Category Archives: Health/Fitness Stuff

From terror to ease…I joined a gym…

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So anyone who follows me on Instagram and/or is friends with me on Facebook saw that I joined Planet Fitness last week.  I posted that I did something terrifying!

 

After the birth of our second son, I have not been able to get myself in gear to lose the pregnancy weight (aka cookie and ice cream weight).  My husband is very encouraging in helping me get healthier.

While I was on “maternity leave” I had gotten into a good rhythm.  After dropping Ayden off at school, I would come home and take Fiona (aka Crazy Dog) for a mile walk, drop her off at home, and then go for another minimum of 2 miles.  I was just getting ready to start some weight training into that and do some of my old workouts, when I needed to go back to work.

In my mental state (if you’re new to TheVeronicaBlog.com, you can click here to see what caused my mental state), I was’t ready to work at night.  I needed very much to be home with my husband and son.  So, I worked just during the hours that Ayden was in school.  Which meant that my morning walks/workouts were gone!  And I was just too tired to do it in the evening.  Not to mention that there was no time in the afternoon/evening before Berkley and I went to bed.  Another thing that I have needed to do is to go to bed with Berkley (when we’re both home).  Priorities changed after what we experienced with Aaron.

Slowly, I worked back into my Tupperware business and working more/various hours at work and just like that, life got back busy again.  Before Aaron, I would stay up past midnight working on business things or watching TV.  So I had even lost that time and trying to fit EVERYTHING into just a few hours in the afternoon/evening after school and before bed was too much and not leaving any time for exercising.

Berkley would keep asking me when I was going to workout and to give him my plan.  And I just wouldn’t stop what I was doing to workout.  Even if I didn’t work while Ayden was in school, I would not put myself first and exercise.  I would work on Tupperware, clean, or run errands.

He kept asking me if I wanted to join a Gym.

No!!!

 

NO!!!

 

NNNOOOO!!!

Gyms cost money.  Yes there is a $10/month gym in town, but that $10 a month can be better spent.  I lost weight at home before, I can do it again (40 pounds after Ayden was born by just tracking food in My Fitness Pal and walking, but I wasn’t working or have my own Tupperware business).  I was always very adamant about NOT joining a gym.  The aforementioned reasons AND I could feel an anxiety attack coming on at the thought of walking into a gym.  Even one that says they have a “no judgement zone” (I call BS was my first thought)

People will see that I don’t know what I’m doing.

They will think I’m dumb.

I won’t be able to workout as hard as I can at home where I can grunt, yell, and roll around on the floor after a good workout.

The morning I told Berkley I would sign up, I was ANGRY!  While getting Ayden ready for school (I would be going to the gym after I dropped him off), I saw EVERYTHING in the house that needed to be done.  The floors needed to be vacuumed and tile mopped.  The laundry needed to be washed, dried, folded, and put away.  The kitchen counter was a mess, dirty dishes in the sink and the dinner table was cluttered.  Not to mention that my desk is in a MAJOR need of an overhaul.  Tupperware business needs some organization.  Delivery sitting in the box by the door needs to be bagged and delivered…the boring list went on.  With each task I noticed, I got more angry about joining the gym.

I even texted Berkley warning him that it just doesn’t make any sense for me to go to the gym.  The drive time is a WASTE!  And I won’t get home until an hour AFTER I would finish a workout at home.  And that Fiona wouldn’t get a walk (she NEEDS a daily walk).  He told me it would be fine and he would walk Fiona (even after working a super early/long shift at work).

Begrudgingly, I went to the gym after dropping Ayden off at school.  Almost pulling into the gym parking lot, I texted a friend I knew was on vacation, telling her what I was doing.  She made the mistake of saying she wanted to join a gym too.  She had a few excuse but after waiting 40 minutes in the parking lot, we signed up together.

And I am proud to say that today ended a week and a half that I have been going to the gym and I have been 8 times!  EIGHT OUT OF ELEVEN DAYS!!!!!  AND I LOVE IT!!!!!

I used to be a member of the YMCA more than 14 years ago and I remember dreading working out, felt like the time dragged on, and I never went consistently enough to see any improvement. Plus it was nearly 70 pounds ago when I “thought” I was fat.

