Hooray!! It’s taco Tuesday! This week we had chicken fajitas. Occasionally we will have beef, lentil, or turkey tacos. Really just any food that you can eat out of a soft shell tortillas. It’s the kids favorite night of the week other then spaghetti night. We like to mix it up every now and then.
I’m a huge chicken fan, so these great! They are quick and easy to make, so that’s also a plus. The boys love them too. They are very kid friendly!! Just fry up the chicken, onion, and pepper in a non-stick frying pan like THIS ONE and top with seasonings. Just like tacos, there are so ways things that you can top them with including cheese, avocado, sour cream, lettuce, and/or tomatoes. For a low-carb version, you can use romaine lettuce as a shell!
2 Chicken Breast, sliced
1 Bell Pepper, sliced- use green, red, yellow, or orange (get creative!)
I am obsessed with becoming a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. Self confidence. Trust yourself and feel good about yourself. When you reach your goals, even little ones, this sparks a felling of accomplishment. It gives you more confidence. When your start reaching goals that you have set, you feel like you must be doing something right!! Progress. Weight some of that weight that you wanted to loss, knowing to yourself that you are eating healthier, and having your clothes fit a little better, these are things that make you feel accomplished. So set little goals and crush them! Once you start reaching those goals and feeling better about yourself, you will feel obsessed with it! Keep going, Push Yourself! Feel comfortable in your own skin.
Also I’m excited to announce Country Clean N Fit is hosting a Back-to-School Weight Loss Challenge. The challenge runs through the month of September. I am looking for ladies (or men) who are looking to lose 5-20 pounds. Winner is determined by % of weight lost, not total weight lost. Some people have more to lose then other so this is the fairest. Prize TBD. I’m thinking a Gift Card of some sort!! Sign-up through our Facebook Page by August 31st!!
Carb re-feed day? Just craving good, old fashioned pancakes? Well here is a pancake recipe, from scratch. Sour milk gives great flavor but my kids drink milk too fast to have it spoil. This recipe uses vinegar to sour the milk. I like to add a touch of vanilla for extra flavor. Pancakes are great for the weekend. I like to make a double or triple batch for the kids Back-to-School breakfasts, I then freeze the extras. You can do easy add-in like mini blueberries, chocolate chips, or bananas. This is a great base recipe for any kind of pancake that you want. How great! Once you have them frozen, just throw them in the microwave for 30 second, flip and cook 30 more seconds. Its a quick and easy breakfast. Kids love them!
Here what you need:
1 T Vinegar
1 C Flour
2 T Sugar
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla
For the recipe you need to add the vinegar to the milk and set aside. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. After 5 minutes, add egg and vanilla to the milk and beat. Add flour mixture and mix until smooth. Cook on a hot square griddle pan like this one. If you are making a double or triple batch electric griddles are handy for cooking more pancakes at once. Hope you enjoy these! Freeze any leftover or store in fridge for 3 days.
The pain you fell today is the strength you fell tomorrow. When you’re felling sore during your workouts, push yourself!! This is just your muscles building themselves stronger. When you start a new exercise program or new routine, your muscles may not be used to this kind of movement.
The next day you may fell a little sore and achy. This is normal!! Soreness is good. Pain to your muscles is different. You are the only one that knows how your own body feels. Know the difference between discomfort and pain.
Have the strength to push through the discomfort of sore muscles!! This makes them stronger. Stronger muscles make exercising easier. It makes them about the lift more weight. This is progress!! Keep going! Strive for your goals and for progress. What you do during today’s workout will make tomorrow’s workout easier.
Results are not seen overnight. It can be very discouraging when you take the time and effort to workout several times a week and not see results. You try to follow a healthy eating regime and little change is seen. It takes weeks to see results– keep going!! Stay positive and stay strong!
You need to fight for yourself and keep on working towards your goals. Remember why you started. You need to make changes in your life for them to happen. Team up with a buddy to help push each other towards your goals. Stick together to make your workouts happen. Push each other.
Stay focused and stay strong. Don’t give up on yourself. You need to stay mentally strong to have ability push yourself physically.
Hungry for a snack but don’t want to munch on a salad? Green smoothies are great!! They are quick and easy to make with minimal clean-up. They have spinach with contains vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Here is a recipe with some mango added. You can use fresh or frozen mango. I prefer to use frozen simply for the convenience of not having to peel and slice mangoes. I don’t like the slime either! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do. For smoothies, I think it’s very handy to use my Magic Bullet. If you are making more than one at a time, a Blender is better.
Mango Green Smoohthie:
1 C Spinach
1/4 C Vanilla Greek Yogurt
2 T Ground Flax Seed
1 T Honey
1/2 C Mango
Add all ingredient into a blend. Mix until smooth. Enjoy!
As I had mentioned in previous posts we had been planning a trip to Mexico. Well it finally came! We dropped the kids off at a friend’s house (bless her heart) and headed off to the airport. We had an adults only vacation. There was a total of 8 of us, 3 couples and 2 other guys. We left Minneapolis and arrived in Atlanta, from there we went straight to the island of Cozumel, Mexico. I was excited to the fact that I was able to use my passport for the first time! I coworker’s friend once told me happiness=passport stamps. I can totally see were she is coming with that! Although it was a little hard to be away from the kids, a getaway is a nice break from work, adulting, and all the responsibilities that come with it. With that being said we did have a great time but it sure is nice to be home.
