Monday, February 13, 2017

What's on my plate and Spring 2017 Semester stuff

This year's journey towards becoming a Registered Dietitian starts with my bullet journal and goal writing and lots of visits to advising.

Due to being a non-traditional student, I am not taking a full load.  Three classes in the spring, two in the summer, two in the fall.  My courses are as follows:

Spring 2017:

English 1023 Composition II
Math 1013 Financial and Quantitative Literacy
History 1013  Years 1492 - 1865

 Summer 2017:

NFS 1301, 1302 Food Preparation Principles
History 1023 Years 1865 - Present

Fall 2017:

BIOL 1111, 1113 Principles of Biology 98% scared 2% excited
GOV 2013 US Government

I chose to only take two classes in the fall because I want to focus on keeping my GPA up.  I hear that Biology is really hard and to be honest, I'm worried about it.  But it's only February and I don't have the energy to deal with that just yet.

English is a lot of work.  This is more reading and writing than I've had to do so far.  Writing isn't my strongest skill and I'm concerned I will not make an A.  Oh well, it is only February.

I like History.  I remember some of this from back in the day.  It's a fun class.  History is my jam!

This is a lighter load without a Statistics class using all my brain power!  Although I think I should have taken MATH 1013 before Stats.  Last semester might have been easier.

I work on assignments daily to keep up with the pace of the semester and so far that's working well. And like all previous semesters, I watch too much television and eat too much popcorn.

Shows I'm caught up on and now watching the current season:

Blue Bloods
How To Get Away With Murder
Grey's Anatomy

mini rant.... seriously, House of Cards has been pushed back to May! I used to come out on Valentine's day! That's how hubby and I spent 02/14.  So romantic.

New network shows I like:

Designated Survivor

Shows in the Que:

Mad Men
The Mindy Project
Man In The High Castle

I'm open to suggestions on binge-worthy shows.   I really miss The Good Wife and haven't found another show close to it.

Only this week's schedule and menu.  We start the week with shouting out PLOT TWIST!  I have been puny since I returned from Mississippi.   Headache. Pressure.  Earache. Sore throat. Chills. Fatigue. No fever, just puny and tired.   Sunday afternoon I had to lay down and rest if the neighbor kid hadn't rung the doorbell I would have slept beyond three hours.  A three-hour nap wasn't enough.  I woke up with the same headache I laid down with.  Meh.

Went to bed early.  Slept eight hours only to awaken to an intensified headache.  Coffee, Water, Meds. Homework.

So, here's how the week should look.


Rest day
No Homework
No Exercise


Lemon Rosemary Chicken


6 AM run  chose sleep
Chores and Laundry


Skillet Chicken
Nope, not gonna happen
I made bone broth to sip on during the day and will use the remainder for Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from Damn Delicious!


Math on Campus
Gym - Arm Day


Taco Salad


6 AM Run
Lunch with Bub
Gym - Leg Day


Stuffed Peppers - Stouffers
Hot Crash Potatoes - Pioneer Woman
California Blend Vegetables


Math on campus
Gym - Back and Abs


Salmon Patties.  Pan "fried" cornmeal and panko bread crumbs.
Asian Salad - Taylor Farms


Walk in the park
Study, Read, Write papers


Pizza Night - Make your own pizza.  Occasionally I make the dough, but most of the time I purchase it premade in the freezer section at Central Market.  Cento makes my favorite red sauce and our toppings vary from all cheese to veggie lovers.

This is what the week holds, as well as lots of bone broth breaks and naps.   Follow along on Instagram and Twitter "Salsa Is A Vegetable" Pix and Running Updates.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What's On My Plate? Week of 01.15.2017

Spring semester begins Tuesday. I have one more day of chillin' out and then back to the grind!  I've only received one syllabus thus far and it was enough to scare me! So I planned my meals out accordingly.

Sunday.  Green Bay Packers Football!  You'd think I'd be a true blue Cowboys fan living in the metroplex, but I'm not.   Mainly I dislike Jerry Jones.  Still holding a hard grudge over the way he fired Tom Landry.   And well, my dad is from Mississippi and so is Brett Farve, so we've been Packers fans for a long time, beyond his retirement, obviously.

