Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thursday Thoughts, September 12th

Happy Thursday a/k/a Friday eve!  How's your week going so far?  I want to take a moment and talk about something posted on Facebook where people have made rude comments.  Here's the thing, purely my opinion, but I think that many people are getting more rude and not thinking about how it may cause others to feel because they are hiding behind their screens.  Here's my two cents or what it's worth, just be kind.  You don't know what others may be going through.  One smile from you may change the way their day is going.  One "good morning, how are you?" even if you don't really want to know.  Even if you do not agree with someone, there is no point in being rude to them.  We are all human and we all need a little grace sometimes.  We are not perfect and we each fall short from time to time.  I guess my Mom telling me for so long to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" just stuck and I try hard to be courteous to wait staff/fast food window or order people, to the homeless when I encounter them.  But for the grace of God and my family years ago, that could be me.  I may not be able to give them anything, but I can be kind or I can even say a silent prayer for them in my car.  

Here's my point, in case you missed it, BE KIND!  It doesn't cost you anything to smile at someone.  Smiling crosses language barriers.  

I know this was short and probably most of the people reading my blog don't need this reminder, but share with your kids, perhaps a co-worker needs a little grace.  It only takes a moment.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What's Cooking Wednesday, September 12th

Well, hello, and happy Wednesday a/k/a Hump day!  This has been a busy weekend and a weekend of trying new things.  As I may have mentioned, I am trying to focus on some lower carb options.  I found a recipe for cauliflower hash browns and decided I would try to make them as an additional to breakfast casserole.  Unfortunately I didn't have 2 packages of cauliflower rice so I decided to halve the recipe.  

Here's what I did:  

I used my one smaller package of cauliflower rice (10 oz. package), 1 cup of the Simple Truth Organic Cheddar and 1 egg and I added some salt, pepper and garlic powder.  

They were a little more eggy than I would have preferred but I didn't have the same amount of cauliflower that she had.  They are really tasty and made a good addition to my breakfast casserole.  I'm looking forward to having them this week.  Did you try any new recipes this week?  Maybe any of the recipes I've shared?  I'd love to hear!  Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Pep Talk Tuesday, September 10th

Happy Tuesday friends!  It's time again for Pep Talk Tuesday.  Let's talk for a minute about something we all do...and probably should do more of...sleep.  There are some nights I feel really rested, I get up and feel pretty positive...and then I get to work and start feeling tired.  Let's take a moment and talk about how to set ourselves up for sleep.

1. Build bedtime habits.  Pick a calming activity that you can do every night.  I found a great ten minute Yoga routine that I can do before bed time.  It definitely helps me.  You can also, take a bath or shower, or read a book.  It's harder when you are doing it on an electronic device.  Turn that calming activity into a routine.  

2. Select a cue that triggers you to do the activity.  Set an alarm or use the end of an episode of your favorite show.  Be sure to set the cue at the same time every night so that you are maintaining a consistent schedule.  Start the routine earlier, perhaps 30 minutes, so that you can be prepared when it's time to get some sleep.

3.  Highlight the reward.  You benefit from doing this activity.  You are more relaxed and will likely sleep better.  

Any additional suggestions?  I've also been trying to write in a journal at night as well.  Hope you have a great day!  If you use any of these or have any that you use to share, I'd love to hear them! 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Meal Planning Monday, September 9th

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend!  Mine was a bit busy, but it was good.  I got to enjoy some quiet time, but I got some good meal prepping done.  While my weigh in didn't go quite as planned, I am so seriously planning on a GREAT week!   As they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  

With that being said, I was struggling to eat the breakfast casserole by the end of the week.  This week, I made two different breakfast items to give me some options.  I made a ham, egg and cheese breakfast casserole, some cauliflower "hash browns" and a pancake bake.  I also made a pancake bake for my DD. 

Honestly, because I struggle having the same thing for days on end, (really how do people do that??) I try to make different things that I can have on different days.  As last week was so crazy and I didn't eat everything I prepped, I still have some leftovers for this week.  So I will use that up and then I am thinking I will make a philly cheesesteak sort of thing that I can serve over cabbage to make it lower in carb.  

Dinners, as we didn't have every meal we planned last week.  After our Tuesday night at the hospitals and then Thursday's nuclear stress test, it was just a rough week.  

