Monday, October 6, 2014

Menu Monday #2

Last week went by super fast! I didn't get my Friday Review of the week up because our power went out and our computer decided not to turn on for 2 days. Talk about frustrating! So let me go over last week before I tell you what my menu will be for this week. 

Last Monday, I started entering everything into MFP. I'm an all or nothing kinda girl. I will either weigh every single morsel that goes in my mouth down to the gram or I just don't want to enter anything at all. I know I need to find some common ground there, so if anyone has any suggestions, I'll take them. At this point, I do not want to weigh and measure every.single.little thing. 

I want to be normal. 

I'm not competing in a bikini contest. I'm not competing in CrossFit or any other type of sport. I just want to eat and exercise. I can't be the only one, right??

So anyways, on Monday, I entered everything and freaked out at dinner because I had everything for the meatloaf figured out and it didn't save. Cody gave me that look. You know the one you get when you are overreacting and being dramatic. He finally said "babe, if you don't want to count macros, don't." So I stopped. 

We did go out to eat for lunch Monday to Red Robin. Evie loves that place! So, I ordered the Simply Chicken in a lettuce wrap with mustard and sweet potato fries. 

Other than cereal, we did pretty good at sticking to the menu the rest of the week. On spaghetti night, I didn't make the acorn squash. I wasn't really that hungry, so I just ate spaghetti.

Instead of eating Chex cereal for breakfast, I found Nature's Valley Protein Granola. It was really good and it has 10 grams of protein in it. This is starting to get long, so I'll cut it short and I promise next Friday, I'll have a better review of my week. 

-Chex Cinnamon Cereal, Fruit
-GF Oats w/ Honey, Greek Yogurt

-Ham and Cheese Rollups, Raw Broccoli and Carrots w/ French Onion Dip, Fruit

Monday: Taco Salad
Tuesday: Pork Loin, Acorn Squash, Roasted Broccoli
Wednesday: Homemade Hamburger Pizza, Salad
Thursday: Chicken Quesadillas, Black Beans
Friday: Out of Town
Saturday: Out of Town
Sunday: Out of Town

- Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- Fruit
- LaraBars
- Core Power Protein
- Peanut Butter and Celery

We are going somewhere this weekend (we aren't sure yet), so we will most likely be eating out but I'm sure I'll be able to find good things to eat. 

What are you eating this week?
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WOD Wednesday Numero Uno

Since we've moved, I have found a new CrossFit box that I love! The coaches are great, I've made a few friends but I still haven't been able to get into a groove of going 3 times a week. I like going to the Women's Only class on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays but I feel like we have something each week that keeps me from going- Open House, cranky kids and working husband... basically excuses and not even good ones. 

My goal this week is to go to CrossFit 3 times this week and then also workout at home 3 times. I'm putting it on the internet so it has to happen, right??? I'm not one to spend an hour at home working out. Whatever I do, it needs to be done in under 30 minutes. I'll do a quick 5 minute warm-up and then get started. 

Here are my at-home workouts this week:




via Simply Sadie Jane Day 6th Strength

There are my WOD's for the week. I have a feeling I'm going to be sore and tired. Am I the only crazy one who loves that feeling? Bueller? Yup! Ok, then.

See y'all Friday for my review of the week!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Menu Monday #1

All summer, I thought about coming back to the good 'ole blog. We were in the middle of deciding whether or not to make the big move from Central Texas to the Houston area. (We decided to move.) Life got busy but I sat down a couple of times and logged in to Blogger but wasn't sure what I'd write. I'm not the same girl I was when I started this blog a few years ago and that's where I drew a blank. 

Finally, I came up with what I needed to write about, food and working out. Surprise, surprise! I've gotten better about organizing our weekly menu but following it is a whole different story. I love going to CrossFit but I still haven't found my groove here and have only been going 1-2 days a week instead of 3. I haven't worked out at home at all. Sad, I know.

I'm not sure if I've gained weight but I know that I have gotten... softer. It definitely bothers me, especially the muffin-top spilling over my jeans! So, I decided I will write about the same things each week. It may get repetitive and boring but I'm hoping it helps me to stay on track. 

