About Lexa

Eternal optimist, always wearing a smile. Must haves: sunshine, fitness (jogging, weight training, & CrossFit), reading, good food, writing, music, and fun with family and friends.

Today Is Take Down Day

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Are my priorities right??

I make time for my daily workouts. I make time for food prep for the week, but I can’t squeeze in time to take down the last Christmas tree and the rest of the holiday decorations.

Yup!  That is correct!  So what, the tree is still up.  With the Superbowl and Valentines Day quickly approaching, I could just as easily add a few more decorations and all is good.  Besides, the tree is pretty to look at.

Since today is a snow day for me, I guess I feel like taking the remaining decorations down.  Wait!!

Awe man… I forgot I had brussels sprouts cooking on the stove!  Hubby turned them off, but they’re already burnt!  See this is why I’d rather bake my veggies in the oven. The chance of burning is slim-to-none.  I use the oven timer.

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Hubby said they burnt “a little.”  Haahaa!  They are well overcooked for my liking! Besides the brussels are going to take on the nasty flava of the burnt residue on the bottom of the pot.

Anyways making the decision to take down holiday decorations or working out is a no brainer.  Workout! Workout! Workout!   The tree ain’t hurting nobody in the house, so the rule is, hubby takes it down or it stays up until I feel like taking it down.  Lol!  :)

If fitness is a priority for you, then it is your lifestyle.  When it’s a lifestyle, you make no excuses for not fitting it in.  Remember… NO EXCUSES!

Today is take down the decorations day… gotta go!

By the way, when I’m done, I’ll be working out my abs at home.  :)  Oh my gosh!  The burnt brussels stink!  :(

Smooches!

 

On Hard Work

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Good Morning!

I ‘d like to think that I live a colorful life– Trying new foods, being fearless by diving into new adventures… Even those that scare me a bit, not caring a bit about what folks think, taking calculating risks, generously giving from the heart, helping others improve the quality of their life and hall-assing from the status quo nonsense. Yep, that is me and without apology.

With a few hefty personal and professional goals ahead of me in 2015, I have much work to do. Roger Staubach’s quote resonated with me this morning and I realize that I need to shift priorities, establish a new balance between daily fitness, family, career, and fun.

Hmm… This shall be interesting and fun. Similar to bodybuilding, it is time to shift things up a bit. :)

Have a maaaaarevlous day peeps!

Don’t Quit!

At 2:40 in the afternoon, I was ready to leave work and head to the gym. One problem..

No car!  :(

For Christmas, hubby gave me a new radio (which is awesome) and a remote car starter.   My old car radio was dying and I refuse to buy a new car.

With 127,000+ miles on my car, she still has life.  I am not into profiling in a new expensive and flashy car and would rather drive my ’06 plain Jane vehicle until she konks out on the road side.

The day after Christmas, the radio was installed and on this day, the starter was supposed to be installed. Welp, it didn’t happen.  Boohoo!  I was without my car and our family schedule just didn’t able me to get to the gym.

Instead I worked out in our little home gym. Was it the workout I wanted?  No and not even close to what I planned, but I did what I had to do.

If you’re starting an exercise program for the New Year, stay flexible and adapt to whatever changes you need to do.  Just as long as you continue to move and make smarter food choices, you will reach your goal.

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Make it a great day!  :)

Food For The Soul

It is a chicken soup kind of day! The whole family is off.  It’s cold outside, the wind is gusty and, other than going to the gym, I have no desire to go outside today.

2015/01/img_3908-0.jpgLike clockwork, my helper showed up right on time! B’Dazzle is having fun washing and peeling carrots.

2015/01/img_3910-0.jpgThe beginnings of a home-made and hearty chicken and  quinoa soup. What are the healthy benefits of carrots?

2015/01/img_3909-0.jpgI love the vibrant colors of uncooked veggies!  Read this to learn about the health benefits of celery.

2015/01/img_3912-0.jpgThe seasoned chicken is baking nicely and is almost done.  Mmm..!  Smells good! 2015/01/img_3913-0.jpgGet your kids involved at home!  My son was eager to help cut the veggies. When your children asks to help out, please let them. Although the process might slow you down a bit, the time together is good for both parent and child. Besides, it’s better time spent than video games and TV. While cooking, we talk about everything… girls, school, family, and more!  Goooood stuff!! :)

chicken stockChicken stock in the making!  Are you hungry yet? Lol!

I searched the internet to find a recipe that appealed to me.  Can soup is filled with sodium and other processed stuff and is not the same.

Yeah, I cook often but home-made chicken soup is not my speciality.  Divas Can Cook had a recipe that works for me.  I substituted the noodles with quinoa (It is pronounced KEEN-wah).  Quinoa is a grain filled with nutrition.  Noodles are processed foods that I try to avoid.  The plan was to add brown rice, but since I have a decent amount of leftover quinoa, I decided to add it instead of cooking more rice.  I also added a little nutmeg to the broth.  Mmm… there’s something about nutmeg that gives food a homey and warm feeling. home made chicken soup

This is delicious! Just one spoonful brightened my smile even more today! :) Here’s a link to DCC recipe.

Happy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

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This Girl Can!

I just freakin LOVE this and had to share!!!

YOU are “this” girl and CAN do it too!  Kick your doubts away!

Enjoy your Saturday! :)