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About Raine

I'm a 28-year-old mother of 3, who's pretty dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and helping others achieve the same through education, rather than fear-mongering.

First Weighted Workout of 2019!!!

I haven’t been too in depth about my chronic pain with you folks, but let’s just say my weighted workouts have been fewer and farther in between as 2018 progressed. It seemed that no amount of “rest” or “recovery” time helped. To clarify: my body rarely hurts when I’m active, and in fact I feel pretty good for 30 minutes to a couple hours afterwards, but as the months dragged on, my bad pain days became a lot more common than my feel-good days, which makes finding the motivation to lift weights a bit of a challenge.

However, I’m pleased to say that I did my very first weighted workout of the year – 10 days in, not too bad if you ask me! Down below I’ve got my delt before pic and the exercises that I did. Hopefully I can build my delt muscles and lose some fat.

“Before” pic:

Exercises (sets)x(reps):

3×6 Double Forward Dumbbell Raise – 10 lbs
3×8 Bent Dumbbell Rows (alternating b/n wife and closed rows) – 20 lbs
3×8 Lateral Raise – 20 lbs
3×6 Shoulder Press – 20 lbs
3×5 Back Fly – 20 lbs
1 minutes of Prayer Pumps

There may be days, or weeks even, where I won’t be able to work out. I’m slowly learning to accept that. For now, I’m incredibly proud of this workout, and if you’re interested in hearing more or following along this journey, stay tuned because tomorrow I’ll have my weigh-in and more!

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2019 Resolutions: I’m coming for ya!

Sure, I failed my 2018 resolutions and I’m sure I’ll fail with my 2019 goals, but at least I can say I’ve made an effort to change and do better. That’s better than being unhappy as a stick in the mud, with no drive or will to improve whatsoever, right?

Just like last year, I’m giving you the list, and then getting in depth below:

  1. Lose 30 pounds (which would put me at around 120)
  2. Record 3 total videos each week (one per channel)
  3. Read 50 books – trades and graphic novels included
  4. Make a task list every. single. day!

Four goals, not too difficult, right? Well, we’ll see. Now, to the nitty gritty.

FIRST GOAL: Lose 30 pounds

I’m in the 150 range, so I think 30 would be a healthy amount to lose to get me to a starting point where I can start focusing solely on strength and muscle building. My current state of chronic pain doesn’t allow me to do much weight training as I’d like. Every time I want to dive back into lifting, I get a few days in, a couple of weeks if I’m lucky, and then my body starts reverting into that “hell no, you need to rest for a month” stage, which causes me to slip into depressive, though functional, states.

I should be meeting with a doctor this month, so my intention is to bring up my goal of losing 30 pounds and see if there should be any adjustments to that. If there is, I’ll update you guys. If not… I’ll still update you guys as often as my butt can get on here. Clearly, that is a challenge.

SECOND GOAL: Record 3 videos per week (one per channel)

This one will be met with some friction, I already know. I take a long time to edit even just a 10 minute video because I have an entire house to keep clean, 3 kids to keep happy, well-mannered, and healthy, and having a social media presence is sort of required if I want my channels to grow. I’m hoping that with a goal of ONE video per channel instead of two per channel, it’ll give me a chance to focus on my home life, social media presence, and also work on the quality of my content, rather than me just trying to push out content for the sake of content. If that makes sense.

With the growth I’ve seen in the last two weeks on my discussion channel, I’ve purchased a new mic to increase the quality of the videos… for some reason my webcam’s mic just doesn’t pick up sound as well.

THIRD GOAL: Read 50 books – trades and graphic novels included

Last year, my reading goal was 25 books, which I exceeded by 3, if we’re just counting novels and not graphic novels, comics, novellas, etc. So why not double it and give myself a bit of a challenge.

Speaking of challenges, I want to incorporate the 2018 Read Harder challenge into this 50 book goal, which you can find here! Thanks to the overdrive and hoopla apps (and our frequent library trips), this could serve as a much more realistic, solid resolution.

