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What I ate on Monday

Good Morning!  Did you sleep well?  I did, and that is the first in 3 nights.  The man of the house is off to work for the rest of the week, so the kiddos and I are flying solo.  I am pretty jazzed this morning – not because my husband is gone, but in general.  The past few days have felt hopeless:  running is over, hike season is canned, etc, etc.  But this morning I see the light!!!!  I am going to stop the pity party, and work through this.  I know I said this all yesterday… but the pain was horrible yesterday, and all day long it felt like my knee cap was rattling which was putting me a pissed off-don’t talk to me mood. Kevin ensured me that the third day is the worst (we shall see) and that the rattling was the nerves healing (haha!).

I was planning on doing nothing but ab workouts all week, but I can do more!  Obviously am not going to be doing squats or lunges, but I can do a good upper body workout as well.  Okay as lame as it is, this revelation got me all jazzed this morning!

Lets move on to my food yesterday:


Blueberry, almond, spinach smoothy.




Salami sandwich with watermelon.


Pork tacos on paleo tortillas with yams and WAY too much homemade tartar sauce.



I got this recipe off of CarrotsnCakes.  She puts hers in the microwave, but I made mine on the stove.  The best decision I made all night was adding the whip topping and chocolate chips. I regret nothing.  All it is 2 TBS almond butter, handful blueberrys.  Warm up, and it taste like a cobbler!


We lucked out and only got the tail end of the promised storm yesterday.  It was dark and you could hear the thunder in the distance for 2 hours, but by the time it hit us, it was nothing but rain.


Now we have a heat advisory got the next 2 days…. blah!


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Weigh In Monday & Photo Dump

Happy Monday!  We have the threat of thunder & lightning today, and living in this tender box makes me a bit nervous of fires.
My weigh in this morning was 169 on the dot 😦  I have been pretty bummed about my knee and have done a fair job of consoling myself with food sweets.  But that # bummed me out more than my knee!  I know I going to be limited on working out, but I have got to keep my eating under control the next few weeks while my knee heals.
This week’s plan:
1.) Eat healthy & small portions
2.) Ab workouts EVERY DAY
3.) Small walks if my knee allows
I just need to keep my moral up that is all….

Photo Dump:


Sundays dinner: salami sandwich with yam fries


Sunday breakfast: paleo pancake & banana


Map to libby lake


Paleo raspberry bars = holy yummo!


Trail mix for the hike


Thursday dinner: tacos


Mexican Coke: soo good with way less ingredients than American...


Chicken salad with raspberries


Paleo pancakes with caveman syrup

Hope you have a good Monday!

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Failed Hike

This weekend we had planned on hiking into Libby Lake; which is one of the highest named alpine lakes in the Sawtooth Range.  We left Friday right after the boys finished swim lessons and were on the trail by 2pm.  It was hot, and the trail is an intense uphill climb. 
At around .77 of a mile, I was leading the crew (and I’m thankful it was me and not one of the kiddos) up a high steep edge; when the narrow trail crumbled under my left foot and with no time to react I fell.  I landed all my weight, including my 60 lb pack on my right knee!  The pain was insane and I was in a position that I couldn’t even get off of my leg until I removed my pack.
Because I didn’t want to ruin the weekend, I continued on… unfortunately at mile 2 the pain was so bad, I had to admit I wouldn’t be able to continue on and we had to turn around and head home.  Going down the steep stuff sucked and I cried the whole way.  I almost think going up hill hurt less, but I was so afraid I would get up there and not be able to hike out. 


Bummin' it!

So this weekend I ended up not doing much.  I’m hoping I didn’t damage anything, but I guess only time will tell.
Did you have a better weekend?

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Weigh In & Backpacking

Happy Monday Y’all!  I am up earlier than usual.  My mom is house sitting my sister’s casa and she has 2 Dr appointments today in Wenatchee so I am going to do the loving daughter bit and drive her there and back, but I have a few things to do before we go so I got up early… but everyone is sleeping and so I have to be quiet so that was basically pointless!  Coffee is made so there is no point in going back to bed 🙂

I took a “pause”:

I know I have been MIA for a while but I am back!  I can’t let summer take over too much right!?!?   First off.  I have changed my weigh in day from Wednesday to Monday.  This helps me stay accountable for the weekends, which lately have been my downfall.  That and ice cream with fresh raspberries from the garden.  So this mornings weigh in was 167.6; I put on 7 lbs but I think some of that may have been muscle because we have been doing a ton of hiking.   Lately I haven’t been worrying so much about my weight, I have just been worrying about training (which I will get to in a bit)  but I can tell when I put on 5 lbs and wasn’t surprised by the number this morning… my knees told me days ago.  So my goal is to loose 8 lbs this month!  Running at 160 lbs is easier than running at 167 lbs that is for sure!

