• Why I joined Weight Watchers

    On March 1st I decided to join Weight Watchers.

    As someone who has struggled with weight for most of their adult life, it was time. I’ve never shied away from sharing my weight gain and loss journey with you guys. And this time is no different. I have tried different things in the past that have worked and some that didn’t, but ultimately I guess my head just wasn’t in it to win it!

    Last Fall I purchased a size 18 pair of jeans and went home and cried. I felt like crap. And I kept asking myself how I got here. After wearing them for a day and kept having to pull them up I felt a little better that I had to go grab a size down but still wearing a 16 was nothing to be excited about. However, not more than a month later those 16s were so tight that I was solely wearing the 18s, and over the winter I wore them every single time I left the house.  I would come home and put on sweatpants, that were also tight if I’m being honest!

    This year I turned 35 and as my birthday came and went I was reflecting on a lot of different things. One of which was my weight. Here I was 35 years old and at my heaviest weight. These are supposed to be the best times of my life and the only thing I was enjoying was my food! I was only a few pounds away from my highest ever weight, even while pregnant.

    So on March 1st my friend text me and told me that the day before she joined Weight Watchers. I thought, “that is awesome, I’m glad she is doing that for herself!” But within minutes I was thinking, “Why aren’t I joining as well?” I looked at the website for a few minutes and decided to go for it and I signed up too.

    I love that we joined at the same time. It has been great for accountability, motivation and talking about meal planning. With the weather getting nicer I have been able to get out and walk to take and pick up kids from school, plus we are already spending lots of time at the park. I have been exercising a moderate amount, mainly doing pilates or HIIT workouts. These are examples of the workouts I’ve been doing. I found these on Pinterest and I’ll keep it real- this gal doesn’t do burpees!

    As far as the food part goes I have already made so many changes. I’m not eating anything I don’t like. I’m not over here eating weird foods that I wouldn’t typically eat. I’m not starving myself or living off of dressing-less salads.  The first is how much less I eat. I haven’t had a single day go by where I felt like I wasn’t getting enough to eat. I also haven’t had any days where I felt sick to my stomach because I overate so much. I am just learning to make better food choices.  Also, I track every bite I take. Even if that means I go over my daily points. The blue dots below indicate the days I stayed within my points.

    I never thought that counting points would be for me, but I guess the proof in is the amount of weight that I lost this last month and I am excited to see how I do in April!

    I know those results aren’t typical, but I made it happen. Weight Watchers really does make it easy for you and if you are on the fence about trying it, I say do it! Whether you have a little or a lot to lose, this program is working for me. (And I have about 75 pounds that I’d ultimately like to lose!) If you are looking for some motivation, I will be sharing this journey in my facebook group as well. —> The Road to a Healthy You

    This post is NOT sponsored. I am sharing my Weight Watchers journey with you because I love that in one month my size 18 jeans are so big I am constantly pulling them up. And those size 16s? I am having to pull those up as well. I even busted out a size 14 out of my closet yesterday. They were darn snug but they buttoned, which they didn’t just over a month ago. You can imagine what that does for a girls self-esteem. ♥

    If you are interested in posts like these, check out 10 Ways to Stay Motivated, and Healthy Eats.

  • 21 Day Fix All Purpose Seasoning

    I love this seasoning because it can go on anything! It is a great 21 Day Fix all purpose seasoning and it is a FREEBIE! You can put it on whatever you are going to eat to give it some extra flavor. I typically put it on chicken!

    21 Day Fix Seasoning

    I actually made this in a bit of a “bulk” and put it into an older empty season container so I have it anytime I need it.

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    4 tsp. onion powder
    2 tsp. garlic powder
    2 tsp. mustard powder
    1/4 tsp. dried thyme
    1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
    1 tsp. sea salt

    Enjoy!

  • 10 Ways to Stay Motivated during your Fitness Journey

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and alli® weight loss aid. All opinions are mine alone. #alliInMyLife #Before #CollectiveBias

    Weight is something I have struggled with most of my life, and after 3 kids, it surely hasn’t gotten any easier. I actually like working out. Maybe not the first few days, but once I get settled into a routine and keep it going it is just a part of my day that I enjoy. The single biggest deterrent for me is actually starting…. Right, doing that very first workout! It is hard! But you do it and it makes you feel good and after a short time you start seeing results and that gives you that excitement to keep it going!

    So then what’s the problem?

