Fitness isn’t like a desktop. There aren’t shortcuts.


of-course-it-is-hardEveryday when I get to work, I open up my MSN homepage to check our company e-mail and I always glance through the popular topics that they have.  Something about video of fireworks in backwards time, asking a Tiger to get off your furniture (no really, here is the link), and then a link for 14 Shape-Up Shortcuts.

You know what?  I get it.  People don’t want to work towards their goals.  They become unmotivated, tired, busy, lazy, etc.  But, let’s just be flat out honest – they don’t make their health a priority.  If there is anything in life that should be a #1 priority, it should be your health; because, guess what?  There are no “do-overs” with your body.  You abuse it and you don’t get that time back.  BUT, it isn’t too late.  It is never too late to start making healthy choices, but I’m here to break your heart…you didn’t get there overnight, so you aren’t going to get that beach body overnight.  I’m gonna pause here for the shock and awe to set in.

Yes, it is brutally honest.  But, it is just that – Honest.  There are no shortcuts.  Your body isn’t like the desktop on your computer, there are no shortcuts.  Period.  If you want to be healthy, it is something you have to work with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  You have to make conscious effort to eat right, exercise, and put down the third doughnut.  Your body is a accumulation of everything you’ve ever ate, and it is going to take time for that to change.

I understand that these headlines (because it is plural, it is everywhere – magazines, radio commercials, TV commercials, internet) are more to drag people in, and a lot of these articles actually have good stuff – but, your whole lifestyle has to change.  There aren’t shortcuts.  You can’t just swear off McDonald’s french fries and expect that to be the shortcut to becoming skinny.  You have to change everything about your life!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect and I’ve still got a heck of a long way to go, but if it were easy then everyone would be healthy and fit.  You need to make the conscious decision to change your life.  There aren’t any shortcuts.

Now, quit reading my blog for a second, go take your dog for a walk, play catch with your kids, go running, do jumping jacks, run around your house, I don’t care!  Do something.  You deserve it.

Garlic Italian Roasted Potatoes


iPhone 246I always tend to have too many potatoes, and need to find a way to hurry up and use them all before they sprout eyeballs.  This recipe is my go-to recipe when wanting to clean out my potato stock, because it is not only delicious but pretty much goes with anything.  I love eating mine just plain, my fiancee likes to eat them with ketchup, and my dad likes to eat it with salsa.  Whichever way you choose to enjoy this dish, it is always yummy.  I hope everyone enjoys this recipe as much as I do!

Garlic Italian Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients

2 large potatoes, or 4 small potatoes (or however many you want to use), chunked
1 onion, chunked
EVOO
4 cloves garlic, minced
Italian Seasoning
Season Salt
Non-stick cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a shallow cooking dish, spray bottom with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Combine chunked onion and potatoes and drizzle with EVOO.
4. Cover the potatoes evenly with minced garlic, and seasoning.
5. Use a spoon to mix the potatoes together to make sure that they are all evenly seasoned.
6. Cook in oven for about 40 minutes, stirring half way through.  When a fork can easily pierce the potato, it is ready.

Happy New Year


stiry fryI hope everyone brought in the New Year in a safe fashion!  I know today’s post has absolutely nothing to do with the typical New Year festivities, but I made this dish the other day and would like to share it with all of you!  Of course, I had to give my slow cooker another round, so I made this delicious meal!  This meal originally started off as sweet and sour chicken, but I wasn’t happy with the taste, so I added more to it.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stir-Fry

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup vinegar
2 tbsp ketchup
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp hoison sauce
1/2 bag frozen stir fry vegetables
rice

1. Mix brown sugar, water, vinegar, ketchup, and soy sauce together in the slow cooker.
2. Place chicken in slow cooker.
3. Cook on low for about 6 hours.
4. Cook rice according to directions before eating>
5. While rice is cooking, add in the hoison sauce and stir fry vegetables.  Allow to cook for about 10-15 minutes.6. Serve over rice.

