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Things I’ve been loving

Finally my very own kitchen scale!  I want to make sure I’m getting enough calories to encourage muscle growth, so this was a brilliant purchase if I do say so myself.

New shoes are always motivation to work out, am I right?!  Especially when they’re neon blue and yellow. 

Ohmygoodness berry season. Can. not. get. enough.

Sunday=prep day.  Not only is it convenient to get a whole week’s worth of groceries in one trip, but cooking for a few hours on a relaxing Sunday night is good for the soul.  I used to go to the store multiple times a week, and now I make sure I get JUST enough food to last me a week.

Texas sunrises.  It’s mornings like these that make me thankful I’m a morning person.  This makes it alllll worth it!

All things spicy, especially when it’s marinara sauce.  Coupled with spag squash and broccoli slaw.  Get in my belly.  Oh, and did I mention it’s gluten free?

This website.  Maybe it’s cause I have a dog.  Maybe it’s cause I’m always looking for entertainment at work.  Either way, it is sure to make a dog lover laugh!


What’s something you’ve been loving on lately?


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New workout!

I have not yet escaped the blog itch!  Over the course of the past year (can’t believe it was over a year ago that I started this tiny little blog) my workouts have changed…ALOT.  I love switching up my routine every week and try to incorporate a new move or progression into each workout.  Challenging the body is where it is at!

I did this LEG and BOOTY workout on Wednesday and I am stilllll feeling it.  Good stuff.


Superset Booty Workout



Narrow squat 15,12,8,6
BTB wide squat 4×20
Bulgarian split squat 4×12 (each side)
Kettlebell plié squat + upright row 4×15
Single leg deadlift w/kettlebell 3×15
Barbell glute bridge 3×10
Note: same color exercises is a superset.  Perform the first exercise of the set, and immediately after perform the second set with minimal rest.  After completing one round of both exercises, take a 1 minute break.

I followed this up with a quick tabata interval courtesy of Naomi.  So quick, yet so effective! (20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest between each move!)

Kettlebell swings
4 mountain climbers, 4 jumping jacks
KB goblet squat
Jump squat
KB reverse lunge right
KB reverse lunge left
KB power clean


Narrow squat-love this for the abductors!  I used to be obsesesed. with the abductor machine, and let me tell you…it does not do what a narrow squat will do for you.  Abductor machines do not require any core engagement, and they have predetermined movement patterns so you don’t need any stabilization whatsoever.








BTB wide squats– watch the video! Basically, instead of a standing starting position, you start at the bottom of a squat. Pop up quick, and then squat back down and hold for a second.  Feel the burnnnnnn.

Kettlebell plie squat w/upright row –  slow and controlled is the way to go.








Barbell glute bridge – I recently added this to my routine and WHY have I never before? If you want to firm up that toosh, this is your move.










Have a great weekend!

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My my my, it has been a good 8 months since I’ve even touched the ol’ blogaroo! I spent the last hour re-reading old posts and to see how things have changed in less than a year is so crazy.  I know this started as a food/fitness/recovery blog, but it has been on my heart lately to share what the Lord has been teaching me so I figured I might as well make use of this old site.


First of all, I want to share where I am in life right now!

  • I received a boyfriend, and then I lost a boyfriend. Totally unexpected, but it has been such a blessing and a teaching opportunity from the Lord.
  • I still workout 5-6 days a week and LOVE it.  Unfortunately, my focus has shifted just a little back to wanting to ‘look good’ instead of just ‘be healthy.’
  • I eat more basic foods now.  I miss making bowls of food where I just throw everything together and pray it’s edible.  My restriction list is wittling away as I delve into foods like ice cream, pasta, cookies, chocolate on a regular basis.  Yes, there is still guilt but you know what? It doesn’t have to consume me.  I eat and move on.  No dwelling.  No drawn out guilt.
  • I am now working, going to school, and have a new little dog.  All of which keep me stressed out to the bone and I realized how living a healthy lifestyle is a challenge when you don’t have a minimum of 6 hours to blow everyday.

