My Emergency Snack Kit

Holidays are over and now it’s time to work on the new goals for the year. Over 90% of people make the “resolution” to loose weight on January 1..EVERY.SINGLE..YEAR! How many really stick to it? They become bored with it. They want instant results. They set themselves up for failure by not planning.

This brings me to my topic of the day today. How many of you actually plan snacks for during the day or for road trips? Having a 2 year old, who eats 12 hours a day (I would LOVE to have her metabolism!!!), makes me plan even more then I already do. So whether we are going on a 2 hour car ride trip or running errands for the day; I have to have an emergency snack kit on hand with me.

Having one for her gives me the confidence that I won’t ruin all the better choices I have made throughout the day with getting that king size candy bar in the check out line.

I have a small container that stays in the car and has snacks for myself, husband, or our 2 year old princess. And (drum roll please!) here are the details of the snack kit that you have been waiting for:

  1. Granola and Protein Bars: These are my favorite because they can also be thrown in my purse/diaper bag if we are heading into the store.
  2. Trail Mix: I am a huge fan of making it myself. I add almonds, M&Ms, cashews, peanuts, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes!
  3. Popcorn: This is made the day of the trip and put into small baggies.
  4. Goldfish Crackers: This is just for the little princess. She enjoys these and if we are going for a long car ride..whatever makes her happy makes for a happy mommy and daddy. (within reason of course!!)
  5. Fresh fruit: This is also added the day of. We usually take a small cooler if we are heading out for the day and the fruit will be added into the cooler.

What are your favorite snacks for road trips? If you need ideas or even maybe some birthday gifts; Head over to Nuts.Com and check out their products and ideas. They have some fantastic ideas and gifts.

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It’s Me…Not You

As you know, if you have been following along, I started the Whole 30 challenge last week. I had such high expectations for this round of it. I wanted to succeed and finish strong. I didn’t want to fail. Sadly, the headaches and cravings won (AGAIN!).

I don’t look at this as a failure. I look at it as a learning experience. I have learned that being that strict with restrictions is not something that my body is okay with. I have learned that moderation is something that I will be able to do. I am still eating clean and I have noticed that I haven’t had many cravings since then. I think when I tell myself that I can’t have it at all, my body goes into panic mode. When I tell myself that moderation is okay, the cravings go away. I know! It’s a mental game that my mind is playing but if that makes me be able to subside the cravings and give myself the best chance at succeeding..why wouldn’t I do that?

whole30breakupIf you are reading this and try to finish the Whole 30 challenge, and you have not been able to do it. I want you to walk away from this post knowing that it is not a failure. Take it as a learning experience. Understand that not every thing will work the same for everyone. Everyone is different and you may need to play the mind game (as I am!) with my body. I hope that if you are struggling, you have to do what’s best for you’re body and yourself.

I give those who are able to succeed on the Whole 30 a standing ovation! (no seriously! I am so proud of you!!) I would love to have a magic solution that would have helped me but that’s not the case. This is my body and I know what it needs and what it can handle.

So… I know breakups shouldn’t happen in a letter but there is no better way then this right now.

Dear Whole 30,
It’s me! Not YOU! We just aren’t compatible. I know you will find others that you will be more compatible with. Good Luck in each relationship you have from here on out!
Sincerely,
Ashley

So tell me, what have you struggled with and it ended up being a learning experience? 

Not Such a Weigh In Wednesday

I missed last week on the blog because, well life happened.

But this week, I am back. Last week the scale did not move. So I am still at 2.5 down for the weight watchers chapter in my life so far. I did not weigh in today because frankly, I was not feeling it. I had indulged A LOT this past weekend and also yesterday, I felt like I could eat all day long.  My water intake this past week has not been the best either so I know I was holding onto water weight, which lets face it..it’s not the best to hold onto! But I am not letting this past week define me or my motivation.

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It’s not about being perfect, its about progress. Progress doesn’t have to won’t happen over night! Progress is about (for me) taking it one meal at a time. So that’s my plan for this week.

Just…one…meal…at….a…time! 

Did you overindulge this past weekend?

Willpower…Come to me!!

sugar withdrawl

I wanted to write this post yesterday but my head hurt so bad I couldn’t even think to stare at the computer screen. All I could think about was sweet things to eat.

Why do you ask? 

I started the Whole 30 Challenge. If you are unfamiliar with this challenge, the nutshell is basically giving up all sugar, dairy, beans, grains and alcohol for 30 days. I have no problem with everything except the sugar. I am struggling so bad already. I am questioning if I am willing to do this for 30 days. I did feel much better yesterday, other then the headache, and felt fuller during the day. I didn’t feel as though I needed to eat all day long to feel full. I plan on, along with my follow through Friday posts, to do a weekly post about what I ate for that week. The reason I’m doing it on Friday is because I know the weekends are busy and usually filled with quality family time.

How do you cope with cravings?

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