Mix it Up Monday

21 May

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So I have to say, Spring has been super busy on my end. But I have still made time to enjoy the beautiful weather.

One of the best things about having an active, healthy lifestyle, is that I share it with my wonderful husband! Over the weekend we did tabata workouts together, walked the dogs to the Farmers’ Market (6miles), went Paddle Boarding (I might get one too, so that we can go together, and not have to take turns!). We ate really clean too! I made a summer salad (see below) and Ryan said it, “tastes like ice cream!” Say what?! Yes, it was that good! I am feeling truly blessed lately.

You can’t beat Michigan in the spring/summer! Look at this view! Ryan wanted to have a “Sunset Paddle Session”. He’s so awesome.

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During the busy week, I don’t always have time to cook for Ryan as I would like too. But on the weekends, I enjoy trying new things and spending time together finding fresh food and making up new recipes.

BreakfastFunky Monkey Protein Shake

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Yum! You can’t even taste the spinach.. but you get all the health benefits!

1 cup ice

1 whole banana

1 scoop GNC banana AMP protein

1/2 cup spinach

2 tbs powdered choc. peanut butter

1 pack stevia

fill with water, blend, slurp, enjoy!

This was probably one of the BEST protein shakes I’ve had. Ryan didn’t know it had spinach until I told him.


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“Tastes like Ice Cream” Salad

1 + cup of organic baby lettuce

1/2 cup fresh organic strawberries

1 handful frozen blueberries

1 pack sea salt 100 cal almonds

1 chicken breast (grilled, and left over from the night before)

I tbs yogurt ranch dressing….

2013-05-18 11.49.42   I say the same thing about dressing or any condiment as I do to my students with glue…” Dot, dot, dot…but NOT  a lot!”

Snack Attack!

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2 tbs hummus

1 cup carrots

4 oz deli turkey (low sodium)

GNC’s Pro-Sculpt (before a workout) Fruit Punch flavor


Fresh Asparagus from the Farmers’ Market. I like to bake my asparagus in tin foil, drizzled with olive oil and sea salt, at 475 degrees, for 15-20 minutes. It makes it taste like french fries! (remember…dot, dot, dot…but NOT a lot of olive oil and salt 🙂 ).

1 piece Ezekiel Bread Toasted

2 egg whites

1 slice fat free cheese

1 slice deli turkey

1 handful baby lettuce

drizzle with a little ketchup

If you couldn’t tell, eggs are my favorite go to lately! I keep them on hand at all times. They are so satisfying and healthy.

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1 chocolate Quest Bar

1 whole Grapefruit (I can’t get enough grapefruit lately!)


I have been very diligent with running or walking everyday. I’ve been challenging myself on the treadmill, running at intervals between 7.0 and 9.0

I have also been doing 1 strength, tabata, or ab workout a day

All these workouts can be found at blondeponytail.com 

Sorry I don’t have the specific workouts I did, I’ve done so many of Jess’ workouts since my last post. I will do a better job of logging them and posting my reviews this week…(news flash- I LOVE all Jess’ workouts and posts! She is inspirational.)

I have also been embracing nature with the hubs. There is an awesome nature trail that we love to run together. We will do rounds of the stairs too, to turn our run into a HIIT training workout.

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Again, super sorry this post is so overdue, but as you can see, I’ve been quite busy enjoying life!

What about you? Do you workout with your significant other?

What makes you feel connected to God? For me it’s being in nature and listening to great music (Like Rend Collective Experiment!)


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