Can we cancel Christmas this year?

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I’ve always loved Christmas. The music, the lights, shopping, celebrations, presents, dresses, bows….family. I love it all. I love waking up early on Christmas morning and watching my kids tip toe into the living room to see what Santa brought. It’s such an exciting time and a huge part of childhood that every person should get to experience. The look of magic and wonder on my children’s faces is priceless, but short lived also.

I began to notice it about two Christmases ago when my oldest was four and her sister was almost two. We always have place after place to go in the weeks and days leading up to Christmas Day. Every get together we would exchange gifts and the girls would rip through layers of wrapping paper only to look at the gift for about a millisecond and then on to the next one.  It’s cute at first, but when they begin to say things like “is that all?” or “where is another one for me,” it gets embarrassing. I know a lot of it is just being a child, but it really made me think about how much emphasis we as a society put on Christmas. What is this teaching my children? What are they taking away from this gift giving?

In all honesty, Christmas is exhausting for me. It’s only November 13th and I’m already feeling the stress start to build as I begin looking at Black Friday ads and make out my list. Also, I’m already feeling the pressure of scheduling a family get together around everyone’s schedule. How do I tell my family that I’m skipping Christmas dinner to go to my husband’s family’s dinner and vice versa?  What do you buy children who already have everything and need nothing? Where do you put new gifts when you have no more room in your house? How do you explain why Santa couldn’t buy that super expensive gift you asked him for? It’s so STRESSFUL!! I just want to cancel Christmas!!

Why do we put this much pressure on ourselves?

Is this a women/mom/wife/teacher/control-freak thing?

How do you handle the holiday stress?

Day 2.5ish of THM

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This picture was taken almost 8  years ago. My husband and I (boyfriend at the time) were with his family in Pigeon Forge, TN on spring break. I remember thinking then how big I was and how I needed to go on a diet when we got back home. Those jeans were a size 12 and I was 17 years old…oh to go back to those carefree, worry free days!

Now, 8 years and three babies later…here we are with a lot of weight to lose.

Last night was okay. I fixed oven baked fajitas and put it on top of a salad. Today I haven’t been near as hungry as I was yesterday. I’m also not as sleepy as yesterday and I think that had a lot to do with the caffeine withdrawal.

I’m already looking forward to my afternoon snack, plain, nonfat yogurt sweetened with a little bit of truvia and sprinkled with some cocoa powder! Yum!!

How are you guys doing today?

Day 1 so far….

It’s early, I know. But I have jumped over a major hurdle already today! I actually packed my lunch this morning, but not just any lunch. It was a THM lunch!! Yay!!! Last night I fixed up a huge pot of soup. I threw in lots of onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms and cabbage and a can of tomato sauce and tons of seasonings. I hit it with a splash of heavy cream and it was to die for good yall!! Also, last night I went ahead and make up a big batch of the garbanzo beans that are in the book. I use a seasoning called Cavendar’s Greek and they were so good! I brought those for my mid morning snack that I had about an hour ago.

The biggest thing for me is just planning ahead. With three little kids, a full time job and all the other things I have going on, it’s really hard to get into the routine of planning my meals. It’s easier in the summer when I’m out of school than it is right now.

And I almost forgot….I walk 2 miles last night! I have that map my walk app on my phone and I used my ear buds and blasted my walking playlist! It was so fun and gave me a much needed break from the house!

Happy Tuesday! How is your day going?

THM Lunch for Day 1!

Yall this looks so good…I just had to share!

Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 1  Serving Size: 1 salad • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 219 • Fat: 13 g • Protein: 16 g • Carb: 11 g • Fiber: 5 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 306 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large hard boiled egg, peeled and sliced
  • 1 2/3 cups chopped asparagus
  • 2 slices cooked and crumbled center cut bacon
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • pinch salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the asparagus and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until tender yet firm. Drain and run under cold water to stop it from cooking further. Set aside.

In a small bowl mix the Dijon, oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Arrange the asparagus on a plate, top with egg and bacon and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Trim Healthy Mama-Week 1

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Does the old saying go, “mirrors never lie” or is it “mirrors always lie?” Either way, in my case, my mirror has been lying to me for quite some time. This picture was taken this past Saturday afternoon. My mama did these for us and she does a wonderful job. I’ve spent several weeks preparing the outfits for my girls and coordinating all of us to match. I’ve never done that before and really wanted our pictures to turn out well.

My girls looked adorable, although it’s extremely difficult to get three children to all look the same direction and smile at the same time! My husband looked as handsome as ever with his beard….I love his beard, and his new shirt! Overall we look like a happy, have it together family. But when I saw myself, I just cringed. Is that really me? Have I really let me weight get that out of control? How does my husband even find me attractive? Have I really been getting ready in front of my mirror everyday for the past five years and I’ve never realized that I look like that?? Holy cow, I’m hideous! I have to do something NOW!!!

These thoughts have been going over and over in my head since Saturday night. At Church on Sunday I looked around at all the women who have three children, some who have even more, and they don’t look like I do. They’re fairly small and look good to be the mother of so many. Why can’t I look like that? Why did I have to inherit that fat gene? Why didn’t the weight just fall off of me while I was nursing my youngest child for those 13 long months? Why is it that I’m so busy being a teacher, a wife, a mother and fulfilling all my other titles that I can’t just lose weight? Why does stress make me want more food rather than not?  What is wrong with me?

Then last night as I lay in bed rehearsing the days events in my mind, it hit me! Trim Healthy Mama. That’s the only thing I’ve ever done that I saw progress and results. It just works and when I went back to work after having my last child, I fell off the bandwagon.

Tomorrow starts my new journey. I have to do this. I have to do it for me. I have to do it for my husband. I have to do it for my children. I have to do it for my health.

Please join me for encouragement, send me motivation, and tell me where you are in your Trim Healthy Mama journey. I need all the love I can get. This isn’t going to be easy. I haven’t even started yet and I’m already doubting that I can do it. With support, I know I can.

Feel free to email me too!

blessthismess2014@gmail.com

Here are a few links from Gwen’s Nest that are helping me get started off on the right foot.

http://www.gwens-nest.com/trim-healthy-mama-quick-start-guide/