Monday, November 25, 2013

A life unlived

Is hardly worth living...

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Yummy Black Bean and Potato Tacos with Pepper Jack and Sweet Salsa!

So, hubby and I are working on eating less meat, which means I am learning to make vegetarian meals I may not have otherwise made! I figured I would share them with you guys in case any of you are thinking of making the switch also, to help give some new ideas on what to eat. (I was vegetarian for almost 3 years a while back... but I never really learned how to COOK vegetarian meals. I ate out a lot. This is going to be a fun experience to learn these new meals I think!) This one turned out REALLY good! :) (More on these stories later) But for now, here's the recipe:

Yummy Black Bean and Potato Tacos:

Serves 2, but really easy to add more!


Potatos (any kind - I used red potatoes) - diced - about 1/4 to 1/2 c per person

Black Beans- drained and rinsed - about 1/4 to 1/2 c per person (I used 1.2 a can for hubby and I and we have leftovers)
Cheese - grated - (I used pepper jack and was also 1/4 to 1/2 c per person - we LOVE cheese!)
Mini Flour Tortillas - soft taco size
Vegetable oil (for frying the tortillas)
Garlic - FRESH! - to taste, but I use a lot of garlic in my house. I used about 5 cloves. All chopped finely. 
Pepper - to taste
Salt - to taste
Jalapenos (canned) - 1/4 c. diced
Sweet Jelly or Sugar (About 1 Tb. - I used Habanero Jelly, but you could use sugar or honey, or something else sweet)
Green Onions - I used 2
Onion - I used Maya sweet onions, 1 small one.
Tomato - 1 - but more would be great too!
Lettuce - Couple leaves
Olive oil
Lime (for the juice)
Orange (for the juice)

How to make them:

Step 1: Make the filling. 

  In saute pan, drizzle olive oil, and add 1/2 the chopped garlic, 2/3 of the chopped onion, and the potatoes. Saute until soft, but browned. Add the black beans and the green onions, and squeeze in the juice of half a lime and also half an orange. Saute until heated through and a sticky consistency. 

Step 2: Make the sweet salsa.

  In small bowl, combine: tomato, rest of the garlic, sweet jelly, rest of the chopped onion, juice of 1 lime, diced jalapenos, salt and pepper. 

Step 3: Make the tortilla shells.

  Heat vegetable oil in saucepan. Holding the tortillas with tongs, fry, folding into a taco shell as you go. Drain on paper towels. 

Step 4: Grate the cheese.

  Grate your cheese! :)

Step 5: Slice the lettuce.

  Slice your lettuce up nice and thin.

Step 6: Put it all together!

  I put them in this order:
      Taco shell + cheese + filling + lettuce + salsa.

There you have it. The End. And they look like this:

Oh, and then you eat them! nom nom nom nom nom....

xoxo j.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sick before I even started! Day 1.

Well here we are on Day 1 and wouldn't ya know... of course I get sick! I started getting sick for a few days now, and finally it kicked in yesterday, so I'm spending a lot of today in bed... Thats ok. I think its better to rest and let my body heal itself than to go gung ho and not get better. I made a video last night, you can watch it here:

Juice Fast Eve!

I'm gonna take another nap now.

nite nite ~ jamie.

P.S. Here is one of my juices for today:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Starting again is always better than stopping forever

So... it's that time again. In 2 more days I will begin a long haul juice fast/detox/overall body, mind and soul cleanse. And I can't wait. My body has been fighting me lately... many signs that I am long overdue for a starting over, a refresher, a begin again. 

When I did my 28 day juice fast awhile back, I found that I had so many benefits: I had clarity of mind, my skin cleared up, I lost weight, I felt energized... buzzing with energy in fact! I loved how I felt during and afterwards. The biggest difficulties I found were that I was not prepared for any backup plans (my fast got cut short from a power outage.. and honestly.. I felt pretty ready to stop at that point) and also that I was not prepared for how to handle my mind and body during this time. 

So, this time I have been prepping for about a month now, and I can honestly say I am SO ready to go. Sunday it starts. And I'm going for a full 60 days. We will see at that time if I need to reevaluate my end date... I may just go ahead and go on longer up to 100 days. We will see. I'll be blogging AND vlogging like I did before. I'll lay out further details on here this weekend so you guys can know what to expect. Okey dokie, thats all for now!

xoxo ~ jamie

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Time to take a few more steps forward...

I've been MIA for awhile, and I admit, I've been off of my own path. Well, its forward. I've been learning about myself, and seeking truth life, and areas of my life which I was not entirely sure of before. Well, to be honest, I don't know if anyone else has felt like this before, but for me, I think that my whole life's journey is finally peaking and is gaining momentum. My eyes are seeing things clearer and my heart is feeling stronger.

