….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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Defeated by Trail Mix

My obsession with Dashing Dish protein shakes continues.

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This was a chocolate maple & butterscotch shake.  Her Peanut Butter Maple protein shake is my favorite but I am out of PB2 so I substituted chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla.

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese

1 tbsp. sugar free butterscotch pudding

maple extract

Splenda

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1/2 cup water

The extract and Splenda I just added to taste.

Wowzers….so good.  I am telling you Katie Farrell…..you are a genius.

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My breakfast yesterday morning was a hot mess.

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Dannon Greek yogurt, almonds, cinnamon, 1/2 an overly ripe banana and 1 tsp. chia seeds.

After I hurried the boys to school I got ready for my dermatologist appointment.

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While it wasn’t a blasty blast, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. They didn’t weigh me thank goodness. That in itself made it bearable.

I made sure that morning to pack a trusty friend so I wouldn’t be famished my the time I got home for a healthy lunch.  I had to run some errands after the appointment and knew I would need something to tie me over.  I also knew I would need some “comfort food”.  Luna bars are the best healthy comfort food!  To me they are like a candy bar without having to deal with the crummy sugar shock.

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Dear Luna Bars, I love you.

I spent way too long lingering in the grocery store.  1) because I didn’t have a list (big no-no for me) and 2) because I was hungry…..(also a no-no)  I ended up getting a bag of trail mix (the kind with M&M’s) to eat on the way home. What was I thinking?  Oh that’s right, I wasn’t….  When I pulled into my garage I looked down at the bag and realized it was empty.  Please tell me I am not the only one who does this.  I didn’t worry about it though….added the entire 6 servings to my calorie tracker and was shocked to see……..

960 calories!
Yikes.

But thanks to my bodybugg keeping track of calories burned,  I worked that surplus off by cleaning my entire house.  It really needed it anyway.  What better motivation to clean your house than realizing you have eaten 3/4 of a days calories in 15 minutes.  The sad part is that the trail mix wasn’t even that good.

“Desperation breeds Defeat” – Lysa Terkeurst.

The good news about the trail mix is that it kept me satisfied the rest of the day until almost 8pm!  That’s when I had some carrots, laughing cow cheese and a yogurt parfait.

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  My child told me the other day “Mom, you are a clean freak”.  I am the kind of woman who wants appliances for gifts. I know…..twisted.  I seriously asked for a vacuum cleaner for my birthday….I was going to ask for one for Christmas but….I guess Jeremy was tired of hearing me whine about our old one.

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I really hated my old one.  (<—–understatement)

I am not ashamed to admit that as soon as Hunky Mc Hunkerton put it together for me, I vacuumed every carpeted surface there is in this house. I was gitty with pleasure at seeing all the junk it sucked up out of my carpet!!!!  Aidan couldn’t WAIT to use the pet attachment on the furniture.  A child after my own heart! Am I the only woman who gets excited about stuff like this?

I am not sure what is in store for today.  I really need to get a menu made for next week, a grocery list typed up and coupons printed out.  With Aidan’s sudden picky eater syndrome I have been extremely discouraged when planning meals for my family.  You never know from day to day what he is going to like.  Some days he likes one thing and the next day it’s the most horrific food he has ever been presented with.  Last night he had a complete meltdown over Boca Burgers.  He likes Boca burgers….or so I thought.  I am convinced this is a battle of wills on some levels.  Hopefully my choices for next week will go over well….and or he will have moved out of this phase of life.  One can only hope!

I read this article this morning and thought it extremely appropriate!

Can’t Stop Eating M&M’s

On one hand I feel validated, on the other it solidifies my need to stay as far away from those little bastards as possible!

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Finally Friday

It’s been a long week friend.  I am glad it’s Friday.  I get to SLEEP IN tomorrow!  Whatever that means!  I pray the boys will have the same thing in mind.  It’s supposed to be rainy all day so hopefully the dark clouds will trick them into thinking it’s still night-night!  One can only hope.

