Everybody has their 15 minutes

Goodness!  It’s been a WHILE since I last wrote.  Sufficed to say, I’ve been busy.  I hate that word.  “busy”.  It’s way over used.

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Triple Crown Leadership <—– great piece on “being busy”

The word itself doesn’t even look like it’s spelled correctly.  Busy…..Bussy?  Bisy. Bisie, Bizy?  Anyway, I hate busy.  HOWEVER!  That being said…..I have been busy in a good way!

Right now I should be packing.  Why?  Oh maybe because we are moving in 2 days.  I am at the point where everything that can be packed is packed.  Everything else has to wait until the last few mad hours before we leave for good.  So I thought I would write……it may be another month before I get to again.  I can’t WAIT to be back into my normal routine.

I think I will start with probably one of the most exciting things to ever happen to me.

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There I am!  It’s finally out!  I didn’t think it would be out until today actually but much to my surprise it was early!!!  I was talking to my friend on the phone last week and she said “So, I saw your article in Women’s Health”.  I screamed “WHAT!?!?!?!?!”  I may have made her ear drums bleed.

“JEEEEEEREMY!!!!!  GO GET THE MAIL GO GET THE MAIL!!!!!”

“WHAT? WHY?  What’s wrong?

“MY ARTICLE!  CHERYL…..ITS HERE….MAIL!!!!!”

He makes a mad dash out the door.

And there it is!  Crazyness I tell you…..crazyness.  What an honor.  What a moment.  What validation.  Wow.  Jeremy went out and bought two additional copies at the store.  I am not ashamed to admit I will be laminating that bad boy, framing it and making it a focal point in my house.  Ok, maybe not a focal point, but it will be on the fridge, inside the pantry, folded in my purse, in my journals, and for sure framed in my office.  Not because I am trying to brag or show off, but as a reminder, when the days are dark and my mind tries to go back to the places I never want to return.

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One day I can show my clients, hey look at this….I UNDERSTAND!!!!  I can help, you can trust me, I have been there.

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So, here are some other things that have been going on…..

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Oh the blasted crane…..I finally did it!!!

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Valentines Day Happiness

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Cuddles with Cici.  When Aidan was learning to talk, he couldn’t say Trixie so he would say Cici.  That’s become her nickname…along with BRAT.

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Aidan’s 6 yr molars started coming in and his gums swelled up in the most alarming manner! Apparently it’s totally normal for that to happen.  Poor guy.  OUCH!

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Even though it’s been weeks since I have had a proper workout, except an occasional sporadic run, I have been getting plenty of physical activity in the form of packing and pushing boxes around…..so my foam roller and I have become BFF’s.  I am not sure what I ever did with out it.  Oh yeah…..I laid on the floor for an hour stretching and complaining…..

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I was fixing Aidan’s hair one morning and I see these two “bobbed” spots. He says bobbed instead of bald. I can’t bring myself to correct him. He also says thair instead of fair. Sometimes his cuteness is overwhelming.  Anyway, as a mother, my mind goes straight to “OMG what disease does he have?”   As I am looking at the spots he lets me know he doesn’t have some rare incurable disease, he just gave himself a little haircut.  Whew!!!!  Thank goodness!

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So as I was packing one evening I came across this little box of gems.  My past.  CRINGE! Look at those gallon zip locks of notes!!!!!  I didn’t read all of them but the ones I did read were awesome. They are priceless. Filled  with drama and silliness.  Lots of “oh my gosh…..I can’t believe I wrote that.” was said aloud.   I was a different person back then that’s for sure.

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The last few weeks I have been reading a book called May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. Finding it was a bit serendipitous but I am convinced it’s also one of those things that I was meant to read.  I heard about it a while ago and thought, Hmmm….that looks interesting, I will have to check it out.  Then while browsing at B&N one day I walked right into it.  SIGN!!!!!!!   It’s a little on the hippy dippy side but it has REALLY opened my eyes to so many things I was blind to.  The first two weeks were are about overcoming fears.  I was able to discover some fears I have that I never realized were there.  Being able to identify them has been life-changing.  In one of the first chapters she says this about fear.  “Love did not create this.”

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That simple sentence has altered my entire world.  I wish I could expound on how and why but….yeah…..you know…..too personal.

Just the other day I read this little gem of a passage…..

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Yes, yes and more yes.  Many have misconceptions about this.  Forgiveness doesn’t mean reconciliation or relationship.  Ex. I have forgiven the man who took Daniel from us,  but I am not going to go have coffee with him. Forgiveness means that you have let go of the hurt and bitterness that once poisoned your heart and mind.  You are free to love and live the life you were meant to live.

