Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Why can't I be consistent?

I absolutely love to blog, and I love to share my life with all of you. So why do I let my life get in the way of it? I need to make more time to do things I enjoy, like writing. So, since I'm already babbling, let me fill you in on life as I know it right now. I'm still running, but I've been working on my strength training as well. I joined Planet Fitness a little over a year ago, and felt like I was doing great but I decided to take a few strength classes with their trainer and omg..... I definitely wasn't working myself hard enough. Let's just say since Dec, I'm down 11 lbs, I feel great and every workout I feel for 2-3 days afterward. I love it!!! Just saying even though I curse him while I'm working out, James is an amazing trainer and I am super happy with the results so far. I'm not where I want to be yet, but I am definitely on the way. My boys are doing great. Ryan has a new job that he loves and Hunter is doing great in school, and awesome with soccer and running. I'm still working on my master's degree... just 2 1/2 classes to go and I'm done. Can not wait!!! Oh, and I am now a distributor for Young Living Oils. I'll share more about that in future posts, but I can not rave enough about how awesome Young Living is. So yes, life is really busy, but not so bad. Love my boys and I love what I'm doing for me. So share how you are doing? Anything new going on in  your life?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Being a mom is hard


When I decided to have children, I knew it was going to be hard work, but I didn't realize how hard some of it truly was. Taking care of them, providing for their physical needs seems like it's the hardest part, but honestly that's easy compared to dealing with their emotional well being. Supporting them, and being there for them is truly a 24/7 job. I truly try hard to do it, but I know I fail quite a bit.

Both my boys are extremely passionate about the things they love most in their lives. With my youngest, that is soccer and running, and he has his life planned and mapped out already. Go to UCF, the police academy, and become a police officer. All of that is pretty easy to support, and stay on board with. Great extracurricular activities that keep him fit, and a career path, while it makes me nervous based on the current climate regarding law enforcement, it's easy for me to be on board with it because it's a good paying steady career.

My older child, on the other hand, has extremely different passions, that are more foreign to me, and while I thought I was helping, apparently, I am not being supportive to his dream. My son wants to be a youtuber for his profession. While I think it's great that he is interested in it, it concerns me because I am worried that he won't be able to survive on the money he might make from it. I know it's not easy to break out in that area, and it's hard to become popular and make money at it. Don't get me wrong, I think he does any amazing job on his videos. He's very creative, and has a great speaking voice, but it's hard for me to get on board. See, I'm his mom and I want him to be successful. I want him to have a great job that supports him and that he enjoys. Trust me, I have spent a lot of time researching different careers that might go hand in hand with this passion, but are more stable, hoping one might interest him. But instead, by showing him these options, he thinks I am not supporting his dream, that I don't believe in him. And you know, what? Him telling me that really hurt. I do believe in him, and I always will believe in him. He's a very talented, smart, wonderful young man. And I have always supported him..... I spent countless hours chaperoning and watching him during his band performances, I have spent tons of time at the bowling alleys, and I do support him doing his youtube videos, but not as a career until he has established himself enough to make money at it. I want him to have something to fall back on if it doesn't work out.

Does that make me a bad mom? I feel so conflicted. How do I support him unconditionally, when I am so worried about his success? How do I prove to him that while I believe in him and his talent, I'm worried about how hard it is to succeed in this field no matter how great you are?

Oh, and here, check out his youtube page and see for yourself....... TheGameDex

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Update on Me!

It's been a while since I blogged and I'm really missing it. The problem was I let it become a chore. My blog became all about fitness and reviews, and while that stuff is wonderful and I still want my blog to encompass those things, I also need to allow myself to write for me. That was my whole intention when I began PAMdemonium a few years ago. So, it's time to get back to blogging for me :D

So that said, let me update you all on what's going on in my life. My oldest son is a freshman at University of Florida in their PACE online program, and my youngest son is a freshman in high school and is very active in soccer, cross country and track and field. Needless to say they both still keep me very busy. Hubby is doing great, and still very active at his job. I'm finishing up my Master's Degree in Public Safety Administration, and have three classes left until I am done :D I'm still very active with my running, but not so much with running races. I'm down to running just one race a year. I also decided I really needed to add more strength training to my workout routine, so I joined Planet Fitness. I now have a well rounded routine of strength training and running.  Another new part of my life is I am actively using essential oils for my physical and mental health. I picked Young Living based on their quality, value and the morals of the company.

