MIMM #45: Anything Goes.

This week I have done a lot of thinking.January was such a crazy month in terms of work. If you don’t already know, I work in the fitness industry, so January is a busy month. I filled up with tons of drinks to help me stay hydrated since water wasn’t cuttin’ it. This year the spike seemed to come during the middle of the month, which was unexpected. I had many late nights, lots of snacking and tons of work that piled up. We had a mini snow storm the other day and I was not feeling well at all. I was able to take a step back and work through that pile that had accumulated over the last month. For this month and moving forward, I want to get better about meal prepping and having things ready. I usually mean to get things ready and then I fall asleep or another task takes my attention. Things ain’t easy but I have been managing and trying. Noms.  :-)

That’s a warp for today’s Marvelous in my Monday. Hope everyone has a great week and thanks Katie for hosting.Question: What are some of your easy, peasy go-to meals for dinner?

Daily Eats [2016]

I was asked to post a bit on my daily eats.

For the most part, breakfast and snacks stay consistent. Since I have been on the go for most mornings and don’t have a microwave on hand (I had cold oats), I’ve been doing cereal (Fiber One Honey Cluster, Total Whole Grain, Special K) adding a little fruit/ nuts/ seeds mixture plus some fat-free milk. Some days I do soy. This plus my morning coffee keep me going for a few hours. I usually munch on more fruit, a string cheese or a Kind Bar for a snack. The bars come in if I have a long day of teaching. Lunches I keep it to sandwiches or Boca veggie burgers. My favorite sandwich combo is turkey, Swiss, cucumber, tomatoes and spinach on wheat bread. As a side I will have pretzels, baked Lays or Late July tortilla chips. They are delish.If I am home for my “mid-afternoon” snack, I will have a smoothie (protein powder, some fruit and maybe almond/ soy milk). My on the go version is some Greek yogurt. Noms!Dinners vary and sometimes look the same as lunch. Pat and I eat dinner about 3-4 nights together depending on our schedule. I love this chili recipe from Vegetarian Times! I use ground turkey to make it non-vegan and nix some of the spiciness.When I’m solo, I will do either a sandwich/ veggie burger or any leftovers that I froze from previous dinners. This one below is a combo of a previous dinner and veggie burger.After dinner, I’ll sometimes munch on a cookie or a little dark chocolate. All things in moderation right?  :-D

Question: What are some of your daily go-to’s?

Upper Body Kettles!

Dropping in on this “Work it Out” Tuesday to share a “mostly” upper body Kettlebell routine!
I used a 10lb Kettlebell, but use what works for you! Most of these moves can be found online. You can also shoot a comment below too.Happy Working Out  :-D
Workout: Do 3-4 Sets! (Warm-up with 4 sets of 15 Swings)
Squats to Press – 12 Reps
Single-handed Kettlebell Swing – 8 Reps (Right Arm)
Single-handed Kettlebell Swing – 8 Reps (Left Arm)
Kettlebell Swings – 16 Reps
Upright Row – 12 Reps
Halos – 8 Reps (Right Side)
Tricep Extensions – 12 Reps
Halos – 8 Reps (Left Side)
Kettlebell Plank With Row – 8 Reps (Right Arm- Start in plank then row)
Kettlebell Plank With Row – 8 Reps (Left Arm)
Question: What’s you favorite Kettlebell move?

Thinking Out LOUD #25: Microwave’d Pancake

Ever have those times where you just feel plain lazy?

Not to toot my own horn but it rarely happens to me. I’m the go-go-GO type. But with work, family and the babe… sometimes being lazy is easier! I made a microwaveable pancake, similar to this recipe from way back in the day.This one was “lazier” then the first.

It’s 1/4 cup whole wheat pancake mix, 1 Tbsp quick oats, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, dash of Stevia and liquid til desired consistency. Microwave for 3-4 minutes and top with your favorite thangs. ;-)

I’ve been wanted to make a good latte but I just waited for a freebie. #ventigoodness.Lunches have also been easy peasy. This veggie burger n’ stuffs is still my go-to!I’ve been teaching more classes, including a Barre “Bootycamp.” I needed more workout clothes, so my brother got me this shirt on Etsy for Christmas. Samantha went to her first little shindig at my friend’s house for the game. While she is quite adorable, I am just not a football fan. Baseball on the other hand is a different story. Talk to me in April! Thanks Amanda for hosting Thinking Out LOUD Thursdays. Sabrina, OUT. ;-)Question: What’s your favorite sport?

If you don’t have a favorite, what is your favorite event that occurs on the tube?

Thinking Out LOUD #24: Newbies

I’ve been in the mood to try new things, must be this weather. Though winter was supposed to happen some point in October for us New Englanders, it really hasn’t hit until this month. The old lady in me doesn’t like the winters anymore. Must be because not only do I have to bundle up, but I have to make sure this pumpkin is too. Though I could cook oats and prep them for the week, I honestly have been on a cereal kick. Either Fiber One, Total Whole Grain or SpecialK Coconut, Cranberry and Almond.Sandwiches are still my go to for quick lunches. I’ve been on the hunt for different breads to make them more tasty. Like this Italian herb loaf. So good!With the new year upon on, this mama has a lot of work lately. Not only for myself but for those who rely on me to whip their bodies into shape.

#LoveWhatYouDo. <3

Those are my thoughts for this edition of Things out LOUD Thursdays. Hope everyone is having a great week! Thanks Amanda for hosting. Question: What is YOUR go-to breakfast when you are in a hurry?

Baby Samantha {4M Recap}

 Happy five months to my beautiful baby girl! I remember this time last year being pregnant and hating the nausea.

I was living off of Starbucks Cool Lime tea and bagels. I find myself still in Starbucks and craving bagels. Samantha started eating some solids at the end of 4 months.

We are sticking with some rice cereal and a teaspoon of baby banana food for breakfast or lunch of organic brown rice cereal and baby sweet potato.We have been loving the Happy Bellies rice cereal. Plus it has probiotics for the belly! Since my work schedule varies, we try to give her one or the other, never both. Once she hits 6 months (and we both settle with work), we will get more consistent with a small breakfast/ lunch and dinner.

We have been using these spoons to feed her. We have others but I think because it’s thinner then the other ones, she eats better from these. The others are too wide for her tiny mouth. Sometimes just having these in her diaper bag make this mommy on the go’s life easy.

I do have a baby bullet which I am going to start experimenting with once she is eating more.

A couple of her favorite toys for the last couple of months have been: The VTech’s Busy Learners Activity Cube.The VTech Click & Count (sensing a pattern here?).Can’t forget My Pal Scout, especially for bedtime music!The Rainforest Jumperoo is a new favorite of hers.Other things she’s been using has been plenty of teethers, bibs, fun bath toys and random toys that shake. :-D

She is such a joy and happy baby, we got so lucky with this little love bug. That’s it for now! Until the next update and remember to see more posts HERE about all things baby!