Dinner last night was a delicious comforting bowl of Progresso Light Italian-Style Soup.

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When school started we changed up our eating schedule to accommodate the famished children that come home in the foulest of moods.  To be honest, I am famished by 4 pm too.  Instead of eating dinner at the traditional dinner time, we eat it after school and then have a snack later on in the evening if we get hungry again.  Most times they don’t or they get hungry for a little something right before bed.  It has been working out so well.  They relax for about 30 minutes then eat dinner. Afterward, I clean up the kitchen while Luke does his homework and Aidan plays.  So by 6 pm we are relaxing and enjoying the evening instead of just getting dinner on the table.  Rushing through it so that I can get them started on their bedtime routine while cleaning dinner dishes.  <—–impossible.  Another advantage is that they aren’t snack, snack, snacking every 30 minutes because 1) they haven’t eaten since 11am and 2) They are much happier having had a full meal because they come home HANGRY!

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I also am not snack, snack, snacking my way to dinner and ending up not hungry for dinner but still unsatisfied because I haven’t had the ritual of dinner.  It’s a win-win.

So…..later in the evening I had a little treat of a Chia Tea Latte and a Luna bar.

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A few hours later I was hungry again and had an apple, a few almonds and a piece of Jamie’s cinnamon bread.

The Bodybugg looked good again yesterday!  Even though my workout was a bust, I stayed active enough the rest of the day to make up for it I think.

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Today’s breakfast was the same as yesterday. Nature’s Own Bagel Thin and peanut butter…..I actually sat down for 2.5 seconds to enjoy it! Winking smile  Better than on the run.

The weather in Dallas was dreary dreary dreary.  One of those morning I would have loved to have snuggled back down in the bed and listened to the rain.

Instead I went to the gym and did an upper body workout.  It was a nice compromise.  Even though weight lifting isn’t easy, it is easier than running for an hour when all you want to do is crawl back in bed!

I printed a workout from Bodybuilding.com that I found a few months ago.  It’s a fat loss training program and I REALLY like it.  It has an upper body workout, a lower body workout and then a total body.  I like separating the strength training this way because I think it works well with my body type.  Since I tend to put on muscle pretty quickly and being as short as I am I don’t like to spend too much time on it, but I know it’s essential.  I skipped the air bikes and did 20 minutes on the elliptical instead of the Stairmaster.

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After my workout I had my ever trusty Luna Bar.

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Lunch was a Blueberry Banana Protein Shake

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Today’s Shake Had:

1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 scoop MRM protein powder
1 cup water
lots of crushed ice
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp. sugar-free vanilla pudding mix.

100% delicious!

After talking to my dear friend for 2 hours….I went to pick up my sweet baby girl from the salon.

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It’s tough being a diva.

What’s funny is that she’s not really a diva.  She’s a total tomboy.  The groomer was not happy when I reminded her not to put bows in her hair.  I said “For real….I can’t explain how much we both hate them!”

After school the guys ate yummy delicious greasy pizza from Little Caesars and I had a French bread pepperoni pizza from Lean cuisine!

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It’s ok though, I had a cookie afterwards.

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Kashi Cookie

Sorry there is no lovely picture because I am sure we have all seen a lean cuisine pizza but honestly I was so hungry I forgot until it was half gone….and the cookie, I was just too excited about having a cookie.

Sadly, the cookie wasn’t very good.  I am surprised because I love Kashi foods.  Especially the dark chocolate oatmeal cookies.  Strangely enough it started to taste good about four bites into it.  I think the flavor of the cookie didn’t agree with the spicy pizza I had just eaten.  I will just have to try it again!

We are planning to watch Snow White and the Huntsman tonight but what I really want to do is watch my DVR’d X Factors!!!  We’ll see who wins! The odds are not in my favor….I am out numbered ya know!

Date Day!

