Fit Hungry Mama

One mama's journey of finding balance with food, fitness, family, and fun

Happy New Year!

I’m finally back to blogging. This holiday season was rough in many ways and I’m relieved it’s all over.

Sorry I haven’t said much lately. As a stay-at-home mom of two young boys, I try to limit my computer time when they are around. My oldest son has been home from pre-K since mid-December, so we’ve been busy spending lots of quality time together.

As for me, I have done pretty good with exercise. Proper food intake has been an issue though. The winter months are always hard on me so I relied on comforting foods to help me through. Less sunshine, cold temperatures, financial stress of buying presents, and dealing with emotions associated with holidays (I lost my mom at 14 years of age and miss her A LOT this time of year).

Anyway, I’ve been back on track with proper food portions for a few days now and am feeling better. All I have to do now is get through my son’s 5th birthday without over-indulging on his birthday menu. I let him pick out all his meals for his special day.  He has requested Dunkin Donuts for breakfast (I will be getting one of their breakfast sandwich and  a plain coffee), a sandwich for lunch (I will probably make a salad with protein), and fried chicken for dinner (I’ll have a breast with skin removed). The hardest part will be the birthday cake. I ordered one from Publix (grocery store), who makes really good buttercream icing for their cakes!

I don’t have any specific goals set this year, but I do know that I want to improve my cardio endurance, improve my overall strength, tighten my core, continue decreasing my body fat percent, increase my water intake, and blog on a very regular basis.

To reach my fitness goals, I will continue my 3x/week strength training at the gym and resume my at-home workouts on Monday when my eldest son returns to school. Thankfully, there wont be as many holiday breaks this semester so I’ll be getting in a lot of exercise at home during the week for the rest of the school year.  These at-home workouts will take place during my youngest son’s naps.

As for food, I will be limiting grains and alcohol as well as increase my intake of raw/steamed/sautéed veggies and fresh fruits,  lean proteins, and MUFAs.  I will enter my foods into my Bodymedia armband program to make sure I’m getting enough protein for muscle growth, healthy carbs for energy, and healthy fats for a healthy heart.

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Playing Catch up!

Wow, I have neglected this blog. Bad, FHM, bad!!!

Life has been pretty crazy since my last post. Long story short, we’ve been dealing with family illnesses and injuries, welcoming babies to the world (not me!), and working through some personal issues. We’ve made progress on every thing, so all we have to do now is make it through this frigid cold feast-filled holiday season!

I can not believe 2012 is almost over. 2013 will be here in 7 weeks. SEVEN WEEKS!! Its been a while since I’ve made a new years resolution and stuck to it, but I am going to be bold and make one for the upcoming year. It’s a simple resolution…and it is to write a post on here at a bare minimum of once per week! This means I will be making this blog a priority because it is something I need for my mental health. I also promise to be more open. This means I might not always be cheerful or optimistic. This is ok because I am a real person with real feelings. Hiding behind a smile won’t help me feel better, but writing my feelings down will definitely speed up the healing process!

Anyway, as well as sharing more of myself on here, I will continue to post healthy recipes. I will also start posting more about my exercise routines, both at home and at the gym. This will help me document my progression as well as hopefully inspire readers to join in on the fun!

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A Much Needed Update

I have been so bad at updating this blog.

Since my last post, I’ve been trying to figure out how to deal with a variety of emotions. It took me a while to get them all sorted out, but I think I’m finally getting close to being my old happy self again.

I’ve changed pace with my exercise and am enjoying it. I’ve started doing some Jillian Michael’s workouts, mixed with some of my favorite classes from P90X and Insanity. I’ve also enjoyed early morning walks with the dog and plan on adding a couple of runs each week. Gym is going good, but I’m still not going as much as I’d like. I’m going to work on adding at least one other day (hopefully two!) because I really miss being in the gym environment.

Eating is going ok. I’m focusing on portion control as well as attempting to make healthier food choices during stressful times. Even though I haven’t been blogging, I’ve been busy pinning healthy and exciting recipes on Pinterest. I can’t wait try a lot of these dishes, especially all the fall meals and desserts!


