Menu Plan Week of January 14th

If you follow me on any of my other medias Facebook – Mommy Rhetoric and Instagram – Mommy Rhetoric. You know that I am getting ready to start a new Beachbody Program. I have also had some requests about what my food intake looks like and I was kinda holding off because I knew that this was happening tomorrow. So I will share…however that comes with a few things.

I am a beachbody coach and I can help you. However, I am not pressuring anyone and I am not trying to recruit anyone by this post. I would love support however you need, but my ultimate goal is that we are all just the best version of ourselves. If you know me you know I am genuine. If you don’t you may think yea right?! But that is on you.

I plan to follow the container system for this journey that lasts 6 weeks. I also plan to follow the 2B Mindset which is a program about eating intuitively and mindfully. I don’t deprive myself of anything I want. The cool thing about the 2B Mindset is I was eating this way long before this program exists. A huge weight loss tip is to truly listening to your own body on what foods you need and want.

For example, I made this granola yesterday and I ate too much granola yesterday because it was sooo yummy. I felt terrible last night because it was too many carbs, too much oatmeal. I know better. In my experience you will feel satisfied and it is the perfect amount when you want more but you know you should not. Sometimes I give in. Sometimes I do not. I will NOT deprive myself. Period.

So anyway…what I am here for. At the beginning of any program where I am changing eating to more strict eating I will add mexican dishes in it because it makes it so much easier for me because that is my favorite food by far. So you will likely notice a trend.


Breakfast21 Day Fix Apple Banana Muffins which counts as 1 purple and 1 blue. I love this because it feels carby for breakfast, but it is not. I will sub out apples for blueberries if you want that flavor. 1-2 Hard boiled egg (1 red if 2/.5 red if 1). 2 Strips of bacon (1 red). The 21DFX recommends turkey bacon, however, with my keto experience I am less afraid of fats as long as you have a good traditional bacon. As well, I need more protein than I typically get so I pack it in in the AM. It will look like this all week.

Lunch – Spaghetti squash (1 Green) with this sauce (1.5 green and 1 tsp) with 1 red of beef. I just bake the spaghetti squash and sprinkle with garlic and coconut oil spray.

Snack – Nuts .5 blue (or my carb depending on my mood – 1 Yellow if I have granola).

Dinner – I am making gluten free lasagna using the sauce and gluten free noodles. I don’t necessarily have a recipe, but I will add hamburger to the sauce so it will be 1 red worth per serving. They will have garlic bread and I will have a fruit or one of my muffins (1 purple) topped with .5 tablespoon (.5 blue) of peanut butter.

Snack – I will usually eat my carb here and some olives and pickles. My carb maybe toast with butter or jelly. Or it maybe half a sweet potato (1 yellow).


Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks– Same

Dinner – Taco Pizza. I will make this taco meat and one serving is (1 red). I like to use flat out bread and I think half of one is 1 yellow. If I cannot find those (sometimes I cannot around here) I will have 1-2 corn tortillas (2 actually counts as 1 yellow). I top with 1 red of taco meat, cut a tomato (.5 green or 1 full green). I top with cheese (1 blue or .5 blue depending on my mood…I don’t like a lot of dairy in general). I will sometimes top with ranch. I will likely add in a veggie to be sure I meet my green requirement (1 green).


Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks – Same

Dinner – Parmesan Chicken (1 red), asparagus or if I have leftover spaghetti squash I will place my parmesan chicken on top of it (1 green). I don’t necessarily have a recipe, but I usually will make it with an egg and almond milk mixed together and a cup of parmesan and gluten free breadcrumbs. I count this topping as (1 blue and .5 yellow). If I have red sauce left I will also put it on top, but if not no big deal. I will also probably have a half of a sweet potato (1 yellow). There will be dinner rolls for the girls and my guy. For me nope.


Breakfast/Snacks – Same

Lunch – I am outta the squash at this point so I will make butternut squash soup which I just make by baking a butternut squash and emulsify it with 1 cup of almond milk or coconut milk. I season it with salt, cinnamon, onion powder. It will be 1 green/1 red and 1 tsp.

