This is Life

I really feel like this week has changed me.
When I weigh in tomorrow morning I do not really care what the number says. I have learned so much this week it is impossible for it to be a bust. I think I need to step back for a moment before I do a final post about this detox…but I know it will be an exemplary review.
There were hard times, but the good outweighed (pun intended) the bad and this week really exceeded my expectations.

I am holding my head a little higher today than I did last weekend. I am proud of myself.

Day #4: It’s Real

So today I hit the wall.
I am tired.
I am sore.
I feel like someone kicked me in the side.
I am tired.

But, I am powering through. One more day on the detox and I have made it. When it is over I am going to feel very accomplished and extremely proud of myself.

The work-outs today pushed me over the edge. I just finished the run/jog intervals and I almost threw up. Literally. And the creative lifting moves are very hard for me.

I held a plank for a long time today just to see if I could do it. And, I can. When the summer started I couldn’t even life myself off the ground. I am getting stronger…both mentally and physically.

Today was a good day.

It Hurts so Good

I feel different this morning.
Like, a good, real different.
My body feels like it is working from the inside out.
My muscles are sore but I have a ton of energy.

It is amazing to me how much less food I can eat and actually feel sustained and not famished.
Surprisingly I have really loved everything that I have made (Besides the shot…I am still trying to get over that one).

When I woke up this morning it was really hard to get out of bed for a minute. I even hit snooze. Then I thought to myself, “what are you doing? Just get up and go!” And I did. I logged 3 miles before 6am and I am proud of that.

I am working on being the best version of myself everyday.
It is a work in progress, but I am up for the challenge.

No matter what the scale says at the end of the week, I am counting everyday as a victory.

Detox Day #2 Feeling Good!

Day #2: Breaking up is not so Hard to do

I had to break up with my snacking addiction yesterday and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be; today I feel great about it. I sometimes snack out of boredom, stress, just because…and I love a good snack. But, I decided when the school year started that I would no longer snack in my classroom. We have a “break” (with the kids) at 10:45 and that is when I used to have a small (um, sometimes large) snack but it just has always led to a slippery slope of bad eating…so I needed to stop. Like, a long time ago.

With this detox cleanse, I don’t have a snack because I made a decision to save the snack for after work between lunch and dinner.

So there went my snack. Funny, I don’t really need it…even though I am eating significantly less food then I was even a couple of days ago.

I woke up this morning with a charge at 4:45 and was out the door by 4:50. My work-out involved a lot of jumping which was kind of fun. I have discovered in just these two days that I actually like interval training. It really does make the time go really quickly.

I realized after I had prepared my lunch last night that I was looking at day 3 instead of day 2 so I am going with it. This morning was a banana, pineapple, avocado, spinach, yogurt shake. The consistency was way too thick so I had to add some almond milk. It sounded gross but actually tasted delicious. Lunch was tempeh wrap with mushrooms, spinach, and carrots. DE.LISH.IOUS!!!!!! so good. Who knew I would like tempeh. Thank you, Caitlyn Healthy Tipping Point, for such a great explanation of tempeh or I might never have been brave enough to try it.

Dinner was a delicious pork roast with asparagus and barley. Interesting flavors, very yummy. The cherry chutney was absolutely amazing. I would serve it at a dinner party and people would be impressed.

My over-all verdict is this is not as bad as I thought it might be. I am learning that I do enjoy healthy foods. Am I craving sugary foods? Not really. Would I eat a chocolate bar if it was offered? Most likely, no.

Success…I can smell it.

7 Day Detox

I started doing the Self Magazine 7-Day Detox cleanse this yesterday morning.

I am not sponsored by Self or do I have an affiliation with Self…I have just been looking for some kind of detox/cleanse to do for a while now and this one seems doable so I thought I would give it a try. You can find the full details in the September issue of Self, but I am going to give my watered-down version today.

Sometimes all you need is to write something down to make it real and feel a certain guilt that “now I have to do it because the Internet knows” right?

This detox does involve shakes and shots of stuff but there is also a fair amount of food you can chew. It is a 7 day detox, but I am going to only do it for 5 days. I am going away for the weekend and it would be too difficult to follow away from home. There are tons of different kinds of food that I had to go out and purchase…it is good food, healthy food…so I am excited to rid myself of the crap I have been eating and experience new flavors. It also involves quite a bit of exercise which I am excited to try. I am in a very good groove with the gym, so it will be interesting to see what mixing it up does for me.

