Wednesday, March 21, 2012

{Healthy Hump Day} - Breakfast Smoothies

     Happy Hump Day! It's Wednesday, the middle of the week, and we can all feel the weekend coming on! Christie and I thought it would be a little fun to start sharing some "health" tips with you to help you get over your mid-week slump.  Christie and I are not health experts, by any means, so please don't take any of these posts as medical advice!
     We came up with the concept of Healthy Hump Days when I came across this blog. When I read Mama Laughlin's blog, it completely re-motivated me (I have been wanting to lose weight -about 25 lbs.- for my 10 year high school reunion that is coming up this August). She just seems completely real to me, and I feel as if we are BFF's  because I can relate to everything she writes about! I love that she posts her stats, which helps her be accountable for what she has committed to do.
     I have wanted to lose my baby weight for the past 4 years, and  have done all the goal setting, menu planning, and calorie tracking spreadsheets... but I actually don't do what I set out to do. I have a healthy weakness for food and for sleep... So when I resolve to get up before my girls to exercise, my alarm goes off, and I push snooze because I would rather sleep than get up! Horrible, I know! Or, when I see a little cupcake or cookie, or pizza, or hamburgers, or fries, I know I shouldn't be eating them, but I just can't help myself! Or, I start eating really well on Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday, everything starts to go down hill....So, I felt that if I posted my progress every week, I would be more accountable for my eating and exercising habits.  Personally, when I try to change things all at once, I am just setting myself up for failure. I become too overwhelmed if I have to exercise 30 minutes ever day, bake without fat, cut out all processed foods, track my calories, watch the sodium in all foods, drink 8 glasses of water a day, work on strengthening my arms, and abs, and legs.... ARGH! Everything just starts to spiral downhill.  I figured that if I set weekly goals and find small and simple things to change each week, I will have more success. I have also found that I can't completely deprive myself of sweets. I just can't do it! I love to bake, and it's such a big part of my life, that I would be utterly depressed if I gave up baking... I just need to learn to have one cupcake, or even half a cupcake, instead of 3 or 4... :)
     So, I pitched the idea to my husband, and he wasn't on board. He didn't want me posting my stats every week because weight is a sensitive issue, and it might come across that I was bragging about how I'm doing.... 
     That's why I love my husband... because he helps me to see the other side of things. I don't ever want to hurt anyone's feelings.... it would devastate me! What I want the purpose of Healthy Hump Day to be is to promote healthier eating habits, and to find a good balance in my life, to have moderation in all things,  and to also enjoy life!! I have decided to scratch posting my weight and stats since that may be too personal, and I'm sure you're not interested in that.... but what I do want to post are little weekly goals that I feel will help me accomplish losing weight and becoming healthier. Each week, I will report on how I've done because I want you to know that I'm a real person and have slip ups and tempations!!

     In trying to become healthier, I have set a few rules for myself. Yes, rules! These are rules that I can live by... and these are things that I want to change permanently....
1. The Rule of 1... to have just 1 portion (not 2 or 3 like I normally do). If there is a cookie, I can have one, but only 1! If I make cupcakes or cake pops, I can have 1! If I am eating pizza, I can have 1 slice. Not 4 or 5... yes, I do eat that much! I told you, I love food!

2. Exercise for 20 minutes 3 times a week. Ideally I would like to exercise 5 days a week, but I feel that 3 times a week is more doable.

3. No eating past 7:00 p.m. I tend to get the munchies at night, so this one will be a stretch for me, but when I eat at night, I feel like the food just sits and goes straight to my hips while I sleep. 

Those are my 3 simple rules. They are personal, and they aren't for everybody, but if you want to be a little healthier, I challenge you to find things that work for you!

For my weekly goal, I want to focus on eating breakfast. 
This may not be hard for some of you, but I struggle with eating breakfast! I like to get ready first thing in the morning, and by the time I'm done getting ready, it's time to start getting my kids ready, and then I just forget about eating. I don't have time to sit down and eat breakfast, so I have decided to start making healthy smoothies that I can sip while I do my make-up! I found a great article on why eating breakfast is important when trying to lose weight...


My breakfast smoothie of choice is something I found on Pinterest, but I've added some ingredients to suit my own taste buds. :) It's a strawberry banana smoothie, and it has about 349 calories, which I calculated using this calorie calculator. Since I'm short on time in the mornings, I decided to prepare the dry ingredients ahead of time, and put them in small containers. 



       This way, half the work is already done, and there are no excuses for not eating breakfast!!! I refuse to make a smoothie with ice cream.... I usually add greek yogurt or skim milk and some ice, but I make this smoothie with frozen strawberries, so it doesn't require ice. I have tinkered with the idea of adding spinach, but I'm a little scared.... :) 

Strawberry-Banana Morning Smoothie
In the containers:
2 TBSP quick oats
1 TBSP cocoa powder
1 packet Stevia (I tried it once without the Stevia, but it was waaaaaay too bitter for my taste!)
Added ingredients:
1 cup skim milk
1 banana
4-5 frozen strawberries
Take out your blender, and add the dry ingredients. Then add the "added ingredients". Blend until smooth. 

I would really love some feedback on Healthy Hump Days. Do you like it or not? What do you find motivating in losing weight? What are some of your easy go-to breakfasts? I would love to hear from you!!

Until then,
Happy Healthy Hump Day!

Claudia

P.S. We apologize in advance for posting all the other yummy nuggets on this blog, if you are trying to watch your waistline!  Just remember... moderation.  Eat just one slice of the scrumptious cake that will be posted tomorrow then give the rest to your neighbor :)

2 comments:

  1. I LOVE this Healthy Hump Day idea! I force myself to workout on Wednesday just because they do seem to be the hardest for me. I also LOVE smoothies. I make smoothie packets (1 1/4 cup fruit, 2-3 ice cubes of yogurt) and I stack them in my freezer so they are ready to dump into the blender. I add 3/4 cup juice or water and in 5 minutes or less breakfast is ready:)

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  2. Melanie, what a great idea to make smoothie packets! I'm definitely going to have to start doing that. Do you just freeze your yogurt then? I love that idea! I hope this Healthy Hump Day will be good for me. :) I have my 10 year reunion coming up, and I've got to lose some weight! I hope you guys are doing great in Seattle! We are headed up there in June to go to a baseball game!

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