Note for November’s missed update: This month was a lot better. It wasn’t perfect and my stats will show that but I did accomplish some things that were on my list! Goals are November & December.
Yes, another post using the same exact picture but this time I’m pleased with what I’ve done. I started the 4-Hour Body again… My goal is to do better so one day I can do it perfectly and eventually try the “meatless machine” mentioned in the book. So far I haven’t had one perfect week but you know what? As of this morning I’ve officially lost weight. I’ll go back slightly by saying I gained way more than I’d like to admit by emotionally eating, giving up and having a looooooooong pity party. However as previously stated I am not going for perfection instead progress, healthy changes and eventually a new lifestyle are my main goals. And to my surprise it is working!! I don’t find myself binge eating on cheat day like I used to. I enjoy cooking even on cheat day which I thought would never happen. I also don’t dive head first into a giant mound of cheese which used to be one of my favorite things to do on cheat day. Bonus I discovered I actually feel better when I eliminate or limit dairy.
Actual Date: 1/9/2018
Measurements in inches (Forgot)
Stick to some type of diet/ healthy meal plan (FAIL/ IP)
Read something other than children’s books (Check)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – finished
I’m counting this because it isn’t for his age group even though I started reading it for him
Told Under The Green Umbrella – finished
Doesn’t really count but I enjoyed it more than my son. I don’t think there were enough pictures to hold his attention
Treasure Island – finished
Not enough pictures to count for him so I’m counting this
Exercise 4x/ wk (Fail)
Post monthly updates on/after the 8th for accountability (?)
Missed November but this post is up so I guess Yes & No
All in all October – December were emotionally hard months. My son has been testing his boundaries. I haven’t been sleeping well. I really haven’t been liking who I am as a wife, mother (to human & animal) and April thus the long pity party. Despite these feelings I managed to make the changes needed to improve. No I don’t have dramatic pictures to show off like I’d hoped; what I do have is a better understanding of self and hope for the future. I have clear goals written down that I plan on displaying so when things get hard I can remind myself of what I need to focus on in order to improve.
And for those reading this if you are in a similar situation: It CAN and WILL get better we just have to take it one step at a time 🙂
Each item took a few attempts but the best method was definitely following the recipe!
I used too much spice the first time (nuggets) thinking it would be okay because my son loves spicy but it proved to be too much. So this time around I am used a lot less and I didn’t use any for the fries.
I forgot to take pictures of the nuggets…
I based the coating for the fries off of the chicken nugget recipe.
All in all I definitely plan on using this recipe again 🙂
Not all dates are created equal but ALL dates can be fun! We relaxed, ate, measured the bathroom then went to Ikea. I like to call this a working date because we gathered a lot of ideas and created a plan for updating/ remodeling our house.
The food: Ethiopian deliciousness!!
Below are a bunch of things we found/ are budget friendly. We have no idea which ones will make the cut but the pictures below reflect what we liked.
All in all these are just ideas and inspiration which I am sure will change as we get to the research/development phase. But this was a lovely date with my man. It helped me get back to being a wife and not just mom all the time. It also reminded me why I chose this man and why he chose me. He’s amazing and the perfect balance to my brand of crazy 😉
I don’t really have a good reason for this video as we have no plans of buying the light but we both love playing with it!
I’ve been wrapped up in my feelings lately. From my own self-image to my titles (mom, wife, etc) to the state of the world. I feel caught up and unable to express myself so I choose to make a blog post of all the beautiful things I’ve seen recently. This is my random visual escape.
I am choosing to see beauty rather than drowning in sorrow.
I hope this post can be a relaxing retreat in this hectic world 🙂
So… I’ll insert details under each goal but keep the same goals for this month. Actually I might keep the same goals until I get it right. When I get it right I will completely change my goal or I’ll modify it to continue challenging myself.
Actual Date: 11/8/2017
Measurements in inches
R/L Arm: ?
R/L Thigh: ?
Stick to some type of diet/ healthy meal plan (IP)
I have made healthier choices
Ex: swapping coffee for unsweetened tea (most days)
Ex: Penny Date night (detailed post coming soon) rather than simply eating out
Read something other than children’s books (Check!!)
Jules Verne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Side note: Adventure, Sci-Fi and mystery are my favs
Bonus points because I was able to read it to my son
Don’t use motherhood as an excuse (Umm technically check)
I didn’t but I still didn’t exercise regularly
I did maybe 3-4 workouts; progress but not my goal
Post updates every month on or after the 8th in order to hold myself accountable (Check)
Yup!! Though nothing has changed (well I don’t think so because I didn’t check)
Hubby was having a rough week and I had leftover shredded BBQ beef so I figured I’d surprise him with a tasty meal that had yummy childhood memories attached to it. I’ve done this before when a friend’s mom showed me years ago but they didn’t turn out very flavorful when I tried to cook them on my own. Fast forward a few years, loving motivation and a few YouTube videos and voila flavorful hubby approved pupusas!
