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favorite are the nacho cheese https://www.questnutrition.com/collections/quest-chips/products/nacho-cheese-tortilla-style-protein-chips

Trying to eat healthy and lose weight can be such a drag sometimes. You can only eat kale and chia seeds for so long, am I right? And when you’re trying to up your protein intake but want something that’s NOT jerky? Ugh, fuggetaboutit. Thankfully, I found something yummy that will also help me hit my protein goals!

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Oh yes, those are PROTEIN chips! Quest Nutrition actually has FIVE different flavors! I’ve tried three so far: cheddar & sour cream, BBQ, and nacho cheese! Just take a look at these stats:

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I paired mine with a Chick-Fil-A Chicken Club sandwich (sans bun) and it was the PERFECT meal!

Out of the three flavors I have tried, the nacho cheese are my favorite, but that’s because they tasted fairly close to Doritos!

Have you tried these before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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I’ve been doing the low-carb/Keto thing for a few weeks now and seeing good results so I’m keeping this train going! I found an AMAZINGLY delicious dessert that is LC/K and I just gotta share it!

Here’s what you need:

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~4 oz.  cream cheese, softened (seriously, it needs to be super soft, but not melted)

~8 oz. Milk Chocolate Delight Atkins Shake (I used a Svelte Organic shake because that’s what I had on hand)

~1 box sugar-free chocolate pudding mix

~4 tbs. peanut butter

First, mix the cream cheese and shake in a large mixing bowl until it is well mixed and there are no chunks.

 

Then, add the packet of sugar-free pudding and peanut butter.  Blend well!

 

Line a plate with wax paper (I didn’t have any so I used foil; worked just as well!). Roll the mixture into little balls and put them on the foil or wax paper and place them in the freezer to set. (Note: My mixture wasn’t as “doughy” as the original recipes’, so I did spoonfuls of the mixture. They ended up looking like little piles of dog poo…Whoops!)

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After about an hour or so, pop the balls into a container and store in the freezer! You can enjoy these frozen or let them thaw for about a minute or two! They are sooooooo good!

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Each ball has about 35 calories, 2 carbs, and 1 gram of protein! Have you ever tried these before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! I feel like we haven’t talked in so long! How’ve you been? How was your Christmas? Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, its time to start thinking about how you are going to make 2018 YOUR YEAR! Any plans? Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, I’ve got chu.

I’ve posted about this before, but I’ll do a little recap on how I like to do my resolutions list.

Write out “2018” vertically on a sheet of paper. Then, for the number two, write the two best things that happened in 2017. For the zero, jot down a habit you’d like to break in the new year. The one is for your one wish for 2018 (i.e., health, stability, find love, etc.) and the eight is where you list eight goals you’d like to accomplish over the next twelve months. Need help coming up with ideas? Here’s my list to help you get started!

 

2—The Two Best Things That Happened This Year

 

Adding to My Friends List

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No, I don’t mean on Facebook. I’m talking about real life, yo. This year I’ve really got to know some awesome ladies and have become super close with. It’s just nice to have some gal pals you can commiserate with, laugh with, and swap stories with who totally “get you”.

 

Teaching KidFit

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Last year was my first year teaching at my church’s Mother’s Day Out program. I enjoyed working with the Littles I taught but this year, instead of working in a classroom with the same kids all day, my co-teacher and I decided to shake things up and teach “KidFit” (basically P.E.). It’s so much fun! We get to see all age groups of kids AND we get paid to PLAY. How awesome it that?!

 

 

0–Something You Want to Stop in the New Year

 

Getting Unnecessarily Stressed Out

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Ugh. I do this so much. Something trivial will happen, I’ll freak out, and then later I’ll think: “Wow that really wasn’t a big deal. And now that I’ve had time to think about it, I’m super embarrassed about how I handled it.” This happens to me frequently throughout the day. I want to be more relaxed—especially about stuff that doesn’t really matter—because I think that will add to my (and everyone around me) quality of life. *takes deep, cleansing breath*

 

1—My One Wish for 2018

 

Health

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Last year I saw so many people I know and care for come down with terrible sicknesses and diagnoses. My wish for the New Year is health—for me, my family, my friends, and acquaintances.

