Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Fitbit Is Here! My Fitbit Is Here!

I'm so excited! It's here! The UPS driver just dropped my Fitbit off on my porch. I am getting ready to open it. I will post some pics later and let you know what I think of it so far.

Check back soon!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Plan For A Happier Me!

I'm sure you are all surprised that I am actually writing on my blog. ;) I haven't given up. I have just been so busy with work and family that I haven't had time to sit down and write lately. Christmas time really through me for a loop this year.

It didn't help that I got a stomach bug the Monday before Christmas and today is the first day that I am actually feeling better. Talk about a long lasting stomach bug. The worst of it was before Christmas and I was able to enjoy the celebration of Christmas and the birth of our Savior.

It's hard to believe that it is almost 2012. I'm excited to start a new year but sad that a year has past without being able to lose the weight I gained back. It's very frustrating but I barely have any time to even think about it. Except for the unhappy moments when I look in the mirror.

I've decided that since I started my journey in Jan of 2009 that I am going to recommit to it in Jan. of 2012. I have had off work since Dec. 24th and I don't go back until Jan. 3rd. I am hoping to use this time to spend mostly with my little girls who need their mommy but also to catch up on life. The past 5 months that I have been working have been a whirlwind. It has been nuts trying to accomplish everything in such little time. I have succeeded so far but I feel so close to sinking sometimes. It's very frustrating and my Fibromyalgia is not handling the stress and lack of sleep very well.

I am going to spend the next few days trying to come up with a plan to make our lives simpler. I want to come home from work refreshed, eat a healthy meal, spend quality time with my family, keep my house clean, get the amount of rest that my body requires and wake up the next morning without rushing everyone off to school, daycare and work.

Is this possible? I'm determined to find out. I don't know how much longer I can keep going the way I am without sinking. I'm determined to succeed!

The big question is, "How will I do it?". I don't have the exact answer yet but I am going to do my best to find it.

I do however know what isn't working.

I love my job but I need to remember that it is just a job and I need to stop bringing the stress home with me. I am the type that likes to perfect everything and have it all complete when I leave each night. In this job I don't have the time in the day to do it all on my own and I need to learn to be ok with that. This may just be the hardest thing to change for me.

Change #1
Leave work at work!
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My diet! My diet is not working. I haven't gained any weight in the last five months but I haven't lost either. Seriously, I am in survival mode right now. I run around like crazy which seems to burn those extra calories I am eating. I don't have the time to care about what I eat so I just eat what is quick. I have tried time and time again to change this but then something comes up (sickness, overtime at work, Holidays, events and everything in between) and throws me right back into my horrible eating habits. I'm so sick of it and I am completely unhappy with myself when I am eating and feeding my family like this.

Change #2
Plan, Cook & Eat Healthy Meals! It's a lot of work but it needs to be done. I need to do my best to find convenient and quick, healthy meals with quick and easy clean-up. Is anyone else thinking Crock pot?

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Exercise! What's that? That's how I feel some days. This is always one of my biggest downfalls. Getting enough exercise in or in my case getting any exercise. That is where this post comes in:

Change #3
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! I just purchased the Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker. I am super excited about it. I actually wanted a BodyBug and decided to research it last night. I have wanted a BodyBug for years and I thought I would use a little of my Christmas money to buy myself one. While researching I came across this article. I never heard of the the Fitbit before and the article made me want to learn more. I did more research and decided to order it today. As much as I think I would like the BodyBug more I decided to go with the Fitbit because of it's size. If I worked in a gym the BodyBug would have been what I purchased but because I work in an office I decided to go with the Fitbit. It's much smaller and easier to hide. The bodybug can be hidden under your shirts but will still show a little bulk and in the summer there would be no way to hide it.

The Fitbit looks really neat. Check it out here. There are good and bad reviews on it. I do feel that the good reviews out way the bad ones and I decided to give it a try. I am so excited to have something track my calories burned. This will an awesome motivator for me and hopefully exactly what I need. It also has a free website to track you food and calories burned. The thing I am most interested in is the Sleep Tracker. I suffer with insomnia from my Fibromyalgia. I am hoping that the sleep tracker will help me figure out what works best for me to get the best sleep possible. I am so, so excited and I really hope the Fitbit will help give me the jump start I need for the coming year. I should have it this Thursday (Love Amazon Prime!) and I will let you know what I think of it.

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Change #4
Get to bed at a decent hour. This is so hard for me. I just can't find enough time in the day to get everything done before bed. I'm not sure how to solve this problem. If I can plan everything else I may be able to have everything in order at night and then get to bed on time. I hope! ;)

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I really need to focus on planning. I want to start the new year spending more time with God. I know that I need to make this work even if it means less sleep. My goal is to start my day with God's Word. A daily devotional and some quiet time with God will be an awesome start to my day. Everyday! I'm not saying that I don't spend time with God now. It is just that I need to make it a priority not one of those things that you do when you have extra time.

Change #5
Time with God - Every morning I will wake up to a quiet house, a cup of coffee and God's word. Doesn't that sound amazing? I will certainly need to pray that I can get up earlier then normal but I know with God's help I can do this!

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I really need to work on making mine and my family's life less stressful. The more stressful life is the more miserable and on edge we all are. It's not good for our marriage or for our children.

Change #6
Eliminate as much Stress as possible - I am the person that is late for almost everything. I try to fit to much into every second of every day and then I just can't do it. I hate to admit it but I can't do it all. This horrible habit of mine makes my whole family miserable. I need to stop trying to do everything. I need to set limits. How do I do this? Honestly, I'm not quite sure. I have always been the type of person that can't do anything normal. I have to do it above and beyond what is expected. I have lived like this for 31 years. I don't know how to change now. Baby steps, I guess? I just need to figure out where to start. This is going to take some thought.

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Now that I have these 6 Challenges in front of me I think I have some work to do. Do you ever sit down and think of things you need to work on? I actually think it is helpful to write these things down. Otherwise you will forget them and not take the time to work on them. I am going to print off my list and keep it in front of me daily to remind me of what I want to change and why. I will update you on my progress in these six areas.

I really hope that by working on all of these areas it will all lead to weight loss and a happier me. What are your goal for the new year?


Saturday, December 3, 2011

And The Winner Is ....

And the winner of the Hearts 4 Hearts giveaway is .... Peace, Love, and Rainbows! Congratulations! Please email me your name and address by December 6th and your doll will be mailed to you. I hope your daughter enjoys her new doll! :)

Thank you to all who entered. Check back next week for another great giveaway!


Friday, November 25, 2011

Hearts for Hearts Doll Giveaway

This face says it all! MJ loves her new Hearts for Hearts doll! Myblogspark sent it to me in the begining of October and I decided to give it to my youngest daughter because my oldest was receiving an American Girl Doll for her Birthday and I thought MJ would also like to have a doll to play with.



