LOVE YOURSELF- second half of challenge

Before I report on how the second state of the challenge is going, which is basically packing your body full of good nutrients after the cleanse, I wanted to write about some other issues that have occurred in my life over the past weeks while doing the challenge, some things I am very proud of.

I have always been a super self conscious person. I have worried about every detail of my body, my hair, makeup, etc. I compared myself to others almost all day, and I longed to look like other people.  Along with that I also have been obsessed about what others think of me, almost to the point where I would become depressed if I felt someone didn’t like me. I would worry constantly that people were mad at me, and sometimes it would make me sick just to even think about it. It is a horrible thing to live in this state, and I feel like during this challenge, and with the help of some very inspiring and positive christian people that have been so gracious to meet with me on a regular basis, I am finally breaking free from these chains.  I have realized that I have to love God, myself, and others, That is it! If others do not love me back, that is not on me as long as I am being the best person I can be.   I can strive to be the best person I can be for God, and other’s will hopefully see the good in me. Along with that I am starting to become completely confident in my body. It has flaws, I personally have flaws, but God loves me so I need to love me. Life is too short.

Another big thing I have realized is I have to accept the good parts about me and the bad parts. I have been struggling with waking up early every morning. I want to in the most way wake up and spend time with God before everyone else gets up an I do not have time. I have been struggling and struggling almost to the point that when I failed, I would just not want to wake up at all but stay in bed all day. I hated myself all day and was a horrible person to others in my life because I was just so mad at myself for not getting up earlier.  Lately I realized this is a flaw of mine, I am lazy and not a morning person, simple as that. Instead of letting this overwhelm me I have acknowledged it and am now working on it with God. Instead of trying to wake up an hour earlier, I wake up 10 minutes earlier each morning. To let something so trivial effect my life so much is just crazy, but I did.

I know others have to struggle with the same demons that I struggle with everyday, not feeling good enough, and I wish I could talk to everyone of them and tell them they are not along.  I just feel like I am in such a happier place in my life these last few weeks. Taking the good with the bad, taking everyday one step at a time, being healthier and happier for everyone, and loving God with my whole heart! It has not been easy, a lot of things are falling behind because I am focusing more on my inner self; for example, Our house isn’t as clean, laundry seems to be piled up more, and sometimes I go to bed without the dishes done. But you know what, the moments I get to work out with my husband, read books in bed to my kids, or cook a healthy meal as a family are much more fun and important than making sure all the laundry is put away before bed. It will all get done, but maybe just not right now.

Sorry, i just needed to get some things off my chest. I feel like I have all this energy that needs to get out and I know that energy comes from God.

As for the challenge goes things are going great. My diet hasn’t changed much since I posted last and below I have listed some new recipes we have tried. Chad and I found a couple of times over the last few weeks to work out together and that has been amazing. My friend gave me some great workouts to try so we usually do those which consist of cardio plus weights. I also started running stairs at our college coliseum and I will tell you what, that is the best workout I have ever done. A group of girls introduced me to it and I love it. It tightens up every muscle in your body and it only takes 20 minutes. Heck you could run up and down your stairs in your house while the kids are napping. We are actually going to the coliseum as a family, we will take turns doing stairs while the other one entertains the kids. I will post all my workouts at the end of my 24 days.

After the cleanse we have added back into our diet some light dairy; greek yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, and some feta cheese here and there. Only once a day and usually at the beginning of the day. I do not plan on cutting out dairy after the challenge so I wanted to introduce it back in. 

Here are some different recipes:

SWEET HAWAIIAN CROCK-POT CHICKEN

Original Recipe

2lb. Chicken tenderloin chunks 1 cup pineapple juice 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup soy sauce Combine all together, cook on low in Crock-pot 6-8 hours…that’s it! Done! Serve with brown rice and you have a complete, easy meal.

How I modified: Instead of regular brown sugar I used splenda brown sugar (some people agree with sugar substitutes others don’t, I think in moderation it is fine.) I only used half of what it called for and use organic maple syrup for the other half. For soy sauce I googled and found that a sauce called coconut aminos is a good substitute, and it was.  You could probably just use the brown sugar and be ok, It just depends how healthy you want to go. I also doubled it so we would have left overs and threw the chicken in my salad the next day. Yum Yum

BodyofStille Pancakes: (this was actually an Advocare recipe). 1 banana, 1 egg, 1/2 meal replacement shake, 1tsp cinnamon. Mix together for 2 minutes or until soft and pour on hot griddle. I used our organic syrup and some PB2 on top, Chad used natural peanut butter.

We did grilled salmon one night with just some lemon juice and coconut oil and asparagus.  He usually adds a sweet potato or brown rice and I usually try to refrain,  just because of the carbs. I usually just make a bunch of sweet potatoes and have them ready to go, as well as hard boiled eggs, homemade quac, and some ground turkey, this makes meal times faster!

That is it for now, I am trying almond breaded eggplant over the weekend so I will make sure to write about that, I am a bit scared!

