Friday, August 31, 2007

Fit 4 Life Friday - Week 10

Here's the end to another disappointing week... I've not done well this week. I vowed to do better and to go to the gym, HA, I've done neither. I did use this week to catch up on some household chores and to catch up on my sleep (if that's possible). We've really worked on our bedtime routine this week. You see, my sweet husband started a new job today that will require him to leave home at 6:10am. This means that he'll need to get up and moving by at least 5:30am, which doesn't seem like such a problem, right? well, here's where we run into the problem, I get up at 5:30 to get my shower, we'll if everybody gets up at 5:30 there is going to be a backup in the bathroom... So, I'm not really sure how we are going to adjust, but I guess we will, even if I have to get up earlier, ugh, who made me the wife, and who made the rule that the wife has to sacrifice?!?!?!?! We've been really good this week about being in bed by 10 or 10:15 and then reading our Bibles for about 15 or 20 minutes and then it's lights OUT!! I'm hoping to continue this routine... We've also, already worked out an alternating schedule for going to the gym, I'll go Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and Jay will go Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. This way someone is at home at a decent time to let that cute little puppy out to do her business, which she's not opposed to doing IN her cage if she's caged too long! I say all that to give you my stats:

Week 10 Stats:
Starting weight 6/1/07: 175 lbs.
Current Weight: 161.2lbs.
Weekly change: 0.00lbs.
Total loss: 12.8lbs.
Goal weight: 145 lbs.

Weight Loss Goals:

  • Back to drinking at least 48 oz. of water a day I've done pretty well with this, so I'm going to continue
  • Get back to journaling and counting points - GET BACK TO this is the key
  • Gym - Go 3 times - I've scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Thursday that way nothing gets in the way.
  • Lose 2 pounds (this will get me below the 1/2 way point!!!!)
YES, same goals again, I have to meet 'em to get new ones!!!

Better Me Goals:

  • Continue DAILY devotions - I'm leaving this on, but I've got this one down!!! and what a reward
  • Back to chore routine (a few things a night, don't let it all pile up)
  • Get back on board with the budget and tracking expenses - The Financial Seminar was great last weekend and this Wednesday I start the 10 week follow up course, I'm really looking forward to that. This will be #1 on my to do list.

There you have my Fit4Life Friday update, Go over to Deedra's and check out the other updates. I'm so jealous of Deedra, she's pregnant and is still walking at least 5 days a week, doing strength training, eating healthy and loosing weight. HELLO, she's pregnant, now what on earth can I be 1/2 that good?!?!?! WHY I SAY!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Here's our menu for this week.
Monday ~ Spaghetti / Salad / Crescent rolls
Tuesday ~ Chicken / Rice / Green Beans
Wednesday ~ I have church - get your own :)
Thursday ~ Breakfast
Friday ~ No Plan... This will be Jay's 1st day @ the new job and the last day of the month is BAD for me, no telling what time I'll get home.
Saturday ~ Grilled pork chops / Baked potatoes / Salad
Sunday ~ Eat out
Monday ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (#28)!!! Somebody grill me some chicken and make me some potato salad, PLEASE!!!!!
Visit Laura for more ideas!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fit4Life Friday - Week 9

This was another wasted week. I started out Monday with gusto like no ones business and that's pretty much where it stopped. Monday we made it to the gym and I walked 1 mile on the treadmill and rode (I'm not sure why they call it "riding" a stationary bike - to me riding is what you do in the car - it takes little to NO effort, that dang bike is WORK I tell ya, anyway) 3 miles on the bike. I felt so good, not so much healthy, but good that I'd accomplished that goal. Then Tuesday hubby didn't get home from work until 7:30, well that's too late to head to the gym and then Wednesday, I don't remember there was something and then last night we had a birthday dinner with our Sunday School class... With all that being said, I guess I'm glad that I'm down .4 pounds this morning. It could have been a lot worse.

Here are my stats and goals for this week:

Week 9 Stats:
Starting weight 6/1/07: 175 lbs.

Current Weight: 161.2lbs.

Weekly change: -.4lbs.

Total loss: 12.8lbs.