It was the cutest thing. She was excited to have a doll like her sister. She calls it her Amagina Girl Doll. :) She plays with it all the time. She loves brushing her hair and changing her clothes.








Hearts for Hearts dolls are "authentically dressed and lifelike dolls that represent a girl who is working to change her community in ways that are unique to her home country. Included with each doll are a friendship bracelet and a story booklet that explains how these multicultural girls live and contribute to their families, communities, and culture. Each doll also comes with a special code that unlocks a free membership to the kid-safe Hearts for Hearts Girls Website."

You can view all of the six Hearts for Hearts dolls on their website by clicking here.

This is Tipi from Laos. MJ loved her doll so much that my in-laws decided to get her this one for Christmas. She is going to love it! Her little cousin Ally will also be getting one for Christmas. We accidentally forgot MJ's doll at Ally's house a few weeks ago and Ally cried when she had to give it back a few days later. The girls just love these dolls and they are going to have so much fun playing together with them on Christmas day.



What I really love about these dolls are the price. You can find them on Amazon, Walmart and other stores and they cost around $25 and $30.



Playmates Toys is also giving away a Hearts for Hearts gift pack to one of my readers! I hope your excited! Here is what one winner will recieve: One Hearts For Hearts Girl, accompanied by a friendship bracelet, story booklet, donation for girls in need through partner World Vision and a special product code your daughter can use to unlock a free membership to the Hearts For Hearts Girls website, which provides access to the “myHeart” page and an array of games and activities.
Also, an outfit that is authentic to one of the Hearts for Hearts Girls’ culture, in which your daughter can also dress her doll

How To Enter:


1. Leave a comment With which Hearts For Hearts Girls your daughter would most like to meet and learn more about.

2. For a second entry post on your blog about this contest and include a link to my blog and post the link in the comment section.

3. For a third entry become a follower. If you are already a follower just leave that in the comment section.

4. For a fourth entry add my button to your blog and post the link in a comment below.

5. For a fifth entry add me as a friend on Facebook by clicking here and then leave me a comment telling me you did so.


The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. All entries must be received by Friday, December 1, 2011 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be announced Saturday, December 2, 2011. For U.S Addresses Only. MyBlogSpark is responsible for sending the prize pack.



Disclosure: The Hearts For Hearts Girls doll, and information have been provided by Playmates Toys through MyBlogSpark.”





























Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Not A Good Day

Not a good day at all. I stayed up way too late cleaning and just ate too much chocolate. :(

I did stop at the grocery store today and picked up some healthy food. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Two Weeks!

I can't believe it has been two weeks since I wrote a blog post! It's crazy how time flies (when you're working to much).


I have been extremely busy with my job the past few weeks. Our biggest event of the year was last evening and trying to pull it off as a new employee was quite a challenge.





I worked almost 65 hours this past week just to make it work. It was a tiring week and I can't say I ate the healthiest. Honestly I can't remember what I ate but it was a very stressful and crazy week.

That being said it was such a fulfilling week. Last night the mall was able to raise over $3,500.00 for Flood Victims in our area. The night turned out to be amazing. In the mall we had a huge bounce house obstacle course with slide, a balloon artist for the kids, free chair massages, free food sampling from several local restaurants, two school chorus groups, a Praise Team, and a huge dance group. We also had a band playing the entire night.

Not only did we have all of that but we had at least a dozen vendors throughout the mall showing off their items and over 70 door prizes and two Grand Prizes of a $500.00 mall gift card and a getaway to an awesome resort.

Sounds like fun doesn't it?!! It really was. The last few weeks have been nuts but everything fell into place last night and with God's help it was a huge success!

Now that the big event is over I am hoping to get my life back into a better schedule. Meaning more sleep! I am so exhausted and it is not helping my eating habits. I have pms today and for some reason craved oatmeal creme pies. I think I ate 6 of them through out the day.

I wasn't kidding when I said I haven't been eating great. I haven't stepped on the scale lately but I pretty sure I don't want to.

I am sure that I want to get back on track. I can't stand the way I feel when I eat the way I have been. Why oh why is it so hard???

Starting right now I am back on track. I need to go to sleep so that I have the energy and motivation that I need in the morning. Nightie night!!!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

I Am So Embarrassed

It's about 8:30 on Sunday morning and I would love to sleep a little more but of course my 3 year old has different plans.

I am taking Maddie to American Girl Doll Bingo this afternoon and we are both very excited. It sounds like a lot of fun and the proceeds are going to a great cause.

I am really hoping that today is a better day for me then yesterday. I am so embarrassed to even type this. I actually ate 2/3's of a bag of peanut m&m's. I don't usually have them in the house but I bought them for a recipe I wanted to make. Unfortunately I forgot one of the other ingredients so there I was stuck with a medium sized bag of peanut m&m's.

It was snowing pretty hard yesterday and I didn't want to drive in it to go to the store. So throughout the day I snacked on them until the bag was almost empty and I felt sick.

After I felt sick I kept wondering why I did this to myself. It obviously was not worth it. I felt discusting and I ate way to many calories.

It was just a bad day all around. I planned to take the girls to the pumpkin patch yesterday but our plans were canceled because of the snow. After cleaning and catching up from the week I just wanted to get out of the house. It was really snowing hard so I decided it would be safer to stay home.

Not being able to leave the house left me feeling very down. It just didn't make for a good day. So while I was feeling down I decided to eat everything in sight.

I still can't believe I did it. I haven't had a binge day in months. It really upsets me because last Thur. When I weighed in I was at 188.6! I am finally back in the 180's and I really hope I didn't ruin that yesterday.

Today is a new day! I'm going to forget what happened yesterday and focus on doing better today.

How do you get back on track after a day full of binging?

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This is a picture of my girls and my niece and nephew at Trick or Treat night at the mall. They had so much fun!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

I Remembered!

I made the awesome hungry girl stuffed french toast again and I remembered to take a picture! Sorry for the short post but I need to eat. ;)


Friday, October 28, 2011

And The Winner Is ....

The Winner of the Yoplait and Sam's Club Giveaway is Marc, Sarah, & Luke from "We are the Friesen's"! Congrats!!! Please email me your name and address before 10/30/11 and you will receive your gift card in a few weeks. Enjoy!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter. Check back soon for more great giveaways!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Best Breakfast Ever!!!

I really think I had the best breakfast I have ever had and it was healthy! It is called "jammed with cheese stuffed french toast". It was so yummy that I forgot to take a picture of it. As you can tell by the picture I thoroughly enjoyed it. :). Now I am stuffed and ready to head off to work. I am working late because we have a Halloween parade tonight. That meant I got to spend a little time with my little one this morning.

Here is the great breakfast recipe from Hungy Girl:

Jammed with Cheese Stuffed French Toast:
Hungry Girl 1-2-3 Cookbook

Ingredients:
1/2 cup fat free egg substitute
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 slices light white bread
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese
2 TBSP Sugar free strawberry preserve
2 tsp. Light whipped butter
1/4 cup sugar free pancake syrup

Directions:

Mix egg sub. W/ cinnamon and vanilla. Transfer to a plate.

