Healthy Avocado Pasta

I was going to start this off with ‘it’s day X of my feel healthier challenge’ but to be honest, I’ve forgotten what day I’m on.

That is not a good sign, I know.

BUT the good news is, it doesn’t really matter ¬†because I don’t want this challenge to have an end date.¬†I would like for it to go on and on and on. ¬†I want to feel healthier every day for all of the days!

And even though I’ve lost track I’m not off track. ¬†I’m still drinking a lot of water (making sure I have my water bottle on me at all times), I’m leaving my desk at lunch (I went to another awesome yoga class at lunch yesterday), and I’m eating healthy foods.

Like this avocado pasta I want to tell you about.

It’s pretty much the easiest thing in the word to make. ¬†And it’s healthy. ¬†And super tasty.

IMG_9461

We had no veggies in the house, so unfortunately mine is lacking that extra colour and flavour.

Ingredients:

  • one ripe avocado
  • one tablespoon of olive oil
  • whatever veggies you have on hand – best to use for this are zucchini, peppers, mushroom, onion, and tomatoe
  • salt and pepper
  • pasta (almost forgot to include this haha)

Method:

  1. cook your pasta
  2. chop up your veggie very small and fry them up in a touch of oil.  You can also just do this in water if you want to be super healthy
  3. grab a medium sized bowl and mash up your avocado
  4. stir in the olive oil
  5. when the pasta’s done drain it and add it to your avocado concoction
  6. mix it all up
  7. toss in the veggies
  8. season with salt and pepper
  9. enjoy!

The only problem with this ‘sauce’ is it doesn’t keep, so you don’t want to make too much.

If you make this let me know what you think.  Did you add anything to yours?

My Go-To Morning Smoothie

Going to try this tomorrow morning!

Nourished Life

There is no better way to start your day than with a nutrient-packed smoothie. These are perfect for taking along to work or school. Throwing all of the ingredients in the blender takes less than 5 minutes, but if you want to save even more time you can prepare the ingredients in advance and toss in a freezer bag the night before. I am obsessed with the Magic Bullet blender because you can make individual sized smoothies and take them to go in the same cup, no clean up required! smoothie

Ingredients:

  • Small banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Handful spinach or kale
  • 1/2 scoop Vega protein powder with added greens
  • TBSP flax seed or chia seed
  • Handful frozen berries or mixed fruit
  • Water
  • Optional: a couple drops of Stevia or honey to sweeten

Enjoy!!

View original post

Feel Healthier: Day 5

Well, the past two days haven’t been the healthiest for me.¬† It’s funny how one bad day, one slip up, can destroy all good intentions.

Luckily, I do still have good intentions.

In fact, I still have every intention of keeping up with this challenge.  I just need to do what I always do when I start to lose motivation.

I remind myself why I’m doing this.

I’m doing this because:

  • I hate waking up with a headache
  • I hate feeling groggy throughout the day
  • I hate how I feel after I overindulge on wine, chips, and pastries (those are my biggest weaknesses), when I don’t drink enough water, when I sit at my desk all day, and I don’t get enough sleep
  • I don’t like how I feel when I’m not taking care of myself

Better yet Рeating well,  drinking water, moving my body, and sleeping well will make me feel:

  • happy
  • healthy
  • motivated
  • energized

And I want to feel these things every day.  Especially first thing in the morning.

I just need to keep these four habits top of mind and make more of a conscious effort.  And not let one bad day spoil it all.

Accept.  Learn. Forgive.  Move on.

Feel Healthier Days 2 and 3

I was going to just write an update on yesterday’s progress (day 2) but realized that I have no idea how I did yesterday.

My days are too long.

So I figured I’m probably better off recapping the day at the end of the day.¬† Makes sense.

So here we go.

Day 2 (Yesterday)

Eat well.

It’s a good thing I took pictures, otherwise I’d be drawing a complete blank.¬† Thanks to my visual reminder, I can say that yesterday was a big carb day.¬† What can I say, I was hungry.

13084267_10154241596344170_897978965_n

I had a small breakfast (oatmeal, yogurt and papaya) and ate all my lunch and snacks by noon.¬† By three I was starving and bought a raisin bread cake thing (which was super disappointing). And, apparently, a giant plate of pasta wasn’t enough dinner for me because I had a bowl of cereal an hour later.

