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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Days 8-14 #100DaysofRevivingFitness

Hey everyone!  Here's a recap of the last 7 days (a brief video update and a breakdown of the days).  You can also follow my journey here.  What are YOU doing?  I'd love to hear from you!

Today (DAY 8) was a bit rough. Trey woke up at 3am and didn't go back to sleep until 7am and woke up just in time for my doctor's appointment not long after. I thought about doing my workout during his afternoon nap but I decided to take a nap myself. Since, I didn't get my workout in today, I'll double up tomorrow--life happens, right? BUT, I did try a delicious dish for dinner tonight. Kung Pao Chickpeas over Quinoa--YUM! You can get the recipe HERE .

DAY 9 of #100DaysofRevivingFitness and I had two workouts to do. Today was a #PiYo Sweat & Lower Body day...whew! Remind me to not miss another workout again so I don't have to double up in the future . But I'm glad I'm all caught up now. 

Okay, time for a confession....as a Team Beachbody Coach, I'm a bit embarrassed confess this, but I've gotten behind on my #Shakeology consumption. As you can see from the bottom left picture, I have a few bags to go through. With a lot of traveling and a "you know it's really good for you but you just don't use it" mentality...I've let my Shakeology go by the wayside. BUT, since I've started the 100 Days of Reviving Fitness challenge, I've been drinking a shake a day and I'm excited to see the changes over the next few weeks/months. I know it's good for me and that it can help change my body from the inside out because I experienced it first-hand when I consistently drank it earlier in the year. Now it's time to get back on track. I think I'm going to make some tasty treats with extra .#GettingHealthy

DAY 10. Today was a big family and friends day for us. Family breakfast, baby shower for two little ones, birthday party for another two little ones, and relaxing at home after. I slept in a bit this morning, so I'll shift my#PiYo workout to tomorrow (my scheduled rest day). I also ate some cheese today--no big deal, but it's paying a toll on my stomach...already! Or maybe it was the sugar...Well, tomorrow's a new day .#100DaysofRevivingFitness #GettingHealthy

Today is DAY 11 of my #100DaysofRevivingFitnessjourney. It was my first time doing the Core workout for#PiYo--it was a great workout. I was really surprised by how quickly time passed. I made a veggie/vegan pad thai for dinner tonight and it turned out really, really nicely. I'm looking forward to this week's workouts and trying some new recipes. But one thing I definitely need to work on is getting more sleep! I just haven't been sleeping very well lately. Hopefully, I can remedy that starting tonight.

DAY 12. Today was an Upper Body Define #PiYo day. I felt a bit off during the workout from just plain being exhausted, (rough night of sleep--or lack thereof) but I completed it and felt good after. I had some fresh carrot juice today and want to put my juicer to use a lot more over the next couple of months. I'll be in search of good juice recipes .

DAY 13 of #100DaysofRevivingFitness was a bit rough.#PiYo was a smoker. When I was feeling extra winded, Chalene chimed in perfectly with a "that's why we call this one 'Sweat'". I got some tough news back from one of my doctors today but I'm trying to not let it throw me off--I have to stay focused on improving my health and I know that will come one day at a time and one healthy choice at a time. One of the highlights of my day was having a little workout buddy who thought it was fun to add weight to my back during planks and push-ups 

DAY 14. Today was a good day...although I didn't sleep very well last night. I had another doctor's appointment and got some great news! It looks as though my Graves Disease is still in remission--praise God! Having appointments tend to throw off my schedule a bit; it threw it off a bit more after not sleeping very well. BUT, I was able to get my 'Core' #PiYo workout in this afternoon and it felt good. I also made some fennel tonic (I just learned about it last night).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kung Pao Chickpeas over Quinoa

My plant-based eating for #100DaysofRevivingFitness continues.  I tried this recipe from A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock N' Roll and we loved it!  The original recipe called for serving the kung paw chickpeas over noodles, but I had quinoa on hand so I used that instead.  It was really easy and delicious--the perfect healthy option if you're craving Chinese takeout or a Chinese buffet.  Seriously, skip the takeout, skip the buffet and eat this instead!  

