1.29.2015

Why You Need A Food Scale

I am not sure why blogger is being a pain in the ass but it has been all week. Anyone else having problems with it?

Now that rant is over, let's get back to today's post.

 I think I am going to try to make Thursdays my "workout" day on the blog. It might include a recipe, ideas and or what I have been doing.



 Today it's all about WHY you should weigh your food instead of using measuring cups. I think this is very important and every house should have a food scale.

When I first started trying to count my macros, I would just use my measuring cups. I figured if it said 1/2 cup (40g) is a single serving than I would eat a 1/2 cup and not have to worry. I was very wrong

In America, our biggest downfall is that we LOVE to eat and eat A LOT. We tend to eat more than one serving at a time which turns into why so many people are over weight not to mention how easy fast food is and how horrible it is for you. Save my fast food rant for another day.

To get started on weighing out your food -

First thing: Buy yourself a food scale ! They are not that expensive and will come in handy for lots of things.  


Next: Learn to read the food label where it tells you the serving size. Look for serving size in grams not in cups. 

Last: Log it in My fitness pal or whatever app you use to track your food. Notice how much you used to over eat of everything.

example: My oatmeal says 1/2 cup (40g) is a single serving. Approx. 13 servings in a container. 

I measured out my half cup. Before food scale, that is what I would of ate for my oatmeal. Notice too that this half cup isn't even over the edge of the measuring cup.


Next I weighed my 1/2 cup serving. Remember when you go to weigh your food, place the container you are weighing it in on the food scale than zero it out. (Notice mine has a bowl on it and says 0g)


I placed the 1/2 cup of oats in the bowl and it weighed out to 44g. That is an extra 4g a day and now multiply that by 5. I would be eating an extra half serving by the end of the week that I have not accounted for in my fitness pal . No wonder the scale won't budge for me. 



So instead I just pour out my oatmeal in the zero out bowl until I reach 40g and just skip the 1/2 cup measuring all together to know that I am getting my correct serving size and I am accounting for everything I eat in my fitness pal



Counting macros is becoming easier and easier but I am still very new to it and learning how to make adjustments. 

Remember to get yourself a food scale! 

Happy Thursday ya'll! 

1.28.2015

Just Keep Hiking: Cedar Creek

Saturday we got up semi-early. Made a bomb protein pack pancakes and headed out the door with the fur babies to go on this hike.

When we got there, there was a sign that you had to pay $6 for a permit to hike down to the "waterfall." The hike round trip was just under 6 miles, 3 miles down to the "fall" and 3 miles back to the car. 

Beware, picture overload!

In the car on our way to go hiking.
Notice Cali really excited for the car ride

A man & his daughter bond!



The babies walking together


About half way there. Once you come down the hill it opens up to this beautiful path. The sun was shinning bright and the green grass. It was the perfect picture moment.




Ms. Cali loved exploring


and of course we had to take the mushy pictures


We continued our hike and finally came to the "waterfall." Since California is in a drought, there was NO waterfall but the lake it falls into was nasty so we didn't let the dogs in either. 






The "waterfall"


We spent about 20 minutes at the waterfall/lake and headed back. 

After the hike back to the car. 


The babies were passed out.



1.27.2015

Weekend Shindigs

Hey ya'll! Can you believe it's already Tuesday? The last Tuesday in January 2015, I know I missed Monday but that just shows how busy I truly have been.

Friday: I made this bomb buffalo chicken in the crock pot for dinner/ to eat throughout the weekend. Otherwise, it was just a quiet Friday night as usual. We went to bed kind of early because we had a big day planned for Saturday. 


Saturday: We woke up semi-early. We made breakfast (protein pancakes) and head off to go hiking. Come back tomorrow for more pictures. 

A man & his daughter.. they have a bond like no other!



After our hike we came home laid around, did some chores and I tried to go shopping at Victoria secret but they were really rude so my sister and I just left. 

Sunday: We did our usual grocery shopping in the morning. Than my sister ordered this zoodle maker last week and we love it. 


and than after, I decided to start the C25K app challenge. I have 8 weeks until my 5K run so here is to me hoping to run it. 


over all it was a good weekend! 

How was your weekend?

