January 22, 2016

Happy Friday! This week went fast- probably because we had Monday off? πŸ™‚ I woke up at 4:45 AM feeling rested and ready to go! I could’ve gotten up and done my exercise for the day but I decided to be lazy and read. I’m now reading My Name is Malala at home and listening to The Martian at the gym. I read It Starts with Food here and there when the mood strikes. I also have Unbroken on my kindle to finish. Too much? I love reading and usually have a few books going at once. Somehow I manage to finish them all and get another batch going. I finished The Seventh Soul and it was honestly fun to read a light, different and easy read.

So, since I just finished breakfast and have already packed my lunch I decided to write a blog post and figure out what to focus on this weekend. It’s not even 7 AM! I think this is a new Whole30 benefit I’m seeing πŸ˜‰ I also put a little dab of lavender essential oil on my cheeks last night which probably helped. I’m not “into” essential oils but I have a coworker that is slowly introducing me to some of the oils. Right now I have “joy” mixture and “lavender.” I do put a little dab of Joy on my neck each morning while getting ready.

Yesterday I made pork shoulder roast in the crock pot and it was delicious. Here is the recipe:

  • 2 pound pork roast
  • 2 small apples, cored and quartered (I didn’t peel them)
  • one small onion, chopped in big chunks
  • one to two cups water ( used about one and a half cups)
  • I rubbed salt, pepper, 1 tsp. minced garlic, some cinnamon, some chili powder into the pork before putting it in the crock pot.

Put all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low all day! I steamed carrots and cut up a tomato and some onions to eat with it. I won’t lie- that pork was so good I had another little bite when I put the leftovers away.



Today is Day 21 of my Whole 30. I still have 10 days to follow all of the rules and finish strong! I am not perfect but I will keep working on it.


January 20, 2016


Took this photo on Monday when I arrived at Dunn Brothers Coffee. That’s right, Devils Lake has a DUNN BROTHERS now. Yay! I felt pretty on Monday. And happy thanks to the Whole 30! But later in the day I felt a little down…

I know the Whole30 is not about losing weight but I have not noticed any physical difference and I am on Day 19. Is it my portions? Am I not exercising enough? Do I need to do something different? I feel lots of other benefits of the Whole30 but not weight loss. I was feeling so down by the end of the day I got on the scale. So, to be totally honest about my “slips” during this Whole 30 Round 1 I will write them out. I will clarify that I don’t view every “slip” as “bad” and I will explain. I am disappointed in myself for the fact that I had totally committed to the Whole 30 and didn’t do it. I will do a Round 2 in February!

“slips” as of DAY 19 (today):

  1. I might have had butter in food unknowingly at the restaurants in Minot (day 3 dinner, day 4, day 5, day 6)
  2. ate two bites of chocolate cake on day 6 (a colleague surprised two of us with a small chocolate cake for dessert at Panera and it would have been rude to not eat at least a few bites, right? I know I could’ve turned it down and that’s not an excuse…but still
  3. had a small piece of German Chocolate Cake with my coworker for her birthday…another situation like #2. My boss baked her a surprise cake and she looked like she needed someone to eat a piece with.
  4. day 17- I got on the scale. No excuse for this.
  5. Β day 18- I went to an Amachi appreciation dinner without thinking that they would serve all of us the same meal (cesar salad, chicken parmesan and fetuccini alfredo)
  6. day 19- I went to Rolette County for work all day and had to eat at the retirement lunch/party for the director…lasagna, salad and one piece of toast.

Well, all of my “sins” are out in the open now! And no, I don’t feel embarrassed about all of these slips. I should’ve thought to make sure that there wasn’t any butter in the food at the restaurants in Minot but at the time I honestly didn’t think about (probably because I love butter!).Β  I should’ve told Melissa and Barb I couldn’t eat their cake and left it at that…I should’ve resisted temptation to get on the scale and that is not something I will excuse. As far as social gatherings I need to either just put it out there with people when I can’t eat what everyone else is eating, plan ahead, and just eat something that no one else is eating BUT in my family and it seems ND people get really offended by that sort of thing…any tips about this will be appreciated (if anyone is actually still reading all of this?!)

Basically, I am committed to doing the entire Whole 30 as it is meant to be completed and will begin again on February 16, 2016 (Day 1). I am going to Fargo to visit a friend over Valentine’s weekend and know I could not successfully do Whole 30 then, but I will stick to majority of the rules as much as possible. Like I will not drink any alcohol until February 5th (employee party) and then again until February 13th or 14th. I will continue to eat the food as outlined in Whole 30 until my trip to Fargo πŸ™‚ I have decided to stay positive about this whole thing and not be too down on myself. I think I had really high hopes for the results of this program and am just not seeing them for some reason even though I’m trying (but not trying my best !). So, I am going to stick with the program. I’m sure I’m not the only one who messed up their Whole 30 during their first round πŸ˜‰ I honestly feel better just venting about it.

