Archive | October, 2012

Heads up/apology

20 Oct

Just wanted to post quickly. Future hubby gets home today (YYYAAAYYY) which kicks off a crazy pre-wedding week, followed by the wedding, our honeymoon, and moving to Japan. So I want to apologize now for the fact that I will be very MIA over the next month. I’ll do my best to update but no promises. 🙂

I will def. pick back up consistently once we’re settled in Okinawa with lots of pictures from our adventures!

Liebster Blog Award

18 Oct

Took me a few days to get to this but I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by the author of “Fitness, Food, and Photography”.

11 Facts about Me…

Am I allowed to re-use ones from the inspiring blogger post? I may have to…

1. I’m moving to Japan in less than a month

2. I was a college cheerleader for a year (until I got injured)

3. I’m a new nurse, and I love emergency medicine

4. I love pizza and wine… hey, everything in moderation!

5. I’m addicted to coffee (I think this is a repeat… sorry).

6. I have blue eyes but they change basically every day between gray and green

7. When I lived on my own I would kill bugs but future hubby knows it’s his job as soon as we’re living together

8. I watch trashy TV like Grey’s Anatomy

9. I don’t like mess…

10. My favorite color is pink

11. I have an older brother and an older sister
My Questions to Answer:

1)  How much time do you spend Blogging every day? 30 min-1 hr if I post

2)  What is the one song that get stuck in your head all day after you hear it? Hey, Soul Sister

3)  What TV shows are on your DVR right now? Covert Affairs, Grey’s

4)  What is your favorite season and why? Fall, it’s so crisp outside and the leaves are pretty colors… plus I get to wear hoodies and jeans

5)  What is your favorite brand of jeans? Victoria’s Secret (for real)

6)  Last movie you watched? New in Town

7)  If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why? Tinkerbell… I’ve always been a little obsessed.

8)  Name one talent that you wish you had. Anything musical, I’ve always been an athlete but never felt musically inclined

9)  What is your best feature/ favorite body part? Oh, that’s hard…  body part… I’d have to say my legs

10)  What did you eat for dinner last night? Chicken and veggies with spinach artichoke dip

11)  Favorite childhood game? …I don’t remember… how sad.

 Blogs with under 200…
(Okay, I’m only putting 8)

Strong, Fit, Beautiful

Eat, Move, Achieve

 Gira Yoga

Figure Girl- Wanna Be

Run, Pump, Stretch, Repeat

Funky Fitness


One Fit Mama

11 Questions for them to answer…

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. What’s your favorite food?
  3. What’s your favorite exercise?
  4. Where do you consider home?
  5. How many states have you lived in?
  6. What’s your favorite sport to watch?
  7. Do you have any pet peeves?
  8. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
  9. What’s your favorite way to relax?
  10. What did you want to be “when you grew up” when you were younger?
  11. Have you ever been skydiving? If not, do you want to?

Lots of changes coming up

17 Oct

Happy Wednesday! Halfway through the week and 3 days until future hubby gets back to the states!

First of all, thank you to everyone who has voted already! I moved up from 50 to 11th in one day so, please keep voting! Apparently the link changes based off your place, which was poor planning on their part (I think). So here’s today’s link:

Fitness Competition Voting

I’ve discovered that October seems to be the hot month for the fitness magazine/websites contests. Oxygen Magazine is doing something similar, as is (which I also entered to be a spokesperson for them!) So, if anyone else is interested… now you know 🙂

But, I mentioned changes… my wedding is coming up next Saturday! And we have finally figured out (after months of back and forth because of military orders etc.) that I will be joining hubby in Okinawa, Japan after the wedding. Which I am REALLY excited about. I think it’ll be really fun and who knows, maybe I’ll find some great healthy Japanese recipes to post from there! Aside from the obvious reason of wanting to actual live with hubby once we’re married… a girl could do worse:


I took that picture last May when I went to visit him, it’s beautiful out there. Anyway, had physical therapy this morning so did side lunges on a BOSU, squats, and a lot of stability exercises for the injured foot. Go back on Tuesday before the wedding for what will probably be my last time (mainly because I’m getting married and going on my honeymoon!)


