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Posted on September 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Have I ever told you that I'm a huge Snoopy fan!?  I am - absolutely adore Snoopy!  So, when I saw this particular comic, I just had to share.  It made me laugh and reflect. 


There's my lazy side that knows that I'm flabby and does indeed hope that a crisis never occurs...then there's my side that wants to be healthy and active!  Thankfully, right now my healthy/active side is dominant.


Scale read 191.4 this morning.  My girls and I are dealing with allergies so we all had a snoozy morning.  I hope to go for a walk/run this afternoon after work.  There's part of me that wants to go to zumba but honestly, I'm ashamed.  I know that I can't put in the effort that I did when I was 170 and I'm just plain too chicken to put myself out there!!


Oh!  And I must tell you that I'm quite proud of myself!  Yesterday, in between dance classes and soccer practice, the husband went to McDonald's.  He and the girls ate their fries, chicken nuggets and drank their soda/chocolate milk.  I had a plum.  Then I went home and ate my healthy chili and cooked up some sugar free pudding.  YAY me.  I had french fries just an inch away and I resisted!!  I just kept telling myself that it's not worth it.  There will be other McDonald's days and today it just wasn't worth the calories!


So - that's where I'm at.  I also think that I may have to exercise in the afternoons/evenings.  I've noticed that when I workout in the mornings that I basically feel like I'm starving all day.  And you know what, that's ok!  As long as I get some activity in - it's all good in my book!


Posted on September 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 But it's good-for-you-food, so I feel no guilt about posting it on a weightloss blog!


The weather in my area is perfect crockpot chili weather, rain and cool.  Plus, it's a "ber" month, as I like to call them.  September - December or you may just call it Autumn...anyway, I love it!   And, oddly, that's when I do best with weight loss.  It's something about the season - I just get this overwhelming urge to bake and make and look at all of the fall foliage via walking!


Yesterday, I did indeed go for my power walk.  It rained the whole time but it was surprisingly refreshing and I only had a few neighbors look at me like I was insane!  Dinner was a quick sandwich and then I took my girls to tumble/cheer practice.


When we returned home, my parents were there with TWO DOZEN DOUGHNUTS!!!!  Not just any doughnuts - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  I'll just have to assume that they are good as I haven't eaten any.  No, instead I measured out a bowl of cereal and then started working on my crockpot chili.  Super lean beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, green peppers and seasoning.  That's pretty much it!  And I will tell you that I make some pretty good chili - I brought in a bowl for lunch today!


As for my weight, it was 192.4 today.  Basically, a pound and a half down from yesterday...YAY ME!  I then did some stretching and put air in my yoga ball.  Now, my only obstacle is getting my toddler to let me actually use my yoga ball!!


Posted on September 5, 2011 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 <----That, my friends, is my masterpiece.  This weekend was the kick-off of college football season.  The husband and I were home alone and looking forward to watching the opening games without any protests or pleas of watching Spongebob, Princess or any other animated film from our adorable little girls.


So, I hopped out to the store last week and bought some fresh mozzerella, fresh deli pepperoni, turkey sausage...the freshness is key!  I worked and worked on my dough and my hard work was definitely worth it!  Crispy crust, ooey-gooey cheese - it was totally awesome!  How many calories was it?  I have no idea!  But well worth it!!!


Yesterday, I went to work and then dear hubby and I went to Chili's for dinner....and I got a strawberry margarita. 


Here's the thing - just because I'm trying to eat healthier doesn't mean that I'm going to cut EVERYTHING out.  I can still splurge SPORADICALLY!  So, today, I wore my workout clothes to work and plan on going for a run this afternoon.  I've brought my water and fresh fruit.  Got basically all my meals planned out and this morning, my scale read 194.0.  Which I find perfectly acceptible after this weekend.


Moderation, ya know!  And I have no doubt that my "gain" will be gone by tomorrow.  I'll report back with the results!!


Posted on September 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 I'm aiming to make it a priority to post every weekday.  I'll try to get here on the weekends, too!


Let's talk about yesterday!  Yesterday started well in the food department - eggs/toast, protein bar...and then I went home from work.  The family and I are still trying to find a good routine since our old weekly routine has been shot due to school and extra-curricular activities.  Seriously, we have 3 dance practices, 2 soccer practices a week and a soccer game every Saturday!  We're busy!  Plus, I sometimes have to work special evening events - like this Friday I'll be at our "Friday Night Football Party!"


So, anyway, I went home and I was famished.  We still needed to do our weekly grocery shopping + household items stop at the local wholesale market!  I try to never go grocery shopping hungry so I agreed to stop at our favorite mexicana restaurant.  All in all, I did ok.  Too many chips and salsa but I reigned myself in pretty good.


