Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Baking and such + a HIIT no equipment workout

Yesterday was a fun day!  I took my daughter to a play place so she could run around and play with other kids and to just get out of the house.  I ended up meeting two really nice moms of 2 year old girls, and we talked about getting together for play dates.  If you're a mom, you know it's not always easy meeting mom friends!  We joked that asking another a mom for her phone number is like asking someone out on a date, Ha!  After the play place, little A and I met the hubby for lunch, sushi, Yum!
Since the weather was so muggy and rainy yesterday afternoon, I decided to make the sweet potato cookies I posted a few days ago (see recipe here).  
Cookie prep!
I like to get all my ingredients set out, so I don't forget anything.  It was actually a really easy recipe, the thing that took the longest was peeling and cutting the sweet potatoes.  While they were cooking I put together the other ingredients.  I did a few things different from the original recipe, I used PB2 in place of the nut butter the recipe called for.  This was actually my first time using PB2 and I loved it, it tastes just like peanut butter to me.  I love that it has fewer calories than regular peanut butter and tastes just as good, this will be the peanut butter I use is my shakes now.  Okay, back to the cookies, I didn't have the La Boite Yemen #10 that the original recipe called for so I used a 1/2 tsp of ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and an extra 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and this worked just fine.  A word to the wise, make sure your sweet potatoes are fully cooled, you can even put them in the fridge after they are pureed.  Mine were still a little warm and stared melting the chocolate chips in the bowl, oops!  I also used quinoa flour so they would be gluten free, I am not gluten free myself, but cutting down on wheat is something I am working on.  I also wanted to make this a gluten free recipe for anyone who can't eat gluten, you need cookies too!
Here is the finished product, I got 24 cookies from the recipe. They are really yummy and super moist.  My daughter and hubby loved them.  I like to have healthier cookies on hand, because my daughter, like me, has a sweet tooth.  These are low in sugar and have the nutritious addition of the sweet potato.  I plugged the recipe into my fitness pal for the nutrition info: Calories per cookie- 70, 2 g fat, 11g carbs, 2g protein, 4 g fiber and 6g sugar.  I would say for a cookie that is pretty good, just make sure to only eat one at a time!
Have you attempted this recipe?  I would love to hear how it turned out!
I also made some of my peanut butter energy balls to curb the sweet tooth I had last week.  I have been doing really good at avoiding any white sugar.  I like to have these in the fridge for a quick pick me up during the day.  Have you made these?  Do you love them?

Did anyone else watch the VMA's?  I loved Katy Perry's performance.  She is a great performer and has a healthy and fit physique.  I loved her boxing gear!  I am now obsessed with her song, Roar, it totally gets me pumped up for my workouts!  What songs get you pumped up?

Here is your workout for today or tomorrow (if you have already worked out today).  This HIIT no equipment workout will be my workout for tomorrow.  Try it and let me know how you do!  I'll get back to you after I get mine in tomorrow morning!


You can time your circuits with a Gym Boss or other timer, or you can count your reps, either will be fine.  Do each circuit 2x (beginner)-3x (advanced) through before moving on to the next circuit.
Go to my Workouts page for a photo of each exercise.  If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email.

Circuit 1-
Pushups (modified on knees if needed)- 20
bicycle crunches- 30
jumping jacks- 30
Burpees- 20
*2-3 minute rest before starting next circuit

Circuit 2-
mountain climbers- 30
plank holds-30 seconds
reverse lunges- 10 each leg (alternate)
jump squats- 30
 *2-3 minute rest before starting next circuit

Circuit 3-
Ice skaters- 30
squats- 30
scissor abs- 20
toe tappers- 30
 *2-3 minute rest before starting next circuit

Well, I am off to get my back, shoulder and cardio workout in!  Time to sweat and get one day closer to my goals!

What are you doing for your workout today?  Are you working on your goals? 

Thanks for stopping by!  I'd love to hear from you!



  1. Those cookies look delish! I will have to try those... btw, I made the zucchini fries you posted the other day... LOVED them!!! :)

    Cant wait to try the above workout tomorrow!!

    1. You can try one on Saturday if there are any left! I'm glad you liked the fries. Did you make the dip?

      Let me know how your workout goes, I'm doing that one tomorrow too!