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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites (11-21)

Happy Friday - How many of you woke up to snow this morning? 
*raises hand* 
It wasn't a lot, just a dusting, but man oh man, am I not ready for snow. 
So today, my Friday Favorites, will consist of my FAVORITE things about the Thanksgiving Holiday.
THE GOOD LIFE BLOG's day Parade - It is a classic holiday tradition. I make sure to watch it EVERY YEAR. Even if I'm getting ready - or not exactly in front of the television, it's on REALLY LOUD. Just so I can hear it. I do not have any favorite floats, but I do love watching the music performances... and just the detail they put into a parade. I have never been to the parade, and I hear it's a mad house. But, one day - I really REALLY want to go. Pants or Leggings - now, it's fall, so I think a staple outfit for ALL of us right now is a Big comfy sweater, and LEGGINGS. Now, not only is this super comfortable, and actually stylish - but, it allows for us to be able to ENJOY all of the deliciousness without the regret of a button pushing into our tummies! I know this is a fat girl reason - but, let me have my gluttony! Time -  There is something truly special about sitting at a dinner table with family. Especially when it's family that you normally don't share a meal with. There is always that one story, that we've heard a MILLION times - and we still laugh at. Everyone has there seat - not that they are assigned, but it's just seat we always gravitate too. - now, Klay is not a football guy, but I am. Nothing separates Dinner from Dessert than FOOTBALL.... And it isn't just about the games, it's also about the yelling, cheering, and jeering we do while watching a game. The insults we throw at the TV when THAT quarterback throws ANOTHER pass - that results in an INTERFERENCE (I am looking at you Eli Manning).. or the shade of purple that the frustrated coach is turning. - duh, you knew it was coming. As I've said, I haven't prepared an entire Thanksgiving meal in a LONG time. But, at Klay's parents - one year we had TWO turkeys. Each prepared a different way. One traditionally roasted and the other was DEEP FRYED. You have to try it once, and I would never have it again. There are the traditional side dishes. I usually try to do an interesting spin on one - just for varieties sake. This year, I am going to roast Sweet potatoes and Beets in a sweet chipotle heat type seasoning. I've been working on the mix for a couple of days now. Jim's dad always makes a soup - I am keeping my fingers crossed for his CLASSIC mushroom soup - which is velvety and tasty and AWESOME. A family friend always prepares SEVERAL PIES. And there's ice cream. What more could you ask for? Trots - Last year, the Turkey Trot 5k was my first ever race. And I plan on making Thanksgiving runs a tradition - weather depending. Emry and I are holding out for the weather report to determine whether or not we will be running this years race. It's looking like the temperature is on the rise - and we might be able to break the 40 degree mark for the run! And it just might be SUNNY!

So tell me - what is your favorite Thanksgiving Things?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Stuff (11-20)

Good morning

I want to have a brief Myology & Kinesiology Lesson. Myology & Kinesiology is the study of muscles and bones - and how they interact together.

Today's lesson:

Your Sternocleidomastoid Muscle - otherwise known as the SCM. 

 The muscle has a medial and lateral head and originates (read: begins) at your manubrium sterni and clavicle, it then inserts (read: ends) at the mastoid process. The function of this muscle is to rotate the head to the opposite side or obliquely rotate the head. It also flexes the neck. When both SCM muscles work together it flexes the neck and extends the head. It also helps other muscles with breathing in.

It's also that muscle that when you look to the left/right sticks out and looks very chic. 

Anyway - This is a strong muscle, and you take most of them for granted - until you do something silly, like pick up a bag of groceries, carry it up a flight of stairs, and then look to the LEFT to answer your father, and it decides to strain itself. Yeah - than - it hurts like a B!TC#. Just saying.

There you go - science lesson of the morning - Don't say I never taught you anything. 

Yup - I'm telling you I pulled that particular muscle in my neck and yes I am telling you that I have taken enough medication to put a cow to sleep - and yet - still feel it, and I'm at work.

