I love football…er, football documentaries.

As much as I wish I could sit and cheer with Tony on football Sunday, I have a really hard time watching a lot of football.  I can watch a Bears game probably from beginning to end, but that’s about it.

But I love football documentaries.  Showtime does a series in the summer time that highlights the inner workings of a football team, from picking the roster, practices, the players having meals together.  I find that fascinating.

We watched a show last night about the New York Giants, who had a guardian angel so to speak by the name of Col. Greg Gadson.  Gadson was friends with the 2012 assistant coach (they played college football together), and before their final playoff game last year, the coach asked Gadson to come and deliver the night before the game speech.


Gadson lost both his legs in 2007 in Baghdad when a roadside bomb went off.  It was part of his speech that struck me the most:

“One of the things that I’m able to remind myself and remind people is there are no guarantees in life.  You can’t even play for tomorrow. You have to stay in the moment and play for that day because your life, your career, can change very quickly. I’m living evidence and living proof of that. Understand the situation you are in and the opportunities and always make sure you leave it on the field.”

We have to stop looking back at past mistakes and failures, and not wonder what’s going to happen tomorrow that may be out of our control.  Live for today, and make each minute count.   I know I am going to put everything I have into my workout today, and I have Col. Gadson to thank for the inspiration. Open-mouthed smile

I ended up making another breakfast casserole yesterday, this time with unsweetened almond milk, and it was delicious!

Almond Milk Potato Crusted Quiche

makes 4 servings:

  • 215 calories, 9.7 fat, 13.8 carbs, 1.6 fiber and 17.4 protein
  • 51% of vitamin A, 21% of calcium and 21% vitamin C


  • 10 ounce baked potato, sliced thin
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 ounces chopped ham
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • splash of hot sauce
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 400.  In an 8×8 pan, spray the bottom with Pam, then lay the sliced potatoes over the bottom of the pan.  Top with chopped spinach and ham.  In a separate bowl mix the eggs, egg white, almond milk, salt, pepper and hot sauce and pour over the potato/spinach/ham mixture.  Top with 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese and bake for 30 minutes.

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I love the potato crust!

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I have to tell you guys that I love the pillowcase method of organizing my gym clothes. My gym bag doesn’t have any compartments, it’s just one giant bag.  I’ve had to take out everything just to find my socks before.  Not yesterday!


Everything was in one spot, I got dressed super quick.  I ended up doing the HIIT app on my phone – the 40 minute routine, 7 sets of running for 3 minutes, walking for 2 minutes at a 8% incline, then did my cool down.


I put all my dirty clothes back into the pillowcase, and when I went to change my clothes after work, I brought my gym back to the basement with me, tossed the Wednesday case in the dirty laundry, then threw in my Thursday bag for today.  I am contemplating just tying up the bags and washing the pillow case, contents and all, in the washer and dryer – I’ll let you know if that works out!

I did end up making chicken and wild rice soup from our leftover Cornish hens from New Years Eve.  I got inspiration from Gina’s recipe at Skinny Taste.   However, I left out the onions, flour and mushrooms.  I ended up picking off 8 ounces of chicken from the hens, and added two cups already cooked wild rice.  My version ended up making six servings at 1.5 cups each – for only 203 calories, 3.9 fat, 19 carbs and 19 protein.

I add carrots and cucumbers to dip into fat free ranch dressing, half a ham and buffalo cheese sandwich and an apple for dessert.  This was super filling – it comes in at around 500 calories for this plate, but I ended up eating everything, except I was full after eating half of the soup, so I stopped eating. NSV!!

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Over the weekend I was cleaning out our freezer and realized I had three separate packages of various types of pork – 1/2 a pork tenderloin, one butterfly pork chop, and two pork blade shoulder steaks.  I defrosted them overnight, then the next day cooked them in my Dutch oven.

I heated the oven to 350.  Put all the pork in the bottom, then tossed in 1/4 cup of dry mix seasoning, 1/2 a cup of your favorite bbq sauce and 1 can of regular coke.

