LIFE, TIREDNESS, COFFEE AND VITAMINS

LIFE, TIREDNESS, COFFEE AND VITAMINS

Hey guys! Sorry for not being in touch lately. Working, cooking and kids have been taking most of my time and energy. By the time I get to sit down on the couch, both body and mind are no good for anything. I sit in front of the television and watch some brainless TV program and… I think I drool…  (I have convinced myself that I don’t and I really don’t want to ask Mr B if I do drool, but in my heart of hearts I think I do…) (anyway… moving swiftly along…) 😛 Read more

LOSING WEIGHT WITH SMOOTHIES – WEEK 1: KALE & PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

I have been wanting to lose some weight for a while. I usually start the week full of good intentions but, as it happens,  the week rarely goes according to plan and on average the diet goes out the window by Thursday. Now, I have never nor I will ever be a person enslaved to diets or food plans. Life is too short for that. But I would like to shed some weight so…

I decided that the best way for me to stick to some sort of plan is to set myself a public challenge so there is so backing down. Name and shame, people, it’s the only way forward for me…

My goal is to lose 4 kg in a month (or 8.81 pounds). I believe that 1 kg a week is an achievable target and it can be managed with healthy diet and without starvation, which is very important in family life and to guarantee the survival of the rest of the family, if you know what I mean… As smoothies are easy to make, quick, versatile and delicious,(see previous recipes here, here and here) I decided I would go with green smoothies for this challenge.

So the plan is: substitute my daily lunch for super healthy, protein filled and delicious smoothie that will fill me with plenty of nutrients and enough energy to keep me going until dinner where I will be able to enjoy it with my family. Kale and pineapple smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlog

I am thinking that Monday to Friday will be easy enough to follow the plan and drink the smoothies at lunchtime. However, I’d imagine the weekend will be harder. I will be enlisting Mr B and friends to support me and to help me stay strong through the challenge.

If you want to join me, I will be posting one smoothie recipe a week and I will keep you updated during the week by twitter and Facebook with a more in-depth report (I know you like those ones) every Monday this month. I will not, however, be posting my before and after weight. Nope. Too embarrassed.

My personal challenge - Week 1 @ OrganisingChaosBlog

GREEN FEBRUARY 
WEEK 1: KALE & PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

2 cups of chopped kale leaves, stems removed
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any other milk you prefer)
1 banana (frozen if you want)
1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
2 slices of pineapple
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
1 to 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (not in the photo)
Kale and pineapple smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogKKale and pineapple smoothie @ OrganisingChaosBlogBlitz and enjoy. It is delicious. 2 pieces of fruit, 1 serving of vegetables, omega 3, calcium and good source of vitamin B6, fiber, calcium,potassium and vitamin E. And, I know you are wondering, the taste of kale is not at all dominant in it, but it works so well with the rest of the ingredients.

Well, are you coming to the green side with me? Come on! It’s only a month! and it’s the shortest month!

I love to hear  your comments so please feel free to comment below and share the post with your friends to help us create a community.
Much appreciated. Thank you!

Chaotic Itzi

WINTER IS NOT MY SEASON BUT I AM LEARNING TO LIKE IT

January is gone but February is promising to be as cold if not worse.

I don’t do very good in the cold. I find it hard to get motivated to do anything around the house. All I want to do is sit in front of the fire, under the blanket and cuddle up with my boys.

What I find most upsetting about winter is not the cold, although I am not a fan. The darkness of these months is what really gets to me, especially on those days where it is so cloudy and rainy that it feels that the day never started.

For the last few years I have been taking Vitamin D supplements in winter, from around September to (we do have a long Winter in Ireland) and it has helped me a lot. They lift my spirits and help me to cope my the dark cloud over my head.
Winter is not my season - OrganisingChaosBlog
The lack of motivation and the lack of action during these cold days, lead to a deep sense of guilt within myself. Feeling guilty for not cleaning the house, for not tidying up the toys, for not putting away the laundry, for not wanting to do anything. Meditation helps me put things in perspective, to not get overwhelmed by all these feelings and realize that it is not a big deal if the laundry doesn’t get done or the toys don’t get put away. I also try to set myself small goals, little things to do during the day. Achieving those little goals helps me reconcile my conflicted feelings.
cosy days indoors - OrganisingChaosBlog
I am still learning to deal with the cold dark days and sometimes they still get me by surprise but I am better at enjoying the days on the couch with the kids, watching films and cuddling, spending time hanging out and chatting about silly things.

The weather will improve, the days will be longer, the boys will grow up and the toys will disappear so I have decided to really enjoy and appreciate those days on the couch with them.

Have a great day.
Chaotic Itzi