Live Life Intentionally with Written Goals!

Regardless of Failures, Move Towards Your Goals - Live Life Intentionally
Okay. I admit it. I dropped the ball. I gave up. It was only a momentary crazy time though. And I knew at the beginning it would be temporary. But now that school is over for both Book Girl and Zip Girl, I can breathe again. I can refocus myself on my goals. I can get back to doing things for me, instead of giving 100% of myself to my kids. That’s what today’s post is about. A re-definition of my goals.

I’ve read in more than one motivation book that it is extremely important to write your goals down. And after they are written down, you should figure out the steps it will take to reach those goals. Write them down too. But the most important part? Hang them up in a spot where you will see them every day. Maybe even more than once a day. So that’s what I’m doing today. I’m writing out my goals, and then I’m going to hang them up on my bathroom mirror. I certainly look there enough. :) And then, when I don’t see it there anymore (because eventually it will become “normal” and I will stop noticing it) I will move it somewhere else.

I’m not doing it just for fitness, either. Every aspect of my life will be picked over today. I’m choosing to live my life very intentionally. I know that the road to success is not a straight line, but I’m going to make it as straight as possible. I’m going to focus on where I want to be, and keep myself focused there.
Refocus with Written Goals and Strive for Success!
What are your goals? Do you even know what they are? Can you see them when you close your eyes? Do you know what it will take to get there?  The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness has a great section on setting and meeting goals, it is so easy to apply to every area of your life. Check it out. You will be glad you did. :)  For those put off by its source (Proverbs in the Bible), here is snippet from a reviewer that is very true:  ”Although, drawn from the Biblical book of Proverbs it is not a preachy book. Truth is truth, no matter what the source, and you can benefit from this book wheather you are “religious” or not.”

Smile and have a great day!
Amanda

 

Homemade Greek Yogurt – Pinterest Recipe Review

Reviewing Recipes found on Pinterest!

Because my life is crazy, this is going to be a post minus photos. Go ahead and thank me. I know that I am not so great in the photography department.

I have begun making greek yogurt in a crock pot. I love it. It is so much cheaper, and so much healthier. Now if I could just find a local dairy farm it would be even better. Anyone in Southern MN have any ideas for me?

With it being made in the crock pot, there really is hardly any work at all. It takes about 10 minutes of actual work time. Maybe less. The crock pot portion spans many hours, though. I found the recipe over at Eating From The Ground Up. You should go check it out. Alana has a wonderful blog that I’ve spent hours reading. She is also a

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Crazy Time!

Crazy Time!

You probably noticed that I was missing Thursday and Friday last week. Let me tell you. The end of the school year is a crazy time. Between school concerts, and preschool graduations, and family picnic lunch at school, and piano recitals to prepare for I feel like I’m losing my mind a bit. And to all that, I have to add the yard work that comes with spring, and the kids playing outside and bringing dirt and mud into my house. I’ve been so exhausted and overwhelmed. There just is not enough time in the day.

I’m trying to stay motivated. Each day I have been cutting out a couple things that “should” get done, so that I have time to work out. Thursday and Friday that was this blog. I’m back today, but I can’t promise you anything about the rest of

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WooHoo! Jodymarie!

Jodymarie Before and After Picture

Today’s WooHoo! story comes from the very upbeat Jodymarie I just love how positive she is! Congratulations, Jodymarie, in meeting your running and weight loss goals! Continued best wishes in your next 25 pounds and the FULL Marathon!

FtoH: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Jodymarie: My name is Jodymarie. I am a stay at home mother to 2 wonderful blessings. Izick who is 5 years old, and Gavin who is 3 years old. I have been married to my husband Shawn for going on 7 years. I started my weight loss journey on September 10, 2007. I was once only a walker who is now a runner. I started out as an off again on again runner in Jan 1 2010. On Jan 1 2011 I became a REAL TRUE runner. I have not stopped running since. I made a goal

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Stacked Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas – Pinterest Recipe Review

Here you can see all of the layers making up the full stack

If you had put this recipe in front of me 8 years ago, I wouldn’t have touched it. Onions? ew. Spinach? double ew. Peppers? extra ew. Thankfully, The Husband got me to try these things, and I have come to love them.

Which is part of why I loved this meal so much.

Here’s how I did it:

First get those vegetables out!

Next, I cut up lots of veggies. Cauliflower, red bell peppers, a poblano pepper, an onion, a small sweet potato, and some frozen corn. (The corn was picked, shucked, blanched, cut, and frozen last fall by a good friend and myself. It is so good!) I put them on a couple of baking sheets, drizzled them with oil, then seasoned them. The recipe says to mix them up at this point. I forgot. Into the oven they went.

Half

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Bad Day Compromising + Monthly Hell Week = Energy?

Set up a Pattern of Good Energy after seeing a Calendar of Bad Days

This is a very hard post for me to write. It’s time for me to be honest, and hope that you don’t stop reading. I was doing so well, until this last week. I was working out 6 days a week, and being very careful with my diet, until this last week. It’s hard, people, to be good all the time!

Between my birthday (when I took the day off), then The Husband’s birthday (again, off day) and then my anniversary (once again, off day) I was setting up some pretty bad patterns. I think I would have been fine if it was just one of those days, but having all three right in a row was bad for me. It made it so much easier to compromise on all the other days.

