dealing with stress, with goals

There has been a lot going on here in St Louis, some good, some bad, some indifferent. I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of it. So I thought I would turn to you guys and tell you the plan 🙂

I found an article on pinterest (yep. I love that site) talking about weight lose and the paleo diet. I eat paleo about 98% of the time. It helps with my belly issues, I am have a better attitude,and more energy.  I love how I feel,  but I know everyone isn’t on board. It was hard at first, but now its a no brainer. (I still eat cupcakes and cake and all that other stuff, just only a few times).

Anyway, back to the article. It states that there are three reasons why someone might not be losing on the paleo diet

1.) calories. Too many calories

2.) too much caffeine

3.) not enough sleep

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Wellllll I have been getting too many of the first two, and not enough on the last one. This is where my plan for the week begins. I have been trying to lose this weight for a long time, but it is still a learning experience for what I need to do for ME to get some results.

I need to stop putting pressure on myself

– when I say I am going to lose x amount by x date. It never happens. Now if I say, I want to lose weight this week. If I just want my pants to fit better. then I will lose. The pressure of a certain amount, NEVER works for me. I said I wanted to lose 2.5lbs by the end of october, and I haven’t lost, I gained.

Destressing starts with sleep

– I am a night owl at heart. Having Andrew made me have to get up earlie, so I have been switching to more mornings. But I still love reading in bed with a good book. And that means saying “just one more chapter. Ok. seriously. last chapter” Then its 11pm. That is too late for me.

Lack of sleep equals more coffee

– If I dont sleep, I have found myself drinking two or three cups of coffee. It was just a cycle of no sleep, more coffee, no sleep. Well,  and coffee is just awesome 🙂

The stress that I have been having is related to work, my family, and stressors that I have put on myself. This week I am only working my goals:

1.) keep track of food on myfitnesspal

2.) try to keep calories -500 for the day

3.) workout on days on off (if it happeneds after a 12hour shift too,  great! )

4.) get 10,000 steps a day

5.) bed by 10

6.) do One Destressing thing a day

The Verdict!

Tuesday was a success!  I tracked,  was -535 calories,  workout when I got home,  get in 10,267 steps,  I’m in bed now getting ready to read till 10

A great start 🙂

Questions for you:

-do you find its better to have one big goal for you self,  or break it up into pieces? 

Do you have any goals before the end of the year?

 

Apple Cinnamon Paleo Pancakes

For the first time, in a long time, Andrew and I were able to make a good breakfast. Not even that, a great breakfast!

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Whenever I have the time, and I want a new recipe, I always go to pinterest. And this time, I found a good one. I just modified it a bit

Apple Cinnamon Pale Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 full fat coconut cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1tbsp grassfed butter
  • cinnamon

Directions:

1.)Mix the dry ingredients. and set aside

2.) In a medium ball, whisk eggs

3.) Mix rest of the ingredients with the eggs.

4.) Mix wet ingredients into dry

5.) Cut and dice apple. Place in bowl with butter and cinnamon. Heat in microwave for 2 minutes.

6.) Fold apples into mix.

7.) Let sit for 5 minutes. Add more tapioca flour or water depending on consistency.

8.) Cook on skillet

9.) Top with butter and maple syrup.

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Easy as that! and super delicious. Andrew loves them as well. You can find almond flour at trader joes or online. Also if yoi dont have coconut flour or tapioca flour, jist use almond for the whole thing

I found the original recipe here

Question for you:

What is your favorite type of pancake?

Day 8: Healthy Kid prep

Another day at work with Not alot of sleep last night. Luckily, i had lots of coffee on board. I pretty much ate the same thing as yesterday, except i had snack size m&ms. Then for dinner it was a weird combo, shriMp, baked chicken wings, and two paleo balls. Random But delicious. Time for bed, but first, getting andrew healty treats!

 

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Over the past few months, I have finally got my eats together. except for the occasionally issue like last week haha. But this challenge has really helped me get back on track.

Since school started for Andrew, I knew I needed to have healthy eats on hand for him as well! Especially since recently, he was sent home from his dad’s with a SHOE box filled with crap “goodies”.

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Andrew also gets extremely crabby when he doesn’t sleep, eat right, or get out of the house. (I mean who doesn’t?!??) So I knew that having healthy food on hand is the first step!

little smokies, pepperoni slices, and sausage patties

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cottage cheese, Colby cheese, and string cheese

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nitrate free hot dogs

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peaches and apples

we have sugar snap, celery, and cucumbers already.

gluten free pancake mix, pretzels, sugar free chocolate chips

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It isn’t all paleo, but its a step closer to less sugar! It is a start!

