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Waitin on Big ‘Mo’

Like I mentioned before the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading an awesome book called The Compound Effect. This book is a MUST READ self improvement book for everyone who wants to be more successful in any area of your life!!!! The author, Darren Hardy, explains how every day choices we make, our daily routines & habits, and even our thoughts we have creates a subtle compound effect in our lives- whether it be in a positive direction or negative. He explains how the compound effect works and give several awesome examples and stories to illustrate it. Then he talks about how to recognize the daily choices and habits that we make and have and how you can put this concept to work right away.

I had an HUGE ah-ha moment the other day when I got to the chapter on Momentum. He calls it Big Mo. 😉 “Big Mo is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and enigmatic forces of success. You can’t see or feel Big Mo, but you know when you’ve got it. You can’t count on Mo showing up to every occasion, but when it does – WOW! Big Mo can catapult you into the stratosphere of success. And once you’ve got Mo on your side, there’s almost no way anyone can catch you.”  How do you get Big Mo to show up???  Well you have to understand “Newton’s First Law -the Law of Inertia: Objects at rest tend to stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force. Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, unless something stops their momentum. Its not easy to build momentum, but once you do, look out!!”

He then gives an awesome example of how this works – Do you remember playing on the merry-go-round on the playground as a kid??  Everyone piles on it weighing it down and then you have to really work to get the thing moving.  Getting it started is really slow going. The first step is always the hardest – getting it to move from a standstill. You have to throw your whole body into it and push with all your might. Finally after a long hard effort your able to get up a little bit of speed and run next to it. Then you run faster and faster and it really gets going to where you can jump on and enjoy the ride! Then when it starts to slow down you can jump off and stand there to push because momentum had taken over, you can now easily keep it going. Applying this to our life – When we make changes, we start off taking small steps. The progress is slow but once it becomes a newly formed habit (after 3 weeks or so) that’s when Big Mo usually joins the Party!!

My ah-ah moment was that I realized Big Mo has been the missing piece to my ‘puzzle’ in my life lately! I think about last year when I know I had awesome Momentum – I was in the zone with Weight Watchers and lost almost 20lbs in about 4 months!! Its because once I had established new daily habits; tracking my food with dietSNAPS, focusing on my daily points, made exercising a priority, making healthier food choices – I couldn’t fail because I had Big Mo with me! That is such an awesome concept that when we all realize how this force works in our lives – we could all go to higher places we never dreamed possible!!!! 😉

So this week I have been really focusing on creating and establishing good habits. To start implementing this principle- to invite Big Mo over again :) –  my focus this week has been my home and making it an organized, clean, and tidy place that me and my family can really enjoy. I have started implementing my FlyLady Daily Routines and I just LOVE how accomplishing it feels when I am checking my routine list off each day!! (yep- I’m a list makin’ nerd :P)  I especially LOVE the peaceful feeling in my home that comes from accomplishing my routines. Everything just seems to flow better and my mind is a little more calm and peaceful and I am able to think more clearly. I have learned that I do not thrive well in chaos and that I need to make preventing chaos a big priority in my life.

I believe that once we get started created good habits in one area of our life- that it will be a domino effect in the other areas of our lives – cause Big MO will move in! 😉  So think about where you are on the merry-go-round ride…….are you trying to push it to get it started in your life, do you push for a little bit and think its too hard and stop,  or are you getting to enjoy the ride and having fun with Big Mo??!! 😉  This has been such a great visual picture for me as I think about where I am on that ride in different areas in my life.  I know that if we keep doing those small simple steps each day that given a little time Momemtum will kick in! And when it does you will be unstoppable!  So hang in there and most importantly whatever you do don’t stop!!!! 😉

 

TUESDAY:

Tuesday was House Cleaning day (or Weekly Home Blessing Hour as FlyLady calls it) and this is the first time I have done cleaning like this in a long time without company showing a few hours later!!! haha – sad I know but when you have a big house and 4 kids, a dog, and a military hubby – I put it off and have just done enough cleaning to (barely) get by. This is why I love FlyLady because I am usually one that likes to clean the whole house spick and span or not at all so for a perfectionist like me – I need to be constantly reminded that 5 minutes here and 15 minutes there a day and my routines is all it takes to get the job done – and when you stay on top of it – Big Mo moves in!! 😉

Was up and at ’em to workout by 4:30am……….

