I Don’t Have Time To Workout

I hear this way too often and I am guilty of it myself. After I had Mila I would constantly tell myself that I am just going to stay fat because I have no time to workout. Little did I know, I was spending countless hours sitting on my bed binge watching anything and everything on Netflix. Ricky would leave the house with Mila and I on the bed and return 8-9 hours later to find us in the same spot. That’s frustrating for him to see me just lay there and he didn’t know how to help me. So, it would come out during random moments and I would turn it into an argument. I would say I just wish I had the time to workout or I hate my body, I’m so fat. His response would be, “Well why don’t you go to the gym? Let your grandma keep Mila.” THISSSSSSSSSSSSS would set me off because although I would say I needed to workout and that I thought I was fat I did not want to hear it from my husband. Now, Ricky did not say it to be mean but just to let me know I could do it. I did not see it that way. I saw it as my husband thinks I am fat too and he is probably cheating on me or looking to be with someone else because I don’t look like how I did before I had Mila. It would literally make me into a bigger mess and it was the worsttttttt!! We eventually got out of this funk when we moved and signed up AS A FAMILY at a local gym.

I would go sporadically and not really take it seriously because I felt like people were judging me. I felt like I did not know what I was doing and that was embarrassing to me. I took some boot camp classes but would convince myself I did not have the time because they were at 6am and I did not want Ricky to be late to work. Then I would go during the day and use the excuse that Mila is a lot of work for the child center and that I did not want to put them in that position. We were spending money at this gym and I was not utilizing it. This place is essspensive okay? I say it that way because it is like ridiculous how much we pay but we literally pay for all the luxuries they have. They have a state of the art child center, full fitness center, an assortment of fitness classes, an indoor and outdoor pool with water slides and kiddy pools, 3 saunas, steam rooms, like 40 freakin showers in each locker room (men and women), 2 full basketball courts, squash rooms, a spa and a cafeteria. LIKE WHAT!!! But guess what? Now, we use it all.

Right before our family vacay in December 2018 I started seeing my personal trainer once a week. He then told me that I HAVE to change the way I eat if I want to see any results. I am Mexican and Laotian. EVERYTHING is fried or cooked with a lot of oil and served with rice, tortillas, or bread. Like how am I supposed to do that. but I did.

I went on a 14 day all veggies/fruits detox. It was tough and i was supposed to do 21 days but Christmas and vacation was coming up and I did not want to feel limited on those days. Some of yall are probably like I could do that all year round, well good for fucking you but I am not you lol. I was very proud of this accomplishment!!!

I ate what I wanted over Christmas break but I also watched how much I was eating. My main problem is that I over eat. ALL THE TIME. There is nothing I do better than over eat everything. I did not do that during this time and I don’t know how to explain how much better I felt about myself.

When we returned we did the typical 2019 new years resolution of being healthier but we really went in with it.

I joined WW (Weight Watchers Re-imagined) with my mother-in-law. I took my weekly training sessions more seriously.  I added more days to workout. I took Mila with me to the gym and I stopped making excuses for myself and stopped the pity party I was giving myself.

This is how I did it. This is how I planned it out. And I know you can do it too.

So, I am in love with planners, stickers, pretty colored pens and markers, white-out, washi tape, stencils, and so many more things I cannot possibly list them all.

I bought an Erin Condren planner. LIKE A LIFE PLANNER. IT IS MY LIFE. I cannot stress how important this is to me and it may benefit you too if you like writing out your plans and goals.

Every week, I will plan out a week of workouts. Yoga, Barre, Cycle Class, WHATEVAAAA. I plan to go EVERY SINGLE DAY. I don’t just say, I am going to yoga today. I put in my planner under March 5th 2019- Cycle Class at 930am. When you create a plan like this it makes it that much easier to actually do it. I do this for every single day, even the weekend. This allows me to stick to a schedule. This also allows me to make it to the gym AT LEAST 4 days a week. I plan this way because I know how I am and how busy I am and sometimes things come up last minute and I cannot go to the gym. I keep myself accountable this way.

Now, for the days I do not go to the gym, I will do workouts at home. This sounds lame I know but it’s not bad! I have a medicine ball and some weights at home and Mila loves to copy me or interrupt… depending on her mood. I watch YouTube videos in order to do this or I will do workouts that I have done with Lamare that does not require any type of equipment.

Here are a couple of my favorite YouTube channels and videos to workout at home with:

Blogilates I am currently doing her 30 day ab challenge!
20 Min Full Body Workout
Abs and Booty
30 min Tabata
Yoga Stretches- 10 min
30 min Yoga

So I do technically workout 6-7 times a week and I do this because I want to be healthier and I want a hot body. I want to be one of those hot mamas that can rock whatever the hell she wants and have no shame about it.

I know that some may have expected that I discuss step-by-step tasks to do to get to this point but if I am being honest.. there is not right or wrong way to do this. For me, it was going ALL in. For others it may be starting out one day a week. For some it may be needing to be a positive space emotionally and mentally before they start doing something like this and that is TOTALLY OKAY. You need to take care of yourself, mind, body and spirit in all ways possible. This was a way I was able to take care of me. I have a goal and I know I will make it. I don’t want to feel sorry for myself or make others feel sorry for me. I am done doing that. That gets me nowhere and I have such big dreams and ideas that I cannot allow myself to be held back.

