more goals…

So, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I haven’t meant to totally stop writing, but things have gotten busy, and I just got out of the habit of making a daily entry. I’m going to try to be better.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve done my best to keep eating healthy. I definitely haven’t been perfect, but I’m trying. And I feel like that’s what counts. But I want to be even better, so I’m setting some new goals for myself.

My first goal is to do some kind of workout everyday. (With the exception of one day of rest each week, probably Sundays.)

This is going to be hard for me. I just didn’t get into the habit during my Whole30 like I wanted to, but I really do want to get into the habit. I’ve been searching and pinning on Pinterest, and I’ve found lots of fun workouts that don’t necessarily have to be done at the gym, so I’m hoping that if I write down each workout I want to do for each day, it will be easy for me to check it off my “to-do list”. And the fact that I can do most of them at home helps a lot.

My second goal is to follow these food guidelines…

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Here is the link to the full article…Nutrition Lies. This article really made sense to me, and I feel like I can follow them, and that it should be relatively easy and a great lifestyle to live by.

So, I’m hoping with these couple of goals that I can continue to get into the shape that I’m dreaming of, and continue to live a happy, healthy life. Even though I may not post everyday, I do plan on sharing workouts that I enjoy and meals that I make that I feel are worth sharing. I will at least give weekly updates on how I’m doing and share a recap of my week. If I get enough interest, I don’t mind sharing each meal I have for people who would like to make these goals their own and would like to do them with me. Just comment here and let me know.

I’ve also been busy working on house projects that I’m excited to share.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tayler

whole30 day #30

I made it! I can’t believe it! I have to say, I am really proud of myself. This is a huge accomplishment for me, and I’m so happy I did it. First, I’ll tell you about my meals for the day.

Breakfast: homemade almond pulp cereal in homemade almond milk with bananas.

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I had a bunch of leftover pulp from making almond milk, so after researching how to use it I decided to give this a try…Almond Pulp Crackers. I just substituted almond butter for the peanut butter, and I omitted the maple syrup. I think they turned out great. Very hearty, yet not heavy. I’ll definitely be enjoying these for the rest of the week until they’re gone.

Lunch: roast beef wraps with berries on the side.

Dinner: leftover summer vegetables with sausage and potatoes.

I really can’t believe the 30 days is over. I feel amazing! And I’m not just saying that. I really, really feel great. I feel “light”, (not necessarily lightweight, but just a lighter feeling), I have tons of energy, I’ve been sleeping great, and I just overall feel better. Here are my results…

Beginning weight: 116.8 lbs.

After weight: 108.2 lbs.

That’s a total of 8.6 lbs. lost. I lost two inches around my waist, and between my biceps, thighs, and calves I lost another 3 inches. I’m really happy with the results! I love that I didn’t weigh myself the whole time. I focused on how I felt more than what I saw on the scale. I think that’s really important with any weight loss journey. Some habits I’ve formed that I’m planning on keeping…

Making the majority of meals at home, with whole ingredients; making certain things from scratch…like mayo, almond milk, dressings, etc.; always read not just the nutrition label, but the ingredient list; only eat when I’m hungry, and not just because food is around, and if I do snack, make sure it’s a healthy, whole snack.

I mean, lets face it. I’m not going to go the rest of my life not ever eating sugar, or cheese. But I definitely have a different perspective on those types of things. For example… I don’t need 2 cups of cheddar cheese on my salad for it to taste good, and I don’t need sugar on my fruit every time I eat some.

My cravings have subsided dramatically, and really, I haven’t craved anything sugary in days. It feels great. I am definitely going to look at breakfast time much differently from now on. I was a cereal kind of girl. I love cereal. But I love how much better I feel all day when I take the time to make something substantial and healthy.

Although I didn’t get into a workout routine like I hoped I would, I have increased my workouts to more than I was working out before. I knew I couldn’t be perfect at everything, so now that I feel I have food figured out, I can continue to work on my fitness level. I don’t feel like I need to lose anymore weight, but I want to get more FIT, and work on toning, and maintaining. I feel like if I keep making personal goals for myself, I will be able to achieve anything I put my mind to. I plan on continuing to track and post here, so I’d love for anyone to continue to follow along with me.

For now, I don’t necessarily have a “diet plan.” I just want to continue to eat healthy and make the best choices possible. If I ever come across a recipe I feel worth sharing, I will do so here. I’m hoping to make a new goal for myself over the weekend, and I will also share that.

Overall, I’m really happy I did the Whole30. And I would do it again. I’m excited to continue my journey and continue to improve myself. I’m starting to feel happy with how I look and I haven’t been comparing myself as often as I used to. That feels really good. I’m ready to enjoy a nice weekend with my four boys, (yeah, our dog is included always).

Tayler

whole30 day #29

It has been another great day. I started getting a headache towards the end of the day, and just now as I was putting the boys to bed and went to lie down with them to snuggle, I felt the pressure all rush to my face. That usually means a sinus infection is starting. Great. I’m going to stay hopeful, though, and hope that with a good nights rest it will resolve by morning. I’m excited for my last day tomorrow, and I’m excited that Jayson is coming home. I’ve missed him! I’ll share what I ate today…

Breakfast: a banana, a cara cara orange, and some homemade almond milk.

