10 Things from 10 Days

Today is the 10th day of the 10 Day Gutbliss Detox that D and I are doing.  With how crazy work is right now for both of us, and the winter weather kicking in, meals haven’t gone quite as well as we had hoped, but I can tell you that we are feeling a TON better, and both of us have shed some “bloat” weight these past 10 days.  I have dropped about 7lbs, and D had already dropped 7lbs by day 5 (men!!).  We are both eating more now that we were, and feeling pretty good, too!  I am looking forward to adding foods back in and figuring out what exactly was the cause of the many issues I had been having, and that D had been having.  I’m thinking mine was gluten, and his might be dairy.  We will find out!  Adding gluten back tomorrow and will see what happens.

 

A quick 10 day recap for you…

 

10 Things from 10 Days of Gutbliss

 

  1. Wow.  Need lots of water with lots of fiber.
  2. Green juice in the morning works just as well as a pre-workout or coffee. I have had enough energy in the mornings (even with crappy sleep) to push myself hard in the gym.
  3. When you add ground flax seed and psyllium husk to smoothies, you don’t need protein powder or dairy elements to make you feel full.
  4. My PMS symptoms improved *exponentially*
  5. My skin is actually more clear. Attribute to added water or the mainly plant based diet?
  6. I miss cheese.
  7. I can eat more calories and lose weight if I’m eating the right calories. I’ve averaged about 2,000 calories a day on intake, versus the 1,600 I was having before (and not eating back workout calories).
  8. Apparently all rice is not gluten free… Only brown rice.
  9. I haven’t had a headache in 10 days!
  10. When I have a craving, eat it – just make it work. Example:  Turkey Burgers with guacamole and caramelized onions on sweet potato “buns” when craving a huge burger.
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#SoberSeptember

I made the decision at the end of August that I would be taking part in a Sober September.  Actually, I didn’t know there was such as thing as Sober September until after I had already started.  Color me surprised.  Now I have a name for it.

Anyone that knows me knows I enjoy my adult beverages.  Turns out, I was drinking at home, “socially” next to my husband on the couch on weekends, as well.  Not saying that this is a particularly bad thing, but when push came to shove, I was overindulging in the beverages of the alcoholic sort more times than not.  I do/did have my “rules” about drinking, though.  I wouldn’t drink more than 2 drinks when Mini Me was either awake with me, or any drinks if I was home with her alone.  There was no way I could take the chance that she would need me and have to see me intoxicated.  As I thought more about it, I realized that I was self-medicating myself, trying to escape from problems I had.  While drinking provided that escape for me, it also wasn’t helping to make things better… Especially the day after.  And the health implications were huge – extra calories spent on “empty” beverages and reduced fat loss.  And the stupid decisions while drinking… We won’t go into detail there.Picture2

Embarking on this journey, even just 9 days into it, hasn’t been the easiest thing to do.  September has always been a busy month of celebrations – Labor Day, husband’s and mother-in-law’s birthdays (they share a birthday), best friend’s birthday, Mini Me’s birthday, and our Anniversary.  This will not be an easy feat for me, and has already required some major changes in how I think about my weekends now.  For instance, instead of going out Labor Day weekend (heat and working a wedding being a contributing factor), D and I got a 1000 piece puzzle.  Yep, totally was nerding it up this weekend.  And you know what??  Waking up not hung-over or sluggish was fantastic! Plus, Mini Me got to help a little bit… That is, until she started mixing the pieces together in the bowl like they were popcorn.

What do I expect from this experience?

  1. There are things other than drinking that I can be doing on weekends. Come on now, I am a “grown-up” and need to start acting like one.
  2. Waist line reductions. Granted, I have been working out and focusing my eating, but now without drinking to get in the way, I anticipate that I will have better successes with losing inches than I did over the past few months.
  3. I will improve my relationship with alcohol. I need to start thinking about alcohol as something that is nice to have every once in a while, in limited amounts.  It is an addicting beverage, and should not be used to binge on, but enjoyed with a nice dinner, desert, or celebration.
  4. Prove to myself that I can have just as much fun sans my favorite drinks as I can with. Alcohol has always improved my confidence and made me feel like I fit in better.  I am sure that many of you can relate.  What I need to do is occasionally just let go without the alcohol and have fun.  Prove to myself that I am the same person, just with a bit more control over my actions.

