Thursday, December 30, 2010

I'm Still Alive

Maddie and I - Christmas Eve - 2010











It's been a good two weeks since I have written. I didn't realize how busy my life would be before, during and after Christmas. Between my job, my family, my classroom Mom duties, Church activities, being sick, my family being sick and the other normal Christmas preparation activities, my life has been very busy. It's a busy time of year but I love it. I love every second of it. I love celebrating Jesus' birth! It's the best time of the year!










Getting to my weight loss or should I say weight gain! Just kidding. I don't think I gained anything this Holiday season but I'm pretty sure I didn't lose anything. I haven't weighed myself in a few days so I'm not sure. I will have to weigh in tomorrow morning.










I did ok with food this Christmas. I ate what I wanted but watched my portions except for the cheese filled Bologna that my in-laws bring me every year. Yummm, I love that stuff! My in-laws are the best. Seriously, they spoil me (and the kids) rotten. :) They bring our favorites every time they come to visit and on Christmas I get my Bologna. :) Love it!










I made our traditional breakfast Christmas morning. It is my Grandma M's famous Ham and Cheese Puff. It is so easy and you have to let it sit overnight in the fridge before you bake it. It makes the perfect breakfast on a busy morning. I make it every year on Christmas because my family loves it so much. My Grandma is such a good cook!


















These were two of my girls favorite gifts. We had so much fun watching the girls open their gifts this year. It seems to get less stressful every year. My husband got me a heated mattress pad. Yes, I really did ask for it and it's awesome! :) Practical and I love it. There is nothing like crawling into a warm bed at night.












My Mom then cooked us the most awesome lunch. Seriously it was the best meal I have had all year. I wish my stomach could have held more. We spent the afternoon with my in-laws, my parents and then in evening we visited my Grandparents and most of my Dad's family. It was a great day!








I hope you all had a wonderful time Celebrating Jesus' birth!


Monday, December 13, 2010

I woke up this morning feeling like I have been hit by a bus. I just can't seem to get over this head cold. I have been on antibiotics and it just seems to be getting worse. This morning is definitely the worst it has been. Any suggestions on how to get some relief?

I have such big plans to get started exercising again and I just don't feel up to it. That's not my only problem. I also don't feel like planning healthy meals because I am just too tired. I want to move forward with my weight loss but I need to get rid of this cold first because right now I am not getting anywhere.

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On a happier note I was excited to find out that I don't have to count the points for my banana or any fruit in my smoothies anymore. I'm very excited about that! I'm sure I will find more that I like the more I get into it but for right now I don't really have time for anything else other then work, taking care of my family and sleep. I need to get better really soon.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

The New Weight Watchers Program

First, I have to say that you guys are awesome!!! Thank you so much for the messages and comments all of you have sent me this past week. Your response to my last post was so wonderful. It is nice to know that so many of you are going through the same thing that I am and that we are all in this together. You are all so sweet and your kind words mean so much to me.

After writing my last post about getting back on track I woke up the next morning with a migraine that turned into a head cold which eventually turned into a sinus infection. I started my antibiotics yesterday and woke up this morning feeling like I was hit by a truck. I feel a little better right now and I hope I will continue to feel better each day.

Not only have I been sick but of course the whole family got it. I just took the girls to the doctor this afternoon. MJ has a sinus infection and Maddie has croup (yet again). Needless to say I haven't gotten much sleep the past few nights. Between running a hot shower in the middle of the night for Maddie and cleaning up MJ's vomiting in her crib from coughing I really haven't had much time for sleep.

My wonderful hubby went to the grocery store for me tonight to get me some healthy foods. I haven't really had a chance to do this since I decided to get back on track. I had planned to but then we all got sick. He is so great! He bought me my new favorite yogurt. It's Chobani Greek Yogurt. My Aunt Diana got me hooked on it over Thanksgiving. I am not really a yogurt fan and really disliked Yoplait's Greek Yogurt but for some reason I love this stuff. It is sweet, smooth and creamy. It has the perfect texture and sweetness. It's a little pricier then most yogurts but it is so good that I really don't mind paying the price. The best part is that it is super filling!

The thing that I have been wanting to ask all of you about is the new Weight Watcher's program. What do you guys think of it? I'm not quite sure what to think. I don't like that I can't figure out the points in my head anymore. Going to the grocery store is going to be so much harder. I only pay for the WW online so I don't get all of the nifty little tools to take to the store with me. I don't have access to the Internet so I can't check the points value when I am out. I do like the fact that it is all new to me. I hope it will get me excited again and that it will be fun learning the new system. What do you guys think of the new program???

I am excited to start tomorrow off on the right foot. It is nice to actually have healthy food in the house (thanks to my husband). :) I plan to get to know the new Weight Watchers system and have fun playing around with it. Maybe even get in a little exercise. :)


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

And The Number Is ...

Well this post just might be harder to write then my first post almost two years ago. As many of you know I haven't posted in a few weeks. I have missed writing on here very much but mostly I missed all of your kind words and support. :) Thank you to everyone who has written me emails, sent me facebook messages and also left me comments on my blog while I was away. Your encouragement means more to me then you will ever know.

Today marks a new day in my weight loss journey. The day I admit to all of you that I have fallen off track big time and gained more weight then I ever thought I would let myself do.

I have been really struggling with my weight, my eating habits and life in general since this past September. I think part of my problem may be caused by the big changes in my life since then. The added stress, extra responsibility and lack of sleep have really not been working for me. I stopped writing the past few weeks because I knew that I needed to get my life reorganized before I could get my weight loss back on track.

As of today I am working about 30 hours a week as our local YMCA's Sports Coordinator. God has really blessed me with a job where I can make some much needed money and still be a stay at home Mom. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect job. Isn't it funny how I would have never imagined myself in a million years doing this job yet now that I am doing it I absolutely love it and could not have picked a more perfect job myself. Isn't it funny how what we want is sometimes so much different then what God wants. If only we would realize that God's will is perfect and we just need to wait for His perfect timing. God has a plan for me in this job and I see it every day. I love that I am able to show God's love to everyone that I come in contact with in my new job. This job has truly been a blessing.

I decided this morning that I was going to do it! I weighed myself for the first time in a long time and decided to share it with you. Not just for my own accountability but also that all of you can see how real I am. I am just as human as the rest of you. I have my ups and downs and this is just another one that I have to deal with. Life threw me for a loop and I had to catch up with it before I could get everything back on track.

When I stepped on the scale this morning I weighed 181.2 pounds. This means I gained 15.2 pounds since Aug. 2010. Today I weight almost as much as I did a year ago. Wow, it's crazy how time flies. This number is very upsetting to me because I know how hard I worked to get to my lowest weight and now I have to do it all over again. I am realizing that this is just another stepping stone in my journey. No one wants to gain weight back but I am pretty sure most of us have done it at one point or another.

