Meet Scotch

This is Scotch.

He was born 9 weeks ago, and he’s our newest baby! He’s a Shihpoo – he’s about 2/3 Shih Tzu and 1/3 poodle. I’m over the moon with this sweet little fellow!

My “I have a new baby” look complete with dry shampoo and minimal makeup – I was exhausted the day after we got him because I was afraid I’d roll on him in my sleep (yes, the little toot sleeps with us, right between our heads) …. the pup slept wonderfully and didn’t have any accidents on the bed.

More pics!

~ Mandy

Keep on Growing + New Workout Duds

Β Eats as of Late ~

Opal apples with Tajin.

Protein shakes.

Torchy’s Tacos.

Chicken Caesar salad on garden mix.

Cucs and tomatoes with Opa avocado cilantro dressing.

More cucs, tomatoes, with Opa dressing and salsa.

Rotisserie chicken.

Pork Chops.

Fresh mango with Tajin.

More apples.


Green monster smoothie.

Another Caesar salad!

Yet another apple.

A Boar’s Head turkey and bacon sandwich with ranch.


Back Day ~

Arm Day ~

Another Arm Day (with chest and legs in between)

I’m super pleased with my progress!

Workout Purchases from FP

Grand Stand Longsleeve Layer

About Town Harem Pant

Happiness Runs Bodysuit in black – I ADORE the Happiness Runs bras, so I expect the highest from this bodysuit.

Bubble Slide Set in Purple – for pinning back my bangs and fly-aways!

~ Mandy

A Jaunt to the Ranch

Howdy there y’all! We made a quick trip to the ranch this Saturday and Sunday to shoot some high power rifles with family, and we had a fabulous time! I documented my eats and a few activities, so enjoy! πŸ™‚

Ranch Eats ~

Subway turkey bacon sandwich with ranch dressing, tomatoes, olives, red onion, pickles, and lettuce.

A giant ribeye with bleu cheese, freshly fried French fries, and a Caesar salad (and a gratuitous Diet Coke).

Two poached eggs with salsa, a biscuit (half with butter and jam, the other half with sausage gravy), and some crispy bacon.

Ranch Adventures ~

Garter snake by the ranch house steps

Climbing to check out a badger’s den

Fishing ….

And that beautiful sunset view from the back gate!

So much fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with a proper WIAW post and a workout update! πŸ™‚

~ Mandy

Too Much Pre + More Piercings

Howdy friends! I had a productive day – the usual consisting of work and then a workout!

Breakfast was a protein shake as per the usual, but I need to stop being lazy and acquire some spinach and different fruit such as raspberries or blueberries for my smoothies!

My OOTD (forgive my pissy facial expression) – an Express white sweater with a FP Galloon racerback bra in Ballet, Get Gussied Up (a local store) bells, and sale Stud Boston Birkenstocks from FP. I’m not really into the whole “busy cowgirl” look, but damn, if I don’t find some treasures at Get Gussied Up on occasion. πŸ˜‰

Lunch was a treat, a salad from Frulatti – I choose the Chicken Caesar on the garden mix. I, however, am gonna stop having the crackers and croutons if I do indulge in this salad in the future because the CARBZ, but I’m almost resigned to packing my own lunch at this point so I can lower my calorie count.

And then after 8 hours of work, it was time to hit the gym! And, of course, I did something *SO* dumb! I took an entire scoop of pre-workout thinking I could handle it … aaaaaand 20 minutes and two machines later, I literally felt like vomiting. I drove home, weakened, and guess what, I barfed a watery mix of pre and water out soon after arrival. Gross. :/

After drinking lots of water and allowing my tummy to settle, I had the world’s biggest orange, and it was perfectly delicious to me. I need to pick a few more up at United because it was sooo succulent.

Dinner was just okay and was pretty rich and heavy to my poor stomach – I ate all of the raw broccoli (my fav) and jalapeno ranch dressing, and I had a few bites of roasted potato and a few bites of Andouille sausage with a bit of ketchup.