Last week's meals were:

Monday: Fruit Smoothie
Tuesday: Peanut Butter and Cheese Crackers at the hospital.
Wednesday: Frozen Pizza from Walmart
Thursday: Burritos, I made mine a "burrito bowl" with lettuce and the fixings I put out for the burritos.
Friday: Fish and veggies
Saturday: Burgers, mac and cheese and Ranch Style Beans
Sunday: Fend for yourself

This week: 

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice with broccoli., probably with fish.
Probably the green bean fettuccine with the alfredo sauce later in the week.
One night we will be going out to dinner for my sweet husband's birthday.
We may do a salad night or a sandwich night.

I feel pretty positive about the week and being prepared.  I want to start getting my meal plan in place by Friday, so I can grocery shop and then cook on Saturday.  Goals, right?  It's all about making sure that I can take care of me and my family!  Have a blessed day!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Simple Sunday, September 8th

Happy Sunday to you!  It's been a minute since I've posted on a Sunday, but I'm trying to get my routines back in order since we ran away on vacation.  Weigh in yesterday was a 1.2 pound gain.  To be honest, I could be really upset by this because I was pretty good most days this week staying within my points and carbs.  However, this week was full of some stressful situations and life.  I am NOT giving up or giving in.  I'm focusing on making the coming week a MUCH better week for me.  I'm meal planning and meal prepping.  I have my calendar out right now so I can put my workouts down on my calendar.  Also, this was the first week of focusing on my WW points AND net carbs.  It's a bit of an adjustment, but I'm gearing up, making plans and making it happen for me.  169 is literally 10 pounds away right now.  

What are you doing to set yourself up for success this week? 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday Focus, September 6th

Happy Friday friends!  We've almost made it through another week!  Wow!  For a short week, this has been a crazy week!  Feeling good about taking time to prepare some meals and components were super helpful this week!  Now to figure out what to fix for next week.  I'm thinking a bacon breakfast casserole for next week.  

This week I had a nuclear stress test scheduled for this week.  Initially, I was okay and then, as the time for my test got closer, the anxiety and stress started getting to me.  By the time that I checked in and was heading to the waiting room, I broke down and started tearing up.  I made it through the test and (Thank you, Jesus!) my tests came back normal.  

This is my first week trying to double tracking my Freestyle SmartPoints and my net carbs.  Not everyday has been a win, but like I said to my husband, I am certain that it's better than what it might be if I were not tracking them.

Focus for next week:

1. Water intake of at least 90 oz. per day.
2. Track, track, track!  
3. Cardio, at least 3 days per week, and strength training, even if it's body weight, at least 2 days per week.
4. Take care of myself.  By this, I mean, I will take time to sit in a sauna, take an Epsom salt bath, get a massage, and things like this. 

5. Focus on the lower carb option.  A YouTuber I follow is doing a plan where she's sticking with her points allowance, but also only 33 carbs. 

The water, I think, is what helped me manage to lose last week!  I do still have some things left from this week that I meal prepped so I will try to get creative so that I can use them for lunches or dinners in the coming week.  What are your goals for the coming week?

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday Thoughts, September 5th

Happy Thursday a/k/a Friday eve!  I hope you are having a fantastic short week after the three day weekend.  As I'm going through the week, I realized I didn't share my weight loss this week.  I did not go weigh in the week prior because of the stomach virus and I did document my weight when I went to the doctor's office that Friday.  I was at 179.1 at that time.  This past Saturday, I headed to my weight in location.  Even though my food was not 100%, I am excited to share that I lost another 1.3.  The past week, I tried to focus on getting some steps in and pushing my water.  I think each of these things contributed to my weight loss.  

With the plan this week of 23 Freestyle SmartPoints and limited it to 33 net carbs, I think it will help me to get past this "recycling pounds" roller coaster I've been on.  My goal is to get past 170 sooner rather than later.  Currently my weight is at 177.8 as of this past Saturday, so 8 more pounds and I'll be out of the 170's.  

My Mom has been on my mind a lot lately.  She worked so hard and always found a way for us to enjoy some time, just us.  Sometimes we would make a run to Dallas to a mall or go to play Bingo together.  It was great just to have that time together.  I have some great memories. Hope everyone has a great Thursday!