Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Disney Store Stikes Again

I fully admitted it last time, Disney Store is my weakness.
However this time I can not be held responsible for the extra things bought, that was my husband! But like a good wife, I did not argue with him.

A while ago we bought an Elsa doll so naturally I had to go back and look for an Anna doll. This time I found one!


Then my husband suggest we take advantage of the sale they had going on, buy one get one for a $1. And of course the sale did not cover Frozen product, so that is how we ended up with these two dolls as well.


I can't wait till I give these to Baby Girl to play with!

~ Michelle


Monday, January 26, 2015

Chapter 1 Is Coming To A Close

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.
Hello Last Monday in January!



This past month has passed by in a blur, like every day seems to lately. It is true, the older you get the faster time seems to pass by.

Last weeks goals... How do I put this? Last week sucked. It was a fail. An epic fail. The stress of last week got me in ways I never thought it would. I managed to force myself to work out because that helps me so much. Like I say, working out is as much for the body as it is for the soul.

After some thought and reflection this is what I want to happen this week.

Family Goals

1. Spend time one on one with the boys.
2. Cuddles and reading each night with the boys.
3. Start brainstorming ideas for March Break, which is quickly approaching.

Personal Goals

4. Read and Journal a little bit every day. I completely fell off the wagon last week.
5. Relax. I hate when I am stressed out and people just say "relax" as if it is some easy thing to do, its not, at least not for me. Having said that, I really do need to learn how to "relax".

Home Goals

6. Stick to the meal plan and cook every meal at home.
7. Set a timer in the evening and have the whole family tidy up.
8. Stay on top of laundry! Laundry is my enemy! I shall conquer it this week!

Work Goals

9. Keep my desk clean. Seriously I do not understand why this is so hard. There must be some magical force in my desk that draws all items to it.
10. Plan and create.

So there you have it.
Lets hope this week goes a lot better then last week.

Do you have any goals for this week? If so, what are they?

~ Michelle

Friday, January 23, 2015

Eating Healthy During A Stressful Week

Week 2 of my fitness journey has come to an end. I survived. Barely. Not because of the workouts, but because it was a very stressful week. It took all my strength not to eat an entire jar of Nutella with just a spoon. I did however eat some skittles. That was my only slip up, so considering the amount of stress I would say I did pretty good.

I focused more on the bike this week. I did mix in some yoga in the mornings. Felt good to stretch out again. However any time I bring out my yoga mat my sweet baby girl feels the need to cover it with her toys, and then proceed to attempt to eat my knee. Yeah, I don't get it either.

This week along with my green tea I have also started making fruit smoothies again. There is just something about starting the day off right like that makes the whole day go better. Kale and mangos are my favourite ingredients, along with mixed berries, peaches and other fruit.

Two weeks into this and honestly I don't see a change when I look in the mirror. Its not that I expected to instantly drop a size or two, but it would be nice to see even a slight change. The only real change I have noticed is that I feel better, and that is great. I have more energy (which is surprising since I still don't sleep at night). When I do get to sleep I am sleeping better, so that is an added bonus.

So with all that being said about this past week, here is where I stand on the weight loss journey.


This week I lost 2.5 pounds. I was rather surprised with this number. I was thinking 1pound if anything. Hopefully this coming week will be another good week. 
So that brings my two week total to 5.5 pounds. 
(I only took out 2 pennies, because it wasn't an even number. And honestly knowing there is half a penny that should be missing is kinda of driving me nuts!)
(On a side note, I'm pretty sure this is all the weight I gained during Christmas with all the yummy food that was in the house.)

So for this up coming week I have been thinking about changing up my workouts. I'm not sure what.
I've been thinking about starting more intense workouts, like Insanity, however I am honestly not sure if my c-section scar is up to that just yet. Maybe in a few weeks, or maybe months. I really don't feel like risking an injury, but I am itching to do something more. I want to push myself. But I also know I need to know my limits.
With all that being said I also know that I need to continue to focus on eating healthy and drinking plenty of water. One reason healthy eating is my first priority is because I am still breastfeeding, and second, it doesn't matter what workouts I do if I am eating junk.

You can follow only to see how this is going daily over on Instagram.

~ Michelle


Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello Monday. January 19, 2015

Hello New Day.
Hello New Week.
Hello New Adventure.



Another week has come and gone, another week of Motherhood in the land of 3 kids and I survived!
Last week I decided to start making 10 Weekly Goals with the inspiration from another Blogger. I really enjoyed it. It made me feel as if I had some control over the week. Here is what my last weeks goals looked like.


I will fully admit that sadly I did not reach each goal 100%.
There were a couple nights that the boys and I did not read before bed. One night they were out with my husband, and another night they were so tired they put themselves to bed early.
The rest I pretty much upheld for the most part. I drank more water, I worked out, I kept my sink empty, I cooked every meal at home.
But when it came to work, I was just too exhausted with all the night feedings and workouts that that was the one thing that fell behind sadly. While I did get some things done, I tend to dream big, so I didn't manage to do it all.

This weeks goals, some will be the same, but here they are.

Family Goals

1. Spend time reading together every night.
2. Spend more one on one time with the boys.
3. Plan special "date nights" with the boys.

Personal Goals

4. Workout 4 times, cardio either Zumba or the bike. Continue to eat healthy and drink plenty
5.  Journal and Read. It is amazing what journaling can do for the soul. A few minutes in the evening at the very least.

