Getting Back to Healthy Again

Well, we are back from our fun Thanksgiving trip to Oregon.  We had a wonderful time, but it’s always so nice to be home.

Last week was such a crazy week!  Kev and I went on our little overnighter on Tuesday and then we were out of town the rest of the week.

I pretty much lived “high on the hog” (no pun intended, but wait….I think that pun is very appropriately named, lol!) all week long!  Kev’s mom made homemade bread, french toast with that homemade bread, amazing whole wheat waffles (I need to share the recipe with you guys!) and the best pie (pumpkin, apple, cherry, pecan, etc.) in the world!

Everything was amazing.

I also made the HUGE mistake of buying a giant Costco bag of assorted CHOCOLATE candy for the trip!Big bag of Chocolate candy from CostcoYa.  Dangerous.

I thought it would save us money in the long run because the kids always want to buy treats every time we stop at the gas station.  Well, I’m not sure if it ended up saving us any money, but I know it DID NOT do my body any favors.  Yikes.

It pretty much went down like this….”okay kids, you can each have two small candy bars.”  (mom secretly eats 5-6 herself.)

**one hour later**….”okay kids, you can each have one more…isn’t your mom so nice?”  (mom secretly hooked herself up to the “Chocolate Costco IV bag” and has a constant stream of them entering her body.)

It was not good.  Note to self….DO NOT under any circumstances buy a ginormous bag of chocolate anything for any reason whatsoever.

When we arrived in Oregon, I tried to give all the candy away to anyone who would eat it in an effort to save myself from utter destruction.

Ya, I definitely ate WAY too much unhealthy food, didn’t drink nearly enough water and didn’t exercise at all.  It was actually really nice.

But, it’s amazing how roly poly I feel!  It’s also amazing how much damage can be done in just a few short days.

Soooo, I’ve been eating very clean today and I can already tell a difference.  Here are some of the things I ate today…

Breakfast….1 egg + 3 egg whites scrambled with green onions, peppers, spinach, ham and topped with a little shredded cheddar.  I also had half of an apple too.  Loved it.

Eggs scrabled with veggies and an apple on the side

For lunch, I made myself a big ol’ salad with some leftover pot roast I had in the freezer.

Big salad with roast beef on the side

After I made my salad, I set in on the counter next to my three year old.  He immediately scooted his chair over to my plate and said, “Ooooo, you’re eating all of my favorite foods!”

He ended up eating about half of my lunch and loved every bite…

My son eating my salad and roast beef for lunch

There were olives on my salad (you can’t really see them in the picture) and he pretty much loves anything with olives on it.

Later on, I made myself a very yummy protein shake.  It included 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 scoop chocolate Veggie protein powder, 1/3 of a frozen banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 2 big handfuls spinach, 1 tablespoon cocoa, a tablespoon of Stevia and a splash of almond extract.

It was amazing!  I’ll probably make this same shake every day this week.

Yummy fruity chocolate almond protein shake

Kev and I went to our fav Boot Camp class tonight and it just about killed me!  I hadn’t worked out in 6 days and it felt more like a month!  My body felt so heavy and sluggish.  We did some pushups and I thought, “how in the world did I ever do these before!??”

It was pretty pathetic.  BUT, I pushed myself hard and just about died.  One of my favorite instructors substituted the class and she is an animal.  She seriously gives a whole new meaning to the word “high impact.”

It’s really, really insane.

I snapped a quick pic of Kev and I after class ended….just before we puked and passed out, lol.

Kev and I after Boot Camp class

On the way home, I ate a Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Kind bar and it tasted like heaven.

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate KIND bar

I was recently sent a bunch of KIND bars and KIND Peanut Butter healthy grains clusters to try out and so far I have LOVED everything!

Package full of KIND bars and granola

I love KIND snacks because they’re full of good, quality ingredients and they taste like a treat!  Seriously, they taste just like yummy candy bars.

A whole bunch of KIND bars

They also have so many amazing flavors like Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew, Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio and Almond & Apricot.  Yuuummmm!

Seriously so good.   Seriously.

If you’re a fan of nuts and amazingly tasty things….you will love these!

Anyway, the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate KIND bar was the perfect thing to eat after a tough workout.  When I got home, I quickly threw together some chicken, veggies and Pot Stickers and called it dinner.

Chicken, Veggies and Pot Stickers

It tasted so good to me.  I can tell my body is loving all this real, nutrient dense food!  I’m hoping to get out of the “heavy, sluggish, blah” slump soon.

Well, I need to head to bed soon, but before I do, I want to share a few fun pics we took while we were in Oregon.

Kev’s parents live right across the street from this huge field with a bunch of trees.  Kev said when he was little he LOVED raking up all the leaves and playing in them.

Sooooo, we all decided we would do just that.  Kev went over with the kids (and our niece) for a while and then I joined them a little later.  Oh, Jimmer (the dog) had an absolute ball playing in the leaves as well!

Kev and the kids playing in the leaves

Me and Jimmer the dog in the leaves

Kev and the kids playing in the leaves 2

It was a beautiful fall day and the perfect way to spend Thanksgiving weekend.

Me and the kids playing in the leaves

Well, it’s getting late so I gotta hit the hay!  Have a great night.

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