OH -
Just random stuff for Thursday -

How is Charles Manson getting married and I’m still f****** single?Did you hear that Charles Manson got married? This is only proof to me that this elderly gentleman is still dangerous, and should never ever EVER leave prison. A year or two ago, there was arguments made that, due to his age, who was he really going to hurt? Was he really still a danger? My answer - yes - yes he is, and that's because of his new wife STAR. Yes, her name is Star. And she believes he didn't commit any of the crimes he is being incarcerated for! Smart cookie, that girl. never ever EVER want to live in Buffalo. I mean seriously - there are people who have been trapped at their jobs for over 24 hours. The snow weight is so extreme, that the pressure of it against doors and windows has caused it to cave in to peoples HOMES. Nope nope nope nope. The only thing Buffalo related I desire, are WINGS - and I can get them ALL over the place. Just saying. bought a really cheesy Christmas Sweater for one of our THREE work related holiday parties. It has a HIPSTER Santa on it - and I found matching, light up, Christmas Light earrings to match! SO - when it comes to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest - I think I will be a the WINNER. Only because no one really participates in Contests around here - I'm not even sure why they even make contests. SIGHS - I don't mind winning though. Hehehe

And that's all I got today!

Happy Thursday!

Linking up today!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Whol30 Confessions (11-19)

Today, is Wednesday and you all know what that means! It means that it's Hump Day, and the "Hump Day Blog Hop". This is hosted by Fitness Blondie, an amazing and positive blog I stalk follow. I found a bunch of great new blogs to read, and a lot of new positive bloggers! I have been doing this for a while now and each week, the new bloggers I follow become like new friends... We are a support system of awesome sauce... Are we not?
Go check it out.. and Join in!
I use this day also for confessions... there was this kick butt link-up - but, it is no more... *cries in pillow* But, I still like confessing: This week - with a THEME!
Kat's Whole30 Confessions

I'm sorry what is wrong with Quinoa? Yeah, Yeah I get it - no grains - But quinoa? That stuff is the shit right there, and you depriving me of it makes me really sad.
I am all for fruits and vegetables and eating very basic meals - with not a lot of oil, sugar, or salt - I am WITH you there... But seriously, if I want 1 Tbsp of creamy balsamic dressing to toss my salad in - I SHOULD BE ABLE TOO. am bloated in a way I have never been before. Yes I haven't been 100% on this, weekends are hard, but I am at least at a passing average for this whole30 shabam thing. But, when I looked up if this is normal - found out - it totally is. I feel wonderful in the morning, no weird morning bloat - but, by the end of a Whole30 approved meal day - my stomach is out of control. I feel like there is a ROCK in there. And I look like I am 4 months pregnant. JUST SAYING. And now, I have to add probiotics and digestive enzymes into it, because my body is reacting like this? I ALREADY TAKE A LOT OF FREAKING SUPPLEMENTS. don't intake dairy as it is. I will have a slice or piece of cheese here or there - but I rather drink Almond/Coconut milk than regular milk. I just like it more. And I can totally do that on the whole30 - however - ALL CEREAL PRODUCTS HAVE GRAIN - ALL CEREAL IS BANNED. I have been jonesing for a bowl of Rice krispies in the WORST way. **SIGHS**
I have about 2 weeks left of this bullcrap --- yeah I called it bullcrap - - - - And I know I am definitely made some positive changes in the way I eat. And that is a positive... but, how do I just know, that the second I am allowed to have grains and carbs - I am going straight for the mac n cheese? who have Whole30'd, have you looked on Pinterest for Whole30 meals and recipes? I want to note that Paleo and Whole30 are very close - but NOT the same thing - also BOTH of these lifestyle choices are completely anti-processed sugar, or condiment. So, when I see a tsp of brown sugar here and some BBQ sauce there - I call BS. Damn Pinterest posters - why you setting me up for failure?'t get me started on Caffeine - I swore off coffee (in frequent and mass amounts) a long time ago. But - I really REALLY could use an extra caffeinated cup of hot bubbling Joe - but, you know, not an option... GRAAAAAAAAAR
OH - you know when you have a craving, and you can squash it with a glass of water - or the questions of "Do I need this?" "Why do I need this"... like a little craving. WELL little cravings feel like freaking AVALANCHES on Whole30. I need say no more.
SO - there's my confessions as I trudge through this Wednesday. For real though, it isn't that serious. I am just a little tired - and being at karate from 6-9p will do that to you. Happy Wednesday Friends!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Turkey for you Turkey for me! - Recipe Time

