I had a pretty hectic time around lunch time getting everyone's lunch prepared. I was making myself a green smoothie with peaches, bananas, spinach, and almond milk out of my blendtec cookbook. It was ok, but definitely needed some extra flavor. I opted for splenda. I really like the smoothies with pineapple in them because pineapple seems to pack a punch. While I was making my smoothie I was also making mac and cheese for the kids. I mentioned in my last post that I bought some healthier mac and cheese for them at Costco and this package had white cheddar mac and cheese in it. Lily was ecstatic to try it and has been begging to make it since we bought it two days ago. She cracked me up when we were making it because she kept jumping up and down shouting "this is amazing!" We totally blew her mind today.
Anyway, after the chaos of lunch, I put Chloe down for a nap, before I finished drinking my smoothie I might add, and then decided to play Zumba. Smoothie down, greens ingested and Zumba world party on! I love all the songs that I've played on Zumba world party, well except for one but I'm going to give that one another shot. I have to play each song at least three times before I decide I hate it. I tried a song today called "put the gun down" that I had played a while ago at my sister's house and I remember not liking it very much but today I loved it! I customized my own playlist today and added in several songs I had never played before.
Overall I just love Zumba World Party and I will play it over and over and over and over again. The songs are absolutely great, classic Zumba songs and I love the moves, I love that you can play songs by category (Caribbean, Europe, Brazil, etc) and you can create your own playlists (my personal favorite), there are a lot of pre made workouts for you too which I Like to do when I don't know what any of the songs are. So I usually play those for the first 3-4 times and then custom make my lists from there on out. They also have some neat videos that you can unlock adding to the "game" element and those are fun. They have the Zumba dancers talking about the different dances they perform and you get to go behind the scenes of the making of the game. You also get points every time you do a song so you can level up also adding to the whole game feeling. I also love that as you play you can trigger more people to appear on the screen, and then as you continue you get a third level with more dancers and neon lights and swirls and all sorts of fun stuff to appear. It makes it much more fun to look at and gives you some incentive to dance a little harder. I really can't say enough good things about this game, it's totally my new favorite and I always look forward to playing it.
I have to say it is nice to look forward to working out again instead of dreading it. When I started going to body pump and body attack and all the extra stuff that was really hard that I was doing I was making me not want to go to the gym and making me stress out and when I stress out I eat, and so I was doing a lot of stress eating. I was definitely sabotaging myself with food, and usually in the afternoons. I'm feeling really good right now. Today I wanted to make popcorn because it was snowy outside and we were watching movies and I just really wanted to make popcorn popped in coconut oil, slathered in butter: (3 tbsp butter= 300 calories, 2 tbsp coconut oil=200 calories 1/2 cup popcorn kernels popped= (still haven't quite figured this one out yet) but I think it's around 200 calories. For a grand total of about 700 calories). Yum yum. But remarkably I resisted, and instead I decided to treat myself to one of my low fat frozen yogurt with honey and caramel bars that I have in the freezer: 90 calories. Afterwards I didn't have any desire for popcorn. Sore one for me! I saved myself about 600 calories wahoo! So I'm feeling pretty good about that tonight, albeit very tired and I just want to put the kids to bed and then go to bed myself, but I am happy with how the day turned out.