Monthly Archives: April 2016

Passover the bread…Literally!

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Happy Passover to my Jewish peeps!

For those of  you not in the tribe, this is the holiday with the Matzo not the Menorah.

We headed back up to Los Angeles this past weekend to celebrate with my husband’s family. He grew up in a very strict Kosher household and there are many rules about bringing outside food in during Passover. My husband only has 1 rule for me. I’m not allowed to bring in anything. I have a bit of a reputation for being a trouble maker, and in years past I have been caught bringing in contraband.

So, I packed a huge cooler, and went out to the car whenever I needed a little snacky.IMG_2111

Most Passover food I am not down with ie. gefilte fish (barf)! But I love me some Matzo and cream cheese. I have been off gluten for a few weeks, so this lovely combination of wheat and dairy did quite a number on the tummy, but it was so good!

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I wasn’t as healthy as I should have been this weekend and I am paying for it in bloat. But you know how it is spending all day in a house with your extended family.

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I did get in a hike on Sunday morning. I met up with a girlfriend who lives in the area and we were planning on a quick little hike at a new spot near her house. Turns out it was a 6 mile loop! It was beautiful, but it ended up taking us over 2 hours to complete.

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It felt great to get a workout in but I wish I hadn’t indulged so much the night before.

I am trying unsuccessfully to not dwell on the fact that I have been working out like a beast for the past 2 months, and trying to watch what I eat without doing some crazy diet, or pill, and still not being close to where I want to be (sigh).

Until next time.

Betsy

Weekend Warrior No More

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I don’t know about you, but I am notorious for watching what I eat all week long, and as soon as the weekend hits its party time. And by party I mean meals out and children’s birthday parties, and let’s be honest. Kid’s food is AMAZING.

This past weekend was no different but we threw in an extra curve ball. We went out of town for a birthday party and to visit family. Now that I am in a really good rhythm with my eating I was trying to be extra aware of what I took in.

It was F’ing hard! Like, really hard.

It would be so much easier, and might I say more fun to indulge.



I stuck with a salad with balsamic vinegar, some fruit, and a bit of spinach dip.  
We happened to be near my husband’s Mom’s house so we dropped the boy’s off at their grandma’s and we peaced out.

For dinner we went to a restaurant called Bonefish. I had heard good things and wanted to try it. Once again I had the chance to indulge but I had to make a very conscious decision to not eat the bread, and I ordered mindfully. I wasn’t very impressed with the food. It was just ok.  

The hotel had a complimentary breakfast, so I opted for my girl Gina’s go to. Eggs and oats.

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We stopped for lunch on the way home and I had this glorious salad at Swami’s Cafe:

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All in all, I would give myself a solid B+ on my weekend eats. I handful of Chex mix did find its way to my mouth, as well as a bite of my husband’s bread at dinner. I am only human for Christ Sake!

I’m curious, do you have any healthy tips for traveling?

Or do you just say screw it, I am on vacation! (My dream!)

Until next time!

Betsy

 

1 meal, 2 different ways.

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Hey guys! I hope everyone is doing great!

As I had mentioned, we are trying to cut back on the junk. I have recently cut out grains and wheat, most dairy, and all added sugar. I know that drastic a change wouldn’t fly with the fam bam, but I am secretly cutting back where I can with them.

This recipe was waaaaay better than I had expected it to turn out, as I am still nervous about using wheat alternatives in cooking:

 

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Flavorgod seasonings are AMAZING!

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I added the following to a large mixing bowl:

1 lb sweet chicken sausage, 1 lb ground beef, 1/4 C chopped carrots, 1/2 C onions, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup almond meal, 2T coconut flour, and a few hefty shakes of Flavorgod.

Mix everything together with your hands, (there’s really no other way).

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Form the balls, and brown them. I can actually brown meat in my new crockpot– mind blown!

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Remove the meatballs from the pot, set aside.

Look at those little meaty bites of heaven.IMG_1735

Here is the spaghetti squash, washed, cut in 1/2 and don’t forget to clean out the seeds.

I added the squash pulp side down (is that the right way to say it?) Then put the meatballs back in, added an entire can of tomato sauce, and a can of diced tomatoes. I used Rao’s Marinara because the ingredients are super simple and there is no added sugar.

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Cook on low 5-6 hours. About 30 minutes before we ate I boiled the pasta, and threw some garlic bread into the oven for the boys, and boom, Dinner!IMG_1749

The family didn’t know, but their pasta was gluten free. Bwahahaha!