Lay bread on a clean dry surface and spread half of cheese on each side. Place preserves on one slice over cheese and place together like a sandwich.

Bring skillet sprayed with cooking spray to med. Heat. Add butter and allow to coat pan. Evenly coat both sides of bread and edges with egg mixture. You won't use all of mixture.

Place sandwich in skillet and cook for 2-4 min. On each side until golden brown.

Serve with syrup.

Makes 1 serving.

263 calories
6 grams fat
860. MG sodium
42 g carbs
4g sugar
19g protien


ENJOY!!!!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Yoplait and Sam's Club Giveaway

A few weeks ago I was asked to review Yoplait Yogurt from Sam's Club through MyBlogSpark. I'm sure many of you know that I am not a huge yogurt fan. I do enjoy yogurt every once in a while and I have a few brands and flavors that I really enjoy.

Yoplait is definitely one of them. One of my favorite Yoplait yogurts is Key Lime Pie. I have enjoyed that flavor for years. I think Yoplait's Key Lime Pie is the most refreshing yogurt that exists. My second favorite would definitely be Boston Cream Pie. It doesn't taste exactly like a Boston Cream Pie but it is still delicious. I actually enjoyed one last week with my lunch. :)

I am very excited that Yoplait and Sam's club are hosting a Giveaway on my blog. They will be giving one of my readers the same thing they gave me. A $40.00 gift card to Sam's Club/Walmart. Who couldn't use an extra $40???

There are 5 Way's to enter:

1. Leave a comment sharing with me your favorite brand and flavor of yogurt.

2. For a second entry post on your blog about this contest and include a link to my blog and post the link in the comment section.

3. For a third entry become a follower. If you are already a follower just leave that in the comment section.

4. For a fourth entry add my button to your blog and post the link in a comment below.

5. For a fifth entry add me as a friend on Facebook by clicking here and then leave me a comment telling me you did so.


The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. All entries must be received by Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be announced Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. For U.S Addresses Only. MyBlogSpark is responsible for sending the prize pack.


And The Winner Is ...

And the winner of the Betty Crocker Prize Pack is # 8 Jill. Jill I have sent you an email. Please respond with your full name and address as soon as possible.

Thank you to everyone who entered this great contest. Check back later tonight for another Giveaway!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

I Filmed a Commercial!

It's been way too long since I have given you an update. I have been crazy busy with work and my family that I have barely had any time to even breathe. I'm really exhausted now so this is going to be a short post.









I have been busy with a lot of events with my job. I love what I do and I absolutely love my job but right now I am exhausted and sick. Not a good combination. I did however get to film my first commercial. It was pretty awesome. I even did a little dance at the end (of course not realizing they were still taping). It was hysterical and definitely a great experience. I will post it on here when I get a copy of it.



Here is a picture before I started. Not the best picture but I like it anyway. :)





I have a really great charity event coming up in the very near future that I am also working on. So much work but so much fun. Sometimes I find myself complaining about the long hours but then I realize how blessed I am to be able to be in a position like this and be able to help others. It really is a dream come true to me and I need to keep reminding myself of this every time I get tired.



I also got a piano this week. We are all really excited about this. It is an old used piano but it works and I am thrilled that the girls are going to be able to take lessons. I think I may even get back into playing. It's been about 10 years since I have played and I would love to learn it again. I took lessons in college and it was so much fun.


I was so busy this week that I didn't even track my Points several days. Three days to be exact. I know I didn't do horrible but I decided to just use all of my points for those days and use all of my extra weekly points. I was playing it safe.


At last weeks weigh in I lost 1. 8 pounds (I think). This week I am down to 190.2. I didn't do as well as I would have liked but it is also that time of the month so I am happy to have lost. Next week I will definitely be in the 190's. It will be the first time and a very long time and I am thrilled to say that it is really going to happen this time.


I am enjoying doing Weight Watchers again and it is really working to keep me on track.


I will try to keep you updated a little more as this week goes on. I need to sleep now so that I can get up in the morning for work. ;)



Have a great night!



Monday, October 10, 2011

Betty Crocker Review and Giveaway

The great giveaway I am able to offer you is from Betty Crocker. This is a review you don't want to miss....

I know that cookies are not healthy for you but I still couldn't resist the offer from Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark to try Betty Crocker's new Molasses cookies. Everything is ok in moderation, right? ;)

Betty Crocker sent me an awesome gift pack that included a package of their new Molasses cookies. I am not really a fan of boxed or bagged cookie mixes but I decided to give them a try. I do love molasses cookies but the only ones that I like are my Mom's homemade ones.

Boy was I in for a treat when I baked up these babies and they tasted just as good if not better then my Mom's. They were really that good. They were so soft and chewy. So, so good! I will never ever make homemade molasses cookies when these cookies are so easy to make and taste so good.

The only thing I did differently then the directions called for was I rolled them in balls before baking. The directions call for drop cookies. I just wanted to make them look pretty. Here are some pictures of the process.





























There Are Five Ways To Enter to win the Betty Crocker Prize Pack (from Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark): The prize pack includes a baking sheet (shown above), a really cool spatula, a red Betty Crocker Apron (that I wear quite frequently) and a bag of cookie mix.












1. Leave a comment sharing with me your favorite cookie.

2. For a second entry post on your blog about this contest and include a link to my blog and post the link in the comment section.

3. For a third entry become a follower. If you are already a follower just leave that in the comment section.

4. For a fourth entry add my button to your blog and post the link in a comment below.

5. For a fifth entry add me as a friend on Facebook by clicking here and then leave me a comment telling me you did so.


The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. All entries must be received by Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. For U.S Addresses Only. MyBlogSpark is responsible for sending the prize pack.







































































































Sunday, October 9, 2011

1st Week Update

Just a quick update on my first week of Weight Watchers. I went to a Craft Festival on Saturday and ate things I shouldn't have but honestly I didn't do horrible. I used all of my points for the day plus some of my extra points for the week. I didn't use all of my extra points so I would say that it was a success.


