Houston Children’s Festival

I was fortunate enough to have recieved tickets for my family to enjoy one of the largest children’s festivals in the country!

We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. Parking was a breeze and we got there early enough that I didn’t feel suffocated by the crowd.

We actually had so much fun walking around and exploring that I nearly forgot to take pictures!

Congrats to the Houston Children’s Festival- since their beginnings they have raised over $4.7 million for Child Advocates – helping to break the cycle of abuse to children. Click the link and become a voice for the voiceless. You never know, you could save a child’s life!

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Where Have the Past 2 Weeks Gone???

Hello Strangers!

Since I’m so far behind on giving you daily updates, I’m just going to give you the summaries and a bunch of pictures for your viewing pleasure.

I have missed lots of runs between the 17th and today (30th) and my mileage for 2014 in 2014 is horribly lacking. I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I’m disappointed yes, but I haven’t been a total slacker lazy ass!

I’ve been working pretty consistently on pullups- doing variations of negatives along with chin over bar holds to failure. Also working in lots of hanging shrugs and inverted rows. I’m determined to not completely fail the rope climb or other obstacles that require me to pull my body weight up for the Spartan.

Some highlights from the past 2 weeks are- a sub 10min/mile 5k, eating my way through the Houston Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival (which was beyond worth the indulgence!), learning the Bring Sally Up Squat Challenge, and the Houston Children’s Festival, both of which will have their own posts coming soon.

And now, here’s a sampling of the goodness that is my life- in all it’s glorious imperfections!


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That about sums it up. Here’s to getting my shit together- again-

Life is too short to beat yourself up for dumb stuff. I’m learning to do what I can and let go of the rest! That doesn’t mean I don’t have goals or expectations, it just means that I deserve to be at peace and I can’t do that if I’m in turmoil over things unfinished!

I heard a little of a Joel Osteen message on Sunday morning, and to paraphrase-

Run your own race. Stop trying to compete with other people, they’re running a different race. Walk proud in your own annointing and you will realize the glory He has set aside for you. If you focus on trying to ‘keep up’ with anyone else, you’re going to miss the path you were intended to take.

When you can claim and manifest what God has in store for you and you alone, you can bask in the riches that meant for you alone. Live in life God gave YOU instead of reaching for what he’s intended for others.

I’m learning to walk with this message, and I swear to you, I am so much happier when I can be thankful for what I DO have, instead of yearning for what I don’t!

Zim’s Original Crack Creme Review and GIVEAWAY!

Winter time can wreak havoc on your skin, leaving it dry, itchy and cracked. Even though I’m lucky enough to be in Texas where the brutality of season has NOT been nearly as horrible as it has been for our northern neighbors, the colder, drier air hasn’t been kind for my poor husband’s feet. Even in shoes all day, his feet are terribly dry and cracked and just plain yucky!

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Who wants to snuggle up with those scratchy things?!?!?!

I was super excited to open my inbox with an invitation to try out Zim’s Crack Creme. Admittadly, I’m still super immature about some things and I couldn’t help but giggle thinking they wanted me to try out diaper rash ointment~ I mean, that’s the best name isn’t it? Crack Creme. Still makes me laugh. I’ll grow up one day. Maybe.

Original Zims

From the Zim’s Website

Zim’s CRACK Creme Original Liquid Formula is an All-Natural multi-use liquid herbal formula that softens and moisturizes dry, cracked skin. Recommended for nighttime use but can be used throughout the day as well. Use on Hands, Feet, Elbows, Cuticles & More. It was developed by a pharmacist over 60 years ago when cement workers came to him complaining of dry, cracked skin on their hands and feet. This oil formula features Arnica Flower Extract and Myrcia Oil.

Voted #1 by Pharmacists- The Pharmacy Times June 2003, 2004, 2005, & 2006 OTC Survey – Foot Care Category

 

We started using this right away, in two differnt applications.

Hubby would apply it to his feet before bed and put socks on. And I would put it on before I put socks and shoes on for the day.

