#Mamavation Monday: Maintaining During a Holiday

Carrots and a crock pot are corned beef sacrilege!
Carrots and a crock pot are corned beef sacrilege!

So, I have to tell you something.St. Patrick’s Day is my jam. It is also my preserves, my jelly, and all things I love. My bio dad was actually born in Ireland so it’s the day my family celebrates my ancestors surviving the potato famine and not dying so we (the family) could be here today. We don’t wear green, we don’t have a shamrock anywhere in the house.

But I boil a huge 7 gallon pot of water and make corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. I buy Kerrygold butter and we buy and consume an insane amount of Vienna Beef brand corned beef.

It’s a thing.

I fully planned on blowing my diet all over the back wall like the victim in a CSI episode, but found that I was unable to eat even half what I did last year before getting SICK full.

It was surprising, sad, and kind of totally awesome.

I’ve been doing good following my “lifestyle of eating” choices and – this is my unscientific guess – my stomach is just smaller from eating less.

That being said, I got these free Weight Watchers meeting coupons from my insurance company. I’m not sure if I want to subscribe to that madness (it seems a little culty to me and they always give me more points than I could possibly eat and I don’t know if it supports Paleo) but I’m a sucker for free stuff, so may give it a whirl.

Last but not least for Mamavation Monday is a question about blenders. I have an immersion blender and am wondering if I can just use THAT to make whole juice smoothies. Do I really need a huge Ninja or Blendtec or Vitamix to get where I want to be in smooothieland? I’m not going to be a super-regular smoothie drinker but I’m thinking about doing a fast but don’t want to deprive my body of nutrients so I’m thinking a whole jujce fast.

What’s your opinion?



  • Meagan

    WooHoo on knowing when you were full yesterday and being able to stop and not keeping going… That is major props to you lady… Not to sure on the blender I know the Magic Bullet sucks but heard wonders about the Ninja

  • April Ockerman

    congrats on knowing your limits. I am not so sure about Weight Watchers either..the whole point thing doesn’t make sense to me, but I guess it works for some people. As far as blenders…not sure. I have a regular blender I use for smoothies, I also have a juicer so that I can make my own juices… I know I am of no help 🙂

  • Amy (@laundrydayblues)

    I have a Ninja, and I use it for smoothies all the time. I LOVE making smoothies. I make them thick and tell my kids it’s ice cream heheh! I did have a magic bullet knock off years ago, and it last a couple years then died. So probably worth it’s money, I did use it a LOT. Just my 2 cents.

  • Rebecca @RUtheMOMof

    I don’t have a Ninja but have heard great things about them. I just use a blender when I make my smoothies and they come out fine.

  • Joanna @way2gomom

    You’re awesome. I’m glad your family survived the potato famine. I use a regular blender for smoothies – just a Kitchenaid, regular ol’ blender. I was thinking of getting a Ninja for juicing though!

  • Jeanae

    I love this post! “it’s a thing” lol that’s pretty much how I explain almost EVERYTHING about my biological family. People ask “why on earth do you guys do …” My reply is always, “it’s a thing for this family.”

    We use the hamilton beach juicer, and it works well for us. I keep hearing about the ninja, but I haven’t tried one yet.

  • Tricia

    I use a bella cucina rocket blender for smoothies and I love it. I have been thinking about buying a juicer but I don’t know what kind to get because I keep reading conflicting reviews. Weight watchers worked really well for me to lose the weight but as soon as I stopped I gained it all back. I just didn’t want to spend the rest of my life tracking points.

  • Mommahunt

    I have done weight watchers a lot and I have found if you are clean eating-non diet garbage you certainly use all your points. I personally feel points is easier to wrap my mind around than calories plus the meetings are great and I haven’t been in a long time and am thinking of going back. I figured that combined with this whole awesome sisterhood business I should be well on my way to health