PointsPlus® Tracker entries

Saturday, October 08, 2011Morning
1 small Seafood Chowder 7
6 item(s) Part of the soup's pretzel bread bowl 8
1 item(s) Cheese steak - Works 14
1 scoop(s) Ice Cream Peanut Butter 'N Chocolate Ice Cream 9
1 cookie(s) pumpkin chocolate chip Cookie 7
1/2 serving(s) coffee cake 5
Weight Watchers snickers bar - Quick-added food 4
Subtotal 54
Food PointsPlus values total used 54


Today was much better then yesterday. I spent most of the day cleaning so I didn't have much time to think about eating. What killed me today was the cake I made for dessert. I don't usually make cakes or dessert in general but I had my Dad over for dinner so of course I had to make dessert. ;)

PointsPlus® Tracker entries

Sunday, October 09, 2011
4 strip(s) Veggie Veggie breakfast bacon strips 3
2 slice(s) 100% whole wheat bread 2
2 slice(s) 2% milk reduced fat mild cheddar cheese 1
4 slice(s) 100% whole wheat bread 4
1 serving(s) amy's organic crackers 4
1 serving(s) fiber one brownies 2
WW snickers - Quick-added food 4
1 1/2 cup(s) cooked cubed butternut squash 0
1 1/2 serving(s) Broccoli Florets (plain) 0
3/4 piece(s) homemade cake with icing 11
1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil 4
Subtotal 35

I only went over by 5 point today. I was happy with that. As you can see I didn't eat any meat today. Since I made an unhealthy meal for dinner (I don't usually do this) tonight I decided to stick with the butternut squash and broccoli. It was awesome and I didn't feel deprived at all.

Weekends are always so hard. How was your weekend? Were you able to stay on track?


Check back tomorrow night for another great Giveaway!!!


Friday, October 7, 2011

Bacon or Dog Treats???

I did it! I finally rejoined Weight Watchers. I thought I would dread doing it but honestly I am really excited about it. I made the decision yesterday and I think it was the right one. I has become quite apparent to me that I can't do it on my own. I didn't start off doing it on my own last time so I'm not really sure why I thought I could this time. I guess I was just being stubborn. :)

Yesterday I did well tracking my points and eating healthy. I was a little hungry when I went to bed and then ended up getting up in the middle of the night and ate 3 Fiber One Brownies and a few Amy's organic crackers. I seem to have this problem every time I start being strict. I am going to fight the urge to get up and eat tonight.

Here is what I ate the past two days. I love that I can just copy and paste my log on here.

PointsPlus® Tracker entries

Thursday, October 06, 2011Morning
1 item(s) Oven Toasted Flatbread Sandwiches Egg White Turkey Sausage Flatbread Sandwich 7
Subtotal 7
Midday
2 bar(s) TLC Crunchy bar, pumpkin spice flax 5
1 Turkey Tortellini Soup 9
Subtotal 14
Evening
2 pattie(s) Morningstar Veggie Chik pattie original 7
2 item(s) Whitewheat Whitewheat hamburger buns 6
2 Tbsp Light Mayonnaise 2
1 cup(s) lettuce 0
1 large banana(s) 0
1 cup(s) tomato(es) 0
Subtotal 15
Anytime
No entries for this meal time.
Subtotal 0
Food PointsPlus values total used 36
Food PointsPlus values remaining 0








PointsPlus® Tracker entries

Friday, October 07, 2011Morning
4 strip(s) Morningstar Veggie breakfast bacon strips 3
2 slice(s) 100% whole wheat bread 2
1/2 serving(s) amy's organic crackers 2
3 serving(s) fiber one brownies 7
Subtotal 14
Midday
1 item(s) Grilled Chicken Sandwich on roll w/o Mayo 9
1 large banana(s) 0
1 cookie(s) Pumpkin chocolate chip Cookie 7
Subtotal 16
Evening
1 medium baked sweet potato, with salt 3
2 serving(s) Green Beans 0
1 serving(s) gorton's shrimp 5
Subtotal 8
Anytime
No entries for this meal time.
Subtotal 0
Food PointsPlus values total used 38
Food PointsPlus values remaining 0


This is what the veggie bacon looked like. When I saw it I was very skeptical. It actually looks disgusting. More like a dog treat then bacon. I decided to make a bacon sandwich with it this morning. My Mimi used to make bacon sandwiches for me when I was little and I have always loved them. But of course my Mimi used the real butter and real bacon to make her butter sandwiches. Yum! Boy do I miss those day and my Mimi. :(


I made the Pudget Bacon Sandwich and I am thrilled to tell you that it was awesome! Not quite the same as my Mimi's but definitely a good substitute. :) I used 4 slices of Morningstar Veggie bacon and 2 slices of Weight Watchers toast with a little spray butter.


Even though the bacon looked like a dog treat it was actually really good and very low in points. I am definitely going to be using this veggie bacon in a lot of my cooking. It will make my meals so much healthier.



This next picture is tonight's dinner. I made a baked sweet potato with spray butter, Stevia, and Cinnamon. I also made green beans and I grilled a bag of Gortons shrimp. It was amazing shrimp. I would definitely recommend buying a bag when it is on sale.


Now I am getting ready to go to sleep. I had an exhausting week at work and I am ready to get some good sleep. If my nephew isn't sick tomorrow I will be going to the covered bridge festival to check out all of the great arts and crafts. I just need to watch out for awesome tasting food.


Wish me luck! :)



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Still Struggling

Surprise, Surprise! I'm still struggling. I feel like I have written this same post a hundred times but again I am still not making any progress. I am at 193 and holding strong. Not is a good way. ;)

How can having such a busy life make things so much harder. I am trying. Really I am. I just always seem to ruin all of my efforts by having a few tired days where I just don't care. I thought things would get easier for me to lose weight as the weeks past and I got more used to being back to work. I guess I was wrong. It's been a good 6 weeks since I started and I really am not making any progress. I am only down 2 pounds in 6 weeks.

I am actually thinking about joining Weight Watchers online again. What do you think??? I used WW online when I first started losing weight almost 3 years ago and I loved it. I am just ready to try anything right now.

My sister Heather has challenged me to another "Pudget Sisters Weight Loss Contest". We started last Friday and I am losing big time. If you know me you know that I don't like to lose! ;) I think she weighs about 5 pounds less then me right now and our contest is to see which one of us can make it to 170 first. That means I am behind by five pounds. I really need to get my butt moving. I will post more details about our contest and prizes in the next few days.

As for Weight Watchers I really think that tomorrow is going to be my joining day or should I say Rejoining day. How many of you have had success with Weight Watchers in the past?


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

And The Winner Is ...

The winner of the Kix contest is #1 comment by Carol! Congratulations Carol! Enjoy your kix! Please email me you name and address as soon as possible. The deadline to submit your information is September 30th, 2o11.

Also, a big thank you to everyone who entered!

Check back next week for an awesome Betty Crocker giveaway!!!


Monday, September 26, 2011

What Should I Do???

I have been so upset lately. I have been doing so well with the way I eat at work and then the second I get home I start to binge. Some days it happens while I am cooking, other days after dinner and some days it's right before bed.

It's crazy! How can I feel great all day long and then go home and eat everything in sight. I don't even think about food while I am working. I force myself to eat lunch on some days because I am not always hungry.

All I know is that I am miserable. I just told my husband that it isn't the fact that I gained weight or how I look that is bothering me. It's the fact that I am out of control with my eating. I always feel so guilty when I go to bed because I ate things that I shouldn't have.

