Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!! Well almost. Only another week. Its so hard to believe its here already. I still have some shopping to do. Of course I am one of those few people that love, love to do last minute, get out in the hustle and bustle, sort of shopping. Its just more challenging that way and of course I love a good sale. So whats been going on....

I am about to end my second 23 days of HCG drops. Did not do as well on this round as I did the first round. My heart was just not in it. My husband started out doing it with me and I was really geared up in the beginning. But then about a week and half into it and 7 pounds down, he decided it was more than he could handle. He really got run down and feeling bad and had to stop and then he started eating everything in site. Well that sort of messed up my focus. I was nibbling here and there on things that were not on the diet, telling myself it was no big deal. Well it was a big deal as I stopped loosing the weight and actually gained 2 of the 7 pounds I had lost. Just really stinks, but then it is the holidays and I knew starting it at this time would make it hard. So with all that said, I am happy to have lost 5 more pounds bringing my total to 28 pounds. I was actually thinking I had lost more than that, but sitting here figuring, it is 28 pounds on HCG. But the really good news is that I went from a size 20w pants to a size 14 misses. Now that is impressive. I went into this cute little shop with a friend called Rue 21 and was able to wear pants that they carry. Junior size 15/16. Cutest little Cargo pants ever. I got a pair of Camo's and a pair of Black. Love, love them. Then went over to Target and that is where I discovered I can wear 14 misses. I was on top of the world. Its been 10 years since I was in a size 14. Now my new goal is to get into size 12. I was setting weight loss goals, but slowly learning that clothing size is easiest to achieve. Does it really matter how much I weigh. What matters is what size clothes I can wear. So size 12, here I come. I will start my 3rd round of HCG the end of January and I think I will be more prepared then. The holidays will be past me and of course everyone will be on diets. That always helps!!! So until then, I must maintain!!!! MAINTAIN!!!
So what else has been going on... Well I WAS working for a elderly couple since July. WAS the key word here. It WAS just too much for me. The lady WAS a very difficult person to work with. She really did not want my help even though she needed it. I guess she just was being stubborn about giving up her independence. I am sure it is very hard to allow others to help you, when you have spent your life helping others. Poor lady. Her husband WAS easy peasy. He WAS enjoying having someone help him for a change. Of course I think because he has been blind all of his life, he WAS use to others helping him. It WAS nothing new for him. Anyways, after trying and trying to please her, I decided to throw in the towel. I WAS starting to see it effecting not only me, but my Kadie girl. She WAS starting to feel a lot of stress going over to their house. Also I WAS not able to give her 100% of my attention when it come to her school work. The whole reason I started homeschooling her WAS so she could have 100% attention with her work. So with all that said, I quit. Not exactly the right way. I tried to give a notice, but each time I did, she would cry. I could not take her crying. So I had to wait until I was angry with her, which WAS almost every day, and just walk out. I knew it WAS going to have to end badly in order to leave, which saddens my heart. I would have liked to been able to remain on friendly terms and gone over from time to time to visit. Anyways, its all good now. I am back home where I belong and much more appreciative of my time. Now WAS is past tense where it belongs and IS is the new word. I IS very happy now. I do not have the extra spending money to buy all the fun things , but I IS ok with that. I have my time at home with my daughter and that IS enough for me. So what have I done with my time this past week....
I have been making some Christmas cards. I made some for a few friends, some for a card swap, and some to give away to our Church Card Ministry. Our church adopted 10 needy families this year in our community for Christmas and so my friend Dawn and I made cards to add to their Christmas baskets. It sure does feel good to be making cards for a purpose. I love doing the swaps with my friends, but most times the cards just sit in a box. Now they are being put to good use. It makes it that much more enjoyable. Here are pictures of my cards. I used the same idea with different stamps.

The other thing I have been busy doing is redoing my daughters room. It was only a few years ago that we did her room in the most adorable bright neon colors. Well, it did not take her long to get tired of the colors and I really could not argue with her cause I was sort of tired of them too. I am sure somewhere on my blog you can back track and find pictures. Anyways, so we have spent several months talking about the color cause I wanted it to be something that would last her a long time. We finally stumbled across our inspiration. I totally love Scentsy candles. While flipping through the catalog, I stumbled across this cute little warmer. I showed it to Kadie and she loved it. We knew we wanted brown, we just did not know what we wanted to go with the brown. This warmer was the perfect mix. So I ordered it and the new room was created!!! What a fun time we have had doing this together. Shopping for all the decorations, bedding, paint, ect... So much fun!!! Kadie was so good about picking out all of her stuff. The kid has an eye for color!!! Here are photos below of the almost finished room. We still have some things we want to get, but this is almost completed!!!

