Time for Me

You guys, when did it become so hard to find time to do things for me? That’s a rhetorical question!  I know exactly when it happened. The second I had my daughter my life became all about her, spending every second I could with her and letting the things I love and care about take a back seat.

It may sound silly to some, but working out and eating healthy truly is a passion of mine. I definitely eat my fair share of chips and cookies but the way I feel when I am eating well and getting my sweat on dramatically changes. I have so much more energy, I am more joyful and enjoy my own company more (so it must be nice for my husband too). The funny thing is, it is so easy to slip into bad habits. It’s so easy to stop working out or skip meal prep for play time and cuddles. I am 100% guilty of this, pretty much since I had Emerson 17 months ago (today). I have had a few waves of being good, but overall I have been real bad and honestly taken every second I could to be with her or at night with my husband for a couple minutes of solace.

It was catching up with me. I was feeling sluggish and hated the thoughts going through my head when I looked in the mirror.

I follow all the Tone It Up girls and always say I am going to do it but never actually do. Well, this week, I made an effort to pack my food for the day and get a sweat session in. I can honestly say, after only 3-4 days I feel like a different person. My cravings for crappy food have subsided, I want to eat my salad and my energy level is significantly improved. It gives me hope and makes me excited to continue to prioritize this in my life. If I am not working out the way I would like to, the least I can do is eat well and try to squeeze in a workout at some point during the day.

For workouts, I have been using the Aaptiv app and it’s been great.  Essentially, you pick the type of workout you want (and there is a BIG variety) and there are coaches/instructor guiding you through the whole “class.” So far I have done 2 treadmill workouts, 1 outside running workout and a strength. It just gives me that extra motivation to jump on the treadmill or do an extra strength routine. I am doing a 30 day trial and will give a full recap at the end.

I am trying to remember to post more often on Instagram and share my story on Instastories which has been fun and holds me accountable. If you want to follow along, please do, my handle is @mattiemooves. I would love to connect with you and share our journey together. Give me the link to your insta below and I will be sure to follow you :).

Halloween 2017

I am jumping on real quick to give an update on Halloween 2017.

We celebrated in Charlestown again this year and had so much fun. There are so many young family’s and kids dressed up in costumes.

Halloween 2017
Emerson surprised me with how comfortable she was with all the Halloween madness. She quickly figure out how to trick or treat and was walking up to houses and sticking her basket out for candy. She has no idea what candy is but she loved getting things put in her pumpkin! It was so fun!

Halloween 2017

I am not a big, creative costume type gal but I love all Holiday’s especially one’s where you get to go out, have fun, celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Next year I think we might have to have a family themed costume.

Halloween 2017

How was your Halloween? Did you dress up!?

Weekend Fun

This weekend went by really fast! It was the first weekend in a while that we were home and it was really nice. We spent a lot of time together as a family and I also did a lot of yoga stuff!

On Friday night, my mom picked up Emerson from daycare and Vinnie and I went on a quick date night to the new Corepower Yoga Studio in the Seaport and then grabbed dinner at Empire. It was improntu and really nice.

On Saturday, I taught yoga in the morning and then we went to the Pumpkin Palooza at Lawn on D in the afternoon. We had no idea what to expect but it was packed and super fun. They had pumpkins there for families to carve, train rides, face painting and of course fall beer and yummy treats. It was a beautiful day and a perfect way to get outside and spend the Halloween weekend.

On Sunday, we explored a new park and hung out there for wayyyy too long. Emerson was exhausted but it was so fun we couldn’t leave. There were so many toys and kids to play with. We loved it and will absolutely be going back very soon.

Snacking At Union Park

Sunday afternoon, instead of watching the Pats game, I was in the yoga studio for 3 hours. We had a Q4 annual update teacher training meeting. It was actually a nice refresher and great to see so many of the other teachers. It can just be hard to give up so much time on the weekend especially when I only get 2 days to hang with my family. But, now I am super prepared to teach and that is a great feeling!

Tomorrow is Halloween. We did a test run in Emerson’s costume and she seemed to like it ok! She doesn’t love the hat but she wore the fox suit no prob. The tail gets me! She is going to be the cutest little fox!

Halloween FUN

This week, I am really trying to focus in on my diet and exercise. I have been letting it slip lately and I am determined to reset and restart. The Tone It Up 21 Day Challenge Round 2 starts today so I am going to try to use that as a guide.

My goals are to:
– Do the 21 daily moves, every day
– Pack my breakfast and lunch for work  and eat only what I bring
– Cook my dinners rather than just snacking on whatever is around the house.

Cheers to a new week!

I hope you had a great weekend! I will be back on Thursday to share all about Halloween.

Friday Things

Happy Friday! I am always so excited for Friday to come. It means the weekend is here, no commuting or going to work and lots of family time.