I highly recommend this book.  It’s so good!  Read it with an open mind and get out of it what you can.

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So then there is this little thing we did yesterday!

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WE CLOSED!!!!!  So excited!  We signed papers for AN HOUR!!!! But….honestly, it was quite fun!

I can’t wait to start a new chapter in our lives.  I will be sad to say goodbye to our first house together. Sad to say goodbye to our sweet neighbors.  It will be an adjustment getting to know the new house.  I have said several times this week “I am going to miss my stove and microwave.”  Little things like getting used to what light switch goes to what.  Learning how to use the sprinkler & alarm systems.  I anticipate hilarity to ensue concerning those! Especially if I am the one operating them!  But I am excited about being able to take the boys to the neighborhood pool and play ground all summer.  Sitting on my covered porch that has a ceiling fan on those HOT summer days.  Enjoying our fireplace on the cold and dreary ones.  Getting to know some new friends in the neighborhood.  There are walking trails & several ponds with water fountains throughout the neighborhood as well.  I can’t wait to explore those.

Hopefully it won’t be another month before I write again but until then……

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Oh Uncle Si…..you’re the best.

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Relatively Speaking

You know how when you go without something you appreciate it that much more when you get it back?  Going without sleep for so long when the boys were babies makes me appreciate it so much more now.  I appreciate my husband being home at night because he worked nights for so long.  I appreciate the abundance of healthy food that I have because I ate so poorly for so long.  I appreciate the health of my children after they have been ill.  I appreciate a shower that stays warm all the way til the end when the weather warms back up.  And now, I appreciate the complete peace and serenity I feel now that the hard part of selling/buying a house is behind us.  Actually packing and moving is going to be a cake walk, relatively speaking.  I am looking forward to having a “normal” life again.  No interruptions.  No making sure the house is spotless before I get on with the rest of my day.  No more having to be out of the house for hours at a time when all I want to do is sleep and watch T.V.  No more wondering if today’s appointment will be THE ONE.  Having to read on a daily basis why someone doesn’t like your home. No more circling the neighborhood when an appointment is going over their time, having to pee so bad you are willing to pull over and squat.  Did I just say that?  Yes I did.  I never ever ever could have imagined how difficult and stressful this process would be.  You know when you go to visit a new doctor and they have you fill out that form asking if you have experienced any of the following in the last year?

  • Divorce
  • Death in the family
  • Loss of Job
  • Serious Illness
  • a MOVE

Yeah, I get that now.

It’s a miracle and by the grace of GOD that Jeremy and I are still married.  No I am kidding, but seriously…..it IS by grace that Jeremy didn’t leave me!  On the contrary, we are closer than ever so I wouldn’t trade the last 4 months for anything in the world.

Good news first…..we got the house we wanted.  Praise God.  But not without a fight.

The house we wanted had been on the market for 280 days…..nothing wrong with it at all just priced a little high, market slow…..honestly, I believe it was saved for us.  After seeing it again last week and loving it, I said “We need to put an offer on this place immediately, like this minute…”  I knew it, I could feel it….someone else was going to offer soon…possibly even that moment.  Mike reassured us that there was no other offer on it but I just knew….. Our offer was low but we weren’t asking for closing costs and accepting it in “as is” condition.  There were a few minor things that need to be addressed, light bulbs out, nail pops exposed etc.. …..nothing we haven’t fixed on our current home. I felt comfortable with our offer.  We had some issues getting our paper work emailed back to Mike so he was going to come by our house late that evening after work to pick it up.  It was 7:30 pm, I was feeling down right anxious because I knew we needed to get that offer in ASAP.  Sure enough, sometimes I swear I am psychic, Mike calls.  “There is another offer.”  My heart sank and my stomach churned.  I may have teared up a little. There goes the sweet slumber I was hoping for.  Thankfully because we knew about the other offer and hadn’t turned ours in yet…..we had the upper hand in the matter and were able to change our offer last minute to a more competitive one.  Ultimately, we won the house!  HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND!  We are set to close March 11 and will be moving out the next few days after that!  What a great way to spend Spring Break!

The very last stress inducing event was our buyer’s inspection on Friday morning.  I started out the morning with a clogged potty.  Then the milk for my oats boiled over and burned in the stove. We opened up the back door to let the smoke air out and Rya the cat escaped.  On her little adventure outside she ate some grass which induced vomiting…..of course not on the tile but the carpet.  I said out loud with a smile and in a very friendly manner to who or whatever was causing the issues.….”Nothing can shut what the Father has oooooopeeeened!  Just so ya know!”  That fixed that.  I felt good leaving the house that day. Confident that no issue would arise.  We haven’t heard anything back about the inspection and Mike said when there is a problem, they address it immediately.  No news is good news.  We have the inspection on the new house Wednesday morning and  I am confident that will go smoothly as well.

