Can we just stop for a minute and discuss how it's already the MIDDLE of December!? What? No way! I feel like it was just Halloween!... who's with me? December is always crazy-busy for us. Besides Christmas, we also celebrate a bunch of family birthdays (including my own) and our anniversary this month. So between blogging, school, decorating, celebrations and Christmas shopping... there isn't a lot of time for much else.
1. The girls waking me up at the crack of dawn on my birthday, because they were SO excited to give me my presents. They included a set of new bath towels, a small umbrella to keep in my purse and a new electric pencil sharpener. Yes, it sounds crazy, but ALL things I actually asked for.
2. The outside of my card from Cason that morning. Yes. For THREE whole months I'm older than him, so he likes to point that out EVERY year. Regardless if it's just a measly three months or not, he thinks that being married to an "older woman" is totally hot.
3 & 4. A quiet dinner with my guy, my parents and brother... along with a happy birthday gift of a few more charms for my bracelet that I've been collecting over the years.
So with all of this madness going on and coming up, a few weeks ago we were asked if we'd like to attend a press event in New York, hosted by Amways Nutrilite Nutritional Suppliments. It was an event where we would be able to learn a bunch about how to implement healthy eating habits into our lives by top nutritional experts in the field.
Sometimes, even though there are a bajillion things going on, you just have to push them aside and say YES to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, right? So that's what we did.
I've had the chance to go to New York a few times for blogging-related events, but Cason hasn't ever been and to tell you the truth, I'd never had much time to really explore the city, especially at Christmas time, so we were excited.
Let me just say that we got lost... A LOT. Thank goodness for Google Maps or we would have probably never made it anywhere we were suppose to. Instead of hailing cabs to go places we walked everywhere and took the subway. I was hesitant at first because we had NO idea how to maneuver around the city, but after a few hours (and a 20 minute subway trip that took us the opposite direction we needed to go) we got the hang of it.
Like I mentioned in this previous post, on our first day in New York we adventured late into the night, seeing and doing as many things as we could.
It was awesome! Everything was so beautiful, regardless of how cold it was, and oddly enough the large crowds of people everywhere that never slept, just made each spot we toured THAT much more exciting.
Then for the next two days, we got down to business... if that's what you want to call it.
Something that blogging about our projects, trials and just overall daily lives has done for us, is create opportunities with other bloggers and companies, to further expand upon some of the topics that we already feel so passionately about. As a lot of you already know we've been trying our hardest to execute a healthier eating plan into our little family's way of living. And let me just say... it's been a little bit harder than I thought it would be. It's not that we had lots of unhealthy eating habits, it was more that we never really started them in the first place when we should of, especially with our kids.
While we were at the Nutrilite event we were able to mingle with some really amazing, knowledgeable people. Our first day was filled with a mind-blowing 7 course healthy, colorful lunch prepared in the David Bouley Test Kitchen. Not only did we get to enjoy each course, but we actually got to learn a ton about HOW to prepare it beforehand with one-on-one mini classes.
Filleting fish, making a chocolate souffle and learning some tips and tricks when it comes to baking a whole chicken, were just a few topics covered.
I was so wrapped up in sharing photos on Instagram of the whole process for you all to see, that I didn't even realize how pensive and attentive Cason had been... and with good reason. He was taking mental notes. Only two days after we were home, he whipped up his own version of Chef Ryan's delicious baked chicken!
It was DELISH!
Something that I realized during our lunch, was that even though a few of our courses may have included some butter in preparation, a bit of chocolate or a rich dab of sauce here or there, it was all done in very small portions.
All things in moderation.
This was something that I had a long chat with Dr. Micheline Vargas and Sean Foy about that following night.
I loved the casual setting that Nutrilite provided for us to talk face-to-face with these super smart nutritional experts. I was able to share my struggles and triumphs with my weight loss journey this last year and really get some awesome tips from each of them on how to improve my efforts, so I can continue to stay on track. During the event we had a point where these experts did a health assessment complete with a strength test, weight check and blood work, to find out what sorts of "colors" we were missing from our bodies.
You can take your OWN mini nutrition assessment here
Another thing that we talked a LOT about was making sure that not only me and Cason have the appropriate balance of foods in our diet, but that our kids do too; something that I'm ALWAYS looking for advice on, and also something a lot of YOU have already given me great ideas for, from the comments in this post (thank you so much!). Like I mentioned before, we don't have bad habits we're trying to break; more than anything it's the struggle of creating a routine with good habits, like exercise, making the right food choices and eating enough veggies and fruits each day.
Currently, at this point we're not crying and throwing fits about eating our "required veggie amounts" at dinner anymore... but finishing off our 5 pieces of broccoli can be QUITE the ordeal.
1. Eh, it's just broccoli
2. Ew, do I have to eat the fuzzy things on the end?
3. Okay, I'm just gonna hurry and eat it, so I can be done
4. See, not so bad
5. Okay, it's bad. (gag)
6. The big finish
7. Chasing it with water
8. Hey, it's not THAT yucky Mom!
Obviously we still need to work on "liking" our veggies (ha!), but something I LOVED was the fact that Nutrilite has designed a fabulous children's multivitamin supplement, to help fill in some of the little gaps. The vitamins comes in the form of "Pop Rocks"... you know, those snappy, sweet crackling candies. They're called Kid Multipops. No joke! I tried them and they taste awesome! I ordered a few boxes for my girls who boycott those other chalky kid vitamins and I'm excited to see how they like them.
While Cason and I haven't gotten our health assessment results back quite yet, I'm SURE that there will be things missing from our diets that we'll need to adjust and probably take supplements for as well. But like I've mentioned before... knowledge is power, when you're trying to be your healthiest self. So we're making strides.
Changing the way you eat, think and live is a HUGE undertaking. It's been an entire YEAR since I started in on my weight loss journey and it's not even CLOSE to being over... nor do I think it really ever will be. I'll always have to work towards keeping off the weight, resisting the urge to eat what I'm not suppose to and make the conscious effort to stay motivated and work out each day. But surrounding myself with educated people and (hopefully more) learning opportunities like these, will help keep me AND my family on the track to success.