Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekly Menu


If I don't have a menu for the week - I won't stay on track.
As long as I have a plan, we are good! I try to make my menu for a week or so at a time so I can make sure I can get what we need and thaw things out in time. It also helps me budget, because I buy what I need for the menu. 

Sometimes things get mixed around or we end up needing more or less - but I at least know what I have on hand to make. 

I realized that leftover nights are wonderful! Cook once and eat twice - YES! Sides for dinner are usually some kind of veggie that I can fix up quickly. 

Check out the recipes:
Clean Eating Meatloaf - this was great with corn on the cob and pinto beans! 
Homemade Pizza - this is going to be a fun Friday night activity.
Grilled Chicken Wraps - grilled chicken, spinach, tomato, and hummus in a whole wheat wrap or pita. 
Pork Tenderloin - I am literally just baking a tenderloin with some seasoning on it. We'll have sweet potatoes and salad as our sides. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

30 Days of Clean Eating


So I've been doing pretty well with my eating and lost 15 pounds! Woo hoo! I got off track a little - it is so easy to forget how good you feel when you eat good. My husband and I went a whole month without eating out (to be healthy and save money) and when we went out for a friend's birthday, we got so sick! 

I am taking a 30 day challenge to clean up ourmy diet - which means my husband is along for the ride. We are eliminating as many processed foods as possible. There are so many awesome resources out there on clean eating - some of my favorite clean eating blogs are 1oo Days of Real Food and Whole Foods New Body. I will admit - we probably won't be perfect, but who is? I say if we have eaten 85% clean, we have succeeded! 

Eat:
Whole foods
Whole Wheat / Whole Grain
Lean protein
Locally raised meat - when possible
Fruits and Vegetables
Organic - when possible (though I think it is better to eat a non-organic strawberry than a candy bar)

Do NOT Eat:
If it comes out of a box and has ingredients I cannot pronounce
Foods that say 'Fat Free, Low Fat, Light'
Fast Food
JUNK
Sodas
Refined or Artificial Sweeteners

There will be some obstacles - that's life, though, right?
Our anniversary is this month - so we will be enjoying the Melting Pot. (I am not sorry!) There's also a day or two that we will be traveling and we'll do the best we can. Other than that, I hope to 'clean up' my diet as much as possible! I know at the end of our 30 days, we'll feel so much better. 

Today was actually day 2 - I'm a little behind! I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe's and was ready for the week.


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Yogurt Bar!


Need the perfect sweet treat for your 4th of July party?  Ever asked to bring a sweet treat to a party, shower, or small group?  I always try to think of something that everyone will love, but that I will be able to enjoy, too.  
My solution: The Yogurt Bar!


It is so quick and easy to put together a yogurt bar - and the possibilities are endless!  I start with my FAVORITE vanilla Greek yogurt - Oikos!  I usually get a few containers even for a small crowd.  


Then you need the toppings!  On this occasion, I used strawberries, blueberries, granola, and M&Ms.
Other ideas:
-Any fruit (kiwi, pineapple, raspberries)
-Chocolate chips
-Mini Oreos
-Nuts (pecans, walnuts)
-Dried cranberries
-Shredded coconut
-Crushed graham crackers

Grab some clear cups (I recycle my endless supply from our wedding) and friends can create their very own yogurt creations! 




Our friends loved this when we did it for Life Group!  Then everyone is able to enjoy a sweet treat without all the guilt!
ENJOY!
lifeof

Monday, December 2, 2013

5 Health Hobbies Beyond Fitness


Back in October I was asked to write a post about 'Health Hobbies Beyond Fitness.'  My first thought was... what is fitness besides eating right and exercising?  Then I realized that how I was thinking of fitness was all wrong.  There are so many other things we do and include in our lives that contribute to our overall health.  After all, fitness isn't just about getting thing - it's about being healthy, and there are a lot of things that contribute to our health.  Be sure to check out my top 5 Health Hobbies BEYOND Fitness over at Healthy Living Blogs.  

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fall Back Into Blogging


Whew!  It has been too long.  My new job has kept my busy and sometimes after working all day on the computer I don't feel like blogging.  I decided it's time to 'fall back into blogging!'

This year I decided to go all out for my fall decor this year!  I decorated at the beginning of  September and knew I'd be hosting Thanksgiving this year - so that's 3 months that these decorations would be out!!  Christmas only gets left out for 1 month - what have I been thinking?  

After getting out the few decorations from the previous year and a few too many trips to Hobby Lobby (with 40% off coupons, of course), I had all I needed to deck my house out for fall.  The only problem was... I didn't know where to put any of it.  I had more decor than I could possible need, I just couldn't figure out how to make it come together.  I called my sister Jennifer to the rescue!  She came in and helped magically pull it all together.  Take a look at how it all turned out!  




Happy Thanksgiving!!

lifeof

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ultimate Fit Workout


Now that I'm working, it will be harder to get to the gym.  Here's a great workout we did in Ultimate Fit at the YMCA that doesn't require any equipment and could easily be done at home!  If you are unable to run, you could always exchange it for jump rope.  

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Job!

Whew!  Life sure has been busy.  I haven't posted as much on my blog lately because I just started my new job!  After 3 years in the brick-and-mortar classroom, I am now teaching Kindergarten virtually with K12.  It's an exciting new journey!  I will be working from home, but still working hard to instruct students.

I have been a little behind on my blogging - having to figure out a new schedule.  I worked this weekend to figure out a new routine for cleaning, meal planning, & exercise; we'll see how it goes this week! 

This arrived to my front door last week:


Whoa!  It was a job just getting all the boxes open! 


After a little organizing, all the books and supplies are now neatly stored on some new bookshelves.  I'm still going through training right now, but will hopefully be assigned my class soon!  I'm so excited about this new opportunity. 
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