My little girls, Big Girl Room!!!

What are my plans to come....
I have 2 books to finish reading and will post my thoughts on those. I have a book to start reading for our January Book Club. More on that later. I plan to actually get out my scrapbook stuff and do a little page creating. I plan to work on my hubby's quilt I started back in the early summer. I have so many projects I want to complete. Most of all, I plan to enjoy the rest of my Christmas vacation and my time at home with my family. Check in soon for more fun things. Please leave me some love in the comment section below. I would love to know if I actually have anyone reading. Makes it seem worth posting if I know I have a few readers. Again Merry Christmas everyone!!!! LOVE AND HUGS!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

HCG, Books, Crochet, and Vanilla Creme Brulee. Life is Great!!!

Wow, I have so much to talk about and share that I really do not know where to begin. I hate when I go so long without posting to my blog, but at the same time I have just been crazy busy with no time to sit down and do it. First and foremost I must talk about HCG. It has been an amazing experience for me. I am down 24 pounds and am finally to the maintenance period. That is the 3 weeks before I start again. Normally this next 3 weeks would be about adding in all your favorite carbs ect... But since I plan to do the drops another 23 days, I will just keep eating the same with just more calories. I am eating around 1200 calories now and I have started interval walking. Its amazing at how many inches I am loosing. Way more inches than weight. I cannot wait for one to catch up with the other. Have a little saggy skin mostly under my arms, but for the most part everything is looking pretty good. I am just pleased as pie that I finally found something that works for me. I was just telling my DH today that this has been such a journey for me. I realized that all the failed diets have lead me to this diet. They have prepared me for this diet. Its a hard diet to follow and I know without all the other diets, I would not be able to do it. The yeast diet really was a lifesaver in preparing me for this diet. Anyways, all is going great and I cannot wait to start my next 23 days and see what happens. Oh and one word of advice. Do not do more than 23 days of the drops. I totally wasted my time. I lost the majority of my weight the first 23 days. I could have already started my second round by now. So just stick with 23 days and then off 6 weeks and then back on 23 days until you reach your goal. Good luck!!!
So I have been a card making Mama lately. I have so many new cards to share. We finally got our card ministry started at church and had our first weekend get together. There were about 7 of us and 4 of us were actually doing cards while the rest did their thing. Some did digital scrapbook, while others did paper. Some even spent some good quality time editing their photos. It was sort of do as you please weekend. The main objective was to get together for some fun times. This time we made Thanksgiving cards to give away with food baskets to needy families in our hometown. Between the 4 of us, we managed to gather up 32 cards to donate towards the baskets. Some of the cards I had already made from a previous swap and the rest we created over the weekend. I am just totally excited to finally be putting all these gathered supplies I have to good use. What a amazing blessing this is going to be for everyone involved.

So what else have I been up too lately.... Well I have been reading up a storm. I have finally finished enough books that I think I could call myself a book worm. Yes I have totally ignored my family to finish a book. LOL!!! Our church book club has really helped me achieve this new title. Books I have read since I last posted are
This book was AMAZING!!! It was a page turner. This one I did totally ignore my family. I could not stop reading it. We are going to read the entire series after the holidays and I cannot wait. Our next book for the month of November is also by this Author. It is called
I have not started it yet, but know its going to be another good one. My friend Dawn has finished it and she says its very good.
We just got through reading my favorite of all series books SisterChicks. I totally love these books. They are light hearted, easy to read, and usually have a really great message to share. I love that they are about friendships. Usually very rare and unusual friendships. I also love that they take you to different parts of the world. We have gone to Hawaii, Australia, Mexico, Finland, and now Netherlands. Every book describes the places in such detail. Robin does a excellent job of making you feel part of the journey. Will always be my favorite books. There are several other books that I am in the process of reading. Yes, I am reading more than one book. The one that I am reading right now in between all the book club books is

This book is a laugh out loud book. I have really enjoyed reading it. Its a little different than some of the other books I have read and I cannot wait to see how this book ends.

We read another book before the Abomination book and it was called
I did not finish this book yet. It just did not grab my attention as well as the others. I do plan though to finish reading it eventually. The reviews that the other ladies gave about the book made it sound worth reading. So I will go back to it and finish. Besides, I hate not finishing the books. Well that's it for book reading. On to the next subject.

