Wednesday, November 9, 2011

middle of week four ....

I can't believe that I started on this weight loss journey almost four weeks ago.  Time has just flown by ... first time I have said that during a diet.  It is still just that simple and easy.  I remember before that the days would get longer and harder as each day passed in the "Diet World".  Not with this one ....

With other diets I would make a million excuses for slipping and eating something that I wasn't suppose to eat.  I can say .. .that I haven't done it on this one.  I have the Lord to thank for that ... I really haven't missed anything. 

We went out to eat for my daughter's birthday .. O'Charleys .. oh and how I love those rolls .. they just melt in your mouth.  I DIDN"T have ONE!!!  And I can honestly say that I didnt' want one either.  Now, before I would have eaten at least five .. maybe more .. then ate my very bad for you meal.  

I like the way that I am feeling ... my clothes are getting really loose.  I have found shirts in my closet that I can actually wear now.  It isnt' going to be too much longer and I am going to have to go and buy new jeans.  They are sagging, but I want to wait just a little longer.  I won't know what to do when I dont' have to buy Plus size anymore ... not there yet .. but I am on my way. 

This weight has been a burden to me for so long and I just cant' stand myself that I am actually losing weight and am loving the plan that I am on.  I can really see me doing this for life.  The MM plan is the BEST DIET ever!!!!   Not only am I losing weight but I am feeling so much better too.  Gosh at the energy ... that I something that I use to have to take in spells and not too many at that ....

There is so many more things to tell .... will try to check in more often.  Just been so busy reading more and more on this plan and learning all that I can learn. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

samples of meals ...

I wanted to share a couple of meals that I have eaten while on the MM plan.  Two of these are breakfast and one is the lunch I just got through eating.  I just wish I could express how good they were ... oh my gosh!!  I didnt' even finish my lunch.  I couldn't eat it all!! 

Grilled Gordon's Fish - sauteed 1/2 zucchini & med. squash with 1/2 Roma tomato and just a little shredded Parmesan cheese!!! 

This lunch only took just a few minutes to cook.  I put the fish in the oven for 20-25 minutes.  The last 5 minutes I sauteed the veggies with a little bit of butter.  With all of this food, I ate NO CARBS!!  And I didn't miss it at ALL!! 

1 slice of low carb bread w/ low fat slice of cheese - 1 fried egg - 1/2 roma tomato & 2 slices turkey bacon
This breakfast I cooked for myself over the weekend.  Another really easy meal to fix.  I put a slice of cheese on the bread and put it in the oven on broil.  While that was cooking, I fried my egg.  I put the cheese toast on plate, then egg, then tomato and slices of turkey bacon. Oh yea, I cooked the bacon in oven before I started the other. 

This is the same as above but without the turkey bacon.

I just wanted to include a picture without the turkey bacon.  You could cook it every morning, but I don't.  I kind of treat myself on the weekends.  I love cooking the above for breakfast.  It is sooo very good!!  And it really fills you up. 

Hopefully this will show you how easy this "diet" - plan is to follow.   I will try to take more pictures of my meals and share them with you.  

Monday, October 24, 2011

One week down ...

It is really hard to believe that it has been just little over a week since I started on the Metabolism Miracle plan.  I really thought I wouldn't be able to do it .. to stick with the plan.  Just like all the other times.  I never thought that I would be able to walk away from carbs ...ME?  Seriously??? 

BUT I have and it has really been easy.  I don't have carb cravings anymore.  I use to want sweets ALL the time, especially after eating a meal.  I almost always had to have something sweet.  I seriously don't have them anymore.  Really ....

I have really been tempted this weekend to fall off my  plan, and before I would have and not even think twice about it.  Friday night ... was high school football game. I give the band bus ... I was surrounded by all kind of good food .. well fattening foods.  And my friend brought really sweet hot chocolate!!  I only ate a piece of chicken and drank my  water.  NO hot chocolate for me!!  YEA!! 

Then there was Saturday ... college football day.  My family wanted to order pizza.  Helllllooo people I am trying to eat right.  So, I let them order pizza and never had a bite!!  YEA FOR ME!!! 

Oh I am not done yet .... Sunday I had to work my part-time job in the concession stand.  I love french fries .. big weakness!!  I usually eat one all during the time that I am there .. but NOT Sunday.  I didn't have ONE .. NOT ONE!!!!  and in addition to that .. me and one of the umpires has a cheesecake cook-off.  I had made this challenge weeks ago and I didn't want to go back on it.  I LOVE  Cheesecake!!  I only had a teeny tiny taste .. I mean a pea size.  It tasted soooo sweet .. and I really didn't want anymore. 

So, this weekend alone, I have had 5 temptations.  And I passed the test!!  I know it may not always be so easy, but I think the longer I am on this plan then the easier it will be to just walk away.  I won't have to talk myself into NOT eating something.  I just keep telling myself that it isn't worth adding another day to the program.  It is NOT worth stopping everything that I have worked for and am still working for ... to be healthier and to lose weight. 

This MM program .. I find it really strange and wouldn't believe it myself .. but I am not hungry and I am not craving crabs.  I can tell that I am feeling better, but I know that I further to go.  I AM SO EXCITED TO GET TO THE POINT!!  This is a journey that I am loving each step that I am taking ......

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day Four ....

Well it is officially day four in my new journey, on the Metabolism Miracle (MM) Diet.  I don't like using the word diet, because I am changing my way of life.   It makes things sound bad when you say diet. 

I will admit, I have been perfect until today.  I wasn't really going to start on Sunday, I didn't think I had enough foods at my house to get me started, but I didn't want to wait another day.  I have been waiting on something like this to come along for many years.  So, I started on Sunday ... had a couple of slip ups but nothing really bad.  Then Monday I got a bad stomach virus and was down for two days.   I did stay on the plan except for the chicken noodle soup and the two sprites that I drank.  I also didn't get to exercise either of those days. 

But I am feeling much better today and seem to have a little bit more energy than normal.   I have been following the plan by the book today.  I even went to Wal-mart to pick up some of the items that I need to help me stay on the plan. 

There are still a few things that I need to figure out -- you have to eat 5 grams of carbs every 5 hours.  My schedule is crazy, esp. when I am on the bus, so I have got to figure up my eating schedule.  I think when i get this done, it will be easier. 

My oldest son, is suppose to be making me a work-out schedule.  I have to work out 30 minutes - 5 days a week.  I would love to do cardio plus either weights, Pilate's or yoga the rest of the time.  I got to have a plan so that I will stick with it. 

So ... so far I am loving this MM plan.  I am not hungry and am feeling great today.  I am so excited to see what the future holds.  Thank you Jesus for this plan and for giving me the willpower to see it through. 

Until later ...

Monday, October 17, 2011

On a new journey ....

I am excited and scared all at the same time.  Have I lost my mind this time.  Can this really work and be this simple.  That is what I am going to find out.  Let me explain ...

As  you know I have been wanting - struggling to lose weight since I was in college.  I have tried just about every diet, but just couldn't stay on them.  Some of them are off the deep end - in expectation of staying on it for life.  I watch Big Loser and sit and cry.

I have been praying about this for years, in hope that God would tell me what I was doing wrong and how to fix what I was doing wrong.  I would keep reading and searching for answers.  Well, I think I have finally come across the answer to my question. 

I have known for years that my metabolism is all out of whack.   I am sure partly due to my yo-yo dieting since high school (even though I was not fat back then - I still went on diets) and probably from my not having a thyroid.  The book is called "The Metabolism Miracle" by Diane Kress, RD, CDE.  I started reading it Saturday and couldn't put it down.  The things she describe in the book is sooo me!!!  WOW!!  It is like she knew me and what I was thinking and have been going through for years. 

She explains how everyone's metabolism is different - therefore, everyone can't eat the same or exercise the same.  There is A and B metabolism - and I have B.  The one that doesn't work or is sluggish. 

Here are a list of clues to metabolism B -  if you identify twelve or more than I suggest you go to her website and get more information - she has a test that you can take to see what metabolism you are.

