New Year, New Goals

I never liked the whole “New Year Resolutions”even though I’m sad to say I participated in this thinking for so many years just because others did it and I felt like I had to do it in order to fit in.  This list of resolutions always felt vert negative and it was.  There was maybe one or two thing on their that were positive MAYBE but otherwise it was always about weight and looks.  Loosing weight could never just be 5 pounds or just toning up, it had to be like 15 pounds or higher and was followed by needing to fight into a certain brand of jeans like Holster or a certain size and looking a certain way.  I do believe that this type of thinking and listing was a learned habit that my mother shared with me and so did so many of my friends mothers.  For so many years society has talked about how women; single, married, and mothers need to look, how to feel, and what to eat that over the years women have become so obsessed and then that obsession was taught to their daughters and so on.  Which is so upsetting!

So when I started my recover in 2011 I learned a healthier and more positive way to right a New Year Resolution.  The therapists had taught us to use a poster board and name it 2020 Goals and you could write lots of goals you wanted to accomplish or have only a few.  You could decorate your board with photos and lots of fun colors and I always did that.  They also taught us to write more positive goals and kick the negative resolution thinking to the curb.  So for example, instead of writing I want to lose 10 pounds, you would write I want to move my body for 20 minutes a day dancing or take a pole dancing class.  That way of writing so much more encouraging!

I have done the poster board goals for gosh 9 years.  The last time was 2018 and that year I discovered Rachel Hollis and her Gratitude Journal.  I listened to her books and her podcast and learned more about her Gratitude Journal and started using it in 2019.  Rachel Hollis suggests you write your 10 goals daily in the Journal and you right them as if you have already achieved them.  So that way or writing and thinking tricks your mind into thinking it as already accomplished those goals and this so much more encouraging.  Once you’ve completed one of the goals you can fill it with another goal. Also, in the journal you right down five things that you are grateful for for that day.  This way of thinking and writing has helped my stay more positive and excited for my goals and putting in the hard work.

** This isn’t an add for Rachel Hollis or me selling her journal.  I don’t even have her journal.  I use her method and layout which she gives away for free and I have it written down in composition notebook.  I’m just sharing this because it has helped me so much in maintaining my positive mindset.

My Goals

  1. Yoga 2 times a week
  2. Move my body for 30 minutes per day
  3. Be more present with family
  4. Be consistent with blogging
  5. Read/listen to 1 personal development book per month
  6. Read/listen to 1 book of my choice per month
  7. Complete 1 sewing project every 2 months
  8. Be more adventures
  9. Schedule 1 day or 1/2 day for myself
  10. Consume 1 shake a day

Others I’ll put in once those or a few are done

  • remove/reduce 50% of plastic from our house
  • raise a beef cow
  • 60% homesteading
  • Be self sufficient

 

~God Bless    Angela

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Meals for the Week

January 6th-12th

I’m coming in strong this week with meal planning and I’m going to try really, really hard with following the meal plan.  I’m hoping this will save us some money, reduce the good waste, and be healthier.  I will be sharing the recipes and if the family like them or not fingers crossed.  Stay tuned.

  • Monday: Shepherds Pie and prep beef stew and freeze
  • Tuesday: Enchiladas
  • Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie
  • Thursday: Left Overs
  • Friday: Beef Tips with Noodles and peas
  • Saturday: Tuna Casserole
  • Sunday: Left Over

 

I’m trying something new with my grocery list.  I have listed all the departments of the store on the paper i.e produce, dairy, and so on. I’m hoping by doing so will keep more more accountable with only purchasing items off the list and it helps to make sure I have listed all ingredients that I need for each meal I have planned.  I will let you know how it goes!

~God Bless,

Angela

 

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Our Merry, Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas and you were gifted everything you wanted or was able to do the things you wanted to do!!

This year the hubs took a vacation day for Christmas Eve and we were going to go to my grandmas house to celebrate Christmas.  Going to be grandmothers house on Christmas Eve has been a tradition since before I was born and I’m 31 years old.  Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to go the last couple of years do to the hubs schedule and this year it was because I was blessed with a stomach bug the night before Christmas Eve and Dominic was diagnosis with an ear infection, strep throat (again), and croup the day of Christmas Eve.  The never ending roller coaster of sickness ugh!!

