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Thank you for reading my thoughts and commenting respectfully. ~S

Friday, January 13, 2012

I lost weight... NO I do not want to find it!

(Note: I'm kinda bummed I haven't blogged in a week. Really wish I had this speech recognition software - it would make my blogging so much easier!)

I weighed in for the new year on January 2nd. I will not say here that number. A woman gets to keep some things private and this is one of those things. Perhaps once I've reached my goal or even my half goal, I'll reveal where I started. Let's just say my goal is to never have a 2 in front of my number ever again!!! EVER!

Well, I weighed in on the 11th (I'm aiming for every Tuesday, perhaps I will make a weekly blog). I stepped on the scale and waited nervously for the digital number to show up. I have been using MyFitnessPal every day to keep track of my food calories and exercise. We all know not to expect Biggest Loser style weight loss, so I just wanted to see any sort of change from January 2nd.

THREE POUNDS!!! I lost 3 pounds in a week! Can we say ecstatic? There's still a 2 in front of my weight number, but that's three less pounds behind the 2!!! :-D

Let it be said, I am NOT dieting. Dieting doesn't work for me because I have two small children and a husband who couldn't gain weight if he TRIED! Whether the true reason is I lack self control or not, being on something that doesn't allow flexibility doesn't work for me. I always end up cheating, feel bad about myself, and then give up. So, this time I'm focusing on tracking my calories. Which, if you know how much things are, that helps a lot! I find myself asking "do I really want a 300 calorie candy bar when I could eat some fruit, cheese and crackers for the same calories". Now, the 100 calorie Snicker bite I had was totally worth it!

I am working on making better choices for myself and my family.

Small changes do make the biggest impact!!!

It's been almost 2 weeks and except for my cup of coffee (or the rare diet soda - baby steps) I am drinking more water than I've ever drank on a regular basis. Yesterday's count was up to 55oz!!! Once you realize how many calories you DRINK vs eating, it makes it so easy to cut out the sodas, teas, juices, and etc. Granted, I will never cut out my milk. I love milk, but that's another post perhaps.

Even my husband has started to make some better choices without me asking him to. I sent him to the store the other day to buy us some spaghetti sauce. I figured he'd get something loaded with cheese or what not. What did he bring home? Ragu Organic Traditional Spaghetti Sauce!!! BUT, it was VERY tasty!

My other goal is to move more. I don't have a home gym nor do I have any money to afford a gym membership. One day I really hope to own an elliptical machine at home, but until then I'm doing what I can to move. So, I take advantage of what I do have: Xbox360 and a Kinect! Dance Central gets me up and dancing for an hour and has a workout mode so I can know how many calories I am burning too! Even Kinect Sports can cause a good burn, ever try the mini-game PinRush? I'm also walking around the neighborhood when possible, or if I go to the grocery store just for one thing, I walk up and down every single aisle!

The last thing I've been working on changing is food cut off. I have found most of my bored or mindless eating happens for me after 8pm. So, once 8pm rolls around, if I find myself hungry I drink more water. Most of the time it helps, but if my stomach really is growling, I do allow myself 1-2 saltines. It helps so much!!! I go to bed feeling proud of myself for not overeating and wake up hungry.

So, there you have it. The start of my weight loss journey to being healthier and happier with myself. I don't have a firm number goal, just know I want to be out of the 2's and have a way I want to look.

1st Goal Weight: 199lbs
2nd Goal Weight: 175lbs
Final Goal Weight: 150-160lbs

1/2/12: Starting Weight 2--
1/11/12: 3 POUNDS LOST!

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I scream, You scream, We all scream for Ice Cream!

I am an ice cream girl... 

I absolutely love ice cream - give me a table filled with desserts and I'd probably choose the frozen treat.

Perhaps I should mention I'm not your typical hot weathered ice cream girl... I literally CRAVE ice cream when it is cold - even more so if it snowing outside! While we were living in Colorado, my husband would always laugh because as soon as the first snow fell, I'd get a craving for ice cream. And going to get ice cream while it's snowing, well that's even better. (Kinda how I sometimes like a hot cup of coffee in the middle of summer).

A friend inspired me to take a look at my ice cream past. *giggle*

My first memory of eating ice cream is around 5 years old. Growing up in the South, the summers got hot and muggy real fast. So, my mother would take me to the military's pool on base EVERY DAY! I'd swim until I couldn't swim any longer (aka red eyes, wrinkly fingers and reeking of chlorine) Afterwards, we would head over the local McDonald's restaurant, along with most of the other mothers/kids from the pool. One of my first friends was made this way - I can't remember her name but she had the blondest hair I had ever seen and by the middle of the summer the chlorine had started to turn her hair a shade of green! You just don't forget that as a kid.

