Thursday, February 21, 2013

To Be A Kid Again...

Breakfast: 4 egg whites & raspberries
Snack: 2 turkey meatloaf muffins
Lunch: PB&J Sandwich, carrots
Post-Workout: banana berry protein smoothie
Dinner: 2 whole wheat beef tacos
Snack: 2 pumpkin protein bars

Exercise: LiveFit Day 38 - Legs & 10 minuts on the StairMaster

I was slacking on the food pics today! I kind of forgot... oops! Anyhow... today was kind of a busy day compared to most. I worked my usual job which was actually quite slow. Then I did my workout after work. Legs = deadly!!! :D I am gonna be SOOORE tomorrow! :)

Then I went home and whipped up a quick protein smoothie for the road and went and picked up Matthew from daycare. Then we went to the grocery store quick to pick up a few things. He rode in the cart with the car in front. lol One of the cashiers noted what a cautious driver he was. ;) ha! Then we went home and I made some yummy tacos for dinner. They were delish! 

We spent the rest of the evening setting up & playing trains!

And then we played with his farm set. And then some hockey.... of course hockey.  We can never forgot hockey with this boy...

Then we put together some puzzles and it was bedtime!! Aww... to be a kid again. I think I could have went to bed when he did! I am tired tonight.

BUT... I had to bake some more pumpkin protein bars!! They are super yummy. :) Hope you have a great night!! :D

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weekend Shinanigans & Whatnot!

Brunch: Leftover Red Lobster - jumbo coconut shrimp & lobster & shrimp pasta
Dinner: ham & (thin) cheese sandwich on Ezekiel bread with hummus & carrots
Post-Workout: dreamsicle protein shake

Exercise: LiveFit Day 37 - Chest & Abs & 30 minutes or Cardio --interval running

Okay.... I will be the first to admit that the last couple of days have not been very good in the eating department!!! Let me explain...although these aren't excuses!

Last week I was on jury duty for a rape trial all week. (Google Jermaine Jones Fargo if you're interested) That equals stress. LOTS OF STRESS! It was also a totally different schedule that I wasn't used to. I did miss 1 day of working out last week due to just plain old exhaustion. But my eating was actually pretty good last week. 

My mom & sister surprised me last Friday after I got done with jury duty. They were on their way to Fargo to pick up a puppy at the pet store!! He was such a cutie!! She later named him Cooper! He's a maltese chiwawa mix.

Josie was sooo excited to have a playmate!! They played so well together. Here's a video of them playing. --So cute! hehe

Then on Saturday we went and seen the movie Safe Haven. Me & my mom ready the book and the movie is very different from the book but it was still a good movie. I loved it! :) I'd definitely suggest going to see if you like romance type of movies!

Then they left that afternoon and I went and got my workout in and just relaxed. 

Sunday, Justin and I celebrated Valentines Day by going out for lunch at Quaker Steak & Lube! The place is a pretty neat bar & grill. They have lots of motorcycle and racing type stuff. The food was okay... I ordered wings and I have to say that I like B-Dubs & Applebees wings better. I'd go back & eat there again though. I just would order something different. Then we went and did our grocery shopping and went home and chilled that afternoon & then I went and worked out and that was pretty much my Sunday.

Monday we were in blizzard conditions but I made it to work anyways. Then planned on going to the gym but it was closed due to the weather so I just chilled Monday night.

Tuesday I had jury duty again and we reached the verdict (guilty) in the morning and I went straight to the gym at about noon and got my workout in. Then that evening I was so excited about being done with jury duty that Justin and I thought we should celebrate by going out to eat at Red Lobster!! And naughty me... I didn't choose a healthy option because my favorites looked too tempting and I had been stressing about the damn trial all week! :D Anyhow, it was delicious and satisfying and I didn't even finish half of if after eating the biscuits and salad before. Then we took a fun little trip to the pet store and looked at the ferrets for fun! It made me miss Phoebe (the ferret that I once had). Then we went home & went to bed!