I am real and this is my life and this is why I am sharing it with you. It is slightly embarrassing but if I can help just one person by sharing the truth then it is worth it.

I am ready to get my eating habits and exercise habits back on track. I don't like the way I look or feel and I am now ready to put out the effort it is going to take me to get back to where I want to be. I know that once I start eating healthier and exercising again I will feel better inside and out.

So who is with me???

Let's take back control of what we are putting in our mouths and what we are doing with our bodies. The only real secret to losing weight is to eat healthier and exercise more. Let the games begin!!!!!!!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

And The Winner Is!!!

The winner of the Paisley Peach Design Giveaway is Elaine. Elaine, I just sent you an email.

Thanks to everyone who entered!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Giveaway!

The Paisley Peach Designs Giveaway has been extended. It will now run until November 11th. Click hear to view and enter this wonderful giveaway.



I need to get some control on my eating

I don't know what is wrong with me. I am doing Weight Watchers online and tracking every bite I eat yet I am -49 points for the week. Yikes! I didn't even know that it was possible to eat that many extra points.



This week I started my job. I love it! I am having a great time planning the children's sports at my local YMCA. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect job.



It has been a lot harder then expected this week trying to keep my life organized while working part time. It's more difficult then I thought to be that Mom that drops off and pics up the kids at school, does the after school activities, cooks, and cleans while trying to live a healthy lifestyle. It's more tiring then I thought. It takes a lot of planning to make it all work.



I think that may be part of my unhealthy eating issues. I ran from one place to the next all week without a plan for any of my meals. We pretty much ate fast food, pizza or anything else we had in the house. This was not helpful. I didn't even have food for my lunches. It was just a crazy week.



I plan to do better this week. Today I am going to make out my meal plan and go to the grocery store. Tomorrow I hope to feel up to cooking some of the meals for the week. I think some nice warm soup will be in my near future. :)


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Weight Watchers Update

I have had many requests for updates on my Weight Watchers experience so far. I'm glad everyone is so interested. So far it has been great! I am back to tracking my food and my points and even though I went over my points yesterday I now know how I need to plan the rest of my week. It is an awesome feeling to see how many points I have left for the day, how many extra points I have left for the week and how many exercise points I have earned all in front of me. It's a great reminder of how I am doing and how I need to do for the rest of the week. I am really excited to see the results from this week.

I have been eating very well the past two days. Unfortunately I woke up in the middle of the night to eat. That stupid Halloween candy! It's sitting in the middle of my kitchen table. I ended up coming down stairs and shoving 6 fun size candy bars in my mouth and then going back to bed. This needs to stop. I am going to make a conscious effort to not do this tonight.

I did get up this morning and track my candy bars on my online tracker. Normally I would just eat it and pretend it didn't happen. Now that I am tracking it is will be a good reminder to not do it again.

Overall I am very happy with Weight Watchers Online. I have used it before (when I first started my journey) and loved it then also. I find it to be super simple and convenient. It is a lot less expensive then the Weight Watchers meeting. The only thing that you don't get with the online is the accountability. If you are planning on joining I suggest that you either start a blog and tell all of your friends and family about it or find a buddy to do it with. I am a firm believer that you need the accountability.

Here is the link (Weight Watchers)in case anyone wants to check it out or join. It really is a great program and I have nothing but good to say about it.


I Went To A Zumba Class

Can you believe it? I can't! I still can't believe that I went to a Zumba class yesterday. What I can't believe even more is that I loved it! I loved it so much that I am going back tonight and tomorrow morning. A perk of working at the gym. I can clock out and exercise whenever I want. :)

I was totally shocked that I actually like Zumba. I have wanted to try it out for about a year (maybe longer) but I was too afraid to do it. I was afraid of being so bad at it and then being embarrassed. Those thought seem so silly to me now that I have done it. If anyone has the same thoughts I had please don't let that discourage you from trying it.

I have to be the most uncoordinated person that I know and I still loved Zumba. It was so much fun to dance and not have to worry about what anyone thinks. Everyone is concentrating on there own moves and no one really care what other people are doing. I stood in the back yesterday which made me feel more comfortable. I was actually able to catch on to most of the moves which completely surprised me. I was so afraid I would be completely lost but somehow I did it. It wasn't hard at all. There were several parts that I just couldn't get but I tried my best and to tell you the truth I didn't even feel stupid doing it.

I seriously love Zumba! It is so much fun dancing around and having a good time. The time just flies by and it doesn't even feel like exercise. Although I was exhausted by the time the hour was up. It is a really good workout! I was drenched in sweat by the time I was done.

Have you tried Zumba? What did you think?


I Got A Job!

That's right! I finally got a job and it's perfect! I am the new Sports Coordinator at my local YMCA. I am so excited about this opportunity.

I will be coordinating all of the YMCA sports including starting new programs, running the old, getting volunteers and much more. It is a part time job. Right now it is approx. 15 hours a week. It will probably increase when I add new programs. It pays well for a part time job and I get a free membership. I am just so excited about what God is doing in my life right now.

This job is the perfect opportunity for me to show these children and their parents God's love. I think God has big things planned for me while I am in the position. I can't wait to see how he works through me. :)


Monday, November 1, 2010

I Finally Did It!

I did it! I finally did it! I signed up for Weight Watchers Online again. I hated to do it but at this point I knew it was the only way for me to get back on track. I need to be more strict and count my points and think more about what I am putting in my mouth.

As I was looking over some old posts I noticed that when I was really losing weight the fastest was when I was following Weight Watchers online. So that is what sparked my interest to sign up for it again.

I am actually super excited about it. Almost as exited as I was about two years ago when I started this journey. It is nice to know that this program has worked for me in the past and it can work for me again.

I am excited to finally get myself back on the right track. I am ready to stop gaining and start losing again. I will officially weigh myself tomorrow and write a weigh in post to get me started. My biggest problem now is going to stop myself from eating all of the Halloween Candy sitting on my kitchen table.

Starting today I get 25 P's a day. That seems like a reasonable amount. I haven't plugged in my breakfast, lunch and chocolate candy :( yet but I am thinking I may not have many points left for the day. I had a few too many peanut butter cups.

On a good note I am having spaghetti for dinner with lean hamburger, and Smart Taste pasta. One of my favorite meals!

Today is the start of my new plan. My plan to get myself back on track. My plan to get myself moving forward towards my goal. I will not go back!!!