Yesterday afternoon I made two batches of Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread & then proceeded to have two pieces at 4pm & two more at 6pm right before I left to go grocery shopping (instead of church, I am terrible.)

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Then at 8pm I ate “my dinner” on the way back from the grocery store.

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Only the best Luna Bar ever.

I was absolutely exhausted with a headache and just wanted to go to bed.  It had been a long loooooong day.

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I woke up after a really hard night’s sleep still majorly sore, good thing today was rest day!

Breakfast

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Smoothie

Then Baby Daddy brought this pretty lady home.

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Tall Non-Fat Misto….2 Splendas

Today is Thursday and that means DATE DAY!

So I got myself dolled up, a rare sighting indeed!

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Dress: TJ Maxx (Be Bop, last year)

Accessories: Charming Charlie

Shoes: Target (this season)

Watch: Fossil

I must say that I think Spring and Summer are a much prettier season for dressing!  In the winter, the only thing I am concerned about is how many layers I am going to need.

First, we stopped by Ulta to sniff out some new perfumes, get some special lotion for Luke’s skin issues and pick up my free gift for spending too much money being such a loyal customer.

Then we “stopped in real quick” at Old Navy and I ended up buying a dress, a pair of shorts and two tops.  Oooopsie!  In all seriousness, I DO need new clothes, on the REAL.  I am honestly still catching up from having to get rid of pretty much every last item of clothing I used to own.  Even the ones I got mid-weight loss are now too big.  I can’t ‘”make them work” anymore.  Good problem to have I suppose. Winking smile

Our last stops were Barnes & Noble for book # 2 in a series Luke is reading and Jason’s Deli for Lunch.

This REALLY hit the spot!

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My salad had baby greens, peas, broccoli, cucumbers, baby carrots, trail mix, 1 crouton Winking smile, granola, a spicy nut mix and fat free honey mustard.  Good gracious I love me some kitchen sink salads!  On the side was some sort of rice dish that I didn’t care for.  Hummus, crackers, a ginger bread muffin and a cornbread muffin.  I ate all of the salad plate, the crackers with some of the hummus, & a bite of each muffin.  I also had a scoop of banana and chocolate pudding from the salad bar.  The best part of the meal was the frozen yogurt cone they offer at the end of the meal.  Deeeeelish!

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In my own personal Heaven! I want to go back right now for dinner!

Speaking of, I need to get that started!


Good reads:

Write Your Stress Away – Greatist …..I love to journal, puts so much into perspective.  Highly recommend.

Help with stress eating – Everyday Health……Guilty!  Here are some GREAT tips.

Yummy Healthy Enchilada Recipe! – Everyday Health…..who doesn’t love Mexican Food?

My old new car!

I just have to share how excited I am that I have my old new car back.  I got a new car about a year and a half before Aidan was born and I barely got to drive it before I got too big for it.  It is a little two door sporty type car and I LOVE IT!  I had to give it up for Jeremy’s larger car and had been driving it since. The other day when I went to Ulta, I drove it because Aidan had practice and I wasn’t sure if I would be back in time.  I have driven it a few times in the past few years but something dawned on me that afternoon.  I could start driving it again!  Aidan is no longer in a bulky car seat so that wasn’t the main issue anymore.  I proposed the idea to Jeremy and of course he was all for it!  He hated driving it.  I on the other hand, am so excited to have it back!  It’s MUCH easier for me to drive and navigate because it is smaller.  I have terrible depth perception and would purposely park super far away so I didn’t have to deal with trying to nudge my way into a parking spot.  My water bottle that I take everywhere with me actually fits in the cup holder, not the case in the other car.  It has a lot of other features that are just awesome and I remember why I picked that car out of all the other ones.  It may not be a new car, but it sort of is to me!!!!

Happiness is;  a free old new car

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I finally slept well Thursday night, never mind that I woke up at 4:50am….ten minutes before my alarm went off.  I count that as a win because at least it wasn’t 4:20, or 4:22, or 4:19 like it has been.

