Labor Day

Welcome back everyone!

 

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend.  We went to Michigan to visit the in laws and I already screwed up my healthy lifestyle!!!  Glad that lasted long…  I normally always pack exercise clothes with me when we go but did not this time.  Brad’s family lives way out in the country on a dirt road and there is not a whole lot to do.  Normally we just end up sitting inside all day so I always try to at least get two miles in, but no luck this time.  My mother-in-law is a wonderful cook on top of that so we always have hearty meals and dessert.  Ugh… not cool Paula, portion control (or I could say no to dessert(s))  Besides the unhealthy eating and general laziness of Saturday and Sunday at least we were able to have some fun.  The nice thing about living in the country is being able to ride the 4 wheelers and feed chickens.  My little boy Baron had a blast with that.  Brad and I were able to kick a ball around for a half hour or so that is something!  I am very fortunate in my in-laws because they are awesome and it is heartwarming to watch them with with the kids.  

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 Everyone tackles Grandpa

Everyone tackles Grandpa

 

Thankfully my Monday started out better.  Since it was a free day I started by making everyone pumpkin (Pumpkin spice season is here!!!) pancakes and then I was able to get two miles in.  A leisurely trip to the grocery store (Brad was watching the kids) and they food prepping for the week.  It is amazing how wonderful just going to the grocery is without children.  Normally, I have both kids and my food list, we do not stray and we do not stop for anything!  The last thing I want is a melt down in a public place (and I am not completely referring the the children)

 

The one thing that I have been really good at lately is prepping food for lunches and making sure I have fruits and vegetables prepared as snacks.  When I get hungry there is no control.  It is “get in my belly” mentality.  Having healthy snacks already prepared makes a HUGE difference.  Same thing when it comes to lunches.  My husband always takes a lunch to work and like most people he packs it before he leaves.  Having everything ready is helping everyone get back on track.  Unfortunately for Brad, when I gain weight, he gains weight…  Meal prepping does take time, between prepping all the food and then making said food it takes around 3-4 hours.  Which can be a big chunk of your day but totally worth the investment.  "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin

 When you are trying to cook but someone wants up

When you are trying to cook but someone wants up

 

Our Monday has started out right, on to the rest of the week!