Knitting and Crochet. I finally decided that Knitting is not my bag. I have tried and tried to get interested in it because I have so many friends who knit, but I just cannot get the whole concept. Yes I have started a scarf which is still sitting unfinished and this last week I tried to make a hat. Well after 6 trys and much frustration, I gave up. Its just not my thing. However, Crochet is definitely my thing. I have just taken off on Crochet. I just got done completing my 4 scarf which I gave to my friend Shirley. I did not get a picture of it, but it was beautiful colors of blues and greens. I have now started another one and this week, I completed the beanie hat to match. It is sooooo cute. I bought me this really neat little pom pom maker and put the cutest little pom pom on my hat.

I just love the colors that are in this hat. Reminds me of Christmas for some reason. I cannot wait to get the scarf finished and I cannot wait to have a cold day to wear them. This hat was so easy to make that I am making my friend a hat to go with her scarf. She has a much smaller head that I do, so lets hope it want be too big for her. I have not quite learned yet how to make them smaller or bigger. I just make the ones that say "One size fits all" You know how much truth that statement holds. Anyways, I think that is it for now. Looking forward to lots more fun things to blog. Oh one more thing, have you tried the new Quaker Vanilla Creme Brulee Rice Cakes. Just let me say "OH MY GOSH" They are my new favorite snack. There are several other flavors that I like in the True Delights. One being Pomegranate and Blackberry and the other Blueberry. But the Vanilla is my favorite. I have to be real careful or I will eat the entire bag without even realizing it.

Friday, September 17, 2010

HCG and Me

Today is day 22 of HCG. Tomorrow would mark the 23rd day when most people stop taking the HCG drops. It was the day I was suppose to stop also, but called my Doctor and ask if I could continue to the 40 day mark. I told her that I was doing so well, that I hated to stop right now. I have lost 16 pounds. I was really hoping for 20 pounds by this time, but my body is just not wanting to let go of the weight. It did not help that I have had a few days over my 500 calories. It seems on the day I eat beef, it always puts me over. Of course most of the calories are estimated to the high side and so I really am probably not eating that much over as I think. Also I had a late visitor (Aunt Flo) this past week right at the end when I should have been able to drop another 5 pounds. Instead I gained a pound during this time and held the same weight for 2 days. So that really slowed my progress. With all that, my first goal of getting under 200 pounds in 23 days was not met and so I want to continue on until I reach that goal. Hoping for another 15 pounds this next 18 days. That would put me way under the 200 pounds and then I could shoot for another goal when I do the second round sometime in November. I am totally loving the fact that I am shrinking all over. Not just in one area, but all over my body. Its not ugly shrinkage either. Its very firm shrinkage. So no saggy skin or anything that I can tell. I think I need to do some measurements and see how many inches I have lost with this 16 pounds. I will update that info on my next post.
I have made a few new cards that I will take pictures of. My girlfriends came over last weekend and we had some great card making fun. Also am reading a new book. The last one "Skid" I did not finish yet. Will have to pick it back up later to finish. We are reading "Abomination" by Colleen Coble. Only on chapter 3 and it is very good. Will let you know more about that later also.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

HCG Days 11,12, and 13

Just call me the Skinny Chick!! I mean you can at least practice calling me that cause I am on my way down baby!!! Total in the 13 days is 13 pounds. That is amazing. I say that cause last year I went on the Yeast Diet and was on it 6 months and only lost 7 pounds. It was crazy slow, restricting diet and of course I got very frustrated and disappointed and sort of got off of the diet over time. Of course I gained it back right away and all I did was add a few foods I was not use to eating. Talk about more frustration. So anyways, here I am 13 days and 13 pounds lighter. I am so psyched. I cannot wait to see more weight come off. Its been very tuff diet though. I am very hungry especially the last few days. I am not sure why. I am thinking I have just been burning too many calories on my job or something. Its like everything I eat feels like its being devoured before it hits my stomach. I eat and I never feel like I have eaten. I am just hoping that its my stomach still shrinking and pretty soon it will all stop. I have 13 more days to go on the low calorie part and then I can start adding back calories slowly. Counting down the days!!! I think if I could just eat a few more 100 calories, I would be good to go!!! Oh and let me mention, my blood sugar is still very low. Has stayed in the low to mid 90's all week. AWESOME!!! Check back for more updates!!!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

