Veggies for Breakfast!

I struggle with breakfast.  I have my Shakeology with fruit and some healthy fat, but I need something else to satisfy my hunger in the mornings.  Usually I have some kind of carb, like whole wheat toast or oatmeal, but since I don’t eat very many carbs when I’m actively trying to lose weight, it limits what I can eat later on in the day if I “waste” a carb first thing in the morning.  I mean, I’m not even awake enough to enjoy it!

This past week, I went off of my plan a bit.  I didn’t eat really terrible things or anything, but I had too many carbs and not enough veggies. By Tuesday morning, I was literally CRAVING veggies.   So much so that I heated up some roasted Brussels sprouts and ate them on my way to school.  Who am I??????

It got me thinking about coming up with some kind of veggie dish that didn’t have carbs or added protein that I could have in the mornings to add some volume to my meal, to fill me up, and to keep carb options available for later in the day.  I did some Pinterest-searching, but everything I found had potato or oatmeal or eggs.  Not what I was looking for.

Then I saw some recipes for sweet potato hash, and I got to thinking…what if I took out the potato and added in more veggies?  Something like mushrooms, that would add bulk and substance but still just be a vegetable?

And so my veggie hash idea was born.  I haven’t actually done it yet, but I’m really excited to try it.  I’m sure that I’m not a genius who is the first person to ever come up with this idea, but it’s new to me.  Here is my plan:

1 container mushrooms, quartered.

Chopped white onion, about 1 cupish

Chopped bell pepper (probably 2 or 3 peppers)

2 minced garlic cloves

1 tsp olive oil or coconut oil

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp cumin

1/2 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tbsp paprika

1/4 tbsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients and cook in a skillet on medium-low heat until onions are translucent and peppers are soft.

That’s it.  Pretty simple, but with good flavors that I know I like and ingredients that I like, too.  And it can be easily adapted to add in different veggies depending on my mood, like eggplant or zucchini.  And if you want to add a meat, you can. Or eggs, or potato, or whatever you feel like.

I’m excited to try this idea out for a few days and see how it goes.  Vegetables give you so much bang for your buck nutritionally, and I’m excited to start my day with even more nutrition than I’m already getting through my Shakeology!

What is your favorite way to eat veggies for breakfast?

Meal Plan and Workout Schedule 9.27-10.2

This week is my next free clean eating group on Facebook–have you joined in yet?


Monday–Apple and onion chicken with green beans

Tuesday–shrimp and veggies quinoa bowls

Wednesday–adobo bacon burgers with roasted Brussels sprouts

Thursday–Quinoa enchilada bake


I’m making my black bean/sweet potato/chorizo chili for lunch this week. I love fall weather and yummy fall food!

My workout routine is going to get switched up this week. I’m going to add some 21DF back I because, 1. I miss it, and 2. I’m not losing as much with PiYo alone. It’s working me, and I’m toning, but I’m still in weight loss mode and it’s bugging me.

Sunday–6 mile run

Monday–PiYo Sweat

Tuesday–Dirty 30

Wed–3 mile run

Thurs–21df upper


Sat–10k race!!!

Meal Plan and Workout Schedule 9.19-9.25

After being sick all week and having my little man sick the week before, it’s been a long couple of weeks of being out of routine with my food and workouts.  I’m excited to get back to it now that I’m healthy again.

Saturday: Steak and Potatoes with green beans

Sunday: Chicken Parmesan from Fixate

Monday: Shrimp Veggie Quinoa Bowl

Tuesday: Thai Salmon with veggies

Wednesday: leftovers or out

Thursday: Chorizo, black bean, and sweet potato chili

Friday: leftovers or out

My 5k last week wasn’t super, but considering that I was coming down with bronchitis and a double eye infection, not surprising.  I only worked out twice last week, so I’ve got to get back into gear to get ready for my 10k in a couple of weeks.

Saturday: 5k run

Sunday: PiYo Sweat

Monday: 5.5 mi run

Tuesday: PiYo Upper Define

Wednesday: 21DF Pilates Fix

Thursday: PiYo Sculpt

Friday: PiYo Strength

Saturday: 6 mi run

Getting Through a Slump

I love the fall.  I love the cooler weather, the changing leaves, and the impending holiday celebrations and all the family traditions that go along with it.  I love chili, lazy weekends, lounging in my sweats and slippers, and curling up with a blanket.  It’s such a great time of year!

But it’s also super stressful.  Like, super duper stressful.  School starts, vacation is over, new routines are picking up, schedules get busy again, and all of the wonderful holidays means lots and lots of events to attend, making my schedule even crazier.  And in my family, almost everyone’s birthday (and I do mean EVERYONE) in my family occurs from October to March.  It can be overwhelming at times, and that makes it easy to lose track of my health goals and slip back into bad habits.

