A Food Journal I Love

I have been an on again/off again food journaler (word doesn’t believe this is a word?)  for probably 20 years or more.  My problem is, I am a planner.  There has never been a food journal that met all of my needs so I would grow bored with it quite easily.

I am an avid meal planner, grocery lister and food prepper (not as avid as the first two but MUST get better at this one!).  That meant I had to have my grocery list and meal planning in my day planner and my food journal separate.  They are also normally huge so you either take notes and journal when you return home, praying you don’t forget anything, journal before you leave or wrench your shoulder carrying all things you need with you.  Neither of those sound appealing, correct?

Well, a couple of weeks ago, a fellow blogger asked if anyone would be interested in looking at a journal she has created.  Of course in my quest to find the perfect journal, I was all over it! JACKPOT!

This thing is perfect.  First, let me tell you a little about Sara:

Sara Evanchick is a busy mom that finally decided to take charge of her health! Using real food and exercise, she has lost over 100 pounds and overcome several serious health problems.  Now she works to inspire and motivate others on their quest for a healthy life.

Who better to create the perfect journal than someone who has LIVED what we are right now and absolutely knows what is needed for success, right?

In her journal, she has a space for a grocery list (SEPARATED by department!!), meal prep to-do, meal plan, fitness prep separated by strength and cardio, water intake, food and a fitness log as well as a space for notes regarding upcoming challenges and victories. 

It is also the perfect SIZE.  It is 4 weeks and can easily fit inside my day planner as it is only 6×9 inches. 

Sarah's Jounal Cover Isn’t this cover fantastic?  It is spiral bound and beautiful!!

Sara has graciously offered anyone a 20% discount on this journal.  All you have to do is order it here and use code SPLOVE.  Remember, you are supporting a small business with this purchase! This is available November 1 so order today!

Let me know if you order this and if you love it as much as I do!!


Forgive My Absence, My Life Just Changed

I knew this was coming and I prepared myself as best I knew how.  I had no idea the feelings I would feel when it actually happened.

swear inMy precious baby boy was sworn in to the United States Coast Guard.  We stayed Monday night in the same hotel because it is a 3 hour drive.  We had to be at the base at 8 AM.  That would mean getting up at 4 AM.  Considering the amount of sleep I got, I should have just stayed home, however, we did get to have dinner with him Monday night and he stayed in the room with us until he had to be in his room for lights out.  We didn’t see him again until we arrived at the MEPS building on base.  They brought us into a family waiting room and when he wasn’t doing other things, he came in there with us.  When it was time for the actual swearing in, they came to get us.  He was in a room that had a giant window where anyone could watch.  I was not prepared for what I saw.  It was the most beautiful thing, yet there was something in it that made me feel as though I’d been punched in the gut.  He was standing on very official looking red carpet, on 3 walls was majestic blue curtains and on the wall we were facing was flags for the USA, the original flag for the 13 colonies and a flag for each branch of service.  The only other thing in there, was Ian at parade rest.  I’ve seen him like that dozens of time in his ROTC time but something about the room and the meaning of him being there was nothing I could ever have been prepared for.

parade rest

After he was sworn in, he received his travel briefing and we were told we could go to the airport with him. I was all over that because I want every single second I can get with him! We were able to stay with him right until he went through security 15 minutes before boarding began.

IMG_6810 Kevin even stood in the security line with him until I got scared he would get in trouble and made him come where I was, NOT in the security line.

IMG_6811 This nearly the last glimpse I had of him.  We could see him as he went through the X-Ray, I watched while he put his shoes back on and watched until I could no longer see his head walking toward his gate.

He was able to text me when he boarded, landed and we talked off and on while he was in the USO office waiting to be transported to the training facility.  The last text I got was just before they pulled into the gate and he had to put his phone away.  I will not hear from him again until Thanksgiving day (hopefully!!) and a week after that, he should be able to call.  If he has time, he will write letters to us but I told him his priority is taking care of himself, studying, resting and doing whatever he needs to do to get through the next few weeks.