Breakfast was the usual and right before I left for the gym I had the other half of my banana.

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My workout was GREAT!  I planned on an hour of cardio, but wasn’t sure if I would do my usual half and half (half treadmill/half elliptical) or if I would do the entire hour on the elliptical.  Turned out I did the entire hour on the treadmill.  When does THAT ever happen?  I found myself full of energy and feeling great.  I ended up doing a workout that looked like this:

Min            Speed

0-5            warm up at 4.3

5-10          5.2

10-15        5.4

15-20        5.6

20-25        walk 4.3

25-40        5.6  

40-45        walk 4.3

45-50        5.8

50-55       walk at 4.3

55-60       cool down slowing every one minute

I think I ended up completing just under 5 miles.  4.8?  Side note:  It may have gone by so quickly and effortlessly because the lady next to me was keeping me highly entertained.  I am not sure where she was in her head, but she was singing and dancing to Pretty Girl Rock while I was getting set up.  Not sure what else she was listening to after that, but she was a pretty good dancer!  Maybe it was her energy rubbing off on me.

When we left the gym, I had a few errands to run that would keep us out through lunch, so I was sure to pack some snacks.

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Only the apple and the almonds were mine Thumbs down

We were out so long, I was dangerously close to becoming HANGRY Angry smile

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But thankfully I had an emergency snack!

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This was not yummy at all,  but it made me feel better!

When we got home I made the quickest and healthiest thing I could scrounge up.

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2 handfuls of baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries, peanuts, baby carrots, reduced fat feta cheese, and a light balsamic vinaigrette.

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Dannon Greek yogurt in blueberry.

As always, Friday night was Pizza Night for the boys so I made something that ended up being a combination between nachos and Frito Pie.

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1 serving Baked Tostitos, 1/2 cup Hormel Vegetarian Chili, ~ 1/8 cup reduced fat shredded cheese. 100% delicious and very filling!

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Then I ate countless chips w/ salsa.

Today we have a soccer game and pictures.  I am going to get a Shred workout done this afternoon and then hopefully I can settle down on the couch and start Catching Fire!  Have a LOVELY weekend friends!!!

Rain on our Parade

Since we were rained out today all of our plans were cancelled.  While I am THANKFUL for the rain,

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I am not a fan of the cold and wet.  I would appreciate it much more if the temp was 105.

We tried to make the most of it though.

Breakfast was yummers!

I had a little more than usual again

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1/2 cup old fashioned oats

3/4 cup unsweetened Silk Almond milk

1/2 tbsp. chia seeds

1/2 tbsp. Ideal brown sugar blend

1/2 small banana

1 tbsp. natural peanut butter

This amount has held me over the last two mornings until lunch.  I didn’t even get sort of hungry until around 12:30 when my stomach was growling letting me know I was hungry. Thumbs up To think I used to completely skip breakfast all together. Silly me!

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“Skip a meal?  NEVER!”

I made some granola.

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Talked to my friend who is remodeling her kitchen….DIY.  It’s not going as smoothly as planned.  I told her she should have auditioned for Renovation Realities. I hate that she lives the equivalent of four states away.

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At least I could take care of her kids for her Thumbs down

Got some of the weekly housework done that I normally do on Sunday.

Lunch

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Morningstar Farms Griller Chikn’ Veggie Pattie, muenster cheese,  & avocado slices on an Orowheat whole wheat sandwich thin pressed on my Panini maker, pineapple slices and strawberries.

Today’s crummy weather called for a warm beverage

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1/2 cup Silk unsweetened almond milk & 2 tbsp.Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa

This was the perfect afternoon treat.

Then I had appointment with my home girl

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and one of my favorite workouts.

I just have to say, it STILL kicks my derrière.  Every.Time

She’s a piece of work.

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What I would DO to have her yell at me!

Afterwards I had a Peanut Honey Luna Bar to refuel.