When we returned home, I tried a new "recipe" that I found.  It's kind of like an ice cream float - but I used an orange sherbet push-up and diet lemon-lime soda.  The trick is to let your sherbet get good and melted in the soda before you start sipping.  It was really good and hit the spot for the nighttime-treat!


My result is that I'm down one pound today.  YAY!  I'll take it!


This morning, I did a 3-mile power walk.  I've got a 5K race in 2 weeks.  Distance I can handle but I really need to work on my speed.  I brought some healthy snacks to work and working on my water intake...must remember to take my vitamins, too.


I'm also trying to decide if I want to go to a zumba class tonight.  (edit - have you noticed that I often talk about going to zumba class lately but very rarely go - what's up with that?) I'm on the fence as the eldest has soccer practice.  We will see!


Posted on August 31, 2011 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Ok - no excuses, no flowery tales or nonsense.


I've gained weight.  Quite a bit, actually.  I weighed in yesterday @ 195.  This morning, 193.  So, while it's better, I still have a long road ahead of me.


I'm also looking for a new fitness class/regimen.  Someone mentioned something about doing yoga so I think I may try to find a class.  I would love to do it at home but with kids and an always chaotic household, it's just not going to happen.


In kid news, the eldest is now in first grade and taking her 3rd year of tumble/cheer.  She also is in her third season of soccer and just started ballet.  The toddler is also taking a dance class.  Yesterday was her first day...honestly, it could have gone better but I totally expected some water works.  It's ok.  I have faith that it'll all get better as we progress.


I'm going to zumba class this afternoon.  Wish I could say I'm super excited but that would be untruthful.  I enjoy zumba - truly.  But I also know that it's going to be a lot of sweaty work.  However, it must be done!  Wish me luck!!


Posted on June 13, 2011 at 2:36 PM Comments comments (0)

 But not really sure if I'm back.  I mean, I wanna be back...just afraid of the commitment.


So - quick recap of what's been happening the past few months.  (sorry)


I'm type 2 diabetic.  The eldest graduated from Kindergarten!  I've gained weight.  I've stopped all exercise.  I feel like a huge failure and besides that, I'm rather witchy.


Pretty much - I'm miserable. I weighed in this morning at 186.  Granted, my monthly just started about 2 hours ago so that usually makes me fluctuate quite a bit.  Also, chips, pizza, chinese and sweets make me fluctuate...a lot!  And I've ate it all!


So - in order to get all of this under control - I guess I have no choice but to be back!  Wish me luck!!


Posted on March 11, 2011 at 1:13 PM Comments comments (0)

Master Yoda would be so disappointed in me.  Honestly, I'm disappointed in myself!


This week, as well as the past couple of months, has been such a rollercoaster.  I'm still grieving over my Uncle Bobby (whom I lovingly think of as the maternal Grandfather that I should have had), my weight/exercise regime is a complete disaster, I apparently have traded in my migraine for back pain...overall, I have anger, hate and suffering - the path to the dark side, it is!


AND - I've given up alcohol.  Why?  Well, for one, it has a ton of calories.  Two, it's gotten to the point where I enjoy it too much.  So, I'm going dry, as the saying goes.  I don't plan on never touching alcohol again...just staying away from it for a couple of weeks in effort to get my healthy body back.  I've been drinking too much, eating too many carbs and fatty, fried food.  Haven't been exercising, either.


When I got on the scale the other day, I weighed in at 179.  At New Year, I was 170.  Truthfully, I was hoping to be at my goal of 143 by now - not ten pounds heavier!!


So, today, I'm counting points/calories.  Tomorrow, I'm going to Zumba class.  I plan on cooking instead of ordering out.  I'm going to shut off the TV and move more.  I have to.


Posted on March 8, 2011 at 12:12 PM Comments comments (0)

 Here's another pic of my friends (Mrs. C and Tracy) at our past GNO.  Looking at it, in comparison to them, why do I look like a drag queen?


I'm having a bit of a pity party today.  Still kind of in shock over the death of my uncle, I had the most horrendous migraine last night, a sick kid, an early and expensive dentist appointment this morning...the headache is back, I've gotta take the little one to the pediatrician this afternoon AND I was just told by my computer that I'm "VERY Overweight".


In fact, I already knew that I was very just sucks to be told that by an online BMI calculator.  See, I was doing pretty well yesterday.  I counted/measured my food, made healthy choices.  I went to the grocery store and bought more healthy items.  Then, the migraine hit and I was in pure hell.  Finally, around 2 am, I stumbled into the kitchen to get some meds.  Alas, I have to take said meds with food.  The closest thing was the little container of cookies.  I ate some and downed milk.  It really wasn't that bad but still, I feel guilty.