 

8—Eight Goals for the New Year

 

Get Down to Pre-Huff the Tot Weight

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This has pretty much been a goal since I gave birth to HtT…four years ago.

 

Find a Literary Agent

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Again, this has been a goal of mine for YEARS. Last year, I may have sat down to work on my book and find an agent ONCE. O-N-C-E. I really want to become a published author with a literary agent, so I’ve got to actually TRY.

 

Practice Banjo Everyday

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For our anniversary last year, Huff the Hubs got me a banjo! I’m super excited about learning and I’ve been doing lessons now for about three months. As you can imagine, it’s hard to accomplish anything when you’ve got two little ankle biters running amok, so my practice times have been few and far between (especially with the holidays). But, it’s the time for resolutions and I’m ready to stick to this one!

 

Be Consistent with Tot School

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I’m prayerfully considering homeschool my turkeys. For many reasons, of which I won’t bore you with now. I have basically two years to decide whether or not it will be the avenue our family will take, so I’m trying to get a glimpse of what it would be like by creating—and sticking to—lesson plans for Tot School. This is a BIG goal of mine for 2018!

 

Wake Before the Kids

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This is a constant goal. I want to wake before the kids so I can workout, shower, read a devotional, eat breakfast, and pretty much get my head in the game before, as Huff the Hubs calls it, “The Krakens awaken”, ha!

 

Read One Book a Month

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Last year I read two books. TWO. FREAKING. BOOKS. That’s it. My sister has read NINE in the past two weeks. Yeah. If I want to be a better writer, I’ve got to be a better reader. This means I need to read so I can learn from other writers I enjoy (and even some I dislike)!

 

Blog Consistently

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The holidays really threw off my groove. I felt like I was doing okay with blogging and then bam! Thanksgiving hit and it was all downhill. I want to blog more consistently; even if folks don’t read what I post, it’s a great outlet for me!

 

Save More Money

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When Christmas came around, I sadly saw my checking account was not as plentiful as I had hoped. Why? Because, Target Dollar Spot. And Chick-Fil-A. And Starbucks’ cake pops. And Chick-Fil-A. And Chick-Fil-A. (Seeing a pattern?) I’ve made up a personal savings plan for myself (I even made a spreadsheet in Excel, woot!) and I intend to make it rain…in the safety of my account.

 

What about you? What are your resolutions? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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(I debated on blogging about this because I didn’t want to fan the flames of an already hot topic, but ya know what? I give no cares, so I’m gonna do it.)

Now that Huff the Babe is six months old and we’re on the cusp of starting him on solids, I’ve started to feel a need to shed the excess weight I’m still carrying from having him*. I’ve got about 10-ish pounds still hanging around, mostly around my middle, that I’d like to see disappear.

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I haven’t really been strict about my diet–mostly because any time I cut out a certain food group, my milk supply drops and it takes a bit to get it back up to optimum levels and breastfeeding burns a ton of calories which means I’m constantly hAngry–but I’ve been working on adding better foods to my diet.

Another area that I’ve been working on is strength training. A lot of women tend to think that strength training is a waste of time and that cardio is where you need to focus your attention if you want to lose weight. But actually, strength training is the best thing you can do for your body, especially after having a kiddo.

Weight lifting/strength training helps you burn more fat, gives you the strength to pick up your little bundle/toddler/unload the double stroller multiple times a day without pulling something, as well as help those muscles that got separated during pregnancy to come back together to avoid future problems.

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Last summer, my sister, mom, and I started this workout routine and I actually started it back up again not long after I had Huff the Babe! Its basically three days of strength training and one day of cardio a week. That’s it. And the cardio can be your choice. Y’all, this thing WORKS.