'Tis the season to Gobble Gobble Gobble. Am I right? Now, for the past 4 or 5 years we have been going to Klay's family for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Reasons why I love this:
  1. I only have to prepare 1 side dish and 1 salad for about 6-10 people
  2. I do not have to prepare an entire meal for 6-10 people
  3. I only have to mildly help cleaning up after a meal for 6-10 people 

Reasons why I do not love this: 
  1. No leftovers
  2. No leftovers
  3. No leftovers 

 Can you see the pattern? To me, there is nothing better than re-purposing left over Thanksgiving Dinner staples into interesting day after, week after, month after meals. But, without the leftovers, I am unable to do that. *Le'Sigh*

This year, I could not BEAR it... It was messing with my head. I really quite like turkey. SO, I decided that our dinner for this week, would get us in the Gobble Gobble Spirit.

I am going to share with you the MOTW ("Meal of the Week") and the FTYM "Freezer Time Yum Meal" all of them are themed with TURKEY!!!! Each one of these meals is Paleo and Whole30 approved. SO enjoy!

First of all - let's get down to the important part of this.


This week, I bought roughly 6 pounds of turkey. This will be for 5 meals this week (for 4 people) and 2 freezer meals. That's a 3 ounce serving of turkey for each meal. And, since I am a Working Mother, who works out 5 times a week, and keeps an OCD clean house - I needed an easy way to prepare 6 pounds of Turkey. Introducing - my crock pot.

So easy, you can do it sleeping, Crock Pot Turkey

  • 6 pounds of Turkey Thighs
    (Side note: You can use any part of the turkey you like, I chose this, it was on sale.)
  • 1 large Red Onion
  • 1 bag baby carrots
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    (Fresh Squeezed, or Bottled - whatever you have on hand)
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning - To taste
  1. Place the Onion, Baby Carrots, Cranberries, and Lemon Juice in the crock pot
  2. Layer Turkey on top of vegetables
  3. Season turkey generously - and to your liking
  4. Cook in crock pot on low for 6-8 hours
  5. Once cooking is complete, carefully remove turkey from the crock pot
    (Place on a carving board, large plate, something other than the crockpot)
  6. Remove vegetables, with a slotted spoon (There will be a LOT of liquid)
    place in a tuperware, you've just made one of your MOTW sides!
  7. Remove MOST of the liquid from the crock pot
    (I put mine in a freezer safe container - it's amazing stock for a soup later)
  8. De-bone turkey thighs, and place back in crock pot (It doesn't have to be on anymore btw)
  9. Shred Turkey
So, as I said, this turkey went towards this weeks main meal, and our 2 freezer meals. This is all portioned out for a family of for. 

For the MOTW, you will want 70 ounces (or a little more than 4 pounds) of the Shredded Turkey.
For the FTYM you will want 26 ounces (or a little more than 1.5 pounds) of the Shredded Turkey.

MOTW: 2nd Side -
Sweet Potato - Who needs Marshmallows? - Casserole

  •  5 Sweet Potatoes - peeled and chopped
  • 5 Bananas
  • 4 Cups Almond/Coconut Milk (or nut milk equivalent)
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
    (I usually measure out my serving of nuts - and then place them in a ziplock bag, then I hit the bag with a rolling pin, gets the pieces nice and small.
  • Cinnamon to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large pot, fill half way with water, and bring to a boil
  3. Place sweet potatoes in water, cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes - until tender.
  4. Drain and Set aside.
  5. In same pot, pour in Almond/Coconut milk and chopped pecans - warm over low heat.
  6. Add sweet potato and banana - MASH THE HECK OUT OF IT.
  7. Pour mashed mixture into a baking dish (no need to grease it - I swear), top generously and cook for 20 minutes. 
  8. Take out of oven, you will notice that the mixture has gotten quite firm, with a fork, re-mash, and stir in cinnamon throughout baking dish.
  9. Turn on Broiler - Broil for a couple of minutes - just to re brown the top.
  10. Ready to eat, portion out - yada yada
Now, I portion out my MOTW lunch the night before, and I place it in a mason jar. This is an easy way for me to really tell portion size, and it's also really convenient for a small lunch box! I place the Turkey on the bottom, the carrot mixture in the middle, and a generous helping of Sweet Potato Casserole on the top! 

