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What I’ve learned from Pinterest.

In Food, Life, Organization on September 12, 2012 at 4:02 am

That I am the MOST unorganized and uncreative mother out there. Anybody else feel the same way? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Pinterest. But who am I kidding here? I mean, does anybody else wonder if these mothers/bloggers/superwomen really have a life? Take here this example….

Really?

I mean, Sophie is lucky if I remember to put jelly on her PB&J. So, to make all you mothers feel better (and I only have 1 child)…I have compiled some pictures that I’m sure no one would repin. šŸ˜‰

The well, organized laundry room. Sans cat liter on the floor.

My laundry?

Sweaty, gym clothes that I actually laid out to dry first. Just be happy they aren’t wadded up in the floor.

The well organized living room, complete with relaxing fireplace and neutral colors.

I don’t even have AC, much less a fancy fireplace…or mounted TV. My child would be in that fireplace.

Here is my living room…you’re welcome.

A beautiful bed for a little girl.

Sophie’s bed.

LOOK! Complete with perfect mom and child. She looks so patient, teaching her child.

Unlike myself, who is usually fed up by round 10 of trying to actually count to 10 without skipping each number after 5. Which then I’m like, FINE, don’t learn to count. Then I feel guilty. Don’t judge me too harshly. My childs room?

I didn’t even take time to turn the flash on.

Toy storage.

Our toys.

Well, organized, OCD type pantry.

Oh, I’m sure there are some empty food boxes in there.

So THERE you have it, does that make you feel better? I’m embracing my lack of organizational skills. Or maybe I’m just having a really bad day. Either way, we’re enough as mothers, just the way we are. We are raising children who will one day contribute to society. Having colored, coordinated pantry baskets isn’t so important now, is it? We only have 20 or so years with our children, we have the rest of that time to have an organized, perfect home. Until then, create messes and for Heaven’s sake don’t cut their sandwiches into fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Track Your Progress

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food, Life on September 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I’m a firm believer in tracking your nutrition and exercise. It helps keep you on target and also lets you look back and see how far you’ve come and/or what needs improvement. I use the fitBook and websites like DailyMile.

There is also another good website called SlimKicker – it helps you create challenges and rewards for yourself when you achieve a short/long term goal. It has a great community sense and an inspiration feed that I like to read through. It helps you track nutrition and exercise. There are groups and you can invite friends, it also lets you blog your achievements!

Disclaimer: SlimKicker asked me to mention their website, opinions are my own.

Another early CrossFit WOD:

More squats??

Squat count: 850 this week. Beast mode.

Pre-workout!

Post-workout yummy goodness.

I have my AFAA personal trainer certification next weekend. I’m seriously on study overload. I think I will be so happy to have next weekend over with, passing or failing won’t matter anymore. (Well, I’m sorta kidding, but for real.)

TGIF!!

Sophie enjoys the foam roller too!

Thursday “Hurt” Day

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food, Life, Running on September 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

My workout this morning was p.a.i.n.f.u.l. – my arms are still jello, three hours later.

Thursday WOD

Ouch. My biceps and quads hate me. I actually just calculated that, just this week, I’ve done 550 squats. No pain, no gain – or so they say.

Anyways, what I’m eating:

Pre-workout: Vitalyte/water, banana. I just can’t eat a lot before I workout.

Anybody else love this stuff? I actually love the Tri-phase endurance one the best!

Post-workout: Still loving my new coffee/protein shake. 2 CLA & 2 fish oil pills.

Best little blender for my coffee and protein.

And IĀ have to make mention of my Cowboys last night. I’m a huge Jason Witten fan (Tennessee, holla) anyways, I’d be lying if there wasn’t a lot of happy dancing last night. Always good to beat a conference rival. Go ‘Boys!

#82

We are full fledge in to deployment mode and Sophie has started counting down the days until her Dada is home. She is excited every morning to put a new sticker on her calendar.

Counting down the days…

I’ll be sure to show progress. I’ve got one more workout to get through and a run, so I’m out. Happy almost Friday ya’ll!

