Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fajita Mix

In my quest to eat better, I have been re-evaluating the foods I love and trying to make changes. Fajitas are one of my faves but the tortilla, cheese, and sour cream are not tummy friendly. I was really craving them and decided to make my own mix. It was super tasty and The Husband kept repeating that he loved it.

Fajita Mix
4 peppers (any combination of green, red, or yellow will work)
Half a white onion, chopped
8 oz white mushrooms
2 cups of chicken

1. Take a tablespoon of butter and cook onions and mushrooms for a few minutes until onions start to thin.

2. Take the chopped peppers and add them to the mushroom and onion mix. Cover and cook on medium for about ten minutes depending on how soft you would like the veggies to be.

3. Add chicken. If you have time, you can cook your own chicken and cut it up but I used some of the Tyson Ready Made chicken.

4. Cook for another five minutes or so.

5. Serve in a bowl and add sour cream or shredded cheese if you would like. I did not add sour cream to mine which caused The Husband to tell me I had become a stranger to him.

Ta Da! Dinner made super easy.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Motivation Monday- Under Construction

I have officially gone two weeks without eating out and have been doing great on going to the gym. Last Tuesday was the first day I went and I was pretty nervous. For some reason, I feel weird walking in when I haven't been there in a while. It feels like everyone is looking at me and knows that I have not been there in forever.

Anyway, I was working on my fitness feeling all great when six high school girls walked in in booty shorts and half shirts. All my greatness floated out of me and I was left feeling like a stick of butter with arms and legs. I know it is not their fault but for some reason I was annoyed and wondering:

"Do their parents know they're half-naked at the gym?"
"Why on earth do high school girls need to be at the gym?"
"How do they run and talk at the same time?"
"Man, Chloe isn't getting the message that Mike doesn't like her."

I realize that the reason they look great is because they go to the gym but I was so sweaty and sore that logic did not matter to me. I finished my work out and decided to call my youngest sister because she's in high school and would know the answers to my questions. After she assured me that they were not there to make me feel bad, we turned the topic back to me.

Me: "I figure since I have braces I'm under construction and should really work on my body."
Sister: "Under construction? You're not I-15."
Me: "Oh, I am. It's just that instead of adding two lanes I want to lose one."

So there we have it. I am labeling myself as under construction for the year. I feel good and am starting to physically feel the difference (it doesn't hurt that The Husband has also noticed the changes). Hopefully I can continue to go to the gym and make smart eating choices.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Fashion Friday- "Fancy"

It drives me nuts when I wear dresses and skirts (which is all the time) and people ask me why I'm dressed up. They never believe me when I say that I just felt like wearing wearing it. Today I ran into someone from work at the grocery store and she asked me why I was so "fancy." Why do dresses and skirts automatically have to equal "I'm trying to be fancy"?

I want a world wear I can wear whatever I want and curl my hair and people won't ask me what the occasion is. People that know me know that's just how I dress and I love them for it. They know when I'm going to the store and when I'm really trying to be fancy. Just because I'm running errands doesn't mean I have to wear sweats.

As for my outfit today, I feel I cheated because the belt comes with the dress. One of my goals this year is to buy more jewelry because I have started to realize the difference jewelry can make when it comes to an outfit. My fear has always been that I can't pull it off but it's time to forget the fear and just accessorize the hell out of my life!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Turkey, Black Beans, and Tomatoes Mix

I got this recipe from my friend Colleen a couple months ago. She does emeals and cooked it up one summer day before we went to the pool. It was delicious and I have cooked it quite a few times since then.

You can also cook up some rice-a-roni and mix it all together but since I'm trying to be healthy (and I LOVE rice-a-roni and will eat it all), I decided to try it with lettuce. It was supposed to be a wrap but my lettuce struggled.

Also, I forgot the actual name of the recipe so I just made the title up. Sorry!

