Banana Bread Done Ripe!

Hello Hip Huggers! Can you believe I am the author of this beauty below? If I do say so myself, that color is superb! And it was my first time ever making a sweet bread.

I was getting ready to chunk some overly ripe naners when I decided to seek out the gudaince of the Internet for overripe banana recipes – and I found this super simple one on Facebook. No frills or thrills, and can certainly be dolled up. But quick, and easy are in my element, it was worth a shot.

So, you’ll have to start kinda accidentally with 3 overly ripe bananas that you couldn’t even think of consuming, they kinda have to be THAT ripe. Even these could use a day or so more brewing. No ripe bananas? 

First: Preheat oven to 350¬į – the ingredients come together quick, so you need that joker ready!

Next: Mix the following ingredients:

Bowl 1: 

3 mashed bananas

6 Tbsp. Vegetable oil

1/2 cup sugar 

Mix banana, oil, and sugar until mostly smooth, then add:

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

Mix well until egg is completely blended.

Bowl 2:

1 1/2 cups Flour

1 tsp Baking soda

1 tsp Baking powder

Mix lightly with fork.

Finally: Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. I sprinkled some cinnamon infused turbinado sugar to be fancy…

Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and pour batter in, shaking pan carefully to even out batter.

Bake for 45 minutes…. Boom.

Once finished, remove pan from oven and let sit, still in pan, for 5 minutes. Then carefully tip upside down to remove and place into cooling rack for 20 minutes or so…

Once cooled, simply cut and serve or store to pair with coffee in the morning. Or bothūüôā

Annnnd just like that, it’s devoured. Kid approved, hubby approved, neighbor approved. 

***Note: next time, I will add 1/4 tsp imitation banana extract, 1/2 cup brown sugar walnuts, melted butter on top and maybe 1/4 cup honey. I’m a stickler for making a recipe as is, no diversion the first go round, but within a few days I’m known for remaking and doing it my way. But for now, if you’ve got a few bananas that are knocking on heavens door, try it! 

Let me know how it turn out below!

Marathon Monday Movement

Hey Hip Huggers, and Happy Marathon Monday for all those who’ve worked really hard and have earned that coveted bib to run on such an incredible stage. In lieu of running, I’ve been kicking major tail with Jillian Michaels and 30 Day Shred.

I’ve also finished up my last few workouts with 30 minutes of intervals or incline hiking walking to help meet my step goals and get a good burn in while my heart rate is relatively up and I’m motivated to move…

Working hard yes, but truth is, I wouldn’t pass what I would consider my OWN fitness test right about now. I’m using 5 and 3 lb weights vice the 8 and 5 lb weights I’d become accustomed to. I cannot finish Level 3 mountain climbers in 30 DS, so modify with static ones and even THAT is tough to do. I opt out of side ab raises at the end for lying leg raises. Even running is about 30% harder than it has been due to the extra weight I am carrying, of which IS more muscle, thankfully. All and all, you know what? I smile through ALL OF IT! Because it’s about the journey – and God, I wish I would’ve got that the first time around – too busy focusing on small minded, ridiculous goals.



Eating has been much more methodical and  calculated as well. I’m still trying to find my sweet spot here. I can’t commit to LCHF, or rather don’t want to. I’m over denying my body carbs and drowning in restriction. However, diabetes runs rampant in my bloodline and every time I have my annual physical – it’s like holding my breath under water. I have very good labs and am not even borderline diabetic so I am incredibly happy that my body is still fighting the good fight of health and that I still have the chance to even further improve my health and stave off that blood disorder, hopefully with hard work, forever!

Another cool thing I am trying to focus on is moving around every hour. Fitbit has updated their app and now, or rather always has been and now we see, how often we take 250 steps or more per hour collectively within about a 10 hour period or so. I have mine set to 12 hours because I want to stay motivated to move every hour as much as possible.