We noticed a difference almost immediately and after a week, I didn’t shreak when hubby’s feet got close to me on the couch! The tips of his toes were noticibly softer and it stopped sounding like velcro when he crawled onto our satin sheets! WIN!

Our skin absorbed the ‘creme’ quickly and had a light, pleasing fragrance.

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I noticed that the callauses on my feet seemed to rub off from the friction of wearing shoes all day, and while this sounds really gross, it actually left my feet feeling ridiculously soft and smooth. I would post pictures, but I don’t want to gross you out by my lack of toenails (thank you distance running!) just take my word for it that other than my funky toes, my feet look absolutely amazing!

The label calls it  ‘Creme’ but it’s more like an oil spray. While I love how it makes my feet feel, I don’t like the feel of the oil on my hands, I’d prefer a different product for my hands.

You can find Zim’s Crack Creme in retail stores like Walmart & Target, pharmacies, and online at Amazon.com or Drugstore.com – just check Zim’s website. While there, you can find out more about the Zim’s product line-up and get a $2 off printable coupon for Zim’s products. Follow Zim’s on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on new products, promotions, and discounts!

Zim’s is so confident that you will love their product they’re offering one of my readers a bottle of Original Crack Creme – No purchace required, US residents only please

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**Disclaimer** Product was recieved for review, all opinions are mine- would you expect anything less?

Navigating your Culinary Minefield-Tips and Tricks for Food Intolerances *Guest Post*

I am so excited to share a guest post with you today.

As a part of the I’m Fitpossible community I’ve found some pretty amazing and wonderful people who inspire and encourage me. Now it’s time to introduce you to one of the many outstanding bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of working with:

Meet Chrissy, single, thirty-something living, playing and eating her way through life in Chicago. She stays fit by doing spinning, yoga and swimming and playing tennis and volleyball. You can follow her crazy adventures in life at www.thebuddhabustsamove.com or in the kitchen at www.thehungarybuddha.com. She’s also a tweeter @lulubelleND

Chrissy and I decided that since we both LOVE food, we’d blog swap a food topic.

I know so many people suffer from food intolerances and I know it can be disheartening if you let it. Chrissy is proof positive that you don’t need to let those things control you. Chrissy’s blog shows you how to maneuver around some of thos tricky intolerances and create food masterpieces!

I”ve asked her to share some tips and tricks for working around these culinary minefields.

Keep in mind that only you and your doctor are qualified to make choices on what’s best for you. These are things that work for Chrissy. YMMV

After talking with Amanda, she asked me to talk about food and I was all about it. I love food. But I’m not just going to talk about how much I love food, because that could go on forever. Specifically, I’m going to talk about food intolerances, and how it’s affected my little culinary journey around the world. More on that later.

I grew up in a house where mom cooked everything from scratch. I never ate a boxed cake, saw a blue box of macaroni and cheese and only got a TV dinner if I begged for it. What did I know? Because of that I’ve been spoiled into only eating the best, which I can’t say is really a bad thing. Like a lot of people do in their 20’s, I got swept up in losing my college weight using Splenda (which I still do miss even though I’ve been off it for two years), Lean Cuisines and packaged everything, but a stint studying aboard snapped me back into the realization that home cooked is always better. Mom was right.

So I cook from scratch. Like many, it was easy to fall into the same boring food routine. For me, it was cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch, some meat/veggie combo for dinner. It gets old but I never had any impetus to try and change it.

The other thing about me is that I’m an extensive traveler. I max out my vacation time and budget (wait, do I have a vacation budget??) every year. I’m proud of the stamps in my passport, and wear them like badges of honor. Besides broadening my mind and learning about other cultures, my friends and I travel to eat. DUH. I love food. And I love different food.  One of the best countries I’ve visited recently for food was, believe it or not, Ireland. I came back from there dreaming about every single mouth- watering meal I’d eaten and that’s when my story really begins.

