A Good Sleep

Last night, I took a long hot shower and then settled down in bed with these

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I firmly believe there is nothing a little warm chamomile tea can’t cure.

After a good long sleep, I woke up with a new perspective this morning.

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It is this…..there are people in the world with REAL problems Amanda….quit being a brat.

With that I got myself ready for church in my new outfit from the J Crew outlet!  I was so excited to find these corduroy pants.  I had been looking for some since last year. I haven’t had the chance to have them hemmed yet so I pulled out a pair of heels I haven’t worn in about 7 years!  So glad I kept them all this time!

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Super comfy and cozy.

I also had someone to sit by in church this morning which made me so happy!

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It was so lovely having help getting everything ready today.  Stress Level = Zero

I also got a little birth control while helping with the babies this morning!  I got to hold a crier for an hour and a half and change a poopie diaper! Voila!  No more baby talk in the Green household!

Jeremy took the boys to Dickey’s for lunch and picked up something for me!  I was completely ravenous when I got home thanks to a skipped breakfast and snack.  I usually grab a snack to eat before I volunteer but I forgot one this morning.

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Probably the best thing I have had in a month.

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Poor Jeremy was trying to talk to me while I scarfed down every last morsel.  Then he said “Look at you finishing your lunch like a big girl!”  Brat.

Then I had a fudge pop!

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I am so thankful that today my appetite has returned.  I have been eating since I got home.  Some almonds, an apple, wheat thins with salsa and cream cheese, wheat thins with hummus, pretzels, another fudge pop…..Thumbs up

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I am excited about the coming week! We don’t have anything on the agenda which is always welcome.  Jeremy will be in school this whole week so

My Goals this week are:

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Have a beautiful week friends!

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Weekend Recap (Recipes Galore)

Saturday

I think I left off yesterday before I ate lunch.

Lunch

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2% Strawberry-Banana Chobani w/ 2 tbsp. homemade granola, 2 light rye Wasa Crackers with turkey and Sargento’s Ultra Thin Colby Jack cheese.

Dinner

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Taste Of Home Southwest Vegetarian Bake

This the second recipe I have made from my new cook book “Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet”.  This is an INCREDIBLE recipe!  From the crunch of the red onion to the slightly smoky taste, to the cheese.  Man oh man.  It’s a second new Go-To recipe.  It was so simple and easy to make.  You can find the recipe by clicking on the blue text above.

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For dessert I made Hungry Girl’s Chocolate Chip Softies. These were good!  They reminded me of a healthy breakfast cookie/muffin. They aren’t like life changing or any thing but are very good for a girl who has a raving sweet tooth!

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Sunday

Since Jeremy is on vacation this week I took advantage of it and I got myself up at 5am and went for a 5 mile run in the dark.  It was marvelous and slightly cold!  I got chased by some armadillo, chased away about 5 bunnies and I admired the cobalt blue sky as the sun was beginning to rise. The moon was an incredible shade of pink/orange.  I do love me some early morning runs!  I see things I never would otherwise.

Running = Cheaper Than Therapy

Went went to the early service at church and then went to eat breakfast at our favorite, Sweet Tomatoes

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Breakfast focaccia bread, some sort of Mexican egg thing that I wasn’t crazy about and potatoes O’Brien.  SO YUM!

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Donut Muffin, waffle, French toast, baked cinnamon apples, cinnamon roll, and a blueberry muffin.  I also had some vanilla nut flavored coffee that was delicious!

As usual, I was full but unsatisfied because the food is SO delicious and I just wish I could have a to-go box for later.  Thumbs down I think I just need to go eat there more often.

After lunch we went looking for a pair of running shoes for Jeremy.  This was his Father’s Day gift.  After 5 stores over the last week and one last one today….we finally found some at Sports Authority.  We are a picky bunch aren’t we?

After a little cat nap it was time to make some cookies for Daddy!

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Gina’s Skinnytaste Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is to-die-for.  They come out crispy, chewy, and super delicious! My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Today I doubled the batch so I could take some to Jeremy’s dad tomorrow.

Speaking of…..we are driving to Abilene in the morning to meet up with Jeremy’s parents.  The boys are spending the week with them in Lubbock!  Jer and I will be sans kids for 5 1/2 days!!!!  HOLLA!  We don’t have a whole lot planned but just being able to speak complete sentences to each other will be glorious enough!

“I get that a lot.”

