Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIAW

Guess what day it is!!!! It's huuuuump day!! Well, kind of. Is it still hump day if you have Friday off? Hmm, something to think about. In the meantime, I thought I would team up with Jenn at Peas & Crayons to give you another What I Ate Wednesday post again. Some things have changed, some things have not. I know the suspense must be killing you, so I won't make you wait any longer!


BREAKFAST
Breakfast was two hard boiled eggs with a banana bread english muffin and some strawberries. 

LUNCH
Lunch was a chicken Caesar salad and some cantaloupe.

DINNER
Dinner was a delicious new recipe that I tried and will be posting on the blog very soon.

SNACKS
For my snacks, I had a Shakeology shake made with 1/2 if a frozen banana, some almond coconut milk and a teaspoon of peanut butter. I also had an apple and some light string cheese.

I may also have had an unpictured bowl of Rice Krispies...maybe :-)

I hope you all have a great week. I'm going to try to get a recipe up for you within the next couple of days.

So long for today...


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #33

Hey there! Happy Sunday! I hope you're all having a great weekend! We've been camping again this weekend and have had some perfect weather for it! No rain and warm, but not too hot temperatures. If only it could stay like this!!


I have Good Friday off this week from work, so I'm looking forward to another short work week. It looks like it might be another busy one, too. But that's kind if the norm these days!

Here's the plan for this week:


Food:
Sunday - Balsamic Chicken Breasts
Monday - Skinny Orange Chicken
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - One Skillet Chili Mac
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Dinner Out
Saturday - TBD

Fitness:
I'm hoping to get a run in today, or at least a family walk. I might try to run a couple of more times this week, too. And that's all I will commit to right now. I know, I know. I'll get better about this soon!

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...





Thursday, April 10, 2014

Struggling

Hey Everyone! I hope you're having a great week. This is my Thur-Friday, so I'm pretty excited. We're going camping again this weekend and plan to spend some time on the lake. We're supposed to have a beautiful weekend and I can't wait!

I'm going to be honest with you all. I have been struggling lately with being OP. In the past 3 weeks, I think I might have had 2 OP days. It's so hard for me right now. I know I've been busy getting the house ready for the move, but I hate giving excuses. I'm still working hard to get my steps in each day, but there have been a few days lately that I haven't reached my 10,000 a day. I think accountability is so important in a weight loss journey. So I guess I'm trying to be accountable to all of you.

My goal was to lose the pregnancy weight by the time Camden was 9 months old. I got close, but didn't reach that goal. Now, my goal is to lose it all by his first birthday, which is fast approaching. I don't have much to lose, only 4 pounds. I fit into all of my clothes. But it's just something about getting back down to where I was before I got pregnant that makes it important to me. I know there are celebrities that reach their pre-pregnancy weight within weeks of having their babies. I'm sorry. That's just not realistic to the typical new mom. It bothers me how much the media talks about this subject. My favorite celebrity dealing with pregnancy weight loss is Kristen Bell. Here is an article that discusses her feelings on it. I love that she isn't giving into the pressures of Hollywood to lose the weight. Sure, she wants to lose it. But she realizes that a woman's body changes after having a baby. So nice to see someone that is relatable!

As of today, I have 45 days to lose these 4 pounds. Sure, that's very attainable. But I just have to find the motivation and mindset that I need to do it. Any support you can offer me is welcome.

So long for today...

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #32

Good Sunday morning everyone! I know, I know. I haven't done a post since last Sunday, but things are still hectic around the SLY household. We went camping this weekend, too which just added to it. We are talking about going camping next weekend as well, so it might be a little while before things calm down a bit. We had an absolutely beautiful weekend for camping.

It's so beautiful on the lake. After the nasty winter we had, we definitely want to take advantage of the great weather we're having now!
Someone sure enjoys camping!

Here is what I have planned for this week:
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Food:
Sunday - Grilled Turkey Brats
Monday - Crockpot Spaghetti & Meatballs
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Camping
Saturday - Camping

Fitness:
I'm not going to do a fitness plan again since we're still a little crazed. I might try to sneak in a couple of workouts this week, but nothing definite, so ill have to see how my week goes. I did get a run in again yesterday and would like to get one in today if the rain holds off.

