Days 10-14 Fix

It’s been a few days since I have posted, but that doesn’t mean that I have quit. Far from it. I have been sticking to the meal plan as much as possible. I say it that way b/c I haven’t been feeling as hungry this week as the last week. Not sure if that’s b/c my body has gotten used to less calories, but I’ve been having regular meals, 3 times daily with a snack (sometimes) in between. I haven’t had any sugar, nothing fried…Like I said, sticking to the meal plan. I have been doing my workouts regularly, and I have been thinking about doubling up on them. I’m kinda at a stand still now, like I have peeked. I’m feeling good, but I wanna feel even better. I wanna see my ab muscles and I was hoping that I would have started to see them by now, but that isn’t happening. I have gone from working out with 3 and 5 lb weights to 5 and 8 lb. weights! YAH me! Yesterday was dirty 30, and oh boy can I feel it in the front part of my shoulders! It’s a good pain, don’t worry.

I had considered possibly becoming a beachbody coach, but I’m gonna hold off right now. I was going to do it for the discount on the shakeology, but I decided to do a little research on the product before I jump in all the way. Now, don’t leave me yet. I don’t have anything BAD to say about shakeology. I love the drink. I have been drinking it everyday and have been enjoying it, especially after my workouts. It has reduced my sweet cravings, but not my appetite (which is ok) I like it better as a snack than a meal replacement. I’m usually hungry about 30 minutes after drinking it, so I eat some fruit. It is an acquired taste for sure, and I’m sure it also depends on the recipe you use for your drink. The husband didn’t like it, but that’s alright. The shake got a lot of mixed reviews. Mostly the negative was the cost, and I totally agree. Now that I have been drinking a shake everyday, I can’t imagine going a day without some sort of protein shake. I ordered something different, but I’m gonna wait to tell you what it is until I get it and try it. I will say that it is half the cost of my current drink and has been ranked #1 compared to all the rest of the protein shakes out there. I can’t wait to try it and let you all know!

I’m not giving up on this plan though. I love beachbody, but I’m going to get into fitness and nutrition, I want to put my money into something that will further me educationally. I’ve been looking for books and other information about nutrition and fitness and can’t wait to learn. Let’s just see where this takes me! Thanks goes to my cousin for getting me into the fix and keeping my motivated. And to my husband, for telling me how proud he is of me for making myself better and feel better (even if that means that he has to eat my sometimes healthy food!) Until tomorrow…or whenever that is ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 6 & 7 Fix

I did not post yesterday, my apologies. I was out most of the day and by the time I got home, got all of my stuff put away, my exercises and dinner thought of, the husband came home and wanted to burn trash and then wanted to eat. So this post is for yesterday and today.

Yesterday, I had to go out of town and it so happens that where I had to go to, there was a Target in town. I LOVE Target. Living an hour or more from civilization, I take the opportunity for target shopping when I can. I bought a resistance band thinking that I might like it better than my weight. Wrong. I used a couple of times during the workout, but I switched back to my weights. My fix was supposed to be Dirty 30 but since I did that at the beginning of the week, I did the Upper Fix instead. Oh man, do I need to do that more often. I loved working out my arms. After that, I think I may double up some days so I can work my arms more. It was tough especially since I don’t have that much strength in my arms. I want to get up to using 5 & 8 lb. weights. That’s my goal right now. That may not seem like a lot to most people, but it’s a lot for me! I broiled salmon for dinner and had the leftover stir fry veggies. It was delicious. Gonna have to get more of that to eat. I loved it more than I thought I would. Who knew eating so healthy could taste so delicious? Anyway…Still working on the 10 minute abs. I try so hard to not stop, but it hurts so bad. I know the only way to get stronger is to push through, but when you can’t breathe, it’s a little difficult. I love the burn, hate the hurt. I was hoping that by the end of this week, I was going to be able to go the whole 10 minutes without stopping, but I’m not quite there yet. I have to modify just to keep myself moving.

