Halloween and the Switch Witch

Happy Halloween! The day that all of us parents look forward to and dread all year long. Dressing our little darlings up and taking them out door to door in an effort to obtain enough candy to put them in a diabetic coma. I guess we’re honing their skills in being cute and friendly for the future when they have to go door to door selling gift wrap so their school can buy plastic flutes and basketballs?

But, what do you do with the tons of candy they procure? We leave ours for the Switch Witch. Who is the Switch Witch? Well in our house, she’s the tooth fairy’s sister! The kids get to pick out about 10 pieces of candy that they want to keep and leave the rest out for the Switch Witch. She takes the candy and leaves a toy in its place. This is really a win-win all around. I don’t have to fight with the kids regarding their candy intake and they get a new toy!

Apparently you can now even buy a book and toy about this! I wish this had been available 5 years ago when we started this tradition! Check it out here: http://switch-witch.com/

Happy Trick-or-Treating tonight. 🙂

Week one done!

Week one of whole 30 (ish, I’ve kind of cheated this week) and boot camp is done. Boot camp on Wednesday kicked my butt. My asthma flared up and I had a really hard time breathing. Today I made sure to take a couple of puffs off of my inhaler and that helped. Or maybe the workout was easier? Guess we’ll see next week!

Tomorrow morning I’m starting back up with Couch 2 5k. I’d love to be able to run a 10k by October. I’ll do that on my days I’m not doing boot camp and take 1 day off a week.

How are you doing with your fitness goals?

Boot camp class #2

I attended my 2nd bootcamp class this morning. Man getting up at 5am to be there at 5:45 was rough. Not as hard as I thought it would be, but this is definitely a change for me.

There were 4 of us in class this morning so the atmosphere was a lot more exciting for me. I like the social aspect of the class a lot and I’m really glad it’s limited to 6 women.

I was pleasantly surprised that the exercises weren’t too hard for me to do, the hardest were the jump lunges. The easiest and most fun were the punching bag punches.  Lots of aggression to get out 😉 I kid I kid!

Next class is Wednesday and I can’t wait!

Back on the wagon

After eating not great for a week and drinking more than usual, I’m really looking forward to getting back to eating Whole 30 compliant tomorrow.  I’ve also got another boot camp class at 5:45 tomorrow morning! I’m sure I’ll be very sore come Tuesday, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Adding exercise

Now, obviously I’m never going to get in shape and fit with diet alone. So today I started boot camp classes with Bridgeport Fitness. I originally heard about Renea (the owner/trainer) from my neighbor Kristina. Kristina’s son goes to the same school as Renea’s son (the same my daughter will go to in the fall as well) and she’d attended some of the classes and really liked them.

I have to say, for the first time ever, I loved the class too. They’re 30 minute HIIT classes and have a limit of 6 women (women only to boot!) per class and you do 6 circuits in 1 minute intervals.  Other than the burpees (because really, no one likes burpees) it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed not having to deal with a lot of people and I felt like I was getting more individual attention as well.

I’m signed up for 10 classes total, so it’ll be interesting to see how I feel/look in a couple of weeks.

If anyone local is interested in checking out the classes, there is currently a Groupon running right now and it is quite a great deal!

Eating healthy and delicious

Don’t think you can eat healthy and delicious? Wrong my friend. This is my favorite part about doing the whole 30. Actually enjoying what I am eating and knowing that I’m not eating food that is bad for me or chock full of chemicals.

This mornings breakfast: (serves 2)
1 medium potato
3oz all natural sausage
1/2 red bell pepper
1 handful of mushrooms (sliced)
2 organic brown eggs (whisked together)
Salsa or hot sauce (optional)

I shredded the potato with my Pampered Chef ultimate mandolin, but you could use a cheese grater as well. I then started frying up the sausage, crumbling it as it cooked. I added in the peppers, potatoes and then the mushrooms. When the mixture is 90% cooked, I add in the eggs and scramble away.  Let the eggs cook through and you’re done!


Knock knock.. This thing on?

I know, I know, it’s been a LONG time since I posted anything.  I have no real reason as to why, just sheer forgetfulness.  I get sucked into updating Facebook about everything in 140 character updates (or more?) and pictures that I forget that I have an actual blog.

Well, it’s time to dust it off and I’m going to start by blogging about my fitness journey.  As most of you know, I had a hysterectomy last fall and have taken quite a bit of time to get back up and “running” aka, feeling human again.  Add that into just gaining old lady weight last summer and I’m stuck.  I’m stuck and feeling FAT.

So, now it’s time to get real.  The month of May I did a trial run at eating Whole 30 compliant.  I had a hard time sticking to it simply because May is full of fun stuff for us, between Mothers day, my birthday, our anniversary and Kara’s birthday, there is a lot of partying to do and with partying comes bad food choices.

But June is quiet and I should be able to stick to it quite well! So starting June 1st, I’m back on the Whole30 wagon and I’ll be working out 5 days a week again.  Watch this space for more details soon.

Chicken Stroganoff

I haven’t been very experimental lately with dinner and have been very bored with our meals. However this last weekend after having a delicious chicken casserole at a friend’s house, I got busy in the kitchen. I really liked the casserole she made, but I knew that Mike would want more to it. Thus I created my own version of chicken stroganoff.

2 chicken breasts, shredded
2 cups broccoli
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
16 oz sour cream
1 stick butter
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers
1 package of wide egg noodles

Preheat oven to 350

In a bowl mix up the chicken, broccoli and mushrooms. Spread mixture into a 13×9 baking dish and set aside.

In a bowl mix together both soups and the sour cream. Spread this mixture on top of the chicken mixture, covering the chicken mixture fully.

In a bowl melt the stick of butter and crush up the crackers into the butter. Spread the cracker crumbles onto the soup mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes. Serve over cooked egg noodles.

Serves 4-6.




Changes …

Since I’m going to be attending Blissdom in a couple of weeks, I needed to order new “business” cards.  I found some ridiculously cute ones on Inkgarden.com and ordered them last week.  When they arrived yesterday I decided that perhaps I should change the color theme on my website to match.  

Now, I am not web programmy inclined in the slightest, which is why I host through Tumblr.  I just use their pre-made themes.  But, since I wanted everything to match, I found a new theme and figured out how to change the colors, etc.. 

So now Joleine.com matches my new pretty cards!  What do you think?