I think that New Year’s Day is one of my top favorite holidays.  To me it is symbolic of a fresh start.  It renews my spirit with a sense of anything is possible.

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On January 1st 2010 I started a “diet” and through that year and into 2011 I lost 50 pounds and haven’t looked back.  It was such an amazing year for me.  I have grown so much since then.  I know so many people will be embarking on yet another “diet” and I would just like to encourage everyone that will be.  It is possible.  You are completely capable of it.  You are in control of your own life.

I would like to share some of the things that kept me personally motivated through that year.

1. “Treat” yourself without food.  For every 10 pounds I lost,  I rewarded myself.

  • Take a long hot bath with some special bath salts or bubble bath.  Listen to music, light candles, read a magazine.
  • Pedicure/Manicure
  • New clothes (about every ten pounds I needed new clothes anyway!)
  • Facial
  • Massage

2. Find other ways of coping with stress beside turning to food

  • read a magazine or book
  • take a long walk
  • listen to music
  • meditate
  • write

3. Change your mindset.

  • Envision yourself at a healthy weight.  What does your life look like? Focus on that like a hawk.  Create a vision board. Either in real life or on Pinterest!
  • Write down healthy mantras ex. “My stomach is not a wastebasket” “Shut up and Sweat” “I am one workout away from a good mood” One thing that I played over and over in my head was this “Would Jillian eat this?”
  • Realize that you were created for and worth more than a vicious cycle of defeat. You deserve the best that life has to offer.
  • I thought of the whole process as a project.  A challenge. It was one that only I was in control of.  It was one that I refused to fail at.

4. Renew your habits

  • If you always have something sweet after dinner, replace that habit with a peace of gum or a cup of herbal tea.
  • go to bed early
  • decide to only drink water
  • learn to say no and mean it.  “Would you like some cake?” “No…but thank you!”

Happy Habits


5. Find what motivates you and stick with it. These are the things that motivated me.

  • Fitness magazines and websites.  I recommend Women’s Health & Fitness Magazine
  • Watching The Biggest Loser. A new season starts on January 6th!!!!  With Jillian returning!!!! I am SO excited about that!!!
  • Thinking about my overall health.  How eating right and exercising is making my heart stronger.  Envisioning my legs getting stronger, my lungs healthier and more elastic. Lowering my cholesterol.  How good it would feel to go to the dr for my yearly exam and not have that horrid anxiety about stepping on the scale.
  • Being an example to my family.
  • Finding great workout music and making awesome playlists.

6.  Finally and possibly one of the most important things is DO NOT give up.

You will have days that you slip up on your diet.  This usually occurred about once a month for me.  I allowed myself to have a “treat day” once a month.  On this day I let myself eat anything I wanted without counting Points. (I used the Weight Watcher’s program)   It really renewed my determination and honestly helped keep me sane!  I think it’s very important that you have days like this every once in a while.  Be careful they don’t turn into “treat weeks”. Smile  Here is a GREAT little article about why having a cheat day is important!  I found it to be very accurate in my experience.

You will have times when working out is just not an option.  Whether its because of your schedule, an illness or injury, or you just are plain too tired.  But honestly, in my experience exercise was only about 10% of the equation.


It’s all about what food you are putting in your body. Think about the behavior and habits that got you to where you are and don’t do them anymore.  If you want to change, then you have to change.

Goals, not resolutions…

I don’t really set resolutions but I do like to set goals or things that I would like to accomplish in the coming year.

My first goal is to sell this house!  We definitely did not think it would take this long but over the past few months I have learned SO much.  There have been so many many things that I needed to see about myself that I never would have if our wish was granted in an instant.  I am so thankful for these last few months and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  I am so looking forward to the blessing that will follow these trials.

After we sell the house, move into our new one & get settled, I am going to get my personal training certification! My original plan was to begin in January.  Well, I can’t very well do that when we could have an offer on our house any day now.  Then our lives would be turned upside down and I would be a mess.  One thing at a time is my motto. 

In the fall I am planning on going back to school!  I want to get certified as a registered dietician.  My long term goal is to have my own personal training and nutrition counseling business.  I’d like to help others focus on improving their over all health in a holistic natural way. 