**15 mins on the elliptical in my Target Heart Rate Zone

**30 minutes walking incline on the treadmill – prepping for a Blue Bell Fun Run in the Texas Hill Country next month 😉 +4

 

post workout – green protein smoothie – 2

mid morning snack/breakfast – protein waffle with strawberries and Cinnamon Cool Whip – 6

 

lunch – freezer meal turkey veggie soup with pico added for an extra kick – 4

 

afternoon snack during a break from cleaning – ZonePerfect bar – 5

 

snack on the way to pick up kids – WW sample from last week – they were pretty good!  -3

 

1 cookie from Family Night last night -3

 

dinner – Asian turkey stir fry with a little rice and lettuce with 1 TBSP of Thai Peanut Sauce – was SUPER yummy!!!! – 5

 

 

Inspired from this yummy recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen that I’ve used before.

I browned lean turkey with salt and pepper and then added a chopped onion and yellow bell pepper. Then I added in these ingredients to taste – ginger, fresh garlic, soy sauce, and chopped cilantro.

It was SUPER flavorful and my kids LOVED it and wanted seconds!!

 

My hubby is doing better and is back at work this week since the accident. Kinda bitter sweet cause I enjoyed having him home and getting to spend that time with him while he recovered. Just when I thought I was gonna have most of the day with him back at work and all my kids at school our little man was up half the night and then in bed with us the rest of the night so I let him sleep in and stay home from school today with his bad allergies/cold and swollen red eyes.  :(  Thankfully he is a good sick kid and I was still able to get my routines and list done today. By the time dinner rolled around my whole body was aching from being so busy all day and soreness from Boot Camp setting in + exhausted from not getting enough sleep.

Had a banana with Nutella before heading to bed – 5

 

 

WEDNESDAY 

Today was Laundry and Menu Planning Day. I got all of our laundry caught up and cleaned out the fridge so I could plan out a menu for the next 2 weeks. I found this cute printable dinner calendar on Pinterest. For the last couple of months I’ve been  just writing down what we have for dinner on a calendar like this I keep on my fridge so I can look back and see how many times we eat out in the month,  have leftovers, and when I actually cook. Its really quite eye opening when you just start tracking what you do for dinners. Makes me realize what I need to do more of – and cut out. 😉

 

*woke up with a headache and nothing sounded good. Made some toast out of these sandwich rounds that are only 2pts+

with strawberry freezer jam-3

*Had to force myself to use today as a rest day cause of my headache and neck and shoulder pain.  I have to remind myself that it is ok to take and extra rest day now so that I  won’t have to take a 2 week rest like I had to a couple of months ago. Mentally for me – that’s easier said than done.  :/

 

 

snack while getting my Morning Routine done- 5

 

strawberries with cinnamon cool whip – 1

 

lunch – leftover awesome asian ground turkey on lettuce with 1/2 TBSP of orange sauce and 1/2 TBSP Thai peanut sauce – 5

 

mid afternoon snack – 1 TBSP peanut butter and an apple – 3

*Spent all evening in our first session with Sit Means Sit Dog Training. The owner Hamid was awesome in showing us and explaining how to get started in training our Duke. Within a few minutes of each command Duke was getting it! It is very cool at how simple and easy this dog training is. If you wanna see some amazing results just go to youtube and type in Sit Means Sit or click HERE to see some cool videos – it will blow you away!!!!!

 

dinner – Ritzy chicken casserole and Asparagus Stir Fry veggies

 

THURSDAY:  

Today is my Errand Day in my FlyLady Basic Weekly Plan.  I was probably only home for an hour total today!!!!

*Up bright and early before my family got up to get my workout in before my crazy day. I have to say I was NOT feeling it. (still have headache :( )

*20 minutes on the elliptical

 

*then almost did just 20 minutes inclines on the treadmill – I was tired and still had a headache. I decided to start reading my iBook The Compound Effect and that helped ‘distract’ me and get in another 20 minutes. Sometimes we just have to find ways to ‘trick’ ourselves so we can finish a workout. 😉

 

stopped by the store to get a few things for my kids to have breakfast before school. (needed to get to the store that bad! thank goodness its on my list for later)  I grabbed a Muscle Milk Light to get in my post workout fuel. 😉 -4

 

*WW weigh in – still not pretty – up 1.8 this week on top of the gain last week. :( Gotta keep trucking on and give my body time to adjust back after that Spring Break week I had. This is where patience really is the key. :/ -5

The topic of the meeting today was What is Working For You (or Not).

 

grabbed Subway for lunch on the way to get my oil changed and a much needed wash and detailing. It was such  a gorgeous day out that I sat outside in the sun and with the breeze it was just AWESOME!  Its amazing what sitting out in the sun rays for a little while can do for your mood! 😉

-Subway turkey on wheat with no cheese, honey mustard, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, onions, bell peppers, banana peppers, and salt and pepper -8

Ran more errands before picking up Gabe then still had to go to the grocery store.

ran home to fill Easter eggs with candy for my Activity Day Girls activity. Had this Fiber One brownie and a few jelly beans – 4

was still hungry and needed something to last me a little longer but all I had time for was to grab some PB and a banana -2

the girls had a great time hunting Eggs and talking about why we celebrate Easter. I just love SPRING!

