Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 Recap

Thanksgiving started out slow and wonderful, just like we like it. We all slept in a bit and took it easy that morning. 

My favorite part of Thanksgiving was the first thing we did that day. I loved snuggling up with Piper on the couch, with my coffee, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watching the parade in our pajamas together is my favorite Thanksgiving tradition.


While Piper and I were snuggling, Nick was in the kitchen making us a souffle casserole for breakfast. If you haven't noticed from all the years of reading my blog, Nick is definitely the baker and I'm the cook.


Compared to years prior, we only had one stop to make this Thanksgiving. With my sister being home from Guam, it was no question, we'd be spending the day with her and my mom's side of the family. 

To share at Thanksgiving dinner, I made one of our favorite desserts for holiday functions: a caramel and heath apple dip!


It's super easy to make. You just spread cream cheese at the bottom. Top it with caramel and then some heath crumbles. It's done in like 5 minutes and it's a fan favorite!




I didn't take many pictures at Thanksgiving this year. But, as you can imagine, there was a lot of yummy food.


Since Beckah was home, we did manage to get some pictures with all of our cousins!



After dinner, we played some games and enjoyed our time together. 



At the end of the day, we went home with our bellies and hearts full.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My Go-To Ham and White Bean Soup Recipe

With the weather colder now, I have been making a lot of soup. Some of our new favorites have been Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi and this Ham and White Bean Soup!


I had been craving a soup with this kind of broth for a while and, it really hit the spot. Ham and bean soup is an easy classic and this recipe treated us very well.



The original recipe can be found here:

My alterations to the ingredient list are below.

Ingredients
2 cans great northern beans
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 handful shredded carrots
1 medium onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 lb ham, cubed
4 cups vegetable stock
2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
sprinkle of dried tyme
sprinkle of italian seasoning

The soup made our house smell so good and it tasted just as good, too. The best part is that it is really low in calories, around 200 calories per serving and the soup serves 8. This is a recipe we'll be coming back to many more times this winter!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Focus Word: Intention

As we are nearing the end of 2017, I have been taking a little time to think back on my focus words for 2017. Today, I am going to reflect on the word: Intention.

I am not going to lie. Doing life with intention seems to be my biggest struggle right now. Especially these past few weeks. I feel like I am constantly going with the wind and thus, I'm not doing much with intention at all.

Sometimes it's good to just go with the flow though and, enjoy the moment or, more specifically in my case, enjoy my family time while they are still in town.

My nephew is visiting all the way from Guam.

At the beginning of the year, I was doing much better about being more intentional with my time. I was planning out my day each morning and things just seemed to flow much easier because of that intentional planning. 

I find that when I make a to-do list for myself each day, things go smoother. I usually start with a "top 3" to-do list and then scribble down a wish list of others things that would be great to get done that day, too.

My goal this year was to be intentional enough so there would be specific times for working on my business, a time for blogging, etc. but, that hasn't really been the case lately. For instance, it's after midnight now as I'm writing this post and, if I were honest, this post on "intention" wasn't even written out with much intention behind it at all. I just decided to start writing because I was still awake and wanted to do something productive.

The reason I made "intention" one of my focus words for 2017 is because it's a challenging one for me to focus on. At times, I am very intentional in all I do and during other times, like recently, I just bounce around from one thing to the next. It's not very productive to work that way but, sometimes it is necessary for good reason. We all need a break from routine occasionally to avoid burnout, right?

Most importantly, or maybe most relevant to this blog, I wanted to be more intentional with my time as it relates to my weight-loss goals this year. I wanted to be intentional in my planning when it came to meals and exercise each week. I think I did a really great job at making meal plans in 2017 but, sticking to them was another story at times. More so, later in the year.

In 2017, my intention fizzled out in some areas this year. My weight-loss stopped once Fall came around; I lightened up my own work load with my business to enjoy more family time, and; I stopped following through on a lot of my own planning.

