Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dinner with nothing in the house

I get so frustrated dieting because it seems like as soon as I get started, I have no food in the house. Went to have a salad for dinner and discovered that Dan had taken the last serving with him for work. So I ended up boiling a potatoe and eating it with butter and a little yogurt. Made the girls some french fries and corn dogs and the baby ate left over pasta.

And then this morning I got up and cringed at the idea of another pair of hardboiled eggs for breakfast. I ate one of the 2 and a slice of banana bread. Made myself a cup of tea, but it is still sitting on the counter. It has been a busy morning already. I walked the kids to school, went to Walmart, wrapped 3 valentine gifts, took the baby for his 1 year checkup, took him for blood tests and got lettuce at the commissary. And that egg was barely hanging on when I walked in the door. I was actually able to buy ONLY 2 heads of lettuce and a gallon of milk at the store though.

Baby was HUNGRY when we got home so I plopped him into his booster and gave him a slice of banana bread and some leftover fried rice for his lunch. He chowed down on that rice, I reheated some lumpia I found in the back of the fridge, and had that as my lunch. Not as good reheated, but healthier than eating the pasta that is in the fridge staring at me!

Now that my belly is full, though, I can go to Katies class party and not worry about wanting to eat all the sweets on the table!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Like the new title?

I felt it was rather fitting since I never seem to just post my paper projects. And I am not one to keep more than 1 blog. It is obvious that i can barely keep up this one!

So my random thought today came with creating my playlist. I was looking through the Sarah McLachlin songs for the Angel song from the movie City of Angels. Found it and started listening to a few others to see if I wanted to include them in my playlist. Well, somehow an Eric Clapton song made it into Sarahs list. It was his song, but it was mismarked. In any case it made me think of his song Tears in heaven. So I decided to go look through his songs. Looking through his songs, I found several that I really like including Wonderful Tonite. I LOVE THIS SONG. But for years now I haven't listened to it because it made me feel a bit guilty. lol Why guilty? Because it was my favorite song in highschool and my boyfriend senior year knew it. He was part of the schools musical group called Fantasia. They were the schools "elite" singers. I never could get in because I never took chorus. lol Anyway, as a suprise for the spring concert. He did a solo and sang it. Every one of my friends knew he was singing it for me. And he had the perfect voice for it. He did an awesome job through the first verse, but then forgot the lines to the second one. ahh well. It is the thought right? He finished it beautifully though. Anywho... a month after graduation I went to my sisters house to help her through the last trimester of pregnancy. While I was there, I came to the realization that he was not the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Upon arriving home, the first thing I did was break it off with him. He wouldn't let me give anything back,hoping it would persuade me to change my mind. I still have the promise ring in my jewelry box,

So the rest of the day

I have done decently. I did go an easier route with my lunch but what can I say. For my snack I did have the trail mix but I couldn't resist having another slice of banana bread too. It was only about an oz though. My lunch consisted of 1 cup of spagetti with 1 tsp of butter melted on it and a handful of mexical style shredded cheese melted in too. And then to top the whole dish off I had a cup of Cali blend veggies. I fed some of it to the boy though. So I wasn't the only one eating all that.

At 1:45 I made the long and arduous trek back over to the school to pick up Laura. okay, so the walk is less than 1/2 a mile round trip! Still adds to my total milage for the day!

Baby fell asleep again and so it left me with time to try and dress this blog up. But I haven't gotten very far. Photobucket doesn't like what I am trying to do it seems and I am not finding the codes I need at flickr. Think I might just lay down for a nap since baby is sleeping. I need it since I have had no caffeen today and I have been up since 6!!

The first day

Got my exercise in! Nice day to do it too. It is foggy here this morning and maybe 50 out. Got 3+ miles in through military housing so I got uphill and downhill slopes as well!! I measured out the course a while ago, but once I passed 3 miles on my odometer, I quit paying atten. I know, terrible, but I only had about 1/2 a block to get back to my house so I didn't worry about measuring it.

