Recipes, workouts, inspiration OH MY

I am taking a little break from the Michigan posts, to share some emails that I have received. Mostly recipes, a great workout, and a REALLY inspirational story about paleo. I know not everyone understands, follows, or gets all the hype, but I just thought I would share!

457b33ff310239da808c11150d7ef6afhaha I swear the recipes are NOT like that!


Ok this isn’t a recipe, but it looks like a good workout!

Need inspiration? Found here! This lady lost 110lbs!!


Question for you:

Do you have any recipes, workouts, or inspiration you wish to share? or that you found?


Last week, I talked about what was going on with my life and some trouble I have been having. I think that it is good to talk about problems or issues we are having, because others might be going through something similar. We all need support, and I appreciate all the support people had for me

Now I want to share a few posts I found that definitely helped me!

    • Debra mentions that AHA moment. The time when you finally get it, you stop waiting for Monday, for your birthday, etc to finally make a change.
    • Anne had Theodora guest post about her weight lose story and finding her love for running
    • Tina talks about getting back into the workout groove
    • I also love janetha who mentions balancing life, but more about finding time to enjoy life


It might be 2013, but it still applies haha





Question for you:
What is your inspiration right now? A quote, a person, or just you 🙂

Guest Post: (my ideal) Tiffany!

My final guest post is from my good friend Tiffany. We actually met on I had a blog, we began following eachother, she inspired me, EACH and EVERYDAY. Basically she is awesome. I also get a lot of information about paleo, eating health, and just life in general. She is also one of my biggest cheerleaders!


First, I can’t believe that Kristen asked me to guest blog for her…I don’t have a blog and I don’t follow more than two…Kristen’s and Angela’s Chicken Scoop!   What could I possibly have to say?   Well, Kristen thought maybe I could share about my journey since we first “met” on SparkPeople.  Somehow, I “met” Kristen and Angela on SP and we became good online friends.  Angela doesn’t live too far from me, so we actually ran a few races together and then last year we decided to road trip to St. Louis and meet Kristen in person!  It was the most amazing few days and my all-time favorite Marathon to date


So, my SparkPeople journey began on January 1, 2010.  I finally hit a point where I was so frustrated with my weight that when someone mentioned that website, I jumped on it and never looked back.  I was a regular on there for months.  I logged all of my food, I logged all of me exercise and met some amazing inspiring women.  Years before, I had given up eating bread and pasta (thank you South Beach) but I really wasn’t dialed into the exercise part.   As a mom of four girls, at that time aged 9, 7, 6 and 4, I was busy!  I was a stay at home mom with no real routine.  I had previously run, did a few half marathons, was a HS and college athlete…what was my problem?  I started walking every day.  Our neighborhood has a “loop” that we discovered is 4 miles.  I walked it every day.  Then as I got better at walking it, I’d try to finish it in less time.  By April, I was able to jog a bit of it. Then I added in some Jillian Michaels.  I couldn’t even get though the first 20 minutes of her 60 minute workout!  But I kept trying.  Every day, I’d try to make it to the next section.  By the end of the week, I could consistently make it through another section!   I was making progress and then that became the motivation.  In August, I went to an event and there were women who didn’t recognize me.

Dallas 2010

 My self confidence started to come for the first time in a long time…I battled an eating disorder in college – I think they refer to it now as exercise bulimia.  I also have a mild case (not formally diagnosed) of dysmorphia.  I don’t see what others see when I look in the mirror.  I have so see a photo of myself to see what I look like more accurately.  So, no matter what my weight is (225 or 135) I see myself as a chunky size 14.  No matter what the tag says…it can be 18 or 6, I still see the same thing in the mirror.  But on the inside, when I was exercising and eating well, I felt great.  I felt like a million bucks! 

Fast forward to February 2011.  I was having some serious foot pain and I’d recently recovered from a hip stress fracture and I went to see a new chiropractor.  As he and I were talking about diet and exercise, he mentioned something called the Paleo Diet.  Now he was using the word diet as the kinds of foods you eat, not the calorie restricting process that we often think of when we hear that word…  I was intrigued so I came home and Googled it.  I started reading websites, trying out a few recipes, it wasn’t too different from what I was already eating, except my religious consumption of oats.  And I wasn’t about to give them up!!!

Well, I eventually did give up oats, and all other grains along with legumes and eventually transitioned my family into the Paleo way of eating….They “cheat” when out and I often wish that I’d know about it when they were young before developing a love for pizza and chicken nuggets.  I try to mix it up for them and sometimes packing lunch can be a challenge (none of them ever like the same thing!)  We use a few websites frequently and have several cookbooks which they love to flip through looking for new ideas.  A few of the websites I love are, Nom Nom Paleo, Civilized Caveman Cooking, Everyday Paleo, Primal Palate, Paleo Parents, Robb Wolf, Mark’s Daily Apple and my friend Liz at CaveGirlEats.  Even if you don’t eat Paleo, some of their recipes are amazing.  Non-Paleo friends often ask for the recipe when I bring dishes to events and parties.

