Cooking light

Oh how I have missed cooking...and for my hubs he misses my baking. 

I love to cook. 
I love to try new things. 
I have been storing up my food magazines waiting to be back to normal. 

Because of having such a high protein intake for so long from meat I wanted to find other ways to get in my protein... 

Tonight's menu included 

Clean veggie burgers from cooking light August 2015 magazine...

A whole of natural items and no meat woo hoo. I have decided to try out some meatless meals for my entire family to enjoy. 

Tonight was a big hit...
I layered it with an avocado/salsa verde topping, Ezekiel bread, red onion and pickles. Yum yum - the hubs and kiddos added cheese. 

Easy peasy 

1 can of black beans - I get no or low sodium 
Olive oil 
Shallots/red onion 1/2 
Uncooked quinoa 1/3 cup 
Mushrooms 4oz I used can 
Minced garlic 
Cilantro I used dried 1 tsp
Red chilies 
Cumin 1 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Chile powder 1/4 tsp
1 large egg 
Tomatillo salsa 

Put 1/2 can of black beans in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Put in food processor - other 1/2 of beans, all seasonings, chilies, egg and 1/2 of the quinoa uncooked, mushrooms 

In a sauce pen sauté the other 1/2 of the quinoa and shallots. Then add to the food processor. 

Once all of the food is processed put in a bowl and add the 1/2 can of beans from oven in it. 

Divide into 4 patties and put into a pan with olive oil leave for 10 minutes first side and 5 on the other. 


Hiking and burgers

Today we went for an amazing hike - hubs, kiddos and fido! A beautiful day a beautiful view and a beautiful way of life. 

We ended up having a free day so we headed up the hill for a little family time. I love that a lot of what we focus on is staying with our healthy lifestyle. 

We hiked a mere 3.5 mile hike around the lake and just enjoyed the quietness and pure beauty of the lake, the wide open space. 
But the fun didn't end there....we ate at the best burger joint ever... All about balance and yes I ate a cheeseburger OMG so good!!!!

It is about living a balanced life.... 
Healthy lifestyle 

Reality....body image

When you work so hard for something and feel you are 100% good mind body and soul BAM it hits you....

I am so very proud of myself for getting on that stage! I was happy! I am happy! I am proud of myself! I went up there with the biggest smile and determined that I would do it again. 

I indulged for 1.5 days and got right back on a plan. Food and working out...

I love my body.
I love the progress...

Then BAM reality hit - in the form of a picture. 

I have saggy skin on my stomach something that I am/was super self-confidence on and getting on that stage I thought I conquered that well momentarily I didn't. 

There is a very unflattering photo of me published and I cried - literally broke down and cried. Called all the people I know and cried and of course they are biased and made me feel better...

And on that I cannot allow myself to dwell. Because I have come along way and you know what they did post great pictures too.., 

So my moment of upsetness has passed and I will continue to work hard and keep at it... I mean for only being with a trainer for 1 year ever with weight training might take a little more time to reverse the bad behavior I once had...

So to all of those that might feel a little like me - keep going, stay positive,... Be happy! 

Happiness is the key!!!! 
And if the biggest sex icon ever is....

I want to live a balanced bikini lifestyle and I will grace that stage again! 

I did it

Well today was the first bikini competition on 4th of July - Independence Day!!! And I loved it. 
And for this event I went very patriotic! Nails and bathing suit to match the freedom of our country! I am very much all American and country girl for sure!! 

Ashley and I stayed in a hotel down my the venue and we were forced to relax haha because we couldn't eat other then Tupperware and we didn't want to mess up our tan. We got up super early and she did our hair and make up - she is the best and I have to say that we had the package going on!!! I loved it!!! 

Once we got parked and to the check in...guess what I am 5 foot 6 inches what???? I always thought 5foot5inches... Haha so watch out I have an extra inch now! That height still kept me in the bikini medium class - the biggest class of course. 

Then the fun loved ones came to support me... 
My mommy! 
My cousin and her daughter 
My brother and his baby boy 
My mother in law 
My wonderful friend Jason! 
My stud muffin for life 
The reason for everything in life - my babies! 
My father in law 
My wonderful friend and meal prepper Vern.... 

And guess what we finally got a picture together... This lady and I from start to finish... 
With my loved ones there and ready to share me own! Nothing could stop me. I got interviewed and then the stage was waiting for us... I wasn't nervous but excited to get up there. 
Here I am in all of my glory. Yes I have a cooler around my six pack, I have a belly but you know what??? I am so proud of myself., and I will rock this bathing suit today tomorrow and I will continue to get fit!!! I am proud of myself! 
Check out that back pose!!!! I worked hard on those glutes but watch out because I am still going to work on them and come back even better. 

I had an absolute blast! I enjoyed every moment of it... Do I think I am done??? No... Do I want to do another one???? Maybe.... 

But no matter what to end my day feeling  great about myself is the best thing ever. 
This couple has become such amazing friends... The babes and their men! 

We also got a surprise date night.... And our date night consisted of food and laughter! After the show I couldn't wait for an Oreo a peanut butter was really good!!!! Well worth the wait! 

Then it was off to dinner... 
Yes I got a chicken salad and the table made fun of my defense I wanted a salad but it did have blue cheese on it haha... I also had a jalapeño popper and sweet potato fries.... Then it was off to what I have been cream - okay frozen yogurt but still.... 
It was oh so yummy. I decided to eat what I want Saturday and Sunday and back to my macros on Monday!!! Nothing will stop me from living a balanced bikini life.

Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement on the way!!!! 

1 day out

1 day out...can it be??? It seems this journey has been a long time coming yet seems like just yesterday this idea of being in a bikini competition popped into my head. 
This journey will forever be one of the greatest times of my life...I have learned so much about myself and about others through this. Ones that love you, ones that solely support you, ones that talk trash, ones that don't get it but above all I learned that my true family and friends and even complete strangers are beside me rooting me on and encouraging and heck maybe inspiring others to get healthy. 

Things that are done for tomorrow...

Nails ✔️ 
First spray tan coat ✔️
Peeing in a funnel ✔️ (yes can you believe splatter here) 
Cold chicken for breakfast with a side of oats ✔️
Bag packed ✔️
Rinse off about to go down...

I can say I am so very excited for this day! I want to embrace every moment every second. 

As I look back on this journey it has led me to exactly where I need to be - mind body and soul!!! 

I am so proud of myself and cannot wait to continue on with my healthy lifestyle full of fitness, healthy choices, food, family and friends!!! 

Here is to a balanced bikini life!!! 

Chat soon