In this past year, I have finally learned to love myself. That may sound sad to most of you but I’ve come to realize it’s more realistic than sad. I was just going through the motions in life, working because I had to, learning how to be a Mom, trying to remember how to be a wife, eating, sleeping.
Only after I re-evaulated my life did I realize there was room for change. I made some small changes here and there and all of a sudden, happiness was more prevalent in my day-to-day life. You know why? Because I’m WORTH IT. We’re all worth it. I knew I needed to make some changes if I was going to be happier and I was right. I thought to myself, if I change nothing, nothing will change so I started small and worked my way up.
Find out what it is that makes you happy and go do it. Like Howard Thurman says, the world needs us.
One of the changes I made was signing up for Weight Loss Rebels, the group I talked about in my feedback post last week. Being a part of the Hardcore Hottie 2 challenge has taught me balance in my daily life by finding fitness routines and exercises that I actually enjoy doing. It’s taught me more about carbs, proteins and healthy fats and why our bodies NEED minimum amounts of all three on a daily basis for healthy function. It’s taught me that people from all over North America and the world can come together in an online group and support their common goals and even though I never met any of them face-to-face, I have made friends I will hopefully one day get to meet up with. The program basically taught me that being a happier you comes from somewhere inside you and until you realize that, any external changes you make won’t matter; we’re all worth every bit of happiness we can bring to ourselves. The program taught me all that and so so so much more that I will continue to live everyday. Plus lift heavy shit. Always lift heavy shit.
For all those reasons (and two more), I decided to do the Hardcore Hotties 3 challenge too. My BFF asked me while I was doing HH2 what my deal was and how I’d been toning up. I told her and she text me the same night saying she’d signed up for HH3 so I said what the hell, I’ll do it again too. Then TODAY I found out I’m in the top 10 finalists for HH2 and first place is $500 – huzzah! Right after I type this post, I’m going to attempt writing a bio about myself to send in for voting.
I’m SO DAMN PUMPED about the top 10 finish because I was born a competitor and it’s SO fulfilling to see all my hard work come to fruition through all the pictures I’ve been taking over the last few months, I want to win so badly! But there’s another part of me that’s incredibly humbled also because the other ladies that have been nominated are in the same boat as me, hard-workers that crushed this challenge too. May the best Hottie win!
So by now everyone be like “what the schnapps, I thought this post was about pork chops?!” It is. What better way to celebrate a top 10 finish and some self-love than with pork and bacon? No better way.
Now because I’m married to a farmer and butcher all rolled into one, when we butcher meat we get to customize our cuts nicely. These pork chops are MONSTERS. They’re bone in but they were still 34 ounces each (that’s just over 2 pounds) and since today was a go day for me (did a wicked spin class this morning) and I spent the majority of the late morning and afternoon running around town and working in the meat shop, I didn’t get a chance to eat lunch so a solid 11 ounces of that made it into my belly. That was the majority of it actually since the Daughters ate some as well and the bone accounted for a lot.
On my way home I started thinking about what I was going to make for supper with these and since they’re so thick. I thought why not stuff them with more delightfulness? Sun dried tomatoes would have been amazing but I didn’t have any of those in the house so instead I was forced to use fresh smoked bacon (seriously, out of the smoker like 5 days ago), feta and cream cheese, fresh spinach and red onion. Wah. Rough life.
Chop the bacon, dice the onion and throw them in the frying pan. Once the onions are clear, add the spinach and a bit of water with a lid and let them steam for a few minutes. After that’s done add a spoonful of cream cheese and the feta and turn the heat off. Stir it around until it’s nice and creamy and dare yourself not to eat it all.
If you don’t have these gloriously fat and overly large pork chops to cook, the ones we usually get from Costco would work well too. Or any thicker cut chop for that matter. I would actually prefer to make them with smaller de-boned chops because there is less waste and they’d be easier to finish cooking.
Stand the chops on end and slice them about 3/4 of the way through (don’t go all the way to the other side, you’re not making a sandwich). Spoon the stuffing into the crevice and press it closed.
I seared mine in a cast iron pan then transferred them to a casserole dish to bake in the oven. I used my oven probe because it’s the best invention since laser hair removal and cooks the meat really well without killing it to death. For anyone without a probe they were seared and went into the casserole dish and into a 375F convection oven for about an hour and a quarter.
Stuffed Pork Chops
4-5 Pork Chops, cut at least an inch and a half thick
Bacon, half pound
Half an onion, diced
Fresh spinach, 2 large handfuls
Cream cheese, big spoonful
Feta, a good chunk
Sun-dried tomatoes (opt), a few chopped
And there you have it, the post to end all posts. Bacon, pork, cheese, non-mathmatical measurements and self-love plus fitness. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed eating it.
Rock on Hotties. And for anyone that’s not a Hottie yet but would like more info, feel free to drop me a line and I can get you all the info you desire. You’re all worth it and everyone deserves to be the healthiest they can be. Kim.