Leg day gone wrong!

Well last Saturday started off normal. We woke up, relaxed with some coffee and then headed to the gym. It was leg day so we rotate around using the different machines. While john was going calf raises, i was doing the isolated leg lifts. Apparently he finished before me and headed to machine to grab his towel and phone. I didn’t see him and i switched to begin my last rep using my left leg. As i was lifting my leg i felt some resistance. I turned and saw my husband holding his head. He removed the towel from his head and there was a lot of blood. The arm of the machine had put a gash right on the top of his head. John, being his usual self, finished his workout with me. We ran to the bank and then out to lunch. Stream of blood running down his head and all. Ugh we must have looked like a real trashy couple. We returned home and took showers. His head would not stop bleeding. Off to the ER we went. An hour and a half and 2 staples later he was good as new! Ugh i felt terrible but it was just a freak accident! No concussion thank goodness!

This was the machine arm
“Sir do you feel safe at home!?” 😂

Fresh food, fresh air & fitness!

This past weekend northeast Ohio experienced a fake spring. The weather was high 60’s/low 70’s. Absolutely perfect. My goal is always to get my bonus daughters outside and just enjoy nature. Unplug and get your bodies moving. My youngest was enjoying taking photos of the beautiful sky!

As well as moving our bodies and getting outside, we really try to get them to eat healthy. Both of them suffer with health issues and i want to teach them how much our diets effect every area of our lives. For the few days a month they are at our house we only eat at home. We don’t keep any junk food, processed food or prepackaged food in the house and we encourage lots of fruits and veggies. The girls always eat really well and always seem to enjoy what we cook them. Healthy food is delicious and cooking at home is sooooo much healthier than eating out. Even if it’s the exact same meal!

Walleye bites
Chicken and sweet potato chips
Sometimes the girls don’t want to go but we still make sure we get out and enjoy the beautiful day. Can’t push, just encourage!

My weight is going up!

I’m getting stronger and increasing the pounds I’m lifting. My legs and core are definitely stronger than my arms but I’m making progress! It’s the only time I’m happy to say my weight is going up 😂 !

After working out we try and make sure to stretch. The early mornings cut this a little shorter but on the weekends we take our time! John has definitely benefited from this. His hamstrings and back aren’t so tight and he is less sore after a long day of work!

Destressing after a busy week!

This week my oldest bonus daughter turned 16! We celebrated with family! Elizabeth chose sausage biscuit and gravy for her birthday meal and cobbler for her dessert. My husband made everything from scratch and it was delicious as usual!

This week at work started off normal but mid week my nanny boy fell ill. He was miserable and it broke my heart. My nanny girls and i stayed busy, while the little guy rested upstairs with his mom. He went to the doctor and we found out he had strep. Never fun at any age! Friday the oldest had her valentines party at school and she was so excited to show me all the treats and cards she received.

Mom completed part 2 of her cataract surgery. Both parts went great and she can already see so much better!

John and i continue to workout daily. We try to have a good mix of cardio, lifting and stretching. As always we continue to cook healthy and fresh food!

We also celebrate our 3 year dating anniversary by just hanging out and enjoying doing what we love together!

Mahi Mahi tacos
FF ground turkey, peppers, GF noodles
Soup
Salad
Cheesy chicken ranch
Stuffed acorn squash
Beef tips, veggies, GF noodles
Spaghetti spaghetti squash, GF baguette
Protein coffee after morning workout
New healthy snacks. Jury is still out on these 😂

Getting back to normal….

Ok so the pain in my side is not going away but it’s dull compared to what it was at the beginning of the week. Is this all hernia related or is it the endometriosis? Either way i need to learn how to live a normal life without increasing the pain.

Saturday morning we went to the gym. I had not worked out for 5 days and my body doesn’t love that. I just did a nice easy mile walk. I did some arm exercises with the lightest dumbbells they had and not too many sets. Low impact but better than no impact! Also wore colored leggings for the first time ever!