Today was back to work...however, I was up half the night with a bad cough and fever & didn't feel well at all. So I when I woke up in the morning I was exhausted! So I called into work and slept until 10. Then I went into work at noon until 5. Then came home and ate a yummy grilled sandwich for dinner & went and worked out at Family Wellness with my friend Annah. We had a great workout. We did chest & abs and 30 minutes on the treadmill. I ran a mile and then did interval sprinting for the next 20 minutes. It felt GREAT! But I also felt like I was going to die....  :D --Just bein' honest!  Then I came home and had a protein shake & was making my lunch for tomorrow and realized that I had used the last of my hummus on my sandwich for dinner. I was panicked!!! WHAT WAS I GOING TO PUT ON MY SANDWICH FOR TOMORROW!?? NO HUMMUS!??? OMG! lol Anyhow... I was about to put my coat on and run to the store at 9:30 to go get some hummus when I decided to go old school and have a PB&J!! That will taste yummy tomorrow. :) So now my lunch for tomorrow is all packed and so is my workout stuff! That means I can go to bed! WOO HOO! Tomorrow will be a good diet day! I promise! I am BACK ON TRACK! Adios friends!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Quick Confession!

This week has been a crazy week! I've been on jury duty all week and its been more stressful than I'm used to. Therefore, I did miss 1 day of my workouts. I also didn't eat quite as clean as I would have hoped to. I guess I just need to get back on track tomorrow!! :D I have to go back to jury duty on Tuesday, but I work my regular job tomorrow since it's a holiday and the courthouse is not open. Anyhow... I just thought that I'd give you a quick update on why I'm slacking on the blog! ;) I promise I'll be back to regular blogging sometime this week. Thanks for understanding!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Snow Day!

Breakfast: 4 egg whites with pico de gallo, strawberries
Snack: 2 honey almond protein crisps
Lunch: open faced turkey burger & parmesan crusted tomato
Snack: 2 pumpkin protein bars
Post Workout: Dreamsicle protein shake
Dinner: 3 chicken tenders, carrots
Snack: 2 rice cakes with pb

Exercise: LiveFit Day 29 - Back & 30 minutes cardio 

Today was a SNOW DAY!! I was snowed in all day! They just came and plowed our apartment in the last hour. I didn't mind. The gym was closed today anyways so I had to do my workout at home. The cardio was difficult but I do have my Wii Fit so I did a little free jogging in place while watching Friends. :) Since I took a super long nap yesterday, I was up until 3 am because I couldn't sleep. Then I woke up at 5 to get ready for work to realize that I was most definitely snowed in. Josie sure loved to play in it though.

So I went back to bed until about 9:30 and then woke up and showered and made some breakfast. Then I did a little cleaning and gave Josie a bath. She's nice & fluffy now!

Then I made some lunch and did my workout. Then I relaxed and did a little magazine reading! Then I made dinner & am now watching Biggest Loser!  I have to try really hard to get some good sleep tonight because I have jury duty bright and early in the morning. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Honey Almond Protein Crisp


Breakfast: 4 egg whites with pico de gallo & raspberries
Snack: 2 turkey meatloaf muffins
Lunch: spinach salad with immitation crab, peppers, cucumbers, sunflower seeds & balsamic vinaigrette
Snack: 2 double chocolate pb bites
Dinner: 2 turkey meatloaf muffins & a Luna protein bar
Snack: 2 pumpkin protein bars

Exercise: LiveFit Day 26 - shoulders & abs

Friday was a fun day! After work, we decided to go and watch the Kindred girls basketball team play against Oak Grove. It was a fun game to watch. I always enjoy watching basketball. :) They won by the way! We also attempted to drive by a house we were interested near Kindred. However, it was dark and we found it...but we couldn't really see it. It's on the river and kind of in the trees. Beautiful home though & it seemed like a nice neighborhood in the dark. I could see myself living there someday. ;) Ya know... starting a family and stuff. muahaha Then we went home and I was super tired so I actually went to bed right away.