I can confidently say with 100% assurance that I LOVE and look forward to working out!!!

Stay tuned for the new toy I got to go with my workouts!!!  YEEE

Some days are normal, some days mess with my head.

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You always hear things like “he/she has good days and bad days” when referring to how someone is coping after a tragedy or something.  And you believe them, doesn’t always sound cliche, so you usually don’t think too much of it.

But it’s true.

Some days I feel pretty much normal.  I might have a sad moment or tear up, maybe have a good cry.

And then there are a few days, like my yesterday, that total eff with my head.

I can’t seem to collect my thoughts, I feel anxious, I can’t make decisions, I don’t know what I want, and I can’t really tell why I am like that!

”Well duh, it’s because I miss my son”

I miss my son every freaking day, how come sometimes I can’t freaking function???

Yesterday started out like most others, Ayden coming in my room around 7am to snuggle before we need to get up and get him ready for school.  The plan was that we would take him to school then Berk and I would go for a boat ride.  Can’t go very long or very far since we need to be back in enough time to get in the parent pickup line.

Berk offered to take Ayden to school so I could walk Fiona.  Since that’s kind of my routine (until I go back to work next week. :/ ).  So I put on my flip flops (normally I put on my “walkin’ shoes cuz I go for 2-3 miles total) since I was only just planning on taking Fiona for our normal 1.08 mile walk so we could maximize boat time.

I didn’t feel too abnormal, but did notice that I was crying easily during this walk.  Meh…I cry a lot these days so I still didn’t really feel much different than any other day.  Usually a nice walk in the morning does me good for the day.

Berk calls me on his way home and I’m about 8 minutes walk away from home. I confessed that I was in a grumpier mood than normal.

He asked me if I needed to go for a longer walk.  I didn’t want to say yes because I know boat time was precious.  After he assured me that it was OK if I felt like I needed to walk longer.  I really felt like I needed to be honest so yes…

…Yes, I want to walk longer.

When I got home with Fiona, I put on my walking shoes and went for another 1.25 miles, I think.  It was nice.  I wasn’t trying to walk for speed/calories burned.  I was walking for my soul.  It was kind of Forrest Gump walking.

Still…thought it was just a grumpier start to the morning and it would burn off like pretty much any other morning that I have these feelings.

Nope!

“What do you want for breakfast?  What do you want to take on the boat for lunch?”  I couldn’t answer these questions because I didn’t know how to answer them.  I knew what I didn’t want, but not what I did.  And it was upsetting to me.  If we weren’t already planning on going on the boat, I would just have dove into my Tupperware business, laundry, dishes, cleaning up the house (kinda going into autopilot) and would have been just fine.  But stopping to make a decision???

Nope!

What the freak is wrong with me?  Why am I crying because I don’t want a turkey sandwich for lunch???  Why am I getting upset that I don’t want pancakes for breakfast???

I really didn’t want to make my husband feel bad because he kept throwing out ideas just so maybe he would suggest something that sounded good to me and I could just say yes.  No yesses were coming.

I really just felt like I was in this funk and it was super annoying because I’m “fine” every other day.

The only things I could come up with why yesterday was making me be in a funk was my dog was having some digestion issues (he’s 9 and old and I just love him to pieces), Ayden was fighting off some sort of virus so he was just not feeling 100%, and I had my first public Tupperware event that night that I was getting very anxious for.

I think those all were just weighing on my mind and making me get in my own head too much.

Why would the event make me feel anxious???  Well these are monthly events that have the very high probability that will have guests from the previous months.  I did these events all though my pregnancy with Aaron up until like 2 weeks before my due date.  I was wondering if all the guests (which would have no idea) would then be asking me about the baby.  I am at the point where I can tell people what happened should they not have heard yet. I just felt like I could get overwhelmed and have to go hide in the bathroom for a while.

The boat ride helped tremendously.