* You tire easily & frequently feel fatigued, even upon awakening.
* You feel mildly depressed.
* You feel an energy slump in the late afternoon.
* You frequently feel anxious.
* You crave carbohydrate foods, such as bread, chips, sweets, or pasta.
* Your midsection has a roll of fat.
* You gain weight easily and find it difficult to lose weight.
* You have trouble sleeping.
* You are often forgetful and worry about your short-term memory.
* You have racing thoughts.
* Your sexual drive has declined.
* You find it difficult to focus and concentrate and are easily distracted.
* Bright light or headlights at night bother you.
* You are irritable and have a "short fuse".
* You have increased sensitivity to aches and pains.
* Your eyes frequently tear up and at other times feel dry and irritated.
* You have frequent dull headaches.
* You feel slightly dizzy, flushed, or "weak in the knees" after even a little bit of alcohol.

I actually checked off ALL of them.  Now you may be thinking that these could be signs of other things such as: menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome, midlife, and even a high-stress job. But at the end of eight weeks on Step One many symptoms from the checklist will disappear along with weight because the symptoms stem for untreated Metabolism B.

I started Step One yesterday - I have cut out almost ALL of my carbs including sugar.  The first couple of days is suppose to be the hardest - but I am determined to make it through.  Of course I really prayed over this and that God will give me the desire and willpower to make it through the first eight weeks and especially the first three days.

I will keep you all posted as I journal about my journey down this road to not only losing weight but to finally FEEL BETTER!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

setting schedule

Well, I have been working on a daily schedule for myself.  I have so many different part-time jobs, then cleaning house, family stuff and well you know the list goes on and on.  So, I have been thinking and working on how to break things down so that I am not overwhelmed all the time. 

I first took a list of my jobs and wrote them down.  Then a list of other things that I wanted or needed to get done.  I looked for calendars to see if that would work .. nothing jumped out at me as being what I needed. 

It finally hit me ... I just simply used the way that I break down my house cleaning.  Hey, it worked for it, why can't it work for other things?  So, that is what I did .. and so far is it working quite well.  Now, remember, these are just suggestions and there are times that I have to adjust my schedule and/or change things around.  But it gives me something to work with ...

Here is what I came up with ....

Publix - grocery shopping
Strip beds
Clean windows/ mirrors
take newspapers to recycle bin
water plants
vacuum all rooms

Bank -Post Office - (If I have deposits)
Bi-Lo (if sales)
empty all trash
clean out fridge/freezer
clean baths & wash rugs
sweep & mop baths

Ingles/ CVS
check sales papers
menu for next week
sweep front porch

Boynton Work - bills/payroll
Concession stand paperwork

Bank - post office
Kim's office for 2nd signature
Office room -
    - file papers
    - balance checkbook
    - clean off desk

sweep & mop hardwoods
mop kitchen
Football games


One thing I have noticed more than anything is I have to put God first each and everyday.  I have to make time for God or my days and weeks just won't work out.  So somewhere in your day .. make time for GOD!!! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday Pot Roast

I have to give the credit for this recipe to The Pioneer Woman.  I got the recipe from her.  I have cooked Pot Roasts for years and they all seem to be ok.  Well, they never was anything left, but I was always hoping to find a better recipe.  I have found it!! Her recipe called for cooking it in the oven, which is fine, but I put mine in the crockpot and cooked it all day.  It fell apart -- there were NO left overs!!!

**This recipe is for the crockpot.  Will give oven options at the end.**

1 whole (4 to 5 pounds) chuck roast
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 whole onions
6 whole carrots
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups (up to 3 cups) beef stock
3 sprigs of thyme
3 sprigs of rosemary

In an iron skillet, place olive oil and butter.  While heating up skillet, chop onions into quarters and chop carrots into quarters or thirds.  Place onions into skillets and let brown, don't over cook, you just want to brown them.  Then do the same with the carrots.  While these are browning, put salt & pepper on both sides of roast.  Then you will brown both sides of the roast. 

While you are doing all the browning, get your crockpot ready.  Turn on and put in almost all the beef stock, put some aside to use at another time. 

After roast is browned on both sides, put into crockpot.  Then put in onions & carrots on top of roast.  Take the small amount of stock, that you put aside, put into skillet.  Use this to de-glaze any brown pieces that were left on the bottom on pan.  Then pour into crockpot.  Now put in the sprigs of thyme & rosemary.

Put the setting on low, put lid on and leave alone.  Don't fuss over ... just let it hang out and do it's business.  Let cook for 6 to 8 hours on low.  You really want to let it cook at a slower time.  I think this really makes the difference. 

To serve:  Cut up roast beef, spoon over onions & carrots and some of the wonderful juice that is left. 

** To make in the oven **

Use a dutch oven pan.  In the dutch oven pan you want to brown the onions, carrots & then the roast.  Use a small amount of stock to de-glaze the pan.  Then add the rest of the beef stock, roast, onions, carrots and then springs of thyme & rosemary.  Place lid on pan and put into oven.  Cook  at 275F oven for 4 to 5 hours (4 to 5 pound roast).  Again, don't fuss over or bother .. let it hang out and do it's thing. 

I promise this will be the BEST pot roast you have ever eaten.  You won't even have to cut it up .. it will fall apart.  Hope you enjoy!!!
I love watching Food Network ... there are so many shows on there that I really like watching and have even fixed some of the dishes that they have had and have really picked up on some great tips.  I was watching last weekend, on Saturday, and come across a new show.  I think it has been on for a couple of weeks, but it was the first time that I saw it.  I LOVE IT!!!  It is one of the best shows on Food Network ...  "The Pioneer Woman".  Have you seen it????  If not -- you have got to watch it!!

I found out too that she has a website and it a blogger.   Go over to her blog and check her out there too ... there is so much information and the most beautiful pictures.  She is a photographer and takes pictures on her ranch. 

I have already cooked a couple of her recipes and my family really loved them.  My son, that is the pickiest eater even liked them, especially the one I cooked last night.  I am going to be sharing them with you in the next couple of days/weeks.  I have changed them a little bit to suit my family, but they are really close to hers. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Finding Balance ...

I am having a hard time finding balance in my life right now.   I have listed before all the jobs that I do but here it is again just in case you missed it the first time ... of course mom & wife, cook, maid, household manager ... and anything else that goes along with running a house and family.  There there are my part time jobs - school bus driver,  bookkeeper, treasurer, Pampered Chef consultant, concession stand manager and then my job coupons.  As you can tell, I am a little crazy and run thin.  I am sure that I need to give up something and that is what I am have been praying and thinking about.   I want to try to make extra money to get us out of debt .. that is the reason I give for all these part-time jobs. 

With doing all these other things .. I don't have time to do things that I really enjoy to do, such as:  read books and I really love to read, cross-stitching - another favorite hobby of mine, esp. snowmen, and sitting and reading other blogs and learning all kinds of new information. 

One thing that has come to mind is making a monthly calender with the main jobs on there ... grocery shopping at Publix is on Mondays - Bank, post office on Tuesdays, etc.  I just got to find time to put it all on  paper .... When I get it worked out I will share with you.  Maybe it will help someone else find balance in their lives ...

Now off to get some cleaning done ... I am back to doing my cleaning list for each day.  Not sure why I got away from that .. but I have got to get back to doing my daily cleaning list.  And I am off ....

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bumps in the road ...

First let me appologized for not posting in a couple of months.  I have been letting life live me ... The past couple of months have been crazy to say the lest, but I never took control and got a handle on things.  I just let life take hold of me.  Not anymore!!! 

I have been thinking the past couple of days on life's bumps in the road.  Everything seems to be going along fine ..... then darn if things don't seem to go right.  All the plans that you made are not coming to light.  In fact, some of them are totally unraveling.  

This always, always happens when I have money in savings and planning on doing this with it or that with it.  Usually about this time of year, I plan on putting money away for Christmas.  I dont' want Christmas to be stressful and I don't have any credit cards anymore.  One thing you have to understand about me is ... I love to buy presents for Christmas.   However, something always happens and my money that I had plans for .. is gone.  You know those things ... car breaks down, an appliance tears up or etc.  Mine was my oldest son.  I am not blaming him, in the least.  It wasn't his fault, but my money isn't there anymore. 

Through all of this though I have learned a few things (it about time) ... that the Lord doesn't want us to make plans without Him.  To be honest, I haven't been asking him what direction I should be going in .. should I do this or do that.  No wonder things don't work out for me ... duh!!  The Lord wants us to bring everything to Him; nothing is too big or too small. 