HCG Day 10

Today has been great. I have not had any hunger pains. Had some orange roughy and cabbage for lunch and then I ate some cabbage soup and this really great tasting snack made with cottage cheese and eaten with Melba rounds. My doctor shared this nifty little low calorie, low fat snack. Gave hubby a try and even he liked it. Now I have never been a cottage cheese eater. Some people eat it like there is no tomorrow and make you think its the best thing since the invention of ice cream. I have never got on that band wagon. So when my doctor gave me the recipe, I sort of lifted my brow up!!! Well today I decided to give it a try. After all, I have always taught my children to try stuff before Xing it out of their life. I was very surprised how yummy it actually taste. It was the perfect snack. Here is the recipe

2 oz. of lite cottage cheese
1 drop of vanilla
1 small shake of cinnamon
1 package of stevia ( I use truvia)

Mix together and then eat with a serving (4) Melba toast.

Total calories 90

The last few days I have gone over my 500 calories by 24. So I decided today to reconstruct my eating so that I would not go over. On this diet you must eat 400 calories and no more than 500. If you eat more than 500, you will either not loose any weight, or you may even gain weight. Well when waking up this morning, I did not loose any weight. So it could be that I went over. Today I backed off and ate some fish and cabbage which are lower in calories than beef. Tonight I am eating some shrimp. I think I will have much better results come tomorrow. Will keep you posted.

Here are the cards I have made recently.

These are the cards my friend Jimmie made. She came over yesterday and we had a fun time making our cards. I so enjoy time with my friends. I wish we could do it more often. These cards we made from our new card ministry at church. Its a great start to a great ministry!!!

Well that's all for today. More tomorrow!!!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

HCG Day 9 Random thoughts!!!

Just got done eating my beef Pattie and cabbage/asparagus stir fry. Yum, yum!!! Things are going great. I have lost almost 10 pounds my first week on the diet. Tomorrow will be 7 days since I started my 500 calories. Of course I know most of that is water weight, but I do believe at least a couple of that is actually fat as my clothes already fit looser and I was actually able to fit into size 14 pants that were stretchy and a junior 17 that was stretchy. So that is very cool. I cleaned out a few of my size 18 pants as I do not ever plan to wear that size ever again. I really want have a choice if I plan to control my blood sugar through diet and no medicine. I have come to appreciate the fact that I am forced to control my eating habits now and feel very lucky that this diet has been able to bring things back to normal. Today blood sugar was 101. My fasting has been running anywhere from 92 to 108 since I started and during the day in the lower 90's. The difference is my fasting was anywhere from 130 to 160 and my day time was running around 120 to 130. Big difference!!! So all is good in that area now. Doctor told me she thought this diet would work. She said if it did not work, then I was for sure going to have to go on medication. Thank God that it is working. I know that as long as I eat the good foods, I want never have a problem again. Also Thanking God that we have so many more tasty diet foods and ways of cooking than we use to have. I can remember in my younger years that dieting was awful. It was like you had to eat cardboard. Now there are so many great choices. So much easier. I realized the other day that all this dieting I have been doing in the past year has brought me to this point. I do not think I could do the 500 calories if I had not had the time of dieting that I have had. Back in July of last year, my doc, put me on a yeast diet. Oh my gosh it was hard. The first whole month I thought I was going to starve to death. After about a month though I adjusted the choices I had and stayed very true to it for about 6 months. I only lost about 7 pounds on it and that was sort of frustrating. Then I slowly started adding in some of the foods and slowly started gaining back the weight I had lost plus a few extra pounds. Talk about frustrating. So going back to doctor for help before it got out of hand and this is what she offered. She said I would not gain back weight on this diet and once my blood sugar normalized I would take the weight off quickly. Thanking God again for such a awesome doctor who cares!!!
So thinking about today, I was not near as hungry today than the previous days. I think my stomach is finally shrinking and its taking less and less to fill me up. I was told the first 2 weeks would be hardest and I am on day 7 of the 500 calories. So looking forward to loosing inches. I have seen so many cute clothes that I would love to purchase. Today trying on the 17 junior pants and being able to wear them was great. Thankful for spandex. A awesome discovery. They look tight on me, but very comfy as they have the 1% stretch to them. Makes sitting down very easy on the belly.
I am loving the fish, cabbage, salads, hamburger patties, steak, asparagus. I have been sauteing them in Pam in my skillet and seasoning with the Amino Acid and Mrs. Dash seasonings. I am loving all the flavors in that. Garlic and herb and Onion and Garlic are my favorites. So thankful this diet does not restrict salt. I would be in trouble. I love salt.
Well that's all I got today. I am making some cards and I will upload pictures as soon as I get them done. Have a great evening!!!

