Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Energy Bites!

Who doesn't need an extra energy boost once in awhile.   I can't guarantee you that you will get tons of energy from these but they are healthy and delicious.  

What's really scary is all 3 of my kiddos liked them.  Side story: My daughter came home from school the other day with an assignment from her FACS class (Home Economics in my day).  She needed to make a recipe and it required them measuring 5 things.  I have to admit a lot of my cooking/baking is out of a box but not this.  The energy bites have 7 ingredients to measure, this is what she made, she did a great job!

I got this recipe from a cousin of mine about a year ago and finally decided to make them.  Quick and simple to make.  

Energy Bites recipe:

Ingredients ~

1 C Oatmeal
1/2 C Peanut Butter or any other nut butter
1/3 C Honey
1 C Coconut (toasted optional)
1/2 C Ground Flax seed
1 Scoop Protein Powder (I used 1/2 C)
1 tsp vanilla

Directions ~

Toast coconut nut if desired.  Then combine all ingredients in mixing bowl, mix with spoon, roll into bite size balls, chill and eat!

Make sure you don't burn your coconut.
This batch went in the trash, Oops!

Energy Bites!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Workout time - 10/6 - 10/12

If your wondering how to do any of the things mentioned in my workouts, click here to go to the post that has all the examples of how to do each exercise.   They are YouTube and other website videos I have found online to help each other out in learning how to do different exercises. 

Keep this in mind

Don't wait until tomorrow, exercise today.
Get Up & Move!

Monday, 10/6 -

Run/walk (outside) - used runkeeper and took the dog with me. Well I always take the dog with me when I run outside.  
1.64 miles, 19:11 minutes, 11:43 average pace & 145 calories burned!

Tuesday, 10/7 -

Work meeting this morning - 15 minutes late for class but still went and got in 45 minutes of it.
Group Power class at the gym!
Bike (outside) - used runkeeper to get my stats 5.24 miles, 26:42 minutes, 139 calories burned!
Run/Walk (outside) - used runkeeper again, 2.57 miles, 30:01, 11:25 average pace & 209 calories burned!

Wednesday, 10/8 -

Took the day off - no workout today, recoup from the power class!

Thursday, 10/9 -

Woke up to a rainy day, so I went straight to the gym after taking my son to school.  Here's what happened in 1 hour:

Stationary bike - 32 minutes, random - level #7, 8.07 miles & 234 calories burned!
Biceps - 30lbs 3x15
Push-ups (on toes) - 3x6
Triceps (on bench) - 3x15
Overhead press - 20 lb bar, 3x15
Drag - 20 lb bar, 3x15
Squats with weights - 15, 20 & 25 lb weight 1x15 ea
  Hammer strength knee-ups 2x15 & 1 x20 = 50
  Crunches - 1x25
  Bicycle  - 1x25
  Russian twist - 1x 25
  Full abs - 1x25
Plank - 1 minute on hands (not arms) and toes
Stretch machine - THE END!

Friday, 10/10-

Took the day off - no workout today, recovery day!

Saturday, 10/11 - 

Oops, no workout again!  Try to make sure you don't take more than two days off in a row.  Get yourself moving and workout.  

Sunday, 10/12 - 

Stationary Bike - 30 minutes, 7 miles, level 7 random, 234 calories burned!

Row machine - 3x
1st - 2:08 minutes, 500 meters & 28 calories burned!
2nd - 2:15 minutes, 500 meters & 28 calories burned!
3rd - 2:30 minutes, 500 meters & 28 calories burned!

Side steps off of bench ~ 15 - 2x
Step off off of block ~ 20 - 3x

Kettleball squats - 3x15

Abs: 1 x 25 of ea
Reverse Crunch
Russian twist
100 total ABS

4 days of working out this week, not bad.  Another week finished!  


Types of Exercises & how to do them!

Here are the links, to all the different exercises that I have listed in my posts.  This way if I have a link in one but not another you can find them all here.  Happy exercising!  


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Trainer Stand - You attach an outdoor bike to it so you can ride indoors!  Great for cold weather.

