Besides All the Things I Want to Buy, Here Are the Things I Want to Try:

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About two weeks ago I wrote a post about what I’m going to buy or hopefully add to my home gym collection soon! I meant to include what I’d like to try as well in that post but I ran out of time.

Anyway, to continue, here are two fitness related things I’ve been dying to try!

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The first is DDP Yoga. DDP stands for Diamond Dallas Page (a former pro wrestler) and he created a yoga program after injuring his back. I first saw DDP Yoga on Shark Tank (my husband loves that show we religiously watch Shark Tank Tuesday and the new episodes every Friday). He presented it with this tough and confident attitude with the tag line “It Ain’t Your Momma’s Yoga” and I have to say it left me intrigued.

I’m not one to fall for gimmicks and such but I’ve never been able to get into yoga because I’m not patient enough even though I know I should be doing it (honestly, I don’t even take the time to cool down after a workout!). I like workouts that leave me feeling like I’ve earned my sweat and since DDP Yoga combines traditional fitness exercises, dynamic resistance along with sports therapy exercises and yoga, I think it’s something I just might be able to get into!

I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet but I joined a March fitness challenge group on Twitter and they were all DDP Yoga fanatics which only left me more curious and more excited to try it out! I’m hoping I get to soon and when I do I’ll post a blog write-up on what I thought!

Ok the next thing I’ve been dying to try and think would be fun to own (if I had $$ to throw away) is the Nexersys machine, which I also ironically saw on Shark Tank but had heard about several months beforehand.

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The Nexersys is a piece of fitness equipment that claims to provide a full body workout using HIIT (High intensity interval Training) workouts in an interactive fashion. It’s pretty much a fitness gaming system that has a built in trainer. I’m not a gamer by any means (I think the last gaming system I played on was a Sega in like 1994), but how cool is it that you can hit, punch & kick this thing and it yells at you to do so?!?

There are over 100 workouts to choose from (or you can customize your own), three different fitness levels and even a multi-player setting!!! That’s not all though (I’m saying this in my best infomercial voice), it provides you with a results analysis too! Meaning that at the end of the workout it’ll tell you how many times you hit, how accurate your hit was and how much power you used!! Whaaaat?!? Why can’t I own one so I can play right NOW?!? Ugh. This would so be my next big purchase if I had an extra three grand to blow! I’ll just have to settle for finding one somewhere and trying it out 🙂

So I’m sure I could list a million other things I’d wanna buy or want to try but I’ll save them for another post!

What fun fitness things do you want to try or buy? Have you ever tried DDP Yoga? Anyone have a Nexersys and want to invite me over to play?

 

Weekly Dinner Recipe Round up 3/23 – 3/28

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At the beginning of the week I had written up a menu plan for dinner each night.  I have to say I pretty much stuck to it with the exception of Saturday (3/29).  We were supposed to make shrimp fra diavolo but we decided to go to the mall and out to dinner at Cantina Laredo instead.  I ate healthy for the most part sans a skinny margarita or two 🙂

Anyway, here are the recipes (or descriptions for some rather), for our dinners from Sunday through Friday 🙂

Sunday:

Homemade Chicken Soup

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This was actually made by my husband and to tell you the truth, I’m not entirely sure how he makes it.  I know that he uses a whole organic chicken and cooks it in chicken broth with fresh cut up carrots, onions, garlic and escarole.  Once the chicken has cooked thoroughly, he takes it out and shreds it then discards the unusable parts and puts all the meat back in the soup and lets it cook for a bit more before we eat it.  It’s really quite delicious and I swear it’s our cure to any cold or ailment!

Monday:

Chili Rubbed Wild Caught Cod served with Rainbow Swiss Chard

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To prepare the fish, I squeezed fresh lemon then seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder, thyme and chili powder.  To give it a bit more lemon flavor I grated fresh lemon over the top and drizzled with a tiny bit of olive oil.  I baked the fish at 375 degrees for about a half hour (I think).  I honestly wasn’t paying that close of attention to the time and this was a HUGE piece of fish so if I recall it took a bit longer than normal.