Some of this lack of planning with intention was due in part to another focus word I made a priority for 2017: "balance", and some of this is due to my lack of planning with intention in general. Either way, it's been a good challenge for me to focus on this word in 2017 and I think I'll be keeping it around for 2018, too.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Home For The Holidays - A Crazy Fun Week

How was your Thanksgiving? We had a great one over here. Actually the entire week was amazing!

My sister, brother-in-law and my baby nephew are in town all the way from Guam so we got to spend Thanksgiving with all of them! Not to mention just about every other day since they came home last Monday. 

The past week was crazy, amazing, and so much fun. The days are starting to blend together now but, let me see if I can write out a quick recap from last week.

Last Monday, I met my baby nephew for the first time. It felt like a piece of my heart was finally put in place when I got to hold that sweet boy.


Last Tuesday, Piper and I hung out with Beckah, Jarrod and Baby Declan (DJ) all morning. Piper got to play with Declan and I got some serious snuggles in that morning. It was pretty great!



Later on Tuesday, while Nick was still at work, my mom watched the kids while Beckah, Jarrod and I went on a fun Walmart trip. (They don't have Walmart in Guam, so it was kind of a big deal.)


On Wednesday, I got to babysit my nephew. That was such a sweet time for Nick, Piper and I to get baby DJ all to ourselves.


Later on Wednesday night, I went out to a bar with my sister for the first time! I've been thinking about this occasion since I turned 21 many years ago. We have talked about the day when I could finally take her out for many years now and I can't believe this day has finally come!


I always knew going out with Beckah would be so much fun. Beckah turned 21 while she was over in Guam so, Wednesday night was the first night we got to celebrate that milestone birthday with me buying her a drink!

On Thursday, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our family. It felt so good to have Beckah, Jarrod and baby DJ with us during this holiday!



On Friday, my sweet Piper got sick with a stomach bug. Nick stayed at home with her while I volunteered at Santa's workshop with our church and then hurried back home to be with my sweet girl. Thankfully, Piper's stomach bug only lasted about 24 hours. I spent most of Friday - Saturday snuggling up my baby.


On Sunday, we had an Open House for Beckah and Jarrod so everyone who wanted to see them while they were in town could. There were cheese trays, and cookies galore. I think I ate cookies for dinner that night. Yep, I sure did.


Later on Sunday night, Beckah, Jarrod, Nick and I met our cousin Dustin and his fiance Katie out at the casino. We had some drinks and lost only a little bit of money. It was such a fun night! I wish they didn't have to go back to Guam.



Now, it's Monday and I'm ready to get some sort of a routine back in place over here. This is the last full-week with my sister at home and I anticipate it being a little more low key than last week but, then again, I'm not sure exactly what's in store for us. 

Hopefully there will be a little less drinking this week since alcohol makes me gain weight like nothing else but, with my sister and brother-in-law both being 21 and, with them only here for a few more days, I'm not going to pass up an any opportunity to have fun with them! 

So, here's to doing the best I can this week, drinking a lot of water, and enjoying my family time while I have it!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Assembling the Christmas Tree 2017

Putting the tree up with a toddler is fun...



We're ready for the holidays to begin! How about you?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More Social Media Talk

I unfollowed everyone & everything on Facebook for a couple weeks and here's what I've found out about myself.

I use to waste a lot of time scrolling my endless newsfeed.
I still was able to find other ways to waste time.
I was no longer being inundated with bad news, attitudes and nasty rhetoric.
I wasn't being blessed with the good news of others, either.
I started focusing more on myself, my own views and goals.
I missed cheering other people on.
{source}

I do miss the good stuff that use to pop up on my feed. I miss seeing pictures of my friend's kids pop up and bring a smile to my face. I miss seeing people build each other up when they are having a tough time. I miss some of it, for sure. 

The newsfeed on Facebook can be both precious and destructive, though.

