No Time For Breakfast……Your Wrong!

You have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I bet you have also all heard that many people don’t eat breakfast because they claim they do not have time. That “no time” excuse is used for anything and everything wouldn’t you say. No one seems to have time for exercise, mammograms, physicals, to walk their dog, to play with their kids, to just about anything these days. It’s funny we all use that excuse because if you have time to read this post right now you could be preparing something for breakfast to enjoy:) I’m just saying….anyhow, let’s talk about how we can all make time for breakfast.

First, it all starts with a plan. Whether you are single, have children, spouses, significant others, or friends that you live with will depend on the amount you plan for each week. I will use my family as an example along with the children I offer daycare to during the week. So that means I feed two adults and three children (my son fends for himself) every morning. You will need about 30-45 minutes to set aside on the weekend or your day off to carry out this plan. (I use Sunday’s typically)

Sunday mornings I get up and while having coffee and breakfast of my own, I put on a dozen eggs to boil. By the time breakfast is done so are the eggs and are ready to be cooled before I peel them. While waiting for them to cool, I start an assembly line of other things that I prepare weekly. Overnight oats (many varieties are on the recipe page), granola parfaits with greek yogurt, smoothie ingredients so they are ready to blend in a hurry, and fruit to grab and go.

IMG_0327About once a month we also prepare whole wheat pancakes for everyone and freeze them in Ziplok bags. They are so easy to grab, pop in the toaster, and eat in a hurry with no mess to clean up during the week. Yes, I could purchase frozen pancakes but my family and kiddos love pancakes. When we premake pancakes we typically make 75-100 per month. Although, you could buy yours and they would offer the same fast, hot breakfast for you.

My breakfast arrangement really works for us. I know at 4:30 a.m. the last thing I want to do is think about making breakfast. And at 6 a.m. when my kiddos show up hungry, they are not always willing to wait for something to eat. I can grab two eggs, can of V-8 and a banana and my husband is fed and out the door. My kiddos can have pancakes and fruit or a granola parfait in seconds and still have smiles on their faces. A weeks worth of premade breakfast items for my crew is normally, 3 jars of overnight oats, 2 mini granola parfaits, 3 regular granola parfaits, dozen hard boiled eggs, two fresh pineapples, 6-8 bananas, 25 premade pancakes, and peanut butter for toast/english muffins/ bagels. This is 30-45 minutes of a weeks worth of breakfast…tadaaaaa!

I can imagine that many of you are starting to think about starting a weight loss plan with the new year right around the corner. Breakfast should be an important part of this plan also. Eating breakfast will give you the energy to sustain any new exercise you plan to do, it will keep you nourished helping you not overeat when you eat your next meal, and will simply just make your mornings so much smoother and productive. That being said, this is your time to experiment, make a new routine and get ready to feed your body a healthy breakfast. Then, come the new year, when you start your weight loss journey you will already know what you like and what works best for you at breakfast time.

We all seem to have appointments, meetings, and something going on all the time. Adding this to your weekly plan and getting a good breakfast every morning can really improve the productivity in your daily life.

Do you eat breakfast?

If so, what works best for you in a hurry?

 

 

 

It’s More Than a Resolution…It’s a Gift To Ourselves

Are you a person that start’s a resolution every year just to fail after a few days, weeks or months?

Personally, I think some of us make that resolution just too big to accomplish which means failure is ultimately inevitable. So let’s change that together.

First of all, let’s call it a “gift” to ourselves for the new year. It will not be a resolution, it will only be as difficult as you want it to be and realistically we all should find it fairly easy to fit into our daily life.

It will take you thirty minutes per day, six days per week, with one day being a free day where you can either do nothing at all or still try and get in 30 minutes if you wish.

Now don’t panic and say you don’t have time. I know you do. Let’s set a timer one day and start and stop it every time you go onto a social media website. Add those minutes up at the end of one day. OK, now let’s take just 30 minutes of that (I know you accumulated more than 30minutes on your timer for one day) and dedicate it to this “gift” you are going to give yourself every day.

The “gift” we will be giving ourselves on these days for at least the next year, hopefully longer, will simply be to GET UP AND MOVE!

