Wild One the Third

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Archive for the month “July, 2012”

July Foodie Penpal Reveal

Happy July Foodie Penpal Reveal to everyone!

Check out the deets about this cool idea over at The Lean Green Bean.

This whole thing is a blast. I have fun getting in touch with the people I’m paired up with to send and receive foodie packages. I have fun buying goodies and putting a box together. I have fun receiving my box of treats! I have fun reading reveal posts and seeing what good stuff was exchanged.

My enthusiasm for foodie penpals was obviously noticeable to Kyle. He signed up to start joining in on the party in August! Ahh I’m so proud of him. He’s helped me out with putting my packages together, and now I’ll be able to help him out with his packages. Yay for fun times!

This month, I was paired up with Dianna, a reader.

I got some good treats:

~ Kettle Style Avocado Oil Potato Chips

~ Vita Coco Coconut Water with peach and mango

~ O.N.E Coconut Water with a splash of mango

~ Think Thin Crunch Bar: Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts

~ Boom Choco Boom: Ricemilk Crunch and Dark Chocolate

~ Stretch Island Fruit Co.: Mango Sunrise

I’m not a big fan of potato chips–I don’t think I even remember what they taste like. These were really good, though. I had to stop myself from eating the whole bad. Yay for avocado oil.

I told Dianna that I love mango and avocado, and she heard me. Winking smile The island fruit mango strip was a bit too leathery for me. I enjoyed the mango taste, though. Coconut and pineapple were two things that I mentioned to Diana as kinda “eh” foods for me. I was surprised at how good the O.N.E Coconut Water was, though. The “splash” of mango masked the taste of coconut and I was able to enjoy the drink. The Vita Coco brand was a little less appealing to my taste buds but having the peach and mango flavor added to it made it significantly more tasty than just plain coconut water. This is the second time I’ve gotten coconut water in a package I’ve received. Foodies like their coconut water!! There must be something wrong with me…I can’t down it to save my life. Oh well, let’s see if I get one next month. Winking smile

The think thin crunch bar was good! I love trying out new bars. They’re a big life saver for me when I’m on the go.

Who doesn’t love chocolate? I loved the ricemilk crunch. It reminded me of a crunch bar. So good. When I received my box, both chocolate bars were all melted. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to try them out but duh, all I had to do was stick them in the freezer. The yumminess stayed intact!

Big thanks to Dianna for my box of goodies.

Make sure to check out what Foodie Penpals is all about. It’s a ton of fun!

Until next month!

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Weekend Recap

Ahh I’m so bummed I missed yesterday’s PowerMeal Week Round 4. Next week, next week. Winking smile

My whole weekend was spent in Mt. Rushmore!Just kidding. I have yet to visit. I’d love to some day, though. This was taken in a museum under the St. Louis Arch–I’m not quite certain about it’s relevance to the arch or St. Louis, though. I’ve been to this museum twice and I never read the history; just take pictures and look at the displays. Open-mouthed smile

So yeah…I got to spend the weekend in the St. Louis/St. Charles area with my brother. I hadn’t seen him in a long time so it was an overdue visit. He apparently turned into a self-proclaimed photographer over the span of time that I had not seen him. His new toy, a Nikon, was on his person the whole time. He recently got it so he’s still been learning how to work it.

Big brother had never seen the St. Louis Arch so that was a must see on his list. We got a little turned upside down heading to it but we got to it around sundown.

It was such a lovely day to visit the arch.I Red heart green!

My brother looked so pro taking shots of the arch with his Nikon.

I always like taking pictures of the arch whenever I go visit. I got some good ones. I’m sure my brother took all the awesome ones, though. Winking smile This one was my favorite. I got some sweet line work going on.
Night time made it interesting to take shots of the arch but this one was pretty cool.

One of my favorite parts about taking trips is the hotel life:  big comfy bed, tons of pillows, free breakfast and pools/hot tubs! I got a chance to hang out in the pool and swim some laps. Cardio, done. Winking smile The hot tub at the hotel was so amazing, though! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a good way to unwind.

It was such a fun and tiring weekend! I got to spend time with my brother, catch up with some friends I hadn’t visited with in forever and visit the arch once again. Good times. These twinsies are super sweet! Red heart

All good things come to an end, though, right? Well, not all the time. Winking smile Back to work and all that fun stuff for now, though.

Tomorrow is the last day of July. Summer, come back!! But you know what that means… it’s July Foodie Penpal Reveal Day! Yay! See you tomorrow for that one.

Anything fun and exciting happen to you this weekend?
Has it been a good Monday thus far?

Oh, America…

It was such a lovely day for baseball yesterday at Busch Stadium. Well, it was kinda hot and a little gross but since it was an evening game so it wasn’t incredibly bad.