That’s what has been happening over the last few months for me.  Moving and starting back at school and normal life busyness has taken a toll on me, and I haven’t been as on it as I want to be.  I’ve let my life circumstances overshadow my goals for myself.  I’ve allowed negative self-talk to take over my mind and to sabotage my efforts to continue seeing results with my healthy lifestyle.

As a result, I haven’t actually lost any weight since the end of May.  I’ve been successfully maintaining my weight all summer and into September, which is great, but I’m not where I want to be yet.  I am buckling down and getting back to the basics of healthy living to get back into my routine and getting back into results mode.

So what are those basics for me?  Maybe you’re like me and have fallen off the proverbial wagon, but you’re not really sure what to do to get back on again. Here are a few steps that I take to get back in gear:

  1.  Let go of the excuses.  Everyone has crap happen.  Everyone is tired.  Everyone is busy.  There are certainly legitimate issues that come up that need priority over our workouts or meal planning sometimes, but the majority of the time, we’re probably all just too comfortable in our bad habits to make a change.  Stop giving yourself an excuse to be unhealthy and decide to make your health a priority.  Simple, but powerful.
  2. Schedule your workouts and stick to it.  If you abhor the idea of getting up early, don’t try to workout early.  If you’re falling asleep at 7:30 pm, don’t try to workout at night.  Figure out what works best for you and then stick with it.  This is where your no-excuses thing comes in handy–working out is necessary to get where you want to be.  So just do it.
  3. Drink more water.  Swap your soda and sweet tea for water, at least part of the time.  It will give you more energy and help your body recover from your workouts.  You should be drinking at LEAST half of your weight in oz every day (so if you weigh 160, you should be drinking 80 oz of water).
  4. Plan your meals.  Plan everything that goes into your body, including snacks.  You know what healthy food is, and you know what it’s not.  Don’t buy those Oreos.  Don’t let your spouse buy the candy.  Don’t buy your kids the Toaster Strudel.  If it’s not in the house, it’s harder to eat it!   Stock your kitchen and pantry with healthy foods that you like, plan what you’re going to eat when, and stick to it for 3 days.  Give yourself 3 days, and I bet that your cravings will go down and you’ll start to feel better.  You will lose some bloat and water weight, and you’ll be motivated to keep going.

These are just a few tips to help you get back in the game.  I’m by no means an expert, but this has worked for me.  It’s hard to make a change, I know.  You have to make a daily choice.

What will you choose today?

Meal Plan and Workout Schedule Sept 13-19

Fall weather has finally arrived!  I’m not sure if it’s here to stay, but I’m enjoying my comfy slippers and sweatshirt right now!  Most of my meals this week are from the Fixate cookbook–do you have one?  There are so many great and healthy recipes, including desserts and cocktails!  Message me to get yours today 🙂

Sunday–Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup from Fixate

Monday–Pork Chops with Apples and Onions (the link is not exactly what I do, but it’s still good!  I just sautee the apple and onion chopped in olive oil and grill the pork with salt and pepper.)

Tuesday–Chicken Fried Rice


Thursday–Oven-baked Chicken Parmesan from Fixate

Friday–Turkey Sloppy Joes from Fixate

My 5k race was today, and it was okay.  I hit my goal of a sub-30 5k, which has actually been a life goal for me, so that’s awesome!  But the run itself didn’t feel great.  I think I’m getting ready to come down with whatever illness my son has had all week, so that probably has something to do with it.  Either way, I’m ready to meet my 10k goal in a few weeks!

Sunday–PiYo Sculpt

Monday–PiYo Define Lower

Tuesday–PiYo Sweat

Wednesday–run 3 miles

Thursday–PiYo Core

Friday–PiYo Buns

Saturday–5.5 mile run

What are your plans for having a healthy week?

“So, like, what do you eat?”

When I was trying to decide how I wanted to get healthy, the food involved with each plan I considered was crucial to me.  I know that sounds obvious.  Duh, I want to eat.  Of course I’m going to consider what kind of food I can and can’t have.  As I was doing research on different plans, I began to realize just how emotionally attached to food we are as a culture.  We already know that our celebrations are linked to food–birthday cake, Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas cookies, and the like–but it’s not just that.  I found myself completely disregarding diet plans because of what they would force me to eliminate–and I don’t mean food.  I realized that with my young son, I had dreams of him and our relationship that revolved around food.  Pancakes on Saturday morning.  Homemade ice cream during summer break.  Christmas cookies for Santa.  Homemade brownies after school.

Now, I wasn’t planning on treats like this every day, but I realized how important these dreams were for me when I found myself frozen in my decision because I wanted to be able to have these experiences with my family guilt-free.  No offense to anyone out there, but making Santa gluten-free cookies just doesn’t seem like it would be the same.

