My Physical and Emotional CHANGE!!

"Nothing ever changes if nothing never changes"

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Croissant

I went to make breakfast and had these YUMMY croissants from Trader Joe's and my daughter says  "Mom those don't fill me up and I said well I haven't finished making them!!"  This might not be on the list of HEALTHY things to eat...but COME ON PEOPLE
 it has two proteins...EGGS and BACON! (Ha Ha)

I scrambled up eggs and thru in a slice of bacon and topped it with some good Cheddar cheese!!
I wrapped them individually with foil and thru in the oven that was still hot from baking and they were all warm and melted by the time the kids were ready to walk out the door....or RUN out my 16 year old loves to do because she has spent her time in the morning getting READY....eating is the last thing on her mind these days!!
By the way Trader Joe's is my new found HOT SPOT.....its fairly new to Austin and I have found several "staples" to keep in my freezer for the days I need a "quick" throw together meal!
One of them being these wonderfully delicious croissants! You set them out the night before and bake them for 15 minutes and I'm telling you, you will 
think you have just had a delivery from the French bakery its self!!  
Well I have never been to a REAL French bakery but in my mind it feels that GOOD!!

Chicken Mozzarella Pasta

Now that I have your attention, I want you to know I'm so excited you came over to my blog to check  out this recipe!!  I started this blog back in 2011 when I was working on getting FIT....
(when I had no idea how to even WORKOUT) and I wanted to write down my progress!! 
 It's sad to say but I have not posted ANYTHING since 2012!
So here we go...I have been inspired!!  Please check back or even go look at some old post on things I did to start my transformation into the world of FIT/ATHLETIC people!!
I saw this recipe from Pioneer Woman last week and I couldn't wait to try it!!
Let me know if you found it as yummy as I did!!

Cook Pasta...I use what ever I have on hand....Penne, Rigatoni
4 very thin Chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
1/2 onion chopped
2 garlic cloves , minced
olive oil
salt and pepper
1 Jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1/2 Cup water
4 oz. Fresh Mozzarella, cut into bite size
1/4 Cup parmesan cheese
fresh basil

Heat the oil and sauté the chicken bites until golden brown, remove to a plate.  
In the same skillet(you might have to add some more olive oil at this point) 
over med. heat add the onions and garlic till nice and soft.
Reduce the heat and add the jar of sauce, the water and mix in the onion mixture.  Then add the chicken back into the skillet and simmer for about 7-8 minutes.
Make sure the sauce is nice and hot before you add the mozzarella.  Let it sit for a about 2-3 minutes to get the cheese nice and soft!!
Plate the pasta and pour on the sauce and top with fresh basil and parmesan!

COASTing.....its a beach thing

I heard once that "if you are COASTING you were going down hill" I guess you have to keep peddling so you can be moving forward and not COAST?

My family and I are at the beach right now,  we have discovered a beach that we have fallen in love with.  Its on the famous highway 30A in Florida....Rosemary Beach!  This is how we found this amazing place!
 I was talking with a friend who seems to be well traveled...(its seems that way to me because I'M NOT) and I asked her "where can I take my family that is in the US and has beautiful blue water?"  She proceeded to tell my all about this town in Florida that her family had been going to for years!  I went right home and told the family this was the place we had to check out!  We are only in our second year but know that it now is a tradition for our family!

So you are thinking... "what does this have to do with food?"

Well I realized when we went out for a family bike ride...which by the way we only ride bikes in this town...that I had been COASTing on my food intake for a while now....I mean COASTing! 

 Chips, Dt Coke, Chips, cheese, Chips, dips...I mean there is nothing wrong with a little JUNK food .....I'm the first to agree we all need a little artificial "stuff" in our systems...but there is a thing called BALANCE....MODERATION!!!  I sent the teenagers to the store to pick up a few essentials...chips, bread, cereal, cookies, drinks and when I looked at the list I thought back to our bike ride and realized that my eating had been on a COASTing ride and not moving forward and that if your not moving forward you are headed backward or at least SLOWING down and COASTING!

