When I Eat Really Well, I Feel Really Good! Go Figure.

November 21, 2013 in Family Life, Nutrition, Restaurant Food

Happy Thursday (a.k.a. Weekend Eve!)

First off, I want to tell you guys that I’m officially on Instagram now!

My HappyBngHealthy Instagram page

For some reason it intimidated me, so I’ve been avoiding it for a while.  However, now I LOVE it and I’ve found it’s pretty easy to use too.  I still don’t know quite what I’m doing though.  Maybe you guys can teach me a thing or two about how to use it!

Anyway, you can find me here if you so desire.

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I’ve really been enjoying my “ultra healthy” diet this week.  It’s tough, definitely takes discipline, but I love it anyway.

I also feel really, really good!

I didn’t eat very well last week.  I wasn’t terrible, but I was pretty lax.  I definitely ate too much processed food and enjoyed sugar a little too much.  On Saturday night, I felt pretty crappy.

I couldn’t decide if I was getting sick or if my body was just mad at me for being a slacker.  I felt achy, rundown, tired, unmotivated and very “blah-like.”  However, that “blah-ness” is what motivated me to shape it up BIG TIME this week!

Funny thing is….I feel great now!  I don’t feel tired, achy or “blah-like” at all!  It’s funny how that works; feed your body crap=feel like crap, feed your body well=feel well!

Pretty basic concept.

I also have to mention that on Sunday and Monday, I had terrible headaches!  I hardly ever get headaches; maybe once every few months.  Well, these headaches were killer and I definitely think they were a withdrawal-type symptom as my body got rid of the crappy food in my system.

Totally weird…and a little freaky.

With that being said, I love good, clean food and love how I feel when I eat it!

Oh, and I still love crappy, sugary, fried, processed foods too, dang it.  My body doesn’t like them though. :-(

Anyway, moving on…

I started my morning off with the YUMMIEST breakfast!  I wasn’t feelin’ the “veggie vibe” this morning so I just scrambled up 1 egg + 4 egg whites with some ham and topped it with a little cheese.  I also had half of a sweet potato (topped with cinnamon) and some grapes on the side.

Eggs, ham, cheese, sweet potato and grapes

I loved this breakfast SO much and it only took me about 5 minutes to prepare.  I was stuffed afterward too!  Oh, and I calculated this breakfast to equal 306 calories, 23 carbs and 29 grams of protein.  Awesome.

You definitely get a lot more bang for your buck with good, clean, real food.

I went to the gym yesterday morning and grabbed a quick, easy breakfast as I ran out the door…

Apples and nuts

A Granny Smith apple and some unsalted nuts.  I ate half of this before my workout and the other half afterward.  It was perfect.

I also got a great workout in.  We did a whole bunch of deadlifts and my hamstrings are definitely feelin’ it today!  We only did 80 pushups (we usually do 120+), but this time we did the pushups very slowly.  We counted to 2 or 3 as we went down and then counted to 2 or 3 as we went back up.  Make sense?  We also obliterated the abs.  Man.  We did a bunch of different kinds of crunches for 7-8 minutes and then ended with 100 bicycle crunches.  Awesome.

I also took another picture of my fun class.

Me at crazy class with cute old guy

Do you see that cute old guy in the back?  Well, he is darling.  He comes to most of the classes I go to and he always works so hard!  I’m so inspired by him.  He also helps everyone put the benches away when the class is over.  What a sweetheart.

Age is definitely not an excuse to not exercise!

After the gym, I ran over to Walmart with my two littlest kiddos.  The Walmart we went to happened to have a Subway (as in sandwiches) in it, so we decided to get some lunch too.

I ordered a footlong ham sandwich for my kiddos, but they didn’t come close to finishing it.  We brought the rest of it home and they had it for lunch today.  Bonus.

Cute kiddos eating Subway sandwiches

Yes, my five year old doesn’t quite know how to smile. :-)  He looks like he’s in pain.

Oh, and do you see that guy in the background giving us a weird look?  Yes, that’s pretty typical for my crazy, photo taking, blogging life, lol!  He’s probably thinking, “Man, that chick really gets excited about Subway!”

