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Just Go For It

I’ve been taking a lot of risks lately – not physical risks like skydiving or bungee jumping…but more of the emotional type of risks.

I have just been going for it – and guess what?  It feels AHH-MAZING!

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I’ve been reaching out to people and asking them to be a part of my team (Team Fight For Fit).  I’ve been asking people if they would like to join challenge groups to work on their health and fitness.  I have been connecting with old friends I haven’t seen in a while (like years) and asking them to hang out.

I am going after what I want.  I am going after what I want my life to look like.  I’m being more authentically ME.

Even when the people I reach out to don’t respond or they say no – you know what?  I feel PROUD.  I’m proud of myself.  Proud that I tried.  Proud that I won’t keep wondering “what if” because now I have an answer.

The rejections I get.  The silence on the other end.  It means I’m LIVING.  It means I’m working towards my dreams.

And do you know something else I’ve recently realized?  It’s not about whether the person says yes to joining my team or not.  It’s not about whether the person responds or not to my offer…it’s actually NOT about the outcome at all.

Before, I used to think it was ALL about the end result.  That’s how you measure success – how many “yes’s” you get, how many people you recruit, how much money is in the bank – BUT I’m here to tell you it’s NOT!

As I put myself out there more and more, share my personal thoughts and feelings, share my transformations (inside and outside) I realize it’s all about the PROCESS.  It’s about who I am becoming.

I am becoming STRONGER.  More confident.  More sure of what I want for myself.  Of who I want to be.  Of my purpose in life (besides wife and mother).

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So, today I say to you:  Do what scares the CRAP out of you.  Do that one thing that you are afraid to do.

Climb that wall.  Jump that hurdle.  Because, what’s on the other side is BEAUTIFUL.  It may not look like what you expected, BUT it’s beautiful all the same.

 

 

Blessings in Disguise

Summer is winding down.  (Already! Can you believe it?)  School supplies are already piled up on the shelves in the stores.  Fall fashion has already started filling the innards of the magazines at the supermarket checkout line.  People are already talking about trading in their bikinis for skinny jeans and what they are doing for Labor Day.

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It’s truly mind-blowing how fast time goes.  My daughter, my baby girl, will be going into first grade and my son will be attending preschool.  It’s hard to fathom, that in less than a month, we will be flying overseas and spending the next three years of our lives there.

As I reflect back on the past few months, I can attest to the fact that this summer has been especially crazy for us – moving out of our house, our house that we brought our third child home to, a house on a street where the neighbors were absolutely wonderful to living out of suitcases while visiting family for several months as we prepare to move to Europe.

Yes, this is stressful.  Moving is always stressful.  It’s hard on the family as a whole, the kids and the marriage.  I told my husband, “I’m surprised more couples don’t get divorced after they PCS.”

On top of getting ready to move to another country and not having a place of our own, my husband is away at school for the summer.  And do you know what the kids like to do when he is gone?

I bet you can guess – they like to act exponentially more crazy.  I’ve got a 5 year old who is going on 16, a 3 year old who throws impressive tantrums, and a 6 month old who is totally chill (Thank God!)

But, despite all of this, you want to know something funny?  As I watch my three year old screaming and kicking, as I watch my 5 year old give me sass and roll her eyes…I think…I’m going to miss this.  I’m going to miss them being this little.  One day they are going to grow up and they won’t be fighting over who gets to sit on my lap.

When I feel like tearing my hair out because I can’t take the whining for one more minute, I try to remind myself (when I can remember, that is) that this is only temporary.  That it could be SO much worse.  That we are SO lucky to have healthy, beautiful kids.  That there are so many people out there who have lost their children and they would do anything to hear that whining.  That there are so many people out there who have very sick children and they would give anything to hear their kids bickering upstairs instead of having to sit in their hospital room faced with the unknown.

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I am LUCKY.  So VERY lucky and I am grateful for it.  Everyday, I thank God for my children, for the blessing that they are.  It’s not lost on me.

Yes, I’m human.  I get frustrated.  I lose my temper.  BUT I know that every fight, every eye roll, every tantrum is a BLESSING.  I know that despite the daily stressors that come with having little kids, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I Would Walk 10,000 Miles

Do you have a Fitbit?  Do you have trouble getting your 10,000 steps in?

I know I do!

Some days are better than others but I wanted to share with you some tricks and tips to log those steps in and burn a few extra calories along the way!

