True Confessions Tuesday

It has been a long time since I’ve done a True Confessions post, since April 10, to be exact. Which means, I have A LOT to confess to! Let’s start with these…

  • I CONFESS I have just gotten back into what I hope is a regular routine for working out. I don’t know why I let myself slip so badly. Despite the guilt I feel in not doing it, it still isn’t enough sometimes to get me moving again. I wish I could figure it out.
  • I CONFESS I need to make changes to my eating as well. Some aspects of it are good – I’m drinking a lot of water and eating a lot of fruits and veggies. My biggest downfall is portion control. I am still trying to be that person who doesn’t have to be on a “diet” or specific weight loss program. Clearly that isn’t working for me, but I am determined to somehow figure out a happy medium and make better choices.
  • I CONFESS that I am highly frustrated with myself and my lack of motivation over the last several months. I set a goal for myself to log 600 miles on dailymile running and walking for the year and I am WAY off where I should be at this point. But beating myself up over it isn’t going to help it, so I just need to keep it up and make up for lost time.
  • I CONFESS that I am not a fan of riding a bike, I really just DON’T like it. But, I have been thinking about it lately, that it may be good to add to my routine. And I’m not sure what I think will be different about it this time than in the past. I can walk for hours and not feel winded or out of shape, but if I ride a bike for 15 minutes, I’m done. And I hate that.
  • I CONFESS that I have gotten lost in my brain far too many times this past week. I get anxious at times and then I start to think things and it’s a downward spiral from there and before I know it, I’m lost in my brain. It’s the reason I wrote the letter to myself on Sunday. I have to dig myself out before I am too far gone sometimes. It’s best for my overall wellness.

 Yep, no shortage of confessions in my world today. I hope that saying these out loud (so to speak) will help keep me a little more accountable to myself.

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Friend Makin’ Mondays: Summertime

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.comso we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

 

Summertime

1. What is your favorite thing about Summer?   I hate to be a party-pooper but I really do not like the summer months. It’s too hot, it’s unbelievably humid, our business is slower, and did I mention that it’s too hot?

 

2. What is your favorite outdoor activity?  Running and walking, but walking wins in the summertime. Running in the heat is really hard for me.

 

3. If you had to choose, would you prefer to be too hot or too cold?  I would always prefer to be too cold. You can always put on more clothes, but you can only take off so many.

 

4. Does your appetite increase or decrease during warmer months?  I am always hungry, no matter what the temperature, lol. However, the foods I crave vary depending on the season / weather.

 

5. What is your favorite seasonal Summer fruit?  Without a doubt, mango.

 

6. Would you prefer to spend a hot summer day at the mall or at a swimming pool?   I would like to say the pool, but I’d probably pick the mall for the air conditioning. I live in Florida and it is just too darn hot and humid in the summer.

 

7. Are you more likely to tan or sunburn?  I tan very well. And I love being tan.

 

8. How does your routine change when Summer begins?  I have a really hard time running in the heat so I am more likely to walk.

 

9. What is the temperature outside where you are today?  It’s supposed to be 90, which means a feels like probably around 100 thanks to the rain we had this morning which made for extra humidity.

 

10. What is your favorite Summer holiday?  Probably Labor Day as it marks the end of summer. Like I said,I am not a fan of summertime. I am a fall / winter girl!

 

Now it’s your turn. Don’t forget to post the answers on your own blog, then come back and link up in the comments! Happy Monday, Friends!

Sunday in the kitchen

I can hardly contain my excitement on this post. This evening, I made a dish I’ve been wanting to make for awhile. I’ve been looking up recipes for this and honestly, they’ve all seem a little complicated. It finally occurred to me that I don’t have to follow a recipe exactly, just use it as a guideline. And after I asked hubby yesterday if he thought he might like this dish and he said yes, I was so excited to make it today.

What did I make? Paella, or my version of it… I know this is a very loose version of Paella and is nowhere near the true dish, but it came out fantastic. I know this, because as I type this, hubby is sitting next to me eating a second helping of it.

True Paella has chorizo sausage in it and I was concerned it would be too spicy for hubby. He doesn’t like spicy foods (the total opposite of me), so I wanted to make a version he would enjoy. Hubby suggested I use mild Italian sausage, which we know he loves. Good idea, honey! It worked out very well.