Breakfast: 4 egg whites with pico de gallo & strawberries
Lunch: canned chicken with hummus on Ezekiel bread with thin cheese, cucumbers & cottage cheese
Snack: 2 double chocolate pb bites, 1 pumpkin protein bar, pistachios
Dinner: Famous Daves - grilled lime shrimp with grilled pinapple, broccoli & some of Matthews fries
Snack: 2 pumpkin protein bars, 3 double chocolate pb bites

Exercise: rest

Saturday was a nice & relaxing day for the most part. Justin went with one of his friends out of town and Matthew & I hung out. We played lots of Spiderman and we dressed nice n warm and he rode his bike in the garage and Josie ran around playing with a ping pong ball. Then when she got cold, she would lay in the bike trailer. :)

Then we happened to come across something in the garage that Matthew was VERY excited about! A HOCKEY HELMET! lol so we had to take it upstairs!

He wore that for quite a while. Then it was nap time and Justin came home and we hung out and played some hockey and video games. We all ended up going to bed pretty early. I was in bed by 8 and fell asleep faster than I have in a LONG time! Then... I woke up at about 3 am after having a bad dream (apparently my dream catcher isn't working) and couldn't fall asleep since I'm used to getting about 6 hours of sleep, my body thought it was time to wake up. But eventually I did fall back asleep until Matthew woke up at 7 and Justin went to plow some snow!


Breakfast: protein pancake with almond butter & strawberries
Lunch: turkey and cheese sandwich  on Ezekiel bread, cottage cheese & carrots
Snack: 2 rice cakes with Planters energy pb
Dinner: broiled tilapia with quinoa, peppers, onions & carrots
Snack: 2 pumpkin protein bars, 1 honey almond protein crisp - see recipe below

Exercise: rest

We hung out in the morning and watched Planet 51 and played hide & go seek. We also went in the garage and he rode his bike for a little while again and I even took out the bean bag toss & practices up for lake season!!! ;) Then we went upstairs and had some lunch before taking a long nap. We both slept from 1:30 to 5!!!! :/ YIKES! I didn't think that I'd sleep that long & I can't believe that he did either. I guess we were tired. Then we woke up and had some dinner and Daddy came with the plow pickup to take him to his mom's friends house. His mom didn't come to Fargo since the roads were bad. It's been pretty crazy weather here! I'm thinking that I'll most likely have a snow day tomorrow. I have about a 2 foot drift in front of my garage and its still snowing....and Justin said that since there is a no travel advisory out, they aren't going to plow the apartments anytime soon. We shall see. I'm rooting for a SNOW DAY! :D I had some yummy tilapia for dinner and then I baked my turkey meatloaf muffins for the week and also made a new recipe!! Check it out! They're my kind of rice krispie bars!

Honey Almond Protein Crisp


  • 3 cups Nature's Path Crispy Rice
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 cup whole oats
  • 1/4 cup crushed almonds
  • 1/2 cup Xylitol brown sugar (I skipped this ingredient)
  • 3/4 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey

  1. Pour the crispy rice, protein powder, whole oats and crushed almonds into a large bowl and shake gently. Avoid stirring, to keep the protein powder from settling on the bottom.
  2. In a small glass bowl, combine the brown sugar, almond butter, and honey, and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring until combined.
  3. Add the almond butter mixture to the crispy rice mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until every piece is coated.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly into a 9x13 Pyrex dish, or use cookie cutter shapes as molds, and fill with the mixture, pressing firmly into place. Place the 9x13 Pyrex dish in the freezer for at least one hour. Allow the crisp to soften a bit before cutting the squares, or simply break off pieces with your hands. (If using cookie cutters, be sure to remove them before putting the crisp in the freezer.)
  5. Store in the freezer.

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Now I think I'm going to relax and catch up on some of my magazine reading! :) I got a couple of Shape & Fitness! Goodnight friends! Happy Snowday!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

An Uneventful Day...

Breakfast: Kashi go lean crunch
Snack: 2 turkey meatloaf muffins
Lunch: 3 bean turkey chili, carrots
Snack: 2 pumpkin protein bars
Dinner: spaghetti and carrots
Snack: 3 immitation crab sticks, 2 double chocolate PB bites

Exercise: LiveFit Day 25 - Legs

Today was uneventful.... so this may be a boring post. Plus, I'm tired so I want to make it quick. I got my leg workout in and I got to wondering HOW on earth am I going to be able to do cardio after my leg sessions with the weights!??  I can't imagine running after doing all those squats. I can hardly walk to the locker room. I guess I'll find out on Monday! :/ I'm a little nervous but SOOO excited to start incorporating cardio! 