Another thing is relying on Him and NOT what is in my bank account.  OHHH .. this one I am still working on ... Here again, I have to be totally honest ... this is one is really hard for me.  I can feel my anxiety level creeping up each time I look at the very very small balance that is in the savings account.  I am not putting my total TRUST in God.  I am putting it in my bank account.  Oh Lord, please be patient with me on this one and please give me your forgiveness in not fully trusting you.

Life gives us bumps in the road.  Some are small one and some are big ones.  I just try to get over them the best I can and see what lesson I am suppose to learn from them. Most of the time the Lord is trying to get my attention on something that I need to work on.  I think too that bumps in the road could be made easier if we have a good attitude about them and rely on God to help get us over them. 

I promise I will be posting more ... I have gotten to really enjoy posting, more than I thought that I would.  I just have to take one step at a time.  Not try to do too much too fast.  It takes time ......

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope that you will continue to do so.  May God Bless each and everyone of you.  May God give you Grace to learn from your bumps in life. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Forgiveness .....

Forgiveness ..... That is the next part in Joyce's book.   I thought the last section on offenders was hard ... not.  This hit me harder than I thought.  I had more things to work through than I thought.  OH but the joy on the other side. 

In the old testament is says "an eye for an eye"; however now God is telling us to forgive our enemies, to love and pray for those who have harmed us.   In her book she says "Anything God has given us, such as forgiveness and mercy, He expects us to extend to others. If it comes to us, it should flow through us - and that should be our goal."   God forgives us .... we need to forgive others. 

We think, but it is so unfair for me to forgive them and then they just have no punishment for what they did.  Why should I have the pain while they get the freedom?  The truth is that by forgiving, we are releasing them so God can do what only He can do.  If I'm in the way - trying to get revenge or take care of the situation myself instead of trusting and obeying God - He may sit back and allow me to try to handle things in my own strength.  But if I allow Him to deal with those who offend me by forgiving them.  He can work good out of it for both parties concerned.  Hebrews 10:30 - When we forgive, we put God on the case.

I sat in the tub (I just love taking baths and sometimes the best place for me to connect to God and myself) and I just cried.  I just let it all out .. put everything out on the table.  God knows our thoughts anyway, so why not just spill your beans.   I am finally forgiving people that have done me wrong in my past.  Things that only God and I know about (and of course, the other person).   I think the crying was more from being released from the poison that was taking over my life because of the unforgiveness.  

As I prayed and released these people to God and forgave each one of them and the different situations, I could start to feel the joy and peace coming over me that I have so longed for.   It also made me think about things that were going on in my life and wondering if the poison I have had in my heart effecting those areas?  The main one I was thinking about was my weight.  Was I eating and stuffing my face because of all of these emotions and unforgiveness that I was carrying around?  I think it is ....  I ate instead of having peace.   As I thought way back to when I started gaining weight ... I am pretty sure I can connect the two.  Is this a break through that I was needing?  I hope ....

I have always heard people say that we can't have unforgiveness in our hearts.  I never thought they were talking to me.  Heck, I really didn't think I needed to forgive anyone, until God revealed them to me.  What a blessing that was for me to release it all to Him.   Thank you Lord!!! 

This is one area I am going to be praying on and reading more on .....

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Still Amazed ....

God still amazes me.  I think, in a way, the way that God chooses to speak to me is kind of funny.  When I have been praying about a problem, I will turn on Joyce Meyer or pick up a book to read and "Bam" there is it .. the answer to my situation.   It happened again tonight. 

I am a person that often gets offended by other people.    I got offended today,  yet again by a family member.  I really prayed about the situation and asked God to handle things for me, because I was just tired of doing it myself.  I wasn't doing very well, by myself.  (You would think I would learn by now ... lol)  So, tonight I thought I would read a little bit in a Joyce Meyer book that I have been reading off and on.  Guess what was the chapter on? On letting people offend us!!  Holy Cow!!!  Are you kidding me????

OHHH ... how this chapter has slapped me upside the head.  I didn't realize until reading this chapter, just how offended I was getting and how God doesn't want us to be offended.  When we let people offend  us we are letting Satan in ... boy, my door must be wide open on this one.  The Lord showed me 'ALL' the ways that I have been offended in the past. 

Did you realize that by letting others offended us it can cause all kind of things to happen?  In the book it says:  One of Satan's most deceptive and insidious kinds of bait is something every Christian has encountered - offense.  Actually, offense itself is not deadly .. but if we pick it up and consume it an feed on it in our hearts, then we have become offended.  Offended people produce much fruit, such as hurt, anger, outrage, jealousy, resentment, strife, bitterness, hatred, and envy.  Some of the consequences of picking up an offense are insults, attacks, wounding, division, separation, broken relationships, betrayal and backsliding.

We meditate too much on what the offensive person has done to us, and we fail to realize what we are doing to ourselves by taking the bait of Satan.  Keep remembering that being offended will not change the person, but it does change you!!!  Oh how true ..... this one I am working on!!  It makes us miserable and steals our peace and joy, so why not prepare ourselves mentally not to fall into Satan's trap?

I asked the Lord who all I let offend me and I was surprised at the many names that just kept coming to my mind.  I really didn't realize there were so many.  Then I got to thinking about the consequences that Joyce spoke about and how it really could affect your life.  It could be causing divorces, splits between parents and their kids, between siblings, churches, and the list goes on and on. 

Thank you Lord, for bringing this to my attention and helping me change this area of my life.  I long to NOT let people offend me and for me to keep my peace and joy.  I will NOT let Satan in this door anymore.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Helping others ...

It has really been on my mind lately .. of helping others.  And it seems every time I turn around someone is talking about it too.  I watch Joyce Meyer everyday and she has been talking about helping others and last night at the coupon class, she was talking about helping others. 

It has been amazing to watch all the help that has went on in our county since the tornado came through just little over two months ago.   They actually had too many bottles of water that they had to plead with people to stop bringing bottled water.  All kinds of people helped in different ways, which ever way they could, whether it was bringing water, swinging a hammer, picking up trash or just simply praying for them.  It has warmed my heart a great deal to see such an out pour of help. 

Yea, we all help when there is a catastrophe, by do we help in our every day life?   How are some ways that we can help people each day?  There are so many ways .... but most important we have to listen to God when he tells/prompts us to help an individual; whether it is paying for the person lunch that is behind you in line, or simply helping someone across the street or to their car. 

The question keeps replaying in my head,  "What am I doing today to help someone?"  So? What can I do to help someone today .....  will let us know who I can find today to help.

What are somethings that you do to help others??  What is a favorite thing that you love to do to help others? Can't wait to hear some stories ....

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I'll Stand by You ....

Have you heard the song by Rascal Flatts - "Won't Let Go"?  Have you listened to the words?  What an amazing song .... Now let me tell you why this song is so special to me.

One afternoon, while driving home in the van, from Sam's, this song came on the radio.  My oldest son & daughter started singing and I wasn't paying much attention ... until ... I heard these words .. This song is for you.  What??  And then like magic the radio seem to have gotten louder and the words were just jumping right out at me.  The tears just started flowing and I just couldn't stop smiling. 

I looked up the words and here they are for you to read.  While you are reading them .. imagine God is saying them to you.

It’s like a storm
That cuts a path
It’s breaks your will
It feels like that

You think your lost
But your not lost on your own
Your not alone

I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
If you can’t cope
I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
And I wont let go

It hurts my heart
To see you cry
I know it’s dark
This part of life
Oh it finds us all
And we’re too small
To stop the rain
Oh but when it rains

I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
And you can’t cope
I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight

And I wont let you fall
Don’t be afraid to fall
I’m right here to catch you
I wont let you down
It wont get you down

Your gonna make it
Yea I know you can make it

Cause I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
And you can’t cope
And I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
And I wont let go
Oh I’m gonna hold you
And I wont let go
Wont let you go
No I wont

Rascal Flatts – I Won’t Let Go Lyrics

I wish I could put into words just what these words do for me.  Of how the Lord comforts me each and everything I hear this song.  He WON"T LET YOU GO!!  He will STAND BY YOU!! He will dry our eyes and won't let us fall.  But I think the most important part is .. He knows and sees what we are going through.  He never leaves us ...   (even as I typing this ... tears are in my eyes and my heart is swelling with such excitement that it is hard to contain)

Don't miss out on letting God be there for you.  Don't miss out on that closeness with God.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Where does the time go ...

