Friday, January 13, 2017

Days 5-13

Holy cow this Whole30 isn't for the weak! I've found self control that I never knew I had and more motivation than I've had in months! It's_amazing_what_you_can_do_when_you_put_your_mind_to_it!

Throughout the Whole30 so far there have been temptations and decisions everywhere. Crispy cheese hanging off the quesadillas that I made for lunch the other day, my husband going to Pieology for lunch and_telling_me_about_it, to Target for displaying your amazing selection of Valentine's treats in the bakery, to my awesome daycare mom who offered to bring my coffee (which_I would_have_never_said_no_to_otherwise) and to my son's basketball tournament for having Jet's Pizza aroma filling the air as I fulfilled my 5 volunteer hours.
The days are getting easier and the food is getting less stressful to buy and make. I am gaining more knowledge each day about the Whole30 and the ingredients in the foods we eat daily. I mean really...sugar_is_in_everything! I am surprising myself in the things I am making that I really enjoy that are Whole30 approved. I am not a huge sweets person, but lately even the sight of a little M&M makes me crave chocolate. The dark chocolate bar at the checkout in Trader Joe's was just calling my name.

A few of my breakfasts...


(Homemade dump ranch - Whole30 approved for dip)

and dinners... 

Workouts are getting easier and I am finally feeling like me again. There are days I just want to sit with my kiddos and watch a show or movie after dinner, but_my_workout_is_calling_my_name. We have a love/hate relationship. I love working out and feeling better about myself, I love what it does to my self esteem...I however hate the time it takes away from my family. 

Here's to the next 17 days! To that much more strength to get through it! 3 lbs. down on day 13...I'll_take_it!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The First Few Days...

I won't bore you with a daily update, but I will check in every once and awhile to let you know how this crazy decision of mine is going...

I am on day three and from what I hear, the first week is_a_real_bear! From what I've's_a_real_bear! I will say things are getting better with knowledge and the headache is lessening. The more I know, the easier it is. If I don't know if I can eat it...I don't. I will just find something else I can eat! The meals I've been making for myself are amazing...much more prep time than I like to spend, especially_on_myself. but at times it can be kinda fun!

Day 1:
In the evening I attended a friends reunion party with my family.What's a party without snacks, desserts and alcohol?! I found myself standing there with a bunch of snack on the kitchen island staring at me. Chips, dips, chocolate dipped pretzels, Top the Tater, cheeses and popcorn....all_of_which_I_love. Even if I hadn't eaten dinner yet and was hungry, I can't have any of it on the Whole30. I did refrain from eating or drinking anything except_my_trusty_water_bottle. (which I ended up filling up 3 times...totaling 56 oz) Even through helping my kiddos with snacks and a few pieces of candy. 
To test my self control even more, the hubby decided to stop by McDonald's on the way home. Guess who got to hold the bag till we got home with_fry_fumes_going_straight_for_my_nose! Once again, not even one bite! ( Right now my life feels like the Jimmy John's slogan...'Free smells.')

Day 2: 
Making the kids lunch is one of my hardest times of the day. I am naughty and snack while making them food (and_I_wonder_why_I_can't_loose_weight) and just think to myself, 'if I just eat what I'm making them, it will be much easier.' (there is is time for me)
I made tortellini for the daycare for lunch....I LOVE tortellini! I love pasta of any kind and cheese too, both of which I can't have on the Whole30! Ugh! BUT I am proud to say, I didn't eat a bite, I didn't even lick my fingers when I had cheese on them. (pretty_proud_of_myself!)

Day 3:
I really didn't feel like making breakfast today. I made Eggos for a few kids, oatmeal and a few bowls of cereal and milk...none_of_which_were_for_me. I didn't want eggs again and I didn't know what else to make! BUT I figured it out after all the kids were fed and ended up having a great breakfast! I just made a combo of things that I did feel like.
Then I go to my car appointment after work, which most would think wouldn't be a problem, seeing as how there really isn't food there to worry about. I sit down in the lounge to wait for my car to be ready and immediately smell the amazing aroma of hot chocolate...FREE_hot_chocolate! As I sit down and tell myself, 'you can't have that.' Four people decide to sit right near me that are drinking hot chocolate. Talk_about_temptation! I however stuck to getting my work done and sipped on my water bottle till my name was called.

