T25 and Easy Shredded Chicken

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! I have already watched about 4 Christmas movies and am going to get my Christmas tree tonight! Yaaaay Christmas time! 🌲 I put up my parent’s tree yesterday, with Sadie’s help!Β IMG_1111

Though there is one downside to this time of year- many of us put health and fitness on the back burner and eat pretty horribly! I think eating holiday treats is awesome! But it needs to be a part of a balanced diet, and we need to get some workouts in there too! When I’m celebrating with family I want to look and feel my best, so that includes getting in my workouts and eating healthy food when I can.

Last week I started back T25!

One thing you can always say about T25- it gets you sweating, and fast! I’m starting with Alpha and will probably only do it a couple weeks before moving on to Beta since it’s not super challenging for me. Plus I’ve been adding in runs when the weather is nice!

Now I have a recipe I may have shared before, it’s shredded chicken in the crockpot.

It’s super easy to make, and so versatile! I’ve used it in tacos, nachos, and my favorite: salads!

For this salad I have a bed of lettuce with shredded chicken, black beans, corn, cheese, broken up tortilla chips and a few dollops of plain Greek yogurt. Yummmm!

Easy Shredded Chicken

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 cans Rotel (I use hot!)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning

Put all ingredients in crockpot, and cook on low 7-8 hours. Once done, shred with 2 forks and enjoy!

See? You can’t get any easier than that!

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes and a Run!

This morning I got in my first run since Halloween, which is kindof a long time. I had planned on just “getting through” 2 miles because I knew my run would probably not go so well… I was actually totally wrong!


The weather was so nice I didn’t want to go in, so I ran 4 miles! They were very slow, but I did them and felt awesome afterwards! Plus I was rockin’ my Wicked 10K shirt. I don’t know about you, but I am always happier when I like what I’m wearing! πŸ™‚

In my last post I talked about having a rough two weeks with health and fitness but this week I have gotten back into my usual rhythm and I’m feeling much better and more optimistic… working out and eating healthy will do that to you!

My favorite snack this week has been:


A fruit parfait with banana and mango! I flavor 1/2 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt with a little vanilla and stevia, throw in some sliced mango and banana, and top it with 1/4 cup granola. Yum!!

Last night for dinner (and this morning for breakfast…) I made some zucchini chocolate chip pancakes.


This was a new one for me, and I got it from Chocolate Covered Katie (one of my favorite food blogs of all time, PLEASE check it out). I had originally planned on using the zucchini for chocolate protein oatmeal but decided to try something new!


Plus pancakes are always a good idea. πŸ™‚

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • pinch stevia
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (may need more)
  • 1/3 cup finely grated zucchini
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Whisk together all wet ingredients in a small bowl. Stir together all the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour wet into dry, and whisk until combined. You may need to add more milk to the batter, but start with 1/4 cup and add more gradually to thin the batter. Let sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Grease a frying pan and set to medium heat. Once the pan is hot enough, pour batter onto pan in small batches and cook until the edges begin to look dry and there are bubbles in the middle. Flip and cook an additional minute. Serve hot with syrup!

I’m not sure how many servings this is supposed to be, but for me it was 2. I made 4 medium sized ones and ate two with some eggs for my post workout breakfast, and it was perfect!

Have a healthy happy weekend everybody!

Let’s Get Real

I am a control freak.

WHEW. There, I said it. Now to some, this may not be that big of a deal. In fact it is a trait I think A LOT of women have. There are some good sides to this, like being detail oriented and being a problem solver. But it can also turn me into a stressed out crazy woman!!!

The last 2 weeks have been very difficult ones for me. The first week this month I was very sick. It was really just a bad cold, and it makes me really mad that I work out and eat healthy PLUS I take vitamins and none of that seemed to prevent my getting sick. When I get sick, I get depressed. When I get depressed, you guessed it, I eat things I shouldn’t. Not only that, but I eat WAY more than I should. I think over eating and eating food that is bad for you is permissible sometimes, but the last 2 weeks have been absolutely inexcusable… having ups and downs in life is natural and unavoidable. The way we handle those is what decides our character, and right now I feel like I have none at all. Instead of trusting God I seek comfort in food and occasionally alcohol.

So, the first week I was sick and missed a lot of work, and I was depressed. The second week was probably the busiest week I have ever had at work, and I was the most stressed I have ever been except when I was in college. Stress happens to everyone, but because I am such a control freak I don’t handle stress very well AT ALL. Enter: wine. Lots of it. After 3 days of this I realized this is not healthy so then I moved on to eating food that’s bad for me and that makes me feel horrible

The worst part is that I know this is a cycle with me. No matter how hard I fight it, it seems to creep back in. This isn’t just about losing the weight I have always wanted to lose, it’s about being happy. When I am stressed, I should be trusting God. I have always prided myself on not being a worrier. I chastise my husband for worrying all the time, not seeing the fact that when I lose control of a situation I lose my trust in God, and become completely unhinged!

Feeling down on myself is not constructive though, so I am trying to move forward. I am brushing myself off, and hoping to have a week of health and happiness next week! I often point out the flaws in others, and fail to see the flaws in myself. I think once I realize the flaws I have it crushes me and makes me feel small… but that is not what a champion of Christ should feel like. So today I am moving on, and trying to serve the Lord the best way I can!

Have a healthy happy Saturday everyone. Let’s hope for a stress free week for all of us! πŸ™‚

Wicked 10K

Happy Saturday everyone!

Let’s skip over the fact that I have been MIA for the last 2 weeks and focus on the awesome, amazing, wonderful 10K race I did on Halloween!

Wicked 10K

This was the first ever race I ran with my husband. He is not naturally a runner, and this was really difficult for him. We did train together for about a month before the race, but it was still quite a challenging distance for him. I was so proud of him!Β He ran the whole thing. Around mile 5 I could tell he was fighting through it, which makes me all the more proud. πŸ™‚


I think my favorite thing about this race is that everyone is dressed in fun costumes and the entire race is so entertaining- everyone is in such a fun mood! This guy won Halloween for sure… how amazing is that costume? He ran with that house too! I love me some Disney!


Plus at the end they give you beer and soup on the beach… does it get any better than that?!


After the race we had a small Halloween party with friends!


And we carved pumpkins. My owl pumpkin was the cutest for sure!! πŸ™‚