Fitness update

Hi there friends!

Whew- it has been a while since I posted an update on fitness and health stuff.

A fun little recap of what I logged from last year! Thanks My Fitness Pal. {If you are on there, let’s be friends- I am chocolaterunnergirl}


The past few months have flown by without a lot of changes with my health.  I have had more testing done but nothing has come up as positive or alarming with the different tests.  So we are back to the drawing board.  I am hopefully seeing another new dr in the next month or so to see if she can offer any information.  Also to check out the weird heart palpitations I seem to be having more frequently.  I talked to my PA, and she was not super concerned, but after my mom having 2 heart attacks in the past 18 months, I want to just check to make sure nothing wonky is going on.

Despite not getting any real answers I have been doing my best to stay positive and keep on doing what I can.  Staying active and focusing on my nutrition has been my sanity keeper.  If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know how much I enjoy using my Apple watch.  I love the little challenges it gives, and also the fun way to stay accountable to other friends who also have a watch!


I have been at my main gym for almost 7 years, and pretty active in the classes the past 5 years.  I have met amazing people and gained many friends! Lately I have been trying a few different classes to keep my body on its toes.  It has been showing me different areas I can continue improving on!

I have also really enjoyed teaching Body Pump.  I was certified in July and have been teaching a few times a month.  It has been nice to be able to teach and have it not be too crazy or extra stressful for the most part.  I will be teaching more and also adding on a class of teaching youth.  I am really pumped about that! I love kids seeing fitness as fun and starting them young 🙂

One activity that I am really pumped to get back into my life has been running.  And by running I really mean jogging/walking intervals.  My sweet Sweat Pink sister and fellow blogger Lea created a plan that I am following to get me back to running.  It has been FANTASTIC for me and would be ideal for new or returning runners.  Part of me just wants to run, but the interval training has been really good for my hip and foot.  It reminds me to trust the process and I will gain back some speed once I increase my endurance properly.  I will share more about the plan soon!
I am happy that my pace has gotten better over the past few weeks.  I can’t wait to see how it keeps improving as I focus on my running, cross training and rest/recovery!


That’s about it for the update for now!

How are your fitness goals coming along for 2018 so far?
Are there any new classes or activities you want to try?

am linking up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama and Nicole from Fitful Focus
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Heart stuffed peppers

Hello & happy Friday friends!
Welcome back to Foodie Friday with  Annmarie and Farrah for our heart themed week!

As you know this week many people celebrated Valentine’s Day! I know it is a gushy holiday but I do love how excited the kids get.  And I am that nanny who makes fun lunches for holidays 😉

This week I focused on loving those around me as well as loving myself.  I got a massage over the weekend.  I took a nap instead of my normal workout one day when I was super exhausted.  I still got in my workouts, but in a few different classes this week. I sent some little notes in the mail to those I love.  I showed kindness to some strangers.  I smiled a lot.  Sometimes we just need to focus on showing love to others instead of focusing on all the hate and tragedy in the world.

I know there are a TON of ways to show love to people in your everyday life.  One of those ways for me involves cooking.  I love to bring meals to people who are in need as well as pour love into the meals I make for my families 🙂  I tend to get a little happy when it comes to making things heart shaped!  {I was also really impressed to see so many other fun heart shaped food items in my feed this week!}
Needless to say, I had fun making fun shaped food this week!

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Ingredients

  • 6 Bell peppers- any color
  • 1.5 lb ground turkey
  • 12 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 med shaped heart cookie cutter

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425*
  2. Brown ground turkey in a large frying pan. When completely cooked, drain in a strainer.
  3. Add avocado oil to the pan along with the garlic.
  4. Return the turkey to the pan.
  5. Add sauce, paste, parmesan and spices to the turkey.  Stir well (test taste and add more spices if desired).
  6. Let sauce and turkey simmer while you prepare the peppers.
  7. Wash the peppers. Slice the top off, about 1 inch thick.
  8. Remove the seeds from the top and the inside.
  9. Using the cookie cutter, make a heart shape in the top of the pepper by cutting out the stem.
  10. Scoop the turkey mixture into each pepper. (There may be extra mixture depending on the size of your peppers)
  11. Add the top back on each pepper.
  12. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  13. Enjoy with one(s) you love!