Goal weight: 145 lbs.

Weight Loss Goals:

  • Back to drinking at least 48 oz. of water a day (why is this SOOOO hard?!?!)
  • Get back to journaling and counting points - I've done pretty well with this I just need to get back down to the right amount of points
  • Gym - Go 3 times - I've scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Thursday that way nothing gets in the way. I'm going even if I have to go by myself!!!
  • Lose 2 pounds (this will get me below the 1/2 way point!!!!)

I'm pretty much keeping the same goals I've had for the last 2 weeks. I'm keepin' them until I master them...

Better Me Goals:

  • Continue DAILY devotions - I'm leaving this on, but I've got this one down!!! and what a reward
  • Back to chore routine (a few things a night, don't let it all pile up) - Why is this one SOO hard, too?!?!
  • Get back on board with the budget and tracking expenses - I am taking the Financial Freedom class sponsored by Crown Financial tomorrow at our church, so maybe I'll be inspired to take this goal and run, fast!!

I am making a pledge right here and now to get back on tract this week, NO excuses, NO distractions, NO crap... Please ask me during the next week how I'm doing, PLEASE keep me accountable. I'm likely to do better if I'm disappointing someone besides myself. My personality tends to want to please others.

Thanks to Deedra for hosting and keeping up motivated.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Great Cause

I don't have much to report today, but I did want to direct your attention over to Beth's site so that you could see the wonderful fundraiser that she's involved in. Please go over and read her post about this wonderful cause. And you should check out her site often, because she is one of the funniest bloggers out there.

I've donated, please help Beth reach her goal...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Time Travel Tuesday

You're 21!!
What's going on in your life?
Who are you spending most of your time with?
What's your favorite thing to do? eat? hobby?
I turned 21 in September of 2000, I was attending nursing school (which I never finished, for those of you asking the question), Jay and I had been dating about 6 months and knew that one day we'd be getting married. So, of course I was spending most of my free time with Jay and I was spending a lot of time with my school books, nursing school was HARD for me, I had to study A LOT!! I can't remember a favorite thing that I enjoyed doing, as long as I was with Jay it didn't really matter what we were doing. Wow, I was a pretty boring 21 year old. I can't think of anything else to say.
Thanks to Annie for hosting Time Travel Tuesday. Hop on over to her site and check out some of the other stories, they are bound to be more exciting than mine. :)
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

I can't believe that it's Monday again. Where did the weekend go?!?! Here is our addition of Menu Plan Monday. For more ideas and recipes head over to Laura's. As always, thanks Laura for hosting.

~ Monday - Grilled Hamburgers / chips (this at Jay's request)

~ Tuesday - Grilled Teriyaki Chicken w/ pineapple rings / Rice / Steamed Broccoli and Carrots

~ Wednesday - Grilled Pork Chops / Scalloped Potatoes / Salad

~ Thursday - BLT's / Chips or maybe baked French Fries

~ Friday - Tenderloin / Rice / Veggies

~ Saturday - No plan yet, I have an all day seminar at church and Jay has to work. We may just go out. We'll see how I feel by Saturday.

~ Sunday - The usual / Eat out with the "Gang"

Hope you all have a wonderful week.

Don't forget to head over to Laura's!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Terrible Two Meme

Jessica played along so I think I will two!

1. Two Names You Go By:

2. Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
~Pink shirt

3. Two Things You Want In A Relationship:

4. Two of Your Favorite Things to Do:
~Be with Jay

5. Two Things You Want Very Badly At the Moment:
~for God to let us know that it's time to start our family

6. Two Pets You Had/Have:
~Sassy - our new puppy
~Jackson - who we've had since we got married

7. Two People Who Will Fill This out First:

8. Two Things You Did Last Night:
~Washed clothes
~Played with Sassy

9. Two People That Live In Your House:

10. Two People You Talked To Last:

11. Two Things You're Doing Tomorrow:
~Going to the Gym

12. Two Longest Car Rides:
~ A trip to Texas when I was 15 and didn't want to go!!!
~ Maybe our honeymoon trip to Disney World.