I am especially excited for this weekend because my brother and sister are flying in and the whole family is going to be together! They fly in early Saturday morning and then we are driving up to my parents in New Hampshire.  We don’t have any big plans, just lots of chilling, hiking and laughing.

Some of my favorite things this week:

  • A New Planner from Target
    I am really trying to organize my life. I have so many things I want to do and somehow I don’t do any of them. I am hoping to use this planner to write down workouts, plan future posts, and brainstorm ideas. It will be my one stop shop to keeping my ideas and thoughts in order!
  • Pumpkin Apple Muffins
    I made these earlier this week and they are so good! I keep snacking on them, eating them with Peanut Butter as a treat or just grabbing one when I am bored. Luckily they are not too bad for me so I don’t feel that guilty. The pumpkin=y fall flavor is on point!
  • I made it to the gym!
    Last week, I finally joined a gym by my office. I was convinced I was going to go at lunchtime, but I have found every excuse possible not to make it. Today, I got up early, had my husband take Emerson to daycare and made it to the gym. It felt so great to workout. I have been doing stuff at home, but I enjoy the gym and always feel like I get a better workout in.

  • You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
    I am really into Audible and listening to books while I commute. I have been feeling a little down about my job and not excited by it at all. I hate sitting at a desk in Corporate America all day, but I don’t know what I really want to do and if I am truly capable of doing anything else. This book is great and lays out all you need to know about finding your path and true calling. I just need to do it. I may have to listen to it again too before I take action. I am a wimp! 

What are some things you are into this week?

Do you have some fun weekend plans?

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling tired and not excited to go to the office so I stopped at a local cafe and picked up a pumpkin scone. It was so good and literally made me so happy! I immediately said I wanted to bake some pumpkin goodies so I could always receive this instant satisfaction. I printed a bunch of recipes including a version of these Pumpkin Apple Muffins, but never got around to making them…until today. I made a pumpkin chili on Sunday to have for the week and the leftover pumpkin was starring at me, asking to be made into a yummy baked good!

This morning, I was rolling around in bed and debating whether I should try to go back to sleep, work out or just sip coffee on the couch. I decided to sip coffee on the couch and enjoy some quiet alone time. As soon as I opened the fridge I saw the pumpkin and apple and got inspired. I pulled out all the ingredients and got to work at 6:15am.

And I am so happy I did!

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

These are the perfect Fall treat without making you feel guilty at all. There is a small amount of sugar and the calories are only 151 per muffin which is way better than anything you typically get at a cafe or store.

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Emerson and I enjoyed them together this morning! She woke up as I was finishing combining all the ingredients and helped me put them in the muffin tin. Check out my Insta story today if you want to see her chowing on a muffin! 🙂

She is starting to get interested in helping me cook which is fun!I am going to have to think of some kid friendly recipes. Let me know if you have any!

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Serving Size: 12

Calories per serving: 151

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats + extra for topping
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon + more for apples
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg, at room temp (so it doesn't harden the coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with oil.
  2. Sautee apples in a skillet with butter and sprinkle of cinnamon until soft. Set aside.
  3. Combine pumpkin puree, almond milk, brown sugar, oil, vanilla extract and egg in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix together. Carefully and slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Put about a 1/3 of the dry ingredients, at a time, into the wet ingredients and stir.
  5. Add apples and oats and stir again lightly until just combined. Spoon into muffin tin filled to the top. Sprinkle oats on top (optional).
  6. Bake for 22-24 minutes or until golden brown and a fork comes out clean.
  7. Refrigerate to ensure freshness.

Notes

* adapted from Minimalist Baker's Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins

http://www.comfyconfident.com/2017/10/18/pumpkin-apple-muffins/

What are your favorite fall pumpkin recipes? I had originally pulled this one after going apple picking, but I love it more for the pumpkin than the apple!

Are you an apple fan or a pumpkin fan? I eat apples almost every day but I love the seasonal excitement around pumpkin. There is nothing else like it!

Tufts 10K and a Busy Week

You guys! I have the busiest week. I haven’t had a week like this in so long.
Thank goodness I didn’t have to work on Monday but I did run the Tufts 10K for Women! Pre-baby, I ran all. the. time. and was in super good shape. Now I am lucky if I get in a 3-4 mile run a couple times a month. Needless to say, I wasn’t trying to win the race! I was still surprised with how hard the 10k was. Around mile 3 I was huffing and puffing but I refused to stop. And I didn’t! I finished with a time of 51:43 and 8:20 min/miles. Honestly, I was happy with that. To me, the Tufts 10k is so much more about the event, the women, doing it with my mom and friends and getting out a running. Maybe one day I will get my speed back but until then I am siked with a finish.