For the Swiss chard, I chopped up a bunch including the stems.  I then sautéed it in a large pan with olive oil, lemon juice, a little bit of water, lemon zest, salt, pepper and a dash of red pepper flakes.

I served the fish over a bed of brown rice (at the request of my husband) alongside the Swiss chard!

Tuesday:

Chicken Stir Fry

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I realize this isn’t the best photo but really this dish is not only simple but it’s super tasty. To prepare, I just cut up a few chicken breasts so that they were bite sized and cooked it in a large wok style pan.  Once the chicken was cooked I added fresh broccoli, carrots, snap peas, onions and garlic and let that cook until the vegetables were soft.  For the sauce we used a tiny bit of soy, tiny bit of sesame oil, some red pepper flakes, ground ginger, salt  & pepper.  My husband had his with some brown rice, I chose not to have any with mine.  This meal is kind of our “I’m too lazy to be fancy, lets cook something quick and yummy” dinner.  Nothing crazy or complicated about it but it’s pretty satisfying!

Wednesday:

Pot Roast with Kale and Roasted Golden Beets

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Ok, I really disliked the picture I took for the stir fry but this is just plain ugly and doesn’t do the meal any justice.  I tried my hardest to make this look pretty but there was not getting around it.  I slow cooked this meat along with the kale in the crockpot and this is just how it came out.

It was really easy to prepare, I just threw the roast in the crockpot with onions, salt, pepper, garlic powder and about a third cup of dry red wine.  I added the kale later but it still managed to get a bit mushy because we ate a lot later than I had intended.  Oh well, it was still pretty yummy in my tummy.

The golden beets were a lot easier to prepare than the red beets that we ate last week.  Since they don’t bleed red everywhere you can just simply peel them, dice them and toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme.  Then you roast them in the oven for about 20 mins or so (depending on the size you dice them) at 400 degrees.

Thursday:

Roasted Pork Loin with Dandelion Greens and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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To prepare the pork loin I just seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and topped with sliced onions and baked at 400 degrees for about an hour, took it out of the oven and let it rest for a few minutes then sliced it thin.

For the sweet potatoes, I just cut them up into small wedges, tossed them in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted in the oven for the last 20 minutes while the pork was cooking.

While the pork and sweet potatoes were cooking I prepared the dandelion greens.  First I boiled the greens in some salted water for about 10 minutes then drained and cooled them by running under cold water.  I then sauteed them in with olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  I just cooked them long enough to take on the flavor.  They can be really bitter but I actually enjoy that flavor and think it paired well with the pork and sweet potatoes.

Friday:

Quinoa, Mushroom & Black Eyed Pea Stuffed Collard Greens with BBQ infused Tomato Sauce

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Ok, so this wasn’t exactly dinner for my family but it was a dish that I brought for dinner with my book club and it took me like an hour to make but it was totally worth it.  I found the original recipe here.  It called for just the black eyed peas, mushrooms and collards with a homemade bbq sauce.  I thought it could use something like quinoa to bulk it up a bit and who the heck has liquid smoke lying around to make their own bbq sauce anyway?!?

I will give you a quick recap of what I used to make the recipe but for exact measurements refer to the recipe above.  I  started with two bunches of collard greens.  I picked out 15 of the biggest and whole leaves that I could find and gently rinsed them.  I then chopped the remainder of the greens to be used in the stuffing.  I sliced up roughly six cremini mushrooms and had about a cup of quinoa that I had prepared beforehand to use for the stuffing as well.

While the water was boiling to soften the collard leaves to be used for the wraps, I cooked the mushrooms and greens until they were soft then added the can of rinsed and drained black eyed peas.  Once the water was boiling, I submerged the whole collard leaves and let boil for about six minutes or so.  While they were boiling I took an chopped onion that I had prepped while cutting up the mushrooms and greens and cooked them in a sauce pan. Once they were no longer opaque, I added a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes and seasoned with some salt, pepper and garlic powder ( I could have added real chopped garlic but at this point in the game I was running late and I was short on time). I then added maybe 2 tablespoons of bottled bbq sauce to the tomato sauce and let that simmer while I removed the collard leaves, rinsed and let cool.

