Monday, April 25, 2011

Time to get serious

Last week I got started!!! Lots of random thoughts running through my head, so this might sound a little mixed up and it could change daily, but for now I am thinking that This week I am getting serious!!! I have 4 weeks to drop 10 pounds. Ok, so there is no reason, I just gave myself that goal because this is the amount of weight I gained in the last 2 months. Also I am a short term goal setter, as I like to see the end of the tunnel. Another reason is that Curves is month to month and so I might as well set myself a goal each month. This month hoping for 10 pounds. So with that said, I am going to go ahead and make the commitment to join Curves today. I want all the benefits you get as a member and I want to wrap my head around the idea that this is my new way of living for at least the next year if not the rest of my life and I need to go ahead and get started today!! Put the plan into motion!!! I already know I like it, I already know its going to be good for me, I already know I need it, so why wait any longer!!! I know that 10 pounds is a lot to expect, but if I expect big, maybe I will loose big. I figure I will loose a little water weight, and hopefully about 5 pounds of fat weight!!! I want to try and at least loose 2 pounds a week, which I think for me is a healthy weight loss. Of course I will take whatever my body is willing to let go of. Next month I will reset my goals. Ok, so all this said, it could change once I get to Curves. They may have a different idea of what is expected or excepted!!! This is just my own personal goals. No matter what they set my goals at, I will strive to beat them!!! I do love a good challenge!!!

Thought I would share my favorite breakfast. You could actually have this for a lunch meal also!!! You can prepare it ahead of time and put in frig and then just microwave. I like to start the day with something yummy and hardy that will get my metabolism kicking in the right direction and keep me satisfied longer. I am only doing 1200 calories right now, so there is not a lot of room for snacking. So I need to get the most out of my meals!!!

1 cup of pre steamed broccoli=15 calories (best buy is Sam's)

1/2 link of Gourmet Sausage = 50 calories Beeman Old World Gourmet Sausage Smoked Mozzarella W/artichoke & Garlic (only place I found it was Kroger)

1 slice of Vermont Chedder=55 calories (Kroger Deli)

1 egg=70 calories

1 La Tortilla Factory tortilla=50 calories (Kroger deli)

Put all food in a organic sprayed or pam sprayed skillet ( I use a little electric skillet)

Cook till everything is sauteed!!! Heat tortilla on both sides. I like mine a little crispy so I put it in the skillet also!! Put tortilla in a bowl and put mixture on top and eatum up!!! It really is yummy and very filling!!!

Total Calories=240

Total Fat=14 grams

Total Net Carbs=6 grams

Total Fiber=8 grams

I will share some more things I eat as I go!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I love Confirmation from God!!

