Posted in: Foodie, Recipes

Last week my friend made egg rolls. I can’t have egg rolls because they are fried. I thought I would try something different. Willie purchased some spring roll wrappers a while ago so I thought I would give it a try.

Just made my first batch of #springrolls ever! I feel accomished! #sundaysetup #lunch #mealprep

 

The ground chicken spring roll
 
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Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 16 spring roll wrappers
  • 1 bag 14oz shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup white onions, diced
  • bowl of warm water
Instructions
  1. Sautee the the onion, mushrooms, and carrots in a skillet until onions are translucent.
  2. Add the ground chicken. Cook chicken until cooked through.
  3. When the chicken is cooked, add the entire bag of cabbage. Cook for two minutes and remove from the heat. The cabbage will cook very quickly.
  4. My spring roll wrappers became pliable when dipped in warm water for 30 seconds on each side. Follow the instructions for your wrappers.
  5. Lay the wrapper on a flat surface after dipping in water.
  6. Place a ¼cup of the mixture into the close to the bottom of the wrapper. Be sure not to put too much filling.
  7. Roll the spring roll up by rolling to the halfway point, then fold the ends in and continue to roll until finished.
  8. Place on a non stick cooking sheet.
  9. Repeat the process until all your filling is gone.
  10. Optional: After all the spring rolls were rolled, I put the cookie sheet under the broiler just to crisp them up. This is not required because the filling is already cooked. If you do broil them, be sure to watch them. I burned my second pan of spring rolls because I was too busy talking.

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I was really pleased with how the spring rolls turned out and it didn’t take it as long as I thought. We ate these for lunch for 4 days, with two spring rolls each. I do recommend freezing the spring rolls because the rolls got pretty soggy. They actually fell apart. I should have put them in the freezer and heated them up for lunch. To complete the meal, I made a sesame broccoli and mashed sweet potatoes. I just put my spring rolls over a bed of lettuce and had a really filling and great lunch the entire week.

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The hardest part about making the spring rolls? Definitely the rolling.  Ironically, my best one was the first one I made.  After that I started putting too much filling in the rolls and I just couldn’t roll them properly.  I think I got a little too big for my spring rolling britches.  By the time I made it to the end, I barely had enough filling left because I put too much in a few I rolled before.  It’s all a learning experience though.

Which do you prefer: egg rolls or spring rolls?

Posted in: Daily Life, Working Out

I must be honest.  I haven’t been very motivated to workout this week.  It’s kind of like I’ve been going through the motions.  There have been some serious highlights but for the most part I’ve been stuck in the funk.  On Monday, I returned to my workout roots and had a great time.  It was nice to sit in a cycle class and not be teaching it.  I miss that so I think I need to make more time for that.

Now more than ever, I think I need a change up.  Just like I do the Sunday meal prep, I think I really need to sit down and plan out my workouts for the week.  I’m going to explore my options to see if I could just add ONE different workout into my routine a week.  I didn’t meet my goal of going to Centergy this week but I had good intentions.

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Here are my workouts from this week:

Sunday: REST with a 2 mile walk with my dog.

Monday: 5AM Group Power and afternoon cycle

Tuesday: Taught 5AM cycle, evening 3 mile run, taught 30 minute cycle

Wednesday: 5AM Group Power and 6 mile run

Thursday: Taught 5AM Group Ride

Friday: Taught 5AM cycle, ab workout and power leg workout

Saturday: REST DAY

My goals for next week: CENTERGY at least once next week and hopefully I’ll be working in a swim session.

It may just be the week though because nothing has really excited me this week.  The weather hasn’t been the best and I really think that messed with my mood.  I like being outside and this week, that just wasn’t possible. It’s just been blah but I made it through to the end.  I’m looking forward to spending time with Willie this weekend and having a good time.  We will be going to the balloon festival and running a half marathon on Sunday!  It’s going to be fun.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to go in a hot air balloon because I’ve never done that before. Only one problem, I kind of have a fear of heights.  I’m willing to look past it though for a new experience!