13. Name 2 of Your Favorite Holidays:
~Easter - b/c it's the only Christian holiday that isn't SOO commercialized

14.Two Favorite Beverages:
~Cherry Kool Aid
~Diet Coke

Leave me a message if you play along so that I can check out your answers!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Who Am I Casting Crowns

This is one of my favorite songs and this is so amazing. Hope you all enjoy it too!!!

Fit4Life - Week 8

Gosh, Friday again, already?!?! This has been a crazy week. I'm still getting settled into my new job and Jay and I are still getting acclimated to having Sassy in our lives. Wow, Sassy is the best preparation for a baby without the real thing. We've been getting up at least 2 time during the night to let her go potty, which leads to her getting good and awake and up for some play time. And if you don't let her play and "wind" down, she screams from her kennel. However, she slept thru the WHOLE night last night, YAY!!!! When our alarm clock went off this morning Jay said "Did you get up last night?" "No, did you" "No" then we rejoiced by sleeping another 10 minutes...
Ok, on to my weekly results:
Week 8 Stats:
Starting weight 6/1/07: 175 lbs.
Current Weight: 161.8lbs.
Weekly change: -1.6lbs.
Total loss: 12.4lbs.
Goal weight: 145 lbs.
I didn't lose much this week, just 1.6 pounds, but that does get me back down to my low several weeks ago. I hope this is a beginning of a trend!!

Weight Loss Goals:

  • Back to drinking at least 48 oz. of water a day
  • Get back to journaling and counting points
  • Gym - Go 3 times
  • Lose 2 pounds (this will get me below the 1/2 way point!!!!)
  • Watch portion size

I'm pretty much keeping the same goals for this next week for weight loss, I didn't do well with them this past week.

Better Me Goals:
  • Continue DAILY devotions (get up before work and start the day with devotions)
  • Back to chore routine (a few things a night, don't let it all pile up)
  • Get back on board with the budget and tracking expenses (this kind of fell by the waste-side this week, as I've struggled to keep my head above water with the new work hours and Miss Sassy).
I hope each of you have a wonderful and healthy weekend.
Stop over at Deedra's (she's the host of Fit4Life Friday) and check out her exciting news and her NEW goals for the next 9 months or so.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Menu Monday and More

Here's our menu for this week. I'm not sure how close we'll stick to the "big" meals. It's just too stinkin' hot to eat much...

  • Monday ~ Breakfast (Eggs, Grits, Bacon and Biscuits)
  • Tuesday ~ Pork Chops, Potatoes and Blackeye Peas
  • Wednesday ~ Salad with grilled chicken
  • Thursday ~ Tenderloin, Rice and Green Beans
  • Friday ~ Spicy chicken pasta and rolls
  • Saturday ~ Jay is eating at the men's banquet at Church, something quick for me
  • Sunday~ Eat Out

Check out Laura's site for more ideas!!


Now, on to the really important NEWS!!! Jay and I got a new puppy this weekend!!!!! Jay thinks this is going to cure my baby bug, and I must admit that the first two nights with our little angel have really made me reconsider. However, it's not like I'll get a baby on Saturday at 7pm and have to go to church on Sunday and WORK on Monday. Saturday night we (I mean I was) were up most of the night. I slept (and I use that term VERY loosely) in my chair with said puppy from 1:30AM on Sunday AM until I woke Jay up at 5:15 and asked him to take over so that I could get some sleep before church. I not only had to teach Sunday School but I had nursery during the worship service. Then last night I was SOOOOOOOOO tired I never even heard her whining during the night, so poor Jay had puppy duty all by himself. Unfortunately, that means tonight is my turn, ick!!!! But she is SO darn cute it's hard to be mad or upset at her. So here are her stats: Mini Daschund (Weenie Dog), 7 1/2 weeks old, light red in color and named Sassy. She is all fancy and has papers and what not, so her official name will be Henderson's Sassy-frass... Ok, Ok, I'm getting to the pictures, Enjoy!!!

Eatin' Dinner...

Playing with her mini tennis ball

Jay, Jackson and Sassy

This shows just how Jackson feels about his new sister... He will not have anything to do with her. He will not even look at her.