For a control freak, the hardest part for me is not knowing.  Wicked hard.  I have been so blessed to have hardly any sleepless nights due to worry for the 22 years I have been his mama.  I have made up for that this week.  It is really difficult to sleep when you have a cannon ball sitting in the pit of your belly! I gave myself permission yesterday to have chinese food and wallow in fear and worry, but today I had to put on my big girl panties and make myself get back at it!

If you pray, please pray for him.  He needs peace, confidence and both physical and mental strength.


Thinking Out Loud. Really Loud.

I have a million things running through my brain at a speed so fast I can’t keep up.  Every emotion that can be named and probably even a few that have yet to be discovered are being felt right now.  We are T-minus 2 weeks now till Ian boards an airplane for uncharted territory.  This mama’s heart both rejoices in his new adventures and mourns the loss all at once.  I am trying my best to contain all of the emotions when I am around him.  I am sure he is feeling enough of his own without having to deal with mine as well.  All of this stuff in my brain makes me very thankful that today is Thursday and I can empty some of what is filling this gray matter so that I may have more room for alloftheemotions.

First, I received my first graze box.  These things are so good!


We’ve tried the brooklyn bites.  Delicious.  I haven’t tried the rest yet.  I will probably take them for roadtrip snack this weekend.  I also included a picture of the inside of the box.  I just wanted to go in there for a couple of hours with a good book. Isn’t it beautiful??? Also, if you would like to receive your first and your fifth box free, use code KTMDQ5P6E (this is a reward code and I do receive credit for each person who uses this code, however, I love these boxes either way!)

Next in my brain, I recently tried hemp hearts for the first time and I am now addicted.  I want you to become addicted as well, so please go here and enter my giveaway. Also, if you can’t wait that long and you want to order some NOW, you can use code HHSweatPink14 to receive a 20% discount through November 30.  (I receive nothing for you using this code, as a matter of fact, I’m sure I’ll use it as well!)

Now, my friend (am I a stalker if she doesn’t know we are friends???) Emily has a wonderful post talking about foods you would normally eat because you think they are healthy but ALAS, they are not! I get stuck in the nutbutter trap.  GIVE ME THE PEANUT BUTTTTAAAAHHHH!!!

This weekend, we are traveling to the half way point between my family and us to meet for the weekend.  My mom wants to spend time with Ian before his departure.  A family thing came up that made it impossible for them to be here for the week of so… this is the next best thing.

IMG_6438Nanny and her grandbabies!

That is all I have at the moment.  As SOON as I hit publish, I will think of 5 more things I need to say! You will have to just wait for those thoughts.  Now, head on over to Amanda’s house and give her some love.  If you have a blog and want to empty your noggin, feel free to join the party!


Hemp Hearts

The legalities: I was sent a sample of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts for review through my partnership with FitApproach.  I did not receive any other compensation and all opinions are my own.

I have always been one who is not fond of different textures.  Therefore, I’ve never been fond of different seeds added to smoothies or foods and such.  Some things were just not meant to have chunks, know what I mean? Anyway, when I was given the opportunity to try Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, I figured why now!? It can’t be that bad, yes?


I decided it to sprinkle a tablespoon onto a container of Key Lime Greek Yogurt.  I needed a little taste of summer, ya know? It took my afternoon snack from healthy yogurt to Key Lime Pie! The hemp hearts gave it the flavor of pie crust.  They have a dynamic nutty taste that is great! These would also be great sprinkled on ice cream, but I can’t get past the yogurt.  I bought some pumpkin pie yogurt and I am very excited to taste them on that!

Not only are they delicious, they are also extremely nutritious! From their website: 30 g of hemp hearts have 10 G protein, 10 G Omega 3 and 6 and only 3 G carbs.  This is power packed.

Manitoba Harvest has graciously agreed to send a reader a bag of hemp hearts.  To win, simply leave a comment telling me how you are excited to try them. They have also given 20% off discount to all readers using code HHSweatPink14 through November 30. 

