Snow Days

THE KIDS ARE BACK TO SCHOOL! Do you know how many SCHOOL days my kids have had this far in 2017? Three. 3. THREE. It is January 18 and they have had three school days.

So, yes, I am very excited and relieved they are back in school today. They were starting to turn on each other. Yesterday was the longest day of all time. Currently the toddler is napping and the house is quiet for another 2 hours. Sweet sweet bliss.

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I got a phone call and email around 4am yesterday that school was cancelled, I was already awake and knew it was going to be a long day, so I decided to just stay awake and get my workout done.

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Step Blast – it was insane, but I also loved it!

Breakfast –

Waffle and peanut butter.

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Lunch –

Chicken (cooked in a Thai peanut sauce), brown rice and grape tomatoes

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Dinner –

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Tostadas with ground turkey, refried beans, cheese, sour cream and GUAC.

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Those single serve guac cups from Costco are my #1 pick at Costco right now. We go through them at an alarming rate and it makes me incredibly happy that the phrase “ ___ is double dipping!!” doesn’t have to be yelled, because everyone gets their own cup!

Strawberry Oats

My day started off with this DVD- I managed to burn just over 500 calories in an hour.

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The kickboxing portion (first 30 minutes) was SO much fun, then it was followed by a leg workout that had me begging for mercy. It legit hurt to walk most of the day yesterday and my inner thighs are still feeling the burn today.

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I have a new love in my life. Strawberry oatmeal, I also add in a little bit of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla…otherwise it is perfect and sweet with the addition of the strawberries.

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I have had this the last 2 days in a row and I don’t see the streak ending any time soon!

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The rest of the afternoon was spent running around trying to find some good after Christmas deals. We all need new Christmas stockings and so far I have managed to find everyone one, but myself. Figures. I’m looking for a specific one and everyone is sold out. Since I only have 1 more to buy, I will go ahead and wait until next year. I can justify full price for 1 vs. 6!

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We ended our night meeting up with some of my family at Red Robin.

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I decided to go with the chicken fajitas which are normally my favorite, but last night they were cold and some of the chicken pieces weren’t even cooked all the way through! After a really long wait, all I wanted to do was go home. Everyone’s else’s food was awesome and I didn’t have to cook, so we’ll call it a 1/2 win. The vegetables were cooked perfectly and not as cold, so I ended up just having veggie fajitas- the other toppings were delicious!

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That guac was awesome!

While it’s been fun having family in from out of town and going out to eat way more often than we typically do, I’m excited to get back on track and eating more at home again! Until then…chicken and vegetables for the win! My blood sugars are really starting to be in the normal region again and eating high carb meals just aren’t worth it…no matter how delicious!

Instant Pot BBQ Pork Tenderloin

After taking off a couple of weeks off from the exercise streak I was on, I knew today had to be the day I got back to it. I told myself “just 5 minutes,” and then 5 minutes came and passed and pretty soon I was 1/2 way through…and dying!

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It was just about 50 minutes of sweaty, heart pounding step aerobics and it left me feeling all sorts of awesome after it was all done!

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Sure sign of a toddler living in the house- finger prints. Everywhere.

Once I dropped off the youngest at school, I made a much needed grocery run.  One of the medications I take kills my appetite. Especially breakfast, I usually have to force myself to eat and this morning was no exception. Larabar to the rescue.

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Pre-lunch snack before meeting the husband and Emma, an apple and some cheese.

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My 3 oldest kids have school this week, but the husband is off of work until January, so we took advantage of just the 3 of us and treated ourselves to lunch. It was getting close to naptime, so we went somewhere close; Qdoba.

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I broke out my new favorite kitchen appliance –the Instant Pot.

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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

*Pork loin

*1 cup of water

* salt, pepper, onion, garlic

* cover in BBQ sauce (we used this one)

Season the pork, pour the water in the bottom of the pressure cooker, cover the pork in BBQ sauce. Then turn it to MANUAL and 90 minutes and then let it work it’s magic.

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This used to take 6+ hours in the slow cooker.

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