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What’s On My Plate?

6 Feb

Guess who forgot to take a picture at dinner tonight?
I just can’t seem to get the hang of Wednesday Night Suppers and taking pictures.

I love getting to be in community with our church family but it is a high stress meal and I easily get out of my routine. I did have several ladies who I go to Weight Watchers with ask what I was eating. I love the accountability! I made really good choices with lots of veggies.

Now if I could just get them to follow me home and keep me accountable when it is just me and my shaky self-discipline to make it through the evening.

I did 2 miles after dinner while the girls were in choir.

One hour till bedtime…

What keeps you accountable?


Silent Sabboth

3 Feb










100 Thing Challenge

31 Jan

I want to share out my 100 Thing Challenge but first let’s catch up on my meals.

Yesterday’s Lunch and Dinner:

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Leftover Slow Cooker Pork Pernil on bed of spinach and my new favorite drink!~7 points plus.

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I was home all day with a sick kiddo. We didn’t even make it out for Wednesday Night Supper at church. Thankfully, after the bad storms and pouring rain I was happy to leave ZB in her pj’s and go grab a takeout box from church for dinner.

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Taco Dinner~13 point plus.

Today’s Late Breakfast

ZB is still feeling under the weather so the two of us snuggled up on the sofa and went back to sleep this morning. I like taking full advantage of her extra naps for my own sleep needs!

By the time I ate it felt more like lunch so I made a chicken salad English muffin.

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I added some flax-seed to the top of my chicken salad for a little extra punch of nutrition.~7 points plus total.

Whew, that was a lot of ground to cover. Sick kid or no it is much easier to post those meals in smaller batches.

My Hundred Thing Challenge:

For the last couple of years I have been struggling with our family’s, and mine specifically, growing amount of stuff.  If you live a lifestyle where you know moves are inevitable (click here to find out why) I think you become more aware of what you have and what it will take to move it all again one day. My faith also tells me we are to do a better job as caretakers of God’s creation and like so many other Christians I was/am not doing enough.

I want…

  • to have less but to be fulfilled.
  • to make less but do things well.
  • to waste less and reuse more.
  • to do less but be more.
  • to weigh less and have a lighter life.

Sometimes I get discouraged within the Christian community of the blind acceptance of a consumer way of life. There are voices who say otherwise but they are drowned out.

I was, and still am to some degree, a top-notch consumer. I wanted more stuff. I wanted my home to look just so. I wanted books on every shelf so people would be dazzled by our intellect.  I wanted new clothes that made me feel pretty. I wanted the kids to have the best toys. I wanted…

However, all this stuff was not making me happy. I finally figured out it was bringing so much stress into my life by trying to keep things cleaned, organized, and uncluttered. I wanted to buy more stuff to manage the stuff I already had. Sad.

So I have been on a journey to lighten our load. I have been donating like a mad woman for about two years as I tried to really look at why I have the things I do.

One blogger I often read, Be More With Less, presents projects to simply your life. The first one I started playing with is her Project 333 challenge but my focus for 2013 will be The Reverse 100 Thing Challenge. I have adapted the challenge to my goals. I plan to give away 100 items a month for the duration of 2013. Yep, that is 1,200 items by the end of the year.

On January 31, 2013 I have already donated my 100 items for this month and I have a box where I am gathering items for next months total.

The whole family is on board. I will be sharing more of this challenge as we go through the year.

Live Well,


What is the first item that comes to mind that you could give away right now? Are you ready to do it?

The Big 100

30 Jan

A Look Back To The Starting Line:


Kevin, CB, and I at Louisville Zoo in KY 2007.

I started this blog five years ago as Kevin, my husband, and I were away from our family and friends while at seminary in Kentucky. It was a way for me to process that amazing and formational experience. Those early posts I also wrote a lot about my mom and her battle with cancer.Three Coffins and No Funeral

Back then my posts were filled with self-reflection and thoughts about where I have been, hence the roots and reflections name. I posted just over 40 posts in those four plus years. I know a blazing pace. I didn’t really have any direction about what I wrote or where this blog could go. It was really just a journal–and I was never a very consistent journaler.

