Monthly Archives: January 2011

Setting Goals

I have been thinking about goals a lot lately.

I have some goals that I would like to accomplish this year. However, I have started to get a little overwhelmed. This is mainly due to the fact that I have a lot of “mini-goals” I want to accomplish as well. I am trying to realize that I don’t have to do everything at once. And if it takes a little time to realize my goals, that is okay.

I have decided that I will set mini-goals for myself every month. This way, I can take baby steps to reach my full potential this year and I won’t feel so overwhelmed by trying to do everything at once. That is a sure path to failure.

Since it is already late January, I am going to set a goal for the rest of January, as well as February. I have two goals: a nutrition goal and a fitness goal.

1. Nutrition Goal – Over the next month, I will try at least two new vegetables. So far this year, I still struggle to eat enough vegetables and I haven’t tried a single new one yet. Hopefully, having a set goal during this time period with a set number will allow me to move out of my comfort zone.

2. Fitness Goal – I will do Jackie Warner total body circuit at least three days a week. As much as I dislike cardio, I still find that I focus on that more than strength. I haven’t been working out as much as I’d like to, although this week I have been knocking those workouts out. 🙂 I bounce around from workout to workout (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). But I would like to focus on this total body workout for the next month to allow my body to get stronger. After about a month, it will be time to switch up my workouts anyway to prevent boredom (both with me and my muscles).

Are there any goals that you have right now?


For every flop, there is a success

I think I was too ambitious today.

My husband has left on a business trip. Yes, of course I will miss him. But part of me likes his business trip because not only do I get to watch trashy soap operas that he hates, but I get to make things that he would never eat.

Today I attempted not one, but two recipes. First, I wanted to make soup. I decided to try my hand at corn chowder, something I have never made before. And I wanted to use my crockpot, an appliance that I don’t use nearly often enough.

The smell of the soup was driving me crazy all day. It smelled fantastic.

However, the flavors just weren’t there. I wanted something creamy and this wasn’t it. And the flavors did not work. Plus, I did not chop the potatoes enough and I think I put too many in there. Oh well. You can’t win them all, right?

But my second recipe was a true success. Biscuits that require only four ingredients. Yes, you heard me right . . . four ingredients.

These are light, fluffy, and they are low in calories and fat. The best part is that they are baked in little muffin tins, so it’s built-in portion control.

If they are so small, surely I can eat five of them right? Don’t worry, I didn’t eat five of them.

But my dinner did consist of a few bites of soup, along with two of these babies. And since I had one too many white chocolate covered pretzels this afternoon, I had a very carb heavy day.

Good thing I did the Jillian Michaels Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism workout earlier.

You can’t get much easier (or lighter) with this recipe. Enjoy.

Easy Biscuits (makes 6 biscuits)

1 c. self-rising flour
1/2 c. nonfat milk
2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise
I can’t believe it’s not butter spray

Mix all ingredients (except butter spray) together and  place in greased muffin tins. Spray I can’t believe it’s not butter spray on top of biscuits. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

I am so glad I managed to save some for tomorrow. I see myself eating a couple of these tomorrow with strawberry preserves. Suddenly, I can’t wait for breakfast. 🙂

I heart leftovers

It was a short weekend. I worked all day on Saturday and I am back at work today. Who else has MLK Jr. Day off? Count your blessings. 🙂

I wasn’t really super hungry when I got up, so I made myself a nice egg and cheese sandwich on organic multigrain bread.

I’m so glad we went to Whole Foods yesterday so that I could get some more of this yummy bread!

Work was actually pretty busy, mainly because I missed a couple of days last week due to the weather. I had a lot of paperwork to catch up on. I kept my energy up with a couple of clementines.

I have decided that I like clementines much better than oranges. They don’t have seeds, they are easier to peel, and they also seem to be easier to eat. I haven’t been able to eat citrus in the longest time because of the possible connection between that and my migraines. I am reintroducing citrus to my diet and luckily, there don’t seem to be any ill effects as of yet. 🙂

Lunch was a taco salad. The salad consisted of ground beef made with my favorite homemade taco seasoning, some spinach, a little cheese, and some salsa.

It may not look very pretty, but it was delish! I also had some unpictured tortilla chips. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: homemade taco seasoning is just better than the packaged stuff. But isn’t that usually the case with most things? 🙂

For dessert, I had some fresh pineapple.

If I had to choose a favorite fruit, I think it would be pineapple. I love getting it at the Farmer’s Market. You pick out a fresh one and they will peel and core it for you. It’s a beautiful thing to see.