It’s been nice to have so much down time for a few days. Tomorrow we have church in the morning, but I am guessing soccer practice is a no-go for the afternoon, considering the fields are probably a swamp right now.  Thumbs down Poor little A.

The boys are having some spaghetti I put in the freezer last week.  I love weeks when my menu consists of lots of leftovers stocked up the freezer.  I haven’t had much of an appetite today so I am not sure what I will be having.  I might have a repeat of lunch.  It was delightful.  Then I am going to do some prep for a crock pot dish I am making tomorrow!  I can’t wait, it sounds incredible!!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday Evening!

Being Hungry is not an Emergency

“A complicated life is a miserable life, and simplicity should be sought as an essential quality of the spiritual life.” –Joyce

I read this this morning on my Facebook news feed and just loved it.  It was a great reminder to me to keep it simple.  I really try not to be “busy” all the time.  I think too many people equate being busy with being important.  We are though, busy.  It’s just part of being a parent and part of being the family of a cop.  He works long, loooooong days so most of the time it’s just me and the boys.  I think after five years, I have finally gotten used to it.  Part of the reason my routine is so important is that it helps me keep my sanity.  If one thing gets thrown into the mix, it takes time to adjust.  There are a lot of things I can’t do, a lot of things the boys can’t do, but I think that’s good because it keeps us home and together.  I hate when things get crazy around here because those are the days when I go to bed and realize I never really LOOKED at my children that day.  They are already growing up so fast, and when the days are packed, they go by in a blink and before I know it, Aidan has turned 5 and Luke will be 11.

Now that Aidan is in soccer we have practice twice a week and a game on Saturday.  And now that I have gotten some sleep and rest, I can think clearly. This morning I realized that last week, I didn’t manage my time very well.  That’s most likely the culprit of the burn out.  So I looked at my schedule of when I do things (workouts, grocery list making, shopping, date time, church, practice, food prep, etc.) and rearranged a few things so that we aren’t so “busy” on certain days.  I moved my “grocery project” to Monday & shopping on Tuesday after I pick Aidan up from school.  Before I would be up way too late Tuesday night, when I am running on nothing but fumes and Spark, making menus, clipping coupons and making a list.  Wednesday, Jeremy and I would go grocery shopping together.  But I realized that I could do it on Tuesday and free up about 2 hours on Wednesday.  Just makes things less “busy”.   Nothing like a little time management.

So today I got the grocery shopping done in record time because I had to be home when Luke got there!  And I suppose having a time constraint may have helped me to not browse items and think we needed them, therefore keeping our grocery bill at a minimum! Thumbs up I am really looking forward to working out in the morning and just coming home instead rushing through the store with poor Jeremy who needed about 10 more hours of sleep.

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Waking up this morning was so easy. It was so good to feel like myself again. Got started early, got my coffee, quiet time and breakfast.

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Orowheat Sandwich Thin, 1 tbsp, all natural peanut butter, 1/2 tsp chia, 1/2 a small banana, sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice.

About a half hour later I was still hungry and I ate the other half of the banana.

Unlike last week, I couldn’t get to the gym quick enough.  My workout today was outstanding.  I forgot the watch part to my heart rate monitor at home, so I think because I wasn’t watching the numbers, I was just doing what felt good.  I am pretty sure I worked harder than I usually do because I was a sweaty mess at the end of my run!  I did 35 minutes on the treadmill and then 25 on the elliptical.  I really love doing it this way  because there are days I would rather be at the dentist than on the “dreadmill”.  l can look forward to the elliptical, which isn’t necessarily easier, but I can read my trashy gossip fitness magazines on it so it makes it much more enjoyable that’s for sure. Thumbs up After the cardio I did my ab challenge. Stretched out and went home feeling victorious.