After dinner,Β  I made a big fat mug of hot Salted Caramel tea while listening to some German rock musicals.

Fun Event of the Day: Okay y’all – so! I’ve been wanting to have my ears pierced with a third hole on each ear, and I stopped by our local Claire’s to inquire about pricing on my lunch break today, thinking it’d be about $10-$15 like it used to be. HOWEVER ,oh HOWEVER, my friends – the cheapest piercing studs at Claire’s were $30 EACH (the piercing is actually free, but you have to buy the pricey studs). Spending $60+ on my two ears seemed RIDICULOUS …. so I did something a little unorthodox. I went home, dug out the two old ruby piercing studs used on my second ear piercings (from Claire’s many years ago), and called upon The Luke.

Luke, you see, has used his 18 gauge needle to open up my nose piercing on numerous occasions (i.e. times that I took it out and promptly forgot about it), and he makes it pretty painless, so I asked him if he’d try piercing my ears (in the most sanitary way possible, btw). He said that he’d try it, and y’all … it didn’t hurt me one bit! It took an extra push to get my studs through the holes, but damn if it didn’t hurt and was just pressure. So now I have three piercings on my ears! I plan on putting my littlest ear huggies in them once they’re fully healed. πŸ™‚ HUZZAH for saving $60+ and for two painless piercings!

Alrighty, I’m off to clean up the apartment a smidge and then hit the hay – 7:00 a.m. always comes waaaay too early!

~ Mandy

Protein Shakes + Piercings

Howdy there folks! Just another day in the life for ya ….

Instead of just fruit for breakfast, I’ve been drinking protein shakes – just a scoop or two or protein, a banana, and milk with ice.

Lunch today was a conglomeration of turkey, Laughing Cow cheese, cucumbers, and tomatoes with a little honey mustard.

Gym time for an hour and fifteen minutes today! We did legs. Afterwards, I had Luke snap a few “before” pics – I hope that I see improvement soon with consistency and less carbs and sugar.

An Ambrosia apple as a post workout snack!

And a kombucha (not my favorite flavor but it was refreshing enough in the heat) from Natural Grocers where I browsed for about 30 minutes …

….. and then a little Boar’s Head snack tray with Gouda chicken salad, cheese, a few crackers, and some withered grapes which I didn’t eat.

Last night Luke mentioned to me that he missed my nose ring. I had taken it out in January, and I *thought* it had healed … I tried putting my nose ring in, and with a bit of poking and pushing, it opened up again! I also bought a set of hoop earrings (see below) at Target – I want to get my ears pieced a third time, and this cute little set comes with three earrings for each ear!

Dinner was interesting, ha! I had a few pieces of United chicken tenders (not that healthy, but hey, it’s protein) with ranch and ketchup (sugar :/ but I tried to keep my dipping lighter than in the past) ….

(The cats enjoyed dinner with me, damn them and their cuteness!)

Then I watched Game of Thrones with Luke … and I cried. No spoilers here, I promise …. but ugh. Have a good night, y’all! I’m off to bed.

~ Mandy


The “Leg” and Short of It

Howdy y’all!

Today started out with a protein shake ….

…. and soon after, my friend and I grabbed a polish sausage on the way from the bank (work-related). Yummy with taco sauce!

Lunch was a wrap from United with a side of ranch!

Work was fab :)! I enjoy my job a ton, and it’s fun to see my friends everyday! Yep, I have work friends, and I love them!

And after work was gym time – it was leg day. (Forgive my crazy raccoon-eyed face, I had taken a scoop of pre-workout and was feeling flushed!)

Aaaand dinner was a FABULOUS chopped salad with two eggs and some shredded cheese.

And now I’m off to clean up the apartment – I have lots of good energy after my workout, and it’s great to channel it into chores and cleaning.

Have a nice night, my friends!

~ Mandy