Monthly Archives: February 2013

Chobani Crazed

Most people have certain foods they eat all the time. Though I like to change up my eats, I definitely have some staple foods that I don’t get sick of – including bananas, protein bars, berries, peanut butter, almonds, apples  and yogurt. I usually eat a yogurt a day, and a lot of the time they’re Greek. When it comes to Greek yogurt, Chobani is by far my favorite brand.

A couple of weeks ago, I got excited when I saw a package at my door, because the lovely people at Chobani sent me two of their new flavors to try!

I already had a bunch of Chobani yogurts, so this package really stocked up my fridge with their Greek yogurt goodness.

I’ve been sampling their new pear and banana flavors, and not surprisingly, they’re pretty tasty. I love banana in general, so that flavor is definitely the winner in my book. Sure, I’ve eaten them plain here or there when I’m on the run, but it’s more my style to get creative with my food. With that said, here are my favorite ways to enjoy Chobani banana & pear yogurts thus far:

Peanut Butter & Banana Yogurt

PB & banana is one of my favorite combos ever. Adding it to banana yogurt only ups the ante of awesomeness:

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz container of Chobani banana yogurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 TBSP peanut butter
  • Sprinkled cinnamon

Put Em in Pancakes

I love whipping up my own healthy pancake batter to satisfy a craving for a fancy breakfast. The other day I wanted to make some chocolate chip banana oatmeal pancakes, but I didn’t have any bananas on hand. I thought, Why not add some Greek yogurt to the mix to up the protein in the meal and give it a touch of banana flavor? I followed the recipe for my blueberry banana & oats pancakes but made a few changes:  I subbed banana for 1/4 cup banana yogurt, and also subbed blueberries for chocolate chips.

Toasted Almond Pear Delight

A chopped pear & toasted slivered almonds pair perfectly with Chobani’s pear yogurt:

Apples & Bananas

When I’m in the mood for apple pie, I like to microwave a chopped apple sprinkled with cinnamon for a healthy alternative. Doing so and then combining it with a banana yogurt is a yummy combo.

Chocolate Covered Banana Treat

What’s better to me than PB & banana? PB + banana + chocolate! I just whipped up this combo tonight…

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz- container of Chobani banana yogurt
  • 1 TBSP dark chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • 1 TBSP Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter

I’m sure I’ll keep coming up with yummy Greek yogurt combos!

Question: If you’re a yogurt fan, what’s your favorite way to eat it?  

Disclaimer: While I did receive free product samples, as always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

Happy SITS Day to Me

Hi friends! Guess what today is?

If you’re thinking National Pistachio Day, weirdly enough you’re right…but that’s actually not what I’m referring to. Today is my SITS Day!

The SITS Girls is a community of women bloggers – 40,000 of them! – with a tagline of “where women get social.” The brand is all about creating a resource for people to find support online and become social media savvy. They offer tons of info on how to better your blog and grow your online presence. In a nutshell (intentional phrasing in honor of National Pistachio Day!), they’re fabulous!

So what does it mean that it’s my SITS Day? Today I’m highlighted on The SITS Girls website as their featured blogger: http://www.thesitsgirls.com/bloggers/foodie-loves-fitness/

I love the idea of women supporting each other in general. I think that too often, females see other females as competition, and insecurities get in the way of cheering each other on, in any facet of life really.  Instead of getting jealous or judgmental,  I think the world would be a better place if more women used the achievements of or great things about others to motivate themselves in a positive way. This is why I think it’s great that the main focus of The SITS Girls is to empower us ladies to better our blogging skills and support each other in the process. YAY for awesome blogging women!

On another note, I have another cool announcement related to Foodie Loves Fitness. You may notice a new badge on my sidebar, because a few days ago I found out that I’ve been chosen as a Sweat Pink ambassador for Fit Approach!

I’m kind of in love with the mission of Fit Approach:

“We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat
Fit Approach Sweat Pink Blog Badge hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

How do we get there?
We climb.
We journey.
We balance.
We reward.”

