Just Like Dad Used To Make


Breakfast on Saturday was quinoa and berries! I really think I can eat this all the time and not get tired of it. Seriously, I make a big batch on Sunday's in my pressure cooker, and simply take 1 cup of frozen mixed berries and 1 cup of quinoa, microwave it for 2 minutes, mix and eat. Sometimes I put a dollop of non-dairy yogurt on top (when I have it). Good stuff, I'm telling ya.

Lunch was toast with sun butter, sliced banana, and drizzles of agave. Very reminiscent of something my dad made for me as a kid (peanut butter, banana, and honey sammiches)! Of course we can't have PB in this house and I don't eat honey anymore, but this is just like Dad used to make! It's also my fav pre-run meal.

Dinner was out with the family! A is home from college, so we went to a little Italian place that happens to also have a vegan menu. I had Gardein “Chicken” Marsala with Mushrooms and a salad. My dish was not pretty, but it was exceptionally tasty.

Breakfast this morning was a green smoothie and lunch, I'm not (too) ashamed to admit, was an Amy's vegan frozen cheeze pizza. I know, highly uninspired, but I was not in the mood to cook.

This evening I'm working on a couple new dishes, so stayed tuned!


I love having the little bit of extra time on the weekends. R and I ended up skipping the hike (too wet outside still), but I did get in an awesome run. It was sunny and the temps were about 60 – totally perfect. After the run was a strength routine and an ab routine (ala FitOrbit).

Today I went to a hot yoga class. I'm a little sore, so it felt that much better.


It's been a pretty low key weekend. D went to pick A up from University and she's home for her spring break week! While he was doing that, I ran errands and worked out. Then we went to dinner, and were in bed by 10!

Today was another very simple day. Yoga, laundry, prepping fruits, veggies, and grains for quick meals during the week, a movie (watched the Hurt Locker…didn't like it…), and pj's by 3pm. Can't complain.

I will be having a giveaway later this week, so stay tuned! It's a new cookbook, and I'm working through several recipes so I can have a good sense of it. So far, so good, so keep reading for a chance to win!


My Florida Adventure


Well, I just spent the last week in Florida! I had oatmeal and bananas for breakfast every morning in my room, a banana and granola for lunch (the conference was a healthy-food desert), and vendor sponsored dinners every night – of which I had some variation of salad most of the time.

When I was out on my own, food got a little more interesting! Veggie flat bread, falafel, stuffed greek peppers, black bean soup and a great lentil/hummus/tabbouleh/pita dish (that was in Morocco at Epcot!).

Since I’ve been home, it’s been pretty much all FitOrbit meals and fresh juice.

one of the toys I got at the conference.  A water bottle with a center you can fill with fruit!  Today I used cucumber slices


My workouts consisted of the hotel gym treadmill, a few body weight workouts (burpees, sit ups, pushups, etc), and YogaGlo.com classes on my laptop in my hotel.

Oh, and according to my FitBit, I walked TWENTY SEVEN MILES in three days. Yep, gotta love a gigantic conference room floor!

So speaking of the FitBit….I have to send mine back. Yes, I am one of the lucky FitBit Force owners who have gotten the contact dermatitis/burns on my wrist from wearing it. It breaks my heart – because I love it – but it’s tearing up my arm and needs to be returned. They’ve recalled them and aren’t selling them anymore either because this is apparently a little more common than originally thought. Ugh.


Oh gee, where to start? The conference itself was awesome. I went to to some great sessions (the favorite of mine being a congressional panel discussing upcoming possible legislation around what I do), met with dozens and dozens of vendors, did a scavenger hunt for a Vespa (didn’t win, but it was fun), and went to a ton of evening events.

as a Vet, I loved that this is even a thing!  I went and ended up meeting with some newly discharged vets to give advice as an “experienced health IT professional”.  This felt great to do.
a very small sampling of the conf room floor.  Each of these are vendor booths that develop tools and technologies to try and make care better

I also tweeted the heck out of everything, which was fun.

my tweet was scrolling on the big screen just before Hillary Clinton came on stage!  I was so proud 🙂
Oh, and the main keynote speaker on Wednesday was Hillary Clinton. I was in the front row (off to the side) and very much enjoyed the hour. I didn’t like some of the questions that strayed from the topic (healthcare technologies), but she redirected everything back to the topic at hand, which I appreciated.