Saturday evening our friends invited us over for dinner. They both work in the medical field and have been so great in giving me advice on my current situation.

They made creamy Italian pasta for dinner. It was all gluten free and they made mine separate with bacon instead of sausage and my sauce didn’t have garlic in it. Lol 😂 darn allergies but they are so awesome to make me a plate of my own. We also had salad and delicious GF cheddar biscuits. For dessert we brought a GF blueberry cobbler. Oh my goodness paired with some vanilla ice cream, it was perfect! Proud of my husband for putting it all together!

After dinner we played two games and shared lots of laughs. We played Mixed Doubles and Farkle. Both games were new to us but easy to learn. John loved Farkle because he is a gambling man. He also won so i guess gambling is a good idea.

My day wasn’t pain free, but it was nice to get off the couch. Hoping to continue to take steps forward over the next few days and also resting as much as possible!

Second week of the year has been a doozy!

We started off having a pretty awesome weekend….short lived 🤣

I have been craving spaghetti squash! We browned some lean ground turkey and added Cleveland’s own marinara sauce. Johnny cooked the squash in the instant pot….only 10 minutes which is amazing! It was even better than i remembered! We need to have this more often!

I’m definitely a creature of habit when it comes to eating. I love to start my day with eggs and toast. This weekend i decided to switch things up and i made some protein pancakes. I didn’t want the extra calories from syrup so i just flavored with a little bit of butter and cinnamon. They were really good!

Sunday night we had pork chops, mixed veggies and some low carb noodles!

Monday we had steak, asparagus and brown rice!

Wednesday night we made stuffed acorn squash. Oh my goodness this was so delicious!

Are you all wondering why this week was a “doozy?” Well starting Monday i was having horrible pains in my side. I still worked and coached but i was afraid to workout because i didn’t know what the pain was. Wednesday night i went to bed and about an hour later i woke up with excruciating pain on my lift side. This continued THE ENTIRE NIGHT! I was exhausted. John had been trying to get me to go to the ER all night. Finally fell back asleep a little after 5 and woke up to the alarm at 6am. Felt terrible. John (with the help of my boss) finally talked me into going to the ER. Also mom said it might be a good idea.

We walked in a little before 7am and they took me back immediately! What!? The nurse shared with us that for weeks now the wait has been anywhere from 8-18 hours!!!!! Phew we got lucky!

The ran blood work, urine and did a CT! We hung out waiting for results. They gave me some IV fluids but i refused pain medication. While laying around the Brookpark squad brought in a young lady who was definitely on drugs. Five police officers stood outside her room. She was mean and nasty to everyone but it was entertaining for all. She was also demanding food. She would say things like “But do y’all got any food!? I know you have food. This is a hospital right? I could go for some lasagna. You’re fat. You’re a bitch. I need my medicine NOW.” You get the gist. One police officer asked if i wanted my door closed. Um no I’m fully enjoying this show! i will add she received a hot breakfast from downstairs pretty quick. Meanwhile i was starving 🤣

After about 3 hours we had all my results. Only thing they found was a small hernia but that’s it. Super happy nothing major was wrong but not happy to endure this pain with no answers. Bottom line I’m healthy and will continue to live a healthy life.

John made me a yummy grilled cheese sandwich and some chicken noodle soup for dinner. Comfort food makes everything better!

Friday showed some improvement but still definitely in pain. I’m taking ibuprofen which is helping and i finally was able to sleep. For dinner we made steak fajitas. Praying this weekend continues to move in the right direction!

Happy Healthy Halloween

Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean we need to eat crap!!!! My husband and i made the family some chicken and rice stuffed peppers (Halloween style) and some sugar free pumpkin cupcake muffins (with a few chocolate chips sprinkled in) for dessert! Healthy doesn’t have to taste bad!!! Enjoy life and don’t deprive yourself of good food, just learn how to adapt and make healthier versions!!!