Keep on Growing + New Workout Duds

 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

~ 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

Down 10

Howdy friends! Soo I went to the eye doc last Thursday for a check up, and it turns out that I had a virus in my left eye … icky! I wore my glasses for a few days, but that was okay – I had eye drops to help with the inflammation, and my insurance paid for my entire doc visit and the prescriptions, so huzzah! (Miss Calliope wanted some cuddles, so I obliged!)

Okeeeey y’all, I came to a conclusion a few days ago ~ I’ve been eating waaaaay too much over the past few months (i.e. like over the last eight months-ish) and I need to tone down my portions as I’m losing weight (I’ve lost 10 lbs as of today). Indeed, there CAN be too much of a good thing when it comes to food! It’s all about the process of learning how to eat, however, and it’s interesting to come from a place of recovery (Center for Discovery in Bellevue, WA) into the real world! I’m now attempting to eat a little less, but not in a way of deprivation … so here we go with random meals ~


My breakfasts as of late usually consist of a piece of fruit or two, depending on how hungry I am feeling.


Lunch typically is eaten at work – I pack salads and sandwiches most of the time. Howev, we had Torchy’s Tacos one day while I was off, and it was a treat (if you read this blog regularly, you know that Luke and I are big fans of Torchy’s – it’s right by our apartment, and it’s like $23 for a queso and four tacos).


Clearly snacking to me = veggies and dip, consisting mainly of cucs.


In other fun news, hubs purchased a reloading kit for his workbench – love my happy hubby with his new toy!

Silly selfie with my muscular man!

And yes, I’ve been terrible about posting – it’s hard to have a full time job and post regularly, but I’d like to get a bit better at it. Fingers crossed!

Have a fab day, my friends!

~ Mandy

An Uninspired + Unexpected Sick Day

Hey guys, something really icky happened to me yesterday – I started vomiting around 2:00 in the morning, and it was awful …. I tried getting up for work – I showered, etc, but after more heaving, I called my bosses and told them I was too sick to do work (I HATE doing that because I’m usually a very dependable person). They were both super nice about it, however!

I fell back asleep and slept until about 11:30 when I woke up and had to dry heave once more. Luke also got me a Sprite, which tasted WONDERFUL!

While I slept, Caprica kept me company – here she is in her “thinking position”!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner were very uninspired – I ate them all very slowly, trying to test my stomach.

Breakfast – a Pink Lady apple and an orange.

Lunch (at 3:00 in the afternoon) – a chicken salad from United.

Dinner – at 8:30 pm. – a strawberry fields salad from United.

Annnnd then I proceeded to sleep the entire day away – no joke. Sickness SUCKS. Here’s hoping for a better tomorrow!

~ Mandy

Killer Workouts + Changing Courses

Hey guys! How are you today? I was tired for sure over Monday and Tuesday – Daylight Savings is a bitch, and I take back any chipper comments I made earlier about enjoying it.

Guess who’s been KILLING getting loyalty accounts and ESPECIALLY credit cards at work? THIS GIRL! Starting Monday to Thursday night (tonight) I’ve gotten 7 ENCC’s (Express Next Credit Cards). My secret is making the ENCC promotion sound like a short-time thing, a promotion that will go away soon (so people want to take advantage of it) and to mention the promotion to them as they shop, not when they get to the cash wrap.

I woke up to hit the gym on Monday, and OOH MY GOSH, I was too sore … I could barely walk. Ugh. That’s okay – I was on my feet all day today anyway with work, and since it was a rainy day today, it felt like a nice rest day.

I was so happy with myself before work on Monday too – I called and made three doctor’s appointments, which I tend to dread (I’m not a fan of the doctor, which is funny because my husband wants to be a PA). Since I’m a manager at Express, and our store manager creates the schedules for us four managers about a month in advance, I needed to get my dates in for my appointments – luckily my eye appointment falls on a day next week when I’m off (I’m almost out of contacts, plus I think my vision has changed a smidge).

On Tuesday, I simply slept in … it was raining, and while I set my alarm for a workout, I slept through it! :/ UGH.

On Wednesday, however, hubs and I did BACK … and then Thursday night after work, Luke and his friend Marc worked out arms and a bit of chest with me. 🙂


A banana with PB and coffee with cinnamon and almond milk.

One good ol’ plain banana!

… another banana with PB …

… and an apple with Tajin.


A honeycrisp apple with Tajin …

… and some roasted chicken with chicken dipping sauce and some red bell pepper and avocado with light Catalina.

A Boar’s Head turkey sandwich with broccoli, a few tomatoes, and some dressing.

… and a fried egg salad (it doesn’t look pretty but it was yummy!).


Cucumber with dressing and Kombucha!


Baked chicken breast with chicken dipping sauce (not too much, after all it’s about 150 kcal per 2 tbsp, which is a LOT), red bell pepper, broccoli, tomatoes, light dressing, and salsa.

A Frullati chicken pecan salad … let’s just say that I wasn’t a fan of this salad. 😦 Too much mayo in the chicken and the ranch dressing – YUCK … so I ate the greens. Icky.

And, of course, my favorite dinner (especially after a workout) = FILET with BLEU CHEESE

Interestingly, a development has occurred with my husband and his current degree plan in biology to become a Physician’s Assistant … he’s NOT happy or inspired with it, and he’s been struggling with a lot of stress and depression. His best friend (Marc, as previously mentioned) is a pre-med student who decided to switch to nursing in the fall, and Luke’s heavily considering switching his major to nursing – and to be honest, I think it’s a STELLAR idea. Why? Well …

…. many reasons. Becoming a P.A. is a daunting path and it’s SUPER competitive, especially for a white male like Luke; Luke was feeling the pressure of doing a ton of community service and keeping his grades tip top, all while working at Pak, and he’d been feeling pretty low and lost for a while.

Nursing school, however, is a bachelor’s degree … and Luke’s already half way done with the requirements due to basics and the biology degree. It has no silly requirements like community service, the program inundates the student into the nursing world through clinicals (you can even work at the hospital as a nursing student,) and it makes good money from the bachelor’s standpoint . If Luke wants to become a nurse anesthetist or something to the like, he can go back to school for a master’s or a doctorate once we’re more financially stable.  But no rush!

(And, as a bonus, I can finish my degree – I’m only 25 hours out from my General Studies with an Emphasis on English, and I plan on finishing once Luke has his bachelors!)

So that’s what’s been going on in the Martaus Household recently! Hope ya’ll have a nice day!

~ Mandy