 

 

Christmas Pinterest Creation – Peppermint Fudge


Peppermint fudgeOh, how I adore Pinterest.  I don’t know how anyone cooked, worked out, planned their wedding or had a child before Pinterest.  I was having a hard time deciding what type of dessert I wanted to take to my family Christmas party this year, and I went onto Pinterest and picked the first most delicious dessert that I saw.  That just so happened to be Peppermint Oreo Fudge brought to you by Something Swanky.  It was so delicious and very easy to make.  The only problem I had, is that I was hard headed and refused to use parchment paper and it was really hard to cut out.  Everyone loved this fudge, the taste wasn’t overruled by peppermint.  Just enough.  This could be made anytime of year, it doesn’t have to be Christmas!

Peppermint Oreo Fudge

Ingredients

1 bag Milk Chocolate Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
1 cup chocolate chips
1 bag candy Cane Hershey Kisses, unwrapped (or any peppermint chocolate)
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 cups crushed Oreos (I put mine in a food processor)
2 – 14 oz cans sweetened milk

1. Prepare 9×13 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium sauce pan, over LOW heat combine the milk chocolate Hershey kisses, chocolate chips, and 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
3. Stir until melted and smooth.  Once melted, add in 1 cup of crushed Oreos.
4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared dish.
5. In another medium sauce pan (or clean out the one you used), stir over low heat the candy cane kisses (or any peppermint chocolate you choose), white chocolate chips, and 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
6. Once smooth, pour the peppermint mixture over the chocolate mixture.
7. Sprinkle the remaining Oreo crumbs over the top and lightly press into the fudge.
8. Let cool overnight in the fridge, and allow to set out about 1 hour before you decide to cut it.

“What-I-Want-To-Make” Wednesday


Welcome everyone to the first official “What-I-Want-To-Make” Wednesday!

Upon starting this blog, I’ve come to realize that there are so many people out there with such great ideas; and, there are so many times that I see great ideas for crafts that I wish I would’ve known of previously, or recipes for food that I can’t wait to try.  Every Wednesday I’m going to create a blog post highlighting the best things that I’ve seen this week!

DIY Awesomeness – Workout Shirt

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I love new workout clothes, and don’t lie – when you get new workout clothes, it helps motivate you for at least one day.  Let’s face it, we can’t buy workout clothes every time we need a good push in motivation, but we CAN create our own workout shirts to give us some motivation (well, until you run out of shirts that you are willing to cut up…but that is besides the point)!  This looks too simple to mess up, so I’m going to have to give this one a try.  Of course, this link has been sitting on my Pinterest for ages, but I still haven’t gotten around to it.  I’ll let everyone know how this one turns out!

Healthy Eating Recipe – Asian Chicken Kabobs

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I found this awesome recipe at MyBakingAddiction.com, and it looks like one of those meals when you are anxiously awaiting for your meal at a restaurant- and, you keep seeing everyone else’s meal be brought out and you think to yourself “oh my gosh, what did they order?”  Then you end up jealous of what everyone else is eating.  Don’t lie, I know you all do it.  If you use wooden skewers, don’t forget to soak them in water at least for 20 minutes before using!  This gives me a great excuse to go over to my dad’s and use his fancy new gas grill.

Sweet Tooth – Dulce de Leche Brownies

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As soon as I get around to making these, my fiancee will be singing my praises, going to work bragging about how awesome my cooking is, and then every time one of his friends comes over they will be demanding some.  These make my eyes drool just looking at them.  There’s so much deliciousness in this one picture, it is so hard to take all in.  These will be on my dessert menu soon.  So glad I found the thingswemake blog!

Fashion Copycat

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Comfort and fashion – where could this outfit go wrong?  I love oversized sweaters and I love boots, so perfect outfit choice.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the first “What-I-Want-To-Make” Wednesday!  If you have any suggestions for what I should make next – send them my way!  Have a good day.