May 17, 2016

Chicken Fajita Rollups

Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups

These look amazing and the great part is they are so healthy!  Another highlight for me is that it is easy.  I find myself using the same go-to recipes all the time because I don't take the time to get adventurous and then I am bored with my food.  Trying new, easy things should help me avoid getting stuck in this rut!
Serves: 3
  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • For the Chicken:
  • 3 chicken breasts or 6 thin sliced chicken cutlets ¼-inch thick
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ green bell pepper, sliced
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, cayenne (if using) and cilantro. Set aside.
  2. For the chicken breasts, if you purchased pre-sliced chicken cutlets then skip to the next step. If using chicken breasts, slice them longways into 2 even slices and firmly pound the chicken using the smooth side of a meat tenderizer to an even thickness of about ¼ inch.
  3. Place chicken cutlets into a large resealable freezer bag and pour marinade over top, making sure they are completely coated. Allow chicken to marinate for a minimum of one hour to overnight.
  4. Once chicken has marinated, evenly place 6 bell pepper slices in the middle of the chicken cutlet, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Repeat this step until all the cutlets have been rolled up and place seam side down in a prepared baking dish.
  5. Brush tops of chicken with remaining marinade and bake, uncovered, at 375 for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the juices run clear. Serve and enjoy!
Serving Size: 2 chicken roll-ups • Calories: 255 • Fat: 12.7 g • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g • Carbs: 10.9 g • Fiber: 1.4 g • Protein: 27.6 g • Sugars: 2.9 g • WW Points+: 7 • Smart Points: 6

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May 11, 2016

No Pain No Gain, Right?

For the third time someone told me "work through it". Clearly this person does not understand the magnitude of the injury I am enduring.  That's OK, I don't need everybody to understand it.  However, it IS important for people to know this is the type of statement that can cause somebody permanent, irreversible damage.  Who knows, I may have permanent damage and it may not be reversible but it IS improving.  The vertebrae itself is twisted and there's no fixing that.  Working around it is something that I have had to figure out how to do.  If I stay exactly the same as I am now, I'll take it because it is better than it was but I am certainly NOT going to work through it and make it worse.  Easing back in is a much better option than resulting in furthering the injury.

 No pain, no gain, right?  To this I say "what do you mean?"  If you're talking about being sore from your amazing work out the last 2 to 3 days then I say, "Hell yeah! Go for it! That is how gains are made. By persevering through the pain/soreness (and, of course, having rest days in between).  If you're talking about an injury then that's a whole different scenario and I say absolutely not.  By all means, I'm all about encouragement and motivation so, to an extent, I can appreciate "working through it".  I am just saying, be careful what advice you take and give to others. 

This reminds me of a lady at the grocery store.  I have never met her and during our conversation she tells me she didn't like that the dr. prescribed her meds she did not think she needed.  I said I hate the medication is the first choice and I always prefer other options.  She said "so you think I should stop taking it?"  I had to clarify that in no way am I a doctor and I cannot begin to tell her if she needs medication or not and said she needs to consult with her dr. about the concerns, not me.  I was very careful to say this TWICE.  My point is that this person was willing to take advice from a perfect stranger.  Even though I was not giving that type of advice, it was how she took it and it could have had a negative impact on her life.

I am the LAST person to lay down and let this get the best of me. Some people have resorted to taking medication and letting it get them down. Injuries like these can and HAVE caused depression because people have to stop doing things in their life as a result of it and it can be very tough to see past that.  Having their livelihood taken away in reference to  things as simple as walking or driving can be debilitating and crushing.  Believe me, I've battled my fair share of ups and downs but I REFUSE to let it take me down.  I continue to focus on the positive and on what I can do.

The main love of my life was dancing and I had to stop and this is just one thing on my list of things I discontinued. As part of my healing and recovery I've been able to do other types such as learning to country dance. It's not quite the same but it's fun and it's what I CAN do. I am so much more fortunate than other people and for this, I am eternally grateful.
The key to success is listening to what your body needs and tells you.  I'm not talking about eating brownies and chocolate chip cookies every time your body craves it (or else I'd be in trouble. I'm talking about being mindful in areas of importance.  Listen to it when something hurts more than just from working out. 

This topic is one I have been passionate about for a long time.  I found a blog I wrote, over 2 years ago, before this old injury became activated and my stance was the same as it is now.  Except now, I actually experience people making suggestions that could be detrimental which was always my point to begin with.  I have seen people making unwise decisions but it seems worse to hear encouragement of it.
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May 4, 2016

Lemon Chicken Recipe

This is a Cooking Light "Weeknight" recipe but I'll tell you, I don't see myself spending this much time after I get off work.  I know it's only an hour but first of all, I'm usually hangry by the time I get home and 2nd, I need to get 8 hours of beauty sleep a night and I hate going to bed full.  Or even partially full.  Considering my drive home is long and I am working again, this means I would only get to eat a couple bites and I'm more of an 'eat it all' kinda girl!


