Weekend Goals and The May Health Challenge

The weekend is here and I am EXCITED! I visited the doctor yesterday and didn’t exactly get the news I was hoping for but I still got good news.

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I will still be in the boot another two weeks. However, two hours during my work day and from the time I am done working until bedtime I can take it off. However, if we do any form of activity besides normal walking around the house, then it has to go back on. I did get the ok to do anything I wish with the boot on…hello trail here I come. Which means I made some weekend goals and hope to accomplish most of them. Take a look:

#1 To not over do activity with that ankle. I need to strengthen it back up. As much as I would love to hike 10 miles, that is not likely going to happen. I do plan to hike a little this weekend since our plans have been on the calendar for quite some time now, but all in good reason.

#2 I really need to even out my tan. One leg is white and the other is not. Since I can have the boot off for a while each day, this will be my time to marinate in the sunshine.

#3 Try out my new insoles when I have the boot off. I’ve been told this could be painful, but I am not too worried. I have been in pain for months, how much worse could it be?

#4 Enjoy my first campfire meal of the season. (Fire danger here is very high, this one is iffy)

#5 Spend some family time together. My son was offered a job last week which has him working in his field of photography almost every single weekend photographing weddings. This could be one of our last weekends together as a family doing what we love so I need to savor every second.

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#6 Last but not least, work on losing the three pounds I have gained from sitting around unable to exercise for the last month. The night I came home from my appointment we actually took our first walk in a month.(with the boot still on) It was great!

I’ll let you all know next week how many of these goals I actually accomplish.

Now, onto May’s Health Challenge. I don’t know where last month went but it’s gone and that means we are ready for a new monthly health challenge.

May’s Health Challenge Is: Meatless Monday’s

That’s right, no meat on Monday’s! You can easily replace your protein with another form of food one day per week without a whole lot of effort. Here are some options to choose from:

beans and lentils

cottage cheese

eggs

tofu/tempeh

greek yogurt

avocados

peanut butter

quinoa

nuts and seeds

I am sure there are many, many more out there besides just these.  If you don’t think you can survive an entire day without meat just start out with dinner on Monday’s. Work your way up to an entire day by the end of the month. You can set your own goals and achieve them.

These challenges are meant to be fun and rewarding to us all when we work to achieve something we normally would not do on our own. I don’t want these to turn into something that we all dread and find impossible.

Let me know of any good ideas or recipes you come up with that are meatless. I would be happy to give them a try here with my family as well.

Good Luck!

 

 

I Wonder Why….

I wonder why some people turn to food when stressed? (guilty)

I wonder why prescription drug side effects are often worse then the condition they are meant to treat? Have you ever listened to the end of a drug commercial when it says: side effects could include yadayadayada? Makes me really wonder if its worth it in the end!

I wonder why people seem to pass away shortly after retirement?

I wonder why parents often don’t give their children credit for how smart they really are at a very young age?

I wonder why people often use age as a reason not to be active?

I wonder why ophidiophobia has to exist? (I have a severe case of this)

I wonder why we have 2 day weekends and 5 day work weeks?  What would happen if it was reversed? Just think about that for a few minutes.

I wonder why domestic abuse cases are higher during football season?

I wonder why life has to be so tough at times and yet so easy at other times? Wouldn’t it just be easier to live a balanced happy life?

 

Can you add to my list?

 

 

 

Unexplained Changes

I have been noticing many changes lately and I am really trying hard to decipher them. Nothing really urgent, important, or honestly even meaningful just some odd changes. Maybe it winter, maybe it’s aging, or maybe it’s just being female.

Let’s see, this weekend I actually had my husband home both Saturday and Sunday and we had plans to start packing. When we traveled in my younger years I would be so organized, packed way earlier than need be, and be completely stressed that we would forget something. Now, not so much! I have a list, that is still normal, but nothing on that list made it into our suitcases as of yet. Why? Well, because I just do not feel like packing. Pretty sad but true. Although, eventually I will just have to do it I suppose.