FOURTH GOAL: Make a daily task list

I did this for months in 2018 and it helped me stay on top of our home, though I didn’t always get to everything. It tapered off in the summer, and started up again when we moved into our new house. I’m hoping to keep to a DAILY list this year, to maximize my productivity, and minimize my anxiety.

This year I’m hoping to throw caution to the wind and be unapologetically me, without worrying about the judgment of others because let’s be honest, not everyone has a goal to focus on. Let them eat cake and judge.

Let’s go, 2019!

I FAILED My Resolutions & That’s Ok!

I remember how stoked I was in December 2017 to set my goals for the following year (ahem, hi 2018). I thought they were achievable even though I made sure they were BIG. Go big or go home, right? But I also had a lot of secret goals that I didn’t want to share with everyone until I was close to achieving them (like shedding back and hip fat).

Imagine my absolute shock (sense the sarcasm) when I did NOT achieve all of my goals! Let me break it down for you (or you can go to my original post here).

These are the goals I WANTED to achieve:

  • Wear a bikini (with confidence) by swimming season
  • Improve form and posture
  • Two Macrobabe videos per week
  • Experiment with new recipes
  • SPREAD POSITIVITY

And theses are the goals I actually achieved:

  • Wear a bikini (with confidence) by swimming season
  • Improve form and posture
  • Two Macrobabe videos per week
  • Experiment with new recipes
  • SPREAD POSITIVITY (by a technicality)

At the time, I wanted to feel and look good, and I wanted to feel right in my skin. But my pain, which I thought was from pushing myself too hard and pulling muscles left and right, became chronic. It has caused me to slip into a very negative mindset, like a stick in the mud.

So no, I did not wear my bikini with confidence in myself (and I know there are people watching this blog who have called me fake and that I fake confidence, and I definitely have faked confidence, but if it gets me closer to the mindset I want, why is that a bad thing? At least I’m not faking friendships…). I wore a bikini and had a good time with friends (who, despite me leaving the friendship, and contrary to what they want to believe, I have no ill will towards lol).

I improved my form and posture, but it wasn’t from persistence in my workouts because I stopped working out with weights as much, and I decreased my cardio quite a bit. I ended up doing a lot more yoga and to this day still stretch twice a day. When I’m at my computer editing or watching TV or even eating a meal, I try to be mindful of my shoulders, back, and hips.

I absolutely failed in my macrobabe uploads. I know I harp on it, but my pain has felt like such a weight against me. Be forewarned though, I’m documenting my journey to getting a diagnosis and getting better, and it might get ranty and annoying!

On the plus, I did pretty amazing with my recipe experimenting. My family and I have tried a bunch of different types of food as a result of this goal. I couldn’t be happier! Recipes to come in this next year, hopefully (no promises, because let’s be honest, I am trash at commitment).

By a technicality, I spread some positivity. I felt as though I was a good influence for awhile and I’ve been determined to put on my positive pants, but I allowed an extremely toxic person in my life, who even though I was warned about, I wanted to believe I could be a positive influence to them. But it turned out they were like… a vampire, sucking all of my good vibes, telling me about how everyone else bad-mouthed me, and making me feel so isolated in a place that I thought I was welcomed. I allowed that to sit and poison me instead of reaching out to those other people for an explanation, to help fix the relationships with the others. Again, I’ve pushed through it, and though I don’t have any ill will towards any of them, I definitely intend on telling my story eventually and live my best life with all of them in the past.

By no means am I perfect, and I don’t pretend to be, but I’m still proud of the little that I accomplished. At the very least, I can say I’m a person who tries her hardest and has good intentions. I look forward to working on flaws and sharing my 2019 New Year’s Resolutions with all of you, even if resolutions are designed to fail.

I’ll see you all in the New Year. 2019, here we come!

