Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Frustrations.....

As I find myself super frustrated with myself this week, I can’t help but wonder why. Why, as a society, do we (mostly as women, I think) put so much emphasis on a simple number?


In 2009 I was fed up with my weight, my health, doctor’s orders etc. and decided I was going to do something about it. I set a goal to get myself to a ‘healthy’ weight and BMI and I did more then that, I actually surpassed that goal by about 10lbs.

So why as I step on the scale earlier this week to discover the number going back up am I so frustrated with myself? It’s still just a number! And for that matter, it’s still under that first goal I set. It’s still a healthy number & BMI. Yet, I decided, no more junk for me! I must get back to drinking nothing but water! I must cut the carbs out once again (not that I eat that many anymore anyway)! I must go back to my food list from my Naturopath (again, not that I had strayed a lot) while everyone else in my house continues to eat whatever they want whenever they want.

Is it because I thought I was doing so well? I mean I started running with a friend in September. Yes, it’s not everyday and it’s not always a good, hard run, but we’re out there trying for at least 3 miles (or more)most weeks and I found I really enjoy it.

I did something a few months ago that I never thought I would do, but once I decided to do it I was super excited about it. I looked forward to it, to seeing my husband’s reaction etc. And it sure boosted my confidence level and I was so proud of myself for actually doing it after the fact. I loved the results and thought, Wow! Is that really me? Yet, here I am today thinking, Wow….where did that me go? *sigh*

We tell our daughters, “You are beautiful no matter what.” “It’s what on the inside that counts.” “God loves you no matter what you look like.” So forth and so on, but I find, as we age (Okay, maybe it’s just me) that seems to get pushed to the back of our minds and all we can do it focus on that darn number, of which is causing me major frustrations……why?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cupcakes!!

A few weeks ago, as the weather finally got nice we were invited to a quickly thrown together last minute cookout.  The kids had already been asking me to make a cake.  I've decided cupcakes are easier, already portion controlled and they stay fresh because you don't cut into them.  So I was asked to bring a dessert and thought this way I'd kill two birds with one stone.  But, I wanted something light & airy, not a heavy cake so this is what I came up with and they were easy.

1 box of white cake mix
Ingredients called for on cake box
1 small box of jello, any flavor
and any white frosting of your choice (whether it be cool whip, store bought, or homemade butter cream it's up to you!!!).

I mixed the cake mix per the instructions on the box and added 1/2 of the box of jello (I used the tropical) combined it all together, poured it into the cupcake liners in the pan and baked per the box.

While they were baking I mixed cool whip with the other half of the jello, you may want to actually use a hand mixer for this stage no matter which frosting you choose to make sure it's all mixed in and not grainy later.  Once they were baked & cooled I simply spread it on top and viola' they were done!!

Now, I did use cool whip so I kept them refrigerated until time for the cookout & if it were really hot outside I'd recommend keeping them chilled as long as possible or it will just melt.

Mine turned out to be a pretty pinkish coral color because of the jello I used so if you are having a themed party you may want to keep in mind that which ever jello you use will tint your cake mix & frosting.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Chicken

We seem to eat alot of chicken around here.  Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan of red meat and our daughter is right up there with me.  The two exceptions to that is taco's.

Anyways, I have noticed that when I'm finding recipes to Pin on my Pinterest Boards that they are either 1.) Chicken related or 2.) Dessert related.  And well, since I've lost 30 lbs and am trying to get toned & lose a little more I'm trying to not make many of the second.

So I pinned this recipe last week and though, oh yeah this will be a good one, for at least 4 of us (the oldest son doesn't like Doritos but he's old enough to cook for himself if he chooses not to eat what I cook).  It was a Doritos Cheesy Chicken Casserole.    I read that recipe & decided to cut it in half, which I like to do when trying a new recipe just in case we don't like it, and made it Monday afternoon.

I did make a few changes from the original recipe.  This is what I did (and I'll just go ahead and say it now, I didn't even think to take a picture, sorry!) :

Two cups of chopped chicken (I actually used two cans, drained)
1/2 cup of shredded cheese
4 oz. sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
3/4 cup of  salsa

combine & mix well in a bowl.  I used a glass baking dish (smaller then 11x13, maybe 8 x 11?) sprayed a little non-stick cooking spray in it then crushed up three handfuls of Doritos and spread across the bottom.

Spread chicken mixture on top of Doritos, sprinkle a few more crushed Doritos on top and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven, cover with more shredded cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes.

Now to me this was yummy, but it was actually more like a dip (especially when still really hot & gooey), the kids didn't like it too well (they could see tomato's & onions from the salsa ;) ) and the hubby was just okay with it.  We used whole doritos and scooped it like a dip Monday night.  I ate leftovers for lunch on Tuesday, didn't get it really , really hot & gooey but warm and just ate it with a fork.  It actually reminded me of chicken enchilada's without the tortilla, which is the part I like least about a chicken enchilada.

