Friday, May 28, 2010

Pinapple Rice Protein Pudding

Here is a recipe I got off the can of Dole pineapple that I modified but I have NOT put the nutrient info on this so you can adjust as you like and see what ideas you have.

Modified recipe by T.
I used brown instant rice and added 1 scoop of whey protein (vanilla flavored Gold Standard) and am naming this new recipe "Easy pineapple rice protein pudding" this way your getting better grains, and higher protein, not just carbs.

Original recipe By Dole:

2 c rice uncooked
4 c cold milk - cant use soy because the pudding gets mushy
2 pkg (3.4oz each) instant vanilla pudding
1 can 20oz Dole pineapple chunks drained
1/2 c raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Prepare rice and cool

Whisk together milk, and pudding in large bowl, 2-3 mins

Stir in rice, pineapple chunks, raisin, cinnamon, and vanilla, chill

Servers 10-12

Let me know if you have an addition or ideas on this too.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


" The weak are blind; champions visualize their dreams and goals and stop at nothing to see them as a reality."
Written in 2009 by Samy I.

I wanted to share Magda's video to show that anything is possible if you really set your mind to it.

SMURFETTE0725 - AKA MAGDA Boston video clip:

Every time I visit her page, I get INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED!

Here is her SP link:


" There is always a solution for every problem; you only need to put your efforts in the right direction."
Written in 2009 by Rakesh Bagri

" You've tried then failed. You've tried again then failed again. Don't give up. TRY it again; you're almost there."
Written in 2010 by Johni Pangalila

" Greatness will never manifest until it's first perceived then released by the one who holds it."
Written in 2010 by Yolanda F. Presley

" I have not failed. It's just that the distance between me and my destiny has increased and I have gained some experience."
Written in 2010 by Zoya Khan

" Achievement is directly proportional to enthusiasm."
Written in 2010 by Pramod Kumar Sharma

" Perseverance is the hallmark of a champion. Once this is rooted in one's heart, you are programmed for nothing but great feats. Without perseverance, one becomes desperate. Desperation is a strong wind that shatters dreams. Be humble and filled with perseverance towards your dreams. Patience and more effort is all you have to give if you want to live your dream. Always remember we were not made perfect but we were made to perfect things. Although at times things might not go our way, we can choose to go their way."
Copyright © 2010 Kiplimo Chemirmir

" Challenges come so we can grow and be prepared for things we are not equipped to handle now. When we face our challenges with faith, prepared to learn, willing to make changes, and if necessary, to let go, we are demanding our power be turned on."
Iyanla Vanzant

" There is always a solution for every problem; you only need to put your efforts in the right direction."
Written in 2009 by Rakesh Bagri


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Biggest Loser Mighty Mike WINS!

Mike wins it all and looks amazing!

Can you even imagine how he feels coming in the biggest ever on campus and coming out $250,000 richer?

If you watched last night let me know your thoughts I was glued to the tv it was so emotional.

Here is my take on it

What do you think will happen with Shay? Can she do it?

Sunshine OMG she's a doll like Ashley, they are going to have so many dates they won't believe it. And Daris getting a girlfriend, how sweet was that? Mike giving his mom a rose, just where does all the emotion stop?

Give it up for all of them changing themselves and learning who they are and what they are about. Its so sad to be lost feeling as if you can't do it. But YOU can do it, if you want you really can.

Maybe not in this short of time, but if you just make 1 small change a day it will all add up. Look at how Daris worked on stress night eating, he looks adorable! You can do it too.


Monday, May 24, 2010

My Prone Pike Video Workout

I took a challenge by another trainer and did my prone pike workout video. He said my "single prone pike" was just not enough taunting me. "Enough" I told him...I was going for form, I said form beats quantity EVERY time.

So take note, any time that you feel your compromising your form on a movement either drop the weight or go lighter. Its not worth the injury, you know that recovery time is way to long.

Here is the link:

Before you think I am a wimp, I normally can do about 10-12 of these but I did this after shooting my other step video as a last minute "A-ha moment".

You know when you remember what you forgot?

I can't go down with someone thinking I am a wimp can I? Where is the girl power in that? Please don't get me started. So basically my weekend was filled with trying to film, and crop videos (and pictures) and get all my paper work filed for last quarter, CHECK! All done.

Now I am done with part one of two. 1. File 2. Shred old stuff so that's this weekends plan, along with some much needed house work because I finally bought some Swifers at lunch today NO more excuses Ms T. Clean to the rescue.

