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Obsessing over Nutrients

About a two weeks ago, a coworker peer pressured three of us gals in the lab, myself included, to participate in the office “Biggest Loser” challenge.  $20 bucks to sign up and the winner at the end of 90 days gets 75% of the pot and 2nd place gets 25%.

The goal is to have lost the most percentage of weight at the end of 90 days.

Only after I signed up did I learn that after the initial weigh in, if I gain weight on my weekly weigh ins, I owe $1 per pound. :O

I need to start reading the fine print first.

Last Wednesday, we all went in together for our weekly weigh in, joking that we were all going to owe because we were horrible on our diets/exercises.

I was the only one who owed.

Week 1 and I already owed a buck! The other gals all lost! I took my shoes off, stating that they were heavier shoes than I had worn on the initial weigh in, and without shoes just made it in as the same weight so I didn’t have to pay.

I was so embarrassed! UGH! It was an awful feeling that stuck with me for the rest of the day.

That night, on my way home from work, I stopped by Wally World, to pick up “Healthy Food”.

Since then, (3 whole days *said sarcastically*) I’ve had homemade Kefir yogurt and fruit (and spinach) smoothies with a scoop of protein powder for breakfast, Broccoli slaw and Fuji Apple dressing for lunches (or dinners) and a cliff bar and oranges for snacks.

I was feeling particularly smug about how much fiber and protein I was ingesting.

That is until I entered in what I had consumed into the MyFitnessPal App.

Apparently, according to the app, I’m supposed to eat 25 grams of fiber a day. And 97 grams of protein!

How the heck is that even possible without A) just being a cow and grazing on green all day, or B) going over the recommended caloric intake??

I managed to get all my protein in today due to the best hubby in the world making me some pork chops for dinner!

But what about the days I don’t feel like eating meat?

I think I need to do some researching on the best way to get all the recommended nutrients without going over my calories.

On the plus side, with the Kefir, I’ve got all the Calcium I need and with oranges as snacks, I’ve got all the Vitamin C. 🙂

 

If you have any tips please share!

Thanks for reading!

Jes

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I have been nominated for the Liebster Award

I have seen my fellow bloggers nominated for this award several times now. From their blogs I learned that “Liebster” is a German word which means “dearest or nicest.”

My blog has been nominated for this award and I am incredibly grateful to both Heidi Sullivan-Inyama (Check out her blog here) and to my readers! When I started this blog I really didn’t expect any readers. But the blogging community is most kind and supportive and I can’t thank y’all enough!

Many of the blogs I follow have already been nominated so I won’t follow all the rules for the award. I will answer the questions asked of me and ask readers to answer the same questions, if applicable, if they feel so inclined.

The Questions asked of me are:

  1. Were you nervous about starting a blog?

 

A: I was extremely nervous. I was fearful that people would be offended by what I wanted to say or worse, find me incredibly boring.

 

  1. What do your friends, family, or peers think about your blog?

 

A: I’m not really sure. I know I have the complete support of my spouse. Some family members have expressed how much they enjoy reading my blogs and from others I haven’t heard a peep so again, I’m not sure.

  1. Has your blog helped your work through some of your challenges?

 

A: Overall, I would say yes. I still get nervous when I hit that “publish” button but with every post, I grow more confidence.

 

  1. What is your favorite dessert?

 

A: Ice cream!! Mint Chocolate Chip and Rocky Road are my favorites!

 

  1. Would you ever consider being a motivational speaker?

 

A: Ha! I have a hard enough time motivating myself!

 

  1. Do you have a favorite color, if so what is it?

 

A: Purple. But not just any purple. It is a shade of purple I have termed “Caesar Purple”.

 

  1. If you are in Chapter one of this 2018 book, what would the title of your chapter be?

 

A: Birds!

 

  1. Do you regret anything from the year 2017?

 

A: Nothing comes to mind.

 

  1. What are a few of your goals for 2018?

 

A: Well I have some more items on my 30 before 30 list (Check out my list) and some overall New Year’s goals (Check out my blog post here).

 

  1. What was your most difficult challenge from the year 2017?

 

A: I think my most difficult challenge was finding ways to manage my anxiety. I still struggle from time to time but it was really bad at the beginning of last year.

 

Again, I want to thank Heidi Sullivan-Inyama for nominating my blog for this award. I am very grateful! In the spirit of this award, check out some of the blogs I follow! There are some listed on the lower right hand side of my blog page.

Thank you for reading!

Jes

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2018 New Year’s Resolutions

Well it’s about time I add my New Year’s resolutions to the blog world.

