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And just like that…

And just like that the holidays are over.

This year was probably the worst yet.  I’m so unorganized.  I didn’t even get Christmas cards sent out.  It’s the first time, I think, since we were married 14 years ago.  Definitely the first time since Ian was born 9 years ago.  (Don’t kids make such easy subjects for Christmas cards?)

Fall and the holidays are usually my favorite time of year.  In all honesty it still is.  Somehow, this year, I just couldn’t see the “magic”.  I didn’t take any time to appreciate what was going on around me.  Everything felt like just another thing I had to do.

So here we are – the 4th day of 2014 – and I think I have hit rock bottom.  I’m ready for a change.  I’m ready to start taking care of myself, my marriage, my family, my house.  Get things in order.  Bring some peace to my ever racing mind.

There are so many things I want to get started with but first will be a meal plan.  We have eaten out every night since December 30th.  Not good.  No way to save money, lose weight or feel good about taking care of my family.  So a meal plan and grocery list it is!

How were your holidays?  Hopefully you felt a bit better about them than I did, but if not, do you have a plan to get back into the swing of things?

This month, in an effort to save money, stick to our budget and eat healthier, I am challenging myself to eat at home all month.  This may not seem like a hard thing, but trust me, I will have a very hard time with it.

I have drawn out a plan for the week, which actually sounds pretty good to me.  The boys are out of school and I only have one client to visit, so I shouldn’t have any excuse of being too tired or too busy to get it done. 

So here goes – Day 1 – Meatball Subs

I had originally planned on having lasagna tonight, however, I spied some sandwich rolls that D brought home from his mom’s house (read free!) and meatball subs popped into my mind.  By noon I figured out I had all the ingredients to make these meatballs.   They turned out so good and made for an excellent sandwich.  I’m so proud of my creation (maybe a little too proud, lol) and we will definitely be having them again!

So lasagna has been rescheduled to tomorrow night, which will actually be better, because D will be able to take leftovers for lunch when he goes back to work – which will make everyone happy! ;)

How about you, are you up for an Eat at Home challenge?  What are some of your favorite quick and easy meals?

Thrive 90 – Day 1

Both the hubs and I have been on a (what seems like) lifelong search for a fitness program that we could do together. Hubs used to lift heavy weights when he was younger and doesn’t feel like he gets any sort of a workout unless he is dripping with sweat at the end. He also doesn’t believe that working out at home is as good as working out at the gym.

I, on the other hand, hate to workout. I hate getting sweaty, I hate the possibility of multiple showers a day, and I have never been a very active person. I was the kind of person that other people envied. I could eat what I wanted, when I wanted and not gain an ounce. Then came my late twenties, 2 kids, and even more inactivity. Yup, that was about 25 pounds ago!

Both of us have been pretty unhappy lately about the state of our bodies – the way we look and the way we feel. Hubs wanted to try P90X, but I knew that I would never get past the first few days. Too much time commitment.  There had to be something  else!

The other night I signed up for a webinar that Dustin Riechmann and Tony DiLorenzo from Fit Marriage were giving. They were giving simple tips on how to fit in workouts for busy families and couples.  It was a great webinar and at the end they promoted their fairly new program, Thrive90.  It’s a workout program that lasts 90 days.  The workouts start out at a beginner pace and you work your way up to a more advanced pace.  What is really nice is that the workouts are all around 30 minutes and you can do them all at home.  This would work perfect for us since hubs had just put his gym membership on hold while work was really busy. 

I bought the program that night and was one of the first 10 to do so.  That’s a great thing because as one of the first 10, if I complete the whole training, take before and after pictures and measurements, then I get my money back!  Can’t beat FREE!!  As we were taking pictures last night, hubs kept telling me he would be fine if I didn’t want to send them in.  I told him that I will see how my afters turn out.  If they are hot then I will definitely do it!!