After eating my lunch (which I hope was nutritionally sound compared today) and running around the playground for nearly an hour - it was time for ice cream! And not just any ice cream, a TWISTED cone of vanilla and chocolate! The only thing I can really remember about this ice cream was that I loved eating the cone afterwards because it got a little soggy near the end. Yes, I was a unique child. 

However, my strongest memory of childhood was going to Baskin Robins for a special occasion and getting a scoop in a bowl of their PINK BUBBLE GUM ice cream! There was just something really exciting about a cup of ice cream with bubble gum in it. But here's the funny part: my grandma had once told me if I swallowed my gum it would stay in my stomach for X amount of years. As any young girl, I of course believed her! So, instead of swallowing the ice cream with the tiny pieces of bubble gum - I'd take a bite of ice cream, manage to eat only the ice cream, and then I'd spit out the bubble gum and set it on a lid or napkin until I had finished the whole scoop. Once I had done that, next to me would be a small pile of pink. Naturally, as a child it isn't at all disgusting to take that and put it into your mouth. Hehehehe! I loved having the gum afterwards even if it wasn't the good kind to blow bubbles. 

Once I got into middle school, the idea of spitting out pieces of gum didn't appeal to me anymore. So my ice cream taste "matured" and my favorite became a M&M blizzard from Dairy Queen. I loved the yummy vanilla ice cream and then periodically, the really cold hard pieces of M&M's. And usually once you got to the bottom of the cup, there were quite a few fragments of M&M's left so you got an entire spoon full! I think that perhaps I have a tendency to like things where you get more than just one thing. (Classic example: Blow Pops or Tootsie Pops). 

When I became pregnant with my first son, I had a very bad milk aversion the first few months. But I was able to stomach Chick-Fil-A's Ice Dream! Initially, this was just a way to get some calcium into me, but the texture of the ice cream got me hooked. If you've never had their ice cream, there really aren't any words to describe the texture. I could say it's kinda gritty, but that does not sound appetizing. The texture is definitely what I love about it the most. The flavor is wonderful, just a plain delicious vanilla - but the texture is what makes it a DREAM! ;)

Now, I don't eat at any of those places anymore (or on the rare occasion we do, such as Chick Fil A, I typically don't order ice cream). But I still do occasionally buy ice cream to have at home. When we are talking about ice cream to eat at home, there is nothing better than MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP!!! (even better if it has cookies in it too!). My husband and I are mint fanatics, we like almost anything that has mint - thinking that will be a blog some other day. I'm all about the white version of mint chocolate chip and the light green version looking ones - flavor is what count! 

One last thought about ice cream, before I forget. I've been thinking about my mother all day. When she was alive and was able to still eat ice cream - her favorite ice cream were Nestle' Drumsticks. I remember she would buy a box, and I was NOT allowed to have any! Sometimes she would share, but they were her very special indulgence in an otherwise very strict diet. Plus, she couldn't eat more than one or two in a year due to her illness. I've bought a box or two since she has passed, and I can totally understand what she loved about them. The peanuts on top with the chocolate and then the bottom of the waffle cone filled with chocolate are wonderful surprises! 

As I mentioned above, I love coffee during the summer - but truth me told I love coffee year round! I haven't met a coffee I didn't like. So when Starbucks created a coffee inspired ice cream line, I was pretty interested. Especially since I had a coupon that a made a pint of it cost $1! I chose to try the Caramel Macchiato (one of my favorite drinks from Starbucks)... and OH MY WORD - it was as though they just took the coffee and froze it. COFFEE AND ICE CREAM - there's really not much more I can say about it - if you like coffee, you get it.  

So.... Do you scream for ice cream?

If you're wondering about where this blog came from, I was inspired by a fellow blogger crying out to Edy's as to why they had to discontinue her favorite ice cream flavor. It got me thinking, and thus this blog. And if you're wondering, I probably only eat ice cream once a month or less! But, when I do get to, I enjoy it!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Honey To Do

I find that when I see or hear women talking about their husbands, the biggest thing I hear are complaints about the things their husbands DON'T do.

They don't pick up after themselves. They don't clean the house. They don't cook. They don't. They don't. They don't.

But what about the positives? Have you ever stopped to think about all the things your husband DOES do?

My husband and I have been a couple for 11 years, almost 8 of those years as "Man and Wife". Plus, we have spent the last 5 years as "Dad and Mom". When we met I was almost 18 years old and he was 22 years old. We have been through a lot together (moves, death of loved ones including my own mother, childbirth, and more)

So I'd like to take a moment and instead of falling prey to "my husband forgot to rinse his bowl again!" (hehe) I'd like to point out that he said thank you for dinner and that it was delicious.

