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It’s my 26th What I Ate Wednesday!  Thanks for reading.
Call it the stalker in me, but I like reading what people eat. It makes me feel normal when they eat mini meals all day like me and I’m always finding new ideas from my fellow WIAW-ers.

What do you like about the WIAW party?

It’s been a while since I gave you a traditional food log so here goes. This is a normal day of eating for me…so let’s get started.

815am – Whole wheat bagel + natural PB + coffee with loads of cream (my indulgence)

10am – Low sodium v8

1115am – Kashi Go Lean + Honey Nut Chex + almond milk

125pm – yummy apple

230pm – Lindsay’s Curried Tuna Salad.

  Tuna + Chobani Greek yogurt + avocado + curry powder. 2 slices of Udi’s gluten free bread, grapes, and snow peas

5pm – post run banana

715pm – Pulled crock pot BBQ chicken.

No bun for me – carb free dinner!

  I put the chicken breasts in the crock pot with chicken broth to cook and then I shredded them.  I topped them with Sauer’s BBQ sauce.  Sauer’s is a sauce I grew up with in Virginia.

Minnie approves

 It’s cider based, so it has much less sugar then traditional BBQ sauce (3g). My mom ordered it online and she gave me a bottle over Christmas.  Aren’t Moms the best?  I also had roasted broccoli and a few of Kyle’s asparagus with sliced cucumber in rice wine vinegar. 

Overall I’m happy with the amount of veggies I had today and I felt full all day long.

Are you a BBQ sauce fan? What kind do you like?

Love and lip-smacking good,
Carissa & Kyle

ps- I’m thinking of moving to a self-hosted blog and thinking of hiring a designer to help with that.  I’d appreciate any thoughts/feedback on that idea. Thanks! 

Happy Thanksgiving!  

I’ll be thankful when these 2 get along!

Well for me it is a mini version.  I am working a double on Thanksgiving so I am cooking a Thanksgiving inspired meal for Kyle and I tonight.  Christmas music is blaring, my cranberry sauce is cooling, and my pie is cooking in the fridge.  
Cooking in the fridge?  Yup! I found a delicious, healthy no-bake pumpkin pie.  That’s why I love the blog world.  I found this pie on Meghann’s blog who found it on Monica’s blog.  Healthy, quick, easy, festive.  I’m sold. Like I said, “cooking” in the fridge.
No-Bake Pumpkin Yogurt Pie

  • Pie crust – I used reduced fat graham cracker
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 cup greek yogurt – I used only one 6oz container. A little less but cheaper.
  • 1 package s/f butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Mix pumpkin, yogurt, pudding mix and pie spice. Carefully spread into the pie shell. (Careful the mix will be very thick and might crack pie crust.) Refrigerate for 1 hour. Eat.
I said it was easy??

Before I could do my limited baking I had school this am and worked out.  Here’s what the gym trip looked like:
– .75 mile warm up jog
– 12 warm up prone leg curls
SuperSet #1:
– 15 leg extensions with a 5 second negative every 5th one
– Walking lunges with weighted barbell
– 8 jump squats onto box.  Squat, jump up, squat, jump down.
– Repeat
Superset #2:
– Reverse lunges with shoulder press and wide squat x12.  It’s a little complicated, but start feet together with the db at your shoulders.  Step back on your right leg to a lunge and do a shoulder press as you do.  Step together.  Repeat with left leg back. Then step apart and do a wide squat.  Bring legs back together and start again.
– Wide squats with DB to failure
– Barbell reverse grip bent over row x 12
– Repeat
SuperSet #3:
– 6 machine chest press each arm, 6 both arms
– 45 second run at 6.0, 15 incline
– repeat chest machine
– 30 second run at 6.5, 15 incline
– 10 pushups
– 25 second run at 7.0, 15 incline

Finish with abs.  I did reverse leg curls and reverse leg lifts.  As always try to rest as little as possible between sets.
Post-workout I fueled up with a black cherry, vanilla smoothie.  I have read several times that cherries after a workout help with soreness.  We shall see.

I’m off to start on the rest of my Mock-giving dinner.  Look for full details on WIAW tomorrow! Also check out my post on what I’m thankful for.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Love and eay peezy pies,
Carissa & Kyle

What I Ate Wednesday – Off Day

Posted: November 16, 2011 in cat pictures, wiaw

Last week I had a beautiful, glorious entire day off!  A miracle right! I didn’t work, I didn’t go to school, I didn’t clean anything…it was awesome!

Can I have this mom?

Now I can’t say for sure what mischief Minnie got into while I was gone…but here’s a little What I Ate Wednesday “off day” version for ya!