Dinner – Family always goes out to dinner here. For me usually I will eat whatever is leftover from earlier in the week or I will go to dinner with # 1 for tacos. If tacos I will eat 2 hardshell tacos smothered in salsa and count as (1 yellow/1 green/1 red/1 blue/1 purple). If super strict feeling I will not eat chips and salsa. If not then I will eat handful of chips and salsa. This is where I won’t deprive myself. If there were cheats (though I don’t believe in cheating. I am eating…thank you!) this would be it. I just don’t go crazy!


Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks – Same

Dinner – My guy and I go out to eat and I will usually eat whatever I can on plan as best I can.

Above all….I eat clean. I do want any extra “crap” in my food.

For drinking – Lots of water, pre-workout, Pure Leaf Unsweet Black Tea

Hope this helps!!!



Saturday Sharing: Podcasts

Anyone else love podcasts as much as me? I am slightly obsessed as in seriously obsessed.

download (1)My current favorite and one I wait anxiously for new ones is: 

Broken Harts by Glamour Mag. This podcast is telling the story of the Hart family who were a home schooling family who adopted several children and by all accounts looked like all was well until one day one of the moms drove them off a cliff. The story is seriously tragic and makes you frustrated with the lack of a system to protect children and demonstrates how easy it is to hide in plain sight of everyone.

Longtime Favorite that I never miss:

My Favorite Murder which I have loved since the beginning because I am a born and bred Murderino (thanks mom!). I love true crime podcasts and this one is my most favorite. This one has a cult following and you can tell a fellow murderino by how they say, “Byeeeeeeee”. If you say it that way what follows is always a quick but knowing look. Like a nod; it is similar to what motor cycle riders do when they see one another on the road.

A telling of one of my favorite historical stories: 

Unobsecured is telling the story of the Salem Witch trials and I knew I was hooked when 99-ogI heard the story of the Proctors. A story that is taught in my classroom and kids just get sucked into. I think they really love it because the story has some truth to it. It is also told by Aaron Manke the creator of Lore if you have heard of that. Lore has a podcast, a book and an Amazon original. I have watched and listened to some episodes. But I love Unobsecured.

A hot and cold one: 

Sometimes I love this one and sometimes it is just okay. I am a huge fan of One Tree Hill (thanks to two previous students who begged me to binge watch). I did and I fell in love with Jana Kramer. She came out with a podcast called Whine Down with Jana Kramer. What I actually ended up loving was that her husband was on it a few times and I think the episodes did so good that now he is a staple on it. It isn’t so much that I love him on it, but I love them on it together.

Health and Wellness Podcasts: 

  1. Trust and Believe with Shaun T.
  2. The Chalene Show with Chalene Johnson.
  3. The Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis
  4. Rise Together Podcast


Saturday Sharing is a weekly post. Enjoy!

Where it is at – TEACHING FINALLY!

Oh yea, I am a teacher and it has been a bit since I shared much of that. Sometimes you just get into the routine and think about no one else except those in your classroom. So again I will try and share.

College Speech – A new semester means another round of college speech. New students, same class.

English 11 / College English – We are writing college application essays. I pulled the Common App essay prompts and they answer them for an assignment. I do this so that they have that waiting on them when they start applying this summer.  I share with this quite a bit of info about college application responses and sample essays. Since we are an early college I feel like we have some great resources to help. I am also preparing to start discussing critical theory via literature to them. They will be reading The Great Gatsby and be assigned a chapter that they will be responsible for teaching in class alongside their critical theory that they pick. It is a very college dominated assignment. I will share the assignment sheet once I get it polished.

