Happy 4th of July my loves!

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Not going to lie, mine is going to be pretty boring.  Matt has to work and I have the day week off from school, so not much has been going on.

We do plan to have a little date night of drinks and fireworks though!

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I’ve heard good things about this wine so I am excited to try it. And I got the red just because I can! Why so excited about red wine you ask? Well I had the clear braces for over a year and a half and could not drink red wine due to the possibility of it staining the braces/bands. But now that I am no longer a brace face, I decided it was time to red wine it up! So I’m pretty excited about it.

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But since this is still What I Ate Wednesday and all let’s get to some eats.

The lovely Jenn did it again and gave us another fun theme to follow.
I’m kind of excited about this one and I will tell you why in a minute.

Me and fitness have a love hate relationship.
See fitness kind of got me in trouble in the past. Well, I guess it really wasn’t fitness’ fault, it was my own obsessive fault. But when things started to get bad with my eating disorder, I had a real bad relationship with fitness. I worked out to work off what I felt I over ate on. What I didn’t need. The extra. The bad.
Not a good reason to work out.
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Fitness to me now is to be healthy. Not to work off that “extra bite of cookie” or “piece of cake”. Because let’s be honest. Neither of those will not make me gain 10 pounds over night. Not even a piece of cake everyday will do that.  We’re suppose to enjoy food, not dwell and punish ourselves for eating it.
But I am happy to report, recently actually, I have been given the go ahead to start strength training! Woo-Hoo!
I am finally at a healthy body fat percentage to where my nutritionist wants me to focus on building muscle.
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I was nervous at first. Me and fitness haven’t spoken for awhile and I wasn’t sure I could have a healthy relationship with it, but I am happy to report so far so good!
I now don’t focus on cardio and burning calories. I am focusing on strength training. Getting toned and building muscle. It’s a total new experience for me and I love it.
Me and Fitness Blender have a real nice relationship too.  It’s getting pretty serious. They offer so many great videos and I love the variety.
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This morning I did a little warm up and some free weights/resistance bands on my own, then followed up with this guy.
10 minutes, yes. Kicked my butt abs. Yes. Love it.
I really want to get a gym membership soon, however, finances right now won’t allow it. So online video’s will have to suffice for now. But again, I’m just happy to be able to do this.
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So since I am trying to build muscle and all I am trying to incorporate more protein in my diet.
Kasey at PowerCakes has some amazing recipes. Obviously famous for her powercakes. These were something I had always wanted to try, but I didn’t know if I actually needed that much protein in the morning as I was leading a pretty sedentary lifestyle at the time.
I decided it was time to finally try one.
(Disclaimer. These are photo’s from her site as my first powercake did not turn out pretty. I couldn’t salvage it, but it was tasty enough that I really wanted to share it with you guys.)
I more or less followed the recipe for her Chocolate PB & J Powercake.
With a few changes, of course, we all know who we’re talking to here, like I could ever follow a recipe 100%.
Mine may not have been this pretty, but I will tell you it was pretty tasty.
I see PowerCakes in my future again!
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For lunch an old favorite made an appearance.
Soy Chocolate Vanilla Pudding Panini.
Yup switched it up with the vanilla, and I also used Ezekial Cinnamon Raisin bread. Totally made the sandwich!
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Well loves I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and really enjoy this time to remember what makes our country so great and that is our freedom.
And I hope you have some good eats too!!
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What are your 4th of July plans?
Do you have any online work out video recommendations? DVDs?