When I think of comfort food, the first thing that comes to mind is backyard grilling (yes, I made my husband go outside to grill in the middle of winter). I’ve been craving a homemade burger since the summer, so I went to our local country store today to get fresh ground hamburger meat along with some other goodies. I have tried at least 10 different recipes on my mission to make the best hamburger and I finally concocted a recipe that would blow Bubba’s Burgers out of the water. This asparagus recipe is bomb, too. Get all the details below!
Big V’s Burgers:
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp teriyaki sauce
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp stone- ground mustard or Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp of onion flakes (much easier than dicing or chopping a regular onion)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 lb lean ground beef
Directions: Oil and heat grill to medium. Add top 7 ingredients together, mix well. Add beef. Mix all ingredients together with fork or hands (hands are more fun). Cook for about 5-7 minutes per side or until no longer pink. Place burger on a toasted wheat bun. Enjoy!
Parmesan Crusted Asparagus:
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup parmesan
- salt & pepper to taste
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a gallon size zip lock bag. Toss asparagus in bag to coat with mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 min or wrap in tinfoil and cook on grill with burgers. Enjoy!
I finally worked up enough courage to share some of my before and after pictures of my first round of the 21 Day Fix. Pictures that aren’t flattering, taken in the worst lighting, or not filtered through Instagram are a scary thing these days.
I’ll be honest, the first few days of 21 Day Fix are pretty difficult. My first workout was Lower Body. I’m not kidding when I say I couldn’t get up off the couch without using my Great Dane as a crutch. I had a headache from cutting out sugar and changing my eating habits. I was constantly hungry. My mood swings weren’t great (sorry friends & family!). I kept repeating the saying “it will get worse before it gets better” and read just about every motivational quote I could find online. Guess what… those ridiculous posts were 100% true. I started on a Monday and by Friday I felt like super woman. My body started to adjust to eating better, which led to stronger workouts and energy. It feels so incredibly good to know that I am taking care of my body, eating healthy, and I can actually feel myself getting stronger every day. I just finished bench pressing my car. ; )
The top row of pictures were taken two weeks before I started the 21 day fix. I just received my bridesmaid dress in the mail, so naturally I had to model it and take pictures to send to my mom. No alterations were needed. The bottom row of pictures were taken at the SEAMSTRESS just two weeks after I started the 21 day fix. That’s right… I needed to have the dress taken in at least 3 inches. Isn’t that crazy?! If you ever doubt your progress, simply post side by side pictures to compare. It’s a huge slap in the face (plus a pat on the back for having a slammin’ body now!).
During my first round of the fix, I lost 5 inches total and 9 lbs. I gained an appreciation for my body, a positive mindset and self confidence. Not. Too. Shabby.
High five to all you party people out there that aren’t afraid to post your #nofilter pictures. You, my friend, rock.
Don’t be afraid to send me an email for more information on the 21 day fix. I want to help you! firstname.lastname@example.org
A new year. A new slate. A new you. We’ve heard it all before, but why do all the positive vibes die down by January 3rd? Fun fact- over 90% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions will never reach their goal. I bet you won’t see that as a meme on Facebook.
All of those motivation quotes featuring people running into the sunset or urging you to be more creative, organized or to save money should all come with a warning. Reaching goals are hard and humans are lazy. Why force yourself to make changes in your life when its so much easier to “Netflix & Chill?” I’ll be the first one to admit that I start racking my brain for every excuse under the sun to stop as soon as a workout becomes too challenging. However, I need to get in my daily fitness-related hashtags on Instagram so I keep going. We rarely see pictures posted of people forcing their hands out of the chip bag or peeling themselves off the couch in their ratty pajamas. Instead, we see buff bods in the latest trending fitness apparel all over social media. Don’t get me wrong these pics can be motivational, but they can also be intimidating and set up false expectations. My point is this if we rely on just inspiring quotes and #fitspo to reach our goals we most likely won’t make it to the finish line and will end up being disappointing in ourselves. Wait… There’s still hope!! Don’t give up just yet!!
Here are some tried & true ways to eliminate setting unrealistic expectations and for starting 2016 out on the right foot.
- What is your why? Think about the reason you chose to make that particular resolution. Health concerns? Children? Spouse? Bank account? Knowing what motivates Y O U is going to be the driving force behind your goal.
- Choose 1 or 2 goals at most. Make these goals SPECIFIC and set up a time line for what you want to achieve and when. Set up notifications on your phone, re-write your goal every week, stick post its in your car or on the fridge. Remind yourself of your goals daily.
- Practice Patience- Big changes or even small changes take time. Don’t expect results or habits to change over night. If you know ahead of time that your goals will take days, weeks or months to reach, then you are ready to commit for the results.
- Brace yourself for a set back- Like the Aaliyah song (Try Again)- “If at first you don’t succeed, Dust yourself off and try again, You can dust it off and try again.” Enough said.
- Celebrate small victories- Sometimes its best not to look at the big picture. Celebrate every single small step that it takes to get to where you want to be or the goals you set for yourself. It’s all part of the journey, embrace it.
- Phone a friend. Make yourself stay accountable by partnering with a friend, co-worker, spouse, dog (I’m not judging), or neighbor who shares generally the same goal as you. Research shows that we are more likely to stick with a plan if we are held responsible by another person or group. Plus, walking with someone is a great time to catch up on gossip.
So long 2015, hello 2016 you beautiful thing.
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