Tuesday, April 30, 2013

100% Whole Wheat Bread



 I made my first loaf of whole wheat bread, and it was SO good! Here is the recipe I used:


Ingredients
1 and 5/8 cups water
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 and 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons active dry yeast

I put the ingredients in the bread maker in the order they are listed. Then I made a little well in the flour to put the yeast so it doesn't activate until I want it to. I set the machine to a light crust, and set it to the whole wheat setting and let 'er rip. 

After a few hours, we had fresh homemade bread that was delicious! This bread is much better for you than the store bought kind. I am going to experiment with adding flax seeds, oat bran, and other things to bump up the nutrition. 


I would love to find a recipe that doesn't use sugar. I know the yeast needs the sugar in order for it to work, so I'm wondering if I could substitute honey? I'll have to research more.  




Do you have a bread maker? Do you use it often?

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Silly Saturdays

We had such a fun weekend! 

I am starting a 21 day accountability challenge today with a group of ladies. As part of the challenge, we have to post a before picture, post a message each day, and cut out something from our diets. I am cutting out all refined carbohydrates along with soda and coffee. I don't drink much soda or coffee anyway, but I want to cut it out completely so I think now is a great time to start. The hard part is going to be the refined carbohydrates. 

Fortunately for me, my husband let me buy a new bread maker Friday night. I'll post the recipe tomorrow. 



Our friends Zack and Allison came over on Saturday. We went out to eat to a restaurant called The Chubby Trout. The food was delicious and it had a fun atmosphere! I can count on my hands the number of times we order drinks at restaurants,  but we decided to splurge this time. Andrew stuck with a beer and I wanted to try their house margarita. I didn't realize when I ordered it that it was going to be HUGE! 

It was delicious! Skinny, however, it was not.

After we finished dinner we came back to our house. Right when we walked in my first loaf of bread I've ever made in the bread maker was finished so we had to try it. There is just something special about warm homemade bread! It was so good. I was hesitant about using all whole wheat flour, but it was perfect. 

The rest of the night we just hung around the house. I don't even think we turned on the TV once, we just talked and laughed for hours. Aren't those the best nights? 


My husband decided he wanted to slide across the floor. Wasn't the best decision.



 Isn't my husband a hunk? He's the funniest person I know. Even when he's not sliding on the floor.


Allison and Zack got engaged a few weeks ago. Drew will be Zack's best man, and Allison asked me to be a bridesmaid last night. I can't wait for their wedding, it is going to be so fun! I need to buckle down and loose these LBs, though. 


 Aren't they precious? 







What was your favorite thing about your weekend?

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Surprise gift

Just a few minutes ago my mother in law called and said they were stopping by for a few minutes. They came over and she gave me a Vera Bradley bag! 

A little backstory: I am was NOT a fan of Vera Bradley. I very seldom see any patterns I like, and I think it's way overpriced for what you get. Drew's cousin works there, and was going to use her employee discount along with the discount for the Vera Sale that just went on last weekend. She had asked the family if we wanted her to buy anything. I spent a few minutes looking online to see if I liked anything, and I just didn't want to spend the money on something I didn't need/love. So I said no. 

So when my MIL told me she had a Vera bag for me, I was quite surprised. 


Happily surprised! Not sure how I missed this pattern and this particular bag, but I am in love! It's bright and pretty and it's a laptop case and I can use it at school and I can bring all my work home in it and it has lots of pockets and I love it and did I mention that it's pretty?

Yeah, I'm excited. 





 It also came with two locks as it's made for travel. 

The Companion AttachĂ© is currently on sale for $129 (Originally $172).

Drew's cousin had actually won this in a door prize, and passed it onto my MIL. They decided that it looked like a teacher bag, so I was the lucky recipient. 

Made my day!

Do you have any Vera Bradley items?
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Subway, sock bun, and sass


Hey everyone! Sorry for not being around here much this week. We had a busy week at work. 


Tuesday I got to work at 7am and didn't leave until 7:15 that night. Ick. I had 15 minutes and picked up some Subway. My go-to sandwich is a 6'' turkey on wheat with provolone, lettuce, spinach, and mustard. I'm a plane jane. 
I was super tired after having a 12 hour day at work so the next day I slept in and did a sock bun. It literally takes about 30 seconds and looks like it took a LOT more effort. I did a tutorial here if you want to check it out. 



