I got all my thank you notes sent out, and grad cards done so all that is left is to do my net worth updates and photos for my site.
Yep, I had a productive weekend I even hit the gym and blasted away 350 cals.
300 Cals elliptical

50 Cals manual stair climber

2x20 Standing ab reverse crunch machine

If you want to see all my videos you can just click here:

Tonight, I teach step circuit and will try to work off that cake I had at the youth spaghetti dinner at church Friday night.


Friday, May 21, 2010

I'm MELTING The Fat Off!

The good news is that my body fat is going down again! After that (slight) addiction to gelato in California I am getting back on the program.

Jillian did a great job MELTING fat off me today!

I worked up a major sweat with level 2 workout! I enjoy the fast pace and the challenge. [NOPE NOT DOING CROW I want to keep my head]

See why???

Today I warmed up with 50 regular jumping jacks first, and the more I do this workout the more I like it. But if your going to do an aggressive yoga like this right out of bed, I really believe you need more of a warm up then the one she does.

Getting your muscles warm and ready is the key, so things like marching or high knees works well too, along with some arm movements to warm the shoulders. Plus I add a wrist warm up too, things like prayer and wrist circles.

My after workout snack:
1 scoop pb Muscle Milk with 1 c vanilla soy
At the office a fruit bar

Here is my workout and stats today:
JM Yoga MeltDown Level 2
[This is Hybrid yoga using your own body strength training for lean muscles - JM ]

Mood - happy
Wt - 119
Time of workout = 35 mins
Cals burned = 76

Friday Stats:
WT - 119
BF% = 23.6
BMI = 20.4

All moves are followed by 15 sec pose hold

Warm up:
3 Sun salutations w/leaning back bends

Bent knee triangle w/lifts and arm overhead - R
Revolving triangle - R
Halfmoon leg lifts
Full moon
Bent knee triangle w/lifts and arm overhead - L
Revolving triangle - L
Halfmoon leg lifts
Full moon
Chair lifts
Leg ext big toe hold - L
Twisting crescent - R
Goddess lifts
Leg ext big toe hold - R
Twisting crescent - L
Boat pose toe taps
Tabletop lifts - L
Leg lowers straight leg - 3 count
Boat post toe taps
Tabletop lifts - R
Leg lowers straight leg - 3 count

Wheel - this is a back bend

Cool down:
Staff pose
Twisting spinal stretch


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Biggest Loser NEW Jacobs Ladder Home Version

OMG I am so excited to say that you have seen the Jacobs Ladder used on the BL show and some gyms have it and its the BOMB!

Now you can get a smaller home version, I just got the email today!
Here is the link:

It is a manual machine so you work at your own pace. I did this machine 4 or 5 years ago at a fitness convention and thought it would be great for home but its just way too big. (AND IT DID NOT HURT MY BACK OR KNEES which most of you know I have issues there)

This one is $1,000 less and you can make payments on it. Just wanted to share this in case anyone has seen it and wondered about it or how to get it.
(I will be doing an article on this over the weekend because I just love this workout)


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Biggest Loser NEW Workout Move!

Who gets your vote?

I watched BL last night and another 2 records were broken, and I spotted a new move to try!

First Daris with the time and then the fact that all remaining contestants finished and got the 10,000 charity check. How about Michael getting under 300 lb you go M!

It was a great show I am glad that Ashley and Mike are both in, starting as the biggest ever on the show how awesome is that to be in the finals?

New Move:
I have never seen this (maybe you have) was Jillian had Ashley on the Hyperextension chair and throwing a med ball to her. (this is the machine)

I really loved this move and have not seen it. Usually people use a weight plate and do lifts or obliques but this one with the med ball...RAWKED!
Here is what she did if you missed it:
.....throw med ball to her, catch in low position and touch the floor with ball, then lift up to extension holding ball, then back down to throw ball back to her..... GREAT move JM! (I'm guessing this was a 4-6lb med ball as not to strain the low back)

My post workout snack today:
1 Scoop pb chocolate Muscle milk powder
1 c almond milk

YogaMelt Down Level 1 = 30 min
Mood = Need it!
WT = 120
Cals burned = 65

"Body weight workout - Be comfortable being un-comfortable" JM

Warm up
Mountain pose & Breathing

Crescent lunges lifts
Chateranga pushup
Sun salutation
Warrior lunges - R leg
Camel heel touches
Rolling T-Side planks
Warrior lunges - L leg
Camel heel touches
Sun salutation
Warrior 3 - R leg holding leg pose
Elbow to plank to dolphin
Warrior 3 - L leg holding leg pose
Elbow to plank to dolphin

Cool down
Single leg bent reach stretch
Twisting spinal stretch

Here is my take on the Biggest Loser last night, I do want Ashley to win....