Friday, October 29, 2010

I Saw A Psychiatrist Yesterday

Yesterday I met with a Psychiatrist. It was my first time so I was a little nervous. I was very pleased that I didn't even have to sit in the waiting room and wait. They were ready for me when I arrived. That never happens so it was a very pleasant surprise. :)

My Psychiatrist was so nice. She asked me what felt like a thousand questions and was very sweet while she listened to all of my answers. It was a very interesting appointment. It was funny that by her asking me all of these questions I pretty much came up with the same conclusion as she did.

She does not think that I need to be treated with medicine. She thinks that a lot of what I am feeling is coming from the fact that I am a perfectionist. I see everything as either perfect or a failure. Honestly I knew that I think like this but I really never thought that there was anything wrong with it. She explained to me that there is an in between and it is okay to be in between. I guess I never really thought of it this way. She thinks I am driving myself crazy by trying to always do everything perfect and when don't do it perfect I feel like a failure and this is where stress and depression come into play.

It all completely makes sense to me now. This isn't my only issue but I think it is where all of my others issues stem from. Another big problem that I have is taking to much on. I try to do it all and I kill myself trying. The Psychiatrist told me that it is okay to ask for help. Honestly, this is something that I am not fond of. It seems like most times I ask for help I am either made to feel guilty or let down. Two things that my mind just can not handle. There is nothing worse then being made to feel guilty or be let down by the people you love. I feel like most of the time it is just easier to do things by myself.

I'm sure I could go on and on with all of my problems but I'm sure you get the idea. I try to do to much, always try to make it perfect and don't like to ask for help. I guess this would drive anyone a little crazy. :)

My Psychiatrist doesn't think that I need to see her. She is pretty much there to prescribe medicine. She thinks it would be a good idea to see a therapist. Someone that can help me work out these little things that are making me feel miserable. She also thinks a therapist can help me with my stress eating (binging). Now that would be awesome!!!

I wanted to let all of you know that I appreciate all of your prayers and concern. You are all such wonderful people and I really appreciate that you are always here for me. Thanks for being the best readers a girl could have. :)


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I need sleep

Today was a rough day. I ended up having to go to the doctor. I have a sinus infection, double ear infection and some kind of infection in my throat. Now I am sitting up at midnight typing this post because I can't sleep. My head, ears and throat hurt and I can't breath through my nose. It's not going to be a good night.

At least my hubby is taking good care of me. He went to the store and bought me a watermelon and cantaloupe. I have been craving them. :) Then he made me some hot tea and put the girls to bed. It's always nice to feel loved!

I am planning on enjoying my fruit tomorrow. I just hope I can function enough to get through the day. Now I'm off to try sleeping again.

Goodnight!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Paisley Peach Designs Review and Giveaway!!!

Check out the beautiful necklace I was given to review! It was made by Gennelle Gardner of Paisley Peach Designs.







It is definitely my new favorite necklace. It is perfect for someone like me. I love to have an everyday necklace and for me this is the one. I wear it with just about everything. It looks great with a pair of jeans or a little black dress. That's why I love this piece so much.


As a mother of two I don't always have the time to dig through my jewelry to find that perfect necklace. Right now I take this one off at night and put it on my dresser. Then in the morning I grab it and put it right back on. It looks great with whatever I wear.




I have gotten tons of complements on it so far and I think it is because it has this perfect little sparkle to it. My favorite part of this necklace is that the clasp in the back never moves. No more twisted necklace syndrome for me. :) This necklace seriously is made so well that the beads always stay in the center of your neck and the clasp always stays in the back. It's the best feature! I love it!




Here are some of my other favorites that Genelle makes and sells at Paisley Peach Designs.




Genelle creates necklaces, bracelets and earrings that she sells on her site all at very reasonable prices. You can click here to visit Paisley Peach Designs and look at all of the beautiful jewelry Genelle is selling.



Not only is Genelle doing a giveaway but she is also
offering all of my readers 10% off
of their purchase
until the contest ends on Nov. 3, 2010.
The winner of the giveaway will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to Paisley Peach Designs and free shipping when using the certificate.



How To Enter:


1. Visit Paisley Peach Designs by clicking here and come back and leave a comment telling me what piece of jewelry you would like to have.

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4. For a fourth entry sign up for my newsletter by entering your email on the top right hand side of my blog and then leave a comment saying that you signed up. . If you already signed up just leave that in the comment section.

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The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. All entries must be received by Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be announced Thursday, November 11th, 2010. For U.S Addresses Only.


This review is my honest opinion of Paisley Peach Designs.
I am not responsible for any prizes.



Depression

I am sure many of you have noticed the past few weeks that my posts are not like me. I am not writing regularly and I am sure you can notice the lack of motivation for losing weight. I'm sure if you have been reading my blog you know that this is just not like me.

My lack of motivation lately has not just been towards my weight loss. I have pretty much lacked motivation in every area of my life. I am normally a person that over does everything even if it means suffering more because of my Fibromyalgia. Sometimes I just don't know when to stop. But right now I don't even have the motivation to do things at all. It's not like me and it is so frustrating.

I have been trying to shake this feeling for 6-8 weeks or maybe even a little longer but I just can't seem to snap out of it. I have tried everything and anything to try to get my back and nothing seems to work. I do have good days but even my good days aren't quite normal.
I thought for sure I could shake this but as of last week I realized that no matter what I do I can't change the way I feel right now.

I messaged my Rhuematologist and she agrees that I am probably suffering with depression. She suggested seeing a Psychiatrist to adjust my medications. I will be seeing the Psychiatrist this Thursday. I really hope to get things figured out soon so that I can start feeling normal again.

Until then I am going to do the best I can with my weight loss. I am still trying and no matter how I feel I am not ready to give up on my weight loss journey. I have worked too hard to give that up.

Today I am going to do some meal planning for the week. This should help to relieve a little stress and help me to eat healthier.

Please keep me in your prayers as I deal with this situation.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Breakfast Smoothies

I seriously could not live without them. I love Breakfast Smoothies!!! I am not a breakfast person. I am more a eat pizza or donuts breakfast person. :) I love sweets for breakfast. I no longer allow myself to do this but if I didn't care about my health or weight I would eat like this every day.

I think that is why I love my breakfast smoothies. To me they taste like a milkshake yet they are so good for me. I also love that they are quick and easy to make. I have a smoothie for breakfast 90% of the time. The only reason I don't have a smoothie for breakfast is if I am really running late and don't have time to make one. On those days I don't usually have anything for breakfast. Trust me, I don't like those days.

If you have never tried a Smoothie for breakfast you need to click on the link below and try some of my Smoothie recipes. My favorite right now is my Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie with Banana. It tasted like a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. So Yummy! I have had this one for breakfast every day this week. :)

Click Here for Smoothie Recipes.

