Tunes To Work To

Today is supposed to be “Best Cardio Song”.  For me, this changes like the weather!  I get bored with the same music over and over again so I’ll give my current Top 5.

5.  Bang Bang – Wil. I. Am. – I love the 20’s vibe of this song – it’s on ‘The Great Gatsby’ movie and it’s lovely to get your groove going!

4.  Applause – Lady GaGa – I’m a sucker for lyrics, and hearing GaGa sing about crowds cheering for you is just the motivation I need to keep me moving.

3.  Blood Pressure – MuteMath – This is my all time favorite band.  They’re not widely known, but their music is amazing and they are even better live (we’ve seen them 4 times!)

2.  Lose Yourself – Eminem – Going old school for some blood pumping rap.  Good motivational message and just enough bpm to get a rhythm going.


1.  Work Bitch – Britney – Not a Britney fan, but this song does it for me.  Can’t deny those lyrics!


I’m sure by next week, I’ll have a new top 5!

~Brooke~

Catch Up!

Hi everyone!  I’m so behind…thank you kidney stone.  And, no, there’s still no sign of it passing yet, but thankfully he hasn’t been in horrible pain yet either.  I guess it’s just making it’s home in there and camping out.

I’m going to make this short & sweet and run through these quickly since I have 4 days to catch up on!
Here goes…

Day 15:  Favorite Lunch Idea: Avocado Chicken Salad.  Best ever!

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Day 16:  Favorite Dinner Idea:  Maple Mustard Chicken.  The Hubs LOVES this shit.  We just had it last night!

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Day 17:  Favorite Dessert Idea:  Anything chocolate.

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Day 18:  Favorite Self Feature:  The hair & eyes are tied.  Here’s me & H a few days ago.

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That’s it!  I’ll be back tomorrow.  Have a kickass day!
~Brooke~

Breakfast, Snacks, and Kidney Stones

Happy Thursday!  You’ll have to forgive my absence yesterday.  Hubby J woke up in terrible pain from a kidney stone and I spent my day with him at Urgent Care and then waiting on his drugged up self the rest of the day!  I only have a moment today – dropped him off at the doctor and only have an hour or so until I have to pick him up.  Pain meds make it difficult to drive 😉

So continuing with my photo a day challenge…Yesterday’s Day 13 & Today’s Day 14.
Day 13:  Favorite Breakfast idea

What I REALLY want for breakfast would be something along these lines:

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Obviously since I am trying to lose a few LBs I don’t eat that.  This is more along the lines of what I’m eating:
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Of course, since I’ve been on the Whole30 plan and can’t have oatmeal, I’ve been eating lots and lots of these:
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Have I mentioned I REALLY miss my oatmeal??!!
Day 14:  Favorite Snack Idea:
I’m not a huge snacker.  Especially since the Whole30 began, snacking isn’t encouraged.  Before I started it I would usually just grab a handful of almonds or a banana if I was really hungry in between meals.  God forbid if there are cookies in the house because I would pick a cookie every time over anything else :/
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Ok…gotta run now.  I’ll continue my “catch up” days tomorrow when I have more time to write!  Have a great day!

~Brooke~

A Late Start Is Better Than No Start

I always think that it would be fun to participate in these photo a day challenges but I never get around to actually doing it!  Blakely is doing one that looks fun, so I’m jumping in…12 days late.  This one has a lot to do with fitness and works great with my personal fitness goals!  I’ll do today (Day 12) and a catch up day until I’ve done them all!

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So, here goes…Day 12:  Fave Gym Shoes.

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My babies.  My Nike Run Free 3s.  These are the most comfortable shoes that I have ever worn.  The best part – I got them at Nordstrom Rack.  These babies cost me $35.  I’m going to be sad when I have to replace them because unless I find another deal like that, these will cost me $75 to $100.  Completely worth it though!  Seriously, best shoes ever.
And for my catch up..Day 1: Monthly Goals.  I started the month smack in the middle of a Whole30 challenge, so my main goal would be to finish that with minimum screw ups.  I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a few, but I’ve gotten right back to it with a quickness.
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See you tomorrow for Day 13 & Catch up Day 2 🙂

I’ll Be Okay if I Never See Another Egg

Hey all!  I deserve a few awards this week! 1) The world’s worst blogger award, and 2) Worst workout week award.  Yep, sorry 😦  I’ve been to the gym exactly once this entire week (Tuesday).  Oh well, moving on!

I’ll say I made it through Halloween relatively unscathed.  I did break down and have one fun sized Peppermint Pattie, and last night at family night supper, I had one small bite of my mom’s trial dessert – Pumpkin Oat bread – I had to sample!  Either way, I’m back to the Whole30 plan and I’ve got until November 18, then I think I’ll add on a few extra days to make up for the two days of slips.  Honestly, I could eat like the plan calls for on most meals, but I’m really struggling with breakfast.  I’m so terribly sick of eating eggs!  Some mornings lately, I would rather eat nothing than to eat another egg.  If I force myself to eat eggs when I don’t want to, I will feel physically ill.  I could have organic, fancy, grass-fed bacon or sausage, but let’s be honest.  That shit is expensive and we aren’t exactly rolling in the dough at the moment.

Yeah, so, if anyone has some gym motivation to lend, I could use it!  I can assure you that it’s not going to be any easier to get up and go at 5:30, when the temperature outside keeps dropping!  I’d rather be snuggled in my warm bed.

I’ll leave you with my Halloween cutie – Batman.  And yes, he’s worn this costume many other places since.  He’s only a kid once and he can get away with it because he’s so darn cute!

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~Brooke~

Progress Update

Sorry I was blog slacking yesterday!  I was not however slacking on my Whole30!  Today is day 10 and it is going well.  I’m not going to lie, there are moments when I would probably kill someone for a piece of peanut butter toast, but so far I’ve been able to fight all the urges/cravings and stick to the plan.  This is especially victorious for me because I’ve made it through Family Night with the mac & cheese, a “circus” themed birthday party with cotton candy, hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, and cake, and the Pumpkin Patch with all the yummy snacks & drinks that a fall festival brings.  Not one slip up!  Now to conquer Halloween!

Remember way back in August when I said that I lose weight in my face first?  No?  Okay, well I’m about to show you.  This is why I take pictures.  This is what motivates me the most!  This is my face August 5 & October 27.

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If only it showed that drastically in my belly!  However, I know that if I keep at it, one day it will show that drastically in my belly 🙂

I can’t wait to see the difference between day 1 and day 30 of my Whole30 results!

Happy Tuesday!

~Brooke~