Friday, April 1, 2016

Yummy Recipe, Good Read & What's Been Up

Wow! You guys I have bad allergies so sinus infections, while miserable, are common. So I feel bad but get a sinus infection and get good meds and feel a bit better but the allergies persist. Then I get hit by a tummy bug - OMG they are the worst. In between being sick, here's what's been up:

My Number:
Pretty sure that one-pound weight loss is named Gastroenteritis. Yuck.

What I Ate: Still keeping breakfasts carb-free with omelets (vs. muffins or tacos). Morning snack has been a banana - keeps it simple! And Lunch has been easy, too - chicken salad, raw veggies, fruits, hummus - doing cold lunches instead of hot lunches. I'm obsessed with these containers from Whole Foods and have been cleaning and reusing them to make adult bento boxes!
These are so yummy and filling
Dinners have been a little different since last week we had a couple of Easter events and this week we had a guest - my mother-in-law was in town! It's always fun to go out to eat with her. We went out to eat two nights - yummy sushi one night and mexican the other. I also cooked a new recipe Monday night and we liked it! It was Cooking Light's Skillet Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots. The sauce and chicken were amazing, but the veggies were still crunchy so I need to modify this recipe a bit but we're definitely having it again - so hearty and tasty.
Source: Cooking Light
Fitness/Steps: Still loving my M-W-F classes - am honestly considering buying a step. Is that weird? I just love it so much and feel I'd do it every day if it were offered! If you know of any good YouTube step videos holla! Steps have been on the lower end since I have been avoiding this pollen and staying indoors so no family walks for me! But that's okay - when I feel better (hopefully ASAP - still in bed today with this tummy bug - blah) I plan to add in my more gym time for treadmill walks until the pollen calms down out there!

What Else Has Been up:
Easter Egg Hunt and dinner at church 
Easter Egg Hunt & Family Lunch at my sister's house - so fun - the kiddos painted Easter crafts, played and loved the hunt together!
Pics by Revelry Photo House
This one makes me smile so hard - her with her new ballerina bunny from Gigi! Pics by Revelry Photo House
Cutest family! Pics by Revelry Photo House
Love my mom & my baby girl; Pics by Revelry Photo House
Love cakes from Whole Foods! Pics by Revelry Photo House
These cuties have my heart! Pics by Revelry Photo House
Time to paint in our 'painting jackets' since it was surprisingly chilly! Pics by Revelry Photo House
I can't handle this cuteness Pics by Revelry Photo House
Beautiful! Pics by Revelry Photo House
Book club Girls night at my mom's; this book was VERY good! I recommend it for a great quick read that keeps you interested and gets you thinking. It explores the choices we make and how they send us down different paths. Fun nonfiction read that we all enjoyed
Pizza night with friends - family selfie beforehand!
B always asks for a show after dinner LOL
Lots of fun with her from ballet to...
her first pedicure! She chose purple, with white flowers!
So, all in all, despite having felt anywhere from funky and weak to sneezy and miserable for two weeks straight, fun has been had! LOL SO ready to feel better. Next week is spring break so lots more time for me and B to have fun! And lots more time for me to get my behind in the gym and make some more new recipes!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Same Number, New Recipe, What's Been Up

In addition to Georgia giving us seasons, it also gives us allergy problems. I am currently on what feels like day 87 of a sinus infection, and Beckett and Austin are snotty and coughy, too. Sigh. Definitely used it as an excuse to try to slow down and rest and take antibiotics. I am not very good at slowing down.

Today's Number:
Still at this weight - have seen a couple of 129's and nothing lower, but 128.5 seems to be the star lately.

What I ate: I've been doing great here for the most part. Sticking to breakfast omelets; lunch has been half sandwiches & raw veggies & fruit; and I've cooked a healthified dinner from the blog almost every night (e.g., green chicken enchiladas; skillet lasagna). We did go out to eat last Thursday, and I had spring rolls and they were awesome. Also, the day my sinus infection hit its low and I couldn't breathe or open my eyes properly I felt sorry for myself and ate an absurd amount of reese's pieces. Like I was almost ashamed of myself. I also made a new recipe - Cooking Light's Honey-Lime Drumsticks. I will link up my recipe as I changed it a bit, used basmati instead of brown rice and substituted edamame for snow peas. We all loved it - even little Beckett! We did have to cut the chicken off the bone for her first and she wanted broccoli but still a win. She liked that it wasn't spicy - it was sweet!

