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Monday, October 12, 2015

Regrouping with love

As you can tell, I have severely neglected my fan page and blog.  The better part of last year (ok so all of last year) I felt like I was a completely different person.  Oh I went though the motions of bettering myself in some aspects (like school and my job) but it just felt like I was on the outside looking in.  Just recently I am feeling more like myself.....I feel relief because I have missed the person I was.  I feel aggrevation that I've done some major setbacks to myself but most of all I feel a flood of love for myself.  Beating myself up is totally not an option.  I deserve to be my own best friend again and I will.  

I was partially in my own way.  The rest of it was I think me still grieving, not that I'm over my mom passing away but I'm starting to cope with it better.  

So this is me apologizing for my meltdowns and wanting to run away from everything and everyone.  Not only apologizing to you but I need to apologize to myself.  I kept everything bottled up inside, not allowing anyone in.  It was the worst thing I could have done to myself.  Luckily I have some pretty awesome people that tolerated me and loved me even if they didn't understand what I was going through.

I have learned so many things from life and this past year has been no exception.  Now I am regrouping.  Trying to figure out where my place is.

Hopefully y'all are still with me to see where my journey takes me <3

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Checking in :)

I've been neglecting my blog lately.  I had a story recently circulate again that my local news station did a few months ago, and it reminded me that "oh yeah!  I have a BLOG!  Hello Tanee, get with it girl".

At least I haven't been neglecting myself right? :)  So what have I been up to exactly?  The same ol' stuff lol 

I only have a few weeks left of this semester in school.  This semester I really struggled.  I took on too many classes and had to drop 2, which I'll take in the fall.  I am such a person that goes 110% after what I want.  It's a blessing and a curse though because it's so hard for me to balance everything.  

I'm learning though.  That's why I haven't been around much.  

So my plan B is to go to school part time starting in the fall & try to get on at Audubon full time in the fall (so I can pay for school....I would like to not take any loans out anymore).  By the way, I absolutely love working at the zoo :) I know I say that every single time I blog but I do.  It's just so me.  While before this it had been a while since I did this type of work (I used to work for Audubon before) I've noticed a trend of me staying in informal education....whether it's teaching about animals, fitness, or health.  So I guess it is what I'm meant to do! 

I'm going to continue putting my health and me as a priority.  I'm going to also make sure the time I spend with my kids is quality time....and if I can make that time an active thing I'm all for it.

Like last Saturday I took the kids to Sector6, a trampoline park in New Orleans.  It was so much fun!  The kids thought I was awesome for taking them and we all got a good workout lol  Here are some pictures to convince you how much fun we had....especially that last one.  Who is a big kid?  Oh I am! lol

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What's been going on and my dinner menu :)

So last week was filled with stress, more stress and more stress.  I did eat off plan for a little bit of it but didn't binge.  Mainly because I was just wanting to eat a sandwich while we cleaned up the mess from my aquarium breaking and dumping out 55 gallons of water into my dining room instead of sitting down to eat what was in the slow cooker.  My husband was luckily (or unluckily for him haha) on his way home from being out of town for work when this happened.  Which the story is that my 13 year old son, who is an Aspie (Asperger's) hit on the aquarium because he thought a fish was dead.  It busted, he freaked out and called me on the phone hysterically crying when I just got to work, and well it looked like this when I got home......

The day after the whole aquarium episode was my Chemistry lab midterm and after that whole test fiasco was over (I didn't get to review like I wanted to and totally freaked myself out that I probably bombed it) that I thought my middle son broke his pinky finger.  Because ya know, he had to have his turn with all eyes and my wallet focused on him.

Normally my house, while loud and chaotic, doesn't have much drama in it.  Last week wore me out lol

I did end it on a good note though.  Yesterday I took the gang horseback riding at Splendor Farms in Bush, LA.  I bought Living Social deals for this because it costs a small fortune to do anything with all 5 of us.  My schedule is so crazy and I don't see them like I used to when I stayed at home so I try to do something fun with them on the weekend.  We had a blast!  My kids now want us to have a farm and have lots of horses.....I told them they are more than welcome to do that when they grow up lol

Now that a new week and a new month is here, hopefully things go smoother :)  My husband will be gone this week again so that I have more leftover nights than usual, that's why.

So here is my plan of action for dinner this week:
Monday - Slow Cooker Beef Stew (I'm doubling this so we can eat it on Tuesday too)
Wednesday - Broccoli And Chicken Casserole
Thursday - Cheesy Taco Pasta
Friday - Turkey Stuffed Zucchini
Saturday - Left over buffet
Sunday - My husband's choice because well gotta study lol

Have a great week y'all!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Weekly Ramblings, Me on TV & What's for Dinner :)

In case you haven't heard, I was on my local TV this past Friday night.  The story is here

I didn't handle the backlash very well & that's my fault.  It's been a while since I've been in any kind of spot light and as usual, the trolls are out in full force.  I should have never read the comments on Facebook and I should have asked my best friend to sort through my inbox on my fan page.  Don't get me wrong, there was an overwhelming amount of support but there was quite a few ugly people in the mix.  And while I try not to let them bother me, it still hurts.