Finding the time to make the meals can be tough, but it will all pay off. I stepped on the scale this #4 and I've lost 2 lbs. I haven't lost two pounds in over 6 months. This_seems_to_be_working! I_am_actually_sticking_to_it! There's nothing more motivating that seeing results. (I will say, that with the Whole30 I have been working out on my elliptical and doing a few core workouts too)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Day 1...

2017...time to 'shock' my body into healthy mode. I am working on gaining back the motivation that I used to have before the stress of moving, my busy work season and then the holidays. Day 1 on the path to a healthier me!
I am on the Whole30 cleanse. Trying to get a kick start on the healthy eating and exercising that I want for a healthier happier me. As a mom, you all know how hard it is to think about yourself every once and awhile, it's hard to take me time...but_for_everyone_it_is_a_must. Taking time for yourself and making time for your needs is one of my weaknesses...but I'm hoping this is a new start.

I am starting this crazy, new, healthier look on 2017, in hopes that is brings out the crazy fit mama in me. I_know_she's_in_there!

Moving took a toll on me and my body for that matter. It was a long drawn out process that I never want to encounter again! I wouldn't wish that stress and heartbreak on anyone. That's all over and we are so happy to be in our new house and neighborhood! Time to kick it into high gear in the New Year!

This process is foreign to me, let's be real...diets and I don't get along. I have no self control over food and honestly....I_love_to_eat! Pasta, cheese, Starbucks, popcorn, all of which I love and will be saying "goodbye" to for 30 days. I am crossing my fingers and relying on the little strength that I do have to get me through the next 28 days.

Here's to a new normal around here and becoming best friends with the ingredients labels on boxes and bags. Here's to having some 'me time' and thinking about myself too.

This is my new 'toy' and motivation to workout at home! Now I just need to get some weighted balls and Kettlebells.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tradition Stress

As much as I count down the days and wait dearly for the holidays, to be spent with family and friends, lets be honest, it can create stress beyond belief. Everyone posts their adorable pictures of gift opening in front of the tree, smiles from ear to ear and 'still' faces of joy of everyone around. What we don't see is the stress and chaos that the holidays can bring. Everyone has their own ideas for the holidays, their own traditions, their own wants and needs. So when the time comes for bigger families much_like_ours to come together and spend a good amount of time together, the odds are someone is bound to get upset or be unhappy with something.
I am a sucker for traditions, I love the traditions I had as a child and want my kids to look forward to their own traditions that we have. Traditions that they may or may not keep with their own families as they get older. I love having a big family, I always dreamed as a kid that I wanted a huge family that was really close...and for the most part, I got it.

BUT, with so many people, so many ideas and so many traditions...things_can_get_messy!
We broke a couple traditions this year and I hated it, but it's not all about me. When you throw everything into the mix, sometimes you just have to go with the flow and hope_for_the_best!
 The tradition of having our family Christmas on the morning of Christmas eve, started three years ago and the kids love it! They love being able to wake up and spend the morning opening presents in their pajamas. Just the six of us, the do and two cats. It is quiet (for_the_most_part) and relaxing down time to start our holiday festivities. 