Post workout snack

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Apple & 1oz almonds

Lunch

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more of Gina’s Salad & Broccoli, roasted sweet potatoes

Then this

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Jamie’s Bread

I showered up and went to pick up Aidan, then went grocery shopping.  When I ate lunch it was about 11:30 and by the end of my grocery shopping it was 3.  WAY too long for me to go without eating.  Especially considering I wasn’t super hungry after my workout and didn’t have a very substantial lunch.  I thought about bringing a bar, but I am seriously trying to not eat so many of them.  By the time I was home I was ready to eat the entire pantry and I almost did!  One thing that popped into my mind was something I read a while ago.  I wish I could remember where I read it because it was one of those quotes that changed my life.

“Being hungry is not an emergency.” 

I just kept saying that to myself over and over.  I kept thinking, this is not an emergency, you are not going to in fact “DIE” because you are not “STARVING”.  So, I calmly put away the groceries and thought rationally about what I was going to eat.

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Dannon Greek Yogurt in blueberry, 2 tbsp of homemade granola, almonds, 1/2 tsp chia

& Jamie’s Bread.

I waited a little while and was STILL hungry.  So I had another piece of bread (seriously), then a few peanuts.  Waited a little longer and then I had a chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar.  I was finally satisfied.  Finally!  I think my body just wanted that bar.  I am seriously addicted to them.  It could be worse though right?  It’s not a Snickers-A-Day addiction!

I felt my energy level spiral around 4:30 so I laid down on the couch to read a magazine and promptly crashed for about an hour!  My nap was rudely interrupted by two little boys fighting about who got to lay with Mommy.  Oh, well I needed to get up anyway!  Winking smile We had leftovers tonight for dinner. Spaghetti for the boys and you guessed it!

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The final bit of Gina’s salad.  There wasn’t much left so I put about 2 cups of mixed greens on the bottom and topped it with some fat free balsamic vinaigrette.  Delish.

I was hungry an hour later.  Annoyed So I had a small bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats and a handful of Peanut Butter Cheerios.

Tomorrow’s goal is only 1 serving of Jamie’s bread and NO BARS!  Good luck with that Amanda.

I am really looking forward to tomorrow.  Jeremy is off so I have someone to workout with, no grocery shopping, I will hopefully get my car back, & Luke and I are going to the Wednesday night service while Jeremy and Aidan are at practice. Good day all around!

Oh yeah, and this happened too

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5 year old goofin’ off on a laminated floor in socks with his hands down the back of his pants.  I must say thank you Lord that we are not in the emergency room right now.

That bed is calling my name.

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

On Tuesday night I stayed up way too late trying to find some new recipes, finding coupons, meal planning and making my grocery list.  Last night I was up too late also.

Tuesday night I found myself hungry around 9pm

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Luna Bar & an Apple

Last night I found myself hungry around 9pm

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M&M’s and a Quaker Granola Bar

We all have our diet down falls.  Mine was/is late night snacking.  Now, there is nothing wrong with having a little snack after dinner but when it begins to sabotage your healthy eating plan, it can become an issue.

When Jeremy was working nights right after I had Aidan, I found myself staying up until 12-1am.  I couldn’t go to bed because because,  1. I was worried about him,  2. I was lonely and 3. It was the only time I had to myself to read, watch T.V., chat with friends, and eat in peace.  I found myself eating more late at night than I did all day.  Pringles, Diet Cokes, snack cakes, you name it.  Anything salty, sweet, salty & sweet.  I was using food to soothe myself late at night when the loneliness was too much.

In Jan of 2010 when I started Weight Watchers,  I ate really good all day, and then when  I would be up late, I found myself fighting the Late Night Snack Monster.  One of the things I did while I was on the diet was make excuses for myself.  I deserve this bag of Goldfish, I am exhausted, I have been doing so good, I just need to have this and then I will be extra good tomorrow.  Jeremy had gone back to the night shift and subconsciously I was looking for a way to soothe my loneliness and stress again.

When I decided to lose the weight, I had a resolve that I had never had before.  One of the things that I did was make a list called “Solutions For My Excuses.” I wrote the excuse or problem;  ex. Not Exercising or Late Night Snacking.  And then underneath it I would brain storm solutions.

