Overload!

Hi friends! Life has been pretty busy these last 24 hours and I haven’t gotten around to posting today’s blog. Forgive me if I don’t post until tomorrow? I promise tomorrow will be great. 🙂 Thanks for your patience and understanding!!!

 

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Moody Monday

Yesterday was rough! I don’t blame it on being Monday, although that didn’t help, rather I think it was just a tough day and it happened to fall on a Monday. I didn’t get much sleep the night before, so I was tired and not feeling well. Everything seemed to go wrong at the office, with a little glimmer of hope with continued good news from Friday’s good news.

I was good with my clean eating all day, until I got home last night and enjoyed some hummus that I had made over the weekend and chips. Oh, well! Today is a new day and I’m treating it as such making better decisions. For breakfast I ate eggs, steel oats and a little cheese. This is something the boy eat every day, and I have to say no only is it easy, but there is a ton of protein and leave me full all morning (good for days I can’t have a morning snack). For lunch I enjoyed a nice salad with shrimp:

Lunch

What’s in the salad? Mixed spring greens with arugula, shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, sprouts, purple cabbage, baby cucumbers, green peppers, shrimp tossed in a homemade balsamic dressing. It was so good!

For snacks I had Shakeology and yogurt (Fage with strawberries) and a Gala apple.

Dinner I made a Beachbody Ultimate Reset recipe: Garlic Veggies.

Dinner

This is super easy to make (I made it Sunday) and put it over 1/2 a cup of quinoa. What veggies did I use? I cut up zucchini, asparagus, red bell pepper, broccoli, and carrots. I sautéed in a little olive oil and lots of garlic. Yummy!

The boy has been in Dallas since Sunday and is gone until Wednesday. He asked me if I would check in on his cat, Ace. Full disclosure (and he knows this) I’m not a cat person. I grew up with cats, but they stayed outside (except for winter) and chased away the rabbits. I prefer dogs and have always wanted one of my own. Life is so crazy that I know now is not the time, not to mention I want a big dog and I don’t think it’s fair to keep it in an apartment. Anyways, I went over after work to hang out with the cat so it could get out of the bedroom/bathroom. Ace knows that there is a drawer filled with of vitamins and one of them is fish oil. He likes to get into the draw and drag the vitamins all over the house. I was tired of getting up every 2 minutes to stop Ace, so I put a chair in front of the drawer and cabinet. He was pissed, and wouldn’t come near me for 30 minutes:

Ace is mad

He finally got over it (for the most part) and hung out with me for a little and watched t.v.

All is forgiven

One of my closest friend’s was going out for some drinks with her co-workers that were in town, so I joined them for 2 ciders before calling it a night

Drinking on a Monday

Just what I needed on a Monday night after a rough day!

Tuesday started out rough, but is getting better.

Question: What kind of animal do you prefer?

Photo overload Monday!

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Start the week off right:

be the reason someone smiles today

This weekend was busy in a lot of ways and very relaxing in other ways. Friday we got amazing news at work. I cannot wait to share it with everyone when I’m allowed. Later that night I went to a HH, an art thing, and then hide from the horrible thunderstorm we had later that evening. Friday night got a big thumbs down!

Saturday morning I made breakfast and got ready for what was promised to be an interesting afternoon. In a semi round about way I was invited to this things where a guy was testing out a “game” that he had developed. I put “game” in quotes because I am still trying to figure out where the competition side of what we were doing was. Think charades, with one movie clip that you have to film and edit in a certain time frame. Here are some pics from the day:

Saturday Fun 1 Saturday Fun 2

Saturday evening my friend had a birthday party for her husband. They live out in Dripping Springs, which is the county of Austin. It’s really not far from the city, it’s just once you hit the country roads it takes a minute to get there. The view was AMAZING! Seriously can you beat this sunset (no filter)?

sunset

My friend’s husband and dad set up horseshoe in the backyard earlier that day. I was ready to break it in for them, so I challenged the boy. Unfortunately, I lost, however I got my revenge when playing blongo ball:

Blongo Ball

Dominated this game!

Sunday was a busy day. I was going from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. running errands and prepping food for the week.

To start the day off right I had egg whites with spinach and parmesan cheese and a side of avocado.

Breakfast Sunday

The night before I got stung by a mosquito under my eye. YES under my eye! I have no idea how it happened. I didn’t feel it when I got bit, but definitely did after it happened. It was painful. I always get bit, mosquito’s even find me when I’m wearing bug spray. Craziness! When I woke up Sunday morning my eye was a little swollen and hurt, so to help me with my errands I indulged in some of these goodies:

Gummy bears

After lots of errands I went home and prepped food for the week:

Food prep

Food for the week

I even made sundried tomato and basil hummus. I had to try it so I baked some tortillas:

Hummus and pita chips

It is yummy! I’ll share the recipe later this week.

After a long day of prepping I made a yummy dinner of baked salmon with corn on the cob and grilled asparagus:

Sunday night dinner

You would think after all the errands and food prep I would be tired. I thought so too, so I crawled into bed. I couldn’t fall asleep so I caught up on my correspondence (haha, make me think of Friends).

Correspondence

I like to think I keep the post office and sticker companies in business. I love sending cards to my friends just to say hi and let them know I’m thinking about them. After finally falling asleep an unknown number called my phone at 3:30 a.m. I normally turn off my ringer, but I forgot and it woke me up. After that I didn’t really sleep. Needless to say it’s MONDAY! Have a great day y’all!

Question: How was your weekend? What did you do?

 

Fun Facts Friday

Well Friday is finally here!!!