Another odd thing happened this weekend when we needed to run a quick errand to a hardware store. We passed right by my favorite sporting good store in Green Bay. Knowing that I still had a gift card from Christmas, my husband said,” why don’t we stop and maybe you could find something special on sale.” (There were clearance banners hanging outside the store) Now, normally I would be all for a clearance sale, especially at a sporting goods store. However, I simply said no. He looked at me and said, “are you sure, they are having a clearance sale?” I again said, “no.” I just did not feel like shopping. Where in the world did that come from? I am a clearance only shopper. This is my favorite store. What the heck????

Let’s talk about that quick errand we were running at the hardware store. Our son approached us with a little remodeling project he wanted to do in his “Man Cave” and since it’s our house he knew he could not attempt this without getting the go ahead from us first. Now normally remodeling sends me over the edge. I don’t like change when it comes to my house. I am very organized, I know where everything is, and if you leave it lay around and I find it, don’t ever plan to see it again. That is what 20+ years of being a wife and mother has taught me. I only ask once for you to pick it up after that it is mine to do what I wish with it:) Anyhow, when he asked, I calmly asked for a plan of what he was thinking. I did not like his entire plan but was willing to work with it a bit. So with dad’s help this is what we did Saturday. About half way through the process, I was happy to leave it up to the guys and went upstairs to tend to some other projects I needed to get done. Again, normally this would NEVER happen. I would see it through to the end and make sure everything was put back where it belongs. This time however, I really did not care. My things that needed to be moved were put back where I could easily access them and they seemed to have it together so I left. I think they were even shocked.

One last thing that caught me off guard recently and I was not sure what to even say so I simply bit my tongue and did not say a word. Which for me is not normal!!!! I speak my mind and I don’t ever sugar coat anything. An acquaintance of ours recently went to the doctor and stated to me that their doctor mentioned that he/she was disappointed in this persons weight. In turn our acquaintance then says to me that they really felt bad because their doctor really seemed disappointed in them so they have decided to lose 40 lbs.. What??????? WHY……. WHY on earth would you loose 40 lbs. for your doctor to be happy with you??? OMG, I wanted to scream at them……but I didn’t:) I bit my tongue HARD! Take it from someone that has lost a lot of weight in the past. You cannot loose weight for someone else to be happy, it will not work! You need to lose weight for your own happiness. Again, why did I not speak up? I would have in the past.

So you see, something is happening to me. Although, somethings that are changing are not so bad, others are just odd. As strange as it is, I think I am ok with these changes.

Have you notice any strange changes in yourself that are similar to what I have experienced? Or am I just odd?

 

 

What If….

 

Just some thoughts ……

What if a scale not only told us a number but also added an inspirational quote? Would it be easier to step on that scale and face that number?

What if you could buy will power? How much would you pay for it?

What if you had a personal chef? Would you eat healthier?

What if we all knew the day of our death? Would it change how you live today?

What if everyone was the same color, worth the same amount of money, believed in the same political party, and practiced the same religious denomination? Would we still find something to fight about?

What if the surgeon general’s warning on cigarettes wasn’t quite so vague and plainly stated, “you are killing yourself?” Would you still smoke?

What if restaurants banned and collected cell phones at the door until you left the premises? Would you still continue to eat out?

Feel free to answer or even add to the thoughts that often go through my mind after witnessing an event, observing the general public or watching the news.

Have a great day:)

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

My Favorite Form Of Exercise And Why

You all know I love to exercise. I do it everyday in some form or another. I do it for my health, to control my weight, to feel a sense of accomplishment but most of all exercise is a way for me to control stress and keep my sanity.

I spend countless hours caring for children during the week. This in itself can be very rewarding yet stressful. To relieve stress during my day, cardio is the way to go. This is usually a 30 minute bike ride during nap time on weekdays.

My most rewarding exercise at the gym would have to be the elliptical or ARC machines. They both seem to give me the best workout with very different results. I don’t feel I get much benefit from weight lifting other than keeping me strong and fit enough to keep up with the activities we do. However, I know they are good for me. I don’t dread doing them but I could easily pass them by if I knew I would not pay the price later on.

