I Own This + WIAW

We create our own destiny.

I refuse to read my horoscope.

Someone told me that Mercury is in retrograde.  After Googling to see WTF that meant, I called bullshit.  There are times where life gets more challenging, time is short, motivation is lacking… but in the end we decide how we handle it.

Right now my struggle is on the superficial side, but a struggle nonetheless.  It’s diet.  I’m supposed to compete in 8 weeks and I’m struggling with getting back on track.  However, I’ve decided to allow myself to be flexible.  If I don’t make this show, there will be one the next weekend.  And the next.  And next year.  I came to that realization by being honest about where I am.  I talked to my therapist trainer Monday night and he reminded me that a lot is changing for me.  I got married.  It’s a new life.  I don’t have to do EVERYTHING at once (insert shocked face).  Doing stuff like enjoying dinner with Vegas on her birthday is more important right now.

don't think

That’s not to say I’m giving up.  But whatever happens… I own this!

One thing that helps is treating myself with healthy buys… like a haul from iHerb.  Beet powder (which I love in pancakes and Red Velvet protein shakes), Cocoa Cardio (Red Velvet Waffles!), peanut flour, and gelatin are daily staples. If you have any digestion “issues” I highly recommend it (here’s a post I did on it).  I’m trying the collagen version for the first time with this order.

Use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your first order!

Use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your first order!

Another motivator is energy.  I was thrilled when I received the two-10 discovery pack from FRS®.  The pack includes a big bottle of FRS concentrate, a sample pack of soft chews, and 2 cans of their energy drink.

My favorite thing about FRS is their ingredient list and why it was developed.  It was originally created by health scientists to provide chemotherapy patients with natural, sustained energy.  The FRS patented Healthy Energy formula has the all-natural antioxidants quercetin (found in blueberries and apples) and green tea extract, plus seven essential vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E).  I’m all about immune system support after getting the plague.

FRS

Not only are these drinks more delicious than the junk from the gas station, but they also doesn’t rely on chemicals, sugar and massive amount of caffeine to give you the shakes energy.

Vegas and I both loved the soft chews on our San Diego hikes.  I could feel the difference mid-hike as I raced Vegas up a hill.  I won, btw.

FRS #iownthis

So, I’m challenging myself to go with the flow and not be so hard on myself.  At the same time, I’m committed to doing my best and staying active.  It’s what makes me happy!  #iownthis

Learn more about the FRS two-10 discovery pack, and check them out on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of FRS.


This WIAW is 8 weeks out from my competition.  See above.

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!


Meal 1:

The usual morning cocktail, followed by my morning sludge.

Breakfast is the new standard – basil and garlic egg white scramble with a whole egg dropped in for #yolkporn.  Toast with coconut oil and cinnamon.

#yolkporn and toast

Meal 2:

I baked Sizzlefish trout with lemon and Italian herbs.  Eaten standing up with red bell pepper slices and kabocha.

Sizzlefish Trout and kabocha

Meal 3:

Chicken with sugar peas.  Simple… but a perfectly cooked piece of chicken is actually one of my favorite things.  That and hot sauce.

Chicken, sugar peas and hot sauce

Meal 4:

Rice cakes with Nuttzo nut butter.  I probably look forward to this meal a little too much.  I had one with chocolate protein “icing” too.

Rice cakes and nut butter

Meal 5:

Rinse and repeat from last night.  A giant peanut butter-sweet potato pancake made with Japanese white sweet potato.

peanut butter-sweet potato pancake

Peanut Butter-Sweet Potato Pancake

  • 2T peanut flour (an iHerb order)
  • 1/2 C cooked sweet potato
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp no sodium baking powder
  • 5-6 drops liquid vanilla stevia  

Blend and cook!

Meal 6:

I love yogurt.  Really.  I’m just as happy with bowls like this as I am with *most* regular desserts.  Well, average regular desserts.  Oh man, I love dessert.

Vanilla yogurt and chocolate fluff

This dessert bowl was 1/2 scoop of Growing Naturals vanilla rice protein mixed with plain Greek yogurt, cinnamon, almond extract, and vanilla liquid stevia.  Then I mixed up 1/2 T cocoa powder and 1/2 T coconut flour with stevia and just enough water to make it a fluff.  Topped with crumbled leftover pretzels from the plane.  Sweet ‘n salty perfection!

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If Mercury means being impatient, then maybe I am a believer… ha!

Do believe is horoscopes and Mercury and all that jazz?

What are you owning right now?

Stand Up Desk + WIAW

Do you realize how much you sit?

It makes my hips hurt!

I’ve gone through a lot of “hacks” to have standing desks.  At one job I stacked up Girl Scout cookie boxes to set my laptop on.  When I’m at home working, I use the condo gym to build a treadmill desk.   I can’t stand to sit still.  Standing up while I’m working helps to improve my focus.  Hey!  Something shiny!

Homemade standing desk

When my boss suggested I look into a “real” standing desk, I was thrilled.  After some research, VertDesk offered to hook me up with one of their adjustable height desks.  Talk about not sitting still – I was bounce-off-the-walls elated.  The VertDesk even has a push button control to make height adjustment easy.  My co-workers can adjust it to their height and use it and, if I ever DO decide to sit, I can simply push a button to lower it.

We’ve all seen the articles about how sitting is killing us… but why exactly is a standing desk beneficial?

5 Standing Desk Benefits… 

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Ghetto Fabulous French Toast [Recipe]

I like to get toasted.