The best part about making my smoothies lately is that I can make them in my Vitamix! Which means that I can throw carrots, spinach or whatever I have on hand into one of these smoothies and never taste it. It is a great way to get some extra veggies into your diet. The Vitamix is so powerful that it puree's it so fine that you can't even tell it is there. It's awesome!

A big thank you again to the Vitamix company for giving me this wonderful machine. It is being well used!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I Love Fish Tacos

Gorton's and Ortega sent me coupons for their Fish and Taco Shells to try out some fish tacos. I know fish tacos may sound a little odd (they did to me anyway) but I was amazed to find out that I may like them even better then regular beef tacos. They are that good!





If you haven't given them a try yet you really should. They were awesome! I mixed a packet of taco seasoning with 1 (16oz) container of fat free sour cream and 1/2 cup of light Mayo to make a great sauce for on top of the fish. Then we topped them with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. I love the extra crunch the cucumbers added.

Yes, I used breaded fish but you could actually use any fish or even shrimp. I think I will give shrimp a try next time. I am all about these fish taco's right now. They just add such a cool twist to an average taco. I would have never thought to use fish instead of beef. It's such an exciting way to make a meal healthier and add variety to your diet.



This is Maddie taking her first bite. She was scared to try it. You can tell in the picture that she wasn't thrilled to be taking a bite. Let's just say she practically licked her plate clean. She loved the fish taco and went back for seconds. I think fish tacos are now one of her favorite foods. She is so funny!




The picture below is my third taco. Normally I wouldn't eat this many but for one they tasted awesome and two I forgot to try the hard shell with the second taco. So that just left me no choice but to have a third. :)




I had to take a picture of this one because Maddie made it for me. She was so excited to help Mommy make dinner. She added the carrot to make it look pretty. She did an excellent job making my taco because it was actually my favorite one! I loved the hard Ortega taco shell with the Gorton's fish. What a yummy combination. I wasn't expecting to like the hard shell fish taco that much as much as the soft shell. They were both yummy!


Although Gorton's and Ortega gave me the fish and the taco shells to try this yummy combination the opinions in this post are all mine. I love fish taco's and the Gorton's Fish and Ortega shells were excellent! I can't wait to have them again.

Why not add a twist to your Taco Night and try some Fish tacos!!! I think you and your kids will love them!


Monday, October 18, 2010

So Much For My Day Of Relaxation

Last night I wrote about how I was going to spend today relaxing and trying to come of with some ideas to motivate me to lose weight. Unfortunately I woke up at 4am with a migraine. It was horrible. I ended up sleeping in until 10am or should I say trying to sleep. Then I finally got up and took an Imetrex because I couldn't fight it any longer.



I know that you aren't supposed to fight migraines but I hate the way the meds make me feel so I always do my best to try to get rid of it on my own. Not the smartest idea but I really hate that drowsy feeling that I get from Imetrex. I was happy that my migraine was gone by the early afternoon.



It so frustrating to have migraines. They ruin your entire day. After getting rid of my migraine I felt totally drained. I was useless for the rest of the day. Not the type of relaxation I was looking for.



On the up side I did have a nice lunch. Last night I pounded out a chicken breast and marinated it in honey french salad dressing. For lunch I grilled it with some peppers and onions. It was delicious!






After lunch I did a little laundry and then took my daughter to her soccer game. It was freezing outside. I really wished I would have had some hot chocolate, a heavy coat, my gloves and my hat. Instead I went in a sweatshirt. What was I thinking? I am glad that the season is coming to an end. I love watching the kids play soccer but I really don't like the cold.



After soccer we came home to a nice warm crockpot meal. I marinated some chicken last night in a bottle of Lawry's Lemon Pepper Marinade and then threw it in the crockpot this afternoon with some potatoes, peppers and onions. It turned out to be delicious. The girls even loved it.

Tomorrow the girls and I are going for our flu shots. I'm not looking forward to that. Then we will be spending the day with my sister. I hope to spend some time tomorrow night working on my goals and motivation. It shouldn't be this hard!?!



Sunday, October 17, 2010

I'm Still Alive!

It's been awhile but I'm still alive. :) I had a busy week and did a lot of catch up. I was able to catch up on grocery shopping, laundry and cooking along with having a nasty stomach bug. I am happy that the stomach bug at least was short lived. It only lasted about 24 hours but it was not fun. Especially since my two year old had it at the same time.

It's all over now and I am back to getting on track. Tomorrow I am going to spend relaxing a bit (because I really need it) and making some plans and goals for my weight loss. Right now I need to get myself motivated and moving in the right direction and I think the only way I am going to do that is to spend a little time planning. So that is my goal for tomorrow. To come up with some goals and specific plans to aid in my weight loss.

I think the change in weather is causing me to lack motivation. I have to find a solution to this. I need to find a way to make weight loss exciting again. Any suggestions? :)


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Having Some Fun!!!

I went to Lil Kids Stuff today to pick up an outfit for my daughters pictures this Sunday and I ended up walking out with nothing for the girls and three things for me. It felt awesome!


I don't buy things for myself very often so it felt so good today to come home with something for myself. It's the funniest thing. I was in the store checking out all of their newest items when I spotted a beautiful hat. After trying it on to see if it fit I fell in love with it. It was just too cute to pass up. Then of course I spotted the matching scarf and the cutest gloves ever. It was all too perfect to pass up.


This is how I walked out of the store.







This is the scarf and hat together




These are my awesome gloves! Perfect for keeping my hands warm while buckling up the girls and they are just so cute and comfy!










When Maddie got home from school she decided that she should be the one wearing my new hat, gloves and scarf. She looked so cute. How could I say no? She is such a ham. Now she wants a set in a different color for herself.










If you are looking for a cute Hat, Scarf or gloves for yourself or your kids make sure you check out Lil Kids Stuff in Bloomsburg, PA. The place is awesome! If you are not able to visit the store you can check it out online by clicking here and emailing her directly requesting these pieces. They are not yest listed on the site but I am sure they would be glad to hook you up with them.



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I Have A Plan!

That's right! I finally have a plan. It's seems like it been a while since I have been able to figure out a way to make it all work. I had a little time to think and pray today while I was cleaning and I came up with a new game plan. Wait until you hear how simple it is. I'm not sure why I didn't think of this one six weeks ago when my daughter started school.

So the plan is that I am going to start back at the gym. I just realized that the child care fits perfectly into my schedule. I'm mad at myself for not thinking of this a while ago. I can drop my daughter off at school and then head straight to the gym. That gives me three hours of time to myself to exercise. Of course I am not that dedicated but if I really wanted to I would have the time and child care for it. :)

That's just the beginning of my plan. I received a great suggestion today from one of my wonderful readers. Why not just go to bootcamp one or two times a week instead of feeling like I have to commit to three times a week. I am going to talk to Marc at Fuel Fitness about it to see if he is ok with it. I would love to continue doing bootcamp at least one time a week because it is really a great workout.