Today is a yoga fix. I’m pretty excited b/c I love yoga, but I think I may double up on something else. I’m trying to build muscle here. I started the week out at 108.8 lbs. Now? I’m at 105.2 lbs. I know that I’m losing fat lbs. at least I’m pretty sure that I am, but I really don’t want to lose any more weight than necessary. I’m 5’2” so I’m not skin and bones, but I am small. According to the BMI charts, I’m actually under weight. My ideal weight for my height is 122 lbs! I need to gain 17 lbs of muscle! Wow! How in the world do I that with only 1200-1500 calorie diet? My cousin (who is a beachbody coach) is helping me, but I’m up for any other advice and help. I don’t want to just take supplements to help. I love food and want to eat, but I want to eat the right stuff. Well, I need to get to my yoga fix today and some lunch. Until tomorrow!

Day 1 Fix

Well, it’s only 11, and the majority of my day is already done. I didn’t get up as early as I wanted but it wasn’t so bad. I got up a little after, got my shower in, kids got up, made myself my breakfast of oatmeal, 2 hard boiled eggs and apples and worked out all before my shows came on! yeah! I’m gonna have to figure out how to make my breakfast taste better that’s for sure. I couldn’t even finish my oatmeal. ย I put cinnamon in it, but that didn’t help. I think I may have cheated a bit with my eggs. I put a little bit of sea salt on them, but in my defense, I didn’t put as much as I usually do. I salted one time, and that’s it. I waited until my food settled before I got into the workout portion of my day. I must say, I was quite pleased! I have tried several times to do a Jillian Michaels workout and fail every time. After 10 minutes, I’m done! This workout was tough, don’t get me wrong, but I was able to get through it. I stopped a few times, but my body isn’t quite ready for the full body workout yet. I sweated, I was breathing heavy, but I feel awesome. My least favorite part? The burpees! I hate burpees with a passion. I’m not very good at them. And to do them for a full minute? yeah…well, that didn’t happen…today, but it will happen eventually. I have 3 weeks to get there!

Now for my Shakeology…I drink the vanilla latte. A cup of coffee, almond milk and honey and of course the shakeology. It wasn’t awful, but not gonna go on my favorite go to drink list. I tried it today b/c I missed having my morning coffee. I’m not sure how well I will fair without my coffee with cream so I may just have to go on a coffee fast. So anyway…Don’t know what the next 3 weeks has in store for me, but I can’t wait to start feeling great and looking even better. I’m excited about having more energy and maybe a little more motivation in my life.ย ImageStay tuned for more updates. It’s only Day 1 of the 21 Day Fix so no struggles yet.

The Better Me Project

There are days that I feel very lazy and don’t want to do a thing, and then there are days that I feel very productive and get so much done that I don’t know how I did it all in one day. Unfortunately, the lazy days come too often and the productive days…well, you get where I am going with that. I want to be a better person. A better mother. A better wife. A better, well…everything. It’s hard to get things done with 2 kids running around the house taking everything out that you just cleaned up or making messes where you just vacuumed. It gets frustrating and almost makes me not want to try to some point because it’s just going to get messy again. I strive to have the house cleaned, laundry done and dinner finished by the time hubby comes home from work, but it doesn’t always work out that way. He’s a good sport about it just as long as I pay attention to the kids and make sure that they are learning something new everyday or getting outside to play. I am not a perfect mother and neglect that sometimes, but that is because my brain is sometimes in cleaning mode, and I feel that I need to get everything done. The reality of it all though, I CAN stop what I am doing because it won’t go anywhere, and I can get it done later. That mode is hard for me to turn off sometimes.

Today, I was sitting on the couch with my daughter (who is almost 3), and I was loving on her. I told her that I was going to eat her toes. She started laughing and said “no mommy, my toes not food. That food.” I kept persisting just to make her laugh, and kept saying that her toes weren’t food. Too cute, right? Kids say the funniest things. After that, I started doing laundry, but I wanted her help and she wanted to play with her puzzles. She wanted me to play so I made a deal. She helped me with laundry, and I would play with puzzles. She was very happy to help as long as mommy played with her. I don’t want to miss anymore moments like that ever. I know that with life, it will happen, but I am going to try my hardest to be the best mommy that I can be for my babies.

