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Friday, October 24, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone! This week flew by and I am very thankful for that. How about some Five on Friday?

1-I apparently didn't get the memo about not coming to work today. I pulled into the parking lot right at 8 and there was almost no one here. WTH?! Oh well! I guess I will sit here and slave the day away, haha! Just kidding!

2-Broncos played a hell of a game last night! And it wasn't a bad night for my Fantasy team either considering I have Emmanuel Sanders on it and he scored 3 touchdowns. That's right! 3! 

3-My SIL and I are running in the Creepy Crawl 5k tomorrow. I'm pretty excited about it. And I am excited to make our costumes tonight! A tutu is in my future!

4-It's hard to believe but it has almost been a year since I started working with my personal trainer. I went back and found the posts from when I started working with him last year and it is pretty cool to see how far I have come in just under a year. I don't think I fully realized what I was capable of at that point last year. So to look back at it now and to say "I finally did it!" feels pretty amazing! And I am so thankful that I have such a great trainer who saw what I was capable of when I couldn't. You can read those posts from last year here, here and here

5-Thank goodness it is Friday!! 

Have a good weekend!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quest Bars=Protein Bars on Crack

Have any of you ever had a Quest Bar?

I recently discovered Quest Bars and I have decided that they are the equivalent to crack. I seriously can't get enough of these damn things!

The week before Tough Mudder my trainer gave me a list of things to get for the day of the race and protein bars were one of the items on the list. I really had no clue which ones I wanted because I had never had a need for them before this. I wanted something that tasted good so I got on Google and searched for "best tasting protein bars." The first article that popped up was from and it was an article about what protein bars their readers voted the best. #1 on that list was Quest Bars.

After reading through the whole article I went to the Quest Nutrition website and started doing some research. I found that their protein bars have a lot of protein (usually 20 or more grams) and are really low in net carbs, were not too high in calories and made with very few ingredients. Everything I read about them just made me want to try them. So I headed to my nearest Vitamin Shoppe and grabbed like six different flavors. I couldn't decide on just one or two. They all sounded so good. 

And now I am absolutely addicted to them. They are a great pre or post workout snack and they have great flavor! I am particularly obsessed with the Cookies & Cream one.

The only problem I have with these is that when I am done eating a bar, I want another one so bad! They are just too freaking good! And I have found a ton of other flavors that I love too! Here are a few of my faves:

-Cookies & Cream
-Chocolate Brownie
-Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
-Double Chocolate Chunk
-White Chocolate Raspberry
-Chocolate Peanut Butter

So if you are looking for a good protein bar or snack, try Quest bars. They are a-maz-ing!

*Disclaimer-I was not paid for this post by Quest Nutrition. I simply wanted to share my love of their product with the world!*


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weekend Recap

Happy Tuesday! Sorry my recap is late. Monday's seem to be my most hectic day, so finding the time to blog about my weekend is difficult. But I'm ready to get this show on the road. Here's what went down this weekend. 

Friday started out like it normally does with a session with my trainer right after work. After he kicked my ass I headed home and we went and grabbed something to eat. After dinner we headed home and I went straight to bed. I hadn't gotten much sleep that week and it was starting to catch up to me. And I had to be up early Saturday, so I turned on Gilmore Girls on Netflix and laid down. I was out within 10 minutes. 

Saturday I was up at 4 am. Yeah, I know, ridiculous. I had to be at my friends house at 5:15 to pick them up and take them to the airport so that they could catch their flight. After I dropped them off I headed home and got a few things done and got a 4 mile run in with the puppy. I pretty much dragged him the last mile. He was done, but he did a great job with keeping up and did an awesome job off his leash too when I was able to take him off of it. 

After my run I had to hurry up and get ready so that we could go pick up our friend and go to the Air Force Academy Football Game. We were running late of course, so we missed the first 10 minutes or so of the first quarter, but we did get to see the rest of the game and it was a good game. And a lot of fun to watch. 

After the game we dropped our friend back off at his place and then the Husband headed out to his game night with his buddies. My Brother and my SIL picked me up and we all went out to dinner at Johnny Carino's. Dinner was good. Our service kind of sucked and was really slow, but the food was really good. 