The plan is to go to bootcamp one to two days a week and then on the off days I can go to the gym. It seems like a perfect plan and I am finally excited to get back on track. I know it is sad but I have really been stressed about this bootcamp/exercise thing. It has been weighing on my mind for the past two weeks and it feels like a weight lifted to finally have it figured out.

I'm very excited to get back to the gym and even more excited to have figured out a way to fit bootcamp into my schedule. Even though it isn't the ideal way to do it I figure it is better then not doing it at all. I'm so, so excited!!! :) God is good!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Exercise, Exercise, Where Have You Gone???

I feel so disappointed in myself. I haven't exercised in over two weeks and I feel horrible about it. I just don't know what to do. I am thoroughly exhausted as it is with just taking care of my family. I really want to be the woman that goes to Bootcamp three days a week and feels great because I really do love Bootcamp and I really love the way I feel after I am done. It is such a wonderful workout and in such a short amount of time.

So why can't I figure out a way to fit it into my schedule without wearing myself out. I am having such a hard time figuring out a way that I can commit to it. I can only go to Bootcamp at 6am or sometimes 6pm (if my hubby isn't working late or my daughter doesn't have a soccer game). It seems like everytime I do try to commit to it something comes up. Sometimes it's a soccer game, in-laws are in visiting, birthdays, Doctor's appointments, or a sick child or husband, or even myself or a family member or friend that needs help. I know that it is important for me to exercise to stay healthy but I just can't put it in front of my family and friends.

Do any of you have the same problem? I know I could be doing another form of exercise but Marc at Fuel Fitness has given me such an awesome opportunity by letting me join his bootcamps and I really feel like I am missing out if I don't go. I wish I had a solution. :(

I think I am coming to the realization that I am going to have to choose a new form of exercise. So what do I choose? Nothing seems even comparable to Bootcamp. I would love to get a video to do at home. Maybe someday that will be an option. That would be really cool!!!

I would love to hear about what type of exercise is working for you!


I feel gross!

I feel disgusting today. I'm exhausted after running my kids around all day long. My husband now has the start of pneumonia (again!), my youngest has a head cold, my oldest was sent home from school with a pink eye that turns out to be conjunctivitis and the start of a virus. I can't take it anymore!!!

I am heading to the store tomorrow to buy Vitamins and maybe some Eccanasia (spl?). I've heard good things about it and we really need something around here. My poor husband needs his immune system built back up. The Doctor said he thinks he got sick again because his immune system was still down. I guess it is the same thing with the girls. Tomorrow is going to be Lysol day at my house. I want these germs out of my home!

I am just so sick of being worn down from taking care of my family. I feel like I can't even have a little time to rest myself. Of course they come first but sometimes my Fibromyalgia gets the best of me in a situation like this and I just feel so run down. Does anyone have any energy they can lone me? :) I have lots of house cleaning to do tomorrow along with taking care of my little sicklings.

Here's to a better day tomorrow!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My Awesome Lunch!!!

Check out my lunch! It was so wonderful that I had to share it with you.


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I used a La Tortilla Factory tortilla (1 P each) with a tbsp. of hummus, 1 serving of 98% fat free lunch meat turkey and cucumbers. It hit the spot. The hummus gave it a wonderful flavor and it was so filling. I ate the other tablespoon of hummus with some carrots and cucumbers. It was a wonderful lunch. I may just eat it every day this week. :)


Fuel Fitness, "Lose To Win" Weight Loss Challenge - Day 1

Monday marked Day 1 of the Fuel Fitness,
"Lose To Win" 6 Week Weight Loss Challenge.


Here are two pictures of my "Pudget" team on Day 1 of the challenge!



We are competing with several other teams to see which team can lose the largest percentage of body weight. I am so excited because with this challenge we got a large book of information on meal plans and exercising, plus we get a membership to the gym for 6 weeks and a t-shirt.

After looking at myself (in my way too small jeans - only ones clean :( ) in this picture I have even more incentive to lose. My jeans are too tight and I may never wear them again. :).

I weighed in on Monday at 174 pounds. I had my measurements taken but I didn't copy them down. Maybe next time I can get them and share them with you. It will be exciting to see what a difference we can make in 6 weeks!

We get weighed and measured every Monday so I will be able to give you an update on my team each week. The girls are very motivated and I think we are going to do great.

I will be sharing weight loss tips and recipes with my team throughout the contest. I will also share them with all of you. Please feel free to join in on this 6 week loss challenge and see how much of a difference you can make in just 6 weeks.

You can weigh and measure yourself each week along with us and even leave updates on my posts as week go. I would love for all of you to get involved! It's going to be a great 6 weeks!!!


The 20 Healthiest Foods for Under $1

Check out this link! The 20 Healthiest Foods for Under $1! I use a lot of these food items but some of them I never thought to use. It's a neat article with some great ideas and links to recipes. I only found one item on the list that I will not eat. That is sardines. I just don't think I could do it. :)


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And The Number Is .... Yikes....Week 91 Weigh In

This is a first! I gained 8 pounds in the last four weeks. Wow, how does this happen? I thought it was more like 5 pounds but this morning I stepped on the scale and it said 174 pounds. It's scary that I let myself gain 8 pounds back without even caring. I did notice my pants fitting a little tighter then usual. I guess 8 pounds will do that to you.

It stinks that I have to lose those 8 pounds again after already losing them but that is part of weight loss. We have our ups and we have our downs. Right now I really need to focus on getting these 8 pounds back off before the Holidays.


Week 91 Weigh In:


My Week In Review

1. Exercise: None at all.

2. Water: No

3. Late night eating: Almost every night for the past week (except last night!)

4. Snacking: cake, dips and everything else we had leftover from Maddie's B-Day party.

5. Eating more fruits and veggies: I didn't do well with either this past week.


What I need to work on this week:
My fridge is fully restocked with healthy meats, veggies and anything else I may need for the next two weeks. I spent $150 at the store yesterday and it should last me for two weeks. I am pretty happy with that!

I need to get back to bootcamp. Tonight will be my first night back. I can't say that I am really looking forward to it. I love the way I feel after but making myself get there is the problem.

I also started meal planning again. I planned out my meals and snacks for the next few days. I am excited about not having the stress of what to eat.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Please Help!

I am participating in a Bootcamp to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Octover 23rd, 2010. Please click here ( Jessica Brown's Page ) to view my "Workout for St. Jude" page. I am trying to raise $1000.00 for St. Jude's to find new cures for childhood cancer and catastrophic diseases . Please help support this cause by sponsoring me for the "Fuel Fitness Bootcamp" for St. Jude. Even if it is just a dollar or two every little bit helps these children that are suffering with these horrible diseases. Thank you so much for all of your support.