I’m not doing the whole “New Year new me” thing but rather this is “things I would like to see myself do this year”.

Let’s call it simply 2018 Goals.

  • I would like to spend more time outside/in nature.

Preferably doing some hobbies such as hiking or taking photos but sitting outside in my chair with some tea enjoying the sunshine is a plus too.

I’ve been doing some reading on the health benefits of spending time out in nature and the consensus is that it helps fight depression and anxiety. It also helps boost an overall feeling of happiness.

If you want to know more about the health benefits of spending time out in nature, I recommend reading “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and more Creative” by Florence Williams. Click here for Amazon link for The Nature Fix

  • I want to start writing out my stories.

I have several stories brewing but I end up talking myself out of actually starting to write them. Mostly because I find the process daunting. My goal here is to take it one bite at a time. Small short stories first and if the story ends up going somewhere I’ll take it a chapter at a time from there.

  • Spend less time mindlessly browsing through social media.

I spend wayyy too much time on social media and most of the time I am just bored and killing time. There are better ways I can spend my time. I know myself better than to try to completely cut out social media all together. And honestly, I don’t have a problem with Facebook or Instagram it is just how much time I spend on it.

I’ve been working on it the past few days and it is amazing how often I go for the phone to fill the moment. It’s not easy but I’m determined!

I’m keeping my goals few and simple to make them more achievable. In the past I would have as many as 15-20 goals for the New Year and I wouldn’t have a single one achieved by the end of the year. Hopefully, this year will be different. 🙂

 

What are your resolutions or goals for the New Year?

Thanks for reading!

Jes

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Bicycles, Pho, and Books!

The other day, a great thing happened. Both me and my bestie (hubby) had a day off together! :O 

So we decided to ride our bikes around the Lake Fayettville trail. It’s maybe 5.5 miles or something. 

Sounds like nothing for bike riding but let me tell you, this couch potato struggled a little bit. 

It’s a beautiful nature trail! 

I’m not great at handling the camera and the bike at the same time yet. I’ll get there.

If you stay on the trail that is. 

The bestie failed as a navigator and took us 2 miles off into Springdale! But I guess I needed that exercise. 

After some fun, showing off, and biting the dust (him, giving me much entertainment), we had built up an appetite and went in search of Pho. 

We found a great spot called Pho Thanh and it was THE best! If you find yourself in the area you must stop and try it! 

So yummy!

 I’m drooling a bit remembering it. 

After we had stuffed ourselves to the brim, (Maybe ordering the extra noodles was a bad idea.) we were off to Barnes and Noble. 

This is about what we both felt like, and probably looked like, leaving Pho Thanh. 

We are both huge bookworms and we really have to watch ourselves in stores like these. We can go down an isle and literally look at every title or author name. 

We are those people that block up an isle. 

We are also ratings whores to a degree. We find something that sounds interesting then we have to pull up Goodreads and look at the ratings. I know it’s a bad habit but we can’t help it. 😛 

I got two books one by Neil Gamain and the other is one of Tolkiens books. 

My “to read” pile is never ending. Haha!

It was a fantastic day off that was much needed! And I couldn’t have picked a better person to spend it with. 🙂

How do you prefer to spend your days off?

Thanks for reading!

Jes

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What I’ve been listening to lately

Whoo, it’s been a heck of a few weeks!

Work has been crazy busy and there is a rat in the wall making annoying noises, in the middle of the night, keeping me from my beauty sleep!

I’m definitely ready for some four day holiday weeks coming up.

Anywho, while on my commute to work I was listening to a non-fiction audiobook that I thought I would share with you guys.

It’s titled “I will teach you to be rich”. Written by Ramit Sethi.

The title is super cheesy but the man has some really excellent advice.

First of all, Ramit asks the reader to define what rich means for them.

For me, to be rich means to have the liberty to be able to do what I want to do.

Which is mainly to travel a lot and be able to enjoy different experiences.

 

What does it mean for you?

 

Then Ramit explains that we need to sort of compromise to achieve the financial goals we have.

For me, I don’t need to live in a new house, drive a new car, or be wearing the nicest clothes (Walmart treats me just fine).

So if these things don’t matter to me, I can afford to lower the costs there to be able to afford the nice vacation with all the trimmings.

The rest of the book, Ramit goes on to explain the various steps required to reach our financial goals. Some of his advice is to:

  • Get rid of Credit Card debit.

I have personally been deep in the credit card debt and it suuuuuucks. I had to settle to get out of it and my credit suffered big time. That was 10 years ago and my credit is only now doing okay.

