God nudged me a little this weekend…

SaturdayLargeGroupThis is my crew and I just love them.  Well, a lot of my crew. This picture is missing some.  A few of my good buddies were busy running 21 miles while we acted like this, and then there’s Lisa who is healing from the fracture who is VERY CLOSE to coming back!  I totally jacked this picture off of Facebook.  If I’m going to do this blog thing I need to carry my phone and take pictures.  Really I just rely on Anna Mae to take them, then I steal em.  Thanks Anna!

Anyway, Saturday was a good day for me.  I’ve been in a little slump with running.  Maybe the marathon blues, whatever that is, or most likely this achy leg I’ve been dragging around, but I’ve been fighting myself to stay motivated.  Probably every runner goes through something like that…right?  I thought so.  So, last week I really pulled out the bad attitude which is totally unusual for me!  Tuesday and Thursday we freaking hard and I was growling.  Giving my buddies bad looks and deciding I was taking a “break”.  Yeah right.  So Saturday I went out with an open mind and my IT band strap, we named Patty, for an 8 mile run.  It ended up being a slower pace than normal but a good run with good friends.

beautyviewLook at that view!  You know by now we get up super early and it is worth every single alarm chime to see that beautiful sunrise.  It reminded me that God is in control, and He has given me a lot of gifts through running.  I need to be thankful for everyday I’m able to move my body and be part of something larger than me.  I need to remember to use those gifts to glorify Him.  Not stand outside of RRC growling at my buddies.

Now, can everyone reading this remind me of these words tomorrow morning while I’m doing 1.5 mile hill repeats? 

Ok, so new perspective.  I’m training to break a 2 hour half.  Truthfully, I don’t like running fast.  BUT, I’m going to suck it up and do it.  Truthfully, I’m itching to sign up for another full.  GASP!  Until then, I’m going to keep up with my speedy buddies, and be nice to them.  I’m going to be thankful for the days I get to do what I love to do.

Okay, I laid it all out there.  Now, which full should I set my sights on?  Wink. Wink.

Chocolate “Granola” – So Good…

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Oh man, I’m excited about this one.  I have been a snack monster lately so I decided to make my own Paleo granola.  This is not necessarily original, there are tons of “granola” recipes out there, this one is mine.  It is so good!  Really it’s more like a dessert but I like it as a snack, or breakfast, or lunch or when I’m awake.  I’m chomping on it now.  For all of you local people I got most of the ingredients at Get Healthy in Rockwall.  The cool thing is, I just bought the amounts I needed out of their bulk bins so it didn’t cost much at all.  Now I have to go back though.  I have to make more!

So you know how I’ve talked before about the way I eat…I mean I’ve mentioned that a couple of times right?  Anyway, I told you that I work better going “strict” Paleo for a while, then letting myself off of the hook for a couple of weeks, then getting back on.  Well, last Monday started Paleo time for this girl.  Which means until June, no cheat meals.  I have a couple of little things I eat that are not 100% strict but that’s another post.  I’m logging food as well.  I like it when I’m not cheating.  I feel 10 times better and there’s no room to create special occasions for myself.  For instance, my nieces birthday is this weekend.  I will not have any cake.  It’s her birthday, not mine.  I’ll eat cake for both of us on my birthday. 

It’s sort of weird that I sit here and chat away about what I eat and you guys are interested.  I do this and tell you all of these things because in the past when I was trying to eat right (whatever that looked like), I felt like I was on a diet and I was the only stinking one.  Well, if you are in that place know that you’re not the only one passing on that cake.  Also, I’m not on any kind of “diet”.  I eat food that makes me happy and makes me full.  Ask my family, no one likes hangry mommy.  Seriously.

On to the other part of my life…I CANNOT find a series I like on Netflix!  No, I don’t NEED a series to binge watch but I sure like to have one.  I’ve started a few and I just can’t get hooked.  You know I need to be hooked on a time waster.  Leave me alone, I like TV.  Anyway, I started Gilmore Girls.  I thought, if I like it at least it will last me awhile.  I’ll keep you posted.  I know you’re on the edge of your seats. 

