Five on Friday 3.4.16

Joining in with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday today!


Since I officially booked our engagement pictures with Tessa (so excited!), it’s time to get serious about a wedding budget. I am typically a spreadsheet type of gal, but this option is just so much prettier…also, a little overwhelming.


I may be late to this train, but I have absolutely fallen in love with Biscoff cookie spread. Please tell me you’ve tried it. If not, you’re missing out. Although I’d love to just scoop some out and eat it, it’s not nearly as satisfying as using it as a topping. Same cookie taste, more food. I’ve used it on top of protein pancakes, popcorn, and in yogurt. My favorite combo is definitely the yogurt though. Holy goodness, and it’s only 170 calories (5.5f, 17.5c, 12.5p). Perfection.


On repeat this week: Aloe Blacc. Seriously, check him out. My current favorite is “I Need a Dollar” from his Good Things album. That will probably change tomorrow though. He’s just that good!



Since March has arrived, I’m beginning to feel the craziness that is March Madness. Personally, I am not a college sports fan. Pacers all the way, baby.

I’m still chugging along with IIFYM. Check out this post if you’re wondering what the heck that means. I do catch myself wanting to check the scale every single day because I’m just so excited to see what has changed! I’ve only weighed myself three times since last Friday. That’s not too bad, right? Better than every day. Progress people.I have resisted checking my measurements (except for once – and I only measured my stomach – so it doesn’t count), and I’m going to continue waiting until it’s been two weeks since starting IIFYM per Poppy Locks’ suggestion.

Have a great weekend!


Five on Friday 10.03.14

I am so excited to be linking up with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday!


Since the link up is coming back from its summer hiatus, I thought it only appropriate to focus on what I’m loving about fall so far. Also, Indiana is finally cooperating and giving me fall-like weather instead of the heat and humidity that we’ve been dealing with (again) for the past few days. I’m even drinking hot apple cider as I write this. What can I say, I have fall on the brain. Can you blame me?

Five on Friday 1I recently discovered Sally’s Baking Addiction after finding her recipe for white chocolate pumpkin snickerdoodles. My life is forever changed. Pumpkin? Whit e Chocolate? Rolled in sugar? Sign me up! Please try the recipe. Pretty please. The best part is that the recipe doesn’t require very much pumpkin at all, so I’m searching for some recipes to use the rest of it up. Here are some possibilities so far.

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Sweaters are one of my absolute favorite things in the whole world. A large, comfy sweater? Even better. I’m loving this one from Kiki La Rue. (Side note – I’ve never shopped KLR, but I’ve heard it’s fantastic – opinions?)

Five on Friday 3It’s the first full weekend in October, which means it’s Riley Days (now known as the Riley Festival) time for those of us from Greenfield, Indiana! Don’t know who James Whitcomb Riley is? That’s ok, most don’t. It’s still a fun festival. I’m so looking forward to going with my mom on Saturday, and hopefully we can find some unique things!

Five on Friday 4I’ve been saving all of my empty wine bottles lately (don’t worry, there aren’t THAT many), but I didn’t know what I was going to do with them until now.

Aren’t these the cutest? I’m not a huge candy corn fan, but these just scream FALL to me. I don’t think I can resist.

Five on Friday 5Could not be more true.

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Chocoholic Frolic 10k…I survived.

Remember when I lost my mind and signed up to do a 10k? You probably don’t because I haven’t reminded you on purpose. Believe me, until about two weeks ago, I wasn’t reminding myself either. I thought I should probably at least start walking a few miles during the days leading up to the race, so that’s what I did. I didn’t run very often, and when I did, it wasn’t for more than a mile at a time. Why did I think I could pull running 6 miles out of my ass come race day? Who knows. I had that goal until I actually got there, and then I decided that finishing was enough for me. 6.2 miles is 6.2 miles no matter how long it takes you. Here are a few pictures from the race weekend!

One of my favorite quotes from the expo/race


Before the raceIMG_2865-1At the start line


IMG_-1After…tomato face anyone?

IMG_2858-1Our rewards


IMG_2859-1My official time was 1:19:39 (12:50 pace), and I am perfectly fine with that.

IMG_2860-1I’m not too impressed with how the GPS worked through my RunKeeper app though. I promise I did the entire 6.2 miles!

