Category Archives: Family

Too late to turn back.

What have I gotten myself into? How much am I going to take on? Why was this a good idea? Can I live up to the hype that I’ve created for myself in my head? Will I finish this journey? Will I reach my goals? Can I?

Questions I have asked myself over the last few days. Dealing with death is never easy. Dealing with the death of someone you treasured is even harder. Dealing with the thought that eventually you’ll lose others is a very depressing situation. This is what I have been dealing with. This has ruled my mindset over the last couple of weeks. I’ve still been getting my workouts in, but I haven’t been willing to share anything more of myself. These feelings I thought I’d get over quickly aren’t dissipating. They are taking up refuge and making me crazy. They are horrifying and I hate to feel this way. It isn’t healthy and I am doing everything I can to shake it off. It isn’t easy in some situations but I’m talking about my feelings and getting it all out.

Well with that said I’ve been working hard at my fitness. Still logging my #giveit100 posts and uploading a video a day to Instagram. I’m still here, just not as present. As of today I’ll be working on that presence. I must get out of this funk. It is far too late to turn back now.

Have a great day lovelies!

~~Kaneka~~

Getting back on

Well. I’ve traveled to my birthplace and spent some much needed time with my family as we dealt with the loss of my uncle. I wasn’t strict with my eating, at all. To be honest I ate and drank whatever was around. I didn’t binge, but I didn’t choose my meals as I have been. For a split second I felt a little guilty for not being disciplined in my eating. Then I remembered that I really shouldn’t focus on that. I was dealing with a lot while trying to help my cousin deal as well. It was a very emotionally stressful time and sometimes not limiting choices helps the coping process (or at least it does in my head).

I’m back to reality and will not let that lackadaisical approach to my nutrition continue. Packed my lunch today, worked out this morning, and intend to do another T25 workout this evening just for good measure. Death is difficult to deal with, and it can be a catalyst to get you off track. I lost a little footing toward the end of last week, but I’ve regained it and I’m going to keep on trekking!

How do you cope with things that trigger your emotional eating?

Happy Tuesday Lovelies!

~~Kaneka~~

I have become… THE FOOD POLICE!!!

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Dramatic… Yeah it is. But I had that thought this morning. Let me backtrack a bit. One of my co-workers did a clean eating challenge with me a few weeks ago. She has also asked me to be her accountability partner in her journey. A title that I take seriously.

VERY.

SERIOUSLY.

So I ask questions about what she ate over the weekend. Whether or not she packed her lunch. What she brought for a snack. I try to steer her away from the endless train of cupcakes that enter our office weekly. Hey she asked right? So I obliged.

But sometimes I feel like I am the food police. Just a little. Well maybe not as much once I think about it. I don’t tell her what not to do, I don’t tell her what she can or can’t eat. I will be that voice that helps sway her away from making choices that aren’t in line with her goals. I will ask if that cupcake will help her get to where she wants to be. 

So I guess being the food police isn’t an awful thing at all. It is my way of helping out and in turn those who I help also help me remain accountable. 

 

How do you remain accountable? Do you have friends or family members who will step in and help out when you feel like you need a push?

Have a great Tuesday Lovelies!

~~Kaneka~~

The weekend…

Cheers to it. I try to enjoy mine to the fullest and this weekend was no different.

Friday I decided to try something that I had seen (and pinned on Pinterest) countless times. Sweet Pepper Nachos… Most recently I saw them here on Sam’s blog, (Strong not Skinny), and vowed to try them soon.

SO here is my process. Note the black olives that I forgot to use when it came down to making my plate. I used about a bag and a half of the peppers but only ate about half of that. My daughter came in and finished the rest off, both the chips and the peppers. Guess marching band camp is super intense and creates savage hunger.

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I started with chicken breast tenderloin and a little coconut oil in the pan.

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While those were browning I cleaned and split my sweet peppers.

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About this time I almost gave up. Good grief it seemed like it took FOREVER.

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I kept going and got the chicken cooked too. Then I put in the chicken into my KitchenAid mini food processor. I wanted to create more of a ground texture than a shredded texture to the meat.

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It came out all nice and “ground” lol.

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I added some taco seasonings and some Tapatio. Then I went to work on the hubby’s scoops,

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and my peppers.

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Halfway through this I almost gave up again. I feel like I’m far too meticulous when it comes to cooking sometimes. The “ground” chicken had to be placed perfectly inside each pepper half.

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I sprinkled each set of nachos with a little cheese and baked for about 15 minutes.

Then I arranged a little more than half the peppers on the plate, topped them with a generous portion of shredded lettuce, some pico de gallo, some low fat sour cream and went to town! The hubbs got the same on top of his scoops, in addition to jalapenos.

It was a really delicious trade for the peppers. They were just a little sweet and still had a bit of a crunch when bitten into. I will definitely do this again.

Did you swap anything this weekend? Do anything new? Just sit home and relax (I like those kind of weekends the most)?

Have a hilariously happy Monday lovelies. Until next time!

~~Kaneka~~

I just don’t want to.

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Nope.

Nope.

Not going to do it.

I’ll do it later.

That was me this morning. 5 am alarm going off. I’m still tired because I didn’t go to sleep until almost midnight. That tends to happen when my husband isn’t home. I get restless. Insomnia is my pal on those nights. Well insomnia and my dog Fanci. She is always right there with me when he isn’t home. My husband is in the Navy and yesterday was his duty day. He had to stay onboard the ship with the duty section so that everyone else could go home to their families. For those military wives out there, you know what I am talking about.

Well when I can’t sleep, naturally I don’t want to get up at my normal time in the morning. Nope. Don’t want to do it. AT ALL. I went back to sleep for 10 minutes. By then my dog wanted to go outside so she was nudging my face and shaking so the tags on her collar jingled together. Fanci, just 5 more minutes PLEASE. I turn on the television for background noise because I do intend to get up to workout but I just need a few more minutes with my eyes closed. Then I think to myself, if I go back to sleep and just get up at 6 I can feel more rested and I can just do my workout this evening. I hear Montel Willaims’ voice on the tv, then another very distinct voice. One I’ve heard every morning for the past couple of weeks. Telling me to keep it up, push through it, “you can do anything for 60 seconds”, Autumn Calabrese. My eyes flutter open and on the tv is the infomercial for 21 Day Fix. Fitting since that is the workout I am trying NOT to do right now, sleep sounds a lot better. I look at the clock and it is 5:18, sigh, get up Kaneka. Get up. Ok, Ok, Ok. I’m up.

This morning was a struggle. We all have those times when we just do not want to do it, do not want to work out, do not want to get up. I understand. It is a battle that I have often. Far too often if I am honest. Today I won that battle. I am victorious and I live to fight another day!

I got up, I did my Upper Fix, I made my breakfast, I started dinner (in the crockpot), I packed my lunch, I got showered and dressed and I headed out to work. I did it. It wasn’t easy or simple or even logical. But my workout for the day is done. I didn’t give in today. I didn’t allow myself to talk me out of doing what I have dedicated to do, for me. I need this. I needed that pep talk. I needed to be able to overcome my own “limitations”. And I did.

There is a different message on the chalkboard behind them for every workout. Today’s was “It doesn’t get easier, you get stronger”. I felt that and it empowered me to give it my all during my workout today. I am so glad that I got up and got it done.

It doesn't get easier You just get better

Do you have a story about how you got over a hump in your routine? Had to fight yourself to get your workout done? Didn’t succeed in that fight? I want to hear your story. I want to encourage you in your journey. Please share below.

Have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY lovelies!!

~~Kaneka~~