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Even if you don’t have a Fitbit, these are GREAT tricks to gettin’ your body moving!!

  1.  Do some exercises during commercial breaks (this is my favorite one!)
  2. Use half of your lunch break to go for a walk
  3. Use a treadmill desk (It’s a desk with a treadmill underneath so you can keep moving all day- so cool!)
  4. Park further away.  Yes, I know we all like to circle the parking lot, looking for the closest spot BUT what if you skip all that extra time behind the wheel, park at the back of the parking lot and get in some extra steps?!?
  5. Choose the stairs (rather than the elevator or escalator)
  6. Skip the shortcut – take the longer way.  I know it’s hard to do in a world where we want everything NOW, but take a few extra minutes and go around
  7. Play with your kids – you can get in a lot of extra calorie burning moves by playing hide and seek or tag (plus it’s healthy for them too and it’s good for your relationship!)
  8. Take extra trips – Do you have a lot of groceries to unload?  Good!  Take fewer bags at a time!
  9. Walk with a friend – instead of meeting for coffee, meet for a walk (or better yet, walk to a coffee shop and take it to go)
  10. Take a walk after a meal – helps with digestion and it’s a nice, relaxing way to end the day.  In fact, bring your kids with you!  It’s a great way to spend some quality time together

There are so many benefits to walking and so many more reasons to do it than just to get your 10,000 steps in – although it is nice to have that sense of accomplishment!

Here are some other reasons why it’s important to include walking in your daily routine:

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  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles.
  • Improve your mood.
  • Improve your balance and coordination.
  • Reduce the risk of depression.
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Releases endorphins

I’m Back!!!!

Hey y’all!!!!

FINALLY, I have gotten all the technical difficulties straightened out!!  Don’t ask me what that was all about because I really have no idea (my husband always says I don’t deserve technology) BUT the point is we are Rockin’ and Rollin’!!

 

IMG_1380I don’t know when school starts for y’all, but here in Kansas (yup, that’s right, we moved to Kansas while I was MIA) it has already started!  And I know with all of the craziness that comes along with this time of year, you and your family could use some EASY and HEALTHY recipes!

So….here you go….here are FOUR healthy dinner recipes (There’s only 4 because one night is leftover night)

Pork Chops with Butternut Squash and Kale

Ingredients

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  1. Check 1 small butternut squash (about 2 pounds)—peeled, seeded, and cut into 1 1⁄2-inch pieces – I recommend getting it already diced at the store- either in the produce or frozen section
  2. Check 1/4cup fresh sage leaves
  3. Check 2tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  4. Check kosher salt and black pepper
  5. Check 4 bone-in pork chops (each 1 inch thick; about 2 pounds total)
  6. Check 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  7. Check 1 large bunch kale, thick ribs removed and leaves roughly chopped (about 14 cups)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the squash with the sage, 1 tablespoon of the oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Roast, tossing once, until tender, 30 to 35 minutes.
  2. When the squash has cooked for 20 minutes, heat 1 teaspoon of the remaining oil in a large skillet over high heat. Season the pork with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer the pork to the baking sheet with the squash and roast until the pork is cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes more.
  4. Meanwhile, return the skillet to medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the kale, ¼ cup water, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook, tossing the kale and scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the skillet, until the kale is tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Serve with the pork and squash.

Note:  If you don’t like pork, roast some chicken instead using this same recipe!
Source: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/quick-easy/easy-healthy-dinner-recipes/pork-chops-squash

Sausage and Smashed Potatoes with Cornichons

Ingredients

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  1. Check 1 1/2pounds small red potatoes (about 18), halved
  2. Check kosher salt and black pepper
  3. Check 3tablespoons olive oil
  4. Check 8 Italian sausage links (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  5. Check 1/2cup cornichons, chopped, plus 3 tablespoons of the brine
  6. Check 2teaspoons Dijon mustard
  7. Check 1/2 small sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Walla Walla), chopped
  8. Check 1/4cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

  1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons salt. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the sausages to the skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornichon brine, mustard, remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  6. Add the potatoes, cornichons, onion, and parsley to the bowl and mix, mashing gently. Cut the sausages into large pieces and serve with the potatoes.

Note:  Serve this with a side of your favorite veggies and/or salad

Source: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/sausages-smashed-potatoes-cornichons

 

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

(This is something you can make ahead and have ready to go on a busy week night!)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced apple
  • 1/2 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices bread
  • 4 leaves Boston bibb lettuce

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, red onion, apple, grapes, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Serve sandwiches on bread with chicken mixture and lettuce.

