Dog Drama, Anxiety City, Still Pluggin Along. How Are You All Doing?

Dog Drama, Anxiety City, Still Pluggin Along. How Are You All Doing?

Well happy Saturday night ladies!

Dog Drama

I am so sorry I haven’t been able to post this week! I told you I would fill you in on the dog drama that happened this week. Ugh.

So we have been wanting to get a second dog for a while. We are definitely dog lovers and we most of all wanted a pal for Cody.

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Cody is our 135 lb Labrador/St. Bernard mix whom we dearly love. He has been an indoor dog for all of his 5 years but we have pergo floors which I didn’t realize are bad for dogs hips! So we installed a fence in our back yard so that he isn’t always on these floors. He isn’t used to being outside that often so that’s why we thought he might like a pal. Jason and I thought it would be good to adopt a dog from the shelter this time instead of getting a puppy. So I loaded up the kids and went went and checked out the pups at the local shelter. We found one that just had the sweetest face.

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They let the dog come outside with the kids and I and all went well! I wasn’t at all concerned about how Cody would act toward the new dog because he is the absolute friendliest dog there is. I still wanted them to meet before we made our final decision so the next day I brought Cody up to see how they acted together. Perfectly fine! So we payed to have her spayed and get her shots and picked her up last Monday. We were so excited to have a new dog! Ryan named her Katie.

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The first night went fine. She was still groggy from the surgery so she pretty much just laid around and wanted to be petted every now and then. The second day all seemed to be going well. She was great with the kids and was super sweet and cuddly with me. She didn’t seem to interested in Cody but I knew they probably needed to warm up to each other. But as the day went on she started snapping at Cody. The first time he was just sniffing her face. Then when they were eating she wouldn’t let him eat his food. Then he was just laying on the ground and she walked over and snapped at him for seemingly no reason! Then there came a point where she kept coming at him and snapping and growling at him over and over. She wouldn’t let up. Cody is friendly and didn’t really know how to react to her. But it broke my heart to see her biting at his ears and face like she was and I definitely didn’t want to find out what would happened if the kids got in the way of her letting Cody know that she was taking over the place.

I put her outside in the fence and was going to keep her out there for the rest of the night. But at 10:30pm there she was at my backdoor! She had dug out of the fence! I was so scared. And of course everything happens when Jason is out of town. I brought her back in, called animal control and they took her back to the shelter. 😦

Ugh, I probably gave in too soon and should have stuck it out a little longer but I can’t have the kids around dog fights like that.

So that’s what happened.

So Anxious!!!

So I am so anxious you guys! As you know, I have had a really hard time with postpartum anxiety this past year. A few weeks back, Ryan had a health scare and I absolutely broke down in the pediatricians office. Thank the Lord everything turned out ok with Ryan but his doctor told me that I really needed to get help with my postpartum anxiety lol.

“Really? I had no idea.” Haha!

Just kidding. She was extremely kind to reach out to me. She suggested I try supplementing with two amino acids since I still don’t want to try medication. The supplements were L-Tyrosine and 5-5TP.

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When I first started taking these, I felt amazing! I couldn’t believe they were working so well so fast! But what I didn’t realize was that L-tyrosine makes you jittery. I’m not sure why this is but I didn’t know and continued to drink the same amount of coffee that I always do. Since my anxiety is at it’s worst around my ovulation time, I decided to take the L-tyrosine two times a day around this time. The back of the bottle said to take it 1-3 times a day so I thought nothing of it. After the first few days, I noticed I was having a hard time falling asleep. A few days after that, I was watching Beauty and the Beast with the kids and had THE WORST anxiety attack of my life! Once again, everything happens when Jason is out of town!

So I stopped the amino acids and switched to decaf but now I feel like I am just stuck in anxiety mode. 😦

Speaking of this kind of thing, since I am no longer on Facebook and my reader base has now dropped to maybe seven, can we talk about PMS a minute? Does anyone else feel like they are dying during it? I do. It’s been this way for a long time now. I don’t get moody, I feel like I am dying. The fatigue is unreal! It’s the kind of fatigue you feel when you have the flu. Like life is just to much effort. 😦

Anyone?

It’s ok if it’s just me but I have been wondering this forever.

