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Thank God For Beautiful Weather.

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Here’s to new starts and the celebration of Spring!  With that, I give you the Verse of the Day:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”- 1 John 1:9

This verse truly amazes me.  I can’t believe what a gracious God we serve.  No matter how many times I screw up, he is forgiving if I come to Him with a remorseful heart.  We can be “pure as snow” with just one confession to Him of our sins, because of His sacrifice on the cross.

Last night was totally EPIC.  When I got home from work, I fueled up with some carbs (a sweet potato & a Flat Out Light wrap with Sonoma Jack’s & Splenda) right before heading outside into the gorgeous sunshine that the Lord provided us with yesterday, for a 5 mile run.

I brought my camera so that I could bring you all with me on the journey.   I wanted to try out the “running photography”, Yes Man style 😉

Incase you can’t tell, I live in quite the rural area, to say the least.

But it makes for some stunning photographs, no? Check out how GREEN the grass is!

The easiest part of the run is down this huge hill!

The creek.

 This one is probably my FAVORITE picture, because I can see my shadow in the cement wall of the bridge! I was showing my Mom these photos and she said I looked like a dragon. Haha.

The hardest part of the run.

This sucker was long, slow and gradual.  I was so glad to get to the top!  Not to mention, it’s toward the very end of the 5 miles, so it kicks my butt everytime!

Okay, so I lied.  THIS is my favorite picture 🙂  And with that, I concluded my run.  When I reached my driveway, I moved my car so I could play a little basketball.  It was boring by myself, so I went inside to do some ab work before my sister and Mom got home from softball practice.  My Dad had ordered us Chinese.

Steamed shrimp and vegetables.

I got my usual, and when the rest of the family got home, we sat down to eat dinner together.

As you can see, I hated it:

After dinner, I went outside with my little sister and played some basketball!  Taking advantage of the fact that it was STILL light out at 7PM 🙂  I whooped her butt in “one bounce“.

We came back inside, I showered and relaxed the rest of the night.  I packed my lunch and then made us dessert

Lunch spread.

For lunch today, I packed a big tub of veggies (cucumber, carrots, & yellow pepper slices), some deli turkey that I abs. love, and a Light Flat Out with Sonoma Jacks to eat at my desk.

The star of lunch?

Columbus Herb Turkey Breast!

Review to come soon, so stay tuned!

I made Morgy a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake milkshake, and myself a Mint Chocolate Chip protein shake with some Optimum Nutrition protein powder!  I can’t wait to review the other flavors Tim sent me too!

Not very photogenic, but deeeelish.

Greek yogurt fans, be sure to check out Julie’s giveaway!

Happy Thursday, bloggies!

OH! And before I forget to mention this!  HUGE congrats to my girl, Lyndsie!  She applied for an internship in Uganda, Africa and just found out a few days ago that she GOT IT!!! WAY TO GO, BABE! 🙂

Weekend Recap!

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FRIDAY

Soooo Friday night when I got home, I almost immediately hopped on the exercise bike so that I could get a good workout in before heading to Harrisburg to meet up with some friends.  I biked for about 2 hours while watching “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on my laptop. 

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My family left for my younger sisters’ basketball tournament around 6PM and would be there overnight into Saturday.  I was meeting my friend Rachael and her buddy Wade at Damon’s where they were having dinner and then we headed to Bourbon Street downtown for a little while.  It didn’t last long, which I was glad for because going to a bar isn’t my thing at all…We decided to go bowling instead and made our way to ABC East.  It was a fun night! I got home around 2 AM and went right to sleep.

SATURDAY

I woke up to an empty house, as expected and made some breakfast.  I must’ve been craving protein, so I made some frozen berry cottage cheese with Fiber One topping:

Prior to Fiber One Topping.

I did a lot around the house on Saturday like laundry, paying bills, and tidying up.  I also biked on and off alll day until about 4PM.  I had a big date to get ready for!  I was going ice skating with my cousin, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s buddy.  Names will remain annonymous.  I haven’t exactly told him much about the blog yet, as far as what it entails, but he does know I have one and that I’m a nutrition nut.  He was really sweet and brought me a rose 🙂  Not to mention, he was a perfect gentleman all night.  After skating, we needed something to warm us up so we grabbed some coffee and chatted for a little while longer.  After dropping off my cousin and her boy, we sat in the car and chatted for about 1/2 hour before we headed our separate ways.  He invited me to his church the next morning, and I happily accepted.

SUNDAY

As late as I got home the night before, I felt like a nice little workout before I went to meet up with [the boy] for church would wake me up a little, so I biked for about an hour.  Only burned about 300 calories

Then I made breakfast:

Greek yogurt+Fiber One+ SF syrup.

After that, I got a shower, I prettied up for church and headed to Carlisle to meet [the guy] for church.  After the service, we went to Panera for coffee together.  I can already tell this is the start of something good.

Then, I met my family in Harrisburg for lunch at the Jade Buffet.  This place is awesome because, along with a salad bar in addition to all the fried nasty chinese food, they’ve got a bar of raw meat and veggies without sauce, completely plain.  You can make a plate of your own meat  & veggies, hand it to the chef, and ask him not to cook it in oil, just water.  Which is exactly what I did 🙂 Sauce on the side, of course.

Shrimp, chicken, onion, sugar snap peas, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, and bean sprouts!

This was TOTALLY my favorite meal of the weekend.  FOR sure.  The sauce that I sprinkled on was brown and watery, with just enough garlicy flavor to spice up my veggies and protein 🙂

For dessert, I had a plate of cantaloupe from the salad bar that went unpictured.

From there, we went to Wolf’s furniture store so my parents could do some bedroom decor shopping.  They bought a new bed frame and furniture to match, which I absolutely love.

Then, we picked my sister up at Messiah and we went bowling!  I’m not very good, but I had a lot of fun and scored over 100 each game! 🙂  Yay.  After bowling, we had plans to go to Olive Garden for dinner, but the wait was outrageously long, so we opted for Applebee’s instead.

Salad with greens, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar & salt/pepper!

I didn’t want any of the salads on the menu or any of the sandwiches, but the waitress really hooked me up with a basic salad & sandwich.  Everything had some sort of fatty dressing/topping, that I just wasn’t feeling.

 

Turkey, lettuce, tomato, & onion on swirled toast.

 My family had an awesome time too and they got some finger licking food there too!

Randa & Bek.

Myranda’s friend, Bekah who is home from PSU on Spring Break, came with us too!  She ordered the Shrimp & Broccoli alfredo which came in a humungo bowl! It was so pretty that I had to take a photo.

Alfredo.

My sisters ordered the Sampler Appetizer to share and the Wonton Tacos!

Wonton Tacos.

 

Nachos with spinach dip, boneless buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, and a chicken & cheese quesedilla.

After dropping of Randa back at school, we headed home and ended our weekend perfectly by resting up!