Kung Pao Chickpeas over Quinoa
(Adapted from: A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock N' Roll)


2 cans chickpeas (about 3 cups cooked if you are using dried beans) rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons olive oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Main Dish:
2 tablespoons olive oil
teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Serrano pepper, diced (optional, we like a little kick to ours)
3-4 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
5 green onions, chopped
1 red pepper, finely diced
2 carrots, finely diced
2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 cup chopped peanuts


  1. Mix together the chickpeas and marinade ingredients. Stir to coat and let the chickpeas sit for at least 15 to 30 minutes. 
  2. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Begin cooking quinoa according to package instructions.
  3. Add the olive oil to a cold skillet and bring up to a medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the red pepper and carrot. Sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the Serrano pepper, red pepper flakes, ginger, and garlic. Cook for an additional 30 seconds. Stir in the marinated chickpeas along with the marinade and heat through. When the chickpeas are warm, add the sauce ingredients and cook for an additional minute until the sauce thickens. (If the sauce becomes too thick, thin with a tiny bit of water.) Add the green onions and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.
  4. Cook quinoa and toss with the final tablespoon of sesame oil and the 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Toss to coat and add the chickpeas on top of the noodles. Garnish with the chopped peanuts.
  5. Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Days 1-7 #100DaysofRevivingFitness

DAY 1 of #100DaysofRevivingFitness is off to a great start. I stuck with a plant-based diet and did the PiYo alignment workout. I'm looking forward to my first legit PiYo workout tomorrow. Now, I need to start trying some new, tasty plant-based recipes. I'm open to recommendations!

DAY 2 of #100DaysofRevivingFitness. PiYo in the AM, running in the PM. Plant-based eating all day long. It's been a really long time since I've been on a run which is crazy because I LOVE to run. I felt like I spent 35 minutes catching up with a long lost friend.#ineededthat #gettinghealthy

DAY 3 is off to a great start so far. I was up early and feeling energized this morning! Maybe having more energy is in my head, or maybe not. Either way, it feels amazing! Also, my vision is coming back little by little which is a great feeling. 

The other day, a friend gave me came to Bible study with tomatoes and fresh mint from her garden. I've been enjoying the fresh mint tea in the mornings and tomatoes on salads. 

I'm loving PiYo! I'm noticing muscles stretching that I've forgotten are supposed to stretch .#100DaysofRevivingFitness #GettingHealthy

DAY 4--my rest day. Yes, rest is part of the program. I'm so thankful to Scott for covering down on everything and letting me take a long nap after church and then get out of the house for a bit to just -chill-. It was great! Also, I made a delicious vegan spinach & mushroom enchilada covered in spicy cashew cream. People probably think vegan food is flavorless and bland (I know I used to), but this was DELICIOUS and full of flavor. Scott had 3 helpings! (See recipe below day 7)  Looking forward to getting back to PiYO tomorrow 

DAY 5 of #100DaysofRevivingFitness. I started my day off with a cup of chocolate Shakeology. Beachbody actually makes vegan versions of Shakeology. Thanks, Beachbody! Today was "Sweat" workout day for my PiYo workout and YES, I did sweat! It was a great workout--strength & stretching is the focus for the workouts. I need lots of both. I still have a lot of work to do and more flexibility to gain, but I'm enjoying the journey. Eye Update: They're still improving. I think 5% more improvement needed before they're back to normal. #PiYo #GettingHealthy#Shakeology #TeamBeachbody

DAY 6 
of #100DaysofRevivingFitness started a bit earlier than I expected. Shortly after midnight, 2/3rds of our family began suffering from symptoms of a stomach bug. I was the 1/3rd that went unscathed. The lysol in the picture? Well, let's just say I spent most of my day disinfecting the house and doing laundry. While Trey was napping, I able to get my Leg Definition#PiYo workout in. I feel more flexible each time I do a workout (though it may not appear that way in my photos hahaha)--it's a great feeling! The book in the bottom right photo is just some "light reading" I'm doing these days to help me figure out some healthy ways to fuel my body. 

I just finished my upper body PiYo workout for DAY 7. I'm already noticing changes in my body with increased strength & flexibility. I'm also noticing changes in my mindset about things I wasn't sure I could do before--I'm doing them now..or at least trying really, really hard. I'm not focused on losing weight during this journey, it's all about improving my health...and if I happen to lose weight and tone up in the process, well, that's a bonus .

Spinach & Hominy Enchiladas with Spicy Cashew Cream

Over the weekend, I was craving some tasty Mexican food.  Scott & I love enchiladas so I thought it would be fun to look up a vegan version to try.  I came across a recipe for spinach and hominy enchiladas with spicy cashew cream on seriouseats.com.  It looked good, it sounded good, and guess what?  It WAS good!  We had no leftovers and Scott- the omnivore of omnivores gave me permission to make this dish as often as I want!  You can find the recipe for this delicious dish HERE.  I made a couple of minor changes to the dish:  I didn't make my own verde sauce (time constraints), and for the filling, I used spinach and kale...and added mushrooms!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Write it Down

Do you ever have moments where you feel like you have a million things on your mind and you have a hard time keeping track of thoughts?  That was me the other day.  It was really starting to stress me out.  I'd think of something and then 5 more things would pop in my brain and I'd forget the first one--agh!  So annoying.  My mom often reminds me to write things down when they come in my mind; I've taken her advice before, and have found the benefit in recording my thoughts and ideas with pen and paper.

