Florida “snow” day thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac

August 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Yesterday everyone here in Florida was watching the weather and getting ready for the impending doom that was sure to be Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac. Everyone except us. Our hurricane preparation consisted of Chad mowing the lawn.

hurricane to do list

I was totally shocked when they canceled today’s school at 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

school closed

I guess at that point they weren’t sure about flooding, so better safe than sorry. Still, I don’t remember them ever closing the schools that early with that little information before. The boys were pretty happy about it. Chewie really didn’t care.


It was pretty clear by late last night that we were not going to be in the path of the storm, and as of 1 p.m. today you can see that we are no where near it.

isaac 1 pm

It’s been rainy and just slightly windy today, but as far as I know, no flooding.

dry slot

So the boys and I have been home today without much to do.


20120826-20120826-DSC_0004-2Turkey bacon, English muffin with cream cheese and Parkesdale Farm Market strawberry butter, fruit.

The boys have spent a significant portion of the day staring at screens.


We recently gave them permission to watch The Simpsons and they are obsessed.


Mack and I played Legos Ninjago for a little while…


but he was making up the rules as we went along and it kind of fizzled out when it became clear that there was no way I could win according to his rules.

I cleaned the kitchen and did laundry (of course), and spent a bunch of time goofing off on social media (also of course).

[edited: image joking about Tropical Storm Isaac removed, out of respect for all the poor people who weren’t as fortunate as we were to avoid any devastation from the storm]

I also organized Cal’s dresser a little so that his clothes would actually fit in there. It was hard to get motivated to be very productive when the boys were just being lazy and it was so dreary outside.

I couldn’t even be bothered to make lunch for myself, although I did make a proper lunch for the boys. My lunch:


Just saving room for a good afternoon snack later.

I decided to bake something this afternoon to have for breakfasts this week. Behold, Peach Cobbler Baked Oatmeal, based on a recipe from The Eat-Clean Diet (by Tosca Reno) community. Click here for the original recipe: Peach Cobbler Baked Oatmeal recipe

My ingredients:


I substituted eggbeaters for the egg white, brown sugar for the cane sugar, and melted butter for the melted coconut oil. Had to use what I had on hand.


I also only used two peaches instead of three, but my two peaches were huge.




It came out of the oven looking and smelling amazing.


I’ll let you know how it tastes after breakfast tomorrow if I can wait that long to try it.

The boys’ karate was canceled today annoyingly, but we were going stir-crazy so we grabbed Joey Z. and headed out to Menchie’s for an afternoon snack. The weather outside was actually really nice. It was sprinkling and overcast, but almost cool and breezy. No flooding at all (the photo below shows an area that often floods).



I had a Yelp check-in discount at Menchie’s that I hadn’t used since the last time we went there I checked in on our way out. It was 20% off our entire purchase, which ended up saving me over $3.00! You gotta get on Yelp (I say for the 50th time).


Next time I’m buying a tube of vanilla cupcake lip balm.


Mine is the one on the left in the back:


I got peanut butter froyo and brownie chunks. I love any sort of Reese’s combo. My fave.


Menchie’s put a photo of their new “Chip” spoons on Facebook a couple of days ago and I’ve been wanting to go there ever since. Very effective marketing Menchie’s. We got our Chip spoons!



I love the customer service at Menchie’s. They always say “Have a smiley day!” when you check out, and they always give the kids stickers and balloons.




Now we’re back home. For dinner I’m going to make leftover Ratatouille Sloppy Joe sauce that I froze when I made it last week. Tonight I’m serving it over pasta with some sort of veggie on the side. Dinner photo tomorrow.

Hoping for minimal storm damage for those still in Isaac’s path. We were spared, but at the expense of others. Even though I joked about the storm earlier, I know that we were just lucky.


Sweating and eating Friday, July 13

July 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm


Doing that workout with Trainer Chris yesterday threw me off plan, since yesterday was supposed to be cardio.

MF weekly sched

Then the owner of the physical therapy practice (Baylife) that I have been going to offered to let me come in for a bootcamp this morning with one of the PT techs. I was curious as to what they would do in the workout and I really wanted to do it. Yesterday Chris said, “Don’t do that bootcamp.”

I understand that this would now be basically three days of strength training in a row, and one of the key components of Chris’ whole plan is resting in between strength days for recovery. But. But. But I really wanted to do that workout! So, I did. Sorry, Chris. I’m off-plan, but it’s partially your fault for having that small-group class on Thursday. I just have a hard time saying no to opportunities if there is any way that I can take advantage of them.

I actually got up a little early this morning in order to have time to do the ModelFit Lean Body Blueprint mobility workout (but not the warm-up), before I went to Baylife for the bootcamp.


I did this in my “home gym” at like 6:30 this morning. I’m crazy.


Then I went to Baylife for the bootcamp. I warmed up for a few minutes on the recumbent bike, then did this:


The PT tech who took me through the bootcamp, Anthony, took a bunch of photos of me during the workout. He was a good sport.

Leg Press:



Dumbbell crawls:


The dumbbell crawl was the hardest part of the whole workout. You don’t lift your feet at all. You “walk” your hands with the dumbbells and drag your feet (on sliders) along behind you. This was so hard!

Medicine ball slams.



Jump squats:


Ring push-ups:


No pictures of “get-ups” because Anthony was holding my feet. No pictures of box squats either.

Ring pull-ups:



It’s amazing that I never bite through my lips with all these faces that I make when I work out.





I did five burpees in each corner of the gym and then did walking lunges to the next corner.

It was a hard workout, but I liked it. Thanks Floyd and Anthony!

Of course that wasn’t enough, so I also squeezed in a short workout this afternoon. First, I did the warm up from our ModelFit adaptation routine.


This was in my “home gym” again, with Mack watching and laughing. Actually, he said my squats were awesome.

After the warm up I did the Lean Body Blueprint “workout of the week”. I think this is going to be some sort of benchmark workout so that we can repeat it later and see improvement in our time. It was a 10 to 1 workout with three exercises…hand walks, step-ups, and donkey kicks. I actually videoed it (you definitely don’t want to watch the whole thing, but Mack makes a cameo around 5:20).

The end is cut off because my SD card was full, but I ended up doing it in 12:08. I’m sad that the end got cut off because Mack jumped in at the end and did some donkey kicks with me and it didn’t get recorded. Oh well. So that was it for sweating today, and it was more than enough I think.


The sample plan and suggested meal options:

meal plan


What I actually had…



Eggbeater omelet with some turkey sausage, onion, bell pepper, mushroom, and salsa.



This time I served it in a tomato.




Served with broccoli and some parmesan cheese.




That’s it! I have no idea of my total calories, but it was all good so I don’t care.

Mini-vacation starts tomorrow. We’ll see how well I can stick to the plan on vacation.