What a great night!

Music is my escape…there is a song for every mood. I absolutely love going to concerts. Last night was an amazing night! I saw Bon Jovi at the United Center and it was one of his best shows! bonjovi-042718-03The crowd was electrified; singing and dancing with every song! (The people watching…just wow!) He even came into the crowd and sang two songs!! Can you imagine that??? So cool!!

It was a well-deserved night after going to the doctors the day before…yep…I’m back in the boot. Ugh. He didn’t like all the swelling and the continued pain I was in. He is worried it will delay my recovery if I don’t keep it immobile. Two steps forward and one step back. He told me to be patient…I did laugh out loud with that one. Ugh…it will never end. Anyways, I have several more concerts I’m going to this summer…ending my summer with Pearl Jam at Wrigley!!!!! Whoop! ❤️

Enjoy your Friday!!

Peace ✌🏼


Must Love Food

I grew up having dinner on the table most nights (something that is missing from today’s society….but that is a different post). My Nonnie would come over and help my mom cook this amazing Italian meal every Sunday (family day); I can still smell the sauce cooking on the stove. Their love for cooking has definitely rubbed off on me. I love to cook…hell I love food! I can make a damn good steak (reversed sear is the ONLY way to make a filet) with roasted green beans and yummy sweet potatoes. (Damn my mouth is watering). Cooking for people makes me happy!  During the workweek, I honestly don’t have much time to cook. Between work and my kids’ activities, I’m happy to be home by 8 on most nights. So on the weekends, I try to cook as much as possible and have some meals ready for the week. I’ll cook a few chicken breasts to have on hand for a salad or to go with the yummy roasted veggies I have in the oven right now. (Omg the smell is amazing!!! I sprinkled some evoo and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and toss them in the oven. When they are close to being done, I’ll toss a little white balsamic vinegar on top-Delizioso!  If I don’t meal prep, I tend to eat like crap or I go out to eat.  It has become a part of my weekend routine so I can eat better and stick to my goals.

I am always looking for good, easy recipes that are made from whole foods and don’t take hours to make. If you have a fav, please share!!! I have the best roasted sweet potato recipe-cubed SP, drizzled with evoo, sea salt, cumin, chili pepper, cayenne pepper and roast until done! I make a huge batch with that and eat it with my omelet or have them for dinner. Super easy but so darn good; Tons of flavor! I love food so I try to keep it healthy most of the time. (Otherwise, I would be huge). Once in a while, I just have to make a cheesecake. I haven’t made one in a really long time…thinking I might just have to make that sometime soon-maybe I need to figure out how to make a single serving of it. lol

Eating well helps me stay on track to reach my health and fitness goals. It really is a huge part to my overall fitness. I know when I eat like crap, I feel like crap. It’s pretty simple, really. Eat well, feel well. I am not perfect nor do I preach to others about how they eat. I eat like crap sometimes, but I sure do hate it afterwards. But hey…we are all human. 😊

I am going to try to eat an avocado each day.  I recently acquired a taste for those things…up until now, it was guac only (I know…odd).  I knew they were good for you but after I read this article, they are amazing for you!  Check the article out!

I would love to hear your recipes or your go-to meals! I love to try new things out!

Have a great Sunday!  The sun was out for a few minutes…there is hope after all for us to get a Spring!

Peace ✌🏼

F#%kin’ Tacos

Tacos and cookies and everything else that’s delicious yet not good for us. Your food choices; It can make or break your health and fitness goals. Let’s be honest, who eats healthy every single day??? I wish I could 🙋🏻‍♀️ but I can’t. Why? I love tacos and cookies and everything else that’s delicious. I do eat well…better than many but sometimes…I just have to have a f#%kin’ taco. The key is moderation. I’m not going to eat 10 tacos or a box of cookies but I will make better choices. If I know I’m going to have desert, I will skip the bad carbs at dinner and eat more protein and veggies. That way I won’t feel bad for my choices. I don’t like to call them cheat meals because then I feel like I’m doing something bad. Too many times, food is tied to so much emotional garbage and it’s due to how we view it and ourselves. Just stop…life is too short to shame ourselves. If you want that cookie, eat it. Just don’t eat the entire box and add some more protein/veggies to your meal first. I find that I tend to stick to better eating when I allow myself to do this because I don’t feel guilty. Planning my meals helps a lot but allow yourself to have some flexibility. It’s a lifestyle not a diet. I choose to eat well and exercise because it makes me feel good. Seriously…how can one say no to Taco Tuesday?!? They are so damn good!

Peace ✌🏼

Baby Steps

I have been going bonkers not exercising, so I put on my brace (the boot would have been too heavy) and did some work on the floor with resistance bands. I was only able to do part of the 80 Day Obsession (AAA) program because the rest was standing. So I did “Girl” push-ups and crunches, oblique crunches, and Spider-Man pushups (modified). Baby steps…but happy I’m finally doing something and my foot isn’t throbbing. Yay!

Peace ✌🏼

Happy Birthday to Me 🎂

It’s been a while so I decided to write on my birthday. It’s my last year before I turn 50. 😳 How the hell did I get this old?? I don’t feel it at all!

