Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Prosciutto & Sprouts

Ya'll, the weather has been just phenomenal again this week! I'm not kidding when I say sunshine and upper 70's with lows in the 50's is my version of heaven. Perhaps Indiana is the wrong place to achieve this perfection... For now I'm very happy. Warm enough for fun in the sun during the day in shorts and a tank or tee, cool enough to keep the house open, sit around a fire, and great for sleeping. One of the weather guys on TV put together the fall forecast and said the mild temps are supposed to stick around through November! I couldn't be happier with that news. Now if it holds true is another story. It is Indiana.

This week's tasty Tuesday combines a few of my favorite things and is super easy to prepare. Our local grocery really does a nice job at stocking healthy, clean and different types of foods, but prosciutto doesn't come around very often. For being an hour away from a major city though, Kroger does the job pretty well. I happened to go to Sam's Club the other day and saw a nice package of prosciutto. The price wasn't super, but how do you say no to prosciutto? It's just so good! And it was organic. Not that I'm all that hung up on being organic, but when it comes to meat it does taste so much better.

I've been dreaming of the prosciutto-brussel sprouts combo.  I started with some bacon grease. Yeah, I just said bacon grease. Yes, we keep a mug of bacon grease in the fridge at all times. Because that's the way Grandma did it, except she kept it in a Crisco can. You just never know when you might need some bacon flavoring in your dish. #amIright Any way, a heaping teaspoon of bacon grease, melted in a skillet, followed by cleaned and halved brussel sprouts. I buy these in a bundle- about 4 cups. Cook on medium heat for about 7 minutes and flip. Cook another 5 minutes. Add 6 slices of prosciutto, diced or sliced into smaller pieces. Stir into the sprouts. Add 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar. You can use white wine vinegar, but I had red on hand. Cook on medium-low heat for a few minutes, until sprouts are fork tender and have absorbed the vinegar. Add fresh cracked pepper and sea salt to taste. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese.

Coach went absolutely crazy for these, you guys! Not that he got many... I ate most of them before he came in from his work outside. We were so crazy about them I forgot to take pictures! I promise to post them the next time I make this. I'm sure it will be later this week. I may have to go back to Sam's this weekend for more prosciutto.

What's your favorite way to use prosciutto in meals?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Workout Wednesday: My Coaching Experience

Coaching was never something I thought I'd do. Sure, I'm a teacher but teaching and coaching aren't always synonymous. A big problem in schools is the need for coaches, at all levels, and having no other choice but to hire folks with little to no experience. Sometimes you get good ones, sometimes you don't. I participated in athletics in middle and high school. I would not go so far as to classify myself as an athlete, but I participated. I loved sports but didn't have the access to them my kids have, nor did I have the excellent leaders and sportsmen & women my kids have had the good fortune of learning from through their time in athletics. It has only been since I went on to college and found my love of personal fitness that I have really delved into find my competitive spirit and passion for helping others learn the fundamentals of sport and wellness.Teaching & watching the kids show good sportsmanship and improved fundamentals are what drive me to continue to learn and grow. Over the weekend I taught my oldest an alternate form for one of his weight lifting moves that I learned from doing P90X. Two weeks ago one of my cross country kids ran the entire course (3k meters) for the first time without walking! That was awesome! She was thrilled (so was I)! She told me after practice she couldn't have done it the week before, and No way she could have today without learning how to pace her steps with her breathing or without all of the core and stretching we've done. This past Monday we ran a 5K. This same kiddo came up to me after practice beaming. She'd never attempted a 5K before. Even I ran it without struggle. Proof that all we have been doing- stretching, core, sprint workouts, cross training, recovery days, my home workouts in my living room or classroom after practice- all pay off.  Again, all these things I've learned from my own personal running and Beachbody journey. 

Truth time: I mentioned yesterday I've been spending time reflecting and refocusing my energy on the things within my control. I realized I've been squandering this gift God has given me for the last year. #facepalm I am passionate about health, fitness and overall wellness. I love sharing my knowledge with others. I have this amazing opportunity with Beachbody to share health and fitness with others but I'm letting fear stand in the way. Its time to step up my game, get right with myself and do this as it needs to be done. I'm pushing past the fear and going to an uncomfortable place. Yesterday I purchased my very own website domain name. YIKES!! I'm in the process of setting things up now and hope to have it up and running by Monday. That does mean The Milkhouse Door will be changing or perhaps going on hiatus once my new site gets going. My focus when I started this blog was different than what my current focus. I'm super excited to see what the future has to bring for me and my family. 

Above all I am a coach and I am here to help you achieve goals you never thought possible. I'm really excited and a lot nervous for the changes coming in. I'm ready to take the leap and invest in this the way I have deep down wanted to since I signed up a year ago. After all, you only get out of something what you put in it. I'm all in. 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Un"Comfort Zone

The dreaded comfort zone. Have you ever noticed it's really not very comfortable? Does it intrigue you that you are more willing to live more out loud in some areas of life than in others? Why is it we are willing to stay put in one place but not others?

Staying in the same place causes stagnation, boredom and keeps us from learning and growing. Yet we are willing to stay put for the sake of what's easy. For me it's about fear. Coming to terms with my feelings regarding a situation, taking ownership of my feelings & responsibilities, and realizing I cannot continue to behave this way in certain areas of my life has removed a huge weight from my shoulders. Though the outcome may very well be unpleasant, I know I am not responsible for anything more than my own actions and reactions to situations. Taking a step back and taking a day away to reflect on the current state of my life allowed me to see some things in a different light.

This moment of reflection and refocusing also allowed me to see how important it is for me to follow through with my passions. I'm working hard to refocus, reprioritize, and rejuvenate my passion for health, fitness and writing. There are some BIG things in the works, my friends! For the first time in quite a while I am excited to be doing what I'm doing! It's a good feeling. It feels like I'm on the road home after a long trip away. I took the first step in my plan to make this into something great, like what I have envisioned since I started my fitness journey with Beachbody just over a year ago. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for my BIG announcement.

In the meantime, how do you refocus your efforts to reach your goals?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Headache of All Headaches

This is my 5 minutes of random thoughts for the day. 

Thank goodness for a long weekend! It's arrived just in time. I don't normally get headaches, and certainly not migraine headaches. I used to get them when I was in high school and college (until I changed my eating and eliminated dairy) but I can count on one hand how many I have had since then. The weather has been uber hot and sticky- temps in the high 80's with heat indexes in the 90's and 50-90% humidity on any given day. Tuesday was a rather chaotic day and that afternoon we were on the bus to a cross country meet and I could feel the dull pain behind my right eye- always and indication of something coming on- and I started drinking more water and took some ibuprofen. Despite the hydration, I could feel the stabbing pain on the way home from the meet. I almost had to have my son drive us home!

So all week I've been nursing this dull throb in my skull. What I thought was dehydration and stress is maybe not that. I've never taken anything more than otc pain relievers for a headache. The worst part, and the thing I've never experienced with a migraine is nausea. I'm used to light and sound sensitivities but not the nausea. This makes things 10x's worse.

I've used some essential oils, taken my magnesium supplements, stopped my screen time as much as possible, continued my workouts (it's the only thing that gives me relief other than sleeping) and I've been sleeping a ton. It's starting to worry me. My next stop will be to have my back adjusted.

Anyone have any remedies for migraines? What do I need to try?

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