Monday, January 26, 2015

Healthy Recipe | Broccoli Quiche

This has turned into one of our favorite meals at our house.  It's easy, inexpensive, and yummy.  And most days I have all the ingredients on hand.

I especially like this recipe because my one year old will not eat eggs.  I think he hates the texture.  But, he will chow down on some quiche!  I have a hard time being certain he is getting enough protein so this is really a big deal for me.  Do you have a hard time getting your little one to eat protein?

I initially created this recipe when some friends were coming into town so that I wouldn't have to stand at the stove and make breakfast in the morning while they were there.  I wanted to be able to enjoy their company.  This is a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner and it reheats really well.

Broccoli Quiche:

  • 1 cup broccoli 
  • 1 pie crust (I buy the frozen store brand)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c mozzerella cheese
  • 1 c milk (I use whole)
  • 1 small onion
  1. Sautee cut up broccoli and onion in a pan until tender.
  2. Put broccoli in pie crust.
  3. Beat 4 eggs and milk together until blended.
  4. Pour cheese over broccoli.  Cover with eggs and milk.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
*I always line a baking sheet with tin foil and place the pie crust on that while baking.  It never fails that my egg mixture overruns the sides of the crust and makes a mess to clean up.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Healthy Recipe | Vegetable Soup the Whole Family will Love

This is hands-down the easiest, quickest, healthiest meal your family is going to love!  It's perfect to make in advance and freeze to have on hand for busy weeks.  And it's easy enough to throw together on a week night after work.  Not to mention, the entire family is going to love it!

In fact, the lady who shared this recipe with me (amazing coworker and friend) said that her grandson requested this instead of Domino's pizza one Friday!  Instead of pizza!!

While eating it for dinner my husband said, "I can see what the kid was talking about!"

Here is what you need to make this for your family...
  • 1 bottle V8 (you can use spicy but I wouldn't recommend it for kids)
  • 1-2 lbs hamburger/ground turkey/ground sausage
  • 1 small onion 
  • 1 bag frozen vegetables
  1. Brown meat in pan and drain grease.  Add onion and allow to soften.
  2. Place juice, meat, and vegetables in stock pot.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through.
  4. Top with seasoning of choice (oregano, basil, salt, pepper, etc.) and serve hot.

I make this and freeze a few ziploc bags full for nights when I know it will be cold and I won't have time to cook due to school functions, work responsibilities, or exhaustion.  

Let me know if you try it!  Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Confessions of a Fit Momma

So, I've been thinking about all the stuff I post on Instagram, Facebook, and this little bloggy space here and I realized a few things:
  • I never share the moments of self doubt, poor body image, or negative self talk that I encounter
  • I only talk about all the things I'm doing and there are a great many things I'm not doing nearly as often as I should
  • I may appear to have it all together and that makes me laugh.  really hard.
Being a mom and taking care of myself and my family takes a lot of time, compromise, and sacrifice.  Luckily I married a man that is willing and does help out around the house a lot.

In all honesty, there are nights when the dirty dishes sit in the sink and the clean ones sit in the dishwasher because I want to read and go to bed.  There are times when I wouldn't eat anything that falls on the floor because I can't remember the last time it was swept/mopped.

I want my house to look nice, but I want to lead a happy, healthy life more.

I just believe that if I don't take care of myself then how am I going to take care of my family?!  I mean, if I'm feeling bad physically and emotionally, how am I expected to make other people happy?

The best and easiest way for me to feel confident and happy is to exercise and take care of myself.  Therefore, it's a priority for me.  So a lot of times that means laundry piles up until the weekend or clutter litters our dining room table.  Sometimes it means folded clothes sit in baskets littering the bedroom floor.

I try to wake up early and get my workout in so that I have time for those other things in the evenings.  I do a good job waking up and exercising, but somehow things still pile up on me.  Life is busy.

It doesn't mean we don't deserve to take care of ourselves.

