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Waste Nothing

In an attempt to better myself I have been working hard to clean up my diet.  If you are a long time reader, you know that I was a big clean eating advocate.  After all that is what the start of the blog was based on.  However, life happened!  Job changes, schedule changes, babies turning into teenagers…..all the things that make slipping into old, yucky habits resurface!

So I went back in my archives, re-read some books that I had from the start of my journey long ago, and made my plan to become a healthier version of me.  Let’s be honest it all has to start with a plan.  As the saying goes – “If you fail to plan, plan to fail”.  Part of the planning process is writing out a menu, deciding what snacks will be needed for the week, and making your grocery list.  Without that list anything and everything will end up in the cart!

Now to make life easier I try to stick with the same breakfast for several days.  This is so I can pre-cook it to save time in the mornings.  I also have to eat pretty early in order to make my 3 hour between meals work with my scheduled lunch break at school.  Having breakfast in the refrigerator is key to my 5:15 meal time!


One of my favorite go to breakfasts is the breakfast bowl.  No not the one you get a Waffle House with eggs, hash browns, cheese, etc.  A much healthier version.  The varieties for this is endless.  Choose a meat, choose a veggie, and put that on a bed of greens!  I tend to stick with ground sausage, but you can use links as well.  Eggs are also a great addition if you eat them.  Veggie options are endless, but I will tell you know that sweet potatoes are my favorite, and of course you can add any toppings/sauces that you wish.


For this week’s bowls broccoli is on the menu.  I purchased a couple heads of broccoli to roast for dinner one night, and in keeping with my simplifying life attitude you waste nothing.  What do I mean?  Do not throw those broccoli stalks away!  Oh no, those stalks are good and nutritious!    So use them in other dishes like sautés, soups, and slaws!


You will need to cut the ends off.  They are kind of like asparagus, the very end of the stalk is tough and nasty.  Slice the stalk at the point of tenderness – in other words do not force the cut.  If your knife doesn’t cut through easily, then cut that baby a little higher.  Once you get the ends off take a vegetable peeler and give them a once over…..then chop, steam, or process.  Also makes a great broccoli rice J

  • Broccoli stalks (2)
  • Turkey sausage (ground)
  • Spinach & Arugula mix
  • Ghee
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Once my stems were chopped I placed them in a pan with some ghee, salt, and pepper.  Gave them a little sauté, added my pre-cooked ground turkey sausage, then divided the mixture into separate bowl on top of a spinach and arugula mix (my fav).  When I wake up in the morning I pop the bowl in the microwave, which steams the greens, and breakfast is ready in 1.5 minutes.  You can’t get any easier than that!


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This past week/weekend was my good friends bachelorette trip to the beach. Which means that today I am unpacking, washing, and organizing.

I do not ave any pics to share with you guys. First, I didn't know most of the ladies on the trip so I will not post pics without their permission, and secondly I honestly left my phone alone for most of the time there.

I can however share this weeks menu plans with you since I prepared it last night!!

  • Monday – meatloaf meatballs, fresh green beans and potatoes
  • Tuesday – lasagna with roasted summer squash and zucchini
  • Wednesday – squash casserole and salad
  • Thursday – tilapia with roasted veggie salad
  • Friday – leftovers
  • Saturday – tuna salad

I am not sure what my workout schedule will be this week. I am hoping to get the new class schedule and attend some morning classes now that summer is here. I will probably keep things a little low key today since my legs are sore from the weekend. We literally walked the beach the entire time we were out there Saturday, followed my a very late night of dancing 🙂


In other exciting news the hubster and I are getting bikes this week before our camping trip next week!!!




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HN weekly menu & happenings

Let the countdown begin!!  I am starting my last two weeks of therapy today for the 2012/2013 school year, and counting down the last 19 days of work until the summer break 🙂  Whoop Whoop!!

I tell you things are getting exciting around here.  They are also  a pain in the behind.  Like literally!

You see last week I had a random rash break out on the very lower, left side of my back.  It popped up as a tiny little spot on Sunday, was worse by Monday, and I thought what the heck come Tuesday!  That lovely little rash was irritating the dickens out of me.

It didn’t itch.  Nope not at all.  Oh but did it burn like crazy, and the position……yeah right where the panties/pants hit.  So it was brushed against all day long.  I was thinking I picked up some random yuckiness from the tanning bed (yes I know that is bad for me), and decided not to finish my week out.  I was convinced that a little cortisone cream and time out of the heat would do the trick.  So I made my last workout on Wednesday for the week…..

I ended up at the walk in clinic Thursday afternoon.  Still convinced that it was a bad reaction to something I just needed relief from the burn.  Well that yucky little rash that I was convinced came from the tanning bed didn’t come from that at all.   Oh no, I have an atypical case of……..wait for it……….wait for it………the shingles!!


Yep, the shingles.  So here go the questions –

  1. Did you have chicken pox as a child?  Yes.
  2. Have you had a recent cold?  Yes. 
  3. Have you had any signs of fever blisters?  Yes.
  4. Have you been under any stress lately?  Uh why yes of course.  I work with special education in the school system, it’s the end of the school year, I am adjusting still to my hubster’s crazy new work schedule, and I am a single mom for half of the month…..


