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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!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Hardest Step...

I recently read the following quotation:
"The hardest step for a runner is the first one out of the front door."

It is SO true. Convincing yourself to get out there and do it is the hardest part. The rest is easy in comparison.

I didn't get as many runs as I should have in last week. This week I am going to remember that quotation when I don't feel like getting up an hour earlier at the crack of dawn or trying to fit a run in after the kids have gone to sleep at night. If I am going to lose as much as I want to by June I've got to ramp up the workouts! I did lose 2 more pounds towards my goal.

SONG THAT KEPT ME RUNNING THIS WEEK:  "Part of Me" - Katy Perry. This song is such a good one to run to. It is very inspirational.
RANDOM TIP OF THE WEEK: Post some inspiration for yourself where you will see it when it counts. On the fridge. By your exercise equipment etc. Whether it be an inspiring quotation, a picture of what you would like to look like, or a picture of a bathing suit reminding you that summer is around the corner etc. 
THIS WEEK'S RECIPE: Roasted Cauliflower with Garbanzo Beans & Olives (SO GOOD!)

Roasted Cauliflower w/ Garbanzo Beans & Olives
6 servings. 1 serving = 2/3 cup.
Cauliflower florets chopped from one large head (about 1 pound)
Approx. 22 green Spanish olives, pitted and halved
8-10 garlic cloves halved
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (a favorite spice of mine!!!)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves

Preheat the oven to 450°. Combine first 4 ingredients on a cooking sheet covered in tinfoil. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle the spices. Toss well to coat - I use my hands. Bake at 450° for 20-22 minutes or until cauliflower is browned but still firm, stirring after 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.

182 Calories, 10g Fat, 17g Carbohydrates , 4g Fiber, 4g Protein, 4pp+


  1. Hi,

    Usually I don't like shamelessly trying to get people to view your blog, but I saw you post this on Self Magazine's Facebook page. This recipe looks wonderful, and contains many ingredients that I love! I just pinned it on pinterest.com, and I plan on making in very soon. Thank you for sharing! And good luck with your efforts to be healthier! :)

  2. I too am trying to lose some weight prior to summer. This recipe sounds so good- love all of these ingredients. I do have a question though- do you consider this a side dish to go along with a meat option or is this considered a main course?

  3. @LisliK - It's a side if you eat 1 portion. It's a main if you eat two. If I used it as a side I would use with a lean meat - chicken breast, pork tenderloin etc. :). I do have to say I love this recipe!

  4. Amazing blog and very interesting stuff you got here! I definitely learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!