Thursday, April 24, 2014

Eggselent Egg Scramble

I made some scrambled eggs on Easter Sunday, a quick throw together kind of breakfast that was so good I am going to make it again, so I wanted to share it.  The idea blossomed from having left over grilled shrimp in my refrigerator.  We had grilled them for dinner Friday evening and seasoned them with olive oil, garlic salt, and Old Bay seasoning.  I cut the leftovers up and added them to my eggs.  It was delicious.

Eggselent Egg Scramble

3 egg whites
2 whole eggs
2 tsp chopped garlic
6 sliced grilled shrimp
2 tsp chives, I used freeze dried ones from Penzey's
sea salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste
3/4 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
1 Tbs light margarine

Makes two servings.

Melt margarine in a large skillet while you scramble eggs together with garlic, chives, salt and pepper.  Add the eggs to the pan on low heat.  I find that scrambled eggs come out much fluffier if you cook them on a low heat.  It takes longer, but it is so worth the wait.

Sprinkle sliced shrimp into your egg mixture.  When eggs are close to being done add the cheese and combine for it to melt. I served the eggs with sliced avocado and a toasted English muffin. 


 It was a delicious Easter breakfast.



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Unknowns

Happy Wednesday!  I am so happy the week is halfway over that I could just hug you.  I'm in kind of a weird holding pattern here for the next week and a half and it's kind of throwing me for a loop.  I feel rushed, like I have very little time to do everything I need to do and at the same time I am wishing time would pass more quickly so I can move on to whatever is next.  It is a really weird feeling.  Deep breath.


The place I am in right now is getting ready for my mom to come stay with us.  There is a lot I need to get done around the house to be ready for her.  The last time she was in town was last year before Christmas, so it has been many months since she has been in Houston.

In that time we have found out she has some pretty serious health problems.  She was in the hospital in Mississippi for about a month.  There was one mad dash to Mississippi in the middle of the night for us when she was in ICU that was very scary.  When she comes to Houston this time, she will have some new health "gear" with her, including a night time breathing machine for sleep apnea.  It will be different from the last time she was here.

While she is here there will be many doctor's visits and the creation of plans for treatment for her heart issues and then there will be putting those plans into motion.  We have no idea how long she will be with us and I feel a little in limbo; much like we all do when we are dealing with unknowns.

I am working to make peace with all the diagnosis and find comfort in knowing I can handle what's ahead for us.  I have a great partner in this life and we will handle everything together and we will come out stronger.  I have faith in that.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

I'm That Girl

I have had a lot going on in my life.  Lots of things.  Some good, some sad, some very stressful.  The types of things that would make you (me, some people) want to celebrate or comfort with food.

The big thing that I have noticed lately is that if I have a comfort snack, I know it is a comfort snack.  I recognize it for what it is and I enjoy whatever that chosen snack might be.  The bigger thing...it is just a snack.  It isn't an eat the pantry situation; it is a small indulgence during which I am present in the moment enjoying the taste, texture, and smell of the small familiar comfort.  This is completely new, unfamiliar, peaceful, exciting territory for me.

I was reflecting today that the husband and I went to the grocery store last week.  I had something sweet on my list and I headed down the frozen treat aisle.  I picked out and bought two pints of ice cream, technically one of ice cream and one of gelato, if you are into the technical.  Anyway, you know the pints...the ones that I would usually take from the freezer, skip the bowl, grab a spoon and plop on the sofa with.  The pint that would never go back in the freezer since there is no reason to freeze an empty container.  Last night, about 6 days since said store trip, I opened my freezer to put some ice in my water.  Guess, what?  There is a partially eaten pint of ice cream in my freezer that I had forgotten about.  Me.  I forgot there was ice cream in my freezer.  I am the girl who has a pint of ice cream in her freezer.  Me.

I used to always wonder about ice cream pints when I would see them in a friend's freezer.  I would think, huh...weird.  She has a pint of ice cream in there.  Why hasn't she eaten that?  All of it.  In one sitting?   Now I am the girl with partially eaten pints in her freezer.  Me.

