Sunday, January 25, 2015

meal planning/prepping


So my initial 2015(see here) plans aren't going so well. I have been wearing makeup for the most part, not to church this morning...but more days than not. My working out has been non existent. I am a bit concerned I have a sinus infection, I should probably make a doc appointment.

V and I have been working hard at making meal plans and making things from scratch. I know for many this is probably a no brainer, but for us this is a bit new. My SIL has been doing this for years, and she feeds a family of 5, which is how I grew up, with many mouths to feed. So when I am making food for V and myself, and neither of us likes leftovers, so it is hard to meal plan with the proper portions, esp since some days V eats twice as much as me and other days he barely eats.

I have been also getting V to help and cook more. At his age(7.5) I was already cooking for my entire family. So yesterday he chopped up our peppers to throw into the freezer. I didn't want them to go bad, so V chopped them up. He did ok. They are a bit big, but hey, we didn't throw them out.

Last night we browned up a pound of ground beef (we get our beef from a grassfed vendor from upstate Wisconsin, and the flavor is amazing, let me know if you want any info), and split it into two meals, one last night of beef stroganoff, and one for tonight of hamburger stew. Tonight we were to do the same thing and make goulash for tomorrow night and chili for Tuesday night, but I found I don't have chili powder....obv I haven't made chili in some time. So tomorrow night I need to hit up the Target on my way to pick up V from school and grab some chili powder.

So here is our list for this week:

B: V toast with PB, L egg salad on open faced English muffin
L: V Buying at school, L leftovers and fruit
S: goulash and a veggie

B: V drinkable yogurt, L egg salad on an open faced English muffin
L: V PB&J, and fruit, L leftovers and fruit
S: Chili and maybe biscuits

B: V fruit, L open faced egg salad on English muffin
L: V lunchable, L leftovers
S: meatloaf with sides

B: V poptart, L peanut butter toast and fruit
L: V yogurt and fruit, L leftovers
S: ham sandwiches and sides

B:  V toast with butter and jelly, L unsure
L:  salami sandwiches
S: ? maybe takeout? maybe leftovers?

For snacks we have raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, cauliflower, and carrots. V can't bring anything with allergens for snack time, so it really makes it hard sometimes, because remember he is 7. At school he also gets an additional small breakfast snack.

Here is V from about 20 minutes ago, he pulled out frozen banana, mango, strawberries and was too thick so we added a drinkable yogurt and some water.

he was frozen, it started with being heaped over the cup

Tell me about what you use to keep you on track, either financially or for healthy reasons.

What ingredients do you use to make your favorite fruit smoothie?

I just got a fitbit charge yesterday, a review to come, do you have one so can be fitbit friends and motivators?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

plans to change via 2015

So I am not making resolutions.

I am making plans to be a better me.

There are many layers and it is still evolving. But here is a short start to my list.

Actually put on 'some' makeup if I am leaving the house.

Do not leave the house wearing sweats unless I am sicker than a dog or going out for exercise.

Meal plan and try to make healthier meals (from scratch), while teaching V how to cook/bake. (V eats much more and has more interest in eating when he can help make it, he talks for weeks about the things he makes. He is only 7, but really wants to help cook.)

Get on the dreadmill and start off running X amount and then increase it one minute every week. The X amount is one minute by one minute or X minutes in a row. It's up to me how I feel that week.

Continue cleaning out our place. We are in a very small area, and purging is not our strong point.

Only surrounding myself with people who care about us. I have already started purging my FB list. We don't need any added negativity.

Continue saving money where we can.

What have been some of your goals? Do you believe in resolutions?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hey how have you been? We have been pretty quiet over here. I have been plagued with injuries, and there really hasn't been anything I can update you on.

My latest injury was when I was stepping out of my shower, and hit my (healthy) foot on the glass door frame. Originally, I thought it was broken, then I thought it was just bruised..but it is still sore and it has been about 3 weeks. So I am going back to think it is broken. It is also still tender.

(yes I still need a pedicure, the thought of someone moving my toe hurts to think about)

V and I did a lot of baking this Christmas. We gave a lot of baked good for gifts. I also tried my hand of making homemade yeast bread.

V and I had a good Christmas, I got a Ninja. I tried my hand at making homemade smoothies. We love them from Marianos. Mine weren't as good, but they were still delish.