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Aidan turned 6 on Saturday.

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We had a very low key event.  There is no denying that he is my child.  I asked him a month ago if he wanted to have a “Pump It Up” party and invite all his classmates and friends.  His response?

“Ooooooh noooooo way.  It’s too loud in there and the kids get super duper crazy. I just want you and me and Daddy and Luke and Rya and Early and Trixie at our house where its peaceful and quiet.”

What?  I didn’t think I could love this child anymore than I already did.

On Friday morning I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday.  His response?

“I don’t want a cake, I don’t want a party, I just want white donuts.”

Wow…..

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He does love him some chocolate chip cookies so I made him a giant one, and yes, I did pile a bunch of white donuts on the birthday platter and served it to him for breakfast.

I am so happy right now.  I can’t even explain it.  I am just over the moon.  I feel so light and full of excitement.  I can’t wait to start packing.  I can’t wait to start making our new house our own.  I am so happy to be thinking happy thoughts again instead of “Good God, when will this ever end?  Are you even there?  Have you forgotten us?”  Or worse trying not to think at all.

This week I will be getting back to my P90X.  I had to put it on hold while we dealt with life last week.  Each day I set aside the time for it and it just never got done.  I really tried to follow the diet at least but even threw that out the window this weekend.  It was too much.  But…..I am getting right back on that horse and galloping my way to being bikini ready!

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….and the saga continues

Friday night we got an email saying “HOA Guy” was interested in making an offer.  We haven’t heard anything else from him.  Thumbs down “Late Low ballers” countered OUR counter with 2,000 less than our counter AND they want our fridge.  Annoyed We had 4 showings Saturday and have one tonight at 5:30.  I am over it ya’ll.  That’s all I got to say about that.

P90 is going much better this week.  Jeremy and I did Kenpo X (I kept calling it Kempo…until I saw the DVD Confused smile) on Saturday morning.  I loved it!  It was so much fun!!!  I can’t wait to do it again.  I don’t think Jer feels the same…Yesterday was my second chest and back workout and I did much better this time.  My chest is still tight, my gluteus maximus is still pretty sore but over all I am feeling much better.  This morning I decided to do Plyo first thing before I ate breakfast.  Saturday I did Kenpo first thing and felt so much lighter and had more energy.  So I thought I would try PLYO on an empty tummy.  “They” say that cardio on an empty tummy burns more fat too so….that’s a plus.  It was MUCH easier today.  I didn’t peter out in the end.  I was able to complete most of the exercises, got super sweaty and burned about 100 more calories this week!  Thumbs up

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My friend posted this on her Facebook today and I can’t stop laughing at it!

I am so in-love with this program.  Even though I am borrowing it right now, I am planning on buying one for myself.  I think it will be a great tool to use when I am training and counseling.  When your 11 year old says, “Mommy!  Look at your arms!”  “Let me see your abs…..MAN!”, you know the program is legit.

We were so busy this weekend & I wasn’t able to get all my food in but tried my best to stick to the plan.

Friday night I made some ground chicken with homemade taco seasoning.  I served it over 2 cups of spinach and 1 1/2 corn tortilla.

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Saturday after Kenpo I made my protein shake, showered and then had to leave because of a showing, so I grabbed a protein bar.  This was DELICIOUS!!!!!  Love it.

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Clif Builders Bar

I read that these are a good substitute for the P90X performance bars so I grabbed a couple to try.  Impressed!

Saturday afternoon I took L for a B&N/Ice Cream date.  We hung out looking at books & drinking coffee (don’t freak out…decaf/fat-free/white mocha for him) like hipsters for a few hours before heading to Braum’s for the best ice cream in the world.

He got Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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I got Pineapple Almond fro-yo.  Probably the best thing ever……Winking smile

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Aidan is my little workout buddy.  He hangs in there like a boss most of the time! Yesterday he was lifting this 15lb weight up over his head, making me super nervous!  He also did 40 “push-ups”.  More like 1-2-3-4-567891011123940!  Watch out Arnold!  I have a secret dream that he will be my actual workout/running buddy when he is grown up!

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Today after PLYO I made my protein shake.

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Later I had a snack of 1.5 oz. avocado, 1 cup cucumbers/carrots, 2 light cheese sticks and my daily vitamins.

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about 30 min later……

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A Luna protein bar.  Red heartYUMSRed heart

I am sort of off on my eating schedule today since I didn’t eat breakfast but I am sure I will make up for it later!!!

