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TGIF!

I really enjoyed linking last Friday so I thought I would continue the streak. Please share you favorite links in the comment section below!

Have a wonderful Friday! B and I are going to a wine tasting tonight, I’ll be sharing the review next week so stay tuned! ūüôā

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I am all about women feeling better themselves and I think this photo shoot did just that!

Need some motivation? #noexcuses

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With my up and coming 1/2 I found this article to be so helpful because I am wanting to run a PR hopefully!

Wow, just wow.

I feel like my diet is like this, but just a great reminder to continue this life style!

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I don’t know if I will be using the term, “The Wall” any more…¬†

I love reading these and totally eat these same things when we go out!

Watermelon and Giada. What is better?!

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The brain is just so interesting! 

I have an obsession with door color!

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Dinner Challenge + {GF} Crab Cakes

Hi!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! B had a bunch of studying to do so I did my own thing and on Sunday I had a graduation party for my youngest cousin. It was a nice mix of fun and relaxation!

So because I have been less busy recently I have taken it upon myself to create new meals each week. If B has a good meal in him I feel I am helping a little with this whole bar studying thing!

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So with this new challenge I have two really great recipes to share with you… Gluten Free Crab Cakes and Gluten Free Mexican Lasagna.¬†( I will share the Mexican Lasagna sometime this week)

First up the Crab Cakes! These were a huge hit with B! We were both commenting on how great the flavors were and how the crab did not take over the spices but really helped the crab!

Gluten Free Crab Cakes (Adapted from Healthy Recipes Blog) 
Prep:10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 crab cakes
Ingredients
  • 8oz fresh lump crabmeat, gently picked through and shells removed
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¬ľ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon¬†greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ‚Öõ teaspoon paprika
  • ¬Ĺ cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil¬†for frying
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, use a fork to combine crabmeat, garlic, parsley, egg, greek yogurt, mustard, salt, thyme, paprika and almond flour.
  2. Form into four ¬Ĺ-inch-thick cakes
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the skillet. Add the crab cakes. Cook 4-5 minutes without moving, until the bottom has a nice golden brown crust. Carefully lift each crab cake with a spatula, to cook on the other side, 4-5 more minutes.

We enjoyed our crab cakes with some boiled red potatoes and some asparagus with garlic powder, olive oil and topped with lemon!

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We were both smiling ear to ear as we reminisced about our time eating crab cakes down in Charleston a few summers ago, the only thing we were missing was the beach! ūüôā

Let me know if you try them out!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Meals to Get out of the Meal Rut

Hi! TGIF!

I am lucky enough to have Friday off! Don’t be fooled however, I am working the whole weekend :(.

So of course on my day off I will be checking off some major items on my to do list. Including cleaning the house, some grocery shopping and planning our meals for the next week. B is having a fun day with his dad and I am going to soak up some sun after all the “chores” :).

Our menu for the week looks like this so far…

Friday: On own

Saturday: Out to dinner

Sunday: Out of town

Monday: Crab cakes with asparagus and homemade fries

Tuesday: Chicken enchilada casserole

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Wednesday: On own

Thursday: Honey sesame chicken and brown rice 

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Friday: Left overs/ out to dinner

*All meals are gluten free*

I have this problem of getting into a rut of meals, I mean who doesn’t right?! So I made a challenge with myself to try some new meals this week, B and I will both¬†appreciate this! I am really looking forward to the meals and hopefully these meals will inspire some new ideas in the kitchen for next week as well!

What day do you meal plan? 

Do you have a certain cuisine you cook more often? 

Have a great weekend! I hope you have wonderful weather!

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My Current Goal with Workouts

How is it going in the land of the internet?!

We are experience some less than stellar weather, we even had a tornado touchdown about 5 minutes from our home yesterday afternoon!

Even though the weather has been sub-par I have been trying to get in as many outdoor adventures as possible.

From hiking to walks and soccer golf, I have truly been soaking up the Vitamin D!

Along with my outdoor¬†adventures I have been trying some “new to me” workouts. My goal a few weeks ago was to start trying a new workout or two per week. I have found this has really helped with mixing it up and “getting sore.” You know what i mean?!

Here are a few worth mentioning…

3.5 mile run (threw in some pick-ups as well) + Upper Body Super Set Workout {Peanut Butter Runner}

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Pyramid run on the treadmill + Cardio Strength Workout {Peanut Butter Runner}

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Legs and Core {Peanut Butter Fingers} + 4 mile up hill variation walk

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30 Minute Total Body Blast {Peanut Butter Fingers} + 3 mile interval run

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I think I have a problem with following blogs whom have the name peanut butter!

What are some workouts you are loving currently!? 

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Monday Backwards

Hello!

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day! For me it was a basic Monday, without work, but I did start the morning with a fun hike with a friend.