If I feel I didn’t accomplish my expectations, I will launch into a second month of no drinking, also known as Ocsober.  Getting my mind on the right path is the most important part of a healthy lifestyle, one I know I have struggled with for quite some time now. Some people may not agree with this, and I will challenged many times over the course of the month, possibly months, but I need to do this for me.

Would you consider a Sober September?  What about an Ocsober?

You are on a diet?

One of my most despised words is “diet” or “dieting”.  Why?  Because it means you are depriving yourself of something.  You are making it about not being able to get what you want.

There are times when I meet people, or am talking to friends, that I just want to blurt out pieces of knowledge, but I know not everyone will believe, accept, or understand things that I am saying.  I have been on a journey for a healthy lifestyle for a few years now.  Along the way, I have learned a few things…

  1.  Start off front-loading your calories. This will keep your energy levels up throughout the day, and eliminate making your night time meal (your most inactive time of day) your largest.
  2. Don’t deprive yourself of something. If you want to have something, have a little bit of it.  If you have more than a little bit, ok.  Just remind yourself that next time you will do better and have just a few bites.
  3. You won’t always be losing. Sometimes you might gain, sometimes you might maintain.  It all happens with a typical weight loss journey and healthy lifestyle change.
  4. Exercise. Find something you like and do it.  Don’t force yourself to do something that you don’t like or you will find yourself making excuses not to do it. Instead, pick up an old hobby, find a sport to play, or experiment with different types of exercises to find what works for you.  If you want to workout at home, great!  Beachbody programs are awesome for a variety (especially if you do the On Demand that was recently launched).  If you like to play baseball, find a league.  If you hate running, don’t do it.  Just do what works for you.
  5. Try not to compare yourself to others. Sure you might have a goal physique, but try not to look around you and compare yourself to other people you see who seem to be perfect.  Remember, they most likely work just as hard for how they look as you are working.
  6. Keep that light at the end of the tunnel. There are days that I just want to quit because I feel I will never get to where I want to be.  The truth is, that you will never be able to stop what you are doing if you want to maintain the healthy life.  You will need to continue to work and eat right, which is why it is important to remember #4.
  7. Surround yourself with like-minded people. These people can come in many forms – meeting new friends on a sports league, finding that a colleague has the same goals, meeting people from a gym, chatting up a neighbor, and even finding true friendship with people on fitness websites like myfitnesspal.com or bodybuilding.com.  You will have moments that you want to quit or need advice.  These individuals will help you.
  8. Never be afraid to try something new and challenge yourself.  Try that new recipe.  Take a run thru the mud and climb walls.  You might find something new that you really enjoy.
  9. Eat protein and fats. Changing your lifestyle isn’t about eating just vegetables and fruit, rice cakes, and low fat foods.  Eat that beef.  Have that egg.  Eat that cheese.  Get these healthy fats and proteins into your diet – you will feel like you are more satisfied and full than if you just ate “diet” foods.
  10. Changing your lifestyle isn’t expensive. So many times I hear people around me complain that buying healthy foods is so expensive.  Think about it… How much do you spend on take out?  How much do you spend on bags of chips?  I usually spend about $30 per person for a week of home cooked meals (all meals).  If I had more time and was able to make some of the things my family enjoys from scratch – like protein bars, healthy muffins, and fruit salads – it would be even less.
  11. Water. This is one that I consistently struggle with.  Its not that I am drinking other liquids, but merely get so wrapped up in what I am doing that I forget to drink it.  The USDA standard is 8 cups of water a day.  Honestly, this isn’t really enough for most adults, especially if you are exercising.  The rule of thumb that I have consistently heard is 0.5-1 ounce of water for every pound that you weigh.  It seems like a lot, but you will find that your body starts to crave it if you aren’t drinking enough.
  12. Ladies – don’t be afraid to lift weights! I’ve heard numerous girl friends who are cardio bunnies (or don’t even workout) say that they don’t want to get bigger by lifting weights.  I could slam my head against a wall.  I wish I could show them the picture of 1lb of fat vs 1lb of muscle and have them see how that isn’t true.  You will not get larger, you will get thinner and have a better shape.  Not all women are bikini models and fitness competitors, but if you want to get rid of your love handles and your thunder thighs… Weights are the way to go, especially when combined with some cardio.
  13. Eat often. Make sure you don’t let yourself get too hungry.  Learn to recognize the signs of your hunger.  I usually eat about 5-6 times a day.  It is almost a running joke around the office that people always see me with food.  So what… let them laugh.  I know that my body functions best like this.
  14. Weigh, measure, and log. Get a cheap scale from the store or from Amazon.com. I’m sure you already have measuring cups.  You do this, and you are forced to be honest with how much you eat.
  15. Eat the right amount of calories. Whether you are just starting out and going with what a fitness site like myfitnesspal.com tells you to do, or you are more involved and eat to your macros (check out this calculator at Scooby’s Workshop), be sure that you are eating enough.  I’ve followed numerous programs that have had me on an extremely restrictive calorie count and I can tell you that it never lasts long.  I give up, and end up eating way more than I should or “sneak” things into my day just so I can feel satisfied.
  16. Sleep!  Getting the right amount of sleep is imperative for your body to be able to function properly.  Most adults need between 6-8 hours of sleep a night.  If you feel like you are always waking up tired, go to bed around 30 minutes earlier or get up 30 minutes earlier.  You are most likely waking up in the middle of a REM/deep sleep cycle and your body will feel more tired than usual.  Adjusting your sleep will help you wake up when your body is in a light sleep cycle and you will feel well rested.
  17. Set Goals. I’m not just talking about the end goal, because…DUH… We all have them.  Set mini goals.  Whether it is to be able to fit into that dress that is a size smaller, or to stick to your workout program for a week (sometimes that’s a huge win).  Set them.  Reward yourself or pat yourself on the back when you do.  Brag about it.  If other people around you are truly supportive they will be happy and proud of you.
  18. Be proud of yourself. Seriously!  Be proud of yourself – you’ve made the decision to get healthy, not just diet.  That is a huge step.  You are in this for the long haul.  Smile, and be proud of yourself.