If I had to wrap up my journey in a quick little nutshell, it would be to say that I found the most of my success in consistent exercise and making better food choices by sticking to things without labels, eating whole, real food…I usually only shop the outside of the supermarket.  And by not having the “junk” in the house for the kids makes it easier on all of us…we all have to eat real food when we are hungry.  There isn’t really another option since I don’t even buy it!  Makes the temptation less for me, too, so it’s a win/win in my eyes!

While I continued to run half marathons here and there and developed a passionate love for mudruns, my biggest accomplishment came last fall when I ran the St. Louis full marathon in October then 30 days later ran the Philadelphia full marathon.  I know that I never would have been able to do that if it hadn’t been for my commitment to health and eating Paleo.  I’ll leave you with a picture from 2005 when I was at my heaviest…and remember anything is possible when you commit, get up when you fall, and keep going!

SP before

Thanks Kristen for letting me share!  Hope you are enjoying some well deserved time away.  Can’t wait to hear how it all went!

Beating the sugar

I have to be honest and say, I am NOT a fan of the Easter bunny. He is still haunting me

candy is everywhere!!!


I. can’t. Stop. eating!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is very frustrating to get back on the wagon. I was doing so well

Even with all the food consumption, I have been making it to the gym for some great workouts. Mini crossfit, being sore from yesterday, and today was 30 min on the elliptical and 30 min walking on the treadmill at an incline

Later, Andrew and I went to the park and played baseball for 45 minutes

I have been looking at pinterest for inspiration…..

My next step…to make a “board” to put on my frig

Hopefully it will help me stay away…. (or maybe I should get some locks!)

Question for you:

How do you get back on track after holidays?

Just for giggles

Since I wrote SOOOOOO much yesterday, I thought I would just share some things I found on good o’ pinterest. I know it seems like a silly site, but I actually find recipes, workouts, and quotes.

These are a few that have meaning to me, after the past few days of needing a pick me up

The last one is my favorite 🙂

I hope you all are having an amazing day. Thanks for listening. This blog is like my diary, and I’m lucky to have amazing people who listen. Thank you.

Question for you:

Any funny quotes, pictures, or things you found online? or just in life?

– Today, I accidentally poked Andrew in the eye. After yelling OUCH, he asked “Am I going to have to wear a patch now?” haha. I about died.

One Flaw

Yesterday was one of those days.

It started w/ the first snow for St Louis (can you believe that!?!!? January for the first snow). Well, it was a long and slow commute to work, but I made it all in one piece.

Work was not long and slow. I hit the ground running when I first came in at 7 am, and it didn’t stop until I clocked out at 19:30 (hey at least I was on time! haha) THe baby had had today, was just not having a good day….at all.

The day also started w/ news that one of my good friends lost her baby. She and her husband have been trying for awhile to get pregnant. and I was so happy when we finally got the news! She was actually in my house when she first told me. I send all the prayers and love in the world to her and her family.

After this, I also knew I needed to talk to Ryan.  I never like to have this conversation. To say “This just isn’t going to work”. Even if I have only been talking to someone for a few weeks, it still feels like a “break up”.

Then on the drive home, I got a text from Andrew’s dad. and it wasn’t very nice. Let’s leave it at that.

So here I am going down the highway at 40 miles per hour, trying to not get hit by anyone on the slick snowy roads. And also trying not to pass out because Im Exhausted! And I began to cry. (LET IT OUT GIRL! haha)

I went and tucked Andrew into bed, and talked with my mom. She was an ICU nurse back in the day, and talking with her always makes me feel better. And then when I got home, I took a bath. IT WAS AWESOME! and I checked my email. And my mom had sent me this:


God doesn’t give you the people you want; He gives you the people you NEED…to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you and to make you into the person you were meant to be.


One Flaw In Women


Women have strengths that amaze men…

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

and laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in…

They stand up to injustice.

They don’t take “no” for an answer

when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

and cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about

a birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member,

yet they are strong when they

think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss

can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what

makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideas.

They give moral support to their

family and friends.

Women have vital things to say

and everything to give..


The thing I found ironic, she sent this to me this afternoon. Before she even knew I was having a rough day. I swear, sometimes, we received something just when we need it!

Question for you:

Your awesome in many ways, what is one of them?

-I wear my heart on my sleeve. Which is pretty awesome (even though it gets wounded more easily)