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About Whine Less

Mom of two girlies. Hiker. Runner. Nature lover. Vegetarian. Coffee fiend. Music junkie. Bad dancer. Love my big family. Blessed.

Friday Fit Fix

Do you know what today? It’s four weeks without my boot. Four glorious weeks! The last two weeks I have been slowly building up my time walking every other day, as advised by my doctor. And now… NOW I get to try running! Today I get to start very slowly doing some run/walk intervals every other day. It’s going to be fantastic! It’s forecasted to be 54 here today (though still foggy) and I will get to enjoy my first trail run of the year right after work. It’s going to be magical!

Here is how my last week (Friday-Thursday) of workouts looked.

Saturday – Treadmill walk because we were in the middle of an ice storm. Walking outside was not an option. I had 40 minutes on the agenda and I filled every single minute with music. And zero minutes on my bun. Obviously.  🙂


Monday – We were just starting to thaw from the weekend of ice. Another treadmill walk for me. I had 50 minutes scheduled and I knew music alone wasn’t going to cut it. It was time for a little dose of Netflix. Scandal for the win! So much drama to distract me from the treadmill. It was just what I needed!


Wednesday – My final required recovery walk! This was for one hour. I indulged in another episode of Scandal and finished up with a few videos from Twenty One Pilots. Love them!


I am beyond happy to report my foot is still completely pain-free! No pain, no odd sensations. Fingers crossed this continues as I ease back into running. I need to be in the woods exploring trails! I am more than ready to take advantage of the nice weather they are predicting for the next week.

How was your week of workouts?

What was the highlight of your week?

Black Bean Soup (Vegetarian)

We had a weekend of winter storms with freezing rain roll through. I don’t know about you, but to me that means I need warm, comfort food and that means soup! I made a large pot of this Black Bean Soup on Friday night and we enjoyed it all weekend long.

black bean soup recipe, black bean soup

Black Bean Soup (Vegetarian)

Total Time: 35 minutes  ¦  Prep Time: 15 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans black beans, divided
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large poblano pepper, seeded, stemmed, diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (32 oz) carton vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Optional Toppings
  • Diced avocado
  • Shredded cheese (Mexican or cheddar)
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Place 1 1/2 cans of drained/rinsed black beans and 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth in a food processor. Pulse until well pureed. Set aside.
  2. Rinse remaining 2 1/2 cans of black beans in a strainer. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add chopped onion and diced pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook stirring for another minute.
  4. Add remaining vegetable broth, black beans, black bean puree mixture, fire-roasted tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat up to medium-high.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Serve hot with desired toppings. Serves 8.

Friday Fit Fix

I did it! I am finally back at it. Moving, grooving, making this foot of mine earn its keep! It’s been just the best week. Working out always makes me feel so much better overall. Mentally, physically, everything. I am so ready to get back out there and do what I want, when I want! Until the foot is completely ready healed, I will continue taking it slow and steady. Here’s what that looked like this past week (Friday-Thursday).

Friday – My first day to try out a short, 10-minute, flat walk with the foot. It was dreamy, but went by way too quickly!


Sunday – Another bump in my time to 15 minutes on the treadmill after an hour of playing tennis at the club with Sassy. By playing I mean hitting balls to her to return and being a target for her to serve against. I knew lunging at tennis balls would not be a good idea for me at this time. Soon enough!


Tuesday – 20 minutes was on the agenda and it was finally warm enough (but still very chilly!) to walk outside. So excited! It was dark by the time I got home from work so OMG Becky and I went to a well-lit, local walking trail with Stella. It felt amazing to breathe in the fresh air and relax!


Thursday – Another treadmill walk for me with another increase up to 30 minutes. It was a fine time, just kind of boring. I had planned to watch an On Demand show, but it kept freezing up. I finally turned on my favorite playlist and got it done! The girls went to a yoga class and I would have liked to join them, but again, I am waiting on things like that. Still protecting the foot for a bit longer!