While they were cooling I stirred in some of my sauce to the stuffing mixture (just enough to give it some flavor, not so much that it was saturated). Once the leaves were cooled it was time to stuff and roll these bad boys.  You have to be delicate because the leaves are fragile but somehow I pulled it off, made it look pretty and used the rest of the sauce to pour over the leaves.

Phew! It was a process then and that just took me way to long to type up since I provided the original recipe anyway.  I just wanted to give you a true idea of how much of a process this dish was.  It looks easy but it takes a lot of prep work and I think I probably dirtied 5 pots in the process!

Ok, that’s it for and I probably have a variety of spelling and grammar errors but I’m too tired to care 🙂 Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!

My Double Life

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Yes, it’s true. I’ve been leading a double life. Well, on Instagram at least. You see, I have two separate accounts; one health & fitness, one all things mommy & wife. While I know it isn’t uncommon for a lot of people to have a separate IG accounts for fitness or recipes or whatever, I have taken special care to make sure my fitness account was kept a secret from all those I know “in real life” and I had been successful in doing so until yesterday.

I had the bright idea of maybe starting a Facebook page to share my recipes and such on. I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it and I definitely wasn’t sure I wanted to put myself out there that publicly on Facebook (ya know, where all those people I know “in real life” would see it). Nonetheless, I was trying to figure out how stuff was even shared from Instagram to Facebook (my other account is not linked to Facebook at all) and I hit a few buttons and pressed a few things but from what I could tell I didn’t post anything. Then all the sudden a few minutes later my @mommymightgocrazy IG account has like 10 new followers and they’re all people I know IN REAL LIFE!!!

I was frantic! What the heck was going on? I immediately checked Facebook. Did I accidentally post something? What the crap did I do?!? From what I could tell, I didn’t post a thing. There was nothing on my timeline, nothing on my wall, nothing in the feed. I was absolutely baffled. How could all these people I know “in real life” suddenly find my fitness IG account all at the SAME TIME? As I’m desperately trying to figure it out, another handful of familiar friends started following me (turns out if you link the two it notifies Facebook friends on Instagram of your account. NEWS TO ME!).

Now I was terrified. But of what? Why did it make me so upset that these people who are supposed to be my friends find out about the health obsessed, fitness fanatic in me?
The honest answer? The real, no holds barred, post whatever I please, say how I feel ME had been exposed. On any other social media forum, I have always been careful not to over-post and maintain an elusive, mysterious façade then no one could judge me.

That was my fear. What if all the people I know “in real life” think I’m a fitness FREAK? After hours of fretting and over-obsessing over this SNAFU, I’ve come to the conclusion that I really don’t care. These people I know “in real life” can choose to follow me or not follow me. I will continue to post what I want and celebrate my progress and accomplishments because I’m doing this for me, not anyone else (aside from inspiring/motivating/empowering others). Why should I hide what I’m passionate about like it’s something to be ashamed of? Embracing my love for health & fitness on this social platform has brought me a great deal of happiness and amazing opportunities, and I don’t intend to give it up by giving into fear.

As my sister quoted yesterday while trying to comfort me “Don’t let the haters stop you from doing your thang.” – Mean Girls

Do you have a separate IG account for your fitness journey?
Do you keep it hidden or am I just crazy?
Have you ever let fear of judgement stop you from pursuing your dreams?

Cookies N’ Creme Protein Balls

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I’m reluctantly posting this recipe because I’m not 100% satisfied with it. I really think it has room for improvement and by all means if you have a suggestion as to how to make it better, please let me know!!!

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Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup almond butter
– 1 scoop cookies n’ creme protein powder ( I used Plant Fusion)
– 1 tbsp maca powder
– 1 tbsp coconut flour
– 1 tbsp almond milk
– 2 tbsp cacao nibs
– 2 tbsp chia seeds

Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor, roll into tablespoon size balls (or larger if you please- pretty sure a few of mine varied) and stick ’em in the fridge or freezer!

My batch made about 10 balls but it all depends on the size you choose to make them.