Sadly, since the rest of the household wasn't gung -ho about it, I guess this one will be relegated to a 'party' dip food on my list of recipes and I'll only fix it when hosting a party or attending one and taking an appetizer.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Have you tried???

I got this list in an email and it made me go Hmmmmm?

Have you tried any of these, do they really work?  Leave a comment if you have and let me know!
*For the record I love cucumbers!!!


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.(Not sure I would do this one...ewww)

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminium to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Diet"s

According to the Miriam Webster Dictionary this is one of the definitions of the word diet:

di·et noun \ˈdī-ət\



d : a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight


I have never liked that word, or the actions it seems to describe. 

How many times in your life have you said you were "going on a diet" only to fall off the wagon and regain the weight you lost?  Or what about your friends?  In today's society I know everyone knows someone who is or has been on a diet.  Even in junior high and high school I remember some friends moms who were doing the Weight Watcher's thing, hitting their lifetime goal being all gung ho and excited about that.  Lo and behold not a year later they were no longer following their 'diet' and they had gained back their weight and then some most times.  To this day I still know people who are experiencing the same thing, whether they have followed the WW diet, the Atkins diet, or some other fad diet out there. I hear friends mentioning their 'diet' and loosing weight and I think, but if you quit following that will you still keep the weight off? My way of doing it seems to be healthier to me, rather then see-sawing with a lot of weight many times. (no offense to any of you who do follow any of those diet programs, I'm just curious & not cut out for those)



So in August of 2009 when I finally got fed up enough with myself to decide I was going to get in shape and lose some weight, I never once said I was going on or was on a diet.  I was determined it would be a lifestyle change.  I started out just adding a lot of exercise to my life, (exercise that had just slipped since having another baby in 2004) and cutting out the junk food I was consuming. 

While pregnant with our youngest I had been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.  I immediately went on a medication for that, especially after googling it and reading all the consequences a baby "could" have if left untreated.  I also learned to NOT google a medical condition anymore, there will be all kinds of bad things you will find & good things, but your mind will only absorb the bad things & cause you to freak out ;-).  Anyways, in 2009 I started doing some research about foods that can cause that condition, foods that aren't good for someone with thyroid conditions and vice versa. I learned a little, but still felt like I didn't know enough so I discussed it with my Naturopath at my next appointment.  When I left there I had a list of foods that were favorable and unfavorable to me, my body type, and my condition based upon some answers to a quiz she gave me.  I then incorporated that into my daily routine along with the exercise & less junk consumption.

We also invested in a Wii Fit and the first day I weighed in I was horrified at the number I saw and the fact that I was just barely away from the obese answer based upon BMI, weight, height on there.  I achieved the goal they said I needed to become 'normal' and achieved the goal weight number I had in my own head, actually surpassed those numbers sometime in 2010.

Lately, I have gone up maybe two pounds from my lowest weight since I started this lifestyle change.  I know I have let some eating habits slip, (I am getting tired of salad! And the junk is creeping back in :(  )and the exercise routine slip too.  I have kicked up my exercise routine again, it helps that my hubby is in a weight lifting class once a week and doing more to stay in shape too.  But it's still eating at me that I am going up, even with all the exercise and watching my food intake the last three weeks. 

Yes, I know it's just  a number.  And, I can't forget the whole muscle weighs more then fat spiel.  Oh! Even better?  My husband is the heaviest he's ever been thanks to the weight lifting class *insert eye roll here*.  The man also eats anything and everything he wants .... you know chocolate and all that while I sip a fruit smoothie sort of things. 

I mean, even now I'm thinking I need to do even more to get in shape, tone muscles, lose fat. Does what your husband or maybe your close friends, say to you matter? Do you set a goal and hit it and just stay there or what?   I am still below that initial goal I had set for myself, but this got me to wondering, are we, as women, ever really truly satisfied with our weight, how we look etc?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pin it

I admit, I have become obsessed with this whoel Pinterest thing.

However, I am not just spending time pinning, I am making things that I pin.  Okay, honestly, I've only made some of the recipes that I've pinned so far.  But those that I have made have gotten rave reviews and have been added to my 'normal' cooking routine.  I think the top two favorites so far have been the 'crack bread' aka cheddar bacon ranch pulls and the cresecent chicken casserole.  They have devoured that thing TWICE now!!

So if you are interested in seeing what I am pinning, come check me out!! Follow Me on Pinterest

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Looking back...

I'm pretty sure this is why I'm thankful we are having a 'mild' winter.

January 2009, see all that snow PACKED on the road that leads to the 'main' road?

January 2010, yes there is a lake under all that snow, ice and dog prints in the snow!!!


January 2011, another foot or two in our back yard.

So far this January (and we had none before January)we've only had about 3 inches, just barely enough to cover the ground.  I was so ready for a milder winter!