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Brown rice protein powder muffin top

Happy Sunday morning!  Yesterday was my day off from the gym and relaxing is an understatement for the day.  It basically consisted of a slow day at work, sleep, froyo, and this…

Hello hello favorite nighttime snack.  I adapted the recipe from my favorite blog mama StuftMama, whose recipes are always beyond delicious and nutritious.  I decided to knock out the flour and add a little protein powder from her Calm me Down Low Carb Cookie.

Brown Rice Protein Muffin Top

2 Tbsp pure pumpkin
2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 egg white (3 Tbsp egg whites)
1 Tbsp chocolate brown rice protein powder
packet of stevia
splash of almond milk
Microwave for 4 minutes.  Top with melted dark chocolate and almond butter.  

So, so good.  I always try to get in a protein and fat source about 30 minutes-1 hour before going to bed.  Because 1) I can’t go to bed hungry.  And 2) I wake up before the crack of dawn and don’t want to have to eat a HUGE meal before heading over to the gym.

I’m off to church and then doing a back & chest workout later this afternoon with some incline walking/sprints.  Switching things up again to keep the bod guessing.

Have a fantastic and restful Sunday!



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It’s been too long…

Man oh man do I make futile promises or what?  I have seriously missed the blog world over the past year.  Even though I’ve been caught up in the whirlwind of being a busy college student and working, I still read everyone’s blog like it’s my job.

I figured summer would be low-key enough to pick this thing back up but time is flyin’ on by and I haven’t posted once! In the meantime I’ve been staying busy…


being a mommy to this little baby…

cooking and eating lots of good food with friends…

trying to survive the heat down in good ol’ College Station…

and I am now officially certified as a personal trainer!!!! Praise God!

My passion for fitness and healthy-living has not wavered one bit.  I have so many fitness-related goals for the next year that I’m so excited about!

I hope to keep updating the blog and getting back on track, even if it means short and sweet posts.  This online community blessed me so much last year and it left a gaping hole in my heart!

Here’s to a new start (hopefully) 😀

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Savory Pancakes

If you like weird foods, this is the pancake for you.  Now that I’m used to “cooking” I typically throw a few ingredients together and say a little prayer that it will come out edible.  Pancakes for lunch midday snack?

I sincerely apologize for my lack of photography skills!  My camera is MIA-what else is new-so I’m left just my phone.  Yes, it looks like it came straight out of a baby’s diaper but I promise it doesn’t taste like so 😉

Spinach in my smoothies is not okay with me [unfortunately] but spinach in pancakes is my new fav addition.  I topped these with pumpkin butter because the thought of not having something sweet at a meal scares me.  Without the pumbutter, they are the perfect savory pancake and were so wonderful with a side of eggs & sauteed veggies (that may or may not be going old.)

Savory Pancakes

Blend 1 serving of protein powder [I used chocolate rice protein powder], 2 Tbsp quick oats, 1/2 tsp baking powder, dash of sea salt, hunk of cinnamon, 1 egg white, 1 cup spinach and enough milk to get the right “pancake” consistency (~1/4 cup).

Cook like pancakes and top with whatever!  Cottage cheese/salsa mixture? Nut butter? Greek yogurt? or anything you can possibly think of.


My tests are THROUGH so I’m ready to enjoy the weekend!  Tonight I’m having much needed girls night at the mall & watching Bridesmaids, midnight yell and tomorrow I’ll be at the A&M-OSU game!  Then I’m headed home to reunite with my brother and get in some sweet fam time.  Enjoy your weekend! 😀

What are your weekend plans?
Best part of your week?



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Belated WIAW

Oh man I have completely deserted my beloved blog!  This week was (and still is) crazy stressful, so until the tests are over tomorrow, I’ll have to keep it short and simple.  I’ve just been studying (aka sitting on facebook and chatting with friends at Starbucks) and eating (to procrastinate even more) and going out (no explanation needed).  Three tests have bogged me down this week and I’m also in the process of applying for STUDY ABROAD and my application for the university is due in a WEEK. I didn’t even realize it was Thursday [which could be a good thing I suppose] but WIAW flew right past me.  So lessss gooo

[warning: please excuse all of the horrible cell phone pics. desperate times call for desperate measures.]

pumpkin butter & almond butter sandwich

more spinach/sweet potato/pumpkin/greek yogurt pancakes. SO filling and deliciouss..AND nutritious

starbucks double shot with soy, TRY it.

