Day 3 Fix

Well, today was an interesting day for us. From 9am to 1pm, we were in a power outage, so I took the kids out today. We didn’t get back til about 4 so that means that my fix took an interesting turn. Yes, it’s only day 3, but even for just 2 days, I have kept very faithful to my diet and workout routine. I usually eat my breakfast then do my workout and have my shakeology all before 11, and that sets me for the rest of my day. But today was a different story. I started out with a banana and my shakeology drink this morning and left the house before 9. I was bound and determined to NOT go through a drive thru. It’s true that our world has evolved concerning some food choices you get through fast food places, but there still is the temptation of eating just that one french fry. I succeeded! We did, however, go to Chili’s. The menu is little more forgiving when it comes to yummy food choices. I tried to choose as wisely as I could to what sounded good to my taste buds. This is the part where I learned why portion control is so so so important. Now don’t think that I over ate. I didn’t do that at all, but even after 2 days of complete portion control, my little less than normal was almost too much. I say little less b/c usually when I go out, an appetizer is involved along with my meal even if I don’t finish all of either. I had the California grilled chicken flat bread with avocado and pica de gallo. The indulgence here? The cheese. ImageEverything was in portion except for the cheese, and my body still feels full from todays lunch. I wasn’t miserable by no means, but I could feel what portion control was doing for my body more than I thought I would. I will say, that is something that I could make. It was delicious, and I didn’t have that “Oh my gosh I shouldn’t have eaten that” feeling I would have had if I still ate burgers and fries.

We went to the mall and as we were walking, I can feel every muscle in body screaming at me! I’ve got to keep pushing. I got more comfy and workout clothes. That’s always fun b/c that’s about all I wear since I don’t go anywhere fancy anyway. I’d much rather be comfortable.

I got more items from the it’s ok to eat this list. That includes ingredients to make the treats that are in the meal plan book. My sweet tooth just about got the best of me last night. I love my pb m&ms and I really wanted some last night, but I refrained. I was then determined to make myself some treats. Target didn’t have all the ingredient that I wanted but I did find this little gem while in the “big city”. I’m gonna have to make another trip there again before leave Kansas. I went in and it smelled like Trader Joe’s, and that is one thing that I miss about California. The kids were getting a little restless so I didn’t get to look around. That made me a little sad but oh wellImage.

The first thing I did when I got home was do my workout. Oh my goodness! It was so hard. My legs were already screaming from yesterdays workout. Side note…I did not the wrong workout. Dirty 30 wasn’t supposed to be until I think Saturday. I was supposed to do the Upper Fix yesterday so I will be switching that around. Anyway. I can’t hardly walk now, but I’m still going to my 10 minute abs. My abs hurt when I sneeze, but it won’t be like that forever. Right? RIGHT? I sure hope not. I’m not gaining muscle yet, but I guess I shouldn’t expect a miracle over night. I am happy to say that my splurge didn’t make me gain any weight. I don’t want to lose anymore weight though. I don’t really know what to do about that. An extra shake maybe? I don’t know. Until tomorrow!

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Day 2 Fix

I woke up this morning to a very achy body. I did my 10 minute abs last night before bed, and it was tough. Tougher than expected? No not really. I’m way out of shape so my husband was on the couch motivating me. He asked what the end result was supposed to be after the 21 days. I showed him a picture and he gave me the “that’s not gonna happen in 21 days” look. Then he proceeds to tell me that if I get in shape the way I’m supposed to after 21 days, he will do the program…twice…So, now I have been challenged, twice. The first time from me and just to finish the program, and now secondly from the husband. Oh boy…at this point I would have already told myself that I am setting myself up to fail, but I have a plan! I’m stickin to it! And I’m gonna feel awesome afterwards! Who’s with me??Β 

This was good in a hurtful kind of way. It’s Tuesday which means Dirty 30 Day. What is Dirty 30? 30 minutes of weights and exercise. Have I mentioned that I am out of shape. I tried to push, I really did. I only have 5 lbs weights. I’m picking 30 lb children up all day, why do I have a hard time with 5 lb weights!? By the end, they felt like 10 lb weights! I ate a good breakfast first so there was no nauseas feeling, but oh my! My body…I’m really feeling it today. I can’t quit now though…oh no no no…Gotta keep pushing. Why?

Because I was just interrupted to get the kids a snack. They wanted vanilla wafers. Usually I would take just one cookie. Not bad right? No, not really…but 1 turns into 2 which turns into more and there goes my workout for the day. It’s only DAY 2! It shouldn’t be this hard! I drank my shakeology and I still want a snack. By the way…It was delicious today. Orange Creme. 1/2 c orange juice 1/2 c vanilla unsweetened almond milk and my shakeology. I can’t wait to get the ice tray back in the fridge so I can make my shakes a little thicker…Anyway…here’s to the rest of the day!

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. Β 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.Β ImageStay tuned for more updates. It’s only Day 1 of the 21 Day Fix so no struggles yet.

