Blog Funks and Other Equally Random Things

I’ve been in a blogging funk lately.  I haven’t made the time to sit down and plan something interesting out.  Horrible, isn’t it?  I’m trying hard to prioritize the best I know how, but there just are not enough hours in the day for this working mom!

Anyways, moving along!

As much as I hate to admit it, fall is around the corner.  I don’t want it to be, because I know the ugly step child that follows it.  Winter pretty much ruins fall for me.  I really want to like fall, with its apple orchard fun, flannel and pumpkin spice everything, but the cold weather and gray skies for 4 months in the winter—ugh, what a Debbie Downer, that winter.  Since I don’t see us moving this year before winter gets here, I’m just going to sit back, try to enjoy fall and knock back a few pumpkin spice lattes (now with REAL pumpkin haha)

And now to a super fun topic!  Snapchat (follow me at bbmary11) and New York Fashion Week, or as I like to call it #NYFW.  I’ve been obsessing over snapchat lately, mostly because I feel like I’m finally figuring out how to use it.  Coverage of New York Fashion Week has been crazy good on snapchat the past 7 days!  So many fellow bloggers, so many celebrities, so many models, so many gorgeous designs!  I’m A-D-D-I-C-T-E-D!  Seeing all kinds of coverage of so many designers, many of which I had never heard of, just makes me realize how small my little “fashion (if you want to call jeans and a shirt fashion) world” is.  Basically it made me want to step up my game.  I have all these questions now, such as “am I too short for knee height boots?” “how much can I layer without looking fat or pregnant?”  And, then….I did the unthinkable.  I logged onto Pinterest and typed in “fall fashion trends”. Game over.  I had never done this before because honestly Pinterest makes me feel like less of a mom because I just can’t do all the fun mom stuff everyone likes to showcase.  I am what you call, not creative.  However, I can go out and buy stuff like a boss, so these fall fashion tips…boom!  Show me the store!  I’ll get my wardrobe in line one of these days!

Now for the 3rd and final random topic:  I decided to jump on the 21 day fix wagon.  I’m not going to explain to everyone what the 21 day fix is, because you would have to be living under a rock not to know.  I thought “oh, this will make me think differently about food and cure all my portion control problems!”  The kit came, I meal prepped…which does take at least 3 hours by the way, and I put off using the containers and started the workouts.  I really like the workouts!  The first day I made a mistake by going balls out and doing lower fix.  My legs were shaking so bad that I was literally having problems walking in a straight line for 3 days!  Anyways, now that I’ve gotten the hang of the workouts, I’m doing much better!  I try to get in at least 3 a week, maybe 4.  Brock and I don’t have the schedule that most have of a morning, and we are gone so much in the evenings so I just try to fit it in when I can.  Which, I’ve found that as soon as I have the house to myself, or Mason is the only one with me, I’ll hurry and fix him lunch so I can start a workout.  It never fails, I’ll be 5 minutes into the workout and Brock and Brayden will come home and I have to hear whining about how my workout isn’t Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Ninja Turtles.  I’m glad they do know that Autumn Calabrese is not in fact a Ninja Turtle or talking Mouse.  😉

I’m just going to lay it out honestly for you….I haven’t followed the diet plan, because the containers are more intimidating than I thought.  I’m good with the meal prep, I’m more than good with eating clean food, but I think I’ve counted calories for so long that any other method of dieting or watching what I eat sends my brain into hyper drive.  I want to say I’ll get better at using the containers, because obviously that is what the whole program is based off of, BUT I know myself, and if there is a way to sabotage anything I do to lose weight, I’ll find it.  I don’t want to be that way, but it’s like my brain is telling me to be that way.  Story of my life.

So basically, I’ll give you guys an update on the progress next month right before I head to the BEACH!!!  If I end up not using the containers, hopefully I will at least have picked up recipe ideas from the others in my challenge group and find more ways to eat clean and healthy and lose a few pounds from following those recipes.

Now, for your viewing pleasure….here are a few pictures from last weekend!

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My newest initial necklace from Bip and Bop!  I love it!

My newest initial necklace from Bip and Bop! I love it!

This is a shameless selfie.  I was having a good hair day.  Those must be documented!

This is a shameless selfie. I was having a good hair day. Those must be documented!

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My wonderful friend who is having twins! Doesn’t she look fab!

And finally…….

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Happy weekend all!!!