They choose ambassadors that they feel live the Fit Approach mission every day: those who sweat hard,
play hard, and inspire those around them to achieve their best selves.

And they picked me!!

I’m thrilled to be a Sweat Pink ambassador, and love getting the chance to connect with more people who are passionate about healthy living.

Have a great day everyone! 🙂

Getting Over My Distaste for Green Monsters

When I first started really getting into reading healthy living blogs a couple of years ago, I noticed that everyone was talking about green smoothies. Every time I would see a picture of a ”green monster” drink, all I could think was, Drinking spinach? ICK!

Here and there I’ve tried a green juice, but I’ve never been crazy about them. Actually, I don’t think I ever allowed myself to like them because I was so turned off by the color. I’m a big smoothie person, and I like brightly colored, pretty drinks — not ones that are a nasty green color. But recently, I’ve been more and more curious about juicing. After trying BluePrint juices recently, I knew that I could start to overlook the unappealing visual of a green juice a bit, and focus more on the taste. I think the idea of getting all of these awesome vitamins and antioxidants in one little cup is what’s driving me to overcome this distaste. Yes, I’m a vegetarian who eats a ton of produce, but the truth is, I like fruit more than veggies. I crave fruit all the time. Veggies on the other hand? I could go a day without em and not miss them. While I don’t do this, and I make sure to eat a salad most days and always have veggies included in my dinner, I think I could use some extra veggie power and vitamins.

Enter my new Jack LaLanne juicer:

 Well… new in the sense that it just arrived at my doorstep a few days ago. Not new in the sense that it had been sitting in my parents’ garage for a few years now. I remember when my dad got the juicer and my mom was mad, saying that they’d never use it and it would just take up space. And you know what? She was right. This thing is huge and takes up about half of my counter space. She also must have known what a biatch this thing is to clean, but clean it I will — because I am now a juicin’ woman!

Yesterday was my first juicing experiment. This is what I came up with:

Focusing on the taste and not its unattractive color, I actually liked my first homemade green juice! What everyone has always told me rang true — the sweet fruit completely overpowered the taste of kale. It’s amazing how all of this….

…makes not even a cup of juice. It’s kind of a good thing though, because it makes a nice little cup to have as a snack, small breakfast, or as part of a meal. What I love is that according to MyFitnessPal, this juice provides me with 322% of my daily recommendation of Vitamin A, 394% of Vitamin C, 20% of calcium and 14% of iron, not to mention 7 g of dietary fiber. Sweet right!

I plan to make one green juice daily, and I’m sure I’ll get more adventurous the more I make them. There are so many options of things to throw into the mix, so who knows what I’ll come up with. This morning’s juice included mango chunks, kale, a tangerine and a large carrot. Not too shabby! Here’s yesterday’s juice recipe:

Minty Strawberry Kale & Tangerine Juice
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups chopped kale, stems and tough ribs removed
  • 1 medium tangerine
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 TBSP fresh mint leaves
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a juicer.
  2. Pour into a glass and drink it on the rocks.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 drink, Calories: 155, Fat: 1 g, Carbohydrates: 35 g, Fiber: 7 g, Protein: 5 g

A Weekend of Celebration

The past two days were all about celebrating the great things going on in my life. I have so much to celebrate, including these biggies:

First, my hubby just finished his last day of work as an active duty Marine Corps officer. My years as a military wife have been full of ups & downs and lots of adventure. Adam and I have grown so much as a couple, and I’m really proud of how we’ve made it through everything together.

Secondly, we received word last week that Adam has been offered a civilian job that he really wanted. YEA! The job is in San Jose, so we’ll be moving very soon to Northern Cali. I absolutely adore San Diego and will be a bit sad to leave here, but I am super excited to move up to the Bay Area. Wine country! Redwoods! San Fran! I can’t wait to explore up there and am confident that it’ll be a blast.

As I’ve been talking about lately, my grandma’s cancer removal surgery was successful, and she’s doing so well. She’s currently in a rehab facility and is itching to get out soon, so I know that she’s getting back to her normal self. I’m so happy!

Adam and I missed Valentine’s Day together, so this weekend was also our belated V-Day celebration.

