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Gasparilla Race Weekend 2017

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Weekly Menu 01-30-17

This past weekend has been crazy busy.  We have had so much going on ad we did not get to our meal planning and prepping like normal and boy did we hate it!  We just flow so much better when we are prepared and ready for the week.

Friday I helped a friend paint her condo.  Saturday we cleaned house but I never made it to the store.  Lots of little things that we got taken care of and then we had date night.  Love Date Night!


Sunday we went to church then dropped off some fliers and then helped a friend move into her condo.  Then went grocery shopping and came home and did meal prep.  We were not going another week without it!  Last week sucked without planning.  Man, it didn’t take long for us to get into this routine.  So here is our menu for this week.  Again lots of these are foods that are on sale at Publix this week.


Our prep has become so much faster.  Even after being out all day long we still got home and got our prep done.  I love that we do this together. Makes it so much easier.


Recipes for this week.

Breakfast Box

Turkey Chili

Turkey Meatball Strogonoff

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Shrimp Scampi

Hope everyone has a great week.  Keep on THRIVIN’!



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Did you spend hump day the way I did?

HUMP Day!  The middle of the week.  The toughest day of the week and the day we all drag our butts to knowing that if we can just get past this day the rest of the week is all downhill.  The day when you know the weekend is getting closer.  The day of the awesome, talking camel!


So the question remains……….. did you spend hump day the way I spent hump day?


Well did you do this?


Or this?

My work out today was fantastic!  I ran 1 mile on the treadmill and then I did weights, back and biceps.  I also LOVE these gloves.  They are G-Loves and they are perfect for women.  I love that they fit my hands perfectly and there are grips in exactly the right places.  Very comfortable and easy to put on and take off.


You have to check them out!  Click here  I totally love them!

Alright my friends – did you spend hump day the way I did?  What did you do?



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Meal Prep – Week of 01-16-17

We got out meal prep done!  I think we did it in record time.  LOL  I love that my wife helps with prep, it really goes by so much faster.  We alternate two days of meals for the week which makes it so much easier to meal prep.


So this week day 1 we have 2 eggs and 1 banana, apple and caramel dip, greek meatballs with pita bread and tzatziki sauce, celery and ranch dip, dinner make each night.  Day 2 we have 2 apple oatmeal muffins, nutella with pretzel sticks, unstuffed cabbage rolls, cucumber and ranch dip, dinner make each night.  We have 6 of every item you see in this picture.  That is enough for both of us for 3 days.  All items are prepped and put in the fridge for  the week.  Total grab and go to make life simple and easy.

The best part about prepping for 2 people is that most recipes serve 6 people so that gives us the perfect portion for the week.  We only have to eat the same meal 3 times a week instead of 6.  🙂


Snack bags are the best!


We are ready for another week.  Feeling wonderful about out meal prep and meal plan for this week and THRIVING!!!

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Posted by on January 15, 2017 in healthy eating, life, Meal Prep, Thrive, weight loss


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Months ago a friend of mine told me about these pills and patch she was taking and wanted me to try them.  I listened to her but had no real interest in it or looking into it any further and probably wasn’t listening very well.  Fast forward to last week – it is the new year, my job is stressing me out, the holidays have stressed me out, finances are stressing me out – and my friend mentions to me again about these pills. Not the time I want to hear about them again.  I tell her I do not like taking pills and I do not like taking something that is not really needed.  I do not want to take any diet pills.  I know how to eat right and exercise to keep my body in shape and loose weight.  I know how to meal prep and I don’t think I need any magic pills to help with all that.  She then tells me that this is not a diet pill and that it is all natural.  Okay so I am paying attention to what she is saying this time around but I am 100% skeptical.  My stomach does not handle pills well and 100% of the time when I take pills I cannot  go to the bathroom for days afterwards.  I already take supplements on a daily basis – multi vitamin, glucosamine, calcium, vitamin D and magnesium, fish oil, and baby aspirin. So what can she possibly have that I would be interested in?  She hands me free samples to try and tell me to have D try them too.  She tells me to look it up and let her know what I thought. I kept thinking to myself – What is this stuff?


She explains to me that this is a 3 part system – pills, shake, and patch – and they all work together to supplement your bodies nutritional gaps.  So I go and look it all up.  There are all kinds of reviews on this stuff both positive and negative – just like anything else out there.  I look up the ingredients.  Basically THRIVE is a wellness supplement system.

  • All Natural, Gluten Free, Non GMO
  • Raw Organic Vitamins, Plant Extracts, Minerals, Anti-Oxidants, Pre and Probiotics, Enzymes
  • Acidophilus
  • Guarana
  • Gree Tea
  • Glucosamine
  • White Willow Extract
  • Glutamine
  • Green Coffee Bean
  • Co Q10
  • Ginger Extract
  • BCAA Blend
  • And More

It is a nutritional supplement to help fill the nutritional gaps in your diet.  It aids in

  • Weight Management
  • Supports Healthy Joint Function
  • Digestive & Immune Support
  • Cognitive Performance
  • Calms General Discomfort
  • Lean Muscle Support
  • Increase Energy

Nothing in this seems to be of major concern to me or throwing up any red flags so I call my doctor friend.  Tell her what it is and read the ingredients to her and ask her what she thinks.  She said she doesn’t see anything she would be concerned about and to take it with caution and she was going to look into it more for herself.  The patch peaked her interest.

