Monday…Monday…

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While most people are bitching and complaining about it being a Monday I’m off in my own little world skipping and humming my own tune because 1) this kids have school in the morning and I get to enjoy my coffee by myself in quiet and 2) I have field hockey to get my aggressions out from the weekend and previous week. So I’m sorry to all you Monday haters but I love my Mondays 🙂

So I haven’t updated in almost a week. I’ve been trying to keep up with workouts but I have a broken tooth that has been keeping me sidelined for insanity since its a lot of up and downs for work outs and it makes my tooth hurt. So on Thursday I get the thing FINALLY pulled after 6 months of pain. Once I recover from that I will be back into the insanity like I need and want to be. So I’ve been doing simple workouts which are high intensity to lessen the throbbing tooth pain. Working on my legs more than anything since its not as hard for me to do right now. Started doing the squat challenge. Don’t know what that is? Its a 31 day challenge where you up your squats each day with a rest day thrown in. Squats are pretty “simple” for me thanks to playing ice hockey for 21 years of my life 🙂 Most important thing is form obviously. If you do a simple squat wrong you can really hurt yourself if you aren’t carefully and really do some damage. I’ve seen people pop tendons in their calf muscles from doing this. Painful stuff. But if you do it right I’ve done this once and I noticed a nice toned change in my thighs! Good stuff 🙂
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So this past week I’ve made some AMAZING meals that I just HAVE to share with you. Click on each picture to get the recipes on how to make. Figured this way was easier so you didn’t have to scroll for an eternity just to get to a good recipe you want to try. As always thank you to the lovely ladies at Simple Nourished Living and Skinny Taste for their amazing recipes. I may have doctored some of them to fit my needs I didn’t have to go off course to much, if anything I added a little spices to them to give it slightly more flavor 🙂

 

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TGIF?!

So here it is Friday and I’m just exhausted from the week. My oldest daughter Makayla turned a whole hand on Wednesday and we spent the day at a huge play place for her birthday just the family. They had a blast so much so that the ride back was tears from being exhausted. We got home with the birthday girl asking where were all of her presents haha. Oh how that little big girl knows how to work mom and dad 🙂

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Still sticking to Insanity and doing pretty well with it. My legs are starting to feel like jello and my abs are being used more than I ever thought they would haha. But I am enjoying it for the most part. My biggest frustration is fighting off the puppy from attacking me while I’m doing my mummy kicks. Guess he thinks its time to play! But hey I completed day 9 yesterday and on day 10 today! That’s some big steps!!! WOOHOO

So these past couple of days I’ve made some pretty kick ass meals that I will totally be added to my meal lists for each month. Not only are they tasty but they are super easy to make!

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Santa Fe Chicken. 4point meal for 1 cup chicken and mixing.
Now this meal is from Skinny Taste. Now the corn and beans were spicy a little to spicy for the kiddos but the chicken wasn’t and they ate that and the rice faster then I could keep it on their plate. The best part of this meal was that it cooked in the crock-pot so I didn’t have to do much work!
Ingredients:

  • 24 oz (1 1/2) lbs chicken breast
  • 14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • salt to taste

Directions:
Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock pot. Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top.
Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste. Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.

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Chipotle Chicken Salad. 5points for 2 cups

Now this simple meal is great for a lunch. Make it the night before and have it ready for the next day! It was really good but my goodness was it spicy. Next time I make it I wont add as much cilantro since I’m not the biggest fan and instead of the chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce I may just put in diced green chili’s. But if you like the kick I say try it and love it! Nice change up on salad.

Ingredients

Dressing
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2/3 cup fat free sour cream
1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Salad
4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
1/3 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (8 3/4-ounce) can no-salt-added whole-kernel corn, rinsed and drained
Instructions
To prepare dressing, combine first 7 ingredients, stirring well.
To prepare salad, combine lettuce and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.

Hope those that are following my blog enjoy it so far! Leave me a comment if you do I would love to hear from you! ❤

Rough Patch

So Yesterday was a pretty simple day for me since its a Monday and I don’t really eat much on those days thanks to Field Hockey. I did finish day 6 of insanity yesterday and can’t believe I made it a whole week and still enjoy it haha! I ended up playing 3 games of field hockey last night and got an amazing workout in. I stopped a lot of goals and even score 4 myself THANK YOU VERY MUCH lol. When you play against Division 1 BU players you have to step up your game so you don’t look like an old fougie haha. I held my own and they even gave me some compliments! Thanks young whippersnappers for making a girl feel good.