You've heard me talk a lot about Instagram lately and, it's because I like it much more than Facebook. I am not sure when or if  I am going to bring back my newsfeed but, I do know that I still love the ability to stay in touch with my friends and all of you there, too.

I know this time we're in with social media is a strange and wonderful time and, that's why I am sharing all of this with you. I'm sure I am not the only one who struggles with the balance of it all. 

Self-care is super important in any weight-loss journey and self-care is a broad topic that includes a lot of different tactics. Unsubscribing from my newsfeed is just one self-care tactic I am using right now.

Monday, November 20, 2017

My Sister Comes Home Today

The moment that I've waited for over a year now is coming today. My sister is coming home from Guam!

My sister, her husband and my baby nephew will be here for a couple weeks and so, my posting may be a little sporadic. 

September, 2016 - The last time we were together!

I will be keeping my new IG account up-to-date though, for sure. {GoalOfLosing100}

So, over the weekend, somebody asked me: what's the big deal with your new Instagram account and, it made me think. I think it's a big deal to me because sharing my journey on social media gives me more motivation to stay healthy. It gives me accountability to know that I have people who are watching my journey and also, by following others on their wellness journey, that inspires me, too.

My hope for everyone is that we can all find something that inspires us and motivates us. That's what this new IG account is doing for me now and so, I'm running with it.

Speaking of trying to stay motivated, there is a big binge-trigger coming up for me this week: Thanksgiving.

Knowing that I am going to likely be overindulging on Thanksgiving has, in the past, made me go on a free-for-all each day basically leading up to the main event. It's happened before and it's not going to happen this time because, I'm self-aware and staying on top of it.

Self-awareness: ah, another good tool to use on the daily. Be true to yourself, who you are and, what you want for yourself. Know your triggers and know what inspires you and go with it.

Wow, this was a lot of rambling for a Monday.

I guess I will leave you all with this...

Thanksgiving is coming up quick! So, do your best today, tomorrow and Wednesday and then, have a happy Thanksgiving {hopefully surrounded by family and good food}.

Friday, November 17, 2017

New IG: GoalOfLosing100

Just wondering... how many of you are following me on Instagram?

Originally, I started the Instagram {IG} account @GoalOfLosing as an extension of this blog but, truth be told, I mostly just share pictures of Piper and our family adventures, instead. There's not much on that account about what I'm eating or what I'm doing to try and lose this weight.

I don't want to not post pictures of my family adventures on IG because, I love to look back on all of the fun we've had over the years with a simple scroll {or 20}, but; I've been feeling like I do need an IG account that is in line with my health & wellness, too. 

So, I've started another IG account as the true extension of my blog:

{The original, @GoalOfLosing account will remain my personal account.}

A post shared by Kalyn (@goaloflosing100) on

And guess what? Since starting this new wellness-driven IG account, it's been inspiring me so much already! I look forward to taking pictures of what I'm doing each day for self-care, wellness and weight-loss. It's like my own little corner of social media where I can motivate myself and hopefully others, along the way.

This is what I've been missing! It's so exciting to find new motivational tools to help you on your weight-loss journey and this is a big one for me!

Readers, I hope you'll join me over on the new IG account! If you have one, please share your IG information in a comment below so I can follow you on your journey, too! Let's do this!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Weigh-in #2 - November 10 lb. Challenge

It's weigh-in day!

November Weigh-in's
11/1/17: 236 lbs
11/9/17: 234.6 lbs.
11/16/17: 234.2 lbs.

In two weeks, I have lost and maintained a loss of about 2 lbs. Considering that I've been in somewhat of a survival mode {with a sick kiddo and getting virtually no sleep}, I'll take that success. Sure, it's not a huge success but, I am proud of maintaining my loss this week. 

When times get tough, I usually turn to food. I am being stronger than my normal standards and I am cheering myself on because of it.

Being your own cheerleader is such an important part of this weight-loss journey. If you don't believe in yourself, you won't make the changes necessary to continue on.

