HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I think that New Year’s Day is one of my top favorite holidays.  To me it is symbolic of a fresh start.  It renews my spirit with a sense of anything is possible.

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On January 1st 2010 I started a “diet” and through that year and into 2011 I lost 50 pounds and haven’t looked back.  It was such an amazing year for me.  I have grown so much since then.  I know so many people will be embarking on yet another “diet” and I would just like to encourage everyone that will be.  It is possible.  You are completely capable of it.  You are in control of your own life.

I would like to share some of the things that kept me personally motivated through that year.

1. “Treat” yourself without food.  For every 10 pounds I lost,  I rewarded myself.

  • Take a long hot bath with some special bath salts or bubble bath.  Listen to music, light candles, read a magazine.
  • Pedicure/Manicure
  • New clothes (about every ten pounds I needed new clothes anyway!)
  • Facial
  • Massage

2. Find other ways of coping with stress beside turning to food

  • read a magazine or book
  • take a long walk
  • listen to music
  • meditate
  • write

3. Change your mindset.

  • Envision yourself at a healthy weight.  What does your life look like? Focus on that like a hawk.  Create a vision board. Either in real life or on Pinterest!
  • Write down healthy mantras ex. “My stomach is not a wastebasket” “Shut up and Sweat” “I am one workout away from a good mood” One thing that I played over and over in my head was this “Would Jillian eat this?”
  • Realize that you were created for and worth more than a vicious cycle of defeat. You deserve the best that life has to offer.
  • I thought of the whole process as a project.  A challenge. It was one that only I was in control of.  It was one that I refused to fail at.

4. Renew your habits

  • If you always have something sweet after dinner, replace that habit with a peace of gum or a cup of herbal tea.
  • go to bed early
  • decide to only drink water
  • learn to say no and mean it.  “Would you like some cake?” “No…but thank you!”

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5. Find what motivates you and stick with it. These are the things that motivated me.

  • Fitness magazines and websites.  I recommend Women’s Health & Fitness Magazine
  • Watching The Biggest Loser. A new season starts on January 6th!!!!  With Jillian returning!!!! I am SO excited about that!!!
  • Thinking about my overall health.  How eating right and exercising is making my heart stronger.  Envisioning my legs getting stronger, my lungs healthier and more elastic. Lowering my cholesterol.  How good it would feel to go to the dr for my yearly exam and not have that horrid anxiety about stepping on the scale.
  • Being an example to my family.
  • Finding great workout music and making awesome playlists.

6.  Finally and possibly one of the most important things is DO NOT give up.

You will have days that you slip up on your diet.  This usually occurred about once a month for me.  I allowed myself to have a “treat day” once a month.  On this day I let myself eat anything I wanted without counting Points. (I used the Weight Watcher’s program)   It really renewed my determination and honestly helped keep me sane!  I think it’s very important that you have days like this every once in a while.  Be careful they don’t turn into “treat weeks”. Smile  Here is a GREAT little article about why having a cheat day is important!  I found it to be very accurate in my experience.

You will have times when working out is just not an option.  Whether its because of your schedule, an illness or injury, or you just are plain too tired.  But honestly, in my experience exercise was only about 10% of the equation.

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It’s all about what food you are putting in your body. Think about the behavior and habits that got you to where you are and don’t do them anymore.  If you want to change, then you have to change.

Goals, not resolutions…

I don’t really set resolutions but I do like to set goals or things that I would like to accomplish in the coming year.

My first goal is to sell this house!  We definitely did not think it would take this long but over the past few months I have learned SO much.  There have been so many many things that I needed to see about myself that I never would have if our wish was granted in an instant.  I am so thankful for these last few months and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  I am so looking forward to the blessing that will follow these trials.

After we sell the house, move into our new one & get settled, I am going to get my personal training certification! My original plan was to begin in January.  Well, I can’t very well do that when we could have an offer on our house any day now.  Then our lives would be turned upside down and I would be a mess.  One thing at a time is my motto. 

In the fall I am planning on going back to school!  I want to get certified as a registered dietician.  My long term goal is to have my own personal training and nutrition counseling business.  I’d like to help others focus on improving their over all health in a holistic natural way. 

There are some other personal goals I would like to work on spiritually and emotionally.

Some fun things:

  • Do one Pinterest craft project per week.  Silly I know….but for real there is some brilliant stuff on there!
  • Do Yoga with Aidan. 
  • Go on a date with Luke at least twice a month.  We never get “just us” time and he really enjoys it.  So do I!

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I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.  Good luck with your goals!  You can and WILL do it!

Sites you may enjoy!

4 tips to keeping your New Year’s resolutions – Real Simple

Success Stories – Fitness Magazine

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Storms and Baby RayBans

I left off yesterday before I posted dinner so I‘ll start with that!

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Alexia Sweet Potato Fries, 1/2 Morningstar Black Bean Burger, Green Giant Seasoned Steamers.

I can’t remember what these were called but I think it was the Mediterranean blend with potatoes, carrots, yellow carrots, and zucchini.  Those vegetables were amazing!

