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A slight hiatus!

Well hello my friends.  It appears that it has been a while since I have decided to post on this lovely little blog of mine. 

It is safe to say that things in my life have been a little crazy for the past year.  I have not only fallen out of blog land, but unfortunately I have fallen out of clean eating, good consistent work outs, and structure in my life.

Now do not get me wrong.  I haven’t completely lost all of my good habits, but I have slipped back in to many old ones.  I still “try” to eat healthy, work out, and have a chill life……but I also eat what I want when I want (which means that hearty breakfast/lunch was killed my mounds of afternoon chocolate), have slacked off to maybe 3 30-45 minute workouts a week (sometimes less), and have had tons of stress in my life! 

Now while I know that healthy eating habits and exercise will not make all of the life stressors go away, it does help with the symptoms my body is having due to said stress.  I have fallen out of grace in many ways.  So what has changed here recently that has me wanting to turn over a new leaf?  Well lots.  I will not bore you with all of the details but tight clothing, health issues, and the such are giving me a good wake up call! 

I made a decision this past week (after much reading/research) that I want to stick with.  I know the only way to do that is to have others support me, hold me accountable, and just give me encouragement/advice.  Of course I thought of my blog friends (yes I still read your blogs) that have always been there for me in the past.  I decided to get back to blogging for connection, accountability, and support.  I will chronicle my journey here once again so I can get back to my best self.  So here is to me “re” turning over a new leaf.  It will be a journey but hopefully a fun one!

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Lundi Gras

Happy Monday to you guys!! It is carnival season here in Louisiana which means I have today and tomorrow off 🙂

Today is known as Lundi Gras in these parts. That is what we all the Monday before Fat Tuesday, the day the King of Rex arrives by boat!! Just another day of partying to the folks of New Orleans, lol!!

So am I celebrating with lots of booze, food, and king cake? Nope! At least not today. Today I am celebrating with veggies!!

I am still following the suggestions of the conscious cleanse, but I use admit I haven't followed it to the T the past two days. Don't get me wrong it is not difficult to do, but I decided to add a few things back yesterday! See its conscious 🙂

We had a birthday party to attend yesterday so I had a small piece of cake there. I didn't eat the thick icing on it, it was a small piece, and I gave part of it to my son so I do not feel bad about that choice. Last night I had taco salad which followed he guidelines except I had some millet in it and salsa. See one of he guidelines for the two weeks is that your choose a grain, meat, or other protein choice to go with your veggies, you aren't suppose to mix those three together. Also no nightshades are “allowed” so no tomatoes. What's a taco salad without salsa???

Well I felt so great this weekend that I decided to add them back. The cleanse has been great. Now I must say the first few days were rough without the caffeine, but I made it through! I woke up feeling awesome. I am sleeping better, feeling better, and ready to tackle workouts again.

Yep I have to admit that I didn't workout last week. For three days I had a constant headache, then less energy, then the weekend hit and the book suggests veggies only so no workouts just rest. But today I am ready to get back in the game 🙂

So I have decided to not follow the full two weeks completely. I am still going to follow some of it like warm lemon water first thing, no coffee, etc, but frankly I am tired of green smoothies every morning! Also I am sick of trying to figure out meals since fresh veggies are limited this time of year (no potatoes on cleanse), and it is carnival/valentines week so treats are a must!

I just really feel that since I am pretty healthy so what I have/am doing is sufficient. I plan to do this again in the spring/summer when veggies and fruits are abundant.

So give me your opinion on cleansing, how long, what to avoid, etc!

 

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Lundi Gras

Happy Monday to you guys!! It is carnival season here in Louisiana which means I have today and tomorrow off 🙂

Today is known as Lundi Gras in these parts. That is what we all the Monday before Fat Tuesday, the day the King of Rex arrives by boat!! Just another day of partying to the folks of New Orleans, lol!!

So am I celebrating with lots of booze, food, and king cake? Nope! At least not today. Today I am celebrating with veggies!!

I am still following the suggestions of the conscious cleanse, but I use admit I haven't followed it to the T the past two days. Don't get me wrong it is not difficult to do, but I decided to add a few things back yesterday! See its conscious 🙂

We had a birthday party to attend yesterday so I had a small piece of cake there. I didn't eat the thick icing on it, it was a small piece, and I gave part of it to my son so I do not feel bad about that choice. Last night I had taco salad which followed he guidelines except I had some millet in it and salsa. See one of he guidelines for the two weeks is that your choose a grain, meat, or other protein choice to go with your veggies, you aren't suppose to mix those three together. Also no nightshades are “allowed” so no tomatoes. What's a taco salad without salsa???