FTYM - side dish

Cauliflower Carrot Herb - Trust me it's good - Mash

  • 3-4 bags of Frozen Cauliflower (I'm lazy - just an equivalent amount to 1 head)
  • 1 bag of Shredded Carrots
  • 1 Red Onion Chopped
  • Minced Garlic - I used about 4 cloves - I love garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (separated) - or your preference
  • Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Salt and Pepper - to taste/preference
  1.  Place cauliflower, carrots, and onion in a steamer basket - within a large pot. Steam until soft (10-12 minutes) Drain any liquid that has accumulated in the pot.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil in the same (drained) pot. 
  3. Place all veggies in the pot, add seasonings, and coat the veggies with the oil.
    (If there isn't enough oil, add the extra tablespoon of olive oil.)
  4. Once thoroughly coated - it's time to smooth this out - I used my hand blender and slowly processed the entire pot to a smooth, almost creamy consistency. 
  5. Taste Test! Add more seasoning if needed - even some garlic powder, if you didn't add enough minced garlic - just saying, I love garlic.
Now, you have prepared both elements of your FTYM - this is how you store it.
By this time, the turkey that you have shredded should be completely cooled, now, you just have to wait for the Cauli Mash to cool. Once this happens, you can do the following:
  • 3 ziplock bag technique - 1 - for a family serving of turkey, 1 - for a family serving of mash, and the last one to keep them together. Remember, before you place the 2 bags within the 3, you should have removed as much air from the turkey and mash bags - and have written on the outer bag a) What this is b) date you made it
  •  Aluminum Pan Technique - Portion out - remember this was making 2 meals - So, 2 tins - each with family serving of turkey and mash. Then you place a piece of wax paper over the top - push down, so it is kind of sticking to the mash. Then, generous cover with foil. You can write on the foil as to what it is, and when you made it. DISCLAIMER: It will freezer burn FASTER this way - try to eat within a month.
  • Freezer Safe Tuperware - Same idea as the Aluminum pan technique. 


How long does this take me? 
Well - If using the crock pot, I'll make the protein the night before (usually a Friday night)- so that the 6-8 hours of cooking is done when I am sleeping. Then the next morning, I'll start when I wake up, and it usually takes about 2-3 hours, if I am diligent, and clean the pots/pans/utensils used during the cooking processes.

How do I eat the same meal every day for the MOTW? 
I don't mind eating the same thing for a week. Neither does my family. The reason being, is that every week, is a different type of food, different genre, different protein... and I also have a fully stocked seasoning cabinet - it's amazing how you can transform a single meal, with a different added seasoning.

Does the FYTM stay fresh?
I only have prepared 2 meals in the freezer, and the turkey/mash is my third. We have been rotating them - and so far (3 weeks now) they have stayed fresh, and do not taste like the freezer at all. In my opinion it is all how you store it in the freezer. Make sure all the air is removed from a ziplock bag - make sure you have the right tuperware, or that you have sealed the foil as TIGHTLY as possible. ALSO: never place WARM/HOT things in the freezer - it will form moisture, before it freezer, and then ice crystals will form FASTER.

How do you reheat your FYTM?
If I remember, I will take something from the freezer in the morning - and let it thaw out throughout the day. Remember, all of this food is already prepared - so it's really your preference how to warm it up. There have also been days I have forgotten to take it out in the morning, and I will do it as soon as we walk in the door after work. There is a reheat button on the microwave! That can get it to room temperature, and depending on what the meal is - I'll use the oven, or the grill pan to crisp it up.

Is this easy?
The process is a little time consuming. But, if I figure out a way to do both MOTW and FYTM at the same time - it's like two birds, one stone. And I've decided that I'm only making a FYTM every other week - to prevent over flow - and allow to eat the other ones already in there.

Do the men like it?
Overall yes. But, if they didn't - there are other choices - like, make their own food - canned soup - salad - you know what I mean?