It really has been stressing me out. I feel so good and then around 6pm I start to feel exhausted, the kids start whining and hanging on me, I have to cook dinner, clean up, do laundry and some days we add soccer into the mix and then I just fall apart. I eat whatever I can find.

I know it seems like going to bed when I get tired would be an easy solution. Unfortunately, that is just not possible. There is no way to fit my whole day into a 7am to 7pm time period. I would love that but it just isn't going to happen. I just don't know what to do.

My whole eating issue seems to stem from being too tired. I feel great and happy and don't even care about eating until I get too tired to hold my head up and then I can't stop eating. I really need to fix this problem or I am going to go crazy! Either that or I am going to gain all of my weight back.

At least I know what is causing my problem. Now I just need to find the solution.

Any ideas???


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Weight Watchers

My sister went back on Weight Watchers this week after having her third child. I am so excited for her. She has already lost a few pounds and she is only on day three. I hope that her weight loss will encourage me to lose faster. I am stuck at 192 and I have been so busy that I am surprised that I haven't gained.

I have been waiting for life to calm down a bit since I started working but I think that it may never happen. :( I guess I am just going to have to adjust to the craziness and move forward. I just need to figure out how to do it. I'm trying a little bit at a time. I'm glad that I am losing even if it is slowly but of course I wish it would come off a little quicker. I know I could try harder but I am the type of person that loses all motivation when I am tired. Unfortunately that seems to be the way I feel every night after work.

I'm not sure if feeling this tired is normal for getting up early, working all day and then coming home to all of the fun cooking, cleaning and sports or if it is my Fibromyalgia acting up. I haven't worked outside that home in over three years. Back then I only had one child and it was so easy to go to work and still fit everything else in without getting tired. Now it just seems impossible.

I guess there isn't anything I can do about it either way. I have to work and I refuse to take any medicine for my Fybromyalgia. If you are wondering why click here and you can read all about it. I am praying it gets better really soon and that I regain some of my energy.

I want to lose this extra weight so bad. It's such a horrible feeling knowing that I could feel so much better. It's all so fresh in my mind. The way I felt a year ago when I weighed 25 pounds less. I also remember how easy it was to by clothes. I want all of that back.

I hope the more I want it the more likely I am to make it happen because right now I want it so bad!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kix Cereal Review & Giveaway!


I don't know about you but Kix was always one of those cereals that we had at home when I was growing up. My Mom was strict on what types of cereals we were aloud to eat. We weren't aloud to eat the really sugary stuff that always looked so good. :)

So to me Kix Cereal was the best. It didn't have as much sugar as some of those crazy cereals but it still tasted sweet. Out of all of the cereal's that my Mom allowed me to eat Kix was my favorite. It is still one of the few cereals I will eat.

I was so excited to be asked to review Kix Cereal. I love the taste of Kix and I don't have to worry about it having too much sugar for me and my family. Kix sent me 6 boxes of cereal to review and I have been one happy girl ever since. I love to eat it for breakfast, as a snack or even sometimes as a quick dinner when we are really rushed.

I know a lot has changed since I was a kid but to me Kix will always be one of my favorite healthy cereals and I am so happy that I can share this review and giveaway with you.

Please click here to view more information on Kix cereal.

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One reader will win a Kix Prize Pack. The Kix Prize Pack consists of 6 boxes of Kix Cereal.





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Monday, September 12, 2011

You Are What You Eat!



I'm really excited to share this post with all of you. This past weekend I bought a book called "You Are What You Eat" by Dr. Gillian McKeith. I'm sure some of you may have already heard of it but I am so excited about it that I have to share it anyway.






So far I think this book is awesome! It teaches you how to become a healthier person. It's exactly what I have been looking for. Someone to spell out word for word what I need to do to become healthier.






I love that this book shows us how we can look at our own bodies (ex. tongue, feet, hands, ears, eyes) and tell what it is we are doing wrong and what we can do to fix it. The amount of information in this book is amazing.






Actually the amount of information in the book may seem a little overwhelming but I have just been taking it one step at a time. There are so many changes that I need to make in my life in order to become healthier but I obviously can't do them all at once. Right now I am picking out what seems to me to be the most important/doable changes.






I actually went to Walmart tonight after work and picked up a few new things that were suggested in the book. She suggest drinking lots of hot tea. She even listed several of her favorites and what they are best for. I bought Java tea which is known to relieve stress. I also bought chamomile tea which is also good for relaxation. I'm sure you all know by now that I suffer from insomnia so I am hoping that these teas will help in that area.






I also picked up a big bag of raw almonds. The author of the book is really big on eating lots of nuts and seeds. She has many reasons that I can't think of right now but it is all listed in the book.






I also picked up some organic veggies for salads, some sweet potatoes (which I think she said gives you energy), Peaches and several other items. I will write about them in another post as I remember.






One of the biggest reasons I love this book is because she has spelled out so clearly what food combining is and how to properly do it so that your body can digest easier and also aid in weight loss. It's all so simple and I can't wait to try it.






The one thing that I don't really like is that she suggests that you don't drink coffee because of the caffeine. :( I'm not sure I can make that change. I really enjoy my one cup of coffee each morning. Baby steps, right?






This book also has so many different healthy foods listed that I have never heard of. I love to try new things so I am super excited to try them. I just hope I can find them where I live. Not only does the book have these healthy foods listed but it also gives a description of them and the reasons why they are good for you.






I have to say that I have loved everything about this book so far but what I really do love the most is that this book not only has information on eating healthy but it also has so many tips on how to lose weight. It is just so nice to have all of this information in one book with everything spelled out for you. I don't have to search through several different books to learn how to eat healthy. It is all in one little book. Love it!!!






If you couldn't already tell I am thoroughly impressed with this book. I can't wait to really dig into it further and start testing out all of Dr Gillian McKeith's ideas. I will continue to share all of my discoveries along the way.


If you want to buy a copy of this book for yourself you can click here. I was able to find it on Amazon for almost $5.00 cheaper then I paid at the store. I was also excited to find that Dr. Gillian McKeith has a "You Are What You Eat" Cookbook.






The review of this book is my opinion. I was not asked to write a review on this book nor was I given anything in exchange for writing this review.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Flood 2011

Please pray for the people in my area. We had horrible flooding the past few days. My home has not suffered any damage but so many around me have. Is it so devastating to see all of the pictures from around my home of other homes and businesses that have been damaged or are still underwater.

Here are some pictures that I took Thursday evening at the bridge right next to my house.








My husband and girls standing in front of the flooded road in front of the bridge.






The Susquehanna flooding the town I grew up in. You can see the Susquehanna river in the back of this picture.







At this point the Susquehanna had just come across the road. The right side of the picture is someones back yard.







They ended up closing the bridge while we were on it because of the water covering the entire road. These pictures don't even show the worst of it. The river rose so much more after I took these pictures.

We saw so much debris floating away. we even saw a whole porch floating down the river. It was just so crazy!