I am continuing on.

If you read my post yesterday, then you know that I have changed my November goal of losing 10 lbs. this month down to 6 lbs. I know from experience that trying to reach an unattainable goal is counterproductive. 

While at the beginning of the month 10 lbs. seemed like a real possibility, now that I'm halfway through the month, I need a more realistic goal to keep striving toward. Losing 4 more pounds in two weeks feels within my reach and so, I'm motivated to keep trying to get there.

This morning, I made myself a smoothie for breakfast. I have been very lazy when it comes to making my morning smoothies lately. It's the easiest thing to make and yet, I sometimes skip breakfast all together just because I don't want to go through the trouble. 


The trouble? All I have to do is throw a banana in the cup with some coconut milk, frozen strawberries, whey and cacao powder. Then, I need to go down to the basement to blend it all together {we keep the blender in the basement since it's so loud and we don't want to wake Piper in the morning}. That's it! It's so easy and I've been so lazy about making my smoothies but, not today. Today, I made a smoothie and I feel great because cacao does that to me.

Readers, what's a breakfast you love to eat but haven't been making lately?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Halfway Through November

We are halfway through November! Time flies when you're not getting any sleep and never know what day it really is, huh? Parenthood is funny like that sometimes.

Tomorrow is going to be my second weigh-in of November and unless some sort of miracle happens today, I don't think I'm going to be that far down on the scale compared to last week. 

Losing 10 pounds in November is starting to look less likely now that I'm mid-way through the month but, that doesn't mean that I'm going to stop trying to lose as much as I still can.

Unfortunately, with a sick toddler, sleepless nights are very much a reality for me right now and they affect more than just my attitude throughout the day; sleepless nights really affect weight-loss, or rather the lack thereof, too.


Regardless, I am not giving up. Instead, I am adapting my goal to something more attainable. My new goal is to get down to 230 lbs. by the end of November. {a 6 lb. loss for the month vs. a 10 lb. loss.} In all honesty, that may still be a bit of a reach with Thanksgiving right around the corner but, at least it's a more attainable goal since the first couple weeks of November were much harder than I could have imagined.

Despite the struggles, I am feeling inspired to continue on. This will all make me stronger in the long run. It's all part of the journey.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Big Church Night Out

I am waving my white flag. Piper is sick again and, I haven't had a full night's sleep in what seems like a month.

I try not to complain much here. For the most part, my blog is space for hope and inspiration but, today I am not afraid to admit that I am just plain tired. First croup and now an ear infection. We are being tested hard. I don't think we've had a healthy house since early October.

Bright side: now that Piper has an antibiotic prescribed, we should all be healthy just in time for my sister to come home from Guam next week. Fingers crossed.

Obviously, my husband and I have been tired. The sleepless nights have been rough but, even though we have been tired, we still made an effort to go out this weekend on a very special date night. We almost cancelled at the last minute because our baby was sick again but, we figured we were in for a sleepless night regardless so, we might as well have a little reprieve before we got right back into the thick of it all again. {shout out to my mother-in-law for hanging at home with our sick baby}

This weekend, we went to a Big Church Night out event. There was an awesome line-up of bands. A few of my favorites from our night out were Blanca, 7thTimeDown, The Sidewalk Prophets and The Newsboys!


Concerts in general are super hype and exhilarating but, Christian concerts are all that plus soul-awakening. That church night out was exactly what Nick and I needed to be restored enough to take on another week of "the hard stuff". Furthermore, between fellowship at Church on Sunday and the experiences shared during the Big Church Night Out, we were challenged to find that our "hard stuff" isn't really that hard, after all.

We are truly blessed in so many ways and, instead of just putting our heads down to push forward through the week ahead, we are looking up!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Bowls

Hey guys! I tried a new recipe this weekend and it turned out great so, I figured I'd share it with you all today.