Tufts 10k 2017
I had just seen Emerson and my dad as I was starting the race!

The rest of the week is crazy busy. I have to leave the house before 7 all week, which never happens. That means, Vinnie is on daddy duty full-time.
Today I am at a photo-shoot and will not get home until after Emerson’s bedtime [tear]. Tomorrow I have meetings all day and then the USSA Gala at night to help raise money for the US Ski Team which means I will also miss bedtime.
Friday I agreed to sub a yoga class at 6:15am which is going to be serious jult to my system and make it so I won’t see Emerson in the morning. I am going to need some serious cuddles come Friday night!

Luckily, with such a crazy week, this past weekend was nice and relaxing. We went up to Vermont for a wedding, saw all 4 grandparents and celebrated my dad’s birthday. We to go to Vermont all the time but we have not been in a really long time so it was nice to get up there and enjoy the mountains, foliage and quiet.Fall Wedding in Vermont

Fall Wedding in Vermont

This coming weekend we are heading back up to Vermont for some more family-time, Gala’s and fun. Twice in two weeks, woo-wee!

Last thing…I really want to fit in some workouts but I just don’t know if it possible. I hate not working out. I always feel better getting in something quick even if it’s just a quick 10 min video to get my body moving and sweat a little. But, this week, I am letting it go. I have too much going on. If I fit something in, great! If not, I will pick it back up next week.

I hope your week is off to a good start! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday.

Finally Friday

I am so happy it is Friday and a long weekend! We are heading up to Vermont for a wedding and then I am running the Tufts 10k on Monday with my mom, aunt and lots of amazing women. It will be so nice to have some extra time with family and friends.

I am a little nervous about the Tufts 10k. I have not been running much at all and when I do, it is very slow and steady. However, I did manage to get an evening run on Wednesday which was so nice. I have found that I literally need to change into my workout clothes before picking up Emerson from Daycare. That way, once we get home, I just grab the stroller and we run. If I go into the house, I will never leave. I have to be dressed and go. You gotta do what you gotta do!Strong As A Mother

On another note, I have made 3 of the 10 recipes I posted on Tuesday. The Cinnamon Apple Quinoa was really good. Adding the cinnamon made a huge difference. I modified it a little and will definitely be making it several times this fall. The Apple Baked Oatmeal was ok, not great. I love oat bakes but this one is not a favorite. I also made the Applesauce in my slow cooker. It was so easy and so easy and so good! The best part is now I have applesauce to use in my healthy baking!  I still have so many apples! I am going to try to make the Pumpkin Apple Muffins this weekend because those look so good. Apple Foods All Week

My food for work has literally been everything apple. Today it is the Apple Oat Bake topped with yogurt and a drizzle of peanut butter. Lunch is a bed of lettuce and arugula with the apple walnut quinoa and chicken sausage with an apple for dessert.

It’s safe to say I might be sick of apples soon!

I hope you all have a great weekend!!! Can’t wait to read all about them!

10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

My all-time favorite Fall activity is going apple picking. It brings back so much nostalgia from my child-hood, from the smell of the cider donuts to the cool brisk air. It’s a great excuse to bust out your fall gear, spend quality time with family and friends and make delicious apple recipes!

This past weekend, we ventured up to Applecrest Farm Orchard and spent the morning apple picking. It was SO much fun. I was so happy and literally am already making plans for next year… we have to arrive right when it opens to avoid the crowds, I need to wear my Bean boots and I might have to have Emerson get her face painted!Apple Picking 2017 Applecrest Farm2

We came home with a giant bag of apples. We will never be able to eat them all, so I was googling fun and easy recipes I could make. There are so many!! I decided to compile a list of the 10 most simple, easy to make apple recipes I found. I don’t know about you, but I do not have a ton of ingredients on hand and I also do not have a ton of time so when I look for a recipe it has to have minimal ingredients, be easy to make, require very little time and taste delicious. I mean, I’m not asking too much, am I!?

For instance, I don’t have apple brandy, I don’t have arrowroot, and I definitely don’t have any of those special extracts. But I do have cinnamon, vanilla extract and lots of apples!10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

Here are the recipes. Enjoy!

