Infuse all the things!

My package arrived yesterday from staples ( Subaru Ambassador stuff ). I was super excited because I splurged on myself for once and got a Subaru infuser bottle. You know, the kind that has the infuser in the middle where you can put fruits/veggies to infuse flavor into your water. It’s amazing! If you haven’t purchased one; you’re missing out!

I tried the bottle out as soon as I got it out of the box and washed. All I had on hand was lemons and blueberries so I decided to throw those in. I couldn’t really taste the blueberries so I most likely won’t be doing blueberries again but lemon water is amazing.

This morning I woke up and first thing I did was walk into the kitchen and get some fruits out of the fridge. My flavor choice today was strawberry lemon. Yum! This bottle is definitely keeping me more on track to drinking lots of water throughout the day.

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I’m really liking the strawberry lemon right now. Tomorrow I might try orange and strawberry! If you have a favorite infuser combo, please comment below and let me know! I’m always open to trying new flavors.

xoxo

Katie

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Fresh Start

Good Morning Everyone!!


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There’s usually a time in your life when you decide enough is enough. When you decide to take control of your life. Get back to living a healthier, better life. This is my year.

I deal with really bad anxiety. It’s so bad that I’ve started to not like being around new people because I think that they are judging me. Then there’s always guys joking around about “thick” or “fat” girls and I just think if they’re saying stuff about someone they don’t know, then what might they be saying about me? I’m not exactly a twig. I’ve noticed that being overweight has really bumped my anxiety levels higher and I want to change that. The old Katie would apply for jobs and not be nervous or get panic attacks. The current Katie starts an application and then doesn’t finish it because she starts to freak out and anxiety takes over. That’s all going to change this year.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “How is she going to make a big change if she’s fallen off the band wagon numerous times in the past?”. Well, this time I have someone holding me accountable. I want to thank Lindsay for being my support group. Together we will discuss workouts and food intake and keep each other on track. Now, I will be starting this off slowly as I don’t want to just jump into eating salmon everyday and starving myself. I’ve already started making big changes. I drink so much water now and have almost completely kicked sodas from my diet. If I have one, it’s usually once a week. I’ve also started eating better. We used to go out for fast food so often at my parents house. Mostly, because we didn’t have a lot of space for our own food in the fridge and I’d get yelled at for using the kitchen at the same time as my mother. So we just opted to eating out more. Now that we have our own place again, we hardly ever go out to eat. It’s not that we’re so broke we can’t afford it, that’s not the case. We just have gotten in a routine of eating at home. I’ve definitely gotten into a routine of making meals every night for when Steven gets home from a long day at work. I really like making baked chicken and roasting veggies – carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini. Yum!

Lately, I’ve been starting my mornings off with eggs. Usually 2 eggs with a little bit of milk mixed in. Then I accompany it with either roasted sweet potatoes or today, I had banana. This kept me under 300 calories.

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Thanks to Lindsay, I have started a new workout which means I don’t have to feel awkward trying to do something outside or at our apartment gym. Here’s the video. You’d think that it doesn’t do a lot but I was sweating up a storm after doing it last night. 

I hope to be able to report every so many days on my progress. I still need to pick up a scale so I can see what my current weight is and see what I lose throughout the weeks.

May you all follow me and support me through this journey. Thank you!

xoxo

Katie

All About Them Oats >> Final Verdict

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Yesterday as you recall, I made overnight oats. Packed with oats, honey (just a tiny bit), blueberries, banana and almond milk. Today is the day we see how it tastes!

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It’s actually pretty good. Once you get over the fact that it’s cold. Haha! I might have to try my next one heated up some. I love that its a little bit thicker than regular instant oatmeal which hopefully means it will keep me full longer. My only other concern was that a few of the blogs I found that did recipes on overnight oats, said to add the berries the next morning. Some said to add it all together and that’s what I did. The blueberries weren’t mushy then I ate them this morning. I will say though, this could use a little more honey for sweetness. But overall, it’s healthy and good for you so who cares! 