Saturday started off with a trip to the Little Italy Farmers’ Market. I haven’t been there in awhile, and it was nice to walk around, soak up the sunshine, and pick up some goodies:

Afterwards, we picked up Harley girl and headed to the park to hike around and have a picnic. My friend Danielle gave me this cool backpack that contains everything you need for a picnic and I got to try it out:

It looks like a normal backpack, but then when you open up one of the compartments, it has silverware, plates, napkins, a cheese cutting board, salt & pepper shakers and more. So neat right? The backpack comes with a spot to put a bottle of wine and wine glasses, so I obviously had to bring some! We had to balance our glasses against my sneakers since we picnicked on a bit of a hill:

I brought some of my farmers’ market picks for our lunch. The picnic included pita chips with garlic dip and fresh bread, a clementine, cinnamon almonds, and an heirloom tomato + mozzarella salad:

We had fun relaxing, munching and sipping wine. Adam also enjoyed a cigar, while Harley enjoyed eating lots of dirt and sticks (no joke!) because she’s a complete nut (who I’m convinced has Pica…).

Last night Adam and I headed to Coronado for dinner at Il Fornaio. The restaurant is a favorite pick of ours not only because of its consistently delicious eats, but also because of its awesome location right on the water.

Not too shabby huh? I didn’t snap many photos at dinner, but our meal was yummy and included this appetizer of crispy pieces of asparagus, artichokes, zucchini and onion:

YUM.

My Sunday was spent mostly outdoors. This morning was full of movement, including running around the neighborhood with Harley and playing tennis with Adam. I was happy to see that my FitBit clocked my mileage at over 10,000 steps before noon. Love when that happens!

This afternoon, Adam and I had reservations for a fun outing – whale watching! I purchased a LivingSocial deal awhile ago and was excited to use it.

Can you spot the animal in the following picture?

What a great life for this dog right?!

There was even a boat docked there named after me! 😉

Our whale watching cruise was a 3-hour outing that left out of Mission Bay. Unfortunately we didn’t see any big whales, but we did see tons of dolphins and sea lions. After many failed attempts, this is the best picture I got of the dolphins jumping out of the water right next to us:

Even though we didn’t see the big guys, we had a lot of fun cruising around. The only downside of the trip was that people around us kept getting seasick and throwing up off the back of the boat. Yikes, luckily we kept our lunches down!

It’s safe to say that I had a great weekend!

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah

Drunken Noodle Soup

Happy Friday everyone! I don’t know about you all, but I’m super excited for the weekend. Got some fun things planned!

In blog news, I updated the recipe page today. Go check it out! You may also notice that some new fonts and colors are making an appearance on my site. I’m fooling around with things to try to find a new look that I like. It might just take me 27 hours to figure out, but I’m learning and experimenting with it!

Yesterday morning I had the second part of my root canal done. I’m not going to lie, I hated every minute of it, but I’m glad that it’s over with. I noticed after the first part was done a few weeks ago that I’m now able to eat on the left side of my mouth without shooting pain, so it seems to be successful. WOO! As expected,  my mouth was really sore (unfortunately still is!) yesterday and I was not wanting to chew much. I knew that the perfect thing to make for dinner was soup, so I whipped up an Asian inspired meal – what I’m calling drunken noodle soup:

My hubby is a big sushi fan, and whenever we go to our favorite local Japanese joint, he orders some rolls and I eat udon noodle soup. In putting together this meal, I was trying to replicate the soup that I always order. I started off with vegetable broth and udon noodles, and then went from there adding in ingredients that seemed like they would fit well into the dish – including green onion, sesame oil, rice vinegar and shiitake mushrooms. I recently bought baby bok choy because I thought it looked interesting, and it also seemed like a perfect addition to the soup.

