Monday, October 30, 2017

Nano and workouts and baby, oh my!

I know it's been a while since I've written. I've been stuck in the whirlwind that is life, but I miss my blog and writing my own stuff, so I'm back!

And I have a hugely ambitious week and month ahead of me. In addition to my freelance writing that makes some extra dollars, I'm also planning to participate in NaNoWriMo (National novel writing month), started working out again, fixing my diet and, of course, have my increasingly demanding 18 month old to take care of as well. I'm insane and don't know how I'm going to do NaNo, but I'm aching to work on my own stuff, so hopefully it'll at least help me get some words on the page. I'm also going to write here about how difficult it all is. Ha. I also need to figure out a new low carb dinner for later this week.

The title of this blog is in tribute to Hailey's newest favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz. The tin man is her new love. She just wants to watch him dance over and over again. She is exhausting, amazing, smart and goofy. Watching her grow is the best and hardest thing. No matter how ambitious the rest of this is, I'm still going to play with her as much as she wants. Wouldn't have it any other way.

I did succeed in doing weights, yoga and this blog today, so it's a pretty good start. Are you planning on NaNo or have a good recipe for me? Let me know! Haha

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Day 1 of the June Challenge

Well, it's Day 1 and so far I'm feeling pretty good and excited. Granted, it's only 5:30am, but I'll take it. I had way too many carbs yesterday because of my migraine..I was nauseated along with it, so it was hard to find something that I could stomach eating,  but I needed to eat something.

Time for weigh in and measurements! I'm scared of the weigh in cause I've been eating poorly..and I was actually down a couple weeks ago to a number that I hadn't seen some before I was pregnant. I don't want to see the number climb back up, but I need to know where I'm starting from today. Here goes!

Only 1 pound up! I'll take it. That's not as bad as I'd feared.

R arm 12.75 in
L arm 12.75
Chest 39
Waist 33.5
Hips 43.5
R thigh 23
L thigh 22.5

As for my diet, I'm going to focus on getting rid of extra sugar and carbs. I can't do a restricted calorie intake because my 13 month old is still breastfeeding a bunch and I'm not going to risk my milk supply. I will be making sure to get at least 1800 calories because of that, which is fine. It makes me hungrier anyway :)

For breakfast, I don't need to change what I'm eating except monitor how much sweet potato I'm eating. I'm going to start measuring-1 cup. I make a 4 egg omelette with 4 small turkey sausages and sweet potato cooked in olive oil. It may sound like a lot, but I do share with my daughter. She mostly likes the turkey. While making breakfast I drink a full water bottle-26 oz of water.

I could probably add more veggies to this to change it up and get the carb content down by reducing the sweet potatoes. Perhaps I'll look into mushrooms or red peppers instead. My daughter loves both of those, so maybe I can get her to eat other things besides the turkey in the mornings.

I've cycled on and coffee multiple times..right now I'm going to keep it some days. Baby doesn't sleep through the night.  There is conflicting advice about whether coffee is good or bad with pcos. I don't drink more than 2-3 cups when I have it. I also found this unsweetened chocolate almond milk, which I like, but my husband isn't so crazy about. It's much better than nonchocolate unsweetened almond milk...but not as tasty as the sugary, of course. But that stuff has way too much sugar. This works for me and is the only unsweetened chocolate one that I can find.

This is getting long. I will stretch the posts out. I will write about snacks, lunch, dinner and fitness on other days along with how things are going for me on that particular day! It's going to be nice out today, so I think Hailey and I will be going for a walk and maybe out to the park :)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Preview of my personal June challenge

After a weekend..or few weekends of making poor food choices, I'm using June 1st for a new beginning. I need to get control of my pcos symptoms and my cravings. My goal is to lose 50 pounds by my daughter's second birthday in April.

While that is an intimidating number, it's also exciting! I want to get my hormones under control and stop being a slave to my cravings. Mostly, I'm going to change my diet, but I also want to get in some more working out. This last area has suffered as Hailey has become more mobile, but at the very least, we can go for walks a few times per week. Tomorrow, here we go!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Peanut butter banana bites recipe

I just made these yesterday for the first time and they are definitely going to be a staple in my rotation. These are freaking delicious and even calm the rage that goes along with breastfeeding hunger. I'm always hungry, I swear.