Kyle and I only stayed till around the 6th inning. We had a long drive ahead of us and a walmart run to make. Also, it was kinda hot…. The Cards ended up beating the Dodgers 3-2 in the 12th inning.

For anyone who enjoys people watching, being at the ballpark is a nice post for just the occasion. I couldn’t help myself but I was just entranced by a family of five sitting a couple rows ahead of us enjoying the game. Now, before I go on, I know–we all know–that obesity is America’s number one health problem. I know that when you go to the ballpark, most Americans will enjoy a few overpriced beers and franks. I don’t know why, but it still shocks me to see when people who are overweight/obese scarf down the very items that have gotten them where they’re at weight-wise.

Back to this family, every single member was clearly over a healthy weight range. I’ve seen families like this before; it’s nothing new. Sometimes they’ll blame it on genetics or that they are big-boned. More often than not, it’s the lack of exercise and the unwholesome diet they consume that is the problem.

What really struck me was seeing the shape of the youngest member in this group, with the chubbiest of cheeks, chubby hand dimples, round pot belly…it was all there. Relatively speaking, she looked more overweight for her height and age group than a couple older members in the family. Start ’em out young, huh?

Seeing this bothered me so much. Why are you starting her out with this kind of destructive lifestyle at so young an age? I began to think about how it felt like for the little girl to be at her weight when most of her schoolmates are most likely within an appropriate weight range. I could imagine her running out of breath easily out in the playground–or worse, not even having the energy to play.

I continued to watch in disbelief as the girl so sweetly asked her dad for the bag of cotton candy sitting next to him. Without hesitation, he handed her a bag full of sugar and food coloring. The girl happily enjoyed about 2/3 of the bag, licking her fingers and all.

True, but sad story, folks.

I’m not sure why, but observing all this was just too much for me to handle. I honestly don’t know why it stirred up so much in me. It was probably pity. Pity for the poor girl who will probably have some serious health problems if nothing is done to better the quality of her food intake. She’s so young

This whole scenario made me value the effort I put into living a healthy lifestyle. It confirms that this is the best way for me to live my life. I just wish America would realize the importance of eating foods with nutritional value and the great impact exercise could have in one’s life. It would make a huge difference.

Oh, America…

PowerMeal A Week Round 3

It’s Sunday! Time for a dose of PowerMeal A Week! Open-mouthed smile

I’ve seen some awesome recipes from checking out the link ups of recipes on PowerCakes‘ site. Definitely need to try some of them out!

This week I made a turkey sausage and bean chili. I made this once before and I guess it was so good that I got a request to make it again for dinner on Thursday. Winking smile

Side noteDoes anyone else eat turkey sausage? I kinda love turkey sausage now. I originally had been wanting to try chicken sausage and when I couldn’t find it at the grocery store, I settled for turkey sausage. It’s so delish! I have yet to try some chicken sausage, though. I’ll find some and come up with a recipe for it eventually!!

When I originally made this meal, I served it on top of some yummy rice. The rice was complimentary to the chili and it tasted so good. So I’ll include a quick how-to-cook rice in here. This is how my momma taught me! You guys are special… Red heart

I used white rice but since then I bought some brown rice. Use brown rice. Winking smile

Start off by “frying” or browning a cup of rice in a medium saucepan using EVO. Throw in any tomato, onion, garlic, cilantro you may want to use to give the rice flavor. Cilantro is awesome in rice, by the way.

After the rice looks “toasty,” add in anywhere from 1-1/2 C to 1-3/4 C of water. Quickly bring the water to a boil. Stir in salt or any other seasonings like garlic salt.

Lower the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook at a gentle simmer until the water is completely absorbed and the rice is tender. About 10-15 minutes.


Boom. There’s your rice.

You probably want to start working on the rice before starting on the chili.

For the chili, use whatever beans you’d like. I’ve used black, pinto and black eyed peas. I’ve thrown in some garbanzo beans aka chick peas to the mix as well. Having all those varieties of beans makes it easy to mix it up a bit every time you make this dish.

I used this turkey sausage.

Again, delicious.

To start off, cut up slices of the sausage. I used about a little over half a sausage link. I could’ve used more, though! Add in as much sausage as you’d like. Dice some tomatoes and onions. Throw these and the sausage onto a pan heated with EVO and cook for a few minutes.

Then you get crazy with all the beans you decide to put in. I used a cup each of black and black eyed peas in this recent batch. Add in a cup of corn. Stir it all together.

Yum. Now here’s one secret ingredient. Ready for it? Once you see the juices in the pan starting to simmer, add in this baby.

Trust me on this one. Winking smile I used 1/2 C of it according to my taste preference. Use as little or as much as you’d like. Stir in some garlic salt along with it. Let it simmer on low until it’s time to serve it!

