Food Prep Sunday July 26

26 07 2015

Yes, once again it’s Food Prep Sunday.  This Sunday I only prepped a little bit.  I washed grapes and raspberries, and cut up strawberries.  image

I like fresh fruit really well, and everything’s so yummy during the summer.

I cut up cucumbers last night, as I was cutting a cuke up for dinner.  I have some things left from last week and will finish those off before I cut up anything else.  I have all kinds of things to eat this week, mainly things that didn’t get consumed last week.

For dinner, we grilled steaks and they were yummy.  Hubster grilled extra steak at my request, and we’ll have grilled steak sandwiches one day this week and grilled steak salad one day.  I imagine we will have some leftovers as well.

What a great day today was.  Hubster and I mowed the lawn and cleaned house yesterday.  We usually clean house on Saturdays and mow the lawn on Sunday, but we did it all yesterday.  That meant we had a day off today.  It was awesome.  We went to a QiGong class this morning and it was a very excellent half hour.  I was kind of surprised it was just a half hour, but it was relaxing and nice.  I tend to focus on breathing and movement and can’t reconcile the two.  I get frustrated with it, but there it is.  I was able to do a fair amount of inhaling and exhaling and moving at the same time.

Hubster stayed in the class and did 45 minutes of Tai Chi.  I went out and did circuit training.  I liked it.  Then we went to the grocery store and got supplies for the week.

Here’s the meal list for the week:

Monday:  Bite sized chicken teriyaki, rice, steamed carrots

Tuesday:  Leftovers

Wednesday:  Grilled steak sandwiches

Thursday:  beef stir fry

Friday:  goulash

Saturday:  grilled steak and flatbread

Workout plan for the week:

Monday:  HIIT on elliptical

Tuesday:  treadmill and circuit

Wednesday:  HIIT

Thursday:  walk outside

Friday:  circuit and cardio

Saturday:  90 minute walk

I am doing a couple of challenges this week on MFP:

Log my food every day, and stay under my calories for the day

pre log my food 4 days

Drink and log water for three days



On being an introvert

21 07 2015

I hear this all the time too, that I can’t possibly be an introvert because I seem to be outgoing, and I’m opinionated and not inclined to keep those opinions to myself (oh, if they only came with a filter!)

I’m not at all inclined to argue with the “oh you can’t be an introvert” crowd.  Every single personality test I’ve ever taken pins me as an introvert.  (ISFJ, to be exact).

Although I can schmooze at a party, and give talks to roomfuls of people, and laugh and participate in meetings, none of those make me anything else but an introvert.  The key is this: I can do a lot of interactions with people, but I go home exhausted and depleted.  If I haven’t had much alone time, I get really testy.  Just ask my poor, sweet, extroverted husband.  I need to recharge my batteries away from people.

I can be around people just fine if I don’t have to interact with them.  It’s the interactions that are so draining.  And yes, I love being with certain people, I do.  I just have to gird my loins beforehand and make sure to recharge afterwards.

I felt badly about this aspect of myself for years, as it was particularly hard to be a mom and an introvert.  The drive home from work often had to be enough alone time to recharge.  Sometimes I would lock myself in the bathroom for 10 more minutes of alone time.  But any Mom can tell you how well that works.  I am grateful that my kids are adults, although if I say I’m grateful that they aren’t hanging on me any more, it always sounds awful.

But I am grateful for more alone time.  I have to have it. When I go to conference in a few months, I will sneak away and nap in my hotel room by myself.  I will carve out time in the fitness room with headphones on to discourage chatter.

One thing I do now in honor of my mother is I put books on shelves at one of the small local libraries.  I love it—if I don’t have to talk to people, which is most of the time.  My mom was a librarian for much of her life, but had to do a lot of people interaction.  As a volunteer, I don’t have to.  It’s perfect.  I bring order to the world in a small way and i don’t have to talk to people.

So here’s the thing, world.  If I don’t want to talk, I won’t.  I’m not mad or upset.  I just don’t want to talk.  If I don’t go to a party or an outing with a group, all it means is that I need my time  to myself.  I’m not mad at anyone.  You can call me antisocial although it’s not a true label.

I’m an introvert.  I am not going to change.  I can’t change.

Food Prep Sunday July 19

19 07 2015

Ah, Food Prep Sunday, how I love thee.  I love how a little bit of effort on one day helps make my week so much easier.  Love it.  Love it.  Did I mention that I love it?  Today I only spent about a half hour cutting up stuff.

