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Check out this loaded steak salad we had for din-din tonight!


Ok, let’s get real – we all know that I didn’t eat this salad because it is chock full of my frenemie, vegetables. You will be happy to know that I did create a ‘vegetable crisp’ today that I will be posting sometime this week. I only had a few bites and it tasted great, but let’s hope that the veggies can fully redeem themselves and I will gobble it up all week.


Just in case I gag on it at lunch, I am defrosting some of my leftover veggie soup for the week. I can’t wait – those are some veggies that I love!




Leafy greens.













We love this dressing. Mainly because it tastes like Caesar, but only has 6 grams of fat per serving. That’s alot less than the usual 20-25 grams of fat per restaurant Caesar!















I usually do not use salad dressings because I really am not a fan. I have never found one I love and I definitely don’t like the normal ranch, italian or french. My favorite is red wine vinegar or white pear vinegar – it is to die for. I love the tartness of vinegar on salad. Well, my salads usually just consist of greens. So I guess I love vinegar and greens. About 4 bites. Then I’m done.








I do enjoy this dressing. Occasionally I will make homemade croutons with whole wheat tuscany bread, and coupled with this dressing it is incredible. Tastes just like a fancy restaurant Caesar salad.













Before adding anything to the salad (in my case – french fries, cheese, croutons, and bacon…), I toss the greens in the dressing to fully coat them.














Grilled steak.











Sometimes I don’t feel like a newlywed. What newlywed eats lobster mac and steak during the week? Priorities.







The toppings.














Gorgonzola and feta.















Tomatoes and a bed of sauteed onions.














Carrots and parmesan roasted baby yukon golds.














Steak. It’s what’s for dinner.













The whole shebang.











It was thoroughly enjoyed by my husband. Especially since he was deep in the throes of a vicious hangover. As I tweeted, I figured he would be a toilet hugger all night long. His best friend from college was visiting and they had quite the issue with the sweet tea vodka. (Ever had that? It’s delish!) He rarely drinks like that so it was pretty amusing for me. I shot about 5-6 videos of him last night that I still can’t stop laughing about right now.




Loaded Steak Salad

2 cups leafy greens

1/2 sweet onion, sauteed

1/4 tomato, chopped

6 baby carrots, chopped

3 baby yukon gold potatoes, sliced and roasted with parmesan

2-3 tablespoons dressing

1/2 oz gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

1/2 oz feta cheese, crumbled

6 oz steak (or protein of your choice)



Combine all ingredients in one dish and devour.




My dinner.









What a role model. Follow me on Twitter if you’d like to see more of my dinners. 






In bloggin’ news, I’m going to post a bit more often (think 1-2 times per week) on fitness topics (btw – check out my fave fitness tips), in addition to my butter-laden, Paula Deen-style recipes and Mother Lovett stories. I also may throw in a bit more of my daily eats some days since they seem in such high demand. 😉



In life news, do you do what you love? What is your passion? Is the economy holding you back? Does your family support your passion and/or your career? Is it more important to be happy and love what you do, or to bring home the bacon and live a certain lifestyle? Is your passion something you are over and under qualified for? What do you do when those closest to you don’t support your dreams?


What is more important? Fulfilling your dreams, even if it is something as simple as working at the mall? Or working in a career that you may be ‘qualified’ for just because that’s what others think you should do? 




This is 20 questions baby! See ya’ll Monday. 🙂

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Home Alone.

Usually when my husband travels I really have my act together. House is spotless, meals are prepared, workouts are done, relaxing ensues…



Ok, besides that fact that I sleep on the couch because it is easier to escape an intruder than if I had to jump out of my 2-story bedroom window. Aside from that, I’ve got it all together.


This week was quite different. As I tweeted my life away, I was a complete wreck. Dishes left in the sink and all over the place. Clothes thrown everywhere. Toilet paper and paper towel racks lacking said paper. No cooking. Scraping leftover oreo crust from a baking dish for dinner. Dragging myself out of bed. Leaving green monsters stewing in my warm bedroom. Talk about being in a funk.




I’ve been brainstorming ways to feel more secure. My brother comes to stay with me, but I don’t feel like waiting on him hand and foot while he mooches homemade dinners off of me interrupting his life.




Of course, I thought that a security system may help me feel more secure. Then decided we didn’t need the expense. I’d rather buy shoes. And lobster.





Perhaps a dog? I begged for one for 5 minutes, then remembered we are never home. And that we have a new house with new carpeting. And then decided I’d rather get a dog when I have 4 rugrats who won’t can take of the dog like my siblings and I never did.






Yesterday I had an ‘aha!’ moment. A motion detector! Then I’d really feel safe around here. And when the motion detector came on every 5 minutes because there are deer in the yard? Oh. Hmmm..ok. Not so much.





I think I’ve figured it out.





I need my own personal security guard at the house. Perfect. Just a few days a month. Not a huge expense. Kind of like a rent-a-cop at the mall. But I want a cute one. Boy, those rent-a-cops are harrassed, aren’t they?? 