I can't decide how I'd like this to go.   Dak is from Mississippi State and well I'd be happy for him to win, his rookie year.  That would be exciting because this season has been our of Jerry Jones' control. Romo injured, again, nothing new.  Dak had to play.   It's been an interesting season for the Cowboys.

If they keep winning, I'd be okay with that.

On the other hand, I like Green Bay for the win.  It would be such a historic year if they win this game, then go on to win the Atlanta game.   That would all hinge on Kansas City beating Pittsburg, and the Patriots, then Green Bay would play Kansas City in the super bowl!  Historic.

Anyway, all of that to say it's been a dreary weekend in Dallas.  Foggy. Rainy. Meh.  Football and cold winter days call for soup.   One of my favorite football day soups is from Eat Live Run.  Black Eyed Pea Stew.  It hits the spot every time!  Sometimes I make it with cornbread, other times I skip the collards and roast cabbage.  I add that to the bottom of the bowl before ladling the soup over it.   Mmmmm.... cold night calls for comfort foods.

Monday is my last day off.  It's possible we'll have left over Black Eyed Pea Stew or I may make another staple soup.   Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, from Damn Delicious.  This has everything. Chicken, Rosemary, Brininess,  Carrots, Celery, Orzo, so yum!

Tuesday is my first day of class.  So far no syllabi so I'm not sure what I'm up against.  I've decided o another Damn Delicious recipe, it's an all in one pan, so that's always a bonus on class days.  Garlic Ranch Chicken and Veggies.    I'll need the comfort of carrots and potatoes by the end of the day.   I'm already stressed out about Contemporary Math; Homework and Quizzes and Preview Chapters, Oh My!!

Wednesday The Adhesive will be at a youth event where they will go out to dinner.  Hubs and I will have a meal before we go work out.   Spaghetti and meat sauce packed with veggies (onions, bell pepper, zucchini), and crusty sourdough bread.  Then a hard workout at the gym! Leg Day!

Thursday I'll have a better grasp of my assignment schedule and fill out my bullet journal and hope to get ahead in a few of my classes if that is allowed. At least the reading and writing parts.  My family is a fan of Breakfast For Dinner.   This week I will make Protein Pancakes with Kodiak Cake Mix, Eggs, and Sausage Patties.

Friday is Pizza Night!  New York Style Pizza is my favorite.  Nearly cracker thin and crunchy yet chewy, yeasty and salty.  And just cheese.  I like a good veggie pizza, I also like anchovies.  That's the only "meat" I prefer.  Because I'm a 'just cheese' kind of gal.

I don't have a #SalsaIsAVegetable Pinterest account yet.  Until then, check out this pizza board.

That's what's on my plate this week!  What's on yours?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Are you resolved or resolving?

I'm a planner.  I have planners.  I have Erin Condren Planners, Day Designer Planners, Power Sheets. I have a Type B Planner, yet, I am a Type A person.  Yea, I write things down.  Everything, in a bullet journal.  The main way my to-do list, assignment schedule, appointments, homework load, goal reviews, miles get logged, menus get planned is because I write it down.   It is not fancy or pretty.  I purchased an Eccolo Journal on a whim and began scribbling things down at the beginning of the 2016 Fall Semester.

Paper and pencil, well pens.  Lots and lots of pens.  I may or may not have a problem.

I wrote a review of 2016, I wrote down what worked and what didn't.  I wrote down what I needed to accomplish in 2017 and where I need to improve.

After years of "dieting" and injury and "dieting" and injury.  I decided to do something different.   I tore my knee, in three places and went to physical therapy and started over again with C25K.

Although I made the lofty goal (again) of running 1000 miles in 2016, after my knee tear during marathon training, I settled for 300.  If I could run 50 miles in a month, that would be good.  I ended up with 600.  Yay!

Other health goals: 

Nourish/fuel my body (done)
Drink more water  (done)
Meal Plan/Prep (not as well as I'd like)

Education goals: 

Maintain 3.25 GPA or higher (3.67, still mad about that B)
Enroll in summer classes (done)
Attend tutoring (done)

Less is more goals:

Clear the clutter  (done)
Less screens  (not as well as I'd like)
Project 333  (done)

You notice that? Three goals in three categories.  Not an underwhelming list of fluff.  Also not an overwhelming list too out of reach or out of scope.