Couple things I noticed. I am the most sedentary in the morning between about 7:30 and 9am. That is the time I watch the Today show and have my coffee while checking out things on social media. I never would have thought I don’t get up at ALL throughout that period though, that was a bit surprising. Also, I do a pretty good job of getting up most of the time naturally and moving. Maybe not 10 of 11 most days but at least 8 and that’s okay for right now. Life ebbs and flows and being at home and trying to find things to get me moving is a challenge most days. Working I had 5k steps by lunch! All the stairs and mandatory walk breaks and bathroom breaks – but I am moving and working out and eating well, and I have to give myself credit for that. Just creating a life of movement in this season, hopefully to be full fledged by summer….


What are you doing to add movement into your daily life?

Zucchini Tuna Patties

Hey Hip Huggers! Aren’t you glad it’s the weekend? 

Saturdays are for coffee and PBS Pinterest. Or rather, food on Pinterest. Or rather re-pinning food that you pinned and said you’d try 2 years ago. Guilty.

I’ve been equally guilty as of late of buying veggies on sale to only end up tossing them after a few days because they’ve gone bad – too lazy to slice and freeze them to salvage the find. Especially bananas, I am the worst with those.

So this morning, I found myself with 2 zucchini, on the brink. I literally stood in the fridge and devoured one, so one less to worry about. But, rather then force down the other, I figured maybe there was some crazy easy recipe online that I could whip up quickly and give said zucchini the true end (see that, Trubies) it deserved.

So, I’m Scrolling around on Pinterest and I find this great recipe via Read the deets…. low carb, protein packed and I had all the fixins’? I was in. Here it is:

Zucchini Tuna Patties

3/4 raw zucchini, shredded and strained.
**Note: shredding them into a few, folded paper towels, twisting closed and squeezing gets a good enough amount of water out of them.

1 can of tuna, drained well

2 Tbsp rolled oats

2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese

1 egg

Season with a little garlic powder, salt, pepper.

Meal prep, for real

Mix ingredients and divide mixture in half. Form 2 round patties to your liking.

Now, the recipe called for cooking spray presumably in a nonstick pan, but I’m a die hard cast iron cook so I used about a tbsp. of olive oil in my 8 inch chefs pan. 

Pause: Nothing wrong with the low fat method, but it’s much easier cooking/crisping with a little oil and I wanted this to be tasty, especially since if it didn’t stay together well or cook fully I would’ve scraped the recipe all together. I know me. So, I opted for oil. It’s not a big deal.

Play: Cook patties on each side for about 6 minutes at least. I cooked them on a med low temp, between 5 and 6 the first side and reduced to 4 and covered for full cooking on the other. The cast iron helps a great deal in giving the patties that nice color and crust.


Plate and enjoy. I paired mine with a little avocado ranch packet that was left over from a Cool Wrap from Chik-Fil-A last week. Those things are clutch, and now so is this recipe. Pinterest for the Win 

Simple and healthy. Try it, Hip Huggers and tell me what you think…


Swinging By, Stress Free

Hello Hip Huggers and Happy Friday!

Just swinging¬†in to share with you all my week on this lovely Friday afternoon.¬†Since reading¬†Eat, Pray, Love –¬†¬†my enthusiasm for things feels¬†anew, to say the least. The stress of getting it all done, has gone. I’ve adopted a ‘will do my best’ approach for living, just like that. Everyday, I have gotten out of bed, with an attitude of DO! My husband has been working long hours these last few weeks so I have had to step it up even around here and I have done so‚Ķ willingly(?) Albeit, I am very proud that I have gotten¬†up and out of bed everyday with purpose and have hit the floor running, figuratively at least.


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 Unready for a run, but ready for the day!

These last few weeks, I have tracked my eating and water intake about 80% of the time.  Mindful of fiber and side eyeing simple carbs. I have started journaling again and its been absolute therapy in dealing with falling back, and stepping forward in fitness. I have made it to Zumba twice a week and have ran at least 2 miles most days. All without feeling like I am overhauling my life or depriving myself. Getting it in where it fits in and focusing on the small things I can do to reach my goals, without overthinking it. Some days salmon, some days salad. All day delish.

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Kale salad with chicken, cheese, salad topping and tahini dressing, yum!