Look what I found on the hike… {!!}

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B would have FREAKED OUT, luckily I like snakes so I thought it was pretty cool! After a 3+ hour hike I made my way home for a much needed lunch of salad and some greek yogurt. I am totally craving salads, truth: I have been for like 5 months!! I am always looking for new salad toppers, if you have any ideas, please share! I will be sharing a few of mine in the next couple of days!

Also random from Monday:

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When I got home from the hike I realized I kept hearing some really strong gusts of wind, low and behold I went into our bedroom and our window fell out?!

Along with falling out it took down the mirror {the glass was fine} and pulled the curtain rod out of the wall! It must have been some pretty strong wind!

To start the day I did an early morning 3 mile run + Fired Up Squat Workout.

After the workout and the hike my legs are spent! Well B and I are headed out to kick around the soccer ball and eat some GF pizza!

Have a great Tuesday!

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This and That + Weekend

TGIF!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week so far. Who else, has a three day weekend for Memorial Day?! I am pumped for the weekend!

On the docket we have…

Saturday: Morning run and coffee with a friend// B and I playing some soccer golf with some friends// nice dinner out just the two of us!

Sunday: Pancakes and morning coffee stroll// Work for a few hours// Get outside and play!

Monday: Meet up for some lunch/dinner with friends!

As you can see we have a pretty packed weekend! B is ahead in his studies so he can relax a little this weekend which I/he is always grateful for!

For now let me leave you with a few pictures from my week!

Best. Breakfast. Ever. 

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Cheetah showdown!Cheetah showdown!

My Arms feel like Jell-O

Friday morning workout. My arms are now jell-o.

Just another day at work! 
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Breakthrough + Day Plans

Hi and happy Tuesday!

Just a popping in for a quick hello! The hubs has a had off day from studying {!!} so we are going to spend this gorgeous day at the zoo! We have a pretty awesome zoo {Columbus Zoo and Aquarium} so we love to sneak up to the Columbus area when we have a chance.

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So I realize I have been posting some “deeper” posts and thought I would explore a subject which I am very passionate about: Fitness!¬†

You can read about my journey into running on my running page, but at the current moment I am all about the HIIT, Tone it Up and running with squats, lunges, jump ropes etc.

By doing more of these workouts and allowing my body to not be pounding the ground I feel I am in the best shape of my life. I have also really changed my food and my outlook on food in general and I noticed major changes in my body {More on this later}.

Coming from someone who has had major issues with food and fitness in the past, I feel this is a breakthrough. A few years ago I would have never said anything positive about my body. I was very negative towards my body. But after doing different types of workouts I have realized how fortunate I am to be able to do these workouts.

I always read¬†changing up a fitness routine is key to not being bored and to mixing up what muscles you use. I would see this but would never truly follow the advice. Well I am here to tell you… TRY IT! Once I stopped running 6 days a week and would do HIIT for 2 of those days and then 1 day of Tone It Up I realized how much stronger and better I felt.

What would it hurt if you just tried it for one week? That was my outlook and I am not looking back anytime soon!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Traditions

Sunday!

I love Sundays! It’s¬†a day where I wake up early, get in a good sweaty workout, ¬†make some breakfast with my husband and drink some lovely coffee. I love this tradition. Some times this tradition gets me through my week.

However, this tradition has changed.

I still wake up early and get in my workout, but my husband is already at school studying for the bar by the time I reach my first mile.

From the last time I blogged he was still in law school and we were “safe.” This is how I look at school, a safe place away from the evils of the work force :).

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One of the reasons I started blogging in the first place was because I have major issues with changes. Like, not healthy at times. This year though has made me realize change can be good at times. Disappointment can even be good.

You might be like, come on Elizabeth this is such a small change, seriously?! But over the past year our life has been a roller coaster of school, jobs, family and life in general.

I guess my whole point is 2 years ago, this morning tradition would have been really tough for me to deal with, after this past year, this is just a normal change in life and it is okay.

Being okay.

This has been something I have dealt with as well. I don’t always need to be great, awesome, stellar. Sometimes being okay, is just what I need.

I am sure I will explain more about our year later but for now I will leave you and let you enjoy your wonderful Sunday!

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Type A

I am Type A.

I like things done at a certain time, at a certain hour, at a certain pace, I think you get the point.

The last time I went into blogging I thought I had post x amount of times, at a certain hour, and I was totally missing the point. I needed an outlet to write, a space where I can put words to paper and not have a time or a certain topic. If I want to talk about fitness, I will talk about fitness, If I want to talk about food, I will talk about food.

I also would read certain blogs and think, “mine needs to be just like theirs…”

That is not the case, I am not a personal person. I will share things I find exciting or sad but I am not one to over share and this is something which will be different as I start to blog again.

So to who ever is reading this, thanks for sticking around and listening to my crazy story!