Monday, March 6, 2017

March Goals

I hit my January goals.  I never got around to posting my February goals and well let's just not talk about that as I didn't hit them.  February got busy with the last of the preparations for ZTA day and putting the house on the market.  And the worst was getting a nasty sinus infection that lingered around.  

March Goals 

**  Four workouts a week.

** One strength workout a week.

** One ab work out a week.

** Try one new recipe.

I hope I can hit these goals.  Now that they are written down it seems like a lot.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Supreme Pizza Pasta Casserole

I hit my goals for January and bought the Skinny Mom cookbook.  I made my second recipe out of it tonight.  It turned out great.  So far any recipe I have tried from either the blog or the cookbook have been great. 

Supreme Pizza Pasta Casserole

8 ounces whole wheat rotini pasta 
1/2 pound ground beef
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 small onion, diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
1 (8 oz) container baby bella (cremini) mushrooms, sliced
1 (23.25 oz) jar Prego Light Smart Traditional Pasta Sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning 
1 c. shredded deducted fat mozzarella cheese 
17 slices turkey pepperoni

Bring a large pot of slated water to boil over high heat.  Cook the past to al dente according to the package directions.  Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook the ground beef until no longer pink, 7 to 8 minutes.  Use a wooden spoon to break the beef up as it cooks.  Transfer the beef to a place and drain any excess fat from the skillet.  
Add the olive oil to the skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic, onion, bell peppers, and mushrooms and cook until the vegetables are softened, 4 to 6 minutes. 
Preheat the oven to 350º.  Coat a 13x9 inch baking dish or a 14 inch round baking dish with cooking spray. 
Return the cooked ground beef to the skillet and mix with the vegetables.  Reduce the heat to low.  our the pasta sauce into the skillet,  Add the Italian seasoning and mix well.  Stir the cooked pasta into the skillet, making sure to evenly coast the pasta.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish.  Top with the mozzarella and pepperoni.  Bake uncovered until he cheese is melted, 20 to 25 minutes.

Since I am allergic to mushrooms I left those out.  And as I don't care for turkey I used regular pepperoni.  This dish turned out great.  I hope it is as good warmed up the rest of the week.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

It seemed like 2016 took forever.  Last year was not a good year.  One of the blessing I count is only being out of work for two weeks.  The first job might not have been a good situation and thankfully I landed at a good company and a job I am really enjoying in August.  I let taking care of me fall by the wayside during the first job because it was bringing me down so much.  I became a bump on a log when I got home from work and might get in one workout a week.  Not having to drive by the gym on the way home didn't give me much motivation to go even when the bag was in the Jeep.  I am still working to get out of that funk.  I have gotten better with workouts and even considering maybe quitting the gym this year to do workouts at home.
The thing I am proudest of doing in 2016 is walking the St. Jude 5k last month.  I might not have hit my fundraising goal (came up short $45).  Since I graduated college I have donated money each year to St. Jude no matter how little I could come up with.  Having my college roomie's son go through treatment there in the last year inspired me to do the walk.  It took me 55 minutes to do it.  And the pictures I got emailed from the race after wards I looked so bad it has inspired me to kick my butt back in gear.  Will I walk it again I don't know.  It is inspiring to see the number of people out there and the kids but that wake up call at 4:15 was hard along with the cold.
I entered a Skinny Mom contest.  I entered it because I wanted to win one of the cookbooks.  Instead  I won a huge box full of items.  My favorite item is the water bottle diffuser.  I also won a nutribullet. So any smoothie recipes to share that do not include bananas.  There were some healthy snacks in the box which I will take to the office.  Really nice pair of running capris in a size I will probably never see again.  I got a 4 pack of Tracy Anderson DVDs.  Who has tried her workouts?  Are they hard?

January Goals

**  Three workouts a week.

**  One strength workout a week.

**  Work on organizing my home office.

**  Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

My reward for hitting my goals is the Skinny Mom Cookbook.

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Finding a cure for cancer is something that is important to me.  I have participated in Relay for Life for years.  Like so many of you cancer has been something someone special to me has battled and thankfully most have survived.  
My cousin was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 2.  She survived her battle and I am so grateful she did.  Because of her battle I started donating to St. Jude after graduating college.  No she was not treated there but they not only treat kids free of charge but do research on treatments and hopefully a cure one day.  
This year after my college roommate's son went into remission I decided to join their fundraising team and participate in one of the races here in Memphis.  No I am not running.  I am going to walk with my roomie and several other people who have small kiddos in the 5K.  Do I see myself ever being one of the runners?  Nope but I feel good about doing something other than writing a check this year.  

Last weekend I got a package from St. Jude.  It amazes me that they call those of us who make a pledge to raise at least $500 for one of the races.  To me the real heroes are the kiddos who are battling for their lives.  

If you want to help me out here is the link to my fundraising page.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Being Honest

It is no secret that I have been working hard on getting back into shape over the last several years.  Weight issues are not something I ever had to deal with until my early 30s.  I suddenly started to put some weight on fast after losing a good bit.  The more weight I have put on the less I want to go out in public.  For several years I kept having my thyroid checked (issues run in my family) because I knew something was wrong but it kept coming back in the normal range.  I was told to lose weight.  Not only did I gain weight but I started having acne and was so exhausted.  I finally got someone to listen to me after almost five years.  And it turns out that I have PCOS.  So at least I know what my issue is though I still am not sure that I don't have some thyroid issues.  Now to just try and get in control and that is the hard part for me.  One of the recommended ways to eat is like a diabetic.  Ugh!  I love bread and sweets.  I got really good at it last year and lost 14 pounds which was huge and then the end of the year happened. The stress of losing my job and the stability of my life got to me and I quit eating well and working out.  Losing Nanny the week before Thanksgiving did not help.  I decided to start the year off on a better foot and did not so well at that.  

I went to the Think Pink luncheon with S and Mrs. P.  I have sat and cried a couple times after seeing this picture.  I can't believe how huge I am now.  It kicked my butt into gear for a bit but the job has gotten me down.  It drains me so much I don't have the energy to do anything but crash when I get home.  My eating is still pretty good but without exercise nothing is going to change much.  
I am looking for a new job that is not so draining because no job is going not drain you some on occasion.  It is time to make me more important.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Skillet Chili Lime Corn Recipe

I was looking for a new side dish to try.  This one popped out at me on Pinterest which linked up Rasamalaysia.  It forced me to pull out  my iron skillet.  I love that my grandmother gave it to me and she couldn't remember if it was hers or her mothers.  But that sucker is so heavy to pull out of the cabinet.  

12 oz. frozen corn
2 tbsp. melted butter
1/2 jalapeño chili, seeded and finely diced
1 1/2 tbsp. honey
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
salt, to taste
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. chopped cilantro leaves
3 tbsp. crumbled Mexican queso fesco or queso blanca

Heat ups skillet (cast-iron preferred) on medium heat, add the melted butter and jalepeno.  Add the corn and cook.  Add the honey, cyenne pepper, salt, stir to cook well until the corns are caramelized.  Add the lime juice, stir to mix well.  Top with cilantro, cheese, pinch of cyenne pepper and serve immediately.

The dish turned out great but sadly not a great leftover dish.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June Goals

I have been a terrible blogger as of late.  Not much of anything has been going on.

June Goals

**  Workout 4 times a week.

**  Make 2 ornaments.

**  Read one book.

**  Finish my cousin's baby gift

I did not make any goals for May and did not hit my April goals.