So, here is my recipe…

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 links mild Italian sausage
  • 1 bag Vigo yellow rice (serves 8)
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1/4 White onion, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Paprika
  • Minced garlic
  • Adobo powder
  • Olive oil

Cook chicken breasts in olive oil. I like to cook them whole and then cut them up about halfway through. I find it easier to cut then when it is raw.

In another pan, cook sausage in olive oil. When it is done cooking, slice into bit-sized pieces.

In a large saucepan, cook rice as per instructions on package. This will take about 20 minutes to cook. I turned it off while it was still on the moist side as I wanted to keep the dish as moist as possible.

When the chicken is almost done, add paprika (1 teaspoon), adobo powder (I used about a tablespoon of it), and add onion and red pepper. Continue to cook until onions are almost clear. Add minced garlic (about 1 tablespoon) and cook for about 5 more minutes.

In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil and add bouillon cube to dissolve.

In a large skillet, combine rice, chicken, peppers, onion, sausage, and chicken bouillon. Cover and heat on medium for about 10 minutes until bouillon is just about gone. Again, I didn’t want this to be too dry.

This made enough for probably 6 people, so we definitely have leftovers.

I am very happy with how this came out and I don’t think would change anything the next time. I would, however, like to add shrimp as well.

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Fixins’ for my version of Paella. The beer isn’t
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Chicken, peppers, and onion cooking…

 

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Mmmmmm Italian sausage…

 

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I can’t even tell you how delicious this smells!

 

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Ready to eat!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

A Letter To Myself

Dear me,

You are a wonderful person and you are stronger than you know. You take care of those you love and you do the best that you can in everything you do.

So then, why do you doubt yourself? Why do you feel like you can always do more or do better? Why do you feel so fragile? You cannot let fear and your insecurities get the best of you. You must not focus on the negatives, but rather direct that energy to all the positives in your life. Letting the negatives get the best of you only sends your fragile state of mind reeling. 

You know how good you feel when you do something for yourself, when you put yourself first. You seem to fall into the trap of not taking care of yourself when you are stressed out. There will always be something stressful going on, you have to decide how best to manage that stress and not let it get the best of you.

Yesterday, you made the decision to go for a walk and that walk turned into running. You ran when you felt like it and walked when you needed to. After not running for far too many weeks, you did pretty good despite the heat. You should not be so hard on yourself and just enjoy the moment.

Do you remember how you felt when you ran your first half-marathon? You felt like you could do anything – and you can. You have the ability to accomplish anything you set your mind to. It’s the reason you signed up for another half-marathon, to feel that enormous sense of accomplishment in completing something you never thought you would do.

If you are not happy about how you feel or how you look, YOU are the only one who can do something about it, YOU are the only one who can make the right choices and change. You’ve done it before, you can do it again.

Life is too short to be stressed out about things. You cannot control everything and there is no sense in worrying about the things that you know are out of your control. Focus on YOURSELF and the rest will fall into place.

Love,

Yourself

Happy 4th of July!!

Okay, so I’m a day late, but the night ran late with our 4th of July fun… It was really nice having a day off in the middle of the week. It messed with my brain though, and I kept thinking it was the weekend. Anyone else have that problem?

Hubby and I decided to go over to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa and throw away a little of our money for a few hours. We invited my mom along for the fun. It was a fun couple of hours. Good news is, we came home with money, only leaving about $20 there. I’m so glad my honey has will power there and doesn’t keep feeding the machines. Yay honey!

After the casino, we headed home for a few hours and then went out to dinner. We originally wanted to go to The Ozona Pig, since after all it was the 4th and my dad was on our minds and we were celebrating him as well as Independence Day. Unfortunately, they were closed for the holiday, so we went to Sonny’s BBQ instead. Still a great dinner… My SIL Jenna and my niece Autumn met my mom, hubby and I up there. It was a very nice dinner. It’s a shame my brother Nick was working in Miami and he didn’t get to join us.

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After some silliness in the parking lot with hubby and Autumn, hubby went home so Blue and Ozzie wouldn’t be home alone freaking out from the fireworks. They do not like loud noises. How sweet is hubby to stay home with them?

My mom, Jenna, Autumn, and I went up to Crystal Beach for sunset and fireworks. Autumn melts my heart when she refers to it as Pop Pop’s Beach. She knows that was my dad’s favorite place to watch the sunset and talks about him while we are there.

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Autumn had so much fun playing in the sand, walking in the water (which was out REALLY far!) and then doing sparklers and watching fireworks. They didn’t have an actual fireworks show, but many people brought there own. It was a lot of fun and there were so many people there. My dad would have loved seeing everyone enjoy themselves.

