Thinking out Loud | Food and Birthday Prep

Amanda's link-up couldn't have come at a better time of the week because my mind is racing with all sorts of thoughts right now!  Food.  Selah's 1 year birthday which we call Dohl in Korean.  And it's only 1 month and 3 weeks away.  Yikes.  Sooo let's get started, guys!

1.  I know in my last post I stated that my diet normally consists of 75-80% wholesome, "clean" meals and snacks.  So...I kind of lied about that one.  Well I didn't exactly lie about it since I said I normally eat that way, but the past 2 weeks have been more like 60%.  I mean, with all these amazing bakeries in my area I just can't help but to magically pop in a shop and casually walk out with one of these beauties.

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I'm not even a bacon fan but this maple bacon cupcake from Torrance Bakery wasn't half bad!  I still pledge my cupcake allegiance to anything lemon and lime, though.

2.  But to be fair, I've also been loving on healthy food like kabocha squash.  I missed the stuff so badly that I purchased several to stock up in case the stores run out for some odd reason.  If you haven't tried baking or boiling kabocha yet, you really should!  These days I boil it in just enough water to get it soft and dunk it in peanut butter, greek yogurt, and cinnamon.  It's such a satisfying snack for when I'm craving hearty, sweet food.

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3.  Fortunately breakfast is never a problem for me and it's been quite successful in terms of flavor and nutrition!  Man, these pancakes.  They are all-natural protein pancakes with no protein powder in them since I like to share them with Selah.  Ummmm I have no words to describe them except that they're one of the best pancakes I've had or made up to date!  I know I say that about most of my pancake recipes, but this one is fantastic--so much so that Selah eats a whole one by herself and then asks for more.  Yup, she's an eater like momma! :)

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4.  Dinner has been all sorts of different dishes.  People I know often ask me if I make the same thing every night, but the answer is no, sirrie.  I love variety too much so one night it's Korean, then it's taco night, then it's pulled BBQ chicken, then it's pasta, and then there's fish.  Although Greg isn't very fond of fish, he'll still eat most of it.  I, on the other hand, love to get creative with it like the other night when I made these Tilapia sandwiches.  I had an open faced sandwich with some greens on the side and it hit the spot.  I think I can eat fish everyday if I could afford it, hah!

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5.  On a different note, Selah is turning THE BIG 1 on June 16!  Just thinking about it makes me feel bittersweet emotions because as exciting as it is to see her thrive, it is also hard to "let go".  Okay so I get that she's not even 1 yet, but I think letting go as a mom is a lesson I'll be learning for the rest of my life.  I'm just infinitely thankful God has her life in His hands, or else I don't know what I'd do in her teenage years.

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6.  And now I need your input on her upcoming birthday party.  You see, we're going to invite all of our church members, family, and friends for Selah's first and I've still yet to decide what's on the menu.  We already have the location ready to go, but I'm sort of at a loss when it comes to the details.  What kind of food would you suggest we cater, and should I make a theme for it?   We are also trying to be as frugal as possible which is a challenge I can handle.  I think.

 

It's kind of hard to come up with these things because Korean families usually host 1st birthday parties that are almost as grand as a wedding!  Yes, it sounds rather silly but like I mentioned in other posts, it is one of the greatest traditions for a Korean family.  Greg and I decided to break away from the norm and just do what seems reasonable and relaxed--or, as relaxed as it can be.  We'll most likely keep it the American way with a few Korean Dohl activities for Selah.  They're called dohl jahbee and it's so cute to watch the baby's reaction to it all!  Needless to say, I am getting somewhat overwhelmed thinking about the details but at least we're able to even give her a 1st birthday, right?  It's all about perspective.  And with that said, I'm open to all suggestions, my friends.

Have a beautiful day and be blessed!

What kind of experience do you have with organizing parties and events?

-I only have worked on my wedding, but nothing when it comes to a large birthday party.

What are your favorite foods lately?  How do you balance out all the sweets you consume, if at all?

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Post-Baby Health and Fitness

It feels so great to be back on a regular {blogging} schedule and not have to deal with blog design issues.  Phew, that was not an easy task, although it was fun and allowed me to have a creative outlet.  So now I know without a doubt that technology is not my friend and next to administration it is one of my lowest gifts...or more like, non-existent gifts? Haha.

I have to say--I am finally satisfied with Fit for the Soul's new design and I hope you guys will be able to navigate through it without any glitches! 

Easter Weekend

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As cliche as it sounds our Easter wekend was such a huge blessing.  Looking back to just a few years ago I can see how the Lord has transformed our family.  He definitely turned our worlds upside down and allowed many transitions to take place, and the result has been nothing short of amazing because for the first time ever our entire family celebrated Easter in a Christ centered way. 

Heck, it was probably our first "official" Easter celebration. :)  Without a doubt, He works all things for the good of those who love Him. 

On a slightly different note, it's safe to say that Selah enjoyed her weekend.  Sure, her nap schedule was way off which led to her being quite an unhappy little gal by the end of Sunday, but she had a blast looking at her cousin Daniel hunt for the eggs that uncle "Gweg" hid in his yard!  Remember when he was this little?!  He is and always will be such a cutie in my eyes.