For a snack, I had a couple of pieces of bread with some homemade white chocolate peanut butter.

I think for my next nut butter, I will make cashew butter. I just discovered how much I enjoy cashews (especially in bite form). I have never tried cashew butter before, but I’m sure it would be tasty.

Dinner consisted of a few leftover chicken strips and some green beans that I roasted with a little olive oil and cajun seasoning.

Believe it or not, we made extra chicken strips last night just so I would have leftovers today. Does anyone else do that? Corey hates leftovers, but I love them. There are several dishes that we make extras of so I can have leftovers, such as chili, tacos, meatloaf, and pasta. What is your favorite meal that you enjoy even better  the next day?

The best part of the day was a package waiting for me when I got home.

Yes I ordered some more Naturally Nutty Vanilla Almond Butter. I love that stuff! Including the peanut butter I made yesterday, I have five different kinds of nut/seed butter.  That’s a lot of nut butter!

Have a great night.

Food Processor Lovin’!

Before I talk about today, I want to give a brief mention about yesterday. I didn’t blog, mostly because I didn’t get home from work until nearly 5:00 pm and by then I was so emotionally drained that I just wanted to unplug for a while.

Last night, Corey and I wanted to go out to dinner. We had a gift card for Outback, which could be used at Carrabba’s. And since our last dinner there was so awesome, that’s where we wanted to go. However, I was starving and the wait was way too long. Coincidentally, we had another gift card to Chili’s. We decided to go there. Not a good idea as it turns out.

We started with some chips, salsa, and queso dip. (By the way, I’m sorry about the quality of the photos. The lighting was awful!)

The queso dip was pretty good. Of course, the chips were way too salty. As my husband said, it was like someone had dumped a salt lick on the chips. He wasn’t exaggerating.

For my entrée, I ordered some crispy shrimp tacos. The tacos came with rice and black beans.

The shrimp tacos were not good. They were way too salty and I didn’t like the flavor of the rice. I tried one or two of Corey’s fries and they were also way too salty. Maybe they did that on purpose so people will drink more. Corey usually drowns his food in salt, so if he says that he thought the food was too salty, then that’s saying something. Neither one of us ate very much of our entrees. In fact, we spent the rest of the night trying not to throw up. Worst dinner ever.

Today I was feeling extremely dehydrated (probably from all the salt). I wanted a nice, healthy breakfast in an attempt to recover from last night.

I took one apple and microwaved it for 2 minutes with some cinnamon and Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter. After it was done, I added half a cup of the custom granola that I created online, along with some ricotta cheese. It was so delicious! What a great way to start the day.

The rest of the day was spent with rerun after rerun of New Adventures of the Old Christine. I just discovered reruns of this show on Lifetime. It is so freaking hilarious. I had a nice lunch.

It was a hamburger on a white pita (I was totally out of my multigrain bread) with some Alexia Sweet Potato fries. I love these things! Unlike most frozen items, there are only a couple of ingredients and I can recognize all of them! They are very delicious and perfect when you want something quick.

After lunch, Corey and I went to Whole Foods to stock up on veggies and bread. You know, the staples. I was feeling so drained for some reason when we got back. I had to force myself to go for another session with my 10K training app.

I am so glad that we got dressed and went out. It was truly a beautiful day. It was in the high 40’s and the sun was shining. Just about all of the ice had melted and even most of the snow was gone. I really wanted to go for a run for Callie’s sake. Poor thing has had cabin fever worse than anyone. Even with all that ice, she didn’t understand why we couldn’t go for a walk.

It’s amazing the difference that a couple of days of above freezing temps can do. On Monday, the cemetery looked like this . . .

And today it looked like this.

I didn’t even need a jacket! And to think that exactly one week ago, I went for a run and got a headache because the wind was blowing so hard.

The highlight of the afternoon was watching Julie & Julia.

And best of all . . . I made my very own nut butter! I used my brand new food processor and I used Angela’s recipe for dark chocolate almond butter as a guide.

I started with some raw peanuts.

I melted some white chocolate chips.

And I mixed it all together. Took about 15 minutes to fully transform the peanuts into peanut butter. But when I was done, I had white chocolate peanut butter! Yummy.

It tastes as good as it looks. 🙂

Now I’m relaxing, eating some dinner, and getting ready for Desperate Housewives.

Dinner was baked chicken strips and sweet potato fries. These sweet potato fries were fresh and roasted with olive oil, salt, paprika, and red pepper. Spicy. The chicken strips were made simply by coating chicken with some melted butter and panko crumbs mixed with a little black pepper and salt. It was a tasty meal. And now I’ve realized that I have eaten a lot of orange veggies today.