After feeling a bit frazzled the other day, I spent no less than 40 minutes that evening just writing random thoughts & ideas I've had over the past few days and it was AMAZING.  I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of me and the cloudy haze jumbled in my brain went away.  I wrote things down as they came to my brain and then categorized them to help me figure out how to develop my to-do list for this week or next year.  Yeah, my thoughts were all.over.the.place.

Anyway, I came across this blog post on 7 Powerful Reasons Why You Should Write Things Down and thought I'd share it with you all.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Whatever Your Hand Finds to Do...

Chitwan, Nepal

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a terrific weekend.  Ours was really nice.  Time with family, time with friends, time to just enjoy life.

Always love date nights!
We enjoyed a family hike. 
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been having eye issues that got worse but now, thank the Lord, they're getting better!  I was beginning to lose a lot of vision in my right eye and then my left eye started acting funny.  I went to the ophthalmologist and was told it may be autoimmune related.  I'm still waiting to hear back on all the tests they ran, but I decided to kick my nutrition in to full on "beast mode" and focus on a plant-based diet...so not really "beast" mode haha.  Actually, I'm dedicating 100 days to eating a plant-based diet!  #100DaysofRevivingFitness.  

For the past few days, I've been consuming plant-based meals--and so far so good!  I've also started a new workout program called PiYo.  Have you heard of it?  It's a combination of pilates and yoga, and I'm loving it!  It's pushing me to new limits of strength and flexibility.  I'm not the most flexible person, so even the smallest push is huge for me.  

You can follow my journey throughout the 100 Days of Reviving Fitness HERE.  I'll also be posting weekly updates right here on The Foreign Domestic.

Here's a video explaining more about #100DaysofRevivingFitness: 

Would you like to stay in touch throughout the week?  You can follow my activities in a few places:  

and, of course, HERE :)...or The Foreign Domestic on Facebook

What are you up to this week??

Thursday, August 14, 2014

InspHERational Woman: Amy Dean

I had the privilege of having a "fly on the wall" experience when I spent time with the incredibly talented Amy Dean  As a photographer, it was something I hadn't (until now) had the chance to experience--photographing an artist at work.  It was fun, it was inspiring, it was awesome.  Amy draws inspiration from Georgia O'Keeffe, and Robert Henri.  Her artwork is as unique as she is & I proudly display my Amy Dean artwork in our home!  I am going let Amy's words and my photographs of her in action do the "talking".  Enjoy!

There's no magic in making art. There's no inspiration without engaging the creative process. You gain inspiration from yourself, from working and developing ideas onto paper or into clay etc. 

I don't think it is necessarily about talent but more about just doing, like a child working with crayons. Children draw without fear and create images that are unpolluted and moving. If you can get "yourself" out of the way you can make art. 

Less thinking and more doing and seeing. Otherwise you are left wondering what to do and you may just keep wondering without moving forward. Sometimes, I think that concept can be used in other parts of your life.

My art is about self discovery and believing in myself. 

It's about having fun and letting go of all the pressures to make "art". 

It's about little planning and a lot of doing. 

I work to inspire myself, I find something that moves me and I run with it. When it runs out, I move to something else by changing mediums, techniques or even subject matter. 

How do I talk about my art?  Do I even know what I am doing?  I am creating things and drawing from my imagination and subconscious.  I am not consciously trying to say anything...or am I?  What are these deformed and absurd creatures and figures?  Why do I draw them?  Am I expressing the unrealistic ideals for women?  Am I expressing the way I view myself?  Am I expressing the idea that we can easily devour each other?  Am I expressing the fact that we (and I say "we" because I am guilty of this) stuff our faces instead of our minds and creative spirit?  Am I expressing the fact that sick people want us to remain sick with them and will disguise themselves with what they call love?  Am I expressing the anxieties that come with being a mother or a wife and the pressures I place upon myself?  Am I expressing my fear of abandonment?  Am I expressing the social anxieties I feel and my sometimes anxious need for approval?  Am I expressing all the ugly things that keep me from being my true self?  Am I expressing myself in order to find my true self?  Am I expressing myself to free myself?  Yes, yes, and yes.  

Thank you so much for your time & your inspirational words, Amy!  You can view more of Amy's work and read more about what she's doing HERE.  

Friday, August 8, 2014

18 Things Mentally Strong People Do...

I found this list on the 18 things mentally strong people do and I thought it was pretty interesting.  What do you think?  Is there anything you'd change (add/take away)?


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