And along with my security guard, I’d like 3 half-dressed figures, preferably resembling George Clooney, Mario Lopez and David Beckham, to fan me and feed me grapes while I lie on a fluffy, cashmere, velvet bed shopping online for shoes. I would feel SO secure. Not only would I have my own rent-a-cop, but I’d have 3 beefcakes to stare at keep me safe.




Oh, and I’ll make sure to keep the house looking like it does below, because who wants to scour through a mess when you are trying to burglarize a house???














(in the corner would be a box for my new crackberry that I got…2 weeks ago)














(all of those veggies I bought to cook for the week….sure did go to good use)














(please don’t notice residual oreo crumbs from said oreo crust dinner)













(don’t even ask what is on that plate. I don’t remember what I ate last Monday)









(at least oreo baking dish is not available for dinner anymore)







(my floor. enough said.)


























(4 weeks worth of laundry)

















Not thoroughly disgusted with me yet? Head on over to Julie’s blog to find out what my fitness secrets are. 

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Blog Bootcamp.

Good Morning!! How is everybody’s Wednesday so far?


Thanks to everyone who is following me on Twitter! If you haven’t started following yet, please join in while I tweet my life away. I still don’t know how to tweet from my crackberry. Oh well, this is probably a good thing. 




When I came home last night I found this in my bedroom.










A glass with the remnants of a green monster from 6:30 yesterday morning. As I tweeted last night, it looked and smelled like swampland. It was almost as great as the half-full green blender still sitting on the counter.







And then we have this.









The remnants of the Oreo Dessert. Beware…this is what happens when your husband is out of town, it is garbage night, and this must be throw away before you gain 15 more lbs. And if you can’t make out that picture, it would be the dessert FLIPPED UPSIDE DOWN so the crust could be eaten. By who? I have no idea.










In order to make myself feel better for devouring the dessert Since they were such a hit last week, I figured I’d post a few more workouts that I’ve done in the past. These 2 are from when I ran a women’s outdoor bootcamp last summer. Both of these are very fun (and more motivating) with a partner. Try it at your own risk.




Both workouts require that you be warmed up before beginning. I usually had my clients do a dynamic warm-up. Make sure you take a light couple-minute jog, stretch a bit, or warm-up on a cardio machine if you have one at home or at the gym.



Why-on-earth-did-I-get-out-of-bed-for-this Bootcamp

12 Stations – each station is performed for 1 minute. Use either dumbbells or resistance bands.

After 3 stations are finished, perform the following cardio interval before moving to the next 3 stations: 

40 jumping jacks

10 squat jumps

10 burpees

40 jumping jacks


Stations: 60 seconds each

Walking lunges


Triceps dips

Plie’ squats

Overhead shoulder presses

Overhead triceps extension

Step ups

Side lateral raises

Bicep curls

Wall sit

Bent over row

Plank hold


Take a 5-10 minute walk to cool down.




I-can’t-walk-up-the-steps-or-sit-on-the-toilet-properly Bootcamp

w/ an Upper Body Focus

Perform 2 sets:

25 push-ups

15 seated high-grip rows

15 resistance band chest presses

15 resistance band biceps curls

cardio: 15 jumping jacks, 15 split jump lunges, 60 second high knees, 15 split jump lunges, 15 jumping jacks


Perform 2 sets:

24 (12 each) staggered-arm push-ups

15 reverse grip lat pulldowns

15 resistance band chest flyes

cardio: 15 squat jumps, 10 side shuffles (each way), 60 seconds jumping jacks, 10 side shuffles, 15 squat jumps


Perform 2 sets:

25 close-grip pushups (thumbs touching)

15 rear delt flyes

15 triceps dips

15 resistance band biceps curls

cardio: 20 plie squats, 10 bear crawls forward, 10 burpees, 10 bear crawls back, 20 plie squats


Again, make sure you cool down afterwards. Pay attention to your body and if at anytime you feel sick, light-headed, etc, STOP. What good is a workout going to be if you aren’t alive? Pay close attention to how you feel.


Alot of these workouts tend to have the same exercises in them. I did that for a couple reasons.

1. Most workouts I ever gave my clients were ones that could be done at home with minimal equipment. I am not a fan of using machines and prefer to use dumbbells, bands and bodyweight.

2. I believe that alot of these exercises give you more bang for your buck (can we say…lunges and squats?). You would never find me in the gym training a client doing some kinda of goofy exercise, or a minimal exercise (say, single arm triceps kickbacks) during a session. Clients come to get a kick-butt workout, and that is what I gave ’em!


And please remember, all of my client’s were under strict supervision while performing these workouts. Form was ALWAYS corrected.



Again, I still believe that each person should find what works for them. As I’ve told some of you who have asked me for workouts, I do not believe in only ONE way of training. I believe there are many different successful ways of doing it. On days I would train 15-20 clients, I may have 15 different workouts. Some are lifting heavy, some are doing functional training, and some are doing rehab. My goal was to be able to successfully train anyone – strong or weak, overweight or struggling with an ED, football players and elderly…you get the picture. I believe a great trainer can adapt to train anyone.




I’ll be back later with a recipe for rolls.


And NO, not the kind of rolls above my jeans.

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