Thursday, February 28, 2013

99 bottles of acetaminophen on the wall

I am 99.9% positive I have strep again. Woke up feeling awful this morning. Didn't work out. Went to school, was feeling alright, but by the end of the day I felt like I had been hit by a bus. I've been in bed most of the night. Checked out my throat and I have the little blobs I get when I have strep. Yes, I know there is a term for that, but I'm too lazy to look it up.

I am planning on taking another rest day tomorrow, which I am majorly bummed about. I was planning on an early workout, and then going to a zumba party with my mom in the evening. We are heading to Indy on Saturday, and I know I won't workout then, so I thought doubling up on Friday would be a good choice. My body obviously didn't agree with my plans.

As long as I am feeling well enough to go to Indy Saturday, no one gets hurt. I get to see my best friend like twice a year, if that. I miss her terribly, and I am GOING to see her... sickness or not. I haven't seen her since July when we stopped by on our way to Nashville! That is NOT okay. 

No post is complete without a picture, right? I don't have anything new to share, but I stumbled upon this little guy on my phone. That's Jeffrey when we brought him home for the first time. He was just a little fur ball! 

I know, my life is so exciting. Don't get TOO jealous, now.

Don't forget about the giveaway going on right now! You can enter as many times as you would like! 
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening...

Please tell me I'm not the only one who sings that song every time I think of pizza? Oh, memories of living in the 90's. 

I've had a few more friends and old acquaintances lately tell me they've been reading my little blog. It will never cease to amaze me how many people are dealing with the same battles. I've had renewed friendships just from having this thing for all to see. I even have a new workout buddy!  It is TERRIFYING putting my weight/pictures/journey out in the open, but this blog is helping me to grow in my journey, and as a person, so it's worth it. 

So I wanted to say thank you to everyone who knows me personally that has been so supportive. I appreciate your kind words and letting me know you are following along with me!

I've been going over and over this in my brain if I should write this or not, but I am going to. I want to be real, and honest with you all. It's not pretty, but it's me.  

Today I woke up, and did NOT want to get out of my bed. I seriously contemplated going back to sleep. I don't know what pushed me out of that bed, but I made it to the gym this morning. It's almost like my body knew what I was going to get into later. 

We serve breakfast to our kids everyday. They bring it into my classroom in a bag, eat it, and throw away the trash. We have a spot on the counter top for food they haven't opened that they don't want, that others can take and eat. I chose to set this up because they wasted SO much food every single day.  I am (almost) NEVER tempted to eat this, mostly because it is garbage and doesn't appeal to me. But every Wednesday, they serve breakfast pizza. I remember growing up, cafeteria pizza was my absolute FAVORITE meal. Yes, that cardboard disgusting excuse for pizza was my favorite. It has been such a struggle for me to stay away from the extra breakfast pizza in my room! Today, there were three pizzas sitting there. I had eaten a luna bar on the way to the gym, and I even made myself a fruit smoothie to fill me up before work. 

But I grabbed one. I scarfed it down in a matter of seconds. "okay," I thought to myself, "Just one. I can log it and I'm done." Seriously not even 2 minutes later I grabbed another one. Scarfed it down. "ALRIGHT. This is ridiculous. I can control myself!" Yep, went and ate a THIRD ONE.


I logged the pizzas, and ate less the rest of the day, but my gosh. You would think I would be able to stay away from that processed JUNK by now. I mean, seriously, that stuff is disgusting! 

Just goes to show you, even after a GREAT week of working out and eating right, we can all slip up! I had a choice to make better decisions throughout the day, or give up and eat whatever. I made a decision to not let my stupid pizza situation derail my progress. THAT is a huge step for me. You are better off finding some sort of win out of that kind of situation, or you will drive yourself crazy every time you slip up. 

Do you have something that derails you easily? How do you deal with it? What precautions do you take to not make the same mistakes?

PS-Have you entered my giveaway yet? A $25 Target gift card it up for grabs! As of this blog post, only 10 people have entered. That's GREAT odds of winning! 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New blog name & a giveaway

Day two of working out in the morning is in the books and I am still loving it! I got a LOT of sleep last night, so that helped too. I think in order for this to really work long term I am going to have to buckle down on my bed time. That's hard with a husband that likes to stay up, but it will be worth it! 

