Tuesday, June 28

How we treat our bodies today

How we treat our bodies today?
Is a common question for many of us everyday. I personally have been on my fitness Journey for four years. I find the biggest part of staying on track is changing the way you think. I cut out almost all processed foods. Before you say you can't it's a lot easier than you think. Just don't buy it. I did it slowly by taking out something every week. I made baby steps so it didn't feel like I gave up everything. I already don't eat red meat and haven't most of my life. I love cereal which is a processed food that contains a ton of sugar. I just simply made myself eat oatmeal with fruit and honey. Now, I eat oatmeal daily for breakfast or overnight oats.
                                                                My Overnight Oats

 chia seeds, blackberries, cinnamon, ginger and oatmeal covered with coconut milk left in the refrigerator overnight to soak up. Take out in the morning eat and enjoy. I make sure I add a different fruit every day. 

I get asked often what I do to stay fit. I am a member of the YMCA since my oldest was about four years old. We have continue to stay a fit family today even after my second son was born in 2010. It took me a little while to get back to working out like before after I gave birth though a c-section. I made little changes like walking every single day. It also helps that we work out as a family.

I have always suffered from arthritis my whole life but never realize that certain foods I ate made it worst. I feel like I'm always eating snacking on something like nuts. I try to live by eating as clean as I can. I do however hate to hear people talk about losing weight and not eating. When truth be told the only way to lose weight in a healthy way is to eat. You don't have to eat like me but please don't try to stave yourself or use those meal replacement shakes. I don't agree with those. You should fuel your body with the right Foods. Fiber and protein is a very important part to a successful way to stay fit. Fiber will help relegate your digestive track and protein will help to keep you feel full. Here are some proteins to consider.
  • Beef
  • Chicken and other Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Milk, Cheese and Yogurt
  • Peas and Beans
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Soy

My son has been taking Zumba since school let out over a month ago. He loves it. 
He is even as brave as to take the full Barre class on Thursday's with me yoga on Friday's. He is a well rounded kid when it comes to sports and working out. I feel like it will help him a lot in life.

He also lights weights with me every other day. We make sure to rest on the weekends which is just as important as working out. 

 We all have a cheat day on Friday's which can be anything from eating ice cream or just something we don't normally eat. It's not necessarily sweets. We eat to fuel our bodies. It's the only one we will ever get. Yes, Justin tends to want to eat pizza then go workout but finds that he doesn't feel the same as when he eats something healthy. He laughs when I tell him you are what you eat. It's as plain as day. Self control is hard so if you want a cookie eat one just not ten of them. I hardly ever tell myself no when it comes to food. I just eat it in moderation which is very important. I always drink a glass of water first thing in the morning a glass before each meal throughout the day with a cup of lemon ginger tea before bed.

Take the time to write out your grocery list plan for the up coming week. I found some awesome recipes on like the Quinoa Veggie Wrap which I love to make. Make your biggest meal for lunch lightest meal for dinner and always eat breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day. If you seem to always be on a rush in the morning try packing a lunch the night before with a few extra pieces of fruit or a handful of sweet peppers, carrots, cauliflower,broccoli in a sandwich baggie to help keep you on track. You can do anything you set your mind too just don't give up. You are worth the time you put into making yourself healthy it's a lifestyle not a diet. Once you start thinking of it in a different light it becomes easier. Trust me I have had my share of downfalls I'm human. What sets me apart from everyone else is that that extra cookie I ate doesn't bring me down. I'm not a bad person. I will live and learn to fill my kitchen with fruit and veggies maybe even with
This healthy and gluten-free homemade granola bars  YUMMY!!!

In the end always do your research and just because this works for me doesn't mean it will work for you. Don't be afraid to try new things. Take a class at the gym don't just stick with the same thing you did a year ago. Your body needs to experience something new. The only person you have to prove anything to is you. The only person you are competing with is you. The only person standing in your way is you. You can always ask questions maybe leave a comment. I love to hear your thoughts. 