I’m sure he thought I was completely nutzo when I took this selfie too…

Me with my Subway salad

Yes, as a blogger you sometimes just have to “swallow the pride”, take strange pictures and move on. ;-)

Anyway, I ordered a Tuscan Chicken salad topped with some Balsamic Vinaigrette at Subway and it was great.

My Subway salad

Next time, I’ll order it with the dressing on the side though.  There was a little too much on there.

Later on, I took my oldest son to get a haircut.  He was so shaggy and in desperate need of one, but for some reason he didn’t want a haircut!

I just don’t get it.

I tried to take a “before” pic of him, but he was being a little stinker…

My son not wanting me to take his picture before getting his hair cut

Lovely.

However, after bribing him with ice cream, he agreed to get it cut AND let me take his picture.  Oh, and yes I told him he was totally spoiled

And a little bit bratty.

My son after getting his hair cut with an ice cream cone

Oh and folks, my baby boy is starting to look like an old man now.  I’m really not liking it.

I didn’t know what in the heck to fix for dinner last night, so I decided to go with an old favorite.  I made Kev’s mom’s recipe for Hamburger Potato Casserole, except I subbed lean ground turkey for the hamburger.  It’s one of Kev’s favorite meals.

It’s not totally healthy though.  It has cheese and Cream of Whatever soup in it, but I subbed my homemade version of Cream of Chicken soup and it turned out great.

I served it with some corn and fruit.  Here’s my plate…

Hamburger Potato Casserole, corn and fruit

I debated if I should eat it because there is a miniscule amount of flour in the casserole (in the cream of chicken soup recipe), but I decided to eat it anyway.  Just to recap…I’m not eating grains until Thanksgiving.  Oh, and technically corn is a grain, not a vegetable, but I ate that too.

I’ve done really well and have steered clear of oats, wheat, rice and flour (except for what was in the casserole), so I felt pretty good about it.

Oh, and my kids all LOVE this recipe!  My 10 year old had the leftovers for breakfast this morning and my 5 year old asked to have the leftovers for lunch today, but they were all gone!

I won’t share the recipe with you guys today, but I’ll share it soon.

Oh, and I’ve been enjoying some yummy snacks lately too.  I LOVE Chocolate Protein Pudding and last night I had it topped with some pecans.  It was awesome!

Chocolate Protein Pudding with pecans

A couple days ago I mixed some raspberry Chobani yogurt with some light cottage cheese and topped it with some unsalted nuts and Craisins.  I loved it so much!

Yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts and craisins

Yes, I’ve been missin’ my grains, but I still love all the food I’ve been eating!

Even though I’m not eating grains, I’m definitely not on a “low-carb” diet.  I’m getting plenty of carbs from fruit, veggies, yogurt and things.

I haven’t been feeling that “low-carb diet slump” at all.  Yay.

Well, I have lots to do and not enough time to do it, so I better run!  Have a wonderful day!

Questions for you guys!

  • Have you ever felt withdrawal symptoms after cutting out sugar, carbs or processed foods?
  • What’s your favorite form of exercise?
  • Do you have teenagers that don’t like getting their haircut?
  • Any yummy healthy meal or snack ideas?
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Lots of Yummy Healthy Food and a Day at the Park!

October 16, 2013 in Family Life, Nutrition

Well, so far I’ve been lovin’ my ULTRA healthy diet.  It’s been tough, but I know it’s so good for me. ;-)

Whenever I decide to kick my diet up a notch, one of the first things I notice is how often I want to snack!!  Man.  AND, the snacks I usually want to grab aren’t necessarily the healthy ones (unhealthy carbs and processed foods.)

Those types of foods are just so easy to eat, are very satisfying and are too dang yummy!

It’s not quite as tempting to snack when my choices are fruit, veggies, yogurt, nuts, etc.  It definitely helps me to decipher if I’m really hungry or just “snacky” though.

It’s been an eye opener to me.

On Monday night, we had a small party at our house with a bunch of cute teenagers.  It was so fun, but we had pizza, candy, soda and donuts!

Ya.

Everything looked and smelled wonderful!  Fresh pizza=heaven….or torture depending on how you look at it. :-)  Of course, I stuck to my guns though.  I made myself a big salad instead.

Random salad

This obviously didn’t fill me up for long, so after the party I heated up some leftovers from Sunday’s dinner (brown rice, chicken and broccoli.)