To highlight a few fun ones…..

One vendor did a fun night and had an ice sculpture that was a luge for martinis. They’d mix them, pour them in the luge into your glass, and you’d have a chilled martini! I did not partake, but thought it was cool.

Another sent limos and a car service to collect you and bring you to a lakeside firepit bourbon tasting, wine tasting, and cigar rolling evening. I had the wine. It was good. Car service to and from my hotel was much appreciated as well.

Then there was the river boat, balloon ride, and Irish pub evening. Probably the most fun of the vendor nights, though they were all nice.

Thursday after my morning sessions (the conference ended), I met up with my Aunt/Godmother and Uncle for lunch! It was a very nice time – my Uncle B constantly ribs my food pics on FB. All in good fun, of course. It was nice to catch up.

Thursday eve I saw a friend of mine that moved to FL last year. KD and I went to Taverna Opa, and it was a blast. Belly dancers, sparklers, shots, and table dancing….and that was pretty much everyone in the place! Flying napkins and shouts of “Opa” ensued.

Friday I spent my solo day at Epcot. I walked through the world showcase twice, sampled some beverages, shopped, took in the arts, movies, and performances of each country, and had a very nice time.

Believe it or not, I was in bed before midnight every night.

I came home Saturday and other than my normal grocery and food day yesterday, have been home with the family. Today was work from home – school was canceled for snow/sleet/ice storms. All told, I’m really happy to be home.

Welcome to the Sunshine State!


This week when I was still at home, I stuck to the quinoa and berry breakfast. I know I love it, I can make bunches in advance and take to work (which I did), and I sincerely don't mind eating the same thing every morning. A lot of the other recipes sound amazing, and when I have free time in the kitchen on the weekends, I plan on checking them out. For now, simple is good!

I'm traveling for work this week, so that's going to be a bit of a challenge. I'm staying in a condo with a full kitchen, so I stopped at the grocery last night. I picked up some Nature's Path Optimum Power Blueberry Cinnamon Flax oatmeal, bananas, and sea salt (butter less, of course) popcorn.

In my few meals out (I just got here yesterday), I've opted for salads mostly, and today also had some hummus with crispy flatbread.

I have all vendor-sponsored dinners this week, and there's not usually many healthy options. Whenever possible, I'll pre-eat a salad or something, just so I don't end up with anything I'll regret later.


I hit up the hotel gym this morning for a run. I really wanted to run outside in the warm Florida morning – but I didn't prepare to figuring out how to carry my hotel room card, phone, etc.

After my run, I did an ab sequence from FitOrbit.

I also walked an additional 8 miles by wandering around Busch Gardens in Tampa and Downtown Disney in Orlando. I love my FitBit and FitOrbit combination!


Well, I'm out of town for the week. I'm in Orlando for a conference, and admittedly, 1-2 days of much needed R&R. I took off yesterday morning, had a direct flight here, and killed time in Downtown Disney until my condo was ready, around 2.

I had a wonderful dinner with my Aunt and Uncle who live in FL most of the year and back home in WI the rest.

Yesterday was also my son's first formal dance! Thankfully D took many pics since I wasn't there 😦

I fell asleep watching Shrek 3 on ABC family last night in my hotel – I was beat. Woke this morning, worked out, cleaned up, and headed out to check into the conference. From there, it was mostly driving as I went into Tampa to go to Busch Gardens. Honestly, I only stayed an hour. Ours in VA is much nicer and bigger. There weren't any places to just sit and relax and read – which is really what I wanted to do. So I went back to Orlando, grabbed a late lunch/early dinner, wandered around some more, then headed back to my room!

