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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Healthy Survival Tips

I'm bringing the blog out to repost some tips I collected to get through the holiday season! Feel free to add your own tips in the comment section ☺

Holiday Survival Tip #1 ~ Offer to bring a healthy dish to holiday parties.
If you're concerned about the unhealthy array of foods that are bound to be served at an upcoming function, call the host ahead of time to see if you can bring a healthy dish. Chances are, the host will be happy to have some help with the overwhelming task of pleasing a hungry crowd! 

Holiday Survival Tip #2 ~ Never go to a party hungry! Eat a healthy light meal before you go to keep you from making rash food decisions later.

Holiday Survival Tip #3 ~ Increase your time management skills over the holiday season. Organize your day the evening before. Prioritizing your tasks beforehand will help you find time to exercise & help you stay on your food plan.

Holiday Survival Tip #4 ~ Take the focus off food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community, playing games or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.

Holiday Survival Tip #5 ~ Love it or leave it. Keep your calories under control by choosing to indulge in only the foods that you really love. Too often we eat a gingerbread cookie because it’s only available once a year, not because we truly love gingerbread cookies. Leave behind the foods that you don’t absolutely love. Try rating the foods available and if it’s not a 10, leave it.

Holiday Survival Tip #6 ~ Start your New Year’s Resolutions early. Take the time to sit down and write out ideas for resolutions, choose one or two important goals and post them on the refrigerator to remind yourself about what you’re working on. The holidays may bring more time off work, and this may be a golden opportunity to jump-start or revamp extra exercise and healthy meal planning.

Holiday Survival Tip #7 ~ Pre-plan and prepare. Why is it that we’re willing to write out a holiday list, but we don’t write down meal plans because they take too much time? Before leaving the house, try preparing a couple of healthy snacks to take with you to avoid stopping at fast food restaurants or shopping mall food courts. You could save hundreds of calories just by taking 10 minutes in the morning to plan your day.

Holiday Survival Tip #8 ~ Forget the all or nothing mentality when it comes to exercise. People often think, if I can’t do the full 30- or 60-minute workout, I’ll do nothing. A little is always better than nothing. You could burn 100 calories or none. Which would you choose? Don’t have much time to work out? Aim for high-intensity, short workouts that exercise multiple muscle groups at once, such as spinning, a strength-training circuit, push-ups or squats with hand weights.

Holiday Survival Tip #9 ~ Make active pursuits part of your holiday celebrations. These aren’t full-blown workouts, but rather activities that just get you and your loved ones moving: Toss a football around the backyard, play some games on the Wii or go ice skating. Try to make some of those fun pursuits a new holiday tradition instead of sitting around and eating all day.

Holiday Survival Tip #10 ~ Travel Smart! If you are traveling make sure to bring your own snacks. It's hard to find healthy choices at airports & gas stations so I always bring my own food. Protein bars, fresh fruit, beef/turkey jerky, etc.

Holiday Survival Tip #11 ~ Don't forget that alcohol is fattening too. That innocent-looking glass of sparkly wine or that small bottle of beer may look as though it will do no harm. However, alcohol contains calories and lots of them. Try and control the amount of alcohol you consume over the holiday period. There are plenty of lower-calorie beers and wines available, so opt for this whenever possible.

Holiday Survival Tip #12 ~ With all the holiday food around, remember to eat slowly. Wait 20 minutes before getting another plate of food. It takes 20 minutes before you feel the "full" effects of foods.

Holiday Survival Tip #13 ~ Don't do anything drastic. If you do overindulge in some holiday favorites, *don't* skip meals or try and starve yourself the next day. Go back to eating healthy like you did before you overindulged to help you feel better after a holiday pig-out session.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Dusting off the blog

It's been almost 2 years since I've written on my blog so I know I'm going to be rusty as all hell!  It's all good though.

So my plan is here is to post my exercise routines.  I am pretty much starting from scratch and have pretty low stamina.  It's hard to even think about but the thing is that I'm not going to dwell on what I could do before. 

My plan is to start with walking and will be following this starting tomorrow.

Plus I want to add in since it doesn't seem like it would take too much time.

I also started the new Weight Watcher's Freestyle program and I love it!  I lost 200 pounds on the Core plan and stuck mainly to simple filling.  This kind of merges the best of both simply filling and the point system.  Of course I love most of the zero point food though.  I go tomorrow morning to get all the info for Freestyle.  I unfortunately signed up for WW online but got it cheaper by committing to a certain amount of months before I can switch plans.  Luckily online people are invited to meetings while this new plan rolls out :)  

Would you like me to do a beginner fitness challenge on my facebook page for y'all to join in one or both of these workout plans with me?