Oval hike:

So last weekend we hiked into West Oval.  It is a 15 mile round trip hike, and it is all UP HILL!  Our plan was to hike in on Saturday and either hike out on Tuesday or Wednesday.  We hiked for hours and the last .25 of a mile was through the snow… wa wa waaaa!  Our clothes were wet so we instantly started a fire to get things dried.  It was chilly and the wind started along with the rain..  and the fish weren’t biting so while Kevin and I were discussing dinner, while the boys were throwing sticks on the fire.  I just happen to glance up from the cook stove to see Sully’s shoe on fire & the sleeves of Blaze’s sweatshirt!!!!  That is devastation in the backwoods folks!   Needless to say we ended up hiking out the next afternoon.


West Oval


West Oval Peak. It is BEAUTIFUL!


Check Out the crispy sleeves!


Kevin made Sully this sweet sandal to get him off the mountain.


Boys at camp.







All in all it was a good hike!  The boys loved it, and didn’t complain about the distance or their packs.  Hopefully next time (which will probably be this fall) we can stay longer.

The last time we hiked up there Zion was 1 and a half.


Nothing has changed, he lives to fish!

Apparently hiking is going to be our “thang.”  Before I came along my husband lived in the woods any chance he could get… I took that away from him, and now that the boys are older and enjoy the woods just as much, we will be spending a lot more time in them!

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Weekend Recao

Hope everyone has had a good Monday!  I worked. I’m tired.

Saturday I ran the 5k here in town I was worrying about due to my ulcer.  I woke up later than I planned but felt better than the day before.  Partially because I gave myself a great pep talk before bed.  I told myslef I could run it, and I would run it, even with a bleeding ulcer, and even if it took me an hour.  Well.. the ulcer was the least of my problems!  As I was leaving for the race I started to get a blind spot in my vision.  This is my sign a migraine is right behind and I need to take cover within 20-30 minutes.  Well I ignored it and went to the race.. continuing my pep talk then.entire time. I actually did ok.  The last 1/2 mile was pure torture!!  Crossing the finish line was never sweeter :).  I didn’t even wait around for the prize drawing, I grabbed a complimentary water and went to my mother-in-laws and died on her floor for 2.5 hours. 


Race shirt

Needless to say the rest of the weekend was low key….


Sunday dinner was super taste! 


Jalapeno-bacon burger w/ yams.
I topped my burger w/ a creamy cilantro dip and used a paleo English muffin for a bun.  Yummo! 

Do you get migraines?  What’s your cure?

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Thursday Eats & Headbands

OH MY GOODNESS IT IS FRIDAY!!!!  I’m so excited for the weekend and I’m really not sure why?  School is almost out and by this time of they year I am done with school – dropping off, picking up, packing lunch, reading letters, and fighting Zion to do his spelling words!  So glad it is almost done.  I’m sure Z is too.

I tackled the garden yesterday and cleaned the weeds and finished planting things I had been putting off.  It rained, and the wind blew, but I was already misrable that it only seemed fitting.  Pulling weeds (or anything in the bent postion)  sucks when your ulcer is bleeding.  But I trucked through, and on this beautiful Friday morning I looked out my window and was thankful I did!

Yesterday’s Eats:



I went soft on my gut with toast with almond butter and bananas.  It didn’t really hold up with all the gardening so by lunch I was starving.



I was so hungry I didn’t even bother warming it up the leftover Thai Chicken with yams!



By dinner I was so exhausted that I just wanted FOOD!  Tacos. One with ground turkey, the other with leftover Thai Chicken.  I found a jar of homemade ketcup and I poured it on my taco.  My husband thinks I’m nuts for putting ketchup on my taco (and frowns that I started the boys on it),  but it taste good to me!  I don’t do it as often –  I have a grown up palate now 😉  but I needed the salt  last night!