12 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner Recipe4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 3/4-inch thickness
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 thyme sprigs
4 ounces cremini mushrooms, quartered
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup whole milk
5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
8 very thin lemon slices
1 (8-ounce) package trimmed haricots verts (French green beans)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


1. Preheat oven to 450°.
2. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil, and simmer 12 minutes or until tender. Drain.
3. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken and thyme sprigs to pan; cook 5 minutes or until chicken is browned. Turn chicken over. Place pan in oven; bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan.
4. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add potatoes, cut sides down; mushrooms; and 1 tablespoon thyme; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring once. Combine milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add remaining salt, remaining pepper, flour mixture, stock, lemon, and beans to pan; simmer 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Add chicken; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Sprinkle with parsley.

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 342
Fat 8.6 g
Satfat 1.8 g
Monofat 3.9 g
Polyfat 1.2 g
Protein 43 g
Carbohydrate 23 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 110 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 642 mg
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May 2, 2016


The weekend has come and gone.  This weekend was crazy busy for me, as was last weekend.  The above pic was a concert I went to last weekend for DJ Diplo.  It was rather packed!  It was fun too but did I mention it was packed?  Getting a drink was a giant joke and I was thirsty.  LOL. 

I am in the middle of painting and distressing an old desk which is proving to be quite the pain in the ass.  Maybe I should've opted for a regular desk instead of a roll top.  Eh, it'll be amazing when it's done.  This is the before pic- lots of work, right?!!

More importantly, I did 10 regular push ups TWICE last week which is huge because I did it pain free!!!  I have been able to do normal workouts virtually pain free.  OK, that is code for 'there is some pain but it is minimal enough to deal with'.  Unfortunately, I am losing out on a massage portion of my recovery so I am hoping it doesn't impact me negatively.

I made chicken Alfredo at some point over the last couple weeks and it was quite amazing!

And chicken stuffed with spinach and feta which ended up working just as well with breakfast as dinner.

And then I had too many snacks.

Truly, much of the last couple weeks are a blur with so much going on and the desk is not done yet after taking most of this weekend to do it.  MEH... don't like it.  Anyway, upcoming weekend is Mother's Day and a birthday party Kentucky Derby style so that should be quite amazing.

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Apr 21, 2016

Small Wins

Holy shit!!  I've been sick forever and had zero motivation.  Matter of fact, I would definitely say #zerofucksgiven.  I did not give a shit about fitness, did not give a shit about training for a show, did not give a shit about helping others, and did not give a shit about the invention I was working on.


I was sad that I had just begun working out and then had to put it on hold AGAIN.  I was disappointed that the idea I have for an invention already exists -which is weird because when I searched for the patent, I couldn't find it.  I was bummed that my immune system, which I usually consider to be stellar, is taking forever to get better. 

I actually got worse, discovered it was a sinus infection and was prescribed antibiotics.  I took those for a full week and was only slightly getting better like every other day.  WTH?????  PS it was a full 2 weeks and this week is the 3rd.  (I am almost all the way better)

I had to truly focus on why I love my life.  I had to remind myself that even though I was not loving the specific situation, that I still love my life and all the things I lost motivation on still mattered.  I remembered that our bodies have a way of speaking to us.  Of telling us when it is time to take a damn break!!!  I was so excited to reach ALL my goals NOW that I was not taking any time to relax and give my body what it needs.  I thought I was doing a great job balancing doing fun things and #allthethings that make me happy with work life and goal life. 

Along the way, people were still reaching out for workouts and nutrition.  Meanwhile, I have to remember how to workout myself.  I mean real workouts in the gym with real equipment and weights and stuff.  In my effort to help someone else, I found a workout I wrote and got excited because I found a few that remind me how much I used to know.  I became inspired that I can and will get back to that.  It will likely be at a different level than what I used to do but it is better than nothing!!!

I have to remember that the small wins keep coming.  While there are setbacks here and there, I am still way more fortunate that some people in the same situation as me.  Or worse situations where injuries are involved. 

I found a blog in October of 2014 saying I was going to try lifting again.  I'm like, geez, I've been consistently trying to get back on the horse.  Not giving up.  Looking at the bright side of things.  Keeping positive.  And I love all the stuff I have record of!!!

