Friday, October 25, 2013

Mailbox Makeover

I am currently residing temporarily in Jersey as I work through clearing out and cleaning my father's house.  He passed suddenly in August and I felt I really had no other choice but to uproot my life to take care of some of the responsibilities that come along with losing a parent who lived alone. 
There is much to do and I have already done so much.  I have the love and support from my family and friends with whom I would not be anywhere near where I am as far as progress on the house goes.  
Last night while out picking up the special cat food we purchase for our beloved fur baby, I decided that since we were right near the big Orange Box store, I would pick up a can of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.  

I recently had the front door handle switched out (the original one broke off of the door when I tried to open it one day, sometimes I really don't know my strength).  I updated it from the brass (I know it's back in, but I was never really down with brass) to aged bronze and I love it!  

But when you get up close and personal with that two tone brass and nickel mailbox, you soon realize that its seen its day.  It was in rough shape and the bronze and nickel were throwing me off. And, well, I just wanted a more cohesive look. I do have to live here for the time being after all, and I like for things to look nice.  

Several thin coats of the Oil Rubbed Bronze later and we have this!

I realize that in this picture it just looks black.  It does not read that way in person.  It a deep rich metallic brown tone and it is more aesthetically pleasing to my eye than the eye sore that it had previously been until I came along and pulled the spray paint can trigger!

Look at how sexy it is now!

I wonder if the mail person will notice. Will they appreciate?   Will the off-gassing of the spray paint be nauseating?

Now...what else can I tackle with the remaining paint? I thought about spraying the ding-donger....but then that requires playing with electricity.  Hmm...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Chapter 37 Section 5.11

The title of today's post is my age. I came up with that format while creating some technical documents at work. I like it and think I may use that from now on. As you can see from previous posts, I am not consistent and often do not follow through on things. I'm not mad at myself for that. I've learned to live with it. It has never hurt anyone but myself and I'm still here.

School is going great!!!! I thought that I'd really struggle with Anatomy & Physiology but its turned out to be my favorite class. My instructor is an amazing teacher and I feel bad for those who will be coming in after my class because he announced his retirement from teaching. He will finish up this last semester and then he will be focusing on his Chiropractic education. I can't blame him. I am so glad that I am in his class. He's made it fun and interesting. I couldn't imagine what it would be like and how much different my success would be without him.

This is my final grade for APII. :). Go me!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Detox, Cleanse and Rebuild - Day 3

I'm still finding it difficult to wake up in the mornings.  I think this is a combination of things.  For one, I am overweight and have not been moving (exercising) my body as much as I should be, two, I've been burning the candle at both ends now that I am in school FT as well as the FT job. Three, I don't enjoy my job's difficult to get up out of a nice warm bed, when you just don't want to be where you have to get up and go to.  There is no balance.

I did drink more water yesterday than I have been.  I feel good about that....

Last night I had no dinner.  Wait, I had was a handful of Pistachio nuts when I got home from school.  I could have eaten the last chocolate donut, but I refrained.  Go me!

Day 3 - Today I had the same breakfast as yesterday.  This time I added a little Tabasco....mmmm, it was yummy.  I found it easier today to take the Super Foods.  Is it growing on me?  No, but it is more tolerable.
Overall I am not finding that this cleanse to have much of an impact on how I feel....but there are still 4 more days we shall see

For lunch I am meeting with a former colleague.  We're meeting at my favorite wing spot and I do plan on eating wings.  Perhaps I will order only 6 and a side of veggies.  :)  yep that's my plan!  Oh and hopefully she will tell me that her company is hiring!  A girl can dream, right?

Oh and dinner...what shall I do for dinner.....that is always the question. hmmmmm

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Detox, Cleanse and Rebuild - Day 2

Happy Halloween!  I woke up with a headache this morning.  I's been happening for the past few days though so I am not blaming it on the cleanse.  I am pretty sure it's just allergies.

I diverted from my dinner plans last night.  BF told me he was making a delicious meal of marinated chicken breast roasted broccoli and a spinach salad.  The only problem was that I ate it at 10:50 at night which is the time I got in from school.  I also came across a box of Entenmann's I had a chocolate one and while I was eating it, I found myself standing nearby the box and preparing for my next one.....and I wasn't even done with the first one.  Thankfully the right voice chimed in and said "You should just sit and enjoy the one that you are already eating".  So I did....and I didn't think of having a second donut.  Just wish I was strong enough to have not been tempted by the donuts at all.....