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A Day In The Life..if I wrote a food diary…

Food diary……
If I were to write a journal entry everyday about my thoughts on what I was eating and doing to become healthier, I’m sure it would go something like this:

This morning I decided I would start Shakeology again, being as I got on the scale this past Thursday and it said I had gained 3 pounds. I figured it had something to do with water retention, but I guess not since the scale said the same this morning. It’s no secret I don’t drink enough water, but I’ve played this game with my body for at least 14 years now, so my body should be used to the amount of water I get everyday.
Along with my Shakeo this morning, I made egg whites with a small spoonful of pico de gallo and about a 1/8 cup serving of 2% shredded cheese. Major protein! Beverage was dark roast PLAIN coffee.

Snack was 12 almonds. Solid.

Lunch was a you pick two meal from Panera. ½ portion of the chicken cobb salad with avocado, with NO dressing and ½ portion of the broccoli cheddar soup. 430 calories total.

Late afternoon. Trying to drink water…..on bottle #2. Part of me thinks I’m so far behind on drinking water that I will never physically be able to catch up.
I’m thinking of all the “healthy eating” things I SHOULD have done already today, like how I should be on water bottle number 3 or 4 instead of 2, how I should have not forgotten my oils at home so I could have had lemon in my water, how I should have packed snacks to fill my work fridge because it’s completely bare.

Oh and my afternoon snack was 2 fun size mini packs of skittles. Normally not my thing, because I don’t really eat a lot of candy at all, but they sounded good today. 150 calories. Technically, that’s an alright calorie count for a snack. Good nutritionally? Uhm NO, but technically not a complete fail.

And now we come to dinner. It’s really hard for me to figure out what I want to fix. I’m totally jealous of all the people who meal plan like a boss and stick to it. I don’t do well with the same meals everyday and Brock and I aren’t big leftover eaters, so we usually just fix enough for the 4 of us.
Then there’s the fact that I never know what’s going to sound good ahead of time. Please tell me this changes once you get into a good meal planning routine?
We ended up having a take n bake pizza from a local grocery store. I only had 1 piece though. Not terrible, but not what I would consider ‘clean’. I’ve also started buying the supreme version of pizza bc it comes w veggies on it. Sometimes I even add more!
Literally as soon as I was done eating, I
jumped on our exercise bike for 45 minutes.
I’m also proud to report I got about 6 of the 8 glasses of water I needed yesterday!
So that was my day! What would your food diary look like?!

If you use my fitness pal, feel free to add me and see my food diary daily! Bskmek@hotmail.com 😊👍

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Let’s Talk Food, Shall We?

Nutrition is what makes or breaks a diet.  We need to think of our bodies as a car that we have to fuel to keep moving on a day to day basis.  Right?!  So what we put into our bodies everyday can cause us to lose weight, gain weight or maintain.  People like me (those hard headed, stubborn people) KNOW this concept.  It’s nothing new to us.  However, for some reason, it’s hard to win.  I’ve said it a million times, but I’m a healthy eater, but I eat out a lot.  Along with eating out comes excess sodium and bloating, which is not a girls friend when it comes time for a morning weigh in.  Feel me?

One evening a few months ago, I met one of my dearest friends for sushi and we discussed food for about 2 hours while we waited on the slowest waitress in the history of waitresses, who brought us the wrong, cold food.  Anyways.  She was telling me about different types of dinners and lunches she was fixing for herself and I was intrigued.  They weren’t that difficult and honestly, I feel a little crazy for not knowing to put these foods together in the first place.  I guess if I don’t see it completed, or read it on a recipe, I have no clue what I’m doing.

I wanted to share a few of my favorites (and yes, some of the recipes I received from my friend as well) from the past few weeks.  I will also post the recipe to the foods I’ve made at home so that people like me can look at it and think “sweet mother, that’s easy, why didn’t I think of that!”  I’m also including my fast food go-to’s, because …. well, sorry.

First up-Breakfast!  Did you know Chick Fil A has multi-grain oatmeal?  Did you know that you can get this oatmeal with a side of scrambled eggs?  Oatmeal with a 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar cinnamon topping (155 calories)  1 scrambled egg (90 calories)  BOOM….perfect breakfast!  Add a medium fruit cup for your 10AM snack for an additional 50 calories.