In January 2012 I started reading healthy living blogs as I began my path to running. I first started reading Will Run For Coffee (to see how this blog impacted me click here). I am not going to be hyperbolic saying that reading a blog changed my life but for once I related to someone. It made me feel less crazy. It made me feel like the best was not behind me physically. I started finding other blogs like Meals and Miles, Healthy Tipping Point, and Run Eat Repeat. Each one influenced and inspired me in different ways. I got good ideas for meals, good tips for running gear, and a good dose of humor. All things a rookie needs. However, they are all a lot younger than me and until recently none of them had kids so sometimes I felt like my life was just in such a different place. Sometime I felt like I missed my window to truly have the time and freedom to focus on myself and my health.

In the Race:

Finding my Footing

Each of those bloggers planted a seed in me and I as I read post after post I thought to myself I could do this. I too have a voice. My journey is so different and that is OK because I bet there are other people who are like me…trying to be a good wife, a good mother, and take good care of myself. So almost a year after reading so many other bloggers do what I really wanted to do…I got in the race for myself. I told Kevin that blogging would be an important focus for me in 2013 and I would give it three months of my attention and effort to see how I really liked writing everyday not just thinking about writing everyday. So here I am one month in and over 5o posts later I have reached a milestone, my 100th post for the blog.

Ingrid, Suzanne, and I just before my first half marathon in Kiawah Island, SC.

Ingrid, Suzanne, and I just before my first half marathon in Kiawah Island, SC.

Down the Road:

One month in and I am really enjoying blogging. I enjoy the writing. I think I am benefiting from the discipline it takes to sit down everyday and do this (several times a day). I really can’t wait to see where this path will take me. I have some decisions to make. Do I need to change the name of the blog since the name came from a different place and time in my journey? How much effort do I put into this?

100th Post

For now, I am pressing on and enjoying journey.

If you have been a part of the path to 100 posts let me know! I would love to hear from you!

Silent Sabboth

27 Jan















Sometimes it Takes Two

26 Jan

First and foremost I got in my second run today. I did just shy of two more miles for a grand total of four miles on the day. It felt good to get back out there – like I accomplished something big. I was a little achy but felt good overall.
Dinner Time:


This is what I call ‘A Best Of’ meal. Doesn’t that sound better than leftovers? Kevin was out at an Emmaus event that some of the kids from the youth group were participating in so it was just us girls. It is tough to try to fix something that is worth the effort when only two little mouths are eating besides myself. Leftovers to the rescue!

Leftover Chicken Breast from dinner last night~6 points plus
Broccoli~0 points plus
Annie’s Mac N Cheese~5 points plus
1/2 C of Egg Drop Soup~0 points plus
1/2 Avacado ~4 points plus
Total meal: 15 points plus

This meal filled me up and I was hungry after getting my metabolism up and running twice today!

The avacado completely made the meal. It made the leftovers feel new and rich in flavor. I love avocados! I could eat them on everything. They do have a lot of points so I try to use them wisely but they are a superfood. It seems like if I am going to use a lot of points to eat something it should be something off that list of superfoods.

I have settled in for the night with a movie and my cup of coffee. Good times!

Good night!

Is there a go to food or condiment you use to spice up leftovers?

The Work of a Lifetime

26 Jan

Good Morning~

It is cold outside! Although we don’t have the ice and snow like the rest of the east coast it was a chilly morning run even though I got a much later start than I planned. It was about 40 degrees when I set out but it was a windy misty 40 degrees.  I promptly turned around and went back to the house to put on some gloves!
Sat run

2 miles in 22 minutes. I wanted to run more but my late start and family plans all I could get in was a quick two. I hope I can go back out later in the day and do two more. (here’s why). Why do I always make such a funny face in these pictures? I am going to blame it on squinting at the sun. Yeah, that’s it.

Jeff Galloway Run Walk Timer

My new running toy. If you have followed my running journey at all you know I am a big fan of Jeff Galloway and his run/walk running method. It opened the door of running for me that I thought was long since closed because of my injury history and fitness level.  Kevin went to his running store when he was in Atlanta a few weeks ago and brought me back this gadget.  Now I don’t have to keep looking my watch to time my intervals.  Big fan. Now if I can just find it every time I go run. I hid it from myself this morning trying to keep it out of the grubby paws of my three-year old…one of the several reasons I was late on my run.

Breakfast Waffles

Post run breakfast. It felt good to finish off a container of fruit before it went bad. I am famous for letting fruit go bad in the frig!

