Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thankful Thursday {1/29}

Good morning from chilly South Carolina! I realize it’s all relative, but it’s been pretty cold the past couple of mornings. I’m hopeful that we weatherman is right and we do make it up to close to 60 today. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for Spring to come. I’m waiting for the warm couple of days that we usually get here and there in February. Aaaany day now. I’m ready for them!!

I thought I would do a THANKFUL Thursday post today. It’s been a while and I’m trying to be more positive this year, so what better way than to count some blessings and share what I’m THANKFUL for today? Thank you to Running with Racheal for the great idea!

I’m THANKFUL for Sunshine!!! This is the longest stretch of sunshine that we have had in a few weeks and for that I am THANKFUL!! I’m not a dreary weather person at all!

I’m THANKFUL for my two wonderful kids! Today is Addison’s 100th Day of School and they are having a little party. Everyone had to come up with an idea for a project to make that included 100 things. So we made a Fruit Loops necklace. Food + Jewelry = my kind of project!!

I’m THANKFUL for having not one, but TWO people that are willing to attempt to cut Camden’s hair. He’s definitely not a fan of haircuts right now. And I’m grateful for a mother and mother-in-law that will take time out of their days to come over and cut the hair of a moving object. Easy, peasy, right? Lol!

I’m THANKFUL for learning about Essential Oils and incorporating them into my family’s daily life. Today, they are helping with Camden’s congestion, Addison’s focus at school and this mama’s knee pain. I absolutely LOVE doTerra!! If you’d like to learn more, please let me know or visit my page.

Finally, I’m THANKFUL for my flex schedule at work. This is my Thur-Friday so that means that I have tomorrow “off.” Even though I won’t be at work, I’ll still be pretty busy since I have a good many errands that I need to run. So I guess I need to also include how THANKFUL I am for a husband that supports my constant need to be on the go and tags along for a lot of my errands.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday. What are you THANKFUL for today?

So long for today…

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan and Fitness Recap {1/25}

Happy Sunday friends!! This is going to be a pretty quick post since I'm feeling under the weather and I really need to get back to my busy day of relaxing and recuperating (and doing laundry). After my two day binge, I was able to keep my eating pretty on-pointe. I'm not sure if it was the new mind set or TC being back in town, but something definitely helped me out. For that, I am thankful! I have a bridesmaid dress that is just a little too snug for my comfort level that I need to be comfortable in (enough to eat and dance anyway) by May. So I can't be messing around too much between now and then.

I had a nice couple of hours with my sister-in-law yesterday of working on our plans for the shower. I think we have a lot of great ideas and I can't wait to get to work on them!

We finally got the chairs to go with the table that my dad made for us. I absolutely LOVE how everything turned out! It's all sooo beautiful and really fits in our dining room well. I can't wait to have our first occasion to use it!! 

Here is how my week is shaping up:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Crockpot Roasted Chicken
Monday - Grilled Italian Chicken
Wednesday - Pasta & Turkey Meat Sauce
Thursday - Mexican Chili
Friday - Grilled Hamburgers
Saturday - Grilled Steaks

My fitness this week could have been better. Since I was sick, I listened to my body and took a couple of days off from working out. I'm hoping to do some yoga later today. It's amazing the toll an illness can take on your body!! Here are my workouts from this past week:

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio
Thursday - 21 Day Fix Upper Body Fix
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Rest

I hope you all have a great week this week!!

So long for today...

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thinking out Loud {1/22}

I'm linking up with Running with Spoons today for another edition of #thinkingoutloud. So here we go...