Now I am thinking….what in the world does all of this have to do with my dang shingles?  Well those bad boys as you know are a result of the chicken pox virus that stays in the body after you have had them.  For the rest of your life, but not just anywhere in your body.  It lives in your nerve cells.  Which is why the shingles are painful.  So basically between the stress and cold I have no immune system, put that back on top of more stress, and I break out in the friggin shingles!

Things are just peachy  burning around here!

So needless to say I am in no mood for exercise.  I am in no mood to be in the kitchen.  However, we all must eat so I have come up with an easy breezy menu for this week!

  • Monday – philly steak sloppy joes w/ tator tots
  • Tuesday – tilapia with pasta salad
  • Wednesday – stuffed backstrap with greens & roasted potatoes (hubby cooks)
  • Thursday – boiled shrimp & salad (hubby cooks again)
  • Friday – crockpot chicken cacciatore
  • Saturday – tuna sandwiches
  • Sunday – lasagna

It is the hubster’s long work week so I will have to cook over the weekend in order for him to have “lunch” to take with him to work.  We unfortunately have eaten out too much this past weekend, and on top of that I have been eating really crappy snacks lately so this has got to stop.  With things being so busy, adjusting to everything, I have been grabbing things to eat on the go which are not healthy options.  Let me tell you my body can tell and is showing the difference.  I have to start being more conscious of my snack and drink choices.  Those lovely little granola thins that my friend passed on to me because she didn’t like them must go! 

I am also determined to get some exercise in this week regardless of the crazy shingles epidemic.  Taking in extra calories while burning none is a complete disaster for this chic!  It is amazing how horrible you feel when eating whatever with no activity when you are so use to a healthy lifestyle.

  • Monday – two mile+ run (maybe more depends on how I feel)
  • Tuesday – lower body and cardio of choice
  • Wednesday – two mile+  run, upper body
  • Thursday – rest day/wine tasting 🙂
  • Friday – upper body, run
  • Saturday – rest day
  • Sunday –  lower body, cardio of choice

I really need to get back into my strength training.  I use to strength train a minimum of four days a week, I can’t tell you the last time I followed that schedule!  It is hard to fit it in lately with our crazy schedules.  I know that is no excuse…..I just need to purchase some weights and things for home.  You see on nights the hubster works I have to fit my workout into  a one hour window…..seriously!  I get home at 3:45, change, give boys a snack, and leave.  I am usually at the gym around 4ish, quick workout then race back home to make some sort of dinner so I can wake the hubster up at 5  to eat before he leaves for work at 6!  So literally I have very little time.  Since my kiddos aren’t old enough to really leave them at home I have to work with what I’ve got!

If any of you have any favorite products/workouts for at home I would love to hear from you 🙂

p.s. don’t forget to enter the giveaway, winner will be chosen on Thursday!!


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HN Meal Plan

How happy am I today about this weeks meal plan?  Super ecstatic!  Why? – there is so much produce available at our little market this time of the year, and I know it is only going to get better 🙂

I was lucky to score a HUGE head of cauliflower yesterday for like two bucks!  I mean this thing is big enough for at least two meals.  On top of that I was able to get zucchini, tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, apples, bananas, grapes, corn, and a loaf of bread all for 20$!  Super impressed, and with summer right around the corner I know m0re is coming my way.

  • hamburger steaks with onion gravy, potatoes, corn on the cob.
  • grilled chicken, roasted cauliflower, turnip greens
  • lasagna, salad
  • make you own taco (salad)
  • pizza per hubsters request

Things are pretty low key on the food front this week.  Nothing super exciting as far as new recipes go.  I am trying to be more conscious of my meals in the sense of eating a larger variety of veggies/fruits.  I tend to get in a food rut around this time of year since we are limited to veggies during the winter & start of spring.  I eat veggies daily, but I usually stick with the same two or three every week.  This week I feel pretty good about my produce.  When I look in the veggie bin I can see white, green, red, orange, and yellow.  I love seeing my fridge so colorful!

As for the workouts this week:

  • run two  miles, stretching
  • lower body, cardio
  • run two+ miles, stretching
  • upper body, cardio
  • run two+ miles, stretching

Now I have a confession……I didn’t complete my planned workouts last week 😦  I started with my run on Monday, but I could feel a pull in my outer thigh area.  I am not sure the name of the exact muscle.  I just know that I had to push myself for the first two miles, then alternate walk/run after that so I stuck with just the elliptical for cardio.  I didn’t want to chance a major injury.  I am really not sure what happened as far as if it was due to improper warm up/stretching, the way I was running, or what?  Considering that I had so much on my mind with all the horrible news lately I know I wasn’t as conscious with my workout form.  I am pretty sure this is what is causing the issues.  So this week I have decided to spend more time stretching after workouts.  I always stretch, some days more than others, but since I have been wanting to start practicing yoga I figured actually listing it as part of my workout would get me closer to an actual yoga practice.  Well, at least that is the plan!


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