Juice Recipe #1

If you have a juicer and you’re wondering what to juice in it for fear it might taste awful, here’s a recipe to get you started. Please note that there are two steps, firstly the juicing, followed by the blending.

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This recipe makes a good amount, and I’ll be using it primarily for 2 adults throughout the day.

So first JUICE:
2-3 medium sized beets
1 cucumber
5 or 6 celery stalks
4-6 carrots
3 small or 2 large apples
2 lemons

Don’t omit the lemons! They give it a beautiful citrus zip and they help to detox your body.

The second step is to BLEND:
2-3 cups of the juice
1 banana
A handful of swiss chard or spinach
2 spoonfuls of plain Greek yogurt.

It makes for a delicious juice, great for mornings to get your body headed in the right direction.

Let me know how you like it!

Barb

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Weekly Weigh-In 4

Time for another weigh-in, is it? I was going to post pictures monthly, but I honestly don’t see a change, because although I have lost weight, it hasn’t really been a ton. Usually I lose about 8 or 10 pounds a month, but this month has been quite hard on me. I just got sick, and it seems to be sticking around. I really hope that this isn’t like last year, where every time I would try to go running… it just felt weird to breathe the cool air, and really messed with how I felt.

Also, I woke up a little late today, so I ran out the door to get my daughter to preschool and never got a chance to weigh myself this morning. Not a huge biggie though, I weighed myself tonight and I was still at the same weight. Therefore, I know I have still lost weight this week, but I’ll have a tangible number tomorrow morning instead.

I only did sort of alright with my resolutions this week since I really haven’t felt like doing much. I haven’t been drinking any good amounts of water, and I am getting some light exercise, but not nearly as much as I wish I was getting. I keep bringing my boyfriend into town later at night after the kids are in bed (so that Grampy just has to keep an ear out for them) and we go for some streetlight walks. Last nights walk was wonderful, our town was getting ready for a street hockey tournament so there was music playing and an all around feeling of pride in the community. Usually our walks last from 20 to 30 minutes. Not too fast, slow enough to just enjoy each other’s company and talk, but fast enough to be able to get our heart rates up a bit. Hey, even Aldric is enjoying it… so it’s really a win-win here. I get him to exercise, he barely notices.

Also, new this week. EATING HEALTHY YAY! I made a list last week, and didn’t really stick to it because we never had a chance to go pick up the meat (we shop at two different stores in the area), so I just reused last week’s list again, and it’s going over much better. Last night we had our “Treat meal” which was spaghetti. And this morning I ate some fruit salad instead of cereal simply because that was really what I felt like eating. But either way, it’s still quite healthy. And I never knew I could love fruit so much! I just add a dollop of greek yogurt and a bit of honey and presto, instant breakfast. Just as quick as cereal, but it seems to keep me fuller for longer, and I really love eating it… actually… just writing about it makes me want to go get some more… be right back.

Yum.

Okay, so for this week, again the main focus will be on me getting healthy again. I want to boost fluid intake, because I should anyway since I’m sick. I also need to see if I can fit just a little more exercise in my day. Thankfully my boyfriend will be helping me clean up tomorrow, because a clean house means more time to work out. The living room got a little out of hand since I’ve been sick, but with his help tomorrow it should be back up and running. Lastly, I want to actually really give a good attempt at sticking with this meal plan for the week.

Hopefully it won’t be too hard,
Barb

Healthy Meal Plan & Grocery List (1 week)

So, as promised here is the meal plan and grocery list I was talking about the other day. I just listed “Chili ingredients” as it’s own little section since there are simply too many variations for me to go list the ingredients for. Let me know if you’d like to know my chili recipe!
Anyway, it’s made so that you can just bring the grocery list with you, while keeping the meal plan itself in your binder or wherever you store those things. It’s relatively healthy, and has a spot for you to add a few extras, just in case. Who knows, maybe you can’t survive without pineapple in your fruit salads?
The best advice I would give for sticking with this is simple, pick the day you’ll be least busy. Go grocery shopping, and when you get home, do your food prep! Make the salad, fruit salad, and whatever else you need to do. You’ll thank yourself so much for that when you run into a busy patch in your week and the healthy food is sitting there ready to go! Also, do some prep the night before. Like put your frozen meat in the fridge, cut up some veggies for tomorrow’s supper if you would like. It takes a bit of thought, and it takes some action and work, but in the end it’s worth it.

Here’s a picture of this week’s haul! Delicious, healthy, nutritious food.
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Remember, if you’re working out all the time and you have awesome abs, they’ll never show through if you can’t lose the fat that’s sitting on top of them, so fuel your body with smart choices (at least most of the time!) So clean up your eating act now by following this meal plan!

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Here’s the meal plan & list in .PDF form for you to save to your computer as well!
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(I just ask that you don’t claim it as your own and use it all over the place.)

Let me know if you’ve got any requests or questions!
Barb

Weekly Weigh-in 3

This week hasn’t been exactly the epitome of health. I’m coming down with a cold of some sort, and feeling like crap. I got addicted to playing the Sims 3 which kept me up late, very late, into the night. Surprisingly enough, I’ve had a good amount of energy during the day, but I know that if I keep these awful habits up, I’ll end up right back where I started. On the good side though, my weight is still dropping. I can’t be 100% sure of how much I’ve lost due to the scale problem, but whaddya know, I FINALLY seem to have found one that works! It’s such a good feeling to know I can actually trust this one, hahaha. So I know I’ve dropped approximately a pound during this week of laziness. Also good news? I went grocery shopping, and bought a ton of good, delicious, healthy foods. Stocking my house with good foods has really helped me eat healthier during the day. I’ll post the lists and more details on that later though. Of course it’s too early for me to have lost any inches, but that’s alright. At least I’m headed in the right direction. I need to take a new set of body measurements anyway.
Also, when I felt like doing nothing, I still put my younger daughter in her stroller and went for a walk while Estelle was in daycare. It wasn’t too long, probably about 20-30 minutes, but it was a whole lot better than the nothing I was going to do originally. I’m just sick and tired, of being sick and tired. I might not be able to do anything about the sick part at this moment, other than rest up when I can and take medication, but I am seriously done with being tired.
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Usually my babe is a little happier when mommy is snapping pictures, but it was a little too close to her nap time.

