Posted in Food, New Food, Recipe

Paleo Pumpkin Pecan Porridge 

With honey, vanilla, cinnamon and raisins. 

Originally, this was going to be a recipe from Practical Paleo, but then I realized that I was missing some very key ingredients like tahini and coconut, and I had an extra ingredient: pecans. 

I used that recipe as the inspiration for this one and it was lovely. 

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1/4 cup pecans, pulverized
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 1/4 cup raisins 
  • Honey to taste

Are you ready for the hard part? Put it all in a pot, mix it up, then heat to your desired temperature. Easy as that!

Here, I garnished it with a whole pecan, a cluster of raisins, and a swirl of honey. 

Posted in Fitness, Measurements

Weigh in!

Measurements (non flexed, widest part,  as measured in inches with a cloth measuring tape pulled snug but not digging in)
Neck 14 5/8
Bicep 15 7/8
Ribs 40 3/8
Belly 44 1/4
Hips 49 1/4
Thigh 29 1/4
Calf 17 3/8
Weight: 239.2 lbs


Today’s fitness included reading more of the mindset module and taking some notes about the things that resonate with me. I checked in with two accountability buddies,  but I forgot to message Dana to go for a walk.  (Sorry, Dana!! Thursday for sure!)

Last night,  we had our healthiest D&D yet.  We’re all on a health kick right now (whether we want to be or not) so there was none of the usual fare to be found–which was great for my focus!


It was funny.. we’re playing 5E Curse of Strahd and we’re just getting to the main quest line.  The DM introduced an NPC and the dwarf in our party wanted to know if he was a trader. Dwarven sounds like a thick pirate accent and one of the dragon born is fluent…and wanted to know of he said trader or traitor and so they were saying traitor/trader back and forth while the rest of us tried to figure out if they’d gone mad because to us,  it all sounded completely foreign. (Aside from the or of character additions like ‘whappity whappity’ and ‘you are doing me a concern’ ‘bork!’)

Other than that,  I started taking a look at my bat cave and realized it needs some serious leveling up.


I got all of the chips and candy gathered up and I’ll be taking it to the office tomorrow.  I’m not usually that villain, but it’s left over from my brother’s wedding and if I don’t get it out of the house then we’re just going to keep eating it all.  No one needs Hershey kisses on their night stand unless it’s a steamy anniversary,  mmkay?

I also took my next set of progress pics,  but I’m not ready to show them here quite yet. I guess that’s a work in progress too.

Posted in Fitness, Food, Life + Living

Pop Quiz!

I’ve been feeling really uninspired to write lately… even though I’ve been doing awesome things like joining community centers, trying new recipes, and building equipment for healthy living at work… To jump-start the writing juices, I present you with a couple of quizzes.. enjoy! And thanks for reading

1. Before you started this, what were you doing? 

Updating my Target Registry. Target Registry 1-25-13

2. What is the last movie you saw that you loved?

Pitch Perfect, hahaha!

3. If you could live anywhere, where would that be?

I’m not honestly sure.. I’m still contemplating that.  If I didn’t have to worry about work or familial obligations, I’d probably go somewhere with moderate weather so I could work out outside and not have to hide from the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter.

4. What’s the first thing you do on a weekend morning?

Wake up?  HA! Then I check my ‘vitals’….


5. Who sent the last text message you received?

My Papa-bear… We’re making plans to go to the food tasting for mine and Jeff’s wedding reception caterer.

6. Do you have tattoos? Piercings?

I’ve got a tattoo on my back that has a drawing I made and a quote from Jacqueline Carey in my own hand-writing… I really live by that saying, too–Love is love is love, and it’s beautiful in all forms no matter what colors/genders lovers are.


7. What’s the last thing you ate?

Blueberries–but only because I knew this question was on here.  I’m trying to get Jeff to make me some pierogies…

8. What’s the worst job you’ve had in your life?

The worst job I had in my life was cleaning the vet clinic.  I got all the dirty work like washing kennels, cleaning poo from the yard, wiping down the exam room and cleaning the floors…. And none of the fun because the animals that were there were sick and not there to be played with by a kid.  It was sad and disheartening and gross. 😦

9. What’s the best job you’ve had in your life?

Probably my current one, actually.  There are good hours, good benefits, and I don’t have to bring work home with me or work weekends.  It’s still technically entry-level customer service, but it’s pretty nice. I’m happy with it.

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Oatmeal (in Pomegranate instead of Chocolate..’cause..y’know.. I don’t like chocolate anymore O_O)


2. How much water do you drink each day?

As much as I need?  Some days that’s 64, some days more, some days less.  I have a purple 30oz water bottle that I refill as needed.

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Eep.. I haven’t been exercising lately.  I am really looking forward to swimming this weekend, though, and biking in the summer…


4. How many calories do you eat a day?

Almost all of them… I only have coffee with a little creamer in the morning, otherwise I’m drinking water the rest of the day, so most of my calories come from eating food 😉  I skirted this question on purpose because I’ve noticed that tracking food actually makes me obsess with food and get a little crazy about it.  It’s better for me to just pay attention to my hunger signals and eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m not.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Fruits are my favorite by far.  I’m snacking on a clementine now (switched it up from the blueberries!) and I love bananas, grapes, and strawberries too.

Mixed Fruit
Mixed Fruit

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

There is no ‘usual’ for lunch.  Sandwiches are pretty common, but I also like left over dinner, soup, chili, or something from the cafeteria.  Poultry plays a big role during lunch because I usually have chicken or turkey over the lunch hour.

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

I really like doing full body work-outs.  My legs are probably my strongest so I like how powerful I feel when I train lower-body, but my arms show the fastest rate of improvement, so that’s fun.  My core is my weakest point right now, but that’s getting better too.

exercise illustrations

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

Core. For sure. I feel like my stomach gets in my way and impedes progress.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Sweet.  I’m working on breaking a chocolate addiction.  I went about 3 weeks without chocolate* and now I realize that it gives me heartburn almost immediately and doesn’t even taste that good any more.

*I just realized that I’m backsliding.  We had a morsel of dark chocolate in a health class on Wednesday, I craved and caved and got a Kit-Kat on Thursday, and I craved and caved and got a Hershey’s bar today.  Ugh. Need to stop eating chocolate again.

10. Do you take vitamins/supplements?

No.  I should be taking calcium and vitamin B (complex) but I don’t usually remember..

11. How often do you eat out?

It used to be 3-4x/week, but it’s down to about 1-2.

12. Do you eat fast food?


13. Who is your biggest supporter?

My mom is definitely my biggest supporter.  She gives me ‘the look’ when she sees me making a poor choice, and she’s my biggest cheerleader. The below is my pic with my parents after finishing the Warrior Dash 🙂 She was the first to give me a giant hug and congratulate me on finishing.


14. Do you have a gym membership?

I do now!  I had a free membership through work and access to equipment at home, but I’ve just joined the local community center and I’m hoping to get to some group classes again soon.

15. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?

6-7 if I’m lucky.. back pain usually wakes me up around that time.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day?

Everything in moderation.  Including moderation.


17. Do you drink alcohol?

In moderation 😉

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

No, I don’t.  Jeff and I used to work out together but now that’s become Jeff and I used to work out.  I’m getting back into it, but it seems to be a solo kind of gig.

19. What is the best thing about your life that has changed since you began a healthy lifestyle?

I find that my moods are more stable and I’m generally happier when I’m firing on all cylinders.  I just FEEL better, you know?  The boost in self-confidence doesn’t hurt either 😉

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

I built a standing-station at work so that I can stand instead of sit all day long.  Maybe I should blog about it 😉

Standing Station