SO - what do you think of this style of post? 
I used to do recipes a while ago - but, I slacked off - should it make a come back?
Pictures of Ingredients? Yes? No?
Pictures showing Steps? Yes? No?
What do you want from a Foodie Post?
too funny - I found this when I looked up "Gobble Gobble"




Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Recap (11-17)

Happy Monday Everyone! As I look out my window this Monday Morning, I see FOG, and rain filled gusts of wind. It is an ugly morning out. We are feeling the side effects of Winter Storm Bozeman - who is hitting the Northeast side of our state today... However, since our temps are above 35, we will not be seeing any of the white glisteny stuff! Thank the Lord, am I right? I just can't handle a "winter storm" right now. 

This weekend was a blur of family time, cleaning, mom obligations and etc...

Let's get started shall we? 

Friday night - I picked Emry up from school, and we headed quickly to Price Chopper, just to pick up the final two items that were missing from my grocery shopping trip. Once that was done, we booked it home, I got the meat in the crockpot (for the weekend meal prep). Then I cleaned, vacuuming the upstairs, scouring the bathroom - trying to get the kitchen looking less like a bomb hit it. You know, a normal Friday evening. Then Emry wanted a cheesburger and my father wanted a Coney Dog - so I made a special trip, just for them, to Sonics. Spoiled guys - so spoiled. I figured out dinner for myself and Klay - and we watched awful TV - and passed out somewhere around 9p. I know, total old lady status right there.

Saturday was more eventful. I had to get up a little early, I had intended on running, but I knew I wasn't going to have the time. I finished the week meal prep, and I made 2 large freezer meals to be defrosted for whenever we are JONEZING for a Turkey fix. This week, we are having roasted turkey, carrots and cranberries, with a side of HEALTHY sweet potato casserole. Recipe to come this week. For the two freezer meals, I prepared roasted turkey with a cauliflower carrot herb mash. Recipe also to follow sometime this week.

Once the men were up, the day was instantly started by a pillow/stuffed animal fight between Emry and my dad, like right in the kitchen. Fortunately, for them, none of our food was hurt in the process of this FUN FIGHT... *sighs*. 

I finished that up, took a quick shower, pulled my hair up, and raced across town to get to the Holiday Party Planning Meeting for our TKD dojang - of course, with all my speed racing across town, of course I had time to make a pit stop at Dunkin Donuts. A decaf sugar cookie latte with Almond Milk was a NECESSITY. I know, I'm a weirdo.. but COFFEE. The planning meeting went really well, and I am going to be running a coat drop of from now until the party - to donate to my job. The whole theme of the holiday party is the "Season of Giving". Isn't that just wonderful?

I ran back home, with enough time to make myself look more presentable for Emry's family visit. His grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and little cousin (all my ex's family) came to visit. They had wonderful news too! They had bought a house, 20 minutes from where we lived! So, instead of seeing them once every 6 months - we will be seeing them (minimum) of ONCE A MONTH! FUN! (can we hear the Monday Morning Sarcasm?) Well - it's really good for Emry, he loves his grandma, and cousin - and it would really make him happy to see them more often. So, I guess, if it makes him happy, that it will make me happy. I guess... 

After they left, Karissa came over, because she needed a "model" for her Scarves she will be selling on Etsy. Pictures, and link to the store is to come. I don't consider myself a model by any means - but, I was very glad to help. While I did the whole "glamour thing", Klay and Emry started work on building a desktop for Emry... for his school work. I know, 2nd grader needing a computer for school work - just seems wrong, no?

After just relaxing at home for a bit, watching some "A League of their Own",  we headed to Klay's parents, because they were watching my baby niece for the weekend. And, I don't care who you are, baby niece equals mandatory SQUISH THE BABY TIME. Am I right? And she just loves her cousin Emry. We hung around there for a bit, and then we headed over to the Farmer's Market.

Penning's Farmers Market is our favorite Farm to Table pub and grill. It's a couple of towns over, but it is completely worth the drive. It is Hudson Valley Cider Week, and we wanted to see what kind of cider they were sporting. And, of course we had to eat while we were there. I had a bowl of Apple Cider French Onion Soup, and some Pierogies. SOOOOOOO tasty. I paired both of these with a Doc's Hard Pumpkin Cider. Can't get more fall then that, right? ? ? ? ?

We are sad though, because it isn't quite a cold weather place, it is inside the farmer's market, and even though they had big room heaters blowing... I was still freezing. SO, this may be our last trip for the season. :( So sad. We drove home, Emry put on his NEW FOOTIES that his grandma had bought him - and then we all basically fell asleep. It was a jam packed day.