Question for you:

How do you help others eat healthy?

 

Day 7: prepping for 12 hours

While everyone is off work for the three day holiday weekend, I will working. Yes I had during the week off, but I’d rather be at the pool with Andrew. Oh well! On Thursday, I got to food prep, but first the eats for my day.

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6am: Eggs and pepper

10am: bacon

2pm: sausage, pepper, and cauliflower mash. peach for dessert

snacks the rest of the day: pepperoni slices, almonds and cashews, cucumbers, and Colby cheese, apple (i only ate the pepperoni and nuts)

Dinner: bunless burger, salsa, paleo cookie dough balls

Workout: 11,600 steps!!

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The prep on Thursday took awhile, but now I have lots of healthy eats to grab for the next three 12 hour shifts.

  • First, I started with the peppers and sausage

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All I did was heat the oven to 375. cut them up. mix with olive oil. then bake for 30minutes or until desired texture

  • I noticed there wasn’t much for three/four days. so I did make baked chicken wings, just in case.

These are also easy. boil for 10 minutes. then place on baking sheet and olive oil. and bake for ten minutes at 425 in the oven. flip and bake 5-10 more minutes

  • Next up, was cauliflower mash.

All you do is steam the cauliflower till soft. then use a food processor to mash. done!

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Lots of good food to have in the frig. And I am SOOO ready for the next three days, well at least food wise haha

Question for you:

How do you plan for meals while you are at work? or on the go?

 

 

Day 4: tooth fairy

Happy Wednesday! We woke up to have breakfast before school and andrew started complaining saying there was metal in his eggs! And why would I do that? I of course was really worried, until he spit it out, and we realized it was his tooth 🙂

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He has been working on the bottom guy for weeks!

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On to eats……….

Another successful day. I did eat a few fries at dinner with my parents, but im ok with that.

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Breakfast: eggs, broccoli, peppers, and bacon

Plus coffee! and protein coffee

Lunch: cauliflower mash

Snack: lots of honey roasted peanuts, babybel cheese, and some chicken

Dinner: buffalo chicken salad from Joey B’s

Lots of the same food for the past few days, just making my way through leftovers. Grocery store tomorrow!

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Workout: t25 abs. Did not have the energy for total body haha. tomorrow. also mowed my parents grass. Got almost 12000 steps!

Question for you:

What was your favorite thing you ate today?

What workouts have you been doing?

 

day 3: more food for 12hrs

Another day at work. These 12 hour shifts take a lot of planning! Yesterday, i did not plan that well. I knew this because i was starving by 5pm. With 2 1/2 hours before i could go home. Not good! I always make my lunch the night before, so I made sure to add lots of goodies.

I made sure to have lots of food packed and ready.

6am: eggs, broccoli, and peppers

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9am: protein coffee. Brought to work in a water bottle

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11am: bacon

1pm: cashews pecans

2pm: cauliflower mash, watermelon, one pancake

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STUFFED!!!

5pm: 2 babybel cheese

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(didnt eat the apple or nuts.)

8pm: shrimp + watermelon

 

workout: none. but I did have over 10,000 steps at work. I had to pick up andrew at my parents, and then get him in bed.

 

I did a lot better in making sure I had healthy eats on hand. I know that when I get hungry, I go for something that is easy. That is why you see a lot of small snacks that can be eaten on the run, or when you have a free moment. sometimes it gets crazy in the NICU. For the future, I will just make sure I have a full lunch box 🙂

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So I got a few questions about the protein coffee and it is SUPER easy! I followed along to this recipe, just changed a few things.

PROTEIN COFFEE

  • Ingredients
    • 1 cup cold coffee
    • 1 scoop protein powder
    • a few iced cubes of almond milk *
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Directions:
    • 1.) Make coffee the night before and place in frig. (or make that day and put in freezer for a bit)
    • 2.) Place all ingredients in a cup or blender and blend. I used my smart stick

* You can also just add almond milk and ice cubes.