The town that I work in is still under a state of emergency. The damage is horrible. I have many friends that are finally able to get back into their homes to find that their entire 1st floor ruined. There has been so much lost. It is still so hard for me to believe that this is all happening around me.


The picture below is the roller skating rink I told you I was at last weekend. It's hard to believe that seven days later it is filled with water. It's all so sad.






I could go on and on about the devastation I have seen just in these past few days. I am so grateful for my home and my family being safe. My heart aches for those who have lost so much. I can't stop thinking about everything that has happened, what people have lost and how they must feel right now. It is heart breaking that so many people lost so much and now they have to go back and clean up the huge mess.

Tomorrow I go back to work for the first time since Wednesday. I am not looking forward to hearing of all of the sadness and loss but I am hoping that I will be able to find a way to help those in need.

Again, please keep the people of Central Pennsylvania in your prayers. So many people are displaced from there homes right now and will have a lot to clean as they are able to return home.


Monday, September 5, 2011

I Love Little Blue People!

I'm finally getting into the swing of things since I started working two and a half weeks ago. Now I am hoping to get back to losing some weight. Today was not a good start to this weeks weight loss.



Although, this weekend was one of the best weekends I have had in a really long time. I had a great time with my family and I got a lot accomplished around the house. If only every weekend could last for three days!


My husband wasn't feeling very good on Saturday so the girls and I had a "Girls Day". We had so much fun together even though we all came home exhausted and with a few injuries. ;) We started the morning off going to see the movie "Smurfs". I you haven't seen it you really should. It was seriously the cutest movie I have seen in a really long time. I loved it! Then I took the girls for lunch at Wendy's and after lunch we went to the Roller Skating Rink. It was so much fun to go skating. I took the girls skating this past winter and we all had so much fun so I thought it would be a good activity for a Saturday afternoon. Not only was it fun but we all worked up a such a sweat that I am sure two hours of roller skating was a good form of exercise. :)




Your probably wondering where the injury comes into play. My six year old fell skating and hurt her wrist. It hurt for about 24 hours but she hasn't complained of it all day today so I think we are good. The only injury that I had were swollen ankles. I think it probably has something to do with my Firbromyalgia. Hopefully they will be better by tomorrow. :) My three year old came home with no injuries. She is a little skating machine! That is of course before the no-nap meltdown. Actually, both of the girls did very well skating. They both stuck it out even through all of the falls.


I love days like Saturday. It was just so nice to spend the whole day with my girls doing fun things that we all enjoy. They are growing up way to fast and I want to someday look back at these years and remember all of the great times we had.


On another positive note I did great with what I ate all day Saturday plus I got in lots of exercise at the skating rink!


Sunday was another semi-fun day. I say semi-fun because I spent half of the day catching up on house work. The morning we spent at Church and the evening we spent at my parents. It just doesn't get much better then that! Did I mention I even steam cleaned my floors. It wasn't fun but boy do the carpets look good!


Today was wonderful because I had the day off of work. An extra day to my weekend just made me so happy!!! We spent the day at my husband's family's 1oth Annual Pig Roast. We always have a great time and I was so worried that the weather was going to ruin the day for us. The weather wasn't great but we didn't let that stop us from having a really good time. The girls had fun playing with their cousins and my husband and I had fun spending time with his family. They are awesome people and I am so blessed to have all of them in my life.





The only downside to today is that I didn't control myself very well around the food. I ate way too much stuffing and gravy and dessert. I think I would have been perfectly happy if the only foods at the picnic were stuffing, gravy and cherry cheese pie. Every thing was great but these three things were exceptional. Can you tell I have very rich taste. :)


Tomorrows a new day and a start to a new work week. I am going to start it off right with one of my favorite smoothies. I think it will be the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudget Power Smoothie. My husband picked up some organic spinach and bananas for me so I should be set for tomorrow's breakfast.


I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend as much as I did and I hope you were able to control you eating better then I did! ;)


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Still Not In The 180's

I was hoping to be in the 180's by now but unfortunately I'm not. I am at 193 and I'm not happy about it. Although I completely deserve it with the way I have been eating.

The past two weeks of my new job have just flown by. I am definitely having trouble with working full time and trying to take care of my family. It can be very stressful. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 4 years and it is really hard for me to give up on some of the things that I did for my family when I was a stay at home mom. I'm trying to do it all and it is getting a bit overwhelming. I need to figure out a way to fit everything into my new schedule or should I say how to not fit everything into my new schedule without feeling guilty.

I am still struggling with finding enough time in the day to cook healthy meals. My first week and a half I had all of the meals planned out and it worked great. This week I didn't have any planned and it was a disaster. I know what I am going to be doing this Holiday weekend. Planning my meals for the next two Weeks. I have noticed that the crockpot meals seem to work the best for my schedule. The only problem I am having is that I am gone for so long that my meals are a bit overcooked by the time I get home but it's better then having to wait an hour to eat each night. My family seems to get a bit crabby when they don't get dinner until 7:30pm ;).

So crockpot meals it is! Now it is time to find some healthy crockpot recipes. I found a few low-fat crockpot cookbooks on amazon. I think I may have to buy one in the very near future.

Exercise seems to be completely out of the picture for the next week or two. I need to get a hang of this working mom schedule before I can add anything else to it. I hope that once I get into the swing of things I will be able to find some time to start exercising again.

I hope all of you are having better luck at keeping your weight going in the right direction. If you are please send some tips my way. :)

The one thing that I have really found to be affecting my weight loss is the lack of sleep. Not only is it causing me to feel the need to eat more but it is also causing me to have migraines and feel miserable. I think a lot of my sleeping issues are coming from my Fibromyalgia, and the stress of not having enough time in the day to get everything done.

Lack of sleep has affected my weight in the past and I know that I really need to get a hold of it before it gets out of control.

I just want the numbers on the scale to start going down!!!!!!!!!!!






Friday, August 19, 2011

I Love My Crockpot!

Thanks you all for the sweet comments on yesterdays post. I'm so glad it is Friday and that I get to sleep in a little tomorrow. I'm not used to this getting up early thing. ;)

The only good part about waking up early this morning was that I stepped on the scale and weighed 191.2. I'm getting there! Almost in the 180's.

Tomorrow I have to work a few hours because we are putting on a fashion show in the mall. I spent a lot of my time the past few days working on it and I am really excited to see it tomorrow. We have some great giveaways and I can't wait to see the winner's faces! It's going to be so much fun!

I cooked another crockpot meal for dinner tonight. I put it together last night and kept it in the fridge overnight and plugged it in this morning. It was crockpot lasagna and it was awesome! I found a recipe in a Southern Living cookbook and my whole family loved it. It wasn't meant to be a crockpot recipe but I figured it would probably work. It had 1lb lean hamburger, 12 oz fat free cottage cheese, an egg, 2 cups of 2% mozzarella cheese, a big bag of frozen chopped spinach, 1 jar of spaghetti sauce ( I used 1 1/2 jars) , garlic powder and lasagna noodles(broken up). I cooked the hamburger last night and then mixed it with everything else and then put it the fridge. It was nice to not have to boil the noodles. I will definitely make this recipe again!

