Health And Fitness Update ~ March 21, 2017

Well I am almost 2 months into my “get healthy” plan and I am discovering so many things.  Like for instance, to chuck the fucking scale in the trash stay off the scale. scales humor weight loss I am not kidding ladies…the scale is truly our demon and we don’t realize how much our bodies fluctuate throughout the month between hormones, stress, and all those other shitty things that come along with being a woman.  So I have decided that I am officially staying off the scale for the entire month of April.

Currently I am doing something called carb cycling.  But I changed it up a bit from what I learned about it on the internet.  It goes in stages of 3 workout days and then a day of rest with some activity (mine’s usually house cleaning).

The first day is your hardest workout day.  This is also the day that you consume the most carbs.   I am really wanting to work my upper body and mid-section so on my first day of the cycle I do my back, chest, shoulders, arms, abs, and 20-30 minutes of cardio.  I also start off with 200 grams of carbs on this day in which the majority are consumed around my workout.

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The second day is butt and leg day.  Now I hate doing leg exercises and tons of squats but I am determined that since I have seen actual results of someone who has the same crack in their back, aka booty, that I do, transform into an actual butt, then I shall not skip butt and leg day.  On this day I take the carbs from the first day and cut them by a third.  Again consuming the majority of them around my workout.  Again I also do 20-30 minutes of cardio following my workout.

The third day is high intensity full body workout doing cardio using low weights with fast reps.  And on this day I only eat a third of the carbs I started with the first day.

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On the fourth day is rest day.  And let me tell you, if you don’t hurt from head to toe on this day then you aren’t working out hard enough.  I also try to stick to no carbs on this day or if I do have some it’s usually first thing in the morning.  And the best thing about rest day is you should feel a burst of energy.  Now, resting doesn’t mean lay around and do absolutely nothing.  You still should be active.  This is the day I usually try to catch up on housework, maybe walk to the park with the kids (that is if the weather is nice), eventually there will be some yard work and gardening thrown in there.  But nothing high intensity.

Then repeat the cycle.  I am going to do 4 cycles and of course will share my results with you when I am done.  Also keep in mind that you can play around with your carb intake.   If you are doing 200 grams on the first day but are feeling really sluggish and sleepy the rest of the day, after your workout, then you may want to consume more carbs or consume less around the workout and save some for later in the day.

If you are getting really tired and sluggish during the middle of your workout then this probably means you didn’t get enough carbs to keep you going throughout your workout.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.  Everyone’s body is different.

I try to do an ab workout everyday…even on my rest days because it is my least favorite area after having 3 kids.  I was lucky enough to never get a stretch mark but I am determined to not have to go under the knife or get lypo just to obtain the midsection I want.  If you want a great ab workout, click the video below.  The first time I tried this workout I couldn’t cough or laugh for two days.

And I didn’t do it at the gym…I used my bed post.

I finally broke down and bought a vegetable spiraler.  The first thing I used with it were a green and yellow zucchini squash.  I spiraled one of each and then lightly sautéed the spirals in some olive oil, freshly chopped garlic, and seasonings (I was lucky and found a bunch of organic seasonings on sale and bought a bunch).   I also made a little pesto to go with it using basil, spinach, lemon, pine nuts, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

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I think next time I will probably just try the zucchini noodles sautéed by themselves as my side dish of veggies.  I love pesto but until it starts growing in my garden I won’t be making it because  I don’t like spending the 3 or 4 dollars that they want to charge for a very small amount at the grocery store.  Basil grows like a weed, literally, and in the summer months I always have fresh basil.

My other favorite recipe was some sautéed shrimp lettuce wraps.  Just sauté some uncooked shrimp in a little olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, a little chopped cilantro, and some garlic salt and then place in a romaine lettuce leaf.  Sprinkle with some more cilantro, chopped avocado, and some thinly sliced jalapeños and enjoy!

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Chow for now,

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Health And Fitness Update ~ March 10, 2017

I have decided that not only do I want to share my progress with all of those who wish to read about it but I would also like to share with you recipes that I like, exercises that I am doing, and just anything else that comes to mind that I think might help others.

My newest found addiction was stumbled upon while doing my morning cardio on the treadmill.  I had decided that I wanted to find a knowledgable person who could give me some tips on achieving the goals that I wish to achieve.  And where else to find such a person but the glorious land of YouTube.  I found a girl by the name of Jen Heward and I absolutely am intrigued by everything she has to say.  Below is the first video I watched and I was instantly hooked.