This last week was a very bad PMS week. Ladies, you know

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Getting Your Feet Wet vs High Impact Crying

High Impact Crying

I realized this morning that the workouts I have been posting about are mostly pretty intense, high impact ones. Because that is where I am at right now. I want it to be hard! I want to feel like Jello when I’m done, and I want to be sore the next day. I may not be able to “see” my results, but I at least want to feel them!

But that may not be where you are at right now. You may be interested in just getting your feet wet, and not want something that will leave you crying. I was there, I get it. Today I want to tell you about a great workout for you!

It’s called Walk Away the Pounds by Leslie Sansone. Here is a Youtube clip from one of the videos. This clip shows the “hardest” part of the

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Juicer Bloody Marys – Pinterest Recipe Review

Bloody Marys from Juiced Vegetables :)

I want to start this post off with a bit of an update. Last week I posted about water. I was looking for solutions on how to drink more of it. Remember? Sure you do!

So I was at Walmart over the weekend and I found this cup for $5. I had a bit of leftover birthday money, so I bought it. And… I LOVE IT! I easily refill it 3 or 4 times a day. That’s a lot of water, people! I love that I only have to do it 3 or 4 times, it is much more convenient for me than having to refill after every 10 oz, like before. I love that it is pretty much spill proof (a must, with kids). And I love the straw. Love it. I highly recommend this cup for anyone that drinks water. And you

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WooHoo! Caitlin!

WooHoo! Caitlin!!!

Today we have a WooHoo story about Caitlin! I am definitely curious to learn more about the Paleo diet now  Thank you so much again, Caitlin, I appreciate you sharing your story with us!

FtoH: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Caitlin: I am a trainer and a nutritionist with a supportive husband who is a chef. I live in San Francisco and have my own buisness where I teach people how to get healthy through my blog at www.grassfedgirl.com

FtoH: What was your starting weight? Caitlin: 238 lbs. I am 5’9 I was age 21 when I started my weight loss journey in 2001.

FtoH: What was your goal weight? Caitlin: 150 pounds.

FtoH: What eating plan did you use (for example: Weight Watchers, Atkins, Self, etc)? Caitlin: I started out on weight watchers in 2001, but after 8 years I got an autoimmune disease

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Spaghetti.Garlic.Herbs.Lemon.Marinated Chicken. Pinterest Recipe Review

Put in serving bowl and add Cherry Tomatoes and Parsley

I have to tell you that I am so excited to be a part of this Pinterest Post Party! I’ve been talking about it for days!!!

I think The Husband thinks I’m a bit nuts. I Love him dearly (Happy Anniversary Honey!) and he is great at the tech stuff (imagine words like traffic, code, monetization, analytics, etc – fun, right? ) But, he keeps saying things like “what are you getting for doing it?” um. Nothing. “Well, we can pin it to your Pinterest board and get some extra traffic that way, right?” um. Nope. And I won’t be putting the recipe in the post either. I’ll just talk about what I’m doing and tell them to go to the original post for the recipe.  ”If you aren’t even posting the recipe anywhere, why would you even do it?!” Um. Because it’s fun?!

He

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From Tears to Smiles (or I can do anything for 2.5 min)

I can do anything for 2.5 min! Even running with a cramp - bringing my tears to smiles :)

On Saturday afternoon I was really feeling sorry for myself. My extended family has been going through some stuff lately, and it’s been hard for me to watch. My husband’s grandparents (whom I love dearly) have been visiting for the last month, and they are leaving today. I had spent a couple hours trying to get a project done on the house, and it just wasn’t going well. The neighbor kid was over playing with my kids, and they left a tornado zone behind them. There was just a lot of stuff on my mind, and it was really bringing me down.

And so, I was laying on the sofa crying, and wishing I had a bag of chips to eat. (Is that honest enough for you? ) As I was laying there, I remembered how much running relieves my stress. I had

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Running with The Husband and a Pinterest Party!

Running the Couch to 5k with The Husband at the Softball Field

This new addiction that I have, working out, is becoming contagious. Last week The Husband decided to join me on this adventure.

Three evenings a week we load up the kids, and their bikes, and drive 5 blocks to the other side of town. (Yes, my town is about 5 blocks wide. And maybe 10 blocks long. With a population of about 800. Jealous?) The softball field has become our “running spot”. The kids play in the dirt part (what is that called? Where the bases are?) on their bikes while The Husband and I do Couch to 5k (C25K) around the entire field. The kids think it is great fun. They occasionally run/walk with us, and think it’s funny when they can catch us. This exercise thing is becoming a family thing. I think I like it.

When I first started C25K

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Hydration. Fluid. Water.

Hydration through fluid (more specifically water) is SO important to your health!!!

What do you do to ensure that you drink enough water, and just how much a day do you drink? Right now I’m drinking around 42-48 oz a day. I’m pretty sure that is about 20 oz less than what I need, right? This is an area that, oddly, I am really struggling in. I love water, so I don’t get it. I think I just get too busy and don’t realize that time is going by… So today, I’m asking for help!

Do you just carry a water with you all the time and drink it throughout the day? Or do you set a timer for once an hour and drink a certain amount as it goes off? Do you find that it is easier to get enough if you use a larger container over a smaller one (or vice versa)? I am looking

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