The morning started off pretty usual.  1 cup of Kashi Go Lean with almond milk.  Then I took off for a long run and fueled up after with a banana and protein shake made with water.  Now here’s where it gets a little interesting!

My mom, our friend Leslie, and I headed out to see an 1145am showing of The Help.  It’s at a place called the “Cinema ‘n Draft” house.  Basically you can eat, drink, order food all while watching the movie. And our movie was only $1!

Mom & Leslie

We snuck a few snacks in as us frugal women do!  I enjoyed wheat thins, apple, pear, and a dark chocolate orange bar.We also felt a mid-day celebration was in order so my mom ordered a bottle of the joint’s finest white zinfandel! 🙂  It was after 12…I think! 🙂

You stay classy Virginia.

We enjoyed the wine, some jalapeno poppers, and a pretty good movie.  I read the book and I felt like it stayed pretty true to the original story.  I didn’t like the ending in the book, so I still didn’t like it in the movie.  I wanted something more uplifting!After the movie we did a little shopping and then went home to relax and cook up dinner.

I enjoy home-cooked meals when I’m visiting mom.  I know they’ll be healthy and full of veggies!She made lemon pepper chicken and I roasted up some butternut squash.  She also made a fresh waldorf salad and brussel sprouts.  See – I told you lots of veggies!

My mom is like Sandra-Lee…she excels at semi-homemade cooking that doesn’t take forever and she has beautiful table settings! Isn’t it pretty?

What a great day off! Can I get another one of those soon?  Survey says….NO! 

Cass hoping for chicken scraps.

Did you see The Help?  What did you think?
Love and happy hour, Carissa and Kyle 

It’s the start again of another week! In case you were off being utterly fabulous over the weekend, here’s some posts you may have missed:
Coupon Tips for Beginners
We got a kitten!

5 miles down

This morning started off at 730am with a full body workout. My week is off a bit, because I’ll be traveling to Virginia to announce the inagural Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon. Anyone running it? That being said I want to make sure I get in clean food and hard workouts before I go.
Here’s what the morning looked like:
– 8 wide, 8 narrow heavy leg press
– 10 each leg split squat with the back leg elevated with 40lbs
– 8 heavy dumbbell chest press
– 10 close grip pull-down
– 10 single arm DB chest press
– 10 single arm DB row
– 10 each leg split squat with the back leg elevated with 40lbs
– 8 wide, 8 narrow heavy leg press
– 10 box jumps
– 10 close grip pull down
– 15 single leg, leg extension each leg
– 12 machine row
– 10 tricep cable extensions
– 12 leg extensions
– 12 machine row
– 10 tricep cable extensions
– Ab work in the Roman chair

Last night we had a very nostalgic, comfort dinner.  I received a bottle of Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Sauce as part of the FoodBuzz featured publisher program.

I immediately knew what I wanted to make: blackened chicken alfredo!
Back in the day, as in when I could eat whatever I wanted (it was a Wed-nes-day), I loved me some alfredo.  I also didn’t know what a calorie was then.  I always got the chicken alfredo pizza at the OG. (Olive Garden if ya didn’t know).
The Classico sauce is a better alternative to alfredo.  I has 60 calories per serving and is made from real ingredients like cream, parmesan cheese, and butter. It’s still a “treat” meal to me, but it’s a lightened classic.

We covered some chicken in Old Bay blackening season and the Grill King did his thing.
I cooked some whole wheat spaghetti, whipped up a spinach salad, and chopped a raw red bell pepper for extra vitamin C on the side.

I fought the urge to top my pasta with more parmesan cheese and I enjoyed every nostalgic bite. The sauce had a rich, creamy flavor and all I had to do was heat it up and serve.
Very simple for busy alfredo loving Moms!

Thanks to Foodbuzz and Classico!

served with a side of flying kitten.

What’s a lightened comfort food you’d recommend?

Love and white sauce,
Carissa & Kyle

New Kitten!

Posted: November 6, 2011 in cat pictures

Please help us welcome our new baby….Minnie Bealert!

Minnie is gray, striped, tabby little girl who is as sweet as they come!
Although I’ve had cats my whole l life, I’ve never had a kitten.  I’m learning about being playful and how to pull a good string.

Minnie was rescued from Pet Rescue by Judy.  Minnie and her 4 brothers were dumped at construction site when they were about 3 weeks old.  Judy took them in ,and so far all but 1 of them have been adopted.  
If you are looking for a pet PLEASE rescue one.  There are so many amazing animals that need to be loved and cared for.  Pet Rescue by Judy and A Better Life pet rescue are two I recommend here in Orlando.