 

Chocolate Paleo Granola
Sweet and salty paleo granola.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup whole unsalted almonds
  2. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  4. 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  5. 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
  6. 1 oz. 85% dark chocolate
  7. 1 tbsp. coconut oil melted
  8. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  9. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  10. 1/4 tsp. coarse ground sea salt
  11. 1/8 cup pure maple syrup
  12. 1/8 cup honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  3. In a food processor pulse almonds until they are chopped. You want them a coarse consistency. Not too fine. Then pour onto cookie sheet.
  4. Chop the coconut flakes, dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds separately and add to cookie sheet.
  5. Add the sunflower sees and walnuts to the rest of the pile.
  6. Stir all of the seeds and nuts together to combine.
  7. Pour in the coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt.
  8. Mix all of the ingredients until well incorporated.
  9. Using your spoon spread the mixture out flat onto the cookie sheet. You want it to be about half an inch thick and spread out but all of it touching. (Similar to spreading out dough.)
  10. Bake in oven for 15 minutes then stir the mixture, redistribute and bake for another 15.
  11. When it has baked for 30 minutes remove from oven and let it cool completely. You can even put it in the fridge to cool.
  12. Once cool to touch the mixture will pull away from the foil and break into pieces.
  13. Store in refrigerator in an air tight container.
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Sesame and Citrus Crusted Flounder

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Who doesn’t love a good piece of crunchy fish?  I suppose people who don’t like fish but that is so sad in my opinion!  I like crunchy fish and flaky fish and raw fish and just about any kind of fish.  This particular one my bearded husband described as “earthy”.  No, it does not taste like dirt.  It taste really yummy.  The sesame seeds give it a unique toasted flavor.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

It is still raining.  I know I sound like a little old lady giving you weather reports every time I blog, but dang!  Between the snow and rain my floors do not stand a chance.  We had that one day then back into cloudville.  I try to remember to thank God for this rain that is nourishing the plants (weeds in my yard) and filling up the lakes, but dang!  I’m tired of cleaning mud off of little kid shoes.  I need some vitamin D.  I digress. 

So this morning I PR’d on my front squat max by 20 pounds!  Yay!  I promised after the full that I would stop being a Crossfit wuss and I’m trying.  It’s starting to show!  I’m still fighting a pulled hamstring/glute that is putting a real damper on running so at least I have Crossfit to work on.  I’m enjoying it right now.  The folks are fun to be around and my hubby and I like talking about it.  He doesn’t really like to listen to me go on and on about every mile I run.  Shocker.  Don’t worry though.  I have 10 miles scheduled in the morning followed by meeting up with the Couch to 5k group.  Running will always be my baby.  My stupid leg needs to get with the program.

FrontPageSpeaking of Couch to 5k, our Running Royse City group made the front page of the Rockwall paper!  There is a safety program being introduced in Rockwall so we had some pictures taken of the safety measures (some of them) we take while running.  It is a great program aimed to keep runners all over this area safe.  You can read about it here.  I mean, at this point we are pretty much famous.  Right??  And safe. 

Sesame and Citrus Crusted Flounder
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Ingredients
  1. 16oz Flounder filets
  2. 1 cup of whole, unsalted almonds or Almond meal
  3. 1/2 cup raw sesame seeds
  4. zest of one whole orange
  5. 1 egg
  6. juice of 1 orange
  7. Olive oil or Coconut oil spray
  8. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with an olive oil or coconut oil spray.
  3. In a food processor pulse almonds until they are coarsely ground. You can skip this step and use almond meal but I like my almonds a little more coarse in this instance.
  4. In a container large and flat enough to fit the flounder filets combine the almond meal, sesame seeds, orange zest and salt and pepper.
  5. Be sure to stir the ingredients to incorporate the orange zest.
  6. In a separate bowl mix the egg and juice of the orange.
  7. Then pass each filet through the egg mixture then coat with the sesame mixture.
  8. Line each on the baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes until fish flakes easily, be sure not to overcook.
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Sautéed Broccolini and a Race Recap!

 

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 Hi folks!  It’s such a beautiful day today!  Spring is coming and it makes me very happy.  I pulled out the old running skirt that I’ve never ran in but wear around town all summer to wear today.  Happy indeed!

I promised you I would start posting some side dishes that I like to make and this in one that turned out really yummy.  I got the baby broccoli or broccolini in my produce bin so this is what I did with it.  One thing I need to go ahead and say is that all of my sides will be super simple.  I do not have time to slave away at a dish that is not even the main course.  Honestly though, simple tastes better anyway!