Here's the link to the original recipe: https://www.skinnytaste.com/spaghetti-squash-enchilada-bowls/

I followed the original recipe for the most part except, I used canned enchilada sauce and added shredded rotisserie chicken. I also only used one large spaghetti squash instead of two small ones, as well. 

It all turned out much better than I could have imagined. It was an interesting mix and a welcomed change from our regular "spaghetti squash and meatballs". I am liking all of the variety there is to cooking with spaghetti squash. I am looking forward to trying some more different ways, soon.


Spaghetti squash is so light and filling and, it seems to be in season right now. So, we are going to be using spaghetti squash weekly 'round here for a while.

Readers, what's your favorite spaghetti squash based meal?

Friday, November 10, 2017

NSV + I Wrote This in 2 Minutes

Happy Friday!

Today is the first snow of the season and, Piper was so excited to see it! She said "look what santa did in my grass". Haha. Aww.

I am literally writing this while Piper is still running around with no pants on and with us needing to get out of the door in 10 minutes to make it to music class so, this is going to be brief.

When I was putting my pants on today, I was reminded that non-scale victories are sometimes more exciting than the number on the scale.


Look at all of that room in my jeans! Yes!


Okay, that is all. I have to go now because with the first snow, you know I'll be driving extra slow so I need extra time to get to music class today.

Have a happy Friday, all!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Weigh-in #1 - November 10 lb. Challenge

This morning was my first weigh-in as part of my November challenge of losing 10 pounds this month!

I am happy to report, that even though I was sick for 6 out of the first 9 days of November, I still managed to have a loss on the scale. {That's a big deal for me because I'm usually a weight-gainer when I'm sick, due to seeking out extra comfort food.}

11/1/17: 236 lbs.
11/9/17: 234.6 lbs.

-1.4 lbs. so far this month!

I am happy to see the scale MOVING down and, more importantly, I am happy to be feeling 100% back to myself, again. Being sick is for the birds.

Today, Piper and I went to her second tumbling class! She has really been loving these morning classes and I am so glad. It has really been helping keep her on her afternoon nap schedule, too. For a while there, I was worried I was going to lose her nap but, really, I think she just needed a little more action in the morning to tucker her out enough for that afternoon nap.


Tomorrow we are looking forward to a morning music class with her new friends and then, it's the weekend! Woo hoo!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bright Ball of Heat

You guys... the sun is shining!

I feel like I haven't seen the sun in weeks. To celebrate the occasion, I am going to make today's blog post short and sweet so I can go stare at the bright ball of heat in the sky.

So far today, I have deep-cleaned Piper's nursery {yep, I'm still calling it a nursery because she still sleeps in a crib} and we went to story time at the Library. 

When we got out from story time, the sun was shining and Piper asked to go for a walk! She's such a sweet girl. Here are a few pictures from our walk today. {Just don't ask about Piper's outfit. Haha.}





I hope the sun is shining where you are today!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Recap of a Sluggish Monday

This past weekend wasn't as eventful as previous weekends. I spent the entire weekend recovering from whatever kind of cold I caught last week. Truth be told, I did the minimum this weekend; the most productive thing I did was go to church and our CORE class afterward.

I tried to push the fluids a lot so I could start feeling better, faster. Sometimes it's hard for me to drink water when I have a sore throat so, my husband found these Bai drinks for me, instead. At only 5 calories per serving and 1 gram of sugar, they were a big hit in our house this weekend.


On Monday, I finally felt more like myself. I was still a little sluggish though, so Piper and I just hung around the house for most of the day. First thing, I did some laundry and starting making out a dinner plan for the week ahead.


Despite not wanting to go through the trouble of making a smoothie for breakfast {remember, I was sluggish, sluggish, sluggish}, I was sure glad I put in the effort after I drank it. 

I made a cacao banana smoothie with whey protein, frozen strawberries and coconut milk. It made me feel a little better, and perked me up to about half of my normal status.


