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Focus Is A Good Thing…

October 7, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve been struggling with a pretty annoying disease for the past 6 months…I’m a blog-o-holic.  I have so many random blogs out there that it’s driving me insane!  I love writing articles for each one, but there is seriously not enough time in a day or week to write articles for every single different blog.  That said, I’ve loved this wordpress blog.  I was overdue for a hosted wordpress site, so I’ve started one where I hope to pick up where this one leaves off.  Check out the first few posts and leave me a comment and let me know what new articles I should be posting.

My new home will still have articles on yummy recipes I find or the latest workout that I’m doing (besides pilates) and ideas on how to stay motivated.  The one thing you will find more of as the days go by is more pilates! Go figure!  Also, since I’m a geek as well, I’ll often talk about new technology that I’m using to make my life easier…

So, without further adieu, please visit me at my new home – yes, it looks like a messy desk with a coffee and iphone on top…

*Editorial update:  I have added this blog to my Posterous Autopost feature.  What that means? When I find cool stuff, it will still post here automatically! If you haven’t checked out posterous…do so now! will save you a lot of time playing around on your social networking sites!


What I’m Eating, Reading, and Loving…

September 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Ok, I’ve been gone way too long from this blog. All of the sudden I got very busy teaching, with Mila and just generally with life! I’m back though…so I wanted to share with you some of the things that I’ve spending time doing and eating recently.

Here are my top picks for this week:

What I’m Eating:

I’m going to make this today.  It’s a Fig & Goat Cheese Pizza.   I’m always trying new recipes from the Healthy Irishman…This looks right up my alley. Never really cooked with figs before, but he had me at goat cheese, so I figured I’d venture out. Sadly, I don’t have a neighbor with a fig tree like he does. Check out the post for the recipe on the Healthy Irishman Website.

What I’m Reading:

Reading, well that would be the Second Book in the Sookie Stackhouse series: Living Dead In Dallas.  My copy is a little beat up and colored on – thanks Mila! I’ve also been listening to the audiobook Tribes by Seth Godin. I had to chill on the True Blood books though because I was spending too much time comparing the show to the books…it was driving me crazy…

What I’m Loving:

Ok, I am in love. Addicted. Can’t stop playing with it and generally discovering all the fun things I can do with…
My IPHONE. Yay, Denis and I finally got to our upgrade date. We walked into Apple, they set us up in 20 minutes with our wiggling Mila in hand. Thankfully it only took that long since we totally forgot to bring the stroller. Nice arm/back workout for Daddy!

I won’t go into why Iphone is so super duper amazing.  In fact, I was actually resistant to getting one, but the more and more I use it…I can’t believe we didn’t get one sooner.

And finally, I can’t end a post without saying WHAT WORKOUT I’M DOING:

I am doing pilates of course, but lately I’ve been pushing through the Real GI Joe Workout from Valerie Waters.  I need to get as strong as possible to handle her upcoming “Action Hero Babe” program.  I know it sounds crazy, I am so excited for her latest program.  She has really helped me change my body! Now, I can do some of the harder pilates exercises!

What’s In My Kitchen?

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment


Here’s a picture of my fridge…the Red Stripe Beer is NOT mine!

I often get asked what I eat and don’t eat…what I do for exercise and what I don’t do…how much do I do…etc. The list goes on.  I figured that in addition to my success toolkit page, I would do a post of the specific things I do and use every single day to keep me moving forward, staying healthy, and dealing with my cravings…

I’ll do the my go to foods every day…I’m boring, I’ll warn you right up front.  I often eat the same things day in and out.  It’s the only way I can be trusted sometimes…if I’m left alone with the food channel and some flour, I’ll be making a cake in no time!  Luckily, I have been pretty good…

1. Natural Almond Butter

2. Almonds

3. Raisins

4. Turkey Burger

5. Ezekial Bread & Sometimes Ezekial English Muffins

6. Tomatoes

7. Low Fat Mozzerella

8. Water!!!

9. Tejava Tea

10. Protein Powder

11. Some Type of Fruit – Banana, Blueberries usually

12.  Coach’s Whole Oats

13. Shredded Coconut – Unsweetened/Natural

Ok – so that’s the basic list. Of course, I have veggies in the house – but I usually buy them the day of so they are fresh.  The same with fish – I buy it the day I’m making it.  I hate letting meat just sit in my fridge.  It creeps me out.  I always want things to be as fresh as possible.