It's 8 pm and I am exhausted and ready for bed. I think it's story time with the girls and then time to go to sleep. I must really be getting old. :)

Have a great weekend and again thank you so much for all of your sweet and helpful comments yesterday!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

So Many Changes!

I'm sure you have noticed that I haven't been around much the past few weeks. There have been a lot of exciting things going on in my life.

I started a new job. I am now the Marketing Manager of a mall! My first day of work was yesterday and I am very excited be back in the Marketing field. I have been a stay-at-home Mom for the past 4 years and loved every second of it but it is now time for me to join the workforce again.

The way that God has worked throughout this entire situation has amazed me. I can't share all of the details but my family and I have had so many miracles happen in the past week that it is still hard for me to believe. God is so good!

Although I haven't blogged much I haven't given up on my weight loss. I weighed in at 192 this morning when I stepped on the scale. I am so excited to see my weight continuing to go down. I am hoping to be in the 180's by next week! :)

I had to buy new work clothes this past weekend since I haven't worked out of the home in about 4 years. I definitely did not enjoy shopping for my new work wardrobe and it wasn't just because of the screaming 3 year old the whole time I shopped.

It is so hard to gain weight and then have to go shopping for clothes. I still remember what I looked like 25 pounds lighter and how great I felt. I guess my shopping trip will just be my incentive to work harder to lose the weight.

I ended up buying mostly size 14 pants but I did have to get some 16's. I think the dress I bought was a size 16. It's so sad because last summer I was wearing mostly 12's and some 10's. Oh how I wish I wouldn't have gained so much weight.

Now that I am back to work I have another set of issues to deal with. I now have to worry about what to take for breakfast and lunch everyday and what to cook quickly for dinner each night. I am not enjoying having to pack a lunch every night for the next day. Although it's a little time consuming when I am exhausted at night it does seem to work well. I have been enjoying my healthy lunch each day and they have been extremely filling.

Dinners are definitely difficult when you are tired and have a hungry husband and two hungry little girls. Although it would be very easy to go out to dinner each night I am trying to save money by cooking at home. I planned out my menu (by going through my freezer, fridge and pantry) for the next 2 weeks. I typed it into my calender on my iPhone and now I am set. If only the meals cooked themselves. :)

I do have an alert pop up on my phone each night to remind me what I need to take out of the freezer the night before. So far it has worked well but becomes very tiring when you add soccer two days a week into the mix. By the time we are done eating the last think I want to do is clean up the leftovers, wash the dishes and run the dishwasher.

Then it's on to preparing the food and clothes for the next day. I think it is just going to take some time to get into a routine and get used to things. I know that many of you also work outside the home. If you have any suggestions on how to make it run more smoothly I would love to hear them. :)






Tuesday, August 16, 2011

And The Winner Is ...

And The winner of the $25 Sam's Club/Walmart Gift Card is Girlsmama!!! Congrats Girlsmama! Please email me your name and shipping address and we will have your gift card shipped to you shortly.

Thanks to everyone who entered! Check back soon for another great giveaway.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I'm Thrilled!

Today's post is a short one. I have had a really busy day and so much more to get done tonight.

I did however promise to give you an update on my weight this morning. I was so excited when I got on the scale. When I stepped on the scale I weighed 194.8 pounds. So much better then the 197 pounds I was at on Friday. I'm thrilled that this past week didn't damage my weight loss efforts too much.

I think the water really did help! I am going to continue to drink a lot of water. Not only will it help me to lose weight but it also seems to make me feel better.






Monday, August 8, 2011

Giveaway Time!!!

I have another great giveaway to offer you!

This August Sam's Club is preparing you for the fall with it's back-to-school event with the 6 Box Tops on a Pack promotion.

When you purchase participating Box Top items, you can collect even more Box Tops on some of your favorite General Mills brands such as Honey Nut Cheerios, Nature Valley Oats 'N Honey Crunchy Granola Bars, Totino’s Pizza Rolls, and more!

Sam’s Club has your favorite back to school items from computers to clothing, and at the best values. Click the links to visit Sam’s Club Website ,Sam’s Club Facebook,
Sam’s Club Twitter ,and Box Tops For Education website.


Sam's Club sent me a $25 Gift Card and I am so excited about it! Even better Sam's Club is offering a great giveaway for all of you. They are offering one of my readers a $25.00 Gift Card to Sam's Club.

There Are Five Ways To Enter:

1. Leave a comment sharing which participating box top product you would like to see in the 6 box top promotion.

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The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. All entries must be received by Monday Aug. 15, 2011 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be announced Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. For U.S Addresses Only. MyBlogSpark is responsible for sending the prize pack.


Exhaustion = Lack Of Motivation

Sorry I have been missing the last week and a half. I spent all of last week helping at my Church's Vacation Bible School. It was so much fun but very exhausting. I was a Cheerleader Huddle Coach for 16 girls ages 6-9. I never realized how much energy 16 little girls can have. :)


Here are some pictures of my daughters at Sports Camp.









It made for a super busy week when combined with the normal day to day activities and soccer practice starting up.


I didn't run at all for the past week and a half. I had no time or energy left to get on the treadmill. I am hoping to be able to get back into it this week. I need to get back to writing my Running Skirts Monday posts.


Not only did I not run but I also didn't do a great job at eating healthy. I was so busy that I just ate whatever was available without worrying about how good or bad it was for me. I didn't binge. I just wasn't careful. It's not a great excuse but sometimes being exhausted can make you lose all motivation to care about eating healthy.


I plan to get back on track as of today. I even resisted the donuts at Bible Study this morning. :) Honestly I had my coffee and I was happy with that. I am hoping the past week didn't completely ruin the weight I had lost. I was down to 194 but as of Friday I was up to 197. I will give you an update tomorrow morning when I step on the scale again.


I am sick of the ups and downs. I am ready to just have downs with maybe and occasional up. :) It's time to get serious. It's time to get back to planning, cooking healthy and really watching my portions.


My main focus this week is going to be to drink lots of water. That always seemed to help in the past. The more I drank, the more I lost. It probably just made me feel fuller but it worked. I'm going to give it a try. Of course I am going to work on everything else but water will be my main priority for the week.


How much water do you try to drink each day?




Friday, July 29, 2011

I Took One For The Team!




Have you seen these? I been seeing them advertised on facebook for the past few weeks. I think they are a little pricey but I have been dieing to try them. I finally bit the bullet and took one for the team! :)





When I was shopping yesterday I spotted them and decided to give them a try. They were $3.69 for a box of 6 brownies. I bought the Chocolate Fudge and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies so that I could let all of you know if they are any good.