Have you ever been in a hot air balloon?

Posted in: Motivations, Stories

My inspiration changes from moment to moment and that’s what keeps me going. That’s the great thing about inspiration, it doesn’t have to be just one thing or person.

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I must share, I’ve been inspired by a special person in my life: Patsy! I will keep this short and sweet because words will never be able to express the full emotion.

I see Patsy working really hard! She’s been working on her fitness and has made some positive life changes over the years. But the thing that really got me? On Sunday, Willie and I were on our way to the grocery store and we saw her walking. I joked to Willie that she probably has already walked 4 miles at that point. I saw her on the way out of the store and she was still walking! And I’m pretty sure she had done a lot of walking that week too!

I later found out on Facebook that she walked 7 miles that day! I was really proud of her. I feel weird saying that because my opinion doesn’t mean that much. She has been working really hard and she has lost 20 pounds since March which is amazing. She’s a really special person in my life. She’s got a warm heart and friendly smile. She’s making changes in her life and being a better person every day! It’s inspiring to me to see people go after something they want! There’s nothing better than trying.

I just wanted to share a little bit of my inspiration with you. Great job Patsy!

What inspires you to be a better person?

Posted in: Recipes

How is everyone doing this week? How is your refrigerator feeling this week? It’s Thursday so our fridge is starting to empty out which got me thinking about some things I can’t get enough of lately.

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I love pumpkin, Willie hates it. That’s fine. That means I can eat all the pumpkin and not have to share. September came around and everyone went pumpkin obsessed. For some reason September triggers fall in people’s mind when it just triggers extremely hot and humid weather for me. I’m longing for fall though for “cooler” temperatures and more time with my running group. I’m trying to nudge it along by breaking out the pumpkin. I’ve been putting it in my overnight oats. I have big plans for pumpkin this year: pumpkin butter, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin and sweet potato mash…

Pumpkin overnight oats:

1/2 cup traditional oats
1/2 cup skim milk (or your milk of choice: almond milk, 2%, whatever)
1/4 cup pineapple, diced
1 tbsp greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
2 tbsp pumpkin puree (not to be confused with pumpkin pie mix)
1 tsp chia seeds
half a banana, sliced
cinnamon to taste
dash of nutmeg

Here’s what you do:

1. Get a cute mason jar. I don’t have mason jars so I just use a regular container that has a air tight lid on it.
2. Combine all the ingredients together and mix together.
3. Put the container in the fridge for at least 6 hours…it’s called overnight oats for a reason.
4. Eat in the morning!

Do you like pumpkin? What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Posted in: For The Soul, Motivations

Do you know your love language? It’s an important thing to know. Taking this simple quiz will tell you a lot about yourself which in turn will show you have you navigate life.

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My primary love language is quality time. This explains a lot about me. I carry around a lot of guilt because I keep a busy schedule. I’m just one of those people who just like to stay busy and all of you know I like to get out and explore different places. That makes quality time being my primary love language a little ironic…at least to me. Back to the guilt, I carry it around because I am so busy I do sacrifice time with others. I use to spend a lot of time with friends and family but now that time is limited. The time I do get with these people is VERY precious to me so I want to spend the time making it count.

I am very serious about how I spend my down time too because I want it to count. Willie is always my first priority and having uninterrupted time together means the world to me. No phones, no television, no working out…just us together unplugged. My favorite moments with Willie are when we are driving in the car from one place to another.

My second love language turned out to be words of affirmation which made a lot of sense to me too. I do many things for others and I really do put myself out there for that and I really just want to know that I’m appreciated. No, I don’t do those things to get affirmation but sometimes it’s just nice to hear so I know I am love and appreciated. When I’m lacking in this I do kind of feel like I’m not being my full self. Maybe that’s why I like to run and race so much because in the end, someone is always going to tell you great job at the end. It’s just a nice feeling to have.

