Thanksgiving Doesn’t Have To Be Bad

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I don’t know about you but I use to almost dread holidays like Thanksgiving where there was tons and tons of food around. But now I look forward to the day full of food and family because I have a few tools to help me out so I thought I would share because you know I love all of you out there!

START YOUR DAY WITH A WORKOUT Obviously it’s always easiest to get up and get your workout out of the way because then there won’t be things that pop up and get in the way. And you want to spend the day with family and not have to keep thinking about working out. So whether it’s going for a run, doing a Fitness Blender workout on YouTube a quick yoga session or walking around the block for 15 minutes just do something! Any sort of movement you can do will make you feel great!

DRINK LOTS OF WATER I don’t know if you family has fun drinks for the holiday but pass on them. I always say save your calories for food! Personally I would rather eat my calories than drink them. Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces during the day and try drinking a big glass before you eat. Dehydration is often mistaken for hunger so stay dehydrated!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO EAT EVERYTHING I grew up in a house where we ate sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving like you would a baked potato with some butter and salt/pepper. I think I was in college before I knew that sweet potatoes could have brown sugar and marshmallows on top…gross! So that isn’t a dish I like so I don’t put it on my plate. SO not worth the calories! So just because the food is there doesn’t mean you have to eat it. Just eat what you know you like! And take little portions because then if something tasted extra good you are fine having a little bit more.

EAT BREAKFAST Start the day with a good filling breakfast with a lot of protein. Cereal is good but won’t fuel you for the day. Eat something healthy that has a lot of protein and is lower in fat and carbs. It will fuel you for the day until it’s time for the big meal and it will also help you not to snack while prepping the meal.

GET RIGHT BACK ON TRACK One day isn’t going to hurt you. You can be sure that I will be eating at least 2 rolls and lots of pie and ice cream! But it’s ok, you won’t eat like that every day so the next day just get back to your normal eating.

ENJOY the day, ENJOY your family and friends and ENJOY THE FOOD!

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This is the phrase I keep telling myself lately. For those of you that don’t know, we are expecting baby girl #2! I am about 21 weeks pregnant right now and can’t believe I am already halfway there. Reality kind of set in today and I was streeeeeeessing…but that’s a whole other story…

Anyway, with Olivia I was going to spin class just about every day, even the day she was born. But we moved and I don’t have a spin class I can go to so I have been a little paranoid that I will gain a ton of weight, not recover as quickly as I did the first time and have a ton of baby weight to gain. I have been trying really hard to make sure I am doing something at least 4 days a week. Some days it’s just easy prenatal yoga or stretching and other days cardio or circuit training. I still am playing volleyball weekly and up until 2 weeks ago was playing basketball weekly. So I am doing the best I can to stay active. But it has been really hard to not have much energy, not feel well and just not be able to do as much as I was before. So when I read this quote it really hit home. It doesn’t matter if I am not going as fast like I used to, not working out as hard as I used to, it just doesn’t matter. All that matters is that I am doing something. I am exercising to try to stay healthy and give this baby every chance to be healthy.

So remember this quote. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, if you are overweight, thin, pregnant, just starting out with a healthy new lifestyle or have been active for years. Just go. Just keep moving, keep trying, it makes a difference. Be proud of yourself for what you are doing because it’s awesome!

A New Year & A Great Challenge!

I don’t know if any of you have heard of Clean Simple Eats? Erika is this awesome lady who has put tons of work into meal plans. I think she does four a year and a challenge along with each of them. I bought the Winter meal plan on Black Friday and have made a couple of the recipes and they are so good! I have also eaten a few from other meal plans and have yet to eat something I don’t like. And EVERYTHING on the list sounds delicious.

Her ingredient lists are simple and each recipe is for 2 or 4 people so you can double or triple as needed. My friend she has loved making the recipes because it makes enough for dinner and lunch the next day, they don’t have tons of leftovers and it cuts down on food waste. As part of your meal plan she tells you how to calculate your calories or macros, each recipe has them listed so it’s super easy to know how much you should be eating! She also includes all the recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, plans them out for you and has included shopping lists! So if you are like me and SO so so tired of trying to figure out what to make for dinner then try this out!

She does a challenge along with it and it has a big prize at the end for one lucky person. The next challenge starts Monday and you can buy the meal plan here: https://cleansimpleeats.com/. Use CSE15 and you can get 15% off!

But seriously, she has no idea who I am, I have just been super impressed with the food so far. We just got through the holidays and probably all indulged a little too much. I know I did and I am wanting to get back to eating good but good for me food and am so excited that someone has planned it out for me! Takes away the biggest part of the battle. So just thought I would share in case any of you haven’t heard of Clean Simple Eats and want to check them out! There is also a page for them and for the challenge you can find on Facebook where you can ask questions and give and get support. Even if you don’t care about doing the challenge but just want some great recipes and have someone tell you what to buy and when then this is for you too!