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This is my go to breakfast if I have time to fix it at home.  Egg whites, reduced feta, salsa/pico, organic spinach, GF Udi’s multi-grain toast with a little Smuckers Simply Fruit on it (or there are a few organic, low sugar options at Earth Fare I love) and fruit of some type.  A few years ago, I remember I would have egg beaters with 2% cheese and watermelon cubes everyday.  Whatever works, right!  Oh, and on the coffee front.  I try to NEVER drink my calories.  I drink black, dark roast coffee every morning, whether it’s from Starbucks or my kitchen.  Another breakfast tip:  mix one cage free organic egg with 1/3 cup of egg whites for extra protein. 🙂

Lunch…the meal my body hates me for when I finally do get around to eating.  I should be eating no less than 5 times a day, small meals, snacks etc.  I always start awesome by eating a great breakfast, then I find myself starving around 11.  Some days I will snack on almonds, or a cheese stick, but more days than not, I hold out until after 1 for lunch.  Basically I’m starving and would eat a hippo (not really) by the time I finally sit down to eat lunch.  Obviously this leads to bad, misled, fast choices, which are not thought through like they should be.

Eating out at lunch time consists of one basic restaurant, Chick Fil A.  And one basic meal, the grilled chicken cobb salad with no crispy red peppers (use your 80 calories else where, like a kids dish of Ice Dream…) and a half portion of the fat free honey mustard dressing.  Sometimes with a cookie.  I’m sorry, I can’t help myself.  Sometimes it’s necessary.

When I come home for lunch, I usually rock out some good choices though!  Shakeology is a new option I’ve picked up over the past 2 months.  I don’t drink it every day, but when I do, I use 2 tablespoons PB2, 3/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk and half a banana.  I also bought some cold brew 80 calorie cafe latte to use with it this weekend!  Excited to try some new blends!  If I am home, and don’t choose Shakeology, then I usually eat salads or whatever I can find in the fridge for less than 300 calories.

Dinners are easy!  Here are some fun recipes (courtesy of my fab friend)

Tuna Salad!  1 can of Wild Planet 100% pole caught tuna (I get this at Meijer), 1 half slice Claussen dill pickle, 1 small handful diced red onion, about 10 cherry tomatoes cut in half, 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt and about 2 teaspoons of stone ground mustard.  SO. GOOD. I. CAN’T. EVEN. TELL. YOU. HOW. GOOD!  I eat this straight out of the bowl or on a piece of Udi’s GF multi-grain bread that has been toasted.

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Easy Crock Pot Chicken:

2-4 chicken breasts frozen, 1/2 c water, 1/2 c organic chicken broth, poultry seasoning, garlic powder and pepper to taste (I use about 1-1.5 teaspoons of the poultry seasoning, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and a few shakes of pepper.) Let sit for 8 hours on low and shred when done.  It’s basically the perfect flavor.  We’ve made it twice and once left it as-is and once added BBQ.  So good.  I tell ya, my friend is a wicked genius!

Easy Crock Pot Fajitas:

This –shockingly enough, is one of my own concoctions, and it couldn’t be any easier.

4 chicken breasts, frozen, 1 bag of frozen tri color peppers (I use Kroger brand), 1 packet of low sodium fajita mix, 1 can of organic black beans.  Let set for 8 hours on low.  Stir it all together when done and use on top of low carb, whole wheat tortillas or Food Should Taste Good blue organic tortilla chips.

Like I had mentioned last week, we lost our dog and we did not find him until last Wednesday and we had lost him the previous Thursday morning, so basically the past 2 weeks I’ve had a hard time concentrating because of the stress of losing him and a few other things.  Kinda sounds like an excuse though, I get that.  So this week I’ve started my Monday off trying to make a few healthier changes.  5-6 glasses of water today so far and a healthy version BLT for dinner.  Squats while I dry my hair in the morning and I’m getting ready to jump on the recumbent bike for a half hour.  Small. Steps.

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What have you done this week?  Made any changes for the better?

Week 1 Update

Week one consisted of me easing into some new habits.  Monday I saw a new family doctor to see if I wanted to make the switch from our current doctor to this new one and I’m still not sure.  The new doctor is a DO and I thought that was going to be a bit of a different approach, (not holistic, but using other techniques like acupuncture and chiropractic manipulations) to health and … well…I haven’t decided if I’m going back.  Not because I didn’t like the doctor, because I thought she was great, but because I thought a DO’s techniques were different than they were.  One of the subjects we talked about was my anxiety.