There are some other personal goals I would like to work on spiritually and emotionally.

Some fun things:

  • Do one Pinterest craft project per week.  Silly I know….but for real there is some brilliant stuff on there!
  • Do Yoga with Aidan. 
  • Go on a date with Luke at least twice a month.  We never get “just us” time and he really enjoys it.  So do I!

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I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.  Good luck with your goals!  You can and WILL do it!

Sites you may enjoy!

4 tips to keeping your New Year’s resolutions – Real Simple

Success Stories – Fitness Magazine


Long Story

In 2008 Jeremy and I were living in a 1200 sq. ft., 2 bedroom apartment with our 6 year old and 1 year old sharing a bedroom.  We knew we needed a bigger place, ideally a house, but we didn’t have a small fortune to be able to buy one.  Til this day, I believe the only reason we were in a house 1 year later, was because of Jeremy’s faith and fervent prayer. His faith that some how, some way, when there seemed to be no way, God would provide.

In April 2009, the lease on our apartment was about to be up for renewal and the thought of spending another day in that apartment to me was unbearable.  We began looking for a house and realized that if we were going to buy a house, we would still need a small fortune.  Even though we had a little saved up, it would never be enough.  A long time friend of mine, who also has her realtor license, told me about HUD homes and foreclosures.  This was exciting news for us because if we could find one, it would be THE answer to all of our prayers.  All we would need was $100 to put down on the home and we could finance the closing costs into our mortgage.  We could do this!!!!  The problem?….Actually finding one.  We contacted a realtor to help us and she showed us one house…..just one.  One that happened to not have a bid on it already and that wasn’t a complete disaster.

When we drove up to the house I fell in love.  It was beautiful.  It seemed like a mansion to me.  One of the highest rated elementary schools in our town was right across the street.  It was huge, had tons of windows and was a blank canvas for me to paint and decorate exactly how I wanted it!  The realtor was impressed by the condition of the house. Not all HUD homes or foreclosures have been lived in by heathens.  Some folks have simply fallen on hard times or were victims of the variable interest rate fiasco.  We immediately put a bid on the home and didn’t sleep for a few days praying it would be ours.

A few days later it was ours.  Just in the nick of time too because our lease expired in just a few weeks.  I couldn’t pack up fast enough!  We were in that house everyday for two weeks.

We painted every white wall there was.



I had lived with white walls for 5 years. We changed out light fixtures, door handles, put in ceiling fans, & cleaned.

We played in the new backyard


and hunted lady bugs.


It was a glorious time.

I thanked Jeremy for having the faith and I thanked God for showing me that He is faithful.

We always thought that this would be our forever home.  We had a lot of things we were going to do to the house.  New fence, replace all the laminate with ceramic or travertine, remodel the master bath, recess lighting, landscaping, sprinkler system.  These were our plans 3 1/2 years ago and until two weeks ago where still just that……plans.  Since January our “next project” was to lay tile in the laundry room.  Jeremy was building an entire cabinet system for me and had finished the first shelf.

But honestly, who has time for that?  Not us that’s for sure.  And honestly, who has the thousands of dollars to do all of that?  NOT us that is FOR SURE!  I guess that wasn’t something we really thought about.

The question for months has been “When?”.  “When Jeremy?  When exactly are we going to do this?”  “I think we should just hire some one.”  “No, we ARE NOT hiring someone to do something I can do myself for a quarter of the price.”  He usually got an eyeroll from me and that was the end of that.  The truth is that yes he absolutely could do all of these things himself and I knew that.  But he absolutely doesn’t have the time nor the help he needs to do them.  I am definitely no help.  I can hold stuff and that’s about it!

So two weeks ago I was incredibly frustrated with the fact that we still had yet to pick out tile or even a color to paint “my new laundry room”.  Life is crazy around here, just when we think we have time to get a project done, something comes up, someone gets sick, appointments are made, tired mom and dad just need a day off, and the list goes on and on.

So yet again, per usual, the conversation started like this.

“Jeremy, when are we going to fix the fence?”

“When we finish the laundry room.”

“When are we going to pick out tile?”

When, when, when.

That’s when the conversation took an unusual turn from the norm.

