Hi! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and that your Monday is kicking off to a marvelous start!
Yesterday was my mom’s birthday, so lots of celebrating was in order.
I made one of her favorite desserts, Heath Bar Crunch Cake, which we enjoyed outside early in the afternoon. We wanted to make sure that we’d have plenty of room for dinner at Barbacoa later in the evening!
Let’s take a moment and get up close and personal with that cake.
My brother flew in from Washington, DC in time to help liven up the festivities. 😉
I think he was more excited about the cake than Cali, who had her sights set on the happy birthday tiara. 😉
Earlier in the day, my mom and I enjoyed a batch of 3-ingredient Banana-Almond Pancakes for breakfast. I can’t get enough of these!
Dinner was definitely the highlight of the day; I enjoyed the most AMAZING meal overlooking a lake and the Boise foothills. And while the food was incredible—seriously wow-worthy—the “show” was even more so. 😉
Yep, that’s a washboard ab-bearing, chiseled jaw-donning model, moonlighting as a unicorn.
Posing with me.
I’ll be back Wednesday with a full recap! 😉
“THIS OR THAT” FITNESS SURVEY
1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing cold temps and snow?
I have freezing-phobia. And I actually love to sweat. So this one’s easy, bring on the heat and humidity! 😉 No, I don’t really love running outside in swamp weather, but I much prefer it to snow and ice.
2. Washboard abs or flat abs?
Hmm, both? However, washboard takes serious dedication. I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to a 10,000 crunch-a-day gym routine. 😉
3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors?
I don’t watch either, unless I’m at the gym and there’s nothing else on to keep me company. Travis Stork sure is a cutie though! Did you know he was a former Bachelor? (Now married, sadly).
4. Cardio or strength?
I love the “high” I get from cardio—especially running—however, right now it’s all about STRENGTH. Over the past 5 months I’ve packed on 7 pounds of muscle, and I’m not stopping till I get to at least 10! I love lifting heavy.
5. Cravings: Protein or carbs?
Protein! On days I strength train, I have monster cravings for chicken, fish, beef, eggs and protein powder! I love carbs too, but I don’t “crave” them.
6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper?
They’re both great, but I like Jillian’s tough love approach.
7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?
Do I really have to pick? Nope, I don’t; I pick BOTH! I adore ice cream and frozen yogurt, and life without them would be a little less spunky. But if I had to pick one, I’d go with ice cream because it’s so satisfying. When I eat fro-yo, I’m a bottomless pit. I want more, more, more. 😉
8. To train: Upper body or Lower body?
Upper! Until I started lifting heavy, I had THE scrawniest arms! I’m loving my new muscles!
9. Protein powder or food with protein?
Most of my protein comes from natural sources, but I do love my protein powder. On days I train, I always have a post-workout serving of whey and pre-bed serving of casein. My favorite brands are MRM and Nectar Desserts (whey) and Optimum Nutrition (casein).
10. Lunges or squats?
11. Sweet or salty?
Ideally both at the same time. All of my meals usually include a sweet and salty components. I’m also a huge fan of chocolate with sea salt.
Salty beef jerky with chocolate? Not so much. 😉
12. Workout attire: cute or comfy?
Who says you have to choose? Comfy can be cute!
13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting?
Heavy lifting! I’ve actually never done body pump, so I’m biased.
14. Yoga or Pilates?
For strength: pilates. For relaxation: yoga. I’ve been slacking big time on both of these though. One of my August goals is going bring back both into my life.
15. Nike or Adidas?
I was a soccer-loving Adidas girl until I was 15 (did anyone else used to wear Sambas?), but now I’m all about Nike. Right now I’m going ga-ga over these Nike Free’s.
Sidenote: I’m currently wearing Asics, and love them for running. If you run in Free’s, what do you think? Yay or nay? I may buy the above pair this week!
16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors?
If I’m doing a short, high intensity workout, I prefer the treadmill because I can easily control my pace. If I’m going for a long steady run, outdoors all the way.
17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?
I’m not sure I could live without either. I live at Whole Foods (it’s only two blocks from my house, which is fantastic for my stomach, but not so much for my wallet!). You can’t beat the bargains at TJ’s though! BUT the fresh produce at Whole Foods always wins.
18. Summer or Winter Olympics?
Summer Olympics! Gymnastics and soccer are my favorite events.
19. Exercise classes or Exercise videos?
I actually rarely do either!
20. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies?
Roasted—love the flavor!
And that concludes the fitness survey! If you haven’t filled this out, I sure hope you do!
Have a marvelous Monday!
As always, huge hugs! <3
Questions for you:
What’s your favorite birthday cake? Has it changed since you were young?
I always requested ice cream cakes when I was little; now I’m happy with just ice cream (candles and WHIPPED CREAM required though 😉 )
What type of running/exercise shoes do you wear? If you’ve tried Nike Free’s, what do you think? Should I order a pair?
Answer any of the questions above!