Unfortunately, I have to work tomorrow so my weekend has been a bit short. Hope everyone had a great weekend. What did you do this weekend?

Running Playlist

As you know, I have recently got back into running. I have even started a training program for the Peachtree Road Race in July, which is a 10K. Of course, I haven’t been able to run at all in the last week because of the snow and ice.

Check out the ice on our street!

The ice is just now beginning to melt and yesterday was the first day that the roads were driveable. I am super clumsy when the roads and sidewalks aren’t covered in ice. There’s no telling how hurt I would get if I ran in these conditions.

I am itching to get back out there though as soon as the ice clears. This week, in order to prepare for my foray into running, I worked on my running playlist. I even downloaded some new music for the occasion.

Here are just a few songs on my running playlist:

Whataya Want From Me – Adam Lambert
Gives You Hell – All American Rejects
Jalapeno – Big & Rich
My Humps – Black Eyed Peas
Toxic – Britney Spears
Just the way you are – Bruno Mars
Undo It – Carrie Underwood
Forever – Chris Brown
Makes Me Want to Pray – Christina Aguilera
Candyman – Christina Aguilera
This – Darius Rucker
Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy
Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
Faith – George Michael
Valerie – Glee Cast
Forget You – Glee Cast
In My Head – Jason Derulo
Wanted – Jesse James
Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Bulletproof – La Roux
Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) – Lady Gaga
Just Dance – Lady Gaga
Jump – Madonna
Misery – Maroon 5
Love Today – Mika
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
Funhouse – Pink
Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
Only Girl in the World – Rihanna
Streetcorner Symphony – Rob Thomas
I’m a Believer – Smashmouth
Hey, Soul Sister – Train

As you can see, I have quite the mix of music. Mostly top 40 stuff, but also some Country and some Rock. What do you think of my playlist? Are there any songs that I left out? I’m always looking for new ideas. 🙂

Wordless Wednesday

I’m it!

I am so happy because today I have been tagged with my very first blogger award. Nicole over at Cookies and Carrots has graciously tagged me with the “Stylish Blogger Award.”

I love Nicole’s blog and I am so glad that she tagged me!

There are 4 duties to perform to accept this award:

1.  Make a post + Link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2.  Share 7 things about yourself.
3.  Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4.  Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won!

So here are 7 things that you didn’t know about me!

  1. I am painfully shy . . . until I get to know you. Once we are friends, I am loyal (almost to a fault) and would do just about anything for you.
  2. My husband is the first (and only) real relationship that I have ever had. I dated others before him, but none that were important. Consequently, my husband is the only man I have ever said “I love you” to (other than my dad of course).
  3. I am obsessed with odd numbers. I don’t like to sit in an even numbered seat at an event and when I (or my husband) am turning up the volume on the television or radio, it MUST be on an odd number. It borders on OCD.
  4. I am scared of escalators. I think I can trace it back to my childhood and an episode of Pink Panther in which he slid right through the teeth at the end of the thing, I know that is incredibly silly, but there it is. Every time I HAVE to go up or down one, I literally have to have my husband hold my hand and talk me through it.
  5. I watch soap operas. Yes, I know they are trashy. But I love them anyway.
  6. I am a crier. I will cry at any sappy commercial, any somewhat emotional moment on a television (or reality) show. I have even been known to cry over books.
  7. I have a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcot Marie Tooth. I don’t like to talk about it and there are a lot of people I know who don’t even know about it. I don’t like to be thought of as handicapped. I have a few physical limitations because of it, but I don’t complain about it, nor do I talk about it. You will hear more complaints about my migraines than this. I have no idea how far it will progress or if there will come a time when I will need a wheelchair. I think about that as little as possible because I don’t want to live my life in fear. I think having this disease as made me the independent person that I am today.

Here are 15 bloggers that I am tagging with this award. This was so hard to do since I have so many great readers. 🙂

Jessica at How Sweet
Kristi at Eat Drink Love and Exercise
Lee at In My Tummy
Kylie at A Hungry Spoon
Laura at My Life Off the Couch
Lauren at Biochemista
Jemma at Celery and Cupcakes
Gabriela at Une Vie Saine
Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers
Stephanie at Cookin’ Fanatic
Chelsey at Clean Eating Chelsea
Simply Shaka
Caitlin at Caitlin Running
Danica at Danica’s Daily
Jessica at Dishin’ about Nutrition

What are some fun facts about yourself? I love learning new things about fellow bloggers, as well as my readers. 🙂