Well I felt so great this weekend that I decided to add them back. The cleanse has been great. Now I must say the first few days were rough without the caffeine, but I made it through! I woke up feeling awesome. I am sleeping better, feeling better, and ready to tackle workouts again.

Yep I have to admit that I didn't workout last week. For three days I had a constant headache, then less energy, then the weekend hit and the book suggests veggies only so no workouts just rest. But today I am ready to get back in the game 🙂

So I have decided to not follow the full two weeks completely. I am still going to follow some of it like warm lemon water first thing, no coffee, etc, but frankly I am tired of green smoothies every morning! Also I am sick of trying to figure out meals since fresh veggies are limited this time of year (no potatoes on cleanse), and it is carnival/valentines week so treats are a must!

I just really feel that since I am pretty healthy so what I have/am doing is sufficient. I plan to do this again in the spring/summer when veggies and fruits are abundant.

So give me your opinion on cleansing, how long, what to avoid, etc!

 

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WIAW – Getting it back

So I bet you guys are graciously throwing yourselves back into old eating habits, doing cleansing, and trying to get back on track after all of the holiday festivities, right?

Ok be honest, raise your hand if the above applies to you! ( imagine a crazy blonde lady standing next to you with both arms flailing in the air – that would be me!)

So lets dive back into my “back on track” eats shall we!

I have been enjoying oat bran again in the mornings. It is perfect for chilly early mornings! Of course I also enjoy my eggs and roasted sweet potatoes as well, along with my cup of coffee 🙂

Lunches and dinners have been a lot of salads lately. This is not necessarily because I am doing the whole back on track thing, but more a craving since I haven't really been enjoying salads to much over the holiday season . I think my body is just craving the goodness of them! I have also experimented with using the gluten free microwave “mcmuffin” at more meals besides breakfast. I had one with a laying cow cheese wedge one night, and made one to stand in for my hamburger bun on burger night!!

Snacks have been my usual cravings of fruit and nut butters. I tell you I just can't get enough of that combo. Lately it's been apples with almond butter, or pears with peanut butter. I also made a huge batch of granola that is surely going to be the death of me. The recipe I used called for a cup of maple syrup and two cups of oats. So yummy but so sweet, need to scale back on syrup next time. Other snacks have been nuts and raisins, yogurt, protein shakes, and larabars.

So not a bad start to being back on track right? Can't wait to see what has been crossing your plates lately, and a big thanks to Jenn for hosting our fabulous weekly party!

 

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WIAW – Getting it back

So I bet you guys are graciously throwing yourselves back into old eating habits, doing cleansing, and trying to get back on track after all of the holiday festivities, right?

Ok be honest, raise your hand if the above applies to you! ( imagine a crazy blonde lady standing next to you with both arms flailing in the air – that would be me!)

So lets dive back into my “back on track” eats shall we!

I have been enjoying oat bran again in the mornings. It is perfect for chilly early mornings! Of course I also enjoy my eggs and roasted sweet potatoes as well, along with my cup of coffee 🙂

Lunches and dinners have been a lot of salads lately. This is not necessarily because I am doing the whole back on track thing, but more a craving since I haven't really been enjoying salads to much over the holiday season . I think my body is just craving the goodness of them! I have also experimented with using the gluten free microwave “mcmuffin” at more meals besides breakfast. I had one with a laying cow cheese wedge one night, and made one to stand in for my hamburger bun on burger night!!

Snacks have been my usual cravings of fruit and nut butters. I tell you I just can't get enough of that combo. Lately it's been apples with almond butter, or pears with peanut butter. I also made a huge batch of granola that is surely going to be the death of me. The recipe I used called for a cup of maple syrup and two cups of oats. So yummy but so sweet, need to scale back on syrup next time. Other snacks have been nuts and raisins, yogurt, protein shakes, and larabars.

So not a bad start to being back on track right? Can't wait to see what has been crossing your plates lately, and a big thanks to Jenn for hosting our fabulous weekly party!