I didn’t take step by step pictures because well I forgot… But here they are 🙂 Yes, my photography skills need work but I’ll improve.
Top left: what it looks like before I flip it to finish cooking plus one in the back that has been flipped
Top right/ Bottom left: finished product
Bottom right: finishing the last one that came out just perfect
homemade shredded BBQ beef
funny story it was supposed to be pulled pork but I grabbed the wrong meat because I was rushing to get out of Costco. I didn’t realize my error until it was time to put it in the crockpot
outside/ shell: Maseca Instant Corn Masa Flour, chicken broth (water can be used but mine taste better using broth) & cayenne
You read that correctly. I waited to write about my weight because I kept hoping I’d have amazing before and after photos. I’m still over the weight I want to be, look like my “before” picture(s) and haven’t seriously stuck to anything. I tired the 4 Hour Body, intermittent fasting and counting calories but I always allowed myself to make excuses; motherhood was my go to excuse (avoids eye contact with fit moms). I don’t have it figured out and I will keep trying things until I find something I like but until I find my happy healthy plan here are my stats and what I hope to achieve.
Actual Date: 10/8/2017
Measurements in inches
R/L Arm: 15.75/ 15.5
R/L Thigh: 29.5/ 28.5
Stick to some type of diet/ healthy meal plan
Read something other than children’s books
Don’t use motherhood as an excuse
Post updates every month on or after the 8th in order to hold myself accountable
I am considering posting weekly on my Instagram @jtm2015.wordpress so I don’t fall off of whatever wagon I’m on that week
Well things went south… Details would be boring so here are the highlights 🙂
breastfeeding beyond one
clingy mommy only times
too much so I’ll show the healthy ish ones and avoid pics of pasta, buttery shrimp, fried stuff, cookies and muffins… (avoids eye contact)
it is 6:38pm PST and I’ve been drinking lots of water but it’s still bad…
Health/ Fitness: exercised 4 out of 10 days (3/26 – 4/4)
big accomplishment considering I haven’t been this consistent in years!
Note: I was going to write “before pics” as the caption but I already started the journey so these were rightfully captioned “IP (in progress) pics”
Self Care & Balance
Life happened and I wasn’t being balanced. I haven’t been on the diet in weeks, was eating everything in sight (thanks Pinterest not so healthy food pins) and my weight showed it. As of Sunday March 26th, 2017, I stayed awake (son still wakes 2+ times per night), drank coffee possibly ate breakfast then prepared to walk. I didn’t let my son getting back up stop me. I dressed him in his track suit and strapped him into his stroller and off we went. This started a chain reaction which included exercising intentionally, weekly pampering, drinking more water and eating meals with more attention to health. For now life seems to be all over the place but those are little things I can do no matter what.
What I learned:
Don’t forget about yourself
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Appreciate the present even if it isn’t ideal
As long as you’re alive you can change things but it is up to you if it changes for good or for bad
Cooking with Pinterest; mostly diet friendly addition!
I love this recipe because it was simple and I had all the ingredients! The downside is while the nuts, EVOO and spices were diet friendly the amount of nuts I used was not. So I unfortunately won’t be repeating this meal.
This recipe is tasty and a great way to incorporate more veggies. I used the original spaghetti squash recipe from Pinterest and added bell peppers and spicy sausage to it (no sauce). Another win but this one will make it back into the rotation.
This has been one of my favorites! It includes cabbage, ground turkey, black beans and 1/2 tbsp of Costco salsa plus Cholula. It is fast, easy and can be prepared ahead of time.
I wanted to switch up our cheat days by only eating out for one meal and buying snacks. Below are my reasons for doing so:
Stay in cooking mode making it easier to return to cooking all our meals
Slightly healthier than eating out all day
Allows me to try new things that we can’t eat during the week
This was the end of our first 4 weeks. I specify weeks because I’m counting my month as the 12th however we’ve technically already finished a 4 week period. Anyways I will be trying to work out a publishing schedule that allows me to post one food, life change, married life and parent life update per month. I’m not sure how this schedule should go or if it’ll be in the same order every month but this is my writing goal. I want to hold myself accountable for getting out and doing something with my family while getting fit and cooking. This blog will be the place I do that. I hope you join me on my ever changing journey to the best mommy I can be 🙂
PS I’ll have two posts this week since tomorrow is the 12th