Monthly Archives: October 2016

Spotlight Blog Hop Day- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bar

Happy Friday friends!
Welcome to the last weekend in October! Time sure is a-flying!

If you are here for the first from the awesome blog hop, welcome! I’m so glad you decided to stop by!  This is my third blog hop, and I have loved getting to read new blogs and get to know some new bloggers! You can read a little more about me in my previous hop posts here and here, or on my about me page!  Thank you again Kristy at Runaway Bridal Planner for organizing such a great event!

I am heading to the pumpkin patch this morning now the the weather has cooled down a bit.  And by that I mean, the high has only been in the mid 80s vs 90-100+ degrees!
Speaking of pumpkin, I have an abundance of it right now! I apparently had several cans of it in my pantry from a few weeks ago that I forgot about and grabbed a few more on sale last week. With so much pumpkin it gave me a great opportunity to work on my pumpkin protein brownie bar recipe.  I’m not really sure if I would call them a brownie exactly, they are almost a mix between cake and a pie. So I settled on brownie 🙂
This week I had plenty of extra pumpkin to work with for our Foodie Friday theme!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our kitchen cleanse themed week!

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 scoops unflavored collagen peptides
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1 can Organic pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Enjoy life dark chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil for greasing baking dish or parchment paper

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375*
  2. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl, set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin and vanilla till fully blended.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently mix until just blended.
  6. Add in most of the chocolate chips, gently fold into the batter.
  7. Scoop batter into greased pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.
  8. Bake for 20-25 min or until toothpick comes out clean from the center of the brownie bar
  9. Enjoy

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by AnnmarieFarrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! :)

Thanks again for stopping by! Join us again next week for some Healthifying A Favorite Sweet themed recipes!

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Wild Workout Weight Loss

Hi there friends.
Whew, I have been contemplating writing a post like this for some time.  And to be honest, I am a bit nervous to say what I want to say.  And I hope it comes across in the way I want it to also!
A few weeks ago I wrote about an unfortunate experience I had with a doctor.  That experience along with many others over the past few years especially have made this topic more challenging for me to talk about.
Weight loss.  It is not an uncommon topic in the world, especially with healthy living bloggers.  I have read SO many inspiring stories about people finding a way to make changes in their life to lead to a healthier and happier self.  I have even shared inspirational stories here from real life friends and friends I have made on social media!

When I read stories or I am around others who have worked really hard and reached their goals, I am SO stinking proud of them and SO happy that they have made positive changes in their lives!
For years I would stare at myself in the mirror after dedicating myself to healthy eating and working out and wonder why my positive changes have not produced the same kind of results.  Doesn’t really seem fair does it?

Over the past few years I have been slowly learning to come to terms with my body and how for me it is not just going to be a formula of less intake and more energy out. I tortured myself for SO many years and no matter what I did, it never seemed to make much of a difference.  The only times I really lost any weight was done in SUPER unhealthy ways (I won’t even mention those ways because they were just painful).  When I went to treatment 8 years ago, I actually began to heal my relationship with food and my body.  It has been a LONG road, and I am still working on it, but I have come a LONG way!

{8 years ago when I was in a decent place before my thyroid went all whack on me}

I no longer look in the mirror and hate everything about myself.  There are things I actually like!  I have decided my goal is no longer to simply lose weight, but my goal is to fully love myself and have peace with my body, no matter where I am on my journey!
Yes, I am still making healthy eating choices, and I am still  that challenge my body to work hard and motivate change.

{Work in progress over the past 10 months}

I am also working with myself to heal my thyroid in a more natural way (and find a doctor who will actually work WITH me, not just throw meds at me).  For me, all the different medications I have tried didn’t improve anything, and actually caused MORE frustrations!  It is not an EASY process by any means, but I am 1000000% determined to do what I can for me!  That includes getting more sleep, continuing to drink more water, stay active, work on reducing the stress in my life (including removing certain relationships as needed), and continuing to feed myself whole, fresh foods!

I may not be where I want to be, but my new approach seems to be doing some good!
It is NOT about the numbers, but over the last 6 weeks I have been able to shrug off 26 lbs and 11 inches.  I will gently use numbers as a tool and guide that I am doing things that are beneficial for me!

To love me for me is my #1 goal!

 

I am linking up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama,  Michelle at Fruition Fitness, Nicole from Fitful Focus, and Jen from Pretty Little Grub! Come join the fun!
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May you be filled with Joy and Health!
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Augusta Weekend

Hello wonderful friends!

Happy Monday! I am back in TX after a delightful weekend away visiting my BFF since college days and celebrating a wedding of another friend. 
Last week was a super packed week including lots of cooking, dealing with a pulled muscle in my neck, a few sad attempts at a workout, packing for my trip, a special fall story time at school, picture days, and a few other events packed into 4 days!