It was crazy to me how much emphasis she put on exercise.  She told me I was already doing the right thing by eating less processed food and counting calories and eating organic, but in addition I was to get 30-45 min of HARD exercise every single day.  No if’s, and’s or but’s about it.  Everyday.  No excuses.  I had never in my life had a doctor stress it to me like she did.  I mean, yes, I would LOVE to be toned and lose weight in the process.  Who wouldn’t, right?  Obviously there is no doubt in my mind that exercise is good for you, inside and out.  I just don’t know if I believe it cures anxiety because I’ve been told “just go run the stairs, go swim etc.” my entire life as an anti anxiety tactic and I can tell you it’s not a magical cure.

However, to challenge myself, I said I was going to start getting up early (which also means going to bed earlier) and getting some exercise in every morning before work.  Then…all hell broke loose because one of our dogs got out and is really, really lost.  I did get 2 rounds on my recumbent bike in last week, and TONS of walking on our mini vacation in Cincinnati over the weekend, but the majority of our time last week and even this week has been spent on our dog finding efforts. 😦

This week I had an appointment with a wellness coach and we had the best conversation about nutrition!  I have no problem handing out nutritional advice to everyone else, but when it comes to my own nutrition, I have a problem practicing all that I preach.  Isn’t that how it always works though?  He told me last year I had one of the lowest LDL’s he had ever seen in his life and this year he said it went down some more.  I’ll take it.

Even with our 2 day vacation, filled with some cheat foods and drinks, I am still down almost a pound–more good news!

So all of this busy crap, plus a few more stressful situations and you’ve got me…sitting here….yawning and begging for bed at 10.  Oh, and can you believe we will have a 2 year old on Sunday?  How is this possible!

Goals for this week:

**Increase water intake

**Get 3 more workouts in

**Work on reworking my schedule so it’s easier to get up of a morning to get some kind of work out in.

What are your goals for the week?

Nighty night, all!

 

Weight Loss Challenge

Hello friends out there in blog world!

Healthy living and weight loss are subjects I hold near and dear to my heart. I’m pretty sure most of you are aware of this. THIS POST from last year still stands and I’ve kept the weight off. This is not the “I’ve fallen off the wagon and even though I told you I would keep it off, I’ve gained it all back and fell into bad habits again.” Follow up post—TRUST ME. This is quite the opposite actually!

Have you ever wanted to be the absolute BEST version of yourself? Have you ever wandered “how much could I lose, how much could I tone, what would I actually look like if I was at my optimal weight and had the best body image?” I think about this daily—probably too much. But, like everyone else embarking on a weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey, my struggle is being consistent and disciplined with portion sizes. I always say if they sold discipline and consistency at the store, I would pay whatever price they wanted. Yes friends, the struggle is real.

So, while in the shower one day (where I do my very best thinking), I thought “why not make my blog followers keep me held accountable? Why not leave anything to the imagination, so that if I screw up…I have to document it, just like I would document a good choice.” This will obviously take a lot of work on my end, because it will require documenting food choices, work out choices and small details like water intake, calorie intake, fun outdoor activities etc. And, everything is a time struggle for me because I work full time and my husband and I have 2 little boys. BUT, I will also be documenting working around that as well…or better yet, including them in healthy activities.

Nothing is more inspiring to me than any kind of drastic transformation, and I love the idea of working in a group to achieve goals, which is where my lovely followers come in. You can cheer me on, or virtually slap me on the hand for going over calories for the day, or for not getting in 8 glasses of water a day. It helps me to know that others are watching me…..paying attention and caring enough to call me out!

My plan is to document weekly on my blog and daily on Instagram and my ModMommyMK facebook page. Even if I do not end up having anyone follow the updates or join me, if I stick with it, I will be able to finally know what the best me looks like and feels like. And if I inspire someone else….well, then my job here is done, because that would mean more than anything! Life is too short to sit back and watch others achieve their dreams and goals. No one is going to make this happen for me, EXCEPT ME.

So, here we go! I would love for you to comment on my updates, IG posts or FB posts. I would also love to hear your suggestions regarding recipes for snacks, dinners and lunches and favorite work outs.

Start Date: Monday, June 29th
End Date: Monday, August 31st

Weekly Updates: http://www.wordpress.modmommymk.com

Daily Updates:
​Instagram: BBMary11
​Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/modmommymk

Starting waist: all of my pants and shorts are low cut, so I measure where they hit, which is near the hipbone: 34 inches
Leg/Thigh: 22 inches
Upper Arm: 13 inches
Starting size: a loose fitting 6, some 4’s.
Starting weight (haha, gotcha!)

Let the challenge begin!!!! If anyone would like to join me–please let me know!!!

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A bucket list blog: exploring happiness, growth, and the world.

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Journey into healthier living and essential oils

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