Don't judge my crazy eyes. It was like 4:45.

Have you tried this asian chopped salad from Taylor Farms? I got it at our local Kroger, but have seen them at Meijer as well. I'm obsessed with them! The only other ones around me have ranch and I'm not a fan, so I stick to this one. I'm trying to mix up my lunches a little more now (I'm DONE with special K) and I have a bag of this salad once or twice a week. 

All this working out is making me notice a few small changes. My quadruple chin is shrinking, yay! I really need a tan before I take any more pictures of myself. I haven't weighed myself in weeks, I really need to do that before I workout tomorrow morning. I always remember AFTER I workout,  but I've already eaten and have downed a water bottle. I'll try and remember tomorrow. 

I am contemplating changing up the name of this blog. I want to incorporate my name into it somehow, and make it simpler. So I thought I would have a giveaway! I will be giving 1 $25 Target gift card away! All you have to do is comment with an idea for a new blog name. I will choose 1 random winner. You can enter as many times as you wish! 

*If you want to earn an extra entry, pin this giveaway on pinterest. Just comment and leave me the URL of the pin!*
1. You must follow this blog
2. You must leave a comment with an idea for a new blog name

That's it! I will go through the entries on Wednesday, March 6 and post the winner on Friday the 8th. 


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Monday, February 25, 2013

come and put your name on it

Well, the alarm went off at 4:30 am. I was tired. I did NOT want to get out of bed. 

But I did. 

I drove to the gym. 

I stared running. 

And guess what?


It was like a running high- without the distance. I am definitely going to continue going in the morning this week, to see if I really do like it for long term. 

As for this evening, it was a total waste. :( I started getting a headache before my kids left for school. Once again, should have taken my medicine then. I always just second guess myself on whether it is just a "little headache" or a migraine. It almost always IS a migraine, so why I don't learn, I have no idea. Finally it got to the point of feeling nauseous, so I took my meds and ended up passing out around six. Missed my husband's basketball game, missed valuable grad school time,  and didn't get all my water in. 

Tomorrow is a new day! I look forward to having the entire evening off again. We will see how day 2 of waking up goes! 

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Make a plan, work a plan

My husband thinks I'm nuts. 

I might just have to agree. 

I set my alarm for 4:30 am tomorrow (monday) Morning. I'm going to see if working out in the mornings is better for me. I've worked out in the morning before, but that was just a video at my house. This time I'm going to wake up, brush my teeth, and head to the gym to run. 

I even have all my workout clothes on. In bed. 

My bag is packed.

Everything ready to go. So I shouldn't have ANY excuses not to go, right? 

Only problem is, I can't fall asleep! It's already 9:30! If I would fall asleep right this second, I would only get 7 hours of sleep. This woman needs 8 FULL hours of sleep to function. So why am I blogging? 

I have no idea. 

What I look like every night before bed. My husband is a lucky man.

Do you workout in the morning or evening? If you workout in the morning, do you eat first? 

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Let me reply to you!

Have you ever left a comment or question on someone's blog, and never received a reply?

I read and love each and every comment I receive, and I'm so happy to answer questions as they come up! 
Unfortunately, not everyone is able to see when I reply.

When you leave a comment on my (or someone else's) blog, I get an email alert with your posted comment. I will reply to this comment. 
When you're a no-reply blogger and you leave a comment or a question on someone's blog, I get the email, but I can't reply to your comment because your email is hidden It shows up like this...

Melissa was kind enough to comment- but when I replied- it goes to Noreply blogger land. Want to fix this?

*Note-when I was connected to Google+, I couldn't fix my noreply status. I switched back to the normal blogger profile, and I was able to change it easily. Once you are switched back to blogger profile, you can follow the directions below. 