At first I was a little sad because I was looking forward to seeing some of my cousins that I hadn’t seen for about a year or so but life happens and we made Christmas Eve fun for us.  The children opened their presents from us and the hubs and I played a board game and it was all awesome.  We ended the night watching The Polar Express with the boys which they loved and were sooo excited for.

I was on Facebook the day after Christmas, looking at every ones photos of their Christmas and I was starting to compare our Christmas to those on Facebook.  I felt like I had jiped my kids of of tons of glories gifts from Santa.  Santa had only given one gift per child this year.  I pointed it out to the hubs and he looked at me and said “Angela, the kids don’t care how many gifts they get from Santa, as long as they got one.  And, don’t you remember how happy they were when they saw the gifts and how happy they were while they were checking out their gifts”.  That’s when it dawned on me, that’s the evil thing about social media.  It pulls us in and we start comparing ourselves to other families, couples, or people.  Isn’t that crazy and sad?!  I more aware of when that thought of comparing or judging comes in I ask myself why I’m thinking that and how can I change that thought process.  So, instead I ask myself why I’m comparing? Were those feelings are coming from?  Those questions have helped me a lot and I think they will over the course of the year.  Getting back to Christmas Dominic was gifted a Titanic Lego ship and a book, Robbie was gifted a dinosaur mat with dinosaurs and a book, and Josie baby Toy Story 4 plastic characters. and a book.  They were soooo excited for their gifts.  I don’t think she really knew what was going on hahaha but she had fun crawling around.

 

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God Bless;

Angela

 

 

 

 

 

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Chili, Chili, Chili

I love me some chili and even more some when its winter time.  Chili can be made so many different ways to make chili.  Hot specie chili, chicken chili, enchilada chili, no bean chili or no noodle chili, thick chili, runny chili and the list can go on.  Chili is a soup you can add whatever you want to it to make it delicious.  This is what my chili looks like.

Ingredients:

  • 1 46 oz can of tomato juice                                   
  • pepper optional
  • 1 pound hamburger meat
  • pre chopped onion and celery
  • 1 box of macaroni noodles
  • 1 can Kidney beans (not in photo)

 

 

 

 

Step one: Brown hamburger in a pan on middle heat and once its cooked remove from the pan and add the pre chopped onion and celery to the pan and cook until they are brown or soft.

                 

Step Two: Pour the tomato juice into a crock pot, I use a 4 quart crock pot.  Then add the browned meat and veggies and sprinkle in some pepper if you would like.  Don’t forget to add the one can of kidney beans.  Then give it a good couple of stirs.

Step Three:  Let the soup cook on low for 5 to 6 hours and then its ready to serve.

Enjoy!!  God Bless

~Angela

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I did a thing!

Hello!

I did something very out of the ordinary that isn’t me.  The picture of my belly that I posted in the Sticks and Stone post, I also posted that photo on Facebook.

I wanted to share my story for such a long time on Facebook but I hadnt had the guts to do so since I shared it here on my blog.  After I posted it on my blog it took me about a week and a half to post it.  I really had to talk myself up and get those negative thoughts out of my head.  Those thoughts included “OMG look at that belly”, “why would you share something like that”, “Your only doing this for attention”, “Angela really?”, and “ANgela learn how to spell”.  Those were some of the thoughts that flew through my mind every time I thought about posting it.  After I got the photo ready and proof read it a few times I took a deep breath and hit post!

I told myself to not check it tell later on my lunch break and I stuck to it and boy was I surprised to see the response;

“You are amazing! Keep focusing on your beautiful family”

” I love this post! So raw, full of truth and beauty! Thanks for sharing.”

“Love love love this and you. You are SO strong!”

“I love this. I am beginning to accept and love my stretch marks. I keep reminding myself I carried twins for petes sake…and big twins at that”

I love that my post connected with other women and I love the love and encouragement they gave me to keep fighting.  This gives me hope that people are still awesome and aren’t always judgmental.   There wasn’t a single negative comment and agh that was even more awesome!

