Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Workout Progress

So my scheduled working out naturally is not really working. Seriously it seems like there is always something to get in the way. I do try to do what I can when I have any free time. On Saturday I went 3 miles-jogging the first 1.5 and walk/jog the second half. It felt really good and it was sprinkling! Any outdoor workout I do soooo depends on the weather. It's not like me to go if it's bad weather, but I actually really liked it. I also didn't have a stroller to push, which makes a huge difference! I also do crunches and a few push-ups practically everyday just because I can usually fine 10 min to do something. Now when I say a few push-ups I mean a 5-15. Since I didn't have much time for Zumba last night I just did the Zumba Rush ( dvd. It's about 20 min and I really feel like it gets my body moving and heart going. Now it's not my fav out of the Exhilarate dvds, but it'll work. One thing I learned with Zumba though is you have to put your full body into it. If you just go through the motions without much effort you wont get much out of it. You really have to put your entire body into moving, which at the time you'll feel like a nerd, but you will get SO much more out of it.

We also finally bought a scale. And so far I've been consistently 149lbs. I'd really really like to loose 9lbs by the end of June. Let's see if I have the discipline to do it.

Week of 5/28

So last week I'd say went rather well. We had a few adjustments since Friday we ended up going to a friends house for dinner for Pork Burritos, which were amazing and Saturday we went out to eat at Olive Garden, also delicious. Sunday our chorizo y huevos was of course awesome. Now to this week:

Monday: Mexican- (Holiday, so we BBQed)
Tuesday: Crockpot- Taco Soup (Recipe and picture below)
Wednesday: Italian- Pasta Roni, Asparagus, fruit
Thursday: New Dish- Santa Fe Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing
Friday: Seafood- Fish, Rice, Veggie
Saturday: Out
Sunday: Breakfast- Pancakes & Strawberries

Crockpot Taco Soup:
(You can pretty much put in whatever you feel like, but here's what I put in this time)
1 can Chili Beans
1 can Black Beans
1 can Corn
1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
1/4 of an onion chopped
1/4 Packet Taco Seasoning
1 frozen Chicken Breast

All you do is mix everything together in the crock pot and then put in the chicken. Cook on low for at least 4 hours or until chicken is done, but really you can cook much longer if needed. Once it's cooked you can shred the chicken and continue to cook until ready to eat. Ours was a little on the spicy side because of the chili beans and green chilies, but my girls still ate it. We also usually put in chopped bell peppers.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Best Crepes Ever

We had a menu change last night. We were going to do the Black Bean Wrap thing, but my husband ended up not being home, so we changed it to crepes. My all time fav! And these ones were the best I have ever made. On the inside I put one with organic coconut butter and strawberries and then the other I put nutella and bananas. I recommend everybody makes these at least once, but really you'll make them all the time. My girls absolutely LOVED them. The recipe makes about 8 small crepes, so of course we all wanted more. I recommend doubling it, so you don't have to make more in the middle of dinner like we did.

Recipe for Crepes: 
2/3 Cup Wheat Flour
2/3 Cup of Milk (I added a bit more)
1 Egg
1/2 Tbs of melted butter
Dash of Salt (Optional)

Spray skillet with cooking spray, pour in some batter and tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly. Heat about a minute on each side and serve. I just spread the coconut butter or nutella then add the fruit and fold then top with powdered sugar.

Creamy Avocado Pasta

So we made the Creamy Avocado Pasta ( )on Wednesday night. It turned out rather well. We did not have the Basil to include and I would most definitely put that in next time as well as maybe some other kind of seasoning-not sure exactly what, but it seemed a little too bland for me. We aslo just used regular spaghetti noodles because that's what we had in our house. I would definitely use whole wheat noodles next time. However, the family ate it all up including our girls. I will make it again with those few modifications.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Week of May 21st

So far so good on our meals this week. We sat down Sunday night to plan them out and it only took 5-10 min. Record breaking time for us. 

Monday: Bean & Cheese Burritos w/ Mexican soup
Tuesday: Spare Ribs in the Crock Pot w/Baked Potatoes, Broccoli, and Applesauce
Wednesday: Creamy Avocado Pasta, Salad, and Bread
Thursday: Veggie Wrap
Friday: Fish, Rice, and Veggie
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Chorizo y Huevos

Both Monday and Tuesday were good. I'm looking forward to tonight, since we've never tried the Avocado Pasta before. I was also pretty proud of our lunch yesterday. I went to the grocery store yesterday morning (I haven't been grocery shopping in at least 4 months-my husband has been doing an awesome job of going) and I really tried to get healthy things to eat. Our biggest down fall is the snacking, so I tried to pick up some "lite" snack things. I felt accomplished.
Lunch-Organic peanut butter and honey on whole wheat, carrots, apple straws, and grapes. My girls devoured it.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Meal Planning

So I have the hardest time eating healthy because we rarely have meals planned. AND I have the hardest time planning meals. I've been feeling so lost. I came across this blog today and felt inspired.

