Friday, December 16, 2011

John's scan

This has been a stressful week, full of emotional highs & lows.  What caused the most stress this week was my hubby's CT Scan yesterday.  As scans get close, fear always takes over, and my stress level rises.  

As my mind wandered this week, I laid on the couch in the late evenings once the kids were sleeping, and watched TV to distract me.  Watching TV wasn't the problem, the dozens of cookies that I consumed during those shows was the issue.  Our moms group had a cookie exchange and I really thought freezing the 13 dozen cookies would help me not eat them.....but no....I realized some of them were really good frozen! LOL.  For me, the best way not to stress eat  is by not having alot of sweets in the house.  If it is not here I don't (can't) eat it!  As much as I didn't want to stress eat, I did!  Thankfully, I kept up with my workouts, well most of them (there were a few I couldn't make due to meetings).  

Due to running crazy, no sleep, and sick kids, I forgot to weigh in...........I think I am taking this as a "pass" week from weighing in.  Going to make this a GREAT week!

OH.........John's Scan - was CLEAR! 

Friday, December 9, 2011


December Promise


Who are you hanging with?

When I started working out, I always saw the same girl in the gym and was amazed at how hard she was working out. A few months back I noticed she joined the zumba class I was going to with one of her friends.  I was amazed that with each move she did , she always added some extra hop, bend, or squatted lower to increase the intensity.  After a few classes I started chatting with her, and realized we had a lot in common.  She was on a journey to reclaim her life as well.  She joined weight watchers, changed her diet, and added in a lot of workout classes. 

As we talked more she started telling me about the different classes at the Y, and encouraged me to try them.  She has motivated me in so many ways!  Just when I feel tired and don’t want to go work out, she pops in my head…..her dedication and energy is so contagious.  She is now down 50lbs & her hubby is down 100lb!  HOW AMAZING!!! 

I have learned that if I want results like her, I have to do the extras.  I probably wouldn’t have tried so many new things, or stuck with them as long, if I wouldn’t have met Jen. I am very thankful God has brought her into my life. 

If there is something you want – surround yourself with those that have gotten the results!! 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Peppermint Pie

Peppermint Pie - Can't wait to try this!!! YUMMY!!

HG's Candyland Peppermint Pie
HG's Candyland Peppermint Pie

Mint Condition! 
Combining the seasonal goodness of peppermint with the year-round goodness of chocolate, this pie is AMAZING. Warning: If you alert your holiday guests that this creamy treat is low in fat and calories, they might fall over and knock down some of your decorations.
4 sheets (16 crackers) chocolate graham crackers
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown

1/2 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1 small (4-serving) box Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Instant pudding mix
3 cups Cool Whip Free, thawed
3 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 standard-sized peppermint candy canes, lightly crushed, divided
Optional topping: Fat Free Reddi-wip

Directions:Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

To make the crust, crush graham crackers in a food processor or blender (or place in large sealable bag and crush with a meat mallet). Transfer crumbs to a bowl and set aside.

Place butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, about 15 seconds. Add to the bowl of graham cracker crumbs and mix until uniform.

Spray a pie pan with nonstick spray. Evenly distribute crust mixture along the bottom of the pie pan, using your hands or a flat utensil to firmly press and form the crust. Press it into the edges and up along the sides of the pan.

Bake crust in the oven until firm, 8 - 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

To make the filling, combine condensed milk, milk, and pudding mix in a large bowl. Mix well. Fold in Cool Whip until smooth. Gently stir in chocolate chips and about 3/4 of the candy cane pieces.

Once crust has cooled completely, evenly pour filling into the pan.

Refrigerate until firm and chilled, at least 2 hours. (Overnight is best.)

Sprinkle pie with remaining candy cane pieces. If you like, top with Reddi-wip just before serving. Dig in!