Check out this end product. It’s sooo good, I’m telling ya!

This is what my plate looked when I first prepared this meal with rice.

Yeah, yummy.

This is a pretty simple and quick meal to make. The chili takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. Try it out for sure and don’t forget that secret ingredient. You can thank me later. Winking smile

Happy Prepping-Your-Meals-for-the-Week Sunday!

I Am Unbreakable

CrossFit Women nailed it. This is an awesome piece that provides me with motivation to keep kicking but living the healthiest lifestyle I can possibly live. It gives me an incentive to even step up my game. It’s a good way to start the weekend–start it off strong! Winking smile

I Am Unbreakable

By: Lucas G. Irwin

Most people don’t understand, but you’re ok with that. For you, training is not a hobby or a social activity; it’s a way of life. Those around you say that you are obsessed, taking it too far and possibly insane. They can’t understand why you won’t eat birthday cake, why you bring Tupperware full of chicken to a party or why you go to sleep early on a Friday to rest up for a Saturday training session. But you don’t care. Their accusatory tones, sarcastic remarks and insults are merely cotton bullets firing at a titanium wall of perseverance known as YOU.

You know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that any negativity that surrounds you is fueled purely by jealousy. Jealous that you are capable of unconditionally committing to something that most cannot stick to for more than a few weeks as part of their yearly resolution. Jealous that you gladly embrace a level of pain, discomfort and fatigue that others cringe at the idea of suffering a fraction of. Jealous that you take time to count carbs, protein, fats and calories while they count their chicken nuggets to make damn sure their 10 piece isn’t a 9 piece. In short, they’re Jealous of YOU.

Ironically, all the comments, nagging and questioning that is meant to break you down a little, does just the opposite. Every negative word reminds you of how special and uncommon your mechanical allegiance to training really is, in turn, pushing you harder. So bring it on! Let them call you obsessed, crazy or insane and watch you get stronger with every word. The only one who can slow you down is yourself. As far as the rest of the world is concerned, you are both an immovable object and an unstoppable force……

YOU ARE UNBREAKABLE.

The Dark Knight Rises

Long time no post. Life has been super busy. I feel like such a slacker with all this lack of posting.
I wanted to write a tributary post to The Dark Knight Rises, though. This is a special post just for you, Batman.
I heart Batman and am so excited to see the midnight showing of it tonight. Got my tickets for it like forever ago. I’ll be heading out to the theater here soon–gotta get there early for these kinds of blockbuster movies!
I would like to say that I wish I would’ve taken a nap sometime earlier today because I know I’m going to get little to no sleep tonight. I work from 5:30 AM to 1:30 PM tomorrow morning so going to this midnight is going to kill me. It’s totally worth it, though. Totally.
How sick is this picture? It’s sick. I CANNOT wait…for like 2 hours…I guess I can wait.

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PowerMeal A Week Round 2

This week has flown by! It’s been a crazy week for sure so I haven’t gotten a chance to post anything since last week’s PowerMeal A Week. I promised myself I’d stay up to date with these PowerMeal posts, though, so here’s this one.

It’s my preparation of flounder, and it’s a super easy meal to prepare!

To cook the frozen flounder, I used seafood seasoning and coconut oil.

You rub down the fish with coconut oil and sprinkle the seafood seasoning on it. Grill or cook on the stove top for about 10-15 minutes or until the fish is thoroughly cooked. The cuts of flounder I had were a little thicker so it took a while longer to cook fully through.

After the fish is done cooking serve it on a plate of spinach leaves and squirt some lemon juice on it for an extra kick of flavor.

I served the flounder with a side of corn but you can use any vegetable for a side! Asparagus would be delish with some fish. Oh hey, that rhymed. Open-mouthed smile

Enjoy!

PowerMeal A Week Round 1

So after finishing up with June’s PowerMeal A Day challenge where each day had a topic and you had to highlight that topic in any one of your meals for that day, I’m starting PowerCakes’ PowerMeal A Week Challenge. Today is week 1!

For this challenge, you showcase POWERMEALS or recipes you want to share with others that are clean eats. I love finding and trying out new recipes so this will be fun! I did a good job keeping up with all my powermeal a day posts on IG so since this is just a weekly deal I’m sure it won’t be too difficult to keep updated. Open-mouthed smile

For this week, I made a wrap. I love wraps; they’re my go-to meal.

I’ll call it….a Chickpea Tuna and Rice Wrap–I could very easily give it a longer title because of all the yummy ingredients!

Speaking of yummy ingredients, here are the ingredients I used:

  • Spinach Garden Herb Tortilla
  • Greek yogurt
  • Brown long grain rice
  • Chick Pea Tuna salad:  1 can tuna, add in diced tomatoes and onions, corn and mix together with lite mayo
  • 2 T salsa
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Feta cheese

I started by spreading Greek yogurt (substitute for sour cream) on the tortilla so a nice layer of rice would stick to it.

