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Ramblings on a weirdly warm January day..

For the Indiana readers of this blog, how weird is this weather right now???  I feel like I’m living in some alternate universe right now where nothing is as it’s supposed to be.  Like windows open and cooking on the grill in January….seriously, what the crap is up with that?

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I have been crocheting my fingers off since early December making these messy bun hats that everyone is going crazy over.  Not that I’m complaining.  For a family that never takes trips, like ever, we have 2 week long beach vacations planned this year and a trip to Michigan, so the extra money is helping tremendously with that.  I’ve got more projects lined up so I’m going to be happy to finish up these hats, if the orders ever stop coming in.

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Aside from that, Hannah can’t stop breaking her feet.  The right in October and now the left one!  Both times while playing basketball.  She loves to play, and of course, we love watching her, but I’ll be kind of glad when her IGHL league ends in mid-February so I can stop wincing every time her feet hit the court!  Softball is a little less demanding on her ginormous ski’s and on her new team, she’ll rarely catch, so it will be less strain on her achillies, which has been another problem area for her.  We’re looking forward to her getting healthy and back into action on the field.

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In other news, Katie went to a camp at Franklin college and had some very nice compliments from the coach, as well as him letting us know that she was put on their recruiting list.  (per NCAA rules, he can’t contact her until her Junior year, but that was pretty cool and encouraging for her to see that her hard work over the years is paying off.

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So that’s the happs with us right now.  I sometimes get so caught up in posting all my fitness stuff here that I forget to document things for the fam.  But you know I’m not gonna leave you hanging with nothing in that category, so I’m going to share this yummy recipe that we had the other day.  Oh, and Haaaiii, Christina, don’t worry girl, I got you!   I will be posting those dressing recipes for you very soon! 😉

Here’s a very simply recipe for Beef Quesadillas with Homemade Guacamole & Pico.

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Just brown 1 lb beef with an onion and 2 tsp minced garlic.  Drain and add 1-2 T. homemade taco seasoning.

Fill one half of tortilla with beef mixture.  Sprinkle a little bit of shredded cheese on top if you wish.  Fold over and cook on griddle until crispy, then flip and repeat on other side.

Now for the Pico. I just chopped up and drained 2 ripe tomatoes, added salt, pepper, juice of one lime, some fresh cilantro, garlic, 2 jalapenos (diced fine), and about half of an onion, (diced fine).

For the guac, I peeled and chopped 2 avocado, added the juice of one lime, salt and pepper and mashed it all together with a fork.

That’s it!  Super easy and perfect for a busy week night!

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When I ramble on for 7 years because I haven’t posted since Jan 11…

Soooo….I suck at blogging now, apparently.  I always mean to post more & I find all kinds of interesting things I should share, and then I don’t do it.  So yeah…I pretty much suck.  Sorry.

But, I do have lots of stuff to talk about today & because it’s Monday and I don’t want to do anymore housework, I’m going to spill it all out in one huge post that will take you 7 years to read, but you probably won’t because you’ll get bored halfway through and all my rambling will fall on deaf ears.  Or I guess eyes, since you’re reading.  But then it would be blind eyes?  I don’t know.  You’re welcome.

Well first, real quickly, we finally got moved in for the most part.  Brian has a bunch of crap to clean out of the garage so I can park in there and each day that goes by and it doesn’t get done brings him one day closer to death, but apparently he likes living on the edge, so whatever…don’t say I didn’t warn ya, B.

I have been asked a couple of times about pics of the new house, but of course I don’t have any so I’ll share those later on in the year in another boring & long rambling post, I’m sure.

When we were moving I didn’t work out for 2 weeks.  And it was pretty stressful for me because it bothered the heck out of me, but I finally got back to it, and I have to say that I was completely shocked at how quickly I turned back into a weenie again after a 2 week break.

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That face you make when you realize you have reverted back to wimpiness 😦

And here’s another picture that I’m posting for no other reason than that I look like butt in that last pic & I feel like I look less buttlike in this one, thus making me feel better. Although whatever filter my daughter used on this kind of makes me look greenish or something but whatever.

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And so I’m back in the swing of it now & feeling super sore, which is awesome.  I recently purchased the New Rules of Lifting for Women & it’s really changed the way I look at lifting.  Most importantly is that I have more active rest days, which is great because before I was working out 5 days in a row & I’m not gonna lie, sometimes that was a little overwhelming.  So on my active rest days, I always walk my dog for 30 minutes with The Spinster, but I also will throw in a short HIIT workout or a 5 minute Tabata jump rope routine or even just a 30 minute walk/jog session.  I like to use the Couch to 5K app for this.