English 9 / English 9 H – We are working on argumentation and for them last class we did either/or and we did it rap battle type. Students moved to the side of the room of how they felt. They then had to make claims and rebuttals and identify different types of evidence. Today I used Miss G’s Speed Debating and my students loved it. I introduced them to rhetorical concepts before hand and will continue to do so.

sat-logoSAT Prep – New class this semester, but not new to me. My students got their PSAT scores and we are going through those and discussing methods for reading and writing quicker. As well as some test taking strategies. I use a NANOWRIMO technique to help with writing quick and we have writing sprints. These are good for testing in general. They help students clear out the “garbage”. I usually do them in sets of three. Have students write for 1/1 and half minutes or 2 minutes with the goal of getting more words each time. Pick easy prompts and I give them small rewards for the most improved and highest amount. I do something similar for reading. The goal of both is to block out the other stuff. I also encourage some students to provide distraction. That is important because there are always those things too.

We just started diving into reading strategies today and I use quite a bit of Princeton’s Review for them. However, because it is test prep and it can be terribly boring sometimes I try incorporate fun where I can.


Reality Check.

Highlight reel…



Cause when it is good. It is damn good. But that isn’t how life works. It is not always good. Also yes I realize that this post was literally about marriage being tough. But it is so easy in that post to get lost in what looks real and sometimes the reality looks much different.

There are also some really hard moments too. That are harder to explain and share.



They look a little like this. They are plain and utter exhaustion for living with and being married to someone who has TN. The meds, the side effects of the meds, and the surgery. My husband is not always the same person I married.

And quite frankly I am not either. I have been stretched beyond where I even believed possible. I have wanted to walk away and give up and sometimes I fought for us completely alone.

And TN isn’t the only monster we have faced, but in every problem we have encountered I literally can picture a cliff and us holding hands. We decided to do this life together and I am loyal and loving till the end.

And I suppose that is what I meant by tough. I thought socks on the floor and stinky feet were the bumps in the road. Our bumps in the road have been damn mountains.

Now because I am me and Imma do what Imma do I will tell you it is worth it. It will always be worth it. I chose this path because God has given it to me. Call that the positivity in me, call it always showing the highlight reel I don’t care. I don’t just say love always wins cause it sounds nice. Quite frankly there are times it is the absolute only thing I have to hold onto.

Love always wins – MR


Saturday Sharing: New Year Edition

Hello longtime friend…welcome to my usual Saturday ramblings of what is up with me lately. I haven’t done one of these in a long, long time. Today’s is all about what I am doing in my spare time.

71fz0jq072lReading Sharing:

This previous summer I became obsessed with the Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard. The strong female lead, her love interest of Maven and Cal. Everyone out the nets are all team Cal and I am over here all like Team Maven. Everyone wants the good guy and I am over here like I want the bad boy. But I won’t spoil what happens. The characters are written in a really promising and realistic manner. The plot lines are a slow build and I can see where that may make someone put the book down. But Aveyard writes in a manner that even though you put the book down the characters have you. You wonder what is happening with them. I did just that. Started in August 5th and had to start over on Christmas break.

Now next in the line up is That is Not What Happened by Kody Kepling. I am going to push through this to prove I can read a book when I am teaching because I often forget that. This book is about how people are heroised (not a word…I know) after a tragedy and that sometimes the stories they tell are not actually true. It is fiction, so it is not necessarily true, but it is a reaction to all the school shootings that have been happening. I am almost half way in and it is so good. It definitely not like the Red Queen series, but it is good. I think I like series that you can stay committed to for awhile. But it is nice for a quick read to remind myself I can read.

I was going to read Furyborn by Claire Legrand, but it is a part of the trilogy and the rest x400of it has not come out yet, so I didn’t want to get too committed to a super deep plot right now after Red Queen. But it is similar in nature to Red Queen series, but I am told it is a bit steamier. I will let you know.

I also am always simultaneously listening to a book (thank you audible) on my way to and home from work. And currently I am listening to I’ll be gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara which is about the Golden State Killer and Rapist. I love true crime and I listen to a ton of true crime podcasts and books. This one is definitely a great one. The story of Michelle McNamara is also very interesting, but I do not want to spoil that, but I recommend that you go check her out.

And finally, right now I am doing the Weekly Prayer Project which is kind of a devotional and kind of a journaling prompt. My goal is to finish this this year. I love the book and I love that they are short excerpts. My biggest issue with devotionals is I get very overwhelmed.

