Saturday, April 30, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {5/1}

Wow!! Its May!! It's so crazy that another month is over!! Can you believe this?! Addison's birthday is on Friday and she'll be 7. How and why does time fly so fast? And even faster when you have kids!! So, so crazy!! 

Well, I did it. I quit the gym. Yesterday was my last official day. It's weirdly freeing to have cut that cord. And I've been pinning all kinds of new workouts that I'm pretty excited to try. I might even come up with some on my own!! 

Since Addison's birthday is this weekend, it's going to be another busy, busy week. But here is what I have planned:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Crockpot Hawaiian Pork Roast
Monday - Grilled Swai
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Addison's Birthday Dinner
Saturday - Birthday Party

Fitness Recap:
I went for a run yesterday morning and struggled through it. I couldn't find my rhythm and wanted to quit the whole time. But I pushed through and got over 5 miles in!
Sunday - 3.5 mile run
Monday - LiveFit Chest & Triceps
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - 3 mile treadmill run
Thursday - Back & treadmill time
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 5 mile run

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {4/24}

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your Sunday has started off as beautifully as mine!! I got a 3.5 run in before heading to church. We have had a pretty good weekend all around with TC and Addison having a movie date yesterday,
Camden and I entertaining ourselves at random stores,
relaxing around the pool
and my parents coming over for dinner. We are headed to my sister's house after church for some home improvement and more family fun! 

Here's what I have planned for the week:

Sunday - Mexican Fiesta at my sista's 
Monday - Grilled Pork Chops
Tuesday - Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
Wednesday - Grilled Turkey Patties
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Grilled London Broil
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

I'm awful at remembering this past week's workouts. I have decided to stick with my home workouts though. This coming week will be my last one at the gym. While I did make a few new friendships, I think it's best for me mentally to stick to my early morning workouts at home.

Sunday - Disney World
Monday - Rest
Tuesday - Rest?
Wednesday - 21 DF Total Body Cardio
Thursday - 21 DF Upper Fix
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 3.1 mile run

I hope you all have a blessed Sundau and a fantastic week!

So long for today...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Weekly Food & Fitness Plan {4/17}

Well, hey there!! I am headed home from the best weekend I have had in such a long time!! It's definitely in my top 3 of all-time. We spent the (long) weekend in Orlando.
Saturday, I went to Ladies Alive for Advocare. I love the feeling in the room when you get a HUGE group of women together that are all there to better themselves and learn how they can help others.
I truly feel that Advocare is a gift I've been given and I want to pay it forward and help others to be a happier and healthier version of themselves!

Sunday, we decided to spend the day at Magic Kingdom. This is seriously one of my favorite places on earth. I get just as sad as Addison does when it's time for us to leave.
The weather was absolutely perfect and the kids were really good, too. They were troopers and hung in for almost the whole day! Visiting Disney World and seeing the joy on my kids' faces definitely helped to remind me of what I'm working for! So, be prepared for me to share Advocare even more on my blog.

Now that the weekend is over and we are headed back home, it's time to get back to reality and start thinking about meal planning and workouts again. The kids have requested to see Mimi and Papa, so my parents are being awesome and bringing us dinner tonight. It's a huge help since we will be getting home just about dinner time! But after tonight, we are on our own again. So, here is what we have planned...

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Catered dinner by my parents
Monday - Chicken Tamale Casserole
Tuesday - Crockpot Turkey Breast
Wednesday - Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti 
Thursday - Spirit Night
Friday - Dinner at my Sister's
Saturday - Grilled Hamburgers

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - JM Body Revolution, Cardio 2
Monday - LiveFit Chest & Triceps
Tuesday - LiveFit Back & Biceps
Wednesday - LiveFit Legs
Thursday - 21DF Yoga Fix
Friday - 21DF Plyo Fix
Saturday - Rest Day

I hope you all have a great week! I'm in the mood to make something with some strawberries, so be on the lookout for a recipe soon :-)

So long for today...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday Thoughts {4/14}

Hey there! Sometimes, as my mother puts it, I tend to “over-subscribe” myself. I sign up for so many things at once and I tend to get overwhelmed. Life as a mom alone can be overwhelming at times, when you start adding in all of the other “stuff” sometimes it can just be too much. At these times, it can help to just write things down and get your thoughts in front of you. So, that’s what this post will be. I’ve been mulling over something all week and I wanted to get it down here for myself and maybe see if any of you might be able to offer me some insight.

A little over a month ago, I joined the gym. This was a huge step outside of my comfort zone for me. I had been an at-home worker-outer (Yes, I can totally make up my own words here) for years and that’s what I was used to. I have a huge home workout DVD collection with a variety of different trainers and programs. But I thought maybe the gym would help me in a couple of different ways. I wanted to start building some muscle and, after talking to my friend Stephanie and the great success that she’s experienced, thought the gym could help me with this. I also saw the gym as an opportunity to share Advocare with others. After I found out that my company offered a great discount on a membership, I decided to go ahead and sign up. At first, I loved it. It was great getting to use all of the machines that were there. I was also using the treadmill to get some additional cardio and steps in. I was doing great UNTIL…

Last weekend, I had a crazy busy Sunday. I had forgotten my FitBit at home while I went to church and the grocery store, in turn, missing out on about 4000-5000 steps. Well, at the end of the day, I decided that I still wanted to hit my 10,000 step goal for the day. So, I pulled out one of my home cardio workouts and I met that goal! During that workout, I realized that I actually missed my at-home workouts and this made my mental relationship with the gym change. All this week, I have had to force myself to go to the gym. I’ve really wanted to stay home, but since I’m currently paying for it, I feel like I still need to go.