This week will be another week of walking and increasing my time. I hope the weather cooperates and I can get some of done outside! Though I don’t see that happening anytime soon. We have freezing rain tonight through Sunday afternoon. Not even sure if I will be able to get out to a treadmill tomorrow for my scheduled walk. Fingers crossed the ice isn’t as bad as the local news stations say it might be!

How was your fitness this week?

What was the highlight?

Sauteed Onion, Spinach, Feta Quiche (Vegetarian)

Recently, I had a piece of quiche at a local coffee shop for breakfast. Oh my goodness, it was good! I wanted to go back for more soon, but the problem is I live a good 45 minutes away. I thought maybe I could make it at home. After looking at several recipes online, I realized it was pretty easy to do.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I’ve made it a few times and must say, it’s delicious. Feel free to swap out some of the ingredients, such as the type of cheese or the onion/spinach for something else you may enjoy. It’s a pretty flexible recipe and perfect any time of the day!

quiche, quiche recipe

Sautéed Onion, Spinach, Feta Quiche

Total Time: 1 hour  ¦  Prep Time: 15 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 (9-inch) frozen, unbaked, deep dish pie crust
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 3 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 ounces feta cheese crumbles


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. Allow frozen, 9-inch deep dish pie crust to thaw 10 minutes.
  3. Poke several holes in the bottom of the pie crust. Bake until slightly browned, about 25 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Turn oven heat up to 375-degrees F.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add sliced onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add spinach, salt, pepper and rosemary; cook stirring for another 2 minutes.
  6. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly whisk together milk, half & half, and eggs. Stir in cheese, as well as onion/spinach/herb mixture.
  7. Pour egg filling into prepared pie crust. Cover crust with a pie crust shield.
  8. Bake at 375-degrees F for 35 minutes. Remove pie crust shield. Bake another 10 minutes until egg mixture is set.
  9. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 8 wedges.

I like to Move It, Move It!

Yesterday was just about the best day I have had in awhile! It was finally, FINALLY the day I could start moving again. I had been waiting for that day for what seems like forever, but in reality was only seven weeks. Only seven weeks. Nothing about it felt like “only” when you are in the middle of it.

I had really hoped to start back with a hike, but after seeing the temperature outside…

cold temperatures

…I started thinking otherwise. Especially knowing I could only walk/hike for 10 minutes. (I have to build my foot movement very slowly. Adding ten minutes to each previous workout. Allowing for a rest day in between workouts.) I didn’t think 10 minutes of movement outside when it feels like -9 degrees would warm me up. I opted outside for the treadmill instead.


Being inside had a benefit. I got to use my new wireless headphones!

bluetooth headphones

I have a couple of friends who have these headphones and love them. When I saw them on sale before Christmas, I had to have a pair for myself! Since then I have been waiting to give them a try. And guess what? They are awesome! They are lightweight. Easily adjustable. Very comfortable on my ears. The sound quality was fantastic. The controls are simple to use. I look forward to spending much more time with them in the gym! My only regret? Getting them in black.  I like colors! Unfortunately, when I bought mine, the only color they had in stock was the black. Boring! Oh well.

In other exciting news! My foot felt fine the entire walk. Pain-free is the life for me! <— Sung in my best sing-song voice! (Anyone else remember the Green Acres show from many moons ago? Just me?) And today? It still feels good today. No issues. Yay me!

And look at the post-workout glow!

snapchat filter

Or maybe it’s a Snapchat filter.  😉  Either way, there’s a glow!

Any new gadgets I should check out?

What’s the weather like in your area?


Sick of the Holidays

Did you hear it? The radio silence here? More on that in a minute. Let’s start with the fun stuff!

How was your Christmas holiday?  We had our traditional Christmas Eve with my parents. There was the usual annual picture of all the grandkids in attendance.


