Protein Pancakes Simplified!


I Ate All the Foods.

Think Pink hat on sale code: PINK20 
Here I am, eating an amazing Fletcher's Corn Dog for breakfast. Monday was Madison's Fair Day from school so Oliver took the day off of work and we spent all day eating food, playing game, and riding rides.

By FAR the best fried food was the Fried Pumpkin Pie, even Oliver liked it, the breading really adds to the pumpkin. 

Aiden was a huge fan of the kid rides, so glad we popped $10 bucks a spin on them LOL

I won a prize or two for the big kid, I mean I did have to beat her to do it so it's only fair I let her pick.

She rode bumper cars for the first time, spun around in a circle for most of it, might need to work on that life skill. 

My friend told me to get the Mangonada at the Fruiteria in the food court, so so so good. It's like a fruit slush with a chili powder stick you eat! 

No one would ride any of the scary rides with me, Oliver is scared of heights and Madison is, well, 6. 

I got to finally meet this girl, Brittany, she helps Admin my weight loss groups and we've chatted daily for ever and ever. She was driving through Dallas on the way back to Louisiana and I talked her into stopping to meet me for lunch. 

Aiden had his 18 month check up, he's 80% on weight and 90% on height and everything checks out just fine! He's really such a sweet boy, but when he's pissed, whoa. watch out! lol The other day we left to go to dinner and for whatever reason he did not want to get into his car seat, he screamed and screamed, he never does that, so Oliver made me pull over and we took him out to see if something was poking him. Of course he immediately stopped crying, little turkey. 

Other than that I've just been swamped at work and trying to cut myself a little slack for not being able to do allthethings. Blogging has taken a backseat, just seems like every morning I have something I need to do, kids dr appointments, teacher conference, etc. My oil in my car needs changed, like last week, and it smells funny like a spoiled sippy cup is hiding in there. I rolled down the windows and promised myself I would find it today ;) 

I even considered dropping my weight loss challenge groups on FB, I just felt like I didn't have time to dedicate to doing them, but of course God laid it on my heart in the form of messages from those who've gotten so much out of it. Then, as there usually is with a group of women, drama. I'm sure there are rumors floating about, just remember to form your own opinions, when people are angry they tend to scream their side. I will not go into detail, but I will say that I did what I did for the good of the participants. The reason I do these groups is because I want to provide support and knowledge to those who want it and I'm not about to let some petty girl drama ruin that, I'm too old to respond to that kind of junk. I swear, being a women is hard, being around groups of women is even harder. 


Texas in the Fall.

I lurveeeeee October in Texas, just perfect weather, I was lucky enough to get spend a lot of it outside this weekend. Friday night started off pretty awesome, Fro - Yo and Scandal with Oliver, then early bedtime. 

I'm still watching Grey's but I'm so confused - McDreamy died, but Meredith is living with her sisters and where the hell are the kids?? She doesn't even act sad her husband is dead, it's so confusing. Scandal doesn't disappoint though! 

Saturday I woke up early to hit up Canton with my Mom, no kids, it's too crowded for strollers. The weather was amazing, crisp and sunny, I made sure to get in my protein before we left. This Mirico bread is low carb and high protein - 8g of protein per slice! 

Always need to get a good hand dipped corn dog while there! 

I met some readers there, they are all so dang cute and my Mom loves to be the paparazzi lol I love making new friends wherever I go, seriously probably the best thing about blogging! I always invite them to workout with me, but no one ever takes me up on it - hahahaha.

I didn't find a whole lot, but I did buy this mask as a back up halloween costume for a party I'm going to - Oliver refused to dress up like a mouse though. Rude. If he would just do what I say then we'd be cool.

Sunday is soccer day, I'm still having issues with my left leg, it's really so annoying. I foam roll and use a hard ball to really dig in to the back of the knee, icing daily too. I just need to make it until the end of the month and then I'll take a few weeks off when I get my boobs fixed, while I hate taking off the gym I'm sure my body could use the break and I'm sure OMB is going to be crazy busy for the Holidays very soon!