 

 

Fish Oil – Why it’s good for you!

In CrossFit, Fitness, Food, Life on September 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

First, I wanted to share a breakfast protein coffee ‘shake’ I’ve been testing out. I should add, I’ve NEVER been a coffee drinker. Which other runners find weird about me. But, that might be changing.

Coffee

  • Archer Farms ‘breakfast blend’ coffee (4 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup Almond Breeze (vanilla, but it has a little more sugar than desired, so going to use just plain next time)
  • 1 scoop Trader Joe’s chocolate whey protein (I’m looking for a better whey, but this is all I have at the moment. Too much sugar)
  • 1 handful ice
  • 2 truvia packets

So this is still in the experimental stages. But it was really good, and I actually drank all of it. Like I said, I need a better whey protein (with higher grams of protein and less sugar) and I want to try just the plain Almond Breeze, to also eliminate sugar.

Now, on to Fish Oil. I should firstĀ disclaimer,Ā I’m only sharing facts I’ve researched for myself and obtained from MY Dr. By no means, should they be taken as personal medical advice. I’m in no way advising anyone to take fish oil supplements, just stating the health benefits and why I choose to take them.

Omega-3 fish oil supplements first intrigued me because they can help reduce inflammation. As a runner who often logs lots of miles, this appealed to me. Inflammation can also cause joint pain, omega-3 lessons inflammation. It can be found in fishes such as: tuna, mackerel, salmon, herring, & trout. All rich in omega-3 oils. I’m not a fan of fish, I’m learning to eat it, but I don’t necessarily enjoy it. So supplementing fish oil seemed like a good alternative.

Here are a few other benefits of omega-3:

  1. Cardiovascular functions are maintained/improved by help of omega-3. (I use my cardiovascular system a lot)
  2. Blood pressure/cholesterol can be controlled/normalized.
  3. Reduces inflammation.
  4. Has DHA, which is a major building block of optical nerve & cells.
  5. Good for skin, weight regulation, & may help curb cravings.

What I’m taking…

Also, wanted to share this deal that popped up in my email. Active.com often offers really good deals through Schwaggle. I got a killer deal on my Oakley’s last year. As a runner, I found this deal could be useful. While I have a RoadID band, I like the look of the Go Sport ID bracelet as well. Just $14 right now. It’s an item you hope someone never needs, but one that could save your life!

CrossFIT WOD: Tuesday edition

Get some!!

Monday’s WOD

In CrossFit, Fitness, Food on September 4, 2012 at 1:28 am

3 rounds…GO!

I was so dedicated today. Got up at 7:30 to workout and have felt great the rest of the day. I started CrossFit WOD’s one week ago and can already tell a difference in leg muscle definition. Yesterdays 250 lunges made todays 150 squats rough.

Abs and FOOD!

Incorporated a great core workout from http://www.blondeponytail.com. Now time for the bike trainer, maybe I’ll get back on the road sooner or later.

Happy Monday!

Trader Joe’s under $25

In Food on September 3, 2012 at 6:26 am

Sunday’s are Trader Joe’s shopping days. I love to see how much stuff I can walk out with, staying under $25.

My Sunday TJ haul:

Not too bad!

  • 4 bananas
  • 3 white potatoes (large)
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • strawberries
  • grapes
  • salad mix
  • baby spinach
  • mild cheddar cheese sticks
  • tortilla chips
  • eggs
  • half & half
  • milk chocolate bar

Everything I needed for this week. What are some of your favorite TJ foods? Personally, I love their tortilla chips (pictured) and authentic salsa. Delicious! I also love their cereals and their milk is the best!

Snack Smart

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food on September 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

It’s hard to eat healthy on a whim. Eating clean and healthy does take some time, planning, & effort. The good thing is, practice makes perfect. The more you start planning and incorporating better options in to your diet, it gets easier.

