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Tuesday Things [11.12.13]

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

I’m really liking the baby updates every two weeks, because really from week to week not much is happening. So we are going to skip it this week, but I’ll be back next week with a baby update!

I think my favorite posts are random ones like Friday Five or Thursday Thoughts…so today its Tuesday Things!

1- Bump Comparison! Well you can’t expect me NOT talk about the baby at all, can you? I took a baby bump picture this morning before I decided there was nothing good to talk about.

PicMonkey CollageIt’s apparent my shirt is getting a little bit smaller! Or rather the baby is getting bigger! Her kicks are getting harder and harder.

2- Sleep Schedule. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been having trouble waking up in the mornings. I started thinking about it, and I think I’m actually sleeping too much…. I tend to go to bed around 8:30-9 and then wake up at 7-7:20 am. That’s like 10 hours of sleep….every night. On the weekends I wake up naturally about 8 hour after I go to bed. My new plan is going to try going to bed at 10 pm with my alarm set for 6:30 am. I started last night and well…..tonight I feel pretty stinkin’ tired! We’ll see how this works.

3- Wonderful Weekend! This weekend, my friend and I headed south to Oregon to visit our very best friends! Their little girls were having a birthday party. It was so awesome to visit and hangout. Plus these two girls are so adorable!

girls4- Pumpkin Pie Rolled Oats. This morning I whipped up a surprisingly, delicious breakfast. Super easy and so tasty & that’s coming from someone who doesn’t really love oatmeal.

This oatmeal is packed with Omega-3s and full of flavor!

Pumpkin Pie Rolled OatsPumpkin Pie Rolled Oats Recipe from
LivingMadeHealthy.com

3/4cup water
1/4 cup pumpkin pie coffee creamer
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1-2 tbsp of chopped walnuts
a hefty dash of cinnamon

Boil the water and coffee creamer in a small pot, once it starts to boil add the oats, chia seeds, and pumpkin pie spices. Stir well and reduce heat to medium-low, let the oats cook for about 5 minutes. Top with walnuts and cinnamon & enjoy!

I hope you give it a try. The creamer is just sweet enough that you don’t need any extra sugar plus it makes more creamy than milk.

5- Cooking Mood. I’m finally in the mood to cook! Its really been a while since I really wanted to cook, I even bough a new cookbook and magazine in the last few weeks and barely opened them, but now I’m ready. I have a little list of things to make, homemade bread, my grandma’s snickerdoodle cookies, and chili to start but there’s no stopping me….

Welp, that’s all I have for tonight. I need to go fold a few loads of laundry.

‘Night!

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Vegetarian for a Week [Diet-to-Go Review]

Why Hello Friends! I’ve seriously missed you, but things have been pretty interesting around here, and I’ve been unable to get to the computer as much as I’d like. Stick with me and I promise to give you a BIG update and I promise to get back to regular blogging!

Lucky for me while things have been a little out of wack, I was blessed with another week of meals from Diet-to-Go! A few months ago I was selected as a Diet-to-Go Ambassador and my partnership with them has been fabulous! I loved my first week of meals, so I was seriously excited to get the chance to review another week of meals.

Just to mix things up some, I picked the Vegetarian Menu. I was part nervous and part excited. I had a brief stint as a vegetarian but I didn’t go super crazy with fake meat or soy things. So I really didn’t know what to expect with my week of meat free meals. But you know, I was very pleased with these meals. A couple of them were a little on the “light side” so I added some fruit and nutrient rich beverages. (I picked the 1600 calorie plan but I’m currently eating around 1800-2000 calories per day.)

As usual, I think the breakfast were some of my favorites! I’m a huge breakfast lover!

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Waffles! With added blackberries, a glass of milk and a little dab of peanut butter mixed in with the syrup. I was actually sent waffles for two breakfasts because something else was out of stock. I was one happy girl! 

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I also enjoyed blueberry pancakes with soy sausage. The sausage was so delicious. I would totally eat it over regular pork sausage. It was tasty.

On the savory side of things, I was sent this Ratatouille Omelet!

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Which was packed with veggies and very filling. It was quite nice to get an extra serving of veggies in the morning.

