Thursday, April 26, 2012


Starting to get back on my feet today. So far the headache is at bay this afternoon. I was hungry although my stomach is a bit queezy, and after a friend mentioned hummus, my mouth started to water. I had just about everything I needed to make some. So off to the kitchen I went.

What is it that I'm making you ask?  Ahhh, spinch artichoke hummus!  YUMMUS!!!

I thought the chick peas and the spinach looked so pretty layered!

This recipe is so easy, it's what I call a "dump" recipe, which doesn't sound pleasant, but you simple dump everything in and mix (or process).  The spinach is just so beautiful in this recipe.  I think I make a center piece out of the layers and just look at it!
Topped off with artichoke hearts, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, salt and pepper...

Then.... (click the arrow below the blank box below)

I decided to also add in a little cucumber, onion, parmesean cheese and chick pea reserved juices.  I can say right now, this is the most dangerous recipe I've made. Why? Because it turned out so great, that if I didn't have an ounce of self control, I could easily eat the enter batch myself!!!

My sister-in-law, Leah, is rocking it in the fitness department!  She's been running marathons, working out, and becoming a great fitness motivator. She started a group that is all motivational, posting pixs, workouts etc.  It's great because each day, and sometimes a couple of times a day, she posts some great cartoons and serious quotes that just make you laugh or push you to keep on going.  Well, today I found this workout from one of my favorites -Tosca and posted it on her fitness group!  Then I realized, I'm gonna have to do this if I post it.  So I did - sweat out the germs, right?

Oxygen Women's Fitness | Fat Loss | Kick Calories to the Curb!

Let me tell you I only got through the workout twice in 13 minutes without weights, unlike the suggested 3 times in 12 minutes with weights!  And I was sweating!!!    I need to get a set of small weights.  3lbs?  5lbs?  Any thoughts?

I think I shall shower and go and lay down.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Still feeling like crap.  I left work yesterday about 4pm with the 2nd worst headache I've ever had.  The pain above the top of my eyebrows made a ring around my head that hurt so bad, it actually burned.  I came home and claimed the couch until this morning.  I still wasn't feeling well today, so I called in sick to work. 
On top of being sick, my body aches from P.M. Yoga the other night.  My chest muscles must have really opened up cuz I can feel it!  =)
While recooperating, I'm thinking, and trying to plant seeds today for my tomorrows. Lots of thoughts and questions, as always, in my life.
I need today to rest.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Stop by and say Hi!

I have a Feedjit app on this blog.  Some places that pop up, I know exactly who is checking in on me.  Others, I'm clueless!  If you stop by to check on me or check me out (first time visitors) please leave me a comment under the post you read!  I love visitors, constructive feedback, and/or encouragement!


I was feeling better yesterday.  And I thought I'm going to work out.  Of course, the usual life events - including a mystery rodent in our backyard - starting closing my window on the a time to do this.  9:30pm the kids were asleep, hubby was tucked in bed early for once, and I thought SEIZE THE DAY (or night).  But then Cardiomax at 9:30pm just didn't seem "right" to me since I planned on going to bed directly afterwards.  Now let me explain, I wasn't looking to get out of doing the Cardiomax, I actually really wanted to.  I had to talk myself into understanding, might be a wiser choice.  So I did it and it was wonderful!  I actually layed in crypt pose as the video ended and music played over, and over, and over before I woke up and had to go to bed!
This morning, though, I got up and going at 5am!  This time, Bob Harper and I went head to head!

That Bob seems so darn sweet, but he really is a mean evil man that makes my quads burn!!!! 

I'm thinking about a heart rate monitor to determine the calories I burn.  I can never figure it out well.  After Googling it appears I burned about 300 calories doing this work out. 

The scale is 162.9.  I believe that is up from where I was last week.  But I'm still on My Path and trudging along!

Monday, April 23, 2012

68 - Tonsilitis, Pharyngitis, Sinusitis, and a Fever

Well Thursday I got sick.  And it hit me hard! 
Friday I was going to stay home from work, but just couldn't.  So I went in for half a day and then I went almost straight to the dr and he told me I had pharyngitis, tonsillitis and a fever.  Then sinusitis hit me that night.  UGH.  Unbelievably, though, as horrid as I have felt, I couldn't sit still.  I mowed the dang lawn!  I was sweating and cold and dizzy, yet I couldn't stop mowing.  What is up with that!?  Of course, afterwards, I collapsed on the couch after chugging Nyquil.
Saturday I drugged myself up with Sudafed and Dayquil and went to our preplanned mommy/daughter conference.  It was so much fun, and although I did the sweat/shiver/dizzy routine most of the day, I made it through.  The things we do for our kiddos!
Sunday I was a bit more cognative and contemplated going for a walk, but the headache came back full force, so more Dayquil, more Sudafed, and housework.  That's definitely a workout! 
Today I got up and thought maybe I could do CardioMaxx before work.  Instead I slept another hour.  I think I've needed that.  If I can get over this, then I can work out better.
Why is it EVERY time I start a new health routine, I get sick?!?!?!?
I did get ginger root the other day.  Let me tell you that is ONE bitter root!  All I did was touch my tongue to the juice and it was PopRocks!  BAZINGA!