GRAVEYARD PUDDING

Check out my video to see how I do it or scroll below for instructions:

Ingredients:
2 instant pudding mixes
1 pack of oreos
1 bar of white chocolate or a pack of white chocolate melts
Nutter butters split in half (for the tombstones)
Candy pumpkins
Gummy worms
Red cookie icing for a puddle of blood and writing on tombstones

Directions:

  1. Prepare pudding according to package
  2. Crush oreos (you can put them in a bag and let out some anger by smashing them with a rolling pin, or just put them in a food processor or blender)
  3. Layer the pudding and oreos evenly, with the last layer being thickly oreo’d
  4. Melt the white chocolate and coat the nutter butters in the melted white chocolate, set aside to cool
  5. When the nutter butter tombstones are cooled, write RIP on them with cookie icing
  6. After the RIP writing is set, place the tombstones, a pumpkin, worms and a puddle of cookie icing into the oreo pudding cups
  7. There you have it! A spooky treat the whole family will enjoy!

Quick Update!

This week is the last week I’ll be doing “measure-in Mondays”. No, I’m not going to stop tracking my progress, but I AM switching from measuring on Monday to measuring on Friday!

My husband brought up a really good point on tracking progress, and how the weekend may come with some bloat (I’m terrible at tracking my water which tends to result in bloating).

Since today is Friday – and officially the last day of Summer, woohoo, bring on pumpkin flavored everything – it’s time to measure! The past three weeks I’ve seen an overall loss of 2.5 inches. Since Monday, I’ve seen a loss of 1/2 an inch.

My Fall quarterly goal (September/October/November) was to lose 2 inches around my hips, and I’m half of an inch from meeting that goal. It’s not even October yet!

Keep in mind, I haven’t really restricted anything except for not eating Taco Bell at the frequency I had been, which was twice or thrice a month. I also don’t generally eat red meat, but I had steak last week and I had regular bacon yesterday morning.

I’m also getting at least 6 hours of sleep at night, I’ve been doing stretches in the morning and evening, I’m tracking my water and meeting that goal almost every single day, and I’ve removed a lot of stressors that prevented me from losing fat this past summer.

It’s a slow process, but it is still going! Thank you for all of you who have stuck by me on this journey, and have an amazing weekend!

Lessons We Learn From Autumn

In a couple days, Fall will have arrived! This season is one of my favorites for a number of reasons:

  • Scratch baking/cooking: pumpkin pie, turkey (though I haven’t mastered it completely), fall cookies, apple crisps, mashed potatoes, hearty soups
  • Pumpkin flavored everything!!!
  • Fall crafts: creating wreaths, hand turkeys, carving pumpkins
  • Hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses
  • Halloween!!!
  • Thanksgiving!!!!
  • Cold weather (or cool weather if you live in the desert like we do)
  • Hot drinks: cider, cocoa, PSL, tea
  • Cozy clothes

But this season serves an even greater purpose – and no, I’m not talking about how it’s finally cool enough to run without the discomfort of external heat! Fall serves as the perfect metaphor for self-improvement and moving on.

The most obvious part of Fall is change. Leaves turn colors, the weather shifts from hot to cool, the nights get longer and the days shorter. Nature welcomes the change. What we can learn from nature and its constant shifts, is to embrace the changes.

Maybe a relationship or friendship ended, you got fired, you found out a friend is moving away, or you have to move away. No one said change was easy, and if Fall could speak, I’m sure it’d say how brutal it can be. But sometimes you just need to ride it like a wave.

Another thing Autumn teaches us is to let things go. Trees lose their leaves, but they do not wilt and die as a result of the loss. They regrow! I had a talk with my oldest son recently. He said he wished he could forget something mean he heard someone say. I told him, it’s important that you don’t forget, but you can forgive – just let go of the anger or hurt, and move on, focus on the good. Mean people are usually just mad at themselves and it has nothing to do with you or anyone they’re mean to.

I don’t forget every vile thing someone has said to or about me, or the gossip another person tells me. But I’ve learned that these are not the people who will stick around in the long run. They aren’t going to serve as anything more than lessons on the human condition.