Ok, so I decided since this was going to be so long, that I would just write it in a note. So most of you who have followed my post in the past 8 months know that I have been trying to loose weight. It has been a struggle. I lost 20 pounds on the first round of HCG and then during the maintenance period lost another 7 pounds. Then I did HCG a second round during the Christmas holiday and lost only 5 pounds. So all together I lost 32 pounds. Well then my doctor put me on some hormone drops and I quickly gained 10 pounds back. I was not a happy camper, as I worked hard to get the 32 pounds off. So I tried to do the HCG a third time and had no luck at all. Of course after 3 times it just became way to hard and I could not maintain my energy at 500 calories. If you know anything about HCG, you know its hard to only eat 500 calories. I have way to many things to do and have to have my energy. I was good that first time, but it became much harder on the 2nd and 3rd try. I finally decided to give it up and try something different. Something I could live with. So I read and prayed, and read and prayed and decided to go back to Fiber 35 and do interval walking. I figured I could do 20 minutes of interval walking rather than 45 minutes of just walking. Over the last few weeks I have slowly started getting some energy back. The HCG had totally drained me of most of my energy. The walking has really helped with feeling in better shape, but still no weight loss. I needed to really get in control of all areas if I was going to see some weight loss. I am fighting so many obstacles with the hormone stuff. I had to kick it up!!! So Monday I woke up with a renewed spirit. I need more exercise. So I thought and thought and decided to see how much Curves would cost me. I figured it was a great place to start. After talking to the girl on the phone, I went up and joined their free week. Funny thing when I got home, I opened my email and there was a advertisement of Curves free week. Confirmation #1 Today I have already lost 1.5 pounds which is not surprising as I fluctuate 2 to 3 pounds day to day. So I am not real excited about the loss just yet. The excitement will come when I loose about 5 pounds without fluctuating!!! But where I am going with all this is the journey itself and the Confirmation that God has given me. 2 years ago my Doctor put me on a yeast diet. If you have ever been on a yeast diet, you know there is very little you can eat. So although I was not on low calories, I was restricted on the foods I could eat. I had great success on getting rid of the yeast, but lost no weight as fat was one of the few things I could have and so I ate plenty of it. So when I started HCG, it was very easy for me, as I already knew the restriction part and so I thought wow, the yeast diet was just part of the plan to prepare me for HCG. Well then after doing HCG, I realize it was part of the plan to prepare me for this next stage. Through my journey I have learned to restrict certain foods and to stay within a certain calorie range. Yes there are days I eat things I should not and go over my calories, but I also learn that those days I cannot expect any change in my weight. I still have about 50 pounds I want to loose, so I know I got to get busy. Confirmation #2, When I joined Curves this week, I found out that you have to sign a year contract. I do not like signing contracts. So I have been thinking a lot since just yesterday on should I or should I not. I mean really my health is worth 42.00 a month, but I tend to slack off and would hate to waste the money. So Last night I went over to my nieces house and we were playing around on our phones and she showed me a really cool app called "My Fitness Pal". So I downloaded it and waited till I got home to check it out. Well funny thing is when I signed on, it said welcome back JeanieBeanieBaby!!! I was like how did it know my name/nickname. What I come to realize is that I had signed up to this place on my computer a while back. I guess I did very little with it, cause I do not remember it at all. So I played around with it and thought what the heck, I might as well give it a try. It keeps up with all of your calories/exercise/water. Everything really. Pretty cool app. Then I thought to myself, I know pretty much how many calories I can add for walking, but how will I know how many calories to add for Curves. Hmmmm, not sure at all. Looking under the strength training section it had all the machines. I thought my goodness, am I going to have to go through each machine each time and add them separate. So today while at Curves I was thinking I would write down the name of each machine. I really was willing to do each one separate. Well guess what, today while scrolling through the app under Cardiovascular, there it was "Curves Circut Training". All you do is add the minutes performed which I just added 30 and it =227 calories burned. I actually did it longer as I followed my friend Allisons advice and did 3 reps on each machine, but I did not keep up with my time it took me to do that. So I just put in the 227 calories burned. So there you are....Confirmation!!! I totally feel like for the first time in a long time, that I am doing the right thing at the right time. I have this cool little app to help me keep up with calories, water, and exercise thanks to my niece, and I have my walking in place, and my cardio/strength training. For the first time in a very long time, I will be doing everything the way I am suppose too. No fad diets, just following a good sensible diet that will allow me some flexibility on occasion and a good exercise plan. All I need is this hormone stuff to even out and I will be good to go. Whats really cool about the My Fitness Pal is that it tells you what you can expect in 5 weeks. At this rate I can expect to loose about 20 pounds. Now not sure they are counting the hormone issue, but hey, I will be happy with 10 or 15. Just think how much better I will feel!!! That right there is the best part of all!!! Ok, so we can now establish from all of this, that I am not a great writer and my spelling is the pits, but hey, I have lots of determination!!! I think most people would have given up, but I just keep pushing forward. Non of this would be possible without God. He gives me my strength, my determination, and hope, and great family/friends to support me!!! Be still and Listen and Know that he is God!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Curves to help the Curves!!!

Well I decided today to up my game!!! I have been walking every day for the last 2 weeks and woke up today thinking I needed more. So I went up to our local Curves and signed up. I did this about 5 years back and I really enjoyed it, but just like everything else, I got bored. Well after talking to the girl today, she said there are so many challenges now, that they do not let you get bored. Plus they have a Zumba class, and I have been wanting to do that class. So we shall see. I got a week free and then I am going to do the 30 days for 30.00. Then I will decide if I want to commit to the 42.00 a month. I am going to give it my all for the next 30 days. I would like to loose about 10 pounds just so that my pants are not so tight. Then I can reset my goals with the help of the Curves staff. Hoping that doing this and sticking close to my Fiber 35/low carbs/low fats/low sugars will give me the results I need!!! Something is got to work right!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I am famous!!!

