Leading With the Right Foot

Hey all!

I really like this coming home after work and having nothing to do thing πŸ™‚ Of course my calendar is slowly filling up again, but it’s nice to have a break after such a busy few months.


Back to work!

Breakfast wasn’t pretty but it was yummy! Rolled oats cooked via microwave with skim milk and a sprinkle of salt. Added a tablespoon of milled chia seed, banana and a drizzle of maple syrup afterwards. I’m used to heating up packets of oatmeal but not just plain oats. I think I can heat it for less time…I did a half cup of oats and just added enough milk to cover them. It flooded over and ended up being too thick. But hey it still tasted good!

I’m trying to be better about bringing my lunch from home (saves money and calories!) and so far it’s been working out. For lunch I mixed up half a pouch of Bumble Bee salmon (tastes/smells just like tuna to me) and a can of Bumble Bee tuna with a few tablespoons of greek yogurt, a table spoon of sweet relish and a few hefty dashes of celery seed. Simple but yummy!


I ate it with some crackers. Also brought a big garden salad that included spinach, tomato, cucumbers and chicpeas. Plus some drizzles of my fav Brianna’s dressing. After I polished the crackers off I put the rest on top of the salad. Yum!

Ended with half of a yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie from Kahwa!


After work I got myself motivated to get my fit on. I printed out Courtney’s Walking Interval Treadmill workout and headed down to the gym. It was a doozy! Like she says you may want to adjust the pace according your height. I’m 5’3″ and have short legs so I def had to modify it. Anything 4.0 and up I knocked down a few notches to where it felt more like a brisk walk rather than an almost run. After that I did Gina’s leg burner, which I loved! I’d never down clock lunges or sumo burpees before so it was a nice change up.

For dinner we went to our go to Vietnamese place, Pho Quyen. I got my usual BBQ Beef on Rice Vermecili.

Mmm mmm good.

Then it was off to Total WineΒ since we were in dire need of restocking our supply! We’ve vowed never to buy wine from Publix again…every bottle we pick out is either skunked or just awful wine.

Crazy Dream

This may be totally random but I just have to share. Monday night I had a crazy and vivid dream. I can still remember the details! I dreamed I was pregnant and I was sitting around trying to figure out my due date. I then realized that it was in a few days and started FREAKING OUT because I was nowhere near ready. I ran to tell my mom about all the stuff we needed to do. I had never been to a doctor’s appointment and didn’t have baby clothes, furniture, etc. Nothing! Luckily I already know that dreaming of pregnant means your “giving birth to a new idea” or that something new is on the horizon. So that’s a good thing! But I wonder what the freaking out about not being ready was all about??


Breakfast was a normal favorite…

Egg whites with chedder cheese, salt, pepper, paprika and herbs de provence. With a toasted english muffin and OJ πŸ™‚

I had a lunch meeting today at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. Not my favorite place, but I have found a few go to healthier options. I ended up with the Grilled Chicken wrap and a side garden salad with balsamic. They serve the wrap with mayo AND a side of ranch. Um, ew? It’s either one or the other for me but my goodness not both! I skipped the mayo and got the ranch, which I only used a little of.

For my workout today I did the Running Interval workout IGE recently posted plus the WOD that she got from Tina. I’m all about the blog support lately! Again I modified. My body cannot physically go up to a 9 or 10 pace. I changed all the 5s to 3s, the 8s to 6s, the 9s to 7s and the 10s to 8s. And I ended it after 20:45. It was a short and sweaty workout! The WOD was a bit of a challenge. I tried to talk myself into stopping after 5 rounds since I’m just getting back into working out after a long hiatus and I was feeling fatigued. But I found my energy and pushed through! You’ll always regret stopping, but you’ll never regret finishing πŸ™‚

The Chef is cooking up dinner now…flank steak he brought home from work mixed my leftover stir fry.

Thought of the Day

Workout for you and no one else. I thought about this while working out yesterday. About how I’ve gotten myself into a really good place in terms of body image. I workout and eat healthy for my overall health, not because I want to loose weight. Of course there are those days I look in the mirror and point out my “problem” areas, but anytime I do I immediatly tell myself that every body is different and I remind myself of all the good things my body does for me. I may never have six pack abs or completely get rid of my cellulite, but as long as I am working out and eatting healthy on a regular basis I know I will be happy πŸ™‚

How do you do your workouts? Do you go to a gym, make up your own or get them from blogs?