Happy Friday Everyone

At the beginning of the week I wasn’t sure that it was ever going to get here, now that it is here the work day can’t end soon enough. Seriously, I’ve lost all concentration. For this Friday I’m going to give you some fun (and random) facts. Ready?

  1. I’ve always had a great sense of direction. When my brother was born, I was 4, my grandma was tasked with taking me to preschool. I was the one who gave her directions on how to get there and then how to get home. I’m just saying if you ever get lost let me know! 😉
  2. I do not have a sweet tooth, but every now and then I crave dark chocolate like it’s going out of style.
  3. In the last two months I have only had fro-yo ONCE. For a girl who had it every day for 8 months this is a big deal.
  4. I prefer color .5 mm pens or thin color Sharpie markers to black and blue pens.
  5. My favorite number is 13, and was the number I used when I played sports.
  6. Growing up any time I had a major paper or test do for school I would rearrange my bedroom. My parents always knew something was going on when they walked in my room and my bed was on a different wall.
  7. I’m always looking for inspiration and new recipes. One blog that I turn to a lot is Skinnytaste. The recipes are delicious, usually easily convertible to be gluten free, and they’re healthy.

I have a fairly busy weekend ahead, but it should be good! Hope everyone their weekend. Do something fun!

Question:

Why is Monday so close to Friday

Shakeology – Thirsty Thursday!

It is no secret to those who know me know that I LOVE Shakeology and drink it every day.

Shakeology

Shakeology is a meal replacement supplement created by Beachbody, the same company that has created the workout programs that I do every day. Here are just a few of the perks to drinking Shakeology:

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And the benefits of drinking Shakeology:

  • Curb cravings for sugar and junk food
  • Promote weight loss
  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve digestion and regularity
  • Support your immune system
  • Support cardiovascular health

I’ve been drinking it for the last year and a half and it helped me do all of the things above. Now I do it to stay healthy, support my immune system, and keep up my energy. I truly feel a difference in my day when I don’t drink it. Between my workouts, clean eating and Shakeology I lost over 30 pounds in the last year a half. Best of all, it is gluten free! Yay 🙂 Want to learn more about Shakeology go here: http://www.myshakeology.com/lstern412 Want to try Shakeology? Send me a message, I have samples!

Question: What do you eat to fuel your body?

Yummy, yummy in my tummy!

After writing yesterday’s blog I was craving tacos. The thing I love about tacos is that there are so many amazing different versions so you can never get bored. Between  veggies, beans, meats/fish, cheeses the options are endless. Before I headed to the grocery store, I made a list to stay on track. Here’s the list:

  1. tilapia fillets – 2
  2. romaine lettuce
  3. purple cabbage
  4. sour cream (I went with light)
  5. chipotle sauce
  6. sharp cheddar cheese
  7. hot salsa
  8. corn tortillas

Once I got home I started cooking! Here are the instructions:

  1. Clean and cut (about 1/4″ thin) romaine lettuce – 1 1/2 cups
  2. Cut purple cabbage – 1 cup
  3. In a small bowl mix 3 tbsp. of sour cream and chipotle sauce to taste (I would say I put in about 1 1/2 tsp.)
  4. Add the sour cream/chipotle sauce to the cabbage and mix it up. Set aside.
  5. Mix together taco seasoning (see yesterday’s post).
  6. Take taco seasoning and rub it on the tilapia fillets.
  7. Cook tilapia fillets 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and let sit a minute.
  8. While the tilapia is cooking place 2 corn tortillas in the oven to warm up (about 3 minutes).
  9. To assemble take 1 corn tortilla, add romaine lettuce, cabbage with sauce, cheese, fish (I used about 3/4 of one fillet for the two tacos), salsa and a little more chipotle on top.

Voilà!

Tilapia Tacos

I meant to add avocado and squeeze lime on top, but this looked so yummy after assembling that I completely forgot! Best part for all you gluten free friends, this is gluten free and took me all of 20 minutes to make! Enjoy!

Question: What did you have for dinner last night?

Tacos & Margaritas

I’m a BIG, HUGE, GIGANTIC fan of tacos and margaritas. Austin is obviously an ideal location to fill this “obsession”. There are tacos everywhere, which of course means margaritas are offered as well; they go hand-in-hand My girlfriend’s and I in Maryland frequented Uncle Julio’s. They have amazing margaritas (love the skinny guava rita) and food (they’re really great about my gluten free needs). They just opened up a location in Austin and I am SO looking forward to frequenting.

Sometimes though it is just as nice to be in the comfort of my own home making tacos and margaritas. When I went gluten free two and a half years ago I discovered that the taco seasoning I grew up on had the potential to not be gluten free. I was bummed because I knew tacos at home would never taste the same. For a while I would just throw a bunch of seasonings and hope for the best. The tacos always came out differently, and I was never fully satisfied.

About a year ago, my good friend Kelly share a simple taco seasoning recipe that she uses. It’s so good, simple to put together, and great to keep in a jar to always have it on hand. Check it out:

Taco Seasoning Recipe

I love tacos (corn tortillas of course), taco salads, enchiladas, fajitas…all of it! Usually when I’m at home, I’ll be honest, I don’t typically have a margarita. On the rare occasion that I have had a margarita it’s because my friend Maggie was making them for us. I’ll have to get her recipe and share it with everyone; they’re delicious!

Being it’s Tuesday, I’m making tacos tonight for dinner! Debating between fish, chicken and beef. We’ll see what I end up walking out of the store with. 🙂

Question: What are you favorite toppings to put on tacos?