Being healthy isn’t just about dieting, it’s about changing your life.  If you are interested in learning more about some of the programs I have done or some of the nutrition that has worked for me, please let me know! I would love to help you on your journey.

Miss me??

As many of you are aware, I have been on radio silence for a while here.  Life got busy, and a few things needed to change.  While I’m still working on some of those changes, one of the changes I have implemented in my life is putting health and fitness back into importance in my life by becoming a Beachbody Coach!  I’m very excited about this opportunity.  I have found that health and fitness has become such a huge passion in my life in the past few years – whether it is thru food, thru exercise, or just by searching out the whys and hows of what the body is doing.

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If you would have asked me when I was growing up if I thought I would be someone that is energized by health and fitness I would have laughed and scarfed down a cheeseburger in your face.  I suppose that is what got me to where I am.  It isn’t that I wasn’t active when I was younger… I played volleyball for 10 years, year-round between Club and School teams.  It is just that I wasn’t motivated by it.  Do I hate working out some days?  Yep.  Do I always eat healthy??  Hahaha… Nope.  Do I strive to make myself better?  You better believe it.

I know I will never be perfect.  I know I am just a person.  I also know that I have a voice, that I am a people person, and that I like to have fun and help others.  This is why being a Beachbody Coach is such a huge opportunity for me.  Not only will it hold me accountable with my own endeavors, but I can finally use some of what I know to help others.  In turn, I hope we all find our passion and our happy.

Does that mean that this blog will be purely about Beachbody from now on?  Nope!  I will get back into recipe creation, ramblings, and other nonsense that you have gotten used to from me… Or missed… or maybe none of that… BUT, I will make a commitment to drop in, speak my mind a few times a week, and have something tasty for you every once in a while.

Now… How the heck have you all been???

Oh… And I would be doing a disservice to myself if I didn’t throw this out there… If you are interested in learning more about Beachbody programs, nutrition, or have questions please feel free to contact me or browse my store!

www.beachbodycoach.com/funinfitnesschicago

https://www.facebook.com/FunFitnesswithKate

Signs Signs, Everywhere a Sign

I spent a good portion of this weekend strategizing my next moves in terms of my lifestyle change, and what steps would help me get to my goal size (notice, I am not saying weight).  After chatting with a friend (Yass, blogger at www.yass4fitness.com) about my current issues with progress and workouts, he brought up the idea of online personal training.  He had just signed up for a program, had done programs previously, and thought it might be something that would work well for me.  This idea appealed to me almost immediately because I truly believe that I am at that point in my journey that I need personalized assistance with my workouts and my nutrition.  Since I am no longer a member of a gym, I wasn’t sure how to go about doing that.  Also, having very heavy time constraints, I was hesitant about finding a free-standing personal trainer.  I do know quite a few amazing ones in the area (shout outs to Kelly, Carla, and the rest of the staff at Reality Fitness in Naperville, IL), but am not able to carve out the time to see them.