I try to be pretty open and honest with all of you. Sometimes, it's hard to always be honest when things aren't always sunshine and rainbows. That's what's going on this week. (Yes, it's a first world problem, but please bear with me.)  As you all know, I really want to finally lose my pregnancy weight. I was doing really well, too. My first week truly back OP, I lost 2 pounds. I had my second WI this past Tuesday and.....I gained. .2 lbs. Yes, that's not a huge gain by any means, but it's still a gain. It's hard to accept anything other than a loss when you're trying so hard to lose weight. Especially for me. I've told you all before that I'm pretty structured in my life. (That's just one of the reasons that Weight Watchers works so well for me!) I'm also very hard on myself. Typically, when I get my head in the right place and get into my weight loss mode I start off losing around 2 pounds for a couple of weeks and then it tapers down to around 1 pound loss per week. Which I'm always very happy with. So this time, when I did everything right and had a gain on the scale, it was really hard for me to deal with/accept. How did I handle it? I went on a 2 day binge. This also coincided with TC being out of town on a business trip, so my stress level was a little bit higher than normal. He got back into town last night, so all is right in my world again :-) A few of my co-workers are also following WW. One is using the old plan, one is following PointsPlus and one is following the Simply Filling Technique. I've been talking to all three of them about my progress the last couple of weeks. It's really nice to have others to talk to and get ideas from. It's definitely a great motivator! I've decided to give Simply Filling a try again. I tried it last year before I did my work for United Way and had some success with it. I actually had a 2 lb loss, which also put me at 1.6 pounds above my goal! (So, so frustrating to know how close I was then and how far away I am now!!) So after thinking about it, I'm going to see how I do with this. This morning, I was pretty hungry and worked hard to stick to Power Foods, but I did it! This afternoon, I've done better. I worked out during lunch and hope to be able to relax tonight with my family.

I wanted to share this with you all because I know that we all struggle at times. But I wanted to be honest with you to let you all know that we all experience this. Yes, I went way overboard for a couple of days, but I think I'm back to where I need to be now. I have a lot of great recipes to try that are Simply Filling that I'm excited to share with you all. I hope you'll stick with me on this journey. I know I'll get there eventually!

So long for today...

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {1/18}

Hello, hello and Happy Sunday! The sun finally came out here!! We had a beautiful day yesterday and took full advantage of it! We headed out early to see my niece play in her basketball game. It's so sweet to watch little ones play sports. Then we wanted to check out some furniture for our patio. Unfortunately, the stores don't have their outdoor furniture yet :-( So we will have to hold off on that. After lunch, we headed to The Center for Birds of Prey. ( It's an avian conservative center. We looked at some of the birds there and stayed for the demonstration. They do a lot of great work and it's pretty fascinating to watch these birds practice their natural behaviors. I'm sorry to say that I didn't get any pictures to share.

After heading home and doing some grocery shopping, it was finally time to relax and workout before bed. Today is supposed to be another beautiful day and I'm hoping to take advantage once again.

This week is a short one with Monday being a holiday and then kind of out of the norm. Luckily, we have lots of leftovers to hold us over.  Here's how my week is looking:

Meal Plan:
Sunday - Grilled Hamburgers
Monday - Grilled Pork Chops
Tuesday - Leftovers
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Saturday - Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Fitness Recap:
I had another great week of workouts, too!! 
Sunday - Yoga Meltdown
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - T25 Cardio
Wednesday - T25 Speed 1.0
Thursday - Yoga Meltdown
Friday - 3 mile run
Saturday - T25 Speed 1.0

I was still kind of sore after Speed on Wednesday today, so I thought instead of moving into the next workout, I would try to work those muscles again. Hopefully, I'll be feeling better.

I hope you all have a great week!!! Do you have MLK day off, too?

So long for today...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WIA + Weigh-In Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone! We've made it halfway through another week! I'm hoping you're all having better weather than we are. It's just been absolutely miserable this week. Rain and cooler temperatures. One of our school districts a county or two away had a delay this morning because of possible snow. Yes, I know, where I'm from, we would have laughed at that given the dusting of snow that was supposed to come. But, again, I have to remember that they don't have the same equipment down here that they have up North. Plus, the kiddos get a little extra sleep. That never hurt anyone, right?

I had my WI yesterday and I'm happy to report that I was down 2 pounds! Yay!! That's definitely a good start to the year! Hoping to keep it up, too!!

Since I'm trying to stay on track, I thought I would do another WIAW for you (and me) to see. I've been looking back through my past WIAW posts to see what I used to eat when I was staying OP. So some of this might look familiar to you. Here we go...

Breakfast has been one egg, plus one egg white and a packet of lower sugar oatmeal.

I usually have a banana as a mid-morning snack.

Lunch has been a ham and cheese sandwich with FF mayo on a Flatout Foldit with some Cracker Chips and some steamed green beans. Sometimes, I might also have a 1 PP chocolate cover marshmallow snowman for dessert.

For an afternoon snack, I've been having some Light Greek Yogurt - these new Whips are so, so good!!

Plus, I also have some kind of fruit.

My dinners vary from night to night. For this dinner, I had some Orange Honey Glazed Chicken with brown rice and broccoli. Luckily, my kids love these healthy dinners and sometimes ask for more!!

