Saturday, August 30, 2014

Always Make Time for the Most Important Things in Life

It’s kind of a late night post but it was a very busy day! I was able to accomplish a lot around the house this morning and I was also able to get an awesome workout in by doing Turbo Fire 55 EZ. It’s been a while since I have done 55 EZ that I forgot how much fun it is! 



This afternoon I took my daughter into town with me for a quick little mommy-daughter date before getting groceries. Chloe told me she wanted to get her hair cut just like mine so we stopped by one of the hair salons and got her an angled bob. It’s so cute that she wanted to look just like her momma :) . 



After she was done getting her haircut we stopped by Justice to look at some clothes for her and then went over to Claire’s to get some jewelry. She ended up deciding she didn’t want to get any jewelry and got another cat stuffed animal to add to her collection. I on the other hand found two rings I fell in love with and bought them both. Luckily for me it was buy one get one 50% off. 




We finished off the afternoon with getting two cookies from Great American Cookies before we headed off to Kroger to pick up groceries. I gotta say this mom-daughter day was extremely over due and it was nice just going out and bonding. Time has flown by so fast with her and I need to make sure to carve out more time for days like this. Before I know it she will be off to college and have no time for her Mom. 


Friday, August 29, 2014

MyDay Friday...Bring on the weekend!!

It’s finally FRIDAY! Yay!! And the best part about that is it’s a 3 day weekend! Heck yeah! Don’t get me wrong I love my job, but every once and awhile I like to just chill out with my family and relax. There is almost a sense of calm I feel when I know that I don’t have deadlines to focus on for an extra day and I get to just rest and relax with my family.

Today just happens to be my rest / cheat day as well. I know a lot of people tend to have their cheat days on Sundays and refer to them as “Sunday Funday” but I refer to my Fridays as “MyDay Friday”. Tomorrow I will be back at the grind again and I have some pretty yummy yet healthy recipes planned for this weekend. So instead of just posting one recipe this weekend my plan is to post at least 7 so I can get my recipe page filled up with some yummy goodness faster! 

So far this is what I have planned for my baking/cooking agenda this weekend: no-bake Shakeology cookies, 21 day fix apple bake, 21 day fix strawberry yogurt, mexican chicken, and homemade whole wheat bread. 

I know you’re probably thinking, “Wait I thought you said 7 recipes? That’s only 5!” 

Don’t worry I know how to count :) … This week I also made a few recipes that I plan on posting. Those recipes included: 21 Day Fix chicken parmesan and 21 day fix oven baked fries; which I will be posting this weekend as well! 

Happy Friday everyone!


~If there is a recipe you would like me to re-work for the 21 Day Fix I am open to suggestions! Just comment below or e-mail me with ideas and I can always add those recipes onto my list.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's Finally Here! What all I got in my FabFitFun box...

Today my FabFitFun Box finally came in! I know ... it hasn't even been a week since I ordered it, BUT it seemed like an eternity. Before I got around to opening my box I of course had to get stuff done like my homework that was due at 7 and make dinner with my fam. (Which BTW it was super delicious. I will posting a yummy 21 Day Fix - Chicken Parmesan Recipe this weekend!).

Anyways.. Here is what I got in my FabFitFun Summer Box:

Sonya Dakar Flash Facial: Retail $95
pur~lisse pur~protect SPF 30: Retail $55
Thursday-Friday Away Mini Clutch/Makeup Bag: Retail $35
Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil: Retail $25
FabFitFun Water Infuser BPA-free Water Bottle: Retail $15
Zoya Nail Polish: Retail $9
KISSTIXX Lip Balm: Retail $5.99
POPchips: Retail $1.29
Skintimate Shave Gel: Retail $1.99
Always Xtra Protection Long Daily Liners: $1.50
Slimfast Have Your Cake... Meal Bar $1

GRAND TOTAL: $245.77


Keep in mind that I paid less then $50 to join this club! Pretty much a $200 savings!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To Binge or Not to Binge... That is Not the Question

Sometimes stress can get the best of us…and tonight is one of those nights for me. My daughter came home with a TON of homework tonight so I spent pretty much my whole evening arguing with her about doing it. There were a million other things I would have rather been doing but I spent my night stressing because she wasn’t getting it done on time and it was taking more time away from me getting my homework done too. 

Yep, that’s right my homework too.. My fall semester just started yesterday as well and I already need to have two chapters read and two assignments done by TOMORROW. Eeek! I thought this degree program was supposed to be geared towards working adults! Its nights like these I cannot wait until I am done with my bachelors! I just have to consistently remind myself that it’s “only 4 more classes!”. Just 4 more classes and then I will be done with school and I will finally be able to take a break and enjoy my time with my family more! 