Sunday we were up early again. We had a session at 9 with a photographer to get some family pictures done. And by family I mean my Husband, myself and our two dogs. She did an incredible job with the pictures. They turned out absolutely amazing and I am so excited to get started on our Christmas cards because believe it or not people, it is coming sooner than you think! Like 10 weeks! Yikes! And yay!

Here are the pictures. Again, I absolutely LOVE them!

After we were done with pictures we headed home and dropped the two fur balls off and then headed up to Denver to meet the In-laws for an afternoon of shopping and lunch. My Brother-In-Law's wedding is in two weeks and I still didn't have a dress. So while the Husband and his Dad went off and looked at the Lego store and Brookstone, my MIL and myself went to Nordstrom's to try and find me a dress. 

I think I had 20 different dresses to try on in that dressing room. It's amazing how many more options you have when you lose weight. This was the first time that I actually enjoyed shopping for a dress because I had so many options. By the time we were done I had it narrowed down to three options. This ended up being the final pick!

I love the color! And the socks really tie the whole outfit together! But seriously, I do love this dress. This is not something I would have ever picked for myself in the past. And actually the sales lady picked this one out. But I love it and I can't wait to wear it in a few weeks. 

After we were done shopping we went and grabbed some lunch and then we headed back home just in time for the Broncos game to come on. They killed San Francisco. And Peyton Manning made history! And it just happened to be a perfect end to a great weekend! Another busy weekend, but a great one!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday

Yep, I suck again. Hey I posted for a week straight last week, and then once this week, haha! You win some, you lose some. It happens. How about some Five on Friday?!

1-Last night my Sister-In-Law and I went downtown to Cowboy's Night Club for the Girls with Guitars event. We got to see the amazing Cassadee Pope! She was incredible. And we had fun! So glad I got to go. And glad my SIL got to go with me!

2-It's 2:00 pm on Friday. My weekend starts in three hours. Need I say more?

3-I'm going dress shopping this weekend for my Brother-In-Law's wedding. I hope I can find something I like. I've come to realize that shopping is just stressful no matter what size you are. I can't ever seem to find exactly what I am looking for. 

4-This weekend is going to be busy busy!! Again! I don't think I will ever not be busy, let's just put it that way. I'm okay with that. I love feeling like I am living life to the fullest and taking advantage of every opportunity I get to do something. 

5-My puppy is becoming a monster. He is getting huge! Every time I look at him I think he has grown more. But he loves to cuddle, which I love. But that could be problematic when he is the size of a freaking horse! 

Okay, that's all I have today. I hope you guys have a great weekend and I will try to be better about posting next week!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Recap

Good Morning everyone! 

This weekend ended up not being as busy as I thought it was going to be. Which actually turned out to be a great thing!

Friday night started with a session with my trainer. He kicked my ass and then I went home. The Husband and I then went to Kneader's to grab something to eat. That seems to be our thing on Friday nights, a trip to Kneaders. Which is fine by me. It's delicious!

After Kneaders we went to T.J. Maxx and looked at some coats because I don't have a winter coat anymore. Mine are all way too big on me now. Yay!! It's a good problem to have. Unfortunately I didn't find one that I liked so we headed home. I spent the rest of the night watching Hocus Pocus and just relaxing. 

Saturday I was up early. That seems to be the norm for me now. I got myself some breakfast and then headed to the dealership to get my oil changed. I got there before they opened and was the third person in line. It only took them a little over an hour, thank goodness. They originally told me two hours and I didn't want to wait that long. 

After the oil change I headed down to my SIL's to meet up with them. We headed out the the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and met up with some other friends and their families. I carried my Nephew in the chest carrier for most of it, which was almost another 20 lbs! Haha! I figured it was a good workout. We had fun though walking with everyone and it was for a great cause!

After the walk we went and grabbed some lunch at Chick-Fil-A and then headed back to my SIL's to do some baking. We have been itching to try a new recipe out for these flourless brownies that we found. The secret ingredient is black beans. So we gathered all of our ingredients and went to town. My SIL and I along with my oldest Niece thought they were delicious, but my Brother and my other two Nieces would not agree with that statement, haha! Honestly I couldn't even tell that they had black beans in them. I will definitely be making them again. 

