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If you don’t know me in person, you may not know that I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. It’s a wonder all my teeth aren’t rotten, haha! However, I do strive to eat well so I’ll limit my consumption of sweets and only have some if I really, REALLY want it. When I found out about Enlightened ice cream bars, I was ecstatic! Continue reading Eat Healthy, Eat Enlightened!→
If you’re anything like me as soon as the stress levels start to rise, I crave ALL THE SWEETS! Normally, I would say go for it and eat that cookie but sometimes, it’s just not ideal. Here’s a few of my favorite recipes from fellow bloggers that will satisfy your sweet tooth without going completely off the rails.
Oh what a weekend it was! The week went by sort of quickly since I had Tuesday off for the holiday. I was definitely confused every day though!
I hit up the gym for an extra workout this week since they were having an event called Muscles and Mimosas! My friend Alyssa was coming to try out my F3 Crosstraining for the first time and I was very excited. We met through Tone It Up so our love language is basically working out together!
This past week has been Active Recovery Week at the gym so I was glad Alyssa was visiting when the workout wasn’t too intense. I wanted her to come back!
It was definitely nice to relax and chat after our workout. Alyssa also got to learn one of the fundamental lifts so it was really neat seeing her learn.
I’m definitely the mom of the group and I will be there to cheer you on during everything. If you ever need some cheering up, I’m your girl, haha!
Once I got home, I whipped up a thin crust pizza and Jordan and I devoured it while watching Night at the Museum. We recently cleaned our entertainment system and reorganized our movies so Jordan wants to re-watch a bunch of movies.
After movies, we played board games. We kept hearing thunder and didn’t know if we would get caught in the rain so we just stayed inside. It was kind of nice to just relax and have one on one time with no technology.
Even though it can be a lot of work, I like to cook when I’m home. I felt pretty guilty last weekend when every meal was delivery or take out of some sort. I kind of cheated and bought the meat precooked but Jordan was obsessed with the pulled pork sliders I put together. It was easy and delicious!
We woke up early enough for a nice walk at the park! So there’s a big pond at the park with so many ducks. However, there’s only four geese in the entire park. This week, we noticed that one goose is hidden behind a tree and hasn’t moved. On Sunday, it was still there! The other geese are always near by and get defensive when people walk too close. I think the geese is sitting on some eggs! We visit the park multiple times a week so we will keep an eye on her!
Picture this, I’m fully dressed and ready for church and I call the dog inside to be put up. She stays locked in the bedroom when we are not home. I called her from the back door and she would not come in. She looked at me and bolted. I wasn’t in the mood but I took off outside after her to try to corral her inside. However, instead of her usual run around once and then run inside, I see her running toward the corner of our yard over and over again.
I notice there’s birds dive bombing us too. Finally, I stopped chasing Snowflake and I walked toward the birds. A baby bird had fallen out of its nest! It had feathers and looked okay so Jordan and I opted to leave it alone. We finally caught Snowflake and ushered her inside. By the time we got back home from church, the family was gone so the little fly grew away!
I had to include this because I thought it was funny. My mom used to carry a big purse and she would have stash everything in it. She would sneak water bottles in places by shoving them in her purse. On Sunday I realised that I’m slowly becoming my mother because I did just that by shoving my drink in my purse to take it to church. Jordan gave me the side eye but I pretended not to see, haha!
After church, Jordan and I decided to go to the Heights for lunch. We ate at Tacos A Go Go and then took a short walk to Juiceland. I’ve been taking Jordan to a few of my favorite juice and smoothie places around town and this has become one of his favorites! I tried a Wheatgrass shot and followed it up with a juice called the Ninja Bachelor Party. It was a bunch of green so I felt that it made up for my indulgence. That’s how it works, right?
The rest of the day was spent doing the usual Sunday chores of laundry, dishes, and meal prep. I’m ready for a full week ahead!
This week, my husband and I are going on a weekend trip. We had a bunch of airline points available so we figured why not? This past year, I’ve traveled a lot for work and I picked up a few tips on keeping a healthy routine while traveling! Continue reading Traveling Healthy on a Budget!→
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I am NOT one of those people that can skip breakfast. I wake up hungry! Breakfast is the popular meal in our household. I love mixing it up and trying out new recipes.
I hear a lot of reasons why people don’t eat well.
“It’s too hard.”
“It’s too expensive”
“I can’t cook”
While I totally understand all of these reasons, I still say to get out there and try! Trust me, I’ve been there. I have people tell me that my meal prep looks so nice but they could never do it. YES YOU CAN! There’s a few ways to be healthy even if you think you can’t cook.