Beaded top- Maurice's 
Cardigan-Old Navy
Skinny Jeans (that aren't so skinny anymore)- Maurice's
Shoes-Target
Earrings- old 
Bracelet- made by my SIL 


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I failed yesterday morning and forgot to take a picture of my weight.. whoops. It wasn't great but it was something. This was last week....
and this week I was 204. That's a loss of .6lbs. I'll take it. 


Did you lose weight this week? What went well for you? 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Confidence

I wanted to share with you all a little back story about me, and how I struggle with confidence daily.

I am not a magnificent writer. I never have been, and I never will be. I was diagnosed with ADD in high school, but I choose to deal with it without medication. It makes my thoughts jump all over the place- thus resulting in less than stellar writing. 

I've learned to accept this. And that's okay. 

I was in a really awful relationship in high school. We were both young and immature, and I thought he was the one. I was head over heels, and gave him everything. I spent every waking moment with him. We did everything together. I would make up excuses not to spend time with my family and friends just so I could be with him. 

We fought constantly. I would find out that he texted other girls or lied about a party he went to. I would look through his phone, afraid of what I would find. 

Junior year of high school had just finished. I was in show choir and we had just completed our last performance for the year. We were packing up to all head to our director's lake house for the weekend when my best friend got a phone call. She looked at me funny and said, "She's right here." She got very quiet and I just knew something had happened. She got off the phone and was speechless. It was a mutual friend of ours calling to tell her that my boyfriend had cheated on me... with her.  Looking back now, I should have seen it coming. This "friend" obviously wasn't one that would stick around, and this boyfriend was bad news. But I cannot even describe my devistation. Not only that he cheated, but that my friend would betray me like that. 

I wouldn't speak to him for the entire weekend I was gone. I turned off my cell phone, and my friends helped me try to forget about it. The memories from that weekend are some I will treasure forever. The weekend ended and as I drove back into town after our lake weekend, this boy pulled out behind me and followed me until I would stop and talk to him. All I could do was sob. 

Long story short, I got back with this loser. 

Throughout senior year, we would break up and get back together constantly. I couldn't trust him at all, but hated the thought of losing him. I remember vividly writing him a letter about how I felt; I couldn't trust him, but I loved him. I put my heart out there for him, it was all in that letter. I wanted him to understand where I was coming from, and I figured that writing it out would be the best way to get my point across. 

I dropped off the letter to his house, and anxiously waited for him to call me, acknowledging the letter. I got a text message that read something like this, "I got your letter. I didn't really understand it. That was probably the worst written letter I've ever read." I kid you not. 

 I heard somewhere that we accept the love we think we deserve. I believe this to be true. It took him (and others) treating me like dirt until I realized I was better off. 

It's all about confidence. 

After I went off to college and tried to continue our relationship I woke up. After praying and trying everything I could think of, I knew I needed to let go. Soon after, I realized that a wonderful man had been trying to get my attention for years, and I started dating my incredible husband. (That's another story for another day.)

When I started this blog I was going to keep it private and write just for a release and a way to journal my journey and weightloss. I changed my mind and made it public and have grown quite a bit from my 2 followers. :) I finally got the courage to give my fear to God and went for it.

 I will not even be a great writer. You will see mistakes and typos everywhere. But at least I have the confidence to put myself out there and grow. I'm worth it. 
You are worth it too. 

Anyone who wants to  bring you down or make you think that you aren't good enough should be let go. We are hard enough on ourselves. Don't let that image in the mirror be your enemy any longer. Take a look at where you are and where you want to be, and love the road you are on. Be confident enough to allow yourself to fail.  It's the journey we take that's important, not always the destination. 


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Being prepared

After taking a break from blogging, I feel refreshed and ready to get back to it! I wasn't sick of blogging by any means (I actually love it!) I just had some personal things going on and felt like I needed to take a step back.

My eating and exercising wasn't great last week, so I asked my friend Sara to run with me Sunday after church. I was SO close to texting her that I didn't want to go, but I went and was SO glad I did. I felt amazing afterwards. We ran a mile, and then walked another 4.5 miles. Nothing too crazy, but the sunshine, fresh air, and conversation was just what I needed. 

After we finished, we promised to meet once a week to do something active outside. I'm already looking forward to doing it again next Sunday. 



