Sims Build Challenges – Introduction

I thought it would be difficult to find things to do during Ohio’s stay at home orders through the early spring, but with the kiddo home and work in full swing it was pretty easy to keep busy during the day. Though I was starting to feel a serious lack of people interaction pretty quickly. Which shocked me considering I’d call myself an introvert.

Then came a Twitter friend to the rescue! Not only did we have board games in common, we also had small children, and a love of Sims 4 in common. This came in handy as we both preferred building in Sims 4 vs character creation or actual game play. Over the last 3 months we’ve been giving each other build challenges which has had us messaging back and forth, staying busy in the game, and occasionally getting on audio calls together. It’s honestly been a delight.

I bring all this up because I’m starting a serious of posts that will be the builds I completed for these challenges. I’m excited to share these and hope they can provide inspiration for anyone that needs it.

I feel very fortunate to have been able to MAKE a friend during a time when we’re told to keep distant during in person interactions. The fact that she lives two states away doesn’t feel like it means much, and I’m very much looking forward to the day we can ACTUALLY meet in person.

I’m calling this the introduction as it’s how these builds came to be. Here are some sneak peaks into some of the builds I completed. Look forward to many, many more pictures as I work through all the challenges we completed.

A Quick Food Related Update

Last week was my first week back to intermittent fasting since… Honestly I can’t remember how long it’s been. Of the seven days I think I was successful 4. I’ll take it! The only reason I wasn’t successful the other nights is because of drinks after dinner. I waiting until at least 11:30 to break the fast each day, but with drinks until 9 some nights I still wasn’t getting the full 16 hour fast. It’s all good. I’m getting there.

While bringing back intermittent fasting I also got back to counting calories. I did better on that front. Only going over my count twice! Whoohoo! It felt good to be taking control of something again. After just letting myself over eat and over drink for so long.

Even during quarantine I was meal planning for dinners, but I wasn’t accounting for lunches because “I was home so I can just eat leftovers”. This was great because we weren’t wasting food, but I was eating breakfast, heavy lunches from leftover dinners, then heavy dinners. It wasn’t doing me any good. So when I was working on my meal plan and grocery list I thought about this, and made some better decisions.

Dinners will still be on the heavy side because I like to have a big dinners, but I’m going to be smarter about my lunches. We’re going to grill some extra chicken tomorrow for lunches, and I chopped what feels like a million vegetables this morning. So while I don’t have my standard lunch meal prep these days, I’m at least making steps to get myself back on track. Feeling pretty good today outside of the world imploding.

Oh yeah, I even did home workouts including a 15 minute indoor row 3 days last week! It should’ve been more, but this is just the beginning.

All this to say, hang in there friends! Most of us are struggling right now one way or another, but there’s still time to turn things around. When you’re ready. 🙂

Is It June? Already?

March 2nd. March 2nd was the last time I updated, and it was a lame update. I’m not really sure this one will be much better…

The world has kinda gone to shit the last few months, especially in the last few weeks. So let me start by saying this. Black lives matter.

What have I been doing the past 3 months? Honestly, not much… Working, at least attempting to work. We had our daughter home with us full time until last week. I’m insanely grateful that both of us were provided the option to work from home so we could still work and care for her. Now that she’s back at daycare it’s time to buckle down for work, but with everything going on it’s been difficult to keep focus.

I played SO MUCH Animal Crossing, and lately I’ve been playing a lot of Sims 4 again. I’m bummed that all of our summer vacations have been cancelled, but completely understand and respect the decisions. I’ve been over eating and over drinking far too frequently, and the scale is not currently my friend. I did purchase a second hand indoor rowing machine that I was using pretty regularly, then stopped. So now I’ve set myself a schedule because I fucking need to do the thing.

Back to intermittent fasting this week and tracking calories. Because I can’t let myself go to shit just because everything else is. I had 3 months of not taking care of myself. I kept saying “I’ll go back to all of this when things are normal again”, but I honestly don’t think things will ever be back to normal… At least not for several more months. So it’s time to figure out what the new normal is. I need a new routine.

I think I’ve rambled on enough. Stay safe out there friends.

Meal Prep – Humdrum

Listen, I did my meal prep this week. I really did, but it’s so boring and uneventful that I took zero pictures of it. You’ve already seen it!

I’m on week three of 2 eggs, turkey sausage, and half a grapefruit for breakfast. It’s going well, and I’m staying full until lunch time.

Lunches this week is just 4 ounces of turkey lunchmeat, 1 ounce of shard cheddar cheese, 15 grams of almonds, and some bell peppers.

