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Home Again...

We're home and camping was fun. As always, it seems it takes more time to recover and unpack from camping than the time you take for the actual trip!

I had a great "wow" moment. I actually got into a kayak! I would have never done that 18 months ago! My Husband had been trying to get me to do it, and so finally I did. I took the Kayak to an inlet off the lake where it was so peaceful. So still. I really just tried to be in the moment, listening to every sound and notice even the smallest movement. It was breath-taking.

I know... probably going tree-huggin'-hippy on you, but it really was beautiful.

Cassie rode a horse -- she was excited to do it, but once on Pepe it was a different story. The cowboys leading the trail-ride thought maybe she was suffering from motion sickness while on the horse. That happens sometimes. Poor thing. We were not allowed to get off, so we had to tough it out. :( She did it though, just like a champ.

It also seems my Daughter has lost all fear…

Campin', Tri'n, Rememberin'

Well, the family is off for camping at Lake Livingston State Park. It's one of our favorite parks to go to for a quick get-a-way. This will be Cass' first time camping. The park has lots of activities to offer as well. Cassie can't wait to go horseback riding! They also have a pool, and of course lots of Nature walks, etc. We're bringing the boat and bikes, so it will make for a nice active weekend. Speaking of active... 21 days until the tri.

I can do this.

I will do this.

In honor of Memorial Day, please remember our troops. Our country's soldiers are the reason we get a day off! Check this out at the USO website; make a donation get a free flag!

While I may not necessarily support all our current government's politics, I always, whole-heartedly support our troops.

Tuesday

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We're headed for the great outdoors for the holiday weekend! I'm kind of excited about getting out of Dodge for the weekend, but it's always a production getting ready to go. That said, it is always worth it in the end. I can't wait to take Cassie horseback riding and we plan to take the boat and bikes. It should be fun!

Not sure if I ever mentioned this, but Cass has Anisicoria. Anisicoria is either a harmless birth defect where one pupil is more responsive than the other, or it is symptomatic of neuroblastoma (brain cancer - which I refuse to capitalize in terms). Anyway at about 4 months old we noticed it and spent 2 days at UTMB having her tested in the pediatric oncology unit. They did an MRI. They sedated her for it, but infants at that age can only have so much sedation. By the time it was Cass' turn to hit the tunnel, she was slowly coming out of sedation. They strapped her in and turned on the machine. MRI machines are LOUD; can you imagine how loud…

Cassie's Recital - Encore!!! :)

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Last night was Cassie's recital. It was an exciting day for our lil' one (and for us too!) Momy and Daddy both got a little teary-eyed. Can you believe that? LOL

If I hadn't mentioned it before, I love the dance school Cassie is at. It's not like they're the most posh and have the most talented kids, though there are some, but the owner truly loves dancing. Her only goal is to provide an outlet for kids, tweens, teens and adults alike to just dance for fun. She made such an simple yet heartfelt introduction before the recital about how much dance and her students mean to her, and made a specific point to mention how non-competitive and sans drama the school is. And it is. So, thank you Miss Jill and all your teachers at Jill Rauscher School of Dance for contributing to my Daughter's fun and appreciation of dance. :)

Here are the pictures (and video below).


The "Ballerina" and Mommy post-recital



The "Ballerina" and Daddy post-recital

Cassie and…

Something New To Try

Will report later with a review... We're skipping the bread and the Mar-a-Lago chutney.

Mar-a-Lago Turkey Burger

(Donald Trump's new Resort)
Recipe courtesy of Jeff O'Neill

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
1/8 cup canola oil
4 pounds ground turkey breast
2 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
2 tsp. chipotle Tabasco™
1 lemon, juice and grated zest
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup Major Grey's Chutney, pureed

Sauté the scallions, celery and apples in the canola oil until tender. Let cool. P

lace the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add sautéed items and the remaining ingredients. Shape into eight 8-ounce burgers.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Season the turkey burgers with salt and pepper.

Place on a preheated, lightly oiled grill. Grill each side for 7 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked.

Let sit for 5 minutes.