Here’s to a New Start

I’ve been absent for quite a while. I’m not sure what the reason…nothing to blog about, life is pretty uneventful to say the least, whatever it is, blogging has taken a back seat for almost 2 years. Here’s I am…again…and gonna give it another try. We moved again back in May out of sunny CA to pretty dull KS. Ugh! Not much fun so far. Living in the middle of nowhere, having to drive a distance just to go get groceries is not my idea of fun. I’ve been trying to enjoy my kids more b/c they really are little only once, and it won’t be long before they are grown and in school, having friends of their own, not wanting to be home, etc…I’ve been trying to keep my spiritual self fed. I started the Proverb a day at the beginning of this month. And something else…I am getting ready to start 21 Day Fix by BeachBody, and I am stoked to say the least. I miss the gym. I miss feeling good. I miss feeling good about myself. I miss the nice weather to go out for a run whenever I want. Did I mention that I miss the gym? πŸ™‚ Anyway…21 Day Fix is a 3 week program to slim down, get toned, feel good and just in general change my lifestyle.

I have already changed the way I eat to a point. No more drive thru burgers and fries (makes me sick even thinking about it) cutting out the caffeine (with the exception of my morning coffee) No more soda! Eating more fruits and veggies and no more buying chips and dip. I messed my tummy up one night eating too much. I’m tired of fluctuating weight. I want to be strong and fit. I don’t want to be 108 lbs. of little and skinny, I want to be 115 lbs of muscle, strong and toned. No more small belly pudge, yes to sit-ups. No more jiggly butt, yes to jump squats and lunges!. I’m gonna do it! I really am. (Now don’t look at me like that! I really am!)

I will struggle. I will struggle at first. When I start a workout on DVD, usually I’m done in the first 10 minutes. Why you ask? I haven’t worked in almost 9 months! I get tired and no one is here to kick my butt and say get up and keep going! It’s so easy to just turn the tv off. It really is. Just try it…ha! just kidding…anyway…I get bored also. I know it’s just 30 minutes, but 30 minutes seems like an hour when you’re huffing and puffing and your muscles hurt and you just can’t go any further! Then you realize, THAT WAS JUST THE WARM UP! ya feel me?

What else will be a struggle? Cookies! Bread! more cookies! so….I really like to bake. Cookies, banana but bread, coffee cake, etc. I love my sweets. My major downfall…peanut butter m&m’s. I LOVE them! I really do. That is my go to candy. I have the munchies…I have a big bag of PB m&m’s. I don’t eat a lot at a time, just enough to satisfy my craving. Oh yeah, and breakfast food that includes strudels and the rare poptart. Fried eggs and toast with butter. Pancakes, french toast with butter and syrup…need I go on? I love food! That’s why a meal plan is so important for me and not only that, but to follow it. That’s gonna be my biggest struggle, not gonna lie.

Something I want to accomplish? Getting up before my kids and getting my workout, shower and breakfast in before the kids wake up. What will that require of me? Going to bed early. Getting my lazy, tired butt out of bed in the morning when my alarm goes off. Figuring out what to put in my stomach before my workout. I tried to workout on an empty stomach one time, yeah…almost made myself sick. Not a good thing.

So why the journey? Why do this all when I am already small to start out with? Well, Every year, I am getting older. I’m so close to 30 I can taste it! I want to always keep up with my kids…heck, I want to outrun my kids! I want to always be able to go out and play with them and when co-ed softball leagues come up, I’m ready! When zombies attack, I’m ready to run! HAHAHA! Who’s gonna help me? Who’s gonna be by my side during this journey for support?

I’ve kind of already started and my legs have been hurting for 3 days! I got a new app by Nike. I haven’t been able to finish the workouts yet, but my legs feel like jelly just after 8 minutes! I’m almost there! The workouts are only 15 minutes. I can do it. My husband said that he was proud of me for trying. Heck, I may just inspire him. Well, I’m out for now…Can’t wait to get pictures up to show my progress! So excited!

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 WhiteΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ Guess it’s time for the Waltons on the Hallmark Channel…I’m such a girl πŸ˜‰

To Facebook or not to Facebook….

That is the question…I have been off of facebook for quite some time now, and I am rather enjoying it, being off that is. With our impending move coming closer, I have friends and family who will want to know what we are doing, where we will be and so on. Without facebook, I spend a lot more times with my kids, cook, sew, crochet, play, go outside. I spent a lot of time on the couch watching and waiting for people’s status updates, pictures, etc…Waste of my time.

I had more important things to do then spend time on facebook. Now that we are moving all the way across the country, is it going to be any different for me? Will I be in the habit of not getting on as much even if I do have it. Or will I be so consumed of taking pictures and needing to get them on facebook as quickly as possible so everyone can see my adorable children? πŸ™‚ Suggestions? Please?

Anyway…just a quick note of what was on my mind. I will update more soon, but today, I’m getting my babies back and going home to daddy. This was my last visit to my mom’s house before we leave. We have a lot of things to do before moving, and I don’t want to have to worry about driving any further that I need to. Plus, yaya misses us and we are going to the zoo tomorrow, weather permitting. πŸ™‚ Have a good day blog world!