I can't believe it has been so long since I have posted.  Where does the time go???   I have been so busy with the craziness after the tornado, end of school year and my many part time jobs. 

Things are some what slowing down ... well I did say some what. 

Through all of this craziness I have learned so many things about myself.  God doesn't give us anything that we can't handle.  Also, that He doesn't bring us to things that he doesn't give us the ability to do.  When I took over running the concession stand at our local recreation department, I was scared and couldn't believe that I was taking this on.  However, it has been better than I thought.   Been really busy and crazy but I have really enjoyed it.  I have decided to continue doing it at least for another year.

I am so wanting to get out of debt.   I heard Joyce Meyer say one time that God will do what we cant' do.  But that doesn't mean we sit around waiting on a miracle.  We got ourselves into this mess and I wish God would just give us a miracle and get us out, but what would we have learned.  NOTHING!!  We haven't before.  This isn't our first time of being in this mess but I can tell you one thing for sure .. .IT WILL BE OUR LAST!!  And I am telling anyone I know .. DO NOT get into debt.  It really isn't worth it.   So this journey continues ....

I have also had some time to myself ... believe it or not.  I got to read a wonderful book ... "Walking with God" by John Eldredge ....Most amazing book.  I have been trying to spend more time with God ... reading my Bible and praying.   I think we should all long to be closer with God ... this is my longing.  This journey I am loving being on ....

There is still so much more to write about ...but I don't want to over do it.  I look forward to getting back on here and writing more about ALL my journeys in life.  Gosh .. there are so many .... Thank you Lord!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

By God's Grace ....

By God's Grace .... and so thankful that my family was not hit by the trouble tornados that hit last week, April 27th.  A day I will never forget.   A tornado did hit my  hometown of, Ringgold, GA.  It caused mass destruction in our small town. 

I have seen so many news cast of places that tornados have destroyed, and I always felt for those people and said a prayer.  But until you actually witness one coming through your town, it just isnt' the same.  The pictures really don't do the devestation justice. 

Since, Wednesday night, I have prayed, cried, my heart has ached and I have just been plain numb.  I still can't believe that this has happened to us.  In all my 46 years, I have never experienced anything like this .. and pray that I never go through this again. 

I am not sure how many homes it destoyed in its path or businesses.  But I do know that it destroyed the high school and middle school that my kids attend and that I went too.  We have three high schools in our county and one of them is taking our students in for the rest of the school year.  We are going half a days.  It also destroyed our athletic facilities .. football field, wrestling/cheerleading building, athletic building and the baseball field.  My sons  played on that field - and one still does.  We are in the state playoffs and get to host the first series, but we don't get to play on our own field.  Thank goodness one of the other high schools in our county is letting us use theirs. 

That is one thing that I have gotten out of all this tradegy and it has been most amazing.  That even though we are country rivals and I mean rivals, we can all pull together in the mist of trouble.  Our coach has had numbers calls from other high schools in our region offering and sending us money, equipment and most important support.  It has really warmed my heart and of course, brought tears to my eyes.  It reminds me of my sisters growing up ... we can talk bad about them .. even hate them .. but don't let anyone or anything happen to them. 

There are so many stories that are coming out now ... survivors.  Of how wonderful  our Lord is ... at how he can put a tornado right over a house, but the people come out of ruble to talk about their experience.   Of how, people in the Ruby Tuesday's are living to tell their stories.  Unfortunally, not everyone was as lucky as some ... we did loose 8 people in this tornado, but we are so lucky that we did not loose more.   The tornado not only went over houses, but it also destroyed McDonald's, Ruby Tuesdays, Pizza Hut, Waffle House, 3 gas stations and 4 hotels.   People were stopping on our exit off I-75 to weather the storm .. little did they know at the time that they were in the path of the storm. 

You know .... there are so many lessons to be learned from all of this .... one is that we need to make sure we are saved and know where we are going and to make sure we are right with God, because in a blink of an eye we could be gone.  Also, that need to tell our loved ones that we Love Them!!!  We may not have a second chance to do that ....

I just want to finish with ... "Thank you Jesus" for protecting me and my family!!  For bringing out all kinds of support from people to help others in need.  It has been life changing experience.  One that we will never forget and it will forever change us .. for the better "I hope". 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ladies Tea ..

I had a wonderful time yesterday at my sister's church for the annual Ladies Tea.   What a blessing .... 

From left:  Haley (my niece), Mary (my daughter), Lisa, Wanda, Wanda, Millie (my mom)
Ladies hosted a table and decorated their tables.  There were some really pretty tables and no two were alike. My sister decorated her table with frogs ...  Fully Rely On God = FROG!! 

The food was amazing - no matter what my daughter says. 

It was a really nice time spent with family & friends.  Thank you to my sister for inviting me and Mary. 

Mary, my daughter and Me

The best part of the Ladies Tea was the speaker.  Oh!  What a blessing that was .. more than I can put into words.  The speakers name is Linda Hicks and she has an amazing singing voice too!!  What a gift this lady has .. she will have you laughing and crying all at the same time.  She spoke yesterday on "Blooming where God has planted you!"  I have never thought about this, but I am now.

My sister's Frog table

I am hoping that the church taped the message because it is one that I would love to listen over and over and I would love to take some notes.  I just wasnt' thinking yesterday to take some paper & pen to take notes.  I really missed that one ...

The flowers she used to talk about was:

1- The African Violet - it  is a flower that you will bloom no matter what the circumstances is it growing in.  Whether is doesnt' get watered or it gets buried in the ground.  It still blooms.  This one doesn't need all the glory that goes with it.  Do you bloom for God no matter if anyone pays attention to you?

2- The Orchard - This flower blooms for weeks and never fades.  The bloom doesn't wither away for the time that it is blooming.  It will hold true.  Do you keep going in your walk with God?

3- The Rose - Now this flower is the most gorgeous and it grows among thorns.  Enough said on this one .. Do you bloom no matter what your circumstances are?  With whatever your thorns are?

A table at the Ladies Tea
The best part was her speaking about the Sunflower and how the roots of this flower grows way down into the ground to get it's nourishment's.  And when a storm hits the Sunflower may fall over, but with time, it will stand back up, because it's roots go deep.  You can't kill a bloom when the roots are buried deep.  That is what our lives should be ... that no matter what storm is hitting ... and a storm will hit .. that our roots are deep in God's word that we can with stand the storm.

Another table at the Ladies Tea
Do you have roots that are on top of the ground or are your roots deep into the ground?  The way to get your roots deep is by getting into the Word of God.  Don't let your bloom wither away during a storm.  Don't let the storms in life kill your flower!!!  Keep blooming for God!!  Are you "Blooming Where God has you Planted?" 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Well, I am still here ... just been busy.  The new job with the concession stand is going better.  It was overwhelming at first but it is getting better.  I am getting a handle on the whole process.  We, the board, just has a difficult situation that needs to be taken care of .. it is never easy.  

Good news though .. I have lost another pound.  YEA!!  I was afraid with working in the concession and being around all the bad food that I would gain.  I guess all the walking and being on my feet is helping.   I am planning on taking me some "good" food with me.  I am working 4 nights and Saturday I will need to do something. 

I havent' had a lot of time to do anything for me; such as cleaning house, doing the WII or me time.   But I have decided this week that I can't work ALL the time.   I have to find a balance in my life for everything.  It isn't easy, but I have to do it or I will go insane.   So, this week, I am only doing so many hours as my "work time". 

I am interested to see how others handling so many different things.  How do you do it?  Working from home and still managing to run your house too.  Of course, it could be the problem of me having too many part time jobs ... you think? 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

What Faith Can Do- Kutless w/lyrics

When searching for Strong Tower, I found this song.  This is another amazing song .... the words are so true!!

Hope this song will BLESS you as much as it has me

Strong Tower (Kutless)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Crazy life ....

Just when I thought that my life couldn't possible get any crazier ... well it has. 

Just being a mom and wife isnt' enough for me .. oh no.  Like being a mom and wife doesn't come with enough jobs and duties of their own.  I also drive a school bus.  Which I love .. it is the perfect job for a mom.  You get to be off from work when school is out.  but ....