Last night before bed I thought I would whip up something I had seen on one of the blogs I like to read.  A breakfast cookie.  It sounded interesting and I knew I would probably be in a rush to eat something this morning before church.  This sounded perfect!

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Breakfast “cookie” from Fitnessista

It was really good.  I don’t know what I expected but it was not what I expected.  It was a lot like over night oats.  There was no reason to spread it out onto the plate, I could have just eaten it out of the bowl.  Although it wasn’t very filling,( I had to have a banana too) it was really good and I will definitely be making it again!

Church today was really good.  I have to admit I was having a hard time following our Pastor’s message but when I went to my class and we discussed the lesson there, I had a few A-HA! moments.  Great lesson today.  I usually volunteer with the 2 yr. olds in the nursery but today they needed someone to help with the newborns so they asked me.  Um….YES PLEASE!  They were so sweet and adorable.  The girl I was volunteering with asked if I was going to have more kids and I said NO WAY!  I love kids and I love my kids but….yeah….she didn’t seem to understand.  Winking smile She also was very confused when I told her I had a 10 yr. old.

“You don’t look old enough to have a 10 yr. old.”

“Yeah, I get that a lot.”

…..stares at me.

I smile…..

Most of the time they will ask how old I am.  She didn’t and I am sorry, but her confusion was entertaining me, so I didn’t offer my age.

Lunch

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2 cups mixed greens, 1/2 cup watermelon, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 kiwi, 1/4 cup reduced-fat feta cheese, 1/4 cup peanuts, 14 almonds, 1 tbsp. fat free balsamic vinaigrette.

I promise there was lettuce under all that!

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I was so relieved to find myself feeling 100% better.  I was on a roll today.  I got home, cleaned up the mess from this morning, cooked and baked my little heart out!

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Roasted Broccoli with Smashed Garlic

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Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Dinner

Any guesses as to what I had for dinner?  YUMMERS!

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1 serving broccoli and 1 cup sweet potatoes.

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Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread

I am off to get ready for bed and read some of my book!  I hope the weekend was kind to each of you!

I think you will like…..

8 Habits to Stop Now for Faster Weight-Loss Results

One of those days

Today has been one that I wish I could just go back to bed and start over.  We skipped the gym in favor of bumming around the house and catching up on laundry/housework that I wasn’t able to get to over the weekend.  I was so spacey that I didn’t even think about taking any pictures of my eats for the day.  Don’t worry, nothing stellar, all my normal stuff.

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

1.5 bags Pop-Secret 100 calorie bag popcorn.  (Aidan didn’t want the rest of his so I helped him out)

I am not sure what I am going to make for dinner tonight……nothing out of the ordinary  or new though!

The most exciting part of my day is the fact that I made it to the post office and the grocery store for a few items and I am waiting on a package to be delivered!  Mondays are slow around here folks!

So lets talk about Sunday….I was pretty much going non-stop from 5am until 11pm.  This may have everything to do with why I am so sluggish and spacey today.

Church was really good.  I got there on time this week with zero issues.  Service was a great message about discipline and obedience, I visited a new class that I am not sure was a good fit for me but I think I will give it one more try before going back to the other one.  Volunteering in the nursery was fun!  The little babies are just too sweet!  I love them so much.

I am sorry I have nothing to show for what I ate yesterday, it was pretty sporadic and whatever I could eat quickly!  I can’t even remember breakfast!  Oh wait….yogurt, sandwich thin with peanut butter!  Winking smile

So anyway, our church had a Spring picnic yesterday afternoon that was so much fun!  My friend Anyssa and her two girls came with Aidan and me.

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There were bounce houses.

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There were jelly beans.

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There was cotton candy.

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and messy faces.

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Sillyness

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and boredom.

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And then there was Brandon Heath,

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such an amazing artist.

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I got *thisclose*.  His demeanor and energy were very charming and gentle.  He looked each and every fan in the eye and spoke softly, asking how they were doing.  I wish I could have shaken the man’s hand.  He sings one of my favorite songs ever.

Your Love

My heart melted when I looked over to see Aidan clapping and singing along with him.  His eyes lit up when a song came on that he recognized.  He looked at me and said “That’s the one on my radio!  He is in my radio!”  He was fascinated by the fact that he was seeing the man who sings the songs on his radio.  Totally adorbs.