1.23.2015

Friday Writings


Dear Friday, I can honestly say I am surprised to see you already. I am NOT complaining but you sure did show up quickly this week. I don't think I reached all my goals I set out for myself but that is OK, we have the weekend. Dear FT7, I gave you the benefit of the doubt earlier this week when you stopped working for me but after today I really think you are broken forever. It makes me sad because we had a good run but I guess it's time to move on. Dear Hubby, I know you are extremely busy at work and it is draining but you are working so hard for us. Thank you. You are amazing and I am extremely blessed to call you my husband every day. I love you more. Dear Cy, So proud of you for sticking to your diet. You are doing amazing and can't wait to watch what it will do for you. Dear Work, You are NOT fun anymore. You are not what I want to do. I try to find everything else to do (like blogging) instead of you, but I guess it's time to buckle down and just do it.  Dear Self, it's time to get to it and stay on track. You can do this. You've proven to yourself over and over again that you are way stronger than you think. Dear Readers, Thank you for the sweet comments. I hope I responded to everyone. 

Have a wonderful weekend! You deserve it! 

1.22.2015

Throw Back To 2014

I remember awhile back Ruthie posted this adorable little questionnaire so I stole it and filled it out for me.  Feel free to steal if for yourself. 



What did you do in 2014 that you've never done before?
Took on the role of single mom for 3 and half months while hubby was gone.
Did you keep your new years’ resolutions?
Nope. Sadly I fell very short, luckily its a new year and we can start over.
Will you make more for next year?
Yes. I am sticking with getting in the best shape of my life & pay off all our credit card debt
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! Lots of friends had babies this year. 
Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I can recall. 
What countries did you visit?
What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Motivation! 
What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory?
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Learning to forgive. 
What was your biggest failure?
Not keeping my new year goals. 
Did you suffer illness or injury?
I did get sick a few times but nothing too serious thankfully. 
What was the best thing you bought?
Can't remember, obviously it wasn't that great than huh?
Where did most of your money go?
Target, Costco, payments on credit cards, travel. 
What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Hubby coming home after 3 n half months gone & He got me a Louie for Christmas 
Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?
Happier. Marriage is getting stronger each day, E man is growing and becoming his own person. We are moving forward as a family. We made BIG plans for 2015. 

Thinner or fatter?
About the same. :(
Richer or poorer?
Non financially speaking, richer. Financially, the same. 
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reading, more time with the hubby, more family time and a lot more pictures.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Stress, anxiety and depression. All these things suck
How did you spend Christmas?
With the family. The way I love to spend Christmas.
Did you fall in love in 2014?
Yes! With the Hubby and my little family all over again.
What thing did you do that was meaningful to others?
Probably be there for them when they needed me. 
What were your favorite TV programs?
Anything on the ID channel as usual. 
What was the best book you read in 2014?
Don't think I finished a book in 2014 ..EEK
What did you want and get?
A louie - Got it for Christmas 
What did you want but did NOT get?
Diamond stud earrings - Maybe this year
What were your favorite films this year?
Too many plus I can never remember the names of movies
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
We went to Catalina Island and I turned 25. Wish the hubby was here to celebrate it but he wasn't. 
What kept you sane?
Family, hubby and Sister
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
God is Good and he does answer prayers. 
Forgiveness happens in your heart. 
Leave the past as the past and focus on your future
Quote that sums up your year:
I got lots but my all time favorite is : 
"Nobody said life would be easy but they promised it would be worth it"

1.21.2015

Hi Ho Hi Ho Off To Hike We Go

Remember when I said the hubby wanted to go hiking EVERY Sunday in 2015? 

I am here to admit we have YET to do a single hike this year. We have been sick but that doesn't mean we couldn't go, we just chose to sleep instead. I love my sleep. Well this weekend we decided to do it on Saturday (let's hope we go). 

Now back up to the weekend before New Years and we found this beautiful hike right by our house. We were able to take the dogs too, well two of six dogs. 

Look how beautiful that view is. That road way out in the distance is the freeway. 


Our first stop on the hike and we managed to play with the Go Pro (Hubby's Christmas present)


Of course you gotta test the go pro with the kissy pictures. We really need to learn to use the remote instead of the phone. 


We sure do know how to use that selfie stick though.


