Friday, September 16, 2016

KISS and Mélange

My mind is spinning. I have so many thoughts. It’s hard to capture them, let alone get them out on “paper.” Maybe I should have blogged earlier this week, but it’s taken me all week to process and write this. This week shook my world, but that's a good thing!

I had a crazy awesome weight loss last week and I can’t stop thinking about it!!
I’m in week five of great nutrition feedback. Over and over Jen keeps telling me that I “get it” and to keep doing what I’m doing. My jaw drops every time she says this. I’ve gone so long struggling with meal planning and trying to figure out an exercise schedule that works for me and my family. Why have I failed over and over to get it all together? Because I make things complicated. I don’t know how to keep things simple, but I’m learning.
Little did I know that my 8th grade algebra teacher taught us a life lesson when presented the acronym KISS: Keep It Simple, Silly. It only took me 19 years to realize this, LOL J
Monday night, Tina shared with us during nutrition class. One thing she mentioned was that she eats the same things every week. So for example, every Monday night if you show up at her house, you will find the exact same meal that she will be eating every Monday night for the rest of her life. Whaaaa?? How can you do this and not get bored? She explained that she sees food as fuel. She eats what her body needs. My interpretation: eat to live, don’t live to eat!
This got me thinking even more. I’m trying to figure out a plan now for when BMSW3 ends so I can continue doing what I’m doing. I don’t want to freeze like a deer in the headlights on Monday, October 17, not knowing what to do or what to eat.
Somewhere around the beginning of the season, Frank said he does the grocery shopping for his family. Every week he can get in and out of the grocery store in about 15 min. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA?!?! (Back in the “old” days it would take me about 2 hours to figure out meals for the upcoming week, and probably a good 1 ½ -  2 hours to grocery shop. UGH to the max! After I had my daughter, I couldn't handle this anymore, so my husband started doing most of the grocery shopping and all of the cooking). When I heard Frank say this, I thought no way. He has to go to the store multiple times a week, right? But once Tina started talking Monday night, puzzle pieces started coming together for me.
So here’s my plan: My husband’s schedule is finally set, at least for now, and he does not work his 2nd job on Thursdays. So this will be the day that I go to the grocery store after work. Win x 6: He gets daddy/daughter time, I get groceries for the upcoming weekend/work week, he doesn’t have to do the grocery shopping, I get everything I/we need without having to hope that he buys the right things even though we have a list, we don’t run out of food on the weekends, and we don’t have to waste our precious down time on the weekends grocery shopping. MIND: BLOWN! No more grocery shopping on the weekends!!!!!
I would LOVE to not have to think about meals. I’m terrified of getting bored with the exact same thing every week. I know I will totally cave if I don’t have a plan and am not prepared. So I will write out a few ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and rotate these every so often. And win #7, I will eventually be able to zoom through the store just as fast as Frank and Tina J Conquering the long, slow grocery lines is another story.
For exercise, I don’t have this 100% ironed out yet, but I know it will come together soon. My general plan: on the weekends that my husband works, I will exercise early on M, W, and F. On the weekends that he does not work, I will do T, Th, and S mornings. I don’t know yet if this will be enough exercise, but at least I have something down on “paper” that I know will work. Win x 4: I love taking my daughter to daycare and will still be able to do this, my husband will get a break from taking her every morning, I will be able to work out every week without having to worry about childcare, and I can continue having my evenings free with my family!

SCREAM! I’m so excited J
BMSW3 is exactly what I’ve been needing for the past several years. I feel like I’m finally getting my life together. I don’t know how to explain it, but before the program I didn’t even know where to begin. Everything seemed so complicated and overwhelming to the point where I thought why even try? But now that we’ve been in a pattern for the past 8 weeks, I can totally see how to continue eating healthy (by applying KISS) and when/how to responsibly exercise. I know we still have four weeks left, but my heart is already sad for the program’s end. It’s gone so fast. I never thought I’d make it this far. I am finally speechless.


  1. Now you're catching on, Sarah! You are going to nail this thing and do life like the champ you have always had within you!

  2. Love that you are planning ahead! I have been thinking of that too!

  3. I'm glad that this is working for you (now). File this comment away in the back of your mind for future reference: Be ready to be flexible. As your kids get older and if you have more kids your schedule will get more complex. Grocery shopping on Thursday nights might work for you now but when sports, back-to-school nights, concerts, changes in work schedules, etc. get dropped on your calendar by outside entities you may have to adjust when and how you do things. Frozen pizza or fast food is the easy answer. It's harder to meal plan in that environment. Trust me. I've been there, done that, and got the 3X t-shirt. You may wonder how did I ever loose weight way back in 2016? With a growing family you may not be able to eat the same thing every night but if you stick to the principles, it will work.

    As for the same thing every night, that wouldn't fly in my house. My wife likes variety. Healthy variety can be done but it takes planning.

  4. Speachless? I've never known that would describe you Sarah! he he. I love your insight and discoveries. I'm smiling just for you!

  5. You really are doing awesome!! It has been so great to see you "get it" really is like one week it just clicked and from then on you've been rocking it! I LOVE to see you planning ahead, thinking about your schedules, and even planning out-of-the norm things like shopping after work. Super awesome, keep it going!!