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The Moment of Truth

 

Starting Weight: 330 pounds

 

Last Weigh-in: 341 pounds

 

This week’s weigh-in: 304.5 pounds

Technically, that wasn’t my last published weigh-in here on the blog, but yes, 341, as much as I am ashamed to admit it publicly, was my weight at the end of my pregnancy. I weighed about 320 when I got pregnant, so I gained right around 20 pounds.

 

While that top-out number sure makes me cringe, I’m choosing to focus on the fact that in less than four weeks, I’ve lost all the pregnancy weight and then some. I’ve lost a total of 36.5 pounds in 3 1/2 weeks. I’ll take it!

 

I plan on updating weekly again now that baby has arrived so you all need to be sure to hold me accountable. I can’t wait to get back into the 200s and really kick it into high gear. I ended up with a c-section with him because he was transverse (laying sideways) so my workouts are basically non-existent right now as my body is still recovering and quite tender. I’ll see my doctor in a few weeks and once I get the all-clear, I will start adding in some light workouts. I am thinking walking and swimming sound like a good starting point.

 

I am also back to tracking my food and calories on My Fitness Pal so hopefully I will be able to keep this postpartum momentum going. I do have increased calorie needs since I am breastfeeding, but it’s still a good idea for me to track so I can manage my portion sizes and stay accountable. I am trying, as usual, to stay away from processed foods and sugar.

 

Did you weigh-in this week? What are you doing to meet your weight-loss goals?

Menu-Plan Monday

Menu plan, Week of April 1-April 7

 

Hey all! No joke, I’m actually blogging again!!!

 

If you follow me on my Facebook page, you are well aware, that my not-so-little pudge made his grand entrance into the world just over three weeks ago. So far, I’ve lost all the baby weight and then some and am hoping to keep the momentum going and get back into a good weight-loss groove.

 

Rylan sleeping

Welcome to the world Rylan David! 11 lbs, 20 1/2 inches of pure joy!

 

Menu-planning is such a huge component of weight-loss success for me as it helps me to stay on track and not be tempted by convenience foods and eating out, both of which can be total sabotage to my weight-loss efforts. Here’s what we’re having this week.

 

Monday:

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal
  • Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, carrots, strawberries
  • Dinner: Chicken in the crock pot, spinach salad, steamed broccoli

Prep for Tuesday: thaw ham

 

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, toast
  • Lunch: Grilled cheese, homemade tomato soup
  • Dinner: Ham, butternut squash, spinach salad

Prep for Wednesday: Mix-up pancake batter, soak beans

 

Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: Healthy, Hearty, Whole Grain and Nut Pancakes (with pumpkin add-in)
  • Lunch: Sliced mangoes, sliced cucumbers, date balls
  • Dinner: Ham and bean soup, corn bread (two of my boys are in the middle of their baseball season so it’s the crock pot to the rescue for game night)

Prep for Thursday: prep enchiladas for breakfast

 

Thursday:

  • Breakfast: Overnight ham and cheese breakfast enchiladas
  • Lunch: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, cottage cheese, ants-on-a-log
  • Dinner: Leftover ham and bean soup and corn bread (leftovers to the rescue for another game night)

Prep for Friday: make granola

 

Friday:

  • Breakfast: Homemade Granola
  • Lunch: Ham sandwiches, Greek yogurt
  • Dinner: Out

Prep for Saturday: thaw chicken breast

 

Saturday:

  • Breakfast: Granola (another day at the ball field for us and we have an early game so a pre-made breakfast is a must!) 
  • Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly, cuties, carrots (a quick lunch at home between games-we should just pitch a tent at the ball field!)
  • Dinner: Cilantro Thai Chicken, red potatoes, green beans

 

Sunday:

  • Breakfast: Eggs, toast
  • Lunch: lunch at church
  • Dinner: Turkey picadillo, sliced avocado, mexican rice

 

What’s on your menu this week? Tried any new, healthy recipes lately? I’m always looking for inspiration!

 

As always, I am happy to post recipes for anything I have not already linked to, just let me know in the comments!