Super easy and you get some sweet coffee, with lasting protein powder, and without the extra carbs/sugar! I highly recomend it

Question for you:

How do you like your coffee? this question is perfect for Hollie 😉

 

 

 

Paleo Chicken Nuggets

The past few weeks, I have been scrolling through pinterest looking for kid friendly paleo recipes. I have been eating about 95% paleo for about a year now. I will have the occasional piece of cake or treat, but for the most part I eat pretty clean. This is a choice for me because I have had tummy issues for years. My trigger foods are carbs and sweets. YEP. all the yummy stuff haha.

I have noticed that when Andrew returns from his dad’s house (where he eats lots of sweets) he will have stomach pains the next morning. One of my main symptoms. I decided that maybe the best would be to show him how we can eat healthy, and it still be yummy too!

Not that it is bad to eat sweets, this is just something we have decided to do here. And I will still pack some sweets with him for lunches and when he is with friends, but just cut the amount down a bit. (one ex. at his dad’s he had a cheese hotdog, macaroni and cheese, and when I asked if he had any fruits or veggies. he said yep. strawberry milk. haha) We had a good discussion fruits and veggies that day. We have also talked about Mcdonalds and fast food in general. He has even heard that the only “real” food there is the milkshakes haha.

Anyway, we have talked about chicken nuggets, and when I saw this recipe on pinterest, I knew it was a keeper

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And let me tell you, andrew LOVEEEDDDD them!

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This recipe is a keeper 🙂

Question for you:

Where do you find most of your recipes?

 

Healthy Kidney: Pancakes

I have been making a list of things I want to include in my Healthy Living, Healthy Kidney. I will really say, “Oh. my kidney wouldn’t like that” haha. It makes me realize the decision I was making, and also makes me laugh. Laughter is always the best medicine!

So far my list:

  • Moving my body
  • Getting to a healthy weight
  • Eating clean
  • Bonding with Andrew
  • Appreciate my family
  • Make time for friends
  • Scrapbook and crafts
  • Absorb and Spread Positive Energy
  • Unplug more

In no particular order of course. And I know I will add to it, but I really just want to be a whole person. I will grow and develop, and I’m sure I will hit many bumps in the road, but I will get back to it. I might need to post this on the fridge 🙂

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Now to the pancakes! I want to eat healthy, but I also was getting bored of eggs and bacon. So pancakes it is!

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These were super easy! I microwaved the sweet potato for a few minutes before, then mix, put on the skillet, flip, and enjoy!

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I put some grass fed butter and maple syrup on top. DELICIOUS! You could also add banana to the mix. Or on top with some almond butter. Lots of options

Question for you:
What did you have for breakfast?

Did you get bored of having the same thing over and over?

 

 

Got a little TOO busy, time for pancakes

So I MAY have gotten alittle too busy, alittle too stressed out. So you know what that means….

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Yep. Not feeling so hot today. I woke up not feeling 100%

This morning, I didn’t want eggs and bacon. Since I wasn’t feeling good, I wanted some comfort food and that ALWAYS means pancakes.

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I went to my handy dandy pinterest, and found this recipe for paleo coconut flour pancakes. I was alittle skeptical because the ingredients were pretty simple, but don’t let that fool you. They were amazing! I added some scrambled eggs, and bacon

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Today, I had a lot planned. workout at the gym. papers. bills. etc etc. Instead, I am drinking coffee in bed.

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Checking emails, relaxing, and watching The Incredibles. I want to be able to breath tomorrow when I have my MRI. Everyone say alittle prayer around 6am that they find fat when they scan that darn mass. haha

Question for you:

Do you workout when you are sick?

-Usually I do, but the class I take, I usually can’t breath/move when I feel great, so I knew that I wouldn’t be able to push it, and then I would get frustrated. it would probably also not help my body heal, and we need that!

Throwback Thursday

I just got home from work, and have a lot to update you on tomorrow, but tonight we will keep it light and happy 🙂 Tonight we have a Throwback Thursday picture that makes me smile.

This is me and my cousin when we were about 20 months old or so.

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THings to share:

Chocolate chip cookie dough mug muffin by My little jar of spices (paleo)

14 bite sized valentines day desserts by Lean green bean (not paleo)

Paleo Valentine’s Treats by Oh Snap Lets Eat

NOT FOOD

Why we need more magnesium by Healy Real Food Vegetarian

plank workout by Spin Run Repeat

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Of course there is this cute picture of Mr Bubbles, one of the cats we adopted.

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Now, I know what he does when we aren’t home haha

Question for you:

What do you think your pets do when you are gone?

Are you watching the Olympics?