Day 1: Don’t give up before you start

When my alarm went off at 4:45 I was a little shocked. After being awake (with Ty) from 2:30-3ish I almost did not get out of bed. Alas, that would have been a terrible way to start, so I got up, got in the car and was off to the gym. I did a 30 minute interval training on the treadmill. It started with a 3 minute warm-up then running (at5.0) for one minute and “jogging” (at 3.8) for 30 seconds…at first I was impressed with myself because it really wasn’t that bad. By 10 minutes in I was sweating and panting and I thought I was going to die. I finished with 30 minutes on the Elliptical because, really, if you are going to be at the gym at 5am you might as well make it worth it.

After a quick shower and decision on my outfit for the day I made my way downstairs for breakfast. Today it was a cherry smoothie made with frozen cherries, NF plain yogurt, almond milk, vanilla, shaved almonds and cinnamon. Let me preface this with I am not a shake person. I actually have never had a smoothie for breakfast and I HATE yogurt…especially the plain variety. But I decided to just go for it. And it was good, very good. The cherries gave it a nice tart flavor and I really love the almond. Score one for the detox.

Then, I did the shot they suggested….OJ, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and ground ginger…and I almost threw up. And I got in the car and I could still taste it and I really thought I was going to hurl right there. In my garage.

As I type this and think about that shot I want to throw up again.

I don’t know what I am going to do about that. I am thinking I might skip it the rest of the week, but it is a part of the cleanse so I might try it again. I just can’t make that decision right now.

FYI…by lunchtime I was hungry. Very hungry.

I should drink more water. Immediately.

Lunch was the Hearty Veggie and Rice Bowl Salad from Starbucks. And since I am no longer a lady of leisure and I only have 20 minutes for lunch I decided to replicate this salad at home and bring it with me today. Playing along with the “I never” thoughts of this entry, I have never had or prepared kale. So, last night I had to confide in Bobby Flay and he taught me oh so much about this misunderstood vegetable.

Let me tell you, it was awesome…and filling…and I felt very healthy eating it. In fact, two women in my lunch commented on how delicious it looked. I will be keeping that recipe in my back pocket for another day. Who would have thought to put rice in with a salad? Delicious. And the kale was tasty. I mean, it wasn’t like something I have ever tasted before, but it was good.

The second work-out of the day was a series of moves that involved stretching, lifting and moving. No weights were involved this time which made it pretty easy.

I had a snack of a small apple and almond butter (LOVED IT!!!! Another first!) because my grocery store did not have cherries or raw cashews. And for dinner it was a shrimp taco with blueberry & avocado salsa (so delicious! What a strange combination!) and a cucumber salad on the side.

Overall, I felt great. I was tired at the end of the day, but not a sluggish tired; it was a great tired like I had worked hard and deserved a great night’s sleep. And I was really proud of myself for being open minded about new healthy foods, sticking to the plan, and having a great attitude about it all.

This morning I woke up feeling good. I will give more details about today tomorrow!

A Dynamic Life

Today I had the pleasure of going to work. Yes, you heard me right.

It was our back to school teacher in-service and I was thrilled to sit in a meeting for 4.5 hours.

The reason I was so excited was because I was privileged enough to sit in an audience where Matthew Kelly was speaking. For those of you who do not know who he is, you can read more about him here. But, I will say a few things…Mr. Kelly has written several books (14 I think) about Catholicism and how to not only be the best Catholic you can be, but the holy person that God has intended you to be.

I was absolutely sucked in by his message today.

Am I living an extra-ordinary life, or am I just “phoning it in” on most days? Do I live with passion and purpose or am I disengaged most of the time?

These questions really hit me. So often in my life I am living for the next big thing instead of enjoying the journey and the present. I go to the gym but I don’t push myself, I eat healthy but at the end of the day I indulge, I can’t wait until the end of the day when I can have some alone time rather than enjoying the day. I take my family and my friends for granted. Life would be better if I just…you get my drift.

At times I do not show my husband the best version of me.

Today during his talk it really resonated with me that I need to be 100% engaged in my life. I need to take the good, the bad, and the ugly and understand that the work I do today is good work and worth the effort I put forth. I need to work on my personal relationship with God in order to transform my students over the course of this year.

I need to be more holy in all aspects of my life. From my job, to being a wife, to being a mother. It is time that I live my life with greatness. There is a world around me that I need to be present in.
If you are Catholic, or were Catholic, or a thinking about becoming Catholic, or just yearning for something in your life beyond the secular world, I would encourage you to read the book, Rediscover Catholicism. You can get it for FREE here.

Deep stuff for a Monday. Feels good.