I headed out to Augusta on Thursday night right after I finished work for the day.  I had the last flight out, so it was perfect timing with leaving work, heading home for a quick change of clothes, grabbing my luggage and the Hubs.  We headed to the airport and were there just a few min later.  Our new home is so much closer to the airport, which is AWESOME!
When I checked in for my flight there was a delay which would cause me to miss my connection.  The airline then bumped me to an earlier flight which had also been delayed but I would still make.  I flew through security and I was to my gate in no time. The first flight was pretty uneventful.  When I arrived in Atlanta I had about 30 min to get to my next gate.  As soon as I hustled over to my gate I heard the gate attendant make an announcement that our flight was going to be delayed.  It was supposed to leave at 10:30 but was delayed till 12:16 due to MIA pilots.  They had been scheduled to land at 8pm, but had not shown up, and this gate agent had not received word as to where they were.  Long story short, we boarded the flight at 12:30 and finally took off about 1:25am!
Needless to say it was a long night.  I arrived in Augusta right around 2, saw my friends and got my bag.  We drove to her place and I finally was able to get some real sleep around 3am.
The rest of the weekend was full of seeing old friends, eating delicious food, celebrating happy relationships, seeing a beautiful friend marry her love (sadly no pics), nature walks, brunch, meeting new friends and a fun swimming adventure!
I will let the pictures do the talking!

I loved walking around the ponds! We even saw an alligator!

 
Arrived home late last night and am ready to take on this week!  Thankfully the weather is MUCH cooler this week with lower humidity!  I can’t wait to see what adventures unfold this week!

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap! Stop by and/or join in the fun!
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May you be filled with joy and health!
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Lemon Infused Garlic Salmon via Pinterest Interest 

Happy Friday friends!
Greetings from Georgia!
I was stuck in the ATL airport last night for a few hours due to delayed flight because our pilots were MIA for a bit.  Thankfully they arrived and we were only delayed 2.5 hours!
In all that spare time I did something with the blog I have been wanting to do for AGES!
I am all official now as chocolaterunnergirl.COM!  A BIG thank you to everyone who has been supporting me this month as I decided to take the plunge!

Whew, these fall weeks are FLYING by! I can’t believe November is just 11 days away! I’m really excited for the holidays this year, but really, can time please slow down a tad bit?
Last Sunday I pulled a muscle in my shoulder and it has made this super packed week a bit more interesting. I wasn’t really able to workout, sleep was terrible due to the pain and also just not being able to get comfy. Needless to say, I am hoping to get lots of rest in between the fun on this little weekend away.
I was able to still cook and bake, so I worked on some new recipes this week (coming to the blog soon) and perfected a recipe I found via Pinterest! I have been making it about every other week for my nanny family, and it seems to get better each time!

Lots of good things to be said about combining lemon, garlic, grass-fed butter, spices with a kick and salmon! Add a side of roasted veggies and you have a simple, quick and delish dinner! A winner in my book!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Pinterest Interest themed week!

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Lemon Infused Garlic Salmon

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs of fresh wild caught salmon
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 TBS chilled grass-fed butter
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375ºF and make sure oven rack is in the middle of the oven.
  2. Line baking sheet with enough foil to cover the bottom of the pan and including extra to cover the salmon while it cooks.
  3. In a small frying pan add the garlic and lemon juice.
  4. Over medium heat, cook until the lemon juice is infused into the garlic with a small amount of juice remaining. Remove from the heat
  5. Add in 1 TBS of the butter and allow it to melt.  Return to low heat if needed.  Follow same steps for remaining butter.  Use 3 TBS butter if your salmon is on the thicker side.
  6. Place the fresh salmon on the foil lined pan, skin side down.
  7. Brush the sauce over the salmon, equally covering the entire filet.
  8. In a small bowl mix together the dry spices. Sprinkle the spices equally over the filet.
  9. Cover the salmon with the extra foil and ensure the filet is sealed in so nothing leaks out.
  10. Bake for 12-14 min or until the salmon is flaky.
  11. The original directions included broiling the fish for 1-3 min after it bakes. I have done this a few times, and I also have let the fish marinate for a few hours.  Feel free to play around with those options 🙂

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Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by AnnmarieFarrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! :)
  • Join us next week for some Kitchen Cleanse themed recipes! It is gonna be amazing!!!

May you be filled with joy and health!

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Tuesday Tip

Hi friends!  Whew, made it through Monday!  It was a busy day, but a great day!
I am coming to you with a little something I have been thinking about doing for a while, a Tuesday tip.
I am asked frequently about things I do that help me live a healthy lifestyle and a lot about living healthy on a budget.   I can’t promise I will be posting my tips every Tuesday, but I am sure going to do my best!
If you have any questions about healthy living that you would like me to cover, PLEASE let me know! Even though I don’t have any specific certifications yet, I do love to share with others {YOU} simple things that can help them live a healthy life!

Spices!