I feel like my life is becoming my own.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

what is it about size?

I was thinking about something on the way home today... as I pondered the {awful} thing which happened last weekend...

So here's how it went... 

Girl has been working out... not too consistently, but enough to feel like she's doing better than the past. The last time the girl bought jeans, they were a size 18... well, that size 18 split in the booty after wearing them (near daily) for a very long time... (They were comfy...what can she say?) Anyways... so, she expected to go into the store.. Tarjay to be exact.. .cause she's obsessed with that store.. I mean, c'mon, who isn't... 

but I digress..

So, this girl looks through all the racks and racks of clothes... most of which are way too small yet... but she figures she's still gotta be a size 18, so she pulls a pair off the shelves. She buys them and takes them home, and the next day, before the event she was going to attend, she goes to put them on. And wouldn't' you know... they must be sized wrong! The last pair of the same brand and style were 18s and they were much larger. These suckers wouldn't even get up to the top of her thighs! 

And so, chocking it up to bad luck, she traipses back to the store and returns them. This time around, spending much more time than last time, she preys on them.. a huntress in her hunting ground. seeking the "perfect fit"... and she finds a cute style, and so she pounces! Just in case, she figures she should get both an 18 and a 20.. (in case these are poor fitting also)... and she goes to the dungeon ~ (aka "dressing room").

Then she tried the 18s.. wouldn't budge. She tried the 20s.. she'd have to suffocate to even get them up over her rolls. And so she succumbed to going back out to the floor and getting a... 

duh duh duh...


It was awful. It was saddening. The girl was depressed. She could barely believe it. And since that dreaded day, she has thought of how yucky it felt to have to buy the biggest pair of jeans she'd had to buy in a LONG time. 

So... yeah. Bummer. But it's a work in progress, you know?

Anyways, so I started wondering today... what is it about women and size that is so much a part of our identity, so much a part of "who we are"? I mean, we say things like, 

I am funny. I am smart. I am pretty. I am fat. I am ugly. I am 33 years old. I am a mom. I am a wife. I am a hard worker. I am tired. I am a woman. I am an adult. And we also say: 

I am a size 22. 

Why is this such an identifier for who we are as people? Shouldn't those I ams be used for more telling identifiers such as our personality, our intelligence, our life roles.. but our jeans size? Who made that a piece of who someone is? I dunno.. maybe I'm on a tangent, but it kinda ticked me off when I started thinking about it. I mean, this isn't just coming from a fat girl's perspective. I know plenty of skinny girls.. you know... the ones who us thick girls assume LOVE their little tiny bodies? Well, NEWSFLASH: This is what a lot of their "I am's" sound like:

I am short. I am bony. I am small. I am flat-chested. I am boy-shaped...

True story, ladies. All women... big, small, flat chested, big boobied,  young, old, hairy, plain, high maintenance, moms, girlfriends, daughters, friends... 


And it's not enough that I, or anyone says, You look beautiful honey, just know that... No. we all have some sort of insecurity, and until we battle our own demons these remarks we tell ourselves.. they will haunt us forever. These I AM statements will be forever who we are. 

So, here's the challenge: Comment below. You can be anonymous. You can say who you are. I don't care. Just do yourself a favor. Do us ALL a favor. Celebrate YOU. Finish this statement: 

"I AM ______"

Let's be more than just our sizes, girls. K?

xoxo ~ j.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

if I hadn't seen it with my own two eyes...

So, I've been working on Insanity for off and on... like 2 months. But this is the first REAL second week I have gone through... at least in a row ;).

....and let me tell you... 

It's kicking my Boo-Tay!

I love it though. I was looking in the mirror today and I was like hang on.. is my fat roll kinda tightening up? Then I sat down and I was like, WHOA! Whoa... whoa... is my stomach flab resting on a little less of my thunder thighs? And so, I was like... hmmm... I gotta see this...

So, I measured. (I had to know, right?) I know, Kat... (my Beachbody Coach) - I'm not supposed to be checking this stuff for like 2 more weeks.. but I just HAD to!

And, here's what I discovered....

(drumroll please)

In the last week and a half, I have completed 5 total workouts of Insanity (after each of which I truly thought I might die..). I have cleaned up my diet just a little... (there is SO much room for improvement). I have stopped drinking wine every night. AND...

I have actually LOST a half of an inch in 3 different areas of my waist!

How's that for results in a short period of time!


So, I'm off to do tonight's workout: Plyometric Cardio Circuit...

Which although sounds mighty disturbing... I mean, c'mon.. "plyometric" - what kinda word is that?

I know it will all be worth it in the end...

Toodles and have a beautiful night!

xoxo ~ j.

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