These past couple of weeks have been anything but routine. We as a family have had quite a few ups and downs but we have been doing our best to stick together and keep our heads held high. With that being said we have had to change a few things about the way we handle things in our household. We have stopped eating out and have been cooking everything at home, which has allowed for family time at the table. We have been cooking semi-healthy meals and eating way better than normal and have felt the changes in the way we feel as a whole. We never expect to be in the best shape right away but we have been feeling better which pushes us to want to do more. Also, my husband has been enjoying not eating on the road anymore (it gets old). What I have noticed that is even better? We make these decisions without really even thinking about it. Now we just need to start working out and maybe we will see changes a bit faster. Baby steps hahaha
This evening, let's discuss being new parents, but also keeping your identity as a couple.
Since having Gabriella (almost a year ago!), our date nights and weekend getaways have been few and far between. Up until our wedding night in August, we had never spent a night away from her. As she is getting older, we have become more comfortable with asking one of our parents to watch her for an evening while we have a date night, and even built up to going to Austin this weekend for the Longhorn game! At first we were going to go Friday, and come back Sunday and really enjoy ourselves (like the mini honeymoon we didn't have), but we decided going up Saturday and coming back Sunday would be long enough for now <3 Recently we have realized how important carving out time for ourselves really is. We are excited to relive my college days and reminisce on the weekends we would spend together in Austin when I was in college. We will be going to the game with Daniel's cousin and his girlfriend, who are a lot of fun to be around. However, I think the part I am most looking forward to is a good nights sleep, with no interruptions, and not being woken up at 7am LOL.
While we love our baby, and do not plan on being away from her every weekend, we do hope to plan more time for ourselves and keep our identity as a couple as well as the parents we have become.
As moms’ we tend to put the weight of the world on our shoulders. We make sure all the schedules for work, extra activities, meals are prepared, bed time stories and homework are done. That is just stuff for our kids. We still have the duties of being a wife, co-worker, daughter, sister and friend. Wearing all these hats we are bound to drop the ball somewhere and that’s when the guilt sets in.
Well, I am here to tell you that we aren’t perfect, and we were never intended to be, so it’s alright if we forget something. I used to feel so guilty if I didn’t include my kids in everything I did, whether it was going to get my nails done, go to dinner with my husband, or lunch with a family member. I would make everything a family event, so they would be included. Needless to say that got a bit old, especially when it came to date night with my husband. We started to grow distant in being a couple because I never allowed us to be, which I take full responsibility for and own. We are getting to the point where we schedule our dates and make them priority because dating is very important in a marriage.
Friendship I something that does fall through the cracks as well and I realized I was really missing spending time with one of my friends. Megan is my sister in law and we began this Blog together but like anything else life gets in the way and we have been so busy that we haven’t had time to hangout. Luckily this past weekend that changed. My mom had asked for my 2 oldest to spend the night earlier last week, so I found that Friday would be a great time for a girl's night. We had a movie, dinner, dessert, wine (lots of it), face masks and lots of laughs. It was the perfect night in with minimal money spent, which is always nice. We both had the chance to just relax and let loose it was a blast.
It is healthy to have some time for yourself and to let loose because we want to be better for our kids. I feel good being able to have a fresh week without feeling stir crazy. Unfortunately, I now have 2 kids that are sick, so the good times of this weekend are over and now it’s nurse mommy. Join me in ‘Bibs and Kids’ tomorrow to see how that is going.
Just 2 weeks ago I was so proud of myself for packing my breakfast and lunch and planning ahead for my school day. I felt great! This past week I have been in a slump. I have not been planning or packing any of my meals, and I feel like crap. I went back to eating out more, and I feel a difference in my energy, digestive system, and most importantly SKIN. I feel gross all around because I know I have been drinking more soda and not sticking to my plan like I was previously. Nobody likes to feel tired all the time, especially when I keep up with and teach 22 seven year old's all day, and come home to play with my 11 month old. There is no time to feel tired! That's why taking care of my health and my body is so important to me.
On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most disciplined with myself, I try to live at an 8. To break it down, if I eat 5 small meals a day, 7 days a week, that is 35 meals a week. If I cut myself slack on 1 meal per day (typically dinner for me), that leaves me 28 meals per week to be consistent on. Being consistent on 28/35 meals per week, translates to 80% consistency, or an 8 :) This logic has worked for me personally for the last 8 years. My weight fluctuates like anybody's, but if I get too laxed, I just tightened the reigns a little bit.