The thing I like about Jen (besides her goofiness) is the fact that she gears towards women and how OUR bodies work.  She also has the same troublesome areas of the body that I do which helps in getting to my goals.

She’s also a great motivator.  If there is a morning…like today for instance…that I just want to sit in my chair, binge watch TV, binge eat, and have nothing to do with exercise, I just pull up one of her videos and am instantly motivated.  Even if it’s just a short workout, it’s still doing something.

If you would like to check out her website which has some awesome recipes and supplements just click here.  I recently purchased the BCAA powder in pink lemonade flavor.  It shipped to me in 2 days (even though it said 5-7) and I tried it out today and loved it!  Not only does it taste great but it gives you energy without the jitters and helps with muscle healing during and after weight training.

I have been trying to keep to a clean eating lifestyle.  It’s going to take some time and serious commitment, especially on days like yesterday when I had to take 3 kids to dentist appointments at the same time, we were there for nearly 3 hours, and by the time I got home they weren’t willing to wait for me to make dinner.  So to avoid them gnawing my arm off, I ordered pizza.  And of course I had to have a piece of said pizza.  And then I decided that since I was already falling off the wagon I mind as well just get off the whole damn wagon completely and indulge myself into a glass, or two, or entire bottle of wine.

And so I did.

My favorite clean eating recipe of the week was my salmon, asparagus, and mushrooms all done in one pan.

Heat the oven to 425*F

Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray

Trim the bottoms of the asparagus

Cut the mushrooms (I used baby portabellas) into quarters

Make sure your salmon is thawed.  The best salmon to use for clean eating is wild caught.  They sell it in the frozen section at War-Mart.

In a good-sized bowl mix together about a cup of olive oil, fresh finely chopped garlic, juice of one lemon, onion powder, and cayenne pepper (optional) **likes her food a little spicey like her sex everyday life.

Mix ingredients well with a whisk

Place the vegetables in the bowl until well coated then arrange them onto the foiled pan making sure you have some liquid left for the salmon (which is set aside for now).  I also thought to myself if I had time and would have thought about it,  I would have marinaded everything in the mixture before hand but I will have to do that next time.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste

Pop the vegetables in the oven for about 10 minutes

Take the pan out and place the salmon on the pan.  Drizzle the rest of the mixture over the fish and veggies and feel free to season the salmon as you wish.  (I use McCormick’s Steak Seasoning for EVERYTHING…I even sprinkled some on the veggies)  Pop the pan back into the oven for about another 5 to 10 minutes depending on how you like your salmon cooked and then plate and enjoy!

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The best things I learned this week are that I should do my weight training before my cardio and that I don’t have to spend hours a day doing cardio.  I also learned that women shouldn’t be afraid to lift heavy.  You will not bulk up like a man unless you take steroids.  In that case you may end up looking like this…

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When I look at that picture I see a man with a blonde wig but who am I to judge what someone wants to look like.  I just want to tone the flabby parts, not turn into the Incredible Hulk.

I also bought some weights and a yoga mat (I’m tired of getting up from the rug in my bedroom to find myself covered in dog hair) from the store this week.  I like to try out some of Jen Heward’s workouts at home before making a fool of myself at the gym.  Let’s face it, no matter how good I think I am doing something right there are times I know I must look like this…

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Until Next Time,

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My Struggles With Anxiety, Depression, And Being A Stay At Home Mom

I think that there are so many other mothers like me that have daily struggles with anxiety, depression and the challenges of being a stay at home mom.  The problem is most of us aren’t talking about it.  I think this is because in many ways we feel weak or that somehow it’s our fault that something isn’t right in our head.

People who don’t suffer from it don’t understand it.  They think there’s just some kind of switch.  And the most common stereotype are those who look at your life, the life where you have more than most do, and they say to themselves “What in the world does she have to be depressed about? She has everything!”

Everything except the correct chemical balance in the brain.

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I was put on Zoloft after I had finished nursing my 3rd baby.  I had an appointment with the doctor and I suggested to him that I hadn’t been feeling myself and he instantly just wrote me a prescription for the anti-depressant.  I had read a lot about post natal depression and especially from dissolving breast feeding, so I really had no concern.

I was on Zoloft for 3 years.  200mg a day.  And one day I realized I still wasn’t feeling myself.

So I decided to go off of it.  My mood swings were horrible, I still didn’t feel like doing things most days *like getting out of bed*, and so as most people would do, I decided to make the decision to quit taking something that I felt wasn’t doing a damn thing.