One big¬†delish thing¬†on my ‘To Do list of late is to attend at least 2 classes at my gym. I have been LOVING going to Zumba with my friend B, but the classes are in a different city 20 minutes away, and they¬†start at 7:30 pm. The classes at my home gym¬†vary, but evening ones start at¬†7pm, a little earlier like I like, and only 5 minutes down the road from home and across from Starbucks. Again,¬†it’s at¬†MY own gym – a place where I need to be swinging by regularly to better familiarizing myself with anyway.


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Going to check out the cycling, yoga, and Zumba classes these next couple weeks!

But, I reeally, reeeeally want to get back¬†in full swing with running 20 miles a week again before the REAL Spring heat up and the scorching heat¬†of an impending summer get the best of me.In the past, jumping in a 5k has always sparked a little something in the running spirit. I have been browsing a few races and have all but hit enter on one in particular, the 2016 5k for Human Rights in Dallas in May. But, I’m not 100% in it heart and soul. Even though I am certain I can manage a 5k on little training, I do NOT want to get out there, ill prepared and end up shelving running for year, again. I have to be smart and focused on the long term: weekly running, for fun and fitness. STRESS FREE!


Forward me my mail, B… I’m outta there!


What are some goals you’d like to get checked off before summer? I’d like to hear ’em below!

Health Check in the Box

Hello Hip Huggers, hope your morning has been swell.

I was reading thru old journals this morning and came upon some rich entries from a couple years back and realized something; I haven’t had a legit fitness goal since I ran 100 miles in a month back in summer of 2014! 

I mean, I literally wrote about goals to run, walk, lift, stretch, lose, drink more water, drink more green tea, eliminate processed food, eat out less, veggies with ever meal, upping my protein, cutting back on cheese, and my God to stop sweating the small stuff in life! 

And the key in every entry was, I had a strategy! 100 miles in a month? Join a Nike challenge. Lift 3 days a week? Set up weights in room night before. Eat more protein? Meal prep on Sunday’s. I was on IT!!!

One just can’t have a goal of losing weight… we must implement the ‘How?! What specifically can we do to reach that goal? What’s it going to take? What will we have to sacrifice? What is our mantra? Who is our accountability partner? We must make it plain and write it down but further more, take action! We can only plan so much! Eventually, we must put one foot in front of the other and make things happen. 

In life, and often fitness, I overthink way too much. I can make 5 grocery lists and not leave the house. Sometimes, it’s throwing on clothes, sitting in front of Kroger and making it right then and there to get it done!

Sometimes, it’s putting on workout clothes after clocking out from work, driving to the gym and making a B line over to that leg press, before talking myself out of it.

Sometimes it’s walking into that yoga class, being the heavier girl, or the one with ashy feet, or the one who sweats a lot and saying, “forget these bougeious  chicks, I need centering! 

Sometimes, it’s walking past those neighbors you never talk to. Or getting over the fear of an encounter with a stray dog wild animal, or sweat spots between your legs and pits and just getting your dang stroll on! 

One word comes to mind, courage! Courage is the ability to do something that frightens one; strength in face of pain or grief. Sometimes not hitting those health/fitness goals is less about lack of time, lack of finances, lack of motivation… but lack of courage. Waiting too long to jump back out there after previously overcoming the anxiety of judgement in the first place. Constantly sitting yourself back down too concerned of what others “might” be thinking. Forgetting, how courageous we once were when we write out goals in the stone, not the sand. If that is you Hipster, let’s get back to that!

I have refocused my goals since gaining weight about losing weight, this time: 

If I can manage 30 minutes a day of walking and 10 minutes of some strength training, and just 5 minutes of stretching afterwards, I get an earned check in the box. 

That’s it! Some days, I’ll run an hour, did last week! Somedays, I’ll strength train 45 minutes, did last week! I’ll even get thru a full yoga session without losing my focus 15 minutes in and ending up in savasana, did that too! 

But especially food. If I can track more meals than not a day, check in the box! A couple days, I’ve hit 1800 cals and hit my macros. A couple, 2200. Some days I tracked my water intake, only. Seriously. 

But it’s been 2 weeks of something!  I may not have lost a lb. but I’m creating once again good daily, healthy habits and that will catapult my progress. When my body is ready. 