With all of that being said, If you are struggling.. please reach out! I would love to help. I would love to help you figure out steps to find the stronger you. Do not hesitate 🙂

 

xoxo,

April- The New Mom On The Block

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Zucchini Lasagna

Alright guys, this is one of my favorite low carb AND WW Friendly recipes I have ever made. I am so excited to be able to share this with you guys.

I am a sucker for all things Italian. Italian food, Italian wine, Italian clothing, Italian culture, Italian men (aka my husband) LOL

but I LOVE Lasagna. It is one of my favorite things EVER. I got a recipe from an old friend about 5 years ago and I just had it by memory and I modified what I remembered.

Let’s get started!

 

What you will need:
1) 2 Large Zucchinis
2) 1 lb of ground turkey (99% lean) Anything else will modify the points for this with WWFreestyle
3) 1 can (15 Ounces) of Tomato Puree
4) 1 small white onion
5) 1 Cup of Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
6) 1/2 Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese
7) Pam’s Olive Oil Cooking Spray
8) 3 tsp of Dried Oregano
9) 2 tsp of Salt
10) 1/4 tsp of Cayenne Pepper

How to make it all:

  1. Cut the ends of the zucchini off and slice it long way to create Lasagna Zoodles. I use a slicer because it is WAY easier but if you do not have one, it is not a big deal. Just make sure they are about an 1/8 of an inch thick.
  2. I heat a skillet with pam cooking spray and keep it at medium heat. I place the zucchini in for about 1-2 minutes on each side. You can skip this step if you’d like, I just like my Zoodles to get a little crispy bite to them. I set them aside but keep the skillet on.
  3. I dice the onion and place it in the skillet over medium-high heat. I allow them to brown and then I add in the ground turkey. I cook this all for about 5-8 minutes
  4. I will add the tomato puree to the skillet with ground turkey and onion, continuously stirring it. I let it simmer and thicken for about 5 minutes in the skillet.
  5. I then add the oregano, salt and cayenne pepper to the ground turkey mix. Remove it from the heat and let’s get the casserole pan ready!
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Spray any pan you have using Pams Olive Oil Spray. I used a 9×13 inch casserole dish but any size will work!
  8. I take the zucchini and create a layer. I just kind of lay them out any way they will fit in the dish.
  9. Pour in a portion of the meat sauce. (the portion will depend on the size of the pan) For me it was about 1/3 of the meat sauce.
  10. Sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese over the meat mixture.
  11. Repeat steps 8-10 until you reach the top of the dish.
  12. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese and the parmesan cheese onto the top layer.
  13. Bake for 40 minutes.
  14. Allow lasagna to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

**THIS MEAL IS 3 SmartPoints per serving. I had 6 servings.

 

THERE IS LITERALLY NO WAY TO MESS THIS UP. 
Have fun with it and create the best memories whether you are cooking alone, with your significant other, or with your kids. The dish will come out amazing no matter what! 

 

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Self-Care Indulgences

Alright, you asked and and you shall receive! Here are my favorite ways to practice self-care.

 

  • Yoga- I recently picked this up and OH EM GEEEEEEEEE! I do not know why I was so afraid to try it before. I take classes now either at Lifetime Fitness or at Performance Power Yoga- Lawrenceville, GA Yoga helps me release any tension my body has and helps with my flexibility. I used to be a ballerina so getting back to stretching and all that jazz is so comforting. Classes are usually about an hour long and I’ve only taken a few classes but it is definitely a time for me to relax and think of a new mantra for the following week.

 

  • Working out- I started to dedicate time for this at the beginning of the year. I tried sporadically from May last year but I could not stay committed. The way I am able to fit this into my schedule is by planning (in my Erin Condren planner) that I go to the gym every single day. I will plan out specific times and classes. By planning this way, I know that I can make it to the gym at least 2-4 times in a week. (I include yoga in this 2-4 times also)

 

  • Hair Appointments- Mamas!!!! YOU NEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDD this time. I literally live for hair appointments. For me, I am usually going lighter in color so my hair takes a long time to lift. I can estimate an easy 3-6 hours. My hair appointments are usually with my mother-in-law and it is fun because I get a chance to bond with her. My latest trip was not with my mother-in-law but I still had a good time with another mama!

 

  • Time at Starbucks- I live here. I love here. I need here. Some days if my mom is in town or if my grandma has Mila anyway because of Yoga or class then I will take my sweet time at Starbucks to finish my homework or research how to make this blog AHMAYZING. Either way, I cuddle up with a nice iced tea or iced coffee and I have at least an hour of self-care time.