Today is the mark of starting fresh on my health journey. I posted in July how I would be as transparent as I could with you about my journey and I will keep that promise. I started off doing great throughout the month of July and once August hit maybe about the second week I had a health issue that was unexpected. It has to do with my stomach and I was referred to a specialist. I do have a follow up appointment, but I had to change a few things until we could get stuff ruled out. As I am waiting for my appointment to confirm my results I decided to go ahead and get back on track.
I have had many times where I would start my weight loss journey and struggle and binge after a few days. This last time I was ready to lose weight and I would tell my husband, “wow I am doing this with no hesitation, I’m ready”. Here I am again for the hundredth time starting over from scratch. I don’t know if anyone else can relate but to me starting is the hardest part. I mean, I know what steps I need to take to get back to where I was and to progress from there but ugh it’s frustrating. So, I decided to start back on my Herbalife shakes for breakfast and lunch, then have my snacks in between and a healthy dinner.
I enjoy using stickers in my planner and making it all sorts of cute. I got some stickers for water intake, weight, meals etc. and I will be using those to help me with accountability. I am also wanting to get a team together for the Wicked Wine Run in Galveston on November 10 @ 2:30 pm. I think it will be fun and who doesn’t love wine?? No, you don’t have to run you can walk. If anyone wants to join with me just let me know. The point of me mentioning that is because I will be using it as a goal to be in somewhat of shape. I want to be able to enjoy myself without passing out hahaha
Join me in this journey and let’s not keep pushing it until next Monday.
I just started my fourth week of school. Getting back into a routine has been great! Previously staying home with Gabriella, I only had to plan my meals far enough out to buy groceries, then I just prepared my food when I was ready to eat. Now, I’m having to plan and prepare my food in advance, or I don’t eat! Being a teacher, I only have 25min for lunch while my kids are eating. I also pump during my lunch, so I don’t have time to go get food from somewhere if I forget to pack it or wake up late. They are very simple meals. Most of the time it is just a ham and cheese sandwich with Greek yogurt and goldfish, but sometimes I will bring leftover dinner from the previous night. I also make to pack at least 2 bottles of water because the water fountain water is not good. Not only has packing my lunch been healthier than eating out and helped me shed a few pounds, but it has also helped me save money. I don’t have time to go out and swipe my card, haha. So, once I go grocery shopping I don’t spend money on food unless it is the weekend and we go out as a family. I didn’t realize how much I was spending on food on the go until I started packing my lunch every day. Not only do I pack my lunch, but I also make sure to eat or pack my breakfast at home as well.
In conclusion, if you eat out for breakfast and lunch frequently, I challenge you to pack it for the next two weeks and see how much money you save and how many pounds you shed 😉
A ‘Healthy Living’ is all about balance and sometimes we need a nice, warm, comforting meal. Well, that is exactly what we got in our household. My husband makes the BEST (in our opinion) Chicken and Dumplings, absolutely delicious. We do cheat a little and don’t make our own chicken broth, but he does make the dumplings from scratch, and well that is homemade enough for us. This Labor Day weekend has been extra rainy as we were waiting and watching the news to see if Tropical Storm Gordon was headed our way, so why not make this wonderful meal? I will be sharing his recipe on how to make the dumplings so you can try it for your family.
2 lbs of Boneless, skinless chicken breast
3-48oz Chicken Broth (brand of your choosing)
1 lb of fresh carrots
Half Stock of Celery
2 Cups of Flour
1- Stick of room temperature butter (unsalted)
1-Tbsp of Baking Powder
¼ tsp of Salt
1 Cup of Ice cold water
Boil all of your chicken, veggies and chicken broth in a large boiling pot
Large mixing bowl- pour flour, baking powder and salt to mix
**We are a family of 5 and when we make the dumplings we double that because it's our favorite part**
When it comes to “Healthy Living” I was determined to diet and exercise, so I could lose the weight that I wanted and hit the goals I set for myself. I have had some things happen these past couple of weeks that have made me realize that a “Healthy Living” isn’t only about a physical appearance but a mental one. I have been working on losing weight and for the past 3 weeks I have changed a lot about what I consume, and my portions are extremely different. I have also been making sure to take time to myself early in the mornings before the kids wake up and at night when they go to bed. I journal a lot more and read my devotionals. I know we have a section on “Journey of Change” and these go hand in hand because this is how I help myself have a “Healthy Living” mentally. Being in a good mental state is important for myself and my family, because if I am lacking in that area I can’t be 100% for them and they deserve me to be. These past events have been a major test for me and I have more things coming my way. Believing in God and having Faith doesn’t mean life will be easy, it just means we won’t be alone while going through these tough times.