(And something else fun that happened a few days later?… My oldest niece [pink heart] got engaged! Her boyfriend of nine years [red heart] proposed this week.)

Christmas tree, Christmas gifts

Christmas morning I realized I had completely forgotten to get my girls Christmas pajamas to wear Christmas Eve night for festive pictures on Christmas morning. Darn it. I blame my flu-brain. Yep, you read that correctly. Five days before Christmas, OMG Becky and I came down with the flu.


Oh man, it was horrible. It started with a cough that Tuesday afternoon and then we both woke up miserable Wednesday morning. It was a knock-you-down, no energy, chills, aches, and fever flu that had us flat on our backs. (I was also sick last Christmas.) Five more members of family had it that week!

Friday we woke feeling the tiniest bit better. Neither of us had a fever since the afternoon before. We were ready to get out of the house! It was Becky’s actual birthday and we had taken the day off work to celebrate before we ended up sick. (Sassy was already out of school.) We had made lunch reservations a couple of weeks ago and Becky didn’t want to postpone so out we went.

First stop was a crystal store. OMG Becky has been reading all about them lately and wanted to get a few new ones for her collection.

Next was lunch at Cooper’s Hawk!

Copper's Hawk

It was delicious, but we were still so worn out from the flu, we had zero appetite. Most of this food was boxed up and taken home with us.

After lunch, OMG Becky had one more stop in mind… the Kendra Scott store. So many pretty things!

kendra scott

Becky had her eye on a particular necklace. Luckily for her, I hadn’t finished her Christmas shopping yet due to being sick so I bought it for her. Win, win!

Our day that had been a fun time ended up not so fun. After I dropped the girls off, I loaded up my car to make a trip to the recycling center. On the way there, an oncoming driver failed to yield on a left turn, turned in front of me, and we collided.

wrecked car

Both cars had to be towed. Because it was late Friday afternoon before the holiday, nothing on the insurance claim was even started until Tuesday this week. I was finally able to get a rental car Thursday. OMG Becky had a blast being my driver up until then.  😉  What’s crazy is Becky was involved in a wreck with the exact same circumstances one year ago this week.

I would like to state for the record and just put it out there in the universe that I need me being sick and a family member being in a car wreck to not become a Christmas tradition. Two years in a row of that crap is more than enough. I want my holly, jolly Christmas season back, please and thank you.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?

What’s your favorite Christmas gift you received this year?

Birthday Dinner & a Breakthrough

Oh my goodness, Christmas is five days away!

And that means my oldest daughter, OMG Becky, turns 19 in just three days. I can’t.

We had just one outing this past weekend due to a winter storm. It started with freezing drizzle Friday late night, followed by snow all Saturday afternoon. And let us not forget single digit temperatures with a windchill below zero. We hunkered down and stayed home from Friday evening until Sunday evening.

Sunday night we went to my parents’ house for Becky’s family birthday dinner! The evening involved arts and crafts meant for the littles, but enjoyed by all.


Coloring pictures to put in Santa’s mailbox. These pictures may have involved pleas for gifts and a nice list. Sassy didn’t make it on that list.  😉


Tree decorating.


cousins, christmas tree

We had a breakthrough. Do you notice something in the picture above? My youngest niece is smiling! Her eyes were still on me nonstop all night, but at least she’s smiling. (I took my walking boot off while she was there. We’re all hoping she’s even more comfortable with me come Christmas Eve!)

We also enjoyed cake!


Sidenote, OMG Becky was not entirely happy with me. I had asked her what kind of cake she wanted. She picked Red Velvet. Great. I went to the store Friday, bought the cake mix and frosting. Baked the cake Saturday. Took it to the party Sunday. That’s when I realized I hadn’t bought her any ice cream. We had a birthday party without ice cream. Oh the injustice! For whatever reason (I guess because we didn’t discuss it?) buying ice cream never even dawned on me. #momfail

What’s your latest #momfail?