  • If your company offers a 401k and a match SIGN UP!

I didn’t sign up for these with many jobs I have had in the past because I thought “Noooo I need that 4%!” In reality, I didn’t even calculate what 4% actually came out to. I promise you, I could have spared that. If I had signed up then I would have so much more money saved up for retirement by now. Please please please. If the company you work for offers a 401k and a match, do 65 year old you a favor and sign up now and for the full match (it’s free money!).

  • Know where your money goes.

Most of us probably don’t even think twice spending $10 on anything. But if you look back on your bank statement it usually adds up to quite a substantial sum. For me, that was McDonald’s iced coffee during the summer. Dang them!

  • Don’t be afraid of investing.

It certainly sounds like scary business but it doesn’t have to be. I set myself up with some Index funds and once I have enough saved up in my Roth IRA (I pay taxes now not later) I will look into some lifecycle funds. These are playing it sort of conservative but Ramit does an excellent job explaining this whole realm and what we need to pay attention to and what is just jargon.

The book has much more advice to offer and Ramit writes a blog and I strongly encourage everyone to take a look. We all want to be able to live our life the most meaningful way possible and to retire and we don’t want to be pinching pennies when we do.

I will teach you to be rich blog

I’m still learning about the financial world but this audio book was a great introduction. He is pretty witty too, plenty of giggles here, which makes the learning less painful.

 

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been reading and learning.

What about you? What are you guys reading? Learning?

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

Jes

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Mushroom Coffee

A few weeks ago, I was mindlessly perusing through Instagram and stumble across a post about mushroom coffee and I was instantly grossed out and curious. I had commented on her post

“What the heck is mushroom coffee?”

I didn’t get a response. But my curiosity didn’t die there.

I googled it and the first link was to a company called Four Sigmatic who makes various types of mushroom coffee. I ordered a box and I thought I would try out my first product review. So here it goes.

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix with Lion’s mane and Chaga Mushroom extract

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It is an instant coffee mix made with 100% Arabica coffee with Lion’s mane and chaga mushroom extracts.

The website says that many people are able to drink it without cream as the mushroom extract cuts the acidity, so I tried it black.

I found it very smooth and, true to their word, less acidic than other black coffees I have tried.

I didn’t experience any mushroom flavors but there is definitely something else there.

I couldn’t put my finger on it.

I don’t usually drink black coffee but I found this one tolerable. It wasn’t very bitter. I think I’ll try just a tad a sugar with it next time. They suggest butter or coconut oil but I’m not sure about that. Seems weird.

Although, I’m already in the realm of weird with mushroom coffee so what the heck.

The website says that the Lion’s mane mushroom has been used by Buddhist monks for better focus during meditation and that is why they add it to their coffee to improve users focus.

I’ll let you know if I feel any improvement on that front.

I’ll include a link to their website for you guys. I ordered from good ol’ Amazon though.

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee

I liked it and will drink the rest of what I have but I don’t think I will make it my usual cup of joe.

 

Thanks for reading!

Jes

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10 Things I am Thankful for

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

I know it is completely cliché to do a “What I am thankful for” post but I’m going to do one anyway because I am so incredibly grateful for so much in my life.

And today is a perfect day for this type of post not only because that’s sort of what this holiday was supposed to be about but also because I had to work today with a monster of a cold so it helped me, to recollect what I am thankful for, to keep me from feeling completely sorry for myself.

I have a pretty good life. 🙂

So without further ado, here are 10 things that I am thankful for.

  • I am thankful for my Husband. He is amazing and has the patience of a saint! (I’m not an easy person to deal with when I’m sickly)

 

  • I am thankful for Family. They love me no matter what.

 

  • I am thankful for second chances to be a part of some people’s lives.

 

  • I am thankful for the wisdom shared by loved ones.

 

  • I am thankful for my job. (Even if I have to work on the holiday. Holiday pay!!)

 

  • I am thankful for medicine. (I can’t imagine having to deal with this crap solo)

 

  • I am thankful for great coworkers! (One made sure I was sent home with a thanksgiving feast!)

 

  • I am thankful for my fur children who are always so happy to see me.

 

  • I am thankful for my warm cozy bed and hot tea.

 

  • I am thankful for unlimited texting so I can keep in touch with the family members who are scattered all over the U.S.

 

 

I know Thanksgiving is coming to a close and the craziness of “Black Friday” is about to begin but I challenge you, dear readers, to spend a few moments and consider what you are thankful for.

And feel free to share! 🙂

 

Jes