B-A Skillet

An easy, bad-youknowwhat meal and some Monday motivation

I believe THRIVE-ing and STRENGTH go hand in hand. You simply cannot thrive without being strong. And the converse is true- it’s really hard to be strong unless you are in a state of thrive (or on a journey to thrive).


It’s actually true. Anatomically speaking, if you break a bone, once it heals that area of the bone is stronger.  The same is true for the brokenness in our life. Once you break, you will be stronger in that area of your life, you spirit, than you were before the hurt.  I know that doesn’t make the hurt, the pain, any easier. But believe that you will come away stronger. Reflect on your life this week and look at how you have grown through times of brokenness. Find strength.

Sunday usually ends up being my day to rest and restore. That doesn’t mean I do nothing, it just means I try to take time for me, for my faith, and to s-l-o-w down.  My Mondays that follow restful Sundays go so much better than ones that follow a hectic Sunday. Mondays are also my longest work day and so Monday night’s dinner needs to be quick  AND refueling. 

Today’s recipe is SIMPLE and NUTRITIOUS. It’s full of healthy fats, green veggies, and a few healthy starches (carbs aren’t ALL bad, they are necessary for life!) It only requires 4 main ingredients: asparagus, red onion, grass-fed ground beef, and rice. Cook, add your favorite spices, and you are done. BAM! Dinner in less than 20 minutes.

Start your rice first. Follow your directions on the package and don’t disturb the rice until it is cooked. It ensures you will have perfect rice every time.

While the rice is cooking, brown the grass-fed beef, add in the onions and asparagus. Cook until veggies are at the desired level of cooking. Add the spices that you want- I used garlic, basil, sea salt, and black pepper. 

And that’s it. Serve the veggies and meat over the rice. Nourishing. Simple. Easy. And it makes great leftovers.  









B-A Skillet
Beef and Asparagus are the main ingredients in this simple, yet nutritious skillet dish.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. Organic White Rice cooked according to package directions.
  2. 1 Package of Grass-fed Beef
  3. 3 cups chopped Asparagus
  4. 1 Red Onion, chopped
  5. Assorted Spices
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. Brown beef in a large skillet.
  3. Add in onions and continue to cook.
  4. Add asparagus in last. Cook until desired texture is achieved.
  5. Season with your favorite spices.
  6. Serve skillet over rice. Enjoy :-)
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Do what you love… and occasionally what you hate.

“Figure out what you love and do that!”

I’m just as guilty as the next trainer for telling people to find what they love and do that for exercise. Love the outdoors? Try hiking or biking.  Love weight lifting? Lift heavy things.  Love going out dancing? Try Zumba ® . Chances are good if you LOVE it, you are more likely to stick with it.

And I will continue to say this to all my clients.


(my favorite word… there is ALWAYS an exception right?)

There is power in doing something you hate.


That’s right. Chances are if you hate it, it is probably because you aren’t good at it.  And chances are good that means you might get some benefit from it.

I’ll use myself as an example. I love fitness, activity, exercise… you name it and chances are good I am there. Pick up sports? Yep! Lifting? Absolutely! Swimming, biking, or running? For sure! Hiking or kayaking? Won’t say no!

But Zumba® ? Not a chance. No way. Not me. I have no rhythm or beat. I’m bad at it. And so I don’t like it.

But last night I had an hour to kill between cross country practice and training, so I gave Zumba ®  a shot (for about the 3rd time in my life). And here is what I thought… I’m moving laterally. I’m stretching. I’m twisting and turning. My goodness, I’m moving out of a linear plane of movement and this is good for my body (and preventing injury!) And so occasionally I will dance it out… 😉

But let’s back track. I said I love lifting. If you know me, that’s not a surprise.  In the last two months my strength has increase dramatically, even during higher sessions of cardio. What do I attribute it to? Adding in what I hat[ed]. I used to LOATHE push-ups and pull-ups.  I wasn’t good at them. And so I didn’t like them. And I didn’t do them (three sets of 10 was plenty thank you very much!).  However, I have a few lifting buddies who are big on push/pull. And so we added in a TON (like 150-300 a day) of push/pull for two weeks. Well, I got stronger, saw dramatic improvement in my musculature, AND… I kinda love push-ups and pull-ups now.

The point here is to challenge you. At least once a week, do something you “hate.” Challenge yourself. Keep improving. Make yourself better everyday.