The Baldish One is a pro foam roller, he'll drop on anything and try to mimic me. He's really starting to talk more, taking him on a walk around the neighborhood is kinda frustrating - he has to stop, point, and repeat himself for all the sounds he hears. Choo - choo for the train, dog dog dog, plane plane plane, car car car. It's like walking a cat without a leash, but he begs to go outside all day. It's going to be torture when it gets too cold to play outside!

My gym was set to close at the end of the month, the last day someone bought it, then the next day we hear the landlord gave the lease to someone else and we were out. Uhhhhh. So I joined 24 and I'm on the fence about it, I'm hoping they add some more 5am classes, like spin, but we'll see. My other gym was completely empty at 5am and this one was pretty empty until closer to 6, I didn't have to wait for a rack or anything, but some of the equipment was pretty old. They do have a pretty awesome little waterpark for the kids which could come in handy during the summer. 


Get Fit for Fall Y'all.

It's time to get FIT FOR FALL Y'ALL! I am excited to announce the opening of our next 12 Week Challenge.

It is time for another challenge! This challenge will run from October 12 until January 5 and is $20 to participate. 

We will begin accepting payments on NOW and participation is on a first pay, first serve basis. Payments will be accepted by PayPal only. 

First, you will need to send a friend request to @KD Mullins on Facebook. You will receive a message with instructions for submitting your payment. Once your payment has been confirmed, your friend request will be accepted and you will be added to the challenge Facebook group. 

Please remember participation is based on a FIRST PAY basis. We will post when the challenge is full. In the days leading up to the challenge, you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow challenge mates, the admins, and the challenge guidelines. There are some important expectations to participate in the challenge. 

While the admins work hard to put on these challenges for all of you, and enjoy doing so, YOU and ONLY YOU can make progress happen. Participants are expected to 
(1) log food EVERY DAY using whatever method you prefer, 
(2) access Facebook a minimum of once per day to check the challenge group for updates, (3) have access to Google Docs as needed
(4) have a good attitude – no excuses! The admins are willing to work with you if a challenge arises but you must communicate and work with them to develop a strategy. 
(5) you must be free of major exercise restrictions to actively participate in the various challenges. 

There are several ways to win! There are THREE grand prize winners: highest percentage of weight loss, best progress overall, and most participation. Other prizes will be given throughout the challenges for various activities.
Note: ALL of the money paid in to the challenge goes directly to prizes. No one profits from these challenges.

I'm not actively trying to lose weight, but I am going to slowly up my calories for probably 8 weeks to try and build some muscle #goals are important, so no matter your current situation or goals everyone is welcome so we can support each other!

Most importantly -

You must come in with a good attitude, no excuses and 'I can'ts' we are her to push each other out of our comfort zones and see what can happen :)


Body Fat Testing


I did something a bit scary this weekend, I went and had my body fat tested, the accurate kind not the little pinchers. I've never had my body fat tested, I used the calipers once a few years ago, but I kinda figured if it wasn't accurate what was the point? So Poppy Locks told me about a traveling tub where they test you so I agreed.

You wear a swim suit only, the water is warm around 88 degrees. You get in, hook your feet under a bar, put a weighted band across your lap, lay back, blow out ALLLLLLLL your air {so hard to do!} and hold it until they tap the side of the tub to come up.

You do it twice, it's hard to know if you've blown out all your air so usually the second go round is a bit better. 

They then go over your results with you, going in I was really hoping to be under 25%, I was HIGHLY surprised that I was 19%!! That's freaking awesome!! A few other notable numbers, my RMR - when I had this professional figured by a nutritionist it was around 1350 calories - they have me a 1681 thanks to all that muscle I have on me! RMR is the number of calories your body needs at rest to live on, like just breathing a stuff, no extras like chasing the kids or exercise. 

That puts me above average, in the healthy range, pretty cool!

