The Chocoholic Diaries

Living a healthy life topped with Chocolate!

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My Tracker Gone Crazy!

Yesterday – day #2 for those that are counting went off without a hitch, minus the fact that I forgot my vitamins in the morning. Oh well life rolled on without them. Gym time was awesome! My running is ridiculously slow, but I’m trying to not focus on a 15 min mile – 15 min treadmill mile… I can’t wait to run on pavement. I was even scoping out the route by work to see how long before the snow might be gone and I can run outdoors. With all this rain and early winter breakup going on it might be sooner rather than later 🙌!

Last night ended up being a long night because my son had a late basketball practice. By the time I hit the front door I was STARVING!! Thank goodness my well trained hubby had dinner ready. We had a change in dinner plans and when I changed it up on MyFitnessPal it said I was nowhere close to my goal. Odd! My stuffed stomach and pending bedtime didn’t give it much thought until this morning….

After changing what we ended up having for dinner.

Crossing over my meals from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Same meals different macros!!! Like I said had my stomach not been full and so late I may have tried to have a snack before bed to get a little closer to my daily goal. Glad my gut lead me in the right direction… which was bed because I was tired.

Case and point, I will have to watch this a little closer from now on!

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Cutting – Day 1

Today I started the cutting phase of Thinner Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews.

I have had his Shredded Chef on my kindle for a long while and got this to go with it a few months back. I’ve read bits a pieces – but over the weekend I really got into the meat and potatoes of it and decided I wanted to follow it. So today was cutting day UNO… and drumroll please… I have a headache! Ugh! Headaches make my willpower diminish, but so far I am holding strong.

What I’ve learned on day one is that I am a fasting workout person. While I was making my coffee at 4am I ate a bowl of yogurt with my homemade CocoNUT granola and headed for the gym at 5:30 drinking a pre-workout drink. By the time I got to work before 8am my stomach was having some serious GI distress and I was to drink my post workout shake. Tomorrow my plan is to workout in my usual “fasting state”. I also ordered a vitamin bundle from Michael Mathews supplements brand Legion Athletics – I’m excited to try them on top of the macro counting/workouts!

Here’s to day 2!

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Confession time…

Happy Saturday! 
I had one of those grocery shopping trips yesteeday where you buy hardly nothing, and spend a small fortune.
I guess this brings me to my confession:  I have been feeding my family (and myself) junk food for months! 
Oh geeze that feels good to get out…
I really have no excuse, I have been home to prepare things… but buying prepackaged chips, crackers, and granola bars was making lunches and after school snacks easier.  But it is not healthy and we have been the sickest we have ever been!  It seems we get over one thing and BAM! someone (generally a kiddo) has something new. 
Here is what I have been up too today to get us back on track:


Hemp protein muffins


Homemade granola bars- packed with nuts and fruit and honey instead of corn syrup!


Alphabet soup


Last but not least granola – it got a little toasty, but it is still tasty! 

I know cleaning up our eating will improve our health so even though I spent a small fortune, it will be worth it in the end.

Football games tomorrow!  Who are you rooting for to go to the Super Bowl? 

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Finally Getting Better!

Hello!  I hope everyone’s Tuesday went speedy.  I finally got all kiddos healthy enough to go back to school today so my day went by too fast.
Sickness has plagued our house for nearly 3 weeks.. and last Friday landed the one of the twins in the ER for a possible appendixitis.  Luckily all results came back negative and 2 bags of fluid later they let us go home.  I have vowed to get us healthy, as this is the worst we have had it in years! 
My new year goals have not been happening, which is disappointing. I have so far managed 3.5 miles this year 😦  but this week I will make my 10 mile goal. I know I can!
Random food I have eaten:





I did not eat that plate of eggs myself, I swear!  The mini mouse cupcaks were for my sisters birthday and my frosting is beyond addicting. 
Another awesome thing that came last week was my moon jogger goodies.



I am totally in love with this shirt and got many questions about it today.  The metal (my first of the year- for the year) is really awesome and heavy… if someone broke into my house I could use it to cause bodily harm if needed. 
Honestly though, If you run, you should really check into it is really worth the money to join!

’till next time!

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ADIOS 2014

Anyone as excited about this year coming to a close as I am??? Next year is bringing some big changes in our family so as excited as I am; I am equally as anxious!

2014 in a nutshell:
After injuring my knee early summer, I have not gotten back into consistently working out. My knee is good and I have been able to run 4 miles without so much as a problem. I just need to buck up and focus, and that is my 2015 plan.
I ran 14 5k’s in 2014!!! It was tough to get those last few in, especially after the weather started changing. But I did it and that was my goal. I got some awesome metals, shirts, and ribbons to show for it too!20141231_162558
I attempted to go back to school this past fall quarter and even though it was all online and I got A’s in all classes, I am not going back. I give major props to all people who have a family, job and go to school. I clearly cannot.

2015 goals:
Run at least 10 miles a week
Run 15 5k’s in 2015
Run at least 1 10k
Make my goal weight of 145

Made it to 160 lbs in September!

