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The ugly cry

I’m not sure if you have figured this out about me or not, but I tend to show emotion in everything I do. I have always been a very emotional, sympathetic, individual. With that comes the good, bad, and ugly. I’ve been known to cry at random commercials, when I’m happy, sad, angry, tired, hungry. You name it, I can most likely cry about it. Maybe it’s just part of being a woman. Maybe I’m a special breed. Who the hell knows. Honestly, I’m sorry Kim, but I’m pretty sure you stole the “ugly cry” from a lot of us females. You’re just famous (for reasons I will truly never understand) and the term was set.

That leads me into my post. This morning, I was doing my morning stalking   Face-booking and I came across a song by Kelly Clarkson. I believe the song is titled, Piece by Piece. Sure, it said it was raw. It said it was emotional. But it’s also American Idol, how bad can it be?!

I’m going to share this video with you, and you can decide for yourself. However, I’m also going to leave you with some viewpoints on this beautiful work.

 

I have a dad. My dad has been there with me, and for me, from the moment I was conceived. I can’t truly imagine what it’s like to not have a Father. However, I know people near and dear to my heart, that don’t. I also know people who didn’t for a long time, and as Kelly referred to in her song, the Father shows back up later. Again, I can’t imagine how difficult that is for these people, for any people.

This brings me back to the whole subject on our world today, and the things that are happening around us. This is a huge issue. I understand there are always circumstances to every story, and things happen that are unfortunate, or unforeseen. However, for a Father to just up and leave, or how about this, a PARENT to just up and leave. Why? I don’t have children yet, but I can promise you, when I do/we do, we will be devoted to our children. That’s what you are supposed to do. You made this life, it’s your job to raise it to the best of your abilities.

Friends, These are just my views, and my views alone. I know things can be hard at times. I know life can be hard at times. I know that you don’t, nor will you ever understand a person or situation until you walk in their shoes. I get all of those things. But I also know that having a child is a HUGE responsibility, and it seems like we hear more and more about people who decide to up and leave that responsibility. Why? Have we made it too easy to just walk away? What happened to the fight in people? How about those people who are fighting every day because they WISH they could have a child.

I hope that people will read this, listen to that beautiful song, and I truly hope it speaks to everyone. No matter if you have a family or not. I hope you get something out of it. We need more good in the world. More passion for helping, and being there for others. Let’s start that TODAY!

Have a wonderfully blessed day, friends!

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Jalapeño Popper Dip

Because I like you guys, I’m going to let you all in on one of my best kept secrets. I don’t always like to brag on myself, but if there is one thing I know, and if you ask my husband, he will tell you the same thing, I make a mean Jalapeño popper dip. I make it a lot of the time for parties. I got the recipe a long long time ago, and it’s SUPER easy, and it’s just plain yummy. I even made it with pickled jalapeños for one of my best friends, and SHE even liked it. If you knew her, you would know how picky of an eater she is – you would be impressed! 🙂

So, I’m going to share this recipe with you. Again, once you start making it, you won’t want to stop! It’s a great one for sure. I also make a jalapeño popper chicken occasionally, although, I’m sure my husband wouldn’t mind me making it more. If you don’t like really spicy things, you can substitute regular jalapeños to pickled jalapeños. I also use fresh jalapeños at times to give it an extra kick, and add decoration to the top of the dish.

Without further ado – here you go!

Ingredients:

8 ounce package of cream cheese

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

jalapeños

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup parm cheese

Directions:

Mix cream cheese, 1/4 parm cheese, and shredded cheese with mayo. Add as many or as few jalapeños as you would like. I usually add about 4-6 ounces. Add to baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, rest of the parm. cheese, and some more shredded cheese. Top with more jalapeños if you would like. Bake at 350º for about 20 minutes, or until the sides are bubbling and cheese is starting to turn brown. Serve with bread, crackers or tortilla chips.

Do you have a favorite recipe, or appetizer that you like to serve all the time? Have you tried this one before in a different variety?

Let me know!

Enjoy!!

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I needed a walk

I’m going to be honest with you, because I don’t know any other way. I’ve been pretty lax on my exercising, and I can’t completely figure out why. Am I depressed, sick, emotional? I just can’t pin point one thing. On the flip side to that, I’ve been feeling pretty bad about myself. Isn’t this always the tricky slope we all go on from time to time? This mean cycle that just keeps repeating itself over and over until we finally get tired enough to make a stand.