Again, any suggestions are welcome!!! 🙂

Weekly Dinner Recipe Roundup

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Lately I’ve been getting more creative in the kitchen. Partly because I’m bored of eating the same thing for dinner and enjoy cooking but mostly my weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box with it’s variety of vegetables forces me to! I receive a weekly delivery full of fresh vegetables and fruits (sometimes meat if I add it on) from our local farm. It’s all seasonal and varies from week to week. A lot of what we get I would never think to buy in the store but that’s what I love about it! I’m forced to incorporate new foods and learn new recipes and I have to say I’ve made some pretty killer dinners in the past few weeks! So I decided that I’m going to post my dinner recipes on the blog at the end of each week!

This week I only cooked four nights because we had a joint birthday party for my girls yesterday and had guests staying since Friday. I did make some pretty delicious meals Monday – Thursday though. Here they are:

Monday
Mustard-Parsley Baked Chicken with a side of Quinoa and Kale Pilaf

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For this recipe I simply took 3 chicken breasts, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder then generously coated the top of the breasts with mustard powder and fresh parsley.
I placed them in a 9×13 glass baking dish, cut up one onion and spread it around and in between the chicken and added a bit of chicken broth to the bottom of the pan so it wouldn’t burn. I finished off by drizzling the tops of the chicken with just a bit of olive oil and stuck it in the oven on 350 degrees for about an hour.

For the quinoa and kale pilaf- I cooked the quinoa according to the box instructions with chicken broth in place of water and seasons with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder. While that was cooking, I chopped up the kale and cooked it down in a pan with some chicken broth, olive oil, lemon juice and salt & pepper. Once the quinoa was fully cooked (all the water had been absorbed) I combined it with the kale & mixed! Very quick, simple and yummy. My 3 year old even ate the kale & quinoa!

Tuesday
Flank Steak, Roasted Beet & Arugula Salad with Drizzled Honey Vinaigrette

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For this recipe, I prepped the beets first because they took the longest. I first cleaned the beets, chopped off the stem & leaves and cut off the long part of the root. I then wrapped them in foil, put it on a baking sheet and baked them at 400 degrees for about 20 mins or so. Once a bit soft, I took them out, let them cool, peeled the skin off and chopped them up into cubes. I then seasoned them with salt, pepper and thyme and drizzled with olive oil. I stuck them back in the oven for about 15 minutes and let them roast.
While the beets were roasting I cooked the flank steak. I chose to grill it but it could be cooked on the stove top as well. When the steak was about a medium rare, I pulled it from the grill and let it rest a few minutes before thinly slicing it.
To prepare the salad, I placed a bed of arugula on a plate, topped with the shaved steak, roasted beets, goat cheese, walnuts drizzled with a honey vinaigrette.
To make the honey vinaigrette, I simply whisked together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, a little bit of honey and a dash of salt & pepper!
This was soooo good but side note; beets eaten in excess amount turn your pee red. I have never been a big beet eater until recently and was briefly alarmed until I put two & two together 😉

Wednesday
Pear & Onion Roasted Pork Loin with a side of Brussels Sprouts

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This dinner was soooo delicious and really simple. For the pork loin, I seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder and placed in a baking dish. I then chopped up one Bartlett pear and an onion and placed around the pork loin. For extra flavor and to ensure that the meat didn’t dry out, I poured about a cup or so of dry red wine into the dish. I baked at 400 degrees for a little over an hour (it is done once the middle of the pork is a very light pink.
After it was done, I let it cool then sliced it thin and served with a side of steam in the bag Brussels sprouts! (I was feeling pretty lazy). I really do love those those steam in the bag veggies though. They’re perfect for a quick and healthy side when you don’t have fresh produce.

Thursday
Southwestern Shrimp Salad

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I haven’t made a shrimp dish in a while & I wanted something fresh and clean for dinner, so I decided to make this. I took frozen pre-cooked shrimp, defrosted, removed the tails and sautéed with chile powder, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, lime juice and a squirt of sriracha.
I then took the sautéed shrimp and put them on a bed of romaine lettuce along with corn, black beans, avocado and tomato. I drizzled the salad with lime vinaigrette which I made by whisking lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and just the smallest touch of honey! Really simple dinner and really clean.