Sunday evening I packed my lunch and breakfast for the next day. I always try to be OVERLY prepared and pack more than I think I need, just in case. Meal planning is such a game changer for me! When I plan out our weekly plan for dinners and pack my lunches the day before, I am set up for success. Failure is not an option when I am prepared!
 Today I packed spartan popcorn (120 calories for the whole bag!), nsa grannysmith applesauce, baby carrots, Healthy Choice chicken and rice soup, freshly cut pineapple, a kiwi, blackberries, and water. 

I had the soup, popcorn, and pineapple for lunch, and the applesauce for an afternoon snack. Usually I pop the popcorn during my lunch and snack on it all through the afternoon, but I was starving. 

For dinner tonight, I made hobo dinners. They are SO good, healthy, and incredibly easy. I just take potatoes, cabbage, chicken, carrots, and whatever other veggies I have on hand and sprinkle half a packet of onion soup mix on it. Then I wrap up individual portions in foil, and bake in the oven at 350Âș for an hour. I'll try and do a recipe post for this soon. 



If you follow me on instagram you saw a picture of my green smoothie this morning. 
I used 1.5 cups spinach, 3 oz freshly cut pineapple, 1 kiwi, 1/4 cup strawberries, 1tsp truvia, 1/2 cup ice, 1/2 cup water
Blend on high until smooth. 125 calories! 
Tomorrow I want to try using a frozen banana and some flax seeds. 

Do you make breakfast smoothies? What fruit/veggie combo is your favorite?
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Taking a break

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know I'm going to step away from the blog for a few days. I have some personal things going on, and I just want some time to get refocused and refresh a little bit. 


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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hideous pictures, and a short run

Before I begin this post, I want to give my deepest condolences to those who were affected by the horrific act in Boston. Even though I've never been to Boston, my heart and prayers are with everyone there. I think it hits close to home for many. Either you are a runner, know a runner, have watched a race, or have been to Boston. It affects everyone.  It's heartbreaking that anyone could do this. 

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Yesterday after work I went on a run. It was gorgeous outside.  
I wasn't sure how far I wanted to go, but I knew it would be tough. It's been a LONG time since I've run for any length and I figured if I could run a mile without stopping I would be happy. I ran a mile and had to stop. Jeffrey and I did a total of 2 miles, but they were quite slow. I was disappointed that I have fallen back that far. I'm just going to have to work hard to get back up to the mileage I need to be to start my half training. 
My hair was cray cray so I wanted my face to match?
This morning I got my butt up and went to the gym. I just did the elliptical and worked on my arms, as I am SO SORE today from running! Seriously, it's a little ridiculous. If I sit for too long and try to get up, It's like an 80 year old was hit by a bus. Not pretty.  

Speaking of pretty, did someone escape from the prison? 


Someone needs to photoshop all my pictures for me. That stuff is painful on the eyes. 

Anywho- It feels so good to be back on track. I'm staying within my calorie limit and getting some exercise in. I have a new motivation with my half in September, and my goal is to run without stopping.  To get there, I HAVE to buckle down now, or it will never happen. I need to find the part of me that was so motivated in the fall. That girl is in me somewhere. She's fighting all the fat to get back out. 

Hopefully tomorrow will bring some weight loss! 

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Monday, April 15, 2013

BOT week


My BOT week has begun! What is BOT, you ask? Back On Track. Yep, I did all of our meal planning this weekend, bought groceries, and have my alarm set to 4:40 each morning. I'm going to eat right and run/exercise each day this week.

I could NOT get to sleep for the life of me last night. When my alarm went off this morning, I got up to get ready to go to the gym. I decided to go back to sleep for another hour and I'm going to run after work. Hopefully it's still warm and sunny like it was this morning! If not, I can always run at the gym.

We had so much fun this weekend! I was working on a grad school project during the days, but Saturday night we went to our church's auction. I ended up buying a like-new rocking chair for my classroom and a used bread maker.

new chair
old chair

I was SO excited about them! After the auction we went to the in-laws for homemade pizza and watched Ohio State's spring game. I love OSU but wow was that game boring...

After we left the in-law's, we took the rocking chair into my school. My kids keep begging to meet "Mr. Headings" but he can never come because of work. He told me to take a picture of him in the chair so they would know he came. How sweet is he?

