Fit & Fabulous February: Day 17

Are Great Northern Beans bad you? Why? They have fiber, protein, iron. I know they are not Paleo friendly… Theses are the things I struggle with. To eat beans or not to eat beans that is the question.

  • Workout: 30min strength & toning session plus a 20min walk with the kids
  • Breakfast: Banana, Ginger and Spinach Smoothie
  • Snack: Protein Bar
  • Lunch: Cashew Chicken Salad
  • Dinner: White Bean, Salsa Verde Chicken Chili
  • Water Intake: 32oz

Thoughts: So we are just a little past the half way mark for my challenge. I’ll be honest the best part about this so far is finding out I can make low carb dinners that are easy and delicious! And not only has my veggie intake increased but my husband and kids are eating more veggies as well which is awesome! I really feel I can keep this up after this over.

Sriracha Hummus Turkey Wrap

Hummus

You guys Sriracha Hummus is a thing and it’s SO good!!!

And yes I did take a bite out of my wrap before I took this pic.. You see I hadn’t planned on blogging about this until I tried this and realized it might just be my favorite new lunch!!!!

If you like sriracha and hummus and you live near Trader Joe’s then run there right now and get some of this right away!!!

Okay enough of my raving here is the recipe:

  • One 100% whole wheat tortilla
  • Sriracha Hummus
  • Sliced Turkey
  • Spinach
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Sliced Red Pepper
  • Feta Cheese
  • 1 Tsp Red wine vinegar (optional)
  • Pepper to taste (optional)

Lay out your tortilla and spread some hummus on one side. Arrange your turkey, spinach, sliced red pepper, cucumber and sprinkle with feta. I sprinkled about a teaspoon of red wine vinegar over every thing and added some cracked pepper before I rolled up my wrap.

That’s it! Enjoy!

Fit & Fabulous February: Day 15

  • Workout: 2miles on the elliptical
  • Breakfast: Blueberry Oatmeal
  • Snack: Cheese stick and roasted seaweed
  • Lunch: Sriracha Hummus Turkey Wrap
  • Snack: Greek Yogurt
  • Dinner: Greek Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Water Intake: 32oz

Thoughts: So I might totally cheated this weekend while out with friends and indulged in a milkshake and fries at like 10pm. And you know what while it tasted good going down I felt so sick afterward. Needless to say lesson learned.

A Valentines Day Writing Prompt

Weekly Writing Prompt:

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What is the best thing about being either single, or partnered (whichever you are right now)?

For me the best thing about being partnered is knowing I have a teammate in this game called life. Someone I can trust and count on to lend support when I need it. Someone who I know is invested just as much as I am and is working with me to achieve the same goal.  Not really the most romantic answer but it’s true. If you would have asked me this question a few months ago I would’ve probably had a different answer. Recently I discovered something about myself and my marriage. You know that famous movie line from Jerry Maguire.. no, not “Show me the money”. The other famous line, “you complete me.” Yeah, I have decided I really dislike that line. Don’t get me wrong, its a great movie moment and I used to totally swoon over those words… until I got married.

However, the more I am married the more I realize my husband does not complete me, and it’s unfair for me to put that expectation on him. If I were to do so, I feel I would be setting him up for failure. Here’s what I mean by that. In the past when I was feeling sad or lonely I would look to him to fix it. But that never really worked and then I found myself just frustrated with him. Poor guy. Then finally it hit me. It’s not his job to fix those things for me and I needed to stop looking to him to fill those voids. I needed to make an adjustment. I need to take my husband out of the role of “void filler” (that’s not really a thing but.. you know what I mean) and rather see him as my teammate. I can honestly say it’s been awesome! Since I am the same for him I started to think of qualities that make a great teammate.

  1. They put the team before themselves
  2. They are reliable and committed
  3. They treat others with respect
  4. They lend support when needed
  5. They cheer their other teammates on
  6. They listen and encourage
  7. They communicate constructively
  8. They work with others to problem solve
  9. They celebrate the victories
  10. They work on bettering themselves for the benefit of the team

Hahaha wow this turned really self-help like. I promise I am not trying to write a book or anything ;). Just thought I would share some of the things Ive been pondering lately.

I would love to hear your response to the writing prompt. What is the best thing about being either single, or partnered (whichever you are right now)?

Or any thoughts on what I shared.