I am also the girl that doesn't stress when a coworker suggests a lunch out of the office.  The one who doesn't obsess about snacks at a party.  The one who doesn't feel secret anxiety about a happy hour.  The one who didn't think it was weird last night to go to bed without dinner because I had had a late lunch and was not hungry.  Me.  I'm that girl.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Motivation Monday

Are there any other Today show viewers out there?  I saw this morning that they are beginning a series called Love Your Selfie encouraging everyone to love themselves for how they look today.  I think this concept is really important.  You deserve your love and respect now, not just when you accomplish milestones or a specific number on a scale.

I find that if I am loving me and am thankful for the things my body can do today, then I am more likely to treat myself to a nice workout or a delicious well balanced meal.  Most of my eating binges and couch potato moments come when I am not respecting myself.

I deserve respect and self love daily.  I deserve time spent with myself determining just what my body needs so it can reach its full potential.  I shall spread the love.  Joining in the spirit of the Love Your Selfie moment, here are some selfies of me.  Full length with my long legs (and cute shoes).


An at work selfie from last week rocking my awesome new scarf...


And a first thing in the morning pic for No Makeup Monday...



Today I am linking up with the lovely ladies of Motivation Monday.  The hot topic of conversation today is strength training.  My favorite strength training workout without a doubt is yoga.  I love that I take a class every Monday at lunch.  It's awesome.


Yoga is a fantastic practice for loving yourself as you are in the moment and for what your body can do today.  Am I the most limber I have ever been in my life today?  No.  But after class today I might be more than yesterday.  Do I have the best formed down dog in the class?  Nope.  But I rock an awesome pigeon pose and I can balance like crazy in tree pose.  

Find something today that you love about your body and celebrate it.  You deserve it.

Have a lovely Monday friends.








Linking Up:
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday and heart day.  You are all awesome and loved.

For my girlfriends out there...

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I love this print.  It's available on etsy.com if you want one (link right under the picture).  I hear they sell out quickly.  I think this would be so cute in a locker room or ladies gym.  We should all remember just how great our bodies are.  Today.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Intuitive Eating Thoughts

I have to tell you how liberating it is to give up the "diet" mentality and concentrate on myself and what my body is telling me.

Daniel and I went to Hattiesburg this weekend to see family.  In the past when I have been "on a diet" traveling, getting together with friends, going out, you name it...any sort of activity where I couldn't control everything...brought anxiety, fear, self judgement.  All of those activities are the really great, fun parts of life.  If you put that into perspective you could say life was causing me anxiety, fear, and self judgement.  Who wants to spend life like that?  Honestly, I don't.  I have already spent way too much time over the years judging myself and I love that I am working on breaking the cycle.

Do you know what this means?  All of that time I would spend sitting with my family thinking about what I "should" or "shouldn't" be eating; all that time where I would concentrate on the things I "couldn't" have; all that time I spent thinking about how badly I was blowing my diet; all the time I spent calling myself names; all of it, every last second, I was able to spend enjoying my family.  I like that much better than being anxious, scared and rude to me.

There is so much peace that comes with acceptance.  Am I always great at being accepting?  Nope. Sometimes I am still pretty hard on myself.  I have come far enough on this journey to catch myself being mean and I do my best to set myself straight.  There's no reason to do anything but appreciate all the things my body can do, today, as it is now.  Peace and patience are the way to go.

I no longer get on the scale regularly, but I got on my scale the other day.  Since I have stopped dieting and started listening, I have lost 8 pounds.  I seem to be on my way to my healthy weight.

I am so excited for yoga on Monday.  I am pretty sure I will be feeling the "I am only here for savasana" vibe.  I love the me time so much.

Have a lovely day!








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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Food Review

I don't know about you, but I very much enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich from time to time.  It's funny really because when I was a kid I wouldn't touch them.  I was a silly kiddo because a nice toasted piece of bread spread with some kind of nut butter and a jelly is delicious.  Period.

Last Monday I went with a friend to rolling PB&J heaven.


When you find Monster PBJ stop and get one or stalk them on their website and they will tell you where they are.  If you don't live in Houston, I don't know, call them and beg them to road trip.  This is good stuff.

