Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Year of Small Changes Challenge, Week Four

It is week four of the Year of Small Changes Challenge from The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans and this week should be a breeze for me because it is all about meal planning and tracking food.  Two things I already do. 

Last week of course was a little more difficult for me because it was about getting active and finding ways to exercise each day.  I don't have much time for the gum.  I went once last week and it was my first trip to the gym in 2015.  Needless to say I need to find other ways to get in my exercise.  I have decided that increasing my activity level in general might be a good way to do that.  To help me keep track of my activity levels I ended up purchasing a Fitbit Flex.

 
 I have learned that I don't get in nearly as many steps as I could be and there are massive differences in the amounts of steps I take each day.  Right now I am wearing it for a week, Friday will be my one week mark, and at the end of the week average the amount of steps each day.  Once I average the amount of steps I take each day I am going to add 500steps to that, and that will become my target number of steps each day.  I plan to steadily increase my steps each week and hope that this will help increase my activity levels.
 
Are you participating in the Year of Small Changes Challenge?  If so how are you doing?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Menu Plan Monday, January 25-29, 2015

 


It's the last week of January already!  I can't believe how quickly this week is already flying by.  I took time last Sunday to do some meal prep and it made my whole week go by so much smoother.  I think this is something I am going to have to keep doing.

Heres what I have planned for this week:
S, E, and FP denotes the type of Trim Healthy Mama meal it is

Monday
Breakfast - Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E)
Lunch - Parmesan chicken (S)
Snack - apple with peanut butter
Dinner - Grilled Cheesy Buffalo Chicken, broccoli and cheese (S)

Tuesday
Breakfast - sausage, eggs (S)
Lunch - leftovers
Snack - greek yogurt with berries (FP)
Dinner -  Cheeseburger Pie (S)

Wednesday
Breakfast - Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E)
Lunch - leftovers
Snack - walnuts (S)
Dinner - Chef Salad (S)

Thursday
Breakfast - oatmeal (E)
Lunch - Stuffed Green Pepper (E)
Snack - 1% Cottage Cheese with tomatoes (FP)
Dinner -  Grilled Chicken, salad with Homemade Ranch dressing (S)

Friday
Breakfast - sausage, eggs (S)
Lunch - leftovers
Snack - cucumber slices and cheese
Dinner - Foil Baked Salmon


 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Menu Plan Monday, January 19 -25, 2015


Can we really already be three weeks into 2015?  This year is already flying by and it just started.  We tried a couple of new recipes last week and both whttp://allrecipes.com/recipe/italian-vegetable-soup/ere hits!  The Grilled Cheesy Buffalo Chicken and Foil Baked Salmon with Asparagus got rave reviews and will make an appearance on our dinner table again!
This week will be another busy week with the kids having sports that will have us eating out three days this week.
Here is what I have planned for us this week:
 E, FP, and S denotes the type of Trim Healthy Mama recipe each meal is
Monday
Breakfast - Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E)
Lunch - Leftover Italian Vegetable Soup (modified for THM)
Snack - celery with peanut butter
Dinner - steak, mushrooms, Quick Low Carb Cole Slaw (S)

Tuesday
Breakfast - sausage, scrambled eggs (S)
Lunch - leftovers from Monday dinner
snack -  Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E)
Dinner - Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms

Wednesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal (E)
lunch - leftovers from Tuesday dinner
snack - greek yogurt with frozen berries (fp)
Dinner - Eating out at Subway

Thursday
Breakfast - Banana Cream Cake (E)
Lunch - leftovers
snack - cottage cheese with tomatoes (FP)
Dinner - Stuffed green peppers (E)

Friday
Breakfast - sausage, eggs (E)
Lunch - Leftover from supper on Thursday
snack - Banana Cream Cake (E)
Dinner - Parmesan Chicken (S)

Sunday
Lunch - Super Easy Crockpot Meatball Hoagies (kids get buns, i just get meatballs), salad
Dinner - sandwiches


Friday, January 16, 2015

A Year of Small Changes Challenge


I have so many changes I want to make and I want to live a healthier lifestyle but I often get overwhelmed with the amount of change that needs to take place.  That's why the A Year of Small Changes Challenge from The Sisterhood of Shrinking Jeans is so perfect for me!  Using the book Small Changes by Brett Blumenthal they are working on accomplishing fifty-two small changes over the year. 

