Thursday Things

1. Despite the patriotic pudding I made earlier this week, we didn’t enjoy anything red, white or blue for the holiday.

spicy tuna rolls on a plateMany Spicy Tuna Rolls were consumed instead.

Maybe not the most traditional Fourth of July “finger food,” but gosh, they’re good.

2. I’ve been wearing my new heart rate monitor to the Physique 57 studio lately, just to see how challenging these classes really are.

heart rate monitor wrist watch

This was my calorie burn after a “beginner level” class. It was a slightly easier class than the traditional “mixed” class– a few less repetitions of each move, and a slightly slower pace– but obviously, it still provides plenty of burn. There’s no question that cardio and strength are both covered in this workout. Whew!

(After my “mixed levels” class this past weekend, I burned 600 calories in just one hour!)

3. I’ve been pushing the limits on what I can “sneak” into Austin’s Peanut Butter Milkshakes lately.

peanut butter milkshake poured into a glassChia seeds seem to blend in seamlessly, but the spinach totally gave me away. Milkshakes aren’t usually a murky shade of green.

Once you get past the color, though, it still tastes amazing.

4. I think the demand for (really) dark chocolate is finally becoming more main stream.ย 

bucket of popcorn and a bar of dark chocolate

When I saw this 82% dark chocolate bar at the movie theater’s concessions stand, I was so excited! It wasn’t my favorite dark chocolate bar, but I’m happy to contribute to the demand for healthier snack options!

I was also happy to share a handful of Austin’s caramel corn.

5. I’m going to try to take a cue from Yasha today.

dog laying on a sofaShe’s a pro at rest and relaxation.

I find it really hard to simply relax on my days off.ย  I always think that I “thrive” on being busy and productive, but sometimes a day of total laziness is in order.

I’m off to try it out.

Reader Feedback: Did you do anything fun to celebrate the holiday? What do you do to relax and unwind?

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I always try to sneak things into Travis’ food too!:) You do have to be careful about the careful and starting off with a small amount then adding more! I enjoy watching movies to relax and I really like to read but it seems I put off reading in order to do something else. A movie is one of the few things that I just sit through…I am working on this one as I would also love to relax in different ways!!


    I’m the same way– going to a movie is the only way I’ll sit through the whole thing! Even watching a movie on TV is hard because I feel like I can “multi-task” while doing that. A book has to be really gripping for me to sit and read it for a while… The Hunger Games was the last one that really had me interested like that!


Caramel corn and dark chocolate…together! That sounds like a great way to indulge but I’d have a really hard time limiting to one handful ๐Ÿ™‚


    Luckily, the caramel corn was kinda stale… so it wasn’t too hard to stop. ๐Ÿ˜‰


It broke news in Canada several years ago, about child labour (slavery) in the coco trade. So I too, am glad we’re getting more into dark chocolate, and look forward to day Fair Trade is mainstream! ๐Ÿ˜€

Re: Pushing the limits, that makes me smile, and wonder how many women around the planet are doing the same.

Sara Maples

I think the easiest way to relax is to be around the people who make us smile. Pets included!

Baker Bettie

I am going to have to try those peanut butter smoothies for my husband. He has the worst sweet tooth and that sounds like it would be a better option than what he normally snacks on, a huge bag of peanut butter M&M’s. Did you still drink it knowing that their was spinach in it? My husband definitely wouldn’t even though you can’t taste it.


    Yes, he still drank it– though, his first sip was under protest. Ha ha. ๐Ÿ˜‰ After the initial shock of the color, he realized it still tasted really good!

    Maybe a darker-colored cup would help next time, so you can’t even see it!


Got to hang out with friends for the 4th,had people over at our new house to grill out. It was great time!

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