 

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always up for a challenge

Happy hump day my friends.  Once again need I remind you not to go there with me, get your mind on something else for pumpkin’s sake!!

I mean I just went through a dang hurricane.  Only to return to work with a broken air conditioner.  Which was like going back through a hurricane again.  Well back through a hurricane without rain.  Oh and no wind.  I mean not even a little breeze.  Oh and with the lights on, only the air not working.  I think you get the picture!

Have you ever been through a hurricane?  Yeah trust me you don’t want to.  Because there is nothing else to do but eat.  Oh and drink.  I am talking about the grown up versions of drinks.  Which leaves you like 8lbs. heavier than what you were the day before the dang thing arrives.  I just don’t get it.  If a hurricane blows away houses, blows down tress, blows out you lights, why can’t it blow away your weight??

BUT………

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That is why I am loving Jenn’s new theme for What I Ate Wednesday!  She is all about good habits.  Which is why I love here.  Which is what I didn’t develop during the dang hurricane.   Which is what I need to work towards.  Ok, ok I know it’s a little dramatic.  I mean I didn’t totally fall off the wagon.  I just took a small stumble 🙂

But I wasn’t joking about the 8lbs!  Which I know is a good bit of water retention, I am sooooo  bloated (no drama in this statement). 

“So for the new What I Ate Wednesday theme, lets make a few goals and FALL into good habits this month.  You set the pace!  Pick a few small goals or one big one, and embrace some healthy changes in your life!”

So here we go…….

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Breakfast:  peach dough boy smoothie (KERF), coffee, water.

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Lunch:  pork loin, couscous, small salad (thanks to my wonderful friend)

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Snacks:  yogurt, banana.

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Dinner:  grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, salad.

sorry for the iphone pics, didn’t have my camera battery charged this morn 😦

Not a bad spread if I must say so myself.  I know that we are starting on the fall theme this month, but give me a break on the summer spread.  I still have some great fruits/veggies available at the produce stand so I am enjoying them as long as I can.  I promise you the pumpkin is coming really, really soon!

Now I have to admit that my two goals for this week in BBB was to start eating more greens, and replacing a snack (which is usually in bar form) with a piece of fruit.  I had already set in my mind that I was going to lose the weight gained last week, as well as get back on track before I saw the challenge.  Which means that I get to come up with some new and exciting goals to work on for the month of September!!

Here we go…….

  • continue to run three times per week (my 5k is Saturday)
  • eat at least three vegetarian meals per week
  • organize my new office (so busy I have yet to work on organization)

I may or may not add to the three above through out the month.  I will have to see how things go, what things come up that I would like to address, and see how I handle the above goals along with the ones for bootcamp. 

So tell me what are some goals you would like to address to fall into good habits 🙂 

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BBB update

I have noticed that I haven’t updated my experiences or progress with my Best Body Bootcamp adventure.  How appalling of me!

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I have been doing really well on the program.  Of course I always have to make adjustments to the planned workouts, but I am very happy to say that I have been able to keep myself going pretty easily.  The idea is to get at the minimum five days of some type of exercise/activity in a week.  As well as two weekly goals.

Here are some of the goals that I have chosen week to week to work towards.

  1. Take multi-vitamins
  2. Stretch more before/after exercising
  3. Drink at least 4 bottles of water
  4. Start sitting to eat meals as opposed to multi-tasking while eating

So far I have been doing well with all goals listed.  The only one that gets me from time to time is the stretching.  I do stretch before and after, although at times I really do not stretch enough.  It depends on where I am working out at.  Usually if I am at home I do not spend as much time because I have to do things around the house and for the boys.  The water goal has been helping me make sure I get enough water daily.  There were several days that I would go most of the day with only one to two bottles.  So not enough!  As for the last one, well that one I really needed to work towards.  I too often clean, do laundry, etc while eating at home.  As for at work I am often eating at my desk with my lunch.  I finally decided that was enough.  Not only do I need to sit and enjoy meals, but I just need a break from the desk as well 🙂

Now for weight and measurements.  When I started this program I had slipped back into some old habits.  It is so easy to get off track with health when life gets busy.  I realized that I had to make time for myself to work out.  Which is why BBB came along at the perfect time!

