Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wednesday Woes....and a contest for you AND for me! :)

Ever have one of those days where ALL you want to do is complain?? From the second I woke up, that's me today! I am going to do my best to not be whining this whole post :) We'll see what happens, though... haha

First of all, How did the first day of September treat ya? I swear I feel like it was just last week that I was saying I couldn't believe it was August already... heck, it seems like just yesterday, it was April... I was in VEGAS with JR having an awesome time on my birthday... and now, here we are in September already! But with that comes cooler temperatures...I hope the weather has been as gorgeous for you all as it has been here in Nashville this week!

You guys absolutely made my day yesterday with all of your awesome comments! Thank you so much! It felt good to brag on myself a little bit since I never seem to give myself that kind of credit! :)

And I'm so glad you are all enjoying Lisa's recaps... I am SO, SO proud of her. I thought what better way to start of September than with some motivation from my girl here on the blog!!! Thank you all for your continued support on her journey :)

Okay here we go! "Woe-is-me" numbero uno: I am S-O-R-E from my workouts this week! I mean to sit down, is painful! Although, this I should not be complaining about! I should be thankful I'm working out again!

Workouts this week:

Monday, JR and I did The Firm's Ultimate Fat Burning work out. I consider it more of a cardio work out... but it does have some 4-limb sections... we used 5 lbs weights for these.

Tuesday, we did The Firm's Supercharged Sculpting... which is an all weight lifting video. Man, I forgot how tough those darn dips and tall box climbs can be! We both used a big range of weights depending on the exercise... I used anywhere from 5-12 lbs... below what my old weights used to be but I am determined to get back there!!

Today is a rest day :)

Eating has been much better so far this week (knock on wood!!!) My meals haven't been anything special... but here are a few goodies...

As for the review of the recipe I talked about on Sunday... I made this recipe from Cooking Light. Normally, I love all of my Cooking Light recipes. Unfortunately, this one was not one of their best. Basically, you cook the peppers in a "sauce" that turned out to be VERY bland. I ended up draining the peppers out of the sauce... cooking up some pasta, placing the meatballs and drained peppers over it with some marinara sauce. That turned out great! I LOVED the meatballs, though! I added some parmesan cheese and some dried basil to the mixture and they were awesome! We made some "garlic toast" out of Ezekiel bread, some smart balance and garlic powder.
Now for "woe-is-me" numero dos... My daughter's eating habits! I'm really torn on this right now. Maddie used to eat anything and everything you put in front of her. She loved it all... fruits, veggies, whole grain pasta, meat, etc...I was so excited that I had a little one who had no objections when it came to food!

When she got to about 2 1/2 years old, all of a sudden - tomato sauce was not a good thing! She didn't want pizza (which is a total crime in our household!) because it had sauce on it... she didn't want spaghetti because it has sauce on it. She didn't like chicken - unless it was chicken nuggets, fruit was seldom... unless it was the apples from McDonald's or Subway... turkey burgers, etc, etc, etc...

Now, her typical diet is... begging her to eat some kind of cereal in the morning, PB&J for lunch (i at least make sure it's on whole wheat and some kind of reduced sugar jelly since she refueses to eat preserves at this point), maybe some carrots and strawberries if we're lucky! Usually with some Annie's organic bunny crackers... and her dinner is normally some cheese sticks, kashi tlc crackers, sliced ham, maybe an organic yogurt... or some of Annie's organic mac n cheese. Never what JR and I are having... which is aggravating.

That's a typical day for her at home on the weekends with JR and I.... she has dinner with us every night, though. What she eats at her grandparents house for breakfast and lunch during the week varies a lot.

Everything I have read says not to push kids to eat what's on their plate. I've been doing that for almost a year now... but Maddie seems to be eating less and less of things! But as of last week, we have tried establishing a rule of - try one bite of everything on your plate before you can get up from the table. I am hoping this will make her try some foods she hasn't in a long time or hasn't before and see if she will realize that she does like more than chicken nuggets!

Anyone have any kind of experience with this? Is there any advice you can offer? I would so appreciate it!

I do my best when it comes to the limited options she will eat! But I'm over fixing two or three different meals!

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Sorry for the LONG post everyone! Have a great night!