Keep It Simple, Sweetheart!
What comes to mind when you think of cooking healthy food? Tons of veggies, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, flavor free…..etc! Honestly it truly doesn’t have to be that way! It can get so overwhelming to look at recipes online and give up before you even start but don’t! Starting with easy recipes and simple ingredients gets you in the groove with cooking and you won’t get easily discouraged!
Learning to cook really takes time! You may find one recipe that you’re really good at and you make that until you get sick of it! That’s totally okay. The thing about cooking is that you’ll have to keep doing it and trying new foods to find out what really works for you! Sometimes it takes making a few meals with a certain ingredient for you to know that it may not be for you. I would recommend tackling one new recipe a week. This way you still get to try new things but you haven’t gotten too overwhelmed.
When I started cooking for my husband, I used to beat myself up because the dish never turned out like the picture in the cookbook. Most of the time, it never will! Those foods are professionally styled and are usually cold and DAYS old before they get photographed. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t cut the veggies in super tiny slivers. The fact that you got through it and make a delicious dish in the end is what matters! Celebrating the little victories can make cooking more enjoyable!
There’s so many delivery services now that will deliver just the right amount of ingredients to your door and all you have to do is put it together! Blue Apron is such a big help because I believe it really steers you in the right direction. All you have to do is follow the direction to get everything together. Cooking these meals will boost your confidence and you’ll be more eager to try experimenting on your own!
Overall, cooking may just not be for you but I wouldn’t want that to stop you from living a healthy lifestyle. Why not try these out and see what works for you?
If you’re following a workout routine for a long time, you may find yourself feeling bored or unmotivated. You may even think about giving up all together. The stress of keeping a workout regimen going can be too much if you don’t break it up and find new ways to stay active. Here’s a few ways to stay active without necessarily “working out”.
Yard Work/House Work
Last week, I had to clean the carpets in my house and it was HARD. We have an indoor dog and she has access to all rooms of the house so you can guess that there’s hair EVERYWHERE. I also have thick hair so girls, I don’t have to tell you that there’s hair every where. We are blessed to have a house with big rooms so that means a whole lot of vacuuming. I broke into a sweat and my arms were sore by the time I was through.
I like to help my husband with the yard work and I’ll occasionally mow the lawn. We have a push mower so again, extra work! I will also cut down the brush and weeds we have growing in the backyard so I’ll take the machete to the them or the big clippers. All this is burning muscle and is definitely a workout!
All these go to show that you shouldn’t feel bad because you “missed a workout” to deep clean your house or your yard. It is work because you got active, increased your heart rate and you weren’t still! I wouldn’t make this a main source of exercise but if you are really scrubbing hard, I would give yourself a break.
Playing With Your Kids/Pets/Family
So I don’t have any children yet but when I volunteer with the Children’s Ministry at church, i would always need a nap when I got home. There was so many activities that required dancing and jumping that I definitely got a workout in. I also remember having a Wii in youth group and dancing with your kiddos is definitely a cardio workout!
My dog Snowflake is usually hot or cold. She can lay around and be fine snoozing all day or she’s sprinting around the house chasing us down. With a backyard, we are able to get outside with her and play chase with her. If we really get into it, we get a good sweat out of it too!
Basically, I’m trying to let you know that small things with a lot of energy can be a HUGE help for you. Playing with your kiddos or dog is good for both parties and it’s also a good bonding moment. If your kiddos are still in their strollers, taking them on a stroll is still good! It gets you out of the house and may even lead them to taking a nap. That’s good for everyone!
As for the older kids (or very competitive couples), playing a game of basketball or football after dinner or on the weekends is a great way to get moving. Again, it is a good bonding opportunity and you still break a sweat! There’s been evenings where a friendly game of tennis has turned into a sweat soaked workout!
When you’re starting to workout, it can seem like a major task when you’re trying to get a workout in. Now don’t get me wrong, these shouldn’t be ALL your activity but it’s a nice break from a rigid workout program.
What are some of your favorite ways to get active?
What non traditional “workout” really gets you sweating?
Now that the cold weather is hitting a lot of people, it’s time to bring out all the soups, stews, and chili recipes! I absolutely love thick and heart chili at the end of the day when the weather is cold. Texas winters are usually rainy as well so I feel like this recipe just hits the spot after running in from a cold shower. Now there is some ranch in this but try it before turning your nose at it! It’s a very subtle flavor and it’s so good. Plus it’s the powder and not the regular dressing so it’s less weird. haha!