Then I drove myself crazy about my 2 times up front at the mic.  How do I act?  I kept telling myself to just be myself.  Which is usually pretty comfortable with a touch of humor.  I have done it enough times that I wasn’t really nervous…before.  I felt warm and numb when I got up in front of the mic to do my little commercial for my business.  At the end of the night, none of the guests asked about the baby.  And to be honest, I don’t know how many of them were repeats.  The nice thing was that we had a hurricane that cancelled last month’s auction.  So everyone (including other vendors) had missed a month.  It was like I wasn’t even gone.

It was different.

My other vendor friends were AMAZING!!!  I knew they all knew (at least the important ones).  I could feel them sending their love and support without them even saying anything about my situation.

It felt good to set up a Tupperware table.

I was trying so hard to “just be normal”….what is that though?

 

Pumpkin Protein Oat Bars

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If you know me, or have been following me for…well, any amount of time.  You know that I struggle with staying on a healthy/active lifestyle.  Eating healthy and exercising regularly just doesn’t come naturally for me.  It is a real fight in my head between good and evil.  And for the last few months, evil has one every time.  Even the days that I randomly got out for a jog, I couldn’t stick with the eating well part.

I’ve never been a “meal prep” kind of eater for two reasons.  A) I never know when I want to eat until right before I eat it.  And 2) I don’t feel like eating the same thing all of the time.  (yes…I know I did A and 2…it’s supposed to be funny.  No?  Ok, moving on).

Another reason I haven’t meal prepped is because I’m mostly a stay at home mom.  Why would I prep everything when I am here to prep it before I eat it.  Well, that’s not working for me…OBVIOUSLY!

So Friday evening, I sauteed green pepper and onion for our stromboli.  I purposefully didn’t use all the veggies in the stromboli so that I could make some egg muffins.  Not exactly the same as I made here.  You can kind of make them with whatever ingredients you want.  I did sauteed green pepper and onion, turkey bacon, cheddar cheese and eggs with Morton’s seasoning, ground red pepper, and garlic powder to taste).  (Store in the fridge, heat in microwave about 30 seconds and I add Cholula to the top of mine and YUMMMMM)!

Saturday, I decided to make these Pumpkin Protein Oat Bars that I’ve been wanting to make, like, FOREVER so that I would have a healthy snack/post-workout food.

I apologize for the not perfect pictures.  I was making these in a hurry while trying to figure out what my son was going to eat for dinner.  That’s how I roll, unplanned and rushing!  🙂  I didn’t have a chance to get the good camera out to take any professional type pics.

But my son is very much into helping me cook so he did an excellent job at helping me stir all these ingredients together.

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These are super easy, just mix all of the ingredients (except for the oats) together in a medium bowl.

Preheat oven to 375º

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 eggs

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup vanilla protein powder (we use this one)

(I did add a small pinch of salt)

Then add 1 1/2 cup of oats and mix together well.

Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and then spray paper with cooking spray.  Pour batter into prepared dish and smooth with a spatula.  Bake 35-38 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in dish for 10 minutes.  Remove from dish and cool on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes.  Once completely cool, cut into whatever size pieces you would like and place in a airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.  Or wrap individually and place in a zip top bag for the freezer for up to a month.

There are other ingredient variations in the link for where I got the recipe from.

 

I will be making these again and probably have them around all of the time.

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I put the recipe into My Fitness Pal and these are the nutritional facts I got from making 8 bars.  164 calories, 2g fat, 25g carbs, 3g fiber, 13g sugar, 11g protein.

For a healthy recipe using no flour, these are probably the best I’ve had!  Make them and let me know what you think.

When all else fails…COOKIES!!!

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Oh my!  Could it be true?  Could my last post really be a month and a half ago???  I know I’m not the every-day-blogger, but that just seems like a long time.

A lot has happened in that month and a half, so I’m not surprised that the blog got left out.  I will spare you the details, and just pick up like where I left off.

I was “challenged” by a friend of mine to do a #write31days challenge.  Where I would publish a blog post every day for 31 days.  I accepted the challenge…over a week ago.  Who am I kidding?  There’s no way I would be able to post every day.  Even if I wrote a whole bunch in advance and just posted one per day.  There’s way too much housework, almost-three-year-old entertaining/teaching, and part-time job work for me to be able to keep up with that write-31-days thing.  Maybe one day.

