And the hardest part is here………

I have fallen off the wagon. I hate to admit it but I have. Statistics show a large number of New Year’s resolutions fail by March. Mine has hit a speed bump but I will not let it fail.

Getting healthy is not just about going on a diet or starting a workout program that you will phase out. It is a life style change! It is not something to take lightly or gloat when you think you are doing well. Getting healthy will not happen over night. I have stumbled and I am getting back on the horse.

I tried to use moving as an excuse but that is just what that was. An excuse! Starting tomorrow I will go back to logging everything, weighing out portions, and trying some more healthy recipes. I apologize to blog readers about the lacking articles lately and I promise more to come.

As for now, make sure you have stopped by my Facebook page because there is a giveaway going on right now and a large one soon!

 

March For Babies~~ March Of Dimes

I decided a great way to help me get healthy would do the March of Dimes walk. I will be doing a 5 mile walk on April 21st. I am very excited! I love the idea of helping this great cause while trying to get healthy. I would love for any of readers to sponsor me. Even just $1 can help. Thinking about walking? That is great! My personal page can help you get started with that too.

This is from the March of Dimes Page:

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. I’m walking in March for Babies because I want to do something about this. And I need your help.

Please support my walk. Making a secure donation is easy: just click the ‘donate now’ button on this page. Thank you for helping me give all babies a healthy start!

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Your gift will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And it will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Help me reach my goal!Sponsor Me at March for Babies!

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Sorry!

I want to apologize for missing Manic Monday Challenge yesterday and for not updating this weekend. I am stealing away a few moments during nap time to write this. Sadly all three of my girls have gotten sick. The crazy thing is they all have different illnesses. YUCK! So I may not be on for another day or too. I love writing but taking care of my little ones is my top priority. Make sure you have entered my give away and have a good day!

Abracadabra! The Granola Bar is Now Cereal! Part 1

Yesterday I attempted to make homemade granola bars. Have I told you I can cook but I can not bake? If not, now you know. I thought these would be easy.

First let me clear up some confusion; its hard to go to the store and buy granola. Being new to being healthy I did not realize with the oats and honey and such you are actually making the granola. Boy did I feel dumb when I looked up the definition of granola. Anyways, I looked at several recipes and found I did not have this or that for each one. UGH! I did not feel like a trip to the store so I got creative! I took a little but from 4 different recipes and combined it while crossing my fingers.

Just like with the ingredients my cooking methods were a combination. To start with I mixed my wet ingredients and my sugar in a pot and cooked it on medium till it was runny. I had to do this twice, so remember STIR! The first time I put my ever handy Robostir  in to the job. Typically this works great to stir things for me but the mixture was too thick and burnt. The second batch came out much better!

I went to line a pan with wax paper only to find out my only option was tin foil. Oh well, I figured maybe it would give them some crisp. The trio of recipes all had different “cooking” methods; bake , refrigerate, and just let sit. I mixed my dry ingredients and mixture in the pan by hand. I did as all three recipes said and packed it down tight. My bars got topped off with some chocolate chips and tossed in the oven an 1/2 hour. I thought it wont be long and I will have a yummy and gooey treat. Wrong! After allowing it to cool it still fell apart.

Methods 2 and 3 now needed to be tried. I covered my creation and let it sit a few hours only to see it crumbled. This time I had hubby pack it really tight and it found a home for the night in the refrigerator. This morning was like Christmas for a kid untill I saw my still crumbling “bars.” I was sad but this failure was no shock. As I said I cannot bake. Hubby got smart. He tossed all the crumbles – big and small –  in a bag and told me we had cereal. Hmmmmmm. Just maybe we was right.

The girls LOVED it. All three ate every bite and did not complain about being hungry an hour later. Overall it cost about the same as a bag of cereal and I know whats in it. We will be making Granola Cereal more often with different varieties! Tomorrow I will post a recipe and a picture!

Giveaway Clue#1 Step by Step you will get healthy! Win the giveaway and you can take a step towards measuring your daily health!

Manic Monday Challenge #3

Yes, its Monday again! Don’t look so bummed the work week may just be starting but so is another Manic Monday Challenge.

Last Weeks Challenge

Get 15 minutes of exercise everyday last week. Were you able to do it? I did it 5 days out of the week. I spent some time at the gym, dancing with the kids, working at home, and went on some walks. I would love to hear how you did.

Challenge #3

This weeks challenge may be easy or tough. When I first started eating better it would of been horrible on me. No unhealthy desserts or snacks for a week. That means no cookies, chocolate, candy, cakes, ect. Snacks and desserts can be yogurt, fruit, pretzels, anything not sweet junk. How well do you think you will do?

Help stop SOPA/PIPA–Great Video Explination

For those of you who are not up to date with the SOPA bill, please watch this video to understand why this is a CRITICAL moment in the fate of the internet. MANY of your favourite sites, including Facebook, ebay, Craigslist, Wikipedia, FunHealthyFamily and SO many more could be permanently blacked out from your internet. PLEASE don’t let this happen! I URGE you to contact your congressmen and let them know just how you feel about this unethical censorship of free speech.

Below is a great video that can help you understand SOPA. Please click the ribbon in the top right hand corner and get in on the Stop SOPA Act