I woke up this morning with the urge to eat carbs.  However, I made a healthy breakfast/lunch and drove on into work after the dentist and school drop off for the eldest.  BTW, she was also up late last night...sick and has a goopy eye aka conjunctivitis.  The hubby is having anxiety attacks and beyond moody, the smallest dog is in her first heat and is quite the little trollop - running our fence line, just hoping that some neighborhood romeo will be able to jump the chainlink barrier.  Thankfully, it's six feet high!


Hmmmm - what else can I complain about?  I'm on a roll!  How about - the house is a disaster, I need to do my taxes, doesn't look like I'm going to have a chance to exercise anytime soon, gas is $3.50 a gallon in my little podunk town...and did I mention that my head hurts?  My neck hurts, too.


I want a new today!!!  This one sucks!


Posted on March 7, 2011 at 2:13 PM Comments comments (0)

 <----Me, with bangs, at this past Saturday Night's "GNO".  It was fun, a little bit of drama, but fun!


My brain is a little scattered today, so I apologize in advance.  I just learned that a dear Uncle passed away this morning.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to see him as often as I would have liked.  If you would, please say a little prayer for his wife, my Aunt JoAnn.  They were married for 44 years.  I love them both dearly and it's still hard for me to wrap my head around it that he won't be there for family functions.  He was such a great man and the BEST pillow maker!  (He made my and my girls pillows on our beds)


In other news, I started back the diet.  Exercise is still hit or miss but I'm happy to report that I had a 4 lb loss last week.  YAY me!!


Not much else going on...both of my girls have doc appointments tomorrow.  Funeral home on Wednesday and Thursday.  Let us all hope that this week gets better.


Posted on February 26, 2011 at 11:42 AM Comments comments (0)

 Do you guys remember Pie?  (Well, actually, her name was Revelie but our then 2 yr old called all dogs a "pie-pie" so she was Pie-Pie.)


Some friends posted a "movement" on facebook to change your profile pic to a pic of your pet to raise awareness of animal abuse.  I originally posted a pic of our current dogs, Penny and Pearl (couldn't find one that had Jacob in there too without one of the kiddos in there as well.)  But after thinking about it, Pie-Pie was my most fitting "mascot".


Pie-Pie, according to our vet, had a hereditary kidney disease that took her life when she was just 2 years old.  She was always a thin dog who was always on the lookout for our eldest, Carly.  She also took very good care of Libby when she was born but Carly was her human and Pie was Carly's dog.


We all miss our little Pie-Pie.  People can say what they want about animals not having souls and unable to go to Heaven - our Pie-Pie is in Heaven with Jesus waiting on Carly.  Call me a fool if you wish but Carly had a dream about she has a new name and is in Heaven.  I believe it with all of my heart.  I'll see Pie - soon.

I usually try to keep things light and non-controversial on this blog but I'm telling you, I fully believe that we are in the "end of times" on Earth and Jesus is coming for his people in my lifetime.  Being married to a Minister, I get to here all of the latest on dits about foreign affairs, Bible prophecy, etc.  Just thought I'd give you something to think about.


Now, with that said, I'll give you more to think about.  While I'm strong in my beliefs that Jesus is the true Son of God, He came to this world and died on a cross so all that believe in him, shall not perish but have everlasting life...I believe that we should follow the ten commandments and just use plain commen sense...I do not concur with all of the "man-made" rules that are forced on several Churches.


Example - I will not be sent away from the Pearly gates if I wear jeans to Church instead of a full length dress.  Nope, don't believe it and besides, I don't own a dress.  Seriously, I don't other than a hand me down sheath that I can't wear...and my wedding gown.


I enjoy the fruit of the vine aka wine.  Jesus turned the water into wine, afterall.  I don't drink everyday or even every weekend.  But I do it, I enjoy it and I don't feel bad for it.


I don't go to Church every Sunday.  I enjoy my Church greatly.  I love the people, the fellowship and worship...but there are Sundays when I don't feel well...I take my kiddos to the amusement park or whatever.  I will also add that I'm going to my Church twice tomorrow.  Service tomorrow morning, an open house and then a Student ministry concert tomorrow night.  My eldest and I also take dance classes at the Church so we are there on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


I'm not saying for you to be like me cause the good Lord knows that I'm by no-means a great role model...I'm just saying if you had this notion that you have to dress up and be a member of the "I can't club" as I call it (I can't go out and have fun, I can't listen to my music anymore, etc) - I'm not buying it. 


Salvation and the love of God is one of the very few things in the entire world that is free.  Embrace it!  You don't have to be perfect, just ask for forgiveness and let Jesus in.  Now, I will say that you may find yourself no longer liking the things that you once did...but it'll be your choice and move on to better things for you!


Again, just giving you something to think about.  God bless you!


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