From Fat to Fit Chick: : July 2014   

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Musings and What's for Dinner :)

Last week was my last week of the summer semester at the University of New Orleans.  In this short time period I kind of had a mini meltdown, not knowing who I was, feeling like a fraud, and just over thinking things in general.  This blog might jump around a bit but welcome to my mind lol

In realizing and setting forth on this dream of mine to finally continue on with my degree has taught me several things.

First.....it's okay to love more than one thing.  I do not need to just identify with one love (health and fitness) or the other (Louisiana wildlife conservation).  I can do both.  It's just a balance. Although it might be unbalanced at times.  Hopefully that didn't come out too crazy lol

Second....it's totally okay to decide to do something different than what you were doing before.  I decided to walk away from the health and fitness industry as a career.  It's a tough industry to be in but I've never shied away from tough before so that's not the reason why.  It just clicked one day that I'm not getting any younger and why not do something that had been my life passion before I gained the self confidence to take it on?  When I was younger I was so timid.  I gave in to other's doubts about my abilities and I truly regret that.  I'm now in the position to tell them to f off and try my hardest without that cloud hanging over my head.  I want to see what happens now.

Third.....why the hell not?  Taking a chance on something that I feel that is right in my gut worked when I lost a bunch of weight and transformed my life mentally the first time I went out on a limb, might as well try it again right?

Fourth, the fraud thing....since I didn't feel as passionately about health and fitness because of my epiphany I felt like a fraud by posting about stuff on my fan page.  I am getting over that though.  The break I took helped me figure out that everything I post applies to all aspects of life and not just getting your mind right to get healthy.  Everything is a mind game.  No matter if it's losing weight or changing careers or being happy in the middle of a hurricane....it all comes down to the right attitude and the decision to change your mind.

It'll be an on going journey I am sure trying to balance it all lol

Now that you made it that far and waded through my rambling here is my menu for dinner this week :)  My husband paid our new car note twice on accident, the insurance company decided it was going to take out double the amount it quoted me and I went ahead and bought a few of my books for next semester (yeah not cheap, even if I was going to rent them if I could find them to rent).  I wasn't counting on the first two happening and it's been really really tight.  I can roll with it though.  So our menu is really really budget friendly, since I went shopping in our freezer lol  I stock up on meat every time I catch it on sale, and only had to buy some fresh veggies and a couple bags of brown rice (they really need to start selling bigger bags where I live lol).  *I do have to put a disclaimer that I will be back later to update my dirty rice recipe*

Dinner:
Dirty Rice with steamed veggies (We had this last night)
Chicken Taco Chili http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/11/crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili-4-pts.html
Leftover night
"Butter" beans with brown rice and sauteed or steamed veggies
Breakfast for dinner.....omelets with veggies, pancakes for the kids, turkey sausage links I found in the freezer
Grilled chicken or pork chops with seasoned brown rice and veggie skewers

Nothing fancy this week but overall healthy :)

Oh and if you would like to participate I am doing a Dietbet that is starting August 5th!  http://www.dietbetter.com/games/46921  If you don't know about Dietbet, you pay in this game $25 to enter the game.  If you lose 4% of your body weight you get to split the pot with everyone else that makes their 4%.  Dietbet does have precautions in place to keep everyone honest.  On average the winners of my games average about $40 to each winner.  I do get a percentage from the game but it goes straight to helping me pay for college (I've always been honest about that).  I also do giveaways and stuff there.  It's a lot of fun and you get support from everyone that is playing the game :)


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Musings and What's for Dinner

This next week is my last week of the summer semester so this will be a crazy time.  My husband has been gone for a week and I have my doubts he'll be home so I can study next weekend for my math final.  It's going to be crazy hectic especially if I have to study with my kids at home.  I am determined to keep my A's in my classes.  I know when I'm done and the kids go back to school (they start August 7th here so a big yay!!) I will so be pampering myself with a pedicure and facial at my favorite spa.

That is pretty much what has been going on with me.  The busier I am, the less I think about food during the day (that can be good right? lol) so I've noticed that my planning has been really awesome with making sure I eat....and when I do eat I have access to healthy stuff instead of junk.

I pack this every day.