Thursday, January 21, 2016

I said "hey! what's going on?"

Now that you might have a particular song in your head from the title of my blog post (if not click here, you'll love it I promise lol).  Just be glad you can not hear me sing it.  I like to butcher the heck out of songs, especially in my car.

What's going on with me lately?

I have four things I am juggling at the moment:  school, work, family and my health stuff.

It doesn't sound like a lot but I'm now full time at the zoo with about an hour commute each way.  I absolutely love my job and so excited to be heading up a new education area that will be opening at the end of next month to our guests!

School is going great.  I did, however, bite off a bit more than I should have and it makes it very hard to do much of anything else when I get home.  Luckily (or unluckily) my school is on a quarter system so instead of dropping a class now, I'm sticking with it until the end and adjusting next quarter.  Next quarter I think if I adjust to taking one less class that everyone, including myself, will be happier.


Yeah, so I'm rolling with it.  My family is humoring me and rolling with it too lol  They miss my face, I can tell by the way they argue with each other in the living room while I am locked away in my bedroom doing tons of chemistry homework.

On to the health stuff....my days are starting to look like this:


Which I will so take that because for a long time most of my days were a big "EFF IT" and while my exercise is sporadic at best, I will totally take and be proud of the fact that I'm eating healthier.  I have even lost about 15 pounds since just focusing on that one thing.

Tomorrow I am going to try out a Jazzercise class near the zoo.  I think if I force myself to take a half hour or so of time before I make it home a couple times a week that it might help me be more stable on the exercise front.

Ok, I'm out!  I am procrastinating getting some school work done but I guess I should go back to it lol Bye gang!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Regrouping with love

As you can tell, I have severely neglected my fan page and blog.  The better part of last year (ok so all of last year) I felt like I was a completely different person.  Oh I went though the motions of bettering myself in some aspects (like school and my job) but it just felt like I was on the outside looking in.  Just recently I am feeling more like myself.....I feel relief because I have missed the person I was.  I feel aggrevation that I've done some major setbacks to myself but most of all I feel a flood of love for myself.  Beating myself up is totally not an option.  I deserve to be my own best friend again and I will.  



I was partially in my own way.  The rest of it was I think me still grieving, not that I'm over my mom passing away but I'm starting to cope with it better.  

So this is me apologizing for my meltdowns and wanting to run away from everything and everyone.  Not only apologizing to you but I need to apologize to myself.  I kept everything bottled up inside, not allowing anyone in.  It was the worst thing I could have done to myself.  Luckily I have some pretty awesome people that tolerated me and loved me even if they didn't understand what I was going through.

I have learned so many things from life and this past year has been no exception.  Now I am regrouping.  Trying to figure out where my place is.



Hopefully y'all are still with me to see where my journey takes me <3

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Checking in :)

I've been neglecting my blog lately.  I had a story recently circulate again that my local news station did a few months ago, and it reminded me that "oh yeah!  I have a BLOG!  Hello Tanee, get with it girl".

At least I haven't been neglecting myself right? :)  So what have I been up to exactly?  The same ol' stuff lol 

I only have a few weeks left of this semester in school.  This semester I really struggled.  I took on too many classes and had to drop 2, which I'll take in the fall.  I am such a person that goes 110% after what I want.  It's a blessing and a curse though because it's so hard for me to balance everything.  

I'm learning though.  That's why I haven't been around much.  

So my plan B is to go to school part time starting in the fall & try to get on at Audubon full time in the fall (so I can pay for school....I would like to not take any loans out anymore).  By the way, I absolutely love working at the zoo :) I know I say that every single time I blog but I do.  It's just so me.  While before this it had been a while since I did this type of work (I used to work for Audubon before) I've noticed a trend of me staying in informal education....whether it's teaching about animals, fitness, or health.  So I guess it is what I'm meant to do! 

I'm going to continue putting my health and me as a priority.  I'm going to also make sure the time I spend with my kids is quality time....and if I can make that time an active thing I'm all for it.