Yesterday I did basically a total body workout but focused on arms:

Warm up with a 2min rotating plank (10 sec middle, 10 left, 10 middle, 10 right… so on)

20 Bicep Curls

20 Rows (with dumbbells)

20 overhead tricep extensions

20 crunches with weight

40 Ab “bicycles”

*3 sets– my abs killed by the last set of bikes

20 Low Flys

10 squats

12 chest presses

*2 sets

20 hip extensions w/ ankle weight

20 bridges

20 skull crushers

*2 sets

More exciting news…

16 Oct

I have (finally) decided to start a Facebook page for my fitness random thoughts and just more about me. Check it out 🙂

Fit and Busy on Facebook

Please Help!

16 Oct

A couple weeks ago I put my picture in for a contest with Fitness Magazine. The winner gets a photo shoot with the magazine and a new Ford Escape. While I’ve put my competition goals aside for now, I would LOVE to shoot with this magazine!

Please take a second to vote for me and (if you think I should win) have your friends vote– you can vote every day this week!


Side lunges and high heels!

15 Oct

My physical therapist has said that basically anything that doesn’t hurt I’m cleared to do… and if it does hurt, stop and try again a few days later. So we’re working into side lunges and even, apparently, working my way back into wearing heels so I can keep the shoes I bought for the wedding! Guys, I realize that might not seem big to you but trust me, I spent way too long trying to find the “perfect” shoes.

This morning I had physical therapy and then just did a quick ab workout but I wanted to post yesterday’s since it was a leg focused workout.

25 squats– the last set I had to not go as low, I’m trying to listen to my body and back off when it starts to hurt

10 split lunges/leg

*2 sets

20 calf raises

10 side lunges/leg

20 sumo squats

*2 sets

20 hamstring bridges

20 leg lifts

15 dead lifts to bicep curl

*3 sets

20 lateral shoulder raises

20 front shoulder raises

20 Russian Twists/side

*3 set, changing the oblique exercise each time

As I go through things and when I’m in PT, it is definitely getting stronger but the dynamic movements (pushing through a lunge etc) are still very challenging. Keep sending good thoughts my way please 🙂 Future hubby gets home this weekend!

Something I’m trying to remember with this injury:

Jamie Eason Turkey Chili

13 Oct

I’d like to start off by saying… Boomer Sooner!!!! Today was the most wonderful college football weekend; OU/TX. And not only did I go to OU for 3 years before heading to nursing school but my parents went there, my brother went there, my grandfather taught there… basically it’s a family thing. So, instead of going to the gym (oops) I spent my afternoon watching OU run over TX and other rivalry games.
I did do some physical therapy stuff so I got a bit of a leg workout in (some lunges) but… that’s about it.

Okay, I’m done with my shameless football commentary. Here’s the delicious chili I made a couple days ago:

It’s the Jamie Eason Recipe. The only thing I changed was using real brown sugar and no vinegar so, I’d love to take credit but… it’d probably save you time to just go to her link 🙂 **Oh, I couldn’t find a “tri-blend” so I just bought 1 can of black beans and 1 can of red kidney beans.


Apple Spiced Pork

11 Oct

Yesterday I got side-tracked by the inspiring bloggers post so today I’m writing about the spiced apple pork from Tuesday night. First of all, it’s delicious.

Here’s the original link:

Here’s what I did:

  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pork tenderloin- center cut/lean cut (cut into strips)
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 thinly sliced unpeeled Gala apples (I think I used basically 2 medium apples)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  1.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 5 ingredients; coat pork. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook pork until almost done (about 3-5 min/side).
  2. In second pan, melt butter and swirl to coat. Add apple slices, shallots, and thyme; sauté until apple starts to brown. Add apple cider and pork to pan. Lower the heat and cook until pork is done, stirring occasionally so apples don’t burn

Plus, here’s my workout from today:

PT lunges and deep squats (all just slow, controlled, trying to stretch my range of motion)

1 min balancing/foot


15 bicep curls

15 skull crushers

20 lateral shoulder raises

20 slow crunches (2 counts up, 2 counts down)

*3 sets

20 Resistance Band Rows

15 chest presses

20 oblique crunches/side (on the last set I did Russian Twists instead)

*3 sets

Finished up with some fine muscle drills from physical therapy and am now icing… had to stay at home so I wasn’t tempted to push farther than I should. I’ve said it before: I’m not used to being this good after an injury. It’s frustrating feeling held back but trying to remind myself (and have friends remind me…) that I’d much rather be able to dance at the wedding and hike on the honeymoon than get a 20 min bike/cardio in today.
Turkey Chili tonight! One of my favorite fall recipes 🙂 What are some of your favorite clean recipes for cold weather?

