Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's day to me

I usually try not to be selfish at all, but that said my kids usually have been more attune to me on Mother's Day. Today I felt really nonexistent. My youngest felt that sleeping at a friend's house last night was my present and he did text me Happy Mother's Day at midnight which made me feel great. And my hubby did take me bowling and to dinner tonight, but the kids were almost nonexistent. The oldest never wished me anything and the youngest has wanted to be somewhere else when his friends weren't there. When did I become a burden to them? I try so hard to be the best mom they can have and give them everything they want. I  chaperone as many events as I can, and am at every game/competition they have. But yet, I don't feel like they appreciate me... am I just being selfish?

I'm sorry, I usually try to be much more positive but today hit me like a brick and I also want to keep it real. This is how I feel tonight :(

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Skulpt AIM Final Review

I have now been able to review the Skulpt AIM for about 30 days. For those who don't remember here's my initial review

Unfortunately for me, I have been fighting being sick, and I've been slacking on my workouts so I didn't get to see the results I wanted to. But that said, using the AIM has helped me realize my shortcomings and where I need to work harder. I'm really impressed with how easy it is to use, and quickly it works. I did see some progress with my muscle quality and fat percentage, which means I'm headed in the right direction.



Another great thing, is they added a chart on the phone app so that you can track your progress. That is an important upgrade, because the whole purpose of using this is to see how you are improving and if you need to adjust your workout program


I think this product is awesome for those like me, who are passionate about working out and want to improve our health. It's also great for beginners so they can see where they need to improve, and can track their progress. I am now consistently working out again, so I can wait to see the progress using the Skulpt AIM over the next few months. 


This review was made possible by Raynforest. The thoughts and views are my own. I was given a Skulpt measuring device for my efforts on this campaign.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Angel Hair with Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese

Angel Hair with Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese

Published
November 1, 2004
This is a great entrĂ©e for entertaining. The ingredients are elegant, light, and it’s visually appealing, plus the preparation takes just minutes—perfect for a post-group-run lunch, or a pre-marathon dinner with friends.
Ingredients
1 lb. angel hair pasta
1/4 lb. smoked salmon, 1/4-inch diced
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
3 tbls. capers, rinsed and drained
1 tbls. grated lemon zest
6 oz. soft goat cheese (Chevre or Montrachet), crumbled
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped (plus 4 sprigs for garnish)
Freshly ground black pepper
Preparation
  • Cook pasta until tender and firm to the bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
  • Return pasta to pot, add remaining ingredients including pasta water, and toss to combine.
  • Heat over medium heat for two minutes.
  • Season with pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot.
  • Garnish with dill sprigs.
  • Serves 4.



Taken from http://www.runnersworld.com/recipes/recipe-angel-hair-smoked-salmon-goat-cheese

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tomoka 1/2 Marathon Race Recap


A couple weeks ago I had raced the Tomoka 1/2 Marathon. I have to say it was one of the most organized races I have ever run. There were officers at every intersection, water stations every 1 1/2 miles to 2 miles and they were always full, it started right on time, and the after race was full of food and beer even for slower runners like me. I was extremely pleased with the event and will run it again.



Enough about the awesome organizers, now onto how I ran :) So much better than I thought I would. I had been really slacking with my training for about a month before the race, so I was only hoping to run it just under 2:45. I ran it with a couple friends that were faster than me, so it helped me start out faster than I'm used to. Then even though I started a few minutes behind the 2:30 pacer, I could see their sign for almost the entire race, which pushed me to stay with them. It excited me to see that I was running around that pace. For the last few miles, I started to really crash, so I know I started out a little to fast for me, but I finished strong and finished in 2:31:13. That was only 2 minutes slower than my PR. I am stoked with that time, and it is pushing me to finish even better during my next 1/2 in October!!!

We went down the night before and stayed overnight, so I wanted to share some of the pictures of our walk on a dock, and then on the beach. Ormond Beach is absolutely beautiful!









I definitely recommend all my local friends put this race on the calendar. If you register early, it's very inexpensive and definitely worth it!!!



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Stuffed Strawberries


Stuffed Strawberries Recipe

Makes 1 pound strawberries
1 pound fresh strawberries
1 8-ounce package Neufchatel cheese (next to cream cheese)
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 small package fresh blueberries (optional)
With a paring knife slice off the stem of the strawberry so it can sit up on a plate. Cut a deep cross into the tip of the strawberry being careful not to cut through it. Cream Neufchatel cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a bowl with a fork.
Put cheese mixture into a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe filling into strawberry. Add blueberry to the top for cuteness.
Stuffed strawberries will store in the fridge for one day.
One strawberry is 42 calories, 2.7 g fat, 1.7 g saturated fat, 3.3 g carbohydrates, 2.6 g sugar, 1.3 g protein, 0 g fiber, 46 mg sodium, 1 Points+
Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.

taken from http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/stuffed-strawberry-recipe/