The Bachelor is Back

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The makings of one of my favorite breakfasts- peanut buttery banana oats.

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This is turning into the world’s longest Christmas vacation. My kids went to school all the way until December 23rd which means they do not go back until January 9th- seems like it’s years away at this point! Up until today things have been fine, but the boredom is settling in and today was quite possibly the world’s longest day. No one likes my ideas, everyone hates everything and everything is boring. Thankfully we have a birthday party at an indoor trampoline park tomorrow night so we can all get out and let out all of our pent up energy!

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I found this at Costco and figured it would be good for lunches. One of the medications that I take makes me have little to no appetite by lunch time and I was hoping something delicious would help. Ehh, not really. I only managed to eat about 1/4 of this bowl. What I did eat WAS really good, I just don’t eat a lot for lunch anymore.

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I took the oldest to wrestling practice and then it was the sweet, sweet release of toddler naptime. I made the other two go in their rooms for quiet time and I finally got to watch one of my greatest guilty pleasures- The Bachelor! Like a lot of the contestants mentioned, I was not a fan of Nick on the two Bachelorette seasons he was on, but when he was on Bachelor Pad this summer, I saw a different side of him and I’m so excited for this season…and it’s going to be a good one!

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Before dinner, I decided to squeeze in my workout. It was a live workout that was recorded this morning. OMG. I was a sweaty disaster and every muscle was on fire! This workout was called Body Blast Boot Camp- it involved 6 rounds of cardio and then compound weight exercises. I will be doing a post this weekend about cathe.com which is where I do all of my workouts. Seriously, best $20 I spend every month.

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Dinner tonight was my favorite Instant Pot meal – BBQ Pork Tenderloin

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And now my friends it is time for Netflix and my bed. Have a great night!

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!