Welcome back! It has been a crazy busy week here. We are getting ready for popcorn sales for Little Man’s cub scouts, plus a camping trip a week away. I have a vendor show for my Dove Chocolate Discoveries business on Saturday and Little Miss is home sick today. Never a dull moment in our house!
This week went a little better on the exercise- I think the field trip we went on last Friday helped out a lot. I probably walked about 2 miles that day before it rained. I do not have a step tracker so I am just guestimating. I also used the elliptical a bit more this week. I did find some work out sessions on Amazon Prime so this week I plan on trying those starting tonight!
The food wise is another topic. I ate like crap. Which is why today’s picture is me telling my stomach to shut up! So Friday- I had some time to kill before I went to the school for the field trip. Clearly that meant I needed a bacon egg and cheese bagel sandwich from McD’s with a medium Caramel Frappe. My son made our lunch which was PB&J, some apples and some Chips. I was still hungry so while I waited for them I got a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Dr. Pepper from Runza. Yep- totally need those carbs! HA! Really the rest of the week wasn’t to terrible for Breakfast I would mostly just have toast if anything, I did have a bowl of cheerios with banana in it. Lunch was left overs as usual- except for Monday- I was out and about so I stopped at Sonic for a chicken sandwich, tater tots and a Lg Cherry Limeade. (again killed my diet). I did have a healthy meal plan worked out and grocery shopping done. But my kids probably threw it away because I can’t find it! So here was our dinners for the week-
Sunday- Left Overs
Monday- Chicken fingers and baked beans
Tuesday- Biscuits and Gravy (it was in the 50’s and drizzling so perfect comfort food)
Wednesday- Pizza (it was just my son and I since Little Miss is sick)
Today I think we will have grilled cheese and tomato soup (another chilly dreary day so more comfort food).
Even though I did not eat the greatest I am down to 188 lbs! So I did lose a pound! This week I am going to focus on continuing the exercise and trying to motivate myself- but also eating better. I noticed I snack a lot when we are running around everywhere and when I am stressed (I broke open a bag of PURE DARK Peppermint Rounds last night). So need to work on that or find healthier options for snacking since my stomach thinks I need to eat when bored.
So topic question of the week: Are you a snacker when you are bored or stressed? What are some of the things you do instead of snacking or what are some of your favorite healthy snacks?
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This week was hard. Seriously last week, I was determined. I need to start on my healthier me aspect. I need to focus on me. I know that sounds selfish and yes all these sentences are starting with “I”…….. Every now and then it is ok to focus on YOU though and that is what I am trying to do.
The exercising did not happen as much as one would like. I got on the elliptical once. Did some sit ups this week and tomorrow I get to go on a field trip with my son on a day long nature/science hike. I wish I had a step tracker to see how far I walk tomorrow. I have seriously got to find some motivation this week for that aspect of things.
Cucumber Greek Salad from bellofthekitchen.com
One of the important things to our family is living a natural and healthy style. I have slowly started getting into using essential oils and am still learning of all the wonderful benefits. One thing I use all the time is Lavender Oil. This is really a great multi use oil. It helps with hypertension, headaches, it calms my son when he is having anxiety issues. But it can also help with this like burns, instect bites and more.
I am starting to learn about other oils though. Like Past Tense from DoTerra. It comes in an easy to apply roller to help with Tension Headaches. This may be what I need this holiday season. Being an LEOW the holidays are always stressful trying to figure out when to see family and arranging things like that. Continue reading
I am a very busy mom. Constantly on the go, and it can at times lead to Chaos just to get everything straight. In fact- I even have a color coordinated calender to help me get through the days. But what it doesn’t do is remind me to EAT!
Last month in my Taste Guru box there were some amazing protein bars called NoGii D-Lites. These little bars were wonderful! They were a chocolate caramel and just amazing! NoGii was created by Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Elisabeth was diagnosed with Celiac and in 2009 brought it to light with her book “The G-Free Diet: A Gluten Free Survival Guide”. She has sense been involved in the creation of NoGii, from the logo to product formulations.
So this post is going to be short. I will be honest this week did not go well. I did not do any cardio because I have been sick with a cold all week. I am slowly starting to get better so hopefully this week I can really kick up the cardio.
Photo credit is unknown but please know this is not my own.
More like it has been that kind of week! But it has also gone good! I took my healthiness to the next level and really started adding more cardio to the mix. But to help keep myself on track I signed up for MyFittnessPal last sunday. Here I have been able to keep track of my exercise and actually see what I consume. I have learned a lot from doing that. The biggest thing is- I do not eat normal- and when do eat- the foods are rather entertaining. But regardless I have stayed under my 1400 calories a day limit that it says I should stay under. I am going to be honest now- My weight last week was 159lbs. My goal weight is 130lbs. But I didn’t lose any either, I weighed myself again today and still way 159lbs (well 159.6 to be exact) and I measured my core-just below the belly button and I am at 37 1/2″ so that needs to go away to0. Yes at first I was mad. But then I realized- I am just starting- it will take time. I need to stick to it.
Ok so I started off this week a bit– Off! I did my day of rest on the wrong day and I did some wrong times on my first week. I did 20 seconds for 3 days then 30 seconds for 3 days then rested on day 7… Opps! SO the first thing I did was get myself back on track and wrote down all the times in my day planner. Here is how it went:
Whew! The above picture shows how I feel right about now! One thing I am really starting to crack down on is my health. I have hypertension and I hate taking medicine. Absolutely hate it. So I started using lavender oil and that has helped to bring it down. But I want to go one step further- and start exercising and eating better than what I already do (in other words not eat as many sweets!).
I have recently been turned on to essential oils and wanted to share an experience I have been having.
Now first, I am not an expert at essential oils. I am sure there are plenty of uses, rub a dab here and rub a dab there but I couldn’t tell you what does what to do that with. So I am starting small. I keep a diffuser going almost every night.
In previous posts I have talked about how while being gluten free has been a blessing, it can also be a curse to us. The reason being our foods, really, are not that healthy. They lack nutrients and are high on carbs (starches). I even found a story online where people who have been eating gluten free for more then 10 years are being found to have iron deficiencies, as well as Vitamin B deficiencies. To me, that was alarming! So I started making sure my daughter was sticking to taking her vitamins.
Natural Dynamix (sponsor) has a great line of Natural supplements, including a children’s Multi Vitamin. These vitamins are gluten free and taste great!
My kids first of all- loved the shapes. I don’t know what it is about dinosaurs but they were pretty excited about these. Ever since they have tried them, they have been reminding me to give them their vitamins! Yep, kids are asking for their vitamins! I even tried one and can honestly say they are not too bad!
I really recommend checking out these Multi-Vitamins for your little ones. They also have a line of adult vitamins for Calcium, Fiber, Omega 3 and prenatal! Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Pinterest!
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