7:45 am taught my boot camp class
4 miles on the treadmill at the gym
7.5 miles on the treadmill at the gym
Sometimes it’s not easy to get motivated, but just remind yourself how great it’s going to feel when you’re done.
Lovely picture. We stopped at the store on the way home from the gym shortly after this picture. I wore that sweaty top. I’m not even embarrassed.
So, to say that I’ve got my hands full over here is an understatement. I take on way too much, get overwhelmed, can’t seem to get my head above water, slack on my household, mommy, and wife duties and then scramble to find my way back to some kind of balance and routine.
Yep. That’s me. My life is a freaking roller coaster.
I feel like I’ve been going downhill for awhile though and it’s just not okay anymore. It’s time to turn things around and make some changes.
Mondays always seem like a fresh start. Today is really one for me. I’ve realized a couple things over the past weekend that I really need to address, and this week my friends, is the week to do it.
Let’s talk Joaquin first though because, well, it’s Joaquin.
This guy is busy. I can hardly keep up. Here’s just a few things that went down last week that never made it on the blog.
Some early morning wake ups with his little Muppet friend.
They (Joaquin and his “friend”) wanted to check my ears for “treasures”. That’s what we like to call ear wax around here. Don’t worry, they never find any in my ears.
This happened last week also while I was making a mess of my own in the kitchen.
I should’ve known. Things were quiet (that’s never good). At least they were honest though because when I asked them from the kitchen what they were doing, Judah replied “We’re painting Joaquin’s nails”.
That’s exactly what they were doing, along with painting a little of the carpet and the coffee table. Thank goodness for old gross carpet and cheap Jerome’s furniture.
Not too bad of a manicure job though, huh?
That’s just one hand. The other one had a few other colors. Who knows, maybe he’s found his calling.
He also slept through the first half of our boot camp class, but woke up just in time to catch a little of the action.
He was outside with his squirt bottle about 5 minutes after I took that picture.
Oh, and he got a new skateboard.
He told me this particular “skateboard” goes in the water. I’d like to see that. I’d also like to see him fix the decorative box he broke making his darn “skateboard”.
Oh, and one of our nights last week looked like this. I never posted it because I didn’t want to gross you out. I guess I changed my mind. For a short time I thought it was going to be our first trip to Urgent Care, but we managed to avoid that thank goodness.
He had a quick recovery and was back to working it out on the treadmill the next day. Stubborn just like his mommy.
Luckily Judah usually doesn’t follow his lead. He’s a bit more concerned with trying to look cool.
Yeah, raise your hand if you’re a mess.
Holy smokes. I need an extra hour of sleep a night just to keep up with this guy.
Okay, so now a little breakfast and lunch chat really quick.
The other day I decided to substitute in some coconut butter for the Smart Balance on this and it was truly amazing.
This will be revisited again.
I did something really crazy the other day during our trip to Costco. I bought eggs. Yep, the real deal. Brown organic chicken eggs. I’ve been craving yolks for some reason lately which is so weird.
Maybe I thought it was time these crazy kiddos learned that eggs don’t only come from ginormous egg white jugs.
Yesterday I made the most magnificent breakfast sandwich. Yolks and all.
Mama’s Savory Breakfast STUFTwich
1 egg and 2-3 additional egg whites
seasoning of choice (I used Bagel Spice, crushed red pepper, ghost chili sea salt, sea salt and trader Joe’s mixed peppercorns)
hot sauce (I used Scotty B’s)
2 slices whole grain bread
Cook the egg and whites with the seasonings and spices. Toast the bread. Add all the fixings. Viola.
Um, yeah. Best breakfast STUFTwich ever when I’m not feeling the sweet sandwich thing.
This will be revisited also.
The boys scarfed down their real scrambled eggs by the way. I think they prefer them to the microwaved egg whites I usually slave in the kitchen over.
Oh, one more breakfast that never made the blog while I’m at it.
Everyone’s doing the sweet potato thing lately. I thought I’d jump back on that ship for a day since I had one lone sweet potato.
I made one heck of a messy sweet potato pancake.
Sweet Mess Potato Pancake
1 sweet potato (cut into chunks)
1/2 cup egg whites (from the ginormous egg white jug this time)
1/4 cup oats
1 stevia packet
I just mixed everything and cooked it on the stove. Not well obviously. But, I doctored it up pretty well with some PB2 mixed with soy milk.
It was darn delicious.
Okay, so now a little life chat.
I really feel like I need a new start with some things. I need to change my ways a bit. I meant to start off September with a a bunch of new things in place and have everything organized, but hey, that didn’t happen.
Today though, it’s happening.
This past weekend I realized too much of my time is spent taking a million and one pictures of random food when I really should just be sitting and interacting with my kiddos. Not okay.
My “office hours” have been cut in half over the past month. I don’t have time to myself really in the morning anymore and I have some new classes I’m teaching that take away my afternoon “work” hours. It’s been rough to say the least. I really need to prioritize my time a bit better.
Also, I have some pretty big running events coming up in the very near future that I’m beyond excited about, but will entail getting back on a running training schedule.
I’ve also realized I’ve been consuming a little too much artificial sweetener. Don’t get me wrong, I love my two ingredient chocolate frosting, my frozen frosting, my low calorie peanut butter frosting, sugar free Torani syrups, etc., but………..
I’m really going to make a conscious effort to limit them this month. I think my over consumption is making me a bit grumpy.
I’m not ready to totally give them up. I enjoy my low calorie ice cream too much and love having lower calorie alternatives to avoid high sugar and fat temptations, but I’m going to try to really limit my daily intake.
Okay, enough? Yes, enough.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty darn good at self sabotage friends. I think I do it out of fear. Fear that I’m going to fail at something. Today though, today I’m kicking it to the curb.
I heard this quote once and it always sticks with me “Why choose to fail when you have the opportunity to succeed?” I think that was from Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser. (How awesome is it that she’s going to be back on by the way? I’m so excited!)
Let’s take on this Monday, this week, this opportunity to live life the best that we can. It’s never too late to make changes. To make better choices about how we live each day.
Today I will not let fear, self doubt or self sabotage stand in the way of what amazing opportunities are out there.
I WILL NOT!
I might need a double espresso though. This guy is on it.
Do you ever self sabotage?
Are there any changes you’re trying to make this week or anything particular you’re focusing on?