Tuesday Rambles

Hey y’all. So I’m coming at you with a different kind of blog post today… i don’t know if i would even call it a blog post… it’s more like a serious case of word vomit of my thoughts and feelings but we are just gonna rock with it.

I was at the gym today… chest day… and i just got an overwhelming feeling of stress anxiety. 200w-9Some things in my life are going really great.. i have a (second) job interview on Friday for a new “big girl” nutrition job- which is super exciting (PLEASE keep your fingers crossed for me) and it’s also the holiday season which i love.. i have family coming to visit in a few weeks which is great, i haven’t seen them in forever and I am super excited. So a lot of positive things are happening right now.

What sucks is when you have a hard time appreciating the positives because you’re too busy focusing on the things that aren’t going right. Aka my current situation.

For me, the huge negative I’m facing is that I’m fighting with my friends. A good friend who i care a lot about. I hate fighting, i hate drama, and i hate knowing that I’m the 200-63reason this person isn’t speaking to me. I still see them  and it’s awkward, and it’s uncomfortable, and it honestly causes me a lot of anxiety. Like hurry to the bathroom so no one sees me crying, kind of upset. Everyone tells me to “give it time, space, blah blah” and yeah.. i get that. But i have a hard time just letting things run their course. I messed up so i want to fix it. And i can’t. And that sucks. Anyone else feel this way? I know i can’t be the only one. Sighhhh.

So how do i not focus on the things/thing making me stressed out and focus on the positives? Good question. Idk. I really should get back to journaling consistently, cutting toxic people out of my life, and focus on myself and my goals and finishing 2017 with a bang. How there is only one month left in the year is literally blowing my mind. #WhereDidTheTimeGo?

Oh, also happening in my life… well just happened… is I’m a brunette now. Never saw that coming did ya? Lol well me either, to be honest. I’ve always loved myself with blonde hair… idk, it just feels like “me”. But literally the thought of going brunette popped into my head a few days ago and yesterday i was like ya know what, let’s do it. No tears were shed and so far i really like it…. my hair was in much need of some TLC and it looks a million times better. Success. #NewHairWhoDis

So idk, yeah i know this blog is all over the place… it’s kinda just a lot of thoughts and rambles for me to figure out how I’m feeling and maybe some of you can relate. There feels like there is a lot on my plate right now. I struggle,we all struggle, and honestly, I’m just trying to figure things out.

I have also been contemplating the idea of doing BLOGMAS again this year… or maybe even the 13 Days of Blogmas… because i don’t know how realistic it is for me to publish a new blog every single day.. But feel free to comment below if you would like me to do Blogmas or if you would be interested in reading. Last year, i did a giveaway and that was super fun. So let me know.Blogmas HeaderFINAL

So yeah, thanks for reading my rambles about a million different things thrown into one post.  Please like this post if you can relate and subscribe to PBandLaurenKelly.. more posts will be coming your way soon, i promise.

Happy Tuesday, friends! XO,

PBANDLAURENKELLY

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Meal Prep 101

Hello, my beautiful people! I am not even going to go off on a ramble about how long it’s been (because we all know it has been forever)… So we are just going to jump right into today’s topic- Meal Prep 101.

I am not necessarily your biggest fan of your stereotypical- bodybuilder “meal prep” because that just sounds like cooking chicken, broccoli, and rice for 3 meals/7 days a week… and that, I definitely do not do. Or reheating fish… gross. (Takes me back to my first competition prep… reheating tilapia… never again).
But I cannot argue that meal prep can definitely have its benefits. Such as:

  1. Makes staying on track easier because all you have to do is grab and go.
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    While fast food can be okay in moderation, if you are eating it everyday… that may not be the fastest way to reach your fitness goals.

    Save $$. Saves you from spending money on fast food/going out to eat everyday, etc.

  3. Learn about portions. Meal prep can help you learn more about what a proper  portion actually is. You may think you have only been eating a half cup of rice but in reality you were really eating a whole cup. Meal prep allows you to actually know what you are fueling your body with and with how much.

When I was first starting my fitness journey, I would meal prep for a whole week- 7 days at a time and it would take hours upon hours. Now, I have fine tuned my time spent meal prepping and i thought that I would save y’all the trouble/headache as well and share some of my meal prep tips.