The Zipping

Still the same weight. I have been staying on track with my food but I can’t get mad because I waited until two weeks before the wedding to put forth any real discipline. Plus I swear my stress is making everything worse. So this should be interesting. My plan is just to continue on doing what I am doing so that I can squeeze in the best I can and then bring a dress to change into after the wedding. Rhonda called on Monday and her dress doesn’t fit either, and she’s the bride! Am I terrible for being thankful? Haha, at least I’m not alone!

So as usual my food is  weird and the same day in and day out. Although the other day (the one I told you about that I felt like death), I melted some cheese in a bowl and ate it. Haha! Is there a better cheat?!

But here is how things usually have been…

Breakfast: oatmeal with Vega essentials and almond milk
Lunch: Tofu, oatmeal with 1/2c applesauce, 1/4c dry roasted peanuts
Dinner: Same as lunch (I know! So weird! Why am I such a weird eater?!)
Multi-green kombucha (this has totally grown on me!)

Oh! I did try new flavors! The Passionberry is amazing but I did not like the Cayennade at all. Unless you like really spicy things, approach with caution. My mouth was on fire for an hour.

I haven’t been doing any formal exercising. Anna is now at the age where doing a video is impossible if she is not asleep and now that she is down to one nap that time is in the afternoon. And the thing with afternoons is, I don’t workout during them. So I have to figure something else out in this area. As of now I just do random squats and lunges around the house while cleaning.

I hope you are all doing well! I still have to read your comment Mary but I skimmed over it and it looked like you were having fun as usual. 🙂 Are you back from vacation Anne? How’s it going Christine?

No matter how this challenge turns out, I know exactly what I will be blogging about after this wedding………anxiety management. I have been reading up on how to manage it without medication. I will blog about it soon! Until then, any suggestions?

Questions:

Have you ever had a pet that hasn’t worked out?

Do you struggle with anxiety? How do you manage it?

Do you have extreme fatigue during PMS or menopause? 

How have you been doing with your eating and exercise?

Love you ladies!

 

 

 

 

21 to Zip Day 1 Recap – Sunday Dinner and Acquired Tastes

21 to Zip Day 1 Recap – Sunday Dinner and Acquired Tastes

Hey Yall!

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

We had our first Sunday dinner yesterday! What a great time. The thought of Sunday dinners popped into my head last week when I realized how bad Jason and I are at letting weeks and even months pass without seeing our family and friends face to face. I figured if we had a constant like Sunday dinner that people could come to every weekend, we are sure to keep in touch!

Yesterday’s attendees were Jason’s mom, my mom, Jason’s brother Andy (who could pass for his twin), our next door neighbors Anne and Larry, and our good friends Kathleen and Daniel. Everyone brought a dish and we just hung out and laughed all afternoon. So fun. An afternoon of blessings for sure.

And to top things off, I stayed on track!

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There were definitely a few temptations like squash casserole and mac n cheese. But this is just 21 days! I can have squash casserole after the wedding. I had salad topped with chicken and shrimp with Bolthouse Farms ranch yogurt dressing followed by a cup of black coffee. Probably the biggest bummer was not being able to have a glass of wine with everyone but again, wine will be there after the wedding. Probably right after I would imagine!

Breakfast was overnight oats with chocolate Vega Essentials stirred in.

I had sworn off Vega protein powder after trying the coconut almond Protein and Greens. I also gave the vanilla Protein and Greens a shot too. Yuck. But when Sarah came to visit she assured me that I would feel differently about Vega Essentials. She let me try some of hers in a smoothie and she was right! Completely different! So good. I am definitely hooked. I have already tried all three flavors (mocha, chocolate, and vanilla) and love them all. Surprisingly chocolate is my favorite. (And no I do not work or have any affiliation with Vega).

Did I ever post any pictures of when Sarah was here? Maybe I did but I can’t remember doing it so here they are, maybe again! Those of you with small children will understand how hard it is to get a picture of everyone actually sitting still and smiling….

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I am still just sitting here in awe of the fact that she actually came to visit. Such an amazing time! Love you Sarah!