Today was day 1.  We decided to get up early (5am) and get the workout in.  First up was a cardio routine that looked really easy but kicked my butt!!  It wasn’t a typical cardio routine that is made more for just women (like dancing and stuff) but it was a bunch of moves designed to get your heartrate up and keep it there for a bit.  Hubs liked it and was sweating real good when we were done.

So Day 1 is under our belts…only 89 more to go!  I’ll definitely keep you posted on our progress.

Another busy week for us.  We are starting to ramp up for the last month of school in addition to May being the month that both boys celebrate their birthdays.  Needless to say, I am in major planning mode!  I need easy-ish dinners so here is what I came up with.

Tuesday – Homemade Mac N Cheese, Salad

Wednesday – Chicken Fajitas with beans and rice

Thursday – Lasagna, Salad

Friday – Pizza

Saturday – Chicken Enchiladas, Salad

Sunday – Apricot Pork Chops, veggie

Monday – FFYS (Fend For Your Self)

I am feeling that I need to come up with some more sides.  Salad only at just about every meal is just not cutting it.  The trick is going to be adding something without adding more time to the prep/cook process.  Any ideas?

Future Friendly

Lately there is a lot of talk about “Going Green”. People are learning to reduce, reuse and recycle. I love the idea, and am making my own small strides in trying to save the planet.
There’s a Native American proverb that says “We did not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we are just borrowing it from our children.” I absolutely love that saying. It’s exactly how I feel and what inspires me to make changes in our day to day living.
That’s why I want to start an effort to rid the world of the phrase “going green” and adopt the phrase “future friendly”.  I saw it on a commercial the other day.  Don’t you just love it?  I think it is a much better description of what I am doing and reminds me why I am putting out the effort.  Going green just makes me think of grass.  While I love grass, and think it is also worth saving, it just doesn’t bring up the same emotions that Future Friendly does.

So what do you think?  Which phrase do you like better?

Lately I have been so uninspired to make a meal plan.  We have been eating out a lot, which is really bad – for our wallets and waistlines.  It’s so easy to get into that rut though, especially when we have baseball or t-ball 3 nights a week.  My perfectionism comes in to play here too.  I feel like if we can’t have a nice home cooked meal with a main dish and two sides, well then, I may as well not even try.  Not to mention that when I think about having to cook at 7pm, or even heating something up, I instantly think it will take too long and the boys will get to bed too late, yada, yada, yada.

So this week I have pulled up my big girl britches and come up with a meal plan that is boring but easy.  I am resolving now to stick to it, and not blow it off in favor of Panda Express Orange Chicken!

Tuesday – Homemade Mac N Cheese and a salad

Wednesday – Tacos, beans, rice

Thursday – Egg salad sandwiches

Friday – Eat from the snack bar at the ball field (ok, technically this is eating out, so maybe we will grill some hotdogs at home instead.)

Saturday – Fajitas, bean, rice

Sunday – Easter dinner at my Moms!

Monday – Chicken Enchiladas

3.21.11 Weekly Menu Plan

Lately I have been doing my grocery shopping on Tuesdays, which has been out of my normal norm, lol.  I actually like going on Thursday mornings instead because the weekly ad comes out on Wednesday and it seems as if the shelves are stocked a bit better.  Last week I had sick kids home just about all week so I ended up going on Saturday.  I went at about 7:30 am and loved it!  I was by myself and the shelves were completely stocked.  There was hardly anyone there, so I got in and out in a hurry.  On my way home I decided that it would only be fair for my husband to bring the groceries in and put them away since I had gotten up so early and got out of the house.  Luckily, he agreed.  :)

Here’s our menu:

Sunday – Leftover Lasagna, salad and french bread

Monday – Honey Mustard Glazed Chicken, salad

Tuesday – Penne pasta with Alfredo sauce, salad, french bread

Wednesday – French Onion Soup

Thursday – Some kind of sandwich wrap, chips, grapes

Friday – Pizza

Saturday – Fend For Yourself  (FFYS)

Have a great week!

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