I know this started as another ‘healthy living’ blog, which I absolutely loved doing and loved being in such a great community.  While I still strive to live as healthy as I can (although that’s been on the downslope in the past few weeks), I’ve been itching to write about what the Lord is teaching me!  Why, do you ask?  I have no idea.  There are so many thoughts swarming around in my head that need to be let go.  And so instead of starting a whole new blog and going through all of that formatting and figuring-things-out-junk, I’m just going to use this one.

Sometimes we reach the top of a mountain where things are GOOD and we feel blessed.  But the truth it, we are blessed even the lowest of valleys.  As I travel through this current valley, I want to learn and to grow and to see it as a blessing.

“I said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” – Psalm 16:2


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Tat tat tatted up

Vassssupppp! Can you believe it’s already Thursday?!  The weekend is right around the corner-any fun weekend plans?  I’m heading to the Dallas Cowboys stadium to watch A&M btho Arkansas!  Although I am slightly not looking forward to this trip, I’ll save that for another post! Because I have big news…

Spontaneity was sapped from my life when I became consumed with food and exercise.  So one of the things I’ve been working on to reach full recovery is being spontaneous and doing things out of the routine.

I may or may not have gotten a tattoo.  [BTW, people who say it doesn’t hurt are LYING.  It hurts. Alot.]  It started off as a joke as I toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo to commemorate the end of Harry Potter.  You probably think I’m obsessed by now, which I am, but I would never get a tattoo just for a guy 😉  Here’s the background story in a nutshell:

Depression and anxiety ravaged me, seriously, for a year now.  I’ve heard they both go hand in hand with an eating disorder, but regardless of where it came from, it was miserable.  It’s not something I’ve mentioned alot on the blog because in all honesty, I was still in the middle of it all summer, and it still is hard to delve into.  l had anticipated coming back to school and the depression getting much worse, but over the course of the past 5 weeks, I’ve been almost completely healed.  Once again, no doctor, no medicine could fix me.  The only explanation I have is GOD.  How someone goes from full-on depression to feeling joy and living life again free of those chains is beyond me.

“He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.'” – Luke 10:18&19

I happened to come across this verse a few days ago and it resonated hardcore with me.  Only Jesus is powerful enough to overcome the lies, depression and the hell in my mind for good. That night, we saw our first thunderstorm (with lightning) here in months.  Watching the lightning made me realize the perfection of God’s timing.  I could go on and on, but I’ll leave you with that.  

So yes, it is a Harry Potter reference because Harry Potter brings up the best memories of my childhood before life started to spiral downwards.  It’s also my initials (or Haley Potter, my fav).  It’s a reminder that I can overcome my own dementors because of the power of the cross.  It’s a shoutout to God for being bigger, stronger, powerful…

Speaking of bigger, stronger, powerful, this meal was a WIN in my book.  I missed out on WIAW again, which is good for you.  Because alllll of my meals look the same-cookie dough smoothie for breakfast, egg scramble with tortilla/toast for lunch, yogurt/granola/berries for snack (or smoothie), another mess like pictured above for dinner, cereal for bedtime snack.

Please make this.  I’ve been on Asian kick x20 lately and adding soy & hoisin sauce with some asian veggies, but I decided to love Mexico for a night.  I combined brown rice, chicken, corn, black beans, some other various veggies, and then organic pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, basil, salsa, a touch of hot sauce, and melted a piece of swiss cheese in it.  Topped with extra salsa, of course.  SOOOOO flipping good.  It’s 6 am and my mouth is watering for it.

Make the most of your Thursday!  Do something small for someone, like holding open the door or letting a car cut in front of you during traffic.  It’s crazy how good it will make you feel.

Do you have a tattoo?  If not, do you want one?
Favorite ethnic food?


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Lightening the load

Hiiiiii! Long time no talk, I’m getting worse and worse about keeping up with the blog now that the semester is in full swing.  Mostly, I feel like I have to come up with a long, deep post everyday so I just decide not to do it at all.  Butttt I am way too chatty not to blog, so be prepared for light posts and daily recaps!  This weekend was a goodie, so here it is in a nutshell:

Midnight Yell…


is a tradition here at A&M Friday nights before a football game…at midnight.  Basically, we do cheers and get pumped up.  Well, what was SPECIAL about this week was I got to stand on the field in front of 20,000 people!  The climax of the night is when the lights get turned off and you get to kiss your “date”.  My date happened to be in the army, meaning he gets to stand on the field.  Helloooooo 15 minutes of fame!

