Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Healthy Breakfast Burritos To Go {and Mexico trips}


We recently went to Mexico for spring break. I was reminded of this recipe after seeing all the vendors on the beach. Kimball and the boys always buy breakfast burritos wrapped in foil.



I'm vowing to doing a better job at feeding my kids healthy breakfast and not just leaving it up to them. I don't buy sugar cereal for the most part but still...they could use more warm breakfasts. 

Breakfast Burritos To Go

Ingredients:
whole wheat tortillas
diced potatoes
red pepper
green pepper
onion
olive oil
egg whites
cheese
veggie sausage crumbles 
(or other lean protein)

Instructions:

1. Dice up some potatoes, boil them for a few minutes and throw them in a hot pan with a little olive oil. 

2. Dice up some onion and red peppers and add to the skillet. 

3. In a side bowl, mix eggs (I used 2 whole and 5 whites), chopped chives, and a handful of cheese. 

4. After the veggies in the skillet are browned, add the egg mixture. 

5. Season the heck out of them with whatever you want. 

6. Throw a tortilla on your burner and brown it all up. (I would have used whole wheat but I found mine were expired. Next time I'll throw in veggie sausage but for today I cut up chunks of turkey and it turned out really good.

7. Wrap them tightly with foil to hold in the heat.

And there you have it, a super healthy meal! You can also freeze them, just put them in a Zip-lock bag.

I'm linking as usual with Peas & Crayons today. :)

Here's some fun memories from our last trip to Mexico.







 Kimball and I are headed back to Mexico this month on a service trip to help orphans with dental work, and take down supplies for them. It should be lots of fun. I'll admit, I'm worried I'll want to bring another little Mexican girl home. Or ten. It was in Mexico that I first felt prompted to adopt two Mexican girls, and we were blessed with Sophia, but that still leaves another...? :)

You can read about that HERE


Technically we should have spelled Sophia's name with an 'f', but at the time I didn't know there was a Mexican spelling and an Italian spelling. Oops. :)

I hear these kinds of trips are life-changing, and I'm sure I'll see the children and think of Sophia and "what if...this could have been her". It's sure to make me an emotional wreck, but hopefully I'll solider on and be of help to them.

Are you a beach/street vendor eating person? 

Beach or poolside?

Ever been on a mission/service trip?

Gotta run.
Have a fabulous day!!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Weekly Workouts Recap {night hiking & PiYo love}


It was a pretty great week of workouts (minus having to skip a few for my Achilles to chill out). However, we had a fun night hike (minus the teen and tween who insisted on teasing a very frightened seven year old). It's all good, we skipped the heat and enjoyed being out on the desert trails. Here's what my week looked like for workouts...

Sunday - Rest day
Monday - TM run/walk 3mls. & Les Mills Pump
Tuesday - TM run/walk & PiYo Lower Body + night hike 1.5 mls.
Wednesday - rest the Achilles
 Thursday - rest the Achilles
Friday - TM run/walk 3 mls. & PiYo Upper Body
Saturday - TM run/walk 3 mls. & PiYo Sweat


I'm excited to say, I've signed up for half marathon #4 & #5. Considering I got really sick during my first three, I'm totally nervous about it, but oh well...I'm mostly excited about training. I love long runs and working up my mileage. Of course it's crazy hot here right now so I'm sticking to the treadmill for the most part. 

The other good news is...PiYo has been released as I'm sure you've heard (unless you've been living under a rock). It's a fabulous mix of Pilates by Chalene Johnson instructing.
LOVE. 
I have always loved both Pilates and Yoga but tend to put it off and always lean toward cardio. I'm hoping this time around in my half marathon training, I'll be better prepared having done a lot more weights and getting my flexibility training in. 

PiYo is awesome for runners because it loosens up your hip flexers, Achilles, spine...all of it. Woo hoo!! I was telling the family yesterday...how excited I was to realize it was only Friday. That means one more day of working out before my scheduled rest day!

How did your workouts go this week?

Are you into Yoga or Pilates? 

Gotta run. 
Have a fabulous Saturday!

xo,

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Life - Death - Marriage {and C.S. Lewis}

Note: This isn't a light and airy post, so be warned. :)  Last summer my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in which she died only six days later. This post is one I have put off for months and months...written and re-written. I could easily just keep hitting delete, but I'm hoping by sharing, it will help in the healing process and hopefully help someone out there who's gone through something similar....like life, death and marriage. 


We've seen a lot of changes these past few years. 

Big Papa changed careers and became a pre-dental student.
We had little time together.
We moved.
My mom died.
The kids took it hard.
They struggled.
 I resigned my church membership.
Relationships were strained.
Stresses were high.
Our marriage was suffering.
I had illnesses and injuries.
Money got tight.
We closed our business.
Life got messy.
It wasn't pretty.