I also got whole flaxseed and ground it all up in my food processor.  I've really missed having that every day.
And I got quinoa - about 3 pounds!  And it was only $8.  It's like $6 for 1lb at Publix!  Love me some Whole Foods Market!

I'm hoping to maybe try to exercise tonight.  That way I can get back on my habit track!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


My basic workout for the next 73 days.
I started it again last night and was pleasantly surprised that after not doing for 2 months, I wasn't too far off of where I left off.  I was able to do everything - even the torturous leg lifts!  The run, although short, is perfect for my knees and it feels great.
If anything, I'll try to lengthen the running time if I can.
And this made the little red devil take off running himself!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


The devil works in evil ways  - makes me think I'm too weak, that I'm too busy, that my goals are impossible, that I'm aiming too high, that I've never been "that girl" (which in reality I have been), that I'll never have six pack abs-----okay I'll give him THAT ONE! 
Yesteday was no score for me.  I was exhausted from a 4 hour night of sleep.  You can't work on 4 hours, you can't get strong on 4 hours.  I left the house at 7:40am with my pedometer on and salad in my lunch bag, I got home at 9:30pm.  I attempted to read Oxygen but fell asleep.  Okay, devil, you win yesterday, but I'm rested and ready to go today!  Watch out!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


...Yes, yes I did. 
So far I'm up after just a few hours sleep (this is gonna change starting tonight no matter what), had my coffee (no Sweet N Low), and a big heaping bowl of oatmeal.
This is my early morning Me desk - -
Clockwise from top - my Quaker oats cilander,my coupons I cut out, lap top up and going ready to post this post actually, bowl of quick oats with 1 tbsp honey and 1 tsbp cinnamon, my Nook and look who is on it - Tosca!  I subscribed to Oxygen via my Nookcolor last night.  Above that my coffee, next to that my Bible with the year reading plan, and then my green recipe folder with the Crock Pot lid on top of it - I'm making Mediterranean Chicken with pepperoncini and kalamata olives tonight and so looking forward to it.

I get up with my husband about 5am every morning.  I walk him out the door and the come to this breakfast counter and love this quiet time.  I try to plan my day, get my daily dose of spirituality, and hopefully some breakfast.
I weighed in this am and lost 1.3 pounds.  I think my body is used to 164 NOT being my normal weight.  I'm more normal in the 162 area.  That's going to change, too!  I measured myself today too.  I hadn't done that since Jan 1st.  I lost 1/2" in my neck (that can't be right), 1/2" in my waist, and 2.5" in my hips.  I don't think I measure myself right.  But we'll see.
Does anyone else read Oxygen?  I was so excited to tap through the pages, but mostly I saw vitamins and pills and powders.  Am I so naive to think the bodies on those pages are purely by Clean Eating and working out? 
While I ponder that thought, I'm going to knock out some situps and work these abs!  
Have a great day!

Monday, April 16, 2012

75 days - I need some motivation, OUCH!!!

Man that hurts. 
That's definitely my theme, isn't it?
I have 75 days to do what I set out to do.  Surely I've been told that the 40 by 40 was too much and that I didn't need to lose that much weight.  So I don't feel too bad.  But 20 by 40 - that's doable.  It's still doable.  And I can't say I didn't start a year ago, I did!  But my new job interferred, an excuse, yes, but the truth. 

I bought a swimsuit Sunday and surprisingly I love it.  And what does that mean? It doesn't mean I look hot and sexy, it means it hides everything well without being a moo-moo suit.  I hung it up on my dresser mirror to remind me every morning - I can do better! 
I can do better than skipping breakfast and then eating Doritos during the day cuz I'm starving.
I can do better than 2 Starbucks Doubleshots and a 5 hour energy drink.
I can do better than eating cheese
I can do better than surfing the net at breaks and lunch rather than walking
And I sure as hell can do better than 164 pounds!!!

75 days and counting!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

87 Days - National Walking Day

87 more days?!  OMG so scary!  But I'm confident.  I think.  Ugh.

Starting my return to the blog (sorry, it has been CRAZY in every sense of the word), it's a perfect day because it's National Walking Day!!!!

I clipped my pedometer (still at 20975 from the zoo over a month ago) on after I've been up for 3 hours (missing those steps) but I'm gonna hit 10K today.  Our office is celebrating by walking outside for 30 minutes!  I'm so excited, not just for me, but to hopefully see lots of people donning their tennis shoes and lapping our campus!

I had a good breakfast with my daughter this morning!
Scrambed Eggs with salsa on honeywheat toast!

And for my happiness portion - look what a wonderful husband got for us?!?! 
MOTLEY CRUE!!!! and KISS!  What an awesome combo!  I am excite beyond belief!!!

And on that note, let's KICK START our HEARTS to start the morning off right.....