Hot Chocolate 15/5K Race – Chicago!

I am so excited and nervous for the Hot Chocolate 5k this Sunday. I have wanted to run this race forever and finally got up the nerve to pay the entrance fee. I received my start corral  (corral Q) and all the information for packet pickup at McCormick Place this weekend and once again if you can’t tell I am beyond excited!!!

I am seriously running for chocolate. 🙂 And…

… the awesome goodie bag, which after my shower I will be sporting to church.

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This is the visual I will most likely have in my head to keep my run/walk pace when I start to get winded and tired. As the post race party just looks and sounds ah-mazing! 🙂

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I can’t say that I’m excited to run in the cold weather but I know the hot chocolate will warm me up just fine.

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State Fair Fried Food Palooza

This Saturday was the last weekend for the NC State Fair and we had a blast with the girls.  I think all the lights, people and rides built on the their excitement.  I normally get really excited about ending my fair time with a funnel cake :).  But this year I didn’t (maybe because I knew I had sweet potato pies at home 🙂 )  One thing I did notice was the increase of all things fried… They have now taken all the snacks that people enjoy, dip them in batter and fry em up.

Leading up to the fair I heard a lot a fuss about the Krispy Kreme Burger.  When listening to the radio commercials I couldn’t picture it.  But the line was warped around the fair grounds for this thing and I sat beside someone with one and got to see it first hand.  The Krispy Kreme Donuts served as the bun to the burger.  (not sure I can do that one)  It was fun watching the lady try to eat it lol.

As we walked around we saw Fried Oreos, Fried Twinkies, and Fried Girl Scout Cookies.  Now I was almost tempted to see how my favorite Girl Scout Cookies would taste fried died and laid to the side.

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Recipe Sunday: All Things Sweet Potato

Mrs. Hilda is so amazing and gave me a box of sweet potatoes.  Her husband (Mr. Donald) loves my sweet potato pies so this weekend I got a head start on some holiday baking.  As I was cooking the sweet potatoes I notice that 1. these things are huge and 2. there are a ton in this one box.  So it got me to thinking what else can I try out over the next few weeks?

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Cinnamon Sweet Potato Muffins Recipe

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  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 Eggland’s Best Egg
  • 2 cups cold mashed sweet potatoes (without added butter or milk)
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Buttered Sweet Potato Knot Rolls

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  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup warm 2% reduced-fat milk (100° to 110°)
  • 3/4 cup canned mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 5 cups bread flour, divided
  • Cooking spray

Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Chips with Ranch Dip

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  • 3/4 pound sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • store-bought light ranch dressing

Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadillas

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  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (1 pound total)
  • 1 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 5 cups baby spinach (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil

Share with us, or comment below on Facebook or Twitter some of your favorite sweet potato recipes.

#FFM90Days – 60 Day Update

Yippee!!!!

We have reached the 60 day mark. I’m proud to report that Elena and I have both lost weight. BOOM!

Update new photo with my measurements.

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#ffm90days – 60 day update

It’s a great feeling when you know your on a path of health and wellness that will last a lifetime.

What’s Your Excuse?

So, the buzz of the day is coming from a mom of 3 who posted the below picture with the caption “What’s Your Excuse?” This photo alone has gotten the mom-averse in an uproar so much so that it was a topic on Good Morning America this morning (video below). Since, my mom made a point to mention it to me this morning I’ve decided to voice my opinion.

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My first reaction to the photo:

Get it girl! That will be ME in 8 months.

I feel the photo is motivational and empowering. It’s amazing how us women can take something meant to be empowering and turn it into something so negative and take it so personally. As if, Maria called you out by name and said, “Hey, (insert your name) get your chunky butt of the couch and workout.” Did she hit your insecurity nerve after having x amount of children that you’re not at your physical best? Or is it because you have consistently given in to your excuses and now here this women is with 3 boys showing what you could be if you don’t give in? Please explain to me why we as women are being so critical of her.

As a working mom of 2, I find myself daily negating my excuses and getting my butt up and working out in our living room. I find that, all too often we read tone into phrases and take things extremely too personal. Instead of looking at the image for what it is, a fit mom with 3 healthy boys.

In my opinion it shows the insecurities so many of us women have that we are willing to lash out and try to make someone else feel bad for their accomplishment. Shame on you “negative excuse giving” Nancy’s.

Instead I say, hats off to you Maria for being brave enough to bare your belly after 3 children (wondering if she uses Palmer’s cocoa butter on those stretch marks like me) :). I’ll be able to post my fabulous after baby picture soon.

YOU GO GIRL! Thanks so much for the motivation and keeping me on my toes. Tonight’s sweat session I’ll push a littler harder because I know it’s possible.