Mr. Rogers

“MOST OF US, I BELIEVE, ADMIRE STRENGTH. IT’S SOMETHING WE TEND TO RESPECT IN OTHERS, DESIRE FOR OURSELVES, AND WISH FOR OUR CHILDREN. SOMETIMES THOUGH, I WONDER IF WE CONFUSE STRENGTH AND OTHER WORDS–LIKE AGGRESSION AND EVEN VIOLENCE. REAL STRENGTH IS NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE; BUT IS, QUITE SIMPLY, ONE OF THE FINEST CHARACTERISTICS THAT ANY HUMAN BEING CAN POSSESS.”

Mr. Rogers always says it perfectly. This is so fitting in this world of ours today where there are so many bad things happening everywhere.

I wish this for my daughter more than anything. I want her to know real strength. I want her to know that real courage is being brave and doing the right thing. I want her to know kindness and to be kind to all people. And above all love.

Patience Is A Virtue I Struggle With

“LOOK BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM AND LET YOURSELF FEEL PROUD ABOUT YOUR PROGRESS. YOU. ARE. KILLING. IT.”

Don’t forget to be patient with yourself. Don’t forget that our bodies move in slow motion, change takes time. Trust me, I know that it can be so frustrating to work so hard and not be seeing any changes in the mirror. Whatever it is about ourselves that we are trying to change, WE are often the last ones to notice and we definitely are our toughest critic. Why is it that we get so bound to our insecurities that when others do compliment us we brush them off, they truly fall on deaf ears.

I can speak from experience that it is so hard to be working your butt off (literally) and still look in the mirror every day and not like what you see. Just want to give up because the change just doesn’t seem to be happening. But I can promise you that one day you will look and things will be different.

I have what I lovingly refer to as a “fat person’s brain”. I don’t see myself as I truly look and although it is much better than it was 10 years ago I don’t know if it will ever be the way it should. I would give compliments and just brush them off. I thought people were just being nice to me because they knew I was trying to be healthier and lose weight and so they were just being nice even though it wasn’t true. Now I knew my body was changing some because my clothes were getting baggy and I had to buy new ones and then more time would go buy and I would have to again. But it wasn’t until we had a bonfire in the winter to lite a huge mountain of Christmas trees on fire that I really got a glimpse of myself. The fire was enormous and someone took a picture and put it on Facebook and I was looking at it and then noticed the silhouette of the person in front of the flames. I thought wait, my scarf was hanging down all lopsided like that one is on the person in the picture. And wait, those look just like my boots. Then the realization hit, holy cow, that is me?!?! That is what I look like?!?!

I don’t see this to pat myself on the back because I looked so good. I just share it because it was a huge moment for me. I got a glimpse of what I actually looked like and it was so different from the person I used to be that I was shocked. It took time for me to realize it was me I was looking at!

So I am saying this for you (and for me). Don’t go beating yourself up again because you don’t feel like you are seeing the progress you want fast enough. Remember that for each day you keep it up you are making a difference, change is happening. The human body cannot and does not change fast, the change is so slow that we often don’t really realize it until we stumble upon pictures from the past. OR for me, pictures of the present.

All that matters is that I remember that if I am giving it my all and I am really making an effort than even what feels like the tiniest of baby steps really are taking me in the right direction. Progress is happening. Just be patient.

Unique

“NO ONE IS YOU AND THAT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER”

I am blessed in ways that are different from how you are blessed. I was given weaknesses that are not the same from yours and maybe we are grateful we were not given each others. I have also been given strengths that are different than the strengths that you have. We all bring something else to the table. Somethings we were blessed to be given or that came easy to us and others that we really had to work so hard to gain. We are all struggling daily to over come things, to not compare ourselves to others. I struggle at times wishing I had something that you may have or wish I didn’t have things that I do. But then I just give myself a good talking to and remind myself that no one is me and that is my superpower. And no one is you and that is your superpower. And that is awesome.

Happiness

IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY YOU MUST BECOME A HAPPINESS SEEKER. YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT HAPPINESS, SEIZE THE HAPPINESS AND BELIEVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART THAT YOU DESERVE HAPPINESS.

-BRYANT MCGILL

Think of happiness as a personality trait. And like all personality traits you are either born with it or you can become that way.

Sometimes happiness is a hard one for me. It is something I have to work at daily. Lots of days my anxiety gets the better of me, or my 2 year old having a day (week) of the terrible twos gets the better of me. But it is something I am working on.

I have started trying to at the end of every day thinking of what things made me happy that day. Some people do a gratitude journal, but honestly I am too lazy, so I just think about it in my head. Some days I have to think really really hard to think of something good, something that made me happy that day. Honestly, some days the answer is, well everyone is still alive! And that’s ok. But for me this will be a lifelong journey, finding happiness everyday. It definitely gets easier as I really work to find that happiness everyday. I am truly trying to believe with all my heart that I really do DESERVE happiness.