Calming Down and Getting Motivated

March 26, 2015 in Crazy Life, Family Life

Apparently, I’ve become a “once a week” blogger!!  Geesh.

However, I’m happy to say that my “crazy, constantly running, pull out my hair, nutzo life” is officially calming down to just “normal crazy.”

Phew.

In fact, my less chaotic schedule and the beautiful spring weather we’ve been having has made me feel particularly motivated!  I’m in the mood to clean my entire house, throw everything away, organize the crap out of every little thing, kill it in the gym and clean up the diet!

Yay.  I still DO NOT have enough hours in my day, but I’m going to do my best to work hard, maximize my time, be productive and get ‘er done.

…makes me giddy as a school girl.

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Since I haven’t been blogging a lot (super lame), I have a lot of things to share!

First off, I was so excited to have a couple of my recipes featured in the digital March issue of Personal Trainer Magazine, a UK publication for personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts.

Personal Trainer Magazine March 2015

It is a FANTASTIC magazine full of so much helpful information!  They featured my Spinach, Watermelon and Chia Seed Protein Shake and my Healthy Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies!  I was thrilled.

PT Magazine feature

I was also thrilled to receive a fun package from Kohl’s recently.

Bliss products from Kohl's

Kohl’s recently started carrying Bliss products in their stores and since I’m a part of the Kohl’s Health and Wellness Preview Group, they sent me some to try out.

I LOVE both of these products so much!!!  The Body Butter is phenomenal.  It has a refreshingly clean scent, moisturizes very well and seems to absorb almost instantly.  I hate lotion that makes me feel greasy…this lotion makes me feel refreshed, soft and clean.

Love, love, love.

The Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask is AH-Mazing as well!  Seriously.  It made my skin feel SO clean and healthy.  It tingled and seemed to pull out all of the impurities on my face.

I’d never tried Bliss products before, but now I’m a HUGE fan.  I LOVE Kohl’s so much as well!

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I also thought I’d share a few pics from our crazy weekend last week!

I got together with some of my most favorite people in the world on Friday night.

Friends at Melodi's House

We were all friends and roommates (just the girls, hee hee) down at college and had SO MUCH fun together!  I’ve been friends with Melodi (dark hair) since birth and Ali (blonde hair) since Junior High.

We got together with our spouses, had dinner and laughed all night long!  I must also say that my friend Melodi is such a health inspiration to me!  She is a health coach, Reiki Practitioner and incredible cook!  You can find more information about her services here.  She is amazing folks.

We also celebrated two of my kiddos birthdays on Saturday!

This little cutie turned SEVEN and is growing up WAY too fast!!!

B with his giant birthday cookie

We had a fun time going to Airborne (indoor trampoline park) and then getting some Chinese food at my son’s favorite Chinese restaurant.  I took this cute pic at the restaurant that I just have to share…

B and C with a drink at Janbo

My cutie pie baby LOVES eating so much!  If anyone has food or drink anywhere near him, he smacks his lips, leans forward and tries to get it.  Ha ha.  He is so much fun!

Here’s another example of my baby’s food obsession (he’s also just in the cute “grabby baby” stage)…

Gook and C with her birthday cake

My FOURTEEN year old daughter had a small party with some friends Saturday night.  They did funky makeovers on each other, had pizza and enjoyed this giant Costco Chocolate Cake.

BTW, I’d never tried that Chocolate Cake before (although I’ve noticed it in the store for YEARS!), but I don’t think it was all that great.  It tasted just like your typical store-bought cake; nothing to write home about.

Oh and my cute son went to Prom that day/night too…

T after Prom

He had a great time and looked entirely too grown up!  What in the world is happening to my kids!??!??!  They keep getting older and I’m not a fan. :-(

Kev also started getting our Garden boxes ready over the weekend and I’m so excited!!!

Kev and B working the garden

We haven’t planted a garden in two years and I’ve really missed it!  Oh, and my sweet seven year old has always loved helping Kev in the garden.  He was thrilled when he saw his dad out there working and quickly grabbed a shovel.

Too darn cute.