Well, folks, I made a stand. I went for a walk. I’ve been running for the last couple years on and off, and I’ve fallen in and out of love with the process every time. This time, I decided that I wasn’t going to pressure myself into running again, I’m just going to listen to my body and go for a walk. While I was walking and still being chased by dogs, and enjoying the beautiful 70º+ weather, (you know, we live in Texas, so it’s beautiful here right now) I started thinking about why we continue to go on this crazy fitness cycle. Why isn’t it easier to stick to a plan, or routine?

What I learned on this walk was that I wanted to run. My body was telling me that running is what I needed. I didn’t run the whole time, but I did run some. It was great too!

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Here are some things that I want to share with you, that maybe will help you along the way to whatever lifestyle change, or fitness journey you are on. My list, my opinions. Feel free to create your own! Whatever helps to drive or motivate you, I think you should do it. Write it down, have a plan. Master the HELL out of that goal/plan!

  1. You are beautiful.– I know that it’s been said before, but you are. You’re beautiful. It’s taken me 32 years to really realize and be comfortable with that, but it’s true. We all are beautiful in our own special ways, and that’s what makes the world unique.
  2. You are strong. – Again, something I’ve struggled with a lot. Strong doesn’t mean you have to lift 300lbs in a back squat. Strong can mean that you fought your own battle and came out alive, and well. Whatever you are doing, whatever you are going through, you are strong for sticking with it. You are strong for fighting for what you believe in. Keep it up!
  3. DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHER PEOPLE! – JUST DON’T DO IT! Believe me, I know this is tough. I know that it’s a hell of a lot easier said than done. Again, another thing I’ve battled with for a long time. Guess what?! It doesn’t make a freaking difference about what ANYONE else is doing. As the famous Dr. Seuss said: “Today you are you, that is truer than true, there’s no one alive, that is youer than you.” Believe that. Feed off of it. Use it as your own motivation. images-2
  4. Believe in yourself. Whatever is going on in your life, whatever journey or struggle you might be facing. Believe in yourself and your abilities. You got this. You can do this! God won’t give you something you can’t handle. Handle whatever it is like a boss, and keep it moving! You will feel so much better about yourself once you do.
  5. Listen to your body. When you need to walk, walk. When you need to run, run. If you have to lay on the grass for 15 minutes and catch your breath, do that too. I promise you, if you really start listening to your body, and not your mind, you’ll be surprised with what you can accomplish.
  6. Love yourself. If you love yourself, you will respect, listen and believe in yourself. Why don’t we love ourselves enough to take time out of our days for US? No matter what it is, we are doing it for ourselves. Why do we make all these excuses as to why we can’t, and just think about ourselves? It’s not selfish to do something for yourself. Especially when what you are doing is helping yourself to be a better you.
  7. Above all. HAVE FUN! Whatever you are doing, have fun with it. If it’s not fun, try something else until it is fun. You have to be able to experiment to figure out what is best for YOU, and your life. What fits your needs the best, and something you are passionate about, and enjoy. I can promise you, if you don’t like it, you won’t keep it up.

This is my list for you all. Again, this has been a hard battle for me to overcome myself. I can promise though, little by little, if you continue on, you will form a routine, you will start believing in yourself, and you will continue on your journey. You’ll be amazed with the things you are capable of. Always know, there is someone out there who believes in you!!

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Easy Dinner – What’s not to love?

We have friends. We have friends that cook, we have friends that don’t cook. But we have friends none-the-less. I stole this recipe from a friend of mine, and somewhat made it my own. He said that it was sooooo wonderful that he ate the entire dish after everyone else got their servings. I was intrigued by this, and decided that I needed to hop on this band wagon too. Insert trusty crockpot!

You know, the crockpot is great invention. I love it. I especially love it in the winter season. However, here in Texas, we haven’t had much of a winter season as of late, but I still feed the need to use my crockpot all the time. My husband, on the other hand, would prefer to use the grill. I don’t mind either, but sometimes, you need to switch things up a bit. You know, I’ve said it before, live on the wild side! 😉

What do you want to call this one? I don’t really have a name for it. Ranch pork tenderloin? Crockpot pork tenderloin? I’ll take a poll, leave a comment with a name idea, and we can name this greatness together!