Knowing that I needed and WANTED to post something, I just couldn’t decide what.  I do have a little notebook that I keep for my blog ideas.  I am sad that I missed some good posts (I’ll still do them, the timing just won’t be as good) because my MacBook was in California, getting more storage space!

Still trying to decide what to post about, it came to me…COOKIES!  Everyone likes cookies.  I had found a recipe for these apple oatmeal spice cookies at work (Publix) and thought they looked good.  Plus they looked like a healthier version of a regular oatmeal cookie.

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Especially my brother-in-law.

A few months ago, we invited my sister and her family over for dinner.  My BIL has been having some weird digestion (we think) issues and has been cutting out certain foods in the hope to find out what’s wrong.  Also, he’s been trying to not eat as many sweets.  So I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try these cookies.  Little did I know, that he would become obsessed with them!

And by obsessed, I mean he-won’t-let-anyone-else-eat-them obsessed.  Like he-makes-someone-make-another-batch-before-he-finishes-the-current-batch kind of obsessed.  So, I guess they were a hit!  Another bonus, my nieces like them too!  SCORE!

Ok, so here’s the scoop:

(see what I did there…scoop? like scoop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet! no? just me? ok… :/   )

Makes: about 3 dozen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I did halves with AP and whole wheat flour)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) light butter, softened

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (or apple butter)

1 egg

2 tablespoons skim milk (or whatever milk you prefer)

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups uncooked oats (quick or old fashioned)

3/4 cup diced dried mixed fruit or raisins (I used mini chocolate chips… 🙂   )

 

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray (I use parchment paper…always parchment).

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2. In large bowl, beat sugars and light butter with electric mixer until well blended.

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3. Add applesauce, egg, milk and vanilla; beat well.

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4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg; mix well.

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5. Stir in oats and dried fruit (or mini morsels); mix well. (Dough will be moist).

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6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets, press lightly to flatten.

7. Bake 12-14 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.

8. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack.  Cool completely.  Store tightly covered. (and hidden in a cupboard like my brother-in-law 😉   )

 

Ta-daaaaaaa.

Have you had any recipes that you’ve made that someone has gone gaga over?

 

 

Avocado Ranch Dressing

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I am not very experienced in the making of homemade dressings.  I have experimented with the oil/vinegar types that we put sliced cucumbers and tomatoes in.  I have done different variations of that, but it’s pretty simple.  And I just put different flavors (or the same) to get the taste I want.  But for something like a ranch dressing, I had no idea what to do.  So of course, I looked to Pinterest.  Then I remembered that Clinton Kelly on The Chew mentioned that he had a recipe on their website.  So that’s where I got my main idea.  I made a half recipe since I knew I would be the only one eating it.  I bet the hub would try it if he didn’t know there was avocado in it.  It really doesn’t taste that much different than before I put the avocado in it.  Oh well, all the more for me!!!!!

I roughly threw the mayo and sour cream (not exactly “throw” just mean that I didn’t actually measure with a measuring cup, just the lines on my immersion blender cup).  I did measure the spices as to not mess up the ratios.

  • 1/2 tablespoon Parsley (chopped) I used dried and made sure to pinch it to break it up and release the oils.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1/16  teaspoon Dried thyme (I didn’t have this so I put in a little Italian Seasoning)
  • 1/2  cup Mayonnaise (I used Hellmann’s with Olive Oil)
  • 1/4  cup Sour cream (I used Publix Light)
  • about 2/3 a Haas Avocado (the small blacker ones)

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Now, are you ready for it???  The hard part???

I put the mayo in my immersion blender cup, then the sour cream.  I put in my spices (don’t forget to pinch the dry spices).  I blended with my immersion blender.  Tasted and added about 1/8 tsp of ground red pepper.  Then I put in about 2/3 of the avocado.  Why only 2/3???  Well, I don’t think it was all the way ripe, so I left out the part that didn’t look ripe.  Blend until smooth.  THAT simple.  If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can totally use a regular blender or a food processor.

Just talking about it, makes me want more.  Hmmm…what can I eat now that I can dip in the leftovers???