I have also taken on some other part time jobs, because I like keeping busy and I want to get out of debt.  One part time job I have is doing bookkeeping work for our local recreation association.  This doesnt' require alot of hours and I really like doing it.  However, now the rec. has voted me in as treasurer.  So, my bookkeeping duties have now multiplied.  So, it is going pretty well. Oh yea, this job I don't get paid for .. I volunteer those hours. 

Another thing I love doing and right now not making any money at it is ... blogging.  I would love to one day make money doing this, but for now, I am loving just blogging.  I haven't gotten to blog as much lately as I would like, but I am hoping that I will get my schedule under control and be able to blog more. 

Like this isn't enough ... I have another job and I have undertaken this past week.  I am now over the concession stand at our local rec.  The lady that was doing it quit on us and right before our spring season, which is our busiest.  Oh my gosh .. what was I thinking?  I have spent the week trying to get things organized, cleaned and figure out what needs to be done.  It is coming together, but out league play starts this coming Monday.  I hope that I am ready for this ... I do love a good challenge. 

So, if I dont' get to blog as much you will know why and know that I havent' stopped, I am just probably going crazier than I am now.  I am hoping in doing this last job that I will be able to make enough to really put a big dent into our debt.  I am excited about that.  I was going to put it all towards our debt, but I think I am going to divide it into thirds.  First being debt - second put some away for a small vacation this summer (we haven't had one in about 3 yrs) and then third to get somethings done around the house that we have been putting off due to not having any extra money.   But the first and foremost the extra money is going to my debt snowball. 

Even though my life is crazy right now .. I am very thankful that God has given me these opportunities to be able to make the extra money that I have so been praying for.  God does answer prayers .. sometimes they are not what we were thinking. 

One last thing ... I have lost 3 pounds in my weight loss journey.  I am loving doing the WII fit plus. It is a lot of fun.  I am hoping with this working the concession stand I will be able to loss some more weight.  I will be doing a lot of standing and walking.  Now .. just to stay away from the junk food. 

Hope you all have a great weekend!!! 

Pretzel Congealed Salad

This is a really yummy dessert!!  It is really simple to make!!  ENJOY!!!

1:  Crust:  1 cup crushed pretzels
                1/2 cup melted butter
                3 Tbsp of sugar

Mix together and press into bottom of dish & bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Let cool.

2:  Mix:  1 - 8oz cream cheese
              1 cup sugar
              1 small 8oz cool whip

Spread over crushed pretzels when cooled.

3:  Topping:  1 lg box strawberry jello
                    1 pkg. frozen strawberries

Mix jello with 2 cups of boiling water and 1/2 cup cold water.  Fold in strawberries.  Refrigerate until 1/2 chilled and then spread on top of cream cheese then refrigerate until good chilled. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

March Challenge ...

This year, 2011, is my year for getting organized.  One of the things on my list was making a Household Binder.  A binder that contains all kinds of information that we need on a daily, weekly and/or monthly basis. 

One of my favorite blogs - iHeart Organizing - is doing a March Challenge.  Guess what it is?  To get a binder done.  Now .. here we go.  I am up for the challenge.  There are several that I want to work on for this month and look forward to getting it done.  Jen .. is great at getting things organized.  Of how I wish she could come to my house.  She is also offering her templates FREE for the month of March ONLY!!  Go check it out .....

Financial Binder - iHeart Organizing

Here is a list of binders to get your started.  I got this list from that I have taken from different places.  This is a few ideas to help get you and me started.  The bold ones are the ones that I want to really work on this month.

  • Freezer Inventory
  • Fridge Inventory
  • Pantry Inventory
  • Storage Inventory
  • Important School Information/Schedules
  • Movie Inventory
  • Cleaning Checklist
  • Menu Planning
  • Finances/Bill Payment Checklist
  • Product Warranty Information
  • Important Contact Numbers {Contractor, Plumber, Electrician, Yard Maintenance, Financial Advisor, Home and Auto Insurance, Poison Control, Neighbors, etc…}
  • Travel Checklist
  • Idea Lists/To Do Lists
  • Home Inspiration/Paint Swatches/Fabric Swatches etc…
  • Blog Posts
  • Credit Card and ID Information
  • “Weekend Wish List”
  • Important Dates to Remember
  • CPR Instructions
  • Emergency Pack List
  • Business Cards/Vendors
  • Take Out Menus
  • Local Produce Availability
  • Personal Goals/Resolutions
  • Parenting Resources
  • Family Sizes and Measurements
  • Computer Log Names/Passwords
  • Calendar
  • Kid’s Daily Schedule/Routine
  • Kid’s Wish Lists
  • Greeting Card Checklist
  • Medical History
  • Auto Maintenance Log
  • Financial
  • Family Binder

Binder Ideas - iHeart Organizing

Are you up for the challenge???   Do you already have Home Management Binders?  What do yours look like?  I would love to see and hear about your ideas. Can't wait to get started on mine ... will post pictures of my work in progress and when done


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Super Saturday Shopping ...

Well, my sister and I went to Publix today instead of this coming Monday.  I have a bus meeting on Monday, when we usually go.  We had another great day of shopping, even though it is raining outside.  It didnt' stop us from getting what deals are out there.

This week at Publix you can get bags of Kibbles & Bits for free or as low as .49 cents.  They have them BOGO and you can print a couple from Coupons for $2.50 off ONE bag.  This is definitely a STOCK UP!!

My total purchase was $218.86 -- I paid $85.43 and SAVED $133.43!!! 

Can't wait to see what next week holds ... What good deals are you finding???

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Relaxation .... Taking care of ME

Do you take time to take care of yourself?  Do you feel selfish when you do take time to relax? 

I think as mom's we all have, at one time or other, not taken time to take care of ourselves.   However, it is really important to take time out of our busy lives to tend to the mom, in the family.  How do we, mom, take time out of our hectic schedule to take time to take care of ourselves?  This is a simple question, but can be a hard one.  How much time do we take?  What should we do?

There are times in my life that I am taking care of everyone else and forget to take care of me.  What with the kids needing me to do something for them and then there is the husband.  Oh and don't forget the dog .. lol. Even they need me to take care of them.  Then there is the laundry, house to be cleaned, meals to be cooked, errands to be ran and then the part time jobs I am doing.  Shoot I hardly have time to work in my exercise and God time.  Now, I am needing to find more time to make sure I am taken care of.

Well, I did just that today.  I love to take nice long, hot baths and I usually take them at night, but today I decided to take one this morning.  Oh how nice!!   Everyone is gone either to school or work .. just me and the dog.  I ran a HOT bath .. fixed me some hot tea .. got my Bible and set off for the spa (my bathroom).  Oh I wish I could tell you just how nice it was ... no kids to come and knock on my door to just ask a question that could have waited.   After reading my scripture of the day .. I just cleared my mine and listened to the stillness.  Then Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God .." came to my mind and it made me think about how God wants us to be still so we can listen to Him. 

I like to do different things to relax and try to un-wind from my busy schedule.  Of course, hot bath is at the top, but some other things are .. sitting in a rocker chair on my back porch .. taking a leisure walk by myself ... or just going to bed early.  It doesn't matter what you chose to do, you just have to do it.  It can be as simple as 5 minutes, but sometimes we have to take more, just depends on your life.

So here is a challenge for you and for me.  To find sometime for yourself.  Some really relaxing and quiet time.   I am making an appointment with myself at least twice a month to take care of myself.  If I don't .. who will be around to take care of everyone else?     

Monday, March 21, 2011

Shopping day at Publix ...

My sister and I go to Publix's on Monday.  We go with out list and coupons in hand.  It makes it easier to go with each other, because if one doesn't have a coupon for something, the other one will.  We help each other out. 

Today was a good day.  I got to stock up on a few things .. love when you can do that.  I will start posting my shopping trips and how much I saved.  I haven't learned everything, but I am getting there. 

I spent $99 out of pocket and saved $132!!!!

Household Monday ...

In thinking about my post today ... about the big picture of getting out of debt.  I thought about all the little steps we can do to get to the bigger picture.  I think it is the smaller things we can do to get out of debt faster.  Things like; making coffee at home, instead of  stopping at Starbucks - that along could save you hundreds.  What about taking your lunch to work or school instead of eating out?  I know from experience, when I use to work, could save you anywhere from $5.00 to $10.00 per day.  That could quickly add up. 