Today has been a really rough day emotionally for me on this journey and yes I know I’ve only been on it for a week now (full force) and I was hoping to see some kind of improvement here. Something even an pound of weight loss but nope I actually gained 3 lbs. Maybe its from a little muscle gain from the insanity workouts or maybe its not I don’t know but it certainly has sent me into a woe is me day today. I’ve done everything right and stayed very focus and determined to make sure I don’t cheat myself and I feel like some how I have let myself down that I have done something wrong. Like I said its been a rough day today and I know that it will get better but sometimes you just need a down day to kick yourself back into gear and push forward. I’m so thankful for my amazing support of friends who have sent me messages to let me know to keep on trucking and push through the downs. Having that support system is the best thing I could ever ask for! I love them and couldn’t get through this without them! So thank you to all my amazing friends and family for trying to make me feel better ❤
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As promised I am posting my awesome recipes that I tried today 🙂 So here they come YUMMY

Breakfast:

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So this morning I ended up cheating and having Eggo Multigrain Waffles. I was just so tired and wanted something simple and easy for breakfast and the kids wanted waffles so it was waffles lol. 8point breakfast this morning!

Lunch

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So this is a recipe I’ve had for a long time and I love it because its so simple, healthy and filling for me. A whole head of cauliflower and 30 minutes and you have yourself a tasty meal! 0 WW points mind you!

Ingredients:
1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp olive oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all spices together in a small bowl or cup.
Drizzle olive oil all over cauliflower florets and sprinkle with spice mix. Toss together and lay out on a baking sheet.
Roast spicy cauliflower for 25-30 minutes, turn halfway through cooking time.

DINNER
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So for dinner was a Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast. Sides of Sweet Potato and Green beans and mushrooms! It came out awesome and I will certainly make it again. I need to next time thicken the broth it was in so that it can go over top to add more flavor when it was on the plate. I may add a couple more spices to it too to give it a better kick but if you aren’t one for spicy then stick to the original recipe and you will love it I just know it! 9point WW meal.

Spring Forward?!

I feel like the time change has thrown me completely for a loop. I feel so off and feel like I have lost all sense of time.

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So I did my insanity workout AFTER dinner! And I don’t do that. I hate working out after eating but I still did it. Today was NOTHING but Cardio and it showed me how out of shape I really am. Of course my husband was home to witness the lack of coordination and stamina but hey I did it! That’s what matter right? My entire body is sore but its that good sore from working out those muscles I didn’t think I ever used. Still hating push ups and I don’t think I will ever be able to do very many. But day 5 is complete that is a WHOLE HAND!

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I’ve always said I have a nice butt and clearly my husband who took pictures thought so too. But hey it shows its working and you can see some definition in my thighs again! Woohoo! Got to find the positives in things otherwise you wont feel good about yourself ❤

FOOD:

So this weekend consisted of a lot of left overs but tonight we made Stuffed Pepper Soup.
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Now one of our favorite recipes in this house is Stuffed Peppers in the crockpot and they are amazing. So as we were meal planning this week I ran across this recipe from Skinnytaste.com and thought its got to be good if its anything like our favorite recipe. Well I was glad to find out that it was AMAZING! We did add some red pepper flakes to give it a little more kick and we found the diced tomatoes that had some oregano and basil in them to add to the flavoring. We are HUGE on flavor here so bland things aren’t allowed in the house haha. We really enjoyed this and the best part is that its 7 points which is 1 1/2 cups soup, 1/2 cup rice! That is a HUGE bowl of soup when it comes down to it. Very filling and totally worth it. Oh and the best part its SUPER easy to make! I would HIGHLY suggest adding it to your menu this month, you wont be disappointed.

SO I want to know from my readers do you have a favorite recipe or website that you could send my way that I could try?! I’m always looking for new ideas 🙂index

Why should I change me?

I’ve never been that “skinny” girl in life. I’ve always been a “bigger” girl and I use that term loosely because I wasn’t what you would call overweight but instead I was muscle and a lot of it in areas. I had meat on my bones along with a bigger chest, big thighs and a bubble butt. Those come from 20 years of playing sports mostly ice hockey growing up. Its what made me a dominant force out on the ice was the power and strength in my legs. Now I’m 29 with 3 kids and I weigh more than I have ever weighed before. It started when I had kids but I can’t blame them completely for how my body turned out (I will continue to remind them these lovely stretch marks are from them lol) but the rest was me. I was the one being lazy, I was the one eating the unhealthy foods because it was easy and I was the one who was making excuses. I decided it was time for a change when my oldest said to me while getting dressed….”mommy why does your body look like that its sagging everywhere, I hope mine NEVER looks like that.” Nothing like a 4 year old putting thing into perspective for me. She doesn’t really understand and I hope for her down the road she never has to understand what its like to be unhealthy. After that day I told my husband I need to do whatever it takes to fix this. I need to be healthy for my kids, my family and for most of all for ME!

