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Wonderful Winter Weekend

13 Dec

Hey guys!  I can’t believe how fast this weekend went by!  Saturday, I had so many errands to do- groceries, Costco, plus cook (organic grass fed beef that needed to be cooked for tacos, and beef and barley soup), bake (spicy oatmeal raisin cookies, that didn’t come out), and go to church.  It was a busy day filled with running around nonstop.  At 6:30, when we got back from church, we were able to relax eat a bowl of homemade soup, enjoy a glass of wine, and we put on the Grinch Who Stole Christmas!  By 9:00pm we were exhausted and went to bed. 

Dinner- Glass of wine and Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup.  The Husband said the soup was the best beef and barley soup he has ever had!  : )  The recipe is posted below.


Fun Costco Finds-  Peppermint Bark


and $15 Holiday Wreaths!  What a great deal, I bought two.  One for our front door and the other for above our fireplace.  They smell SO good!


The cookies looked good, but didn’t turn out



I never made it into the gym on Saturday, but made up for it on Sunday.  I did about 30 minutes of cardio followed by core work and 100 push ups.  Today, I am sore everywhere but my pecs from the push ups, go figure!  Yesterday my eats were this- Breakfast:  egg, cheese and nitrate free bacon in a tortilla topped with fresh spicy salsa, Lunch was a deli thin with organic tomato, mustard, organic lettuce and nitrate free natural turkey breast, Dinner was Nachos with grass fed beef, peppers, just a little shredded natural cheese, homemade sour cream and fresh salsa!  They were delicious and a lot healthier then any other nachos I have ever eaten. 

This morning we were at the gym by 5:30am, and I ran for an hour on the treadmill.  Today was the first day in a while I was able to run a good distance with my hip not acting up.  I think listening to my body, stretching and foam rolling my hip is working.  I didn’t push my luck, so I ran at about a 9 min mile pace for one song on my IPod and then walked at about a 15 min mile for one song.  In the hour I was on the treadmill, I covered just about 5.5 miles.  Right when I got home, I foam rolled my hip for a while.  It is definitely hurting pretty bad already.  I am excited to do yoga tonight since I didn’t get to it yesterday and hopefully that will help relieve some of the pain.

Breakfast- PB toast (This is actually my toast from a few days ago, I didn’t take a pic of it this am).


Before work, I am having my flaxseed and chia seed cranberry water mixture to help keep me full for a while at work.


Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup

This is such a wonderful soup.  If you don’t eat meat, you can substitute the beef broth and bullions for vegetables and skip adding the meat. 


  • 2-3lbs Organic Chuck Beef
  • 1 Box Low Sodium Beef Broth
  • 4 carrots thinly sliced
  • 4-6 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 Cans Chopped tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup of barley (I used 2 cups)
  • 3 soup cans (from tomatoes) of water
  • 4 beef bullions

Directions:  Add all ingredients to a crock pot on high.  Let sit until the beef is cooked through (3-4 hours).  Remove meat and cut away all fat and throw away.  With the remaining meat, cut into little pieces and add back into the crock pot.  Add the barley and let cook for another 1 hour on high or another 2 hours on low, or until the barley is cooked.  If the broth level has gone down, you can add more water or more low sodium beef broth.  Serve and enjoy!

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It was the perfect think and hearty soup for the weekend!


Morning Meditation

Motivation for the Day:  Get the house cleaned and ready to watch the Vikings game!

Three Things I am Thankful for Today:  1-  Wedding pics are done!  Yay!  2.  70 and Sunny out!  3-  Getting to visit Quincy this upcoming Saturday!

Goal for the Day:  Be as healthy as I can be!  Lots of vegetables and water!

Motivational Quote of the Day:  Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.  ~Jim Davis  : )

Question:  What errands do you love doing?  I love grocery shopping and going to Costco as long as both aren’t busy when I’m there!