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If you are new to strength training or been doing it for years, I highly recommend this book.  It appeals to me because it teaches a sensible & long term sustainable approach to eating and exercise, which is totally up my alley and what I’ve been practicing for years.  No crazy dieting or restrictions.  Moderation & movement, and that’s what I encourage my clients to strive towards because it’s realistic for most people.

Also, since we’re heading into Spring/Summer, I’m loosely tracking my macros again.  I like to be leaner when it’s shorts/swimsuit season so I don’t always feel like a busted can of biscuits like I do when it’s cold out and I’m a little more lax with my eating.  This combination seems to work well for me.  I don’t track anything from about Halloween through Christmas.  I like to enjoy the holidays without worrying about it too much.  I still eat what I consider to be healthy probably 75% of the time through that period, because that’s how my palette rolls these days & I actually enjoy a healthy diet, but I don’t sweat the treats too much either.

But now that Spring is approaching, I’m tightening the reigns a little and it always amazes me at how quickly I can start leaning down when I just start paying a little more attention to what I’m eating.

If you aren’t familiar with macros, it’s basically just tracking your carbs, fats, & protein (and some people do fiber too, I don’t) and keeping them within the limits you set based on your goals.

You need to figure out your TDEE, which is basically just the amount of calories you need to consume to maintain your current weight.  Then, depending on whether you want to put on muscle or lose fat (or both) you either aim to hit higher than or lower than your TDEE.  You can use this handy calculator  to determine your needs.  You can also hire a macros coach if you are really wanting to dial it in, but I just kind of go with my gut and pay attention to how my body reacts to what I’m eating.  If I was a competitive body builder or fitness model, I’d definitely need to get it more exact to hit my goals, but I’m just me & all I really want is to be healthy and feel good in my clothes.  And be able to pick up heavy stuff. 😉

I’m currently weighing in at around 126, so I’m not really looking to lose weight, but I would like to lower my body fat percentage some & put on some more muscle.  So I will start with cutting a little on my macros & will gradually up them as I go and as I start lifting heavier weights.

I think eating clean means different things to different people, so I hesitate to use that term too much, but what it means to me is just eating healthy fats like olive oil, egg yolks, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, etc.  And protein in the form of lean meats, some cheese, and protein powder in my smoothies when I have trouble hitting my protein goals.  And of course carbs in the form of whole grains, rice, and fruits.  And A LOT OF WATER.

I like the fact that my kids have been raised to have a healthy relationship with food.  They are allowed to have junk food sometimes, it’s not taboo in our house.  But they’re also growing up in a house where healthy and nutritious meals are cooked the majority of the time, so it’s nothing for them to have 2 and 3 helpings of vegetables without batting an eye.  I love that.  It lays the groundwork for healthy body image & food relationships when they are older.  It literally takes the drama out of food and meals at our house and it may not be for everyone, but it’s worked wonderfully well for us.  When my daughter texts me & asks me to bring her an apple to have after practice or my 11 year old is begging for roasted broccoli for supper, I know that I have done something right.  And because I believe in keeping it real, yeah, sometimes they have a pop tart for breakfast – And I’m totally ok with that, too.

I have to mention that meal planning is so very important for me to stay on track with healthy meals for the fam.  When I don’t take time (and yeah, it does take a little time) to plan everything out and then get myself to the store…bad things happen.

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Here are a few examples of some of the things I eat when I actually meal plan and don’t have to eat coffee:

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Spinach omelet w/feta cheese & apple

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Eggs w/ frozen italian veggies sauteed in coconut oil

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Whole grain toast w/natural peanut butter, banana, chia seeds & cinnamon

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Baked potato w/roasted brussels sprouts & 2 slices bacon

So, those are just a few examples of how we eat the majority of the time in our household.  And then sometimes we have pizza, or enchiladas, or whatever else we want, but the bulk of our food is what I consider to be healthy.  It keeps us healthy, happy, and balanced.

Hopefully I will actually do what I say and start blogging more & sharing more recipes periodically instead of unloading a humongous post every couple of months.  That’s the goal anyway but since most of you probably clocked out long ago & never made it to the end of this post, there won’t be anyone to remind me of my shortcomings when I don’t hold up my end of the bargain. Either way, I win. 😉

Just Proud…

Her work ethic, her maturity, her desire to grow and improve,the way she pushes herself…She’s growing up before my very eyes.

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Shew! What a Summer!

Been a while since I’ve had time to post anything.  We’ve been softballin’ it up big time since the end of March and are finally heading into the end of our busy season. Both girls should be finished by the end of July, though I imagine they will probably pick up one or two tourneys in the fall.  They play on different teams (one is 12U and one is 10U), but they are in the same organization, which means that we are usually playing in the same tournaments, though not always at the same parks.  We all enjoy it and we love spending time with our softball family.  But I always do look forward for the slower days that come at the end of the season.