Serve with a side of Mar-a-Lago Pear Chutney and your favorite toasted bread, pita…
Workout for yesterday...

Alt'd Seated Military Press and Side Lats:

Military Press
20x35 lbs.
20x40 lbs.
18x40 lbs.
15x40 lbs.

Dumbbell Side Laterals
10x17.5 lbs. (a little too agressive)
3 sets 15x15 lbs.

Alt'd Tricep Rope Pull-downs & Wide Grip Row

Tricep Rope Pulls
15x30 lbs.
10x30 lbs., 5x20
20x20 lbs.
15x20 lbs.

Wide Grip Row
20x50 lbs.
3 sets 18x60 lbs.

SLDL
4 sets 20x50 lbs.

Alt'd Overhead Dumbbell Extensions & Dumbbell Press

Overhead Dumbbell Extensions
4 sets 18x15lbs.

Dumbell Press
18x15 lbs.
15x15 lbs., 5x12.5 lbs.
10x15 lbs., 10x12.5 lbs.
10x15 lbs., 10x12.5 lbs.

Did not meet my planned Cardio goal of 40 mintues; had to get out of there to pickup the munchkin from school!

5 min warmup
3/2 interval on 8% incline at 3.5 mph
3/2 interval on 9% incline at 3.5 mph
3/2 interval on 10% incline at 3.5 mph


"Pain is just weakness leaving the body." - Unknown

Google Reader & SquatFest

Can I just say how much I love Google Reader? I mean it, seriously, I do. I love how I can get to my online friends from one source (as long as they have a feed). No more do I have to login here and login there to see when they've updated.

Yesterday was SquatFest at the gym:

Alt'd sets of dumbell squats, squats and lunges...

DumbbellSquats
4 sets 15 x 45 lbs.

Squats
4 sets of 15

Lunges
2 sets of 15 on right
2 sets of 15 on left

Alt'd single-legged squats and leg lifts on bench

Single-legged Squats
2 sets of 15 on right
2 sets of 15 on left

Leg Lifts on Bench
4 sets of 18

Finished off with Crunches
4 sets of 20

On Mother's Day

Cassie is the whole reason I get to celebrate Mother's Day. To all the Mom's (and Dad's who have to be part-time Mom's and teachers who care for our kids like Moms) remember that each day you are appreciated -- it doesn't take a day of observance to say thanks. :)

Shelly's Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies

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Darren is kayacking today. Cassie and I have been running errands and baking.

Baking?

Yes, baking!

The first event was Shelly's Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies. Of course the amazing Melting Mama turned us on to them... as she does with everything she reviews. :) She's like Oprah's book club... Oprah says a book is good, it turns #1. MM says a product/recipe is good, the WLS community has to storm the stores/Internet to find it. LOL. So to make the review process a little more entertaining, I've enslisted my almost 4 year old daughter to help me. Who gives the truth better than a pre-schooler, right?

So, here's Cassie and her first cookie review:


Recipe: Shelly's Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies
1/4 cup Raw Almonds, ground
1/2 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
1/4 cup Soy Flour (7 g. of protein per 1/4 cup)
2 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
1 Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Ba…
So..... I'm back. It's been a busy week. I had not been to the gym in 7 days, until yesterday. Certainly not the routine for someone who is planning on doing a triathlon in just 5 weeks. Ugh! I need to get on the ball this weekend, for sure

Went over a new macronutrient plan with my trainer yesterday. We're going to decrease protein and carbs, just a tad and increase fat. I'm reducing my training sessions with him to once a week and will be responsible, solely, for my reamaining 2 days of resistance training.

Anyway, here's the basic menu. Protein sources mgiht change but will have about the same nutrient value - I probably won't change much for a while. The routine works well for me during the week. I'm also allowed one cheat meal every 7 days. :)

Breakfast
Cottage Cheese, Nonfat, 0.5 cup (not packed)
Old Fashioned Quaker Oatmeal- Plain, 0.5 serving
Fat free half and half, 0.5 cup

AM Snack
Organic Peanut Butter Smooth/Salted, 1 tbsp
Suzy's Kamut Puffe…