Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I'm Back...For Real

After driving from Oklahoma to Michigan, moving into a temporary apartment, looking tirelessly for something permanent to move into, flying back to Oklahoma to move out and close on the house, flying back to Michigan, moving into a super, wonderful condo and moving out of a temporary apartment...I finally feel settled.

It only took one month.

I finally have all my stuff...and by stuff I mean, I have my kitchen back! I have all my pots and pans, my George, my coconut oil, my steamer bags, a big, beautiful fridge and lots and lots of storage. It is feels like heaven.

We have been in our new digs for six days. I cannot tell you how much living "in limbo" as I have called it will wear you down and let you talk yourself into eating things you don't normally even consider eating. I have sent far too many emails to friends "back home" admitting things like, "I just ate half a bag of Twizzlers" (movie night!) or "I just ate a meal from McDonald's." Welp, that is life for you. Thankfully, getting into a good routine is super easy.

I visited one of the natural markets, Randazzo's, that I live only .7 miles from (hooray!) last Friday. It is beautiful. Everything is fresh....nothing frozen! I purchased two pounds of flank steak which made me a little bit giddy. I love flank steak because I love red meat and it is super lean so I feel like I can eat it all the time. If you haven't made it before I highly recommend it. I prefer to broil mine. Here is what I did:
  • Marinate 2 lbs of meat in olive oil, worchestershire sauce, a little sea salt and pepper
  • Refrigerate for three to four hours
  • Broil on high for eight to ten minutes per side
  • Let meat "rest" and then cut into eight 4oz pieces

I steamed some asparagus (of course) to go with the steak. The Mr. was more than thrilled with dinner. I think I only cooked dinner for us twice during our one month stint in the apartment aka dorm room. Poor guy. I'm also making sure to kick the morning off right by boiling eggs. Having a nice, paleo friendly go to protein source for me is key to staying on track.

What do you do every day to make sure you stay the course?

I want to give a shout out to some of my Tulsa ladies who are embarking on a month long zone challange. Keep it up girls!

Michigan is treating us well. Our new gym is great. I'm looking forward to getting back into blogging and being in the kitchen. I will close with some famous words from little orphan Annie...I think I'm going to like it here.


  1. Hey! Glad to see you blogging again. How nice to be "home" and getting settled in now. Your grocery store sounds great! Nothing frozen?! I guess that eliminates the temptation of ice cream.

    Great idea on boiling the eggs to have a good snack handy. I make a menu, buy food for a whole week, portion out my breakfast and lunch for each day, and have dinners planned out for the whole week...that's what keeps me on track!

  2. Ginny... it's Carey from CFT! What a great blog! I'm so glad that you're enjoying Michigan and that you'll think you like it here! I'm so happy and proud that you're a part of CFT's family. All the members speak highly of you! You definitely know your stuff, chica!

  3. We cook a TON of meat for the week, so we can use it for lunches, stir fry, etc. One of our faves is kebabs with flank steak, red peppers, onions, and mushrooms. We marinate the mushrooms and steak together in lemon juice, worchesterchire (I know I butchered that), brown mustard, and a little salt and pepper. SO yum.