Oh, and I told Kev that I’m SO GLAD his dad was/is such a great gardener!  Kev learned so much from him and I’m so happy we can benefit from his knowledge and “skills.”  I also told Kev that I’m glad his DAD was the gardener and not his MOM.  Hee hee.

Kev actually enjoys gardening and I help where I can, but mostly I just call him the Little Red Hen and I get to be the Cat or the Dog.  It’s a great arrangement.

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Well, it’s getting late and I need to go to bed.

I do want to say that since life has calmed down a bit, I’ve become super motivated to “Get a Grip” on my life and my health.  I’ve been upping my workouts, making more of an effort to eat well, trying to get more sleep and drink more water.

I actually have a whole bunch of deep thoughts to share about healthy living, but I will save it for another day (hopefully tomorrow!)  I’m sure y’all can’t wait.  BUT, I NEED to go to bed.

I hope you all have a wonderful night!  It’s almost Friday!  Eeeee.

**I received the complimentary products from Kohl’s, but the text and opinions in the post are entirely my own**

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Refocusing, Recommiting, Planning and Goals!

November 24, 2014 in Deep Thoughts, Exercise, Goals, Motivation, Weight Loss Plan

Happy Monday!

We had a nice, relaxing weekend.  On Saturday, Kev and I took our older kids to see the new Hunger Games Mockingjay movie.

Hunger Games Mockingjay

I really liked it!  I’ve never read the books, but my kiddos have.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of the Hunger Games movies.  They are so well done and so well cast.  I love them!

I also told my kids that sadly, the Hunger Games story offers a great view of history and government.  The movie and characters seem so farfetched, but unfortunately things have happened and are happening in the world that closely resemble some of the things that happen in that movie.

Sad, but true.

It seems like the older I get and the more I learn about the world we live in, the more frightened I become to live in it!  It’s especially frightening to raise children in such a scary world.  BUT, I’ve also learned to be BRAVE and to strive to be a FORCE for GOOD in the world.

I also try to teach my kiddos to be brave, fearless and unwavering….just like Katniss!  Sounds cheesy, but as a mother I worry about my kids and the things they’ll have to face in this world.  I wish I could protect them from every bad/sad/scary thing that will ever happen to them, but I know I can’t.  I also know that experience and challenges are good for them and make them stronger.

I want my kids to be brave, strong, capable and prepared for life!

Thankfully, over the years I’ve realized our family kind of, sort of lives in a bubble.  We live in such a great community and are surrounded by so many wonderful people.  I am very happy, content and grateful to live in our bubble!

I’ve also learned to embrace my naivete.  Ha ha.

Anyway, we had a great weekend and I loved spending time with my sweet family.  Here are a couple cute pics I took this weekend…

Cute baby Kev and B pics

Oh my word, there is nothing quite like snuggling a sweet, squishy baby!

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Well folks, my healthy efforts had serious issues last week.  I have so many goals, ambitions and things I want to accomplish, but lately I’ve felt a little unorganized, unmotivated, sleep deprived and overwhelmed!

Auuuughhh!

Soooo, I decided to STOP, take a deep breath and take a long hard look at my life.  I reminded myself that I am NOT wonder woman, but I AM capable and I AM IN CHARGE of my life!

Sooooo, I decided to sit down with one of my notebooks and make myself a plan.  I’ve always LOVED notebooks.  They are so motivating and therapeutic to me!  Whenever I make serious goals or life changes, my notebooks are my best friends…

My notebooks

After the kids go to bed at night, I love to curl up with a notebook and put things into writing.  I write goals, ambitions, to-do lists, deep thoughts, menu plans, exercise plans, workouts, etc.

Inside my notebook

There’s something so empowering about actually writing thoughts and goals down.  I love the quote, “A goal not written is merely a wish” and I’ve definitely found that quote to be true in my own life!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought, “I’m going to eat really well” or “I’m going to kill it in the gym this week,” but I don’t actually write it down and PLAN.  If I don’t have an “official plan” and actually write my goals down, they fizzle very quickly.