I decided to try the Peanut Butter Brownie first. Let me first tell you that I LOVE brownies!!! They are one of those foods that I can't seem to control myself around. I usually don't even make them because I fear that I will be up in the middle of the night devouring them.





Here is a picture of the peanut butter brownie. I placed a quarter next to it so that you can get a better idea of the size. The brownie is actually a decent size for 90 calories. The taste was amazing!






The Peanut Butter Brownie did seem a bit more dry then the Chocolate. I popped one in the microwave for a few seconds and it seemed more moist that way. The chocolate ones seemed perfect just the way they were. They are really yummy!





I would definitely buy them again. I just hope that next time I can find a coupon. :)



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Giveaway!

If you have a daughter between the age of 9 and 13 you will like this giveaway! Click here to check it out. It's a great Mom and Me Bundle!


New Recipe - HG's Happy Birthday Cake Shake



This looks awesome! It is Hungry Girl's new Happy Birthday Cake Shake! Click here to view the recipe. I wish I had all of the ingredients. I might have to make a quick stop at the grocery store today. :) Yum!


A Day Full Of Smoothies




I spent the morning at the Dentist's office. I broke a big piece of my tooth off eating cauliflower yesterday for lunch. So not fun!







Yeserday's lunch - I didn't make it to the yogurt. I lost my appetite after breaking my tooth.




My Dentist is awesome and she was able to save the tooth. It had a cavity in it which caused it to break. I am thanking God right now that it was able to be filled and that I didn't have to have a root canal. I have never had one before but I heard they are horrible.


The only problem I had was that my mouth wouldn't get numb. I had to have several shots before it finally was numb and still I felt a little pain every once in a while. It was so odd. I am so glad it is all over with and that I have such a sweet Dentist to fix my teeth. :)


Hopefully the numbness will go away soon so that I can run. I don't think I can run with this odd feeling in my mouth.


It looks like it is going to be a day full of smoothies for me!




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Do any of you have a weird fear of having your teeth worked on? I actually almost had an anxiety attack yesterday when I broke my tooth. My Dentists are so wonderful and sweet so I hate to dread going to get my teeth worked on but I can't seem to control the anxiety I have. Is this normal? I really don't want my girls to see my anxiety because then they will be afraid to go for check-ups. Any suggestions on dealing with this anxiety?







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Monday, July 25, 2011

I Have A Secret!

Last Wednesday I came home to a package on my porch. I don't know about you but I love coming home to a surprise package!






I was actually shocked by what I found inside! It was an Azure Dot Athletic Skirt by Running Skirts!









Over a year ago RunningSkirts asked me if I would be on their review committee. I just assumed they forgot about me until Wednesday that is. I was super excited to get this adorable skirt in the mail. I have heard so many great things about this company and I couldn't wait to try out one of their skirts!







The only problem is that when they asked my size I gave them the size that I was over a year ago. Unfortunately when my weight went up so did my skirt size. :(







I decided that I was going to give it a try anyway. Unfortunately thirty pounds does make a difference. Sorry about the missing head. My six year old daughter took the picture.








But when I put the skirt on I had a great idea. Why not use the (way too small) skirt to help motivate myself to lose weight.







So my little secret is that as of today I am adding a new feature to my blog. It will be called RunningSkirts Monday. Every Monday I will be adding a new post to this section that will include an updated picture of me in my Athletic Skirt by RunningSkirts and an update on my running progress.







I was so excited to give my skirt a try that I actually ran last Thursday, Friday and Today. I will post my stats below. Just remember that it has been awhile since I've run or exercised in any way for that matter. Of course I didn't run outside because there was no way I would go out in public running in a skirt that doesn't fit. I used the treadmill instead because I really wanted to try out my new skirt from RunningSkirts.




Here are my treadmill running stats for my past three runs:

7/21/11 - 36 min - walk 3mph/run 4mph - 5/5/5/5/5/5/5 - 268 cal. - 1.94 miles

7/22/11 - 35 mom - walk 3mph/run 4.3mph - 5/10/5/7/5 - 284 cal. -2.02 miles

7/25/11 - 40 min. - walk 3mph/run 4.3mph - 5/10/5/10/10 - 332 cal. - 2.33 miles


I think it's a good start. I was actually surprised that I could run for more then 90 seconds at a time. I wasn't expecting to be able to run for ten minutes at a time. I really think my new Athletic Skirt helped. I know that 4.3 mph might not sound much like running to some of you but for my short legs it's as fast as they will move right now. Hopefully I can pick up the pace soon. :)

I hope you are all as excited about my RunningSkirts Monday updates as I am. It is going to be great to see the way my body changes in my Skirt each week! I hope that it will help encourage all of you as much as I think it will help encourage me.

If you have never heard of RunningSkirts before be sure to click on the link and check them out. They truly are amazing! If you have heard of them make sure you check out the new Spring/Summer collection. You will love it!

I really wasn't convinced until I tried to run in my skirt. Not only are they adorable but they are so comfortable. They have no chafe flat seams and they have a longer inseam for thigh protection and a fit that does not ride up. Really, they don't ride up at all! I was very impressed. I have never worn such comfortable athletic wear before this. I am convinced that the clothing you exercise in can definitely effect your performance. Now that I have tried my new Athletic Skirt from RunningSkirts I don't want to go back to wearing anything else. I can't wait to try some of the other adorable products they make.

Thanks RunningSkirts! I love my new Athletic Skirt!!!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

A New Beginning - Take 2 - Day 1 Picture Update

Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget - Take 2
Day 1 - 196 pounds - July 23, 2011



I finally did it! I finally got up the nerve to post a "Take 2" before picture. It is such a relief for me to finally do it and move on.



The post I wrote on discouragement and the comments I received really have helped me to move forward with my life and my weight loss journey. I can't even tell you how relieved I am to finally be able to get past the feeling of failure and move on.



I did a little redesigning on my blog. You will notice that I moved my old picture updates to the bottom and posted my "new journey" pictures on the top right. I still have some new ideas for my blog design but for now these are the changes that I needed to do in order to move forward.



When I weighed myself today I weighed in at 196 pounds. I plan do to the same picture updates as i have in the past. I will post a new picture in my sidebar with every 10 pounds that I lose. I remember in the past that this helped me to stay motivated to lose. I hope it will do the same for me this time.



I hope you all enjoy the changes on my blog and will follow me on my new weight loss journey!


Friday, July 22, 2011

A Crazy Smoothie

I let my daughter choose the ingredients for our smoothie this morning. Here is what she came up with.

Maddie's Crazy Smoothie:

1 cup Almond Breeze
12 baby carrots
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup raw cauliflower
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp fat free, sugar free choc. pudding mix
1/4 cup Stevia
1 tsp Matcha Green Tea

Place all ingredients in VitaMix or blender and mix until smooth. Enjoy!


I will admit it does sound slightly disgusting but it turned out tasting great! The kid knows how to make a great smoothie. :)


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