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Monday, May 23, 2016

Diabetes Family Camp 2016

Still unable to find anything similar here in Michigan, we packed up and headed to the Indianapolis area this past weekend for the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana's overnight family camp.


We arrived and checked in around 1 pm on Saturday. We made our beds in our cabin, then headed to the campfire for an icebreaker! There were about 8 families in attendance with T1 kids of varying ages. As usual, Jameson was the youngest, and no one else his age was there. The next youngest T1 camper was a 7 year old girl. Still a good time though!

Saturday afternoon, after the icebreaker, we made stamped leather bracelets. The arts and crafts director purchased a bunch of belts from goodwill, cut them to the desired lengths, put snaps on the ends, and then we used stamping kits and hammers to imprint them as we wished. It was such a cool craft!


For Saturday night dinner, we had chicken parmesan, along with salad, broccoli, and angelfood cake and strawberries for dessert. They provided gluten free pasta and chicken for Jameson, with GF oreo cookies for his dessert.

After dinner, we played "Minute to Win It" games in the dining hall. It was several small challenges, done in Parents Vs. Kids style. The adults won!


Saturday night, we made S'mores at the campfire, complete with gluten free graham crackers for Jameson. We all crashed before 10 pm!

Sunday morning, we had sausage, eggs, and French toast bake with grapes. (GF French toast for Jamers). Then, we headed out to the open field for field games. Parents vs. Kids again. The kids were given a ton of advantages over the parents, and they annihilated us, but it's ok. We all had a ton of fun!



We had a picnic/cookout for lunch at the campfire - burgers, dogs, watermelon, pasta salad, GF mac n cheese, and cookies. It was very tasty! As soon as we had eaten our fill, we headed out, as we had the longest drive home out of all the campers.

We got home around 4, gathered the dirty laundry, started a load of laundry, then relaxed. We were (are) pretty pooped. 


We did find this turtle nesting in the yard Sunday evening. Super cool!


This week, we are going to get the pool up, get my plants in the garden (my zucchini plants started to BLOOM this week - in their starter cups - oops), get started extending the garden fence height, and cleaning the house - a little bit each night.

Our May has been quite busy. Matt travelled the first weekend, we had company the second weekend, we all travelled this past weekend. Our plans this coming long Memorial Day weekend are to do as little "going" as possible! Matt and his brother increased the size of our fire pit last weekend, so we need to break that in. It should be a busy week, but lead up to a very relaxing weekend.

Hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Workin' It Out: 5/8 - 5/14

I want to document my fitness again, as I'm in battle with my ridiculously slow metabolism to drop 10-15 pounds. I consider myself a very average person who adores delicious food and red wine, but who also understands that a balance exists between enjoying those things and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

So with that said, here's this past week's fitness accomplishments!

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 3.13 Mile Run
(10:45 average pace - an improvement, again!)
Tuesday: Gym - lifted Back and Biceps
30 minutes HIIT on the elliptical
Wednesday: Rest!
Thursday: Lifted shoulders and triceps
30 mins treadmill - 26 straight running minutes! 
Friday: Rest!
Saturday: lifted chest and back + 
30 mins HIIT on the treadmill

The breakfast I was loving this past week was a homemade concoction: Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal!

The baked oatmeal recipe is pretty basic, you just flavor it however you want.

For my basic recipe, I use 2 cups of oats, 1 large egg + 1 large egg white, and 1.5 cups of milk.
For this particular recipe, I added 1 chopped banana and about 5 large frozen strawberries, cut into small pieces. I sweetened the oatmeal with 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder and 2 Tbsp light brown sugar. It turned out pretty good!
(Although the picture was pretty worthless.)

I cut the 8x8 square pan of oatmeal into 9 servings, and each one works out to be
141 calories
2 grams fat
25 grams carbs
8.5 grams protein


Monday, May 9, 2016

Workin' It Out - 5/1 - 5/7

Sunday: 2.4 mile run
(2 minutes running, 1 minute walking, x10)




Monday: Lifted Legs + 30 minutes HIIT on the elliptical




Tuesday: Lifted back and biceps
20 minutes HIIT treadmill
(2 mins running, 1 minute walking)

Wednesday:
Lifted Shoulders and Triceps
30 minutes elliptical

Thursday: 2.75 mile run

Friday: REST

Saturday:REST
(Matt was out of town, so I didn't have anyone to watch the kids so I could work out. Boo.)