Like last Saturday I took the kids to Sector6, a trampoline park in New Orleans.  It was so much fun!  The kids thought I was awesome for taking them and we all got a good workout lol  Here are some pictures to convince you how much fun we had....especially that last one.  Who is a big kid?  Oh I am! lol









Sunday, March 1, 2015

What's been going on and my dinner menu :)

So last week was filled with stress, more stress and more stress.  I did eat off plan for a little bit of it but didn't binge.  Mainly because I was just wanting to eat a sandwich while we cleaned up the mess from my aquarium breaking and dumping out 55 gallons of water into my dining room instead of sitting down to eat what was in the slow cooker.  My husband was luckily (or unluckily for him haha) on his way home from being out of town for work when this happened.  Which the story is that my 13 year old son, who is an Aspie (Asperger's) hit on the aquarium because he thought a fish was dead.  It busted, he freaked out and called me on the phone hysterically crying when I just got to work, and well it looked like this when I got home......



The day after the whole aquarium episode was my Chemistry lab midterm and after that whole test fiasco was over (I didn't get to review like I wanted to and totally freaked myself out that I probably bombed it) that I thought my middle son broke his pinky finger.  Because ya know, he had to have his turn with all eyes and my wallet focused on him.

Normally my house, while loud and chaotic, doesn't have much drama in it.  Last week wore me out lol

I did end it on a good note though.  Yesterday I took the gang horseback riding at Splendor Farms in Bush, LA.  I bought Living Social deals for this because it costs a small fortune to do anything with all 5 of us.  My schedule is so crazy and I don't see them like I used to when I stayed at home so I try to do something fun with them on the weekend.  We had a blast!  My kids now want us to have a farm and have lots of horses.....I told them they are more than welcome to do that when they grow up lol




Now that a new week and a new month is here, hopefully things go smoother :)  My husband will be gone this week again so that I have more leftover nights than usual, that's why.

So here is my plan of action for dinner this week:
Monday - Slow Cooker Beef Stew (I'm doubling this so we can eat it on Tuesday too)
Wednesday - Broccoli And Chicken Casserole
Thursday - Cheesy Taco Pasta
Friday - Turkey Stuffed Zucchini
Saturday - Left over buffet
Sunday - My husband's choice because well gotta study lol

Have a great week y'all!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Weekly Ramblings, Me on TV & What's for Dinner :)

In case you haven't heard, I was on my local TV this past Friday night.  The story is here http://www.fox8live.com/story/28048381/waist-watchers-a-200-pound-journey

I didn't handle the backlash very well & that's my fault.  It's been a while since I've been in any kind of spot light and as usual, the trolls are out in full force.  I should have never read the comments on Facebook and I should have asked my best friend to sort through my inbox on my fan page.  Don't get me wrong, there was an overwhelming amount of support but there was quite a few ugly people in the mix.  And while I try not to let them bother me, it still hurts.

I keep reminding myself that.....

Other than the negative stuff, my week has gone great!  I have a lot more supportive people on my fan page and other parts of my social media because of the story.  My kids did not really fight early in the morning, which is a big miracle.  School and work is going great.  Although school is kind of cramping my Mardi Gras plans but where there is a will there is a way right?  It just means I have to adjust to less sleep until after MG is over lol (and yes I treasure my sleep....MG is my most favorite holiday though).

I mean come on....with floats like this how can you not be excited?  Everything is awesome!!


They are so over taking pictures lol 


Ok now for my dinner this week....it really isn't going to be the best honestly so I'm just going to post Monday and Tuesday, the rest will be low carb wraps or salads for me and sandwiches or whatever for the kids.  Starting Wednesday nights there are parades non-stop until Fat Tuesday so we'll be eating out on the parade route or in the car (stuck in traffic, I'm sure).  I'm going to be packing lots of healthy snacks, water (while I want everyone to stay hydrated it's hard to find places to pee haha so I'm encouraging sipping), and toilet paper.  Sounds fun right?

Monday:
Chicken Shiitake and Wild Rice soup
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/01/chicken-shiitake-and-wild-rice-soup.html

Tuesday:  Leftovers since my husband is out of town.

Wednesday & Thursday are parades in New Orleans so I'm planning on getting a rotisserie chicken, shredding it and making wraps with veggies in it.  Snacks are string cheese, beef jerky, grapes.

Friday:  Bell Pepper Soup....we have a parade in Slidell but we live close to the parade route.
 http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/12/stuffed-pepper-soup.html

Saturday....who knows.  It's Valentine's Day and a day filled with New Orleans parades with only my hubby and I ;)  I'm calling it a splurge and moving on.

I'm sorry that it wasn't a typical meal plan for me to post but it is a plan, right?