“Jeremy, I want a new house.”

It’s something that had been on my heart for awhile, but I never said it out loud. I really tried to be content with what I had. I mean come on! Some people don’t even have beds to sleep in Amanda, get over it! So what, you don’t have a separate shower form the tub, some people don’t even have showers. Let alone warm, clean water to bathe with.

He was taken by surprised and I think a little scared!

“Not a mansion, not even a bigger house. Just one that already has everything we want.  You know we have a lot of equity in this house and could make enough on it in order to buy a fancier house.  You know the interest rates are freaking amazing right now.  I don’t want the boys going to ________ Junior High and neither of us want them at  ______ High School.  We can move a little further south and they’d be in one of the best school districts in this area.  You know we wished we could have afforded a house down there in the first place and now we can…..”

He didn’t say much but apparently I was pretty convincing and part of me suspects he had been having the same thoughts but hadn’t said them out loud either.

I left because I was just frustrated and we also needed milk…..

When I got back he said, “Hey! I found a pretty house.”

The next week we started cleaning, fixing up little things around the house, taking stuff to Goodwill, and obsessing over houses on-line because………..

We are putting our house on the market!

The night of the “life changing conversation” I prayed.

“Is this what you want for us?  I thought this house was a gift from you, an incredible blessing.  I thought this was where we would be forever.”

“This was my gift to you.  This was a stepping stone.  You needed a house, I provided one.  You would never have been able to get to where I want you and where your heart truly desires to be if it weren’t for this house. It’s time to move on.”

So many other encouraging words have spoken into my heart and I have just been in awe of His great love for me, Jeremy, Luke and Aidan.  He truly gives you the desires of your heart.  Even when you don’t speak them out loud, He knows.  There is so much more I could say about the way God is moving in our lives, and how he has changed my life over the past year but it is just unspeakable the way things are falling together.

Blessed is She

I am sure you have guessed by now that this would be our “exciting news!” We had our 2nd “exciting news” meeting this afternoon.  I haven’t been that nervous/excited since I rode The Superman for the 1st time.  Waiting, waiting, waiting. “Oh should I do this? I am doing this…I can’t change my mind now.  I am on this ride.  The seat belt is locked.  No turning back now.  Oh……my gosh….”  Then before you know it its over and you are exhilarated and maybe slightly nauseated!  I am super excited but scared and nervous at the same time.  I know people buy and sell houses everyday but I don’t.  It’s true what they say about it being a nerve wracking experience.

Do it  afraid

So that’s that!  Keep us in your prayers!  There is a house I already have my eye on that I check obsessively every hour to see if it’s gone under contract would really love a chance at!

Finding Rhythm

As a new blogger I am trying different things (for lack of better terms) to “find my mojo” in the blogging world.  One is to find my rhythm.  I have said before that while I LOVE to share about fitness and nutrition, about my boys and life in general…it takes time and commitment.  Time away from my responsibilities, my other loves like my sweet boys, reading, quiet time, baking, cooking, working out.  Lately things seem to be a tad out of balance again.  I have spent the past two days catching up on things that have fallen by the wayside.…..So, in trying to find a new rhythm I am going to try posting in the afternoons instead of the mornings.  Mornings are …….chaotic.  Afternoons are……well less chaotic….for a few hours anyway.  So hopefully posting in the afternoons/evenings will work out better.  If not, I’ll try something else!

This evening,  I would like to catch up for yesterday and today and then hopefully by tomorrow I can start posting a little differently.



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Coffee, Oats


Not gonna lie here, it totally sucked.  I did 15 on the treadmill, trying desperately to get my heart rate up.  Even did some crazy intervals….no go.  Thumbs down  So I switched to the elliptical.  I was able to get a good burn on there but by that time I was just grumpy britches so I ended it at 15 mins.  I went over to the weights and had a much better time over there.

2 sets of 10 push-ups on toes

1 set of 10 push-ups in knees

2 sets of 25 bench dips

The shoulder part of my upper body workout

3 sets of 15 bicep curls w/ 8lb weights

Then I did my ab challenge and a stretch out.