    10 Ways to Stay Motivated

    The problem is that there are temptations all around us. Temptation to skip workouts, temptation to eat cookies instead of carrots, drink soda instead of water.

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    One thing I am doing differently this time around is alli® weight loss aid.

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    It blocks 25% of the fat you eat from being absorbed by your body.

    So I picked up the box from Walgreens.

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    How do you know if alli® weight loss aid* is right for you?

    It is for:

    -Overweight adults (BMI > 25) who are 18 years or older.

    -Women who are NOT pregnant or nursing.

    -People who will be consuming a reduced-calorie and low fat diet.

    So today is day one of this new journey. I figured I’d spare you from seeing a “before” in a bikini. We’ve been there and I know you don’t want to see it again! But here is what I look like today, fully clothed.

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    I had my 14 year old take my pictures and he told me to “say cheeseburgers”. Little stinker!

    I know that staying motivated during your weight loss journey isn’t easy. So today I am trying to set you up with a couple of tips and tools to help you and me!

    Here are 10 Ways to Stay Motivated during your fitness journey:

    1. “Before and after” pictures, weight and measurements

    I understand that you may not want a “before” picture to look back on. But I am here to tell you that Yes, you do! When you get down the road, and maybe are struggling, looking back on that before photo, or your measurements and see how far you have come, could just be that breaking point to get you back on track.

    1. Find an accountability partner.

    Find someone that can help you stay on track. Don’t have someone? Find me on Instagram and follow me. Tell me you need an accountability partner and I will follow you back and be that partner for you! (follow me here)

    1. Keep track of your water intake (And don’t drink your calories)

    I know drinking water can sometimes be hard. Some people don’t like it, and most people don’t get enough! You should really be drinking half of your body weight in oz! Yeah, I know that is a lot! I love water but even I don’t get the amount I need every day. So to mix it up I will add cucumber and lemon. That is my favorite combo. But sometimes I add fruit, like oranges and strawberries just to make it different.

    One thing I do is fill up a gallon jug to keep me on track!

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    1. Meal prep and keep track of your food (cook at home)

    Meal prepping isn’t for everyone. But it is a key to my success and when I meal prep I do so much better with my food intake. I end up with containers full of fresh fruit and veggies that I can easily pack into a small container if I am going somewhere and it helps me avoid temptations, like running through a drive-thru!

    And doesn’t this all look delicious?

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    1. Work out every day

    I know, it is hard! You work, you have kids to take care of, you go to school, or maybe you do all of the above… But you can find easy workouts that you can do each day. Even if it means getting up 30 minutes earlier to get your workout in before you have to head out the door,  going for a walk during your lunch break, working out with your kids sitting right next to you. But find the time to get it in!

    1. Limit what you are eating late in the evening. (apples and pb, veggies, string cheese, greek yogurt)

    I am terrible at taking this piece of advice! Come late in the evening I get my kids in bed and my husband and I raid the fridge and pantry. We are pulling out ice cream, candy, chips, whatever we need to fulfil that craving. But that is partly where the meal planning comes in. Plan to have snacks for in the evening like Greek yogurt and add some fruit into it. Or eat a string cheese, or have apple slices with peanut butter.

    1. Don’t let the weekend ruin your progress

    Another hard one for me! We don’t typically eat out during the week. So if we’re going to do it it’s going to happen on the weekend. And I am not very good about eating from the “healthy” menu! But you don’t want to spend all week eating great and exercising and then ruining all your progress on the weekend. So limit your alcohol, skip the fried food, take a healthier option to your friends BBQ.

    1. Celebrate your “non scale victories”

    Not sure what a non scale victory is? It is when your clothes start to fit you better. When you realize you are having less cravings. Maybe you are sleeping better or push ups don’t feel quite so hard. Celebrate those milestones because it means that you are doing something right.

    1. Reward yourself. But not with food.

    I made a chart before summer to keep track of not only my weight loss, but the milestones I wanted to hit and the rewards I would give myself once I hit them. Have you ever heard that quote, “Don’t reward yourself with food, you’re not a dog!” And that is the truth. Reward yourself with something fun like a new pair of jeans, or getting a pedicure!

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    1. Remember you are doing this for YOU!

    YOU are the most important part of this journey. When you get discouraged remind yourself of why you are doing this. Is it so you can keep up with your kids? Is it so that you can rock any outfit you choose? Is it to be healthy? No matter the reason it always comes back to doing it for yourself.