Now it’s on to trying other recipe flavors!!

xoxo Katie

All About Them Oats >> Overnight Oats

WARNING – This is my 1st time making overnight oats. What you’re about to see is prepping and waiting. Haha!

 

After searching up and down Pinterest to find the perfect overnight oats recipe for myself, I stumbled across one that sounded yummy. Here’s the recipe:

This recipe can be found on Karissa’s Blog With Our Best.

I was SUPER excited to get started on making my 1st overnight oats. “Oh crap!” I didn’t get brown sugar at the grocery store!! Grrr. So instead, I substituted honey. I found another recipe on pinterest that used honey. Figured I’d give it a try.

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All done!! Piece of cake! The one on the right was shaken up as directed on one of the many recipes I saw on Pinterest today. I cannot wait to try them tomorrow! I made one for dad because he’s been on this eating better kick with me too for the most part. “Will I still have room for eggs and sausage?”- dad. Oye. 

Have you tried overnight oats? What’s your favorite recipe/combination? I’m hoping I love these because I really need something to eat for breakfast everyday since I’m not really a breakfast eating person. We’ll see.

New post will be up tomorrow on how well I like these! Stay tuned!

Xoxo Katie

Meal Planning – Week 1 Lunches [Yay!]

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I didn’t really discuss my 2016 resolutions with you all in my last blog post, other than mentioning money-saving. Here’s just a few resolutions I want to share with you . .  .

  1. To Save Money: Yes, I talked about this in my last post. I want to put aside a little money every week so I can be able to buy a new motor for my car as well as save up for a new lens for my camera.
  2. Healthier Eating: Yes, Instead of saying “diet”, I would just like to start eating healthier. Which means less Taco Bell [cries]. I would like to lose weight but I know it all starts with better eating. Here’s to you broccoli and chicken!
  3. Blog more often: I started this blog as a way to vent, tell you about things going on in my life and share some photography. I really haven’t been blogging much but I’m definitely going to try to bust out a move  post hopefully once a week.

Onto meal planning. I started meal planning back in 2014 when I lived in Texas. I loved it because I would do all of my cooking at once and during the week all I would have to do is pull out a plastic container and heat it in the microwave. Now that we live in California with my parents, I just haven’t ever thought about meal planning because someone might eat one of my meals or because it takes up room in the fridge to have so many containers. I know, all excuses. Since December, dad and I have been discussing healthier eating and rebuilding a garden so we can produce our own vegetables instead of constantly having to go to the store to get produce. It got me thinking that I really need to start meal planning again. So that’s what I did tonight. Meal Planning.

I did six meals above but one is for hubby to take to work tomorrow. Had I thought ahead I would have made some for him to take each day to work. Bad wife! 

I changed each meal up a little by doing different veggies. One meal was with barbecued mushrooms [yum!], another with steamed broccoli and then the last with roasted brussel sprouts with a little bit of bacon [mmm bacon!]. 

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The chicken was just simply barbecued with Montreal chicken seasoning. It smells really good and it’s better than having some calorie loaded sauce smothering it. By the way, I tried a little piece and it is . . . delicious!! 

I think next weeks meals I will incorporate some brown rice and maybe do ground turkey just so I don’t get tired of eating chicken.

What are your go to meals for meal planning? Share in a comment below! I’d love to have some other yummy options on file.

Here’s to a healthier year!

xoxo
Katie

Healthy Food for Days!

Back story . . . I’ve always kind of been one of those people who jumps on the healthy bandwagon and then lasts a week and you know, falls off. End of story. Recently, Import Sweethearts, a group I’m part of, started a secret group called Healthy Living Sweethearts. I joined and figured it would be the best thing for me. To get motivation from other girls who have had trouble keeping motivated and well, girls like me. Thanks to all of those lovely ladies posts everyday, I am going to start my little health journey now and actually try to stick with it this time. I’m hoping to blog about this journey frequently to kind of hold me accountable. I’ve always been the “fat” girl in my family and I want to change that.

