Tourist Tuesday: Sinful Nutrition

I am SOO excited to bring this series! I am constantly looking for new and inspiring blogs to read, and I’m sure you are too! I have some oldy but goodies that I love reading daily, but I have some new ones that I’ve just become acquainted with.

I am so excited to bring you a guest post from a new blog each week!

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This weeks guest is Emily of Sinful Nutrition fame. Emily is a fellow Health Living Blogs Ambassador and I am so excited for you to love her as much as I do! She is a wealth of knowledge and there is a list a mile long of her recipes I’m dying to try

Without further ado:

Hey there!

First off, thanks to Denise for sharing her blog space with me today! And thanks to YOU for sticking around and letting me chat about none other than my favorite topic: FOOD.

Specifically food waste.  I don’t know how many times I’ve scrapped half a bag of baby spinach I couldn’t finish before it went bad, or counted endless tupperware containers with unknown leftovers in the fridge. Especially when you normally cook for one, leftovers and wilty vegetables pile up fast.

Being the frugal gal I am, I HATE seeing food go to waste. No onion peel or broccoli stalk goes unused in my kitchen. So I’m here to share some of my favorite and easy tips to help reduce food waste, and keep the cash out of the trash! (now I’m sounding like an oxyclean commercial)

Make Homemade Veggie Stock

Okay, this is probably my favorite tip of all, so I guess I should have saved it for last. Too late now! It always takes me 27 years to locate one measly can of vegetable stock in the grocery store, which is always loaded with MSG, sodium, and other additives that just shouldn’t be in vegetable stock. So I make my own!

Not only is it one of the easiest things to make, but also the cheapest. AKA practically free. Free = me. Just save every vegetable scrap you encounter (onion peels, garlic skins, carrot peels, celery tops, etc), store it in a gallon freezer bag, store it in the freezer until it’s full, then add them to a slow cooker, cover them with water, and watch veggie stock appear before your eyes! You can find a more detailed recipe over on my blog page.

Freeze Leftovers

Sometimes…okay most times it’s near physically impossible to eat leftovers every single day of the week without hating life. This is where a freezer becomes a single gals new best friend.. when wine and peanut butter are out of town. After you’ve made a giant pot of soup with your free veggie stock, or made a meal fit for the Brady bunch you can either be destined to be eating pea soup and lasagna for every meal, every day of the week, or you can freeze it!

I like to save half of the servings in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week, and store the other half in the freezer. This way it doesn’t go bad, and I can easily pull out a home-cooked meal from the freezer that’s ready in minutes. I love to store soup in re-purposed glass peanut butter jars so they are already in single-serve sizes ready to go for a quick lunch.

Makeover a Meal

Maybe you’re the one and done type when it comes to dinner. Like, the thought of leftovers is just cray-cray. Instead of leaving them in the land of misfit tupperware, give leftovers a new life with a makeover! You can transform just about any kind of leftover into a brand spankin’ new meal. Some of my favorites are:

-Leftover rice/quinoa into a stir fry

-Shredding baked chicken breast for quesadillas

-Roasted vegetables into a wrap or soup

Write It Out

Instead of giving everything the old sniff test to see if it’s good or not, a better idea is to write it all out. You can do this in two different ways:

 Write what leftovers/ foods to use up on a dry-erase board and hang on the fridge or in the kitchen. Include when the date you made the meal on.

 Use erasable markers or sticky notes and post right on containers. Write what meal is and when you made it. Leftovers should be eaten within 3-4 days after they’ve been cooked.

Make Compost

Last but not least, you can always make compost. Not only will you save scraps from going in the trash, but you’ll also be feeding your lawn or garden loads of nutrients. You can compost mostly everything that is not meat or dairy. Egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps, even dryer lint! Even if you don’t have a garden yourself, I’m sure you know someone who could put all that healthy soil to good use.

I hope you save some cash and lost leftover souls, and never meet a food scrap you couldn’t handle!  Be sure to hop on over to Sinful Nutrition and say hi!

What’s your favorite tip to reduce food waste?

Leftovers: Love ’em or hate ’em?

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Tourist Tuesday

I am SOO excited to start this new series! I am constantly looking for new and inspiring blogs to read, and I’m sure you are too! I have some oldy but goodies that I love reading daily, but I have some new ones that I’ve just become acquainted with.

I am so excited to bring you a guest post from a new blog each week!

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To jump start the series, I bring you Rhonda from Keep Running Rhonda. Her blog is new to me and after the first few moments reading, I am addicted! She is such and inspiration!

Without further ado:

The Sturggle is Real

Hello Everyone! My name is Rhonda and I write Keep Running Rhonda. Denise invited me to guest blogand after a little discussion I thought I would give it a shot. I was actually inspired by Denise to write this post about struggle.

To give you a little background about myself I have always been overweight. Through grade school, high school, college and beyond I was the chubbier one although I was always active. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that I decided to make a change. I was Skyping with my friend Emily and somehow we started talking about the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World which is an annual event in Florida each February. She said we should do it and first I thought she was joking. About a month after we talked she asked how my training was going. It was in that moment that I figured out she was serious. I did complete the Princess Half Marathon and several other races. I am currently training for my next 2 half marathons which will take place in the next month.