So to live I need 1681 calories, but my maintenance calories are around 2401 - which is the amount I should be able to eat and not gain weight. All I heard when I read that was that I get to eat more food, bring. it. on. 

I'm nearing the end of my cutting macros, I am planning to reverse up slowly to maintenance very soon, about 3 weeks before I have my boob surgery. I don't want to be eating low calorie when I can't workout for a few weeks so I need to adjust my body first before that happens. If you'd like more info body fat testing you can check it out here - Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing. I bought 2 tests so I can go back in 6 months and see if I've improved, something besides the mirror and scale to rely on! Wish I'd tried it sooner to have a base number. 

Other than that we had a fun weekend, the weather was beautiful, we watched my baby play soccer. She's still limping a bit from her quad, we've been foam rolling and icing a ton. 

We also spent Saturday night hanging out in downtown Mckinney at Oktoberfest, the Pumpkin beer was nasty, wasted macros right there. I wore the Red Hot Dress, had some many compliments! 

Madison rode all the scary rides, she's a brave girl, no fear! Oliver got a good buzz, I have to keep him off IG when he drinks LOL Lord. Aiden enjoyed the petting zoo, well the baby animals anyways. We stayed up late last night to watch the Blood Moon, pretty disappointing without a telescope. It's going to be a extra caffeinated day for sure. 


Music Playlist + Protein Desserts

One of the absolute best parts of the 5 year age gap is that Madison can read to him, I love hearing her sound out words to him like she's teaching him to read. The older he gets the more fun they have together, she's so much nicer to him than I was to my own brothers LOL. I'm the oldest of 4 and I for sure was not pleased having so many siblings close to my own age, too much competition. 

If you caught my Periscope last night I attempted two new protein desserts, I happened to have a shit ton {literally} of macros left after dinner. One was the Beltsander Brownie - recipe can be found here.   It didn't turn out, but now that I retook at it I forgot to add the baking powder, oops. Well, I'll be giving that another chance hahahaha. The underneath is a 'Protein Ice Cream' type thing that was actually quite delicious! I saw it on IG, but they didn't give an exact recipe so I kinda winged it, here's what I used:

115g of Low Fat Cottage Cheese {don't use Fat Free you want that milk fat for creaminess}
1 scoop Protein Powder - I used the PES Cookies 'n Cream Protein
1/2 cup {about} of Almond Milk {or any liquid}
a sprinkle of Xanthan Gum Gluten Free

It was thick and creamy like soft serve - totally trying it with chocolate next time!

I got up at 4 am to run 10 miles this morning before the sunrise, the weather is so perfect right now and I felt amazing, happy running endorphins can make any day a great day!! I'm going tomorrow to get my body fat tested in a tank of water, yikes. I thought it would just give me a new goal to focus on, the scale is whatever, I need to decrease the fat around the muscle yo. hahahaha, or I will leave crying about my 45% body fat, whichever.

Anddddddd, FINALLY as promised a million years ago here is my music playlist - just click here to be taken to the Google Doc. I have a column on there for # of plays, but not sure how accurate that is - some that had just a few I listen to all the time so I don't know.  You should be able to sort by whatever genre you like, most is rap, that's my go to workout heart pumping feels. 


Negative Self Talk.

#TBT of my Mom and I in Colorado 
My Mom and I were having a conversation the other day, she said my Dad asked if she was an artist now, she replied of course she was, but why was he asking? He didn't know, it just popped in his head because she was doing so many different art projects. She told me 'I don't need anyone to tell me I'm good at crafting, I know I am' LOL. 

I've always heard that girls get their self confidence from their fathers, but I think it's pretty clear I get mine from my Mother. My Father was one of four boys, growing up without sisters means he isn't always sensitive to a woman feelings, not on purpose, but says things jokingly that are not always funny. 

More than anything else I teach this girl, you have got to have confidence in yourself, it will help her in so many areas of her life. Hopefully it will steer her in a path of being a leader and not succumbing to peer pressure. You don't have to be the best or the prettiest or the thinnest, but you do have to own your actions and reactions to situations and people, be confident in what you stand for, KNOW what you stand for. 

