Weekend Goals and The May Health Challenge

The weekend is here and I am EXCITED! I visited the doctor yesterday and didn’t exactly get the news I was hoping for but I still got good news.

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I will still be in the boot another two weeks. However, two hours during my work day and from the time I am done working until bedtime I can take it off. However, if we do any form of activity besides normal walking around the house, then it has to go back on. I did get the ok to do anything I wish with the boot on…hello trail here I come. Which means I made some weekend goals and hope to accomplish most of them. Take a look:

#1 To not over do activity with that ankle. I need to strengthen it back up. As much as I would love to hike 10 miles, that is not likely going to happen. I do plan to hike a little this weekend since our plans have been on the calendar for quite some time now, but all in good reason.

#2 I really need to even out my tan. One leg is white and the other is not. Since I can have the boot off for a while each day, this will be my time to marinate in the sunshine.

#3 Try out my new insoles when I have the boot off. I’ve been told this could be painful, but I am not too worried. I have been in pain for months, how much worse could it be?

#4 Enjoy my first campfire meal of the season. (Fire danger here is very high, this one is iffy)

#5 Spend some family time together. My son was offered a job last week which has him working in his field of photography almost every single weekend photographing weddings. This could be one of our last weekends together as a family doing what we love so I need to savor every second.

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#6 Last but not least, work on losing the three pounds I have gained from sitting around unable to exercise for the last month. The night I came home from my appointment we actually took our first walk in a month.(with the boot still on) It was great!

I’ll let you all know next week how many of these goals I actually accomplish.

Now, onto May’s Health Challenge. I don’t know where last month went but it’s gone and that means we are ready for a new monthly health challenge.

May’s Health Challenge Is: Meatless Monday’s

That’s right, no meat on Monday’s! You can easily replace your protein with another form of food one day per week without a whole lot of effort. Here are some options to choose from:

beans and lentils

cottage cheese

eggs

tofu/tempeh

greek yogurt

avocados

peanut butter

quinoa

nuts and seeds

I am sure there are many, many more out there besides just these.  If you don’t think you can survive an entire day without meat just start out with dinner on Monday’s. Work your way up to an entire day by the end of the month. You can set your own goals and achieve them.

These challenges are meant to be fun and rewarding to us all when we work to achieve something we normally would not do on our own. I don’t want these to turn into something that we all dread and find impossible.

Let me know of any good ideas or recipes you come up with that are meatless. I would be happy to give them a try here with my family as well.

Good Luck!

 

 

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BBQ Rub

As grilling season approaches I get pretty excited about the break I get from cooking dinner every night. I am not a grill master and have no hope to be in the future. However, my husband does a really nice job of grilling. On a good day he may even get creative with the spices.

Here is a BBQ rub that he made after reading a few different recipes for some ideas. Then I borrowed out my lab (my kitchen) and he mixed up his own mixture of spices and came up with this. It is spectacular on ribs, pork, and chicken.

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BBQ Rub

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup sweet paprika

3 TBSP. black pepper

2 TBSP. sea salt

1 TBSP. celery salt

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Mix all these spices together in a glass jar. Give it a good shake until its well combined.

Apply this rub to your choice of meat and refrigerate for at least one hour.

This works well with meat that is grilled, baked or pan seared.

Store remaining rub in an airtight jar for up to 6 months.

Easy Breakfast Idea

I came across these tortilla boats recently while grocery shopping and just had to buy them. They have been sitting in the pantry staring at me but tacos just have not been on the menu lately. Then I had this idea. Why not fill them with eggs and breakfast sausage? So that’s exactly what I did, and it was so easy and fast.

Now, I wouldn’t exactly call this a recipe because I just sort of threw things in there that I would normally eat with eggs. So feel free to mix it up to your liking. You could add onion, sweet or hot peppers, salsa, or avocado.

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I browned some turkey breakfast sausage, and scrambled some eggs. I mixed them all together and tossed them into the tortilla boats then sprinkled them with a little cheddar cheese. Topped it with a little Sriracha  hot sauce and ta da we had a quick easy breakfast.

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Served with a side of fresh fruit, and they were a very filling meal. Perfect for those cool mornings when you want something hot for breakfast.