See? boring, humdrum, un-inspiring, but I did it! I still did the thing, and I’m going to eat it. I was feeling under-the-weather again over the weekend so it was kind of amazing that I even did the meal prep. So, I’m feeling pretty proud of myself coming into Monday and still not feeling great.

Actually, I feel the kind of awful where I just want to eat everything, and I’m trying hard not to. Blerg. Happy Monday! Hope yours is going better than mine.

Meal Prep – Shredded Chicken Quesadillas

What’s for Breakfast?

Breakfast is simple with 2 scrambled eggs, pre-cooked turkey sausage, and half a grapefruit.

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Calorie Breakdown

  • 2 large eggs – 140
  • 1 pre-cooked turkey sausage – 65
  • Half a grapefruit – 55

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Meal Prep – Tuna Salad

After three weeks of being sick I’m finally feeling well enough for a legit meal prep again. Keeping it simple since my energy is still low, but looking forward to all of this.

Decided I won’t be trying to intermittent fast while still recovering from this bronchitis thing. Instead, I’m adding a well rounded breakfast including a new to me fruit. Grapefruit! I’ve had grapefruit beers, but I’ve never actually eaten a grapefruit before. Looking forward to this exciting adventure.

What’s for Breakfast?

Breakfast is simple with 2 scrambled eggs, bell peppers, pre-cooked turkey sausage, and half a grapefruit.

Calorie Breakdown

  • 2 large eggs – 140
  • 1 pre-cooked turkey sausage – 65
  • Assorted bell peppers – 25
  • Half a grapefruit – 55

Breakfast macro break down: 285 calories, 17g carbs, 14g fat, 20g protein

What’s for Lunch?

Lunches are also simple. Tuna salad includes olive-oil mayo, celery, red onion, and broccoli florets. Along with the tuna salad I’ll have some extra sharp cheddar cheese, almonds, and extra celery.

Calorie Breakdown

  • Tuna Salad – 115
  • 28g sharp cheddar cheese – 110
  • 30g almonds – 170
  • 3.5oz celery – 14

Lunch macro breakdown: 409 calories, 17g carbs, 28g fat, 27g protein

My tuna salad is very basic. 3 5oz cans of tuna in water (4oz drained), frozen broccoli florets, celery, red onion, apple cider vinegar, and olive-oil mayo. Salt and pepper to taste. I don’t really measure the vegetables that go in, just add them until I think there’s enough. More often than not each bite is more vegetable than tuna, which is perfectly fine with me!

With breakfast and lunch calories and planned larger dinners I won’t be adding many snacks to the week. I’m going to make sure I have something on hand at my desk just in case I need something before dinner can be made, but mostly I’m thinking these two meals should keep me pretty full until dinner.

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Containers Used

  • Glass containers for lunches and blueberries
  • Rubbermaid containers for peppers – These containers have help up for nearly a year. They do great in the microwave and haven’t stained yet! If you’re going to go plastic I highly recommend these.

Notes

  • I’m personally trying to stick to a 1200-1500 daily calorie limit. This may not work for you. Change these recipes as much as you need to make them work.

 

Meal Prep – Turkey Pinwheels

You may remember there was no meal prep last week, and I ended up spending half the week on the couch. I’m still a little tired from being sick so this week’s meal prep is one of my very simple staples.

I usually safe this meal prep for spring/summer because it’s a cold meal, but it’s also delicious, high in protein, and low calorie. Let me introduce you to the Turkey Pinwheels! I originally found this recipe through a google search which lead me to Project Meal Plan.

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Meal Prep – Not This Week!

I was only going to be making lunches for two days this week so I decided to skip it since I was already feeling pretty tired Sunday. Then, woke up this morning with a fever. Which means, if I had made my meals this week, there’s a good chance today’s would’ve gone to waste. Soooo, I guess my laziness worked out for the best.

Instead of my regular meal prep post today I’m here to tell you it’s okay to fall from routine sometimes. Life happens. Family happens. Sickness happens. Things happen to mess with routine. The key is to GET BACK TO IT as soon as you can! Mostly I’m writing this as a reminder to myself, but some of you may also want to hear it. Especially now. At least in Ohio it’s finally getting cold and feeling winter like so I’m trying to remind myself that the routine will be there when I’m ready to get back to it, and, until then, I need to be kind to myself. Especially while I’m sick.

Keep it up friends! I know you can all do the things you want to do this year.

Board Game Purge 2020

Each year, usually early in the year, I do an inventory check of my board games. This makes sure my digital inventory on Board Game Geek is accurate, but also has me looking at each individual box. Looking at the boxes is the important part of this because it gives me the chance to say “do I really want to play this again” or ask “does someone else I play with regularly own this?”. If the answer to the first is no or the answer to the second is yes then the box goes on the stack.

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