    Use this Activity and Intake Log to keep track of what you are doing to work out, eat and drink!ActivityIntake Log

    (Link to printable version of Activity Log)

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    Do you already do any of these things? What works to keep you motivated?

    *I am not a doctor and you should consult your physician before starting on any weight loss journey*

    *alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions. In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.

  • 3 things

    It’s a miracle, she’s alive…..! I really am still around….

    Today I am linking up with The Foley Fam, Coffee-n-ink and Absolute Mommy for 3 Things Thursday. 3 gals I have met in real life, and they are all pretty awesome, so check them out.

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    3 Things:

    1. Blogging. Ya, it just hasn’t been happening lately. Sadly. Last Summer and Fall I had made enough recipes to get me through the winter months of Foodie Friday without having to worry about making something new and having crappy lighting to take my pictures. But I haven’t really even been sharing many of those. And when you do get a blog post, a lot of them have been sponsored. I’m constantly thinking about what I even have to say. And if what I am saying even matters to anyone. Who really cares about what I just ate, or that I am at the park with my kids? Or what I am painting now? Plus, I am just busy! My kids keep my so busy, and I’m working on projects around the house, and when I get 5 minutes to relax you can find me on my couch watching Netflix. (Nurse Jackie right now, what are YOU watching?) or working out…. which leads me to number 2.stop thinking so hard
    2. Working out. Ya, it isn’t really happening either. I was doing so good for a while with exercising every single day and eating good, I had lost 18 pounds. But then I hit a plateau and I think instead of letting that motivate me to get passed it, I just lost motivation instead. I even bought Cize to give me a pick me up and I love it. It is fun and I sweat like crazy. But I just can’t make myself do it everyday. It’s been super hit and miss. Also, my eating is the same, not terrible but could be much better.  I created this Facebook group to help keep me and other accountable. It is for any and everyone looking to get healthier, so please, come join!The road to a healthy you fb
    3. I need new glasses. I remember when I was a kid and my parents would point out something really far away and ask me what it said. I could almost always read it. I could see things so far away and they always commented on how awesome my eyesight was. But then a couple of years ago I started having trouble seeing distance and got glasses. And the past few months my left eye seems to be getting worse and worse so next week I have an eye appointment. Is it a sign of old age that I am looking forward to new glasses? Also, I love my red glasses so do I keep them or get new ones?IMG_20160211_095452

    PS. I’ve joined Snapchat username thecolbertclan and I don’t know what I’m doing… but I’m working on it!

    What are 3 things you’re doing this week?

  • 2015 Year In Review

    Hey now friends! Welcome to the Blogging Besties’ 2015: A Year in Review Link-Up Party!

    We are ready to show 2o16 who’s the boss, but before we do, we want to give 2015 a proper send-off. The highs, the lows, the smiles, the tears, the trips, the holidays, the birthdays, the anniversaries, the babies…whatever it is that made 2015 special, we want to know about it! Grab a button, visit the hosts, and link up your post about what 2015 meant to you!

    Hosts: Kristine: The Foley Fam // Megan: Absolute Mommy // Kate: The Colbert Clan // Lena: Lena B, Actually // Renee: coffee-n-ink // Kara: Chasing Zoie // Laura: Bits of Sweetness // Kassi and Kayli: Kassarie & Kayliray

    2015 was a very interesting year for my family. It was a year where we still had many firsts without my mom and adjusting to this new world without her.

    But it was also a year full of love, laughter, lots of recipes and DIY/craft projects and spending time with my family. I feel like I let 2014 slip away and I wasn’t going to do the same with 2015.

    January was a long cold month. We spent a lot of time inside, which meant playing, movies and cuddling. It is also when I got some projects done. I shared these DIY Coffee Sleeves, which I made a ton of them and gave to my sisters, girlfriends, and all of Travis’ female coworkers. I also made the most delicious Vegetable Beef Soup that my family is probably getting sick of because I make it so often. But it is delicious!

    janFebruary I shared my bedroom makeover, almost a year late. I also shared some of my favorite fonts I use when I create things for my blog, and these delicious Valentine’s Day Whoopie Pies. As the weather warmed slightly, we started spending a little time outside when we could! I also turned 32 and had dinner with my little family and my dad then came home where more family and friends joined us for cake.

    FebSummer and I had a few girls days where we got pedicures, shopped and dressed like princesses.

