Intermittent Fasting

I am trying something new, started yesterday. I have trained my body to eat every 2-3 hours. There are a couple problems with this, but I won’t address any of them other than the fact that I am constantly eating. Still managing my calories and what I’m eating, but it’s still ALL THE TIME! And it never fails that I’m still hungry or have the munchies around 8pm every night. Eating this late, right before you’re going to bed and your metabolism is slowing down, is not good for you belly.

So I am trying intermittent fasting to replace my current lifestyle. I am still learning about it; and boy do I have lots to learn! But the high level summary is that you eat within a specific block of time, throughout the day, and nothing else on your of hours. This type of eating is supposed to help your body burn more fat as you are allowing your body the time it needs to fully digest and use what you ate the day before.

Say, for example, you eat breakfast at 8am. Your last meal would be at 4pm. Here’s the cool thing, there is no set clock on intermittent fasting! This means its customizable so it can fit into any lifestyle. Ideally, I think, you want to wait until later in the day to have your first meal. For me, personally, I am going for the 10am to 6pm block of time for eating. So far, over the last 2 days, it’s been satisfying. (I got a little hungry early today so I think I ate at 9:45am. I really don’t think 15 minutes is going to make a difference. I could be wrong. But I’m okay with it for day #2.)


See that ^, that salad? Looks delicious, right?! Eating clean can be fun and quite tasty!

There are a couple of things to take into consideration – or remember – if you ever seriously contemplate this type of lifestyle. Did you notice that word? “Lifestyle”? This is a lifestyle, not a fad, not a diet, not a detox, not a lose weight quick “thing”. A lifestyle that you adopt as part of your every day routine for the rest of your life. Just like clean eating. It doesn’t benefit you to do this for a week. It has a compound effect. Over time it increases your health, energy, confidence and overall appearance. Lifestyle choices are permanent, not temporary. I am probably repeating myself, but it’s important to fully grasp that. To change you life it can’t be temporary.

The other thing to consider is that it is super easy to implement. Don’t wake up tomorrow morning and just start eating within and 8 hour window (well, you could, I don’t think it would have a negative effect, but it might be a little more difficult to stick with). So, week 1 – for example – try 10 or 11 hours. Or, if that’s your normal window maybe try 9. Then week 2 shave off another hour. Then, if you’re not already at 8 hours, shave off another hour on the following week.

What you’re doing is training your body. Note how at the start of this post I said I had trained my body to eat every 2-3 hours. Trust me, your body gets used to your eating patterns and they are not easy to break. It takes time and consistency. So if your body is yelling at you that it’s hungry, it might not be. It might just be part of your routine that you’ll have to work through. It only takes 21 days to create a habit. If you can get through that time period, you’re good. Keep that goal in mind.


My all-time favorite meal of the day, and most nutritious!

Okay, done rambling. So, on top of this new lifestyle, I am also still focusing on clean eating. Yes, another lifestyle choice. I don’t have to quit one to try the other. Pretty cool in my opinion, makes my life a little easier. So, for now, I am simply working towards my 8hr eating window with clean foods. I don’t see a reason this won’t work so I’m super excited. (Especially considering I am still recovering from surgery and can’t workout for – at least – another 4 weeks. Eating right will keep from losing any progress during my down time!)


Coconut Oil & Coffee

If you’ve ever heard of BulletProof coffee, you either love it, hate it, or just flat out think it’s a little strange. (lol)  I drank it for quite a while and loved (still love) it. But, 4 cups of coffee a day with that many calories tends to leave you a little hungry. Or, it did me anyway.

Thanks to a wonderful friend, I have found an alternative. Brew a cup of coffee (I use my Keurig), add 1t coconut oil (personally use the flavored), and a few drops of vanilla flavored sweet drops (stevia).

It’s delicious! And it’s good for you, clean, and low on calories! One thing that makes it super easy is my Cuisinart CSB-75BC Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome. Once the coffee is brewed, coconut oil and sweet drops are added simply insert immersion blender for about 10 seconds and, voila, deliciousness is ready!

Anyway, if you’re trying to eat clean or just want to try something new, give this coffee a try. You may want to try it a couple times before judging, but it is quite delicious.

Change is Hard; Change is Worth It!