Friday, September 03, 2010

HCG Day 7 and 8

Well yesterday and today both are great days for blood sugar. Woke up and both days were 97 and 95. I am amazed, truly amazed and very excited. Why didn't my doctor get this idea a year ago??Well not going to dwell on the negative or the yesterdays, and Praise God for the results of today!!! Ok, sometimes I can do some really, really dumb things. On Wednesday night I started out with a great idea for dinner and ended up ruining the nutritional part of it. I took some cabbage, onions, and banana peppers and stir fried them with some shrimp. I was not able to use any oils cause in the past I usually add butter, but could not do that this time, so I was looking for my flavor with spices. I love the Mrs. Dash seasonings and probably if I had only used those I would have been fine, but I love to experiment, so I added in some chicken bullion powder. I only added a little bit. Well sitting down to eat it was like eating salt out of a salt shaker. It was very good, but it was very salty tasting. I should have thrown it out and started over, but hated to waste the shrimp. So I ate it all. Well yesterday morning I woke up and weighed and I had gained .2 pounds instead of lost. So that stunk. I know it does not seem like a lot to fuss about, but really I should have lost about 1.2 pounds. The meal caused a increase, rather than a decrease. So for dinner last night I used very little salt and today I lost 1.6 pounds. So glad to see that. So I lost a day, but learned a great lesson. Stick with Mrs. Dash only. She will not let me down.

I started a new crochet project. I am Crochet teacher for 7-12 grade at our Enrichment this year and so we are learning the very first steps. Chain stitch and single crochet. So last night I thought I better get out my needle and yarn and crochet an example of the stitches. Of course I am making a scarf. I guess we all have our favorite things we like to make. Some like to make Afghans, some socks, some hats. Well I like to make scarfs. For one they are very useful and hopefully we will be using them very soon. Second they are fast and easy to make, and third I feel a great since of accomplishment making them. So they are my favorite to crochet. The colors I have chosen for this one are so pretty. I bought a chunky yarn to try since it was only single crochet. I thought it would give it more thickness. I was right, it feels thick and cozy. Here is a picture of the start so you can see these gorgeous colors.

I absolutely love this yarn the second I saw it. I think the yarn with the mixed colors is my favorite of all. I love the idea of not having to change colors every time. Just a continuous flow of color!!! I am thinking I will make this scarf for my daughter. It is her favorite colors right now. Then again, I may have to make it for myself. LOL!!! I think it would look wonderful with something brown and denim!!!

Well that's all I got today. Need to get dressed!!! Hope you have a wonderful, awesome, fantastic Day!!!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Hey friends, thought I would start off with a self portrait of myself. I was up early this morning and I guess you could say I was a little bored. LOL!!!! Playing with the settings on my camera. I have had it for a few years now and still I do not know how to use anything else but the auto!!! I think this setting is actually called self portrait!!! I think it darkens everything but the subject. Wish it could darken some of the wrinkles on my face.