Chicken brown rice and broccoli

It tasted great and was very satisfying.

Yesterday, I decided to go to my crazy class at the gym again.  It was great.  We did a BUNCH of deadlifts and I can barely walk today.  Awesome.  We also killed the back, biceps and triceps.  I’m definitely feelin’ it.  Yay.

Before I left to the gym, I made myself a bowl of Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal to eat on the way there.  It tasted so good to me!

Oatmeal on the way to the gym

This time I decided to drizzle the peanut butter on top instead of mixing it in.  I realized that when I mix it in, I can’t taste it as much.  This definitely made it taste more peanut buttery and I loved it.

I figure, If I’m using up 100 calories on Peanut Butter, I better enjoy it!

When I got back from the gym, I made this for lunch…

Breakfast Burrito with tomatoes

A Breakfast (er, lunch) Burrito with 1 egg, 3 egg whites, peppers, green onions, spinach, avocado and olives topped with ketchup and wrapped in a small La Tortilla Factory tortilla.  I also had some grape tomatoes on the side.  YUM!  I’ve been having this a lot lately.

Oh, and I’ve been cutting up a bunch of peppers, onions and olives (and other veggies) and putting them in this handy dandy container lately…

Salad and egg fixins

It makes eggs, Breakfast Burritos and salads a snap.  I always throw spinach in everything too.

This has also been one of my favorite snacks lately…

Cottage cheese, banana and PB

3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese with a sliced banana on top and some natural peanut butter drizzled (or more like plopped) on top.  It is wonderful!

I’ve also been loving protein shakes lately as well.  I decided to run over to the park the other day with some of my boys and I took a protein shake with me.  It was perfect!

It’s been kind of cold here lately and I’ve told my kids that the “nice weather days” are numbered.  Soooo, when it was nice and sunny the other day, we decided to head to the park.  It was beautiful!

We took Jimmer (the dog) with us as well.

Kiddos at the playground

I enjoyed chillin’ out with Jim, while the boys played on the playground.

Chillin with Jim at the park

My shake was so yummy too!

Me with protein shake at the park

It was just my typical Chocolate Milkshake Protein Shake Loved it.

Afterward, the kids wanted to walk across the pedestrian bridge nearby too.

On the pedestrian bridge with the kids

It was fun and I’m glad we “seized the day” because I don’t know how many good weather days are left!

I have one more cute pic to share with y’all…

J with his Olive Pizza

My cute 3 year old wanted to have leftover pizza for lunch today.  He was disappointed there weren’t any olives on his pizza, so I opened up a can of olives and put some in a bowl for him to eat on the side.  He ended up biting a bunch of them into “slices” and putting them on his pizza.  Too cute!

Well, I gotta go make dinner now so I better jam!  I hope you are all healthy and happy!  xoxo

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An Incline Run, New Carpet and Bestowed “Back to School” Box Review

October 11, 2013 in Exercise, Family Life, Product Review

Happy, happy Friday everyone!!!

I started off my morning with a fun run on the treadmill.  I actually really loved it!!

I decided to change it up a bit and focus more on incline instead of speed.

I started off “running” at 3 mph and a 3% incline.  I stayed there for about two minutes to warm up and then kept increasing either the speed or the incline every minute until I reached 7 mph and 7% incline.

That combo just about killed me!  It was tough.  I stayed there for 2 minutes and then recovered for a minute.

I then decided to keep it slow (between 4 and 5 mph), but kept increasing the incline every minute.  When I got to a 10% and then 12% incline I was dying.  It was great.

I finished my run with one minute at 9 mph and one minute at 10 mph (0% incline) and called it good.

I only ended up running 2 miles total, but I felt great!  I was pouring sweat and definitely felt like I gave it my all.  Loved it.

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I also wanted to tell you guys that we officially finished part of our basement this week.  Woo hoo!  We finished 3 (badly needed) bedrooms and a wide hallway thing.