When I write my goals and share them with others, I am so much more committed and ALWAYS have so much more success!  In fact, that was the main reason why I started this blog back in 2011…..to be accountable to all y’all!

With that being said, I decided to sit down with one of my beloved notebooks last night and write down some goals.  I planned out my exercise schedule for the week and I WILL stick to it!  Here’s the schedule I came up with…

Monday:  Run 3 miles
Tuesday:  Attend a muscle class at the gym!
Wednesday:  Rest (or do some cardio if I’m feeling ambitious)
Thursday:  Run a 5K Turkey Trot
Friday:  Rest
Saturday:  Go to the gym and do a total body resistance training workout
Sunday:  Always a rest day

I would really like to work out every single day, but I’m trying to “keep it real” and not get too overwhelmed.  I definitely plan to kick it up a notch as my life and body allows.  But, I am happy to be going back to the gym this week!   Eeeee!

I’ve felt so out of shape and frumpy lately, so I haven’t wanted to show my face at the gym.  Hee hee.  BUT, I decided that was just stupid!  I gave myself a swift kick in the butt and decided to buck up and get back there.  I seem to push myself so much harder at the gym and always get a great workout in!

I also recommitted to eating CLEAN!  I’m staying away from sugar, white flour and processed food.  I’m striving to eat lots of veggies, fruits and real foods!  I really should write some more specific goals for my eating plan, but for now this will suffice.

I’m also committing to GET MY SLEEP!  I’ve been so dang tired lately and I know that’s why I’ve been struggling in the other areas of my life.  Soooooo, 11:00 PM is my “lights out” time.

When I get really serious about losing weight, living healthily and accomplishing goals, I also like to write in my notebook each night.  I usually write down things like what I ate, how much water I drank, what I did for exercise, if I lost any weight, and my THOUGHTS about my efforts for the day.

It’s so helpful to me!

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Soooo, this morning after I got my kids off to school, I got dressed in my exercise clothes and hopped on the treadmill!  I got my 3 miles in and it actually wasn’t too bad.  The time went by quickly and I was so glad I stuck with my goals!  Woo hoo.

After my run, I made myself a very yummy Strawberry Banana Protein shake!

Strawberry Banana Protein Shake

I had this sample packet of Strawberry protein powder, so I decided to give it a try!

Individual packet of Strawberry Protein Powder

This protein powder isn’t the healthiest out there, but it tasted really good!  I’m now on a mission to find a healthier Strawberry protein powder.  Oh, and FYI, I put coconut milk, protein powder, frozen strawberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds, a little bit of stevia, spinach and ice in my shake.

Oh, and I recently bought this stevia on Amazon and I love it!

My Stevia Powder

And dang it, I just checked on Amazon and this stevia is currently not available right now!  What’s up with that?!?!  Hopefully, they’ll get some more in stock soon.  I loved that this was just 100% stevia with no added fillers!

This packet of stevia is very small btw.  It’s about the size of a small envelope.  I only use a tiny amount every time I use it though.  I also bought these on Amazon so I could more accurately measure my stevia…

Mini Measuring Spoons

They’ve worked out great.  Yes, I’m an official Amazon addict.

Well, I gotta wrap this up so I can stick with my bedtime goal!  I will leave you guys with a little bit of motivation

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Have a wonderful night!!!

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Staying Committed When I Really Don’t Want To!

July 1, 2014 in Deep Thoughts, Family Life, Motivation, Pregnancy

Happy July!  Yay!

Soooo, this morning I decided to make a big batch of Protein Packed Pancakes.  I love them so much and could eat them every day!  I love to make a bunch so I can freeze them.

Batch of Protein Pancakes

While they were cooking, my 10 year old walked into the kitchen and said….”Oooo, you’re making pancakes mom?!”

I said, “Yes, but they’re protein pancakes.”  I also reminded him of how yummy AND healthy they are!  After asking if he wanted any, he quickly said, “No thanks, mom” and made himself something else to eat.

A few minutes later my 15 year old walked in and said, “What’s that yummy smell?”  “What are you cooking mom!?”  The conversation pretty much ended the same way.