So Day 5 and 6 of my HCG diet has been much better. Not near as hungry and the amount I am eating is actually starting to fill me up and satisfy me. Its amazing at what 3.5 oz of fish looks like. I was thinking I could eat the whole fillet, but when I put it on the scale it weighed close to 9 oz. That's more than 2 days worth on this diet. Actually I went online and read about serving sizes and 3.5 oz is what we are suppose to eat all the time. I realize now that I have been eating way to much food at one sitting. No wonder I am over weight. It is teaching me that its not what you eat, but how much. Not sure how in the world to increase calories when the 23 days is up. I would almost have to be eating all the time to do it. Anyways, I have lost 7 pounds so far. I know that is water weight cause everyone has at least 10 pounds of water weight, and I have been peeing like there is no tomorrow. Almost every 30 minutes I have to go. So that tells me there is lots of fluid in my body. Still it feels good to see the scales move down rather than up like they usually do. The best part is that my blood sugar is still staying very low. If nothing else comes from this but that, I will be a super happy camper. That is my main concern with my health. Yes it would be nice to loose about 50 pounds, but not near as nice as my blood sugar staying low and stable. I will eat like this the rest of my life if that is what it takes.
Other goings on for this month besides my job.....
1. Starting school not this coming Monday since that is Labor Day, but the next Monday. We have sort of started already. Doing some Math review and started working on our History. We are doing a really great History Curriculum this year. It is called History of the World. This year we are doing Volume 2, Middle Ages. We are on Chapter 3 and it has been so interesting. I love the way it reads.
2. My friend Dawn and I are starting a Scrapbook/Card Ministry at our church. We are both so excited. We are having our first big get together with some of the other ladies on October 22-23. We have had sign ups last Sunday and this coming Sunday. So far we have about 7 ladies interested in coming. Hoping to get some of my other friends involved as well cause we are going to need a lot of help making cards. Everything we do at our church we do it with the attitude of "Going Big" We are going to make this ministry "BIG" It will be so much fun.
3. Book Club we are reading "Skid" by Rene Gutteridge. I have not really started it yet, so I got to get busy reading. I have to have it read by Sept. 12. I think I can get it read pretty quick. I am getting to be a much better reader these days. I can actually stay focused longer than 1 chapter. This book club has helped me so much with my reading.
4. Some other fun church activities we are starting are Family Game Night and a new Prayer class. This class will be teaching us purpose of prayer, different ways to pray and we will spend time praying for our Church, Pastor, World leaders, Missionaries, Our City, family, friends, ect.... Whatever is needing prayer. I am so looking forward to this class. I have always wanted to be better at praying.
5. Soon as we get a little cooler weather, we are planting grass in our yard. Right now we have dirt and its getting a little old to look at. So looking forward to greener yard!!!

Ok, so I am going to get off here and help my daughter with her history and then start reading my book. Have a blessed evening!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

HCG Day 4

I have a huge Praise to share!!! I woke up this morning and my blood sugar was 92. I nearly started crying. It has not been that low since I started all this diet stuff back last year. I was able to go from over 300 to around 140, but I have not been able to get it any lower on a regular basis. Probably the lowest ever waking up was 115, but that was like once. 92 is actually a great reading. Just hoping it will be like that come morning. I am almost to scared to get excited!!! So day 4 was a little harder. I felt hungry most of the day. I am sure its just my body trying to adjust to the lower calories, but its very hard to ignore the hunger pains. I ended up almost going over my calorie limit. This afternoon before dinner I had only 111 calories left for dinner. Thankfully I had fish and fish was only 93 and salad is 17 so that put me right at 499 total calories for the day!!! Barely kept it under. On this diet if you eat more than 500 calories, you will actually gain weight. The reason being that the drops pull fat from the fat cells and feed your body the calories/energy it needs to get through the day. So in some cases depending on the person and how much fat they carry, this diet can pull up to 2500 calories of fat from the fat cells. With the calories you are eating which is 500, you are giving your body a lot of extra calories to maintain. It really is amazing how fast calories add up. I was shocked to know that I had already eaten nearly 400 calories with the little amount of food I had eaten. Know wonder everyone is so over weight. It truly is not what you eat, but how much you eat at one time. Have you ever actually ate 3.5 oz of fish before. That is the normal serving size of fish and NO ONE is suppose to eat more than that. I could really see how much money we could save if we followed the serving size recommendations. Of course, my taste buds wanted more than 3.5. Like probably 3 times that amount. LOL!!! I am hoping that by the end of my first week, my stomach will have shrunk and want be growling at me even while I am feeding it. The first 2 weeks is always the hardest, but I am determined to stick with it and loose this weight!!!! More tomorrow!!!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