After experiencing brain zaps, body twitches and any other withdrawal symptom, I was finally returning to what I felt was normal.

About 3 months passed.

One morning I woke up and I thought I was having some kind of heart attack or mini stroke only there was no pain in my chest.  My heart was palpitating, I was shaking, my stomach felt like I needed to throw up, and I was dizzy and couldn’t focus on much of anything except trying to breathe.

Of course I didn’t go to the doctor.  I looked up my symptoms on the internet and everything was telling me to meditate, take deep breaths, and try some yoga positions because I was having a panic attack.

After several hours I finally was able to calm myself down.

In the mornings remaining I would always wake up in a state of panic.  Like feeling like the plane was going to crash, only I wasn’t on any plane.  I was in bed and just waking up.  But the feeling of dread was there.  Like literally I felt plagued with it.

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About a week later another panic attack occurrred and I went straight to the doctor.  My blood pressure was through the roof and he confirmed what I already knew.  He said that being on the Zoloft must have kept the panic attacks at bay and even though I had been off of it for 3 months my body was still adjusting.

He put me on Kolonopin, an anti-anxiety medication.  I was to take it twice a day, morning and night.  Haven’t had a panic attack since.

In the beginning of 2016 I decided it was going to be my year to finally get in shape.  I started going to the gym, sometimes twice a day.  I found a love for Zumba and watched 28 pounds melt away.  I even got my Kolonopin down to once a day.

But even though I was feeling better, had more energy, and getting a good nights sleep, there were still days I was fighting with myself just to get out of bed.

The warm weather started to roll in and by end of May I couldn’t stand the temperature inside the Zumba room so I quit going.  And then a few weeks later the kids were out of school and so there went going to the gym too.

Now I realize they were bad choices.

But we had a busy summer planned with camping, swimming, and hiking.  But facts are facts and as the summer passed I felt myself feeling worse and worse.  I also found myself “self-medicating” by consuming alcohol on almost a daily basis and justifying it with the fact I wasn’t getting drunk, just trying to wind down from the daily struggles of being a stay at home mom of 4 kids.  Three of which were still very dependent on me every 2.5 seconds.

By the end of last year I started noticing that I had lost interest in everything that used to be important to me.  I stopped blogging.  I stopped being creative through my photography and designing.  I started distancing myself from family and friends.  I even stopped doing craft projects with my kids, which has always been a passion of mine.  And instead I started binge watching TV…something I just don’t do on an everyday basis.  Sometimes confining myself to my bedroom.

But yet the ambition to do any differently just wasn’t there.  I did the bare minimum of what it took to be a mother and a wife.

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I decided to go through a series of medical testing through my OB/GYN and my family doctor to see if there was anything that would be causing me to feel so fatigued everyday.  I even started seeing a therapist hoping she would have some answers.  All my tests came back normal, which was good but I knew that this also meant I was faced with the fact that I will probably have to spend the rest of my life on some kind of an anti-depressant.

Both my doctors and my therapist confirmed what I already knew.  Only this time I was put on Wellbutrin at 150mg a day.

I’ve been on it a couple months now and have started getting back to the gym.  I’ve even started keeping my alcohol comsumption to a minimal in order to give the meds a chance to work.  

I quit going to the therapist as I felt completely drained upon leaving her office because she constantly wanted to drudge up a past that I buried long ago.  And also because my insurance only paid for a certain amount of visits and in those 6 visits I felt like I was 20 steps behind from when I started.

Therapy isn’t for everyone.  And it wasn’t for me.

I made a choice to try and work this out with the help of a medication I hate, but any person with a chemical imbalance feels that way.  We think that when we start to feel better we don’t need it anymore.

This is the start of my journey and the end of me beating myself up over something that has, and never will be any fault of my own.

One Day At A Time,

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My Decision To Circumcise 

Even though my son is now almost 7 years old,  it is still a frequent discussion between my husband and I why I made the decision to circumcise our son.  My husband believes that there is no reason for males to be circumcised and I felt that I didn’t want him growing up having to deal with society’s idea of what most penises look like.

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I remember the day like it was yesterday.  Since my husband was against circumcision (he is circumcised but says he was never given a choice) he refused to go with me.  This was my first baby and here I was going to a life changing doctor’s appointment all by myself.

I sat in the examining room going through my head a hundred times and wondering if I was making the right decision.  Honestly I made the decision to have my son circumcised based solely on the fact that society has decided on this procedure to be completely normal and is no longer based on religion or faith but that of cosmetics.