The Verdict:

This recipe took me much longer to prep than I expected, but it was so tasty and totally worth it. Not one for the weeknight rotation, but a great Sunday meal option where you can prep it in the morning, do your thang, and come home to a bomb, comforting meal.

If you make it, let me know what you think!

Until next time,

Betsy

See ya later sugar!

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At my son’s 4 year check up the doctor gave us a little lecture pep talk on cutting back on the sugar for my little man. She basically scared the shit out of me, see the picture below and  imagine the doctor basically telling me that this will be my son. Uh, thanks doc!

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Wyatt has a giant sweet tooth, and can turn into a huge troll when he wants candy. I’ve honestly never seen a kid love sweets as much as he does. He will wake up in the middle of the night asking for a piece of candy.

Needless to say we have slowly started eliminating a lot of the everyday sugary foods like granola bars and gummies. Oh, and I got rid of a little candy.

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The timing worked out well because I was just about to start a 21-day challenge of eliminating several foods, including sugar. (I will share my experience at the end of the 21 days.)

I’ve been swapping the gummies and granola bars with fruit, raisins, string cheese, Greek yogurt, air popped popcorn, and nuts. They aren’t going cold turkey, but we’ve definitely cut way back and will continue to. And snack suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

I guess no more Cinnamon Roll parties before school. Womp Womp.

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So far it really hasn’t been that bad. I was expecting a lot more meltdowns and tantrums. Also, I’ve been doing a lot more cooking, and we have been trying not to eat out as much. Tomorrow I can’t wait to share an awesome meatball recipe with you all!

Until next time.

Betsy`

My little A-ha!

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Happy Monday!

Said no one ever!

I hope you had a great weekend! I wanted to share our weekend, and a little A-ha moment I had.

It seems like we eat out every meal but breakfast on the weekends, so I wanted to have a nice home cooked dinner on Friday. I made spaghetti and meatballs, and a spaghetti squash for myself. It was REALLY good. I can’t wait to share this recipe with you all this week!

Saturday morning we hit the ground running! 8:00am Baseball game, 10:00 Cardio session, and a 12:00pm Tball game. The little guy couldn’t quite hang by the end!

Every year, our kids’ school has a fundraiser and auction. One of the the auction packages was a tour of our local fire department, and dinner with the fire men. I was a little disappointed when it turned out to be a family event, and the “firemen” weren’t really strippers, but I guess this was fun too : )

Just kidding! The kids had the time of their lives!

They made us the traditional San Diego Fire Department meal; a taco salad.

And let me tell you, it was SO good. I will definitely be making this for the family in the future! They grilled up hot dogs for the kiddos.

Sunday we had a birthday party, and some errands to run. Just so you know, I did NOT touch 1 single donut. And can we take a minute and look at these balloons. I mean, is this guy some sort of balloon wizard?  I’m in total awe, and a maybe little freaked out by that creepy face on Luke Skywalker.

This weekend was jam packed with kid’s activities, and a few weeks ago I would have easily blown of the gym, and my diet (those donuts!) because it would be such an easy excuse. But here’s the weirdest thing.

I didn’t and I WANTED to go to the gym!

I was actually looking forward to it and made sure to carve out time for it this weekend. Who am I?

I may or may not have mentioned to everyone at tball:  “Yea, I just worked out.”

I was so proud of myself! I am taking this journey one day at a time, and today I feel great!

Until next time.

Betsy

Why I suck….at losing weight.

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I really do have amazing intentions when it comes to diet and meal planning. I am hyper organized, make lists for my lists, and always have the most grandiose plans when it comes to my diet…..But,  I LOVE food so much! Also, I have always loved cooking. I dabbled for a bit in culinary school after my second kid, and worked in restaurants all through college.

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I know that 85% of my success is what I put in my mouth.

Exercise has never been my issue. I am actually very athletic, so getting me into the gym for a hard core sweat sesh is fun to me.

Full disclosure, it is taking every fiber of my being not to just get some diet pills, lose my appetite for a few weeks, turn into a raging bitch and call it a day.

Unfortunately, I made this stupid promise to myself going into 2016 that I would respect my body more, and take better care of myself. Apparently that doesn’t include legal amphetamines.

So I’m trying to do it the old fashion way. And it f’ing sucks. I’ve actually gained weight in the last few months.

I am currently not eating sugar, dairy, or wheat. Bleh.

I always somehow find a way, reason, excuse, whatever, to sabotage my diet.