so many bowls of randomness with tons of veggies, a protein source and COTTAGE cheese

chicken, green beans, water chestnuts, peppers, onions, spinach sauteed in soy sauce and hoisin sauce. legit asian food at home? yes please

wrap with almond & pumpkin butter & honey; strawberries; roasted veggies

tuna, cottage cheese, egg, spinach, avocado bowl

yogurt mess


i cannot tell you how much cereal I've been eating. so quick and always a craving

Lessons I’ve learned:

  • always bring extra food to campus ; better to bring home extra than not have enough!
  • you guys were right-eating carbs before bed has been the best decision I’ve made since school started.  After having sleeping problems for months, I’m now sleeping like a baby because my stomach isn’t growling every 4 seconds
  • college can be fun if food and exercise isn’t the main focus <– finally understand this!

Okay I’m back to studying.  Until tomorrow friends when I can whip out a real post!


What’s your favorite food to pack for a day when you’re out and about?  my favorite foods are alllll refrigerated, so I usually bring just a sandwich, fruit, and some veggies.  I’m severely lacking in protein during the day!


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Joy & Healing

Good morning friends!  How was the start to the weekend last night?!  Hope you were able to take some time off from school/work to relax and refresh.  I spent my night going to ring dunks and midnight yell [don’t ask] and am ready to get in some shopping today for my cardio 😉 as a reward for pwning my interviews yesterday.  I’m SO glad yall are all on the carb-overdose-before-bed train with me…and like some of you said, it does make me sleep harder and longer.  Win for everyone.

Speaking of carbs, breakfast was a simple bowl of cereal-Kashi Crunch, Multigrain Cheerios, cinnamon, flaxseed with coconut milk, with a side of strawberries [out of the container, no less]

So this topic doesn’t directly have to do with health and fitness, but I want to hear your thoughts!  It’s been on my heart all week, but I’ve been putting it off because of school and pure laziness.

Both my ED days and being in college has made me extremely selfish, as I’m sure many of you can relate.  It’s all about when I want to eat, when I want to go to bed/wake up, when I need to study, when I need to do this and do that.  If what I’m doing fits into your schedule, then great, we can hang out.  But if not then sucks to suck.  [It even bothers me how much I say “I” on the blog]

“When we live self-centered lives, we are denied the joy of delighting in others.”

As of right now, I would say that I’m 95% healed from an ED.  I thought it would be a walk in the park if I could just get over that hill, but what followed was severe depression and anxiety.  Which is still self-centered, focusing on my problems, my sadness, my lack of hope.

“Nobody should seek his own god, but the good of others.” – 1 Corinthians 10:24

Coming back to school, I was still at the bottom of all bottoms, and was ready to take on counseling and medicine so I could get back to ‘normal’ (whatever that is) and move forward.  I’m open about my faith on my blog because I know that God is the only reason I’m alive and thriving and healthy today.  I couldn’t have healed myself through my own power.  Yet things aren’t always bright and dandy in the faith area either.  It’s been a struggle to go to church on a weekly basis and to try to get involved in something Christian-oriented on campus because well, I just haven’t been feelin it.

But this is why God is so so cool. Every morning when I hesitantly open my bible, every sermon I’ve heard, comments from friends have all been directing me towards the same thing – focus on others. Not as a distraction from my own ‘problems’ but because there is serious joy to be found in being a shoulder for someone and praying over someone who needs it more than I do.

My focus is always down at myself, but when I lift my eyes and look at the people walking by me on campus, my roommates, strangers at the gym, I can see the hurt in their lives as well.  I can’t fix whatever they’re going through…I know that God can though.  Simply praying for other peoples’ hearts instead of my own has brought enough joy in and of itself.  It’s incredible how doing things for other people-even if it’s just asking how their day was or an unnoticed prayer-can make all the difference.

Every organization I’ve joined in college has been to further my social life and my resume.  So I dropped everything I was involved in the past two years and joined Global Justice-which is a small group of students who sincerely want to bring attention to social injustices around the world.  Talk about taking the focus off of myself.  I get so caught up in my little bubble of nothingness that I forget to notice hardships people face all over the world.  Taking the focus off of yourself brings healing, in whatever way you need to be healed.