I have to get going so I can get the house “show ready” *eyeroll*.  I should be thankful for lots of traffic, but look, I am not.  I just want the Lowballers to accept that we aren’t going accept anything less than what we countered with!

On the bright side….I had a game changing conversation with Aidan’s preschool teacher on Sunday.  It was definitely a God thing that we ran into each other and had some time to talk.  What we talked about is possibly why we haven’t accepted an offer yet.

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Speaking of church….As I sat in the service a young lady and her little baby girl (~3 months?) sat a few aisles over and in front of me.  I kept looking at that sweet baby and thinking how beautiful it was to see a young woman holding her little baby.  My womb ached a little.  Then I went to volunteer in the nursery.  I held a crying baby for two hours and changed a poopie diaper….ache no more my friends, this kitchen is closed!!!!

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Super Parents

It’s not often that I (ok, pretty much never) feel like a great mom. I too often fall victim to the comparison trap.

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But lately I have been feeling like SUPER MOM!

Starting last week with the boys Christmas“Winter” Parties….*eyeroll”

Aidan’s teacher asked me to do a big project for their party and I happily obliged!

It was a present of treats in a box, wrapped with 20 things, put in a bigger box wrapped with 20 things, put in an even bigger box wrapped with 20 things.

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The kids listened to music while passing around the box and when the music stopped the child holding the box took off an item. This continued until everything was gone and then they all got to have treats from the very last box! So fun to be able to do!

THEN I baked 9 dozen cookies for treats to give to the boy’s classmates along with cards from them.

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I got to put my “new” KitchenAide to good use! This was Jeremy’s Grandmother’s that his dad gave to me! This is the best gift I have ever gotten! I love it!

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I used a box mix considering my time constraint and the fact that I had to make so many cookies! They turned out fan-freakin-tastic! I highly recommend the Krusteaz Chocolate Crackle Cookie mix.

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Jeremy and I package all 45 little treat bags and sent them all to school the next day! I felt like a CHAMPION!!!!

I was given another opportunity to feel like Super Mom this weekend when my sweet Aidan fell victim to the dreaded…….Stomach Virus……

Jeremy’s family came to visit for Christmas last Friday and we had our Christmas on Saturday. That night around 9:30, Aidan was complaining of stomach pain. I didn’t think anything of it except it was probably gas. He did eat a lot of turkey and his little belly isn’t used to all that meat. Well…..I was wrong wrong wrong.

The 3 of us camped out in the bathroom on pillows and blankets, read books & listened to the classical station on Pandora all night. From 10pm until 4 am we were up every 30-45 minutes. It was so sad. We have been so lucky to not have had a bout of stomach flu in this family in almost 10 years. I was so proud to say we had been “Vomit-Free-Since 2003”. I am very diligent about keeping my house very clean, the boys are constantly washing their hands, so are Jeremy and I. I wipe down grocery carts, tables at restaurants, use hand sanitizer. I don’t ever eat questionable food nor do I allow the boys to. If you had been through the last bout of stomach bug we went through (in 2003) you would be just as diligent. That kind of trauma never leaves you.

But alas….it was only a matter of time before all of our precaution was just not enough to keep it out of our lives. Poor Aidan. The saddest thing I think I have ever heard was him say “What’s happening to me?” Bless his sweet sweet heart. He was such a good boy through it all. I felt terrible because he was so thirsty and I knew I couldn’t give him anything so I let him suck on an ice cube. Talk about heart breaking. I couldn’t sleep at all. I read my new book, looked on Pinterest, stared at him, prayed for him. About 4am is when the vomiting every 30 mins finally stopped. From about 4-7 am I was neither awake nor asleep not wanting to miss the first signs of another attack. I was supposed to volunteer that morning so I got up and texted the director of the children’s ministry that I wouldn’t be there. Jeremy went to the store for Pedialyte. Our family left early so we could take care of Aidan. After they left, Jeremy and I disinfected this house from top to bottom. We stripped the beds, mopped, Lysol’d anything that stood still, and opened all the windows even though it was 50 degrees. I was so incredibly thankful that we made it to the toilet every single time so the worst part of cleaning up wasn’t something we had to deal with. Thank you JESUS! Aidan was feeling completely normal after some Pedialyte and Pediapops.. I don’t get that! He wasn’t even tired! Oh to have that kind of energy! Jeremy and I were totally wired on coffee and probably a second wind.

That afternoon he started to feel bad again and vomited a few more times. But after the second time we convinced him that maybe some toast would make him feel better. He was so afraid of eating anything. Understandably! But he did begin to feel better after the toast. And by better I mean not a constant feeling of needing to make a trip to the bathroom…..Sad smile You just never can trust that stomach flu. It’s a beastly thing.