Excuse/Problem: Late Night Snacking

Solution:  “MAKE myself go to bed early.”

This will  be beneficial for two reasons:

  1. If I am in bed asleep, I can’t be in the kitchen eating.
  2. I read that being sleep deprived is one of the main culprits behind unhealthy cravings.  If I get more sleep, maybe I won’t be so hungry in the afternoon and at night.”

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I started putting the boys to bed by 8pm and I was in bed by 9pm.  I wasn’t necessarily asleep, but I was on my way.  I wasn’t going to get up and eat if my teeth were brushed, I wasn’t going to get out of my comfortable bed and put down my gossip magazine to eat.  Over time this became easy for me.  I began looking forward to going to bed early and began counting the hours until my own bedtime.  I began getting up very early in order to have some time to myself, instead of staying up very late.  Now I get up at 5am and I am in bed as soon as I can get there.  Sometimes, I am in bed before Jeremy even gets home.

This brings me to the last two nights of late night snacking.  Even though I was legitimately hungry, I do get hungry every 2-3 hours, I wouldn’t have been if I was asleep.  Those snacks didn’t send me over what I try to keep my daily calorie intake at. I was legitimately hungry and I wasn’t emotionally eating.  However, it was a good reminder of  those days long ago and of why I changed my sleeping habits to the old saying, “Early to Bed Early to Rise”

You may also enjoy: WebMD – How sleep deprivation affects you weight.

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This morning didn’t go quite as usual, but regardless of the fact that Aidan and I were up off and on all night and sleep completely eluded me between 1-3am, I was still up for the day at 5am.  Thumbs up  Aidan’s allergies were unusually bad yesterday.  I thought he was just having a bad day and even his 3 medications for it were no match for whatever had blown in.  Then at 1 am, listening to him sneeze and cough, I realized that I forgotten to give him his meds Sunday morning. *Worst Mother Ever* So I got up and gave him a half dose so we could get back on his usual schedule later and hopefully that would give him some relief.  Then I realized I had only been giving him a half dose for a few days now.  *REALLY WORST MOTHER EVER*  No wonder my child was hacking up a lung and sneezing like he had his nose in some pepper.

My day STARTED as usual, up at 5, coffee STAT….but  Aidan still wasn’t feeling well and he woke up just as Jeremy was leaving at 5:30.  Jeremy didn’t have time to coax him back into bed and I was deep in prayer just trying to stay awake til my coffee kicked in.  So we decided to let him lay down on the couch.  He never went back to sleep and was sure to make it known he was there.

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Nature’s Own whole wheat bread, 1/2 tbsp. all-natural peanut butter, sprinkle of chia seeds, 1/2 small banana, pumpkin pie spice

Then just as I was finishing up the chores, I went to get Aidan ready for the gym and found him like this.

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Bless him

So I decided it would be a workout at home day.  I had a lot to catch up on anyway so I proceeded to do a mountain of laundry, vacuum, clean out the fridge, wash a billion dishes that seemed to appear out of no where and then I got hungry again.

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Dannon Greek Yogurt in blueberry, chia seeds, a few almonds, and protein bread

I swear I was hungry every two hours today. A couple hours after this I had an apple.

Then I was ready for a  workout

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Let me just get on my soapbox for a minute.  Jillian Michaels rocks my socks.  I can honestly say that she was a huge catalyst in the weight loss. She helped me change my attitude from “poor me” to “shut up and sweat.”  Through the weight loss her quotes and face came to me so many times.  I can remember telling myself quite a few times, “Would Jillian eat that?” Her workouts are brutal, but they get you results, FAST.  I did this workout for months and went from not being able to get through the first circuit on Level 1 to now doing 2 workouts in a row.  Her workouts changed my body.  Her philosophy is literally no excuses. Well, unless you faint, puke or die that is!   She is someone I admire and is such a source of encouragement and motivation til this day.  I listen to her podcasts and read her books, anything I can get my hands on because she.is.phenomenal.