Since the soup was reminiscent of our favorite local Japanese restaurant, I thought I’d go further with the Asian theme and break out a gift that we got through a Secret Santa game at an USMC Christmas party last year:

A sake set! Figures, as Marines love to drink! 😉

Only I put green tea in the pot instead of sake…

Drunken Noodle Soup
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups udon noodles
  • 6 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 oz baby bok choy, chopped (2 heads)
  • 3 oz tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 1 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 1 TBSP sesame oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil.
  2. Add shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, green onions, garlic, and tofu, and cook for about 10 minutes. The mixture should be at a slow simmer.
  3. Add the udon noodles and cook according to package directions. (Mine needed to cook for about 4 minutes).
  4. Stir in rice vinegar and sesame oil, then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Ladle into bowls and enjoy while the soup is hot.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 250, Fat: 5 g, Carbohydrates: 43 g, Protein: 9 g

Well, I’m off to take Harley to play in a hidden *cough – government owned & illegal to trespass* (whoops!) field that we recently found in our neighborhood. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

By the Skin of My Teeth

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about my participation in a DietBet.  If you’re curious about the details of the game, check out this post, but the gist of this DietBet is that I put money into a pot, betting that I could lose 4% of my body weight in a month.

I did really well the first few weeks of the bet, working out hard and watching everything I ate. I needed to lose a bit over 5 pounds to reach my 4% goal, and I was well on my way to accomplishing it.

But then I hit a roadblock.

My grandma was diagnosed with cancer. I flew to my home state of New Jersey to be with her in the hospital as she underwent a major surgery to remove the tumor. This would have obviously been enough to throw me off my game in itself, but when her health deteriorated with a case of pneumonia and the surgery was postponed, I felt like all of my energy was going towards just holding it together.

Besides being stressed out, my normal schedule was turned on its head. I spent evenings at the hospital, leaving both hungry for dinner and emotionally exhausted. I didn’t have my dog with me to push me to walk my usual 5 miles a day. And even if I did, it was damn near freezing every day I was in Jersey anyways – not exactly outdoor workout weather. While I did cook a bunch of times, I wasn’t in my usual routine of food shopping and planning out meals, which I think is a big part of my being able to shed a few pounds.

I also couldn’t trust the scale at my parents’ house. One day it would say that my weight was really low, only for it to swing 4 pounds up the next day. While my weight fluctuates a little, it doesn’t typically go up and down that much. This wouldn’t be a big deal had it not been for the DietBet. What can I say? I’m competitive and did not want to lose the game!

While I gave myself some slack, I also wanted to hold myself accountable regardless of the circumstances I was dealing with. I exercised and did workout DVDs and other sweat sessions in the  family room almost every day. Whether that meant waking up early before hitting the hospital or getting work done, or at 9 PM when I really would rather have relaxed on the couch, I made sure to get it done. Exercising not only helped me burn calories and rev my metabolism, it helped to relieve stress and just make me feel better.

Everyone deals with stress differently. While some people lose their appetite, I tend to eat when I’m anxious. A few days I definitely overdid it – i.e. drinking 3 glasses of wine instead of the 1 I intended to have – but I told myself to forget about it and start new the next day. I tried to be mindful of what I ate, and though I wasn’t always perfect (who is?), I did the best I could.

I flew back to San Diego last Saturday night, and when I weighed myself on my normal scale the next morning, was relieved to see that I was at the EXACT weight I needed to be at to win the DietBet. Knowing that this was cutting it a little too close for my final weigh-in the next day, I kept my diet strict and went on a long hike on Sunday. On Monday morning, I weighed in 1/2 pound lower than I needed to and won my DietBet. WOOHOO! I made it by the skin of my teeth, and though it wouldn’t have been the end of the world had I not made it, I felt good in knowing that I was able to lose 6 pounds in a month and accomplish my goal while going through a difficult time.