  1. MAKE A LIST. Make a list of your meals for the week. Break it down into foods you need- a good balance of healthy fats, carbs, and proteins. Know how much/ how many days you are prepping for and keep track. You do not want to be in the middle of meal prep and run out of x, y, and z. Being organized is key to making your meal prep go smoothly.
  2. KISS. Ya know, “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” You do not need to plan something super complex. Choose something delicious, yet simple to save yourself added time and hassle. HOWEVER, make sure you are planning something that you ENJOY eating. You want to look forward to your prep meals, not dread eating it so you reach for something else instead.
  3. FOCUS ON YOUR PROTEIN. Proteins are super easy to cook, in bulk, at the beginning of the week. You can switch up your cooking methods, as needed, to change the flavors and even textures. For example:

Chicken: You can cook it in the crockpot (just add seasoning and cover with chicken broth…. Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours), oven (just season well… 350 degrees for about 28 minutes (depending on the size of the breasts)), coat in Shake ‘n Bake seasoning and cook in the oven (SUPER easy and macro friendly…and only 5 carbs per serving plus they taste like chicken tenders)). All great, easy methods to cook chicken. Obviously there are plenty of others, but these tend to be my three go to methods as of lately.

Ground Chicken/Turkey/Beef: just cook in the skillet and add seasoning. Super easy for tacos or build your own burrito bowls.

  1. FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. If you find it easier to meal prep on Sunday for the week, do that. If you want to meal prep for three days at a time, you can do that too. Or maybe you just like to meal prep your food the night before, that works too. At first, meal prep may seem like a chore but eventually it just becomes a habit. Practice makes perfect… So if at first it takes you two hours, just know with time, you’ll be cutting it down to an hour with ease.
  2. STEAMABLE FOODS ARE LIFE. Yes, you heard me… Steamable bags are your friends. No, the microwave does not zap foods of their nutrients- Insert eye roll here. Steamable bagged foods make meal prep even easier. You can find steamable veggies, rice, pasta, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc… you name it and you can probably find it in a steam friendly version. It’s super quick and easy, especially if you don’t want to cook a large quantity of x, y, z in the oven. Plus, it cooks a lot faster.
  1. SWITCH UP THE DETAILS. It’s obvious that eating the same thing every day can get boring. But simply by switching up your seasonings, dips, or sauces you can change around the flavor of the entire dish. Try bbq chicken one day and maybe the next day you do a teriyaki inspired chicken meal instead.
  2. FOOD SAFETY! It is important to have a way to store your prep meals- food poisoning is no joke, people. You can keep it simple with a standard lunch box from Target or if you’re looking for a larger more “bodybuilder” type lunch box. I would recommend either 6 Pack Bag or Isolator Fitness brand lunch box. (I have both and they are both great). If you do not have a lunch box, make sure your workplace, etc., has a fridge or somewhere that you can store your meals at the appropriate temperature.

Some easy meal prepped meal ideas?? Here ya go…

Crockpot Chili     //     Burrito Bowls     //      Breakfast Sandwiches     //     Overnight Oats

//     Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Pasta     //     Pasta Salads     //     Protein Pancakes

Chicken with Cheesy Broccoli and Potatoes     //   Turkey Burger w/ Sweet Potato Fries

 

Some easy to prep snack ideas?? Here ya go…

Greek Yogurt with fruit     //      Rice Cakes with Low Sodium Deli Meat     //

Rice Cakes  with Peanut Butter     //     Vegetables with Hummus     //      Protein Bars     //

“Protein Cereal” – Almond Milk/Protein Powder with your Cereal of choice

*if you are interested in any of my SPECIFIC recipes for some of these meal ideas… shoot me an email at lmkellyy@hotmail.com and i can send you an actual recipe*


Are there any foods that I would not recommend meal prepping? Not necessarily. I personally do not like fish, of any kind, reheated… I think it is always better made fresh. But… to each their own.

But there you have it. Those are my tips to hopefully make meal prepping go a little more smoothly. Whether you prep your meals before bed the night before or prep Sunday for the whole week, the key is TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU. Having healthy meal options200-62 available and easy to grab, not only helps you stay on track towards your goals, but it also can help save you money.

Just getting started? Remember that it is okay to start small and work your way up. Having a problem eating breakfast during the week? Start by just bringing some overnight oats with you to work. Then maybe once you have that nailed down, try bringing breakfast and lunch, to work, during the week. Little by little those small healthy choices add up.

Do you meal prep? If so, why do you do it? If not, what holds you back? What are some of your favorite prepped meals that are healthy and delicious? Share your ideas below.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. Comment below with any ideas you may have for new posts and keep checking back for more.

XO,

PBANDLAURENKELLY

Where Have I Been? Life Update.

