Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Digging out... and not just from the snow!

Good morning lovelies. I hope you're all recovered after Superbowl Sunday - Aaron and I planned ahead and took Monday off. Good thing too, because the weather was sh*t with another foot of snow falling and as such, we spent most of the day napping on the couch... well, until we had to shovel.

I still can't believe the Pats won that game... one heck of an ending, that is for sure. It was a battle to the very end - which I guess that's what it should be in the Superbowl, right?

I don't know about you guys, but ate my fair share of crappy food (but it tasted so good!) and drank my fair share of caloric beverages during the game. Cheese & crackers with pepperoni, mini hot dogs, pizza... I went in knowing that the rest of February was going to be the start of something new - less dining out and more working out.

Instead of eating leftovers or takeout yesterday, I popped some steak tips into the crockpot and made some "fakeout" Chinese Beef & Broccoli over steamed brown rice - it was really good! Just a few ingredients and some planning ahead to save the waistline - something I need to get better at.

Then it was down to the basement for Day 1 of the 30 Day Shred... or in my case, the 21 day shred because I plan to do 7 days of each level during the month of February. I'm also doing a "Fab Abs February" challenge with my fitness & resolutions group on Facebook - check it out and join me if you're feeling fab! It's not too late to join!


On top of that, I've got a race lined up for a couple of weeks from now. It's really going to just be a baseline for where I am and where I want to go in 2015 as far as my running goals - it's not going to be fast, it's not going to be pretty. But it'll be a really sobering look at how far my fitness level has fallen since the summer and a baseline of where I'm starting.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Ready for the Big Game? Crock Pot Wings Recipe

Hello lovelies! Happy Friday! Are you all geared up and ready for the big game on Sunday? Be honest, are you in it for the football, the food or the commercials? For me, the answer is all of the above.

Throwback to the one and only Pats game I've been to, circa 2008. Yes, I painted my own face. 

Whether or not your team is still in it, there's always the food. Wings. Chips & dip. Cheese & crackers. I love it all - but the wings are where it's at. I stumbled across this recipe from Get Crocked for quick and easy Crock Pot Hot Wings!

1 lb of chicken wings
1 bottle of Frank's Red Hot Sauce (16-24 oz)
1 bottle of Italian Salad Dressing (16-24 oz)
2 T unsalted butter, melted

celery & carrots to garnish
blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping

Broil the wings for 5-10 minutes to add some crispiness - then pop them in the crockpot for 4-6 hours on low, covering them with the Frank's, salad dressing and butter. If you like them extra crispy, pull them out of the sauce just before serving and broil again for 5 minutes. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Winter Storm Juno | Snowbound City!

This is Janine reporting live from Snowbound City... the plow hasn't passed our house since yesterday afternoon and I'm going a little stir crazy. 

Yes, that was the snowbank at the end of the road yesterday afternoon - it's as tall as my car. It's funny how not having the OPTION to leave the house makes me stir crazy even though every single day I work from home and rarely have the opportunity to run out anyway. 

In my opinion, the only positive part of January in NH is that we gain 51 minutes of daylight over the course of the month. January has largely been a bust (aside from the trip to North Myrtle Beach) and I'm looking forward to it ending. I haven't really made progress on my weight loss and 'get back in shape' goals, but I've got a solid plan in place to change that in February (once we've finished digging out). The plan includes a combination of workout classes scheduled into my work day and a half marathon training plan to get me on track for Newport. We'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Take Me to Myrtle...

I need to move. Seriously. I know I've said it for ages, but this past weekend's neighborhood-scouting trip to Myrtle Beach cemented it for me. I'm just not meant to live here in New Hampshire.

I'm meant to live somewhere where I can walk on the beach daily, even if it is after work. Seriously, I'd be in much better shape - Aaron and I walked 9 miles on Monday!

Somewhere where I can play a quick 9 holes of golf on a whim and not pay a fortune so that the grounds of the course can be kept in half-way decent condition because of the damage done by harsh New England winters.

Somewhere I can be outside in a t-shirt in January and not get frostbite. Though the guy behind me in this picture probably thought I was insane for being in a t-shirt, but whatever, it was 58* in January!

Take me to Myrtle.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

eMeals: Meal Planning Made Simple - and cheap!

Note: This is a sponsored post. I am an eMeals affiliate and as such, I receive a complimentary annual subscription to eMeals meal planning service. That said, I really am watching football and my house smells delicious thanks to the crockpot full of chili made from an eMeals recipe. 

