Weight Loss Update and Some Ramblings

November 11, 2013 - Leave a Response

I really should post more often, but it don’t guess I have anything in life that’s so important to write a whole blog post about. I should work on being more interesting….. Anyway!
This summer my sister in law and I started walking. We are fortunate to live next door to each other and we live on a dirt road with no traffic except for the few people who live up here, so it worked out. At the very beginning I weighed myself at 178 lbs. ugh. Anyway, we did this every day, working our way up to 3 miles a day, and I kept doing yoga afterward. She is a teacher so she had to go back to work mid August. The last day we walked together I weighed again and was amazed at the results, 169! 9 whole pounds!
So I kept going on my own and got myself up to 4 miles a day, and yoga of course. About a month into it I was walking as usual and a neighbor I barely knew up until then came walking up to me and asked if she could join me. She said she’d seen me out there every day and kept telling herself she was going to come out, and finally she did. It’s been great because we don’t want to let each other down so we hold ourselves accountable for each other’s sake. We usually start at 8:00 am but there have been times where that time wasn’t convenient so instead of skipping we just start at 6:00. It’s insane to think I would be willing and able to get out so early for fitness sake!
I feel so great, I have more energy than ever and I am a whole lot stronger these days. I’ve been getting loads of compliments too. Late last month I was at my best friends house and decided to weigh again (I don’t own a scale so I have to mooch off other people’s lol) and it said 165. I figure, it was late in the day, I had just pigged out, and was wearing heavy boots so I am going to say my real weight was 164 or 163. That’s a total of 15 pounds since June. Freakin awesome!
Here are some pics, two of them I’ve previously posted but I think it will give a good time line of my weight loss. Maybe something I can look at and stay motivated.

So, the first two are me at 28, the third 29 and the last is me at 30. I think there has been a world of difference over the last 2 years, and hopefully over the next 2 years he change will be just as dramatic!

Now my goal is to run. I want to run, as odd as it feels for me to type that out, but I want to. I’ve been held back by pain in my leg and foot, but I do believe I have figured the cause and am taking steps to correct the problem. If it works out I will post about that.
For now, God bless and keep moving!

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Getting Back on Track

February 27, 2013 - Leave a Response

Last week I was sick, really really sick. So I didn’t work out one bit except for Monday, which was the day I came down with whatever I had, and I did not really think about eating well. So this week I am trying to get back on track. Workout wise, I’ve done really well, diet wise, could be better. Since I didn’t prepare any foods last week, this week it’s just been hard to really get motivated in that area. Tuesday is usually when I cut up all my produce and make healthy breakfasts and snacks, but I didn’t get around to doing anything but making some super bland muffins.
Today I am making up for lost time. I went ahead and cut up all the produce, and made some smoothies for the rest of the week. A day late but a slow start is better than a no start!
That is a surprising attitude change for me, since I’m usually the one who would rather let hell break loose than start a routine in the middle of the week. I guess healthy is a mind/body/soul thing after all.
I’ve let my 20’s pass me by without making fitness and health a priority. Now that I am a little over 2 weeks from my 30th, I can’t say that I’m in the best shape of my life, but I can say that I am well on my way, physically and mentally.

Sunday Tea

February 11, 2013 - Leave a Response

I’ve only done one or two tutorials, and it’s been a really long time. And I wasn’t very good at doing them. 🙂 So I am going to start as simple as it gets, iced tea. 🙂
I love iced tea! I have to have it, I drink about a gallon a day. I betray my southern heritage but I don’t drink it sweetened. Yuck! My dad always says if you are going to dump a bunch of sugar in your tea, might as well drink a coke. I am just like him, that I can’t finish a whole coke, and I maybe drink one every two weeks. They just make me feel gross and run down.
On Sundays, I like to make a special tea, it’s inspired by Starbucks shaken teas. I love their passion tea but the flavor is a bit too much for me. Plus, my way is cheaper!
Now, this makes a gallon. I divide it up between two pitchers.
I start out with one pitcher size bag of Tazo passion tea, and 6 bags of Lipton or Luzianne.