And for my breakfast today I was mostly good. Had 2 hardboiled eggs, 2 oz of banana bread and a cup of green tea with echenacia and sweetened with splenda. I also drank about 8 oz of Crystal lite Peach tea. I think I must live on that stuff. I go through 5 canisters (6 2 qt mixes in each) every month.

I am off to find a snack and start prepping lunch so that when I am hungry I don't grab something "easy" instead of something healthy.

Snack will probably end up being 1/4 cup of my special mix of nuts. Really easy to make and satisfing crunch as well as a taste of salt and sweet.

Trail mix:
1 lb of raw almonds
1 lb of roasted salted sunflower seeds
1 lb of salted cashews
1 jar of unsalted dry roasted planters peanuts
1 box of white raisins

I buy a brand called Annes house of Nuts that my grocery store carries in the produce department of my store for the cashews, almonds and sunflower seeds. Another item that would go really well in this mix is pumpkin seeds. I am not sure where to find them though. I haven't seen them in larger quantities than 4 oz.

As far as the salted/Unsalted. DO NOT BUY EVERYTHING SALTED. Having just 1 or 2 of them salted will be enough for the whole mix to have a satisfying saltiness.

If you like your trail mix seasoned, tomarrow I will post a seasoned mix.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A challenge to myself.

I am admitting it out loud here and now. I have gotten fat and lazy. And it is time to do something about it. I know that having 3 kids and a household to run is not an excuse to neglect my diet and exercise regiment. And so tonite I stepped on the scale with the intention to start keeping track of my diet and exercise here on my blog. I wanted my starting weight, I really don't wanna post it, but I am gonna. With it posted, I can look back and say to myself, I have come this far, and only have this far to go to get to my goal weight. The goal is to get to at least 170 by July. I would love to see 150 but I must say that even in highschool I never really saw 150 easily. In either case, that is a lot of weight from where I am now.

Please encourage me my friends. I am gonna need it!! Tonite I was actually pleasently suprised, stunned even when I saw my weight appear on our scale. I have been trying to get to the track every morning to do 3 miles. And I have been really watching my carb intake. Last week was really hard with my cycle hitting me as I started to do this. But I did for 5 days in a row. And then we had the birthday party. And I ended up eating the leftovers for the next 2 days. All in all though, I was actually down 10 lbs from the last time I weighed myself. All the way down to 217. I have been maintaining 227 since Daniel was 4 months old. So it was a real happy moment for me.

Once I have built myself up to it. My eventual plan is to actually start running again. I honestly don't know why I ever quit. (oh yea, it was that pregnancy belly with Katie and then the 12 hour shifts the military put me on!) Plus I wanna add in the navy seals workout I used to do. If I can get my runs in on the track with baby in the stroller and my exercise video while he is taking his nap...

But I am getting ahead of myself. Baby steps I know! So for now it is 3 miles of walking and diet. I might just dust that video off now too. No reason I can't do the beginners workouts.

Tomarrow I start. And I apologize in advance for the boring lists of meals that I am going to be posting. But I think it will keep me honest on the diet. If I have to list everything I ate, do I really wanna feel guilty for those 2 hershey kisses I ate? or that glass of soda? Or the 3 mocha breves I had last week? lol

And all of you reading my blog, please feel free to make suggestions with recipies and foods to try. Or to comment on me not posting or keeping track of the diet and exercise like I am vowing to do. I know I am going to have a rough time getting started. I have never been much of a Diary type person and blogging seems too much like a diary for me. I guess that is why I have been so bad about keeping up with it like I should.

A bunch of my recent pages

Had to link this for everyone.

A friend recently posted this on a site I visit and it so TOTALLY represents what is gonna be goin' on in this house in a year or 2!!

Di Hickmans Feb Sketch.

I forgot to post this! Eek!!

I think it is on her blog though. The photo was taken by my friend Alisha on Christmas Eve at our church.