Home

6. Continue to keep the sink empty!
7. Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan, and stick to it!
8. Set a timer in the evening, 15 mins, and get the family to pitch in and tidy up before bed.

Business

9. Remember to write down blog ideas and work ideas. Nothing worse than planing an awesome blog post, planning it out in my head, not writing it down and forgetting the whole thing when I sit down the computer.
10. Sew. Create. Plan.

and a bonus.
11. Keep my desk clean!


So there you have it. I hope I can stick to it this week. I am going into this week knowing that this week is going to be hard. There is an appointment that may keep me on track, or completely throw everything off track. But as it stands now, I am determined to stick to this and do my best.

Do you have plans or goals for the week? 
How do you stay on track? 

~ Michelle

Friday, January 16, 2015

Survived Week 1 of Fitness Journey

Happy Friday everyone!
Week 1 of my fitness journey is done. Where did the last week go?! Time flies by when you are having fun! What a great week I had.
If you are on Instagram, you should follow me over there, I post pictures daily of my health / fitness journey. You can follow me here.

So here is how my week went.

I am still breastfeeding, so I am not restricting calories or anything like that, I am counting them, but that is more out of curiosity to see how much I have actually eaten. Instead I am making sure to eat healthy, and cook every meal at home. No soda. Limit any juice I drink. I have been drinking fruit infused water which has helped with the desire to drink juice. I have made a point to drink my tea every morning, Green Tea actually. As much as I love most kinds of tea, I find Green Tea to be one of my favourites.

I've worked out on the bike a few times, on days I don't do that I have started having Zumba dance parties with the kids. So much fun! I also recently started attempting to do some yoga. However every time I bring out my yoga mat, my sweet baby girl thinks it is a play mat and will immediately bring over as many toys as she can. So it can get pretty interesting, but still fun!

I actually stepped on the scale last week. Usually I do not bother with that, and focus more on how I am feeling, and how my clothes fit, but just to keep track better of my fitness journey I thought I needed to record my weight as well. I admit, it was not pretty.
That night just before crashing in bed I remembered all those times I saw weight jars online and on Pinterest. You know where you have one jar labeled "Pounds to Lose", and then you can have another that says "Pounds Lost". Since it was late at night, and honestly not wanting to put money into by having to go out and buy the jars, label the jars and buy marbles or rocks to put it in, I simply got a little glass bowl and put some pennies in it.
Here it is.
(I can not believe I am about to post this picture!)


It is nothing too glamorous but it gets the point across. And it sits on my desk, so I see it every day staring at me.
I didn't make a second jar. I figure once those pounds are gone, they are NOT coming back so I will not be holding on to them! Once they are, they are gone!

So after a week of eating healthy and working out.
This is what it looks like today.


3 pounds down this week! I think that is off to a good start! Looking forward to see what this week brings!

Thank you too all those who have supported me so far!

~ Michelle

Follow along on Instagram to cheer me on and see my progress daily!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Disney Store Is My Weakness

I love the Disney Store. But it is also my weakness.
I show you exhibit A. I had just planned on walking past the store to get to another store, and some how ended up inside buying this doll.


Elsa!
Isn't she pretty!
I love her! I mean... my daughter loves her. Because clearly I bought her for my daughter!


~ Michelle

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello Monday!
Hello New Day!
Hello New Week!
Hello New Adventure!



Last week I was reading The Sensible Mom blog by Sandra, and I saw a post about how she makes 10 Goals For The Week, and I thought that was a totally awesome idea. I always do daily to-do lists, and some days that can seem very overwhelming. But with her list, just 10 things, it seemed a lot less scary. I also liked how she broke it up into different things like, Family/Mothering Goals, Personal Goals, Home Management Goals, and so on.
So with being the start of the new year, and the need to get organized and the whole "new years resolution" feeling still drifting through the air, I thought I would give this a go.

So here it is Monday, and being a mom of 3 every week is busy, so in an attempt to control the chaos  and start the the week on the right foot, here are my 10 Goals I hope to accomplish this week. (probably a false hope, but lets just roll with it)

Family Goals

1. Spend time reading together every night before bed.
2. Get back into the habit at the dinner table to talk about things we are thankful for that happened that day. Especially when you can find the silver lining on things. Always try to find the bright side of things.

Personal Goals

3. Journal and spend time reading to myself every night. Even if its 15 mins, that is better than nothing.
4. Workout. At least 4 times. I worked out almost every day last week and I feel great. Must keep it up.
5. Drink more water. Especially on the weekend! Whenever the kids are home it is like I forget to drink water, and I pay for it dearly at night when I get bad headaches and feel bad.

Home

6. Keep the sink empty! Empty/Fill dishwasher right away.
7. Clean up baby toys at the end of the day. With lack of sleep lately I have given up on cleaning up in the evening and rather crash in bed as soon as possible and regret that choice every morning.
8. Cook every meal this week. No eating out.

Business

9. Plan blog posts, work on the blog. Focus on blog and social media a bit more. I miss actual devoted time to really enjoy writing and reading other blogs. It has felt so rushed lately.
10. Clean up sewing area and get sewing!

Thanks for the inspiration Sandra.

Now to accomplish these while still doing my mile long daily To-Do List.
With both these lists in hand, I feel like I am ready to take on the week.
Have I mention how much writing stuff down like this helps, especially when going on 3 hours of sleep. Lists are a life saver!

Do you have any goals for the week?

~ Michelle