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And we actually got lucky and any rain in the area passed through before sunset. This was our 19th sunset we’ve seen at Crystal Beach since my dad’s crossing and not one single one has been rained out. I know my dad has something to do with that.

Here are some more of my favorite pictures from yesterday. As usual, I can’t get enough of my adorable niece Autumn and can never have too many photos!

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What did you do to celebrate the 4th of July?

I’d also like to wish my Nick and Jenna a very Happy Anniversary! Today is their 9th anniversary! Love you guys!

Sunday in the kitchen

Happy July 1st! It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the year already. It’s no secret that I dislike the summer months, so I am very glad that June passed so quickly. Here’s to hoping that July and August do the same.

Today was much different than last Sunday. This time last week, it was very windy and rainy as we waited for Tropical Storm Debby to decide where she was headed. Today, it has been sunshine and hot. I haven’t left the house at all today. I made breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home (this rarely happens!) with napping and reading in between. I like to call it a mental health day.

For dinner tonight, I made one of hubby’s favorites, turkey rolls. His mom used to make this and I got the recipe from her years ago. It is very easy to make and makes great leftovers. After eating dinner, there will be enough left for lunch for 3 days. I love that!

 

Turkey Rolls

  • 1 1/4 lb. lean ground beef
  • Canola oil
  • 1/4 white onion, diced
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 2 packets turkey gravy
  • 1 pack pre-sliced oven-roasted turkey breast (12 slices)
  • Salt and pepper

In a large skillet, sauté white onion. Add ground beef and cook till browned. Tear slices of white bread into small pieces and add to ground beef and onion, cook for about 5 minutes. While the ground beef mixture is cooking, make turkey gravy following directions on packet.

Drain ground beef mixture in strainer. On a plate, add a spoonful of ground beef mixture to each slice of turkey breast and roll up. Put in 9×13 glass baking dish (ungreased). If there is any ground beef mixture left over, add to top of turkey rolls. Pour turkey gravy over top of turkey rolls.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

 

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Let’s get moving!

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since Sunday. What a crazy week it turned out to be. Tropical Storm Debby just about drowned us and almost blew us away, finally leaving on Wednesday. Good riddance! On Tuesday, our A/C went out at home. Having to live without A/C in the summer in Florida is brutal. I don’t even want to get into that whole long story, but after 4 days of having no a/c, taking the dogs to work with me, and staying at my MILs house (very thankful we were all able to camp out there!), we FINALLY got our A/C working again yesterday.

It was my intention to be lazy inside the cool house today after the week I had. But as I was laying around reading this morning, that little voice in my head kept telling me to get up off my butt and get outside and move. So I listened. And instead of heading over to the park, I decided it was the perfect day to drive to the Memorial Causeway, just about 8 minutes from my house, and walk over to Clearwater Beach. Sometimes, it’s fun to play tourist and I never get tired of the beautiful scenery that we are so lucky to have right here in our own backyard.

It was gorgeous outside and the sun felt great on my shoulders (and my face which is now sunburn – oops!). It was definitely hot, but the view and the smell of the salty air made up for it.

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This is my favorite bridge to walk over!

 

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Isn’t the view toward the beach amazing?

 

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That looks like fun!!

 

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This is the boat my brother and sister-in-law got married on in 2003.

 

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Beautiful Clearwater Beach

 

 

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New Hooters and Ron Jon Surf Shop!

 

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These people have the right idea.

 

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I love my Gizmo to hold my key and ID.

 

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Headed back to my car.

 

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Proof of a great walk. 5.39 miles in 1:36

 

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This salad was soooo good after my walk!

 

The rest of my day will be grocery shopping, cooking a nice dinner for hubby and I, and hopefully more reading. Now that I’ve shut up that little voice in my head, I can read without interruption. It really was a nice walk and I’m so glad I got out there and did it. I have to keep this body moving and just do it.

Tomorrow, hubby will be home so we’ll get to spend the day together. Yay!

What fun things are you doing this weekend?

