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I am a former career girl and am now a stay-at-home-mom to 2 amazing little girls. Exercise and "dieting" have never been easy for me. But now more than ever, I am determined to adhere to a more active, healthy lifestyle. I am not dieting - just making smarter, more natural food choices. I want to set a great example for my girls. I starting running last year with the Couch-to-5K running program. I've lost over 35 pounds since last year and I want to lose 60 more. I completed my first race (a 5K) in October and I running a 10K by this summer. My long-term goal is ultimately to run a half-marathon in 2012. I've created this blog to put it all out there and most of all - to keep me honest. I include a tested recipe & inspiring workout song on each post. I am also hoping to inspire and be inspired by you! I would love for you to join me for this journey and become an official follower of this blog!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

No Regrets

I think the hardest things for me on this journey is getting rid of the all or nothing attitude. For the most part I have done it, but there are still some times (which are almost always at social outings) that I give myself license to splurge. And once I start.... I often too easily justify more splurging at the given event. Namely in the form of too many appetizers or red wine.

The difference is that now --- I don't beat myself up over it. I know who I am, and where I am going  - it is just going to take me a little longer to get there than the people on The Biggest Loser and who are on fad diets. And I am ok with that. 

Since I've checked in last, I've lost 2 more pounds. Slow and steady.........................

Hope everyone has a great week!!!

SONG THAT KEPT ME RUNNING THIS WEEK: "Hello" Martin Solveig & Dragonette - such a happy upbeat song... definitely one to get and keep you moving!!!
RANDOM TIP OF THE WEEK: Get your greens in and have a smoothie! (see recipe below)... I often like to have one when my kids are having lunch - they are occupied so I have time to whip it up.
THIS WEEK'S RECIPE: Frisee, Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto Crostini & Bonus Recipe: A Refreshing Green Smoothie

Nothing beats a great appetizer that you can bring to someone's house and everyone loves! This one is great because other than toasting the bread it requires no actual cooking, so it is great for the summer. Appetizers should be eaten in moderation - so you can totally have one of these and not feel guilty. It is originally based on a Giada De Laurentiis recipe (what's not to love!) but I lightened it up slightly with removing some of the olive oil (but I actually like a bit more of the vinaigrette on it than the original recipe calls for so it probably all evens out!). I brought this to a friend's house for dinner this weekend and it was a hit.


  • 18 diagonal slices (1/2-inch-thick) baguette bread
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 head of frisee (can sub curly endive), separated into 2-inch strips
  • 2 large balls fresh water-packed mozzarella cheese (7 oz), drained, cut into 18 thin slices
  • 18 paper-thin slices prosciutto
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Put bread on baking sheet and spray with olive oil baking spray. Bake until the crostini are lightly brown on the outside and slightly crisp, about 15 minutes.
Wrap 1 curly endive and 1 slice of cheese with 1 slice of prosciutto, allowing the tops to extend 1-inch over 1 long side of the prosciutto. Arrange the crostini on a platter. Top each crostini with a prosciutto roll. Drizzle the vinaigrette over and serve.

Red Wine Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil. 

Refreshing Green Smoothie
1/2 of banana
6 slices of frozen peaches
1/2 of granny smith apple (skin removed)
2 celery stalks
1 cup of firmly packed spinach
And the secret key ingredient: 1 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup of water

Blend and enjoy! If you like it to be icier/colder - you can use a frozen banana or sub some of the water for ice chips. I find that it works best if I blend the spinach first with the water then add the other items in.


  1. Thanks for blogging! I love your song choices and you inspire me! :D

  2. I blogged about my all or nothing attitude yesterday too. I like your thought on just accepting that when you are at a social gathering you will drink, eat, and be merry. Almost all of my unplanned splurges are at restaurants. I just cannot get myself to order off the light menu, unless it is Applebees. I eat out so infrequently, maybe twice a month, that at this point (healthy weight, only wanting to lose a few vanity pounds), maybe I should just give myself license to splurge at restaurants.

  3. love it! yahoo!

  4. must try this green smoothie!