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I baked it for two hours, let it cool, then chopped it up.  I skimmed off some of the fat from the liquid, and then added back the pork and stuck it in the fridge.  So last night while Tony had a pork sandwich, I decided to make a bbq pork salad.  Tony almost threw up in his mouth a bit, but I have to tell you, this was delicious!

Chopped lettuce and romaine, carrots, cucumber and bell pepper.  I added 1/2 a cup of the bbq pork, then drizzled fat free ranch and hot sauce over the top, and sprinkled just a bit of cheddar cheese over the top.

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I’ll definitely fix that one again. Open-mouthed smile

And I’ll leave you with my best photo taken of the day!

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I’ll be teaching photography skills later this month – #not!

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Don’t think about yesterday or tomorrow – make today great and leave it all on the field!


31 thoughts on “I love football…er, football documentaries.

  1. You know, I really needed to read your post today. Thank you so much for posting the story about Col. Gadson. I need to work on leaving things on the field! Also, on an unrelated note – that salad looks flipping delicious!

  2. You are weird & yes…that why I love you! 😀

    Very inspirational quote from Col. Gadson! Wow… I, too am going to remember this today at lunch when I workout & want to wimp out due to the cold weather.

  3. I love football AND the documentaries. My favorite thing about Superbowl Sunday is all the human interest stories they do about the teams and players leading up to the game. I need to look for this one because the Giants are Mr. Helen’s team!

    I think washing the clothes in the pillowcase will work, but I think they will dry better if you take them out. I just picture a damp lump of clothes if you don’t.

  4. 2 great post in the last 2 days. I have been reading you everyday for about 1 1/2 years now. I start every work day with ” whats bizzy doing today?” Love ya!

  5. oops…looks like you got more than one more follower. I guess you will now need to get an additional 998 followers so your number can be 1319 🙂

    Your salads always look so yummy. I don’t know where you find these great motivating tidbits but they are great!

  6. That salad looks amazing…I love a great salad!

    I love football, but I also love football documentaries…sounds like the one you watched was great!

  7. The bbq pork salad looks delicious!! I love salads like that!

    I loved the inspiration you added to today’s post. Just what I needed. Thank you!

  8. I’m loving the quiche! We eat a TON of eggs at our house…I need to start throwing spinach in.

  9. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds

    I’ve been on a salad kick lately and that salad looks perfect to me!

    You are too funny! I’ve always loved 411 cuz I’m an April baby! I guess we’re both weird! 🙂

  10. Wow, that quote is definitely true inspiration! The salad looks amazing by the way!

  11. At the gym where I used to work they had a laundry service where you put all your crap in a mesh bag and retrieved it the next day. It was awesome. It should work with the pillow cases, too! The only thing that might be a hassle is drying the balled up items…

    Looking forward to seeing what happens!

  12. I am SO going to try that salad! It looks amazing!

  13. hey biz! glad the pillowcases are working out for you 🙂

  14. Great idea with the pillowcases for your workout clothes. I like simple solutions like that. All the food looks amazing. I need to come up with some new breakfast options. It’s the most difficult meal of the day for me.

  15. I think that salad looks amazing, so poo poo on Tony! Thanks for the inspiring quote, I am trying harder to get outside of my own mind and concentrate on my life going on around me.

    • It helped me in my workout, when I thought I couldn’t do another leg lift and then I thought that guy would love to HAVE a leg to lift – so I kept at it!

  16. Happy New Year Biz! Sorry to miss the last 9 days – I was offline but now I’m back 🙂 Love the inspiring quote. And your potato crust is such a great idea!

  17. Weighting For 50

    Great story and quote Vat!!! Words to live by. Please send quiche up North! 🙂

  18. Love what he said about living in the moment. So true! Forget Tony the naysayer, that salad is fabulous and I’m ready to take your photography class! lol. I already follow you so I hope you got to your number!

  19. Way to kick butt in the new year!!

  20. […] had the last of my breakfast casserole yesterday – with the same fruit – I never even bothered to take a picture because it was […]

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