After returning from Ireland, it dawned on me that I loved eating “foreign” food so much, why not try and make it at home? It was a year and a half ago I started my “project,” where every week I cook a different region of the world. Check it out and give me a follow at The Hungary Buddha Eats the World.

Anyway, this project was already a challenge, trying to adapt international flavors to my own preferences. For example, I eat really healthy, so to try and make all of those rich French foods without gaining 30 pounds was my challenge, one that I can say I accomplished quite successfully. There are exceptions (Crème Brulee Cake), but for the most part, my international tastes are still clean and healthy because that’s how I roll.

Cooking this way forced me out of my comfort zone, trying spices and ingredients that I’d never before dreamed that I’d want to eat.  I can say I’ve liked 80% of what I’ve made, so I have a pretty good track record.

The hiccup in all of the above came about 3 months ago. I’ve notoriously had horrible digestive issues, and have always sort of guessed on what would or would not set off a trigger without knowing more.  However, things got so bad and I got so desperate for answers that I finally bit the bullet and got tested for food intolerances. And it was bad news.

The major offenders were wheat, cow’s dairy, eggs and anything yeasty (which ranges from most alcohols to vinegars to the obvious bread). I will admit that I had more than one breakdown, about both my life and my beloved blog. What was I going to call it, The Hungary Buddha Eats the World, the cooking project for the girl who can’t eat anything?

After I calmed down a bit, I saw it as a challenge, and now, I do my best to make everything gluten, dairy and yeast free.  It hadn’t been easy at all, but at the same time, I definitely have the personality to face this challenge head on.  I’m a scientist by education and this is all one big chemistry experiment.

That was a long winded story, but Amanda asked me to pass along some of the tips and tricks that I’ve learned so far as I navigate food allergies in the context of international cuisine.  The best piece of advice is to talk to others with these allergies. I’ll make you feel “not alone,” and if it’s a trusted source, it’ll save you the time and money of extensive trial and error.

Dairy:

In my life and in my coffee, I drink almond milk, original flavor. However, I realized that this has a very distinct taste (as does soy), different enough from cow’s milk that it wouldn’t necessarily blend well in certain dishes.  Therefore, depending on the cuisine, my go-tos are light coconut milk (the canned variety, which I admit works really well in most Asian cuisines and as an ice cream base) and unsweetened vanilla cashew milk (by So Delicious). The cashew milk I’d never have found on my own, but learned of this tip straight from a chef’s mouth. It has not steered me wrong and just worked beautifully in some Irish style parsley sauce that I made last week.  Also, after making the Belgian soup waterzooi, I learned that eggs are a surprise way to make a soup appear creamy without using cream.

As for butter, right now I use coconut oil for mostly everything. Since these food intolerances are pretty new, I haven’t had a lot of time or reason to experiment with butter alternatives, particular in recipes that rely on butter for flavor (read: France).  I do find that the coconut oil is pretty benign as far as taste goes and wouldn’t affect the flavor in the way that a strong olive oil might.

My last comments on dairy:  I’m only intolerant to cow’s dairy. Therefore, goat’s milk, while expensive, is a good alternative.  You’d be amazed how readily available goat or sheep’s cheese or yogurt is, so no need to pass on fondue.  And, you’d also be surprised how “hidden” a tangy goat cheese can be in recipes that call for cream cheese.

Wheat:

This is still a work in progress. I’ve been working with some homemade gluten free flour mixes to avoid having to create special mixes for each recipe.  My favorite so far has been the one created by America’s Test Kitchen.  Though I’ve never personally tried them, some gluten-free friends recommend the commercial brands of Cup4Cup and Better Batter.

In instances where flour is used as a thickener, cornstarch has worked well.  So, say in place of a roux (butter + flour), I’ve used a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch + water) with success.

Yeast:

This was maybe the saddest for me because yeast foods are among my favorite things in life (Um…Belgian style waffles? Yes, please). Plus, I’m half-Hungarian and yeast breads are sort of what we do. I am not sure how to get around this yet- there may not be a way, but those are just experiments waiting to happen. As far as eliminating vinegars, lemon/lime juice is a great substitute since they mimic vinegar’s acidic effect. Clearly you can’t substitute lemon juice for something as strong as a balsamic, but for marinades and salad dressings, this is what I use.