I woke up the next morning with a headache and a stomach ache.

Takeaway for the day: Bigger breakfast. More veggies.  Less bread.

Drink water.

I refilled my water bottle twice at work.¬† I think that’s going to be my baseline, or bare minimum.

Move my body.

I couldn’t remember if I went for a walk and then my phone pictures reminded me that, yes, I did and I enjoyed it very much (thank you phone!).¬† It was a chilly 45 minute walk but so worth it.

I also did a 30 minute yoga routine from www.doyogawithme.com and that was lovely, as always

Sleep well.

I’m considering taking this one off the list of habits to cultivate this time around.¬† As much as I want to get 8-10 hours of non-interrupted sleep the reality is that I have a baby and he makes noise and I wake up.¬† A lot.¬† I do go to bed early, but I can’t always fall asleep easily.

Last night I was in bed reading at 8:30.¬† Didn’t fall asleep till after 11.

Day 3 (Today)

Eat well.

Much better day today.¬† Had a bigger breakfast.¬† Lots of veggies.¬† And I even skipped my afternoon coffee so we’ll see if that helps me to sleep better tonight.

13077393_10154241596444170_88189678_n

I guess posting this at the end of the day is good incentive to not snack at night time.  I kind of want cereal though.

Drink water.

I didn’t quite make it through two water bottles while at work today.¬† Going to put more effort into this tomorrow.

Move my body.

I went for a 30 minute walk and I also made it out to a yin yoga class.  It was a hot class all about the hips and it was heavenly.

Sleep well.

It’s only 8pm now and I’m falling asleep typing this.¬† Looks like skipping that afternoon coffee is working…

All in All

Not such a bad first few days.¬† I’m definitely becoming more aware of these four habits, which is really the first step in making any change.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

Feel Healthier: Day 1

Yesterday was day one of my Feel Healthier plan and as promised, here is my daily update. I really hope these don’t get boring for you, but I find posting here¬†really helps to keep me accountable.

So here’s how day one went.

Eating well.

My plan to start is just to track what I’m eating. ¬†So yesterday I took pictures of everything I ate. ¬†Looking at this I think it was actually a pretty good day. ¬† I actually had about three times as much dinner as shown though. I’ve been so hungry!!

IMG_9343

Sure I had chocolate and coffee and ice-cream, but I also had fruit and vegetables and I managed to keep away from things that don’t make me feel good – namely chips and popcorn. ¬†I have absolutely no self control when it comes to these two things and I always (and I mean always) end up with a sore stomach.

Drinking water.

I made a conscious effort to have a glass of water within arms reach all day. ¬†I think I need to get a second water bottle – one for home and one for work. ¬†When we went for a walk I brought one of Nathan’s sippy cups with me haha.

Moving my body.

I’ve decided to change this habit from ‘exercising’ to ‘moving my body’. ¬†Even though I grew up an athlete, I am now intimidated by the word exercise. ¬†Feels so onerous. ¬†I don’t want to exercise. ¬†But I do want to move my body. ¬†Yesterday was a good day. ¬†It was Sunday so I moved around a lot with Nathan, went for an hour long walk, and even got on the elliptical for 20 minutes (I tried for 30 but got bored).

Sleeping well.

I was really tired yesterday and went to bed at 9:30. ¬†I read one chapter in my book and then it was lights out. ¬†Unfortunately I woke up several times in the night. ¬†Ever since Nathan was born I’ve become a ridiculously light sleeper. ¬†At least I no longer wake up panicked that he’s in the bed and I can’t find him. ¬†And then he cried out at 4:15 and was up for the day at 5:45. ¬†So yeah, I tried.

All in All

I’d say it was a pretty good day. ¬†Not bad for day one. ¬†I’m not going to attempt to make any changes to my eating habits or routine for a few more days.

I think for now just being conscious of these four habits is a step in the right direction.

My Feel Healthier Plan: 4 Habits

I woke up this morning feeling not so great. It might have been the entire bag of microwavable popcorn I ate.¬† Or maybe the three glasses of wine I drank.¬† Or the fact that I didn’t fall asleep till after 12.

I do know for sure that I feel healthiest when I’m:

  • eating well
  • drinking water
  • exercising (preferably outside)
  • sleeping at least 7 hours

I know, pretty shocking stuff right there.

