Making simple fitness Choices


Today is the day I am on the road and travel from Washington state to Oregon.  I woke up not feeling like doing a whole heck of a lot so I slummed it in my yoga pants while on my travels.  My drive is a 4hr round trip and with traffic through Portland being busy at times runs me through the ringer!

I Imagined it to be horribly rainy when I got to my destination as well as the weather doesn’t tend to differ too much from Washington to Oregon (where I was going).  Usually, I like to get to my destination early in order to get out of the car for a while before I head back north…and with the weather being bad….didn’t have a lot of choices.  My choices were: go to a movie (to stay out of the rain) OR tough the rain and go for a walk.

As I got further south the clouds started to clear up and it got surprisingly nice out! My mind was still somewhat set on going to a movie so I looked to see what was playing…not a lot of choices out there….there were 2 I was interested in, “The Intern” and for the sake of the season “Crimson Peak”.  I could have made both BUT my thoughts went to the fact that the nice weather won’t be around much longer and I certainly will have PLENTY of wet days to catch a mediocre movie that I will like just as must when it comes on Netflix.

I drove to Bald Hill and it was crowded with people who might have also been thinking about being out as much as possible while the weather is still nice. Horses, bike, dogs with there people were all over the hill and, to my joy I was able to get in contact with an old friend I have had since Kindergarten! It has been 5 years since she and I have talked! So, we did a little catching up while on my walk but I didn’t want to hear too much as we agreed to get together on a weekend when I am down again.  My catching topped with the weather and fall trees made time fly and found myself on a 7mile walk round trip back to my car.  Aside from the nasty blister I got from my shoes…I am SOOOOo happy I made the healthy choice of walking over popcorn and soda I KNOW I would have gotten at the theater.

One Day at a Time…

Just keep training! :)):

Today, before I stared all that packing business and after my coffee- I decided to switch things up and go for a walk!  I have been feeling extremely stressed trying to get everything ready for the move and haven’t really made it to CrossFit AT ALL in about 2 weeks! I made sure the kiddies were all fed and happy and had the oldest watch the little ones while I took the dog and headed out.  I used to walk/hike daily in my home town and it always makes me feel so good to be outside. Today was no different. The weather was a perfect 72 degrees!!!

It’s been SO LONG since I have been able to take a walk all by myself! It’s such a great time to play catch-up with me and my thoughts.  I find that this indeed is something I have taken for granted.  I enjoyed the sounds of nature in the walk so much my walk ended up being a 7 mile journey! I ate really well today too!  hopefully I will pull myself out of this funk I’ve been in and get back on track with my goals soon!!


Spaghetti Squash Caprese Bake

Discovered this one on Pinterest this morning and made it for lunch! SOOOOO-> GOOD!!! I added a little salt to taste and didn’t have fresh tomatoes so I added 1/2 a 14oz. can of diced tomatoes YUM! DO IIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTT!!!!

Pink Troll Kitchen

Well, it’s certainly been far too long since I last shared a recipe. But don’t worry folks, I’ve been stocking up the photos on my camera and recipes in my Moleskine. I’ve got tons of stuff to share! The holidays were brutally busy this year, so blogging had to take a back seat. Fortunately, eating and cooking remained a huge priority. The waistband of my jeans is proof of that.

So as most of us do over the holidays, I overindulged a bit (a lot). Because of this, I’m trying to focus on recipes that are a bit healthier. And I do usually cook pretty healthy, so by “healthier” I mean minimal usage of the gluten-free “frankenfoods” (i.e. fake pasta, bread, etc.). Anyway, for dinner tonight I decided to make something that’s been concocting itself in the back of my mind for a week or so. These ingredients together just…

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It really is a continuous Struggle…

If you eat what you've always eaten, you will weigh what you've always weighed.:

I have been silent for a LOOOOONG time! I haven’t quit Crossfit at all.  I took a bit of a break in the summer because in May, we put the house up for sale and with the house shortage had showings 2-4 times a week. This certainly makes it difficult to get to the box having to clean and get out of the house at the drop of a hat.  Now that we have recently sold (YAY!!!) the new problem is packing a the whole house and getting out of here by the closing date.

I DO have a new adventure though, my sister-in-law has FINALLY decided to join me in my CrossFit adventure!!!  It has taken me FOREVER to talk her into coming! Granted, she is in another town but we are able to talk about our struggles and triumphs together in out CF lingo and understand what we are saying to each other…I usually get blank stares like, “oh…that’s nice” from people.  She too wants to lose weight and is doing quite well.  YAY her! Me, I have been struggling with it…having to grab a quick bite here and there with inspections for both houses and leaving the house for one reason or another…*sigh…I need to get a grip on this! One day at a time.  NOT giving up!!! –>random thought: I have to find a new Crossfit Box…I’m a bit worried about this…but maybe it will be better than the one I’m at! Only time will tell…


Gosh, it’s been a While…but it’s been hard.