My dessert lately has been a Fiber One brownie topped with some light whipped cream. I like to heat the brownie first and then top it with the whipped cream.

I'm pretty happy with my eating lately. Yes, I have a few processed foods in there, but hopefully they'll disappear eventually, too. How have your eats been lately?

So long for today...

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Weekend Happenings

Good morning and Happy Monday!! It's a dreary day here, but I'm trying not to let it get me down. It's been raining all night and I think it's going to keep raining all day. But at least it's not snow!! And we also had a beautiful (and chilly) weekend. So there is so much left to be thankful for!

Friday, we grilled out and had hamburgers. TC requested that I add them to the Weekly Meal Plan, so apparently, it had been a while since we had them! I might need to add them back in more often! We had a nice relaxing evening at home Friday night which was just what I needed after the first long week back to work after the holidays.

Saturday, we made a trip to Trader Joe's, Hobby Lobby, Target and finally I picked up my dress for my sister-in-laws wedding. I found a lot of great things at Hobby Lobby. I'm still trying to decorate the dining room of the new house and I picked up a great piece of iron wall art. I hung it up last night and it looks great!! I also got a 3 mile run in. I'm so southernized (That's a word, right?) that i hate to run in chilly weather. My hands get cold, my nose starts to run and the battery on my phone even drained on me!! I might need to look into getting a treadmill!

Saturday night, we went out for dinner family bowling night. It was Camden's first time and he had a blast.
Addison started out great, but was pretty tired, so we only stuck around long enough for one game.

Sunday was a much needed day around the house. We went to church and did our grocery shopping, but then we didn't go back out. I got all of the laundry done, some meal prep for the week done and I even (FINALLY) got the box of shoes and bag of clothes out of our bedroom that I'm going to donate to charity. It's been taking up so much room, I'm glad I finally got it done! I also got my yoga workout in last night. It felt so great to get a stretch in before bed!

I hope you all had a great weekend, too! I have my WI tomorrow and I can't wait to see what the scale says. How was your weekend?

So long for today...

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {1/11}

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all made it through the first full week of the new year. We have had some beautiful weather this week. Too bad it's been pretty cold (for here.) We even had school delayed three hours one day this week because of the cold. I know people think its ridiculous that school was delayed, but people don't realize that a lot of kids down here don't have really warm coats. When they are walking to school or having to stand at the bus stop for a while, it can be pretty dangerous if they don't have the warm clothes they need. Personally, I think it was a good call to delay schools, but maybe that's the Yankee in me :-)

I think I might finally be back into the swing of things with my eating and exercise. I have found some great momentum this week and I'm really hoping to keep it going. I have a good friend at work that is also on Weight Watchers and has done so well with getting her weight off. She has lost over 100 pounds over the last 5 years. She is keeping her weight loss slow so that she can maintain her healthy lifestyle once she reaches goal. She is such a great motivation to me. She keeps me going when I need the extra help. She is the one that convinced me to hide my scale. I'm one that likes to weigh myself every day to check my progress. Even though I REALLY wanted to sneak a peek at the scale, I didn't. And to ensure that I'm not tempted, I hid the scale in the back of my van. I know, that's kind of sad, but it's such a huge temptation to me to have it sitting on the floor of the bathroom. It totally messes with my head throughout the week if I get frustrated with it, so I decided to just hide it. Out of sight, out of mind, right? 

Here's what I have planned for meals for the week...

Sunday - Crockpot Roast Chicken
Monday - Orange Honey Glazed Chicken
Tuesday - Leftovers
Wednesday - Crockpot Pork Roast
Thursday - Spicy Sausage Pasta
Friday - Chicken Rollatini
Saturday - Contingency Day

I had a great week of workouts this past week. I worked out 5 days and even had 2 workouts on one of those days. I very rarely did that, but I am trying to jumpstart my weight loss, plus, I needed to get some extra steps in for the day. My nephew challenged me on the FitBit and I wanted to FINALLY beat him. He's been winning most of the challenges lately!

Sunday - Yoga Meltdown
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - 10 Minute Ab Fix & JM Killer Buns & Thighs
Wednesday - JM 3o Day Shred & T25 Cardio
Thursday - Yoga Meltdown
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 3 mile run

I hope you all have a great week. I might try to post a recipe or two this week.

So long for today...

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