 

 

 

My Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

V-day Cookies

OK so if you have been following my blog you know I am in the middle of a diet lifestyle adjustment. Cookies are my weakness and it probably wasn’t the smartest decision to bake a plate of temptation like this. But my 3 year old absolutely loves baking and Target had these cute heart shaped cookie cut-outs, I mean what was I supposed to do ;).

A few months ago I found the most amazing sugar cookie recipe!! here. You do not have to refrigerate the dough and she mentions a little trick so the cookies won’t loose their shape in the oven. She freezes the dough for ten minutes on the cookie sheets before putting them in the oven. I mean if that is a common trick how come no one has shared that with me? For years my cookies have been coming out of the oven three times the size they were supposed to be! Anyways,the cookies are perfectly sweet, with a hint of almond and melt in your mouth. I love them. I’m not sure I will ever do sugar cookies any other way!

For the frosting I used white chocolate melts. then dipped the cookies in the white chocolate. For the different colors just separate the melted chocolate and add food coloring. Please Note: the food coloring does make the melted chocolate thicker (don’t know why) and causes it to harden quicker. So you will need to work a little fast

And in case you were wondering yes I might of had one or two of the smaller cookies 🙂

 

Fit & Fabulous February: Day 10

Okay so I am a total Slacker. It’s been unexpectedly busy around here, so I haven’t had a chance to journal. But on the plus side it was 55 today which means I got to go for a run and it was glorious.

  • Workout: 1.5 mile run
  • Breakfast: Kale and Berry Smoothie
  • Snack: Protein Bar
  • Lunch: Leftover Sweet Potato and Turkey hash
  • Dinner: Chicken Fajitas & Chopped Cabbage Salad

Thoughts: I can honestly say for the last four days I have not felt the need to drink a Coke zero and if that is all I get from this month then it was worth it. Cookies on the other hand. Well cookies are a whole nother monster. No pun intended.

Fit & Fabulous February: Days 4, 5 & 6

Why is it when you can’t have something, you want it the most? Yesterday I was under the weather therefore I didn’t eat much. So by 8pm I was incredibly hungry. Of Course the only thing that sounded good was a cookie. I gave in. One cookie. Not even a normal cookie, it was a “healthy” cookie with flax seed and whole oats. And yet it was like the most amazing thing I have ever tasted. And then suddenly I was overcome with the urge to eat about 10 more. I didn’t. Honestly I’m slightly amazed at my willpower! Even now as I sit here typing I am resisting the urge to go and eat another one! In fact this cookie was so good that while I was eating it I wanted to give up on this whole thing and just forget it! How could one, not even that delicious, cookie have that kind of power? I used to think I had a normal, healthy relationship with food. But now I’m finding, food has fooled me.

Day 4 Journal:

  • Workout: 30 min cardio with NTC App.
  • Breakfast: Poached egg on avocado toast
  • Snack: Almonds & jerky
  • Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
  • Dinner: Cauliflower Pizza
  • Water Intake: 32oz

Day 5 Journal:

  • Workout: Off Day
  • Breakfast: Ginger, Banana and kale smoothie
  • Lunch: Hummus plate
  • Dinner: Thai Chicken & Coconut Salad
  • Snack: Oatmeal and flax seed cookie
  • Water Intake: 40oz

 

Day 6 Journal:

  • Workout: Elliptical plus Ab workout
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal
  • Snack: Coconut & almond protein bar
  • Lunch: Chicken and Black Bean Burrito
  • Dinner: Salmon, Sweet potato & Broccoli
  • Water Intake: 30oz

Thoughts: I just want a damn cookie.

 

Fit & Fabulous February: Day Three

Hello Hello! Let’s get to it shall we, here’s my journal for the day.

  • Workout: Off Day
  • Breakfast: Mixed Berry & Kale Smoothie
  • Lunch: Leftover Taco Salad
  • Dinner: Sauteed Chicken Sausage (minimally processed from Trader Joe’s) & Veggies
  • Water Intake: 32oz

Thoughts: I went the whole day without eating bread or grains which was unintentional but I didn’t even notice! My energy levels were pretty good throughout the day. I didn’t feel the need to snack, so I didn’t. I still thought about the fact that I can’t have a coke zero. 😦  But all in all I would say today was a much better day! Woop, Woop.

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Weekly Writing Prompt

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When was the last time someone truly listened to you?