Any crazy dreams lately?

Starting A New

Happy New Year!

The start to the new year has already been a good one. This weekend was filled with food, family, friends and fun!

New Year’s Eve

We sent new Years in Cape Coral. New Year’s Eve day started with The Chef’s homemade pancakes and bacon. I must say now (if I haven’t said it before) that I only eat Jon’s pancakes. I can’t have them out at a restaurant…they make my tummy feel funny. But I can’t get enough of his pancakes. They are always perfectly fluffy and very tasty πŸ™‚

Traces of Christmas at Jon’s sisters πŸ™‚

Kind of sad decorations have to go down soon. We didn’t decorate ourselves this year (too busy!), but I love seeing decorations in other people’s homes. Makes you feel so festive!

Most of the day was spent deciding on what to do. It was a gorgeous day out and a perfect temperature so we wanted to spend it outside. By the time we finally decided to go canoeing we only had an hour left of sunlight. But it was a fun hour! And a great way to get in a semi-workout πŸ˜‰ We had fun waving at everyone sitting outside on their porches and wishing them a Happy New Year.

Then the night festivities…

Each year Jon’s family does a buffet of hors d’oeuvres in leu of dinner on New Years Eve. We got fancied up and headed to his folk’s house for quite the feast…




On the table: Cheese, Dill Dip in a Pumpernickel Bread Bowl, Kielbasa, Gelottis, Marinated Grilled Shrimp, Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Artichoke Dip, Rumaki, Crudite, Spinach Dip and Chili Cheese Dip.

A feast indeed.

After our bellies were full we headed out to a friend’s party. As soon as midnight struck about six houses surrounding us lit off fireworks. Very cool to see! We departed soon after the ball dropped. The next few hours were spent playing a most hilarious game of Pictionary.

New Years Day

This was the laziest day of my life. No joke. We literally woke up. Had a wonderfully filling breakfast of french toast, bacon and fresh fruit.


Then laid around all day watching movies and napping. Lazy to the max.

We arose when dinner needed to be made πŸ™‚

Pork roast with homemade gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and black eyed peas (for luck!).

And a champagne toast to the year ahead.

Pineapple turnovers…

…and some pug shenanigans before we hit the road back to St. Pete.


I had today off from work so I promptly slept in until about 9:30 a.m., which was glorious.

My signature breakfast lately has been a toasted english muffin with Smart butter with egg whites. To my eggs I like to sprinkle low fat cheddar cheese, a sprinkle of salt, pepper, paprika and herbs de provence. Glass of OJ to top it off.

After getting sucked into the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous I finally got ready to head to the mall. The only thing on my agenda was to get new work pants. Temps are going down to the 50s this week and I need more than two pairs of pants!

After the mall I headed to local coffee shop, Kahwa for a meeting.


Green tea and vegan banana nut bread. The crust had cinnamon laced in it and it was delicious!

After my meeting I headed to the store to get some things for dinner. Since The Chef had to work today I said I’d handle dinner πŸ™‚

We’ve had a block of tempeh sitting in our fridge and we really wanted a healthy dinner after all the feasting from the weekend. So I turned to Mama Pea and decided to follow her Orange Sesame Tempeh Stir Fry. Instead of broccoli slaw I used actual broccoli. I also added baby portabella mushrooms (they were on sale at Publix). I used maple syrup as our sweetner since we buy the good stuff πŸ™‚ And white rice instead of brown since we have a huge bag in our pantry that needs to get used up. Also added some Five Star spice. I forgot to add salt to the rice (a.k.a. I didn’t know you added salt when cooking rice until Jon told me you do). Hey, I’m still learning here people! The Chef also stepped in at the end to taste test and some more soy sauce since it seemed to need more liquid.

(Sorry for the tilted photo but WordPress wasn’t saving my edit!)

The citrus and ginger flavor came through but I wish it was more pungent. Overall it was a great recipe, but I think I’d add in some things next time for more flavor. After a few bites we ended up going back to the kitchen to add siracha and hoisin sauce. Maybe we’re just used to those add ins since we eat so much Vietnamese πŸ™‚

Hope everyone has had a wonderful start to the New Year!

Have you tried any new recipes lately?Β 

Are you a meat eater, but like to cook vegetarian dishes every now and then? The Chef and I are love our meat but I pick tempeh and other veg goodies every now and then to change things up.