Hello friends! First of all I need to apologize about not getting my Flat Kitty Friday post up. It was supposed to me up Friday, but I was selfish and put up all my pictures from my most recent “date” with “my boyfriend” Bob. I had every intention of doing a Flat Kitty Working for the Weekend post (cute title huh?), but things did not go as planned around here at all.
Friday night was a doozie. I found myself super hungry, tired and stressed Friday afternoon (those usually go hand in hand for me). I probably should’ve taken a nap, but instead I ate a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bar and way too graham crackers accompanied with a little Naturally More. I knew it wasn’t the best decision, especially since my body does not do well with processed food, but I did it anyway.
I also put off going to the gym until the night. I felt like I really needed a good workout though after my afternoon snack choice. I had the boys in tow only to find that the playcare was closed. Not only was I upset and disappointed in myself, but the boys were upset too (they love the playcare).
Guess what we did next?
Costco. Yep. Earlier in the day I discovered there was absolutely no toilet paper in the house. Lovely. So we stocked up on a few things at our favorite store, got the boys some samples, and then found ourselves in the checkout line at 7:40pm. Really Kristin?
Then…… I found myself in the food court line for the first time ever.
As a quick side note, Costco has some really great prices. How did I never know about that?
So… this was me: I ordered a hot dog and a piece of pizza for the boys to eat in the grocery cart while I loaded the groceries in the car. I was not proud. I was desperate. They were upset and complaining because I wouldn’t let them eat at a table. I totally had visions of a blog reader watching me while my boys were shoving pizza and hotdog in their mouths. That actually would’ve been pretty funny, although if someone would’ve approached me at the time I might have broken down in tears.
The rest of the night and the next day I kept feeling guilty about that whole situation. Not working out at all, eating all that food in the afternoon when I should’ve just taken a nap, not preparing a good meal for my boys, etc. Andrew kept telling me it wasn’t a big deal and there was nothing I could do about it now, but I couldn’t shake it.
As if the weekend couldn’t get any better, yesterday I woke up with the flu. Fever, headache, the worst stomach pains I’ve ever felt in my life, etc. Not good. Andrew had to come home from work and rescue me. He watched the boys while I laid in bed all day. I mean all day. I couldn’t do anything. The only time I got up was to make this green smoothie.
Please Make Me Feel Better Green Cake Batter Smoothie
1 frozen banana
handful of spinach
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (like Chobani)
1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder
1 tablespoon melted coconut butter
splash of vanilla extract
splash of butter and nut extract
1 cup nondairy of low fat milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
pinch of xanthan gum (optional)
pinch of guar gum (optional)
1 sweetener packet
Sorry the measurements are not exact, but I was in no shape to measure everything yesterday. It did make a pretty darn impressive smoothie though that resembled the taste of cake batter. If my stomach wasn’t in horrible pain I would’ve polished it off quickly. I’ll try it again later this week and try to write down the measurements. The guar and xanthan gums are optional and used for thickening if you like your smoothies extra thick.
Well, that’s it friends. I debated whether or not to write about my Friday night, but in talking to my friend at boot camp Saturday morning, she encouraged me to because everyone has found themselves in that situation before. I’m hoping some of you can relate.
Lessons I’ve learned from this weekend:
Slow down. My life never stops. I don’t sleep enough. I exercise too much. I’m overwhelmed and stressed out all the time. I need to slow down and take things one day at a time. My body, my mind and my family will reap the benefits if I do this. I used to never get sick. I mean never. I’m learning that you can only “go, go, go” for so long before you hit a wall.
Stay away from processed food. I know my body does not do well with processed food. I know that, but at weak moments I still find myself craving those darn packaged goodies. The problem is that I’m not good at moderation either, so I find when I do open that bag (especially when I’m tired and stressed) I do not do a good job of keeping things in moderation.
You know what else? Once you eat processed foods, your body craves them more. Those simple sugars are no good. Your body gets hungry sooner and craves those starchy carbs and sugars. Not a good cycle to get in. I’m just thankful I don’t eat like that all the time. If you’re in that cycle, I encourage you to get out. You’ll feel so much better. I’m going to try to post alternatives to processed foods later this week so when that craving hits you’ll have other options.
Keep it real. That’s one thing I promised myself with this blog. I don’t want to portray some image and then not live up to it. It’s my goal to bring you all into my craziness, bad choices, good choices, etc..
This week is all about getting back on track and taking things one day at a time. Slowing down, eating whole foods, and keeping it real.
There’s still time to enter the Mix1 giveaway. I’ll pick a winner tonight.
Okay, and with that I need to get my butt in the shower (and get out of my pajamas that I’ve had on for about 36 hours) and do my best to conquer the day today and the week ahead. Hope you had a great weekend!