Fitness/Steps: I've been doing pretty good here, although the sickness brought me down a little! I am finding that I pretty much always work out Monday, Wednesday & Friday - these are my favorite 1-hour classes at the gym - one one-hour kickboxing class and two one-hour classes that are half step and half full-body strength with dumbbells/body weight. I know 3 days isn't enough though, so I have been trying to at least walk or run on Tuesday & Thursday. This week though, I took a one-hour step class on Saturday and it was so fun! I think if I could take step every day I would! So on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday I had 11,228, 12,265, 12,427 and 12,194 steps - easy to get to 10 when I take a class! But Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday are between 6,000 and 9,000 if I don't do intentional cardio. SO working on getting more classes in as I know that that is what I really enjoy - fun music, fun instructors and fun group of women!

What Else Has Been Up: Honestly, this week had a lot of events outside of the normal school/work/tap & ballet/swim/gymnastics/choir - YIKES. We got it all done though, despite not feeling well.
Added an art display to the play room and moved things around again!
Made St. Patrick's Day Lunches and snacks for the week
Had our St. Patrick's Day picnic with our play group
Beckett's Art Show at School - super fun event before a not fun one -taxes!
Baking cupcakes for my nephew's lego fifth birthday lego party
Shoe shopping with Beckett - nothing fits for this warmer weather!
Celebrating Dane - this little cutie turned 5!
My mom and Beckett - my mom stayed with B Saturday night when we went to our cousin Laura's engagement party!
I am currently on a less-busy week as we really don't feel well. Boo. Wish us a quick recovery!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Day 9 -12: When It's Sunny, Everything is Possible

Living in Georgia we have seasons. And rain. I have tried to go with Gretchen Rubin's thinking of, "It's a rainy, day, what a great day to be inside!" and "It's a sunny day, what a great day to be outside!" But after lots of rainy days I get to be quite the crab and don't want to be inside and just want the sun to make things easier. And it does. This whole week it was sunny and amazing.
Seriously - I can't get enough outside time (or Claritin) in this weather!
Today's Number:
I'm devoting this weight loss to two things (1) running out of girl scout cookies. (2) keeping up the workout part - which I've always found easy - BUT doing better with nutrition, which I tend to be pretty flexible on since I like pizza and rice and stuff.

What I ate: I did much better here because I had MUCH less activities so all meals were eaten at home which was nice. Breakfast was omelets (no carbs); snacks were fruit (apple slices or grapes) and veggies (carrots, broccoli and cauliflower with yogurt ranch); lunches were salads; and dinner was mostly grilled - Austin grilled the BEST BBQ chicken. I need to share the marinade. And a picture. He also made our easy hot wing chicken (think big tray of chicken thighs + lots of Frank's hot wing sauce marinating for 2 days until grilled). We had the chicken one night with just green beans and one night with a big salad. I will say I have been struggling with afternoon snacks. I just really want something snacky as in a bag of pita chips and hummus. So I'm trying to get better at portioning out that snack so I don't end up eating 400 calories which is a meal, not a snack. I've also thought about cutting my lunch and having a small lunch at 12:30 p.m. then the other half at 2:30 p.m. We'll see how that goes! Just glad that thanks to putting this more into focus because of the blog I'm realizing this pattern of overeating at snack time during that late afternoon lull!

Tuesday was 10,539 steps. Wednesday was 11,944 steps - a great day with hour-long cardio kickbox! Thursday was exactly 10,000 steps; was busy with Beckett's new swim lessons; her gymnastics class and work; but I walked a lot and stayed and played outside with B with playground and backyard and during her bath with Austin I went for a run. So all good!

