Thursday, November 13, 2014

5 Essentials for Productivity

Kabbage is an online provider of small business loans. The were curious about my 5 essentials for productivity. My productivity huh?  I don't work.  I wipe butts, feed mouths, shuffle kids to school, grocery shop, clean, deal with mini meltdowns, and consider fighting little boys my background music to life.

So what could I possibly be productive at? But the more I sat back and thought I realized that maybe, just maybe I do have some essentials that could help someone and I guess considering I have been maintaining and losing weight for the last couple years and have fallen in love with the gym that my 5 essentials could be useful to someone!

#1 Plan ahead and Log it

Plan those meals. Pack them the night before and log them to be sure they are in your calorie range.  The very best way of blowing a day is by not planning and pulling over at some fast food joint.  I find it a FUN challenge to pack up the most bang for my calories.  Cram in all sorts of food and still be around 650 calories for breakfast, lunch, and two snacks. Beyond logging your food log your weight and progress, good or bad.  Note the bad down below. Whomp whomp.  I successfully gained exactly 2 pounds in 6 days in Cabo San Lucas.  #winning #worthit #sureiwillhaveanothermargarita

2. Try and Make New Things

Change up those breakfast shakes or bars! (you know you want to try the new Advocare gingerbread bar!  Message me for details.)  Add some fruit to your yogurt or change up that Broccoli.

Roasted Garlic and Lemon Broccoli

4 cups of broccoli
2 tbsp. olive oil (I used lemon)
4 cloves of minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste (I always use a fancy salt this was edible flower)
1/4 of parmesan (I only had the cheapy next time I will use fresh)
Juice of 1 lemon (only had that squeezy bad boy, it did the job.)

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and bake for 12 minutes at 425 degrees 

3. Make Mini Goals, Be Proud and Celebrate Them

I do fashion Friday or Dress up Thursday.  Why?  Because I am proud!  Because I have met goals and am reaching for new ones.  So even if you are not exactly where you want to be, be proud of how far you have come. Dress up, buy a pair of jeans in a smaller size and be proud of YOU. 

For me putting on makeup and a cute outfit can make my day brighter.  Even if you haven't washed your hair for three days and putting it up in a bun in order to get the kids to school, the dog to the groomer, and yourself to work was the only way to make it happen.  I still managed to get dressed up to feel good about myself and duh snap a selfie.  #firstletmetakeaselfie

Necklace is from Our World Boutique outfit no freaking lie is from the thrift store (shirt Forever 21 $2).  Minus the boots which I got last fall for $20 at Ross.  #imgonnapopsometags #canwegothriftshopping

4. Get Into a Gym Routine and/or Keep Moving

I wear a fitbit zip pretty much 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  Why?  Because at the end of the day I want to be sure I put in my work #doworkson I want to be sure I walked close to or above 10,000 steps.

Beyond just walking staying accountable to my gym routine is huge part of my life.  Not only is it something for me, I enjoy it.  I love my classes, I love the way I feel when I am done and I get to watch my body change by putting in the hard work on my very own.

Pants are from Glyder Apparel. use code FITMAMA for 20% off.  These pants are my go to all time favs, their shirts are amazing too.

5. In Moderation

Yes that IS an In n Out Burger.  Do I eat it?  Well hell YES I do!!!!!!  Do I get fries?  No way Jose just a nice big iced tea.  Do I get a bun?  Sometimes.  Do I get cheese?  Yes usually if I don't get a bun.  Have what you want give into those temptations every once in awhile. 

Have something that feels like a treat.  Why?  Because your whole life can't be a diet, it's a lifestyle and I for one am going to have a cookie every once in awhile. 

Make it work.  Eat well for breakfast and lunch and treat yourself to some Mexican food and a couple Coronas for dinner, but count out the chips to about 10 do not eat the whole damn basket you are not the garbage can. 

Depriving yourself day in and day out will only lead to binge eating and falling off the wagon.  So give in sometimes and pick back up the next day and have a nice healthy day and workout. 

I am going to use my very famous word yet again... BALANCE.  No you may not have fast food daily, but I love me a good couple crunchy tacos from Taco Bell every once in awhile or some nice cheese, crackers, and wine.  IN MODERATION!

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