20 Things That Are More Fun Than Sugar

20 Things That Are More Fun Than Sugar

Good Morning Peaches!

And Happy Halloween!!! Here are my little pumpkin heads.

I mean, I can’t stand the cuteness!!!!

If you missed Saturday’s kinda angry post, you know that instead of diving into my children’s Halloween candy this year, I have quit sugar all together. For now, I am the only one quitting sugar in my household. Someone has to be the pioneer I guess.

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I feel exactly the way I did back when I quit smoking (for the record, that was a LONG time ago). I don’t even crave sugar anymore. I only have it when I think I am supposed to, like when I have a cheat meal, or when it is given to me. BUT once I have a little bit, it’s over, I have no control. It’s not one cookie, it’s 15. It’s not a scoop of ice cream, it’s the whole pint. Or maybe it was a half gallon. I mean who remembers these things? ­čśë Sugar is the ONLY food that I have absolutely no self control with. I do not deprive myself, I eat a very wholesome diet and do not cut calories. It’s not like my body s binging from deprivation. So I am going ahead and saying “Sugar, it’s not me it’s you. We don’t work well as a couple. I’m leaving you.”

Since quitting, many thoughts have been bouncing around in my mind. What do I say when people ask me why I’m not eating it? What do I do at holidays? At birthday parties? On date nights? What about my beloved cheat meals?

To the first question, I have just decided to be honest and say that I can’t handle sugar so I do not eat it. To answer what I will do on holidays/birthdays/date nights/cheat meals, I have made a list of 20 things that are as much fun or even more fun than eating junk! Here it is!

20 Things That Are More Fun Than Sugar

  1. Watching a moving
  2. Fitting into things
  3. Having a cup of coffee with a friend
  4. Not feeling sick
  5. Trying a sugarless meal at a new restaurant
  6. Not getting cavities
  7. Playing a board game
  8. Experiencing no regret
  9. Hiking
  10. Bowling
  11. Playing pool
  12. Not being addicted to sugar
  13. Feeling in control of my appetite
  14. Conversating
  15. Shopping (shopping!!!)
  16. Experimenting with sugarless recipes
  17. Watching the sunset
  18. Playing with the kids
  19. Having energy to play with the kids
  20. Weight loss! Hello! I just had a baby, I don’t have time for extra pounds.

Those should keep me busy for a while.

Question:
What is something that you could do instead of eating junk?

Have a fabulous Monday!

 

 

I QUIT!!!!!

I QUIT!!!!!

I QUIT!!!!

I quit sugar. I can’t handle it. I fall completely off the wagon whenever I have it. And nothing good even comes from it! It tastes good while I am eating it but then I feel terrible for days afterward! I’m done. Done! I have been wanting to quit for a long time now but haven’t had enough faith in myself that I could do it. I do now.

No more processed sugar for me from this point forward.

This includes….

  • white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • raw sugar
  • coconut sugar
  • Any sugar that is in granular form!

So unless it’s natural sugar like in fruit or wine, I’m not consuming it. And yes, it’s about to be the holidays. I’ll survive.

That is all. Thank you.

Life Lately…

Life Lately…

Well Hello!

So we are still in the middle of The 12 Days of Fitness…… I never said it was 12 straight days of fitness haha! I’m so sorry! Life with a newborn is full of twists and turns and tons of surprises even if it’s your second baby. The one thing that I have found to be certain is the moment you say “I have finally gotten my groove!”, that groove is for sure about to UN-groove. Here is the update on how things are going in my life as a new mom of 2.

Anna

Anna will be 6 weeks old tomorrow and is healthy, growing, and beautiful! She is such a wonderful addition to our family. I am in awe of her and can’t believe I ever worried if I had enough room in my heart to love her as much as I do Ryan. I do! She started smiling last week (the real ones, not just gassy ones) and loves to snuggle and be held ALL the time. It seems that she is taking after her momma in both her blue eyes and her eating ability haha. She was exactly 8 pounds at birth and she is already almost 11 pounds. She has fun with mommy, but LOVES daddy. She looks at him with what I call “gaga eyes” all the time. She never cries when he holds her and just stares up at him with stars in her eyes. These 6 weeks have been so fun getting to know our little lady.

Ryan 

Ryan is such a champ. I was wondering how he would take to being a big brother. The name Ryan means “little king” and this definitely describes our Ryan. He views our home as his castle and has had no shortage of attention in his almost 4 years on the planet. I can tell that there is some jealousy now that Anna is here. He asks me to hold him like I hold Anna and asks me almost daily “Mom, do I make your heart so happy?” haha.

But aside from that he loves Anna and is such a good little helper when it comes to taking care of her. He considers her bath time his job and loves to pour water over her belly. He loves to feed her and hold her. He even likes to bring her to me when Anna is crying and I am in another room……. after my heart attack is over, I thank him for his help. ­čÖé

I love watching the two of them and cannot get over how blessed I am.

Jason

It melts my heart watching Jason with the kids. He is such a good dad. He was a little nervous when Ryan was born but now is such a pro at the dad thing. Ryan is at such a fun age and I can tell that Jason is experiencing the bond with his daughter the way that I did with Ryan. We all love daddy!

Cody

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Cody is just as protective of his sweet Anna as he was with Ryan.

Me

That pic of Anna is hilarious. I need to teach her proper selfie angles haha.