It is funny how life sends you signs, though.  While I was hemming and hawing over the idea of an online personal trainer, one miraculously started following me on Instagram.  Not sure where he came from or why he started following me, but I did take it as a sign.  Enter, Matt James Fitness.  I took a look at some of his transformations, his story, and what he offered.  I was sold almost immediately.  I decided to sign up for his 12 Week Transformation package.  It offered everything I was looking for – nutritional guidance, workout assistance using the equipment I have, and also incorporated My Fitness Pal.  I signed up, filled out the health and wellness questionnaire associated, and am now anxiously awaiting what he sees as working for me.

I am looking forward to working with him, and can’t wait to see what he has in store for me!

The end… And…SUSHI!

Yesterday I made the tough decision to end my adventure into the world of my second Whole30. I had decided at the beginning of this year that my healthy lifestyle was going to be something I enjoyed and not despised. While I agree with the principles of the Whole30, I do not want to deprive myself of some of my favorite foods because they don’t fit into a bucket created by someone. It did give me a chance to be able to refocus my nutrition on healthy and natural sources of foods, remind me that most of my foods at meals should be vegetables, and that I need to be mindful of the other “crap” that I consume. However, I need to be able to enjoy things like sushi and the occasional beverage. So, back to my norm – eat what I enjoy, in moderation, and find new ways to serve healthy foods to my family.

Now, back to sushi…  Mmm… Sushi.  We ordered takeout from our favorite sushi place last night for dinner, Aodake.  Fantastic place, three locations in the Chicagoland area now. Woo!  The two below are my favorites.

Baked scallop, crab, shrimp and cream sauce
Baked scallop, crab, shrimp and cream sauce
Spicy salmon, avocado, cucumber in soy paper, with assortment of fresh fish, tobiko on top (12pc)
Spicy salmon, avocado, cucumber in soy paper, with assortment of fresh fish, tobiko on top (12pc)

The dynamite roll is AMAZING!!!  And the perfect rainbow is, well, perfect!  Anyone I have introduced to these two rolls love them, and I have not been able to find anything like them at any other sushi place.  Now, if they could somehow come up with a frequent diners card my life would be complete!

I start working out again tomorrow.  After hurting my knee last Sunday during goblet squats, I gave it a rest week.  I can’t wait! I feel like I’ve gotten soft this week even though I have been eating very well.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday!

Who got me a stripper??

It has been a busy week and a half for me!  Just about two weeks ago I got to help one of my best friends celebrate her 30th birthday with an amazing party at a local bar.  I donated a hotel room to the cause, which was the site of a little girl bonding time while we were getting ready and an after party.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a party that I was at (or hosting) unless there was a random pop-in by the police.  IMG_7651No… We weren’t that awful!  I am in my 30s… I am somewhat respectful (shush).  The people a few rooms down weren’t all that respectful, though, and filled the hall with some very rank weed smoke.  Blech!  The cops heard our music, stopped by, and of course I made friends with them.  Sometimes, making a police officer laugh (in this case five police officers laugh) is enough for me.  Brings me back to my birthday when my cousin, Sarah, and I moved into together when I was right out of college.  We were pre-gamming prior to going out to the bar when there was a pounding on the apartment door.  Me, being me, got up to answer the door and on the way to the door says loudly… “Which one of you guys got me a cop stripper???”  I open the door, and who else would be standing there but  a police man.  I don’t know whose face was more red… Mine or his.  Turns out he was looking for the previous resident.  Good laughs all around for that one.

The Monday after my friend’s birthday I started the Whole30 again.  I did this downloadonce before a few years back to help get my body rid of toxins and launched into a year of paleo eating.  I have pretty much eaten clean since, taking learning’s of my paleo stint into my cooking, but felt the need to get my system clean of hormones and toxins.  I’m now a week and a half into it and feel pretty good.  Not going to lie… The first few days were hell… My body wanted SUGAR!!!!  I stayed strong and maintained composure (sorry to my coworkers if I was snappy last week).

Last night I wanted to do something different for dinner.  I was doing just meats or eggs and veggies for dinners and lunches since I was low on time, but last night I felt inspired.  I had a leftover cooked acorn squash from the previous night that I wanted to use for D and I, and I wanted to stuff it.  One of my favorite acorn squash recipes is a turkey stuffed acorn squash with rice and butter and cheese… Well, three of those things are not allowed on the Whole30, so I got to brainstorming, and this is what I came up with.