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Nearing the 10th day!

Wow these last few days have just flew by on the challenge. Chad, the boys and I traveled to Topeka this weekend to watch my little brothers basketball game, Nora stayed home with Chad’s parents because she is not the best traveler.  It is never easy to diet on the road, but we did pretty good. We did weigh in before we left, even though we said we would not, and I was down 7 pounds and Chad down 8, so that was extremely exciting. We packed all vitamins, spark, shakes, peanuts, peanut butter, protein bars, and apples and oranges.  Yes it was a hassle but it was worth it and came in very handy.

Friday night we came home to my parents house and my mom had made salsa chicken which chad and ate a small helping of. It was baked and no oils or added salt so we felt it was a good meal. (And it was amazing)! Saturday we started the day off right with our pills and spark. (We also packed our fiber drink because Sunday we add that back in.)  We left very early for Topeka so we ate a protein bar and fruit for breakfast.   Lunch was hard because my family went to a pizza place. This is a personal opinion but I feel it is rude not to eat when someone else pays for the food. Now you could have done this completely different and said no thank you and just ate the salad. Chad and I instead ate one piece of pizza and then had a big salad from the salad bar.  Dinner was followed by a healthy salad for both of us, and Sunday was again about the same routine adding in our fiber drink. We just made sure to again eat every 2 to 3 hours small portions.  This is when those snacks that we packed came in very handy! 

Do I think we ate as healthy as we could have… No.  If we would have stayed home would I have ate healthier…. for sure, but I think we did pretty good. I have decided not to beat myself up over the little things during the challenge and just do the best that I can.  We did not work out but we did do some swimming with the boys which I am sure burned some calories. 

It is so hard with kids to be perfect on a diet.  I follow all the moms on instagram who have just the most amazing bodies and I just do not know how they do it!? But I have decided that is probably not going to be me, I have to come to terms with that. For one I just do not have the desire to workout that much. Do not get me wrong I love to work out but after a day at daycare, sometimes I just want to sit with my family and do a board game, or read books, or just be together. Can AdvoCare get you to those goals…. Yes I totally believe it can.  After my second child I worked out all the time, I had the energy to do that because of AdvoCare.  It just feels different this time, I do not have the same goals. I want to be healthy for my family, have more energy, and work out occasionally and that is why I decided to do the challenge. AdvoCare can be anything you want it to be. Can you reach your goals with out it, absolutely, but I feel AdvoCare makes it easier and gets you to your goals faster by 1) Gently cleansing all the bad things out of our body 2) After cleansing adding back in all the good things your body needs and helping your body start craving the right foods, and 3) helping you learn again how to eat healthy in smaller portions so after you are done with challenge you can maintain a healthy body image.  It is not magic and I know that, and you should to. You still have to do the work. 

This week we have been back at it and are rapping up the first 10 days, the cleanse phase. I will post again when we start the next phase. Also below I have added some recipes we have eaten. Again remember pinterest is AWESOME when it comes to recipes for the 24 day challenge. I am on it every night looking up recipes to make. 

http://foodologie.com/2013/06/05/buffalo-chicken-spaghetti-squash/ – I did not use the blue cheese! If you do not want to go as far as to use the spaghetti squash you can use whole wheat pasta but watch when you eat it and also how much. (Refer to the 24 challenge sheets. )

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-lemon-herb-pork-chops/, Sub coconut oil for the vegetable oil to make it even healthier! 

Remember if you fall off the wagon, just get right back on! We are all

human:)!

 

 

Day 4 AdvoCare Challeng!

I was right, It for sure getting harder, it gets harder to be creative, to not feel like you are eating the same thing.  On a positive note, Chad joined a Gym! He ran on the treadmill and or course ran 5 miles like it was nothing. Are you kidding me? Guys are so lucky. The boy hasn’t worked out more than 10 times in the 4 years we have been married, and he just goes and runs 5 miles. Geez. 

On the 4th day of the challenge things change and we did not have to take the fiber drink this morning, Wahoo! Although like I said, it really is not that bad. Chad says he has not cheated.  I unfortunately had a little moment of weakness yesterday, I ate half a sugar cookie that one of my daycare mommies brought.  I hate when I do things like that, afterwards I have so much guilt. And there I go with that word “hate” , I am trying so hard not to use that word anymore. It is so negative. Oh well, I have  moved on. Today we had a pizza party for Valentine’s Day followed by all kinds of treats and I restrained from all of it so I will focus on that. I cannot believe food can control so much or our lives, it is so crazy, I am sure God is looking down saying “really Kim”? Lol. But for me it is really such a mind game and I have to fight all day to stay on track. I am hoping that this lifestyle change I am making will change a lot of that. 

