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September Makeover: Day 27

Wow this September challenge is coming to a fast close! This challenge was to help me get back into gear and refocus.  The makeover was to help me find my groove, get organized and get it done.  I can really tell that this challenge (though not over yet) has been a success. Groove found.

Today I was able to hit the gym at lunch even though I was feeling sick, tired, and stressed at work. I felt great after my workout even though I still felt sick. But it did give me the extra energy I needed to finish the day strong.

Hope everyone’s challenges are going well!! Shout out to @jersalicious and Nikki who are doing their own challenges! 🙂

I am already revved to crack down with a new challenge! Hmm…I have 3 days to figure that out.

Keep livin life people!


Snack Shack:

  • Rice cake with protein powder and PB.  Sounds weird, but the PB covers up the dry powdery taste of the protein. Give it a try! Or better yet, give it a twist and let me know how you made it better!
  • Tuna packet and 2 cups of baby carrots – easy breezy for the quick and easy

Road Trip Food

We just took a road trip from Dallas, Texas to Kansas City, Missouri (about a 9 hour drive) for a family wedding.  We LOVE road trips! Part of the fun was prepping the cooler 😛

The hubs and I start every road trip by loading up our cooler.  This is great because we can avoid some stops for food, save some money, and keep our foods clean.

In our stash:

  • fresh deli turkey meat
  • 15 grain bread
  • mustard
  • skim swiss cheese
  • individual Greek yogurt tubs
  • individual cottage cheese tubs
  • Tuna packets
  • almonds
  • 1 cup packets of baby carrots
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • All natural banana chips, no added sugar
  • Roasted peanuts, Rice cakes and Kashi Granola bars in case we got bad munchies 😛

Departure Drive

Meal 1:  Eggs and chicken with peppers before hitting the road 🙂 yum!
Meal 2:  Cottage cheese and small handful of berries
Meal 3: 1 slice 15 grain bread with turkey, swiss and mustard + 1 cup packet of baby carrots
Meal 4: Greek Yogurt with 12 almonds
Meal 5: (Catered event) extra lean brisket with raw broccoli salad

Return Drive

Meal 1:  (All Natural/organic/farm-stand bistro) Fresh eggs + veggie omelet
Meal 2:  Cottage cheese and 4 strawberries
Meal 3: tuna packet + 1 cup packet of baby carrots
Meal 4: Rice cake and 1/4 c peanuts
How do you do road trips?

September Makeover: Day 21

I have been MIA on the blog, but not on my September challenge! I am still rockin it harder or better each day.

My arms are definitely looking more lean and defined, but my eyes are still too criticizing to tell if I am making improvements on my legs and core.

I have finally cleaned up my dinners! Love me some Orange Roughy!

Last night: Orange roughy seasoned with Mrs. Dash Carribbean Citrus and lime juice. Seared on one side, lightly cooked on the other. Ate this with a stack of random veggies piled up as a salad. Easy week day dinner 🙂

Pay More to Eat?

I realized something about myself when it comes to nutrition plans.  I may have the best nutrition plan, but if I don’t like a certain item, I sometimes will avoid and skip! But when I love each meal, I always get it in.  Example: my next meal was a protein shake, but I was out of the good stuff. I grudgingly mixed my shake and took a few sips. I then got back to working with the intention of sipping on the shake. Never happened. I skipped the meal.  So I realized it is better that I keep yummy proteins in stock for the sake of my nutrition.  Do you do this?…

Protein Powder In My Cabinet: 

  • VPX SRO Zero Carb in Graham Cracker flavor, which is delicious even in water, but mach more appetizing when blended with PB just cuz I am used to the creaminess of Beverly International’s UMP. 
  • EAS 100% Whey in Chocolate flavor, not bad! I make my shakes in water, but this one does not have the bad chemical after-taste that some proteins have due to other supps in the stack.
  • Beverly International in Cookies N Creme, by far my favorite. It is creamy and delicious as if I am having a milk shake. I always mix it in water because it is already so creamy. I’m running out… 😦 but I have 3 lbs of other brands that I need to consume before I feel justified in ordering more Beverly. 😦

September Makeover: Day 2

My mornings at work are the busiest part of my day, so my mid-AM meal is always a quickie to fix. For every excuse there is a solution – if you want to reach a goal, you must have a plan. This applies to even my mid-AM protein shake. ^__^

WHAT IS NOT EASY: fighting through the hunger between meals at home. THE WEEKEND IS COMING *shivers* gotta keep my head in the game. Being honest on here helps.


Workout: active recovery / rest

Rest day. Feels weird to have a rest day so early in the challenge while energy is high, but since I have been running a lot in the 5 days prior to the challenge, I decided the usual scheduled rest would be a good idea.

… AND it’s my date night with the hubs which we don’t skip for anything 😉

Usually on this day I will do an early morning run, or train mid day.  I will post another “Day 2” in case YOU don’t want to rest today – in actuality Day2b will be the info of my last day of August 🙂



Aiming for 120oz H20 – 82 – still not getting enough!

Meal 1:  (06:00am) whole wheat English muffin with 1 tsp PB

Meal 2:  (10:15am) 1 scoop protein shake in water

Meal 3:  (1:15pm) 3 oz tuna with 8 banana peppers and a sprinkle of cayenne, 12 almonds

Meal 4:  (04:00pm) 12 almonds (this was meant to hold me over till date night – ie cheat night)

Meal 5:  (06:00pm) Cheat meal! spring roll, sushi, glass of champagne

Multi-vitamin before bed


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