But until that day comes, when there is no more school, it’s moments like these that it’s hard to not go out to the kitchen and devour the yummy moose tracks ice cream that I know is out in the freezer or to go binge on the chocolate chip cookies I know are in the cabinet. Whenever I’m stressed I always want to turn to food. It’s a built in reaction that I still fight to this day, but luckily I have not caved and have learned to some-what control it. Instead of caving I learned to take short little breaks for myself like right now. Instead of chowing down on that yummy ice cream with the cookies on top ;) I am sitting at my computer writing this quick blog until I spend the next 25 minutes doing some T-25. 

It’s because I am able to refocus myself that I am able to over come my compulsion to binge eat. I distract myself with things like blogs, helping others, and improving my overall fitness level. I drive myself daily to a better version of me and have learned that it’s ok to be a little selfish and take some time to work on myself for once.  


So my message is to all those moms out there who work and/or go to school and are raising their families… just hang tight, keep focused, and always set some time aside for you and your health. Remember that we cannot take good care of our loved ones if we are not taking good care of ourselves - both physically and emotionally. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Operation Skinny Jeans

This weekend seems to have flown by and Monday is already here! It’s hard to believe how fast time goes outside of work, especially on busy weekends. 

Luckily I was able to accomplish a lot this weekend and I am glad that I was finally able to transfer my web address to blogger! By doing so it seems to have eliminated the slow load time for my blog. Although my page doesn’t look as fancy and I basically had to start from scratch, I think it will be for the best. I just want to thank you all for being so patient in this transition! 

Anyways… I spent a lot of time going through the house, re-organizing, and just cleaning this weekend. When I was going through my closet I came across an old pair of jeans that use to be way too big for me. Unfortunately with transitioning to a new job with long hours and losing a family member I have slacked a little too much (Bye-bye 21 Day Fix results) and these jeans no longer fall off of me. 


Yes I know these are no where close to being a size zero, but I am ok with that! I just know how my body looks best and I need to get back there! I have been good the last few weeks and my accountability group is doing well and has me already staying on track, but coming to this realization of how much I “let myself go” has fueled my fire and I am more motivated then ever. This is why I have started “Operation Skinny Jeans!”. 

Who all is in with me? All you have to do is find those jeans in the back of your closet you no longer fit into and get motivated to get back in them! I have set my goal for October as my deadline and plan on getting back on track by doing the 21 Day Fix Meal plan & workouts again in combination with doing Les Mills Combat. 


During this challenge I will be taking before and after photos again and sharing them to keep me accountable. If you would like to join in on this challenge please feel free to e-mail me! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday - Funday...

If you're like me you always love to find new ways of making yummy yet healthy food. I am a big foodie and still having my meals taste delicious is extremely important to me. Because food is such an important part of my life and one of the hardest things to adjust to when starting a healthy lifestyle, I have decided to start a new section of my blog and have it dedicated to recipes. For now I have put a couple of recipes under the recipe section of my blog and will continue to add a new recipe every weekend, no later then Sunday evening. 
Here is one of the yummy recipes I have added:

21 Day Fix Breakfast Burrito

1/2 Yellow, 1 Red, 1/2 Blue, and 1 Green


What you need:

  • 1 small corn tortilla (1/2 yellow; you can also do this with a whole wheat tortilla if you choose)
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray (Free)
  • Leftover Taco Meat (1/2 red container of Extra Lean Hamburger with Homemade Taco Seasoning) 
  • 1 Egg scrambled (1/2 Red)
  • Cheddar Cheese (1/2 blue, or 1 blue if you choose)
  • Lettuce (1 Green Container; and/or veggies of your choice)
  • Salsa (Free)

Instructions

  1. Take your egg and mix the egg in a bowl, then place it to the side for later.
  2. Spray a small non-stick skillet with cooking spray and cook the corn tortilla on medium low heat until golden brown on both sides. 
  3. While you are cooking your tortilla take your 1/2 red container of taco meat and heat it in another skillet once the meat starts to warm up a little add in the already mixed egg and keep cooking until the egg is done. 
  4. By now your tortilla should be golden brown on both sides. Place the tortilla on a plate and then add your egg/taco meat, salsa, cheese, and veggies. 
Substitutions:
Taco Meat: 2 pieces of Turkey Bacon, or Turkey sausage (crumbled)
Veggies: Anything you want really - onions, peppers, tomatoes, etc. 
Cheese: Avocado 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Do I Have Food Sensitivities...?