I'm Back!!!

After what seems like months (but probably only weeks) of not having much motivation, I am finally back! I have kind of been in a slump the past few weeks with being overwhelmed with our finances, throwing birthday parties, having sicknesses go around our house, and trying to keep up with the normal things in life such as cooking, cleaning and laundry. I guess I just lost my motivation in all of it and really just didn't care.

I am finally feel like I have some time to myself to focus on my weight loss, exercise and eating. It felt great to go to the grocery store and restock my fridge with healthy foods today. For some reason that always seems to motivate me. I actually was able to sit down last night and make out a full menu of what I am going to eat this week and make a grocery list. It felt great to do something for me again. Sometimes life gets so crazy that you don't even realize that you are forgetting to take care of yourself.

As of today I am taking some time for myself because I need it to stay sane. :) I am back to watching what I eat, exercising regularly (Bootcamp at Fuel Fitness), and just taking a little time to relax. The last few weeks I have been so busy, stressed and not sleeping well that I threw my Fibromyalgia into a nasty flare up. I am finally feeling a little better and I am making a promise to myself to take care of my body because if I don't I can't take care of my family. They need me and I really need to do this for them and myself. What good are we if we are so burnt out that we can't even take care of ourselves let alone our children and husband.

Today is a fresh start. I have gained approximately five pounds from my lowest weight of 166. I will give you a more accurate weigh in tomorrow. Of course I am a little upset that I have to lose that weight all over again but I have learned that this is a part of life. We all have our ups and downs and sometimes this is going to happen. As long as we get ourselves back on track that is what really matters.

I am excited about getting back into losing weight again. I just want to find a really good motivator. Something that will keep me excited and on track. Something to look forward to. It is hard for me because I can't look forward to a cruise in the middle of winter or a trip to New York City for the day. I don't even have enough money to pay my bills at this point so extras are definitely out of the picture. I guess I have to be a little more creative.

Any suggestions???


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Green Fried Tomato Sandwich and Cowtails

I'm sitting up at 4:41am eating a green fried tomato sandwich and cowtales. I know, it's a little strange but after not sleeping well the last few nights and then pulling an all nighter tonight I think I am aloud to be a little odd. :)



Today is my little girl's birthday. She had a swimming party today with over 40 kids and I'm not even sure how many adults. It was a blast but very tiring all around. I am blessed with great family and friends who really helped me pull it off.





Last night Maddie had her first sleepover. We have five little girls spending the night. They had so much fun playing with toys, watching movies, eating tons of snacks, baking a cake, having a pillow fight, and playing makeover (now they all look like Smurfs). They have all been so sweet and so well behaved but I never realized how much work it is to take care of seven children at once. Let's just say that I am a little exhausted.













I tried to go to sleep on the couch for a little while but my two year old (who insisted she sleep downstairs with the other girls) was having trouble sleeping. Then one of the girls woke up and wanted her Mom. It was her first sleepover and she just wanted to go home. I kind of figured that at least one of them would want to go home. It's now 5am and I have two hours until I have to get up and start getting myself and six little girls ready for Church. That includes making a Birthday breakfast of pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs. I decided that if I fall asleep now I won't be able to wake up in two hours. It's going to be a long day!

I was having problems with my motivation to lose weight because of not getting enough sleep (due to a 2 year old that doesn't want to sleep and a nasty head cold). Now I think it is going to be even worse. I hope by Monday I will be able to get my act together and get back on the weight loss train.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Pudget Newsletter!!!

I am starting a "Pudget Newsletter" as a way to share all of my weight loss tips, food finds, recipes and so much more with all of you!

If you would like to receive the "Pudget Newsletter" please type your email address in the box provided on the top, right hand side of my blog.

The first Newsletter will be emailed within the next week. I am so excited!!!


I'm At It Again!

Midnight snacking that is. Three nights in a row I have gotten out of bed to get a snack. Luckily I don't have any unhealthy food in my house. Last night I ate raw almonds and two granola bars. The sad part is that I am not doing this out of hunger.

For some reason I am not sleeping well. Last night it was because of my daughter crying off and on. Unfortunately insomnia is a vicious cycle. I have always suffered with it but ever since I have been on the Cymbalta and Lyrica for my Fibromyalgia I have been much better. Up until recently I was doing really well. Now I am having trouble sleeping again which means my Fibromyagia is flaring up. I am in more pain and I feel so tired all of the time. I need to start sleeping well again because I just can't lead a normal life this way. My life is way too busy to be held back by my Fibromyalgia.

I know that I am not hungry in the middle of the night and that my snacking is just a really bad habit. I just need to tell myself no when I wake up feeling that need to eat. For the next few days I am going to consciously tell myself no snacking in the middle of the night. We will see how it goes. After a few nights of success my body gets out of that bad habit and I don't have to worry about it anymore. Can you tell I have done this before? :)

Do any of you have the same problem with Midnight Snacking? How do you get through it without eating everything in sight?


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Garlic Chicken Recipe!


My daughter was begging for garlic chicken for dinner tonight. We ended up stopping at Aldi and picking up a package of chicken for $2.49 a pound. Not the best price but better then most grocery stores when they don't have a sale on it. I ended up altering my usual garlic chicken recipe a bit just for something new. It turned out great! Here's the recipe.


Pudget Garlic Chicken

by: Jessica at Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget



1/3 cup reduced fat Parmesan cheese

3/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1 pkg. dry Italian dressing mix packet

1 1/2 - 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts


Cut chicken breasts in half and pound until approx. 1/2 in. thick. In a bowl mix all other ingredients. Spray baking dish with PAM. Wet chicken with water and then place in bowl with mixture until both sides are covered. Place in baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.




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Monday, September 27, 2010

Turning To Coupons!

As I have said before money is really tight right now. It seems like with each month that passes it gets harder and harder to pay our bills. I have decided to try to cut our grocery bill even more by couponing. I did this in the past (maybe a year ago) and loved it. I saved a lot of money and loved the thrill of seeing how much I could cut off of my grocery bill. The only problem is that it got so time consuming that when life got crazier I decided to stop.





Here is a picture of my old coupon holder. Can you see why it was so time consuming?







I decided that I am going to start up again with couponing because we really do need to find new ways to save money. This time I am going to do it the right way. I have a binder that I bought in the past that I am going to use. I need some photo holder sheets and then I will be set. I will show you the finished product hopefully by next week. :)

Today I plan to go to the Newspaper office and pick up a copy of yesterday's paper. I forgot to get it yesterday and I really want the coupons. Then I will cut them out and begin the matching process.