From left:  roasted chicken (made in the crock pot for dinner tonight), chicken stir fry (yesterday’s dinner), a pint of cooked quinoa, and baked omelet (this morning’s breakfast.)  The baked omelet is so easy, almost as easy as mini frittatas.20150719_194904

From top left:  cut up lemons for lemony water, Rainier cherries, sugar snap peas, cut up green pepper, sliced strawberries, washed raspberries, and celery and carrot sticks. I know I shouldn’t take credit for things I’ve just washed, but hey….that’s food prep too. 🙂


So, husband is at a conference this week so we’re carpooling at least some of the week.  I’ll be happy to do that.

Here’s the menu for the week:

Monday:  Taco salad

Tuesday:  leftovers

Wednesday:  hamburgers

Thursday:  beef stroganoff

Friday:  chicken club salad

Saturday:  skillet supper

Sometime during the week, I need to make fried rice for hubster.  He loves it, and it makes such a good lunch.

Workout plan for the week:

Monday:  beginning yoga

Tuesday:  walk

Wednesday:  HIIT and circuit

Thursday:  Walk

Friday:  HIIT and circuit

Saturday:  90 minute walk

Sunday:  rest day

Next week I do my weight and measurements.


18 07 2015


I can’t motivate you.

15 07 2015

I hear this all the time “I should work out with you.  I need motivation.”  “I need you to motivate me.”

I’m sorry that I don’t jump right on scheduling a workout with you.  I can’t do it.

Here’s the thing.  I can’t motivate you.





Nope.  Can’t do it.

The fact that I don’t want to motivate anyone else is irrelevant.  What is relevant is this:

Motivation has to come from within.  You can’t depend on someone else to motivate you.  You have to do it.

You can read all the motivating things you want.  But it’s you who has to lace up the shoes, put down the fork, log the food.  No one else can do it for you.

What I can do is share my story, my thoughts.  But what motivated me may not motivate you.  You are a different person than me.  You are unique, wonderful, different.

So please, don’t tell me that you need me to motivate you.  It isn’t going to happen.

What did motivate me?  Money.  I signed up for a pilot clinic that was 12 weeks long, and included workouts and all kinds of fabulous teaching.  But I also had to give some money.  I earned it back by tracking my food 80% of the time, attending the exercise class 80% of the time, and attending the class 80% of the time.  It was enough money that I was not going to let it go.

I’ve signed up for an app that does much the same thing.  Look for the PACT app on your app store.  I am not getting any money from PACT to mention them on my blog, but I’ve been using it for a bit and I really like it.


Food Prep Sunday and Planning for the week, July 12

12 07 2015

Yes!  It’s Food Prep Sunday once again!  I have been slacking on the pictures, but today I worked very hard to get my camera in the right spot. It’s been too hot to do much oven cooking, but today it’s pretty mild. Mild meaning under 100 degrees 🙂

First off, here’s homemade granola. Made with my friend’s recipe, it’s totally yummy and makes the house smell so wonderful. Small amount of coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, chopped almonds and oats. It’s supposed to last two weeks in an airtight container. I have made this before, but today I halved the recipe because I don’t seem to get it all eaten even though it is really yummy.


Next up is sliced cucumber, celery and carrot sticks, and green peppers.  I also cut up cauliflower but didn’t take a picture. 20150712_162615

I love these mini frittatas.  These are mushroom and cheese.  These make breakfast so very easy. 20150712_162340

Cut up cantaloupe and sliced strawberries.  Yummy.  20150712_162509

The salad in a jar.  I made four for the week.  Usually I put dressing in the bottom, but hubby and I like different dressing so it’s easier for us to add our own dressings when we eat them.  The salads are:  chopped carrots, chopped celery, chopped red cabbage, grape tomatoes, baby spinach, and romaine lettuce.  Also shown up front:  roasted chick peas. I got the recipe for those at  Go check out her site, she’s awesome. 20150712_162331

Mini frittatas for the hubster, with red pepper and green onions. 20150712_165648

This is what my fridge looks like after I’m done.  Top shelf is beverages, with hubster’s cokes, wine, and my frittatas.  Also shown is Friday’s mac and beef, which will be eaten this week.  The weekend’s food prep is on the second shelf, also with leftover Chinese food from last night.  Milk and yogurt on the next shelf, and eggs on the next one.   20150712_165701Now that food prep is done, hubster is starting the grill up for our BBQ steak dinner.  We’re having steak, corn on the cob, and steamed carrots.  After dinner, I may make some dessert.  Or maybe not.  This weekend’s food prep took a couple of hours.

The week’s meal plan:

Monday:  Hamburgers

Tuesday:  Leftovers

Wednesday:  Grilled steak salad and flat bread

Thursday:  chicken stir fry

Friday:  tacos

Saturday:  Oriental chicken salad

The workout plan for the week:

Monday:  HIIT elliptical and circuit training

Tuesday:  walk

Wednesday:  HIIT elliptical and circuit training

Thursday:  walk

Friday:  rest day

Saturday:  Boise Women’s Classic 10K

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