My Thirty One Out N About thermal....it's discontinued  but you can find them on eBay

This gets packed with extra water, my water bottle, some quick on the go snacks like grapes, broccoli florets and a small container of dressing to dip it in, hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks or cubes, and my lunch which is usually a salad or a wrap.

I pre-pack everything at night, put it into my lunch bag in the morning with reusable frozen packs to keep it cold (it sits in my car and I carry what I know I'll eat between classes and the rest is there when I'm done) and go :)   

My breakfast plan = quick!  I have been cooking a bulk batch of scrambled eggs with veggies and eating that quickly while I'm getting the kids up and ready to go to my mom's house.  It might be boring to have the same thing every morning but I'm okay with that.

My dinner plan is where most of my variety comes from :)  This week will be bigger batches so I don't have to cook every day.

I'm cooking baked chicken tonight with seasoned brown rice (I just have fun with my spices with the rice) and sauteed asparagus.  The chicken and rice should take us into Monday's meal too with me only having to cook a veggie.

My other dinner choices are (in no particular order):

Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup from Weight Watchers
http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/recipepage.aspx?recipeid=140381&ExplicitNav=food&ExplicitSubThirdNav=SlowCookerMeals

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken (mine will be over a salad and the kids will have rice and a side salad)
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/04/easiest-crock-pot-salsa-verde-chicken.html

Easy Macaroni Casserole
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/01/easy-macaroni-casserole.html

Annnnd I think that will be it for the week.  It'll make enough for me and the three minions, even if I might have to double the recipe for maybe the cheeseburger soup.

Finally.....my quote of the week ;)



Sunday, July 13, 2014

My week recap and what's for dinner this week :)

I am missing y'all and my Facebook fan page a lot.  I've decided to try and make it work after my finals for my summer classes.  Which won't happen until July 29th.  It's just not the same without y'all and no matter how much of an identity crisis I have, I'm willing to share it all with y'all lol Yay, right?  You'll just find out a lot more about me....like I totally will stop a car to pick up a turtle crossing the road ;)



So what have I been doing this week?  Pretty much the same that I've done since I started school.  I've gotten really good at packing my lunch and snacks.  The sucky thing is that I dropped and broke my water bottle.  I picked up another one just like it yesterday morning then totally forgot it at a laser tag place about 45 minutes away *sigh* So my goal tomorrow is buy yet another one before I pick up my boys from my mom's house.

I have gotten more exercise in too. Which has made me feel normal....it seems like lately it's been me going to school, doing a shit ton of homework and juggling the kids.  I've only been doing either some hooping (I'm participating in Hoopnotica's hooping bootcamp or doing some Walk Away the Pounds dvds.  It's more that what I was doing so I'll take it lol

My daughter had her 8th birthday this week too.  We went to laser tag for her party yesterday and had a blast!  I haven't played since before I had kids so it was a treat :)

Oh and my husband bought donuts for breakfast this morning.  I picked up one, got it to my mouth then put it back.  I'm planning on splurging on some of my daughter's left over birthday cake and didn't want the donut that bad lol

And that wraps up my week in a nutshell....how was yours?

Now here is my dinner round up!

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats (my zucchini plants in my garden are going crazy producing so I'll be working in zukes in all my dinners this week in some way lol)
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/07/taco-stuffed-zucchini-boats.html

Chicken Pot Pie Soup (totally putting this one in the slow cooker ;))
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/01/chicken-pot-pie-soup.html

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore (one of my family's favs)
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/06/crock-pot-chicken-cacciatore.html#more

Crock pot Pork Roast and sauteed zucchini - no recipe....just throwing that baby in and playing with the spices in my cabinet!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew (never tried this one before)
http://www.emilybites.com/2014/01/slow-cooker-beef-stew.html

Baked Ziti (Yum!)
http://www.laaloosh.com/2010/06/25/baked-ziti-pasta-recipe/


Monday, July 7, 2014

The most important thing.......

The most important thing you could do for yourself is to be kind and loving to yourself. We should be our own best friends, not our worst enemies.

My homework for y'all is to look yourself in the eye in the mirror and smile. That's it. Do it every time you see yourself. It might be awkward at first but soon enough it gets easier and then you can move on to something else to help you be more positive about you.

I can tell you....weight loss is not a cure all. If you don't figure out how to love yourself in your journey, there is no promise you'll love yourself when you reach your goal.

Be kind. You deserve it.