Change is hard! It doesn’t matter what is going on in your life, where the change is (personal or work), change is hard. It is in our nature to live routine lives. Whether you realize it or not, you most likely have a pattern or certain order that you do things every single day. Getting ready to leave the house, for example. Get up, shower, get kids ready, eat, etc. Whatever your routine, wherever it lies in the day, you’ve got ’em.

Changing these routines is scary and can be stressful if not done for the right reasons. Working out, for example. If you have to do it rather than want to do it, it’s much harder to make time for it. If it’s not in your routine already, it is very likely that you laugh at adding anything else to your day – especially a workout. (I get it! Trust me! 5 kiddos (okay, only 4 at home) and a full time job – I get it! <3) But I’d be willing to bet you could fit 30 minute workouts into that routine of yours.


Here’s the thing, though. Sometimes you gotta be at your breaking point before you’ll either consider it or seriously make the time for it. (Yes – MAKE the time – you won’t find it if you look for it.) Breaking point = your point of no return, your hard limit of “I am not gaining another pound”, “I am not wearing those pants anymore!” Whatever it is, everyone has one.

My favorite excuse used to be “I don’t have time”. I didn’t have time to prepare healthy food, so I ate what was easy (and typically not healthy). I didn’t have time to workout and was absolutely not getting up any earlier to do it. (After all, I need my sleep more, right?!)

Mine was when I could no long fit into my size 14 jeans. I had had my 5th child, and been back to work for a year and a half. I went to get dressed one day and a size 14 was no longer comfortable. I was also fluctuating between 170 and 180 pounds and am only 5’4″. I knew I was going to have to go shopping and bump up to a size 16. Regardless of details; I was done.

Without a second thought, I started doing Zumba on my XBox 360 and absolutely loved it. It was hard. Taking 30-60 minutes out of my time with my husband or my kids just so I could work out. But, I did it. I lost about 20lbs this way, Zumba at home. Then I realized maybe I should start eating less. I had heard of MyFitnessPal so figured I’d start tracking my calories. This worked wonderfully! I lost another 20lbs. A total of 40 pounds in 6 months! I was ecstatic.

Right no-excuses_nhere is where everything kind of plateaued for me. I kept working out and counting calories. But I wasn’t consistently pushing myself harder, wasn’t watching what I was eating, just how much I was eating. I reached another downfall in 2014. That is when everything really began to change for me (more on that later). But, the point is, even as a mother of 5 working outside the house full time, I made a point to change my life.

My family is worth me spending 30-60 minutes a day on me. The happier and healthier I am the better off my entire family is. I know this is a pretty blunt statement, and I’m sorry if it is offensive, but it’s true. You’ve got to take care of you! So, what’s your breaking point?

Workout when you can

Busy, busy day today!
I – personally – am a not a fan of working out in the morning. There are a ton of benefits when you make your workout a morning routine, but I still can’t/won’t get up early enough to do it. 🙂
Anyway, I knew it was going to be near impossible to get a workout in with today’s schedule. So guess what I did?! Yup, worked out in the morning before doing anything else. Nothing to distract me, nothing to keep me tied up too long to get it done.
It was a little difficult this morning – not a morning person 😉 BUT I am so glad I did. My post workout high still hit head on. I don’t want to go back to bed like I did before I worked out. I am very focused this morning; been more productive in the last 2.5 hrs that I have been in a 5 hour period lately. It’s wonderful!
Being a mother of 5 (4 at home) and working a full time job it’s hard to get any me time in. But I made myself a priority this year and make that time. If I can do it so can you! It may seem impossible, but I promise you, making yourself your #1 priority and cutting out that “me” time for yourself will change your life! Try it for a day, a week, a month. Make a habit of it! 😀 I promise you, you won’t regret it!

Progress is Progress Regardless of Size

I must admit, I am an instant gratification girl. In the past I have gotten stuck in the rut of “I don’t see / feel anything different, I’m done, this isn’t working!” I have learned so much over the past couple of months. It’s not about the changes you see tomorrow or the next day. In fact, you may not see the changes for weeks or even months.

Why? I believe one of the biggest reasons is because we are our own worst critics; to the point of destruction often times. You also see yourself every day. You know when you don’t see a child or a pet for a long time, they always seem bigger. If it’s not in front of you every single day your eyes and brain allow you to see difference / change.

