We had a winter storm here in Nebraska yesterday. There are other towns that are not badly affected but in the town where we live, it’s pretty bad. I hope no accidents on the roads. And because of this nasty weather, the school got cancelled since yesterday and today. The girls are more than happy when I told them there’s no school.
I’m so thankful because we got our grocery shopping done last Monday. The only thing I forgot is to buy more drinking water. When my husband went to the mini-mart this morning, he had to come back home because the store was out of water jug. I’m thinking it’s because the people had no choice but to buy them. He refilled water and luckily, our drinking water supply is good! The girls’ dentist appointment was out of the way, too. But we need a couple appointments until next week.
Also, I just finished rewriting my manuscript. I really love snow days! That means to say, I’m only a few steps away on its publication. By the end of this month, I’ll be looking for professional book editor and we’ll go from there.
Snow everywhere. We got at least seven inches of snow. A good thing, someone cleared our driveway.
The safest thing to do is to stay home and do something fun like baking with the girls. My diet could be ruined during snow days but I did my exercise this morning, a 40-minute stationary bike ride and a couple more later this afternoon and tonight.
These following weeks, my blog posts will be once or twice a week. I really wanted to post as much as I could but preparing taxes, rewriting my manuscript (I’m on the last chapter!), working with exchange students, work, and family seem to be impossible to blog more often. I hope you understand but once this load of commitment becomes lighter, I’ll be more active on here! I promise.
One of my goals for this year is to have a flat belly! (*wink*) Even a lot of my friends tell me I don’t have to because I’m already skinny, still, I want to lose my belly fat that caused by two pregnancies (thirteen months apart) and poor eating habits and lack of exercise. I tried to surfed the internet for all the tips and even watched tons of videos on YouTube.
Since I started thinking about this flat belly plan, I already lost five pounds. I found out, it’s harder for skinny people to lose weight compared to heavy people. I tried a lot of things including good food choices and increase my physical activity. Anyway, my cleaning job keeps me so active. I walk a lot. I walk 6. 5 hours while at work and that’s a good thing about this job.
If you want to lose weight, here are the diet tips I can give you and hope this helps!
Be committed. The jumpstart to weight loss is a solid commitment. I learned that if you want to lose weight, you have to change your mindset. It’s all about discipline and stick with it. I know it’s hard sometimes but just keep your focus.
When eating, always be mindful. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know for sure that I worked at the convenience store. I gained ten pounds all throughout my stay there. I became an unhealthy eater. Breakfast pizza, donut and a pop in the morning are not the best food to eat every day. I also started eating chips and snack on sweets. I didn’t pay much attention about food labels. The sugar and salt content and its effects to my body were not an inch of concern. They are addictive. So needless to say, I ate junk these past few years. I thought about how come I didn’t have this fat around my belly while still living in the Philippines? I started eating the way how I used to be. More fruits, fish, vegetables and drinking soda was very rare. Now I don’t drink soda anymore.
Always drink water first before you eat. Our stomach can trick us through thirst or hunger. When I’m about to grab something to snack on, I drink water first. Then I don’t snack at all. The chance is you only need to drink water instead of putting something in your mouth.
Don’t starve yourself. I also tried not to eat supper but it didn’t work out for me. For a lot of dieters, they skip this meal and if it works for them, then good for them. I felt hungry and my stomach seemed on strike. I tried not eat anything after 6pm but missing dinner with my family is something I just can’t do. This is the only time of the day where we sit together to eat meal but I don’t eat heavy. Again, I drink water first and eat a small portion and I’m good until the morning I wake up.
Don’t deprive yourself. When I promised myself that I’m on a diet, I gave up eating all the sweets (like Oreo cookies or chocolates) but there are times that I feel depriving myself and that’s when I start feeling sorry for my craving soul. It’s okay to eat Oreo cookie or a piece of chocolate once in a while because hey, I used to eat Kit Kat while still living in the Philippines!
Avoid overindulgence. When I said it’s okay to eat foods that aren’t really healthy, I meant it’s okay once in a while. Don’t overindulge and make sure you’re not binging all the time. Moderation is the key!
Snack on fruits and/or nuts. I learned more about fiber and what it does to our body and how it contributes greatly to weight loss. I eat breakfast at 4:45 am and a lot of times I eat peanut butter sandwich, one egg ( sunny side up or boiled) and one cup of unsweetened almond milk. Usually, I only eat half of my sandwich and take it with me at work because I’m already full eating egg and drinking water and almond milk. Three hours later, I get hungry again and finish eating half of my sandwich. It will last for another two hours then I snack on either a small orange or almonds or brazil nuts. They all contain fiber that will make you feel full for longer hours. And if you feel full, the less you feel eating and this is when your eating lifestyle change.
Our preschooler had a great time making her school project.
We have to be creative yet inexpensive. Last week, she came home from school with three white paper plates. We have to make a snowman out of it. It’s a family project, by the way. So her big sister helped and the project making was more fun! If you’ve watched the movie “Frozen” countless times, you would remember Olaf (who likes warm hugs!). I picked some twigs. She drew Olaf’s face, her sister made the hat and using a black paper napkin, I put the scarf.
Yup, so cheap little project but the fun we had while making this was a lighthearted pleasure of ours that day!
She asked me to take few pictures of her with Snowman.