  1. Applesauce in the Slow Cooker [never done it. have to try. plus, then I can use it in other recipes listed below.] via The Kitchn
  2. Homemade Apple Cider [because what’s better than a hot cup of cider on a cool fall day.] via All Recipes
  3. Baked Apple Stuffed with Oatmeal Brown Sugar [anything single serving is a win in my book. #portioncontrol]via The Kitchn
  4. Apple Pie Bites [had to include some sort of apple pie treat] via the Blond Cook
  5. Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Salad [I figured I needed to throw in some real food. not just desserts and treats] via Love and Zest
  6. Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal [oat bakes are the best breakfast for a working mom on the go; the feed both mom and kid, perfect!] via Five Heart Home
  7. Apple Pumpkin Muffins [because Minimalist Baker and muffins are two of my favorite things!] via Minimalist Baker
  8. 5 Ingredient Apple Crisp [give me all the 5 ingredient recipes you can. This mom is all about ease and convenience!] via Carrots ‘N Cake
  9. Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal [it meets all the requirements. Crock pot = easy, apple = duh, Oatmeal = yum] via PB Fingers
  10. Apple Cinnamon Blondies [these just look like the ultimate treat and I have to try them.] via Bakerita

What is your favorite apple recipe!? Please share! Maybe I will try to make that too 🙂

It’s a Catch 22

A little while back, I posted about wanting to spend more time on the blog. I committed to taking time at night to open my computer and chip away at my goals. Welp, I am here to report… I have NOT done it AT ALL. Life got away from me. I get home from work and the last thing I want to do is open my computer. But then I sit at work and I am like, this is the last place I want to be. I want to be blogging. It truly is a Catch 22.Work From Home Its A Catch 22

I know not to compare myself to others but is SO hard. I find old blog friends on Instagram with thousands of followers or click through on Pinterest to a blog I used to follow and it’s beautiful and I think about what I could of had if I just stuck to it and committed.

Honestly, it’s the same problem I have with my diet and nutrition.  I can’t commit to anything and give up after a few days. Between my blog and my diet, you’d think I would want to figure it out. Instead, I choose other things like family-time, relaxing, and socializing [which is ok!]. Maybe one day I will figure out how to have both. I am trying. I guess that’s why this blog is called Comfy & Confident. It’s about finding that place where  you ar. Enduring the journey. Accepting the Challenge. It shouldn’t be a Catch 22. I should be able to find my passion and pursue it. I just need to remind myself of that.

It won’t happen over night. It will take time and patience; two things I am not very good at. But, if it gets me to my goals, it’s worth trying right!?ONe Day Or Day One

So as I was writing this, I went on Instagram and one of my favorite people, Katrina Scott, from Tone It Up, posted a mantra about finding your path… it is so fitting. Here is what she wrote,”

“‘you can not travel the path until you’ve become the path itself’…there really is no way to move forward and into the life you want until everything that yo do, breathe, and love is on that path. You have to visualize yourself on it and become exactly what you dream. You can manifest anything as long as you put your full heart and self into that life and let go of everything else that doesn’t serve you. Remember you are capable of so much more than you could ever know!”

This is exactly what I know I need to do. I need to visualize myself on the path I want and just do it. Put blinders on and forget what anyone else might think or do. I need to let go of the what if’s holding me back and take a leap of faith. I will figure it out. My family will be ok. My path can be found.

I need to let go of the Catch 22 and just walk down my path.

2017 Kelly Brush Ride

This weekend we went up to Vermont for the Kelly Brush Bike Ride to raise money for the Kelly Brush Foundation. I have been doing this ride for years and love being involved in the Foundation. Every year at the ride I have so much fun and see all my old friends from the skiing community.
Kelly Brush Ride
This year I almost didn’t go because the Tone It Up Tour was in Boston and they had asked me to Volunteer. I was so close to skiing the bike ride to go to the Tour. I mean, I would be able to meet amazing women, work out, drink Rose and experience something new. Now that I write that, I am questioning my decision!

At the end of the day, I wanted to be with my family. Vinnie and Emerson were going no matter what and I didn’t want to spend the whole weekend alone. Sue me, I am addicted to my family!

Kelly Brush Ride

I am sad I missed the Tone It Up tour, but I had a lot of fun riding with my sister, Vinnie and longtime friend, Annie. We cycled 50 miles together and managed to laugh the whole way. My butt and neck are sore but endurance wise, I managed!

I expected to lose steam and have to really dig deep but I was ok. Even though I am not in the shape I would like to be, I am not as bad as I sometimes think I am!

Kelly Brush Ride

This year the Kelly Brush Foundation reached a whole new level of awesome. They had over 800 riders and raised $500,000 for people with spinal cord injuries and spinal cord prevention. That is truly incredible and a huge milestone. I was really honored to be a part of the day and happy I made the trip to Vermont to be with my friends and family on such a special day.

Kelly Brush Ride

Weekly Workouts – Week of 9/4/17

Monday: 4 mile trail run (Labor Day Weekend)
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: 30 min TIU toning + yoga at home
Thursday: 15 min TIU sunrise sculpt; 3×5 toning moves; 4 mile run (33 minutes)
Friday: 16 min arm routine – TIU flex friday; 30 minute run
Saturday: rode 50 miles for KBF
Sunday: 20 min yoga at home
How was your weekend? What did your weekly workouts look like?