Fat Tuesday: Well, crap.

So last week my big confession happened.  I remember hitting 'publish' on that post with all kinds of gusto and resolutions to be better.

I'd love to be able to say that I got my butt back in the gym, while writing down my food choices and finding my problem areas.

Yea, that totally didn't happen.

I think I've spent the last week in a state of panic-eating.  That's when you eat everything in sight because you're not supposed to.

If I thought last week was embarrassing, then this week really takes the cake.

This morning, when I realized it was Fat Tuesday and no progress had been made, I decided to take my issue straight to the big Man upstairs.

Many mornings (not all...hey, I'm not perfect) I get up around 4:30 with my husband and I do independent Bible study.  This consists of penning my issue in a copybook, saying a prayer for direction, randomly opening up the Bible and studying what I find. Then, I record what I've learned.

So I wrote down how frustrated I was with myself, and wondered (on the page) whether or not I'd ever really change.  I popped open my Bible and there it was:

"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple." - 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17.

Wow...okay, I'm listening.

Now...I've read that verse before - but I never had it jump off the page as an answer to a prayer.

It was pretty intimidating at first.  I love, love having a personal relationship with the Lord - but I also have a pretty healthy fear of God as well.

And He knows that.

So rock on, God - you got my attention.

I think, in response to the brick I just had thrown at my head, I should probably be a bit more aggressive in my efforts to change.

I've had my gym membership on hold the past couple of months, so I'm going to reactivate that.  My goal is to go at least three times a week - twice during the week and at least once on the weekend.  If I cannot get to the gym, I will exercise on my own.

I was on a roll a couple of months ago with the gym, and went three times a week for about 6 weeks - there were plenty of reasons I had to stop, but I won't list them, as they'll just be excuses.

I had even worked up to ten miles on the bike.  Which was awesome.

Hope to get there again!

I'm also pretty sure that I'm both lactose and gluten intolerant.  My acupuncturist had me stop gluten for a while and I felt pretty awesome...but my cheese...oh my cheese (and ice cream...did I mention ice cream?) is SO much harder to think about giving up!

I admit it - I'm addicted to feta (and ice cream).

I'm trying to psych myself up over here - - HELP ME OUT, PEOPLE.

In the meantime,  I tried this fantastic recipe this past week and absolutely must share.  I did edit it a bit - so my version is below.

Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, pre-rinsed
  • 1c low sodium chicken stock and 1c water
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms, caps removed
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (1.5 if you want it a little less strong)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup diced vine-ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees f.

Cook quinoa to package instructions. (If you don't know how - here you go...boil your water [or stock in my case], add quinoa, reduce to simmer and cover for 15 minutes.  You don't have to stir it.

Remove gills from mushrooms.  While quinoa is cooking, place mushrooms gill (open side) up on a cookie sheet. Brush mushrooms with olive oil.  Season with salt to taste.

Cook mushrooms 10 minutes.

Saute balsamic vinegar, black pepper, red pepper flakes, salt to taste, tomatoes, bread crumbs, basil and feta. Remove from heat and combine with quinoa

Remove mushrooms from oven and evenly divide quinoa mixture, approximately 1/2 cup, into each mushroom. Bake 12 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and cheese is melted. Eat immediately or allow to cool slightly.

It was really awesome...and super easy!  We are definitely addicted to quinoa!


  1. Cheers to your health! I'm your biggest supporter!

  2. Have you tried making a new playlist to listen to when you work out? If you only let yourself listen to it while working out, it can help motivate you to go to the gym...for a little while anyway.

    1. You know what? No, I haven't...that's a good idea and I will definitely do it. I should also make a 'going to the gym' playlist to encourage me to actually get there :D

  3. I cannot WAIT to try that recipe!! YUM!!