So I start THRIVE! The first day I take 1 pill, half a shake packet, and add a DFT (Derma Fusion Technology) patch.  I take the pill as soon as I wake up and 20 minutes later I take the shake and add the DFT patch after my shower.  I was fully waiting for this to upset my stomach and to my surprise it never did.  I don’t feel a huge change as I go about my day but I do feel like I have more energy and I feel more thirsty.  Day 2 I do the same thing and feel pretty good, about the same as day 1.  Still no upset stomach and I was able to go to the bathroom with no issues, pleasantly surprised.  I noticed I slept better that night and considering I do not sleep very well to begin with, that was a plus.  Day 3 I bump up to 2 pills, half a shake packet, and the DFT patch.  To my surprise, still no upset stomach and I had bathroom time as normal.  I notice I do not have the 3pm crash of “OMG I AM TIRED”!  Awesome!

The shake is not a meal replacement and it is not the best tasting.  I thought I was going to puke the first time I mixed it with water.  It is vanilla flavored and I have found mixing it with 8oz. of orange juice makes it taste like a creamsicle!  So much better.


Fast forward and I am now on day 10.  I feel great!  I never once have felt jittery or racey.  I don’t feel like I am on speed or going a mile a minute.  I do feel like I am more alert and have more energy.  I notice that I feel less stressed and more calm.  I am more patient and positive.  I do not crash halfway thru the day and I sleep much better than I have in years.  My knees do not ache the way they have and I am running again without pain.  This is huge for me!  Now also keep in mind that I live a pretty active lifestyle and I eat pretty healthy as well as work out 4 -5 times a week.  I am continuing to workout and eat healthy and I have added the THRIVE system as a nutritional supplement to my life.  We ordered our first month shipment and it arrived in 2 days.  D and I are both on it and we LOVE it!

THRIVE IS NOT A MAGIC WEIGHT LOSS PILL!!  That is not what it is designed to do so if that is what you are looking for you need to keep looking and good luck finding it.  THRIVE is designed as a nutritional supplement and should be used in addition to a healthy lifestyle.  We all have nutritional gaps and no matter how healthy you eat you cannot give your body every thing it needs.  Most people take supplements already to help fill those gaps and help their body run to its fullest potential and feel its best.  Like any other product in this world – THRIVE may not work for everyone and everyone is different and may have different results.  As for me and my results so far – I am thrilled and I would highly recommend you give it a try.

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Posted by on January 14, 2017 in healthy eating, life, Thrive


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FREE Printable Meal Plans & Grocery Lists 01-16-17

This week Publix had so many meat items on sale.  Add the fact that lots of them were Greenwise meats and this mama is in heaven.  I almost always buy organic meat, organic eggs, and organic milk.  I try my best to buy organic fruit and vegetables when I they are on sale.  Organic can be expensive so I make the best of it and do what we can afford but for me meat, eggs, and cheese are a must to buy organic!

Our menu this week has lots of sale items on it.  We live in a true BOGO state for Publix.  This means we have to buy 2 items to get the one free.  We cannot buy 1 at half price.  So the items in green are the ones that are on sale this week at Publix.  BOGO and sale items are great to stock up on if you need to.  Jennie-O Ground Turkey is on sale for 3.99 a package, normally 5.99.  GREAT stock up item that can be frozen!!!  WIN!


I will be using turkey sausage for Tuesdays dinner.  Also for Friday I am using pre-made teriyaki sauce instead of making it from the recipe.  I alternate ingredients to make the recipes healthier.  I always use turkey sausage or ground turkey instead of beef.  I am using a pork tenderloin instead of a pork roast this week too.


Most of the spices I have on hand already.  Olive oil and balsamic vinegar are BOGO this week so I bought some for stock up. I also bought extra ground turkey to put in the freezer that is not on this shopping list.  Publix frozen veggies are another great stock up freezer item if you can afford it and have the freezer space.  Hellmans Mayo is also BOGO if you need that for a stock item.  🙂    Happy Shopping!

Recipes for this week.

Apple Crisp Muffins

Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Sausage with potatoes and sauerkraut

Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic Wine Sauce

Baked Popcorn Chicken

Honey Teriyaki Drumsticks

Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

White Chicken Lasagna Rolls

Turkey Meatloaf



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Workout Plan and Meals

Having and plan and sticking to it is so helpful. I love when I am organized. 🙂
This is my workout plan for this week.  I will likely change this up from week to week to keep from getting board.


Each session starts with 1 mile on the treadmill.  My knees have been bothering me so I told myself I would just walk on an incline.  Well my brain will just not let that happen.  I guess you know you are a runner when you just cannot walk on a treadmill, you have to run.  LOL  My pace was slow but I was moving. So whether you walk or run on the treadmill or you do the elliptical, just get some cardio in before your weight.  🙂  I have been pushing myself harder and I can feel it.  I log all my weights down in a notebook so I can keep track of how much weight I am using and how much I improve.  I like to throw in a bit of Abs with each workout as well.  Keeping my core strong.

Meals have been a breeze this week so far with the meal prep we did.  This was my food for today.  I also had celery and ranch for my PM snack.



The meals are so yummy and I am not hungry at all throughout the day.  Time to start prepping next weeks menu.  Are you sticking to your weekly plan so far?


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Posted by on January 10, 2017 in Uncategorized


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