V was working on a programming online app, and Bogie decided he wanted to spend some time with V, Bogie is not a lap cat. So this is funny. V just kept going. Finally, I had to pick Bogie up and off of V. And yes..Bogie is a big cat. My coworkers said he looks like a lion. LOL


Our Christmas #Selfie

We hope you had a great Christmas. Next time, I want to share our plans of things to work on this year. :)

What was your favorite gift for Christmas?
Do you take selfies?
Cats or Dogs? I actually prefer a dog, but we are in a condo with no yard. One day..I want a lab.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

in Italian?

for some reason my blog setting are currently in Italian...anyone else having issue? I need to get this fixed.

Monday, December 8, 2014

little miss priss

That is what I am.

Let me tell you a short story, my sibling is a good person. He has his family on a budget and they have a good life. He monitors ads and coupon deals. He not only an upstanding dad, he is an upstanding citizen in his town. He donates to the less fortunate, he spreads his knowledge and good deals.

One of the deals he finds is meat on clearance. (aka it is expiring that day and you need to freeze or use that day).

NOW as many of you already know, I have food issues. I am not a fan of leftovers, as the microwave changes the texture of meat. I have really bad texture issues. One small piece of bone in my burger will make me swear off burgers for at least 6 months.

So my brother helped me score some great deals on meat. I pulled out a pound plus of burger meat yesterday from the freezer and I had a plan to use half in chili and the other half in a hotdish for tonight's supper.

I opened the bag and found it smelled HORRIBLE. probably wasn't bad, but I knew I wasn't going to be able to overcome the taste in the meat. I am sure he would tell you it is in my head, and maybe it is....but I knew I couldn't do it.

So my 'steal' ended up in the garbage. We ended up scrounging for other food.

Do you ever buy food that is a steal only to throw it out?

Do you meal plan? It is something new to us.

Food texture issues? I have so many...V eats more than I do. I have a horrible gag reflex. For instance tonight, I was watching a show and they were to eat gross things and I literally gagged and ran for the bathroom.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

that should be me

Have you ever gone through a situation and felt..gee..that should be me?

I have too many times over..

....that should be how much I  have improved in my running...that should be me with how good of a cook I am...that should be me with that clean and organized of a house...that should be me with a husband/father for my child...that should be me... (fill in the blank)

I think we all fall into this at one point or another. I think the defining point is what are we going to do with it. Are we going to sit and wallow in our misery or will we decide to take action/or take a high road and enjoy it all?

I have taken the low road too many times to mention. I won't deny it still gets me from time to time. But you know what? I am so lucky. I have a good job. I have a GREAT kid. I have a great running community that I miss terribly and I can't wait to get back to. I am happy V is so active. I am happy he is so loving, caring, and considerate. I am so happy we were able to afford a new couch. I am so happy that my stupid foot is healing and I am thinking about attempting the dreadmill this weekend. I am so happy that my stupid mole wasn't cancer. I am so happy that I have a messy house.. I am so blessed that I have so many people who care about me.

I have spent WAY too much time and energy for those that have mistreated me, or disrespected me or my child.

In 2015 I want to continue to relish is the enjoyment of all that is good, rid of all of the not so good.

Spend more time with the dreadmill and not get injured....and kick the current

I want to continue to grow my friendships and really enjoy their bounty

And I really want to enjoy this Christmas season with this munchkin...or should we say my little elf.

How do you find the good?

What motivates you?

Are you coming off of an injury and itching to get back?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you area  all having a fabulous time with family and friends this Thanksgiving.

We have been MIA over here..mainly  because there really isn't anything to share. I know totally boring.

As you remember I had a spot removed to see if it was cancerous a few weeks ago. It turns out it wasn't, but I had a horrible reaction to every and all bandaids during the healing process.

I finally gave up and removed the bandaids and let it crust over, even the doc said to not let that happen. My arm is better, but still have marks from the round bandaids (if you look close you can see that outline too).

I was to have a follow up with my foot doc last week regarding my stress fracture. I still have some pain, so I cancelled the appointment. I am looking forward to start walking on the dreadmill to see how it goes. I can't wait to start getting in more exercise.

When I first went to the doctor for my referrals my blood pressure was sky high...I was to watch it and record it and report to the doc on it. I didn't. Not once. I am a bad patient. When I saw the doc my pressure was much lower, not great, but a lot lower. She didn't say anything about it, so here we go for some more time. On a positive note, my weight was exactly the same. Not a great sign since I need to lose weight, but since I am not able to run right now, and it is winter, I am so happy that the number didn't go up.

V has grown....I kept forgetting feeding him would make that happen. Please remind me in the future to stop feeding him. ;)

He is now tall enough to run on the dreadmill.

We are hoping you had a great Thanksgiving with your friends, family and neighbors.

At what age did you first do a workout on the dreadmill?

If you have kids, do you kids want to run too?