Sausage, Egg and Potato Casserole

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As I was making dinner last night, I saw a bunch of leftovers in the fridge and I was trying to think of a way to use them up. Breakfast casserole. I sliced up the leftover potatoes, sausage, whisked together some eggs and egg whites and baked for about an hour.

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Sausage, Egg and Potato Casserole

*6 Eggs + 1/4 cup egg whites

* Sliced sausage (I used 6 links of turkey sausage)

* Sliced potatoes (I used 6 small potatoes)

Whisk eggs and egg whites together and season to taste. Then mix in sausage and potatoes.

Bake at 375 for 45 minutes (or until the top is golden brown and mixture is cooked through.)

Food and Exercise Journal

This is something new I want to try here. At the end of each day’s post, I will show the workouts that I did and food I managed to get a picture of. I’m putting it at the end of the post so anyone who is here for the recipe or topic of the day can just scroll on by if they aren’t interested.

Food

My days begin at 4am. It’s the only time of day I can guarantee I will get in a workout and there is no one else awake who needs anything. First things first, Spark.

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Breakfast was the above mentioned casserole and blueberries.

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And that’s all I managed to get a picture of today. Lunch was just leftovers and dinner was pulled pork and a mix of mashed cauliflower and potatoes with green beans.

Exercise

Abs and Push Circuit 1.

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Later in the morning we both needed to get out of the house, so we went for a quick walk. It was only 30 degrees, so my goal was to make it at least 1 mile.

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Making simple changes for a true lifestyle change

Way back in 2007, which really feels like it was a year or two ago, not 11! I went hardcore and dropped 60 lbs in 6 months and went from a size 1XL to a size M. Then I found out I was pregnant (with my now 10 year 0ld), quit my job when he was born to be a stay at home mom and then well life just happened. I tried (and failed) to lose weight many, MANY times over the last 11 years, but the biggest problem I had was trying to do everything all at once.

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And then of course I would just quit. Always with the promise of doing better the next day, the next week, the next month.

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When I started the One/80 Challenge in December, I was really nervous about doing something for 80 days. But I quickly realized it wasn’t about being perfect. It was about putting myself first, making myself a priority. And then- changes started happening.

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Here are the 5 simple changes I have made that have made this lifestyle permanent.

1. Get rid of the all or nothing approach. If I splurge on a meal, or we go out to eat, or I didn’t hit my steps goal or workout- it’s not the end of the world. My day is not ruined. The next time I eat, I make a healthier choice.

2. Ditch the diet sodas. I drank an alarming amount of Diet Pepsi and Monster energy drinks. Instead of cutting them out all at once, I let myself have one with dinner or just in the afternoon. Now, I still love a nice cold diet pepsi, but it’s all water all the time at home. And as for the Monsters? I’m all about the Spark now.

3. Add in foods, don’t delete. I’m not knocking other diets out there, they do work for some people. Not me. The second you tell me I can’t have something, it’s all I want and I can’t stay away. Instead of focusing on foods I should eliminate, I try and add in healthier foods. I started eating a cup of vegetables and a cup of fruit with lunch and two cups of vegetables at night. No more loading my plate with delicious carbs, I actually crave vegetables now!

4. Move more. I have the Garmin Vivoactive HR and one of the greatest features is the daily step goal. Instead of just an arbitrary amount of steps, it changes every day to keep you aiming for a little better than the day before. And it vibrates if you have been sitting too long. When it starts vibrating, I take some laps around the house or just walk in place for 5-10 minutes, those steps add up!

5. Prep. I used to roll my eyes at meal prep. Now I totally see the benefit! I chop our vegetables and leave them in the fridge for quick grabbing, same with hardboiled eggs and lately I have been keeping a batch of cooked quinoa and rice in the fridge too for quick grab and add lunches.

I still have a long journey ahead of me, but it no longer feels like an uphill battle that I can’t win.

I will probably do another post like this as I get further, any tips you would add?

Instant Pot Sesame Curry Pork Tenderloin

We are supposed to be getting an ice storm tonight. It’s Spring, somewhere right?

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Before that happened, I wanted to get as much laundry done and the house cleaned from top to bottom- don’t ask why, it’s just how my brain works. And after that happened, we knew we would be stuck in the house through the evening and possibly tomorrow morning, so we grabbed a few things and went to the church for a couple of hours. The kiddos and husband played basketball, some stretching and running laps and I got my sweat on.

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While we were gone, I had a pork tenderloin thawing out and it was just about done when we got home. I had an idea for a recipe, but wasn’t sure how it turned out. Thankfully I took pictures along the way, because this was a winner!!

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I like my meat on the done side, not too juicy or I won’t eat it. So if you prefer your meat a little less “done,” I would cut the cooking time down. This was perfect for us!

*1 cup Sesame Sauce

*Curry powder (to taste)

*1 cup water

*Add water to the bottom of your instant pot, place meat in the water, season with curry powder and then cover with the sauce.

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Turn to manual, cook for 90 minutes and then do a quick release. This just fell apart, it was SO good!!! All of the kiddos loved it and requested seconds #success

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Now I’m sipping on this Post workout drink- you can drink it within an hour of finishing or before bed. Since I like having a little sweet treat at night, this is my favorite! And waking up not super sore is a win too!

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So now we wait. I am really hoping that we get more rain vs. ice tonight, but only time will tell. Keep your fingers crossed for us!!!