Soups On

Happy Monday! 

What a nice relaxing weekend! We played tennis, we went to a bookfair and ended it by celebrating a 7th Birthday with one of Jackson’s friends!

We also ate all of our meals, with the exception of the birthday dinner, at home.  Generally speaking, we eat at home for most of our meals. 

We try to make healthy (90% of the time), home-cooked meals that we all enjoy. 

Actually, I think we do a pretty good job of it. While each boy has their likes and dis-likes everyone eats what’s put in front of them. Of course, we do have to occasionally remind them that this isn’t a restaurant. 

Any ways, I’ve been searching for a new diet. Which is odd because I’m not a dieter. 

You can see from this post that I did Weight Watchers two years ago – for about 2 months – to help me beat middle-age spread. In addition, after my son was born, I did the Whole 30 in an attempt to reset my metabolism. For the record, I didn’t lose any weight nor did I ‘reboot my metabolism

The point I’m trying to make is, I’m not a dieter. 

My goal isn’t to lose any weight …said no one ever! ha ha, just kidding. Seriously, I don’t want to lose any weight. In terms of fitness goals, I’d like to tighten up my stomach and derrier. 

I know clean eating won’t do it alone. But it will keep it from counteracting all the hard work I do in the gym.

Given we eat healthy already and I can’t find a diet I want to follow, I think I’m just going to work on making better decisions.  Which includes steering clear of sugar (no more ice cream!), avoiding packaged snack foods, reducing alcohol consumption and carbs.

Sounds pretty simple, right? We’ll I guess I’ll find out!

To ensure I’m moving in the right direction and despite the warm weather, I’m going to eat this simple hearty and healthy Roasted Butternut Squash soup (pictured above) to help nourish my body and turn it into a fat burning machine.

New Year, New Mindset

Happy New Year!

I know, it’s the end of January and for so many of us the resolutions (or goals) made at the start of the year are already falling by the wayside. 

Not a problem here, as I myself am just getting started! 

My goal for the year is to discover my SECOND ACT.  Sadly, I set up this space a few years ago as a creative outlet to help me do just that. But, I have yet to move the needle. 

Like so many Mom’s, I put everyone and everything before me.  I forgot to INVEST in myself. 

OK, I have to be honest (mom guilt talking now), I have always invested in my physical fitness. So, I haven’t completely neglected myself. But I’ve decided I’m worth a BIGGER investment.

One thought that keeps going through my head: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got”– hello!?!

I realized as I reflected on 2018 that I have put very little effort into figuring out what I want to do for my next career. I’ve talked a big game, but in terms of time and effort invested the score remains ZERO. If I want to figure out my next chapter, I need to START doing things. Talking about a new career does not guarantee change. ACTION is essential. It takes time, effort and determination.

Clearly, I made a shift in my mindset. But now what?

Luckily, I came across an Instagram post for Mel Robbins FREE Mindset Reset Challenge. The challenge includes a free workbook and 35 days of emails with tips, reminders and video links. While the course started on January 1st, Robbins states at the start of each video that you can start whenever you feel ready – the videos will always be available. You can find them on her YouTube Channel.

So far, I’ve liked what she says and how she delivers the information. She uses real life examples, including many of her own stories. Where I’m finding the most value is in her morning routine and specifically with The 5 Second Journal.  

I didn’t buy the journal. In fact, she tells us not to and she provides us with the template. Which makes journaling so much easier. Although, it takes a little longer than 5 seconds (about 15 minutes to write out my daily gratitude and goals) the time invested has already resulted in me being more intentional with time, my goals and what I need to accomplish for the day.

Even though I’m starting a little late, I think 2019 is going to be a very fulfilling year.

What mindset shifts have changed your lives?

A Piece of Toast

As you know from this post, I put on a little weight last year. As a result, I have become a  creature of habit when it comes to breakfast. Most days my go to breakfast is a protein shake. But lately I’ve felt the need to shake (no pun intended – ha!)  things up and I’ve been craving a piece of toast.

I know, bread has a bad rap. Most people shy away from lots of carbs for all the good reasons we already know about.  However, for me personally, I feel like I have a little more energy if I add in small amounts of less processed, whole grain carbs (like Dave’s Killer Bread) and continue to stay away from the lethal combo of heavily processed grains, unhealthy oils and nasty sugars found in so many other high carb foods. 

Toast on it’s own does not make for the most exciting or nutritious meal. But with a little creativity toast offers endless tasty opportunities.

A piece of toast topped with peanut butter, bananas, coconut and honey is one of my favorites. Whether you have it for breakfast or a post workout snack, it is so easy, delicious and packed with protein for a great recovery meal.

Peanut Butter, Banana, Coconut + Honey on Toast
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
  1. 1 slice of toast (l love Dave's Killer Thin-Sliced Bread...between 60 - 80 calories per slice)
  2. 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  3. 1 banana sliced
  4. 1 tablespoon toasted coconut chips.
  5. 1 teaspoon honey
  1. Toast the bread in the toaster until golden brown.
  2. Spread the peanut butter on the toast.
  3. Slice the bananas into even slices and place them side-by-side on the toast.
  4. Sprinkle with toasted coconut chips.
  5. Drizzle with honey.
  1. Nutrition
  2. Serving Size: 1 | Calories: 324 | Fat: 11 | Fiber: 7 | Protein: 9
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Aging Gracefully…

Recently I celebrated my 49th birthday! I debated whether or not to write about this birthday. There is a stigma surrounding aging in North America and 49 isn’t really a milestone birthday. But somehow it feels significant. I suspect it may have something to do with realizing I’m officially middle-aged!?!

Ok, the reality is, I was middle-aged a few years ago, but I am now just realizing it. 

Perhaps it only just dawned on me as I don’t feel my age and I certainly don’t act it. Although, I’m not really sure how a 49 year-old is supposed to feel or act. I do know I’m wiser than I was 29 years ago. You know, the wisdom that truly only comes with life experiences. 

On the flip side, I am starting to see some of the less desirable effects time can have. Last year, I had to make some changes to my diet and exercise to help beat middle-age spread and most recently I have noticed my skin is starting to show signs of aging. I now have fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes that I never had before. In addition, sun (brown) spots and broken capillaries from accumulated sun damage are also visible.

While there is nothing wrong with aging, I would like my outside to match the way I feel on the inside.

Thankfully, there’s never been so many ways to maintain that youthful look. Of course, I know it starts with sleep, diet, exercise and a good skin care routine. But a few anti-aging procedures to reduce the effects of aging couldn’t hurt. RIGHT? 

Look, I’m not trying to stop time… just slow it down a little.

I know there will be some people who may think I’m denying the natural aging process or that I am somehow not happy or fulfilled. Nothing could be further from the truth. I should also add, I know I have been blessed with good genes and good health.

So, I’m not obsessed with stopping the clock but I am choosing to slow the process down. I’ll share any anti-aging procedures I try. I doubt I’lll try any botox or fillers, but then again, never say never!

What are your thoughts on aging gracefully?

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