One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


A Sensational Sunday Home from the Shore

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Our beach week is over. Part of me is happy to be home and the other part if still swimming in the ocean.

MAN I love the beach! I think I was a beach bum in a former life. Nothing makes me happier then diving in waves and building sand castles with my kids. It’s better than facing this mess.


This morning I decided to leave the mess and hit the pavement in my new running clothes.

How cute is that outfit?! My Sister-in-law bought it for me for my birthday. I love it! Normally I’m running in random clothes because I refuse to splurge on workout attire. It’s just too darn expensive!

Anyway, I did 4 miles listening to my audio book. It was a nice way to start the day.

After the run I continued the laundry we started last night, prepped some food for the week and started to make breakfast all while blasting the iPod. Little Guy danced while Little Bean laughed.

It was hysterical!

Breakfast for the boys was banana pancakes and berries.

After breakfast it was time to take care of the 2 newest members of our family.

May I introduce Trooper and Sport, our new Hermit Crabs.

My breakfast was a little later. After a week of indulging in beach food I decided to wait until I actually felt hunger before eating. When I did I made myself a Spinach Omelet Roll Up and had some berries on the side.

It totally hit the spot.

The rest of the morning was spent finishing the laundry and putting everything away. We camped out upstairs for a bit reading books, watching TV and just hanging out.

Lunch started with some melon…

and (for me) ended with this amazing salad!

Click here to see how I made a Marinated Portobello Mushroom Spinach Salad. SO YUMMY!

After lunch Ryan and I went to the pond behind our house and tried out the fishing pole.

I honestly haven’t held a fishing pole in 20 years. I forgot how fun it was! We are preparing for a possible trip to Grandpa’s cabin. :)

The rest of my afternoon was pure heaven. Yesterday the husband asked if I wanted to go to the spa for my birthday which is Tuesday.

He didn’t have to ask me twice.

I splurged on a massage AND a facial. Totally worth it. I was so relaxed and happy afterwards.

I may have to start a spa savings account so I can go more regularly.

Dinner was a grill-fest!

That’s BBQ chicken, peas & carrots and roasted beets in the aluminum foil.

While all that was cooking I made a fun salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and basil from the my herb garden.

We ate outside. It was gorgeous.

The meal and the day. :)

We had more melon for dessert.

After dinner we cleaned.

Came up with a new chore schedule.

Ate some Banana Soft-Serve.

And played Pokeman.

The Boy’s NEW obsession. :)

Now I’m watching Newsroom and then it’s bed. Back to my training schedule tomorrow morning, I have 7 weeks until my next Tough Mudder and the messiest inbox ever. ugh.


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There are 23 comments so far.


    July 22, 2012

    Your legs look so good in those shorts!

    Kelly Eaton

    July 22, 2012

    Love your new running outfit! Looks like a great Sunday, as always!! You look so refreshed after your spa date! Happy early birthday!
    Do you have any recommendations on books you’ve listened to while running? I’ve always just done music.


    July 22, 2012

    I love the beach too! So relaxing:) My kids had hermit crabs when they were younger too! I love your Sunday posts!

    Divya @ Eat.Teach.Blog.

    July 22, 2012

    Question! What camera do you use for all your pictures? They always come out stunning!


    July 23, 2012

    What book are you listening to? I’m always looking for recommendations.

    Also, love your hair at the length/style you’ve got it!

    maria @ mim

    July 23, 2012

    Man! Little one’s hair is getting SO BLONDE. It’s gorgeous! :)


    July 23, 2012

    Kelly – I’ve been listening to The Girl Who Played with Fire. I’m not the best reader so I’m trying to use my running time as a chance to catch up with books that interest me.


    July 23, 2012

    Divya – Camera info…



    July 23, 2012

    Thanks LG! I’m liking my hair right now too. :) I’m listening/reading The Girl Who Played with Fire. Love me a strong chick story. :)


    July 23, 2012

    Welcome back home :) Beautiful pics as always! And.. i’m suprised the hubby let you leave the house in that outfit;)


    July 23, 2012

    I know I say it all the time but I love your Sundays! I have to put more of an effort to get more into my Sundays. Well after my surgery that is. Next Sunday hopefully I’ll be home recouperating. Have a great week!


    July 23, 2012

    Your new outfit is fantastic! So is the pic of you in the blue shirt when you are talking about the spa!
    This looks like a fantastic Sunday!!!


    July 23, 2012

    Yup. I always take the photos in order and post them. Well, except the one of the running outfit. I took that one at the beach. :)


    July 23, 2012

    SIL did well! Cute outfit, and a GREAT color on you. :)


    July 23, 2012

    That outfit is ridiculously cute. You look great!


    July 23, 2012

    Oh man Roni that outfit is cute! I am totally the opposite when it comes to workout attire–as I lose weight I keep buying more that fits properly and makes me look good! It totally helps my mindset to know that I have a bright top to put on and shorts or capris that won’t ride up or make me feel frumpy. Plus I buy performance fabrics because I sweat a lot!

    I think it is easy to find good gear at reasonable prices though if you watch for sales and coupons–my biggest spend is about $50 on bras because I am a 36D and need the support. My limit for pants/capris is about $35, and less for shorts b/c I don’t wear them as much–maybe $15 (I mostly go to the UnderArmour outlet and bargain-hunt for these!). I have found performance fabric tanks at Target for as little as $9-12, and tanks with built in support at Kohl’s for $15-20 (Tek Gear and Fila are the most reasonable prices). Since most of my workout clothes get worn once a week I feel like it is worth it, but I do agree that *some* workout gear brands are ridiculously overpriced!


    July 23, 2012

    loving the new running outfit! nothing like bright colours to start the day! hope your enjoying listening to the audio book, i’m about to start reading it. X

    Greg Kuhn

    July 23, 2012

    You know what I love? Seeing your husband playing with the boys! Right on for dads who invest the time – give him a big ‘ol pat on the back from me! Also, doesn’t going on vacation do a great job reminding us to be grateful about all the stuff we’ve been taking for granted at home? Welcome back.


    July 23, 2012

    What a sensational Sunday indeed. OMG Roni, I LOVE the running outfit, so cute. My Dad’s birthday is Tuesday too, you and he and BOTH stellar!!! Early Happy Birthday to you, I hope your boys spoil you rotten!!!!


    July 24, 2012

    What do the beets on the grill taste like? I like pickled beets but not sure I’ve had them any other way. The chicken looks great. Any secret bbq sauce/rub?

    Katie J

    July 24, 2012

    If you start a spa fund, you might want to check out Groupon or Living Social for spa deals. You can get great deals that way.

    Love that BLUE on you. Gourgeous color for you!


    July 26, 2012

    $2 is the going rate for weed at your house?! ;-)


    July 28, 2012

    Dana – They taste just like you roasted them. I have a post on GreenLiteBites about them…

    It’s the only way I can get the whole family to eat them!