Man, am I feeling this right now!  I got to the point in my CrossFit where I was going to add a day and go 4 days a week and then life hit.  It hit hard! I have been struggling to make it to my workouts since the time change really.  At first, it was because my body just flat said, “NO” to waling up that early…and then spring break hit and my niece came to visit me from Alaska. I haven’t seen her since she was 7 so I spent as much time as I could visiting with her.  I wanted to bring her to CrossFit with me but they said her parent had to be there…which wasn’t possible.  Then my own kids’ spring break hit after the niece went home and when I thought I would be able to go more…but nope- the kidlets took off to Oregon and that left me waiting for the husband to get off work to watch the 4yr. old so I could get some sweat time in…that was only able to happen 1 or two days. BOO!!!  Now, we are thinking about putting our house us for sale and so now I have to clean, paint, stage->you know, fun stuff…on top of home schooling the children I MUST find time to go!!! My body is aching for it!!!

AMRAP and Gyros

Greek Lamb Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce by @Michelle (Brown Eyed Baker) ::

This recipe and photo are by: The Brown Eyes Baker

I had some lamb burger on hand and so I searched the world (and by world I mean Pinterest) for hours to find a good Gyro recipe and I found this one by The Brown Eyed Baker, Greek Lamb with Tzatziki sauce  ! I have used the photo that I found on Pintrest.  I didn’t have a lot of time on my hands to take my own for this blog and so ALL credit goes to The Brown Eye Baker and whomever takes her photos!

I don’t usually post recipes on here but this one was soooo YUM-O I can’t help it! It took maybe 40 min. to cook and the husband AND father-in-law LOVED it! I didn’t change much here except how long the meat sat (which was not at all cause like I said I was pressed for time).  I just threw everything together and baked it. I then sliced it and baked it some more…just like the pics.  Hers looks a lot like spam in these and mine looked like sliced meat loaf. Shoot, it is tasty though!! So, don’t let those pics fool you!

Now, I didn’t see the recipe for the Tzatziki sauce on this blog post by, The Brown Eyed Baker.  However, while I was Pinetresting away I found this one>> Authentic Greek Tzatziki by: The Wonder Lust Kitchen.  Again, I will use her (Anetta is the name of the cook) pics…the one I found on Pinetrest. This Recipe took me like an hour (just because you have to drain the liquid out of the cucumbers) but, DAAAAaang was it tasty!

Authentic Greek Tzatziki Dip - learned in Athens!

I was a good girl and didn’t have my lamb on the pita I put it on salad and topped it with a dollop of the Tzatziki sauce. So-soo good!!

I DID make it to my CrossFit class last night and actually had the gyros after the class.  Again, I highly dislike missing so many days of CrossFit in a row because it makes the class rough-like my first time in class kind of rough.  For my penance for missing so many classes in a row>>>why, Wall F*ing Balls and Burpies!  Serves me right…LOL GAHHHhhhh I hate them both equally but I sucked it up and did them!! The Wall Balls were in the warm-up so I won’t list them on here. So here is the WOD:

**Matt’s B-day WOD:** 

AMRAP for 20min. (I did 4 rounds)

-400meter Run

-8 burpies

-15 overhead squats (I don’t have the flexion in my hips yet so I did front squats) @55lbs

-16 sit-ups

I get to go to CrossFit today! YAY!

The only way to get past is to go through it #inspiration #motivation #run #fitness

I get to do CrossFit today and through Saturday!!!  I’m so super excited!!! It’s been almost a week since I have been there! Why?  Spring beak happened for my kids and my oldest one (who watches the younger ones when I go) has gone to visit family-thus, no sitter Also we have been crammed with meetings (for both my husband and I) which have made it a struggle to get to the times when the classes are. Time conflict.  Today, our time has finally freed and tonight I will suffer the pain of “time-off” from the box! 😦 Yup, this will hurt and oddly enough, I’m looking forward to it!

In other news, I have been doing HORRIBLY sticking with The Zone!!! I have to find a way to make this work for me whether it be Paleo or The Zone or maybe both.  TMI but my digestion is HORRIBLE!  I know that these two lifestyles will work for me now it’s just getting that will-power to push past my social eating issue. I don’t know how many out there can relate but I personally feel the need to eat when others are eating…as if I’m left out or something. It’s been a REAL struggle!!   So, for the past few days I have been reading a nutrition/cookbook called, Practical Paleo by: Dianne Sanfilippo BS, NC.  I am hoping what I read will click and will motivate me and I can find the strength to walk the other way when I see others eating the things I shouldn’t have.  Those foods in no way help me and my fitness goals.  I have heard some of what she says in Practical Paleo before. What’s awesome about it is she almost goes with the guidelines on The Zone AND she doesn’t use almond flour in her recipes she uses coconut flour and I love that! Another thing I really love is that she has a whole HUGE section on digestion and troubleshooting digestion issues. So, I have been trying out some things she has suggested and it seems to be working (so far) I will be keeping an eye on this for the next couple of weeks.  My body is super weird and will allow things to work for a little bit but then get “stuck” again w/o even if I have been consistant.  I am hoping I have unlocked this…now just to get some will-power with The Zone and or Paleo and STICK to my guns! One day at a time!

Good luck me!