3 by 30

In just a few months, I’ll be turning 30 years old.  I thought that perhaps I would feel depressed or weirded out by this, like I did when I was turning 25, but honestly I’m really excited.  I am doing exactly what I want to be doing with my life and where I feel called to be–at home with my son, focusing on my family, and spending more time helping people change their lives.  I’m less stressed, I’m happier, and I’m content with this season of my life.

It’s been a trend on blogs and throughout the internet world to come up with a list of 30 things to accomplish before you turn 30 (or while you are 30), and I’m debating coming up with a list like that.  In the meantime, I have a few fairly major goals that I want to accomplish before my 20s are over.

My biggest goal that I want to focus on for the next 3 months is losing 20 or more pounds.  I have 15 weeks between now and my birthday, and if I can lose 1-2 lbs per week for those 15 weeks, I will have lost at least 20 lbs.  That is a huge goal for me, but it’s also realistic.  I’ve gained some weight over the past year, but most of it has been in the last 6 months or so since I have been preparing to leave teaching and adjusting to staying home.  I laid out my plan to get out of my rut last week, and this goal just gives me something concrete to work toward.

My next goal is to get on a better schedule for myself.  I’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping, which means I’ve been staying up too late, waking up in the middle of the night, turning my alarm off in my sleep, and sleeping until Liam wakes me up to start our day.  Even though I don’t have a set “start” time to clock in as a stay at home mom (well, I guess whenever Liam wakes up) that I HAVE to be up and ready to go, I have things to get done that are really hard to accomplish if I don’t get up earlier.  I am going to be following the “miracle morning” routine (and I’m doing a free group for it next week on Facebook!) to help me get my workout, Bible study, and personal development reading done before anyone else wakes up in my house.  I’m also joining an accountability group with other women who are doing this routine for the next 90 days to help my accountability and motivation with this.  It’s always easier to accomplish your goals when you have some like-minded people to help you!

My last goal is related to the first two–I want to continue to build my business!  I love helping people get healthy, running challenge groups, helping people figure out how to overcome struggles on their journey, and just talking with people!  I’ve taken a step back from those activities just a little bit over the past couple of weeks to focus on myself and really get a plan of action together for taking care of ME, and I’m really excited to get back into a routine with my business, too.  Because of my weight gain and my sleep issues, my business has suffered a little bit because I’ve been spending my days trying to fit in the things that I should be doing in the mornings.  I’m really excited to see how focusing on my first two goals will help with my third goal!

Life is all about seasons and balance.  There will always be ups and downs.  The key for me right now is giving myself some grace with where I am, making goals for where I want to be, and knowing that I can get where I want to be because I’ve done it before!

Do you have any goals for the end of 2016?  I’d love to hear them!

Meal Plan 9.25-10.1

Sorry this is a little late this week!  I’ve been taking a little bit of a step back from somethings the past couple of weeks, which has been awesome for my mindset.  I needed just a short break from some things, and after just a couple of weeks I am already missing my routine, including planning out blog posts.

Here is my meal plan for this week!  Only a few of these have actual recipes because the others are very simple and I just kind of throw some things together in a pan.

Breakfasts–vegan chocolate shakeology with unsweetened vanilla cashew milk, ice, unsweetened coconut flakes, natural peanut butter, banana, and oats.

Lunch: mostly leftovers, but I have the ingredients for zucchini pizza bites for the inevitable day we don’t have enough leftovers.

Dinners:

Grilled chicken sandwiches (I just used the spicy Mrs. Dash seasoning with a little bit of salt) with caramalized onion, bacon, and a side of green beans

Apple and onion chicken with green beans (diced onion/apple roasted with chicken breast)

Greek turkey burgers with Brussels sprouts

Clean Eating Taco Bowls

Baked Tilapia with roasted sweet potato and green beans

 

I’ve been finding and saving different fall recipes on my Pinterest Eat Fresh board that I’m really excited to try out, especially different crockpot and soup meals.  Check it out for some extra ideas and inspiration!

 

My Specific “Getting Out of My Rut” Plan

Earlier this week I shared the struggles I’ve been having with my health and fitness.  Thank you so much for the support you’ve sent me over the past couple of days!  It always helps to know that you’re not alone in your struggles–one of my favorite things about being a coach! ❤

I wanted to share my plan for getting out of my rut.  The steps are really simple, but it’s definitely not easy.  It will require dedication, a positive mindset, and help from my support system!

