Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Orange-Herb Shrimp

Last week wasn't as productive as I would have liked it to be.  I had a lot going on mentally and didn't have the motivation to hit all of my goals.  Oh well, I'll try harder this week.  As much as I'd like to maintain my resolutions throughout the year, I'm not going to beat myself up if I have an off week.  I'm human and have more going on in my life then I care to share at this point, so c'est la vie!

I did make a pretty awesome dinner last night though.  I saw this shrimp recipe on instagram and thought I'd give it a try.  I didn't have any lemon, so I used orange instead, and rather then make the cute little parchment packages, I dumped everything into a baking dish.  It came out amazing, and we will definitely be having this again.

I served my portion over Nupasta (pictured below) and the hubby had his with rice.  Our teenager said she wasn't hungry, which concerned me at first, but I just learned that she ate at Five Guys Burgers before coming home last night, so all is well (kind of. I'm not overly impressed that she eats junk at every opportunity).


I've also been loving barley lately, and have been eating it with everything.  Ground beef bowls (pictured below), breakfast cereal (with some cut up apples and almond milk added), anything really.  I love the flavor and texture - it's so versatile and so great for you.

Ground beef bowl with barley, tomatoes, onions, olives, ground beef, fried egg & sriracha


Moving on to my resolutions....

1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day - 20 out of 29 days - time to get back on track with this

2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month -
January - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

3. Drink 80oz of water per day - 10 out of 29 days.  No excuses here, I really need to get better

4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily - 24 out of 29 days

5. Post on this blog weekly - so far so good

6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life - I am down a total of 21 pounds so far.  I have had a few slips, a few minor binges, but I am motivated to continue.  I refuse to be uncomfortable with my body during the warmer months, so onwards and upwards with this!

 7. Have 1 no spend week per month - This isn't going so well.  I'll keep trying but it's very difficult to plan for this with a newborn.  Diapers and formula are always needed.  Produce and milk is always wanted.  I'm hoping to get in two separate weeks for the month of February, but we will see.

8. Write for 30 mins per week - I'm still on track but haven't written yet for this week.  It's only Tuesday, I have time.

9. Get rid of 52 things - also from the same website - what a great idea to get rid of things that have been accumulated over the years and just collect dust
     1-6.  Books given to my daughter's friend, they were duplicates that I didn't need to hang on to
     7. Threw out some cleaning products and knick knacks that were under the kitchen sink
     8. Got rid of some baby clothes that we had been given by a friend - they were all boys clothes
     (since we thought we were having a boy) - I kept some neutral items and brought the rest to Once
     Upon A Child for some cash
     9. Got rid of all the old tupperware (and bought a new set - does that count?  I'm going to say yes
     because in the past I would have kept the old & the new)

10. Organize/clean 52 areas (that I wouldn't normally clean during my daily/weekly routines) 
     1. Organized my book shelves by giving away duplicate books, grouping the self-help novels               together, grouping authors together that I have huge collections of, and alphabetizing the                     remaining  books
     2. Cleaned the area underneath the kitchen sink - it was a disaster.  Now everything is organized
     and accounted for
   
11. Email or call my Grandma weekly - Doing well with this one

I'll try harder this week with some of these.  I need to organize and clean something.  I need to get rid of something.  It'll happen, I have faith :)

I'll end this post with a pic of Brie because...well, why not?  She's amazing, and I feel blessed.  I have a beautiful family and she has been such a wonderful addition to it.  I love her to pieces, we all do.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Jan 15 - 21st - Quick Update

Hello!

Not much to report this week.  I continued with the low carb plan until about mid-week, then I did a bit of winging it, and as of Monday of this week I am back to eating carbs, but carefully.

Yesterday I had some brown rice with lunch, and today I have had some fruit and plan on having some barley with dinner.  The low carb plan served it's purpose for me - it kick started my weight loss and got me motivated to continue.  I am down a total of 19.9lbs since having Brielle, and I'm feeling great.

I am loving the treadmill and staying active, and joined another stepbet this week (I won the last one that I was in, and it ended on Sunday).  If you haven't checked out stepbet, do it!  I love the fact that it holds me accountable and thanks to my competitive nature, I make sure to get my steps in daily.  It also helps that I get to win some money in the process!

The hubby and I are contemplating joining bootcamp classes together.  It would be something fun and healthy that we could do together, and you better believe I would work harder in front of him!!

Some meals from this week:

Steak salad with black olives, apples, cranberries, goat cheese, tomatoes, onions, mixed nuts, balsamic glaze - I pretty much added in anything I could find

Roasted turkey drumstick with gravy, mashed cauliflower and some strawberry jam (no cranberry sauce, use what you have!)