Lunch: roast beef wraps with romaine lettuce, homemade mayo, mustard, and tomatoes. I had cucumbers and potato chips on the side.

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This was heavenly. I made another batch of homemade mayo, so I had to test it out😉. I found this lunch meat at Sprouts…

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Completely fine for the whole30. And it was delicious!

Dinner: leftover summer vegetables with sausage and potatoes.

Something that I’m taking away from my whole30 is always reading the ingredient list. There are so many things/brands of items I’ve been so used to buying, that I honestly don’t think I’ll ever buy again. Like lunch meat for example. I think I’ll only go for Applegate brand. It’s also the brand of bacon that I think I’ll buy from now on. I love that it has gotten me to a point that lots of things like that are lifestyle changes, and not just for the 30 days. I hope that I can always do my best to buy things that only have whole ingredients. I’m ready for my last day. Yay!

Tayler

whole30 day #28

I can’t believe I only have two days left of my first whole30! It’s crazy. Today I got the house cleaned, and once Brody was home from school, I took the boys to get their haircut. They look so handsome. Afterwards I took them to a special McDonald’s dinner. It’s okay for them to have every once in a while, right? My goal is that it really will only be every once in a blue moon, and a special treat for them…not a regular thing. They have been so good for me through this whole journey, and have been such good sports about trying new foods and veggies. And they’ve been so good for me while Jayson’s been away, I thought it would be a fun surprise for them. They were so excited. I think they just love playing in the playland and getting a toy, not even the food necessarily. I love that while I was there, I wasn’t tempted to eat even one tiny fry. It feels really good to not have any cravings. I had lots of yummy, whole foods today.

Breakfast: two fried eggs, and berries.

Lunch: leftover summer vegetables and potatoes with pineapple on the side.

Dinner: shrimp with guacamole, and bell peppers, and cucumbers.

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This was thought up on a whim. I was planning on having more leftovers once we were home from McDonald’s, but then guacamole started sounding really good. I knew I had lots of veggies ready to go, but decided to stop by Sprouts on the way home to find a “ready-to-go” protein. The shrimp really hit the spot, and it was great for dipping in the guacamole.

I have a busy day tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to it. Lots of busyness with my boys.

Tayler

whole30 day #27

Today Ryker and I ran some errands and spent the day together. I love my little man. I’m going to miss spending one on one time with him when he’s all grown up, so I’m not taking it for granted. It’s all about being present in the stage of life you’re in. Sometimes it hard, and sometimes there are thoughts of, “this will be so much easier when…” And it is important to know that hard phases do pass. But I’ve learned that we have to be present and happy in the stage of life we are currently in. I feel like I blinked and Brody is all of the sudden in 1st grade, reading like an adult, and acting like a little boy, not a toddler/baby anymore. But I can honestly say I have no regrets, and that I cherished those times with him. And now I’m enjoying the age he’s at right now. He really is at a fun age right now. I’m enjoying Ryker also. I just love being a mom. I’m so thankful for this calling in life. I love them so much!

As I’m typing this right now, the boys are shirtless, wrestling on the living room floor. Oh boy. They get along so great, but sometimes boy bonding seems so foreign to me. I don’t know if I’ll ever understand it. I better finish this post before someone gets hurt…that’s how it always ends😉

Breakfast: chia pudding with homemade almond milk, bananas, and berries.

Lunch: leftover asian tuna salad, with apples on the side.

Dinner: Summer Vegetables with Sausage and Potatoes.

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This was really good. It made a lot, so I’ll be eating this for leftovers all week. It had Spicy Chicken Sausage that I got from Sprouts, onion, orange, yellow, and red bell peppers, zucchini, garlic, and rosemary. It was very hearty, but not heavy. I really enjoyed it. Here is a link to the recipe. Summer Vegetables with Sausage.

I made another batch of almond milk today. It is becoming one of my favorite things! Tonight for a bedtime treat I whipped some up in the blender to make it a bit frothy, and then heat it up a bit in the microwave. It is so delicious and perfect for a rainy night.

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I love the subtle hint of cinnamon and vanilla. Two of my favorite spices/flavors. I think I might mix up a chai spice to mix in it for next time. If you haven’t ever tried to make your own almond milk, I highly recommend it. It tastes so much better than anything you can get from the store, and it’s so good for you! (The stuff from the store, not so much). Now it’s time to put the monkeys to bed.

Tayler

Vivosmart

The day before I started my Whole30, my hubby surprised me with a Vivosmart fitness watch. My little sister had gotten one for christmas from her husband, and I thought it was awesome. I felt like I could benefit from having one, but knew I’d probably have to wait until my birthday, (May). Jayson is so sweet. He wanted me to have it for my whole30 journey. I’m so thankful to have him.🙂 Here is what it looks like…

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I love how simple it is. There are options to have the underside a different color, but I went with all black. There are also two sizes to choose from, small, or large. I got the small, and it can even go three notches smaller than the setting I have it on.