Made it to 160 lbs in September!

The first thing is I must is to get a new spark tracker. I noticed immediately that my motivation began slipping back in May after I lost my tracker down the toilet. I have been waiting for the new wireless ones to come out, but I guess they got scratched as there is no mention of it on now. I am just going to have to buy the old tracker and kick myself a week later when the new one comes out! I am also planning on picking up on my blogging. It truly keeps me motivated, and something I enjoy. I need to learn more about websites so I can do more – so if anyone is tech savvy shoot me a line 😉

I have already signed up for Mission To Mars, which I am totally excited about. I got my cadet metal earlier this month and was in LOVE! I am debating about signing up for LLS again. I really want to run a race for them, and it is something I support with all my heart, but I still need to talk with the husband before jumping in.

I wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Be safe out there, talk to ya next year!
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Let me fill in the blanks…

Summer is slowly (not slowly enough) coming to an end.  In just a few short weeks all my boys will be in school.  Insert very sad face here. With tear or two.  But it has been an eventful summer non the less.  But I haven’t been posting lately, so let me fill in some of that eventfullness for you!


I live in Okanogan County and if you haven’t heard we have had a pretty bad fire season this year.  A fire started last month and with the winds it blew out of control and took out the towns of Pateros & Brewster (which are about 6 miles apart).  These towns are about an hour away from us.  It was a horrible night, evacuation notices for a majority of the people didn’t come fast enough and 300+ homes were destroyed.  My husbands uncle lives in Brewster and he refused to evacuate, luckily he was on the right side of the road.  I was up texting him until 1 in the morning as he was informing me of what houses were on fire/what was going on.  Very sad and my heart breaks for those that lost so much.  If you want to see more on this fire google Carlton Complex fire.  Here are a few pics.


Very close to the road











Four days after that devastation, we ourselves were evacuated after a wildfire started above our house.  We were asked to leave because if the winds were to shift, it would have been at our house within 5 minutes.   immediately, my mother in law came up and took the boys (if you EVER have to evacuate and you have children, make this priority number uno), my amazing sister high-tailed it from work to our house to help us load stuff and I followed with more stuff and animals to her house.  Kevin stayed at the house to defend it if needed.   God Bless the fires crews!  They hit it fast and hard via ground and aerial crews.  It ended up beeing a little over 1000 acres of damage and one house lost.

our fire

from our driveway

My Knee:

I left off with a bummed knee, which I was all down in the dumps about… and continued to be until recently.  A few weeks back I jumped up and went for a run, I made it one mile and I nearly called my husband to come get me it hurt so bad; so I continued to do nothing and baby it.  I went to see my chiropractor and he is a big time marathon runner so I was telling him about my knee.  He tested it and said it felt good and tight and told me to get out and run on it.  As I left I got to thinking that I really have done NOTHING on it so I better start doing something.  I started walking (when it wasn’t choke you smokey), and gradually started running on it.  It is feeling much better now!  I was signed up for a 5k color run last weekend but opted out as just this week I have comfortably ran 2 miles.


This morning the twins and I did 2.5 miles.  run


I have been CRAVING squash pancakes so I was excited to finally have a summer squash in the garden!  I tossed in some paprika and man or man did that make it all smokey and delicious tasting!!  Yes, that is qt mason jar filled to the brim with a homemade ice coffee… that is how I roll on days that end in ‘Y’!


I put ketchup on my ketchup

Another fire that started this morning across the way.  PS our wildfire season just recently started :/

Have a Happy Thursday!!!


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Wednesday’s Eats

Happy Thursday folks!!!  It was suppose to be another hot one here, but it is actually chilly this morning (shorts and sweatshirt weather)  I checked the weather and it isn’t suppose to be so hot!  The wind is breezy, the wind generator is pumpin’, life is good at 5:30 am!

Yesterday’s eats:

Breakfast: 20140707_091142


Paleo Granola with fresh picked raspberries

Lunch:20140709_125802 (1)

Sausage, sauerkraut, and spinach salad

Snack: 20140709_133256 (1)

I only ended up eating the spinach salad and one sausage at lunch, so a short while later I was still hungry.  I had a cup of ice tea and a paleo protein ball

Dinner:20140709_180543 (1)

Pulled chicken taco with cucumbers.  Thank god for BBQ’s in the summer.  You couldn’t pay me to turn my oven on yesterday 🙂

Desert: 20140709_192838 (1)

The red booze cup is so adult like right!?!   Hmmm… maybe I should have added a splash of a little somthin’ somethin’ in there?  But this was a virgin blueberry smoothy.


Since it is going to be cool, I have no excuse but to get outside and weed a bit in the garden and pick raspberries before taking the little men of the house to swim lessons!

What are you doing today?