As a woman, I have seen both types of penises and have talked to various other women who have as well.  And the sad fact is that the majority of women prefer a circumcised penis over that of one that is not.  According to the popular adult store, Adam & Eve, over 54% of women prefer a circumcised penis.  But I also found in my research that circumcision rates increased from 48% during 1988–1991 to 61% during 1997–2000 but declined to 56% in 2008 according to the CDC.  The results from the Adam & Eve survey were done in 2014.

They took my son into another room to do the procedure while I waited in the examination room.  It seemed like hours passed when finally they brought him in.  The doctor removed his diaper to show me what he had done and to say what I saw was anything short of horrific,is an understatement.  No one had prepared me for the dark red flesh that was now at the end of my little baby boy’s penis.  I felt like a horrible mother and began uncontrollably crying.  To the point that the doctor had me sit down and relax before going over the after care with me, or even giving me back my baby.

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I finally pulled myself together because I wanted nothing more than to hold and soothe my crying little boy.  The moment he was in my arms I felt a wave of relief come over me.

The doctor explained the after care to me and I hung on every word that escaped from that man’s mouth.  They told me I could stay in the room as long as I needed until I felt comfortable enough to leave.  I remember just sitting there nursing him until finally he was sound asleep.

I gathered up our things and left the hospital.  But as soon as I got him safely loaded into the car (still sleeping) I sat in the parking lot and cried and continued to cry all the way home.  Questioning myself over and over again if I had done the right thing.

I never did any kind of research before the procedure but I made sure to follow the doctors instructions thoroughly.  As each day passed the wound began to heal and quite honestly I thankfully never had any problems and my son never showed any signs of discomfort as described in this article I came across in doing some research for this post.  Had I have read that article before making my own decision, I probably would have decided differently.

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But then I found a more recent article which you can read here that makes me feel as if I did make the right decision.  I would never want my son to feel like, I am sure some of the men who are talked about in this article, must have felt.  Not to mention I wouldn’t want to be having to constantly be telling him, let alone showing him, how to pull the foreskin back and clean it.  Let’s face it, children (especially boys) don’t care much about their hygiene until far into their teen years when usually they get their first real girlfriend.  The CDC has also stated that several types of research have documented that male circumcision significantly reduces the risk of men contracting HIV through penile-vaginal sex.

In all honesty, as a parent, I think it is a personal choice unless of course it falls under your religion or faith.   But I would like to hear from the women out there what their views are…my main question being…

Do you prefer a man who is circumcised or uncircumcised?   And if you feel like it, please do explain.

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National More Herbs Less Salt Day

In the past I have written quite a few articles about the benefits of herbs.  You can read about them here … here …and here.

It just so happens that today is also the day that I have decided to get back on track once again.  For some reason I am just never very good at sticking to my weight loss goals during the summer months.  But I am happy to say that this summer, due to all the activity it has brought,  I have managed to only gain back 10 of the 28 pounds that I lost at the beginning of the year.

I keep falling off the horse but the important part is that I keep dusting myself off and getting back on.  And on and on and on….

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I have missed Zumba tremendously!  And probably would have stuck with it had the room, in which it is performed, didn’t get to be 100*F by May.   I prefer to have a cold enviroment to work out in which is why on most 32*F mornings you will catch me out walking the neighborhood.

So as it being National More Herbs Less Salt Day, what a better day to start my health and fitness goals up again.  I said that 2016 was going to be my year and I still have 4 months to go.  I know that I can do this.

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I have got the FitBit all charged up and ready and as soon as I drop the kids off for their first day of school this mama is off to the gym.  Now I will do good all week with my eating habits and no alcohol but come the weekend, we are attending a Red Sox baseball game where yes I will be indulging in clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl and consuming large amounts of beer.  And that will be my last hoorah with alcohol for 30 days.

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Yeah I wish I looked this good as a hot mess

I am going to find a 30 day cleanse and stick to it.  This will include a lot of smoothies with a lot of herbs in them.  I was just in the garden last night picking fresh spinach and basil.  Basil grows like a weed in case anyone is interested.  I cleaned out my garden beds at the beginning of spring.  Broke up all the soil.  And even put some new soil in there and the basil from last year…CAME BACK!

Here’s to getting on a health kick once again….(to be continued)

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SunRype Products Review

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I was contacted by the lovely Shelley Carter with SunRype Products and asked if I would be interested in trying out a couple of their new products.