On Mondays, I will post my menu for the week- breakfasts, lunch, dinners, and snacks. Wednesdays, will be the workouts that I plan to do at home. On Fridays, I will just review how my week went. Whether or not I followed my menu and how the at-home workouts went. 

I have done several different diets over the last 2 years. Everything from eating strict Paleo, to clean eating, to counting calories, and lastly counting macros. Counting macros has been my favorite. It allowed me to eat ice cream every single night and I saw some crazy progress. I will eventually go back to counting macros but for now, I'm just wanting to get into a workout routine. Baby steps or I'll crash and burn. My menu and MFP (ShellyNoBellyBlog) may look like crap for a little while but hopefully, in the next month or so, I'll be back to counting macros again. Until then, moderation will be my friend. Don't judge me. Or do. Whatever.

 So without further ado...

- Honey Nut Chex and Fruit
-2 Eggs, Salsa, and Gluten-Free Toast
- Gluten-Free Oats with 1 tbs. Honey and Fruit

- Ham or Turkey Rollup, Cheese, Raw Broccoli and Carrots, 1 tbs French Onion dip, and Almonds

Monday: Meatloaf and Broccoli Salad
Tuesday: Salmon and Green Beans
Wednesday: Breakfast Tacos- Bacon, Eggs, Cheese, Salsa, Corn Tortilla
Thursday: Spaghetti and Acorn Squash
Friday: Grilled Chicken, Roasted Veggies
Saturday: Gluten Free Pizza and Salad (Delivery)
Sunday: Steak, Baked Potato w/Bacon, Cheese, Greek Yogurt, Chives, Salad

- Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- Fruit
- Protein (after workouts)
- Lime Sherbet
- Peanuts
- Celery & Peanut Butter

There it is. I know for sure I'll be able to stick to breakfast and lunch. It's dinner and snacks that are hard for me to stick to. The lime sherbet will just be one serving every night. It keeps my sweet tooth satisfied while not being too heavy on the fats and carbs.

Check back Wednesday to see the WOD's I'll be doing from home!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Life Lately.

It's been a crazy summer. I know you didn't expect less from me. It's chaotic around here and I love it. Seriously.

I can't believe my little man will start Kindergarten next Monday. Crazy to think that my 3 pound 3.5 ounce preemie is a big boy now. Little Miss starts Parent's Day Out next Tuesday. She is a sassy little tomboy who loves dolls and digging in the dirt. 

Cody is currently closing his store down and will move to a new store {an hour away} September 2nd. I'll admit, I'm not the praying type but I have prayed daily that this be a stepping stone for his career. We may not think it's the right choice but hopefully some doors will open and his career will take off. Someone in corporate has my husbands career in their hands. It's the not knowing that is the most difficult part in this whole process.

Then there's me. I haven't been going to Crossfit {I start back next week} and I haven't been working out either. About 2 weeks ago, I started itching again. This time I broke out in hives on my neck and upper back. The itching stayed, so back to the doctor I went. I've been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder, Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria. Basically, I break out in hives and itch and they don't know why. Awesome. I've been prescribed an Epipen, given a handful of anti-histamines, and need to figure out my triggers. So far, I've figured out gluten and heat/sun exposure are the biggest ones. Oh, and they can change. How great is that?! Not. I was tested for other auto-immune disorders but everything came back negative. Thank you sweet baby Jesus! I'm just crazy, which we knew already.

I've read a few blogs and articles that people with CIU have had success eating Paleo. Keeping the grains, soy, dairy, etc out has suppressed the itching and they are able to take their anti-histamines only when needed. I'm will to try anything at this point for my sanity's sake.

What does this mean for my blog?

Well, I'm not 100% sure yet. I've thought about buying different products and reviewing them for y'all. I know how much it sucks to think about spending $8 on brownie mix when you don't even know if it will taste like shit or actually be good. I've also found several gluten free blogs and may try their recipes and let y'all know how it went. I usually see more than 3 ingredients and if it's anything strange {tapioca starch, anyone?} I immediately look for something else. Maybe it's time to branch out though. Maybe I'll find I love like cooking even if it's just a little bit.

I may change my look too. I feel like this blog will be going in a new direction and I need something fresh.

