Monday, August 24, 2015

Finding Peace

There are so many things going on around here some days I don't know if I'm pitching or catching. Despite my Type A, always have a plan and a schedule self, I feel so lost some times. I really look forward to my weekends and time for myself.

This weekend was our first XC meet and it went pretty well. Then we went to soccer, and home to mow yards. There are so many places to mow that it takes a few hours to get it all done with two of us mowing. Several acres of grass is no joke. Best part is that we spent the whole day outside.

Rain was in the forecast for Sunday. We went to breakfast with my parents at one of our favorite little spots and raced to get kids picked up and ready for the lake as soon as we could. I could not have asked for a more perfect day! We had the whole place to ourselves almost the entire time we were there. The sun was out in full force for the 3 hours we were there. The boys played football, the girls sat and laughed at their antics. I sat there watching, thanking the Lord above for this little blessing, this spot on the beach at this moment, watching these kids play. The clouds rolled in around 2 and we headed home just in time for the rain to begin.

If only every weekend could be as picture perfect and relaxing. My goal and prayer is that I can learn to channel that same peace and thanksgiving when I am feeling stressed. And of course to have a house on a lake or a coast some day. A girl can dream, right?

What brings you peace?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

#SOCSunday: To Facebook or Not To Facebook

Welcome back to Stream of Consciousness Sunday! #SOCSunday is a 5 minute time where you write whatever is on you mind. Set a timer for 5 minutes and join the fun. 

Recently I shut off all Facebook notifications. My job also blocked FB from being used on school devices, even at home. It was painful at first, no ringy-dingy jingles, no little red circle with the number of new likes or mentions, no nothing. It was kind of like moving to a new place and not knowing anyone. Everyone looks but doesn't talk to you. Too harsh? Maybe it was more like giving up candy for lent. You notice it a lot the first few days and then you forget why it was such a big deal. Yes, I posted a few things but this is what I learned from unplugging from Facebook the last 2 weeks.

  • My life got a whole lot more positive
  • I may need to clean out my "friends" list to keep more positive influences in my life
  • I read my Twitter feed more. There so many more positive people and influences on my Twitter feed than on my FB feed.
  • I struggle with how much to use my FB, both personal and professional pages without sounding like a braggart. I want to encourage others to see beauty and goodness of life. And brag about my kids a little. 
  • What value do I get from Facebook? 
What do you think? Has FB run its course? 

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Fix- Attitudes, Workouts & Recipes

The Fix is back in my routine. Consistent workouts are back. Food prep is back. Sleep patterns are back. And still my cravings are hitting the ceiling- partly due to the stress of my day and another part because I got really used to shoving sugary foods in my mouth over the last 3 weeks. Hello convenience food.  Right now I'm choosing to be satisfied, despite the messages my brain is sending. Mind over matter. Am I right?

It's rather coincidental the mind over matter topic comes up today in the blog and in my life. We talked at length about mental toughness in practice tonight. Stepping up to the challenge even when our minds say our bodies can't do something. It's something I've never really been good at. I tend to wear my emotions on my face. Couldn't I be one of the lucky ones who wear them on her sleeve? No poker face here, just straight up exactly-what-I'm-feeling radiating from my face. So tonight as I got another shot of crappy news and started whining to myself, I had to recall my pep talk with a few kids just today. Suck it up. You can do this. Tell yourself it will happen and it will. Take one more step. One more rep. Just one second faster. It all boils down to attitude toward the situation. So suck-it-up-sally. Get after it and get it done. Wish I'd realized all of this before taking it out on everyone else. {sigh} Sorry guys. Tomorrow will be better.

Anyway, on to brighter topics. Can we say bipolar blogging? In honor of restarting 21 Day Fix Extreme, I'm bringing back Tasty Tuesday! I'd like to share with you one of my favorite summer time meals: Zucchini Boats. I don't have pictures of this one right now. I'll update soon! I have always made this with ground beef, which I still do from time to time, but I've really come to enjoy ground turkey and turkey sausage. For this one I used ground turkey breast and the recipe for Autumn's Turkey Lettuce Wraps in the 21 Day Fix Extreme guide book. It's super easy! I trade out the lettuce with medium sized zucchini and then top with a little bit of shredded mozzarella cheese. It really is tasty. Without further ado, here is my take on a summer classic.

The Coaching Wife's Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats

4 medium zucchini, halved
1 ½ lbs lean ground turkey breast
1tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp oregano
½ medium onion, finely chopped
½ green bell pepper, finely chopped
½ cup water
½- ¾ cup tomato sauce (no sugar added)
3-4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1)    1)      Preheat oven to 400F. Grease baking dish lightly with olive oil.
2)       Cut Zucchini noodles lengthwise in half. Scoop out half of the middle of the zucchini with a spoon or scoop. Reserve zucchini guts for filling.
3)       Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add turkey; cook, stirring frequently about 5 minutes until no longer pink.
4)      Add garlic, cumin, salt, chili powder, paprika, and oregano and mix well.
5)       In a food processor, add onion, pepper and zucchini guts. Chop veggies until diced, but not pureed. Stir chopped veggies with meat and cook until onion is translucent (about 4 minutes).
6)      Add water and sauce—NOTE- since zucchini is a succulent veggie, it gives off quite a bit of water when it is cooked. You may not need the entire amount of water. I use the full amount of sauce and less water.
7)       Bring to a simmer. Cover. Cook about 8-10 minutes over low heat, or until liquid has reduced.
8)      Spoon meat mixture into hollowed out zucchini in baking dish. Sprinkle with chopped tomato and shredded cheese.
9)      Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.

Makes 4 servings, 2 boats each serving.
21DF: 1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Blue

Monday, August 17, 2015

Welcome to Crazy Town

All aboard!

