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Fit Vs. Athletic

A friend of Brian and I came into town today for the weekend to be home for his fall break.


Because it is getting close to crunch time, I am really trying to see everyone that I can at least one more time before I head out next Saturday.


We met at a little restaurant called Noodles.  Brian and I actually had our first date there!  It is a very casual restaurant that has pasta dishes in the categories of Mediterranean, American, and Asian.  There are also salad, sandwich, and soup options.  I opted for a small Very Berry Salad and a cup of Thai Curry Soup.  I absolutely love curry at all times, but on a cold rainy day like today it was perfect!

The salad had croutons, strawberries, pecans, red onion, and blue cheese all on top of a giant bed of spinach.  Delish!


Fit vs. Athletic

Yesterday, I went to a couple of doctors just to make sure that everything with my knee was ok.  My knee is fine, I just need to rest it a little.  I explained my current job situation and that I am going to be leaving next Saturday for just under a year to be a fitness director on a cruise line. While I was at the second doctor he said something when I explained the situation that really stuck with me that I had never even considered before. He said “You essentially are a professional athlete.”


Athlete?!?!  Now, I have always loved being active and in high school I was very busy with show choir and cheerleading, I would run occasionally in the summers and do workout videos.  When I started college, I immediately fit the gym into my daily schedule and became addicted to the group fitness, exercise machines, and weights that were offered.  Staying active is just something I do, and it is part of my lifestyle.  Yes, I am very fit and I ran a half marathon this summer….but athletic?


Never in a million years would I ever consider myself athletic or an athlete.  I played soccer and basketball in elementary school, and really only enjoyed it when I was winning due to my competitive nature.  That same competitive nature kicked in when I joined the swim and dive team in middle school and it gave me so much anxiety because I wasn’t the best that I quit (and I’m not much of a quitter!).


This question leaves me baffled.  Is there a difference between fit and athletic?  I know that my job will be working out, teaching others about fitness and nutrition, and leading group exercise, but does that make me a “professional athlete?”


What do YOU think?   Is there a difference between being fit and athletic?  I want to hear some feedback 🙂

  • To me, being athletic encompasses specific training, agility, and coordination.  I was totally flattered that this doctor thought of me in the “professional athlete” sense, but I just don’t think that is where I would categorize myself.

Low and Slow

Today, the kitchen appliances were workin’…..

Right:  Rice Cooker, Left:  Crock Pot

Right: Rice Cooker, Left: Crock Pot

When I was home recently, my mom made a delicious crock pot meal that really made me think of fall.  At the time it was literally 100 degrees out, but today it was chilly, slightly rainy, cloudy, and so appropriate for a warm meal to be cooking in the crock pot all day filling the house with spicy aromas.

I had actually never used a crock pot on my own until today, and let me tell you…it is easy peasy!  I seriously poured everything into the  pot in the morning and let it cook low and slow.

Vegetable Curry Crock Pot Dinner 


  • 3 carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 onion, chopped,
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper or cayenne
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large potato, chopped into small pieces
  • 8 oz frozen green beans
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 2 cups of stock (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup-1 cup shrimp (uncooked)
In a pan, saute the carrots, onion, and garlic until tender.  Add the curry, red pepper, salt and pepper.  Cook until spices become fragrant, about 2 more minutes.  Remove vegetables from the pan and transfer to the crock pot. Add the potatoes, green beans, chickpeas,  tomato, and stock.  Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 5 and a 1/2 hours.  Add the coconut milk and shrimp and continue to cook until ready to serve.
This meal is so simple, tasty, and makes a ton for leftovers!
Work Fashion
I love wearing my boots at work because they are seriously the most comfortable shoes I have.
Now, I am off to bed ready for a productive and relaxing day tomorrow 🙂

Shopping List and Movie Date

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After reading my post about healthy grocery shopping on a budget, Brian pointed out the fact that I did not include a sample list.  Honestly, it didn’t dawn on me that people would want it because to me, the fun is making the list.  Coming from Brian’s perspective, someone who doesn’t cook regularly, he said that he wouldn’t even know what to put on the list and where to get the items.  So here is a little more insight.


My mom made herself a little worksheet that has each section of the grocery store in the order that she goes to it.  This is great if you are always going to the same store and the aisles and food placement aren’t changing.

I wonder why I like lists and organizing so much??

Her categories are

  • HBA (Health and Beauty)
  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Fruit/Veggies
  • Drinks
  • Bread
  • Misc
  • Paper/Cleaning
  • Frozen
  • Pantry
She then has a little Monday-Sunday calendar at the top right corner where she writes her meal ideas.
Sample List
This week due to time I did all of my shopping in one place.  Each list is going to be different depending on the menu, here is a sample list with the prices that I paid next to the item.
  • salted peanuts–$3 (could have purchased at Good Earth Natural Foods for 1.95/lb)
  • chocolate chips x2–4
  • avocados–4
  • margarine–1
  • almond milk–3
  • peanut butter–3
  • whole wheat elbow macaroni–1
  • reduced fat cheddar cheese x2–8
  • dry mustard–2
  • broccoli–2
  • cauliflower–3
  • whole wheat tortillas–4
  • organic spinach–4
  • laughing cow light swiss cheese–4
  • reduced fat cream cheese–2
  • brown rice–1
  • tofu block–2
  • cucumber–1
  • tomatoes–1
  • onion–1
  • apples–2
  • zucchini–2
  • tomato puree–1
  • rice cakes–4
  • turkey lunch meat–3
  • oats–2
  • sugar–2
  • bananas–2
  • crystal light energy–4
  • gum–2
  • diet coke–8
  • salted cashews–5
  • ground lean turkey–4
  • carrots–2
  • greek yogurt–3
  • jalapenos–2
  • baggies–5
  • granola bars–2
Now, after all of that grocery talk let’s move on to dinner!
Mom put this meal in her crock pot and let it cook all day long.  It was so delicious, nutritious, and would be great in colder fall weather….it was still great tonight though too!
She put green beans, potatoes, carrots, onion, peas, coconut milk, and shrimp into a crock pot marinated with curry.  It was just great!
Movie Date Night
After dinner, it was time to head out to our movie date.  We had to run some errands at the mall that ended up not taking as long as we had originally planned.  Because we had some extra time, we stopped into Le Gourmet Chef...probably my favorite store in our mall.   Of course we had to sample a few of the sauces.  The  dirty martini sauce and the raspberry chipotle sauce both stuck out in my mind.
After some samples, we went to the theater to see the movie The Help.  This movie was simply amazing!  We laughed, we cried, I felt anger and happiness….and now I know that I HAVE to read the book because there just has to be more detail that I was missing…even though the movie was nearly 3 hours.  It was a perfect way to end the night.
Off to bed so I can wake up bright and early tomorrow!