Well, hopefully I will get some fire under my britches for the next several hours of the day and get something accomplished around here!  If not….oh well….there is always tomorrow!

Joshua

I am happy to say this day is over and a new one will begin tomorrow.  I am proud to say I made it through with grace and no binge eating peanut M&M’s or Honey Bunches of Oats. Thumbs up

It started out really great.  I got up bright and early with no problems.  I got myself ready for church & had breakfast.

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  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 scoops EAS Lean 15 Protein powder in Vanilla Crème
  • 1 cup Dole frozen Strawberries & Bananas
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed.

What a yummy smoothie!  I prefer mixed berries but I am out Thumbs down.  It was super thick for some reason so I added 1/2 cup more almond milk.

Then……..the boys got up.  You know, sometimes they are just sweet as sweet can be.  But then other times, well, they just aren’t.  This morning was one of those times.  We made it out the door with just barely enough time to get to church for the early service.  Since I wasn’t scheduled to volunteer in the nursery this morning, my plan was to stop in to see if they needed any help (of course they would) for either the first or the last service.  That plan was about to get the ax.

We all got in the car and then I saw the gas light.  I had forgotten that I needed to get gas.  I thought I would be getting out of the house again on Saturday afternoon but we never did so therefore I completely forgot.  Already late, I knew I had to stop for at least a little.  The last thing I needed was to be stranded on the side of the freeway.  As I was pulling into the gas station my children start screaming….”SPIDER!!!!  SPIDER!”  I never saw the spider, but for those bug hunting, bug killing boys to have been screaming like that, it must have been some spider.

I got out of the car, in heels, with the wind blowing my dress and hair every which way.  I am not sure I have ever mentioned how much I HATE to pump gas.  I hate it.  I hate touching the nozzle, I hate touching the pin pad, it gives me anxiety because I feel like someone is going to come up to me, I hate the way it smells.  I just hate it.  I did all the necessary steps, then took the nozzle off the pump and gas starts spewing out all over the concrete, all over my shoes, my dress.  I am just standing there, holding it as far away from myself as possible, completely paralyzed as to what to do.  After what seemed an eternity, it finally stopped.  I glanced up at the price screen thing and it had spewed out $1.68 worth of gas!  BLERGH……. I realized that this was a little battle, but I was going to win.  I took some deep breaths, said some prayers and calmly drove back home.  I would go home, change my clothes, wash my legs.  I would do the dishes, sweep the floor, and then I would leave a few minutes early for my class that started at 10am.  I.Was.GOING.To.Church.

Outfit #2

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Dress: Macy’s  (I bought this dress in 2009 for a wedding.  It was the only one I felt remotely comfortable in out of the 40 dresses I tried on for this wedding.)

Shoes: Ross

Bracelets:  Coach and a gift from a friend.

Watch:Fossil

I also had on silver hoops.

Would ya’ll like a little before and after?

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October 2009                                      April 2012

Well, I made it to church, on time for class.  I had extra time to spare in between the class and the service.  I had some coffee and talked with some of the ladies that were in the class with me.  I felt complete peace.

While I was waiting for service to start I glanced at the handout they give us.  It said today’s message was over Joshua 1.  So I opened up to that scripture.

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Over the years this has been highlighted and re-highlighted, underlined and circled.  I don’t have the words to say how overwhelmed with love and peace I was in that moment.

It’s no secret that life is hard.  My life is hard, your life is hard.  But we aren’t alone in the battle.  The battle over the big stuff. The battle over the little annoying things like gas spewing all over your pretty shoes and kids screaming in the back seat because there is prehistoric spider back there.  The little stuff like boys fighting over who’s Lego part is who’s and purposefully seeking out to drive their loving and devoted mother to the psych hospital or to “See the Wizard” as it’s lovingly referred to in some lines of work.  Winking smile

I felt 100% refreshed after service and drove straight home.  Not stopping for donuts this week because,  A) we all know what that leads to….and B) because my children were acting like heathens and deserved no such treat.  They were even going to have to spend an hour in their rooms after church this afternoon, but I felt compelled to extend a touch of grace to them so I took back that punishment.  I had a banana and a Clif Kid Z-Bar in my bag and ate those on the way home.

Then when I got home I made lunch for the boys and myself.  I munched on some of their Goldfish Crackers while my soup was heating on the stove.

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Wolfgang Puck Chicken Noodle Soup.

