Looking Back on 2009

Happy New Year’s Eve!! I am once again shocked by the fact that another year is almost over. Do you have any big plans tonight? We are going to be low-key and hang out hoping to make it to midnight! haha! Last year we made it until 11:00p.m which was midnight in NYC. So we watched the ball drop and pretended that it was midnight! We kissed and went to bed! 🙂

But 2009 was a BIG year for me and it included a lot of changes. It wasn’t always easy but all-in-all this was a good year. Here are some notable things that happened for me in 2009:

Professionally

  • I officially became certified as a Nutrition Manager and began to follow my passion for helping people enjoy a healthy lifestyle
  • Lindsay Cotter and I developed and created Healthy Bites!! (Thanks to all of you who purchase them on a regular basis)
  • I developed and published my first, and hopefully of many, cookbook (Thanks to everyone who purchased one!!)
  • I entered the blogging world…and have LOVED every minute of this experience! (Thanks to all my faithful followers…I love you all!)

Personally

  • I ran my PR half marathon: 1:39:34!!
  • I fell even more in love with husband (is that possible?!)
  • I let go of some family baggage that I have held on to for too long and embraced what is my family and the love that is found there
  • I learned the true meaning of unselfish love

Goals for 2010

  • To accept that I am not perfect and that is OKAY! A friend gave me this piece of wise advice: “Perfection is impossible, however, striving for perfection is not. Do the best you can under the conditions that exist. That is what counts.” Lots of people (me included) forget that trying to be perfect actually hinders your chances of being excellent.
  • To laugh more
  • To qualify for the NYC Marathon
  • To publish another cookbook
  • To continue to grow my blog and continue following my passions!

SO BRING IT ON 2010…I AM SO READY! 🙂

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Do you have any resolutions for 2010??

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Fun Foodie Facts

One of my stocking stuffers was a book filled with random food facts. I was reading it on the beach this afternoon (it warmed up dramatically…like 65 degrees!!  WOO HOO!) And here are a few that I thought were fun:

1. A row of corn always has an even number

2. McDonald’s is one of the largest owners of real estate in the world and it earns the majority of its profits from collecting rent, not from selling food

3. Nearly 27 million Americans eat McDonald’s everyday

Really?!?

4. The warriors of Attila, king of the Huns, (A.D. 450) preserved their meat by placing fresh meat under their saddles. All the bouncing squeezed fluids from the meat, and the horse’s sweat salted the meat and removed more moisture. When the warrior stopped to eat, they had a dried and salted meal

5. The first soup was made from hippopotamus and dates back to 6000 B.C.

6. Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved anchovies (including the bones) that have been soaked in vinegar

7. Oysters have often been considered to be aphrodisiacs

Haha...I LOVE raw oysters

8. The banana tree is not a true fruit at all but a giant herb and the banana is actually its berry. A banana plant produces only one bunch or “hand” in its life, but that bunch may have between 100 to 400 bananas. Despite its phallic shape, the banana is sterile and no fertilization takes place in the banana flowers. A banana plant grows when one of its shoots is planted

 9. Kissing may have originated when mothers orally passed chewed solid food to their infants during weaning

10. The agent that gives Twinkies their smooth feel, cellulose gum, is also used in rocket fuel to give it a slightly gelatinous feel

Still want one?

11. The earliest form of eating processed food occurred in early hunting cultures when the men who made a kill would be rewarded with a meal of the partially digested contents of the stomach of their prey

12. In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food. In 2006, the spending rose to nearly $142 billion

13. The Tootsie Roll is named after its creator Leo Hirshfield’s daughter Clara, whose nickname was Tootsie. It was the first penny candy that was individually wrapped. During WWII, Tootsie Rolls were placed in soldiers’ ration kits because it could survive various weather conditions

These were ALWAYS my favorite thing to get at Halloween when I was a kid.

14. The term “junk food” was initially used in the 1960s but was popularized during the following decade when the song “Junk Food Junkie” reached the top of the charts in 1976

Hope you thought this was interesting and fun! 🙂

A Southern Meal with a TWIST….

So last night for dinner we had my pineapple meatloaf topped with BBQ sauce! (So yum) and instead of meatloaf and mashed potatoes (gotta love that southern food) we did Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes! They were very good and everyone liked…even my meat and potatoes husband went back for seconds! 🙂 But here’s the bummer…can you believe I totally forgot to snap a picture?!? Dang it! 😦 

CAULIFLOWER MASHED POTATOES 

1 head of cauliflower 

1 oz fat-free half and half 

salt and pepper, to taste 

rosemary, optional 

Boil cauliflower until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain and place everything in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency of mashed potatoes. 

Serves 4-6 

30 Calories; 0.2g Fat; 0.1mg Cholesterol; 244mg Sodium; 6.2g Carbohydrates; 2.6g Fiber; 2.2g Protein 

We also watched another movie….Julie and Julia. It was good. I enjoyed it a lot! A good movie for all you foodies out there! We are working our way through Santa’s movie gifts!!! 🙂 

A Good Foodie Movie!

