Challenging Week

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It has been awhile since I last posted. I have been planning on posting several new recipes,  but the 2 little ones have been needing Mommy more. Our 18 month old finally got her 3rd tooth so I think she just wants to snuggle Momma!  And our 3 month old LOVES to scream when I put him down.  On top of it he has been throwing up for no reason.  The only thing I can think is that he isn’t really burping after he nurses. (He is difficult to burp.)

I have been sticking to the 21 day fix extreme eating plan. I did miss 2 workouts last week. I have been feeling discouraged since I tried on my shorts for the summer and they are all still tight. Then I had to remind myself that for the last 2 summers I have been wearing maternity clothes.  So I didn’t really know what size I started at when I started this journey on March 17, 2015! I do know that I am getting stronger!  I will not let the number on the scale or the number on the tag of clothing discourage me from pushing forward towards my goal! I promise you that 1 year from today those shorts that are tight will be falling off me!

Have 5 kids 8 and under there are days I think “Oh I better skip my workout because I need to do x, y, z. But then I stop myself!  It is only 30 minutes!  30 minutes!  3 1/2 hours for the week! I deserve to have 30 minutes a day to better my health to be a better Momma, wife, and friend.

If you are ready to make that change in your life please contact me!  Tonistoothoff@hotmail.com

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Meal Planning 4/29 to 5/5

Meal planning,  I will admit it isn’t my favorite thing to do! But I have found that it helps with three things 1. Helps me to stay on budget when shopping 2. Helps me to know what to make for dinner each night 3. Helps me to stay on track!

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I don’t have a set way of doing my meal planning.  To be honest it really depends on how much time the baby gives me to plan! I usually start by gathering my 21 day fix & 21 day fix extreme books.  If you are just starting out be sure to read over the foods allowed.  Try to pick foods from the top 1/3 of each list when making your meal plan.

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The calendar set up helps so I make sure I am getting all my containers in each day. You can find blank ones to print out here.  Just because I put a meal on a certain day doesn’t mean I have to make it that day. I am flexible! Also you may have noticed my week doesn’t start on a Monday.  That is okay!  I do my grocery shopping either Monday or Tuesday.  Do what works for you!

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After I have gathered my plan books I like to jot down in a notebook what things I plan to make for the week.  I use the plan books for ideas as well as pinterest!  Remember the meals do not need to be complicated!  Many times I just cook up some chicken breast, steamed vegetables & make a baked sweet potato!

I will work on getting the recipes I use posted for you!  If your family is hesitant to try the new foods,  get them involved in the planning,  shopping & preparing of the meals! My 3 older kids love to help in the kitchen and we discuss why certain foods are better for us than others.

I like to use leftovers from dinner for my lunches. So I tend to double the dinner recipes.  And if for some reason we don’t end up having one of the meals this week, I just shift it to the next week since I already have the ingredients on hand.

Here is the order I try to plan my meals:
1. List dinners.
2. Map out the meals. You can use the weekly printable calendar. I like to add the colored dots for each container.
3. Fill in breakfast.
4. Fill in post-workout meal. (I have my Shakeology then.)
5. Fill in lunches. (Remember leftovers from dinner work great!)
6. Fill in your toughest containers.
7. Fill in your favorite containers.
8. Fill in the rest.
9. Double check to make sure you haven’t missed any containers.
10. Create your grocery list!

Perfect for a New Princess

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As some of you already know I have a little hobby business Kuddlebugz Threadz!  I started it in 2007 when we lived in Fairbanks,  AK. It started out as a way for me to stay home with our 1 year old twins.  I was making Infant Carseat Covers, the type that cover over the carseat to keep out the cold from baby! Those were a life saver up in the frozen tundra!!

Kuddlebugz Threadz has evolved in to so much more! I have added crocheted items to my shop this last fall.

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Last fall I was on bed rest with our 5th child so I had many hours to sit and crochet!  I had numerous orders for infinity scarves & hooded cowls!  I made several times for our baby, not knowing if we were having a boy or a girl. Well, we had a beautiful baby boy in February!

I have a few items for sale still including this adorable 3 piece Skirt, Hat, & Booties. To see all of what I have for sale check out my etsy shop.  Or “like” my facebook page.

Banana Pancake Roll-Ups

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Today I was looking at the sad bananas  in the fruit bowl. They were much to brown for my liking.  I normally would have made banana bread before 21 day fix.  But today I wanted to make a healthy fix approved meal! Meet the Banana Pancake Roll-Ups! 

Banana Pancake Roll-Ups serves 1

1/2 banana,  mashed well
2 eggs, beaten
Cinnamon,  I didn’t measure I just added a bunch! I love cinnamon!

Mix well making sure the banana is all mashed.  Heat a pan with a tsp of coconut oil on low. Pour a small amount of the batter into the pan. Do not flip too soon. I waited until it didn’t look too wet on top. Roll up & sprinkle with more cinnamon. Number of pancakes depends on how big you make them.

I was going to make extras so I had a healthy snack ready in the fridge,  but the kids finished them off.

1 red, 1 purple and 1 tsp

Try them with some Greek yogurt filling and berries too!

Getting so Big!

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Hard to believe it has already been 3 months since this sweet baby boy was born! I just love to snuggle & kiss him!  He is getting bigger every day!  I already had to move him into 3-6 month clothes.  He is such a great little sleeper at night. BUT there is a trade off…he eats LOTS during the day.  Some days it is hard to get a workout in. But I have been persevering!  He is one of the reasons I am taking this journey to a healthier more fit me!

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Chicken Salad Wrap

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Today I threw together a quick and easy lunch! Did I mention it also tastes amazing?  You can use leftover chicken breast,  rotesserrie chicken,  or canned chicken (like tuna just make sure you get low sodium). The kids even thought this was a very yummy lunch!

Chicken Salad Wrap serves 1

1 red container of chicken breast minus 1 Tbps
1 Tbps of greek yogurt
1/2 purple container of sliced grapes
1/2 green container of chopped onions and celery
1/2 green container of lettuce
1 flatout wrap

Mix the chicken, greek yogurt,  grapes, onions and celery together.  Place lettuce on the wrap. Put the chicken mixture on top of the lettuce.  (You will have extra, I just ate mine plain.) Roll up wrap and enjoy!

1 red, 1 green,  1 yellow,  1/2 purple