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Pizza Quesedilla {gluten free}

Hello & happy Friday friends!
Welcome back to Foodie Friday with  Annmarie and Farrah for our pizza themed week!

Thank you all for your well wishes for my hubby last week! He is feeling SO much better!  After all the germs in the house I did some serious cleaning and sanitizing with my fav thieves cleaners!  My house was smelling better and looking better too! Getting into the deep cleaning mode also had me finally take a whack at our pantry! It went from semi organized to a total disaster after hurricane Harvey! Then came the fall with parties, then the holidays with more parties and hosting Christmas and it got even more out of control!  I stumbled across Neat Method (their Instagram account eases my anxiety), and they majorly inspired my new look.  We don’t have a HUGE space, but I really wanted to make use of the space we do have.  I have a few more tweaks, but overall I am REALLY happy how it turned out!

A before shot of the pantry and then my dining room table COVERED in stuff!

After- a few little tweaks and it will be finished! I love having everything in bins! Pull out the bin you need, use the ingredients, then put the bin back!

In the midst of all the pantry clean out, I came across more than enough cans of tomatoes that I use to turn into my fav homemade sauce.  And that inspired me to get creative with our theme this week. And today IS national pizza day! Best Friday yet!

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Ingredients

  • 2 gluten free tortillas
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 2-3 Tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1/4-1/3 cup cheese (I used my fav almond cheese)
  • Toppings of choice (I used spinach, but play around with the toppings)

 

Directions

  1. Spread ghee on 1 side of each tortilla.
  2. Place 1 tortilla, ghee side down, in a large frying pan.
  3. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the cheese on the tortilla.
  4. Add the sauce on top of the cheese- it may move the cheese around a bit.  Try to make sure cheese stays evenly spread out.
  5. Add your toppings.
  6. Add the remaining cheese on the toppings.
  7. Then place the other tortilla on the top, ghee side up.
  8. Turn the stove on to medium heat.
  9. Cook for about 3-5 min or until the cheese has begun to melt and the bottom tortilla browns.
  10. Carefully flip the quesadilla with a large spatula.
  11. Cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, watch carefully, this side may cook faster.
  12. Remove from the heat and use a pizza cutter to cut into slices.
  13. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets

Hello & happy Friday friends!
Welcome back to Foodie Friday with  Annmarie and Farrah for our free for all themed week!

It has been an adventurous week.  Last Friday night I hopped on an airplane to GA and surprised 3 of my most favorite people on the planet! It has been in the plans for several weeks and I was thrilled that each surprise went off without a hitch!  Big thanks to the friends who helped pull it off!!

The hubs was a bit under the weather when I left and was worse by the time I returned home 😦  We ended up in the urgent care and poor guy had been battling a terrible stomach bug for 6 days! He was super dehydrated and some of his numbers were out of whack.  Thankfully we were able to re-hydrate him and avoided a hospital visit.

I am SO thankful for a kind boss who was able to give me a little time off to help take care of my hubs, and that he is feeling SO much better!  It is his birthday today and I am so glad we can celebrate (although I would celebrate him any day)!

One of his favorite meals I make is my little crispy chicken nuggets.  I made this on one of our first dates, and I am pretty sure that confirmed his love for me even more, hehe.  I have perfected the recipe over time and I could make it with my eyes closed!  This is a super simple recipe to make if you have a Super Bowl party coming up this weekend! They are perfect for grownups and kids alike!

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs organic chicken tenders cut into about 1.5 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesean cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • Avocado oil (about 1 Tbsp per batch)
  • 1 large ziplock bag

Directions

  1. Pre-prep- Place the eggs into a med size bowl and beat well.
    In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, breadcrumbs, parmesean, seasoning and salt.
  2. Place the chicken pieces into a ziplock bag and add the flour.  Seal the bag closed with some air inside and shake the bag around till each piece of chicken is coated in the flour.
  3. Dip the pieces of chicken into the eggs, coating all sides.  (I did 5 or 6 at a time)
  4. Coat each piece of chicken with the dry seasoned mixture.
  5. Heat about 1 Tbsp of avocado oil in a med sized frying pan.
  6. Cook chicken in batches- about 3-5 min per side.
    Tip- I take the thickest piece of each batch and cut it open to ensure it is fully cooked!
  7. Let chicken cool on a paper towel.
  8. Serve immediately or store in the fridge and reheat in the oven on 350* for about 10-15 min.
  9. Enjoy!