This week I did a light leg workout and 2 days later I woke up with a pretty good size headache which went away.  Yesterday I got in a light shoulder workout and my neck is slightly sore today with a slight headache.  These 2 things are slight enough that I will do another light workout today, while still being aware.

Today I FINALLY have motivation to write a blog (and am well enough to do it!) - YAY.  And all the other things I lost motivation on and didn't give a fuck about - I actually DO give a fuck about.  Temporarily I lost my way but I guess that is all part of being human and getting through life.  As long as I keep learning and growing from this stuff, I am happy and will make it through the sludge and the mud as it comes along.

Oh, and the idea?  Well, I thought of another way to make it work and still be original so I'll be back at that too!

How do you overcome obstacles?
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Apr 4, 2016

Weekending - Late Edition

Why am I ALWAYS behind on stuff?  Geez!  I've been working on a great idea for an invention and, can I just say, it's extremely time consuming.  I have no idea how to do ALL the things I want to do.  I think I just want to do too much.  Let's see, what have I been up to the last couple weeks?  Last weekend was Easter and I got in a couple hikes before eating waaaaay too much for my body. Way more than I need for sure!

These below pics are of the hike and a couple street corners on the way too and from the hike.  I never used to be into desert beauty but it's kinda pretty!

I was released to begin light workouts and I have been doing just that.  Only focusing on one muscle group in a workout and only doing 1-3 exercises at a time.  It is kinda hard for me not to do more but it is crucial so I know what reactivates the injury while it is still healing.  Things have been working alright.  I have a little pain from certain things but the great news is that it only lasts a day or 2 when it used to last a full week.  The Dr. thinks this is a good sign and to continue paying attention and being aware.  I'm sure, like anyone else, I don't want to wait. 

Some of the meals I've prepped over the last couple weeks. 

Chicken, mozzarella and tomato.

Grilled egg, turkey and tomato with Sriracha mayo.

Chicken, broccoli, light Alfredo sauce, angel hair, spinach, yellow bell pepper and garnished with tomato.
My best friend from junior high found me on Facebook! Check out these sweet pics:

I got food poisoning last week and when I ate again, this is what I wanted.  Sonic peanut butter with cookie dough.  A girl wants what a girl wants.
I am during the interview process of a different position within my company and the final interview is Thursday. 
My friend was picking up a dress for a wedding she will be in and, coincidentally, it was near me.  Coincidentally there are lots of amazing happy hour places near me as well.  So we managed to make it out for HH and a couple places to follow.  I got a surprise call from my grandma in the middle of it all so after my drinks I had a great visit with her.  #lifeisamazing.
I spent a lot of my weekend researching patents for this invention and doing the work involved in getting it going.  Believe me, I would've had more fun doing other things but I think this will be worth it. 
Luckily, I also got in a hike and was able to spend a tiny little bit of time by the pool.  I love being outdoors but it is starting to get hot during the day in AZ so I wasn't out there long.
I stopped in for a drink on my way home from errands on Sunday and ran into some people I know.  One of them is hiring for outside sales and it could be a great opportunity.  Crazy how doors open just from a whim of me deciding to go to a bar!!!  Maybe I should go to more bars!
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Mar 23, 2016

Confessions: Daily Life Struggles

I wore heels to a housewarming party Friday night for about 4 hours and afterward my back hurt, feet hurt.... f*ck this!  I have no idea how the hell I used to wear them dancing ALL damn night.  And then to work ALL week long.  #thestruggleisreal

I just don't care that much to be hot or sexy if it means torturing myself.  I'd rather just wear flip flops.  There are really cute ones these days anyway.

I realized - I just can't do shit to the magnitude I used to.  I've been adding jump rope into the routine of what I *can* do so I started increasing it a little more every day.  Finally I was up to 30 minutes one day and the next day could only squeeze out 10 minutes.  My shins were on fire.... thought I had shin splints.  Now I see why beginners give up - #thestruggleisreal

F*ck you Mark.  Just kidding, I like him but I just wanna speed up the healing of this injury to do #allthethings.  NOOOOOW. 

I'm actually really nervous that the injury won't allow for the competition.  I was released to the gym Monday evening so we shall see how it goes.  I cannot do anything overhead such as a military press or overhead triceps extensions.  I have a feeling I am going to have to get creative with modifications. 

I do not even know what it will be like in a real gym.  It's been 2-3 years since I have been anywhere besides my tiny work gym or condo gym.

My friend did a park workout with me last night.  There are some great stationary pieces of equipment open to the public.  I was able to do more incline pushups, jump rope, eat some bugs, etc.

My pants are too tight.  I have an event that requires us to wear business attire and I feel like I shouldn't really breathe today or else I might split my pants.