We are still following the eat every 2/3 hours rule, around 200 calories. Chad of course eats more. Some things I have tried are Gluten Free Rice Cakes with some Pb2 which I love! Chad has been doing a lot of oatmeal with peanut butter, bananas, strawberries, things like that. For dinner we had Chicken fajitas and Taco Bowls over the last few days. You can actually buy at Walmart these these bowls that you put tortillas in (we used whole wheat), and make taco bowls in the oven, they are so good. we put in ours ground turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and onions left over from fajitas, and natural guacamole (Pinterest provides great recipes). You can also make your own taco seasoning. I found the recipe again on Pinterest and this will reduce the amount of sodium found in those packets.For the Fajitas we just used a little pepper and did everything pretty natural, cooked in coconut oil! 

For lunch today I had a spinach salad with avocado, chicken, carrots, cucumbers, sunflower seeds (unsalted), and used the same dressing I used on the first day and it was SO GOOD. I think my body is starting to adjust and like those “Gross” orange and green things I ounce did not like! Feeling excited about that! I have been drinking so much water, I feel like alls I do is go to the bathroom. For the first 2 days I did have a headache and I talked to several nutritionists I am friends with that said it was my body just adjusting to less carbs and sugar, which is a good thing. Today I feel great. Lots of energy! 

The weekend should be interesting as we are heading out of town and that is already hard, but I am planning of packing LOTS of healthy snacks and of course our spark, protein shakes, and vitamins to help us stay on track! We both feel so good so I do not want to through it all away. Neither of us have weighed ourselves since we started but we both decided we would not step on the scale or do measurements until it was all over to help us not get discouraged.  

 

Feeling great and loving this new life style so far! 

 

God is good! 

 

Day 1 Recap of the AdvoCare challenge

I think Day one went really well on the challenge, although I always feel the first day of any lifestyle change is the easiest because the excitement of something NEW is there 🙂 .  The fiber drink is really not that bad and I would totally recommend the peaches and cream flavor, Chad and I always cheers when we drink it lol. (we are dorks). We usually do our meal replacement shake in the morning, because we always feel rushed and it is just easy. For morning snack I had my nuts (I honestly might have went over 1/8 cup but I feel okay about it, and also had 1/2 cup of strawberries.  I can’t do just almonds, I do the unsalted mixed nuts. I am not a huge almond fan but I am okay with them if they are mixed with other nuts. Shortly after I had another spark. For lunch I had a Sweet potato with a spinach salad with cucumbers, avocado and carrots. I used red wine vinegar and a pack of stevia for the dressing on the salad. Now this is so hard for me because I am not one of those people that can say “I love veggies.” Fact is I will be honest, I don’t like them very much at all. But I have talked several nutritionists that say once you start eating all the good stuff, your body will start craving those “GROSS” green and orange things so I am hopeful! For snack I had an apple and PB2, which I found in the organic section.  During other health kicks I have tried and tried all kinds of different almond butter or natural peanut butter and just couldn’t do it.  Believe me I tired hard and probably wasted over 100 bottles of the stuff. However, PB2 is not bad. It is not peanut butter but it actually tasted pretty good! For dinner Chad made Salmon and green beans. Everything was made with Coconut Oil and also lemon juice, we also did use a couple squirts of the spray butter.  He had a sweet potato because he needs more calories than I do. I decided to stay away from the carbs for the night. We did split and orange later in the evening, followed by our cleanse pills . His diet throughout the day was similar to mine just in bigger portions because again he can have more calories than I can. He also eats regular peanut butter.  We did not work out the first day. I wanted to so bad, but it is not going to happen ever night. We will start that tomorrow. 

That, along with catalyst pills which I honestly think are magic, and also omegas is the first day of the Challenge! I didn’t follow the rules 100 percent but I think I did pretty good and chad feels the same. 

Starting this challenge has been really good for Chad and I, bringing us closer I can tell already. He always is a happier person and so I am when we are healthy.  The kids hate it, but they do pretty good eating some of the things we do, which makes me feel good that they are also benefiting from our change. I am not going to lie they did not eat Salmon.  

Chad and I both battle waking up early in the morning, our goal is to try and wake up to pray together and just start the day off with HIM. We both feel like we have a good separate relationship with God, but we need to make sure our relationship is based on HIS love. Having three kids 4 and under is so challenging and we will not make it without God’s guidance.

Deciding to stay home and start a daycare I know was the right decision because it has allowed me to stay home with my kids, but it has not been easy on myself or Chad.  It has been a tough road and after I get done writing about our challenge to better our physical health, I want touch more on the daycare journey, it has not been a breeze that is for sure! 

Hello!

Hi Everyone! This will be my first attempt at blogging and I have to admit I am a bit nervous, but also excited. Being a stay at home mom of three kids, running a small daycare, and trying to create a healthy lifestyle for everyone has its challenges and my hopes for this blog is to share those challenges and also how I attempt (whether successful or unsuccessful), to overcome them. My first few post will be about and AdvoCare Challenge that both my husband and I have committed to starting today to hopefully create a more healthy lifestyle for our entire family. It will also be about my relationship with God, as I have been working so hard to create a stronger relationship with the “One who loved us first”. I hope whoever chooses to read this Blog will get some use at of it, again I am a beginner so here goes nothing…!