Honey Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts

HM BrusselSprouts1We are all grownups here and brussels sprouts have a terrible reputation.  Well, get over it folks.  They are delicious, especially roasted.  While we are on the subject they are super healthy too.  We eat them easily twice a week.  Get them cheap at Costco and roast away!  If you haven’t tried them this way, please do and let me know what you think.

Well, I guess I delivered you guys a real sob story on Monday.  So many of you messaged/texted me to check on how I was doing!  You’re too sweet!  I am great, back to my old self.  Thankyaverymuch.  Seriously, I do appreciate it.  I’m sitting here listening to my Zydeco and happy about being a runner.

Coach Pep Talk

Pep talk. Summer, if this were a zombie attack you would have promptly been eaten.

Coach told me, “We never lose, we win or we learn.”  Yep, I learned.  I learned that racing sucks, oh and so does running.  Okaaaay, just kidding!  I realize now that I needed this race.  I don’t have another “race” until the full and if I didn’t have this one, I’m not sure I would have been prepared totally for the full.  First, like I said before, if I’m going to run distance my diet and cross training have to stay on course.  No excuses.  Secondly, and most importantly, races are HARD.  Running is HARD.  The marathon will be much harder than that half.  I need to work on my mental game.  I need to learn to use the tools we practice when the going gets tough.  Turns out crying and feeling sorry for myself is not a great game plan.  Surprise, surprise. 

Alright, enough about that.  I’m kind of in a mood today.  A goofy one, which is always fun.  I’m sure some little person is going to get out of school and ruin it, but for now it’s been a good morning.  I think I know the source.  My new gym has coffee.  So dumb right?  Well, I got there at 4am, lifted and then ran 5 miles at 5am.  It’s getting colder and there is coffee waiting there for me at the end!  It’s nothing fancy but makes me so happy!  You gotta enjoy the little things guys.

Try my brussels sprouts and have a wonderful weekend!

Honey Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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Ingredients
  1. 1/8 cup yellow mustard
  2. 1/8 cup honey
  3. 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  4. sprinkle of salt and pepper
  5. 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  6. 2 lbs cleaned and halved brussels sprouts.
  7. 1 tbsp. avocado or olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl except the brussles sprouts and oil.
  3. Cover baking sheet with foil and pile up the brussels sprouts.
  4. Toss brussels sprouts with oil.
  5. Pour remaining ingredients over and combine well.
  6. Then spread out brussels sprouts evenly. Ideally each one should be touching the foil.
  7. Roast for 15 minutes until tender.
  8. Once tender turn heat up to 450 and stir occasionally until they have a dark color.
  9. Enjoy!
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Tomorrow is a New Day

My offspring really are cute.

My offspring really are cute.

Happy fall ya’ll.  Yesterday was the first day of fall right?  That’s what I saw on Facebook anyway.  Now if it can just cool off a little it would be great.  I’m so ready for tights and sweatshirts.  Oh and not sweating so bad I stink my car up on the ride home too.

Anywho, I have so much going on!  I just knew when my kids started school I would be lounging around the house during the day doing my “projects” I had listed to get done.  Yeah right.  Everyday is full!  What the heck??  People warned me but you know how it is.  The good news is, I like it.  It’s all good stuff.  I’ve never been great at sitting still anyway…makes me nervous.

I’ll tell you a little about my running life because, as usual, you’re dying to hear I’m sure.  Well, you know how I’ve mentioned we are starting the Hanson Marathon training method?  We still are but we’ve switched our focus a bit.  A few of us signed up for the DRC Half Marathon on Nov 1 with a sub 2 hour goal.  Now, to most of you speedies that’s no big deal.  To me it’s a big deal.  I’m not a fast runner and I’m not that keen on being uncomfortable either.  So, according to Coach we need to put on our big girl panties, put in the work and get it done.  That’s what I intend to do.  Oh dear.

No backing out now!

No backing out now!

Thank goodness for a great chiropractor. Grrr...stupid foot.

Thank goodness for a great chiropractor. Grrr…stupid foot.

One little snag.  I’m dealing with a case of plantar factitious.  Grrr…I don’t know why my body can’t get on board with all of my goals.  It’ll be alright.  I’m trying to be super tough. 

On to my next point, which is what this blog is about, my body is not cooperating because I’ve been eating crap.  Now, before you go giving me a hard time I told you from the beginning I’m not a perfect Paleo girl.  Um, mainly because I live in 2015 and cheese fries are delicious.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Weekdays I’m usually okay, but weekends…oh lawd.  Come on!  It’s my WHOLE families birthday month!  You may cut me some slack, but unfortunately, my body won’t.  I have to get back on track, not necessarily because of the scale, but because I will FEEL BETTER.

I tell you this because 1) I want to be transparent 2) if you’ve been trying to stick with a healthier way of living and it’s not quite “stuck”, try again.  Tomorrow is always a new day. 

As much as I wish the scale could be a motivator, it just doesn’t always hold up when you are hungry and are faced with a plate of cheese fries or whatever.  However, for me, when I feel great it’s easy to pass up on the junk because I don’t want to ruin it.  Plus, when you are not eating junk you don’t crave it.  I PROMISE.

Of course I’m telling you this knowing good and well I’m going to have scotch eggs and beer at our marathon planning pow wow tonight.  Tomorrow is a new day!  I PROMISE!  If I want to reach my goals it really does start in the kitchen for me.  Let’s do it together!

What is your motivation for sticking with a healthier lifestyle?