When I was a young kid, between the ages of 10 to 13 I use to have a lot of stomach issues. I would lie awake at night miserable and the doctors never could figure out why. After time it faded away and as a teenager and young adult I pretty much ate whatever I wanted and never got really sick. However, after getting on my health kick in 2009 and sticking with it I have developed some pretty major food sensitivities. 

First it started with caffeine. I use to be able to chug as much caffeine as I wanted and be completely A O-K. Yep not anymore. So I have cut caffeine from my diet, which honestly is a great thing. I have given up pop minus a few slips and falls every once and awhile. 

Then last summer I discovered I can’t eat certain fatty foods. It had been awhile since I had any fair food, and I was really looking forward to having a cheat meal and eating a little cheese on the stick and funnel cake. Only after I had eaten half of a cheese on a stick, a handful of fries, and two bites of funnel cake I was beyond sick. I spent that whole evening feeling worse then miserable.. Let me tell you NOT FUN!

Now I have noticed that I feel weird after eating certain foods. I will feel sluggish, tired, and almost light headed after eating regular white pasta. I felt this way after eating a white bagel thin as well. Certain white breads don’t make me feel this way like homemade french bread. It’s weird. I can’t really place why only certain white carbs are making me feel this way and others aren’t. 

My overly paranoid self has me debating on seeing my family doctor to make sure that everything is ok; but I’m thinking my body is just giving me a reminder that I shouldn’t eat those foods. 

I have been doing some research online and I have seen a lot of other people go through this same process. And after thinking back to all the problems I had as a kid I now realize that it was the poor food choices that were causing all of my ailments.


If you have gone through this yourself or are presently going through this, I would love to hear feedback. It’s always nice knowing you aren’t alone! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fab..Fit...Fun

When I was scrolling through my Facebook feed this evening I had a page recommended to me that a few of my friends have liked. This page was FabFitFub.

The offer that they were running is their full size premium box that is distributed 4 times a year. Each box is jammed packed with $225 worth of beauty, wellness, fitness, and fashion finds for only $49.99 per quarter. I have been seeing a lot of these box deals floating around the internet lately and have almost joined a few, but never went through with any of them. This box program taps into my inner self and I gotta say I couldn't resist. 

There are only a few summer boxes left and they are offering $5 off if you use the code REVEAL5. 

I am hoping that I get my box soon, and am looking forward to posting a blog with pictures once it comes in!

If you have subscribed to this box offer I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions! Please comment below or feel free to e-mail me.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Decisions...decisions...

Sometimes when I am presented with too many options it's hard for me to decide. Well today was one of those days! 

Going through my workout DVD "vault" I was indecisive so I would put one video in.. get about 5 minutes in and then decide to switch out DVDs. Finally after the fourth time I finally settled on the 21 Day Fix, Upper Fix and actually stuck with it. 

I gott say after just the 30 minutes my arms are sore! I will admit that I have been neglecting my strength training and today's workout was a wakeup call. After finishing my workout tonight I decided that I want to start a 21 Day Fix Challenge Group again. It's just such a great workout it's hard not to want to get another group started. 

This month I have also decided to run a contest. Anyone that purchases a challenge pack from me in the month of August will be entered into a drawing for a FREE FitBit Flex (color of your choice). For anyone that is interested in entering this drawing please feel free to e-mail me at resolutionslimdown@gmail.com or message me on Facebook. 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Am I Really Hungry Or...

Growing up I didn't just eat when I was hungry. I ate when I was sad, I ate when I was bored, I ate when I was happy, and I ate just because I enjoyed food. Most of my life my whole world revolved around what I was eating or what I was going to eat later. It's no wonder that when I first started to eat healthier and grasp the idea of moderation I had to reprogram my brain.

To help myself not over eat or cave into temptation I would stop myself and really think about what I was about to eat and why. I know this sounds silly, but trust me...it works!

For starters I would evaluate...am I really hungry, or am I just: (a) bored, (b) tired, (c) sad, (d) you know where I'm going with this. If for some reason my "hunger" wasn't really me being hungry I would focus and fix the root of the problem. Keeping a journal and writing down exactly what emotions were going on helped me work through my emotional "hunger."

If for some reason I was really hungry I didn't just give into the bad food I was ready to indulge in I would again think about it. I would think about what I have already ate for the day and figure out whether or not I could fit a serving or half of serving into my day. A lot of times I would go back and rethink the situation as well. Asking myself simple things like:

"Do I really want this? Is it worth delaying my results? I mean it's always going to be there. I can always go to the store (or wherever) and pick up more if I really want it later".

