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Wow, what a year 2012 was! My own life changed immensely.

A look back.

The Peanut arrives, and I fall in love.

I fall in love.

 

New hobby

I take up a new hobby

 

There were cookouts and picnics,

There were cookouts and picnics,

 

Trip to Jackson Hole, WY...the Tetons are incredible.

Trip to Jackson Hole, WY…the Tetons are incredible.

 

Biking in Wyoming!

Biking in Wyoming!

 

My sweet daddy turns 80!

My sweet daddy turns 80!

 

Halloween 2012A little Halloween Monkey

Halloween 2012
A little Halloween Monkey

 

Family trip to North Carolina

Family trip to North Carolina

 

Some little Peanut turns 1! My how time flies!

Some little Peanut turns 1! My how time flies!

 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

 

I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds. I wish you and yours a wonderfully blessed New Year!

Weekend in Review

We had a great Father’s Day weekend in the country. Dad came to spend the day, as well as my sister, her daughter and two boys, one of my brothers, my daughter and the Peanut. We ate, played outside on the porch, ate, played some more, and ate.

And I discovered you CAN wipe out a lot of weight loss progress in a two day weekend. Oh yeah. The weekend started with a potluck lunch at work on Friday and kind of went downhill food-wise from there. But you know what, I got up this morning and got right back to it. I’m NOT about beating myself up over this, sometimes you just have to eat Grandpa’s famous macaroni salad, made with real mayo, and have second or third helpings. You never want to hurt your dad’s feelings on Father’s Day! Seriously, I figure if I do great for 5 or 6 days a week, then go a little astray for a couple of meals, I will just deal with it, and get back on track. That’s life.

I wish I had taken pictures, but I was too busy eating and playing.

I did make a good little treat using those little waffle cone bowls. I filled them up about 2/3 of the way with Cheesecake flavored pudding, and topped them with mixed berries. They were a big hit, and I was thinking that there are a lot of possibilities there, using lowfat ingredients as well.

It was a fun, hot day, and I think we got the ultimate compliment, when my 7 and 10 year old great nephews didn’t want to leave when it was time to go home :-).

Peanut had a great time being outside.

Happy Monday!

Well it’s been a fantastic week on the fitness and healthy eating front.

I had a goal to lose 4 lbs between June 1 and June 15 and have already met that goal. That’s 9 lbs since the second week of May, so I’m pretty happy with that. The next short term goal is to lose 4 more before June 30.

One thing that helps me is to not declare any foods off limits. For me, doing that is sure sabotage. I love Mexican food, so yesterday I went with friends and had a delicious plate lunch consisting of a chicken enchilada, rice and beans. I did try to not eat TOO many chips, and I think I did pretty well. When dinner time rolled around I wasn’t hungry, so I had a glass of wine. I still wasn’t hungry when I went to bed, so all was well. And I had dropped 1 lb this morning when I weighed.

Last Thursday I got my bike out of the shop where it got an annual maintenance checkup, and did my first ride IN A LONG TIME, with friends after work. We work on a military installation which is huge, and you can get many miles in with hardly ever seeing a vehicle. I only did a 10 mile ride my first time out, because my seat couldn’t take much more than that. I plan to up it to 20 this Thursday, and suffer through it a bit. I’m also still getting my 20 minutes on the elliptical trainer, although I’ve only done 1 time this week so far.

Scenery from my ride:

The Tennesse river runs along the edge of our installation, and we ride to the river recreation centers on our ride. LOTS of these guys out there, have to watch out. We also see coyotes, deer, lots of small wildlife and once, a bobcat in the middle of the road. Always an adventure.

So lessons learned this week…don’t deny yourself things you like, just do it in moderation. And MOVE a bit.

This little guy is almost moving…right now he just spins in a circle, but it won’t be long.

Happy Wednesday!

Weekend in Review

Oh how I love the weekend!

This past weekend, although WAY too short, was a just in time break from a crazy work week. We have a new senior level manager at work, and life there is just a bit more crazy and hectic than it’s been in awhile.

The weekend started with daughter and Peanut coming Friday evening for a spend the night visit. They were able to stay until Saturday afternooon, so there was a lot of grandmommy spoiling time.


Saturday night I had a ladies night out with some friends from church. We do a Secret Pal drawing twice a year, and we just finished the first period of the year, so we had a pot luck supper to reveal secret pals. It was great fun, and after the reveal we watched ‘The Help’. I recommend the movie for those of you who like to have a good cry now and then. I’m NOT one of those people and will usually avoid a movie like that, but chose to stay. Yes, the tear ducts got all cleared out. There were ten or so women going between sniffling, sobbing and laughing at ourselves for the entire couple of hours.