Today’s workout was perfect! 3 rounds (err, 1 round) of 20 kettlebell swings with a 20/15/10 squat superset found, as fast as good form allowed. Took 5 minutes, but quads were so worked! Then hopped on the ol’ treadmill and walked 30 minutes at a 5% incline. Stretched a good 10 minutes, to make up for the short strength training.

Done. This is progress, Hip Huggers! What did you press thru to get your health check in the box today? 

Super Tuesday Turmeric Brew

Hello Hip Huggers! It’s Super Tuesday!

In honor of said super important day, I have made my 2nd batch of this super antioxidant, detoxifying, health drink my friend Hannah passed on to me when I want feeling myself a few weeks back. I feel it’s my duty to share with you all this great recipe. So, a couple things first…

1) I’d stop by your local thrift and try and find a few mason jars. If your lucky and can find the uber cute ones, awesome. They’ll hold the perfect amount. Just be sure they all have screw in tops. I say go ahead and buy the glass storage jars because…

2) Turmeric stains something serious! So I’d have some nice hot, bleachy dishwater (or whatever stain fighter you use) waiting in the wings. I’ve learned that glass doesn’t stain like plastic does. Permanantly dyed a great Brita pitcher my first go round.

And now for the Wonder Shots:

3 Handfulds Fresh Ginger Root

3 Handfuls Fresh Turmeric

5 Organic Lemons, peeled

32 ounces Filtered Water

1/4 cup Manuka Honey, or Raw Honey

Strainer or Sieve

In a large pot, grate (or food process for time) all the ginger and turmeric. 

Peel lemons and drop in pot. Add filtered water and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for maybe 5 minutes and move batch of goodness to another burner to rest. In about 20 minutes, strain the batch into a large pitcher. Add honey and stir.  

Separate into Mason jars and let cool before storing in fridge. 

Serving size, about 2 ounces a day, when feeling bad, or until finished. 


Testimonial: I started drinking this concoction about 2 weeks ago. First thing I noticed was the incredible energy boost I got, almost instantly. Also, my husband and daughter both had a bad case of strep and I made it out unscathed. I’m very susceptible to strep since having mono as a teen and acquiring an upper respiratory infection back in 2011. I woke up a bit groggy Sat morning when all were sick, drank my last brew and boom… sickness fought off!

Try it and let me know how it works for you! 

 If you’ve already discovered this great supplement – how has it helped you?

One (not) for the Books!

Hello Hip Huggers, I’m so glad its the weekend!

I have had a pretty stressful week. One of my twin boys had strep and ended up being home all week due to a bad reaction from the antibiotics. Lots of extra mom duties, so I didn’t get much working out done. I did get started on a series of books I want to have read this year. I’m such a sucker for excuses¬†vampires…

Red wine too.

But geez, do I miss my fitness! No, not just being fine as wine with my weight, but, living the Fit Life. The looming thought of running galavanting around my brain all day. The soreness from a great muscle building workout. The incredible sleep I used to get being spent by end of the day. Lastly, the feeling of control over SOMETHING in my life for a change, lol!

So, with that said, ¬† I’ve been tinkering with eating for lifestyle again. I’ve been eating plenty, never don’t worry, but I have been striving for more of a balance between complex carbs and protein and trying to dial down all the yummy fat…

Hey, I’m a work in progress. Really, who can resist mozzarella balls and olives? And cheese crisps? Should be me! But it’s not. I tried.


No, you shant.

And, I finally got out of my head and ran….yes ran. Forward movement. Heavy breathing. Sweat and stink ran. And it was incredible!

I chatted with my bff while I warmed up and about 15 minutes before I felt ready. I had 4 planned in my head, but wasn’t feeling tracking my run, so¬†I opted out. I knew Fitbit would tell me later what I actually ran, so I wasn’t wrapped up in it.¬†My¬†legs felt¬†fresh, of course and I had air in my lungs! I didn’t start laboring until about 45 minutes in.¬†I usually get tired and my form starts breaking around 5 miles give or take. Maybe less considering I’m less fit today, but I was in the ballpark.¬†All smiles after those miles!

Now, I’m off to stretch and combat the inevitable hip soreness I will greet at dawn.. welcome back, #runnerprobs.. How I’ve missed you.

Question: Do you track/log all your runs? Or do you just wing it?