Working on the binge jar

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Just started work on my binge jar tonight. Currently it has 26 things in it, and I’ve already begun to decorate the jar itself. Are you excited? I’m excited to show it to you guys! Hopefully you’ll like the suggestions.

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Two Week HEALTHY Meal Plan (Includes Grocery List)

My life can get hectic, just like anyone else’s can too. Believe me, I will be the first to sympathize with those of you who end up going through a drive-thru because you realized that you didn’t take that roast out of the freezer last night, or the fact that it’s already 6 p.m. and you haven’t got anything cooking yet.
SO, do you know what I’ve done for you? (And… you know… myself!) I sat down and made a two week meal plan. It includes a breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper. The general rule is to simply skip the mid-morning snack if you aren’t hungry. I took the meat out of the freezer three days in advance to make sure it was thawed, and did whatever prep I could the night I bought the food (cut up a chef salad, made a spinach salad, boiled some eggs, etc.) I’m not 100% paleo, but this meal plan was inspired by the two week paleo plan you can find here: http://cavemanstrong.com/mealplans/CavemanStrong-2WeekPaleo-MealPlan.pdf If you’re really looking into going paleo right off the bat, I recommend it. However, I’m not willing to make that commitment yet. I prefer eating more fruits than I do beef jerky, and so do my children. If you don’t like something, feel free to sub it, I promise, I won’t get mad! The only thing I ask is that you don’t crop out my mark. If this inspired your new list, please let others know :). I really need the extra traffic on the site, hahaha!

This is what I came up with: (P.S. Really sorry for spelling Pomello wrong on the weekly lists.)

Meal Plan Template

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Grocery List Template

Let me know what you guys think. Like it? Hate it? How did it work out for you and your family?

Hope this helps get you guys on track!
Barb

All work and no play makes Barb a dull girl.

So much has been going on lately!

On the good news front, the more money I make through working, the more I have to spend on extras for my daughters and to put aside to save. Also, I have actually been asked to photograph my first event! I don’t want to fully release the details as of yet, as it is still in the works… but wow, I am so excited!
Bad news? I can’t seem to find the time to eat healthy and work out! Ugh this sucks! It’s amazing just how much difference I have noticed in myself since I stopped going for a daily run! It’s so insane! I feel like I put on at least 10 pounds (in reality I haven’t added any weight), I always feel groggy and tired, and I am so lazy!

With that all said, my trip to Jamaica is really becomming official! I’ll be heading down for a week with a friend to photograph my sister’s wedding next spring. This is a big motivation factor to light my fire to get up and get moving again. The other thing that I can now add to my motovation? I just ordered 2 pairs of black milk leggings that were limited when they had their museum sale, and I’ve got probably a month before they get here. So here it goes!

I’m going to start doing at least three blogilates videos a day at least 4 days a week, and a half hour of cardio at least 6 days a week. I might switch over to endomondo instead of c25k for the actual runs, using the c25k format though. I also want to get up earlier (which goes along with switching my schedule in time for the massive week of cleaning) and start my day with an automatic mini-workout. So like 3 sets of 15 thighs, 3 sets of 10 push-ups, 3 sets of 15 crunches. I’m also going to begin calorie counting again. I got stuck in a terrible plateau (although on the plus side I took a week off and never gained any additional weight back) and I really feel that it’s caused by the fact that even though I’m eating good food, I’m still eating too much. And just for you fit people who may suggest that I’m building muscle instead, I’m not losing any inches either ;). That was the first thing my friend actually got me to check on when I told her about it.

So, what’s your morning routine? And how do you keep it up?

Barb.

Top Ten (Personal) Reasons to Lose Weight

So I know that there are the obvious reasons one might pick as to why they should lose weight, to be healthier, to live longer, to ward off certain diseases, etc. But when I was filling out my top ten reasons in my smashbook, I came up with these instead:

1) To be more energetic with my children!
2) To see my children get married.
3) To feel more confident on myself.
4) To wear a bikini again!!!
5) To be an excellent role model for my girls.
6) To pass a healthy lifestyle on to my daughters.
7) To get married!
8) To really love myself again.
9) For my trip to Jamaica!
10) To have more get up & go so I can do more in my day.

You may notice two specific themes here, number 1, my kids. Let’s face it, I love my kids to death, and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them (even giving up on some extra chocolate!…. well, maybe after this last bite…) and of course the second one being body image related. In grade 11, I had reached a certain weight where I felt confident for once, I stopped wearing sweaters every day and started even getting an extra friend or two because of my confidence… I’d like to feel that way about myself again.

Every weight loss or fitness journey is a personal decision made with personal reasons. This time I decided to actually write my reasons down, so that when I have a bad day I can look at them and remind myself why I keep doing this, even when it hurts, when I don’t want to, and when I’m craving something junky.