I think next time, I may want to try to use a buttermilk based dressing with the avocado.  And make some southwestern egg rolls!!!  Yum…

Enjoy

8 Week Journey…what’s the plan?

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Ok, so yesterday, I told you all that I am on an 8 week journey to getting as fit as I can get for our trip to The Keys at the end of July.

I am 2 weeks in and that’s the longest I have been able to stay on a fitness plan….like, ever!

Some have been asking what workouts I am doing, and honestly, I have found them all on Pinterest.

Here is how I planned out my days.  I knew I wanted to tone up and I wanted to be semi-aggressive (pretty aggressive for me, though).  First of all, I need to be training for my first 5k race coming this October.  I really can’t tell you how many times I have started the C25k app on my iPhone and not made it past week 4.  I have started it over again (June 1st) and have kept up with it!  But I’m not to week 4 yet…so, the true test is yet to come.

Next, I knew I wanted to focus on toning 3 main areas of my body: my arms, my abs, and my legs.

And I knew I wanted a rest day.

SO, it only made sense to me that I needed to map out my running days (the C25k app suggests running every other day).  In addition to that, I planned to do some sort of cardio each of the 6 days to help burn some fat.  I went through Pinterest, and found three workouts for each of my 3 focus areas.  I get bored easily and need variety.  I also found this a good way to see which workouts I like and are effective and which ones are not.  Then I mapped out what days I would do each focus area workouts.  Since I wanted to maximize my workouts, I also added a 30-day arm challenge and a 30-day ab challenge (more on THAT later).  So here’s how it worked out for me.

Beginning Sunday, June 1st, I wrote down “run” every other day.  And I wrote down Cardio on every day, except for Saturday.  Second, I rotated my focus areas.  Sunday = Arms, Monday = Abs, Tuesday = Legs, Wednesday = Arms, Thursday = Abs, Friday = Legs (you get the idea).  Then I rotated each of the workouts and wrote down the initials by each focus area.  I had three workouts for each area.  Basically it would take me a week and a half to do the whole set of nine workouts without doing the same one twice.  Next, I wrote down “arm ch” and “ab ch” …(need I not remind you, I am a list maker, I must see what I have to do, in order to make a better attempt at actually doing it).  I also wrote a “V” and “Cal” on each day to remind me to take my vitamins (or see which days I didn’t take them) and write down how many calories I was over/under that day.  This way I had it all at one glance, and also I took notes (why I went over calories, why I didn’t do a workout, etc).  And the end of each day, I would mark off what I did, make notes about why I didn’t do something, then give myself a score of a smiley face, a so-so face, or a frown face.  So far, I haven’t given myself any frown faces. (I know it sounds silly, but I must stay on top of this so I don’t quit).

Ok so for Arms, I chose: (all links are below in the pictures)

Arm Workout, 20 Minute Arm Workout, and Sexy Arms Workout.

Abs:

Lose Your Love Handles, 300 Abs, and 5-to-50 Ab Workout

Legs:

Thigh Thinning Circuit, Your Best Butt Ever, and Sexy Legs Workout.

If this kind of regimen sounds interesting to you, I’ll do an overview at the end of this post.

What I have noticed about Pinterest is that almost everything looks appealing to me.  As for some of these workouts, after I did them, I just wasn’t quite feeling it.  So I decided to not continue doing them when they came around again.  Here is a quick review of these said workouts.

Basic simple arm workout! Most guys like to have a day dedicated to having nice, defined arms!

This workout seemed to beat me up a little (maybe it was ’cause it was the first day, maybe it was the burpees)

I didn’t really feel anything from it the next day (I go by sore muscles) so I decided to scratch it and have found a new one for it’s place.  It’s this oneThe "Awesome Arm Workout".  And I like it a lot better.

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This one I LOVED.  Maybe not at the time I did it, but I did feel some nice sore muscles the next day.

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LOVED LOVED LOVED this one.  I did it after a midday C25k run and it kept my heart rate at maximum of my “zone” the whole time!  I didn’t do the Finale, because I didn’t know what Curl Presses were and frankly…I was done!