 

Today the husband and I went grocery shopping since it is pay day! Yay! ! ! ! ! I worked more hours at work so I’d be able to go on a decent grocery shopping trip and be able to cover our food intake for a few weeks (I’m hoping at least). Here’s what I got:

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I can’t wait to get this journey started off right! Thanks to the lovely ladies on the group, I’m going to start doing meal plans just like them. I plan on doing a few days of ground turkey, brown rice and a veggie and then maybe during the weekends switching it up with a pita pocket type meal with protein. I also have fish, shrimp and chicken too so I don’t plan on getting bored with eating the same thing. Ha ha! 

My plan with this healthy eating thing is to start out with portion control and intake healthier items vs unhealthy (of course!). I’m also going to be drinking a lot more water. From there, I will start working in the exercise part of this health journey. I’ve got to take baby steps so I don’t get too overwhelmed because I am still dealing with a lot of stress of trying to find a new job. I don’t want to overwhelm myself and end up falling off this wagon again. Now for the fun part. Each time I post on my blog with an update, I will include my weigh in. Ouchie! It can’t be too bad right? Well it’s not something I’m used to. Ya know, just putting it out there that I weigh this much _______ lbs and that I’m fat. Are any of you getting back into the healthy lifestyle? Or trying it for the first time? Let me know with a comment below! Also if you have any awesome, yummy recipes or questions, feel free to ask also! 

-Katie

Ohhhh yeah.. 272 lbs.

Ignorant

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Adjective
  1. Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.
  2. Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular: “ignorant of astronomy”.

Today I was referred to as “ignorant”. The reasoning behind this was simply because I do not care to use a product that a few other ladies are using. It is simply my own opinion and therefore I am “ignorant”. I did not know that by having my own opinion that I would be “ignorant” or anything of the sort. I thought everyone had the freedom of speech and the right to their own opinions. 

The topic was the It Works! Wraps. I simply see them as being a waste of money when it comes down to weight loss. 1. They’re $59+ for 4; which adds up over time and 2. If you want to lose weight, just work out. Yet again, these are my own opinions and if you’re using them, more power to you but I, myself would rather workout hard to lose the weight than to use wraps that don’t leave a permanent effect. I want to be proud of my weight loss and I see using the wraps and sitting around my house as not being something to be proud of. Yet again, to each their own. It might work for other people but I’m different. Not everyone is going to be pro wraps or pro working out. I know for a lot of people it’s hard to work out and to lose the weight but most of them are just really lazy. I know I’m pretty lazy but I also know that I can’t just sit around and do nothing all the time.

Lately, I’ve been really sucking at working out and losing weight. Mainly the reason being that I wake up and head to work and work 10 hour days. By the time I get home it’s 7pm and I have to make dinner, shower and then go to bed to wake up early and start it all over. I know this is just an excuse really but eventually I’ve gotta make more time in my schedule to work out. Tomorrow after work I am going to force myself to go to the apartment gym and use the eliptical or treadmill. I’m really not a fan of running outside and I figure if I’m at least getting on the treadmill that that is something toward progress. Eventually I’ll be able to do better running outside. The only downfall of using the apartment gym is that it’s super tiny and there’s a lack of machines. There are probably 3 elipticals, 2 treadmills and then a few weight machines. Usually when I’d go in there there would be 5+ people using the machines and I’d wait about 30 minutes or so to use one and the people would just hog the machine; so I stopped going.

I think I shall end this post here and bid a farewell. My next post will be a little more uplifting and less drama filled. Ha ha! If you have any pointers on good exercises for beginners please leave a comment. Also if you have some good (but yummy) healthy recipes you’d like to share, please leave a comment. Thanks!!