Eggs:

I’ve slowly been introducing these back in since cutting them out completely, and I’ve found that, when baked in breads and cookies, I’m fine. I also had more than one failed experiment to know that you can substitute one egg out in quick breads by using apple sauce, avocado, bananas or flax/chia vegan “eggs” but for those that depend on eggs for leaving to make them rise, you sort of just have to add the eggs, unless you like squat-shaped breads. I, personally, do not, so as long as my stomach can handle it, the eggs are staying in my breads.

Those are the tips and tricks I’ve learned so far. It’s a lot of reading, research, trial and error and my best advice when trying any new foods (whether it be some weird-looking African “meatloaf” or if it’s your first time cooking without all-purpose flour) is DO NOT BE SCARED. Cooking should be FUN. Don’t take it so seriously!

Some of my favorite sites so far are The Gluten-Free Goddess, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring and Free Eats. Check them out!

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Address Your Heart! *sponsored post*

First of all I want to thank Campbell’s Soup® company for sponsoring this post so we can all put a little more focus on heart health.

Everyone seems to be on the ‘get healthy’ bandwagon, but not everyone knows where to start!

In my house, we are a super busy crew and seemingly constantly going in different directions.

Dinner time is the rare opportunity to be together, communicate and focus on what’s important. We are working really hard to incorporate heart healthy living into our daily lives. We focus limiting ‘screen time,’ being active, and eating whole foods as often as possible, but sometimes Mom can use a little help.

Enter Campbell’s  Address Your Heart campaign.

I don’t know about you but I don’t always have time to cook from scratch and fast food just isn’t something we want to partake in frequently. So it’s good to know that you can lean on Campbell’s for some healthy recipes and that have your heart and health in mind.

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

For those days you KNOW will be busy- whip up this slow-cooker creation and dinner is ready and waiting

Slow-Cooked Chicken & Butternut Squash

If you’re trying to eliminate pasta and refined carbs here’s a great alternative

Creamy Chicken & Vegetables over Spaghetti Squash

Spring hasn’t sprung where you live yet? Give this a try

Stuffed Winter Squash

Now if you just can’t bear the thought of giving up your favorite pie…DON’T! Just give it a heart healthy twist

Pizza Primavera with Cauliflower Crust

Visit the Address Your Heart site for these and other AHA certified recipes.

And visit Campbell’s on Facebook for all the latest news, recipes and special offers!

Also click here for a list of awesome coupons and special offers from Campbell’s

How is your family working to be more Heart Healthy?

Houston Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival!

As a self-proclaimed foodie and lover of food trucks I almost came out of my skin at the opportunity to attend the 2014 Houston Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival!

I want to give a HUGE thank you to them for providing me with tickets to attend. They are also gracious enough to off YOU my readers a 4 pack of tickets for you to attend as well! Keep reading for info on how to get your paws on them!

 

ATTENTION HOUSTON FOODIES AND FOOD ENTHUSIASTS!!!

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This weekend, March 22-23, 2014 Houston welcomes back the largest gathering of food trucks in the area! This 2 day celebration of all things food benefits the Houston Community College Foundation

Here’s the pertinents:

WHERE:      HCC Southwest West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South

 

WHEN:        12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23

 

TICKETS:   Tickets are $16 for adults, which include $5 worth of drink concession tickets and $1 donation to the HCC Foundation.  Children 12

and under are free.  Purchase tickets online and find a complete list of food

trucks and entertainment at www.hautewheelshouston.com.