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The thunder storm this morning woke my little boys up at 5am.  For some reason the living room made it much less scary. How cute are they?

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Breakfast Smoothie!

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The color was not as horrific as yesterday but none-the-less, a lovely shade don’t you think?

This had:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tbsp. chia
  • 1 scoop EAS Lean 15 protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup Dole frozen Strawberry & Bananas
  • 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Yum

Workout

45 min. Spin.  It was awesome again! The gym was completely empty because of the rain and it was GLORIOUS!

After the gym we went grocery shopping at Target…..they have BABY RAYBANS in the optical dept.!  If I had a million dollars I would so buy him these.

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On the way home I had one of these granola bars.  I had never seen them before but they looked delicious.  I love food marketed for kids because they are always a great portion size for me.  These are only 100 calories, perfect for a little snack and they are oh so delicious! The other flavor is berry and I am looking forward to trying those as well.

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Quaker School Days Granola Bar in Amazing Apple

Ahhhhh, finally lunch, I was starving.  Today was the perfect day for a warm bowl of soup.

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Wolfgang Puck Hearty Garden Vegetable

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I had 2 WASA light rye crackers on the side.

This may be the best canned soup I have ever had.  It was so savory and almost had a sweet taste to it that I couldn’t quite place.

Today was Luke’s last day of school so we “celebrated” (I hate that term).  I’ll say acknowledged the occasion….who am I kidding? We celebrated with Luke’s treat of choice.  He wanted a Sonic treat.  This time I showed some restraint with the least offensive treat on the menu.  The sugar coma from last time was enough to make me never want another thing from Sonic in my life.

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The Vanilla Cone.  So simple but so good.

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We ran a few more errands and when I got home these were calling my name.

Dinner

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Van De Camps Lemon Pepper Parchment Bake, Archer Farms Coconut Cashew Rice, and a recipe from my Weight Watchers cookbook.

Roasted Asparagus and Red Peppers

1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and fibrous stalks peeled
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 lemon
1 t. olive oil
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 400. Spray nonstick baking sheet with nonstick spray. In large bowl, combine asparagus and bell pepper strips, spray with nonstick spray. Squeeze in 1 T. juice from lemon, then add oil, salt, and crushed red pepper; toss well to coat. Arrange vegetables on baking sheet. Bake until tender (shake pan occasionally), 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer vegetables to bowl; grate in 1 t. lemon zest and toss.

Yield: 4 servings: 39 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 295 mg sodium, 5 g carb, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein, 16 mg calcium.

Dinner was so, so.  I wasn’t loving the fish this time for some reason but the veggies were really good.

I finally finished Catching Fire.  I have so many questions! Where are they?  How did they steal the hovercraft?  How is Katniss not dead? Where are Peeta and the others?  The Capitol is so powerful, how in the world did Haymich and the others pull this off? WTH happened to District 12?  Where is Prim?  I can’t wait to dive into Mockingjay…..now!

My favorite kind of day

I was up at my usual time this morning thanks to a fantastic nights sleep.  By 7am I had had my quiet time and coffee and was ready to start the day.  The rest of the house was still fast asleep so I decided I would eat a banana and go for a 5 mile run.

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My run felt incredible!  It was gorgeous this morning.  I tried my best to take it all in because I know my days of running in the morning are numbered.  By 8 am I was a sweaty stinky mess. I could have gone for an additional 2 miles but I knew I still needed to eat breakfast and get ready for our outing later.

Breakfast

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Chobani 2% Greek Yogurt in Passion Fruit, 1 Orowheat Sandwich Thin, 1 tbsp. JIF Natural Peanut Butter, sprinkle of cinnamon and chia.

Snack

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Annie’s PB&J Granola Bar

I think these may be new favorite.

We took Aidan to a bounce house place.

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He was in heaven and we were thankful to have a place that wasn’t 150 degrees where he could burn off his abundant energy.

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We ran a few errands before coming home and then I got started in the kitchen.

But first a snack

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and my usual pick-me-up.

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Spark

This is such a life saver at 3pm when you have been up since 5am, bedtime is another 6 hours away and your children’s energy levels do not match yours!

I made the best batch of Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread I have ever made.

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Dinner

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Weight Watchers Chicken with Fresh Tomato Sauce, 1/2 cup Brown Rice, & 4 oz. Moscato

This was SOOO yummy!  I wasn’t crazy about the chicken as usual, but the rest of it was so wonderful.  I gave Jeremy half of my chicken and ate all the rest.

Then I had two pieces of Jamie’s bread….this batch will not last long! Winking smile

I had such a wonderful day today.  Full of my favorite things.  A really good and long quiet prayer time, coffee was superb, an exceptional run, fun with little A, baking, cooking a healthy meal for my guys, and I will end it with some reading….as long as I can keep my eyes open! We have a long day planned for tomorrow so I better try to get in bed ASAP!

What I am loving right now.

Jeremy loves 80’s music.  I can’t blame him, it was some good stuff!  He showed this to me a couple of days ago and I have been listening to it pretty much constantly ever since!

Pandora’s 80’s Love Songs Radio

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You can’t argue that this isn’t quality music.