We watched Home Alone on Jeremy’s tablet,

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and finally fell asleep around 9. Poor Jeremy slept on a cot in Aidan’s room so that I could get a full nights rest. We were pretty sure Aidan would sleep through the night but, honestly, you never know. Jeremy hardly slept because Aidan was up needing to go potty, or was thirsty. I, on the other hand, slept like a rock for about 11 hours. To say the least we will ALL sleep tight tonight on this lovely Christmas Eve!

Aidan is feeling much better today. We have been following the B.R.A.T diet. Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. He has been tolerating it very well. I’ve also been letting him have white grape juice and Gatorade. I think we will continue with that tomorrow and I will let him have some chicken soup tomorrow night for his Christmas Feast!

I am super afraid that Jeremy and I are next. I pray my in-laws don’t come down with it! So far Jeremy and I are good but…..ugh. I have been so afraid to eat anything lest I spend the next 6 hours worshipping the porcelain throne! At this point I can’t tell if my slight nausea and weakness is from the lack of food or the first signs that it’s my turn!!!! I went to Target today to relieve my cabin fever and started to feel hot and dizzy while picking out fruit! Hopefully this fear will pass. I just know it could take a few days to show up and I don’t want to be caught of guard!!!!

Well, I am off to get ready for Santa Claus!!!! I hope everyone has a VERY Merry Christmas!!!!

Here is a VERY good link that I followed through the night and the next day to the T. It was immensely helpful for someone who has never really had to handle this. Except in 2003 when I was completely clueless on how to treat the stomach bug. I did all the wrong things which is most likely why it was so awful.

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It’s (finally) beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

I hope all had a lovely weekend!  Mine was pretty good!  Laid back just the way I like it.  It was just me and little A all weekend which is always nice.  Aidan is a total homebody like I am so we were both content to hang around the house all weekend just enjoying the peace and quiet.  We did get out for a bit on Saturday for some Christmas shopping but after three stores we both decided that being in traffic and standing lines was not how we wanted to spend the day.

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I never shared his school picture did I?  He is so beautiful.

I must mention that the reason I hadn’t shared it yet was because I had to reorder them.  In the first set he had blue marker on his nose. WHAT? Yes…he did. Smile  I thought “Ummmm, excuse me but how did that get past his teacher, the photographer and the editor yet it was the first thing I saw?!?!”  I don’t know…but thank goodness for Photoshop.

I haven’t done an excellent job of food documentary.  I have had this for breakfast the last several mornings.

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Except this morning I had a banana, some almonds and half a boiled egg in addition.  I didn’t eat dinner last night and woke up famished.  I didn’t eat dinner last night? No, I was so exhausted by the end of the day and my head was pounding.  It was all I could do just to make sandwiches and slice up oranges for my boys.  I found myself in bed by 7pm giving half hearted directions to shower, brush your teeth, stop fighting, pick up ya’ll’s toys…..I’m not exactly sure why I was so tired.  It had been a go-go-go kind of day though so I supposed my battery just died.

Yesterday

After doing Level 2 of 30 day Shred, I cleaned up quickly and ran some errands.  When I got back home I ate some tuna salad I had prepped that morning.

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This was two cans of tuna, 2 tbsp. light mayo, homemade relish (just a pickle crushed up in my food processor), a squeeze of mustard, and some pepper.

When I got home from more errands yesterday afternoon I was super hungry and ate an apple, a few handfuls of almonds and a bag of 100 calorie popcorn.  I suppose that was another reason I wasn’t super hungry at dinner.  I made up for it this morning though!

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It took me 2 hours to get my house cleaned up this morning.  What am I talking about? This is every morning.  Is it just me or does anyone else’s home explode between the time their children get up & when they leave for school?  I am not kidding….I go to bed, the house is tidy, I wake up, the house is tidy….three hours later I have to go through each and every room, picking up clothes, toys, wiping down sinks and toilets, two loads of laundry everyday.  I don’t know how two little people can make such huge messes.  It’s chaos chaos, we leave and then I return home to the aftermath and think  “What the heck happened in here?” The kitchen alone takes an hour….I am so glad I don’t have a “real” job.  I’d go crazy.

I didn’t feel like doing 30 Day Shred again today. I really wanted to go for a run.  The fact that it was literally freezing this morning made me cringe just thinking about it.

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But the thought of doing 50 squat thrusts made me cringe even more…..So I bundled up and went for it.

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About a mile into my run, the gloves and jacket come off.  Lesson #1 of running in cold weather, you won’t be cold for long.