Over all,  I think it was a good workout, but it didn’t FEEL like one.  I think I need to officially break up with my heart rate monitor.  We took a break a while ago but I think it needs to be official this time.  It’s ruining my workout mojo.  It was great while it lasted.  It REALLY helped me get over some humps and I would recommend the use of one to everyone,  but for me…..it’s time to go.  I really wanted that pink one too.  I’ll have to splurge on another fitness accessory instead….


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I made Hungry Girl’s White Pizza with Flatout flatbread.  It was SUPER yummy.  The only thing I didn’t like was that the bread didn’t get very crispy.   I could have rolled it up into a wrap, which would have been yummy as well, but not what I was going for.  I should have baked the bread for a while first to make it a little more crispy.

I had several snacks through the day.  An apple, orange, some protein bread, I think a of couple granola bars…..Snacky Day for sure.

Aidan and I planted some flowers and collected bugs…..*shiver*

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It’s a start!  Hopefully the Texas sun won’t annihilate them.

Dinner was leftover baked ziti.

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It was much better the second day!  Casseroles always are!



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I made my oats pretty much the same, just less of them.

1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tsp. Jif natural peanut butter

1 tbsp. chia seed

sprinkle of cinnamon.




It was hard, it was intense and once again my first thought was…


Today, I tried a few of the supplements I got over the weekend.

First was this

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The name of it made me laugh.

sexy beast

Beast Mode by Beast Sports Nutrition was good!  I liked it a lot.  I don’t think it gave me that edge they speak of during the workout, Bob was hard as ever (TWSS).  I was feeling a little sluggish before I drank it. Then I had a big burst of energy and my mind was much more alert about 30 min after drinking it.  The flavor was yummy and fruity!  The only thing that was weird and I will have to find out why this was but, I had this pins and needles feeling in my face, hands and legs for a few hours.  Not pleasant.

After my workout I drank this

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Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator

I was nervous since the last time I tried a Vega product, I was sadly disappointed.  But this was pretty good!  It was a bit grainy and earthy tasting but I poured it over ice and that made it better.  It reminded me of a V-8.  After today’s workout I was toast.  I drank this immediately after and it made me feel incredible!  I mopped the floors as well as vacuum plus a lot of other cleaning type stuff.  I did some mental tasks like ordering birth certificates,  finding coupons and recipes.  I haven’t felt the least bit tired physically or mentally today.  Both products seemed to have an appetite suppressing effect too.

I didn’t get hungry until around 1:30 so I grabbed a quick snack I could eat on the way to get Aidan from school.

Lunch Part I

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Banana and 1 serving of Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds

That seemed to kick start my appetite and I was hungry for “lunch” around 2:30 when we got back.

Lunch Part 2

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Turkey and Provolone Panini on a Thomas Whole Wheat Bagel Thin.

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Jamie’s bread + 1 tsp. PB.

Since I ate lunch pretty late I wasn’t very hungry for a big dinner.  I’d love to be able to eat most of my calories during the day then have a light dinner.  A new goal to work on I guess!


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Dannon Greek Yogurt with 1 serving of protein bread on top.

I am alarmed by the lack of vegetables in my diet the past several days.  I definitely need to work on that!

Here are some interesting internet finds!

Take a Rest Day, or 2 – Greatist

Lose weight without losing your social life – Fitness Magazine.

I better go before my children burn the house down!

…..but one last thing….I found this while cleaning my sweet Luke’s room this afternoon.

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We got him a little journal as one of his baptism gifts and this is what he is writing in it.   Not comics, or stories about beyblades or pokemons…..He is such a little thinker.  It’s hard to tell what’s going on in his mind most of the time as he is very introverted.  But times like this I am reminded that beneath that seemingly tough exterior is a soft vulnerable heart.  Precious boy.  God bless & keep Luke.

Perfect Weekend

I don’t know about where everyone else lives but where I live it was the MOST beautiful weekend.


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We are obsessed with these bluebonnets!