This year I've done the same.  Top Three:

Health Goals:

Run 850 miles
Rest as needed (also known as when)

Education Goals:

Maintain 3.67 GPA or higher
Enroll in summer classes at TWU
Set timer for study time.

Less Is More Goals/More Is Best:
[Continue] Project 333 >
< Yoga/Downtime
Structured time >
Less screens <

I've read Ann VosKamps blog for several years and most of her books, over the past few years she's blogged about resolutions or what she calls SOULutions. I wrote mine out (again) this year.

Embrace Imperfect
Engage Silence (Reflect in the eyes of souls, not screens)
Be Still
Believe The Best
Break Free
Daily 3 for 10
Do Hard Things
Let Go Of The Outcome
Learn To Endure
Live Hopefully
Give Away
Grow In Grace

What are you resolved to accomplish this year?   What are your #SOULutions?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What's On My Plate: Week of 01.09

I'm not a photographer.  I have an iPhone.  I have a nice camera that my high schooler primarily uses. I don't have an eye for lighting and or technique.  For now, I will not feature photos of my meals.

A menu and recipes, yes!  Maybe just evening meals or snack ideas.  I'm honestly not sure just yet. This feature will grow into something solid soon.  Bare with me.  :)

I like Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving food so much that I go through the joy of preparing said meal in part once or twice a month!   Sprouts stocks turkey breasts year round and jewel sweet potatoes and I can usually get brussel sprouts in the frozen food section.    Monday was Thanksgiving night.

I prepare the turkey the same way I do for Thanksgiving.  A good rub of herbs and garlic and olive oil.  Sear it on a hot cast iron skillet and bake it in the oven slow and low for several hours.

Next is the sweet potatoes.  They get a good rub down of olive oil, then are wrapped foil and baked along with the turkey.

I keep cranberries around for as long as they will stay fresh after the holidays specifically for a Thanksgiving brussel sprout dish.

Herb Crusted Turkey
Sweet Potatoes with cinnamon and walnuts
Brussel Sprouts with cranberries and bacon

Tuesday and Thursday are class days for me.  I generally prepare something simple, if not leftovers.

Italian Chicken Toss is a simple recipe that is a "what's in the fridge" toss that in!   Chicken, bow tie pasta, a can of tomatoes and all the veggies in my fridge.  Onion, bell pepper, carrots, celery, green beans, peas, turnips, beets... literally whatever is on hand.   Grill the chicken, boil the pasta, chop the veggies, open a can of tomatoes, toss it in a skillet with some olive oil.  Dinner! :)

Wednesday The Adhesive (AKA our youngest teenager) heads off to a youth group event, where he is fed.   I prepare a meal that isn't his favorite for my husband and I.  This week is stuffed bell peppers, mashed potatoes, and green peas.    Hubs and I go to the gym, work out for an hour before we pick The Adhesive up.

Thursday.  Another simple meal.  This week it's Polish Sausage with cabbage and a side dish of quinoa.

Friday is typically Pizza night at my house.  A giant salad with a side of flour all over the kitchen.

We make the dough and top it with a variety of toppings from anchovies to spinach and basil to sausage.

I do my grocery shopping over the weekend.  We'll see what's on the menu next week when class begins!  Sophomore year, here I come!

Monday, January 9, 2017

A dusting off...

I thought 2016 I would blog and talk about my college experience.  Classes, professors, classmates and the things said on the interwebs that make me want to silently screen scream and type in ALL CAPS!

Topics like:

Food Fads
Fake News
Nutrition Memes
Fake Foods
Why I'm Injured, Meh!
Meal Planning
Metabolism, the truth.
The Biggest Loser, my thoughts
Orthorexia, it is a real thing
Moderation, what that looks like
Embrace where you are, just do it

Yea, so I did not accomplish much (or any) of that.  I cried over my classes, over my grades, over my homework.  So much homework!  When did college become such a chore?  I appreciate my husband for working to provide for our family and being supportive of my career/education choices.  

I've had this fire in my belly for years.  After I began running, losing weight, becoming cognizant of how nutrition affects my body, performance, my overall health.

