Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gee wiz, it's been how long?!

Holy cow. I can't believe I haven't written ANYTHING since July 8th. Yikes. Am I a slacker? That's probably not the right word. Too busy? I don't want to say that either. Really there is not a good excuse why I am haven't written, I guess I just...haven't. When I logged into check on my blog, it felt like it only been a couple weeks...not a couple months. Man, how times flies by!!

I suppose a life update is in order. Well, I went strong on the diet for several weeks. I derailed slightly, not sure why exactly- life became busy, work became busy and I just slowed down. I definitely need to find my way back on the work-out train. It's a hard path to stay on, especially when there's so much going on. I lost almost 20lbs, and have managed to keep off most of that but still have a LONG way to go. I am still trucking along in school, hoping to have my Master's degree by December 2015. 

Bob was accepted into the nursing program, starting January 2015. This is a very exciting time for him, and most likely very stressful! I remember nursing school and it was NOT a pleasant experience, however very worth it in the end. I am sure I will be venting on here quite a bit from January 2015 until he graduates in April 2016. Stay tuned...

I have been working like crazy. I applied for a management job, which I did not get, however it has opened new learning opportunities for me, which is great. I have also been picking up extra hours "on the floor"which means, I am out of the office and taking care of patients again, which is a nice change of pace. I love doing the behind the scenes work, but I think it helps me as an educator to be out and about with the staff and patients too. It keeps my skills and perspective fresh. The overtime has helped us get caught up and we are a little less broke...but no less big and beautiful!! Thanks for sticking with me faithful friends, I hope to post more soon...in one week I will have a whole month off from school! YAY!

In closing, here's some pictures from the past couple months...just a little update on the family:


All the fur babies are doing well including those not pictured: Dude (Butterscotch), Miggy and Prince


The kids are still silly...


And last, here we are!! Still smiling after some super sucky bowling scores.


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Let me see you tootsie roll...

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! We spent the weekend at my parents cabin soaking up the sun (when it was out) and spent time with the kids. It was nice and relaxing!

It is incredibly hard to stick to a diet though over holiday weekends- there are always lots of good eats around including sweets and such, which I am trying to avoid. I have no self-control. If something sugary and sweet appeals to my taste buds it is hard for me to stop. I have to force myself to stop eating even after I am full. It's not an easy thing to reel in. However, I have been able to keep it under control since June 5th. I have lost 7.3 lbs since that time by dieting and exercising. It feels to good to be losing! I hope I keep it up.

I have been going to Planet Fitness for the past couple of weeks. I have liked Planet Fitness since it moved in close to my house. There are a couple of things I have found though that puzzle me. For instance, why do they have tootsie rolls at the counter? Granted, tootsie rolls are not horribly bad for you since 2 small tootsies are 35 calories, 1 gram of fat and 10 grams of carbs. However, someone like me, for instance, would taste the chocolate and it would cause me to crave more sweets. I am sure there are other people out there like me, which made me wonder is this a strategic move by Planet Fitness to ensure people keep a membership? Or is this a clever way of making people feel empowered by saying no to the temptation? Or is it simply a low calorie treat to reward yourself after a good work-out? These are the thoughts that ran through my head at 5:40 am while working out on the elliptical machine. I will say though I do appreciate their "No judging" mantra. I don't think anyone at gyms should judge however, because I may not be fast and I may not have much endurance at this point, but I am doing more than I did before. And that matters. 



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Monday, June 30, 2014

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

I am heading into my fourth week of healthy eating, and second week of working out. It is not easy. I have lost 4 pounds since June 5th, which isn't a huge loss but I will take it. It would be nice to see faster results, but it's a work in progress. I am way more conscious about what I eat and I have been going to the gym- a feat that I have been saying I would do for about 2 years. Getting up at 5 am sucks, but I feel good once I am there. I am monitor my calories with My Fitness Pal (add me so we can help each other! chelsea554) 

One hard thing for me is that I have been avoiding baking. It is hard to find healthy recipes. One that I came across on Pinterest was a recipe for Blueberry Muffins aka Power Muffins. They are yummy, low calorie breakfast food. I have been eating one before my workouts- I recommend trying them! It is nice to have something to quickly grab to get your metabolism going in the early morning.

This recipe makes 12-15 muffins, depending on how much you put in your muffin tin. 

Ingredients:
  • no-stick cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats–quick or regular oats, plain
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces honey nonfat greek yogurt or 1 1/2 cups (Chobani)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Coat muffin tin with cooking spray or liners.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  4. Combine yogurt, eggs, butter, and vanilla in a second bowl.
  5. Fold yogurt mixture into dry mixture; stir to combine completely.
  6. Gently fold in blueberries.
  7. Spoon into muffin tins.
  8. Bake until top is golden and springs back when you gently touch it, 20-25 minutes.


I entered all the ingredients into My Fitness Pal to get the nutrition facts:


Enjoy!!

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