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Creamy Cauliflower and Zucchini Rice

Ingredients

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  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2T bacon fat
  • 1 cup coconut milk (canned, light or full fat)
  • 1T nutritional yeast
  • 1t sea salt
  • 1t black pepper
  • 1t herbes de provence

Directions

  1. Prepare food processor with the shredding blade attached.

2.  Slice cauliflower so that it fits in your food processor funnel, and go to town. Mini Me enjoyed helping me with this.  She was the official button-presser.

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3.  Once all of your cauliflower is “riced”, pour into a bowl and set aside. Cut the ends off the zucchini, and shred away!  Pour into a bowl and set aside.

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4.  Repeat shredding process one last time with the onion and garlic cloves.

5.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2T of bacon fat until melted.

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6.  Pour in onion and garlic combination and sauté for a few minutes (until fragrant).

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7.  Add coconut milk, cauliflower, zucchini, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and herbes de provence. Stir to combine, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 12-15 minutes stirring occasionally.

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This cauliflower rice can be used alone as a side, topped with a meat, over easy eggs (yummy breakfast this morning), or as a stuffing for various other vegetables.  Hope you enjoy as much as we all did!!

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Makes around 6 large servings.

Cal – 145, Fat – 9g, Carb – 15g, Protein – 5g

No, Mommy… You can’t go run. I want pancakes.

Sunday morning.  The first morning in a week that the temperatures have been over 20 degrees.  This means… RUNNING!!!  I’ve been waiting for this morning for a week.  The arctic temps here in Chi town have been insane.  Time for them to move on and make someone else miserable (sorry if you are that someone else).

Going to bed last night, I triple checked to be sure I had my alarm set so that I could wake up and get a run in around 7am.  I wasn’t planning a long run, just a quick 30 minutes out getting some fresh air, shoes to the pavement, enjoying the “me” time.  Alarm went off, I got up, slowly started getting myself to wake up enough for my brain to tell my feet to move one in front of the other, and suddenly I hear…”MOOOOOMMMMMMMYYYYYYY!!!!!  MOMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYY!!!” coming from the room next to mine.  Mini Me was awake.  I suppose I can’t really complain when she sleeps 12 hours, but darn it… I wanted to be out the door when she woke up.  I go in, give her wake-up snuggles, and asks if she wants to hang out with me while I finish getting dressed for my run.  She looks at me all innocent and says, “No, Mommy.  You can’t go run.  I want pancakes.”  I explained to her that she can get up, have some milk and a banana while I was running and when I got back I would make her pancakes.  Told her I would be gone for 45 minutes, max.  She seemed ok with this rationale.

I finished getting dressed, getting my new ear buds in (thanks to my bro-in-law) and my runner’s pepper spray (thanks to D and mom-in-law… we have coyotes around here), and get to moving.  Finished my run at a pretty good pace, and entered the kitchen, knowing that Mini Me was probably getting hangry at this time.  If you don’t already know this, a hangry three year old is no good.  I am pretty sure that is how wars start.

Enter… Pancakes.  Now, as a quick reminder, Mini Me is allergic to eggs, milk, peanuts, fish, and shellfish.  Baking is constantly difficult, and breakfast foods are one of the most difficult things to work around.  But a few years back, I was lucky enough to stumble across a Banana Oatmeal Pancake recipe from the Colourful Palate.  These have been a lifesaver for me!  I did alter the recipe slightly from theirs, making them less gummy and a bit more toddler approved.

Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients:

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  • 1.5 cups quick cooking oats
  • 0.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • Mini Chocolate Chips (mine are allergy free)
  • Canola Oil Spray or Coconut Oil (for pan prep)

Directions

  1. IMG_7342Blend all ingredients until combined, except bananas and chocolate chips.
  2. Add bananas and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour batter onto a hot skillet or griddle prepared with spray or coconut oil (I use my electric skillet because I can fit more), and sprinkle chocolate chips onto the pancakes as desired.  Wait until bubbles form in the center of the pancakes and flip to finish.

Recipe will make around 12-15 medium sized pancakes.

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After all was said and done, Mini got her pancakes.

BONUS – these refrigerate and reheat really well for quick grab and go breakfasts during the week!

Pepperoni…what??