Lose Your Love Handles....yes please

This isn’t a bad one, but again, I didn’t really feel my abs burning the whole thing or anything the next day.  I’d rather do other various ab exercises (especially planks).  So I think I will scratch this one.  I gave it 2 tries.

Girl's Home Ab Workout for Sexy Stomach

This one was a keeper.  I could still feel the affects of this one 2 days later.

5 to 50 Ab Workout

I liked this one too.  It has a variety of moves and really pushed me.  I couldn’t finish all of them, but I tried.  I had to keep reminding myself that I am at the beginning of my journey and I won’t be able to do everything yet.  But I am working toward it.

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To be honest, I didn’t try this one.  I kept a note (glad I did, cuz I couldn’t remember why I didn’t do this workout).  My legs were way too sore from the “cardio” workout I had tried to do on the previous day.  Since the day before wasn’t a running day, I tried to just do a cardio workout (from a workout app on my phone).  But I got bored after 10 minutes and ended up going for a walk.  But maybe I should consider that “cardio” workout for my phone for a leg workout.  So I have yet to try this one.  It was supposed to be done yesterday, but I did something different.

Glute workout

Ok, so technically this one was for the butt and not the legs, but I figured it could help the legs in the process.  I did like this one and had sore buns the next day.

Sexy Leg Workout That Only Takes 15 Mins!!!

Oh yes!  This one had me yelling at the exercises.  I hate wall sits.  But like planks, I hate them but I love them.

As I mentioned, I did something that wasn’t in the plan for yesterday and it was this one.

The Lean Legs Workout   I know these work.. So im interested to see If this workout plan works!!!!

I won’t be keeping this one around because my knees HATE lunges.  Which works out for me cuz I hate them too.  I might keep the curtsy lunges around if I need to bump something up.

This is my arm challenge and ab challenge.  I was not able to keep up with the ab challenge and I have decided that starting tomorrow I will be switching it to a plank challenge.  Planks are so much more effective.  I had to skip a couple of days of the arm challenge due to sore muscles or feeling like I was going to be sick at the end of a couple workouts.  So I’m just picking up where I left off.

Ok so here’s how the calendar actually looked in list form.

Day 1 – Run (C25k week1day1), Cardio (usually an extra 15 minutes of brisk walk), Arms (Arm Workout), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge.

Day 2 – Cardio, Abs (Lose Your Love Handles), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 3 – Run (C25k week1day2), Cardio, Legs/Butt (Thigh Thinning Circuit), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 4 – Cardio, Arms (20 Minute Arm Workout), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 5 – Run (C25k week1day3), Cardio, Abs (300 Abs), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 6 – Cardio, Legs/Butt (Best Butt Ever), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 7 – Run (C25k week2day1), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge (REST focus area)

Day 8 – Cardio, Arms (Sexy Arms Workout), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge

Day 9 – Run (C25k week2day2), Cardio, Abs (5-to-50 Ab Workout), Arm Challenge, Ab Challengs

Day 10 – Cardio, Legs/Butt (Sexy Legs Workout), Arm Challenge, Ab Challenge.

 Then it just repeats from there.  So far, it seems to be working for me.  I took my measurements today after the first 2 weeks and I am down 1.3 pounds.  Down 0.5″ in my right arm (left arm stayed the same), smallest part of my waist is down 0.5′, my biggest part of my waist (right under my belly button = my problem area) was up 0.25″ :(, my hips were down 0.5′ and my butt was down 1″.  My thighs remained the same.  Altogether that’s a decrease of 2.25″.  So yeah, I’d say something’s working so I’m going to keep going (making changes where I need to based on my notes) and see where I am in two more weeks.  And maybe (just maybe) if my progress pictures are good enough to show, maybe I’ll post those too.

This is the plank challenge I chose.  I will start it tomorrow.

Introduction to “Trim Tuesdays”

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Ok, so I am sure you’ve heard of Transformation Tuesdays and I have participated in those on the social media networks.

Well we are planning a trip to the Keys this summer and I would like to trim up by then.  I really only have 10 pounds til my goal (and honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever get down to my goal weight) and I am sort of ok with that.  But I am not ok with how things still jiggle (that shouldn’t be jiggling).  And since I will be going to the Keys and probably be spending a lot of time in shorts and tank tops (a few years ago it would have been bathing suit and flip flops…sigh), I kinda wanna look my best.  I know I am going to want a lot of photos taken and yes, even be in some…gasp!