Day 2 - I haven't noticed any difference in my energy and sluggishness.  The pants I wore today don't feel too tight though, thankfully.  Perhaps there is just more stretch in these than the ones I had on yesterday.  I need to drink more water today than I did yesterday for sure....that also might be part of the headache problem...I bet you that I am dehydrated.  Who wants to bet?!?  Place your bets right now!
For breakfast I stopped in at the work Cafe' and instead of getting the scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon like I wanted to get, I just ordered some scrambled eggs with onions, peppers and marinated mushrooms and you know what?!?!  I liked it better than the scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon.  SO much flavor...I think it's from all of the garlic in the mushrooms.  OMG YUM!  So I am happy with today's decision to lay off the cheese and bacon for breakfast.
I am not going to lie....the Super Defense food is not good.  I have tasted worse things (NONI JUICE OMFG!)  but I have found that it is easier to get down when the water it is mixed with is cold and not room temperature...duh....still, I think I should probably mix it in with some juice...but I don't really drink juice and I am sure as HELL not going to put it in my coffee!

For lunch I will have the remaining Broccoli, Cauliflower and cheese with Honey Mustard.  It keeps me full!  I guess its all that fiber.  nummies!

Oh and dinner....what's my plan for dinner?  Well I guess I could go with yesterday's plan of stoppin gin at Krogetr and picking up some veggies before school.  I wish I could buy pre sliced cucumbers.....I would FEAST on them!

2 days down 5 to go!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Detox, Cleanse and Rebuild - Day 1

I am finding it difficult to get back on board with a healthy lifestyle, despite all my best intentions.  I had allowed sugar into my system a few months ago and now my body  and because I have allowed the monster to take over, it has resulted in weight gain and feeling sluggish.  This certainly is not what I want or need....I need a fresh I figured it was time for a cleanse.

I trekked on out to my local health food store and purchased this:

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I was looking for Fresh Start Cleanse by Nature's Plus, but despite the website's claim that I could buy it at the health food store nearby where I live, the store does not carry that brand....and I am not one to drive around town looking for the product when there was a staff member here with the answers to my questions about all of the different cleanses that they did have in stock.

I chose this Cleanse for a few different reasons.

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1.  The pills are conveniently pre-packaged which means I don't have 4 different supplement bottles to keep track of and I take them with my Breakfast and lunch only.
2.  I don't  have to try to remember to take them a half hour before a meal, etc.  I can swing breakfast and lunch, it's the late afternoon, early evening supplements that I always have a hard time remembering to take.  Once I am away from my desk with stuff in front of me, it's out of my thoughts....out of sight, out of mind.  Yes very much so!
3.  It's 7 days...I think I can manage that!
4. Bonus - there is a super foods powder that comes along with it.....not the best tasting stuff in the world, but I bet it will make me feel so much better!

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I'm going to try to keep a log of how I feel....starting Now!

Day 1 - At the moment I am feeling heavy, sluggish, and bloated.  My pants are starting to get way too going up a size too tight.  I am PMSing and hoping its just bloat from that, but still....I am no fool, and this is not my first time at the rodeo.  I had Cheese Eggs and Bacon for Breakfast with a cup of coffee with half and half and Whey Low Gold.  I don't think I was supposed to have the bacon...or the cheese....the directions suggest increasing consumption of fibrous fruits and veggies while decreasing consumption of processed foods, meat and dairy products....but I am PMSing...cheese and bacon are a a necessity.  anyway,  I took the first of the pills and powder shortly after eating breakfast.

For Lunch I had a plate of fresh broccoli and cauliflower.  Yes I covered it in cheese and I dipped it in Honey Mustard.(Dairy and processed foods) I'm still on day one and I have increased my consumption of Fibrous soon as I run out of cheese, I will stop, but they're not taking my half & half way!  I tore open the second packet of pills and chugged a bunch of water.  Time to refill my bottle.