Here is a link to a post I wrote about a year ago. It has some great couponing tips.

How do you organize your coupons?


Fiber???

I started my day off right. I wanted to eat the one last lonely donut that my in-laws left but instead I remembered that I ate three yesterday :( and made myself a smoothie instead. I wasn't kidding when I said I can't keep sweets in the house.

This morning's smoothie was made with 1 cup of Almond Breeze (only 40 calories), 2 tbsp of sugar free chocolate pudding mix, 2 tsp of peanut butter, a little Splenda and 6 ice cubes. It was really good and I am stuffed right now. I hope it holds me over until lunch.

I am trying to think of a way to make my smoothies a little more filling. I was going to add granola to it this morning but didn't want to add that many extra calories. I could always add a 1/2 of a banana (I didn't have any this morning but they are always an inexpensive option). The other thing I was thinking about was some sort of fiber. I think you can buy fiber in a tub and add it to things. I am pretty sure I bought it at a health food store one time. I am going to look into it a little more. It might be a good idea to add a little of this to my smoothies to help me stay full a little longer. Do you have any suggestions?

Last night I went to bed around 9pm (which is really early for me) because I was exhausted from the weekend. I knew that I needed some sleep but unfortunately I woke up this morning feeling just as tired as I did yesterday. I hate nights like this. I was in pain all night and couldn't seem to get comfortable. I felt like a pregnant woman. It wasn't a good feeling. Now I have to go through another day of feeling exhausted. I'm just praying that I don't get a migraine.

Unfortunately when I don't sleep well I don't seem to care about what I eat. I think eating is just a way of keeping my body going when it feels like it can't go any further. I hate days like this. I am going to do my best today to prevent myself from eating bad. Maybe a nap (very, very soon!).

At least I already have lunch planned. Leftover chicken, a small baked sweet potato (with ICBINB, splenda and Cinnamon) and a nice salad with veggies from our garden. I am so excited! I might even skip the potato because the salad sounds so good to me.

What do you like to eat in your salad?


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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Focus, Focus, Focus!!!

I really need to Focus!!! I am up about five pounds from my lowest weight and I really need to get my act together before it gets out of hand. My life has been a little stressful lately and I have been going to food for comfort. This needs to stop!

Starting tomorrow I am going back to being strict. It's the only way to lose these five pounds and more. If I keep eating like I have been I going to be back in the 180's in no time. That is not something that I want to do. I worked way to hard for this. I am not ready to go back to where I started.

Tomorrow is the day that I get my eating habits back on track. This is something that I really need to do even if I don't really want to. As of tomorrow morning I am going to be tracking everything I eat, drinking tons of water and exercising.

I made really awesome chicken tonight and I am looking forward to having that for lunch tomorrow and maybe even dinner. I am on a chicken kick and I am so thrilled about it. For the longest time I didn't want to eat chicken and now that is all I want. I am so glad because chicken is so much healthier then the red meat I usually crave. I hope this chicken kick lasts.

I missed bootcamp yesterday. I had to go to my daughter's soccer game, cook mac & cheese for a Birthday party and then take the girls to a party at the park. It ended up that I stayed up too late on Friday night and wore myself out so I didn't wake up in enough time to do everything I had to do plus go to bootcamp. If my life was more organized I wouldn't have that problem. I am working on this one because it really stresses me out when my house and life are not in order.

After another crazy busy weekend I am looking forward to a nice relaxing week. I know I should love the weekends but sometimes they are just too over packed. Once things in my life are more organized I think it will make my weekends much easier.

How does lack of organization effect your weight loss?


Friday, September 24, 2010

Banana Split Smoothie Recipe

Just had the best Smoothie this morning! I call it the "Pudget Banana Split Smoothie". It tasted almost as good as the real thing. It made for a great healthy, protein packed breakfast.


Pudget Banana Split Smoothie:
by: Jessica Brown - Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget
htttp://pudget1.blogspot.com

1 Cup of skim milk or Almond Breeze
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
1/3 cup canned pineapple chunks (in own juice)
2 tbsp - cocoa powder
1 tbsp peanuts
1/4 cup of Splenda (more or less to fit your taste)

Blend in mixer or Vitamix. Enjoy!!!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Crazy Days!!!

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I was so excited about bootcamp last night and then it ended up being canceled because of some awful weather. We actually had hail and trees falling down in the middle of September. It was a little scary.



I have bootcamp again tomorrow or Sat. I'm not sure which one I am going to. I guess it depends on when I go to bed tonight. I have to finish this post and then I have a little reading to do and maybe a little work for my website design class. Life never seems to slow down.



I did get a ton of stuff done the past two days. My husband and I got used bunk beds (that are very nice) for our oldest daughter's room. She absolutely adores them and they go perfect with the Hannah Montana bedroom set, curtains, body pillow and so much more, that was given to us by a good friend. It was a very generous gift and we are all very grateful.



It was a lot of work to move old stuff out, new stuff in and all of the rearranging in between. I think I burnt plenty of calories yesterday. It was a good workout carrying everything up and down the stairs and room to room. Not my idea of fun but at least it is almost done. I hope tomorrow I can do the finishing touches and then I will have it complete.



Today I had a wonderful grilled chicken sandwich from Burger King. I usually get a Whopper Jr. with no cheese or mayo but today I felt like having a something different. I was so excited when I got it (with no mayo of course) and it came on Ciabatta bread. I'm not sure on the calorie count but it was wonderful. I will definitely get it again.



For dinner I made Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo in my Vitamix. I love that thing. I made about $5.00 worth of Alfredo sauce for less then $2.00. The best part is that I can put in my own fresh ingredients and make it healthy. It tasted so good! I put in some leftover chicken and Smart Taste Pasta. Yummy!







I'm looking forward to getting back to bootcamp again tomorrow. I think it is going to be another long crazy weekend. I really just need a weekend to relax and get caught up but I am not seeing that happen in the near future. My crazy schedule is not good for my weight loss or my fibromyalgia. I need to figure out a way to make some time for some relaxation. I think this will help me get some energy and motivation back.



Tomorrow's Friday and I am hoping to get a lot of work done in my web design class. I really enjoy it but am having trouble finding the time to do it. I am hoping to catch up on everything tomorrow.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Vitalicious Giveaway!






This is definitely one of my favorite review/giveaway's. I'm sure you can figure out why. :) Of course it's because I got to eat it. I love being a taste tester! Especially when the food is healthy.

I was amazed to open my Vitalicious box and find all of these yummy treats. I would like to tell you about them all but that would make my post way too long. Instead I am going to tell you that I loved all of the Vitalicious products.