 

This year, they’re featuring 38, YES THIRTY EIGHT funky fun food trucks all in one spot- No need to drive all over town to find your favorite! See what I did there :)

Here is a list of the participating trucks:

Angie’s Cake, Coreanos, Chi’lantro BBQ, Chocolat d’arte, Good Dog Hot Dog, Flip ‘n  Patties, Fork in the Road, Fraiche, Frosted Betty, Golden Grill, Happy Endings, H-town StrEats, It’s a Wrap, Koagie Hots, Kona Ice, Kurbside Eatz, LadyBird, Monster PBJ, Muiishi Makirritos, Nom Mi, Pocket to Me, Porch Swing Desserts, Soul Cat Cuisine, St. John’s Fire, The Waffle Bus, The Lunch Bag, Tila’s Taco Truck, and Snow Cream Man—an original 1961 ice cream truck.  

 

Newcomers include:  The DETOX Truck, The Hungry Lumberjack, Les Ba’get, Espresso Rescue, Katmania Crepes, Miso Yummy, Mr. Sizzle’s Curbside, Gastro Punk, Foodgasm, Skratch and Yummy’z Kitchen.

This is a family friendly event and there will be activities to keep the whole clan happy!

 

There will be musical performances by Craig Kinsey; a New Oleans/Mardi Gras-style street show.

Ancient Cat Society will also be charming festival goers with their clever lyrical style.

 

I’m really excited for all the interactive experiences too: *Courtesy of the Houston Haute Wheels website*

Interactive Activities

Houston Dynamo

Join in the fun in this interactive area. Meet members of The Dynamo Girls, the official dance team of the Houston Dynamo and the only dance team in the MLS. Get your picture taken with mascot Dynamo Diesel and challenge your own soccer skills.

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Via Colori

A team of talented designers takes to the streets of Haute Wheels creating a larger than life food truck painting. Join in the fun as well. Via Colori is the annual street painting festival which benefits the Center for Hearing and Speech.

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Northside Fury

Learn more about roller derby from this nonprofit women’s flat-track roller derby league in North Houston. This organization is for women who wish to engage in friendly competition and participate in our community through volunteer work and fundraising.

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Battlefield Houston

Battlefield Houston brings a new level of excitement with outdoor laser tag. Featuring laser tag games.

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P&M Entertainment

Think you have the skills to walk on water.. how about roll on water? Get to rollin’ in these Entertainment Bubbles!

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Houston Rockets Street Team

Saturday only, the Houston Rockets Street Team will hold drawings and trivia questions every 30 minutes for guests to win free prizes. Test your free-throw skills with the Pop-A-Shot inflatable plus much more!

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There will also be

Beer & Wine Garden Sponsored by

H-E-B

Featured Breweries

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Featured Wineries

Can you tell I’m excited?

Now, if you have read all the way through to this point, you’ve shown me that you really love food too!

If you would like to join me in this spectacular event in our great city,

head on over to my instagram page and look for THIS picture:

Like it, and tell me why YOU want to go to the Houston Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Day 15-20 NF 6 Week Challenge- AKA the week that went to hell…

Well, hello there!

It’s just been one of those off weeks. My diet has been sub par, my workouts practically nonexistent. I’m going to break the pattern for this challenge update because I just feel like it’s the week to do that. And if I want to go off on a tangent I think that’ll give me the freedom to do that too! Besides, I’m pretty sure this is my blog so I can pretty much do whatever I please!

I had high hopes for this week after Sunday’s spectacular run! Did you see those splits?  Here ya go, ya know, just in case you missed it!

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(Yeah, I’m bragging a little- this was my best run in EVER!) Who knows, maybe this great run was why I had such a shitty workout week- you know that feeling that you’ll never do that well again? I don’t really think that’s the case, but since it crossed my mind just now, I thought I’d put it out there as “something to think about.”

Monday 3/10

I’ll start with life goals. I’m pretty sure that I didn’t follow any sort of routine whatsoever. Morning, afternoon or otherwise.

I did manage 4 rounds of 10sq10pu. That translates to NOT properly hydrated.

I also cranked out 2 blog posts! That may or may not have contributed to not getting any actual work done…maybe…possibly…

I had my typical oatmeal breakfast and yummy leftovers for lunch.