Ok, so maybe that is over doing it a little. One of my scrapbook layouts has been published on one of my favorite Digital sites. I sent her a picture because I thought she would appreciate seeing her cute little doodles being used on a layout different than her own. I was so surprised when she wrote back and ask if she could put the layout in her Gallery!!! She also sent me a free farm doodles kit. I thought that was the sweetest thing ever. I was so surprised!!! She seems like an amazing lady. Her art talent is awesome. I will for sure be purchasing more of her doodles in the future!! So anyway, just wanted to share that really quick. You can see my layout which I posted in a previous post on her page Digi Doodle Gallery
I really do love these doodles. They make scrapbooking so much fun. I look forward to making my next layout using her farm kit that she sent me.


Friday, April 08, 2011

Beans, Beans!!!

Beans, Beans the magical Fruit
the more you eat, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel,
so eat your beans at every meal...

Since I have been following Fiber 35, I am singing this little tune almost daily. The reason for this is I have been eating lots of beans. All kinds of beans, but mostly Black beans. They are my favorite and I eat them on everything. I eat them plain, I eat them mixed in my favorite salsa, I eat them in soup, I eat them in salad, I eat them in roll ups, I eat them for breakfast. They contain lots and lots of fiber. And after reading this article on Black Beans, I am discovering they contain a lot of other good for you stuff. I am so happy I love Black Beans!!! They are now part of my every day eating!!!

Just thought I would share!!!

Here is a little soup recipe that is amazing. Its quick and easy!!!




black bean soup.



Ingredients
1/2 cup fresh tomato salsa (plus extra for garnish)
1 (15.5-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed (I try to always cook my beans fresh so that I do not get as much salt in my diet)
1/2 can fat-free chicken broth
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream (optional)
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro

Instructions:
Heat the salsa in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the beans and broth, then heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Cool slightly, then spoon half the soup into a food processor or blender and puree. Be very careful pureeing hot liquids. Return the pureed soup to the saucepan and heat through. Serve with 1 tablespoon of sour cream per person, cilantro, and additional salsa.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Camping Album

As promised in previous post I am finally adding the layouts I have been working on for my camping album. I am coming along pretty good. I have finished 2 camping trips and now working on another. These layouts were really a lot of fun. I used lots of things I already had and created things I did not have. I used several different page sketches and then actually created a few on my own.


This layout is the start of our camping trip we took in Turner Falls way back when Kody was only about 11. Kadie was not even born yet. In this layout I used stickers. It was great to use some of the many stickers I have collected over the years. Always makes for a cute layout and I wonder why I do not use them more often.

This layout below was fun!!! It was a little out of my camping theme colors, but I had to do it this way cause the pictures were about how my p.j.'s matched my sheets that I was using in the camper. Not even planned. The Moon and journaling were all done on my PSE 7. The moon was actually a digital embellishment that I printed and cut out. I am learning to do so much with my PSE 7 when it comes to my scrapbooking. Its a never ending process!!!

This layout below was the funnest layout I have done in a long time. I found the cutest little digital kit online at Digi Doodle Doo that allowed me to color the camper to match our real camper. I did all the sizing and journaling on my PSE 7 and then cut out the pieces. Just turned out to be so adorable. Digital embellishments ROCK!!!
Nothing real special done to this layout. I just used stickles and punched some flowers. I did change the color of the camper to match mine. It started out orange, but with some prisma pencils and stickles I managed to change the colors.

This layout below was another fun layout using digital embellishments. I found the pieces online and cut them out and popped them up and then put some Diamond Glaze on them. It is very hard to find game pieces in the store. So glad to find them online!!!

The layout below is using stickers. I just popped them to make them more fun. I used my Cricut to cut the neat piece out for my background and the tag!!!
Used more stuff from my stash to create the layout below. Made the cute little journaling box on my cricut!!!

More goodies from my stash and more Cricut cuts!!! I love my Cricut especially since I discovered the program "Make The Cut" Of course I will not even discuss how I feel about Provo craft sueing "Make The Cut" and now we cannot upgrade. That stinks...want go there on how I feel!!!


Crcut letters and fun stickers make the layout adorable below!!! Easy Peasy!!!

More Cricut cuts and brads!!! Fun stuff!!! My brothers x-wife Chera would probably kill me if she saw this picture of her. I had to use it cause it was so much fun!!! This was a really fun camping trip!!!
Loved the background piece I cut from my Cricut and "Make the Cut" Too much fun!!!
My Kadie girl was so little in these pictures!!! Where does time go!!! So glad to have so many great pictures of our camping trips. Cannot wait to finish the book!!!

Thats it for now. Happy Scrapbooking!!!