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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All I Need Now is Exercise

Every night I tell myself I’m going to wake up early, work out, shower and have it done. And then without a doubt, Emma is up a few times or she’s only up once or twice, but I can’t fall asleep after, so I’m up all night long. I know that if I can make that happen, my days will go a lot smoother, my blood sugars will behave and I won’t be so exhausted. It’s just the making myself do it that I’m having the issue with.

Ah, Yoda…you’re so wise.

{Breakfast} – 2 eggs, they were supposed to be dippy, but if you’ve ever cooked with an 8 month old, you know things don’t always turn out as you planned.

{Lunch}- Romaine lettuce base topped with pea pods, celery, sharp cheddar, tuna and italian dressing.

and a clementine

{Dinner} The rest of the turkey from last night, cheesy potatoes and green beans

And now I’m off to watch some Christmas movies with the family. Have a great night!