In attempt to encourage my youngest son to be more active, get in shape for basketball season and explore interests, Coach and I decided to let him run cross country (for which I'm also an assistant coach), play soccer and play tennis. Wait, what? 3 sports. Yes, you read that correctly. So tonight we had xc practice, then to soccer practice, then back to the high school for tennis practice, followed by a trip to the grocery and pulled into the garage around 8. How this is all going to work, I do not yet know.

I do know I will have an added time to get my school work finished and workouts done before I go home Monday through Thursday nights. Tonight I ran with the team, putting in some hill work and a good 2+ miles with kids who are just finding their legs and stamina. The temps are insane right now. Highs in the upper 80's but feels like 95 with the heat index and humidity. The kids will adapt. By the last meet it will be cool and more comfortable for a lot of them. I'll keep running in the heat, because I'm crazy.

But you know what? It's worth it to me to know that my kids are active, healthy, and exploring new interests. Next year he'll likely choose one, maybe two of these things and life will be a little less crazy. The time is flying by and I can't sit back and let the boys sit idle, passively watching opportunities pass them by. As their mother I want them to take risks and try new things, even at the expense of having an hour to myself at home. We flex and adapt to what is going on just like during basketball season. The hardest part is figuring out the new routine. We'll get there. Eventually.

What's the craziest decision you gave in to with your kids' activities?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Inagural Stream of Consciousness Sunday

There's this cool blog I like to read called All Things Fadra. She's a funny. She's smart. She makes me think. I feel like if I really knew her we'd be bff's. Not kidding. He snarky humor is right up my alley. Can I say I really like her without sounding creepy? No?

I've been reading her Stream of Consciousness Sunday posts for quite a while now thinking I should really jump on and try this out. 5 minutes of random writing. Just sharing what's on my mind. Right up my alley. And then I don't. I don't know why. Other than I don't follow through. Ugh. Why does that always happen. Plan, plan, plan, plan and plan some more, only to drop off about 5 weeks in falling into previous habits and ditching all the stuff I've worked so hard to implement. It happens with everyone but my family; the highest of priorities in my life. I've really been looking hard at this aspect of my life. It's one I really need to fix. And by fix, I mean really look at my priorities, my definition of success and how I want to reach those goals.

So today's the day. I'm following through with it. That's part of what makes this post perfect. I have only a few minutes to write about whatever is on my mind and then I'm done. No over thinking daily posts, just randomness. You're welcome! Visit her blog, write your own and join the fun!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Morning Workouts

Those of you who get up early and workout are my heroes. Maybe it's because I'm a teacher and my workday starts at 7:45. Maybe it's because I'm a night owl by nature. I get up between 5:30-5:45 as it is. I'm just not a morning workout person.That's not to say I'm not a morning person; I typically get up easily, especially when my diet is clean and I'm working out regularly. I like meandering around in the morning, enjoying my coffee and breakfast, taking a shower, making lunches and so forth. I would like to be that morning workout person but sleep is just so much more appealing.

Thinking about getting up to workout at 5am is, well, terrible. My body feels sluggish and blah when I try to workout in the morning. I've read all of the great stuff out there about morning workouts. Yes, I know my metabolism will be crazy high if I workout in the morning. And supposedly I'll be less likely to miss a workout if I complete it first thing in the morning. Whatever. I get my workouts done. Coach and I got a good 4 mile walk in already but now I need my arm & shoulder workout. Yet, here I am, 9:30pm and just getting started with my tough workout because I decided to blog first. Procrastination? Maybe. Too late? Maybe. It's probably not the best to workout at 9:30pm either. It seems to work for me--at least most of the time.

So tonight, I will set my alarm once again, leave my computer, clothes and shoes in ready position, all with the intention of an early morning workout, only to ignore it until my next alarm goes off. Sigh. Suck it up buttercup. Just get it done, right?

Are you a early morning workout person? How do you power through the blah morning feelings and jump start a great workout?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sometimes You Just Need A Nap

How true is this? 

I work pretty hard to stay healthy through my food choices, my workouts, surrounding myself with positivity & taking a little time for me each day. Changes in routine so easily upset the balance I strive to achieve each day. No joke- the last 2 Sunday's I spent sleeping. Utter exhaustion had taken over. It's been a constant buzz- on the road, arranging 3 meals a day for 5 days, grabbing my healthy stuff where I could (I keep quest bars & Shakeology  in my bag for these situations) but, alas, the chicken mini's seem to win out some days. And I'm not about to pass up chicken & waffles when dining at Gladys Knight & Ron's! Gotta live it up once in a while. Plus I was getting 25K steps each day running around the gyms and hospitality room. Movement is not an issue when working a basketball tournament. Sleep, however, is not as easy, hence the Sunday sleepfest. 

We came home and jumped right back into school. Things have changed so much this year. For as well as the school year ended last year, I have not felt as confident about the start of this year. It's finally all coming together, but I admit I have A LOT of work yet to do before it's up and rolling smoothly. It takes time to get to know the kids, their abilities, and how everyone works with one another. 

Needless to say, my boring daily routine has been completely upended, spun around and strewn about like a toddler in a toy room right after mom cleaned up. Ya'll know what I mean, right? My brain must be resisting the thought of school year and the end of summer. I'm not ready to give up days on the beach, sweaty work outside, and enjoying my morning coffee with the sunrise. Then I look at my class, their excitement to be back with me and I know I have to get back at it. Back to the good foods, the purposeful movement, the type A crazy planning I can't help but stress over. They're so worth it. 

Today is (was) a new day. Gone are the negative thoughts. No excuses. My Dirty 30 workout is done, food is prepped for tomorrow, I feel good. Now I'm going to bed.