My husband is a good man. He does A LOT for me and our family - and I don't think he always knows how much I appreciate and love him for the things he does.

*He drives 40 miles to work.
*He works 10 hour shifts.
*He keeps working harder even when passed over for a promotion.
*He asks me if I need him to stop to pick anything up on his way home from work when he's already been up for almost 18 hours.
*He plays with our kids before going to bed, and again once he wakes up 6 hours later.
*He never walks past me without lovingly touching me in some way: a kiss, a hug, a hand on my back.
*He always checks up on me: "do you need a drink?" or things like that.
*He lets me cry at the stupidest stuff, doesn't ask me why, just holds me until I am ready to tell him.
*He makes me laugh at him, at myself, at the world - he hasn't lost his sense of goofy humor and I hope he never does.
*He helps keep me calm and sane - I would have gone off the deep end many times if he wasn't there as my support.
*He lets me vent: I can say anything without fearing rejection or judgement. But he does afterwards help me look at a situation differently once I'm done. (and don't tell him but a lot of times his view is the correct one)
*He makes our kids giggle until they scream for him to stop by tickling them. I love hearing their giggles!
*He cuddles our sons when they're hurt or crying. This includes hugs and kisses on their cheeks or forehead.
*He tells me/our sons that he loves us on a daily basis.
*He apologizes to me/our sons if he's done something wrong. I love that he is a humble man.
*He fights for what he feels is right! He fights for me, for our family and for those who don't have a voice.
*He loves me for me and doesn't ask me to be like the models on the cover of magazines. Rather he encourages me in what I decide for myself when it comes to beauty and fashion.

Well now that you all know how wonderful of a husband I am blessed to have, perhaps you should take a different look at your husband.

It'll make that pair of socks next to the hamper just a little less annoying. ;-)

***I love you buga! S.H.M.I.L.Y***

Monday, January 2, 2012

(Left Over) Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

My husband LOVES peppermint! Really, anything with any kind of mint.

So, what to do when you have about 18 candy canes left after you take down your Christmas tree?

Why, make candy cane cookies of course! ;-)

I took all the candy canes, put them in a ziplock bag. Then I grabbed my meat tenderizer and got out some stress (hehe) out by crushing them as much as possible. Emptied the bag into one of my strainers, and let the powdered candy cane fall through into a bowl. Repeated until I had gotten as much powder I could from them. Then set the rest of the smaller pieces aside. (My boys love candy canes, so they enjoyed having some smaller pieces). Took the powder, which was probably about 3/4 cup worth and mixed it into the cookie dough mix I had. It turned the cookie dough a slight shade of pink! :-)

Put the rounded teaspoons of cookie dough on the cookie sheets and topped with one small piece of candy cane that hadn't crushed into powder. Then put them into the oven and added an extra 2 minutes to the cooking time. Let them cool and then they were ready to eat!

Voila! Homemade candy cane sugar cookies!

2012 - The Year to Believe

Weight Watchers has a new slogan in which they're proclaiming 2012: "The Year to Believe".

I like this slogan. I am liking it a lot, A LOT!

While I think it is important to set resolutions for a new year (whether it's based off the change in calendar year or when you celebrate a birthday), we all know most of the resolutions that people make aren't kept. I myself am guilty of saying I'll do XYZ for the new year and then don't accomplish any of them.

My friend Tracie chooses a word each year to focus on (2011 was COURAGE for her)... I think it is better to focus on a goal that can be accomplished and applied to your life in a variety of ways. For example: "I'm going to love more", or "I'm going to be more giving" vs. "I'm going to lose 100lbs"! Cause who knows, by loving yourself more and being more giving (volunteering, etc), it will help you lose those 100lbs. All while helping more than just yourself. Just something to ponder.

So... for 2012, I'm adopting Weight Watchers's slogan: this is my year to BELIEVE!!!


*grow as a woman of God
*grow as a devoted wife to my husband
*grow as a loving mother towards my sons
*grow as a loyal and supportive friend
*grow as a intellectual woman in many topics
*grow in learning when to bite my tongue
*grow in learning when to speak my mind
*grow in learning how to cook healthier variety of meals
*grow in learning how to sew, quilt, knit, and crochet
*grow in learning how to take better care of my body physically
*grow in learning how to be confident in my curves and my own beauty
*grow in learning how to better reach out to those who are hurting/needy in my community
*grow from those who hurt me, those who deceive me, those who challenge me

I'm sure there are many other ways I can grow. If I strive to do these things listed above each day, I BELIEVE by the end of the end of 2012, I will be a better person who is happier and more satisfied with life.

Happy New Years everyone! :-)