Monday, October 16, 2017

Just Another Manic Monday

Holy cow. Monday isn’t even close to over, but it’s already hit me like a ton of bricks. Blahhhh. Let’s hope this isn’t a sign for the rest of the week!

Once again, I just need to THANK YOU guys for all of your awesome responses on my recent CNC survey. The majority of you wanted more “day in the life” posts, so your wish is my command, and I’ll do my best to keep up with them. They’re actually my favorite kind of post to write, which, of course, is how this blog started nearly 10 years ago, but now I feel like alllllllll I do is sit at a computer and work. Boring. Ha! But, hey, maybe I can make it exciting, right? 😉

This morning kicked off with a big bowl of Chia-Flaxseed + Protein Overnight Oats with a big scoop of Trader Joe’s Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds. I’m still trucking along with the seed cycling-hormonal stuff, and I find this is recipe is the easiest way to get all of those flax and chia seeds into my diet!

And, of course the pug wasn’t far from the food action.

After breakfast, I got Qman and I ready for the day. On the way to school, he stopped to take some photos outside of our house. I love that he enjoys taking photos so much! 🙂

Check out my mums – isn’t it weird that one died, but the other one is totally fine?

After dropping Quinn at school, I drove home and immediately got to work. My hope was for a totally uninterrupted morning with no calls, meetings, or places I needed to be, but it was just the opposite with one million fires to put out, phone calls, emails that needed immediate attention… gahhhh. I know it’s all part of the job, but so much for “dominating” my to do list.

I did, however, squeeze in some recipe testing… caramel popcorn, rolled oats, peanut butter… hey, now!

Unfortunately, it was a total bomb, BUT the recipe definitely has potential. It tastes great; it just needs something more to hold it together.

I spent the rest of the afternoon glued to my laptop before my neck and shoulders started to bother me. Whomp whomp. It was definitely a sign that I needed to get up and move around, so I threw on my sneakers and headed out for a run.

I’m actually running the Tel Aviv Night Run at the end of the month, so I’m trying to keep my mileage up around 5-6 miles per run a couple of times a week. I’ll give you guys the full details about my trip to Israel soon, but, in the meantime, does anyone have advice for long flights? My flight from Newark to Tel Aviv is 10.5 hours! Beside sleep, what should I do/pack/download?

I hope you’re having a productive Monday so far!

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High Low High 23

Good morning and a very happy Monday to you!

I love a good High Low High blog post, so here’s a recap of our weekend, which shares both the high and low points from it. I always like to focus on the positive side of things, so there’s typically more highs than lows. With that, here we go! And, of course, I’d love to hear about your weekend too, so feel free to share some highs and lows in the comment section below!

HIGH: Working out at Salt Shack on Saturday morning! It was such a busy week last week, I only made it there once, so I was excited to get my sweat on!

LOW: Mal missing class because of Saturday school (basically, it’s weekend detention – he does it every few months.)

HIGH: Working out with Marisa! Salt Shack is kind of far from her her house, but she sometimes pops in on the weekend, and it was fun working out and catching up with her!

HIGH: Visiting Coffee Shack after class for a glazed donut and iced coffee.

LOW: Quinn leaving the lame part of the donut for me. He just ate the delicious sugary edge! Haha!

HIGH: Visiting the open house at the Hanover Fire Department!

Quinn had THE BEST time!!

HIGH: Trying 3PM Bites! They actually showed up at my house right when I wanted a snack – perfecting timing! They’re really tasty and so convenient!

HIGH: Having date night with Mal!

LOW: Sitting in SO MUCH traffic into South Boston.

HIGH: Enjoying a delicious dinner at Worden Hall. The nice folks from the restaurant invited us for dinner, and we were more than happy to accept!

Mal and I ordered some drinks to start. He was really excited about the beer list, and I loved seeing a mineral-y white from France – my newest wine obsession!

The Loaded Sweet Potato Fries immediately caught my attention on the Chef’s Specials menu. Hickory smoked chicken, sharp white cheddar, and Memphis BBQ sauce over sweet potato fries?! HELLO!! It was basically my dream appetizer, and, my gosh, they were amazing!

For my entree, I ordered the San-Seared Faroe Island Salmon, which was served with fingerling potatoes, carrots, and an English pea puree. Delish!

And, for dessert… whoa… this one was epic. Listen to this combo: Churro Sundae made with malted vanilla ice cream, caramel popcorn, pumpkin seed brittle, chocolate ganache, and apple cider caramel. It’s definitely a dessert we’ll never forget!

What an awesome night. Thank you, Worden Hall, for the invite! We’ll definitely be back! 🙂

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How was your weekend? Please share your high, low, high! 