Lunches were also veggie packed! My favorite was the Mushroom Ravioli but it looked so good, I totally forgot to snap a picture. Another fav was the White Bean Burrito…except again I forgot to take a picture. Its tough when I get so hungry at work, I just eat without thinking!

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I did manage to take a picture of the Marinara Veggie Burger with popchips and spinach dip! With an added side of grapes plus red orange juice.

I hate to sound like a broken record here but dinners were equally as fabulous.

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Penne Pasta with veggies!

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Stuffed Cabbage rolls with more veggies.

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And Veggie Pizza with more veggies!

I loved all the veggies! I guess that come with being a Vegetarian!

So now are you ready for the really good news? Diet-to-Go is totally hooking you guys up! $50 off any 7 day meal plan…which is a steal!

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They are also hosting an awesome sweepstakes on Facebook (so make sure to like them)! One Grand Prize Winner will a month of free meals and 5 Runner-Ups will win 1 week of free meals! Click here to view the complete rules: http://diettogo.com/facebook-sweepstakes.

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And Diet-to-Go is hosting a DietBet to really help get your weight loss moving! Click here to join! I’d highly recommend participating if you are looking for extra weight loss motivation. Plus you can win a little cash.

You can really see that Diet-to-Go is ready to help YOU reach YOUR goals. I love working with a company that is committed to helping people living a healthy lifestyle!

Hope you have a fab Monday!

Sugar Detox: Two Days In

Hi Friends!

I meant to write this post on Sunday, but I spent the day hanging out with my hubs. On Sunday, after work we had a “date” to clean out our cars then we went made a quick trip out of town for Red Robin because we had a free burger that would expire that day! It was nice to spend some quality time together, I’ve been so busy that we haven’t seen too much of one another.

The week, fellow Sweat Pink blogger, Laura from Mommy Run Fast is hosting a Short and Sweet Sugar Detox.

Click image for the deets!

I signed up for Level 2: No sugar AND no processed foods. With only two weeks left in my diet bet and 2.5 pounds to go, I could use a little boost! I figured I can do it for 7 days. And actually I started practicing on Saturday because I knew I’d forget and mess up. Which I did, I tasted a some of a leftover blended drink. Darn it! However, I have made it 4 days with no sugar in my coffee! I’ve had a few plain lattes, which are not my favorite but I can drink it.

To make this work for me, I had to make some changes. It’s my personal opinion that all foods are processed. Meats is removed from the bones, eggs are packaged, beans are packaged, even if you do buy them in bulk. I don’t think all processed food=bad. Frozen veggies are processed but they make things affordable and accessible, for those of us who don’t live in a perpetual sunshine land! (There might be a hint of jealousy behind that last sentence)

So I am eliminating things like bread, crackers, cereal, my beloved granola, protein shakes/bars, butter and all things sweetened. Including peanut butter, flavored yogurt, ketchup (I’m crying about this one), and other foods. I’m reading labels, which helped me find out there is sugar in most salad dressings.

Things I’m including that could be considered “processed:” nuts (most nuts are roasted, even those that claim to be raw), nut butters without sugar, oatmeal, rice, quinoa, unsweetened salad dressing and yogurt. Frozen fruits, veggies, and meats/fish. I’m sure there is more, I’m just making it work for me.

I will admit, the only thing keeping me strong is fruit! Today I’ve had two apples and a mango. The other day I ate three bananas. Most diet plans tend to say to eat just a few fruits a day, but I figure eating a couple extra bananas is a lot better than a Snickers bar.

Do you have any tips for me? I could use any help when it comes to avoiding sugar! I will say, it helps that I’m not working at the espresso stand this week. That would be really hard.

Someone had suggested mints, but I’ve yet to find any without sugar in them.

I’d say overall, things are going pretty good. I’d like sugar, but I’m doing ok without it right now. Hopefully, tomorrow goes just as smoothly.

Plan to Succeed

I love lists. Seriously. I make list of everything at work, to do lists, grocery lists, lists of all my other lists. I’m a list making girl. Even if I never look at the list a second time, just writing them out helps me to get things done. It’s my learning style. I learn by moving or doing. As a kid, I was a super star at memorizing Bible verses, like I went and won competitions. As I memorized these verses, I would spin around in circles (slowly). Everyone thought I was weird, but hey it worked! Anyway, back to lists. I keep this little notebook in my purse where all my lists are kept.