Finding Balance

I’ve been in a funk for the past few days. It all started with a neck and back injury/strain that I got last Thursday. Thankfully, it has pretty much disappeared, but the two days off of Insanity were probably the two most stressful days I’ve had in a long time.
I had a revelation this morning that I really need to stop being so hard on myself when it comes to these pre-determined workout schedules.  They are realistic schedules, with most workout sessions being only an hour long.  Even the most busiest of people can squeeze in an hour of exercise per day.  However, there are times when life gets in the way. Life getting in the way for me seems to usually be migraines, my damn neck injury, and kid-related stuff.  Most of the time, I’m able to make up the workouts I’ve missed.  But, I’ve noticed that once I’ve gotten behind, my stress levels go way up.  Then, I get depressed and feel like a total failure because I can’t stick to a schedule. Then, the programs start feeling like a chore which leaves me feeling burned out.  This happened early on with BBL and I ended up despising the 60 day program by the time I finished.  Long story short, exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore or stress me out to the point of crying and depression.  That is  just plain crazy!!
Don’t get me wrong, I  love my dvd workouts, especially the P90X series and Insanity!  They have done great things for me.  However, I am going to take a break from following their schedules word-for-word. For now, I’m going to write up my own schedule on a week-by-week basis and do what I want to do for exercise. I need those stress levels to go down so I can regain the balance I so desperately need.
I don’t have all the details figured out yet,  but I do know that I want to go to the gym more often and do more outdoor activities since the weather is finally getting cooler.  I want to go running, continue my early AM walks, and go hiking on the weekends. I plan on doing Insanity a few times during the week, but will take a break from it on the weekends. Im going to let it be supplemental exercise to all the other exercise I want to do this fall. So yea, I’m not  going to complete Insanity in 60 days like most people aim to do. And I’m ok with this!
Thankfully, I’m pretty happy with how I feel and look so this new approach to exercise wont be detrimental to my health. In fact, I think it will improve it since I will no longer feel stressed out if I don’t get a specific exercise workout done.
Ok, I feel better writing this all down. Moving on now! :-)
“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance. ” – Brian Tracy

I’m Still Alive!

Wow, I have been so busy since my last post!

Let’s see, what have I been up to?

My sister came to visit for a week and we had lots of fun. We enjoyed lots of healthy meals and a couple of treats and got in a ton of exercise as well as some down time.  It has been a week since I’ve seen her now and I’m still pretty bummed that she had to go home. She is my best buddy!!

Meanwhile, my 4.5 year old started school last Monday, so I had been with the basket of emotions involved with that transition.  I’ve been excited and sad about him growing up and becoming so independent!

Also, I finished up Brazil Butt Lift in early August and started Insanity on August 13th. I am recovering from some sort of neck and muscle strain, so I’ve been bummed about missing my at-home workouts. Thankfully, the pain seems to have finally alleviated so I hope to resume Insanity tomorrow.

Lastly, I have a few more yummy and healthy recipes to tell you about!

Anyway, I’m just checking in to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about this blog. I hope to start posting more regularly now that things are returning to normal!

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I’ve wanted to do a new post for a while now, but I’ve been so focused on finishing up other projects.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, I have been busy doing a major purge and re-organization of the house. I am proud to say that my basement, kitchen, and master bath is in perfect order! I still have lots of work to do on all of our closets and under our beds, but those will have to wait until school starts!

Speaking of school, my 4.5 year old starts pre-K in a few weeks. I’m both excited and nervous! We’ve done one trip of clothes shopping and have at least one more to do.  Tomorrow, my husband and I will attend an orientation at his school.  Next week, we will start practicing the school day morning routine. I’m not looking forward to waking up earlier, but at least it wont be a huge adjustment for the boys since they have woken up early all summer.

I’ve also been busy with doing at-home workouts. I’ve done double stroller walks, swimming, Brazil Butt Lift, and a few Insanity classes. Currently, I go to the gym once per week (sad, I know) for a heavy-duty weight training session with my awesome personal trainer and finish up with an hour on the elliptical.

I’ve also tried out a bunch of new recipes and am looking forward to writing about them on here soon.  In addition to the recipes, I have thought about a million other topics I want to blog  about, but am waiting for more time to become available!

Lastly, I’ve been prepping for my sister’s upcoming visit! We only get to see each other a couple of times per year, so I try to make our reunions memorable.

And that is what I’ve been up to lately!

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I love Pinterest!  I’ve been pinning for a while now, but not as Fit Hungry Mama. Last night, I decided to create a brand new account to go along with this blog.  I have already spent a couple of hours re-pinning exercise ideas and a variety of healthy recipes from my old account to the new one.  I hope to try all (ok, most!) of them and reports my thoughts on this blog.

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