  • Making specific goals, both directly tied to my measurements and non-scale goals.  For the rest of the month, my goals are
    • Not skip any workouts (following 21 Day Fix Extreme)
    • Follow my clean eating plan with no cheats (meaning no sweet tea, no white bread, no candy/desserts–these are my biggest issues)
    • See the number on the scale go down
    • See the measurement numbers go down (I’m not making specific number goals because I can’t necessarily control how much I lose, but as long as it’s a downward trend I’ll be happy)
  • Planning and prepping my food.  I’m going to spend Saturday mornings meal planning, and Sunday night/Monday morning meal prepping.  For me, that means including snacks and lunches in my plans.  If I don’t plan specific foods for snacks, I end up eating junk that doesn’t help me get to my goals.
  • Reminding myself of my goals every day–this will include my short term goals (what I already went over), but also my long term goals.  I want to get back down to my weight/measurements from a year ago, and I want to be able to fit into my size 4 jeans comfortably.  I was almost comfortable in a 4 a year ago, and now my size 6 jeans are kind of tight.  Yikes).
    • Reminding myself about my goals helps me remember that I can’t be looking for instant gratification, and helps energize me when I’m lacking motivation.
  • Giving myself more accountability with my workouts by working out with my husband.  I’ve been struggling to get up with my alarm and get my workout in, which has caused me to miss several workouts in the past few weeks.  Now that my husband is getting up and working out with me, we are both encouraging and challenging each other to stick to the program.  Plus, we are both pretty competitive.  I want to keep being able to use the heavier weights.

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  • Staying accountable to my challengers by posting my food more often.  Since food is what I’ve really been struggling with, I want to post more of it in my groups and on my social media to help hold myself accountable to what I’m doing.  We have daily check ins with each other, too, and I want to be able to say that I rocked my nutrition every single day between now and the end of the challenge (which is Oct 2nd).

This is my plan right now.  I’m trying to be disciplined with myself, but also be realistic that I may need to be flexible on certain days.  I’ve been way too relaxed and lazy in the last few months, and my body and the way I feel really shows that.  I’m excited to tighten up my discipline, tighten up my body, and share the journey along the way!

Getting Out of A Rut–Again!

Almost exactly a year ago I wrote a post about being stuck in a rut and how to get out of it.  It is so funny to me that I’m feeling almost the same way now at the same time of year, but in a totally different life situation.

I thought that once I decided to stay home full time and leave a job that left me feeling really unhappy and anxious and depressed and stressed ALL THE TIME would mean that I would somehow magically transform into a super fit person.  Without the stress, without the time constraint of the job, without the unhappiness that came with the stress.  What has happened in reality, however, is totally different.

Last August when we moved into our new house, I was the most fit I have ever been.  I was at the lowest weight I’ve ever been since before getting pregnant (like, way before getting pregnant) and was feeling really awesome.  And then school started, and it was a really tough year for me.  I was really unhappy and posted about it a little on here.  Lots of stress, exhaustion, and anxiety. Over the course of the school year, I gained about 10 lbs and went up a couple of inches.  I was consistently working out and working on my nutrition, but not eating clean consistently enough to see the results I wanted.  I know that part of my weight gain was stress, too–it affects your body so much.

When the school year ended, I was really looking forward to focusing on my health more and being able to get back to where I want to be with my body and fitness level.  But to frank, that hasn’t happened.  The adjustment to being a stay-at-home mom was a lot tougher than I thought it would be, even though I expected some tough transition time.  We had a busy summer and it felt like we were constantly traveling, so I wasn’t able to get into a good routine for a couple of months.  My husband’s job has a semi-flexible schedule, too, so that means that sometimes he is home and wants to just hang out with me, which made it hard to get into a routine.  My toddler tornado decided that mommy staying home was the perfect time to give up naps, so that “me” time I thought I would get to workout or meal prep or work my business disappeared with no warning.

I haven’t been great at dealing with the constant changes.  I’ve always been an emotional eater, and this summer has been no different.  With all the changes and tantrums and interruptions and struggles, I’ve not dealt with it in the healthiest way, so instead of getting fitter and having my measurements go down, they’ve kept creeping up.

I know that this struggle is really common and a ton of moms go through it, but it’s been hard for me to face that I’ve let my health go so much.  I’ve not been sleeping well/enough, I haven’t been planning and preparing healthy food for my days, I haven’t been following my workout program, and I haven’t been eating clean.  It’s embarrassing, but that’s my reality right now.

Sometimes I feel like I have to be perfect all the time because I’m a coach.  But that’s not reality and that’s too much pressure on myself.  I’m a person with weaknesses and flaws, just like everyone else, and my health is a journey that I will have to constantly reassess and refocus and deal with the struggles.