Vietnamese roasted chicken with steamed broccoli

Date night!  I have been dying for oysters for the longest time (can't have them while pregnant)
And a super cute pic of my two dates....love them both so much!!
                                 


That's about it for this week, so on to my resolutions -


1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day - I've done 17 out of 22 days - not bad

2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month -
January - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

3. Drink 80oz of water per day - 9 out of 22 days - definitely need to see some improvement on this one

4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily - 20 out of 22 days

5. Post on this blog weekly - so far so good

6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life - working on it and feeling pretty good!

 7. Have 1 no spend week per month - epic fail for the last two weeks, and I know I can't do it this week.  I'm going to change this one to "have 52 no spend weeks" so that I can catch up and do 2 weeks next month.  Stay tuned.

8. Write for 30 mins per week - I'm on track with this one but having a hard time.  I am forcing myself to write about my life.  This is supposed to be therapeutic and the long term goal is to publish a book.  The problem is that there are some parts of my life that are extremely painful, things that I don't often talk about, and things that I am currently trying to work through, so writing about everything brings me right back to when each incident happened, and it's hard.  Harder still is trying not to take anything out on the hubby when he gets home from work, having no idea that I've been writing.  So difficult.  Hopefully this will be a beneficial resolution in the end.

9. Get rid of 52 things - also from the same website - what a great idea to get rid of things that have been accumulated over the years and just collect dust
     1-6.  Books given to my daughter's friend, they were duplicates that I didn't need to hang on to
     7. Threw out some cleaning products and knick knacks that were under the kitchen sink
     8. Got rid of some baby clothes that we had been given by a friend - they were all boys clothes
     (since we thought we were having a boy) - I kept some neutral items and brought the rest to Once
     Upon A Child for some cash

Here's the pile of clothes I started with

This is what I decided to keep

This is what I sold to Once Upon A Child
     9. Got rid of all the old tupperware (and bought a new set - does that count?  I'm going to say yes
     because in the past I would have kept the old & the new)

10. Organize/clean 52 areas (that I wouldn't normally clean during my daily/weekly routines) 
     1. Organized my book shelves by giving away duplicate books, grouping the self-help novels               together, grouping authors together that I have huge collections of, and alphabetizing the                     remaining  books
     2. Cleaned the area underneath the kitchen sink - it was a disaster.  Now everything is organized
     and accounted for
   
11. Email or call my Grandma weekly - Doing well with this one

That's it, that's all.  Enjoy your week!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Keto & Cuddles

Happy Monday!

Things have been going well with the keto diet and although the scale isn't rapidly moving, I am feeling great and definitely notice my postpartum belly shrinking.

Here's what some of my days looked like last week:




Omelettes, cream cheese pancakes, stuffed chicken, pork with a coconut curry sauce, and lots of mashed cauliflower - I love this meal plan!

If you need some motivation, recipes or meal plans, I am using this website and just love it.

I was dying for something sweet the other day so I blended up some avocados that were about to go bad, coconut milk, Splenda, cocoa powder, and cinnamon, and put the mixture in the freezer.  Voila!  Keto friendly chocolate ice cream.  It was also unbelievably delicious at room temp; the creamiest, most decadent chocolate pudding.  Needless to say it did the trick for my craving.

Brielle is growing and changing daily and I'm loving every minute of maternity leave.  I just wish I could somehow stop her from getting bigger so quickly, or at least slow things down.  She'll be an eye-rolling teenager in no time!

Speaking of eye-rolling teenagers, mine is doing quite well.  She's an amazing kid, who surprises me every day.  Her and I had a heart to heart the other day and the advice she offered me was well beyond her years.  Just a reminder for me that I may be her mom, but I can learn a lot from her.

If you ever want to check out my talented first born, you can find her you tube channel here.  She is passionate about spoken word and controversial issues; she's an amazing writer and performer and I am in awe of her daily.

And finally an update on my resolutions, which are going well (for the most part):


1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day - so far so good

2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month -
January - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

3. Drink 80oz of water per day - I really need to get better at this, so far I have met this goal 5 out of 14 days.  Not good!

4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily - on track with this one

5. Post on this blog weekly - so far so good

6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life - working on it and feeling pretty good!

8 weeks postpartum (and unintentionally matching!)

