The Chocoholic Diaries

Living a healthy life topped with Chocolate!

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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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Wednesday Weigh In & Eats

Good evening!  My morning kicked off at the butt crack of dawn… 4ish, after a horrible night with these adorable but finicky guys


Seriously how cute are they!?!  Loud but cute. 
After getting the oldest off to school, I


out.  30 minutes on the bicycle with some intense imaginary hills!  I started a sit up challenge 2 days ago and today I did 120. Holy Moly!  I should take a before and after of my stomach to see if there is any results…

After my workout I got busy planting a bit of the garden, washed the outside of the windows, and fertilized the berries &


.  Does 4 am agree w/ me or what!?!  No, no it doesn’t.  By my teams 5:30 game, I was pretty much a zombie! 
My weigh in was better than what I expected.


Monday morning I was at 16


!  No joke. I guess my two bad weeks caught up with me.  But I increased my water intake because I felt that was part of the problem

(I’m one of those people that can’t drink just 8 cups a day and last week I was lucky to drink 2), and hit the dirt running!  I can’t let it get me down! 

Todays eats:


Half Paleo English muffin with an egg & half avocado



Was leftover paleo chicken stir-fry w/ salad and coconut kefir ranch



Paleo English muffin w/ almond and honey.  Look @ the honey on there!!  I was feeling pretty shaky and irritable and this really helped. 



Sauerkraut w/ turkey sausage and salad

I just realized that I have a sunburn on my feet, arms, and lips…boo!  Time to find the sunscreen. 
I think I will put this day in the books and hit the hay!  

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Thursday Weigh In & Eats

I completely forgot to weigh in yesterday morning!  I was excited that my husband was off to work and I actually had the house semi to myself for the first time in 3 weeks, that it skipped my brain.  These things happen. Last week was rough so I wasn’t expecting any good numbers to greet me this morning but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.



Yesterday’s Eats:

Breakfast:IMAG2263Fancy egg huh!?!  I made it in my english muffin tin. For no reason other than I am special and deserve fancy eggs… or so I think.  Banana with almond butter.



Shredded apple-onion chicken wrap with cucumber salad.  I have been playing around with the brown rice tortillas and up until I made this baby, I was not impressed with them at all.  You have to warm them up and as they cool they get hard and DRY, and then you have to choke them down with plenty of water.  This wrap stayed and pliable – guess you just have to stuff them!



Smoothy?  It is still considered a smoothy when there is no ice and it is more  pureed coconut kefir, spinach, banana, and almond butter?  I’m not sure but once it was all in the blender and I realized there was no ice in the empty trays in the freezer… there was no going back.  It was was a super tasty and I honestly didn’t miss the brain freeze.

Dinner:  We met my sister, niece, and nephew for pizza.  I had a salad with shredded chicken and forgot to snap a pic.

Workout: Rest day

It is raining day around here today.  It has been such a dry Spring that I can’t do too much complaining about pure rainy days.  Yesterday we had one of those freak Spring rain storms – ya know, where it is all sunny and your about to take the laundry out to hang and it starts down pouring…  Like sheets of rain you can’t see through and 5 minutes later it is done past and sunny again.  I like those, but we desperately need some rain around here!   I think I will hang out inside and make some seed tapes!