I did find a few of the Vitatops to be a little dry. I think the Bran makes them slightly dry. I didn't want to waste them because they had great flavor so I popped them in the microwave for a few seconds and then sprayed them with a little I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. They were all awesome! It was an easy and quick fix.



My favorites of course were all of the chocolate Vitatops and Brownies. My number one favorite were the Chocolate Mint. I can't wait to buy more because these are a perfect frozen treat. I'm sure they are good defrosted too but I just couldn't wait. The Triple Chocolate Chunk Vitatops are just as wonderful. I love how much chocolate you can see and taste in these. They are just great!

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I Banned The Ice Cream From The House!

I finally did it! I made the decision to ban the ice cream from my house. From now on if we want ice cream we will have to go out to eat it. This is the only way to keep myself from binging on it right now. It's sad but I this is really what I need to do.

On Monday I started back at Bootcamp. It was a tough workout but I did it. I was so proud of myself when I was done. It was one of those workouts where I couldn't catch my breath the entire time. I'm going back tonight for another session. I wanted to go this morning but couldn't get out of bed on time. As much as I dislike exercising I do like the amount of calories I am burning during these workouts. That is what is keeping me going.

Last night I went to a Pampered Chef Party. I love Pampered Chef! I don't know if any of you are as much of a fan of it as I am. The Stoneware is awesome! The consultant made a wonderful Ham, broccoli and cheese Calzone. It was amazing. She also made a delicious cake in the microwave. Then the host made a Enchilada pizza on her pizza stone. It was such a fun night and it reminded me of my love for cooking and Pampered Chef. I actually purchased some of their spices. I can't wait to get them and make some grilled chicken. The spices sound wonderful!

I'm sure you can figure out that with all of that fattening food that I ate too much. I had way too much cake and pretty much everything else. I hadn't eaten much yesterday just because I wasn't very hungry and then when I smelled food I felt absolutely ravenous. It was horrible! I think I ate more then anyone else at the party. I really need to get my act together. I really should have eaten dinner before I went. Then I wouldn't have been as hungry when I smelled the food. It is a lot harder to resist when you are starving.

I do have another great Smoothie Recipe to share. I have had it for breakfast the last two days and I love it!

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie:
by: Jessica Brow at Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget
http://pudget1.blogspot.com

1 cup of fat free milk or Almond Breeze
1 tbsp of dry Sager free/fat free banana pudding mix
1/8 cup Splenda
1/2 a frozen banana
2 tsp. Peanut Butter
4-6 ice cubes

I Blend it in my Vitamix but you could also us a blender. Enjoy!!!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

And The Number Is .... Week 89 Weigh In

I'm finally getting to writing my weigh in post from last week. When I stepped on the scale last Thursday I weighed 169 pounds. That is a 3 pound gain from my last weigh in. I don't think I weighed in for two or three weeks so it gave me plenty of time to gain 3 pounds.

Ever since I got to my lowest weight of 166 it has been hard for me to stay at that weight. It is not that I am trying and it's not working it is just that my life has been so crazy and that always makes weight loss hard. Lack of sleep kills my weight loss and that has been my life the last two weeks.

I really need to get myself motivated. I really want to get into the 150's.

Week 89 Weigh In:


My Week In Review

1. Exercise: I did bootcamp last Sat.

2. Water: No

3. Late night eating: Ate way too much ice cream this past week.

4. Snacking: Ice cream and pretty much anything else I could find. Luckily I didn't have much in the house. :)

5. Eating more fruits and veggies: I ate lots of fruit. Loving the farmer's market!


What I need to work on this week:
My eating is the biggest problem at this point. I am going to bootcamp 3 days a week and I will continue to do so. It is awesome and I am burning tons of calories! I love it!

Unfortunately my eating has been crazy lately. I ate more ice cream in the last two weeks then I have in the past year. I'm not kidding. Luckily my life has been so hectic that I haven't had much time to sit down. I am always running around so at least I burn calories when I am doing this.

I have noticed that I have gotten so off track with my eating because I don't have a menu plan at the beginning of the week. I just make what have. It had made things more stressful and less healthy. I need to get back to menu planning. It really does help.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

And The Winner Is ...

The Winner of the Piccadilly Circus Designs $20 Gift Card is ... Gina at Skinny Taste. Congrats, Gina! Please email me your mailing address as soon as possible.

Click here to check out Gina's blog. She has tons of wonderful low-fat recipes!


Thanks to everyone who entered!!!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Food Find!

My hubby and I got pizza tonight for dinner. It was so nice to not have to cook. The pizza was awesome. I have been craving pizza for about two weeks and I finally couldn't hold out any longer. I had to have pizza tonight.

I also ordered a salad for my husband and I to split. Grilled chicken of course. I love OIP's grilled chicken salads. Unfortunately I forgot that when you order a salad you also get a loaf of homemade bread. When my husband got home with the pizza, salad and bread I was starving. I grabbed the warm loaf of bread and the big container of Ranch salad dressing and started dipping. If you have never eaten warm bread and Ranch dressing you really need to try it. Maybe I shouldn't word it that way. You should probably stay away from it. :)

I ended up eating 1 piece of pizza, 1/4 of the salad and almost the whole loaf of bread. I take that back. My husband just informed me that I ate the whole loaf of bread. Yikes! I ate the whole loaf and I didn't even realize it. Honestly I don't even care. Not that I don't care about the calories but my husband and I stood out in our little kitchen talking and eating while the girls ate in the other room. It was just so nice to have a little time to ourselves to talk that I'm not even mad that I ate that much. We really enjoyed our dinner together and right now that's what matters most to me.

I will be back on track tomorrow and honestly I didn't eat much today just because I was so busy. I doubt the loaf of bread is even going to affect my weight.

I did eat something healthy today. I went to the farmer's market early this morning and bought apples, peaches, plums and a Watermelon. Kesseler's has the best fruit! I love their Gala apples and after tasting their peaches today I can say they have awesome peaches too. The peach that I ate today tasted like it came right off of my Grandfather's Peach tree before the Orchard burned. I miss those days.

I can't wait until I can eat another peach tomorrow. They are that good! maybe I can put one in my breakfast smoothie. Maybe a peach and some granola. I think that would be awesome! I will let you know if I come up with a new recipe tomorrow. :)

I actually discovered that Jello Brand now sells Sugar Free Banana Pudding. Of course I picked some up as soon as I saw it. I am like the Jello pudding Smoothie Freak. I put it in this morning's breakfast smoothie and it was amazing! It's definitely right up their with chocolate. I can't wait to do Peanut butter and banana together. Yum!!! I have so many new idea going through my head. I think I may have some new Smoothie recipes coming soon!

What is your favorite Smoothie?


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