Hope you all are having a great week!!! Happy Monday!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Fit4Life Friday - Week 7

Wow, what a week. I accepted a job on Monday, thinking I'd have the whole week this week to touch up my cleaning, finish my laundry, do my menu and shopping for next week, etc. before I went back to work. It turned out that the new company wanted me to start on Thursday (yesterday), so my last week of Domestic Diva was cut short (but really not a minute too soon).

Monday and Tuesday I rushed around the house trying to get every thing picked up and clean, I got all of the laundry washed, dried, folded and PUT AWAY (a major accomplishment for me) and I was going to cut the grass, but it is too stinkin' hot. And then on Wednesday I ran errands from mid-morning until mid-afternoon and then I relaxed and finished the book I was reading!!! So there's my week in a nut shell. And with all the craziness we even went to the gym on Monday night. And the plan is to go tonight!! I say all of this to confess that I've not had the best weight conscience week. I didn't gain, but I didn't lose either.

Week 7 Stats:

Starting weight 6/1/07: 175 lbs.

Current Weight: 163.2lbs.

Weekly change: 0.00lbs.

Total loss: 11.8lbs.

Goal weight: 145 lbs.

Weight Loss Goals:

  • Back to drinking at least 48 oz. of water a day
  • Get back to journaling and counting points
  • Gym - Go 3 times
  • Lose 3.2 lbs. (this will get me to 160 - the 1/2 way point!!!!)
  • Watch portion size

Better Me Goals:

  • Continue DAILY devotions (get up before work and start the day with devotions)
  • Back to chore routine (a few things a night, don't let it all pile up)
  • Enjoy life - don't stress about things that don't get done

Thanks Deedra for hosting Fit4Life Friday!!!

Go over and check out the other participants!!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Quick Update!!

I started my new job today and LOVED it!!! I went to work for another real estate attorney (I've been in this field for 4 years) so there isn't much new to learn other than this office's way of doing things. I was supposed to get off at 5:30 and I was having such a good day and we were so busy and I was learning so much I didn't leave until 6:15...

I'll write more tomorrow or over the weekend. I have to go to bed NOW, the hardest part of going back to work is getting my body back on a schedule. I have to get up at 5:30AM to be at work on time (I've been sleeping in until about 8 or 8:30am the whole time I've been out of work) I will be at the crash and burn point tomorrow by quiting time!!! :)

I'll see you all tomorrow for Fit4Life Friday!!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

This is Jackson's new favorite place to sit. In Jay's lap...
Keep in mind Jackson is an outside dog!!!

For more Wordless Wednesday check out 5 Minutes for Mom!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ Grilled Pork Chops / Rice / Butter Beans
Tuesday ~ Grilled Hamburgers / Baked French Fries
Wednesday ~ Ribs / mashed Potatoes / Steamed Veggies
Thursday ~ Grilled Chicken / Green Beans / Rice
Friday ~ BLT's / Chips / Grape Salad**
Saturday ~ Party Food (it's Emily's graduation party)
Sunday ~ Eat Out
This is our plan, head over to Laura's for more ideas.
**Grape Salad
(this is the recipe that I made and took to our church picnic this weekend - it is delicious)
2 cups green grapes
2 cups red grapes
1 (8oz.) package of Cool Whip
1 (4oz.) package of cream cheese
1 (4oz.) package of sour cream
4 tablespoons of light brown sugar
slivered almonds (toasted at 350 degrees for 15 minutes)
Cream the sour cream, cream cheese and brown sugar. Add grapes. Fold in the Cool Whip and almonds.
That's the original recipe. I made it according to the recipe, but next time I think I'll add the cool whip into the sour cream mixture and I will not use all of the cool whip. The whole package of cool whip over powered the cream cheese flavor.
If you make if with fat free cool whip and cream cheese and Splenda brown sugar it really isn't bad for you and it taste just as good.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Weekend Fun!!!