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It makes strong tea, so you might want to start with 4 bags of regular tea instead of 6. Now, I boil water and pour it in one plastic pitcher. Then I add the tea bags.

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If you want to destroy the tea by adding sugar, now is the time to do it, I’ll just look away.
I let it steep for about 10 minutes, I usually put it in the fridge so it will cool while its steeping. It will look like this.

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Now, scoop all the bags out and divide the tea between two pitchers. If you’re using glass, make sure it’s ok to pour hot liquids in it. I’ve been told you can put a wooden spoon in a glass pitcher before pouring hot liquid in it, but I’ve never tried it so I don’t know.

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Now dilute it with cold water and ice, I fill it with water until its 3/4 full and then I add ice. If your like me, the next step is to clean up your mess.

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Then comes the most important part. If you drink out of a bottle or cup with a lid, use that. I’m redneck, so I drink out of a mason jar (and I did it before Pinterest made it cool!) I’ve been wanting to make it a lidded cup like I’ve seen on Pinterest but I can’t find my darn jar rings!

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Pour it in your cup or bottle, whatever, put the lid on tight, and shake it, shake it, shake it like a Polaroid picture! (Ok, I know that’s lame! :P) Just take your aggressions out on it!

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You’ll get a nice frothy foam on top. So good!

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And there you have it! My special Sunday tea. Hope you enjoy it!

Before and Not Quite After Photos

February 10, 2013 - Leave a Response

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The picture of me on the bull was exactly one year ago. When I saw that picture, I cried. I felt awful about myself. How in the heck did I let myself get that heavy? Why didn’t I do anything about it?
That day I committed myself to changing my body. It has been slow going, I struggled to stay consistent, I let myself talk me out of exercising, I would give myself any excuse to just sit on my butt and be inactive. Finally I realized that I could not wish the pounds away. I pushed myself, challenged myself to go a little further each day.
Most of last year I just felt like I was spinning my wheels and not going anywhere, but before I knew it I had dropped 30lbs, people were telling me how great I looked and my pants were falling off my butt!
The second picture was taken today. I can see quite a difference in myself, but I still have a long way to go, which is why this is not an after photo, this is a middle photo. Next year, I WILL post a pic that is much, much different. It will be the new me, the best me. Because I am not going to accept anything less from myself. I know I can do it, I just need to get up each day and conquer the old me over and over again.

This blog is not just about weight loss, it’s about a little of everything in my life, but, since I’ve been coming up on this year, it’s been on my mind a lot.

Better Than Weight Loss

February 9, 2013 - Leave a Response

After the holidays, I found my house completely overloaded with candy. More candy than my little family could reasonably eat in a month. My daughter Cassy would wake up asking for candy, ask for candy for lunch, dinner, etc, and go to bed asking for candy. I got so tired of the candy battle, but couldn’t bring myself to throw it out. This candy came from family members, they had spent their money to purchase this stuff for us, so to me, it felt like I was throwing out their money. My best friend, J, kept telling me I just needed to throw it out, to get over it, and do it. She kept saying that I didn’t ask for any of this candy, that these relatives chose to buy it for us, so it was my choice to do whatever I wanted with it.
It still took me a long time to get up the gumption to throw it out, but I was organizing my pantry and that damn candy basket was just right there, taunting me, and I could hear J’s words in my head “you need to just throw it out!” So, I did, I dumped the basket in the trash, and took it right out to the dumpster.
Cassy was napping at the time, so I figured there would be a meltdown when she asked for candy and I finally got to tell her there was not. Surprisingly, she didn’t even ask, and hasn’t asked since. I guess she didn’t see the basket in the pantry so she wasn’t reminded that it was there. Out of sight, out of mind. Instead, she made herself a bowl of apples and oranges I had cut up previously and had herself a nice little fruit salad.
I realized that, in my weight loss journey, my biggest success will be my example for my daughter. She is 3, almost 4, so she will likely not remember mommy at almost 200lbs. She won’t remember her mommy struggling to get healthy and develop good habits. Hopefully though, she will remember her mom making exercise and eating right a priority, and a habit.
I want a healthy relationship with food and exercise routine to become natural for her. I can want the world for her, though, but without action they are just empty wants.
I have to practice what I preach, in so many ways, this is just one of them. I want Cassy to learn from my examples, instead of my mistakes. I have some work ahead of me. Valentines day, and Easter are coming up, I will no doubt be loaded with candy again, but this time I know exactly what to do with it.

