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.

Button Bobby Pins

Button PinsI hope everyone had a great Christmas, and I can personally tell you that I’m super sad to see it go.  I don’t like it when the holiday season is over, and I will miss telling everyone I see “Merry Christmas!”  But, if I’m looking on the bright side – one good thing that I can now do, is share with everyone this really cute, easy bobby pin that I made for a friend and my sister.

I’ve got a good friend who is super crafty, and the things she can do with simple pieces of nothing amazes me!  I was struggling with what to get her for Christmas, and I had a genius idea.  I’ve always told a few men in passing, that if he really wanted to open a women’s heart, he should look at her Pinterest and recreate something there.  It is thoughtful, and shows that you really care about her!  Well, I’m not a man, but I did look at her Pinterest to find something I could give her.  I went to her DIY board, and found these really cute Button Bobby Pins and I just happened to have a nice box of buttons that I could use.

What you will need

Bobby pins
Black small ribbon
Hot glue gun

material1. This first step can be different everytime, depending on what look you want to go for.  I made some pins with just one button, and then some of them I double or tripled up the buttons.  But, your first step will be to thread your ribbon through your button(s).  When you thread the ribbon through, make sure that your ribbon comes out almost equal on both sides.


2. Attach the button to the bobby pin.  When doing this, make sure the button is sitting properly on the bobby pin.  The button design should be sitting on top of the bobby pin (the same side as the curves in the bobby pin).  When you are attaching, bring one end of the ribbon through the bobby pin from one direction, and the other piece of ribbon from the opposite direction.


3. Tie the two pieces of ribbon together, really tightly.

Tie before cut4. Cut the ends off of the ribbon, so they won’t be showing.

Tie5. Finish steps 1-4 until you’ve completed all of the Button Bobby Pins you would like.

6. Use your hot glue gun, and glue the bobby pin down to the button.

Hot Glue7. Allow to cool completely.

Hot Glue Multiple

These are really cute, and super easy to make!  I would highly suggest, that if you ever have any trouble finding something to give a woman for her Christmas or any kind of present, check our her Pinterest!  There are tons of ideas waiting to be bought or made!


Skip the takeout!

I’m a sucker for Chinese takeout.  There aren’t many non-buffet Chinese restaurants around here, and I find that very disappointing!  All of the Chinese food has turned into expensive all-you-can-eat buffets,  but what about those times that you are craving a good eggroll?  Or eggdrop soup?  Or just some yummy chicken fried rice?  You don’t want to have to go to an all-you-can-eat buffet just to curb those cravings.  Chicken fried rice is so simple to make, and I can guarantee you that this homemade chicken fried rice is 99.99% more healthy then the stuff they will feed you at a restaurant.  Actually, as long as you don’t go overboard with your oil, this is perfectly healthy!  The fiancee looked at me last night and said “would this be too expensive to make everyday for lunch?”  It is that good!

Although, while he was chowing down on his huge bowl of homemade fried rice he looked at me and said:Fried Rice
“This is missing something…”
*very puzzled look on his face*
*jumps off the couch and exclaims*
Fiancee: “BREAD!  It is missing bread!”
Me: “Well, I think you are thinking that it is missing an eggroll!”
Fiancee: “Your right, that is what is missing!  Do we have any of those?”

An eggroll WOULD go perfect with this dish, but we don’t buy prepackaged eggrolls and I have yet to venture into making my own homemade eggrolls.

Chicken Fried Rice

Adapted from Robert Irvine’s Chicken Fried Rice Recipe


3 large eggs
No-stick cooking sprayChicken Fried Rice
6 chicken tenderloins (or whatever chicken you have, in whatever amount), cubed
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 baby carrots, diced (or one large carrot)
1/4 cup frozen peas
4 cups white rice (I did NOT use instant)
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1. Cook your rice according to the package directions in a separate pan.
2. Heat a pan over medium heat and spray with no-stick cooking spray.  While the stove is heating, mix together your 3 eggs and add to the pan once hot.  Make an omelet out of the beaten eggs, but do not fold the omelet.  (In other words, add the eggs to the pan, allow to cook on one side, flip and allow to cook on the other side)  Place the egg on a plate to cool.  Once cool, fold and coarsely chop.
3. Combine the cubed chicken, sesame seed oil, salt and pepper to a bowl, and mix until the chicken is covered.  In the same pan that you used to cook the egg, add about tablespoon of EVOO and the chicken.  Cook until no longer pink.
4. In the pan with the chicken, add your garlic, onion, and carrots.  Saute for about 2-3 minutes more (until onion is translucent).  Add in the frozen peas, and saute until they are no longer frozen.
5. Once your rice is done, add the chicken mixture, rice mixture, and chopped egg together.  Add in soy sauce (I ended up using quite a bit more than 2 tablespoons, but I love soy sauce) and mix to combine completely.

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There will be leftovers…I think?

My dad always used to make this dish, as soon as he thought it was cold enough for soup.  I, on the other hand, can’t get enough of this dish and I seem to be making it at least once every two weeks lately.  It is so yummy, and so easy to make.  I always intend on making enough for leftovers, but we always end up eating all of it.  My dad and I always get a kick out of sending each other pictures when we make it for dinner.

Italian Sausage Soup


Sausage links, cut into 1/2 inch piecesiPhone 794
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups beef broth (or 3 cups water, 2 bouillon cubes)
1 cup penne noodles
1 head broccoli, cut from stalk
Italian seasoning (or parsley, oregano, basil)

1. Heat EVOO over medium heat in medium sauce pan.  Once oil is hot, add in the sausage links and cook until no longer pink.
2. Add in the onions and garlic and cook for about one minute.
3. Now add in the broth, tomatoes, broccoli, noodles, and seasoning.
4. Cook until the noodles are cooked – for about 15 minutes.

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Finals = Simple Meal

It’s finals week and this past weekend I did absolutely nothing to prepare, because I didn’t  realize that I have two finals on Wednesday…so dinner was easy, and this blog post will be short.  I hope everyone is doing well, and if you are taking finals don’t forget to take a break and eat!

Super Easy Beef Teriyaki


Beef sirloin, cubed68C08933-3A35-4042-9F80-E72D489651E8-1782-000000A0A070AD4B1 bell pepper, cubed
1 onion, cubed
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/3 cup jar Teriyaki sauce
Beef bouillon cube
Frozen Stir-fry vegetables (optional)
Crushed Red Pepper
Garlic Salt
Onion powder

1. Cook the rice according to directions.
2. Over low heat, add in the EVOO and minced garlic.  Saute for about 30 seconds, and then add in the onion and bell pepper.
3. Now add in the sirloin and seasoning, and turn the heat up to medium high.  Cook until the meat is no longer pink on the outside.
4. Add in stir fry vegetables if you choose to use some, teriyaki sauce and the bouillon cube.
5. Cook for 3-5 minutes longer (long enough for the bouillon cube to disappear, and the stir fry veggies to be cooked).