Lunch was another oatmeal. You know me haha. This one was another bowl of overnight oats with applesauce and dry roasted peanuts. I just fix the two bowls at night before I go to bed and walla! Quick and easy breakfast AND lunch!

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…..and more coffee.

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I had one snack in the afternoon which was seaweed and a mult-green kombucha. I am realizing something about the healthy foods I like. I have acquired a taste for them and this is why it is a rare occasion when someone tries one of my concoctions and actually likes it too. Haha!

I realized this when drinking both the multi-green kombucha and these Daily Greens green juices I have been getting from Costco.

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Yuck the first time around, but not so bad on the second!

When I first tried these, I thought they were gross.  As you probably know, a lot of green juices sold in stores are loaded with sugar and are not even worth the “green”. These are not those haha. Daily Greens definitely taste “healthy”. I even wondered how I was going to finish the rest of them because you all know that when you get things from Costco it’s always in a very large quantity. Well I was determined to finish the green juices because the were not cheap and for whatever reason also kept choosing multi-green again and again when getting a kombucha! I think it’s because we have been sick every since Ryan started school and green things just seem right at the moment.

But now I have totally acquired a taste for the green drinks! I actually really enjoy them now! Isn’t that funny? Having acquired a taste for these drinks that I originally thought were gross made me think that I have probably done this with most of my food that I eat on a regular basis now. And thinking back, I remember the first time I tried plain oatmeal and thought “No way, I can’t do this”. And I used to only eat broccoli in Chinese food!

So if you have a hard time finding healthy foods that you enjoy, a lot of people recommend “Just trying it.” Well, I would say “Just try it……again. And maybe again after that!” We don’t seem to mind acquiring tastes for beer and coffee so why not acquire a taste for something really good for you! Not that coffee and beer don’t have their place 😉

That’s a wrap! How was your Day 1? Or is today Day 1? Either way chime in and give an update.

Have a great Monday yall!

Questions:

Do you have Sunday dinners? 

What is something that you enjoy now that was an acquired taste?

Any favorite fit foods lately?  Please share!

 

 

21 to Zip. Day 1!

21 to Zip. Day 1!

Good morning!

Well Day 1 started out with us missing church and instead making a trip to the doctor for Anna. She has an ear infection. 😦 Poor baby…

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Still smiling though! 

But on a happy note, we are also having our first Sunday dinner at our house today! The idea of Sunday dinners popped into my head earlier this week. Jason and I are BAD about not only being homebodies but also going weeks and weeks without seeing family and friends. I thought Sunday dinner would be a great way to make sure we keep in touch and see each other face to face more often! Not to mention it will ensure that I clean my house enough to be company worthy once a week haha.

BUT even with sick baby and family dinner today I am sticking to the plan!

I had my usual breakfast and lunch today and I have my afternoon snack and salad for tonight planned out. Tomorrow’s post will be the recap.

I am working out in the morning………really.

Here is the overall plan for 21 to Zip:

  • Log all calories into My Fitness Pal (calories set for 2 pounds lost a week).
  • Try my very best to eat mostly vegan (today will not be all vegan).
  • Get 6-7 20 minute workouts in a week.
  • Drink 1 gallon of water daily
  • Check in with you guys daily!

I know I usually state my goals when I do these challenges but for this challenge, I have one solitary goal….

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I am starting to hate this dress. It’s not even the dresses fault but still… 

Zip. The Dress.

Ok, there it is. What is your plan for the next 21 days? Day 1 Recap is tomorrow.

Good luck!

Questions:

What do you want to achieve over the next 21 days?

What is your plan for success?

Are you ready?

 

 

A Few Good Reasons To Blog + Anyone Up For A 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge?…….Also, A Spider

A Few Good Reasons To Blog + Anyone Up For A 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge?…….Also, A Spider

Hey Lovelies!

So in case you were wondering, which I am certain you have just been on the edge of your seat wondering if I have gotten my fitness act together since Wednesday, I haven’t. Ugh! I am just in a rut. Not only do I have absolutely no desire to exercise but it almost seems painful at the moment to exercise. Yesterday I even Googled “Do I have to workout in order to lose weight?” Haha!

Of course I know the answer to my Google. No, I don’t. It’s just good for me to exercise. Not only does it make me stronger and healthier but it’s definitely a better use of my time than Googling things like “Do I have to workout in order to lose weight?”