When I started out people keep telling me it would get easier. That the more I ran, worked out, or whatever else I would do that it would get better. Yet I still don’t feel that way.

I have been running now for about a year. In that time I have done several different races of various distances and in different conditions from snow to sun and yet I don’t feel it gets easier. I am currently training for a half marathon and this past weekend was my last long run. I was running with a friend of mine and I told her towards the end how tired I am and how much I almost don’t want to run anymore. Not just hat day but in general. Running is tiring and it takes up a lot of time. A good long run takes up about half my day. The other half of my day is spent recovering from the first half.

Running doesn’t seem to get easier. Lifting weights doesn’t seem to get easier. Cardio, in whatever form, doesn’t seem to get easier. You would think that after a year it would.

I started thinking why does it never get easier? Why can’t I wake up and get in my long run and be ok? Why isn’t that losing weight and getting fit gets better? But then again why would you want it to?

There will always be a struggle to do whatever you want to do to improve your life, but isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be. If you don’t struggle then nothing changes. If you don’t struggle you are not pushing yourself past your previous limit. And if it ever does get to easy you need to take it up to the next limit.

I started taking Crossfit classes twice a week about 2 months ago. One of our exercises we do I needed to modify. This past week we did the same exercise, I was still modifying and my coach mentioned that next week I should start doing the actually movement and not modified. He said that the movement was getting to easy for me and I needed to move up to the next level. I am excited that I’m getting better and stronger yet I am nervous. I know doing the actually exercise will be hard but if I stay at the same spot I won’t improve.

Struggles are not something to run away from, they are something you should embrace. They should be something you run to. When you struggle you are making a change and when you make change you are getting stronger.

Keep Running,

Rhonda

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Tourist Tuesday: Keep Running Rhonda

I am SOO excited to start this new series! I am constantly looking for new and inspiring blogs to read, and I’m sure you are too! I have some oldy but goodies that I love reading daily, but I have some new ones that I’ve just become acquainted with.

I am so excited to bring you a guest post from a new blog each week!

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To jump start the series, I bring you Rhonda from Keep Running Rhonda. Her blog is new to me and after the first few moments reading, I am addicted! She is such and inspiration!

Without further ado:

The Sturggle is Real

Hello Everyone! My name is Rhonda and I write Keep Running Rhonda. Denise invited me to guest blogand after a little discussion I thought I would give it a shot. I was actually inspired by Denise to write this post about struggle.

To give you a little background about myself I have always been overweight. Through grade school, high school, college and beyond I was the chubbier one although I was always active. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that I decided to make a change. I was Skyping with my friend Emily and somehow we started talking about the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World which is an annual event in Florida each February. She said we should do it and first I thought she was joking. About a month after we talked she asked how my training was going. It was in that moment that I figured out she was serious. I did complete the Princess Half Marathon and several other races. I am currently training for my next 2 half marathons which will take place in the next month.

When I started out people keep telling me it would get easier. That the more I ran, worked out, or whatever else I would do that it would get better. Yet I still don’t feel that way.

I have been running now for about a year. In that time I have done several different races of various distances and in different conditions from snow to sun and yet I don’t feel it gets easier. I am currently training for a half marathon and this past weekend was my last long run. I was running with a friend of mine and I told her towards the end how tired I am and how much I almost don’t want to run anymore. Not just hat day but in general. Running is tiring and it takes up a lot of time. A good long run takes up about half my day. The other half of my day is spent recovering from the first half.

Running doesn’t seem to get easier. Lifting weights doesn’t seem to get easier. Cardio, in whatever form, doesn’t seem to get easier. You would think that after a year it would.

I started thinking why does it never get easier? Why can’t I wake up and get in my long run and be ok? Why isn’t that losing weight and getting fit gets better? But then again why would you want it to?

There will always be a struggle to do whatever you want to do to improve your life, but isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be. If you don’t struggle then nothing changes. If you don’t struggle you are not pushing yourself past your previous limit. And if it ever does get to easy you need to take it up to the next limit.

I started taking Crossfit classes twice a week about 2 months ago. One of our exercises we do I needed to modify. This past week we did the same exercise, I was still modifying and my coach mentioned that next week I should start doing the actually movement and not modified. He said that the movement was getting to easy for me and I needed to move up to the next level. I am excited that I’m getting better and stronger yet I am nervous. I know doing the actually exercise will be hard but if I stay at the same spot I won’t improve.

Struggles are not something to run away from, they are something you should embrace. They should be something you run to. When you struggle you are making a change and when you make change you are getting stronger.

Keep Running,

Rhonda

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Weekly Eats

This past week, I made a definite effort to change my eating habits.  I stopped being lazy and just eating something because it was easy.  I actually stopped to think about what I needed, if there were plans for a meal in the future, how I should eat now to accommodate an upcoming meal and what is the best choice for right now, not just what I WANTRIGHTNOW.