So my reading goal….I want to read 30 books this year. I think I can do it if I include audible as an option. I love young adult, fantasy, non-fiction, romance and self-help. I also have one heck of a Barnes and Noble discount with my teacher discount and Barnes and Noble membership card.

Alright…happy reading with you this Saturday. Hope you are taking some time to read things other than social media (except don’t forget my blog).


Saturday Sharing is a weekly sharing of what is happening in my life currently!!!

The old me. {Reblog}

Ohhh guuuurrrlll…preach! This is so true and definitely worth a repeating. And to be completely cliche…my husband is my rock and a prayer answered.

“But all of that. That wasn’t tough. That was building in her a toughness and a tenderness that she would later need to love him through his toughest hours. I would remind her she would need that strength to get through what would come. I would tell her that she would realize that love always wins and in it it would create a beauty and strength that she could have only ever dreamed of having.”

Mommy Rhetoric


Do you ever want to go back and punch the old you? Well I do. Seriously, she had no clue. She had no idea what hardships were. Sure she suffered some things and sure times were difficult. But my goodness, she had no idea. If I could tell myself then what I know now I would say a lot. I would probably smack her first and then I would sit her down at the kitchen table. A place where I truly believe lives can and are transformed.

lovewins1I would tell myself that all the stuff I thought was tough I had no clue. I would tell her that fighting with your husband sometimes doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you or that he wants to move on past you. I would tell her to quit making him prove it over and over again. I would tell myself that marriage for the two…

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I’ve got this. I always had it.

January 3rd 2015. 4 years ago I said enough. I worked out. I focused in on what mattered. Taking care of me to take care of others. This year is no different. Little advice from me it isn’t about wallowing in the I wish I’s but instead in the I am going to’s.

My first sweaty selfie ever.


To my sweaty selfie today.


What can happen in a year will shock you…


This was 5 months here.


This is 8 months.

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This was exactly 1 year and 10 days after I had enough.

I am selling absolutely nothing. There is no magic pill, workout, shake or program that will make this happen. The only thing that can happen is choosing yourself. I am giving you a reminder that we are all worth it. I got it. You’ve got it. We’ve all got it. – MR

Goodbye 2018!

This morning I was working on my “highlight” reel for 2018 in pictures. First there are few things I would like to note. I need to do more videos. I watched a journey that happened this year. In my recommended a few months back there was this writer, Rebecca Woolf of Girls Gone Child.  I follow a lot of writers, but the image I saw on instagram was one that highlighted her absence and devastating news of her husband’s cancer. Sadly, he passed and two lessons I have learned because of this loss of life are:

1) take more videos and 2) dead is dead as in gone forever.

There is no tomorrow. So hold tight and just live (and video it on occasion).

No it shouldn’t take some stranger on instagram to get me to learn that lesson, but it did and I did. So more videos. I also noticed in my highlight reel that I cried a lot. I always took a picture. I am not sure why because I didn’t share them much. But I guess in a way I wanted to remind myself that my world has not always been as pretty as it seems in my camera roll.

IMG_2337There has been a lot of good this year, but damn has there been some pretty painful shit. The most painful of it all is the fear. The fear of sharing it, the not being able to come here and talk with my blog about it. The one place I have always found comfort and peace is in my writing and in my word. But more than anything here I tell my stories and these painful stories are not mine to share.

But what is happening is a transition and damn it all to heck I can feel it. My husband and I’s marriage is shifting. We went from the crazy chaos of parenting littles to now parenting pre-adults (aka pre-teens and teens). We went from stolen hallway kisses to basically hanging out with each other all the time because our kids are “busy”. It feels like date night every night. We have almost 23 years of a relationship that has seen a lot of things and I am so grateful to shift back to this transition where I can laugh at his stupid jokes and he be annoyed by view of the world. But it is like getting to know one another again. Add in a douse of TN and the med side effects and my inability to ever just sit and relax. We are good time. 😀

And can we just talk about the transitions that my children are going through? Almost time to apply to colleges with # 1 and # 2 in high school and thinking about colleges and then # 3 who is 9 and wearing size 14s because she is so darn tall. But still being able to wear 8 because she is so tiny. I cannot figure it all out. It is too fast and I am afraid I missed too much or didn’t enjoy the ride as much as I should have. They are all their own little people trying to figure out this crazy world and their place in it. And darn it if I didn’t raise them all to be fierce fighters.