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I measured myself before I started the routine and then about four weeks into it. When I measured a month later, I had lost an inch off of my waist and TWO off of my hips (checked the Advocare 10 day cleanse review by Jade before and guess results would be quite similar). I was doing really good there for a hot minute and consistently losing inches, but then I went back to work (this is pre-SAHM life) and I fell out of the routine so my inches that I lost came back, womp, womp. BUT, I’ve started it back up again now that I don’t have to work about client calls or meeting editing deadlines and I could not be more excited!

I encourage YOU (Momma or not!) to try this out! It is seriously so simple and it is really effective. Now, I’m not saying I’m a fitness expert, nor do I know your body’s exact needs. So, talk with your doc about it first. I want you to be healthy but I don’t want you doing something that could put you at risk.

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Have you tried a strength training workout in which you’ve seen results? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Calm yourself. I’m not saying that every woman should try to lose all the weight they gained from having their precious babies as soon as they can because that’s what is “expected of us”. I suffer from anxiety and depression. Working out gives me energy and endorphins which makes for a happier Momma. A happier Momma = better taken care of Littles and a happier Hubs. Plus, if I lose the baby weight, my clothes will fit better, meaning I feel more confident and I don’t have to buy bigger sizes/more clothes (because hashtag ballin’ on a budget, yo). So check yo’self.

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When I had Huff the Tot, I was very much committed to losing the baby weight quickly. After having Huff the Babe, however, my attitude is much more laid back.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to be back to my pre-baby bod, but if I can choose between taking an hour-long nap and an hour on the treadmill, Imma choose nap. Because of this, I told myself that I’ve REALLY got to start watching what I eat. I decided to start giving my usual splurges a healthy makeover, starting with ice cream!

I remembered there was an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (yes, you read that right; I’m a mom, yo) in which Daniel and his mom make one-ingredient banana “ice cream”. I Googled the recipe and got to work.

Here’s what you need:

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That’s it. Bananas. As many or as few as you’d like (or have on-hand).

First, slice up the bananas and place them in an air-tight container:

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Then, pop the slices in the freezer. Ideally, you should leave them in overnight, but they can stay in as little as two hours.

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After they’ve frozen, pop them in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is creamy:

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After that, pour the mixture into another air-tight container and place it back in the freezer (again, either for a few hours or overnight. I left mine in overnight…mostly because I forgot about it-ha!).

Then, enjoy!

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I REALLY liked this! It had the consistency of gelato and was super yummy! Plus, it gave me that ice-cream-feeling without being full of fat and processed ingredients that I don’t need. This was a definite win!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe before?  What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

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As you know, I’ve been doing the low carb thang for a bit, just trying to melt off some of those stubborn pounds that won’t budge. It hasn’t been easy, but I have seen results, so I’ve been pushing myself to go just a tad farther. The other day I was really missing yummy breakfast foods (other than eggs and sausage) so I consulted Pinterest and found this:

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Last week, I decided to go “low carb” for the week. My weight loss had been plateau-ing for a while and I was getting frustrated. Plus, I’ve been doing this get fit summer challenge from Buzzfeed and was starting to see the scale creep up (because lifting weights is a hunger-inducing business, y’all).

 

Anyway, I needed to find some way to still have some treats while I was abstaining from carbs. And praise The Lord, I found this!

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They’re low-carb peanut butter cookies! Here’s what you need:

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~1 cup peanut butter (I used Jif Omega-3)

~1 cup Splenda (you could use Stevia if you like but it’s a little bitter for my taste)

~1 egg

 

That’s it! That’s all you need!

 

Preheat your oven to 350*. Then, toss everything into a bowl and combine.

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Scoop out about a tablespoon onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. I used a cookie scoop and it worked wonders! Then, dip a fork in Splenda and press down the dough rolls.

 

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Pop them in the oven for 12 minutes, and then let them cool.

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Then, devour!

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OMG, y’all, these cookies were DELICIOUS! They really helped me get through those cravings when I really wanted something sweet. And, to be honest, the low-carb thing wasn’t that bad. I mean, there was one day I really wanted some waffle fries from Chick-Fil-A, but for the most part, it went well. I think part of that was because I had a cold and it sort of took my appetite away. But it helped! I lost 3lbs and an inch off my waist! Yay!