So, I introduce to you….du-du-du-daaaaa (pretend that was a superhero introduction tune)

“Trim Tuesdays”…

I am not able to get the exercise in like I had been able to the past year that I have been losing weight.  I am also not able to go to a gym.  So I will be finding ways to get my trim on here at the casa!  I know I have many mini-workouts pinned on Pinterest and I’m sure I will incorporate them.  I say “incorporate” because I have a problem following programs (I think it stems from my problem with being told what to do).

So toward the end of each month (until July…that’s when our trip is), make sure to check back for updates on how my trimming is going.  It has been one week since I gave myself first and second degree burns on my stomach (it was the colander’s fault…not mine) and it is still quite painful as the skin is starting to peel and the sores are still open and sensitive.  So there won’t be too many ab (crunching type movements) exercises for at least another week (at the most, I’m sure) but as soon as this boy is in bed, I’ll be picking up the weights for some arms, some legs, and some PLANKING!  I am excited to see what I can do.

The hard part is done…I’ve lost 45 pounds, this should be the easy part…right?

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If you would like to see more of my Transformation Tuesday photos, you can find them on Instagram (feel free to follow me if you aren’t already) @theveronicablog and search #transformationtuesday.  I will also be posting my #trimtuesday photos each month starting at the end of this month!

Now to finish my green smoothie (2nd day of two clean(er) meals and one not as clean meal…hey, that’s good for me).

Woohoo, something healthy(ish)

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In an effort to try to clean up my eating a little bit, I decided to take the plunge and try to make those egg “muffin” thingies I see all over Facebook and Pinterest.  Now I have made some in the past, but they were mini ones with just egg and cheese for my tiny tot.  He ate some that day, but not any of the reheated leftovers, so I haven’t made any more since then.

But I eat leftovers so I made some for me.  And if he eats any of that…bonus!!!

I saw a friend post her bacon wrapped, sausage, egg muffins on Facebook and it inspired me.

So I had a log of Butterball Everyday Turkey Breakfast Sausage (forgive the lack of picture of that, I was in a rush) in the freezer that I thawed yesterday.  And this morning, I put it all together.

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I browned the turkey sausage in a pan on the stove (it’s pretty dry since there’s not as much fat as regular sausage, but I didn’t add any oil or anything cuz I didn’t want to add any fat).  I grated 2.5 ounces of Kraft Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese on the fine grater.  And I cracked 12 eggs into a pourable measuring cup, whisked, and added spices.  I chose onion and garlic powders, Creole seasoning, and red pepper.

I used my jumbo muffin pan because the small one just wasn’t big enough and boy am I glad I did.

I sprayed with cooking spray then divided up the turkey sausage into the bottom of each muffin cup.

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Then I divided up the grated cheese among the six.

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Next, poured the egg mixture over the top of each cup.

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WARNING…pour slowly.  Since the eggs are thick they fill the cup quickly but after they sit for a few seconds they settle into the sausage/cheese, then you can go back and fill more if needed.  This filled my jumbo tin to almost the top of the pan.

I baked them in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.  They probably would have been fine at 23 minutes as they were a little overdone for my liking.  But the finished product was still yummy.

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Next time I might try other combos with veggies and maybe different meats (ooh, even veggie meat).

I think I could probably make 12 regular size muffins with this, they were so huge!

I then entered my recipe into My Fitness Pal and these are the facts according to them:

(Like I said, there were 6 huge muffins)

for one muffin

~~~333 calories, 23g fat (what do you expect, it’s eggs and cheese), 30g protein~~~

You can obviously change it to suite your taste or dietary goals.

This would be delish with a green smoothie!  I consider it a good way to get protein, veggie, fruit in for breakfast.  But what do I know, I ain’t no dietary expert.  It just seems better than Eggos or toaster strudels.  haha

Have fun and Enjoy!

Christmas Recap – Crafty Edition

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Above, you will see a LOT of pictures of all things crafty from this past Christmas.

When Ayden was born (November 2011), I did not go back to work.  Berkley and I were bringing in about the same income so that means we cut our income in half!  By Christmas 2012, I was trying to see if I could decrease our Christmas gift spending without sacrificing gifts.  (Yes, I know that Christmas isn’t all about the gifts, but I think part of what I gained from this experience helped to look at gift giving differently).  So, I decided to make everyone’s gifts.  I had made gifts in the past, but it was as I was inspired.  At this time, Pinterest was a great source of Pinspiration.  So, I got out some trusty notepaper (my BFF) and started my list (one of my strengths).

Off to Hobby Lobby I went, excited that I got to actually buy stuff while I was in there!!!

Boy, was I in for a surprise.  I had NO idea how much work it was going to be to make all these gifts from scratch (and no…I couldn’t just do one gift per person, it was like 2-3 plus a couple gift), while taking care of a house and a one year old.  Also, my parents stay with us when they come for visits.  Not only did I not have all my gifts made by the time they got here, I didn’t even have their gifts made.  So I was making stuff in front of my mom that was for her and had to tell her it was for my MIL.

Anyway, to make a VERY VERY long story just a long story.  I was way in over my head.  I had so much to do at the last minute and I also had baked goods on my gifts list and those can’t be done too far in advance.  Not to mention what I contribute to our family gatherings on Christmas Eve and Day.  If you would like to see more on what I made last year, you can click here.

Alright, fast-forward a little bit to June 2013.  I was so ahead of the game (mind you, I am the world’s BEST list maker and also BEST procrastinator).  I got my notebook, made my list of who I was making gifts for, make a list of the gifts, make another list for all the supplies I will need.  And I started watching the Hobby Lobby and Michael’s ads every Sunday for what anything I needed that was 40 or 50% off so I didn’t have to use up my weekly coupons.  I even highlighted the projects I could do early and get out of the way so that it didn’t all pile up on me with the things I had to wait to do.  I was doing so good.   If there was a few things on sale that I needed, I went, got them, got something with my 40% off coupon and stashed away.  A few months into this wonderful plan and we ran into some major financial hurdles that made me change my tactic.  I now had to wait until the 2nd week in December to purchase the rest of my supplies.  Didn’t have enough of one project to be able to start early..nope!

This is why the phrase “the best laid plans” is the story of my life.  Needless to say, this didn’t all work out according to plan or even close.  I think late November, I ended up changing the whole gift list and going from there.  I worked with what I had and purchased the rest.  On top of this stress, I found out that my parents (who usually come a few days before the holiday) weren’t able to come until very very late the 23rd.  Because of this, I did not want to be rushing around on Christmas Eve (which I always am).  PS, Christmas Eve is when our whole family (grandparents, in-laws, etc) get together for finger foods and gifts.  And this year, it was back at my house.  Not a good year to be behind on gifts again!  On top of finishing gifts, I had to get the house clean, prep food, and still manage to make sure that my son wasn’t eating Nutella out of the jar, sneaking sips of my coffee, or trying to hook the dogs up with extra food!

So what do I do?  I make another list, two actually.  One for every single task for every single gift I had to make.  And the other for every single other thing I had to do that wasn’t gift related.  This might seem like just more work (busy work) to some of you.  But for my undiagnosed attention deficit issues and scatterbrainedness (don’t try to Google it, I know it ain’t a word) it was the only way I could get through all of this.  My brain doesn’t have to think this way.  I just look at the list and do what I can do at that moment.

Believe it or not, I got everything done, and wrapped, early (never has happened for me, usually wrapping in my room while people are arriving).  So, feel free to take a look at the pictures in this post.  If you click on the picture, you can scroll through the gallery and read the captions.

I will always make gifts (maybe not all of them, but at least one per person).  I love the feeling of putting so much thought, creativity, and joy into the gifts and seeing the reaction on the receiver’s face when they open it.  I usually go for a tear, sometimes I get one, sometimes I don’t.  😉

Thanks for taking the time to read through what seems like chaos, still, in my brain.  Stay tuned for the other editions of the Christmas Recap; Gift Photo Blooper Edition and Food Edition.

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