The best part of being a coach in this situation, though, is being so EMPOWERED to know exactly what I need to do.  I don’t have to worry and wonder what in the world I should do to get myself out of this rut–I know exactly the steps to take.  And they’re simple!  I have a team of fellow coaches around me, and I have my challenge group and fellow challengers to help me along the way.  The support I get every single day despite my struggles energizes me to work toward my goals.  I’m flipping the switch in my mind and instead of focusing on the slip-ups, I am focusing on how far I’ve come–physically, mentally, and emotionally–than when I started my health journey almost 2 years ago.

Are you in the same boat as me?  Struggling with your health and needing some extra motivation and encouragement?  I’d love to talk with you and have you join me on this journey together!  Contact me through the links at the top of the page or email me at wweaver0@gmail.com.

Meal Plan 9.18-9.24

Another week has started yet again!  I’ve planned out my week a little more specifically this time, with planned snacks and lunches.  Recently I’ve just been planning to eat leftovers for snacks and lunch, but that just leaves it open for me to run through a drive-thru or eat something not really on my meal plan.  Nutrition has been a struggle lately!  But that’s all changing this week with this plan!

Breakfast–Vegan Chocolate Shakeology with 1 tsp PB, 2 TBSP unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk, a banana, and 1/4 cup oats.

Lunches–roasted sweet potatoes with chopped avocado and 2 eggs (I will also have some leftovers throughout the week)

Snacks–chocolate coconut milk, Dark Chocolate Almond and Coconut KIND bars, baby carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, spicy hummus, greek yogurt, and strawberries

Dinners

Sunday–Spicy Thai Salad from Panera

Monday–Clean Eating Turkey Sloppy Joes

Tuesday–Paleo Chicken Stir Fry

Wednesday–Clean Eating Taco Bowls

Thursday–Skinny Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Friday–Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

 

I tried really hard to make sure I was including flavors that I love, as well as some sweetness to my food this week.  The yogurt and strawberries are awesome, especially when I drizzle them with honey, and the KIND bars have a really good chocolate flavor without being too much.  Of course, my favorite sweet treat is my shake every morning!

I’m looking forward to getting great results this week with such an awesome plan!

 

Meal Plan 9.11-9.17

This week’s meal plan is a little light because of me being gone for a girls’ trip.  Fun fun!

Sunday: Clean Eating Sloppy Joes (so tasty and easy!)

Monday: Creamy Smoky Chipotle Pork Chops with green beans

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Mexican Chicken Soup from Fixate (I always skip the tortilla part)

Thursday: Grilled Chicken with green beans and rice

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Leftovers/sandwiches (I made some awesome wheat bread that we are loving!)

 

It’s still a crazy mess in my head and schedule, so simple and repetitive is really helping me out right now.  I’ve been pinning some healthy fall recipes and looking for healthy crockpot recipes, so check out my boards!

Blueberry Lemon Muffins

My son loves blueberries, so I’m always looking for different ways to use them.  He is so happy just eating them fresh out of a bowl, but I love to make new things that all of us can enjoy.  I found this old recipe from my favorite blogger, and I’m so glad I brought it back!

These muffins are light, moist, and have a great blueberry flavor.  The original recipe calls for a sugar topping, but since I forgot to add that and they were still great, I left that part out of the recipe I’m sharing below.

If you love blueberries or have a little one who loves them, put these on your to-make list!  ***I count one muffin as a yellow treat in the 21 Day Fix eating plan.

Blueberry Lemon Muffins (slightly adapted from Annie’s Eats)

2 cups white whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

4 tbsp coconut oil (melted)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cinnamon applesauce

2 large eggs

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp buttermilk (I used heavy cream and it was fine!)

2 tsp vanilla extract

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 pint fresh blueberries

 

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line a muffin tin with paper liners and spray with cooking spray to grease.  In one bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring to mix.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk the coconut oil and sugar together until well mixed.  Whisk in the applesauce.  Add the eggs, one at a time. Stir in lemon zest.

In a liquid measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, vanilla, and lemon juice.  Stir to combine and set aside.

Add half of the flour mixture to the sugar/applesauce mixture and mix well.  Add all of the liquid and mix well.  Add the rest of the flour mixture and mix well.

Fold in the blueberries gently with a rubber spatula.

Using a 1/4-1/3 cup measuring cup, fill muffin tins about 2/3 full with batter.

Bake for about 24 minutes, rotating pans halfway through, until toothpick comes out clean from the muffins.

***I usually put half of the baked muffins in the freezer after they have completely cooled.  They keep really well frozen and are still yummy microwaved!