Fruit & Chia bars which are completely Gluten and Peanut free as well as Vegan and certified Kosher.  These bars are made using whole grain gluten-free oats and fruit.  They have two flavor options, Apple Cinnamon and Mango Twist.  They are a great source of vital nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids.

Next is the Energy bars.  These bars contain 7g of plant protein.  They are also Gluten and Peanut free as well as Vegan.  The bars are a great source of Iron and fiber.  They come in two flavor combinations as well. Chocolate Coconut and Raspberry Chocolate flavors.

Now I have a family that loves to grab a granola bar for a snack and I have even spent time in the kitchen making my own just so that I know exactly what is being put into them.  But sometimes I just don’t have time for that and honestly I don’t like baking.

So I put them to the test with three teenagers (one who happens to have Celiac disease) and my 3 littles.  And of course myself.  The taste testing result was as follows:

Two teenage boys said they were good but had a strange texture.  (They are sticky so not crumbly like the granola bars that they are used to).

Teenager with Celiac disease said they were really good and that she would eat them again.

My 3 littles LOVED them.  They wanted more as a snack later.

And I thought they were tasty as well.  I would gladly take them on the go or eat one for breakfast as I am not a big breakfast eater but will usually try to get at least some calories going in my body.  They are small sized bars but surprisingly filling.

I would gladly purchase this product.

If you are interested in buying them you can click here to find a list of grocery stores that carries them.

You can also order them by the case online here.

For more information and a full list of products you can visit there website here.

I want to thank Shelley for giving me the opportunity to work with her and in doing so, I have found a delicious alternative to some of the granola and protein bars that I currently purchase.

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Disclaimer:  I was given the SunRype product in exchange for a review.  The above assessment of the product is that entirely of my own.

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(Guest Post) 7 Tips For All To Maintain Their Health And Good Dental Hygiene

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Recently I was contacted by Joel Cordle over at hillcountrypdo.com to do a guest post about taking care of our pearly whites!  Since I am all about my dental hygiene, I of course said YES!

Take it away Joel…
What is the importance of hygiene to our health? The answer is simple. Hygiene and health is interdependent that one cannot complete exist without the other. The saying “cleanliness is next to godliness” further solidifies that idea. Maintaining cleanliness with your body and with your surroundings is an integral way to stay healthy. Apparently, exercise and the right diet is not enough.
We all learned the basics of hygiene since kindergarten, so allow us to give you a review on those simple and (what should be) regular routines for us. Here are 7 tips for everyone on how to maintain health and good dental hygiene.
Wash hands frequently.
Hand-washing is the first and most basic rule to maintain hygiene. Every minute, our hands are exposed and attacked by millions of germs and bacteria that can affect our health. Washing our hands frequently can prevent these germs from spreading.
Take a bath regularly.
Although the rest of your body is not exposed to germs as much as the hands are, your body still needs regular cleaning to remove any germs that accumulated around it. Taking a bath regularly is an important way to maintain hygiene.
Brush teeth at least twice a day.

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As what all orthodontist and dentists will tell you, to ensure that your dental health stays in shape, you should brush at least two times every day – once in the morning when you wake up and once at night before you sleep. Brushing the teeth is the first step to maintaining a good dental hygiene.
Clean your tongue.
The tongue is exposed to many types of bacteria, germs and all the food you eat all day. You will notice that your tongue’s color will change with the color of the food you eat. Maintain your dental hygiene by cleaning your tongue regularly by using your toothbrush (brush gently) or your finger.
Use mouthwash.
Apparently, brushing and cleaning your tongue is not enough to make sure that your dental hygiene is completely maintained. There are areas in your mouth that toothbrush bristles cannot reach and can only be cleaned by liquid cleaning agents. This is where a mouthwash will come in handy. Use mouthwash after brushing your teeth to flush out the remaining bacteria in the mouth.
Keep your nails clean.
Nails are also a representation of our hygiene. Not to mention, dirty nails will risk you to ingest bacteria when you eat. Make sure that you always cut your nails or clean off the dirt that is collected in your nails.
Know the specifics of proper hygiene for men and for women.
Hygiene, especially for our genital areas, is different between men and women. Know the specifics and basics in cleaning your private parts to prevent bacteria-caused illnesses and to maintain proper hygiene.

Awareness and practice of the simple acts that can maintain our health and dental hygiene can go a long way for us. Be sure to always prioritize your personal hygiene to prevent illnesses and to stay healthy and happy.