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A special message to all the busy moms out there

Hi to my fellow busy moms!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written something other than sharing a recipe but I feel inspired and I want to also send along warm wishes to all the moms who cross my path for a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I’ve also got a treat for you so read on!

As moms, caregivers, mothers, aunts, grandmas etc., we often put everyone else first.  I did this for many years and still do on many levels.  What took me a long time to get used to was to take time out for ME to take care of ME.  My kids were small, I was overweight and miserable and I didn’t want to leave my house much less put on a bathing suit and frolic with my kids in the water.  I ached and I felt old.  Every day it was the same hustle and bustle:

  • rush around getting everyone sorted out
  • making sure there was dinner planned
  • making sure homework got done
  • double checking that no one would leave the house with messy clothing ((gasp))
  •  keeping everything running
  • cleaning up

And after all that was done there was the usual plop onto the couch and a treat because I’d had a rough day.  I deserved it and I needed that reward.  If you’d ask me back then I’d probably come up with excuses as to why I weighed over 200lbs (although I probably didn’t know how much I weighed) and they made perfect sense to me.

Then I got fed up…are you fed up? (Well, hopefully not fed up with this post but I mean are you tired of being sick and tired?) I had to buy an outfit for my company Christmas party and nothing looked good.  I still hate the picture of me in that outfit.  I decided to make a change.  It started with changing how I was eating.  It start with Eat to Live.  That added some planning and time in the kitchen to cook my meals along with my family’s meals but it was worth it and I’m pretty good at multi-tasking in the kitchen.  Maybe less couch time too.

Things went well and I felt better.  But when it came time to devote to exercise it was harder.  I needed to carve out some real time to get it done.  Luckily I found T-Tapp and if I was really busy I could commit to just 15 minutes.  Sometimes it was hard to be able to focus and not be interrupted but it was a decision to put myself first and at times it felt selfish…but we deserve it and we need it!

After many years and a great deal of transformation I’m still a work in progress and I think we all are until the day we take our last breath.  But you know what…I’m so happy when I am able to help someone else break out of their rut and I love it when I hear busy moms tell me how great they feel or how well things are going with the exercise or eating plan even though it feels like everything else is going crazy around them.

As moms we will always deal with the worries and the duties that never seem to end but I know for a fact that when we take the time to put ourselves first even if it’s only for 15 minutes each day our family benefits.

This Mother’s Day I’ll be busy most of the day at a show and my biggest wish is to offer some hope and encouragement to some moms I will have the pleasure of meeting and chatting with.  I won’t see my boys until later in the evening but I know it will all be worth it in the end.

As a special gift to all the busy moms that cross my path tomorrow and those who read this blog post I’d like to extend these special offers to you as a thank you for following/liking/reading anything I put out there.  I would love to help you get your transformation started and help you with your weight loss or exercise goals.

A big high five to all the busy moms out there!! Have a fabulous Mother’s Day…lots of love from me to you! Enjoy the special offers too!

Banana Colada Smoothie

I usually have berries in my smoothies but once in a while I like a change and this one hits the spot. It reminds me of a pina colada but much healthier.

2 ripe bananas
1 thick slice of fresh pineapple (1-2 inches thick)
1 tbsp dried coconut (unsweetened)
1/4 to 1/2 cup almond milk
10 ice cubes
baby spinach (optional, if you want to boost the nutrient content)

Blend this all in the Vitamix and enjoy!

This is super tasty and it reminds me of a tropical vacation.

Raph’s Burgers

I made these twice last week and they disappeared. They’re so tasty and very easy to make. My older son asked me to make more and to tell him how to make them so he can make more in case I can’t. They must be good :) I know they are and I figured you might like them as well.

I don’t have a picture of them because they disappear so fast. They are also very fast and easy to make.

Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Burgers…aka…Raph’s Burgers

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 can black beans
1 large or two small sweet potatoes
1/2 cup salsa, spaghetti sauce or crushed tomatoes (more or less)
hot sauce to taste…i like chipotle hot sauce
chili powder (start with 1 tsp and adjust to taste)
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 tsp garlic powder

Start by boiling the water and adding the quinoa once the water starts boiling. Cook for 5-7 minutes until done. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Poke the sweet potato about three times with a knife and microwave for 7 minutes or a bit more until done.

Rinse the beans and drain them. Smash them with a potato masher in a bowl. Grab the sweet potato, peel it, cut it into cubes while it’s still hot and add it to the bowl. Add the cooked quinoa, green onion and the rest of the ingredients.

Mix it around and if it’s a bit dry add a bit more salsa or sauce or crushed tomatoes. It should be moist enough to hold together into a patty. Using the warm quinoa and sweet potato helps it all stick together. I’ve never needed to use a binder.

Spray a baking sheet with a light coating of oil so things don’t stick. Grab your burger mix and roll about a tennis ball sized mound (maybe a bit less) in your hands then flatten to a little less than one inch. You will probably get more than eight burgers out of this.

Bake at 350 degrees until they are dry to the touch and but still moist inside…you don’t want to make chalk!

Ok…now go make these…they’re worth it!