Here is the beef soup I made…bell pepper, zucchini, home made broth, ground beef, garlic, onion, seasonings and 1/2 avocado on top.



January 18, 2016

I am enjoying a long weekend since today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day. I can honestly say I am doing exactly what I want without any schedule or obligations and it feels amazing. Yesterday I woke up early, read for quite a while, went to the gym, did some chores around the house, went to the laundromat, and saw The Revenant.


I LOVED The Revenant and Lenardo DiCaprio better win his Oscar! That is some great acting. Fun fact: they actually filmed that movie in three countries. They filmed some of it in Libby, MT, too! I thought a lot about family and what we do for those we love throughout the whole movie. I also thought to myself “this is the real version of Into the Wild and Wild.”Β  Not that I don’t enjoy those books/stories, too, but I mean that trapper slept in a horse carcass! Survived a bear attack! My dad said that The Revenant is based on a true story- I know what I’m reading next! Right now I’m reading something I don’t normally read- a paranormal chic lit. It reads like young adult lit but I need something light and fun every once in a while. Also, the author is from North Dakota so that’s cool. I also downloaded The Martian on audible to listen to at the gym and I’m hooked. I’ll watch the movie after the book.


I have really been increasing my time at the gym! Yesterday I did the elliptical for 33 minutes and walked for another 40! I think part of it was The Martian πŸ™‚ I got a fit bit for Christmas and have been hitting about 14,000 steps a day. I do not get to that if I don’t go to the gym so it is a good motivator.

I did my first pork shoulder roast on Saturday and it turned out great! I had kale and mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon apple chunks on the side.I put some dried cranberries on top of the potatoes for some extra flavor.

I have stopped blogging about each specific meal and exercise but I am still doing it! And it’s working so I am not going to go overboard and do it all twice. I want to keep my positive energy and not obsess too much! Starting the Whole30 has been on of the best decisions I’ve made in a LONG time. I have lots of energy, more confidence, and just generally feel happy. I think I underestimated the effect that alcohol, chocolate, pizza etc. have on my body. I feel “clean” and healthy now. And it’s only Day 16! I’m not going to lie, I have really been craving a Cheeseburger from Old Main and a chocolate dessert of any kind πŸ™‚ I’m also learning about my North Dakota lifestyle…for example, I went to another art night on Friday. What did they have there? Wine, pop, and lots of good looking snacks that are totally not Whole30 approved. I planned ahead and brought my own sparkling water so I could have my own treat while everyone else enjoyed around me. Also, this weekend was eye opening in that on Saturday night or even last night I had the thought that I would’ve gone to the bar on similar nights last month but I didn’t desire to go! Also, I think I’m saving money by not eating out and going out as much! My friend and I have started going to the gym together rather than out for happy hour.




January 13, 2016

Today is Day 13 of my Whole 30! I have been getting into my routine of eating whole foods at breakfast, lunch and dinner and it feels awesome! I even did my first kick boxing class at Anytime Fitness last night! One hour of cardio. It really made me feel good about myself. I was proud of myself for getting through the hour.

Simba and I had a lazy Sunday night πŸ™‚


I made Slow Cooker Butternut Squash today and it was amazing!

  • one butternut squash
  • two cups water or veggie broth (I put three cups of water in the crock pot so the squash would cook and I had a large squash. I removed one cup before I blended the soup)
  • one onion
  • two carrots
  • one apple
  • sprinkle in appropriate amounts: salt, pepper, sage, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper

I put all of this in the slow cookerΒ  on low at 7:30 AM and it was perfectly cooked at 5 PM. I removed a cup of water and then blended it in batches in the blender πŸ™‚




Here is a new door deco I got at the dollar store this week. I LOVE Valentine’s Day for some reason. It’s such a cheesy, cute holiday to celebrate love and drink pink milk (or at least that’s why my mom always had us do growing up!).




Some more of my meals- I’m putting all of this effort into changing my ways so I might as well document it!

A lunch. Salad with almonds, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 apple, lettuce, an orange and homemade dressing


EGGS! The incredible edible egg (do they still have those commercials BTW?)Β  Eggs with homemade sausage patty and kale, eggs with avocado, eggs with veggies and sweet potatos. I’m getting creative in the kitchen when it comes to breakfast and leftovers.

January 9, 2016 :)

Well, I had a busy week of training in Minot and am relaxing this weekend! Here is a snapshot of how my first week of the Whole 30 went! That’s right, I’m on DAY 8! What?! It went fast, the first few days were rough, but I am sticking with it.


Days 1,2,3,and 4 were not pretty…but Day 5 was awesome!