I picked up Matthew from daycare today and he was so excited to see me! I love that. :) and then we went home and he ran around in his spiderman costume for a while and then we played some knee hockey as a family. I made some dinner while catching up on some Facebook time & emails & whatnot. Then we went grocery shopping and I restocked on my egg whites, since I'm out. Although, I was running late this morning so I had to grab cereal and eat it at work anyways. But it will be nice to have some eggs with pico de gallo in the AM! This time, I got mild instead of HOT. lol I had a snack when I got home and now I'm thinking that my bed sounds pretty amazing right now! So... I'm gonna call it an early night! Enjoy your evening!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Volleyball Champs & Protein Pancakes!!

Breakfast: 4 egg whites & raspberries
Snack: 2 turkey meatloaf muffins
Lunch: canned chicken & (thin) cheese on whole wheat bread with hummus, celery & cucumbers
Snack: 2 pumpkin protein bars
Post Workout: vanilla blackberry protein shake
Dinner: 1 large protein pancake (recipe below) with peanut butter & carrots
Snack: 1 pumpkin protein bar & a double chocolate PB bite

Exercise: LiveFit Day 24 - Chest & Triceps, 4 volleyball games

Today was a super fun day!!! Work was the usual and then I went and worked my chest & triceps at the gym. I came home and had a yummy protein shake & watched Pitch Perfect...Yes...AGAIN while I browsed the internet for fun stuff. lol Then I made dinner. I wanted something different and I didn't feel like having chicken or fish so... I made a new recipe of protein pancakes. It is the easiest recipe EVER! Check it out below! Then I got ready to go play volleyball. It was the the tournament for the winter season and 3 of our girls were unable to play due to injuries & tests. :/ Luckily, we had a really good sub & we played our @$$es off!! Seriously... we played really hard. It was a good workout. We won all 4 games!! So we took 1st place! WOO HOO!

Way to go High Fivers!! (That's our team name) We get a little high five happy! :D Anyhow, I'm super wiped out now!  

As usual, Josie is wining at my feet because I'm not giving her constant attention and she wants to see what I'm doing. So, the spoiled little stinker that she is, gets to sit on the counter in her bed. Big baby! 

Now.. I'm pretty tired so I think I'm going to hit the sack! Here is my yummy protein pancake recipe!  I hope you like it!


Protein Pancakes

12 egg whites
1 cup quick oats
a pinch of cinnamon

Mix well together & cook just like you would any pancake! I like mine with peanut butter on them because I don't like syrup. But I think that would be good too.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I got a heart rate monitor!! YAY!

Breakfast: 2 slices of whole wheat toast with crunchy PB
Snack: 2 turkey meatloaf muffins
Lunch: turkey & (thin) cheese on Ezekiel bread with hummus, cucumbers & celery
Snack: Clif Builder's protein bar
Post Workout: vanilla raspberry lemonade protein shake --vanilla whey protein, raspberry lemonade crystal light mix & water
Dinner: pork chop with a few sweet potato fries and carrots
 -- no snack tonight because I had a late dinner.

Exercise: LiveFit Day 23 - Back & Biceps

Today was a pretty normal day! Busy at work...but otherwise normal. My workout was the usual tough workout. I came home and Josie was playing with Miss Piggy and she had stuffing all over! The picture just doesn't do justice. She's giving me her "what did I do, Mom?" look. haha Nice try Josie!

 Then I made some pork chops for dinner and I had not even half a sweet potato leftover in the fridge so I made a few sweet potato fries and I ended up making them a little too crispy! I ate them anyways. :D  Oh!!! and Justin and I went to Scheels too and I got myself a heart rate monitor for when I start my cardio next week!! It's perfect because it syncs with my Nike+ GPS watch!!