It was super yummy, a great healthy comfort food and most importantly not a box of Honey Bunches of Oats.

I had some protein bread with a tablespoon of PB also.

My kids did this for a while.

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I did various things around the house and also napped (I had been up since 5am people!)  for about an hour.

Later we went out to get some drinks and I got this too.

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Sometimes you just need a little sweetness in your life to make it through the day.  I am proud of myself for not getting the king sized bag of M&M’s that were staring me down.  No, I got the 150 calorie treat.  YAY ME!

I wasn’t hungry for dinner but this is what I made.

Garlic Chicken with Rice

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The boys LOVED it!  I tasted it and thought it was pretty good.  It was super easy, quick, and inexpensive. I did all the prep for it Saturday night and put it together when I got home from church.  I was going to have it ready for lunch but the chicken wasn’t thawed enough this morning.  I used 4 boneless chicken breasts instead of the bone-in chicken it calls for.  If I’d known they would love it so much,  I would have used more chicken. For leftovers I should have used 6-7 breasts.  There is a lot of rice left over so I can use that for another meal.

I am off to end this day right.  Hopefully I can get more than a few pages read in Catching Fire before my eyes seal shut.

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?

Easter Fun

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope ya’ll had a great weekend.  I know I did.  It was lovely,  perfect, full of family time and WAY too many sweets.  I tried to eat sensibly this weekend and started out well Saturday morning.  I ate well Saturday during the day, but because of my lack of planning, I found myself eating a chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A on Saturday night.  It was my only option and I was super hungry.  My will-power and discipline were no match for Crack-Fil-A.  I only ate half of it, not because I was full, but because I was thinking my digestive system may not appreciate it too much.  It’s not accustomed to deep fried poultry!  *YIKES*  By Sunday night I found myself uncomfortably full.  Fortunately, I am able to start fresh today. The Easter Bunny did not fill Aidan’s basket with a ton of candy and the remaining scrumptious cupcakes I made are stored away in the freezer for next weekend’s visitors and also a rainy day. My sweets stockpile keeps getting more and more abundant!

Holidays are always so wonderful but I have to admit I do get a vague feeling of anxiety because of the bombardment of food.  My dog ate Aidan’s chocolate Easter bunny (more on that later) so Jeremy had to go try and find one on Saturday afternoon.  I wished him luck on the way out the door.  When he got back he said there was actually a lot left.  I mentioned how it would all be 75% off come Monday.  He *jokingly* said “Oh you’ll have to go stock up for me!”  I knew he was kidding, sort of, but out of my anxiety I said, “You know, that’s mean, if I were an alcoholic you wouldn’t send me to the liquor store for a buy one get one free sale.”  I could tell the poor thing was thinking “Oh man, that was the WRONG thing to say…..”  I really try not to let my own struggles affect them.  They aren’t the ones with the problem.  But sometimes it rears it’s ugly head.

Saturday

We had a soccer game.

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Aidan is the best goalie in the world!

Came home and found this:

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Let freak out commence.  She’s fine.  FYI…..if you didn’t already know, it takes 1 oz. of MILK chocolate per pound of dog to be poisonous.  This was a 2 oz. bunny & she weighs 8 lbs.  If it were baking chocolate or even semi-sweet, we would have spent Easter in the Pet E.R.  This bunny was in my closet in a bag, that was in a bag, tied up.  I couldn’t believe it.  Relentless BRAT.

There was a picnic at our church.

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With a HUGE Easter egg hunt.

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I told him, “You be aggressive, get out there and get as many eggs as you can, but be sweet about it!”

We ate chicken sandwiches,

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and enjoyed the perfect spring weather.

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We listened to an Easter message and enjoyed some music on the lawn.

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Then we went to a blasty blast of a birthday party for one of Aidan’s soccer friends.

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I need a bouncy house in my back yard.  He was worn out after all that and so was I!

Sunday

The Easter Bunny came to see a very special little boy.

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We went to Easter Service.

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I got to wear my new shoes!!!  Aidan doesn’t like wearing shoes.

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My loves

When we got home Aidan and I made these.

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Resurrection Rolls

Easter Dinner

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Ham, roasted sweet potatoes, deviled eggs and a strawberry & greens salad. We have a lot of leftovers so those will be on repeat for a few days.  I also roasted green beans and asparagus.  I did it with out a recipe, out of my own confidence thinking you can’t mess up roasting veggies. Well, they weren’t very good.  Edible, but….yeah…they are in the fridge but will most likely get trashed today!

