February Goals Update

Hi Friends 🙂

How is your weekend so far?

Yesterday I ran a glorious 8 miles! (on the treadmill!) It took me about 1.5 hours – I walked every couple of miles or so. My new shoes are fabulous – my feet had plenty of room to move in them, but they gave me support and felt great! To be honest, the last few times I’ve ran I’ve had bloody feet afterward – my toes were pinched in my old shoes  😦  Not any more!

I also tried out the orange sport beans and boy do they taste good! No stomach issues either, which was great. I had an America’s Next Top Model marathon to keep my company at the gym, so I was good to go!

I thought I’d give a little update on my February Goals:

1. Train for Grandma’s Marathon – I have followed my plan and I’m motivated to keep on going!

2. Read 2 books. I am finished with Love & Respect and I will have no problem finishing In Defense of Food before the end of the month. I’m loving it so far!

3. Try 2 new recipes per week. YES I have actually done this:

Week 1 (Feb 1-5):

                Microwave Banana Cakes

      Spinach Pancakes

                Orange-Cilantro Black Bean Salad

Week 2 (Feb 6-12):

                Salmon Patties

      Quinoa Burgers

Week 3 (Feb 13-19):

                Vegan Alfredo

                Eggs Baked in Tomato Sauce

                Egg Souffle (see below!)

4. Stay on budget – YES! Even with an impromptu visit to Trader Joe’s, we are on track for the month. What helped me was making lists before going to the store, planning meals, and using up ingredients I already have!

5.Blog more consistently – YES! I have blogged every day since my Feb Goal post on Feb 2nd (except I skipped Feb 3 to get on a more regular posting schedule…)

I definitely consider this month a success so far – I need to keep up on a few things, but other than that I’m feeling good!

Here is the Egg Souffle I made on Friday:

I followed Beth’s recipe…except I couldn’t find my electric beaters, so I used a whisk. I don’t think that whipped up my egg whites good enough. But it still tasted fantastic!

Click here for Beth’s recipe. The only change I made was using Garlic/Herb goat cheese instead of plain, and I didn’t add any dill to the eggs. Jason and I loved the texture of the eggs and I will definitely make this again (once I get new beaters!)

Today’s plans include some stretching/foam rolling, laundry (!!!), blog updates (blogroll, recipes, etc), relaxing, reading and resting. It should be a good day!

*Plans for the day?

*Do you make goals? (weekly/monthly/yearly) How are you doing?

*Are there any recipes you made this week that I should try this week? Feel free to leave a link!

~Holly

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September Update & Office Sabotage

Hello Friends!
Can you believe that September is half over already? No wonder if feels like Fall!
I thought this would be a good time to check out my September goals and see where I’m at:
1. Exercise consistently: Incorporate TurboFire, running and FBB workouts throughout the week, including at least one rest day and lots of foam rolling.
*I have been working out using TurboFire and FBB workouts pretty consistently, and as of a few days ago I was running as well. Now that I’m not focusing on running, I can add other activities instead. I’ve been foam rolling and resting regularly as well. GOOD
2. Continue to eat well: focus mostly on lean proteins/produce at each meal, with a sprinkle of healthy fats and carbs and a small indulgence here and there.
*My food intake has been good this month – I don’t post much of my daily food each day, mostly because that would be incredibly boring for you as a reader and me as a blogger. I’d rather write about life and other subjects! GOOD
3. Participate in Tina’s 30 Days of Reflection for Self-Love. I have been loving her series so far and I can’t wait to see the rest of the topics to unfold.  I have battled with low self esteem and self image as long as I can remember, and any guidance is appreciated!
*I have been loving Tina’s posts! The daily reflections on having confidence, appreciating our bodies and changing our perspectives have truly helped me in gaining more self confidence. When I look in the mirror I now see some good things before I notice the imperfections. I can’t say I ONLY see the good in me after only 15 days, but each day I feel a little chunk of my poor body image is being chipped away! GOOD
4. Read at least 2 non fiction books. I read plenty. Unfortunately, I have only been reading the Sookie Stackhouse books (trash!). Here are my two books that I plan to read: Dance of Fear and Love & Respect.
*I have been reading…more Sookie Stackhouse. I am halfway through Dance of Fear but I have yet to start Love and Respect. I also picked up The Highly Sensitive Person on Monday, but I will get to that book once I finish my first 2 choices. OK…
5. Attend church. I haven’t gone to church in months. I think I have a strong faith in God, but I am missing that weekly dose of worship. I plan on attending church every weekend in September.
 *To be honest, I haven’t gone to church once this month. I’ve made excuses every weekend to not attend. This is my #1 focus for the rest of the month – I feel so much better and more connected to God after attending church. I definitely need that weekly worship! NOT GOOD
6. Clean and organize. You’ve seen my garage. This month it goes away. I’m either donating or selling stuff. I need to get my car back in the garage!