Menu-Plan Monday

Menu plan, Week of January 7 – January 13

Hellloooo!!!!! Is anyone still out there reading this blog? I have had an extended absence, really for no good reason other than being uninspired to write anything since, at 33 weeks pregnant, I am not exactly the poster-child for weight-loss right at the moment.😉 Alas, I do still eat, so I decided to update my menu plan this week for everyone. Really, putting it out there on the blog helps me to stay accountable to it. There have been times that I had no idea what I was supposed to be eating without reading my OWN blog. So there ya go-I have at least one reader left!

 

Seriously though, if you are hanging in there with me, thank you and let me just say, YOU’RE AWESOME. I know my blogging has been inconsistent at best over the past few months and I know that can be annoying. On the other hand, it’s probably not going to be getting tons better in the next few months as I finish up my pregnancy, prepare for the birth of our fifth child, and navigate recovery and the newborn stage. I will do my best to keep you updated, as that is all I can do, but I can’t make promises at this point. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

 

I AM looking really forward to when I can get into weight-loss mode again, believe it or not. Even though I haven’t gained tons of weight since getting pregnant it is hard, mentally, for me to see the scale creep up and feel like my hard work is for naught. My head knows that isn’t true, but it’s still hard nonetheless, so I am looking forward to getting back on track with that. I will be back to blogging all about that in the not-to-distant future.

 

In the meantime, enjoy this week’s menu!

 

Monday:

  • Breakfast: Steel-cut oats for the kids (eggs for me-I have two eggs in one form or another every morning for breakfast while pregnant to increase my protein intake)
  • Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, celery, fruit
  • Dinner: Turkey Meatloaf, spinach casserole, roasted broccoli

 

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast: Cheesy scrambled eggs, sausage
  • Lunch: Grilled cheese, homemade tomato soup
  • Dinner: Chicken in the crock pot, tomato soup, spinach salad

 

Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: Homemade granola
  • Lunch: Chicken salad sandwiches, sliced avocados, fruit
  • Dinner: Broiled salmon, spinach salad, roasted asparagus

 

Thursday:

  • Breakfast: Eggs over medium, toast
  • Lunch: Out (we will be out-of-town for the day for doctor and chiropractor appointments)
  • Dinner: Cowboy Chicken, salad, corn bread

 

Friday:

  • Breakfast: Steel-cut oats
  • Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly, cottage cheese, carrots
  • Dinner: BLTs (I will actually use fresh spinach in place of the “L” and turkey bacon), salad, fruit

 

Saturday:

  • Breakfast: Banana cake
  • Lunch: Leftovers
  • Dinner: Chicken pot pie, baked sweet potatoes, green beans

 

Sunday:

  • Breakfast: Eggs, fruit
  • Lunch: at church (our church has a café open after the service every Sunday)
  • Dinner: Leftovers

 

What’s on your menu this week?

 

As always, I am happy to post recipes for anything I have not already linked to, just let me know in the comments!

2012 in review

 

 

Hey everyone! Yes, I am still alive! I know it’s been awhile but I hope to blog at least weekly from now until the end of my pregnancy. We will see what happens after that. Life with 5 kids is looming on the horizon and the immediate post-birth transition is always tough. But I am looking forward to getting back into my weight-loss routine once my body has fully recovered from childbirth.

 

WordPress.com provided me with a summary of what happened on my blog this year that I found interesting, so I thought I would share it with anyone who might be interested. This is a good peek into what happened here this past year, what my most popular posts were and things like that. I found it interesting anyway-you’ll probably be bored to tears!

 

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

I’ll be posting later this week about what’s on the horizon for our family in 2013! Happy New Year! I pray that 2013 brings you many happy memories and that blessings abound for you and your families!

Menu-Plan Monday

 

Menu plan, Week of November 5 – November 11

 

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. We have had a busy couple of days-hence the reason why the blog has been quiet. I consider myself to be a pretty good manager of my time, but when things get crazy in my real world it seems like my blog really suffers. It doesn’t bother me too much because I know I can only do what I can do and my life as wife and mother always comes first. Part of me wishes I could be one of those bloggers with gobs of kids who seems to have it all together and blogs every day. But mostly, I am just content being who I am and I can only do what works for me! But I still miss you all when I am away from the computer.

 

My third baby turned five on Friday and we had family in all weekend so that was our big excitement. Birthdays with kids can be so bitter sweet. I love to see them grow and change into the people God made them to be, but I miss them being babies too!