Serving Size: 1 slice (1/8th of pie)
Calories: 202
Fat: 4.5g
Sodium: 250mg
Carbs: 37g
Fiber: 0.25g
Sugars: 24g
Protein: 2.5g

PointsPlus® value 5*

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Don't Compare

Full Figure Poem

"When you’re a plus size woman,

 people like to say"yeah, she's cute in the face"

 as if being full figured is such a disgrace. 

Honey, I’m cute in the face, and I’m thick in the waist.

I look good whether I’m in cotton, leather, or lace.

 I’m beautiful, vibrant and above all, smart!

 And there's more to me than my weight,... I also have a big heart. 

Yes my clothes maybe a bigger size,

 that just means you have access to a bigger prize.

 We all are not self-conscious about our weight, 

and we never have a problem getting a date.

 So don’t think your small frame gives you more pull,

 I’m a hot, sexy, curvy woman with a figure that's full." 

author - unknown

Friday, December 2, 2011

Menu for the week Dec 3rd - 9th

Saturday: Egg Burritos
Onions, peppers will be added as I scramble my eggs.  Then stick it in a tortilla and top with a bit a salsa!

Sunday:  Crepes

Monday:  Grilled Turkey Sandwiches & Salad
I stick turkey lunch meat, a slice of cheese, onions & peppers in a tortilla, fold it in half and stick it in the little Foreman. 

Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Soup

Wednesday:  Leftover Chicken Soup & Baked Potatoes

Thursday: Chicken Fajitas

Friday: Crock Pot Skinny Chicken & Rice   (going to try this for the first time)

Saturday: Crock Pot Veggie Soup

Snowman Cupcakes

HOW CUTE ARE THESE!! Can't wait to make them with my 4 year old! 

Vanilla Snowman Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing
Servings: 24 • Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts* (3 pts no frosting)
Calories: 143.5 • Fat: 2.7 g • Carbs: 27.3 • Fiber: 0 • Protein: 2.1 g • Sugar: 19.6
Sodium: 143.2 mg 


18.25 oz Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix (or yellow, classic white)
6 oz fat free plain Chobani yogurt
1 1/3 cups water
2 large egg whites

For the icing:

2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp clear vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp boiling water

For the face:

m&m's for the eyes
orange jellybeans or candy corns for the nose
sprinkles for the hat
mini marshmallows for the cotton part of hat

For Full Directions: 

Visit with Baby Adam!

Thanks for all the prayers for Baby Adam!  Please keep them coming!!!

I got to go see him last night!  A group of us from our mom's groups, as well as a few others went to the hospital last night to pray with Anna (Adam's mommy).  It truly was one of those times that you could just feel  that Christ was right in the room!  

After we prayed, we had some time to visit with Anna.  It was amazing to see the strength that she has.  Although very scared, you can tell that she is in control (well as much as you can be in this situation).  I can't tell you enough, how in awe I am of her faith!  She trusts Him so much, and keeps saying "He has a plan, and He has been preparing me for this."  As I look at Anna, I see Mary - Christ's mother!  She is watching her son suffer, but totally trusting God, praising Him for how blessed she is, and knowing that His will, will be done!  I am so blessed to have Anna as role model in my life!  

After most people left, a few of us got to go back and pray over Adam.  Walking into the room seeing this sweet little baby all hooked up, it was heartbreaking...but they finally have him resting more comfortable.  It was really sweet - as we were praying, Adam would smile!  Oh the power of prayer.  As I prayed all night I prayed for a peaceful night for them both - and from the reports today from our friend that works at the hospital on Anna's floor, they both had a peaceful nights sleep!!  Praise Jesus!  

He had his second round of chemo this morning is is tolerating it! It is going to be a few days before we know if it is working!

As I have been getting frustrated over the little things, or worry about my hubby's health (we have a scan coming up in two weeks and I always stress as they get near), I stop and think of this incredible lady, and strong little fighter that I have in my life.  Over eating is not the answer to dealing with my stress, it is trusting Him, and getting my booty to the gym that is going to make all the difference!  

God is Good - All the time!!!  