Sunday - Emry woke me up, because "Mama, it's 7:11, and you're an early riser - WAKE UP!" I could have walloped him with a pillow - but, yeah Yeah YEAH - I was up. A lazy morning led to a visit to the Humane's Society to look at a Dog. Well, not just any dog... His name is Baxter, and he is a Great Pyrenees. He has been rehomed twice, because people assume they know the breed. I grew up with Great Pyrenees, and they aren't for the weak willed. I couldn't help it - I had to go see him, and we did fill out an application for him. We are in a stack of 3 pending applications for this dog. And if it turns out not to be us, we will be fine, because we know he has gone to a good home, a forever home, that will love him. Not just some moron who once had fostered a Pyrenees and tried to make a HEARDING DOG into a HUNTING DOG. Yeah, that was the second home to give him back. Makes me nuts. He's a big sweet guy, that Baxter, and I really hope that we get him. Just look at the face!!

After meeting Baxter, we noticed some FLURRIES in the air, and decided that we probably should get a few bags of rock salt for the driveway - because when a real storm is going to come, there will be none in all of our town. So, now, I have basically guaranteed that we will not be getting a major storm any time soon. Hehehe.

The rest of the day was spent with Klay and Emry trying to finish up the desktop build, me catching up on my American Horror Story, amongst other shows, and watching our fireplace glow. 

Was asleep on the couch early - slept pretty well - and now, here we are. 

I had to gas up before coming to work, so there was really no time to get a run in - I will go down to the fitness center during lunch - and whip out a quick 5k.... and then hopefully have enough time to heat up my lunch and eat at my desk. The weather is gross - and it looks like it's going to be this dark and dreary all day. UGH.

What about you? How was your weekend?

Friday, November 14, 2014

5 Friday Favorites About Snow

Happy Friday - How many of you woke up to snow this morning? 
*raises hand* 
It wasn't a lot, just a dusting, but man oh man, am I not ready for snow. 

So today, my Friday Favorites, will consist of my FAVORITE things about the fluffy white stuff. 
Just so I can look back on this post later and remember, "Oh yeah, I do like snow!"

1) Snowtubing - 

Last winter Emry was finally big enough (and willing) to go snow tubing. There is a small hill down by our house - and we spent the day just waiting in line, in our warmest clothes, and launching him down the slope. This year, I am investing in some snow pants, and I am going to join in too. All I had was leggings, hiking khakis or jeans last year - totally didn't want to get soaking and freezing. That would have been no bueno. But, It was so fun to watch Emry, and also to spend time in the lodge afterwards, sit by the fire - and have some hot cocoa! 

2)  Days off from work - 

When the snow comes down strong, and the schools close, and the office closes - we always wait for the roads to be as clean as possible - and then, we go to lunch. It never fails. It makes all of us REALLY REALLY happy. Any place we pick, is empty - the staff is super happy to see ACTUAL people... and we can take our time and just eat at our own pace. Oh - and take silly pictures of beer glasses with mustaches on them. A couple years back, if there was a fear of snow, my office would close. Now, with new heads of the building (who are from Chicago, mind you), the days off are only for bare necessity - otherwise, you take time from your sick days, yada yada. Still, Snow + No work = Awesomesauce. 

3) Scenery - 

Yes, snow can be a pain. It can bring down trees, and make the roads impossible to drive on. But, man oh man - when it just coats the grass and the trees, it is MAGICAL. Everything looks clean, and just protected. It makes me so happy. For instance, my drive to work today, I was in LOVE with. Yes, there was a LOT of slow moving traffic and one accident. But, I was able to take one picture of the scenery. Just EPIC. Just EPIC BEAUTIFUL AWESOME KICK BUTT NATURESAUCE. 

A photo posted by Kateri Von Steal (@katvonsteal) on

4) Warm drinks of all shapes and sizes - falling, landing on the ground, fog as you exhale, it means: HOT COFFEE. HOT COCOA, MULLING CIDER (WITH WINE), POTS AND POTS OF HOT TEA. Am I wrong? What is better than snuggling under a blanket, watching the snow fall, with a large steaming cup of something? And those are the moments where your best thoughts come. Great recipes, decoration ideas, adventures to be taken - they all come as you watch the snow fall.