Nature shifts so drastically in the seasons. Leaves change their color, they fall, and then the trees grow new leaves, sometimes even fruit! Without Autumn and Winter, we wouldn’t have Spring and Summer. Every season serves a purpose, which shows us that there are greater things to come. There are bigger and better things on the horizon, you just need to push through the hard times.

This season, try to appreciate the little things. Treat yourself, take a moment to enjoy the smell of rain, make yourself a cup of steaming hot chocolate, snuggle up with a book or Netflix, spend a little longer in the decorations section than you normally would, sniff the hell out of those fall candles! We all have responsibilities, but make sure you’re taking care of yourself as the season changes. Don’t let anyone shame you or drag you down for enjoying life!

 

Simplest Lasagna Recipe Ever!

Recently, I channeled my inner Garfield and created a simple, but delicious lasagna! My toddler is SO picky, but he ate this up like it was candy. I even let my 10 month old (at the time) try some and he bounced in his high chair for more! It’s safe to say that this is a winner of a meal.

This is perfect for beginners, especially for parents and friendly gatherings! If you’re having a little dinner party with your closest friends, everyone bringing their own special dish, this is the perfect host/hostess main dish.

For this recipe, I used breakfast sausage rather than beef because the spices in sausage enhance the flavor of the lasagna. I’m sure you could use it as an excuse to have lasagna leftovers for breakfast too!

Timing is the only important part of this meal, but if you cook the meat to where it’s done before all of the lasagna noodles are boiled, you don’t have to worry.

The meaty sauce part is probably the easiest part of this all, and oh so good! Tomatoes, sauce, and meat create the heart of this dish!

I’d be lying if I said the ricotta wasn’t my favorite part of this dish. You guys know I’ve been doing a bunch of different monthly challenges, and red meat is now out so this isn’t a dish I’m making this month but man, oh man! I can practically taste the ricotta! Be warned, however, because spreading it on the noodles is pretty tricky.

Cheese lovers, meat lovers, carb lovers. This dish is for EVERYONE.

INGREDIENTS:

9 Lasagna noodles
16 oz. Breakfast sausage
8-12 oz Can of diced tomatoes
1 Jar pasta sauce
1 Tub of ricotta cheese
4 Cups of mozzarella cheese
Sprinkling of parmesan

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Boil the lasagna noodles and set aside
  3. Line the pan with pasta sauce – not too thin, not too thick
  4. Brown sausage in crumbles over the stove as you would, drain the grease, and remove from heat
  5. Add both the can of diced tomatoes and pasta sauce, and stir until evenly distributed
  6. Place 3 noodles atop the sauce lined pan
  7. Spread ricotta, followed by sauce mixture, then sprinkle a cup of mozzarella. Lay down another layer of noodles, followed by ricotta, sauce, and another cup of mozzarella
  8. On the last layer, spread the ricotta, sauce, the rest of the mozzarella, then drizzle it with parmesan
  9. Heat until the top is golden brown, about 45 minutes – Just make sure to watch every five-ten minutes

Enjoy!! My mouth has been watering the entire time I’ve been writing this post!

*Restaurant Quality* Fettuccini Recipe

Our household does Sundays a little differently. We love to spend the day together because it’s the one day each week we’re guaranteed to be together. It means a lot to me that my family sits down together to eat dinner and enjoy a movie. (We’re working our way through the Harry Potter series!)

On one of these Sundays, I wanted to come up with something different. Something I hadn’t tried before. A Raine original that wasn’t inspired by anything but my own brain (and taste buds if I’m being honest).

I knew I wanted broccoli, beans, and turkey sausage. The rest just came naturally! My husband could have died with how good he said it was, so I’m considering this one a win!