It’s Friday, it’s Friday, it’s Friday!! Now imagine me doing a little dance while singing that (off tune, most likely). It has been a week of ups and downs. A week of refocusing on nutrition and exercise. A week of nose-to-the grind working in the office. But… It’s FRIDAY!!

Friday’s used to mean ordering takeout sushi with D, and waiting until Mini Me went to bed so we could eat our sushi in peace and watch a movie. There was generally overindulging in food (yum sushi) and sometimes alcohol. Over the past few weeks I realized that things I was doing in the past have not been helping me reach my weight loss goals. I’ve been diligent on hitting my macros this week, inspired by my friend, Austin, and have reaped the reward… A 4.2lb weight loss this morning! Wooo!

As a mini celebration and a treat to myself, I wanted to have a munchie while watching a movie tonight. My macros didn’t allow for my second favorite food today, either… Popcorn. So I set off in search of something flavorful and crunchy (yes I had veggies today) to munch on while relaxing.

Enter… Pepperoni Chips! These little want to be chips are packed with protein and have little to no carbs. They do have a bit of sodium, so remember to keep drinking your water!!

Pepperoni Chips

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Ingredients:

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Directions:

1. Slice pepperoni thinly, or buy precut slices.

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2. Layer a paper towel or two on a plate to absorb any grease. Lay slices of pepperoni on the paper towel covered plate and cover with another paper towel to help minimize any splatters.

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3. Microwave a large plate of slices for 3-4 minutes, or until the centers don’t feel rubbery. Blot extra grease from the top by lightly pressing on the top paper towel.

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Note: my pepperoni didn’t completely crisp up until about 5 minutes after removed from the microwave.

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Now, sit…enjoy…and let’s start our movie!

Go home Mother Nature… You’re Drunk

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Brrrr…. This extreme winter weather is about killing me!  Woke up this morning to -9 degrees with a feels-like temperature of -28.  That’s in Fahrenheit to all my international, folks.  IMG_7220  Not even kidding.  Right now, it is actually warmer in Antarctica than it is Chicago.  It’s a nice 29 degrees Fahrenheit there.  See ya later folks, I’m moving to Antarctica.  Go home, Mother Nature… You’re Drunk.

The temperatures are more than just cold, they are draining.  I used to be able to get outside for a run in the mornings, but when it is this cold (anything lower than 15 degrees I don’t run outside) I don’t even bother – too dangerous for me.  No outside run, means no fresh air, no Vitamin D, no energy.  I’ve been supplementing with my ½ bottles of 5 hour energy pre-workouts, a nice little shot of espresso after my workouts, and a mug of coffee on the way into work.  This is probably waaaaayyyy too much caffeine, but I’m dragging.

Because I’m dragging, and it’s the first full week back to work, I wanted to have some easy meals to be able to fix for us.  The GIANT batch of soup I made this weekend helped with warming me up throughout the week, and Mini Me loves eating soup, but sometimes you just want a little something different.  Different, yet easy.  Enter cobb salad.  To me, it feels a little more like summer when I eat salads.  Don’t ask me why, but cheers me up a bit.  I’m funny like that, I know.

Easy Cobb Salad for Two

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Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces romaine mix (one bag, I used Dole)
  • 2 hardboiled eggs, chopped (I cheated, bought precooked and peeled eggs from Eggland’s Best)
  • 1 ounce blue cheese, crumbled
  • ½ avocado, about three ounces
  • 4 ounces ham, chopped (cheated again, bought the pre chopped stuff)
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons ranch dressing (I like Walden Farms)

Feel free to add other ingredients for your tastes or macros!

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Directions:

Prepare all ingredients.

This took me about two minutes.  I split the bag of lettuce between two bowls.  I used a fancy egg masher (like the one in this little set – Multi Function Kitchen Tool) and easily mashed my eggs.  Measured and crumbled my block of blue cheese (less expensive than the already crumbled cheese).  Sliced my avocado and weighed it to be sure I was getting the right amounts.  I was a little over, so I let Mini snack on some pieces – she loves it and I really can’t blame her.  Weighed and split the ham between the two bowls (chicken would be a good addition for extra protein, too).  Used my kitchen sheers to cut my green onion directly into the salad bowls.   Measured and poured my dressing into the bowls.

Viola!  Yummy salad done and in a hurry.

Sure – I could have done something fancy or taken the time to prep all of the ingredients myself, but if it’s healthy, yummy, and makes us all happy and think of summer (ok maybe that is just me), why not?

Enjoy!