HCG diet update

Well today starts my 3rd day of my diet, but really the first day of low calories.The last 2 days I was able to eat whatever I wanted. It was called the Gorging days. Of course I found it hard to do since I never eat the types of foods suggested to me to eat. Lucky the Fair was going on and I indulged in some yummy jalapeno sausage on a bun both nights. I also had my favorite Frappe at Starbucks like 3 times. I knew it would be a while before I would get another. I usually get it low fat, but got them full fat. Forgot how yummy they were with all the fat. It's amazing how your mind goes crazy when your doctor says eat whatever your heart desires for 2 days. I have not been able to do that in over a year. There were so many thoughts that I think I overwhelmed myself and ended up not eating the things I desired most. Like a juicy hamburger. I have not had that in so long, I forgot what it taste like. Oh well. Probably better I not know. So I am sure you are wondering what this diet is about. It's called the HCG diet. It's really a cleanse diet that removes all the toxins from the body. You take this HCG hormone for 23 days. You eat very low calories making sure you eat no sugar, bad carbs, forcing your body to get its needed calories and energy from the stored fat in your fat cells. Then after 23 days you start to add back foods and more calories a little at a time for 3 weeks still not eating sugar, starches, and simple carbs. After that 3 weeks you eat a diet of about 1200 calories. Then you can do it again, same steps until you reach desired weight. I will probably be on this journey for a while as my doctor wants me to drop about 80 pounds. I would never suggest doing this without doctor. There are so many things to watch for and a lot of supplements you must take while being on such low calories. Oh and you have to drink lots of water. Like 6 to 8 16 oz bottles a day so that you can rid the body of toxins and fat. Anyway, go search for HCG diet and read. You can order it from the Internet, but I suggest going to your doctor. Especially if you have any other health issues. As for me, my main focus is getting my blood sugar set back to normal and reset my metabolism so that weight loss will be easier. I am currently in a size 16 and would like to wear size 10 to 12. So blood sugar nomal and size 10/12 are my goals. Really hoping it works.

Today I had

Breakfast-Green Tea and my Reds(a vitamin supplement drink mixed with water)
Lunch- tuna salad with grated cabbage
Dinner- 3.5 oz of steak (boy have I Been eating high on the hog over the years) slaw salad
Before bed I had another glass of my reds.
Total calories=360---I fell short about 140 calories. Must do better tomorrow.
Water=6 bottles=96 oz.
How do I feel?? A little hungry going to bed, but not going to eat cause checked my blood sugar and it was only 102. Lowest it's been in a long time. I usually do not have problems controlling it during the day when I am active, but at night and mornings is when it goes up. Usually wake up around 140 in morning. Praying it will be much lower in the morning. Will keep you posted on my progress.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Goings On!!!

I have been so crazy busy this past month with my new job, church ect.... that I have not had a chance to sit down and post on my blog. So I thought I would jump in today and say a few things about what I have been doing and will be doing.

1. new job taking care of the sweetest elderly couple 4 hours a day M-F. Love the extra money.

2. doing some stuff around our house. Re leveled the front yard and about to plant some grass. Finished painting the door trims in the hallway, and finally got my entertainment center built. Very cool stuff.

3. Doing lots of church activities. About to start a New Scrapbooking Life Group. Its something I have wanted to do for a very long time. Our Ministry will be in card making and we will be donating any money we get to our Water 10:42 Ministry!!! That is a Ministry that several of our guys are doing. They are building water wells in Africa. YOOHOOO!!!!

4. Started a new Diet as of today. So ready to get back to loosing some weight. Have done great maintaining what I already lost, but ready to loose some more. Mostly just want to get my blood sugar and other things under control. Its so hard to get yourself back healthy again when you get unhealthy!!! Wish me luck on this adventure. Its a pretty tough diet but has had great success!!!

I will send out some photos of the things I have mentioned above. The next few days will be busy, but hopefully will slow down by Sunday afternoon. I promise to blog more often. I know I have said that before, but I am a person with great hopes!!! If you are going to dream, you might as well DREAM BIG!!! Have a awesome amazing day!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Full Meal Cornbread

I wanted to share this recipe as it is one of my most favorite meals. I have been cooking it for like 20 years now and never have we gotten bored of it. Just so yummy!!!

1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound of sausage cooked, crumbled, and drained
3 packages of cornbread mix
1 1/3 cups of milk
3 eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
1 can of cream style corn (sweet corn will work also)
1 pound of cheddar cheese
2 or 3 jalapenos
2 tablespoons of jalapeno juice

Saute onion in butter. Add to the cooked sausage. Mix together corn bread mix, milk, eggs, sugar, and corn. Add chopped jalapenos and juice. Pour 1/2 of batter into large 18x12x2 pan. Top with onion, sausage, and 3/4 of cheese. Pour remaining batter over sausage. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top of batter during last 20 minute of cooking.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Yesterday we had a great time at the Women's Church Luau. It was a lotta hot, but we made the best of it!!! Had some great laughs watching the Hula Dancer teach some of the Ladies how to mix their fruit bowls!!! No party would be complete without yummy fruits, dips, and punch!!! Love my church and all the Ladies!!! Its nice to just get with the girls, relax a little, and have some great fun!!!
Lots of pretty Tropical decorations
Yummy Homemade Cupcakes!!!
What would a Luau be without a few temporary tattoos. Tattoo Artist Dawn D is giving Pastor Kris a hip tattoo!!!The whole Luau Gang!!!