Never be afraid to share your story and experiences in life.  You never know, someone else could be struggling with the same thing or something similar and them knowing theirs someone else out their going through what they are going through can give them some hope.

God Bless

~Angela

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Stuffed Pepper Dish

YUMMY YUMMY!  This is one of how favorite dishes, well at least the hubs and mines, the kids not so much.  When I started making this recipe I would stuff the peppers and bake them but not anymore.  We actually enjoy the stuffing not being stuffed into the peppers and we eat it with chips and let me tell you, its delicious!  I even slap on some avocado.

Ingredients needed:

  • 2-3 Peppers and chop them up
  • 1 bag instant Uncle Ben Long Grain Rice
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Pepper
  • Dried onion or a 1/2 an onion chopped or less/more depending how much you like onion
  • 1 pound Mild Sweet Sausage

Step One: Brown the chopped up peppers and onion flakes or chopped up onions.

Step Two:  Remove the pepper mixture from the pan and then start browning the sausage using the same pan.  This way the juices from the peppers and onions will soak into the meat as it cooks giving it some extra flavor.

Step Three: Once the meat is browned add the pepper mixture back into the pan with meat.  Mix them together on a lower heat.  While this is happening, pop the rice pouch into the microwave for 90 seconds.   Once that is done at the rice to the pan.

 

Step Four:  Add Parmesan cheese and some pepper if you work like and give it all a good mix.  I do not measure of the amount of Parmesan that I use I just eye ball it.  Add as much or as little as you would like.

Step Five:  Enjoy!  I added some avocado to my bowl and sometimes some chips to give it a little extra crunch.

Let me know if you make this recipe and what you think!!

God Bless

~Angela

 

 

 

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Sticks and Stone’s

“Stick and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.”  I remember being told this so many times growing up and I’ve told it to my children as well.  Its so very true, you can’t let what others say to you bother you and know that its only their opinion and those words DO NOT define me or you.  At times those words hurt and its okay to feel that feeling but try your hardest to not let them suck you into believing they are true.

My mother recently said something to me the other day that really made me angry in that moment but later on, the more I thought about it the more it made me wonder if it was true.

Here is what went down, for my birthday she had bought me a jacket for my gift and I liked it and still do.  A few weeks later I wore it to her home to drop something off I picked up for her and she says to me “oh my, your coat is getting small already, I just bought that for you.”  I just stared at her like what did you just say to me?  I told her the jacket still fit great that maybe it was just her eyes and I said bye quickly and left.  I do not have time for you rude comments and I sometimes feel like she is jealous about how far I have come in my recovery and how I am proud of the way I look.  I often tell her when we are together that its so crazy how my body has changed since I had my first child to having my third.  She takes it as I am complaining I think and then tells me of all the things I can do it loose weight.  I told her “oh you missed understood me, I am proud of my tiger stripes and I wouldn’t change them for the world!” You see when I was at my lowest point in my eating disorder I weighted barley 95 pounds and my body was starting to shut down.  When I was at in-treatment Timothy and I had a meeting with one of my doctors and she had asked me what is one of my goals in life.  I took a moment and thought about it and I told her I wanted to be a mother so badly.  So looked me died in the eye and told me then I need to knock this shit off because my blood work shows that some organs are shutting down including my ovaries and its very unlikely that I will have children but there’s always hope.  It was in that moment that I told myself that I need to get my shit together and work with all the doctors and therapists.  So I love that my body has blessed me with my three wonderful children and I’m treating my body like a temple it is!

Love your bodies not mater what, its the only one you will ever get!

God Bless

~Angela

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Germs, Germs, Go Away

Sickness have hit the house in full force and it isn’t technically winter here in Wisconsin yet.  Even thought it looks and feels like it outside.  I was hoping this winter would be different and that everyone would be healthy but nope.

It all started out with the hubs getting Pneumonia a few weeks ago and thankfully he didn’t share that with me or the children but boy that was a tough, tough week.  It seemed like was a only a week or so and the daycare I help out at had Hand, Foot, and Mouth broke out and was spreading like wildfire and of course Josie was the last one in her class to get it and had it leading up to Thanksgiving.  But thankfully it was all scabbed over for Thanksgiving so we were able to join some family time.