 

  • Cooking- I love to cook. Like, it is literally my passion. I am all about making new recipes or modifying some that I see on Pinterest to make it something my family and I would like. Now that I am on WW-Weight Watchers Reimagined I find ways to make some of my favorite recipes very low carb and keep the SmartPoints down to a minimum for sure! It’s been so much fun and I’ve lost like 4 lbs in 2 months! That doesn’t sound like a lot, I know but I have gone down a pant size! and I can fit back into a size small shirt and I am digging it. I meal prep for my family on Sundays. I will meal prep lunch for sure but for dinner I make more of a big batch for 3 nights of dinner because I make a different dinner one night when my dad and mother-in-law come for dinner and then on the weekends we tend to eat out or we have some leftovers we can devour! I have this easy, 2 hours alone in the kitchen doing what I love to do and sometimes the kids pop in every now and then but for the most part Caleb knows that is my time and Mila is starting to understand that her space is in the living room with the toys I never pick up. LOL

 

  • Shopping- So, even if it is window shopping this still counts mama! I have been on a fairly strict budget because we would really like to maximize our savings this year. I use about $200 a week and it’s a lot easier than you would think. I know what you’re thinking… $200 is a lot a week but when you’re a mom of  2 and a student who goes to school in different counties (2 different campuses on 2 different days) than where you live you tend to spend a lot of money. I fill up on gas once a week, that’s $45. I buy groceries for our separate dinner that I stated above and that is approximately $50 max! Then I have $100 to just spend on me…LOL YEAH RIGHT. One of the kids always ends up needing something and $100 can go just like that! Sometimes I am able to spend it on self-care stuff but most self-care things I accumulate from leftover funds from other weeks and that is an amazing feeling! Shopping can be at the mall, at TJ MAXX, Ross, Marshalls or my favorite…. TARGET. I can roam around these stores for hours and not buy a damn thing but I will have an idea of what I want for special occasions and that will be my goal until that occasion. It is a lot more fun than it sounds especially when you don’t get that quiet time when you’re grocery shopping lol.

 

  • Lash Appointments- THIS, THIS is my all time fave. I’m talking Lash Extensions ladies. I am in love with getting these babies done because I can rock the no make-up look all day, errday! It’s empowering, honestly. I mean how nice is it to just wake up freakin flawlesssssss. My lash appointments last about 1 hour-2hours depending on if I need a whole new set or if I am just getting a fill. Plus, the drive there is about 30 minutes of pure bliss AND I take a nap while I get my lashes done. I am pretty sure my lash tech has heard me snore more often than my husband has. I am in the deepest sleep when I am there while I am getting pampered. Can I ask for anything else? Book your appointment with Jaira

 

  • Facials- I had my very first facial EVER about a couple months ago. I haven’t been since even though I have some prepaid facials on the books, it is just a time thing. Sometimes I don’t have the time in my schedule and to be honest I feel like I need like an hour after to not have kids to reap the full benefits of a facial! I am the most relaxed when someone is just pampering my face. I struggle with dry skin and larger pores and nothing is better than lookin like a million dollars when I walk out. I feel like Beyonce! My first facial was with my lash tech. SHE IS AMAZING. So amazing that I will repost her link in this bullet point also. I also love, love, LOVEEEEE Timeless Aesthetics Med Spa of Atlanta. The staff there is just so freakin’ amazing. I am in love with all of them and how cozy and comfortable I feel when I am there. When I get a facial, I really do feel like I got my mom juju back so why wouldn’t you want to feel that way?
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  • Networking events- My husband and I used to go to a couple of these and we loved it! We went when we were just dating so it has been a while but it’s such a great way to watch each other thrive in a social environment. My husband and I are both passionate about what we do and seeing each other express that passion is like HOT. You feel me? There is nothing I love more than watching my husband be an expert in his field and vice versa. We will pick this back up now because talking about it makes me want to book a couple years worth now. 😉

 

  • Date Night- This is SOOOO FREAKIN important. Alone time with your spouse is a must. Hubby and I try to do this at least once a week. Sometimes 2 times a week, if we are lucky. We get to talk about things we forgot to or we spend our time gushing about our kids. We try out a new restaurant or go get something we are craving since we are both on low-carb “diets”. I hate the word diet so that’s why I placed them in quotation marks lol. We love Asian food so typically we love Korean BBQ or Sushi… AND WINE. Lots of Wine.

 

  • Taking a shower/bath- This seems like a simple task but it is not. I promise I never knew what a real quick shower was until I had kids. You literally wash what is necessary and get the fuck out. As soon as the baby is asleep, I jump in that shower so quick it is not even funny! But lately, I have found myself waking up early to tackle this self-care task. My husband gets up at 3:45am every morning to go to the gym. Sometimes I will get up and make my tea: hot water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and apple cider vinegar. I’ll enjoy a few moments alone in bed and then jump in the shower or read. You have no idea how amazing this has been. My day is up and running and I have the whole freakin day!

 

  • Lunch with friends: OR BRUNCH! lol I have made it a thing with 2 of my girlfriends to grab lunch once a month. We are all busy and sometimes that’s all the time we can commit to that and that is okay! Sometimes I can’t see some of my friends for a couple months and that’s OKAY TOO. You do not need to see your friends every day or even every weekend in order for them to be your friends and it took me a long time to realize this. I now treasure my time with friends so much more now and it is usually over food and that is the absolute best thing EVER.

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xoxo,

April- The New Mom On The Block