Tonight kicks off our towns Founder’s Day Weekend and tomorrow morning is a 5k fun run the local Lion’s Club is putting on.  This morning I decided to go for a run just to see how my stomach would hold up.  My plan was 1 mile, see how I felt and go from there….  I made it a 1/2 mile turned around and headed for home. Nothing like running with what feels like a hot iron prod under your breast bone!   I don’t have high hopes for running the 5k tomorrow, but that is okay.  I will do my best!


Check out my new headband from Sweaty Bands… please don’t check out my sweaty forehead!  I have been hearing a lot of good things about these no slip headbands and snagged this one on Amazon.  LOVE IT!!!   This one is a little loud for me, I was thinking it would be good for the color runs I’m registered for this summer.  Check them out!


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Meal Planning Before Breakfast

Meal Planning is such a necessity in our house.  With 3 growing boys – 4 if you count the man of the house.  And I do.  It seems like food disappears faster than I can chop, prep, and store it.  Meal Planning also helps us keep our food budget in check – or what I call our food budget.  It is really nothing more than a number in my head that I attempt to ball park around when I plan a shopping trip.  The past 2 weeks maybe even 3 have not been well planned.  I can tell this by two things.  1. Looking at our banking I see frequent stops to the grocery stores with small purchases.  2. Too many nights of my husband asking what is for dinner and my response being: “I dunno! What do you want?” – which in turn results in a trip to a store for a small purchase.   UH!  Vicious cycle and I need to get us out of it ASAP.

I have been working on a complete June meal plan, but I still need to get through this next week….

Meal Plan for the rest of this week:

Wednesday: Thai chicken stuffed yams – via  ( My husband love this)

Thursday:  Tacos

Friday:  Southwest meatballs with creamy cilantro dipping sauce – via

Saturday:  Bacon japalpeno hamburgers w/ yam fries

Sunday:  Chicken-bacon broccoli salad

Man oh Man, does that take a load off my mind just having a plan of action!  I better get showered and off to the store.  Guess my weeds will have have to wait until this afternoon to die!  Oh what is a few more hours…

This mornings breakfast:


Yam hash with West Virginia Chili and a egg.  I will post the recipe for West Virginia Chili this week because everyone should try it!

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I Believe It’s Fate!

Did everyone have a fantastic Tuesday that felt like a Monday?!?   I worked for a couple of hours, ran some errands, went for a bike ride, and made chicken jalapeno pesto; all the while it felt like a Monday and I fought the urge to have another cup of coffee.

Lets talk about the good stuff.  Dinner.  Jalapeno Pesto! Man I cannot get enough of it!  I made it extra spice and the kids didn’t want to eat it but who cares?  I’m the mom and I said I wanted it SPICY!  No, actually they ate it pretty darn well for it being pretty darn spicy.


I sprinkled dry unsweetened coconut on top and that made it AWESOME as well!


Yesterday I was looking for some races for the month of June.  I am trying to do at 2-3 races a month, but I live so far out in the middle of nowhere and beyond, that I would have to travel every weekend to a race.  Problem Solved: virtual races to keep me motivated… since I found nothing good around here in the month of June to travel too.

BUT during my search, I did stumble across the greatest thing I have ever laid my eyes upon and I am pretty sure it is fate:


If you love running and you love chocolate, these races are for you!

Is that not the best logo EVER!?!?  Isn’t that the best race EVER!?!  They have 3 different races coming up in July, August, and November, and there is a good chance that I will sign up for all of them!  Check out the website if you are in Washington and want to cram chocolate in your face whilst running with a ridiculous smile with me.  Oh hey… I forgot to mention you get a CHOCOLATE MEDAL!!  Now that is some tasty BLING there!

Tomorrow I must get into the garden and show the weeds that I am boss…. or something like that.


When Paleo Doesn’t Pan Out

I spent yesterday slaving in the kitchen cooking lasagna.  It is so time consuming yet delicious! I made one non paleo for the men of the house, and a smaller paleo one for myself- Big enough to have leftovers.
Now, I have been cooking caveman style for a few months now, and I have not ran into anything that has been so bad I have nearly threw up…. Until I bit into my much anticipated lasagna!