Biking (Outside)
Biking (Inside with a trainer stand)
Stationary Bike


Arms -
  Bicep curls
  Tricep dips (on bench)

Legs -



Leg Raises
Reverse crunch
Sit-ups vs. crunches
Full sit-ups
Russian twist
Hammer Strength - Knee-ups OR hanging knee raises & side to side knee raises)
Plank    Side Plank     Plank Twist
All different AB exercises (leg raises, bicycle, reverse curl, Russian twist  planks)


Body Training System Group Power

This page is a work in progress, please let me know if I'm missing something.  Will be adding to it as need be.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Last weeks workouts 9/29 - 10/5

   Monday, 9/29 -
Treadmill 5-random 13:36 1 mile 84
Stationary Bike 5-random 16:00 4.03 miles 100

Mountain climbers -  3x15
Kettleball squats - 3x15 (7 lb. kettleball)
  Crunches - 1x25
  Bicycle - 1x25
  Crunches - 1x25
  Russian twist - 1x25
  TOTAL ABS = 100

Stretch on stretch machine                    

Tuesday, 9/30 -

Warm up on the treadmill - 12 minutes, 1 miles ??? calories burned! (Can't find my stats but I know I did this before the class.)  I really don't need to warm up before this class but after I drop my son off at school I always get to the gym and have time to burn so I get some extra workout in.  

Group Power class at the gym!

Wednesday, 10/1 -

Took the day off - no workout today, recoup from the power class!

Thursday, 10/2 -

1ST REP 2:27     501      27
2ND REP 2:30     508      28
3RD REP 2:28     506      27

Stationary Bike - 3 miles, 12 minutes & 82 calories burned!
Step ups - 3 x 20
Fly machine - 1x15 - 50 lbs; 2 x 15 - 55 lbs
Hip Adduction - 1 x 15 - 135 lbs; 2x15 - 145 lbs
Hip Abduction  - 3x 15- 130 lbs
Leg Press - 3x15 - 200 lbs
Push-ups - 3x 15 (5 on toes each time)

Crunches - 1x25
Bicycles - 1x25
Russian Twist - 1x25
Crunches again - 1x25
Full - 1x25

Stretch - THE END!!!

Friday, 10/3 -

Took the day off - no workout today!

Saturday, 10/4 - 

Took the day off - no workout today!

Sunday, 10/5 - 

It was a beautiful day today, so I took the dog out for a run/walk and made up for a couple days of no exercise.  Used my runkeeper app to keep track of my results.  Here they are:

4.88 miles, 55:55 minutes, 11:27 avg. pace & 401 calories burned!
1 mile was 10:25 pace and the 4th mile was 13:13 pace.  

The last .88 was at 11:46, wish I would of finished with 5 miles but I was at the end of my route and headed home.  If I do this route again I'll have to add on a little bit more to make it 5 miles.  This is the furthest I've ever ran/walked before.  This is a great way to end the week!

Trying to play catch up from last week and also since I didn't workout on Friday or Saturday.  Plus, my eating hasn't been so good lately and the scale doesn't lie unfortunately.  


P.S. - Don't forget to drink 8 glasses of water a day 
and take your daily vitamin.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Another week of workouts, 9/22 - 9/28 well NOT really!

Yes, I know this is late again and that's were my procrastination comes in.   Needless to say, here are my workouts for this week.  Procrastination on posting these since I also procrastinated on working out this week as well and didn't workout much.  I'll have to kick it into full gear next week.  

Monday, 9/22 -
Bike ride outside (can't find my info.) 

Tuesday, 9/23 - 
Stationary Bike (warm-up) 1 mile
Group Power class at the gym
Run/Walk with the dog as the weather was beautiful when I got home after my power class.  2.29 miles, 27:30 minutes, 12:02 avg. pace and 192 calories burned!

Wednesday, 9/24 -
Took the day off - no workout today!

Thursday, 9/25 -
Took the day off - no workout today!

Friday, 9/26 -
Took the day off - no workout today!

Saturday, 9/27 - 
Took the day off - no workout today!

Sunday, 9/28 -
Took the day off - no workout today!

YIKES, this was a crazy busy week, procrastination and no motivation to get to the gym.  Hopefully, next week will be better.  
don't do what I did above, on the last 5 days!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Make Time to Read this series ~ Hearts of Clover!

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I just got done with the first two books in this series (see below) and they were AMAZING! As the saying goes I was definitely up WAY past my bedtime reading these books.  I just couldn't put them down and had to get to the end.  When a book just sucks you in and all you want to do is get to the end, then it's a great book.  I gave both these books 5 stars on = IT WAS AMAZING!

This series is just as good as the Piper Anderson series that I read first.  The characters in this series are similar for the fact that you want to know more about them as you get further into the books.  Revenge or Not is the big question?   

Talk about Revenge, have you watched the ABC series Revenge. I've been watching it since it came out and it's a great story line but in the end is revenge really worth it?  If you haven't seen this show check it out.  You never know what Emily Thorn / Amanda will do next.  Sunday nights on ABC at 9 pm.  As soon as my kids get to bed I run downstairs and turn on the DVR to start watching my show.  Click here to find out more.  This show is now in its 4th season.