This was a big part of why I chose 21 Day Fix for my healthy lifestyle.  I wanted something that I could do long term–not a diet, but a lifestyle.  Something that allows carbs every day and cheat meals every once in a while.  Something that allows you to build in treats without guilt and without feeling like you have to penalize yourself for having that treat.  Something that taught me about nutrition; not just eating less and losing weight, but really focusing on nourishment and wellness.

Recently, I’ve had several people talk to me about 21 Day Fix and nutrition, and I realized that people are under a false impression of how I actually eat.  I’m pretty sure some people think I eat only veggies and completely avoid pizza.  FALSE.  Some people seem to think that I must be starving myself and am hungry all the time.  FALSE.  Okay, I am hungry a lot, but I run a lot, too, people!  And, guess what: I EAT WHEN I’M HUNGRY.  I don’t just suffer in silence in the hopes that the scale will move downward.  I eat something nutritious and drink some water.  And sometimes I go to the drive-thru and get a sweet tea or chicken nuggets.  Or both.  I’m a woman with needs, okay?

Getting healthy isn’t about finding a diet you can follow for a specified time period until you hit your goal.  It’s not about finding a magic pill or secret sauce or special supplement or whatever else is out there in the weight loss world.  It’s about changing your habits.  It’s about working hard.  It’s about eating food that nourishes you, not just filling your belly.  It’s about being active every day. It’s about drinking more water than soda.  It’s about making small changes every day that slowly but surely add up to make you healthier tomorrow than you are today.

I eat food.  I eat real food.  I eat good food.  I eat when I’m hungry.  I just eat for my goals now.  I eat to feel energized.  I eat to keep my depression at bay.  I eat to thrive during my work hours. I eat to keep up with my little man.  I eat to feel good, inside and out.

Are you nourishing your body, or just filling it?  It’s never too late to make a change.  Start today!

Meal Plan Sept 5-11

Here is the rundown for this coming week:

Saturday: Burgers and green beans

Sunday: out with family

Monday: Pork Chops with sauteed apples and onions with veggies

Tuesday: Panko Parmesan white fish and veggies

Wednesday: Grilled Chili Lime Chicken with Strawberry Salsa

Thursday: BLT pasta

Friday: Baked Steak fajitas

My fitness schedules are going great!  I’m going to start adding in PiYo as my main cross training workout with 21 Day Fix and Cize as supplements/fillers.  PiYo is great for running because it’s low impact, so it will give my body some sort of rest while still toning and working my muscles. The last time I tried to do purely PiYo, it wasn’t enough of a stress reliever for me, so I’m hoping that by having two or three other programs mixed in, I will be more into it.  I’m excited to start!

Sunday: Piyo Sculpt

Monday: Complete rest day or Cize

Tuesday: Piyo Sweat

Wednesday: Run 5 miles

Thursday: Piyo Define Upper

Friday: Total Body Cardio

Saturday: 5k race

Why I Love Morning Workouts

School started back up at the same time that we moved into a new house, and all the changes totally messed up my routine.  The new house is a little farther away from my job, and I changed my routine to make my workouts in the afternoons so I wouldn’t be running late for work every day and getting up at the crack of dawn–earlier than I was already getting up.

You guys, I missed my morning workouts so much.  That kick of endorphins in the morning, the quiet time as I cool down and gulp water, and the freedom in my schedule in the afternoons are amazing.  I love getting the workout out of the way and done before the day really starts.

Anyone who knows me well is probably reading this with shock.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–I am not a morning person.  When I was in high school and college, I would sleep in as long as I could.  If I couldn’t fall asleep for some reason, I would literally cry. Before I had my little man, I would sleep until 10 or 11 on Saturday mornings.  My first year teaching, I would literally crawl into bed at night and call it my happy time.  Seriously.  I love my sleep.

But since making my health and fitness a priority as a wife, mom, and full time teacher, afternoon workouts just don’t work for me.  I’m tired at the end of the day, there are a million things to do, and the guilt I feel being away from my son and husband during prime family time is just too much for me.  So getting up early is my best option.

Do I jump out of bed with a smile on my face when my alarm goes off at 4:45?  No way.  And yes, you read that right.  4:45.  Who have I become?

But my fitness is important to me.  It makes me feel good.  It keeps me sane.  It helps my moods.  It helps my confidence.  I’m a better person when I am consistently working out, so I sacrifice a little sleep to get those benefits.

So many people tell me that they could never get up that early or that they love sleep too much–I was that way, too!  I still feel that way sometimes.  However, one day I decided that my desire to be healthy outweighed my love of sleep.  So I changed my habits.  It’s that simple.

Do I think everyone should do their workout in the morning?  Of course not.  But I do think everyone should work out.  Everyone should make fitness a priority–there are so many reasons to do it, people.  Find the time that works best for you.  It may take some trial and error, and it will require some kind of sacrifice.  But it’s so worth it.

Love your body.  Show it respect.  Prioritize your health.