The Almond Butter, Almonds, Raisins, and Shredded Coconut have helped me deal with some crazy cravings.  I have such a sweet tooth that finding something I could indulge in without feeling too guilty was the most important part of me eating better.  Now, when I leave a restaurant after NOT ordering dessert, I’m kind of excited to go home and make my melted almond butter, banana, coconut snack.

Want to hear more? Check out my first audio boo sharing a bit more information on why these foods work for me!

What’s food keeps you from indulging too often and moving in the direction of a healthier lifestyle?

Eat This, Not That – The 20 Worst Supermarket Foods in America

August 29, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m all about finding and eliminating the worst foods in my own kitchen. Of course, I want you to do the same! check out this list of items you should purge from your shopping list and your pantry right now!

junkfoodSome of the foods might surprise you…but most shouldn’t!

Eat This, Not That – The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution From Women’s Health

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If you want to make some better choices, consider checking out my favorite read right now: The Eat-Clean Diet: Fast Fat-Loss that lasts Forever!

What is Spark People? If you don’t know…you are missing out…

August 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Today I wanted to give you a free resource to tap into great workouts no matter who you are.  This is by far the cheapest home workout I’ve mentioned because it’s free for the most part.  

Spark People is a company and a group of websites that focuses on showing people how to get and stay healthy.  I love their message because it’s what I’m all about too.  They like to help people understand the connection between health & fitness and all other areas of your life.  If you get your body in shape, healthy, working right, other areas of you life also get moving…and improve.

Spark People consisists of a few different websites for almost everyone – teens, adults, pregnany women, new moms, and families.  


The main site offers a free four-stage diet program which uses tools, articles and forums to help members make effective lifestyle changes. To start off,  people enter height, weight, and number of times per week they think they can exercise.  They also set a measurable goal — in the form of a date and weight.   Then, the website gives the user a basic plan of how many calories, etc. they should eat a day, as well as a somewhat personalized exercise plan.  Then, if you choose to continue with the website, you can enter the food you eat in a daily journal.  After entering consistent bits of information about your activity and food intake, you get to see the results in the form of graphs and charts.  You can see how you are progressing toward your specific goal.

In addition to the jounralling and report aspect of the site, there are many other tools that you can access to help you reach your goal.  There are articles, videos and links to information on nutrition, fitness, exercise, and overall health.  Members also have access to forums, so that you can really start using the power of a team to give and get support. 

One really cool aspect of this main website is SparkDiet – their diet program, which goes through 4 phases to help get your “diet” changed for good….shifting your mindset to really affect overall change in the way you eat.


This micro site for focuses on – you guessed it – the health and fitness of the pregnant and recently pregnant woman.  Again, the core part of a member’s experience will be in the message boards, connecting with other moms and parents experiencing the same ups and downs you are!

3) is another microsite for Sparkpeople…and it’s focused on providing a database of healthy recipe ideas.  You can search by everything from type of diet you are on to the prep time and the amount of calories you want to inhale (ok, maybe that’s just how I eat!). 


Here’s a fairly new aspect to the sparkpeople family which focuses on the nutrition and dietary needs of teens.  There are fitness programs, nutrition advice that’s focused on the needs of a 13 to 17 year old.  

I think it’s so important to instill a healthy lifestyle into a child…this really will take them through their whole life and quite possibly help other areas of their life.  Teenage years are so challenging for most going through it — and their parents, and body confidence goes a long way to shaping how a person functions in all areas of their life.  I’m definitely going to check this site out in more detail now so that I can share the info with my own daughter.  By then, she probably won’t want to listen to me, but I’ll still try!

I highly recommend checking out this family of healthy lifestyle sites.  These are a daily go to for me and they are full of so much free information that you really don’t want to miss it.  Even if you are doing a completely different home workout program, the nutrition advice and workout tips might just make your current program work even better!

What’s For Lunch Today? Moroccan Quinoa Salad & Tikka Salmon

August 22, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m addicted to The Healthy Irishman’s recipes…he’s like my personal chef. This looks really tasty…and well I always love salmon. I’ve been trying to get into Quinoa for awhile now and this just might be the recipe to do it. Plus, I think my daughter Mila’s going to love her little moroccan salad!

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My Goodness… The Healthy Irishman does it again….

August 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Seriously – my new fave recipe…just cuz it’s such a yummy snack. Gonna whip me another batch later today!

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