Hearts of Clover:  Half My Heart & Change My Heart Clover Series #1 & 2            

By Danielle Stewart  

Hearts of Clover: Half My Heart & Change My Heart (Clover Series, #1-2)You can get the first two books for FREE off of Danielle Stewarts website click here.

The next book in the series is All My Heart (book #3) and Facing Home (book #4) is currently the last book in the series.  Can't wait to start reading book.

Preview from


At nineteen, Devin Sutton lost his first love, his freedom, and his hope. Years later, the only thing he has on his mind this holiday season is finally settling the score back in Clover, North Carolina. 
That is, until the girl he thought he’d lost forever crosses his path. Rebecca Farrus is supposed to be off living the life of her dreams, not tending bar in some dive. 
When faced with the choice, will Devin decide to celebrate what he’s finally found or keep seeking retribution for everything he lost? 


You really can't have it all, or so Devin Sutton is finding out fast. Returning to Clover was all part of his plan to exact revenge on the town that robbed him of nearly a decade of his life. Unfortunately, things quickly begin to crumble when he's forced to choose between rekindling an old love or destroying the town. Walking the fine line between both might just end up leaving him with nothing. 
With his heart full of vengeance is there any room for love?


#love to read #danielle stewart #books

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Workouts 9/15 - 9/21

Playing catch up with my workout posts.  Another crazy week, here's what I did.

Monday, 9/15 -

Used Runkeeper to keep track of my information (see below)

Bike ride outside - 22.44 minutes, 4.15 miles & 108 calories burned
Run/walk outside with the dog (Jellybean)  - 19.23 minutes, 1.82 miles & 147 calories burned!

Tuesday, 9/16 -

Went to the gym and did the following: 
Group Power class 1 hour
Stationary Bike - Level #7 random, 12 mins.,  3 miles, & 86 calories burned!
Run/walk with the dog - 27:07 minutes, 2.35 miles & 194 calories burned!

Wednesday, 9/17 -

Took the day off - no workout today!

Thursday, 9/18 -

Elliptical - Level #7 random, 10 mins., 1 mile & 134 calories burned!
Stationary Bike - Level #8 random, 20 mins., 4.96 miles, & 141 calories!
Lunges - 3 x 15 with an 18 lb bar on my shoulders
Dips - 3 x 15
Biceps - 1x15 each of the following: upper, lower and full curls with 20 lb bar
Biceps again - 1x15 full curls with 30 lb bar
Bicep pull down - 3x15, 55 lbs

     Knee-ups, Crunch, Bicycle & Russian Twist - 25 of each = 100 total crunches!

Always, end by stretching.  I usually use the stretch machine as it hits all the muscles.  If you go to a gym see if they have one.

Friday, 9/19 -

Took the day off - no workout today!

Saturday, 9/20 - 

Took the day off - no workout today!

Sunday, 9/21 -

Run 2.48 miles, 29 minutes & 207 calories burned!


Two weeks ago - Workouts 9/8 - 9/14!

The weeks are flying by on me and I'm finally getting this posted.  Hope you've been working out and staying healthy.  We are here to motivate each other so here it goes.  If you see I haven't posted anything send me a message or comment to see what I've been up to.  Maybe I'm the one that needs some motivation sometimes.  

                          CARDIO / EXERCISE / FITNESS
                       TRAINING / WEIGHTS                    

Monday, 9/8

Took the day off to recoup, no workout!  Should have worked out but didn't make it to the gym. YIKES!  Not a good thing to do after the weekend.  

Tuesday, 9/9
Group Power class at the gym!  I love this class as it works your whole body.  Check out the classes at your gym today!

Wednesday, 9/10

Did a little bit at home while watching my Soap Opera but never as much as I should.  As I get distracted to easily at home by things that need to be done.

Step - 3x knee ups

I dont' normally workout in the evening but my daughter has a night class so went and worked out during her class.  Good thing since I didn't do much at home earlier in the day.  

StairMaster - 15 minutes, ??? miles (not a clear pic on my cell), 60 floors,  115 calories burned!

Stationary Bike - 19 minutes, 4.02 distance, 130 calories burned!

Thursday, 9/11

Went straight to the gym after taking my son to school.  Here's what I did:

Row machine - 2x
Elliptical - 10 mins, 1 mile,
Stationary Bike - 16 minutes, 4.02 miles & 114 calories burned!

Friday, 9/12

Took the day off to recoup, no workout!

Saturday, 9/13

Took the day off - no workout!

Sunday, 9/14

Took the day off - no workout!

If you haven't noticed before I'm just going to throw it out there that I don't workout much on the weekends.   This has got to change though if I don't make it to the gym during the week.  This was a good week of workouts but 3 days off in a row is not acceptable.