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! 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Meal Plan for the week 11/7 - 12

Sorry I don’t post any beef or pork recipes.  My hubby’s nutritionist doesn’t want him eating red meat since the cancer!  It was an adjustment at first, but no big deal now.

Monday:  Leftovers
(I have a ton of veggie soup & chili soup left)

Tuesday: Easy Ranch Chicken – Crock Pot

Wednesday: Egg Sandwiches
I will cook up some onions and peppers to add to the eggs & then top with a tomato & a small teaspoon of mayo. 

Thursday: Baked Chicken Parmesan
 (I know I have this on a lot….but we like it! It will be a good one with guests coming over!!!)

Friday: Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers – Crock Pot

Saturday:  Taco Salad (made with turkey meet)

Sunday:  Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

Friday, November 4, 2011

Weigh in Results


Weigh In Results - 2  1/2lbs down!...Very Excited!  I have been stuck at the same number - but really worked on writing down my points this week (but I did skip halloween opps). 

I still have not mastered how to track my points (have an old school phone)....but working on finding what works for me!  I also need to get a points calculator for my diaper bag & my purse.  I hate not having one and trying to guess what the points are (I was so much better at guessing at the old system)! 

Oh....also trying to add veggies to all my meals! Can't believe how much I am actually enjoying veggies!!! 

Another week - here we go!!

Cocoa Loco Krispymallow Treats

Cocoa Loco Krispymallow Treats


 PER SERVING (1 treat, about 3" X 2.5"): 122 calories, 2.75g fat, 99mg sodium, 25.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 12g sugars, 1.5g protein - points plus value 3.

HELLO, delicious! The second we tasted Chocolate Cheerios, we KNEW we had to make marshmallow-infused squares with the stuff. Adding Reese's Pieces and M&M's was just a stroke of genius...


3 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
3 cups mini marshmallows
3 cups
Chocolate Cheerios cereal
3 cups puffed wheat cereal
1 1/2 cups
Fiber One bran cereal (original)
One 1.53-oz. package Reese's Pieces candy, lightly crushed
One 1.69-oz. package Milk Chocolate M&M's candy, lightly crushed

Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. (Despite use of the pan, you won't actually be baking.) Set aside.

Place butter in a large pot/saucepan on the stove, and set heat to low. Once butter has melted, add marshmallows and stir until those are completely melted as well. (This may take a while, but it's worth it!) Remove from heat, add all three cereals, and stir gently until thoroughly coated.

Using a spatula sprayed with nonstick spray, press mixture evenly into the baking pan. If needed, lay a sheet of wax paper flat over the mixture, and press until the surface is even; then remove. Sprinkle both types of crushed candy evenly over the top, and press down with the spatula. Let cool completely.

Cut into 15 pieces (each about 3 inches by 2 1/2 inches) and EAT!


Going to try these soon!

Snowy Workout

Being stuck in the house due to cold snowy weather is no fun.  Being stuck in the house with a 2 & 4 year old who have too much energy & imagination- a nightmare!  Baking, snacking, and lounging become to easy!  So,  I am starting to plan my workouts for the winter.  I am not ready for it yet....but I do better when I have a plan.  Found a Winter Wonderland Workout (besides just shoveling) that I am going to try when the snow starts to fall.  My kids love to play in the snow, so I am going to make the most of it this year, especially if the Y closes due to weather! (now just to get the work out done before one of the kids have to pee and have to be totally


Here goes:     

Military March
Swing your arms and march forward for 10 giant steps.  Turn around and march back to your starting spot.  Do this (back and forth) at least six times, packing the snow down as you go.

Plank Walk
This move will use the path you’ve made. Stand tall and bend down at your waist, flexing your hips.  Reach your (gloved) hands to touch the ground and walk them forward until your body is parallel with the ground in a full pushup or “plank” position.  Stay there for a minute and then walk back up.  Reach your arms high and repeat the sequence five times.

Snow Shuffle
Stand on one end of the path sideways.  Bend your knees slightly and shuffle sideways until you reach the other side.  Try to make it back and forth four to six times.

Frozen Lawn Lunges
Standing on one end of the lawn (use the path if you want an easier workout, new snow if you need a bigger challenge), alternate walking lunges for 20 steps (count right leg, left leg, 1, right let, left leg 2).  Turn around and lunch back to your starting spot.

Snow Ball Target Practice
Walk to some deep snow and find a target like a tree, wall or fence.  Make snowballs by squatting (by bending your knees, not your waist) grabbing snow and packing it.  As soon as you make one, throw it as far and hard as your can, aiming for your target.  Launch 20 balls.

Feet Drag
In shallow snow, sidestep to the left with your left foot, and then slowly drag your right foot across your body in the snow, working the inner thigh.  Then reverse the motion, stepping to your right and dragging your left food.  Go across back and forth 4 times.

