love pancakes. I was at one of my favorite places and haven’t had pancakes in like a week…soooo it was just bound to happen. I ordered the whole wheat, already pushing my ED. A couple of minutes later, the waiter came back and told me there wasn’t any whole wheat pancake batter left. So without second guessing myself, I ordered the normal banana walnut pancakes. They were freakin delicious.

3. I’m currently watching 21 Jump Street and oh my lanta it’s funny. I’m only about 20 minutes in and I can’t stop cracking up. Go watch it! Now.

4. Speaking of funny schtuff, watch this video! Love. Love. Love. It’s called I’m Farming and I Grow It. When can I move to Kansas? My favorite part was probably “Water water water water water yeah!”

5. I sort of, kind of, not really but really maybe do have a boyfriend. Okay let me explain. Ever since we met, we’ve been hanging out a lot. He wants to be in a relationship but I’m a bit hesitant because a) I’m leaving for Texas in a month and b) he’s being deployed in September. Oh yeah, did I mention he’s a marine? Yeah. He’s a marine. So we’re going two separate ways, literally. Only time will tell.

6. I went shopping the other day and didn’t feel like poking my eyes out. I’ll post pictures of the clothes later this week but I hit the jackpot! Okay maybe not. But I haven’t gone shopping in a long time so it was nice to get some new clothes.

7. Back to 21 Jump Street. I kind of have a thing for James Franco. He is…how do I put this…very good looking. Well apparently the Franco family is one good looking family. Meet Dave. You’re welcome.

Have you seen 21 Jump Street?
Or have you seen any good movies lately? 
Have you been shopping lately? Did you get anything good??

another one of those “compliments”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Unless somebody truly need to lose weight, I hate comments regarding one’s weight! First off, check out my first post about it here. Did you read it? Okay good. Now I’ll move on.

I was at work the other day talking to one of my coworkers. We were talking about being sore and he asked, “What did you do?” So I said, “I went to the gym yesterday and did some chest and tricep work and now I feel it.” His response: “Yeah, you look smaller.”

Ummm…what? I look smaller? So was I big before? Did I need to lose weight? Oh gosh, that means I was fat before. Clearly I need to go to the gym more. Those were all the ED thoughts that raced through my head.

But after those thoughts went through my mind, I was able to think rationally. It was a guy I was talking to. They have no idea what they are saying 95% of the time. I am happy with where I am, no matter what size. I don’t feel like I have lost weight. I don’t feel like I have gained weight. I feel happy.

During the ED: I would have taken that compliment and been on cloud 9. Then I would set out on a mission to become even “smaller.”

Now: I thought about what my coworker said for less than a minute, then I moved on. A size doesn’t define me. What defines me is who I am as a person and how I act. And you know what? I think I act as a pretty darn good person.

Have you ever received a compliment like that before?
How did you respond? 

Amurica’s WIAW

Happy 4th of July to all U.S. residents out there! If you’re not from the U.S. of A, then happy WIAW. Both are good days nonetheless. My plans for this fabulous holiday? Well I worked this morning and now I plan on spending the night at home with the family. I know, I know. Party animal right here!

Let’s start with the fun, shall we?

I’ve been hitting up the pool. This was last week because weather here lately has been gloomy. What’s up with that??

I bought “Fifty Shades of Grey” the other day. I’m only one chapter in and so far it’s PG rated. That probably won’t last long though.

Pretty Little Liars wasn’t on last night…this is not fun. Like at all. I just felt like it needed to be brought to people’s attention.

Speaking of fun, I am SO doing this…

Now onto the fitness!

I’ve actually been running lately! Running has taken a serious back seat in my life because I really wasn’t having fun with it anymore. But I’ve run these past couple of days. Small distances, but runs nonetheless.

Then I went to the gym yesterday to do some tricep/chest work after not lifting for about a week. Oye. Now I’m sore.

Onto the main attraction, food!

Steamed broccoli, tempeh meatballs, tomato sauce, and nooch

My favorite breakfast at the moment: any veggie I can find in the fridge, egg whites, avocado, and sriracha

Who needs oats in a jar when you have a parfait in a jar? PIAJ. It has a nice ring to it. Greek yogurt, a peach, and some justin’s honey pb

Best. Sandwich. Ever. From Whole Foods (obvi). Daiya cheese, chicken, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrots, onion, avocado, on a whole wheat roll.

Oh look! More of my favorite breakfast.

Free caesar salad at work. One of the perks of making friends with the cooks.

Overly priced iced tea at the mall: chai peach.

Breakfast for momma’s birthday! Please tell me you’ve been to Original Pancake house. Not IHOP. Don’t even compare the two. It’s one of my all time favorite places, for sure. I got the two by four: 2 eggs and pancakes. Poached eggs and pumpkin pancakes to be exact. Because, you know, nothing screams summer like pumpkin.

Eating a bell pepper like a boss.

Now I shall leave you with my favorite song at the moment: Saving Amy by Brantley Gilbert. It’s super sad but I can’t stop listening to it. What is wrong with me?! Oh yeah…a lot.

What are/were your plans for the fourth of July?
Have you read “Fifty Shades of Grey?” Thoughts?

What’s your favorite song at the moment? Bonus points if it’s country. 

let’s boogie on down

Life is still going by a thousand miles a minute. I have been picking up a lot of hours at work but I am still loving it. Add online classes to that and bam! I’m a busy girl. But back to work. The chef has a cookbook and you best believe I bought it. I’ve talked about boogie bars before and my love for them. Man, they’re flippin’ delicious. It’s banana bread with chocolate chips, almonds, and coconuts. Basically like all of my favorite things in one. So when I got the cookbook, I made sure to make the boogie bar recipe ASAP. And they did not disapoint!

Boogie Bars (adapted from the Native Foods Cookbook)
Makes 8 bars

Ingredients:
-1c whole wheat flour
-1/2c rolled oats
-1/2Tbsp baking powder
-1/4tsp salt
-1/2c sliced almonds
-1/4c shredded coconut
-1/4c chocolate chips
-1c maple syrup
-3oz silken tofu (or 3 oz firm tofu blended with a splash of almond milk)
-1/2 ripe banana (or frozen banana)
-1/4c canola oil
-1/2Tbsp vanilla
-sliced almonds for the top

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and coat a loaf pan or 8×8 inch pan with oil.
2. Mix the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, almonds, coconut, and chocolate chips together in a medium bowl.
3. In a food processor or magic bullet, puree the maple syrup, tofu, banana, oil, and vanilla.
4. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix.
5. Pour the batter into the pan and top with sliced almonds.
6. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

I can’t get enough of these bars! I love them. Now I’m off to watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians and stuff my face with boogie bars. That’s right, be jealous.