Thursday, May 4, 2017


A.K.A Rules For When I'm Sick

I've been under the weather since we got back from Dallas on Monday.  I don't know why but it seems like people have wanted to have these long, lengthy, conversations with me since I got sick.  I have also realized that I HATE holding conversations with people when I'm sick.  So, here are a few rules for interacting with me when I'm sick.

If  you see me sitting in the corner of waiting room at the dance studio instead of my normal spot, this means that I'm sick.  You can come over, say "Hi", exchange pleasantries, and we can converse for a couple minutes.  When I start looking at my phone that is your cue to walk away.  I'm betting I have already told you I am very sick and that is the reason I have put myself in the corner, to stay by myself and not get anyone sick.  

I don't want to talk about how team works, I don't want to tell you about the summer schedule, I don't want to debate over my views on recital pictures and my views on the recital itself, I don't want to talk!  {Can you tell I had to deal with this??!!??}  My problem is that I'm not 'sick enough'.  I don't have a hacking cough every 2 minutes, I'm not sniffling and blowing my nose every 2 seconds, I am a functioning adult who feels like crap. 

Why do people feel the need to use these days to chat up a storm and invade my bacteria-ridden space?  I'm trying to get work done, and make it through the rest of the evening.  I don't want to be here and if I had a choice I wouldn't.  

So next time you see me, huddled in the corner chair, looking miserable.  Say "hello!", and then walk away.  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fitness Favorites

I have a list of things I bring with me to the gym.  If I forget one of them I feel like my workout is useless.  {I know it's not though} I have forgotten these before and it's not fun.  I always make sure to 

1.  Pre-workout aka Rocket Fuel

Right now I'm using Scivation's Xtend Go and RSP Quadra Lean.  These give me just enough "get up a go" to get me through my early morning workouts.

2. My headphones & Phone

These go together.  They are useless without each other.  While I do my cardio I watch Netflix {I'm currently working my way through the seasons of Shameless}  While I lift I listen to either Pandora or IHeartRadio.

Recently I came across an app called Aaptiv.  Aaptiv is an "On-demand audio fitness that combines the guidance of a trainer with the perfect playlist to give you a fresh way to work out."
This app is really cool!  It's like being in a fitness class or having a personal trainer right there with you.  They have classes in running, cycling, ellicptical, yoga, strength training, and race training.  This thing is so helpful that I will lose clients if too many people find out about it. 
I love yoga but going to actual classes is tough for me due to the kids schedules.  With Aaptiv my living room, my bedroom, my front yard, anywhere becomes my personal yoga studio.    
It's available on Android and iPhone.  Click HERE for more information
3. Heart Rate Monitor

I track my heart rate during all my workouts.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook {or if you've been reading my blog for a while} you know that I'm an ambassador for Polar.  Currently I'm rocking the V800.

4.  Change of Clothes

After my workout I have clients so, if I don't bring a change of clothes I'm either forced to run home to change before I see  them or, I go see clients looking like a hot, sweaty, gross mess.  
What do you bring to the gym with you?  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

St Patty's Cabbage Rolls

I know this post is late but, better late than never, right?  I made this recipe for St. Patrick's Day.  As you know, I love finding recipes that normally contain meat and switching them to vegetarian/vegan friendly recipes.  This year I decided to give cabbage rolls a try. 

These are super simple and made from mostly packaged things.  In a way this is truly a thaw and dump recipe. 

Vegetarian Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

1 head cabbage (20-25 good sized leaves)
2 bags meatless crumbles (I used Quorn)
2 bags cauliflower rice
2 T minced garlic
1 lb mushrooms, diced
1 large onion, diced

Pasta sauce recipe
4 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
2 T Italian seasoning

  1. Thaw meatless crumbles and cauliflower rice
  2. Sauté mushrooms, onions, and garlic
  3. Mix together, set aside to cool
  4. Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil
  5. Separate cabbage leaves, place 3-5 leaves at a time in boiling water for approximately 4 minutes
  6. Set aside to cool
  7. preheat oven to 350
  8. Place tomatoes and paste in blender.  Blend until smooth
  9. Put in medium pot add seasoning and simmer for 15-30 minutes
  10. Place 2-3 ladles of sauce on the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish.
  11. Place cabbage leaf on the cutting board so it forms a cup.  Place a scoop of veggie meat, cauliflower combination in the leaf and roll like a burrito. Put each roll seam side down on sauce{follow link for burrito rolling directions HERE}
  12. After all the rolls are done, ladle more sauce on top, cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes, until hot and sauce is bubbly. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pants That Fit

This is Mo.
She's 11 (almost 12), 5'1.75" and 80-something pounds.  She's an average size for her age.  Her problem?  Her legs are the same length as mine.  I'm 5'6.5" and have about a 32 inch inseam. My legs are considered "regular."
Mo had basically given up on wearing jeans.  Every single pair she tried on came up to her mid-calf.  She could NOT find a pair that was long enough.  She probably hadn't worn a pair for over 6 months.  
The other day I realized at my lowest weight [107 lbs] I could fit a child's size 16. I was an adult 7, borderline 5. If a size 7 is equal to a girls' 16 then a size 10 in girls should roughly be the same as a 0.

I was basically right.    I went in to Old Navy a few weeks ago.  She is a size 00 in their Rockstar style jeans.  They are super skinny and only a tiny bit too long.  But, she loves them.  They look and feel great.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Goals

I have 3 goals for 2017.  They are rather vague but, they totally mean what I plan on accomplishing this year.

1.Do More  -- This is as simple as it sounds.  I want to do more things.  Get back into my photography.  Start doing the things that I used to love. Buy a house.   

2. See More -- I want to go more places.  The girls and I don't DO enough.  We are together alot but, we don't do much.                                

3. Be More -- I want to grow my business.  I want to better myself.  I want to grow as a person.

So, as you can see.  I don't have anything specific.  I jsut want to be able to wake up on January 1, 2018 and say "I did alot.  I am a better person."

What are your goals/resolutions for 2017?