Overall, I don’t think I would do this race again. The course consisted of two laps around the fairgrounds, which did not provide much in the way of scenery. So boring. I was also upset because they only had one water station set up, which meant two water stops total. When I did my 5k, I had at least two water stations for half the mileage. Not cool. I was also extremely underwhelmed by the chocolate portion of the Chocoholic Frolic. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t a disgusting candy bar and a couple tablespoons of melted chocolate (which I didn’t even eat). I was expecting it to be completely awesome, and it was way disappointing. Not impressed at all. If I didn’t get to spend the time with my mom, it would’ve been way worse. I’m so proud of her for doing it with me!

The crazy thing is that I think I’m going to sign up for another 10k. Shocking, I know. I just can’t stomach never being able to run it completely. If I actually train this time, I know I can be better.

What do you think? Have I completely lost my mind?

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Five on Friday: Graduation 2014 Edition

Linking up for Five on Friday today with some graduation goodies!

My little bitty brothers aren’t so little anymore because they graduated from high school last weekend! Here are some of my favorites from commencement and their open house. Also, apologies for the few and crappyish pictures I do have from the open house. I

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Aren’t they cute?

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These are personalized M&Ms that we had at their open house. They read, “Congrats Jacob,” “Congrats Logan,” and “GC 2014.” In case you’re wondering, they are just as delicious as regular M&Ms. Just saying.

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Of course, we had to use the M&Ms as festive additions to the cupcakes we had instead of cake. Yes, these are the dreaded cupcakes, and they were even more delicious than I remembered. I highly recommend using Marsh for your baking needs. The cupcakes are fantastic, and they can do a whipped cream icing (pictured here) instead of regular icing. So so good.

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IMG_2345-1This is the best and easiest punch recipe ever.

1 gallon blue Hawaiian punch
1 liter Sprite
Pineapple juice to taste
Rainbow sherbet

It doesn’t get much easier than that.

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IMG_2346-1By far, I think these were my favorite part of the open house. We used goldfish as every centerpiece, and it turned out way better than I imagined. Their school colors are blue and gold, get it? If you’re wanting to do this for your next shindig, I have a couple of suggestions for you.

First, pay attention to the fish before and during the party. Goldfish don’t exactly have the longest lifespans. RIP little buddies.

Second, remember that the fish don’t just disappear along with your guests. You may end up like this.

IMG_2348-1Yes, we have 19 goldfish now.

I’m allowed to keep three of them in this tank that we already have. The problem is deciding which ones to keep and which ones to…send to the ocean in the sky.


Happy Friday!

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Weekend Eats 04/07/14

Hola friends. I hope your weekend was as fantastic as mine was! With all of the fantastic-ness, there were a few less than stellar food choices, but I enjoyed every single bite!

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FridayIMG_1746Top left: Reduced fat Wheat Thins with salsa
Top right: Corn chowder with sandwich (turkey, cheddar, Miracle Whip)
Bottom left: Organic frozen strawberry bar
Bottom right: Devil’s food cake cookies


IMG_1754Top left: Egg sandwich (turkey, pepper jack cheese, 1 bread slice)
Top right: Veggie wrap with kettle chips
Bottom left: Small red velvet coffee
Bottom right: Burrito with queso and rice

Not pictured: Pretzel rods and tortilla chips (with queso and guac)


IMG_1755Top left: Sandwich (turkey, cheddar, Miracle Whip) with Wheat Thins and salsa
Top right: Chicken with couscous and asparagus
Bottom left: Organic frozen strawberry bar
Bottom right: Devil’s food cake cookies

Not pictured: Large mocha from McDonald’s and tortilla chips (with queso, guac, and salsa)

How did you do over the weekend?

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Weekend Eats 03/31/14

I know it’s been quite some time since I’ve shared my weekend meals with you guys, so here you go!

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IMG_1698Top: Small Blizzard with Reese’s and cookie dough
Bottom: Napa chicken and portobellos from Applebee’s


IMG_1673Blueberry banana protein bars (recipe) and coffee with creamer and Truvia

For lunch, we celebrated Potter’s mom’s birthday, and that came with a ton of delicious food. Ham, potatoes, green bean casserole, a roll, and of course, chocolate cake.

For dinner, we had hibachi.

Both meals were so delicious, so I was too busy stuffing my face to take any pictures. Apologies.

That night, I made some egg-less cookie dough, but I didn’t eat all of what is shown in the picture.



IMG_1699Top left: Coffee (creamer + Truvia) and homemade mini pizza
Top right: Egg-less cookie dough mentioned above
Bottom left: Brown rice with a bite of chicken
Bottom right: Pumpkin muffin (recipe coming later!)

Overall, not the worst weekend that I’ve had.

Stay tuned!  I have something very exciting planned for tomorrow!