I set a goal of 2 runs for the week, and I accomplished that goal!


The breakfast I was loving this week was a Brownberry Sandwich Thin with 1 large egg white, 1 slice of Kirkland (Costco) Low Sodium Bacon, and 1/2 a slice of American cheese. It works out to
175 calories
7 grams of fat
22 grams of carbs
5.5 grams of protein.



 

Monday, May 2, 2016

What's New with the Metz Family

I haven't posted in a while, and I feel like it's time for an update post!

In a nutshell, life just isn't too bad, my friends. :)

Last December, when it was time to look ahead to the upcoming year, I made the decision that I didn't want to continue being an angry, bitter person. The years 2012-2015 weren't exactly easy for us, and some bitterness and resentment had been slowly building up inside of me. 2015 was the hardest of those years, and I became someone that I wouldn't ever want to be around, honestly. Sarcastic, rarely smiling, always mad about something. I knew that's the person I had become, but I felt like I had every right to be that way.

But at the end of 2015, we had been in Michigan for nine months, we were settled, and I decided I didn't want to be bitter and hateful any longer. I wanted to genuinely enjoy life again.

I've spent the last four months working on myself. I've done a whole heck of a lot of personal growth, learned a lot about myself, and accepted some hard life truths. I'm not perfect (because, do we ever really stop growing or improving?), but I'm in a whole lot of a better place than I was six months ago. And it feels great!

Hendrix is almost a first grader now. He's in soccer (through AYSO), and has two really good friends from school. He often comes up to me out of nowhere and just wraps his arms around my waist and it's one of the best little parts of my life!

Jameson is still Mr. Popular in pre-school. He's a complete goofball, so I'm pretty sure everyone just loves him. I'm telling you, God gave him his quirky personality for a reason! He'll start kindergarten in the fall, and he's definitely ready.



We've been attending a church right down the road from our house for about six months now and we just love it. It's a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary. The pastor delivers some awesome sermons, and he's hilarious, so he definitely keeps you engaged.

We've got 4 camping trips on the books for this summer, and I'm so excited! (I just wish the weather would warm up and stay that way!) I'm working on wrapping all the cushions in the camper to update the 90's look a bit, and also sewing some new bunk end curtains, so I'll make sure to share that project when it's complete.

We are headed to Diabetes Camp this month. I haven't found a family camp near us so far, so we'll be heading down to the Indianapolis area. It's ok though. It was a lot of fun last year when Jameson and I went. Hendrix and Matt are joining us this year. I'm really looking forward to it!

I'm working on getting my physical health back in check, now that my emotions are in a good place again. I've gone on a couple jogs, and it's my goal in May to run at least 2x per week, and keep up with lifting weights as well. I would like to lose 15 pounds, so we'll see how that goes!

Other than that, we've just been doing our thing in our little corner of West Michigan. This summer is going to be awesome, and life is good.

I hope you're all doing well!

We finally made it to the beach for the first time on Easter Sunday, and once again after that. It's breathtaking.


Hendrix had his piece of art submitted in a Caledonia Art Day show at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. He was so proud.

Mohawks are cool these days.

Our pooch has a favorite stuffed animal (in the background). Also, we re-mulched the front beds and they look great! More work to come on the next dry weekend.

Make this week a fantastic one!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Weekend 2016

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. I know I sure don't deserve for Him to have given his life for me so that I can spend eternity in heaven, but that's a sacred gift that I receive, whether I deserve it or not. How's that for true love?

We were blessed with a very beautiful weather weekend!

We took our camper to the RV dealership Saturday morning to get it looked at and "tuned-up" for spring. I'm telling you, we're packing up and hauling out at the very first sign of a warm-ish and dry weekend!

