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Nowhere Near Perfect

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This weekend at home was honestly much needed and pretty awesome. ¬†Call me crazy, but I love hanging out with my mom ūüôā

She made me yummy food like fish tacos. ¬†Seriously, these are so so so good…don’t worry, I asked her for the recipe.

We ate baby tomatoes from her garden.

 

We went running on Sunday morning.

 

I prepped my food for the week.  The tofu is covered with the same stuff used for the tilapia fish tacos.  It tastes good on the tofu, but better on the tilapia.

 

More food prepping…

 

Mom made another delicious dinner.  This time, it was grilled shrimp served on top of a giant salad.

 

Perfection

 

I had a pretty big revelation this weekend.  Mom and I had a big talk after dinner about my life, and the perfection I was striving for.

Recently, I have been trying too hard to be perfect…at everything…and I was literally driving myself crazy because it is¬†impossible to be perfect.

I joined the Savage girls thinking that would make my eating habits perfect and my body perfect, when all it really did for me was add this unbearable stress all the time because I am not perfect…in fact I am no where near it.

I tried to keep up this perfect image on the blog, only showcasing the great workouts I did and the healthy meals I ate, not truly talking about my feelings or the days when all I wanted was a giant bowl of ice cream. ¬† I wasn’t being real, and I wasn’t being me.

Working on the cruise taught me a lot of things in regards to healthy eating, healthy living, the environment, and how the chemicals in our world are affecting our bodies. ¬†While working on the cruise, one of the things that I would do was educate others on this “clean living, detoxification, no impurities” lifestyle. ¬†Because I was educating them on this perfect way to live, I wanted to be exemplary and not hypocritical so I tried to lead this “perfect” lifestyle, when really it was probably the farthest thing from perfect that I have ever experienced. ¬†When I came home and tried to control things and be even more perfect, I feel like things spiraled out of control.

When I think about the people that I truly look up to, whether they are fitness instructors, bloggers, or whatever…the reason that I look up to them is because they do what they do well, but they are authentic. ¬†They let people inside to see the real them and all of the flaws included, and although I aspire to be like these people…showcasing my flaws was the last thing that I ever wanted to do.

When I was in Body Pump training, we had to write down what we loved about our favorite instructors. ¬†Without a hitch, without a second thought, the first thing that I wrote down was that I like to see them make mistakes. ¬†Now, that doesn’t mean I want my instructors to flub the whole class, but to hear them accidentally cue “squat for 2/2….actually I mean super slow!” is refreshing to me….because I know that person is real and human…just like me.

I have been working so hard to do everything 100%, do everything perfect, and it was turning me into a robot. ¬†What kind of a life is that? ¬†I wasn’t enjoying time with friends, I wasn’t just sitting back and relaxing, I wasn’t ever taking a night off, I wasn’t living my life…and that takes a lot of work.

So, from here on out I want to be true to you, true to my group fitness classes, true to my family, true to Brian, true to my friends and be the real ME!  The real me is someone who loves to eat healthy, try new recipes and workouts, who loves ice cream and chocolate, who loves to bake for EVERYONE whenever there is an opportunity, who hopes to inspire others to try a new vegetable or workout for an extra 30 minutes.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I am going to go and eat a big old McDonald’s hamburger with all the toppings, a large fry, soda, and a chocolate milkshake on the side…because that is not me either. ¬†But, if a friend calls me up and asks to meet up for ice cream or a drink, I am not going to stress because it wasn’t in the “plan.” ¬†I am going to be so happy to see that friend and truly enjoy my time with him or her.

It is crazy how it suddenly hit me last night, but I am so HAPPY that I finally realized what was wrong in my life. ¬†A saying that I heard once that will¬†always¬†stick with me is “Everything in moderation, including moderation” ¬†Hello! ¬†How brilliant is that?! ¬†Thank you to whoever came up with that, because I¬†need¬† a little moderation on my “moderation.”

So, here is to Monday and starting off the week on a new foot.  Boy, does that feel good!

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Entrees

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Quick, easy, delicious, and nutritious meals for any day or night of the week.

Lunch Ideas

Delicious Egg Salad

Chicken/Turkey Entrees

Healthified Boneless Buffalo Wings

Sesame Ginger Rice with Ground Turkey and Vegetables

Thai Chicken for 2

Turkey Burgers

White Chili

Seafood Entrees

Baked Pollock, Sweet Potatoes, and Roasted Broccoli

Baked Tilapia

Cinnamony Salmon Spice Rub

Cod Oatmeal Hash

Fish Tacos

Kwickie Kebobs

Salmon and Spinach Pasta with White Wine Sauce

Salmon and Roasted Vegetable Feta and Quinoa Salad

Salmon Salad

Shrimp over Jalapeno Slaw with Coconut Lime Dressing

Tuna Croquettes

Vegetable Curry Crock Pot Dinner

Zucchini Shrimp and Barley Risotto

Pasta Entrees

15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

Pizza

Delicious Pizza on the Grill

 

Cinco Worthy Recipes

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With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, Brian and I celebrated with a little Mexican themed meal last night.¬† We are unable to celebrate on the actual day of Cinco de Mayo because Brian’s brother graduates from college that day and we will be spending the day and evening celebrating with family in Bloomington.

