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Florida makes me happy

As we were driving this afternoon, I was so excited to be in Florida. My husband said, “you’re so happy, it’s sickening.” Florida–you make this girl happy. I think the sunshine and warm temps are definitely the key. Plus, being on vacation is great too. I have honestly been pretty cranky this winter and do find myself cheerier in the spring and summer.

We got up at 4:30 this morning and took off at 7. I ate overnight oats with chia seeds, almond milk, dates, maple syrup and honey for breakfast this morning.


We had a smooth flight, except for the guy next to Craig who snored the ENTIRE time. And it wasn’t a quiet snore.

snoring guy on plane, argh


I read Glamour magazine and snacked on peanuts, prezels and orange juice (still need my vitamin C). I really wanted to start The Omnivore’s Dilemma but couldn’t because I left my book in the overhead compartment and the snoring would have distracted me anyway.


I also had a coffee. Love the “lift” on the Southwest cups and the heart stir stick.


Once in Orlando, we got our rental car and we were off to find our hotel. I am driving the rental car this week and enjoying trying out a new car model–a Kia Forte. It’s pretty nice so far.

kia forte

We were able to check-in early at the hotel and even scored an upgrade of a refrigerator and microwave in our room! Sweet.

We got acquanited with our hotel, rested, snacked and unpacked a bit and then we went to the outlets.



premium outlets Orlando

We shared a footlong ham sub from Subway.


I was so excited for the Lululemon Athletica outlet, but like Une Vie Saine said when she visited this same store a couple of weeks ago, their selection wasn’t as expansive as I had hoped it would be. I may be back there later this week to get a top and some pants.


lululemon outlet Orlando

After the outlets, we drove north to find Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.

menchie's orlando



It certainly did not disappoint! As Craig said when he took this picture–I look like a happy little kid. More like a happy little food blogger.

me at Menchie's

Craig was also happy. He loved his strawberry and georgia peach combination.

Craig and Menchie's Strawberry and Peach yogurt

I topped my cake batter flavored frozen yogurt with blackberries, strawberries and mochi. Oh my gosh the mochi was the best part. Next time we go back, I am getting more of those on top!

my menchie's cake batter with strawberries, blackberries, mochi


And finally, after Menchie’s, we went to Whole Foods where I got dinner from the salad and hot bar, we picked up a few drinks and Craig got some chips.

whole foods orlando

Can I just say how good it is to wear flip flops?

fiip flops pedicure

Seriously, why can’t we just move to Florida? I don’t even care if they have hurricanes and the summers are hot.

Off to the hotel gym and then to eat a late dinner.

No pain, no gain

The perfect title for today is “no pain, no gain.” It isn’t creative, but describes exactly how I am feeling due to Body Pump yesterday! I think the squats and lunges made my thighs and quads hurt the most. I hurt all day long. Thinking about it, I don’t believe we stretched our legs after class. I will have to do that on my own from now on, because the abs and tiny bit of arm stretching won’t cut it.

Our Indian dinner was yummy yesterday. My pictures are horrible, but I will share anyway. The lighting in the restaurant was not conducive to no flash photography!

Naan and paneer tikka masalaIndian food 

I had two pieces of naan and two helpings of rice and paneer tikka masala. Craig got chicken tikka masala. We also had a Mango Lassi and a Mango milkshake. We had never tried the milkshake before and it was a little lighter than the lassi. I think we both concluded that we like the lassi more. I was so full at the end and bloated. It was well worth it for yummy food that I am not sure I could duplicate in my own kitchen. Plus, I had leftovers for lunch today!

I snacked on some Halloween candy while I watched The Amazing Race.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Candy Corn


I made overnight oats for breakfast this morning. I mixed canned pumpkin, non-fat organic TJ’s yogurt, skim milk, chia seeds, flax seeds (for the overnight portion). This morning, I added dried currants, almonds, topped with a bit of greek yogurt and honey. I warmed it up in the microwave, since I seem to like that better than cold oats, especially as the temperatures outside drop and I am seeking warmer, comforting breakfasts.

Overnight oats

Overnight oats and coffee

Lunch was Indian leftovers with red grapes and a Reese’s peanut butter cup.


I also snacked on some almonds, candy corn and had a green earl grey tea to wake me up a little in the afternoon. Monday afternoon sleepiness hit me at about 3 p.m. and I remember that happening last Monday too. I need more sleep on Sunday night!

I napped after work and then forced myself to eat early, even though I wasn’t that hungry. I had to get some food in me well before heading to boot camp.

Pinto beans with whole wheat tortilla, shredded cheese and Frank's Red Hot

Boot camp tonight was tough at first with my painful legs. Luckily, we didn’t do many leg exercises. We did chest presses on the swiss ball, jumped rope, ran the basketball court, scooters (for abs), balancing on the bosu and passing the weighted medicine ball to each other, scoops with resistance bands and things in between and at the end. The end was lots of arms with resistance bands. I bet I will be walking like a freak tomorrow with sore arms and legs!

It’s 8:40 and I need to get off of this computer and do something else. I also want to get to bed a little earlier tonight so I don’t feel so sleepy tomorrow.