Source:http://damndelicious.net/2012/11/07/lightened-up-greek-yogurt-chicken-salad-sandwich/

Note:  Serve this with a fruit salad on the side

Another note:  For a low carb option, wrap the chicken salad in lettuce and lose the bread

Easy Burrito Bowls

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked rice (brown rice or quinoa is a healthy option)
  • 1 cup salsa, homemade or store-bought
  • 3 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

For the Chipotle Cream Sauce:

  • 1 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 TBSP chipotle paste
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or more, to taste

Directions:

  1. To make the chipotle cream sauce, whisk together sour cream, chipotle paste, garlic, lime juice and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan of 1 1/2 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; let cool and stir in salsa; set aside.
  3. To assemble the bowls, divide rice mixture into serving bowls; top with lettuce, corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado and cilantro.
  4. Serve immediately, drizzled with chipotle cream sauce.

Note:  You can easily add grilled chicken, steak or shrimp to this dish

Source: http://damndelicious.net/2014/09/10/easy-burrito-bowls/

I hope you are as excited as I am that my blog is up and running again!  Please feel free to share these recipes with others!

Enjoy!

Weekly Recipe Round (16) Up

I am seriously excited about this week’s round of recipes (I know, I know, what else is new) because I’m starting a brand new workout program Monday!!

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Have y’all heard of 22 Minute Hard Corps???  It’s Tony Horton’s newest workout program and it’s daily exercises, done at home in…you guessed it…22 minutes!!  BAM!!!  It’s a no non-sense, boot-camp style workout to get it done!!!

And by the way – if this sounds like your jam – hit me up and I’ll send you the link to order it!!!!

And guess what?  There’s a complete nutrition plan that comes with the program- NOT a diet plan, a nutrition plan – and lucky for you, I’m going to share a few recipes with you from it!!!!

 

Bison Broccoli Stir Fry

This makes 3 servings (1 serving = 1 red, 1 green, 1 tsp)

Ingredients:

4 oz. ground bison

cayenne

garlic powder

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 cup broccoli florets

Directions:

  1. cook 12 oz. ground bison (or sliced bison steak, or lean ground beef) in 3 tsp. coconut oil until no longer pink, about 6 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle bison with cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper if desired.
  3. Divide bison evenly between three food containers. Add 1 cup broccoli to each container, cover, and place in fridge.

22 min hard corp meal prep

Sesame Chicken with Asparagus

This makes 3 servings (1 serving = 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 orange)

¾ rotisserie chicken breast

5 roasted asparagus spears

½ cup steamed snap peas

2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

½ cup brown rice

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp chili powder

chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle the brown rice with ½ tsp. cumin, ½ tsp. chili powder, 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, and as much chopped cilantro as you’d like, then stir to combine.

2. Fill three food containers with ½ cup each of the rice mixture. Top with ¾ of a rotisserie chicken breast, 5 spears of asparagus, and ½ cup snap peas. Sprinkle vegetables with 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds.

Quinoa Shrimp Cocktail

Makes 2 servings (1 serving =1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 orange)

Ingredients:

1 cup lettuce

¾ cup cocktail shrimp or cooked shrimp

½ cup cooked quinoa

1 chopped green onion

wedge of lime

chopped cilantro

drizzled with vinaigrette

Directions:

1. 1 cup of lettuce.

2. Top with ¾ cup cocktail shrimp (or cooked shrimp), ½ cup quinoa, 1 chopped green onion, as much cilantro as you want, and a wedge of lime. Cover containers and place in fridge.

3. Just before serving drizzle with vinaigrette.

Grilled Turkey Lettuce Wrap

Makes 2 servings (1 serving =

Ingredients:

8 oz. ground turkey half

Salt and Pepper to taste

Any other seasoning as desired (like Paprika)

1 Tomato, sliced

 

Directions:

  1. Divide turkey in half and hape each half into a patty; season with salt and pepper or other spices if desired.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cook patties for 3–4 minutes, then flip. Cook for an additional 3–4 minutes, or until patties are no longer pink in the center
  3. Place the turkey burgers on 2 a bed of lettuce, top with 2 tomatoes and drizzle with 1tsp of balsamic vinegar and olive oil RIGHT BEFORE serving

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