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Today I did Level 2 then Level 1 of 30 Day Shred.  I like to do Level 2  first because I can make it through both workouts this way.  If I do Level 1 first I am fatigued and can’t keep proper form all the way through 2.  This video is perfect for those who “Don’t have time” or “Don’t have space”.  It’s 27 minutes start to finish, that includes warm up so you are only doing serious work for about 20 min.  I have done this video in the small open spaces of bedrooms.  You do need a set of hand weights.  Those are inexpensive to buy individually.  You can start out by buying 3 or 5 lb. weights. For beginners, I would suggest 3 pounds and if you are more advanced 5 pounds.  I alternate 8lbs and 5lbs.  Usually I start out with the 8’s and sometimes even go down to 3’s by the end.  If you are on hard floors, a mat would be a good idea.  Seriously, my go-to workout.  Especially when plans for the gym are cancelled.

Lunch

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More of the same….I am going to try to get more veggies in this week.

Turkey and Provolone on Orowheat Sandwich Thin, grapes, strawberries, baby carrots.  AND…..Vitamin Water Zero, my second favorite flavor in Mega-C

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I was still hungry so I had a Luna Bar.  Yums.

I showered up, put some laundry away, broke up some fights, and then I was hungry again….every two hours on the dot.

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Apple, protein bread, 1/2 tbsp. all-natural peanut butter.

This kept me satiated for about 2 hours….Good thing its time for dinner!  Leftovers!

Tonight I have to try to make a menu for next week.  I think that’s about all the mental energy I can muster for the rest of today!

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Happy Friday!

I know it’s confusing for most, it even confuses me sometimes.  But today is our Friday!  I am so glad that I will get to see my husband for more than 30 minutes at a time, for a few days at least!

It was really hard getting up again this morning, even though I went to bed pretty much as soon as Jeremy walked in the door last night.  I developed a rotten headache around 6 o’clock and was counting the minutes until he would get home.  I think my hunger levels may have been a combination of a lot of things yesterday.

Once I was up it was business as usual.  One of the things that helps me get out of bed early like that is thinking…..alright, if you can just get to the coffee maker, you are good to go girl…so get up, get up now, get up…..ok now….

Coffee, quiet time and chores.  One of the things I do every morning is wipe down the bathrooms.

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When you live with three boys, these bad boys are essential.  Whoever invented these is brilliant.

Breakfast as usual:

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I knew I was going to have a 5 mile run this morning so I used the whole banana and a whole tbsp. of peanut butter instead of half.

Then it was time to wake up this little angel.

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And get him his breakfast

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I’m kidding, but holy allergies batman, poor kid.

Off to school then home for a run.

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Jogging in the middle of February in a tank top is glorious.

Post workout snack while I stretched & rehydrated

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Apple & Jamie’s “banana” protein bars

Got cleaned up, spent too much time texting baby daddies and then…

Lunch

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Turkey and Provolone Panini on whole wheat, baby carrots, grapes and Cuties.

And that was my Mommy’s Day Out!

After I picked up A from school, I planned to go get the car washed.  I was on my way there when I was rear-ended.  No biggie, my car is amazing because he hit me pretty good and there are just some scratches. I feel like a pansy for saying that my head hurts but sadly it does.  I knew I needed to, but I didn’t want to, call “The Law” and tell him I was rear-ended.  I am glad I am married to him though because he is the one calling the insurance company about it, only because he knows I won’t.  Anyway, we did make it to the car wash then headed home.

I had two snacks this afternoon

Snack 1

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Low-fat vanilla yogurt, chia seeds, almonds, banana protein bread.

Snack 2

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I could live on Luna Bars.

I plan on spending the rest of the afternoon meal planning, coupon clipping and grocery list making.  My Luke is finally home after the long weekend and all is well again.