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Motivation to BEAT yourself!

Alright!  I told my husband this morning that from now on I am being “seriously strict eating girl”.  What does that mean?  That means I am going to weigh 127 by March 1st.  Let’s see…that is 18 VERY short days.  Can I do it?  Yes of course.  Today I am starting my 8 week Jamie Eason training again!  I will not miss a day.  I will also be doing super fast interval work on the treadmill.  I miss being HOTTTTTT!!!!!  The thermostat in our house is out of wack and has a mind of it’s own.  I guess I could do lunges and jumping jacks all over my house while I clean and do laundry to stay warm?  I’ll be patient and in the mean time envision a HOT trail run with the sun beating on me as I fly up the mountain and do the ROCKY cheer at the top.  Ohhhhh, one blessed day PLEASE get here SOON!!!!!!  BTW, 40 degrees C is 104 degrees F.



O.K.  back to my weight.  I still LOVE my scale goals.  I don’t care if the “healthy weight police” say it’s bad to set goals on the scale.  I’ll be FINE!  I’ve said what to eat a billion times, but to remind myself again, this is what I will eat:

Smoothies!!!!!  I found 3 great examples at this awesome website HERE.  BLEND together in an amazing blender like Blendtec!

Pre-Workout Fruit Smoothies

  • 3/4 c apple juice, 3/4 c almond milk, 1 banana, 1/2 c frozen peaches, 1 c frozen strawberries, 1 scoop protein powder, handfuls of spinach or kale

  • 1 orange, 1/2 banana, 6 strawberries, handfuls of spinach, greek yogurt, ice, water

Recovery Shake

  • 1 c almond milk, 1 frozen or fresh banana, 1 T. peanut butter, 1 T unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 T agave, 1 T wheat germ, 1/2 T cocoa, ice

I will also eat lots of salad and veges, veges, veges!  For protein, I’ll eat chicken, cottage cheese, and egg whites.  Here is another YUMMY looking recipe from the same website.  It’s called discoveryourhappy.com.  I have to make this!

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo


1/2 spaghetti squash

1 wedge of laughing cow cheese

1 T parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper

optional: sautéed onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms 

You can cook spaghetti squash a few different ways but I prefer to nuke it microwave.  Cut squash in half and take seeds out.  Turn upside down and put in microwave safe dish with 1 inch of water.  Cover with plastic wrap and cook for 7-10 minutes.  While cooking saute your veggies in a pan with 1 t. or olive oil for 5 minutes. Once squash is cool remove with fork.  Add laughing cow cheese and heat in microwave for 30 seconds.  I usually break the wedge up a bit so it is distributed evenly.  Add parmesan and salt and pepper and and other ingredients.  Enjoy!


Wish me luck!!!  I’ll keep you updated on the progress, along with my workouts and healthy eats!  Here is one of my most favorite motivational quotes!  I’ve posted this before and it’s the most popular post on my blog.  Someone looks it up every day.  Carpe Diem!  


Filosophies, Food, Friends

Words to Remember

Today our family is looking at a new house that might be our next MOVE!  We’ve lived in our current home for almost 11 years!  I remember the first night we slept in our home.  We had 2 small children ages 3 and 1.  We went to church the first week with our rambunctious 3 year old and our equally exuberant daughter that looked like BOO from Monsters Inc. and realized we’d found HOME.  I like to walk around at night when the kids are asleep and the house is clean and think of what a nice house and neighborhood we live in.

Life is about change and constant motion.  We can’t predict the future.  We do our best with the paths in front of us and then set to work to make them the VERY best ever.  We’ve looked at homes for several years now.  We’re not in a hurry but I feel the right one has come along and I’m excited for a NEW adventure.  Our family of 2 children has grown to 5 kids and 2 dogs and it would be nice to have a place to spread out a little.

I’ve liked having the smallest house of all my friends!  I love being different.  I didn’t always feel that way.  When I was younger I looked at someone else and wanted to be them.  One thing I’ve learned as I’m nearing 39 (: is first, my forties are going to be the best years yet and second, EMBRACE and be HAPPY with who you are!!!

I’m glad I can fit into anything in my closet comfortably even though my scale won’t budge anymore.

I’m glad I’m NOT petitie.  I’m tall and when I wear heels I’m taller than my husband.  Who cares?  I tell him he’s Tom Cruise.

I’m glad I don’t like James Taylor and U2 like the rest of the world.

I’m glad I don’t tell my kids that Santa Claus is real and it’s o.k. if I get a yucky feeling every time the Christmas decorations come out in the stores.

I’m glad I tear out of the driveway with a minute to spare to get the kids to school and ALL the other Moms in the neighborhood leisurely walk their kids every day.

I’m glad I like to cook healthy.

That changes my ranting over to food!  I LOVE Oxygen magazine.  I got an email newsletter the other day that said, “9 FAT LOSS FOODS FOR FALL”. That sounded awesome so I opened it up.  A recipe was posted by each food and they ALL looked so good!  I promptly went to the store to buy the ingredients for each recipe, forgetting my dumb goal weight of 129.  I did make one of the recipes and it was DELISH!!  It looks like I’ll be cooking all weekend.  Here’s the list of healthy foods.  Click HERE to go to the article to make the recipes.  SO GOOD!!!

1-Butternut Squash


3-Sweet Potato

4-Turkey (This is the one I made.  It was a yummy, little bit spicy soup!)




8-Bell Peppers

9-Brussels Sprouts (I might not make this one.  Yuck to brussels sprouts.)

Enjoy a Fall day cooking in the kitchen!!!

Last 2 glads of the day!  I’m glad I’m 131 lbs.  And I’m glad I have REAL friends.  Friendship is a priceless treasure!

Do you want to go for a walk my friend?

Embrace who you are and what makes you different from everyone else!

Enjoy the weekend of Great Food and Friends!