Feb 2, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's time for another addition of Friday Favorites with Andrea, Narci and Erika!

It's been kind of a crazy week, and even though I will fully admit that I may have acted like a crazy woman for a portion of the week and may or may not have had a pity party for a portion of that portion, we all made it safe and sound to Friday!!

I am REALLY struggling with exhaustion lately, the last 2.5 weeks I have been absolutely WIPED out.  It's been super frustrating, I am eating well, exercising, drinking tons of water, but nothing has helped.  Then I read up on adrenal fatigue and literally every.single.symptom I have.  Adrenal fatigue can be brought on by major stress, and I really believe that the stress from trial earlier in January through me for a loop.  

The last couple days I feel like I am sloooooowly getting back to normal.

One thing I have done differently this week is drinking bulletproof coffee.  I have had this the last couple mornings and I really enjoy it!  I mix my coffee (Aldi's organic medium roast) with one tablespoon coconut oil and one tablespoon Kerrygold butter with a touch of pure vanilla.  That's all I have for breakfast.  There is around 320 calories and 35 grams of fat, so I am definitely not deprived!  I have found my energy levels to be much higher than they have been, which has been wonderful.  I won't have this everyday, but will a couple days/week. 

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One thing I have been rocking is in the meal planning department.  I have to stuck to my plan and we have enjoyed some really yummy recipes!

First off was Italian Sausage Tortellini.  This one was a huge hit!

Next up was this Chicken and Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce from Damn Delicious.  Everyone gobbled this one up!


We also had Hamburger, Wild Rice and Broccoli Hotdish.  This is another favorite of ours, the water chestnuts make the whole dish, haha!!!

Tonight I kept it simple and we had venison sausage and waffles.  Now, if you like homemade waffles, you HAVE to make this recipe.  My family gobbles these up like nobody's business!!  They are light and golden and truly amazing!

For lunches I made the usual Italian Turkey Burger Soup for Monday and Tuesday.  I put everything in the crockpot on Saturday and let it cook all day.  It's so full of flavor!  I add quinoa to my soup and wild rice for Brad's.  For the rest of the week, I had salads from Fresh Thyme (which just opened and I LOVE it!!) made up, they were scrumptious.

The other area I have succeeded in is in the workouts.  I have done some form of workout everyday this week.  I have done my 10 Minute Trainer from Beachbody and Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown.  I love Yoga Meltdown because it feels SO good, all the stretching, but it totally kicks your ass at the same time!

So, with all that being said, here is where I am NOT succeeding....

Trusting in Him.  I have had quite the pity party the last few weeks, feeling sorry for myself.  It has gotten me nowhere and I'm tired.  I am tired of looking ahead and dreading what is coming next.  I'm tired of my "to do" list.  I'm tired of dreading the very things that I truly love doing.  I'm in a funk, and I need out.

I read this verse from Proverbs 31 and I've read it a million times, but today it really hit home.

I love taking care of my family.  LOVE it.  I love keeping a neat (notice I didn't say clean) home, making homemade meals, decorating for all the holidays and planning special things to do.  Lately everything feels like such a chore and I want the joy back.  I love the Proverbs 31 woman, she is the very person  I strive to be but fail on a daily basis.  I look to far ahead and stress about things that haven't even happened.  Today I decided I'm all done with that.  I am only going to focus on TODAY.  What can I do TODAY to make it great?  Who can I bless?

I know this is going to be a work in progress, but all I can do it strive to be better everyday.  I love reading blogs, I feel such a connection to so many of you, but sometimes reading them makes me feel like less of a mother and I know it's all me.  It isn't anything that they have written, it's my own demons, the ones that tell me I'm not good enough.  Well guess what?  I am!

So here's to a new me!  Ok maybe just an updated version, and I can't even guarantee this will last...but I'm giving it my all!

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Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have an amazing weekend!!

1 comment:

A Gal Named Al said...

Agh! Jillian! I have that yoga DVD and haven't done it in years. She stresses me out too much that I've pretty much abandoned her. On Tuesdays, I post some of my favorite workouts that you can find for free on YouTube. Most of them are only 10 or 20 minutes long, too! Have a great week!