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Apple Picking, Pumpkins and a Hidden Park

Good morning everyone.

Yesterday the manfriend and I enjoyed a lovely day of apple picking, pumpkin carving and relaxation. We went to Brooksby Farm to go apple picking. This was my first time apple picking and I had a blast. Peach picking was my first picking of any. Before our adventure we ate some of their own apple cider dounts. My, oh my! My current favorite apples are golden delicious and I only found one good one. I just ate it for breakfast this morning and it was just right.We even found some apples growing oddly close together. As we kept wandering the farm (maybe a bit too far), we found a pumpkin patch and snagged one these bad boys for carving later. Before we left the farm, we hung out with this guy for a bit. Our stash.I looked for parks in the area because truthfully, I never explored Danvers for a park. I had been to parks in Salem, Rockport and Gloucester. We found Endicott Park, which was only five whole minutes from my house and it’s beautiful. We took our pumpkin and began the carve prep. Look familiar? None other then Jack Skellington himself as a tribute to Fall approach. We put a candle inside, lit it up and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Question: What’s your favorite thing about Fall? I love the pumpkins, the pumpkin EVERYTHING, temperature and the changing of the leaves.

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Halibut State Point Park

This Labor Day weekend, the manfriend and I went to Halibut State Point Park to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. This was my first week back to working fulltime after not having worked since mid July due to my surgery. It was a bit stressful, but hopefully this week I can get back to it better. Going from zero work days to five is a big jump! Baby steps though, right?

He picked me up from work on Sunday and brought me a bunches of goodies. I swear, he knows me so well.Halibut State Point Park is one big quarry.With lots o’ rocks, of course.We also went to downtown Rockport. And enjoyed some icecream. You know what I got? Pumpkin of course. #pumpkinEVERYTHING! And also went to grab some grub at the Ninety-Nine.No day begins or ends without some delicious coffee. Pumpkin spice anyone?Now that I had a little relaxing weekend, I am ready to tackle this work week.  Hope everyone had a great weekend! Question: What’s your favorite “pumpkin’d” treat? I am going to have to go with pumpkin lattes, icecream and fudge. Yeah.


#OnAQuest

I’m #onaquest.To enjoy the simple things in life.Whether it be a little peach picking at Brooksby Farm…Or just enjoying my surroundings.Maybe getting back to the swing of things at the gym?Or maybe it’s just finding that perfect balance in life?We are almost FOUR weeks post surgery in a few days. Times flies doesn’t it? I have been getting back into being more active with some light-moderate cardio a bit of weight lifting (10-12lb dumbbells max).  It’s going to take some time til I can use those 25lbs again for my chest presses. But if I was there once, I can do it again. Love the process!

Remember that life’s a journey; so stay positive and keep on a Quest!


Past Things: Pancakes, Coffee and Sweets

Starting the day off like this literally puts me in a happy place.And getting in a good training sesh.Since I have been training more, I haven’t been around the blog world much. But fear not, I am still around. Just need a little break from time to time.Still eating delicious meals. Still enjoying some “healthier” treats. Like a cut up dark chocolate protein bar, added raspberries, natural peanut butter and chia seeds. My, oh my!Or a warm chopped up peanut butter and chia protein muffin with blackberries.Haven’t checked out the recipe? Well get to it :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


WIAW #100: Happy 100th WIAW to Me!

Whoa, will you look at that?!