Hello, my friends! It has been a minute… or two… or five… or uhh, two months actually since i have blogged. That is awful lol. I can’t believe it has been that long but the time is flying by. I swear it was just my 26th birthday like uhhh… last week. But nope, that was over 4 months ago now. Crazy. *Mind blown*

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So, i don’t really have a game plan for today’s post. It is probably going to turn into a whole bunch of rambles so i hope ya’ll are okay with that. I’m just going to take some time and update ya’ll on what’s been going on in my life.

The most exciting thing that has happened in the last month or two, is that Morgan and I finally moved into a new apartment. As some of you know, or maybe you don’t, my move to NOLA was just a wee bit unexpected. Because of that, that meant me, moving into Morgan’s small, studio apartment. Not exactly ideal for two 26 year old females with a lot of clothes and only one closet. Finally, the stars aligned and we moved into a two bedroom apartment in the same complex. Packing, moving, unpacking, is never a fun time but our place is slowly coming together. We still have some furniture to buy, decorations to hang but slowly but surely. (Pause. Where do ya’ll buy your furniture and home decor? Keep in mind, we’re ballin’ on a budget. We love cute decorations that don’t break the bank, so leave your decorating tips in the comments!) Perhaps i’ll show y’all some pics on here once everything is hung and put where it needs to be. So yeah, that’s very exciting for us… i finally have my own bedroom with a door, people! #Blessed haha.

I’m still working as a server at the Cheesecake Factory. We have gotten some new cheesecakes in the last few months… the Celebration Cheesecake (think funfetti cake and cheesecake had a baby), the Pumpkin, and the Pumpkin Pecan cheesecake ( a pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake hybrid). ALL so delicious. I’d be lying if i said i haven’t had several pieces of each of these the past few months lol, don’t judge me. I just love cheesecake okay?? I have been saying that i was going to start searching for a new job, in my field of study (Nutrition), for about 2.5/3 months now and i haven’t…. until today. I took the time today to update my resume and apply to some Nutrition related jobs here in NOLA. Yay, adulting! I just got complacent and comfortable working at Cheesecake, but it’s time to start looking at what’s next. I’m going to make it a priority to keep looking for a new job and if things go the way i hope, i’ll have something new by the end of the year. My fingers are crossed.

What else has been going on? ….hmmm. One thing about me, you may or may not know, is that i can be a bit of a homebody. I always say that if people ask me to go out, or do something, i will say yes. Usually, i say no or come up with some reason, or excuse not to go. Well, for the last month or two, i have been working on actually saying “yes” to going out and socializing. I’ve gone on a couple dates, gone out for dinner and drinks with friends, spur of the moment things, and i have actually had fun. *Gasp*. Who knew, right? Haha. I feel like in the past, i have used sticking to my diet or sticking to my gym routine, as a crutch, or as an excuse, to be antisocial. I can’t complain that i don’t have any friends or that i never do anything if any time some one asks me to go out, i say no… Anyone want to go out and do something?? Haha.

In regards to my diet and training, i am still (mostly) tracking my macros and going to the gym 5-6 days a week. Ish. Some weeks, ill make it to the gym a little less because of working doubles at Cheesecake and that’s okay. I have been adding more food into my diet since my “mini cut” for Vegas which has been great. Some days I don’t hit my macros and that’s okay. I’m a lot less stressed about not hitting my numbers and the number on the scale than i have been in previous “off seasons” . Yes, I feel like it is important to be consistent with my nutrition and food choices, but if i go over my fat macros for the day because i had pizza watching football, than that is fine by me. The world will not end. I feel happy with how my body looks right now, I am confident, and I am eating good food.. what’s not to love about that?

What else is going on? I think that’s pretty much it… It is now officially “Fall” however, it is still hot AF down here in NOLA. It was only a mere 90 degrees today. I don’t mind though lol, i despise the snow and cold weather. The basic bitch in me loves ALL THINGS pumpkin spice so my taste buds are happy. It’s football season again, which has me so excited. (Go cowboys!) I scheduled a hair appointment for October which is very badly needed so that’s also great news for me.

And yeah… that’s about it. That’s my life right now. With only 3 months left in 2017, I am hoping to finish off the year making some positive changes. That also includes FINALLY getting back into a consistent blogging routine. I know, i know, i say this literally every time i blog and then you don’t hear from me for months at a time. *face palm*

So with that being said, What types of blog posts would y’all like to see? Nutrition, fitness, food ideas, recipes, favorites, more blog posts from @mbkellyy? Please leave a comment and let me know, because i would love y’alls insight. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my rambles and my little “life update”. You’ll be hearing from me again soon, i promise.

Talk soon,

PBANDLAURENKELLY