Of course I gotta make sure my babies get enough water. We've manged to get both dogs to drink like this out of my camelbak but we do bring a bowl too for them. 


Another picture with the selfie stick. Can never have enough couple pictures right?


And then the hike was over (well after 2 hours hiking), walking back down to the car at the end of the hike. 


Cali is the Husky and Trigger is the dobi/rott mix

Hopefully next week I'll have pictures from our hike this coming weekend too.
Happy Hump Day ya'll! 

1.20.2015

I Love Long Weekends


 Well hello after 3 day weekend, anyone else get the president day off? I actually didn't get it off but none of my kids showed up for school yesterday so I was sent home early! 

and as always, I forget to take tons of weekend pictures so here is what I got for ya. 

Friday: The house was sick so we laid real low. I think we were all in bed by 8pm and asleep by 9. Aren't we just a lovely bunch? 

Saturday: We got up and went grocery shopping for the week than my cousin is in town from up north so we headed off to meet up with them. It was a fun night out besides we lost my favorite purple jacket.  

Sunday: We went on an adventure to Costco & hubby got the new fitbit charge. I had this bright idea to print a new preschool curriculum. Well almost $200 later we have it printed but I need the work sheets printed now. Than I meal prepped my dinners and it was off to start the week. 


Monday: I was up at 4am as usual to do my cardio and something about this song. 


I attempted a new breakfast but it was a big fat fail. So maybe next time I won't do the cocoa in it. and yes for the record, I pretty much weigh all my food out. 


Overall the weekend was good. Nothing too crazy but good. 

How was your weekend?

1.16.2015

Party Time Friday

We made it to Friday ya'll! Another week in the books and another week down for 2015.. 

Did you do everything you could do to reach your goals for 2015?

I tried. I think I will try harder next week. This week was the preview and I know now how it works and it's time to get serious. With all that said, here's to Friday Five! 

1. I would LOVE for someone to buy me this shirt. I would like a size small please.


2. I was talking to E man this week and I asked him if he wants a marriage like his dad's and mine. His response, "yes but not right now" He was too cute not to just wanna squeeze him. I am happy to know we are being a good role model of a marriage for him



3. Hubster and I are thinking of ordering some of these bands. They are great shoulder warm ups and such. Anyone else them? 


4. Nothing says a good week without a Gym selfie! Also, I happened to be at the bank on this day and was asked for my phone number. I instantly thought, BOOM I STILL GOT IT! I politely told the man I was married but on my way to the gym so I don't wear my ring. #sorrynotsorry #Ilovemyhusband 


5. Isn't this the truth? I have been trying to stay focus all week and so far it's paying off so let's hope I can keep it up.


Week 2: I am extremely thankful for communication. Yes with my husband as it has improved tremendously but with my entire family. My mom is always there to chat with, my sister always has an ear, my dad always has some type of advice and my brother seems to answer the phone when I need him unless he's still drunk from the night before. 

Have a fun & safe weekend ya'll !

1.15.2015

A Little Throw Back

Since I posted about stepping outside of my comfort zone and this year began 15 days ago I really started thinking what I want 2015 to look like for me, I want it to be different than the past years. So the wheels started turning....

And in honor of today being Throw Back Thursday, I loaded some of my favorite pictures. (honestly, I think every picture with the hubby is my favorite) Between the pictures and what was said to me over the weekend, it got me thinking of my 2015 goals. The first goal I listed was get in the best shape of my life


When we went to the Laker game in October 2010 that was probably the smallest I was where I was happy with the way I looked. We broke out these jersey not too long ago and let me say that it does not fit like that anymore. Therefore my new goal: Fit back into that Lakers jersey to take hubby to a game.


I also want to go to a Padre game again. It's been well over a year that we've gone to a game but we deserve to go. I do love me some good sports. 


Last thing, I really need to start mixing and matching my clothes in my closet. As I go through old pictures I realize how I used to dress and I think I was much more into than than I am now so I need to get back there. I have loads of cute clothes. I think as the confidence comes back everything else will fall into place. 

So for 2015, I am making it a different year. I am not going to let the days just fly by like I have in the past. I want to grab a hold of it and hang on tight. 

++Watch out 2015... You are going to be my year to shine BRIGHT! ++