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Neopolitan Macarons and Recovery Runs


This week was challenging in terms of workouts because I felt sick for a lot of it…but I managed to get some good walks and weights in to keep me going.

The interesting thing about me and migraines is that when I get a nice workout it actually relieves the migraine better than pain meds.

Believe me, working out is really the last thing I want to, but when I start breathing through my workouts it regulates my breath and blood flow to the brain.

I really enjoyed this second week of heavier weights in smaller reps for Best Body Bootcamp because my muscles were a little more used to the extra push from last week. It felt great to feel the strength continue to take shape, especially in my upper body.

During yoga class I am able to lower myself from plank to floor in chataranga without going to my knees and that feel amazing to be able to do.

Yesterday was also a great test of strength and endurance because my sister and I went on a 6 mile cross country jog, and my muscles were much better at enduring the strain of it. Having good company, good tunes, and a beach view from the bluffs didn’t hurt either though! :)

My sweet tooth was also put to the test this weekend when my sister and I made real French Macarons!

We had been talking about making them for awhile and finally did it.

We made literally melt in your mouth oh my gosh the sugar foment neopolitan ones where one side was vanilla, the other chocolate, and red berry frosting was sandwiched in between.

They were very labor intensive and very picky cookies to make but they were so worth the effort!

We modified a recipe we found on YouTube for a Kirby macarons so I will include the link below.

Also pictures:



Also HAPPY MOTHERS DAY if you are a mom!!!


Christin Joyful

Thanksgiving Week and Recovery

Every once in awhile despite the countless responsibilities, plans, and commitments I have on my lap, my body has other ideas. This week was one of those weeks.

It didn’t matter that it was Thanksgiving week, I am in the process of moving, my new apartment had issues which I will elaborate on in another post, and I’m in the terrifically awesome midway point of Tina’s even more strikingly awesome Best Body Bootcamp.


None of it mattered to my body. It just said NO.

I came down with an awful cold that kept me sidelined and in bed coughing miserably for most of the week.

I ventured to work on Tuesday because my annual self review was due, and I scared the crap out of my co-workers with my coughing fits.

I ate only crackers, lemon lime soda, cough syrup, and water most of the week.

Thanksgiving day I made it up to visit my grandparents at least, and we had a lovely meal:


But other than that, mostly reading and water drinkingvfor most of the week. Lucky for me those are my two “other” Bootcamp goals. ;)

I was able to get activity in the last couple of days in the form of unpacking, caulking, cleaning,  laundry, and errands.

In other news, my good friend asked me to be her maid of honor at her wedding in 2 weeks (yay!) I just have to try to put together a bridal shower for next weekend (eek!!).

Also, the Candy Gram fundraiser I head at work every year starts tomorrow and I am SO not prepared.

Its OK though…

With lots of prayer, faith, deep breaths, smiles, and a joyful heart I’ll be able to jump back in to life.

So on that note, hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving week, and here’s to next week!



Trader Joes is Sabotaging My Diet! (Or: Learning to use self control)

For the first few week of Round 3 of Best Body Bootcamp, I have been concentrating on the exercise portion of the program. This, in my defense, is really the main focus because after all, the plan focuses on workouts that are consistent, effective, and have $1000 prizes up for grabs. I should focus on the workouts right? (Duh!)


That being said, I really feel that I need to stop for a moment and consider how my diet is negating all my hard work. I want to blame Trader Joes. I really do. Darn them for tempting me with tantalizing sweet treats promising “gluten free” or “fat free” or made with “whole ingredients,” etc. but nowhere on any label does it say “Calorie Free” now does it? They are secretly worse than McDonalds as far as a threat to my personal diet.

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(Let me just take a quick moment to say that I LOVE Trader Joes, and I’m only ranting to make a point about personal responsibility)

Now…Can I rant for a second? This is my blog right? Okay good. Because at least McDonalds is honest. They know they are bad for you, and they put exactly how bad on your receipt. But Trader Joes? Heheheheheheh health food in some cases, but secret diet killer in others. Ever looked at the ingredients in JoJo’s? Orange Chicken? Blue Cheese Roasted Pecan dip? (okay I’m drooling now).


Wait I had a point…lost it…okay it’s coming back I think…OH YES! Personal responsibility. That’s my point. There are healthy diet traps EVERYWHERE whether it’s Trader Joes, McDonalds, or somewhere in between. Don’t just shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joes and mindlessly think, “Oh, this is ridiculously tasty and I’m at Trader Joes, so it can’t be that bad for me,” and then continue until somehow you’ve spent $50 on junk food masquerading as healthy because it doesn’t have gluten in it. (This has never happened to me. Never ever. No way.)

Lately I have been doing the following routine: Wake up, go to work, have breakfast (English muffin and TJ’s Greek yogurt), have a healthy lunch, snack on some TJ’s Power Berries or TJ’s chewy chocolate chip cookies or (insert other treat from Trader Joes here), Go to the gym and do my awesome BBB workout, Go home and in starvation mode make TJ’s orange Chicken and TJ’s multi-grain rice, then have some tea with more TJ’s treats, both salty and sweet because I’m OCD like that.

from www.fittingitallin.com


Are you starting to see a pattern? Isn’t diet supposed to be 80% and exercise only 20%? Oops. I’m self sabotaging…I can’t really blame Trader Joes now can I? They didn’t force these items into my pantry. There are plenty of healthier options at Trader Joes, and any other grocery store.

It’s time to get back to basics, so this week (and up to Thanksgiving day) I am going to challenge myself to the following:

1)      Only coffee and tea (with milk only, no sweeteners) and lots of water (NO juices, etc!)

2)      Only fruits and veggies or healthy trail mix as snacks with the exception of 1 (under 200 calorie) treat per day.

3)      Only meals made with whole ingredients that are well rounded and include lean protein, healthy fats, and whole grains.

from Tina at bestbodyfitness.com

I think I can do it. I know HOW to eat healthy, I just haven’t been making it a priority. The idea of Bootcamp is to challenge yourself with new goals, pushing yourself to do better for yourself! I have been doing a great job pushing myself in my workouts, so why should I negate all my hard work by eating unhealthy snacks? I’ll most likely find that I do better in my workouts if I cut the junk food anyway.

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I have exactly 1 week until Thanksgiving, so I will post back with how I did!!

Wish me luck!

from tinareale.com