Sometimes simply talking myself through the situation like this helps. By doing this I am able to pass on the goodies in the office and/or the family get-together.

It might seem silly to some but it has helped me a lot over the years, especially in the beginning of my journey. For more accountability or support it is also helpful to have a personal coach or challenge group. Having another person or group of people to talk to in our weakest moments is key for some on sticking to their healthy lifestyle.

If you are interested in one on one support or accountability groups please feel free to contact me. You can reach me by e-mailing me at: resolutionslimdown@gmail.com  or by messaging me on my Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/resolutionslimdown

Monday, August 4, 2014

Find YOUR Balance...

It's funny how sometimes a simple image can put everything into perspective. When I was scrolling through pinterest the other day I noticed the image I posted to the left, and I got to say it made me realize that I needed to re-evaluate where I was at. 

My eat clean kick had put me into a funk and I honestly seemed to be having a hard time balancing my diet. By trying to live up to this expectation I had in my head I was only beating myself up because I couldn't live up to it and I was craving more junk then normal. Because of that I felt defeated and I was becoming less then happy.

I truly believe that finding a balance and a lifestyle that you can live with is key in becoming a better you. Eating clean isn't for everyone and I am ok with that. To find myself again I have determined that I need to refocus and get back to my balance of a normal healthy diet that is partially clean and partially not. I need to make ME happy and allow myself to hit my goals my way. To be honest I was happier and in better shape when I wasn't trying to restrict myself. 

So for anyone reading out there I want you to be honest with yourself and find the balance in your life that will make YOU happy!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Never tell yourself you can't

It's funny when people say that I just don't understand how hard it is to lose weight. They assume that I have always been average or small most of my life... but that is far from the truth. Even after losing all the weight and maintaining it now for 5 years... it's still hard sometimes. It's hard when I'm hungry and my husband eats two cupcakes in bed next to me, and it's hard going to work everyday...I mean I work at a COOKIE FACTORY lol. My daughter even tells me that I smell like cookies when I come home, so no wonder I'm hungry all the time.

I guess the reason why I get so upset when people say this, is that they are assuming that I have never gone through the same struggles that they have (or are presently) going through. That all the pain and torture kids or my exes use to put me through never happened. Trust me! I completely understand what you are going through! I have been called fat, I have been told that I chew like a cow, and I have been told that I am not good enough...

And this is why I chose to become a Beachbody coach... so I can help those who don't feel good enough, who are being told they can't, and/or don't believe they can. I am here to tell you that YES YOU CAN! :) You might fall and stumble on your journey but you can totally do this and I am here to help! I will be your support when the ones who should be supporting you aren't. I have your back because I know what it's like to not have the support of your loved ones and to be told that you will never succeed. You can prove them wrong AND you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. I am asking you now to take the first step in your journey and start telling yourself that you can and you will!

Drink more water...your body will thank you

There is no denying the importance of water... at least now I can agree with that statement.

Before 2009, I was one of the many people out there that refuse to drink water...No, like seriously I drank no water and only got a little through the other things I drank (pop, juice, etc). The only time I tried to drink water before 2009 was when I was pregnant with my daughter; but before and after that it was zip zilch nada. No wonder I felt like crap! I was overly dehydrated and stuffed with extra fatty/salty foods that just made me feel even worse.

Since then though I have come to realize the importance of water and make sure to get at least 8 glasses in every day. If you are like the old me and need more convincing below are 6 important reasons from WebMD about why you should drink more water.
  1. Drinking water helps you maintain the balance of body fluids it needs. (Your body IS 60% water!) All of your organs are then able to balance out and function better.
  2. Water can help control calories. Believe it or not but water does make you feel fuller and it is known that people who are dehydrated get mixed signals and confuse thirst for hunger.
  3. It helps energize and repair your muscles
  4. It helps your skin look amazing (look younger!) and lessens dry skin. Dry skin can make one look more weathered and intensify the look of wrinkles. Make sure you are getting plenty of water so look refreshed.
  5. Helps your kidneys flush out toxins. When your body is dehydrated your kidneys cannot properly function and you actually end up retaining more water {which can make you look more bloated}. Ensuring you are getting enough H2O helps your body regulate and flush out any retained water and toxins.
  6. Helps with digestion. Water is an essential part of your body's digestive process. Tired of tummy aches? Make sure you are hydrated and eating enough healthy foods and you might be able to kiss those Tums goodbye for good!

Overall your body is able to function properly and you will feel AMAZING!!!

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water