I made $45 for winning the DietBet.  I originally put in $25, so I pocketed an extra $20 while losing a few pounds. I’ll take it! I put my winnings towards a new heart rate monitor that’s currently en route to my house. After expressing my hatred for my current sport watch, I consulted with other Girls Gone Sporty ambassadors and ordered a watch that many of them recommended. I’ll let you know how I like it soon! As far as my DietBet experience goes, I think that it’s an awesome way to motivate yourself to lose weight while hopefully winning a few bucks. Go check it out! 😉


Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto Balls

When I think back to my time studying abroad in Italy, a lot of mouthwatering food comes to mind – including rice balls. Though a lot of the time they contained ham or some other kind of meat, here and there I was able to find vegetarian ones. They were gooey, rich, and delicious, and I’m not sure that I’ve eaten them since my time in Sicily. That’s why when I came across risotto cakes in my newest cookbook, Essential Vegetarian, I knew I had to try the recipe.

Rice balls are typically deep fried. While they taste scrumptious, anything submerged in a bath of oil isn’t exactly waistline friendly. That’s why I tweaked the recipe and used less oil.

When I decided to make them last night for dinner, I failed to realize that this recipe takes a good amount of prep time. After cooking the risotto, I became impatient and hungry, and didn’t let the risotto chill for as long as instructed. They came out tasty, but they were probably harder to roll into balls than if they were refrigerated for the right amount of time. The effort is worth it, but consider yourself warned — leave 2+ hours to make these bad boys!

I pulled out all stops and made this meal a fancy-schmancy one! I paired the risotto balls with greens drizzled with olive oil + balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with sea salt & pepper…

…and garlic knot breadsticks made with pizza dough:

For dessert, I made a heavenly chocolate peanut butter treat. I took the easy route and threw together a Trader Joe’s truffle brownie boxed mix  (By the way, it’s the first time I’ve made these dutch cocoa brownies and they’re YUMMY), but I added a fun twist to them by whisking peanut butter with almond milk, vanilla extract, and confectionary sugar, then drizzling it on top of the brownie batter.

Side note: As I took the above photo, someone was lurking behind my kitchen table shooting me very serious, pleading looks:

Lastly, the drink of choice for this meal was a bottle of Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon:

My hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed our vino with full bellies while watching the movie Bottleshock. It was a California wine themed night!

Here’s the risotto cake recipe:

Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto Balls
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • ¾ oz [light] butter
  • ½ small onion, minced
  • 1¼ cup arborio rice
  • ⅓ grated parmesan and/or pecorino romano cheese (I used a blend)
  • ¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce the heat, cover, and keep at a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and butter in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden. Reduce heat to low, then add arborio rice and cook, stirring, until the rice is lightly golden (around 3 minutes).
  3. Pour in about ¼ of the hot stock and stir constantly until the liquid has been absorbed. Repeat this process until all the stock has been added and the rice is tender. This will take around 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in the grated cheese and remove from heat. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, allow to cool, then refrigerate for an hour.
  5. With wet hands, roll 2-3 TBSPs of the rice mixture into a ball. Push a cube of mozzarella and a few pieces of sun-dried tomato into the ball, reshaping to cover up the cheese and tomato. Repeat with remaining rice mixture to form 18 balls. Refrigerate for another 15 minutes.
  6. Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy-based saucepan over medium low heat. Using a large slotted spoon, lower ½ of the risotto balls into the oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown, then flip over. Remove with the spoon, and drain on paper towels. Repeat this process with the remaining cakes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 risotto balls, Calories: 280, Fat: 15 g, Saturated fat: 3 g, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Protein: 5 g

Healthy Fats to Eat Often

Happy Presidents’ Day!

I’m enjoying a much needed Monday off. Traveling always takes it out of me a bit and I love that I had today and yesterday to recoup. Last night I was exhausted and passing out by 8 PM — helllooo jet lag! This afternoon is shaping up to be an active one: first we took Harley girl for an hour walk, then Adam and I played tennis together. Next up: food shopping and whipping up a fancy dinner!

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February is American Heart Month, which aims to raise awareness of heart disease, its unfortunate prevalence in our country, and the things people can do to prevent it. A few stats via the CDC about how heart disease affects people in the U.S.:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
  • 1 out of every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.
  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the U.S. $312.6 billion annually.