And finally, the best of the Easter Eats.

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Gina’s Skinnytaste Coconut Cupcakes

I used jelly beans for topping because the mini eggs kept rolling off.


I apologize for my lack of food documentation over the weekend. Like I said, my eating was sporadic and frequent.

I am going to play catch up today & possibly make it to the gym.  If not I’ll do a workout at home.  I plan on drinking about 150 oz. of water (kidding, but seriously) and my main goal for the week is SUGAR DETOX!  I anticipate my cravings to be out of control but thankfully I know what it takes for me to get them under control again.  I am definitely feeling the physical effects of too much sugar and unbalance eating from the weekend so I don’t think it will be too hard to stay away from them.  Can you say Sugar Hangover?

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Did you eat too much this weekend?

What are your goals to help get yourself back on track?

I LOVED this article, and you might too! – Beat Sugar Addiction from Dr. Oz

Weekend Woes

This weekend was pretty pretty lame.  I found myself in an unexpected funk for most of it, but I tried my best to not let it get me down.

Saturday

Breakfast

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The usual

Aidan had soccer pictures and a game Saturday morning which they WON!  Yeah!

Before the we left, I prepped something I could eat immediately when we got home.

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Tuna Fish Salad, apple, baby spinach, blueberries, carrots, feta cheese, almonds and a light balsamic vinaigrette.

I knew I would be REALLY hungry by the time we made it back home. I also knew if something healthy was not available, the peanuts wouldn’t know what hit them!

I had planned on working out sometime in the afternoon, but just the thought made me want to throw myself on the floor and cry, so I cleaned instead. Much more productive than throwing a temper tantrum.

Where was this little gem when I needed it?

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*eyeroll*

How about

“You are only one shopping trip away from a good mood!”

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  I decided I needed something new we needed to get out of the house, so I took Aidan to get a MUCH needed and over due hair cut.

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…..and a cookie for being so sweet and cute.  I shopped around the mall for a while, found everything and nothing at the same time. Not even retail therapy was kicking The Funk to the curb.

Dinner was left overs, and pretty much the same as Friday night.  I also had some cinnamon bread for dessert.


Sunday

I was hoping to wake up feeling better but no such luck.  I didn’t even feel like getting pretty for church.  I skipped church and got some more things done around the house.  I didn’t get hungry for breakfast until pretty late, 10:30am.  Most likely because I ate dinner really late Saturday night.  I ate my oats and did some thinking.  I came to the conclusion that I needed to make myself happy.  Sometimes, being happy is a choice.

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I also knew that I needed to be as far away from food as possible, even though I wasn’t hungry, I knew an empty house (Jeremy and Luke were gone all weekend) and me feeling super bummed out was a formula for disaster.  Usually I bake on Sundays….but no, that could not happen.  I did roast some sweet potatoes and cooked up some brown rice for meals this week.

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Cooking is some serious therapy for this girl.

We got ourselves dressed then left to run a few errands and do some more retail therapy.  Pretty much as soon as I got in the car I started to feel better.  I searched a few stores for the elusive perfect pair of nude wedges.  I am SUPER picky about my shoes.  I don’t think I will ever find them.  I did find one pair but they just didn’t fit right.  Thumbs down I should go back when I am in a better mood, because I REALLY love these.  I think I just needed a smaller size but was too grumpy to try on a different pair.  Aidan was also getting antsy.

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Adorbs right? I Red heart Famous Footwear

I got kind of hungry while we were out so I had my on- the- go snack

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I took a picture of the empty wrapper when I got home because I ate it in the car….Safety First!

I stopped by Old Navy and then this happened……

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Yes, that would be a size 2 pair of white shorts from Old Navy.

#1 – Size 2:  I remember not being able to button up my size 12’s.  This is also strange to me because I haven’t lost any weight since I last went shopping for jeans or shorts, BUT I have been focusing more on strength training.  Good to know!  Scales lie like the devil.

#2 – I have been searching for a pair of white shorts since last summer….they have either been too short, too see-through, too skanky or too “soccer mom”.

#3 – I thought these were $20 but when I went to check out they were $10!  Holla!

My weekend wasn’t a complete disaster after all.  I left feeling victorious and came home to get A ready for practice!

I had another snack

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Thankfully those were the only Luna Bars I got this week.