I think the better question is “When was the last time someone truly heard you?” People listen to me everyday and I am sure others could say the same. As a mother my children listen to me (hopefully). As a wife my husband listens to me and I to him. Listening can be rather easy. Hearing is different. To me, hearing means understanding and maybe even connecting on an emotional level. For example, sometimes when I am in an argument with my husband it is hard for me to feel validated unless I feel I’ve been heard. Otherwise I feel as though the words I’ve spoken have meant nothing. I believe that is why you meet people who can talk & talk, have a huge circle of friends and still feel utterly alone. Or why couples who have been married for 20 years can be strangers to each other. We can listen all day but are we really hearing?

To the single mom constantly complaining about how her deadbeat ex won’t help and how frustrating it is to do everything by herself. To some it can be seen as just that, complaining, you can nod and say “I am sorry he won’t help”. Or what she might really need to hear is “Yeah raising kids is already so hard when both parents are involved, I can’t imagine doing it by yourself. I hope you know you are doing a really great job and if you need any help at all please call me.”

Honestly I don’t remember the last time I was truly heard. It was more then likely by my husband and probably after an argument. And I I know there have been times where I have felt heard by one of my friends. But it does feel few and far between sometimes. Is this because we have become way to consumed with our own lives that we forget about what others might be going through. We merely listen, maybe give an appropriate response and then move on?  I’m guilty. Maybe now that I’ve dwelt on it I can change that.

 

Fit & Fabulous February: Day Two

Last night I had a dream I was eating french fries. My dream wasn’t about french fries but that is what I remember most about the dream. And then the rest of the day I thought I could smell french fries cooking, as if they were haunting me. Also one of my husband’s clients sent us the most beautiful thank you gift in the mail today. Containing wine and cheese, olive oil crackers and chocolate covered cherries!! This is my luck people! This is my luck! I defiantly ate a couple cherries.  Anyways here is my journal entry for the day.

  • Workout: 1.5 miles on the elliptical
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with flax-seed and half a banana
  • Mid-morning snack: Protein Bar
  • Lunch: Hummus plate with grilled chicken, carrots and cucumbers
  • Afternoon snack: Hard boiled Egg and two chocolate covered cherries
  • Dinner: Taco Salad without crushed tortilla chips (So Sad)
  • Water intake: 40oz

Thoughts: The Bachelor is not as entertaining without wine. My energy levels were a smidgen better today! And I only thought about coke zero several times today as opposed to the whole day so I feel like that was progress. Before I started this challenge I knew it was going to be hard but I thought It can’t be that bad! At least I can have some carbs and cheese! No. It’s way harder then I expected. I am now keenly aware of the amount of processed junk I was eating during the day and you know what? I MISS IT. How disgusting is that? *Shakes head in shame* But it is only day two of this challenge and I am many things, but a quitter is not one of them! So here we go, on to tomorrow!

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Fit & Fabulous February: Day One

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Well today was day one of my February challenge. I would love to say it was all sunshine and roses, but it wasn’t. No literally, it wasn’t. It snowed all day. But yes as promised in my original post, see here, below is a journal of my day. Enjoy.

  • Workout: 30 min cardio with my Nike Training Club App.
  • Breakfast: Non-fat Greek yogurt with a little granola & half a banana
  • Lunch: Half a Tuna sandwich on whole wheat, a handful of almonds, cheese stick & an apple.
  • Snack: Minimally processed turkey jerky and wasabi roasted seaweed.
  • Dinner: Cauliflower, chicken fried rice. (the rice part is actually chopped cauliflower)
  • Water Intake: 48oz

Thoughts: Okay so today was my first day without a coke zero in probably 8 months (several months ago I tried to quit but fell off the wagon) AND IT WAS SO HARD. It literally was all I could think about all day! I have always told people and myself that I was only slightly addicted to Coke Zero, that I could quit anytime I wanted. I only drank one a day, maybe two.  Clearly I was delusional and I had no idea that I am, without a doubt, totally addicted to this stuff. My workout was difficult because the last time I worked out was over two weeks ago. And while my brain felt clear and awake, it was like my body felt a whole step behind all day. I had a horrible headache by 3pm and all I wanted to do was drown my sorrow in Oreo Cookies. But I managed to stay strong! I made it! And even tho it’s only the first day I feel pretty proud of myself. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a much better experience.