Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Healthier Lifestyle...

Today is one of those amazing days that I haven't had in over four months. Since the kids were with their dad last night & I didn't have to work today...I slept in until noon! It was awesome. We then packed up, went down to the beach for two hours until it became overcast, & then the kids went to play with friends. I have been able to sit in front of my computer, focused, & working on a few things that I have been meaning to work on for the longest time.

One of those things is getting back on my diet/healthier lifestyle. I have dabbled in dieting but it has been hard to stay on track without being prepared each week. So, I just spent the last hour or two looking through foods that I can cook quickly, at work, on the go, etc. that I don't have to worry about spoiling, making a huge mess, or getting boring. One of our biggest negatives before was salad. I love salad, however, cleaning the lettuce, chopping it, putting it away, cleaning up the mess, & then eating it all before it went bad just wasted so much time & money. salad...for now.

Here is my meal plan.

1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup of fruit - (depends what is on sale that week) 
Choices are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, apples, or bananas.
1/2 scoop of protein powder

Gorton's Grilled Fish Fillets or fresh fish
1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 can green beans

Nutrisystem Brownie (I still have some left)
1 cup raspberries

1 serving of shrimp
1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 can green beans

2 cups cantaloupe

I am very comfortable with these meal choices & do not see me having a problem sticking to this plan. Working out is what my issue is. I am working both jobs when I don't have the kids so I can't squeeze in getting to the gym too. I am going to start out with some cardio & light weights that I have at home. I have also committed to myself that I will take one night a week of when I don't have the kids. This will be Tuesdays. So, I will be off at 3pm with no other commitments, children, errands, etc. This will be a day for me to enjoy exercising, going to the beach, hanging out with friends, volunteering, or meeting new people. I am really looking forward to this new change. I need it. 

I also want to take a minute to say how proud I am of the kids. Brandon made straight A's for his final grade. He is off to be a 4th grader. I can't even believe it. Allyson struggled a little bit & we had a few bumps in the road but she passed her end of grade test (EOG) & she brought up many of her grades. She is going to be a 6th grader & going to yet another new school. I remember graduating from elementary school...I am sure she feels like such a big girl. She is starting to come out of this shy shell that she has had for years. During her graduation she had to make a speech & she did an amazing job. She was loud, clear, & confident!! I am so proud of both of them. 

I hope that everyone has a great weekend. I will post tomorrow for Father's Day.


  1. I have lost all the weight I want to (40 lbs) now I need to focus on excercise to tighten all the flab up, but finding time is hard I have 4 kids and work so I know how hard it is to fit it all in, but If God is with you then what can be against you not even excercise can compare. Good luck and may God Bless you and your family with this change that you need.

  2. I have just started keeping a food log and doing a weekly meal plan so I can shop once a week, and we can stop eating out so often.

    I am 5'7 and I like to weigh 132-135 lbs. I refer to myself as hearty peasant stock, as I am not a small person. I currently weight 141, and my goal is to lose the extra weight.

    How much are you trying to lose?