Current Health Journey

Hi Guys!

At the beginning of the month, I shared my goal of losing 10 pounds this month with you all. Well, today I thought I would share how i’m going about doing that, in case you are also interested in losing weight/getting healthy/etc…

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First i’ll start with my workout schedule.

I’m currently working out 5 times a week, with my two off days being Wednesday and Sunday. For my work outs this month, I am running on the treadmill for 1 mile. My goal is to slowly work my way up to 2 miles, however that probably won’t happen until next month. I’m just not there yet.

I’m also getting over 10,000 steps every day, workout day or not.

Now for my diet.

I’m trying to stay away from: Chocolate, Candy, Soda, Bread, Rice, Pasta, and Ice Cream.

For the first part of the month I’ve been just doing my own thing, no real diet plan other than avoid those foods i just previously mentioned.

Starting today i’m going to be doing the Beachbody meal plan for a 1,200 calorie diet.

I used that meal plan last time I was focused on losing weight and I believe it really did the trick. I just adjust the meal plan to my liking for example; I don’t do the Beachbody shake they recommend, and I also don’t use the portion fix containers.

Here is the meal plan:

Breakfast (M/W/F): Veggie Egg Muffins on Whole Grain English Muffin with Orange Slices

Breakfast (T/Th): Sweet Potato Veggie Hash with Turkey Sausage with Red Grapes

Shakeology Snack (DAILY): Vanilla Chia Shakeology Smoothie **I don’t do this**

PM Snack (DAILY): Apple with Peanut Butter

Lunch (M/W/F): Cilantro Lime Shredded Chicken with Black Eyed Pea Salad

Lunch (T/Th): Avocado Chicken Salad on Toasted Whole Grain Bread

Dinner (M/W/F): Roasted Pepper Tuna Melt

Dinner (T/Th): Roasted Chicken over Wilted Spinach Salad

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The meal plan covers Monday-Friday, so on the weekends I just do meals that are similar to these meals. If you are interested in this meal plan, the recipes/shopping list are on their website.

That’s how i’m going about getting healthier/losing weight/getting fit/etc. Now for my results so far, I’ve lost 7 pounds!!! With my total goal being 10 pounds this month, i feel like 7 pounds so far is a great start!!

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Are you on your own health journey? I’d love to hear what you are doing, and how it is going.

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Goals For January 2019

Hi Guys!

Instead of doing a blog post about all my goals for the year, i thought i would share each month my goals for that month, because they can change.

There are some big goals like “get down to my goal weight this year”, which doesn’t change monthly, but most of my goals this year will change each month.

So without further ado, here are my goals for January 2019…

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  1. Read 4 books – My major book reading goal this year is to read 50 books, so for January i want to read at least 4.
  2. Lose 10 pounds – Almost 2 years ago now, i lost a lot of weight, but unfortunately i gained all of it back and then some. So for January i hope to lose at least 10 pounds!
  3. Buy only 1 coffee from a coffee shop – I’ve gotten so used to every time i leave the house i buy myself a cup of coffee, i want to put a stop to that. So this month i have challenged myself to only buy myself 1 cup a coffee from a coffee shop this month.
  4. Go on at least 3 field trips – We have been slacking in the field trip department, so i really want to start making them a priority.
  5. Get at least 10,000 steps each day – This shouldn’t be too hard of a goal, as i usually get 10,000 – 12,000 steps every day, but i want to start being more intentional with my steps because next month my goal will be even higher.
  6. Drink at least 4 bottles of water each day – When the weather gets colder i find it harder to drink water, so i’m really pushing myself to drink lots of water each day.
  7. Workout 5 times a week – This can be hard for me, because if i’m getting 10,000+ steps every day i can convince myself that i have moved enough so working out isn’t necessary, when it really is.
  8. Put my phone down more and be present with my family – I wouldn’t say i am obsessed with my phone, but i can get lost in mindless scrolling versus being present with my family. This goal isn’t specifically for January, but for the whole year.

That’s it, those are my goals for this month. I’d love to hear your goals.

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Happy Holidays

Hi Guys!

I kinda fell off the Blogmas wagon, but for my first time ever doing Blogmas i made it 17 days, so i’m pretty proud of myself for that. Especially since i didn’t plan to do Blogmas at all, i only decided to do it on the actual first day of Blogmas!

Hopefully i will do it again next year, and be able to make it all the way through.

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas. We were really hoping to have a white Christmas, but that didn’t happen. However, a few days after Christmas we got a good dusting of snow, so the kids were happy with that.

Right now we are really looking forward to the new year, i’m already starting to work on a list of goals for 2019. I’d love to hear what some of your goals are for the new year.

That’s all i really wanted to say, i hope you all are doing well.

Oh and If you are a blogger yourself, be sure to stop by again tomorrow, as i will have my 2019 blog planner up on my blog for free!

Until then, take care!

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Book Goals for 2018 *Update*

Hi Guys!!

I did it! Last week i completed my reading goal for 2018.

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Yes my goal was small, only 20 books for the whole year, but as a busy mom of 5 i wanted to make sure i didn’t set the goal too high for myself.

