Well howdy doody my little snickerdoodles!
How was your week? Bananas in pajamas? Smooth sailin?
Well, whether it was easy peasy or was mega stinky, you’ve arrived at your weekend in one piece.
How was our week?
Ah, well, between our continued teething and subsequent low grade fevers, refusal of solids and bottles and sippy cups, AND six month vaccinations, it’s been a little on the rocky side.
Momma was in need of an adult beverage by Thursday evening, especially after little McNugget decided to transform from my little sleeping angel boy into a bellowing banshee from 2:30-4:30 a.m. Thursday.
Not cool, son, not cool.
Alas, did I pitty party and stay in my pajamas snooze all day Thursday?
Nope. I sipped a little pumpkin spice coffee, threw on my workout clothes for a 20-minute strength+cardio session, and thanked my Father:
In a world that is all too overcome by negativity and criticism and division, I always start my day off with positivity and gratitude.
I’m thankful to have this body that can nourish and comfort my son, that can run for miles, that can do the inclining/declining monkey bars, that can encourage and inspire others to seek better versions of themselves.
So how about you? Maybe your workouts or food choices weren’t the best this week. Maybe things at work or with your family were a little off, a little overwhelming, a little disappointing.
Well, today is a new day. A new week is ahead of you. Starting right now, not tomorrow or Monday, focus on what is going well in your life, what God is blessing you with at this moment.
Then, keeping that in mind, move forward with your day remembering you have been given this one life and this one body to do good. Taking care of yourself is crucial to helping that body be its best.
Here’s the ways I did my body some good this past week. No matter what, I made sure I at least got in a little walking every day. I didn’t always make it to the gym, but I made a point to move daily.
I think we could all agree that’s a solid goal for all of us. Agreed?
So take a gander at my workouts and do some good for your body TODAY!
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In no way, shape, or form am I sorry to see September go.
I’ve recently discovered September is my LEAST favorite of the 12 months.
Why this extreme distaste?
Well, in Texas, the oppressive heat settles in during July. Okay, no problem. It’s July. I can handle some days in the 100s.
Then August rolls around. The “I start sweating the second I walk outside” heat lingers day and night, but I can put up with it a little longer.
And now September stomps on in. After 6 weeks of 95-105 temperatures, I’m kinda ready for a break, but NOOOOOOOO. It’s a FULL month of heat, humidity, and, the greatest laugh of all, the official start of fall.
When the calendar says it’s fall and football season is upon us, I would thoroughly appreciate a little less humidity and at least some cooler nights and mornings.
Is that so much to ask for?!?!
Despite all this whiny pants complaining, my little autumnal heart is pitter-pattering with glee that it is now October, and therefore a step closer to cold weather and the holiday trifecta.
So what has been great about the past month? In addition to more and more joy from my little nugget, I’d say these next few items were pretty good stuff. Just a few beauty products, reads, snacks, and, of course, workout tunes that have made the past month all the more tolerable.
Check em out for yourself, and hopefully they’ll bring a lil joy to you, too!
As a Southerner, I love love love casseroles.
From Thanksgiving’s mandatory Green Bean Casserole (of course with Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom) to Christmas morning’s sausage, egg, and cheese casserole to my mom’s weeknight wonder, Chicken and Dressing Casserole, food just seems better when thrown into a large dish and baked for 30+ minutes.
To me, it’s comfort food.
Not to mention they’re often crowd, freezer, budget, and make-ahead friendly.
Even before my little McNugget came into the world this spring, I was a HUGE fan of prepping a casserole on the weekend to reheat throughout the workweek for a quick, lazy dinner.
For those of y’all who haven’t experienced what it’s like to convince 70 small people to sit still and read and write and be quiet for 8 hours a day, believe me when I tell you that you wouldn’t wanna come home and cook after a day like that.
Casseroles=busy weeknight saviors.
Which is why I’ve whipped up another one for y’all.
And I just might have outdone myself on this one.