So, that in a nutshell is just a brief synopsis of what is currently going on in my life. I plan on keeping up with my blogging again, and I hope you will enjoy reading what I have to say. So, what's going on in your life since we last talked?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

MealEnders Review



Thank you to Fit Approach and MealEnders I had the opportunity to try out their appetite control lozenges. I have to admit at first I was a little skeptical that it would work. Who would think that a small lozenge would have the power to stop hungry me from overeating at dinner or grabbing an extra snack? Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. They work very well. Which is awesome for someone like me who absolutely loves food and loves to eat. 

So how does it work, you may ask? I asked the same question and found this great answer on their website

MealEnders’ active-taste formula rewards and resets your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge.  First the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert – a signal we typically associate with the end of a meal.  Then the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating.  You can feel your MealEnder go to work instantly.

Another question, you may ask, is it convenient? My answer is absolutely. Inside each bag is 25 individually wrapped lozenges. So you can throw some in your purse to take with you when you are out. 



How does it taste? They are delicious. I've tried a few of the flavors and they are all good. With the citrus one, the first taste you get is the chocolate outside, and then you have a citrussy (is that a word?) hard candy on the inside. Make sure that you just let it dissolve naturally in your mouth and don't chew it to get the full effects of the lozenge. 

How long does it last? I found that when I took one after a meal, it lasted at least a couple hours and when I took one just when I was feeling hungry, it usually lasted about a 1/2 hr. Both times getting me to my normal time to have a snack. 

Lastly, how much does it cost? It's actually very reasonable. One bag of 25 lozenges is $14.95 and if you when you buy one month and three month supplies. Where can you get this awesome product? Head on over here and place your order :D



** I received this complimentary product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are 100% my own.**

Friday, December 18, 2015

Midori Spring Ceremonial Gold Class Matcha Review



I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try Midori Spring Ceremonial Gold Class Matcha tea. At first I was hesitant to try it because I had tried match tea before and it really bothered my stomach. This was not the case with Midori Spring. The tea was so smooth and delicious and didn't affect my stomach at all.


This has not become my afternoon staple. I just mix 1/2 teaspoon with hot water and stir well, and it leaves a slight froth on the top. Super appealing and super delicious. I definitely would recommend it to all of you. You can find it for purchase right on Amazon for just over $25.


** I received this complimentary product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are 100% my own.**

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Chicken Tortilla Soup


Recipe: Tortilla Chicken Soup
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low
Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: 1¾ cups and 2 tablespoons tortilla strips
Ingredients
    Soup:
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 15-ounce can reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 12-ounces frozen corn
  • 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • Two, 10-ounce cans Ro*Tel® Original Mile Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 4.5-ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 1-ounce less sodium taco seasoning
  • 32-ounces Pacific® Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • ¾ cup Fresh Gourmet® Lightly Salted Tortilla Strips
  • Optional toppings*:
  • reduced-fat sour cream
  • sliced JalapeƱo peppers
  • avocado
  • reduced-fat Mexican shredded cheese
  • cilantro, chopped
  • lime wedges
  • *Optional toppings are not included in nutritional calculations.
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken on the bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Add the onion, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, green chilies, taco seasoning, and chicken broth. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  4. Remove the chicken and shred. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and mix well.
  5. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and, garnish with 2 tablespoons of the tortilla strips.
Nutrition Information
Per Serving (1¾ cups and 2 tablespoons tortilla strips):
Calories: 331
Fat: 4g
Carbohydrates: 52g
Fiber: 7g
Sugar 11g
Protein: 25g
WWP+: 8

Taken from http://www.skinnymom.com/skinny-crock-pot-chicken-tortilla-soup/