Now I really should plan what dinner will be.  Perhaps I can grab some veggies at Kroger before heading off to school so that I am not tempted to eat at the Jamaican restaurant.....I need a plan!  That's part of my problem...not having a plan and not being prepared.

Here is where I set my intention.  I intend to follow through this cleanse for the 7 days that it will take (including the weekend!)  I intend to be prepared and have a plan for all meals from now til next Monday.  Here's to me!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Massage School & Curry Chicken w/ Sauteed Cauliflower

It's just a little less than a week away from the first day of Massage School!  I am too excited!  I haven't received any orientation materials in the mail yet, so I have no idea as to what school supplies I'll need, but I just had to go out and buy a cute 5 subject notebook, and get this.....A pen case!  Haha!  Such a geek!

I've been very domesticated lately....I like it. It reminds me of myself years ago!  The girl I lost when I became somewhat of a couch surfer....I am no longer a couch surfer, but I guess I held on to some of the tendencies, such as buying food and ingredients as I need them, instead of stock piling.  Well, I cleaned out my spice shelf the other day and came across a container of Curry.  It got me inspired and so I did a little research on what should go in Curry Chicken and just used what I had on hand in my kitchen.

My own version of Curry Chicken.  It's delish!  Enjoy!  Let me know if you try it out!

Curry Chicken
Somersize Friendly Curry Chicken

4 chicken breast halves
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Salted Butter
1 med red onion chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 can Rotel Mexican Lime & Cilantro
4 tsp Curry Powder
1/2 c Sour Cream
1/4 c Heavy Cream
2 Cups Raw Baby Spinach
salt & Pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium heat.  Cook chicken breast through.  Remove chicken from skillet and chop into bite size chunks.  Set aside.
Use same skillet, melt butter.  Saute onions and garlic until onions are clear.  Add Rotel, Curry Powder, Sour Cream, Heavy Cream, salt & pepper.  cook until bubbling, lower heat to low, add spinach and cooked chicken.  Simmer on low for 5-7 minutes. (Spinach will wilt a bit)

Serve over sauteed cauliflower.(below)

Sauteed Cauliflower
1/2 large head Cauliflower - Riced (Used shredder blade in food processor)
1 Tbsp Salted Butter
1/2 med Red Onion

In med size skillet, melt butter over med-high heat.  Saute' onions until clear.  Add riced cauliflower and cook until it turns brown.

The cauliflower was a little mushy, so don't expect it to be at all like rice.  It was still good though!

Friday, April 6, 2012

4/6/12 Nice To Be Back

I know it's been a, I hadn't realized just how long....SO much to talk about!  Not sure that I want to put it all in one post, so let's make today's post about some yummy deliciousness!!!

Despite 2012 being a great year so far (as I knew it would be), I had a little bit of anxiety this week.  I'm not sure why, but God sure did put the right man in my life to help me out through times like that.  That big man up there sure does know what he's doing!

Anyway, last night I had planned to go to the gym for some Zumba, but just wanted to stay in.  Yes I could have worked out at home, but I was not feeling all.  Instead I was feeling a bit creative culinary-wise.  I opened the fridge and pulled out all of the fresh veggies.

Brian grilled up some delicious chicken breast while I was chopping and sauteing away!  Here's what I was sauteing: (Sorry I have no idea what amounts I used....I eyeball everything, so these are just guesstimates)

Asian Inspired Chicken and Veggies

Shredded Green Cabbage (maybe a half of a med size head)
Chopped Kale (probably about 2 cups)
Chopped Scallion (Three stalks)
2 T Butter
1 T Coconut Oil
3-4 Cloves of Garlic

I Sauteed the above ingredients for a few minutes, but made sure they were still crunchy.

Then I diced 2 tomatoes and chopped up the 3 chicken breasts that BF had grilled.

I tossed all of the ingredients into a large bowl along with:
2-3 T Soy Sauce
2-3 T Sesame Oil
2-3 T Organic Rice Vinegar
salt, pepper, granulated garlic to taste

Voila!  This.WAS.So.Yummy!

I couldn't get enough!  Easy, Delicious and packed with vitamins!

I'll be back perhaps over the weekend to talk about more stuffs, til then, Enjoy!