My Weight Loss Journey

February 6, 2013 - Leave a Response

There is only one time in my life I could ever consider myself as skinny. I was 18/19 years old, working as a fast food manager, taking 14 hours of college, and partying full time, and addicted to Stacker 2’s. my eating habits were terrible, there would be nights I’d lay in bed and realize I had eaten nothing that day but a taco or piece of cheese, there were also days when I couldn’t even remember if I’d eaten at all or the last time I ate. Back then I weighed about 120lbs, skinny, yes, healthy, absolutely not.
After that experience, my weight fluctuated from 130 to 150, and after having my daughter almost 4 years ago I went up to 195. I could not seem to lose the baby weight at all, and my family Dr. was concerned that, because I had had gestational diabetes, I was at a very high risk for type 2 diabetes.
Finally last year I became somewhat committed to losing the weight. I worked out very inconsistently, but more than I did before. I was able to lose 30 lbs, and go from a size 16 to a size 10/12. At 5’0″ and 165lbs, according to the BMI, I am obese. I don’t feel obese, I don’t feel like I look obese. It’s a hard fact to digest.
In my struggle to lose weight, I am my own worst enemy. I’ve always been a world class under achiever, I was the kid who could make straight A’s without cracking a book, but I wouldn’t apply myself. I’ve let so many opportunities pass me by, I’ve given up on so many dreams, simply because it’s easier to sit on my butt and do nothing than to work toward my goals. It’s easier to get by doing the bare minimum than to actually put forth the effort and do a great job.
As I approach my 30th birthday, that kind of life is no longer acceptable to me. I need to conquer myself, the enemy, and push past the “I don’t want to’s” and the “I’ll do it tomorrow’s” and finally start to kick butt.
So far, for the last few months of last year, and so far this year, I’ve been doing very well with this. Ive been alternating cardio workouts from pinterest, and yoga. I’ve been getting a workout in as early in the day as possible, so I have less time to talk myself out of it, then I just try to keep the momentum going throughout the day. I still have some off days, and even off weeks, but instead of feeling frustrated and giving up, I just tell myself I am human, and commit to doing better the next day.
As far as eating habits, I do pretty well, I received some pretty good advice from a dietician I saw to help me control my gestational diabetes. She said, focus on eating more good stuff, so there is less room for bad stuff. It makes sense, if I focus on cutting out or cutting back on things, I automatically crave them. I can drive myself crazy counting calories, so I don’t. I don’t focus on calories or restricting anything from my diet. I’m a hungry girl! I love to eat, so restricting myself is just setting up myself for failure.
Instead, I make it easier on myself to eat good stuff and hard to eat bad stuff, but I still can, if I want to bad enough. If I am craving something sweet, I can get out the flour, sugar, butter, eggs etc and make some cookies, or I can eat the apples I’ve cut up in the fridge dipped in yogurt. Yep, much easier to go for the apples. 🙂
I still have a very long way to go but I think I am headed in the right direction, and I think I am moving at a good speed.