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Baby Adam - Prayers needed!

 Adam with Big Brother & Parents

Today I am counting my blessings & kissing my babies lots!  A good friend of mine took her 7 month old son to Children’s Hospital 3 weeks ago with a feeling something was wrong.  That night they were admitted when they found two tumors in his stomach.  It has taken almost 3 weeks to find out what type of cancer he is dealing with – a very rare aggressive one (can’t remember the name), only 25 cases.  They are starting chemo, but need all the prayers they can get, and a miracle!  Nothing is too big for God to handle & I will keep my faith and hope strong.  Any prayers you can send up for baby Adam are appreciated.

Watching my friend Anna deal with this tragic situation with her son, I realize no matter how crazy my day is, no matter how challenging my kids are, no matter how much sleep I do not get – I am blessed!  Lots of hugs and kisses and prayers of thanksgiving for my little blessings!   

It seems like cancer is everywhere! I am so sick and tired of the word.  Having dealt with it in my own family, I can say it has changed my life.

That being said, it is an eye opener.  Health is so important. With your health anything is possible, without it, nothing else matters!  This is one of my biggest motivators to getting healthy.  I need to be healthy for my kids and family – and I need to do my best to keep my family healthy!  It takes work – but I rather some extra work in a situation I can control, rather then being out of control praying for another chance! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


We had our first high school reunion the day after Thanksgiving.  It is hard to believe that I have been out of high school for 10 years.  It is one of those situations that I say I can’t believe it has only been 10 years since I graduated, and in the same breath shock that 10 years has passed so quickly.  I can’t believe all that I have accomplished and survived since high school ended. 

I have been excited and dreading this day for awhile.  On one hand I really wanted to see a few people that I went to school and shared so many memories with.  On the hand I was a lot skinner in high school, kids and life have changed my body greatly, the fear of being the “fat girl” worried me. 

Well on the day of the reunion I was going back and forth on if I really wanted to go.  Finally at 6pm I decided that I have worked really hard to lose the 20lbs I have recently lost to stay home.  The people that I wanted to see were not going to care if I wasn’t as small as I use to be.  So I got dressed, dropped the kiddos off, and off we went to the reunion.

I have to say, I am so happy I went.  Knowing how hard I have been working, I walked in with confidence, and was proud to show off the new me!  I had a great time catching up with old friends, and talking about our old high school memories.  We also had a blast trying to figure out who half the people in the room were.  Not sure half of those people were at the right reunion….LOL…wow if 10 years was hard, I hate to try to recognize people after 20. 

I will continue to work hard at losing this weight until I reach my goal (with each lb that comes off I notice I feel happier and the confidence continues to grow) – then I will hard to maintain that weight.  I am not on a diet – I am living a new life style. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What to make for Thanksgiving

So I finally decided what I am making tomorrow!  I was trying to wait to see what the family was bringing to my mom's house before I made my decision. After a few phone calls I am ready to hit the grocery store (this should be fun with two kiddos)!  

Even though I am eating healthy, I know some of my family members are not.  I know they want our traditional family food, which is awesome, they should have it!  I am the one who has to be responsible and make good decisions and eat what I really want, but in moderation.  So I am making 2 side dishes that I know the points for and that my family enjoys (lol ok - atleast I enjoy).

So tomorrow I will be making Zucchini Casserole & Mashed Butternut Squash.  (other people are making turkey, dressing, corn casseroles, salad, cranberries, green bean casserole  & sweet potatoes & mashed potatoes & pie) 

I did Zumba this morning & doing Fusion tonight (with the paper plate booty hurts just thinking about it) so I will make up for the extra I eat tomorrow!!! 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING - Even though life is crazy we are so blessed!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Explanation of Paper Plate Workout

Here is a better explanation of the Paper Plate 
Workout - ENJOY!!!  

