Weekend Countdown

by tinareale on January 14, 2012

Good morning! After a laid back weekend last week, I have to be quick here to get a move on for this one. We have lots to do and see this weekend – including a little birthday celebration for a particular cutie. Don’t worry. There will be pictures! Can we say “smash cake”? Winking smile

5 Posts of the Week

4 Things Making Me Smile

  • Figuring out some racing and travel plans for this year. I am sooooooo stoked! I promise to share soon!
  • The fact that the new coconut almond milk is in fact as delicious as I expected.

  • Pinterest. And it’s actually not too hard to manage my time with it. Thank goodness!
  • God’s grace. I feel like I’ve been needing it this past week and it never fails how much peace He brings me.

3 Motivational Quotes

Source: ow.ly via Tina on Pinterest



Source: vis Judy Saksa on Pinterest


2 Workout Moves I’ve Been Loving

1 New Blog To Check Out – Carol @ Lucky Zucca

Lucky Zucca

Carol is a fellow Atlanta blogger who I have had the greatest pleasure of meeting. She has the biggest heart and really puts herself out there on her blog. Her recent post on 10 Ways To Overcome Unhealthy Thought Patterns really struck me as inspirational. I just had to share her words here…and all her words make me smile. I bet she will make you smile too! Smile

Well, enough chit chat. I know we’re all ready to get on with our weekends, so I hope you have a fantastic one.

  • What’s the best post you read this week? Favorite post you wrote? Feel free to link up!
  • Any upcoming travel plans you’re looking forward to this year?


1 Erica January 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

Coconut almond milk??? I must find this! Cant wait to see the party pictures

2 Lori Lynn January 14, 2012 at 7:34 am

Ditto on the milk. Sounds really good! I love the quotes you have. Thanks for sharing them!

3 Lauren January 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

Have a good weekend darling!!!

4 Felicia January 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

i need to find that coconut/almond milk!

5 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 14, 2012 at 8:20 am

That milk sounds amazing! Have a great weekend :)

6 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 14, 2012 at 8:34 am

I think the best posts I read this week focused on things that seem “taboo” for bloggers to talk about but it happens – weight loss and blogging etiquette!

7 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health January 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

I always like the more taboo topic posts too Chelsey!

8 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health January 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

I am checking out that post on Lucky Zucca! Well I’m traveling back to Boston on Tuesday, but I’m not necessarily looking forward to it because it means I have to get back to classes and studying haha.

9 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

honestly one of the most helpful/eye-opening for me was the thyroid post you wrote! next week i’m forcing nate to make an appt. for a physical and i’m planning on doing one soon as soon as the pregnancy hormones are gone and won’t skew my results. we want to be as healthy as we can be!

10 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 14, 2012 at 10:11 am

i LOVE that self respect quote! all so very true and such a great reminder. have a great weekend, tina! :)

11 Katie @ Raisins&Apples January 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

I did it > I gave up!

Enjoy the party :)

12 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

I saw that coconut almond milk in the store and was so tempted to buy it! Glad to hear you liked it :D Have a great weekend!

13 Lee January 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

I think I know what your racing/travel plans are! Am I right?

14 tinareale January 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Well I know you know part of it since we talked about it before. :)

15 Lisa @ Fat Chick Fed Up January 14, 2012 at 11:43 am

Travel plans??? Does moving our family to Florida-1100 miles away from where we are currently count? I am definitely looking forward to that as my hubby and I are currently living apart. :(

I currently have a giveaway running on my blog (expires at midnight tonight). It comes with a review of a book I recently read and though it’s a personal finance book (Money Saving Mom’s Budget) I found it to be very inspirational and relevant for my weight-loss goals as well. I have been blessed beyond measure by the attention it has received and by the readers who left such vulnerable and honest comments about what they are struggling with in their own lives.

Here’s the link:


I also found a new blog this week-it’s a man just starting out on his own weight-loss journey. He has 300 pounds to lose and started off with a bang this week losing about 7 pounds. He’s got a great sense of humor so I look forward to following his journey and I hope he sticks with it and keeps blogging. You can find him at http://www.bigmantheory.com

16 Victoria (District Chocoholic) January 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I often contemplate almond vs coconut milk for smoothies for ages in the morning (well, 10 seconds, but that’s a long time). Now I need not do that. Thanks for passing along the great news!

17 Corey @ Learning Patience January 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I LOVE jump squats….but i really hate them – Can’t stop doing them – they are SO effective.

180 – wow

xoxo from Trinidad

18 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

ahhhh I need to find that milk! It sounds delicious!

19 jobo January 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Wow, coconut almond milk looks really good actually!! I hope you have a great weekend! Love these quotes!! (and can’t wait to read up on your running plans!)

20 Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss January 15, 2012 at 1:47 am

That coconut almond milk seems to be a big hit. I, too, have to find myself some — ASAP.

No big travel plans for this weekend, but at the end of February, I’ll be visiting my brother and his family in Salt Lake City. Can’t wait to meet my niece for the first time and see my nephew again (I saw him right after he was born, and he turned two last summer.)

21 Marty January 15, 2012 at 7:19 am

Those 180 squat jumps are definitely a killer. P90X has that move and several other variations. They definitely take your legs to fatigue. Thanks for sharing.

22 Heather January 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

I can’t wait to see pictures of the birthday! so fun!
upcoming travel plans disney princess in feb!

23 Amy Lauren January 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

I’m glad the birthday party was fun and can’t wait to see pictures. I really enjoyed the thyroid post this week, too… probably my favorite post, just because it was very informative about the subject. Thyroid problems affect so many people now so it’s good to be aware of the symptoms. You always have to be your own medical advocate anyway if you feel like there’s something up with your body.

No upcoming travel plans for me yet, but maybe a vacation in the Fall… hopefully another cruise. We shall see…

24 Hilary January 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Fav post of the week: This one! http://hungryhealthyhilary.com/2012/01/10/so-about-that-weight-thing/ where I talked about my new eating plan to tackle the extra poundage I’ve put on…great suggestions/discussion in the comments section and also I shared a great easy delicious recipe!

25 CJ @ www.cravejourney.blogspot.com January 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Went to the grocery store on a mission to find the coconut almond milk today. Not yet – but for now, I guess I could mix the two? :P Love the encouraging picture posts. AND…. anticipating a visit to New Orleans this Spring!

26 Shannon ~ My Place In The Race January 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Ooooh I can’t wait to see smashed cake pics!! :D

27 Carol @ Lucky Zucca January 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

Tina! Thank you so much for mentioning my blog. I love you! That post is definitely my favorite I’ve written recently and I really appreciate the recognition more than I can express! About to read up on the birthday bash recap!! :)

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