  • lbs lost – 4
  • inche(s) from natural waist – 1.5
  • inche(s) from hips – 1
  • inche(s) from thigh – 1
  • inches in circumference from the derrière – 2 

Yes I measured around the bootay, lol!!  You have to understand that the bottom portion of my body is where I gain most of my weight so I tend to focus on that more.  Overall I am very happy with the results.  I have continued to sub the workouts as needed, and I still enjoy nights with friends.  I am more conscious of what I am eating, making sure I get in workouts, and still enjoying life to it’s fullest.  Trust me with my new hectic work schedule and caseload I totally need to decompress on weekends 🙂

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My calendar is full!

Wow what a week.  I have been so busy trying to get ready for our trip next week, and also get all things needed to get us back into school that I haven’t had time to sit a the computer.  I really had some pretty good posts for you guys this week, but sadly they will have to wait.  I had an unexpected turn of events, lol!

But I did want to take the time to come on here and update my boot camp information 🙂

Day 2 of BBB was a blast.  I started with a killer core workout, and finished with 20 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill.  Man it has been a while since I have felt those deep core muscles, lol!!

On the food front things went smoothly.  I was out and about today, which will  be the case all week, for the boys to have some play time.  My bestie has her nephew this week so we had already planned a couple of play dates with them while he is in town.  So the morning was spent at the splash pad for longer than intended.  Which means I was getting hungry and didn’t pack food.  I really gotta start thinking ahead.  Well my girl had a bag of veggie straws with her so I grabbed a palm full to munch on until I could get home to lunch.  Not bad for a quick hold you over snack.  The boys really enjoyed themselves playing.

Tuesday night my boss had a jewelry party at her house which was really fun.  I went mainly to socialize, it was great seeing everyone again.  Just think in a couple weeks I will see them everyday.  I did behave myself for the most part until the banana pudding was put out!  I love banana pudding, and the lady at work that makes it for us makes the best!!  Other than that food choices were good.

  • breakfast: oats w/ cottage cheese & pecan butter (oh and I use 1/2 mashed banana when cooking my oats as well) & coffee
  • snack: palm of veggie straws
  • lunch:  quinoa and steamed veggies
  • post workout – snack:  smoothie
  • dinner:  roast beef rollup on a blue corn & flax tortilla shell
  • snack:  palm size portion of fruit, scoop of banana pudding, and the tiniest brownie I have ever eaten in my life, lol! 

That brownie was super tiny.  As in gone in two bites!  I wanted a piece just big enough to taste, but since I had the pudding I didn’t want to go overboard on sweets.

DAY 3 BBB

This was another eventful day for me.  I was literally gone most of the day.  I had an appointment at the orthodontist, followed by breakfast with an old friend, grocery shopping, movies with the boys, and finally home to workout! 

Day 3 workout was my second day of the C25K program for this week for the cardio, and a killer leg workout.  I mean killer!  I literally felt like jello afterwards.  Of course I did the strength workout before the cardio.  I am thinking that the next leg workout may come after the cardio!

  • breakfast:  toast w/ peanut butter and drizzle of honey & coffee
  • 2nd breakfast: yogurt parfait from Cracker Barrel
  • lunch:  ham pita w/ hummus, lettuce, and tomato
  • movie snack:  granola cracker w/ peanut butter (new box snack that is out)
  • dinner: hugh jass salad w/ red wine vinegar & olive oil
  • bedtime treat:  one square of dark chocolate with sea salt & almond pieces

Again today was not the best I could have done if I had been home/work with better prepared and planned meals, but I think it was over all good choices.  Much better than choices I would have make a week ago when faced with Cracker Barrel and the movies all in one day!

The breakfast out wasn’t planned until last minute so I went with the best option I could given the venue.  While I know it had sugar in the yogurt and granola, I think it was much better than a stack of their pancakes swimming in butter and syrup, or even their eggs that are cooked in butter.

As for the snack crackers, they are produced by Lance.  I have seen them several times in magazines so I grabbed a box to try.  The ingredients aren’t so bad, and while it is processed I feel it is one of the better processed snack choices.  It was easy to throw in my purse to munch on when the urge to snack hit me.  Hey I passed up the butter popcorn!! 

