A Letter To G-Mama and Pop Pop

Starting this day off a little different

Dear G-Mama and Pop Pop (Mom and Dad),

The two most important people in my life. Words cannot express how much the two of you mean to me. Whenever I’m having a bad day, you both call to check on me. Whenever I’m sad, you both are sad. Whenever I’m happy, you both are happy. I am SO grateful to be your daughter and I have to share with the world how extremely lucky I am to be brought up by two amazing people. You have taught me how to be a genuine person, caring, sympathetic, determined, and also a great Mommy to Phoebs. I wouldn’t be where I am without the two of you, in terms of my career and life in general. This blog wouldn’t even exist without you two encouraging me to write and follow my dreams. I love you both for EVERYTHING. Not just the material possessions, but for the companionship, the laughter, and the love. I spend every weekend with you guys because I just love being there. I love you both so much, and so does Phoebe šŸ™‚

-Your Minnie Pooh

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Okay, back to normal šŸ™‚

Yesterday was MUCH better. I felt like my old self again. I was laughing, bubbly, and could concentrate. Everyone immediately noticed and kept saying you look like you are doing much better today! Old Katie is back šŸ™‚

Work was busy, but not the terrible kind of busy where you want to rip your hair out. Just the busy where you keep working and the time goes by pretty quickly. I can deal with that!

For breakfast I had lots of coffee. Okay, I’ll admit I probably had a little too much, but I couldn’t help it. For some reason it just tasted fantastic!

I will have coffee, with a side of coffee please

I will have coffee, with a side of coffee please

Really, I did have real food. This trail mix bar and greek yogurt for meal one. I had pomegranate pearls in a separate container to put in the greek yogurt and I spit them out. Stupid fridge. They were rancid! I bought two big containers of them! šŸ™

Bar #2, I really liked this one! A tad salty but I love salt! Thumbs up

Bar #2, I really liked this one! A tad salty but I love salt! Thumbs up

Meal #2 was all smoked goodness from my dad! Chicken, brussels sprouts, and onions with cholula

Lunch #1- meal 2

Lunch #1- meal 2

And meal #3 to follow. More chicken, carrots smoked, and cinnamon raisin ezekiel bread (no toaster available) with natural PB

Lunch #2-meal number three. Also had an orange. I was pretty hungry

Lunch #2-meal number three. Also had an orange. I was pretty hungry

Meal #4 was a banana and protein shake at my time to leave work and head to the gym. It was back day. I didn’t lift TOO heavy because when I started doing dead lifts I felt a little tweak in the right upper section of my back. Didn’t want to strain something!

  • Wide grip rows, 60 lb bar, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Behind neck lat pulldown standing, 30 lb bar, 10 reps x 4 sets
  • Pushups, 10 reps x 4 sets
  • Quick straight leg dead lifts combo. THESE WERE TOUGH! I used a 60 lb bar, and did 10 quick dead lifts, followed by 5 narrow grip rows, then 10 more did lifts, then 5 more narrow grip rows. I was out of breath because it is one constant flow. Definitely gets the heart rate up. I did 3 sets. By the third set I WAS DONE!
  • Bent over rear delt fly’s, 15 lb weights, 12 reps x 4 sets
  • Stiff leg dead lifts with Smith Machine, 135 lbs, 8 reps x 4 sets
  • Kettle bell swings, 30 lbs, 20 reps x 4 sets
This is actually the kettle bell I don't like. I prefer the different colored ones that go up in size according to weight.

This is actually the kettle bell I don’t like. I prefer the different colored ones that go up in size according to weight.

Also did a few squats and lunges

  • Squats, 15 reps x 4 sets
  • Curtsy lunges, single leg, 15 reps x 1 set each leg, then alternating 20 reps x 1 set

And 25 minutes on the elliptical/stair combo machine.

Headed home…

Whoops where is my head

Whoops where is my head

TO THE BEST THING EVER!

PRESENTS!

PRESENTS!

The top box was my cookie dough casein (it’s good, but not what I expected. Tastes too similar to the vanilla! The chocolate is still the best)

The bottom box however,

VITAMIX!!!!!!!!

VITAMIX!!!!!!!!

Phoebe was excited too! First when I opened it I screamed (even though I knew what it was). Then when I opened the actual Vitamix box I cried. I know it’s sooooo silly, but I never thought I would have one. For my parents to buy it for me, just because, well it means the world to me.

Of course I tested ASAP. Didn’t even shower or switch out of gym clothes. Didn’t care!

Okay this is how amazing this is. It whipped my frozen banana up in literally a nanosecond!

Okay this is how amazing this is. It whipped my frozen banana up in literally a nanosecond! (this was pre whip sorry)

See all the little symbols? Basically they are different settings on how to make things. One for frozen desserts, soups, smoothies, different speeds, etc. It is incredible. I made my first fluff with it. I didn’t even care what it was. I threw in whatever I had on hand. I think this was blackberries and chocolate protein powder? Weird I know, but really good!

First fluff!!!!

First fluff!!!! and BEST fluff. Looks like ice cream šŸ™‚

Now these pics below are blurry, I was upset they didn’t fully turn out because I want to remember this moment forever šŸ™‚

Love my vitamix!

Love my vitamix!

I named her LUCY!

I named her LUCY!

Why Lucy? Well because the name Vitamix reminds me of my favorite I Love Lucy episode where Lucy does the commercial for Vitameatvegamin. “Tastes just like candy!” “the answers to all your problems are here in this lil ‘ol bottle”. Such a great show! G-Mama will appreciate this!

I ended up posting this pic on my Facebook and Instagram account because I was THAT excited about Lucy.

Kisses to the blender

Kisses to the blender

It really made a beautiful fluff!

Blackberry Choco Fluff

Blackberry Choco Fluff

Speaking of fluff…

Phoebe is mooning you guys

Phoebe is mooning you guys

We played a little bit and she was quite sassy

My girl is always smiling for mama

My girl is always smiling for mama

Happiest pup I know!

Happiest pup I know!

I spent the remainder of my night looking through my recipe book that came with the Vitamix. It is HUGE! Check it out

Mmmmm Guac

Mmmmm Guac

I cannot wait to put everything in this thing. Expect lots of blended recipes. Big bonus is that it cleans so easy! I was worried about that, but it’s so much easier than my old food processor.

Today is Thursday, yay. I found out I can use my sick hours for Tuesday, so I am taking my Friday off too as normal. I originally was going to go in for a half day, but decided not to. Today I will be working a little later because I am in the OR, so going straight home after work and will do a little chest work at home.

Have a great day!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

Comments

  1. OoOo! Pretty blender! Looking forward to the blender recipes, anytime I can throw a bunch of stuff together and blend it is a good time for me! Phoebs is too stinking cute! My dog moons me like that all the time lol! I have days too where all I want is coffee with a side of coffee lol. Anything that keeps us moving right?? Glad to hear you’re feelung better! P.s.- send me some of that guac!

  2. aw šŸ™‚ I love how close you and your parents are, reminds me of me and mine. Gosh that fluff looks so good!! I love how happy Phoebe always is, she makes me smile!

    • Thanks Chelsea. Yeah we are super close, wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world! Don’t let Phoebe fool you. This morning she kept barking in my face to get up lol

  3. Katie! I freaking love your blog. I found you on instagram (I’m fabuliz) and you inspired me to start my own running blog šŸ™‚ You’re wonderful and your posts are incredibly motivating – thanks for doing what you’re doing and sharing your success šŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see/read about all the fabulous things you make with Lucy!

    Liz

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