Friday, November 22, 2019

Friday Meal Planning + Slow Weekend Ahead

Happy Friday! I don't know if it's because I worked from home yesterday with a sick kiddo, or because I have gotten very little sleep these past couple of nights but, I actually cannot believe it's Friday! It doesn't seem right, but I am sure glad it's here!

Most of my yesterday looked a lot like this:

As for today, my husband stayed home from work (all of us are feeling a little under the weather to some extent) and I went out to meet up with a friend for some coffee and breakfast. I ended up at the library afterward so I could spend some time meal planning for the week ahead. 

Since I am running out to the store for some sick kid essentials before I get home anyway, I figured I would grocery shop for the week ahead while I'm out. So, let's meal plan and grocery list together!

If you were here last Friday, I shared some tips on how I like to meal plan for the week. (Post: Weekly Meal Planning Tips.) So, with all that considered, here's what I've come up with for the week ahead:

  • Tonight: Chicken Gnocchi Soup
  • Saturday: Taco Salads or Taco Pizzas (using leftovers)
  • Sunday: Mindy's Turkey Chili
  • Monday: Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken
  • Tuesday: Leftovers (Chili)
  • Wednesday: Leftovers (Mexi Chicken)
  • Thursday: Thanksgiving Dinner!
  • Friday: Homemade Pizzas

Now that I have my list of meals for the week ahead, it's going to be easy to finish up my grocery list and head out to go shopping!

As for the weekend ahead, we are kind of playing it by ear as far as plans go. We're going to see how Piper is feeling before we make any plans. It may be a slow weekend ahead, which sounds pretty great to me! 

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Vlog: October Fun

Happy Wednesday! Today, I am sharing a family vlog that I recently uploaded to YouTube. This vlog is from October, when we visited Sissons Pumpkin Patch and went to Zoo Boo!

I have another vlog that will be going up soon, where I share what I eat in a day, a couple soup recipes, and some clips from a recently date day that I went on with my husband! If you're interested, you can subscribe to my channel so you don't miss it!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Weekly Meal Planning Tips

Happy Friday, everyone! This week was a little difficult but overall it was good. I didn't stay track my nutrition as well as I should have, and definitely went over calories a few nights. It wasn't expected and, sometimes that happens. It's Friday now and, instead of waiting until Monday to get back on track, I am getting back on track today.

While Piper is at preschool this morning, I am making a meal plan for next week and grocery list for this weekend. Whenever I make a meal plan for the week ahead, I take into consideration a few different things: 

Weekly Meal Planning Tips:
Calendar: I always check my planner for the week ahead so I can plan to make a meal that takes the appropriate prep time given my schedule.
Themes: I've come up with a weekly dinner theme for our family that seems to suit our needs based around our typical calendar. 
  • Monday -  Fish/Light Meal
  • Tuesday - Tacos/Burgers/Leftovers (Nick cooks)
  • Wednesday - Large Meal/Crockpot/Casserole
  • Thursday - Leftovers/Salad/Date Night
  • Friday - Homemade Pizza/Air Fryer Meals
  • Saturday - New Recipe/Soup/OTE (out to eat)
  • Sunday - Crockpot Meal/Soup
Leftovers: I try to take inventory of what we have left over from this past week that we could incorporate into meals for the following week. This helps us to limit our waste and also save money.
Weather: More so in the summer, I would go as far as checking the weather for each day so I knew whether or not it would be grilling weather, soup weather, etc.
Given all of these tips, here's the actual meal plan I came up with for the week ahead:
  • Tonight: Homemade Pizza
  • Saturday: OTE - Holiday Party
  • Sunday: Homemade Zuppa Toscana
  • Monday: Salmon + Broccoli + Rice
  • Tuesday: Taco Night
  • Wednesday: BBQ Pulled Pork + Mixed Veggies + Tots
  • Thursday: Pulled Pork Salads (using leftovers)
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza + Cauliflower Wings
Now, from that list of dinner plans, I will begin making my grocery list for the week! I like to have my grocery list done on Friday so we can grocery shop on Saturday. 

Since we finally got some snow this past week or so, we will be dropping off our car at the dealership tonight so that our snow tires can get put on first thing in the morning. We'll swap vehicles in the morning, leaving Nick at the dealership to wait for the other vehicle to get snow tires on while Piper and I go grocery shopping.

Planning ahead really helps us to stay on track! I hope these tips were helpful for you, too. Please share any additional tips you may use in the comments, below!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Highlights & Weight Loss Rewards

Hello, and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you're feeling ready to take on the week ahead! This weekend was great for us! Instead of sharing a full recap, I will share a couple highlights. 

Speaking of highlights, I got some added to my hair on Saturday! A fresh cut and color was a real nice way to fill my self-care bucket. This was also my weight-loss reward for losing a total of 45 lbs. This was a big milestone to celebrate!

Looking back at my weight-loss rewards page, I haven't reached a new low weight in 6 years. I am excited to get back to tracking my weight-loss rewards as I continue to lose more weight. Since I've been rewarding myself for every 5 lb. milestone, I am already super close to my next reward! I weighed in at 223 lbs. this morning. Only 3 more pounds to go until my next reward!

