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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Her Thursday Things To Talk About: Sweet Deals!

So last night I had to make a hard decision, I decided to take a break from my Wednesday night Women’s study. I love my girls, but now that I have started school life is jammed pack! Monday nights I teach AKB, Tuesday nights, hubby has softball, Wednesday nights (was woman's study), Thursday nights, couples group, and Friday nights gym. Hubby and I NEED a date night, and it is very important for us to spend quality time together. So our new date night is now Wednesday.

So last night I made us some supper (that’s the Southern women coming out). I tried some Spanish Lentils with vegetables from Tj’s. I took some of the leftover Pollo Asado from last night and added it to the top.

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WOW another great healthy find! It was so good, I love the peppers and spices that were baked right in. It was so quick and easy, and I am sure we will be having this again for sure. 

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A little nutritional information about Lentils like you didn’t know.

Since lentils contain a large amount of fiber, they are effective in lowering cholesterol and managing blood sugar disorders.  Like common beans, the high fiber in lentils prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal.  Studies have shown that eating beans or lentils two or more times per week was linked with a 24 percent reduced risk of beast cancer.

We then sat around and watched Biggest Loser(recorded), and hubby got mad that Joelle didn't get kicked off as did I!!!! lol



Today is my off day from running, so I woke up at 6:30 to get started on my day and did Jillian's 30 Shred Video, and then some 20 minute YogaDownload, I am loving both of these so much, my plan is to do both twice a week. I am thinking Tuesday’s and Thursday mornings will work the best.

For those of you interested in Jillian's 30 Day Shred video let me give you a brief overview of what it’s all about:

I really like her video because it mixes it up ( which we all know is the best way to burn fat). I have done a lot of exercise videos and by far this is one of the toughest!!!! I am using some heavier weights, and I feel like I am pushing myself all the way through trying not to quit! It’s worth the $8!!!

The Workouts

There are 3 interval style workouts. Each twenty minute workout includes:

  • one 2 minute warm-up
  • three 6 minute circuits featuring Jillian’s 3, 2, 1 interval system which includes: 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs
  • one 2 minute cool down

The Exercises

  • All the levels include the same components (warmup, interval circuit, abs, cooldown) with each component varying in difficulty.

    I am on Level 1strength:

    • push-ups
    • squats with shoulder press
    • row
    • lunges with bicep curl
    • crunches
    • chest flyes
    • side lunges


Last night I was dreaming of a big bowl of warm Pumpkin Oats, couldn’t wait to make them this morning.

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The Mix-Ins:

  • 3/4 cup oats, 1/2 c water.1/2 c soy milk, 1/2 banana,
  • 1/4 c pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • a little brown sugar, and some pumpkin spices
  • 1/4 Natures Path Optimum Peanut Butter Bar 
  • Drizzle of Cran-Apple Butter
  • Spoonful of Barney Butter!

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  • SkirtSports is making it easy to show your support by offering nearly a dozen items at 50% OFF from now until Sunday, January 25th.
  • One of my favorite smoothie places Jamba Juice is not offering OATMEAL( thanks RunEatRepeat for the heads up).
  • How about some FREE tea samples!!! That's right free, check out Yogi Teas!
  • DUNKIN DONUTS FREE SAMPLES!! I have been wanting to try Dunkin’ Donut Coffee I have heard great things about it. Dunkin' 

<p><strong>Check</strong> out the<strong> following</strong> links to get some <strong>amazing</strong> deals this week: </p>

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  • Do you guys know of any free-bees out there this week!!!!


Almost FRIDAY!!! Which means school for me, but I am excited! Today I have work, then Thursday night study, then SLEEP! I can’t believe the week is almost over, which means only 12 more weeks till BOSTON!

Have a great Thursday PEEPS!


HangryPants said...

I love dunkin donuts coffee! Thank you. :D

Denise said...

Just ordered my free tea samples! thanks.

The Running Yogini said...

Did you know Kara Goucher is going to be running the Boston Marathon? Its so cool that you get to run in the same race as Kara!

Lacey Nicole said...

thanks for the freebies list! :) i looooooooove yogi tea so i headed right over. that's awesome about having a date night, i think that is so important. also i think a lot of couples lose sight of that when they have kids, but it's even more important then, too!!!

Oz Runner said...

all your pictures of food make me hungry....do you keep a camera at the kitchen table? ( ;

Amelia said...

Just registered for the tea samples! Thanks for the info. Also, I'm originally from Memphis so I LOVE the Beale St. mug!

joyRuN said...

I made your sloppy potatoes last night. YUMMY!

RunToFinish said...

wow a weekly date night.. that would be great but poor hubs doesn't get home until so late. Oh well we spend time together just not so much a "date". I am instituting at least an actual go out be young in love date night once a month!

Danielle said...

Good decision on making Wednesday your date night. My boyfriend and I have tried to change our schedules so that we can have one as well.
And thanks for the heads up on the free samples!

Katie said...

I just requested my free Yogi teas. Thanks so much for the link!

Melissa said...

I think it's great to make sure you get a date night with your hubby!!

Oh and I don't think there wasn't anyone in the world who wasn't upset about the way Biggest Loser ended!!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

WOO date nights are hot! Don't you love them?! I have that same apple bowl! And I love, love, love the lentil info. They're such an amazing food. So cheap too!

Mica said...

Thanks for the freebie heads-up!

Oooh, date night! I should really start that tradition over here.

strongandhealthy said...

Wow, you do have a busy schedule! Yummy breakfast! DD coffee is by far the best coffee!

Mrs. LC said...

haha my husband and I also got mad that Joelle didn't get kicked off. ughh she so deserved to get booted.

Thanks for the freebies, I'm a freebie-a-holic! I had a post a couple days ago (link below) where you can go to the TEASTA site and pick two sample loose leaf teas! The flavors are really unique and it's cool you can pick your own!


ttfn300 said...

ooh, that skirt sports link really was dunkin donuts... love the date night :)

just me said...

you sure are one busy lady! but glad you've set a date night for you and your hubby!

and i'm so jealous of the tj product...sadness that fl doesn't have any out here! homesick for TJ products!!!

Jen (Running with Food) said...

Your lentil dinner looks fantastic! Right up my alley!

Dunkin' Donuts has great coffee ... thanks for the deal alert!

Have a great Friday, sweets!