And so, for the next 21 days, if not more, I am going to focus on cultivating these four healthy habits.

Starting today.

My Feel Healthier Plan

  • Eating Well.¬†¬† I found that when I did the three day Get Healthier Challenge (forever ago) recording what I ate really helped me to become aware of what I was eating, which in turn helped me to eat healthier.¬† So for the next little while I’m going to track what I eat (by taking pictures) and after a few days I’m sure some not so healthy patterns will become apparent.
  • Drinking Water.¬† This has been at the top of my habits list right from the beginning of Cultivating Habits.¬† I’ve learned that the only way for me to drink more water is to carry my water bottle with me at all times.¬† Or have water near me.¬† Right now I have a coffee next to me, not sure that counts.¬† I will get a glass of water as soon as I’m done writing this post.
  • Exercising.¬† I’m going to try to get in 30 minutes every day.¬† This will probably be either walking or doing yoga – basically the laziest kind of exercise you can do.¬† Today was great.¬† I went on the elliptical for 20 minutes (ugh so boring!) and then Danny, Nathan and I went out for an hour long walk.
  • Sleeping.¬† OK this one is a tough one because I can go to bed as early as I want, but if I can’t sleep, there’s not a whole lot I can do.¬† Hoping that the exercise will help with this.

To keep myself accountable I’m going to record my progress here every day – at least for the first little while.

Going to get that glass of water now.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

The Spring Clean Challenge Starts Today

I’m so excited for this challenge!¬† So far there are over 200 people who have joined/are interested, which is pretty amazing.

It’s so weird to get excited about a cleaning challenge, but what better way to get stuff done!¬† Each day I not only look forward to doing the task (they are, afterall only 10 minutes) but I look forward to posting it and seeing everyone else post theirs too.

It’s not too late to join.¬† Each day for 14 days I’ll give you a cleaning task to do.¬† Each task is very manageable – they have to be otherwise I wouldn’t do them!

I did the first task last night when I got home from work. It took only 9 minutes and I really noticed a difference.

IMG_9083

 

Join now and let the cleaning begin!

The Spring Clean Challenge is Back!

This Saturday, April 9th, I’m going to start a 14 day Spring Clean Challenge and I would love for you to join me.

Last time I did this (two years ago) over 300 people joined me and it was really quite amazing.  Not only did my house get super clean, but I had fun doing it with such a great group of people.

The Spring Clean Challenge

Here’s how it’ll work:¬† Every day for 14 days I’ll post a small task for you to do.¬† It will only take 10 minutes, I promise.¬† I’ll also post a more ambitious task if you’re up to it.¬† You’ll then post to say you did it and at the end of 14 days we all have super clean homes!

So are you in?

All you have to do is join the Spring Challenge Facebook Event.  Each morning, beginning April 19th,  I will post the task.  You do it, and then comment on the event to say that you did it.

Here’s what people said about the last Spring Clean Challenge:

  • This has been such a great push to get stuff done feels great! Thanks Mary Kathryn !- Meaghan
  • Thank you so much for the spring cleaning boost I¬†had so much fun! – Susan
  • It was much needed in my world and got the ball rolling. Thanks MK! It was nice having someone else do the planning for me for a change. ¬†– Jenna
  • Thank you so much for this. Even with an infant of now four months old I was able to complete ALL the ambitious tasks except¬†one. – Grace
  • Kitchen is 100% clean and organized! What a great feeling – Darla
  • My kitchen is completely done, can’t wait to start the next room bring it on lol – Ann
  • I have to say I am honestly loving this challenge, my house is feeling cleaner by the day! – Michelle
  • I’m loving the challenges and so far my fridge is looking great, pantry and junk drawer is fully organized along with most of the cupboards. – Jamie
  • All I can said wow! That ¬†was desperately needed! – Bonnie
  • I might sound like a dork but I’m excited for what we get to do tomorrow hahaha – Stephanie
  • Thanks for this awesome challenge MK – Samantha
  • Sad the cleaning challenge is over, though my mother probably won’t believe it! I need a cleaning challenge every month lol! Thanks – Meghan

I’m excited to do this again!¬† Join the challenge now.

New Routines and Old Habits

I just finished my first whole week of work after my one year maternity leave and it’s going well.¬† Better than I had expected.¬† It helps so much that Nathan’s home with Danny.¬† But I still miss him so much.¬† It’s hard to go from 100% at home with him to getting only a few precious hours.