Common go to’s include but are not limited to:

-I’m exhausted

-Lets go out

-It’s too late to start cooking

-I had a shit day and deserve a burrito (most common)

Another issue is prep. Mainly because by Wednesday I’m sick of the food I made on Sunday and don’t have the energy for another round of prep.

Do I just not want it bad enough yet?

Is this my punishment for all of the crash diets i’ve been on for the past 20 years?

Am I crazy, or has anyone else been through this?

Until next time!
Betsy

24 Hour Training Experience (Weeks 1 and 2)

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About a month ago I had mentioned that I was meeting with the fitness director at my local 24 Hour Fitness to talk about hiring a trainer.

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Quite frankly, I have never been incredibly impressed with 24 Hour. It always seemed like such a big impersonal/ corporate machine so I didn’t have high hopes when I met with Kevin.

I have never been known to mince words, and over the phone I made it very clear to him that this was not my first trip to the trainer rodeo.

At our meeting Kevin sat down with me to talk for a good half an hour. We had this amazing conversation about my past struggles with dieting, my personality, my goals, and what I wanted to get out of training. I’m not kidding when I say it was like a glorious cathartic therapy session. I felt like he really got me, and I didn’t want to stop gabbing!

The second half hour he assessed my current fitness level, and immediately picked up on some form and flexibility issues I’ve been dealing with. We talked about scheduling, and who from his team would be a good a fit.

About a week later I met with my new trainer Elaine. She was adorable without being cheesy, with a little sass, and I could tell immediately that we would hit it off.

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At our first meeting she took my weight and measurements and did a short circuit that was pretty intense. I am really excited to see my progress. We will be meeting 3-4 times a week for the next 6 weeks and she will be helping me with my nutrition.

Week 1:

We have been doing a ton of HIIT, strength, and lots of heart pumping activities like burpees, mountain climbers, and sprints in between weight sets. I’m really feeling her style, but I haven’t made many changes so far this week in the nutrition department. Baby steps. Oh, and I am SO sore I literally can barely sit down to pee!

Week 2:

I am definitely feeling stronger and that is an awesome feeling. I am tracking what I am eating, sorta. This is the first time I’ve basically just tried to wing it with the nutrition logging into MyFitness Pal. It’s not working. Mama needs structure.

Elaine is working on a meal plan for me. She wants me to give her 1 month of following the plan.That’s going to be tough!  We took my measurements again and I am down 2% body fat but the scale IS NOT moving. So while I am getting stronger, and yes muscle weighs more than fat, my jeans are still tight and that ain’t okay.

Over the next two weeks I will try my best to follow her meal plan, and be back with another update, and hopefully be a few pounds lighter!

Until next time.

Betsy

 

 

Finding My Voice

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Good morning! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I cannot believe it is already April! This year is flying by!

Yesterday marked 2 years since my son got sick (He’s perfectly healthy now!) and a series of events to follow that led us into the worst 18 months of our lives. It was horrific, and at some points I didn’t think I would be able to make it through.

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But we fought through and are now in a better place than we have ever been. I am learning to enjoy life more, and not take anything for granted. This awakening is what inspired my blog, so I wanted to explain in a little ore depth where I am coming from.

I don’t know quite yet want I want to say in the long term, what exact direction this little blog is going in. I don’t have some grandiose master plan.

I’ve never been one to follow a specific path.

I just want a place to share my life, and my life is all over the place!

Yes, diet and exercise are a huge part of my life. Not because I have ANY professional training in either realm. It’s more because I am mother of 2 kids in her mid 30’s and I really want to be healthy for them, lose about 30lbs and get toned and sexier. I want that light bulb to go off, and all of a sudden I am balls to the wall with my diet and exercise. And I thought maybe if I shared my journey it would light a fire under my ass to actually do it.

But guess what?

I am a teacher, daughter, and dog mom, trying to navigate raising 2 crazy boys, while maintaining my identity as a wife and a friend. I am also a chocaholic, shopaholic, shoe obsessed, culinary school drop out.

I find writing this blog extremely fun and cathartic, and I enjoy writing very much.

So yes, one day I may be talking about my workouts and eating plans, and in the next breath showing off my mad Pinterest skills at my kid’s party.

If it’s going on in my life, or inside my head, good or bad, I will most likely put it out there.

I love to share. In fact, believe it or not, I have been known to overshare. 🙂 I am documenting with you my personal journey to find health, happiness, wellness, and balance in this crazy life. And I am having a little fun along the way. And I really hope you enjoy reading it!

Until next time.

Betsy