Friday, September 21, 2012

Fitness Friday: Healthy Mac & Cheese and a Fabulous New Ab Workout!

Good morning everyone!! It's FRI-DAY which means it's time for...

Woohoo! I first want to thank all the WONDERFUL ladies that linked up with me last week!!! It was so fun reading about your weeks and getting some new recipes and workouts to try. This week I have a couple of my favorites for you :-)

Recipe of the Week: Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower

Macaroni and Cheese With Cauliflower

I am a comfort food junkie. I always have been. No matter how hard I am trying to lose weight or eat healthy...I just can't give up my mac & cheese!! So a long time ago, I found this delicious recipe from Real Simple magazine and it is always my go-to Mac & Cheese recipe when I am trying to be smarter about eating. The best thing about it is that the kids {and Eric} can't tell the difference!! Now that the weather is getting cooler, it's the perfect time to give this bad boy a try. Make sure to let me know what you think :-)

Workout of the Week: Sleek and Slender Abs

I know, I know. Posting from the Tone it Up girls two weeks in a row. But seriously guys...they are my favorite for at home workouts!! 

For the past month, I have been doing the 300 ab routine you've probably all seen floating around Pinterest and the blog world. It's a great routine, but I am BORED with it!!! So when the TIU girls posted this workout on Tuesday, I just had to try it. I am planning on doing it again tomorrow too because it is AWESOME!!! Such a fresh new ab workout...I love every move. And I can still feel it in my abs from two days ago :-)

Weekly Check-In:

Well this week I'm still hitting it hard with half marathon re-traning, which means I had another long run over the weekend. It was a 9-Miler and quite possibly the BEST practice run of my life. For one thing, my sis and I ran at a 10:04 pace, which is the best we've ever run for a long distance!!! But I think the reason this was such a great run for me is because I felt good all 9 miles. I felt strong, I felt happy and at the end, I felt like I could have gone 10 miles. I am really starting to notice how all of this cross training and yoga is changing me and I really wish I would have done all this for my first half!!

But I have to let that go. I get a second chance and that's all that matters. We have 10 miles coming up this weekend and I am actually looking forward to it!!! I hope the fall weather sticks around :-) was everyone else's week?? I would love for you to link up with us today!!



  1. Go you! That's awesome on your long run! Thanks for sharing the macaroni recipe and introducing me to the Tone It Up Girls!

    1. Thanks Anna! And you are welcome!! I promise you will love the mac and cheese. SO tasty! And make sure you sign up for the Tone it Up girls newsletter. They send all these great workouts right to your inbox :-)

  2. Oh goodie another recipe! I bought steel cut oats yesterday to try your oatmeal recipe this weekend. And I'm going to try this workout you posted. I always complain abt my abs but I don't do anything about it.

    1. I hear ya girl! I have really been trying to make a conscious effort with my abs and I am FINALLY seeing some difference. Hoping it continues :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow....Jen, I am so glad to know that you are also a big fond of mac and cheese as of really tastes so delicious indeed...but the problem is still there as it carries a lot of calories.. :(


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