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Weekend Eats 03/03/14

I actually recorded everything that I ate over the weekend! Surprising, I know.


IMG_1476Top: Lettuce, lean sausage, green peppers/onions, salsa, Greek yogurt, homemade guacamole, and low-carb tortillas
Bottom left: Raspberry green tea and strawberry applesauce
Bottom right: Strawberry banana protein bar (version of this recipe)


IMG_1507Top left: Coffee with Truvia and creamer
Top right: Blueberry banana protein bar and strawberry banana protein bar
Bottom left: Same dinner as above
Bottom right: Whipped strawberry yogurt

IMG_1508Top Left: Spaghetti with homemade sauce and lean sausage “meatballs”
Bottom left: This Oreo smoothie
Top right: Raspberries
Middle right: Strawberry banana protein bar
Bottom right: Crackers with homemade guacamole


IMG_1509Top left: Coffee with Truvia and creamer
Bottom left: Same spaghetti as above
Top right: Strawberry banana protein bar
Bottom right: Whipped strawberry yogurt

IMG_1514Top: Homemade mini pizzas with lean hot sausage, onion, green pepper, and homemade sauce
Bottom left: Kale chips
Bottom right: Low-carb tortillas with peanut butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips

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How did you guys do over the weekend?

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Weekend Eats and Winter

Sorry I didn’t post anything about my weekend meals yesterday. I didn’t take any pictures of my food because I didn’t want to make you guys jealous of all of the tasty treats that I enjoyed. That’s a lie. I was too busy stuffing my face with those tasty treats to bother taking pictures. Here’s a little recap:

Friday – Valentine’s Day. Dinner at an Italian restaurant that included pasta, bread, appetizers, and tiramisu. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that Potter got me specially-ordered chocolates and a bottle of wine as part of my Valentine’s gift. You can bet your sweet butt that those things are gone. Although, they did last until Saturday, which I consider almost heroic self-control on my part.

Saturday. Home for brothers’ birthday celebration. Buffet and deliciousness ensues.

Sunday. Still home. Too lazy to find anything healthy to eat.

I can hear you thinking, “But Kristian, you were doing relatively well! Why would you ruin your progress with all of that food?”

Here’s my answer. Any person who thinks I’m not going to eat pasta and tiramisu on Valentine’s Day is bat-shit crazy. That also goes for a celebration buffet. With that being said, the only eating that I regret is Sunday’s. As long as I don’t indulge every week or even every time I eat out, I think it will be fine.

On another note,

You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned exercise in quite some time, and there’s a reason for that. Not a very good reason but a reason nonetheless. Basically, I hate winter. The only things that I actually enjoy about winter are snow days, Christmas (duh), and baggy clothing. It is extremely difficult for me to get motivated to work out in the winter. Something about so much darkness really brings down my mood. I can usually get out of this mini-funk fairly easily after Christmas and New Year’s. Not this time. Unfortunately, Indiana winter has been particularly cruel this year.

Walking to the gym is no bueno, and everyone’s always like ‘get your workout on at home!” I don’t know about you, but trying to exercise next to my warm, comfy bed with all of my fluffy blankets is basically torture.

Do I have plans to start working out anytime soon? I should, but honestly, it probably won’t happen until it gets consistently warmer. In the meantime, I have been focusing on my food, which is really my problem anyway.

Happy Tuesday. Or whatever.

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Weekend Meal Monday 02/10/14

Happy Monday! Sorry for the absence last week. This is the first thing to go whenever I get stressed, but I’m hoping to do better this week – starting with my weekend eats!


IMG_1379Left: Spinach and goat cheese pizza
Top right: Vegetable chips and Arnold Palmer Zero
Bottom right: Goober (1/2 package)
Not pictured: 4 bites Jimmy John’s sandwich


IMG_1380Left: Coffee, roasted vegetables, and tilapia
Right: Homemade Chinese chicken and broccoli
Not pictured: 1 bag 100-calorie popcorn, 1 homemade strawberry granola bar, and 4 homemade banana oatmeal mini-muffins


IMG_1381Left: Coffee and fiber cereal with strawberries
Top right: Roasted vegetables, brown rice, and tilapia
Bottom right: Salmon, brown rice, and peas with Dijon mustard/Greek yogurt sauce
Not pictured: Spoonful of peanut butter

Overall, not a terrible weekend. The pizza and Goobers were probably the worst choices, but they only set me back about 750 calories. Compared to a takeout pizza with breadsticks and cheese (like I normally would’ve had), I’m happy with it.

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