I am already doing a lot of the smaller things to help my family get out of debt.  But one area that I am really working on is in my grocery bill.  I have always done a budget amount for groceries but most months have gone over it.  I can remember months charging my groceries.  (I know .. not smart .. if I had only known then what i know now!!)  Thank goodness I have finally learned.  So for the past month or so I have really been trying hard to stay in my grocery budget. 

I have always done coupons, and for the most part, thought I was doing good.  I mean, I was saving about $20 to $30 per shopping visit.  Thanks good, right?  Well, I thought so .. until my sister and I went to  coupon workshop.  OH MY GOODNESS!!   I learned that I can save much much more, just by changing a few simple things.   Here are a couple of things that I learned: 

1 - Don't go to the store with your "Need list" -- you need to go to the store with your "Use list".  This was an eye opener for me.   You want to look through the sales papers and find what is on sale that you use and stock up!!  For example:  mayonaise, ketchup, laundry detergent, etc.  These are the things that we use alot of, so when the items are at rock bottom prices, I stock up.   You want to buy enough for 10 to 12 weeks.  That is usually how long it takes for an item to go back on sale. 

2 - Never ever buy anything at full price.  You wait until the items goes on sale.  That is why you stock up.  If you have to keep going to the store to buy items that you "need" you are paying full price.  Take cereal for example -- if you get it when you run out you will be paying anywhere from $4.50 and up per box.  They will put it on sale for under $2.00

Tune in next week for more tips on "How to cut your grocery bill".  You dont' want to miss it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Weight Loss Wednesday

I can't tell you how much I love the WII fit plus!!  Way too much fun!!  Some of those games are really fun and some of them are really hard.  Heck, my daughter is better at some of them.  I already have my favorites and the ones I really don't like.  I love the steps, boxing and getting to like the kung fu. 

In just a week .. I am already done 2 pounds!!!  I am so excited!!!  

Did you watch the Biggest Loser last night?  Man, I just cried.  Marci, is a great person, but she has lost so much weight and there are others there that need to lose much much more.   Each time I watch it just makes me want to lose so much more.   I just love the show ... my favorite right now is Hannah.  I have made a connection to her.  Who is your favorite?

Let's get moving .... make the right choices!!!  We can do this!!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thoughts for today ...

Ok .. I am totally in love with the WII fit Plus!!  It is great!!  It makes exercising fun and entertaining.  You can chose all different kinds of things to do.  That is what I like.  You dont' have to do the same thing over and over. 

I have already lost 1.5 pounds!!!  WHOOO!! HOOOO!!!  That sure does make me feel good and keeps me motivated to keep getting on that WII!! 

I am still reading the book by Joyce Meyer  "Power Thoughts".  I just haven't had a lot of time to do much reading.  Hopefully things will slow down in the next couple of weeks and I can get back to reading.  I did want to share something that I read the other day. 

Throw away your excuse bag!  Go get a 'can-do bag' and fill it with biblical, faith-filled reasons you can do what you need to do.  Stop making excuses and start doing what God is telling you to do.  Stop looking at all your weaknesses because His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.  It is through our weaknesses and inability that God shows His strength.  God actually chooses people on purpose who absolutely cannot do what He is asking them to do unless they allow Him to do it through them.  You don't need ability, you need availability and a 'can-do' attitude.

God gives you strength.  Nothing is too much for you when He is on your side.

Recipe Friday ....

I have been thinking about what recipe to share today.  I am going to share one of my family favorite things.  Honey Mustard Dressing.  This is the best!!  It tastes alot like O'Charley's Honey Mustard.  And it is sooo easy to make.  I usually make a bunch and keep in the refrigerator.  Hope you and your family enjoys.  Thank you to Lady & Sons for the recipe.

Honey Mustard Dressing

3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. mustard
1 Tbsp. lemon juice or juice from 1/2 lemon
Horseradish to taste
2 Tbsp. orange juice (more or less as needed)

Combine all ingredients except for orange juice; stir well. Thin to pouring consistency with orange juice.  Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours.

** All I put in mine is the mayo, honey & mustard and it is really good with just those three ingredients.  I have also, but haven't done it, to try different types of mustard.  **

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Weight Loss Wednesday

Now that my Thyroid is running better.  It is time to get back to business of getting this weight off.   No more fooling around ... No more excuses. Which by the way, I have a million of them. 

Biggest Loser, which is one of my favorite shows, was really good last night.  One of the trainers, I think it was Bob, said "Your destiny is waiting on you to turn the corner".   (or something close to that)  My destiny isn't going to happen all by itself.   My corner isn't going to turn all by itself. 

I have to take the time for myself.  I do for everyone else but dont' take time to care for myself.  Who is going to take care of these people if I am gone?  

So let's get with it .... back to the basics.  Calories in ... calories out!!   I am going to start writing down my food intake.  I bought the WII fit plus yesterday and can't wait to hook it up and get moving.  I am really excited about it.    Going back to eating at the table!!!  This habit is hard to break .. love eating at the computer.  And WATER .. WATER .. WATER!!! 

Let's get going ..... Lord be with me .. and you on our journey to a healthier lifestyle!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Household Monday ....

Well ... it feels great to be back among the living.  It feels nice to have my thyroid running half way descent.  Now, maybe if I would keep a better check on it ... it won't get so out of sorts. 

In my quest to become better organized in the year ... I am not doing so good.   I have fallen behind on my monthly organization challenges.  I haven't done really bad, but I have lost focus.  I was going to have my daughters room done by now, but we haven't finished.  It is not totally my fault.  I am waiting on a lady to get a desk  painted for her room.  Found one a resale shop and  she is going to refinish it and paint it white, but we are still waiting on it.  Got to get some shelves to hang up too.  It sure does look better though. 

And for the month of February, I was going to get my sons room done.  I haven't even started on it.  Maybe in the next couple of weeks we can get his done.  It wont' take as long because he just wants one color and some little paint decorations.  His will look really cool too!!  When it is done ... lol 

I am doing better with my budget!!!  YEA!!  I am really proud of myself ....  I have always cut coupons but never really got the hang of it.  I would always save a few here and few there, but nothing really big.  My sister and I went to a work shop and learned so much.  I figured out what I was doing wrong.  Holy cow!!  I am totally saving money and my kitchen is full of food.  I am trying to get my grocery budget under $600 per month and so far this month, I under.  Not a whole lot, but I am not over, which I normally am.  I cant' wait to have that extra money to go towards a bill to help get us out of debt sooner.  That would be fabulous!!  I am going to try to start taking pictures of my shopping trips.  I am not the best at this yet, but I am doing really good.  Went to Publix today and saved $87 and spent $84 ... got stocked up on laundry detergent and a few other items.  Just think .. before the workshop I would have only saved about $20 in coupons.   To be continued .....

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Expired Coupons

What do you do with your expired coupons?  I have always thrown mine away until I found that the military can use them.  Here is some infomation about sending your expired coupons:

  • Coupons are accepted under the same conditions that are stated on the coupon
  • Store coupons can not be accepted at commissaries…only manufacturer coupons
  • Expired coupons can be used only at overseas commissaries (up to 6 months).  Otherwise they must be in date.
  • Commissaries do not double or triple coupons.
  • Internet coupons are acceptable as long as they are manufacturer coupons.
  • When sending expired (or any) coupons to overseas commissaries, please cut them out of the insert before sending.
This is a great activity to involve your kids.  Not only is it an opportunity to have a conversation about the sacrifice our military makes for our freedom, but you will also receive a Thank You note several weeks after sending them. You can send coupons you aren’t going to use or expired coupons to:

Kristi Seigrist, Family Services Coordinator
Unit 5200, Box 105
APO, AE 09461
For more information, visit

Weekly Menu

Sunday  - Meatloaf, mashed pot., green beans

Monday  - chicken fingers covered in chips

Tuesday  -  Baseball game

Wednesday  - Stoffer's Lasagna (I usually make mine homemade,but I got these for such a deal)

Thursday  - pork chops

Friday -  Baseball game

Saturday  -  Taco Soup (new recipe)

March Bible Schedule

1.   Numbers 7
2.   Numbers 8-10
3.   Numbers 11-13
4.   Numbers 14-15
5.   Numbers 16-18
6.   Numbers 19-21
7.   Numbers 22-24
8.   Numbers 25-26
9.   Numbers 27-29
10. Numbers 30-31
11. Numbers 32-33
12. Numbers 34-36
13. Deuteronomy 1-2
14. Deuteronomy 3-4
15. Deuteronomy 5-7
16. Deuteronomy 8-10
17. Deuteronomy 11-13
18. Deuteronomy 14-17
19. Deuteronomy 18-21
20. Deuteronomy 22-25
21. Deuteronomy 26-28
22. Deuteronomy 29:1-31:29
23. Deuteronomy 31:30-34:12
24. Joshua 1-4
25. Joshua 5-8
26. Joshua 9-11
27. Joshua 12-14
28. Joshua 15-17
29. Joshua 18-19
30. Joshua 20-22
31. Joshua 23 - Judges 1

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

There is a light at the end of the tunnel ...