1. Go to: It will look something like this. 

2. In Blogger, click the drop down beside your username in the top right corner of the screen.

3. Click "Blogger Profile"

4. Click "Edit Profile" on the top right hand side of the screen.                                                          

5. Make sure the box "show my email address" is checked.

6. Scroll to the bottom and "Save Profile".

And that is all! Now you will always know when you have replies to a comment! 

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Breakfast for dinner

As I was preparing to type up this post, my husband told me he would help me out, but I had to write down exactly what he said. I obliged. It is too funny not to share with you all! 

"Tonight my husband graciously cooked a smorgasbord masterpeice of breakfast for dinner. I wasn't feeling well today, and have been "getting sick" all day (still am). He learned how hard it is to do multiple things at once while cooking, and appreciates and respects what I do in the kitchen. I am so proud of him because it is at least 4.5 stars out of five. It really hit the spot and I am so lucky and blessed to have such a talented cook that shares the bed with me at night.{oh brother} I didn't know if he had it in him, but lets me honest here. He knocked it out of the park. As i'm writing this, I remember that one time he made pasta and garlic bread for me a year and a half ago. The tentative date for him cooking again is August 2014. I love him. And stuff. Also I'm volunteering to do the dishes."

OKAY let's not get carried away here. Dishes? haha.  Andrew DID cook dinner while I was writhing in pain in bed. Seriously, this stuff is no joke. I'm wondering if it's from the quinoa I ate last night. I'm terrified to try it again...

Anyway. I came home early from work with my stomach issues, and Drew offered to make dinner. Next thing I know, he is plopping this in front of me in bed-
Typical man meal- breakfast! I ate my ginormous waffle with some SF syrup. After I ate, I went out to the kitchen to inspect the disaster area. 

 His Meal:

Love that man of mine! I do NOT love missing my workout AGAIN! Tomorrow is the day, folks. I'm itching to get a good workout in! 

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chicken Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole

I cannot begin to describe how much better I feel today after eating right! I stayed under my calories for the day, and had so much energy. I won't lie, I had a HUGE craving for a chicken strip basket from DQ. Fought that one off and was pretty proud of myself! If you ever want to check out what I'm eating- you can check out my food diary. Just click the green circle at the top right corner of this page with what looks like a leaping girl. (That's actually a picture of what I'll be doing once I lose all this weight!)

Now, some of you may think I'm crazy, but I've never tasted or cooked quinoa before! I bought my first box last week, so I looked up some recipes today. I didn't have all the ingredients for any of the recipes I found, so I decided to create my own. I literally flew by the seat of my pants on this one, and I loved it! 

I will be completely honest with you- this did not pass my husband's approval. I was worried he wouldn't want to try the quinoa, so I lied and told him they were little pasta noodles. Yeah, didn't work. He hated this dish, and has loved all my other casseroles i've made up.  I am secretly glad he didn't like it, though. I now have lunch packed for the rest of the week.. whoop! Try this out and let me know what you think! 

First you will need to cook your quinoa and your chicken if you haven't already done so. (I cooked my quinoa in water but if when I do it again, I would cook it in chicken broth.) Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Bake chicken until cooked through. 

While the quinoa and chicken are cooking, microwave or steam the broccoli until tender cooked. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and keep the broccoli green. 

Then, mix first 6 ingredients together in a medium bowl. 

Layer the quinoa 
the cubed chicken and broccoli 
and top with the sauce mixture. 

Mix it all together.  

Actually, you could just mix it all together and THEN add it to the baking dish. That would make more sense. :) 

Top with the shredded cheese, and bake at 350º for 20 minutes or so, until the cheese is bubbly. 

Cut into 8 portions, and enjoy! 

1 can 98% fat free cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (I used Oikos {you could also use sour cream, yogurt is just healthier!})
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika 
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
1/2 lb Boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 head broccoli (about 2 cups)
1 cup dry quinoa 
1 cup shredded cheese 

First you will need to cook your quinoa and your chicken. Cook the quinoa in chicken broth for more flavor according to the package directions, and grill or bake chicken until cooked through. While the quinoa and chicken are cooking, microwave or steam the broccoli until tender cooked. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and keep the broccoli green. 