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Enjoyed some piping hot green tea while I made my list today.

I’m really starting to enjoy meal planning. At first I thought it was a hassle, but things have gotten easier and more fun now. When I’m making our dinner menu for the week I sit down with my with my little notebook and think about all the stuff we have in our fridge and cabinets. We usually have a meal or two leftover from the week before. Then I look through my cookbooks or my Pinterest boards for things I’ve pinned recently that look good.

Making a meal plan for the week really helps me to keep my head in the game. I like to pre-plan what I’m going to eat so I’m not running to the store when I’m hungry and end up with a doughnut in my hands.

When I’m picking meals I try to pick dishes that use some common ingredients like if one recipe calls for ground beef, I look for others that use ground beef so I can buy it in bulk and save a little money. Plus there is just two of us, so don’t need to use a whole pound of beef for one meal. Blake doesn’t eat leftovers, so I try to make things with just a few servings. I also have to keep in my mind my work schedule for the week. I like to do easy dinners or something in the crockpot on nights I work because I work until 6 pm. I also tend to only plan for 4 or 5 nights at a time because I don’t want things to go bad in the fridge.

With all that said, here’s what I’ve planned for the week:

Skinny Chicken Alfredo. Supposed to have this last week but it never happened.
– BBQ pork taco using leftover pork from last weeks pork roast- Wagon Wheel Beef Soup Except with whatever type of pasta I have in the cupboard.

Typically, I don’t plan lunches or breakfast. I usually have leftovers for lunch, but this week I’m really hoping to have some scale movement so I’m having “Super Salads” all week. Lettuce, a little bit a spring mix, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, sunflower seeds, shredded cheese and tiny amount of ranch. This Super Salad comes in at only 302 calories and its huge!

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I’m also planning to have this Mean Green Smoothies as my snack each day. And breakfasts will be oats or eggs, right around 350 calories. This menu plan will keep me full of veggies and its low in calories. I really want to see some scale movement this week! Should be a great week!

 

Thursday Already?

Hi there!

This week is just flying by, how can it be almost Friday? Then again, every week seems to fly by lately.

I’m definitely finding myself in a routine, and it’s totally working for me. As soon as I get home from work I do my workout, eat dinner, then relax. I could be more efficient in the mornings though that’s for sure. Typically, I wake up and then lay in bed for long time going through my social media and reading blogs. I should probably use that time to do some housework, because it seems like a clutter bomb detonated in here.

Yesterday, I ended up going to work early so I had to rearrange this week’s dinner plans, so I made Salsa Chicken in the crock pot. Seriously, easiest dinner ever. Put frozen chicken in the crock, sprinkle with taco seasoning, then cover with salsa. Cook on low for 6ish hours. After 6 hours, you can basically shred the chicken just by looking at it. No joke, I used a whisk to smash it because the only serving spoon we have was in the dishwasher. In the past, I’ve stirred in a little sour cream or plain greek yogurt to make it creamy but last night I just left it and it was perfect.

taco and taco saladI had one taco on a whole wheat low fat tortilla, and then a big ol’ taco salad, with mixed spring greens, tomatoes, salsa, cheese and greek yogurt. The exact same thing was in the taco. It was pretty dang good. Although, I’m getting a little bit tired of spring greens and this box seems to have way too much arugula which I do not like one bit.

This morning, my bestie, I never say that word… asked me to accompany her to Wenatchee to get a new social security card. It was nice to get out of town for a bit, even for a quick trip. The social security office was quick so then we headed out in search of food.

Of course, we ended at Red Robin. YUM. I ordered the Grilled Turkey burger sans bun and mayo. I figured I’d rather eat fries than a bun. I don’t need two servings of white carbs at one meal, and you know, what I didn’t miss that bun one bit. Burgers without buns are extra juicy! And my fries were delish, like always.

red robin appI used the Red Robin iPhone App to find the nutrition facts of meal! Its so nice to be able have that kind of information at your finger tips. If you eat at Red Robin, I highly suggest downloading this free app. (Red Robin did not pay me to say this stuff, its all my own thoughts, but if they wanted to give me free food-I’d say yes. Or even just some of that seasoning salt)

After lunch we stopped at Old Navy to take a peak at the new Active line everyone is talking about. Let me tell you, that stuff is cute! But sadly, we did not purchase anything today. But we did get frozen yogurt!

froyoUnder all those toppings is cookies n cream yogurt, topped with strawberries, blueberries, graham cracker crumbs and a chocolate sauce. mmm mm mm.

