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Turning lemons into lemonade… what to do with leftovers

Sometimes I get so frustrated with the boys when they get beyond picky with their food. They’ll shun certain yogurt flavors or brands, only eating the exotic fruit from the fruit salad, only want specific cuts of meat, extra sharp cheddar, etc. And I only need one of them to have a “picky” moment before the other one quickly follows suit. 

How did these kids get so privileged? 

Well, being the good food hoarder that I am, I’ve decided not to put up with it anymore. We’re making lemonade out of lemons starting this week and not turning back! We’re reclaiming our leftovers!

Today’s “food repurpose” opportunity came in the form of leftover breakfast. We’ve been picking off fruit salad for two days and the only thing left was droopy blueberries and pineapples stained purple from – yes, the blueberries. The beautiful strawberries, mango and kiwi had disappeared after day one.

Checked the fridge – ah, the Chobani Greek yogurt section of the fridge that has gone untouched for several weeks and is nearing expiration. (Kids don’t like the texture of Greek yogurt all of a sudden — see note above about ‘privileged kids’).

My mind immediately goes to popcicles. I mean, who doesn’t love a popcicle for goodness sake?

Droopy blueberries, stained pineapple and undesired yogurt have never been in a happier combination and all it took was a 2-minute whirl in my blender. Here’s a picture of them enjoining the undesireables:


Ha! Winning! 

I’ll be blending up more undesireable combos in future posts. 

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We’re celebrating the wrong things

Watching part of the Today Show this morning, a headline story was being broadcast about a mother being celebrated for giving up her own life to care for her 3 children. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure this woman is a saint, and probably a better mother than I’ll ever be. But why is giving up your life the tag line, and not actually what she contributed as a mother to these 3 kids? 

We see this same tragedy in other aspects of our lives too – at work, employees are celebrated for working all night to finish a project – celebrating the sacrifice of sleep. Since when did sleep deprevation help anyone in their career and enhance their ability to perform or drive results?

Why don’t we celebrate the individuals who managed their time carefully, completed their work and were able to go away for the weekend with their family?

We need a paradigm shift – one that celebrates the results of our impact, not the steps leading to the end goal.


This starts with us as individuals, mothers, bosses, spouses. And it starts with the little things:

  • Acknowledge others for their effective time management
  • Encourage those around you to take care of themselves – and they’ll have the energy to then care for others
  • Celebrate the ability to unplug and take time away from the daily stresses of life

In doing these things, it’s my goal that we teach our children that sacrificing yourself isn’t the end goal – but taking care of yourself, and defining your own path to happiness will free you to be the better mother, employee, spouse and friend. 

Until then, you’re just running on empty.

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Limits are self-imposed

I’m watching #Breaking2 with the world’s 3 best hopefuls trying to accomplish the impossible – running a marathon in under 2 hours. The world record is currently 2:02:57.  For a non runner, ~3 minutes may not seem like much, but for world class athletes, it’s been a 2-year journey just to try to beat it. It’s the equivalent pace to a 13.6 on the treadmill, or a 4:34.7 min mile average.

What can we learn from this? These athletes likely understand these limits better than the rest of us mere mortals. They realize how hard that 3 minute gap is to overcome.

What I think about is:

  • Mental health is as important, or not more, than physical health once you reach a certain athletic level
  • Confidence in your abilities and coaching allows you to foresee your dreams are possible
  • Achieving our goals takes time, focus and energy

These are lessons we can easily apply to our own lives. Are we taking care of our mental health? Do we believe in ourselves, or are we prisoners of our our thoughts? Are we listening to the coaches we have in our lives? And, are we being patient enough to achieve our goals?

And while I write this post, Kipchoge just made history and broke the (unofficial) world record.

26.2 miles in 2:00:25

Not sub 2, but pretty freaking impressive.

What are you capable of when you remove your self-imposed limits?

My goal is to run a sub 6 min mile. What’s yours?

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Life can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be.

As a working mother who tries to live up to the pressures of daily life – I recognize the feeling of not meeting everyone’s expectations all too often. And there are a lot of expectations to meet!! Why not provide some tools to help all of us in a similar situations make it easier to get through the challenges of balancing the roles we juggle constantly – mom, wife, work, boss, athlete, daughter, friend? That is my goal with this blog – to help you have easy access to the things that make this struggle easier to deal with – healthy, easy recipes, effective exercises moves and life tips to add some time back to your life (leaving room to squeeze in some fun along the way).

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My first life hack tip is this: Learn to say “no”

That’s right – crazy concept right? It pretty much never happens – until you learn the freeing power of putting your thoughts and energy into things that matter, and not just what you feel obligated to do – be it from guilt or otherwise. A quick test to run through when considering if you should sign yourself up for something or not:

“is this a distraction from another task/activity that is a higher priority?”

“Am I going to receive personal gain from doing this?”

“Is this going to make me better?”

Learning to say “no” helps differentiate what matters and what doesn’t, and we live in a world with inflated importance on tasks that don’t help us improve ourselves or others.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! What did you say no to today?