If you would have known me a few years back, you would ask me what changed me because I am definitely not the same person I was even just a couple years ago. I didn’t cook. I hardly cleaned. I didn’t craft. I wasn’t creative whatsoever. Let’s just say, I was not motivated to really be anything special. I was just plain boring. Well, lately, that just hasn’t settled with me. I got on Food Network and started looking up recipes and things that looked yummy. I got addicted to Pinterest (like everyone else). I used my sewing machine so much that it crapped out on me last week. I love to crochet at night before I go to bed. I sell on etsy. I clean just about everyday. I look for things to make my household more organized…etc…In fact, the next project that I am going to start very soon is building my own furniture. I can’t ever seem to find furniture that I really like, just stuff that I could live with and then eventually sell or throw out. I want pieces that I can be proud of keep forever. The Handbuilt Home by Ana Whiteย is where I got the idea that I can do things like that from. She has easy to understand instructions and an appeal to her designs. If my first build comes out as awesome as I think that it will, I think that I am going to get her book. :)I want to learn now what I can teach my kids later in life. I want them to learn how to be respectful and polite. Calling elders ma’am and sir or just anyone. I want them to know how to manage money and be creative. I want them to want to learn. To have a passion for something. To love and to live. To be like their daddy and to WANT to be like him.

Their daddy is a wonderful man and a loving husband. I am better at being a mother, I can be better at being a wife. If I can be a better wife, I can be a better me. I don’t want to lose ME in all the other titles that I have. I want to be somebody and touch someone with my story. My past. My present and my future. I do not boast in the things that I have done lately because without my God, I couldn’t have, wouldn’t have started or done anything that I have. He is the One who has given me the creativity and the want to be better and make things beautiful. He has given me the mind to start these things. Because trust me, I am not who I was years ago. I am better already and the journey to a better life has just started.

I hope to inspire so stick with me ๐Ÿ™‚

Redirection…

It has been quite some time since I have been on here. At first it was hard not blogging, but the longer I waited to do it, the easier it got to slip my mind. I put it on hold when a new direction of life presented itself to us, and we had to move cross country…like literally. 1800 miles away from home. The hubby’s job moved us to sunny California! I love it here ๐Ÿ™‚ Couldn’t ask for a better experience so far. Anyway…Since we have been here, I have been quite busy trying to figure out my place in life now. The kids are getting older and easier to deal with. Ky is in preschool and loving every minute of it. It also gives me a few hours of alone time C. He misses his sissy though when she is gone. Before we initially moved, I started sewing and making crafts just for fun. Now? I am trying to make a business out of it. I am starting out by making wallets to sell and have a couple patterns for purses but haven’t gotten that far yet. I made a duvet for the guest room and just finished Ky’s bedspread for the bed she will be getting here soon. I will post pictures after the bed is all put together. I have an etsy shop.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mamamaryeldesigns

I started selling Scentsy again and hope to do well with it here. I have a couple of parties lined up, but nothing set in stone yet.

http://marylake.scentsy.us

My house is constantly a mess with kid’s toys and my sewing projects everywhere. I have been cooking more. In fact, my house smells awesome right now because of the Crockpot Pork chops that are cooking right now. Making me hungry ๐Ÿ™‚ The hubby wants us to start playing music and singing again. We got the songs, just need the time to practice.

So as you can see, a lot of things are starting to develop, but just waiting for the time when it all comes to pass and start being a success at things that we want to do and not what we necessarily have to do. Ky’s birthday is coming up quickly which means that Christmas is also. Lots of things to do. Lots to get ready for. And as I am writing, I am realizing that I don’t have much else to say right now ๐Ÿ™‚ Guess it’s time for the Waltons on the Hallmark Channel…I’m such a girl ๐Ÿ˜‰

What is This Year Going to Bring?