We lucked out with Minnie, because she has always been fostered and was never in a shelter. We read the bios of all the cats online and we were drawn to Minnie.  We wanted someone sweet for Polie and I felt like a girl was a good match so Polie wouldn’t be intimidated.  
Minnie is also very good with humans since she was bottle fed when she was very small. She purrs nonstop and kneads a lot.  Anyone with tips on clipping claws? 🙂

I wasn’t quite ready for a kitten yet, because I am still grieving over losing Asia. However Polie, our sweet black cat, has never been an only cat.  She was doing okay, but somedays she just seemed lonely.  I want Polie to have a friend and a kitten to keep her young.  I hope she gets along with Minnie.  We haven’t “introduced” them yet. I think it will happen today, but we wanted to give Minnie time to adjust and Polie time to “sniff” out what was going on.

Look Mom- I’m blogging!

I’m off to play and get sweet Minnie kisses!
psst- I typed this whole post listening to Christmas music! 🙂 heehee

Love and whiskers,
Carissa & Kyle

Pumpkin Patch

Posted: October 17, 2011 in cat pictures, family, holidays

I know that you know…but let me say…. BIG fan of fall!

Pumpkin attire courtesy of Target

I love Fall flavors like pumpkin muffins, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin pancakes…it’s only natural that I love the good ole pumpkin patch!
In Virginia they have pumpkin patches where you actually cut the pumpkin off the vine.  It’s awesome.  Kyle and I visited one in VA in 2008! I haven’t found one of those yet in Central Florida.

Mom & I – 2008

We did, however, find a sweet little pumpkin picking patch in Ocoee that had a pretty darn impressive selection of pumpkins!
What kind of pumpkin do you go for?

I like pretty ones! 🙂 A nice color, symmetrical shape, with a good stem.  A stem is a must for me.

Kyle, however, is the opposite.  He searches….and searches….for an “ugly” pumpkin.

I call this the “Pirates of the Caribbean” pumpkin

He really wanted a white or green pumpkin so we spent about 15 minutes searching for those. Then he had a vision of a pumpkin carving design that required a “tall” pumpkin so we spent another 20 minutes searching for a tall/ugly pumpkin combo.  
Kyle informed me that when he found the perfect pumpkin, he would signal me by holding it up in the air like Simba in The Lion King. He’s a keeper!

Hello tricep.

The pumpkin patch was filled with families snapping photos and picking the perfect orange gourd. I love fall and more than that I love family traditions! 

Do you get pumpkins for Halloween?

Polie does!

Love and Jack ‘O Lanterns,
Carissa & Kyle

Remembering Asia

Posted: October 11, 2011 in cat pictures

I haven’t blogged in a week. I’ve just been too sad.  Last Wednesday our beautiful cat Asia (who you might have seen on the blog) passed away.  She had been fighting kidney failure for about 7 months.  It has been an impossibly sad time for us and it feels like there’s a huge emptiness in our home.  The biggest comfort has been having Asia’s baby, Polie, still here to love and comfort us. Nonetheless it is still a heart-breaking time.

I’m still not ready to think about food, fitness, and the usual blogging topics. I simply want to honor Asia and all the joy and happiness she brought to us.  She was a beauty.  She loved being outside and sitting in your lap.  She greeted every visitor to our home and lovingly woke me up by pawing me in the face many mornings.  She will always be our angel.  We love you Asia.

Love forever,
Carissa & Kyle

This is Halloween!

Posted: September 30, 2011 in cat pictures, foodbuzz, holidays
This is Halloween! This is Halloween!

Ok maybe Jack Skellington and I are a weeeeeee bit early, but my decorations are up in full force, pumpkin coffee from Godiva is in the machine, and I feel a crisp breeze coming this weekend!

It’s FALL Y’ALL!  And I couldn’t be more excited.  Fall = party time.  Halloween + birthday = a good time for everyone mainly me!

Kyle calls me a glitter mummy!

I love October- December so I try to enjoy, decorate, celebrate, and take in every magical moment.  Hence the decorating beginning tonight.  

Kyle was kind enough to get down my decorations just before the USF game. Aren’t we festive?

Actual black cat. Not a decoration.

I also have a special fall treat this am. Pumpkin Spice Coffee in my own home!  Godiva was wonderful enough to send me 2 fall inspired flavors of their ground coffee. I recieved these as part of the FoodBuzz Tastemaker program.

The smell of the pumpkin spice coffee is everything you’d expect.  Just perfect and literally smelling it makes me happy.  It doesn’t make me look less creepy in my glasses and PJ’s…just makes me happy!

We have A LOT of October birthdays between my friends & family. A LOT! Like 10+! So there will be a lot of fall gatherings and dinners where we enjoy coffee.  I can’t wait to see what the family thinks about these delicious, aromatic Godiva flavors.

What’s your favorite part of fall…y’all?