One of the fun new exercise tools seen on the internet and in the health clubs is a gliding disc.  "Gliding", a workout designed by Mindy Mylrae, IDEA Instructor of the Year, is a fun way to get toned muscles and a stronger core.  If you don't have a gliding disc, try these 10 great moves with a paper plate.  Now that's an affordable workout!  These exercises work multiple muscles at once, giving you a quick, effective workout in a minimum amount of time, right in your own home.  Do one set of 15 repetitions with each exercise.  As you get stronger and need more challenge, add one or two more sets of each exercise.

 1. Side Lunge-Start with your weight on your left foot, and the ball of your right foot on a paper plate.  Slowly glide your right foot directly to the side, making sure to keep your left knee just above, or slightly behind the left toes.  Return to neutral and repeat.  After 15 repetitions, switch sides.  For variety, slide the plate behind or in front of the standing leg.  This will engage the inner thigh muscles.


 2. Back Lunge-Stand with feet hip-width apart, left foot resting on a paper plate. Bend the right leg while sliding the left foot back into a lunge position, keeping the right knee behind the toe, torso upright and abs in. Slowly slide left foot back to starting position and repeat.  After 15 repetitions, switch sides.  For variety, add a lateral raise with light dumbells in the hands.


3. Lunge Twist- Begin with the same movement as the previous exercise.  As you reach the lunge position, hold, and rotate your torso toward the outside of the front hip (if your left leg is front, rotate to the left).  Then, rotate back to the front and return to the starting position.  After 15 repetitions, switch sides.


4. Push Ups- Begin facedown on the floor with hands next to shoulders, elbows bent to 90 degrees, paper plates under each hand.  On your knees or toes, straighten elbows and push torso up, abs tight, body in a straight line from crown of head to knees or toes.  At the top of the movement, squeeze the chest and slide both hands in (on the paper plates) until they touch directly under your chest.  Slide them back out, and lower into pushup (elbows bent at 90 degrees).  Do 15 repetitions.


5. Hamstring Curls- From a seated position, place the right heel on a paper plate.  Sitting tall with your core engaged, slide that heel out and in, squeezing the hamstring to create maximum resistance.  Do 15 repetitions and then switch sides.


6. Seated Side Lat Pull-  From a seated position, bring feet to the left side of your legs (like a mermaid).  Place the right hand on a plate, and slide the hand out and back in.  Try to engage and use the big "lat" muscles in the back.  Use your left hand for balance or gentle support if necessary.  Do 15 repetitions and switch sides.


7.  Lateral Flexion- Sit cross legged and place your right hand on a plate.  Extend your left arm up by your left ear.  Slowly slide your right hand out to the side, bending at the waist and very slightly curving forward to feel the crunch in your waist and obliques.  Reach up and over with the extended arm to create added stretch.  After 15 repetitions, switch sides


8. Abdominal Curls-  Lie on your back, with both heels on a paper plate.  With your fingertips lightly touching the back of your head, crunch up as you squeeze your heels closer to your butt.  Lower back to the starting position. Do 15 repetitions.


9. Leg Cross Through-Now comes the hard work! Begin in a push up position with a paper plate under one foot.  Slide that foot in and under the body, letting it come out the other side.  Do as many as you can, working up to 15 on each side.  This one is tough, so for beginners, just work on holding the push up position for 30 seconds to one minute.  When you have mastered that, start to use the paper plate.


10. Pike Tucks for Core- Begin in a push up position, this time with both feet on a plate.  Glide your feet toward your hands using the muscles of the core to tuck into a pike position.  You can bend your knees or for a more advanced option, pull straight legs in, lifting your hips as you come in.  Do as many as you can, working up to 15 repetitions. 


Turkey Cartoon

Monday, November 21, 2011

Working out with Paper Plates!

Who would have thought that 2 paper plates would hurt so bad?  When we walked in to our Fusion class tonight, our instructor handed us 2 paper plates and told us that we would be using them during our workout … some Thanksgiving fun! 

In my mind we were going to just hold them and use them as props as we worked our arms or something….Oh yes the nice little images I have in my head!  After 30 minutes of cardio fun it was time to grab out plates.  And this is where the fun began!!!! 