I love it! And I even tested it out in the living room by doing some jumping jacks, chasing Josie, some butt kicks, knee highs. You know... the stuff that gets your heart going!! :) Work great and I can't wait to use it at the gym. I LOVE getting new workout gear! It's an addiction really. Luckily I still have gift cards from Christmas. --Usually they don't last this long.

I was also going to inform you that I tried REALLY hard to go to bed early last night. I was in bed and had my eyes closed by 9:30!! BUT... I just couldn't fall asleep. I tossed and turned and tossed and turned for about an hour. I checked the time at 10:40 and I think I fell asleep shortly after that. So... I'm going to try again tonight. It's funny how in the afternoons, I'm dog tired. But at about 8:00, I tend to get a 2nd wind. :/ Which is when I should be going to bed. Oh well. Better luck to me tonight I guess.  

Here's to a happy hump day tomorrow!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Jello Legs Workout

I dare you to try this workout!! This is from Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12 Week Program and I never leave the gym without Jello Legs after I do this workout. Make sure that you use the right amount of weight. You should barely be able to do the 10th rep with good form and not be able to do an 11th. If you push yourself hard like that, & the way the program is supposed to be, you WILL have jello legs! & they'll be sore for days! :D I DARE YOU to try it out!

Workout & photos from

Jello Legs & A Dreamsicle Protein Shake!!

Breakfast: 3 egg whites & raspberries
Snack: 2 turkey meatloaf muffins
Lunch: spinach salad with chicken, peppers, sunflower seeds & balsamic vinaigrette
Snack: 2 pumpkin protein bars
Post-Workout: dreamsicle protein shake --see recipe below
Dinner: whole wheat pasta with shrimp, olive oil, peppers & onions with garlic seasoning.
Snack: 1 double chocolate PB bite, and a slice of Ezekiel toast with crunchy PB

Exercise: LiveFit Day 22 - Legs

OMG!!! Today's workout (along with every workout) was killer. At the moment, I didn't think it was that tough. But as I was walking back to the locker room, I realized how tired & sore I was. I wasn't sure I could walk that far!! I had some serious jello legs! lol When I got home, I knew it was a day for a protein shake!! So... I tried something new that sounded pretty good!!

Dreamsicle Protein Shake

1 1/2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
1 cup ice
2 cups orange juice

You can shake it in a blender bottle or any type of water bottle or you can use a blender and blend it all together like a smoothie. I just shook mine in my blender bottle. YUMMM!


Now I'm relaxing and watching Biggest Loser!! :D I figured I'd try to get my blog done during the commercials so I can get to bed at a decent time. Last night didn't go as planned. Why do I always find excuses for myself to stay up?? :/ 

Anyhow... I've been doing alot of thinking about whether I'm going to do the half marathon or the 10K in The Scheels Fargo Marathon this spring. I kind of feel like I should have started training for the half already...but then again, it wouldn't hurt me any to have to push a little harder right?? I dunno. It's on my bucketlist to do a half marathon and why not do it now, as I'm trying to transform my body? A little extra cardio in addition to all my weightlifting... I'm going to be one tired girl. I haven't made my decision 100% yet, but I'm leaning towards doing the half. My knees have been feeling GREAT. I think all the strength training has really helped. But I'm a little worried that once I start running again, they might bother me. My goal is to register by the end of February and I'm going to start training next week once I'm supposed to incorporate cardio into my workouts. WOO HOO! I'm sure I'll fill you in on more when I decide for sure. But Run or Dye & Hard Charge are happening for sure!!! woop woop! And I'm feeling stronger & stronger everyday! 

Hope you all enjoy your evening!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Girls Game Night!!! & Double Chocolate PB Bites!


Breakfast: protein waffle with crunchy PB
Snack: 2 turkey meatloaf muffins
Lunch: spinach salad with a chicken breast, peppers, sunflower seeds & balsamic vinaigrette
Snack: 2 carrot cake protein bars
Dinner: chicken breast, broccoli, celery
Snack: fruit with greek yogurt, bruschetta

Exercise: LiveFit Day 19 - Shoulders & Abs

Last day of week 3 of LiveFit!! Woo hoo! It felt great! :) Friday night I had a girls night at my apartment and we played games and had quite a few drinks and I made some daiquiri's with umbrellas. :) I made sure to set out some fruit with greek yogurt so I wouldn't be so tempted to eat the unhealthy snacks such as chips and gardettos. It worked!! I only had some fruit, and then one of my friends brought a bruschetta which was also very tasty. It was a lot of fun and a very late night. I definitely need to have more girls nights!


