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Monday, March 16, 2015

Clean Granola

I have been wanting to make granola for a long time! It sure tastes delicious with some almond milk or with some greek yogurt.  I have been looking for a recipe that doesn't call for high amounts of sugar, but still tastes good and I found just that!  I used Sally's Baking Addiction Vanilla Almond Granola.  I didn't add almonds to mine simply because I haven't bought any, but I think that it would be great to add.  

2 1/2 cups of oats
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of maple syrup ( I used organic maple syrup-Kirkland brand)
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon of almond extract
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.  Toss oats, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.  Almonds are optional.  In another bowl whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil, almond and vanilla extract.  Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.  Mix together well until all the oats are covered.  Pour it onto a lined cookie sheet.  Bake in oven for 45 minutes.  Make sure to stir the granola a few times while cooking.  Let the granola completely cool when done.  Enjoy!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

I was on the hunt for a healthy chicken curry which is already pretty healthy but I wanted to pack it full of vegetables.  I found this great recipe that I revised and added my own ingredients to it.  Here is how I made it: 
1-2 chicken breasts cut up and put in a slow cooker
1 can of tomato paste
1/2 green jalapeno
3 garlic cloves
1 whole onion
1/2 cup of almond milk
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp of pepper
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of curry powder
1 tsp of paprika

I blended all of these items in my food processor until smooth and added to the chicken in the crock pot.  I cooked it on low for about 5 hours.  

For the rice, I used this cauliflower rice recipe which turned out great!! Delicious and extremely healthy dinner!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kuru Giveaway

There's a fun giveaway going on at my instagram account @livylovestorun with @kurufootwear! You and your friend have a chance to win a free pair of shoes.  These shoes are seriously awesome! I wore them for my workout this morning and have really loved the style of them too.  Kuru specializes in comfort and support which is something we all need in a workout shoe or even just a shoe to walk around in.  

Winner will be picked on Friday and announced on instagram so hurry over and enter!

Monday, February 2, 2015

no more excuses

I wanted to lose weight for many reasons.  It's obvious I wanted to look and feel better about myself.  I think we all have some sort of desire to be better then where we are at in life.  For me, my weight was a huge issue that I needed to change in order to feel more happy with who I was.  It affected basically everything I did.  I was and still am a full time mom.  Having this job title requires quite a bit of movement and energy.  I was seriously lacking as a mother when I was overweight.  My children were 1 and 2 when I decided to lose weight.  They required a lot of attention and I simply could not keep up.  

When I could barely function a full day without an hour nap or laying on the couch for several hours while they played with toys, I knew that I needed to change.  I wanted to be there with them on the floor, running after them and not finding any excuse to crash on the couch.  I wanted them to try and keep up with me instead of them running me dry each day.  It was then I decided to start taking them on mile walks around my neighborhood each day.  They enjoyed getting out and I enjoyed the exercise.  Over time, my energy was going up and I was looking forward to this time outside with my children.  We would walk to a park near my house, play and then walk home. 

I am so glad I kept this up because it was the starting point for me that made me realize I could do it.  I stopped making excuses for myself. Rather than making my children my excuse, I made them my reason.  I now go to a park and play with them.  I get up in the slide even if I barely fit and make them laugh until they are laughing too hard.  My kids are 4 and 3 now, so things have changed a little bit since I first started.  They easily tire of these long walks I used to take them on, but I am looking forward to this new baby to come where I can push him or her around.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pregnancy Cravings

With pregnancy comes lots of cravings, am I right?  I think just in general we all have cravings.  It doesn't matter if you are pregnant.  It doesn't even matter if you are a woman! We all crave something and a lot of the time, that something isn't the healthiest for you! I have totally been there so many times and I will be there many times for the rest of my life.  It's just who I am.  I know that my brain is programmed to think I want certain foods in abundance at random times of the day.

With that said, I sure have had cravings this pregnancy.  However, I am doing things a little differently this time around.  With my other two pregnancies, I can remember craving root beer floats, sour gummy worms and Indian food.  These weren't the healthiest of foods, but I still ate them every time my desire for them flared up.  I didn't quite understand the importance of eating healthy especially for my unborn child.  This led to a myriad of health problems that I have made sure to fix while losing weight this past year.