When I got back I noticed my plants looked down right pitiful!

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It’s so sad because they THRIVED in the 110 degree heat this summer.  I hope they don’t completely perish.

I trimmed them up and gave them some water so hopefully they’ll perk up as the weather begins to warm up.

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Anywhoooo….my huge breakfast is finally wearing off and I need to find something for lunch!

Before I go I’ll leave you with some pictures of cute animals and some inspiration to get ya booty movin!

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You mess with my waffle, I will cut you.

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ahhhhh warmth…..

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Why yes, yes I would LOVE to run a marathon!

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What I love about….

Luke:

He makes little gems like this.

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Target:

They give away Starbucks K-Cups

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The Rain:

That rainbows follow it.

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I am SO grateful for my new BFF, my bodybugg.  I was incredibly hungry all day on Saturday.  Like every two hours hungry.  I knew it was coming at some point since last week seemed to be the one week out of the month that I am not ravenous.  I didn’t get the workout done on Saturday like I had planned so I didn’t have the extra calories to play with like I usually do. That’s where my new best friend came into play.  Since the Bodybugg measures calories burned, I was able to see how many calories I had burned at any given time and eat appropriately.  Without it….Saturday would have been a disaster.  Instead I remained in control the entire day.  I even ended up with a good size deficit and my hard work all week didn’t end up in the toilet.  Bodybugg fan for life!

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Saturday afternoon I made a recipe form the latest issue of Taste of Home’s Healthy Cooking magazine.

It’s Pizza Pasta!

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The guys ate it all weekend!  Minus Aidan…..that’s a blog post in itself…. He has become quite the picky eater and that is an understatement.  Frustration doesn’t even cover the feelings I have when I try to get him to eat.  I am forced to go against every belief I have when it comes to feeding my children…..I am becoming a short order cook and I hate that.  But the child is skin and bones and has lost weight he didn’t have to lose.  I have resorted to letting him eat peanut butter out of the jar because its fun for him…..and one of the only things he will eat voluntarily.  I am on the search for every tip, trick and recipe I can find for picky eaters, as well as encouragement that this too shall pass.

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I was sad to see the weekend go but was ready to get back to my beloved routine.

Breakfast:

Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt, 14 almonds and cinnamon.

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I jogged for an hour in the park this morning.  It was lovely as usual!

My new favorite thing to have after a long workout is Vitamin Water.  It makes me feel so much better.

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I also had an apple and some almonds a little later after a long shower.

Lunch was so yummy today!

Orowheat Sandwich Thin with ham, guacamole, and provolone cheese pressed in my Panini maker, carrots and more guacamole!

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I better start meal planning for next week.  I am hoping to have Aidan search recipes with me.  Maybe, if I am lucky and he can sit still for 2 minutes, we will find something!

Good Luck to ME!

Just a little proud

When you are a mom, there are moments in your life when you experience a level of pride for your child that can not be matched.  Today was one of those moments for me when Aidan graduated from Pre-K.

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Excuse me while I brag on my child for a few minutes…..with all the drama and trauma I have to deal with on a daily basis, not to mention physically growing him in my body and then giving birth to the child….I think I deserve this.  So if you don’t like mush and gush….please by all means…carry on.

First of all he won the award for Mr. Manners.  That my friends does not come naturally in a child, so yes…I was proud of my work.  How many times do I repeat myself? “I am raising gentlemen, not heathens!”  “Boys!  Act civilized!” “Say thank you!….AIDAN SAY THANK YOU!”  “Aidan, say hello….that man said hello to you.”  “Luke, sit right in your chair.”  “Boys, no potty talk at the table.” “Luke, we do not fart at the table.”  “Boys, potty talk is not cute or funny, ever”  “Ladies first!”  and on and on…..In a world where good manners seem to be a lost art….MY children will have manners.

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Look at that precious baby.  They did a little show for us, singing songs and doing countless sign language along with the words.  They recited the alphabet in sign language as well as a few words beginning with each letter.  His teachers told me he was in front because he was one of the best.  I would have to agree.

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After graduation we had the opportunity to let our children stay at school for the remainder of the day or take them with us. Ummmm, take my child with me on my only day of freedom?  I think not!  I had some shopping to do that required me to be able to hear myself think.  I tried to do it Sunday and then again yesterday but the little boy in the graduation picture was NOT havin it.

I went to several stores trying to find something nice for the boys’ teachers.  I intended to MAKE something super crafty and clever….but I lack that gene.  It’s ok, I have strengths in different areas!  Winking smile  I settled on Bath & Body Works.  The scents are Island Margarita and Caribbean Escape.  I am going to say something completely cheesy like “Enjoy your Island Margarita and your Caribbean Escape over the summer!!!”