*I have sold a few things on Craigslist (woohoo!), but my garage is still pretty full. My mom is coming over this weekend to pick through for good items for a work fundraiser (Hi Mom, Thanks for reading!), and then the rest will be picked up by a “we will pick up your junk” person from Craigslist. GOOD
7. Stay within our budget! Jason and I are in the process of building our savings, and that means not spending a ton of money at Target and Trader Joes. We’ve made our budget and now we just have to stick to it.
*Our budget has been great this month! We are well on our way for having extra money at the end of the month to go to savings. I encourage you to check out Dave Ramsey if you are looking into how to budget. Following his plan has helped us get on the same page with money, how to save, buying insurance, saving for retirement, saving for anything! GOOD
Everything seems to be going well this month, except I need to pick up a BOOK instead of turning on the tv and I need to get to church.
Did you make goals for September? How are you doing?
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So…we had this sitting in the cupboard…
I know, I know, they are processed junk with empty calories and hydrogenated oils. But they taste great. I baked them up and they will make an awesome treat to bring into work tomorrow. I used to think that my coworkers were trying to sabotage me by bringing in treats — but I have always been able to say “yes” or “no” without any backlash. I think as long as you stick to your answer and not let yourself be swayed into saying “well, maybe I’ll have a little, ok a whole piece”. If you don’t want any, say “no thank you” and thats it! Stand your ground! I understand there are people out there who will literally shove the food in your face, or bring it to your desk, etc. When I don’t want something (either while I was in “losing mode” with Weight Watchers or if I had already had too many “treats” that day) I take it and bring it home to Jason. I usually took a picture and sent it to him to keep myself  accountable and not eat it! Worked every time 🙂
  1. How do you feel about office treats? Do they annoy you? Do you wish people would only bring in healthy foods? Do you feel pressure to eat what other people bake? I used to dread office treats, but I don’t mind them anymore. My coworkers are nice enough to not shove them in your face. Some people eat them and others don’t. We respect each other. I like to bring in treats for the warehouse employees – they love whatever I bake for them! So it’s a win-win for me, I get to bake (which I love) and I get a self esteem boost listening to the guys butter me up about my excellent baking!
  2. If you could go anywhere in the US for a vacation, where would you go? I’ve asked you all this before, but I love hearing more and more ideas. Jason and I are planning a vacation for next Spring. We have never taken a true vacation together and I’m excited about the planning!
  3. Are you going to watch the Top Chef finale tonight? Who do you want to be the winner? I hope Ed wins it all! I recently watched an episode of Iron Chef and Ed was Cat Cora’s sous chef – it was so funny to see him on another show!
Enjoy your Wednesday!
Holly

Goals & Cookie Dough

Hi Friends 🙂

Thank you everyone for your kind words yesterday! That email I received was quite a shock. I would have been fine if she had written “We aren’t interesting in blogger reviews, thanks”. That would have been fine – or just ignore me! That would have been fine too. Yes I wish everyone on Earth was healthy and ate delicious, nutrient rich meals. But I’m not going to judge someone’s diet and tell them what to eat. Moving on!

We had a rain/hailstorm cut through MN yesterday:

Yes I threw a penny outside the door and took a picture! Check out that hail!

I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers write about their September Goals – do you make goals each month? I have in the past but I have gotten away from the habit. Here are a few of mine:

1. Exercise consistently: Incorporate TurboFire, running and FBB workouts throughout the week, including at least one rest day and lots of foam rolling.

2. Continue to eat well: focus mostly on lean proteins/produce at each meal, with a sprinkle of healthy fats and carbs and a small indulgence here and there 🙂

3. Participate in Tina’s 30 Days of Reflection for Self-Love. I have been loving her series so far and I can’t wait to see the rest of the topics to unfold.  I have battled with low self esteem and self image as long as I can remember, and any guidance is appreciated!

4. Read at least 2 non fiction books. I read plenty. Unfortunately, I have only been reading the Sookie Stackhouse books (trash!). Here are my two books that I plan to read:

5. Attend church. I haven’t gone to church in months. I think I have a strong faith in God, but I am missing that weekly dose of worship. I plan on attending church every weekend in September.

6. Clean and organize. You’ve seen my garage. This month it goes away. I’m either donating or selling stuff. I need to get my car back in the garage! This needs to leave:

7. Stay within our budget! Jason and I are in the process of building our savings, and that means not spending a ton of money at Target and Trader Joes. We’ve made our budget and now we just have to stick to it.

I might add a few more goals in there, but that is a good start for me 🙂

Last night I finally tried a small bowl of Gina’s Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal. It was glorious. I added a few golden raisins and walnuts in there as well:

If you haven’t tried it yet, do it!

What are your goals for September?

What are your plans for Labor Day Weekend?

Holly