This recipe came together very easy, and quick and was great because Brian and I were both able to get our hands dirty putting the dish together.

Fish Tacos

Yields: 2 servings (2 tacos each), 4 tacos total

Ingredients:

  • 2 cod fillets
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon<—the secret ingredient!
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1/4 cup tomato
  • 2-4 lettuce leaves
  • salsa to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 35o degrees.  Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.  Place fish on the baking pan.  Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, ground red pepper, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Sprinkle over the fish.  Place fish in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

While the fish is baking, chop the onion, bell pepper, and tomato.  Place the onion in a skillet with nonstick cooking spray, salt, and pepper to taste until the onions are translucent.  Then, add the bell pepper and spinach until the spinach is wilted.

Take the lettuce leaves (I used romaine), and rip them in half to make “taco shells.”¬† One the fish is done, break it up into small pieces and place inside of the lettuce shells.¬† Top with the onion, pepper, and spinach mixture.¬† Then, top with tomato and salsa.

Enjoy!

More Cinco Worthy Recipes

Guacamole

Healthified Queso Burrito

Pumpkin Enchiladas

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

 

Southwestern Quinoa Veggie Mix

 

Have a happy cinco!

What is on your Mexican themed menu for the weekend???

 

Still Sitting Here and the Food List Challenge

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Good Evening!

Today was pretty uneventful on my front.  Sometimes that can be a good thing, but today, I wish I had a little more action.

 

Ever since I have come home from the cruise I have been applying for jobs, subbing as a group fitness instructor at various gyms in Indianapolis, and random odd jobs here and there.¬† More or less, applying for jobs has been my full-time job.¬† So, today, I got up, showered, got dressed and ready, and then I sat at the table at my computer virtually¬†all day.¬† And I am still in the same spot.¬† I did take a lunch break, a workout break, and a dinner break, but I realized that on days like today I need to get out of the house and go somewhere.¬† Otherwise it is like there is no break and separation between “work” and “home.”

Does anyone work from home?  How do you separate your work and home and avoid working around the clock?

 

During my first break of the day, I had lunch.  A delicious salad with tuna and egg whites, broccoli, red onion, celery, topped with salsa mixed with cauliflower hummus.

I make salad many days out of the week whether it be for lunch or dinner, but there are some times when they just taste way better than usual…today was one of those days.

 

After my break for my bodypump workout, I made a quick dinner of steamed broccoli and asparagus with leftover baked tofu (from Friday).  It was great and simple!

Have any of you heard of The Food List Challenge?  I read about it this evening as I was eating my dinner. It is a list of 100 foods and you simply check the foods that you have tried and compare the results with other people.  I love experimenting with new cuisines, so I thought I would share the foods I have tried.

 

To be honest, I had to google some of these foods to see what they even were!

1. Abalone

2. Absinthe

3. Alligator

4. Baba Ghanoush

5. Bagel and Lox

6. Baklava

7. Barbecue Ribs

8. Bellini

9. Bird’s Nest Soup

10. Biscuits and Gravy

11. Black Pudding

12. Black Truffle

13. Borscht

14. Calamari

15. Carp

16. Caviar

17. Cheese Fondue

18. Chicken and Waffles

19. Chicken Tikka Masala

20. Chile Relleno

21. Chitlins

22. Churros

23. Clam Chowder

24. Cognac

25. Crab Cakes

26. Crickets

27. Currywurst

28. Dandelion Wine

29. Dulce De Leche

30. Durian

31. Eel

32. Eggs Benedict

33. Fish Tacos

34. Foie Gras

35. Fresh Spring Rolls

36. Fried Catfish

37. Fried Green Tomatoes

38. Fried Plantain

39. Frito Pie

40. Frogs’ Legs

41. Fugu

42. Funnel Cake

43. Gazpacho

44. Goat

45. Goat’s Milk

46. Goulash

47. Gumbo

48. Haggis

49. Head Cheese

50. Heirloom Tomatoes

51. Honeycomb

52. Hostess Fruit Pie

53. Huevos Rancheros

54. Jerk Chicken

55. Kangaroo

56. Key Lime Pie

57. Kobe Beef

58. Lassi

59. Lobster

60. Mimosa

61. MoonPie

62. Morel Mushrooms

63. Nettle Tea

64. Octopus

65. Oxtail Soup

66. Paella

67. Paneer

68. Pastrami on Rye

69. Pavlova

70. Phaal

71. Philly Cheese Steak

72. Pho

73. Pineapple and Cottage Cheese

74. Pistachio Ice Cream

75. Po’ Boy

76. Pocky

77. Polenta

78. Prickly Pear

79. Rabbit Stew

80. Raw Oysters

81. Root Beer Float

82. S’mores

83. Sauerkraut

84. Sea Urchin

85. Shark

86. Snail

87. Snake

88. Soft Shell Crab

89. Som Tam

90. Spaetzle

91. Spam

92. Squirrel

93. Steak Tartare

94. Sweet Potato Fries

95. Sweetbreads

96. Tom Yum

97. Umeboshi

98. Venison

99. Wasabi Peas

100. Zucchini Flowers

I have tried 53 out of the 100 foods listed.  How many have you tried??

Now, I am off to do something non-work related for the rest of the night and get out of my chair ūüėČ