Taking the little quiz can open up a huge difference in your world. It’s important to know what your love language is so you know how to care for yourself. We all put others needs and wants above our own (probably too much) but it’s important to know what we need from people. It’s hard to express what your needs and wants are if you don’t know what’s important to you.

The biggest thing I learned from taking the quiz is that negative self talk really tears me down because I do seek love and support through words of affirmation. When I’m tearing myself down for not doing something, the negative self talk is kind of a way for punishing or not loving me. For some people who don’t need that, it may be less damaging to their psyche than man. For the record, I don’t recommend negative self talk for anyone. It’s just a bad thing. I always tell people while losing weight, I talked to myself, I assured myself I could do it. When I’m out there running those long runs, I talk to myself to motivate myself to keep pushing. I seriously talk to myself and when I feel like I’m not hearing it internally, I’ll do it verbally. And my need for words of affirmation is probably the reason why that works for me.

Take the time to find out your love language and really think about how that relates to your everyday life. It’s free and totally worth it.

What is your love language? Are you surprised by your results?

Go with your heart

Posted in: Daily Life

Today has been a good day. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to blog about today so I almost passed on writing a blog post today…until I had a moment when working out.

Happy Monday! Remember it's a new day to start fresh and to conquer your fears! #fitfluential #motivation #mondaymotivation

I went to a cycle class today…and I didn’t teach it. And you know what? It felt good. My hamstring is kind of bothering me and I thought it would be best to forgo today’s run. I did what I wanted to today and it just felt good.

I remember going to my first cycle class and I couldn’t turn the gears up because it was too hard. I could do jumps and I definitely couldn’t do a spring anywhere close to 110 rpms. Today I had a proud moment because this was a true reflection of how far I’ve come on my journey to fitness. I had a moment today in the middle of the cycle room where I was just grateful for everything. I was proud. I was happy.

Just remember to follow your heart because it will make all the difference.

What is one thing about yourself that makes you proud?

Posted in: Daily Life, Foodie, Fooducation

Happy Sunday everyone! It’s been a pretty uneventful weekend. We were supposed to go to Austin for the Fit Foodie thing but a lot of things got in the away so we had to cancel. That was a bummer because I wanted to meet Allison Sweeney. Instead, we continued on with our normal workouts.

The Gilly's go #running. 8 for him and 6 miles for me! Now it's time for some fun! #fitfluential #runhappy #sweatpink #brools
Willie is starting to get into marathon training so it’s kind of nice that we can run together. I was doing a recovery run of 6 miles and he did 8 miles. He was all smiles when he was done.

Grocery shopping is done! Now it's time to meal prep! #sundaysetup #fitfluential

It’s Sunday so you know what that means! SUNDAY SETUP! Since I was so thrown off last week, this morning I woke up early while everyone else was sleeping and did my meal plan and made the grocery list. It was fantastic! I felt very organized! Didn’t have my usual templates because I’m out of printer ink at home. Must get that fixed soon.

What’s on the menu this week?

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I successfully made spring rolls filled with ground chicken and some veggies. I will post the recipe this week for you to enjoy. I made enough rolls to for four days. I made turkey burgers for Friday lunch and it probably a dinner or two this week.

Willie made vinegar chicken for dinner with roasted mushrooms and kale for dinner. Wondering why Willie only makes chicken? Because I don’t eat beef and I’m not a huge fan of pork. Plus, a whole chicken is $6 versus just buying the breasts for $10. Just take the skin off people.

I was less than thrilled with my snacks this past week so I wanted to make sure I was prepped. I roasted some chickpeas and portioned them out. I also made the chickpea salad from the beginning of summer.  It’s a great protein punch which you need in a snack.  Remember a snack is not a FULL meal. I will have some hummus and veggies for snacks. I also made some protein balls with almonds for pre workout snacks!

And of course there are the usual suspects: egg white muffins and overnight oats for breakfast. I also just baked some sweet potatoes because they are always great for a side dish. That’s the one thing we will have every week!