Focus your goals of making yourself healthy physically and mentally, because we need both. Set times aside to gather your thoughts and be with God. Visit our “Daily Devotional” section and purchase the 100 Days of Pressing Pause book. It is so helpful because I promise you're not alone.
Since most of us our start our dietbet challenge, I wanted to make an encouraging post. We are beginning the start of a new lifestyle. Like I mentioned last time, it is not the occasion that’s going to make or break your lifestyle and health, it’s the consistency. Starting tomorrow, its about making consistent choices for ALL of your meals. Its okay if you want to go out to eat after church on Sunday, or have a birthday dinner for a relative, but that does not mean your whole day is ruined. You still need to stick to your meal plan, and just indulge in a small portion of a ‘cheat’ meal on occasion. And by occasion, I mean 1-2 times per week MAX. One or even zero is ideal for the first three weeks. Another tip is to try and only drink water to make up for the caloric difference. Drinks contain empty calories that we need to be consuming as meals for our body to utilize the nutrients properly. Wasting those calories on drinks does nothing for our body or our health. Water can be very underrated, but it is essential for life. A minimum of 100oz of water should be consumed daily, and that will also help you keep full and ward off hunger pains. A lot of times when you think you are hungry, your body is dehydrated and signaling that it needs water.
I hope these few tips help you stay on track as we not only begin our 8 week challenge, but as you make a permanent, consistent change in your life. Remember your day is not ruined by one bad meal, and your week is not ruined by one bad day <3
Megan and I realized a lot of you posted about creating a healthy lifestyle and we wanted to help with that. We are in the process of working on our own health and creating a good lifestyle, but we wanted all of you to join in. The diet bet is going to be so much fun and I hope everyone join us on our Facebook page (Texas Diaries) and get registered. There will be a huge support system coming from Megan and myself and everyone in the group. We are on the same journey together and it doesn’t hurt to win some money while reaching our goals. Throughout the diet bet we will be having giveaways so that we all stay motivated and get everyone to participate in our group discussions. I know it's hard to put yourself out there (trust me) but I promise there will be no judgement in this group.
Some may know that I started my career as a nutrition coach at a meal prep company, and later managed for that company. I spent the first 2.5 years of my career there, and I learned so much about the business. Nutrition is a passion of mine. I do not live a strict lifestyle, but I live a consistent one. When it comes to nutrition, consistency is key. That piece of cake you ate at the birthday party, or that glass of wine you had on date night is not what’s going to prevent weight loss. It’s the daily choices like not getting that late-night snack after dinner, not skipping breakfast, not going back for seconds or making a super large plate the first time, or choosing water over a soda just to name a few.
So were to begin? Let’s begin with deciding how serious you want to get. Are you wanting 5 days a week, or the full 7 days a week? To prep for 5 days, you could eat the same thing for 5 days, or split it into a 2 day prep and a 3 day prep. For 7 days, it’s ideal to split into a 3 day and 4 day prep. Next you need to determine your portion size so you don’t over or under buy groceries. For example, if you are an average female with normal daily activity, and chose to have chicken on your 3 day prep and you need about 3oz per lunch, that would be 9 oz of chicken to prepare for 3 lunches. You would need to plan and calculate all of your meals like that before going to the store. You could always estimate if that sounds like too much, that is just the most accurate and efficient way. Ideally, you would want to plan out a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks per day.
Once the planning is done (that is the most time consuming), you are ready to go shopping! Have your list in hand that you worked so hard on, and try to stick just to that list. If you can do that and eat all of the meals you have planned, you should save your waistline and your wallet 😉 When you start cooking it is quicker if you can bake all your meat and roast your veggies, and while the oven is doing that work for you, you can prepare your starches on the stove top. I also have a little food scale that I started using. It helps tremendously if you really want to be precise and accurate. Especially if you took the extra time to do the calculations step in the planning segment.