You know those handy little circle things that you put under furniture to help it slide across the floor? Well imagine that under your feet doing strength moves…..OMG!  We started with just one plate under one foot, let it slide out to the side, and then pulled it back in…and did this a million times.  (Oh the burn I feel just replying this in my head LOL).  Then she had us slide one foot behind in a lung and slide it back up.  (At this point I hated my paper plate!)  We continue the fun by lying on our backs, pushing into a Pilates bridge, and sliding our feet out one at a time.  Then when I thought we couldn’t have anymore fun, we rolled over and did push ups & planks & abs with our paper plates.  (She had a lot of other exercises we did with our plates, but due to my exhausted muscles, I am trying to block them out right now LOL)

Who needs expensive equipment – 2 paper plates kicked my booty!  On a serious note… I will be doing some of these moves in my kitchen….I can only imagine what my four year old will say when she walks in and sees what I am doing with paper plate ( not to mention what the neighbors will say...better get those blinds installed.) 

Thanks Jamie for a memorable workout that I will be feeling in the morning! 

Sunday, November 20, 2011


I just used this since I can’t get out for my walk in the snow and it was great! I was definitely sweating and according to my bodybugg I burned about 220 calories doing it! It wasn’t easy, especially cycle 3 because by then my legs were tired from all the deep squats. I would have burned more calories if I stuck to it strictly- I ran in place instead of jumping jacks. Regardless I was really happy to get my exercise in despite the freakish storm outside! =]

There are more indoor/dorm friendly/ equipment free workouts here!
Have you tried it? What do you think about the routine?

Here is another one I want to try!!!  I really love when others do the work of putting things together and I can just follow!!! LOL....why remake the wheel!

15 minutes

I found this today!  The girl that posted it has lost a ton of I am going to give this a try.  Been looking for some extras to do....This is 15 minutes!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Weigh in & Fat Picture

1 lb of FAT!  

HMMMM..........So I weighed in this week and lost 2 lbs.  Two pounds might not seem like alot - but when I look at the picture above - thinking that 2 of those chunks are gone.....PRAISE JESUS!!!  LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER GREAT WEEK!!! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Recipes

Can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week!!! 

Found some recipes that might go well with your Thanksgiving dinner & not kill your diet (or figure)!  I have not tried them all, but hope to test a few more out before the big day, so that I know what I want to take to share! 

When others cook, I don't know what the point value or calories are that are in their meals.  So making something I like and know what is in it, is a big key to staying on track!  I love grandma's cooking - but being able to substitute some items with healthier ones, works better for me and my booty!!  Enjoy! 

If you try something let me know how it goes!!!!  

* Cranberry Sauce

* Green Beans Amandine

green beans 3

* Roasted Asparagus   (I add about 3 cloves of garlic)

*Mashed Butternut Squash

*Skinny Pumpkin Pie

* Mashed Sweet Potatoes-brulee

* Cranberry pear Sauce

* Sweet Potato Casserole

* Pumpkin Cheesecake

Monday, November 14, 2011


I have never been a big fan of the pants with the writing on the I am sure I won't EVER wear them!!!!

Knowing that there is alot of room to write......NOT CUTE!  LOL....don't need extra attention drawn to this booty. 

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash!

Ok....I never knew what to do with these things! But I am really starting to cook them different ways & I LOVE them!!!

Today while my sister was over, I skinned my squash and took the seeds out of the round bottoms (lol those were a surprise the first time I cut one up). 

I then cut them into fry size slices (maybe a bit larger). 

I sprayed a cookie sheet and laid them on.  

Then gave them a quick squirt of spray butter and a sprinkle of brown sugar!  

Popped them in the oven at 350* and cooked them for about 15 min depending on how think you cut them - they might need longer (lol we had 4 kids running around under 4 so not 100% sure on time).  