What are your reasons?

Anxiety eating

Well, there they were…. duhduhduhhhhhh!!!! The TIMBITS! It felt like they were staring at me, begging me to eat them… I had bought them as a treat for my daughters since we were going for a fairly long ride in the car, but it was all I could do to stay out of them myself. I’m fairly addicted to them, you see. I’ll buy them “for my daughters” and then see one I like, then another, then another… then oops… 7+ of those damn little sugarbombs later I realize that I just botched my whole day.

But today, today was a new experience. I left them alone… not out of my mind, because it was hard to resist them as they sat on the seat next to me. But I did it. It’s at moments like these that I notice unhealthy thoughts begin popping into my head, like “if I could just eat it, then throw it up…” I’m glad that these thoughts still sound totally ridiculous to me though, otherwise, I would have a problem. Really, I hate throwing up… with a passion, so thankfully I could never do it just so I could eat a timbit, lol. I just wanted you guys to know that you’re not the only ones who’s heads get filled with craziness when temptation is only a small arms-length away, however, it’s not really the reason I decided to write this post.

The real reason, is because after that… after I had fended off the urge to eat them, I ended up in a situation where I was told that I had made a mistake, a simple mistake anyone could’ve made, and the guy I was speaking to shrugged it off. No biggie… so you’d think that it wouldn’t amount to anything, right? Wrong. You see, I’m incredibly shy, so any interaction when I find out I’ve made a mistake can be really awkward for me, so I worry about it. The second I got back into my car… I found myself reaching for my second timbit. Yup… second. This was such a “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!?” moment that I almost couldn’t believe it. I honestly don’t remember eating the first one, I remember finishing it… but I didn’t even really get to taste or savour it! What a bummer!! It sucked, I was annoyed that it had been SUCH an automatic reaction that I didn’t notice until it was too late, I felt terrible and guilty… which would usually end with me eating MORE timbits, compounding my problem. This time, however, I put the second timbit back. I was actually able to fully acknowledge what I had done, and although I couldn’t reverse my decision, I was able to prevent further damage to my day. This is something I need to keep reminding myself of… everyone makes mistakes and slips up, but you can’t get down on yourself ans make ir worse. Make a conscious decision to stop doing these unhealthy habits and really work at it.

We can do this together! If I can, you can.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Bedtime snack

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Getting ready to lounge in bed and actually work for my money, lol. It’s time to edit pictures! And hopefully get some additional blog work done while I’m on my computer. So tonight I’m going to snack on some plain greek yogurt (which I will soon start making myself), with some blueberries and honey. Oh, and a green tea with milk & stevia.
Hope you’re all having a relaxing evening too!

Barb

C25K update

After I last mentioned it, I have been asked how I’ve been doing with C25K. As a serious couch potato, I won’t lie, it’s been tough. The first night I began running again, it felt great! Then, the second night? Not so great… OUCH! As an added bonus, my boyfriend decided that he would come along and join me after he stepped on the scale and saw something he didn’t like. Having either my boyfriend or dog really does seem to help me out, when I feel like I can’t go on, I keep going anyway. Ember loves to go, and Aldric loves to go faster than me, lol.  As a competitive couple, it’s a nice way to compete against one another while keeping each other motivated! 

Anyway, I made it through week 1 so far, and then last night I decided to skip week 2 and had straight for week 3, because when I saw what week 3 had to offer (3 minutes of running!) I had already given up on myself. So this time to overcome it, I just did it. Aldric should be able to keep up with me when we go tonight (he skipped or on last night since he hasn’t been feeling well) since he did way better than me in week 1. I’m really not much of a runner!

So I went out last night and jogged for the full three minutes! I know, totally doesn’t sound like much to most people, even my volleyball teenage self laughs hysterically at the thought of three minutes seeming like an eternity, but I made it through the first half! Then? That crucial mistake came to bite me in the ass… or, abs really… The cramping which comes thanks to my late dinner. Last night was the first night that I actually had to sit down for a minute, and walk the second half. It wasn’t overly satisfying. Sure, my calves burned, but there were no great amounts of sweat that I hadbecome accustomed to… and I was disappointed?! Yup. I sure was.

The main point here? If I can do it, you sure can! Because I’m going out again tonight to actually complete the second section of three minutes jogging. Knowing that the program will let me hear that ring and tell me to stop, really keeps me going. “Just a little longer…” “Can’t be much longer now…”. It works. Try it out. Get a friend to try it with you! Have fun with it!

Wish me luck! 

Barb

P.S. I’m going to be adding my two week meal plan/grocery list for you guys, as well as my “instead of binging” jar soon, so follow me here, on instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep yourselves updated!