But seriously, I have got to get my act together. This is how my days have gone here lately…

-Get up
-Eat healthy breakfast, log healthy breakfast and weight into My Fitness Pal
-Go back and forth as to if I will ever workout again
-Take Ryan to school, clean, errands, etc.
-Eat healthy lunch, may or may not log into My Fitness Pal
– Snack before getting Ryan, debate eating more snacks before getting Ryan
-Forget about My Fitness Pal
-Plan how I will do better the next day…..

I haven’t been blogging as much lately. There are several reasons for this. Here are a few….

I Got Sick Of Being Online

The good thing about blogging for free is that it doesn’t matter if you blog or not. After I stopped Beachbody coaching, I needed to unplug big time. I’m still not on social media and it’s pure bliss. I don’t know if I will ever go back. If you are on the fence about kicking social media, I say do it! It’s so peaceful out here.

When I Am Really Deep In Thought, I Can’t Think of Anything To Write

Which is weird because my thoughts are certainly blog post worthy. Very blog post worthy actually. But I have liked keeping a light hearted tone on The Keen Peach up until recently so I haven’t been sure how deep I want to get on here or if I even want to veer from fitness which is what this blog was originally about. I am thinking I might be getting deeper on here though.

Postpartum OCD

Update soon!

I Am Not Very Good At Keeping This Blog From Being A Shrine to Angela Teal    

This is the kicker. I love to write. I love to share my thoughts and get feedback. I love the healthy life! But ugh, selfies, selfies, selfies. Progress pics, what I ate, what I think, what I feel, everything me me me! Ugh! I even had to ask myself what is actually fueling my progress. Actual love for fitness, or praise from you readers?! I’ve just been so convicted this year.

So I have been kinda stuck as to how to proceed with my blogging.

BUT

In my pondering I have concluded there are in fact some undeniably good reasons to blog. Here they are!

‘Be The Change You Want To See In The World” -Mahatma Gandhi

Maybe you will inspire something good! Or at least find a community of people who think kind of like you do.

There Are Still A Lot Of People Out There Who Have Absolutely No Clue How To Be Healthy

I forget that not everyone knows how to be healthy……..or even cares for that matter. My brother was visiting this weekend and I said something about a carb. He didn’t know what a carb was. He is not alone. I love this! It means there is something I can help with.

This One Is About Me……Blogging Holds Me Accountable

Seriously guys. I fall off the wagon when I don’t blog. I am going to try my very best to not selfie and my progress pics will be fully clothed but I must have accountability and posting my progress on this blog holds me accountable. When I am off the wagon, I am exhausted and I have absolutely no time to be exhausted! PLEASE jump into any fitness challenge done on here. I need you! Let’s help each other.

So here we go yet again Peaches. New challenge tomorrow. I have 21 days until this wedding. Anyone up for a 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge? If you are up for it, let’s do it! 

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I feel this post needs a picture but I just said I wouldn’t selfie. So check out this spider that has been hanging outside my back door for days!

;P

Stay tuned for Day 1 tomorrow!

Later Skaters

 

2017 Eclipse! + Day 4 Recap

2017 Eclipse! + Day 4 Recap

Hey Guys!

Happy 2017 eclipse day! Jason and I just experienced it….

It. Was. WILD!!!!

The sun was only 98% covered in our location but it still became noticable cooler and darker. Our outside lights even came on! So weird! But so cool!

My fitness update has never seemed more boring that at this moment.

50 to Zip! Day 4

Yesterday was a win! I was only 90 calories over my limit given to me by My Fitness Pal and my food was 100% vegan. I do not workout on Saturday or Sunday. When you workout,Qu My Fitness Pal adds in the calories you burn during your workout to your daily goal and you get to eat a little more. It’s hard to stay under the limit on days that I don’t workout BUT  stepped on the scale yesterday and I was 9 pounds down! So I am thinking I’m ok even with going over a bit sometimes.

Day 4 Food

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Yep! Wearing the same shirt from Saturday. Old Navy $8. 

Questions:

Did you see the solar eclipse today?

How is fit life?

Catcha later skaters!