I’m afraid of birds… and other things you may not know

10 Oct

Wow, thank you to One Fit Mama and UberBeastMode for nominating me as an inspiring blogger! They are both so supportive and inspiring themselves that it means a lot to me! Although now I guess I’m not allowed to nominate them??

The rules of this award are:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you… check
2.  List 7 things about yourself
3. Nominate 15 bloggers

About Me… it might sound weird but, thinking of 7 things to share is really hard!

1. I’m obsessed with coffee. Way more money goes to Caribou than should, even when I’m being good and “only” going twice a week…

2. In honor of football season, I love college football but could care less about Pro… I will yell at the TV when Oklahoma isn’t playing well but just watch the pros when it’s a good game.

3. I’m afraid of big birds… they freak me out. And bees. Basically anything that can fly and attack me.

4. I love to cook, sometimes I’m too lazy to do it but I really truly like grocery shopping and cooking. I think it’s relaxing.

5. Most readers know this but, I’m getting married in a couple weeks to a wonderful US Marine.

6. I move around… a lot. I’ve lived in 7 states and I’m really excited to move around more and travel after the wedding. I love meeting new people and seeing the differences, even just in the U.S.

7. I hate long runs, I really just get bored. However, I love the 5k obstacle runs. Once my foot is fully healed I want to start running in more of those and, maybe, even take them seriously.

Alright, nominations! There are so many great blogs out there and I’m not good about following all of them but here’s what I’ve come up with…

1. Post Grad *this isn’t a fitness blog but Nicole is the one who got me to start blogging so, obviously, hits my list 🙂

2. Fit Twin Cities I started following this because I know Becky but it’s been awesome watching Mark start his own business and really dive into the fitness world!

3. Strong, Fit, Beautiful

4. Eat, Move, Achieve

5. Gira Yoga Again, been really awesome following the start of a business in the fitness industry!

6. Maria- They Call Me a Dependent  *Not a fitness blog (although lately she’s ventured in!) but it’s a great reminder of some military realities, and sometimes nice to remember all military significant others fight relationship battles and make it through 🙂

7. Figure Girl- Wanna Be

8. Run, Pump, Stretch, Repeat

9. Funky Fitness

10. She’s Losing It

I’ve got to give 11 and 12 to the people who nominated me. One Fit Mama and Colin have both been supportive in their comments and inspiring in their own stories! Sorry if that’s against the rules :-p

13. Sand Between my Sneakers

14. Cray’s Take

15. Honestly, everyone who comments and likes my posts inspire me to keep going. So thank you to everyone who follows, or just reads sporadically! (Okay so, it’s not a nomination but for real!)

Protein Cinnamon Bread

9 Oct

Fall is here!! So tonight I made a protein cinnamon swirl bread and an apple pork tenderloin… yum! I’ll post the tenderloin tomorrow but for now…

Jamie Eason Cinnamon Swirl Bread:

For once I followed the recipe pretty closely, I’ll bold the things I changed.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Almond milk


Low fat Organic Vanilla Yogurt

Apple Baby Food (or just natural apple sauce)

Vanilla Whey Protein

Oat Flour (**I use a gluten free blend; Namaste Perfect Blend is my favorite for baking)

Truvia and Splenda (I used the Splenda in the batter and the Truvia to top… but mainly because I’m trying to get rid of my Splenda, I prefer Truvia)

Egg whites

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix the following ingredients together in a small bowl & set aside:
– 1/3 cup Truvia
– 2 tsp cinnamon
3. Mix the following ingredients together in a large bowl:
– 1 1/2 cups of Gluten Free Flour
1.5 scoops vanilla whey protein
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
– 1/2 cup Splenda
4. Mix the following ingredients together in a small bowl:
– 2 egg whites
– 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
– 1/3 cup or 4 oz of apple baby food
– 1/4 cup low fat organic vanilla yogurt

**I’ve never understood why you mix things in 2 different bowls. I mixed the dry ingredients and then added in the wet ingredients and mixed it all together again.
5. Spray 8X8 dish with canola oil spray.
6. Pour a shallow layer of batter into the dish .
7. Sprinkle heavily with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture (from step 1).
8. Repeat with the remaining batter & add the remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture on top.
9. Draw a knife through the batter to marble **make sure to do this, I didn’t for the last layer and had a bit of a sugar crust on top, still delicious but not as pretty

10. Bake for 25-28 minutes

*My dad had a piece and really liked it too. Might not look like much in the picture (I need to get better at that) but,  it’s so good!