Texas A&M vs. OSU

We lost.  But I got to sit in the 2nd row meaning I got facetime on the Jumbotron…second round of fame for the weekend.


I spent Sunday back at home hanging out with my familia and spending time with ex co-workers.  Something about going home really relieves the stress inside of me.  I take every chance I get to get away from school and relax!  It also forces me away from the food I inhale on a daily basis.

No oatmeal 😦 = toast with microwaved strawberry sauce, almond butter, and cinnamon.

And of course, the always necessary froyo trip.

cappucino & pistachio flavors with coconut, slivered almonds, pretzel m&ms and cookie dough!


I’m on week 4 of Jamie Eason’s Livefit 12-week program.  It’s nice to have structure to my gym sesh everyday, but the first few weeks have been super dull.  I prefer supersets with cardio in between sets to get in a to-the-point and effective workout.  The first weeks have been straight sets with suggested no cardio.  I’ve been trying to stick to it as closely as possible (minus the food part) and adding in a little cardio at the end of each workout.  After this week, I’ll have progress pics to see if any progress has actually been made!


Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday whatever you are doing!  I’m off to tackle lots and lots of homework I’ve been putting off, a workout and a worship night tonight.  Adios!

What is your favorite college football team?
Any good workout plan suggestions? 


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Welcome to What I’m Doing Wednesday.  I may have jinxed myself last week when I bragged about blogging everyday, because it’s gone downhill fast ever since.  I’m still here though!  Just trying to figure out how exactly to fit blogging into a busy schedule without compromising studying and friend time! [Any tips?!]

Routine is my middle name, in fact, it should be my first name.  Being a stickler for routines ended me up in a bad spot, so this semester I’m focusing on straying from said routine.  There are some benefits to having a routine-like waking up at a consistent time every morning, making sure to eat, etc-but revolving my life around routine is not an option anymore.  So YES I’d like to get in a “routine” of blogging to be able to write evrrrrry day. But as long as I’m under the financial coverage of my parents, school has to come first.  I don’t want to set up a routine to ensure a post everyday because I KNOW it’ll be broken tomorrow.  This is yet another baby step in being spontaneous!

This basically summarizes my mornings…slurping down a cookie dough smoothie (1/3 cup oats, 1 scoop protein powder, cinnamon, 1 tsp chia seeds, frozen banana, dark chocolate pb, 2/3 cup almond milk) every morning.  When I get hooked on something, I get really hooked.

But this happens first and foremost.  Coffee God.  Getting up early and getting to sit in the stillness of the morning and spending time with the Creator, whoooop!  Having a hot cup of coffee doesn’t suck either, especially now that the weather is chillay!

And then I get my workout on.  Yes, I feel mighty awkward posting this picture, but tan muscles…here I come.

Class. Eat. Class. Eat. Class. Repeat.

red bell pepper & spinach tuna boats (mixed with cottage cheese), extra tuna mixed with corn, almond butter toast

blueberry & peach smoothie with kashi berry crunch

vanilla chobani with frozen blueberries, kashi berry, almond butter

lots of sweet potatas with whatever i can find thrown on top! scrump-delly-umptious

And then I do things like Water Zumba-only a great workout for the tummy [from laughing].  I have a new respect for the elderly who do water aerobics on a regular basis…moving in water is TOUGH.

Attend meeting after meeting:

Go to concerts and go [country] dancing:

Which might I add, probably isn’t what you think.

And in the midst of it, I forget to take pictures.  Except for when I eat some more:

I just got my Swanson products in the mail (SCORE) so I’m on the lookout for yum recipes using wheat bran/coconut oil/pumpkin seeds/rice protein/kamut puffs all in one.  Review coming asap!


Have you ever tried Aqua Zumba?  Or any water aerobics?
How do you fit blogging into your daily schedule?  I could read and write blogs for hourssssss, there is no self control when it comes to my computer.


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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

MERRY CHRISTMAS IN JULY!! You better believe that today will be spent in the kitchen baking Christmas goodies, wandering the Christmas aisles of Hobby Lobby, and wearing red and green only.

Also, don’t forget to check out The Great Fundraising Act and bid on some awesome goods!


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