Thursday, April 24

Accountablility

Thursday April 17 - 2.5 elliptical / 5 mile bike
Friday - Shred level 1
Saturday - Tabitha Inferno 
Sunday - None
Monday - 3.6 mile run
Tuesday - Tabitha Inferno Total Body
Wednesday - none


Weekly Total - 11.1 miles
April Total Miles - 25.8
April workout total - 13

I am really glad that I keep track of all my workouts {I have for years before this link up even}  It's a really great way to keep track of exactly what you've been doing.  I was feeling pretty good about my workouts over all this month when I woke up this morning.  But looking back, I really haven't been working as hard as I want to be.  Hopefully this motivates me to step it up a lot this week and I'll have some good numbers to share with you next week!!

How have your workouts been in April?  Also, if you're looking for a great 100 calorie yogurt to help with weight loss, check out my taste-test!

Adventures of Manda and Mr Howie


Tuesday, April 22

Which Greek Yogurt Do You Like Best? Take the Taste Test!

Thanks to Yoplait for sponsoring today's discussion...

Bikini season is just around the corner, and add in our upcoming vacation to Florida, I am really stepping up my healthy eating habits.  I already work out a ton, but as they say abs are made in the kitchen.  So these days I'm back to eating a yogurt every day with my lunch.  It's something I used to do back in high school in college, and as I would love to have this abs back, I'm trying to replicate my eating habits of those days as best I can!

One thing that has changed since high school is that I've learned how much better greek yogurt is than regular yogurt.  It is also really helps all the stomach problems I've been having recently.  But if I'm going to commit myself to eating the same thing every day, I want to make sure I'm eating The Best Greek Yogurt there is.  So I jumped at the chance to try the Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry and Chobani Simply 100 Strawberry Taste-Off.

I was excited to begin the Yoplait Taste-Off.  I'd never done anything like this before!  To be honest I did have some preconceived notions on which one I liked better.  I grew up as a a Yoplait girl my whole life; it's what my mom always had on hand at home.  So I was already a little more biased towards their brand.

Now on to the good stuff.  Here's the results of my Yoplait Taste Test:



Initial thoughts: The Chobani looks slightly more appetizing and I like the little quote on the top of the lid.


Once I mixed them though, the Yoplait looked more appealing to me.


Texture: Both had a similar texture, though the Yoplait had a few more actual strawberry bits.

Taste: Yoplait won this one by far.  And this has nothing to do with Yoplait sponsoring this Taste-Off.  I did not care for the taste of the Chobani.  I couldn't eat more than two bites of it, while I finished every last drop of the Yoplait.

Overall impression: Yoplait was the winner, hands down!

Here are some facts about Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt:
- 100 calories
- Available in 12 flavors
- 5.3 ounces of yogurt in each cup
- Available Nationally 

- To find Yoplait Greek 100 nearest you, please use the product locator found on the Yoplait website
 Yoplait Greek 100 Taste-Off

And if strawberry isn't your favorite choice of yogurt, don't worry!  Yoplait Greek 100 comes in a total of 12 delicious flavors:
- Strawberry
- Blueberry
- Black Cherry
- Strawberry Banana
- Vanilla
- Peach
- Key Lime
- Lemon
- Mixed Fruit
- Tropical
- Apple Pie

- Strawberry Cheesecake

Try the better tasting Greek! In a national taste test, Yoplait® Greek 100 Strawberry beat Chobani® Simply 100™ Strawberry.  4 or out 5 people prefer Yoplait to Chobani.

Make sure to check out the Yoplait website as well!  There you can find all of their products as well as tons of yummy recipes!

I’ve taken the Yoplait Taste-Off, not it’s your turn! Let me know who won your taste off!


Disclosure: I want to thank Yoplait for sponsoring today's #Tasteoff, and giving me the opportunity to openly express my honest opinion. 

The Time I Wanted to Crawl in a Hole and Disappear

In parenting there are good moments and bad.  There are amazing wonderful moments and ones you wish you could erase from your memory completely.  As I mentioned to my cousin {who is only weeks away from becoming a father for the first time} the other night, being a parent can best be described as a roller coaster.

Friday afternoon I experienced one of the low moments.  The girls and I had a birthday party to attend for the daughter of one of my friends.  It was going to be at a local children's museum we'd been to several times before.

I'm going to be honest with you though, I had been dreading the party for a few days prior.  I knew the place was super fun for kids, and the girls and I were both excited to see our friends, but as Skip was working that afternoon, it would be a solo mission.

Now before the eye rolling starts, I know how ridiculous it sounds that I was dreading taking the girls by myself.  They're older and there is only two of them.  Moms with 3, 4, 5+ kids take them out all by themselves without incident, so I sure as heck could do it with just two.  I only get nervous about certain events because my sweet Charlie bear is a runner.  She's a big fan of taking off without a second glance behind her.  She can also scream with a strength I didn't know was possible.  So sometimes things get a little stressful when I'm on my own.

But I refused to give into the fear, and committed myself to having a good time.  The first half an hour of the party went really well.  Yes, it was a little stressful trying to keep them both together with me as we went from activity to activity while fighting through the crowds of people.  But it really wasn't too much to handle. 

