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A New Venture

Guess what guys? This is my last official blog post for Fit Minded Mom.

It has been a fun run(no pun intended) but I just don’t feel like this is the place for me any longer. While I have enjoyed my time writing and sharing my fitness and healthy food endeavors with you all, it is simply time to move on.

Don’t you worry though, I am by no means giving up the blogging thing, I am simply revising it. Rather than continue here, I decided to start a new blog, called Mixing It Up!!

If you have been a reader for any length of time you have probably seen how I have struggled with keeping my blog centered on mostly healthy topics. While healthy living is most definitely a part of my life, it isn’t my only life. I have so many other interests, many of which include family and friends, reading great books, food(of ALL kind), and yes even fitness. I still plan on blogging about the healthy topics but my new blog will not be necessarily be centered around it.

I have to say, I am quite excited about my new blogging venture and feel like a writing weight has been lifted from my shoulders!! I sure hope that you will continue to follow me, read along and comment often!! If not, that is okay, too. 🙂

See you soon at:



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National Food Holidays: March Edition

How is it that National Margarita Day and National Banana Bread Day both fell in the same weekend and I missed them?! Not fair!!!I guess I could make up for it by consuming both in one day. I mean, it is still the weekend!! 😉

I am thinking that a margarita might do a better job of making me feel well than all this medicine I am on. I guess if I am not feeling better by tomorrow it is off to the Dr. I go. I just hate wasting money on co-pays and meds but I dislike feeling miserable even more.

Now back to that subject of food!!! Specifically, National Food Days. Since I didn’t do such an outstanding job of keeping up with the ones that just passed, I thought I would do a little research and see what was coming our way in March.

Oh boy, there are some good ones!!!

March 1st, National Peanut Butter Lovers Day

March 6th, National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

March 7th, National Cereal Day

March 14th, National Potato Chip Day

March 18th, National Oatmeal Cookie Day

March 25th, National Waffle Day

March 26th, National Spinach Day

And for those of you who might like weird(read: GROSS) things like this, March 30th is National Turkey Neck Soup Day. I may have just thrown up in my mouth a bit over that one!!!!


As always I had a wonderfully delicious cup of coffee this morning. Actually, I may have had two but shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!!!

My most favorite way to drink my coffee is with a little splash of creamer. My 2nd favorite way:

Coffee was followed by this gorgeous plate of food!! It may not be “National Breakfast Sandwich Day”, officially, but I sure celebrated it up in our house this morning!!

Homestyle biscuit, no nitrate bacon(the REAL stuff) and a fried organic egg.

Such a nice way to start the morning, minus the hacking, sniffing and stopped up ear!!!


If you could create a “National Food Day”, what would it be?

Which of the March National Food Days will you partake in?


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Game Time Tuesday: Would You Rather

Good morning and happy Tuesday!!!

After yesterdays sightly “heavier” post, I thought it would be fun to take it to the lighter side today. What better way to do that than play a fun little game. I am going to call it:

Would You Rather

I will list a topic with two different options and you tell me which one you would rather. K….got it. Let’s go.

  • Celebrity Trainers

Jillian Michaels


Bob Harper


  • Breakfast Foods





  • Weather






  • Exercise





  • Grocery Store

Trader Joe’s


Whole Foods

My Would You Rather Answers:

Celebrity Trainer: Jillian Michaels- I need the hardcore personality because I can be a bit….stubborn!

Breakfast Food: Oatmeal- I will always pick carbs over protein. I can’t help it.

Weather: Give me HOT!!- I don’t do well in cold temps and I always feel like I am in a “funk” come Winter time.

Exercise: Weights because I do them circuit style which means I get strength and cardio in one!

Grocery Store: Trader Joe’s!! I love their quality AND their prices. Besides, Whole Foods in a 45 minute drive for me.


Which would YOU rather? My only rule….you have to pick ONE from each category. No “on the fence” answers!! That is what makes it fun!! 🙂


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Keeping Up With the Joneses

Missing: The author of the blog titled, Fit Minded Mom.

I am not even sure I can fully explain why I disappeared there for a while but I will give it a shot. I guess my number one reason was that I just wasn’t feeling the whole blog thing. While I was enjoying reading them(for the most part….and more on that in a bit) my desire to sit down and share just wasn’t there. More specifically, I didn’t care to share what I was eating or how much I was exercising because it all just seemed a bit….bland.

Now, I truly enjoy reading other blogs where people are giving the exact same type of information but for whatever reason, they seem to do it in a much more interesting way. At least that is how it seemed at the time.  In reading other blogs, I can genuinely feel the passion they possess for what they are writing. For me, the last month or so, it had felt forced.

I still find myself asking the questions why? Why now, after over a year did I just not find it fun anymore?

After letting myself think about it for a couple weeks, I am pretty sure that I am close to coming up with an answer.