Where I think some people go wrong (and I know, because I’m one of them) is snacking. Whether it’s vending machines at work, or that drive-thru McDonald’s sundae (raising hand)…there are PLENTY of unhealthy options that we don’t have to think about, right at our fingertips. Most, full of processed junk. I’m not going to lie and say I NEVER eat junk, because sometimes I just can’t help my sweet tooth and don’t get me started on Cheetos.

But I’ve found if I plan ahead for my week/meals and have easy grab’n’go choices, I’m much less likely to think about the unhealthy, processed snacks.

What I’ve found works for me is keeping my snacks below 200 calories and trying to snack only when I feel slightly hungry. I’ve found this also helps control the servings in my meals and powers me through afternoon workouts.

A few of my favorite bars.

Tortilla chips/salsa, almonds, and cheese sticks are some over favorites.

When I want something sweet and delicious!

Other foods not pictured:

  • Deli turkey
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Fruits/veggies – small apples,banana,mandarin oranges (my favs)
  • Apple sauce (watch the sugar though)

These snacks will help keep you on the right track each day. Don’t forget to WRITE what you eat down. It will keep you accountable and help you make adjustments.

My workout for today:

I only used 30 lbs overhead. Still TOUGH!

My new favorite Brooks running shorts! Now get to sweatin’!

Homemade Pizza Roll

In Food, Recipe on September 2, 2012 at 1:20 am

Yum!

Not exactly health food, but if you need something quick and when football is on (Go Clemson!) – this meal is for you!

I’ve cleaned it up using mostly organic ingredients:

Pizza crust (refrigerated)

Pizza sauce, oregano, basil, sage, rosemary, garlic salt, & EVOO

PepperonisĀ 

Parmesan & mozzarella cheese.Ā 

Spices and sauce

I only used about 1/2 can of pizza sauce. Mixed in spices (a shake or two of each) and parmesan cheese. Stirred sauce and spread over crust. Then topped with pepperoni’s and mozzarella.

Before rolled.

Then roll up, brush olive oil over top of crust and bake for about 15 minutes.

Finished product. Not perfect, but definitely edible and yummy!

Sometimes ya just need comfort food.

 

Peanut Butter Love

In Food on September 1, 2012 at 5:53 am

I love peanut butter. I’m embarrassed to say, I could eat it by the spoonful. Do you know what I love peanut butter on most? Waffles! Hey, don’t knock it until you try it! No need for sugar filled syrup either! (or a little, if you want it)

Dinner tonight!

I love sharing new and healthy products that I find. I’ve been dying to try MaraNathaĀ peanut butter, but just can’t bring myself to pay $6. Call me cheap. Maybe I should search for coupons? Anyways, but I saw the Smart Balance brand and thought I’d give it a try.

Short ingredient list!

Typically, an item that has a short and sweet ingredient list is best. That’s the first thing I look for on nutrition labels. The first ingredient is, peanuts. No added sugar as well. So even though not organic, I decided to give it a try. It’s seriously so good! I would recommend it over any brand, especially just regular (Jiff, etc) brands.

So good!

Trader Joe’s dinner.

In Baking, cooking, Food, Recipe on August 30, 2012 at 1:13 am

Yum!

I never shopped at Trader Joe’s until moving to San Diego. I had only been in one, one other time. It can be overwhelming to say the least. I would only browse the outer walls, sticking with my favorites – their produce, meats, & diary items. Boy, was a missing a world of yummy goodness! Their frozen section has some awesome foods and their chips are the best! Oh, their oatmeal and juices are great too! So, I love Trader Joe’s, yes.

I love Trader Joe’s so much, that a lot of our diners are all TJ products. Tonight we had grilled chicken, roasted potatoes and broccoli.

Roasted potatoes and broccoli.

I roasted the potatoes and broccoli in the oven. Lay tin foil down, spray with canola/olive oil. Toss broccoli with EVOO, salt, & garlic. Lay on baking sheet. Set oven to 400* and bake for 25 minutes. The potatoes, I cooked as stated. Once you pull the broccoli out, squirt with a little lemon or lime juice.

Only the best!

Another yummy Trader Joe’s dinner.