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Chicken, Veggie & Rice Soup

Hello & happy Friday!
Welcome back to Foodie Friday with  Annmarie and Farrah for our kitchen cleanse themed week!
Houston as recovered from our snow days last week, but it has still been rather chilly in the mornings.  The hubs came home from work not feeling so great the other day, so I looked to see what ingredients I had on hand to make some soup for him.
I love how a simple broth combined with some protein, veggies and spices can really boost the immune system and help the healing process speed up!
It seems like people all around me are getting sick left and right!  I spent the first week of Jan in bed and I don’t have time for that these days!  That week I fortunately had off work, so it wasn’t that big of a deal, but that is not always the case!

This soup hits the spot and just makes you feel better.  The spices add a nice kick of flavor while adding health benefits.  I love how simple it is to put together!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked & shredded chicken
  • 3 cups veggies (I used carrots, peas, & celery)
  • 4 cups of organic chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 gloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric
  • 1tsp cayanne
  • 2 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Directions

  1. Heat avocado oil and add in the garlic.  Sauté for about 2 min.
  2. Add in the veggies and chicken and sauté till veggies are soft.
  3. Add in the rice.
  4. Gently mix in all the spices.
  5. Slowly pour in the chicken broth.
  6. Let simmer for 10-15 min.
  7. Enjoy a bowl while recovering from an illness, to warm up or just because!

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Eggplant pizza to warm the soul

Happy Friday friends!  I am crawling out from under the ice that took Houston down this week! I literally have not felt this cold since I moved away from Chicago 10 years ago!

With the ice covering everything, I got to work in my kitchen to make some yummy food to keep us warmed up!  I did manage to get a lot done in the 1.5 days where I did not leave my house! I am SO thankful that even though it was cold and nasty out, it will be back to normal temps this weekend!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our pinterest interest themed week!

I have seen a few eggplant recipes bouncing around pinterest, but when I saw a few for a healthier version of pizza, I knew I had to try it out.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Medium eggplant sliced into approx 1/4 in slices
  • Pink salt
  • 1ish cups tomato sauce
  • Choice of toppings (I did sauteed red pepper & spinach)
  • Choice of cheese (I used almond cheese)

Direcions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F
  2. Place eggplant slices on a lined baking sheet
  3. Sprinkle a dab of salt on each slice (this helps reduce the moisture in the eggplant)
  4. Pre-bake the eggplant about 15 min, flipping halfway through
  5. Remove pan from oven and add about 1 Tbs tomato sauce on top of each slice
  6. Add on toppings of choice and then sprinkle on the cheese
  7. Bake for 10-15 min or until cheese is golden brown
  8. Enjoy 🙂

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Zucchini Taco Bowl!

Happy Friday friends!
It is another chilly day here for Houston! We got a cold front and the temps dropped from 68 to 30! Then when I woke up it was real feel of 19! Too cold for my liking! One of the main reasons I moved away from Chicago was the cold winter weather!  My body does not do well!
Anyways, being so chilly on and off, I have been experimenting with different warm me up meals! Soup is always our go-to, but even that gets old after so many weeks, haha.

I received the Kitchen-Aid spiralizer attachment for Christmas and it has been fun playing around with it.  I was craving some taco styled food the other day, but didn’t have all the ingredients for taco soup, and I was not in the mood for a taco salad.  I looked to see what I had that might make for a good base, and I had a ton of zucchini just begging to be eaten!

Today I am linking up today for Foodie Friday with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama and Farrah from Fairyburger for our 5 ingredient or less themed week! Mine is 5 main ingredients plus spices 😉  I may have a few more than 5 ingredients, but there are only 5 steps to putting this yummy taco creation together!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized (or sliced and chopped if you don’t have a spiralizer)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • Spices to taste (pink salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes)
  • 1 tbs avocado oil

Directions

  1. Saute zucchini and red pepper in half of the avocado oil.
  2. In a separate pan brown the ground turkey with the remaining oil. Add spices to taste.
  3. Toss the veggies and meat together in large bowl.
  4. Add tomato and avocado (and cheese if you desire) on top.
  5. Enjoy

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