This is all pretty new to me. When I was doing the Whole30, it was because I wanted to. I could've gone back to eating breads and pastas {and I did}. Now, I have to read every label and I have to tell the people at restaurants that it's an allergy, so they can follow their protocol. It's not as fun as it was when I was doing it "just because".

Anyways, I'll be posting here and there. Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Vacation Time!

Hey gals {and guys?}

I'm going to Port Aransas on Thursday. I'm taking this week off because I'm OCD and need to make sure I get everything perfectly packed and my house squeaky clean. 

While I'm away, head over and read some of my favorite blogs :)


I'll see y'all next week!
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I Rock. 'Nuff Said.

My eating has been sub-par the last few days and we go to the beach in a week. I could be down on myself and think about how I won't have that smokin' hott bod in my bikini or I could just be happy.

I'm choosing to be happy.

Last summer when we went to the beach, I weighed 164 pounds. I was miserable. My bikini was too small. {Yeah, I totally wore a bikini.} I really didn't let anyone take pictures of me. My mom got a few side shots when I wasn't looking and I have yet to see them. Everyone had family sessions done on the beach {in regular clothes} except our family. I threw a shit-fit the day of the pictures. I have a tendency to act like a brat and I totally did that day. All because of my insecurities. I have no pictures of our family at the beach for our first family vacation because I thought I was too fat. I thought I wasn't good enough. 

That makes me sad.

This year, even though I don't have abs or toned arms, I'm choosing to walk out on that beach with confidence. I couldn't care less what anyone thinks because all that matters is what I think. 

I happen to think I rock. I think I have put in a shit-ton of work since January to get where I am today. I think even though my eating sucks sometimes, I do pretty damn well most of the time. This is coming from the girl who used to stand and eat in the kitchen when everyone else was in bed and when sneaking a bite of strawberry cake meant eating most of it, then trying to shamefully hide the evidence by throwing the rest away so Cody wouldn't know how much I ate. 

My eating may suck for a few days but I haven't fallen off the wagon. I'm taking small steps. Today, I woke up and said to myself- self, you're totally going to rock your eating today. 

...and I have.

I'm choosing to be happy and take small steps. Just because I've had a few bad meals doesn't mean it's over. It means that I just need to push a little harder, think a little more positively, and make better decisions. 

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Change Ain't Easy

Wow! I can't believe it's already July {my birthday month!}. If you are wanting to make 2013 your year, you've still got plenty of time. 

The key is doing something. I don't care if you start out walking for just 10 minutes and eating a better breakfast. Next week you can walk for 20 minutes and eat a healthy breakfast and dinner. Then, the next week, try to add a small jog in your walk {even if just for a minute} and eat a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Small changes will help you make big changes over time. It's not going to happen overnight.

Speaking of changes, I just made a huge one {for me anyways}. I joined a regular gym. Why you ask?? With Cody having to close his store down and move to who knows where and also starting grad school, life has been tough. This means he works 10-11 hours a day then comes home, eats dinner, and does homework all night. Did I also mention he has a tri-athalon this month? He has to find time to run and bike too! Evie girl is not in Parent's Day Out and I've been keeping Bryson home from daycare a lot because he starts Kindergarten in the fall. We've been working on our Summer Bucket List.

CrossFit does not work with my schedule right now. As sad as that makes me, I'm not going to sit around and wait until the fall for life to slow down a little bit because it won't slow down. One of my bff's owns a small 24 hour gym that is 2 minutes from my house. I have no excuse not to go. Also, knowing that she can check the card reader to see if I'm actually going helps keep me motivated.

So, I got my babies tucked into bed last night, changed clothes, and headed for gym. Walking in for the first time was like walking into the box for the first time. I was nervous. In CrossFit, we don't really use half the stuff that is at a gym. I felt a little lost. 

I jumped on an elliptical for a 10 minute warm-up, did a few leg machines, and then did a 10 minute row to cool down. It wasn't much. I can still walk this morning. It was better than nothing but I'm going back tonight and I'm going to work a little harder. I like waking up sore. It means my muscles are growing. Yes, I want my muscles to grow. I promise you won't look like a man if you lift heavy.

What was the point of this post? I guess to get you inspired to make a change. I made a change. Now you make a change. That's how it works, right? Ha!

 Make one small change today.

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