Sunday in the kitchen

It’s a rainy, windy day here in Tampa Bay. With Tropical Storm Debby hovering over us, it is the perfect day to stay home and do nothing. Well, almost… Hubby and I made a run to Starbucks this morning and we went to Publix to do our weekly shopping right when they opened. I know I’ve said it before, but I love doing our grocery shopping early Sunday mornings before the rest of the world is there. This morning was no different and I’m glad we went early because the weather has gotten worse since then. A few pictures I took…

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When we got home and put away all the goodies we bought, I made breakfast (hubby’s choice: eggs, hash browns, and toast). He was a happy camper. After some blogging, reading, and napping, I made my way back into the kitchen to try out a recipe I found on Skinnytaste earlier in the week.

The recipe is Black Bean, Avocado, Cucumber and Tomato Salad (click the link to go to the Skinnytaste site).  Everything about this recipe makes me want to try it. It sounds so fresh and delicious. I have been eating avocados like crazy this week, so I know they are perfect right now.

I cut the recipe in half since it would be just me eating it. Here is what I used for the way I made it:

  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 hass avocados, diced
  • 1/2 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • red onion, minced
  • cilantro, minced
  • lime juice
  • salt and fresh pepper

I use way more onion and cilantro than most people might but I love the flavors. The recipe calls for 1 tbsp. of each (when the recipe is cut in half). I didn’t even measure it, but I would bet I had at least 3 times that.

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I just love all the colors of this. I knew as it came together that it was going to be as wonderful as it sounded.

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Once it was ready, it was lunch time (great timing!). I decided to have it with tortilla chips and melted cheese. It turned out to be a perfect lunch for a rainy, windy day.

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A rainy day in Fort Myers…

Yesterday, I drove down to Fort Myers with my SIL Jenna for a book launch party at Barnes & Noble. Jenna blogs over at Making The Grade and wanted to meet author Trish Doller whose YA book Something Like Normal just came out. You can read about Trish and her book at her website Trish Writes Books.

Because I have to, I took a picture going over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. I don’t know when I started doing it, but every time I drive over it, I have to take a picture. Weird? Maybe. But no two pictures are ever the same. It was a wet and rainy drive all the way down.

 

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Poor Jenna didn’t feel good when we arrived and I felt so bad for her! Finally, after some food she felt better. We met up with Jenna’s book-blogging friends Sarah and Shanon, and Olivia who doesn’t blog. Smile After an early dinner at Applebee’s, we braved the rain and headed over to Barnes & Noble for the book launch party.

 

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I did not know that Trish actually worked at the B&N that her book launch party was at. How cool is that? She was really nice and I enjoyed listening to her talk about her book (which I can’t wait to read!) and about her writing process, her family, and more. She has a great sense of humor.

 

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After she talked about her book and answered questions, she signed books. I bought one (of course!) and had it signed. Thank you Trish! It was great meeting you!

 

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Trish’s daughter made cupcakes which were color coordinated to the book. They were SO good. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the inside – they were marble with the same color as the icing. I love that Trish had her husband, daughter, and mom there with her.

 

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During the party, it was announced that the tropical depression was now Tropical Storm Debby. That was definitely going to make for an interesting drive home!

 

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The drive home ended up not being too bad. Despite the rain, we actually made it home faster than it took to drive down. It’s not often that I am on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at night, so this was a fun picture to take…

 

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It was a fun day! Jenna and I make great road-trip companions and I enjoy tagging along with her on these book adventures and meeting new author’s and people. Thanks Jenna!

Signed up!

I finally did it, signed up for what will be my second half-marathon. The Women’s Half Marathon will be in St. Petersburg on November 18th.

I am excited for many reasons. First, I know what to expect this time. When I did my first half, the Rock ‘N Roll, in February, I was all nerves. I went into it unsure of how it would be, could I do it, and would I have fun. Now that I know what to expect and remembering how much I loved it, I am very excited. I knew the minute I finished my first one, that even though I was extremely sore, I was definitely going to do another one.

I am also excited to try and beat my previous time. When I signed up for my first one, I guesstimated it would take me 3:30. I ended up doing it in 3:11:33. This next time, I would be a very happy girl if I could come in just under 3:00. As in 2:59:59 would be fabulous. I never claim to a fast runner and to be honest, I don’t know that I can ever run the entire time. But I’m okay with that. I will run most of it.

Another reason to be excited is that the route for this one is very similar to the last one. Going through downtown St. Petersburg and then along the water, it was very pretty.

Of course, I have to start training soon. I will have to find a way to work around the heat, whether it be early morning runs or later in the evening. I want to give this my all!

I am so excited – and proud of myself – knowing that this girl who used to hate to run and swore she would only run if she was being chased, will run a second half-marathon in the same year. Go me!!

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