That's it for today - had this post ready to publish Friday but forgot to hit send. Best blogger ever. LOL Hope you all had great weekends! Will do a post of our weekend tomorrow!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Day 4 - 8: Let's Talk About Art

I am impressed with my past self for daily posts - it's not easy at all! To quickly play catch up - I've been, let's go with 'flexible' with my eating and I haven't lost a touch of weight. Oops! Every day is new and tomorrow I will do better - that's the best I can do today! Today's number:
I dedicate this one-pound weight gain to the ones whom I owe it to, the girl scouts. 
What I ate: I kept it simple for the most part  - my usual omelet for breakfast, fruit or bar for snack, salad or half sandwich/hummus/carrots for lunch; and a healthified/hot dinner BUT the weekend truly derailed me with too many activities, and my usual 15 minutes of contracting was 24 hours - this made it tough to keep up my schedule! Friday we had friends for pizza night, and Saturday alone I had a fun Ikea morning with friends (which ran long so I ate a pizza lunch at Ikea!); a first birthday party (another slice of pizza) and a planned date night (at a new Italian place - enter pasta & wine). SO I fully deserve that pound - ha! All super fun events and totally worth it, but being that busy means less time for workouts and I didn't plan in healthy choices so there you go. 

Fitness/Steps: Wednesday is always one of my better days - 1-hour cardio kickbox class. I enjoy it so much and always burn a lot and get lots of steps! Ended up at 13,608. Thursday ended up being a busy work day (logged 6 hours... yikes!) - ended at only 7,310 steps. Friday I walked 2 miles then took 30 minutes of my favorite step class; easily hit 12,838 steps. Despite all of Saturday's activities, I did get in a good bit of steps at 8,473. Walking Ikea is good cardio apparently. Sunday I charged my fitbit and realized around dinner that I hadn't put it back on - OOPS! It was definitely a rest day with just a short walk - I wasn't feeling good and I didn't feel good today either and gave my body a break. I thought about pushing myself to go to my favorite class but honestly I felt run down and 'sinus infectiony' and I was like nope, going to go to the grocery store and go home and pre-cook today vs. tomorrow. While I missed my friends it felt good to listen to my body!
Who doesn't love Ikea? And yes, send help - I clearly can't keep up with the laundry!
Organizing Update: Today's is more focused on home decor as I have gotten that bug again to update a few things around the house and my fun trip to Ikea only helped me get excited about the projects again! One of the big things I want to focus on is art. I have a lot of frames around our house and many have family photos which I love. And lots have artwork as well - but I want to focus more on finding new, meaningful artwork. I'm also interested in making artwork myself (with canvases) or with Beckett - so special! A few things inspiring me:

This post of Emily Henderson's - what an amazing roundup/resource of art sites
Source: Emily Henderson's post

Young House Love books - I own Lovable Livable Home, which is great, but I got the first one from the library and it's full of cute ideas to make your own art!

My friend Sharon - she has done several cute pieces herself with using coupons at Michael's for inexpensive canvases. She'll find something she likes and uses sharpies to outline it then paints and it turns out so good! Here's one she did lately - so cute!
My friend sharon's replica - how cute, right?!
Kiddo Artwork: I have been looking through my old sources I used for Beckett's room, play room, and play area in our office - I am obsessed with kiddo art - it inspires me to keep going until I find adult artwork I like just as much!
source: Etsy
Q: Any other DIYers out there like my friend Sharon?! Any art resources i'm missing for fun artwork more geared toward adults? 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Day 3: Mind Full or Mindful?

Here we go, Day 3!

My Number today: Down a half pound.

What I ate: Breakfast was a taco - 1 egg, 2 slices avocado, sausage + 1 small/fajita size tortilla + grapes; snack was a luna bar; lunch was 1 spicy tuna + avocado quinoa sushi roll; dinner was spaghetti made with no-salt tomato sauce/tomatoes & lean beef with 1/4 cup pasta; and of course, the apparently obligatory girl scout cookies - 4 thin mints - yikes!

Fitness/Steps: Today ended up being an off day! My MIL was in town so I skipped the gym; instead we took B to to the grocery store; ballet/tap class; to get a haircut; and out to lunch at Whole Foods (where I got that yummy sushi roll above at!). Even though I didn't take a class or anything, I did take a walk with B and stayed outside/active when possible! I ended up at 10,180 steps and 1,997 calories burned.

Organizing Update: In addition to the Master To-Do List I talked about Monday, and Jess Lively's podcasts I'm addicted to, I have been finding a lot of inspiration in this quote:
From Beproductive IG stream
I don't know about you, but I find myself "Mind Full" a lot more frequently than mindful, and that's something I'm working on. Have you heard of Headspace? It's a pretty cool app focused on mindfulness. I've just started using it but really like it so far!

Q: How do you feel about mindfulness and its growing popularity? Too 'new age' or do you believe it promotes physical, mental and emotional health?