Saturday afternoon, we took the boys to the easter egg hunt put on by our church. They had the kids split up into age groups. Hendrix's group was by far the largest, and those kids were fierce. He only came away with four eggs, but he wasn't too dejected. Jameson got about 14, I think.

We went back home after the hunt and played and relaxed.

Sunday morning, Matt had to fly out to Minneapolis for the week for work. He is helping bring on a small set of stores our company has acquired. So he didn't get to go to Easter service with us. So the kids and I went. It was so packed, in true Easter fashion, but that's ok.

The Easter Bunny brought kites for the kids, so after church, we had a quick lunch, then hopped in the car and drove about 45 minutes west to a secluded beach on Lake Michigan. It took us 51 weeks of living in Michigan, but we finally got to the beach!





 My co-worker had told me about this beach that's really un-crowded. It became very obvious as to why it's not crowded after about 1 flight of stairs up the dune. Ha.

At *almost* the top of the dune, there seemed to be a section of the stairs missing. Hendrix thought they might be buried, but I'm pretty sure they just weren't there. It was probably a 40-45 degree incline. We dug our feet and hands in that dune and scaled it. I expected Jameson to whine or struggle, I'll be darned if that sweet boy didn't just jump right in and climb. He was a rockstar.

We made it to the top of the dune, then descended down the 6+ flights of stairs to the actual beach. Then we laid and gasped for breath for 10 minutes. Ha! I'm kidding, but it was quite the workout!



 Hendrix's octopus kite was really easy to get going, but Jameson's rainbow delta was a bit trickier. We flew the kites for only 20 minutes or so, then Hendrix wanted to get close to the water. Then Jameson joined. Long story short, they ended up pretty wet. Ha! They had so much fun though, and it did my heart so much good to watch them play tag with the little Lake Michigan waves.


We hung out for about an hour and a half, then started the journey back up and over the dune to the car. Going back down the wall-o-sand that we scaled up on our way there was SO much easier! You basically slid down it, and it was awesome. Hendrix was actually doing somersaults down it.
(You can imagine the amount of sand we brought into our house when we got home.)

After the kids changed clothes and we cleaned up a bit, we decorated cookies, then I made pancakes and breakfast ham steaks for dinner. After dinner, we played a card game, and we were all in bed by 8:30!




I wish Matt could have joined us at the beach, but it was such a cool experience, and I know we will be going back, as soon as we can!

I'm now in survival mode for the next four days (Matt gets back Thursday evening). Here's a little look at my week:

* Today, leaving work early for the dentist, so I have to make up that hour of time.
* I only have tomorrow, basically, to make up that hour. But I can't stay at work too late, because I have to pick up the kids when Hendrix gets off the bus so I don't have to pay for after-school care.
* Wednesday, I've got offsite training for work from 8-5. I'm normally off work at 4, so I don't have a choice but to pay for after-school care on Wednesday.
* Each night when we get home (no gym for me this week), I need to take care of all the laundry so that we have clean clothes to pack for our mini road trip this weekend. As well as the dishes and general picking up so my house doesn't look like a tornado ran through it.
* I have to get myself a shirt made for Marvel Universe, Live that I'm surprising the kids with on Thursday night. I cut the heat transfer vinyl this morning, and I can hopefully iron it on tonight.
* I have to call and follow up on our tenants' rent payment. (Yes, it's the 28th and they haven't paid rent yet. I'll just leave that right there.)
* I need to call and order Jameson a new Dexcom transmitter, because we got the "Low Battery" message on his receiver yesterday. Hopefully that doesn't cost a black market kidney.
* I also need to call and make 4th of July camping reservations. (Not an emergency, but I don't want to wait until the last minute and have everything be full!)
* Wednesday evening I need to pack the car as much as possible, since Thursday evening will be spent with Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and IronMan. (Ohmygoodness I'm excited.)

Sigh. I'm exhausted already.

BUT! It'll be worth it. We are heading to western Illinois this weekend to spend time with my mom and my grandma. It should be very enjoyable, and hopefully somewhat relaxing!

I hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Weekend Recap: February 19-21

We decided kind of last minute to make a trip down to Indiana this past weekend to visit our families. So glad we went! The temperature got up to 67 degrees on Saturday, and the skies were as clear and sunny as you could ask for. It was awesome!

We got to my parents' house around 7 on Friday evening, relaxed, and went to bed.

Saturday morning, we met Matt's family for breakfast at IHOP in Muncie. My plan was to eat lightly and keep it healthy, but that was a giant fail. I didn't go completely crazy though. I ordered 2 of the white chocolate raspberry pancakes with a side of bacon. However, the coffee was hitting the spot, as was the conversation, and I ended up drinking FOUR cups of coffee! (I have 1 cup a day on a regular basis.)

  

  

After breakfast, we headed back to my mom and dad's and spent the rest of the afternoon playing outside! We walked to the park twice, managed to swing by my niece's basketball practice, and then my dad cooked burgers and dogs on the grill. It was such an amazing day.

  

  

  


We were on the road before 8 and home before noon on Sunday. I snuck in a workout Sunday afternoon, then started feeling really blah later in the day. I'm now on day 4 of my second head cold in a month. Grr.

And after the lovely spring weather we had, we're currently getting pounded with a snow storm.

Spring is on the way though, and I'm holding on to that bit of positivity right now.

It was a great weekend, and I look forward to spending more time with the people I love this spring and summer!

Hope your weekend was fabulous and you're week has been good to you so far!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Baja Chicken Salad

I spend a good portion of my day on either Saturday or Sunday, preparing for the work week ahead. This involves making sure the kids have what they need for the week (backpacks, nap blankets, show and tell items, homework, etc), making sure I have enough workout clothes clean and ready to go, pre-packing 3 days worth of workout bags (because I only have 3 workout bags. HA!), but most importantly - and most time consuming - is food prep!

It's that time of year were so many people focus on healthy eating and getting back to the gym - and I'm no different! I've been either working out on my own or going to the gym faithfully for the last four years. I lost 30 pounds the year after Jameson was born, but I've slowly put it back on. I've continued working out, but my diet hasn't been on point at all!

I still like to think I'm living a pretty healthy lifestyle, but like anyone else, there is usually room for improvement. So, I'm focusing on cleaner eating. Not "Clean Eating." I feel like that's really exclusive, and I don't want to completely cut myself off from everything. But I'm not in my twenties anymore, and my metabolism is reminding me of that on a daily basis. Cleaner eating. This means less processed foods (not the unrealistic goal of no processed foods ever). More fruits and veggies. Lots of water. And continuing my same gym routine, doing my best to give 100% in my workouts.

I'm often extremely tired, no matter how much sleep I get, or how much I do during the day, so I'm hoping that fueling my body better and fueling it properly will help with my constant fatigue as well. (I'm going to see a doctor also - it's been quite a while since I've had a physical, and feel like that's an excellent move for a healthy 2016.)

I have eaten a lot of chicken for a long time, and it's still my favorite lean protein. But I do get tired of the same old grilled or roasted chicken. So this past weekend, I got creative!

I grilled a little over a pound of boneless skinless breasts, then once they cooled, I diced them into small pieces.

In a large bowl, I combined:
the diced chicken breast
1/4 c. plain, nonfat greek yogurt
2 Tbsp sour cream (full fat)
1 can of Baja corn
1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed well)
a small amount of diced onion
lime juice to taste
cumin to taste
chili powder to taste
pinch of salt





I mixed it all together, then separated it into 6-1 cup portions. Then, I diced a head of iceberg lettuce and bagged it up as well.

All I have to do is grab a container of chicken salad and a baggie of lettuce and I've got lunch!
(This is FAR from all I eat during the day. I'm just focusing on my lunch entrée for the sake of this particular blog post.)




Also, your definition of "clean eating" is likely different than mine. I think clean eating is basically self-defined, and that's ok. But I do think that we can all agree that this fresh, homemade, meal is a whole lot healthier of a choice than a hot pocket, pizza rolls, or anything from a drive through.




Did you make any health and/or fitness resolutions? Please share!


Do you pack your lunch if you work? What kind of foods do you like to take to work?