In the French way ’cause I’m classy.

French toast is becoming an unintentional theme for #strangebutgood.  Last week it was Healthy French Toast.  2 weeks ago it was totally unhealthy (but delicious) Eggnog Baked French Toast.  Now it’s the thug life.

This is the laziest, most bass ackwards way possible to make french toast.  Toast the bread while beating egg whites with cinnamon and stevia.  Pour egg mixture over the top.

Ghetto Fabulous French Toast… 

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Competition Prep 10 Weeks Out + WIAW

I’m on the wagon.

Seriously. 9 days sober.

It’s finally time to get back on the stage.  I took a year off from competing to grow and it paid off well.  I put on about 15 pounds (20 at my highest)… and a decent amount of that is muscle.  Looking back at pictures from a couple of years ago, I can’t believe I was that tiny!

2015 Progress

I was hoping to be able to do Physique, but I’m not big enough yet so I’m staying with Figure.  Maybe next year…… 

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The Plague + Healthy French Toast [Recipe]

I love Vegas in sickness and in health.

Just didn’t think we’d have to prove it so soon.

Today’s strange but good is a quickie because we’ve both been hit by the plague.  I don’t know if it’s the flu or the worst cold ever, but we are miserable.

Yesterday my eye swelled up and started oozing a lovely substance.  I’ll spare you that picture and instead share the scene on the nightstand:

In sickness and in health...

In sickness and in health…

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Eggnog Baked French Toast

Strange can be simple.

Simple is strange in my kitchen!

This recipe consists of simply two things: bread and eggnog.  It’s what we had for breakfast brunch lunch linner (we like to sleep) on Christmas morning.  And a giant side of champagne because all the rum Mom dumps in her eggnog would have cooked out. ;)

Eggnog Baked French Toast

We did get a little complex with the homemade eggnog and using chocolate chip brioche.  I neglected a picture, but I also made fresh whipped cream with coconut rum to top.  You don’t have to get that fancy… but it didn’t suck.

Also served was scrambled eggs with spinach and onion for protein and greens.  And bacon.  Because bacon.

Eggnog Baked French Toast and Bacon

Mom likes to set a fancy table.  This one had a gorgeous centerpiece, a charcuterie, ambrosia, and a magnum bottle of sparkling from Schramsberg.

It was so good we didn’t worry about opening presents until almost 2!

Christmas morning

It’s a little past the holidays, but why not keep celebrating and try this out?  It’s strange… but good!  Besides, the eggnog is on sale at Whole Foods! ;)


Eggnog Baked French Toast

Eggnog Baked French Toast

  • 1 loaf bread, cubed
  • 2 C eggnog

Dip cubes of bread in the eggnog.  Place slices evenly in a greased pyrex dish.  Pour any remaining mixture over the slices.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning, preheat oven to 400.  Bake for 20-25 minutes (until poofed up and golden brown on top).

Place on rack to cool slightly before cutting and serving.

Makes 8-10 servings.


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)


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That magnum bottle was goooooone, plus 2 more standard sized ones.  There were 7 of us!  5 of the 7 were drinking…

Do you like eggnog?  I never have… but I love it baked!

How was New Years Eve?  I have much to share!  Later…

Top 10 in 2014

Happy 2015!

Almost.

Vegas and I escaped to Lake Tahoe for NYE and some other shenanigans, so today’s WIAW post is a look back on the top posts of 2014.

Thank you to everyone for helping make 2014 one of the best yet.  I’ve loved making new friends, learning a lot, and eating a TON of (strange but) good food.

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 posts you thought were good (and likely a little strange) in 2014.

Top 10 in 2014

10. 3 Surprisingly Quick Meals

Stuffed French Toast Egg Wrap
Here are three meals that I threw together quickly when what I had on hand.  They look fancy-ish, but they were incredibly easy (and fun) to make: Stuffed French Toast Egg Wrap, Squachos (nachos… but with squash), and a Pressed Bison Wrap…. 

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One Big Christmas Party

Christmas as an adult is the best.

Not that being 8 was bad either…

My sisters, my mom, and I are of the age where we’ve become friends.  This makes Christmas one big party.  We weren’t interested in gifts as much as we were in hanging out, cooking, eating, and getting toasty toasting.

My sister came from Portland with her puppy, my grandparents were there, and Vegas was in town.  All of us packed in for 48 hours of fun.  Here’s how we do it in the ‘burbs of Atlanta:

Charcuterie

Christmas Eve charcuterie and cheese board while dinner cooked.

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Ho Ho Ho, Ho + WIAW

Tis the season…

To bake all the foods.

Cookies, fudge, Devil’s food cake, ricotta cheesecake, malted walnut pie… you name it, I’ve baked it.  I’ve been baking like a fool!  Or maybe a ho ho ho?

hohohoho

#dessertwhore

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Beet Protein Pancakes [Recipe]

The (Christmas) beet goes on.

I’m so festive-feeling that even I want to slap me.

But how awesome are red pancakes in the winter?!  Especially with they’re delicious and trimmed in white.

Oh… and they have a not-so-hidden healthy ingredient.  Beets lend their color to these festive ‘cakes.  It’s strange, yes.  But I’m telling you… it’s good!

Beet Protein Pancakes

I use the new Quest vanilla milkshake protein powder in my pancakes.  It’s flavor really is fantastic, and it bakes like a champ.  These tasted like a beet milkshake pancake.  In a good way.  Really…. 

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