Posts Tagged ‘Heidi’

Glow Run!

glow run Anyone out there signed up for the Glow Run?  This will be my first time running it.  Looks like it will be a great time and I like that it’s a night race.  I tend to have an easier time running in the afternoon than in the morning.  What’s your best time to exercise?

What are other races that you would suggest?  Has anyone been on a committee that puts together a race?  I would love to hear about the process that goes in to it.  Good luck to those who will be participating in it.  Maybe I’ll see you down there!

Fish en Papillote

En Papillote While on vacation we ate quite a bit of fish.  One of the more memorable meals was a white fish that they baked en Papillote.  I had done this in cooking school years back but hadn’t thought much about it since.  It looks complicated but is actually really simple and the end result it always yummy.

This recipe looks exactly like what we ate on the island and it was delicious. The quality of the fish and herbs is what will make or break this meal.  I also added a link that explains the steps of wrapping the parchment in more detail.  Be a bit adventurous and try it out.  You won’t be disappointed!

How to cook en Papillote

Fish en Papillote

Recipe courtesy Melissa d’Arabian

Prep Time:20 min    Inactive Prep Time:15 min    Cook Time:12 min
Serves:4 servings


  • 1/2 red onion, julienned
  • 1 zucchini, julienned
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (4-ounce) sole fillets, hake, flounder or other white fish
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 pats butter
  • 1/4 cup white wine

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a bowl, mix together the onion, zucchini, carrot and garlic. Adds the oil, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and toss to combine. Put each fish fillet in a large square of parchment paper and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on top, dividing evenly. Top the vegetables with 2 lemon slices, 2 sprigs thyme, a pat of butter and 1 tablespoon white wine, layering in order. Fold the parchment paper around the edges tightly in 1/4-inch folds to create a half moon shape. Make sure you press as you crimp and fold to seal the packets well, otherwise the steam will escape. Arrange the packets on a baking sheet. Bake until the fish is cooked through, about 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. To serve, cut open the packets and serve directly in the parchment on a plate or remove the fish to the plate using a spatula, being sure you don’t leave the juices behind.

Vacation Bulge

beach Why is it that we work so hard to look good for vacation, then get there and blow our diet and toned body completely in a week’s time?  How about a play on words and call it in the time frame of a weak!

Honestly, do we really think eating and drinking anything we want on vacation won’t latch on to our tummies and thighs and hitch a ride home with us?  Evidently that’s what was going through my head.

Oh well, what’s done is done.  I had an amazing time spending the week with my husband in the Caribbean.  I might have brought back a few pounds but I also brought back a more relaxed mind and a high level of Vitamin D 😉

Maybe that’s the moral of the story…  It’s called a vacation for a reason.  Enjoy every minute, remember that it’s not forever and when you get back home, don’t even think about putting on your skinny jeans for at least two weeks!

Score 1 for the health coach!

Of all the things I thought I would never hear come out of my husband’s mouth, requesting organic ANYTHING probably tops the list.  But that’s exactly what he did!  Evidently, the produce he had been picking out just wasn’t cutting it.  Well let me think… of course I will!!  Score for the health coach!

Let’s talk about compromise…

Living in a household where everyone might not be on the same page when it comes to eating habits, compromise is a must.  My home is no different.

My husband is all about the butter!  He loves flavor and fat and creaminess.  I’m not going to say that I don’t love these palate pleasers as well, but not on a daily basis like my husband would prefer to have them.  Do you find yourself in this position?

It has taken years, literally, to get to an agreeable compromise between myself and my husband.  And it’ still a work in progress.  For instance, when we first started dating, he would eat the Hungry Man frozen dinners.  It took me a little “educating” to explain how much salt, preservatives and lack of nutrients there are in them.  But, he finally agreed that there plenty of other options out there to fill his belly.

Then it was cold cereal every morning.  Again, not harping but “educating” led me to get him to eat a true breakfast in the morning instead a bowl full of sugar and refined carbohydrates.  Actually, when he realized how much fuller his stomach was for longer, I could easily rest my case.

Even just the other night, he wanted fried shrimp.  We compromised on coconut encrusted, sautéed shrimp over a spicy edamame salad.  It was delicious and we both loved it! So what is your compromise looking like at your house?

Get at it!

Now that the weather is turning colder, it is really hard for me to get out of bed and get motivated.  Does anyone else have that problem?

A few tricks that seem to work for me are stretching in bed to get the blood pumping before you get out.  Also, I always set out my workout clothes the night before so I can get out of bed and directly into the clothes.  That way I’m less likely to just hop in the shower and bypass the workout all together.

There are days that a hot shower does win over a workout.  But I will say, when I do get up and at it, I always feel fantastic and more energized for the rest of the day after I’ve worked out.   Even just 15 to 30 minutes of stretching, at the very least, can make a HUGE difference in your metabolism.