 

ran home and had 10 minutes for Tay & Jay to change clothes for their first Soccer practice. Grabbed some grapes and a few almonds to last me through the next couple hours till I could get home to eat dinner. -2

 

This is the first time these girls have gotten to be in a sport – mainly because I refuse to over schedule my family with extra circular activities and with 4 kids that’s pretty easy to do since we’re pretty busy already.

Well I just have to say as a Mom –  just when you think you know your kids – you don’t!!!!  The one that I thought would hate it LOVED it and the one I thought would love it HATED it and boo-hoo cried within the first 10 minutes and said this “wasn’t right for her cause she’s dreamed her whole life of being in gymnastics”- Oh GEEZ!!!!  Gotta love those curve balls life throws at ya! 😉

After another stop at WM to get Jayde’s glasses adjusted and order her some sport glasses we FINALLY got home at 8pm.

 

I had sandwich stuff for the family to make homemade sub sandwiches but I was too tired and not really hungry for another sandwich so I just ate a serving of turkey – 2

and way toooo many of this awesome find!!!!!  These new Jalepeno Jack Sun Chips were sooooo good!! I was so exhausted that I ate them straight outta the bag – which I know is a big NO NO – cause I have no idea how many I ate. I know that I ate enough till I was satisfied.

I think I hit the pillow snoring!!!!!

Meanwhile, these two went on a Daddy Daughter date to see the midnight showing of The Hunger Games 

They both said it was AWESOME!  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shocking Before/After Rodeo Run Pics!

Today we ran the Conoco Phillips Rodeo Run. This is the 4th time I have run this particular 10K! I love this race … something about running through the streets of down town Houston with 15,000 participants!

This year was really fun because I got to hang out with some really cool girls!

Carman, Tammy, Erin, Me, and Heather all piled into my car this morning and headed to the race….

We met up with Brenya and her friend Sara! AND I ran into Cindy that I used to run with in Pearland! So fun!!

Tammy is a Weight Watchers leader and all three of us reached “lifetime” status last summer! You can read more about Tammy’s amazing transformation and her 120 lb weight loss HERE!

After the race, we ran into Brittany and Kallae! We all attend Karen’s WW class on Thursday mornings! (Don’t tell her we were in the ice cream line for free samples!!)

Carman and I were so excited to receive our new dietSNAPS shirts just in time for the race!

ONE YEAR AGO – we ran the same Rodeo Run and we had just discovered the dietSNAPS iPhone App! We began documenting our food intake utilizing the visual food journal! This along with attending our Weight Watchers meetings helped us reach our weight loss goals!

Here is the picture of Carman and I running last year… I was approximately 156 lbs.

Cathy and I doing the rodeo run in 2009… I was approximately 149 lbs.

And back in 2005, I ran with Cathy! (Read more about her HERE!) I weighed 188 lbs and was at a very low place emotionally. About a month before, she had come to my house for the weekend and I stayed in pajamas the whole time. I was telling her how miserable I felt… I didn’t know how to change and what to do to lose the weight. She was telling me about a girl that she had seen online that had reached her weight loss goal with Weight Watchers. I began reading Carrie’s blog!

I can’t even believe now that I am posting this picture… I was mortified the first time I saw it. However…. I want you to know that I KNOW how hard it is to make changes. I know what it feels like to be miserable and out of shape. I was embarrassed of what I had become. I had “let myself go” and I wanted to change! I just want you to know that it is possible! If you have the true desire to change… you can do it! Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams!

2005 ~ 2011 ~ 2012

 

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When You’re About To Quit

I’ve talked to several people recently who are really frustrated with trying to lose weight. There are times when counting points and following my Weight Watchers plan seems so simple, and other times that it feels like torture. I know there are tons of things that can affect my feelings… and I think it’s important to take notice of the times when things feel unusually difficult. For women, it could simply be “that time of the month…” (sorry if that is TMI).

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I just came across this Weight Watcher’s article “When You’re About To Quit.”