 

At any rate, it looks like things may calm down a little bit here for us over the next couple of weeks until we get slammed with the holidays. We won’t be as busy this year though since we are far away from all of our family. It’s a relief to not have as much to do, but we sure will miss everyone at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are going to have to start making some new traditions!

 

Hopefully, getting my menu planned can get me into a good groove this week. I always feel like I am more productive and accomplish more when my meals are planned out. When you are responsible for feeding 6 (and a half ;)) people homemade meals three times a day, plus snacks, getting a handle on meal-time madness is SO important.

 

Hope you all have a great week! Don’t forget to vote, if you haven’t already!

 

Monday:

  • Breakfast: Leftovers (I have banana bread and granola leftover from our weekend with guests)
  • Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, celery, fruit
  • Dinner: Turkey Meatloaf, spinach casserole, roasted cauliflower

 

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast: Eggs
  • Lunch: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, carrots and ranch dip, Greek yogurt
  • Dinner: Baked Chicken Fajitas, cornbread, sliced avocado

Prep for Wednesday: Mix-up pancake batter

 

Wednesday:

 

Thursday:

  • Breakfast: Steel-cut oats with pumpkin add-in
  • Lunch: Egg “McMuffins”, fruit
  • Dinner: Limehouse chicken, stuffed portabella mushrooms

 

Friday:

  • Breakfast: Omelettes
  • Lunch: Grilled cheese, homemade tomato soup
  • Dinner: Out

 

Saturday:

  • Breakfast: Eggs, English Muffins 
  • Lunch: Lunch-meat sandwiches, fruit, cottage cheese
  • Dinner: Leftovers

 

Sunday:

  • Breakfast: Eggs, toast
  • Lunch: Out
  • Dinner: Whole chicken in the crockpot (thanks to a FB follower for this great idea), seasoned baked potato wedges, green beans

 

What’s on your menu this week?

 

As always, I am happy to post recipes for anything I have not already linked to, just let me know in the comments!

So who has two thumbs and forgot to draw the winners to last week’s giveaway?

 

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That’s right. This girl. Let’s just chock it up to pregnancy brain, shall we? That’s my handy excuse anyway!

 

At any rate, here are the 5 winners of a copy of Crystal Paine’s latest e-book, “21 Days to a More Disciplined Life”. Check your e-mail ladies!

 

Comment # 10 from Charlotte Butcher

 

Comment # 26 from changesnextexit

 

Comment # 7 from Karoline Gardner

 

Comment # 27 from Amy Schaffer

 

Comment # 25 from cherylscomfort

 

All winners were chosen at random via the random number generator at random.org. Check your e-mail ladies. If you do not receive an e-mail from me in the next 12 hours, please e-mail me at fatchickfedup at gmail dot com to be sure I have your address correct. Winners have 48 hours to claim their copy of the e-book before I will draw another winner. Thanks everyone! Congrats to the winners-you will LOVE this book! If you didn’t win, you can still purchase Crystal’s e-book, via pdf on her website here, and the Kindle version through Amazon here.

 

If you have been a reader of my blog for any length of time you may remember that I am a HUGE fan of the sweet and inspiring lady behind the Money-Saving Mom blog. Crystal Paine is nothing short of amazing and I am constantly inspired by her to keep focused on my goals. Crystal blogs on a variety of topics from saving money (obviously) to setting and achieving goals to parenting to having a strong faith.

 

I had the privilege of getting to meet Crystal in-person last year. If you are a blogger, you might understand what a big deal this was as she is a blogging super-star. Her blog gets millions of hits EACH MONTH and I couldn’t believe my good fortune that I was able to meet her with a few other ladies in my home-town. We enjoyed several hours of conversation at a Starbucks in downtown Indianapolis and Crystal was so incredibly down-to-earth and generous. It was a great time.

 

 

As a result of THAT meeting, I was able to do a review of her new book, Money-Saving Mom’s Budget, published in January of this year, on my blog. You can read the full-review I did on the book here. It was one of my most-viewed posts ever and Crystal was sweet enough to mention it on her Facebook page with over 150,000 followers. She sure does know how to make a girl feel special.