I feel like I have made a definite improvement.  I haven’t tracked anything and I did have treats, but they were conscious decisions, not just mindless eating. 

Here is just a touch of what I’ve consumed in the last seven days:

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The peanut butter and banana is breakfast every day.  It keeps me satisfied and I like it.  I don’t feel deprived when I eat it and it works. Snacks from a graze box are happening almost daily.  They are pretty perfect.  Have you tried a graze box? If you haven’t, you should.  It comes about every 2 weeks and they send pre portioned, healthy snacks. You can use code KTMDQ5P6B (<affiliate code) and you’ll get your 1st and 5th box free.  It is not pricey ($6.99 for the box I chose) and I look forward to it!

I feel like this next photo needs its own paragraph. 

IMG_7938This is a salad I’ve eaten no less than 3 times in the last week. I also had a very vivid dream about eating it Thursday night.  It is a Southwest Chicken Salad from Woodys. I has boiled egg, black beans, corn, bell pepper, cucumber, grilled chicken and friend wonton strips, all atop a bed of lettuce.  I’m not sure why I have such a deep love for this salad, however it is amazing and I could eat it daily. 

Saturday, I spend the day with my oldest friend preparing for her baby girl’s graduation party.  We began with breakfast, had lunch out and then party foods at her house.  It was an amazing active day and I do love this family dearly!

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IMG_7939The graduate and I

IMG_7944The graduates mama with a bag of candy she bought for MY baby boy.  He LOVES butterscotch like a little old man!

This is only a portion of the food I eat.  I do not photograph everything.  Sometimes I’m too hungry and forget, sometimes I’m too lazy.  I will occasionally photograph all of my eats in a day so you can see how my days are playing out.

I must depart now.  I need to prepare my brain for Monday.  Ugh!! WHERE DID THE WEEKEND GO!!???

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Friday Thoughts

Good afternoon! I hope your week has been as fantastic as mine! I was supposed to meet you back here Tuesday. Oops! Time flies when you are having fun!

Tuesday got away from me because my nephew graduated from kindergarten! How exciting! He sang and got his certificate and then we went to dinner! It was an awesome night.

IMG_7899Dallas and me.

Wednesday… I’m trying to remember what happened… I can’t remember Wednesday or Thursday.  Somehow, both of those days disappeared with no hope of blogging. 

I’m trying to make wise use of an editorial calendar.  I’ll have an update in a week or so if it is working.  If it isn’t working for me, I’ll hopefully have an update that way as well.  Sometimes it’s nice to hear what isn’t working so we know we aren’t alone, yes?

I have definitely cleaned up my eating habits this week.  I can tell a huge difference already.  I am wearing a pair of shorts that week before last, cut off my circulation.  Today, I am happily breathing and sitting at the same time.  Progress! Sunday, I will have a glimpse of my consumption.

On Tuesdays, I am beginning a new series, Tourist Tuesdays. I would love to feature a post by a guest on Tuesdays.  I have some lined up and I am so excited to see what they have to say.  Some I have read forever, some are new to me.  If you would like to join the party, leave me a comment or email me.  I can’t wait to see how this goes!

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I am SO excited to be going to FitBloggin six weeks from YESTERDAY! I have my plane ticket, my FIRST EVER plane ticket! I’m a bit anxious.  I’m scared of heights.  Denver is the Mile High City.  That just kinda freaks me out a little bit! If you want to join me, you can get your ticket here (< affiliate link).

Okie doke.  This is getting kind of wordy.  I’m going to stop right there and say have a GREAT weekend! I will see you back here SUNDAY!!

Tootles!!

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Trying To Come Back

Happy Tuesday! Did Monday treat you ok?? Mine was not too bad, thankfully.

I’m just dropping in for a second to say I’m trying to come back! There is SO much behind the scenes work on the blog that I have let get behind and there are not enough hours in a day. 

We are still hanging out in my parents spare room.  I am so grateful for their generosity because this transition is taking a lot longer than I anticipated.  I’m trying to figure out my own routine because I’ve just been in limbo thinking this wasn’t going to last long.  I’ve decided in the last few days that I need to stop delaying and just get back to healthy living.  That is what I’m working on.

I haven’t had a diet coke in a few days, only water.  Until today.  I wanted one, so I got one.  I don’t want to feel “deprived”, I just want to squeeze out my bad habits with more healthy ones.  I also want to get up early enough to make a shakeology smoothie before my dad goes to bed for the day (he works nights).  I’ve been putting that off because I don’t have “breakfast” until he goes to sleep.  I could make it and save it until I want it.  Gonna get on that!

Also, gotta have more real snacks, less junk. 

OK.  Short and sweet, I have to get to sleep.  Hopefully, I’ll be back with a real post tomorrow!

IMG_7462I’ll just leave this right here to tide you over till tomorrow…

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Mama Chia

Sorry for the delay! We have a winner!!

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Kay Lynn! An e-mail has been sent!

Thanks everyone, for entering!! I hope to do lots more just like this!!

Have a great Friday!

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