The Chocoholic Diaries

Living a healthy life topped with Chocolate!


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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:

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Hemp protein muffins

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

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Alphabet soup

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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:

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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.

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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 moonjogger.com 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
BLOG!!!!

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 sparkspeople.com 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 moonjoggers.com 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!

Wildfires:

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.

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Very close to the road

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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.

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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.

Today:

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’!

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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:

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Paleo Granola with fresh picked raspberries

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Sausage, sauerkraut, and spinach salad

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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

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

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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.
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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:

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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!