It’s the beginning of March and the year already feels like it’s going so fast. My son turns 1 on Wednesday, Spring is right around the corner, my daughter is starting to talk more clearly and moving is in the near future. So what do I want to accomplish in this next year? I would like to figure out how to get at least one of our vehicles paid off plus save money for a down payment for a home. Is it possible? Sure why not? It just means cutting back on spending i.e. eating out, shopping, using coupons, etc…

I’ve been starting to use coupons a couple months ago, but I don’t think that I have quite got the hang of it yet. I hear about so many families saving so much money using them, and I am not quite at that stage yet. I clip. I print. What else is there to do? I’ve thought about buying a book for my kindle to help. Any suggestions?

HAHA! So much for cutting back on unnecessary spending ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway…When you have a goal of paying of $20,000 in 1 year, it gets a little overwhelming, especially when the husband wants to race dirt bikes this year. It doesn’t cost as much as go-kart racing did, but still, it’s spending money that we could save. I want him to have fun, so I just won’t have to worry about it. He deserves his fun. He works all the time and hardly gets any time to himself, so why not?

With trying to save money, there are a lot of things that I have to start doing that I don’t normally do. You know that time of day when it’s almost supper time and you don’t know what you are going to fix? The husband has gotten used to having a meal done or almost done when he comes home from work and time is running out. Yeah, that’s been me lately. ย Not too sure what to fix. I have a pantry full of food and a fridge full also, but still, nothing sounds appealing to fix. Once a week, I am going to start making a weekly menu. That will help on the grocery list and not spending $$ on unnecessary food and also will help me figure out what coupons I can look for.

Next is looking at our bills and what we can cut back on. When I think about it on the top of my head, the only thing that I really want to cut back on is our cable/internet bill, but how do I do that? We don’t watch cable at all. We do pay for netflix and hulu which is $16 total for the month. I have liked having a home phone b/c it has cut back on me calling landlines from my cell phone and having the possibility of me going over our minutes. The internet is a necessity in this day of age, so there won’t be any cutting back on that.

So, as you can see, I’m a bind as to where to cut back. As far as personal goals, I want to start exercising everyday. I found a great cardio/strength workout on pinterest.

  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • 5 Pushups
  • 25 High Knees
  • 7 Burpees
  • 10 Crunches
  • 7 Squats
  • 5 Pushups
  • 10 Crunches
  • 5 Pushups
  • 7 Squats
  • 30 Jumping Jscks
  • 1 one minute wall sit
  • 5 Pushups
  • 25 High Knees

I am not in horrible shape, but definitely not ready for bathing suit season. I don’t want to lose any weight. I just want to get rid of my baby belly. Toning. That’s my goal. So anyway…got lots of stuff to do today.

This Takes the Cake

I made my first cake last night, and let me tell you, it may not look pretty, but oh my! It tastes amazing! I get a lot of my recipes off of http://www.foodnetwork.com. It took a couple of tries for the frosting. The first try came out too runny. I think I messed up with the egg whites. I don’t think that I whipped them up enough. I’m sure that it would have worked for a more professional baker, but I’m still learning. This is the frosting I ended up using:

Basic Buttercream Icing on the Food Network.

The cake that I made wasย Classic White Cake on the Food Network. OMG! This tastes amazing. I was making this as a birthday cake test for my son. There wasn’t a lot of ingredients involved which was great because I had everything that I needed for my little project. Looks good huh?

I was really surprised about how little batter this recipe made, so the actual cake was smaller than I was expecting.

I worked on the frosting as the cakes were being made. Like I said, the first one did not work out, but here it is cooking.

That part was a little difficult for me because I was trying to get my eggs whites to beat and also keep check on the temperature of the syrup. Yeah, that’s something that I have definitely not mastered yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

The second frosting that I made did not need cooking. It was just 2 pounds of powdered sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla, half a cup of milk and a cup and a half of butter. It’s very sweet but yet so heavenly. The next time I make a frosting, I have a different recipe that I’m going to try, but I need a double boiler for it.

Well, like I said, the cake didn’t come out too pretty, but it tastes amazing! Very moist and oh so yummy. My next project ย in baking is rolling fondant. I would like to make that for my son’s birthday cake.

If you have any suggestions, I am all ears. I need as much help that I can get. I love to bake, and I want to get better. Enjoy!