**As a side note. I totally forgot to take some pictures of the last 2 posts. I will make sure to take more for you all!**

 

Ingredients:

Pork Tenderloin – 1lb

Ranch or spicy ranch packet

half onion, diced

broccoli

1tsp garlic

1 cup chicken broth

Directions:

Add all ingredients into crock pot. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Serve.

Enjoy!

 

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Brownies? Did someone say BROWNIES??

Let me tell you friends, I LOVE chocolate. I’m a sucker for chocolate. I said it before, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I DO however, love some chocolate. Well, I am part of this AWESOME group of women, (follow on IG @ Fixedonfit or Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/angeliroge) who have shared some really wonderful recipes for clean, natural ingredient sweets. One of these were… you guessed it, CHOCOLATE BROWNIES!! I was hooked from the moment I read the recipe name. Then I tried them. HOLY HECK! These things are BANGING! I will tell you now that the original recipe called for almond butter, but I didn’t have that, so I used peanut butter instead. Equally as amazing. I’m sure I will try this with almond butter eventually, but this is what I had, so it’s what was used. I felt obligated to share them with you. It’s almost Valentine’s day, and you all deserve it. 🙂

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter

3/4 cup maple syrup

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup cacao powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup chocolate chips – I used dark chocolate

Directions:

Add butter and maple syrup to bowl and mix. Add egg and vanilla extract and continue mixing until blended. Add cacao powder and baking powder and salt. Continue mixing until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Put in preheated oven at 350º for about 25 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

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Case of the Monday’s

First of all – before I begin this blog post, let me say that as of 2.4.2016 I’ve issued 20 posts (this will actually be my 22) AND I’ve received 100 likes!!  THANK YOU ALL who have been reading and following my posts!!! Please keep sharing, and commenting. I LOVE hearing and reading everyone else’s posts, and comments. We all need to be supportive of each other in this community, and I honestly can’t wait to see how this progresses for me! Now – On to my story!

Last monday, which would be 2.1.2016, I was SO excited to get this new month, and endeavors started with a BANG! Well, it was a bang alright, probably not one of my best days in a long time, but it made me realize some things. Here we go!

I started off the day babysitting the adorable, rambunctious, full of life crossfit baby at the gym my husband and I go to. Routine, right?! Sure, that part of my day went well, except he was unusually grumpy – pretty sure he’s teething some more, which lead to him whining and crying, while following me around the room ALL MORNING. Until he finally fell asleep. Oh well, we made it through!IMG_1562

Now, on to my company. Conference call number 1, SUCCESS. Conference call number 2, SUCCESS! Maybe I was actually getting somewhere. I needed to make a trip to the post office, so Elvis (our dog, YES he’s named after Elvis Presley) and I jumped in the car and we were off to the post office. Only to get about 4 miles from the house before my back tire blew. UHHHH OHHHH! SERIOUSLY?! IMG_1564

So I called my husband, who THANK GOODNESS wasn’t too terribly far from me, and he came to the RESCUE! YAY! And off to the post office Discount Tire, I go! 2 hours later, I was finished, and pretty much ready for bed.

Let me tell you the positives, and the things that really put this day into perspective for me. First – this was just a bad day all around. Part of it could have been my mood, hormones, or whatever other girly things I had going on that day. Second – I let this day, for the most part, get the best of me. As a normally HAPPY and POSITIVE person, I was just being a grouch. Sure, I’m deserved those days, so is everyone, but it’s how you overcome and get through them, that make you a true winner. Third – I realized in the midst of all this stuff that was going on, how absolutely lucky, and thankful I am. I made sure to thank my husband for coming to my rescue, the people at Discount Tire were ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL with their customer service, and since I’ve gotten my tires replaced there before, what could have costed us a new tire, only cost about $15.00. SCORE!!! The conference calls were successful, which also means that my business is moving along in the right direction. I’m surrounded by family and friends who love me, and support me. What else do I need?

So see, even in the midst of all the things that were SO BAD that dreadful Monday, I was able to pull out, and remember that there is something to be thankful for after all!

Have a wonderfully, thankful day, friends!

*Here are some quotes, and a picture of Elvis, for you all. I hope it brightens your days!!

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Box Jumps – What was I thinking?!

You’ve all heard of box jumps, right? Well, if you haven’t, I’ll let you in on what this is all about.

