Happy Valentine’s Day

10987661_822316909212_8899596775959960584_n (1)Valentine’s Day this year started on Wednesday for us. I brought cookies for my Awana kids to decorate and we made cards. Then I spent Thursday night decorating, bagging, and helping Bradley write out 25 Valentine’s for his classmates and teachers. As I was bagging, hole-punching and tying ribbons around 25 individually wrapped cookies, I couldn’t help but think about my own mother. I thought about all the years that she did the same thing for me and my sister while working a full time job and being a single mother. I’m so grateful for what I have in life. It’s moments like this that make me appreciate all that I have. Although I work like my Mom and I never have the time to keep up with things at home, I do only have one child and a husband that helps out a lot. The irony is that for two weeks I’ve been prepping for this week’s events so now I’m kinda over it and Valentine’s Day is actually tomorrow!

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When things don’t go your way

When things don’t go your way, how do you handle it?

I’ve always been a control freak by nature. It’s something that I have to fight against on a daily basis. I so envy the people that can just go through life without a care. People that can deviate from any plan at a moments notice without the slightest heart palpitation.

When things don’t go my way, I feel like an epic failure. Like my master plan has come crashing down before my very eyes (dramatic, I know). I get emotional. Sad and/or angry depending on the catastrophe. My mind swirls with bits of self-doubt, worry, and the shoulda, woulda, couldas. All the things I could have done to have prevented this disaster.

And once I solve the problem and things get back on track. I’m filled with relief. With instant joy. The imaginary weight is lifted off my shoulders. And at last I can breathe again and hold my head up high.

Until the next time…

Guilt free Banana Pancakes Recipe and Review

I’m a huge pancake lover. I make them at least once a week for my son and I. Since I have been on a healthy eating kick lately, I decided to try a recipe I found on Blogilates for Banana Pancakes.

The recipe is very simple.

1 banana

2 eggs

I used a whisk to mix and mash them together like Cassey did but in retrospect I wish I used a potato masher. It probably would have made the process faster.

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Here is a picture of the finished product.

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Disclaimer: They do not taste the same as regular flour pancakes. They taste like bananas and eggs. They are not as filling as regular pancakes either so I would definitely suggest adding something to your plate. I added bacon : ) (not pictured)

Preparation is key to work out success

So I started my official 2015 get my ass in shape work out schedule a week ago today. Although I have worked out every day all week for at least 45 minutes, I was not prepared! I was not prepared for the insane amount of food cravings I would have. I craved everything from fries to chocolate all week. And the worst part is-I didn’t prepare my fridge for success. When I went grocery shopping last week the only thing healthy I bought was stuff to make my green smoothies and I ran out of those supplies on Thursday!

I worked out really hard all week. My body ached. And instead of reaching for a yogurt cup or granola, I grabbed peanut butter M&M’s and cinnamon rolls from the pantry because that’s what I had. So this week I tried to stock the fridge with healthier foods to help me curve that bad habit I have of eating fatty sweets.

See, My major weakness is sugar. I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs. I rarely drink alcohol. I don’t eat a lot of salty foods. But sugar. That is my major weakness. If I had a really bad day I can eat an entire box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts by myself. I once had a huge fight with a boyfriend when I was in college and I ate my entire birthday cake in one sitting. I’m very lucky that I don’t weigh 200lbs or have diabetes but if I don’t take my health seriously I will end up with some serious problems. That’s why I started my workout routine this week. To get my ass back in shape.

Here is what I added to my kitchen to help me get through the week a little bit healthier:

Yogurt- Stonyfield

Chia Seeds-Fresh Market

Fresh Bananas, Pineapple, Strawberries, Blueberries

Spinach

Lemons

Chicken Breasts-4 packages

OJ- I always use this as the base for my smoothies. Some people use others but this is what I like.

Coconut Water-I’m giving it a try

Granola- I picked a brand with 10g of protein

Brown Rice

This is not everything I will eat for the week but it’s a start to get some healthier items in my diet.

Pre-planning update

So I have already started the pre-planning phase of my 2015 year. I wrote a post about wanting to be a better pre-planner and started immediately.

To date I have began the planning phase on  3 projects:

1. Valentine’s Day goodies for my son’s class

2. The Easter egg hunt at church

3. The end of the year Awana celebration field trip to the Aquarium.

I must say that the sleep deprivation has been very productive for me lately. Look for my posts to come about these exciting event and see more of what I have going on around these parts!

 

Sunday Inspiration

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I started my Sunday out right today. Woke up before 5am with no alarm and spent the next hour watching and practicing yoga in the living room.

I started off my workout with a great video just to get me started. It’s a short morning routine featuring yoga instructor Krista Starr. It was a little advanced for me but the music was great and the flow made me feel inspired! I also downloaded the “yoga workout” channel on my pandora to help keep me motivated.217857af029137a3fd099f640714308b

I then worked on my sun salutation for a little while. Getting back into yoga takes a lot of practice and discipline. I worked on my balance and flexibility practicing as many moves and my body would allow. It’s kinda like the whole riding the bike thing, you might not be steady and first but it will come back to you slowly. I work at a desk most of the day during the week so I focused on back, neck and shoulder stretches.

I finished up with a little pilates just to make me feel like a burned a little fat this morning.

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Even though I did eat grits and sausage for breakfast (bad, I know), I did wash it down with water and a handful of multivitamins. My hope is to continue to commit myself to these morning workouts because my body already feels better. Although my energy level isn’t what I would hope, I think this will improve over time.

Happy Sunday!

The value of pre-planning

I was reading a blog post last week that another blogger wrote about her plans for the next 3 months. She already has already planned a trip to India and two parties before March. This got me thinking. Why in the hell do I procrastinate like I do? I’ve always gotten true joy in making a to do list, planning carefully and making my vision come to life whether that be a birthday party for my son or a batch of cookies for school. So why the hell don’t I do that more often?

So I have decided to add a valiant attempt at better pre-planning to my list of New Years Resolutions!

Cheers to thinking ahead!