I hope you all have a great week. I will try to get another post up for you later in the week. Have a great Sunday!






Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #31

Good morning SLY Friends! I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! We have been in full cleaning/de-cluttering mode again (maybe still?). We are actually getting our house ready to put on the market. We're not sure how it will do, as our market hasn't fully recovered yet, but we will see. I am very pleased with how my flowerbed turned out. I am not a Gardner and actually joke that I have a black thumb, so I'm pretty happy that I have a nice looking bed. I might try to post a picture for you all later today.

 I've been working on de-cluttering the pantry, and using the things that need used. So far, it's going pretty well and I plan to continue for another week or two (or three or more). 

Here is what I have planned for this week:

Food:
Sunday - Greek Yogurt Chicken
Monday - Crockpot Lasagna
Tuesday - Grilled Kielbasa Sandwiches with Broccoli Cheese Soup
Wednesday - Crockpot Meatloaf
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Camping
Saturday - Camping

I'm not going to make a plan for my workouts. Since we've been getting the house ready, they have taken a backseat. I did get a 3 mile run in yesterday and hope to get another one in today. Other than that, I'm not putting any pressure on myself. 

I hope you all have a fabulous Sunday and a great week.

So long for today...





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Irish Cream Brownies


Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you're having a great week! It's a cool, rainy day in my neighborhood, but it's supposed to clear up by afternoon. I'm still working on the house trying to get everything taken care of. It's amazing how something that shouldn't take long, ends up being so much more involved than what you thought. It may be taking a while, but it's looking so nice when I'm done! LOL!

Ok, so I'm a little late in posting this recipe. But I wanted to go ahead and share it with you all before it got buried in the archives and forgotten about. I made these the week before St. Patrick's Day. I actually took them to an after hours work function to share with everyone. I like to share my goodies with my co-workers, but I didn't think these would be the best idea to bring into the office. Yes, the alcohol in them is minimal, but I didn't want to raise any eyebrows at the office right now.

These are really easy to make and have so much potential for variations.I needed to add a little bit of the extra sweetness on top to help to jazz them up a little bit. They're a little festive spin on the standard brownie that I think you'll really enjoy. Here's the recipe:


IRISH CREAM BROWNIES
adapted from Plain Chicken
Servings: 18
Points+: 6

Brownies:
Brownie Mix, eggs, oil
Irish Cream liqueur

Frosting:
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1-2 T. Irish Cream liqueur
1/4 t. vanilla
1-2 T. milk

Prepare brownies in a 9x9 pan according to package directions, substituting Irish Cream for the water. Allow brownies to cool completely.

Beat 1/4 cup butter in small bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in all remaining frosting ingredients, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Pipe onto cooled brownies. I also sprinkled mine with some green sugar :-) Enjoy!


I hope you all have a great week. I will try to get another post in for you all.

So long for today...

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan #30

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! As usual, it's been another busy one, but not as busy as the last couple of weeks. 

We went to the circus Friday after I got off work and then to dinner with my parents, sister and her daughter and our friends visiting from PA. 

Yesterday, Addison had her first soccer game. She did better than she did at practice, but was still pretty shy. Hopefully, she will loosen up a little more soon. Last evening, we went to TC's parents' house to celebrate my MIL's birthday. In between everything, we have been working on Spring cleaning and de-cluttering the house. It really needed it!

Ok, on to my plan for the week. My de-cluttering comes in here, too with trying to clean out the pantry and freezer.
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Food:
Sunday - Grilled Hamburgers
Monday - Crockpot Pork Roast
Wednesday - Crockpot Lentil Soup
Thursday - Leftovers
Saturday - TBD

Fitness:
Sunday - 3 mile run
Monday - Total Body Cardio Fix
Tuesday - Upper Fix
Wednesday - Lower Fix
Thursday - Pilates Fix
Friday - Cardio Fix
Saturday - Dirty 30

Since we have been working on the house, my exercise has taken a back seat, so I'm not sure how much of this I will et in, but we'll see.

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