I'm going to make a commitment to be more transparent.  I want you to see that I'm not some crazy lady who never sleeps.  I'm just trying to do the best I can with what I have.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My 2015 Word | Shine

Every year I pick a word that sort of represents my goals for the year.  Last year's word was embrace; I wanted to embrace each new moment of motherhood and truly drink it all in as I experienced each milestone with my little family.  I think I did just that.  

This year my word is SHINE

Shine: (v) to give forth or glow with light
to be bright with reflected light; glisten, sparkle

This year I want to shine.  I want to reflect the happiness, blessings, and spirit within me to others.  I want to do this in my role as wife, mother, teacher, and coach.  

I want to be a blessing to my husband.  I want him to look forward to coming home each evening.  I want to make life easier on him and love him unconditionally.

I want to be a rock for my son.  I want to advocate for him and ensure his safety and nurturing.  I want him to feel like mommy is superwoman and she will take care of him at all costs.  

I want to be a bright light in my students' days.  I want them to look forward to my class and see me smiling as they come down the hallway.  I want them to be sad to say goodbye.

I want to help my coaches reach the level of success I've reached within Beachbody.  I want them to love this business and enjoy helping others as much as I do.  I want to help my challangers reach their goals.  I want my success story to become their success story.  I want them to exude the same light and confidence that I do.

What is your 2015 word?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Moms on a Mission | Free Group for Moms

When I first had Carson I truly thought I was going to be Supermom.  Not only did I think I would do it all, I thought I would do it all on my own (with the help of my husband of course).

Yeah, I didn't realize how hard it all is.  I mean, waking up throughout the night, going to work, preparing a meal, packing lunches...  Oh, and then there's all the diapers and bottles.

That's why I am so excited to be sharing this FREE opportunity with you all today.  My friend, Erica, and I have put in all the time and work for you so all you need to do is fill out this application and you can be part of our Moms on a Mission FREE challenge group for February.

We are both moms.  We are both employed.  We are both housekeepers, wives, daughters, friends.  We are stretched way too thin just. like. you.  We both struggled to lose the baby weight.  We struggled to come up with healthy meal ideas.  We didn't take care of ourselves in the process.  We get it!

That's why we decided to host this group where not only will you get to focus on your own personal health and nutrition, but that of your entire family.  Through this group we will share healthy *toddler & husband approved* snacks and recipes.  We will share tricks to make meal prep quick and easy. And we are going to get you moving and motivated so you get that confidence back!

We want to help you take care of yourself and your family all while keeping it simple.

This will be a small, intimate group of moms supporting each other, sharing, and growing together.
We are looking for women who are:

  • moms or pre-school age children
  • trying to lose the baby weight
  • want to feel happy and confident again
  • are tired of being tired
  • want to transform their family's eating habits

If this sounds like something you would be interested in all you have to do is fill out this easy application and join us!

If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment below.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

3 Day Refresh | My Personal Thoughts

I decided to do the 3 Day Refresh after the craziness of holidays died down and the big 3-0 passed.  So many people were asking me about it and it is on special for the month of January.  I just felt like I needed to experience it myself rather than share other people's testimonies, so I figured after all the Christmas cookies, broccoli cheese casserole, and birthday cake was consumed what better time?!

There's a few things you should know about me first:

  1. I have a hard time promoting a product I don't have experience with.  I had my coach's testimonies to share, but I really wanted my own to share with potential challengers.
  2. I love food.  Eating is one of the main events my husband and I schedule our vacations around.  So giving up food for any type of cleanse just isn't going to happen for this girl.
  3. Being hungry quickly makes me hangry.  
  4. I had plenty of excuses not to do this; I almost quit once or twice.  I'm just like you.
Day 1:
I started the day with my normal Shakeology so even I had myself convinced, "No big deal," in the beginning.  It wasn't until that mid-morning Fiber Sweep that I really figured out what the difference was going to be the next 3 days.