We got carpet installed this week and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!  I had no idea that carpet could make me so happy.  It’s so cozy down there and the kids have loved being down there which makes the house SO MUCH quieter. ;-)

I’m also in the process of reorganizing and de-junking as we’ve been moving things into the basement and it makes me so happy.  Here are a couple before and after pics…

Basement before and after carpet

Basement before and after carpet 2

It’s amazing what a little carpet can do. ;-)

I also wanted to tell you guys about a WONDERFUL box I received from Bestowed recently.  I received a box from Bestowed a couple months ago and told you guys all about it.  I really love the company and all of the healthy products they promote.

Bestowed Box

Bestowed is a monthly healthy food subscription box company that ships out healthy food and lifestyle products to subscribers each month.  Each item is hand-picked by Celebrity Nutritionist and founder of the company, Heather Bauer too.

Bestowed Logo

I really love this idea because so often I see products in the store I would like to try, but don’t know if I’ll like them or not.  I’m happy to say that I really, really loved EVERYTHING in the Bestowed “Back to School” box they sent me!

Inside my Bestowed Box

It was jam-packed full of a bunch of kid-friendly (and adult-friendly!) products that are perfect for lunch boxes, after school snacks or just day-to-day living.

It also included a very helpful pamphlet that explained why each product was chosen, ideas on how to enjoy each one and where to buy them.

Helpful Info inside Bestowed

Here are the things that were in my box…

  • La Tortilla Factory White Whole Wheat Soft Wrap Minis
  • Funky Monkey Fruit Snacks
  • Happy Family Happy Squeeze Greek Yogurt
  • Nonni’s THINaddictives Cranberry Almond Thins
  • Pacific Natural Foods Hazelnut Chocolate Dairy-Free Milk
  • Pearls Black Pitted Olives To Go
  • Popcorn, Indiana FIT Popcorn
  • Somersault Snack Co. Cinnamon Crunch Somersaults

Bestowed Box Contents

I was so excited to see the La Tortilla Factory Mini tortillas!  I used to buy La Tortilla Factory tortillas all the time, but I’ve never seen these small ones.  I love them SO much!

I’ve really been enjoying them as Breakfast Burritos or Sandwich Wraps.  They taste good (better than I remember!), have only 50 calories and pack 6 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein in each one!

La Tortilla Factory Breakfast Burrito Bestowed

These Funky Monkey snacks were really cool.  They’re freeze-dried bananas, pineapple, apples and papaya.  There weren’t too many in the package (the entire package is on the plate), but my boys really loved them!

Dried Fruit in Bestowed box

The Squeezable Greek Yogurt was the biggest hit at my house.  My two youngest boys loved it so much and my 5 year old said, “You definitely need to buy more of these mom!”  I even tried a little bit and it was very good!!

B drinking yogurt from bestowed

My boys weren’t huge fans of the Nonni’s THINaddictives, but I tried a small bite and thought they were wonderful!  I don’t think my boys liked the nuts or cranberries in there…it made them suspicious. ;-)

Kiddos eating cookies in Bestowed Box

I really loved the Hazelnut Chocolate Milk and loved the portable packaging too.  My 3 year old, who is a huge fan of chocolate milk, loved it but my 5 year old wasn’t a fan. :-(

J drinking Bestowed choc milk and eating olives

Both of my boys LOVED the little containers of olives too!  I really loved the single serving idea.  All of my kids love olives, but I hate to open a whole can when they only want to eat a few of them.

I was a HUGE fan of the Popcorn, Indiana Popcorn!  It tastes really good and only has 40 calories per cup.  There was a lot of popcorn in that bag too!  I only poured about 1/3 of the bag on the plate.

Fit popcorn in Bestowed Box

The little Somersault Cinnamon snacks were great too.  They reminded me of little crunchy granola bars.  All of my kids loved them too.

Granola Bites Bestowed box

I really enjoyed everything in my box.  It was so fun to be introduced to so many yummy, healthy snacks.  I will definitely be buying the tortillas, yogurt and popcorn again!

If you would like to try a Bestowed box or would like to learn more, click here to visit their website.

Bestowed is also offering my readers a wonderful discount code!  Just enter the code, HELLOTEN101 at check out to receive $10 off your first box!  Awesome.  Oh, and that code is only valid for a couple more weeks, so act fast!  #GetBestowed

I hope you guys all have a wonderful weekend!! xoxo

I was sent the complimentary box for review and an affiliate link, but the opinions and text are entirely my own.
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