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Beautiful Dandelions

No! Dandelions aren’t beautiful you crazies!  We spray our yards for them so it looks crisp and lusciously green. Those damn dandelions. We see them down the street at a nearby house. As we walk by that certain house with all of their dandelions, it’s easy to think that they don’t take care of their yard or that they just don’t care. Who am I kidding, we have a couple too. Then I see me son…his eyes and curious fingers don’t go for the crisp green grass. No, they go for the gold dandelion.

His pure innocence takes ahold of me and really gives me a different outlook. We see everything so ugly. It’s hard not to in this world. To him, everything is beautiful and magical. It could be a gold dandelion, an older dandelion (the kind you blow in the wind), our dog’s smelly fur, the creases in our hand me down furniture, the wrinkles in my mom’s smile, or the gray hair on my dad’s face. EVERYTHING to him is beautiful.

Today, it’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of our world. You get on whatever social media account and see the worst. It’s sad really. We are more prone to judge others because of it. We scroll down our feeds just to see what juicy information we can find. It’s not our faults. We can’t turn the Television on without seeing something insane.

I’m sad that I am raising my son in a world with such violence and hate towards each other. The only thing I can do is raise him to treat others with respect. One thing that really bothers me are those crazy, hot head drivers. Sorry person honking behind me, I will turn when there aren’t cars in my path. Or the person who gets angry with the poor handicap people driving. They are doing their best. We are all doing our best. Don’t give people a hard time at life. They are doing the best they can. Give them support instead if you think they need it. You don’t walk in their shoes. You don’t know what their life is like. So instead of being rude. Be Kind. Offer a smile, a hand, or nice words. Be Kind. 

So maybe dandelions are beautiful. You just need to look at them from a different point of view ;-).

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So this weekend I made healthy banana pancakes! One thing I have found out about my fit journey is that I cook more now than I ever did before, haha! My poor husband. Another thing that I’ve noticed when I cook is the HUGE mess I make. I could never own my own bakery, I would come home and look like a ghost with flour all over me. Honestly, I’m messy with most things. I should change my blog to the “messy mom.” Hmmmm .

Anyway, I started out with two bananas. I put them in a bowl and smushed them real good until smooth!

B1

After they are smooth (note, they are not fully smooth in that pic ^). Add two eggs.

B2

At this point you may use a whisk to mix the ingredients together. Begin mixing the eggs into the mixture. Then add 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 cup flour, 1tsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp of baking soda.

B3 Give it a good mix until smooth! Use 1/4 cup to make your cakes. It should make around 6 pancakes 🙂  I couldn’t believe how good they were! There are actually better ways to make this even more healthy- like instead of flour, baking powder, and baking soda-just use oats! Those are next on my list to try :-).  I also can’t believe how awful these pictures are, LOL.

If you remember last week I didn’t do too well with this fit journey. I’m really motivated this week! Stay tuned for my meal prep!

 

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Relationships Matter

For our entire lives we have relationships that surround us. I have many relationships that I cherish deeply that include Family, friends, and God… to just name a few. It’s important that these people in your life understand how much they mean to you. You lean on them and they will lean on you.

My family has always been super close. My parents worked really hard to ensure that we are close and always will be. The memories I have growing up make me laugh so hard. My sisters and I definitely had our moments. Once, my older sister was driving me and our little sister to school. There was snow on the road and we were taking the back way. My oldest sister and I were screaming at each other over clothes while my little sister in the back was sighing at our argument. We come up to a stop sign and begin to slide, the three of us start screaming in unison……we barely tap the stop sign. We all burst out in laughter so hard we’re crying. We have had a lot of laughing until we cry moments, but we have also had the moments where they tell me how I’m being and I tell them. Even if it makes us mad. It’s important to have your family. They will be with you to make you laugh, and be brutally honest with you.

How do they fit into my fit journey? Well, my little sister has always been a fit chick! She had abs the day she was born. My older sister has had two babies and bounced back like her skin was a rubber band (I’m the Oompa Loompa middle child)! They are also both amazing people with booming careers ahead of them (one in grad school, the other is a great photographer     <check her out!) …They motivate me to be more like them more than they know.

Friendships are also a major part of my life. I have a few people that make me smile everyday. To them, it seems like all of my ideas and thoughts are awesome! I tell them I’m losing weight- “AWESOME, go Hannah! Let’s compete on Fitbit!” I tell them about a new business venture I’m thinking about- “yes!!! You should do it!” I tell them that I’ve cheated on my diet- “hell, me too!! Don’t worry about that!” I love the support I get from them and when going through this fit journey, it’s awesome having people like them by my side.

I have a son that I can’t wait to see where our relationship grows. I hope he always needs me. Even when he is my age someday. I talk to my parents almost everyday, and as he grows I hope he feels the need to talk to us too. Since my son can’t really talk to support me in this journey of mine right now, our relationship motivates me. I want to be able to keep up with him in his future. I’m scared if I don’t do something now, I won’t be able to then. As much as I am proud of him, someday, I want him to be proud of me.

Someone else by my side who I don’t talk about often enough is God. I don’t go to church as often as I should, but there aren’t many nights that I go without talking to him. He has helped my family through some difficult times and he is also helping me through this journey I’m on.

So why do relationships actually matter? You might believe differently, but they make us who we are. They help up evolve. Without my family I wouldn’t have learned the necessary lessons or what Love truly is, without my friends I think I would be insane, without God there would nothing. 