Saturday morning we went to the gym where I did 30 min on the treadmill and 20 on the elliptical.  I have been listening to Pandora while I workout lately and was telling Jeremy that they have been playing some of my favorite new songs right about the time I need it.  You know, when I am about to call it quits with the intervals and walk it out.  Then I said, but they haven’t played Boyfriend yet.  When I got myself all set up on the treadmill and turned on Pandora, guess what came on first thing?  YEEEEEES!  I knew it was going to be a great workout!  My other favorite new workout songs are, Wild One and Call Me Maybe.  It would just probably be the best day of my life if they played all three in a row.  Hey Amanda, it’s called ITUNES!

Next on the agenda was to go to The Vitamin Shoppe,  Home Depot to find flowers to plant in my flower beds and get Aidan’s haircut.

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They were having a “Health Expo” at the Vitamin Shoppe, which ended up just being a couple of tables set up with  free samples.  I got a bunch of stuff but I was MOST excited about the Vega products.  Anyone who reads regularly knows I love my smoothies.  I don’t always have time to eat a balanced meal and they are the closest I can get to one on the go.

Vega One is the most nutritious mix of ingredients I have ever seen next to Shakeology.  I was SUPER excited to have the opportunity to try it.

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  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • 1 packet Vega One

At first it was really good!  It may have had something to do with the fact that it was almost 2:30 pm and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet.  Then about 3/4 of the way through,  I took a sip and thought,  “What the heck am I drinking?”  I am not sure what it was.  Too sweet?  The texture was strange.  It may taste better mixed differently.  I was fascinated by the gorgeous shade of gray it was too!  I think it would be more palatable if I had used half the packet.  I have another packet in Berry, so I will try it again using half of that.  I am just so impressed with the ingredients, it’s almost as though I’ll suffer through the strangeness of it for the health benefits.

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This Halo Bar wasn’t a sample but it was on sale and I liked the packaging so I picked up two.  The other one was marshmallow.  I had a taste of the marshmallow and threw the rest away…..and then I tasted this one & then let Jeremy taste it.  He spit it out and I finished it only because I was still hungry and just wanted to get on with my day!  It wasn’t TERRIBLE…..but yeah.  I really love trying new products.  Sometimes you get some real winners, other times….not so much.

In better news,  found a lot of pretty flowers to plant this week!!!


I spent the morning at church going to service, a class and then I volunteered in the nursery.  We didn’t get out until almost 1:45 and then stopped by the grocery store.  That got us home at about 2:30.  My oatmeal at 7am did a great job of helping me power through the morning, but obviously I was pretty much starving by the time I got out of church.  I am not sure exactly what or how much I ate when I finally made it home.  I do know it included a donut, two pieces of protein bread with peanut butter and probably half a box of Honey Bunches of Oats.  No, there was no bowl, nor was there any milk.  Straight out of the box my friends. Because I’m classy like that!  Healthy Habit lesson #518:  Pack snacks to eat in between service, class and volunteering.  Go straight home after church, do not pass go and do not collect $200.  At home have something HEALTHY & BALANCED ready that you can take out and eat immediately.  One thing I did learn, if you do eat half a box of Honey Bunches of Oats at 2:30 pm, you will most definitely ruin your appetite for the delicious meal you would be making for dinner.  

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Weight Watchers Baked Turkey and Ziti Casserole

I didn’t eat a serving but I did taste my work.  It was SO good.  I am adding this to my go-to recipe section.  I am sure it will taste much better leftover (casseroles always do) and with a hungry tummy!

…..and now for 700 pictures of my kid.

After his haircut

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and before church Sunday.

I am obsessed with him too!

Looking back on last weeks goals:

  • Seriously stay away from the sweets.  On the REAL this time.  ~  Did much better!  Only a few treats this week.
  • Make working out a priority, everyday this week.   ~  worked out 5 days!
  • Do yoga one of those days.  ~  this is a really difficult one to accomplish.  I need to go to a class at my gym.
  • Drink at least 64 oz. of water each day. ~  CHECK!
  • Go to church Wednesday night.  ~ CHECK!
  • Meal plan for next week, trying at least two new recipes.  CHECK!
  • Sleep.  CHECK! I took several 30 min cat naps and slept at least 7 hours each night.

I am feeling so much better this Monday than last.  It makes such a huge difference when I follow these healthy habits.  My goals this week are the same.  I am really going to try to get to the yoga class at the gym.  I am pretty sure there is one tomorrow night and Thursday night.  I just pray life doesn’t get in the way of that goal!