Now, back to the weekend highlights. On Friday, we went to a local arcade for a fun family night out! We all love to play games and so, this was a nice treat for all of us!

Since we have some snow in the forecast this week and, we don't have our snow-tire appointment until this coming weekend, I will be doing most of my workouts from home! I will be trying some workouts from a new app, and will be reporting back on with my review on it all in a few weeks! From my quick review of what's offered in the app, I am really excited to get started! It feels good to be excited to workout! I am going to try my first workout this morning, right after this post goes live.

I hope you all have a great day, and try to make healthy choices this week, no matter how big or small. Just choose well for your wellness!

Friday, November 8, 2019

DITL - Monday 11/4

It's been a while since I've done a "Day in the Life" (DITL) post and so I figured I'd share one with you today!

Monday was the first weekday of daylight savings and, it was a good day! However, we did had a little bit of a rough start when Piper wanted to wake up for the day at 4:30 am. We did manage to get her to lay back down, and I got a little more sleep myself.

I officially woke up at 6:00. I would like to start being more intentional about waking up earlier so I can start the day with a little self care. On Monday, self care looked a lot like this:

I grabbed a cup of coffee (thanks, Nick!), lit a candle and read my devotional. I also began to plan for the week ahead in my planner. 

After that, came the morning routine for preschool. In a perfect world, our morning routine would begin when Piper wakes up at 7:30 am. However, with daylight savings and some of our ongoing sleep troubles, I don't believe that's happening anytime soon. On Monday, I was able to get Piper to lay in bed until about 6:30! That was a good compromise considering she had wanted to wake up much earlier.

After the morning routine, I dropped Piper off at preschool. When I got back home, I did a quick clean of the kitchen.

I also checked-in with a couple friends and folded about 2 loads of laundry during Piper's morning at preschool. It was a good, slow morning at home. 

Just before picking Piper up from preschool, I packed a lunch for the two of us.

I picked Piper up from preschool at 11:30, and we both ate our lunch in the car, on our way to the YMCA. I dropped Piper off at the child watch at the Y, while I spent about 30 minutes on the treadmill. 

When I picked Piper up from child watch, she was excited to show me the turkey she had colored with her friends (blue turkey with brown feathers and a pink hat)!

Since the weather was decent for a Fall day, we went to the zoo for a quick visit!

We got back home around 2:30. We snuggled up and watched a movie together on the couch until Nick got home around 3:30. We all hung out and got each other caught up on our day. I began making dinner around 4:30.

On Monday, we almost always tend to have salmon, broccoli and rice for dinner. Sometimes we'll switch it up by having macaroni and cheese instead of rice, or we'll switch up the type of fish but, we almost always start the week out with this light and healthy meal.

After dinner, we stayed at the table for another hour playing multiple rounds of Candy Land and Uno.

Around 6:30, we began our evening routine with bath time, books and snuggles before bed. Nick usually takes over most of the evening routine since he doesn't get as much time with Piper during the day. This gives me a little time to fold more laundry, relax with a show or get something done.

Thinking about our average day, I'd have to say we are really enjoying the balance of it all.

These truly are "the days"!

God is good.

Monday, November 4, 2019

November Goals 2019

I am very excited to be sitting here, goal setting for the month of November! I absolutely killed my weight goal for October, ending the month at 224.7 lbs. on the scale.

I am so proud of myself! So, so proud!

This month, my goal is to reach yet another new milestone weight on the scale. It's pretty cool because anything lower than this weight is going to be milestone-worthy!

This month my goal weight is 219 lbs. I can't even believe I am typing that number out as a goal. Just at the beginning of the year, I was at 244 lbs. Now, I'm looking to get down to 219 lbs? If only you could see my smile right now. It's a big one!

Why, 219 lbs? Well, I think it's only right to try and hit 219 lbs. before we close out the year 2019. 

Dorky? Maybe. It's okay though, I promise.

I am going to be working on all of the same goals I set for myself in October, only I will be a little more strict with the workouts. If I'm being honest with myself, I barely made it to the gym much at all in October, and so I am going to try to bump up my gym dates to at least twice per week in November. If I make it three times, that's extra credit!

Readers: Is anyone else out there setting goals for the month of November? If so, share in a comment, below!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Happy Halloween 2019

When I asked Piper what she wanted to be for Halloween, she said she wanted to be "something spooky" or "something creepy". So, like good parents (mild sarcasm there) we took Piper to the Halloween store. There were a lot of creepy things in that store, that's for sure! Piper loves the thrill of being spooked, so she really enjoyed the trip!

While we were at the Halloween store, Piper saw the child's costume for "Sally" from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. She asked if Sally was a zombie and we said, "kind of" and the rest was history.

It just so happens that The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of Nick's favorite movies from his childhood. Nick was more than happy to take on the role of Jack for Halloween this year. As for myself, I didn't know what I should dress up as. After having Piper watch the movie (like good parents, once again), I asked her what she thought I should be for Halloween. Without hesitation she said "the Oogie Boogie"! 

And so we had a very spooky and fun Halloween as Jack, Sally and the Oogie Boogie.

The end. :)