What are you having this week?  Did you meal prep?

Posted in: Daily Life, Working Out

Happy Friday y’all.  I don’t know about you but I’m glad it’s Friday.  I’ve been really busy at work so life has been a bit hectic this week.  It hasn’t been a bad week at all, but it hasn’t been the best week of my life either…it’s just a week!

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Yesterday I did have a chance to catch up with one of my best friends.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen her so it was nice just to talk.  I guess we’ll just call September best friend reunion month because I haven’t seen any of them in awhile but I’ll get to see all of them this month.

Yes these #grapes do taste like #cottoncandy but I'm not willing to pay $4.99/pound for that. #fruit #cheapo #imcheap #foodstagram #instafood

I also spotted these cotton candy grapes at the grocer.  EVERYONE has been raving about them because the grapes taste like cotton candy.  This I know, because I took a sample.  It was good and then I looked at the price tag.  Those grapes are $4.99/pound and you know that bag probably had 2-3 pounds of grapes in it.  I’m cheap.  I can’t justify that purchase.

On Sunday, Willie had a little heart to heart with me.  He told me that this time last year I said I would do a half ironman and now the time has come and I’m not anywhere close to it.  He was very honest and he’s right.  I should have tried harder.  I should have pushed myself a little bit more but I didn’t.  I gave up because it didn’t come easy, but that’s not right.  That’s against everything that I preach, right? I promised him that I would try and that next year I will do my half ironman!  With that being said, my training is going to change. I really want to be a triathlete and I need to make it happen.  I’m just going to need a little push from my husband.

Every week I’ll be going through my workouts and linking up to Stephanie from Athlete at Heart.  So here we go:

Sunday: Rest Day

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Monday: 4 mile run and Group Power

Tried to hot the pool but it was overly packed. Not the best environment for someone who isn't a strong swimmer. I'll try again later!

Tuesday: Taught my freestyle cycle class. Tried to go to the pool but it was jammed packed. This was kind of blow for me because I really had to work up the nerve to go.

Good #run! #fitfluential #ffcheckin #runhappy #workout #speedwork #sweatpink what did u do today?

Wednesday: 5 AM Group Power and 6 mile run!

I really love my job! I wake up early to motivate others to #workout. These ppl don't really know they inspire and motivate me to be better every day! I really enjoyed teaching #groupride this morning! #whyimove #fitfluential #ffcheckin #sweatpink #iambft
Thursday: Taught 5AM Group Ride. I really love my job! I wake up early to motivate others to workout. These people don’t really know they inspire and motivate me to be better every day!

Very humid this morning I struggled a bit and I had to do a wardrobe change. Started on the road and then moved to the treadmill and finished on the road. Now it's on to work! I need some #chocolatemilk. #teamchocolatemilk #maratgontraining #fitfluential
Friday: 12 mile run because I didn’t want to have to wake up early tomorrow.  I’m feeling a bit lazy so I thought I would knock it today.

Saturday: 4-5 mile recovery run.

What I learned this week?  I love to run but I need to add more into my workouts.  I don’t want to get complacent and I don’t want to get bored or burned out.  I need to make sure I hit my Centergy classes and find something else to do.  I’m committing to making a change.

What was your best workout this week? Do you have any plans for the weekend?

Posted in: Daily Life

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’m still trying to get in the swing of things.  I don’t know I just feel off this week.  I haven’t been hungry and I’ve been a little tired.  Maybe it’s because it’s a million degrees outside.  All I know is, I’m just trying to stay hydrated!

When I’m feeling down in the dumps, I’m always grateful for group fitness.  It forces me to be around people, when I don’t want and group fitness pushes me in a workout.

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Just think about it? If you’re having a low energy day and decide to hit the treadmill, are you going to push as hard?  You might let your mood dictate the intensity of your workout and sometimes that’s not always a good thing.  Group fitness ensures you’re going to have a great workout just by being there. I know there are days I definitely not feeling it but when I get into the room everything just clicks. I always feel better when I’m done and sometimes you just need the energy of others to get to the end.