 

Today my Aunt and cousins came in for the day!! YAY! We walked on the beach and we seashell hunting!! 

The Beach!

Looking for seashells

Me and my cousin Kristen

 And tonight we are having FRESH fish…we went to the fresh seafood market and got some Grouper! We are putting the boys in charge and we plan to grill it with some fresh ears of corn! Can’t wait!

Happy Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is having a good day so far! This morning has been very chill for me at the beach. I got up and ran 7 miles…nice…came home and have done NOTHING! Love it! We did watch Inglorious Basterds last night…it was really good!

Great Movie!

This morning after my 7 miler (8:05 minute mile pace) I had another protein smoothie but this time I used the Luna Strawberry Banana Recovery mix. (I blended it with vanilla almond breeze and ice) It was tasty too but I think I preferred yesterday’s Dark Chocolate Flavor better. But overall I am impressed with these and will definitely keep buying them!

Strawberry Banana Flavor

I found a very interesting article about weight loss and the scale. How many of you use the scale to measure your weight loss success? Sometimes the scale isn’t the best indicator to use to measure your fitness goals. Since lean muscle mass weighs more than fat you might not lose weight quickly at first even though you are lowering your body fat percentage. Rather use your clothes as a guide. Are your clothes fitting better? Are you losing inches? Sometimes that is a better way to check in than by using a number on a scale. Here are 4 signs that you might be a little scale obsessed:

  1. You constantly worrying about weighing in
  2. You weigh more than once a day
  3. You can recite your weight to the nearest fraction at all times
  4. The scale determines how you feel about yourself for that day

Try not to use weight loss as your goal but rather look at it as the result of a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise. Sometimes ditching the scale is the best thing you can do for yourself! And if that number is important to you try only weighing in once a week at most. 🙂

Alright I am off to go beat the hubs at boggle! Well…maybe!

Oh…and their is a HUGE vitatop giveaway from Iowa Girl!

 

We Made It!

Well we are HERE!!! We have successfully made it to the beach! The drive was easy…and Keith and I played fun road games the whole way!

My Cutie Husband!

 

We are headed out!

 

When I walked in the condo my mom had her shrimp creole going (with fresh shrimp she picked up this morning!!) and it smelled AMAZING!!! It was so yummy! My belly is H-A-P-P-Y! 

Mama's shrimp creole with fresh steamed asparagus with lemon!

Another look at that fantastic meal!

We may be at the beach but we still eat really well!! I will score the recipe later and post it next week! Ssh…don’t tell my mom! 🙂  Happy Monday night everyone!

Packed and Ready to GO!

Yippe…Keith and I are heading out to the beach in about an hour! I am so excited!! See this is why I have never seen snow! I always opt for the beach…always! There is just something calming and relaxing about hearing the waves. Plus running on the beach HAS to be better than running in snow! (Or so I am guessing!) 

I had a great workout this morning. I ran 11 miles in 95:07. So about 8:40 minute mile pace…felt great! Since I am super busy this morning packing up all the last-minute items, I made a protein shake using the Luna Recovery Dark Chocolate mix. It was TASTY! I mixed it with 8 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, 1/2 a banana and lots of ice and blended it all up. EXCELLENT! I definitely recommend this product! Each packet has 120 calories; 21g carbohydrates; and 8g protein. Here are the ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Whey Protein Isolate, Organic Brown Rice Syrup Solids, Organic Alkalized Cocoa Powder, Natural Flavors, Xanthan/Guar Gum, Sea Salt. It is the perfect base for whatever smoothie you are craving. It also comes in Strawberry Banana flavor! 

 

Chocolate Goodness!

 

So now I am beach-ready! I am even wearing flip-flops (although it is like 35 degrees right now!) But I am getting into the spirit…my toes will survive! 🙂 Have a good Monday and I will be back later..from the BEACH!

What a GREAT Surprise!

So I just found out that Suzanne, of Trying to Maintain, presented me and 6 other ladies with the Beautiful Blogger Award for Beautiful Bloggers!  THANKS SUZANNE!!!

So, in Beautiful Blogger tradition, I will share 7 things about myself and then pass the award on to 7 other Beautiful Bloggers!

Here goes:

1. I still sleep with the teddy bear that my mom got for me when I was 6th grade. (Yes, he is coming to the beach with me tomorrow)

Mr. Bear!

2. My mom is my best friend.

3. When I was 3-years old I sliced the side of my face on a swing set pole and cut my right cheek from my eye to my lip. I had to have plastic surgery to put me back together again!

4. I have known my husband since I was born!

5. I am addicted to crossword puzzles.

6. My all-time favorite TV show is FELICITY!

Felicity & Ben
7. I hate tea…all kinds…hot, cold, flavored…all of it!

 

The seven Beautiful Bloggers I choose:

1. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers

2. Katie @ Yes, I Want Cake

3. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

4. Shannon @ Tri to Cook

5. Kristen @ Change of Pace

6. Megan @ The Runner’s Kitchen

7. Lindsay @ The Cotter Chronicles

Thanks to all of you for making a difference in my life!