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This is the back. It has the Garmin logo, and then a nice little cover to make sure it doesn’t come undone.

I thought I would share my opinions of the fitness watch. I honestly don’t know much about other fitness watches out there, but I do know that Vivosmart is one of the only ones that you can link up to your phone. I love that feature! It will alert you when you’re getting a phone call, if you receive a text, Facebook notifications…really any notifications you have set up on your phone, the Vivosmart will alert you of those. I love this, (and so does Jayson), because I don’t always keep my phone right next to me. I love that I can know when someone is trying to get a hold of me, and not keep my phone right by me at all times. All it does to alert you is it gives out a little buzz. It doesn’t make any sound. This is what it looks like when you have notifications…

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I don’t know how clear the picture will show up, but it gives the number of notifications you have, and you can touch that and read through them all. You can also read emails, and it will alert you of those. You can’t respond to anything, but you know what is waiting for you when you get the chance. Vivosmart also tells you the time, day, and date…

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I love that I don’t have to get my phone out every time I need to know what time it is. And I love that I always know the date. And just to clarify. The watch will always be black or “sleeping”. To turn it on, you just double tap the face of the watch. You can program it to come up with whatever you want. I set it, so that when I turn it on, it will show me the time and date. Then you simply swipe to either side to access the other features. There are a few features that you hold down to access. For example, when you go to sleep, you turn it on, hold down and a menu will come up and you hit the moon. And guess what? It tracks your sleep for you. There is an app that you download on your phone to track everything your fitness watch keeps track of. I don’t know if that makes sense. But if you log your sleep it will tell you how long you slept and your sleep rhythms. You can also see it more in depth on your computer. After you wake up you just press down on the face of the watch again and it will start the day. I could go on and on and on about all the cool features. But I’m just sharing my favorites.

So besides being synced to your phone, and tracking your sleep, it also tracks your steps…

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It gives you a goal for the day, and then shows how many you’ve gone, and how many you have left. I love when I feel the buzz on my wrist and look down and see a big “GOAL!” on my watch. If you meet your goal, it will automatically add steps onto your goal for the next day. If you don’t meet your goal, it will lessen the amount of steps.

Other things I love about the watch…

It’s waterproof. I wear it in the shower everyday, and I wore it swimming also. So, basically I never take it off. I love that it is waterproof.

It tells you how many calories you’ve burned.

I can control my music on my phone, (I guess that’s part of being synced to your phone).

It tells you how many miles you’ve walked in a day.

If you aren’t active for an hour, it will buzz and tell you to move. If you get up and move for 2 minutes straight, it will reset. The longer you are inactive, the longer you have to move to reset it.

If you can’t find your phone, you can use the “find my phone” feature. Pretty nice.

You can log and keep track of your workouts. My watch came with a heart rate monitor that I wear during my workouts, so it will log what my heart rate was, and the zone I was in, etc. Here is the monitor…

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It is really lightweight and comfortable. You wear it just below your sternum, so it is super accurate. I love it.

The other thing I like is that it can sync up with the “My Fitness Pal” app. They work together to track calories, steps, etc. I’m not a huge calorie counter, I don’t believe it’s helpful to weight loss, but it is a good way to keep track of everything you eat. It might be a good way to see how and what you eat everyday.

The other thing I thought I’d mention is that the battery life is over one week. Once it needs to be charged, it will notify you. I usually charge it at night, and it’s ready for when I wake up.

There really are so many more things the Vivosmart can do. It has been a really big motivator for me, and I’m so glad I got it. Thank you, Jayson! I love it so much! If you’re thinking of getting a fitness watch, this is the one to get. It is an investment, but so worth it!! I’m happy to answer any questions anyone has.

Tayler

whole30 day #26

Happy Sunday! Today has been another great day, and I hope I’m all charged up for another week. Sometimes Mondays are hard, but I’m determined to have a great week. Jayson is out of town, so I’m trying to have the best attitude possible. He is always so great to help me with whatever I need, and so not only will I miss him, but I’ll miss his help also. And I hope the boys don’t totally drive me crazy😉 Here are the meals I ate today.

Breakfast: chia pudding with homemade almond milk, bananas, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries.

I made a new batch of almond milk and decided to sweeten it with dates. Oh my gracious, is it good! And I loved using my nut milk bag! It was so easy and I think I got a lot more milk with it than with just the cheesecloth like I used last time. It was also really easy cleanup. I’m excited to try lots of different things with my almond milk!

Lunch: leftover asian tuna salad, and a cara cara orange.

I was brave and had more of this leftover. I couldn’t stomach it until now, because of the stomach bug I caught last week. But it was really good.

Dinner: homemade sausage patty, scrambled eggs, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and pineapple.

It was one of those days where breakfast for dinner sounded so good. I have those days a lot. Breakfast food is my favorite.

I’m hoping I can get some good workouts in this week, but I’m preparing to have plans change a lot just since I’m by myself. Wish me luck!

Tayler