It’s What I Ate Wednesday post number 100! Thank you Jenn as always for the awesome food party. This week I should you some great eat via Instagram. If you are not following me on IG, then maybe you should! I am also having a chocolate, coconut and things giveaway coming very soon to a blog near you. I know that made no sense, but it sounded cute right?wiawphotobutton Okay, let’s get to it. Breakfasts have still been the same; raspberries, oats, nut butter, chia seeds and a side of iced coffee. Yep, still the same.Speaking of raspberries, I tried the Quest white chocolate raspberry. My, oh my! I am in love. Now I don’t know which I like more; this one of the cookies and cream. The decisions.Clearly, I’ve been obsessed with berries these days. Oh and lots of Greek yogurt!My mom came to visit this weekend and I took her to Perfecto’s. Again, if you are in Massachusetts, definitely check it out. I got a salt caramel iced decaf and I mixed in some chocolate protein powder. Salted caramel mocha anyone? Training is on point. This time after getting sick a million more times, I think it’s safe to say I know what I must do and SHOULD NOT do. No excuses at all this time and that’s a promise. So loving my quad progress!Questions: How was your Memorial day weekend? Anyone tried the white chocolate raspberry Quest bar? What’s your favorite Greek yogurt brand?


Sweet Potato Blondies N’ Things

This week, my dad came and visited.

It was nice to just have a break and enjoy hanging out with my dad and brother. He loves crepes so I made him some for breakfast before his trip back. And guess what? I had my FINAL final on Friday. It feels so good to be done and I get a mini break until June 30th. Saturday morning I needed extra coffee; between waking up at 6:00am, my final, Friday night spin class and cleaning I needed a giant 32oz. size.I also went to a conference this week for the Northeast Section of Institute of Food Technologists. There were so many great food companies there from flavors, colors, extracts. Blue Diamond and Ocean Spray were there too. I got to eat a lot of delicious things from truffles, iced coffee samples, all natural fruit gummies and these delicious things!The ride back took almost two hours with traffic. Good think I brought this to munch on. So, so good, but dark chocolate and sea salt is still my favorite!Oh and y’all would be proud that I met my two times a week “fasted” cardio/ early works. I did spin at 6:00am one day and an early spin sesh this morning. Check out my leg muscles, they are getting pretty lean and muscular.

I’ve also been changing up my macros and making sure that I get proper nutrition! Check out this article about carbs at night. It is all a science and you have to find what works for you. What works for me, may not work for you and it depends 100% on your goals. Win, win! We are getting there; slowly but surly back on that routine grind and making sure to refuel post workout. Have a good Sunday! :)


I’m Addicted To Spin [+ Quick Bike HIIT]

I confess I have become addicted to spin class. If you are in the Northshore area of MA, definitely try to take a spin class from Rich at Workout World in Peabody or at the Peabody YMCA. He is amazing and gives you a kick butt (literally) and leg workout! I also just love to do the bike on my own for 30 minutes. I started doing the bike to relieve the pressure in my lower back/ kidney area. But now I think I am hooked and I feel amazing after a bike sesh.And now, here is the 30 minute HIIT that I promised y’all last week. All you need is a bike (or your choice cardio), some weights (not too heavy, but not to light either) and a timer!

I use the HIIT timer app on my phone. You target legs with the bike and squats, a little bit of back, shoulders, bi’s, traps and core! All you have to do is set your “bike/cardio” to 1 minutes and 15 seconds and the “weights” part to 45 seconds.

Set it for 15 rounds; bike for 1 minute and 15 seconds and do three sets EACH of the 5 exercises below as many as you can in the 45 seconds. Got that? Now here we go!

Quick Bike HIIT:
Warm-up 2-5 minutes (after warm-up begin your timer!)
Do three sets of the following FIVE exercises!

  • Lateral Pulldown
  • Upright Row
  • Chest Flies
  • Torso Rotation
  • Weighted Squat

Cool down for 5 minutes and you’re done!

After yesterday’s spin class I mixed this packet of milk chocolate Muscletech protein powder with 1/4 cup of Fage Greek and mixed in some water/milk combo until it reached a thick chocolate pudding consistany. Oh man this was like the best tasting thing ever! It has 6 sources of high quality protein and is formulated for an 8-hour release of sustained energy. I also used some to mix in my “protein coffee. Mmmm!Getting them gains back!Question: What’s your favorite group exercise classes? What about your favorite workout?


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