Another thing I miss are my early morning workouts. I NEVER thought I would say that, but I do enjoy getting my workouts in early in the morning. Then, I don’t have to worry about any excuses later in the day. I feel like I’ve lost my evenings now since I’ve been going to the gym. I’m also a bang for your buck kind of girl. I like to get a good calorie burn in a short amount of time. With the gym, I’m working out for twice as long, but I’m not getting twice the amount of calories burned. I feel like I waste so much time in between sets and wiping down the machines when I’m done with them.

The longer the week has gone on, the more I realize that I am going to go ahead and quit the gym. Ive totally had his episode of Friends in my head all week, too!! I’m going to go ahead and build my home “gym” with some new equipment that will allow me to do some workouts outside. I’d like to look into some Crossfit style workouts and maybe get TC to do them with me.

I’m a total mental person. When it’s such a mental struggle for me to get to the gym and then spend my time there thinking about what I COULD be doing at home, I might as well wave the white flag and surrender, because I’m done.

So, now I want your input. How do you get your exercise in? How often do you work out and how long are your workouts? I’m thinking about adding a couple new videos to my collection and would love your opinions. Which programs do you like most?

If you’ve read this whole post, I thank you. Sometimes, I just need to talk myself through something, and this post seemed like the best way to do it.

So long for today…
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Heath Bar Dessert

Hey guys! So, I feel like I owe you all an apology. Yes, I do have a blog. Yes, I do post on said blog. But only once a week. Really?! I'm sure I've lost a lot of followers because I have totally let myself slide. But, I'm hoping to change that. Starting today!! Since I'm no longer doing WW (I officially cancelled my account a couple of months ago), I won't be able to include points values. Let me know if you'd like the macros (calories, etc) for it and I can include them for my recipes.

With the weather starting to get better here (and hopefully where you are, too) it definitely puts me in the frame of mains to samtart thinking about cookouts and picnics. One of my favorite desserts to bring is this Heath Bar Dessert. My mom might actually call it delight, but whatever. You can swap a couple of the ingredients to help to lighten it up, but you can only lighten this up so much. But I promise you, this is worth the splurge.

Servings: 12
Source: My Mama

1 package graham crackers, crushed
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 T. sugar
1 T. cinnamon

2 small packages vanilla instant pudding
1 qt. butter pecan ice cream, softened
2 c. cold milk

Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar and cinnamon and press into bottom of 9 x13 inch pan. Next, combine the milk and pudding mix and beat for 5 minutes. Fold in the softened ice cream and spread over top of the crust, Add cool whip and spread over top of the pudding/ice cream mixture. Sprinkle with chopped heath bars (about 12 mini bars). Enjoy!

This stuff is so good! I actually started this post a long time ago and it's been a while since I've had it. It's so good, that I might have to make it later this week (after my cleanse is over and before we head to Florida!)

I'll try to be a good blogger and get in another post for you this week!!

I hope you all have a great Monday!! TGIM!!
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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {4/10}

Hey there! I hope you're all having a great weekend! Ours hasn't been all that outstanding, but we have been able to get a couple of projects done around the house. I guess that's what adult ins is all about, right? All I can say is TGIS (Thank Goodness For Spark!)

It's going to be yet ANOTHER busy week this week. We're getting ready to head to Florida Friday afternoon. I'm going to Ladies Alive on Saturday and I.can't.wait! We've decided to make it a family weekend and visit Disney World on Sunday. The kids don't know yet and I'm looking forward to their reaction when we tell them!!

Here's what I have planned for the last week of my cleanse...

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
Monday - Pulled Pork Carnitas
Tuesday - Turkey Tacos
Wednesday - Chicken & Cabbage Stirfry
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - TBD
Saturday - Character Dinner

Fitness Recap:
Sunday - Rest Day
Monday - LiveFit Chest & Triceps
Tuesday - LiveFit Back & Biceps
Wednesday - LiveFit Legs
Thursday - LiveFit Shoulders & Abs
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - 4 mile run

I hope you all have a great week! I'm hoping to do a life lately post to catch up.

So long for today...

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Weekly Menu Plan & Fitness Recap {4/3}

Hey everyone!! I'm writing this in the wee hours of the morning due to an absolutely fabulous vacation! We ended up getting an extra Sea Day, which meant getting off the ship about 10 hours late. So, the long ride back to SC will end around 3:30 AM. But the cruise was fantastic!! We all had such a wonderful time! We're already thinking about our next one!

My next 10 Day Cleanse starts in Monday, which I'm soooooo looking forward to! It's just what my body needs after a week of incredible indulgences!! Here's what I have planned:

Menu Plan:
Sunday - Bisquick Chicken
Monday - Crockpot Salsa Chicken
Tuesday - Grilled Turkey Patties
Wednesday - White Bean Chicken Chili
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
Saturday - Chicken & Canbage Stirfry

Fitness Recap:
Hahahahahaha!! I took the entire week off from working out! I did take the stairs whenever possible, so that's something, right? Definitely getting back on the horse this week though!

Time for this lady to try to get a little shut eye. The kiddos are snoozing in the back seats and will be up way before we want thm to be in the morning!

I hope you all have a great week!

So long for today...