Several years ago I needed to get several spices at one time, but I really didn’t need a ton of each of them.  As I walked around the store I came upon a section that had spices in bulk.  I was able to measure and get exactly what I needed for a fraction of the cost of the spices sold in containers.
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I was amazed, and I have been using this method ever since.  I still can not get over how much cheaper buying spices this way is!  All that rosemary was only $0.39!  That would have been $3+ in the normal spice aisle!


I use these spices to refill the jars on my spice rack.

I even got more blank spice jars to fill with spices that didn’t come with my rack.

I highly recommend this method!  It will save you money and you will always have fresh spices on hand!  Can’t get much better than that 🙂

May you be filled with joy and health!
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Mid October Check

Hello friends!
A new week is upon us!  I am so excited for this week! It is going to be a busy week, but a good one.  In a few days I will be heading out of town for a much needed weekend away.
Until then I will be doing what I do here 🙂
Last week started off with a flat tire! Thankfully it was a pretty simple fix thanks to our Costco tires that are still under warranty!

My workouts have been all over the place lately, and 1 of our trio was on a trip, so it was GREAT to be back together working out in the evenings!
img_6101The hubs and I got in a little date night and met some friends for dinner!  So good!  Let me just say the pumpkin cheesecake we split def had me itching to make my own version!  Hope I will get that all worked out soon!

On Saturday I had some free time (a little shocking, I know), and finally tackled a painting project I have been itching to do since July!  Our master bedroom as a drop ceiling.  Soon after we moved into the house I painted it, and HATED it.  I was looking for a slightly darker gray than our wall color, but it was a lot darker than I wanted, and I messed up a few times and it was driving me a little batty each time I looked at it.  If you saw this insta post a few weeks ago you saw the new color I painted our cabinets.  As I was thinking about what I was going to do for our ceiling I had the inspiration to paint it the same color as the bathroom!  And let me tell you how much I LOVE it!  It makes the room come together so well with our dark teal bedding and the other teal accents in the room!  The pics really don’t do justice (so local friends, you are welcome to come over and see it soon!)

 

Saturday night I was blessed to attend a pumpkin party hosted by dear friends! I was able to catch up with dear friends I have not seen in some time.  It was so wonderful to reconnect and just be.  And I painted a cute little pumpkin for the pumpkin decorating contest!  It was a blast and there was some amazing talent in the different categories!
It was so much fun I didn’t realize what time it was and before I knew it, it was almost 1am!

 

Sunday we were blessed to have dear friends who are more like family over for lunch! It was a wonderful time of fellowship and scrumptious food!  They all got to test taste my new recipe and it was a hit!

 

Overall, it was a much better week than last week!

Don’t forget to check out Choctober fest if you missed it on Foodie Friday!  There are some amazingly delicious recipes in the round up that you do not want to miss!

Here is to an AMAZING week to come!

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap! Stop by and/or join in the fun!
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May you be filled with joy and health!
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Choctober Fest Roundup

Hello friends and happy Friday!  Whew, it has been a bit of a crazy week again.  As I worked on staying on top of my October goals (some are great and some still need work) and am working through the emotions of grief from last week, this week really flew by.  Add in 2 flat tire issues on 2 different cars, a few nights with sleep issues, and I was struggling to get some new recipe ideas put together.  I did make a few things I really enjoyed, but I am still tweaking the recipes for them.  When they are ready, you know I will be sharing them with you all!

So thankfully I have the BEST blogging buddies and I turned to them for help!  I can not WAIT to share all they have for you today!  I think I was dreaming about some of these recipes the past few nights!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Choctober themed week!

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When it comes to blogging about food I have met the most amazing people! I am constantly in awe of their creativity, gorgeous food pictures, energy and love for health!  I have a few amazing recipes to share with you all today!  Please take a few min to go give some of these ladies some LOVE!  And seriously, make ALL the chocolate!

Choctober Fest Roundup

Don’t these Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies sound fantastic?
juliedark-chocolate-avocado-browniesAnd these you can’t go wrong with these Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Protein Brownies!
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Too many brownies? Not with these Paleo Dark Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Brownies!
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Wash those delicious brownies down with this Chocolate Green Smoothie.
farrahchocolategreensmoothieHow about this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie?
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If you are more of a cookie person, check out these Chocolate Tamarind Cookie Dough Bites!
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If you like some fruit with your chocolate, look at this splendid Chocolate Strawberry Tart.
annedsc_0034-copy-1Are muffins your jam?  Take a look at these fabulous Triple Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins!
suzychocolate-skoop-muffins-suzlyfe-closeLet’s not forget we can always begin our day with a little chocolate with some Brownie Batter Overnight Oats!
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Or this delightful Chocolate Pumpkin Scone!
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End the day with a Chocolate Pumpkin Truffle!
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Chocolate from morning till night!  Something I approve of as Chocolate Runner Girl!!!


Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by AnnmarieFarrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! :)
  • Join us next week for some Pinterest Curiosity themed recipes! It is gonna be amazing!!!

 

May you be filled with joy and health!
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