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Mar 16, 2016

Confessions: Competition Style

I have decided I am going to do a fitness show and I may be delusional thinking I can do what it takes in the lifting category but I am going to at least try.  One thing for sure, if I can make it -pain free- through the workouts, I will NOT be in the back crying because I have not eaten forever.  Or nibbling at a tiny little piece of M & M to hold me over until I can *finally* eat.  No starving for me thank you.  Clearly there has to be some sort of structure but I'm not going to kill my hormones and brain to do it.

-It bugs me when fitness "professionals" suggest cutting carbs.  I'm talking about when I hear people say they are getting their carbs from fruits and veggies.  Then they have ranch or steak at ALL meals of the day.  And then never eat a banana - which, by the way has 36g of carbs for a medium-ish sized one.

-Or when trainers suggest tilapia and asparagus to fitness competitors.  There is more to life than that.  Competitions should be fun, not torture.  I understand some sacrifice is necessary but even the tiniest little gnat could come up with better meal plans than merely tilapia and asparagus.

-It drives me bat sh!t crazy when someone says I am lucky or have good genes.  Oh ya, you already knew that. 

-It also drives me crazy to hear someone suggesting that 130g + of protein is a good idea for a woman to lose weight.  It.  Is.  NOT.  Necessary.  Protein is good, yes, but not in excess. 

There is so much emphasis on protein that it has become overboard and is more of a fad than actually used in a realistic manner.  I have much more to say on this topic but nobody has all day for that shit.

The body neeeeeeeds carbs to survive.  I know, ketosis is something that many MANY people practice and have success with.  But what happens when they have ONE pasta dish?  Or one potato?  What about the rest of their life?!  I cannot imagine avoiding sweet potatoes, bananas, bread, pasta, even cookies or cake forever. 

Evidently I get bitchy when I am overly hungry.  Proper term:  hangry.

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Mar 14, 2016

Weekending with All the Things that Make Me Happy

I know we have heard this before buuuuut, I can NOT believe it is already Monday!  I really need longer weekends.  On a regular basis.  My weekend literally JUST started and it is already over.  So far over that I am at work and starting the new work week.  And linking up with Biana for Weekending.  Thanks for always hosting this.

Well, just another opportunity to make this week uh-maze-eeng.  I have been on this life journey to do all the things that make me happy.  Soooo, that is exactly what I did this weekend.

My weekend was filled with #allthethings that make me happy!  Hung out, hiked, pool time, friend time, dancing and there was so much that time flew really quickly.

I've been loving using the jump rope for my workout because I can really get my heart rate up and burn some calories.  The greatest part is that is lower impact so it doesn't hurt like a run would.  Not my knees or my neck.  I got in a great one yesterday and had every intention of doing it again today.... buuuuuuut, the alarm went off and my body had other plans for my morning.  Oh well, today after work is just fine by me.

Such great views from this pool and kitchen!
 My friend and I were talking about how we used to really get ready when we were younger.  I used to wear eyelashes.  Because they are so pretty.  Now- too time consuming.  I used to do full make-up.  Now- too time consuming.  I used to wear heels.  Now- my back hurts too much to do it regularly.  I still do here and there but then I suffer for a day or 2 afterward.... not that worth it.

It is probably important to mention that I was able to fit in a piece of pizza and a piece 2 pieces of Boston Crème cake for dinner yesterday.  Who gets to eat cake and pizza for dinner?!!  #adulating and #winningatlife
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Mar 11, 2016

Friday Favorites

Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.  My favorite overkill meal this week.  Because for a work team builder we went to Oregano's to get some ridiculousness from the table to our face to our bellies.  #allthethings I want in life!

I know, I just talked about this pizza recently.  This actually came about because I was talking about how much I want this redo from 7 months ago.  I mentioned it to a couple people who sit near me and it spread like wildfire until EVERYONE from the team wanted this so we celebrated being the top team the last couple months.

Favorite song this week:

Favorite comfort food that is still light:

Made with chicken sausage and almond milk to lighten it up.  The small things make me happy.
Favorite Dr. office décor:

 It is so much nicer and prettier than a regular Dr. office.  The little things.
I have been using jump rope lately, still on a mission to figure out what I can do with little or minimal pain and I have found this to be effective.  Highly effective because it really gets my heart rate going, burns the calves and is pretty fun.  So this is my favorite jump rope workout:

Favorite accomplishment:

30 incline push ups!!!  Pain free even!  Physical therapy seems to be working and my hope and goal is to be able to resume workouts the way I really want to.  In the meantime I am happy for being able to do this now.

This week's favorite quote:

Tell me, what is your favorite workout?  Favorite quote?

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