Some Things Weighing On My Mind Lately

I have had some issues that have been weighing on my mind lately and I think I am getting a grip on them one by one. Here are a few and the solution I have taken to solve them.

*My afternoon workout routine is not happening with two infants! This for me is tragic to say the least. I live to exercise. It’s not an obsession by any means but more of a release and a way to relax. Recently I started caring for two infants and sleep schedules are all over the place.(As they should be with infants) Yes, I could workout while they are awake but then I don’t feel as if I am doing my job which is caring for them and entertaining their little minds. So I have decided to get in my normal afternoon routine of a half hour cardio and some weight lifting in the early morning before anyone arrives and right after my husband leaves for work. We are talking by 4:50 a.m. I am working out. Surprisingly it has not been too bad. It’s been quiet, relaxing, and honestly somewhat serene. I do hope eventually I can get everyone back on our normal afternoon schedule but for now I really think this is going to work best for all of us.

*Spending money on bear spray that could ultimately never be used. Recently I made a few calls about a back country hiking trip my husband and I have been planning. I received some really good tips and information from a park ranger that made us rethink what we needed to carry while hiking in this area. Typically we do carry a small hand held pepper spray for protection on the trails we hike. Ironically, not so much for animals but to be used on anything.(There are weirdos everywhere). After speaking with the park ranger he advised us to invest in a can of bear spray for this area we plan to hike. I told my husband and recently while shopping we located this type of protection. I (being the frugal person I am) almost sh*t when I saw the price tag. For $50 you can buy a can of bear spray with a holster to easily attach it to yourself or your backpack in the event you would come across a bear in the wilderness. I really had trouble spending this kind of cash for something that could literally never get used or could expire before it’s ever needed. Then my husband mentioned that he would rather carry this than a firearm (which I totally agree), and that $50 is cheap when it could save our lives. I had to agree with that too. After thinking about it for a while, it did make sense.

*Ankle pain is still bothering me. If you are a follower you know I have been dealing with a sore ankle for a very long time now. After kicking a rock in the river mid summer last year while portaging I have had this pain. It has gotten a lot better and the ankle swelling has actually subsided unless I spend hours on my feet, walk many miles or hike without my boots. Now the only real time I have pain is when it is bent in a certain direction. When this happens, the pain is horrendous……like tears in my eyes painful. After trying ice, heat, ankle wraps, water therapy, compression socks, and rest I have finally decided to see an orthopedic specialist this week. Enough is enough, I am done with this pain. I am not a doctor fan what so ever, but I feel in my mind it has been long enough and I have done all I can do. So hopefully by the end of the week I will have an answer and a plan to be pain free soon.

*My husbands birthday gift. It’s almost that time of year again, my husbands birthday. We are at the age now that when we want something we just go out and get it so I never know what to buy him for a gift. This year I searched hard and was coming up with nothing. Until I was actually given an idea from a friend and did some research and found the perfect gift. I would love to tell you all but sometimes he reads this so I can’t just yet. I can say, I think he’s really going to like it and I am happy I have another year before I need to search again:)

*Where to go for Easter? Every year we try and share Easter together somewhere special. This year we have not come up with a plan quite yet and we don’t even have any ideas.

*Section Hiking. I have been toying with the idea of trying to section hike the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail. I have been researching for weeks and really think this is going to be a goal in the near future. I mentioned it to my husband and to my surprise he is all for the idea. Does anyone have any advice for us? Do you like one trail more than the other? Let me know what you think.

 Is there anything weighing on your mind? Do you want to talk about it?

 

 

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?