Then over that weekend the Dominic started complaining that his head hurt and tummy hurt and all of the sudden he couldn’t turn his neck, strep throat bounced in to my head and sure enough when the hubs took him in on Monday, he was positive for strep throat.  Sadly, only a few days later little Robbie spiked a 103 degree temp yesterday while at day care and I took him in later that evening wanting to get strep confirmed or ruled out and he was positive too.  So needless to say I have been cleaning like a made women today, washing all the bedding and trying to find all the water bottles lips had touched. haha

It has been a crazy few weeks to say the least but I am thankful and grateful this is all happening before the busyness  of the holiday season kicks in which starts this weekend for us and every weekend after that!

Stay healthy my friends and God Bless

~Angela

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Body After Baby #3

My body after having baby number 3 has been so different.  To be honest I figured that my body would bounce back just like it did after my first child and second child.  It took some work to tighten everything up after my second child but nothing like it does now.  I am caring extra fluff you could say in different areas then I had with my boys and nothing is “melting” off.  I have been working out and moving my body for at least 30 minutes.  There has been a month or two where I didn’t do a workout but I moved my body so ya know that counts, at least in my books.  I’m not sure if things are different because I had a girl this time or what but man let me tell you, I really have to challenge me thinking when it comes towards my body.

I’ve grown to love my body over the years and become very grateful for all the wonderful and amazing things it can do like create a baby!  I find myself having to remind myself of this more often then I had to with the boys and I’m fine with that.  I would rather have that type of thinking and body positive thoughts then fall backwards and let that pain in the butt eating disorder rear its ugly head.

I keep reminding myself that if God or my body wants to have a little extra fluff to show off that I have created and carried 3 healthy babies to term then so be it and I will show it off proudly and try very hard not to worry about what other people think which has a lot to do with how we end up loving ourselves.  My other had bought my a jacket for my birthday back in the middle of November and she had the balls state the other day that my new jacket looks to be getting a little small around my mid section.  I looked at her just shocked and wanted to say something hurtful back to her but I didn’t and said oh it fits great thanks and decided to leave.  That type of person is a waste of my time and I don’t need that type of negative person in my life and neither do you!  Love yourself and all the wonderful things that you do and that your body does!!

God Bless

~Angela

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We did a thing!

I have some exciting news…….we have turned our farm into a actual functioning farm, we have animals, and are loving it!!

The first group of animals we were blessed were chickens.  This was out of the blue and happened within a weekend,  We thought about getting chickens and the hubs told me we needed to wait.  Well when my friend ad her husband ran into a problem they were having with the city found out they had chickens within the city limit they had to re-home them or they would get a fine and continue to get a fine until they did so.  So she had asked me knowing I wanted some and of course I screamed YES!!  I told her that I needed some help getting the chicken coop ready and she and I had it all ready within a day and we had the kids too.  They were running all around playing.   Talk about some girl power.  The next day they had dropped of the 10 ladies and 1 roaster and we all fell in love!!! 

We have 3 GOATS too!  There names are Eddie who is the biggest goat, Church who is medium size, and Cupcake who is the smallest and the only female.  Church and Cupcake are brother and sister.  We had purchased them all from the same Goat farm located in our home town and I have known the lady all my life.  She had posted on Facebook one day that she had some babies goats she was looking to sell by September and I begged and made deals with the husband for about a week tell he said yes.  This all happened before we took on the chickens.  We brought the goats home about two months after the chickens and I am in love.  The goats were all wined off their moms by September and we brought them home.  They are the funniest group ever and I look forward to them everyday.

About a month later or so after getting the Goats and chickens, I found a ad on craigslist about a local farmer who was wanted to sell some two pigs at a reasonable price.  We actually went to school with the farmers wife so that was a plus being able to see her and catch up with her and see all the neat animals on their farm.  I ran to the husband to show him the ad and before I could say anything else he had already agreed.  I have wanted a pig for as long as I could remember and i’m not sure why.  I didn’t grow up on a farm or anything so i’m not sure why.  They are brother and sister; Pig 1 and Pig 2.  I feel so blessed to have these animals and everyday I look forward to doing chores and watching them grow and getting to love on them.

God Bless

~Angela

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