I do have to admit that even with everything I do, walking would have to be my number one go to form of exercise. It’s how I started my journey to a healthy lifestyle and it is still today my favorite thing to do. I could be walking a street, mall or a trail and be perfectly content to walk on forever. It does not matter if I am alone or with someone, I love to walk. When I am alone I have time to think. When I walk with my husband we can have a completely private conversation and not even realize we have walked a few miles. And when I walk with my daycare kiddos, it is non stop talking about anything and everything. It a great form of exercise that is easy to do anywhere at any age.

Tell me, what is your favorite form of exercise and why?

Healthy Lifestyle vs. Dieting/ Dealing with Hypoglycemia

I can’t believe the number of people that have told me they are going to try a new diet. Doesn’t it always seem that someone is on one diet or another? Honestly, I think there are enough different ones out there that a person could be on a new diet monthly. This is just so overwhelming to me!!!

Maybe I was lucky, when I achieved my weight loss years ago, I truthfully did not find it difficult to eat healthy. I simply just changed the way I ate. Not a hard concept. I knew the junk I was eating and simply stopped eating it.

Yes, of course, I craved things that I gave up, like chips, cheese (I do live in Wisconsin), grilled hotdogs, etc. Then I searched around and found replacements for all these items. The things I could not replace, I had a bite of and left the rest for someone else.

I really never understood dieting. Once you “START” a diet, you eventually have to “END” a diet. I wanted my weight loss to be lifelong, so I never wanted that “END” day to come. My solution was to change my lifestyle, not start a diet.

Many will blame their husband, wife or children. So and so always has to have this or that in the house. Kids like there snack foods, husbands like their chips, wives like their chocolate. So be it. Find healthier alternatives. Learn portion sizes, and stick to them. Let’s face it, chocolate is healthy in small portions, baked chips are better than regular chips and kids eat what mom or dad buy for them. In other words, if they can’t see it, they can’t eat it. If they are are hungry and offered healthier options they will eat them.

One of the hardest things I had to learn was that every time we had an outing planned we brought a cooler full of healthy options. It is not easy to feed a family healthy on the road. Another hurdle was eating out. Portion sizes at restaurants are enormous. When we would eat out, I used to cut everything in half and only eat half my meal. The rest was brought home for another meal.

I often ask myself why people do this to themselves. Go on a diet, go off a diet. Loose weight and feel great, just to turn around and gain it back when the diet is done. Just make a lifestyle change instead. It’s your life to change.

This is how I lost weight. No calorie counting, no special diet, no surgery. I have been struggling lately with hypoglycemia. I found myself researching different strategies, diets and foods that help solve some of the issues that come along with this frustrating condition. Then I thought to myself, what am I doing? I am not going to try any diet. No way, I can do this myself. My biggest hurdle is I need to eat every 3-4 hours, regardless if I am hungry or not (according to all the experts and doctors). This is not something that makes me happy! I have trained myself to eat only when hungry and at no other times.

I eat a balance diet and exercise daily. I have come to love exercise and my active lifestyle and will not let this condition change the way I do things. (Remember, I am a redhead and am very stubborn) I have learned that I do need to feed my body when it tells me it needs to eat, although, I don’t always agree with it. So, I try and feed it healthy options and will change some of my eating habits to adjust to this condition but no new “diet plan” is going to happen.

I have come to realize I need to have a small snack everywhere I am, just in case things get delayed and I can not make it home within that 3-4 hours. I have a snack in my purse and in our vehicles. When we leave home for any larger amount of time I now grab what we all know as “mom’s snack bag.” It hangs on the hook right next to the door leading out of our home. Always accessible and easy to grab. (That’s it, on my husband’s back, my emergency bag of snacks.)

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Yes, I have even reached the point where, if I forget it I have turned around and went back home for it. At this stage, I have surrendered to this condition and have come to realize for now I can only hope my brain and my body will eventually learn to get along again, and be happy together. I hope:)

I just wish more people would look in the mirror and realize that if you want to be healthy, it’s really not about what diet you choose. It’s about what you feed that body of yours and how you choose to live your life. You will succeed if you want it bad enough.