It takes all the aspects of a beloved burger experience- smoky barbeque sauce, savory sautéed mushrooms and onions, crispy bacon, rich umami of beef- and takes all of the sweaty grilling out of the equation.
Yup, I’ve got a burger casserole that is 100% Paleo, Whole 30, low-carb and will ROCK YOUR FAMILY’S WORLD!
This is going to become a regular in your household.
I pinky promise.
As a Texan, I’m no stranger to the heat.
It’s hot in the summer.
It’s hot at Christmas.
It’s hot at night.
And, of course, it’s hot throughout 98% of the fall.
On top of all that, Texans love heat on their plates.
So, instead of fighting the natural tendencies of both the local environment and culture, I’m embracing them with my first pumpkin recipe of the season:
A spicy pumpkin protein shake!
Consider the forbidden love story…a rich, spiced mug of Mexican hot chocolate meets an icy, smooth pumpkin milkshake…
Y’all, it’s a match made in heaven.
Sweet. Spicy. Chocolaty. Creamy.
Hopefully, I’ve officially caught your attention…
Happy First Weekend of Fall!!!!
That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling since our tease of fall weather we received a few weeks ago…alas, now that it’s actually fall we’re back to sweaty, humid, there’s-no-way-I’m-wearing-real-clothes-or-blow-drying-my-hair-because-it’s-too-hot-again weather.
Screened porches. Mums. Fairytale Pumpkins. Corduroys. Sweaters. Boots. Nightmare Before Christmas. PSLs…hopefully we can all play soon once the weather is a bit more cooperative.
Though let’s be real, have I started decorating my house for Halloween? Maybe…
I just can’t help myself!
What else has been rocking my world this week? Um, my kid turned 6 months old. Along with 2 bottom teeth and playing with sippy cups and the grand introduction of solids, it’s been a pretty monumental week.
On top of that, I hit a new PR with unbroken pull-ups…6 straight-ish pullups without a break! Y’all, I couldn’t even pull that off before I was pregnant and rockin sculpted abs and such.
So, to all y’all that wanna use this job description of parent as an excuse to not be healthy, I challenge you to really reconsider that one.
Yes, we’re all busy.
Yes, we’re all tired.
Yes, we’d all love to just sit on the couch, watch Parenthood, sip on some Prosecco and eat guacamole (okay, I’ve just described MY perfect evening…come on over if that sounds fun to you)
But, as a parent, we OWE it to our kiddos to be strong, to be fit, to be energetic. They deserve parents who can not only keep up with them but can take them on.
As parents, we MUST take care of ourselves. That means getting the sleep we need. Eating the foods that make us feel like kickin butt. Drinking plenty of water. And moving in a way that brings us joy and does our bodies good.
For me, that includes an array of strength, cardio, functional training (which I teach…Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00-12:30 at the Corsicana YMCA…email or comment if you want a free pass!), and loads of walking.
Want all the details of this week’s #squishpacktosixpack journey? Check it out!
Growing up in east Tennessee, Indian food wasn’t something that we frequently enjoyed.
I can remember one restaurant, The Sitar, that advertised an extensive lunch buffet that my father always enthusiastically suggested when it came time for a family dinner night. And yes, it's still open today if you want to check it out.
Alas, it never received enough votes to make the cut.
I’m pretty sure it took me until college to venture into the world of Indian food. While not every dish is my jam, I’ve found enough items that I can maneuver through an Indian menu with confidence.
Curry is one of my go-to dishes. Especially a red curry.
A beautiful blend of lemongrass, shallot, ginger, tomato paste, cumin, coriander, and chilis, this dish is salty and sweet and slightly spicy.
I finally decided I’d start experimenting with my own version, testing it on Mr. Waffle House for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (on Valentine’s Day mind you) and HE LOVED IT!
Like bowl empty in under 6 minutes loved it.
Today’s the day to take on this stupidly simple curry.
It's one of those throw raw food in a slow cooker, turn it on, and walk away meals.
Let’s get to it!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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