It was a fun day! We needed girl time and holla cuz she got a new (amazing) job today!! Good thing we pre-celebrated!

And now, I’m off to sweat it out. I’m not sure what workout I’m going to do though…maybe Extreme Shed and Shred, haven’t done that in a while!

 

Meal Plan & Shopping

This morning Blake and I finally got around to meal planning and grocery shopping for the week. I’ve got to say I’m kind of excited about the things I have planned to eat this week.

groceries Here’s our haul!
When I was putting the stuff up on the check stand, I was thinking, “Dang! This one healthy cart!”
I’m excited to try that new granola from Cascadian Farm, its only 70 calories per 1/4 cup and it has dark chocolate almonds! It will be very tasty on top of my yogurt and overnight oats. Blake wanted to try the Kashi GoLean Crunch, I’m not sure if he will like it, but I know I do.

Breakfasts: The usual: eggs, overnight oats, or waffles.
Lunches: Leftovers and salads with cucumber and little tomatoes.
Dinners:
Tuesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce and cauliflower on the side (I wanted meatballs but Blake doesn’t like them…who doesn’t like meatballs!?!)
Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin Roast with Winter Vegetables from this Weight Watchers cookbookThursday: Skinny Chicken Alfredo minus the broccoli since Blake won’t eat it
Friday: Crockpot Salsa Chicken with beans
Saturday: French Dips and salad

Here’s our fruit basket this week:

fruitAll of those bananas will be gone before the end of the week! We…most Blake…go through a LOT of bananas. We are trying those pink navel oranges for the first time.

I also found some fun things for me to try:

IMG_2942I’m super in love with dark chocolate, so I’m looking forward to trying that Dark Chocolate Almond milk. I though I’d save it for after a tough workout. The Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel crisps were only $1 but they are dangerous, so I only got one bag. Those nut butters were in the discontinued section and will be great to have around. I’ve actually never had cashew butter.

I’m already looking forward to cooking and eating this week.

What delicious things do you have planned this week?

 

Top 5 Food Groups & A Recipe

I’ve been joking about my Top Five Food Groups my whole life. You know the five categories of foods you love the most….in no particular order…

Gravy. All types of gravy. Brown, white, sausage…I love gravy. Should be on the list twice I love it so much.
Bread. Bread is my lifeline. I HAVE to keep my bread eating in check, if not I will eat a loaf of French Bread every chance I get. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve picked up a load at the grocery store and finished half of it on the drive home.
Chocolate. Chocolate is of course its own food group. No one would dispute that.
Spaghetti and its close relatives. Spaghetti with marinara is my favorite food. OF ALL. I was once told that only poor people love spaghetti. After I punched that guy in the face (that part was dream, but I wish I could have) I decided that I have no problem with being poor as long as I get to eat tons of spagetti.
Breakfast. I love all aspects of breakfast, pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy (goes back to number one!)

The last one brings me to the recipe I have to share! I’m not sure where Overnight Oats started but I first saw them on Kath Eat Real Food but they are all over the internet now.

The Best Overnight Oats….EVER. Or that I’ve ever made.

IMG_2834 The Oats:
1/3 cup quick oats
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (I used half of a Dannon Oikos container)1/2 banana
splash of pure vanilla extract

Mix all those ingredients together in a jar or bowl and put in the fridge overnight. I used a spoon to smash up the banana as mush as possible. I also have this weird obsession with saving all jars (I blame Pinterest for my hoarding) that come into my house so I made mine in small jar.

Topping:1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries thawed
1/4 cup vanilla granola

Put these the toppings on when ready to eat. I like to put half the granola on at time so I don’t get to the bottom and have no crunchies left.

Oh my goodness. Delish! The thing I love about oatmeal is that it can be whatever you want, use anything you have on hand. Versatility!

 

 

*Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert on anything except myself, my life, and my personal opinions.