**the give away will close 10/25 and a winner will be announced 10/26



Fish Tacos

So.  I’ve talked about these a couple of times across social media since Sunday night.  I do enjoy fish tacos.  If it is on the menu, 9 times out of 10, I will choose it as my entrée.  I’ve never made them myself.  Until now.  You see, we got on a fish kick in my house a few weeks back and it seemed that we were having fried fish nearly weekly.  Fish is the only food I will fry.  Not sure why, I’ve just never been a fan of hot bubbling grease atop my stove. 

Anyway, the last time I cooked fish, catfish to be exact, I bought them at the grocery store and invited my father in law to eat with us.  I was proud of myself.  He is the “fish fryer” of the family.  I was frying my fish just as good as he can.  Well, wouldn’t you know it, on the night he eats with us, the fish were less than stellar.  He said it was the belly portion and that is the portion you don’t want to eat.  I’m not a fish monger so I have no idea.  Well, Kevin stops by his house for a visit nearly every afternoon so the next afternoon, after his visit, he comes in with a pack of fish sent to me by his dad.  This is fish caught down in Morgan City by Kevin’s uncle.  GOOD fish.  There was no way these tasty morsels were being dunked into hot grease! They had to be cooked in a fashion where their taste would shine through! It HAD to be fish tacos!

IMG_6655 (a photographer, I am not!)



1 lb boneless fish (I used catfish)

Coleslaw mix

parmesan cheese

Old Bay Seasoning

Asian Dressing:

1/2 clove garlic

1 T soy sauce

2 t Rice Vinegar

1/2 c olive oil

1/2 t sesame oil

For the Asian dressing, I used this recipe, left out the salt and pepper and used 1/2 t of refrigerated minced garlic, put it in my dressing shaker jar and shook.  You can definitely 1/2 this recipe as a little goes a long way.

Rinsed and spread fish on a cookie sheet, then sprinkle generously (or to taste) with the Old bay.  Bake on 400* 25 minutes.  (if you fish are smaller or larger, you may need to adjust this time)

While the fish is baking, heat each side of each tortilla in a dry pan over low heat.  I then placed them all back into the pan and they stayed warm until they were ready to be assembled. 

Please fish in center of tortilla, top with a handful of slaw mix, a drizzle of dressing and 1 T of shredded parmesan. 

I enjoyed 2 tacos with a side of tortilla chips and salsa and was stuffed. 

Let me know if you make this and how you like it!!


Friend Makin Monday

Happy Monday friends! I hope this day treated you well.  I know sometimes Monday gets a bad wrap and can be known as somewhat of a jerk.  My Monday was not too bad.  So far.  There are still a few hours before bedtime but I’m going to think positive!

On Monday’s we like to have a little getting to know you sesh so let’s get right to it, shall we?


My friend Sarah is the host (who is returning today from visiting her family across the pond! Welcome back, Sarah!) so head over there to see what she on everyone else had to say to these questions!

1. If you had to be allergic to something, what would it be? Um… this one is tough.  Allergies are no fun! I am currently allergic to the drug erythromycin so I think I’m just going to stick with that.  It’s fairly easy and I just let the doctor know so I’m not prescribed this for any reason.  I’m just happy not being allergic to much!

2. If you sat next to Jesus on a bus, what would you talk about? This is easy! I would definitely thank him.  For saving me for my husband and my husband for me.  For making me Ian’s mama.  For my mom and family. There is so much strife and grief in life but we have so much to be thankful for.  I am so thankful!!

3. If money and time were no object, what would you be doing right now? I would be a full-time social media something or other.  And work with communities to educate the less than privileged regarding healthy choices in the grocery store.  Oh my gosh that is my dream!!

4. If you had one day to live over again, what day would that be? Probably my wedding day.  That was an amazing day that I would love to savor over and over.

5. If you could eat your favorite food right now, what would it be? Just one? With no consequences? Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.  Not pumpkins, hearts or even the cups.  It would have to be EGGS!

6. If you could learn any skill, what would it be? I would love to be a dancer.  Not on TV or famous or anything, just a good dancer that doesn’t look like a weeble wobble at weddings.

  Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!!!

7. If you were sent to live on a space station for three months, and could only take three personal items, what would they be? Hmmmm.  Do I have access to the internet? I’d say my iPad, my day planner and my coffee pot (with coffee and creamer as this counts as one item!)

8. If you could buy a car right no (money no object) what would it be? Buick Enclave

9. What’s your favorite cartoon character and why? Mickey Mouse.  Because he’s Mickey, duh!

10. Does your name have a special meaning or were you named after someone special? Yes! My first name, Alma, is after my grandma.  She is VERY special!


Thank you for reading! Please pick one question from above and answer in the comments! If you have a blog, we would love to have you join the party! Just remember to link up so everyone can enjoy your answers!!


Food and Fitness Plan

Happy Sunday Friends! I have had a great week, an even better weekend and I am so excited to see what this new week is going to bring!

Fitness wise this past week wasn’t stellar as I still had a pretty bad cough.  I did walk slowly a couple of days while Ian ran.  The first day, it started raining almost as soon as we began and the second day, I just strolled until he was finished running.  I didn’t get very far because I was walking slower than a turtle could crawl, however, I did NOT want to start a cough because it hurt! I have just barely small cough left so tomorrow should begin a completely normal week, crossing all available appendages I do not jinx myself!

Yesterday, Kevin, Ian and I spent the afternoon and evening running the roads.  There is a Popeye’s buffet here in town and it was on Ian’s bucket list before he leaves for basic training.  I was hoping they would have a baked chicken option.  Alas, they did not! It was good but man! If you have fried food after not having unhealthy foods for a while, your digestive system WILL rebel! Guaranteed!

IMG_6628Ian completely enjoyed it and that was the goal!

We then went to a new ice cream parlor in town.  It is called Sub Zero. It was fun to watch.  Kevin did some plumbing work there so we had coupons for 2 free small cups.  They were not small at all!

IMG_6636My small cup of pumpkin

It was so much fun to watch! It begins with a base of your choice, custard, yogurt, premium, low-fat, non dairy or soy/rice.  They have any flavor you can imagine and tons of mix-ins.  Everything is mixed in the liquid base and then frozen with nitrogen.

IMG_6630IMG_6631IMG_6633IMG_6635  I was not sure which base I wanted so the girl making mine chose for me and gave me custard.  It was beyond delicious and not the highest in calories of all the bases.  I was pleased!

Once we were done with our ice cream, we still had an hour or so before we were due for a bowling date, so we chose to walk around Sam’s and then our new Whole Foods.  Yes. We walk around grocery stores for fun.  As a family.  Sad? Maybe but it is FUN!

IMG_6637At Sam’s, we found this fire pit.  I NEED this! How much fun would it be to grill a steak on this thing?

We finally made it to the bowling alley for 9 PM glow bowling (!).  This is LATE for this old lady! We ended up bowling 2 games and didn’t get home until 12:30 AM.  Crazy, yes?

IMG_6643Ian Bowling IMG_6649 Kevin Bowling

IMG_6650 Kevin’s awesome bowling form!

So much fun and so many memories to lock in my vault for when I’m missing my baby boy!

Now, onto the coming week!

Running with Racheal
I’m going to do a repeat of the fitness I’ve tried to accomplish for the last two weeks to see if I could actually do it this time!

Monday: Walk/Run Interval (WRI), convict conditioning

Tuesday: WRI, Yoga

Wednesday: WRI, Convict Conditioning

Thursday: WRI, Yoga

Friday: WRI, Yoga

Saturday: Bike/WRI

Sunday: Rest day

This weeks meals: fish tacos, beef stew, bbq ribs breakfast, chicken n beans, pork steaks, chicken alfredo. 

We do have the Cotton Festival in town this week so we may head up there this weekend.  If we do, a meal may be had there.  Not sure what they will have to offer outside of fair food.  I’ve never been to one before. 

Did you have great week? Give me one highlight from your weekend. 

As always, head over to the always awesome Racheal’s blog and see what everyone is up to for this upcoming week.