I teach my kids by example, I could talk until I'm blue in the face, but maybe they will hear me and maybe it's background noise. I face my fears, I do things I'm scared of, I trust my gut. In my marriage Oliver tends to be the more negative one and I'm the more positive, sometimes he does it and honestly doesn't even realize he's doing it until I point it out. It's hard to change who we are, even for the good of our kids. That's why God put us together, to balance each other out. I'm the pusher and Oliver's the puller, he needs me to bump him out of his comfort zone and I need to be reeled back in when I get overly excited. 

So many times women are the worst at negative self talk, mostly about their body. I don't look good, I have fat rolls, I have cellulite, I have lumps, I have stretch marks. Yes, those are all imperfections and we all know that most women have all of those things too. Why do we feel the need to qualify how we look to others, no one except you cares about your stretch marks or cellulite. If you are always airing your negative thoughts about your body to others, that's going to make them feel uncomfortable or even worse, bad about their own body. They are going to compare themselves to you and if you are talking badly about your flaws then theirs must be even worse. 

Like Madison says, THAT'S A PROBLEM. When women talk about lifting each other up, it starts with your actions to yourself. It's easy to say LOVE YOURSELF, but if you are in a cycle of negative thoughts and feelings towards you, how do you change it? Would you do it for your kids? For your husband? For your friends?

Dress from Ollie Marie, necklace here.
Of course I have things about my body and my personality I don't love, but I don't focus on them. I take steps every. single. day. to make myself feel good about me, that's not selfish, that's taking care of me as a person. It doesn't have to be a physical things, maybe you need time to yourself, maybe you need girl time with some friends, maybe a date night with your husband, just something that makes you feel good. 


Branching Out with Food.

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron, all opinions are my own of course.

Changing my eating habits has been a long long journey, I could barely boil water a few years ago, seriously. Cooking veggies? No way. Over the years my cooking skills have improved and my taste buds have evolved, significantly.

I much prefer to cook my meals at home now, mostly because it keeps me on track for my weight loss goals, but I'm terrible at getting stuck in a rut and making the same meals week after week.

Insert, Blue Apron!

If you've never heard of them they are a genius company who literally ships the perfectly portioned ingredients to your door with instructions on how to make a delicious recipe! Honestly, it can't get much easier and I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee that I don't have to measure out stuff, just weigh it and cook it.

Boom, pulled everything out and it's just waiting to be cooked up, I love that everything is so fresh!

Whenever I'm in the kitchen you can be sure that at least one child is sitting by my feet, like they are waiting for crumbs to fall or something. I picked the 2 Person Plan, but they also offer a Family Plan, the 2 person plan comes with a once a week delivery with 3 meals!

For some reason I rarely cook with red meat so I was pretty excited to try this recipe, Tomato Basil Burgers with a green bean tomato salad. This was the perfect meal for a Friday night, much better than going out and blowing my macros on a restaurant burger.

I read over the direction and prepped the ingredients, from start to finish it took me less than 20 minutes. Mostly because they labeled everything they sent LOL I didn't have to search around for knick knacks!

One item I thought I hated, but actually I don't think I've ever tried was olives. They had me chop them up and mix them in the mayo for the burgers, Y'ALL, so good!!! I would have never thought to try that combo!

It was literally a mouth watering burger, seriously amazing. The toasted bun, perfection, and the green bean salad had a coating of mustard and lemon that I will be recreating very soon! Just from this recipe alone I learn about 4 new ways to spice up items I would make anyways, knowledge is powerful when you are dieting. Learning to spice up your foods is so important and Blue Apron makes it pretty dang easy even for the novice cook.

Blue Apron is offering a sweet deal!  
The first 25 readers will get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order - click here.

And just because I'm starving now, here's a few other recipes I'd love to try from them!

Pork and Ramen Noodles.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Pie.  You know my obsession with that lovely cheese!!


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