Recipe idea: Is there a such thing as Healthy Leftovers?

So, once a week we go visit our in-laws. They love spending time with the grandkids, I love not having to cook. And as any good grandmother should, she sends us off with lots of good leftovers.

But you can’t- and shouldn’t- eat a Sunday dinner every night of the week, so I try to find healthy (or frugal or both) ways to serve it a second time.

Tonight was easy. Leftover ravioli for the kids. Usually I would have helped myself to a hearty portion, but tonight I did this:

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Only 4 ravioli, served on a bed of spinach and a few grape tomatoes, sauteed in garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. It will sit in mah belly so much nicer than 2 big bowls of just ravioli.

 

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A big, fat, hefty update…

So yea, stuff happened. Oh shoot, wait, there’s laundry. Hang on a minute.

Ok so, where was I at? Oh yes, life. So we had to move out of state, and then once we were movedĀ I had to get everyone adjusted and all that. You know, the usual mom stuff.

Before that, I had found it becoming easier and easier to get the husband (I’m just going to call him “the D” for Diabetic from now on) to eat healthier. Instead of trying to make a whole separate meal for him, I’d make the same thing for everyone, but add carbs for the kids, or add extra veggies for him. It was easier on me, everyone was fed, and I had less and less to blog about.

Fast forward to now. Fast forward to ME being the one with health problems. Nothing serious but just so many ailments and aches and pains or whatever. My last doctor’s appointment was a couple weeks ago, and they weighed me…

And I’m fat. Nobody had to tell me. I realized it for myself. And it’s not about getting skinny, or having a bikini body, or trying to be like the celebrities. It’s about getting healthy and staying healthy. It’s the little things.

Here is a list of a few little reasons why I want to lose weight:

  • I don’t like that it’s practically an hour long process just to stand up from sitting on the floor with my kids.
  • I was never a big fan of being pregnant. Now I have a gut baby.
  • I’m tired of feeling tired. Sluggish. Weighed down, physically and mentally.
  • One flight of stairs should not leave me winded.
  • My ass is so big I knock things over with it.
  • I get all sweaty and shit.

Honestly, I could go on and on but you get the point.

It’s so easy to forget about yourself, especially as a mother. To forget what you like, what you want, what you need. But I have decided that 2016 is the Year of Mom. The year where I put myself first in line, top priority. If nothing else, I can consider it an experiment, and at least I’ll be able to say I tried.

To start things off right, I got a Fitbit for my birthday! I’m tracking my calories in and calories out, keeping a food log, looking at how active or inactive I am all day. I’ve only been using it for less than a week but it’s so helpful to see everything right there in front of me.

So. Now this blog will be about MEEEE losing weight (hopefully). I’ll try to weigh myself every week (maybe. Sometimes that just adds insult to injury.) and daily I’ll add any tidbits that helped me or might help you, if you’d like to join me.