Week 1 Challenge Complete!

I’m embarrassed to say that I came in closer to the bottom than the top of our weight loss/fitness challenge.  I’m calling week 1 a wash, definitely need to step up my game this week!  Exercise is worth double points this week…and I barely got in any exercise last week, so that is my goal for sure!

Today I worked out with our new 6 point fitness program on the Play Station Move.  I was sweating for sure!  It definitely got my blood pumping, and my arms are already sore 🙂

A quick update on the Mason Jar Salads I posted about last week.  AMAZING.  They came out so good!  Putting the dressing on the bottom and leaves on the top is really key.  The mason jars kept everything sealed and fresh, they held up and lasted throughout the week.  None of the lettuce or spinach was wilted or bad, but if they were sitting in dressing it could have been a disaster.  My favorite was the clementine, strawberry, spinach and walnut salad with the honey balsamic dressing.  Plus it includes 2 fruit services and a veggie serving, which worked out in my favor!

Here is a quick snapshot of the food I packed for work tomorrow!


1/2 a sliced green pepper, strawberries, tortilla with peanut butter, banana, Chobani Greek Yogurt, and water with lime.  It’s about as healthy as I get.  Drinking the water and staying away from the sweets is still hard for me!

Hope everyone is doing well out there.  Stay healthy!

Mason Jar Salad

Yesterday was the start of an 8 week Fitness/Weight Loss Challenge that I’m hosting.  I got the idea from Six Sisters’ Stuff, and was able to convince 9 other ladies to join me!  That means that all of us get to challenge each other to get healthy and fit, and 2 lucky winners get the bonus of $100 each!  Game on girls!

With that up my sleeve, I’ve been trying to decided how to keep my meals healthy and fresh, and how to get 64 oz of water in my body a day!  That is the hardest part…

Last night I soaked sliced lemon and sliced lime in a water bottle with 32 ounces of water, it was really strong and a little too sour for my liking this morning.  But I kept adding water throughout the day and it kept a nice flavor with the lemon and lime.  Now I just need to figure out how to solve the constant need to run to the bathroom…that water runs right through you!  My fellow teachers are going to start thinking there is something wrong with me!

I still had some mason jars left over from when I made these:

(click on the photo to see the original post)

So I decided to make some portable salads for lunch.  I made 2 different kinds.  The first one I added a couple Tablespoons of Italian Salad Dressing, 1/2 a green bell pepper, about 6 grape tomatoes, lettuce, and chopped up ham from dinner tonight.  (Bonus for getting rid of left overs!)

For the second one I made a simple honey balsamic dressing (honey, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, garlic salt, and powdered mustard) added one clementine (I bet this would be really good with mandarin oranges, but clementines were in my fridge!), chopped strawberries, pecans, and baby spinach.

Salad #1 on the Left, Salad #2 on the Right

Normally I would say just give them a shake and eat, but my jars were a little on the small side, so they are packed pretty tight.  I might have to dump them into a bowl at lunch time.  Overall I’m excited!  And mason jars are great, they are sealed air tight so they should last for the week, and are dishwasher safe, so clean up is super simple.

I can’t wait to give one a try tomorrow.  I’ll be back to update you all as the progress of our challenge continues!

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New Hair!

I’m starting off the new year with some big changes!  The first one, completed today, is a drastic new hair style!  Here are two of the most recent pictures I could find of my “old” hair.

I went to the salon today, and cut off a 12 inch ponytail!  I’ll be sending it in the mail to Locks of Love this week.  Hopefully it can be used to make a hair protheses (wig!) for some lucky little kid.  I love the feeling that I can help someone gain back some confidence and sense of normalcy by just donating my hair.  I’m happy and fortunate to have more than enough to share!

While the scissors were cutting their way through, I might have been having a minor internal panic attack.  I’ve been meaning to cut my hair for a while, but I’ve been having trouble letting go 🙂  But I’m overjoyed with the outcome!  It couldn’t have been better, check out the new ‘do!

Love it!  But my neck is cold!  SO glad it’s scarf season 🙂

Anyone else starting off the New Year with any changes?

Naturally Flavored Water…YUM!

When surfing around the web the other day, I found a picture that was so delicious looking I wanted to pop right through the screen!  It was a great webpage with recipes for naturally flavored water.  There were so many different options for flavored water.  Check them out!

I couldn’t wait to give the fruit water a try.  I ran out today after work and grabbed all the fruit that I needed.  I ended up adding:
1 handful of mint leaves
1 handful of raspberries
6 large strawberries sliced
1 and 1/2 green apples sliced
1 pear sliced
1 lemon sliced
1 orange slicd

Before slicing the lemon and orange I rolled them on the cutting board with my palm to loosen up some of the juices.  I added all the fruit to a large pitcher, and then poured in about 3/4 of a gallon of water.

Look at all that fruit!
Yum!

I let it sit for the 2 hours suggested time, but then I just couldn’t resist trying it.  It was tasty!  Nice, but subtle, fruit and citrus flavor.  The longer I let it sit, the stronger the flavor became.  This is definitely a recipe I will be saving.  I don’t have to worry about any unnatural or overly sugar packed juices or flavored water.  Fresh produce are sometimes expensive and harder to find in the winter, but I can just picture myself sipping on this refreshing drink on the patio this summer.  Can’t wait!

While dinner sat in the crock pot, Brian still isn’t home 🙁 I decided to whip up some quick table decorations.  I had 3 bags of left over cranberries from the holiday season, so I decided to make candle holders.  I just added some cranberries to a mason jar, filled it up with water, added a small tea light and voila!

Simple, but easy.  Just my style!

Happy New Year everyone!  Horray for my blog making it through year 1!