Question of the day:

What do you do when you find yourself ravenous?  Do you eat half a box of Honey Bunches of Oats (or the equivalent) or do you take a step back, realize this isn’t an emergency and calmly prepare a healthy meal?

Recipes, workouts and a performance!

I wasn’t really hungry for breakfast at my usual time yesterday morning for two reasons.  First I slept in until 6:30 and also I had eaten dinner pretty late Thursday night.  I didn’t have time for my usual oats because I was wanting to get to the gym within the next hour or so.  Definitely not enough time to let those oats settle.  So I made something lighter.


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1/2 Thomas Whole Wheat Bagel Thin, 1 tbsp. JIF natural peanut butter, 1/2 small banana, & a sprinkle of cinnamon


My workout yesterday felt really good.  It was interesting to note my heart rate.  Normally when I run I have no problem getting it up into the zone it needs to be, even above.  But yesterday it was staying pretty low even though I kept turning up the speed.  This was going to be a perfect example of what the professionals mean when they say to change up your workouts if you have hit a weight loss plateau.  When you see that your weight loss has stalled, they always recommend changing up your workout.  Whether its to switch to a different cardio routine, increase the weight in your strength training, increase the speed, lengthen the duration, anything really.  Your body gets used to a certain exercise and adapts, therefore it doesn’t have to work as hard and in turn not burn as many calories.  This week I have been doing my runs outside.  It’s much easier to run on the treadmill (in my opinion) because it is essentially propelling you forward.  In an average hour long run I will burn over 500 calories, whether its on the treadmill or outside. Yesterday I only burned about 400 on the cardio alone.  I was going to run the whole time but was getting frustrated that I wasn’t able to get my heart rate up so I switched to the elliptical halfway through.  I haven’t done the elliptical in a long time because I never felt challenged enough.  Most of the time I wouldn’t even sweat. This was not the case yesterday.  I was working harder on it than I did in the 30 min I spent on the treadmill.  This was such a huge A-HA! moment for me.  I know you are supposed to change up your routine, but I have never actually experienced a time when it was so blatant.   This is also an example of how valuable a Heart Rate Monitor can be.  I would have never known what was going on if it weren’t for it.  And, no you can’t really trust the machine’s reading.  I use the Polar FT4 and highly recommend it.  I am hoping to get this one very soon!


After the cardio I cooled down with some core work and stretching


Post Workout Snack

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I had to finish up at home since we had run out of time for Aidan to be in the Kidzone at the gym.



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This salad had everything but the kitchen sink in it!


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protein bread + 1 teaspoon peanut butter

Last night we had a very important performance to attend!

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Aidan is in the Giraffes Class

I had never heard “Bushel and a Peck” so in order to help him learn it I had to look the song up on Youtube.  I have been singing this song for a solid week.  I bet you a million dollars you will too.

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I was so proud of him!  I am pretty certain he sang the loudest.

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Aidan and Maddie

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This kid……


Oh how I love Hungry Girl.  She uses mostly sugar-free/fat free/majorly processed diet foods which I really try to stay away from, but she does have many recipes that don’t.  If there is something that the recipe calls for, an ingredient I’d rather not eat, I will just make a substitution.  The recipe I used last night came from her 200 under 200 cookbook.  I love this cookbook.  I have used so many recipes from it.  Last night I made her Crispy White Pizza.  It was DELICIOUS!!!!  I am definitely making this many more times this week. This is a gem of a cookbook!

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Hungry Girl’s Crispy White Pizza

Have a wonderful and healthy weekend my friends!

Here is something to make you laugh!  I saw it on one of my favorite blogs Peanut Butter Fingers.

50 people you wish you knew in real life

and one last thing……


doesn't want your advice


Every child needs this shirt.  Many sizes available!

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

On Tuesday night I stayed up way too late trying to find some new recipes, finding coupons, meal planning and making my grocery list.  Last night I was up too late also.

Tuesday night I found myself hungry around 9pm

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Luna Bar & an Apple

Last night I found myself hungry around 9pm

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M&M’s and a Quaker Granola Bar

We all have our diet down falls.  Mine was/is late night snacking.  Now, there is nothing wrong with having a little snack after dinner but when it begins to sabotage your healthy eating plan, it can become an issue.