Love and ghosts, 
Carissa & Kyle

When I grocery shop I do so with a detailed list and my coupon binder. For me, the key to healthy eating is preparation and the grocery store is where it all starts. Every once in a while, however, something jumps off the shelves at me and gets me pretty stinkin excited!

Say hello to “Go Picnic” lunch boxes!

A-MAH-zing! Healthy foods often aren’t convenience foods. That puts me in a pinch when im in a rush or have a long day. Go Picnic you are my healthy/fast/no refrigeration needed savior!

Healthy boxed lunches to-go. Its killer, right?

It gets better! Some of their options are gluten free!  That just rocks my world. It is so hard to find gluten free choices anywhere. These Go Picnic boxes can travel anywhere and provide GF nourishment in a jiffy. And they taste great!

Even Asia is a fan.

My friend Kim first alerted me to Go Picnic online. She has Celiac disease, so gluten-free is a must. Once I saw these babies on the shelves at Target I had to try them! Love, love, love!
Kyle and I enjoyed two turkey pepperoni boxes while climbing Mt. Kennesaw on vacation. 

Climbing fuel from Go Picnic.

Check out the variety:

  • SunButter and Crackers *gluten-free *vegan
  • Hummus and crackers *gluten-free *vegan
  • Turkey pepperoni and crackers *gluten-free
  • Tuna and crackers *gluten-free
  • Salmon and crackers *gluten-free
  • PB and crackers

I reached out to the folks at Go Picnic, because… I’m a fan. They sent us 2 more boxes to try….and….they’re giving some away to a lucky reader!

Here’s how to enter:
1. Sign up for the GoPicnic newsletter at
2. Like GoPicnic on facebook
3. Follow GoPicnic on Twitter
4. Visit and tell me what flavor you’d like to try and WHY!
5. Tweet a message like “Great #glutenfree giveaway at  @gopicnic @carissaanneb”
6. Leave a comment here telling me where you’d eat GoPicnic lunches!
Each task will be a separate entry. Just leave a comment on the blog here or on our Facebook. The winner will be chosen Monday night (October 3).

If these awesome GoPicnic boxes aren’t in your stores you can score a great deal online at Use the code FLEX10 to get 10% off your order. That’s like coupons and good health sent right to your door!

Go healthy, go thrive, GO PICNIC!

Good luck!

Love and sweet mountain snacks,
Carissa & Kyle

Another One Bites the Dust

Posted: September 23, 2011 in cat pictures, school, workouts
Oh yeah- another one bites the dust. As in another one of my RD classes down; more than I want to count to go. But its progress. 

Polie helped me study for my final.

Today I finished “Fundamentals of Food” and Monday I start “Dietetics Research and Education.” Sounds riveting…or like a lot of paper writing!
Baby steps toward the bigger goal!

Today I met Kyle at the gym for a quick, high intensity, full body workout.
It went a little something like this:
Set #1:
– 2 x 10 back lunges each leg with barbell on my shoulders
– 8 weighted barbell lunges. Lunge back then lateral lunge. 8 each side.
– 12 single leg deadlift with a 15lb dumbell with a db shoulder pull. Bend down to deadlift then shoulder pull as you stand up. 12 each leg
– 6 of the above back double lunges each side.
-12 of the above deadlifts each side.

Set #2:
This is a little complicated so hopefully this makes sense. Start on a bench that declines. Have the bench in the upright position.
-8 shoulder press.  Recline bench one notch.
-7 incline press. Recline bench one notch.
-Continue to recline the bench one notch at a time and drop your reps by one until you are doing a flat db chest press. No rest between sets

Set #3:
-12 bench jumps with hands on bench – with your hands on the bench jump your feet from 1 side to the other
– 2 x 12 DB double row
– 2 x 12 each leg single leg step-up on the bench with a 15lb db in one arm.  Hold the arm in an isometric tricep hold.
– Repeat set. 

Set #4:
– Decline sit-ups with arms out – 15
– Decline sit-ups with torso twists – 10
– Leg raises on the roman chair- 15

Post workout I fueled up with a brand new flavor of Larabar!  Chocolate chip cherry torte!  Larabars are awesome as I said before. Totally unprocessed; full of real food. Larabars are even more awesome because the company mailed me a box of their newest flavor. Surprise mail? Yes please! This flavor is climbing its way to the top of my Larabar faves. I usually prefer the fruity flavors, but this choco cherry combo is just right! Thanks Larabar!

Tonight Kyle’s friend Davis is coming over for dinner.  We’re having pineapple BBQ burgers.  I have an early am tomorrow as I’m hosting the Miracle Miles 15k here in Orlando.  If you’re running come say hi! I’m be doing the finish and the awards!

Love and brain busters,
Carissa & Kyle