This first week was really about finding a new routine. I’ve found that being back at work has brought back some old, not so great, habits.

So here’s where I’m at right now.

Mornings

I have no need for an alarm clock anymore.   I do wish that I could set the alarm that wakes me up.  I would set it to go off at 6 and not 5 and I would have it set to giggles, or chirps and not cries.

(Although Nathan doesn’t always wake at 5 and he doesn’t always wake up crying, it does happen more than I’d like).

He is sleeping through the night, for the most part, so that’s something.

But needless to say, my days start a whole lot earlier now.

Usually I’ll go in and get Nathan and bring him right back into bed with me to nurse him.¬† He’s not very interested in nursing anymore so this is often a short session followed by him clawing his way off of me to grab whatever is on our night stand.¬† Or he beelines it to the bottom of the bed to play with the blinds.¬† Needless to say, morning cuddles in bed are pretty¬† much non-existent.¬† So we get up.¬† I change his diaper and we head downstairs.

I put him on the floor with his toys while I make coffee.¬† My coffee habit (ahem addiction) is not one I’m wanting to change at the moment.¬† I would like to have a healthier start to the day – drink lemon water or have tea instead – but I need coffee.

I then sit on the floor with him while he plays/tries to grab my coffee.

Depending on the time I’ll then have breakfast with him (oatmeal, toast, pancakes or eggs usually) and then at 7 Danny takes over while I get ready for work.¬† I shower, get dressed, watch a show on my iPad while putting on my make-up and do my hair (right now I’m watching reruns of Being Erica on Netflix). I’m trying to establish the habit of having a glass of water while getting ready.¬† I need to put more effort into this.

By 7:45 I’m ready to leave for work.

Work

My work days have been going by really fast.¬† I’ve had a lot of catching up to do from the time I was away (I haven’t done this role in about 2.5 years) and I have a number of projects and ideas that I want to initiate.¬† (If you’re curious, here’s my other blog where I talk about the work I do.)

In the week that I’ve been back I’ve noticed some not so great work habits that need changing.¬† I want to:

  • drink more water – I bring my water bottle with me and I try to fill it up as soon as I get into work
  • bring enough food – it’s so easy to spend a lot of money at work on coffees, muffins, chocolate, and pastries
  • stop eating so much chocolate – at home I kept a bar of dark chocolate in the fridge at all times and munched on it throughout the day but am not so keen to keep this habit going, especially now that I’m not breastfeeding as much (those calories are not going to burn themselves off anymore!)
  • leave my desk at lunch – this is a big one, sitting all day is hard! I’m doing yoga at lunch on Mondays with my good friend Charlotte (she teaches the class in an art gallery) and I hope to do more yoga at lunch at a nearby studio – we’ll see though it’s often hard to time it right. Once the weather gets nice I’ll for sure be getting out for walks, but for now I just need to move more.¬† I’m not used to sitting all day or staring at a computer for as long as I do now.

So yeah, work is good.¬† I miss Nathan but Danny and I email back and forth so I get all the news. We even met up over lunch one day this week!¬† I’m so lucky!!

Evenings

I’m usually home from work by 5 and am greeted by a very happy baby and a happy, but tired husband (he’s adjusting to our new routines too). ¬† Danny’s been making dinners so we usually sit down to eat pretty much right away.

After dinner I hug, kiss, cuddle, and tickle Nathan on our living room floor.¬† We play with his toys and I tell him a billion times that I love him.¬† He laughs a lot, makes sweet noises, and tries to walk (he’s almost there!).

I love this time but have been really tired this week.¬† I know it’ll just take some getting used to.

I then start Nathan’s bedtime routine at around 7 and he’s down by 7:30 (usually).¬† He (usually) goes to sleep without a peep and sleeps through the night.

After he’s down I do a clean-up and relax with a glass of wine or tea.¬† Usually wine.

I’ve been in bed early (a habit I’d like to keep with).¬† I usually read (I’m reading Harry Potter right now haha) and then lights out by 10 the latest.

And then up at 5 or 6 to do it all over again.

All in All…

I’d have to say life is good.¬† I’m happy with our routine and I’m excited about this stage in our lives.

Now to tackle those habits….