Plus these are much healthier for me to have with my morning coffee than donuts or other treats and they are enough to help get me through my workout :)

Original recipe:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter -I use the Old Fashioned brand because there is no added sugar
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed- the baby bullet came in handy here. I used the milling blade to ground up the flax seeds.
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips-all I had were NestlĂ© dark chocolate chips so I used those. 
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Using a fork, mash and stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  2. Place bowl in fridge for about 30 minutes. This will help in creating the bites later.
  3. Remove bowl from fridge and roll "dough" into 1 inch size balls.- I  found rolling didn't really work. I had to squeeze them into balls in my hand instead. 
  4. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 
Nutritional info:

Friday, December 30, 2016

Tasty Homemade Granola Bars!

My husband found a recipe on YouTube for homemade granola bars. This recipe is close with a few tweaks. While not refined sugar free  (because of the chocolate chips), this can be modified by using Lily's chocolate chips.

You can really make this recipe your own by choosing your ingredients. The main components you really need are honey, coconut oil and oats. The rest is up to you! 

Here's what  I like to use in mine: 
4 cups of oats
Protein powder to taste. (I use 2 scoops of chocolate pro formula, which is sugar-free)
1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups dried cranberries
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
*honey and coconut oil may need to be adjusted depending on if you add other or different ingredients. 

Mix it all together and then throw it in the freezer for 30-60 min before cutting. I keep them in the freezer just to keep them set. 
Enjoy! They can be addicting so just watch how much you eat to monitor your sugar intake. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Holiday recipe swap-peanut butter balls-free from refined sugar!

I've written a few times about my sugar cravings and with Christmas coming up, it's sure to be difficult. I found this delicious recipe for chocolate covered peanut butter balls that can be free from refined sugar and they are delicious! You can find the original recipe here.


  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • -I used Skippy, but you can use the brand Old Home, found in the refrigerated section that has no sugar! 

  • 2 1/2  tbsp maple syrup

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • sea salt

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or 2 dark chocolate bars (at least 80% cacao)
  • -I found that half a cup wasn't enough to cover all of the peanut butter balls. The second time I made this,  I used about 3/4 instead and I was able to cover them all.

  • You can also use Lily's dark chocolate chips, which has no refined sugar. 


  1. Combine peanut butter, coconut flour, maple syrup and melted coconut oil in a bowl and mix until well combined.
  2. Make quarter-sized balls with the peanut butter dough and place on a plate. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.
  3. Add balls in the fridge to harden for 30 minutes.
  4. To make chocolate coating, melt the chocolate over low heat in a sauce pan. I added a bit of coconut oil the seconomy time around, which made the chocolate even smoother.
  5. Dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate, and roll them around until they are fully covered.
  6. Place covered balls onto a plate.
  7. Add to freezer for 30 minutes, then take leftover melted chocolate and drizzle on the balls. 

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes (in fridge)
Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Servings: 16

Nutritional info
With Skippy and Nestlé dark chocolate chips:

With Old Fashioned peanut butter and Lily's chocolate chips:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Breaking Up with the Sugar Monster

They say that breaking up is hard to do. This is never more true than when you're attempting to cut sugar out of your life. It always finds a way to weasel its way back in.

Sorry, sugar, you and I are through. I want nothing more to do with you! 

I've been having a hard time recently with sugar cravings in the morning. I fell into this trap where I want sugar with my morning coffee {which, giving up coffee may be a battle for another time, but not today}. I would have cookies or banana bread...anything that had sugar in it. While the ones I've made are paleo, it's still not a good habit to get into. The chocolate chips in those still make me crave more. I'm ashamed to say that the last few days, I've taken to just eating a handful of chocolate chips to get my fix because I don't have any baked goods at the moment. I decided to stop doing that as of today. How desperate am I? That's not a good sign. Sugar addiction just further breeds sugar addiction and I'm over it.

I realize that this is coming at a hard time of year. Candy season is in full swing, but for me added sugar is a slippery slope that I need to do my best to avoid if I want to be healthy. Also, if I can do it now, I should be good the rest of the year. It's going to be hard though. I've done it in the past. I know if I don't start in on the sugar, I can do better at avoiding it. But just one piece, one cookie, one whatever, will make me want another and another. Well, it's time to knock that off. Here goes nothing!

What do you like to do to avoid sugar? Any tips or recipes? Good luck to everyone in this season of sugar!