Monthly Archives: July 2016

You Decide My Diet!

Published / by bkleiger@icloud.com

Happy Monday Peeps!

I hope you had a great weekend! We spent this past Saturday on the bay enjoying a little staycation for my son’s birthday. It was fun, stressful, and exhausting, all topped off with a cupcake/cookie/taco binge on Saturday. Okay, Sunday too.

Next Monday is the start of August. While people with a much healthier relationship with food wouldn’t wait for a Monday, or the start of a new month to begin eating better, that is clearly not me!

So I have an idea….and I need your help!

Through Instagram I have noticed that the following weight loss/diet plans have some die hard followers:

 

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Whole 30

The Whole 30

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Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers

 

 

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21 Day Fix

21 Day Fix

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Ketogenic Diet

 

Ketogenic Diet

I want YOU to vote and decide which plan I should follow for the entire month of August. Once the votes are in, and the plan decided I will spend the rest of this week researching it. On Monday, August 1, I will begin that plan for the entire month. I will document my experience along the way and share with you all of my success and failures. At the end of the month I will do a complete review of the program.

So please VOTE VOTE VOTE!

 

Clean Chicken Fried Rice

Published / by bkleiger@icloud.com

Howdy friends! How is your week going? Remember, it’s Friday eve!!!

I have been lacking some major cooking mojo these days. I feel like lately my cook switch has been turned off. The thought of sitting down and making a meal plan seemed completely overwhelming these past few weeks, but I knew if I didn’t start cooking soon, we might have to sell the house to pay for all of the takeout we’ve been eating.

I also knew as soon as I got my butt back into the kitchen it would light that fire again. My first homemade meal in WAY too long was my cleaner version of chicken fried rice. It is super simple, and very flavorful.

I was not about chopping, and prepping much, so here is the almost homemade version:

 

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Fried Rice Ingredients

 

Ingredients:

1 bag mixed frozen vegetables (Peas, Carrots, and Corn)

4 Eggs

3 Cups brown rice cooked

2 Cooked chicken breasts chopped, or you can use firm tofu to make Lacto/Ovo vegetarian

4T Liquid Aminos

2 Cloves garlic minced

2T MCT oil

1T Sesame Oil

Recipe:

-In a large saute pan heat MCT oil over medium heat cook garlic about 2 mins or until fragrant.

-Add frozen vegetables until warmed through.

-Add chopped chicken, heat through.

-Move veggies and chicken to one side of pan and add sesame oil to the other side.

-Scramble eggs in the open side of the pan. Once scrambled combine ingredients in pan.

-Add brown rice and liquid aminos to the veggies and chicken. Mix well, heat through, and enjoy!

Serves 6

 

 

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Chicken Fried Rice

 

Until next time,

Betsy

I have a plan.

Published / by bkleiger@icloud.com

Howdy! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

We went electronic free Saturday and Sunday in an effort to turn our little trolls back into little boys.  No TV, Ipads, or Xbox. It was a loooong weekend but it felt amazing to spend so much quality time with the kiddos. Here they are Sunday helping with a neighborhood lemonade stand.

 

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The Gang

 

Like I mentioned last week, I have been a bit stuck in my life.

I have been doing a lot of thinking these past few weeks.  I have had some amazing support from my friends, family, and those of you who have been kind enough to read my little blog.

That being said. I’ve realized that I basically need to chill the fuck out.

It is time to slow down, prioritize, and start to truly enjoy this beautiful life of mine, instead obsessing about what is next.

#1, Above all things, I need to be more present with my boys and my husband. I want to learn to enjoy our time together more. I need to stop going through the motions, show more patience, and be a kinder human in general.

And for ME, I will finally take the time to nurture some passions that I have let go of these past few years.

I was a terrible student in high school. I attended a very prestigious, and competitive high school, a setting I do not thrive in. As a result, I was a huge, insecure asshole.

When I went to college, and the onus was on me whether or not I attended class, and everyone was there because they wanted to be, I thrived. In fact I graduated college as an honor student. College also ignited in me a passion for writing. Last week I bit the bullet and enrolled in a 6 week creative writing course, and I am SO excited!!!

 

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Writing

 

 

Secondly, I love to cook. Believe it or not I love to cook more than I love to eat. (hard to believe, I know).

I remember being a little girl and just following my grandmother around the kitchen. I even dabbled in culinary school for about a year.

But lately I seem to have lost my love for cooking. I really feel it is something I need to explore further as to why, and my hope is that my passion for cooking is re ignited. To get the ball rolling I went to Bed, Bath, and Friggin Beyond on Saturday and bought a few fun gadgets. I also spent a few hours over the weekend “freshening up” the kitchen.

 

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Cooking Gadgets

 

I am excited to see what these next few weeks bring for me, and I am going to just keep foraging ahead because that’s what moms do.

I think these two goals are lofty enough so I will stop there.

Are there any passions you have let fall to the waist side that you would like to re ignite?

Until next time,

Betsy

Unstuck

Published / by bkleiger@icloud.com

“It’s about taking stock, facing who you really are, and getting going again.”

Excerpt From: Karen Amster-Young, Pam Godwin & Barbara Hannah Grufferman. “The 52 Weeks.”

 

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Unstuck

 

Im stuck. Or maybe frozen. I’m not sure.

Its been a week or two since I have written a post because I wasn’t so sure of what to say anymore.

Yes, I have been working out, but I have been eating like shit and gaining weight at an epic rate. We have been traveling, but that too I haven’t had the energy to post about.

I recently left my position at the school district I had been teaching at since I graduated college in 2004. I needed a change. I needed a new challenge. I felt stifled creatively. It was time to leave.

I have always been a fairly successful person when it came to employment, but I have always been very careful to take minimal risk. I have so many amazing ideas I’ve been dying to explore for the longest time and now is my chance!

But since I left I have been stuck, unable to get these ideas off of the ground. I have literally shut down completely and every little life task seems completely overwhelming.

I think I’m scared. I think I am frozen in fear of the unknown, and instead of jumping in the water, I am too scared to even dip my toe.

But here’s the thing. I am a perfectionist who tends to put WAY too much pressure on herself and I don’t give myself enough credit for what I already do. I have to remind myself (or have my friends gently do so) that my boys are still very young and need me more than I realize. I have a son who has some unresolved health issues we are knee deep in trying to figure out. My husband works up to 60 hours a week, and I am my boys’ rock, (all 3 of them)!

These aren’t excuses. This is life. My life.

So I am going to do my very best to wake up each morning and be the best mother, wife, daughter, and friend as possible, while beginning to slowly realize my dreams. But if it doesn’t happen this week, this month, or even this year, that’s ok, I’m ok. And I will repeat this to myself over and over until I start believing it.

I hope you will continue on this journey of self exploration with me and seeing where this little blog and my big ideas take me. Have you ever been stuck? What did you do to become unstuck?

 

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Sunset La Jolla

 

Until next time,

Betsy