And now, it's only 7, and I'm ready for bed. It's going to be a long week, so I may as well get some while I can, right??

So I leave this some pics!


Realizing I Don’t HAVE To Do Everything Myself

I'm going to start outside of my normal format, just for a quick update. In an effort to not only stay on track with healthy eating and exercising, but also to remove all of the time of planning out of my hectic schedule, I have become a member of FitOrbit. I realized this past week when I finally verbalized how insane and overwhelming my schedule has become that it was time to take the guesswork out of healthy eating and exercising, and let someone ELSE plan for a change. It's tailored to me and my goals, and my personal trainer seems pretty cool thus far. Anyway, unless specified, the meals will be based off my meal plan (so I can't share the recipes). I will have my own meals in there as time permits, but will stay within the caloric and nutritional ranges of assigned meals. Anyway, since my go-lives will run through the end of July, I plan to stick with this until at least then – when I may have a bit more breathing room in my life. I'll write about my thoughts on them as an organization along the way…


Breakfast yesterday was a quinoa and blueberry dish! It was really, really good, and the only change I made was to use frozen mixed berries instead of fresh blueberries. Not a big change, to be sure. This dish is a total keeper.

Lunch was also incredible. I had a southwestern pita, with pinto beans, daiya cheese, salsa, and romaine.

I did my own dinner, which was leftover tofu pineapple stir fry.

Breakfast this morning was some Irish oatmeal. It was tasty, but not as filling as the quinoa breakfast yesterday and I found myself hungry before lunch. That tends to happen with me when I eat oatmeal though.

I had black bean chili for lunch today – but I forgot to take a picture! Another yummy dish.

So far, and it's only been two days, here's what I like:

*the meals are created for me based on my dietary preferences and any fitness goals. That makes me very happy, so things I'm allergic to, like apples, or things I just won't eat, like meat, dairy, or nuts, are excluded.

*I can star meals that I really enjoy so my trainer knows it's ok to give me that meal again.

*I can comment on a meal also, so she can take my feedback into consideration when making my next set of meals.

*I can swap out what I'm assigned based on what I want, what I have on hand, or what's easiest for me. That's what I did today at lunch!

*I can indicate “restaurant meal” and enter a name and zip code, and it will pop up with known menu items that are healthy. That's a neat feature.

*I get a grocery list, which makes it easier for me when I'm shopping.

What I don't like:

*I don't find the nutritional content provided robust enough. I personally like to track calories, fat, carbs, fiber, sugar, and protein. FitOrbit does not display fiber and sugar – so I have to research and calculate that myself.


Okay, so no FitOrbit update here, other than I filled out a profile of my specific goals when it comes to fitness (strength training that won't bore me to death, etc), and the days I have free to work out. I'm then matched to a trainer – an actual real life person – and we email and work together to find workouts that I will do. So for example, I have a treadmill, a bike trainer, small dumbbells, a balance ball, and exercise bands. That's it for personal equipment. She's still able to create circuit training for me on weekdays when I very much need to work out at home – and then maybe something more complicated that requires a gym on the weekends when I have the freedom to go. I really like that personalized attention.

Aside from that, I'm sticking to my running training plan, so even though it wasn't a FitOrbit workout day yesterday, I still went running. And it was a good run too! I was really tired yesterday and not sure I had it in me, but sure enough, it was exactly what I needed.

Today is an off day. Mid week is my toughest time, so a resting humpday is a good thing!


While busy, yesterday and today have been good ones. I got home around 8:30 last night, but had a hard time winding myself down to sleep. Same thing happened on Monday – I was up until 1 am just trying to fall asleep! I hate it when that happens (which for me, comes in waves, but I tend to not sleep that well).

Today I had early meetings, but then a big break between a presentation at an executive work group, and a dinner meeting on the other end of town. I know I could be doing something else, but doing a quick blog post seemed like a good idea!

So that's it for now – I leave you with pictures of casserole kitties, morning school drop off, and a “monkey” on my back!