It’s intimidating to go to a class.  I remember the first class I went to back in January 2011.  I was scared and I wanted to quit.  But the instructor was so nice and encouraging.  Despite all the pain we were in after that class, that was motivation enough for me to keep going.  That’s how I became a Group Power junkie.

Here is why I think you should try group fitness:

1. You’ll learn proper form and technique by a certified group fitness instructor.

2. Working out is more fun when you do it with others…and those others will eventually become your friends. It’s a great way to meet new people!

3. You can try lots of different things.  There are tons of classes out there.  At my gym there is a plethora of classes like: core, power, cycle, zumba, yoga, HIIT, step, weights…this is just your chance to dabble in a little bit of everything and find the workout that is RIGHT FOR YOU!

4. Group fitness classes happen on a schedule so it will help you plan your weekly workouts better.  If you know that Zumba is MW and 5:45pm, you can plan to go to that class.

5. It’s a great way to make your progress.  Over time you can mark your progress by doing more, going harder or just having other people watch your change!  It’s a win/win situation!

My biggest tip: Don’t be afraid of the group setting.  Remember everyone is there to do the same thing, workout.  And don’t be afraid to try something out of your comfort zone.  There is no change without change and sometimes that means reaching outside of your comfort zone.

Do you group fitness?  What is your favorite class?

 

Posted in: Daily Life

My best friend Melissa is a sucker for chocolate.  I told her about these races and I was pleased to see one coming to Austin so I asked her if she wanted to do a race.  Of course, she was happy to do it.  She will run for chocolate.

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I like running 10K because it’s short of “longish” for a run!  I woke up Saturday to run 6.5 miles before the race so I could get my miles in.  This wasn’t anything serious for me.  I was really doing this race for fun and to hang out with my friend.

We got there pretty early so we had plenty of time to take pictures and buy some stuff.  Melissa’s sisters-in-law also ran the race which was nice.  SPOILER ALERT: The best thing bout this race was the company.  I really enjoyed hanging out with these girls and the time was cut way to short.  Can’t wait to hang out with them all again!

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The race was held at the Circuit of Americas and it was live track.  That was cool seeing that during the race.  Because when you are running through fiery pit of hell, you need something to distract you.  The 10K started at 8:15 am.  That’s too late for a race to start in September in Texas.  Secondly, half of this race was on rocks.  They said it was gravel over a dirt road but let’s call it what it was: rocks. Not really a safe situation for people to run on, especially when you have to run up hill.

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Many people fell down and hurt themselves, including my lil Melissa.  I was trying to run with her so I would run up and then I would run back to see her.  When I found her the first time, she was in tears because she had fallen…she was hurt!

It was hot! It wasn’t fun.  I would have rather done two loops of the course instead of having to run on those rocks.  Since I”m still trying to get over my knee thing from Denver, I wasn’t jazzed about seeing this.  They should have told people beforehand the course was going to be like that.  Rocks = walking because I didn’t want to hurt myself anymore.  I’m trying to run Marine Corp next month!

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When it was done.  We were gifted with chocolate and things to dip the chocolate in.  I dipped my banana and pretzels in it and it was delicious but most everything else I gave away (rice crispy treat, marshmallow, graham crackers and probably something else in there I didn’t see). The medal was super cute though.  I love a good medal.  It was big too for a 10K. I ended up finishing in 1:28 which is about 30 minutes slower than my normal 10K BUT I ended up going something like 7.10 miles with going back and forth for Melissa!  I just didn’t want her to finish the race alone!

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Would I run this again?  The perks were good but the course sucked. In our bag we got a pretty good tech tee race shirt and a pair of good quality sunglasses.  If I would have ended up in Melissa’s position, I would be VERY upset right now.  If they loop the course, I’m all in.  But like I said, the best part of the race was the company which trumped every bad part of this race.