Stressful or not, we get to spend the holidays with the ones we love and in the end, that's what matters. Traditions come and go with generations and I guess I'll just have to learn to go with the flow and remember that new traditions might just be more fun than the old ones.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

114 Pencils!!

Yes, a total of 114 pencils is what my 4 kids are asked to bring to school this year.
48 for 1st grade, 36 for 4th grade and 30 for 5th grade!
(I am pretty sure my kids don't even go through 5 in the year)

Boxes and Boxes of Kleenex's, tons of hand sanitizer and Dixie cups too! 
Multiple all the school supplies, by four kids to buy for and one could go broke.
I’ll be honest, when I saw the school list this year I admit I rolled my eyes in the amount of things that they are asking each child to bring. There’s no way my child will go through all of the required things…
…but someone else’s child {that can’t afford it} won’t have some or all of the school supplies that are needed for the school year. Not to mention, teachers spend a ton of their own money on their classroom supplies and school supplies throughout the year. {As a daycare provider, I spend a ton of money on supplies, crafts, new learning stuff…etc.} Our teachers are already underpaid! Think about it this way….no profession is possible without teachers. They are where everything stems from.
School supplies might seem expensive at the time, but if you spread it out over the school year, it isn’t a whole lot, considering what you’re getting in return!

We all know the need for Kleenex’s during the school year. Whose kid doesn’t get a cold and use more than their fair share of Kleenex’s?!  It is our job as parents to make sure they have the things they need. Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer are a must for the winter months. {I know personally I am a hand washing Nazi} What’s the next best thing to hand washing…sanitizing! Kill_those_germs! 

I know out of personal experience that donating things or bringing things in unexpected is always appreciated. Even if it is a coffee now and then, an extra package of Kleenexes in the peak of winter, a bag of chocolate to get through the week…etc. Teachers are under appreciated and need to be recognized more. Think to yourself…can I handle 25-30 students, 5 days a week for 7 hours a day?!
I do daycare for 12 kids (including my own) and there are days that is stressful! You have to be a certain person/personality to be able to work with multiple children daily.
So…though it may seem like the school supply lists are getting crazy…think about it this way, there is a child out there, less fortunate than yours that will gladly accept school supplies that are donated to them.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Compliments Please!

Why is it so hard to take compliments?
THEN: Before kids, I could take a compliment any day and welcomed them! Who wouldn’t like a guy ‘oogling’ over them at the bar or telling them they looked good? In my eyes THEN, I had no ‘flaws.’ I was proud to show off the body God gave me. I was given a compliment and I smiled and said ‘thank you,’ sometimes it even led to talking more with someone.

NOW: 15 some years and four amazing kids later, unfortunately my grace in taking compliments, is no longer present. My husband compliments me all the time, ‘you look gorgeous,’ ‘those pants make your butt look amazing,’ ‘your hair looks cute today,’ I_could_go_on! I usually just brush it off, laugh and give him an eye roll, or give him a halfhearted ‘thanks.’  The truth is, he is going out of his way to tell me what he thinks, I should at least give a ‘thank you’ and a hug or kiss or look at him and tell him I appreciate it.
The same goes with my friends. I met up with a longtime friend that I hadn’t seen for over 15 years for some drinks. When we greeted each other, he said ‘you look great, you haven’t changed.’ In my head I was thinking, yeah right, no way is he serious! Out loud I chuckled and said, ‘oh thanks!’ Another day I was at the gas station and I heard someone whistle. I looked around to see who it was and who it was directed at. Come to find out, the guy in the gas lane next to me staring at me and smiling. He said, ‘man mama, you look good!’ I didn’t know what to say as a response, so I leaned my head in my car and started talking to my kids. Why_couldn’t_I_just_say_thank_you?
It all comes down to how we see ourselves. Back THEN I saw nothing but beautiful…NOW I see how much I’ve changed. I’ve had four kids and man_do_they_take_a_toll_on_your_body! Not only that, but I am never going to snap back to my 110 lb body from THEN!

Here’s the things, I know I am grateful for; being able to have kids, for being able to exercise and for others to still feel the urge to compliment me. It comes down to the way we see ourselves vs. how other see us. We should try and see ourselves through the eyes of others. They see how far we’ve come in life and the obstacles we overcome. Sometimes our eyes only see what’s close and in the current picture frame.

THEN                                                   NOW

How are you at taking compliments?! Does it come natural and easy for you to proudly accept them?
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