If you have any specific questions for me, I would be happy to answer! You can comment below, reach out through Facebook, or email us at Texasdiaries@gmail.com
Living a healthy lifestyle is a constant struggle, at least for me it is. I know deep down that it's not only a NECESSITY, but I also WANT to do it. However, I want to enjoy life. Eating out with family, having get togethers or celebrations, I want to enjoy myself and not feel restricted.
That’s the misconception….
When deciding to make a lifestyle change we feel like we must quit cold turkey and go on these insane diets, juice cleanses, fasting and whatever else society is throwing our way. It's not true. I have been on my weight loss journey for a few weeks now and I have never once felt deprived on food. Here is why, what I consume daily tastes delicious and some of the stuff tastes like an actual dessert.
Have you ever heard of Herbalife? I'm sure some of you have and I can tell you it works. Not only have I had family members see a tremendous weight loss change in their own journey, but I have as well. I supplement 2 shakes a day for meals, have snacks in between and have an actual (healthy) meal for dinner. There is no certain meal to supplement with your shake it is all up to you. I also add in an herbal tea they have, which helps with energy and it tastes amazing. I never thought I could stick to something like this but I have and it is working.
Discouragement is what I want to talk about in my next post. I can't wait to share with you my feelings and how I overcome those negative thoughts. Until next time.
Deciding to change physically was a decision I had to make when I was finally fed up with the way I looked. But let's take it back a few steps and explain to you how I got to where I am today. I am a momma of 3 beautiful babies and with a complication during my first labor I had to have an emergency cesarean, which coming back from was a lot more difficult than I expected. In addition, I got on a birth control that messed with my hormones and I gradually started gaining weight. When I got pregnant with my second child I promised that I would lose the weight, but it never happened. By the time I had my third and final child I made the same promise and did great for a while, but then I would mess up and mentally beat myself up for it. Now that I have been feeling some side effects to my weight I have FINALLY come to the decision to lose weight but not by doing crazy diets but by making a lifestyle change. Yes, I know that people say that all the time, but it is 100% true, living healthy isn't fad diets or juice cleanses but its making healthy decisions daily. Now I am not perfect, and I don’t claim to be, so I still slip up and don't make the healthiest decisions but that’s ok because its life. With my decision to lose weight and be healthy for my family I have begun to see changes in my body, nothing major but I can feel it. My husband is my biggest supporter and has always been there when I needed motivation, whether its making healthier meals or going for walks around the neighborhood with our kids.
When I lose weight, I enjoy having a partner to help me stay accountable and have that support. That is what I am wanting for this section of the blog, I want us to support each other and know that we are in this journey together. I will be transparent on my weight and measurements because I want you to know that you're not in this alone and we all must start somewhere. So, ladies come on and join me in this healthy lifestyle change. WE GOT THIS!!!!
I have been a stay at home mom since Gabriella was born in October of 2017. I worked part time for a few months, but I have mostly, and gratefully, been home with her. Even though I have yet to be a full time working momma, I previously had a full-time job where I prepped and planned my meals. I hope to share helpful tips and encouragement for both the stay at home moms, and the full time working moms to make healthy lifestyle choices. I start my first year as a teacher next month, so I will be sharing as I figure things out for my self and get in a good routine.
I will say, planning in advance is a huge part of success when it comes to making healthy choices. Once I come home from the store, I LOVE to organize it in the fridge or pantry. Making the food easily accessible, for example, washing and cutting your fruit, portioning snacks into smaller, ready to grab bags, and even taking bulk meat and portioning it into serving sizes to be frozen (those who don’t cook for a large family know what I’m talking about). Some may be familiar with the phrase, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. This is such a true statement. Nine times out of ten, when I make an unhealthy meal choice, it’s because I did not plan for that meal. As a stay at home mom, I was able to get away with not planning all the time, and still get away with making decent choices. However, when I start working full time again I will not be able to get away with that. I will need to plan for the week, grocery shop, and have our meals planned out, especially lunches and snacks so I can pack them quickly in the morning. When I say “our”, I am referring to Daniel, Gabriella, and myself. If I fail to pack lunches, we will be forced to eat out, which probably would not end up being a healthy choice. We would also be spending more unnecessary money that we already spent buying groceries with. So, without beating a dead horse, I hope you were able to take away the point I was emphasizing, PLAN AHEAD.
Come back to read my next entry on how to plan and prep efficiently!