I haven’t mentioned it the last couple days that I am back to drinking coffee.  BUT, not using my International Delight (are you happy Jody?! Open-mouthed smile) but using a splash of almond milk and 1/2 a packet of Splenda – so good!

I made it Day 4 of getting up and hitting the gym.  I cannot tell you how proud I am of myself.  I am always the queen of saying one thing and doing another, but I’ve realized it’s all about choice.  I could choose to hit the snooze or I could choose to get up and change my life.  I chose to get up!

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On tap?  Arms/Abs/Cardio:

  • Barbell Curls: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Superset:
  • Overhead cable curl: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Cable hammer curl -Rope attachment: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Alternating Hammer curls: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Dips (bench or parallel bars): 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Skullcrushers: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Seated triceps press: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Triceps Pushdown – rope attachment: 3 sets of 10 reps (I love this one!)
  • Air Bike: 3 sets of 25 reps
  • Jackknife sit-ups: 3 sets of 10 reps
  • Hanging leg raises (or roman chair): 3 sets of 10 reps

Cardio: 30 minute – medium intensity cardio (running, elliptical, step-mill)

Holy sweat balls.  It took me 70 minutes to get through that routine above.  The only thing I couldn’t do are bench dips – I just don’t have the shoulder flexibility.  I ended up subbing in close hand push-ups.  I had to laugh my ass off at this diagram!  I still worked out my triceps, so that’s all that matters.  I did 35 minutes of walking at 3.5 mph at 6.5 incline for cardio.


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My pre-workout meal of a high fiber English muffin and a tablespoon of peanut butter has been working great.  I actually wasn’t hungry until 10:30!

Suzanne made some zucchini pancakes a couple weeks ago, so I decided to make that the base of my second breakfast.  But, they didn’t turn out as good – I tried making them with shredded zucchini, egg beaters and a tablespoon of panko to bind it.  They never kept together – I think next time I am going to add some almond flour.  BUT the flavor was good – it was the base of my breakfast – zucchini pancakes with scrambled egg whites and egg beaters, with steak “croutons.”

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Of course the bottle of hot sauce was at the ready!  In the back was another honey crisp apple.  Super filling.  I had planned on swimming at lunch, but we were down one secretary, and for the third day this week, work got in the way of my lunch workout.  I actually was totally okay with it after my morning workout.  I did a lunch run for my boss – I fly, she buys.

I ended up getting a cup of broccoli cheddar soup, the whole wheat baguette, and then I accessorized it with stuff I brought from home – carrots, cucumbers, hummus and strawberries.  This whole plate comes in at around 420 calories – not bad!

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I wish I liked more fish – I would love to have more meatless meals during the week.  I am the problem.  Tony would love to eat salmon!  I had shrimp tacos on the menu.  While I was supposed to stay away from fried food during my cleanse, um, these were totally worth it.  Since my deep fryer holds the temperature so well, I added 1 teaspoon of oil to the recipe just to figure out the calories – but I am confident a whole teaspoon of oil was not absorbed into the shrimp.

Crunchy Shrimp Tacos

  • 2 servings – 215 calories, 5.5 fat, 10.4 carbs, 1.3 fiber and 29.2 protein (this is just for the shrimp)


  • 1/2 pound of shrimp
  • 1/8 cup almond flour
  • 1/8 cup egg beaters
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat panko
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (frying)

Add a pinch of cumin, salt and pepper to the flour.  Toss the shrimp in the flour mixture.  Then toss in the egg beaters and then toss in the panko.  Deep fry for 2-3 minutes, until nice and crisp.  Put on a paper towel and salt a tiny bit more.  Ready for the fryer:

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Tony and I both give these two big thumbs up!  They were so light and crispy.  We split half an avocado, I had baby spinach, diced red pepper and tomatillo salsa on mine with the Ezekiel sprouted tortillas.  I added half a cup of fat free refried beans on the side after the picture was taken – still that whole plate of food was 553 calories!  We will have to remember this when Lenten season begins – I think Tony could eat these every Friday during Lent like I like to eat pizza the rest of the year on Fridays!

And now I bring you another installment of Texting with Tony.  In this episode, I am in green on the right, Tony is on the left:

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I just have to laugh because Tony was the first one to tell me about turtle touching cotton well, when when you have to poo.  And can I just say that I love the poo icons in the iPhones – I use them all the time!  He said girls shouldn’t have turtle touching cotton – like ever.  Just like girls shouldn’t fart.  Silly boy!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1596 calories, 161 carbs, 97 protein, 37 fiber
  • A- grade on CalorieCount.com
  • 29% of calories from fat, 24% from protein and 40% from carbs
  • 70 minute arms/abs/cardio before work

Happy Friday!  This week went by fast surprisingly!  On the workout menu this morning?  Shoulders and Cardio.

Make it a great day!