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I’m not going to lie, this week was difficult. I wasn’t able to get out and workout as much as I wanted and I really just did not like my salmon meal prep as much as I thought I would! With that being said, I did have a couple cheat meals. UGH…I’m so disappointed in myself. Last week I did so good! When I do workout everyday, I am more prone to eating how I should. Positive note, at least I am figuring out how to work through this and what works for me and my body. OH! I did find a good article solidifying my morning oats!! 5 Things That Happened When I Ate Oatmeal Every Morning For A Month

I love having them in the morning and this article says exactly how I feel about having them. If you haven’t tried to eat them lately and you’re looking for a change (especially if you are on a diet) I recommend eating them!

Next week I don’t think I will be getting fancy with my dinner meal prep and just keep it simple. Stay tuned!

fit · healthy · meal prep

Gym Shenanigans 

I used to be a butterfly in a gym. Meaning, I was fluttering around, doing my own thing, and able to land anywhere gracefully. Then I got squashed! Squashed by my own stupid fluttering in my beautiful life. I got too distracted and started not caring. So now in a gym, I’m an awkward elephant. Stumbling over my feet with my short trunk, fat head, and stumpy limbs.

Ugh, the struggle is seriously real! I can’t even do a lunge anymore without feeling like my knee is going to explode in all directions. Please people, give me some alternative to lunges. I’m sure I can just look it up, but I’m curious to what others are doing in that department. When I first discovered that I was having these problems with my knees was last week during one of my leg days. Ever since, I just haven’t been able to get over it. I feel silly not knowing what I could do different. I’m really struggling with that fact that once I was a fit queen to now being a chubby champion. Some of you might be thinking I’m being really hard on myself. I don’t see it that way, I’m just realistic. I know what I am and what I’m not.

I don’t think I’m not beautiful, my husband tells me everyday. I don’t think I’m not confident… I can walk around my house in the skimp and not think twice. Everyone has some sort of flaws, I’m just extremely aware of them and don’t care to share!

However, when I am at a gym I just shrivel inside. I can’t hide fast enough or finish what I’m doing fast enough. It’s so crazy! I don’t want to be like that because I do enjoy working out. It’s MY time. I’m just not using it effectively. When I first started out, I thought this part would be easy and eating healthy would be hard. It’s the total opposite. I love meal prepping and it’s working!

What is working for me at the gym? Cardio and free weights. I don’t do a whole lot of free weights, just the minimum really; curls, triceps, butterflies…. I used to do lunges before my knees were going to splatter and squats. I know there are other things I can be doing to help me. This part of it is just going to take me some time to get comfortable with it again.

I think being truly comfortable with any journey will always help people excel. If you’re in a new relationship, you don’t truly grow  until you are 100% comfortable. If you are at a new job, you don’t truly excel until you are 100% comfortable. If you are new to a school, you don’t truly achieve academic greatness until you are 100% comfortable. I am waiting for my 100% comfortable, then I will truly thrive in my fit journey.  

In the meantime, here is my meal prep for the week! Breakfast- overnight oats: 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup light almond milk, half scoop cake batter protein. For Friday’s I added a dash of cinnamon because it’s Friday (duh). Lunch- ground turkey with brown rice, seasonings, and diced bell peppers. Broccoli and asparagus too! Dinner- Baked lemon Salmon, sweet potato, and broccoli.

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It’s a Start

Welcome to my new blog! The contents of this blog will contain my journey to getting fit and what I consider a healthy lifestyle! I feel like keeping up with a blog will also encourage me to hold myself accountable while on this fit path. Being a mom to one precious baby boy has opened my eyes that being fit will benefit not only me, but my family as well. The way I see it is if I feel better physically and mentally (about myself) than I will be a better mom and wife. My husband is on this journey too, however, I don’t think he is as serious as I am, haha (sorry, love).

Growing up I was never skinny. I would say that I was fit going through high school. I was involved in softball, enjoyed working out, and lifted or did cardio everyday. I attempted to continue this trend as I ventured onto college. I did well the first year! I even thought I was going to be a personal trainer at one point (I was also drowning trying to decide what I wanted to do the rest of my life). I also met my husband during that year! Being fit turned less into a priority and more like a chore. I was a really busy college student. I worked part time, went to school full time, and visited my husband on the weekends. Those weekends consisted of beer, Taco Bell, and the occasional fraternity party. Needles to say, I wasn’t focused on my body image and more just enjoying myself…ultimately “letting myself go.” Fast forward 7 years, being married 2 of those years, and 1 baby later…here I am, wishing that I could go back and eat one more taco while drinking a beer and not feel guilty.

Now, I’m not going to tell you how much I weigh at this point. If I succeed in this journey I most definitely will! I have taken before pictures and everything! I will tell you that I am not going on some fad diet plan. I already know how to lose weight and get in shape. It’s just a matter of mental strength and the will to accomplish my fit goals. I plan to eat better and exercise more! When starting to exercise some people aren’t sure what to do exactly. However, I don’t feel this is an area I falter in only because I did it seriously for 6 years of my life. However, eating healthier is going to and has been the hardest challenge for me. To help me with that I’ve decided to meal prep. I have found it to make my days more freeing and not to go astray from what I’m trying to do. I’m starting out slow because it is the first time I am meal prepping and the better I get at it the more complex my meals will be.

For all the weeks ahead my breakfast will continue to be the same unless I see it necessary to change. I’m using a cup of plain oatmeal and putting a tbsp of peanut butter in it. It  keeps me so full that I don’t even want a snack before lunch. During my first week of meal prep I made ground turkey mixed with rice and bell peppers, sliced carrots and broccoli on the side for lunch. For dinner I made lemon Tilapia, half of a sweet potato, and a mixture of asparagus and broccoli. I made the dinner portion for two because my husband wants in on the fun! After my first week of meal prepping and working out, I lost 3 lbs! After this,  I’m pretty confident in what I have planned for myself in this new fit lifestyle. I hope you will join me and see what I have planned! Look for my next post to see what I did and how much I lost during my second week!