Learning to do the Hula!!! Too much fun!!!

Hula Dancer with Non Hula Dancer.
Yesturday we had a great time at the Women's Church Luau. It was a lotta hot, but we made the best of it!!! Had some great laughs watching the Hula Dancer teach some of the Ladies how to mix their fruit bowls!!! No party would be complete without yummy fruits, dips, and punch!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Necessary Heartbreak

What a amazing great book!!! This was our second book for our Ladies Book Club at church and it was a very fast read for me. I got it on Monday and finished it this morning. I just could not stop reading it. Every page made you want to read more and more. One of the things I always think would be cool is if you could just step back into a time period that you have never lived. There are many time periods I would like to visit. This book is about doing just that. Walking through a tunnel and stepping out into the days of Jesus!!! That would be soooo awesome. Of course I am pretty sure I would not want to go through, or witness some of the stuff this man and his daughter encountered in their journey. A very amazing story to read for sure and one I would definitely recommend to everyone. Loved it!!! Now on to my next book. Reading is becoming very fun.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

4th of July Weekend

was the most amazing weekend I have had in a very long time. It started out on Friday with a awesome dinner and fishing with my husband and little girl at the lake. Then on Saturday we met up with some friends for shopping at Cabela's Sporting store. Then back to the pond for more fishing and then.... as we were out there a huge storm hit us so fast we did not have time to get out of it. We got drenched. Its been forever since that has happened. From head to toe wet. It was amazing and fun. Then we came home for dry clothes and a Rib and Brisket dinner from the local BBQ store. Then off to the most awesome fireworks show I have seen in a very long time. Just had the best day ever with our friends. Sunday we went to Church and the service was amazing!!! So full of energy and Gods presence filled the room. I love, love our new Church. It just gets better every time I go. After church we went shopping for pool supplies and BBQ fixings. Then home to rest and then off to our other friends for Fajitas and Fireworks. It was the best time as we all gathered around and watched the kiddos put on a really great fireworks show. Monday we sort of relaxed most of the morning away and then later we gave the pond another try and ended up catching 12 fish, which 6 of them were keepers. So we will be having ourselves a little fish fry come tonight for dinner. Just a super fun weekend with friends!!! I love these weekends. Lots of great memories for me to scrapbook and keep forever in my heart. Here are some photos of the weekend that I would like to share.

Saturday 4th of July City Fireworks show

Kadie and her best friend LeRoy!!!
My Bro, Craig!!
My Bro and Me!!! I think we are starting to look closely related these days!!!
My Honey Bun and Me. This will be our 28th 4th of July together and all but 2 spent in this same place!!!

We really missed having my Mom and Dad there this year and our friends Debbie and Ken.

Sunday BBQ

Awww Char, you and hubby look so sweet together!!!

Whats 4th of July without a little Watermelon!!!

Even the dog must eat Watermelon!!!

Don and Dawn!!! Love these people!!!

Me doing a little fishing at the Baker Pond..Fishing is now my most favorite Hobby!!!
Best way to stay cool of 4th of July weekend is swimming. My Kadie girl is part fish!!!
The Hostess with the Mostess!!! Thanks Billie and Ryan for a wonderful day!!
Randy and Twila
Keith and Shirley
Goofy girls.. Dawn and Brenda

Boys having fun popping firecrackers!!

Don giving some Fly Fishing Tips!!!

So as you can see from some of the photos I took this weekend, we just had a wonderful time.

One last thing before I go today. I finished reading the book "Leota's Garden

This book was fantastic. I have not read a lot of books in my lifetime as this is all kind of new to me, but this has got to be one of my favorites. I have read most of the Sister Chick series and I loved them all. This one I loved probably more than they. That is saying a lot for this book. One of these days I plan to read more of Francine Rivers books. I think she puts in a lot of things we can relate too or apply to our lives. The ending to this book had a surprising twist that I did not expect. It was a little slow in the beginning as she was introducing all the characters and making you love them all for different reasons. The last 13 chapters of the book went really fast as I did not want to stop reading them. Leota's was an amazing women and I am so glad I met her through this book. I totally recommend reading this book!!!

Ok, thats it for now. Come back soon ya here!!!