Unstuffed Peppers

I plan my meals out 2 weeks at a time. Last night stuffed peppers were on the menu. I had to take my Mom to an unexpected Doctor appointment so I didn’t have the time required to make traditional stuffed peppers. Instead I decided to make my peppers unstuffed! It was really good so I thought I would share with all of you!

1 lb ground beef

1lb ground turkey

1 cup uncooked quinoa (I used red)

6 peppers (I used red, yellow, and orange)

2 red onions

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 stacks celery

2 tablespoons butter

1 can diced tomatoes

Seasonings: celery salt, sea salt, italian seasoning, paprika (season to taste) I used a hefty amount of celery salt and paprika.

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. While quinoa is cooking chop peppers, onions, and celery into large pieces.
  3. Melt butter in frying pan. Add peppers, onions, and celery. Fry until just softening. About 10 minutes.
  4. Add meat, garlic, and seasonings to pan with veggies. Brown meat.
  5. Once meat is brown add can of diced tomatoes ( juice and all) and already cooked quinoa.  Cook for 5 minutes or until most of the juice is absorbed.
  6.  Serve and enjoy!






I made it 7 days with no chocolate. When I had chocolate it felt like a choice I made rather than an overwhelming need for it. Since then when I have chocolate it’s a choice. I’m not driven but some internal craving. I feel like this was a successful experiment. It feels great to be past this compulsion!

My next challenge to myself….”how many days in a row can you work out?”

Starting Tuesday I scheduled my workouts just like my job. It’s on my google calendar and everything. I’m going to experiment with what time of day works best for me. It will need to be a time of day that I am always home so early morning or late night.  After this week’s experiment I will know a time and stick to it as long as I can. Let’s see how long I can make it this time.


Current Stats: finished reading “Surfacing”, weight 268, baby Goobs and I are both sick, trying to quit smoking, very tired, working too much, spread pretty thing, feeling determined, wishing I had more time

You can read about my no chocolate challenge here

No CHOCOLATE Challenge

In the past when I wanted to do something I restricted myself. I would tell myself “No you can’t”. This obviously hasn’t been working for me. I’m deciding to try something new. Instead of restricting myself, I am challenging myself. The challenge is… how long can you go without chocolate? I’m testing my willpower to see how long I can resist chocolate. I’m on day 2 and going strong. Let’s see how long I can make it. Maybe testing my willpower is a better strategy. Fingers crossed that it is!


Current Stats: reading “What you can, When you can”, Training for the Walk Wisconsin 1/2 marathon, planning my training for Waupaca Traithlon short course, weight 265, using nicotine patches, missing a friend, wishing I was home to enjoy the last day of beautiful weather, wishing my niece Amelia a happy 10th birthday, helping my Mom A LOT.



It takes a lot of energy to be angry.

I wonder if people consider how much effort they put into being angry each day. Imagine what could be accomplished if that energy was focused elsewhere. Making a difference, effecting change, making someone smile, making yourself smile, champion a cause you believe in, actually taking steps to accomplish these things rather than just being angry and mean all the time.

Could you imagine a world where regardless of differences, we all thought about others? I just don’t know how people have the energy to be angry all the time. This momma barely has the energy to make her own breakfast in the morning.

I’ve been surrounded by some seriously bad mojo lately and truly just wish that people would smile.

Unhappy with your situation? Change your attitude.

Unhappy with the current state of affairs? Make POSITIVE changes in your life.

Smile people. Be happy. I don’t think being angry burns enough calories to make your mental suffering  worthwhile.

On another note…. if you just don’t like somebody. Get over it. Making their life miserable only makes you look like a bad person and you are sending some seriously bad energy into the universe.



Chocolate covered strawberries

I seriously have a chocolate weakness. Which is absolutely insane because before my pregnancy with the baby Goobs I hated chocolate! During my pregnancy I couldn’t get enough chocolate and haven’t been able to shake it since. I mean he’s 16 months old! How much longer must I deal with these cravings?! Today my downfall was chocolate covered strawberries. The rest of my eating through the day was on point but those strawberries were my downfall. They were amazing though! After my shift I then screwed up even more. It spiraled me out of control. I have an addiction to food and just like any other form of addiction you can’t have just one of something. I admit and recognize the problem all I can do now is move forward. Try to get this problem under control. Tomorrow is a new day and I have prepped and set myself up for success.

Current status: 261.3 lbs, loving my stand up work station, working alot, so excited for the baby goobs swimming lessons to start, happy that tomorrow is a new day, missing my family

Today 2/8/17

Breakfast- 3 eggs

Lunch- Big salad with homemade blueberry vinaigrette

Supper- Farmer’s Market crockpot mexican chicken soup

Snack- 2 hard bolied eggs and 1 apple

Current status: tired, 262 lbs, still reading relentless spirit, excited about the sit/stand workstation my manager got me, excited for the next 2 days off, going to be busy busy busy helping my mom, feeling a little overwhelmed, wanting to do Yoga tomorrow morning, thinking about summer races

Psalm 73:26

    My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

Master of Destruction

Children are Masters of Destruction. Let’s just start with the house destruction, belongings destruction, body destruction, and sleep destruction. You name it, they destroy it. My son may be a master of destruction but he is the absolute best thing to ever happen to me. Because of this I am willing to overlook the fact that he threw another hairbrush of mine in the toilet this morning.

What’s harder to get past is the fact that before bed last night I decided that I was going to get up 30 minutes earlier than normal (which is well before he usually gets up) and do a 10 minute yoga video. That’s right folks all I wanted was 10 minutes. Ten minutes to wake up and get some movement in before I had to work. Anyone that knows me can tell you that I don’t get up earlier than I have to, but I decided that I can sacrifice a small and only a small amount of sleep to get myself closer to my goals. Last night I got my yoga mat set up, was wearing Pajamas I could do yoga in, and had my yoga video picked out. Getting myself set up to do this was  BIG accomplishment. Then at 5:50 this morning my child started to cry….. and BOOM my morning plan was out the window. Ten Minutes before my alarm was set to go off so that I could yoga my way into a great day.

You might ask….. “Well Tamie why didn’t you just do it anyway?”

And I might say…. “You don’t know my son.”

Any time I attempt to work out at home he will be on top of me in seconds. If i’m doing push ups he will lay under me and cry. Try to do Zumba or dance, he stands at my feet and cries. Yes I could hold him and do anything cardio but I definitely would not be able to do Yoga. Cardio right after I wake up is out of the question for me. I end up feeling all pukey and nobody likes to have that feeling first thing in the morning. I will forgive him for this of course and keep loving my crazy destructive baby Goobs.  All I can do is try again tomorrow.

P.S. Despite the exceptionally early wake up he was a very happy little boy this morning. Which makes this Mamma very happy.

Besides who could be mad at this face



Ephesians 4:2  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.