Thursday, June 23

Working Out as a Family

 I love taking the kids to the gym, running and teaching them the importance of staying fit. 
 It's hard but well worth the time hubby and I spend on making dinner together. This summer Justin and Christopher are learning on how to cook meals. It's a great teaching skill to have since it won't be too long when they both decide it's time to move out. I know they are still young but time flies by. I want them to be confident in themselves to be able to take care of themselves without any help. We look up recipes plan out the week. It takes time you only have one body and it's the only place you will live in for the rest of your life. Mind as well take care of it.

Weight lifting Justin is finding hard to do because muscles don't appear over night like he wants them to. It's a long road ahead. As long as we  keep our family on track we will continue to be a fit family. We have a lot of fun with it. We join races track our steps we compete with each other. It never seems like we have to do it. We want to. With kids it can be hard to change eating habits, TV time ect. We limit two hours a day to the web and TV. I think the hardest part for people when trying to change their lifestyle is being happy no matter what. When you change your mind your way of thinking anything is possible in LIFE. Just keep smiling you are worth it.

Wednesday, June 22

Football Clinic

Last Saturday our boys wanted to take a football clinic. I have to say they were troopers on this day. It was hot as could be. You could probably cook an egg outside it was so hot. 
 Christopher is definitely different than his brother on this one. Justin when he was little well even before he could walk is always on the go 100% of the time. He is outside no matter hot or cold he is an outdoors person. Christopher forget it if he plays a sport it has to be a Jan-Feb time frame. If he is outside it better be in the water or he wants nothing to do with it. He just makes me laugh. A parent from wrestling asked Christopher if he was singing up for summer football. He looked right at him and reply "Nope not in a million years!" I was dead after he said that. I couldn't believe oh wait yes I could believe it he said it. Christopher holds nothing back ever.

It ran from 10 am to 12:30 by far way too much time in the heat. Justin is considering joining. He did win second place. 

Summer is going by way to fast already a month has gone by. School will be starting back up soon. What are you doing for summer so far? Let me know in the comments. 

Wednesday, June 8

Taste of Brevard County

Here are the latest pieces.  This one was for Memorial Day. I love this one. I was taken back by the Mayor of Cocoa talking about his family history in the Military. I was blown away by all those incredible men that didn't think twice to  protect our Country. I come from a big Military family but for the life of me I can't remember my family ever talking about my Grandpa, Uncle, Cousins or hubby ever making this day a big event. I'm not talking about BBQ's and swimming which is fun and all but NO meaning No understanding. It was nice to be able to explain to our boys why this day was special. We have what we have because some gave the ultimate sacrifice. I think what is missing in today's world is just that. Passing on stories of the past. We can read all we want. The real life interactions is what counts person to person. I'm happy we where able to give that to our boys last Monday.

This is Cocoa

Tuesday, June 7

Surfing, Running, BBQ

This past week has been a busy one. Last Wednesday my boys and I ran in Cocoa Village for the Global Running Day. We made it to the first water stop then turned around. Christopher was a little champ running his heart out. I did end up carrying him on my back for about a mile.

It was a hot day to run. We made it three miles took us about 44 minutes to do it.

Then Cocoa Village had the BBQ & Blues Festival Friday again another very hot day 95 I believe. 

Christopher is not liking these hot days as you can tell from his expression on his face. If we aren't at the beach he wants nothing to do with being outside. The rest of us don't mind it that much. It's not snow so as long as Florida and I have that understanding it will be fine. Hubby and Jay ate two pulled pork sandwiches I thought it was going to come out their ears they ate so much.  Sunday it was a beach day before the storm rolled in.

This is one of my favorite pictures. Father and Son bonding time for sure they where out on the water all day they have the sunburn to prove it. Hubby needs a little more practice but Jay is outstanding.  He was up on the surfboard every time.  We would be out there today but that storm Colin has taken over for now. 
I finally broke down two weeks ago we are now back with the rest of the world on the WEB. I didn't think it would be so hard to work from home when you have had one too many espresso because you are sitting in a coffee shop using the WiFi. I'm now successful detoxing from all that coffee. Our boys love it I still have the rule two hours a day for them. I don't have any problems homework still gets done even now that school has been out for two weeks now. Summer is going to be a blast many more things to come. Check back soon.

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