My Machines

January 31, 2013 - Leave a Response

I love sewing machines. Old, new, I don’t care. I would love to have a fancy, expensive one that will do absolutely everything, one day I will but right now I can’t afford it. I have an 8 or 9 year old Singer, my husband bought for me that is in desperate need of repair and I can’t use it right now. I have my great grandmother’s Singer from 1952 and another one my aunt bought at an estate sale from 1937. Neither are in working condition but I plan to take them in once I have some money available to do that. My Granny’s machine, a 1972 or so Montgomery Ward model is in my dad’s garage waiting for me to come and get it, it needs to be serviced and cleaned as no one has even touched it in over 20 years. It isn’t just in a small cabinet but an actual desk. You can tell just by looking at it that it was pretty high end for the time. My dad said she was very proud of it. I actually remember a swirly skirt she made me when I was 4 or 5. That one is at the top of my priority list to have fixed, and even though I plan to put the desk in my bedroom, to use as a vanity and to store my makeup and hairbrushes, curling irons, etc, I do plan on using it often.
My old reliable, though, the one I learned on, and have used more than even my newer one, is a 1983 Montgomery Ward model. She was my husband’s grandmother’s. She is no nonsense, no frills, no fancy stitches, but she has held up to a ton of abuse from me. She is tough and can handle even the toughest fabrics with ease. I call her Francis, because that was hubby’s grandma’s name. I never met her, she passed away shortly after I met hubby almost 10 years ago, but I like to think this machine connects the two of us. I feel the same way about my Granny’s machine. She passed away about 23 or 24 years ago, and I still love her and miss her, and wonder how she would feel about the life I have chosen to live. I look to her life as an example of how I should live mine, she set the bar high. I know a sewing machine is an inanimate object, but I do believe people can leave their imprints on things they used with love and care. Hopefully when I am gone, someone else, maybe a grandchild, will feel a connection to me through the love and care I have used with my machines.

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Another Try

January 31, 2013 - Leave a Response

I’m a terrible blogger! I have tried several times but can’t seem to stick to it. This time I really mean to keep up with it. I have several projects I need to get accomplished and many ideas I want to share. So I hope you enjoy my little corner of the Internet!

Potato Soup

January 4, 2010 - 2 Responses

Ok, 🙂 the house is clean, dinner was awesome, baby is sleeping and hubby is watching T.V. :).

I was asked today to share my potato soup recipe, so here we go!

So it’s not really a recipe, because there really aren’t any measurements to share, I tend to eyeball everything.  This is more like a set of instructions. 🙂

Potato Soup

Boil some peeled, cubed potatoes, until tender, about one large potato per person is good. Drain and mash about half the potatoes, add about 1/4 cup butter, salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in some milk until it takes on a soupy texture.  Thats the base.

At this point you can add meat such as diced ham or diced german sausage, onion, and/or celery (or you can use celery salt, thats what I do) and garlic to taste. Mix it all up, and cook on low for about 4 hours until meat is really tender. Stir every now and then and add milk if it starts to get too thick.

There you have it! That is all there is to Potato Soup! It really sticks to the ribs and tastes awesome.

Chicken Fiesta Soup

January 3, 2010 - One Response

The house is clean, baby is playing in her playpen, hubby is playing video games and dinner is in the crock pot. 🙂

Today the Cowboys play the Eagles, so I am making my Chicken Fiesta Soup, one of my favorite things in the world to make, so I thought I thought I would post the recipe.
3lbs boneless chicken breast or thighs cut into bite sized chunks
2 cans chicken broth
2 cans Rotel tomatoes drained
4 tsp chili powder
4 tsp cumin
1tsp salt
1 small onion chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1. Combine chicken, chili powder, cumin, salt and garlic in crock pot.
2. Add bell pepper, onion, mix well. Stir in tomatoes and broth. Cover and cook on low 5 to 6 hours, or on high 2 ½ to 3 hours until chicken is tender.
3. Turn crock pot on high, stir in beans, cook for 5 to 10 minutes until beans are heated through. Serve in bowls with desired toppings.
Suggested toppings: Cheddar cheese, crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, chopped avocados