    IMG_20150214_100435March we were sick. Like, all.month.long. We actually were sick more times that I’d like to say during the entire year of 2015… but March really kicked our bums! We tried making our first gummy worms, we played outside in the backyard, getting fresh air whenever we could, and we played at the park.

    MarchI also shared these awesome DIY Canvas’ that I whipped up pretty quick! And I made these amazing Pizza Rolls, that are seriously delicious! And I finally shared this DIY Quilt I made for Summer the year before! And Travis turned 31.

    April we had park playdates with friends, the kids finally got to meet their new baby cousin, Oliver. Celebrated my MOM by having ice cream and sent some balloon messages to her in Heaven. And Zachary became a TEENAGER!

    AprilI also shared these DIY Coffee Mugs I made, DIY Makeup Remover Pads, and this delicious Sliced Baked Potato. Travis and I took our first “real” vacation for our 5th anniversary and headed to MAUI! Check out Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4!!

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    May was a lot warmer outside and we spent a lot of time outside at the park, with friends and at Papa’s house. We also took on a big project by ripping out the shrubs in the back yard and putting down sod.

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    May15 collageI shared my Mom’s Night In, this delicious Pesto Chicken Ciabatta, Chicken Spinach Lasagna, and How you can make your own butter!

    I also got my first business cards made for my first Blog Conference, and I had my first In-N-Out burger. maycollage 20150530_103727

    June really started off our water play! We spent time at several different lakes and rivers. Some with friends, some with family, but all fun!

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    I made a pennant banner and curtains for Summer’s big girl room, Super Moist Stuffed Peppers

    July brought much more water days to our future. I became a BeachBody Coach, I made my own vinyl signs, and this delicious S’mores Frappuccino.

    July

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    August started with a Seattle trip with friends to the Aquarium and Zoo. Lots of water dates and lounging in the house because it was a scorcher! I also saw Rascal Flatts for my THIRTEENTH time! And it was Zach’s 3rd time seeing them! And I had a sister date, which that like, never happens!

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    I also shared these mouth watering Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, and this healthy alternative to a Chicken Salad Sandwich.

    September is always a busy month. Getting kids back to school and in a normal routine, open houses, Summer’s birthday… We started off with going to Pig Out in the Park where we did just that! We also fed the garbage goat, slid down the slide at the Big Red Wagon, rode the carousel and enjoyed the sights of our own town.

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    Summer bdayI had to take Summer to the ER a couple of days after her birthday and the poor girl had croup! Tyler and Zach went back to school and my sister, niece and I went to Gavin DeGraw and Shania Twain! Plus we traded in my swagger wagon for my awesome new Tahoe, which I love! Can I just say that butt warmers are one of the coolest inventions?

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    Delicious Monkey bread, Zucchini Lasagna and Summer’s big girl bedroom were shared on the blog.

    October finally slowed down a little. We had a joint birthday party for Tyler and Summer. It was carnival themed, and you might have read about it HERE. We celebrated Tyler’s Birthday, Halloween, and a clean up day at my dad’s house to get all the leaves cleaned up. But first we played in them! Plus, Tyler is learning that it is no fun to lose! Love my little Minnie Mouse and Power ranger!

    October

    One the blog I shared BBQ Chicken Nachos, my Tips for doing 21 Day Fix and Pumpkin Waffles.

    November was reasonably quiet. Except on days the Seahawks play! We enjoyed the days where we could get some things done, and spending time with family for Thanksgiving. Travis got a new truck and also got his first bull elk on his annual hunting trip. We also heard that the city was tearing down my Grandma’s old house, so we went over to check it out.

    November

    On the blog I shared Pull apart Pizza Bites, this delicious Chicken and Spinach Bake, and an amazing Pecan Pie Milkshake…. You don’t want to miss that one!

    December was busy again with Christmas parties and programs, friend get-togethers and snow play. Lots and lots of snow play. We got well over a foot the week of Christmas and we headed to Papa’s on several occasions to go sledding. Plus you’ll find snowmen in our own back yard as well. The kids got too spoiled at Christmas and I did too. I even got Justin Bieber’s new cd and there is #noshameinmygame !

    December

    On the blog I shared some Oohey-Gooey Peanut Butter Cookies, and some One Pan Mexican Quinoa!

    Whew! If you made it through all of that…. Thank you! It has been a pretty great year and I’m looking forward to next year! Now go check out everyone else who linked up and be sure to link up your own year in review!