We've had the best weekend. It's been a while (almost a month) since we "let loose" and had fun. We've been very careful with our money because we didn't know how long it would take me to get another job. Well I was offered a job on Friday and will officially accept tomorrow (more on the later), but we finally felt like we could "splurge", so we've been going wide open all weekend. Here's the run down:

Friday night we ate dinner at home, Jay had a meeting with a guy about painting an outbuilding at our church so we went there at 7pm to meet the guy for a quote after that we met up with 2 other couples and went bowling. We had a BLAST!!! We bowled 2 games, left and got ice cream at Baskin Robbins and from there we went back to Kevin and Heather's house and played Playstation 2 until 1:15am. We had the best time. It was almost 2am before Jay and I got home and in bed... NO WORRIES!!

Saturday we slept in until 10:30, yes you read that right 10:30!!! We had a quick breakfast, showered, dressed, gathered our things for that evenings outing and headed out about 1:30pm. We went to Wal Mart in search of a Frisbee, do you know that they DO NOT make Frisbees any more?!?! We've been to 3 different Wal Mart stores and cannot find a Frisbee. Oh well, I digress. While at Wal Mart we picked up some Cokes, bug spray and the closest child's toy that we could find that resembled a Frisbee. And we were off again. At 3:30 we were back at Kevin and Heather's house to let out their dogs (Kevin and Heather had been gone since 9am). Then we met our Sunday School class at the church, piled in our church van and headed to Stone Mountain Park. We had such a good time. We stopped and had dinner before we went into the park, then once inside the park we found our place on the lawn and a group played football, they were SO nasty and sweaty when they were done, oh my goodness.

OK, so here are 4 of the guys after playing football for 45 minutes, they all realized that they are spring chickens NO MORE. (that is Jay, my husband, on the far right)

This is most of the "gang" before playing football. We had just arrived and setting up camp!!

We didn't get home and in bed on Saturday night until about midnight, but again it was SO worth it!!

Today we went to church, came home got some lunch and then I made 2 dishes (one that I'll share tomorrow on Menu Plan Monday and one from a box, hee hee) for our annual church picnic. We had to arrive at 2:30pm to help set up the picnic pavilion. Thank goodness it was air conditioned this year. We had a blast again today. We ate (we are Baptist), played horseshoes and the kids - young and old alike- played with footballs, baseballs, boomerangs, the massive Frisbee what we bought yesterday and much more. Here are a few photos from today:

The guys cooking hamburgers and hot dogs. (That's my Daddy in the reddish colored shirt)

This is me, Andrea and Jeff talking after the meal.

"Friendly" game of horseshoes!!

I really am sad that this weekend has to end. This has been the best worry-free weekend that we've had in quite some time. I hope that you all had just as great a weekend.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Fit4Life Friday - Week 6

Thanks goodness it's Friday and I can move on to next weeks goals and weight! I have not made good choices at all this week. It all started last Friday after my weigh in and report... I had 2 friends call and invite me to lunch (apparently that's what "stay-at-homes" do - Lunch) so I went and where did they decide to eat, but my favorite Japanese place, so that was the start of my week, but I thought "Hey, one meal won't hurt" WRONG. On Sunday we had a family reunion and I had to sample everything, so that was another day waisted. And the rest of the week has been fueled by those 2 days of bad choices. And if all that wasn't bad enough it's that time of the month and I don't know about you all, but I feel like I eat non-stop during this glorious time!! So, here are my weekly stats and NEW goals for the week.

Week 6 Stats:
Starting weight: 175 lbs.
Current Weight: 163.2lbs.
Weekly change: +1.4lbs.
Total loss: 11.8lbs.
Goal weight: 145 lbs.

Weight Loss Goals:

  • Get back to journaling and counting points
  • Gym - MUST go
  • Re-lose 1.4 lbs. plus 2 lbs. for a total weekly loss of 3.4lbs.
  • Watch portions

Better Me Goals:

  • Continue on the job hunt (I did have an interview this week and if offered the job I'm pretty sure I'll take it) YAY!!!
  • Finish up budget and stick to it
  • Continue DAILY devotions (I've been very good at this, but want to keep it on my list)

I think that wraps up my list for the week. I'm off to the grocery store, yuck! I hope you all have a great and healthy weekend!

As always THANKS to Deedra for hosting Fit4Life Friday!!!!