I keep reminding myself that.....

Other than the negative stuff, my week has gone great!  I have a lot more supportive people on my fan page and other parts of my social media because of the story.  My kids did not really fight early in the morning, which is a big miracle.  School and work is going great.  Although school is kind of cramping my Mardi Gras plans but where there is a will there is a way right?  It just means I have to adjust to less sleep until after MG is over lol (and yes I treasure my sleep....MG is my most favorite holiday though).

I mean come on....with floats like this how can you not be excited?  Everything is awesome!!

They are so over taking pictures lol 

Ok now for my dinner this really isn't going to be the best honestly so I'm just going to post Monday and Tuesday, the rest will be low carb wraps or salads for me and sandwiches or whatever for the kids.  Starting Wednesday nights there are parades non-stop until Fat Tuesday so we'll be eating out on the parade route or in the car (stuck in traffic, I'm sure).  I'm going to be packing lots of healthy snacks, water (while I want everyone to stay hydrated it's hard to find places to pee haha so I'm encouraging sipping), and toilet paper.  Sounds fun right?

Chicken Shiitake and Wild Rice soup

Tuesday:  Leftovers since my husband is out of town.

Wednesday & Thursday are parades in New Orleans so I'm planning on getting a rotisserie chicken, shredding it and making wraps with veggies in it.  Snacks are string cheese, beef jerky, grapes.

Friday:  Bell Pepper Soup....we have a parade in Slidell but we live close to the parade route.

Saturday....who knows.  It's Valentine's Day and a day filled with New Orleans parades with only my hubby and I ;)  I'm calling it a splurge and moving on.

I'm sorry that it wasn't a typical meal plan for me to post but it is a plan, right?

 My quote for the week :)

And a bonus if you want a little New Orleans humor in a song lol

Sunday, February 1, 2015

What's up for dinner? And my weekly ramblings :)

So this week I have 2 exams (chemistry and trigonometry) plus I'm being interviewed tomorrow night for a local tv's weight loss segment....which I'm super nervous about.  I mean, how clean can I get my house before then?  lol My kids think that a clean house is an invitation to pull everything out into the clean spaces.  That and the real source to my nervousness is that since my weight gain, I feel like I'm nothing special.  I'm just human.  I let stress get to me and ate my way through missing my mom. Although I have a hold on it now, I'm not where I used to be.  I'll get there though.  I still miss my mom every day but eating my feeling will not help anything.

Good news on the work front!  I'm now an intern instead of a volunteer and hopefully I'll get to be employed part time at some point.  I really really love my job at the zoo and feel so lucky to work with some awesome people :)  Aside from health and fitness my one true love is educating people, esp kids, on Louisiana wetland and wildlife conservation.  I'm gonna take over my small part of the world....I can feel it lol

On the weight loss front....I'm now 10 pounds down so only 30 to go!  I'm working out first thing in the morning during the week.  Mornings are best for me because the kids are still sleeping & it frees up my evenings for helping them with homework, spending time with them and after they go to bed I do my homework and study.  I am alternating cardio and strength training.  Planing my food has been a must.  I pack my lunch and snacks in the morning while I am waiting on my kids to get dressed.

Now what you'e been waiting dinner plans!  I've been eating low-ish carb (not no carb but limiting my simple carbs helps my PCOS) so if you see a shift on what I am eating, it's just a constant tweaking that I do to make things livable.

Today I'm making Zucchini Taco Boats

Monday:  Beef Stew (crock pot) with "riced" cauliflower

Tuesday:  Turkey Soup (crock pot)

Wednesday:  Beef Stroganoff

Thursday:  Leftover night

Friday:  Turkey Burgers and salad
if you need a recipe for burgers these are awesome!

Saturday:  Splurge night....either going out to dinner or Scott (my husband) is cooking :)

As always, my breakfasts are pretty much the same and I'm ok with that (scrambled eggs with veggies) and my lunches are probably going to be rotisserie chicken shredded in a low carb wrap with some spinach or other veggies thrown in.....I need to eat on the go or in class so it has to be easy to hold.

How did your week go last week?

Friday, January 30, 2015

What did I do on my first day?

I received a very interesting question.....someone asked what did I do exactly on my first day.  It's been almost 7 years ago so while I can remember starting, I don't remember everything.  Let's see where this blog takes me lol

I remember waking up being excited.  It felt different than all those other times I tried losing weight.  I didn't know where it would lead though.  All I know is that I was done.  Done with being the person I knew wasn't me.  I was tired of wearing all black & hoping to blend in.  Tired of hiding and eating.  Tired of doing everything for everyone else and nothing for myself.  Just tired.  I also held out hope that I could change.....and this day was it damn it. (Like I hadn't said that a million times before but I wanted to give it one honest try)

I had a sheet of paper with food from the Weight Watcher's Core list.  This part was a little bit of an extreme but I totally cleaned out my pantry and fridge then I went grocery shopping.   I wanted everything out of my house that I would be tempted with.  Good-bye hidden Little Debbie cakes!  (I had them literally hidden in places)  Good-bye chips!  Good-bye Blue Bell ice cream that I would eat out of the container!  Helloooooo fruits and veggies!  Yeah, it was a bit restricted at first but I'm a binge eater.....if it's in the house and I'm stressed then it's fair game. (Not saying that this needs to be done but I was/am an emotional binge eater.....that means I went straight for the junk and the hidden Little Debbies)

I sat down and talked to my husband.  Explained how I felt and the plan I thought about.  Luckily he supports me with anything I want to do and he also wanted to eat healthy for himself.