FamilyPicSo this weekend was a huge weekend for my family.  Every year at this time we celebrate my Great Grandmother’s, Granny Pearl’s, birthday in Richland Springs, TX.  We’ve been doing it for like 35 years in the old one room school house that she attended.  She passed away last year 30 days shy of her 105th birthday.  I could go on and on and on about this weekend and the traditions.  It is the coolest thing ever and I’m so blessed to be part of something like it.  My family is CRA-ZY but they are awesome.  Oh and Granny Pearl was the “Bacon Lady” if anyone remembers that.  She was a fire cracker.  Seriously.

However, since this is a fitness or health blog, or something like that I guess, I thought I would give you a race report.  Yep, I ran a 5k this weekend with some other members of the fam.  The Never Surrender 5k run/walk in San Saba, TX.  Oh how I hate 5k’s.  3.1 miles, easy right?  HELL. NO.  I like long and paced…not all out, having an asthma attack, sucking wind, seeing stars, don’t let the girl in the double stroller pass me again, kind of race.  Whew.  I really wanted to place in this one.  Honestly, I have no chance around home against my running buddies so this was it.  I did place, I got 3rd overall female.  I’m proud because I worked HARD for that dang medal!

Here’s the thing though.  I averaged an 8:48 pace.  I think I can do better than that.  My mistake was I prepared to run with my rock star, Furball (as Ty likes to be called these days), but my dear cousin offered to run with him.  So after eating a lot of crap Friday that I am ashamed to admit, I also didn’t bring anything suitable for breakfast.  With a 9am start I ran the race on an empty stomach.  Ya’ll know me by now and know that I don’t walk out to the car on an empty stomach.  I’m going to use lack of nutrients as my excuse and maybe die a little less at the next one…maybe.  Oh how I loathe 5k’s!

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On a great note, Furball got first in his age group with a 3 minute PR and my sister, Lace, got 2nd in her age group with a PR as well.  A few others in the family were able to medal too.  I told you we are awesome.  Secretly, Furball was the only one in his age group.  However, that doesn’t discount the fact that his little legs ran/walked the race and every time he completes one it feeds his early passion for the sport.  He was so excited to show his medal off at school today and is dying to take it to track practice to show Coach.  My heart could burst with joy.

Let me know what you think of the broccolini!

What race distance is your favorite? Mine would definitely be the half! 

 

Sauteed Broccolini
Quick and easy broccolini
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bunch of broccolini or baby broccoli
  2. 1/2 onion diced
  3. 1 or 2 garlic cloves minced
  4. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  5. 1 tbsp. butter
  6. 1 cup of water
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Over medium heat melt butter and olive oil.
  2. Add diced onions and garlic and stir frequently to avoid burning garlic.
  3. When onions are tender add the bunch of broccolini.
  4. Toss to coat the broccolini in the onions and garlic.
  5. Add a couple of tablespoons of the water and cover dish.
  6. Continue to cook over low to medium heat.
  7. Add more water frequently as needed to steam the broccolini until tender.
  8. When tender salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve warm.
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More Camping…Cold and Raining. We are getting used to it.

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I mean seriously, I’m starting to think our camping trips are cursed!  There was no rain in the forecast and it rained.  Not the whole weekend thankfully.  But the entire last night and all while we were packing up the next morning.  It’s so fun to bring home wet and muddy camping gear.  Oh well…we are doing it again in May.  Maybe we will have better weather then!

People think we are nuts for going so often, especially in whatever weather.  I also have to say it is a TON of work.  Packing, unpacking, setting up, taking down, everything getting downright filthy…especially me since I chose to not shower.  (It’s cold people!)  However, all of the work is so worth it to watch the kids play all day and have a little freedom.  They ride their bikes, play with other kids, run around and explore, and are able to do it without me on top of them.  It’s usually a good reset for all of us.

This time we also camped with some old friends from college we haven’t seen in a while.  It was really fun to meet all of their kids and reminisce about old times.  Yeah, maybe we have turned into old people sitting around the camp fire reliving the glory days.  But hey, we had fun then and we have fun now.  We are pretty much the best.

discadaateisenhowerI’ve said it before, but as far as my menu was concerned I try not to create special occasions for myself.  Camping is one of those times.  I let my kids eat the worst junk food ever while we are camping and I’m ok with that.  For myself, I try to stay the course.  Of course we made discada the first night.  Seriously, it is one of my favorite foods!  Sooo good.  Our friends also made Mexican corn and roasted brussel sprouts over the open fire.  I mean seriously.  Then the next night was fajitas.  For lunch I took a quinoa salad that I like to make.  It’s not strict Paleo but it works for me and you can eat it cold.  I’ll post the recipe one of these days. 