Basically, instead of planning a specific meal for each night of the week she created "themes" for each weeknight. I absolutely LOVE it and can't believe I never thought of this before. How Simple. Since we are mid-week already and I've got a crazy weekend I will begin this starting Monday.

Monday: Mexican Food
Tuesday: Crock Pot (whatever we can make in a crock pot)
Wednesday: Italian Food
Thursday: "A First" (a night for a new meal I've never made)
Friday: Seafood or Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Breakfast

I think this may help with my meal planning blues

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Our New Car

We really did it. We sold our 2008 Nissan Xterra
(this is a pic from when we first bought it ::sniff::)

And we bought a 2006 Mazda 6
(No this is not our house)

And Yes we miss our lovely Xterra, BUT this is what made us reach our goal of getting out of debt!! That right there made it all worth it. And besides the Mazda is starting to grow on us...not to mention it saves us $$$ on gas.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Las Vegas 5K

This past weekend I finished my first 5K in Las Vegas (38:42 min). Can I just say that is was an Awesome experience and I feel that everyone should do one at least once. I am so pumped to do another. Thank you Rina for pushing us to do this.

Now for a little of my fitness background: First off I am NOT a runner. Or at least I didn't use to be, but am starting to enjoy it now. I grew up mostly in dance. I was a part of colorguard starting in Junior High through two years of college. Then I did a few years of Ballroom, which I still love and wish I had more time to do. From the time I became pregnant with my first daughter to now I haven't quite found a workout routine that works for me. I just recently purchased Zumba to do at home, which I am really liking. I've just got to get into some kind of work out routine that works for me. I used to be consistently 135 lbs. I am now up to 151 and I don't want to be here. This is my start to better health. I'm working towards another 5K on June 23rd to support the fight against cancer and also to tone up for my vacation with my husband to New Orleans June 30th (it's going to be hott and I will be in a bathing suit the majority of the trip). I will keep you posted on my progress :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A little history...

Shaun and I met in 2006 coming from very different backgrounds. He was born and raised in Utah very much into hunting, camping, anything outdoors. And I came from So Cal very much into the beach, shopping, camping in a log cabin-not on the actual ground. We met at Los Hermanos both working as servers, but only worked together for a few weeks before I changed jobs and went to Applebees. It was just enough time for us to meet and start eating lunch together with friends at college during classes. We married shortly after...I'll spare you the sappy details.

So Shaun had grown up handling money rather well, but had no credit cards, which equals no credit. I on the other hand had many credit cards (too many) and therefore lots of credit. Luckily we compromised a bit and met in the middle when we got married. After paying off any remaining balances we threw away and cut up all my old credit cards and Shaun and I got one "emergency" card together through our bank. It was a great decision for us because we rarely use it and pay it off quickly, but it will help us keep building credit (I think, I don't really know).

A few months after we were married we went to a sales pitch for WorldMark just expecting to get the free thing at the end. Well we ended up buying. Married couple financial mistake #1 (investing in timeshare knowing nothing about it). However, we do use it every year and love it and were able to pay it off last year with our tax return, but we do pay a monthly maintenance fee for it. I don't think we've saved any money by buying into it, but we always know that we'll be staying at a great resort when we travel and we LOVE to travel.

September 2008 we were due with our first baby girl, so naturally we thought we needed a "family" car. Married couple mistake #2 (buying brand new car). We bought a 2008 Nissan Xterra. LOVE LOVE LOVED it, however, being a brand new car it lost its value almost immediately after driving it off the lot. Also put us in a lot of debt, which I justified in my mind because it was for a car. I've learned since.

We of course had our debt for schooling, which compared to others was not bad at all. We applied for financial aid and grants, which were both awarded to one of us leaving us only paying for the others. We were also attending a State College, which turned into a University my last semester making our tuition much cheaper. We did take our time paying off the student loans because the interest did not incur until a while after I graduated, so we paid on other debts first.

We had our second baby girl in 2010, which we very lucky to have military benefits, so we did not go into any debt on either girls.

And at this moment we are COMPLETELY DEBT FREE!! It took some time, but I definitely think it was well worth it. Now on to the savings...