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I’ve been working on a couple crochet projects that I’m really excited about and can’t wait to finish.  I’m also continuing to plug away at exercising.  I can’t tell you how much exercise and a healthy diet have changed my life.  I am 39 years old and haven’t felt so good since my teen years.  Even in my 20’s, I never had as much energy and just general wellness.  So on that note, I want to share a website I recently stumbled upon.  Skinnytaste has tons of awesome recipes.  We just tried the Santa Fe Chicken last night and I served it with brown rice.  It was a big hit.  I think I may just serve it in lettuce wraps next time I make it, as it was very filling.

I went to an informational meeting the other night for parents of incoming 7th graders and it didn’t really hit me until I got there that I have a 7th grader!  I can’t believe how fast the years fly by.  She’s growing up so fast!

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She asks me almost weekly now what she should choose for a career.  She’s throwing around the idea of interior design or a therapist right now. 🙂  Although when I told her she might have to live in a big city to be successful at interior design, she kind of balked at that one.  I don’t think she wants to get too far from home.  Of course, that may change later.  I think she also is thinking about some sort of sports therapist, which I think would be a fabulous choice for her, but whatever she wants.  I know this, she is super smart, witty, hilarious and talented, I know she will be good at whatever she decides. ❤

First Tourney of the Year

Katie’s fast-pitch team played in the Bunny Hop Classic in Shelbyville on Saturday.  This year Katie moved up to the next age group and so, this is a new team entirely.  There are only 2 girls on the team that she’s played with before.

Here she is bright & early.  Probably not really awake yet, but smiling at least.

And her sister ready to cheer her on. (Right. She takes off with another little sister from the team and they are in their own little world without a clue as to what’s happening in the games. Oh well, at least she dresses the part anyway.)

Here are some of the girls warming up before the first game.  It was freezing that morning.  Our first game was at 9:30 and we played back to back all day until 7:00 that night.  We all came out  a little sun/wind burnt from sitting outside all day.  We got our pasty white winter skin broken in.

A quick snack break between games

We lost the first game, but then played & won 5 games, coming up out of the loser’s bracket, to make it to the championship game & face the team that beat us in the first game.  We got beat, but later found out that the team that we took 2nd place to is one of the best in the state with their own practice facility and who play all year round.  I was really impressed & proud of our girls for doing so well not only for their first tourney, but also against such a tough competitor.

Katie’s highlight of the tournament was laying down a beautiful bunt and making it to first base.  She then stole 2nd and later scored, sliding in safe at home on a close play at the plate.

The House (STILL) Divided

You may remember this post, where I told about how Brian is a Kentucky fan and I am an IU fan.  I do not exaggerate when I say that we cannot stand each other when our teams are playing each other.  Maybe you think I’m kidding, but I am not.

Ridiculous?  Yes.

Immature?  Absolutely.

Stupid?  You bet.

Doesn’t make it any less true.  Earlier this year when IU beat Kentucky, we were at my parents house with the rest of my dad’s family for a Christmas get together.  What that means is that Brian was trapped in a house full of MANY IU fans.  And I know I’ve told you that my family is relentless when it comes to teasing & joking, so as you can imagine, it was a pretty rough environment for Brian.

Sadly, that is also the day that Nanner transferred her loyalty from IU to Kentucky.  She felt sorry for her daddy because everyone was picking on him.  I can hear you all now, you’re all going, “Awww, how sweet.”

Well, do you wanna know what I’m sayin’?  I’m sayin’, “WEAK!”

In case you missed it, here’s a short video of the shot that gave me one of the best moments of my life.

Anyway, if you follow basketball, then you know that Kentucky beat us in the tourney.  It’s a night I’d soon like to forget.  Brian & I get so ugly.  He hates me, I hate him.  We go right back to loving each other the next day, but I can barely stand to look at him during the game and I know he feels the same about me.  Sad but true, folks…sad, but true.

Well, my sadness soon turned to gladness when I got this video of Nanner the other day.  Her face at the end, when I tell her I’m gonna show her Daddy the video and she realizes that her mother is ruthless, is nothing short of priceless.  She may be a little hard to understand, so let me explain.  There is a common cheer among Hoosier fans that very simply goes:  HOO! HOO! HOO! HOOSIERS!

So the other day, Katie comes up & whispers, “Hannah is running around yelling the Hoosiers cheer & she’s supposed to be a Kentucky fan now.”

So, I couldn’t resist, I grabbed the camera & tricked her into doing it for me by telling her how funny it would be.  Yeah, I tricked her.  Mother of the Year, I know.  There’s not really a level I won’t stoop to in order to pull a good joke on someone.  Especially my husband.  Try not to judge me.

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It’s all going to be so worth it when Brian sees this video on my blog.  BWAAHAAHAAA!!