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Road Trip With Elvis

How did your Wednesday go?  At 6:30 this morning  it was already HOT!  I was going to go for a run, but I though I will wait until this evening; around 10 pm to do it.  Now at 9 pm it is still too warm!  I am sitting here typing this as I marinated in my own sweat… too personal?   My trip to Wenatchee was uneventful.  It was fun just being with my mom, but for some reason every time I go to Wenatchee I feel fat.  I don’t know why?!  Maybe it is just sitting unactive in the car for 3 hours that does it, but I am sure I come back 5 lbs heavier 😦

My mom has a new 2014 Toyota Corolla and that baby is sweet to drive, so that was enjoyable!  She ONLY listens to the Elvis station on SirusXM so I got ballsey and changed it to Octane while she was in the store… Then she turned it down… I think our choice in rock music is different.

I’m use to driving my truck where the gear shift is on the driving column,  that I kept grabbing the windshield wipers to shift the car.  It was pretty funny at first.

Before I left for Wenatchee, Sully lost his top tooth. When I got home, he was just heading to bed with it in a plastic bag.  #PARENTFAIL   Tooth fairy forgot to get her arse off the couch last night and retrieve the tooth!!  Kevin made quick work and gave him a $1.50, but then this morning on our way to swim lessons I found out that he DIDN’T take the tooth!  So Sully was upset that he was snubbed again by the tooth fairy!  So tonight before we went to bed he taped this picture and his tooth to the front door.  Dang now I feel like poo….20140709_211523

My friend gave me a good idea to leave a note from the tooth fairy that she is sorry she missed him, but it was too hot for her to fly.  I might go with it.

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The Weeds Won…

Happy Thursday!  It is a wet one here, but needed so I won’t complain!
I was starving yesterday after my trip to the grocery store, so I whipped leftover Chicken Jalapeno Pesto for lunch.  Within 20 minutes I started getting a pain in the center of my chest… Something I have been getting off and on since Saturday.  Now this isn’t a rush me to the hospital I’m having a heart attack, but more like intense indigestion.  I figured it was my spicy lunch and it would pass like it had before… But it got really worse before it even started to get better.  I had to laydown to combat an odd nausia, which ruined my plans of tackling the weeds that are overtaking my garden.  You win another day weeds! 
By 5 o’clock I was feeling better so I made dinner:


Thai Chicken Stuffed Yams! 
I went easy on my gut and added no spice.  I know corn isn’t paleo, but it doesn’t bother me so I eat it.
Again after eating I started to get the pain, and this time it wasn’t leaving! And this time I didn’t get to lay on the couch and watch House MD 😦  I had no choice but to barrel through the pain & discomfort because dishes needed done, lunches packed, and laundry folded.  Well, somewhere along the way I bent down to grab something off the floor and a warm matalic tasting slim crept up the back of my throat… I instantly knew what was going on and why!  I have been taking extra iron due to my anemia, AND I forgot this time last year taking liquid iron caused the same problem..  My ulcer to bleed!   
Seriously, how does one fight anemia when iron causes their ulcer to bleed!?!

Oh well, in the short 6 days I was taking extra iron my hair and eyebrows quit falling out as bad and my tiredness/brainfog has gotten better! 

The rain has quit & the sun is out!  I’m off to tackle the weeds! 

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Weekly Meal Plan and A Good Run

I’m really loving my Sunday meal plan & prep!  It makes me excited about the next week knowing I am not going to be stressing about putting dinner together.

Weekly Meal Plan:

Monday:  Roast with Veggies (we didn’t have this last week so I moved it on to this week)

Tuesday: Spaghetti with salad

Wednesday: Chicken Fajitas

Thursday: Chile with yams

Friday: Sloppy Joes

Saturday: Venison Stew    (Poker 5K run)

Sunday: Pork Tenderloin with cauliflower mash

Today I prepped the spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes, and chili.  I put a huge salad together and cleaned and chopped veggies for the week.  I took no photos because I misplaced my phone until my friend called and I found it next to my cutting board I was chopping green peppers on… special!


It poured rain all night so when sun started breaking through early this morning I threw on my workout clothes and went for a run.  I ran 2 miles and walked a 1.16 back home. I’m so glad I took the sunny opening because it wasn’t an hour after I got back home it got all cloudy, windy, and rainy!



         Walking Home



After my run, I did a good clean sweep of the house, had the boys pick up their rooms, then I headed off to go grab some groceries.  It kind of annoys me that most places in this town don’t open until 11am… and close @ 4!  But what can you do… besides start a blog and piss & moan about it?

I got to talk about last nights dinner!!!



Paleo Chicken Enchiladas!!!  They were sooo effing good I was mad that I didn’t make myself more than 2 so I could have leftovers for lunch (the men of the house didn’t want theirs on my paleo tortillas so I had to make mine separate).  I don’t know about your moms, but my mom AND my mother- in-law add a can of cream of mushroom sauce to their enchilada sauce.  So instead of adding a non paleo friendly can of Campbell’s I made a quick healthier version that took no more time at all and taste DELICIOUS!!


I forgot to mention that this coming Saturday is also my first real 5k!  With other people.  I’m excited and nervous all at the same time… eek!  I also signed up for 2 others for this month too!