This weeks goals:
Feel better and get over this cold.
Work out at least three times this week.
Go for at least one walk/jog!

Weekly Weigh-in 2

Whoops, missed a week! Mostly because I seem to have the WORST luck with scales! Seriously, I have two scales sitting next to my garbage bin getting ready to be thrown out, and this time, I thought to myself, “Since I seem to be having such bad luck with digital scales, I’m not going to buy a digital one!” So I bring home my new scale… and it reads 10 lbs. heavier than the last. I assumed that it must be correct, because it was new, and it was zeroed and whatnot… then my father has since found out that it’s simply not correct. Boo! However, it has been giving me a sort of way to track myself. According to my new scale, I’ve lost four pounds over the past two weeks. Not too shabby, but no inches as of yet.
I’m not really depressed about this, however, because I wasn’t expecting a huge weight loss at the start this time. Number 1, I haven’t really changed my eating habits. So sure, exercise helps, but it’s obviously only half of the battle here. I even had a cake-off with my boyfriend! Number 2, I’ve been doing strength training and not a whole ton of cardio like I used to do every time I would start up again. I changed my methods because I honestly enjoy feeling the next-day burn in my muscles. Like after leg day, when I get up and walk around… it’s just a nice reminder, not painful, just… nice. My favorite type of burn? Ab burn for sure! It makes me feel so productive on the one area of my body I dislike the most.
In the midst of all this, a new friend of mine suggested we go for a walk. I sort of imagined like a walk around the area, it takes about an hour or so.. then…. whaddya know… We just kept walking. I didn’t bother asking, and then we had walked much further than I had imagined. Long story short, we ended up walking for two hours round-trip. It was great though! It reminded me of a few summers back when my group of friends would walk everywhere! It was the only means of transport that we all had access to, so we used it. I was in much better shape during that time, so it wasn’t nearly as intimidating!
Anyway, this week I have a couple of resolutions for myself to (hopefully) stick to:
-Drink more water.
-Stop eating after 8 p.m. aside from occasional popcorn.
-Do a little more cardio!
-Buy a new scale…

We’ll see how lucky I get with the last one. I legitimately suck at buying personal scales! Ugh. Oh well.

Keep it up, and sweat it out!
Barb

Cherish The Moments (Family Time)

Recently, there have been a string of premature deaths in my area. I can easily come up with 10 people in their 20s who have recently passed away, and this has been affecting me, even if it’s not really manifesting itself in grief. It’s just come to show me how valuable life itself really is.

Three years after becoming a mother for the first time, I can honestly say that I truly love the special family moments we’ve been working on. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with staying at home and making some homemade playdough, but I really enjoy the outings we’ve been having as a family lately. Aldric and I bring the kids out for a walk on a trail, or around in an area they’ve never been before. It gives the kids some time to explore as we let them run a few steps ahead of us. I know it sounds crazy, but these times together have really made me understand just how much my children have grown! Also, it has begun to put my mind at ease about having both children out in public, haha. It’s taught me that they listen way more than I ever thought they would, it’s shown me how much they love being outdoors, and it really allows me to see the vivid reactions on their faces when we explore a new area. Sometimes we keep it more low-key, and have a campfire before bed with the kiddos. The way the kids light up when we bring out the marshmallow roasting sticks is simply adorable.

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I want my children to have memories, not only day to day average activities. I want them to really have fun times that they can look back on, filled with love and devoted attention. Not only that, but it really brings Aldric and I closer together as well. It’s nice to actually see him actively parenting the children and interacting with them. I strongly believe that a strong bond between father and child is special. It’s one thing that I missed out on when I was younger, which I realize is probably why I find myself making sure that Aldric is a really actively-involved parent. It’s one thing for a parent to be around, it’s another thing entirely for a parent to be actively-involved (and no, I’m not referring to helicopter-parenting).

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I think it would be unrealistic for me to believe that every moment of every day is special. So much of it is filled with the mundane, cleaning, organizing, getting ready, working, and all that jazz. As soon as I made it clear to myself that this was what I wanted in our lives, and that this was important to me, I was able to find the time for it. I’ve changed my attitude to take one solid day a week, not just an hour once in a while, to put aside any major projects, I just do light cleaning, and we just “make a day of it”. We do whatever we would like, but we do it together. It’s really our own, personalized version of stopping to smell the roses.To cherish the time we have together, because I do realize that before I know it my children won’t be babies anymore. True family time is something that Aldric and I missed out on when we were growing up, and instead of bringing up another generation like we were, we decided to put an emphasis on memories, telling our children (and each other) “I love you”, and really solidifying the bond that holds us all together as a family.

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I totally understand that sometimes due to scheduling, or where you’re at in your own journey can make devoting an entire day somewhat tough. Up until the past few months, I would’ve thought that this was nearly impossible! So make sure you’re really cherishing the moments that you DO have together. Tell your children, and those around you that you LOVE them. Spend at least 20 minutes a day on your child’s level. Play with them, colour with them, converse with them. In time, if it’s truly important to you, you’ll find more and more time to spend with your loved ones.

I feel like I could go on all day about this topic, and I’m not going to. You know your own personal scheduling, I’m just hoping that maybe this post will sway you to spend a little more time as quality time… you never know how much you have left.

Until next time,
Barb