Dinner was on point! Pan seared pork chops with roasted cauliflower puree. It was honestly so delicious I could have (and wanted) to eat it until I was sick! I somehow managed to refrain from devouring everything so that I could send the leftovers for lunch Tuesday for both of us!

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As far as workouts, I’d planned to take a rest day. My thought was that since the run was so great after a few days rest- that I’d let that happen again. Little did I know it was the first step into the downward spiral of the week. :(

Tuesday 3/11

Apparently didn’t sleep well Monday night so Tuesday morning was a case of ‘oh shit I slept through the alarm’, grabbed an Advocare MRS (they are actually delicious btw) for breakfast and  tossed leftovers in the bag for lunch. Hooray for putting lunch away the night before!

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I was careful to recognize that it was my fault for running late and was extra patient with lil P.

Geez really? Only logged 3 rounds of 10sq10pu. That partially explains the major fatigue. Super dehydrated.

Dinner was homemade stir fry.

I think I did most of my before bed routine, I started Dumbbell lvl 2 workout and got through my DLs and push presses and realized how late it was. So I cut it short and went to bed.

**Highlight of the day** I registered for the Super Spartan in Austin on May 17th. Feeling froggy? Click the link in the sidebar and get a discount!

Wednesday 3/12

Much better on the 10sq10pu front- 6 rounds! Yay for that & yay for hydration.

I grabbed an Advocare MRS for breakfast and had leftover stir fry for lunch. You know it’s an off week when I don’t take pictures of my food! Blogger fail! LOL!

I honestly can’t remember dinner because while Big J and I were out shopping for new shoes for the littles and new work boots for him, lil P developed some kind of ailment that we’d soon find out was a massive double ear infection.

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She went from all giggles and smiles to squealing in pain in a matter of moments. We hurried home to get her some pain reliever. Unfortunately that seemed to do little to ease her discomfort. Lil P can be whiney when she doesn’t get her way but this was beyond anything that she’s ever done before so I knew something was not OK.

We headed to the Emergency Room and she was quickly diagnosed. Also, the antibiotics that she’d been on for her strep throat did NOT clear that up completely either! GEEZ thanks for NOTHING CVS MINUTE CLINIC!

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Thursday 3/13

HAPPY 13th birthday Little S!!!!!

Big J and I stayed home with a less than wonderful feeling and less than happy Lil P. Not much got done today as far as housework or workouts.

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I tried out my new contraption though…pretty fun, although it only assists approximately 50# so I still have a LONG way to go on getting that elusive pull up!

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Little S chose to have Chinese delivery for her birthday meal and I was more than happy to oblige. We also had strawberry cheesecake and Lil P had cupcake to celebrate!

Friday 3/14

No lie, it’s a blur. I only remember that I finished Little S’s cosplay costume and it was really late before I got into bed

Saturday 3/15

Anime Matsuri

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Here’s a link to the album http://s1167.photobucket.com/user/AmandaCMedau/library/Anime%20Matsuri

I had so much fun  with her and I loved seeing her enjoying herself. Little S is definitely suffers from Middle Child syndrome- Big S gets to do xyz because she’s the oldest, Little J gets to do abc because he’s the only boy and little P gets abcxyz because she’s the baby…

It was really nice to have time for JUST Little S. I really think she had fun!

Sunday 3/16

Anime Matsuri day 2

I would definitely do this again!

We planned better today and brought food- turkey cranberry meatballs so we’d be less tempted by junky food!

When we got home, it was nice to just chill on the couch and cuddle with Big J!

We made a really delicious dinner of brisket, turnip greens served over pasta and watched a marathon of “Naked and Afraid” it was really good. I enjoyed it quite a bit!

And that is how my week went. Not nearly as horrific and I originally thought, but I definitely need to get back on track with my workouts!

Here’s to Monday being the start of a new week and a chance to start again! Renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated!!!

Are you overly critical of yourself?

Do you have any plans in place to help you BE NICE TO YOU when that happens?

What helps you get back on track after a less than stellar week in working toward your goals?