I have so many emotions going on inside of me at all times. Every morning I giggle and hug myself because the weather is my absolute favorite, I have my two wonderful babies (sleeping with me in the living room), and I am just so thankful for everything in my life. At the same time, my hormones are making me crazy. I cry at least once every single day and have to constantly remind myself that I am not a mental case, it’s just my hormones regulating themselves (or whatever they are doing during the making you crazy process). Sleep is hard to come by these days and my coffee maker is always brewing. I know now why God gave us coffee, because babies don’t sleep! I am doing well though considering. I was SO TIRED during pregnancy and had no clue how I was going to do these sleepless nights. Thankfully, mom mode kicked into high gear once she was here! When I was pregnant, I would sleep 8 hours straight and felt like sleeping another several hours when I woke up. Now I seem to do fine after 5 hours and am golden after 6!

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As far as body after baby, I am 9 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I am well aware of the three factors that go into weight loss, diet, exercise, and sleep. Since I am not able to get the optimum amount of sleep, I am just doing my best with diet and exercise. I am watching my calories and keeping my meals mostly protein during the day since carbs make me really sleepy. I am using coffee, Shakeology, and vitamins to boost my through the day. I read that vitamins actually give us a boost in energy but most of us take them at the same time that we have our coffee so we never notice. That’s what I was doing! And it’s true that they do give you a boost! So I start my day with coffee, have Shakeology in the afternoon, then take vitamin B12 and D in the evening. This has been a great system! That being said, the lack of sleep and over exertion has caught up with me about once each week and I find myself snacking it up in front of the TV.

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I have managed to workout with my Country Heat program 4-5 times each week. If you have just had a baby and are looking to add some activity, I highly recommend this workout! I find it to be more fun than walking and it doesn’t have any direct ab work so you won’t be in danger of diastasis recti (when your abs stay separated after child birth).

So with all of this, I am down 28 pounds of the 40 I gained during pregnancy! All in all I’ve had a wonderful time so far being a mom of 2! I mentioned that Anna wants to be held literally all the time so I can either hold her or blog while she is screaming. I’ve obviously been choosing the first one. Nap time is the sacred time to either catch up on sleep or get things done around the house so unfortunately blogging hasn’t made it into my day for a while. But I love this blog and I love chatting with all of you that comment regularly so I will be blogging whenever possible! Talk soon!

Questions:

How are you all?

What’s been going on?

How is fit life?

I hope you all are doing well! Blessings.

12 Days of Fitness Day 10 – Get Support!

12 Days of Fitness Day 10 – Get Support!

Good morning Party People!

How was everyone’s weekend? I know my Canadian friends were celebrating Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends.

Yesterday I CAUGHT UP. I took a break from the internet, put my phone away, and caught up on some much needed house cleaning, tidying, and organizing. I think I am going to do this every Monday. It’s like when my house is unorganized, I can’t organize my thoughts haha. Is anyone else like this?

Ok, onto Day 10 of our 12 Days of Fitness!

Day 10 – Get Support!

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Two are better than one. When trying to reach our goals, we definitely need support. It’s crucial! When we have others helping us along our fitness journey, we find motivation, inspiration, help, and accountability. Without motivation, we go right back to the way things were. Without inspiration, we stay the same. Without help, we get overwhelmed. Without accountability, we shortchange ourselves. Let’s support each other!

After 12 Days of Fitness are over, I am leading a Dreams Come True challenge! It will be a great way to make sure we get or stay fit through fall and we can all help each other to reach our goals. More to come on this soon!

Who or what is your support system?

Have a fantastic day Peaches!

12 Days of Fitness Day 9 – Set Up For Success

12 Days of Fitness Day 9 – Set Up For Success

Hi there Peaches!

Now that we have devised our fail proof plan, let’s make it as easy as possible to execute! Today, let’s set up for success.

Day 9 – Set Up For Success!

What things could you do today to make achieving your goals tomorrow almost effortless? Maybe grocery shopping and meal prepping? Setting out your exercise clothes? Packing a gym bag? If you are planning on working out in the evening, maybe ask a friend to go with you so that you are more likely to actually do it. Evening workouts tend to be more challenging because you are tired from the day or unexpected things come up that get in the way. Scheduling it like an appointment and taking it just as seriously helps make sure that you meet your goal.

One way that I am setting up for success to day is doing a food prep.

I am a stay at home mom (are there supposed to be dashes? Stay-at-home?) so I don’t really have to do a meal┬áprep but I do find that a food prep is extremely helpful. On Sunday, I will go ahead and cook a bunch of lean proteins and veggies so that they are ready for me to just heat and eat throughout the week! I also like to have hard boiled eggs all peeled and ready to go. There is a huge difference in the amount of convenience between an unpeeled hard boiled egg and a peeled one haha.

If you work outside of the home though, a meal prep is a fabulous way to stay on track all week! I would even go on to say that it is a must.┬áA meal prep is where you cook and prepare the actual meals that you will be eating for the week ahead. So you would make all the food for all of your lunches for the week, put the whole meal into containers, and then just grab them and go! I will do a post on how to do a food prep in the near future. One thing that is often not thought about when prepping food for the week is the actual amount of food you need to make. If you are prepping food for 4-5 days, that’s a lot of food and that means the food prep will probably take a few hours to do. But if spending a few hours in the kitchen one day means that you are completely prepared to smash your diet goals all week long…… no brainer in my opinion.

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Another thing that I have done for years to set up for success is writing a “to do” list the night before. I cannot tell you the amount of stress this relieves! I get so much more done when the things I want to do are written down for me to see. Plus, it frees up so much mental space because you don’t have to just remember everything. I write the list at night and keep it next to where I sleep. ┬áThat way if I think of something that needs to be done I can write it down. Falling asleep is so much easier when you don’t have the worry of possibly forgetting something.

This two things have proved so helpful for me!

What are some things you are doing today to ensure your success this week?

Have a wonderful Sunday yall!