Here’s a recap of all the books i have read so far this year…

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I really enjoyed all of these books, there isn’t a bad one in the bunch.

If i had to pick my favorite book out of all of them, it would definitely be Kisses From Katie. This book is  just so good and it really makes you want to evaluate your own life and become a better person.

If i had to pick my least favorite it would be The Fall of Butterflies. I honestly just picked this book based on it’s pretty cover (i know, i know… never judge a book by it’s cover). Just because it’s my least favorite doesn’t mean it’s a bad book though. I mean it has 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon how bad could it be?! Honestly, I just wasn’t expecting this book to head in the direction it headed in. If you read it for yourself you will see what i mean. But a bit of warning, there is foul language. If that bothers you (it didn’t bother me) you might want to skip this one.

I’ll list all the books below, so you can check them out for yourself….

The Best Yes

A Stranger In The House

The River

The Lying Game

Praying Circles Around Your Children

One of Us Is Lying

She is yours

Kisses From Katie

Girl Wash Your Face

Wild and Free

Backyard Farming: Raising Chickens

The Death of Mrs. Westaway 

Whispering Shadows 

The Perfect Couple

Idaho

Prodigal Summer

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

The Fall of Butterflies

Brain on Fire 

Eat Pray Love

Just because i’ve reached my goal for 2018 doesn’t mean i’m going to stop reading, no way!! I love books way too much and i’m excited to see how many books i will end up reading this year.

What’s been your favorite book you have read so far this year? Let me know in the comments.

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Weight Loss Series – Day 5 – Top 10 Favorite Recipes

Today’s the last day in my weight loss series. I hope you have all enjoyed hearing about my favorite weight loss/fitness foods, tools, & websites.

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For my last day i’m sharing my favorite recipes.

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Peanut Butter Fruit Dip This stuff is so yummy! I love to treat myself to it with some grapes!

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Sheet Pan Steak & Veggies  We just had this the other night for dinner! It was amazingly easy and so yummy!

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Cauliflower Chowder This has been a favorite of mine for the last several years.

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Peanut Butter Granola  Every time i make this i have to make 2 batches because my kids just gobble it up! The love to eat it like a cereal, with some almond milk.

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Vanilla Chai Vegan Banana Pancakes Easy & yummy! The kids love it!

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Black Bean Burgers – This is a great recipe if you are vegetarian or vegan! So yummy too! I’ll be honest though, this recipe wasn’t a big hit with my kids. Most of my kids prefer regular ground beef burgers. I however, love these burgers!!

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Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl My family isn’t big on eating quinoa, so we substitute with rice. It’s so good.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter “Ice Cream” I make this almost every morning for my breakfast. I just use frozen bananas, unsweetened almond milk, and natural peanut butter. Sometimes i’ll add in a scoop of cocoa powder. It really feels like you are eating ice cream (or in my case a milkshake because of the almond milk), but without the guilt.

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Turkey Taco Burrito Bowls  My kids love turkey taco’s, even more than original taco’s with ground beef.

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Sticky Sesame Cauliflower I tried this out last month, i was surprised at how good it tasted.

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So that’s it, those are my favorite recipes. What’s your favorite healthy recipe?

That’s also the end of my weight loss series, i really hope you enjoyed it as much as i did. I don’t know about you, but just looking at all these recipes has made me hungry.

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Weight Loss Series – Day 4 – Top 5 Favorite Websites

Hi Guys!

Day 4 of my weight loss series is here!

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Today i’m sharing with you my top 5 favorite websites for weight loss.

top 5 weight loss websites

1. Pinterest – Recipes, workouts, diet plans, you name it Pinterest has it!

2. YouTube*If you click the link it will take you to Bikini Body Mommy’s YouTube channel. I started taking the original bikini body mommy challenge back in November and it is such an effective workout.* YouTube has sooo many different free workouts available that require little to no equipment.

3. Diary of a Fit Mommy – She has lot’s of helpful information. I enjoy looking through her blog.

4. Instagram – There are so many different fitness/weight loss people you can follow on Instagram.

5. Shape – Workouts, healthy eating, they have it all.

What’s your favorite website to help with losing weight?

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Weight Loss Series – Day 3 – Top 5 Favorite Tools

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Hi Guys!

I hope you are enjoying my weight loss series this week. I know for me, sharing with you all has really got me motivated again with losing weight. I’ve been kicking butt this week with my workouts and diet.

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Anyways, for Day 3 today i’m sharing all my favorite tools/gadgets that have helped me with losing weight.

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In no particular order…

1. Fitbit – There is probably no way i would have lost all the weight i have so far if it wasn’t for my Fitbit. The hourly reminders to get up a move have been a great help.

2. Blender – I use my blender pretty much every day for making deliciously healthy smoothies.

3. Scale – Although most mornings i dread getting on the scale, i do need the scale to see how i’m progressing.

4. Weights – I have 5 pounds & 10 pounds weights that i use for working out with.

5. Meal Prep Containers – These are great for keeping portions under control.

What’s your favorite tool/gadget for weight loss?

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