 My quote for the week :)


And a bonus if you want a little New Orleans humor in a song lol

Sunday, February 1, 2015

What's up for dinner? And my weekly ramblings :)

So this week I have 2 exams (chemistry and trigonometry) plus I'm being interviewed tomorrow night for a local tv's weight loss segment....which I'm super nervous about.  I mean, how clean can I get my house before then?  lol My kids think that a clean house is an invitation to pull everything out into the clean spaces.  That and the real source to my nervousness is that since my weight gain, I feel like I'm nothing special.  I'm just human.  I let stress get to me and ate my way through missing my mom. Although I have a hold on it now, I'm not where I used to be.  I'll get there though.  I still miss my mom every day but eating my feeling will not help anything.

Good news on the work front!  I'm now an intern instead of a volunteer and hopefully I'll get to be employed part time at some point.  I really really love my job at the zoo and feel so lucky to work with some awesome people :)  Aside from health and fitness my one true love is educating people, esp kids, on Louisiana wetland and wildlife conservation.  I'm gonna take over my small part of the world....I can feel it lol

On the weight loss front....I'm now 10 pounds down so only 30 to go!  I'm working out first thing in the morning during the week.  Mornings are best for me because the kids are still sleeping & it frees up my evenings for helping them with homework, spending time with them and after they go to bed I do my homework and study.  I am alternating cardio and strength training.  Planing my food has been a must.  I pack my lunch and snacks in the morning while I am waiting on my kids to get dressed.

Now what you'e been waiting on....my dinner plans!  I've been eating low-ish carb (not no carb but limiting my simple carbs helps my PCOS) so if you see a shift on what I am eating, it's just a constant tweaking that I do to make things livable.

Today I'm making Zucchini Taco Boats
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/07/taco-stuffed-zucchini-boats.html

Monday:  Beef Stew (crock pot) with "riced" cauliflower
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=406384

Tuesday:  Turkey Soup (crock pot)
http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2013/11/slow-cooker-lemony-turkey-soup.html

Wednesday:  Beef Stroganoff
http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/burger_stroganoff.html

Thursday:  Leftover night

Friday:  Turkey Burgers and salad
if you need a recipe for burgers these are awesome!  http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/05/turkey-burgers-with-zucchini.html

Saturday:  Splurge night....either going out to dinner or Scott (my husband) is cooking :)

As always, my breakfasts are pretty much the same and I'm ok with that (scrambled eggs with veggies) and my lunches are probably going to be rotisserie chicken shredded in a low carb wrap with some spinach or other veggies thrown in.....I need to eat on the go or in class so it has to be easy to hold.

How did your week go last week?


Friday, January 30, 2015

What did I do on my first day?

I received a very interesting question.....someone asked what did I do exactly on my first day.  It's been almost 7 years ago so while I can remember starting, I don't remember everything.  Let's see where this blog takes me lol

I remember waking up being excited.  It felt different than all those other times I tried losing weight.  I didn't know where it would lead though.  All I know is that I was done.  Done with being the person I knew wasn't me.  I was tired of wearing all black & hoping to blend in.  Tired of hiding and eating.  Tired of doing everything for everyone else and nothing for myself.  Just tired.  I also held out hope that I could change.....and this day was it damn it. (Like I hadn't said that a million times before but I wanted to give it one honest try)

I had a sheet of paper with food from the Weight Watcher's Core list.  This part was a little bit of an extreme but I totally cleaned out my pantry and fridge then I went grocery shopping.   I wanted everything out of my house that I would be tempted with.  Good-bye hidden Little Debbie cakes!  (I had them literally hidden in places)  Good-bye chips!  Good-bye Blue Bell ice cream that I would eat out of the container!  Helloooooo fruits and veggies!  Yeah, it was a bit restricted at first but I'm a binge eater.....if it's in the house and I'm stressed then it's fair game. (Not saying that this needs to be done but I was/am an emotional binge eater.....that means I went straight for the junk and the hidden Little Debbies)

I sat down and talked to my husband.  Explained how I felt and the plan I thought about.  Luckily he supports me with anything I want to do and he also wanted to eat healthy for himself.

Then I got a notebook and wrote about my feelings, some of my dreams and my frustrations.  I wrote a lot in notebooks.  It can be very therapeutic.


It doesn't seem like much and it isn't (or it might sound like a lot to you).  But I kept this up, learned a lot about myself a long the way, and sometimes had to roll with no plan in place.  I tweaked things, added in exercise about 6 months later, and worked on my emotional well-being everyday.

My advice for those wanting to start?  Just do it when you are ready.  It has to be something you want.  Then just do what you can.