My Health and Fitness 10 Months After Baby

I feel like I've been so privileged to be able to breastfeed because breast is obviously best for baby.  However, I also feel like breastfeeding has contributed a good amount to my ability to shed all of my pregnancy weight.  But that's not to minimize all the hard work I've put into my body through consistent exercise and healthy eating. 

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*Ahem, sorry about the gross mirror.  Didn't realize it was so dirty, hah!*

I realize that there are countless of inspiring women out there, especially in the blogosphere, who have stayed fit throughout and after pregnancy.  Some of them have accomplished so much more than me in that regard, so instead of a "i got it all together" brag please take this as an encouragement.  Deal?!  Deal. :)

No matter where you are in terms of your fitness and weight loss journey, remember that slow wins the race.  Be encouraged that you don't have to become a Victoria's Secret model 1 month after giving birth.  Steady and consistent changes to your diet and workouts will get you there.  I cannot emphasize enough the fact that HIIT workouts that range anywhere from 15-20 minutes a day, 5-6 times per week is all it takes to make long-lasting results actually last.  On top of doing quick (but intense) workouts that allow me to enjoy my time with Selah, I've been trying to stick to my usual eating philosophy.  Eat clean 75-80% of the time and leave some wiggle room for the rest--or as I like to call it, the unknown.  I remember back in my ED days I had meltdowns in my mind whenever someone "messed" with my schedule and meal times, because that meant my whole week would be ruined.  I am so thankful that God has brought me out of that and now I know what true health looks like! That's why I choose to not restrict myself because believe me--traveling through that downward spiral is the last thing I want to do.

But let's face it.  We all want feel good, look good, and be healthy to some extent, right? And that's why I want to encourage you to take baby steps so you don't become burnt out or obsessed to the extent of an ED. 

I really don't do anything special aside from the fact that a lot of my workouts are completely wacky!  I mean, lately I've been using socks to strengthen my abs, hah!  (more on that on another post) My regular go-to routines are just like the short workouts I post on the blog, some yoga on alternating days, and maybe jogging at the park with Selah once a week.  One noteworthy difference in my post-baby mentality is that I have been making more of an effort to fit fitness into my schedule, rather than focus my schedule around it, and I think that has rendered better results for my physical and mental health. 

Less stress, less burnout.  Boom.

Whether you are a new mom or a college student on the way to getting a career, remember that fitness is here to serve you and not the other way around.  I highly recommend that you try doing quick and intense workouts and see how you feel as you go.  You can do this!

In what ways has your fitness philosophy evolved over the past few years?

What are some obstacles you're trying to overcome in order to get healthy, lose weight, tone up, etc.?

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Bloglift and Newness Ahead

Hey there!

Umm it's pretty obvious that things are different around these here parts, and I apologize if Fit for the Soul has been driving you batty with all the changes!  Trust me, those changes left me with a less-than-full set of hair.  Well, figuratively, of course. :)

I recently decided to pinch my nose and dive into the deep scary oceans of blog transfer.  The whole process of moving from Wordpress to Squarespace was not as simple as I thought it would be--partly because I still have much learning to do when it comes to computer technology, and partly because there are several things I wish I would have known beforehand in order to avoid jumping to and fro from hurdle to hurdle. 

Please don't get me wrong though.  I am loving a lot of things about Squarespace!  I just have to get used their ways and accept the fact that your name will not be clickable when you leave a comment. Insert BIG HMMPHH.  So please, pleeeaaaaase!  IF YOU HAVE A SITE/BLOG, DO NOT FEEL SHY OR ASHAMED TO ALWAYS LEAVE YOUR LINK "WWW.______.COM" AT THE END OF YOUR COMMENTS!  I truly believe that blogging is a lot about building and finding your own niche of community, and what better way than to make yourself known so others can find your beautiful site?  Also, if you are a new reader then I'd love to check your site as well and I wouldn't be able to do that without your specific URL.

So, would you guys bear with me as I go through these not to earth shattering but still notable changes?  You might still notice little tweaks to my layout, design, and all that good stuff over the next few days, but I promise I am still me and I'm still here to connect with you. 

I don't talk about it much on the blog, but I am a lover of creating art in some shape or form and I have always been a perfectionist when it comes to that subject matter.  Heh, wish I could put that perfectionism to use with other things, like keeping a squeaky clean house, if you know what I mean?  So I constantly find myself having to tweak something about the aesthetics whenever time allows (even if it's 2 min. here and there) and end up second guessing if I love it or hate it.  Hah!  I'm sure some of you can relate.

And with all that said...how do you like the new layout?  Do you have any suggestions? 

Also, I feel content--errr more like very content--with the updated pages on the navigation.  If you have time please check out my about, recipe, and fitness pages.  They are finally organized and much more reader friendly. 

Come to think of it, I guess this bloglift goes right along with the newness that Easter brings, in a sense!

Now with my blog-vanity (new Ellie term) aside...I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend and may God bless you and your family!  Like I mentioned before, whether or not I know you personally, I often pray for your well being and for blessings to flood into your life.  Wherever you may be in life keep on looking forward because God's best is ahead.  Right there just around the corner. :)

What are some blog transfer experiences you have?  Do you use Squarespace?

How are you going to spend Easter weekend?

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