Yes, Brian – your Wildcats may have won the NCAA Championship, but at least I will always have the above video and also the image below in my mind to bring me comfort. 🙂

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I’ve Been to the Twilight Zone

As you may already know, in my family, we are big Yankees fans.  As in, you are born a Yankees fan and you will die a Yankees fan.  Except for my Uncle Doug, of whom we do not speak.  He is an Orioles fan.

So, when we found out that the Yankees would be playing the Reds at Cincinnati this year, we were all excited at a chance to see them so close to home.  And thanks to my wonderful Aunt Brenda and her connection to a season ticket holder, most of us that wanted to go were able to get tickets.

But, a mere 2 days before we were to leave, things started to get a little wonky.

We were sitting there on Father’s Day talking about the upcoming game and I suddenly had no idea where our tickets were.  I remember sitting at Subway with Brenda and paying her for them.  I remember setting them out on the table and looking at them.  And then I have no more memories of those tickets whatsoever.  And here it was, 2 days before we were to leave and it was just now occurring to me that I should locate the tickets?  I am pretty sure that I must have accidentally tossed them into the trash at Subway that day.  But we had only 2 days before we were to go, how could we get tickets replaced at this late date?!

Luckily for me, Brenda’s friend was able to go to customer service at the ballpark and get them replaced.  I am still scratching my head over this.  What kind of dork throws their tickets away???

Anyway, the day finally came that we were to leave.  My BFF and her husband went with us and we left that afternoon.  We got to the ballpark around 5ish and pulled up to find signs everywhere saying that the game was canceled and would be played the next night due to rain.  Rain?  What rain?  The skies were blue as could be.  Apparently it had rained most of the day there and the fields weren’t dry enough.

Ugh.  Now we were faced with driving all the way back home and coming back the next night.  We decided instead to make an adventure out of it and stay overnight in downtown Cincinnati and sight-see, then go to the game the next night.

Mistake.  BIG mistake.

First of all, everybody else had the same idea as us.  The hotels near the ballpark were pretty much already booked.  My uncle and a few other family members were staying at a nearby hotel and he tried to get us a room there, but they were already booked up.  So, we sat in the lobby of a nearby hotel and used their wi-fi to look for something on Priceline.  We finally found something, but we had to drive 20 minutes out of downtown to get to it.  Not ideal, but better than nothing.

We drove to the hotel only to be turned away.  They had made a mistake and overbooked and could not accommodate us.  Well crap.  Back to the drawing board.  We were finally able to get a room booked at another hotel not too far from the first one.  We checked in and instead of going to our room we went to Wal-Mart to get toiletries and some cards and games to play in our hotel room.  At this point we had decided to just get what we needed, then chill in our room because it was getting close to 9 pm.  The game wasn’t until the next night, so we had all day the next day to sight-see.  This turns out to be another big mistake.

We go get everything we need and decide to look for a Taco Bell.   We find one and when we entered, it was really surreal.  First of all, it was almost cold enough to see our breath in there.  Secondly, they were playing some kind of crazy techno music really REALLY loud.  As in, I kept expecting the lights to go out and to see all of the employees jump over the counter with glow sticks and start dancing.  At 10:00, the manager came and locked all of the doors, with us still sitting there eating.  So, one of us asked him if they were closing at 10:00.  He informed us that we weren’t in a very good neighborhood and that they always close the dining room at 10 pm.

Fabulous.

So, at around 10:30 we return to our room to find probably the nastiest room I have ever been in in my life.  Not joking.  The walls were splattered with I don’t know what.  The bathroom had hairs in the shower and sink.  I almost vomited immediately when we walked in from the smell.  The bedding was stained, the carpet was stained…I was afraid to sit anywhere, so I basically stood in the middle of the room while my BFF called the front desk and told them there was no way we were staying here.

So, at 11 pm we started frantically searching for another hotel.  We went to a different one and it was even worse than the first.  At around 11:30 my cousin’s husband called me and said that they had found a Ramada Inn close to downtown that had one room left.  We jumped on it.  Turned out that it was also not the cleanest room, but the sheets were clean and I decided that I could live without a shower for a day considering that this bathroom was barely cleaner than the first fiasco.

Finally at around midnight we got to settle in.  We had to take a single room with 2 beds.  I had forgotten that my BFF’s husband snores like a freight train.  I am not exaggerating in the least.  I think Brian and I maybe got an hour total of sleep.  We went from shock, to annoyance, to at one point laughing hysterically because it was obvious that there was no way we were going to get any rest.

The next day however, things started looking up.  We went over to Newport, KY and walked around the shops and ate at a great restaurant.  We then ended up getting some cheap tickets from a scalper to the day game, so we ended up getting to watch TWO games!

So, I can now say that I have indeed been to the Twilight Zone and survived.

Here are a few pics from some of the better parts from our trip…

Gee, don't we look well rested and happy?!

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