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297 – Half Size Me: Why You Don’t Want To “Borrow” Weight Loss Only To Regain It With Bryan

In this episode of The Half Size Me™ Show, Heather talks to Bryan about how he hit rock bottom at almost 600 pounds what he did to help him start his weight loss why he did not want to “borrow”

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

251 – Half Size Me Community Weekly Webinar 251

Click here to download the webinar recording for Webinar #251Topics covered: How your primitive mind works against your weight loss efforts, how you are going to have periods of low motivation and that is ok, strength training where to start
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Friday, October 13, 2017

3-Ingredient Maple Bacon Potato Hash (Macro-Friendly)

Hi, guys!

You guys know that I’m ALL about easy recipes and meal ideas. I always look for ones with simple steps and not too many ingredients. I’m often cooking two (or more!) meals a night because, hey, picky three year old, so the easier and faster I can get dinner on the table, the better!

This recipe for Maple Bacon Potato Hash comes together in about 10 minutes (if you prep the potatoes ahead of time). I cut them up on Sunday afternoon and stored them in the refrigerator overnight in a container with a lid, so they were ready to go for dinner the next night. Then, the meal came together in the time that it took the bacon and potatoes to cook. Easy-peasy! I used mixed vegetables, but you can use whatever “steamfresh” veggies you’d like. Feel free to get creative and customize to what you and your family most enjoy. I hope you love this easy meal as much as we do!


  • 24 ounces red potatoes, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound maple bacon
  • 10 ounces steam-able vegetables of your choice


  1. Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces and then place in a large skillet on the stove top.
  2. Heat bacon on medium-high heat until about 80% cooked. Then, add cup potatoes and combine with bacon fat.
  3. Cover skillet and cook for about 7 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Toss potatoes after 3-4 minutes to prevent sticking.
  4. Meanwhile, cook veggies in the microwave according to directions.
  5. Once potatoes are finished cooking, use a slotted spoon to remove them as well as the bacon pieces from the fat and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  6. Combine potatoes, bacon, and veggies and serving immediately!

Makes 6 servings

Macros: P 33 C 26 F 31

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

What I’m Loving Lately 96

Hi, guys!

First and foremost, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your replies to my brief CNC survey. It means a lot to me that you took the time to respond, and I’ve already gotten lots of great feedback and some awesome ideas for new content. I’m excited! I’ll leave the survey open through the weekend, so feel free to add a response if you’d like! Also, thank you for bearing with me as I transition into this new phase of CNC! 🙂

I haven’t shared a What I’m Loving Lately, so I rounded up this random mix, but I think you guys will enjoy it! Ok, here we go!

It’s that time of year again, and The Skull is back. Remember how much fun we’ve had with this thing over the years?! This time, Qman is in on the hiding action, and I can’t wait to see how ridiculous it gets! 🙂

Spider Donut from Dunkin Donuts – How adorable are these spider donuts?! I will definitely buy one before Halloween. I know a little someone who will especially love it! 🙂

My instant pot – I’m pretty sure I already gave this a shout out, but I’m lovvvvinnngggg it for meal prep! I can pretty much get my entire food prep day down to 60-90 minutes start to finish with the help of this baby! And, hello, spaghetti squash done in 7 minutes?! Best ever.

Yoga for Scoliosis: New Research Supports Side Plank Benefits – A reader sent this link to me, and I found it really interesting. Just wanted to pass along for those of you who have scoliosis.

Is effective nutrition like a good joke – is it all about timing? – This article was interesting and helpful! If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, scroll to the end for the summary!

THE PODCASTS YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE (PLUS, HIDDEN GEMS YOU’LL LOVE) – I’ve referenced this post a bunch already – lots of great recommendations!

Ten Sisters Sauvignon Blanc – I found this wine at Kappy’s (a local liquor store) the other day, and it’s a new favorite. It’s priced right ($10) and not too fruity. I really like dry, mineral-y Sauvignon Blancs, and this one is perfect!

Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Herbal Tea – I’m trying to cut back on my caffeine consumption, so I’m drinking this tea on repeat lately! Love it!

When I was a kid – This post was spot on!

Kids Cuts Dinosaur Pasta – As you guys know, Quinn is the pickiest eater ever, BUT he loves this pasta. It’s our go-to lately when he refuses to eat (for days at a time).

Question of the Day

What are you looking forward to today? 


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

5 Questions About Carrots ‘N’ Cake

Hi, guys! Happy Hump Day!

As you know, I’m a hot mess lately. Designed to Fit and Nutrition House are consuming a lot of my time lately, but, OF COURSE, I want to continue to create content and share my life over here on CNC too. I’m trying to maximize my days and want to be more intentional and focused with the blog posts that I write, so it would help me out A TON if you could answer 5 quick questions about Carrots ‘N’ Cake. I promise it won’t take you more than a minute or two, and the feedback would be so appreciated! Thanks in advance! 🙂

5 Questions About Carrots ‘N’ Cake

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