School, Snow, Sickness, Ski, Snowshoeing and Spaghetti Squash!

So apparently I love words that start with the letter “S.” I mean my name iiiissss Samantha, so there’s that. Anywhoo, I have lots to share about whats been going on lately, life has been super busy. I’m happy to announce that I am back in school! If you know me, you know that I have my BA in psychology, and if you know psychology, you know that you can’t do much in the field without at least a Masters degree. So here I am, beginning my journey to get my masters in school counseling! I’m taking a few classes at Eastern. It’s been an adjustment, but I’m trying to keep my eye on the prize! I am taking a couple workout classes as well, which I have been loving, EWU has a new rec center that is nothing short of amazing, ice rink and all! I’m taking some group fitness classes as well as just working out in the gym there. It’s very nice!


Not my best photography skills below oops…



In other news, Makenna has been taking ski lessons with one of her besties, Londyn. They are the cutest things ever! It amazes me how fast they learn, they went to the top of the mountain on the third lesson! Daredevils!





She also got some ski time in with her cousin Reagan who was also up taking lessons



She was exhausted!


So, I normally snowboard, but this Saturday I’m going to attempt to ski with my babe…. wish me luck!

Guys, I have been so sick the last two weeks, hence why I haven’t been posting much. But this sickness kicked my ass! I know its going around but it got the best of me. Here is a snap of what I’ve been eating


And I’m only half kidding. I’m finally feeling better and NEEDED to get outside and get some fresh air. So when Angie invited me for some snowshoeing, I thought I’d dig them out and head to Mt. Spokane with her, and her friends Dawn and Stephanie. We had a blast, it is so beautiful up there.


I lost those sunglasses too grrrr



Look how deep the snow is up there (on top of this outhouse) probably close to 4 ft


Warming shelter


Heres recovering sick me, obviously overheated and lacking oxygen haha


They had a sign in sheet at the cabin, it was really fun to look and see where the poaple are from who have signed in


Awwwww ❤



I had such an amazing time, love these girls!

So, I wanted to share with you all how I cook my spaghetti squash. I’ve heard of and tried a lot of ways. I DESPISE cutting the spaghetti squash raw, it’s a workout in itself. It’s basically carving a small pumpkin. For me the easiest way is to take the spaghetti squash and simply stab a couple holes in it ( so it won’t explode/let out the steam).


Next, I bake it at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. You may have to adjust the time depending on the size. Then I carefully remove it, cut it in half the long way, it’s soft now so the knife just slides on through. Open it up  and while holding the half with a hand towel, I scrape out the seeds, this is also easier now as the inside is much softer. Then fork out the “noodles” and enjoy however you like! Easy peasy!

Loving this kombucha right now ❤


And this guy ❤


And these two loves, they put on a fashion show for us



And this quote from one of my faves


And homemade low carb protein muffins. Once I get a healthy recipe down, I’ll share it 🙂 They’re still a little on the dry side, so I have some experimenting to do!


Still one of my fave pre-workout breakfasts. Stick to what you know right!


Loving walnuts in my yogurt too


And kinda sorta addicted to these new bacon gruyere egg bites at Starbucks. You guys, they’re amazing. The texture is like nothing you’re ever tasted!


I CAN NOT for the life of me find a copycat recipe. So I did look up the sous vide cooking technique, where you basically cook things in a vacuum sealed plastic baggie at low heat for a long time (6 hours or so). So, I took a stab at it…

First I melted the goat cheese so it was soft and easy to work with


Next I added the eggs and cream and beat until blended


Then put it in a ziplock and cooked slowly for about 45 minutes, who really has the patience for 6 hours 😉


Next I put in cupcake pan, topped with bacon and baked at 350 for about 15 minutes.


Turned out really yummy!



I hope you all have an amazing rest of your week! Share your snow activities with me! I’m getting bored and need some ideas on what to do outside for fun!

Peace & Love ~Sami


I Never Say No to a Challenge

As of January 13th, my 12 week weight loss journey begins. There is a gym here locally called Physzique that is hosting a 12 week challenge for anybody ready to commit to losing weight and basically morphing  into some sort of workout junkie/health nut. Challenge accepted!!


I liked the idea of this gym because they focus on overall health. We weighed in, took measurements, have to turn in a weekly food journal, and attend three classes minimum per week. The trainers pretty much make death threats about cheating with any kind of diet pills, or weighing yourself on an at home scale, or pretty much anything else unnatural like cheating on the program!

I want to be the best role model that I can possibly be for my 4 year old princess. Children learn from our actions, not from our words

So, I have decided to be completely honest here, as honest as eating my feelings haha. I have put on a few pounds in the last couple months and since some of the purpose of this blog is to hold myself accountable, here it is:

Height: 5’7″ Weigh: 151.5lbs  Bicep 10.2″5 Chest 29″ Waist 34″ Hips 40.5″ Thigh 20.25″ Calf 14″

So my calories need to be between 1222-1422 per day to achieve my goal weight of 125 lbs. Also being able to do a pull up and having healthier skin through healthier eating are on the agenda 🙂

I met the SIL (Sister in Law) for an 11AM workout. Lets just say there were A LOT of burpees, high kicks, and planks! It felt good to be done, so good I could barely taste the beet carrot jalapeno juice I had waiting for me at work. The best part is that afterward, the SIL, whom I adore, brought me the best protein shake at work! Chocolate with strawberries and unsweetened almond milk. YUM!


Dinner was this beauty:


Cod, organic romaine, jicama, radishes, orange baby bell peppers, 1/2 of an avacado, and some light champagne vinaigrette which is pretty much my new obsession!

What are you eating for dinner?