Turkey, Black Beans, and Tomatoes Mix
1 lb. ground turkey
1 15oz. can black beans
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
Some lettuce (washed)
Sour cream
Shredded cheese

1. Cook turkey until done.

2. Drain both black beans and tomatoes. Add both to turkey and mix. I usually cook it on medium for about five minutes.

3. Get your lettuce leaves ready. Although this is a wrap I should mention my lettuce is usually too disfigured to neatly wrap around anything. I don't know how P.F. Chang's does it.

4. Get your frenemies ready (sour cream and cheese). Although, they add so much flavor to a meal, I tend to overindulge and then things aren't as healthy as they should be. 

5. Set lettuce on plate and put some of the turkey mixture on top. Top with shredded cheese and sour cream. Enjoy!


Monday, January 21, 2013

Motivation Monday

Back in October I was really on top of getting in shape. I lost weight from July to October simply by changing the way I eat. I kept a journal of what I ate (no calorie counting, just wrote down what I ate) and realized what my big problems were (I..E. bread and other carbs). Plus, I cut out all fast food and ate out less.

The biggest accomplishment was that I began running and really made tons of progress in just a few weeks. I looked forward to it every day and loved seeing how far I could go.  However,  I got sick then had a family emergency that required me to go to Utah and I stopped. As we all know, once you stop it's even harder to get back on track.

That's what I'm trying to do, get back on track! I have started by keeping track of my eating habits again in my adorable notebook:

Isn't it cute? I love glitter!
To hold myself accountable, I will officially make Mondays my motivation days. I will update on how I'm doing on the health front. The goals I want to accomplish are:

- Work out at least four times a week
- Only eat out on date nights (once a week) or special occasions
- Try one new recipe a week (this will help me eat out less)
-Get a fitness evaluation at my gym

Not too hard, right? I weighed myself this morning and am at the lowest weight I have been in about six years. Not to mention I can feel the difference which I think is more important than any number. Hopefully, the changes I can see and feel will be what helps me keep going!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Pin Envy

Although Pinterest is excellent for food, fashion, and all sorts of other ideas, sometimes it makes me sad. I so wish my Pinterest closet was real. I have to come a point where my style is evolving but the clothes I currently have don't go with that style anymore. I really wish I could get rid of (almost) everything and start fresh.

Image from Pinterest
I really love the feminine kind of retro 60s look and anything preppy. If I could, I would probably only wear skirts and dresses because that is what I feel the most comfortable in. My style icons are Jackie O, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Middleton, and Blair Waldorf. 

All images from Pinterest
These are a couple if the items I wish would simply appear in my closet. Over the next few weeks, I plan on cleaning out my closet and starting to really put together a wardrobe that is feminine, preppy, and classy. Wish me luck!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Name Change

So as some people have noticed, I changed the name of my blog. I feel this is more fitting and will allow me to go back to writing about a variety of stuff and not just when I do something domestic. I have always found writing therapeutic and hope I will be able to do a lot more of it now.

Also, I totally forgot to mention last time that I now have braces (so awkward). I know I will be happy with the end result but eating is absolutely no fun. I feel like no matter how much I floss or brush my teeth are never clean. Plus, my smile is so weird now. It either looks like I'm forcing it or I look like the Joker. Let this be a lesson to you all, never lose your retainer in college!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Year, New Opportunities

And just like that, it's 2013! I can't believe it.

December was a great month for The Husband and I. He got promoted, my family came to spend Christmas with us, and we were able to spend more time together than we have the in past few months. Plus, thanks The Husband, I welcomed Michael into my life:

I hope that 2013 continues the trend of being amazing like 2011 and 2012 were. As time goes by, I realize how important it is to really evaluate your life and make the things you want happen. No resolution or anything, just focus and go after what you want.

I really believe that the first day of the year is an idea of how the rest of the year is going to go. I spent it baking, reading, running, and laughing with The Husband. I hope that continues through the rest of the year.