If you need a little inspiration, I suggest you go here and read about the war going on in the Congo and the desire to bring kid soldiers out of that environment and into love, education, and healing.  It’s not about comparing problems with another person, it’s about feeling someone else’s hurt and realizing whatever you’re going through isn’t the end of the world. There is  joy to be found through being there for someone else.

[I’ll definitely be talking alot about Falling Whistles in the weeks to come.  I had never heard of it before last week, yet it’s been on my heart x294948 so be readdddaaayyyy.]

“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” -1 John 3:17


Sorry for such a wordy and confusing post!  Enjoy your Saturday (especially if football is involved) and say a little prayer for a stranger today.  Be on the lookout for the joy that comes with that 😀

What organization or non-profit really tugs at your heart? For me, anything that supports oppressed kids makes me want to go adopt them all. 
What are your weekend plans?
Shopping, lots of studying, bonding with the roomie
Does shopping count as cardio?  
Yes it is.  Don’t tell me it isn’t.  


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I realized that bowls (and the bullet cup) and I are bffs, as in I can’t even remember the last time I ate off of a plate.

spinach, tuna, avocado, cottage cheese, spicy mustard, honey *don't knock it til ya try it!*

I realized that I eat too much broccoli after being nicknamed ‘the Broccoli Queen’.

broccoli, spinach, black beans overdosing on red pepper flakes, mama miaaa

I realized that I don’t like pumpkin.  Oh the horror.  I’ve tried in every way possible, but unless it’s baked into banana pumpkin bread or in the form of pumpkin butter, then get outta my pantry.

<– total winner status”] I realized that I really miss running.  Basically I miss doing cardio in general.  The next three days are ‘off’ days which means me and the elliptical, the parks, and my running shoes are all having a huge reunion.  Hopefully there is rain involved.

I realized that the rule “don’t eat any carbs three hours before you go to bed” should go to hell.  Bowls of cereal are what keep me going at night when my bed literally has my name written all over it.


I realized that these muffins are the bomb, I feel like a 90 year old eating a bran muffin, but Amanda is a genius for creating them.  I also realize every muffin I’ve ever posted on the bloggy has been in these dang red muffin liners.  Hobby Lobby needs to hook me up with some new colors sooner rather than later.

Cinnamon Bran Muffins
I followed the exact recipe, except used quick oats instead of rolled, extra cinnamon, and omitted the raisins. 

I realized that I’m off to my very first big girl job internship interview this morning.  Scratch that, I have two interviews.  All the nerves of this week have finally taken their toll and I’m ready to crash as soon as they’re over.  Have a safe and beautiful Friday night loves!


What’s your opinion on eating starches/carbs before bed?  And just eating before bed in general?  


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Cookie dough for breakfast <3

I can’t believe it’s another Monday!  Ready for a new week?  This is my last *free* week before the first round of tests so I’m taking advantage of extra relaxation time and plan on going to the mall, watching some trash TV and hopefully whipping out some new recipes.

Weekend confession: I’m starting to like country music thanks to Ziegfest 2011.  Even a month ago, I never imagined those words coming out of my mouth.  Apparently there is hope in the world.


Let’s start this week off on the right foot shall we?  With a cookie dough smoothie?  This filling breakfast has been rocking my mornings and I may or may not break 54 traffic laws on my way home from the gym just to dig into it.  While I don’t advise breaking any laws, please indulge yourself.

Cookie Dough Smoothie
(based off of Kath’s Dough Boy Smoothie)

The night before, combine:

  • 1/3 cup oats (quick & rolled both work)
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • lots of cinnamon
  • Optional: add a scoop of protein powder – I’ve used whey and rice and both make it taste like ice cream.  If you do add extra dry ingredients, make sure to bump up the amount of liquid you use.
  • Cut up a banana and freeze overnight.

When you wake up fungry, blend up the overnight oats with a frozen banana and a spoonful of nut butter. [Add a tad of liquid to get things moving if needed; the less liquid you use, the more doughey it will be.]

Mondays are my busiest day, which means my love for Monday has decreased significantly.  I guess I should practice what I preach and make the most of it.  Smile, encourage others, and call someone just to tell them you loveee them!


Best part of your weekend?  Spending all day Sunday watching romcoms [hello Princess Diaries x2 and 27 Dresses] & Ziegfest.

If you had to choose, cookie dough or cookies?  Cookie dough baby.


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