As badly as I wanted to voice my trials and views, I was in a lot of pain. I didn't trust myself to open up...I feared I would say the wrong thing and hurt or offend someone. I feared judgement, so I clammed up. 

The day Hospice brought mom home from the hospital.  

Running was no longer my escape. There was too much time for reflection...too many tears. Grief can be a real pain in the a**. It comes out of nowhere, and just when you think you're good. Bam! It hits you. At church, the grocery store, the bank, the doctor, the DMV, on date night. I was blown away at just how hard I would take the loss of my mom.

Finally, the waves of sudden, hot tears, come fewer and farther between. Little Miss Sophia still has her moments of missing Bernie, we all do. Watching your kids hurt is rough. I try to redirect her thoughts to all the good times we had with my mom, laugh about all the funny stories, but sometimes we just need a good cry.


When I went to her school for the Mother's Day program, she sang from the stage, then came down to where I was sitting and sobbed in my chest. She said she just loves me so much and never wants me to die.  She wrote me this love note a week before and sat on my bed crying for an hour over the same thing.


As for our marriage and family stresses. We fought hard to stay together, to understand each other and break down the walls we'd built. Of course we're both very different people than we were in 1997, so the key is to grow together and not apart. It takes lots of time and energy and we hadn't been putting in the work.

"Love as distinct from “being in love” is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit…"
- C.S. Lewis

I took this picture on the way home from Utah to Arizona, after saying goodbye to my mom. It was the hardest and saddest day of my life, and for some reason I felt the need to capture the moment.

"No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear." - C.S. Lewis

I have a secret. When my mom died, I feared I would never have someone who loved me that much again. It was a feeling of panic I'd never felt before. Maybe that's normal? Losing your mom makes you feel like an orphan...even at thirty-seven. I now know, when going through a great loss like death, all the weak areas in your life just become magnified. It was time to fix what as broken.

Marriage is the ultimate test of respect, trust, compassion and commitment. There's nothing more important to me than having a strong marriage and happy home for our children to grow up in. The moment you're ready to quit, is usually the moment right before a miracle happens. Don't give up. I'm so grateful to my husband for his love and patience these past two years. I'm so grateful neither of us called it quits, but instead, blocked out the 'noise', opened our ears and our hearts, showed grace and mercy and built a stronger unit than we've ever had before.


I'm beyond grateful to our merciful Father in heaven. It took much prayer, tons of effort and patience on both our parts, but I am so blessed that I can honestly say I'm married to my best friend. Kimball has such a good heart, and I know how lucky I am to have him.
He is my rock.

xo,

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Whereabouts and What's on the Menu...


The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. A must read!! Love her, met her at Blissdom in Nashville several years ago and was lucky enough to hear her speak and have her sign my book. It's one you'll read every few years.


I'm loving the sunbursts this summer...it's hot here in Arizona, but spending time outside running, hiking, swimming and taking pictures sure helps me appreciate the beauty.


Then there's Sophia and her mad Uno skillz. I don't even want to tell you how many times this little doll has beat me in games. She probably plays thirty games of Uno a day right now. 


Sophia and Kade go to swim team three days a week. It's a great way to keep them active during summer like I mentioned in this recent post. I'm shocked at how much Sophia has improved in less than a month. Well worth the time and money.


Early morning workouts are such a gift. I've decided to train for a few more half marathons this winter...I'm so excited to get my long distance running on again. 

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Now for What I Ate Wednesday from the link up at Peas & Crayons....


Breakfast: Green Tea (read it's benefits in last weeks post HERE), egg whites w/ cheese on whole wheat tortilla & half of a gala apple.

Snack: banana

Lunch: homemade wheat bread w/ avacado, cherry tomatoes and a veggie sausage.

Dinner: Spinach, taco salad w/ black beans, guacamole and watered down ranch. 

Snack: Sophia's homemade trail mix.

We went on a sunset hike and packed homemade trail mix

*Notice I had too many healthy fats...that's the beauty of tracking your food. I'll have to do better in the future if I want to lose weight.

Tell us some of your whereabouts and what's on your menu...

More on that soon. 

XO,


Monday, June 30, 2014

Motivate Me Monday - {T.J.'s Story}


Hello Sweeties! This is T.J. from Sugar Blossoms coming at you today. =)



I'm so excited to be here and to share my Top 10 Tips for Weight Loss Success.

First, a little background:
I'm an almost-40 mom of 3 amazing boys, ages 10-13.
And I like food. . . more than I should!

Yes, this is a double-size portion of lemon raspberry cake!
But I came to a point last year when I decided that my current eating habits weren't working.

I started by making an inspiration board of my goals:

Then I chose a high protein/low carb plan that worked for me.
I lost 30 pounds in just 3 months!