Aidan’s practice time was changed to 6pm instead of 4pm so I ate before we left.

Dinner

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Dannon Greek Yogurt in Vanilla, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 cup homemade granola, 7 almonds.

So, so yummy.

When we returned I was a little hungry and needed to take my vitamins so I had a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats.

After everyone was in bed I settled down with the latest issue of Real Simple.  Reading magazines makes me SUPER happy. I was afraid to start Catching Fire because I knew I would be up all night.  Soon though.


I am feeling a lot better this morning.  Probably because I know my “week” is almost over.  I am looking forward to a lot of things we have planned later in the week (minus the dentist appointment I have Thursday Thumbs down). Even though I didn’t workout like I had planned, I don’t have any exercise guilt, which is progress.  I am proud of myself for not annihilating any baked goods, crispy salty things or chocolaty/peanutty goodness.

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I love you Paula, but no thank you!!!

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Weekend Recap

Three cheers for a relaxing weekend!

Saturday

On the agenda for Saturday was housework, game, workout, baking and making a yummy dinner for my favorite men.

Breakfast

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I tried something new with my oats!  I found the recipe here and tried it the very next morning.  Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out so well the first time.  But I did try again and this time they were pretty tasty!  On mine, I added a scoop of natural peanut butter, a few almonds and a sprinkle (~2 tbsp.) of homemade granola.  This made A LOT of oatmeal.  I ended up eating about half of it at first and then the other half 2 hours later.

Jeremy took the boys to the gym so I could get some housework done before A’s soccer game.  This was really exciting for Luke because he is now old enough to workout with an adult!  Luke came home B-E-A-T!  I said “Kiddo, I KNOW how you feel.”  Aidan’s team won their game 6-0!  It was awesome.

When we got home, I went for a 60 min run that turned into a 30 min jog because 1) even though I wasn’t sore anymore from Wednesday’s workout, my legs felt like lead and 2) it started to get pretty warm.  I returned a sweaty mess and decided to finish up at home.  I remembered an upper body workout that I had seen on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect.

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I used 8lb free weights for the 1st set of bicep curls but had to drop down to 5lbs for the second set.  It was pretty challenging and I will definitely add it to my rotation!

Lunch

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I am going through a smoothie phase!  This was perfect because I was super hungry & super sweaty.

This smoothie was basically the same as the others but had 1 cup fresh mixed berries,  half a banana, and crushed ice.  I much prefer frozen berries but ran out so I had to add some ice to make it super cold and thicker.

After I got myself smelling like a lady again,  it was time to try out a second muffin recipe!

Insanely Good Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins from Gina’s Skinnytaste

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Listen, if you have never tried any of this woman’s recipes, I feel sorry for you.  She has NEVER failed me.  This recipe was no exception.

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Dinner

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I took this picture because as I was mixing it all up I was reminded of the days when this would be my entire dinner.  Except it was a box of Great Value Mac-n-Cheese.  I had a chuckle at how times have changed and how incredibly grateful I am.

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Don’t be fooled. I went back for seconds!

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Oxygen Magazine’s Turkey Meatloaf (except I used ground chicken), Annie’s Mac ‘n Cheese and Green Giant Steamers Green Beans w/ almonds.  I got the recipe from an Oxygen Magazine recipe book and I will post it soon!  It is super simple and really REALLY delicious! Even my picky eater went back for seconds! Thumbs up

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I had a few of these through the day too!  YUM.


Sunday

I don’t have much to show for Sunday.  I wanted to make it to the early service so we weren’t getting home for lunch at 2 pm.  I got up super early (had 3 cups of coffee) and was able to get everyone ready in time to leave for 1st service.

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Clearly he needed some coffee too.

With the help of a little bribe of donuts after church if they were good and a LOT of grace, the boys were super cooperative. There was no yelling, fussing or fighting!   I grabbed one of Jeremy’s Clif Bars, called it breakfast and headed out the door.

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Shirts: Green – given to me by a friend, Pink Cami – Old Navy

Jeans: Abercrombie

Boots, Necklace and Bracelets: Charming Charlie

Watch: Fossil

Church was good, but I forgot my jacket and I was FREEZING! Thankfully they had coffee for us during my class.  That would be my 4th cup of the day.

