Monthly Archives: February 2015

Not Today!! 



It’s been one of those days where I wonder how I am still awake and not crashed out and unresponsive to the world. Lots of running and moving, moving and running.

It started with an early drive to the “big city” for an appointment. Once it was over I had to head straight back so I could pick up the oldest child and take him in for a last minute dentist appointment (about 45 minute drive from home) to check on a broken tooth. Then it was back to school to pick up the little one and one of my sons friends so he could come to basketball practice with us. Home to make dinner quickly, get some homework done, clean a little, and head to coach basketball practice which was sure to be intense after our tournament loss over the weekend! Phew!

Now… Those that know my history know that longevity driving is not my thing. I used to have a half way point between our “country” home and the “big city” where I would pull over to take a 15-25 minute nap. Yeah, that bad.

I have only fell asleep driving once… It wasn’t good… But I had stayed up til 5am studying for a final, fell asleep for an hour, then got up to drive. I totalled my car but thankfully wasn’t hurt badly. But I know that the portential is always there with me… I can sleep almost anywhere! So spending almost 3 hours in the car driving by myself today and then another hour and a half in the car with my oldest, definitely would’ve been a challenge for me. 

NOT TODAY!!

After getting home from school today, knowing we would be leaving in about an hour and a half, my old self would’ve popped in a frozen pizza or quickly thrown together some macaroni and cheese. 

NOT TODAY!!!

Today I got home and cut up some carrots and onions, defrosted some beef steak, made a sauce, and cooked up some great beef and vegetable lo mein. I would’ve taken pictures but we were kind of in a rush. I got some cleaning done on the side and helped the little one with her homework!

We got to basketball practice and we knew we needed to work the boys hard on our offense and rebounding.  

The first month of basketball, my co-coach and I played 2 on 2 with some boys after practice. We played to 11 and I was WIPED!! I had to step out and catch my breath and call it quits.  

NOT TODAY!!!!

There are a handful of our boys that haven’t quite got the offense yet so with the help of a great parent that came to help, we took those boys and drilled the offense. The two of us played defense on the 5 of them. It was hard work!! Not only was I switching my defensive coverage between the players during the drill, when I got to each one with the ball I was yelling “PASS! PASS! PASS!”… “CUT! CUT! CUT!”… “CALL! CALL! CALL!” (For the ball)… “SHIFT!”  Once they started to get it I was getting excited and yelling kudos at them and encouraging them to go faster and yell louder!  Then!! After working on the offense drill, when we had the boys run, I ran with them!!

So… After all of the madness of my Monday, I am loving my plexus and it has nothing to do with my weight.  In fact, my weight on the scale hasn’t moved in over a week (which is okay considering I was on vacation last week)!  I am loving my plexus for what is happening to my body! 

  • Not once did I get drowsy during any of my drives today
  • I got through my day on one cup of coffee and water!!
  • Not once did I consider popping in a quick fix dinner
  • I made a delicious, healthy dinner for my family in less than an hour
  • I got active during our practice and led the boys by example

I feel like a totally different person, and that is who I am TODAY!



*nicole

My Plexus Website

Vacation Week!!

That’s right!! Only a few more days til I can leave this blasted white stuff behind and sink my toes into the warm sands on the Gulf!!  I don’t think I will miss this view at all!



Nope!  Bring on the sunshine!

I am so thankful my Plexus products have made such a difference in my life so far! I found a couple cute summer outfits back in December on the clearance rack and they were a size smaller than what I normally buy. Not sure what I was thinking when I bought them, but thanks to Plexus, I tried them on today and YIPPEE(!) they fit!!

(Don’t tell the hubby I told you….  But he has been doing the Plexus regimen with me, and he is down 10 pounds!!!!!)

I’d like to take the credit for our weight loss by making these delicious healthy meals, but we both know that the Plexus is what is the main driver behind our weight loss success!



But, I will trudge on and keep experimenting with different healthy options.  So, for my delicious dinner tonight I had to go easy. I have a HUGE project at work that has to be done before we board the plane and I am working every possible minute before I leave Wisconsin behind.

Since moving to rural America, I discovered this thing called “The Schwann’s Man.” It’s a guy… who comes to your door… and you can buy your groceries!!! No way!! I’m sold!! 

We normally opt for their awesome ice cream products, but I have been giving their food items a shot for a little while now (we love their cheese tortellini!). The last time he was here I wanted to see what choices they had that would fit our new eating habits. Enter the Ancient Grain Encrusted Cod. Yeah, “ancient grain” didn’t sound all that appetizing, but I bit the bullet and ordered it, and I am so glad that I did!!



So, there is a bit of stuff on this fillet. We were able to pick out what looked like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, oats, and poppy seeds right away. The breading resembled my bread crumb breading, with tons of herbs and spices.



And they are easy… Just bake for 7 minutes, flip, and bake another 10 minutes and you are done!

While that was cooking I figured we were going to try this mushroom and rice pilaf. Recipe from Savy Naturalista

It starts by cooking these yummy onions…



Add some mushrooms. I only had canned on hand…



Cook for a while and then add 3/4 cup brown rice, a little salt, and black pepper.  I went with instant, and I’m sure the recipe wanted the real deal.  But that’s okay. It worked.



Finally, add 1 3/4 cup of vegetable broth, cover and cook.  The smell was awesome! 

The pilaf was done right when the fish was ready to come out of the oven. The fish was AMAZING!  The kids weren’t as thrilled about the seeds on their fish as we were, but it added a great crunch and none of the breading got soggy! The filet was bright white with excellent flavor! This will definitely be a repeat on our dinner menu! The hubby already called dibs on the leftovers for his lunch tomorrow!

I felt bad we had no veggie side on our plates tonight, but hey, I was in a hurry!



“HEY SCHWANN’S MAN!!!!”

*nicole

My PLEXUS website!