It wasn't easy but it was SO worth it! I learned a lot.
Here's what I recommend for weight loss success:


1- Eat 6 smaller meals a day.
This helps your metabolism stay up and running.

2- Never skip a meal.
Your body needs food. Skipping meals will stop your metabolism in it's tracks and put your body in starvation/hoarding mode. 

3- Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up.
Jump start your metabolism EVERY day. Don't start your day in starvation mode.
You'll set yourself up for binging later on. 

4- Drink 80-100 ounces of water a day
Water is vital to your system.
Often we're unknowingly dehydrated and our bodies think
we're hungry when we're actually thirsty.

5- Have healthy snacks with you, just in case.
We can't always control when and where accidents, emergencies, or just life will happen. Have a protein bar in your purse so you're not stressed about what to eat (or tempted to just grab some fast food).

6- Don't cheat.
It takes your body some time to start burning your fat reserves. If you start feeding it more fat, it will only burn that and crave more. You're too strong for that. 

7- Think about what you CAN eat instead of what you can't.
Focusing on what's negative about your diet ("I hate that I can't have cheesecake!") will make you resent the diet itself. Think "I'm so glad I can still have steak!" instead.

8- Find non-food ways to deal with stress.
Listen to your favorite playlist, get out your crocheting,
walk your dog, or hug your children when you're feeling stressed. 

9- Eat at regular times.
You should be eating every 2-3 hours; no sooner and no later. Your metabolism will be trained to burn off fat until your next high-protein meal. 

10- Break down your Final Goal into mini-goals.
If you weigh yourself, do it once a week, first thing in the morning.
Tell yourself how much you want to lose in 1 week, in 2 weeks, in 1 month. Thinking, "I will lose 30 pounds 3 times" is easier to grasp than thinking "I have to lose 100 pounds!"

Here's to your health!
You CAN do it!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Week of Workouts {and blocking out the noise}

Happy Weekend!

I hope you’re having a fun, and active Saturday. Sorry again for the blog issues I've had for ten months. Apparently your emails were bombarded with twenty posts or so, when my domain finally got fixed. Oopsie.


Talk about a crazy week!! I was glad to see it end. This is one busy summer for us, by far the busiest summer of our lives. We have so much going on with the kid’s camps, swim club, Kimball’s DAT, ASU classes, dental school apps going out, wrapping up the masonry business and trying to generate some income from home. We’ve got visitors throughout the summer, reunions and a service trip to Mexico. Not to mention the boys only have a six week break for summer. Phew! I’ll kind of be glad when it’s all over, but I’m trying to live in the moment … {breathe it all in, love it all out}. J

It’s definitely tough  to fit it all in, please everyone, keep the house clean, the fridge stocked,  the kids happy, the finances in order, stay spiritually fed and physically fit. I find the older my kids get, the busier I get. I’m not sure how that happened…it’s SO not what I imagined. 

You know that saying,”You never fail until you stop trying?” Well, it’s SO true. I hate to see people give up and stop trying. It’s then that the weight piles on and the higher the number, the less likely it is for us to hit the brakes and turn it around. Losing weight is SO hard, but being heavy is hard too. It’s hard on us physically and mentally, but whatever our weight and whatever obstacles we’re facing we much choose happy.  


Throwing in the towel should never be an option. It’s OK to have a pity party for a few hours once in a while, but never let the noise in your head get the best of you. Block out the nay sayers; distance yourself from those people who bring you down. Surround yourself with healthy, positive people, those who truly love you and want to see you succeed. Most of the time, the negative people in our lives are dealing with their own insecurities, jealousies and low self esteem. Low self esteem surfaces with prideful and narcissistic behavior, so take a good look at who you surround yourself with. If it’s a negative friend, go find a new one. If it’s a family member, take a break, hopefully it’s extended family that you can just hug every few years and wish them well. Focus on you and keeping your own little family circle healthy and strong! 

I’ll be the first to admit, choosing to eat health and be happy is a daily choice. I come from a family with a history of depression. My brother took his own life when I was eighteen and my mom struggled with depression my whole life. She ended up with Alzheimer's which studies show is common in people with severe depression. 

At times I deal with anxiety, I'll worry about something and not even realize it. Every year or so it creeps up on me and before I know it, I wake up in the middle of the night  feeling like I've got a golf ball in my throat, barely able to swallow. Stress plays a big roll in my weight. Healthy eating, regular exercise, and a positive support system are key.

THIS IS WHY this blog is called Sweat Is My Sanity. I think mental health is just as important as physical. 

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'Weekly Workout Wrap Up'
Sunday - rest
Monday - 45 min. walk & Hard Core Abs {Les Mills}
Tuesday - Les Mills Shred & Treadmill 45 min. run/walk
Wednesday - off
Thursday - off
Friday - 45 min. PiYo, treadmill 2 mile run/walk
Saturday - 5 mile treadmill run/walk

Questions:
Anyone racing this weekend?