Now, I have to be honest.  I stole a couple of tortillas and inhaled them like they were running away.  They were calling my name on that delicious discada.  I also had the kids make me a Smore.  Like a for real one.  No weird chocolate substitute or Paleo graham cracker.  A for real Smore.  Yum yum.  You have to live a little right!?  Mimosas made have been involved as well.  The world will never know for sure…

CowboyCoffeeSomething else I just have to mention is my friend made cowboy coffee.  Basically, she heated up water, poured the ground coffee in and let it steep.  Then we just poured it into our cups.  I don’t know why I thought it was so good but it was!  Maybe because it was so cold all weekend!  Either way, next time you’re in a coffee pinch this worked great!

So in other news.  I didn’t run at all while we were camping.  I also skipped track Tuesday because I was so tired.  Man, what a loser!  It’s not like me to go so many days without running.  Especially while camping.  Maybe I need to sign up for another full to get my butt in gear.  What do you think??

Anyway, more recipes coming this week!  I’m working on some side dishes for you.  Have a great Tuesday!

“Will Power” That is a Diet Word, Get Rid of It

Hi Folks!  Did you miss me?  I’ve been a slacker the past week in blog world.  Here’s the truth.  My “oldest” twin and I we have been busy in the Lego bin.  That kid is obsessed and I get sucked in!  It’s hard to find those little pieces in the sea of Lego’s and I think just one more…just one more…until the whole morning is gone.  I know…excuses…

So anyway, I’m a little fired up this week.  I’ve heard news of a new dessert a popular fast food place has come out with and to me it’s down right offensive!  I’m not going to get into that as badly as I want to.

It did get me thinking about something else.  Since I posted my issues about my skin I’ve gotten a lot of questions.  First, yay!  Thank you for taking the time to read my stuff!  What an honor!  Anyway, a lot of times I hear the word “will power.”  Things like “I just don’t have your will power” or “I wish I had more will power.”  What does that even mean?  I think somewhere along the way, probably the 80’s, someone said you need the “will power” to resist “x” food for the good of mankind and your rear.

Here’s my opinion, you do not need “will power” to resist eating some nasty sugar filled dessert that probably isn’t food anyway. 

YOU ARE BETTER THAN THAT AND YOU DESERVE BETTER THAN THAT.

At this point in my life I’m coming from an athlete standpoint when I think about things that I eat.  God gave me a body that works hard for me and I demand a lot from it.  Do I love every part of it?  Of course not, but that doesn’t mean I don’t keep working.  I get up early and work hard.  Maybe you are the same, maybe not.  However, your body is working for you too.  My bet is, you get up everyday, take care of your family, go to a job you work hard at, generally stay afloat and hopefully succeed.

Why in the world would you deserve to eat food consistently that could stop you from doing those things?  Things that don’t nourish your body enough to keep it going at full potential?

So here’s my trick.  Have you heard of hydrogenated oil?  If you haven’t you should check it out.  It’s bad bad stuff, and it’s in A LOT of stuff.  It’s a poison your body cannot process and it causes all kinds of trouble.  My kids are not Paleo but hydrogenated oil is where I draw the line.  I DO NOT bring it into my house.  So…when I’m faced with the temptation to eat a delicious sugar filled dessert (or whatever else) the thought of being skinny or having clear skin is not enough to keep me from eating it.  Picturing it dripping in a nasty poison that will stick with me forever is a different story.  It grosses me out.  Before you eat that “x” food, picture the fact that it has basically been dipped in dirty motor oil from the garage floor first.  Ugh.  Gag.  It works…

Whoa!  I got a little deep again today!  My point is, you do not need some kind of magic “will power.”  You need to just think about what you are fueling your body and mind with.  When you think about what is actually in it I hope you will also think about how wonderful you are and how you don’t deserve the abuse. 

REAL FOOD IS DELICIOUS AND LIFE IS TO SHORT! 

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