So I have put it out there to hold myself accountable to change some things up and get back PEDDLING ......when I get home from ROSEMARY.....

I'm having to much fun COASTING right now !! :)

Important Tool

"They" say having the right tools make things easier!

This is one of my favorite TOOLS I use to plan our menus:

 I have this pad of paper that is a perpetual calendar. 
(  laugh at the title.....but its true...)

 For those of you that don't know what this is....
(which was me by the way.........)

the official definition is:  
a calendar devised to be used for many years,
as in determining the day of the week on which a given date falls.
It's a great tool for making a menu for a week...5 days or 7 days..
but I don't really make plans for the weekend. :)
You can tear one off for every week and file them and rotate menus
 out so you don't get bored with the same menus!
  I ran across this really cool version of a perpetual calendar in
 a new shop in Austin that carries these calendars!
They had amazing paper goods and I LOVE paper goods

this is what our week's menu looks like:
My hope is that you will let me know what your menu looks like!!

"Planning Ahead"

What is it about BALANCE that can be sooo hard some times!!??
In this transformation part of my getting fit I had to learn how to balance my time, my food, my relationships, you name it... for me it was all a balance and learning to "plan ahead"!
I was at a horse show recently with my daughter and there
 is limited food options at this outdoor event
so I had to "plan ahead" and bring our food with us.
 When I was talking to another Mom she said
 "How is it that I am eating a bag of orange Cheetos's and you are eating a Orange??
  I told her I was learning to "plan ahead"! 
What a simple concept, but you have to follow thru! 

What I mean by that is this:
I had to be willing  to change the way I planed our meals for the week so that we could
eat right and have the fuel food we needed for the next day. 

So I encourage you 
to start this weekend and make a meal plan. 
Think about your week... where you will be and how the schedule is in your house.
Then write it down day by day and fill in the nights you will be home and make a menu.  Ask your family what they like to eat and you will be sure to have meals EVERYBODY likes!
My next post will be a sample of my meal menu and how I get my recipes!

Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired!!

                June 6, 2010

 I knew when I ordered would be the last one I would drink for a LONG TIME....
              (190 calories 7 grams fat 17 grams sugar)

It was Sunday and the "transformation" plan was starting tomorrow!  That's the way it always was---TOMORROW, I'll start TOMORROW---but this was different,
I was sick and tired of being sick and tired!

It really all started when I had watched by best friend loose half her body fat...she had 30 % body fat and had gone down to 12% body fat.  This by the way was something I had never weight loss I got that but,  body fat?  What's that and how the heck does someone get that measured?

She not only looked amazing, she was strong, healthy, happy, beautiful, name it she had IT and I wanted what she had!!  I became more and more interested in how she did it and what it took to get this beauty INSIDE and OUT!!

You realize I've never worked out!!

June 7, 2010
So it is Monday morning at 5am!!...Monday.....every good diet starts on Monday right??  My friend tells me that she will meet me at 6am at the "hike and bike" trail (
 and we will go for a run!  I "think" I have the "proper" shoes, the "proper" know.. what ever makes me look the skinniest or the most fit....whatever that looks like???  
 Now 5am comes easy for me, the hard part for me is my COFFEE...I HAVE to have it...or should I call it "coffee milk"....(that is what my Mom called it because, it was mainly milk and sugar with a splash of coffee)...some of you I know understand this. (50 calories  12 grams sugar )
Now that I have coffee I am good to go RIGHT?  I did not know for me that coffee was not fuel "food",  but as of this morning it was my fuel...I did not know what was coming! 
I get there and we run, and run and run...1hour
(578 calories burned)
..that was all...that is what she said "no shorter no longer"...I can handle that! had to be the hardest thing I had ever sounds so simple so easy...
NOT..I had to tell her several times that I had know idea what I was doing!.....She said that was OK she would help me along the way.
I don't know what I have gotten myself into???!