Angel Abs
Lie down on your back and place your hands behind your head.  Bicycle the legs in and out, reaching across with the opposite elbow.  Do six repetitions (after you bring both keens in, that is one rep) and then make snow angles.  Repeat at shis series twice. 

by Kathy Kaehler

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Playground Workout

I know here in Ohio, the weather is getting a bit chilly! But we have been having some nice days the park is not out of the question yet.   Here is a work out you can do at the park - No more sitting on the bench!  (LOL and if you have a toddler like mine - you know that sitting is no longer an option)   

 (Found the article below and wanted to share!)

When you were a kid, physical activity was as simple and pure as heading to the local playground with your best friends. Recapture that sense of fun—and get an invigorating dose of fresh air -- with our exclusive workout.

Somehow, working up a sweat running from the swings to the slide never seemed like work, did it? Happily, swings and slides aren’t just for kids. You can get a total body-toning workout at your local playground—no gym membership required. Follow the moves below and you’ll burn up to 200 calories in half an hour (if you’re 150 pounds). As a full-time working mother of two and certified fitness instructor, I often take advantage of park equipment to sneak in a quick workout while my kids are playing—but you don’t need kids to try most of these moves.

Choose between the casual, kid-friendly All-Play Toners and the more rigorous Playground Circuit, or combine them both for a fun 25-35 minute routine.

All-Play Toners

Swing set warm-up: Hop on, pump your legs, and see how high you can go. You’ll work your abs, legs, and arms, and swinging for 5-10 minutes is great way to warm up. Lean back as much as possible and focus on using your abs to sit up as you come forward.

With kids: push them on the swing with one arm at a time to tone flabby arms.

Slide rules: Climbing the stairs works your legs and glutes. For a greater challenge, take them two at a time, alternating legs. Then slide down and go again. Repeat 8-10 times.
With kids: as they slide down, pick them up and lift them overhead to sculpt sexy shoulders (and make them laugh).

Monkey around: Boost yourself up into a chin-up position (arms bent, palms facing you, and chin above the bar). Then see how long you can hold it—without holding your breath. Repeat 2 more times.
With kids: See who can hang (arms extended) the longest.

The Playground Circuit

Step up Step up

Wrong-way Step (tones legs, butt, and hips)
Stand facing the bottom of a slide. Place your right foot on the slide, press into your right foot, and slowly lift yourself up. Tap left toes on slide without putting any weight on that foot, then bend right leg. Lower left foot to ground and then step right foot off slide. Repeat. Do 10-15 times; then repeat with opposite leg.
Challenge yourself: Instead of tapping your left toes on the slide, raise your left leg straight behind you as high as possible, squeezing your glutes. Lower left leg as you bend right knee and return to start position.

Pull up Pull up

Monkey Bar Pull-up (tones back, shoulders, and arms)
Find a bar that is about chest height (or two parallel bars that are about shoulder width apart). Place your hands shoulder width apart, palms facing away from you. Walk your feet forward until they’re below the bar. Extend your arms so you’re leaning back and your body is at an angle to the ground. Bend your elbows out to sides and pull your chest toward the bar. Hold for a second. Straighten your arms back to start position and repeat. Keep abs tight and torso and legs in line the entire time. Do 10-15 times.
Challenge yourself: Walk your feet farther forward and repeat. As your body gets closer to the ground the pull-ups become harder.

Knee Lift  Knee Lift

Swing Knee Lifts (tones abs, back, and legs)
Stand on a swing (a flexible seat will be more challenging) while holding onto the chains and balancing on left foot. Stand tall as you slowly raise your right knee to hip height, pulling your abs in as you lift. Hold for a second. Slowly lower your leg and repeat, keeping the swing and the rest of your body as still as possible. Do 10-15 times; repeat with opposite leg.
Challenge yourself: Keep your leg straight as you raise it as high as possible in front of you. At the same time, press the swing back like you’re scissoring your legs apart.

Push up Push Up

Park Bench Push-up (tones chest, shoulders, and arms)
Find a bench (or bar) that’s about waist high. Grasp the back of the bench with your hands wider than shoulder width apart and arms extended. Walk your feet back a few steps so your body forms a straight diagonal line to the ground. Bend your elbows out to sides and lower chest toward bench. Hold for a second. Straighten arms and press back up to start position and repeat. Keep abs tight and torso and legs in line the entire time. Do 10-15 times.
Challenge yourself: Walk your feet farther back so you’re more horizontal and repeat. From there, try doing push-ups with your hands on the seat of the bench.

Michele Stanten is the author of Walk Off Weight and Firm Up in 3 Weeks and a member of the board of directors for the American Council on Exercise.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

SOO FUNNY! From my momma!

Woke up to this cartoon from my mom! LOL!!  SOOO Funny!!!  Thanks Mom!