While those are cooking, mix first 6 ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add the quinoa, cooked cubed chicken, and broccoli. Mix, and pour into a baking dish.  Top with the shredded cheese, and bake at 350º for 20 minutes or so, until the cheese is bubbly. Cut into 8 portions, and enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts:
                                                               Calories           Carbs              Fat            Protein               Sodium          Fiber
Per Serving:208236164163
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Monday, February 18, 2013

over and over again

Why do I find myself at this point again? I feel like crap. My exercising has been crap. So this means I look like crap.  Then the cycle begins and I eat. Then I feel like crap so I eat some more. It just keeps going on and on! 

Yesterday I took a nap. This might sound normal to most of you, but I am NOT a nap person. I slept for three hours, woke up, and cried. I looked and felt terrible. I don't feel like "me" anymore! 

My husband sat with me and we talked about how he could help me. He told me that he has gained a significant amount of weight himself, and wants to do better. No more junk in the house, and he is going to cut down on portion size. I've mentioned before, but that guy can EAT! A few months ago he ate 2 footlong subway sandwiches like it was nothing and was still hungry. That is not an exageration.When we first got married, I used a website called Emeals. It has a meal plan for the week and it includes a grocery list, recipes, and directions for the entire week. It was SO helpful and saved us lots of money. I stared with the "Meals for 2" plan, but had to change it to a family plan because he ate so much! This is going to change. He is eating like he did in high school when he was an athlete, and he wants to cut down his portion sizes. I think he knows this will help me more than him, and I am thankful for him trying to change with me .

Weight loss is definitely a journey, and it's never happened for me without some bumps or hiccups. I have to remind myself that this time it is for good, so I'm going to have a few bumps in the road. I'm trying to change my habits and lifestyle for good- which is why I want to do it in a healthy way. 

---Weekend Update---

On our way to a field trip! The bus ride was 45 minutes.... 

which meant we had MANY sleepers on the way home! :) 
Friday night we went to see my niece Lilah at my parent's house before going out with some friends. She can say her own name and dada! She is just the sweetest thing. 

Saturday Nap time (for Jeffrey)

Macen, my cousin's son at church Sunday. (What do I call that? My 2nd cousin once removed?! I have no idea) He is ADORABLE! He is only three and is speaking in complete sentences, is super smart, and is a total charmer. 
 Today's outfit to go shopping with my mom. Ignore the hands... I have no idea.

Tomorrow is a new day, and I am here to make the best of it!  I hope to update you all on some sort of loss soon!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Drew and I had decided to have a pretty chill Valentine's day. We are broke, so we agreed a long time ago to not do any gifts this year. Earlier this week, we also decided to just have dinner in as well. 

When I woke up this morning, a chair was out with a note taped to it. It said a lot of sweet things that I won't type on here, but it also said that I needed to be ready for our dinner reservation by 4:30. (um, hello! We said no dinner plans! He doesn't listen very well.)

Later on, Drew texted me that I needed to dress nice, and that he was wearing a tie. (This NEVER happens, people!) 

A huge bag of all my goodies from my kiddos!

So when I got home, I changed clothes and got ready for our evening. I kept saying that we shouldn't go, as we REALLY don't have the money. He kept insisting that we are fine, and that he doesn't show me enough how much he appreciates me, and one night wouldn't hurt anything. I'm not sure where he comes up with this stuff- he shows me ALL THE TIME. 

I busted out my new chevron dress, leggings, and black boots. I was freezing so that scarf/shawl was handy! 

We dove a while and he (of course) wouldn't tell me where we were going. He even drove to a few wrong places before we arrived at our destination. A yummy italian restaurant that I bug him about going to all the time! 

Some people expect roses or chocolates, and that is wonderful. Flowers aren't for me. I'm pretty practical, and I find them to be a waste of money. They just die! Chocolate is great too, but I get lots from my kids each year, and I (obviously) don't need any more! It means the most to me when Drew takes the initiative and plans something, all on his own. 

It really was a perfect evening! 

 Then, we got home to find this. 

 Thanks for making our Valentine's day complete, Jeffrey! 

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