The “cottage cheese or ricotta” filling is cashews that has been soaked until soft, pureed to a ricotta consistency w/ almond milk. I see this method used for many dishes that require cheese in paleo cooking.                                                *gag* gag * gag* 
I don’t know if I didn’t do something right but my goodness I could not wash that down! 
My husband had a fantastic time watching me dry heave after each of the 3 bites I took!  Needless to say the whole pan was dog food….
Desert was a hit:


Double ChocolatePaleo Brownies!  Taste! 

I hope everyone had a fantastic memorial day!  Thank you to all service men current & past!  I don’t know about your local cemetery, but ours places flags on all service men & woman’s headstones.  It is really beautiful to see and brings you back to the true meaning we enjoy this holiday weekend.  I didnt get to go home to see my dads headstone (vietnam vet), but I stopped by a local cemetery to pay my respects this afternoon! 


Back with some Virtual Races

I have been MIA the past few weeks.  I am sorry!  I have to admit, posting on this blog keeps me on track so I cannot let life take me off course, because I am not going to lie… I have been a bit off course!I have still been running.  In fact I did a 5K trail run yesterday, and I have a 5k next Saturday as well.  But my eating has been WAY WAY WAY off course and I am bound to get on track this week.

So to catch up on a few things.  Soccer is over!!!!  We survived.   My garden is not 😦  …maybe it is just in that ugly faze, but I swear the weeds are doing awesome!!  I have been playing sergeant mother to 3 baby kittens that were found at work.  They barely had their eyes open and near death and now they are starting to play and are doing great.  We got 20 turkeys and now we only have 11 😦  that was sad & a waste of money….  hmm… guess that gets you caught up in my world!

Yesterdays Race review:

I ran the Mazama 5K.  Mazama is a little town in the Methow Valley in Washington and people from all over the state & Canada came to participate.  It is gorgeous, with tons of places to hike, run, bike ride, and rock climb. Unfortunately, I felt like crap… just like all the stuff I have been shoving in my pie hole this last week.  I seriously even had a hard time enjoying myself I was in such misery.  You know that whole rule – never do anything new on race day?  Yeah, it is a rule for a reason!  A rule in which stubborn Amber learned the hard way.  I already felt like crap, and just before the start of the race I took a “Cliff Shot” that was offered at the start line – never having one before and was curious.  Not even 5 minutes into the run my stomach started burning like I had just took a shot of tequila.  I ran the first mile and a half no problem, just kind of questioning what was going down in my gut.  The mile and a half back I had to walk multiple times due to nausea and a horrific side ache – I haven’t had a side ache in MONTHS!  I pasted through the finish line at 41:18 according to their time.  Blah!  That is horrible.  I hit the truck for some water and was ready to leave ASAP. We stopped in Winthrop, a town a few miles away for breakfast.  The Mazama run offered an all you can eat pancake breakfast, but spending my entire race cursing myself for eating french bead the day before I was not about to go eat pancakes.  At about mile 2 I vowed/promised my stomach that I would get back to my paleo diet immediately!!!  All in all it was a good race, and I hope next year to run the 10K.  Train. Train. Train!


Boys after their 1k – in which Sully (R) cheated or took what he called “an awesome shortcut” passing most of the kids!


Coming in HOT! So nice having the kids at the finish line!! ❤

Other Races:

Midsummer Sun Kilomathon via No Heels Just Sneakers.  This is a virtual all month of June race.  You can sign up to do a 5k, 10k or 30k. I signed up to do a 30k.  The cost is $25.00 and you will receive AMAZING bling!

Another race I signed up for is Moon Joggers Voyage to Venus.  This is a year long logging of your running miles in hopes that everyones combined miles will reach the miles to Venus (maybe even back).  Also, each month they offer virtual races that come with BLING & STICKERS!  Added Bonus if you are signed up for the Voyage to Venus you get a 20% discount on virtual races 😉 This is a great motivator and their back story is pretty bitchin’!  Check out their site!

I also decided I really really really want to start training for Iron Girl 2015!  1/3 Mile Swim, 12 Mile Bike Ride, 3 Mile Run.  It will be tough but I like to pretend I’m tough.  I’m not really worried about the running(other than I need to boost up my speed), or the biking, but the swimming will be difficult.  There is no year long pools up here except for at one hotel.. and I doubt they would let me train there.  It just seems so fun & challenging!!!  Thoughts?

Anyway,  if you are into running/wanting to run check out the site above & get signed up!