How did your workouts go this week?
I would have liked to workout every day this week, but I did the best I could with the time I had. Hopefully next week is calmer and my tendinitis will knock it off.

How did your eating go this week?
I did great at eating more salads and generally all around healthier food. On the craziest days, I didn't eat often enough or choose the best foods. Like pb&j with chips...not so great, breakfast at noon on several days...not so great. Have a fab weekend.

I'll tell you more about my exciting new PiYo workout next week! 

xo,

Friday, June 27, 2014

10 Reasons...



It's been a long-fast week. 
Does that even make sense?

My brain hurts...
no thanks to Google.

The good news is, 
ten months later they fixed my domain.

We're back in business at

Thank you baby Jesus!!!!

I'll be posting my 'Weekly Workout Wrap Up' on Saturday,
 but for now think on these...

10 Reasons to drink green tea, sounds like a no brainer to me.

Have a fabulous Friday, I'm off to love on my kiddos.

Peace out,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Roasted Brussels Sprouts {and adoption}


After rebooting my system with my two day juice fast, I knew I needed to add more variety to my meals. This is a quick and easy way to get your family to eat their veggies!! You can always add Parmesan, but the flavor is awesome so, no need for that.



Ingredients:
24 oz. organic Brussels sprouts
2 Tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
 1 tsp. sea salt
*optional Parmesan cheese 

Directions:
1 - Trim the ends and remove yellow leaves, rinse and pat dry. 
2. Coat a large Zip-lock bag with the oil, add Brussels sprouts and toss until oil is evenly distributed. Then sprinkle sea salt and black pepper, toss again. 
3. Place in roasting pan, roast in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 40 min., stirring every 8 minutes or so.

Makes about 6 servings.
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Sunday...
Jaxon headed to church summer camp in San Diego for the week. He went last year and loved it so much he was begging to go back. I always get teary eyed when it's time to 'detach' as he calls it, my heart actually hurts when my kids aren't around...even if it's just a week.


We went to church and then had my other brother and his family over for dinner and more swimming. The cousins all had a blast together, swimming has been the high. Jeff and his family actually came to Arizona for a wedding, Jeff was only here a day and then had to jet back to work. It turned out to be kind of good timing for them.

Adoption: As you may remember HERE I introduced their new adopted daughter Xoey. Unfortunately, after seven weeks of loving on her, bonding and middle of the night feedings, the birth mom decided she couldn't live without her and took Xoey back.  Of course they were all crushed. Hopefully relaxing at the pool and hanging out with family did them some good.


Our prayers are for Xoey now, and that her birth mom will be able to care for her the way she deserves. One thing is for sure, they gave her an awesome start in life. Adoption is a miracle, but it's just that...a miracle. There are so many influences that can change the outcome, and so much red tape to cross for a successful adoption to take place. We were sad we couldn't meet Xoey, but SO enjoyed spending time with their sweet four year old Brayden who they adopted at birth. What a good boy.

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Monday...
I consider having family in town a staycation, so we got our toes done and I cashed in on my Mother's Day massage....couples style with Kaycee. :) , then dinner at the Gecko Grill because....duh, we're in Gilbert! Sophia picked up all kinds of teeny bopper behaviors from Bree. I swear she's aged five years in three days!

Workout: My workout consisted of a 45 minute walk on the TM and Les Mills/Hardcore Abs. Once I got going, I felt like going longer but had too much to do. Popping a Benedryl before bed always leaves me groggy clear through the next morning...I'm a light weight when it comes to meds. I'm suddenly having all kinds of crazy itching...eczema? Super fun.

Tuesday....
Kaycee and the kids drove back to Utah this morning, we're trying not to be sad, but of course we got choked up. For some weird reason, I started missing my mom. Kimball's taking a big test today...I'm so happy he comes home to us every night. Love him! Still missing my Jaxon.

Workout: Today's workout is a 30 minute TM run. One day I'll wake up earlier than this hot AZ sun!

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And now for WIAW...from Peas & Crayons. I share this with you with one eye closed...(does that make it any less worse?) I needed to go to the grocery store and we still had some staycation food in the house. LOL. I'll do better tomorrow. Promise. :)
I present to you...Tuesday's eats. Breakfast: 2 small pancakes with sugar free syrup, no butter, orange juice. Lunch: handful of Doritos (and I wondered why I felt so tired)!! Snack: 2 Red Vines Dinner: Wendy's baked potato plain, w/ garden side salad & ranch.
Questions:
Do you like Brussels sprouts?
Do you know any adoptive families that have had a sad outcome? 
How often do you splurge on pedi's or massages?

xo,