The important thing to know is that heart disease is preventable and controllable. The main ways to reduce your risk are to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight and eat a healthy diet. Speaking of a healthy diet, one of the major misconceptions about eating healthily is that all fat is bad. The truth is, we now know that not all fats are NOT created equal. While saturated fats and trans fats are thought to raise cholesterol and the risk for heart disease and stroke, other kinds of fats are heart-healthy and beneficial to eat often.

Types of ”good” fat include unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, including avocado, olive oil and nuts. Eating sources of healthy dietary fat helps your body absorb key nutrients, reduces risk of heart disease and stroke, lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol, increases energy levels and strengthens your immune system, just to name a few! To reap these benefits, don’t be afraid to eat a few servings of good fat daily. To read more ideas of healthy fats to add into your diet, check out my latest Girls Gone Sporty article here.

The Never Ending Injury

Greetings from San Diego!

I flew back to the West coast last night after 2 weeks of being in Jersey with my family. I am so happy that I  made the trip back East to see my grandma in the hospital. I hung out with her yesterday before heading to the airport, and she is most definitely progressing and seeming more like herself. The pneumonia is clearing out, and the surgery to remove her tumor went great as far as we can tell. They removed her breathing tube and a bunch of other IVs and contraptions a few days ago, which was a great note to leave on.

The past few weeks I’ve been constantly thinking about the people I love and how important they are to me. Nothing compares to family! 

With my grandma on my wedding day

I was super excited to see my hubby and pup last night. Reunions are always great after time apart from Adam, even after just a few weeks.

This afternoon we went hiking at Kwaay Paay Summit together. It’s gorgeous outside today! I was especially basking in the sunshine since I’ve been in the mostly freezing northeast weather as of late. I hate the cold!

 Check out Harley’s face during the car ride home:

She cracks me up. Notice the dark spot in between her eyes? By Adam’s account, she ran full speed into a barbed wire fence last week, wiped out, then jumped up as if nothing happened and continued sprinting. It left a little hole in the middle of her face. She’s such a nut huh? I keep joking around with Adam that this is what happens when I leave town!!

The hike left my calf and foot feeling sore. In general, my calf has not been feeling great lately, even though I’ve been doing my stretching and exercises daily. I’ll admit that I’ve been slacking as far as icing it goes… but I’ve got an ice pack on it at this very moment. My physical therapy sessions have been paused for a few weeks now, but not because I was out of the area. They pretty much said that my calf should have healed by now. Even though I was doing a lot better, it seems that as soon as I do any kind of plyometric workouts (I’m even talking easy stuff like jumping jacks) it seems to regress. So, the plan is for me to go get an MRI done and see if they figure out what the heck is going on. Why this calf tear can’t fully heal is beyond me, and it SO frustrating! I’ll keep you all posted with what happens. I just feel like I took it easy for months and really tried to let my body rest, but enough is enough already!

Question: Have you ever had a sports injury that just won’t go away? How did you deal with it? 

 

The Day of Love

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve recently been bombarded with Valentine’s Day chatter and advertising, and know that tomorrow is the so called day of love. While I do think it’s a Hallmark holiday, I’m a lover of love and enjoy any excuse to celebrate it. Unfortunately, tomorrow will be like last year’s Valentine’s Day in that I won’t be with my hubby. This marks the 3rd V-Day in a row that we’re apart, but I’m celebrating a different kind of love right now…. loving my precious grandma, whose cancer surgery yesterday was successful!! She’s in the ICU recovering and getting her lungs stronger from having pneumonia. My family and I are all obviously relieved and just helping her to take it one day at a time in getting better.

I Googled Valentine’s Day dog images before (guess I’m missing Harley girl whose hanging out in Cali with her dad!) and was practically squealing at some of the pictures. Here are my favorites:

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How adorable right!

So remember when I did a review about ENERGYbits algae tabs? If any of you were interested in trying out their bits but thought they were a bit too expensive, I have a deal for you! I recently received an email from the company about American Heart Month. In honor of this month and Valentine’s Day, they’re offering a 25% discount throughout all of February. All you need to do is visit www.energybits.com or www.skinnybits.com and enter VALENTINE into the coupon box at check out.

On a final note, with V-Day upon us and all of the focus being on showing others how much you care….