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I did a terrible job of eating today.  Thumbs down

Breakfast was my usual smoothie

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After the graduation I had two cookies.  One chocolate chip and one sugar.  Then I got a tall Misto from Starbucks.  I got hungry while I was at TJ MAXX and these looked appetizing.

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180 snacks in cranberry pomegranate

I ate the whole bag (I guess it was “lunch”) and  it kept me pretty satisfied for several hours.

I had to go to Target to get a few more things for the teachers and they had several delicious samples out to try!  Samples are my favorite.

When I got home I had a Clif Crunch Bar.

See what I mean?  Atrocious…We are having leftovers from last night for dinner.  Have I mentioned that casseroles are always so much better the next night?

Speaking of dinner.  I am in a bit of a cooking rut lately.  I think because we have been so busy lately with End of Year Activities,  I haven’t been able sit and look for hours for new recipes…..That will be a goal for this week and seeing as how I do the grocery shopping on Wednesdays…..I better get on that a.s.a.p.!

I am so looking forward to summer.  I may eat my words in a few weeks when I have both boys with me all daaaaaay long.  But I am looking forward to the more relaxed schedule, staying up later, sleeping in.  There just seems to be more time for fun in the summer.

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I am SO thankful that today is our Friday!!!  Happy Dance!!!  I will have some back-up!

one last thing….I am INCREDIBLY sore from Bob’s workout yesterday.  Like hurts to sit, hurts to stand, hurts to walk sore…..I will have to do some serious stretching if I want a workout to happen tomorrow!

one more last thing…..I am taking the White Kidney Bean Extract now and so far, none of the  unpleasant side effects!!!  WHOO HOO!!!

Dr. Oz experiment update!

Guess what I got yesterday?

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It’s the raspberry ketones I talked about last week.

Top Secret Raspberry Ketones

I have taken two so far.  One last night and one this morning.  My plan is to take two a day for 30 days.  I took my measurements last night and I’ll take them again in 30 days.  I haven’t felt any weird side effects so that was win #1 since I am super sensitive to things.

Breakfast

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Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. chia seed

Workout

I was feeling super energized this morning, unlike yesterday, and couldn’t wait to get started.  The gym was PACKED and I literally drove around for 5 min waiting for a spot to open up.  I guess the parking lot situation was because there were at least 3 group classes going on.  The cardio equipment was open & I got my favorite treadmill!!!  I planned on doing 30 min on the treadmill then some upper body strength but by the time I finished the treadmill work there were about 4 people in the spot I like like to use.  So I decided I would go home and do Jillian’s 30 Day Shred.

By the time I got home I was famished. So before I started Jillian’s workout I had a little snack.

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Fuji apple, 1 piece cinnamon protein bread

Lunch

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1/2 large baked sweet potato with spray butter and Ideal Brown Sugar Blend

I didn’t have time to eat the other half.  Thumbs down

Snack

Before I left to pick up Aidan I knew I would need something else to tie me over until I could get back home.

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Annie’s PB & J granola bar, Vitamin Water

Bank trip

Aidan had saved up a bunch of coins and wanted a new toy.  We went to the bank to exchange them after school today!  $9.06.  Then we went to Target for a new toy!

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Snack

By the time we made it home it was 3:15 and clearly I had not eaten enough earlier in the day.  This is just one of the things I ate this afternoon!  I.WAS.RAVENOUS.

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Dannon Greek non-fat yogurt in Strawberry, protein bread

You can add to this: peanuts, another few pieces of bread, a granola bar.  I am planning on eating the other half of that potato for dinner tonight so I will have at least 1 serving of veggies today.   Note to self: eat better tomorrow…ok?

Of Interest?

Cinnamon:Superfood

Finding Rhythm

As a new blogger I am trying different things (for lack of better terms) to “find my mojo” in the blogging world.  One is to find my rhythm.  I have said before that while I LOVE to share about fitness and nutrition, about my boys and life in general…it takes time and commitment.  Time away from my responsibilities, my other loves like my sweet boys, reading, quiet time, baking, cooking, working out.  Lately things seem to be a tad out of balance again.  I have spent the past two days catching up on things that have fallen by the wayside.…..So, in trying to find a new rhythm I am going to try posting in the afternoons instead of the mornings.  Mornings are …….chaotic.  Afternoons are……well less chaotic….for a few hours anyway.  So hopefully posting in the afternoons/evenings will work out better.  If not, I’ll try something else!