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By the time we got out of church we were super hungry.  We had to stop by Target for a light bulb and some gray sweatpants for a play Luke is in.  Naturally we got some donuts and Easter candy while we were there too.  Bunny  Don’t you know it is ALWAYS a good idea to go to Target when you are so hungry you might even be inclined to eat a Big Mac AND fries?   I did come home and have some leftovers from Saturday night before I dove into the treats.  I did not capture the moment, but I am sure you can imagine!

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Cadbury Mini Eggs

My treats of choice.  I don’t think I have ever enjoyed anything more in my life! I was thankful I bought the individual servings, otherwise, someone would have most definitely had a stomach ache.

The rest of the day was spent doing a whole lot of nothing.  Napping, reading, video games, eating baked goods and goldfish….I DID bathe the dog.  That in itself was enough work for one day!

For “dinner” even though I wasn’t super hungry I made a smoothie and drank about half of it before giving the rest to Jeremy.

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Chocolate PB Banana Smoothie

1 scoop chocolate whey protein

1/2 banana

1/2 cup Dannon Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp. natural peanut butter

1 cup crushed ice

When I let Trixie out last night  I noticed the moon and stars were absolutely brilliant.  Luke is fascinated by all things science so I called him out there and we looked at the sky for an hour.

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“You are holy, great and mighty
The moon and the stars declare who You are
I’m so unworthy, but still You love me
Forever my heart will sing of how great You are”

Sing Soft Kitty

I got up extra early Sunday morning so that I could get a workout in before I had a chance to talk myself out of it.  I am so glad I did because by the time we finally made it home from church it was almost 2pm and all I wanted to do was take a nap.  There is something about napping on a Sunday that feels so right.

After my coffee had a chance to do its job I did 30 Day Shred Level 2, and then got ready for church.

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Shirt: Target

Pants: Candies – they are pink if you can’t tell

Accessories: Charming Charlie

Shoes: ??? Target?

Watch: Fossil

 I ate a quick breakfast

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Dannon Greek yogurt in blueberry, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, 2 tbsp. homemade granola, raw almonds.

Then we were off to church!  During the class I went to, the man who was teaching told his testimony about how he had ripped God out of his life after one of his twin sons died at 3 weeks.  It was heart wrenching.  I did not expect to need a tissue during my class.  I usually do during service, but never in a class!  Confused smile He went on to speak about how his wife continued to go each Sunday, never once questioning him or asking him to go with her.  Then after 20 years of not speaking a word to God, he decided to go to church.  It was then through serving in the church that God began to heal his heart of stone.  He has been teaching several classes in our church for 10 years now.  His story made me think about Daniel.  How after we lost him, I questioned Him for so long.  Through continuing to have blind faith that God is for me, I have grown so much spiritually and have a sense of the bigger picture.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. “ –Romans 8-28

That little sentence got me through some tough, tough moments.

If Sheldon had been in my life 3 years ago, this may have helped too

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Surprisingly, my breakfast held me over until I was driving home and then out of nowhere….HANGRY.  Thankfully I was prepared with this,

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Clif Kid Z-Bar in S’mores – my favorite Z-Bar so far.

While I was getting Aidan’s lunch ready I snacked on these,

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But the peach wasn’t ripe enough, so after a few bites I wrapped it up and put it back into the fridge.

I replaced it with this

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Lunch

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Strawberries, blueberries, baby carrots, Turkey and Colby Jack Panini on an Orowheat SandwichThin.

After lunch I also had two of the Larabar Bites.  Those are dangerous to have hanging around.

I then proceeded to collapse on the couch for a whole hour before my alarm went off letting me know it was time to wake up for soccer practice.  Thankfully it wasn’t raining but instead, it was windy.  I don’t mean regular wind either.  This was the craziest wind I have ever been in.  It was like we were in a hurricane.  Every time the boys would kick the ball, it would go soaring across the field.  I suppose it was good for their little egos!

Dinner

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I couldn’t go one day with out one could I?

After dinner I nibbled on the last of my ginormous Larabar.  I had been taking little bites of it throughout the day and then put it out of it’s misery for dessert.  Also not good to have laying around.

Luke will be back home today after being at his dad’s for Spring Break!  We can’t wait to see him!  It’s not the same when he is away.  Poor Aidan even said yesterday, “I wish Luke would come home, it’s so lonely here without him.”  Sad smile There is always a period of constant bickering and fighting adjustment when he comes back, so I am praying for an extra measure of grace for this afternoon!

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