Who do you want back, did you vote and for who? Any guess on a winner?


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sharing A Workout Link

The Finessista workout has posted this workout a while back but I thought it was worth the share. (I don't really know her, I just got this pic off her blog site)

So if your looking for a fast workout or two or something different, you may want to give it a try.

Here is her link to the workout:

Plan to walk at lunch today, we finally have some sunshine! After 9 days of rain and gloom, I am feeling so motivated!

Its true, I am ruled by the sun. I even enjoy tanning in the winter just for the warmth.

Taught step class:
Cals burned = 247

20 min straight step

10lb - 5lb db
combo bicep-shoulder press
combo hammer - shoulder press
3 way calve raises
step squats
step lunges
lateral lifts
cross body bicep

push through crunches
reverse crunches
stop the ceiling
side oblique crunches

stretch cool down


Monday, May 17, 2010

What EXACTLY Makes A Marriage Work?

First off I want to thank my readers for all your support, it has really been inspiring for me. Its been a whirl-wind last 2 weeks and I fully plan on planting myself this weekend and blooming at HOME!

I still have to load up some videos on the fitness studio interview, I have to blog about the hotel and get the thank you letters out, get my disk to the Walgreens and get copies for my mom, (please pray for her to get well) and food shop for my new meal I am feeling a bit over-whelmed!

Our weather has been so cloudy its just un-motavating, and I have got to be more productive at night then I have been. Really lacking on my spreadsheet entries and getting the books in order for the 2nd quarter, bad T. BAD! It's not like I am being a slacker really, I am doing work just not fast enough or could it be that as I get a year older each year I am MISSING a step?

Where does the time go? Too fast as the bible states that its just a vapor is sooooo true!
Tonight I am teaching step class and as a matter of fact last Mondays step class was the last workout I did.

Zip, notta, zilch, not even yoga......uggg.

Seriously I almost fell asleep 2 times coming home from my moms driving, so NOT good! Lets hope this months Oxygen Magazine gets me pumped up (did you see the new egg white pizza recipe???) and my new InSanity dvd thats on its way will give me the swift kick in the bum I need! Yano?

I found this great website and have enjoyed a few articles. I really found this one interesting on relationships/marriage as a person that is almost 48 and never married, I am constantly learning and trying to better myself for when that day finally happens. (or should just write on a book on how NOT to have a bad relationship)

Do you have some tips?

I have let some things go, really I have not that I lowered the bar just some things that being by yourself for so long become your normal way when what is normal anyways?
It is not the end of the earth if the hand towel is not straight is it? (it makes the room look messy)
What about the bed being made? (starts the day off without wanting to get back IN it)
I suppose being a "visual" person has its ups and down, but I do like things orderly... is that SO bad?

Q: Do you gain any insight into whether a happy marriage is a question of finding the right match, or are there individuals who are just more functional in relationships?

A: There are things that predict a more stable partner. Having divorce in your family, marrying at a young age, marrying someone of a completely different religion or who has completely different ideas about money make a relationship more likely to fail. A volatile courtship is going to predict a volatile marriage. If you're not madly in love during courtship, it's not going to happen in marriage. If you don't have a great sex life, it's not going to get better with marriage. If you're unsure about your partner, there's nothing to suggest that you become more sure after you get married. It's pretty logical stuff. People make the mistake of assuming that things get better after marriage, but partners don't fundamentally change. When you talk to both people who are divorced and people who are long married, you hear the same thing: "I knew." You have to listen to your instincts.

Q: A lot of people talk about marriage being hard work. Is that true even for very happy couples?

A: It's an interesting notion, because marriage is getting stronger and there are fewer divorces. It seems clear that we have higher expectations for marriage than we did 50 years ago, and the stakes are higher. Marriage feels like a lot of work, but I ask people if they also feel like their friendships and children are work. Even friendships need to be maintained and tended to. Marriages need the same care other relationships need, and you can't take them for granted. They're labours of love.

Here is the link with the rest of the Q&A and just for some great reading I just love sharing great sites don't you?

The site is Thats Fit and I have it book marked. I plan on burning some BUCKLOADS of calories and stress hormones tonight ..... watch out class T. is bringing the BIG guns.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

2 New Product Review Ratings

Organic Honey Stinger Pomegranate Passion chews is a new product flavor that I tried and loved!