Breakfast plate

Two Van Waffles~4 points plus, One egg~2 points plus, Fruit~0 points plus, and 1Tbs of Maple Syrup~1 points plus. Total Meal: 7 points plus.

Breakfast Plate closeup

Notice the egg all over the plate? It might have blown up in the microwave. 2o seconds would be perfect to reheat an egg in my microwave. We have a 3o second setting and I won’t stand there and wait for 20 seconds to stop the microwave before my egg blows up. First World problem.

Breakfast plate berries

ZB and I are off to run a few errands and CB and Kevin are at the local food bank volunteering this morning. This is her first time volunteering outside of our church. There is so much need out there and Kevin and I are helping girls learn to care, to get involved, and to make a difference. It is what we are called to do. I am proud of her for going.

Going to church is easy. Being the hands and feet of Christ is the work of a lifetime.

What are your Saturday plans? How do you serve in your community?


Silent Sabboth

20 Jan

Breakfast @ Subway on way to church…

Subway Flatbread

Kevin and I took the Worship Team out to lunch at Chow Baby after church

Kevin and I @ Chow Baby

The crew…Praise Team Chow Baby Praise Team

Lunch: Make you own bowl.

Chow Baby Bowl

And Thai soup…
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Site visit to 12 Stone Church. Starbucks in 12 Stone

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6 pm service  12 Stone12 Stone 12 Stone Bulletin

Finally home…

Time for bed.


I Will Order The Salad

16 Jan

If you are not involved in a church community or one that has a traditional Wednesday Night dinner you are missing out. Someone cooks for you, someone washes the dishes for you, and someone entertains/educates your kids. A win-win.

As both someone who is trying to lose weight and who is the PW, preacher’s wife (or PS, preacher’s spouse,  for my brothers in arms), church eating can be a bit daunting. My church has a healthy plate option that consists of a chefs salad. I should get this but you have to specially sign up for it using a tear out in the bulletin. I don’t usually get a bulletin on Sunday mornings because I am already in our worship space when the greeters are handing them out. I know excuses–it’s not like my husband doesn’t work about 50 feet from the dear lady who handles the reservations. Maybe next week.

The reason I want to order the salad is not because I really like chef salads, because I don’t- I know it has eggs on it but I don’t really like the meat or cheese. Salads are much easier to calculate the point for than the regular meal because I have not idea how the meal was prepared. It is really just a shot in the dark to calculate the points.

For example, see my plate below? The mashed potatoes. I am guessing they are from potato flakes. Now, did our hostess use  whole milk or skim? How much butter? Do the beans have butter on them? They didn’t taste like it? etc, etc, etc. All I know is it is yummy and I usually eat it all so I have to figure out how to count the points. I use my etools and do my best.

I will order the salad for next week.  I will order the salad for next week. I will…

Wednesday Night Supper:

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Green beans~0 points plus, mashed potatoes (I calculated these a made from flakes with whole milk and butter added)~5 points, 3 oz of baked chicken without skin or bone ~3 points, 1/4 cup of chicken gravy~1 point plus, one slice of french bread~1 point (seems low but that is what my tracker said), and a small bowl of salad~2 points. I got another bowl of salad for dessert~2 points.

14 points total. I had that many to use on this meal but it seems like a lot of points.

I will order a salad next week.

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Into the heart of darkness…still going black with the coffee. (Find out why here).

Time to get my couponing on. Got to get my meal plan ready, my shopping list printed, and my coupons printed or clipped. Time to save some money!

Does your family go to a Wednesday Night Supper or some other community dinning event? What is your plan for church eating?

Good night!

A few words on Saturday and Sunday

13 Jan


ImageSaturday Morning 4 mile walk


Salad Bar lunch


Hosted a Dinner Party: Prime Rib thank you dinner for the adults who volunteer with the youth programs at our church.  There were some un-photographed appetizers of Cajun Crab dip and Spinach Artichoke Dip. I had three crackers with crab dip.

Image Dessert Options: Cannoli Cake and Apple Pie a La Mode.


My small slice of Cannoli Cake.

Thank you mugs



Breakfast of Champions (or dragging Mommas who are trying to get to church on time)– hard-boiled egg and smoked almonds.


My morning fuel. This is just one shot of many.


photo (56)Left overs for lunch….

Nap time.




Watch Recorded Football games. (Catching up on my Downton Abbey later on)

To Bed.


What did you do this weekend?

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