You walk up and grab a bag and a pen to place your order.


There are three sizes of sandwich and the classic is perfect, even a tiny bit on the big side.  I know what you are thinking, how many ways can you make a PB&J?  Well, as it turns out, tons.  They have different nut butters, lots of jam flavors, fruit slices...just look.

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And yes, that says Panini Grilled.  Mind blown.  I got cashew butter with grape jam and a schmear of nutella on white bread.  This bread is not packaged white bread or anything, it is nice fresh bakery bread.


You need napkins and either a place to wash your hands or some wet naps afterward, but that extra work is worth it.  The bread is crispy the buttas and jams are warm and a little oozy.  It is messy, finger licking, mouth watering yummy.

Stalk them.  You are online.  Do it now.



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday

I had a super-delicious Wednesday!!  It was a snow day that turned out to be a no-snow day (shocker since I live in Houston), but I was happy to have the day off.  It was cold outside and it was nice to be inside with my blogs, my dog, and my heater!

I started off the day with breakfast fried rice.


Yummy in my tummy.  I dumped my left over jasmine rice in a pan with a little olive oil and let it heat up and then moved it to the side and put in a couple of egg whites and one whole egg.  Once the egg was mostly cooked I tossed it all together.  A little sea salt and done!

In the late afternoon I put some Stuffed Bell Pepper stew on to simmer.



Happy cold day eating, this new recipe was a winner!  I used this recipe from Taste of Home to get me started.  If you know me, I use recipes as a suggestion and I tend to mix it up a bit.  Here is what I did:

Ingredients:
1.5 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped in small bite size pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, diced
6 cups beef stock
3 bell peppers, cut in small bite size pieces
2 cans (14.5 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomato
1 cup jasmine rice, raw
1/8 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons beef bouillon
1 teaspoon pepper
sea salt, to taste
Lawry's Season Salt, to taste



In a saute pan I cooked the ground beef with a sprinkling of the Lawry's salt.  While the beef was cooking I sauteed my onion and garlic in my stew pot in the olive oil.  When the beef was done cooking and the onions were beginning to be translucent I drained the beef and added it and the rest of the ingredients.  I let the stew simmer on the lowest setting until dinner time.


My biggest changes were subbing in stock for the water which I think makes the flavor a lot richer.  Since I had the time, I also let the rice cook in the stew.  I think it really added flavor to the rice.  I also added garlic (because I didn't see a reason not to) and onion.

It was great!  I will be happily eating stew leftovers for the rest of the week.


I hope you have a tasty Wednesday as well!








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Monday, January 27, 2014

So which Houstonians are hoping for another "snow" day tomorrow?  I know I am.  I would love another free day to spend at the house and continue with my new year's clean out and organization.

I am also planning on making Stuffed Pepper Soup...a new recipe my friend sent me.  Since I use recipes as suggestions and march to my own drummer in the kitchen I will post later in the week any changes I make to it.

I have been a little frustrated with myself this week and I keep telling myself to not be.  I shouldn't be.  Even though I indulged a little this weekend I am recognizing that I am indulging and I know why I am.  That is progress and I should be happy about it.  And I am still stopping when I am full.  I haven't over stuffed myself.  And I am working out.  I am moving because it feels great not because I feel like I have to.  That's a great feeling.


This morning I was feeling bah-humbug about the gym, but my yoga class starts for the spring semester today.  I am in. 
 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I have been doing lots of journaling with actual pen and paper in my bird composition book.


Guess what I exclaimed yesterday, as loudly as you can exclaim in ball point pen.  I was an intuitive eater today.  I was.  I thought about everything, whether I was hungry, whether I was thirsty, whether I was enjoying what I was eating.  I did it.  I stopped eating when I was satisfied.  I didn't over eat.  I left food on my plate.

One thing I have learned so far on this journey is that I have to feel my feelings.  It is important to feel them, good or bad, to find peace with them.  If I find peace with my feelings I don't need to hide them with food.  I've cried a lot lately, but I have also felt happiness.  I am finding peace.


One of my new favorite quotes.

Here are some great reads:


Enjoy!