Just the name scared me: I worried I would take residence in the bathroom the rest of the day.  (I didn't in case you're wondering - in fact the entire 3 days was surprisingly gentle on my digestive system.)

It was not nearly as bad as I had feared.  It tasted a lot like Lipton iced tea that wasn't completely mixed.

Lunch was good and surprisingly (lots of surprise this first day) very filling.  I was worried when I saw the tiny portions on my tiny plate.  But, the Vanilla Refresh Shake was very tasty (I added half my strawberries to my first one) and really helped satisfy my hunger.

I had a mid-afternoon snack of half an avocado and it made waiting for dinner easy. Don't skip this!

 For dinner, I ate a large serving of roasted cabbage with slivered almonds.  It was pretty amazing.  In fact, my husband said, "This is actually really good.  I could eat this again."  There's your proof.

I attempted to do the PiYo Drench workout that night.  This is when I really started to feel the affect of having no carbs in my system.  I made it about 30 minutes into the workout before I had to just sit and watch Chalene do her thing for the rest.  My energy levels just weren't where they needed to be.

Day 2:
Day 2 I woke up feeling a little tired - no more than usual.  I wasn't looking forward to working all day while doing the cleanse, but internally I was feeling so good that I just knew it was going to be worth it. 

 I had my Shakeology and some strawberries for breakfast and headed out the door like any other day.

Due to scheduling, I wasn't able to leave my room to drink my Fiber Sweep because I had students during that time.  So, I put the water and mix in my blender cup while they were taking a 3 minute comprehension assessment.  All was fine and well until the timer went off, I needed to collect papers, and the Fiber Sweep was only half down.

**Do not let the Fiber Sweep sit out!!**  Not even for 30 seconds.  If I thought it was a strange texture on Day 1, Day 2 just about did me in.  At one point I honestly thought, "What will my kids do if I throw up in front of them?"  

I realize I'm making this sound awful.  It's not.  I mean, it's not yummy, but it's not awful.  

Lunch this day was. so. good!  Seriously, I looked forward to it all morning (not because I was hungry; I was just excited).  Lunch was a huge serving of strawberries (12!) and half an avocado with hot sauce (not sure if that's on the plan) and fresh lime juice, and 5 baby carrots.  Again, I was completely satisfied after drinking my Vanilla Fresh shake.

By mid-afternoon I wasn't hungry, but I knew I wouldn't make it to dinner if I didn't eat something so I peeled the orange I brought to work only to find it was moldy.  Unfortunately, I didn't plan for this and ended up with no mid-afternoon snack. 

That's what did me in on Day 2.

By 5:00 I was ravishing.  I texted my coach saying I was thinking of sabotaging and eating all the bagelseggowafflesscrambledeggsmeatloaf in the house.  Yeah, it got weird.  She talked me down (which is exactly why I love Beachbody and what makes it so different from other products on the market) and told me to eat some fruit and prepare dinner.

I listened.  And I'm so glad I did.

I doubled my veggies that night since I had missed my mid-afternoon snack.  I had roasted asparagus and this cucumber tomato salad that was absolutely delicious!  My husband and son loved them as well.

I didn't even attempt a workout this day.  I knew I wasn't going to have the energy so I went to bed early and let it pass.

Day 3:
Day 3 I woke up soooo glad that I had not abandoned the program.  I had a ton of energy and was ready to drink my last Fiber Sweep.  

Unfortunately, because I had been so tired the night before I had not prepped my meals as well for Day 3 as I had the other 2 which did cause some problems.  But, I threw everything I needed in my lunch tote and off to work I went. (I made sure to bring extra fruit this time just in case I wasn't able to eat something - I definitely didn't want to go hungry again.)

Breakfast was the typical chocolate Shakeology with a splash of coconut extract so that was easy.

I'm not gonna lie, the best part of Day 3 was definitely drink the last Fiber Sweep.  In my eyes, it was quite the accomplishment!