Who's ready for some FOOTBALL?! I sure am - I've been looking forward to this game all week. We've got some friends dropping by to watch with us and I've got the chili going in the crockpot, courtesy of eMeals and the chili recipe they sent me earlier this week! I know you’ve heard me talk about eMeals before, but their new Budget Friendly meal plan is pretty awesome so I wanted to mention it again - and since it's a new year and I'm trying to eat at home more, what better time to share with you!?!

photo credit: eMeals
Smokey Chili
1 lb ground beef
1 (9.6-oz) pkg ground pork sausage
1 cup chopped onion
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cups homemade chicken broth
2 (15-oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (15.5-oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz) can corn, drained
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp liquid smoke
Cook ground beef, sausage, onion and bell pepper in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until meat is browned and crumbly; drain. Stir in broth and all remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

The just-introduced "Budget Friendly" plan from eMeals stretches the savings they already provided by helping families put dinner on the table for an average of $85 a week—all without sacrificing flavor, variety, nutrition or the cooperation of picky eaters (like my husband!).
eMeals’ tips for making homemade broths and other “convenience foods” jump-start meals, add flavor and extra savings. And the weekly grocery list saves you time and trips to the grocery store by keeping your pantry well-stocked.
For as little as $5 a month, you get seven menus delivered to your email inbox and the eMeals mobile app every week, along with recipes and a grocery list covering all seven dinners. And if you're like me and trying to save some cash after the holidays, eMeals lets you try before you buy. Simply go to www.emeals.com/meal-plans/budget-friendly, then click “Try Us” to sign up for 14 days ’ worth of Budget Friendly menus and shopping lists for free! What a deal! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Wait, what? Who's this? Yep, it's me...

I know... it's been awhile. Seriously, nearly 4.5 months. The latter half of 2014 was kind of a bust for me fitness/healthwise. My ass has expanded, my pants barely fit (even my "fat" pants), I ended the year with the flu and guys, I just feel gross. And not for nothing, I know exactly why and how.

This fat ass is brought to you by dining out too much, quite a few adult beverages, a lack of movement and a lack of interest. I don't know where my motivation went, but pretty much after Reach the Beach (which I just realized I never even posted about), I was just all set with working out.

I didn't feel like running anymore, an activity that previously brought a bit of calm to my otherwise hectic day. I didn't feel like going to Barre anymore, even though I was so good about going in August... and that's that. It's not that I don't know how. I know exactly what got me here.

But here we are in 2015. 

Sure, call it hokey. Call it contrived. But it's a new year, and I think that my motivation is coming back. Maybe my motivation is fitting into my jeans, or maybe I'm sick of feeling gross. Either way, I'm glad it's back, because frankly, it's about damned time. My goals, at least for the beginning part of 2015 are as follows - eat at home more, work out more, move more. But let's quantify that.

Eating at home at least 4 days a week. That sounds pretty bad when I say it out loud, because that's still dining out 3x a week. That's how bad it's been guys, so this will be good for the waistline and the wallet if it sticks. Meal planning will be crucial here, and I'm all signed up with eMeals again to assist in that regard. More to come on that later.

Working out at least 4x a week. I started a 'couch to half' training plan in preparation for a 10 mile race I'm signed up for, so that will be a start. But I also plan to hit up some classes at my local gym and get my strength training on.

Moving more... well, I just bought a step tracker (the Jawbone Up24, more to come on that later too) and it has already told me to get off my fat ass twice today thanks to my sedentary job and it's 'idle alarm.' My goal is 7500 steps a day at minimum.

What are your goals for the new year? How are you setting yourself up to achieve them? 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Open House at Barre Life NH - featuring Lululemon!

Good afternoon lovelies! What a gorgeous day!!! It's definitely one of those days (again, it feels like fall) that makes me want to go for a hike or something. Instead, I forced myself to get into my workout clothes and took a Bikini Barre class at Barre Life NH before work - such is life when you have to work for a living, you can't just go for a hike whenever you feel like it. Highly overrated.

I've been going to Barre Life NH three times a week for about a month now, as my schedule allows and guys, I'm loving it (which is good, since apparently I'm famous - check out my pic on the front page of the Union Leader below). Britni is great and no two classes have been the same, which keeps it fresh and interesting... and painful (in a good way). My legs felt like jello after this morning's 45 minute class, even after a month. Awesome.

Even though Barre Life NH has been open since June, Britni just announced that their GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION will take place on Wednesday, September 3rd from 4-6pm. Lululemon is coming to the event and putting on a trunk show (you can see the fall line AND buy clothing, so bring your plastic ladies!) and there will be tons of giveaways and discounts to Barre Life NH and other local businesses!

Following the trunk show and barre demonstrations, there will be a full class offered at 6pm - space is limited so if you're interested, be sure to sign up on the website (or through the app).

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