  1. Awww, sorry things aren't going your way today! I hear you though, some days I just feel like b*tching.

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  2. Well, you read a little bit of my thoughts on my blog about kids and eating "their vegetables"... ;) I think it's tough. And I think it can have a lot to do with individual food preferences... It also can be a "phase" (that may last for a long time).

    For me, the best thing has always been to have my kids eat what's on the family table as I just won't make anything else, but they get to kind of choose what they want. There are usually two vegetables, a big salad, rice or pasta, and sometimes meat or fish. With the toddler, I usually start with the vegetables, which he may or may not like that day (but he'll usually like at least one of them)... Then I'll move to the salad. He usually likes at least some of the things in the salad (tomatoes, mushrooms, avocados, beans, peas - he usually eats these and I add these to the salad.) He'll always eat pasta and luckily the sauce as I "hide" all sorts of pureed veggies in it...

    My suggestion would be to try your new rule out for a while and see how it goes. I don't think overemphasizing too much is good. But I can see why you are concerned and want her to eat some more veggies and a wider variety of foods. I think if you have lots of veggies and a variety of foods around and she sees you eating them and gets used to "sort of" eating what you guys are eating, things will get better! It may take some time though... She'll be fine! :)

    Good luck!

  3. Hey girl. Sorry for the Woes :( But being sore from workouts is fabulous!! Means its working ;) Can I make a suggestion...can you change your background or your text? Its really hard to read your posts right now because the background is busy (although I LOVE it) and the text is so light! Just a thought...not trying to be critical - I just want to be able to read every word :)

  4. We *all* have days where we just need to vent! ;)

    I know when I was small, I was picky about which vegetables and fruit I wanted to eat. It helped to be "in" on the cooking/shopping once in a while. Have you tried letting her pick out which vegetable from the grocery store to eat for that night? I used to pick out the weirdest things when I was small, but I *did* eat them. :)

    She's still small, but she could always help "decorate" everyones plates for dinner or something too. If you made a pizza, you could always go "sauceless" for her unless she decides to add it on, and let her throw on her own toppings (little chicken sausage slices, red bell peppers, pineapple, etc.) If she sees you and your husband putting on the sauce and enjoying different foods, she'll most likely eventually want the same too. :)

    Hope you can figure things out! I went through a serious picky stage, but eventually outgrew it. ;)

  5. Not being a Mommy yet, you know I have no suggestions where my Maddie Cake is concerned. I just wanted to come by and tell you congrats on getting out of those trenches. I'm so very proud of how far you have come and how you've been able to sustain that. You're my inspiration and my hero. I couldn't have done any of what I've accomplished without you!

    So glad you're feeling better about your meals and your workouts. You shouldn't have a single day where you doubt how incredibly beautiful, strong, and capable you are.

  6. It is okay to complain a little every once in a while- we all do it!!

    Great workouts this week!!

    And, greaqt job to Lisa!!

    Have a great weekend!

  7. oh yeah, I have those days. I just have to try to find the positive :)

  8. Everyone needs to vent a little bit, I have those days too! I like to make a lot of recipes from cooking light, but I always seem to have to tweak them just a little bit. I don't have personal experience with problem eating, but I know it can take 10-15 exposures to different things before kids will even try something, so that's pretty darn good she is even taking a bite :) You present the healthy options and that's what she has to choose from, and then she decides how much to eat. She may also be going through a lull in her growth pattern which can cause kids to not want to eat and it's perfectly normal. Hang in there!! You're doing a good job!

  9. Sometimes you've just got to let it out :) venting is good.

    Sorry to hear about your troubles with the little one's eating habits, I'm sure it will pass. Kids are so funny when it comes to food, my husband's little brother went through a phase for a while where he ate nothing but pancakes!

  10. My middle daughter is soooo fussy it's scary. She would rather starve than eat what everyone else does so I give in, and just give her whatever.. *blush* I really shouldn't, but I hate the thought of her going hungry kwim?

    Sounds like you're doing awesome with your eats & exercise again!!! Good stuff!

  11. I entered the holy donuts contest for ya!

    Good luck!

  12. I'm not a mom but I do have a little brother. he's 17 years younger...so he's 8. And it was so tough to get him to eat anything besides chicken nuggets and mac & cheese. Eventually my mom just started serving him what the rest of the family was eating and told him to try a bite. It worked!