48 was a crazy year! A lot has happened this past year…I mean A LOT! I graduated with my masters- YAY!!! By far one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. Needless to say, I’m done with school for a LONG TIME!!! Which is ironic…hard to do when you’re a teacher but I’ll stick with being in front of the class for a while.

There has been a lot of ups and downs this year but the biggest thing I have learned throughout it all is my health needs to be a priority; both physically and emotionally. I was diagnosed with anxiety; which really didn’t surprise me. I was overwhelmed with everything and what do I do when I become overwhelmed? I withdraw and I avoid; it was my coping mechanism. Not the best way to deal with things but it was a way to protect myself; protect myself from being hurt, from being overwhelmed, from letting my feelings consume me. My thoughts and fears were overwhelming at times…I didn’t know how to handle it so I withdrew…from everything and everyone. I also lashed out at the people closest to me; not proud of that, at all. I will figure out how to apologize to those I have upset or hurt through all of this. It’s not me, it’s not who I am and I hate that I have hurt them. I also learned I tend to absorb other people’s stress, especially from those closest to me! It caused more havoc with my emotions. I was a hot mess.

I am working on a being a better version of myself. I am seeing a therapist, exercising regularly, eating healthy, sleeping…well I try but I still need to work on that one. 🙄 This new exercise program I am doing is seriously crushing my abs, ass and arms. I love it! It uses weights, resistance bands, and slides for an intense whole body workout. It’s awesome! I am a work in progress!!!! Progress not perfection! I forgot how much I love exercising; it keeps me grounded!

ha ha that cracked me up because we all do it! Like I said…I am a work in progress! Not bad for a 49 year old…I will keep plugging along!

Quiet-it’s new to me. And I don’t mean outside noise level; the quiet that comes when your mind isn’t racing every minute you’re awake. I am working on being present. A concept so difficult to do when your brain won’t slow down. I’ve been in this state for so long, it was so hard to be present. It’s difficult to explain-It’s hard to slow down because you don’t want your mind to race. You hate the feeling because it consumes you. So I tried not to stop. I would continue to take on more and more so I would be constantly busy. I know when I did stop, I would fall asleep; partly because it’s exhausting having my mind race all the time and partly because I didn’t want to think. Ahhh…horrible cycle. One that I didn’t know I was in and definitely didn’t know how to stop it. I’m slowly figuring it out and so much more…thankfully! I’m learning balance; the balance I need within myself. My family and friends have been my rock and I am forever grateful for their love and support.❤️

I have a lot of things planned this year that I am really looking forward to-a couple concerts (Bon Jovi and Pearl Jam at Wrigley-I. Can’t. Wait. I am seriously giddy about seeing PJ), a few vacations, and of course, seeing a cubs game or two! So 49 is looking to be pretty damn good!!

Cheers 🍻


I have become OBSESSED with a couple of things lately. I have gone full-blown, all in on working out lately. I finished the #21dayfix and absolutely loved it. It is a great full-body workout. It really is!  I recently discovered a different program that I have become obsessed with…truly obsessed. It’s called #PiYo. AMAZING!!! It is a combination of low impact cardio, yoga, and Pilates. Now I know…low impact cardio…big deal.  Yoga…no problem. Pilates…got it!  All easy…all good. Boy was I wrong. I am DRIPPING sweat after every workout. I mean soaked…oz always tries to lick me afterwards. He caught me one day as I was trying to take a picture of us together…right on the ear 😜 Goofy boy! 💕


I am also becoming more flexible which I was struggling with lately. It makes me feel so good afterwards! PiYo rocks!  Someone recently told me I am losing too much weight; which really worried me because that wasn’t my goal for working out. My goal was to improve my health and become stronger and more toned. My scale is broken so I had no way of knowing what I weighed. I did notice my clothes are fitting  looser and I was able to get a size smaller in a pair of jeans so I thought…maybe I have lost too much weight. I am working out 5/6 days a week…so maybe. Nope. I had a doctor’s appointment on Friday and I have only lost 1 pound. That’s it! BUT I am stronger and leaner so it looks like I lost all this weight. Just proves you can’t go by what the scale tells you. You have to go by how you feel and how your clothes fit you…not just the number glaring at you as you step on the scale. I feel awesome!  I can’t wait to continue to use this program. I am determined to get all the moves without modification. Some are hard as hell but I will get it!  When I do, I will post a video of me doing some! (Or maybe one of my epic fails…hey atleast I’m trying!)

My second obsession…music. Which I know…isn’t new to me. I have always loved music. I am just a little obsessed with listening to music all the time now. It’s my escape (besides working out). I am discovering new music and believe it or not…even country music. 😳 I know…shocked me too! I love LOVE this new song called Setting The World on Fire by Kenney Chesney and P!NK. I have always loved her and this song does not disappoint! Just awesome!!! Here is the link to the song…you gotta check it out!

It’s late…until next time!

Update: I did #PiYo strength intervals today and nailed one move I have been struggling with-kept falling after one rep.  In the routine you have to go back and forth alternating which way you twist and then extend the leg.  Today I did the entire sequence without falling or stopping! Boom! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 Yes, I am dripping sweat…it’s one hell of a workout!