After church on Sunday, I went to the grocery store to stock up on all the supplies I need to make whole wheat bread. Who knew you needed vital gluten for wheat bread?! I had to go to three different stores for that. When I got home, I put all the ingredients into the bread maker and turned it on.

It worked for about five minutes and then we heard a crazy sound coming from it. I run back into the kitchen to see what was going on, and little pieces of the machine were SPEWING from the bottom! My husband just laughed and laughed. He thought it was hilarious. I was just mad about all the supplies I bought. For nothing. Ugh. Super disappointing, to say the least. My husband felt bad later and said I could just buy a new one.

 Hey at least I still have my rocking chair, right?


Do you have a bread maker? Do you use it often? Any good recipes I should try?

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Friday, April 12, 2013

It's happening!

For those of you that have followed me since the beginning, you know I  planned on running a half marathon in March. Obviously, that didn't happen. I have only run one race, and that was a 5K on Thanksgiving. During my training for that race, I realized that I loved running. I loved the results it gave me, I loved the clarity that it gave me, and I loved working hard toward a goal. After running the 5K, I knew I wanted to keep going. I thought a half marathon would be perfect. 

Unfortunately, after running my farthest 5 miles, I fell off the wagon. The winter was full of sickness and excuses. Even with all of this happening, I've never given up on my goal of running a half. I still want to/ know I can do it. 

So I signed up. It's paid for.

It's happening.

Even if I get sick, if I miss a day or two, I will run, walk, or crawl to that finish line. 

I'm going to do the Fort4Fitness Half Marathon.
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No excuses. 
The course is flat and runs through different scenic places in Fort Wayne, IN. It ends at home plate at Parkview Field.
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 I live about an hour away, so this is perfect for me.  Before we fell asleep last night, I talked to my husband about wishing to do a half marathon race this year. 

He said,"Then set your goal for it and pursue your goal with reckless abandon." 
So that's it. 

Who's with me?! Let me know if you plan on doing the Fort4Fitness half marathon! I would love to see you there!
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Las Vegas Recap Vol. IV

I woke up early on Thursday morning determined to get at least a LITTLE bit of sun. I let Drew sleep in, and went to the pool. 

I know this picture is terrible, but I wanted you to see how the sun was shining just behind me. I laid right where the sun would hit first again, though it seemed to take forever. 

My husband finally woke up around noon, and I was already FRIED, so I decided to head in to take a shower and get ready for the day. 

We walked around the strip some more, going into places we hadn't visited yet. We were starving and found an italian place at NewYork NewYork. It was super pricey and not very good. Lesson learned. After wakling around some more, we ran into some family friends. Small world! They told us we should go see "Old Las Vegas," so we went to get the car. 

We decided just to drive around and not stop and walk, as we were lazy exhausted. I took a few pictures, but it wasn't that exciting. I'm sure it's much better at night.  


Next we headed to take a picture iwth the infamous Las Vegas sign. 

Elvis was there, but of course. 

 Drew was wanting to check out a nearby Goodwill. He thought it would be a jackpot for A's t-shirts. TOTAL bust. Absolutely NO A's stuff, at all. 
So we went back to the hotel, 


and walked through the mall. I told him he could just buy a full price A's t-shirt. I know, wife of the year right?


For dinner, we decided to walk to the Bellagio for the buffet. We heard that it was super expensive, so we were prepared to spend $80 on a buffet. Which is riciculous. If you know me at all, you know that was hard for me to stomach. 


But we got there, and it was only $30 per person. Still expensive, but not as bad as we thought. 


They had this huge area just for desserts. Banana's foster, gelato, ice cream, pie, tiramisu, cheesecake... I could go on and on.  

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The whole place was incredible. I won't tell you how many trips I made, but I will tell you I had creme brulee for the first time. How I've never tried it before, I'm not certain. But it is my new favorite dessert. 
So good. 
I found this image on google- but the creme brulee is the little circular dish.
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After eating entirely too much food, we decided to gamble a little. We aren't gamblers, but we thought it would be awful to not do at least a little in Vegas! We each had $20, and blew it all on roulette. Andrew is good a poker, but decided not to play. 
Then, we went to bed. We had to be up at 3 in the morning to get to our flight in time, so another early (for Vegas) bedtime. 


3:00 am came too soon. We got up, got dressed, and headed to the airport to turn in our rental car and head home. 

Luckily, the crazy guy Drew had to sit next to was nowhere NEAR us on the flight back. 
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