Making change is hard and scary. Often times the combination of not seeing the results and not being able to cut out old, bad habits play a big role. You, and only you, know what you’re really doing. What you’re eating. What you’re drinking. How many “oh, just one” you have in a day. You get the point, right? So if you’re fully honest with yourself, are there really no changes? Did you sabotage yourself? Or are you are over-judging what you see in the mirror?


This is one of the reasons it is super important to weigh, take measurements, and take pictures before you even start a challenge. Day-by-day you’re not going to see your body change, your muscles building and toning; over time you will. But how are you going to compare if you don’t have anything to compare with?!

The biggest thing to remember is progress is progress, no matter how large or small. The fact that you took a step to move forward is progress by itself!

Positive Changes

Anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows I have tried a few different things to try to lose weight and live healthier lifestyle. Well, I’ve finally found it!

I went to a class called Pound one night. After class I wanted to ask the instructor a few questions. We got to talking and she mentioned something about this thing called PiYo. I had tried it once and liked it. Apparently enough to get myself into a 60-day PiYo Challenge. I believe this is the best thing I could have ever done for myself!

This challenge comes with all the 30-minute workouts you need (YES – you get to work out from home!), a customizable meal plan, tape measure, and more. I was already familiar with the “container” system introduced with the 21-day Fix. So when I was reading the meal plan for PiYo it seemed to make sense to use the containers to help out.


The combination of using these containers, plan my food for a week, and prep my food on Sundays has made it so easy for me to get my butt back in gear with eating right – health – not just counting calories. On top of that these PiYo workouts were a kick in the butt. They were fun but man did they work my body. I still have 2 1/2 more weeks to go and a totally stoked about it! (Focus T25 is next!)

The picture of my shoulder is 3-4 weeks into the program. I was actually taking the picture as a before picture. But then, when I saw it, I nearly bounced through the roof! I didn’t even know I had muscles there! lol!

Needles to say; it’s a great feeling to find something that works! Something I feel like I’m a part of!

#LCHF Weekly Menu

I LOVE the LCHF / Keto lifestyle! I haven’t had much success though; only because I struggle to with what to eat and I frequently do not plan ahead. Like any healthy lifestyle change / way of life (WOE) you need to plan ahead in order to NOT cheat or be tempted by the bad stuff. Temptation is everywhere no matter how much willpower you have.

Anyway, if you plan properly you will cover all meals an even snacks. Doing this a week at a time makes grocery shopping easier and being out – whether at work or running errands – much easier. Shoot, I started doing this and realized this is one less thing I have to think about during the day – LOVE IT! I am far from perfect, not even in the same realm. 🙂 But I have managed to get a good handle on the number of carbs I eat per day – all of this from planning.

How do I do it? So glad you asked! 🙂

  1. Enter my foods / recipes in MyFitnessPal (MFP). This helps me plan the grocery list because I already have my macros figured out. I can adjust as needed as I am entering my foods.
    • I start with meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Diner THEN go about snacks (snacks are based on macros – calories, carbs, fat and protein)
  2. Then I create my grocery list with Mighty Grocery just because it makes my life easier. And yes, I organize every item by aisle so I can walk through the store with ease! (Lazy or efficient? The vote is still out.)
    • I do my shopping on Saturday night to make the next step less exhausting
  3. Sunday I cook EVERYTHING and store in appropriate containers. This gives my husband and I the ability to grab a few containers for each meal – warm, put in lunch box, whatever – no thought.

All that said; I made my menu for the week and went shopping last night! Here is my meal plan – hope this helps someone out there 🙂

  • Breakfast – 2 cups BPC coffee
  • Lunch – Turkey / avocado wrap (deli turkey, mayo, 1/4 avocado wrapped *2)
  • Dinner – Crack slaw (there are several recipes out there, just search for LCHF crack slaw)


This puts my macros at  992 cals, 88 fat, 39 protein, 18 carbs, 8 fiber, 10 net carbs. Which means I have roughly 400 calories left for snacks (high in fat and moderate in protein based on macros). Not bad! 🙂

Some of my snack options – cow pals cheddar cheese snacks, melted cheddar with olives and/or pepperoni, couple slices of salami, pork rinds, hard boiled egg, chocolate PB2, almonds…

I’ll stop rambling now but really hoping this helps someone who is trying to introduce this lifestyle. I have spent 3 months getting here only because I was being stubborn. So if this helps someone not “waste” that amount of time getting healthy – GREAT! 😀