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Who thrives on a routine and a daily schedule?  I have always loved a daily routine and being able to plan for future events.  Being on the cruise ship was great for that aspect because every day was exactly the same.  If we were at sea the classes and seminars were always at the same time and if we were in port, then I either had the day off or taught a class in the morning or a class in the evening.  We received a schedule with several months of cruises on it, so we always knew which days we were at sea and when we were in port and we could count down the days until we went home.

Today marks one week exactly of me being home, and I went from an extremely structured and scheduled environment to an environment with absolutely no schedule whatsoever almost overnight.  In one sense, the freedom is nice, but on the other hand it is driving me nuts!

I just have to remember that the situation that I am currently in (jobless and schedule-less) is only temporary.  Starting today, I am going to create a schedule for me, as much as I can, and be on the job hunt constantly!  I can only change my attitude about the situation, and my attitude is going to be positive.

Yesterday Lunch

Moving on to what I did yesterday… (in case you haven’t noticed my posts have been pretty sporadic as well, but don’t worry, I will get everything in order soon!)

I made myself a delicious and refreshing salad of romaine lettuce, spinach, red pepper, tomato, a bit of guacamole for some healthy fat, chickpeas, tuna, and cottage cheese.  Brian and I ate lunch outside because the weather was so beautiful!

I then baked my first batch of cookies since I have been home!  Peanut butter to be exact.  This is my favorite recipe to use for peanut butter cookies because it is so simple and they turn out perfectly every time!  Usually they on’t spread out, which is why they are all so close together on the pan, but for some reason this time they spread a little bit in the oven so they all became siamese cookies…oops!  They still tasted good though 😉

Brian and I then wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather and go for a bike ride, but literally 5 minutes into our ride his brother called to say he was on his way over…so we turned around and came back home and I went for a jog instead.


Yesterday Evening

We then met up with some friends to just hang out and have a little cookout!  The first one of the year…and the second time that Brian and I have used the grill that my mom gave us.

I prepared myself a little piece of tilapia by putting the filet in a piece of aluminum foil with salt, pepper, and 2 garlic cloves.

I then wrapped it up and simply placed it right on the grill with everyone’s burgers and brats.

Brian was trying to be the grill master.

But then Matt took over 🙂  My fish turned out perfectly and everyone raved about their burgers and brats.


This morning, I “slept in” until 6am (my body is still out of wack…especially with such a random schedule).  Lately, I have been loving oatmeal for breakfast, but it was rather warm this morning and I was very thirsty when I woke up so I wanted something cool that could quench my thirst.  I made myself a smoothie to get the day started.

Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup Almond Breeze
  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior protein powder
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 3 ice cubes
  • a splash of water
  • 1 1/2 tsp peanut butter on top
Combine all ingredients except for peanut butter in the blender, blend until smooth.  Pour into a bowl (if desired) and top with peanut butter.  Enjoy!


The smoothie was delicious and satisfying and great way to start the day.

I haven’t done my daily workout yet because I decided to get some work done early in the day then “reward” myself with a workout.

Have a great day!!


Have you had to change your attitude lately in order to deal with a particular situation?


What is your favorite thing for breakfast?

Guy Food: Turkey Burgers

This is a little rewind post back to my pre-race dinner on Friday night.  My parents were coming over for dinner, and my mom had given Brian and I a grill earlier in the summer that we had yet to use so I decided on mediterranean turkey burgers as my pre-race fuel.

Guy Food:  Mediterranean Turkey Burgers


  • 6 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 oz hothouse cucumbers (about 1/2 cup chopped finely)
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 4 oz zucchini, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled herbed feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 100 cal sandwich thins
  • Toppings:  sliced tomato, pickles, onion, romaine, cucumber
Step One:  
Finely chop the cucumber into baby tiny pieces.
Step Two:
Once chopped, add to the Greek yogurt along with the lemon juice and garlic.
Mix together thoroughly, then put in the fridge until the meal is ready to serve.  This will be the sauce to put on the burgers.
Step Three:
Finely chop the zucchini and red onion.

Step Four:

Once chopped, add the zucchini, red onion, feta cheese, salt, and pepper to the thawed ground turkey in a large bowl.

Step Five:

Mix together with your hands.  It’s the only way to get it all mixed!  Just be sure to wash them well before and after 😉

Step Six:

Form the meat mixture into four patties and place wax paper between each patty on a plate.  When ready to place on the grill, take the wax paper and flip it upside down onto the grill.

Step Seven:  

Wait for the burgers to cook on one side until they are easy to lift off the grill with a spatula, if the burger sticks then it is not ready to flip.

We also cooked the corn on the grill. When the burgers are done, place them on the sandwich thins and top with desired toppings!  Don’t forget the special sauce you made at the beginning 😉

Trying to flip the burgers and corn on the grill

Mom brought us fresh tomatoes and basil.  The basil is from a family friend’s basil bush…literally BUSH!  I saw a picture and couldn’t believe how big it was when I can’t even get a little sprout to grow!

Fresh Caprese Salad

She also brought Brian and I pots.  For the past 5 months I have been cooking everything in a giant skillet!…having a real pot will be nice.

The meal was delicious and super filling, I couldn’t even finish it!  But it did give me good race fuel 🙂