I am very pleased to say that even with a grocery shopping trip with my daughter and a potluck with dishes from some fantastic cooks, I’m down a pound this morning from last Friday, so I’m a pretty happy camper. My daughter did head straight for the bakery when we entered the grocery store, then stopped and said ‘oh my gosh, we head straight here every time don’t we?”. We then promptly left the bakery and settled on Mango Italian Ice and celery and peanut butter for snacks. Of which we had neither once we got home. But we were prepared.

I took a less than healthy dish to the potluck myself, but didn’t pig out on it. It was Baked Potato Salad, and, oh my it’s good. I’ll post the recipe for it soon, it’s great to take to a pot luck.

Sunday was a LAZY day, I didn’t lift a finger all day. A real lazy summer Sunday, as it should be.

There’s some landscaping progress at our house, hopefully I’ll have beautiful pictures and an update soon.

Meanwhile, Happy Monday. Every day can’t be a weekend day.

Friday Food Stuff

I’ve always liked trying new and different foods, and although I’m one of those people that CAN eat the same thing every day forever, I like to mix it up and explore new things.

My newest find, and again, I’m lagging behind most of my friends in discovering this, is quinoa.

If you aren’t familiar with quinoa, it is like a little wonder grain.  You can find a lot about it here.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=142

It can be prepared a lot of different ways, but all I’ve done so far is have it for breakfast.

I found a recipe on a blog that I love, Debby’s Weigh.  You can see her recipe here (scroll to the bottom, past some of her other WONDERFUL looking things):

What I love about this is you can modify it so many ways. For instance, I used dried cherries instead of raisins, left out the cinnamon and allspice (although I think that would be great for wintertime) and used honey rather than maple syrup. It was delicious. But quinoa can also be made as a salad, adding cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, green onions and lemon juice. Or as a tropical side dish, with coconut, mango, pineapple, etc. Or add some curry, and have a totally different side dish. So I’ll be experimenting with different recipes, as well as different types of quinoa (oh yeah…there’s red, white, black, etc.)

So that’s my Friday food find. Have you tried anything new and different lately?

Have a great weekend. Here in the South we’re looking at a wonderful, hot summer weekend, and a little Peanut time.

Wednesday Weigh-In

One of the challenges I find myself facing as I try to lose weight and get in shape is always having healthy food choices on hand. I try to take my lunch to work when I can, because that is the only way to know exactly what I’m eating and allows me to control portion sizes. Unfortunately it’s just not always possible.

That said, I’ve been searching out good fast food choices. One thing I’ve found is that at least some fast food chains are providing pretty healthy choices these days. Granted, I’m sure there are ingredients in these things that I might not choose if I were making the meals myself, but I’ve found a few good options.

My favorite new find is Wendy’s Berry Almond Chicken Salad. I don’t use the dressing because it really isn’t needed with the fruit. Another good thing about this one is that you can get a half size or a full size, depending on how hungry you are. Delicious.

Another option I’ve found that’s pretty decent is a chicken soft taco from our local Mexican restaurant. Grilled chicken wrapped in a soft tortilla, and you can request only what you want added. I typically ask for lettuce and tomato. I can eat this with an apple or pear and it’s a perfect lunch for me.

Exciting news on the exercise front – my bike has been in the shop for its annual maintenance, and I get it out tomorrow. My first ride in a very long time is tomorrow after work with a couple of friends. I cannot WAIT to get back on that saddle, although I am dreading the tushy toughening that has to take place for the first few weeks. But it will be worth it. I am now up to 20 minutes on the elliptical, and plan to go to 30 next week. The plan is to stick to 3 days a week since I’ll be biking a couple of days.

My goal for June 15 is to be down 4 lbs from June 1. I’m feeling pretty confident.  One day at a time.

Happy Wednesday.

No post is complete without a Peanut pic.

Weekend in Review

Wow the weekends go by fast!

This past one was not very eventful, but very restful and FAST.

Daughter and Peanut came on Saturday afternoon and helped me with the grocery shopping.  I have to say that when they do that, which is most Saturdays, I shop a little differently than when I’m alone.  For instance, I NEVER visit the bakery and bring home chocolate eclairs or chocolate frosted donuts when I shop alone.  I do that almost EVERY Saturday when they are with me.  The best thing for me to to right now in order to eat right is to not have anything bad in the house.  So I’ll confess, I had two chocolate frosted donuts over the weekend, and a cranberry slushie from a drive through, which I love, but I know is full of sugar.  So I was very happy when I weighed this morning and was down 1/2 lb from Friday morning.  I guess I did something right.

Sunday service at my little country church was great, with the pastor reminding us to praise and be thankful for all of our blessings.  It made me realize that a lot of the praying I do consists of requests…for healing, improvements in situations, etc.  I don’t spend nearly enough of that time thanking Him for all of the things I have to be thankful for.  And I do have SO many.

Sunday afternoon consisted of a little family visiting, then a little photo taking.  Unfortunately the photographer (me) seemed to snap between smiles, but I think he’s still as cute as can be.

All in all, a quiet, restful weekend. And now looking forward to a great, busy week.

Happy Monday.

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