Do you have “Post Holiday Stress Disorder (PHSD)?”

Hello again, everyone – I have missed you! Happy New Year!

I took the last three weeks of the holidays off from many things… work, shaving, writing posts and unfortunately, eating healthy and going to the gym. 

And where did that get me…? A few pounds heavier with a sinus cold! Poop!

In other words, I have “Post Holiday Stress Disorder (PHSD)!”

But instead of getting frustrated and saying “heck with it!” and continuing on that course, I’m choosing to hit the “Reset Button!” When things get a little off-course (and they often do with many things in life), it’s not time to throw in the proverbial towel – its the perfect time to ramp up and re-apply one’s self! In other words… hit the Reset Button!

ToddyAs I sit here on Sunday night, with the Packers/SF game on (Spoiler – Nice job SF!), the wind is blowing wildly outside with about 10 inches of snow. Gotta’ love Chicago! It has already been a snow-filled, cold new year already. I’m done with it – can’t wait for Spring. As quick as I shovel, I need to be out there again.

Since I have a cold, I am eating homemade minestrone soup that I made a couple of days ago and drinking a Vitamin-C punched Hot Toddy! I’m on the second re-heat of the Toddy right now. I even have the Kleenex going.  😦

Among other things, I have been thinking a lot lately, about needing to get back into my positive routines.

As it happens, a few days ago, I was talking with a friend, Karen, through Facebook Messaging (she was the one who won the cookbook contest I held a bit ago). Well, when I met her to give her the book, we talked a bit. She had been tossing around the idea of joining the gym that I happen to be a member of. I said she definitely should! She even signed up for some Personal Trainer sessions, which I highly recommend for anyone. In a message, Karen said she’s been going to the gym quite a bit over the holidays. She also likes this blog because it is often motivational. Well, now SHE is the one who is helping motivate ME, along with others in my life! I knew I needed to get back on track, and what better time than the new year, after the holidays are all over.

Now, this is normally the time of year I truly hate to go to the gym. It’s when all the “New Year Resolutioners” come out of the woodwork, join a gym for a few months, and then give me back my workout machines in March or April when their resolutions wear off and they stop going to the gym. Its like clockwork!

I’ve talked about it before… it’s not enough to have a resolution or go on a temporary diet… the only true changes we can make that will last over time is a life change. Whether that be small or large.

Also, I don’t want it to sound like I was this lazy sloth that just laid on the couch all day, watching TV and eating frozen pizzas. I was very busy with a couple of new interests and made several totally healthy meals. The problem was all the other stuff between those!

So, with Karen going to the gym and me all thrown off my path with being off work for a few weeks, hearing that she has gone to the gym a lot, helped inspire me to go back to the gym again two days ago. Crazily-enough, it felt like a home-coming of sorts.

Right before the holidays I had been going to the gym quite a bit. I had listened to an online workshop for Jonathan Bailor’s book that just came out December 31st, called “The Calorie Myth.” I’ve read MANY health books, so, I’m very leary about all the new, “lose weight quick” ideas in an old business, but what his workshop was about really made a lot of sense!

At the gym, I had put a couple of things to use that he suggests in that book. (Totally pick that book up! Even though I haven’t gotten it yet, I WILL.) But I learned much of what is in the book in that weekend workshop that I could use right away. 

I will get into the book more and give you all some tips from it, but just know that within about two weeks, somewhat following a tip that he suggested, I was able to lift 10 lbs more on EVERY workout machine I was on. That’s not huge, but that’s pretty darn good for only 2 weeks (and only going a few times a week during that time). Good stuff to come in my posts!

Sorry… I got off track! Getting back to going to the gym a couple days ago…

I got right back into it. I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and about 20 minutes on the machines. But I did the machines intensely, which is the key, so that you don’t have to spend hours working out.

I felt so good getting back into it though! I messaged Karen and she suggested that we try to somehow motivate each other, and I think that is a great idea to have someone to talk about when you go work out or even to go work out with! I have brought up before how it is so much easier to exercise and eat better if you have a community (like here!) to do it together with. 

Now that I will be getting back to work and back into my daily routines, I am going to hit the Reset Button and try to make the trips to the gym a lot more frequent as well as get back into my routine of making healthy meals for the week ahead of time. I have already shopped today to prepare some healthy meals to bring to work for lunch as well as breakfasts.  So, I’m suggesting that if anyone else has gotten a little off track, that you also hit that Reset Button! Its a new year full of awesome health and happiness that we can tap into together. 

To help you get on the right trail, following, I will share my SOUPer-Easy recipe for Minestrone soup and give you the link to the Vitamin-C Hot Toddy in case you need to push through a cold as well. I honestly had no idea I could make such tasty, healthy a soup so quickly and easily!

I bought a bag of frozen, ready-cut “soup vegetables” at Walmart to speed up the process. What a lifesaver!!! The bag was literally called “Soup Vegetables.” Sweet!

EZ Minestrone Soup:


  • 2, 32oz. containers of low-sodium, fat-free broth – you choose: beef, chicken or vegetable
  • 1-1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat elbow noodles (any small pasta shapes will do)
  • 1 bag (about 1 pound) frozen, mixed soup vegetables (my bag had assorted beans carrots, potatoes, ochre, onion…)
  • 1, 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup frozen, chopped spinach
  • Optional: freshly grated parmesan cheese as garnish


  • In a large pot, add broth, oregano & thyme. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Add pasta and cook around 6 minutes (until noodles just soften).
  • Add mixed soup veggies and can of tomatoes. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat.
  • Boil until the vegetables are almost tender and add frozen, chopped spinach.
  • Lower heat and simmer until everything is warmed all the way through (around 5 minutes).
  • Season with salt & pepper and top with Parmesan, if desired.

That’s it – so easy! took less than a 1/2 hour total for a healthy, hot, tasty meal!

So, now I’m going to give you the link of the Hot Toddy I made tonight that is helping me get over my cold.

WARNING: the site I’m linking to is filled with profanity! Seriously. You may have never “heard” such profanity before. So, DON’T go there during work hours or on a work computer! I know… if you are reading this at work, its a tease.

The site is called “Thug Kitchen” and I have made several successful recipes from this blog. The awesome thing is that it is a totally great, healthy recipe site and I laugh so hard sometimes at how they write the recipes! Their whole angle is providing great recipes in a totally funny way – through profanity. Yes… that may sound childish, but its f^(#ing funny to some of us!

I have held off sharing this site with you in the past because I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate. But, given the above warning, you are all adults and can make your own decisions. If you don’t want to go there, just don’t click on the link.

It may not sound tasty, but the GRAPEFRUIT HOT TODDY was just what I needed tonight on this blustery night! Here is the link.

Enjoy it responsibly!

Happy New Year, everyone! Post a comment on what you may be hitting the “Reset Button” on this year too.

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