So for me to start being healthy and getting to be the better me my first and foremost step was ACCOUNTABILITY. I needed to make myself accountable for my actions. Needed to stop blaming others for what I was doing to my own body and realizing that I should have control of it.
Second step for me was finding the resources that would help me meet the small goals to then reach my ultimate goal in the end. First one was getting myself the Fitbit flex, I’ve been saving up my precious money for a long time to get me one of these puppies and now that I have it I LOVE it! It tracks my steps, calories burned, and even tracks my sleep patterns (which shows I really don’t sleep very well, thanks kids and puppy lol). My next purchase was that of my new life style eating change. And I can thank weight watchers for helping me with that. I can eat good meals even ones I was already eating and know how many points each item is. Its like calorie tracking but for me slightly easier. I’ve been on WW for a little under a month and I LOVE it! If you have are up in the air check out their WW Simple Start. After I had all of this it was now finding a workout that I would love. I’m not a huge gym fan since I don’t like going with all the other people around. I will still go a couple of times a week but I needed something I could do at home in the comfort of my own house where I could look like an idiot and the only ones laughing were my kids and the dog. I really wanted to do one of Shaun T’s videos but they were so expensive for me to try without knowing if I would like it or not. So my friend let me borrow her Insanity DVDs and I fell in love! So awesome and I’m only of day 4! But I can already feel muscles I forgot I had.
Step 3: Actually doing the work and keeping myself motivated and dedicated. The biggest reason for me to start a blog and a Facebook page was to keep myself motivated and to keep myself accountable. Hoping that maybe I could help inspire others to do what I am doing.

Everyone morning now I make myself and the kids breakfast. No more cereal for me I need to make a real breakfast since it is the most important meal of the day and sets your day in motion. I enjoy my morning coffee with it, catch up on my daily favorite blog readings and then head to Pinterest to check out my favorite motivational quotes. Without fail this is my morning whether the kids are in school or at home. I have to make sure to start my day off right.

SO I will end my post with some of my favorite quotes! Do you have any favorite motivational quotes you would like to share?

March 6th

So day 2 of Insanity and holy hell was it tough! Nothing but Cardio. It was the Cardio Plyometrics Circuit and while some of the exercises weren’t to bad there were others I wanted to jump through the TV and strangle Shaun T for doing this to me. I have HORRIBLE upper body strength and always have. Ask me to do push ups and I cry like a little girl and run to the nearest corner and start rocking back and forth haha. But yesterday I managed to do 5, yes I know wow Jessi 5 how “awesome” of you. But really that is pretty huge for me, I HATE push ups with a passion. I did have a small cheering section on my side line which was my oldest daughter Makayla. She kept telling me “mommy that looks hard but you are doing great!” thanks Makayla! After about 45 minutes of working out I was done and sweating like a pig but still smiling!

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Meals:
Breakfast: I had my go to omelet! I’m a huge fan of omelets so I will find myself eating more of those for breakfast plus its not a lot of points and it fills me up. I love it. I of course had my morning coffee since well I can’t go without that lately thanks to the new puppy Bauer…
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He is wicked cute but enjoys being up between the hours of 3am-5am without fail.

Lunch:
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So I’m a HUGE fan of chicken salad but I can never find a recipe that I just fell in love with until this one. I love dried cranberries in my chicken salad but I would have never thought to add apples into it to make it slightly sweeter to slightly overpower the tartness from mayo. Its so stinkin good! I used left over rotisserie chicken for my chicken pieces but you can grill up some chicken breast however you want. Maybe add some seasoning to the chicken yourself to maybe give it a slight kick. Recipe can be found here:Oh and that sandwich is 7points and VERY filling

See that ever so amazing popcorn right with it! That is SMARTFOOD popcorn! Those things are an addiction! Now its not the normal cheddar one but instead its called Smartfood Delight Sea Salt its only 35 calories and only 1 point per 1 cup!!!! So good and I don’t feel guilty eating it at all! Check it out here

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So those that are looking for healthy recipes and weight water recipe points I HIGHLY suggest you check out Skinny Taste written by Gina Homolka. This woman is a recipe genius for making healthy recipes tasty! I used to use her page here and there before I started this journey but now I use here recipes 3-5 times a week! I decided to doctor her green bean recipe and added sauteed mushrooms.

I also did Atkins Mashed Cauliflower recipe. Now I’ve done Atkins and lots good weight on it but I missed my grains terribly so I failed at it. But the Mashed Cauliflower is something I will continue to make over regular Mashed Potatoes. Now instead of regular sour cream I added light sour cream and I also left out the salt since I’m not a big fan and if anybody wanted it on their cauliflower they could put it on themselves.

Main course was Oven Fried Chicken. And let me tell you this recipe from skinny taste is so amazing and has great flavor. I do Love regular friend chicken but this is by far more healthy for you and it tastes just as good and even better you don’t need a tide stick to save your shirt from grease! Next time I make this I may just do this as chicken tenders with the breading that way I don’t have to work around eating the bone. Oh and my kids LOVED it!