I am using an app on my phone called daily food log if anyone is interested.  It is a free app and very simple.  The app actually looks like your calendar, but instead of logging appointments you log food.  You simply type in what you eat and it saves it for you, along with the time it was entered.  I have seen a lot of people using the my fitness pal app, but those only frustrate me with their calorie counting feature, searching for the food, etc.  With this one I simply type in what I eat.  It does have a spot that you can type in calories consumed if you want to.  I do not keep up with calories, only foods consumed.  It is really nice to look back and see what you have had for the day 🙂

AND…. my body is sore from head to toe!  I love the feeling of muscle soreness after a good workout.  I know that the workouts are making a difference, and that I am becoming stronger/healthier because of them!!

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Confessions of a blogger

I have a confession to make.

Scratch that, I have several confessions to make.

Starting with one that will probably disappoint a few people. 

I do not like to disappoint, but I do like honesty, so here goes!

I do not always eat healthy!

There I said it.  Today alone I have had a palm full of chips, a doughnut, and a fudge strip cookie.  Why?  Because it is teacher appreciation week.  Different things are being placed in the lounge this week for that reason.  Am I one to say no to a doughnut? Well sometimes I do, but today was not one of those days.  Thank goodness I have a great salad with tuna for lunch today or I would go over board.  But hey, it’s teacher appreciation week so I expect lots of the unhealthy stuff – and I’m okay!

I am addicted to pancakes.

What use to be a Saturday tradition, has turned into a 3 times a week tradition!

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Oatmeal pancakes with coconut cream. 

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They are good.  They are sweet.  They are healthy.  You know you want some!

  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2t vanilla
  • 1/4 + 1T almond milk
  • 1/4c oats ground into flour
  • 1/4c whole oats
  • 1/2t baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1T coconut flour
  • 2-3T almond milk (depending on what consistency you like)
  • few drops of stevia

Combine all ingredients together and let it sit for about 10 minutes.  You can preheat the griddle while the mixture is resting. Then cook on both sides until golden brown.  Mix the coconut flour, almond milk, and stevia together.  Top each cake with walnut butter and coconut cream 🙂 

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I haven’t been working out as much lately, or drinking the appropriate amount of water!

I know bad, bad.  For one, the gym is a little difficult to get to when you have two kids playing ball almost every night of the week at two different locations.  I have no choice but to be with one of them.  Combined with my husband’s crazy work schedule and that makes it difficult.  I go when I can, or try to at least walk in the neighborhood behind my house as often as possible.  This I feel is leading to a lot of the unhealthy eating lately.  Combined with the holiday’s, the ball games, and improper hydration, I am a beast with food.  I find myself not being satisfied 😦

As for the water, some days are worse than others.  I always have water with me, but I find that I am not drinking the appropriate amount according to my stats.  I should consume no less than 2.5 liters daily according to my weight/height/activity level.  I am lucky if I am getting 2 in!  I use to drink at least 3 daily, what gives!!

I have gained back weight/inches!

While I have never been an overweight person, I have always been one to care about my weight issues.  Upon entering into the clean eating world, I have to admit that I did drop close to 10 pounds and several inches from by body.  And that was just within a few months!  For once since high school I didn’t have the muffin top, the ugly thighs, and the belly bulge.  Guess what?  They are back!  Yep, they are.  While they are not as bad as they once use to be since I do still eat healthy and exercise some, I can tell that I have been letting myself slip.

I am losing my energy!

I find myself needing naps lately.  Not that I would ever get one.  But I get tired/sleepy.  So I grab some coffee, which is one reason why that darn water intake is dropping.  I am replacing my water with caffeine.  Not good!  Also, the lack of exercising adds to this, I know that.

So why did I spill all of this out on my blog.  One word – accountability.  Because if I put it out there for others to read, then I will be more motivated to hold myself accountable.  I will be more motivated to get back in the game of healthy living. 

I will enjoy this week of teacher appreciation.  I am not going to lie to myself and say no more snacking, sweets, etc.  However, I will use this as a treat, not a meal.  It is okay to have one of the items offered.  But not all.  School employees have a tendency to go overboard, not mention I am also in the south where everything is celebrated with food. 

I will make a game plan to get my behind back in the gym and back on the track.  Only two more weeks of ball!  I will make it a personal goal to consume more water.  I will get my energy back!  I will overcome this slump and come out stronger on the other side.  Here is to summer and the ability to live a healthy, wonderful life. 

Thanks for reading and letting me vent through all of this.  I appreciate each and everyone of you 🙂

12.5 days left 🙂 

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