I am nearing the end of my principal leadership program (ends this summer) and in the IMG_3222 2end of that I need to make decisions…do I cool my heels teaching till I feel ready to consider a paid leadership role? Or do I just go for it? Which brings about this whole other transition and leaving the place that raised me. My school is my home and what made my passions become a reality and the thought of serving any other community is so scary. But I believe I am a servant leader and a servant leaders go where they are called. I just do not feel ready for any of that yet though.

And then just the simple transitions of life like our parents getting older, grandparents being sick and getting older if they are still around. The realization that life is constantly in flux. This state that the world is temporary no matter how hard we ignore that and the stupid notion or belief that we have any control in any of this.

But there is good and I know it and I see it. It exists out there and we have to take time to sit and reflect on it and work for it and bask in it because before you know it that peak has a valley and that valley has a hill and so on.

Enjoy 2019 MR Readers!

This Year:

A bad habit I am going to break: 



Pepsi (AGAIN!!!) and I want to stream less. I feel like the streaming has made me less connected to my actual life. I do it to destress before bed and I should use that time to be with my guy.

A new skill I would like to learn: 


My doc says absolutely no running. I love that type of cardio. His recommended replacement is bicycling, but I have a hate hate relationship with it. So? I guess I will try and love it. He said it has the same body benefits, but is so much easier on your body.

A person I hope to be more like: 

I don’t want to post a picture without permission, but one of my daughter’s friends mommas. She is the most positive person I can think of. She also is a wealth of knowledge and just embodies love and light. I want to embody love and light as well. Christine…I am looking at you. 

A good deed I am going to do: 

Try and proceed more with love and not trepidation. Sometimes it is fear and sometimes it is dread. But I hope to operate out of the love part of myself and less the other two. I preach love a lot and I need to live it a lot more. 

A place I would like to visit: 


Except I will not be wearing my work clothes. We are going to Panama City Beach for our vacation. My # 3 wants to see the ocean. I want to take my girls to a place my guy and I love.

A book I would like to read: 


I loved her book: Girl, Wash Your Face and I am just as anxious and excited for Girl, Stop apologizing. It comes out in March.

A letter I am going to write: 


Umm…I teach juniors and seniors. That means there will be a few recommendation letters in my future.

A new food I would like to try: 


I am going to do better at (I am going to add three things): 

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How about you? What does your “this year” look like?



Where did she go?

UjmHIJYpR72NXrYGrLvbNwHow does one lose themselves? When you are found it is easy to lose sight of what that feels like. But I have gone and lost myself again.

Lost myself in a sea of carbs, children, students, grad work and life.

It didn’t take much. Stress layered with more stress layered with tacos I am quite sure.

But I doing this. Not because it is a new year. Not because I feel fat and gross. But because I need it.

I drink my pepsi again. Or I did. I was drinking a 16oz. a day as of December 1st.

As of yesterday I don’t drink any. Again. I am here again. Giving up pop for the too many times to count time.

But the path has zigs and zags and some off roading too if you look close.

But guess what…day 6 of exercise. Day 6 when I am on break and it is easy. School break, kpV2W8%OTJa74a21p5t4Awgrad school break, kids crazy hectic schedule break.

But I have to somehow in the next four days find that motivation to keep this.

Work starts the 2nd. Kids go back the 3rd. Grad school starts the 5th. My guy starts the 7th.

And then the battle will begin. The battle for me. Carving out time for me in the form of exercise. In the form of not drinking unending amounts of caffeine masked in sugar masked in empty calories that go straight to my thighs.

And I ask again, how does one lose themselves? 

I don’t know the answer to that, but I am her.