For lunch I had blueberries and leftover cucumber tomato salad with half an avocado.  My mid-afternoon snack was 5 baby carrots, 2 Tbsp hummus, and a banana.

That evening I got my hair cut and went grocery shopping; I got home rather late so dinner was poorly planned again on my part.  I ended up eating half a cucumber with some kosher salt and a handful of raw almonds with my Vanilla Fresh shake.  Surprisingly it was plenty and I went to bed feeling very proud of the fact that not once even in my moments of weakness and poor planning did I give up.

I woke up feeling amazing.  Lighter, less bloated, and ready to take on the world.  I made sure to eat breakfast before I attempted a workout and was so excited to pull out my mat and do my Upper Body PiYo dvd.

I was shocked when I saw my before and after pictures.  I honestly didn't see the results of the 3 days until I looked at this.  I ended up losing 2 pounds and 1.5 inches in my waist!  Unbelievable.

Some things I learned from the Refresh:

  • I think my biggest take away is the need to drink more water.  
  • I will start my day by drinking an 8 oz. glass of water every day from now on.  This made a tremendous difference in how I felt throughout the morning and into the afternoon.
  • Food can play tricks on your mind.  I realized that I think about food way. too. much.
  • Healthy food is filling.
  • Honestly, this wasn't easy, but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  I thought I was going to be starving all 3 days.  I wasn't.  I worried I would have to gag the shakes down.  I didn't.  I know I make the Fiber Sweep sound awful and although it's not great, it's bearable.

    Will I do it again?  Maybe; if I ever get so off track that I need to, yes.
    Do I think this is a great way to kickstart your weight loss?  Absolutely.  Hands down, yes.
Have you tried the 3 Day Refresh?  What were your results?

*If you're interested in trying the 3 Day Refresh or hearing more about the other products and program Beachbody has to offer, simply fill out the form on the right sidebar of my blog.  I would love to talk to you about your goals!*

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Goal Stepping Stones

A while back I posted about my mini-goal incentives that I was working toward as I worked to lose the rest of the baby weight.  Just because the baby weight is gone, doesn't mean the stepping stones toward my goals have disappeared with it.

My goals may not be about weight loss anymore, but I still have things to work toward.  It's important to note: working toward something doesn't mean you're unhappy where you are.  It just means you want to better yourself.  It's a growth mindset.  We should all have one.

I have committed to doing PiYo every single day for the month of January and February.  I'm going to record my progress at the end of each month and turn in my results to Beachbody for my FREE t-shirt (they reward you for reaching your goals).

On February 28th if I've completed the program, I'm going to purchase the brand new Insanity Max 30 program.  I have been so excited to try it!

You deserve to reward yourself when you make small steps toward your goal.  If you don't, you may give up or lose sight of it altogether.

If you struggle with accountability, motivation, and success use these tips to make this year different than the others:

Find an accountability partner.
I cannot stress enough the significance an accountability partner has in your success of failure.  If you don't think you have a friend interested in this, join one of my challenge groups; I will be your accountability partner.  I have challengers that I text at 5a.m. to encourage them to get out of bed and get their workout in.  I have some that text me every night letting me know how they are.  I am an accountability queen - seriously, I need it so I love providing it for others.

Make your goals visual.
Write them down or create a vision board.  Whatever you do, put them in a place where you will see them every day.  My vision board is on my computer desktop so that I can stay focused each day.

Subscribe to podcasts or pick up personal development literature.
I didn't even know about the podcast app on my iPhone until recently and now I listen to one every change I get.  On the way to work, I listen to a podcast instead of the morning talk show.  I always made excuses that I didn't have time to read and turns out, that was because I was aimlessly scrolling through Facebook.  Now, I try to read at least 1 chapter before I go to sleep each night.  It has made a tremendous difference in my motivation levels.

Someone out there is struggling with the same things and they need you to share what you're doing.  It will help to hold you accountable and it will help to motivate them to put their best foot forward.

What goals are you working toward in 2015?  How are you rewarding yourself on your journey?