Then I got a notebook and wrote about my feelings, some of my dreams and my frustrations.  I wrote a lot in notebooks.  It can be very therapeutic.

It doesn't seem like much and it isn't (or it might sound like a lot to you).  But I kept this up, learned a lot about myself a long the way, and sometimes had to roll with no plan in place.  I tweaked things, added in exercise about 6 months later, and worked on my emotional well-being everyday.

My advice for those wanting to start?  Just do it when you are ready.  It has to be something you want.  Then just do what you can.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

My dinner plan for this week 1/18-1/24

It's been a while since I posted a dinner menu on here but I figured why not right?  I do write it all down in my Erin Condren Life Planner (it keeps me organized....between school, homework, working, kids and house stuff like bills, it can get crazy lol).  My breakfast and lunches tend to be the same....for breakfast I make enough spinach and egg omelets for my busy week (I just microwave in the morning) and grab a fruit.  Lunch....I have been on a shredded chicken wrap with whatever veggies I have at home put in kick, cut them in half & eat one half while rushing to a class then the other half usually after I get out of school at 2pm (yeah not ideal but I only have 10 mins to race across campus and up 3 flights of stairs plus this girl has to go potty sometime between classes lol).

My week starts off looking tame but at least I have my dinner stuff written down lol

So my dinner plans are:

Today -
Monday -
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
Thursday -
Friday - Taco or Breakfast for dinner night....I haven't decided lol I have ingredients for both
Saturday - Scott's's my day to relax or study, depending on what's coming up for school.

Have a wonderful week y'all!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Year, New You Dietbet!

I love Dietbet :)  I first started using them over 2 years ago when people asked me about challenges for my facebook fan page.

At first I wasn't so sure but I read up on it and it seemed like a slightly challenging game and the reward would come from all of you.


So what is it?

~ You join a game (the one I'm heading up is at and it starts January 19th!  It's $25 to buy into the pot and invite friends!

~ You weigh in starting a couple of days before and submit a photo of the scale and one full length body shot.  Which is kept confidential.  It is just used to verify things.  Your weight is not posted any where for anyone to see.  Dietbet has precautions in place to prevent cheating.

~  Then go!  You have 28 days to lose 4% of your body weight.  It seems like a lot depending on how much you have to lose but it's do-able.  Get motivation from your fellow competitors.

~  After the end, you send in a picture of your scale shot with the word Dietbet assigns you.  If you lose the 4% you split the pot with everyone else that makes their 4%.

Join in if you want.  Nothing like a little bit of friendly competition and extra money in your pocket :)

To check out how it works:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Wall Sit Challenge!

Are you ready for a challenge?  

Heck YES right??

Here is something that looks easy & may be easy to start with but gets more challenging as the month goes on :)  I'm pretty sure I can do this while studying lol

What do you do?  Simple!  Hold a wall sit for the time stated each day.  If it is hard for you don't go all the way down or break up the time :)

Why?  Check out out the muscle works out all of that ;) Awesomeness in one move!

Now if you need more of a challenge, try different variations like these:
or this

Should be lots of fun, right? 


Are you going to do it with me? :)

Monday, December 29, 2014

What I have learned in 2014 & my goals for 2015 :)

I'm, what my mom used to call me, an eternal optimist.  I might get down and out sometimes but I am constantly looking for a silver lining.  So instead of being relieved that this year is almost over like a lot of my Facebook friends are......I'm taking everything that happened to me as a learning experience.

My biggest lesson?  I'm human.

Things happen, life happens, and your reaction happens.  You can stress yourself out with the would-a, could-a, should-a *or* you can reflect and learn.

I've learned that I can do so many things like going back to college at 35, and I've learned that when you lose someone your world turns upside down.  Both are great lessons in life.  It's weird to say that about the bad, but it really is.  The good has shown me what I am capable of by myself and the bad brought my husband, sisters, brother and step-dad closer (although some family, it has brought out their true colors which is super sad but that's on them).

So what are my goals for 2015?

- To get back to my goal weight.  After my mom passed away I went through phases where I could careless what I ate to micro managing everything I put in my mouth.  I needed to start healing from the inside before I could fix the eating issue, so I just focused on that.  I wound up topping out at 210 pounds at one point (I'm 201 today because mainly I'm working on the next goal).

- I'm regaining my happiness and be content.  Not all the time, that's need to have every emotion.  But most of the time, well yeah you can be happy.  I had it once.  I know what it feels like and I want that back more than anything else.  Everything seems to fall into place and when it doesn't, I can usually roll with it.

It's a short list lol But y'all know how I like the K.I.S.S. method right? :)

What are your goals for 2015?