You have a box IMG_1578 the box will stand 20, 24, or 30″ tall. You jump on said box, and step off. The process continues until you die are finished with that segment of the workout. SO, my friends, I was doing these box jumps this week at our gym, and I regretfully am proud to say, I have officially been inducted into the box jump wound club. Yep, I  received my first battle wound from the jumps. As I was practicing before the workout even started on the 24″ jump, I was feeling somewhat confident in my ability, but not TOO confident. Moving along to the actual workout which consisted of bench presses, and box jumps.  What happened? THE very FIRST jump in the workout, and BAM! I got a pretty little gouge in my shin! IMG_1570 YEP! That’s my shin. I took this beautiful picture, AFTER the workout was complete. Pardon the white legs!

With that said, I’m going to leave you with the things that were going through my mind during this workout – because, I didn’t stop. Why? Because my mom didn’t raise a quitter! Thanks for that, MOM! 🙂

10. Walking up to the box for the first jump. Yes! I can do this, I can do this, I can do this. I am made of steel, nothing can stop me, I am wonder woman, I’m a believer. I’m not going to give up. I know what I’m made of! YEAHHH!

9. OH CRAP! THAT HURT! Do I stop? Do I keep going? Everyone else is going still. Don’t cause a scene, Kara, don’t cause a scene. I’m not bleeding? Why am I not bleeding? Ok wuss, You’re not bleeding, you need to keep jumping. You have 9 more times to jump this round, step to it.

8. Here we go again. We meet again box. It’s me and you. Ready? Set? JUMP! I DID IT! I cleared it. BAM! Crap my leg hurts. Just keep jumping. That’s all you can do. Prove to yourself and this box what you are made of! Oh God, my leg might fall off right here. This is it, yep, my leg is going to fall off.

7. Ok adrenaline – I’m going to need you to carry me the rest of the way.  Get up, let’s do this! Ok stop, have some water. Catch your breath for a second. Alright, maybe 20 seconds. Water break is over, get to stepping, woman! What song is this? It’s horrendous.

6. OHHHH NOOOO! I AM BLEEDING!!! AHHHHHH! I am going to die. Can someone die from box jumping? Does that REALLY happen? Maybe they will have to amputate my leg. I mean, I am bleeding. Isn’t it what that means? Oh for the love of God, I can’t lose my leg. Why am I even doing this to myself? Beauty is pain, right? THIS IS PAINFUL! I better be drop dead freaking gorgeous after this WOD.

5. I’m at the half way point now. There is no turning back. Ok, Kara, just keep jumping. The faster and harder you jump, the faster this hell workout will be over. Why does my leg hurt so bad? I mean, it’s just a dang wooden box? Can it be infected already? OH please, don’t let it be infected. Do I need a tetanus shot? Maybe I’ll go to the emergency room after this.

4. 4 more. YOU GOT THIS! 2, and 2! Jump, Jump, Jump, Jump! Oh man!! That was pretty easy. Let’s just keep going. Don’t stop. Think about finishing. Think about the end goal. think about your time cap. You are going to beat it! OH! how you will celebrate after!

3. WHY DOES MY LEG HURT SO BAD? I mean, it just plain hurts. IS THIS EVER GOING TO BE OVER?? Thank goodness I’m not wearing shorts, so no one can see my bloody, nasty, leg. And to think, Seth hates these capri pant things. I’m buying 15 more pair after this workout is over. What does he know about fashion, anyways? I love these things. They hide all your battle scars! Besides, I need a reward, don’t I?

2. When this is over, if I ever finish, I’m drinking an entire bottle of wine. I’m also eating 18lbs worth of ice-cream. I don’t care that it’s not part of my diet. I deserve it. Honestly I’m surprised I can still move my leg at this point.

1. LAST JUMP! I AM A HERO! I did it! I didn’t stop. Why was I even worried? I’m not going to faint, I didn’t die, my leg is still in tact. MAN OH MAN, What a rush! I’m so proud of me. I can’t believe I let this box get in my way. Ok, maybe I don’t need the ice-cream but you better believe, I’m drinking the wine! Guess what, I bet I’ll make sure to clear this stupid wonderful piece of exercise equipment every time I jump now!

**Guess what friends. I went back THE NEXT DAY, and jumped on that box again. Just to prove to myself, and that blasted box, that I AM THE BOSS! I’m no quitter. I keep on moving.

Please laugh, share, comment on your box jumping experiences, and ENJOY!

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