Now I know what you are thinking, especially if you read my blog, that this will not be difficult for me at all. Which may make it seem a little unfair. Just remember, you are not doing this for me, this is a “gift” for you. I do move everyday, whether it be walking, working out, playing tennis, kayaking, biking etc. What really has me concerned is the number of people that don’t move, complain they are tired all the time, there body aches everywhere, they are irregular, they cannot sleep……….

Believe me, if you MOVE you will feel better. I am not talking a normal workday of 8,9,10 or whatever hours you work on a daily basis. I am not talking about chasing after your kids all day or walking the trash to the curb once a week. I want you to add a SPECIFIC, different activity than normal to your daily routine for 30 minutes six days a week.

Want some stimulation, here are some suggestions:

*do it with a friend

*get a dog or borrow a neighbors

*join a gym, many people will feel obligated to go if they pay money to do something

* it’s great stress relief

*do you realize nursing home residents do daily exercise and a lot of us do none. Now that’s just sad:(

*do it for your health

I can offer you some ideas of things that you could do to make this a successful gift.

Inside:

water aerobics at an area high school or community center/lap swim

join a gym

yoga either by joining a class or buying a dvd

zumba

dancing lessons/classes

bowling

weight lifting

climb steps in your home for 30 minutes

stability ball exercises

dance around with your kids and just get crazy (they won’t know what has gotten into you but I promise they will love it)

Outside:

Ice skate

ski

sledding (only use the rope to go back up the hill every other time)

walk your/a dog

yoga in the park

hike a near by trail

snowshoe

run/jog

kayak

swim

bike

join a sporting team like softball, baseball, basketball etc.

tennis

I am sure there are many, many more things I could have listed, but you get the point. I don’t care how old or young you are, you can do this. Include your spouse, children, the elderly lady/man down the street. Stop in at a nursing home and take a resident for a walk around the grounds for half an hour in their wheel chair. (Get permissions first)There are so many things you could do.

So, are you in for the challenge? I promise you will feel better. Let’s even be optimistic and say that maybe next year we can up the time to moving for 1 hour a day. Although, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

For the next month, I will post weekly what I did to move for thirty minutes six days per week. If you send me a message either by reply or by email and let me know you are going to try it out, I will follow your progress and cheer you on.

LET’S ALL JUST GET UP AND MOVE!!!!

GOOD LUCK

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Looking Back ….

Did you all have a great holiday? We did. Looking back, I can’t believe everything we did in just a few days.

It all started with my first night geocache, where you use a flashlight and follow reflectors strategically place in the woods to find the actual cache. VERY fun, EXTREMELY cold (8 degrees) but I have high hopes to do this again when it’s a little warmer. (I have no pics because I was shivering too hard to even try and hold the camera steady, sorry)

Let’s see, we also moved our son back home because he has decided to transfer schools back to our hometown.We hosted Christmas Eve with my brother and his family, then went to my in laws and celebrated with my husband’s family. Christmas morning we had a wonderful breakfast.

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Then proceeded to open gifts in our jammies. I love celebrating with just the three of us, in jammies, with no where to go, no time restraints or worries. After gift opening we decided to do what we do best, head outdoors for some fun. We went snowshoeing for a couple hours.

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We saw some beautiful winter scenes.

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Arriving back at the truck with some hot chocolate waiting for us.

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After this it was back home for some relaxing family time. Our son even took a nap for two hours!

Thursday brought a day to celebrate our son’s birthday. He chose a great pizza place to visit for dinner.

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Then he ventured out later that night with a friend from high school to do something I think is just crazy. They went kayak sledding. Yes, that’s right, sledding down a snowy hill with their whitewater kayaks!!!! Dad would have normally joined in on the fun, but they left too late and he had to work in the morning so his fun will have to wait until next time. Myself on the other hand, will not do this. I like my water unfrozen, warm and the sun to be shining brightly in the sky.

The weekend brought ice fishing for my hubby that went very well. He caught his limit of fish which we enjoyed for lunch the next day.

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I was able to get in two wonderful workouts, which always makes me happy.  I also was able to get all the holiday decor put away.

Finally, as of today our normal routine is back and life will once again have some order to it.

I am working on a challenge for the New Year that I will post Wednesday. Not so much a New Year’s resolution but a “gift” I think we can all give ourselves for the New Year. So make sure you take a quick peak on Wednesday and see if your interested in challenging yourself.

Until then…