1. I have never been one to “keep up with the Joneses”. I feel like I live a pretty simple life and while I enjoy nice things(who doesn’t) I have never felt compelled to have what others have just for the sake of having it. Until this whole blogging thing that is. I don’t have the desire(or the time, truthfully) to create cool graphics to showcase my workout of the day. I don’t have an ultra fancy camera and correct lighting to create top notch photos and I don’t have the creativity to post more than once a day. While all of that is more than alright, I went to a place where I felt like it wasn’t. I started to feel like I had to “Keep up with the Joneses” in the blog world. Thankfully, I have come to realize that I live a simple life and my blog will reflect that as well. It is me and surely if you are here reading my blog, THAT is what you want to see. More of me and less of others. If not, you should probably move on to one of those other blogs……I mean, I like them, too 🙂


2. Mom Guilt- Yep, it is as simple as that. Between cleaning my house, cooking meals, working out, running errands, being chauffeur, afterschool activities and doing all of my other mom duties, blogging was starting to not fit in very well. Or should I say, I was not allowing it to fit in very well. Like so many other moms out there, I forget that it is okay to take time for myself(other than my steaming hot, nightly relaxing bath!!) to do something that is important to me. Yes, I workout most days of the week but if I am being honest, much of the time there is a little one “working out” right beside me. To create a bit more time, I have moved my workouts to earlier in the morning so that I do have some time to sit and type out my thoughts.

3. While I really do have a passion for health and fitness, I feel like I am on a journey to find something more. Even if I didn’t have a passion for it, I would probably continue to do it simply because it is good for me. I love my family(with all my heart) and I love fitness but I feel like I am missing something. I know much of it has to do with my youngest child growing up. He will be going to Kndergarten in the Fall and I plan on heading back to work. The problem is, I don’t want to do just anything, I want to do something I am passionate about. The problem is…..I don’t know what it is yet. I keep going back and forth on whether or not I should go back to school and well, I am definitley on the fence about it.


4. As I have stated previously, I love reading healthy living blogs. It is definitley motivating and a great form of entertainment. Problem is, I have run across some blogs lately that claim to be “healthy living” but are anything but. You know the scene….over exercising yet simply eating a piece of fruit to refuel(and being SOOOO full afterwards). I mean give me a break, that is just NOT healthy and these few blogs have been leaving a bad taste in my mouth. I know the answer is simple….just don’t read them!! Don’t worry, I have unsubscribed but I can’t help but not like the irresponsibility of it. Whether bloggers realize it or not, when you put yourself out there as a public person, you are acting as a role model to people who are interested in this particular genre of blogs. Maybe this is the 35 year old in me showing my age but I don’t like the idea that others may copy this disordered behavior, thinking that is the way to be healthy.

As you can see, I have had a nice little jumble of thoughts going on in this brain of mine and now that I have been able to sort them out and make sense of them, I think I am ready to get back to it. Blogging that is. As I stated before, you aren’t going to see fancy graphics and pictures or elequent writing on this here blog 😉 but you will see honest! Some days you may see food but other days I may decide to discuss a topic…fitness related or not!!

One thing I am sure of…..I have missed y’all!!!!

Make it a great Tuesday and if you get a chance, do something you are passionate about!!!!


Other than health and fitness, what is one of your passions?

Do you consider yourself to be more of a simple or high maintenance type person?



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WIAW #20

Another Wednesday and another glance into what I ate throughout yesterday!!

You would think by now I would be used to taking photos of my food but I cannot tell you how many times I had to stop mid-bite, put the food down and grab the camera.

All I know is I couldn’t get my food down fast enough yesterday. Why?

1. It was REALLY good!

2. HIIT first thing in the morning apparently leaves me starving the rest of the day!!!

I cannot tell you how many times I have told my husband (and myself) that I am going to get up early and head to the gym before he goes to work. Just as many times as I have told him it is going to happen, is exactly how many times it hasn’t happened. I just haven’t been able to drag myself out of bed at 5am and head to the gym.

Until today that is!!! One of my excuses was that I was scared to workout all by my lonesome in the gym while it was still dark outside. No worries there. The place was packed!!! Seriously, I had NO idea how many people prefer to get up while the rest of the world is sleeping and sweat it out. It felt pretty awesome to be included in that group!!!

Now I am not going to get all crazy and do it every day of the week or anything. This girl is going to have to work her way up to that!! For now, I will stick with one early am session and gradually increase it to two. Two is my limit though. I need my sleep!!

Alrighty now……..moving on to that food I couldn’t get enough of!!!

Breakfast: This happened pretty early in the morning. I got home from the gym at 6am, had my coffee and then wolfed down this delicious bowl of oats by 6:30. So good!!

Snack: I am trying to back off of the processed foods but I kind of failed at that yesterday. I couldn’t help myself. But hey, they are called Skinny Sticks. I did practice self control. I had a handful and was done. 😉

Lunch: Simple but tasty. I wasn’t in the mood to cook and I didn’t have anything that was readily available(without cooking) so I settled on a yogurt bowl and carrots with a side of hummus.

Snack: Pink Lady apple sprinkled with cinnamon and a Babybel cheese. Oh my, these little things are AMAZING!!! Thank goodness I got a huge bag of them from Costco. Sadly, my kids like them just as much as I do so even though it was a pretty big bag, I don’t see them lasting long around here long.

Dinner: I saved the BEST for LAST!!! I stuck two sirloin steaks, a bell pepper and onion in the crock pot along with fajita seasoning earlier in the day. 6 hours later and I had the most delicious beef fajitas ever. Gosh, I LOVE this recipe. If you are a fan of fajitas, I highly recommend giving these a shot!!

I promise, it tastes sooooo much better than it looks. The lighting was awful when I took this picture!!!

And now, it is time to get my boy off to school and hit the gym again. I am meeting my friend, Brandi for lunch and we are having some Southern style home cookin’. It may not be the best for my waist but I know my mouth won’t complain!!!


Favorite time of the day to workout?

Do you eat your apples sliced or do you eat them whole?

I used to eat them whole but since my kids require theirs to be sliced, I have started doing it for myself as well.

Favorite Crock Pot meal?


February 6, 2013 · 7:45 AM