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RIP Whitney Sad smile

Me:  Man, they just don’t make love songs like they used to.

Jeremy: They don’t MAKE love songs anymore.

Truth.

Perfect Weekend

I don’t know about where everyone else lives but where I live it was the MOST beautiful weekend.

Saturday

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We are obsessed with these bluebonnets!

Saturday morning we went to the gym where I did 30 min on the treadmill and 20 on the elliptical.  I have been listening to Pandora while I workout lately and was telling Jeremy that they have been playing some of my favorite new songs right about the time I need it.  You know, when I am about to call it quits with the intervals and walk it out.  Then I said, but they haven’t played Boyfriend yet.  When I got myself all set up on the treadmill and turned on Pandora, guess what came on first thing?  YEEEEEES!  I knew it was going to be a great workout!  My other favorite new workout songs are, Wild One and Call Me Maybe.  It would just probably be the best day of my life if they played all three in a row.  Hey Amanda, it’s called ITUNES!

Next on the agenda was to go to The Vitamin Shoppe,  Home Depot to find flowers to plant in my flower beds and get Aidan’s haircut.

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They were having a “Health Expo” at the Vitamin Shoppe, which ended up just being a couple of tables set up with  free samples.  I got a bunch of stuff but I was MOST excited about the Vega products.  Anyone who reads regularly knows I love my smoothies.  I don’t always have time to eat a balanced meal and they are the closest I can get to one on the go.

Vega One is the most nutritious mix of ingredients I have ever seen next to Shakeology.  I was SUPER excited to have the opportunity to try it.

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  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • 1 packet Vega One

At first it was really good!  It may have had something to do with the fact that it was almost 2:30 pm and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet.  Then about 3/4 of the way through,  I took a sip and thought,  “What the heck am I drinking?”  I am not sure what it was.  Too sweet?  The texture was strange.  It may taste better mixed differently.  I was fascinated by the gorgeous shade of gray it was too!  I think it would be more palatable if I had used half the packet.  I have another packet in Berry, so I will try it again using half of that.  I am just so impressed with the ingredients, it’s almost as though I’ll suffer through the strangeness of it for the health benefits.

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This Halo Bar wasn’t a sample but it was on sale and I liked the packaging so I picked up two.  The other one was marshmallow.  I had a taste of the marshmallow and threw the rest away…..and then I tasted this one & then let Jeremy taste it.  He spit it out and I finished it only because I was still hungry and just wanted to get on with my day!  It wasn’t TERRIBLE…..but yeah.  I really love trying new products.  Sometimes you get some real winners, other times….not so much.

In better news,  found a lot of pretty flowers to plant this week!!!

Sunday

I spent the morning at church going to service, a class and then I volunteered in the nursery.  We didn’t get out until almost 1:45 and then stopped by the grocery store.  That got us home at about 2:30.  My oatmeal at 7am did a great job of helping me power through the morning, but obviously I was pretty much starving by the time I got out of church.  I am not sure exactly what or how much I ate when I finally made it home.  I do know it included a donut, two pieces of protein bread with peanut butter and probably half a box of Honey Bunches of Oats.  No, there was no bowl, nor was there any milk.  Straight out of the box my friends. Because I’m classy like that!  Healthy Habit lesson #518:  Pack snacks to eat in between service, class and volunteering.  Go straight home after church, do not pass go and do not collect $200.  At home have something HEALTHY & BALANCED ready that you can take out and eat immediately.  One thing I did learn, if you do eat half a box of Honey Bunches of Oats at 2:30 pm, you will most definitely ruin your appetite for the delicious meal you would be making for dinner.  

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Weight Watchers Baked Turkey and Ziti Casserole

I didn’t eat a serving but I did taste my work.  It was SO good.  I am adding this to my go-to recipe section.  I am sure it will taste much better leftover (casseroles always do) and with a hungry tummy!

…..and now for 700 pictures of my kid.

After his haircut

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and before church Sunday.

I am obsessed with him too!


Looking back on last weeks goals:

  • Seriously stay away from the sweets.  On the REAL this time.  ~  Did much better!  Only a few treats this week.
  • Make working out a priority, everyday this week.   ~  worked out 5 days!
  • Do yoga one of those days.  ~  this is a really difficult one to accomplish.  I need to go to a class at my gym.
  • Drink at least 64 oz. of water each day. ~  CHECK!
  • Go to church Wednesday night.  ~ CHECK!
  • Meal plan for next week, trying at least two new recipes.  CHECK!
  • Sleep.  CHECK! I took several 30 min cat naps and slept at least 7 hours each night.

I am feeling so much better this Monday than last.  It makes such a huge difference when I follow these healthy habits.  My goals this week are the same.  I am really going to try to get to the yoga class at the gym.  I am pretty sure there is one tomorrow night and Thursday night.  I just pray life doesn’t get in the way of that goal!

Question of the day:

What do you do when you find yourself ravenous?  Do you eat half a box of Honey Bunches of Oats (or the equivalent) or do you take a step back, realize this isn’t an emergency and calmly prepare a healthy meal?