 

Today, I am so glad to have yet another opportunity to review Crystal’s work. Last year Crystal did an awesome series on her blog called, “21 Days to a More Disciplined Life”. It was such a hit that she re-wrote it, expanded it and has now released it, TODAY, as an e-book. Like everything else Crystal does, her newest e-book is EXCELLENT.

 

I’ve mentioned on the blog before that The Chick Magnet and I are debt-free and really strive to live a lifestyle of simplicity and frugality in order to reach the financial goals we have for our family. It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point, and we still struggle with being disciplined all the time. One thing I was really surprised by, when I reviewed Crystal’s first book, was how much saving money and reaching financial goals was like losing weight.

 

This new e-book is no exception to that idea. If the process of losing weight is about ANYTHING, it’s about discipline. Sometimes I think about all the work and all the difficult decisions we have had to make to get to the point of being debt-free and think if I can apply that same intensity and determination to my weight-loss efforts, why in the world would I not be successful? Indeed, I would be.

 

I talk a lot about the emotional issues that are involved in weight-loss-those issues are no less real in how we manage our money. Money management and living frugally require self-sacrifice and the ability to say “no” to oneself and practice self-control. Sounds an awful lot like what it takes to be successful at weight-loss doesn’t it?

 

Crystal talks about all this and more in her latest e-book. She reminds us that discipline is a CHOICE we make. I was struck in the very first chapter when she admitted this and took a hard look at her situation and realized that wherever she lacked discipline in her life SHE was the problem.

 

The same can be said of weight-loss. It is no one else’s fault that I am in the situation I am in. Ultimately, I am the problem and until I come to that realization, there will be no progress in this area, or any area where I struggle with self-discipline.

 

Crystal also reminds us that discipline is a process. It’s not going to happen overnight and it rarely works to make huge, drastic changes all at once. Crystal’s e-book is FILLED with practical applications and advice on how we can make small steps toward self-discipline in whatever area we choose that will give us real traction and help us to realize success in whatever area we struggle. At the end of each chapter she includes ideas for practical application and steps to complete that “mega-project”, as she calls it, that weighs heavily on our minds.

 

Crystal encourages us to break down these “mega-projects” into bite-sized pieces and establish a written plan for accomplishing our goals. She emphasizes the importance of starting small, focusing on one habit at a time, being prepared for obstacles (because they WILL come), being realistic, having accountability, and staying focused. The e-book also includes several printables for helping you achieve your goals and a motivational book list.

 

For me, my “mega-project” is weight-loss. It probably will be for quite some time. For you, it may look different. It may be getting your house in order, or saving money for a big vacation, or paying off a debt or finding a new job or working your way through school. We all have areas in our lives where we want to see improvement and Crystal encourages us to tackle those issues head-on and develop a plan for conquering them. I wish I had the room in this blog post to list all of the amazing tips and ideas Crystal gives in her e-book because they really are so practical and helpful.

 

You will just have to trust me when I say this little e-book is a gem that you do NOT want to miss out on. The good news is that Crystal is offering the e-book at a special discounted price. For the next three days, today (Tuesday) through Thursday (the 26th) you can get “21 Days to a More Disciplined Life” for just 99 cents! On Friday, the price will go up to it’s regular price of $4.99. Let me encourage you to get the deal while you can as it is definitely worth every penny!

 

It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Crystal has designed this book to be read in 21 days with small steps you can take each day to achieve your goals and become more self-disciplined. To read what Crystal has to say about the book and to purchase the pdf version, go here. You can also purchase the Kindle version on Amazon. Also, Crystal is going to be running several giveaways on her blog over the next few days, so be sure to visit her blog to get in on those deals. If you purchase the e-book during the introductory period she is giving away a free printable calendar/planner that goes along with book. If you want to get the free calendar, just follow the instructions in Crystal’s post today.

 

Crystal was also generous enough to give me five copies to give away. All you need to do to enter the giveaway is comment on this post telling me why you want to win. The contest will be open until 11:59 pm EST, on Thursday, October 26. I will choose the winners at random and announce the winners on Friday on the blog. I will also send an e-mail to all winners.

 

Please don’t hesitate to go ahead and buy your book so you can get in on the deal now. If you happen to be the winner of the contest, you can get a refund or you can give away a copy yourself! Good luck!