They offer 8 tips to help you keep going even when you feel like you can’t…. I’ll add my opinions next to their tips…

*Quit or keep going: it’s up to you… They say to imagine yourself at a crossroads… if you continue staying off plan, it’s so much harder to get back on. I completely agree. When I recognize that I’m way off track… I usually focus on the next 3 days. I use those 3 days to pay close attention to my foods, drink lots of water, and make sure I get in some exercise at the gym. (I’m currently on day 2 of getting back on track after last week)

*Expect it… like I said before, for me… I know that when I am pms-ing… it’s gonna be a hard week. It helps me to recognize that “it is what it is.”

*Get a move on motivation… I LOVE a good success story! It’s not hard to find them either… a quick google search or perusing the WW message boards and you will find other people like you! It gives me hope that I too can have the same success if I am consistent and patient!

*Eliminate the word “quit” from your vocabulary… I love this one. They say instead of “quitting”… tell yourself that you are just going to maintain for a while until you get your motivation back. There is nothing wrong with that! It’s way better than gaining all those unwanted pounds back.

*Don’t let plateau’s put you off… I remember that for about a month before I reached my goal weight… I was on a plateau. I can honestly say that it was a very frustrating experience. What if I had given up? I don’t even want to think about that. Like Carman says, keep on keeping on. It will happen.

*Figure out what has worked in the past… This is why I love my dietSNAPS app. I can easily look back at weeks when I was losing weight and see what I was eating. It helps me plan my menus for getting back to that same success.

*Try meal ideas… I’m a fan of finding new recipes. I have recently discovered Skinny Taste!

*Find a meeting… Get yourself in the company of people who you know will help motivate you, like the people at Weight Watchers meetings. I love our Thursday meetings with Karen. I look forward to seeing familiar faces each week… and Karen is just awesome!!!

Over the weekend, I saw this very inspirational video clip from the Barcelona Olympics in 1992… I really wanted to share it on here and I hope it helps you make the choice to never give up!!

My Fire Bites Today: 26 pts plus

*20 minutes of elliptical followed by 1 hr boot camp* +13

Links to recipes:

Roasted Veggies

Spaghetti Squash With Alfredo Sauce

Protein Waffle

Whey Protein Fruit Smoothie

Tortilla Pizza

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Hungry Girl Salutes Spaghetti Squash!

I get a daily Hungry Girl e-newsletter (if you don’t get them you should!!! TONS of great tips!!)  –  this mornings newsletter was  A Salute to Spaghetti Squash. If you’ve been following our blog for very long you have probably learned that we LOVE LOVE spaghetti squash!!!  We love all the fun ways you can incorporate it into your recipes and a great way it is to get another serving of veggies in. Its such an easy veggie to prepare and in this newsletter she explains the different ways to cook it and tons of cool recipe ideas. She also has tips on if you’ve never eaten it before how to slowly try it in your recipes. Click on the link above to read her awesome newsletter!

Here are just a few recipes that we love with spaghetti squash!

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

Alfredo Spaghetti Squash with Chicken

Turkey Chili Over Spaghetti Squash

Teriyaki Turkey over Spaghetti Squash

Veggies over Spaghetti Squash

 

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How do you like to eat Spaghetti Squash???

 

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Your Mind Set

Yesterday’s Weight Watchers meeting was really good… and Deep! 😉

We talked a lot about mind set… and how we change from the outside in. Our leader Karen compared our changes to a Target. Imagine going from the outer rings to the inner core…

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Our changes are measured from our:

Environment > Behaviors > Capabilities > Beliefs > Identity

It’s a good idea to think about each of these things and how they will affect you as you make changes. Starting out on your journey, you will be very aware of your environment… the foods in your kitchen, the rules you are trying to follow (like the points system on WW), counting calories, taking pictures with your phone for dietSNAPS, etc. You will learn to control your environment to the best of your ability in order to see success. Eventually, those things will lead to a change in your behavior. You will have to change the way you do things. You will practice making those changes… not making changes perfectly… but learning as you go along. You will have times when your behaviors will yield positive results…. and other times when you will fail. Be kind to yourself. You’re human and you are going to make mistakes, it’s how we learn. Over time…. you will start to recognize your capabilities. You CAN make better choices for yourself and take responsibility of situations. You don’t have to make the choices you used to make… You are capable of making better ones! And you will believe that! Ultimately your personal identity will change. You no longer think of yourself as overweight, miserable and out of shape. You are now fit and much more confident in your abilities. This whole thing is a process, but you will be so glad you have gone through it. You will be so grateful for the things you will learn about yourself.

Karen talked about the importance of getting rid of the labels that people impose on you.

Example: Stop saying that you are an “emotional eater” (if you have always believed that)… Instead, replace that statement with something like… I am a responsible eater! Believe in yourself. Be proud of your daily accomplishments.

In closing… she left us with this awesome quote by Henry David Thoreau:

“Things do not change, we change!”