These are NOT just for runners, I used this prior to a cardio session and I didn't feel too full to really blast out a great workout.

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews are unique as they are the first to include naturally occurring fiber and protein derived from 100% Organic tapioca syrup and honey. Made with USDA certified Organic ingredients. Gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO ingredients. 0g Trans Fats and no partially hydrogenated oils. 100% RDA Vitamin C along with 1g protein and 1g fiber per package. 50g per pack, I ate the whole pack......and felt satisfied.

Cals = 160
Sodium = 80mg
Carbs = 39g
Protein = 1g

I paid $1.95 but I got these at a running store. I think you could beat that price if you shopped around. Easy to pack in a travel or gym bag, and they feel like a candy treat they are that good!

Yum, I rate these a 10.

Cream of Wheat New Healthy grain

If you like cream of wheat, or rolled oats you will love this. If not, you may not enjoy the "natural" taste and feeling of this new product.

The only difference was the grainy feel, and a bit less of the natural sweetness was it worth the health benefits YES. We need grains in our diet, so if your not a big fan of oatmeal this could be one you might enjoy. (also if anyone has cooked pancakes or muffins with this new one let me know your results)

Also this comes in Healthy Grain brown sugar too but I did not have that. I was sent a free sample pack, and am NOT getting paid or compensated to review this/these products.

Regular vs Healthy Grain originals:
per packet
Cals 100 vs 150
Fat 0 vs 1g
Carbs 19g vs 30g
Sugar 0 vs 0
Protein 3g vs 7g

For a $1.00 off coupon just click the link below

I would buy this again, and rate this a 9 for the protein value.

My toe is getting better from the sand flea bite, the swelling is going down but the itching is still there. I got bit last Thursday and it brought me to my knees it stung that bad, ouch!

When I taught step class on Monday my foot sweated and iched like crazy, so I have only done barefoot stretching and yoga this week.

I will blog more about vacation, who I met and all the other pictures/videos next week when I am caught up.

Do you ever feel like you need a vacation from your vacation???
Or is it just ME?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

HAWT Curtis Stone, BL final 4!

OMG....come cook for me Curtis! I had NO idea who this guy was till I googled him, hes HAWT! (I don't have cable and I don't really watch much tv and most chefs are kinda chunky)

I was so happy to see BL last night, I was on vacation last week and missed the make-over week boo hoo!

Thats when I am sure Daris got a BIG transformation since his hair was bigger then mine in the 80's! He looks so great now, and I am proud of who he is becoming as a man. You know not a boy, and his mom is so thrilled he is saving his life.

Wow, the stats on Michael from the doctor was amazing on how his percentage dropped on taking care of his heart! Just goes to show what you can do when you really want to.

If you saw it last night and have thoughts let me know, here is my take on it.

Ps, I am kinda glad that maybe now Sunshine will be able to stop crying all the time. I really like her, but still did anyone else notice that? And how HAWT is Ashley getting? I am glad she is the female in the final 4.

Still waiting for the sand flea sting to go down, so I can really workout. Pulled the stinger out on Sunday when I could finally see it from the swelling (got stung on Thursday) and have been putting pure aloe and neosporeon on it to heal since thats what the internet said to do.

Darn thing knocked me to my knees on the beach...ouch!

Note to self: Don't let sand fleas bite you

Monday, May 10, 2010

I'm Baaaaack From Laguna Beach Vacation

What a wonderful quaint hotel located in Orange county California Laguna Beach (more on this later)

Here are some more pictures of the hotel top balcony

Backside of hotel facing the beach, the curved steps take you up to the hotel.

Sunset from the top balcony

We went to a few places to eat, and had a room with a kitchen so we bought goodies to eat.

Don't worry I saved my calories for desserts like a good trainer lol

The fruit was so sweet!

This was half a burrito we shared for just $10 it had lots of veggies, chicken and shrimp delish!

With lots and lots of walking too.

Had a fabulous sub sandwich..yum!

It was so delish I could not wait to eat it!

Found a gym across the street and worked out with the owner Treva at Core Movement Studio (more on this later)
I did 3 workout classes, a spin class, yoga and strength training. She RAWKS!

Did a spin class with this model here he is with his ad...enjoy this eye candy ;-)

Blue daisie centers

So its back to reality, and to work today leaving 80 degrees and sunny with a sun burn to cold and blah boo hoo!

Btw, I came home weighing less then when I left and tried to get in as many veggies and fish as possible. I will list my food and workouts this week when I get caught up.