Saturday, May 21, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {5/22)

Happy weekend everyone! So, apparently, I've relapsed back to the blogger that only puts up a new post once a week and even that one is only the weekly plan. How sad is that?! Hopefully, things will slow down for me and I'll be able to get some new and fun stuff posted soon for you guys. Please hang in there. It'll get better!!

Last night, was Camden's end of year performance for his daycare. While, he was NOT the child that cried for his mommy the whole time, he WAS the child that not only sat, but also layed down on the stage. Fun times!! Luckily, everyone got a kick out of it. And I do have the pictures to prove it to him later in life. Gotta love those embarrassing pictures!

So, my baby boy's 3rd birthday is on Wednesday. This is crazy! How is it that time flies by so much faster when you have kids?! We are having his party next Saturday at the house. He requested a Mickey Mouse theme, so that what we're going for! I'll definitely share some pictures with you all.

Here's what I have planned for the week:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff
Monday - Grilled Turkey Burgers
Tuesday - Brinner
Wednesday - Out to Dinner
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Baked Spaghetti
Saturday - Birthday Party Leftovers

Fitness Recap:

Sunday - 5 mile run
Monday - 21 DF Upper Fix
Tuesday - 21 DF Lower Fix
Wednesday - 21 DF Total Body Cardio
Thursday - 21 DF Dirty 30
Friday - 21 DF Yoga
Saturday - 5 mile run

I hope you all have a great week! So long for today...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {5/15}

Hey there!! I hope you're all having a great weekend!! I'm actually enjoying the sunshine as I'm writing this with a little bit of time by the pool.
It's been such a beautiful weekend!! Friday was movie night, we went to the zoo yesterday and today started with a 5 mile run, followed by time around the house.

Last week ended up being a lot busier than I had expected! My SIL had her baby on Monday, after almost 24 hours of labor!! Baby girl is healthy and she and mama are doing great! Definitely lots of blessings going on around here!

Here's what I have planned for the week:
Menu Plan:
Sunday - Chicken & Veggie Lasagna Cupcakes 
Monday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Grilled Pork Chops
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled Swai
Saturday - Grilled Beef Roast

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 5 mile run
Monday - 21 DF Upper Fix
Tuesday - 3.79 mile walk/jog
Wednesday - 22 DF Lower Fix
Thursday - 21 DF Yoga Fix
Friday - P90X3
Saturday - Rest 

I'm starting a new challenge tomorrow with a challenge group and I'm really hoping it gets me back on track. I haven't been doing that bad with my workouts, but my eating is another story!!

So long for today...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {5/8ish}

Hey there!! Sorry for the late post this week, but we had a weekend chocked full of some exciting stuff! Addison's 7th birthday was on Friday. We went out to dinner to celebrate with my family and then had some DQ ice cream cake for dessert. Saturday was party central at our house. Addison wanted a luau to celebrate, so I did everything I could to give her the Hawaiian experience.
Most of the guests left in the early afternoon, my my family stayed and we kept the party going until the sun went down. I'm so thankful that my family stays to help clean up after these kinds of events!! It definitely helps to lighten our load at the end of the day!

Mother's Day started with a 5 mile run, followed by some strawberry picking and more family time. It's weekends like these that remind me of how blessed I really am!

Here's how this week is looking for us:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Party Leftovers
Monday - Out to Eat
Tuesday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Wednesday - Chili Cheese Mac
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled Hamburgers
Saturday - Out to Eat

Fitness Recap:

Sunday - 3.5 mile run
Monday - Leg Shred Home Workout
Tuesday - Home Crossfit Style Workout
Wednesday - 21 DF Dirty 30
Thursday - 3 mile run
Friday - 10 mile run
Saturday - Rest

It felt great to get a 10 mile run in! I hadn't run that far since the half marathon in November and just want to see if I could. And now I know :-)

I hope you all have a great day! 

So long for today...

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {5/1}

Wow!! Its May!! It's so crazy that another month is over!! Can you believe this?! Addison's birthday is on Friday and she'll be 7. How and why does time fly so fast? And even faster when you have kids!! So, so crazy!! 

Well, I did it. I quit the gym. Yesterday was my last official day. It's weirdly freeing to have cut that cord. And I've been pinning all kinds of new workouts that I'm pretty excited to try. I might even come up with some on my own!! 

Since Addison's birthday is this weekend, it's going to be another busy, busy week. But here is what I have planned:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Crockpot Hawaiian Pork Roast
Monday - Grilled Swai
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Addison's Birthday Dinner
Saturday - Birthday Party

Fitness Recap:
I went for a run yesterday morning and struggled through it. I couldn't find my rhythm and wanted to quit the whole time. But I pushed through and got over 5 miles in!
Sunday - 3.5 mile run
Monday - LiveFit Chest & Triceps
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - 3 mile treadmill run
Thursday - Back & treadmill time
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 5 mile run

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {4/24}

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your Sunday has started off as beautifully as mine!! I got a 3.5 run in before heading to church. We have had a pretty good weekend all around with TC and Addison having a movie date yesterday,
Camden and I entertaining ourselves at random stores,
relaxing around the pool
and my parents coming over for dinner. We are headed to my sister's house after church for some home improvement and more family fun! 