The first day and night was spent with traveling to get there, unpacking our clothes, and deciding what activities to plan for the week. Then it was time to enjoy our vacation! We stayed the week at Sunscapes Saber Resort. It is an all inclusive resort with 4 restaurants and several bars. There are also 2 pools, a gym, spa, a kids club, and many sandy beaches. There are daily activities such as beach volleyball, water polo, and bingo. There was also nightly entertainment in the lounge or pool side theater. If you did decide to bring your kids, there are many fun things to do around the resort. They would be more then entertained.
During our week stay, we decided to do a couple of activities with other members of our group off of the resort. The two that we did were deep sea fishing and and ATV tour. We didn’t have much lucky fishing but it was still fun to go out on the ocean. We caught one barracuda which one of the crew chopped up and created a bowl of fresh cevechi. I had never tried it before and thought it was pretty good. We unfortunately headed back to shore early due to a couple of the guys on the boat being seasick.
The ATV tour was fun. There was 4 of us that went. We took a short ride through some rough and smooth trails through the jungle. The vegetation was beautiful. We even stopped at an old cenote which some people in our tour group decided to jump into. The smell of sulfur and the fact of getting wet fettered me from this. No thank you. We got very dusty while riding the ATVs. The business sold bandanas to cover your face with and had sinks available for washing up afterwards. Fun but a little dirty! The free Tequila tasting at the end was a plus!
My favorite thing that we did was rent a vehicle and do some exploring. We took a drive on the opposite side of the island. We were away from the downtown tourism, boating ports, and resorts. The opposite side of the island is protected and development is prohibited. There are miles of untouched jungle and beautiful views of the ocean. There are rocky beaches, one including a nature made swimming pool. There are also a small handful of native shops and restaurants. We took a walk into a large rock where the waves would come crashing into with the change in tides. It was truly amazing! We did stop for a drink a bar where they made slushy drink made of fresh fruit. They literally grabbed fruit out of fruit bowls and sliced it up right there for your drink. Fresh pineapple, mango, papaya, coconuts, limes, ECT. Very neat.
For lunch we ate at The Coconut’s Bar and Grill. We had some amazing cheeseburgers and fries. To get to the restaurant you climb a stone trial where the restaurant sits up on a cliff. The views of the ocean were amazing. It is known as the highest point of Cozumel. You can eat and drink while enjoying views of the ocean. The bar is very neat, their were t-shirts fastened to the ceiling from all over. Also there are parrots, a chameleon, and crocodile to check out when you are finished eating. It was a wonderful experience. While dining the ladies at our table were gifted a “grasshopper” made from palm tree leaves. We also watched this same gentlemen create a hat, which he then was selling for $25. Very crafty and entertaining. He was very fast at making them and showed great skill.
After some more downtown shopping it was back to the resort. The restaurants there included a Seaside Grill, Buffet, Italian, and Mexican cuisine. We always had many options of food to choose from. From lasagna to chicken fajitas to baked cod, great choices are to be had. At almost all of the spaces outdoor that you eat at, you are visited by these native “cow” birds. They are everywhere on the island. We also would see lizards.
While on the resort when enjoyed topical drinks daily. The bartenders where great and very knowledgeable. The piña coladas, mango tango, strawberry daiquiris, and mojitos were our favorite. The bars also had the local beer Dos Equis on tap for any beer drinkers. The swing chairs at the Seaside Bar were fun. Occasionally we would take our drinks to go and walk with them along the beaches or decide to find a lounge chair.
The resort had sailboats, kayaks, and snorkel gear available until 4pm everyday. The kayaking was fun. We also went out snorkeling a handful of times. Under the pier we found many, along with a stingray. The water is very clear and beautiful. The most common fish we seen where Caribbean blue tang, occasionally angelfishes.
Overall we enjoyed our vacation to Mexico thoroughly. The food and drinks where great. We picked up some great souvenirs. And we would recommend others to check it out!
Today the baby took a nap. Somehow being as tired as I am this week, got some ambition to do some landscaping. I found a few shrubs in our back acreage earlier this week that I thought would be great out by our front porch. I’m not quite sure what these are exactly. From pictures that I’ve seen, I believe these are honeysuckle bushes. Me and my 5 year old dug them up and transplanted them. He was a great helper and my certified hole checker. “So, Is it deep enough now?”. I think they look great and fill in a lot of space. We planted one white one and one pink one. It’s a start to some of our landscaping but we have a lot more work to do!
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Cook rice as directed. In skillet sauté garlic, onions, and peppers. Add sausage and sprinkle with seasonings. Once sausage is browned, add chicken stock, tomato paste, and rice. Cook until heated through. Enjoy! Optional add-in ideas- carrots, zucchini, or beans.
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Sometimes during a workout, you’re tired and you feel like you’re dying. When you feel like you can’t, push yourself to do more. Results come from effort. Results come from pushing yourself when you fell time you just can’t do it anymore. Push yourself. You can do it. It’s mind over matter!