This is week two and this week has been all about sleep.  The goal is to get between seven and eight hours sleep each night.  For someone who is as busy as me I have a hard time getting enough sleep.  I have been working hard to spend the last hour before bed winding down.  I have cut out the screen time and use small lamps instead of the overhead light to help ease the transition to bed.  I have done well getting at least seven hours of sleep each night with the exception of Wednesday night when I got about six hours of sleep.  I was exhausted Thursday and the lack of sleep was noticeable. 

Join us for the Year of Small Changes Challenge on Facebook.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Menu Plan Monday January 12 - 18, 2015

 
Once again our family finds itself entering a new phase of life this week and being organized is more important than ever for us.  It felt so nice to have a menu plan to follow last week.   If you don't menu plan I highly suggest you start because it makes your life run soo much smoother!
 
Here is what we have planned this week:
 
Monday
Breakfast - Banana Oatmeal Muffins (using egg substitute to make a THM E)
Snack -  celery with peanut butter
Dinner - salmon patties, mac and cheese, lima beans
 
Tuesday
Breakfast - sausage, scrambled eggs
Dinner - Grilled Cheesy Buffalo Chicken, cheesy potatoes, salad with Greek Salad dressing
 
Wednesday
Lunch - leftover
snack - cottage cheese with tomatoes
Dinner - Red Beans and Rice
 
Thursday
Breakfast - scrambled eggs, sausage
lunch - leftovers
snack - cheese cubes, beef stick
Dinner - Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce with Dreamfields pasta
 
Friday
Breakfast - greek yogurt with berries
Lunch - leftovers
Snack - cottage cheese with tomatoes
Dinner -  Foil Baked Salmon with asparagus , brown rice
 
Saturday
Eating out
 
Sunday
Dinner - sandwiches
 
 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Menu Plan Monday January 5-9, 2015

 

 
It's the beginning of another year and it is time for me to get back onto the Trim Healthy Mama plan!  I have allowed myself to stay off plan since Thanksgiving and now it is time for me to get back on track. 
 
Here's what I have planned for this week:
E, S, and FP denotes which type of Trim Healthy Mama meal each food is
 
Monday
Breakfast - Banana Cream Cake (E)
Lunch - Tomato Stuffed with Tuna (S)
Snack - Celery With Peanut Butter (S)
Dinner - THM salmon patties, mashed potatoes for kids, green beans
 
Tuesday
Breakfast - Scrambled eggs with salsa, and sausage (S)
Lunch - Leftovers
Snack - Cucumber Salad - use Truvia instead of sugar (FP), cheese cubes (S)
Dinner - Bunless cheeseburgers (S), Zuchinni fries for me, Crispy Seasoned Oven Fries for kids
 
Wednesday
Breakfast - Banana Cream Cake (E)
Lunch - Leftovers
Snack - THM Pimento Cheese with Wasa Crackers
Dinner - Cajun Hasselback Chicken With Pepper Jack & Spinach, (S), mashed potatoes for kids, broccoli and cheese

Thursday
Breakfast - Berry Oat Breakfast Cake (E)
Lunch - Leftovers

 Snack - Cucumber Salad - use Truvia instead of sugar (FP), cheese cubes (S)
Dinner - Pork chops smothered in cabbage
 
Friday
Breakfast - Scrambled eggs, sausage
Lunch - Leftovers
Snack - celery with peanut butter
 
Saturday
Out
 
Sunday
Lunch - Sandwiches, leftover low carb cole slaw
 
 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday, July 23rd



Join us for What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy.

I didn't feel good last week (which is evident by the pictures - please forgive me for the crappy pictures) and I didn't spend as much time as I should have on my outfits.  I also missed linking up last week so this week you have two weeks worth of outfits!


Work Day

Black Tee - Thrifted
Khaki Pants - New York and Company
Shoes - Old


Work Day

Black Sweater - A Christmas Gift from my Grandmother that came from Sears
Skirt - thrifted
Shoes - Sears (similar pair)
necklace - Meijer




Work Day and Date Night

Sweater - Mossimo from Target
Tunic - Daisy Fuentes from Kohls
Leggings - Hanes from Wal-Mart
Shoes - Old
Necklace - Candies from Kohls
Bracelet - Sears



Work Day

Sweater - Mossimo from Target
Cami - Meijer
Pants - New York and Company
Shoes - Nine West
Necklace - Meijer





Work Day 

Sweater - Mossimo from Target
Tank - Target
Skirt - Wal-Mart
Bracelet - Sears
Necklace - Bought from LeTote
Shoes - Sears (similar pair)



Work Day

Shirt - Meijer
Skirt - Old from Kohls
Necklace - Kohls




Church

Dress - Meijer
Sweater - Mossimo from Target
Shoes - Guess Jeans