Here's what I have planned for the week:

Sunday - Mexican Fiesta at my sista's 
Monday - Grilled Pork Chops
Tuesday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Wednesday - Grilled Turkey Patties
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled London Broil
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

I'm awful at remembering this past week's workouts. I have decided to stick with my home workouts though. This coming week will be my last one at the gym. While I did make a few new friendships, I think it's best for me mentally to stick to my early morning workouts at home.

Sunday - Disney World
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - Rest?
Wednesday - 21 DF Total Body Cardio
Thursday - 21 DF Upper Fix
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 3.1 mile run

I hope you all have a blessed Sundau and a fantastic week!

So long for today...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan {4/17}

Well, hey there!! I am headed home from the best weekend I have had in such a long time!! It's definitely in my top 3 of all-time. We spent the (long) weekend in Orlando.
Saturday, I went to Ladies Alive for Advocare. I love the feeling in the room when you get a HUGE group of women together that are all there to better themselves and learn how they can help others.
I truly feel that Advocare is a gift I've been given and I want to pay it forward and help others to be a happier and healthier version of themselves!

Sunday, we decided to spend the day at Magic Kingdom. This is seriously one of my favorite places on earth. I get just as sad as Addison does when it's time for us to leave.
The weather was absolutely perfect and the kids were really good, too. They were troopers and hung in for almost the whole day! Visiting Disney World and seeing the joy on my kids' faces definitely helped to remind me of what I'm working for! So, be prepared for me to share Advocare even more on my blog.

Now that the weekend is over and we are headed back home, it's time to get back to reality and start thinking about meal planning and workouts again. The kids have requested to see Mimi and Papa, so my parents are being awesome and bringing us dinner tonight. It's a huge help since we will be getting home just about dinner time! But after tonight, we are on our own again. So, here is what we have planned...

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Catered dinner by my parents
Monday - Chicken Tamale Casserole
Tuesday - Crockpot Turkey Breast
Wednesday - Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti 
Thursday - Spirit Night
Friday - Dinner at my Sister's
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - JM Body Revolution, Cardio 2
Monday - LiveFit Chest & Triceps
Tuesday - LiveFit Back & Biceps
Wednesday - LiveFit Legs
Thursday - 21DF Yoga Fix
Friday - 21DF Plyo Fix
Saturday - Rest Day

I hope you all have a great week! I'm in the mood to make something with some strawberries, so be on the lookout for a recipe soon :-)

So long for today...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday Thoughts {4/14}

Hey there! Sometimes, as my mother puts it, I tend to “over-subscribe” myself. I sign up for so many things at once and I tend to get overwhelmed. Life as a mom alone can be overwhelming at times, when you start adding in all of the other “stuff” sometimes it can just be too much. At these times, it can help to just write things down and get your thoughts in front of you. So, that’s what this post will be. I’ve been mulling over something all week and I wanted to get it down here for myself and maybe see if any of you might be able to offer me some insight.

A little over a month ago, I joined the gym. This was a huge step outside of my comfort zone for me. I had been an at-home worker-outer (Yes, I can totally make up my own words here) for years and that’s what I was used to. I have a huge home workout DVD collection with a variety of different trainers and programs. But I thought maybe the gym would help me in a couple of different ways. I wanted to start building some muscle and, after talking to my friend Stephanie and the great success that she’s experienced, thought the gym could help me with this. I also saw the gym as an opportunity to share Advocare with others. After I found out that my company offered a great discount on a membership, I decided to go ahead and sign up. At first, I loved it. It was great getting to use all of the machines that were there. I was also using the treadmill to get some additional cardio and steps in. I was doing great UNTIL…

Last weekend, I had a crazy busy Sunday. I had forgotten my FitBit at home while I went to church and the grocery store, in turn, missing out on about 4000-5000 steps. Well, at the end of the day, I decided that I still wanted to hit my 10,000 step goal for the day. So, I pulled out one of my home cardio workouts and I met that goal! During that workout, I realized that I actually missed my at-home workouts and this made my mental relationship with the gym change. All this week, I have had to force myself to go to the gym. I’ve really wanted to stay home, but since I’m currently paying for it, I feel like I still need to go.

Another thing I miss are my early morning workouts. I NEVER thought I would say that, but I do enjoy getting my workouts in early in the morning. Then, I don’t have to worry about any excuses later in the day. I feel like I’ve lost my evenings now since I’ve been going to the gym. I’m also a bang for your buck kind of girl. I like to get a good calorie burn in a short amount of time. With the gym, I’m working out for twice as long, but I’m not getting twice the amount of calories burned. I feel like I waste so much time in between sets and wiping down the machines when I’m done with them.

The longer the week has gone on, the more I realize that I am going to go ahead and quit the gym. Ive totally had his episode of Friends in my head all week, too!! I’m going to go ahead and build my home “gym” with some new equipment that will allow me to do some workouts outside. I’d like to look into some Crossfit style workouts and maybe get TC to do them with me.

I’m a total mental person. When it’s such a mental struggle for me to get to the gym and then spend my time there thinking about what I COULD be doing at home, I might as well wave the white flag and surrender, because I’m done.

So, now I want your input. How do you get your exercise in? How often do you work out and how long are your workouts? I’m thinking about adding a couple new videos to my collection and would love your opinions. Which programs do you like most?

If you’ve read this whole post, I thank you. Sometimes, I just need to talk myself through something, and this post seemed like the best way to do it.

So long for today…
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