The problem started when we were called back into the party room.  This was the part I was most excited about.  Both girls contained in one room...and there would be pizza?!?  Sign me up! 

Sadly Charlie had other ideas.  As soon as we walked into the party room, Emmy took a seat, and Charlie started screaming....at the top of her lungs...uncontrollably.  She was flailing around, throwing herself on the floor.  With every last drop of strength I had, I held Charlie in the corner of the room while she screamed, trying to calm her down.  It was seriously the worst tantrum I have ever witnessed in all my years of parenting.  My ear hurt she was screaming into it so loudly, and I was barely strong enough to contain her freakishly strong little body.  Sweat was pouring down my face as I wanted to disappear from embarrassment in front of all the other parents.

But what made this moment so very hard, was that I really didn't know what I should be doing.  Girlfriend was not calming down or lessening the screaming.  So the only way I was going to get her to stop was to give in and take her back out to play, which was what she wanted.  But I am not one to give in to my kids when they are behaving like that.  I know it is only going to make things harder for me when they get older.  And they cannot think that they can get their way by screaming.  So any other time, I would have just let her go on screaming and ignore her.

But the thing was, we were at a party....with lots of other kids and parents watching.  And while I was completely willing to ignore my embarrassment for the sake of good parenting, I didn't want my kid ruining the party for everyone else.  It just wasn't fair to everyone else.

Now what the best thing for me to have done, would have just been to pack up the girls and leave.  I would have shown Charlie that we don't act that way in public, and there will be consequences for your actions. 

But I had Emmy with me.  I didn't think it would be fair for her to be punished just because Charlie couldn't behave.  So I finally made the decision to take Charlie out of the room to play in the museum while Emmy stayed behind with her friends.  Was I giving in to her?  Yes.  Could this come back to bite me later?  Probably.  But with everything going on, I felt like this was the best decision for what I had to work with.

Of course Charlie was calm and relaxed as soon as she was able to play at all the activities.  Emmy did great in the room with all the other kids, and my friend made me feel so much better about the whole thing.  I wiped the embarrassment tears from my eyes and refocused on us having a good time.  Thankfully we did manage to enjoy the rest of the party and get home in one piece.

This parenting gig can be hard sometimes.  They right answer isn't always clear and sometimes you're on your own.  But thankfully there are friends and family there to support you and bad days only last so long.

What's the worst tantrum your kid has ever had?  What would you have done differently in my situation?  Please let me know I'm not the only parent to two who struggles sometimes!

Monday, April 21

Obligatory Easter Post

What would the day after a holiday look like without a million blog recaps!?!?  I don't want to know.  In all honesty, I really love seeing how everyone spent their holiday, so keep the recaps coming!

It has been a loooong few days around here {which I will blog about it more detail over the week} so I was looking forward to a relaxing Easter.  We had been invited to spend it with each of our families, but as Skip was working 1- 11pm, we felt it best and easiest just to stay home as a little family of four.  I knew it would be a tough afternoon being without Skip, and it being the first Easter without my Grandma, but we would make it work the best we could.

We had colored our eggs Saturday morning, and so everything was good to go by the time Skip got home from work late Saturday night.  He and I put out the Easter baskets and hid all the eggs around the house.



The girls were up bright and early Sunday morning, and very excited to head downstairs.  They looked through their baskets and then took off gathering up all the eggs!



Charlie was really into it, until she realized there was chocolate inside them.  Once she figured that out, she planted herself on the couch with the few eggs she had found and started snacking away!

Even though it was just us, I planned a nice Easter lunch for us to have....ham, potatoes au gratin, stuffing, and rolls!  As lunch was in the oven, we all got dressed up {I in a new outfit Skip had surprised me with!} and attempted to take a few family pictures.  This did not quite go as planned.








I have no idea how so many people managed to get everyone smiling and looking fabulous, but we were not that lucky.

After stuffing ourselves on lunch and some more chocolate, the girls headed upstairs for a nap, and Skip left for work.  I won't lie, Skip having to work almost every holiday never gets easier.

The girls and I had an okay afternoon considering.  We just had a typical dinner and then spent most of the evening deep cleaning the downstairs {exciting I know}  As we are in the middle of potty training Charlie, we're pretty much chained to the house right now, so this was the best we could do.  We ended the evening with some TV and snuggles, before heading to bed.  My bestie came over to hang out with me for a bit until Skip got home a little before midnight.

Considering Skip was gone most of the day, we had a really nice holiday.  It was nice to not have to go anywhere and just enjoy the time as a family.

Hope you all had a wonderful day!




Thursday, April 17

April Miles


Thursday April 10 - 3.6 mile run
Friday - 3.3 mile run
Saturday - 3 mile run
Sunday - Supreme 90 Total Body
Monday - 2.3 mile run
Tuesday - none
Wednesday - none


Weekly Total - 12.2 miles
April Total Miles - 14.7
April workout total - 9

I'm not quite where I want to be for the month, but I was pretty proud of my workouts this past week.  With Florida less that two months away I really want to focus more on toning up the next few weeks.  Hopefully it gets back to being warm so I can keep up my outside running!

How was this week for you?  I'm hoping for a nice long workout this morning so I can eat as much Easter candy as I want this weekend!!

Adventures of Manda and Mr Howie


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