Ingredients:

Half a package of fettuccine
1 can of Navy beans
3 tbsp of Alfredo sauce
10 oz of chopped broccoli
A turkey sausage link (10 oz)
Garlic powder/Onion Powder/Pepper

Directions:

  1. While boiling water for your fettuccine, chop and season the turkey sausage link (garlic powder, onion powder and pepper).
  2. Spray a pan with cooking spray or use olive oil, and start heating up the broccoli and Navy beans on medium heat. By the time they’re cooked through, the fettuccini should be ready
  3. Drain the fettuccini and add the Alfredo sauce, stir and then add the broccoli and beans. Keep the food on a low heat burner
  4. Place the turkey sausage into the same pan used for the broccoli and beans on medium heat until cooked through. Then add the meat to the fettuccini mixture and you’re ready to serve!

I hope you enjoyed this little recipe, let me know if you plan on trying it!

SOUPer Simple Chicken & Dumpling Soup

It’s been a hot minute since I said I would post, so here we go! My dearest friend asked me for the recipe, and it lit the fire under my butt to actually do it. So yay, motivation.

I’m still getting the hang of using the crockpot, but I was so satisfied and actually surprised with how good this turned out. I’m not going to bore you guys with a long spiel about how much we loved it, you’re just going to have to try it out yourself!

Cook Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:

Two chicken breasts
A stalk of celery
A large carrot (or a handful of baby carrots, whatever you have around)
1 yellow onion
1 can of Pillsbury biscuit dough (or whichever brand you dig)
1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
32 oz container of Chicken broth
Salt/Pepper/Garlic Powder/Onion Powder

Directions:

  1. Season your chicken with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to your personal tastes (or your family’s personal taste). Then place the breasts into your crockpot and turn on HIGH
  2. Dump the entire content of Cream of chicken soup and chicken broth inside while you chop the veggies
  3. After you’ve chopped the celery, carrot, and onion, pour them in the crockpot and give it a little mix before leaving it for 3-4 hours
  4. After the 3-4 hours, your chicken is ready to shred, so pull it out and shred it on a separate plate. You’re going to dump the shredded chicken back in while you chop each biscuit dough into quarters
  5. Pour the quartered dough bits inside and leave for another hour on HIGH
  6. Your soup is ready, how easy was that?

If you plan on making this scrumptious soup, let me know or tag me in a photo of your food on instagram! Enjoy, folks!

Chili “Pigs” in a Blanket

As a mom continuously on the search for exciting new recipes, with kids who are hungry every five minutes during the summer, I was pleased when I was scrolling through facebook for inspiration and saw a picture of something that even I would eat!

You guys already know the tradition here: Sundays are family days where we love to try something new for dinner and dessert! Summer time is no exception! What’s more traditional than chili dogs in the summer?

These were a hit with even my pickiest eater, so parents, please take note!

My husband had bought jalapeno cheddar sausage specifically for me (my taste buds thanked him) but I used regular Johnsonville brats for his and the kids’. The recipe that I saw said to use cheddar sticks and crescent rolls as well, but I decided to make this my own but using what I had – a can of jumbo biscuits and shredded cheddar.

14 oz can of chili
1 can of jumbo biscuits (Pillsbury or the off-brand, we used Safeway’s brand)
8 Brats or sausages
Shredded cheese (we used cheddar, but make it your own)
Butter

The directions are very simple:

  1. Preheat oven to 375, and spray oven safe glass container with Pam or whichever cooking spray you prefer
  2. Empty the chili into a pot and heat on the stove. Once it’s heated, pour it into the glass container
  3. Unroll the dough and flatten each biscuit. Pour a hefty amount of shredded cheese along the middle, followed by a brat or sausage, and wrap the dough around. Pinch the dough together, and then place seam-down atop the chili. Do this for the rest of your brats.
  4. Place the dish in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until the dough looks golden brown, then smear the stick of butter atop the biscuit (add parsley or garlic powder to the butter and melt it prior to this as an option)
  5. It’s ready to eat. Enjoy!

If you make this or switch things up, be sure to take a picture and tag me here or on instagram (you can follow me here!) I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Have a wonderful summer, folks!

Next up, I’ll have a variety of “bombs” to drop on y’all! Stay tuned!