No kidding, a few minutes later, KEV walked into the kitchen and excitedly said, “You made pancakes hon?”  I said, “YES, but they are PROTEIN pancakes!”  I told him how my conversations with the boys went and we laughed because Kev wasn’t interested in my pancakes either. :-(

What the heck people!!??!  These pancakes are good and SOOOO yummy AND way better for you!!  What’s not to love?

Oh well, it made for a good laugh.   I guess it also leaves more for me, huh?

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Oh and my cute daughter is gone for the week at a girls camp. :-(

She is such a calming force and peacemaker in our home.  It’s tough to have her gone.  My two littlest boys have missed her so much!  They were crying the night before she left, so she took a picture of herself with each of them so they could remember her while she was gone.

Too cute.

Ben and Jake with pictures of Brooke before she went to camp

They love their sissy.

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Well I decided to kick it up a notch (health-wise) this week.  I’ve told you guys that my motivation has seriously been lacking lately.  I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking things like….

  • I’m so (huge, tired, pregnant, worn out, stressed, busy, etc.), so I deserve to have (cookies, cake, ice cream, fries, candy, etc.)
  • Since I’m about 8 months pregnant, it’s totally fine if I don’t exercise today…or tomorrow…or the next day….
  • Since I’m about 8 months pregnant, I really should indulge in a bunch of my favorite (non-healthy) foods because I’m going to shape-up big time after baby is here!
  • Ya know, I don’t need to eat perfectly or exercise a lot because the scale is only going up and I’m not going to see any results from my efforts.

You get the picture.  Yes, those thoughts are dangerous and can lead to a lot of damage!

Soooo, since I AM extra tired and my stamina and motivation is severely lacking, I decided to make myself a very short-term goal.  I’m really not in the mood to tackle a giant “healthy plan” or do a mega overhaul of my life right now.  A nice short-term goal is exactly what I need.

Soooo, I decided to make this whole entire week (all 7 days!) very, very healthy.

I’m not having any sugary stuff (not even chocolate chips!), fried foods, white flour, processed foods, etc.  I’m also trying to load up on lots of fruits, veggies, lean meats, whole grains (the good kind), eggs, nuts, yogurt, etc.

I’m also trying to exercise at least 5 days this week!

Soooo, aside from my protein pancakes, here are a few other things I’ve been eating…

Veggie Egg scramble

Veggie/egg scrambles consisting of one egg + 3-4 egg whites and onions, peppers, olives, avocado, tomato and cheese.  YUM!

Yogurt cottage cheese fruit almonds and chia seeds

Various yogurt/cottage cheese concoctions.  I love to top them with nuts, chia seeds and fruit.

Chicken Salad on lettuce

Leftover chicken salad on top of lettuce.  I love this meal/snack because I can throw it together in 2 seconds, flat.

I made Hawaiian Haystacks and watermelon for dinner last night….

Haystacks for dinner

I love them so much, but they are kind of a pain to make.  Thankfully Kev helped me quite a bit.

Hawaiian Haystack fixins

I made the gravy and quinoa/rice while he chopped up the toppings and took the chicken off of a rotisserie chicken.  It’s a lot of work, but so so yummy!

I also decided to walk while my two boys were at track practice yesterday.

Walking at my boys track practice

I just walked and walked and walked on the sidewalk that encircles the track.  I ended up walking almost 3 miles.  Woo hoo.

Walking at track practice

It was quite hot (in the 80’s), but there was a slight breeze, which was nice.  I actually enjoyed the “workout” and might just do it again soon!

I’m going to be very stubborn this week and “stick to my guns!”  I’m also aware there’s a holiday on Friday, dang it.  BUT, I’m not going to give in!  There are so many reasons/excuses out there that can be used to “justify” lack of exercise/unhealthy eating habits.  BUT, I know it is VITAL to stay committed during the hard times too.

Well, it’s getting late and I need to get my sleep.  I will also share my 33 weeks pregnant picture…

Me 33 weeks pregnant

Yay!  I hope you all have a wonderful night!

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