5) Dogs in the snow - I don't have a dog anymore, but when I did, the best part of snow was watching him PLAY in it. The uncertainty of the cold on his paws, the first bit of snow on his snout. The reaction to all of these things. Dogs are hysterical. I'm sure my cats would HATE it, but, a dog... Snow on the ground is as if they landed on a different planet... The curiosity and innoence. Better than watching TV!

And since it's Friday - what about some Friday Snow Funnies?
I pray for ice when this happens.
Not snow related but - I laughed!
I'm not a teacher - but I imagine they feel this way!
Also not snow related - but - yeah - there's this one broad in my office.
While commuting behind people afraid of the snow falling.
We live in NY - it HAPPENS EVERY YEAR!
Maybe my husband - but he's NUTS!

Happy Friday Friends! Any plans this weekend?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Feeling It - Balance

Over this past month - I have been trying to find the balance, and get back on track with life. Not that life has been awful nor have I felt like I was drowning. However, I couldn't find the happy medium between being healthy, and living. Doesn't that sound, completely absurd?

For me, there is no middle ground, there is no balance between Healthy Choices and Eat All The Things. There is also no balance between Hitting the Gym Hard and Completely Being Lazy. I'm an all or nothing kind of gal, in this respect, and that was completely killing me.
There has to be a homeostasis... there has to be a balance in which I can be healthy and still live. So, I've been making small changes around me, whether it be getting the men to chip in with chores around the house, attempting to do the Whole30 (which all in all so far, hasn't been so bad - except for the Saturday we were away in Connecticut - but even then, not so bad), and trying to do 5 healthy activities/workouts a week. Also, not to overdue these workouts... Get in, do good work, Get out - No more than an hour. the past 4 weeks - all of these changes have come slowly, and I have eased my way in to them. And today - I'm starting to feel it. The balance - homestasis - life. This evening, I have to take 2 martial arts classes. So instead of waking up and pushing myself to do a gym workout, I decided to sleep in. I know this is quite shocking - almost 6 months ago, I was up at 430am, every stinking day, and was in the gym before 6am. I was running 20+ miles a week. I was lifting. I was EXHAUSTED. There was no way to keep up with that regimen long term. The body needs rest. Today, I slept until 6:21am. I could see the sun, and I wasn't freaking out. I got dressed, ran a brush through my hair, made myself a quick Whole30 approved omlet, through it in with my already packed lunch, grabbed some movies for background noise - and got on the road around 6:45am.

I hit 3 accidents on the way to work today. Didn't phase me. I was completely relaxed. I wasn't rushing to fit in an over zealous quick workout. All I had to do when I got to work was fix my hair and put on a little makeup. No big deal. (Side note: The only thing that did occur to me when I passed each of those accidents on the highway - JEEZ Can we all just SLOW DOWN, some of us don't want to DIE today.)

I felt it - the ebb and flow of life - and I was going with it.

I did the above mentioned hair/makeup. I heated up my breakfast. Peeled my clementine - and I sat here. And I started writing this post.

I feel it - good - that's what I feel.  

Am I completely back on track with my weight? No, not exactly. But, I am also not at an UNHEALTHY weight either. I use the BMI calculator as a brief guideline - I know that at the top of the healthy "normal" range, I look fuller (just about everywhere) - and I know when I get down to the bottom of the "normal" range, I look emaciated. I'm not going for dead center anymore. I'm going for whatever happens. a little hippy dippy right? Well - I'm not stressing anymore. I refuse. Do you know why? The stress? Well the stress only makes it worse! I am going to do my best, every day, to be healthy. Eating appropriately - as often as possible. Not being scared of "treats" - well, honestly, I hope to be able to not fear these after the whole30 is over. But, I do, and it's not really the "treat" it's the self control. But, even still - not stressing it. Dessert is GOING TO HAPPEN and fearing it, and feeling guilty about it, benefits no one. I will be as active as I can - as often as I can, and not kick myself for skipping, or missing. It happens - It's going to happen - And I will be okay.

This clarity feels - amazing.
The strength that comes from it - cannot be described.

So today - sit back - soak in life, and FEEL IT. Feel what your balance can be. Then - LIVE IT.