When Jeremy was working nights right after I had Aidan, I found myself staying up until 12-1am.  I couldn’t go to bed because because,  1. I was worried about him,  2. I was lonely and 3. It was the only time I had to myself to read, watch T.V., chat with friends, and eat in peace.  I found myself eating more late at night than I did all day.  Pringles, Diet Cokes, snack cakes, you name it.  Anything salty, sweet, salty & sweet.  I was using food to soothe myself late at night when the loneliness was too much.

In Jan of 2010 when I started Weight Watchers,  I ate really good all day, and then when  I would be up late, I found myself fighting the Late Night Snack Monster.  One of the things I did while I was on the diet was make excuses for myself.  I deserve this bag of Goldfish, I am exhausted, I have been doing so good, I just need to have this and then I will be extra good tomorrow.  Jeremy had gone back to the night shift and subconsciously I was looking for a way to soothe my loneliness and stress again.

When I decided to lose the weight, I had a resolve that I had never had before.  One of the things that I did was make a list called “Solutions For My Excuses.” I wrote the excuse or problem;  ex. Not Exercising or Late Night Snacking.  And then underneath it I would brain storm solutions.

Excuse/Problem: Late Night Snacking

Solution:  “MAKE myself go to bed early.”

This will  be beneficial for two reasons:

  1. If I am in bed asleep, I can’t be in the kitchen eating.
  2. I read that being sleep deprived is one of the main culprits behind unhealthy cravings.  If I get more sleep, maybe I won’t be so hungry in the afternoon and at night.”



I started putting the boys to bed by 8pm and I was in bed by 9pm.  I wasn’t necessarily asleep, but I was on my way.  I wasn’t going to get up and eat if my teeth were brushed, I wasn’t going to get out of my comfortable bed and put down my gossip magazine to eat.  Over time this became easy for me.  I began looking forward to going to bed early and began counting the hours until my own bedtime.  I began getting up very early in order to have some time to myself, instead of staying up very late.  Now I get up at 5am and I am in bed as soon as I can get there.  Sometimes, I am in bed before Jeremy even gets home.

This brings me to the last two nights of late night snacking.  Even though I was legitimately hungry, I do get hungry every 2-3 hours, I wouldn’t have been if I was asleep.  Those snacks didn’t send me over what I try to keep my daily calorie intake at. I was legitimately hungry and I wasn’t emotionally eating.  However, it was a good reminder of  those days long ago and of why I changed my sleeping habits to the old saying, “Early to Bed Early to Rise”

You may also enjoy: WebMD – How sleep deprivation affects you weight.

Regularly Scheduled Program Part II

The rest of my day went on right as scheduled.  No emergency trips to Care Now meant  we were able to go to church this evening.  The message was nice.  One thing that stood out to me was something he said about “painful discipline”.  I really liked that.  It sure was painful this morning getting up before the sun. The first 15 minutes of my jog this morning were not comfortable but, I am so glad I did both.  Anything worth having is worth working for.  Anything worth having doesn’t come easy.  It’s an age old saying but still rings true.

The rest of my eats for the day:


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Swiss cheese and apple Panini on whole wheat bread


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Jane’s Vegetarian Chili w/ reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese & Marie Callendar’s Honey Butter Corn Bread.

It’s so nice going to bed without a stomach ache!  Winking smile

Goals for the week- revised…..

1. Create a new blog

2. Do not get overwhelmed by the process of creating said blog Confused smile. It is becoming very clear that this is not as easy as it looked.  But I am so glad that my hubby is a genius very good with computers and can help me along the way.

3. Get at least 5 workouts in…but do not feel guilty if you miss one.  This is simply a goal, remember?

4. Continue to work on “treating treats as treats” not everyday indulgences.  Aidan’s birthday was last Thursday and there were treats galore!  DSC00425

Anytime I have a lot of treats, there is always a period afterwards where all I want to eat is sweets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  This is a period I call “damage control”  Thumbs down This week I really need to focus on staying away from extra sweets in order to get those cravings under control again.