That light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer and closer.  I am really starting to feel so much better.  My energy level is getting there and things are starting to work like they should.  Thank you Jesus!!! 

With things starting to look up .. the pounds are coming back off.  While my thyroid was out of wack,  I gained about 10 pounds .. most of it was swelling.  I am just thankful that the pounds are coming off. 

Speaking of pounds coming off ... I am so tired of being over weight.  And I am the only one that can do anything about it.  I have gone back to my old habits .. the ones that I was working so hard in changing.  But I am back on track ... the first thing is going back to eating at the kitchen table.  I really believe that this one will help me in my journey to lose weight.  And the other one is drinking more WATER!!  Even though I really don't like to drink water .. I am praying that the Lord will make me thirsty for the taste of water. 

I am also going to buy the WII fit.  I have been wanting it but just wouldn't let myself spend the money.  Well .. I am going  sometime today and buying.  I am ready to LOSE WEIGHT!!! 

I will keep you posted in how it is coming along .. I am back on my journey!!! 

You are only a failure if you stop trying. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

getting there ...

It has been three days on my new dose of thyroid medication.   I can't really tell a difference yet, but I know that I will get there.  It is hard when you are in this stage ... your tired and really just want to climb in the bed and under the covers.  But I push through it and try to keep moving.  I can function just as long as the numbers aren't running too high.

With having thyroid issues for over 22 yrs .. I have learned to take each day as it comes.  If it is a day that I have a lot of energy, then I try to get things done.  However, if it is one of those days where my energy level isn't really good .. then I do what I can.   I just wish I could learn to lose weight while having this issue.

It makes it harder because like right now, I am up about 10 pounds and no energy to do any exercises.   You go through a kind of depression so I tend to eat more and I want comfort food.  I also find myself eating out more because I dont' want to think about cooking supper. 

That is why I haven't been posting my menu for the week.  I just don't want to think about it ...  and then there is my house and cleaning.  NOT right now!!!   There again .. I do what I can .. the rest will wait on the better day. 

Tomorrow will be one day closer to feeling better .... until then!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Test results ....

Just like I thought .. my thyroid is not running where it is suppose to.   My numbers are running high, which means, I am hypothyroid.  Which explains so much .. that is why I am having problems with my energy level.   Also, my problem with swelling ... constipation ... weight gain and the list goes on and on. 

Mostly for me though is a form of depression.  Being in hypothyroid puts you into a weird funk.  I don't feel like doing anything ... my brain doesn't want to work or work at all.   And when it does work it puts you into a fog.  I hate this feeling ....

One good thing is .. the doctor has adjusted my medication and in a couple of days I will be back to normal.  I can't wait!!  I am so excited ....  I will feel like doing something ..

That is why I have been missing in action ... I have just not wanted to get on the computer .. little long post anything on my blog.  I will get back with .. please stay with me. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

My week ....

Where do I even begin?  So much going on ... just haven't had time to post on my blog. 

Went to the doctor today for my Thyroid check up and some other things that have been bothering me.  Of course, they could all be from my Thyroid not running right.  It will be a couple of days, before I find out the results from my blood work.  If my problems arent' from that .. well, this it could be something else.  I am sure that it will be my thyroid being out of wack. 

It is been 10 yrs this month, since I have my thyroid surgery and I found out that I had thyroid cancer.   It doesn't seem like it should be that long ago .. I remember it just like it was yesterday.  I am having a PET CT done in the next couple of weeks to make sure that everything checks out ok.  If this one comes back negative then my doctor said that will be it .. no more test.  WHOOO!! HOOO!!  That will be great!!  It will be nice to put it all behind me once and for all. 

The bad part about going to the doctor today, was I had to weigh in ... well it wasn't good.  I was up a couple of pounds since the last time I was there.   Of course, I am having a hard time this week with swelling.  I can barely get my rings off.  I know .. I know .. I need to be drinking MORE WATER!!  I can hear you telling me that now .. nothing I am not telling myself.  This could be a side effect of my thyroid not being right.  I will have to see in a couple of days ..but this weekend I am going to concentrate on WATER!!

I have a very busy weekend .. so I will be posting my usual next week.  I will also update you on my blood work when I hear from the doctor next week. 

Hope you and your family enjoy your weekend!!  Loving the weather that we are having ....

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday ....

Today is Valentine's Day .. A day to tell someone in your life that you LOVE them; whether it be your spouse, kids, parents, siblings or a friend.  I think like a lot of other holidays this one is over commercialized.  I want my husband, kids & friends to tell me they love me, when they are not being forced on them.  I don't want flowers, candy or cards because they HAVE too, because everyone tells them too.  I want it because they are thinking of "ME". 
With all of that being said ... today isn't the perfect or not so perfect Valentine's Day.  I am sick with a touch of a stomach virus.  Big Bummer!!  I was sick last week, running a fever and a cold.  Of course, we don't do a lot things special on this day ..but I feel bad that I haven't even gotten my kids candy or going to be able to cook them a special dinner.  I guess I will have to make it up to them ....

While being sick .. I have had some time to think about things ... household stuff.  I don't think the new system that I have been working on is going to work out in my house.  Not saying it might not work in someone else home, but it just isn't a fit for mine.  That being said .. I am going to work on a new plan.  Kind of the same as the one I tried but just a little different.  I really want to get my kids helping me around the house and they want more and more things; therefore, they can do things to earn money. 

The system I was trying was one from the great books I read by the SLOB sisters.  Like I said before they have a great system, but it just wasn't working for me.  You use a file box with index cards.  You make a card for each and every chore done in the house.  From each day’s task to things that need to be done by the month and seasonal.  You also have a section for dates to remember and a section for addresses and phone numbers. 

Instead of doing the index cards, I am going to use the same kind of system and put it all into a notebook.  I think this will work much better for me.  I can still have the separate sections, but have a different sheet for jobs that have to be done weekly, monthly and seasonal.  This way when my husband or kids want to know what they can do to help they will know where to look.  I am thinking of hanging the weekly sheet on the fridge – each job can me marked off with the initials of the person who did the job. 

I will keep you all updated on the how the notebook is coming along and I promise I will share when I get it all done.  Hopefully this will help your family too ….

Haven’t thought too much today on my menu for the week … hopefully I will get it done by tomorrow. 

Hope you and your family have a “Great Valentine’s Day”!!!  Tell your family you love them!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Recipe Friday ....

Ok ..I just can't put into words how good this dessert is.  It is Heavenly.  I had it this past weekend at my aunt's house at their annual Low Country Boil.  It was amazing.  Hope you enjoy it!!

Blueberry Crunch

1 large can crushed Pineapple
2-1/2 cups Blueberries
1 cup Sugar
1 Yellow Cake Mix
1-1/2 cups melted Butter
1 cup Pecans, chopped
1/4 cup Sugar

Butter 13x9 inch baking dish.  Layer each ingredient in the order given and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes in center of oven.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Weight loss -- Wednesday

These 12 things could be hindering your weight loss journey.   These are very important things to make sure that we are doing what we need to be doing to lose weight and to make sure we don't sabotage ourselves. 

1 - Not exercising enough --  When exercising we have to make sure that we are doing exercises that burn the amount of calories that we are taking in during the day.  Best way to keep up with this is by keeping an exercise journal.  This way you can keep up with the duration of your exercise and keep up with the heart rate.  As they say on Biggest Loser - calories in - calories out!!