Are Bloggers Liars?

I read a lot of blogs. I know people who read more than I do, but I feel like I read a lot of them. But sometimes I read blogs and think, “Is this really your life? Are you making this up?” I re-read and I still think the writer is not telling the entire truth or is making some details up because they want more comments or more attention or more something.

I think I have said this before but I don’t think anyone has the perfect marriage or the perfect children or the perfect life. I think you can fabricate paragraphs and take awesome pictures and life looks grande. I think you can want your life the appear perfect and it can.

I also think you can go the opposite way and make your life seem so doom and gloom and live for the comments where people feel sorry for you or express sympathy for what you are going through. Again, I have to think that if your life was that horrible, why would you want to put it out there for the world to see? Tragedy loves company, I guess.

I don’t think of these bloggers as liars, per say. But, I do think that there are a lot of people in this world who are starving for attention. I feel sorry for people who need the validation of strangers in order to feel like they have made it in life. Not everyone has something interesting to say. When I don’t have anything to write, I simply do not post an entry.

And when I think people are lying Ido not comment and call them out on it. I just have a quick chuckle to myself and then I move on.

We’re the Millers

Do yourself a favor and run…don’t walk…to your local theater and see “We Are the Millers” tonight. Seriously, I have not laughed so hard in a really long time. It was so wrong but so right.

I happen to love Jennifer Aniston. I might have a girl crush on her. And she was so funny. Just so so hilarious. Jason Sudeikis is absolutely perfect and Emma Roberts practically stole the whole movie with her one-liners.

I could tell you about the rest of my weekend, but nothing compares to the pure hilarity I experienced in that hour and a half in the theater.

Why are you still reading is blog? Get in the car and go. Now. Like really right now.

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Dessert

Food blogger, I am not…but when I find something that is quick, easy and delicious, I feel the need to share.

When I was getting ready for the big camping trip, I decided to research some neat fireside recipes. I came across a bunch of great ideas, but the one I thought looked the most delicious was the Fireside Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I loved everything in it. So I purchased everything I needed to make it…but then we ran out of time and room in our bellies…so I brought all the ingredients home.

Last night I had an idea to bring this simple dessert back to life at home.
So I gathered all the ingredients:


And then placed them on a sheet of foil that I sprayed with cooking spray:


And then I put the l put the kids to bed and waited for them to fall asleep (so I would not have to share, obvi).
When I returned to the kitchen I placed the delicious ingredients in the oven on broil for 10 minutes. And when it was finished I put it in a cute little bowl and topped it with whip cream and enjoyed…All by myself!


Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! And it also did not break the bank calorie-wise, either.


I will be making it again…probably tonight since I have everything I need!
Here are the goods:

Prepared pound cake…any will do (about a slice)…cut into bite size chunks
1/2 cup Pineapple Chucks in juice
2 teaspoon so brown sugar
A sprinkle of cinnamon
Whip cream to finish

On a piece of foil sprayed with cooking spray place all the ingredients (except whip cream). Broil on high for 10 minutes. Top with whip cream and enjoy!


I feel like we have been on vacation for weeks, but we were really only gone thirty six hours. Shawn suggested we take the kids camping this summer. I am not a camper. I do love to be outside and I enjoy hiking and swimming in the lake and campfires and such. However, I do not like no running water, toilets, etc. So, we had the best of both worlds when we visited Indian Lake Camp Grounds in Batesville, IN this weekend.

We rented an efficiency cabin that included two beds, two roll away cots, a galley kitchen and a bathroom…oh, and air conditioning. Camping in a tent…definitely it was not. But for me, it was roughing it in the best possible way.


They had an old school playground that Megan just went crazy over and Tyler loved running around in the buff after swimming in the lake. I didn’t take a ton of pictures because I was having too much fun living in the moment. It really was such a fantastic weekend…Meg kept asking if we could come back “tomorrow.”

20130805-080907.jpgThese two. I love that picture. They were saying we’re best friends all weekend. Too cute.

Now I am sitting in kitchen with a bad cough, running nose and a fever. And I have to work today (three hour conference). So I think I am just going to chill for a few hours and re-evaluate after the conference if I should work out or just take the day off.

Last week was a fantastic week for me exercise and food-wise. And it showed on the scale. I was so proud of myself for keeping on track since feeling really down last week. I know it is a journey and I have to keep moving forward no matter what.

On a side note, I did a little back to school shopping with my mom last week. We found some really cute things and they may have been a size smaller than the clothes I was trying on in the spring. Non scale victories are sometimes better than loss of pounds!