After our brownies were done and we had tasted them, I headed home. The Husband and I went and grabbed some food and then headed home where we did nothing but lounge around the rest of the night. It was perfect and I needed the little bit of rest time. 

Sunday I was up early again. I made a huge batch of whole wheat pancakes for breakfast (and froze the rest for the rest of this week) and then we took the dogs on a good 30 minute walk. After that I ran a few errands and made sure I was back to the house by 11 for the start of the Broncos game. They won which is awesome-sauce. They should have killed the Jets, but they kept it closer than I would have liked, but a win is still a win. 

We were supposed to head up to Denver to visit with the In-Laws after the game, but some things came up and so we ended up not going. So I helped my Brother and my SIL go pick up a race car frame and then spent the rest of the evening on the couch watching football. I actually started to not feel very good after dinner, so sitting on the couch and doing nothing was definitely needed. 

Like I said, the weekend ended up not being as busy as I thought. How was your weekend?


Friday, October 10, 2014

Five on Friday

Good morning! And Happy Friday! I am glad it is finally Friday and am looking forward to a busy and fun weekend! I definitely need a few days away from work after the week I had. Let's get started shall we?

1-I am absolutely loving this rainy/cold weather we are having. It finally feels like fall. And all the trees are so colorful and pretty and it just makes me happy!

2-I can't wait for next Thursday! Two exciting things are happening. First, I finally made an appointment to get my hair colored! I am wanting something different and I can't wait to see how it turns out! Second, next Thursday night is the Girls with Guitars concert downtown and Miss Cassadee Pope is the headliner! I can't wait!

3-I have been kind of lost the last week because my fitbit quit charging! I was going nuts without it! Luckily mine was still within the year warranty so fitbit sent me a new one and it was waiting for me when I got home yesterday! It's pretty and new and pink again!! Fitbit's customer service was incredible by the way, so if you ever have problems with yours, don't hesitate to contact them.

4-My new iPhone 6 plus needs to hurry up and get here already. Yes I realize I just ordered it last Friday, but still! My old one keeps acting up and I am worried that it is eventually going to crap out before the new one gets here. Ugh! Why did I have to want the super popular phone?! 

5-Is it 5 yet?! Yep, my mind is already there. 

Happy Friday everyone!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Venus VoxBox Review

A few weeks ago I received a Venus Embrace Sensitive VoxBox  from Influenster in the mail! I was super excited. This was my second VoxBox and who doesn't love free goodies? The answer to that is no one!

Inside my VoxBox I found a Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor and a few replacement blades and also a few coupons for replacement blades. 

Let me start by saying that I am usually someone who doesn't spend a lot on my razors. It's always been one of those things that I thought didn't matter and it just seemed ridiculous to spend that much money on something that you use a few times and then throw away. 

But after using this Venus razor, I understand why people do spend more on a good razor. This thing made my legs so freaking soft and I didn't have to go over areas multiple times, which is a huge time saver. And I didn't end up with a bunch of cuts or razor burn. Not that I normally have that with my other razors, but occasionally if I am in a rush, it happens. But I have used this razor multiple times now and not once have I had any issues with it. 

This razor has already lasted longer than my cheap ones too. Usually after a few uses, the so called "moisturizing" strip would be completely gone and I would have to toss it, but that hasn't happened to this one. 

I did find one downside to this product, and if I had the right kind of shower it wouldn't be an issue. The razor came with a holder that has a suction cup on the back of it so that you can affix it straight to the shower wall. Well unfortunately the shower wall in my bathroom is one of those plastic insert pieces and the suction cup wouldn't stick to it. So unfortunately I couldn't use that feature. It would have been a great feature though if my shower wall wasn't being so difficult. It would help save on space, which I am sure as most of you know, is always an issue with as many damn products as we use to shower. 

Overall I am very happy with this product. So much that I am no longer opposed to spending more on a better quality razor in the future. No more cheap razors for this girl! 

*I received this product complimentary to test and review and all opinions are my own*

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