I’ve been feeling great! I knew the weekend would be hard (normally I would go to the bar to watch the Bison game) but since I didn’t have any friends to go with I decided not to tempt myself and just stayed home and hung out with my mentee for a bit.

Now I’m getting ready to go to the gym (another task that’s helping me get in physical shape!) Not much else to report actually…I got a fit bit for Christmas and am trying to reach my goal of 10,000 steps a day each day. It’s VERY eye opening- let’s just say I don’t get anywhere near 10,000 steps a day while I’m at the office. Even more reason to go to Anytime and walk/jog/run!



January 3, 2016! HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Out like a goat, in like a goat?

As you can see, I love Glacier Park. When I opened my calendar for 2016 and saw a goat in January I was like, “I just looked at a goat for a whole month!” but now I’m glad it’s a goat because he’s super cute. I hang this up in my office.

It has been a while since I wrote a blog post…I’ve been busy with the holidays, etc. I’m still motivated to get/stay healthy and have been carefully working on my goals for 2016.


  1. Eat Healthy. Today is Day 2 of the Whole 30 πŸ™‚ I am committed to following the Whole 30 rules for 30 days. I made my version of Spanish Fritatta this morning. Tomatoes, Green Beans, Spinach, leftover diced potato minced garlic and eggs. That’s all!IMG_3098
  2. Train/Exercise/Prep for the Fargo 10K in May! I got a Fitbit for Christmas so need to do 10,000 steps a day. I have to go to Anytime 12 times a month (I met this goal in December!). I read somewhere I should be exercising 150 minutes a week minimum.
  3. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. I found an app that helps me track this.
  4. Floss and take a multivitamin daily.


  1. I have created a budget that I am going to follow this month. This will take practice but I found an envelope system on Pinterest and am combining that with Dave Ramsey’s percentage recommendations. I have to work on baby step #2 πŸ™‚ My ultimate goals are to buy a house this year and take three vacations (Wyoming for my sister’s graduation in May, Alaska at some point, and Montana this summer).


  1. Continue learning and growing in my role as Assistant Regional Rep. and do best child welfare practice. Be the best assistant supervisor I can be! Lots to learn with this as I have never been in a supervisor role before (except for supervising an intern but that was totally different!).
  2. I need to brainstorm specific career goals.


  1. Go on a date. LOL
  2. Find a club, activity ect. where I meet new people.

I’m sure there are more goals but these are my main ones. Focusing on my health and budget seem like big things to tackle in themselves and I want to succeed so I’m going to slowly add other goals as they come up. My Christmas present to myself was a planner (yes I love planners) with monthly and daily goal prompts. I’m going to use it as a gratitude journal/miracle morning book and work on it each morning for 15 minutes.


This was in the newspaper this morning and I found it fitting. I don’t know why people don’t say “New Day New You.” I don’t know why we have to wait until the New Year to start working on our goals! I feel like the work I’ve been doing the last few months has made it likely that I’ll be successful with my new goals. Happy New Year to all!

As a side note, I’m finishing Go Set A Watchman and am forming some opinions about it…more to come on this. It was the #1 book of 2015 so I think I’m missing something….

Sunday, December 13th

This was a good weekend! I am feeling positive.

Yesterday I watched Inside Out with my mentee- a very cute movie. I went to the gym, did some chores and read. Then I hung out with my friends and we watched some more movies…including Bad Santa. Billy Bob Thornton is such a great actor! Today I slept in, did laundry, read the paper, watched some TV, went to the gym (and watched part of The 12th Day of Christmas- a Hallmark movie) and then came home and did some meal planning and cleaning. If Hallmark movies won’t get me to the gym, nothing will! LOL. I don’t have Hallmark channel in my basic cable and absolutely love the cheesy romantic holiday movies they have this time of year.

Saturday’s Diet:

  • one chicken breast for brunch (leftover chicken cacc.)
  • pepperoni pizza w/ ranch, diet pepsi and salad (lettuce, carrot, ranch) for late lunch while we watched the movie
  • one chicken breast for dinner
  • white wine and a glass of sweet red
  • some random Halloween candy James had at his house…a mini snickers and milk dud.

Saturday’s exercise: walked on the treadmill for 45 minutes (3.7 mph, 2% incline)

Sunday’s diet:

  • coffee w/out milk (trying to get into my whole30 groove)
  • smoothie (1 cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 banana, frozen blueberries, 2 Tbsp. peanut butter)
  • 6″ sub from Subway with small bag of Doritos
  • mini Man Cave brats with green pepper, onion and mushrooms. Side salad (lettuce, sprinkle of parm cheese, carrot, coleslaw dressing), and cauliflower

Sunday’s exercise: walked on the treadmill for 55 minutes! 3 miles, varying incline and speed (3.2-3.7 mph)