What are your tricks?  For those of you who prefer to work out in the evening, how do you keep yourself accountable to fit it in and not just head to bed?

I’ll take that as a compliment!

So yesterday I decided to go for a run.  I should say jog because I was by no means pushing myself.  I was out for a half hour or so, mostly staying around the neighborhoods.  It just happened to be around the time that kids were being picked up by the buses.

As I ran past a group of kids waiting on the other side of the street, I could hear one of the girls say, “Look at that girl.  She looks like Jillian Michaels.”  One of the other kids said, “Biggest Loser, Jillian?  Yeah, but she’s not as old as Jillian.”

So first of all, I’m mostly out of breath by this time and laughing at the same time.  Not an easy task!  Second, due to the fact that I’m probably twice the size of Jillian, I was thankful that young kids would even put me in the same category of looking anywhere near as fit as her.  And lastly, all I could think of was that if Jillian was there she would have been yelling at me,” Push yourself!  Run faster!  Go harder!  HARDER!!”

LOL!  Funny thing, I did try and push myself a bit harder after that!

Daily Goals

The alarm goes off and you stumble out of bed to begin your daily grind.  One by one, items and routines are mentally marked off as you make your way through another day.  Do you have room for one more thing to add to your list?

Along with the usual hustle and bustle of a day, why not set a goal for yourself?  Could be a small goal or it could be a big goal.  Although it might take a few tries to keep it in your thoughts throughout the day, the rewards will be well worth the effort.  Write it down and keep track of when you take actions steps towards meet your goal.

For instance, you wake up and make it a goal to drink 60 ounces of water throughout the day.  Right there you are creating a mindset to actively think about what fluids you are consuming.  Then, midway through the morning when you would usually go for another cup of coffee, you choose water instead to help reach your goal.  Logging that you are getting closer to your goal will be a bigger ego burst than you think!  Trust me, setting goals and reaching them is very addicting!

So what are some ideas for goals?  There are plenty to choose from but here are some of my favorite daily goals to keep you motivated.

  • Drinking 60 ounces of water a day
  • Limiting yourself to 1 cup of coffee
  • Counting all the grams of sugar you drink in a day (remembering that the average intake of sugar TOTAL a day is 40 grams)
  • Writing in a food journal
  • Taking stairs anytime they are available
  • Using a pedometer, set a goal for 8,000 or more steps a day
  • Walking outside for 30 minutes
  • Cutting back your portion sizes by a quarter
  • Getting to bed in time to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep

After you master the daily goals, move on to bigger and better.  The sky is the limit!

“Good for her!”

The other day, my husband and I were driving down a busy street in Ankeny.  It was kind of a chilly, windy day and the sun was nowhere to be found.  I was enjoying the fabulous fall colors when I noticed a younger gal jogging down the sidewalk.

Most often, my first thought would be of jealousy that she was enjoying a good jog and I wasn’t.  But this scenario was a bit different.  First of all, it wasn’t that great of a running day. And also, the girl didn’t seem to be having a great go at it.  She was on the larger side and it looked as though it was her first try at jogging and it was taking all her effort just to get the body to move in the same direction.

Now, I just want to clarify that this situation is not one of judgment.  Let me tell you why.

I told my husband to look over and I said, “Good for her!” to him.  He saw her, waited a second and replied, “I wonder what happened to make her decide to go for a run?”

A couple of things… I love my husband for not being judgmental.  Could you imagine what other less open-minded people were saying driving by her?  Secondly, wouldn’t it be great to know what the reason was that she decided to go for a jog that day?  In the cold, on one of Ankeny’s busiest streets, obviously not caring about what people thought of her?

So here’s a question to you?  Have you been in a situation like this?  What was the situation that made you want to jump with both feet first?  Also, was there someone to cheer you along or was it squarely on your shoulders to keep yourself accountable?

I hope this gal has continued with her jogging without injury or setback and that she is well on her way to meeting her health goals.  Seriously, good for her!!


Can you believe this?  I’m in my 30s and this is my first blog, ever!  Crazy, I know.  But if you knew how technologically incompetent I am, you would totally get it.  That’s what makes it an even bigger deal that I now have my own website, and my own business!  I am so excited!  I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, friends and of course my marketing agent.  Seriously!

So, welcome!  Thanks for checking out the website for Achievable Health.  Feedback is always appreciated.  You can send me an email with questions, concerns or ideas.  Constructive criticism is a perfect way to grow.  My goal is for those who visit my website to feel inspired and empowered to take a look at their daily habits to see if small changes might make a big difference in their lives.

I look forward to hearing from you.  So, until next time, take care!

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