Howdy readers and Happy Tuesday! Is it just me or does the week go by fast? Oh wait I’m on summer break which means everything is in slow motion. Teachers report back in a few weeks and I’m sosososo sad. I really want to sit in a corner rocking back and forth singing a hymn or something. The bright side is that I will be back into my regular eating routine so there is very little room for error!
About three weeks ago we ordered from Nature Box since their ad is constantly showing in my Facebook feed. I’m almost certain you’ve seen it too. I was curious and intrigued at what the fuss was all about. These were snacks touted as healthy, no additives, good for you…ok well I can dig that. It took about two weeks from order date to the first delivery. They have a few options to choose from so we went with the medium sized box which contained 5 different snacks with 2 of each. The first delivery is a Discovery Box they call it. It contained a variety of snacks they chose for us. Here’s what was inside.
Of course the first thing we checked was the allergens. Unfortunately if you have a peanut or tree nut allergy, many of the snacks they offer won’t work for you. Since Lady S has both allergies, she couldn’t eat any of it.
Now onto the taste review of all of it.
Tuscan Summer Mix – Italian spiced trail mix that has a variety of seeds, sun dried tomatoes and other things. This was simply divine! Mister S enjoyed this one. It’s not too overpowering and taste delicious.
Mango Almond Bites – this is light and crispy. I enjoyed these the most! They have a light flavor and a great crunch. Very few ingredients but really good!
Tart mix – this is pretty simple…dried apples and cranberries. Good and good for you.
Cherry Crumble Granola – this one was divine as well and could be used as a topping for ice cream. Because of its texture, soft and chewy, it didn’t work out well for a snack by itself.
Plantains – we were not a fan of these. They were quite bland tasting. We trashed these.
All in all its a great service although the lowest priced option is 19.95 per month with 5 single bags of snacks. That puts the cost at around $4.00 per bag for 3-6 ounces of snacks. Kind of pricey for such a small amount of goods. For a family of 3-4 I would recommend the next size subscription offer at 29.95 per month. Your cost will be around $3.00 per bag except you get 10 bags of snacks.
After your first delivery, you can choose what snacks you want and their interface is fairly easy to use.
If you would like to try a box for yourself follow the link HERE
Off to celebrate my birthday!
It has been rather busy around our house as of late. Lady S turned three a few weeks ago so we have been mourning the fact that we no longer have a toddler but now have a preschooler! Where in the world did the time go? I vaguely remember this boss lady being totally dependent upon me and now she is trying her best to open up the fridge and get her OWN drink. *insert baby fever here* She has become quite the opinionated young girl who has zero problems telling us what she wants, how she wants it, and why she needs it! *insert fleeting baby fever here*. With that, the last two weeks have been a flurry of touring preschools for her and deciding on one. She officially starts preschool next month and while I am happy, I am also quite sad. Mr. S hasn’t decided if he’s happy or sad yet but we’ll see the first day we walk her in the center.
On to health updates…
The summer has been especially interesting with our health journey. While we have not had many cookouts to attend, being at home all day long leaves a lot of room for foodie sins. Thankfully we have only committed a few…well maybe more than that but not too many.
In the beginning of my health journey I loved the scale more than anything. I weighed every single morning taking note of any changes in the scale and it literally determined how hard I worked out and how often. While my focus was on overall health, I would be a liar if I said scale movement was not a big motivator in the beginning. One thing to take note is that the more weight you lose, the harder it is to actually lose it. I’ve gone through a few periods of phases where I go into a plateau meaning my body won’t release fat until I either 1) workout more or 2) create more of a caloric deficit. My most recent plateau happened at 80ish pounds and I stayed there for weeks! It drove me insane. Finally after a few weeks I started to lose again and this is where the scale comes in…..
My advice is to stay away from the scale!!!! It can completely derail your health journey and it can create some unhealthy habits in your eating and workout choices. At last check 3ish weeks ago, I had lost 86 pounds. I am completely unsure of how many additional pounds I have lost because I stopped weighing myself. *gasp* Yep I sure did. At this point in my journey I fully accept that my weight loss will be a tad bit slower because of how much I have lost. I am also embracing weightlifting into my health journey. I am finding so much satisfaction by looking in the mirror and seeing definition in my arms and thighs, and watching my mommy tummy slowly disappear.
Lastly I finally ordered a heart rate monitor to help me track my workouts better. Now the consensus on these are up in the air. Some people swear by them and others find them unnecessary. For a long time I thought the later because I have been doing just fine. Because I am switching the focus of my workouts, I think it’s important to keep a more accurate picture of my workouts.
I ordered this one
Now the very, very last piece…I ordered a box of healthy snacks from NatureBox and am waiting on them to arrive. A wonderful blog written by a really smart lady, Houseful of Nicholes, blogged about the service here. She totally prompted me to try them out so I can’t wait! I’ll let you know how they are!
Til the Next Post!