When they were soft I took them out!  A sweet treat!!!  I am a sucker for sweet potatoes - so this was right up my alley!!! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Menu for the week Nov 14th - 20th

Monday: Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf & Mashed Butternut Squash

Tuesday: Citrus White Fish
I have never made this – going to try it! Crossing my fingers!

Wednesday:  Pumpkin Spiced Crepes with Pumpkin Butter

Thursday: Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

Friday:   Lasagna (made w/ turkey meat)

Saturday: Pizza Quesadilla
We are going to use pizza sauce, a small amount of cheese, and lots of veggies – onions & peppers and cook them in the oven. 

Sunday: El Ginormo Southwest Oven-Baked Omelette

Thursday, November 10, 2011


So often we use the words “I can’t.”  We stop our selves before we try.  We give up before we give our all.  The fear of failure holds us back from achieving our biggest goals and dreams.  By saying “I can’t” we have given ourselves the ok to fail. 

When they found my hubby’s tumor, I said “I can’t deal with this.”  We leaned on each other and got through surgery! When they said he had to do chemo I thought “I can’t take care of him, the kids, and the house.” I did my best and leaned on my family and friends when I was too tired to go on. Before I knew it, 6 months of chemo was finished!    I now look at a healthy hubby and can’t believe it has been over a year since that dreadful day!  As much as I wish we never had to go through this scary situation, I grew as a person (yes weight too), and learned so much about myself.  I have found strength I never knew I had, and never gave up even when I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

So now that he is healthy, I look at my weight – it is hard for me to believe the day will come when I hit my goals, but I CAN DO IT!  Over this past year I have faced bigger challenges – I am learning I can do anything I put my mind to.  It might take me longer then I want. It might be a different way then I planned.  I might need help along the way….but I WILL ACHIEVE MY GOALS. 

The only thing I CAN'T (do is) QUIT!  

Running For Absolute Beginners

Saw this and wanted to share.  I am not a runner, but I would like to be. My hubby enjoys running, and I would love to be able to run with him!  We are planning on doing the Warrior Dash in the summer, and I would love to be ready! So.....ready set run!  

This is a day by day Running Schedule starting out with a cardio walk and progressing to running.....lets see how it goes!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tried a New Workout Class - lol

Due to a crazy day I missed my Monday morning workout – so I was pumped when my hubby said he would watch the kids so I could go last night! Normally I don’t workout on Monday evenings, so I decided I would try a new class.  I walked in and it was a pleasant surprise that the instructor was someone from my Zumba class that I take.  But I really have to say, walking into a new class is intimidating!  Not knowing what you are doing, or what you will be doing, or how ridiculous you will look or the fear of not being able to do it, is scary.  I was hoping someone I knew would be in the class, but no such luck. (LOL I felt like such a kid on the first day of school).  So I decided to chat with some of the people around me and grab my spot in the back row (LOL I didn’t want to be an over achiever in my first class).  
The music started!  We started doing squats, then we did moving squats, then we got a medicine ball and did arms as we squatted.  Hmmm! I was sure finding muscle that I forgot about.  Half way through the class she told us to grab our mats- YAY a break from squats!! Now it was time for some Pilates. LOL – I had the lady next to me cracking up.  The instructor kept saying hollow your stomach as you hold positions, easier for her to say she was like a size 2 on a bad day.  I was thinking where the heck am I going to move my rolls to so I can hollow? Hmmm! I have to admit I didn't try the roll your legs over your head, I was fearful that my my boobs would suffocate me.  LOL.  Not sure I am a Pilates girls yet…..but I sure am entertaining doing it!  LOL  I have to say I look forward to doing the class again!

What I learned is, to get to my goal I am going to have to get out of my comfort zone and try new things.  Some may be hard and some may hurt, but each one will get me one step closer to my ultimate goal!  "If it is important to you, you will find a way.  If nit, you will find and excuse."  Well, NO excuses here - getting healthy is to important.  I know with my health anything is possible...without, nothing else matters!