Breakfast: Kashi go lean crunch
Lunch: 3 bean turkey chili, leftover bruschetta
Snack: apple
Dinner: 2 turkey meatloaf muffins and carrots
Snack: popcorn

Exercise: Rest

Saturday was a nice day to myself (for the most part). I slept until 9, which wasn't long enough because I was up until 5 the night before. And I ate breakfast and watched some tv and then I took a 2 hour nap. Once I woke up, I showered and got ready for the day. My friend Steph recently got married and bought a house so I went to her reception/open house for a while. It was nice to see her again. I hadn't seen her in a while. Then I stopped at Cashwise to rent some movies!! It was going to be a me & Josie kind of night! Then I remembered that I had a few bags of stuff to bring to Savers so I dropped that off. Then... I randomly decided to stop by JCPenney because I heard they had some good sales right now. BAD I found way too much stuff that I LOVED that was on sale. :) So I ended up getting some new workout clothes, a super cute running rain coat and a $8 summer sequin skirt and I LOVED!

 Then... I went home because I was super hungry by that point and I made a quick dinner and watched Taken 2 and Pitch Perfect for the 3rd time while munching on some popcorn. :D I LOVE that movie. I should really just buy it. Too many great one liners. haha


Breakfast: raspberries & 5 egg whites
Snack: pumpkin protein bar
Lunch: turkey & (thin) cheese sandwich on Ezekiel bread with hummus, broccoli & cucumbers
Snack: 1 double chocolate peanut butter bite --see recipe below
Dinner: 8 oz broiled tilapia, quinoa with peppers & onions
Snack: 1 double chocolate peanut butter bite -- see recipe below

Exercise: Rest

Today was a nice lazy day! I slept in pretty late and then I watched Pitch Perfect again while I organized My Pinterest. :D hehe and then I cleaned up the apartment a bit and did laundry. By that time, the hubby came home and we relaxed watching some tv. I was still organizing my Pinterest at this time. It took most of the afternoon. Then he took a nap and I made my turkey meatloaf muffins for the week and tried a new recipe that I really like! Check it out below. Then the Super Bowl was on tv and we were lame and just stayed home and watched it by ourselves this year. I gave myself a nice little mani & pedi during the game. Fuschia with sparkles!!

And now I am blogging away trying to finish up so I can go to bed nice & early!!! :D BUT...before I do, here is my recipe!

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
a pinch cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
2 tablespoons chocolate covered sunflower seeds
ground peanuts or almonds mixed with a few pinches of cocoa powder, to roll the balls in
Note: I couldn't find chocolate covered sunflower seeds, so I just used regular. But I think they would be really good with m&m's instead of the chocolate chips & choc. covered sunflower seeds

Combine oats, almonds, flaxseed, cocoa, chia seeds, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir.
Melt peanut butter and allow it to cool slightly (I melted mine in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then stirred), then stir in honey and vanilla extract until it's combined. Once peanut butter has cooled a bit, pour it over the oat mixture and mix well with a spoon then bring together with your hands. Once mixture is sticking together, fold in chocolate chips and sunflower seeds.
Roll dough into golf-ball sized (or slightly smaller) balls, then roll in ground peanuts or ground almonds tossed with cocoa powder. These can be eaten at room temp but I really like them stored in the fridge!
Note: I think next time I made these, I'm just going to roll them in the cocoa powder and skip the extra almonds. They're a little nuttier than I prefer. Still super tasty though!
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I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed watching the Super Bowl!!! Make sure to try these yummy Double Chocolate PB Bites!! YUMMM and if you're interested to see how Week 3 of LiveFit went... check out my LiveFit page. :D Adios Amigos!