After making my smoothie, I got dinner rolling in the crock pot. For dinner, we had Slow-Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs. That meal is one of the easiest, healthy meals I have in my arsenal right now so, having all of the ingredients on hand to start the slow cooker in the morning was a sure win for my low-energy Monday.


After dinner, Nick, Piper and I went grocery shopping as our big outing for the day. We stocked up on everything we needed for my meal plan this week. I am determined to stick to my meal plan and not eat out this week!

If you remember from last week, I made myself a goal of losing 10 pounds this month and, while getting sick usually means weight-gain for me, I am trying hard to stay on track so that doesn't happen. 

I made a conscious effort this weekend to avoid comfort food as much as possible. Whenever I am uncomfortable {i.e. sick}, comfort food is my go-to. I know this about myself and so, I kept reminding myself that overindulging in comfort food wasn't going to actually make me feel better. 

I'm happy to say I made it through my weekend on track and with no regrets. I am going to be weighing in on Thursdays this month so, my first weigh-in is in two days. I am motivated and determined to see a difference on the scale!

Readers, are you working with a meal plan this week?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Reintroduction Time

I've noticed a lot more traffic coming to my page lately and I feel like I should reintroduce myself for any new readers I may have gained.

My name is Kalyn and I am 29 years old. I have PCOS but, I am not letting it define me. 


I am married to Nick, my high school sweetheart, and together we have a daughter, Piper Grace. 



Piper is 2 years old right now and will turn 3 in January. She is a rainbow baby and we couldn't be more thankful that she's here with us. We prayed so many days for this baby of ours. We named her Piper and her middle name is Grace but, I use her middle name often because I love it so much. 
Fun fact: One day on my ride home from work, while I was pregnant with Piper, a man on the radio described the definition of the Grace we've been given from God. I knew right in that moment that Grace was going to be Piper's middle name. It is truly by the Grace of God that we have our sweet, independent, and smart Piper Grace with us today.
I started this blog many years ago, in 2011, to help keep me accountable to reaching my weight-loss goal. My ultimate weight loss goal is to lose 100 pounds. Each year, during New Year Resolution time, I'd find myself always making some sort of "goal of losing weight". That's where I got the name for this blog, "Goal of Losing".

Goal of Losing is a blog about my goal of losing weight while living life. There's a lot of my shared experience here on my blog as I've lost {and gained and lost} weight throughout the years but, there's also a lot of my life happenings here too. I am a firm believer of losing weight without putting life on hold so, you'll hear a lot about what's going on in my life lately. My biggest goal of all is to lose this weight while living my life and enjoying myself.

From 2011 - 2014, I had successfully lost 40 pounds. Going from about 270 lbs down to about 230 lbs.


In the Spring of 2014, I found out I was pregnant with Piper. {Praise God!} I gained about 40 lbs. during my pregnancy in 2014. I weighed in at 271 lbs. right before I was induced.


I gave birth to Piper in 2015. Throughout 2015 - 2016, I lost my baby weight quickly, going down to about 230 lbs. and then gained about 25 pounds of it back. While losing weight was on my mind, it wasn't a high priority. I was learning how to be a new mom and to be honest, a lot of midnight comfort-food snacking did a number on the scale during that time.



At the beginning of 2017, I weighed in at 255 lbs. Currently, I am 235 lbs. I'm about 20 pounds down in 2017 and, I am planning on losing more weight before the year closes out.


Right now, I have a goal of losing 30 pounds before I turn 30 in February, 2018. I still have about 25 pounds or so to lose before I reach that goal and, even though the holidays are coming up {hello,  dreaded holiday weight gain} I'm not giving up. I believe in myself!

Now, it's your turn! If you're a new reader here {or even a regular reader} please introduce yourself in a comment below! I'd love to know how you found my blog and what keeps you reading! Do you have a goal of losing weight, too? Or do we have anything else in common? Let me know!