Then I added the tuna salad on top.

Top it off with salsa, lettuce feta.

Wrap it up and it’s a wrap! Winking smile

Happy Sunday!

Memory Board

Remember that memory board Kyle and I were going to make with that colorful piece of board he “borrowed?” Winking smile Well we got it done! Like two days after the run; it just took me a while to put together an update about it. We were so excited about it and had so many crazy ideas about how it was going to look that we wanted to put it together ASAP to see how it would really turn out.

It was an awesome end product! Better than I expected!

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I’m glad Kyle has so much creativity. According to him, I’m apparently the artistic so we used his creativity and my artistic skills to put together this awesome piece. It’s now hanging proudly above my desk in my room.

I love that I have something to hold on to and remember that day with Kyle. It’s legit. Red heart

What are some other creative ways to capture fun memories?

Good News or Bad News First?

Hello, Wednesday Thursday. I seriously thought it was only Wednesday. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Tomorrow’s payday, though. That’s a good thing for sure! Stick around for a story about that here in a bit. Winking smile

What I know for sure is a bad thing is not having worked out in a long while. Shameful, I know! No running since the 5k on Sunday and no p90x since I can’t remember when. It’s been around 5 days since I’ve done a p90x workout, which roughly translates into “oh man, you’re screwed.” I hate when you’re doing so good and then you fall off the wagon; it’s so difficult to climb back on. I WILL get a workout in tonight, though. I have to…my body needs it. Apparently this is what happens when you skip workouts and fall off the “workout wagon.”

This month is going to test how motivated of a person I am when it comes to my workouts. It seems like I have an extra long list of things going on this month. So busy, in fact, that I won’t get to celebrate my one year anniversary with Kyle. Sad, sad day. Kyle had a crazy, fun trip planned out and I was so looking forward to an awesome vacation but I’m going to end up having to take care of big girl responsibilities around that time. Such a bummer! I had already gotten time off from work and everything! Ok, I’m done dwelling on how sucky that is. Hopefully we can go out of town for a weekend; go watch the Cards play. Better than nothing. Winking smile

So I’m ready for that pay day story. You ready? Open-mouthed smile

Ok so last week, I attended 2 days of training for my job. I work for a drug testing company by the way. We test for drugs present in peoples’ systems. I always get asked if I’m trying out drugs myself or creating drugs and testing them. Nope, just good ol’ running tests on urine samples and doing breathalyzers. Anyway, we had all the higher ups in town because of the training days. I took the time to talk to one of them asking for a raise. Now, I don’t feel like I’m the world’s greatest drug tester and that I need to be given more money for the fantastic work I’m doing. Although, that’s why most people demand raises, right? Usually, anyway. My case was different. I had found out that I had been getting paid slightly less than one of my male coworkers.
These are the facts:

  • Again, he’s a male
  • We do the exact same thing…same title
  • I got hired about a week before him
  • I work a significant amount of hours compared to him
  • I’m a female

Hmm…sexism, anyone? Well, what’s funny is that my coworker himself is the one that pointed out what that very scenario looked like. It’s true…it does look like it very much. It obviously wasn’t very fair at all but I wasn’t indignant about the matter in the slightest. I just knew that I had to speak up about it and bring it to someone’s attention.

I got to do just that. I feel like I got paid ten fold, though. After I talked to the regional manager, he immediately got a hold of the president of the company and explained to him my case. It was probably two hours after I talked to the manager that he pulled me aside from training to tell me what he and the president talked about. He said they agreed that I’ve been excelling in the company. They were impressed that they hadn’t heard a single complaint about me from any client or participant (as complaints and “throwing people under the bus” is very common in this touchy line of work)–only good remarks. He mentioned something about a need for people like me in other positions in the company, which I understood as possible “promotion” in the future…? We’ll see how long I last with this company  because of my schooling but that was nice to hear.

Here comes the exciting news, though! They felt I deserved a raise. Ok, good. On top of leveling me out with my coworker, they added a raise on top of that which they based on performance. Oh, wait what? I wasn’t asking for that…. On top of that, they agreed to give me back pay that would include the raise. What the f@&! Wow! Seriously?!?! It was way more than I was expecting. I wanted to hug the man but that’d be slightly awkward. I extended my hand and gave him a super grateful handshake, instead. I was so appreciative, surprised and proud of myself for speaking up.

So yes, I’m very excited for pay day tomorrow. It’s the beginning of the month. Got lots of shopping to do bills to pay already! Winking smile

Hope the rest of the week goes by well for everyone! Finish strong! Red heart

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