2 - Not enough sleep -- There are hormones that are released while we sleep and if we are not getting enough sleep then this could possibly affect the proper sequences of hormone release.  In turn, messing up our losing weight.   Researchers say between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

3 - Too Stressed -- Well, this one could be me.  Who isn't stressed these days?  Many women, including myself, simply manage their feelings with food, eating mindlessly, because food is accessible and quick soothing resource.  So make sure you find something else to do when you are stressed, such as: take a walk, call a friend, read a good book or take a nice hot bath. 

4 - Skipping Meals -- This is definitely a no no.  I know that people think if you skip meals that you will be saving calories, but you are really hindering yourself.  Skipping meals can lead to overeating later in the day and cravings.  It can also cause our bodies to go into starvation mode and start storing fat.  We don't want this to happen.  They say it is best to eat small meals thought-out the day, every 2 to 3 hours to keep from getting hungry.

5 - Taking in Too Many Calories - - You may think that you have cut down on portions, but in reality you may not be.  Here are some examples:  3 oz of protein - deck of cards; 1 cup of rice or pasta - a baseball; an oz of cheese - 2 playing dice.  Keeping a journal would really help in this area.  There are countless website that will count calories for you. 

6 - Drinking too Many Calories --  I know this one all too well, but I really had an eye opener when I was doing the research for my list.  Did you know that a regular soda has 150 - 200 calories, no sugar fruit juice 180 or sweet tea has 150 calories?   Now that doesn't sound really bad.  Well, if you figure up if you drink 3 servings daily of one from the list that is 3500 calories a week.  THAT IS ALOT!!!  So, make sure you are drinking lots of water. 

7 - Too Lax about Diet and Exercise -- I wasn't too sure about this one until I did some reading.  Well, this could be true and I haven't really thought about this before.   Take for example - if you walk and burn 300 calories, but you go to McDonald's and eat a Big Mac with fries, you are defeating your purpose.  Just doesn't equal out.  We need to make sure that it is balancing out - calories in -- calories out!!

8 - Slipping on Weekends -- I just got through doing this one.  I dont' even want to admit what all I ate this past weekend.  I didn't even want to weigh in this week, because I know it will be a gain.   I read that it is better to increase your intake amount, example: instead of 1300 per day increase to 1600 and this will help balance everything out.  That would not of helped me this weekend.  I am just going to put it behind me and try to do better next time.  I think it would help if we planned better, especially when we know that we are going to be around lots of good food!!  Bring your own snack food. 

9 - You're Diet Impatient --  Well, hello, this one has my name all over it.  I want results .. NOW!!  I have to keep reminding myself that I didn't get heavy over night and taking it off isn't going to happen over night, either.  Even though I really want it to happen.  We need to realize that it takes time to see results.  The thing that will make it happen is being consistent in our calories in and calories out.  Stay focused and on track!!

10 --You Might Have a Medical Condition -- This could hinder your weight loss.  If you have decreased in mobility, it could cause you to eat more, because you are having to sit around.  Also, there are some medications that can cause weight gain.  Please check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if any you are currently taken can be sabotaging your weight loss.  I know that having Thyroid conditions can also hinder you.  It can throw up road blocks, but like me, you can't use that as an excuse.  We just have to learn to go around that road block.

11 --You've Reached a Plateau -- This can be a hard one, but you just simply need to adjust your exercise.  Increase it some or just by switching it around can cause pounds to start coming back off.   It could be too that you have more muscle now and it will be a little harder to keep the pounds coming off. 

12 -- You Don't Need to Lose Anymore --  This might seem kind of strange, but it is true.  Your body could be telling you that you are the appropriate weight for your size and height.  If you keep trying to lose more weight than you could lose muscle and slow down your metabolism, because of extremely restrict meal plan to attain and maintain lower weight.  Really ask yourself if you just need to maintain. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Weekly Menu

Here is my week's menu ...

Monday --  Italian Chicken Penne and Chicken & rice soup
(I made the soup for me .. feeling a little under the weather)

Tuesday --  BBQ pork chops, mashed pot.

Wed --  Homemade Chili (never made it last week)

Thurs --  Roasted Chicken

Friday --  Mexican night

Sat -- left overs

Sunday -- Spaghetti

Household Monday ....

Well, today is suppose to be household Monday .... all I can say is ""HEELLPPP!!"  I am covered up with work and my house is a mess.   If only I could snap my fingers or twinkle my nose and it all be done.  Now that would be nice.

I havent' had time to get my household schedule done .. I am still working on it.  Well, if I am totally honest .. it is sitting on the corner of my desk collecting dust.  I did get it started and I have worked on it .. but now it sits.   I am doing what has to be done at that moment .. until someone calls and needs something else done. 

I just can't let the minor set back send me into a tail spin.  I have been working too hard trying to get myself better organized so that this won't happen.

I just want to get my taxes done .. then that will be out of the way.  It is consuming me right now ...  So hopefully by next Monday I will have my act back together and have a better report on my getting myself organized.  I would say I should go and read the books again .. but heck, I don't have time to do that. 

until next week ....

My new look!!

I want to give a shoot out to Melanie at Elegant Custom Blog!!  She did a fabulous job on my new look!! I love it!!  Please give her a look if you are thinking about or wanting to make your blog look gorgeous.  She is so easy to work with and so fast.  Just simply amazaing ....

Thanks Melanie!!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Honey-Herb Chicken

This is a wonderful recipe.  It is easy and taste really good.  You can also use this on a pork tenderloin .. it is yummy.  Serve with honey mustard and over some rice. 

1 cup of beer or ginger ale (you can actually leave it out all together)
1/2 cup prepared mustard
1/2 cup of honey
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp onion powder
1-1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
chicken or pork tenderloin

In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients.  Pour 1 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add meat.  Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Cover and refrigerate the remaining marinade for basting.  Drain and discard marinade.

There are a couple of ways that you can cook the chicken/pork.  You can cook on the grill, in a frying pan on the stove or in the oven.  I have done them all and they have turned out just great.  In the oven, cook on about 350 for 20 - 30 minutes, just depending on what kind of chicken.  Make sure however you cook your meat and whether it is chicken or pork, a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. 

Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.   Serve with remaining marinade or honey mustard; both are extremely good. 

Honey Herbed Chicken w/ rice and honey mustard

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Weight loss -- Wednesday

Last week I talked about the small changes that I am making to help me loss weight.  The number 1 thing I am changing is sitting at the table while I ate, a meal or a snack.  That is still going pretty good.  I have still caught myself several times standing while I was sneaking a snack or eating in the car, because I was on the run and didn't plan too well.  I am still working on this ... but I am doing better than before.

#2 - Drinking more WATER!!!  I have to be totally honest here.  I have a really hard time with this one.  I dont' like to drink water.  Not sure why ... I just don't like it.  For one thing, I dont' like walking around with a drink in my hand.  I don't really drink a lot.   Which brings me to my question.  How much water do we really need?  I have read different reports that we should drink 64 oz each day.  Then one report I read said we need to drink half of our body weight.  Ok .. that would be a really really lot of water.  I don't think I could find that much time in the day to drink all that water and then the time to spend in the restroom.   I asked my doctor one time about how much to drink and he told me that my body would tell me when it was thirsty and when it has had enough.  So, how much do we really need?  Will we ever know the true answer? 

I do have to brag on myself.  I use to be addicted to Dr. Pepper's.  Each day was different in how much I drank.  Some days I would only drink one, then some days I could drink as much as six cans.  I loved it!! I loved the taste.  I just decided one day to walk away.  I drank about 1/4 of the can and haven't picked up another can of Dr. Pepper.  I just wish someone would of told me what the withdrawals was going to be like.  Holy cow .. that was bad and I didn't pick the best time of the year to go cold turkey from caffeine.  It was the first week of school.  I think I had a headache for 2 weeks.   It has been almost 1 1/2 yrs since that day and I can honestly say I have not picked back up a Dr. Pepper and I don't want one.  (now to do that with food)

So, I keep telling myself that if I can walked away from Dr. Pepper's, I can drink water.  I just have to keep working on this ... I do drink unsweet tea, hot tea with honey and a little bit of coffee.  That is why this is a journey to losing weight .. one small step at a time. 

Do you drink water?  How do you find ways to drink water, by adding lemons, ice cold, etc?

Step 3 next week ....