 7. Have 1 no spend week per month - epic fail for last week; I'm committing to this week, Jan 14th - 20th; stay tuned

8. Write for 30 mins per week - so far so good

9. Get rid of 52 things - also from the same website - what a great idea to get rid of things that have been accumulated over the years and just collect dust
     1-6.  Books given to my daughter's friend, they were duplicates that I didn't need to hang on to
     7. Threw out some cleaning products and knick knacks that were under the kitchen sink

And two that I have added:

10. Organize/clean 52 areas (that I wouldn't normally clean during my daily/weekly routines) 
     1. Organized my book shelves by giving away duplicate books, grouping the self-help novels               together, grouping authors together that I have huge collections of, and alphabetizing the                     remaining  books
     2. Cleaned the area underneath the kitchen sink - it was a disaster.  Now everything is organized
     and accounted for

11. Email or call my Grandma weekly - My Grandma lives in Florida and I don't call or email her nearly enough.  She is incredible; at 89 years old she lives on her own, cooks, and has more of a social life than I do.  I love her dearly and she deserves  much more of my attention.  I also want to make sure she gets to watch Brielle grow, even from a distance.

That's it for today, enjoy your week!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Loving The Low Carb Living

So I'm one week and one day in to the low carb living, following this plan and I'm loving it.  My post partum belly is slowly going down, although not quite fast enough for my liking, and I'm feeling full and satisfied.

Here are what my meals look like:





Some notable recipes include this amazing spinach, sausage and feta frittata as well as this chili spaghetti squash casserole.  This cuban pot roast was also amazing.

I love that all of the recipes are easy, budget friendly, and family friendly - my family ate the same dinners as me and they thoroughly enjoyed everything.

This week's meal plan might be a little more challenging only because there is just one dinner meal that the family will enjoy.  I'll have to wing it for the rest of the week, but I should be fine since I still have leftovers from last week that I can eat, and I'll just cook for the family.

I'm down 2lbs so far, but I did cheat on my teenage daughter's birthday....ok ok not just on the actual day of her birthday but the entire birthday weekend.  I had a beer, a slice of cheesecake, some cheesecake truffles, alfredo pasta, and I shared a piece of icecream cake with her.  When I cheat, I really cheat.

Anyways I'll be much better this week since there are no upcoming events and I am extremely uncomfortable in this new mom body.  I have also been working out daily with the blogilates workouts as well as a minimum of 20 minutes on the treadmill.

I went to the doctor today for my 6 week post partum check up and there was a woman there with a baby the same age as Brielle.  She didn't have a gut like me....hmmm.  Time to get my ass in gear.

I've added a few more resolutions to my list - and I'll keep track of my progress here:

1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day - I missed 2 days last week
2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month - we will see at the end of the month
3. Drink 80oz of water per day - I missed 5 days last week, I need to get better at this
4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily - on track with this one
5. Post on this blog weekly - so far so good - working on it
6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life - working on it
7. Have 1 no spend week per month - this is a great one for saving money, I got the idea from this website - she has a lot of great ideas for budgeting, saving, etc - aiming for this week, from Jan 8th - 14th
8. Write for 30 mins per week - I am working on a writing project that I'm not ready to reveal.  It's been in the works for years though, so it's time to make some serious progress with it
9. Get rid of 52 things - also from the same website - what a great idea to get rid of things that have been accumulated over the years and just collect dust
1-6.  Books given to my daughter's friend, they were duplicates that I didn't need to hang on to

I think I'm off to a pretty good start with both the resolutions and the meal plan.  Have a great week everyone!




Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Update - New Baby, New Year, New Meal Plan, New Me!

Ok so the No Sugar November lasted until about the 2nd week when the hubby and I went out for dinner and I caved.

Then along came our newest addition, Brielle, on Nov 19th, and needless to say things have been very busy since then!!


I've made a few resolutions for 2018, and I also have a "new me" project that I am working on that I will kick off on my birthday at the end of Feb.

The resolutions I have made so far are:

1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day
2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month
3. Drink 80oz of water per day
4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily
5. Post on this blog weekly
6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life (I have lost 18lbs so far, 15lbs to go)

That's all for now.  I am using a goal tracker app to keep me accountable and will add to this list once I start my "new me" project.

For the weight loss I have started following the low carb (keto) meal plans on this website.  I have had great success with this in the past and I find the plans very easy to follow - the meal prep and grocery lists are done for you, and the meals are both budget and family friendly.  For exercise I am doing the youtube videos on blogilates.com as well as a minimum of 20 minutes daily on the treadmill.

So there you have it, a quick glimpse into my life.  It's busy, but great.  It's filled with poopy diapers and sleepless nights along with many firsts, smiles, and so much love. 

I'll post weekly (hopefully) and keep you updated on what I'm eating, what I'm doing, and how I'm feeling.  This blog will be about accountability for me this year, so whether anyone reads it or not doesn't really matter to me.

So much has happened to me and my family in the last year (much more than I choose to write about).  Self-improvement and self-love are long overdue.  2018 will be about living my best life. I encourage you to take the same approach.  You can never go wrong when you are focusing on being the best you possible.

xoxo