Having researched "How to become a registered dietitian" at least ten times a year; in July of last year I made an appointment and sat for a college entrance exam.   My forty (something) year old brains test result were surprising.  I was eligible to enroll in courses and begin the steps necessary to embark on this career curve. 

And although this blog won't be full of pictures at least until I master that technology.  It will include the above and weekly updates about class, the good, the bad and the ugly cry about making a B.

eighty-eight point ninety-four (88.94).  Most students may be happy about a B in statistics.  I cried.  I emailed the professor, he didn't reply.  I asked for extra credit, he didn't reply.  I cried.   My four point oh was gone.  Bring on the tears.  All The Tears.  It is even hard for me to say the words three point six seven.  

So this semester, I work harder.  I study longer.  My new mantra is if Nothing Changes, then Nothing Changes.   I have resolved to get up early to run.

This semester's schedule begins January 17th.  I am taking (what I hope) is an easier schedule than last semester.   Contemporary Math (in person), English 1302 and History 1301 online.  

Monday and Wednesday are run days and will begin at 6:00 am either at the gym or running outside to give me more time to study.  Study time will be from 10:00 - 2:00.  Reading, writing, arithmetic.

Tuesday and Thursday are class days.  Contemporary Math or Quantitative Reasoning or scary math term.  Imagine me with a scary face right now.  It is possible I may begin a part-time job on class days.  TBD.    These are also gym days.  I meet the hubby at the gym after work.

Fridays are for turning homework in.  More reading, writing and arithmetic.  The goal being to keep weekends free of college stress, homework, deadlines, and tears.   I did not occur to me that there would be so much crying in college.

Here's to a successful semester, debunking the latest fads, more blogging, and (hoping for) less tears! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The One Where I Choose To Write

I run.  Those are words to live by.  Words I live by.  I started running seven years ago.  This past weekend is the anniversary of my first 5K.   I ran a 5K this weekend with my niece.  She's in training for a physical in which she needs to run 1.5 miles.  I ran with her this past weekend.  We had fun.

She's the girl who gave me the title Aunt.  I wear it proudly.  She's my sweet girl.

I also Looped The Lake.  White Rock Lake in Dallas is nine miles.   My BFF of 19 years wanted to Loop The Lake by her birthday weekend.   We trained in the summer.  We trained in the heat.  We trained in the humidity.  We ran the lake this past weekend.  Running's my favorite!   Kat and I decided to set our goals for shorter distances, pick up our pace, and lengthen our intervals.  I like to run intervals, it keeps be running uninjured and allows me to run farther.  Yay! 

Our White Rock Lake run was Sunday.   We didn't run Monday.  Rest.  Stretch.  Mostly rest.  

Today we were meeting to begin speed training.  She was unable to make it.  So I ran a mile of intervals and two miles of hill repeats.  Three miles total.

It felt good to push myself.  Hills are my friend! What doesn't 'hill' you makes you stronger!  As long as I'm not rolling down!

I had negative splits! Yay! I wasn't trying for that, it just happened!  Bonus!

Choose to Write.   New Topics. 

What I ran today.  Weekly update on training and mileage.

Food fads.  When possible, the science behind what to know.

Love yourself.  Weekend wrapup. 

What to learn before you learn.  Also known as how this semester is going 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

So Another Fall Semester Begins

Why do I think that things will go normally? Or maybe this is how things go in high speed world of the interwebs.  My first class, an online class begins tomorrow and no information.  None.  No email or syllabus or anything.

I guess I thought that I'd have something before the class starts.  I'm a little frustrated.

It's hard to be a 40-something college student.  There are days I wonder if this is worth it.  The time and effort, the going to class, the studying, the lack of sleep.  Meh.  So I want the initials, the degree bad enough.  

Tomorrow I start basically my sophomore year, except that I don't have the correct amount of credits towards my degree.  The credits I have toward my degree still make me a freshman in my first semester.  (insert embarrassed emoji)

Fall 2016:

English Composition
Elementary Statistics

My goal for this blog is to document my journey.  Classes, classmates, professors and my progress.
Oh and the occasional salsa review, meal plan, recipes, what's working for me and what's not.