This evening,  I would like to catch up for yesterday and today and then hopefully by tomorrow I can start posting a little differently.

Yesterday

Breakfast

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Coffee, Oats

Workout

Not gonna lie here, it totally sucked.  I did 15 on the treadmill, trying desperately to get my heart rate up.  Even did some crazy intervals….no go.  Thumbs down  So I switched to the elliptical.  I was able to get a good burn on there but by that time I was just grumpy britches so I ended it at 15 mins.  I went over to the weights and had a much better time over there.

2 sets of 10 push-ups on toes

1 set of 10 push-ups in knees

2 sets of 25 bench dips

The shoulder part of my upper body workout

3 sets of 15 bicep curls w/ 8lb weights

Then I did my ab challenge and a stretch out.

Over all,  I think it was a good workout, but it didn’t FEEL like one.  I think I need to officially break up with my heart rate monitor.  We took a break a while ago but I think it needs to be official this time.  It’s ruining my workout mojo.  It was great while it lasted.  It REALLY helped me get over some humps and I would recommend the use of one to everyone,  but for me…..it’s time to go.  I really wanted that pink one too.  I’ll have to splurge on another fitness accessory instead….

Lunch

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I made Hungry Girl’s White Pizza with Flatout flatbread.  It was SUPER yummy.  The only thing I didn’t like was that the bread didn’t get very crispy.   I could have rolled it up into a wrap, which would have been yummy as well, but not what I was going for.  I should have baked the bread for a while first to make it a little more crispy.

I had several snacks through the day.  An apple, orange, some protein bread, I think a of couple granola bars…..Snacky Day for sure.

Aidan and I planted some flowers and collected bugs…..*shiver*

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It’s a start!  Hopefully the Texas sun won’t annihilate them.

Dinner was leftover baked ziti.

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It was much better the second day!  Casseroles always are!

Today

Breakfast

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I made my oats pretty much the same, just less of them.

1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tsp. Jif natural peanut butter

1 tbsp. chia seed

sprinkle of cinnamon.

SO YUM!

Workout

BOB

It was hard, it was intense and once again my first thought was…

Anchorman

Today, I tried a few of the supplements I got over the weekend.

First was this

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The name of it made me laugh.

sexy beast

Beast Mode by Beast Sports Nutrition was good!  I liked it a lot.  I don’t think it gave me that edge they speak of during the workout, Bob was hard as ever (TWSS).  I was feeling a little sluggish before I drank it. Then I had a big burst of energy and my mind was much more alert about 30 min after drinking it.  The flavor was yummy and fruity!  The only thing that was weird and I will have to find out why this was but, I had this pins and needles feeling in my face, hands and legs for a few hours.  Not pleasant.

After my workout I drank this

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Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator

I was nervous since the last time I tried a Vega product, I was sadly disappointed.  But this was pretty good!  It was a bit grainy and earthy tasting but I poured it over ice and that made it better.  It reminded me of a V-8.  After today’s workout I was toast.  I drank this immediately after and it made me feel incredible!  I mopped the floors as well as vacuum plus a lot of other cleaning type stuff.  I did some mental tasks like ordering birth certificates,  finding coupons and recipes.  I haven’t felt the least bit tired physically or mentally today.  Both products seemed to have an appetite suppressing effect too.

I didn’t get hungry until around 1:30 so I grabbed a quick snack I could eat on the way to get Aidan from school.

Lunch Part I

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Banana and 1 serving of Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds

That seemed to kick start my appetite and I was hungry for “lunch” around 2:30 when we got back.

Lunch Part 2

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Turkey and Provolone Panini on a Thomas Whole Wheat Bagel Thin.

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Jamie’s bread + 1 tsp. PB.

Since I ate lunch pretty late I wasn’t very hungry for a big dinner.  I’d love to be able to eat most of my calories during the day then have a light dinner.  A new goal to work on I guess!

Dinner

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Dannon Greek Yogurt with 1 serving of protein bread on top.

I am alarmed by the lack of vegetables in my diet the past several days.  I definitely need to work on that!


Here are some interesting internet finds!

Take a Rest Day, or 2 – Greatist

Lose weight without losing your social life – Fitness Magazine.

I better go before my children burn the house down!

…..but one last thing….I found this while cleaning my sweet Luke’s room this afternoon.

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We got him a little journal as one of his baptism gifts and this is what he is writing in it.   Not comics, or stories about beyblades or pokemons…..He is such a little thinker.  It’s hard to tell what’s going on in his mind most of the time as he is very introverted.  But times like this I am reminded that beneath that seemingly tough exterior is a soft vulnerable heart.  Precious boy.  God bless & keep Luke.

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?