What am I craving now?  Well, Cheez-its, ALWAYS! I swear those orange squares are laced with crack.  You can't just have a handful when you eat them.  I am also wanting to eat out more.  Nothing really in particular, but the idea of taking a cheat meal is on my mind much more frequently! This is what I have had to understand though about pregnancy cravings:  They are just like regular cravings and just because I am pregnant doesn't give me some sort of pass to binge on whatever I want. This means I need to be extra careful since I have a baby growing in me and it does need to fed properly just like I do.  While I am trying my best to eat healthy now, I sometimes allow myself a little treat here or there.  It's all about self control and seeing this as something long term.  For the first trimester, I was pretty nauseous and nothing sounded good.  I can remember sitting down to eat a delicious balanced meal of vegetables, grilled chicken and brown rice.  I would take a bite and then immediately start to dry heave.  I was honestly trying, but my body was just not wanting it.  A girl has to eat, so I started eating saltines and ginger ale to keep my body fueled in some way.  I am feeling much better now and can eat just about anything I used to eat.

The way I look at it is I am going to continue to eat healthy.  Now I am eating a little more food than I was before to compensate for my growing child, but that doesn't mean an ice cream treat at night before bed or sugary cereal for breakfast.  It also doesn't mean broccoli and carrots at every single meal either! It's all about balance and finding that for yourself!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Third Child the most expensive!

I wanted to keep you all updated on my life so far since finding out we are going to be a family of five! This time has been very exciting and lots of plans are being made for the future, it's definitely been hard keeping up my energy as pregnancy is exhausting! I am hoping that it's just these first few months that I feel this way.  Either way, I know this time of my life is temporary and I will be back to heart-pumping workouts soon.

We have been thinking about all the things we need to change before this baby comes.  I was driving a Honda Insight before which wasn't going to be big enough for three little kiddos in the back.  I knew we needed something bigger and a van was probably going to be our best bet.  We looked at some SUV's but I wasn't keen on the idea of folding down seats.  As uncool as a van is, functionality is what won us! We bought a Toyota Sienna and so far, I am in love.  There are so many cool features that I didn't realize I needed in my life until now.  We just put Olivia (4 yrs) into a booster and with the automatic door opening, she can unbuckle herself and open the door all on her own.  That has been life changing for me! It sure makes getting in and out of the car so much easier! I know it will just be such a great thing when the third baby comes and I am juggling loading 3 kids into the car.

I am 14 weeks pregnant and am starting to feel it more and more.  My energy for daily tasks has gone up, which wasn't so about a month ago.  I was having to take naps daily! I hated feeling that way because before I could get up at 6am for my workout and be on the go all day until 10 pm at night! I sure miss my energy!  However now I feel it slowly coming back.  I still am exercising 4-6x a week.  It's been hard because running is almost impossible.  I feel like a ton of bricks are attached to me.  I go to the track and see so many runners just hopping from lap to lap and I'm like hey don't mind me waddling around! I promise I used to run like you! I keep reminding myself this is just my life right now and won't last forever! Not going to lie, it's been hard but I know it's for a purpose that I have been planning for a long time and that I am very grateful for.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Rings

With weight loss, there comes so many changes.  So many that I was anticipating and then some that I had never even thought twice about.  For instance, my shoe size went down.  Who knew you could lose weight in your feet?  Another incredible change that occured was my ring size dramatically changing.  I can no longer wear my wedding rings because they literally fall off.  I am much too scared to lose them so they are hiding in a special place until I decide to resize them.  However, this past year I have bought cheap sterling silver rings at random stores that I thought were cute to replace my ring for the time being.  They often times would get gross, wear out and I would buy a new one.  No big deal since I would buy them for less than $10.  As you can see below, my ring which once fit me very well, is now barely hanging on! I know this is a good problem to have.  When my husband bought the ring 6 years ago, I was a size 10.  I remember when he proposed one of my first thoughts other than "I DO!" was I sure hope that ring fits.  I was so insecure and ashamed of my body.  This was one of many reasons why I needed to change and transform not only my outer appearance, but my inner confidence too.

My cheap rings weren't really proving to be the brightest idea so I was very pleased when Chinchar Maloney emailed me about working with them in selecting a ring to wear in the mean time before I get my rings resized.  They have some amazing and gorgeous pieces all of which are handmade.  They are family owned business and are very passionate about making unique jewelry that lasts a long time.  I picked out their Dual birthstone ring which has both mine and my husbands birthstones on it.  I like to think that is an extra special touch to have something so personal on my wedding ring finger.  Best part is, the ring is a size 6.  My fingers have shrunk!!  

I love now being able to comfortably wear a gorgeous ring that means so much to me rather than a cheap ring that is going to rust soon. It makes me happy to see our beautiful birthstones joined together which represents so much of our amazing marriage.  

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