So there you have it; my dinner recipe roundup for the week. Sorry about the lack of measurements for the recipes. I cook much like an old Italian woman; dash of this, pinch of that haha.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday & a great week 😄

Double Chocolate Crunchy Protein Cookies

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I had a bit of time this afternoon so I decided to play around with a chocolate protein cookie recipe I’ve been thinking about. I’m pretty satisfied with the results except I think I could have added a few more chocolate chips!

Here I present to you:

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They’re vegan, they have chocolate, they have protein and they’re a cookie. BOOM! 💥👊💪

Ingredients:
– 1 ripe banana
– 1/3 cup crunchy almond butter (or peanut butter if you prefer)
– 1/2 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder ( I used Plant Fusion)
– 2 tsp cacao powder
– tiny splash of vanilla
– 👀 eyeball amount of dairy free dark chocolate chips to your liking (I used Enjoy Life brand)

Mash banana then all add the ingredients up until the chocolate chips and mix together. Once thoroughly mixed, fold in chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes. The amount of cookies the mixture yields will depend on the size of your banana. Mine was on the smaller side so my batch only had 10.

Let cool & enjoy!

Want It, Need It, Gotta Have It: Home Gym Edition

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I am always on the search for something new to try or some fun piece of equipment to add to my home gym.  I already have a good chunk of equipment for my fitness collection but I’m always wanting more.  Usually I will ask for something for my birthday or Christmas or Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day or pretty much any time I can find an excuse for my husband to buy me something fitness related. This past Valentine’s Day he bought me lebert equalizers  and for my birthday this past year he bought me battling ropes! I honestly really have enough equipment to keep myself in shape but much like a kid in a candy store; I want more!

I have been writing down a list of stuff that I am going to buy (or have gifted to me 😉 ), I wish that I could own, or that I really want to try.  I’ll start first with what I’m going to buy.

TRX SUSPENSION TRAINER

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TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise and it leverages gravity and body weight for total body training.  Not only is it portable but there are literally hundreds of exercises that you can do with it. I have been wanting a TRX for a long time now and I found the perfect excuse to ask for it for this upcoming Mother’s Day.
Let me go off topic here for just a minute and explain the scenario that crafted my excuse to ask (or demand) this as a gift. You see, my husband goes to Vegas every year on a guys trip and he happened to book this year’s trip without consulting a calendar or better yet HIS WIFE in regards to the date. It just so happens he picked the one weekend that’s supposed to be reserved for the women who raise you or ya know, BIRTH YOUR CHILDREN. I think I was upset for an entire minute when I realized that I could absolutely use this to my advantage in the gift giving department.
For a split second I desired a handbag but then I snapped out of it and immediately requested a TRX. I have to wait for Mother’s Day-ish to get it but I can assure you, I WILL get it and I can’t wait to incorporate it in my fitness routine. 🙂

The next thing that I am itching to buy and hoping to add to my collection soon (can Flag Day be made into a gifting holiday???), is a plyo box set!

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Plyo box exercises are great for increasing explosiveness and agility so you can go higher, harder, faster and be stronger 🙂 While it might be cheaper to just build a plyo box, I am not that handy and neither is my husband. Plus I really like how these are stackable and come in varying heights! I also really want these because it’s a heck of a lot better than what I’m improvising with now.

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Yeah, that’s the seat to my husband’s Bowflex. It’s probably not the safest way to be doing plyo work and I’m limited to the number of exercises I can really do. The plyo box set just allows for so many more activities; lateral jumps, box squats, plyo box burpees, dips, jump overs…oh man the list goes on and on!!!! I’m getting a little too excited over them…maybe I can convince the Easter Bunny to leave them next to my basket 😉

Okay, I had originally intended on writing my entire list in this post but it’s getting a little lengthy and my kids are nagging me for food (the nerve!!!). When I have five minutes to myself or they become self sufficient (I’m thinking the latter may come first), I will continue the list in another post!

Hope everyone has a happy Monday 🙂

What equipment do you like to use at home? What’s on your wish list?